Susan Liebau Wins 2017 Diversity Award

Susan Liebau, director of the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Michigan Tech Diversity Award. Established in 2014, the award recognizes the accomplishments of a Michigan Tech faculty or staff member who contributes to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership and actions.

To qualify for the award, individuals must be nominated by fellow employees, students, alumni, University groups, employee networks and community organizations or other University partners. The award is intended to honor those who have gone above and beyond to further and foster diversity and inclusion at Michigan Tech.

In one of three nomination letters on Liebau’s behalf, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Bonnie Gorman stated, “It’s always gratifying when a student comes and asks for your support because they want to submit a nomination for an award. That’s what happened in this case for Susan.”

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Michigan Tech Employee Service Recognition Dinner Held Tuesday

Tuesday (May 9), faculty and staff members, along with their guests, gathered at the Memorial Union Ballroom for an awards dinner recognizing 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service to Michigan Tech. 

The following employees were recognized:

25 Years

  • John Beard, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • John Hackmeier, Facilities Management
  • David Hannon, Facilities Management
  • Allison Hein, Materials Science & Engineering
  • Michael Irish, Visual & Performing Arts
  • John Jaszczak, Physics
  • Donald Kreher, Mathematical Sciences
  • Sylvia Matthews, College of Sciences & Arts
  • Alex Mayer, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Ravindra Pandey, Physics
  • Elizabeth Pollins, Office of Student Affairs & Advancement
  • Lorri Reilly, Chemistry
  • Kelley Smith, Chemistry
  • Allan Struthers, Mathematical Sciences
  • Vladimir Tonchev, Mathematical Sciences
  • Maryann Wilcox, Student Activities 

30 Years

  • Karen Anderson, Financial Aid Administration
  • Robert Barron, Geological & Mining Engineering & Sciences
  • Scott Gruenberg, Keweenaw Research Center
  • Stephen Hackney, Materials Science & Engineering
  • Ellen Horsch, Vice President for Administration
  • Cheryl Johnson, Public Safety & Police Services
  • Allen Niemi (retired), Occupational Safety & Health Services
  • Joanne Polzien, Vice President for Research
  • Bruce Seely, College of Sciences & Arts

35 Years

  • Michael Abbott, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Patricia Asselin (retired), Biological Sciences
  • Robert Baratono, Keweenaw Research Center
  • Paul Buda, School of Technology
  • William Bulleit, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Jean Burich, Registrar’s
  • James Jackovich, Keweenaw Research Center
  • Karen Jakovic, Dining Services
  • Gopal Jayaraman (retired), Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Sharri Karppinen, Registrar’s
  • Andrea Lappi, Physics
  • Raymond Lasanen, Financial Services & Operations
  • Allen Olson (retired), Facilities Management
  • Daniel Rouleau, Facilities Management
  • Karen Salo, College of Sciences & Arts
  • Andre Soumis, Athletic/Rec Facility Operations
  • Gail Sweeting, University Marketing & Communications

40 Years

  • Peggy Gorton, School of Technology
  • Glenn Mroz, President’s Office
  • William Tembreull, University Marketing & Communications

This year’s Staff Service Recognition luncheon will be held on Wednesday, June 14. Congratulations to all the honorees.

ICC Seminar

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host a seminar from 1 to 2 p.m. today (May 11) in Rekhi 214.

Two speakers will each present 30 minute lectures.

Hanan Hibsh, PhD candidate and a research assistant in the Societal Computing program at Carnegie Mellon University will present, "Risk Assessment Using Security Requirements Adequacy".

Josie McCulloch, research fellow in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, UK will present, "Recommendations based on Uncertain Information with Implicit and Explicit Preferences."

Abstracts and bios can be found online. Refreshments will be served.

Two-Tier Internal Deadline Pilot for Select Sponsored Opportunities in June and July, 2017

The Sponsored Programs Office will pilot a two-tier internal deadline structure for the following opportunities in June and July: 

  • NIH R01 Research Grants — sponsor deadline June 5
  • NIH R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award – sponsor deadline June 16
  • NIH R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) — sponsor deadline June 25
  • NSF CAREER — sponsor deadline July 19, 20 and 21 depending on Directorate 

This pilot will include a staggered, two-tier internal deadline structure for the submission of the final internal and external documents related to each of the above opportunities.

All final internal documents and the application package (completed in NIH ASSIST or NSF FastLane) will be due to the Sponsored Programs Office no later than 7 a.m., one week (7 calendar days) prior to the sponsor deadline.

However, not all of the science documents in the application package needs to be final at this point and the application package does not need to include the completed budget forms.

All final science-related documents will be due to the Sponsored Programs Office no later than 7 a.m. the day of the sponsor deadline. Once received, personnel in the Sponsored Programs Office will upload the final documents into the application package. This later deadline will provide valuable time for the PI/researcher to focus on the science aspects of the proposal.

Once the Sponsored Programs Office receives the internal documents and the application package, personnel in the Sponsored Programs Office will enter the approved budget into the applicable application package … the PI/researcher will not need to complete this task.

 The specific science related documents for each application package will be identified and communicated to the respective Principal Investigators once the intent to submit is known.

Feel free to contact the Sponsored Programs Office at 7-2226 if you have any questions.

FutureHuskies Basketball Camps for Boys & Girls This June

Basketball camps for middle and high school age boys and girls will take place in June.

Register now for:

  • Boys Development Grades 6-8, June 18-20
  • Boys High School Elite Grades 9-12, June 28
  • Boys JV/Varsity Team Grades 9-12, June 16-17
  • Girls Development Grades 6-8, June 23-25
  • Girls Offensive Skills Grades 6-8, June 20-22
  • Girls Offensive Skills Grades 9-12, June 20-22

For more information or to register, visit Basketball Camps.

Maroste Participates in Golf Warm Up Event

Mark Maroste, manager of the Portage Lake Golf Course and a PGA teaching professional, is among the presenters at "Stretch for Success" from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight (May 11) at the new UP Health System-Portage Calumet Clinic, 56720 Calumet Ave. in Calumet. 

Before starting the golf season learn proper warm up techniques and receive swing tips from Maroste and physical therapists Josh Hill and Brian Jarvis. 

There is no cost but registration is limited to 25 persons. Call 337-4029. 

Green Film Series Continues Tonight With "Inhabit"

The next offering in the Green Film Series is the 2017 film "Inhabit." It will be shown at 7 p.m.  tonight  (May 11) in G002 Hesterberg Hall, in the Noblet Forestry Building. 

Enjoy coffee, facilitated discussion and refreshments provided by Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Admission is free ($3 donation is suggested). 

"Inhabit" explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called ‘Permaculture’.

Permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems designed to be sustainable and self-sufficient and seeks to shift our agricultural impact from destructive to regenerative.

Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the US, "Inhabit" provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes. (93 min.) 

An discussion of the film will be facilitated by Maria Janowiak, a forester, writer and science communicator. She earned a BS in Forestry and an MS in forest ecology and management from Michigan Tech.

Janowiak works for the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and US Forest Service in Houghton. She is also a board member and volunteer for the Keweenaw Land Trust and a trainee in the Master Gardener program run by Michigan State University Extension. She has several projects underway that blend forestry, gardening, landscaping, and wildcrafting.

The showing of "Inhabit" is Cosponsored by Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center,Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and Keweenaw Land Trust.

Hanna Signs With Texas Stars

Michigan Tech hockey senior Shane Hanna signed with the Texas Stars of the AHL for the 2017-18 season, the team announced yesterday afternoon. Texas is the primary AHL affiliate of the NHL's Dallas Stars.

Hanna, a native of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, played four seasons for the Huskies, appearing in 163 games at defense. He never missed a game in his career, finishing two games short of a Tech record. Hanna, a two-time assistant captain, led the Huskies with 90 career points on 21 goals and 69 assists. He was second on the 2016-17 squad with 27 points and was named to the All-WCHA Second Team, earning all-conference honors for the fourth year in a row.

Hanna was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 WCHA Championship after scoring the game-winning goal in the second overtime to send the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons. He was also named WCHA Player of the Week after the goal and was the co-recipient of the Merv Youngs Awards as the team's most valuable player. 

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Biological Sciences Seminar
Chunxiu Yu from Duke University will be presenting "Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinsonian Rat Model" at 10 a.m. today (May 11) in DOW 743. To read the abstract, view previous Tech Today article here. For more information, visit here.
Family Fun Day is Saturday
A reminder that Family Fun Day is this Saturday (May 13). You can view the schedule of events here.

In Print

Andrew Fiss (HU) published a research article entitled "Mathematics and Mourning: Textbook Burial and Student Culture Before and After the Civil War, 1853-1880" in the History of Education Quarterly. Read more here.

New Funding

Curtis Edson (SFRES) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $84,435 agreement with the US Department of Agriculture - US Forest Service. Ann MacLean (SFRES) is the Co-PI on the project, "Coastal Wetland Re-Connection."
This is a two-year project.
Leo Liu (CEE) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $149,000 research and development contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation. Stan Vitton (CEE), Min Wang (Math) and Michael Billmire (MTRI) are Co-PIs on the project "Develop and Implement a Freeze Thaw Model Based on Seasonal Load Restriction Decision Support Tool."
This is a two-year project.