Happy 10th Anniversary, Michigan Tech Research Institute

When the upstart Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) opened in Ann Arbor 10 years ago, the headlines read: ”There’s a new university in town.” Although that probably rubbed some people at the other Ann Arbor research university the wrong way, it marked the launch of a stellar remote sensing research facility now known around the world. 

Today MTRI will celebrate 10 years of growth and success. There will be speakers, tours and demonstrations from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at MTRI’s Dave House Center in Ann Arbor. 

When MTRI opened, it had 24 employees. That number has ballooned to more than 60. 

Funded entirely with “soft” or contract money—not a penny of state appropriations goes to pay MTRI’s bills—in 10 years the research institute has done more than $80 million in research.

That research ranges broadly, from use of unmanned aerial vehicles—commonly called drones—to satellite mapping of invasive species in the Great Lakes, radar defense, wildfire remediation and the melting of glaciers in Alaska. Many of its contracts involve national defense work. MTRI scientists and engineers also do research for the US Bureau of Land Management, NASA, the Michigan Department of Transportation and the US Department of Agriculture, to name just a few.

“The addition of MTRI to Michigan Tech has been a win-win,” says David Reed, vice president for research. “Together, we have been able to pursue research opportunities that we could not have done separately. In 10 years, MTRI has attracted a total of $80 million in funding, and much of the research was in collaboration with faculty, staff and students on our main campus in Houghton.”

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Halloween Sale

Stop by the campus store on Halloween (Monday, Oct. 31) and receive a 31 percent discount if you are dressed in full costume. No costume? No Problem. You can still stop by and grab some candy, on us. We look forward to seeing you.

Be Courteous of Those Parking in Handicap Designated Areas

Winter is sure to arrive sometime soon here in the Copper Country and street markings for designated handicapped parking areas may be covered up with snow. The Facilities Management grounds department works hard every year to keep streets and walkways clear, however, street markings at times may be snow covered.

Transportation Services would like to remind all faculty, staff and students parking on campus to be aware of the posted "handicap parking signs" and to allow enough room for van accessibility in those designated spots. If you should have any questions, feel free to call Transportation Services at 7-1441.

Student Course Material Survey—Starting Monday

Beginning next week, the Michigan Tech Campus Store will participate in a nationwide survey regarding course materials. The information collected is important to the Campus Store as we strive to provide the broadest course material options and most cost-conscious pricing through strategic partnerships, transparency and industry awareness.

Michigan Tech students will receive an email which includes a link to the survey hosted by OnCampus Research. The survey should take roughly 20 minutes. Be a part of a movement that includes 60 higher-education institutions and more than 41,000 participants by encouraging students with whom you have contact to participate in the survey.

Thank You from Student Activities

Student Activities would like to express their gratitude to all those who volunteered for Make a Difference Day 2016. This year we had 667 volunteers provide service at 40 sites across the Houghton/Hancock area. Thank you again to everyone that helped coordinate the efforts and volunteered their time to make a difference. We are in the process of collecting pictures and stories to create a collage for our website. If you have any you'd like to share, email them to huskyhelpers@mtu.edu.

Huskies and Wildcats to Meet on Hall of Fame Weekend

The Hockey Huskies return to the Upper Peninsula for a WCHA series against Northern Michigan this weekend. The two teams meet at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena tonight and the Berry Events Center in Marquette tomorrow. Both games will be broadcast live on TV6.
It is Hall of Fame Weekend for Michigan Tech. Former hockey players Brent Peterson and Scott White and the 1975 National Championship hockey team are among the members of the Class of 2016 who will be inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame tomorrow.

ArcelorMittal has purchased 850 T-shirts for Michigan Tech students to wear at tonight's game. ArcelorMittal employs more than 60 Michigan Tech graduates and is the world's leading steel and mining company with around 232,000 employees in more than 60 countries.
Both tonight's and tomorrow's hockey games will be televised live on WLUC TV-6. Mark Evans and Copper Country native Dave Ellis will call all the action. TV6 and Fox UP began broadcasting the rivalry during the 2013-14 season.  Both games can be heard on local radio, 93.5 FM.
Michigan Tech is 57-69-14 all-time against Northern, dating back to 1979. Tech is 31-29-8 at home and 21-39-6 in Marquette. The Huskies went 3-1 against the Wildcats last year.
The Huskies are 1-5-2 overall 1-2-1-1 in the WCHA. Northern Michigan is 2-3-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the WCHA.

Football Huskies Back Home

The Michigan Tech football Huskies are back home taking on No. 9 Ashland, at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Sherman Field.

The Huskies enter the game at 2-5 both overall and in the GLIAC. Ashland comes in with a stellar 7-1 overall mark, 5-1 in conference play.

The game will be broadcast on local radio, 93.5 FM. A video webcastaudio webcast and live stats are available.

 Michigan Tech is back in the friendly confines of Sherman Field for the first time since the Homecoming game against Saginaw Valley State on Oct. 1. Traditionally, Tech has been strong in games at home after returning from road trips. Dating back to 2011, the Huskies own a record of 14-3 in home games after coming back to Sherman Field.

Ashland has a four-game edge in the all-time series. The Eagles won the first seven games of the series that started on Sept. 17, 1994. The Huskies then had a run of success of their own against Ashland, winning five straight showdowns between 2001 and 2005.

To read the full story and find out more about Husky sports visit michigantechhuskies.com.

ICC Seminar: Hyungchul Yoon

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host a seminar talk from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Oct. 28) in Rekhi 214. ICC member Hyungchul Yoon (CEE) will present his talk entitled "Enabling Smart City Resilience: Post-Disaster Response and Structural Health Monitoring."

The abstract can be found here. Refreshments will be served.

Remote Sensing Seminar Series

James B. Cotner,  professor, department of ecology, evolution and behavior, University of Minnesota, will present "Relativity Trumps Absolutism: P pools in microbes and their effects on stoichiometry" at 4 p.m. Monday (Oct. 31) in M&M U113. 

Cotner’s lecture is part of the Remote Sensing Seminar Series sponsored by EPSSI, The Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Institute at Tech. Read the abstract.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Monday

There will be an Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday (Oct. 31) in the Great Lakes Research Center Room 202.

The seminar features presentations from three graduate students in the department of civil and environmental engineering.

MS student Kristen Jung will present "Analysis of Geosynthetic Membrane Caps for Remediation of a Former Manufactured Gas Plant Site."

Manufactured gas plants (MGPs) provided energy to the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but today are mostly known for the environmental impacts resulting from the improper disposal of waste products. Barr Engineering is currently designing a remediation plan for a particularly challenging former MGP site in Michigan, which includes evaluating various types of cap materials to prevent future contamination.

Tanvir Kahn, a PhD candidate will present "Improvements in Mercury Atmosphere-surface Exchange Parameterizations for Chemical Transport Models."

Adequate parameterization of atmosphere-surface exchange processes of gaseous elemental mercury (Hg0) is an essential component of chemical transport models (CTMs) to better simulate the biogeochemical cycling of mercury. In most CTMs, the existing atmosphere-surface exchange parameterization of Hg0 has large uncertainties and lacks evaluation against field observations.

Mike Li, MS student will present "Challenges for Fuel Cell Vehicles from an Environmental Perspective."

Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV), as electric vehicles, have the potential to significantly reduce dependence on petrol and lower harmful emissions that contribute to climate change. Moreover, hydrogen, as the common type of power source for fuel cells, offers FCVs the ability to fast fully refuel within minutes, which cannot be even imagined in electric vehicles.  

Physics Colloquium Tuesday

The next Physics Colloquium will be  held at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 1) in Fisher 101. Payel Kar of the University of Utah will present "Studying High Mass X-ray Binaries Extreme Energies with VERITAS."

VERITAS is a ground-based gamma-ray observatory looking at the high energy sky. VERITAS observes a multitude of sources like distant blazars, supernova remnants, pulsar wind nebulae, the supermassive black hole in the center of our own Milky Way galaxy etc. One of the most interesting source class in the high energy sky is TeV Binaries. 

Kar worked on India's first astronomy satellite, AstroSat, for her master's project. She works in gamm-ray/X-ray astronomy and her research focuses on stuyding the searching for TeV Binaries. 


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. 

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


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.


Chemistry Department Seminar

Lukasz Weselinski (Chem) will present "Organic Synthesis as a Tool for Asymmetric Catalysis, Materials Science and Chemical Biology" at 3 p.m. today (Oct. 28) in Chem Sci Room 101.


Film Board Presents "Suicide Squad"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Suicide Squad."

Today, Oct. 28—5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, 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.



The ENGIN (Exploring Next Generation IN-vehicle INterfaces) Seminar supported by MTTI will resume from 10 a.m. to noon Monday (Oct. 31) in Meese 109. Jason Sterkenburg will present his PhD Dissertation research in a presentation titled "Design and Evaluation of Auditory-Supported Air Gesture Controls in Vehicles."


Upcoming Security Presentations

As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Information Technology will put on two presentations related to internet security. Both are open to the campus and do not require any prior security knowledge.

The first presentation will be held at 3 p.m. Monday (Oct. 31) in Rekhi G06. This presentation will help identify risks and protect against common attacks on your accounts and identity.

The second presentation, which was originally scheduled for today, is on cyber attacks and will be rescheduled for a date which has yet to be determined.


Geoseminar: Buddy Wylie

Buddy Wylie, Cabot Oil and Gas, Pittsburgh, will present "The Marcellus Shale Gas Resource, Appalachian Basin, USA" at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 1) in Dow 610.

On the Road

John Jaszczak (Physics/A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum) recently gave two lectures while on sabbatical travel.

At Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) on Oct. 7, he spoke about "Mineralogical Miracles at Merelani, Tanzania."

For the Cincinnati Mineral Society on Oct. 14 he spoke on "A Virtual Tour of the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum."

A Metacognitive Moment

Most introductory educational psychology courses include a discussion of Bloom’s Taxonomy, a six-tiered classification of cognitive processes. Originally developed by Benjamin Bloom in 1956, the taxonomy has been around a long time; long enough to be revised and recast in hundreds of major and minor ways.

A few years ago, however, I attended a webinar from the Learnwell Projects that suggested taking just a few moments to explore the taxonomy with your students as it relates to your class could seriously benefit your students. Their research has shown that most students spend most of their high school experience focused almost exclusively on the lowest tiers (knowledge, comprehension) of the taxonomy. 

A significant number are surprised, then, when early college exams expect them to function higher up the taxonomy (applying, analyzing or using new material to evaluate and make choices).  Explicitly discussing the taxonomy gives students a new definition of what it means to “know material,” and therefore how to prepare differently for an exam. 

But instructors can benefit by reviewing course material and objectives through the lens of the taxonomy as well. It’s been demonstrated that students need to practice course material at the same levels they’ll be tested in order to be successful. Carefully articulating exactly what level students need to accomplish for a given set of material helps prioritize. It also helps us decide whether we’ve provided appropriate practice (e.g. analyzing problems, evaluating cases or designing parts) to get them to the expected level. 

I’ve found that simply stating what I really want students to be able to do, then looking at one of the many Taxonomy Verbs lists online checks my expectations.

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.