Merelaniite Named Mineral of the Year

The shiny, gray, cigar-shaped whiskers of merelaniite have a new description: Mineral of the Year.

The International Mineralogical Association (IMA) selects one mineral a year for being outstanding and particularly unique among the dozens recognized each year as new minerals. Merelaniite, a mineral from Tanzania discovered by a team led by physics professor John Jaszczak, earned the IMA's Mineral of the Year for 2016. Read the full story.

NSF's Proposal Requirements for Identifying Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information

On April 24, the NSF initiated a new pilot for identifying conflicts of interest that affects all NSF proposals.

The Michigan Tech offices of Research Development and Sponsored Programs want to make a special note about the requirements for the Collaborators and Other Affiliations document. Over the last few years, this document has moved from inclusion on the NSF Biosketch to a separate document. As a separate document, it has evolved from a free-form document through two versions of an Excel spreadsheet template. With all these changes, it's easy to get confused or lose track of which template should be used.

The most up-to-date template comes directly from NSF and can be found here. We have also saved a copy of this template to the RD Toolkit here.

Here are the most important things to note:

  • Has been developed to be fillable. However, the content and format requirements must not be altered by submitters.
  • Must be saved in .xlsx or .xls formats and directly uploaded into FastLane as a Collaborators and Other Affiliations Single Copy Document.
  • Will be converted by FastLane from an .xlsx or .xls file to a PDF file.
  • Has been tested in Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets and LibreOffice.
  • Will enable preservation of searchable text that otherwise would be lost. Must be uploaded in .xlsx or .xls formats only. Uploading a Collaborators and Other Affiliations Single Copy Document in any other format may delay the timely processing and review of your proposal.
  • Will be directly linked in FastLane. The template and associated instructions may also be accessed directly here.

It is important to note that the new form requires additional information that was not required in previous templates. You will need to plan time during proposal preparation to update this document to the new format.

NSF announced this document on listservs and in the NSF Proposal and Award Policy Newsletter here.

Chemical Sciences and EngineeringóDrinking Water Restrictions

A "Do Not Drink" order for the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Building will be in place beginning tomorrow (June 24) as a precautionary measure, following work on water lines supplying the building.

Upon completion of the new water line installation, fountains will be bagged and posted, and other water outlets in the building will be posted with "Do Not Drink" signage.

These precautionary measures will be put in place due to the potential for contamination of the system during water line installation. The do not drink restriction will remain in effect until results from sampling verify the water is safe to drink.

We anticipate lifting the precautionary measures Thursday (June 29). Be prepared to bring water or obtain it from another building for purposes such as drinking, making coffee, making ice, preparing food and washing dishes. Questions can be directed to Environmental Health and Safety at 7-2118.

Japanese Cuisine at Today's Khana Khazana

A menu from Japan is featured at today's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union North Coast Grill.

The menu features:

  • Chicken Teriyaki
  • Japanese Cheesecake
  • Salad with Sesame Dressing

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The cost is $5.95 and includes a fountain beverage. 

Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

Service Animals on Campus

In our continuing effort to spread disability awareness, Institutional Equity and Inclusion would like to highlight the University Service Animal Procedures, which states "Persons with disabilities may be accompanied by working service animals on the campus of Michigan Technological University. Michigan Tech is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities and fulfilling obligations under State and Federal law."

A service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability.

Visitors to campus with service animals may access all public facilities, with the exception of areas where service animals are specifically prohibited due to safety or health restrictions, where the service animal may be in danger, or where the service animal's use may compromise the integrity of research. Visitors should contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion at 7-3310 with questions.

Students with a disability who wish to utilize a service animal in the classroom, University housing or other campus facilities must register with Student Disability Services 7-1494.

Allowing a service animal in the workplace is a form of reasonable accommodation. Faculty and staff should contact Institutional Equity and Inclusion at 7-3310 if they wish to request an accommodation due to a disability.

To learn more download the Service Animal Procedures.


Candidate for Governor to Visit Campus Today

Gubernatorial candidate Bill Cobbs will stop by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion's Hamar House from 1 to 2 :30 p.m. today (June 23).  Cobbs will be available to chat with students, staff and faculty. Contact Kellie Raffaelli for more information.


Ray Lasanen Retirement Social Tuesday

The Financial Services and Operations department invites the campus community to a retirement social to recognize Ray Lasanen from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday (June 27), in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

Refreshments will be served.


Chemical Sciences and Engineering Building Closure Saturday and Sunday

As part of the University Chemical Stores Facility Project, contractors have to relocate the water main that is behind the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Building. This means water will be temporarily shut off to the entire building.

This work will take place this Saturday (June 24) and Sunday (June 25). If everything runs as expected water service will be restored at end of the day on Sunday.

During this closure, no one will be allowed to occupy the building and card access will be turned off.

For more information see previous Tech Today article.


Chemstore Closed

The Chemstore will be closed next week from June 26-30. It will re-open on Monday, July 3.


Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appointed Michigan Tech alumnus Nathaniel Gbessagee '12 as president of Grand Bassa Community College, three miles north of Buchanan on Liberia's Atlantic coast.

Gbessagee received his PhD in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Tech in 2012. His dissertation research focused on improving risk communication about malaria in Liberia.

After completing his doctorate, Gbessagee returned to Liberia, where he accepted a faculty position in the Department of Arts and Sciences at Tubman University. In 2016, Gbessagee was appointed a senior aide to the chairman of Liberia's National Elections Commission. His responsibilities as president of Grand Bassa Community College will begin in August.

On the Road

Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon (CLS/CS) and four graduate students are attending the 23rd International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD), at Penn State University. The conference began Monday and concludes today.

Jeon and his students presented three papers, "Participatory design research methodologies: A case study in dancer sonification", "Influences of visual and auditory displays on aimed movements using air gesture controls" and "Multisensory cue congruency in the Lane Change Test."

They also presented two sonification installations about "sonically enhanced smart exercise app" and "real-time tweet sonification for the Korean Ferry tragedy".

Jeon has also joined as a board member of the community and will host the 24th ICAD at Michigan Tech next year.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, June 23, 2017

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

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

Assistant Intramural Director / Aquatics Coordinator, Kinesiology & Integrative Physiology / Athletics & Recreation. 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.