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Convergence NNA: Coordinate a Transdisciplinary Research Networkto Identify Challenges and Solutions of Coastal Permafrost Erosion and Its Socioecological Impact in the Artic
Cooperative Agreement for Work with Pullman National Monument
Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure
Longitudinal Analysis of Population Redistribution by County Type and in Relation to National Forest and Public Lands
OISE-PIRE: Sustainability Ecosystem Services and Bioenergy Development across the Americas
Additional Departmental Projects
INFEWS/T3: Climate Change Mitigation via Reducing Household Food Energy and Water Consumption: A Quantitative Analysis of Interventions and Impacts of Conservation
- Principal Investigator: David Watkins
- Co-PI: Chelsea Schelly
- College/School: College of Engineering
- Department(s): Civil & Environmental Engineering
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Center/Institute: Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI)
As part of a new program called Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding the team nearly $3 million over five years. Their research focuses on how household consumption of food, energy and water (FEW) impacts climate change and resource scarcity.
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.
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
Mapping and Modelling the Migration of French-Canadians across the North American Continent: 1760-1914
Project Director: Yves Frenette, Université Saint Boniface
Project Co-Director: Don Lafreniere
The project aims to study the cross border migration and settlement patterns of French Canadians on the North American continent, between 1760 and 1914. The timeframe encompasses two periods: 1760 to 1850 and 1850 to 1914. The research hypotheses relate to the interconnected migratory waves that took place between Quebec, New England, Manitoba, Michigan, and the Minnesota-North Dakota region.
The research question is threefold: drawing an encompassing picture of French-Canadian migrations across time and space; identifying the socio-economic factors and the complexity of these migration patterns, and analyzing at a micro-level the migratory waves that took place during this period and their related processes. The research hypotheses will be verified through cross sectional (portraits of specific moments based on census data) and longitudinal studies (biographical data matched with personal data found in Public Records Offices, the censuses and mixed sources).
The project will throw new light on the scope of the migratory waves undertaken by French Canadians across the continent, and the impact of their settlement patterns and socio-cultural interactions in shoring up and shaping identities. The Metis are one example of how the meeting of culture, especially intercultural marriages, fostered new social, economic and political realities. In Manitoba, New England, Michigan, and Minnesota-North Dakota more specifically, the research findings will bring a renewed focus on the unique linguistic heritage, cultural practices and settlement patterns that underpin the social history of a people and of a region. Finally, the project sustains awareness of the importance of historic migrations in the context of current French-speaking migratory waves from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Greater Maghreb and the West Indies.
Project website: http://deploiements-francophones.ustboniface.ca/
• Sponsor: Social Science and Humanities Council of Canada
Copper Country Architects
The Biographical Dictionary of Copper Country Architects contains information on 25 architects who were known to have designed buildings in the Copper Country of Michigan, narrowly defined here as Houghton and Keweenaw counties. Some of the architects were based downstate, with nation-wide practices; some had offices in Marquette, Milwaukee, or Detroit but did significant work here; and others set up shop in the Copper Country, although none of them spent their entire careers here.
Inventory of Historic Scientific Instruments @ MichiganTech
The Inventory of Historic Scientific Instruments (IHSI) at Michigan Tech is a collaboration between the Social Sciences and Humanities departments. Its goal is to locate, digitally catalog, and interpret all historic instruments and teaching materials at the University. This includes not only the 150-year-old brass surveying instruments first used at the Michigan College of Mines, but also equipment that records the breakthroughs made in Michigan Tech even as recently as the end of the 20th Century.
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.
Older Research Projects
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.
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.
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.