Distinguished Teaching Award Finalists Announced

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning seeks input for its annual Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize outstanding contribution to the instructional mission of the University.

Based on more than 50,000 student rating of instruction responses, 11 finalists have been identified for the 2016 awards. The selection committee is soliciting comments from students, staff, faculty and alumni to aid in its deliberation process. 

This year's finalists are:

Associate Professor / Professor Category

Yu Cai (SoT), Associate Professor 
Chang Kyoung Choi (MEEM), Associate Professor
Ali Ebnenasir (CS), Associate Professor  
Ann Maclean (SFRES), Professor 
Joel Neves (VPA), Associate Professor
Gordon Parker (MEEM), Professor 

Assistant Professor / Lecturer / Professor of Practice Category

Todd Arney (SoT), Lecturer
Karyn Fay (Bio Sci), Professor of Practice
Andrew Galerneau (Chem), Lecturer
Lisa Johnson de Gordillo (VPA), Assistant Professor 
Min Wang (Math), Assistant Professor

Comments on the nominees are due by Friday, March 18, and can be completed online

The process for determining the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients from this list of finalists also involves the additional surveying of their classes.

The selection committee makes the final determination of the award recipients. The 2016 Distinguished Teaching Awards will be formally announced in May.

For more information, contact Nancy Seely at 7-1896 or nsseely@mtu.edu.

Menominee Crack is an Unusual Geological Pop-Up Structure

To a geologist, a rock is not just a rock, and a big crack in the ground is not what it first seems either.

One such split, north of the Upper Peninsula community of Menominee, is a large crack that formed in 2010. Not known for its earthquakes, Michigan is considered aseismic, and the Menominee Crack registered the Upper Peninsula’s first recorded earthquake—measured at less than magnitude 1.  The feature and its causes were mysterious.

Now, researchers from Michigan Tech think they have identified what the feature is: a geological pop-up. The unusual structure is often found at the base of quarries or where glaciers have recently receded.

The team, led by Wayne Pennington, dean of the College of Engineering at Michigan Tech, says the Menominee Crack is a one-of-a-kind feature as far as they can tell. Read the full story

Safety Liaison Program Kicks Off with Luncheon

In an effort to continuously improve our culture of safety across campus, the Business Operations office of the Vice President for Administration hosted a kick-off luncheon for all University Safety Liaisons, their supervisors and the Deans, Department Chairs and Directors.

President Mroz was the guest speaker for the February 2 event which was attended by more than 121 University staff and faculty members.

The luncheon provided Safety Liaisons with:

  • an introduction to key safety personnel on campus
  • information about their role in relations to safety within their department
  • the opportunity to network with others liaisons from across campus. 

Michigan Tech Among Most Beautiful Campuses in America

Great Value Colleges website has named the 35 most beautiful campuses in the US, and Michigan Tech made the list at #28.

Here's how the website described Michigan Tech: "Michigan Technological University is located on the shores of the Keweenaw Waterway, overlooking Portage Lake and just minutes away from Lake Superior. This campus is also within close proximity to the school's very own Mont Ripley ski and snowboard hill, as well as the Portage Lake Golf Course. The Tech Trails around campus offer numerous opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing.

Although the campus is comprised of 925 acres, Michigan Tech also owns a 4,000-acre research forest. An architectural eye-pleaser on campus is the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, which is an 80,000-square-foot structure that was built to resemble the inclined look of the local copper mine hoists and shaft houses."

Read more about Michigan Tech's beautiful campus here.

Michigan Tech to Receive UNITE Funding for Summer Youth Program

Michigan Tech has been selected as one of only 11 universities in the nation, and the only one in Michigan, to receive Summer Youth Program scholarship funds from the Army Educational Opportunity Program.

AEOP's UNITE program will support 15 students in Tech's Summer Youth Program during 2016 and 2017.

UNITE is a four-to-six week summer experience for talented high school students from groups historically underrepresented and underserved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Held at colleges and universities across the country, UNITE encourages students to pursue college majors and careers in engineering and other STEM-related fields through a program of focused hands-on rigorous academics, enrichment and career exploration.

Click here for more details. 

GoToMeeting Discontinuing Older OS Support

GoToMeeting will be discontinuing product support on April 1 for older operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). If you currently use one of these operating systems, you'll need to upgrade to a supported OS to start or join a session after this date. This includes GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar and GoToTraining products. More information can be found online.

If you have any questions about operating system upgrades, contact IT Help at 7-1111 or it-help@mtu.edu.

IPS Looking for Scholarship Applicants

International Programs and Services has exciting news. They're looking for students interested in studying overseas.
Go Overseas just announced they are sponsoring two scholarships for students to study in Ireland for a semester.
One lucky undergrad and one lucky master's student are eligible to apply but the scholarship must be used during the 2016/2017 academic year (summer 2016, fall 2016, and spring 2017). Faculty and staff who know of any students who may be interested should encourage them to apply. 
All they need to do is submit a photo essay online by March 4
Information on the scholarships is available here.
Any questions maybe emailed to studyabroad@mtu.edu.

Nice People Dancing To Good Country Music: A Fun Romantic Comedy by Tech Theatre

What’s a great idea for a night out with your valentine? Join Tech Theatre as they present “Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music” in the McArdle Theatre on Thursday, February 18 – Saturday, Feb. 20 and Thursday Feb. 25 – Saturday Feb. 27. Show time is 7:30 p.m. each night.

“Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music” is a play by Lee Blessing.  A fun, romantic comedy, featuring a country bar-owner, a nun with a funny way of shouting out obscenities at the wrong moment, her aunt and the hilarious, unlikely romance that unfolds. Learn more about the show and get ticket information online.

Visiting Artist Rachel Kauff Explores Ecological Art Making

Michigan Tech’s Rozsa Center, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and the Department of Biological Sciences are excited to present a lecture and exhibition exploring the connections between art and ecology, by visiting artist Rachel Kauff.

Kauff will first present a lecture, Past Use: Ecology and Art Objects, at 4 p.m. Friday, February 19 in DOW 641. 

A-Space, the Rozsa Professional Gallery, will feature Kauff’s work in an exhibition titled "Tipping Points," February 20 – April 25. There will be an opening reception and gallery discussion in A-Space for "Tipping Points,"  from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, February 20. 

This event is partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLS) which is funded by a grant to Institutional Equity & Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative. 

Youth Tennis Lessons Begin February 15

The next session of youth tennis lessons will begin Monday, February 15 and run through Saturday, March 26.

Classes will be split into four age groups: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18. These sessions are a fun and exciting way to introduce kids to tennis and begin a lifetime enjoyment of the sport.

Younger groups will be introduced to basic stroke instruction, match play and simplified scoring through the USTA's QuickStart program. Older groups will also learn basic techniques, but will be taught traditional scoring during match play. For all age groups, the focus is on fun and learning the game in a great atmosphere.

For more information or to register, visit Youth Tennis Lessons, call Gates Tennis Center at 7-2774 or email gates-tennis@mtu.edu.

ECE Seminar

The next Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering seminar will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, February 12) in Dow 642. The speaker is R. Michael Beuhrer, professor of electrical engineering at Virginia Tech. 

The title of the seminar is "Cooperative Positioning in Wireless Sensor Networks Using Semidefinite Programming."

Beuhrer is the director of Wireless @ Virginia Tech, a comprehensive research group focusing on wireless communications. His current research interests include geolocation, position location networks, iterative receiver design, electronic warfare, dynamic spectrum sharing, cognitive radio, communication theory, Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) communications, spread spectrum, interference avoidance and propagation modeling. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Office of Naval Research and several industrial sponsors.

Buehrer has authored or co‐authored more than 50 journals and approximately 150 conference papers. He holds 11 patents in the area of wireless communications.

Refreshments will be provided.


Biological Sciences Seminar

There will be a biological sciences seminar at 4 p.m. tomorrow, February 12 in Dow 641. The presentation, titled "Our Biological Sciences Legacy - Fish Science at MTU," will teach attendees about this research in the Biological Sciences Community. 

Moving into the digital age we can preserve our history more easily. This seminar will give an example tracing our legacy of fish-focused studies and our students since the department was founded in 1962. It may be a useful tool to connect with alumni.

All are welcome. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.


Faculty Fellow Program - Call for Applications

Applications are being solicited for the FY2016 Faculty Fellow Program. The Faculty Fellow Program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Faculty Fellow Program expands familiarity with sponsored program administration and strategic planning among the faculty, develops leadership capacity among the faculty and improves sponsored programs administration and strategic planning through faculty input.

Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. on February 18, and submitted electronically per the guidelines. For additional information, see Faculty Fellow Program.

For questions, email Cathy Jenich or Dave Reed.


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. today in MEEM 406.


Van Pelt and Opie Library Presents Citation Searching Workshop

Join us at noon today 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.


GradSWE Meeting

GradSWE is the graduate student committee of the Society of Women Engineers, providing social and professional opportunities to graduate students. We are having our first meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. tonight in EERC 122.

We would like for you to come join us to learn more about GradSWE. We will also be writing out some fun postcards to send to newly accepted graduate students to the engineering programs. All are welcome.

If you have any questions about GradSWE or would like to join our email list, email gradsweadmin@mtu.edu.

More information can be found on the GradSWE website.


Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. today in Dow 642.

Benjamin Winter, PhD Candidate, Civil Engineering will present "Wireless Structural Control Using Multi-Step Sensor Placement Bandwidth Allocation."

For the abstract of Winter's presentation, see original Tech Today article.


This Weeks C-Cubed Menu

Today 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) 

Tomorrow 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)


Film Board Presents "Spectre"

This weekend, Film Board Presents "Spectre."

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

Tomorrow, February 12 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 13 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 14 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

On the Road

This week more than 30 Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers are traveling to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay to put on a Science and Engineering Festival for 2,500 middle school students.

They will be at NWTC today and tomorrow. In addition, Mind Trekkers will host several demonstrations for the MTU Pre-School Cabin Fever Carnival at the MUB from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

In the News

The Twin Cities StarTribune included Rolf Peterson as a wildlife expert in a multimedia story about moose declines in Minnesota. See the story here.


Yoke Khin Yap's research on iron quantum dots and boron nitride nanotubes, which could improve wearable electronics, has been featured in numerous media outlets including, New ElectronicsR&D MagazineMaterialsGateWireless Design MagazineIEEE SpectrumPhys.Org, Nanowerk, e! Science News, Wearable Technology, Science DailyControlled EnvironmentsNanotechnology Now, Semiconductor Industry Todayand EE Times


Yun Hang Hu's research on molybdenum disulfide memristors has been featured in many science media outlets including phys.org and ECN Magazine.


"House Hunters International" on HGTV featured Michigan Tech alumni Jake and Sara Huggard on a segment about their transfer from Phillips, Wisconsin, to The Netherlands. Read the episode's summary here.


Tech Century, an engineering and technology news website, published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, ran a story about Dean Wayne Pennington's (COE) research into the science behind the Menominee Crack. See the story here.


First Bell, a daily news aggregator published by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), highlighted an article about Assistant Professor Nina Mahmoudian (ME-EM), published on Diverse: Issues in Higher Education's news website. Read the article here.


Live Science, a science news website, published a photo feature on Dean Wayne Pennington's (COE) study of an earth rupture known as the Menominee Crack. See the photo feature here.




Job Postings

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources.

For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

​Food Service Utility, Dining Services. ​AFSCME Posting 2/11/16- 2/17/16. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​Apply online.

Archivist, Van Pelt and Opie Library. ​Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

CTL Tip of the Week

Early Term Course Surveys in Canvas

Both the Provost and the University Senate (policy 505.1) advocate distributing an early term survey during the fourth or fifth week of the term to direct and improve instruction. This anonymous survey has traditionally been done on paper during class time, but it can also be done using Canvas. Using Canvas saves class time, provides more legible feedback and allows faculty to quickly see survey results and statistics.

The senate policy suggests two free response questions: “What about this course, or my teaching, is helping you to learn?” and “What could I change about this course, or my teaching, that would improve your learning?”

Spring 2016 Canvas Courses contain a sample Early Term Survey for faculty to use as is, or modify and use. All you would have to do is publish the survey if you would like to use it as is. You can watch an eLearning screencast and look over the Canvas Instructor Guide’s Quizzes Chapter on our Early Term Surveys Canvas page and faculty can stop by eLearning walk-in hours for help building surveys and quizzes in Canvas.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.