June 27, 2005 (Vol. 12, No. 5)
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Coming back from vacation always is a bit of a culture shock. After two weeks of relaxation and no schedules, it is back to alarm clocks and deadlines.
Speaking of vacations, if you want to spend summer in the Keweenaw, you'd better come today. The prognosticators predict a record-breaking high of 91 today, then 70 tomorrow and 68 by Thursday.
Those of you fortunate enough to have spent a summer at Tech know that it is a delightful time of year. While the lake provides so much snow to play in, it also moderates temperatures most of the time, so things don't tend to get real hot and, as shown by this week's forecast, the heat doesn't tend to stay for long. Kind of like San Diego without the traffic.
And speaking of traffic, we spent part of our vacation below the Cheddar Curtain, with Laura looking at a couple of colleges in Wisconsin. The trip included a drive around Milwaukee where, through the miracle of the Internet, my daughter had found that we would drive right past--well, almost--the Brookfield Mall.
My negative attitude toward this event changed when we walked into the mall and right smack-dab into the huge Sears tool section. After reveling in the sheer number of table saws (10 different models--who knew?), I managed to control the testosterone rush and walked out with only a new set of drill bits and a pair of needle-nose pliers. Between that and Barnes and Noble, it was more fun than one person should be allowed.
After years of a five-minute commute through Hancock and Houghton, I'm never quite prepared for the level of traffic when we travel--the number of trucks, and the speed at which the vehicles move. Navigating spaghetti junction in Minneapolis, for example (the convergence of I-35W and I-94), is a little more complicated than Covington Junction (the confluence of US-41 and US-141 somewhere south of Alberta). The big concern at Covington is whether that slow moving RV will turn and continue to block your way, or if it will lumber on to Michigamme.
A final note--next week's newsletter will appear on Tuesday, since Monday is the 4th (July already!).
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At Da Tech
APPROVES BALANCED BUDGET: Michigan Tech's Board of Control has approved
a balanced general fund budget of $111.5 million for the 2005-06 fiscal
year. The budget includes a 7.7 percent increase in tuition and mandatory
fees and a 3.7 percent increase over the current wage base. It will be
the first pay raise at the university in over two years. The budget assumes
a state appropriation of $48.0 million, a decrease of about $2.0 million
from the year ending June 30. The state has not yet passed its higher
education budget. More:
NEW DEGREES APPROVED: During its June 24 meeting, the board also gave final approval to new bachelor of science programs in construction management, mechanical engineering technology and electrical engineering technology; and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.
TECH OPENS HONORS
INSTITUTE: Michigan Tech has established an honors institute, with
the program based on activities designed by students. Institute director
Mary Durfee said students will negotiate with professors in three existing
courses to do additional research or specialized independent study. "There
aren't special classes," Durfee said. "We're not trying to segregate
honors students from others." More:
TECH SPIN-OFF RECEIVES STATE AWARD: Governor Jennifer Granholm has presented one of the first University Commercialization Excellence Awards to Michigan Tech alumnus Glen Barna. The award was created to celebrate the successful commercialization of technology developed at Michigan's public universities. Barna, president of IR Telemetrics, received a $25,000 prize. Barna was a graduate student at Michigan Tech when his research led to the formation of IR Telemetrics Inc. The Hancock firm has since become a worldwide technology leader in wireless data transfer from reciprocating and rotating components.
GEOLOGIST RECEIVES ENERGY GRANT: Research professor Roger Turpening (geological and mining engineering and science) has received a $144,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to enhance seismic data used by companies searching for oil. "Our overall goal is to make images of the permeability of the earth," he says. "In our business, that's a big deal. It's the Holy Grail . . . a grand challenge, it's so hard to do."
RESEARCH AWARD: ME-EM Professor Ghatu Subhash, who has gained an international
reputation for his research in mechanical engineering and materials science,
is the recipient of Michigan Tech's 2005 Research Award. This makes him
one of a handful of Michigan Tech faculty to be honored with both the Research Award
and the Distinguished Teaching Award, which he received in 1994. More:
PHYSICS PROF WEB
FEATURED IN SCIENCE: Science magazine featured associate professor
John Jaszczak's (Physics) website, The Graphite Page, in its June 10 NetWatch
column. According to the column, this website helps it viewers gain an
appreciation for graphite's intricate structure and even its beauty. See
the NetWatch column.
TECH FUND NAMES MERIT WINNERS: Recent Michigan Tech graduates Jennifer Bzura and Jason Gillespie are the recipients of the 2005 Michigan Tech Fund Merit Award. Six additional students were named nominees of distinction. Merit Awards honor two seniors, a man and a woman, for their academic achievements and service. Each recipient is given $1,000 and a framed photo of the Michigan Tech campus.
NELSON, DAVIS RECEIVE
TEACHING AWARDS: Professor Charles Nelson (Humanities) and Assistant
Professor Brian Davis (Electrical and Computer Engineering) are the 2005
recipients of Michigan Tech's Distinguished Teaching Award. Nelson receives
the award in the professor/associate professor category, while Davis will
be honored in the assistant professor/lecturer category.
SITE FEATURES MROZ COMMENTARY: The June commentary on the Presidents
Council web site is written by Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz. In
the article, "Fostering entrepreneurialism for Michigan's new economy,"
Mroz shares some perspective on the need for Michigan to provide more
entrepreneurial education opportunities in the undergraduate experience.
The Presidents Council is an organization of the 15 state universities
in Michigan. See
GLIME TO LEAD INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION: Janice Glime has been elected to a four-year term as president of the International Association of Bryologists. The approximately 500 members of the IAB are experts in mosses and liverworts. Glime, a professor of biological sciences, assumes the presidency in July.
SUSTAINABILITY AWARD: Students in the Sustainable Futures Institute
have received the prestigious International Mondialogo Award, sponsored
by DaimlerChrysler and the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO). They were honored for their research on the use
of sustainable construction materials in the developing world. More:
QUINCY SHOWS OFF PRESERVATION: The public got a look at the stabilization methods being used at the Quincy Mine ruins during a Keweenaw National Historical Park presentation last week. Crews are doing masonry work at buildings atop Quincy Hill in Hancock, including the Quincy Mine's pay office, dry house and workers' quarters.
KEWEENAW COUNTY LOOKS AT BALANCE: Representatives from conversation groups, government units and universities met at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge to discuss how best to protect natural resources while still encouraging economic development. The workshop was put together by the National Wildlife Federation in conjunction with Eagle Harbor Township, the Keweenaw Land Trust and the Houghton-Keweenaw Conservation District.
HOUGHTON LOOKS AT DOWNTOWN: After months of collecting statistics and opinions regarding Houghton's downtown, representatives of a consulting firm visited for a first-hand look. HyettPalma specializes in historic downtowns and was hired to help Houghton assess improvements, including pedestrian safety, parking, and providing a wider variety of goods and services.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Arden White (ardenw(at)windows.microsoft.com)
I'm heading down
to Appleton, Wisconsin to play at
E-mail from Nancy Rabe '81 (Narbe(at)aol.com)
I can't tell you
how much I look forward to your
Anyway, Jerry and
I built a cottage on 5 Mile Point Rd
E-mail from Jacquie Klimsza (jklimsza(at)ufpi.com)
Dean sez: Please
e-mail Jacquie for details, if you are
E-mail from Bob Carnahan '53 (partec(at)gorge.net)
Enjoyed this weeks
alumni notes immensely. For
E-mail from Mike Benson (mike_benson(at)starkey.com)
Dean, I'm glad Kate
found that book of Clyde Work's.
E-mail from John Gonser '58 (ofg(at)swcp.com)
I have to jump in
here on the World's Worst Beer
Several years ago
my job caused me to move my family
I soon was guided
by an Israeli friend in the location
I don't really know
how to describe this stuff, but it
E-mail form Rick Stevens '87 (Rick.Stevens(at)associatedrubber.com)
I have to add to
David's statement about the local
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