Terry Sharik Named SFRES Dean

Terry Sharik has been appointed dean of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES). He will take the reins on July 1, after Peg Gale, who has been dean since March 2004, retires.

It's a homecoming for Sharik, who taught in the School of Forestry and Wood Products from 1986 to 1993. While at Michigan Tech, he was president of the University Senate and associate director of the Lake Superior Ecosystem Research Center. Since 1993, he has been a professor of forest ecology at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, where he served as head of the Departments of Forest Resources and Environment and Society.

"Terry's wide range of experience was evident throughout the interview process," said Professor Blair Orr, who chaired the search committee for the position. "He has an understanding of coursework and accreditation, not only of how it works today, but also insight into where it will be tomorrow. He has worked on large collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects and has a vision of how the School can partner with others on campus to build stronger and more effective research programs."

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Wildlife Management at West Virginia University, and a Master of Forestry and a PhD in Forest Recreation and Forest Botany, respectively, from the University of Michigan, Sharik taught at the University of Michigan Biological Station, Oberlin College, and Virginia Tech, as well as Michigan Tech and Utah State. He was also employed as an environmental consultant in the corporate sector for a brief period.

He was named a University Distinguished Teaching Fellow at the University of Michigan and Distinguished Teacher of the Year at Michigan Tech.

Sharik is cofounder of the Biennial Conferences on University Education in Natural Resources and the North American Forest Ecology Workshops. He remains deeply involved in educational reform in natural resources at the national and global levels through the National Association of University Forest Resources. He is a fellow of the Society of American Foresters.

In 2005, Sharik helped establish the Gombe School of Environment and Society (GOSESO) in Tanzania, East Africa. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Forestry. He serves as chair of the GOSESO-USA board and the Sustainable Forests Partnership.

"I am thrilled and honored to be the next dean, and I hope that together, the faculty, staff, students and I can make some really great things happen. The key word is 'together,' as I feel strongly about being part of a 'we' culture. Any vision I might have for the School will ultimately be a collective vision. My journey in academic leadership began at Michigan Tech, and having been gone for nearly two decades, I very much look forward to returning and giving back some of what I have learned and experienced since then."

Breakthrough Could Slash R&D Time for Next Generation of Hydrogen Fuel Cells

by Marcia Goodrich, magazine editor

It took Thomas Edison two years and over 3,000 experiments to develop a marketable light bulb. It has taken 10 times that long and who-knows-how-many experiments to develop a system that is far more complicated: the inner workings of a reliable, marketable hydrogen fuel cell.

Now a research team led by Associate Professor Jeffrey Allen, mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics, is nearing development of a mathematical model that will slash that R&D time and effort. It focuses on water, a fuel cell's worst enemy.

Water vapor is the only emission coming out of the tailpipe of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle, a big reason why fuel cells are so attractive. But moving that water out of the fuel cell can be a soggy problem. Just a teaspoon can kill the reaction that drives hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles. And, considering that it can take a stack of dozens of fuel cells to power a car, and a single flooded cell can take down the entire stack, water management becomes a looming issue.

To read the complete story, see Fuel Cell.

Dean Johnson Honored

Dean Johnson, the James and Delores Trethewey Associate Professor in the School of Business and Economics, has been named Professor of the Year by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan. Johnson shares the honor with professors from Michigan State, Saginaw Valley State and Wayne State Universities.

The four Michigan Professors of the Year were judged on student learning, interactions with graduates, experiential learning, academic advising, undergraduate research opportunities and scholarship on teaching and learning.

For the full story, see Dean Johnson.

Engineering Student Wins Goldwater Scholarship

by Jennifer Donovan, director, public relations

Hal Holmes, a third-year student in biomedical and electrical engineering, has won a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, awarded by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

Goldwater Scholarships--established by Congress to honor the late Senator Barry M. Goldwater--are based on academic merit, research experience and intent to pursue a career in science, engineering or mathematics. The purpose of the program is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

Colleges and universities nominate students for the scholarships, which cover up to $7,500 in tuition and fees. Holmes is the eighth Michigan Tech student ever to win a Goldwater Scholarship.

For the full story, see Hal Holmes.

Lactation Room Available

A lactation room is available for nursing mothers on the second floor of the Hamar House (Building 13). The room is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the summer, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., during the academic year.

Reminder: Call for Proposals: Student Affairs Professional Development Day

Session proposals are still being accepted for the fourth campus-wide Professional Development Day on Thursday, May 10. This year's theme is "GROWTH: You Can't Create the Future Without It."

The deadline has been extended to Monday, April 9.

All faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to participate by sharing their expertise with others across campus. This is an excellent opportunity to highlight a department or to show your talents if 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, visit Professional Development.

For any questions, contact Elizabeth Pollins at 487-2465 or epollins@mtu.edu .

First Friday Social at PLGC

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend April's First Friday University Social from 4 to 6 p.m., April 6, at the Portage Lake Golf Course Par and Grill. Complimentary soda and snacks will be served. There will be a cash bar.

Come check out the course, which is opening this week, and browse the pro shop that is stocked to meet all your golfing gear needs.

First Friday University Socials began in 2006 to provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to get together informally, share their work and get to know each other. Such informal gatherings often lead to more productive work relationships and an appreciation for diversity.

In an effort to increase the effectiveness of the initiative, this academic year will continue to feature departmental partners who will host each month's event. The next social will be on Friday, May 4, in the Rozsa Center. ME-EM will be next month's sponsor.

PLGC Opening Thursday

Portage Lake Golf Course is opening for the season on Thursday, April 5, the earliest opening on record. The previous earliest date was April 6 in 2010. The average opening in the past 13 years has been April 18.

For this early season, golf carts will be allowed on the course immediately, which is unusual. The driving range will also be opening on Thursday, as well as the Par and Grill, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

There are special spring rates in place through April 21: $9 for 9 holes and $18 for 18 holes; cart rates are the same, $9 for 9 and $18 for 18.

Football Huskies Prep for Spring Game

by Wes Frahm, director, athletic communications and marketing

The football team has begun spring drills in preparation for its annual black-white intrasquad game at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 14, at Sherman Field.

Head coach Tom Kearly brings back a strong nucleus of players from last year's team that went 7-4.

On offense, quarterback Tyler Scarlett (Clarkston) is coming off a record-setting freshman season. He'll be joined in the backfield by three running backs--Akeem Cason (Benton Harbor), Cedrick Barber (Rochester, N.Y.) and Charlie Leffingwell (Midland)--who all saw considerable time in 2011. The Huskies' receiving corps should also be strong, although several are being held out of the spring season. The offensive line will need to replace three starters from a year ago.

"Tyler's been playing very well, and we've got lot of competition at our skill positions right now," said Kearly. "The spring season gives us an opportunity to work on a lot of different things and get better."

Defensively, Tech lost a high number of seniors from last year's team. The strength of the unit will be its front. Senior inside linebacker Justin Armstrong (Las Vegas, Nev.) is the team's top returning tackler from a year ago. Fellow seniors Justin Blake (Bessemer) and Jacob Clark (Lansing) will anchor a skilled group of defensive linemen. Only two players--Emmett Bjorn (Calumet) and Jeremy Mims (Novi)--return to the secondary with significant experience.

"The front of our defense is solid," said Kearly. "We've got a good group there. Where we need work is in the secondary, where we lost five starters and two backups. I think the spring season will show us who's ready to step up and go."

Michigan Tech will have seven more practices prior to the spring game.

Haidar Recognized Again

Junior Ali Haidar (Windsor, Ont./Forster), men's basketball, has been named to the 2012 Bulletin All-America Fourth Team.

Haidar, who was named the GLIAC Player of the Year, ranked third in the league in scoring, averaging 19.1 points per game, and ranked second in rebounds, averaging 9.0 per game. He led Michigan Tech to its first GLIAC North Division Title since the 2002-03 season and tallied 14 double-doubles on the year, ninth most in NCAA Div. II this season.

Baker Starts ECHL Playoffs with Colorado

by Wes Frahm, director, athletic communications and marketing

Former hockey player Jordan Baker is making his professional postseason debut with Colorado of the ECHL as the Eagles play in the conference quarterfinal round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs in Stockton, Calif.

Baker, who concluded a five-year career at Michigan Tech in March, signed and played the final six games of the regular season with the Eagles. The 5-7 forward tallied a goal and an assist in those six games. The 24-year-old skated at center and wing and saw time on both special teams units.

Colorado, which is based out of the Fort Collins area, 60 miles north of Denver, finished fourth in the ECHL's Western Conference with a 38-28-6 record. The Eagles will face the No. 5-seeded Stockton Thunder in a best-of-five-games series that began Tuesday, April 3. The first two games are at Stockton before the series shifts to Colorado.

"It's been unreal so far," said Baker of his transition from Michigan Tech to the pro ranks. "I've been thrown right into everything, and it's been awesome to get an opportunity to play right away. I really couldn't have asked for anything more to start my pro career."

Baker said he received professional offers the day after Michigan Tech was knocked out of the WCHA Final Five by Denver, 3-2 in overtime, on Thursday, March 15. He waited through the weekend to seek the advice of the Huskies' coaching staff before signing with Colorado. His first game with the Eagles was Friday, Mar. 23.

An assistant captain for Michigan Tech in 2011-12, Baker tallied 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 total points during his senior season. In 146 career games, the Chestermere, Alberta, native registered 82 points (38 goals and 44 assists).

Baker joined another former Tech hockey player on the Colorado roster. Riley Nelson (1996-2000) was the Eagles' fourth-leading scorer during the regular season with 60 points (25 goals, 35 assists).

MSE Seminar

Professor Dady Dadyburjor, of the Department of Chemical Engineering at West Virginia University, will present at 3 p.m., Friday, April 6, in M&M 610: "Product Upgrading From Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis: You Have To Understand The Old Dog Before You Can Teach It New Tricks."

For more information, see MSE Seminar.

Biological Sciences Seminar

Assistant Professor Feng Zhao, of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, will present a seminar, "Tissue Engineering of Completely Biological Small-Diameter Blood Vessel Using Aligned Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells," at 2 p.m., Friday, April 6, in Chem Sci 101.

CEE Seminar

Casey Fritsch, a master's student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will speak on "Climate Informed Flood Risk Projections" at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 5, in Dow 642. The public is welcome. Fritsch's adviser is Assistant Professor Veronica Griffis (CEE).

School of Business and Economics Research Seminar

The School of Business and Economics invites the campus community to a brown bag lunch presentation, "Eco-compensation Mechanism for Ecological Functions in Headwater Conservation Zones: A Case Study of Sanjiang Yuan," by Hong Yang, a visiting scholar, at noon, today, in AOB 101.

Lunch 'n Learn: Kindergarten Readiness

Benefits Services and the Little Huskies Child Development Center have scheduled a lunch and learn, "Kindergarten Readiness," from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 12, in ROTC 101. This session was initially scheduled in March but cancelled due to inclement weather. Staff from Houghton Elementary School will present ideas to help parents develop appropriate activities that support kindergarten readiness. All employees are welcome. Bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.

New Funding

Associate Professor Jinshan Tang (SOT/TTEC) has received $20,077 from Jackson State University for a project, "Investigation of Advanced Image Processing Technologies for Crack Detection in Pavement Management System."

Job Posting

Staff job descriptions are available in Human Resources or at http://www.admin.mtu.edu/hro/postings . For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu .

Faculty job descriptions can be found at http://www.admin.mtu.edu/hro/facpers/facvac.htm . For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Staff Job Postings 04/04/2012

Resource and Consultant Coordinator
Humanities Digital Media Zone
Internal-only posting
Apply online at https://www.jobs.mtu.edu

Regional Admissions Manager
Apply online at https://www.jobs.mtu.edu

Please note: Human Resources is transitioning to an online application process for the job postings above. To read the notice to applicants, see Posting.

Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer.

Proposals in Progress

Assistant Professor Claudio Mazzoleni (Physics) and graduate student Swarup China (Physics), "Contact Ice Nucleation Studies in an Environmentally Controlled Acoustic Levitation Trap," NASA

Associate Professor Adrienne Minerick (ChE/BRC), "Rapid Nutritional Analysis from Infant Tears," Gerber Foundation

Senior Research Scientist Joseph Burns (MTRI), "SDB for Down Syndrome," Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, NIH

Assistant Professor Ossama Abdelkhalik (ME-EM), "Novel Algorithms for Complex Optimization Problems," NSF

Assistant Professor Qingli Dai (CEE/MTTI), "Induction Healing of Asphalt Composites Containing Conductive Fibers," NSF