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Allison Mills

Allison Mills

Science and Technology Writer

A through and through geek, Allison writes university research stories. She studied geoscience as an undergrad at Northland College before getting a master's in environmental science and natural resource journalism at the University of Montana. She moonlights as a dance instructor, radio fiend, and occasional rock licker.

Most Recent Stories

It's Electric: Nanowires in Batteries

Using manganese dioxide nanowires, a team led by a Michigan Technological University graduate student is coming up with better battery designs. The nanowires use a one-dimensional tunnel structure to help move lithium ions through the openings, which could help make batteries smaller and more efficient. . . . Read More

ISSRM: Bridging Society and Natural Resources

Bringing together nearly 500 researchers from around the world, Michigan Technological University will be hosting this year's International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM). The conference focuses on the intersection of human and natural . . . Read More

Carbon Dioxide Biggest Player in Thawing Permafrost

Carbon dioxide emissions from dry and oxygen-rich environments will likely strengthen the climate forcing impact of thawing permafrost on top of methane release from oxygen-poor wetlands in the Arctic, according to a study in Nature Climate Change. . . . Read More

To Purify A Virus

A new theory about virus surfaces—that they're hydrophobic—has opened up new processes to improve vaccine production, potentially making them more affordable around the . . . Read More

History and Science Meet in the Keweenaw

Students from Michigan Technological University partnered with Keweenaw National Historical Park to put a new tech twist on local history. The students created an interpretive display on mine water geothermal energy. Together, the display and Youth Historian program offer Keweenaw youth a chance to learn more about their . . . Read More

Leaving the Electrical Grid in the Upper Peninsula

While Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is not the sunniest place in the world, solar energy is viable in the region. With new technologies, some people might be inclined to leave the electrical grid. A team from Michigan Technological University looked into the economic viability of grid defection in the Upper . . . Read More

Chemistry Duo Wins Bhakta Rath Research Award

Congratulations to Melanie Talaga and Tarun Dam for winning the 2016 Bhakta Rath Award. The award is given to an exceptional doctoral student and advisor pair at Michigan Technological University making a difference with their . . . Read More

Colleen Mouw Wins Presidential Award for Her NASA Research

Colleen Mouw double-checked to make sure the email wasn't spam. Who gets a personalized message from the White House anyway? The correspondence was indeed real—and an early step to Mouw winning one of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) this . . . Read More