World Champion Comedian Judah Friedlander Coming to Carnival

This Winter Carnival, comedian Judah Friedlander is more than just funny—he’s the World Champion.

Join the Student Entertainment Board, MUB Board and Blue Key as they present winter carnival comedian Judah Friedlander.

Friedlander will headline the Winter Carnival festivities at 9 p.m. Friday, February 5 at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. 

 On the comedy stage, Friedlander is The World Champion. He is the best athlete in the world, greatest martial artist, the desire of every woman and a role model to children. Let’s face it, Judah is the greatest comedian in the world.

You can watch him as “Frank Rossitano” on the Emmy-winning "30 Rock" every night in syndication & on Comedy Central.

Friedlander has made multiple appearances on many late night talk shows including: "Letterman," "Conan," "Fallon" and "The Daily Show."

Student tickets are $5 and available for purchase at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex with a valid HuskyCard. Non-student tickets are $15 and can be purchased online, by phone at 7-2073 or at the Central Ticketing Office in the SDC..

Note this show may not be suitable for young audiences, the show will include adult humor and strong language. Parental discretion is advised. 

SURF Proposals Due Friday

As a reminder, applications for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) are due by 4 p.m. Friday, January 29.

Proposals and applications should be sent to A letter of support from the faculty mentor should also be sent to the same address. More details can be found at SURF.

Staff Search Committee Certification Workshop

As announced previously, if you would like to serve as a member on a staff search committee, you will need to complete Staff Search Committee Certification training. The two-part certification covers best practices and legal aspects of conducting a dynamic search and successfully hiring the best candidate.

As of July 1, 2015, completion of this certification is required for all staff who will serve on a search committee, either as member or as a chair.

If you plan to serve on a search committee, please attend one of the following certification trainings

Part 1 — Recruiting and Hiring Workshop 

  • Tuesday, February 9, 10:30am - noon, MUB Ballroom A1
  • Wednesday, March 2 , 2 - 3:30 p.m. MUB Ballroom A2
  • Thursday, June 2, 9 -10:30a.m. MUB Ballroom A2
  • Wednesday, September 7, 10 -11:30 a.m. MUB Ballroom A2
  • Tuesday, December 6, 2 - 3:30 p.m. MUB (TBD)

 Part 2 - Legal Aspects

This is an on-line course through Canvas. Once part one is completed you are automatically enrolled into part two.

SPECIAL NOTE - If you have staff members who might serve in the future, please encourage them to attend this training. To sign up for one of the trainings, follow this link

Film Board Presents "The Martian"

This weekend, Friday - Sunday,  January 29, 30 and 31, Film Board presents "The Martian."

The film will be shown in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3, concessions are $1 each for pop, candy and popcorn.

Friday — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Prior Approval for International Travel

Financial Services & Operations reminds faculty and staff that prior approval for international travel is required per University policy. Prior to your departure an International Travel Request form must be completed and signed by the traveler and the department chair, director, dean or next higher level of authority.

If the international travel will be paid from the General Fund, A1 index numbers, additional prior approval of the appropriate Vice President is also required.   

Also if you have any of the travel forms bookmarked, be sure to use the latest versions.

The international policy can be found on Financial Services & Operations website.

Geoseminar: Jacqueline Huntoon, Provost

The next Geoseminar will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, January 29, in 610 Dow. The discussion topic will be "Mi-STAR and the NEW Michigan Science Standards."

Anyone who is interested in working with K-12 science educators needs to be familiar with some of the major changes taking place as a result of development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In Michigan, new Michigan Science Standards, which are based on the NGSS, were adopted in the fall of 2015. Currently, the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Science Teachers Association, teachers and teacher-educators are working together to prepare for implementation of a reformed curriculum and new instructional practices in our state.

In the past, science standards focused primarily on disciplinary content. In contrast, the new standards ask for teachers to help students become proficient in doing science, as opposed to simply learning about it. This change requires wholescale reform of curriculum and instructional practice. The Mi-STAR project, funded by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, is working with teachers from throughout the state of Michigan to enact the needed reforms. Preliminary research and evaluation results indicate that the new standards and teaching methods are engaging students in science who were previously uninterested in the subject.

This presentation will include a brief overview of the NGSS and the Mi-STAR project along with the opportunity for everyone to try to come up with an idea for a "three-dimensional" learning opportunity for middle-school students. Come prepared to work with a partner or group to begin to create something meaningful and fun.

ME-EM Faculty Candidate in Biomechanics - Xin Tang

Xin Tang, a post-doctoral fellow in the Dept of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, will be presenting "Cancer Metastasis and Mechano-Microenvironment Regulation". The talk will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday January 28, in MEEM 406.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Civil Engineering Seminar will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow, January, 28, in Dow 642. The topic is "The Engineering Way of Thinking" by Bill Bulleit (CEE).

The engineering way of thinking includes a wide range of tools and techniques. Day-to-day engineering, which is often thought of as all of engineering, is only a small portion of the engineering way of thinking. In this seminar, Bulleit will examine how the engineering way of thinking covers the existing engineering knowledge space and more. The public is invited.

In the News

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum was featured on TV6 Morning News on January 19. The feature began with a short live introduction by Ansley Watson, TV6 reporter, at about 5:30 a.m. followed later in the broadcast by live interviews with Ted Bornhorst, executive director of the museum. The 9 minutes of coverage can be viewed here.


A paper about the role that economic inequality may play on entrepreneurial entry, co-authored by Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira (SBE) and Andre Laplume (SBE) (as well as Pathak from KSU), was chosen as one of the top 10 papers of the year 2015 published in the Human Relations Journal (ranked #5 in Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary).

This recognition is awarded by the journal's editorial team to the papers that best encapsulate broad readership appeal, sound methods and whose theories advance knowledge.


Andrew Chapp, a PhD student in Biological Sciences, has been awarded the American Physiological Society's Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellebrandt Professional Development Award

Andrew's advisor is Qing-Hui Chen (KIP).


The correct the date of the 12th annual ESC Student Research Forum is March 16.

Anyone with any questions or looking for further information can contact Jill Fisher.

Job Postings

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. 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.

Digital Services Maintenance Specialist, University Marketing and Communications. ​Apply online.​

Business Systems Analyst, Student Affairs Information Systems. ​Apply online.

Custodian, ​Facilities. ​AFSCME Internal Posting 1/​26/1​6 - 2/1/1​6

External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​Apply online.

Food Service Helper, Dining Services. ​AFSCME Internal Posting 1/​26/1​6 2/1​/1​6

External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​Apply online.​

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