Student Research Award Established in Gopi Podila's Memory

The Department of Biological Sciences at Michigan Technological University has established an award to honor the memory of Gopi Podila.

Podila, a stellar researcher and mentor who served on the department faculty from 1990 to 2002, was killed Feb. 12 in a shooting incident at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, where he chaired the biology department.

In keeping with Podila's efforts to involve students in research, the Gopi K. Podila Research Award will be given annually to a student or students demonstrating outstanding potential for scientific inquiry. Both undergraduate and graduate students studying biological sciences are eligible.

"Gopi was a great scientist and a great friend," said biological sciences Professor John Adler, a former colleague of Podila. "In particular, he gave many students the opportunity to experience research first hand, with all its joys and frustrations. We established this scholarship both to honor him and to continue his legacy."

The award has been established with the cooperation and support of Podila's family. Donations can be made online through the Michigan Tech Fund. Gifts should be designated for the "Gopi K. Podila Research Award." Donations may also be mailed to the Michigan Tech Fund, 1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931-1295.

Staff Council Meeting Today

The next meeting of Staff Council is at noon, today, in Memorial Union Ballroom B1.

The session will include presentations by Assistant Professor Louise Nelson Dyble (Social Sciences) on the Women's Center Initiative and Dining Services Supervisor John Bramble from the Parking Task Force. The council will also discuss plans for the upcoming annual Family Fun Day.

Staff Council meetings and membership are open to all staff members of Michigan Tech. Refreshments are provided. Email questions or comments to .

Get WISE Program Participates in National Engineers Week Event

Michigan Tech's Get WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) program is participating in National Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day as part of National Engineers Week.

"Engineering isn't all about building roads and cars," says Kristi Isaacson, Youth Programs associate coordinator, who worked to plan this year's event. "This program helps girls learn about engineering in a completely new way, allowing them to see the different options available."

Get WISE, coordinated by Michigan Tech's Youth Programs, brings local middle school girls to campus to explore the excitement of science and engineering fields. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., today, in the SDC Wood Gym.

Khana Khazana Features Spanish Lunch

The lunch menu will be Spanish at Khana Khazana from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, in the Memorial Union Food Court. The lunch will be cooked by Maria Luz Miguelez Ordas, a student from Spain. Her menu includes:

* Spanish Omelet (a veggie dish containing egg)
* Arroz Espanole (chicken and rice)
* Bizcocho (cake)

Khana Khazana, which means "food treasure," is a weekly lunch special cooked by international students and featuring food from their countries. The full lunch is $6; dishes are $2 a la carte.

History Channel Featured Author Scott Wolter to Speak on Campus

Geologist and author Scott Wolter will present a lecture, "Archeo-petrography--Using Familiar Tools to Answer Historical Questions," from 12 to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Memorial Union Ballroom A1. Wolter will discuss his work documenting the Kensington Runestone.

Wolter is a professional geologist, president of American Petrographic Services, and is author of the new book, "The Hooked X: Key to the Secret History of North America," the most recent evidence concerning the authenticity of the Kensington Runestone. He has also been featured in the History Channel production, "The Holy Grail in America," that centers on the Kensington Runestone and its connection to the Knights Templar.

Wolter will discuss his use of common petrographic methods to establish the authenticity of the runestone and other case studies where archeo-petrography has been used to establish the authenticity of historical artifacts. Wolter's talk is sponsored by the Non-Conductive/Volatile Phase Materials Characterization Laboratory of the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI).

Bring your lunch to the lecture. Beverages and dessert will be provided by MTTI.

Tech-Talks Scholarship: Feb. 24

submitted by the Provost's Office

The Tech-Talks Scholarship series continues its focus on the ongoing interdisciplinary activities at Michigan Tech with a session on the Computational Discovery and Innovation (CDI) initiative that was the theme of the 2008-09 Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative (SFHI). The second session in the series will take place from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A. There will be a cash bar with the first pop, wine or beer on the house, and snacks will also be provided.

The SFHI CDI faculty were hired to provide new opportunities for collaboration all across campus. Like other Tech-Talks, this session is an attempt to help identify these opportunities and initiate these collaborations. Unlike a typical Tech-Talks Scholarship session that focuses on the things that the participants do well, this session will ask participants to present and discuss problems they are not currently able to solve. If you have an idea that requires a prohibitive amount of computation, are working on a proposal that lacks a specific talent set, or have a problem that might yield to a team approach, consider participating in the session as a presenter or an attendee.

After a five minute presentation about the Computational Discovery and Innovation initiative, the session will continue with several four minute talks by current CDI participants and potential participants and conclude with an informal social session.

All faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend. If you are interested in giving a short presentation as a potential CDI participant at this session, send your two slides by Tuesday, Feb. 23, to .

The Tech-Talks Scholarship series is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Research.