Michigan Tech to Offer Transatlantic Forest Resources Master's Degree

By Jennifer Donovan, director of public relations

In a first-of-its-kind, the transatlantic graduate program, students on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean can now earn dual forest resources master's degrees from Michigan Tech and a Finnish or Swedish university.

Michigan Tech and North Carolina State University have received a joint $224,000 grant from the US Department of Education and the European Union (EU) to partner with the University of Helsinki in Finland and the Swedish University of Agricultural Science to offer a transatlantic dual master's degree program in forest resources and biotechnology. The program is one of 16 recently funded by the new US-European partnership, called ATLANTIS (Actions for Transatlantic Links and Academic Networks for Training and Integrated Studies).

The program will enable 12 Michigan Tech graduate students and 12 graduate students from Finland and Sweden to spend one year at Tech and the other year at one of the Scandinavian partner universities. All students will meet uniform standards, and those who complete the program will receive dual MS degrees, one from Michigan Tech and the other from the Swedish or Finnish university they attend.

North Carolina State, the lead US institution in the partnership, will also conduct a similar exchange program for 24 additional graduate students.

Transatlantic faculty exchanges will also be part of the new program. Graduate students will be jointly supervised by US and European Union faculty members.

The new dual degree program is designed to enhance the global competitiveness of forestry in the temperate zone, to contribute to sustainable management of forests globally and to improve the quality of higher education in forestry in the US and the European Union.

A global perspective is very important, said Margaret Gale, dean of Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. "We're living in a global society, yet our perspectives and practices are quite different," she explained. "We need to understand how other countries are managing their natural resources. This project will make the distance between us much smaller."

Michigan Tech will pay tuition, plus travel expenses and a living stipend for Tech graduate students during their year in Finland or Sweden.

"This is a unique opportunity for graduate students to get two years of education for one year's investment," said Chandrashekhar Joshi, who will lead the program at Michigan Tech's SFRES. "They will also get an international experience and a chance to learn about each other's approach to forestry and tree biotechnology."

Michigan Tech's Graduate School offers a variety of options for students who are interested in taking part in an international experience during their graduate studies. This will only be the second dual degree program officially offered by Michigan Tech. The other is a BS/MS dual degree with Chung Yuan Christian University in Taiwan.

"I look forward to working with Dr. Joshi and others to develop this new program," stated Jackie Huntoon, dean of the Graduate School. "Building international partnerships improves the University's ability to address the interests of students and prepare them for future leadership roles."

Joshi praised Huntoon for her leadership and commitment to the new program. "We hope to become a model for other disciplines to conduct similar programs," he said.

Other US universities receiving a total of nearly $1.3 million in ATLANTIS grants include Grand Valley State in Michigan, the University of Colorado, the University of Massachusetts, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Toledo and the University of Arizona.

If you are interested please contact Dr. Shekhar Joshi at 906-487-3480 or cpjoshi@mtu.edu .

Michigan Tech's VIP Four-Pack Football Tickets on Sale Now

Submitted by Wes Frahm, director of athletic communications and marketing

Tickets for Michigan Tech's popular football VIP 4 Packs are currently on sale at the Central Ticket Office (906-487-2073) and online at http://www.MichiganTechHuskies.com .

Each VIP 4 Pack comes with four tickets to every Huskiesí home game and access to the VIP Tailgate Party prior to each game with free food and beverages provided by the Library Restaurant and Brew Pub. Preferred parking and event program are included.

VIP 4 Packs cost $250 each, and up to $125 may be tax deductible.

More than 600 people took advantage of the VIP tickets a year ago when the Huskies football squad had a 4-1 record at home.

VIP 4 Pack holders in 2008 will get a bonus sixth home game for the same price as 2007.

The Michigan Tech football team will open its season with three straight home games starting Aug. 30 vs. Winona State.

Winter's Just Around the Corner, Don't Slip on the Ice

By John Gagnon, promotional writer

Itís still August, but Joel Kunnari, an assistant research engineer at Michigan Tech, is girding for winter.

This Wednesday, Aug. 13, Kunnari will apply SafeLane, the anti-icing coating developed at Michigan Techís Keweenaw Research Center, on walkways between Wadsworth Hall and West McNair Hall.

SafeLane prevents frost and ice formation before it begins. Made from epoxy and aggregate, the coating stores de-icing chemicals for long periods of time and releases them only when temperatures drop below freezing.

SafeLane was invented by Russ Alger, the director of the Institute for Snow Research at the Keweenaw Research Center. SafeLane has been licensed to Cargill Inc. It has been tested widely and is used on roads, bridges, runways, other driving surfaces and walkways all over the country.

The area is blocked off.

Please contact Joel Kunnari at (office) 906-487-2617, (cell phone) 906-281-1064 or jwkunnar@mtu.edu .

Blood Donor Drive Wednesday

Even if you didn't get an opportunity to make an appointment for Wednesday's blood donor drive, please feel free to drop in between 10 a.m. and noon in the Douglass Houghton Hall ballroom (ground floor). Bring a picture ID with you.

Donor Requirements

  • Age: 17 (16-year-olds can donate with written permission of parent or guardian).

  • Weight: At least 110 pounds

  • Diet: A well-balanced meal is recommended within four hours of donation.

  • Health: General good health

  • ID: Valid identification with a picture, such as a driver's license, DMV identification card, or passport.

  • Medications: Most medications will not cause you to be ineligible to donate, but must be evaluated by the technician before the donation.
Please call Becky Christianson at 487-2416 if you have any questions.

Presentation from Study Abroad Programs Coordinator Candidate

Randy Karpinen, a candidate interviewing for the Study Abroad Programs Coordinator position, will be presenting at 8:05 a.m., Monday, Aug. 18, in the ROTC Blue Room. The presentation will be 20 to 30 minutes, with a 20-minute question-and-answer session following.

Karpinen is traveling from Germany and has extensive experience internationally.

Please contact Tim Malette, director of Financial Aid, at 906-487-2622 if you have any questions.

Job Posting

Staff job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Office or at http://www.admin.mtu.edu/hro/postings . For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu .

Faculty job descriptions can be found at http://www.admin.mtu.edu/hro/facpers/facvac.htm . For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Staff Job Posting

K12 Engineering and Environmental Education Program Assistant
Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education
Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

New Funding

Jindong Tan received $36,478 from the University of Georgia for "Evaluation of Gas-Filled Foam Emergency Poultry Flock Depopulation."

On the Road

Submitted by Allan Struthers, professor of mathematical sciences

Several members of the mathematical sciences department, including nine students (three current undergraduates, one recent graduate and five graduate students) and one faculty member, attended the Mathematical Association of America's national summer conference (July 31 through Aug. 2) in Madison, Wisc.

The following students presented well-received posters, papers and well-attended talks at the conference:

  • Rachel Robertson (math graduate student) presented talk, "Solving instant insanity without going insane".

  • Ray Molzon (math graduate student) presented poster, "Illustration of l'Hopital-type Rules for Monotonicity Patterns".

  • Erik Westlund (math graduate student) presented poster, "Cayley Graphs and Alspach's Conjecture".

  • Robin Dai (math graduate student) presented poster, "Using Wavelet-transforms to Improve Power for Linkage Disequilibrium".

  • David Clark (math graduate student) presented poster, "Symmetric Nets in Reed-Muller Codes".

  • Kristin Schmidtke (recent Math graduate) presented talk, "The Uneven Dumbbelled Beam"

  • Kris Bunker (current math undergraduate and future Physics graduate student) presented talk, "Bending Torsion Instability of Cantilevered Beams".

  • Matt Kassel (current math undergraduate) presented talk, "Masterful Masts: Beam Buckling with Intermediate Follower Loads".

  • Jeffery Zylinski (current math undergraduate) presented talk, "Mappings Between Pieces of a Polynomial Ring".

  • Allan Struthers (math faculty) presented two pedagogical papers, "Popcorn statistics: Audio data collection" and "Desktop Circuits: Audio data collection".
Travel for three out of the four undergraduates and three out of the five graduate students was supported by the conference.

Kristin Schmidtke won a Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics award (including a cash prize of $150) for an exemplary undergraduate presentation.