Generations of Discovery Campaign Update

Michigan Tech's Generations of Discovery Campaign seeks to raise $200 million by 2013.

Tech Today tracks the progress of the initiative with monthly announcements of gifts from individuals and from corporations and foundations.

There were 1,147 individual gifts during the month of September totaling $1,877,853:

1,144 gifts ranged from $1 to $24,999 totaling $187,853.

One outright gift totaled $30,000.

Two gifts ranged from $250,000 and above and totaled $1,660,000.

* A $500,000 planned gift that is currently undesignated.

* A $1,000,000 planned gift, plus a $160,000 pledge for annual gifts, to support an endowed professorship in the Applied Portfolio Management Program, made by James and Dolores Trethewey.

The campaign total as of September 30 was $153,136,103.

Tech Earns $700,000 NSF Grant

by Jennifer Donovan, director, public relations

The Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI) will receive $749,996 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a research road map on biofuels and bioenergy sustainability in the Pan-American region, as well as a graduate course in biofuels/bioenergy sustainability, to be offered over the Internet to US and international partner universities.

The three-year grant is one of 11 nationwide totaling $8 million. It is part of NSF's Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) efforts in its Research Coordination Networks (RCN) program.

"This award continues the long record of sustainability research and education at Michigan Tech and significantly increases the visibility of the University and the Sustainable Futures Institute in international sustainability discussions," said David Shonnard, Robbins Chair Professor in Chemical Engineering and SFI director.

SFI is leading the preparation of a larger NSF proposal addressing the same topic: Pan-American Biofuels/Bioenergy Sustainability.

"A sustainable world is one in which human needs are met without harm to the environment and without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their needs," the NSF said in a news release announcing the awards.

"Scientists believe that this formidable task requires a substantial increase in understanding the integrated system of society and the natural world along with the alterations humans are making on Earth. NSF's SEES activities are addressing this need by supporting interdisciplinary research and education leading to a better understanding of, predictive capability for, and solutions to environmental challenges.

"The RCN program's goal," the NSF went on to say, "is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education. Through these grants, groups of investigators coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic and international boundaries. The program fosters new collaborations, including international partnerships and addresses interdisciplinary topics."

For more information, see Sustainable.

Friends of the Library Annual Membership Meeting

The Friends of the Van Pelt Library annual membership meeting will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, in the East Reading Room in the J.R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library. The public is welcome.

Thomas Baker, a park ranger/management assistant at the Keweenaw National Historical Park, will present "Shared Resources: Michigan Tech Archives Come To the Union Building." The meeting also marks the last board/annual meeting of retiring faculty member and founder of the Friends, Terry Reynolds, of the social sciences department.

Baker's presentation will begin after a short business meeting and elections. Refreshments will be served.

Staff Council Elects Officers

Staff Council has elected the following officers for 2011-12:

Chair--Wendy Davis (VP for Administration)
Vice Chair--Peggy Gorton (School of Technology)
Secretary--Karen Hext (Benefits)
Financial Custodian--Allyson Jabusch (Computer Science)

As past chair, Rob Bishop (Student Affairs) will continue to serve the Council in an ex officio capacity.

Webinar Focuses on "Federal Research Priorities and Budgets"

submitted by the Office of the Vice President for Research

Do you wish you knew where federal agencies are headed and how to align your funding requests to their priorities and direction?

Join the Vice President for Research office for the webinar series, "Federal Research Priorities and Budgets FY12," and hear directly from program personnel at the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the Departments of Energy, Defense, Agriculture, and Education about their agency's direction and funding priorities for the coming year.

The webinar sessions will be in ATDC conference room. No registration is required. For more information, contact Jodi Lehman at 487-2875 or at .

All of these sessions involve budget priorities, policies or procedures for research. Here is the schedule:

Monday, Oct. 31
11 a.m.--Kei Koizumi, assistant director, Federal R&D, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, on the Presidentís priorities and budget requests for research
12:30 p.m.--Kam Ng, deputy director, Research, Office of Naval Research
2 p.m.--Elizabeth Albro, associate commissioner for Teaching and Learning, National Center for Education Research, Department of Education
3:30 p.m.--Nadina Gardner, director, Division of Preservation and Access, National Endowment for the Humanities

Tuesday, Nov. 1
11 a.m.--Elizabeth Albro, associate commissioner for Teaching and Learning, National Center for Education Research, Department of Education
12:30 p.m.--Harriet Kung, director, Basic Energy Sciences, Department of Energy Office of Science
2 p.m.--Mark Poth, USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
3:30 p.m.--David Curren and Maria Koszalka, NIH

Wednesday, Nov. 2
11 a.m.--Jeremy Leffler, outreach specialist, Policy Office, Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management, National Science Foundation
12:30 p.m.--Harriet Kung, director, Basic Energy Sciences, Department of Energy Office of Science
2 p.m.--TBN, NASA (invited)

Seminar Addresses "Bird Monitoring"

Katie Koch, a Midwest bird monitoring coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, will present "The Framework and Challenges of Monitoring Birds on a Regional Level" at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, in Forestry G002.

For more information, see the event calendar at the SFRES main page.

Biological Sciences Seminar

Assistant Professor Megan Frost (Biomedical Engineering) will present "Development of Photosensitive Controlled Nitric Oxide Release Silicone
Rubber and an In Vitro Device for Testing the Effect of NO on Cells" at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, in M&M U113.

Physics Colloquium

As part of the "Visiting Women and Minority Lecture Series," Sarah Brooks, associate professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University, will present "The Physics of Atmospheric Ice Nucleation" at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, in Fisher 139.

CEE Seminars

Two graduate students will present seminars at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, in Dow 641. Ammu Ganesan (CEE) will present "Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Program-the Mackinac Bridge. "Katie Zimmerman (CEE) will present "Bridge Inspections."

For more information, see CEE Seminar.

Grain Processing Seminar in Chemical Engineering

Mark Etzel, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present "Clearance of Biological Impurities Using Improved Membrane Adsorbers" at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 28, in Chem Sci 211.

For more information, contact Alexis Snell at 487-3211 or at .

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