ADVANCE Graduate Students Investigate Equity Framing and Visualization

In celebration of the ADVANCE Adaptation grant progress, today we feature the research of our two graduate students and their advisors.

Ph.D. Candidate Betsy Lehman — Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Lehman is being advised by Beth Veinott (CLS/CS/HCC) and Sonia Goltz (COB). Lehman has a B.S. and M.S. from Northern Michigan University in psychological science. Her dissertation is “When Will We Question Our Frame? That Is the Question: Studying the Sensemaking Process in Ambiguous Scenarios,” involving people’s frames or theories to explain obscured situations. Her research explores whether people question their frames naturally and tests the efficacy of different strategies to prompt questioning in a variety of contexts.

Ph.D. Student Karen Colbert — Computational Science and Engineering
Colbert is working under Mark Rouleau (SS). She has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Data Science from Michigan Tech. She is also a faculty member at the neighboring Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College and a member of the tribal college faculty advisory board for the American Indian College Fund. Her research dissertation is titled “Visualizing Equity: A Data Storytelling Approach to Evaluate Impact of Faculty Gender Bias Intervention.” The research explores the use of computational visualization as a data storytelling approach to evaluate the impact of faculty gender bias intervention programs in STEM fields at higher education institutions. The study aims to contribute to the development of evidence-based recommendations for designing and evaluating effective equity interventions.

Both of these research projects provide insights into how individuals engage with concepts of diversity, equity, inclusion and sense of belonging and the impacts on campus climate as perceived by all individuals in the community. Colbert and Lehman have both been instrumental in assisting the ADVANCE evaluation team with formative assessment results from the Advocates and Allies (A&A) workshops and the Advanced Career Management (ACM) program. A special thank-you to the guidance from their research advisors as well.

For more information about ADVANCE, please visit our website.

Michigan Tech Hockey Unveils 2023-24 Schedule

The Michigan Tech hockey program announced its 2023-24 schedule on Thursday (May 4) in conjunction with the CCHA unveiling its composite schedule. The Huskies have 35 regular-season games that include 24 CCHA games, 18 contests at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena and 11 non-conference meetings.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

New Funding

Paul Goetsch (BioSci/HRI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $240,592 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is titled "CAREER: Priming CUREs to dissect how the DREAM complex protects cell identity."

This is a potential five-year project.


CFO and Senior Vice President for Administration Candidate Open Forum Today

Michigan Tech has invited a candidate to interview for the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Senior Vice President for Administration. The candidate will give a presentation sharing their vision for MTU within the context of academic finance and administration and how their experience has prepared them for this task.

Please mark your calendar to attend Nicholas Stevens' presentation today (May 5) at 1 p.m. The presentation will occur in the Alumni Lounge in the Memorial Union Building.

An opportunity to provide candidate feedback will be available on the CFO and Senior Vice President for Administration Search page at the conclusion of the candidate's visit.


Banner Production System Maintenance

A production system maintenance window is scheduled for Sunday (May 7) from 7-9 a.m. The following production services will be unavailable during that time:

Course Tools 
OAP Rental System 
Oracle Reports 
Virtual Cashiering 

If you have any questions or concerns, we can help. Contact us at or call 7-1111.

In the News

John Lehman (URE) was quoted by the Mining Journal in a story about Michigan Tech’s plans to build a new undergraduate residence hall. The story was picked up from the Daily Mining Gazette.


Fuels Market News picked up a CITGO press release about CEO Carlos Jordá ’71 (B.S. Chemical Engineering) being inducted into the Department of Chemical Engineering’s Distinguished Academy on April 14. 


The Keweenaw Report ran an announcement of an essay contest for a $1,000 scholarship for Michigan Tech-bound high school seniors, offered by the Parade of Nations. Essay submissions are open until June 30 on this online form.


The Freeman of Waukesha County, Wisconsin, announced an upcoming talk to be given by Olympic biathlete and Michigan Tech alum Deedra Irwin. The talk, titled "Pursuing the Impossible," will be held at the Muskego Public Library on May 30 at 6:30 p.m. A Q&A with Irwin was recently featured in the 2023 Tech Magazine.


The Daily Mining Gazette mentioned Michigan Tech in a story on former Husky basketball player Jake Witt’s selection by the Indianapolis Colts during the 2023 NFL Draft. The story was picked up from the Mining Journal.


Tech Transfer Central covered Michigan Tech’s inclusion as the fourth participant in Global Detroit’s Global Entrepreneur in Residence (GEIR) program, which helps international entrepreneurs launch high-growth startups in Michigan. The University’s induction into the program was the topic of a Michigan Tech News press release.


Michigan Tech history professor Steven Walton (SS) was quoted in an UPWord story about plans to create a history museum for the city of Hancock.


The Keweenaw Report ran a story previewing an upcoming “Spring is for Laughs” comedy event on May 5 at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

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