Khana Khazana Fundraiser for the Children of Syria

Khana Khazana is providing an opportunity for the Iranian Community at Michigan Tech to raise funds to support the children of Syria. This opportunity is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the MUB food court. Cost is $7.25 per plate including a fountain drink. 

The menu includes:

  • Chicken Cutlet, or “KuKu-ye Morq” in Farsi, is a delicious dish from northern Iran. It is a mix of shredded chicken breast, eggs and onions. A special red sauce adds a very pleasant juicy taste to it.
  • Potato Kuku is an egg-based Persian vegetarian dish flavored with shredded potatoes, onion, garlic and chives.
  • Aush Reshteh is a delicious hearty soup in Iran made of fresh vegetables, rice noodles, beans and kashk.
  • Halva is a delicious sweet desert made up of rice flour, sugar, rosewater, saffron and almond.

Beyond Prayers, Islam: Compass for Life

The Muslim Student Association announces the inaugural series of cultural lectures. "Beyond Prayers, Islam: Compass for Life," will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Fisher 135. 

Although prayers are the most important act of worship in Islam, as they boost the spiritual connection with God, Islam goes beyond that to set divine regulations for all life activities in a very balanced way. Guest speaker Ahmed Taha will present the Islamic concept of life and its teachings in directing the spiritual, social, political, economic, scientific and activism needs of both the human and society in a comprehensive, balanced and harmonious way. 

Ahmed Taha received a PhD in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University and is currently the technical program manager at the Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is the founder and current president of the Urbana-Champaign Chapter of the Muslim American Society.

A question and answer session will follow the lecture. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Changes to National Science Foundation Proposal Requirements

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that affects all NSF proposals being submitted after today. The new document contains NSF's Grant Proposal Guide (GPG), which governs all NSF proposal submissions.

The new guide can be found here, and a full summary of the significant changes to the Grant Proposal Guide can be found online.

In particular, investigators should note:

  • A new single-copy document is required for each senior project personnel that provides information regarding collaborators and other affiliations. This information used to be provided as part of the Biographical Sketch. The new format no longer requires proposers to identify the total number of collaborators and other affiliations when providing this information.
  • Proposers may now use third-party solutions to develop their biographical sketch, however, the information they submit must be compliant with NSF proposal preparation requirements. In addition, it is no longer allowable for the biographical sketches of all senior personnel to be grouped together in a single PDF file. Biographical sketches must now be uploaded separately for each individual identified on the proposal as senior personnel. Biographical sketches for Other Personnel and for Equipment proposals (Chapter II.C.2.f(ii) and (iii) respectively), however, should be uploaded as a single PDF file in the Other Supplementary Documents section of the proposal.
  • All current and project support should be listed in the Current and Pending Support section of the proposal, including internal funds allocated toward specific projects. It is no longer allowable for the current and pending support of all senior personnel to be grouped together in a single PDF file. Current and pending support must now be uploaded separately for each individual identified on the proposal as senior personnel.
  • Results from prior NSF support must be provided for any PI or co-PI that has received NSF funding with a start date in the past five years (including any current funding and no-cost extensions). Information also has been added on which types of NSF awards must be reported on in this section of the proposal.
  • The Special Information and Supplementary Documentation section, now specifies the format that must be used for letters of collaboration.
  • Public Access to Copyrighted Material, is an entirely new section which provides information on NSF's Public Access Policy. This policy also is referenced in Chapter VI.E.1 on publication and distribution of grant materials.

From Career Services this Week

Career Services will host a meeting for first and second-year students to let them know there can be an internship or co-op in their future, even as early as the summer after their first year. They’ll hear from students who have been successful in getting an internship, how best to get one and see poster presentations from industry experiences.

Presentations will be given from 7:15 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday in Wads Cafeteria, followed by a poster session from 8 to 8:45 p.m. in Wads Annex

Props for Profs Weekly Winner

The Props for Profs program through the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning asks students to nominate an instructor that has gone over and above the typical in their teaching or mentoring duties for students.

This week’s Props for Profs winner is Loredana Valenzano (Chem). The anonymous nominator noted that Valenzano is “always available to answer questions” and "tries to teach in ways that everyone understands."

As a specific example, the nominator described a time where even though Valenzano was unable to be on campus, she traded pictures of homework solutions by e-mail during an appointment time to help the student. That deserves some mad props!

Both Valenzano and her nominator will receive a $5 gift certificate to purchase a snack or drink at the Library Café or several other locations on campus.  If you know a prof who has gone over and above, send some props today – and maybe you’ll be next week’s winner.

CopperDog Volunteers Sought

Michigan Tech staff and students are asked to consider volunteering for the CopperDog 150 race February 26 to 28.
There will be a LEAD volunteer training session from 10 a.m. to noon January 30 at River Valley Bank in Calumet.
There will be an all-hands volunteer training session from 10 a.m. to noon February 20 at the CLK School multi purpose.
For more information or to register, visit the CopperDog 150 website.

Physics Senior Graduate Colloquium

Join Gaoxue Wang and Teresa Wilson as they give their senior graduate presentations at 4 p.m. Thursday in Fisher Hall room 139. 
Wang will present "A Novel 2D Materials: Carbon Phosphide Monolayers." Wilson will present "Refining Sunrise / Set Prediction Models by Accounting for Effects of Refraction."

Fall Sport Student-Athletes Honored by GLIAC for Academics

A total of 103 Michigan Tech student-athletes earned recognition from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for academics as the league announced its Fall Academic Excellence Awards and All-Academics Teams.

Huskies student-athletes from cross country, football, volleyball, women's soccer and women's tennis were lauded for their work in the classroom.

Criteria states the student-athlete must be an active member on the roster at the end of the season and not a freshman or first-year transfer student. All-Academic Teams are comprised of those student-athletes that meet criteria and carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0-3.49. Academic Excellence Teams are comprised of student-athletes that have a cumulative GPA of 3.5-4.0. You can view the 2015 GLIAC Fall All-Academic and Academic Excellence Awards here.

For more Michigan Tech Athletics news, visit 

Budget Forum

The University Senate, Undergraduate Student Government, Graduate Student Government and Staff Council are sponsoring a forum regarding the University budget. The forum will be 11 a.m February 4, in Dow 642.

David Reed, vice president for Research, will present a program on Michigan Tech's Budget. The forum will be recorded and posted on the University Senate website. Anyone wishing to submit questions, named or anonymous, in advance of the forum may email them to Brian Barkdoll, senate president. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend this forum.

In Print

Professor Emeritus Terry S. Reynolds (SS) authored a paper titled "Muting Labor Discontent: Paternalism on the Michigan Iron Ranges," in Upper Country: A Journal of Lake Superior Studies (v. 3, 2015, pp. 5-28). It can be accessed online

In the News

LearnLiveGrow, a website for hispanic students, published an interview with Assistant Professor Lisa Johnson (VPA) on STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). The website is available in Spanish and English. See the English version here. 


KSL-TV in Salt Lake City referenced Associate Professor Joshua Pearce's (MSE, ECE) research showing that solar panels can actually perform better in the snow. Learn more here

IT Connect

Guest Wireless

Did you know Michigan Tech has a guest wireless network? This is intended for those visiting campus without Michigan Tech accounts. The guest network MichiganTechGuest works similar to those found at coffee shops and hotels. Users do not need a password and will have immediate access. 

IT wants both you and your guest to have the best possible wireless experience, and we hope this feature enhances the time our guests spend on campus. More information can be found here. If you have any questions,  contact us via email or call 7-1111.

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job description are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Research Associate, Chemical Engineering. Apply online.

Digital Content Manager, College of Engineering. Apply online

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