Celebrating Small Business Week: UP Region Wins Excellence and Innovation Award

The week of April 29 was National Small Business Week. Posted to Google's search page all week was a small message asking users to "Share your love for a favorite small business" by writing a review or adding ratings of places on Google Maps.

Google also promoted the hashtag #SmallThanks, though most users opted for the more obvious #SmallBusinessWeek to shout out to their favorite local businesses.

For Michigan Tech's Office of Innovation and Industrial Engagement (IIE), it's small business week every week, especially since Jan. 1, when Michigan Tech took over as host of the UP Regional Office of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Jim Baker, executive director of IIE, says, "IIE has been involved in small business engagement forever. We’ve been involved in the regional SBDC office in one way or another for 15 years."

Read the full story on mtu.edu/news.

Mechanical Engineering Teacher of the Year

At the Mechanical Engineering Spring 2018 Senior Recognition Banquet and Order of the Engineer Ceremony  held April 24, the 2018 Mechanical Engineering Teacher of the Year finalists and winner were announced.

The ME Teacher of the Year voting and selection process is run by the ME Student Advisory Committee (MESAC). The selection of the finalists and the winner is done by ME students.

The three finalists were: Aneet Narendranath (MEEM), Radheshyam Tewari (MEEM) and Paul van Susante (MEEM). Each received a certificate at the banquet. The three finalists were the top faculty vote getters as voted by the ME students.

The 2018 ME Teacher of the Year is Radheshyam Tewari, selected through student evaluations in all his classes taught during Spring 2018 semester.

Tewari's name will be put on the ME Teacher of the Year plague located in the lobby of the R.L. Smith Building (MEEM).

Congratulations to all three finalists.

Lake Superior Celebration is Thursday

The Lake Superior Celebration and Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative is marking 10 years. The community is invited to the Lake Superior Celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (May 10) at the Great Lakes Research Center.

The event is free, family friendly and open to everyone. The celebration will include informative displays by local agencies and organizations. There will be displays and presentations by Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative school teams. 

Hands-on activities for students in GLRC 104 include::

  • 6:15 p.m. Leave No Trace Recreation
  • 6:45 p.m. Make your own packaging (small paper boxes)
  • 7:15 p.m. Make heart-healthy fruit smoothies and plant spring flowers

There will be a World Water Day art exhibit, Lake Superior Soundscapes and live music. Cake, lemonade and coffee will be provided. 

The Lake Superior Celebration is sponsored by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach and the Great Lakes Research Center.

For more information email Shawn Oppliger or call the Copper Country Intermediate School District at 482-0331 or email  Joan Chadde or call 7-3341.

Two-Tier Internal Deadline Implemented for all NSF Opportunities

Due to the success of the two-tier internal deadline pilot, and in addition to its implementation to all NIH proposals, the Sponsored Programs Office will expand and permanently implement the two-tier internal deadline structure for all proposals due to the NSF on or after July 1, 2018. 

As a reminder, all final internal documents and the application package are due to the Sponsored Programs Office no later than 7 a.m., one week (seven calendar days) prior to the sponsor deadline. The application package must be completed in the appropriate submission system (Fastlane, Research.gov, NIH ASSIST or Grants.gov Workspace). 

However, not all of the science documents in the application package need to be finalized and the application package does not need to include the completed budget forms. Once the Sponsored Programs Office receives the internal documents and the application package, personnel in the Sponsored Programs Office will enter the approved budget into the applicable application package—the PI/researcher will not need to complete this task.

All final science related documents are due via e-mail to the Sponsored Programs Office no later than 7 a.m. the day of the sponsor deadline. Once received, personnel in the Sponsored Programs Office will upload the final documents into the application package. This later deadline will provide valuable time for the PI/researcher to focus on the science aspects of the proposal.

The specific science-related documents for the application package will be identified and communicated to the respective Principal Investigator once the intent to submit is known. 

Feel free to contact the Sponsored Programs Office at 7-2226 if you have any questions.

Summer HuskiesFit Adult Group Fitness Update

Stay HuskiesFit this summer with a variety of adult group fitness classes being offered at the SDC. Not sure what you're into or are you looking for something new? Sample several classes for only $2 each during Dollar Days, May 14-17. See the Dollar Days schedule.

Like to change it up a lot, but don't want to commit to just one program? Check out the HuskiesFit Ultimate Session Punchcard, a premium eight-punch card good toward several programs such as yoga, zumba, TRX and more. See HuskiesFit Ultimate Session Punchcard for details.

To view all the great adult group fitness classes offered May through August, see the Adult Group Fitness Schedule. Individual class details and schedule are available at HuskiesFit Adult Programs. Stay HuskiesFit this summer.

Flaspohler Among Presenters at Songbird Forum

David Flaspohler (SFRES) is among the presenters at the "Wildlife Through Forestry" songbird forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the University Center's Michigan Room on the campus of Northern Michigan University In Marquette. 

From work to recover threatened and endangered species, including piping plovers and Kirtland’s warblers, to studying edge effects on songbirds in northern Wisconsin, Flaspohler and the other biologists presenting at the forum are highly skilled in their professions. Their previous working locations range from the Midwest to Texas and Oklahoma to Latin America and Hawaii.

Flaspohler has been an avian conservation biologist in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science for two decades. He received his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied edge effects on songbirds in northern Wisconsin. Since then, he has conducted research in other parts of the Great Lakes region, Hawaii and several countries in Latin America.

A full rundown of the presentation can be found here.

OAP After School Adventure at the SDC

The Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) offers a wide variety of programs and classes, so it can be tough to choose. We get it. And now we have something to make it easier.

The OAP After School Adventure provides four different activities—Rock Climbing at the SDC, Canoe Battleship and Log Rolling in the SDC Pool and excitement on the OAP High Ropes Course and Zip Line.

Participants will get a chance to try each activity, and with a smaller group size, they will get plenty of time to play and practice. The program is limited to 12 participants per week. Join the fun.

The program is offered two separate weeks, May 14-17 and May 21-24. More details and online registration available at OAP After School Adventure.

"Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards" Education Session

This is a reminder that the Vice President for Research Office will host an educational session, "Review of Foreign National Restrictions on Awards" from noon to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (May 9) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Registration is open and ends today.

This session will help faculty and staff understand and address foreign national restrictions considerations when conducting research. Topics covered will include: managing technical data, intellectual property and proprietary materials; defining and working with foreign nationals, publishing and teaching; and exporting and licensing considerations.

Register now to reserve a seat. This workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. There will be desserts and beverages provided; bring your own lunch.

If you have questions, email Ramona Englund or call 7-2654. 

Bloch Shines for Huskies at GLIAC Championships

The Michigan Tech men's and women's track and field teams wrapped up the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships on Friday afternoon in Ashland, Ohio. The Tech women finished sixth in the team standings while the men placed eighth. Liz Bloch highlighted the week for the Huskies by earning First and Third Team All-Conference accolades.

"I am extremely proud of our athletes and the way we competed this weekend," Head Coach Jake Isaacson said. "We snuck some points in events we weren't supposed to score in and our top athletes came through with big performances.

"I want to thank our seniors. They have truly been wonderful to work with, and I will miss them tremendously. They have laid the groundwork for success on and off the track, and have provided great models for our younger athletes. In addition, I'd like to thank our staff who have helped me a ton this year, and we could not have had a successful season without them."

Bloch, from St. Clair Shores, Michigan, the reigning GLIAC Track Athlete of the Week, sprinted her way to first place in the 1,500 meter run Friday afternoon. She is now an NCAA provisional qualifier and a First Team All-GLIAC honoree for the 1,500 meter run this season.

Bloch made her way back to the podium in the 800 Meter Run Friday thanks to a third-place finish in that event. The finish by Bloch made her a Third Team All-GLIAC honoree.

"Our Women's team really impressed me," Isaacson added. "We had 11 women score in this, and we've made huge progress after only scoring 10 points a year ago. 

On the men's side, Grant Brown crossed the line in a time of 15:49.87 for a fifth place finish in the 5,000 meter run Friday. John Bailey, Joshua Rzeppa, Michael Tuski and Jacob Namyst advanced to the finals in the 1,600 meter relay where they took seventh place with a time of 3:24.06 to earn two points.

"Our men competed very hard against the best teams in the nation, Isaacson said. "We had some bittersweet results with quite a few ninth-place finishes, but we are pretty young and will be looking to build upon this year's progress."

To read the full story, visit michigantechhuskies.com.


Webinar to Discuss Cyber-physical Security

The US Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems' Professional Capacity Building Program is hosting a webinar, free and open to all interested in the topic “Transportation Cyber-physical Security: Things We Should Know,” from 1-2 p.m. Thursday (May 10).

Webinar registration and additional information can be found here.


Campus Store and University Images Summer Hours

Campus Store

Monday - Friday 
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Closed on Saturday and Sunday

University Images

Monday - Friday 
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Starting June 3, open from noon - 5 p.m. on Sundays

New Funding

John Velat (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $7,500 contract from the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. The project is "Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation's Transportation Safety Management Plan Update." This is a one-month project.

In Print

Biochar and Wood Ash Amendments for Forestry in the Lake States: Field Report and Initial Results

Doctoral student Robert Richard (SFRES) published collaborative research with US Forest Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Michigan Tech in the recent issue of Journal of Forestry.