Blue Key Seeks Nominations for Clair M. Donovan Award

Do you know someone who should be recognized for his or her outstanding service contributions to Michigan Tech?

Blue Key Honor Society seeks nominations for the 2012 Clair M. Donovan Award, recognizing a member of the faculty, staff or student body for one or more of the following:

* Service to Michigan Tech, especially in nonacademic activities.
* Contributions to the public image of Michigan Tech.
* Continuing interest in the development of the University.

The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, at the Blue Key Office, Memorial Union 106.

Nomination forms are available at the office, or at Blue Key.

For more information, call 487-2818 or email .

Clair M. Donovan, for whom the award is named, was a 1942 graduate with a BS in Metallurgical Engineering. The award was established in 1964 in honor of his years of service as a national president of Blue Key, as an alumnus and as a civic leader. The 2011 recipient was Gloria Melton, who served as the Dean of Students.

Reminder: Evaluation of President Continues This Week

The Senate office is conducting an evaluation of President Glenn Mroz and urges the campus community to participate. The survey ends at 5 p.m., Friday, March 16. No extensions allowed.

By now, University employees should have received emails with the URL to the website of Survey Monkey, the firm conducting the evaluation.

This process has been coordinated by Senate Assistant Judi Smigowski, who will collate the information and present it to the Senate's Administrative Policy Committee, which will then summarize the results and prepare a report to the Senate.

The results from this process will be presented to President Mroz and to the Board of Control.

Last year, President Mroz addressed the comments from that survey during a Senate meeting and remained for the duration of the meeting.

"I cannot think of a more civilized, democratic or reasonable way with which to effect meaningful change, if any is required," said Rudy Luck, Senate president.

According to Smigowski, there has been a 31 percent response rate so far; hopes are for more participation.

2012 MSGC Awards Announced

submitted by Lisa Wallace, Institutional Diversity

Michigan Tech faculty, staff members and students received awards tallying $101,875 through the Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which includes 11 university members.

Michigan Tech received 18 percent of the available research seed grant funding, 24 percent of the undergraduate fellowship funding, 33 percent of the graduate fellowship funding and 41 percent of the precollege, public outreach, teacher training and augmentation proposal funding.

* Six undergraduates received $2,500 for research fellowships.

* Five graduate students received $5,000 for research fellowships.

* Two faculty received $5,000 in seed grants.

* Seven faculty and staff received $5,000 or more for precollege, public outreach, teacher training or augmentation.

Tech's representative for the program is Chris Anderson, special assistant to the president, Institutional Diversity. She says, "This recognition and support help keep Michigan Tech students, faculty and staff on the cutting edge of inquiry and research. The number of awards we receive annually in this competitive process is impressive and underscores the quality of our proposals."

For a list of all the awards and award winners, see Space Grants.

NASA implemented the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program in 1989 to provide funding for research, education and public outreach in space-related science and technology. The program has 52 university-based consortia in the United States and Puerto Rico. As an affiliate of the Michigan Consortium, Michigan Tech has participated in MSGC for over fifteen years.

For more information, contact Anderson at 487-2474 or at , or visit the MSGC website at MSGC.

Call for Proposals: Student Affairs Professional Development Day

submitted by Beth Pollins, Student Affairs

Session proposals are being accepted for the fourth campus-wide Professional Development Day on Thursday, May 10.

All faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to participate by sharing their expertise with others across campus. This is an opportunity to highlight a department or to show individual talents--whether you have presented elsewhere or if you are planning to present in the near future.

Suggested categories for proposals include, but are not limited to:

* Technology
* Supervising students or staff
* Leadership skills
* Getting involved--how to be a student organization advisor
* How to use new social media
* Embracing change
* Fundraising
* Grant writing
* Engaging students
* Connecting faculty/staff/students to what the Keweenaw has to offer
* Budget development
* Customer service
* Wellness
* Federal regulations
* Working with millennial parents
* Assessment

To submit a proposal, see Professional Development.

The deadline is Monday, March 26.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Pollins at 487-2465 or .

Accelerated Master's Degree Programs

submitted by Jacque Smith, Graduate School

The Graduate School announces the development of three new accelerated master's degree programs. These fast-track graduate programs are now offered to undergraduate students in the fields of mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and chemical engineering.

The new initiative allows Michigan Tech undergraduate students to accelerate their education and jumpstart their future research or career paths.

Tech undergraduate students can apply as early as their junior year and start taking graduate-level courses during their senior year.

Michigan Tech's accelerated master's allows for students to count up to six credit hours towards both their bachelor's and master's degree. Once students are admitted into the accelerated programs and complete their bachelor's degree, they can finish their master's degree within two semesters (one academic year).

Acceptance into these programs requires that students apply through the standard Graduate School application process and maintain undergraduate GPA requirements set by the individual programs. Students who are already enrolled in graduate programs may not retroactively enroll in accelerated master's programs.

Other academic programs are encouraged to consider offering accelerated master's options to Tech students.

For more information on developing an accelerated master's program, contact Jacque Smith, director of marketing and advancement, Graduate School, at 487-1434 or at .

Student Employees Sought at Process Improvement

The Office of Process Improvement is hiring two student process improvement coordinators. Direct your undergraduate and graduate students to this opportunity.

The start date for the year-round position is April. The hours are flexible but the students must be available for the summer.

See the details at NACElink. You must login using an ISO username and password.

For more information, contact Wendy Davis, manager of Process Improvement, at 487-3180 or at .

Summer Reading Facilitators Needed for Orientation

Faculty and staff are invited to facilitate a student group discussion for the Reading as Inquiry project.

This year, first-year students will be reading "Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal" by New York Times best-selling author Conor Grennan.

The award-winning book is a memoir of how Grennan's three-month volunteer experience at the Little Princes Children's Home in a small Nepalese village transformed into a personal mission of reconnecting trafficked children with their families.

"Little Princes" is a true story of families and children--and what one person is capable of when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds. At turns tragic, joyful and hilarious, the story is a testament to the power of faith and the ability of love to carry us beyond our wildest expectations.

Facilitators will lead a group discussion of approximately 25 first-year students, with assistance from upper-level students during Orientation. A facilitator information session will be held the week of Aug. 20, and the student group discussions are scheduled for 3 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28.

As a part of the Reading as Inquiry events, Conor Grennan will give an address at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the Rozsa.

If you are interested in serving as a facilitator, contact Heather Simpson at 487-3558 or at , no later than Friday, March 30. Facilitators will receive a free copy of the book via campus mail.

Mind Trekkers Trek to Tennessee

The Mind Trekkers, an interactive science road show designed to demonstrate just how exciting science and engineering can be, has packed up and headed for Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Mind Trekkers was invited to the annual conference of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) to show the organization's research university members how science, technology, engineering and math can be presented to young students in an innovative and engaging way.

Two professional staff members and nine students are on the trip. On Wednesday, March 14, they will present some of their most popular demos for the vice presidents for research of the ORAU institutions, including Michigan Tech's David Reed. They will also conduct a Mind Trekkers event for ORAU members and their families.

On Thursday, March 15, Mind Trekkers will host hands-on activities for local middle school students, before heading home.

Reminder: Bra Show Coming Up

As part of the Women's History Month celebrations, the Society of Intellectual Sisters is sponsoring the eighth annual Bra Show to be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, March 16, in the DHH Ballroom.

In the show, where brightly designed bras are judged and cash prizes are awarded, there is one important twist: all the models are male.

It provides a touch of levity in an event that sheds light on a very serious and worthy cause: breast cancer research, which is the recipient of the night's door charge.

There will be refreshments available. For more information, email .

Other events for Women's History Month include the Women's Film Series: "America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, in the Rozsa Center; and "Training Rules," at 7 p.m., Monday, April 9, in Fisher 135.

Save the Date: K-12 Outreach Can Strengthen Grant Proposals

Looking for some creative and effective ways to incorporate meaningful education/outreach activities into grant proposals? Or need to fulfill the requirements of a National Science Foundation proposal requiring K-12 broader impacts?

The Center for Pre-College Outreach and the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach will collaborate on a Lunch and Learn, "Grant Writing: Easy K-12 Outreach Options with a Big Impact," from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, in Memorial Union Ballroom A2.

In recent years, outreach, education and community impact have become increasingly important aspects in grant and research proposals. In this session, participants will learn easy ways to strengthen the broader impacts of their proposals.

The Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, in partnership with the Western UP Math and Science Center, has been delivering education/outreach programs for K-12 students and teachers, college students and the public since 1995, reaching more than 10,000 participants each year. Expertise includes: curriculum development, teacher professional development and K-12 student programs.

The Center for Pre-College Outreach and Youth Programs brings 40 years of experience to K-12 programming and can offer cut-and-paste templates for use in grant proposals. Youth Programs can recruit students and provide supervision and residential aspects, as well as provide the educational content and instruction. Proposals can become a K-12 outreach component through Summer Youth, Women in Engineering, Engineering Scholars or Mind Trekkers.

Presenters will be Steve Patchin, director of Pre-College Outreach and Youth Programs, and Joan Chadde, education coordinator for the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education and Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach.

If you can't attend, contact Patchin at 487-4338 or at , or Chadde at 487-3341 or at .

Bring lunch. Chips, dessert and coffee will be available.

ME-EM Seminar

Professor Jon Pharoah, associate director, RMC Fuel Cell Research Centre, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, will present "Fuel Cells and Renewable Energy ... and Multi-Scale Modeling of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell" at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 15, in ME-EM 112.

For more information on the ME-EM Graduate Seminar Series, visit ME-EM.

Contact JoAnne Stimac at 487-3611 or at .

Physics Colloquium

Three physics graduate students will present at a colloquium at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 15, in Fisher 139.

Subhasish Mandal will present "What Determines the Sign Reversal of Magnetoresistance in a Molecular Tunnel Junction?"

Madhusudan Savaikar will present "Modeling of Multi-Island Single-Electron Transistor (SET) Devices."

Douglas Banyai will present "Conduction Amongst Mesoscopic Particles."

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 at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 15, in Dow 642. The public is welcome.

PhD student Ruiqiang Song will present "Integration of Mainshock-Aftershock Sequences Into Performance-Based Engineering."

Master's student Christopher Brokaw will present "Building Information Modeling: A Demonstration of Parametric Modeling and its Use in the Construction Industry."

In Print

Associate Professor Michael Bowler (Humanities) has published a chapter, "Heidegger on Hermeneutic Rationality: Logos and World," in the book Hermeneutic Rationality, International Studies in Hermeneutics and Phenomenology, Vol. 3.

On the Road

Associate Professor Michael Bowler (Humanities) and Professor of Practice Valorie Troesch (ILI) presented "Case Studies in Engineering Values: A Biographical/Autobiographical Approach to Ethics Education in Engineering" at the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 3.

Items Available

* An assortment of office and visitor chairs

If interested, contact Traci Bishop at 7-2252 or .

University property may only be transferred between departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.


Professor Faith Morrison (ChE) has been named the Kenan Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching in the chemical and biological engineering department at Princeton University. Morrison has also been invited to be a faculty fellow.