Jason Carter Named an Inaugural Research Leader Fellow

Jason Carter, chair of kinesiology and integrative physiology, has been named one of eight inaugural research leader fellows by the Association for Public and Land-grant Universities'(APLU) Council on Research.

The program is a new research leadership development initiative of the APLU. Other inaugural fellows are Kevin Gardner, University of New Hampshire; Don Engel, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Faith Hawkins, Indiana University; Doug Delahanty, Kent State University; Ralph Davis, University of Arkansas; Jane Strasser, University of Cincinnati; and Gillian Wilson, University of California-Riverside.

Some NSF Sites Unavailable June 30-July 4

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is moving its Data Center IT servers to the new headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, from  8 p.m. (EDT) June 30 to 6 p.m. (EDT) July 4 to prepare for NSF staff relocation in August.

The move has been scheduled around a holiday weekend to minimize the systems downtime and reduce the impact on the research community and NSF staff.

Be advised the NSF website, FastLane, and Research.gov will be unavailable throughout this time. During this outage period, there will be no access to these websites, proposals cannot be submitted in FastLane, and project reports and cash requests cannot be submitted in Research.gov.

However, previously saved information and uploaded documents in FastLane and Research.gov, including in-process proposals and reports, will be accessible after the Data Center move.

We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues. For IT system-related questions, contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or rgov@nsf.gov. Any policy-related questions should be directed to policy@nsf.gov. For additional information about NSF's relocation, please see http://www.nsf.gov.

Federal Reserve President's Town Hall Forum Moves to MUB

Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will host a Town Hall Forum about the economy, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom A. The location has been changed due to the number of advance registrations received.

Provost Jackie Huntoon will moderate the Town Hall Forum, which is free and open to the public.

Kashkari is a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, where the Fed sets interest rates. He will give brief remarks, followed by an open-mic Q&A with the audience.

Kashkari says he welcomes tough questions about the economy, the recent interest rate hike, what the Minneapolis Fed does and anything else of concern to the audience.

Refreshments will be served from 5 to 5:30 p.m., with the program starting promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Advance registration is strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome the day of the event.

Partnering with Michigan Tech to bring Kashkari to campus are the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, Keweenaw Young Professionals, MTEC SmartZone and Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance. Register here.

Reminders

Keweenaw Time Traveler to Launch Tonight
The public will have their first chance to try the Keweenaw Time Traveler at a launch party from 6:30 to 8 p.m. tonight (June 15) at the Carnegie Museum in downtown Houghton.

Over the past year students and staff from Michigan Tech, working with local schools and community groups, have scanned and mapped historical records such as city directories, censuses and school registers. This record linkage technique places past residents in their specific homes, workplaces and schools, allowing anyone to search by name or address and see the results on historically accurate maps. Read the Tech Today story.

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Crane Lift Effects ME-EM, Chem Sci Buildings Today
A crane will be set up in Parking Lot 3 today to remove and replace the cooling tower on the Chemical Sciences & Engineering Building. 
To ensure the safety of students, staff, faculty and visitors to our campus, we will be restricting access to the court yard area between Chem Sci and ME-EM. In addition, the basement exits in ME-EM will be restricted.  Access restrictions will begin at 8 a.m. and should be complete by noon.  If weather is an issue on today, the lift will be rescheduled for tomorrow.
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Cliff Drive Construction Begins Monday
A reminder that construction on Cliff Drive will begin on Monday (June 19) behind the Chem Sci Building. This will close Cliff Drive in this area to thru traffic, and will impact Parking Lot 3. Note that all other parking areas will remain accessible, but only from one direction. Visit the Facilities Management website for more information and a map indicating the areas being impacted.
Questions regarding these projects can also be submitted on this website. Also note that Lot 27 will be opened for a temporary Staff/Faculty overflow parking during the construction work on Cliff Drive. Thank you for your patience as we work to improve the physical conditions on campus for students, faculty, and staff.

In the News

WLUC TV6 aired a story about a student-led moment of silence in honor of the victims of terrorist attacks. See here.

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The new book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, by author and RTC alumna Roxane Gay (PhD, HU) has received extensive international news coverage. Gay criticized the host of the Australian podcast Mammamia for "cruel and humiliating" treatment of her, and "fat-phobia." It was covered in the Atlantic, the New York Times and the Sydney Morning Herald.

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CNN quoted middle-school science teacher Chris Geerer about a climate change class she had taken at Michigan Tech, in a story about teaching climate change in school districts where it is considered "fake news." See here.

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WSFA-TV (Montgomery, Alabama), WSIL-TV (Cartersville, Illinois) and numerous other television stations all over the country reported on MTS's $1 million gift to Michigan Tech's Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, June 15, 2017

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu.  

For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Lecturer, Computer Science. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

On the Road

Mari W. Buche (SBE) recently presented "Mental Models: What Do You Mean by Data Science?" at the twelfth Midwest AIS conference in Springfield, IL, May 18 and 19.

The research-in-progress study addresses the diverse perception, often discipline-specific, of the meaning of the phrase "Data Science."

She was also a panelist for two separate sessions: (1) "Sharing Economy and Online/Blended Education: Implications" and (2) "Building JMWAIS–Editorial Board Discussion". More information can be found at the conference website.

Buche was an invited presenter for the Michigan Chapter of the Special Libraries Association at the University of Michigan–Dearborn June . The talk was entitled "Data Analysis and Information Visualization: Sampling Emerging Technologies in the Surge of Big Data." More information can be found on the SLA website.

The event was sponsored by EBSCO Information Services. Buche is an affiliated member of the ICC Data Science research center.