Volunteers Needed for KSEF

The second annual Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival (KSEF) is Aug. 3-6, and we need your help to make it another success.
 
Volunteers are needed for various tasks over several days and all help is appreciated whether it is two hours or three days. Help us in our mission to spark a local interest in STEM by presenting the most compelling, exciting and educational festival in the Upper Peninsula.
 
Details for each event's needs are listed below and lunch will be provided for volunteers. Visit us online for a complete schedule of events.
 
Thursday, August 4

A total of 20 volunteers are needed for Family Engineering Day, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m., at Houghton's Kestner Waterfront Park and lunch is provided.

Volunteers are asked to contact Joan Chadde at jchadde@mtu.edu if they want to assist (provide: Name, Major, Email, Cell number, and whether you've presented before).
 
Volunteers will run the hands-on demonstrations for preschool students and assist with set up, clean up and packing up demonstrations afterward.
 
Three volunteers are needed from 6 to 10:30 p.m. for the Science Pub Crawl in Downtown Houghton. The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m.
 
Two volunteers are needed to run the KSEF information booth to provide full KSEF schedules, hand out wristbands and collect entry forms.
 
One volunteer is needed for program assistance and to clean up at each location.
 
Friday, August 5 

A total of five volunteers are needed from 11 a.m. to  4:30 p.m. for Science in Health and Sports Day at Kestner Park. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. 
 
Two volunteers are needed to set up tables and assist with demos.
 

Two volunteers are needed to run the KSEF info booth.

One volunteer is needed to provide program assistance, check on set up for next speaker and assist with clean up at each location.

A total of five volunteers are needed from 5 to 8:30 p.m. for Teen Science Night at Kestner Park. The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m.

Four volunteers are needed for set up and to assist with running the Teen Engineering Challenges. Instructions will be provided.

One volunteer is needed to run the KSEF info booth, clean up.

 
Saturday, August 6

A total of ten volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for STEM in the Keweenaw and Mind Trekkers Expo in Kestner Park. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m.
 
Eight volunteers are needed to set up tables and demos and assist with demos. Lesson plans will be provided.
 
One volunteer is needed to run the KSEF info booth.
 
One volunteer is needed for program assistance and to clean up at each location.
 
 

For more information or questions contact Amanda McConnon at amcconno@mtu.edu or Vicki Locatelli at VLocatelli@snb-t.com

Khana Khazana to Feature Iranian Cuisine

Food from Iran is featured at Friday's Khana Khazana. Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the food truck in the MUB circle across from the Library.

The menu includes:

Cutlet (Kotlet)—ground beef, potatoes, eggs, breadcrumbs and spices, formed into patties and fried.

Fereni—Persian pudding with milk, rice four, rose water and pistachios

Sekanjebin— a mint syrup drink

The cost is $6.95 for the full meal. Like the Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech Facebook page

New Funding

Evan Kane (SFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a research and development project that has received $23,988 from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
 
The project is entitled "Analysis of Nutrient Poor Sandy Soils of Wisconsin."
 
This is the first year of a potential two-year project totaling $49,190.

In Print

Sandra M. Boschetto-Sandoval (HU) and Ciro A. Sandoval (HU) are co-authors of an essay published by Johns Hopkins University Press in College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies, Vol, 43, no. 3 (Summer 2016): 570-591.

In the News

NASA's Earth Observatory quoted Research Scientist Jessica McCarty (MTRI) on the importance of satellite images of large fires in north-central Russia. Read the article here.

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The Atlanta Journal Constitution and other newspapers around the country published an article about the wolves and moose of Isle Royale National Park and Michigan Tech's long-running study of them there. The article originally ran in the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal. 

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Caryn Heldt's video for Unscripted: Science and Research was featured on Science360's Video of the Day. The animation showcases part of her National Science Foundation CAREER research. 

Reminders

Pokemon Go Back in Time with the Michigan Tech Archives

Taking a break from catching wild Pokémon in the stacks, the staff of the Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections invites players to "Pokémon Go Back in Time" from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. today. 

The Michigan Tech Archives will set up a refreshment table on the John Rovano Plaza, the garden patio adjacent to the Van Pelt and Opie Library. We will set some lures at nearby Poké stops to attract as many Pokémon as possible. 

For additional information see the original Tech Today story