The Take-Away from Whole-Tree Logging: More Plant Biodiversity

When it comes to timber harvesting, removing the whole tree—from stump to twigs—doesn’t reduce plant diversity any more than old-fashioned logging, which leaves tree branches behind in the woods.

As much as we love our two-by-fours and toilet paper, many of us have mixed feelings about logging. Those feelings can morph into straight-out hostility when it comes to removing the branches and treetops, which are increasingly chipped and burned for electrical power generation.

“People think, ‘It’s bad enough to log, and now you are going to take away the branches that decay and then nurture the ecosystem?’” says Robert Froese, (SFRES). “But we wondered, what really is the role of branches?”

Read the full story on Unscripted.

New Assistant to the Provost for Academic Equity and Inclusion

After a University-wide search, Audrey Mayer (SFRES) was selected for and has accepted the position as assistant to the Provost for Academic Equity and Inclusion. Mayer’s role in this position began Monday. While serving as assistant to the provost, she will continue in her position as associate professor of ecology and environmental policy.

In her new position, Mayer will work with various councils and groups to provide leadership for campus-wide diversity-enhancement efforts and oversee the University’s response to the Climate Study (conducted earlier this academic year). She will also serve as Michigan Tech’s representative for external groups such as the American Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), the Michigan Associate of State Universities (MASU) and King-Chavez-Parks (KCP).

Provost Jackie Huntoon says, “I am very happy to have Dr. Mayer join the provost's office team. She has been involved with efforts related to equity and inclusion for many years, and I have come to rely upon her because of her ability to provide me with helpful just-in-time advice. Dr. Mayer will also represent Michigan Tech on some important diversity-related groups and initiatives at the state level.”

Michigan Tech Purchasing Update on External Sponsored Projects

The federal regulations, 2 CFR 200, Uniform Guidance (UG), for external sponsored projects has been updated. Although much of the UG took effect on Dec. 26, 2014, the government delayed implementation of the procurement sections.

Procurement guidance focuses on increased competition and transparency in the procurement process. The UG section 200.320(a) and (b), which address required documentation for purchases on external sponsored projects, warrant changes in Michigan Tech's current procurement practices. 

Effective July 1, purchases of $10,000 to $49,999 on external-sponsored projects require two or more quotes from qualified suppliers. A listing of all procurement thresholds is available on the Purchasing website. It is of particular importance to note that reallocations of expenditures to external sponsored projects will not be allowable if two or more informal quotes were not attained at the time of purchase. We encourage applying these guidelines now as it may prove to be beneficial for the PI and the department. 

North Woods Kids Art and Writing Exhibit

The North Woods Kids Art and Writing Exhibit is in its final few weeks.  The exhibit includes art and writing from students across the Copper Country. The project is administered by the Copper Country Reading Council in collaboration with Michigan Tech's English Education Program.
The exhibit is available for viewing weekdays through the end of May at Vitality Wellness, South Range, during their regular business hours.
Many thanks to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs mini-grant that supported the NWK project, and all the CCRC supporters, exhibit spaces, local educators and kids who produced inspiring pieces expressing their love of Lake Superior.

Center for Pre-College Outreach Moved for the Summer

In preparation for the start of Summer Youth Programs (SYP), the Center for Pre-College Outreach has moved to its summer home on the fourth floor of Wadsworth Hall. While you may occasionally see meetings taking place in Admin 217, we will primarily be based out of 470W and 403-408E Wads.

Participants will begin arriving on Saturday, June 16. For more information about SYP, please visit us at syp@mtu.edu or call 906-487-2219.

Retirement Reception for Cary Chabalowski

The Department of Chemistry invites the University community to a retirement reception for Cary Chabalowski, Chemistry Department chair. Join us in thanking him for his service at Michigan Tech and wish him well in retirement. The reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. May 23 in the Chemistry Learning Center, ChemSci 204.

Staff Service Recognition Award Luncheon

The annual Staff Service Recognition Award Luncheon will be held at noon Wednesday, June 6, in the MUB Ballroom. President Glenn Mroz and Staff Council Chair Jenn Biekkola will present awards for five-year increments of service to more than 120 staff members. Recent staff retirees will also be recognized. See the list of this year’s recipients on the Staff Council Blog.

This year's recognition luncheon will feature a chicken parmesan buffet with Caesar salad (includes vegetarian and gluten free options). Tickets are $7 (cash or check only) and must be purchased by Wednesday, May 30.

Visit one of the following to purchase tickets:

Note there is no reserved seating; it is first come, first served. If you are unable to attend the lunch, you may join the awards presentation beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m. If you have any special dietary requirements or have questions about the service recognition awards, please contact a Staff Council Service Recognition Committee member.

Staff Council Service Recognition Award Committee:

Update University Event Calendar Subscriptions

Beginning May 29, University Marketing and Communications will enhance the departments listed on the University Events Calendar. Each department will have a customizable landing page showing additional information instead of simply being a filter.

This means that departmental Google Calendar, iCal, RSS and other feeds that you personally subscribe to will be changing. In order to continue seeing these event feeds, you will need to go back to the Calendar and subscribe to the new department page. Any feeds on non-CMS websites will also need to be updated. Any feeds on CMS websites will be updated by UMC staff automatically.

If you have any questions about this process, email webcal@mtu.edu.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access and inclusion for people with differing abilities. Everyone is encouraged to take an hour to experience the impact (or lack thereof) of digital accessibility first-hand.

Visit Participate in Global Accessibility Awareness Day for more information and ideas on how you can participate, such as:

  • Go mouse-less for an hour
  • Enlarge your fonts
  • Check for sufficient color contrast
  • Check order of elements
  • Surf the web with a screen reader for an hour

Bloch Qualifies for NCAA Championships

Liz Bloch of the Michigan Tech women's track and field team was named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II All-Region Team. In addition, Bloch has qualified for the NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships in the 1500 Meter Run which are scheduled for May 24-26 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Bloch recorded a season-best and Michigan Tech school-record time of 4:27.93 in the 1,500 Meter Run this past weekend at the Dr. Keeler Track & Field Invitational hosted by North Central College on her way to second place in the event. Bloch broke her own record that she set earlier this season at the Gina Relays. The Tech record coming into the season was held by Deedra Irwin who posted a time of 4:35.22 in 2015.

Bloch claimed the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship in the 1,500 Meter Run and placed third in the 800 Meter Run.

Bloch is currently ranked 20th nationally in NCAA Division II in the 1,500 and is 33rd in the national rankings in the 800. 

In the News

A research project by a group of Michigan Tech students that proposes replacing the Line 5 pipeline was covered by MLive in the story "Proposed Line 5 tunnel construction under Mackinac Straits could take 7 years."

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Students who received scholarships to Michigan Tech's Summer Youth Program (SYP) were the topic of the article "HSC awards grants for summer tech program" in the Midland Daily News. Hemlock Semiconductor awarded 33 high school students in Saginaw, Midland and Bay counties full scholarships to the Engineering Scholars SYP.

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The Michigan Tech News story on the hiring of Janet Callahan as the next dean of the College of Engineering was picked up by several news outlets including 4-traders.com.

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Research by Michigan Tech, Wayne State and the City University of New York was featured in the article "High-Sensitivity Microsensors On The Horizon With Design Breakthrough By Researchers At The Advanced Science Research Center At The Graduate Center, CUNY," in Wireless Design Online.

 

Reminders

Spring Hockey Carnival Tonight

The fourth annual Spring Hockey Carnival is from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight (May 17), at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The event, which is free and open to all ages, will feature food, games for kids, raffle and door prizes, photo opportunities with the Jeff Sauer Trophy and autographs with Huskies players and staff.

Youth are encouraged to bring their hockey sticks to play floor hockey with Michigan Tech players. The Huskies will also run skill sessions, which will include a chance to shoot against Tech goaltenders.

A bounce house, video games on the arena's video board, music and  Blizzard T. Husky will be part of the evening.

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Flaspohler to Present at Songbird Forum Tonight

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

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.

A full rundown of the presentation can be found here.