Today's Materials Day Features Working Foundry

You may think college students are too old for a sandbox, but this isn’t your average sandbox. Today (Sept. 12), a 12 x 24 foot sandbox will be constructed in the center of Michigan Tech’s campus.

The sandbox will be filled with two and a half tons of sand, for a pouring of liquid metal by Waupaca Foundry, Inc.

Tuesday is Career Services Materials Day formerly known as "Foundry Day," where students are invited to explore careers in foundry, steel, biomaterials and ceramics.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., between labs and classes, students can design souvenir sand molds, engage with company reps and see innovative products and technologies.  

The event is sponsored by Whirlpool, Neenah Enterprises, Winsert, Waupaca Foundry, Inc. and Roberts Sinto Corporation. 

Materials Day is one of seven industry-related events hosted by Michigan Tech Career Services in the month of September that prepares students for the fall Career Fair.  Find out more about Career Fest online.

Tech in Ten: The Paradoxes of Engineering

Michigan Tech's thought leaders glimpse into the University's future. Wayne Pennington, dean of the College of Engineering, reflects on where engineering and engineering education is heading over the next decade.

Collaboration may be inherently human, but it is not a natural part of the STEM machine. Competition is what drives most of science, technology, engineering and math, whether between companies in industry or to secure funding in academia. Larger institutions are overrun with internal competition, Pennington says—deans and chairs have to fight for recognition and financial support in ways that diminish rewards for faculty who take the time, money and energy to collaborate.

Yet Michigan Tech has successfully carved out time and space for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary work.

"Interdisciplinary work—I think most of us recognize that's where many advances get made and where professional careers tend to move forward," Pennington says. "On the other hand, there is a problem: our curricula are aimed at specific disciplines, our accreditation approach is designed to continually strengthen those individual disciplines and the bureaucracy tends to make interdisciplinary activities difficult, whether it's funding agencies, reporting structures within institutions or even professional societies."

He says Michigan Tech is different, though. It comes down to size and location. We may be remote, but there's a reason some of us call this place Innovation Shore. Read the full story.

Two-Tier Internal Deadline Pilot EXTENSION for NIH and NSF Opportunities in October 2017

The Sponsored Programs Office has extended the two-tier internal deadline structure pilot for all NIH and NSF opportunities in October 2017.

Once again, this pilot will include a staggered, two-tier internal deadline structure for the submission of the final internal and external documents related to any NIH and NSF opportunities.

All final internal documents and the application package (completed in NIH ASSIST or NSF FastLane) will be due to the Sponsored Programs Office no later than 7 a.m., one week (seven calendar days) prior to the sponsor deadline.

However, not all of the science documents in the application package need to be final at this point and the application package does not need to include the completed budget forms.

All final science related documents will be due to the Sponsored Programs Office no later than 7 a.m. the day of the sponsor deadline. Once received, personnel in the Sponsored Programs Office will upload the final documents into the application package. This later deadline will provide valuable time for the PI/researcher to focus on the science aspects of the proposal.

Once the Sponsored Programs Office receives the internal documents and the application package, personnel in the Sponsored Programs Office will enter the approved budget into the applicable application package … the PI/researcher will not need to complete this task.

The specific science-related documents for each application package will be identified and communicated to the respective Principal Investigators once the intent to submit is known.

Feel free to contact the Sponsored Programs Office at 7-2226 if you have any questions.

Portrait Session

University Marketing and Communications will hold a portrait session from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, on the ground floor of the Administration Building, room G35.

Cafe Francais Starts Thursday

The Café Français is resuming its activities from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays in Walker 120C (HDMZ) every week, and is open to any level of French-speaker.

There will be light refreshments and snacks provided.
Contact Dany Jacob with any questions.

SJLS: Peter Gorog: Holocaust Survivor

Peter Gorog, Holocaust survivor and a speaker with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will be on the Michigan Technological University Campus Wednesday, to kick off the University's Social Justice Lecture Series. 

The event will take place at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday (Sept. 13) at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. 

Reserve your free ticket online, or visit the Rozsa ticket office before the performance.

Direct questions to Zack Rubinstein.

Rozsa Christmas Ornament Callout

We need your help in making the 2017 Rozsa Christmas tree the best yet. We want this year's tree to reflect our university's awesome community, and you can help by contributing an ornament that represents your organization, club or department.

It needs to be at least 4 inches, but can be bigger. It can be as simple as a customized store-bought ornament, or something entirely original. Once it's complete, submit your ornament to the Rozsa administrative office (Room 106) no later than Nov. 15.

The tree will be up for viewing in the Rozsa lobby after Thanksgiving break. If you have any questions, contact the Front of House Coordinator.

"Daughter of the Lake", Film and Discussion

"Daughter of the Lake," a documentary film about the human and environmental costs of gold mining and about indigenous resistance in the Peruvian Andes, will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 in Fisher Hall 135.

The film shows scenes from the lives and customs of the local population in the Peruvian Andes and the leading role of women in the defense of the environment. The events portrayed center around the resistance to the Conga mining project, a project managed by Yanacocha Mining Company, owned by Newmont Mining, headquartered in Denver and Buenaventura Mining in Peru.

Miguel Levy (Physics) says Yanacocha is guilty of serious environmental crimes, including water contamination affecting crops, livestock and drinking water of the native population. Protests against the Conga project started in 2011, including a regional work stoppage in 2012, peasant and student protest marches in 2013.

The director of this documentary, Ernesto Cabellos, will join us live for discussion via Skype from Lima, Peru, after the screening. A representative from the Menominee tribe in Michigan will also be joining us in the panel discussion.

The Menominee tribe is presently facing a fight against gold mining here in the Upper Peninsula. This event is sponsored by The Indigenous Peoples' Day Campaign.

Janine Ward Wins PLGC Ladies Championship

Janine Ward captured Michigan Tech's Portage Lake Golf Course's Ladies Club Championship on Sept. 5. It was the first PLGC Club Championship for Ward, from Twin Lakes. 

In the 18-hole stroke play tournament, Ward defeated Houghton's Melissa Stein and Hanock's Ruth Ryynanen. She shot an 80 to capture the title. 

The first-flight winner was Carole Helminen with a score of 99. There was a tie for second place between Taryn Kaurala and Shelby Hamar.

Ward and Sarah Baratono won the the Closest to the Pin contests while skins were won by Ward and Holly Rintala. 

The next tournament at PLGC is the Ryder Cup Two-Person set for Saturday. For details call 7-2641.

This Week in Huskies Sports

Last Week in Review

Volleyball hosted the Keweenaw Classic over the weekend and went 3-1. The Huskies defeated Mary 3-1, swept Bemidji State and won in five over previously-unbeaten St. Cloud State.

No. 7 Minnesota Duluth handed the Black and Gold a 3-0 loss in the tournament finale on Saturday night. Tech is now 5-3 on the season and is back at the SDC Gym this weekend to open GLIAC play against Lake Superior State Friday at 5 p.m. and Saginaw Valley State Saturday at 4 p.m.

The Huskies suffered their first loss of the season with a 31-27 defeat at Hillsdale Saturday. Jake Brown passed for 204 yards while John Williams had 89 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns, but the Chargers scored the game's final 21 points to secure the win. The Huskies will look to rebound on Saturday when they return to Sherman Field to battle Grand Valley State in the GLIAC opener. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and will also be available on the ESPN app. One lucky fan in attendance will also have the chance to win a $25,000 vehicle courtesy of Keweenaw Chevrolet at halftime. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Soccer opened up its home portion of the schedule with a pair of losses. Bemidji State won 1-0 Friday on an early second half goal. Minnesota Duluth won 3-1 Sunday. The Black and Gold continue the home stand hosting Northwood Friday at 7 p.m. and Saginaw Valley State at noon on Sunday, both at Sherman Field.

The cross country teams opened the 2017 season at UW-Parkside Saturday. The men placed fourth in the 8K and the women finished sixth in the 5K. In a field of 167 racers, Matt Pahl took eighth overall to lead the men. Emily Byrd (5th) led the women and was nine seconds off the race leader. The teams will travel to the University of Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational Saturday.

Tech women's tennis swept its opening weekend with a 7-2 win over Lake Superior State Friday and a dominating 8-1 win over Lawrence Tech Sunday. Sandra Cvetanovic, Ivona Gorgioski, Anabella Neri, Natalia Parra, Vicky Quinde all won both of their singles matches on the weekend. The Gorgioski/Quinde duo won both of their doubles matches in the No. 2 spot. Allenca Rolim also won both of her doubles matches at the No. 3 position, mixing it up with Parra against LSSU and Neri versus LTU. Tech begins GLIAC play on the road this weekend.

What's Happening This Week

• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on 93.5 FM 

• Men's Tennis at ITA Regionals (Grand Rapids)
• Women's Tennis at Ashland, 2 p.m.
• Volleyball vs. Lake Superior State, 5 p.m. at SDC Gym
• Soccer vs. Northwood, 7 p.m. at Sherman Field

• Men's Tennis at ITA Regionals (Grand Rapids)
• Women's Tennis at Tiffin, 10 a.m.
• Football vs. Grand Valley State, 1 p.m. at Sherman Field on 93.5 FM 
• Volleyball vs. Saginaw Valley State, 4 p.m. at SDC Gym

• Men's Tennis at ITA Regionals (Grand Rapids)
• Women's Tennis at Wayne State, 10 a.m.
• Soccer vs. Saginaw Valley State, Noon at Sherman Field

Lecture Series on Experimental Fluid Dynamics

A lecture series on experimental fluid dynamics begins Thursday. Dennis van der Voort of Michigan Tech and Eindhoven University of Technology will present the first talk in the weekly series from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 14) in Fisher 131. 

This series of lectures covers the basics and measurement protocols of experimental techniques in fluid dynamics, emphasizing laser and optical methods. The lectures will cover Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), both in general and in relation to turbulence measurements, as well as Laser-induced Fluorescence/Phosphorescence (LIF/LIP), Schlieren, and Schadowgraphy.

A previously completed course in basic fluid mechanics is recommended, but not required. The series is sponsored by the Elizabeth and Richard Henes Center for Quantum Phenomena and Michigan Tech's Department of Physics.

In Print

Elizabeth Flynn, professor Emerita (HU), recently published a chapter, "Feminist Perspectives on Postcolonial Rhetorical Practices: Spivak's Cosmopolitan Erudition and Nazer's Surveilled Silence," in Rhetoric and Writing Studies in the New Century: Historiography, Pedagogy, and Politics edited by Cheryl Glenn and Roxanne Mountford (Southern Illinois University Press, 230-254).


Adam Wellstead (SS) co-authored "Explaining through Causal Mechanisms: Resilience and Governance of Social-Ecological Systems" in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. Read it here.


Safety First Alert Test Today

The second week of each semester, Michigan Tech tests its emergency communications system, Safety First Alert. This fall's test is scheduled for 11 a.m. today, (Sept. 12). You should receive an email, a text message and phone calls on your registered phones. 

To sign up or update your Safety First Alert information, go here.


Presidential Search Committee To Hold Town Hall Meetings Tomorrow, Thursday

The next step in the search for a new president of Michigan Tech takes place this week with a series of town hall meetings designed to gather input from the University community and the general public, held over two days on the Michigan Tech Campus. Two additional town hall meetings are scheduled for Lower Michigan.

On Wednesday and Thursday, (Sept. 13 and 14), consultants from Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates will be on campus to preside over town hall meetings. The consultants will also facilitate regional town hall meetings in the Grand Rapids area and Ann Arbor, Sept. 19 and 20 respectively.

In Houghton, the meetings will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 13) and 7:30 a.m. to noon Thursday (Sept. 14). An open town hall meeting will be held from 9:30-10:15 a.m. on Thursday (Sept. 14) in the MUB Ballroom B2-3. A schedule of the town hall meetings is available online. Read the full Tech Today story.


Keynote Speaker's Club

Are you interested in improving your public speaking skills? Need a  place to practice your speeches and receive valuable feedback from peers?

Join the Keynote Speakers Club and learn more about the club.

The first info session will be from 6 to 7 p.m. tomorrow (Sept.12) in EERC room 100. The group will meet every other Tuesday at the same time and location.


Kliakhandler Lectures Tomorrow, Thursday

The third annual Kliakhandler Lectures will be delivered Wednesday and Thursday. This year's lecturer is Don Saari, who graduated from Michigan Tech with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics in 1965. 

Public lecture, "From Houghton High to Weird Engineering, Science, Election Decisions and Even Dark Matter," will be at 5 p.m. tomorrow in Dow 641. For more information read the original Tech Today story


Computer Programming for Girls

Sarah Larkin-Driscoll, freshman CS major, and Miriam Eikenberry-Ureel, senior at Houghton High School, are presenting a six week workshop series to introduce middle school and high school girls to computer programming, sponsored by an AspireIT grant from the National Center for Women & Information Technology and facilitated by the Michigan Technological University Computer Science Department.


USG First-Year Representative Nominations Open Until Tonight

The Undergraduate Student Government announces that nominations for USG first-year representatives are now open. There are three positions open for first-year representatives.

As a first-year representative you will represent first-year students and help contribute towards making a difference on campus.

Nominating someone is quick and easy—all you need to do is fill out the Google Form to nominate fellow classmates or yourself for a representative position on the USG.

You have until 11:59 p.m. tonight (Sept. 12) to make your nominations. Thank you for your help.


Library Offers Copyright for Instructors Lightning Workshop Tomorrow

Need to share a journal article with your class? What about a YouTube video? What is "Educational Fair Use?" Join us as we explore the need-to-know issues surrounding copyright and instruction.

This 25-minute "lightning" workshop will cover best practices concerning copyright, licensing and fair use as well as the services the library provides to assist you with your instructional needs - with time to spare. Register to join us at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 in room 242 of the library. Questions? Contact


New Funding

Thomas Werner (Bio Sci/LSTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has been awarded a $397,019 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. The project is titled "Dimensions: Collaborative Research: Integrating Phylogenetic, Genetic, and Functional Approaches to Dissect the Role of Toxin Tolerance in Shaping Drosophila Biodiversity." This is a five-year project

Hassan Masoud (ME-EM/MuSTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $175,000 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. The project is "Collaborative Research: Individual and Collective Dynamics of Marangoni Surface Tension Effects Between Particles." This is a three-year project.

On the Road

Laura Kasson Fiss (Pavlis Honors College) and Andrew Fiss (HU) presented at the annual meeting of the British Science Association, now rebranded as the British Science Festival, the longest-running conference for science communication in Europe.

On Friday (Sept. 8) they gave a lecture/performance "The Mathematikado," named for an 1886 parody of Gilbert & Sullivan's "Mikado" written and performed by students at the US women's college, Vassar College.

Their talk discussed how the authors used humor to argue that women could learn college-level math and science. It was sponsored by the British Society for the History of Science and the History of Science Section of the British Science Association.