Michigan Tech Named 2015 Outstanding University by ACI

Michigan Tech has been named a 2015 Outstanding University by the American Concrete Institute. This level of national achievement has been awarded to only 15 universities for 2015. The award will be presented during ACI's Spring 2016 Concrete Convention and Exposition Opening Session and Awards Program in Milwaukee, Sunday, April 17.

Faculty and students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering have been active in ACI through convention participation, research publications and presentations and technical committee leadership. National placement in the ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition, an ACI student membership over 20 (Michigan Tech has 59), and students serving on ACI Committees were also factors considered in the award process.

Tess Ahlborn (CEE) is an ACI Fellow and recently served as the ACI Ambassador to India where she was the keynote speaker at the Fourth Asian Conference on Ecstasy in Concrete. She is also the committee chair of ACI 239 - Ultra High Performance Concrete and a voting member of ACI 318-B (Structural Building Code), 423 (Prestressed Concrete) and 363 (High Strength Concrete).

Lawrence Sutter (MSE) is a member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and serves as Chair of ACI Committee 232 on Fly Ash, Chair of ITG-10 on Alternative Cementitious Materials, and is a member of Committees 130 (Sustainability), 201 (Durability), 211 (Proportioning), 221 (Aggregates), 225 (Hydraulic), 233 (Ground Slag), 239 (Ultra-High Performance), 240 (Natural Pozzolans), E701 (Education on Materials for Concrete Construction) and EAC (Board Level Educational Activities Committee).

Michigan Tech is also a member of the ACI Strategic Development Council (SDC) where Sutter serves on the Technology Transfer Advisory Group (TTAG) and the Alternative Cementitious Materials Accelerated Technology Implementation (ATI) Team.

Institutional Equity and Inclusion Supports Youth@Work

Institutional Equity and Inclusion at Michigan Tech announces a federal Youth@Work program. The program was designed for high school and college students, to educate them about discrimination, ways to prevent it and how to respond to discrimination in the work place.

Youth@Work is part of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's effort to eliminate illegal discrimination from the workplace for all youth. The Youth@Work website is informational and interactive, with an array of definitions related to discrimination and situational examples to test knowledge about job discrimination.

There are also examples of EEOC cases involving youth that have taken place in work settings. Institutional Equity and Inclusion urges the Tech community to use and share this information. For more information and a complete look at the program, visit their webpage.


Brazilian Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Brazilian food is on the menu for Friday's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union Food Court. Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, February 19.

The menu includes:

  • Feijoada : A various type of pork and sausage stew with black beans served with rice.
  • Salpicao : Brazilian style salad topped with crispy potato. 
  • Bolinho de Chuva :  Donut ball sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.

The cost for the full meal is $7.25 and includes a fountain beverage.  Visit the Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech Facebook page.

Social Sciences Brown Bag Friday

LouAnn Wurst (SS), will present "Lumber, Labor and Looting at Coal Wood" at noon Friday, February 19, in AOB 201.

Her talk presents the research design for the archaeological fieldwork at Coalwood and discusses the goals and objectives of Michigan Tech's summer 2016 archaeological field school as well as plans for future research dealing with worker’s experience in the Northern Forests.

Hockey Huskies No. 14 in National Polls

The Michigan Tech hockey team remains at No. 14 in both national polls this week, which were released Monday.

The Huskies, who were idle last weekend, are currently riding an eight-game unbeaten streak (5-0-3) and enter Friday's game at Bemidji State just four points behind WCHA-leading Minnesota State in the conference standings.

Tech is once again the highest-rated program in the WCHA and the only team in the league included in both national polls.

Find out more about Michigan Tech athletics at michigantechhuskies.com.

Tech Soccer Signs Nine

Michigan Tech soccer coach Michelle Jacob announced Tuesday, the addition of nine student-athletes to the Huskies' 2016 roster. The new student-athletes all signed National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at Tech.

Of the nine new players, five are from Michigan, three are from Wisconsin and one is from Minnesota.

Michigan Tech is coming off a 9-6-2 record in 2015 with the six-year-old program's fourth straight postseason appearance. Read the full story.

Biological Sciences Seminar

Visiting artist Rachel Kauff will present "Past Use: Ecology and Art Objects" at 4 p.m. Friday, February 19, in Dow 641.

Kauff is a printmaker, sculptor and installation artist based in Iowa City, Iowa.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and the Visiting Women and Minority Lecture Series which is funded by a grant to Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez Initiative.


Registration Open for Annual Supervisor Training Series 

Every year, the office of Human Resources and Institutional Equity & Inclusion presents a series of trainings that assist supervisors in their day-to-day operations.

This three-part series includes:

  • Part One: Services and Functions of Human Resources and Institutional Equity Inclusion
  • Part Two: Day to Day Supervision
  • Part Three: Maximizing Performance

It is expected that all supervisors at Michigan Tech complete the three-part series. If you'd previously completed one or more of these sessions, you will not need to retake the session. If you have employees that functionally supervise other staff or students, please encourage them to attend these sessions.

To sign up for the sessions, follow the link. If you have any questions, contact Heidi Reid in Human Resources at hereid@mtu.edu or 7-2416.


Registration Open for Equity Within the Classroom Conference.

Registration is now open for the 2016 Equity Within the Classroom Conference. If you are interested in attending the conference, you are asked to notify Institutional Equity and Inclusion at 7-3310 or jhodges@mtu.edu. Visit the conference registration page.

The hotel discount rate is only available until Saturday, February 20. Click on the following link for more information. Read the full Tech Today Article.


Nancy Gagnon Retirement Social Friday

The Registrar's Office invites you to a retirement social in honor of Nancy Gagnon from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, (February 19)
in Room 404 of the Administration Building.

Nancy will be retiring after 30 years of dedicated service to the Registrar's Office. Join us in thanking Nancy for her contributions over the years and to wish her well in retirement. Refreshments will be served.


Campus Communicators Meeting

Campus Communicators will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. tomorrow (February 18) in MUB B001. Faculty, staff and students are welcome.

UMC Photographer Sarah Bird will share how to access the photos you need, best practices for social media imagery and offer iPhone photo hacks. Contact UMC Editorial Director Scott Balyo with questions.


EndNote Workshops at the Van Pelt & Opie Library

Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. EndNote also offers a relatively easy way for faculty to upload citations into Digital Measures. Email library@mtu.edu with any questions.

Our instruction room has EN X7.4 on Windows workstations. Attendees may bring their own laptops with EN X7.4 downloaded prior to the session. Visit the library’s EndNote LibGuide to download the software and get a sneak peek at what EndNote can do for you.

Sessions will be held today in Library 242:

5:05 to 6:15 p.m. - EndNote Basic
During the session, we will cover how to create and build an EndNote "library," add and annotate full-text documents, and best practices for organizing your references. Registration is required. Register for EndNote Basic.

6:15 to 7:00 p.m. - EndNote Cite While You Write
Learn how to incorporate your EndNote library citations into a MS Word document in the particular style your manuscript requires. Attendees will also learn how to locate and import specialized output styles. Attending EndNote Basic, or prior knowledge of building and managing an EndNote library, is recommended. Registration is required. Register for EndNote.


Google Power Users Workshop at the Library

Google is a powerful search engine, but finding the most relevant information can be a challenge. Focusing on Google, Google Scholar and Google Books, this librarian-led workshop will explore more complex searching techniques and special features to turn you into a Google Power User.

This workshop will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. tomorrow (February 18) in Library 244. Pre-registration is required. For questions, contact Erin Matas or call 7-2419.


Senate to Meet Today

Meeting #582 of the University Senate will take place at 5:30 p.m. today in Dow 642. Read the Agenda here. Read the minutes of meeting #581.



The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) - Detroit chapter featured Lori Weir (Business Operations, Vice President for Administration) in the New Member Spotlight of their February newsletter. Weir is the first member of the AWC from the Upper Peninsula.  You can read the feature here.

Job Posting

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

Assistant Professor in Toxicology, Biological Sciences. Apply online.

Residence Life Coordinator, Housing and Residential Life. Apply online
Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. 

In Print

W. Charles Kerfort (Bio Sci), Noel R. Urban (CEE), Cory P. McDonald, Ronald Rossmann PhD student Huanxin Zhang; published "Legacy mercury releases during copper mining near Lake Superior." 

The authors quantify more than a century of mercury deposition in Portage and Torch Lakes, a part of an EPA Superfund Project, associated with mining activities.

The ore contained appreciable mercury in the copper and silver fractions. The high copper concentrations in sediments also preserved an extensive record of methyl-mercury deposition. The link is below and I attached a pdf version here.