CPCO to Host Blizzard Bowl Saturday

Quiz Bowl teams from six Upper Peninsula high schools will face each other at Michigan Tech Saturday during the Fall Blizzard Bowl quiz bowl tournament. 

Following the success of last spring's inaugural Blizzard Bowl, the fall version is again sponsored by the Center for Pre-College Outreach (CPCO), the Michigan Tech Quiz Bowl Club and Michigan Tech Admissions. 

Participating teams include Houghton, Calumet, L'Anse, Baraga, Republic-Michigamme and L.L. Wright (Ironwood) high schools. 

Quiz bowl is a fast-paced trivia contest with games consisting of two, four-person teams, facing each other. Questions will challenge team's knowledge of history, literature, science, math, pop culture and geography. To succeed, contestants must have a wide array of facts at the ready, during the competition. 

The CPCO received a grant from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium to fund a series of quiz bowl tournaments during the 2016-17 school year. 

Rose Martell, author of the grant, says "I wanted to encourage the students who compete in the itellectural arena with recognition for their efforts and their intellectual abilities."

Martell says providing these students with tournaments like this gives them more opportunities to compete which encourages growth. 

In addition to fun, friendly competition, the Fall Blizzard Bowl results could be used as qualifiers for national-level tournaments next year. 

The tournament runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in various rooms in the Chem Sci building. From 12:30 to 1 p.m. the awards ceremony, featuring Tech mascot Blizzard T. Husky, will take place in Chem. Sci. Room 101.

Today is #AskAnArchivist Day

October is American Archives Month and today is #AskAnArchivist Day. The Michigan Tech Archives is joining archives all over the country on social media to discuss the profession and the importance of preserving historical records.

Join the archives for #AskAnArchivist Day by asking questions through social media all day today. Feel free to ask our archivists anything about regional collections or the archives profession. To join the conversation simply leave a comment on the Michigan Tech Archives Facebook page or tweet @mtuarchives on Twitter with the hashtag.

Tech Talk—Developing Your LinkedIn Strategy

Discover tips and tricks for increasing your career connections and broadening your professional network from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. today (Oct. 5) in the Administration Building Room 220.

Film Board Presents "Star Trek Beyond"

This Weekend, Film Board presents "Star Trek Beyond."

Friday, Oct. 7—5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 8 —5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

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

Star Trek Beyond is Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence.

Lifeguard Training Course

Earn your American Red Cross certification in a seven-day training course held at the SDC Pool Oct. 17 through Nov. 9. Certification includes Lifeguard and CPR certification and all training materials.

Participants must be 15 years of age or older by Oct. 17, be able to swim 300 yards without stopping and tread water with legs only for two minutes. For more information or to register, call Recreation at 7-2975 or visit Lifeguard Training. Registration closes Oct. 10.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker will be at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 6) in EERC 103.

Abhishek Manekar will present "A Glimpse into Professional Life after Graduation."

Manekar is a technical specialist at Cummins Power Systems. He is leading the integration of various sub-systems for a wide range of diesel and gas-powered products for global non-road applications. He earned his master's degree from Michigan Tech '10, where he focused on cold start emission with high ethanol gasoline. 

In his talk, Manekar will share his experiences as he transitioned from graduate school to his career at Cummins. He will also discuss some helpful tips that graduate students can practice to help with adapting to new jobs and roles in the future. He will also convey a few interview tricks. 

Students on the Autism Spectrum: Traits and Teaching Tactics Luncheon Workshop

In this collaborative CTL and Student Disabilities Services event, participants will first explore traits typical of students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and why such students might be more common at Michigan Tech.
We'll then explore instructional strategies that best serve the needs of these learners. Staff from Michigan Rehabilitation Services will join the luncheon to offer a broader perspective related to both education and employment. 
Join us at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 18, for this luncheon workshop.  Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday, Oct. 14.   

Life Science and Technology Research Forum

The Michigan Tech community is invited to the second annual Life Science and Technology Institute (LSTI) Research Forum to be held tomorrow (Oct. 6). Posters can be viewed between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom A1. Student Awards will be presented at 4 p.m. 

Posters can also be viewed from 1 to 5 p.m. today (Oct. 5).

For more information, contact Laura Mattel.

Distinguished Ecologist Seminar

Distinguished ecologist Scott Saleska, University of Arizona, will present "Scaling Leaf Processes to Landscapes, from Tropical to Temperate Forests" at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 6) in SFRES Noblet Building G002.

Saleska will address two questions: "How do we partition measured net carbon fluxes from forests into photosynthesis and respiration, the biological processes that matter for prediction?" "What is the seasonality of photosynthesis in evergreen tropical forests?"

To meet with Saleska during his visit tomorrow through Friday, contact Molly Cavaleri.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Gunnar Lucko associate professor, department of civil engineering, Catholic University of America, Washington DC will present "Rethinking Network Scheduling: Protecting the Critical Path Against Delays" from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 6) in Dow 642. This event is open to the public.

Construction network scheduling has traditionally been built upon assumptions of discrete activities, which by virtue of their duration and relations are categorized either as critical or as having float. Such a distinction appears artificial and counter-intuitive, because it does not reflect the actual risk of each activity that depends on its particular nature. Therefore, inspiration is gleaned from other scientific areas, including decision-making, on how the overall project schedule could best be protected against delays, which unfortunately are prevalent in the construction industry.

First, project float is identified as a candidate to allocate to the critical path. Next, the question of allocating days of float to activities is addressed in a conceptual analogy to allocating seats of political power to parties. A risk measure serves to determine individual quotas.

Surprisingly, it has been shown that either equal nor proportional shares lead to the fairest solution, but the optimum solution finds the middle between them. Different versions of apportionment are tested and compared. Overall, this approach has potential to protect all project activities—not just the ones who already have float—in the most fair and equitable manner. The support by the National Science Foundation is gratefully acknowledged.

Former Deputy Oceanographer of the Navy to Speak

Robert S. Winokur, former deputy oceanographer of the Navy and assistant administrator, National Environmental Satellite Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will speak at Michigan Tech.

Winokur's talk "The Ocean, the Navy and Challenging Career and Technical Opportunities" will be held at 5 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 6) in GLRC 202.

His talk is hosted by the SENSE Enterprise, the Department of Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics and the Great Lakes Research System.

For more about Winokur's presentation visit the GLRC blog site.

Information Session on BS in Management and Concentrations

Consider attending the information session on the bachelor of science degree in management and concentrations in entrepreneurship and supply chain and operations management

"Our courses provide hands-on learning with real-life applications. You will have the opportunity to work with companies before you graduate," said Dana Johnson, professor of supply chain and engineering management

Jonshon says it's a great degree for those who have an interest in working with people and other business disciplines as students can learn more about management concentrations in entrepreneurship and supply chain and operations management and the management degree program.

"At this session you can learn about career opportunities," Johnson said. 

This session will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 in Academic Offices Building Room 101. 

Contact Dana Johnson or Jodie Filpus-Paakola with questions. Pizza and pop will be provided.


Break to Educate with Sponsored Programs

This discussion will include information about cost share, with an open dialogue to follow. It will take place at 10:30 a.m. today (Oct. 5) in Wadsworth Hall's Cherry Room. Note the change of venue, it will no longer be hosted in the library because of the students returning.


Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

Sharon Long, University of Wisconsin-Madison, department of soil science and Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, will present "Communicating About Groundwater Quality to the Public: The Myth of Vadose Zone Filtration Protecting Groundwater from Microbial Contaminants" from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Oct. 5) in M&M room U113.

To read the abstract, go to the environmental engineering webpage.


Information Session on BS in Engineering Management

Consider attending the information session on the bachelor of science degree in engineering management. This is one of the crazy, hot majors at Michigan Tech. The session is at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 5) in Academic Offices Building room 101.


Derek Thompson, Sr. Editor of The Atlantic, to Speak at the Rozsa

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts presents Derek Thompson, who will discuss educational, economic and political topics in his lecture "What Will Election 2016 Mean to Your Future" at 7:30 p.m. today (Oct. 5).

Fore more information, see previous Tech Today article 


Castro's Daughter to Visit Tech

Alina Fernandez, the daughter of Fidel Castro, will share her first-person account of growing up in Cuba and the changes facing that country. Her talk is scheduled for 6 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 6) in the Memorial Union Ballroom B.

Her visit is part of Hispanic Heritage Month and the Social Justice Lecture Series. Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! For more information visit our Facebook page.


ECE Seminar

The next in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's Seminar Series for Fall 2016 will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday (Oct. 7) in Dow 641.

Jie Gu will present "System and Circuit-level Innovation for pushing the Energy Limit of Lutra-low Power CMOS Design." See the original Tech Today story.


Richelle Winkler to Present at Michigan Tech Research Forum

Winkler is an associate professor of sociology and demography in the department of social sciences. She will discuss "Making Research Matter: Democratizing Science and other Lofty Goals" Thursday, Oct. 13 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. The session will begin at 4 p.m. with ample time for discussions over snacks and refreshments.

For more information, see Tech Today post.


Senate to Meet Today

Meeting #582 of the University Senate will take place at 5:30 p.m. today in Dow 642. Read the Agenda here. Read the minutes of meeting #581.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. 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.

Assistant/Associate Professor in  Ecohydrology, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Apply online.

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

In the News

A Detroit Free Press article about student loan default rates listed Michigan Tech as the second lowest among public universities in Michigan. Tech's student loan default rate has dropped from 3.8 percent in 2012 to 2 percent in 2013, the most recent year for which federal statistics are available.

New Funding

Raymond Shaw (Physics/EPSSI) is the principal investigator on a research and development project that has received a $150,931 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
Will Cantrell (Physics) and Claudio Mazzoleni (Physics) are Co-PIs on the project, "An Investigation of the Suitability of a Laboratory Cloud Chamber for Optical Radiative Transfer Measurements."
This is the first year of a two-year project potentially totaling $316,374.
Timothy Colling (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $69,606 contract from the Michigan Department of Transportation.
John Kiefer (CEE) is the Co-PI on the project titled "2017 Transportation Asset Management Council Technical Assistance Activities."
This is a one-year project.
Victor Busov (SFRES/LSTI) is the PI on a research and development project that has received a $498,259 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The project's title is "Utility of STERILE APETALA (SAP) for Development of a Sterility Transgenic Containment Technology in Poplar."
This is the first year of a three-year project.