Celebrate Pi Day

Today (3/14) is Pi Day, a day celebrated around the world. 

Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

According to the website piday.org, Pi has been calculated to more than one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.

And Pi Day is a great excuse to eat some pie. The office of the Vice President for Research is marking the day with, of course, pie. Their sixth annual celebration will take place at 12:30 p.m. today in the Community Room of the Lakeshore Center.
Every year, staff make pies and bring them for tasting and voting. Tasters vote for the best-tasting pie and the best-looking pie. There will be several pies, including: 
  • Pete's Famous White Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Pie
  • Buttermilk and Blueberry Pie
  • Raspberry Yogurt Pie
  • Banana Split Pie 
  • Mocha Silk Pie
Join the pie tasting and the voting. And feel free to bring a pie (it does not have to be fancy or even homemade). 

Self-Identification Form to be Emailed to Employees

All Michigan Tech employees will be receiving an email from Institutional Equity and Inclusion which contains a link to a Confidential Self-Identification form to gather information on race/ethnicity, disability and veteran status for faculty and staff.

Federal regulations require Michigan Tech to maintain data on race/ethnicity, disability and veteran status. This information will be used according to the provisions of applicable federal laws, executive orders and regulations. Institutional Equity and Inclusion will routinely request this information from all employees. Completion of the form is voluntary.

If you have questions, contact Institutional Equity and Inclusion at 7-3310 or email equity@mtu.edu.

Finnish Celebrity to Attend St. Urho's Social

The Keweenaw Alumni Chapter invites you to join alumni and friends for a social to celebrate St. Urho's Day from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday (March 16) at the KBC.

Antti Holma, a Finnish actor, comedian, writer and host of the "Antti Holma Show" is in town with a film crew, and plans to attend the social.

They are filming a documentary for the Finnish national television network MTV3 on Finns living abroad. To RSVP click here or call the Alumni House at 7-2400.

Monroe Named to CCA Division II All-Midwest Region 2nd Team

Kyle Monroe of the Michigan Tech men's basketball team has been selected to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-Midwest Region Second Team, announced Monday by the CCA office. Monroe was also named to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first Team as well as being chosen for the GLIAC All-Tournament Team.

Monroe, a sophomore forward from Green Bay, Wisconsin, powered the Huskies with a team high 20.1 points per game scoring average while grabbing a team best 7.2 rebounds each time he took the floor. Michigan Tech wrapped up the 2016-17 campaign with an overall record of 16-14 and tied for second in the GLIAC North Division standings. The Huskies advanced to the GLIAC Tournament semifinals, narrowly losing to top-seeded Ferris State.

For the full story and more on Tech athletics, visit michigantechhuskies.com.

C-Cubed Lunches Resume This Week

Join the C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) University lunches. They 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. Faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, fruit-infused water, cookies and fruit are available for all.

Sirloin Steak Tips with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce on Pasta (GF)
Tofu Tips with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce on Pasta (GF, VE)
Gourmet Dessert Display

Moussaka (GF)
Vegetarian Moussaka (GF, V)
Greek Salad (V)
Gourmet Dessert Display

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

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

Campus Communicators Meets Thursday

Have social media questions? Looking to improve the social media presence of your department or area? Join Campus Communicators from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday (March 16) in Memorial Union B001.

Shannon Rinkinen, brand manager, and Cyndi Perkins, web writer, will lead a casual social media presentation. Ask questions, share challenges and ideas, and learn more about Michigan Tech's social media strategy, our unique audiences, tone and messaging, ways to engage, tools to support your process and what to do before launch. Students, faculty and staff are all welcome.

Faculty Grant to Support Global Literacy in Undergraduate Courses - Deadline Extended!

The University Student Learning Goal 3 (Global Literacy) Committee, with support from the Provost’s office and William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning, announces a small faculty grant program to encourage innovative and effective ways to introduce or enhance global literacy content into Michigan Tech undergraduate courses. 

We expect to give two to four awards of up to $1,600 each for work over the summer 2017 to support course development for courses to be taught in the next two years. 

An Intent to Apply is due no later than March 20, 2017. More information, including application process, detailed criteria, and deadlines are available on the Jackson Center Website in the left column of the homepage.

Materials Science and Engineering Doctoral Defense Tomorrow

Wei Wei, doctoral candidate in materials science and engineering, will present "Highly Efficient Electrode Materials and Their Applications in Solar Cells" at 3 p.m. tomorrow (March 15) in M&M 610.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Stephen M. Techtmann (Bio Sci) will present "Microbial Communities as Biosensors: From Environmental Monitoring to Bilge Water" from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday (March 16) in Dow 642.

Microbes are ubiquitous in the environment and are essential for human and ecosystem health. For the most part, microbes exist in complex communities. The composition of these microbial communities can change rapidly in response to environmental change. New technologies for characterization of these communities have enabled the identification of biomarkers for different environmental phenomena. In this presentation, Techtmann presents details regarding the use of environmental microbial communities as tools for monitoring environmental contamination and maritime provenance. Using next-generation sequencing, Techtmann has identified two marine taxa as near perfect indicators for current and previous oil contamination. His team is now seeking to apply this technology to find better methods for tracking ocean-going vessels. Environmental microbes can colonize most structures including ships. The microbiome of a vessel may reflect the environments through which the vessel has passed. His team is beginning to investigate microbes that colonize ship surfaces and to what extent they represent the waters through which the ship has passed. Both of these stories illustrate how environmental microbial communities have wide-ranging applications as biosensors.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar Series, Spring 2017

Thomas Little, professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at Boston University, will present "Visible Light Communication for the Spectrum Crunch" from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 24 in Dow 642.

In this talk, Little will describe the properties of VLC that make it suitable as a 5G technology, including the ability to realize small cells, dense networking and high user locality. He will also describe some of the remaining challenges to adoption. Finally, he will demonstrate how RF and VLC can coexist, realizing the strengths of both media, partnering to keep up with the insatiable demand for more data connectivity.

Refreshments will be provided.

Eat Yourself Healthy Lunch and Learn

Healthy eating doesn't have to be hard — in fact, the simpler, the better. The food we eat fuels our body each day and choosing nutritious foods can have huge effects on our overall health. Join us to learn how to choose quality foods and ditch the calorie counting forever.

This Lunch and Learn is presented by Dr. Sarah Derenzo, Vitality Chiropractic and Wellness, and sponsored by Employee Wellness and WorkLife Connections. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 in Memorial Union Ballroom B2.

Register here. HuskyPAW members may claim 100 bonus points for attending.

Feel free to bring your lunch; refreshments will be provided. This free event is open to faculty, staff and students. Email Shannon Brodeur with questions.

In Print

L. Syd M Johnson (HU) published a review of Nada Gligorov's "Neuroethics and the Scientific Revision of Common Sense" in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. It can be found here.


Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Today

John A. Jaszczak, (Physics) and the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, will present "Mineralogical Miracles from the Merelani Tanzanite Mines" at 11 a.m. today (March 14) in M&M 610.


A radio interview featuring Latika Gupta (SBE) and Nancy Langston (SS) won the Michigan Association of Broadcasting Award for Best Feature Programming. The Copper Country Today Segment discussed the Dakota Access Pipeline Controversy and initially aired on Dec. 18, 2016.

Gupta had provided her expertise as an energy economist and Langston had focused on sovereignty and environmental justice issues. The entire interview can be found on the Copper Country Today website.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, March 14, 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.

Food Service Utility, Dining Services. AFSCME Internal Posting 3/14/17-3/20/17. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

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