Lafreniere, Scarlett, Arnold Bring GIS Education and Research to Copper Country High School Students


Don Lafreniere (SS/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that is providing paid GIS internship opportunities to local high school students this summer.  Students are learning geospatial technologies and working with MTU Social Science Researchers and NPS Staff from the Keweenaw National Historical Park to built components of the Keweenaw Time Traveler. The project is supported through a $16,772 contract from the Institute for Geospatial Research and Education/NSF.  Sarah Scarlett (SS) and John Arnold (SS) are Co-PIs on the project entitled  “GRACE (GIS Resources and Applications for Career Education) Project Student Interns.”

SS Alumnus Publishes on Immigration and Ethnic History

Marc Sanko
Marc Sanko

Marc Sanko (History, 2011) published an essay, “The Worlds of the Immigration Historian” in the Immigration and Ethnic History Society’s new blog on July 1st. The essay was picked as one of ten to run over the course of the year in a competition during December. Sanko, a PhD Candidate at West Virginia University, also had an article, “The Gift of Empire: Exploring the Importance of the Skilled Labor Experience in Maltese Migrants, 1919-1924”, recently accepted for publication in The Michigan Historical Review.


Gohman Awarded Vogel Prize

Gohman1Sean M. Gohman, PhD candidate in the Department of Social Sciences’ Industrial Heritage and Archaeology Program, was awarded the 2016 Vogel Prize during the meeting of the Society for Industrial Archeology’s annual conference in Kansas City, MO.

Each year the Society for Industrial Archeology recognizes outstanding scholarship in the field of industrial archaeology with the Robert M. Vogel Prize. Named for the founding and distinguished member Robert Vogel, the award honors the author of the best article to appear in the society’s journal IA within the past three years.

Gohman’s awarded article, “It’s Not Time to Be Wasted: Identifying, Evaluating, and Appreciating Mine Wastes in Michigan’s Copper Country,” describes work Gohman did for the Keweenaw National Historical Park’s Advisory Commission to survey and evaluate extant mining waste deposits on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Though perhaps not aesthetically pleasing, these wastes have stories to tell about operational scale and environmental impact that structures may not as easily convey and these stories should therefore not be overlooked.

From Tech Today.