Call for Nominations: 2011 Faculty Distinguished Service Award

submitted by Diane Shoos, chair, Distinguished Faculty Service Award Committee

Nominations for the 2011 Faculty Distinguished Service Award will be accepted until Monday, March 21.

The award recognizes faculty whose service to the University community has significantly improved the quality of some aspect of campus or community life. The work could have resulted, in part, from compensated efforts, but it must distinguish itself from the normal execution of those tasks. The award is open to all full-time faculty, including lecturers and research faculty. Those who hold restricted appointments (e.g. adjunct, visiting, temporary or part-time faculty) are not eligible. Faculty who hold positions with a significant administrative component (e.g. deans, associate deans, department chairs, etc.) are not eligible. A cash prize of $2,500 accompanies the award.

Anyone--faculty, staff or students--can nominate a faculty member for this honor. Please consider recognizing the efforts of a faculty member who you know is making Michigan Tech a better place for all of us.

After March 1, nomination forms will be available online at . Submissions may be made electronically or to Diane Shoos, Humanities, at .

Staff Council Meets Today

The Staff Council invites all to attend the monthly meeting at noon, today, in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A.

The meeting will include a presentation/discussion with Director John Rovano (Facilities Management) regarding the current and future campus construction/renovation projects. The Council will also discuss the upcoming Family Fun Day, scheduled for March 12.

Refreshments are provided. For questions or comments, contact the Staff Council at .

Information Security Program Implemented

submitted by Information Technology Services and Security

Michigan Tech has implemented an Information Security Program to ensure compliance with a number of federal, state and contractual requirements. The intent of this program is to create effective administrative, technical and physical safeguards to provide confidentiality and security of protected University information assets, protect against foreseeable threats to the security of this information, and also to protect against unauthorized access or use of this information.

This program is designed to provide an outline of the safeguards that apply to University information. This program incorporates the University's policies and standards and is in addition to other University policies that may be required by other federal and state laws and regulations.

For more information, visit .

Spring 2011 Finishing Fellowship Recipients Announced

The Graduate School has awarded its Finishing Fellowships for spring 2011 to help graduate students complete their doctoral studies.

Recipients are:

* Amalia Anderson, Physics
* Ning Chen, Chemistry
* Linsheng Feng, Chemistry
* Heather Jordan, Rhetoric and Technical Communication
* Partha Pal, Physics
* Radheshyam Tewari, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
* Helen Thomas, Geology
* Wenjie Xu, Electrical Engineering

The fellowships are made possible by the support of the Graduate School.

Summer 2011 applications are due Thursday, Feb. 24. Application and details for competition can be found at Summer Finishing Fellowship .

To view photographs of recent recipients, see award recipients .

For more information, contact Debra Charlesworth at .

Khana Khazana Goes to Iran

Authentic Iranian food cooked by Hasti Asayesh Ardakani is on the Khana Khazana (food treasure) lunch menu this Friday. Ardakani is a senior undergraduate student in the mechanical engineering department.

Iranian specialties include lubia polo, a rice dish with ground beef and fresh green beans; ash reshteh, a thick noodle soup; and feneri, a Spanish rice pudding. They will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18, in the Memorial Union Food Court.

Khana Khazana is a series of ethnic meals cooked by international students. A full meal costs $6, and each item is $2. Coffee, tea or a fountain soda of your choice is included with the full meal.

Khana Khazana is a collaborative project of international students and Dining Services.

Superior Wind Symphony to Perform

submitted by the Rozsa Center

The Superior Wind Symphony will perform for the Midwinter Band Festival Concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Rozsa Center. Conductor Nicholas Enz (VPA) will treat the audience to an evening filled with folksongs, featuring guest conductor Evan Feldman, of the University of North Carolina.

Wednesday night's concert draws from the folk music of many different countries--from H. Owen Reed's masterwork, 'La Fiesta Mexicana," to the music of Percy Grainger, with two of his most popular works, 'Irish Tune from County Derry,' and 'Shepherd's Hey,' the toe-tapping Morris dance.

In addition to the concert, Feldman will work with Copper Country high school bands and their directors, including Lake Linden-Hubble, Jeffers, Houghton, Dollar Bay and Hancock.

Ticket prices are $10 for the general public, $5 for students, and free for Tech students. To purchase tickets, contact the Rozsa Box Office at 487-3200, the Central Ticket Office (SDC) at 487-2073, or go online at .

No refunds, exchanges or late seating, please.

"Two Rooms" Presented by Tech

Submitted by the Rozsa Center

Transported to a prison cell somewhere in Beirut, and an "imagined prison cell" in an apartment in Washington D.C., audiences of Lee Blessing's "Two Rooms" will experience a couple's devotion in the face of a terrorist kidnapping, media manipulation and government exploitation.

"Two Rooms" is being performed by the Tech Theatre Company in the McArdle Theatre over two weekends, beginning today through Feb. 19 and Feb. 24-26.

"Two Rooms" takes place in, as the title suggests, two rooms. One is the actual cell where Michael Wells is being held hostage by terrorists. The other is his office in his home where his wife Lainie creates her imagined version of his cell, and waits for his return.

Two of Michigan Tech's VPA students play the lead roles: Tobias Mahan plays Michael, and Dani Sweet plays Laine. "Two Rooms" is directed by Chair Roger Held (VPA), and the technical director is Kalen Larsen.

The event is produced in cooperation with Dramatists Play Service and is sponsored by Portage Health.

Ticket prices are $10 for the general public, $5 for students, and free for Tech students. To purchase tickets, contact the Rozsa Box Office at 487-3200, the Central Ticket Office (SDC) at 487-2073, or online at .

No refunds, exchanges or late seating, please.

OAP Spring Break Trip Update

Faculty and staff: steer your students to an alternative spring break--sponsored by the Outdoor Adventure Program--paddling Arkansas's Buffalo River or surfing in Puerto Rico, from March 4-12.

The OAP has a few spots left for the Alternative Spring Break, which is less than three weeks away.

There are three spots open for the Puerto Rico trip. Activities include surfing, swimming at night in a bioluminescent bay, horseback riding on the beach, riding seven zip lines through the jungle, and sailing/snorkeling. The cost is $700, minus the airfare.

There are five spots open for the Buffalo River trip, which includes guide, food, transportation, paddling, the St. Louis Arch and caving. The cost is $400.

For more information, contact OAP at 487-2290, , or through the website .

Chemistry Seminar

Associate Professor Tim Royappa, of the Department of Chemistry at the University of West Florida, will present a seminar, "Hyperbranched polymers and copolymers of glycidol," at 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18, in ChemSci 101. A discussion period will follow. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome. For more information, see chemistry .

ME-EM Sponsors SFHI Candidate in Health

Alumnus Andrew Anderson '01 (BME) will present a seminar, "Combining Imaging, Experimental Biomechanics, and Computational Modeling Techniques to Address Research Questions in Orthopaedics, Bioengineering, and Physical Therapy," at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, in Rekhi G06.

Anderson is a research assistant professor at the University of Utah, Department of Orthopaedics and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Departments of Bioengineering and Physical Therapy.

ME-EM is sponsoring this presentation. For more information, contact Karen Bess at 487-2551 or .

MSE Sponsors SFHI Candidate in Energy

MSE will sponsor a seminar as part of the Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative in Energy.

Shenqiang Ren, a postdoctoral fellow in materials science and engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present "Bottom-Up Novel Hybrid Nanostructures for Solar Energy Harvesting," at 3:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, in Rekhi G05.

For more information, contact Beth Ruohonen at 487-4326 or . To view the abstract, see MSE .

Resources for ME-EM Graduate Students

The library offers weekly workshops all semester on resources that lend an academic edge and save time. Workshops take place at 1 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Library 244. Each workshop is offered twice to accommodate class schedules.

Margaret Phillips, reference and instruction librarian, will present a workshop, "Resources for ME-EM Graduate Students," at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22; and Wednesday, March 2, in Library 244. The workshop will focus on strategies to help ME-EM graduate students navigate engineering databases and locate theses, dissertations and reports related to their field of research.

Philips will explore the Compendex and Proquest Engineering Collection databases. Participants will set up an account in Compendex, be able to save searches and be notified of new literature additions in their particular areas of interest.

This spring's workshops will focus on resume building, material science resources, managing citations and many more. The library welcomes feedback and ideas for future workshops. Email them at .

On the Road

Rob Bishop, assistant dean of students, recently attended the Association for Student Conduct Administration's 24th Annual Conference in St. Pete Beach, Fla. Bishop served as a session host and a guest panelist for a variety of seminars dealing with conflict resolution and restorative practices. Bishop is the past chair of the Association's Conflict Resolution Committee.

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Director Steve Patchin and Assistant Director Cody Kangas, of Youth Programs in the Michigan Tech Center for Pre-college Outreach, copresented at the International Public Science Events Conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 16. The topic was Mind Trekkers, Youth Programs' popular traveling science show.

New Staff

Daniel Brinks joins Systems Administration Services (SAS) as a user support specialist. Previously, he worked at SAS as a student with auxiliary technologies. He earned a bachelor's degree in computer engineering at Tech. He lives in Houghton.

In the News

Research by Associate Professor Seth Donahue (BME) into the hormonal mechanism that protects black bears from osteoporosis is featured in the March issue of Alaska Magazine . Donahue chairs the scientific advisory board of the pharmaceutical company Aursos, which is now testing a drug derived from black bear parathyroid hormone.