Aquila “Murder on the Nile” at the Rozsa

Start with air raid sirens. Add WWII BBC broadcasts. Sprinkle on morse code and British actors during the time of Nazi-occupied Europe and you've got the 25th Anniversary National Tour of the acclaimed off-broadway Aquila Theatre Company, who are bringing Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Nile" to the Rozsa Center stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 27).

"Murder on the Nile," by one of the greatest mystery writers in world literature, features a masterful whodunit and Aquila’s clever signature style. Aquila's production is set in the early 1940s during World War II at the BBC Home Service studios in London. Air raid sirens were a regular occurrence in London during this time as Great Britain was on constant alert to bombings by Germany. Members of the theatre troupe have arrived and are preparing for a live radio broadcast of "Murder on the Nile," but another air raid has prevented the full cast from assembling and yet, the show must go on—somehow. 

In Agatha Christie's own staging of her famous novel, "Death on the Nile," a paddle steamer is cruising the legendary Nile River in 1940’s Egypt. The passengers aboard are abuzz when the famous heiress, Kay Ridgeway, and her penniless new husband, Simon Mostyn board the ship.

Class, money and reputation are all at stake in one way or another for the passengers and before they know it deceit, theft and murder quickly make waves on the river.

Spurned lover Jacqueline De Severac, protective uncle Canon Pennefather, a troubled German Doctor and a host of colorful and mysterious characters add to the drama and suspense of this classic Agatha Christie mystery.

Who can be trusted? Who holds the truth? Who is a suspect? Whodunit? Aquila Theatre brings its innovative touch to this deliciously dangerous murder mystery, with brilliant direction, superb acting, thrilling physicality and stunning designs. Aquila’s "Murder on the Nile" will be a classic all over again.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for youth, no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech Fee. Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the SDC Central Ticket Office or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. (Note: the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances).

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Football Huskies Continue on the Road

The Michigan Tech Football Huskies return to the road tomorrow taking on Northwood in a GLIAC matchup.

Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. from Frost-Kalnow Stadium. Locally, the game will be broadcast on 93.5 FM. 

A video Webcastaudio Webcast and live stats are available. 

The Huskies will embark on their final road trip away from the U.P. in 2016 this week when they head down state to battle Northwood. The round trip will cover 876 miles and is the shortest venture of the year with the exception of Northern Michigan (199 miles).

Michigan Tech has won six straight games in the series which began back in 1965 and is tied 21-21 going into Saturday.

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Madeline Peabody, PhD candidate in applied cognitive science and human factors, will present "The PreMortem: A Lightweight Plan Evaluation Technique" at the ACSHF forum from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday (Oct. 24) in Meese 109.

In this talk, Peabody will describe previous research, results from a field PreMortem study conducted with Michigan Tech's ROTC cadets and further experiments being conducted over the next few months.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

There will be two presentations at the Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday (Oct. 24) in GLRC Room 202.

Mohammad Alizadeh Fard (CEE) will present "Stagnation Reduction in Drinking Water Storage Tanks through Internal Piping with Water Quality Implications."

Mike Foster (CEE) will present "Effects of Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements on Water Quality in Cleveland."

Read the abstracts here. The public is welcome.

Faculty: Let EndNote and Digital Measures Work for You

Join us at the Van Pelt and Opie Library for an EndNote workshop for faculty. Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. EndNote also offers an easy way for faculty to upload citations into Digital Measures.

The session is from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 26) in Library 242. Registration is required. Click here to register.

Our instruction room has EndNote installed on Windows workstations. Attendees may bring their own laptops with a recent version of EndNote downloaded prior to the session. Visit the library’s EndNote LibGuide to download the software and get a sneak peek at what EndNote can do for you. Email with any questions.


Indian Food at Today's Khana Khazana

The menu features:

  • Butter Chicken—Chicken cooked in a mild curry sauce
  • Paneer Butter Masala—Cottage cheese chunks cooked in a rich and creamy masala base
  • Gobi 65—Starter snack of spicy fried cauliflower florets
  • Badam Kheer—Rich and creamy almond dessert

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.


C-Cubed Week 8

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

Green Chile Pasta (GF, V)
Pasta with Chorizo (GF)
Southwestern Chopped Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette (GF, V)

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


Chemistry Department Seminar 

Chae S. Yi, Wehr Professor, Marquette University, will present "Synthetic and Mechanistic Studies on the Ruthenium-Catalyzed Dehydrative C-H Coupling Reactions with Alcohols and Related Substrates" at 3 p.m. today (Oct. 21) in Chem Sci Room 101.


Computer Science Seminar

Charles Wallace (CS), Keith Atkinson, Jaclyn Barnes, Kanak Nanavati and Kelly Steelman will discuss "Breaking Barriers to Digital Literacy: An Intergenerational Social-Cognitive Approach" from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Oct. 21) in Rekhi 214. Refreshments will be served.


Vable Retirement Party Today

There will be a retirement celebration for Madhukar Vable (ME-EM) from 3 to 5 p.m. today (Oct. 21) in the Portage Room of the Bonfire Steakhouse Grill & Pub (formerly the Sheldon Grill) on the 7th floor of the Magnuson Hotel. Vable is retiring after 32 years of dedicated service to the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available.


KIP Fall Seminar

The next KIP Seminar is from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. today (Oct. 21) in Rekhi G09. John McDaniel, assistant professor at Kent State University, will present "Utilizing Passive Limb Movement and FES Cycling to Maintain Health and Improve Quality of Life in Those with Spinal Cord Injuries."


AMP-UP Report Out and Vision 2016-17

Come learn more about the Advance Matrix Process for University Programs (AMP-UP) by attending a report out from 3:30 to 5 p.m. today (Oct. 21) in the MUB Alumni Lounge. The focus of the discussion will be centered around this past year's accomplishments, new data reporting interfaces and the vision for this coming year.


Free Showing of "Before The Flood" Tonight

There will be a free showing of the documentary "Before the Flood" at 6 p.m. tonight (Oct. 21) in Noblet Forestry Building Room G002.

"Before the Flood" is a 2016 film that opens nationally today. The documentary about climate change was produced by a collaboration of director Fisher Stevens and Leonardo DiCaprio, James Parker, Brett Ratner, Trevor Davidoski and Jennifer Davisson Killoran. Martin Scorsese is an executive producer.

The film will debut Oct. 30 on the National Geographic Channel. 


Film Board Presents "Sausage Party"

This Weekend, Film Board Presents "Sausage Party."

Today, Oct. 21—5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, Oct. 22—2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 23—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

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

"Sausage Party" is Rated R for strong crude sexual content, pervasive language and drug use. Those under the age of 17 will not be admitted without a parent or guardian.


Hockey Game Watch

Join your fellow alumni and friends for a Husky Hockey game watch at the Mine Shaft. Don't miss this chance to cheer on your Huskies as they take on the Michigan Wolverines tomorrow (Oct. 22). 

A social will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the game starts at 7:30 p.m. 

There will be complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. RSVP online or at 877-688-2586.


How to be an LGBTQ Ally (Or a Better One)

Join us for a discussion of daily challenges faced by LGBTQ people in our community and how we can work together to create a world with equality for all from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 23) at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1100 College Ave., Houghton.

Speakers from Michigan Tech Keweenaw Pride, Keweenaw LGBTQ+ Network, local clergy and Houghton Chapter of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will be present.

In Print

Adam Wellstead (SS) co-authored an article, "Assisted Tree Migration in North America: Policy Legacies, Enhanced Forest Policy Integration and Climate Change Adaptation," in the Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research.

Read the abstract here.

On the Road

Chris Stefano, associate curator of the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, presented two invited talks at the Pacific Northwest Friends of Mineralogy Symposium held in Kelso, Washington, Oct. 14-16. The theme of the symposium was "America's Greatest Copper Mining Districts." The talks were "The University of Michigan Mineral Collection: its History and Future" and "The Keweenaw's Finest: Copper Country Specimens from the Collection of Michigan Tech's A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum."

In the News

WTRF-TV, WDAM-TV, KAUZ-TV and dozens of other television stations around the country reported on a new partnership between Michigan Tech and Nanovation Partners to commercialize processes to nanotexturize medical implants. Professor and Robbins Chair Craig Friedrich (ME-EM) was quoted.

Read the WTRF-TV report here.

A Metacognitive Moment

We’re beyond the halfway point in most classes, and it may be a good time to take just a (metacognitive) moment to review progress and map the road ahead.

In my physics class, I ask students each day as part of their class preparation to attempt explanation of a real or simulated physics result. The question is based on material to which they’ve just had their first exposure, by reading or video lecture. It’s challenging, and initially not well liked. But it’s definitely something at which students improve with practice. They become not only more willing to “guess,” but they begin to support their answers with evidence, independent research and/or mathematical analysis far more often.

When I recently told my students that I had begun seeing that progress, a number of them spontaneously reflected and then shared agreement that this was getting more comfortable. It’s easy to lose track, in mid-semester, of how far you’ve come already. And it can be highly motivating to students when they see progress. In a similar way, looking backward momentarily can sometimes help put what remains in perspective.

As a physics student, when I first learned about rotational motion, I missed the idea that every rotational quantity had a linear analog. I struggled mightily as I tried to learn rotational kinematics in about a week, and the pace seemed completely unreasonable to me given that we’d spent about seven weeks learning the same concepts for linear motion.

This week, as I teach the same material, I explicitly connect each new rotational quantity back to the linear one. This seems to help students not only absorb the new material, but reinforces the old and makes the pace more reasonable. A look backward could be an open-ended reflection on progress, or an explicit challenge to make comparisons to, connections with, or predictions about what’s coming. It could be done as a formal assignment, an in class exercise, as a “minute paper” reflection near the end of a class or through a Canvas survey or quiz.

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.