Michigan Tech Ranks High Globally in International Collaboration, Engineering, Materials Science

In newly released US News & World Report global university rankings, Michigan Tech ranked 136th out of 1,000 universities around the world in international collaboration. 

Tech’s College of Engineering and Department of Materials Science & Engineering also ranked well. MSE placed in the top one-third at 273rd and engineering overall was 356th of the 1,000 universities ranked.

As a whole, Michigan Tech ranked 676th out of the top 1,000 research universities worldwide, tied with Chongqing University in China and the University of Sofia in Bulgaria.

“Just being counted among the top 1,000 research universities in the world is a welcome affirmation of our commitment to international collaboration,” said President Glenn Mroz.  “It reflects our vision that Michigan Tech will lead as a global technological university that inspires students, advances knowledge and innovates to create a sustainable, just and prosperous world.”

Read the full story.

Michigan Tech Archives to Host Travel Grant Presentation on Ford's Rouge Plant

The Michigan Tech Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections invite you to join them for a presentation, "The Strength of Steel: Life, Labor and Politics at the Rouge, 1941-1991." The presentation, by travel grant recipient Gordon Andrews, is at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

In his presentation, Andrews will discuss unionization efforts at the Ford Motor Company's Rouge plant in Dearborn, as well as discuss connections between Ford, labor and resources in the Upper Peninsula. Andrews is an associate professor in the department of history at Grand Valley State University.

Andrews' research, visit and presentation are supported by a travel grant from the Friends of the Michigan Tech Library. For more information, call the Michigan Tech Archives at 7-2505, send an email or visit the webpage. Find us on Facebook and Twitter: @mtuarchives.

Chinese Cuisine at Khana Khazana

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

The menu features:

  • Tomato and Stewed Brisket
  • Chinese Corn Salad
  • Garlic Eggplant

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.

Rozsa Gallery B Presents "Come In We’re Open"

The Rozsa Center and Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents the first Rozsa Gallery B show of the 2016-17 Season: "Come In We’re Open," an open house exhibition of the work of student scuptors’ work in progress, as a part of the “Project Learning Lab” alternative classroom project.

The show opens on Tuesday (Nov. 1) and runs until Saturday, Nov. 5. There will be two public receptions from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 and Friday, Nov. 4. These receptions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Men's Hoops Picked Fourth in GLIAC North

The Michigan Tech men's basketball team is looking to rebound from a 2015-16 season that saw the team post an overall record of 11-15 and 10-12 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contests. The Huskies will tip-off the season on Saturday Nov. 12 at Lewis before facing the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Nov. 13.

Michigan Tech was picked fourth in the North Division in the 2016 GLIAC Preseason Poll, which was released yesterday by the conference.

Senior Jordan Chartier will return for the 2016-17 season after missing all of last year due to an injury. As a junior in 2014-15, Chartier averaged 10.1 points per game while dishing out 3.4 assists per contest. Chartier started all 28 games for the Huskies as a junior.

Men's Cross Country Ranked 10th in Regional Poll

The Michigan Tech men's cross country team is ranked 10th in the Midwest Region of the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II Regional Poll. The Huskies finished sixth at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships this past Saturday.

The men's team was powered by Matt Pahl, who also garnered GLIAC All-Conference honors by covering the 8k course in 25:43.7 to finish 17th over all in the field of 117 runners.

The Tech men and women will both compete at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championships in Evansville, Indiana on Saturday November 5th.

The official USTFCCCA press release can be viewed by clicking here.

Mitch's Misfits Named Fans of the Week

The WCHA named Mitch's Misfits, the longstanding Michigan Tech student group, as the WCHA Fans of the Week, Powered by E Group.

According to the WCHA, "College hockey is a truly special experience in every sense of the word; and, at its essence, are the passion and pride of student sections. This week, we are proud to honor Mitch's Misfits – the longstanding Michigan Tech student group that this week took their spirit to Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor – as the WCHA Fans of the Week, Powered by E Group."

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

Engineering World Health Chapter Information Session

A representative from the Engineering World Health Organization will be on campus at 4 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 3) in M&M U113 to provide a presentation to Michigan Tech regarding starting a chapter of Engineering World Health at Michigan Tech.

Student Perceptions of Tech Teaching Luncheon Workshop

The Jackson CTL has an undergraduate student intern this semester. Amy Joy Patterson has spent this semester collecting student perceptions about what helps them learn and what doesn’t. Patterson will share her data and reactions during this luncheon workshop. Participants will have a chance to consider whether student preferences might warrant changing teaching practice, or how instructors can better implement needed strategies that aren’t well liked.

Join us at noon Tuesday, Nov. 8 for this luncheon workshop. Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday, Nov. 4


C-Cubed Week 9

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

Risotto Milanese (GF, V)
Sautéed Brocollini (GF, V)
Herb Garlic Bread sticks (V)

Knackwurst with German Mustard (GF)
German Potato Salad (GF)
Spaetzles with Smoked Gouda (GF, V)
Roasted Vegetables (GF, V)

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


Two Seminars from Distinguished Ecologist Josh Schimel

The Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series presents Josh Schimel, professor of soil and ecosystem ecology, department of ecology, evolution and marine biology, University of California Santa Barbara.

Schimel will give two presentations. The first, "The Biogeochemistry of Drought," is at 12:30 p.m. today (Oct. 27). The second is titled "Writing Science" and will take place at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 28). Both seminars will be held in the Noblet Forestry Building Room G002


Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar will be held at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 27) in Dow 642. Michael Erickson, a member of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professional Advisory Council, will present "Continued Remediate Efforts to Address Legacy PCB Contamination in Manistique Harbor, Michigan."


Biological Sciences Seminar

Bryce Chackerian, professor, department of molecular genetics and microbiology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, will present "Virus-like Particle-based vaccines for Chronic and Infectious Disease" at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 28) in Dow 642.

Read the abstract here.


Film Board Presents "Suicide Squad"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Suicide Squad."

Tomorrow, Oct. 28—5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29—2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 30—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

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

"Suicide Squad" is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language.

In the News

Simon Carn (GMES) discusses sulfur dioxide emissions in an article accompanying a NASA Image of the Day showing the extent of the fires in Mosul, Iraq.

On the Road

Daryl Matthews and Mike Patterson from Dining Services attended the Michigan Housing and Dining Services Officers Association (MHDSOA) annual conference Sept. 26-28 at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Participants came from all state universities in departments serving campus life such as housing, dining, facilities, IT and business operations. Staff from specialized areas were grouped together for break out sessions where they discussed hot topics, common problems and best practices. The conference rotates among the state universities with Michigan Tech scheduled to host in 2020.

CTL Tip of the Week

Turnitin® Integration in Canvas to be Upgraded over Winter Break

Michigan Tech has a contract with TurnItIn® to use their service. TurnItIn's OriginalityCheck® helps instructors check students' work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against their text comparison database. When a file is submitted, TurnItIn (Tii) shows how much of the student's paper matches content from their databases so instructors can quickly understand how much of the paper is unoriginal.

Turnitin’s integration into the Canvas Assignments tool has been modernized to comply with the current industry standard for these types of integrations: Learning Tools Interoperability, or LTI. This means TurnItIn will stop supporting our current Canvas-Tii integration at the end of 2016 and Michigan Tech will need to switch over to their new LTI integration. Read TurnItIn’s official statement covering the change to see the full explanation about how and why this change was initiated by them.

There will not be in gap in user access to Tii in Canvas, but there will be some noticeable interface changes once we make the switch. The new Canvas-Tii LTI integration makes Tii function as an external tool in Canvas, requiring instructors to choose External Tool as the submission type when creating and editing Assignments in Canvas. You can watch Tii’s short videos How Instructors Create a Turnitin LTI Assignment and How Students Submit a Document to see these user interface changes first-hand. The new LTI integration provides for full and easy access to TurnItIn’s additional full suite tools: GradeMark®, PeerMark, TurnItIn Rubrics, and their Feeback Studio, along with OriginalityCheck®. Instructure’s Canvas Guides have already been updated so that instructions for using Tii in Canvas describe using the new LTI integration. You can see "How do I enable TurnItIn for an Assignment?" for an additional look at what’s to come.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.