Allison Mills



  • Associate Director of Research Communications


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.

Links of Interest

Her Beats

  • Sciences, Engineering and Technology
  • School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

About Allison

  • She focuses on writing new stories about Michigan Tech research -- everything from robotic prostheses to mesocosms to the physics of raindrops.
  • A University of Montana graduate, she earned a master's degree in environmental science and natural resource journalism, which built on her bachelor's in geoscience from Northland College.
  • She also teaches dance through the Student Development Complex's community programs.
  • She's a radio geek.

Recent Stories

Secrets of the Pitch Form, Part 1

Besides being a fundamental skill that all of civilization is built on, there are specific and selfish reasons why a busy researcher like you cares about communication (and filling out the University Marketing and Communications story pitch form). Increased citation rates. The logic is simple: Visibility means . . . Read More

3-D Printing Offers Helping Hand to People with Arthritis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that almost a quarter of the U.S. population lives with some form of arthritis. Daily tasks — like opening drawers, turning door handles — can be difficult, so people turn to adaptive aids. Many are small pieces of plastic. "It never ceases to amaze me what a small piece . . . Read More

Leave Nothing Up in the Air: Bridge Inspections in the Age of Drones

Bridging basic and applied research is more than a metaphor. There are 612,677 bridges in the U.S. and the annual Federal Highway Administration 2018 bridge deficiency report finds that more than 54,000 of them have at least one key element that is in poor or worse condition. The state of Michigan ranks 16 nationally with 1,175 structurally deficient . . . Read More

Microgel Powder Fights Infection and Helps Wounds Heal

Hao Meng’s doctoral project focused on biocompatibility testing and pulling a sticky amino acid out of mussels. Glue-like catechol shows promise for smart adhesives — a small jolt of electricity can turn the stickiness on and off — but that’s not its only potential use. "In the process, Meng discovered the chemical . . . Read More