Former Physics Professor Paul Hinzmann Passes Away

Paul Revere Hinzmann, professor emeritus of physics, died on Nov. 30, at the Clark Retirement Home in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was 99 years old.

He was born in Tipton, Mich., and lived in Ohio before attending the Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve). He attended his 70th reunion there in 2005.

Hinzmann received a master's degree in education from the University of Michigan before beginning his teaching career at Michigan Tech in 1946. He taught until 1977 and was also the University photographer during his tenure at Tech. He was recalled as a patient, caring teacher who loved the enthusiasm of students. After retirement, he was active in the local Boy Scouts chapter, Isle Royale Natural History Association, and Golden Kiwanis.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Alvin and Wade. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Elsie (Feigley) Hinzmann and his children, Georgia (Hugh) Makens of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Vincent (Nancy) Hinzmann of Milford, Mich. grandchildren and other family members.

Paul wished his body to be donated to science with the MSU Medical School being the recipient.

A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Hancock on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 401 Quincy Street, Hancock; Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Assn., 800 E. Lakeshore Dr., Houghton; the Kellogg Youth Endowment Fund of the Keweenaw Community Foundation, 236 Quincy St., Hancock; or an organization of your choice. Arrangements are being handled by the O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock.

December First Friday Social

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend the December First Friday University Social from 4 to 6 p.m., Dec. 7, at the Portage Lake Golf Course. A cash bar along with complimentary soda and snacks will be provided.

Human Resources sponsor this month's Social. Come and meet your colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere.

The 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 sponsor each month’s event. There will be no Social in January due to the academic break. February’s Social is being sponsored by Electrical and Computer Engineering. If your department is interested in hosting a social or would like more information, please contact Megan Ross at 487-3123 or

Two Tech Teams Receive EPA Sustainable Design Awards

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Tuesday that Professor Gerard Caneba (ChE) and Associate Professor Kurt Paterson (CEE) and their student teams have received People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants. The $15,000 P3 grants were among 45 awarded nationwide to enable student teams to develop their projects for a P3 Sustainable Design Expo next April. At the expo in Washington, D.C., they will compete for a $90,000 award to support development of a real-world application of their design. For more information on the P3 Expo, see EPA P3.

Caneba's team is seeking environmentally responsible treatments for, and useful products that can be made from, aluminum extraction waste materials. Paterson's team is designing changes to cook stoves and the cooking environment in the developing world, to improve air quality and public health.

Cycle Designed by Michigan Tech Engineering Students to be Unveiled at Army-Navy Game Saturday

Michigan Tech engineering students, supported by General Motors’ Chevrolet, designed and built two prototypes of hand-cranked three-wheel cycles for wounded veterans to ride in endurance races. They will unveil their handiwork during the nationally televised Army-Navy football game on Saturday, Dec. 8. The game will be televised on CBS-TV.

The cycles will be used by the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans in future competitions.

Kick-off is at 3 p.m. A member of the Achilles Freedom Team will ride one of the prototype cycles out onto the field during a first-quarter time out, accompanied by Michigan Tech senior James Cook, GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson and GM engineer Alexa Ellswood. Another Michigan Tech student, Brett Jenkins, will represent the teams at a pre-game press conference.

For the full story, see Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans.

Holiday Customer Appreciation Sale

The Holiday Customer Appreciation Sale at University Images and the Campus Bookstore is from 8 to 6 p.m. today. Almost everything is 25 percent off including, Michigan Tech Apparel, gifts, souvenirs, school supplies, computer supplies, backpacks, greeting cards, hockey equipment and men's dress apparel. Do your Christmas shopping on campus this year and save.

Auxiliary Services' Customer Satisfaction Survey Reminder

Please check your email for an invitation to participate in an online survey being conducted by Auxiliary Services Operations and a chance to win prizes. The survey, sent on Dec. 4 is meant to measure customer satisfaction and will be used to improve your experience while visiting places such as Portage Lake Golf Course, Mont Ripley Ski Area, Dining Services, and the Campus Bookstore. This survey invitation should reach all Michigan Tech faculty, staff, and students.

Due to the length of the full survey, you will only be asked to complete one questionnaire for one of the above mentioned Auxiliary areas. The questionnaire you will receive was chosen at random. Please note: completion of the survey is completely voluntary; you will not be penalized if you do not complete the survey and no responses will be identified with you personally. All responses are for statistical analysis only. Once you have completed the survey you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win one of the prizes listed below:

* 2 will win a $50 gift certificate from the Campus Bookstore
* 10 will win a coupon for a free Thursday Special hot wing meal deal from the Memorial Union food court
* 20 will win a complimentary 9-hole gas-cart rental at the Portage Lake Golf Course
* 5 will win a daily rental package from Mont Ripley Ski Hill
* 5 will win a free daily lift ticket from Mont Ripley Ski Hill
* 10 will win a free meal pass to the Residence Hall Dining centers

To be eligible for the prize drawing, you must complete this survey by Friday, Dec. 14. For your convenience, you may start, stop, and continue the survey where you left off until Dec. 14 by using the survey link included in your email invitation. Winners will be announced on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Remember, participating in this survey is completely voluntary, but your responses are greatly appreciated. Every response will be evaluated. Thank you for your time.

Grammy-nominated Hampton String Quartet Joins the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra

The Grammy-nominated Hampton [Rock] String Quartet (HSQ) is joining the
Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra (KSO) at Michigan Tech's Rozsa Center for a two-day residency on Dec. 7 and 8, with a final concert on the Rozsa stage on Saturday night, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

As the world's best selling string quartet, HSQ plays classically influenced arrangements of Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Metallica, Nirvana, and more. Wireless Magazine says: "One listen will change the way you hear both classical and pop music."

The HSQ will be the featured guest artist for the 2nd Keweenaw Honors String Festival, with high school string players from Houghton, Negaunee, Marquette, and Escanaba joining the string quartet and KSO in clinics, masterclasses, rehearsals, and the closing concert. The public is invited to the following events during the Festival (all on the Rozsa stage):

*4-6 p.m. Masterclass with HSQ and student musicians (Friday, Dec. 7)

*1-2 p.m. Q&A with HSQ (Saturday, Dec. 8)

*7:30-9:30 p.m. KSO/HSQ/Festival Combined Concert (Saturday, Dec. 8)

The final concert features the KSO performing movements from Holst's "The Planets" and a world premiere by composer Elizabeth Meyer. The Hampton Rock String Quartet will then rock the night away with an electric array of classic rock songs, ending with a combined performance with KSO and Festival strings on Queen's "We Will Rock You."

Tickets for the final concert are $22.75, $21.75 for seniors and $20.75 for students. To purchase tickets, call 487-2073, go online at, or visit Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex.

Please note the Rozsa Box Office is closed during regular business hours, and will only open two hours prior to show times.

This performance is sponsored by the Katherine M. Bosch Endowment and Minnesota Public Radio. Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer.

Reminder: Tech Talks Research and Scholarship: Energy

The next Tech Talks session will be at 4 p.m., today, East Reading Room of the J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library. Co-leaders William Worek, dean of the College of Engineering, and Joshua Pearce (MSE) will present accomplishments of the Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative on Energy, followed by faculty presentations and an opportunity to explore new collaborations and new directions for energy research at Michigan Tech.

All faculty and staff who can make a contribution to research in energy or who want to learn about the efforts of others are strongly encouraged to attend.

This event is sponsored by the Provost's Office and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

New Funding

Pasi Lautala (CEE), Stanley Vitton (CEE) and Gregory Graman (School of Business and Economics) have received $99,470 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for their research, "NURail Center."

On the Road

Graduate student Megan Kreiger (MSE) presented two papers in Boston: "Environmental Impacts of Distributed Manufacturing
from 3-D Printing of polymer components and products" and "Distributed
recycling of post-consumer plastic waste in rural areas," with
coauthors Joshua M. Pearce (MSE/ECE), Jerry Anzalone (CEE) and
undergraduate students Meredith Mulder (MSE) and Allie Glover (MSE) at
the Materials Research Society Conference.

The "Un-Canvas" Tip of the Week: Submitting Grades via Banner Self Service

Instructors don't have to use Canvas to submit grades. Midterm and final grades can be submitted electronically either via Canvas, or via Banner Self Service. Banner Self Service is the simpler of the two systems; instructors can enter grades directly, click submit, and be finished. You can access both a short text only and a more detailed illustrated guide and a Power Point version, at Guide to Submitting Grades via Banner Self-Service, and watch the eLearning screencast Submitting Grades via Banner Self-Service for a video demonstration.

Electronic grade submission through Canvas will be covered in next week's Canvas Tip of the Week. Since the process requires more steps, it’s most beneficial for larger classes where grades have been totaled in Canvas or another spreadsheet program. Grades will need to be entered or uploaded into the “Final” column in Canvas first, and then extracted from Canvas and submitted to Banner using “Course Tools.”

Those who want even more details about the grade submission process can sign up for grade submission workshops to be held during week 14 and early finals week, or stop by eLearning's Walk-in hours for help and consultation. For more information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, and to sign up for eLearning workshops, visit the Canvas One Stop page.