Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Issues National Lab Safety Guide

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Task Force on Laboratory Safety today released its Guide to Implementing a Safety Culture in our Universities.  The task force, which included Joanne Polzien, executive director of compliance, integrity and safety in the Michigan Tech Vice President for Research’s office, has been working on the guide since March 2015. 

 The task force was appointed to analyze common risks within academic laboratories, assess innovative mechanics to manage lab accident, examine regulatory and other national initiatives and develop recommendations for the APLU Council of Research. 

 

The guide and website include 20 recommendations, each with an analysis of the alignment of the recommendation with other reports, reading lists, tools, strategies, examples, and/or best practices.  These resources were selected to help an appointed campus team navigate the process of strengthening their culture of safety.

 “Serving on the Lab Safety Task force has been an exciting and rewarding experience,” said Polzien.  “As we strengthen our efforts to promote a culture of safety for our faculty, staff and students on our campus, the guidelines and resources developed by this group will help at all levels of implementation.” 

President Glenn Mroz commented: “Since Michigan Tech joined the universities who have pledged to commit their institutions to a renewed emphasis on research safety, we have looked forward eagerly to these recommendations and guidelines. We are proud of our participation in the process and look forward to making research safety one more cornerstone of our reputation as a world-class research university.”  

Two Michigan Tech Teams Win New Venture Competition

Two student teams from Michigan Tech each brought home $10,000 or more in venture funding from the New Venture Competition at Central Michigan University last weekend. 

Superior Filament, led by Cedric Kennedy, Aubrey Woern and Jos Krugh, brought home a $10,000 Best Technology Award, as well as another $1,000 for Best Pitch and the $250 Audience Choice Award.
 
The student-run company is developing filment for 3-D printers from recycled plastics to support growth in the 3-D printing industry while reducing environmental impact.

We Inspire, led by Arick Davis, won the $10,000 Korson Family HIghest Growth Potential Award. We Inspire is developing an online system and community to help students make informed career choices by connecting them with profiles and feedback from practicing professionals.

Two other Michigan Tech teams participated in the annual entrepreneurial competition. TRU is developing a big data solution with proprietary algorithms to help performance athletes optimize performance through informed nutritional and dietary supplement choices. 
 
Huskies 4 Hire is connecting students looking for short-term employment opportunities with community members seeking temporary employees.
 
The Pavlis Honors College helped sponsor the event financially.  The student teams received support from Michigan Tech's Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, the School of Business and Economics and the MTEC SMartZone..

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Thursday for Evergreen Technology

Local and Chinese business and government officials will get a look at the new face of the former D & N Bank Building—now Evergreen Technology—at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 14 at the building at 200 Quincy Street in Hancock.

Evergreen Technology is a branch of Futianbao Environmental Protection Company, based in Xi’aqn, China.  Jiann-Yang (Jim) Hwang (MSE), is president, chief engineer and project lead for the Hancock-based research and development lab. 

Hwang recently received China’s Thousand Talents Distinguished Expert Award. Evergreen Technology will focus on developing innovative environmental clean-up and protection technologies, including solid waste treatment and a new way of removing heavy metals from water.  Eventually, the company hopes to manufacture products in the UP for global environmental protection, said Pete Mackin, Evergreen Technology’s business manager.

 “This is not only good for our local economy, it will help build a better relationship with China,” he said.  “With initiatives like this, we can become super partners instead of competing super powers.”  

Hwang added:  "With our technology and the innovations coming out of Michigan Tech—paired with investment capital and the large demand from the Asian market—we have a good chance to be successful in developing this industry in the Upper Peninsula. "Once we are successful, other investors will be encouraged to follow our example."   

Last year, the parent company in China acquired the Hancock bank building that had been standing vacant for two years. Futianbao invested $5 million over five years to remodel the building into labs and offices of a world-class research and development center there.  

 Evergreen Technology has invested heavily in the local community, hiring U.P. Engineers & Architects Inc., Michigan Tech student interns and many local contractors.  The firm will be hiring up to a dozen engineers initially and up to 100 or more as the business grows.   

Futianbao’s goal is to develop engineering technologies that will help clean up the environment, in China and around the world.   China’s recently released Five Year Plan includes up to $1 trillion on environmental cleanup and reforms. 

Faculty and Staff Recognized by Fraternities and Sororities

On Sunday, about 250 students gathered for the 10th Annual Greek Life Awards Ceremony in the MUB Ballroom.
 
In addition to the many student awards presented, Order of Omega, the Greek Life Honor Society that coordinates the awards, also took the time to recognize some exceptional faculty and staff.  
 
There are more than 500 students in fraternities and sororities at Michigan Tech and Order of Omega wants to emphasize Outstanding Faculty and Staff Awards come directly from the students. 
 
When writing a nomination for the Outstanding Faculty Award, students were asked to consider faculty who:
  • are dedicated to supporting students and helping them succeed academically
  • demonstrate a passion for teaching and/or research
  • utilize innovative teaching methods
  • promote academic integrity among students
When writing a nomination for the Outstanding Staff Award, students were asked to consider staff who:
  • are dedicated to supporting students and helping them succeed both inside and outside the classroom
  • demonstrate a passion for working with students
  • promote and inspire the Michigan Tech Values of Community, Scholarship, Possibilities, Accountability and Tenacity
 
The following faculty and staff members were nominated by members of the Greek community and were recognized at the 2016 Greek Life Awards Ceremony (winners in bold):
 
Faculty:
  • Dana Johnson (SBE)
  • Jeffrey Wall (SBE)
  • Ted Anderson (SoT)
  • Tony Rogers (ChE)
Staff:
  • Cody Kangas (Center for Pre-College Outreach)
  • Jannah Brandt (Center for Pre-College Outreach)
  • Mark Maroste (Auxiliary Services)
  • Whitney Boroski (Wellness)
 
These nominations were written by individual students and were supported by an entire fraternity or sorority. 
 
In addition, Ellen Horsch, VP for Administration, was honored with the Outstanding Chapter Advisor of the Year Award. Ellen has served as an advisor for Alpha Gamma Delta Women's Fraternity for 30 years.
 
Congratulations to all the faculty and staff who were nominated and thank you for inspiring and motivating students!

Women in Computing Sciences Wins $3,000 Grant

Women in Computing Sciences at Michigan Tech has won a Student Seed Fund grant of $3,000 from the National Center for Women and Information Technology to help increase membership and participation in the organization.

The award was part of $95,000 in grants from the nonprofit organization to Women in Computing groups at 19 colleges and universities.

The Michigan Tech organization plans to hold more regular meetings with speakers from campus and industry.  A major new initiative will be outreach activities to encourage area high school girls to consider careers in computing, said Linda Ott (CS), the group’s advisor.

Sponsored by Google.org with support from ACM-W, the Student Seed Fund supports the growth of WiC groups at different stages of development and varied institutional sizes. The technology-related learning and advancement opportunities of these groups include programming workshops, peer mentoring and support, professional training, after-school programs and more.

“Women earned less than one-fifth of all computer and information sciences undergraduate degrees in 2014,” said NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders. “Engaging tech-related activities and opportunities can help to reverse this trend by reducing entry barriers and appealing to a variety of students.”

The grants are awarded to institutions in three categories: Trailblazer, Amplification and Start-up.

Consumer Products Day Winners Announced

Consumer Products Day was held this past weekend on campus with students joining together to create 23 teams to participate in the event. Four companies also came to campus to participate: Dow, Amway, 3M and Kimberly-Clark.

Students had less than 20 hours to come up with a product idea representing one of the four companies, and pitch that idea to a panel of judges. Eight teams advanced to the final round Saturday evening and the winning teams were announced:

  • 1st Place—Nonlinear, represented by Dow (Students: Guilherme Aramizo Ribeiro, Kyle McGurk, Saeedeh Ziaeefard and Brian Page) won $3,300
  • 2nd Place - Optimizers, represented by Kimberly-Clark (Students: Amber Sahasrabudhe, Pankaj Kalan, Ronald Praet Jr. and F.Sankalp) won $2,400 
  • 3rd Place - IEEE, represented by 3M (Students: Peter Gorecki, Alex Hirzel, Joshua Gobrogge and Nick Dubiel) won $1,600 

Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge Teams Take First

Michigan Tech's Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge teams both took first place in the American Society of Civil Engineers' 2016 North Central student competition at Michigan State University last weekend.  

Although the concrete canoe races were cancelled due to bad weather, the team placed first in design paper, first in final product and fourth in presentation, giving them an overall score resulting in a first place finish.

They will compete in the national competition at the University of Texas-Tyler in June.   

 For more about the teams' preparation for the competition, check out yesterday's Tech Today story.

This Weeks C-Cubed Menu

C-Cubed lunches are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty, staff and their guests are invited.

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, fruit-infused water, cookies and fruit are available for all. Below is this week's C-Cubed menu:

Thursday, April 14
Curried Seafood Salad on Soft Flat Bread Pita's
Artichoke and Roasted Portobello Mushroom Torpedo Sandwiches (V)
(We will have some of each sandwich filling in lettuce cups for those who cannot have gluten)
Vegetarian Minnesota Wild Rice Soup (VGF)
Oyster Crackers (V)
Sriracha Slaw (VGF)
Sun Chips (V)

Friday, April 15

Chicken Piccata 
Roasted Bell Peppers, Broccoli and Squash  (VGF) 
Radiatore with Pesto Cream Sauce (VGF) 
White Bean Salad with Tomatoes  (VGF) 
 

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

Celebrate Lake Superior

The Lake Superior Celebration is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 at the Great Lakes Research Center.

This event is to celebrate the work of the following 17 Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) school -community teams. Many Michigan Tech departments and faculty serve as LSSI community partners and/or advisors.

Schools involved:

  • Washington Elementary (Bessemer)
  • LL Wright High School (Ironwood)
  • EB Holman K-8 School (Stanton Township)
  • Lake Linden Hubbell Middle/High School
  • Jeffers High School (Adams Township)
  • L'Anse Middle School
  • Baraga Middle/High School
  • Houghton Middle School and High School
  • Hancock Middle School and Barkell Elementary
  • CLK Elementary and Washington Middle School (Public Schools of Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw)
  • Chassell Elementary and High School
  • Dollar Bay Tamarack City Elementary and High School

Hands-on Recycling Activities led by Michigan Tech students:

  • Ride the HEET bike & lift the bridge!
  • Paper-Making
  • Garbage Pizza
  • No-Waste Lunch
  • SMOG City, water quality testing, designing pumps

 Local Resources:

  • World Water Day art display
  • Copper Country Recycling Initiative
  • Plastic Recycling Enterprise
  • Alternative Energy Enterprise
  • Engineers Without Borders
  •  UP Food Exchange

 Celebrate

  • LSSI student showcase and presentations
  • North Woods Kids (K-12) from the Western U.P. art exhibit
  • Cake, lemonade, and refreshments
  • Live music

Sponsored by the Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society, Copper Country Recycling Initiative and Funded in part with a grant from the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.and Michigan STEM Partnership.

Find out more here.

Tech Track Wins 13 Events at CSB-SJU Invitational

The Michigan Tech track and field team wrapped up competition Sunday in the CSB-SJU Outdoor Invitational on the campus of Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

Numerous Huskies earned victories or accomplished high marks in the various events, highlighted by relay wins in both the men's and women's 4x400 as well as the women's 4x100.

Other key performers at the invite include:

Jevon Maddox won the 200- and 400-meter dashes while placing third in the 100. 

Mike Tuski captured the win in the 800-meter run, and the duo of Jacob Jarvis and Christian Albers had a one-two finish in the 110-meter hurdles to complete the solid day for Michigan Tech's men's runners.

Kyle Petermann (discus) and Mike Fisher (high jump) won their field events, while Michael Frahm set a career-best in the shot put by posting a 50-3 1/4.

On the women's side, Jamie Dompier continued her dominance in the sprints, winning both the 100- and 200-meter events.

Lauren Tetzloff won the 400-meter by nearly two seconds and Ashley Veale cruised to a victory in the 400-meter hurdles by finishing five seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.

"We had some nice results in today's meet and you have to be happy with how our athletes performed," said head coach Joe Haggenmiller.

Michigan Tech will be back in action this weekend (April 15) at the St. Norbert Twilight in De Pere, Wisconsin.

Read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech Sports at michigantechhuskies.com.

Husky Hockey Closes Season at No. 16

The Michigan Tech hockey team checked in at No. 16 in the final USCHO.com poll of the 2015-16 season, which was announced yesterday.

The Huskies earned the MacNaughton Cup as WCHA regular-season champions and won 23 games in 2015-16, marking the first back-to-back 20-win seasons for the program since 1981-83.

Season tickets to see the 2016-17 edition of the Huskies can be purchased at the SDC Ticket Office or over the phone at 7-2073.

To read the full story and find out more about Husky Sports, visit michigantechhuskies.com.

MSE Seminar Thursday

The next MSE Seminar will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in M&M 610.

Joseph Licavoli of the Center for Intelligent Alloy Design, National Energy Technology Laborator, Albany Oregon will present "Enhanced Entropy Nickel Superalloys: Processing and Properties."

Licavoli is a Materials Research Engineer at The National Energy Technology Laboratory. H received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Michigan Tech in 2013. From 2005 to 2009 he held engineering positions at Chrysler, Sandvik and Alcoa Howmet.

Currently, he works in the Center for Intelligent Alloy Design in Albany, Oregon developing alloys for advanced ultrasupercritical (A-USC) steam power generation systems.

SBE Brown Bag Lunch

The School of Business and Economics will have its third brown bag lunch research seminar from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 21 in Academic Office Building (AOB) 101.

Robert Hutchinson (SBE) will present his latest research. The title is "Intangible Resource Value and Tobin's Q: Evidence from the Super Bowl." All interested members of the Michigan Tech community are invited.

More details of his talk can be found on the SBE website and blog.

Biological Sciences Seminar

The next Biological Sciences Seminar will take place at 4 p.m. Friday, April 15 in Dow 641. 

Kathleen Halvorsen, Department of Social Sciences, Environmental and  Energy Policy Graduate Program/School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, will present "Assessing the Socioecological Impacts of Bioenergy Projects across the Americas: Preliminary Findings and Lessons Learned from a Big, Long, International, Interdisciplinary Research Project."

This presentation describes the preliminary findings from a diverse, international team of social, natural and engineering scientists. Halvorsen will also discuss the challenges of managing a diverse, dispersed team and strategies for ensuring collegiality and productivity across continents, time zones and countries.

Light refreshments will be served. More more information, click here.


Physics Colloquium

The next Physics Colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in Fisher 139. Jejoong Yoo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will present "A Novel Epigenetic Mechanism of DNA Compaction and Atomistic Simulations of DNA Origami."

Jejoong Yoo is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Physics of Living Cells at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research is focused on the development of a physics-based model of epigenetics. Especially, he is interested in physical driving forces of chromatin folding at the molecular level. He is also pioneering the field of computational DNA origami nanotechnology. He is developing a fully atomistic simulation methodology that can predict various materials properties of DNA origami objects. 

Reminders

Research Workshop: Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards

The Vice President for Research Office will host an educational session, "Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards," from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

For more information on this session, and the link to register, see original Tech Today story.

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On Campus Equal Pay Day Event Today

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. today (April 12) at the Michigan Tech Husky statue. There, 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.

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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. tomorrow (April 13) in Academic Office Building (AOB) 101.

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New Accelerated Tech MBA Info Session

Come learn about our New Accelerated Tech MBA Program.

Double-count up to two undergrad courses towards your MBA. Complete two more MBA classes using the senior rule. Graduate with your Tech MBA in one year.

For more information, attend the information session at 4 p.m. today (April 12) in AOB 201.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Email Rebecca Middlebrook with questions.

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PHFoundation Endowed Professorship Candidate Seminar

Keat Ghee Ong (Bio Med), a candidate for the Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professorship in Technological Innovations in Health, will present a lecture on "Engineering-Driven Medical Innovations" from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow (April 13) in Rekhi Hall G009. This presentation will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date.

New Funding

Jonathan Robins (SS), has been awarded a grant from the Pasold Research Fund. The grant supports publication of photographs in Robins' forthcoming book, "Cotton and Race Across the Atlantic," University of Rochester Press. The Pasold Research fund, a UK-based charity, supports research into the history of textiles.

In Print

Associate Professor Adam Wellstead was a co-author in a paper "To Bridge the Divide between Evidence and Policy:Reduce Ambiguity as Much as Uncertainty" in Public Adminstration Review.