June 6, 2005 (Vol. 12, No. 4)
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Remember when washing the car wasn't really about getting an automobile clean (although I contend that should still be the end result)? It was about warm temperatures, being outside, and (most important) having control of the nozzle.
Warm temperatures came to the Keweenaw this weekend and, with them, a spate of outdoor activity. Except for me as I scoured eBay for mountain bike deals. But the windows and doors were open and I could hear elevated noise levels, water-related trash talking, then the pitter-patter of size 11 feet on the porch.
The inside of the house, you see, is a spray-free zone and Mr. Size 11's sister had taken refuge while continuing to taunt her brother. Somewhere along the line a huge Super Soaker water gun appeared on the scene (I'm guessing because it provided more portability than a hose). The result was a wet porch, a wet driveway and two wet people.
When I emerged from the house, the Super Soaker had replaced the hose as car washing implement of choice ("you wash the car *your* way, I'll wash it mine").
Somehow the pasty dinner just didn't seem right that night. Grilled cheeseburgers or chicken (with lots of barbecue sauce), warm breezes, and Ernie Harwell narrating a Tigers game amid the radio crackling from lightning storm somewhere between here and there--now *that's* a summer evening.
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CARGILL SITE PROMOTES TECH'S SafeLane: Cargill is promoting SafeLane (formerly SmartLane), the anti-icing road coating developed by Michigan Tech's Russ Alger, a research scientist at the Keweenaw Research Center. You can read about the SafeLane trial on the Wolf River Bridge, near Crandon, Wis., and more recent studies. Plus, click on "Origin" to read a nice plug on the Keweenaw Research Center. More:
EXPLAIN HOW CLOUDS FORM? What's the freezing point of water? If you
answered 32 degrees Fahrenheit (or 0 degrees Celsius), you are among the
vast, misinformed majority. Will Cantrell, an assistant professor of physics,
explains that it depends on the surface the water is touching, as well
as impurities in the liquid. But he has also found that adding a little
testosterone to water raises its freezing point. Read about this, and
why it really *is* important, here.
LIBRARY TOURS THIS SUMMER: Tours of the new Opie Library and renovated J.R. Van Pelt Library will be available throughout the summer. Tours will be given Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. Meet at the Circulation Desk located on the first floor.
SMART ZONE HOLDS PATENT WORKSHOP: The Michigan Tech Enterprise SmartZone is sponsoring two workshops June 20-21 led by patent attorney William Abbatt of Brooks Kushman, P.C. Both will be held at Michigan Tech's Advanced Technology Development Complex. The workshops will cover the basics of patents and how to get started on an application. Limited consultations are also available. Contact Jonathan Leinonen (jleinonen(at)mtecsmart.com) or go here.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN ALUMNI PICNIC: Michigan Tech's Detroit-area African-American alumni will host a picnic June 11 at Belle Isle (shelter 1 at noon) in Detroit. All alumni are welcome, and the group will host incoming area freshmen and the Michigan Tech Wade McCree scholars. For more information, contact Betty Chavis at ythbetty(at)mtu.edu
ALUM SUMMITS EVEREST: Scott Wazny, a 1995 graduate of Michigan Tech and an experienced mountaineer, has successfully reached the summit of Mt. Everest. Reports from Nepal show him at the top of the world on May 30. Wazny earned a degree in mechanical engineering and was a three-year starter on Tech's football team (he was team captain his senior year). He and his wife, Dana, live in Portland, Oregon, where he is an engineer at Freightliner.
KEWEENAW CHAPTER EVENT WEDNESDAY: The Keweenaw alumni chapter has an after-work social scheduled for Wednesday, 5-6:30 pm, at the Library Restaurant and Brew Pub. Appetizers and brewery tours included. No RSVP necessary.
FINNISH LANGUAGE CENTER DISCUSSED: Finlandia University and Finnish American Heritage Center officials are organizing an advisory board to study the viability of establishing a North American Finnish language consortium. The board will survey Finnish language instructors, develop a proposal exploring the establishment of a central resource body for the support of North American Finnish language and culture instruction, and investigate and identify sources of funding for a Finnish language and culture center.
WINS TAX RULING: A U.S. District Court judge in Marquette has ruled
that the state has no grounds to impose property taxes on the Keweenaw
Bay Indian Community. In 1992, the state foreclosed on several tribal
properties for non-payment of taxes. A resulting agreement specified that
the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community would not pay property taxes, but would
pay an equivalent amount for government services, such as police and fire
protection. The court ruled that an 1854 treaty creating the reservation's
sovereignty prevents the state from taking land in any way, including
via property taxes.
From the E-mailbagDean sez: Many, many alumni knew of the book that Kate
Willette was looking for, which turned out to be A
Programmed Introduction to Dynamics by Clyde Work. Here's a
note from Kate.
E-mail from Kate Willette (kate.willette(at)goswerve.com)
Dean, you said, "I'm
sure you know by now that we have
E-mail from Chris Pritchard '78 (CHRIS_PRITCHARD(at)fmc.com)
I think the self
- paced statics and dynamics courses
I remember him (story
time!) because the one (or more)
Thanks for the good job!
E-mail from Ray Tabar '70 (RTabar(at)foth.com)
I will look around
home for the Programmed Dynamics
E-mail from Tim Nielsen (TNielsen(at)williams-int.com)
I think the book
that you are talking about is "A
Dean sez: and now
a couple of comments on the walk at the
E-mail from Shelley Berg (amiladat2pj(at)yahoo.com)
Ahhh, I remember
that exact same walk one summer when
I can't wait to show
my family some of my version of
E-mail from Lorin Johnson (lorin(at)interfacecontrol.com)
So, you entice us
with descriptions of beauty and then
Dean sez: I used
the old fashioned film camera for these
E-mail from David Elack '60 (themisture(at)frontiernet.net)
I have to confess
that I deleted your May 23
The contents of the
bottles were highly suspicious,
We discovered upon
trying to land why the tires looked
Getting back to Australia,
which is what stirred this
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Job Opportunities This Week
ON CAMPUS: Complete job descriptions for these positions are available by e-mailing jobs at mtu.edu
OFF CAMPUS: For off-campus positions, visit the alumni section of the career center's web site (www.ucc.mtu.edu/alumni.asp)