Category: Research

In Print

Postdoctoral researcher Dan Trepal (SS/GLRC) and Don Lafreniere (SS/GLRC) recently published an article titled “Historical Spatial-Data Infrastructures for Archaeology: Towards a Spatiotemporal Big-Data Approach to Studying the Postindustrial City” in the journal Historical Archaeology

The article outlines how spatiotemporal big-data approaches combined with geospatial technologies can expand the way archaeologists study postindustrial cities.


In Print

Chelsea Schelly (SS), Kathleen Brosemer (SS Ph.D. student), Valoree Gagnon (CFRES/GLRC), Andrew Fiss (HU), Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), and Kathy Halvorsen (SS/CFRES/AVPRD) of Michigan Tech, and Douglas Bessette and Kristin Arola of Michigan State University authored a paper titled, “Energy Policy for Energy Sovereignty: Can Policy Tools Enhance Energy Sovereignty?” published in Solar Energy.

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In Print

Shan ZhouShan Zhou co-authored the article, “Collaboration mitigates barriers of utility ownership on policy adoption: evidence from the United States”, published in the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.

This paper offers an answer to the question: “To what extent does collaboration between utilities and local governments influence energy policy adoption?” Cross-sectional data from the United States–focused Integrated City Sustainability Database (ICSD) are used to investigate the degree that specific city attributes and state policy influence the creation of city-scale energy policy.


Local Student Succeeds at National Science Competition with Mentoring from Michigan Tech

Siona Beaudoin, a junior at Lake Linden-Hubbell High School, spent the past year working on a research project with Tara Bal (CFRES) Angie Carter, Social Sciences (SS). Her project focus was on the invasive fruit fly Spotted Wing Drosophila, Drosophila suzukii (SWD) and the public’s knowledge of SWD, along with their berry picking/foraging practices.

She presented her research at the Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula of Michigan Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in February and qualified for the national symposium.

Recently, she virtually defended her research in the Life Sciences Poster Competition at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium where she was awarded third place. Beaudoin is currently summarizing the research to be published with Bal and Carter.


Social Sciences Undergraduate Awards Announced

The Department of Social Sciences announced its 2019-20 Undergraduate Research Awards.

  • Outstanding Senior Award: Jessica Berryman and Charles Fugate
  • Community-Base Research Prize: Angela Gutierrez and Timothy Stone
  • Undergraduate Research Award: Alannah M. Woodring and Lynette S Webber

The students will be recognized at the Department of Social Sciences Class of 2019-20 Virtual Commencement Celebration on May 1. Congratulations for these extraordinary achievements.