Congratulations

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Spring 2016 Graduation. Back Row: Professors Hugh Gorman-Department Chair, Carol MacLennan, Audrey Mayer, and Tim Scarlett. Front row: Graduates Valoree Gagnon, Adrian Blake, Ashma Vaidya, and Fred Sutherland.

The Department of Social Sciences would like to congratulate the 2015-2016 graduates from our Environmental and Energy Policy (EEP), Industrial Archaeology (IA), and Industrial Heritage and Archaeology (IHA) graduate programs.

  • Steve Sarich, MS- IA
  • Dan Schneider, MS- IA
  • Jennifer Riehl, MS- EEP
  • Melanie Yang, MS EEP
  • Rob Anthony, MS- IA
  • Eric Pomber, MS- IA
  • Adrian Blake, MS- IA
  • Brian Delrue, MS- EEP
  • Chris Henderson, MS- EEP
  • Valoree Gagnon, PhD- EEP
  • Mizanur Rahman, PhD- EEP
  • Fred Sutherland, PhD- IHA

 

Mayer Co-Authors Paper on the Importance of Landscape Ecology in Policymaking

Audrey MayerAudrey Mayer co-authored a paper titled “How Landscape Ecology Informs Global Land-Change Science and Policy” in BioScience.  Mayer will appear on the podcast BioScience Talks (bioscienceaibs.libsyn.com) on June 8, 2016.

ScienceCodex, a science news website, published an article about Mayer’s BioScience journal article on the need for policymakers to pay attention to landscape ecology to make informed decisions for managing climate change, land use and urbanization. 

Read more in a guest blog by Mayer in MTU’s Unscripted:  Science and Research.

Environmental Histories of the Future

EnvironmentalHistoriesWe’re living in a time of rapid environmental change. What will future environmental historians think of us? What events will become turning points that might make the future more sustainable–or less sustainable?

Students in Professor Langston’s undergraduate US Environmental History class at Michigan Tech created timelines that explore compelling current events. Some of these events may have the potential to change our shared environmental futures.

Welcome to environmental histories of the future! Please explore the website at http://environmentalhistoriesofthefuture.weebly.com/ and share it with your friends.

GIS Students Present Online Mapping Tool to Calumet Historic District Commission

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211 213 5th Street, Calumet, MI

Matt Durocher (MS IA) and Kevin Brefka (Anthropology) presented a new online mapping tool to the Calumet Historic District Commission at their monthly meeting.  The tool will allow the Commission to more effectively manage the historical assets in the district as well as use the tool to provide important building information to prospective developers.  The tool was created for their class project in Professor Don Lafreniere’s GIS for Social Sciences class.  You can see the tool at http://calumethdc.keweenawhistory.com

 

 

 

 

 

NEH Funding Awarded for Keweenaw Time Traveler Project

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Professor Don Lafreniere along with Professor Sarah Scarlett (SS) and PhD Candidate (IHA) John Arnold have been awarded $259,882 from the National Endowment of the Humanities for a project entitled “Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure.” The project will be known publicly as the “Keweenaw Time Traveler.”   Learn more at keweenawhistory.com

From Tech Today.

Robins Awarded 2016 Dean’s Fellowship – College of Human Ecology at Cornell University

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Jonathan Robins has been awarded the 2016 Dean’s Fellowship by the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. His proposal, titled “Bacon from Trees and Hogless Lard: Vegetable Fats and the Globalization of Food,” examines the changing role of animal and vegetable fats in the modern diet and the effects of food choices on human societies and the environment. The $6,500 award will support six weeks of research in Cornell University’s archival collections.

From Tech Today.

Spiraling Up with Arts and Sustainability in Calumet

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This clay mural of the Calumet community landscape was created by local artist Barbara Flanagin, in consultation with Ed Gray of the Calumet Art Center. This piece of work commissioned by Calumet Township Supervisor Paul Lehto is on display at Calumet Township Hall.

By Allison Mills –Michigan Tech News

March 25, 2016—

A study published this week in Sustainability explores the possibility for the arts to help sustain a shrunken industrial city in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Community identity is a key part, and anyone who has walked down 5th Street in Calumet knows the weight of history and change. Click here to read the full article.

 

Winkler Co-Authors Paper with MTU Students and Community Members on Art-Based Activities in Calumet, MI

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Professor Richelle Winkler along with MTU students and Calumet area community members, Melissa Michaelson, Mayra Sanchez Gonzalez, Heather Simpson,  and Lorri Oikarinen, published a paper titled “Boom, Bust and Beyond:  Arts and Sustainability in Calumet, Michigan” in the academic journal, Sustainability, on March 21, 2016 about arts-based activities in Calumet, MI. The article is part of a series of articles about sustainability in the context of shrinking cities.