FinnForum X and Retrospection & Respect Remember the Copper Strike of 1913-14 This Weekend

by Monica Lester, student editor

This weekend at Michigan Tech and Finlandia University, FinnForumX and a symposium titled Retrospection & Respect will discuss and honor memories of the great copper strike of 1913-14.

Events begin today with an exhibit titled “Tumult and Tragedy: Michigan’s 1913–1914 Copper Strike” opens at 8 a.m. on the first floor lobby of the Van Pelt and Opie Library on the Michigan Tech campus. The Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University recently installed three exhibits. They include a photographic exhibit titled “Rural Reflections: Finnish American Buildings and Landscapes in Michigan’s Copper Country”; a historic photography exhibit “People, Place and Time: Michigan’s Copper Country Through the Lens of J.W. Nara”; and a pair of lithographs acquired by the National Park Service which were on either side of the Italian Hall stage the night of the infamous Christmas Eve tragedy 100 years ago.

Also on Thursday, Finlandia’s Nordic Film Festival will show "To My Son in Spain: Finnish Canadians in the Spanish Civil War." The film’s writer, Saku Pinta, will be there to answer questions.

On Friday, April 11, there will be an open house at the Finnish American Heritage Center and a trolley tour of the Keweenaw. There is an opening reception for registered attendees at the Wiljanen Community Hall at the Finnish American Heritage Center featuring guest speaker David Salmela and remarks from Scott See, executive director of the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission.

Saturday, April 12 features a speaker series with both FinnForum X and Retrospection & Respect sessions in Michigan Tech’s Fisher Hall. A dinner, entertainment and a keynote address by University of Wisconsin Professor Emeritus Arnold Alanen will wrap up the weekend’s events on Saturday night.

For the complete story on FinnForum and the symposium, see the online info.

For more information, contact Beth Russell at

Reminder: What's Your Financial IQ?

by Benefit Services

There is still time to test your financial know-how and you could win a tablet computer! Benefit Services teamed up with TIAA-CREF to bring you the What’s Your Financial IQ Challenge.

Through April 30, 2014, take this educational challenge to have fun and learn important information about financial planning. Each day five new questions are added to the Challenge. Every time you play, you are automatically entered for a chance to win one of three tablet computers. The more you play, the better your chances of winning--so sign on every day! (All responses are confidential.)

Not a TIAA-CREF participant? That's ok, you can still participate. This is open to all eligible employees, including Fidelity and MPSERS participants.

Visit Retirement for more information or contact Benefit Services at with questions.

Duan a finalist in the Student Paper Competition

Ran Duan, a PhD candidate in engineering physics, has been named a finalist in the Student Paper Competition of the 2014 International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation, cosponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antennas and Propagation Society and the Union of Radio Science.

As a finalist, Duan has been been invited to present a poster on his paper titled “Multiband Unidirectional Cloaking Based on Geometric Optics” at the symposium in Memphis, July 6-11. He will also receive a $1,250 award to help him attend the symposium.

Duan won Michigan Tech’s Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award for the fall 2013 semester.

Duan's research is on an invisibility cloak being developed by Associate Professor Elena Semouchkina (ECE/Physics). An invisibility cloak is a device that allows electromagnetic waves such as microwaves or light to bypass objects, essentially making them invisible.

Play with Colors, Eat Indian Food

Michigan Tech's Indian Student Association is sponsoring a two-day Holi celebration this weekend, April 12-13. The colorful festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil will feature a dinner, music, dancing and games from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Memorial Union Building Commons. Tickets are $3 for ISA members and $6 for non-members. They are being sold at the MUB Commons promotions table from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 10-11.

Holi fun continues on Sunday, with the traditional playing with colors, near the community hall in Upper Daniell Heights. The Sunday event is free and open to the public.

John Luther Adams presenting at the Ecology and Art Lecture Series

Called "one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century" (Alex Ross, "The New Yorker"), John Luther Adams is a composer and environmentalist whose life and work are deeply rooted in the natural world.

Adams, who currently resides in Alaska, will bring his talent and vision to Michigan Tech as a part of the “Ecology and Art Lecture Series” at the Rozsa on Tuesday, April 15. Two events are planned as a part of this series: Adams will participate in a panel discussion with Michigan Tech environmental science, ecology, poetry, and music professors, and regional environmental science professionals, in the Rozsa Lobby from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. This event is free, and the public is invited. He will then present a full lecture on his work and its relationship with the natural sciences at 7:30 p.m. in the Rozsa Center performance hall. The lecture is also free, and open to the public. For more details, please visit the Rosza.

Khana Khazana Goes to Cameroon this Friday

Khana Khazana, a weekly international lunch cooked and served by international students, will feature food from Cameroon this Friday, April 11.

Carine Netcha-Tokam, who comes from Cameroon, will cook Poulet DG, a traditional spicy chicken dish that includes ripe plantain, green beans, carrots and special spices; Riz Sauté, a mildly spicy dish made with coconut milk; and La Quiche, a Cameroonian adaptation of a French dish. A mixture of eggs and a variety of spices, it is usually eaten as a side dish. Vegetarian alternatives will be available.

Khana Khazana is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Food Court. A full meal is $6.95, and individual dishes are $2.50 each. The public is welcome.

Khana Khazana is a collaboration of international students and Dining Services.

Engineering Fundamentals Chair Candidate Seminar

The campus community is invited to a research presentation by Engineering
Fundamentals chair candidate, Peter Gostomski from the University of
Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. The title of the presentation is "The
impact of metabolic uncouplers on the elimination capacity of toluene in a
gas-phase biofilter." The talk will take place on Friday, at
3 p.m., in Dow 642.

Physics Colloquium Today

Today, the Department of Physics will be hosting its colloquium. The presentations will be "Electric Field Manipulation of Spin Current in a Molecular Spin-valve Device" by Kamal B. Dhungana and advised by Ranjit Pati, and "Observing the Galactic Diffuse Gamma-Ray Emission" by Hugo Ayala Solares and advised by Petra Huentemeyer. It will be held in Fisher 130 at 4 p.m.

ME-EM faculty candidate presentation today

Souma Chowdhury, assistant research professor in mechanical engineering, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at Mississippi State University, and principal founder of RenAir, LLC, will be at Michigan Tech today as a candidate for the open Human-Machine Interaction in Complex Systems faculty position. His seminar is titled “Informed Design and Management of Complex Systems: Uncertainty-aware and Sustainable Energy Systems, Cyber-Physical Systems, & Unmanned Aerospace Systems." The seminar is open to the public and will be held at 10 a.m. in MEEM 402.

Railroad Engineering Webinar

The Rail Transportation Program (RTP), part of Michigan Tech. Transportation Institute (MTTI), will be hosting a railway webinar from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign on "Fundamentals of Track Lateral Stability," presented by Andrew Kish, president, Kandrew Inc. Consulting Services; on Friday, April 11, 1:15-2:30 p.m. at Dillman 315. You can also join from your own offices. Detailed information is on the UIUC web site.

Environmental Engineering Seminar

Andrew Burton, professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science will be presenting "Global Change Effects on Carbon Storage in Northern Forests." It will be Monday, April 14 at 3-4 p.m. in GLRC 202. The public is welcome.

On the Road

Emmett Golde (Administration Information Services) presented "Michigan Technological University's Prospective Student Portal," at the Ellucian Live conference recently. At Ellucian Live, more than 8,500 participants from over 1,300 higher education institutions around the world come together to discover new ideas, develop new insights, and design new approaches to help education move forward.

Items Available

* Large assortment of modular furniture including wall partitions, overhead cabinets,
modular shelves and under desk storage drawers.
* (3) Metal bookcases
* Assortment of file cabinets, office desks, tables, office chairs, and visitor chairs
* (3) Metal storage racks
* (2) Folding tables
* Glass-covered display board with letters
* Metal welcome display board
* (2) Coffee tables
* Christmas tree
* Assortment of stacking chairs
* (2) Metal shelving units
* Couch

If interested, please contact Traci Bishop at 7-2252 or .

University property may only be transferred between departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.

Continuous Improvement Connection

The Office of Continuous Improvement staff gathered in the MUB Ballroom last month for the 2014 Customer Appreciation Fair. Customers visited our booth and took part in one of our very fun “Standard Work” games: LEGO man building. We also raffled off the book, "Toyota Kata" by Mike Rother, from our highly regarded Lean Library and would like to congratulate our raffle winner, Amber Kemppainen. Thank you to everyone who came out last month to make this a wonderful event. See you all next year! To read more about our event, follow the link to the Continuous Improvement Blog. We can bring a fun and educational continuous improvement activity to your staff meeting or event. Contact us for more information.