Middle School Girls Get WISE about Science and Engineering

Middle school girls from across the western Upper Peninsula will get a taste of the excitement of science and engineering during Michigan Tech's annual Get WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) workshop on Tuesday (Feb. 21). This year's event will be held in the Wood Gym in Tech's Student Development Complex.

The students will participate in hands-on activities, solve problems and meet with college-age role models. This year's projects include a wood anatomy activity, designing and creating a pinball machine and participating in an epidemic simulation.

"Having the opportunity to provide these young women with engaging science and engineering activities is awesome," says Lauren Kirwin, a coordinator at Michigan Tech's Center for Pre-College Outreach (CPCO).

"We're hoping this helps them learn ways to not only problem-solve but to enjoy doing it. These girls are incredibly smart, and we want to give them the opportunity to explore their options."

During the workshop, the girls will meet women undergraduates and graduate students, as well as staff and faculty from a variety of departments. They will learn what shaped the women's career paths and will have an opportunity to ask them questions.

Middle school teachers love the Get WISE program.

"I have been bringing my middle school girls for the last seven years. It is a great opportunity to show them some of the amazing things that happen in the college classroom, as well as the real world, in the science and engineering fields," says Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools English teacher Heather French.

"Having a science minor from Michigan Tech myself, I believe it is important to show young ladies that they are capable of anything," French adds. "This program empowers them, shows them some positive role models and gives them an idea of some of the things they can accomplish."

Another teacher, Jen Martin Davis from Hancock Middle School says, "I always look forward to Get WISE every year. As a middle school science teacher, I personally see the positive impacts programs like Get WISE have on my students. My students leave the event pumped up about STEM, and they begin to see a future place for themselves in science and engineering."

Get WISE is hosted by the CPCO office in partnership with the College of Engineering, the College of Sciences and Arts, and the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Sciences, Mathematics and Environmental Education.

Tech Community Mourns Death of SBE Student

The Michigan Tech community is mourning the loss of one of our students earlier this week. Hali Burchfield, 22 of Hartford, Michigan, died Monday afternoon at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis as a result of injuries sustained in a Feb. 5 automobile accident in Minneapolis.

She was a senior majoring in accounting and management information systems in the School of Business and Economics and was scheduled to graduate on April 29.

She was an assistant desk coordinator in McNair Hall, a member of the Tech chapter of the Association for Information Systems and on the Phacelia campanularia broomball team.

She was engaged to Tech alum, Jonathan Phillips '16. The University offers our deepest condolences to her family, friends and loved ones.

University officials remind students, faculty and staff that counseling services is available at 7-2538 if you feel you need assistance or someone to talk with.

Funeral arrangements for Hali are incomplete at this time and once finalized can be found here.

Local ACS Chapter Hosts 2017 Student Research Symposium

The Upper Peninsula Local Section of the American Chemistry Society invites you to the 2017 Student Research Symposium. This year's research symposium will be held on Northern Michigan's campus within the atrium of the New Science Facility on Saturday, March 25. The event starts at 9:30 a.m.

The purpose of the event is to provide a venue for students to present their research in chemistry, chemical engineering and related fields. This symposium is an excellent opportunity for students, faculty and the community at large to learn about the interesting research being conducted in the UP. More details can be found online.

You can also check out our Facebook page for more information.

All are welcome. There is no charge to attend. RSVP here.

Transportation Funding Opportunity

Do you have a novel transportation-related technology with commercial potential? The new MTRAC Innovation Hub at the University of Michigan is now offering support to develop prototypes, proof-of-concept projects or late stage translational activities for commercially-viable technologies.

Transportation applications that demonstrate high commercial potential are granted access to up to $100,000 of research funding for proof-of-concept and late-stage translational activities, with consultation and mentoring from industry and investment experts. A 1:1 funding match is required of all submissions.

A letter of intent is due by 5 p.m. March 10. It is suggested you discuss your project with Michigan Tech MTRAC Commercialization Program Director John Diebel. More information on the UM program is available here.

New Chalking Policy Announced

The University Policy Office, Public Safety and Police Services, and Facilities Management announce the issuance of new University Administrative Policy 2.5007 Chalking.

This policy provides guidelines having to do with use of sidewalk chalk for temporary advertising and messaging on Michigan Tech's campus. The chalking policy supports Board of Trustees Policy Chapter 9 and Enacted Ordinance Number 1 (Chapter 12).

If you have questions about the policy, feel free to contact Public Safety and Police Services at 7-2216 or Facilities Management at 7-2303.

Basketball Teams on the Road

The Michigan Tech women's and men's basketball teams are on the road for a pair of GLIAC games at Grand Valley tonight and Ferris State Saturday.

The Husky and Laker women's teams have nearly identical records. Tech is 17-6  (13-5 GLIAC) while GVSU, coached by former Tech assistant Mike Williams, is 18-6 overall and an identical 13-5 in conference play.

In the last meeting between the teams on Jan. 26, the Huskies won a thriller when Morgan Anderson hit a buzzer beater with .7 seconds left in the contest.

The men's team is 14-11 overall and 12-6 in the GLIAC, while the Lakers are 15-10 overall, 11-7 in conference action. 

The Huskies won the last meeting on Jan. 26 in the SDC 72-64.

Both games can be heard locally on 93.5 FM with Director of Athletic Communication Kirk McDonnell handling the play-by-play. The women tip off at 6 p.m. tonight, with the men starting at 8 p.m.

For more, visit michigantechhuskies.com.

Nominations Sought for Michigan Tech Diversity Award

The Michigan Tech Diversity Award recognizes the accomplishments of a faculty or staff member of the University who contributes to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership and actions. Previously, there was a restriction that the award was not intended to honor those whose primary job at Michigan Tech was already within the framework of furthering/fostering diversity and inclusion. This restriction has been removed.

The recipient will receive a $2,500 award and will be honored during the Faculty Awards Dinner held in September. The award recipient will be highlighted on the Diversity Council webpage and recognized in University publications.

Nominees must be current faculty or staff of the University. Nominations can be submitted by individual employees (including supervisors, direct reports and peers of the nominee), students, alumni, University groups, employee networks and community organizations, or other University partners. Self-nominations will be accepted.

Visit this webpage for further instructions, clarification on eligibility, criteria for consideration and to download a nomination form.

Award recipients will be selected and announced in April.

Alpha Gamma Delta Library Fundraiser

Do you enjoy Starbucks coffee? Are you in need of an
afternoon snack? Stop by the Library Cafe anytime between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday (Feb. 20) to support Alpha Gamma Delta, Zeta Epsilon Chapter by purchasing any item from the Library Cafe. An anonymous donor will double all sales made during this time.

Not hungry? The match applies to $5 cash cards available for purchase at the cafe as well.

The fundraiser supports diabetes research and awareness, of which all proceeds will be given to the Alpha Gamma Delta foundation to fight the ravages of diabetes.

Cake n Make

Grab some cake, make some stuff and learn more about how to create a pathway with the Pavlis Honors College (PHC).

This event is from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Feb. 16) in The Alley, located in the MUB basement. We will provide supplies for making cupcakes, nail and string art, mini pallet coasters, pop can cookie cutters and more. Invite your friends and come make some cool stuff with the PHC.

Applications for the PHC are now open. Deadline to apply to the Honors College is March 26.

Find out why success means more than GPA at honors.mtu.edu.

Hawaiian Food at Khana Khazana

Tomorrow's Khana Khazana at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli features a menu from Hawaii.

The menu includes:

  • Creamy Potato Salad
  • Huli Huli Chicken
  • Fresh Corn Tomato Salad

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 17). The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

Blue Line Club to Host End of Season Brunch

The Michigan Tech Blue Line Club will host its annual End of Season Brunch on Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Bonfire Restaurant on the seventh floor of the Magnusson Franklin Square Inn in Houghton.

The event is scheduled to run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will feature video highlights, as well as remarks from Coach Mel Pearson and members of the senior class.

The End of the Season Brunch is open to the public. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for $15. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by noon Friday, Feb. 24 to blueline@mtu.edu.

Norman Loney Chair Candidate Seminar

Norman W. Loney is professor and former chair of the Otto H. York department of chemical, biological and pharmaceutical engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and a Fellow of AIChE. He has served as associate chair for undergraduate studies at NJIT and science advisor to the NASA DEVELOP Program. He is associate editor of chemical product and process modeling.

His primary research interest is in the solution of transport phenomena problems using analytical methods to confirm the appropriate capturing of the underlying physical science that can assist experimental programs leading to final process development. He has authored or coauthored more than 72 publications and presentations relating to the use of applied mathematics in chemical engineering since 1991. 

Loney is recognized as an international expert in mathematical modeling for chemical engineering and was invited to present seminars on his work at the Cracow University of Technology in Cracow, Poland and the Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland. In addition to his service in AIChE, Loney is a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and The Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

A seminar honoring Loney will take place at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 17) in Rekhi Hall G09.

KIP Seminar Series: Research in Progress (RIP) Forum

KIP students (URIP/SURF, MS, DPT and PhD) will conduct a forum regarding preliminary data on current research from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 17) in the Memorial Union Ballroom B. The seminar will be split into two parts: three minute presentations followed by poster viewings.

Research Poster Practice Workshop

Join the Pavlis Honors College for a lightning round of research presentations. Practice your poster talk and get valuable feedback from former Research Symposium participant and current graduate student, Abbey Senczyszyn.

The workshop will take place at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 16in Library 243. An additional workshop will be held Tuesday (Feb. 21) at the same time and in the same location.

For information on other upcoming undergraduate research workshops click here.

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Monday

Matthew Tianen, doctoral student in the department of materials science and engineering, will present "Domain Mechanisms for Magnetization and Deformation Behaviors of Fe-Ga Alloys" at 4 p.m. Monday (Feb. 20) in M&M 610.


Campus Communicators

Campus Communicators meets every month to dive into the challenges and craft of comm work. The group will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. today (Feb. 16) in Memorial Union B001.


C-Cubed Week 6

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

Classic Chicken Pot Pie 
Meatless Pot Pie (VE) 
Chopped Salad with Apple Vinaigrette (VE)

Sweet and Sour Veggie Stir Fry (VE, GF) 
Kung Pao Chicken Noodle Stir Fry (GF) 
Coconut Jasmine Rice (V, GF) 
Egg Drop Soup (GF)

V — Vegetarian, VE — Vegan, GF — Gluten Free

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


HuskyLEAD — Managing Organizational Conflict

An upcoming HuskyLEAD session, on Managing Organizational Conflict, will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. today (Feb. 16) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

Conflict is possible and can occur within any group of individuals. Learning how to prepare for situations involving conflict can help individuals and organizations prevent some situations from happening and resolve the ones that do happen quickly. Visit HuskyLEAD for more information.


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. tomorrow (Feb. 17) in Dow 642.

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


Biomedical Engineering Seminar

The biomedical engineering department will host Kate Taylor from the University of Minnesota at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 17) in EERC 101.

She will present a seminar titled "Materials and Coatings for Medical Devices: Successes, Challenges and Lessons Learned."


African Beat Fundraising Dance Night

The African Student Organization will host "African Beat Fundraising Dance Night" Saturday (Feb. 18) to promote our big "Africa Night" event coming in March.

Doors to the Feb. 18 event will open at 8 p.m. and the music will stop at 11 p.m. With your ticket purchased at the door, you get your fill of pizza, drink and snacks, all while listening and dancing to great music from many different African countries.


Win by Losing Wellness Challenge

Have you been trying to get healthier and lose weight? Employee Wellness and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan invite you to participate in "Win by Losing," a free, fun and healthy nine-week challenge open to Michigan Tech employees that can help you take personal responsibility for your health and reach your weight-loss goals. 

Register today to be part of Michigan Tech's team. The official competition runs Feb. 27 through April 28. Participants will submit weekly weigh-ins to compete against other BCBSM group customers. You will also have access to a toolkit to help you meet your goals. 

Contact Shannon Brodeur with questions.

In the News

The Chicago Tribune quoted alumna Trista Shieffer in a story about women automotive engineers. Shieffer is engineering group manager for noise and vibration in advanced vehicle development at General Motors.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Thursday, February 16, 2017

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

Research Engineer/Scientist II, MTRI. Apply online.

AutoCad Technician, Facilities. Apply online.

Assistant Director, Counseling Services. Apply online.

Assistant Director of Career Development Education, Career Services. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

CTL Tip of the Week

Submit Mid-Term Grades via Banner or Canvas and Coursetools

Instructors have two choices for submitting grades. Mid-Term (and Final) grades can be submitted electronically via Canvas or Banner Self Service. Banner Self Service is the simpler of the two systems; instructors can enter grades directly, click submit and be finished.

Grade submission through Canvas requires more steps. It is often most beneficial for larger classes or courses where grades are already entered in Canvas or another spreadsheet program. Grades will need to be entered or uploaded into the “Mid-Term” column in Canvas first and then extracted from Canvas and submitted to Banner using “Coursetools.”

Mid-Term grades are due at noon Monday, Feb. 27. They only need to be submitted for first-year students and only SA or UN grades can be used. When using Banner Self Service only students who require a Mid-Term grade will be available. Grade submission information and instructions can be accessed on eLearning’s Mid-Term Grade Submission Information and Resources page.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.