Tech's Medical Informatics Online Master's Ranks 8th in Nation

Michigan Tech's online Master's of Science in Medical Informatics has been ranked 8th in the nation by Nonprofit Colleges Online. The rankings take into account affordability as well as quality of the program.

Tech is one of 15 universities given the organization's Students Before Profits Award. Nonprofit Colleges Online says that award was created to elevate nonprofit colleges and universities offering degrees that put students before profits and education before the bottom line.

"We chose online programs from nonprofit colleges and universities, accredited by trusted and independent accreditation boards, with lower than average tuition costs, and ranked them by affordability," the web site says.

The MS in Medical Informatics is offered through the School of Technology.

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Special Operating Hours Over Thanksgiving Break

The University will be closed on the following days:

  • Thanksgiving Day—Thursday, Nov. 24
  • Day after Thanksgiving—Friday, Nov. 25

Business Operations has posted the departmental hours of operation during the Thanksgiving break on their website.

This will be updated regularly prior to Nov. 23. If your department has not yet submitted your Special Operating Hours, do so using the google form posted on the website.

Note: for employees in units considered critical areas of operation, regular hours and shifts will continue as usual and as needed over the entire break. Check with your supervisor to determine if you or your area is considered a critical area of operation.

For questions, contact Business Operations at 7-2148.

Toys for Tots

The Registrar's Office is once again participating in the Toys for Tots program running now until Dec. 9. While you are out shopping for the holidays, consider purchasing a toy that will benefit a local child.

The program is looking for new, unwrapped donations for children up to age 16. The donation box is located on the first floor of the Administration Building by the elevators. If you have any questions about the program, contact the Registrar's Office at 7-2319 or visit Toys for Tots.

Veterans Appreciation Hockey Game

On Friday, Veteran's Day, Michigan Tech student and employee veterans are invited to be special guests at the home hockey game between the Huskies and Lake Superior State. Career Services has donated 25 tickets to the 1885 hockey suite. Refreshments will be provided by Institutional Equity and Inclusion.
The tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and will need to be claimed in person (one per veteran) at the Office of Academic and Community Conduct (310 Administration Building) by 5 p.m. today (Nov. 10).
All veterans in attendance at the hockey game will be invited to stop by Suite 1885 in between periods of the hockey game. Contact Rob Bishop at 7-1964 if you have any questions.

Mary Durfee Retirement Celebration

The Department of Social Sciences invites you to a retirement social in honor of Mary Durfee to celebrate her 24 years of service to Michigan Tech  from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 in the Memorial Union Ballroom A1.

Join in the celebration and wish Mary the best in her retirement before she leaves to her new home in Eugene, Oregon.

"The Studio for Here and Now" Shares Art and Readings in an Open Studio Event

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents an open house, exhibition and reception of "The Studio for Here and Now," a space for work by Professor Anne Beffel, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today (Nov. 10) in Wadsworth Hall, G04W (located in the lower level of Wadsworth Hall across from the WMTU radio station).

"The Studio for Here and Now" serves as a place for creative community members to meet, share work and discuss ideas. This evening you are free to wander "The Studio for Here and Now" and experience some of the projects and thinking that evolves in the space.

Anne Beffel, professor of Art in Visual and Performing Arts, will give a short talk on her research from 7 to 7:20 p.m. Information on studio happenings will also be provided. "The Studio for Here and Now" is supported by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Michigan Tech. This event is free and open to the public.

Geoseminar: Fred Quivik

Fred Quivik will present "The Deepwater Horizon Disaster and the Case against BP Under the Clean Water Act" from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 15) in Dow 610.

This presentation summarizes BP's deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico, the Deepwater Horizon Disaster in April 2010 and the ensuing leak of hydrocarbons into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days, with a focus on BP's organizational structure for engaging in the business of deepwater exploration and production. Quivik testified as an expert witness for the United States at the Deepwater Horizon trial in New Orleans in January 2015. The presentation will also outline some of the factual matters that were at issue during the legal proceedings.

Biomedical Engineering Masters Defense

Biomedical Engineering Masters student Govindan Suresh will present his Masters Defense at 11 a.m. Monday (Nov. 14) in EERC 315. The title of the defense is "A Wireless Sensor System with Digitally Controlled Signal Conditioning Circuit for Force Monitoring at Bone Fixation Plates."

Karyn Ross Presents on Lean Office and Service

Karyn Ross, co-author of "The Toyota Way to Service Excellence: Lean Transformation in Service Organizations," will give a presentation on Lean Office and Service followed by a question and answer session from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 in the Van Pelt and Opie Library's East Reading Room.

Ross is a Lean consultant and executive coach focused on driving sustainable business culture change in service organizations. She has worked with companies such as Paychex, PrimePay, Zurich Insurance and National Taxi Limo to help them develop a culture of problem solving and improved business practices. A regular contributor to the Lean Leadership Ways Industry Week Blog, she has also written for The Lean Management Journal and Industrial Engineer Magazine. She resides in Naperville, Illinois.

Ross co-authored the book with Jeffrey Liker. Liker is a professor of industrial and operations engineering at the University of Michigan and president of Liker Lean Advisors. His articles and books have won twelve Shingo Prizes for Research Excellence. In 2012, he was inducted into the Association of Manufacturing Excellence Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Shingo Academy  in 2016.


Members of the Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform (Mi-STAR) team will present at the ACSHF forum from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday (Nov. 14) in Meese 109.

The presentation will discuss insights from the Mi-STAR project and from your experiences regarding how to engage students in constructing their own understanding of scientific phenomena. We will provide an overview of the Mi-STAR approach to developing and testing student-centered middle school integrated science curriculum and associated professional development. We will then engage in discussion about topics at the intersection of Mi-STAR's work and your own experiences, which may include: How might approaches from K-12 education be applicable at the university level? What are important steps toward preparing educators to facilitate student-centered classrooms? What characteristics of a curriculum most help to engage students as motivated learners?

Popcorn will be provided.

Social Sciences Seminar

Tim Scarlett (SS) will present "Collaborations in Industrial Heritage at Pullman National Monument: Best Practices in Industrial Heritage and Archaeology" at noon tomorrow (Nov. 11) in the Academic Offices Building Room 201.

Michigan Tech’s students and faculty in the IH&A group are a multidisciplinary community practice. Over the next three years, our community will create a series of technical reports for the National Park Service, assisting the new professional staff at Pullman NM and creating a framework for management decision making during the monument’s first twenty years of operation.

During this brown bag lunch, Scarlett will present a summary of the final agreement and lead a discussion of ideas, concerns, critiques and opportunities for our community. The discussion will allow our entire community to engage with the initial project team.


Veterans Day Tribute Today

The campus community is invited to today's Veterans Day tribute to honor our fellow student, staff and faculty veterans, and especially honoring those who have fallen.

The tribute begins at 11 a.m. this morning when the Army/Air Force ROTC Color Guard will present our flag and the Husky Pep Band will play our National Anthem at the Husky Dog Statue.

Following the tribute, from 11:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., you can stop by and sign a thank you post card to be sent to our Michigan Tech alumni veterans and enjoy a cupcake at the MUB Commons, Library, R.L. Smith (MEEM) lobby, After Math in Fisher Hall or the Fusion in Dow.


Making A Difference Awards Nominations Close Tomorrow 

Nominations close at 5 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 11) for the 2016 Staff Making a Difference Awards. Nominate a deserving colleague in one of seven categories. Learn more and download a nomination form on the Staff Council Blog.


ICC, HCC World Usability Day Today

The ICC Center for Human-Centered Computing will host World Usability Day today (Nov. 10). Across campus, researchers who "design with humans in mind" will showcase their work to the community through a series of demos, lectures and tours.

For more information, see the schedule of events.


Campus Communicators Meets Today

Crafting a print piece for an external audience takes time, creativity, collaboration and plenty of strategic brand-thinking. Learn more about the publications and editorial processes inside University Marketing and Communications during this month's Campus Communicators meeting.

The group will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. today (Nov. 10) in Memorial Union B2. Following a presentation, there will be small group discussions on the publications process, brand and editorial guidelines.


C-Cubed Week 11

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

Chickpea Curry (VGF) 
Basmati Rice (VGF) 
Tomato Onion Salad (VGF)

Korean Rice Noodles with Beef and Vegetables (GF) 
Rice Noodles with Mushrooms (VGF) 
Kimchee Soup (VGF)

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


Materials Science and Engineering Seminar

John Shingledecker, of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), will present "Understanding Corrosion to Develop a Materials Selection Criteria for Wet Flue Gas Desulfurization (WFDG) Systems" at 11 a.m. today (Nov. 10) in M&M 610.


Geoseminar: Ayla Pamukcu

Ayla Pamukcu, Princeton University, will present "Before the Big Boom: How Supereruptions are Made" from 2 to 3 p.m. today (Nov. 10).


Humanities Colloquium Seminar

As part of the Humanities Colloquium Series, Michele Speitz, professor, Furman University, will lead a seminar discussion of three essays: Langdon Winner's "Technologies as Forms of Life," John Tresch's "Introduction to The Romantic Machine: Utopian Science and Technology after Napoleon" and Susanne Stratling and Jocelyn Holland's "Introduction: Aesthetics of the Tool—Technologies, Figures and Instruments of Literature and Art." 

This seminar is from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Nov. 10) in Wadsworth Hall's Cherry Room.


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 to strengthen our community.

Join us from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov.10) in MUB Ballroom B1 and B2 for the inaugural TechTalks session. Thirteen researchers from across campus will present rapid-paced samplings of their work, both published and unpublished. Time before and after will be dedicated to mingling, with ample time to seed collaborative discussions. Complimentary snacks and drinks will be provided.

For the list of presentations at TechTalks 2016, see Tech Today article.


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Today

The next Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Graduate Seminar Speaker Series is at 4 p.m. today in EERC 103. Susanta Ghosh (ME-EM) will present "A Novel Multi-scale Atomistic-continuum Model for Multilayer Graphene Materials and Carbon Nanotubes: A Route to Simulate Billions of Atoms.

 Prior to coming to Michigan Tech, Ghosh was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Michigan and the Technical University of Catalunya, Barcelona. His research focuses on computational mechanics, inverse problems for ultrasound elastography, multi-scale material modeling and phase field modeling. 


Physics Colloquium Today

The next physics colloquium is at 4 p.m. today in Fisher 139. John Myers of Harvard will present "The Unpredictability of Explanations: Symbols and Agents in Physics and Biology."

Myers is a retired project scientist at Harvard where he works. He has quantum computing at Brown University and taken partin in experiments on quantum key distribution, and analyzed the effect external electrical fields on the propagation of spikes in neurons, and consulted on clocking for fault-tolerant computers.



Graduating Senior Series Part 3: Managing your Student Loans 

Don't get weighed down by crippling debt. Get all your questions answered regarding student loan pay-offs. Presented by Michigan Tech Financial Services noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 11).


Film Board Presents "Jason Bourne"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Jason Bourne."

Tomorrow, Nov. 11—8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12—2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

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

"Jason Bourne" is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief strong language.


Rescheduled Husky Talk "Consider Federal Career Opportunities" 

This event, originally scheduled 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. Monday (Nov. 7), will be rescheduled.

On the Road

On Nov. 3-6, Andrew Fiss (HU), Shelly Galliah (HU) and Anna Swartz (HU) presented research papers in Atlanta, Georgia, as part of the joint meetings of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA), the History of Science Society (HSS), and the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA).

Fiss presented as part of the panels titled "The Gendered Body: Medicine and Biology in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries" and "Performing Science," the Womenss Caucus feature about the intersections of theater and STEM education.

Galliah presented "John Oliver's 'Real Climate Change Debate': Creatively Using Comedy to Intervene on a Manufactured Scientific Controversy," as part of a panel about "Wild Learning."

Swartz presented "The CSI Effect: Are Jurors Starstruck by Forensic Science?" which contributed to the panel about "History, Science, and their Publics."

This travel was partially supported by the History of Science Society and the Department of Humanities.


The Center for Technology & Training (CTT), a part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, hosted its first annual Roadsoft User Conference of the United States (RUCUS). RUCUS was held Nov.1 in Lansing and was attended by 96 individuals representing 64 Michigan road agencies, as well as participants from Indiana and Pennsylvania. Roadsoft is a roadway asset management system for collecting, storing and analyzing data associated with transportation infrastructure. Roadsoft is developed and supported by the CTT with principal funding from the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Conference attendees engaged on a variety of topics including data integrity, using the Roadsoft mobile application, safety, pavement management strategies and Inventory Based Rating (IBR) for unpaved roads. The event also provided attendees with networking opportunities with other agencies and with the CTT staff.

CTT staff participating at the conference were research engineers John Kiefer, PE and Dale Lighthizer, PE; CRM administrator and software support analyst Carole Reynolds; data support and account specialist Joseph Snow; principal programmers Nick Koszykowski and Luke Peterson; and software engineers Mary Crane, Byrel Mitchell, Mike Pionke and Sean Thorpe.

Following the conference, on Nov. 2, the CTT staff visited the Allegan County Road Commission and the cities of Grand Rapids and St. Ignace to provide on-site Roadsoft training and technical assistance.

New Funding

Rod Chimner (Forestry/ESC )is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $65, 921 research and development grant from Colorado State University.

Sigrid Resh is the Co-PI on the project, "CNH-RCN: Andes Bofedales and Cattle: The Impacts of Changing Hydrology and Glacial Retreat on Community Livelihoods in Peru's Cordillera Blanca."

This is a five-year project.

In the News

MITech News, a business technology news site for Michigan, reported the $2.8 million US Department of Energy grant received by Michigan Tech. WJMN Channel 3 (CBS) also reported on the award. 


KXXV News Channel 25 in Waco, Texas and other TV stations across the country reported on ranking of the 15 best online programs for a Master's in Health Informatics. Michigan Tech is one of the top 15. Read more here.


Chemical and Engineering News featured the new mineral merelaniite as a chemistry photo of the day and in their latest print magazine. John Jaszczak (Physics) led a team that discovered the new mineral. The story was also covered as a front page story in EOS.


CTL Tip of the Week

To Do List Links for new Spring 2017 Canvas Courses

The new Canvas course shells for teaching Spring 2017 course are scheduled to be available by Thanksgiving break.  Once the upcoming semester’s Canvas course shells become available, there are a few things many instructors and instructional staff often want or need to do in Canvas.  We’ve included links to help you with a handful of them below.

You may want to Customize your Courses drop-down menu to add and remove courses from that menu both now and at the beginning of the new semester. Instructors at Michigan Tech can use the Combine Canvas Sections tool on the CourseTools page to combine two or more BANNER sections into one Canvas course. You’ll want to do this first before doing any building or importing, and be sure to choose “yes” to both of the options you are presented with when using the Combine Sections tool. Go to Combining Canvas Sections for directions. If you would like to copy the content in one of your previous Canvas courses into a new Spring 2017 Canvas course, you can do that too.  See Copying Content from Another Canvas Course to find out how. If you would like to enroll a TA, additional instructors, etc. into your course, see Adding New Users to your Canvas Course. Finally, you will need to Publish your Canvas course in order for your students to be able to see and access it. See How do I publish my course? for directions. You can also check out the new Michigan Tech Course Set-Up Directory, on the temporary home page of all new Canvas courses created for Spring 2016 courses.

You may just want some help or information, and the best place to start is Canvas One Stop. From there you can Contact Support, find out about eLearning Walk-in Hours for face-to-face help, get quick links to online help resources and more. The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, November  10, 2016

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

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