41 North Film Festival Opens Tomorrow

Owen Suskind is a young man on the autism spectrum. As a child he was unable to speak until he and his family discovered a way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of Disney Films. Owen’s inspirational story is the subject of the award-winning documentary “Life Animated,” one of more than 20 films featured in Michigan Tech’s 41 North Film Festival which opens its four-day run tomorrow in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

Owen Suskind is the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind on whose best-selling memoir “Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism,” the film is based. The film, directed by Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams, has won awards from numerous film festivals including Sundance, Telluride, Full Frame, Berkshire International and San Francisco International. Suskind and Williams will be in attendance when “Life Animated” is shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday. They will lead a discussion of the film following its showing.

Williams will also be on hand at 6 p.m. Friday for the showing of “Music by Prudence,” the documentary short for which he received the 2010 Academy Award.

Following “Life, Animated” on Friday, there will be a reception and party featuring music by the Kalamazoo band The Go Rounds.

Michigan native Jason Zeldes, an award-winning editor, will help kick off the festival with the showing of his directorial debut “Romeo is Bleeding” at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. 

The film follows poet Donté Clark as he attempts to mount an urban adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” with the hopes of starting a dialogue about violence in his hometown of Richmond, California.

Director Brian Kaufman will participate in a panel discussion on his films “Predator/Prey: The Fight for Isle Royale Wolves “ and “Counting Wolves.”  Kaufman will be joined by researchers Rolf Peterson and John Vucetich. The film takes up the controversy around how to respond to the island’s dwindling wolf population.

Now in its 12th year the 41 North Film Festival offers a wealth of quality films at no cost. Tickets are free, with donations accepted.

As it has from the beginning, Michigan Tech’s Department of Humanities is a major sponsor of the festival. Humanities Department Chair Ronald Strickland says the department is proud of the way it has grown.

“In the Humanities we explore what it means to be human and it is reflected and sometimes defined through art, literature and other cultural practices,” Srickland says.

He says the films in each year’s festival are carefully selected by Festival Director Erin Smith, a principal lecturer in Digital Media and Film and director of the Humanities Digital Media Zone.

“Erin chooses the films and the invited filmmakers with a view to connect with the academic interests of Michigan Tech students and faculty and current popular topics of interest to members of the local community as well. It’s a four-day smorgasbord of culture with something for everyone.”

Smith says this year’s films cross a variety of topics and genres. “These are films that have been winning awards in festivals across the country and even around the world. While the topics in many of them are serious and thought-provoking, most open up discussion by telling great stories about some very compelling characters. ”

Also featured this year is “Sonita,” the 2015 Sundance-award winning story of a young Afghan refugee in Iran who seizes her destiny through music.

The Festival concludes on Sunday with the 7 p.m. screening of “Generation Startup.” The 2016 documentary follows six college graduates as they put everything on the line to start their own businesses in Detroit..

Film festival tickets are available by phone at 7-2073,  online at Rozsa@mtu.edu, in person at the Central Ticket Office in the Student Development Complex and at the Rozsa Box Office an hour before showtime.

A complete schedule of all films and their showtimes is available at 41northfilmfest.org.

The Sixth Annual Snowfall Contest is Open

What could be more exciting than snow season? After all those long, hot summer days, we're finally about to see some winter.

Do you think you know what Heikki Lunta has in store for us each month and for the entire 2016-17 season? Alumni, friends, students, faculty, staff and Michigan Tech retirees are invited to predict our monthly snowfall and grand total for the season in our sixth annual Snowfall Contest.

Enter by the 10th day of each month and if your guess is closest to the total amount of snow that falls in the Keweenaw for the month, you'll win a totally-Tech gift (like a gift card for the University Bookstore, a limited-edition husky statue snow globe, a winter survival kit, pasty vouchers, a pint glass or Tech gear). Enter the monthly contest.

You can also make your best guess on how much snow is going to fall in the Keweenaw during the 2016-17 season. If your prediction is closest to the actual total amount, you will win a two-night stay on campus, a $50 gift card to the University Bookstore, a limited-edition husky statue snow globe and a Michigan Tech Winter Survival Kit. Enter the annual contest.

Check out the snowfall totals. Good luck.

More Details on SWE Team's Win

As was mentioned briefly in yesterday's Tech Today, the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's Blue Marble Security (BMS) Enterprise team CAT/SWE took first place in the WE16 Team Tech Competition (sponsored by Boeing) in Philadelphia over the weekend.

The team’s project “Wheel Tractor Scraper Bowl Optimization System," a joint venture between BMS (ECE) and Consumer Products Enterprise (Chemical Engineering), was sponsored by Caterpillar, Inc.

Members of the Blue Marble Security team are: Ester Buhl, Sandra Cvetanovic, Cody Kovar, Johnathan Boik, Andrew Tallman, Alex Gall,
Alexis Dani and Eman Jazayeri.
The Consumer Product Manufacturing team members include: Anna Marchesano, Brianne Anderson, Johnathan Quinn, Jennifer Dzurka and Harley Colburn. 

Blue Marble Security is a virtual company of undergraduate students focused on securing the future through thoughtful use of technology. The student-led company combines a rich educational experience in engineering design, team building, project management and original product development.  

Blue Marble Security's win wasn't the only good news for Tech at the conference. Elizabeth (Cloos) Dreyer, BSEE 2011, was selected SWE Outstanding Collegiate Member for outstanding contribution to SWE, the engineering community and their campus. Dreyer is an electrical engineering PhD candidate at the University of Michigan.

WE16 is the world’s largest conference and career fair for women in engineering and technology. Hosted by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a number of corporate sponsors, WE16 provides inspiring and invaluable ways to connect, discover career opportunities and pursue professional development. 

Film Board Presents "Army of Darkness"

This weekend, Nanocon and Film Board present "Army of Darkness."

Friday, Nov. 4—5:30, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5—2:30, 5:30, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 6—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. 
Army of Darkness is rated PG-13 for comic horror violence, some frightening images and language.

In collaboration with MHA, Film Board is having a free showing of "V for Vendetta" at 11:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 5).

Film Board is also a sponsor of this weekend's also partnering with 41N Film Festival .



ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 3) in EERC 103. Sushant Anand will present, "From Sustainability to Healthcare: Emerging Solutions Through Tunable Control of Breath Figures on Liquids."

Anand is an assistant professor in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

In the first half of his talk, Anand will show how the incorporation of a minute quantity of oil within the solid texture can provide the simultaneous benefits of high nucleation rates and fast droplet removal during condensation.

In the second half, he will show how understanding the nucleation on liquids also provides us with a new pathway to develop novel materials that can be broadly used in drug delivery applications. 

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Sangpil Ko, PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will present "Economic, Social and Environmental Cost Optimization of Biomass Transportation: Evaluating New Bio-Plant Location for Electricity Generation in WI, USA" from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 3) in Dow 642.
The main goal of this study was to build an integer linear programming model that uses region specific data to minimize sustainable transportation costs from economic, environmental and societal factors. In addition, the upstream GHG emissions of forest residues were calculated as a result of transportation by truck or multimodally (truck and rail).
The seminar is open to public. Light refreshments will be served.


Financial Wellness Series Lunch and Learn Today

Join us for WorkLife Connection's second Financial Wellness Lunch and Learn from noon to 1 p.m. today (Nov. 2) in MUB Alumni Lounge B. Chris Riesgraf, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones, will present on the "Foundations of Investing."

Click here to RSVP as you learn how to take steps forward in your investing plans and your financial goals. Feel free to bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.


Engineering World Health Chapter Information Session

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


Making the Most of Mentorship Workshop

At this workshop by Steven Elmer, learn how to build the best possible relationship with your mentor and make the most of your research experience.

This workshop will take place at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 3) in Fisher 132.

For information on other upcoming undergraduate research workshops, click here.


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)


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. 


LeaderShape 2017 is Accepting Student Applications

LeaderShape 2017 will take place Jan. 2-7 at the Ford Center in Alberta. Don't miss out on this awesome experience to improve your leadership skills while learning how to have a healthy disregard for the impossible.

All students are encouraged to register and apply by visiting this link. Applications close at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 3).

If you're interested in further information, check out our website. Send any questions to Jonathan Davey.


Tell Us About Exceptional Alumni

Nominations are open for the 2017 alumni awards. We encourage you to reach out to your alumni network to spread the word. Honor your fellow alumni and friends by nominating them for their achievements.

The nomination deadline is Dec. 1. A list of past recipients and nomination forms are available for each award online.

Contact Alumni Engagement by email or at 7-2400 with any questions. 

In Print

The services of the Western UP Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education are highlighted in the October 2016  Michigan Math and Science Center Network  (MMSCN) newsletter.

The Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach is a lead partner in the Western UP Center since its creation in 2000.

The MMSCN newsletter is distributed to MDE, MI state legislature, STEM Council  and other stakeholders. Several additional Michigan Tech partners and collaborative grant funding are mentioned.