Category: Notables

Wellstead Article Included in PAR Virtual Issue of Highly-Cited Articles

Adam Wellstead
Adam Wellstead

Adam Wellstead is the co-author of the article, “To Bridge the Divide between Evidence and Policy:  Reduce Ambiguity as Much as Uncertainty” Public Admin Rev, 76: 399-402. doi:10.1111/puar.12555, which has received special recognition from Public Administration Review (PAR) for being a highly-cited article.  The full article is available for a limited time in PAR’s virtual issue of highly-cited articles.


Langston Honored by American Society of Environmental Historians

Nancy Langston
Nancy Langston

On March 17, Nancy Langston was awarded the American Society of Environmental Historian’s (ASEH) highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award for 2018. President Graeme Wynn recognized her service to the profession at the annual awards ceremony:

In presenting the award, Wynn cited Langston’s long, varied and vital service to the organization. “Nancy has earned many honors and distinctions, but this award recognizes service to ASEH specifically'” Wynn said.

Langston has been active in the leadership of ASEH for more than 15 years, serving as president from 2007 to 2009, vice president for two years before that and on the Executive Committee from 2003 to 2007.

She edited the journal from 2011 to 2014, and was instrumental in moving the journal to Oxford University Press and establishing the journal web page. She helped negotiate the contract with Oxford, which strengthened ASEH’s financial position.

In addition, she chaired the Outreach Committee (2005-2007) and continues to volunteer for ASEH committees and activities, including the society’s efforts to find and transition to a new executive director.

Langston has contributed significantly to a number of ASEH conferences, chairing the Program Committee for the Victoria conference in 2004 and the Local Arrangements Committee for Madison in 2012. In numerous lectures and editorials, she has drawn academic and public attention to the field of environmental history as a whole.  You can learn more here.


Baird Publishes New Book- “Critical Theory and the Anthropology of Heritage Landscapes”

Baird BookMelissa Baird’s new book, “Critical Theory and the Anthropology of Heritage Landscapes” was published by University Press of Florida.

This book explores the sociopolitical contexts of heritage landscapes and the many issues that emerge when different interest groups attempt to gain control over them. Based on career-spanning case studies undertaken by the author, this book looks at sites with deep indigenous histories. Melissa Baird pays special attention to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the Burrup Peninsula along the Pilbara Coast in Australia, the Altai Mountains of northwestern Mongolia, and Prince William Sound in Alaska. For many communities, landscapes such as these have long been associated with cultural identity and memories of important and difficult events, as well as with political struggles related to nation-state boundaries, sovereignty, and knowledge claims.

Retrieved from http://upf.com/book.asp?id=9780813056562

For more information or to order the book, visit the UPF website.


Project GRACE featured on Copper Country Today

TimetravelerThe GRACE GIS Intern Program was featured this past weekend on Copper Country Today radio show. Don Lafreniere along with two GRACE intern students discussed how local youth are using geospatial technologies to learn about what in their neighborhood impacts their health and well-being. The interns also completed a park quality mapping project for Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR) that is now being used for local recreational plan development. The student spend 6 weeks working with faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in the Geospatial Research Facility.

Click here to listen to the Copper Country Today interview.

Click here to learn more about the GRACE Program.

This project is a partnership between Michigan Tech University, Eastern Michigan University, WUPPDR, and the Keweenaw National Historic Park and is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF-ITEST).


Lafreniere Recipient of Innovative or Out of Class Teaching Award

Don Lafreniere
Don Lafreniere

Don Lafreniere, after nomination through the Deans’ Teaching Showcase, has been selected to receive the 2017 Innovative or Out of Class Teaching award from the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Lafreniere was selected based on his work with forward thinking technologies and his unique approaches to active learning.

Recipients are asked to make a 30-45 minute presentation, sharing the work they are doing that has drawn this recognition. Don will be sharing his work on October 10 at 1:00. Click here to learn more.

Congratulations Don!


Langston Publishes New Book on Climate Change & Toxics in the Lake Superior Basin

slscover_3_origNancy Langston published a new book titled “Sustaining Lake Superior” (Yale University Press, Fall 2017).


Winkler Recipient of Excellence in Instruction Award

Richelle Winkler and Chelsea Schelly
Richelle Winkler and Chelsea Schelly at Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting

Richelle Winkler was awarded the 2017 Excellence in Instruction Award from the Rural Sociological Society at their annual meeting on July 27, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio.

The purpose of the Excellence in Instruction Award is to recognize outstanding rural-oriented teaching by RSS members at the graduate and/or undergraduate level.  Note:  Innovation in teaching and learning is emphasized. Innovation may relate to a particular course, thematic area, population of students or pedagogical approach or technique. Evidence of impact should be provided.

Congratulations Richelle!