Category: Notables

Griskavich awarded Field Museum Internship

Caro GriskavichCarol Griskavich, graduate student in Industrial Archaeology, has been awarded a 10-week paid internship at the Field Museum in Chicago.  She will be starting May 13 and will be assisting in interviews with residents of the south Chicago and northwest Indiana region in the industrial and cultural memory of the region.  The research feeds into the Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCO) Project and Cultural Heritage areas at the Field Museum and will also become part of her M.S. thesis on industrial heritage tours of the region.  Congratulations, Carol!

Audrey Mayer Coordinates SFRES PCMI

Audrey MayerForestry Names Peace Corps Master’s International Program Coordinator

Associate Professor Audrey Mayer (SFRES, Soc Sci) has been named coordinator of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences Peace Corps Master’s International programs. SFRES offers two PCMI master’s degrees, a Master of Science in Forestry and a Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management.

Read more at Tech Today, by Jenn Donovan.

Mayra Sanchez Gonzalez and SFI

Mayra Sanchez GonzalezCold Treat to (Cool) Tech Education: Mexican Grad Student Finds a New Home

“I went out for an ice cream cone,” Mayra Sanchez Gonzalez says, of a routine journey in her native city of Merida, Mexico, on the Yucatan Peninsula. “I noticed this man asking directions in English, and the store clerk couldn’t help him.”

The man was Richard Donovan, operations manager of Michigan Technological University’s Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI).

Sanchez Gonzalez wound up receiving a very competitive Mexican government scholarship to pursue a PhD in Environmental and Energy Policy at Tech and do research on her native Yucatan. Her work is part of a $5 million National Science Foundation grant with Donovan, Shonnard and others.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Dennis Walikainen.

Spoehr Nominated for the Truman Scholarship

Truman ScholarshipMaryBeth Spoehr, law and society major, has been nominated by the University for the Truman Scholarship. She is an ROTC cadet and on the women’s varsity soccer team.

The Truman Scholarship has two missions. First, to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and, second, to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

From Tech Today.

Sladek Wins First Prize in National Geographic Contest

Lindsey Sladek GalleryLindsey Sladek is a First Prize Winner in National Geographic’s “The Full Story” contest. The photo competition was for amateurs. Sladek’s gallery is entitled “Music.”

Sladek came “home” to Tech to take coursework in the Department of Social Sciences for a social studies secondary education certificate; she got her BS in Anthropology from Grand Valley State University in 2008.

Local photographer places in National Geographic contest

She, along with four individual winners, won a Nikon D600 to shoot the full visual story she had pitched to compete for a shot at the grand prize, a trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Digital Nomad Andrew Evans. She had from Dec. 17 to Jan. 7 to shoot the story, using only the new D600 camera.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Stephen Anderson.

Photo Contest: The Full Story

Last fall these five talented amateur photographers each won a new Nikon D600 with which they shot their own FULL STORY.

Read more at National Geographic.