Allison Mills

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

Be Brief: Tracks

The Keweenaw Waterway’s surface is an annual sun dial; the tracks on its surface mark the time of year. Snowmobile tracks eventually give way to cracking ice. Slowly, the melt creeps in until the water is riffled by a strong breeze. Eventually, the green growth, which even flourishes beneath the surface, is dotted by falling leaves, until slowly . . . Read More

Research in Brief

Not Just a Dad Sport Richelle Winkler , associate professor of sociology and demography and the principal investigator for the study. More young women are buying fishing licenses in the Great Lakes region, while the . . . Read More


National Science Foundation Faculty Career Awards Sumit Paudyal Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering What I do: Calculate energy use ebbs and flows to optimize load flexibility and distribution . . . Read More

Jobs versus Death Toll: Calculating Corporate Death Penalties

A new paper published in the journal Social Sciences (DOI: 10.3390/socsci8020062) explores two case studies focused on industries that kill more people than they employ. The study lays out the rationale for establishing an actionable threshold and offers insights into solutions. Using case studies, it calculates the number of deaths attributed to the . . . Read More