Research Projects

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Sponsored Projects

Cleanup Monitoring and Documentation Quincy Smelting Works Ripley Michigan

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Patrick Martin
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences

Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Donald Lafreniere
Co-PI: John Arnold
Co-PI: Robert Pastel
Co-PI: Sarah Scarlett
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences
Center/Institute: Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC)

Longitudinal Analysis of Population Redistribution by County Type and in Relation to National Forest and Public Lands

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Richelle Winkler
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences
Center/Institute: Ecosystem Science Center (ESC)

History and Interpretation of Quincy Milling and Reclamation at Torch Lake

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Carol MacLennan
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences

ANGLER DEMOGRAPHICS: AN AGE-PERIOD-COHORT ANALYSIS

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Richelle Winkler
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences
Center/Institute: Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC)

Contextualiing Family Food Decisions: The Role of Household Characteristics Neighborhood Deprivation and Local Food Environments

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Richelle Winkler
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences

Standard Research Grant: Toxic Mobilizations: Contaminants and Iron Mining Histories in the Lake Superior Basin

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Nancy Langston
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences
Center/Institute: Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC)

A Proposal to Create the First-Ever Comprehensive Nationwide Inventory of Industrial Heritage Resources

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Patrick Martin
Co-PI: Leonor Medeiros
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences

Geographic Analysis of Age-Period-Cohort Dimensions in Michigan Hunter Participation

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Richelle Winkler
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences

OISE-PIRE: Sustainability Ecosystem Services and Bioenergy Development across the Americas

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Kathleen Halvorsen
Co-PI: Rodney Chimner
Co-PI: David Shonnard
College/School: College of Sciences & Arts
Department(s): Social Sciences
Center/Institute: Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI)

 

Additional Departmental Projects

Canadian Historical Geographic Information Systems Partnership

The Canadian HGIS Partnership is working to build and expand a network of researchers and community members engaged in Historical GIS.  Project activities include producing and disseminate a series of white papers on HGIS methods, developing HGIS-specific standards for Geospatial data structure and for research data and the creation of a pilot version of an open, accessible Historical GIS data portal.The research and development activities proposed are the beginnings of a strong infrastructure for conducting historical research, in a geographic context. This framework will allow for the effective creation of historical GIS research data, their storage and long-term preservation, their sharing among known and unforeseen collaborators. In addition, this project is part of the broader movement to create a new culture of openness and collaboration in research activities.

• Project Co-Director:  Dr. Don Lafreniere

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Hancock and Houghton Recycling Report

The SS5400 Sociology of the Environment class of Dr. Richelle Winkler has produce an executive report reviewing and outlining recommendations to the current Hancock and Houghton recycling programs. You can access the report by clicking on the following link: Executive Report.

Industrial Archaeology Image Archive

The Industrial Archaeology Image Archive website was initiated to make the Robert M. Vogel slide collection more accessible for research purposes or for the simple pleasure of viewing. The archive’s primary collection consists of Vogel’s slides, which represent over 30 years of travel to sites of significant industrial heritage around the world. This web-based effort continues under the guidance of the industrial archaeology program.

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The Early European Gun Project

Funded by the British Academy, the Early European Guns (EEG) project is a first-stage investigation into the technology, ballistic capabilities, and forensic signatures of early firepower. Through the systematic documentation, measurement, and recording of small-bore gunpowder artillery and handguns preserved in collections across Europe, EEG sheds new light on the early development of gunpowder weaponry in Europe from c.1450–1520. The project is a collaboration between researchers at Michigan Tech and the University of Huddersfield in Yorkshire, England. The first version of the guns database is available on the project website.

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Utah Pottery

The Utah Pottery Project focuses on studying immigrant potters who lived throughout the Mormon Domain of Utah in the 19th century. The project’s goals include cataloging the immigrant pottery makers and clay industry workers; locating and identifying archaeological pottery sites; cataloging known examples of Utah pottery housed in museum collections; and assembling and disseminating information about the potters, their families, their work, their products, and their contributions to the history of Utah.

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First Fridays Report

This course project aimed to understand how First Fridays and the art scene in Calumet contribute to community development. The project inventoried community assets and assessed how First Fridays contribute to these assets using participation observation, interviews, and surveys of First Fridays participants. An Executive Summary of this research can be found here. A full report including research procedures and results is also available here.

The Caribbean Industrial Heritage Program and Central Aguirre Research Project

The Caribbean Industrial Heritage Research Program (CIHP) is a multidisciplinary research program focused on the study of the evolution of industry in the circum-Caribbean region. The CIHP is dedicated to the study of social, economic, and technological change associated with industry in the region, as well as to the promotion of industrial heritage and archaeology, including preservation, in the Caribbean and throughout Latin America.

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Private Land Management and Voluntary Incentive Programs Project

This project investigates the role that social influence plays in the land management of small private forests in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and the collective impact on the UP landscape of thousands of land management decisions by non-industrial private forest owners. Click here to access the project website.