Campus Survey to Assess Commuting, Calculate Carbon Footprint

The Green Campus Enterprise is conducting a survey to better understand how students, faculty and staff commute to Michigan Tech. "The information gained from the respondents will allow us to better calculate Michigan Tech's carbon footprint," said Sarah McCauley, copresident of the enterprise.

Specifically, the enterprise will use the survey data to prepare a greenhouse gas inventory for the University's 2011 fiscal year. The first inventory was conducted in fiscal year 2008 by the Green Campus Enterprise and the Carbon Neutral Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).

This measure will "better integrate Michigan Tech's goals of sustainability with our education and research efforts now and into the future," said President Glenn Mroz. "I urge all members of the Michigan Tech community to take a few minutes to complete the survey."

Access the survey at Commute.

The Michigan Tech Institutional Review Board has reviewed the request to conduct this survey.

For more information or concerns, contact Joanne Polzien at 487-2902 or at .

Reminder: Alumnus to Speak at Scott Pattullo Visiting Executive Series

by Jennifer Donovan, director, public relations

Randy Isaacson '86, '88 will return to campus this week as the third speaker in the Scott Pattullo Visiting Executive Series, to share his experiences with current students and the University community.

Isaacson, an award-winning health care marketing executive, will talk about "The Biology of Business: Making Your Way in a World of Systems, Relationships and Emotions." His talk will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 1, in the Memorial Union Ballroom A. Hosted by the College of Sciences and Arts, the presentation is open to the public.

Last fall, Michigan Tech inaugurated the Pattullo Visiting Executive Series. Its goal is to let Tech students interact with alumni who are emerging business leaders and executives in science, technology and business. Scott Pattullo '81 is funding the campus visits to give Tech students a strengthened sense of the nature of business and entrepreneurial leadership.

Auxiliary Services Customer Appreciation Week

Auxiliary Services hosts Customer Appreciation Week each year to say "Thank you" to its valued customers. Here is a schedule of events:

Friday, March 2
Auxiliary Services hosts First Friday University Social at the Portage Lake Golf Course Par & Grill
4 to 6 p.m.

Complimentary soft drinks and light snacks provided. Cash bar available.

Saturday, March 3
Mont Ripley offers free skiing or snowboarding for grad students, faculty, staff and their spouses. The free package includes rental equipment, a daily ticket and a 90-minute lesson. To reserve a lesson at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m., call the ski hill at 487-2340. If you need rentals, come to the hill one hour before the lesson starts.

Monday, March 5
Lunch and Learn with the Rozsa Staff. Get a sneak preview of the 2012-13 season and hear behind-the-scenes news from the arts. Noon to 1 p.m. in the Rozsa Lobby. Light refreshments will be served.

Free cookie with any purchase in the Memorial Union Food Court.

Tuesday, March 6
View the Michigan Tech Chef Competition final heat and awards in Wads.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Putting clinic Lunch and Learn at the Portage Lake Golf Course by General Manager Mark Maroste, Level 2 PGA Pro.
Noon to 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Free cookie with any purchase in the Library Cafe.

Wednesday, March 7
Free Michigan Tech window decal with any purchase at the Campus Bookstore or University Images.

Thursday, March 8
Lunch and Learn with Public Safety and Police Services. Get an introduction to the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training that is offered on campus and hear highlights of the Michigan Tech EMS group's work and campus crisis-planning efforts.
Noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Light refreshments will be served.

Free cookie with any purchase in the Memorial Union Food Court.

Friday, March 9
Catering sampler Lunch and Learn with Certified Executive Chef Eric Karvonen and Dining Services Catering staff.
Noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Light refreshments featuring our newest catering offerings.

Free cookie with any purchase at the Library Cafe.

Saturday, March 10
Family Fun Day, free bowling and billiards, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Bowling Alley.

Register for Family Fun Day Classes

Advance registration is still accepted for free community programs on Family Fun Day at the SDC on Saturday, March 10. A registration table will also be set up the day of the event.

To register contact Allyson Jabusch at 487-2316 or at .

Classes available:
11 to 11:50 a.m.--Mommy and Me Yoga Class. Busy parents can learn to bring balance into their lives by bonding with their child in this fun interactive class.

Noon to 12:40 p.m.--Spinning Class. Seating is limited to 12 people. Rev it up and burn some calories with stationary bicycling. No previous experience necessary.

1 to 1:50 p.m.--Ultimate Conditioning Class. Deep muscle-defining, weight-training workout set to music using weights, exercise balls, tubing and more.

2 to 2:50 p.m.--Beginner Line Dancing Class. Learn line dancing to a variety of music styles. Very relaxed with an emphasis on fun.

3 to 3:50 p.m.--Introduction to Clogging. Explore folk dance to a wide range of music. Great exercise and fun for participants of all ages.

Biological Sciences Seminar

Associate Professor Guiliang Tang (Biological Sciences) will present "Small Tandem Target Mimic (STTM): A New Tool for Investigating Small RNA" at 2 p.m., Friday, March 2, in Chem Sci 101.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Rupali Datta at 487-1783 or at .

Physics Colloquium

Zhaolin Lu, assistant professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, will present "Nanophotonics and Subwavelength Electromagnetics Based on Novel Media" at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 1, in Fisher 139.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor Claudio Mazzoleni (Physics) at 487-1226 or at , or Assistant Professor Petra Huntemeyer (Physics) at 487-1229 or at .

CEE Seminar

The civil engineering department will host two presentations by graduate students from 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 1, in Dow 642. The public is welcome.

MS student Benjamin Roskoskey will present "Increasing the Piezoelectric Effect in Cement Paste."

MS student Sarah Shann will present "Application of Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) as Thin-Bonded Overlay for Concrete Bridge Decks."

Roskoskey's adviser is Assistant Professor Andrew Swartz; Shann's adviser is Assistant Professor Devin Harris.

Graduate Research Colloquium

Each spring, Graduate Student Government sponsors the Graduate Research Colloquium.

To see pictures and posters and awards from the 2012 event, held in early February, see Research Colloquium.

Students presented their research in a talk or a poster, both judged by Michigan Tech faculty.

Reminder: Equity Within the Classroom Conference: Equity in Education through Partnerships and Collaboration

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 22nd annual State of Michigan Equity Within the Classroom Conference to be held March 18 to 20 on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University.

Here is the conference website: .

This year's theme, "Equity in Education through Partnerships and Collaboration," will explore ways in which community partnerships help foster diversity and ways in which diversity enriches these partnerships.

The focus of the conference is on achieving parity in the enrollment, retention and graduation of underrepresented students of color, as well as academically and economically disadvantaged students, in higher education.

Who should attend? Faculty, administrators, student affairs personnel, students, community members and GEAR-UP partners.

The conference is an opportunity for university faculty and staff, K-12 educators, and federal and state staff--who are working to ensure equity in the classroom--to address STEM workforce needs and share strategies to address diversity.

Speakers include:
* Charles Payne, chief education officer, Chicago Public Schools
* Frank Hixon, distinguished service professor, University of Chicago
* Amy Cell, senior vice president, Talent Enhancement and Workforce Development, Michigan
Economic Development Corporation
* Leon Caldwell, senior research associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation
* Lou Tice, chairman, Pacific Institute

This conference is free but you must register. For details and to register, see Equity.

Tech's Office for Institutional Diversity will provide round-trip transportation (via a Michigan Tech van) if there is a sufficient number of interested participants who would like to share a ride to the conference.

For more information, contact Chris Anderson, special assistant to the president, at 487-2474 or at .

In the News

The New York Times "Scientist at Work" blog continues publishing Associate Professor John Vucetich's (SFRES) reports on Michigan Tech's annual Winter Study of the wolves and moose of Isle Royale National Park.


Graduate students in the chemical engineering department went to the 2012 Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) annual meeting held Feb. 11-16 in Seattle, Wash., to showcase their latest research. This year graduate students, with Professor S. Komar Kawatra as their adviser, took first and third place in the minerals processing division.

The posters and presentations were judged by SME members working in the mining industry.

PhD candidate Brett Spigarelli took first place with a poster, "An Equilibrium Analysis of Carbon Dioxide Absorption in Alkali Solutions."

PhD candidate Howard Haselhuhn took third place with a poster, "Water Chemistry Effects on Zeta Potential of Concentrated Hematite Ore."

Proposals in Progress

Professor Paul Doskey (CEE/ECE), Assistant Professor Louisa Kramer (GMES/ECE) and Assistant Professor Thoomas Pypker (SFRES/ESC), "MRI--Development of an Atmosphere-surface Exchange Measurement Facility for Trace Nitrogen Gases at the Bondville, Illinois AmeriFlux Site," NSF

Assistant Professor Paul Sanders (MSE/IMP), "High-strength Low-allow (HSLA) Aluminum: Microstructural Design for High Strength and Ductility," DARPA

Assistant Professor Michael Falkowski (SFRES/ESC), "Characterizing the Impacts of Urbanization of the Atmospheric, Biological and Socioeconomic Environments in Developing Urban Corridors," University of Idaho, NASA

Professor Lyon King (ME-EM/MuSTI) and Senior Research Scientist Joe Burns (MTRI/MuSTI), "Topside Ionospheric Sounding from a Cubesat Platform," CIA

Professor Saeid Nooshabadi (ECE/CCSR), Assistant Professor Scott Kuhl (CS/CCSR) and Assistant Professor Chaoli Wang (CS/CCSR), "MRI: Development of Infrastructure for Research in Multi-view Video, Graphics, Visualization and Immersive Virtual Environment Systems," NSF