Beth Reed Named Distinguished Teacher

Beth Reed, a senior lecturer in the Mathematical Sciences Department of Michigan Technological University, is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award in the Assistant Professor/Lecturer/Professor of Practice category.

Reed, who is also assistant to the department chair, has been teaching mathematical sciences at Tech since 1985 and has been recognized at the departmental level multiple times for both her teaching and her service. This year she was named to the Deans’ Teaching Showcase.

Reed began her academic career in forestry, earning a master’s in forest biometrics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1982. She joined Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science in January of 1983 as a research associate working on four different research projects before moving to the Department of Mathematical Sciences in 1985.

Reed says the secret to her success lies, in part, in her effort to “personalize” her classroom. Though many of her classes have almost 60 students, she learns every student's name. She say, “I expect and actually get interaction from almost everyone. It really helps that I can call on each person by name. and if they don't know the answer, I can turn to their neighbor and ask them to help out.” 

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Ticks—Up Close and Personal

'Tis the season for tick checks. The 35-micron-long hair on the leg of a dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis) is a spike-like feature that helps it find, grasp and climb onto hosts.

Ticks may not fly—or even jump that far—but they do what's called "questing", and by waving their third and fourth legs like they're at a rock concert, they're better able to hitch a ride. However, ticks are fickle about humidity and temperature, and will hide under leaf litter to stay damp.

To keep ticks off your own legs, keep them covered on hikes and check for hitchhikers after. Nymphs of the Lyme disease-carrying deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) may be only one to two millimeters across, about the size of a pinhead.

Find out more on Unscripted.

Nominations open for the 2017 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award.

Submit nominations to the Graduate School no later than 4p.m., June 27 following our online instructions.

This year, nominations are being accepted from dissertations in the fields of: Biological Sciences (including Forestry), Humanities and Fine Arts. Michigan Tech may nominate one student in each field. PhD students who have completed all of their degree requirements between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2017, are eligible.

The fields of competition for 2018 will be mathematics, physical sciences, engineering, and social sciences.

Nominations must be delivered to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. on June 27; e-mail nominations to are preferred.

Contact Charlesworth @gradschool if you have any questions about the competition.

Khana Khazana Features Korean Cuisine

Tomorrow's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union North Coast Deli, features tastes of Korea. Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (May 26).

The menu features:

  • Dakgangjeong—crispy and crunchy fried chicken
  • Kimchi-bokkeumbap—Kimchi Fried Rice
  • Jang ah jji—Radish Pickle

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


University Images, Campus Store to Close for Inventory
University Images will be closed for inventory Tuesday, (May 30) and Wednesday (May 31).
On Thursday, June 1, we will resume regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

A Reminder, the Campus Store will be closed for inventory today through Wednesday (May 31).


Train to Become a Staff Mentor

The WorkLife Committee and the Staff Mentoring Advisory Group invite interested staff to submit applications and statements of interest to join the second cohort to train as staff mentors. The Staff Mentoring Program has been developed as a collaborative effort between staff representing all three unions on campus as well as non-union staff, and is funded by a grant from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). The deadline to apply is midnight on June 1.

For more information, see previous Tech Today article.

In Print

Iosif Pinelis (Math) contributed two chapters, "On the nonuniform Berry—Esseen bound" and "On the Berry—Esseen bound for the Student statistic," to the book "Inequalities and Extremal Problems in Probability and Statistics: Selected Topics," just published by Elsevier's imprint Academic Press. Pinelis is also the editor of the book.

The other contributing authors are V. de la Peña (Columbia University), R. Ibragimov (Imperial College London), A. Osȩkowski (University of Warsaw, Poland) and I. Shevtsova (Moscow University, Russia).

The Google preview of the book is available online here and here.


Guiliang Tang (BioSci) is an author on a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The paper is titled "Short tandem target mimic rice lines uncover functions of miRNAs in regulating important agronomic traits." Read more here.