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

The Mathematikado: A Parody of a Parody

“The Mathematikado” is an 1886 parody of the famous opera “The Mikado” by Gilbert       and Sullivan.

Laura Kasson Fiss accidentally discovered "The Mathematikado" as a graduating senior at Vassar College. She was perusing a local bookstore, the kind with used books that smell like history in the making, when she came across a thin paperback with a red-inked title. Together with Andrew Fiss, she gradually recognized it as one of the plays used . . . Read More

The Secret Strength of Gnashing Teeth

Researchers in the field have found in experiments that adding small defects to glass       can increase the strength of the material 200 times over. Credit: Jilbert Ebrahimi       via Unsplash

The strength of teeth is told on the scale of millimeters. Porcelain smiles are kind of like ceramics — except that while china plates shatter when smashed against each other, our teeth don’t, and it’s because they are full of defects. Those defects are what inspired the latest paper led by Susanta Ghosh, assistant . . . Read More

A Day in the Life of a Student-Athlete

Student-athletes at Michigan Tech need to be smart in the game and competitive in       the classroom.

The term "student-athlete" is not a squished hyphen, a juxtaposition, a default by proximity; it’s a deliberate collaboration between coaches, faculty, prospective students, and current students. What makes Michigan Tech Athletics different is the University’s culture as a whole: This is a great place for both mental and physical might, and . . . Read More

IRES Singapore Brings Students Abroad for Health Research

Students are spending the summer in Singapore to study nanotechnology and bioengineering.       Credit: McKenzy Rehfus

Caryn Heldt, James and Lorna Mack Chair in Bioengineering and associate professor of chemical engineering at Michigan Technological University, leads the IRES Singapore project. She says the program's goal is three-fold: to give students lab experience (going way beyond cleaning glassware), to learn techniques to improve interdisciplinary collaboration . . . Read More