Midyear Commencement Saturday

More than 360 bachelor’s, master’s and PhD recipients are expected to attend Midyear Commencement Saturday (Dec 16). Ceremonies will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Wood Gym of the Student Development Complex.

James Parm, partner at Inc. CEO Project, will deliver the commencement address. Parm graduated from Michigan Tech in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

In his current position, Parm provides business strategy to corporate CEOs. He has a long and distinguished career leading international technology companies including Stratos, Inmarsat PLC and Shell Offshore Services Company.

Parm and his wife Jean, a 1982 Tech graduate, have established the Jim and Jean Parm Endowed Scholarship. The Parms live in Casey Key, Florida. At the commencement ceremony, Parm will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy.

Also receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy is Robert White, long-time trustee of the John Edgar McAllister Foundation. He retired after 30 years as a Chartered Professional Accountant at the University of Toronto. White was instrumental in directing McAllister Foundation funds to assist Michigan Tech in building a welcome center that houses the University’s admissions office.

For the past several years, Michigan Tech commencement ceremonies have included an address by a graduating senior. Saturday’s address will be given by an international student for the first time.

Although Valeria Suarez has only been at Tech for about two years, she has made a significant impact in that short period of time. The native of Maracay, Venezuela will graduate with a bachelor’s of science degree in geological engineering. She is a member of the International Club, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and is vice president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Suarez plans to continue her education in graduate school at Colorado School of Mines.

For those attending Saturday’s commencement, parking is available in lots 22, 23 and 24 and parking passes are not required. Parking is on a first come first served basis.

For those unable to attend commencement in person, the ceremony will be streamed live.

Following the ceremony, the community is invited to join the new graduates for a special reception in the SDC multipurpose room, hosted by the Michigan Tech Alumni Association. 

Update on Presidential Search Today

The next University update, open to the entire University and local community, on the Presidential Search will be held at 11 a.m. today (Dec. 14) in Memorial Union Ballroom A2. For those unable to attend the meeting on campus, you can access the live stream here.

Making a Difference with Copper Country United Way

Making a difference here at Michigan Tech has been one of the most rewarding accomplishments of my life. It may seem like a rare opportunity, for one person to influence so much, but each of us here can make a difference in a matter of moments by donating to the Copper Country United Way.

Our community is small enough to be significantly changed by the actions of just a few people. What you do now can not only improve the lives of people today, but it can make lasting changes for the entire community for years to come—and making that change couldn’t be easier.

Join me in giving to the Copper Country United Way.

Donating by payroll deduction is easy, tax deductible and just a few dollars each pay period makes a real difference right here at home.

To sign up, complete the donation form and return it to: Heather Sander, 705 HNBB, 7-2466 or email hesander@mtu.edu.

The deadline for this year’s deduction is Wednesday (Dec. 20).

Call for Proposals: REF, Portage Health Foundation Mid-Career and Faculty Fellow

REF Proposals

Proposals are being solicited for the Research Excellence Fund (REF) program, an internal award of the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Budgets are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 1 and proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 8. Both must be submitted electronically per the guidelines.

For additional information, see Research Excellence Fund.

If you are interested in serving on an REF proposal review committee, email Natasha Chopp.

Portage Health Foundation Mid-Career

Proposals are being solicited for the Portage Health Foundation Mid-Career program, which is designed to support tenured faculty with an active NIH grant and/or consistent history of external funding with NIH or a related agency. 

Budgets are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 1 and proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 8. Both must be submitted electronically per the guidelines.

For additional Information, see Portage Health Foundation Research Awards.

Faculty Fellow

Applications are being solicited for the Faculty Fellow Program. The Faculty Fellow Program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

The program expands familiarity with sponsored program administration and strategic planning among the faculty, develops leadership capacity among the faculty and improves sponsored programs administration and strategic planning through faculty input.

Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 and must be submitted electronically per the guidelines.

For additional information, see Faculty Fellow Program.

Carn's Work Among NASA Highlights

In reviewing the year's highlights, NASA mentioned a study led by Simon Carn (GMES) that shared out the world's first truly global inventory of volcanic sulfur dioxide emissions.

Using data from the Dutch-Finnish Ozone Monitoring Instrument on NASA’s Earth Observing System Aura satellite launched in 2004, Carn and his team compiled emissions data from 2005 to 2015 to produce annual estimates for each of 91 presently emitting volcanoes worldwide.

The data set will help refine climate and atmospheric chemistry models and provide more insight into human and environmental health risks. Read more and watch a video on NASA's 2017 highlights and learn about volcano breath in the Michigan Tech news story about Carn's research.

SDC Holiday Building Hours, Special Events & Programs

The SDC will have reduced hours Dec. 23 through Jan.13, but will remain open almost every day. There are plenty of indoor recreation opportunities for family and friends—swimming, skating racquetball, volleyball, basketball. See SDC holiday building schedule.

Check out the Holiday Program Schedule for special events and HuskiesFit Programs such as log rolling, public skating, drop-in hockey, Fitbarre and more.

Make the SDC your indoor recreation destination this holiday season. For more information, visit the Recreation website.

Baird's New Book Released

Melissa Baird's (SS) new book, "Critical Theory and the Anthropology of Heritage Landscapes" was published by University Press of Florida.

For more information or to order the book, visit the UPF website.

Hockey Wraps Up 2017 at Home

Michigan Tech hosts Lake Superior State at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena tomorrow and Saturday to wrap-up the 2017 portion of the schedule. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. both nights.

The Huskies are 8-7-4 overall and 6-6-4-1 in the WCHA good for third in the WCHA standings with 23 points and are behind Bowling Green (28) and Minnesota State (27).

Lake Superior State is 4-11-3 overall and 3-7-2-0 in the WCHA. The Lakers have one win in their last five games. Tech won and tied with a shootout win over LSSU in the first meeting of the season between the two teams on Oct. 13-14.

The game will be broadcast on local radio on 93.5 FM, online audio on Pasty.netvideo streamed and live Tweeting

Tech and LSSU will meet for the 73rd and 74th time this weekend in a rivalry that dates back to the 1969-70 season. Tech is 45-21-6 all-time against the Lakers and is 29-9-1 in games played in Houghton. The Huskies are unbeaten in 13 straight games over the Lakers with 11 wins during the stretch.

Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force, Department of Justice and Michigan State Police Visit Michigan Tech

The recently re-established Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force (UPHTTF) has teamed with the Department of Justice and Michigan State Police to bring Human Trafficking Community Awareness to the UP during Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking occurs anywhere there is vulnerability and hides in plain sight.

Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to an open session from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 25 in MUB Ballroom B. Featured speakers include Leslie Hagen from the Department of Justice, SA Todd Wilton ICE/HIS and local MSP Community Troopers.

There will be time for Q & A after each presentation and a brief invite to any participants to join the UPHTTF by the current Task Force Group Leader/Administrator Marlene Mottes, victim advocate from the Department of Justice, United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Michigan, Marquette Office.


HR Office Closing at 1:30 p.m. Today

The Human Resources office, located at the Lakeshore Center, will close at 1:30 p.m. today  (Dec. 14) for a departmental meeting. The offiece will reopen for regular business hours tomorrow (Dec. 15).​


Proposal Preparation and Submission Services Closed During the Holiday Break

During the holidays, the Research Development (RD), Sponsored Programs (SPO) and Innovation and Industry Engagement (IIE) offices will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 27 and Thursday, Dec. 28.

Plan accordingly for your proposal preparation and submission service needs during this time. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Note: All other Vice President for Research departments are also closed for those two days.


Book Signing Tonight

A new book aimed at interpretation of the earth science of our geoheritage-rich area for a general public has been published by the Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association (IRKPA). The book is authored by Bill Rose (GMES) and Erika Vye (GMES), with help from Val Martin. It represents years of effort by the authors to help build appreciation of many key geologically significant elements and how they have shaped human history, beginning with metal mining by the first americans thousands of years ago.

The Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw sponsors a book signing event from 6:30-8 p.m. today (Dec. 14) in the Community Room. The book is only available through Isle Royale Keweenaw Parks Association.


Retirement Social for Bill Sproule and George Dewey

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering invites the campus community to a retirement social to recognize Bill Sproule and George Dewey who will retire at the end of the semester. The social will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 in Dow 872.

Join us in celebrating their Michigan Tech careers and wish them all the best in their retirement. Refreshments will be served.


Graduate Seminar Series

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 14) in EERC 103.

Paul Miles will present "Internal Combustion Engine Research in the 21st Century—Will it be Impactful?" Miles is the manager of engine combustion at Sandia National Laboratories and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Energy Sciences of Lund University in Sweden.


Biological Sciences Seminar Today

Johann Kowalko, Department of Genetics at Iowa State University, will present a seminar titled "Understanding the Genetic Basis of Trait Evolution the Cavefish Astyanax mexicanus" at 3 p.m. today (Dec. 14) in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 402.

For more information, visit Biological Sciences website.


C-Cubed Luncheon Today

This week's C-Cubed luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (Dec. 14) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. The buffet lunch is $10 per person. Cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates (available in the Memorial Union office) are accepted. Find more information and share C-Cubed feedback online. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email karenjoh@mtu.edu.

Today's menu:

  • Thai Chicken Curry (GF)
  • Thai Tofu Curry (GF, VE)
  • Bangkok Salad with Miso Dressing (V)

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


Scheduled Panopto-Huskycast Outage

The Panopto-Huskycast video platform will be unavailable on Thursday, Dec. 21 beginning at 8 p.m. (EST) due to a vendor-scheduled system upgrade. The downtime could last up to two hours.

During this time students and faculty will not be able to access/view recordings, and any attempts to upload new videos will result in a "Server unable to connect" message.

Email Michigan Tech IT or call 7-1111 if you have questions about this outage.


Electron Probe Microanalysis of Merelaniite, a Newly Discovered Mineral

Microanalytical and metrology instrumentation supplier CAMECA held an international competition soliciting images to consider for its 2018 calendar. CAMECA selected a composite image of the new mineral merelaniite by John Jaszczak (Physics) and colleague John Spratt (Natural History Museum, London) as one of the winners, and appears as the highlight for the January 2019 calendar pages.

In Print

CloudSat-based Assessment of GPM Microwave Imager Snowfall Observation Capabilities

Giulia Panegrossi, Jean-François Rysman, Daniele Casella, Anna Cinzia Marra, Paolo Sanò and Mark S. Kulie (GMES) published “CloudSat-based Assessment of GPM Microwave Imager Snowfall Observation Capabilities” in Remote Sensing on Dec. 6.

The article describes a NASA Global Precipitation Measurement Microwave Imager (GMI) snowfall sensitivity study using CloudSat satellite radar data as evaluation dataset. The study illustrates complex high frequency microwave sensor signatures to snowfall events under different atmospheric conditions and microphysical composition. It defines environmental and snow-producing cloud composition thresholds where the 166 GHz GMI channel is sensitive to surface snowfall, thus providing useful guidance to improve GMI snowfall detection and estimation capabilities. For more information, see the College of Engineering Blog.