Richelle Winkler Wins 2017 Faculty Distinguished Service Award

Richelle Winkler, an associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences, is the recipient of the 2017 Faculty Distinguished Service Award.

The award is intended to complement the Distinguished Teaching and the Distinguished Research Awards already established at the University. It recognizes service to the University community that has significantly improved the quality of some aspect of campus life.

University Provost Jacqueline Huntoon says, “The faculty Distinguished Service Award Committee maintains very high standards and are only willing to make awards to individuals whose actions are particularly meritorious. Dr. Winkler exemplifies the characteristics that the award is intended to honor. She is an outstanding scholar whose efforts benefit the University and our community.”

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Tech Ranks High for Financial Aid

Student Loan Report (SLR), a website that tracks student loan and financial aid information, has ranked Michigan Tech 53rd among the 250 top public colleges and universities for the financial aid it offers students.

The report listed the average financial aid package at Michigan Tech as $15,630.

In this report, the website says, financial aid is defined as the average financial aid package awarded to need-based, degree-seeking, full-time freshman. SLR evaluated public colleges based on this metric using Peterson's Financial Aid Data Set-2015. All of the data was self-reported by the respective colleges and provided by Peterson's.

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Summer Parking Lot Painting

Lot 15W, at Wadsworth Hall, will be closed this morning for maintenance updates. 
We will reopen the lot as soon as possible once the paint is dry to allow for employees to regain parking access. 

Tech Offers Computer Science Workshop for K-12 Teachers

Michigan Tech is inviting K-12 teachers and administrators to a workshop in August, to help them find ways to bring computer science and programming into their classrooms. The workshop, supported through a Google CS4HS (Computer Science for High Schools) grant, exposes teachers to exciting new ways to bring computer science into schools.

This is the third year Google has supported a computer science workshop at Michigan Tech for teachers.

"As computer technology becomes an ever more powerful and pervasive factor in our world, students need instruction in the creative problem-solving skills that are the basis of computer science," explains Linda Ott, (CS) director of the workshop.

"Software design and programming skills, along with an understanding of the principles of computer systems and applications, are tremendously valuable in a wide range of future careers, and the problem-solving process of computational thinking can be used to enrich a wide range of K-12 courses. New tools and teaching materials make it possible to bring the creative spirit of computing into K-12 classrooms.

"From a teacher's perspective, however, bringing computer science into the classroom can seem intimidating," Ott goes on to say.

"We want to help teachers develop confidence in their own computer science literacy and help them craft a computing curriculum that meets their teaching missions."

The workshop will cover a basic understanding of computer science principles, help teachers integrate programming into new and existing courses, disseminate K-12 computer programing course materials developed at Michigan Tech and provide tools for increasing interest in computing among young women.

Participants will receive lunches, a stipend to help with travel and other expenses, and a year of assistance in course development from a Michigan Tech computer science graduate student. Out-of-town teachers will receive free accommodation at the Magnuson Franklin Square Inn.

For more information or to apply, click here.

Natural Resources Commission to Meet at Tech

Michigan's Natural Resources Commission will meet at Michigan Tech at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in Memorial Union Ballroom A.

The Natural Resources Commission is a seven-member public body whose members are appointed by the governor, subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. The commission conducts monthly public meetings in locations throughout Michigan. Citizens are encouraged to become actively involved in these public forums.

The commission has exclusive authority to regulate the taking of game and sport fish and is authorized to designate game species in Michigan.

From 8 to 8:45 a.m. the same day, commissioners will be available to meet with the public at the Suomi Home Bakery and Restaurant in Houghton. The public session is part of the commission's "Coffee with the Commissioners" program. It is an opportunity for the public to sit down with commissioners over a cup of coffee and share their thoughts, suggestions and concerns about Michigan's natural resources.

More information about the commission is available here.

In the News

Future Transmission Design

UK Car Magazine, a European car enthusiast magazine and Lubrizol Additives 360, an online driveline news organization, have published articles featuring a new automatic transmission design developed by Darrell Robinette(ME-EM). The new transmission design was developed during his time at General Motors and was presented at CTI Ttransmission Symposium in Berlin, Germany last December. The UK Car Magazine article can be found here and the Lubrizol Additives 360 article can be found here.


Lake Superior Magazine published an article on the geoheritage of the Keweenaw by Erika Vye, a staff educator at Michigan Tech and one of the leaders of a University-based geoheritage project developed and headed by retired professor Bill Rose (GMES). See the full story here.

On the Road

Thirty-one faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students from Houghton and Ann Arbor, traveled to Detroit, May 15-19, for the 60th International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) conference at the Cobo Center.  

Michigan Tech engagement included exhibitor displays staffed by personnel from the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) and the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI). 

Michigan Tech was a contributing sponsor made possible by support from the College of Engineering, College of Sciences and Arts, the GLRC and MTRI.

Ashley Hendricks, a graduate student in Environmental Engineering and advised by Noel Urban (CEE), won the 2017 David M. Dolan Memorial Fellowship for pursuing graduate research involving modeling and statistics related to the Great Lakes.

For more information, including a list of presentations and posters given at the conference, visit the Great Lakes Research Center blog.  

In Print

Loredana Valenzano (Chem) and graduate student Gemechis D. Degaga published the paper "Part II: quantum mechanical prediction of heats of adsorption for C2-C4 hydrocarbons in MOF-74-Mg/Zn periodic structures" on Chemical Physics Letters. The paper is available online.