Huntoon Honored by Science Teachers Group

Michigan Tech Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Jacqueline Huntoon, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from a statewide science educators organization.

The Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) named Huntoon the recipient of the 2019 George G. Mallinson Award. The highest honor bestowed by the MSTA, the award recognizes Huntoon’s contributions to science education in general and to MSTA in particular.

In announcing the award, MSTA noted “Over the course of her career, Dr. Huntoon has made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of science education through her work at the local, state and national level.”

In a letter supporting Huntoon for the recognition, MSTA Board Member Yonee Bryant- Kuiphoff, wrote that as a science teacher, a professional developing and writing curriculum and one working statewide with other teachers, she feels “much more confident” as a result of Huntoon’s mentorship.

Bryant-Kuiphoff wrote that through Huntoon's vision for science education and her belief in participants in the Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform (Mi-STAR) program, Huntoon is able to develop and lead others into a new pedagogy of science education. “I believe that Dr. Jacqueline Huntoon is the epitome of the Mallinson Award criteria, with her long lasting and far reaching contributions to the field of science education,” Bryant-Kuiphoff said.

Huntoon says she is honored by the award.I am very thankful to receive this recognition from MSTA. The work teachers do is very important for the future of society. We owe a lot to teachers. It is a great honor to receive this recognition from this group.”

Prior to her current position at Michigan Tech, Huntoon served as associate provost and dean of the University’s Graduate School. She has been recognized nationally for her leadership in higher education and geology. She currently serves as a member of the federal STEM Education Advisory Panel. She is a former chair of the Graduate Record Exam Board, which oversees exams most commonly used to evaluate the qualifications of students applying for graduate school. She has previously served as the program director for diversity and education at the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Geosciences.  

Huntoon will be honored at MSTA’s Annual Meeting Friday and Saturday (March 1/2) in Grand Rapids. MSTA provides awards to Michigan science teachers, administrators and education professionals in eight categories in addition to the prestigious Mallinson Award.

On receiving the honor; Huntoon said, “I feel very fortunate to have worked with so many teachers in Michigan throughout my career. We’ve accomplished amazing things together and I look forward to continuing to collaborate in the future.”

Volunteers Needed for Get WISE Tomorrow

Due to inclement weather, Get WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) has been postponed to tomorrow (Feb. 26). With the postponement we are in desperate need of volunteers.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to  1:30 p.m. in the Houghton High School gym. Volunteers will help run STEM experiments including making cup towers and small catapults.

All lesson plans and information will be sent to volunteers and lunch is provided. We need volunteers for anytime they are available tomorrow whether it's an hour or the whole day.

If you are interested in signing up use this link. Transportation is provided to those interested by way of van shuttle and will leave approximately every 10 or so minutes from the MUB circle.

If you have any questions email Lauren at lakirwin@mtu.edu.

Winter Weather Safety Reminder

With winter weather upon us, this is a reminder for departments to continue communicating the procedures regarding weather-related absences. During times when weather conditions deteriorate, each person within the University community must exercise personal judgment about their ability to get to or from campus.

Interruptions in work due to weather are no different from other events that cause us to leave work early or arrive late. The first thing employees should do is contact their supervisor directly and explain the situation.

Hourly employees may use vacation or comp time to make up for hours missed due to bad weather. Exempt employees are expected to fulfill their regular job responsibilities.

For questions or concerns, employees should contact Human Resources at 7-2280 or email Amy Mensch.

Specials at the North Coast Grill and Deli

This week's featured sandwiches at the North Coast Grill and Deli in the Memorial Union Building are:

  • Smashed Chickpea & Avocado Sandwich.........$4.95
  • Toasted Brisket Ciabatta Sandwich Basket..….$6.95
  • Turkey Bacon Flatbread Sandwich……..............$5.50
  • Zesty Ranch Chicken Wraps……....……................$4.95

This weeks featured specials  

Today
  • Jumbo Personal 12 inch Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza with a Fountain Beverage……………….……….….…$5.95

Tuesday

  • Two-fer-Tuesday Cheeseburger Meal….……………$5.95
  • 3 Crunchy Beef Tacos………………………….....………..$4.95
  • Chili Mac…………………………………………………............$4.95

Wednesday

  •  The Black Students Association hosts Khana Khazana featuring Soul Food (fried chicken, mac & Cheese and Green Beans................................$7.95
Thursday
  • Hot Wing Basket……………………………………....….$8.95
Friday is Hawaiian Day
  • Kings Hawaiian Ham & Swiss Sliders*………….....….$6.95
  • Island Quesadillas*…………………………………........…...$6.95
  • Saimin Soup Bar ……………………………….……..….........$7.95
  • Hawaiian Chicken Chop Salad……………….................$6.95
  • Ham & Pineapple Personal Pizza …………………........$3.95
  • Sweet Chili Chicken & Pineapple Pizza………….........$4.95

* Includes Hawaiian coleslaw, Maui sweet onion chips and a fountain beverage.

Adventure Spring Break on the Buffalo National River

Do you have plans for spring break? Join the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) as we go on a trip to the Buffalo National River in Arkansas.

We will be canoeing and camping on the river, hiking and visiting the St. Louis City Museum on the way.

Contact OAP or call 7-2290 if you have any questions.

The Evolving Periodic Table and Its Incredible Elements

Celebrate International Year of the Periodic Table at  6:45 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 26) in Forestry 144 as an American Chemical Society (ACS) national panel of experts lead us in a celebration of one of chemistry’s greatest achievements.

Some things you will learn include:

  • What were the conflicting proposals from around the world for how the elements should be organized and why did our current system rise to the top
  • “Table Trivia” from ACS Reactions
  • How the most recent, super heavy elements were discovered
  • If the Periodic Table has any more room to grow

The event is open to public so bring your family and friends. For more information contact Glenn Larkin (SFRES).

Women in Leadership Conference

Thursday (Feb. 28) is the deadline to submit a topic proposal to speak at the 2019 Women in Leadership Conference at the Harvard Faculty Club.

Organizers are seeking high-quality proposals on all topics related to supporting women in higher-education leadership roles, and believe your involvement would enrich the experience for all attendees. 

If you are interested, submit your proposal here.

The Women in Leadership conference takes place Nov. 5-6 at the Harvard Faculty Club, Cambridge Massachusetts. 

Chemistry Chair Candidate Presentation Today

There will be a chemistry chair candidate presentation at 11 a.m. today (Feb. 25) in MUB Ballroom B. Rebecca Peebles will present, "Spectroscopic and Computational Studies of CO2 Microsolvation and Halogen-Containing Pollutants."

Peebles is a professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Eastern Illinois University. Her primary research interests are focused on using a combination of high-resolution gas phase spectroscopy and computational techniques to learn about the fundamental properties of small molecules and the interactions between them.

Her present research incorporates elements of “big data” analysis to identify patterns within data sets that contain thousands of spectroscopic transitions from many different chemical species. She most often focuses on studying systems with atmospheric or environmental interest.  

Grant Writing Academic Seminar

Peter Larsen, director of research development, will lead a workshop about the process of applying for external grants from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 in Admin 404. 

To register for the workshop, click here.

EndNote Workshop

The Van Pelt and Opie Library is hosting an EndNote workshop from 3:05-4:30 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 26) in Library 242. Use the EndNote software to manage your citations and save time.

In this session, you will:

  • Add references to an EndNote library
  • Import references from databases and PDFs
  • Organize your citations
  • Use the Cite While You Write tool to incorporate references into Microsoft Word

No prior knowledge of EndNote is needed for this workshop. Registration is required for this workshop. Click here to register. 

MSE Graduate Seminar Tomorrow

The next MSE graduate seminar will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Feb. 26) in M&M 610. Liwei Geng will present "Computational Study of Functional Materials for Device Applications."

Geng is a postdoctoral research fellow in Materials Science and Engineering at Michigan Tech working with Yu Wang (MSE). His current project focuses on materials modeling and computer simulation of ferroelectric, piezoelectric and magnetoelectric materials for tunable energy efficient electronics (TE3) applications.

Geng received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Michigan Tech under the guidance of Yongmei Jin (MSE) in 2015. His PhD research mainly focused on the computational study of structures, properties, and functionalities of ferromagnetic domain walls in bulk materials, thin films, nanowires and atomic chain systems.

ACSHF Forum Today

Tom Gemignani, a mental performance consultant and graduate of the psychology program, will present "Why Great Athletes Succeed: The Separating Factor that Distinguishes the World's Elite" at the next Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors (ACSHF) forum at 2 p.m. today (Feb. 25) in ATDC 101.

This seminar unpacks how mental performance training and developing an "elite mentality" is what often allows world-class performers to consistently navigate both success and adversity and provides an introduction into the research and strategies that are essential for performance success, year after year, and season after season.

Reminders

Humanities Chair Candidate Research Presentation Today

The next Humanities chair research presentation will take place at 1 p.m. today (Feb. 25) in the Rozsa Center lobby. 

David Banash will present "Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' and the Cinematic Novels of Don DeLillo and Manuel Muñoz."

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Summer 2019 PHF Graduate Assistantship Nominations Open 

Applications for summer 2019 PHF Graduate Assistantships are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 28) to the Graduate School. Email applications to gradschool@mtu.edu. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online

To read the full article, click here.

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Summer 2019 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for summer 2019 finishing fellowships are due no later than 4 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 26) to the Graduate School. Email applications to gradschool@mtu.edu. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online

Read the previous Tech Today story here.

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Diverse Dialogues: Is Our Campus an Island? Exploring Diversity and Inclusion with the Keweenaw Culture Project

The Keweenaw region is geographically and, to an extent, culturally isolated. The Keweenaw Culture Project (KCP) was launched to investigate our region, its residents and the subject of inclusion (or exclusion) of its peoples in the cultural groups and institutions found in our strange corner of the U.P.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) invites you to join the dialogue "Is Our Campus an Island? Exploring Diversity and Inclusion with the Keweenaw Culture Project" at 4:05 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 27) in the Jackson Active Learning Center in Rekhi G05 (the location has changed from the East Reading Room).

To read the full story, click here.

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Available Scholarships

Michigan Tech Employee Sons and Daughters Scholarship applications, valued at $100 each, are available for the 2019-2020 academic year. Applicants must be children of Michigan Tech employees. Applications must be submitted by Thursday (Feb. 28) and are available online.

Two $250 Leann Becia Family/AFSCME Scholarships are available for 2019-2020. Applicants must be the son, daughter or spouse of a current AFSCME Local 1166 member. Applications, which must be submitted by Thursday (Feb. 28), are available online.

Both scholarships require applicants be full-time Michigan Tech undergraduates in their first four years of study or high school students planning to be enrolled for Fall 2019. For more information contact the Financial Aid Office at 7-2622 or at scholarships@mtu.edu.

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Proposal Deadline for the Copper Country Lean Conference is Today

You are invited to submit a session or poster proposal for this conference. We would love to hear the story of how your organization has applied Lean and learn some Lean "How-Tos". On May 20, Michigan Tech will host the First Annual Copper Country Lean Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is "Growing Lean, from the Roots to the Treetops."

We are now inviting contributions for case studies, active learning sessions, workshops or posters on all areas of practical application of Lean. The proposal deadline is today (Feb. 25). 

Read the full article here.

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Learn Spanish or German this Summer with Your Employee Education Benefit 

For summer 2019, the Humanities Department offers an opportunity for beginning language classes in German or Spanish. Classes will be offered online during Track A to accommodate flexible summer schedules.

German: HU 2281, Level 1A German (3 credits) requires no previous language experience. The class includes written and conversational German as well as cultural study. After completion of HU2281, you have the opportunity to continue with HU2282 Level 1B on campus in the fall. Email Karin B. Schlenker (HU) with any questions.

Spanish: HU 2291 Level, 1A Spanish (3 credits) requires no previous language experience. The class is taught by native Spanish speakers and includes written and conversational Spanish as well as cultural study. HU 2293 Transition Level 1 Spanish (3 credits) is intended for students with some previous experience in Spanish. Email Leyre Alegre (HU) with any questions regarding the classes, levels and placement test opportunities.

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Effective Negotiation Strategies and Professional Development Workshop Wednesday

Pushpalatha Murthy, dean of the Graduate School, will lead an interactive session on how to negotiate a job offer from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 27) in Admin 404.

Click here to register.

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Husky Health Forum 

Employee Wellness will host two informational forums on Husky Health, our new wellness incentive program. The times and dates are listed below. Release time will be provided to attend a Husky Health Forum. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

  • Wednesday (Feb. 27): 1-1:30 p.m. in MUB Ballroom B
  • Thursday (Feb. 28): 10-10:30 a.m. in MUB Ballroom A2

Find out more information about Husky Health and other wellness benefits online. If you have any questions regarding the forum, please contact Shannon Brodeur.

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Comedian Tommy Ryman Performing Saturday

Join Late Night Programming for a fun night of laughs with comedian Tommy Ryman at 10 p.m. Saturday (March 2) in the MUB Ballroom.

Ryman was a semifinalist on NBC’s "Last Comic Standing" and recently won the title of "Best of the Midwest" at the prestigious Gilda’s Laugh Fest. Ryman’s act can be described as absurdist and clever, masked behind a very likable and innocent demeanor, often thought of as awkwardly charming. He is a favorite among audiences at top clubs, corporate events and colleges around the nation.

This event is free and open to everyone.

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Spring Blood Drive Starts Tomorrow 

There is a constant need for blood donors and now the need is critical, especially in Michigan. More than 80 blood drives have been canceled within the state due to weather. Help end the blood shortage by donating at the Michigan Tech blood drive. 

Join Fraternity and Sorority Life from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Wednesday (Feb. 26/27) in the Library Reading Room to donate blood. Sign up for an appointment time online or call 800-733-2767. Walk-ins are always welcome. Click here for more information. Remember to bring a photo ID.

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Khana Khazana Features Soul Food Wednesday

Have some Soul Food with the Black Student Association SA from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday (Feb. 27) in the North Coast Grill and Deli in the Memorial Union Building.

The Black Students Association will serve:

  • fried chicken
  • mac n' cheese
  • green beans with potatoes and bacon
  • cornbread

The price is just $7.95 for the full meal and includes a fountain drink. Visit the Khana Khazana Facebook page.

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Michigan Tech Research Forum Wednesday

Vladimir Tonchev (Math) will lead a lecture and TechTalks on “Coding Theory, Combinatorial Designs and Finite Geometry,” with three Michigan Tech colleagues: Melissa Keranen (Math), William Keith (Math) and CK Shene (CS). This Michigan Tech Research Forum will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 27) in the Memorial Union Ballroom. All are welcome, including the general public.

The event will start with a mingle at 4 p.m. followed by the lecture at 4:30 p.m. After the lecture, there will be another mingle at 5 p.m. Complimentary snacks and a cash bar will be provided.

Read the full article here.

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NSF CAREER Award Info Session Tomorrow 

Join us for the first in a series of informal monthly discussions about the NSF CAREER award proposal and submission process. All pre-tenure, tenure-track faculty are encouraged to consider preparing to submit a proposal for the NSF CAREER program.

This session is set to begin at noon tomorrow (Feb. 26) in MUB Ballroom B3. You are encouraged to eat lunch during the discussion. You can bring your lunch or buy lunch from the North Coast Grill and Deli on the ground level.

Jessica Brassard from the Research Development Office will facilitate an informative session including purchased webinar modules from NSF CAREER proposal consultants. Two hours are reserved for this session, but feel free to come for portions of the session as you are able. We will continue these informal discussions every month until May.

From May until July, we plan on providing writing groups and one-on-one meetings for your CAREER proposals. We welcome and need your perspective and insight, whether you are a CAREER awardee, first-time submitter or preparing for resubmission.

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Cluster Hire Research Candidate Seminar Today

There will be a candidate research seminar at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 25), in R. L. Smith (MEEM) 402. Yan Li will present "A Multiscale Framework for High Toughness Material Design. ”

Li joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at California State University, Long Beach as an assistant professor in 2014. She received her PhD in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2014. Li’s primary research interests are in the area of mechanics of advanced materials, involving multiscale/multiphysics modelling, integrated computational/experimental approaches for next generation material design and application of material science and solid mechanics in advanced manufacturing.

IT Connect

Accessible Technology

Everyone at Michigan Tech should have access to the necessary technology resources. Michigan Tech IT uses accessible technology guidelines and procedures to make sure individuals with visual, hearing, mobility, cognitive and other disabilities can use our technologies without barriers.

Here are some things to remember:

We can help. Contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

In the News

The Michigan Tech news story "Researchers explore case studies focused on industries that kill more people than employed," continues to be picked up by national media including, Medical Newser and One Page News.

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Michigan Tech's Center for Diversity and Inclusion was the focus of the article "This university's transgender bathroom signs are on point." in Up Worthy. The article focuses on signs from CDI to emphasize treating everyone in the bathroom with respect and dignity and then moving right along.