New State Historical Marker for Douglass Houghton

A State of Michigan Historical Marker honoring Douglass Houghton was dedicated Saturday, Sept. 10 in a morning ceremony led by the Keweenaw County Historical Society in Eagle River. Among the approximately 70 attendees were several descendants of Douglass Houghton. The marker was proposed by the Michigan Basin Geological Society centered in Lansing. Ted Bornhorst, executive director of the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, and Larry Molloy, president of the Keweenaw County Historical Society, led a geological and historical field trip for the Michigan Basin Geological Society all day Friday and Saturday afternoon to the Keweenaw Peninsula for a group of 30 geologists and guests. As part the guided field trip, the group visited the museum on Friday evening where a life sized oil painting of Douglass Houghton is on exhibit. The painting was done in the 1870's by Bradish and a duplicate was purchased by the Michigan House of Representatives in 1879. Mineral specimens collected by Douglass Houghton are on exhibit at the museum. These specimens are part of the University of Michigan mineral collection co-owned by the museum under the Michigan Mineral Alliance.

Douglass Houghton was Michigan's first state geologist and his report to the Michigan legislature in 1841 led to the first mining rush (1843-1844) in North America to the Keweenaw Peninsula in search of riches from mining copper. Houghton was born in Troy, New York on Sept. 21, 1809 and graduated with a BA degree from Rensselaer Scientific School (now Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) in 1829. He moved to the Michigan Territory in 1830 to give public lectures on natural history in Detroit. He became the surgeon and botanist for Henry Rowe's expedition to discover the source of the Mississippi River. He practiced medicine from 1832 to 1836 in Detroit.

Michigan became a state in 1837 and soon after Houghton became the first state geologist with the principal task of leading the Geological Survey of Michigan. He was a nationally-recognized modern professional geologist and was a founding member of what is today the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Houghton was mayor of Detroit from 1843 to 1844 and was being nominated for Governor at the time of his early demise. On Oct. 13, 1845, Houghton, at the age of 36, and two men drowned in a Lake Superior storm near Eagle River. Houghton County, the City of Houghton, Michigan Tech's Douglass Houghton Hall, Houghton Lake (the largest inland lake in Michigan) and others are named after Douglass Houghton.

Parade of Nations Live Blog

Can't make it to the Parade of Nations Saturday? Allow us to bring the colors, tastes, smells and sounds of #theparadeofnations to you, wherever you are, with our live blog.

Chinese Food at Friday's Khana Khazana

This week at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli, we are featuring a menu from China.

The menu features:

  • Enoki Mushrooms with Leek
  • Spicy Salad
  • Big Set Chicken (Stir fry chicken with Chinese bean sauces)

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

Special Lecture and Reception by Artist Lali Khalid

"Being Between," a special lecture by artist Lali Khalid, will be held at 3 p.m. Friday (Sept. 16) in M&M U115. A reception will follow from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Rozsa Gallery, A-Space. All are welcome.

Khalid, a Pakistani-American artist, holds degrees from National College of Fine Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. "Being Between" is the first exhibit of the Rozsa Galleries new "Independent Artist Series."

Her photographs of identity, displacement and home, are on display in Rozsa Gallery, A-Space, through Thursday, Sept. 22.

Gallery hours:
8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday — Friday
1 p.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday

CTL and KIP Host Luncheon and Workshops

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning and the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology are the sponsors of a luncheon and workshops with Stephen DiCarlo, professor in the school of medicine at Wayne State University. He will present his education-based research on "How Students Learn."  
DiCarlo's work focuses on shifting information distribution from a teacher-centered to a learner-centered based approach so that students become "active learners." He has received numerous awards for his teaching including the Claude Bernard Distinguished Lecturer award from the American Physiological Society.
While on campus, DiCarlo will deliver three events. Join us and explore these innovative teaching methods.
CTL GUEST SPEAKER LUNCHEON —Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept.  29. "A Pretty Model is, in Itself, More Engaging and Inspiring than Copious Content Extracted from our Minds."  Teachers often overrate the importance of their content and underrate their influence. However, students forget much of the content that they memorize. During this luncheon session, we will discuss the background and use of three strategies that will inspire, engage and motivate our students. Lunch will be provided to those who register by Monday, Sept. 26.
CTL PEDAGOGY WORKSHOP—2 to 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. "Shock and Awe Pedagogy: 'Building' Bonds and Brains" The success of shock and awe pedagogy may be attributable, in part, to a powerful emotional connection.  When we experience emotion in our lives, we tend to remember the experience. During this workshop, we will discuss strategies for a more memorable pedagogical experience. Refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, Sept. 26.
KIP DEPARTMENT SEMINAR—3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, ATDC 101. "Too Much Content, Not Enough Thinking, and Too Little Fun" Too often, content driven curriculum leaves little time for thinking about the information. Yet, active processing of information, not just passive reception of that information, leads to learning. We understand the information we think about because understanding is the residue of thinking. In this seminar, we will discuss strategies to create a love of learning. By making learning fun, our students will be impatient to run home, study and contemplate—to really learn. No registration is required for this seminar.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Today

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar speaker is at 4 p.m. today (Sept. 15) in EERC 103.

Ruey-Hung Chen will present "Effects of Insoluble Nano-Particles on Nanofluid Droplet Evaporation."

Chen is the Robert G. Myers professor and head of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at New Mexico State University.

His research interests include combustion, heat and mass transfer, and compressible flow. Chen received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and his BS in Aeronautical Engineering from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan.

To Stress or Not To Stress: A Stress Management Workshop

Are you feeling overwhelmed with classes, Career Fair or life on campus? If so, come to our "To Stress Or Not To Stress" workshop. This stress management workshop will discuss common stressors among college students, healthy ways to deal with stress and campus resources you can use to your advantage.

This workshop is from 6 to 6:30 p.m. 
Thursday, Sept. 22 in Walker 107 (Multiliteracies Center).


Vigil for Eric Celerin Tonight

The Techline student callers will hold a candlelight vigil in memory of student Eric Celerin who passed away recently. Everyone is invited to join at 8 p.m. today (Sept. 15) at the Husky statue.

The group will walk to the Alumni House, one of the places Eric worked. There, a short service will be held.

Everyone is invited to join and stand together, remember and honor a student and friend that we lost last week.


Campus Communicators Meet Today

Writers, marketers, social media managers and web liaisons are invited to Campus Communicators from 10 to 11 a.m. today (Sept. 15) in Memorial Union Ballroom A1. Learn and ask questions about our new brand and social media guides from Art Director Jackie Johnson, Brand Manager Shannon Rinkinen and Director of Marketing and Communications Ian Repp. Also meet new Science/Publications Writer Stefanie Sidortsova.


CareerFEST Continues with Energy Day Tomorrow

Energy Day begins at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Sept. 16). Students will learn about the diverse aspects of the energy industry, including oil and gas, electric and alternative energies. Company reps will be there to tell you about their industry, company and job opportunities. Activities take place at the Campus Mall and CareerFEST Tent.


Film Board Presents "Warcraft"

This weekend, Film Board Presents "Warcraft."

Tomorrow, Sep. 16—5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sep. 17—2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sep. 18—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each.

"Warcraft" is rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy violence.


C-Cubed Week 3 

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet.

Korean Bulgogi Taco Bar
Beef Bulgogi (GF)
Korean Spicy Cucumber Salad (VGF)
Pink Radish Pickles (VGF)
Shredded Romaine
Kimchee Soup (VGF)

Mexican Street Tacos
Chicken Tacos with Chipotle Crema (GF)
Swiss Chard-Corn Tacos (VGF)
Shredded Cabbage
Sliced Avocado
Queso Fresco
Lime Wedges

Send any suggestions to Brenda Randell or fill out a feed-back form online.


University Portrait Session Next Wednesday

The University portrait session for fall semester will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 21 on the ground floor of the Administration Building room G35.


Staff Council Invites New Members

Staff Council invites and welcomes new members to its annual organizational meeting noon Today (Sept. 15) in the MUB Ballroom B3. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

For more information on Staff Council, see Tech Today post.


ICC Distinguished Lecturer Series

The ICC will host Keith Marzullo from 1 to 2 p.m. today in the R.L. Smith building room 406. He will present a lecture entitled "The Center of the Big Bang."

There will also be a Meet and Greet from 4 to 5 p.m. in Rekhi 214 where you can take part in a discussion with Marzullo, ask questions or seek advice. Refreshments will be served.

In the News

Crain's Detroit Business published a news article about Michigan Tech being chosen as a regional EPA finance center. Michigan Radio aired an interview on the same topic with Tim Colling, director of the new center, and WBUP TV 10 did a story about the center.


The Washington Post published an article on why Samsung Note 7 batteries are exploding, quoting Michigan Tech Professor Stephen Hackney (MSE). The story also appeared in the Chicago Tribune.

On the Road

Don Lafreniere (SS) and John Arnold (SS), along with two Copper Country high school students, recently presented a paper at the 22nd Annual Michigan Communities GIS conference held in Boyne Falls, Michigan Sept. 6-8. The presentation highlighted the work of eleven local high school students who partnered with Michigan Tech's Historical Environments Spatial Analytics Lab and the Keweenaw National Historical Park in their work building GIS datasets, webmap-based National Park visitor guides and learning mobile GIS data collection and analysis in conjunction with the Keweenaw Time Traveler project.