Kelley Christensen

Kelley Christensen


  • Science Writer and Project Strategist, University Marketing and Communications


Kelley writes university research stories and articles for university publications. She studied news-editorial journalism and American literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and holds a master's in technical communication from Montana Tech. She is pursuing her doctorate in environmental policy at Michigan Tech.

About Kelley

  • She writes about Michigan Tech research and serves as communications liaison to the Great Lakes Research Center and Michigan Tech Research Institute. She's also a member of the university social media team.
  • Her career includes writing for small-town newspapers in Montana and working as a public information officer, an events coordinator, and science editor for an IEEE publication, Earthzine.

Recent Stories 

Predicting Great Lakes Meteotsunamis with Better Modeling

The North Entry light on the Keweenaw Waterway at dusk, with a wave breaking in the foreground.

Though some might consider the Great Lakes an unlikely place for tsunamis to occur, meteorological events can cause incredibly rapid lake level rises, known as meteotsunamis. And until now, Great Lakes coastal forecasting models have not been precise enough to accurately predict these events. Michigan Technological University’s Pengfei Xue, along with collaborators at Colorado School of . . . Read More

Machine Learning Reduces Uncertainty in Breast Cancer Diagnoses

Michigan Tech's campus seen from the water.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer with the highest mortality rate. Swift detection and diagnosis diminish the impact of the disease. However, classifying breast cancer using histopathology images — tissues and cells examined under a microscope — is a challenging task because of bias in the data and the unavailability of annotated data in large quantities. Automatic detection of . . . Read More

Be Brief: Metal

The interior of the new 3D metal printer, which is illuminated from within.

When it comes to 3D printing, why stop at plastic? 3D printing continues to revolutionize a number of industries, including toys, adaptive aids, and even COVID-19 personal protective equipment and life-saving tools, so it comes as no surprise that the concept has been applied to metal. Direct metal printing (DMP) allows manufacturers to create fine parts from metal powders. Called additive . . . Read More

Be Brief: Glider

A wave glider in the water, with cliffs and clouds on the horizon.

"Smooth seas do not a skillful sailor make." This proverb rings true for the autonomous, unpiloted wave glider recently deployed into Lake Superior by the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC). Owned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), the glider — a particularly seasoned piece of equipment which has traveled from . . . Read More