Honoring a Proud Tradition: Michigan Tech Celebrates Black History Month

We have all heard of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Malcolm X, to name just a few famous African Americans. It is the contributions of well-known and many lesser-known African Americans that we honor during Black History Month.

In 1926, Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History Month,” originally established Negro History Week to raise awareness of the contributions African Americans have made, and continue to make, to the development of our nation. As a son of slaves, Woodson knew first-hand the value of education. He earned his PhD from Harvard University in 1912,  the second African American to have done so. A half century later, in 1976, the month of February was designated as Black History Month. 

Michigan Technological University also honors the African American community during Black History Month. Throughout the month of February, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) has collaborated with students of color in creating a social media photo campaign.

Showcased in the exhibit are organizations and students of color throughout Michigan Tech’s history. Anyone wanting to get involved in this project should stop by the center.

Other Black History Month activities at Michigan Tech include solidarity and poetry workshops and readings by J Mase III February 11-12, and Spike Lee's film "Malcolm X," shown on Feb. 24.

Read the full story.

For more information on Black History Month at MIchigan Tech, contact Zack Rubinstein, program coordinator, Center for Diversity and Inclusion or call 7-2920.

Industry Reps at Tonight's HuskyLEAD

Tonight's HuskyLEAD session is entitled "Industry Reps—What are they looking for?" It will begin at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 
Join Career Services and representatives from Nostrum Energy, ThermoAnalytics, Itiviti, Kimberly-Clark and Gulf Unmanned Systems Center to find out what you need to be doing now to gain the skills you need for the future.

This HuskyLEAD will be in the form of a panel discussion.  Come and listen or have your questions ready. Each of the industry representatives will spend a few minutes talking about themselves and their companies, then students will have the chance to ask questions. 
Find out how they got to where they are, what they look for when they interview candidates and what you can do to get to where you want to be.

HuskyLEAD is sponsored by Student Activities, and is free and open to all Michigan Tech students.  Questions, comments or suggestions about HuskyLEAD can be emailed  to Maryann Wilcox or call 7-2402 .

February First Friday Social at Hamar House

Faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees are invited to join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, February 12, at the Hamar House. Complimentary beverages will be served along with some great appetizers.

First Friday University Socials, started in 2006, provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to get together informally, share their work and other interests and get to know each other. These informal gatherings can lead to more productive work relationships, an appreciation for diversity and a chance to meet some new friends.

Next month's event on March 4 will be sponsored by Auxiliary Services in the Memorial Union Ballroom B. June is still in need of a sponsor. The schedule can be found online. If you are interested in hosting a social or learning more, email Brenda Randell or call 7-3348.

This Weeks C-Cubed Menu

C-Cubed lunches are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty, staff and their guests are invited. Lunch is $10 (cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, iced tea, cookies and fruit are available for all. Below is this week's C-Cubed menu:

  • Thursday 2/11/16
    White Chicken Chili (GF) 
    White Bean Chili (VGF)
    Chili Condiments: Shredded Cheddar and Pepper Jack Cheese, Crispy Tortilla Strips, Sour Cream, Salsa Verde (VGF)
    Cheese Biscuits and Butter (V) 

  • Friday 2/12/16
    Action Station:
    Pork & Apple Burger Sliders with Cilantro Lime Cucumbers and Apple Slices
    Brilliant Veggie Burger Sliders with Fresh Sprouts and Dilled Red Onions (V)
    (Both can be had without buns for gluten free)

    Flavored Burger Dipping Condiments:
  • Honey Sriracha Ketchup (VGF) 
  • Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise (VGF) 
  • Jalapeno Cream-cheese Spread (VGF) 

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes (VGF)
Ratatouille Salad (VGF)

V—Vegetarian  GF—Gluten Free  VGF—Vegetarian/Gluten Free

Physics Colloquium

This week's Physics Colloquium features two graduate presentations. The colloquium is at 4 p.m. Thursday, February 11, in Fisher Hall 139

The presenters include:

  • Kevin Waters—Amino Acids Interaction with Boron Nitride Nanomaterials
  • Mingxiao Ye—Synthesis and Characterization of Two-dimensional (2D) Materials for Optoelectronic Application

Lunch and Learn: Inclusive Classrooms

Conscious or unconscious bias, whether based on culture, gender, sexual identity or other factors, can result in diminished learning. In this session co-sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) we’ll explore ways to avoid and address unintentional bias in a classroom.

It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday February 23. Prior to the event, participants will be asked to watch several videos by experienced facilitators and select the most relevant topic for further lunchtime discussion. Topics include the imposter syndrome, underrepresented populations, language use, groupings, example choice, and campus resources for instructors.  Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday, February 19Click here to register.


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar speaker is at 4 p.m. Thursday, February 11, in 103 EERC.

Pablo Tarazaga from Virginia Tech will present "A unique and multidisciplinary building instrumentation project with non-conventional applications."

Tarazanga founded and directs the Virginia Tech Smart Infrastructure Laboratory (VTSIL) and the Vibrations, Adaptive Structures and Testing (VAST) Laboratory. His main area of research focuses very broadly in the areas of structural vibration, testing, instrumentation and smart material applications.


Informational meeting for the 2016 group faculty visit to the Washington DC

An informational meeting for the 2016 group faculty visit to the Washington DC area will be held in MUB Ballroom B, from noon to 1 p.m., tomorrow (Wednesday, February 10).

For more information about the trip please contact Aleksey Smirnov asmirnov@mtu.edu).">asmirnov@mtu.edu.

Dress for Success Sale at Campus Bookstore

Everything is 25 to 50 percent off during the "Dress for Success" sale in the Campus Bookstore.

All women's blazers, slacks, dresses, skirts, blouses, sweaters and  coats are 30 to 50 percent off.

All men's suits, sport coats, slacks, dress shirts, coats, ties, socks, shoes and belts are 25 to 50 percent off!

Sale ends February 20.

Van Pelt and Opie Library Presents Citation Searching Workshop

Join us at noon Thursday, February 11 in room 242 of the library to discover where and how many times a work has been cited.

This librarian-led workshop will cover how to search for citing publications using Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar. We will also touch on how to estimate impact factor.

Register online. For questions, email Nora Allred or call 7-3208.

Geoseminar: Erik Herbert (MSE)

The next Geoseminar will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, February 12 in Dow 610. All are welcome.

Erik Herbert will present "The Frontiers of Small Scale Mechanical Characterization: Past, Present and Future Platforms."

In-situ small-scale mechanical testing in electron microscopes, synchrotron beam lines, inert glove box environments and temperature chambers to 1,100 C are among the novel testing platforms at the forefront of the field. In parallel with these developments in instrumentation and science, novel testing capabilities such as high-speed property mapping, ballistic strain rates and viscoelastic characterization are becoming significantly more refined and further enabling state-of-the-art mechanical testing at nanometer and micrometer length scales.

Generally applicable to all classes of materials, these characterization methods directly enable transformative insights into the complex coupling between the microstructure, its defects and the mechanical behavior of materials. To that end, these platforms are commonly used to systematically investigate changes in the test specimen's mechanical properties near free surfaces and interfaces or changes in its mechanical properties as a function of strain, strain rate, temperature, processing, microstructural length scale, molecular structure, volume constraints, aging, disease, hydration or loading conditions.

In addition to advancing structure-property relationships, quantifying these effects also leads to improved inputs for modeling and design work and advances our overall understanding of material and device performance. Building on the basic concepts from the first commercial nanoindenter, the seminar will focus on the strengths and limitations of capabilities at the forefront of the field.

ME-EM Faculty Candidate Seminar

Chung-Hao Lee, an ICES/AHA postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas at Austin, will present "Computational and Experimental Modeling for Multiscale Biomechanics: Bridging Molecular Biology, Cell Mechanobiology, Tissue Micromechanics with Organ-Level Function" at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 11 in MEEM 406.

In the News

Nürnberger Nachrichten, a German newspaper, featured Michigan Tech in an article about StreetKnits, the humanitarian knitting charity established and supported by Silke Feltz (RTC PhD Student), Clare Zuraw (ESL Instructor) and Anna Paul (RTC Master's Student). Read the article here.


Community Seminar About Wetlands

The Carnegie Museum is convening a series of Tuesday evening community discussions about the Keweenaw's natural history.

Rod Chimner will present "The Fascinating World of Wetlands: A Overview of Types, Importance, Issues and Restoration of Our Local Wetlands" from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 16 in the Carnegie Museum Community Room, Corner of Huron and Montezuma, downtown Houghton. Refreshments and introductions are at 6:30 p.m., followed by the lecture and a discussion.

All are welcome. These seminars are meant to attract a broad public and to discuss how university based research can benefit everyone. Citizen input is a main focus. Details and summary are online. Contact Elise Nelson, museum director, with any questions. 

For more details on Chimner's talk, see the original Tech Today post