Michigan Tech Research Forum Presents Distinguished Lecturer John Vucetich

It's not about wolves. For this fall's lecture, John Vucetich (SFRES) talks environmental ethics and how it bridges into the world of environmental sciences and natural resource management.

His lecture, "It's Not About Wolves: Interdisciplinary Knowledge for a Sustainable, Just and Prosperous World," will be presented at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 7), in MUB Ballroom A. 

"Much of my work is aimed at developing insights that emerge from the synthesis of science and ethics,” says Vucetich.

"Environmental ethicists and environmental scientists have a common goal, which is to better understand how we ought to relate to nature,” he adds. “Nevertheless, these two groups employ wildly different methods and premises, and sadly, they rarely interact.”

Read the full story on the Michigan Tech news site.

SURF Program Chosen as Pilot Site for NSF

Michigan Tech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program has been chosen as a pilot site for an NSF-funded study on undergraduate research. The program, called EvaluateUR, is designed to ensure student learning outcomes from participation in undergraduate research are as strong as possible. (NSF award information here.)

EvaluateUR was developed at Buffalo State and was used by a select group of undergraduate research programs last summer, including an REU program at the University of Buffalo, the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire and the University of Washington. SURF is in the Phase II pilot stage, which starts this summer.

Cliff Drive Update

Cliff Drive is reopen to through traffic as of 7 a.m. today (Nov. 6). Drive with caution as construction continues on the Chem Stores Facility. Note that there will be periodic lane closings for short periods of time (usually a few hours) for material delivery and other construction activities, but the road will remain open to through traffic.

Also note that a portion of Parking Lot 3 will remain closed to provide space for the contractor through April 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns direct them to Facilities Management through its website link. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during the construction.

Meet with a Fulbright Finland Centennial Ambassador

Suzanne Louis from the Fulbright Center in Finland will be on campus tomorrow (Nov. 7). She is here to meet with faculty and students who may be interested in applying for a Fulbright grant to Finland to study or conduct research. The country is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary of hosting Fulbright grant recipients, and alumni are traveling across the country to celebrate and promote the exchange.

Contact Helen Halt (hkhalt@mtu.edu or 7-1218) in IPS if you would like to meet with Suzanne. She will be available between noon-3 p.m. 

University Senate to Meet Wednesday

The next meeting of the University Senate (#599) is 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 8) in Dow 642. View the agenda for Meeting #599

Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting.

Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternate to attend in their place.

Hockey Huskies Lose to Bowling Green Friday, Tie Saturday

No. 20 Michigan Tech and Bowling Green skated to a 2-2 tie Saturday (Nov. 4) night at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The Falcons picked up the extra WCHA point with a sixth-round shootout win after the 5-on-5 and 3-on-3 overtimes.

"Bowling Green is a hard team to play against," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "They are a team that makes you better. If you don't show up and compete it's going to be a frustrating night.

"We battled hard in the third period and got a timely goal. I just wish for the confidence level of the group that we would've got the extra point tonight, obviously."

The Huskies fell 2-1 Friday night. The two teams will meet again on Feb. 2-3 in Ohio. This weekend, Tech hosts Northern Michigan Friday (Nov. 10) and travels to Marquette Saturday (Nov. 11).

This weekend is Military Appreciation Weekend as the Huskies will recognize two Wounded Warriors and all veterans in attendance Friday. Tech will wear special camouflage jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit the Copper Country Veteran's Association.

Read the full story and find out more about Tech sports at michigantechhuskies.com.

Volleyball Drops Northern, Moves Up in Conference

The Michigan Tech volleyball team traveled to Northern Michigan for a GLIAC rivalry matchup Saturday (Nov. 4) at Vandament Arena. The Huskies pulled off a five-set thriller for the conference victory (25-21, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23 and 18-16), winning their fifth straight, and eighth straight GLIAC match, to climb into second place in the conference standings.

"I'm just so proud of our team and the way that we fought," said Tech coach Matt Jennings. "A five-setter in a place like this versus such a good team like Northern and a full house against our rival. What we accomplished here was not easy to do. I'm just glad that we came through in the end."

Tech improved to 17-8 overall and 11-3 in the conference and captured second place in the league.

The Huskies look to continue their success as they wrap up the regular season next weekend (Nov. 10-11) hosting Northwood Friday and GLIAC leader Ferris State Saturday at the SDC Varsity Gym.

"Now we have an opportunity to take care of business with two more this weekend coming up with Northwood on Friday, and Ferris, who is a game ahead in first place on Saturday for Senior Night," Jennings added. "It's shaping up to be quite an exciting end to the season for us."

The Huskies have also clinched a 2017 GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinal Match on Nov. 5. The time and opponent is TBD with more details to come.

Find out more on Michigan Tech sports at michigantechhuskies.com.

Football Falls to Tiffin 14-7

 The Huskies football team fell in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest Saturday at Tiffin 14-7. The Dragons rallied in the second half with 14 unanswered points to pull past the Huskies in the final road game of the 2017 season.

"It was another typical GLIAC football game, close, hard fought, and could have gone either way," Michigan Tech Head Coach Steve Olson said. "Unfortunately, they wound up on the right end of it and we didn't. We have to continue to work to find the things that we can do better to try and get on the winning side in these tough games.

"We have to go out next week and put together a good effort against Ferris State and after that we have to take a look at all the things that we need to improve on as we move forward with this football team. Our kids work and prepare hard each and every week and we'll get ready to face a very good Ferris State team next Saturday."

The Huskies return home Saturday to face Ferris State on Senior Day at Sherman Field. Saturday's game will also be part of Military Appreciation Weekend as Michigan Tech honors those who serve and have served in our armed forces. The kickoff is slated for noon.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

Eric Muir presents "Taking Aerospace Engineering to New Heights with the Power of Data" at 4 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 9) in EERC 103.

Muir earned his bachelor's, master's and PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and currently works at the Boeing Company in Seattle. His seminar explores the impacts of big data and machine learning technologies on data-driven engineering, with emphasis on the aerospace industry.

EndNote Workshop at the Van Pelt and Opie Library

Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. EndNote also offers a relatively easy way for faculty to upload citations into Digital Measures.

This combined EndNote Basic and Cite While You Write workshop will be held from 5:05 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 9) in Library 242. 

During the session, we will cover how to create and build an EndNote "library," add references from online databases and PDFs, and organization best practices. Incorporating references into a Microsoft Word document and changing output styles will also be covered.

Registration for the workshop is required. Register for the EndNote Basic and Cite While You Write workshop.

The Library 242 instruction room has EndNote X8 installed on Windows workstations. Attendees may bring their own laptops with EndNote X8 downloaded prior to the session. Visit the library’s EndNote Guide to download the software and get a sneak peek at what EndNote can do for you. Email library@mtu.edu with any questions.

Physics Colloquium Thursday

 

The next Physics Colloquium is at 4 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 9) in Fisher 139. Adam Godzik will present "Physicist Trying to Understand Genetic Diseases—From Genomics to Network Modeling."

Godzik is director of Bioinformatics and Systems
Biology group at Sanford Burnham Prebys–Medical Discovery Institute. His research work is focused on proteins in which his group combines insights from physics and biology to answer basic questions about the relation between the protein sequence and its structure and function.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Monday, November 6, 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, Mechanical Engineering Technology, School of Technology. Apply online.

Custodian - 2 positions, Facilities. AFSCME posting 11/6/17 - 11/10/17. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Reminders

ACSHF Forum Today

Amber Kemppainen, a PhD student in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors/Senior Lecturer in Engineering Fundamentals, will present "Incoming Beliefs of First-Year Engineering Students" at the ACSHF forum from 2-3 p.m. today (Nov. 6) in Meese 109.

Beliefs about intelligence and how knowledge is acquired can impact an individual's performance both academically and professionally. This presentation reviews the first stage in a longitudinal study of changing beliefs of engineering students throughout their undergraduate education.

Approximately 600 first-year students in ENG1101 completed a survey during the first few weeks of the semester that measured intelligence beliefs (or mindset) and epistemological beliefs. Kemppainen will discuss the preliminary survey results and how they correspond with current literature for engineering students.

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M-Cubed Talk Today

Join us for a M-Cubed Talk from 9-10 a.m. today (Nov. 6) in MUB Ballroom A2 .

Executive Director of M-Cubed and Research Innovation and Professor at the University of Michigan, Mark Burns, is leading a discussion on Research Seed Funding and Real-Time Funding.

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Book Donations Sought by Library Friends

The Friends of the Michigan Tech Library are looking for donations to use at our three book sales: Winter Carnival, the Annual Book sale in April, and the Friends' bookshelf (all the time!). There is a need for gently used books, paperbacks, CDs, and DVDs. All proceeds go to help the Van Pelt and Opie Library. 

If you have only a few book sale donations, you may drop them off in the Friends Book Drop located in the Library vestibule. If you have a box or bag of books, please bring them to the Library Service Desk located on the first floor of the Library. If you require assistance, call the Service Center at 7-2508 to have someone meet you at the back door to help.

For more information on what types of books aren't accepted, and dates of the book sale, read the original Tech Today article here.

 

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Payroll Deduction Available for Parking Permits

Transportation Services is again partnering with Human Resources during Open Enrollment for the purchase of 2018-2019 parking permits. As part of Open Enrollment you can elect payroll deduction for Red Faculty/Staff Parking Permits. The 2018-2019 rate for the Red Permit is $165/year or $6.88/pay period. Read the original Tech Today Story.

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EndNote Workshop at the Van Pelt and Opie Library

Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. EndNote also offers a relatively easy way for faculty to upload citations into Digital Measures.

This combined EndNote Basic and Cite While You Write workshop will be held from 5:05 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 9) in Library 242. During the session, we will cover how to create and build an EndNote "library," add references from online databases and PDFs, and organization best practices. Incorporating references into a Microsoft Word document and changing output styles will also be covered.

Registration is required. Register for the EndNote Basic and Cite While You Write workshop.

The Library 242 instruction room has EndNote X8 installed on Windows workstations. Attendees may bring their own laptops with EndNote X8 downloaded prior to the session. Visit the library’s EndNote Guide to download the software and get a sneak peek at what EndNote can do for you. Email library@mtu.edu with any questions.

In the News

ABC News 10 broadcast a story about Michigan Tech computer science students who are providing free, one-on-one help on Saturdays at the Portage Lake District Library for seniors who want to learn to use computers. See here.

New Funding

Shiyue Fang (Chem/SLTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $50,000 grand from the National Science Foundation.

The project is titled "I-Corps: Monodisperse Polyethylene Glycol Synthesis Technologies. This is a six-month project.

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Adam Feltz (CLS) is a co-principle investigator on a grant titled "Risk Communication with Partners: Your Guide to Resources and Recommendations" from Web MD. The one year grant is worth $20,500.

IT Connect

Hours for Presentation Support

This is a reminder that Michigan Tech IT has extended hours for classroom and presentation support Monday through Thursday. When calling between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., please select the presentation support option on our emergency voicemail.
Our hours of operation are:
  • Classroom and Presentation Support — 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m to 5 p.m Friday
  • IT Office and Library and IT Service Center — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Classroom issues are a priority for us, so give us a call from the emergency phone in the room. If you have any questions, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.