Transportation Services System Outage

Transportation Services announces their online transportation portal that allows customers to purchase permits, pay/appeal violations and update their vehicle information, will be down from 8 p.m. today (March 2) until 8 p.m. tomorrow (March 3) for required maintenance.

Customers can contact the Transportation Services office during normal business hours at 7-1441, Administration building room 100 or by emailing parking@mtu.edu for assistance.

 

Senenge Andzenge, the Instructional Technology Fellow of Digital Education and Innovation in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota, will explore two unique low-cost tools that allow classes to productively participate in online (and ongoing) video discussions from mobile devices. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 15.

These tools could be used for small group, project-based, or full class discussions, and allow students to see facial expressions, hear vocal inflection and share experiences as they discuss.

NOTE: This event is partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women & 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 and also by the William G. Jackson Blended Learning gift. 

Register by Friday, March 11 for either the 10 to 11 a.m. morning session or the 2 to 3 p.m. afternoon session.

Spotlight on Campus Campaign

Michigan Tech faculty and staff provide meaningful support for numerous University departments, programs and initiatives each year through the annual Campus Campaign

Today, Cody Kangas, director of the Center for Pre-college Outreach shares why he chooses to participate in Campus Campain

"The website for The Center for Pre-college Outreach includes a section dedicated to giving opportunities.  Some specific examples of gifts are mentioned along with the impact they can potentially have on our programs.  The following statement also appears on this page:  Your gifts directly enhance our ability to reach pre-college students while we can still turn an interest in STEM into a passion.  This is why I choose to support Michigan Tech and specifically the department I direct.  Working first-hand with young students and witnessing that transformation—interest to passion—is incredibly rewarding on both a personal and professional level.  In addition, I know the work we do and the programs we offer positively impact student enrollment numbers annually for Michigan Tech.  To be able to direct my personal contribution to the area I work in every day, is the key to my participation in Campus Campaign. "

 

Guest Speaker Luncheon - The Rise of the Network Scholar

Traditionally, scholarship has been disseminated through journals, which carry an editorial process that takes as long as a year from submission to publication.

In many fast-moving fields, scholars are turning to faster — and sometimes more informal — ways of publicizing their work, including blogs, twitter feeds and online journals. This change is impacting the way we define academic spaces and engage students in conversations about how to stay current in a field. 

Senenge T. Andzenge, the instructional technology fellow of digital education and innovation in the department of curriculum and instruction at the University of Minnesota, will share his expertise in this area and lead a discussion on how learning is changing across the academy from noon to 1 p.m. March 15.

NOTE: This event is partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women & 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, and also by the William G. Jackson Blended Learning gift. Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday, March 11Click here to register.

African Cuisine at Khana Khazana

This week's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union Foodcourt features African cuisine. Serving is from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Friday, March 4. This week's menu is:
 
  • Beef, Plantain and Okra Stew—(West Africa) A popular beef stew with plantain and okra served with rice.
  • Cucumber-Mango-Salad—(East Africa) Side salad with fresh cucumber and mango dressing with many kinds of spices. 
  • Koeksisters—(South African) A traditional dessert. It is a deep-fried syrup covered donut twist. The cost for the full meal is $7.25 and includes a fountain drink.

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Women in the IT Profession: Review of Research Findings/VWMLS Series

The School of Business and Economics welcomes Deborah Armstrong to campus March 13-15. Armstrong is an associate professor of management information systems in the College of Business at Florida State University.

Everyone is invited to attend her presentation from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 14 in EERC 100. The title is "Women in the IT Profession: A Review of Research Findings."

This presentation will integrate the contributions of more than 20 research studies spanning her 15-year-long academic career. Armstrong has used a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and has presented her work to international audiences. Her research interests include issues at the intersection of IS personnel and mental models involving the human aspects of technology, change, learning and cognition. Join us before the presentation for an informal coffee chat on gender issues in STEM occupations from 2 to 2:45 p.m. in the Academic Office Building Conference Room 101.

Email Mari Buche if you would like to schedule a meeting with Armstrong while she is on campus.

This visit is partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women & 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.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar speaker is at 4 p.m. tomorrow (March 3) in EERC 103.
 
Karl Walczak from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  will present "Development of Durable High Efficiency Artificial Photosynthesis Prototypes." Walczak received his BS, MS and PhD in mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics from Michigan Tech.
 
His current research focuses on the design, development and characterization of solar fuel generators. He has authored or co-authored eight peer-reviewed papers on the subject. His research takes a systems approach to materials integration, prototype design and test-bed development. His interests are at the intersection of design, manufacturing, materials science and life cycle engineering.

 

Poster Design Workshop

Making a research poster for a conference or other event? The library's Poster Design Workshop covers basic tips and tricks for presenting your research and information in a visual format. We'll also look at resources and tools available at the library to help you design and print your poster. Sessions are in Library 242.

Register for 4 p.m. tomorrow (March 3) here.

Register for noon Tuesday, March 22 here.

Reminders

Nominations for President's and Vice President's Award Closing Friday
 
The deadline to nominate a student for the President's Award for Leadership and the Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Award for Service is 5p.m. Friday, March 4. 
 
Nominees will have until Noon on Friday, March 18 to turn in their supporting documents to Student Activities.
 
The nine general awards close at noon on Friday, March 18.
 
For more information visit the website or call Student Activities at 7-1963.

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Michigan Tech Archives Hosts African American History Talk

As part of the "Black Voices in the Copper Country" project, the Michigan Tech Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections will host a talk by Michelle S. Johnson, a Community Historian with the Michigan Historical Center in Lansing.

The talk will be held at 4 p.m. today (March 2) in the Van Pelt and Opie Library's East Reading Room. The presentation, "Exhibits for a New Century: Researching the African American Experience in Michigan from the Copper Country to the Capital," will explore the historical center's "Exhibits for a New Century" project, which is an interpretive exhibit documenting the African American experience across the state. 

For more information on Johnson's talk, see original Tech Today article.

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TEDTalk, “Ending World Hunger, One Grilled Cheese at a Time: Kristin Walter & Talis Apud-Hendricks"

The Pavlis Honors College would like to invite students, faculty and staff to a popcorn social from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. today in M&M 722. We will be showing TEDTalk, “Ending World Hunger, One Grilled Cheese at a Time: Kristin Walter & Talis Apud-Hendricks.”

The Pavlis Honors College is hosting a food drive. Bring non-perishable food items with if you are able to, but donations are not required to attend. Everything we collect will be donated to the Husky Food Access Network. Bring a non-perishable food item and stay for popcorn and engaging conversation.

In the News

LearnLiveGrow, a website of educational tips for parents, featured an interview with Joan Chadde, director of the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach (CEE), about getting children interested in engineering.

Notables

Joseph Halt, a current PhD student in Chemical Engineering won first place at SME's Mineral & Metallurgical Division's graduate student poster competition. The competition was held on February 24 in Phoenix. Halt's poster was titled "Engineering Iron Ore Pellets to Reduce their Dustiness."

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, March 2

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.

Science/Technology Publications Writer, University Marketing & Communications. ​Apply online.

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