Michigan Tech receives a second NSF ADVANCE grant

Adrienne Minerick (SoT) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $1,000,000 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. Patricia Sotirin (HU), Sonia Goltz (SBE), Audrey Mayer (SFRES/SS) and Andrew Storer (SFRES) are Co/PIs on the project, “ADVANCE Adaptation AMP-UP Continuous Improvement Process to Transform Institutional Practices and Culture.” This is a three-year project.

First piloted in November 2015, AMP-UP is a highly collaborative, inclusive structure to broadly engage the campus community in creating an environment that welcomes, values and supports women, underrepresented minority individuals and those who have traditionally experienced an excess of bias that accumulates into measurable disadvantages for career progress and job satisfaction (Tech Today April 8 2018).  For more see the Michigan Tech News story.



Save the Date: Results of 2018 Climate Survey to be Shared Sept. 21

Last fall, the Michigan Tech community was invited to participate in a campus-wide assessment of its beliefs, behaviors, and practices. The results of the “Working, Living and Learning Assessment,” will be shared from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 in Great Lakes Research Center Room 202.  Release time will be provided for all union and non-union hourly employees to attend.  For more information, contact Assistant to the Provost for Academic Equity and Inclusion Audrey Mayer.


Janet Callahan becomes Dean of Engineering at Michigan Tech

The Dean of Engineering at Michigan Technological University as of July 2018 is Dr. Janet Callahan.

Callahan comes to Michigan Tech from Boise State University, where she was chair and professor of the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering. Callahan replaces previous dean Wayne Pennington (GMES) who has retired from Michigan Tech.

“Each dean selected in the history of a college has the opportunity to help shape that college’s future,” says Callahan in the profile in Tech Today. “I look forward to working with faculty, staff and the administration at Michigan Tech to assure an exceptional quality educational experience for students, and to further enhance the research trajectory of the college and University.”


Looking for daycare?

If you are looking for daycare in the Copper country, you can search for local daycare providers on the website  www.greatstarttoquality.org. Note that you will find infant spots are more limited since daycare providers are regulated in the number of children that they can care for under 18 months old.  You may find it works best if you put in your home or work address for the search, and then it will look for all daycare within a certain distance of that address.

Little Huskies Child Development Center primarily serves the Michigan Tech population.

Michigan Tech Preschool is a non-profit, cooperative preschool serving children ages 3-5.

As of spring 2018 a new non-profit childcare center opened in Hancock, Right Start Kids Academy.

Finding daycare can be a stressful process.  Reach out to your colleagues for advice and referrals and keep WISE informed about difficulties you encounter or tips you would like to pass on.


New Childcare Center opens in Hancock (July 2018)

The 25 July 2018 Daily Mining Gazette announced the opening of the Right Start Kids Academy, a new childcare center in Hancock.  Right Start Kids Academy is a non-profit center licensed to open in Spring 2018, and they serve infants to age 5 with a space for up to 22 children.  Vice Chair Ruth Ryynanen is quoted in the Gazette  as saying the center opened in response to a community need and that the center is  also something she wanted as a mother.  The center is based around early development and has more flexible 7:30 am-5:30 pm service hours.  Right Start is planned to be affordable.  Their website is rightstartup.org/rska/.

For more on childcare options, click here.


WISE Directors (a short list)

As a start on archiving the history of Michigan Tech’s WISE group, here is a list of recent WISE leadership teams:

2018-21–Caryn Heldt, Megan Frost, Amy Macarelli

2017-18 –Norma Veurink, Dana Johnson, Nancy Barr

2016-17 – Nilufer Onder, Norma Veurink, Dana Johnson

2014-16 – Nilufer Onder, Norma Veurink, Audrey Mayer

2011-14 – Nilufer Onder, Adrienne Minnerick, Nina Mahmoudian

2010-11 – Pushpa Murthy, Nilufer Onder, Faith Morrison

2008-10 – Pushpa Murthy

2004-08 – Michele Miller

 


Adrienne Minerick becomes Dean of the School of Technology at Michigan Tech

The Dean of the School of Technology at Michigan Technological University as of July 2018 is Dr. Adrienne Minerick.

Minerick joined the Michigan Tech faculty in 2010 and is Professor of Chemical Engineering and has served as associate dean for research and innovation in the College of Engineering and assistant to the provost for faculty development.  For several years in her faculty development role in the provost’s office she has been spearheading the AMP-UP process, ADVANCE Matrix Process for University Programs, an outgrowth of Michigan Tech’s NSF ADVANCE grant.  AMP-UP is focused on  facilitating female and under-represented STEM faculty success and retention at Michigan Tech.

Minerick’s excitement at the new position is based on her belief in the School of Technology’s potential to help students who do not mesh easily with the classic, learn-by-lecture model on which most US education is based.

 


Audrey Mayer becomes Assistant to the Provost for Academic Equity and Inclusion

After a University-wide search, Audrey Mayer (SFRES) was selected for and has accepted the position as assistant to the Provost for Academic Equity and Inclusion. Mayer’s role in this position began in May 2018. While serving as assistant to the provost, she will continue in her position as associate professor of ecology and environmental policy.

In her new position, Mayer will provide leadership for campus-wide diversity-enhancement efforts, including the President’s Diversity Council. She will also serve as Michigan Tech’s representative for external groups such as the American Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), the Michigan Associate of State Universities (MASU) and King-Chavez-Parks (KCP).

Mayer is associate professor of of Ecology and Environmental Policy in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Tech and a past co-director of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) at Michigan Tech.


WISE Lunch: Making STEM Presentations that Resonate

On Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:45 am in Ballroom A1, we will feature Nancy Barr, Director of the Engineering Communications Program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, and Amy Marcarelli, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences.  Nancy will provide practical tips on developing conference and faculty talks that resonate with audiences.  She will lead participants in exercises that help them think about the needs of their audiences and engage with them beyond the typical PowerPoint template and sage-on-the-stage format.  Amy will speak on how to find/make time for your professional writing.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Barr, Dana Johnson, or Norma Veurink, co-directors of WISE.