Leave Nothing Up in the Air: Bridge Inspections in the Age of Drones

Drones make bridge inspections safer and easier to document. A complementary 3-D bridge app developed by the Michigan Tech Research Institute also streamlines defect records.

Bridging basic and applied research is more than a metaphor. There are 612,677 bridges in the U.S. and the annual Federal Highway Administration 2018 bridge deficiency report finds that more than 54,000 of them have at least one key element that is in poor or worse condition. The state of Michigan ranks 16 nationally with 1,175 structurally deficient bridges, about 10.5 percent, which sits above the national average.

Read the full story on mtu.edu/news.

New NSF Policy Regarding Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment Reporting Requirements

On Oct. 22, 2018, the National Science Foundation (NSF) implemented a new policy to ensure the research and learning environments it supports are free from harassment by publishing a term and condition that requires awardee organizations to report findings and determinations of sexual harassment.

After Oct. 22, all new NSF awards and funding amendments to existing awards are subject to the new terms and conditions, entitled “Notification Requirements Regarding Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault.”

When incorporated into an NSF award, awardee organizations will be required to notify NSF of any findings/determinations of sexual harassment, other forms of harassment or sexual assault regarding an NSF funded Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI, or of the placement of the PI or co-PI on administrative leave or the imposition of any administrative action relating to harassment or sexual assault finding or investigation.

Training is required for all PIs and co-PIs; a notice will be sent to all individuals currently required to complete the training. A revised set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the NSF’s award terms and conditions has been posted to the NSF Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s harassment website. These revised FAQS are dated Dec. 4, 2018, and include more than 30 questions and responses.

A Michigan Tech website with more information is forthcoming. Any additional questions regarding the terms and conditions should be submitted to sexualharassmenttandc@nsf.gov.

The Michigan Tech contact is Joanne Polzien.

Bob Mark Business Model Competition Winners

The 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition took place Wednesday (Dec. 5) in the Opie Library. The Competition was hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship, a collaboration between Pavlis Honors College, the School of Business and Economics and the Vice President for Research Office.

There were more than 20 participants making up 15 teams from various majors and disciplines who pitched to a panel of judges.

Ideas ranged from hypothermia preventing life jackets to a web-based stress management program. Participants had five minutes to pitch their ideas and present their business model. The judging panel then had time following the presentation to ask questions and provide valuable feedback.

The winners of the 2018 Bob Mark Business Model Competition were:

  • First Place and MTEC SmartZone Game Changer Award - Gary Tropp (Computer Network & System Administration) for VARS (Virtual Advising Registering and Scheduling)
  • Second and Third Place - Tie between Mayank Bagaria (Mechanical Engineering) for Vakya and Karuna Rana (Environmental and Energy Policy) for Reality Check
  • Audience Favorite - Nate LaJoie (Finance) and Michael Betz (Management) for Backpack Keg
  • Honorable Mention - Deanna Springgay (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) for Little Trainer
  • Honorable Mention - Russ Crofton (Mechanical Engineering Technology) for Moonlight Cycles

Congratulations to all winners and participants, and thanks to the panel of distinguished judges for donating their time and expertise. The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship would also like to thank MTEC SmartZone and Arroyo Networks for their support and prize contributions. Photos from the event can be viewed and downloaded here.

The Bob Mark Competition is part of Husky Innovate, a series of workshops and competitions that guide students through key phases of business development while emphasizing strategies for success. More information on upcoming Spring Husky Innovate events can be found at mtu.edu/husky-innovate.

World Water Day 2019 at Michigan Tech

World Water Day 2019 will be celebrated at Michigan Tech from March 21 to March 26 with a poster session, keynote lecture, art show and panel discussion related to the UN World Water Day theme, "Leaving No One Behind - Human Rights: Near and Far."

On Thursday, March 21, the green film "Marathon for Justice" will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Forestry Building G002.

On Monday, March 25, a keynote lecture by Monica Lewis-Patrick, co-founder, president and CEO of We the People of Detroit will take place at 4 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom. Lewis-Patrick is an active member of the People’s Water Board Coalition, US Human Rights Network, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and D-REM.org, and was named to the World Water Justice Council in October 2015. The keynote lecture will open with a Welcome to Traditional Homelands by members of the Keeweenaw Bay Indian Community and the Woodland Singers.

Also on Monday, March 25, the World Water Day Poster Competition will take place from noon to 2 p.m. The Poster Competition includes entries from graduate and undergraduate students in two categories: Original Research and Coursework/Informational. Faculty are welcome to assign individual or group posters in their courses if applicable to the course. Click here to download Poster Registrations.

On Tuesday, March 26, a panel discussion, an art reception and closing ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in the GLRC 202. Valoree Gagnon (GLRC) and Emily Shaw (CEE) will moderate the panel alongside Lewis-Patrick. Other panelists have yet to be determined.

The World Water Day events will close with a reception following the panel discussion and a closing ceremony by the Woodland Singers.

From March 15 through June 15, an art show featuring Daniel Hill, Josh Jaehnig and Jonathan Soper will be on display in the first and second floors of the GLRC.

Visit the World Water Day website for more information about the upcoming events. 

Michigan Tech Archives Open for Second Saturday

From noon to 5 p.m tomorrow (Dec. 8), the reading room in the Michigan Tech Archives will be open to the public for Second Saturday.The Archives will offer the full range of its research support services and genealogy assistance during Second Saturday hours.

The next Second Saturday is Jan. 12.

For more information about Second Saturday, email the Michigan Tech Archives at copper@mtu.edu or call 7-2505. Find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @mtuarchives and Instagram, michigantecharchives.

Festive Fusion Holiday Party

Join Zumba instructor Allison Neely and POUND instructor Rochelle Spencer for a fun night of dancing and rocking out to celebrate the holidays. This jam-packed evening will have Zumba and POUND, holiday music and giveaways. Get in the holiday spirit and wear something festive. Class includes some of your favorite holiday jams, complimentary raffle, surprises and more.

The Holiday Party will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the SDC Studio. Cost is $15/person (no punch cards). Visit Festive Fusion Holiday Party to register.

Huskies and Wildcats Renew Rivalry this Weekend

The #20 Michigan Tech Hockey Huskies will take on rival Northern Michigan in a home-and-home series this weekend (Dec. 7/8). The teams will face off in the Berry Events Center in Marquette tonight and at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena tomorrow. The puck will drop at 7:07 p.m. each night. 

The Huskies are 8-5-1 overall and 7-0-1-1 in the WCHA. Tech is one of three teams across the country unbeaten in conference play. Northern is 6-9-0 overall and 5-3-0-0 in the conference.

The games can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM, and streamed on Pasty.net. The games will be televised live on FOX-UP.

Tech is 63-72-14 all-time against NMU, dating back to 1979. The Huskies are 24-41-6 in games played in Marquette and 34-30-8 against the Wildcats at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

ACSHF Forum

Amber Kemppainen, PhD candidate in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors (ACSHF), will present "Implementation and Assessment of the LEarning with Academic Partners (LEAP) Program" at the next ACSHF forum at 2 p.m. Monday (Dec. 10) in Meese 109.

The LEAP Program was established in the Fall of 2016 as a near-peer mentoring program for first-year engineering students. This presentation summarizes the quantitative and qualitative assessment performed on the LEAP Program from 2016 to 2018.

SBE Faculty Candidate Seminar

Supply Chain and Operations Management faculty candidate Cigdem Kochan will present "Impact of cloud-based information sharing on hospital supply chain performance: A system dynamics framework" at 4 p.m. Monday (Dec. 10) in AOB 101. 

Kochan is currently an assistant professor at Ohio Northern University.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, December 7, 2018

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.

Office Assistant 4, Dining Services. UAW Posting 12/7/2018 - 12/13/2018. 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.

New Funding

Amlan Mukherjee (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $162,256 contract with the ESC. Inc on a project funded by Federal Highway Administration. The project is titled "Mapping of Unit/Product System Processes for Pavement Life Cycle Assessment."

This is the first phase of a three-year project potentially totaling $206,029.

In the News

A public lecture by Veronica Webster (CEE) regarding the causes and effects as well as responses to the June flood was covered by the Daily Mining Gazette.

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Reminders

Special Edition of Tech Today Coming Tomorrow

Tech Today will present a special edition tomorrow (Dec. 8). The special edition will feature new faculty members who have started with the Fall Semester.

Tech Today will be online tomorrow and will be sent via email to those with subscriptions. 

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Tech Theatre's "On the Verge" Continues Tonight, Tomorrow

The Michigan Tech Theatre Company's production of "On the Verge" by Eric Overmyer continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow (Dec. 7/8) in the McArdle Theatre on the second floor of the Walker Arts and Humanities Center.

Three Victorian lady explorers thwack their way through wilderness. They are intrepid adventurers casting aside the vision of the weaker sex. Not only do they travel through jungles and deserts, they travel through time. Each adventure becomes more trying and disorienting as they come step by step closer to modern times.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech Fee. Tickets are available online, by phone at 7-2073, at the Central Ticketing Office in the SDC and at the door the night of the performance.

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Customer Appreciation Sale 

Feeling appreciated is one of life’s greatest pleasures and the Michigan Tech Campus Store and University Images would like to show our appreciation and thank you for your continued patronage.

Once again we are offering our semi-annual Customer Appreciation Sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m today (Dec. 7).

Nearly everything in the stores will be 25 percent off. We have a great selection of sporting apparel, outerwear and souvenirs that would be the perfect gift for you or anyone on your holiday shopping list.

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The Lode's New Professor's Province Column

The Lode student newspaper is adding a brand-new Tech section beginning with the Spring 2019 semester. It will focus on research done on campus by undergrad students, graduate students and faculty members as well as current news in industry.

The Tech section will also feature a column called “The Professor's Province” which will run every week. This new column will include an interview with a professor and give them a chance to tell the campus and local community what they are up to.

The Lode is looking for professors interested in being featured in “The Professor's Province.” It is a great way to publicize your past or present research, your academic background, your hopes for the future of the technology industry or anything in between.

Anyone interested can contact Maddie Steger, the editor in chief of The Lode.

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Comedian Chinedu Unaka Performs Tonight

Late Night Programming presents comedian Chinedu Unaka at 10 p.m. today (Dec. 7) in the MUB Ballroom.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Unaka has established himself as a talented comedic presence performing regularly at the top comedy clubs, theaters and colleges in the world; with the uncanny ability to connect with people from urban, rural and international backgrounds.

Join us for a night full of laughs. The event is free for everyone and funded by the Student Activity Fee.

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Julia Scruton Master's Defense This Morning

Julia Scruton will present her master's defense "Effects and Limitations of Residual Alloying Elements in Silicon Solid Solution Strengthened Ferritic Ductile Iron," at 8:15 a.m. today (Dec. 7) in M&M 610.

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Holiday-Themed First Friday Social Today

You're invited to a First Friday Social you won't want to miss, hosted by the second floor of the Administration Building. Stop by between 4 and 6 p.m. today (Dec. 7) on the second floor for refreshments, activities and entertainment—including live music by Bob Hiltunen and Adrienne Newman in Career Services, ornament decorating in IPS, foam gnome making in the Center for Pre-college Outreach and holiday cookie decorating in Admin 201.

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C-Cubed Luncheon Today 

A C-Cubed luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (Dec. 7) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. The buffet lunch is $12.

The menu:

Today

  • Beef Pot Roast
  • Portabella Pot Roast (VE)
  • Mashed Potatoes (GF, V)
  • Chef's Vegetable (GF, V)
  • Salad Bar (VE)

V- Vegetarian, VE-Vegan/Vegetarian, GF- Gluten Free

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KIP December Seminar Today

The final installment of KIP's Fall Seminar Series will take place at 3 p.m. today (Dec. 7) in ATDC 101. Michael Steury, of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, will present "Physiology Education: Getting Students to Expand Beyond the Text."

Refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome to attend.

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Grain Processing Seminar Today

The next Chemical Engineering Grain Processing Seminar will take place at 1 pm. today (Dec. 7) in Chem Sci 101. Sarah Perry from the University of Massachusetts will present "Molecular Engineering of Polyelectrolyte Complex Materials."

This event is partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women and Minority Lecture/Scholar Series (VWMLSS) which is funded by a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

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Film Board Presents "The Predator"

This weekend, Film Board Presents "The Predator."

Show times are:

  • Today (Dec. 7) — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Tomorrow (Dec. 8) — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday (Dec. 9) — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135, tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each.

"The Predator" is rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, and crude sexual references

Want to see what movies are playing next? Check out movies and showtimes at the Film Board website

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"Banana Phone" Opening Reception Today

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts announce the semi-annual student showcase. The exhibition, "Banana Phone," features art created by Michigan Tech students participating in Project Learning Lab, an innovative arts classroom based inside of Rozsa gallery b.

The exhibition runs today through Monday (Dec. 7-10). A reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today in the gallery and is free and open to all.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

CTL Article of the Week

I’ve chosen two articles this week, both focused on inclusion. Learning is supposed to be challenging, but one of the main characteristics that students look for in an instructor is confirmation that they belong in a class and can meet those challenges with the right effort.

Learning student names and using them is one of the best and easiest ways to accomplish this. For transgender students, getting this right can require some extra attention and care. The first article, Contemporary Classroom Advice from a Transgendered Student is co-written by transgender student Ashton Black and instructor Stephanie Almagno. It starts with a story that foreshadows moments we might face, and then gives “a list of contemporary considerations” that might be helpful strategies.

The second article, The Problem with Pronouns by Rachel Levin, takes a different tack, giving a few situations where directly asking about names or pronouns turned out not to be best practice.

Both articles importantly acknowledge that, because students’ situations are so unique and likely evolving, there is no one right answer. Both also advise that talking with students and colleagues “without making a big deal out of it” and being prepared to make and acknowledge mistakes is the best way to learn and get better at something that’s new to many of us. Both pieces of advice are valuable, I think, not just for transgender students, but broadly as we interact with an increasingly diverse student body.

While I’m certainly willing to discuss these strategies here in the  William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) on the Library’s second floor, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion provides great developmental resources for instructors as well. As you begin to think about next semester, wherever you seek resources, consider how you’ll ensure your classroom is inclusive.