State Chooses Michigan Tech Project for Small Company Innovation Funding

by Jennifer Donovan, director, public relations

The Michigan Corporate Relations Network has announced four Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) grants to support research partnerships between small businesses and state universities, including one at Michigan Tech. A $10,000 award to Leadfoot Engineering Inc. will help support research at Tech to develop new piston materials with improved mechanical properties at elevated temperatures. Leadfoot, based in Chassell, will match the grant with $10,000 of its own.

Leadfoot Engineering is run by Steven Bethel, a Michigan Tech alumnus with a BS and MS in mechanical engineering. Bethel serves on the School of Technology's Mechanical Engineering Technology Industrial Advisory Board.

SCIP enables small businesses to work with universities to commercialize research.

The other three SCIP awards went to:

* Arnune BioScience, Inc./University of Michigan, to support research to reduce the number of unnecessary second biopsies performed to detect prostate cancer.

* Sustainable Technologies, Inc./Michigan State University, to examine the ability of the company's AGIS technology to extend the life of septic fields under fast-food restaurants.

* NanoBio Corp./University of Michigan, to develop a topical therapy that halts burn-wound progression and also acts as an antimicrobial.

Indian Student Association Presents Diwali Night This Saturday

by Jennifer Donovan, director, public relations

Diwali Night, one of the biggest festivals celebrated in India, is coming to Michigan Tech this Saturday evening. Diwali marks the victory of good over evil and light over darkness for the Indian people.

The Indian Student Association (ISA) sponsors Diwali Night at Tech, featuring an eight-course Indian meal followed by a colorful show at the Rozsa Center.

This year, the performance focuses on the Indian movie industry. Its theme is "The Art of Bollywood, a Tribute to Indian Cinema."

The dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Commons and Ballroom. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Rozsa Center.

Tickets are $9 for ISA members and $18 for non-members. A ticket includes dinner and the show. Tickets are available at the SDC ticket office and in the Memorial Union Commons or at Rozsa.

NEXUS: The Scholar and the Library--Feminist Rhetorical Resilience: 17 Authors, Three Editors, One Book

submitted by Ellen Marks, library

Professor Elizabeth Flynn, Professor Patricia Sotirin and Associate Professor Ann Brady (all of HU) will give a presentation as part of the series, "Nexus: The Scholar and the Library," at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, in the J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, East Reading Room.

"Resilience" is a powerful term that appears with regularity in times of crisis. Too often, though, it is associated with individual heroism or an innate ability to bounce back. Feminist Rhetorical Resilience, the book edited by Flynn, Sotirin and Brady, in contrast, associates it with relationality, community and connectedness. The talk will describe the very different contexts within which the seven authors of the collection's essays developed their conception of resilience.

The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served. For more information, see Library, or call 487-2500 or email

Khana Khazana Takes Tech to China for Lunch

Khana Khazana will serve Chinese food this Friday, Nov. 30 in the Memorial Union Food Court. Xin Diao, a mechanical engineering student from the Szechwan Province of China, will cook fried shrimp with green pepper and chili, stir-fry celery and carrot with Chinese sausage, and braised beef and potato in chili oil. Vegetarian alternatives will be available.

Khana Khazana is served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays. A full meal costs $6.95 and includes a beverage. Individual entrees are available for $2.50 each.

A collaborative project of international students and Dining Services, Khana Khazana is open to the campus and the community.

Chemistry Seminar

Andrew Spaeth, GRA, Department of Chemistry from the University of Kansas, will present "Azulene-based Organometallics: New Platforms for Charge Delocalization and Transport at the Nanoscale" at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29, in Chem Sci 101. A discussion period will follow. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend.

For more information, visit Chemistry Seminar.

RTP Hosts Webinar

The Rail Transportation Program (RTP) will host a Railway Webinar from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign on "Recent Research to Better Understand Wheel Rim Axial Residual Stress and Vertical Split Rim Wheel Failures," presented by Cameron Lonsdale, from Amsted Rail, at 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, at Dillman 315. You can also join from your own office. For more information, see UIUC website.

Environmental Engineering Seminar

Colleen Mouw (GMES) will present "Aquatic Remote Sensing: from Cell to Ecosystem" at 3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3, in GLRC 201. The public is welcome.

Proposals in Progress

Senior Research Scientist Joe Burns (MTRI), "Neonate Cognitive Monitoring," University of Michigan

Assistant Professor Stefaan De Winter (Math), "Discrete Generalizations of the Beckman-ouarles Theorem," NSF

Assistant Professor Thomas Oommen (GMES/EPSSI), "Collaborative Research: A Crowdsourced Knowledge Base for the Damage Assessment of Extreme Events," NSF

Assistant Professor Bo Chen (ME-EM/APSRC), "Incorporate Driver's Behavior in Predictive Control of Hybrid Electric Vehicles," NSF

Professor Vladimir Tonchev (Math), "Codes, Galios Geometries and new Invariants for Incidence Structures," NSF

In the News

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum was covered in an extensive feature story in Mineral News newsletter's October 2012 edition.

Canvas Tip of the Week: Weighting Grades by Assignment Group

The Canvas Gradebook efficiently supports two main organizations. Creating all assignments in a single category and indicating a "points possible" for each allows the total column to display a straight percentage earned for each student. In this example, 720 points are possible, so if a student earned 600 points at the end of the semester, 83.3% would be displayed as the Total.

The alternative is to calculate an overall grade as a weighted average of various assignment types (Class Participation = 10%, Homework = 15%, etc.). This can be done by creating Assignment Groups for each grading category. Then either create new assignments in each group, or move assignments you have already created into the appropriate group by dragging and dropping. Weights can then be assigned to each category, as shown in this example.

You can review the Instructure Guide "How do I weight the final grade based on Assignment Groups?" and watch Organizing Your Canvas Gradebook, the eLearning screencast, to learn more about weighting grades by Assignment Groups in Canvas. You may also find our Canvas Tips about grading schemes and ungraded assignments useful when organizing your Canvas Assignments and Gradebook. We encourage you to visit the Canvas One Stop page for more general information, for help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, and to sign up for eLearning workshops as you begin building your Spring Semester 2013 courses, which are now available in Canvas.

Library Matters: 1913 Strike Exhibit Heading to Ontonagon

"Tumult and Tragedy: Michigan's 1913-14 Copper Strike," a traveling exhibit created by the Archives, will complete its installation at the J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library on Friday, Nov. 30, and move to the Ontonagon County Historical Society Museum for display from Saturday, Dec. 1 through Saturday, Jan. 5. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday.

A special open house will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1. Bruce Johanson will provide a presentation about "Ontonagon County and the 1913 Strike" at 1 p.m. and the exhibit will be opened to visitors.

The "Tumult and Tragedy" traveling exhibit consists of 12 panels and includes photographs, excerpts from newspapers, documents, and songs from the strike era. A free giveaway brochure contains links to related web content about the 1913-14 Michigan copper strike online at 1913 Strike.

The exhibit will also tour to five other locations in Houghton and Baraga Counties. The exhibit was made possible through a $14,500 grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding was provided by Michigan Tech, Cranking Graphics and Robert and Ruth Nara.

For more information, contact Archives at 487-2505 or , or by contacting the Ontonagon County Historical Society at 884-6165 or .