There's More to Zika Than Just a Mosquito Bite

While searching for targets that could be used to generate antibodies against the Zika virus, biologists from Michigan Tech set out to bring together all the available information about new Zika research. 
 
Their review paper, published in BioMed Central's Journal of Virology last week, provides a comprehensive overview of the virus, its history, the multiple modes of transmission and connections to miscarriage risks and how dengue virus infection may exacerbate a Zika infection. 
 
The Key point is that complex biological interactions of Zika in infected cells and hosts can complicate vaccine and drug development. Read the full story.

Jeremy Bos Awarded Young Investigator Research Program Grant

Jeremy Bos (ECE) has been awarded a Young Investigator Research Program grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).

Bos will receive a three-year YIP grant for his research in Imaging Theory and Mitigation in Extreme Turbulence-Induced Anisoplanatism.

The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received PhD or equivalent degrees in the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.

The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators and increase opportunities to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Mid-terms are here. It is Week Seven here at Michigan Tech and we couldn't be more excited for our Huskies. Homecoming was great and now it is time to buckle down before the snow flies. With everything going on right now, it is very easy to lose track of everything that you have to do. Keep track with Lean.

If you haven't yet found an organizational style that works for you, Lean offers a lot of tips, tricks and tools to get your life in order. From studying to scheduling, you'll never be lost with the help of a kanban or standard work.

Check out a few books from our Lean library or if you don't want to study anymore (we can't blame you), stop by or e-mail us with any questions.

To learn more about Lean and continuous improvement, check out the Office of Continuous Improvement webpage or contact us at 7-3180 or improvement@mtu.edu.

Knitting Can Create Mindful Space in Stressful Times

WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness recently hosted a "Knitting for Wellness" Lunch and Learn. The presentation was given by Silke Feltz, a knitting enthusiast and Humanities PhD student.

Feltz talked about Knitting at Michigan Tech, StreetKnits (an international knitting charity), how knitting can be beneficial to your mental health and provided resources for other knitters. Studies have shown that regular knitting and similar needle work activities produce benefits for knitters, including creating mindfulness, lowering blood pressure and heart rate, helping quit a bad habit, improving cognitive function and increasing happiness. Silke loved sharing her passion with others and said that doing the presentation "was like a spa treatment for [her] soul."

If you would like to learn more about StreetKnits or donate needles, yarn or knitwear, check out their Facebook page or e-mail streetknits2013@gmail.com. If you have questions for Feltz, e-mail her at shfeltz@mtu.edu.

Men's Health Tune-up Offered

The Men's Health Tune-up, sponsored by UP Health System-Portage, is from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow (Oct. 15) at the Hancock High School. Take time out of your busy lives to focus on you and your health with this great event.

The $25 cost includes breakfast, informative sessions geared toward men (topics include healthy lifestyle choices, stretching for pain relief, normal aging, financial health, arthritis, preventative care and happiness) and health screenings (cholesterol panel—total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides; blood glucose and blood pressure).

Opening keynote speaker is Kerri Mayra, counseling services, presenting on the latest research regarding happiness and how to incorporate more into your everyday life.

See all details and register here.

Moroccan Food at Khana Khazana

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

The menu features:

  • Preserve  Lemon and Tomato Salad with Capers
  • Kefta Kebab
  • Chickpea and Couscous Salad

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

University Senate to Meet Wednesday

The next meeting (#583) of the University Senate is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 19) in Dow 642.

Read the agenda for meeting #583 here. Read the minutes of meeting #582 here.

Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting. Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternates to attend in their place.

Football Begins Second Half of Season on the Road

The Michigan Tech Football Huskies begin the second half of the 2016 campaign on the road in Tiffin Ohio Saturday taking on the Dragons of Tiffin University.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday from Frost-Kalnow Stadium. Locally, the game will be broadcast on 93.5 FM. There is also a video webcast and audio webcast. Live stats are also available.

Michigan Tech is ranked 17th in NCAA Division II in pass completion percentage (66.7%) and is second in the GLIAC in the same category. Quarterback Brandon Cowie is second in the GLIAC in completion percentage  (64.7%) and is 25th in all of Divsion II. 

Read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech sports on michigantechhuskies.com.

Hockey Huskies Home Opener Tonight

Michigan Tech opens the home portion of its schedule with a WCHA series against Alabama Huntsville tonight and tomorrow. It will be the first of two meetings between the Chargers and Huskies, as Tech makes the trek to Alabama at the end of January.

Last season, the Huskies swept UAH in Huntsville. Michigan Tech is 10-0-0 all-time against Alabama Huntsville. The Huskies have won all six meetings at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena, 

WELCOME BACK JOHN SCOTT

Michigan Tech welcomes back NHL All-Star MVP John Scott tonight. John and his family will drop the puck to begin the game and he will also sign posters for fans during the first intermission. The first 1,000 fans to Saturday night's game get a free MacNaughton Cup T-shirt. Scott played 126 games in a Michigan Tech sweater from 2002-06, scoring seven goals and adding 12 assists. He played for the NHL's Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks, Arizone Coyotes and Montreal Canadiens.

Read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech sports on michigantechhuskies.com.

Soccer Looks to Extend Win Streak on Road

The Michigan Tech soccer team will head south to Ohio this weekend for the final road trip of the regular season. The Huskies have won two straight games and are 5-0 outside of Sherman field in 2016.

Michigan Tech is 8-2-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference going into this weekend's conference matches. The Huskies are in a tie for second place in the GLIAC standings with Ashland who is also 4-1-1. Grand Valley State is leading the conference with a 6-0-0 record.

For the full story and more about Husky Athletics visit michigantechhuskies.com.

Coffee Chat: The Other Half of Evaluating Teaching

Senate policy indicates that "no more than 50 percent" of the evaluation of teaching used for tenure/promotion and raises should come from end-of-term student ratings of instruction.
 
In this Coffee Chat, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, we'll discuss how "the other half" is currently accomplished in various departments and suggest some alternatives for future departmental consideration. (The Provost, deans and chairs have already seen these, and agree that it's best for each department to decide whether and how to have this discussion.) 
 
The Provost's goal is to consider ways to move the focus from "judgment" to continuous improvement. Join us as we kick off these conversations. All instructors are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, Oct. 24.

Geoseminar: Laurel Woodruff, USGS

Laurel Woodruff, USGS, will present "Soil Geochemistry and Mineralogy for the Conterminous United States" from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday (Oct 18.) in Dow 610.

The U.S. Geological Survey recently completed a low-density (one site per 1,600 square kilometers, 4,857 sites) geochemical and mineralogical survey of soils of the conterminous United States. Three soil samples were collected, if possible, from about 4,850 sites:

  • A sample from a depth of zero to five centimeters
  • A composite of the soil A horizon
  • A deeper sample from the soil B or C horizon at an approximate depth of 80 to 100 centimeters. 

Library Offers Copyright for Instructors Lightening Workshop

Need to share a journal article with your class? What about a YouTube video? What is "Educational Fair Use?" Join us as we explore the need-to-know issues surrounding copyright and instruction. This 25-minute "lightening" workshop will cover best practices concerning copyright, licensing and fair use as well as the services the library provides to assist you with your instructional needs - with time to spare.

Register to join us at 12:05 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 20) in Library Room 242. Questions? Contact library@mtu.edu.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

Patricia Spellman, PhD candidate, civil engineering, will present "Going to Extremes: Linking Surface and Groundwater Exchange to Alterations in Flood Risk" at 3 p.m. Monday (Oct. 17) in GLRC Room 202.

This work considers a karst watershed in northern Florida where significant flood-water losses are known to occur. Discussed in the seminar will be the quantification of both the magnitude of flood-water losses and the impact this process has on traditional flood risk modeling as well as future work in this area.

The public is welcome.

Reminders

Week of Wellness Registration Open

The Week of Wellness 2016 Events are now open for registration. All events are open to Michigan Tech students, faculty and staff.  More information and options to RSVP for events is available online.

Read the original Tech Today Story.

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Biological Sciences Seminar/Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series

Brenda M. Pracheil, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will present "New Tools to Answer Old Questions about Sturgeon and Paddlefish" at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 14) in Dow 642. 

Read the abstract here.

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Film Board Presents "The Secret Life of Pets"

This Weekend, Film Board presents "The Secret Life of Pets."

Today, Oct. 14—5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, Oct. 15—2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 16—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135, tickets are $3 each. Concessions are just $1 with 50 percent donated to the Copper County Humane Society.

"The Secret Life of Pets" is Rated PG for action and some rude humor.

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C-Cubed Week 7

C-Cubed lunches are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 

Today
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.

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Cyber Law: Maximizing Safety and Minimizing Risk in Classrooms

Aimee Bissonette will present "Cyber Law: Maximizing Safety and Minimizing Risk in Classrooms" from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 20) in the MUB Alumni Lounge. If you are interested in attending this event, contact Rachelle Gariepy by today (Oct. 14).

For more information on Bissonette's talk, see previous Tech Today story.

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SFRES Forum

The next SFRES forum will take place at 3 p.m. today (Oct. 14) in Forestry G002. Today's speaker is Richard Aho, of EWS, LLC. A social will follow from 4 to 5 p.m. in the atrium.

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Call for Proposals: Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund (C2E2)

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund proposals (C2E2).

The program provides funds to purchase equipment that will have a broad, campus-wide impact and will improve the lives of faculty, staff and students.

For more information, see Tech Today post.

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Cupcake Day is Tuesday
 
Tuesday, Oct. 18 is national cupcake day. The campus bakery is offering four assorted hand-crafted decorated cupcakes for $3.50. Order yours today at bake@mtu.edu.
 
These fresh-baked goodies can be ordered now through noon Monday, Oct. 17.
 
Your cupcakes can be picked up and paid for from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 in the Memorial Union food court.

On the Road

Mary Durfee (SS), participated in the Polar Law Symposium and Arctic Circle held in Akureyri and Reykjavik, Iceland, October 5-9, 2016.  She gave a paper, “Free Trade: The Expected Impacts of TTIP and CETA on the Arctic” and chaired a panel devoted to Sovereignty and Its Contestation at the Poles.

A Metacognitive Moment

One of the simplest and most powerful metacognitive techniques I’ve found in my own teaching is to normalize confusion for students. In this week’s Faculty Focus Blog, Maryellen Weimer asks whether we are afraid to let students make mistakes. In my experience, even if we’re willing, our students have been conditioned to be terribly uncomfortable with being wrong.

Research in science teaching has shown that student misconceptions must be directly addressed to be corrected. This requires that we build classroom and homework systems that reward attempts as learning opportunities and give rapid feedback so that students can confront and correct misconceptions. We need to give our students “cheap” opportunities for mistakes, and make it common and normal to make and learn from them.

My sense is that students are most comfortable solving problems for which they know the method. Normalizing confusion can also mean encouraging students to do something even when they’re not sure where to start. As an analogy, students are used to seeing a path all the way through the woods to a solution. When that path is not immediately evident, they need to learn to “constructively wander” until that path appears. But they’ll never find the other side of the woods if they’re paralyzed by the fear of being wrong.

Like us, our students like to “be right”. Sharing our own struggles can also help them see that embracing the uncertainty of confusion is often necessary for learning. If you’re looking for other instructional strategies (and don’t want to wait for next week), stop into or contact the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.  

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, October 14, 2016

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.

Food Service Helper, Dining Services. AFSCME Internal Posting 10/14/16 - 10/20/16. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

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