Transdisciplinary: Working Across Borders to Solve Global Issues

Crossing borders and cultures are part of the challenges and benefits of transdisciplinary research.

It took a conflict about Huron Creek in Houghton for Alex Mayer to realize his interest in transdisciplinary work. He recognized that understanding how people make decisions about contentious natural resource issues is important whether in Michigan or Veracruz, Mexico.

Mayer, the Charles and Patricia Nelson Presidential Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is no stranger to working with different groups of people who hail from different disciplines. He is one of many Michigan Tech faculty working on transdisciplinary projects, and his work in Mexico illustrates the benefits and challenges of working in such a context.

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Continuous Improvement Connection

Hey huskies. We've been talking a lot lately about ways for you to improve a process before the end of summer. That being said, the one thing that Lean and Continuous Improvement revolves around, and it's greatest resources, are the people. Without people, we don't have customers or anybody to improve for.

Timothy J. Galpin wrote an excellent book called "The Human Side of Change" which outlines the step-by-step process of how to properly utilize people when making a change. We try to follow this model closely when developing improvements.

If you're interested in learning more about the human side of change stop by our office in 136W Wadsworth, or check out this book for yourself from our Lean library. Have an opportunity to improve a process but need a little help? Request an event via our website.

New Funding

Evan Kane (SFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $30,028 research and development contract from the USDA Forest Service Hiawatha National Forest. Rodney Chimner (SFRES), is the Co-PI on the project "Peat Accumulation Rates in Lake States Forested Wetlands." This is a four-year project.

In the News

WMUK radio, an NPR station in Kalamazoo, Michigan, posted a story about a new book called "Hidden in the Trees: An Isle Royale Sojourn,"by Michigan Tech alumnus and arborist Vic Foerster (SFRES). Read and hear the story.


WLUC TV6/Upper Michigan Source included mention of the scientific excursions on Michigan Tech's research vessel Agassiz in its coverage of the Chassell Strawberry Festival. See the story here


Spaces Remain for Summer Geotours

There are still a few spaces left for the fourth year of summer Geotours of the Keweenaw led by Bill Rose (GMES) and Erika Vye. The geoheritage tours focus on aspects of Keweenaw geology, culture and history and feature  and feature the RV Agassiz. For registration, dates and details, see this link.