National Science Foundation Honors Tech's Global Watershed Website

by Jennifer Donovan, director, public relations

A website for Michigan Tech's Global Watershed program has been singled out as one of two top websites nationwide. The Global Watershed program is part of a graduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fellowship program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) at 213 universities across the country. The program, known as GK12, prepares graduate students in STEM fields to work with teachers and students in kindergarten through 12th grade to incorporate scientific research and the scientific method as integral parts of their science education curriculum.

Locally, Michigan Tech's GK12 Global Watershed program partners graduate student fellows with partner-teachers at the BRIDGE Alternative School, Copper Country Intermediate School District, Hancock High and Middle Schools, Manistee High School and Stanton Township. While the Michigan Tech program focuses primarily on rural schools in the western UP, it also partners with the Colegio Munoz school system in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

"The website for our GK12 Global Watershed program really is an invaluable tool for organizing and publicizing our project," said Professor Alex Mayer (CEE), program director.

"It's critical that we have a polished site that's easy to use to spread the word about the program to potential GK12 fellows and partner teachers and publicize the accomplishments of our existing fellows and their partner teachers," Mayer went on to say. "We're very pleased that NSF has recognized the quality of our web presence."

The award-winning website was designed and developed locally by the web development firm of in Hancock. "It's truly an honor to know that a website our firm developed right here in the Keweenaw was recognized on a national level," said Jeffery Primeau, cofounder and director of marketing/communications.

The website was judged on several factors, including design, navigability, structure and content. Comprehensive content/text for the site was written by Lisa Rowan, currently a master's degree student in ecology at the University of North Florida.

To view the site, see Global Watershed.

Senate Election Underway

The University Senate will hold an election for 14 positions on 10 different committees. Nominations are due by 5 p.m., Friday, March 30.

Current terms expire Aug. 31 and must be filled by the end of this semester.

You may nominate others if you have their approval; or individuals may nominate themselves.

Here are the positions and those eligible:

Faculty At Large Senators--all faculty
Academic Integrity Committee--all faculty
Athletics Council--tenured faculty
Conflict of Interest Committee--all faculty/staff
Faculty Distinguished Service Award Committee--all faculty
Faculty Review Committee--all faculty
Misconduct in Research, Scholarly, and Creative Endeavors Inquiry Committee--all faculty/staff
Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation (MTEC) Board--tenured faculty
Public Safety Oversight Committee--all faculty/staff
Sabbatical Leave Committee--tenured faculty

For more invitation, contact Jon Riehl, University Senate Elections Committee, at 487-2197 or at .

Get Help with Income Tax Return at No Cost

Tax crunch time is upon us and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is here to help. This program provides free income tax preparation assistance at no cost for members of the community who could not otherwise afford the services of a CPA tax professional.

The service exists on campuses all over the US and has been on the Michigan Tech campus for over 20 years. Tax forms are prepared by accounting and finance students who have received tax training. Students volunteer their time and talent for the program. Last year over 50 students and community members benefited from this service.

Attend a tax Session

No appointment is necessary to receive assistance; just go to the AOB G010D, the Tidwell Center Conference Room, during one of the sessions listed below.

Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 4 p.m.

Bring your W-2's, form 1099's, 1098T's, etc., to one of the sessions. Also bring a copy of last year's tax return, if possible.

Volunteer sessions will be offered each week until, Friday, April 13.

For more information, contact Joel Tuoriniemi at 487-1877 or at , or Anne Warrington at 487-1733 or at .

Benefits Invites Vendors to Campus

The Employee Benefits and Community Services Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, April 2, in Memorial Union Isle Royale Ballroom.

Benefits will host nearly 30 vendors, including Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, Portage Health, TIAA-CREF, Fidelity and Aetna, along with many other businesses that will showcase their services, including complimentary thermography screens from Superior Family Chiropractic and chair massages by Wendy Van Valkenburg.

Enjoy light refreshments and register to win prizes, including:

* A 26-inch Northwoods Springdale dual suspension bicycle, camping chair, cooler with goodies and hydration pack (donated by Benefits Office).

* Gift certificate from Sayen's for oil change (Thrivent Financial for Lutherans).

* $20 gift card (A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum).

* Hydro massage gift certificates (Superior Family Chiropractic).

* AirMed family membership (AirMed).

The fair is free and open to Michigan Tech employees, retirees, spouses, partners and adult dependents. For more information, contact Benefits at .

Reminder: World Water Day Lecture, Poster Session Thursday

Michigan Tech will celebrate World Water Day on Thursday, March 22, with a poster session, a guest lecture and a reception.

Lana Pollack, chair of the US Section of the International Joint Commission, will discuss threats to the health of the Great Lakes and how research data-based policy-making can protect these unique natural resources, at 5:30 p.m., in EERC 103. The International Joint Commission is an independent, binational organization that works to prevent and resolve boundary waters disputes for the common good of the US and Canada.

Before the lecture, the Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society (CWS) will sponsor a graduate poster session and competition to highlight the ongoing interdisciplinary research on water at Michigan Tech, looking toward the opening of the Great Lakes Research Center this summer. The poster session is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. in the front atrium of the Dow.

The lecture is sponsored by the CWS and the Visiting Women and Minority Lecture Series. A reception will follow the lecture in the Dow sixth-floor lobby.

The World Water Day events are all open to the public.

Banquet is a Tribute to Cesar Chavez

"Tribute to Cesar Chavez: Living The Legacy Banquet," scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, March 26, in the Memorial Union Ballroom, will feature Marc Grossman, a longtime Chavez associate, and Uziel Mendez, an Hispanic student at Tech.

Grossman was Cesar Chavez's press secretary, speechwriter and personal aide and directed international media coverage of Chavez's 1993 funeral in Delano, Calif. He still serves as a spokesman for the United Farm Workers of America and is communications director for the Cesar Chavez Foundation.

Mendez, a Tech undergraduate pursuing a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering, will speak about his own experience as a migrant worker.

Tickets are $25 per person. The menu will feature nopales salad, stuffed poblano chile (chicken and vegetarian), traditional "flan" and "tres leches" cake.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and its Hispanic Heritage Committee, Housing and Residential Life, Student Affairs, the President's Office, Institutional Diversity, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, the Alumni Association, Student Activities and the Parents Fund of the Michigan Tech Fund.

For more information, contact Madeline Mercado Voelker, assistant director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, at 487-2920 or at .

International Dinner/Theater Upcoming

The International Club invites the campus community to International Night 2012, a dinner/theater event that will begin at 6 p.m., Sunday, April 1, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Enjoy a multi-course dinner while watching eight performances, including singing, dancing, comedy sketches and community drumming.

Tickets are $10 for students, faculty and staff and $12 for the community and are available at the SDC Ticketing Operations or online at International.

For more information, contact Jess Banda at .

Hoyt Earns WBCA All-America Honorable Mention

Junior Sam Hoyt was named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division II Coaches All-America Honorable Mention Team Tuesday, March 20.

Hoyt earned first-team All-GLIAC honors and was named to the GLIAC All-Defensive Team. She averaged 16 points per game, sixth-best in the league, including a school record 37 points against Northwood on Feb. 25.

The Arkansaw, Wis., native has established herself as one of the best shooters in the league, ranking second in 3-pointers made (2.7), sixth in 3-point percentage (40 percent) and 10th in free throw percentage (80 percent). She ranks fifth in assists (4.1) and eighth in steals (1.9).

PLGC Opening Soon

The Portage Lake Golf Course could be opening as early as March 29, and season passes are on sale now.

Fees range from $285 for juniors (under 17) to $630 for single adults, by April 1.

An annual pass can be purchased for the equivalent of only 2.6 18-hole rounds per month, at the regular greens fee rate. If you plan on playing at least once a week from April to mid-October, you would be saving close to $300 by purchasing a season pass.

Included are amenities: guest passes, merchandise and tournament discounts, complimentary pull carts, and free plays at other local courses. Also, discounted passes are offered for spouses and children to make golf affordable for the entire family.

You can save another $25 to $100 by sending the application in before April 1. Also: pass-holder's children, 11 years and younger, play for free when accompanied with an adult pass-holder. However, should the child wish to play without mom or dad, the child will either have to purchase green fees or a discounted season pass.

Weekday only or weekend only passes provide two more options. Michigan Tech employees can use the TechFit subsidy, and payroll deduction is also available.

A 2012 season pass application is available by calling 487-2641, emailing , or online at Hole in One. As well, the pro shop is open now from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

If a season pass just isn't for you, there are other options. Purchase a Par Card for five- or ten-play options.

The Par and Grill will be hosting its annual Master's Party starting at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 7. Complimentary snacks, drink specials, putting contests, and raffles will be a part of the day. Come to Portage Lake and enjoy the final round of the 2012 Masters Tournament.

Biological Sciences Seminar

Ryan Gilbert, from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will present "The Role of Nanoparticle Technology in the Repair of the Central Nervous System" at 3 p.m., Friday, March 23, in Dillman 320.

CEE Seminar

Mike Iden, the general director of Car and Locomotive Engineering at Union Pacific Railroad, will present "Railroads and Environment--Steps in Locomotive and Power Development to Improve the Environmental Footprint of Rail Transportation" at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 22, in Dow 642. The public is welcome.

Physics Colloquium

Three physics graduate students will present at a colloquium at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 22, in Fisher 139.

Nathan Kelley-Hoskins will present "Calibrating a Gamma-Ray Observatory."

Hao Zhou will present "Calibrating the Response Time of the HAWC Electronics."

Hugo Ayala will present "VAMOS--A Test Experiment for Gamma-Ray Detection at High Altitude."

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 .

Intellectual Property Session

Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement will hold an educational session, "Intellectual Property Issues in Research," from 12 to 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, in the Memorial Union Ballroom A2. Registration ends at 5 p.m., Sunday, April 1.


This session is designed to provide faculty, postdocs and research/program staff with resources and guidelines for understanding issues involving Intellectual Property related to research contracting and invention commercialization at Michigan Tech.

Some of the topics covered will include:

* University policy and relevant federal rules.
* Invention disclosure and commercialization processes.
* Funding opportunities for invention development.

Beverages and desserts will be available; bring your lunch.

For registration information, contact Carole Noonan at .
For session content questions, contact Jim Baker at .


Associate Professor Yun Hang Hu (MSE) was one of only 20 solar energy researchers worldwide to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the US-Egypt Joint Workshop on Solar Energy Systems and Materials in Cairo. The workshop was held March 12-14 and was sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The title of Hu's invited talk was "Graphene for Solar Cells."

In the News

Treehugger, an environmental science news website published by Discovery Communications, reported on the decreasing number of wolves at Isle Royale National Park and the options that Associate Professor John Vucetich and Professor Emeritus Rolf Peterson outlined in a journal article in the George Wright Forum. See Wolves.

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The March 19 issue of Business Insider published a feature story on Michigan Tech's switch to commencement caps and gowns made of recycled plastic water bottles.

Proposals in Progress

Professor Raymond Shaw (Physics) and graduate student Matthew Beals (Physics), "Improved Mixed Phased Cloud Microstructure Measurements: The Holographic Detector for Clouds II (HOLODEC II)," NASA

Assistant Professor Louise Nelson Dyble (SS/MTTI), "Scholars Award: Paying for Pavement: Highway Financing and the Transformation of American Government," NSF

Assistant Professor Zhuo Feng (ECE), "GPU-based Design Automation Methodologies for 3D Integrated Circuits (3D-ICs) with On-Chip Voltage and Temperature Regulators," NSF

Associate Professor Linda Nagel (SFRES/ESC), "Lake States Silviculture Module of the US Forest Service National Advanced Silviculture Program," USDA Forest Service

Associate Professor Amlan Mukherjee (ECE/MTTI) and Associate Professor Nilufer Onder (CS/MTTI), "Explicitly Managing Risk and Contingencies in Complex Construction Projects," NSF