A Tech Twist with the Sled Dogs: Students Help with Statistics, Video

by Dennis Walikainen, senior editor

Leave it to students from Michigan Tech to up the ante on an already exciting race. Two teams of students are lending their talents to the CopperDog 150 Sled Dog Race in the Keweenaw this weekend.

One team will focus on real-time statistics; the other will help provide near-live videostreaming via YouTube.

It’s all part of a team dynamics/problem solving course in the School of Business and Economics, taught by Michele Loughead.

“The goal is for students to learn how to create and operate in highly effective teams,” Loughead, an instructor, says. “I teach the tools, but more importantly, we focus on the relationship between each team member."

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Eighth Graders Discover the Fun of Hands on Science

by Danny Messinger, web editor

How often do school children get excited about staying an extra hour after school? At Hancock Middle School, a new program called Hancock Mind Trekkers is giving 8th graders a reason stick around after the last bell: hands-on fun with science.

This after-school initiative is part of Gear Up (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a federally sponsored program that follows the high school class of 2017 through to their graduation and provides college-prep services along the way.

Michigan Tech's Center for Pre-College Outreach (CPCO) coordinates Gear Up and takes pride in putting a uniquely Michigan Tech spin on things. To help get the eighth graders excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, CPCO turned to its own Mind Trekkers student organization. Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers travel around the region—and across the country—sharing hands-on demonstrations with pre-college students. And now they’ve added a monthly stop at Hancock Middle School, bringing a handful of new demos each time.

Hancock Mind Trekkers invites all the school’s 8th graders and usually sees about a dozen students at each monthly meeting.

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For more information, contact Jen Martin, 7-2219, jsmartin@mtu.edu.

High School Women Have a Woo-Hoo! of a Weekend at Tech

Karina Jousma, web editor

Twelve high school senior women had the opportunity to experience the excitement of Michigan Tech during Woo-Hoo! Weekend, held last Friday and Saturday.

Sponsored by the Admissions Office through donor funds, the weekend was designed for women who have been accepted for admission to programs in the College of Engineering in the fall. For the majority of the seniors, this was a first-time visit that allowed them to both become acquainted with campus and socialize with current and prospective female students. The participants, whose average GPA is 3.71, hailed from Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and New Jersey.

The visitors, including family members, were invited to tour the engineering academic departments and interact with department chairs, academic advisors, female faculty and current engineering students. The participants roomed with female student hosts in the residence halls, and in addition to checking out Tech’s crazy-smart academics, they were encouraged to explore the campus culture in their downtime through a Superior Wind Symphony performance, women’s basketball game and snowshoeing adventure.

“Woo-Hoo! Weekend was an excellent opportunity for accepted female engineering students to see what life is like on campus and to help alleviate the concerns she (or her parents) have about attending Michigan Tech,” said Allison Carter, director of admissions. “The ladies seemed to enjoy their time here.”

Woo-Hoo! Weekend is part of the Xxtraordinary Women of Michigan Tech undergraduate admissions initiative, which aims to highlight the crazy-smart women at Tech and recruit female students through regional and on-campus events.

Yun Hang Hu Appointed to McArthur Professorship

Yun Hang Hu has been named the Charles and Carroll McArthur Professor in Michigan Tech's Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Among his many accomplishments since coming to Michigan Tech in 2007, he has discovered a reaction that changes the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into a carbon-based semiconductor. Hu’s group has also used graphene to increase the efficiency of a new type of solar cell by more than 50 percent.

You can read the full release here

Greek Week Blood Drive

There will be a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., today and Thursday, Feb. 28 in the library.

The American Red Cross will be collecting blood by appointment every 15 minutes. Please come in person to the library to sign up for a time that works for you. The process takes 1 hour from start to finish. The Red Cross will also be accepting 2RBC donations on the hour.

Those eligible to donate must be in good health, at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and have not donated in the last 56 days.

Discussion on Encouraging Native American Outreach

Margaret Noori will be discussing strategies to encourage Native American outreach and partnerships at 8:30 a.m., Friday, March 1 in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B. The presentation is part of Michigan Tech's Office of Institutional Diversity’s King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Noori will be on campus, meeting with deans, department chairs, faculty and staff in smaller groups to discuss enhancing Native American outreach and recruitment at Tech.

For more information, please contact Courtney Hohnholt, Office for Institutional Diversity, at 7-2474.

Campus Software Survey For Fall 2013

Information Technology Services and Security has sent the fall 2013 software survey. The survey is how Information Technology determines what software gets updated, added, or removed from the computers available to students in our open computer labs.

Faculty and instructional staff should have received the survey on the afternoon of Feb. 23. The survey closes on Monday, March 11 at 5p.m.

Any faculty member or teaching staff who hasn't received the survey can contact Information Technology at it-help@mtu.edu and request to be added to the survey.

SIS 9th Annual Bra Show Friday

The Society of Intellectual Sisters will be hosting their 9th Annual Bra Show at 7 p.m., Friday, March 1 in the Forestry Atrium. The cost is free, however donations are appreciated. Come enjoy a fun-filled night celebrating women's health!

This year’s theme of "Seven Wonders of the World," exhibits a fashion show, where outrageous, decorated bras are modeled by male volunteers. It is a joyous occasion for celebrating women’s health and to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to combat breast cancer!

There will be a presentation by Cindy Barrett, a breast cancer survivor, a fashion show and a silent auction of past and present bras. Food will be provided and all proceeds will go to the NBCF.

Auxiliary Services Customer Appreciation Week

Auxiliary Services hosts Customer Appreciation Week each year to say “Thank you” to our valued customers on campus. Following is a brief schedule of events. More details along with online registration for certain events can be found here.

Saturday, March 9
11a.m. or 1p.m.-- Mont Ripley -- Ski or Snowboard Lesson (pre registration is required)

Monday, March 11
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.--Aftermath Café–-Free Door County Coffee Espresso and Coffee

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.-– Campus Bookstore -– Chester Marcol Book Signing

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.–-Memorial Union Food Court -– Fast Food Trivia

1 p.m.–-Keweenaw Commons- – Putting Lesson (pre registration is required)

Tuesday, March 12
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (every 30 minutes) –- Memorial Union 101- – Guest Room Open House & Lean Tour

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. –- Memorial Union Food Court –- Pizza Trivia

Wednesday, March 13
10 a.m.–-Rozsa Center Lobby–-Workplace Crime Prevention Presentation

11a.m. to 1:30 p.m. –-Memorial Union Food Court – Sandwich Trivia

1 p.m.–-Keweenaw Commons–-Putting Lesson (pre registration is required)

Thursday, March 14
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (every 30 minutes)–-101 Memorial Union-–Guest Room Open House & Lean Tour

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.–-Memorial Union Food Court-–Beverage Trivia

Friday, March 15
10 a.m.–-Rozsa Center Lobby–-Workplace Crime Prevention Presentation

12p.m.--Keweenaw Commons–-Catering Menu Luncheon (RSVP by March 12 to catering-l@mtu.edu with subject of “Spring Luncheon”)

7:30 p.m.--Rozsa Center Lobby--Concert

Tech Theatre Company Presents "I Am My Own Wife"

The Tech Theatre Company presents the Pulitzer-Prize winning play “I Am My Own Wife,” by Doug Wright, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5 through Thursday, March 7 in the McArdle Theatre.

“I Am My Own Wife,” is a poignant one-man tour de force featuring VPA’s Dennis Kerwin who plays Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, and over 28 other characters. Based on a true story, and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright over several years, “I Am My Own Wife” tells the fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite who managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime. The play won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2004 Tony Award.

Above all, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf is a survivor. Born Lothar Befelde, Charlotte began to discover her identity at the age of 15. Her aunt, Tante Luise, introduced her to a book by Magnus Hirschfeld, entitled “Die Transvestiten.” Born a biological male, Charlotte began to make sense of her confusion. Playwright Doug Wright inserts himself into the script, writing, “And so we must treat sexual intermediaries–-those individuals who defy the ready classification of ‘man’ or ‘woman’–-as a common . . . utterly natural . . . phenomenon.”

According to Director Patricia Helsel, “Present-day images of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf show a transvestite, comfortable and confident, wearing “female” attire. For most audience members, this may be disconcerting, but my hope is that they will become comfortable, just as Charlotte did, with her identity.”

General admission is $12.75, and Michigan Tech students are free. To purchase tickets, call 7-2073, see the Rozsa Center Website, or visit Ticketing Operations at the SDC. Box office hours are 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and noon – 8 p.m. on Sunday. Please note the Rozsa Box Office is closed during regular business hours, and will only open two hours prior to show times.

Reminder: Northstar EAP Forum Announcement

Michigan Tech has contracted with Northstar EAP to provide an employee assistance program for benefit eligible employees. Northstar EAP offers free, confidential counseling sessions to our employees and/or family members to assist in a variety of issues, including depression, grief support, alcoholism, family issues and more.

Don Grisham of Northstar EAP will hold two open forums today at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Peninsula Room to explain how the program works, how it can benefit Michigan Tech employees and to answer questions.

If you would like to attend, please register here

Lunch and Learn on Transition to Kindergarten

Benefit Services and Little Huskies Child Development Center will host a Lunch and Learn at 12 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 in ROTC 201. Houghton Elementary School staff will provide information on helping children transition to kindergarten. All employees are welcome. Bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.

Biological Research Seminar on Vole Social Behavior

Bruce Cushing, candidate for the chair position in biological sciences will present a research seminar titled, "Voles from Basic to Biomedical or Male Social Behavior When It's Better Without Estrogen " at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 in Rekhi G009.

Proposals in Progress

Associate Professor Jiguang Sun (Math), "Numerial Methods for Transmission Eigenvalues," NSF

Dept. Chair Brad Baltensperger (CLS) and Spec. Assistant to President Chris Anderson (OID), "Partnership to Build the STEM Teacher Workforce," NASA

Associate Professor Ali Ebnenasir (CS), "AF: Small: Local Reasoning for Global Fault Tolerance of Parameterized Systems: An Algorithmic Foundation," NSF

Professor Ching-Kuang Shene (CS), Assistant Professor Chaoli Wang (CS) and Assistant Professor Seung Kyun Kim (EME), "III: Small: Graph-Based Techniques for Visual Analytics of Big Scientific Data," NSF

Professor and Chair Daniel Fuhrmann (ECE) and Postdoctoral Fellow Ahmed Nasif (ECE), "CIF: Small: A New Framework of Compressive Sensing for Stochastic Processes: Theory and Application in Wide-band Spectrum Sensing," NSF

Assistant Professor Shiyan Hu (ECE), "CSR: Small: Leveraging Cloud Computing for Electronic Design Automation Considering Pricing and Security," NSF

Assistant Professor Scott Kuhl (CS), "HCC: Small: Improving Immersive Virtual Environments with Minification," NSF

Associate Provost/Dean Jacqueline Huntoon (Grad. School), Department Chair Brad Baltensperger (CLS) and Senior Research Engineer Christopher Wojick (Civil), "Next Generation MiTEP: Michigan Teacher Excellence Program for the 21st Century," NSF

Sr. Research Scientist Nancy French (MTRI), Research Scientist Laura Bourgeau-Chavez (MTRI), Research Scientist Mary Ellen Miller (MTRI) and Research Scientist Liza Jenkins (MTRI), "Long-term Multi-Sensor Record of Fire Disturbances in High Northern Latitudes," University of Maryland, NASA

Associate Professor Linda Nagel (SFRES), "National Advanced Silviculture Program 7 of the Forest Service Ecological Systems Module," USDA Forest Service

Research Scientist Colin Brooks (MTRI), Inst. Co-Director Robert Schuman (MTRI) and Assistant Research Scientist Zachary Raymer, "Assessing Climate Change in Lake Erie with Integrated Remote Sensing and In Situ Data Analysis," NASA Glenn Research Center

Director, IRI Kenneth Vrana (SFRES/ESC), "Isle Royale Road Scholar Programs 2013," Elderhostel, Inc.

Assistant Professor Paul Sanders (MSE/IMP) and Research Scientist Tom Wood (MSE/IMP), "Phase III: Prototype Production and Testing," Amsted Rail

Research Scientist Laura Bourgeau-Chaves (MTRI) and Sr. Research Scientist Nancy French (MTRI), "Improved Surface Soil Moisture Mapping in High Northern Latitudes through advancement of Polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar Techniques," NASA

Professor Ezra Bar Ziv (ME-EM/APSRC), "Conversion of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) into Clean, Renewable Drop-In Biocoal for Power Applications," EREF

Department Chair Jason Carter (KIP), "Dissemination of a Novel Teaching Method Inclusion of Aerospace Physiology Within an Exercise Physiology Curriculum," The American Physiological Society

Associate Professor Karla Kitalong (HU), "SciBurg: Personalized Excursions into the World of Science," University of Florida

Director Shezwae Fleming (SA) and Associate Vice President Student Life Beth Lunde (SA), "Healthy Relationship College Program," Avon Foundation

Associate Dean of Engineering Leonard Bohmann (COE), Dir. Center Pre-College Stephen Patchin, Coord. Education Program Joan Schumaker Chadde (Civil) and Associate Professor Kurtis Paterson (Civil), "Full-Scale Development: Mind Trekkers Science and Engineering Festivals," NSF