Tarshizi Nominated by the SME as a Henry Krumb Lecturer

Ebrahim Tarshizi, an assistant professor of mining engineering, has been nominated by the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) as a​​ Henry Krumb Lecturer ​for the ​2016-2017 series. 
The purpose of the Krumb Lecture Series, established in 1966 by Henry Krumb​—a 1897 graduate of the Columbia School of Mines—is “to make available to the SME membership outstanding speakers for Local Section meetings.” The lecture series is especially important to the more remote sections, as it affords an opportunity to be kept abreast of technical progress.  This is still the mission of the program and adheres to the spirit of Henry Krumb himself. ​The program is offered to SME sections to enhance their appreciation and understanding of important new methods and technologies. 
Lecturers are selected from the professionals who present technical papers at the SME Annual Conference & Expo (ACE). The Krumb Lecture Series is administered by SME and is partially funded by a grant from the Seeley W. Mudd Memorial Fund.
Tarshizi presentation​ for this year’s series ​is ​"Simulation and Animation of Marigold Mine with Dynamic Pit Operation." ​SME Henry Krumb Lectures will be scheduled from October 2016 to May 2017.

Fair Labor Standards Act Webpage Announced

Human Resources continues to work on analyzing the changes to the overtime rule which increases the salary threshold for a position to be considered exempt from overtime.
 
As announced on May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released the final rule increasing the salary threshold from $455 per week to $913 per week for a position to be considered exempt from overtime. 
 
Employers will need to be in compliance with the new regulations by December 1, 2016. Positions with a primary responsibility of teaching (including faculty) are not effected by the DOL change.
 
Human Resources has created a dedicated webpage with information on the new FLSA standards including a timeline for implementation, updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and other useful resources. The webpage can be found here.
 
Updates will be made to the webpage and FAQ's as additional information is released and/or determined. 
 
We ask you continue to direct any questions regarding this DOL change to Employment Services in Human Resources at 7-2280. 

Job Posting

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.

Research Assistant, Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Apply online.

​Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.​

New Funding

Mark Gockenbach (Math) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $15,000 grant for other sponsored activities from the University of Minnesota-Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). 
 
Benjamin Ong (Math), Allan Struthers (Math) and Jiguang Sun (Math) are Co-PIs on the project "Element Methods for Eigenvalue Problems."
 
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Feng Zhao (Bio Med) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $465,000 research and development grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-National Institutes of Health. 
 
Jeremy Goldman (Bio Med) is the Co-PI on the project "Therapeutic Lymphatic Vessel Regeneration." This is a three-year project.
 
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Don Lafreniere (SS/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $16,772 contract from Eastern Michigan University/Institute for Geospatial Research and Education. 
 
Sarah Scarlett (SS) and John Arnold (SS) are Co-PIs on the project "GRACE Project Student Interns."
 

In Print

Associate Professor John Vucetich (SFRES) published an essay in the July-August 2016 issue of the magazine Natural History, asking whether humans should intervene when climate change threatens an island's ecology. The essay examines the predicament of the wolves on Isle Royale National Park, whose numbers have dwindled to near zero. See the essay here.

Reminders

Fall 2016 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for fall 2016 finishing fellowships are now being accepted. The deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday, July 14 to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are available online.

These fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. 

For more information see the original Tech Today story.

In the News

The Alpena News, the Quad-City Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers and radio stations around the country published an Associated Press (AP) wire story about the Michigan Rail Conference planned for August in Marquette and hosted by Michigan Tech, among others.

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Kevyn Juneau, a collaborator with Michigan Tech biologists and Michigan Tech Research Institute scientists, was featured in a Q&A with Science Around Michigan. The topic focused on invasive Eurasian Watermilfoil and is part of an ongoing series through July 10 about aquatic invasive species in Michigan.