Winter Carnival Live Blog

The forecast says it will be one below zero during the All-Nighter. You can stay warm and toasty and take in all the #mtuwc excitement during University Marketing and Communication's Winter Carnival Live Blog from 7 to 11 p.m. tonight.

Students and staff, including international and exchange students, will stream statue progress Hancock to Houghton, the snow-speaker dance party, karaoke in the MUB, deep-fried Twinkies, hot chili, Husky sightings and more.

Join us as we celebrate the "Techades." Visit mtu.edu/carnival/2017/live.

Black History Month Speaker: Robin Johnson-Cash

Michigan Tech's Social Justice Lecture Series presents a Black History Month Talk by Robin Johnson-Cash. 

Johnson-Cash is the first African-American women to graduate with a PhD from Michigan Tech's department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics. 

She will speak of her experiences as a minority both in the Upper Peninsula and through her many years as an engineer at Ford Motor Company.

The talk will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 14) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

The Social Justice Lecture Series is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and inclusion. For more information, visit the CDI Facebook page.

Career Wear Sale

Résumé paper? We have it. Padfolios and pens? We have those too. Professional career wear, yep, we offer that as well. Are you ready for the 2017 Michigan Tech Career Fair?

Starting today, the Campus Store is having a 75 percent off sale on our great selection of men and women's career apparel to help complete your polished ensemble.

We want to see you succeed. Show visiting companies and recruiters what you're made of and let us help you look your best. From all of us at the Campus Store, keep smiling and best of luck to you on your search.

Valentines Day Triple Chocolate Cake for Two

Sweets for your sweetheart. The campus bakery is offering handcrafted chocolate cakes with chocolate ganache icing snuggled in a heart-shaped tin topped with a chocolate candy heart. Only $4.50 each. Order yours today at bake@mtu.edu 
Orders will be taken until 5 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 12). You may pick up and pay for your treats from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 14) at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill.

Sponsored Programs invites you to a "Break to Educate" session. This event will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B. This session will be focused on cost share. We encourage you to send us any questions you have that we can address at the session.

Forward this to those you feel may benefit from these sessions. If you have any questions regarding our "Break to Educate" sessions and to RSVP, email Janelle Datto.

ECE Seminar

Yiran Chen, associate professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at Duke University, will speak at the  Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar from  3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 in Dow 642.

The title of his talk is "Brain-Inspired Computing: The Extraordinary Voyages in Known and Unknown Worlds." 

This presentation starts with a background introduction of neuromorphic computing, followed by two examples of hardware acceleration schemes of learning and neural network algorithms on IBM TrueNorth Chip and memristor‐based computing engine, respectively. At the end, Chen will share his prospects on the future technology challenges and advances of this exciting area.

Refreshments will be provided.

Reminders

School of Business and Economic Brownbag Seminar Series

Latika Gupta will present her paper, "Steel Prices, Energy and Industrial Production," at the brown bag seminar hosted by the School of Business and Economics at noon today (Feb. 8) in the Academic Office Building Conference Room 101. 

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Parking During Winter Carnival and Extended Shuttle Service

To accommodate the many visitors to campus during Winter Carnival, beginning at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 8) the following lots will be available free of charge and will not require a parking permit:

  • Lot 9 (commuter lot by the Rozsa)
  • Lot 5 (graduate student lot by the Rozsa)
  • Lot 27 (pay lot between the Administration Building and MUB)

Overnight parking — Visitors may park in Lot 9 (commuter lot by the Rozsa) without a permit and Lot 11 (near the Administration Building) will be open at 4 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 10).

Additionally, there will be free parking at all metered areas throughout Winter Carnival.

For more information on parking and shuttle services during Winter Carnival, read previous Tech Today article.

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Exterior Doors Lock at 8 p.m. Tonight for Carnival

In an effort to mitigate property damage during the Winter Carnival All-Nighter today, the Winter Carnival Safety Task Force will secure all exterior campus doors at 8 p.m.

Read this Tech Today announcement for building schedules.

In the News

The Washington Post and Politico Pro published stories about the colleges and universities, including Michigan Tech, whose presidents signed a letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, expressing concerns about the president's executive order that halted the admission of new refugees into the US, imposed an indefinite ban on the entry of refugees from Syria and suspended the entry of citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.

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The Peninsula, a publication about Michigan business and industry, published an article about light-duty engine research being done at Michigan Tech by Tech researchers in a consortium of auto industry partners.

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The Toldeo Blade published an article about the diminishing numbers of wolves and rising numbers of moose at Isle Royale National Park. The story quoted Rolf Peterson and John Vucetich (SFRES) who have led a study of the wolves and moose of Isle Royale for many years.

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The Detroit Free Press published an article on the 10 best cross-country ski trail systems in Michigan, including the Keweenaw trails and a photo of the Tech Trails.

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WJMN TV-3/UP Matters aired an interview with Michigan Tech students and faculty from Iraq and Iran, talking about how President Trump's recent executive order is affecting them and their lives. 

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