Category: Research

On the Road

Angie CarterAngie Carter presented at the Rural Sociological Society annual meeting in Portland, Oregon on July 27 and July 28th.

Carter also presented “Photovoice and Community Development: Women in Agriculture and the Transformation of Rural Spaces,” with her collaborator Claudia M. Prado-Meza (Universidad de Colima) and facilitated a panel “Putting the Sociological Imagination into Practice: Place, Power, and Praxis” with collaborators Ahna Kruzic (Pesticide Action Network North America,Oakland, California) and Gabrielle Roesch-McNally (USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station, Corvallis, Oregon).

She also took part in a book reading and author talk about activism on July 30th at the Corvallis Public Library in Corvallis, Oregon with co-authors Kruzic and Roesch-McNally. Carter read her essay, “Homecoming,” about Iowans’ resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline, included in the recently published edited volume “We Rise to Resist: Voices from a New Era in Women’s Political Action” (McFarland 2018).

Pischke Co-Authors Article on Transdisciplinary Research

erin-pischke-personnelErin Pischke is one of the authors of the article, “Practicing what we preach: Reflections on the pros and cons of transdisciplinary research in Erongarícuaro, Mexico”Revista Vínculos, Inicio 3(1).

ABSTRACT:
In November 2016, a group of students from the Americas participated
in an Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research funded
two-week course organized by professors from the National
Autonomous University of Mexico. The aim was to teach students and
young researchers how to collaborate with non-scientists to conduct
socioecological systems research in a transdisciplinary manner. This
article will review the benefits as well as the challenges to doing so.
It concludes with recommendations that other research teams can
follow when conducting similar research that crosses disciplinary and
international borders.

Schelly and Winkler Take Part in Community Solar Effort

Solar PanelChelsea Schelly and Richelle Winkler are part of the team looking at community solar in the villages of L’Anse and Baraga. The  project is aimed at increasing low-to-moderate income household access to the benefits of rural public power community solar programs. For more information on this, read DEED grant spurs community solar effort in Upper Peninsula on the American Public Power Association website.

New Funding for a Study on Public Power Utilities and Solar Energy Access

Solar PanelA $63,000 grant provided by the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Development (DEED) program will allow researchers from Michigan Tech University and the Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region (WUPPDR) “identify strategies to help public power utilities provide their customers access to solar energy” in the Villages of Baraga and L’Anse according to the story by UPMatters.com published on February 22, 2018.  The research team includes Chelsea Schelly (MTU), Brad Barnette (WUPPDR), Bob Lafave (Village of L’Anse/MTU), Emily Prehoda (MTU), Roman Sidortsov (MTU), and Richelle Winkler (MTU).

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