Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning Accepting Requests for Active Learning Classroom

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning is now accepting room requests to teach in the Jackson Active Learning Classroom (JALC) located in Rekhi G05 for the 2017-18 academic year.

The room has seating for up to 60 students and is configured with round tables to enhance interaction and collaboration. Features include copious whiteboards and seven Mersive Solstice pods, allowing students to wirelessly share content from their laptops, tablets or phones with group members or the whole class.

Submit your request to teach in the JALC for the upcoming academic year. Contact the CTL at 7-3000 with questions or to arrange a tour of the room.

Xia Wins CAREER Award

There is something very noble about Xiaohu Xia's research. He wants to use palladium, platinum, ruthenium and other corrosion-resistant metals to refine tests to detect biomarkers for cancer and infectious diseases. To do so, he plans to use nanostructures made of these noble metals that mimic natural enzymes and has earned a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to focus on this research.

The grant covers five years, totaling $457,783, and enables Xia to dig deep into the structure-property relationships of the bimetallic peroxidase mimics at the atomic level. Even small changes in nanostructures can produce big results, demonstrated by his lab with improvements in the catalytic efficiencies of iridium-coated palladium and ruthenium nanostructures.

Read the full story on the Michigan Tech news website.

GSG Organizes Laser Tag Event in Houghton

In collaboration with the Respawn's Laser Tag team, the Graduate Student Government (GSG) is organizing a Laser Tag event at Dee Stadium in downtown Houghton.

The event is 2 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 4) and is expected to go on until 9 p.m. depending on the number of participants. This event is open to all Michigan Tech graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. This is also a amazing opprotunity for the children of our constituents as we plan to make this a family friendly outing for everyone.

Each team is ensured at least one 30 minute laser tag game. You can either form teams of 8-10, or sign up indivdually. There is a minimal fee for purchasing tickets for this event, proceeds of which will go to an Emergency Fund being started under the guidance of the Graduate School. Transportation to the Dee and some refreshments will be made available by GSG.

All participants are required to register for this event using this form.

Ticket prices for teams of 8-10 are $10 per team, individuals and teams of 1-4 are $2 per person.

Huskies Back in Top 20

The Michigan Tech hockey team is back in the national rankings this week at No. 20 in the USCHO poll. The Huskies were ranked No. 20 on Jan. 9 and No. 17 in the preseason poll.

Tech is 16-9-7 overall and 13-3-6-3 in the WCHA after securing five out of a possible six WCHA points at Alabama Huntsville last weekend. Tech won 5-2 Friday and the two teams tied 4-4 Saturday with the Huskies taking the extra point in the ninth round of the shootout.

Tech is on a seven-game unbeaten streak (tied for longest in the nation) and a nine-game WCHA unbeaten streak.

This weekend's series at Bemidji State is a matchup of the top two teams in the WCHA. The Huskies trail the Beavers by four points heading into the weekend. The teams split their series in Houghton in December.

The puck drops at 8:07 p.m. both nights from the Sanford Center. 

Sturos Named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week

Michigan Tech senior forward Reid Sturos was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week. Sturos had three points in the Huskies' series at Alabama Huntsville over the weekend.

The native of Brighton, Michigan scored two shorthanded goals Friday to lead Tech to a 5-2 win. He scored with 35 seconds left in the second period, which ended up being the game-winner, and added an empty net tally from just inside the red line with 1:19 left in the game. Sturos added the primary assist on Jake Lucchini's game-tying goal with 11 seconds left Saturday.

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

Active in All Seasons: Get Outside Lunch and Learn

Employee Wellness and WorkLife Connections invite you to join them for a Lunch and Learn with staff from the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP), "Active in All Seasons: Get Outside" from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 7) in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B.

Learn about opportunities to stay active outdoors during the winter, trails in our area and what OAP has to offer, including Bigfoot Glowshoe, an evening snowshoe event.

Register here. HuskyPAW members may claim 100 bonus points for attending. Bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided. This free event is open to faculty, staff, and students. Email Shannon Brodeur with questions.


Pitch Perfect

Career Fair is coming soon. Make a lasting first impression to company reps and practice your personal introduction with Career Services.

Spots are limited so register today. Sessions are limited to 25 students. 

  • Noon to 1 p.m. today (Feb. 1) in Admin 220. Register here.


Coffee Chat: Science and Technology Policy and the New Administration

A coffee chat, "Science and Technology Policy and the New Administration," will be held at 3:30 p.m. today (Feb. 1) in the Library's East Reading Room.

For more information, see this Tech Today post.


University Senate Meeting Today

The next meeting of the University Senate (Meeting #588) will be held at 5:30 p.m. today in Dow 642.

Read the Agenda. Read the minutes of Meeting #587.


Portrait Session

There is an upcoming campus-wide photo sessions to be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 2) in the Administration Building room G35 .


Celebrating Al Niemi's Retirement, New Staff and a Name Change for OSHS

Who do you call? For questions about safety, it will no longer be Al Niemi. After 30 years of service at Michigan Tech, Niemi is retiring. A reception will be held in his honor from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday (Feb. 3) in Memorial Union Ballroom A.

Join us in celebrating Niemi's service to the Michigan Tech community and meet the lesser known members of the campus safety staff.


Career Services Special Presentations

Did you know Career Services has special presentations for you? These can be held at Career Services or elsewhere on campus. If you have a group, class or team that you would like to Schedule a Special Presentation for, use this link.

In Print

ToA Ranging and Layer Thickness Computation in Nonhomogeneous Media

This paper, by Mohsen Jamalabdollahi (WLPS), and Seyed Reza Zekavat (ECE/WLPS), introduces a novel and effective ranging approach in Non-Homogeneous (NH) media consisting of frequency dispersive submedia via time-of-arrival (ToA) and Direction-of-Arrival (DoA) merger. Exploiting this technique, sensor node can be localized with in variety of NH media such as underground layers with different water content, airborne to underwater channels or even human body.

Moreover, this technique proposes a novel approach which can be utilized for layer thickness detection which have an prominent impact on the area of geoscience and remote sensing.

This paper is published in IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing which is ranked the second journal in area of remote sensing according to Scholar google metrics.