Michigan Tech Board of Trustees Meets Friday

Michigan Tech's Board of Trustees will hold its regular meeting at 9 a.m. Friday (Oct. 14) in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

The agenda includes awarding the Melvin Calvin Medal of Distinction and the Board of Trustees Silver Medal. An honorary doctorate will also be recommended for Keith Creagh, a Tech alumnus and director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Three employees will be recognized for 36, 37 and 39 years of service. 

The Board will consider a five-year state capital outlay plan and fiscal year 2018 capital project request.  The plan and project request are required to be submitted to the State of Michigan this fall.

Hayden Named President of the Michigan Universities Self-Insurance Corporation

Janet Hayden, executive director of risk management and compliance, has been named president of the Michigan Universities Self-Insurance Corporation (MUSIC). Formed in 1987, MUSIC is a consortia of 11 of Michigan's public universities under the auspices of the Michigan Association of State Universities.

MUSIC's mission is to bring affordable, consistent and effective risk financing, loss control and claims management to Michigan's public universities. 

As a result of the universities collaborative efforts, MUSIC is able to provide coverage that is broader and sometimes not even available in the commercial insurance marketplace, and has been able to achieve additional savings by purchasing ancillary insurance coverages on a group basis.

Through its effective management of claims and loss control emphasis, MUSIC has been able to return dollars to the member universities via dividends. Since its inception, dividends of more than $45 million have been returned to the member institutions including more than $3 million to Michigan Tech.

2016 Lake Superior Water Festival

More than 1,000 students in grades 4-8 in 34 classes from 13 schools in Houghton, Baraga, Gogebic and Ontonagon counties will flood Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 12) for the 5th Annual Lake Superior Water Festival "October will be a Splash!"

Students from the following schools will participate: Baraga Middle School, CLK Elementary, Chassell Elementary, Elm River School, Hancock Middle School, Jeffers Middle School, L’Anse Middle School, Lake Linden-Hubbell Middle School, L.L. Wright Middle School (Ironwood), Sacred Heart School, South Range Elementary and Washington Middle School (Calumet). 

More than 30 different sessions will be offered throughout the day, presented by Michigan Tech scientists, staff and students, with help from Keweenaw Land Trust, Keweenaw National Historical Park, U.S. Coast Guard, SOAR students from Dollar Bay High School, Ottawa National Forest, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and NECi Superior Enzymes. Presenters come from the following departments at Michigan Tech: CEE, SFRES, GMES, ME-EM, Bio Sci, Chem, Physics, Sustainable Future Institute and VPA.

The Water Festival provides an opportunity for students to learn about and celebrate our most precious natural resource—the Great Lakes. A wide variety of topics from science and engineering to history and music will be presented. Students attend four 35-minute activities. Some of the topics include: Remotely-Operated-Vehicles, Isle Royale Wolves and Moose, Leave No Trace Outdoors, cleaning wastewater and touring the U.S. Coast Guard vessel.

The 2016 Water Festival is made possible with funding from Michigan STEM Partnership, Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society and the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. The Festival is coordinated by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative and hosted by Michigan Tech's Great Lake Research Center.

Schedules and descriptions of each session will be available in the GLRC lobby upon arrival.

For more information, contact Joan Chadde or Lloyd Wescoat at 7-3341.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Graduate Seminar Speaker Series is at 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 13) in EERC 103. Keunhan Park of the University of Utah will present, "Recent Progresses in Near-field Thermal Radiation for Energy Rycycling Applications."

Park is is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah. His research interests are micro/nanoscale energy transport and its engineering applications, focusing on; tip-based nanoengineering for imaging and analysis of nanoscale photonic, electronic, and thermal energy interactions; near-field based energy recycling technologies; and nanoscale manufacturing. 

Salsa Dancing with Nosotros

Join Nosotros for a fun event and learn how to dance to Latin music on Saturday, Oct. 22 in MUB Ballroom A. Free Salsa lessons will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. with an open floor from 9 to 11 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. No partner is needed. 

Contact kxfena@mtu.edu with questions. 

C-Cubed Week 7

Join the C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) University lunches. They are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the school year in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit 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.

Sicilian Spaghetti Alla Norma (GF, V)
Creamy Penne Pasta with Shrimp and Fresh Herbs (GF)
Arugula Salad with Blueberries (V, GF)

Israeli Marinated Chicken Skewers (GF)
Pearl Couscous Salad (V)
Roasted Cauliflower Hummus (V, GF)
Pita (V)

Send any suggestions to Christina Fabian or fill out a feed-back form online.

MVP John Scott Returns

NHL All-Star MVP John Scott returns to his alma mater this weekend as the Huskies open the home portion of their 2016-17 season. The Huskies host John Scott Night in their home-opener against Alabama Huntsville Friday.

The Michigan Tech Blue Line Club will host the first of its luncheons for the 2016-17 season at noon Friday (Oct. 14) in the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. 

Coach Mel Pearson will talk about the upcoming season and will invite Scott to speak. He will also be available for interaction with fans afterwards.

Cost is $10 per person with lasagna, caesar salad and garlic bread on the menu. The event is open to all.

Email blueline@mtu.edu to reserve your seat. All reservations must be in by noon on Wednesday (Oct. 12).


Physics Colloquium Thursday

The next Physics Colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 13) in Fisher Hall 139. Natalia M. Litchinitser will present "Light-Matter Interactions in Engineered Optical Media."

Litchinitser will discuss fundamental optical phenomena at the interface of singular and nonlinear optics in engineered optical media and show that the unique optical properties of optical nanostructures open unlimited prospects to “engineer” light itself. 

Litchinitser is professor of electrical engineering at University of Buffalo, The State University of New York. She is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a Senior Member of the IEEE.


Geoseminar: Jeffrey Lynott

Jeffrey Lynott will present "Mineral Exploration and Ore Deposits for the Great Lakes Region" at the next Geoseminar from  4 to 5 p.m. today (Oct. 11) in Dow 610.


Michigan Tech Archives and HKCGS to Present Family Papers Workshop

The Houghton-Keweenaw County Genealogical Society is teaming up with the Michigan Tech Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections to present a home archiving workshop at 6 p.m. today (Oct. 11) at the Portage Lake District Library.


Husky Talks: Following Up with Companies After the Career Fair

Haven't heard back yet from companies after the career fair?
Learn how best to follow up: what's the right time, as well as just what to say.

  • 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. today (Oct. 11)— click here.
  • 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. tomorrow (Oct.12)—click here.


Writing Exceptional Letters of Recommendation

Bruce Seely, dean of the college of sciences and arts, will present to faculty on writing exceptional letters of recommendation for students from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 12) in the Pat Nelson Graduate Conference Center (Administration Building Room 404). Feel free to bring your lunch.


IPS Professional Development Abroad Lunch 'n Learn

International Programs and Services announces an opportunity for academic advisors and Student Affairs and Advancement staff to experience study abroad during summer 2017. 

To learn more about this opportunity, attend the Lunch 'n Learn from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 12) in MUB Ballroom B. 

RSVP your attendance via the Google form.


Information Session on BS in Management and Concentrations

There will be an information session on the bachelor of science degree in management and concentrations in entrepreneurship and supply chain and operations management at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 12) in Academic Offices Building Room 101. 

To learn more about the BS in management and concentrations, see previous Tech Today article.


Accelerated Tech MBA Info Session

Learn about the Accelerated Tech MBA Program at the info session at 5 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 12) in the Academic Offices Building Room 101. Pizza and soda will be provided.

New Funding

Mark Rudnicki (SFRES) is the principal investigator on a project, "Michigan Wood Innovation Action Team," that has received a  $57,500 contract from Renewable Resource Solutions.
This is a three-year project.

In Print

Stuart Hall, one of the most prominent and influential scholars of cultural studies internationally, delivered eight foundational lectures on the theoretical history of cultural studies at the University of Illinois in 1983. After his death in 1914, Hall's widow authorized publication of those lectures, which were recorded by Jennifer Daryl Slack (HU).

Slack, along with Lawrence Grossberg from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, transcribed, edited and wrote an introduction to these lectures. The lectures have been published by Duke University Press under the title "Cultural Studies 1983: A Theoretical History."


Professor Iosif Pinelis (Math) published the paper "Convex Cones of Generalized Multiply Monotone Functions and the Dual Cones" in Banach Journal of Mathematical Analysis, Volume 10, Number 4 (2016), 864--897. The abstract is available online,


NASA Honors PhD Candidate Priscilla Addison

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has named PhD candidate Priscilla Addison (GMES) as the NASA Developer of the Term Summer 2016 for the fire susceptibility model she and her teammates developed using remote sensing to identify wildlife habitats threatened by wildfires.

On the Road

L. Syd M Johnson (HU) was in Washington DC for the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities annual meeting Oct. 6-9. She presented "Dead Wrong: Inference, Uncertainty, and Inductive Risk" in a panel session with Robert Truog (Harvard) and John Banja (Emory). She also co-chaired the meetings of the Neuroethics Affinity Group and the Animal Bioethics Affinity Group.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, October 11, 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.

Grounds person (two positions), Facilities Management. Apply online.

Director of NCAA Compliance and Student-Athlete Services, General Athletics. Apply online.

Associate or Full Professor, Endowed Chair, Chemical Engineering. Apply online.

Department Coordinator, Biological Sciences. Apply online.

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