2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium Winners Announced

The Pavlis Honors College announces the winners of the Fifth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

The students who presented this year represented a wide array of scientific and engineering disciplines from across campus and highlighted the diversity of research areas being explored. Judges from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines volunteered their time to evaluate posters and presentations.

The results were as follows:

  • First Place: "Subjective and Objective Assessments of Sleep Differ in Male and Female Collegiate Athletes," Stephanie Dietrich, Exercise Science
  • Second Place: "The Effects of Uncertain Labels on Damage Assessment in Remotely Sensed Images," Brian Flanagan, Computer Engineering
  • Third Place: "Building-to-Grid Predictive Power Flow Control for Demand Response and Demand Flexibilty Programs," Drew Hanover, Mechanical Engineering
  • Honorable Mention: Trevyn Payne, Hannah Marti, Jacob Schoenborn

The Pavlis Honors College congratulates the winners and honorable mentions and thanks all the faculty staff and students who attended and participated in this year's symposium. 

Sutter, Ahlborn Honored by ACI

Two Michigan Tech faculty will be honored by the American Concrete Institute at its Spring Concrete Convention and Exposition, Saturday through Wednesday (March 25-29) in Detroit.
At the convention, Larry Sutter (MSE) will be inducted as a Fellow of ACI. According to the Institute's website, Fellows are those who have made outstanding contributions to the production or use of concrete materials, products and structures in the areas of education, research, development, design, construction or management. 
Also at the convention, Tess Ahlborn (CEE), who was inducted as a Fellow in 2015, will receive the Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes exceptional service on ACI technical committees.
Alborn is being recognized because she established and led the first ACI Technical Committee on Ultra-High Performance Concrete. Learn more here.
Wayne Pennington, dean of the College of Engineering says recognition by professional organizations is important to the University. "Michigan Tech prides itself in attention to real-world applications and solutions. Awards like these, to two outstanding researchers, contribute to the foundation of that pride, and we are pleased that Doctors Ahlborn and Sutter are being recognized for their contributions."
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) is a leading authority and resource worldwide for the development and distribution of consensus-based standards, technical resources, educational programs and proven expertise for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction and materials, who share a commitment to pursuing the best use of concrete.

Film Board Presents "La La Land"

This week's feature from Film Board is one of the most acclaimed movies of 2016, "La La Land." Winner of six Academy Awards, including Emma Stone for Best Actress, this dazzling musical tells the story of a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) who falls for an aspiring actress (Stone) in Los Angeles. 

The film also won Oscars for best director (Damien Chazelle), cinematography, original score, original song ("City of Stars") and production design.

Showtimes are:

Tomorrow, March 24 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 25 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 26 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each.

Note: There will be no 2:30 p.m. Saturday showing due to the broadcast of Michigan Tech's NCAA Hockey Tournament Game. 

SIS Bra Show

The Society of Intellectual Sisters (SIS) continues their support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) through their annual Bra Show event. This year's theme is "Outer Space."

The primary mission for the Bra Show is to increase awareness for Breast Cancer as well as raise money to support research for a cure. Departments are asked to join by sponsoring a table for $100. Your donated table will have a tag indicating your support of NBCF. You can also support the Bra Show by submitting a decorated bra on behalf of your team and/or department and finally, attend the Bra Show at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8 in the Forestry Building Atrium.

For more information or to arrange an account transfer, contact Christina Welch. Your contributions will help SIS to realize their fundraising goal of $2,000 to send to NBCF. 

Japanese Food at Tomorrow's Khana Khazana 

Japanese cuisine is on the menu at tomorrow's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli.

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu includes:

  • Teriyaki Salmon Donburi
  • Chawanmushi — Steamed Egg
  • Salad with Japanese Dressing

Cost of the full meal is $7.95 for a full meal which includes a fountain drink. 

Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

LadyFest Music Festival

LadyFest is a music festival to celebrate the female contributions to the music world and our community. Sponsored by Women in Music, the festival will be held Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 at the Canterbury House, 1405 E. Houghton Ave.

Music will be Friday and Saturday nights with the doors open at 7 p.m. Friday.

Starting at noon Saturday, there will be a wide range of art, dancing, poetry and musical activities.

All are welcome. A $5 donation will be accepted.

Friday's Lineup
Ruby the Tank
Rivals Band Acoustic
Women in Music

Saturday's Lineup
We Should Be Laughing
Lena Maude

Saturday's Events
Noon — Irish dancing
1 p.m. — Hooping performance and lesson with Houghton Hoopers
2 p.m. — Creative writing
3 p.m. — Drawing with Beyoncé
5 p.m. — Canterbury's famous Pav Bhaji dinner

Find out more on their Facebook page.

Hockey Watch Party in Fisher 135

If you can't travel to Cincinnati for Saturday's NCAA regional semifinal hockey game between No. 19 Michigan Tech and No. 1 Denver, you can watch it live on a big screen.

Michigan Tech Athletics and Film Board are hosting a live broadcast of the game beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday (March 25) on the big screen in Fisher 135. 

The game is free and concessions are available for $1.

Michigan Tech to Offer Spring Youth Tennis Lessons

Michigan Tech will host youth tennis lessons at the Gates Tennis Center April 4 - 27. Members of the varsity women's tennis team will be instructing. People can register at the SDC Ticket Office, by calling 487-2073 or online.

Young players can enjoy weekly instruction provided by members of the varsity women's tennis team and will also have limited pass privileges to the Gates Tennis Center. Our youth development program is based on the United States Tennis Association's (USTA) 1- & Under Program.

In addition to weekly instruction, tennis program participants will be able to play before 4 p.m. weekdays and anytime on weekends.

Children under seven must be accompanied by a parent while playing outside of the lessons.

Parents can also take advantage of this deal and create a little friendly competition with the kids.

First Parent — $30
Both Parents — $55

Classes may be combined or times may be adjusted depending on the number of participants.

For more information, contact Gates Tennis Center at 7-2774 and visit the Tennis Lessons webpage by clicking here.

Biomedical Engineering Masters Defense

Biomedical engineering masters student Praharsh Madappaly will present his masters defense at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday (March 29) in EERC 122. The title of the defense is "Implantable Wireless Sensor Networks: Application to Measuring Temperature for In Vivo Detection of Infections."

Applied Advanced Materials Innovation Hub Training Session

A training session for applicants to the Applied Advanced Materials Innovation Hub will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. today (March 23).

MTRAC Director John Diebel will host a site for the webinar in M&M 724, but applicants and other participants interested in commercialization of their technology are welcome to log in remotely to the WebEx session.

The session will focus on "How to Present a Business Problem." This one-hour session discusses how researchers can effectively focus on “what problem they solve” in the MTRAC Letter Of Intent rather than the technology specifics of their solution.

Register for this training session by filling out the brief Google form, which can be found here. Log-In information will be relayed to registrants prior to the session.

Two Materials Science and Engineering Masters Defenses Wednesday

Two masters candidates will present at the Materials Science and Engineering Masters Defense held Wednesday (March 29) in M&M 610.

Dafu Wang will present "Food Dyes Based Dye-sensitized Solar Cells" at 3 p.m. 

Qianli Ma will present "Ball-Milling Tuned Band Structures of ZnO Nanoparticles" at 4:30 p.m.


C-Cubed Week 10

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. Faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

Cajun menu featuring:
Traditional Mulfetta Salad (GF)
Mulfetta Salad (V, GF)
Seafood Andouille Jambalaya (GF)
Red Bean Jambalaya (V, GF)

Indian menu featuring:
Butter Chicken (GF)
Butter Tofu (V, GF)
Matar Pulao (V, GF)
Flat Bread (V, GF)

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

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


Immunizations: The Topic of Your Health Lecture Today

Vaccines are considered to be among the most effective ways to prevent serious disease at any age. However, growing misconceptions about immunizations have sparked a national debate about this aspect of public health.

"Millions of Lives Saved: The Incredible Impact of Immunizations," the next in the Your Health Lecture Series, will be held at noon today (March 23) in the Great Lakes Research Center room 202.

The guest speaker is Dr. Keith English, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.


Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning

Student Activities, the Undergraduate Student Government and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion are hosting Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning, a spring semester day of service similar to the fall semester event, Make a Difference Day.

Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning will take place Saturday, April 1. The final deadline to register is 3 p.m. today (March 23). 

For more information, read previous Tech Today article or visit this webpage. Click here to sign up.


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The ME-EM Graduate Seminar speaker at 4 p.m. today (March 23) in Dow 641 will be Shawn Chester from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The title of his presentation is "Multiphysics Mechanics of Polymeric Materials."


Recruiting for Diversity Presentation

Thomas Easley, director of diversity in the college of natural resources at North Carolina State University, will give a presentation on "Recruiting for Diversity" from 4 to 5 p.m. today (March 23) in the Noblet Forestry Building G002.


HuskyLEAD — Making a Smooth Organization Transition

The upcoming HuskyLEAD session is "Making a Smooth Organization Transition"and will occur from 6 to 7 p.m. today (March 23) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.


Green Film Series Continues Tonight

The next offering in the Green Film Series is "Last Call at the Oasis," a World Water Day film. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. tonight in the Michigan Tech Forestry Building's Hesterberg Hall (G002).

The 2012 documentary on the world's water crisis sheds light on the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in the current system, shows communites already struggling with its ill effects and introduces us to individuals who are championing revolutonary solutons.

There is no admission charged but a $3 donation is suggested. 


Xi Sigma Pi Natural Resources Symposium

The Xi Sigma Pi symposium will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (March 24) in Room G002 of the Noblet Forestry Building.

The international Natural Resources Honor Society Xi Sigma Pi is sponsoring an annual symposium promoting the fields of forestry and natural resources. This year's theme is "The Cutting Edge: Modern Technologies in Natural Resources."


LeaderShape Institute Day 7 Reunion

The LeaderShape Institute is a six-day, intensive leadership event that has been a Tech tradition since 1996. Day 7 is known as a day to Stay in Action.

A Day 7 Reunion for all graduates and former Cluster Facilitators of the LeaderShape Institutes since 1996 will take place to help them reonnect and network with one another. 

The event will take place from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Monday (March 27) in the Memorial Union Ballroom A2.

RSVP for the event here.


Introduction to Lean Workshop

The Office of Continuous Improvement is again offering Introduction to Lean workshops for Michigan Tech employees. Training dates and times are:

  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 30
  • 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 13

The training will be in the Memorial Union Ballroom B2. There's no cost for this training.

To register for the course, complete this brief form.


Eat Yourself Healthy Lunch N Learn

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. 

In Print

PhD student Nagendra Tanikella (MSE) coauthored an article with alumnus Ben Wittbrodt (MSE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) titled "Tensile Strength of Commercial Polymer Materials for Fused Filament Fabrication 3-D Printing" that was published in Additive Manufacturing.

CTL Tip of the Week

More on Adding New Users to your Canvas Course

In last week’s tip, we let you know about the new tools and interface for adding new users to your Canvas course. One of the next steps in enrolling new users into your course is to select which role you would like to enroll them in. This week, we’re going to discuss those roles a little bit to help you better understand the full scope of adding new users to your Canvas course.

New users can be enrolled into a Canvas course as:

  • Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant (TA’s)
  • Designer
  • Student
  • Observer

As an instructor, you were likely automatically enrolled into your Canvas course(s) as a Teacher. If you would like another instructor to have full access to your Canvas course as a Teacher, co-teach it with you and be evaluated via the online student rating of instruction at the end of the semester, then this is the role to choose.

A similar but more specific role to enroll someone in is TA. Enrolling a TA into your course gives them all the regular, day-to-day access and abilities of the Teacher role, but does not get evaluated via the online student rating of instruction at the end of the semester. Also, if you have multiple sections in your Canvas course, you can check the box for “Can interact with users in their section only” when enrolling a TA and they will only be able to grade and interact with others enrolled in that section.

Among the three remaining roles, Student is the only one frequently used and is used by instructors who have manually created their own Canvas courses for purposes other than teaching a regular, for-credit Michigan Tech course. Regular Michigan Tech classes have their Canvas courses automatically created and their student rosters automatically enrolled.

Users can be enrolled as a Designer if you would like them to be able to build and create in your Canvas course but not be able to view student submissions or grade anything. The Observer role gives someone the student view of your course but that user does not get added to the gradebook and cannot submit anything or participate in discussions or groups or anything else.

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.

In the News

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was quoted in a story titled "Os Empregos de Energia Sustentável São Sustentáveis?" in Epoch Times (Brazil) and his study in Energy Economics on solar economics was covered by US News.