Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday

"Spring Ahead, Fall Back," a phrase we've known since childhood. A reminder of which direction to set our clocks once we've reached the cusp of Daylight Saving Time.

Most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November. In the U.S., each time zone switches at a different time.

While we've been performing the semi-annual ritual of resetting clocks on Sunday morning, the proliferation of digital devises is leaving us with less to reset.

Joel Vertin, digital services manager with UMC, says most of our smart phones, computers, tablets and even some wrist watches take care of the switch back to Standard Time all by themselves. 

"Basically, any device that is connected to the Internet or a GPS will automatically adjust to the time change. Appliances, stereos and TVs that are not online will have to be reset."

Vertin says that  if you're unsure if your device will automatically adjust you can check you device's settings to see if Daylight Saving Time is accounted for. 

"Or you can just wait until Sunday morning and see if it changed," he says. 

Daylight Saving Time will resume on Sunday, March 12, 2017.

TechTalks 2016

Two minutes, two slides, 13 faculty—a research showcase at (not quite) warp speed. 

The Michigan Tech Research Forum is a new University presentation series showcasing the work of Michigan Tech faculty, postdocs, and researchers.

Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.  in MUB Ballroom B1 and B2 for the inaugural Michigan Tech Research Forum: TechTalks session.

Thirteen researchers from across campus will present rapid-paced samplings of their work, both published and unpublished. Via warp speed talks, attendees get a quick taste of the cutting edge research and can follow up with one-on-one discussions that lead to collaborative ventures and strengthen our community.

Complimentary snacks and drinks will be provided.Special note: On-site, low-cost childcare at the MUB is available for those who need it during this session of TechTalks. Learn more online.
TechTalk speakers include:
  • Andrew Barnard- Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics: "Solid State Sound—A Hot Topic"
  • Steven Elmer- Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology:"Exercise As a Form of Medicine"
  • Yang Yang- Mathematical Sciences: "Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations"
  • Paul Sanders- Materials Science and Engineering: "Rapid Metal Design"
  • Selin Philip- Cognitive and Learning Sciences: "Creating a Culture of Better Mental/Behavioral Health among the American Indians in the Keweenaw"
  • Mark Rudnicki- School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science: "The Forest Biomaterials Initiative at Michigan Tech and Across Michigan"
  • Loredana Valenzano- Chemistry: "Molecules, Surfaces, Crystals: A Quantum Chemical Quest from Fundamentals to Applications"
  • Kazuya Tajiri- Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics: "Two-Phase Transport in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells"
  • Nabanita Saikia- Physics: "Emergent Frontiers in 2D Nanomaterials for Biomolecular Recognition and Self-Assembly"
  • Hector Moncada-Hernandez- Biomedical Engineering: "Point-of-Care Microfluidic Device for Blood Typing"
  • Lynn Mazzoleni -Chemistry: "Introducing the New 2D- Liquid Chromatograph and High-Resolution Mass Spectrometer in the Chemical Advanced Resolution Methods (ChARM) Core Facility at Michigan Tech"
  • Ye Sarah Sun- Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics: "Wearable Electronics, Human-Centered Monitoring"
  • Tarun Dam- Chemistry: "Enriching Health-Related Research Through Glycobiological Approaches"
Michigan Tech Research Forum events are presented by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in coordination with the Office of the Vice President of Research.

Additional TechTalks sessions are coming up in Spring 2017. Interested in nominating yourself or others? Use this online form.

Continuous Improvement Connection

We are a little more than midway through the semester and tasks, ideas and projects are piling up. Lean can help you sort and create goals in an organized fashion with affinity diagrams and A3's.

Affinity diagrams can help you sort all of your project or essay ideas into subcategories with common relationships and A3's are used to collect and solve problems based on the PDCA cycle and SMART goals you have set for yourself. Whether it is in the classroom or at work, root cause analysis can be a way for you to find and achieve end goals and is a huge factor in success.

The Registered Student Organization (RSO), Leaders in Continuous Improvement takes a deep look into root cause analysis and the tools necessary for application.

Now is the time to find, dig deep and attack the problems you are having in your studies and organize your thoughts in order to achieve your end goal for this semester.

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

"He Named me Malala" Film Screening

In recognition of International Education Week, Michigan Tech is screening the critically acclaimed documentary, "He Named me Malala," at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 in Fisher 135. A reflection discussion will follow the film. Admission is free.

The film is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan's Swat Valley. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls' education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

The event is sponsored by Michigan Tech Provost Office, International Programs and Services and Michigan Tech Film Board.

Miners Cup on the Line Tomorrow

The Michigan Tech football Huskies travel to Marquette tomorrow to take on rival Northern Michigan in the annual battle for the Miners Cut.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Superior Dome. The Huskies are 3-5 overall and in the GLIAC, while the Wildcats are 3-6 overall and 3-5 in conference play. 

The game will be televised on WLUC TV6, broadcast on local radio on 93.5 FM, audio webcast on, video webcast and feature live stats.


Saturday's showdown marks the 15th anniversary of the Miner's Cup which was created in 2002 through the efforts of the Michigan Tech Athletics Department and Army ROTC.

The Miner's Cup Trophy is made from an authentic miner's helmet which is mounted on a wooden base. The helmet was found in a Houghton area antique shop. The Trophy has been in Houghton since the 2010 season as the Huskies enter the weekend with six straight wins in the series.

VIP Tickets for Findlay Game on Sale

The Michigan Tech Athletics Department will sell single-game VIP tickets for the Nov, 12 football game as the Huskies entertain the University of Findlay at Sherman Field.

The cost for the tickets is $25 and can be purchased at the Central Ticket Office in the SDC, online or by phone at 7-2073.

The contest against Findlay will also be Senior Day and is scheduled for a 1 p.m. kickoff. For more information on Michigan Tech Athletics, visit


Erich Petushek, assistant professor in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, will present "Improving Uptake and Adherence to Injury Prevention Strategies in Sport—Understanding System Determinants for Efficient Interventions" at the ACSHF Forum from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday (Nov. 7) in Meese 109.

The overall goal of Petushek's research is to assess and cultivate injury risk and mitigation savvy individuals which will be important for translatable and sustainable injury prevention efforts. This presentation will outline a proposed agenda aimed to investigate these issues while creating robust and efficient assessment systems, and scientific/technological tools to help prevent sport-related injuries.


Japanese Food at Khana Khazana

Today at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli, Khana Khazana features cuisine from Japan.

The menu features; Chicken Teriyaki, Japanese Cheesecake and Salad with Sesame Dressing.

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Nov. 4). The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage.  Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.


41 North Film Festival Continues Through Weekend

 The 41 North Film Festival opened its 13th season last night at the Rozsa Center. The annual event, which features the best in independent and documentary films is free and open to the public. 

Today's highlight is Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams "Life Animated." 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  “Life Animated.”

Owen is the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind on whose best-selling memoir  the film is based. Suskind and Williams will be in attendance when “Life Animated” is shown at 7:30 p.m. tonight. They will lead a discussion of the film following its showing.

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

A complete schedule of all films and their showtimes is available at


C-Cubed Week 10 

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

Thai Glass Noodles with Chicken (GF)
Thai Glass Noodles with Tofu (V, GF)
Green Mango Salad (V, GF)

V—Vegetarian, GF—Gluten Free

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


Chemistry Seminar

Ebenezer Tumban (Bio Sci) will present "Bacteriophage Virus-like Particles: Highly Immunogenic Platforms for Thermostable Vaccine Design" at 3 p.m. today (Nov. 4) in Chem Sci Room 101.


November's First Friday Social

Adventure through the second floor of the Administration Building. Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to join IPS/SAIS/Center for Pre-College Outreach/Career Services and Enterprise Applications Services from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Nov. 4) for November's First Friday Social.


Film Board Presents "Army of Darkness" and the 41N Film Festival

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

Today, Nov. 4—5:30, 8:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, 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.

Film Board is also partnering with 41N Film Festival to present "Operator" at 10:30 p.m. today (Nov. 4).

Lastly, in collaboration with MHA, Film Board is showing "V for Vendetta" at 11:30 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 5).

These last two events are free.


Geoseminar: Susan Moore, NIOSH

Susan Moore, NIOSH will present "Building the Career You Want at All Stages" from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday (Nov. 7) in Dow 610.

For more information on Moore's talk, which is relevant to a wide variety of audiences including mining and non-mining professionals, engineering and non engineering disciplines, read Tech Today article.


3rd Annual "Relax for the Holidays" Open House

All faculty, staff and students are invited to stop by the Memorial Union Ballroom B between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 9) to attend an open-house style Lunch and Learn titled "Relax for the Holidays." Attending employees will earn 100 HuskyPAW points.

For details on the open house, see Tech Today article.

In Print

Iosif Pinelis (Math) published a paper, "Contrast Between Populations Versus Spread within Populations," in Statistics and Probability Letters 121 (2017) 99--100. It is available until Dec. 22, 2016 here.

A Metacognitive Moment

As we head into the final third of the semester, instructors may shift focus toward helping students synthesize and connect knowledge.  There may also be a need to confirm what’s understood and what needs clarification.  An excellent metacognitive tool to help with both of these missions is a concept map. (Examples from biology, physics/engineering, math, business and literature may also be illustrative.)

In most concept mapping exercises, students are provided a focus question and often a list of terms that must be included. They are asked to organize and connect them graphically. One challenging but important element is to require students to articulate (usually with a verb) the relationship between terms or elements.

Concept maps can be created alone on paper, in groups at a whiteboard or even using free online tools like CMap or many others. In some cases where teaching is the goal rather than assessment, a partially completed map can be given to students for completion during reading or after an explanation.

While there is no one right answer, creating a concept map provides a deep view into student understanding for both students and instructors. Therefore, having students share and explain their maps to each other can often provide metacognitive benefits as well.

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