Three Hockey Seniors Sign Pro Contracts

Three members of the Michigan Tech hockey senior class have signed professional contracts to continue their hockey careers. 

Alex Petan signed with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League, while CJ Eick (Utah Grizzlies) and Malcolm Gould (Indy Fuel) have inked deals to play in the ECHL.

Petan, who is a Hobey Baker Memorial Award top-10 finalist, led the WCHA in goals (16), points (29), goals-per-game (0.59), points-per-game (1.07) and power-play points (13) en route to WCHA Player of the Year honors. The Delta, British Columbia, native also secured All-WCHA First Team and WCHA Scholar-Athlete recognition this winter.

Eick, a three-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete, moved to center this season and finished second on the team with 16 assists while appearing in all 37 games. The Appleton, Wisconsin, native tallied five multi-point games and career-high three assists on Feb. 20 at Bemidji State.

Gould earned a spot on an All-WCHA team for the second straight year after finishing second on the Huskies during the WCHA regular season with 22 points on seven goals and 15 assists. The forward collected five power-play goals and had a WCHA-leading plus-18 rating in conference action.

Arts and Sustainability In Calumet

A study published last week in Sustainability explores the possibility for the arts to help sustain a shrunken industrial city in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Community identity is a key part, and anyone who has walked down 5th Street in Calumet knows the weight of history and change.

"Arts won’t solve all the problems, but it's something that can help under the right conditions," says Richelle Winkler (SS), who specializes in rural community development, population and environment. She led the research along with Calumet area community members and several Michigan Tech students.

"The case study in Calumet shows that the arts can help to revitalize small remote communities by increasing community pride, providing spaces for people to gather informally and attracting people to the community" she says.

 Read the full story. The paper is freely available online.

Cartoon Exhibition at the Library

The Department of Humanities and the Library are hosting a cartoon exhibition, "Drawing Freely," in the library entrance. The Institut Français and Courrier International present this exhibition on freedom of expression as embodied by fifty press cartoonists from all around the world. Some of the themes treated by the cartoonists are: women's voices, racism, corruption, dangers online, the new rebels, Charlie Hebdo, etc.

"Topkapi" at Club Indigo

MBY music fraternity announces an April Fool's day event this coming Friday, April,1.

The April Club Indigo at the Calumet Theatre is a delightful mix of blunders, chuckles and suspense. 

Jules Dassin's Oscar winning "Topkapi" will be shown at 7:15 p.m.  Friday at the Calumet Theatre. The film was shot in an exotic Istanbul setting, where amateur thieves hope to steal a well-guarded precious object.

The film will be preceded at 6 p.m. with a Mid-eastern buffet from the Eagle Café at the Omphale Gallery. 

The cost of both the film and buffet is $21. The cost of the movie alone is $6.  There are special discount for kids 10 and under. For the buffet, call the theater by Thursday afternoon at 337-2610.

ECE Seminar

The next ECE Seminar will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 8 in Dow 642.

Nasser M. Nasrabadi, from the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University will present "Coupled Deep Neural Networks for Cross-spectral Face Recognition."

In his talk, Nasrabadi will give an overview of Deep Neural Network (DNN) architectures and their applications in biometrics. He will then introduce the use of deep learning for cross‐modality face recognition task. 
Refreshments will be served.

Physics Colloquium

The next Physics Colloquium will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 31 in Fisher 139.  Mark T. Lusk will present "Exciton Upconversion via Energy Pooling: Free Space and Optical Cavities"

Lusk is currently a Professor of Physics at the Colorado School of Mines. He carries out theoretical and computational investigations of emergent phenomena associated with excited state quantum dynamics in nanostructured assemblies. His focus lies at the nexus of several traditional physics disciplines: quantum information science (QIS), condensed matter (CM) physics, atomic/molecular/optical (AMO) physics, and quantum electrodynamics (QED). He has nine 130 publications and holds nine patents.


Transportation Food Drive Continues

The Transportation Services Drive Away Hunger Food Drive is currently underway through Friday, April 29. Participate in the drive to be entered into a drawing for a free parking pass for next year.

Drop off your non-perishable food items and collect tickets Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 100 of the Administration Building, with Cathy Jenich, third Floor Lakeshore Center, with Karen Wade, CDI in Hamar House and at the SDC Room 142. Read the original Tech Today article.


ME-EM Faculty Candidate — Trisha Sain

ME-EM faculty candidate, Trisha Sain, will present "Bio-inspired Soft Composites-effect of Microarchitecture and Large Deformation in Polymers" at 2 p.m. today (March 28) in the R.L. Smith building (MEEM) 402.

Sain is an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering at North Carolina A & T State University.


SBE to Host Information Session

Michigan Tech's School of Business and Economics (SBE) will host an information session at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 in the Academic Offices Building (AOB) Room 101. 

The information session will focus on the school's BS degrees in Management.

Management is a great option for students who have an interest working with people and other business disciplines. Pizza and pop will be served. For more information email Dana Johnson or Sara Pingel.


Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

An Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. today (March 28) in Dillman 214.

Becca Green will present "High-Tech Analysis of Low-Tech Methods for Sustainable Class A Biosolids Production." Ninad Mohale will present "Plastic Pyrolysis — Dealing with Plastic Pollution."


ACS Student Research Symposium in Marquette

The 2016 American Chemical Society Student Research Symposium will take place at Northern Michigan University Saturday, April 2. 

The symposium is dedicated to communicating the scientific research conducted in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin. Any students conducting research or interested in chemistry or sciences related to chemistry are encouraged to present or attend. The event is open to the general public. Details of the symposium are available here.

The keynote presenter is William Carroll, past ACS president and fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Carroll has chaired numerous committees for industry associations and served on expert groups commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme and the U.S. Environmental Protections Agency (EPA). He holds two patents and more than 75 publications in the fields of organic electrochemistry, polymer chemistry, combustion chemistry, incinveration, plastics recycling and popular music history.


Women's History Month: Robyn Ochs

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is celebrating Women's History Month by inviting an amazing educator to campus.

Robyn Ochs is an educator, speaker, award-winning activist and editor on the topics of gender and sexuality. Do not miss this opportunity to join the discussion and become a powerful ally to your fellow Huskies in these workshops:

  • "The Changing Landscape" 10 a.m. tomorrow (March 29) in MUB Ballroom
  • "Loosening the Gender Girdle" 6 p.m. tomorrow (March 29) in MUB Ballroom

For more information contact CDI at 4-2920.

Props for Profs

This week’s Jackson CTL Props for Profs Winner is Mir Sadri-Sabet, a professor of practice in engineering fundamentals. 

Sadri-Sabet's single nominator admitted that while all students might not feel the same way, abundant engineering stories were extremely valuable in terms of his overall education.  The nominator also saw his focus on learning as more important than grades as a huge asset, and applauded him for using mastery learning – revisiting and retesting on material until the class average reaches 80%.  

The nominator made clear that this teaching practice did not make Sadri-Sabet's class easy or guarantee high grades, but felt that it did dramatically increase the number of students who really learned the material, rather than learning  “just well enough for the test or exam."

Sadri-Sabet and his nominator will each receive a $5 gift certificate to purchase a snack or drink at the Library Café or several other locations on campus.     

Time is getting short, so if you know a prof who has gone over and above, send some props today – and maybe you’ll be next week’s winner.

IT Connect

Reminder: IT Can Help You Recycle

Do you have any unnecessary print cartridges or electronics in your office? If so, IT is able to help. We will pick up and recycle all of your unwanted computers, print cartridges, cameras, printers, and other common electronic devices.
Approval may be required from the Property and Plant Office, but we will recycle any approved electronic item. Don’t worry, we will walk you through the process and give you any needed recommendation.
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