Michigan Tech Named a Top Online School for Women in STEM

SR Education Group, an online education research publisher, has named Michigan Tech one of the 2017 Top Online Colleges for Women in STEM.

To develop this list, SR Education Group researched all accredited colleges offering at least 10 fully online STEM degrees, evaluating them on factors indicative of support for women students in STEM, including the proportion of female STEM graduates and available online resources for women in STEM. More than 280 schools were considered; 64 made the cut.

For the full list and the methodology, see here.

Katie Buehner Named Assistant Director of Industry Relations

Since Katie (Cooper) Buehner joined Michigan Tech in 2011, she has had many different roles related to our students and their academic experiences. She has actively helped with orientation, first-year success courses and residential life. In addition, she is a member of the University Senate.

On July 3, Buehner will join the Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement as the assistant director of industry relations. In this new role, she will work with companies to help them identify ways to get involved with the University and our students.

Fiscal Years 2017-2020 Predetermined Facilities & Administrative (F&A) Rates

The Office of Naval Research has recently approved Michigan Tech’s predetermined Facilities and Administrative (F&A) cost rates.  The rates are effective from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2020.  The rate agreement can be found here.

The FY17 predetermined rates, which remain unchanged from the provisional rates approved on June 24, 2016, are effective from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

The FY18-FY20 predetermined rates are effective from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020 and will be used immediately for Sponsored Programs proposal budgeting; this includes new, supplemental and continuation funding requests for work beyond what was contained in the original agreement. When awarded, this funding will generally be given a new index number in order to account for the different rates.

For existing and incrementally funded projects the rate in effect at the time the project was awarded will continue to be charged for the life of the sponsored agreement.  Incrementally funded projects exist when incremental awards will be received throughout the approved project period referenced in the original agreement; therefore, these projects’ F&A rates will remain the same.

The FY17 predetermined F&A rates are detailed below: 

  • 55% On Campus Research
  • 71% On Campus Uncapped Research - DOD Contracts & Industrial Sponsors
  •  26% Off Campus Research
  • 41% Off Campus Uncapped Research - DOD Contracts & Industrial Sponsors
  •  52% On Campus Instruction
  •   26% Off Campus Instruction
  •   34.5% On Campus Other Sponsored Activities
  •   26% Off Campus Other Sponsored Activities
  •    50.75% On Campus MTRI Research
  •   84.5% On Campus Uncapped MTRI Research - DOD Contracts & Industrial Sponsors
  •  26% Off Campus MTRI Research
  • 59.50% Off Campus Uncapped MTRI Research - DOD Contracts & Industrial Sponsors

The FY18-FY20 predetermined F&A rates are detailed below: 

  •  53% On Campus Research (Lower)
  • 70.2% On Campus Uncapped Research - DOD Contracts & Industrial Sponsors (Lower)
  • 26% Off Campus Research
  • 43.1% Off Campus Uncapped Research - DOD Contracts & Industrial Sponsors (Higher)
  • 52.6% On Campus Instruction (Higher)
  • 26% Off Campus Instruction
  • 37% On Campus Other Sponsored Activities (Higher)
  • 26% Off Campus Other Sponsored Activities
  • 51.4% On Campus MTRI Research (Higher)
  • 81.7% On Campus Uncapped MTRI Research - DOD Contracts & Industrial Sponsors (Lower)
  • 26% Off Campus MTRI Research
  • 56.3% Off Campus Uncapped MTRI Research - DOD Contracts & Industrial Sponsors (Lower)

 If you have any questions regarding proposals & budgeting contact Lisa Jukkala at 7-2226 or lajukkal@mtu.edu.  For questions regarding charging of sponsored projects contact Tammy LaBissoniere or 7-2244.

Little Huskies Scholarship Deadline July 31

Be aware the Little Huskies Child Development Center has scholarships available to families through the Access to High Quality Early Childhood Education Scholarship Fund.

Families are welcome to apply for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The purpose of the scholarship fund is to remove financial roadblocks to allow Michigan Tech's most needy families access to high-quality early childhood education at Little Huskies. The focus demographics are undergraduate, graduate and low-income employee families. Their success at Michigan Tech is a guiding principle.

Go to the Little Huskies webpage for more information and an application form. A completed application and all required materials must be submitted and received no later than 5 p.m. on July 31, for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Materials may be sent electronically to Eva or mailed to Marie Hatfield, Little Huskies Child Development Center, 500 MacInnes Drive, Houghton, MI 49931.

Alumni Reunion KAC 5K

Join fellow alumni and friends for a 5K Run/Walk on the Michigan Tech Trails on Saturday, August 5.

All proceeds go to support the Keweenaw Alumni and Friends Chapter Scholarship and the Michigan Tech Cross Country Team. The cost to participate is $15 in advance or $20 on race day. The walk kicks off at 8:30 a.m. and the run at 9 a.m. Activities will conclude with an awards ceremony at 10 a.m.

You can register here or call 906-487-2400.

Engineering, Computer Summer Camps for KBIC Middle Schoolers

Middle school students from Baraga and L'Anse will be attending an Engineering Exploration summer camp at Michigan Tech this week. It is the second of three week-long science camps requested by the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College STEM Outreach Department, sponsored by the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach and funded by a four-year US Department of Education STEM education grant.

Engineering Exploration will cover "What is Engineering," chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering and bridge building, transportation engineering, environmental engineering and materials engineering. It will run from 10 am to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Great Lakes Research Center Room 104.

A summer camp called Mathematica and Computer Applications will be held July 10-14 in the Forestry computer lab. Students will learn about geographic information systems (GIS), data collection and processing, base maps, importing and adding data from the world, making and editing a web map, mathematics and the Wolfram language, defining functions, Raspberry Pi, basic circuits and using sensors.

The camp will wind up with a Quiz Bowl. For more information, contact Joan Chadde, jchadde@mtu.edu.

Volunteers Needed For Study

Beauty products have come a long way from the days of straight milk and honey, and the technology to test new products is evolving, too.

Volunteers are needed to participate in an industry-supported study aimed at developing laser-based technologies for assessing the effectiveness of skin moisturizers and firming agents. Men and women over the age of 18 are needed, especially individuals over the age of 50.

The one-time measurements take less than an hour. For more information, contact Research Associate Abhinav Madhavachandran (Bio Med).

PLGC Women's Scramble July, 11

The Portage Lake Golf Course's 2017 Women's Two-Person Scramble is Tuesday, July 11. Registration is 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

Entry fee is $100 in advance and $120 the day of the tournament. The fee includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and dinner. Registration deadline is Friday, July 7. Register here. For more information contact the golf course at 7-2641.

Pairings Announced for Inaugural Ice Vegas Invitational

The Michigan Tech Hockey Huskies will take on the Eagles of Boston College n the inaugural Ice Vegas Invitational on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.

Arizona State will take on Northern Michigan in the second semi-final at T-Mobile Arena. The championship and consolation games will be played Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, with game times both days scheduled for 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (Pacific Time).

"First the NHL, now premier college hockey," said Brooks Downing, president of bd Global, the event promoter.

"Vegas is obviously a hockey destination, as all four teams were quick to commit to this inaugural event. Even our subsequent years are filling up 3-4 years out for this event. Top teams and future pros will all be on display in Ice Vegas!"

Tournament Schedule:

Friday, January 5
• Boston College vs. Michigan Tech – 5 p.m.
• Arizona State vs. Northern Michigan – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 6
• Consolation Game – 5 p.m.
• Championship Game – 8:30 p.m.

All times are Pacific and are subject to change based on potential television broadcasts.

Ticket and Michigan Tech hotel information will be announced this week. To read the full story and to find out more about Husky sports, visit michigantechhuskies.com.

On the Road

Bruce Lee (Bio Med) traveled to the 9th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies in Singapore from June 18-23 to give an invited talk entitled "Stimuli Responsive Biomaterials Utilizing Mussel Adhesive Chemistry". Additionally, Lee also chaired one session in the "Stimuli Sensitive and Responsive Polymer Biomaterials" symposium in the conference.


In the News

Michigan Ag Connection published an article about two Michigan Tech engineering alumni's round-the-world travels. See here.


The Michigan Tech webcam is one of the webcams featured in the latest issue of Lake Superior Magazine. See here.


WLUC-TV6 aired a story about the summer science camps for elementary and middle-school students that are being offered at Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center this summer. See here.


Research co-authored by Chad Deering (GMES) that came out in Science several weeks ago has been featured on several science blogs including TerraDaile, Futurity, and Ideas, Inventions and Innovations.

New Funding

Shane Mueller (CLS/ICC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $70,700 grant from the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Inc. The project is titled "DARPA XAI." This is the first increment of a four-year project totaling a potential of $811,556.


Chemical Sciences and Engineering—Drinking Water Restrictions Continue

A reminder that the "Do Not Drink" order for the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Building was placed last Friday (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. 


Employee Wellness Amazing Challenge

The Employee Wellness Amazing Challenge will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 29. The winning team gets bragging rights as the Amazing Challenge winner. HuskyPAW members will receive bonus points for participating. Register here.

Volunteers are needed for this event. If interested contact Shannon Brodeur. For more information see previous Tech Today article.


Nominations Open for the 2017 Council Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest Distinguised Dissertation Award Deadline Tomorrow

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. Nominations must be delivered to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. tomorrow (June 27); e-mail nominations to gradschool@mtu.edu are preferred.

For more information see previous Tech Today article.


Federal Reserve President's Town Hall Forum Tomorrow

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. tomorrow (June 27) in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom A.

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

For more information see previous Tech Today article.

IT Connect

The What, Where and When of a Ticket

In case you missed this, we wanted to share it again. Most people know that you can create a service ticket by emailing it-help@mtu.edu. When you do so, please provide us with as much relevant information as possible. Most importantly, think of the “What, Where, and When” of the issue, and we will do our best to figure out the “Why.”

Make sure to explain what the problem is, where the problem is occurring, and when the problem actually happened. It is a good idea to provide a building and room number, or in cases when the problem is in a common area, the best possible description of the location.

Providing the “What, Where, and When” in a ticket helps us solve your problem as soon as possible. If you have any questions about creating a ticket, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.