Tech Student Abroad Shares Brexit Perspectives

Blue shirts for "remain." Red shirts for "leave." A pro-Brexit essay written in chalk on Trafalgar Square and a Vote Leave Battle bus emblazoned with the slogan "We send the EU £350 million a week let's fund our NHS (National Health Service) instead."

He's no stranger to the news. But in the weeks building up to the June 23 United Kingdom referendum to leave the European Union, Michigan Tech Lode News Editor Peter Nouhan found himself immersed in the headlines from an entirely different vantage point.

Before his eight-week study program took him to Scotland and then Amsterdam, he had front-row access to the debate on the streets of London. He continues to talk to fellow college students concerned about the implications for higher education. 

They tell him it could become more difficult to move between the UK and the EU countries, so Britain will likely become less attractive for students who want to study there. The potential effect on education and research funding is also a concern, along with the future of collaborations between researchers in the UK and EU.

While there are parallels in the Brexit scenario, including immigration and health care funding, the atmosphere building up to the vote wasn't as charged as the current U.S. presidential election.

Because traffic is so bad, many Londoners take the Underground (subway). "It's faster than a bus or taxi," says Noouhan. "But there's no cellular service and poor Wi-Fi, so commuters rely on old-fashioned news delivery during their commutes.

"You can usually see everyone with a copy of the London Evening Standard or another newspaper," the Tech student says. "Every day there are people handing out newspapers at the entrance to the Underground. This is how I think most people kept up with the Brexit debate."

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New Funding

Lindsay Hiltunen, University archivist at the Van Pelt and Opie Library, is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $7,000 grant from the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission.

The 18-month project is entitled, "Becoming the Pride of the Upper Peninsula:The Formative Years of the Copper Range Railroad, 1899-1920."


Sarah Fayen Scarlett (SS), is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $5,000 grant from the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission. The 18-month public service project is entitled "Citizen Historical Kiosks." 


Campus Communicators Meets Today

Writers, social media managers and web liaisons are encouraged to attend Campus Communicators from 10 to 11 a.m. today in MUB001. Meet other campus communication professionals and show and tell your favorite app, interface, platform or widget. Bring your own digital device.


Japanese Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Japanese food is on tap at tomorrow's Khana Khazana. Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the food trailer in the MUB Circle opposite from the library. 

The menu includes Chicken Teriyaki, Salad with Wafu (Japanese vinaigrette) dressing and Japanese Cheesecake.

Cost is $6.95 for a full meal. Like the Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech Facebook page.

On the Road

Iosif Pinelis (Math) presented the talk "Optimal-order Bounds on the Rate of Convergence to Normality for Maximum Likelihood Estimators," at the Ninth World Congress of Probability and Statistics in Toronto, July 11-15. The talk was based on his paper

In the News

The Times of London's Higher Education Section ran an article about a paper by Joshua Pearce (MSE) published in the journal Tertiary Education and Management, scoring university vice presidents for research and other senior university executives on their own research productivity. Read the article here.