SFRES to Host Delegation from China

Tomorrow (Jan 23), the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science will host a four-person delegation from Northeast Forestry University in Harbin, China. The university, with more than 28,000 students in a comprehensive doctoral granting institution ranked second only to Beijing Forestry University among foresty and natural resource academic programs in China.

A delegation from SFRES visited Harbin in May and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Northeast Forestry University. Tomorrows visit by the Chinese delegation is a followup to determine the next steps regarding faculty and student exchanges and joint research projects. 

Husky Parents Don't Hide Their Pride, They Broadcast It

A Detroit newsman is playing favorites, but the bias is understandable. Safe to say he's not the only proud parent who wants to tell the whole world about the Michigan Tech Women's Basketball team's climb to No. 12 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll this week—but Dave LewAllen, WXYZ-TV Channel 7 senior anchor and reporter, has a bigger audience than most. 

"Number 14. Number one in my heart," LewAllen said during a recent news broadcast, after sports anchor and reporter Brad Galli surprised him by pulling up a photo of Sarah LewAllen, a senior guard for the Huskies and whose photo in her number 14 jersey was featured in the poll report.

Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

Ann Kitalong-Will Elected to CUWFA Board of Directors

Ann Kitalong-Will, executive director of Business Operations and WorkLife Connections, has been elected to serve on the Board of the College and University Work-Family Association (CUWFA). As a Board member, Ann will serve a 3 year term as the chair of the elections committee. With member universities and colleges across the United States and Canada, CUWFA "provides leadership in facilitating the integration of work and study with family/personal life at institutions of higher learning. The organization meets its mission by providing support to member institutions, sharing resources and developing best practices, and conducting research in the Work-Family field with regard to strengthening the integration of employee work and family/home lives that impact public policy and professional practice in higher education.

2018 Michigan Tech Brand Guide

 University Marketing and Communications announces the 2018 brand guide. The guide contains the framework for both messaging and visual components of the Michigan Tech brand that all campus communicators and content producers should use. With questions or comments, email brand@mtu.edu.

As we near the two-year anniversary of the brand launch and the reveal of the new Michigan Tech logo, be sure that all of your materials have been updated with the new logo. This includes all merchandise, apparel, publications, digital materials and signage. If you need assistance or have questions/concerns, contact UMC (7-2354 or ceverran@mtu.edu).

Hockey Huskies Sweep Nanooks

Joel L'Esperance scored with 1:06 remaining in the third period Saturday, to break a 3-3 tie and give Michigan Tech its 14th straight win over Alaska and second WCHA sweep of the Nanooks this season. The Huskies improved to 13-9-5 overall and 9-6-5-2 in the WCHA after coming back from a 2-0 first-period deficit.

The game-winning goal was scored on a redirect of Mark Auk's blast from the top of the faceoff circle. Houghton's Raymond Brice picked up the secondary assist as he created a turnover.

"Ray did a good job pressuring their D when they coughed it," L'Esperance said. "I just went around the net and ended up in front by myself. Mark did a good job shooting to my stick, and I just redirected it between the goalie's legs. It was awesome when it went in."

 Devin Kero made his fourth straight start in goal and picked up his third win with 18 saves. Nine saves came in the third period alone.

On Friday, Michigan Tech scored four goals in the third period to break open a 1-1 tie and defeat Alaska 5-2. Mitch Meek had two goals and an assist, while Kero stopped 29-of-31 shots in net.

Basketball Changes Made Official

The Michigan Tech women's and men's basketball schedule adjustments due to the postponement of Saturday's games at Davenport are now official.

Michigan Tech will travel to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Thursday (Jan. 25) to play Davenport in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader on the campus of Lake State University. The women's game will tip-off at noon followed by the men's contest at 2 p.m.

The Huskies' home GLIAC doubleheader against rival Northern Michigan in the SDC originally slated for Saturday (Jan. 27) has now been pushed back one day to Sunday (Jan. 28). The original start times of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. remain the same.

Huskies Skiers Rout Competition Sunday

Michigan Tech's Tom Bye took the podium in yesterday's freestyle event at the Birkie Start CCSA series, finishing in first place in the men's 15K race. Five Huskies followed to finish in the freestyle's top 10 overall to wrap up the weekend's competition.

"Today was an absolutely awesome day for the team," said head coach Tom Smith. "We had our best ski results of the season so far."

Sarah Goble took fifth place in the women's 10K overall and earned fourth in the college division. Goble clocked in at a time of 26:20.1.

On Saturday, the women contested in a 5K individual start classic race and the men competed in a 10K individual start classic race. Tech had three women finish in the top 40 and seven men finish in the top 20.

Tech will compete again next Saturday and Sunday when they compete in the Minnesota-Duluth CCSA race. Classic races will be held on Saturday (Jan. 27) with freestyle events to follow on Sunday (Jan. 28).

Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar Series Speaker will be Joan Redwing, PhD, Director of the 2D Crystal Consortium – Materials Innovation Platform, from The Pennsylvania State University. Redwing's research focuses on understanding fundamental mechanisms of crystal growth and epitaxy of electronic materials, with a particular emphasis on thin film and nanomaterial synthesis by chemical vapor deposition. She will be presenting a seminar titled "Heteroepitaxy in 2D: Challenges and New Approaches" from 2 to 3 p.m. on  Thursday ( Jan. 25) in EERC 122. A Meet and Greet will immediately follow the seminar. Refreshments provided. A full abstract can be found here.

 This seminar event is sponsored in part by the Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series which is funded by a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

SPARK Professional Development Wednesday

The Graduate Student Government will sponsor SPARK: A Professional Development Workshop, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 24), in MUB Ballroom A2.

Sessions include:

  • Optimizing your conference and/or career fair experience
  • The Interview
  • Navigating the international job search
  • Exploring careers in entrepreneurship
  • Becoming a challenge agent with tip on including diversity and innovation in your work
  • Conflict resolution
  • Networking for Nerds: How to create your dream career. 

The workshop presentor is Alaina G. Levine, an award-winning entrepreneur, science journalist, STEM careers consultant, professional speaker and corporate comedian.

Her first book on networking strategies for scientists, mathematicians, and engineers, "Networking for Nerds," was published in July 2015. It debuted (and remained for some time) as the Number 1 New Release in Zoology on Amazon. Within a week or two it sold out and it is now in its third printing. There will be a book signing following the workshop. 

This event is sponsored by the Graduate Student Government, the Graduate School, College of Engineering, Career Services, Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Office of Innovation and industry Engagement. 

More information is available online

Department of Social Science Environmental Policy Faculty Candidate Presentation

Sojin Jang (University of Colorado-Denver, School of Public Affairs) will present "Crisis or Conformity? Explaining Patterns in the Adoption of State-level Renewable Policy" from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. today (Jan. 22) in AOB201.

Physics Colloquium:Graduate Oral Presentations

The next Physics Colloquium is at 4 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 25) in Fisher 139. This colloquium features Graduate Oral Presentations.

Tyler Capek will present, "Toward Measuring Relative Humidity in the MTU Cloud Chamber of Imaging Raman Scattering."

The optical properties of atmospheric aerosol depend on the relative humidity of the air. Often the optical properties of aerosols are measured at constant or slowly changing environmental conditions.  However, the water vapor concentration and temperature can vary on small spatial and temporal scales in turbulent conditions. The Michigan Tech Cloud Chamber provides an ideal setting to probe the effects of turbulence.  An imaging system to map water vapor and temperature in the cloud chamber is being developed. This imaging system is based on Raman scattering and will allow for the study of the optical properties of aerosols and cloud droplets in different turbulent regimes.

Binita Hona will present, "Very High Energy Gamma-Ray Study at the 2HWCJ2031+415 Region with HAWC Data." Unlike cosmic rays, gamma rays are not deflected by interstellar magnetic field and hence can point towards their source of emission. The Cygnus arm of our galaxy is a star-forming region with multiple gamma-ray sources and is being studied by many observatories. The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory has the best sensitivity to very high energy gamma ray emission and has detected bright emission from the Cygnus region.  One bright source in the Cygnus region is 2HWC J2031+415, which is an unidentified source.  The goal of Hona's analysis is to investigate the morphology of 2HWC J2031+415, possible correlation with emission at lower energies and the emission origin. This presentation will give a brief overview of the research obtained with HAWC data along with the results seen at lower energies to have a deeper understanding of 2HWC J2031+415 region at very high energies.     

Spring 2018 Safe Place Ally Training Program

Registration is now open for the spring 2018 Safe Place Ally Training Program. The Michigan Tech Safe Place Program is a comprehensive resource to better prepare faculty, staff, students and community members to address the needs of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA*).

The program addresses a wide range of terms that LGBTQIA* students use to define themselves, unpacks the complicated notions of identity in relation to sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, addresses issues that LGBTQIA* students often deal with during the coming out process and examines concerns that LGBTQIA* students face both in and out of the classroom.

Safe Place training also explores the many ways that you can work toward creating more safe, inclusive and affirming spaces and environments on campus.

For times and dates of registration and trainings, as well as additional information about the Safe Place program, visit the Safe Place webpage. If you have any questions, concerns or specific department/organizational needs for Safe Place Ally Training, contact Campus Diversity Educator Amy Lyn Howard in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Reminders

ACSHF Forum Today

Kamara Taylor, assistant professor in psychology at Finlandia University, will present at the ACSHF forum from 2-3 p.m. Monday (Jan 22) in Meese 109.

Her presentation is titled "Invisible Man: Gaining an Understanding of the Complexities of Undiagnosed PTSD in African American Males in the Inner City of Chicago." The forum will examine issues surrounding PTSD and diagnosis of African-American males in Chicago, correlated compounded health disparities in African-American communities and other topics.

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SFRES Timber Seminar Thursday

Archie Landreman, regional director of WoodWorks, will be presenting a course titled "Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design" at Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES) from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 25).

The event is free and includes lunch. It is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, with support from the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute, Michigan Tech Facilities Management and SFRES. The course is AIA approved for 2 LU/HSW Learning Units. Advance registration is required. Register online.

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Participant Support Costs on Sponsored Projects

Due to recent clarification from the National Science Foundation, effective today (Jan. 22), there will be changes to budgeting for participant support costs on all sponsored projects.

Read the full article for more information.

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Portrait Sessions

Have your professional portrait taken at spring semester sessions open to all Michigan Tech faculty, staff and graduate students. No appointment is necessary and there is no charge. Sessions run from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 23) and from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, in Administration Building G35. You will receive your photo four to six weeks after the sessions.

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Biological Sciences Seminar

Andrew Bramburger, researcher at the UMD Natural Resource Research Institute of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, will present "Little Things Show Big Changes in Big Lakes: What Algae Tell Us About a Century of Change in the Great Lakes" from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 25) in EERC 100. For a full abstract, go to the Biological Sciences website.

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Grants.gov Makes Changes

Effective Dec. 31, 2017, Grants.gov officially retired the current Legacy PDF Application Package method of proposal submission and replaced it with an online environment called Workspace.

See the original Tech Today article for more information.

IT Connect

Campus Wireless Lounges

Are your students looking for a place to study? This is a reminder that the wireless lounges on campus are rooms dedicated to student-driven collaboration and personal study. 

You can find wireless lounges at these locations:

  • AOB G04

  • Chem Sci 717

  • Chem Sci B010

  • Dillman 209

  • EERC 318

  • Fisher 232

  • M&M U202/U203

  • MEEM 125

  • Rekhi 113

  • SDC 236

To ensure these rooms are always available for student use, remember these spaces are not meant for course instruction or for departmental equipment storage. 

We are continually trying to improve these spaces, so feedback is important to us. If you have any questions about the purpose or usage of wireless lounges, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

In the News

 Michiga Tech alumnus Joe Berger, a 13-year NFL pro offensive lineman was featured in an article in the the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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TechCentury, an engineering and technology news website published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, ran a story about new Michigan Economic Development Corporation grants, one of which went to Alger County to do a planning study for the Alger County-Upper Peninsula Forest Products Rail Study project. Michigan Tech will conduct the study collaboratively with the region’s forest products and railroad industries. The story also ran on a website called Publicnow.

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UpperMichiganSource/WLUC-TV6 ran a story about Michigan Tech being named one of 200 colleges that pay you back, quoting Director of Admissions Allison Carter on the social mobility that Tech students experience.