Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professor Brings Big Data to Rural Medicine

Qiuying Sha (Math) studies statistical genetics and is ready to do health by the numbers.

Sha is the new Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professor of Population Health. In her new role, she wants to make sure people aren’t treated as numbers in a system—rather number crunching should work in favor of people’s individual health.

“You can tell the person from the data,” Sha says. “I’m a statistician, so when I apply for funding or pursue research it’s always with data—and in this new role, I’ll be able to help on data analysis-tell what the data says and find any patterns from the data.”

Specifically, Sha plans to develop statistical models for personalized medicine—a practice where lots of genetic data, family information, and medical history inform recommendations for an individual person’s medical treatment. Her work could also be applied to genetic screenings to help catch early signs of diseases and assist with preventative care.

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KYP Presentation Tonight

The Keweenaw Young Professionals (KYP) presents part three of their Professional Development Series "Disconnecting with Technology: The Mystery of Digital Burnout Solved, presented by Jeremiah Baumann",  from 6:00 pm - 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Jutila Center, room 323, in Hancock. Read the originatl Tech Today story.

IT Connect

Newly Designed HuskyCards

Starting Saturday (Aug.26), Michigan Tech IT will introduce a newly designed HuskyCard. Don’t worry—if you have a current card, it will still work just fine. This is also a good time to remind you that if there is an expiration date on your card, please disregard this, as it does not pertain to functionality.

If you wish to replace your HuskyCard, bring your current card as identification. There is a $15 replacement fee. If you have any questions pertaining to HuskyCards, contact it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

Zoom Training

Zoom is our newest web conferencing solution for the campus community. This new tool, which replaces GoToMeeting, is an easy way to collaborate on and off campus with colleagues and students.


Michigan Tech IT will conduct a Zoom training session this week. A Zoom representative will cover all aspects of this new tool. Join us from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 23) in Fisher 138. You may attend the web conference from your own computer at 2 p.m. by clicking here. This is limited to 500 online participants.

If you happen to miss it, this training will be recorded and made available soon. If you have any questions regarding Zoom or this scheduled web conference, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu.

On The Road

Dana Van Kooy (HU) recently attended two conferences: the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) in York, England (July 27-30), where she presented her essay, "Configurations of Jamaica: The Modern Narrative of Diminishing Returns."

She then attended the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), which met in Ottawa, Ontario (Aug. 10-13). There, she presented a paper entitled, "Reanimating the Decorporializing Logics of Modernity and Capitalism." Both essays contribute to her current book project about how modernity emerged from the nexus of human and environmental catastrophe: plantation slavery.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, August 21, 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.

Assistant Professor, School of Business & Economics. Apply online.

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