Researchers Discover Two Historic Shipwrecks in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

The vessels are thought to be the steamer Choctaw and wooden bulk freighter Ohio, both found in historic shipping lanes off Presque Isle in Lake Huron. 

Engineers from the Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Tech helped NOAA archeologists from the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary find the two new sites using one of our Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV).

Using an IVER3 AUV with the advanced EdgeTech 2205 sonar system, the team has been able to provide ultra-high resolution acoustic images of both the Ohio and Choctaw. Check out the full story

Tech Labs Reach Out to Researchers Hit by Harvey

Four Michigan Tech labs, so far, have responded to a request by scientific honor society Sigma Xi and the March for Science for researchers to open their labs to scientists displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Rudy Luck (Chem), David Shonnard (ChemEng), Paul Sanders (MSE) and the Great Lakes Research Center all have invited researchers and students impacted by Harvey to work in their labs.

In its call for lab space, Sigma Xi wrote, "some researchers in the storm's path will be displaced from their laboratories for an extended period. These individuals may require extraordinary measures to continue their work. Sigma Xi is joining with March for Science to assemble a list of research laboratories nationwide that are willing to accommodate faculty, postdocs and students who need to temporarily relocate."

Nationwide, 290 labs have signed up so far. To see the list of labs click here.

Seminar on Submitting your Dissertation, Thesis or Report

Students planning on finishing a dissertation, thesis or report in fall 2017 are invited to a seminar designed to help students understand the submission process and answer questions about it. Faculty and staff who assist students with submissions are also welcome to attend.

The seminar is from 4:05-4:55 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 12) in Fisher 138 or online as a live streaming event (off campus students only). 
Register here.

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation three hours before the event with the location and a reminder of the date and time, or information on how to join us online. If you are unable to join us, this seminar will be taped and available online after the event here.

Information on submitting, formatting and more can be found online for dissertations and theses or reports.

Student Activities Office Closed for K-Day

The Student Activities Office (MUB 112) will be closed starting at noon Friday (Sept. 8) for K-Day. The office will reopen Monday (Sept. 11). For answers to questions or any concerns, email Rochelle. We hope to see you all at K-Day.

Senate to Meet Sept. 13

The University Senate will hold its first meetings of the academic year at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13, in Dow 642.

A complete list of meeting dates for the 2017/18 academic year is available online.

C-Cubed Lunches Begin Next Thursday

The C-Cubed luncheons will return on Thursday, Sept. 14, and Friday, Sept. 15, each from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

The C-Cubed lunches are held each Thursday and Friday throughout the academic year. As the name suggests, the meals are meant to foster conversation, community and collegiality. There are no presentations and no agenda.

Attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Fruit-infused water, coffee, tea, cookies and fruit are available free to all attendees. The C-Cubed lunch menus are created by executive chef Eric Karvonen, and prepared by Chef Eric and his culinary team.

The buffet lunch is $10 per person. Cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates (available in the Memorial Union office) are accepted.

 

Submit C-Cubed feedback here.

Distinguished and University Professor Nominations Sought

President Glenn Mroz and Provost Jackie Huntoon announce two new titles available, beginning this year, to recognize the achievements of some of Michigan Tech's most outstanding faculty members.

The Distinguished Professor title will be used to recognize outstanding faculty members who have made substantial contributions to the University as well as their discipline but are not presently recognized through an endowed position or faculty fellowship. Deans will be encouraged to acknowledge the achievements of distinguished professors in their areas through an appropriate combination of salary bonuses and/or discretionary funding in support of research, teaching, or outreach.

The University Professor title will recognize faculty members who have made outstanding scholarly contributions to the University and their discipline over a substantial period of time. The recipients of this position will receive $10,000 annually from the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs which can be used to support the university professor’s research and/or creative work. In addition, deans will be encouraged to supplement each university professor’s salary with an annual bonus of $5,000.

Nominations for both positions should be submitted to the appropriate college/school dean by Oct. 27. Nomination packets will be reviewed by deans council and an advisory committee organized by the President. Eligibility and application requirements, as well as additional information, can be found online.

Call for Proposals: Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund (C2E2)

The Office of the Vice President for Research is requesting Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund proposals (C2E2). The program provides funds to purchase equipment that will have a broad, campus-wide impact and will improve the lives of faculty, staff and students.

Submissions will be accepted until 4 p.m. Oct. 19. Late submissions will not be accepted. For more information and proposal submission requirements, visit C2E2.

Info Session for Students: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The Research Development Office is hosting an overview session on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) for eligible students. The session is at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 in the Administration Building, room 404.

If you know a student who has research and leadership experience and meets the eligibility requirements, encourage them to consider applying for this prestigious fellowship. Eligible students who already have internal University/department funding are strongly encouraged to apply.

If eligible students cannot attend this overview session, but would like to be invited to the follow-up sessions, let Jessica Brassard or Natasha Chopp know.

Registration and Academic Guide Orders Due Today

Just a reminder, if you plan to order a printed copy of the Registration and Academic Guide, the deadline to do so is 5 p.m. today (Sept. 6).

You can order online by visiting the Advisor Resources page and selecting "Request Registration and Academic Guide” in the Resources box. The cost is $10.35 each. 

The guide is also available online. If you have any questions, please contact Alisha Kocjan or Judi Smigowski in the Registrar’s Office at 7-2319.

Kliakhandler Lectures Sept. 13-14

The third annual Kliakhandler Lectures are Wednesday, Sept. 13 and Thursday, Sept. 14.

This year's lecturer is Don Saari, who graduated from Michigan Tech with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics in 1965. He went on to earn master's and doctoral degrees from Purdue University, after which he had a long career as a faculty member at Northwestern University and then the University of California at Irvine. At UC-Irvine, he was the Director of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences.

Saari's research activities are diverse, with significant contributions in celestial mechanics, voting theory, economic analysis and other areas. He has received a long list of honors, including membership in the National Academy of Sciences and was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the American Mathematical Society.

The Kliakhandler Lectures always include a public lecture designed to be accessible to a wide audience and a research colloquium.

The public lecture titled "From Houghton High to weird Engineering, Science, Election Decisions and Even Dark Matter" is at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 in Dow 641.

Saari says "In this expository general public talk, I outline how what I learned starting in Houghton High and Michigan Tech helped in my exploration of a wide variety of topics. This includes the surprise that we can make bad decisions—from business, to science, to engineering and even to elections. The reason: our choice of decision rules."

He says additionally, by understanding what can go wrong in decisions, new insights are obtained about that compelling mystery in astronomy of 'dark matter.'

"Everyone has heard of dark matter, yet, even though we have spent billions of dollars, we really do not know what it is. Find out what causes the mystery, and why we might have found so little."

The colloquium titled "Mathematics Behind the Dark Matter Mystery" is at 1:05 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 in Fisher 139.

"In my general audience talk, I will introduce the topic of dark matter. A remaining question is to appreciate the associated mathematics. During this presentation, which is self contained (i.e., you do not need to know anything about astronomy nor dynamical systems), the mathematical arguments are outlined," Saari says.

The Kliakhandler Lectures are funded by a gift from Igor Kliakhandler, a former faculty member in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Reminders

Fall Blood Drive Hosted by Fraternity and Sorority Life Today

There is a constant need for blood donors and now the need is critical. The gratification is instant. Give blood. Join Fraternity and Sorority Life from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Today and tomorrow (Sept. 6-7) in the Library Reading Room to donate blood.

Sign up for an appointment time online or call 800-733-2767. Walk-ins are always welcome. Click here for more information. Bring a photo ID.

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Auditions Tonight, Tomorrow

The Tech Theatre Company will hold auditions for their first two productions of the 2017-18 season this week today and tomorrow.

Auditions for "Fires in the Mirror" by Anna Devere Smith and "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," by Steve Martin will be held at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow (Sept. 6-7) in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center. Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of auditions. 

The auditions are open to anyone and include opportunities for students and community members. Read the original Tech Today story.

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Looking for a Mentor?

The WorkLife Connections invites all interested staff to submit Staff Mentoring Interest Forms to team up with a trained mentor for the fall and spring semesters.

A mentor can assist you in developing key workplace skills, help staff who are new to the area learn more about the Keweenaw and Michigan Tech, and serve as a valuable advocate for you as you develop your professional goals. The deadline to submit your Staff Mentoring Interest Form is midnight on Sept. 19.

For more information, see previous Tech Today article.

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Spring 2018 KCP Fellowship Applications Sought

Applications are being sought for Spring 2018 KCP Future Faculty Fellowships, a program funded by the State of Michigan. KCP fellowships provide students up to $20,000 (MS students) or $35,000 (PhD students) to pursue their degrees. The Graduate School and nominating department must also contribute matching funds to help support the student.

Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. Read the full Tech Today story here.

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Institutional Equity and Inclusion Staff Out of Office Today

The Institutional Equity and Inclusion staff will be out of the office all day today 6 for a staff retreat. Normal operations will resume tomorrow. Read the full Tech Today story.

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Programmers of the World Unite

Catherine Frisk of the University of California-Berkely will be on campus to present her take on collective organizing among the creative classes. 

Her presentation is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Light refreshments will follow the presentation. 

The lecture is sponsored by the School of Business & Economics and the Visiting Women And Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLS) which is funded by a grant to Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative. Read the original Tech Today story.

 

New Funding

Raymond Shaw (Physics) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $43,000 grant from NASA. Kamal Kant Chandrakar is Co-PI on the student fellowship project "Aerosol Indirect Effects on Optical Properties of Turbulent Clouds." This is a one-year project.

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Jeremy Worm (ME-EM/APSRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $20,422 research and development contract from the US Department of Defense, Army, TARDEC. The project is "Development and Delivery of a Professional Course in Inverter Design." This is a four-month project.

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Hui Yao (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $431,000 research and development grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Zhanping You (CEE) and Qingli Dai (CEE) are Co-PIs on the project "Tire Rubber Modified Asphalt Emulsion for Effective Pavement Preservation." This is a 14-month project.

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Chee-Wooi Ten (ECE) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $348,866 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Yeonwoo Rho (Math/ICC) is the Co-PI on the project "CPS:Medium: Collaborative Research: An Actuarial Frankework of Cyber Risk Management for Power Grids." This is a three-year project.

Notables

Adam Johnson, Office of Advancement, has accepted a leadership position with the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO). A volunteer role, Johnson will serve as the vice president of finance on an executive committee comprised of colleagues from the University of Texas, UCSD, University of Illinois, University of Washington and the University of Pittsburgh. 

NACRO strengthens relationships between academia and it's external partners by bringing together practitioners from across the country to compare and refine ideas and strategies — increasing the value of these relationships, and providing members with tools, best practices and a collaborative network of academic fundraising professionals.

Johnson formerly served as the chair of the marketing committee, and has been a NACRO member since 2011. Michigan Tech has a strong presence within the organization, with nearly a half-dozen staff attending the 400 person conference in Seattle last month.

In The News

WLUC-TV6 reported on the Portage Health Foundation's three endowed professorships at Michigan Tech. Full story here.

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WDIV-TV Channel 4 (Detroit) reported on century-old shipwrecks found in Lake Huron by scientists using an autonomous underwater vehicle from Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center. Full story here.