Nominations Open for Fall 2012 Finishing Fellowships

Nominations for fall 2012 Finishing Fellowships are now open. Applications must be submitted to the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 13.

Students are eligible if the following criteria are met:

* Must be a PhD student.
* Must expect to finish in fall.
* Must have submitted no more than one previous request for funding.
* Must be eligible for Research Only Mode.

Previous recipients of a Finishing Fellowship are not eligible.

For details on the application procedure, see Finishing Fellowships.

For more information about the application or review process, contact Debra Charlesworth, assistant to the dean, at 487-1989 or at .

Retirement Gathering for Neil Hutzler

The civil and environmental engineering department invites the campus community to a retirement reception for Professor Neil Hutzler from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, in the Great Lakes Research Center. Hutzler is retiring after 35 years of service. Refreshments will be served.

Reminder: Leadership Institute for High School Girls Underway

More than two dozen female high school juniors from Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois will be at Michigan Tech for a Leadership Institute today and Friday.

High-achieving girls were invited to the program or were referred by guidance counselors and admissions recruiters.

For more information, contact Allison Carter, director of admissions, at 487-1888 or at .

Club Indigo Features German Masterpiece

by Joe Kirkish, professor emeritus

Mu Beta Psi is sponsoring this Friday's Club Indigo, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a very strange, unforgettable movie: the 1920 silent German masterpiece, "Cabinet of Dr. Caligari."

The showing offers a completely restored version, complete with hand tinting and an experimental soundtrack.

This film, made in Germany when Expressionalism was in full bloom, is entirely unreal--crooked homes, angled walls, shadows painted on walls and people who look as though they fit into such an environment. This is a story within a story about a mad magician who carries around a coffin containing a sleepwalker, whom he awakens at various times to kidnap or kill. The movie works up to a huge surprise at the end. This movie is like nothing you'll ever see again. To contrast it, a Laurel and Hardy comedy will make a double bill.

The German buffet (from Carmelita's) begins at 6 p.m., the move at 7:15. Cost for both is $18; the movie alone is $5. To ensure seating at the buffet, call the Calumet Theatre at least a day in advance at 337-2610.

Husky Tae Kwon Do Excels

submitted by Tae Kwon Do

Michigan Tech's student Tae Kwon Do club, led by 7th degree black-belt master Jonathan Henkel (retired professor, Army Lt. Col., and Army ROTC commander) traveled to the US Open Tae Kwon Do tournament in Rochester, Minnesota, in mid-April. The club’s students and community members won 12 gold, six silver, and two bronze in sparring, forms, demonstrations and board breaking. Over 200 athletes competed.

The Olympic-style sparring competition awards points for accuracy.

Creative, individual and group forms award points in a system similar to gymnastics or diving, scoring competitors by their ability to accurately and artistically complete a pattern of kicks, hand techniques and stances according to their rank.

The breaking competition awards points for difficulty, accuracy and style.

Huskies were represented by five black belts in men's and women's categories.

Sophomore and third-degree black belt Alyona Zhuravlyova won gold in forms, silver in breaking and gold in speed-spin breaking in the 18-32 women's black-belt division.

Tech senior and black belt Mivil Abraham, together with community member and black belt Brandy Kinnunen, won gold in the team creative forms demonstration. Abraham also won silver in sparring and gold in board breaking in the 18-32 women's black-belt division, while Kinnunen won silver in sparring and gold in breaking in the 14-17 women's black-belt division.

Tech senior and black belt Teddy Broe III won gold in sparring and breaking in the 18-32 men's heavyweight black-belt division.

Tech alumnus and black belt Brent Revello won bronze in sparring and forms in the men's 18-32 welterweight black-belt division.

In addition to black-belt competitors, several other Husky color-belt competitors won medals in men's and women's categories.

Alumnus, employee and red belt Andrew Rollenhagen won gold in breaking and silver in sparring in the 18-32 men's heavyweight color-belt division.

Alumnus, employee and brown belt John Velat won gold in sparring and breaking and silver in individual forms in the 43-and-up color-belt division and 32-and-up men's color-belt heavyweight sparring.

The youngest Husky TKD competitor, Maria Velat, an eight-year-old yellow belt in second grade at Houghton Elementary, beat her higher-ranked competitors for gold in sparring and individual forms in the 7/8 girl's color-belt division, and she topped ten boys for silver in board breaking in 7/8 boy's/girl's combined color-belt division.

Husky Tae Kwon Do was founded in 1989 by Henkel and welcomes students and community members of all skill and fitness levels to learn this Korean martial art.

To see photos from the recent tournament, or for more information, see TKD.

New Funding

Assistant Professor Mi Hye Song (Biological Sciences/BRC) has received $350,252 from the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, for a project, "Regulation of Centrosome Assembly by Phosphorylation."

In the News

The research of Associate Professor Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) on low-cost water purification using solar energy appeared in NPR, Business Insider and Treehugger, along with numerous blogs.

To read the stories, see the following: