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

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

The Meta View on Gene Editing in Plants

Get to know the gene editing toolbox. Biologists Sachin Teotia and Guiliang Tang compiled the literature for you in their meta-analysis on techniques for plant genomes. And illustrator Jordan Blahnik turned it into an infographic. Here are the power tools: CRISPR-Cas9, artificial microRNA, and short tandem target . . . Read More

Responding Quickly to the Earthquake in Ecuador

Luke Bowman is no ordinary geologist. He thinks about people and communities as much as he considers the dangers of landslides, volcanoes and earthquakes. Bowman is a geoscientist with an unique interdisciplinary take on mitigating and responding to geohazards, a kind of "social geology" that combines social science and geology techniques. Right now, he is in Ecuador, helping communities respond . . . Read More

Two Wolves Remain on Isle Royale

Having survived another year, it is likely that only two wolves remain on Isle Royale. A researcher from Michigan Technological University surveyed the island this winter, part of the longest running predator-prey study in the world. The sudden population drop has led the Isle Royale National Park to look into intervention strategies for one of its most iconic species. The study’s report . . . Read More

Playing with Robots

Kids, robots, and grad students team up to save a far-away galaxy in this after-school program play. The kids cue the robots, who recite their lines from computer script. The Michigan Tech students, who study cognitive science and computer science, volunteer at the Dollar Bay Elementary School and introduce the young students to robotics and . . . Read More

Consensus on Consensus: Expertise Matters in Agreement Over Human-Caused Climate Change

A research team confirms that 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is caused by humans. The group includes Sarah Green, a chemistry professor at Michigan Technological University. “What’s important is that this is not just one study—it’s the consensus of multiple studies,” Green says. This consistency across studies contrasts with the language . . . Read More

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