Michigan Tech Named Bike Friendly Campus

Michigan Tech has been named a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. This is a renewal of the Bicycle Friendly University designation earned by Tech in 2013.

With the announcement yesterday of 46 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities, Michigan Tech becomes one of 182 Bicycle Friendly Universities in 45 states and Washington, DC. The designation is good for four years, until 2021.

"Considering Michigan Tech is buried in snow for 75 percent of the academic year, which makes it hard for bike commuting and cycling infrastructure, this is a huge accomplishment," said Bryant Weathers of the Campus Bike Initiative. "This is just another reason as to why Michigan Tech is such an incredible place for our staff, faculty, and students to learn, work and play."

The Campus Bike Initiative promotes biking as a sustainable form of transportation and a way to preserve the environment and improve the quality of life in the community. 

Read the story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

Climate Survey Closes Friday

Three days remain to participate in the campus-wide survey — the Michigan Tech Assessment of Working, Living, and Learning at Michigan Tech.

The assessment asks questions on a variety of topics that affect the University Community using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

The assessment includes every member of the campus community: students, faculty, administrators, staff and all undergraduate and graduate programs.

The survey opened on Oct. 17 and will end on Friday (Nov. 10). If you haven't already done so, you can access the survey, which is expected to take most people between 20-30 minutes to complete, online.

The Climate Survey Working Group thanks all those who have taken the survey thus far, and encourages all faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students to take the confidential survey as soon as you can.

Tech would like all students and employees to take the Assessment of Working, Living and Learning, so the working group is offering a drawing for a number of incentives after the survey closes Friday.

Undergraduates will be eligible for a one-semester parking pass, four $50 gift cards to the Campus Store and two admission tickets to any sporting event other than the Winter Carnival hockey game. Graduate students will be eligible for the same incentives.

Union and non-union staff and faculty will be eligible for drawings for one-year parking passes, $50 Campus Store gift cards and two free tickets to any sporting event other than the Winter Carnival hockey game.

Read the original story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

FedEx Account #0440 Closing

Attention all departments currently using the FedEx account ending in # 0440. This account has been compromised and is closed effective immediately.

Any shipments using this account going forward will be sent to FedEx security and will be delayed. All vendors using the account # 0440 must be notified to stop.

Any old forms with the account ending in # 0440 stored in departments for both domestic and foreign shipping should be sent to mail services in campus mail.

New forms can be requested by contacting mail services. For questions regarding this procedure contact 7-2348.

Benefits Liaison Group Evaluation

In 2000, the Benefits Liaison Group (BLG) was created as an advisory group. Its purpose is to contribute to shared governance by providing a sounding board for full discussion of benefit issues, and to understand the fringe benefit offerings at Michigan Tech.

The BLG is to make recommendations to the administration on the best possible benefits program, within the University’s available resources.

In 2015, the BLG was restructured to provide a formalized purpose, charge, structure and governance of the group. As part of the governance process, the BLG will be evaluated every two years to determine continuation and modifications.

Last spring, the campus community was asked to provide feedback on the BLG. Based on the responses received and considered, an updated BLG charge has been finalized. You may find information on the BLG at the following link.

Today's Senate Meeting Cancelled

The University Senate meeting scheduled for this afternoon (Nov. 8) has been cancelled. 

The next Senate meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29 in Dow 642.

Informational Forum For Open Enrollment Period Added

The Benefits Office has added one more informational forum for the 2018 Open Enrollment period. The next forum will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 in Forestry G002.
This forum will be audio-recorded for future posting to the Open Enrollment website.

Geospatial Research Forum on GIS Day

Do you use GIS, Remote Sensing or other geospatial technologies in your research or teaching? Join your fellow geospatial researchers at the Michigan Tech Geospatial Research Forum on GIS Day 2017.

Come for lunch and a series of "TechTalks" style presentations about current geospatial research from across campus. This event will be hosted by the Geospatial Research Facility from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 in GLRC 202.

For lunch and to sign up to present a three-minute Geospatial TechTalk, fill out this form. RSVP by Friday (Nov. 10) so we have enough lunch for all guests.

Questions? Contact Don Lafreniere.

Former Husky on Karjala Cup Roster for Canada

Former Michigan Tech hockey player Geoff Kinrade has been named to Canada's Karjala Cup roster and is under consideration for Canada's roster for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February.

Kinrade currently plays for HC Kunlun Red Star, China's only team in the Kontinental Hockey League. The 32-year old played one game for the Tampa Bay Lightening in 2009 after wrapping up a four-year career with the Huskies from 2005-09. The defenseman played 150 games in a Tech uniform, tallying 61 points on 14 goals and 47 assists. He was an alternate captain as a senior in 2008-09.

"We are bringing together a group of players who are on our radar for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games as part of our ongoing evaluation process, with the goal of fielding the best possible team next February," said Canada's general manager Sean Burke. "These 26 players are part of the larger group that is still under consideration for the Olympic team. To read the full story and find out more about Tech sports, visit michigantechhuskies.com

Chemistry Seminar Friday

The next Chemistry seminar will take place at 3 p.m. Friday (Nov. 10) in Chem-Sci 102. Sangyoon J. Han (Bio Med) will present "Early Competition of Actin and Vinculin for Talin-Binding Dictates Nascent Adhesions’ Maturation and Force Transmission."

The adhesion proteins talin, vinculin and paxillin act together to help form integrin-based adhesions. However, their spatiotemporal coordination, at the seconds and single-micrometer dimensions typical of individual protrusion events, remains unknown. Han's team used high-resolution traction force microscopy, single-particle-tracking, machine learning and time-series analysis to investigate how the mechanical force and the molecular recruitment of talin, vinculin and paxillin synergistically affect nascent adhesions (NAs)’ assembly, disassembly and maturation. 

GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lecture, Monday

The Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) seminar on Monday (Nov. 13) will be given by Cynthia Ebinger, Tulane University, New Orleans, as part of the GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lectureship Program (DLP). The seminar is titled 'Earthquakes within continental plates: How, where, and why it matters' and will be presented on Monday Nov 13, at 4:05 pm in M&M U113.

GeoPRISMS is a NSF-funded community effort to study Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins.

Current geographical focus areas include the Alaska-Aleutian arc, Cascadia, New Zealand and the East African Rift System (EARS). More than 50 institutions apply for DLP speakers each year and less than half are successful, so Michigan Tech is fortunate to receive this visit.

Much of Ebinger’s recent work has focused on the EARS, an active continental rift that is a modern-day analog for the ancient Keweenawan Mid-Continental Rift, which is responsible for many geological features of our region.

Seminar details and a speaker bio are available here.


Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Tomorrow

Amberlee Haselhuhn, researcher with General Motors Global Research & Development, will present "Resistance Spot Welding in the Automotive Industry" at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Nov. 9) in M&M 610.


EndNote Workshop Tomorrow

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.

In Print

L. Syd M Johnson (HU) has published "Known Unknowns: Diagnosis and Prognosis in Disorders of Consciousness" in AJOB Neuroscience.


Roman Sidortsov (SS), published a new article, "At the Crossroads of Policy Ambitions and Political Reality: Reflections on the Prospects of LNG Development in Russia," in the OGEL Journal (Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence) special issue on liquefied natural gas.