Tech Ranks High as a Safe Campus in Michigan

Niche.com, a college search and ranking website, rates Michigan Tech second safest campus among colleges and universities in Michigan. It was the only public university in Michigan to make the top 10 safest campuses.

The 2017 Safest College Campuses ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Top-ranked colleges offer a safe and healthy environment with little or no campus crime, drugs, or alcohol usage.

The factors considered included the campus crime rate, the safety of the surrounding community, student surveys, residence hall date violence, residence hall rape rate, alcohol-related arrests and drug-related arrests. See here.

Social Security Retirement Planning Webinar

You can never be too early or too late when it comes time to planning for a secure retirement. There are many factors to consider when making that monumental decision and one of them is Social Security.
We know that navigating a government program can be overwhelming, intimidating and daunting. However, you will be amazed at how easy it is to work with Social Security, to navigate their planning resources, get your questions answered and utilize the online tools to ensure you make the right decision.
This webinar will provide details not only on the retirement program but will cover the not so common filing strategy options when it comes to spouses and divorced spouses benefits, key factors to consider when determining the right time to file, how you can work and collect benefits at the same time and how and when to file the application.

Register now for this free, live interactive webinar. For your convenience, there are three dates and times to choose from. Be sure and register for the one that works for you. Space is limited, only register for the date that you will attend.

The Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence Visiting Michigan Tech

Join The Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCEDSV) from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge for a learning session open to the public.

The session will cover what sexual assault can look and feel like, how it can affect victims/survivors and how we can be empathetic and proactive as a college and local community to prevent and respond to sexual assault.

UP Authors Book Signings This Weekend in Copper Harbor

Michigan Tech's Cyndi Perkins (UMC) and M. Bartley Seigel (HU) are among the writers scheduled to be on hand during the 2017 Upper Peninsula Authors Book Signings—on the porch at Grandpa's Barn Books in Copper Harbor. 

The book signing is in conjunction with Copper Harbor's Art in the Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 19-20). Grandpa's Barn is owned by Lloyd Westcoat (GLRC). Seigel, one of the contributors to "And Here:100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917-2017," will be on the porch from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. 

Perkins will sign copies of her novel "More Than You Think You Know," from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. A total of 17 writers and artists will be on the porch during the two days.

Grandpa's Barn is located behind Copper Harbor's one-room school and is adjacent to the Grant Township Park. 

Items Available

The Graduate School has two wooden bookcases available to give away to another department on a first-come, first-served basis. The bookcases are dark brown in color with five adjustable shelves. They are 84" high x 36" wide x 12" deep.

Email Nicole Rubino or call 7-2815 if you are interested or to view.

As always, university property may only be transferred to other university departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.

Reminders

Disconnecting with Technology, The Mystery of Digital Burnout Solved

Keweenaw Young Professionals (KYP) is hosting Part 3 of their Professional Development Series later this month. The event, "Disconnecting with Technology: The Mystery of Digital Burnout Solved," presented by Jeremiah Baumann takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday (Aug. 21) at the Jutila Center, room 323, in Hancock.

Read more about the event in previous Tech Today article.

In the News

News coverage about Yun Hang Hu (MSE) and his latest work synthesizing 3-D graphene from carbon dioxide has been covered by science news outlets including Phys.org, R&D Magazine and ECN Magazine along with several blog sites including Science News Online, Health Medicine Network, ScienMag and the UP site Before It's News.

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L. Syd M Johnson (HU) was interviewed by Big Think in "CRISPR-Cleaned Piglets Have Been Cloned for Organ Donation," on the ethics of research that advances the potential to use genetically modified pigs to grow human organs for transplantation. See here.

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Smithsonian's Air & Space Magazine published a feature article about Michigan Tech's new NASA Space Research Institute, headed by Greg Odegard (ME-EM). The institute will work on using carbon nanotubes to create a composite that is lighter and stronger than any material used in load-bearing structures today.  See here.

New Funding

Mark Kulie (GMES/EPSSI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received an $86,255 research and development grant from the NASA. The project is entitled "Snowfall in the GPM Era: Assessing GPM Snowfall and Ice Microphysical Retrievals Using Independent Spaceborne and Ground-Based Observations." This is the first year of a potential two-year project totaling $186,255.

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Xinfeng Xie (SFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $45,000 research and development grant from the US Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory. The project is entitled "Engineering Performance Characteristics of Hardwood Cross Laminated Timber (CLT)." This is a 20-month project.