Tech Will Host Conference, Seeks Participation

submitted by the Office for Institutional Diversity

Michigan Tech will host the 2011 State of Michigan Equity Within the Classroom Conference, March 27-29. Organizers have begun the call for presentations, workshops and/or posters.

The title of the conference is "The Changing Face of America: Helping Michigan Compete."

The conference participants include university and college faculty, staff and administrators, as well as state program representatives and precollege educators.

The conference is sponsored by the King-Chavez-Parks Initiative, the state's 15 public and five private universities, GEAR UP Michigan! and Michigan Campus Compact.

"We encourage the campus community to participate and attend," Anderson says. "We know that many people on campus have exciting research and programs to share with colleagues across the state. And please suggest this conference to colleagues at other institutions who might want to attend or participate."

For instructions and to complete and download proposal forms, go to equity .

Proposals are due Monday, Jan. 17.

The conference registration will be posted in early February, and the featured speakers and hotel information will be ready soon.

For more information or questions, contact Chris Anderson, special assistant to the president, at 487-2472 or at , or Carol Argentati at 487-1827 or .

A more detailed agenda, as well as the speakers and presenters, will be posted in the coming weeks.

The following speakers are confirmed.

Monday, Mar. 28

Opening speaker: Valerie Young, of Changing, will present "The Imposter Syndrome." She will also do a workshop.

Midday speaker (tentative): Shaun Harper, of the Graduate School of Education at Penn State, and/or a community college representative.

Late-afternoon speaker: Maya Kobersy, a lead lawyer for the University of Michigan, will present "Legal Issues Update related to Prop 2."

Joseph Brown, of Stanford University, will do a workshop and a one-hour presentation on recruiting underrepresented graduate students. He will also lead a workshop for students on how to study for the GRE.

Tuesday, March 29
Kim Houston Philpot, vice president at Dow Corning, will introduce the corporate panel.

Closing speaker: Sandra Begay Campbell will give a Native perspective and discuss diversity in the STEM disciplines. She will also serve on the corporate panel. She is an engineer for Sandia Labs and was the former director of AISES.

SFHI: Weigh in on Candidates

The 2010-11 academic year marks the fourth year in the Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative (SFHI), and principals urge the campus community to participate in the evaluation process.

This is the second year of the two-year parallel initiatives in energy and health. Up to ten positions will be filled between these two areas.

Since the positions were advertised, over 400 applications were received and evaluated by Michigan Tech faculty, department chairs and deans. Applications that made it past this stage were contacted for letters of reference and reviewed more closely by faculty with direct experience with the research areas of the applicants.

The evaluations by the cognate reviewers were analyzed by the health or energy steering committee, from which interview recommendations were made to the Provost's office. As of now, there are nine energy interview candidates and 12 health interview candidates. It is expected that additional energy candidates will be invited.

All SFHI candidate seminars in both energy and health can be viewed at SFHI . To access this site, you will need to log on using your ISO password. You will also be able to view the speaker's application, seminar abstract and interview itinerary, as well enter evaluations of the candidates.

The steering committees for energy (cochairs Jeff Naber and Bruce Mork) and health (chair Greg Odegard) need your feedback to help determine the best fit between the interview candidates and the University in making hiring recommendations.

A New Way to Date Old Ceramics

by Marcia Goodrich, senior writer

If you are an archaeologist, determining when a pot was made is not just a matter of checking the bottom for a time stamp. Dating clay-based materials like ceramics recovered from archaeological sites can be time-consuming, not to mention complex and expensive.

Patrick Bowen, a senior majoring in materials science and engineering, is refining a new way of dating ceramic artifacts that could one day shave thousands of dollars off the cost of doing archaeological research.

To learn more about the technique, what Bowen is doing to make it better, and how a local parking deck is involved, visit the Michigan Tech News site.

Michigan Tech Helps Detroit Teachers Use Nature's Classroom

by Jennifer Donovan, director of public relations

Teachers from Detroit-area schools who want to teach environmental education have been invited to participate in free workshops sponsored by the Michigan Alliance of Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE), in partnership with Michigan Tech and the US Forest Service. They can earn continuing education units or a graduate credit from Michigan Tech.

The next workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Belle Isle Nature Zoo in Detroit. It is called "Great Lakes in My World." There will be five more workshops, one each month through May.

The workshops are part of an Environmental Education and Urban Teacher Initiative underwritten by a $15,000 grant from the US Forest Service for the 2010-11 school year. This is the second year of the initiative.

The goal is to increase urban teachers' interest and skills in teaching environmental education, and to help their students become better stewards of the environment, while meeting curriculum benchmarks and having fun learning outdoors.

Teachers must attend a minimum of three workshops and develop a lesson plan or write a reflection paper, and complete evaluations. Those who complete the requirements will receive environmental education activity guides, outdoor classroom supplies and a $150 stipend to take their students on an outdoor field trip.

More information is available from Joan Chadde, program coordinator, Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, at 487-3341 or .

Women's Basketball Up to No. 9 in WBCA Poll

by Wes Frahm, director of athletic communications and marketing

The women's basketball moved up one spot to No. 9 in this week's USA TODAY/ESPN Division II Women's Basketball Coaches Association poll.

The Huskies won both of their games last week with a 58-48 decision over Northern Michigan last Thursday (Jan. 6) and a 71-35 triumph over Marygrove last Saturday (Jan. 8).

Tech is the highest-ranked team from both the Midwest Region and GLIAC. Grand Valley State, No. 13, and Quincy, No. 23, are the only two other teams from the region ranked in the top 25.

Michigan Tech opened the year ranked No. 19 and has been in the top 20 all season. The Huskies have been nationally ranked in every poll since Jan. 22, 2008.

Haidar Named GLIAC North Division Player of the Week

by Wes Frahm, director of athletic communications and marketing

The men's basketball player Ali Haidar (Windsor, Ont./Forster) has been named GLIAC North Division Player of the Week for his performance in Tech's 74-60 win over Northern Michigan last week.

Haidar tallied 22 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals to help the Huskies complete the season sweep of the Wildcats. The 6-7 forward went 8-of-11 from the field and 6-of-7 from the foul line to collect his fifth 20-point game of the season. Haidar was consistent all game long, with 11 points and four rebounds each half. He currently ranks second in the GLIAC in field goal percentage (.617) and ranks eighth in rebounding (6.5 per game).

Haidar now has two player of the week awards to his credit this season. He also gained the honor on Dec. 14. Teammate Mike Hojnacki (Milwaukee, Wis./New Berlin Eisenhower) earned the team's first player of the week accolade on Nov. 29.

Michigan Tech, which sports a 10-3 overall record and 5-1 league slate, will host a pair of GLIAC games this week. Lake Superior State comes to Houghton on Thursday, Jan. 13, followed by Saginaw Valley State on Saturday, Jan. 15.

Hoffman and Rittenour Earn GLIAC Commissioners Award

by Ian Marks, assistant director, athletics communication and marketing

The GLIAC announced today that Melanie Hoffman and Mike Rittenour were each recipients of the Fall 2010 Meijer Commissioner's Awards.

Junior Melanie Hoffman (Green Bay, Wis./Pulaski) led the Tech soccer team in both goals (five) and points (13) in its inaugural season of competition. She ranked tied for third in the GLIAC, with a team-high five game-winning goals, and scored the first goal in school history. Hoffman currently has a 4.0 cumulative grade point average in exercise science.

Senior Mike Rittenour (Becker, Minn.) totaled 47 tackles from his middle linebacker position on the Husky football team. Rittenour also had three interceptions, four tackles for loss and one fumble recovery on the season. The All-GLIAC First Team selection was a key factor in the Huskies' top-notch defense, which led the league in points allowed and finished second in yards allowed. Rittenour posted a 3.73 grade point average in mechanical engineering.

"I am truly proud of the 12 student-athletes who were awarded the Commissioner's Award," stated GLIAC Commissioner Dell Robinson. "Their hard work in the classroom and on the field is a true example of the standard of excellence that has been set amongst our student-athletes here in the GLIAC. They are truly the best of the best."

The awards, sponsored by Meijer, Inc., are presented after the fall, winter and spring athletic seasons to six male and six female student-athletes who excel both in the classroom and on
the fields of play.

"The GLIAC greatly appreciates the support of Meijer for their sponsorship of the 2010 Commissioner's Award," said Robinson. "The award and continued support by Meijer are evidence of our pursuit of academic excellence."

Hot Jazz for a Cool Evening

The Jazz Club Cabaret presents hot jazz on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 21 and 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the McArdle Theater. The Michigan Tech jazz combos, Jaztec and Momentum, will play both nights. The Calumet High School Jazz Experience will join them on Friday, and the RealTime Jazz Band join them on Saturday.

Jaztec specializes in mainstream and classic jazz, with Mark Maguire on guitar, Ben Sheff on saxophone and clarinet, Jack Matheson on bass, and Sam Bredeson on drums. If funk and fusion are your ticket, then Momentum can fill your bill. They feature Nick Black on tenor sax, Britanny VanderWall on trombone, Josh Mayo on guitar, Laura Black on keyboards, Jack Kelly on bass and Troy Bouman on drums.

The Calumet Jazz Experience is under the direction of Scott Veenstra. In its fifth year of existence, the Jazz Experience allows young players to explore all styles of jazz, jazz improvisation and the development of original compositions by band members.

Closing the concert on Saturday will be the veteran jazz group RealTime, featuring Charles White on keyboards, Mike Irish on guitar, Dan Komarzec on bass and Adam Johnson on drums.

General admission tickets cost $10 and are available at the door. Tech students are admitted free with ID. Concessions will be available from Mu Beta Psi music fraternity throughout the concert.

Club Indigo Presents: "Pelican Man"

submitted by Joe Kirkish

The Finnish movie, "Pelican Man," made in 2003, comes to the Calumet Theatre. It is a delightful fantasy about a pelican that comes out of the sea, disguises himself as a human, takes a room in Helsinki, and stays long enough to find out what humans are like. While he deceives adults into thinking of him as a man, he can't fool a little boy and girl who befriend him. He falls in love with a ballerina, possibly because of her feathered costume. Sparks fly, suspicions are aroused and complications ensue.

Since it comes smack in the middle of Finlandia's Heikinpaiva, the January Club Indigo has been turned once again into Club Finndigo--a happy celebration of Nordic life in the Copper Country.

Club Finndigo will begin with a Finnish buffet from the chefs at Kangas Cafe, Hancock, at 6 p.m., followed by "Pelcan Man"--the award-winning movie from Finland--at 7:15 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21, at the Calumet Theatre. A special short feature on the city of Helsinki is included.

Cost for buffet and movie is $17. The movie alone is $5. For seats at the buffet, call the Calumet Theatre at least a day in advance: 337-2610.

This January feature comes through the courtesy of Northern Auto, Hancock.

Biological Sciences Seminar

Assistant Professor Molly Cavaleri (SFRES) will present a seminar, "Ecohydrology in Tropical and Temperate Forests: The Impacts of Invasive Species and Climate Change on the Water Use of Trees," at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14, in ChemSci 101.

Physics Seminar

Associate Professor Steve Smith, of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, will present "Multi-dimensional Imaging of Energy-Materials" at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, in Rekhi G05.

New Funding

Assistant Professor Ashutosh Tiwari (Chemistry) has received $113,519 from the ALS Therapy Alliance for the first year of a potential two-year $232,693 project, "Characterizing the Surface Hydrophobicity of ALS Mutants of SOD1 by Novel Fluorescent Probes."

Associate Professor Paul Ward (CLS) has received $50,000 from the US Soccer Federation for the first year of a two-year project, "Soccer Skill, Deliberate Practice and Performance Improvement."