Protecting Your Computer From Ransomware

Most of you have heard of the WannaCry malware that was released last week. The malware crippled thousands of computers around the world by encrypting their files, shutting down businesses, hospitals and schools.

Michigan Tech Information Technology has been actively monitoring the situation and has patched the majority of the IT-controlled systems on campus to ensure that University data is protected. We wanted to take a moment to remind you that your home computers or University computers not under IT control should also be patched to protect your data.

The patching process for Windows machines is easy to do and most systems should be set to update automatically. If your computer has been nagging you to apply updates and you've been putting it off, it's now time to apply them by rebooting your system.

If your computer is not set up for automatic updates, this is a good time to turn them on. Instructions from Microsoft for Windows systems can be found here.

On Technology Day, IT gave a presentation that walks you through the process for enabling automatic updates and other security features. The presentation can be found here (the Windows update instructions are at the 46-minute mark in the presentation).

If you own a Mac or Linux system, the WannaCry malware does not affect your system. However, it is still important that you regularly update your system, ideally though automatic updates.

If you have any questions, contact IT at it-help@mtu.edu.

Quincy Smelter Historical Landmark Award Ceremony Friday

ASM International is holding a Historical Landmark Award ceremony for the Quincy Smelting Works in Ripley at 10 a.m. Friday (May 19). Dean Wayne Pennington (COE) will represent Michigan Tech at the ceremony, where a cast bronze plaque will be unveiled and dedicated.

"The Quincy Smelting Works is uniquely capable of interpreting the final stage of copper production for one of the few native copper ore mining regions on earth," said Iver E. Anderson, a Michigan Tech alumnus and senior metallurgist for the Ames Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.

The ASM Historical Landmark designation was established in 1969 to permanently identify the sites and events that have played a prominent part in the discovery, development and growth of materials. Many Michigan Tech faculty and alumni were involved in the effort to get historical landmark designation for the smelter, including Stephen Kampe (MSE), Tim Scarlett (SS) and alumnus Scott See, executive director of the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission, which owns the Quincy Smelter.

CPCO in Wads for the Summer

It's that time of year again, the Center for Pre-College Outreach (Summer Youth Programs/Mind Trekkers) has moved to its summer offices on the fourth floor of Wadsworth Hall. 

The offices in 217 Admin will be dark until Aug. 1, when CPCO returns to the Admin Building.

SYP/Mind Trekkers can be found in 470W through 401E Wadsworth Hall. Phone numbers and emails all remain the same. Call 7-2219 if you need help locating them. The staff encourages all to visit this summer in Wadsworth Hall. They would love to see you.

Khana Khazana Features Iranian Cuisine

Iranian cuisine will be featured at tomorrow's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union's North Coast Grill and Deli. Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (May 19). The menu features:

  • Bandari—A sausage dish with onion, tomato and spices
  • Ferni—A pudding made from rice flour, cream, saffron and almonds
  • Sekangebin—Drink made from honey and vinegar

The cost is $5.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

Campus Communicators Meet Today

All are welcome to join the Campus Communicators Group meeting at 10 a.m. today (May 18) in the MUB basement, as we will explore our personality traits.

We will meet and actively engage with Zack Rubinstein from the Center for Diversity and Inclusion as he leads us through an understanding of introverted and extroverted roles in higher education.

Be sure to bring an internet-capable device to take the quiz and find out your own personality traits.

Pair of Huskies Headed to NCAA Championships

The Michigan Tech men's outdoor track and field team will have a pair of representatives at the NCAA Division II National Championships May 25-27 in Bradenton, Florida. 

Matthew Pahl will compete in the 10,000 Meter Run and Kyle Petermann will take part in the Discus Throw after the qualifiers were announced by the national office yesterday.

Pahl, a sophomore distance runner from Canton, Michigan, will be making his first appearance in the NCAA Championships. Pahl recorded a provisional qualifying time in the 10,000 at the Bucknell Bison Invitational on April 15. 

His time of 29:53.24 was a new personal best and Michigan Tech school record. 

Petermann, a senior from Clintonville, Wisconsin, will be making his second consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championships. Petermann turned in his best performance of the 2017 season at the GLIAC Championships earlier this month. Petermann's throw covered a distance of 52.83m.

"Being selected to the National Championships is a tremendous accomplishment for Matt and Kyle, along with our program," Michigan Tech Head Coach Jake Isaacson said. "Both of these young men have provided us with leadership and excellence along with their great performances, and they will represent Michigan Tech proudly down in Florida."

For the full story and more on Husky sports visit michigantechhuskies.com.

Klassen and Saliga Named All-Region

The Michigan Tech men's outdoor track and field team had two athletes named as 2017 NCAA Division II US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region honorees, announced by the national office yesterday. 

Zachary Klassen and Jason Saliga represent the Huskies on this year's All-Midwest Region Team.

Klassen, a multi event athlete from Boyceville, Wisconsin, made the all-region team in the Decathlon thanks to outstanding results throughout the spring season. 
Saliga, a senior distance runner from Leanard, Michigan, earned the honors after strong performances in the 3000m Steeplechase. 

Other Huskies who have impressive region rankings this season include:

  • Matthew Pahl in the 10k (6th)
  • Jake Jurkowski in Pole Vault (6th)
  • Keith Lemley in Pole Vault (7th)
  • Kyle Petermann in Discus (8th)
  • Ashley Veale in the 400m Hurdles (10th)
For the full story and more on Husky athletics, visit michigantechhuskies.com.

New Funding

Jeremy Bos (ECE/RICC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $106,032 research and development grant from the US Department of Defense, Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
The project is titled "Imaging Theory and Mitigation in Extreme Turbulence-Induced Anisoplanatism."
This is the first year of a three-year project potentially totaling $331,550.

In the News

CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) aired a story about Michigan Tech's SENSE Enterprise research on a remote-controlled lifesaving drone that could help prevent drownings in the Great Lakes. Andrew Barnard (ME-EM) is the faculty advisor to the Enterprise team. See here.

On the Road

Adam Wellstead (SS) presented a paper, "In Search of a Venue: A Hybrid Administrative Traditions and the Implications for Climate Change Adaptation Policy in Canada's Territories," at the The Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration Conference (May 16-17) in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Andrew Fiss (HU) gave an invited presentation and participated in a two-day research workshop at the University of California, Berkeley on May 5-6. These events were part of the Algorithmic Thinking symposium, bringing together humanities scholars, data scientists and mathematicians in order to develop a better critical understanding of algorithms, i.e. the mathematical rules meant to govern the behavior of humans and machines. For more information see here.

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L Syd Johnson (HU) was an ethics panelist at the workshop "Stem Cells, Neural Organoids, and Ex Vivo Human Brain Tissue: Science and Ethics" at Duke University. The workshop was sponsored by the Duke Science & Society Program and the NIH BRAIN Initiative, on May 11.