"The Winter's Tale" Opens Tonight

The curtain will go up tonight for the Tech Theatre Company's latest production, “The Winter’s Tale,” in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. tonight, tomorrow (April 8) and Saturday (April 9) with a 2 p.m. Sunday (April 10) matinee.

Published in 1623, "The Winter’s Tale" is one of Shakespeare’s later plays. Considered a comedy, it is also sometimes labeled one of the Bard’s late romances.

Providing both intense psychological drama and comedy, "The Winter’s Tale" leaves audiences with a romantic and happy ending as it follows a story of two kings who are childhood friends. There are violent storms, an insistence to abandon a child and even 16 years pass before love reunites the characters in the end and all are redeemed.

According to Director Roger Held, “The dreary English days twixt November and March are invariably cold, dark and damp. While snowfall is light, the east wind blows very cold and the wind from the south and west brings chilly rain. During the English Renaissance, the lack of central heating encouraged early bed times under multiple covers. Not-sleepy-children may have prompted the development of traditional Winter Tales ... stories most often set in the long ago and far away and were cautionary tales, warning against bad behavior. The romantic writers and the Grimm brothers are descendants of this folk tradition that Shakespeare borrowed for [this] play.”

General admission is $15, youth tickets (17 and under) are $6, and Michigan Tech student tickets are free with the Experience Tech fee.

To purchase tickets, call the Central Ticket Office 7-2073, go online or visit Ticketing Operations at the SDC. 

Tickets will also be available at the Rozsa box office two hours before each show.

New Digital Magazine Template Debuts

University Marketing and Communications launched a new look for Michigan Tech and Research digital magazines. We created and added:

  • a drastically improved design with more visuals and multimedia
  • a responsive template that fits all devices from wide-screen TVs and desktop monitors to smart phones and tablets
  • a larger font for easier reading
  • Schema.org data tagging to increase search engine optimization
  • horizontal navigation

The magazine launch, along with the recent launch of Unscripted: Science and Research, are part of ongoing initiatives to enhance Michigan Tech's storytelling.

Updates to the News website and main homepage will follow in coming months.

 We invite the campus community to review the magazine website and comment through the "Send Feedback" button at the bottom right of each web page.

On Campus Equal Pay Day Event April 12

Data shows women earn less than men. This difference, the gender wage gap, is 21 percent (2014), on average, across all workers. The gap is even larger for women of color. The problem is present just one year from graduation, and even when all the reasonable explanations (college major, occupation, GPA, etc.) are accounted for. One year from graduation, women engineers' salaries are only 88 percent of men engineers' (data from "Graduating to a Pay Gap" published by the American Association of University Women).

Tuesday, April 12 is Equal Pay Day, a day marked across the country to promote awareness of the truth and magnitude of the gender wage gap. The date chosen symbolizes the extra days women work, on average, to catch up to what the average man earned in the previous year. Red is worn on this day as a symbol of how far women and minorities are "in the red."

This year, Equal Pay Day will be marked on Michigan Tech's campus with an event from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Michigan Tech Husky statue. There, members of the Michigan Tech Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country will hand out literature explaining the data behind the wage gap. Cookies will also be given away, marked with 79 percent women's average wage compared to men's average wage.

Join SWE and LWVCC in raising awareness of this persistent problem that affects all those who have women in their lives.

Michigan Tech Relay for Life is Saturday

Michigan Tech's Relay for Life will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Wood Gym in the SDC. The event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

For more information on our event please like our Facebook page. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement symbolizes hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love.

If cancer has touched your life, participating in a Relay For Life campus event is a way to take action and help finish the fight. This is your opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those you have lost, and raise funds and awareness to fight back and help finish the fight against cancer.

SBE Brown Bag Lunch

The School of Business and Economics will have its second brown bag lunch research seminar from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 in Academic Office Building (AOB) 101.

Manish Srivastava (SBE) will present "Firm Risk and Market Valuation: A Reexamination Using Quantile Regression." All interested members of the Michigan Tech community are invited.

Details can be found on the SBE's blog and website.


Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

There will be a Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. today (April 7) in Dow 642. David Nelson (MTTI) will present "The Civil Engineer as an Air Force Base Engineer."


Department of Geological and Mining Engineering Talk — Snowfall from Space?

Mark Kulie of the Space Sciences and Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will give a talk, "Snowfall from Space: Developing and Evaluating Climate-Scale Global Snowfall Datasets from Spaceborne Remote Sensing Instruments," at 4 p.m. today (April 7) in Dow 610. A social will follow in the Dow Bldg., 6th floor Atrium on the Lakeside.


This Week's C-Cubed Menu

Today, April 7

  • Rosemary Grilled Chicken Thighs (GF) 
  • Lemon Rosemary Grilled Tofu (VGF) 
  • Roasted Red Potatoes with Fresh Herbs (VGF)
  • Salad Bar with Mixed Greens, Diced Tomatillos,Red Onions, Cucumbers, Red Cabbage, Pomegranate Dressing and Apple Dressing

Tomorrow, April 8

  • BBQ Ribs (GF) 
  • Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese (VGF) 
  • Bloody Mary Tomato Salad (VGF) 
  • Parmesan Bread Sticks (V)

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


Seminars by Anna Belu

Two seminars will be held by Anna M. Belu, Senior Principal Scientist and Technical Fellow, Medtronic in Corporate Science and Technology.

The first, "A Career in Science, A Job in Industry: 
What Did You Do Today Mom?" will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow (April 8) in EERC 103.

The second, "Characterization of Surface and Interfaces in the 
Medical Device Industry," will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow (April 8) in Dow 641.

Sponsored by the Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series and the Institutional Equity & Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative. Hosted by the Department of Chemistry.


Biomedical Engineering Seminar

The Department of Biomedical Engineering will host a seminar by Yoke Khin Yap (Physics). The seminar will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow (April 8) in M&M U113. The seminar title is "Impact of Basic Research and Technology Commercialization on Sustainability and Job Creation."


Geoseminar: Chelsea Schelle

The next Geoseminar is from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (April 8) in Dow 610. Chelsea Schelle will present "The Impacts of Dwelling in Alternative Community: Opportunities for Exploration." All are welcome.


Biological Sciences Seminar

The next Biological Sciences seminar will be from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (April 8) in Dow 641. Sachin Teotia (Bio Sci) will present "Gene Regulatory Networks of microRNA165/166 Revealed by Short Tandem Target Mimic (STTM) in Arabidopsis and Rice."

For the abstract of Teotia's presentation, click here.


Friends Annual Used Book Sale April 8 and 9

The Friends Annual Used Book Sale is tomorrow (April 8) and Saturday, April 9 in the Opie Reading room in the Michigan Tech Library.

For more information, see original Tech Today story.


In the News

MiBiz, a website feturing Michigan business news, mentioned Superior Ideas, a crowdfunding site operated by Michigan Tech, in a story about a new crowdfunding site designed to link student entrepreneurs with potential investors.


The Midland Daily News published an article about the Central Michigan University Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' survey of the cost of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests at various state universities. The article noted that Michigan Tech responded to the requests for free. See the article here.


Fox News mentioned Associate Professor Mo Rastgaar's drone-catching drone in a video story on a new "chainsaw drone."

New Funding

Scott Miers (ME-EM), is the principal investigator on a project that received a $108,932 research contract from the Argonne National Laboratory.
The one-year project is "Natural Gas Research with Argonne National Laboratory."



As noted yesterday, Pushpa Murthy, is a finalist for the Dean of the Graduate School, and there will be a campus forum on April 19. For those interested, an abbreviated CV can be found at the following link.

Also to correct a misstatement in the initial announcement, Murthy's current title is Associate Dean of the Graduate School.

On the Road

Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon (CLS/CS) successfully hosted the workshop on "Persuasion on Transport Applications" at Persuasive Technology April 5 in Salzburg, Austria. This workshop was partly supported by MTTI.