Distinguished Teaching Award Finalists Announced

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning seeks input for its annual Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to the instructional mission of the University.
Based on more than 50,000 student ratings of instruction responses, ten finalists have been identified for the 2017 awards. The selection committee is soliciting comments from students, staff, faculty and alumni to aid in deliberation.
This year's finalists are:
Associate Professor / Professor Category
  • Mari Buche (SBE), associate professor
  • Yu Cai (SoT), associate professor
  • Mary Carol Friedrich (VPA), professor
  • Ann Maclean (SFRES), professor
  • Scott Miers (MEEM), associate professor
Assistant Professor / Lecturer / Professor of Practice Category
  • Todd Arney (SoT), lecturer
  • Sheila Milligan (SBE), senior lecturer
  • Brigitte Morin (Bio Sci), lecturer
  • Elizabeth Reed (Math), senior lecturer
  • Jeffrey Wall (SBE), assistant professor
Comments on the nominees are due by Monday, March 20 and can be completed online.
The process for determining the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients from this list of finalists also involves the additional surveying of their spring classes.
The selection committee makes the final determination of the award recipients. The 2017 Distinguished Teaching Awards will be formally announced in May.
For more information, contact Nancy Seely at 7-1896.

Alternative Spring Break

This March, Student Activities and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion are offering an Alternative Spring Break service trip. Eight students will partner with Serve 901, a non-profit organization in Memphis, Tennessee, to aid in urban farming, help with neighborhood cleanup, mentor and encourage disadvantaged youth and help build a better community.

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) exists to promote service learning, social justice and community building to Michigan Tech students through participation in experiential learning opportunities via an alternative break. Through Alternative Spring Breaks, students have the opportunity to develop into life-long active citizens in local, national and global communities through diverse, direct experiences dedicated to social justice.

This ASB will focus on developing an understanding of social justice in the Memphis area. Every evening after service projects, the students will debrief about the project and have continued, facilitated dialogue on critical social justice topics. Topics include:

  • Anti-bullying Legislation
  • Community Building
  • Gentrification
  • Urban Segregation
  • Urban Food Deserts
  • Connections to the Upper Peninsula

Due to the generous support of the Parents Fund and both hosting departments, we are offering the weeklong trip to students for only $100. This covers all accommodations, program fees, educational and cultural community engagement activities, transportation and most meals.

Applications are open 
and we would appreciate your support in encouraging students to apply. Any questions can be directed to Zachary Rubinstein or Jonathan Davey.

Personal Training Class Needs Volunteers

As a collaboration between the kinesiology and integrative physiology department, recreation and employee wellness, we are able to offer personal training with a student trainer and a complimentary pass to the SDC.

Students from the EH3820 Personal Training class are looking for volunteers to participate. You need to be healthy enough for exercise and willing to devote 1-2 hours per week for six weeks during this spring semester. The training sessions will take place at the SDC.

Interested? Email Shannon Brodeur to receive additional information and screening forms. Open to employees who have not participated in past sessions. Space is limited.

MTTI and KRC Invite Faculty and Staff to Tour the KRC Vehicle Testing Grounds

The Michigan Tech Transportation Institute's (MTTI) mission is to provide the operating structure, resources, recognition and leadership in a collaborative environment, that supports research, education and outreach leading to sustainable solutions for transportation.

As part of its mission, MTTI is taking the initiative to provide opportunities to learn about other Tech centers, institutes and programs involved in transportation research. To start this, they are working with the Keweenaw Research Center (KRC) to offer a tour of their winter testing grounds for all Tech faculty and staff with the goal of learning more about the transportation education/research prospects available and for possible future collaborations.

For more information about testing at the KRC, go to this website.

The tour of the KRC grounds will take place on Friday, Feb.10., leaving campus at 1 p.m. and returning at approximately 3:30 p.m. There is no cost and MTTI will provide transportation to the Center with KRC staff leading the tour of the testing grounds. The tour will be followed by a short question and answer session and light refreshments. In order to manage transportation logistics to/from KRC and at the grounds, send your binding registration to Pam Hannon by Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Keweenaw Alumni Chapter Skybox Social

The Keweenaw Alumni Chapter invites you to join alumni and friends for a social and skybox seating Friday, Feb. 10 at MacInnes Arena as your Michigan Tech Huskies take on the Ferris State Bulldogs during Winter Carnival.

$36 Includes refreshments and game/skybox entrance. Click here to register or call the Alumni House at 7-2400.


The next ACSHF Forum will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. today (Jan. 23) in Meese 109. Shane Mueller (CLS), will present "A Lightweight Simulation Model of Eye Movement Search Applied to Natural Imagery to Predict Visual Inspection Times."

A number of simulation models that explain eye movement patterns in visual search have been developed, primarily using symbolic representations of visual space to represent the existence of objects. On the other hand, several dozen computational models of visual saliency exist that attempt to describe where visual attention is directed in naturalistic imagery.

However, few (if any) models of eye movement incorporate this information, and similarly, few or no models of saliency consider directed eye movement. Mueller described the Eye Movement Minimal Model-Modified (EM4), a lightweight model of eye movement based search, and proposed that such a model could be used as a front end for saliency models to predict search times.

This forum will describe the EM4 in greater detail, and demonstrate progress toward this goal by modeling data from an visual search and inspection experiment with 40 images. Results suggest that points sampled from bottom-up saliency based on edge detection provided a moderately good prediction about inspection times.

Furthermore, it's suggested that more advanced saliency models could benefit from adopting a search-based front end to direct eye movements and predict results of search tasks.

Husky LEAD

Undergraduate Student Government (USG) will host their annual finance/budgeting meeting for student organizations from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 24) in Fisher 135.

This session will contain all the information student organizations need to know to apply for Student Activity Fee funding for the 2017-2018 academic year. This presentation is mandatory for all student organizations wishing to receive an SAF allocation for next year.


EndNote Workshops at the Van Pelt and Opie Library

The Van Pelt and Opie Library will host two EndNote Workshops tomorrow (Jan. 24) in Library 242:

EndNote Basic — 1:05 to 2:15 p.m. 

During the session, we will cover how to create and build an EndNote "library," add and annotate full-text documents and best practices for organizing your references. Registration is required. Register for EndNote Basic.

EndNote Cite While You Write — 2:15 to 3 p.m.

Learn how to incorporate your EndNote library citations into a MS Word document in the particular style your manuscript requires. Attendees will also learn how to locate and import specialized output styles. Attending EndNote Basic, or prior knowledge of building and managing an EndNote library, is recommended. This workshop is a continuation of EndNote Basic. Registration is required. Register for EndNote Cite While You Write.


A paper co-authored by Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), Caryn Heldt (ChE) and ME undergraduate Nick Anzalone is being honored as one of the 2017 SLAS Technology Ten. 

Read the editorial by Edward Kai-Hua Chow (SLAS Technology editor-in-chief).

IT Connect

Concerns About Expiration Dates on HuskyCards

Recently, Michigan Tech IT has received some customer concern regarding the expiration date on their HuskyCards. We would like to clarify that this date does not relate to your HuskyCard status but to the old U.S. Bank debit features. Remember that:

  • The HuskyCard no longer acts as a debit card through U.S. Bank.

  • HuskyCards with the U.S. Bank logo are still valid and do not need to be replaced.

Click here for an example of a HuskyCard with an expiration date. If you have any other questions, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

What's Happening in Career Services

Medical Careers Week

Join us to learn about a variety of opportunities in the medical field from noon to 8 p.m. tomorrow through Thursday in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Tomorrow (Jan. 24) — Medical Device Day
Wednesday (Jan. 25) —Medical Careers Day
Thursday (Jan. 26) — Allied Health/Medical Laboratory Science Day

Consumer Products Day

Consumer Products Day returns for another year. This "Shark-Tank" style event features your team — the entrepreneurs — and the sharks — company representatives — who want to challenge you to come up with a re-purposed, re-designed idea for their company-supplied products.

Don't miss this opportunity to pitch your idea to industry representatives and win cash.

Thursday through Saturday (Jan. 26-28) details and locations:

  • 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 26) — Packet pickup and meet and greet
  • Noon to 4 p.m. Friday (Jan. 27) —  Meet the Sharks, event kickoff, team registration and product pickup
  • 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 28) — Technical abstract, pitch your idea, the finals

Registration is open and limited; register your team today.