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

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

Secrets of the Pitch Form, Part 2

So you want a news release — or you’ve been told you do — and one of those writer types in UMC sent you a pitch form at to fill out. Why should you bother? Read Secrets of the Pitch Form, Part 1. In Part 2, we’ll go over what info to provide in the pitch form and thoughts on story formats. . . . Read More

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