Mileage Rate Increase

The mileage rate for university business travel is now 48.5 cents per mile. This rate is effective for all travel between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31. In recognition of recent gasoline price increases, the IRS made this special adjustment for the final months of 2005. The IRS normally updates the mileage rates once a year in the fall for the next calendar year.

Also, the mileage rate for moving expenses will be 22 cents per mile for the remainder of 2005, up from the rate of 15 cents per mile.

Open House for Prospective Students Saturday

Michigan Tech is holding an open house for high school students and their families on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Students and their families will visit university departments and labs; talk with faculty and students about Michigan Tech; and learn about admissions, financial aid, scholarships, majors and life on campus.

Exhibits and demonstrations will be held, along with campus tours. Visitors can enjoy brunch in the residence halls, see the Parade of Nations and attend the "Mythbusters" lecture set for 7:30 p.m. in the Rozsa Center.

The public is welcome. For more information or to register, contact the Admissions Office at 487-2335 or 1-888-688-1885, or visit .

College Fair Thursday in the SDC

Michigan Tech is hosting the Houghton Area College Fair on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Student Development Complex Wood Gym.

Representatives from more than 35 universities, colleges and branches of the military will be on hand to talk with area high school students. From 800 to 1,000 students are expected to attend.

The public is welcome. For more information, contact the MTU Admissions Office at 487-2335 or 1-888-688-1885.

The MythBusters Come to Town Sept. 17

Submitted by Valerie Pegg, Great Events at the Rozsa

Amazing and amusing daredevils Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, the heroes of the immensely popular MythBusters series on the Discovery Channel, come to the Rozsa stage on Saturday, Sept. 17, to talk about what it’s like to be MythBusters. A second show has been booked for 3:30 p.m. , since the originally scheduled 7:30 p.m. show is sold out. Tickets for the 3:30 p.m. show are now on sale at the Rozsa Center Box Office (487-3200, Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.–5 p.m.) or online at

Adam and Jamie are planning to bust a myth on stage and, as they so often do on TV, they may put their own bodies on the line—definitely a first at the Rozsa! Their search to separate fact from fiction in urban myths is unfailingly clever, and their witty banter is almost like stand-up comedy. They’re ready, willing, and able to try just about anything to extract and expose the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Adam and Jamie are both actors and veterans of the special effects industry. They’ve worked special effects on such feature films as Star Wars Episode 1, Terminator 3, The Matrix sequels and others. Adam’s varied background includes everything from graphic design to animatronics, from injection molding to sculpture. Jamie progressed from a degree in Russian languages and literature to a charter sailing business in the Caribbean and then to special effects. He holds several patents and has won numerous industry awards.

The show is made possible by the MTU Student Entertainment Board, the MTU Graduate Student Council, and the MTU Parents Fund.

Sustainable Futures Institute to Host Poster Session and Banquet

The Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI) will be hosting a poster session and banquet on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The poster session will go from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the Memorial Union Red Metal Room. All faculty, staff and students with an interest in sustainability are encouraged to either present a previously prepared poster or prepare a poster and share the results of their research during this session.

At 6:30 p.m. the banquet will begin upstairs in the ballroom. All faculty, staff and students engaged in sustainability-related activities are invited to participate in the poster session and attend the SFI banquet.

If you plan to present a poster, please contact Josh Cowden at for instructions regarding poster preparation. Also, for planning purposes, please notify Jane Zhang at if you plan to attend the reception/banquet.

Chemistry Seminar Friday

Mary Kay H. Pflum, of the Department of Chemistry, Wayne State University, will present a seminar, "Human Histone Deacetylase Proteins: Intriguing Drug Target," on Friday, Sept. 16, in Chem Sci 101. A social will follow in the Chemistry Learning Center, Chem Sci 208.

The studies in the Pflum laboratory make an essential first step toward connecting HDAC1 function and cancer formation by utilizing bioorganic chemistry.

Job Postings

The following job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Office. For more information, call 487-2280, email or go to

Assistant Professor--Construction Management, School of Technology
Assistant Professor--Computer Network Systems Administration, School of Technology
(2) Assistant Professors--Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Senior Research Engineer I--Civil and Environmental Engineering/Sustainable Futures Institute (Position dependent upon external funding)

Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer.

In Print

Associate Professor Carol MacLennan (Social Sciences) has published a book chapter, "Corruption in Corporate America: Enron--Before and After," in Corruption: Anthropological Perspectives, by Dieter Haller and Cris Shore (eds), London: Pluto Press.