First Friday Today

Faculty, staff, graduate students and Michigan Tech retirees are invited to the March First Friday, today.

join Auxiliary Services from 4 to 6 p.m. today (March 1) in Memorial Union Ballroom. Complimentary snacks and drinks will be served. 

Started in 2006, First Friday University Socials provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to meet new people, learn about other schools and departments and share work and interests with colleagues. 

Volunteers Needed for GetWISE Monday

Due to last weekend's blizzard, the annual GetWISE (Women in Science and Engineering) event has been rescheduled to Monday (March 4). Because of the date change, volunteer sign up has to be done over again. 

Seventh and eighth-grade girls from the western U.P. will spend the day participating in a range of activities to reconnect them with the exciting, dynamic world of engineering.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Houghton  High School Gym. Volunteers are needed anytime they're available during the day. There will be shuttles going in and out of the MUB circle about every 10 minutes and lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in volunteering, sign up using this link.

There will be one volunteer training at 11 a.m. today. If you are unable to attend, that is fine — you will be sent the necessary information.
Feel free to pass this information on to anyone who would be interested in volunteering. If you have any questions, email Lauren Kirwin.

Participants needed for Sleep Deprivation Study

We all love our sleep, but one in three adults don't get enough of it. Michigan Tech's Integrative Physiology Laboratory is interested in the physiologic response to one night of sleep deprivation. The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of total sleep deprivation on blood pressure, the sympathetic nervous system and orthostatic stress in both men and women.

Consider volunteering today if you meet these eligibility requirements:

  • Age 40-55
  • Body mass index < 35 kg/sq m
  • Non-smoker and non-diabetic
  • Not on heart or blood pressure medications
  • Cannot be pregnant, breast-feeding or post-menopausal
  • Must not have clinically diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea 
  • Not using birth control medication or inter-uterine devices

For more information about the study or participating, contact Ian Greenlund or Jason Carter

Carter Named Councilor of APS

Associate Vice President for Research Development Jason Carter (KIP) has been elected one of three new governing councilors of the American Physiological Society (APS). 

Calling the election "a very competitive process," Carter says he's humbled to be elected. 

It is a real honor to be elected to Council by APS membership,” Carter said. “APS is the premiere international professional society for physiology research and education, and the organization is going through a number of transitions with a new Executive Director and leadership team. It will be an exciting time to be engaged and represent the 10,000 plus members.”

The Society was founded in 1887 with 28 original members. It has grown to an organization of more than 10,000 members, most holding doctorate degrees in physiology, medicine and other health professions. The Society’s governing body consists of a president, president-elect, past president, and nine councilors.

Carter also serves as President of the American Kinesiology Association.

Find out more on the KIP Blog.

"Music For a Sacred Space" Sunday

The Michigan Tech Choirs present "Music For a Sacred Space," an evening of sacred choral music in its natural habitat, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Lake Linden.

The Michigan Tech Concert Choir and conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers combine for a concert of sacred music to benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Conductor Jared Anderson (VPA) said this year’s music selection will be celebratory in nature.

“This event has become a tradition in the community. It’s an opportunity to hear music composed for sacred spaces in one of the most beautiful, resonant places for choral music in the Copper Country.”

The Michigan Tech Concert Choir is composed of 60 voices from the college community, with 24 singers comprising conScience. The concert will feature Leslie Dukes on the organ for three numbers, accompanying the concert choir, and will also have a number of a cappella performances.

“Music for a Sacred Space” is open to the public. There is no admission, but money collected from free-will offering will be donated to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Hockey Wraps Up Regular Season With Northern

The Hockey Huskies will wrap up the regular season with a home-and-home series with rival Northern Michigan tonight and tomorrow (March 1/2). 

The Huskies will host the Wildcats at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena tonight, while the venue changes to the Berry Events Center in Marquette tomorrow. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. each night. 

The Huskies are 14-16-4 overall and 13-10-3-1 in the WCHA, putting them in sixth place. NMU is 17-14-2 overall and 16-8-2-0 in the conference, good for third  place. 

Both games will be broadcast on local radio on 93.5 FM with live audio streaming on pasty.net. Tonight's game will be televised on Fox-UP and tomorrow's game televised on WLUC TV6.

Tech is 64-73-14 all time against Northern in a series that dates back to 1979. Tech is 35-30-8 at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena and 24-42-6 in games played in Marquette. 

Huskies Women's Basketball Team is No. 10 in Region Poll

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team fell two places to No. 10 in the second NCAA Division II Midwest Region Poll, announced Wednesday by the national office. The Huskies, who were ranked eighth in last week's poll, continued to be one of four Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference teams ranked in this second poll.

The breakdown for GLIAC Teams in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Rankings this week include Grand Valley State remaining at No. 3 followed by Ashland at No. 4. Northern Michigan is one spot behind at No. 5 and Tech checks in at No. 10. The Midwest Region includes schools from the GLIAC, the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) and the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC). The GLVC holds four regional ranking positions with the G-MAC owning two positions. Drury, out of the GLVC, continues to be the top ranked team in the region this week boasting a record of 26-0.

The complete NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Regional Rankings can be viewed by clicking here.

ECE Faculty Candidate Seminar

There will be an Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty candidate seminar at 2 p.m. Monday (March 4) in EERC 122.

Sai Mounika Errapotu will present "Secure Computation with Privacy Preservation for Cyber Physical System Applications."

Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) have infiltrated into many areas such as aerospace, automobiles, chemical processing, civil infrastructure, energy, healthcare, transportation, entertainment and consumer appliances due to their tight integration of computation and networking capabilities to  monitor and control the underlying systems. Many domains of CPS such as smart metering, sensor/data aggregation, crowd sensing, traffic control etc., typically collect huge amounts of individual information for data analysis and decision making, therefore privacy is a serious concern in CPS.

Errapotu is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Cybersecurity, Cyber-Physical System, and Cognitive Radio Networking Laboratory (C3 Lab) at the University of Houston.

Her current research interests include security and privacy in wireless networks and cyber physical systems, differentially private data analysis, privacy in Internet of Things, big data and mobile crowd sourcing applications. 

Avoiding Plagiarism Workshop

Having trouble deciding when you need to cite a source? Not quite sure whether you should quote that paper you're reading or summarize it? Join us for a discussion on avoiding plagiarism and how to cite your sources from 1-1:30 p.m. Monday (March 4) in Library room 244. You can register for the workshop here

Chemistry Chair Candidate Presentation

There will be chemistry chair candidate presentation at 11 a.m. on Monday (March 4) in MUB Ballroom B. Yuanbing Mao will present "Metal Oxide Nanostructures: Endowing Innovation through Synthesis-Property-Application Correlation."

Mao is an Associate Professor and the Carlos & Stephanie Manrique de Lara Endowed Professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Chemistry and the School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Science.

Learn to Lead Restorative Justice Groups

The offices of Academic and Community Conduct and Institutional Equity invite university faculty and staff to participate in a Restorative Justice Group Conference. Restorative conferences allow those who have been most affected by an incident to share their feelings, describe how they have been affected, develop a plan to repair the harms done and prevent recurrence. Training takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 7 - 8 and is provided to faculty and staff at no cost.

During this training, participants will develop the skills necessary to lead restorative conferences. Upon completion of the training, participants will be asked to volunteer time for future restorative justice sessions.

To apply to attend this training, please fill out this Google form. For more information, please email Rob Bishop. The application deadline is April 1, and space is limited to 20 participants, so apply soon.

NIH T32 Brown Bag

All faculty and researchers are invited to join this brown-bag session to discuss the NIH T32 (Institutional Training Grants) program and related opportunities to bolster graduate-student funding in the health and  behavioral sciences.

How and when should Michigan Tech pursue such an institutional training grant? Who should be involved? What preliminary steps should we take now to work towards a submission? These and related questions will be explored in a session that will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday (March 5) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 

Jason Carter (KIP)  will lead the discussion. Feel free to bring your lunch with you.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Friday, March 1, 2019

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.

Manager of Campus Visit Experiences, Admissions. Apply online.

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Office Assistant 6, Physics. UAW posting 3/1/2019 - 3/7/2019. External applicants will only be considered after internal UAW applications. 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.

Reminders

"Agnes of God" Tonight, Tomorrow

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts, presents two more performances of "Agnes of God," tonight and tomorrow (Mar. 1/2). Performances are at 7:30 p.m. in the McArdle Theatre on the second floor of the Walker Arts and Humanities Center.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. For more information read the full Tech Today story.

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Nominations Open for Bhakta Rath and Michigan Tech Research Awards

The Vice President for Research Office is accepting nominations for the Bhakta Rath Research Award. The award offers an opportunity to promote and reward excellence in scientific and engineering research in the fields of physical and natural sciences and engineering. For complete submission guidelines, see Rath Research Award.

The Vice President for Research Office is also accepting nominations for the Michigan Tech Research Award, which offers an opportunity for an individual to be recognized for outstanding achievements in research. For complete submission guidelines, see Michigan Tech Research Award.

Nominations should be submitted electronically in PDF format, per the guidelines, no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, March 7. All nominations should be sent to Natasha Chopp.

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Comedian Tommy Ryman Performing Tomorrow Night

Join Late Night Programming for a fun night of laughs with comedian Tommy Ryman at 10 p.m. tomorrow (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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Come Dance with NOSOTROS Sunday

NOSOTROS invites you to its next Latin dance and party that will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday (March 3) in MUB Ballroom A.

The event is free and, as usual, there will be Latin and international music, free snacks and a lot of fun. All levels are invited and there is no partner needed. 

There will be salsa lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. followed by open dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.

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Grain Processing Seminar Today

The next seminar in the Chemical Engineering Grain Processing Series be held at 1 p.m. today (March 1) in Chem Sci 211.

PhD student Xue Mi will present "Thermally Stabilization of Virus Based on Surface Properties."

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This Week's C-Cubed Luncheon

This week's C3 luncheon take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (March 1) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. 

Attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Fruit-infused water, coffee, tea, cookies and fruit are available free to all attendees.

The buffet lunch is $12 per person. Cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates (available in the Memorial Union office) are accepted. 

The menu:

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  • Indian Vegetable Korma - GF, VE
  • Chicken Korma - GF
  • Basmati Rice - GF
  • Vegan Cucumber Salad - GF
  • Vegan Boondi Raita - GF, VE

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

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RTC Colloquium Today

The Humanities Department will host its second colloquium for the Spring 2019 semester from 5 - 7 p.m. today (Mar. 1) in Walker 120A. Marika Seigel (HU) and graduate student G. Edzordzi Agbozo will be presenting.

Seigel will present "Taking the backstairs: Pregnancy communication & everyday dissent in Soviet-era Estonia."

Edzordzi's talk is titled "Postcolonial technology and the discourse of coloniality."

In the News

Charles Kerfoot (Bio Sci) was quoted in the story "Less skiing, thinner ice, canceled fests. Michigan adapts to climate change," in Bridge. Kerfoot commented on weather trends in the western U.P. 

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Phi Kappa Tau fraternity was cited by the Hancock City Council for its first-place win in this year's Winter Carnival statue competition. The story was reported in the article "Snow Champs: Statue winners cited," in the Daily Mining Gazette.

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Former Michigan Tech volleyball player Christa (Jung) Cooper has been named head coach at Div. II University of New Haven. Cooper spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Ferris State. She was featured in the story "Assistant Coach finds a New Haven," in Ferris State University Torch.

Deans' Teaching Showcase

College of Sciences and Arts Dean David Hemmer has tapped Paul Charlesworth, Associate Professor of Chemistry, as this week's showcase member.

Chemistry Interim Chair John Jaszczak, says Charlesworth "has been teaching and innovating in CH 1150 (University Chemistry I) so long that he is likely to be the “Doc Berry” to scores of Michigan Tech alumni when they think back to their days in chemistry as undergraduates."   
Charlesworth often teaches "U-chem 1", which includes some of the very largest sections on campus with fall enrollments of more than 700 students. The large scale, however, doesn't keep him from trying new ways to meet the instructional challenges of engaging, challenging, and assisting students in learning chemistry.
Charlesworth's lectures have multiple components that help keep the students engaged and actively learning by interspersing lectures with opportunities to work out short problems, collaborate with neighbors, respond with iClickers and contextualize concepts with live demonstrations.
After visiting one of Charlesworth’s classes for peer evaluation last fall, a fellow faculty member found himself inspired by what he saw, writing: "I found Dr. Charlesworth’s teaching method simple, gimmick free, effective and easy to follow. The level of class room engagement was evident from the high number of students answering his [iClicker] questions.....After visiting Dr. Charlesworth’s class I now believe that dissemination of knowledge is possible is an extra‐large classroom.”  
Since CH1150 students are usually first‐semester, first‐year students, it's important to Charlesworth to help students develop broader academic skills  for their subsequent academic experiences at Michigan Tech. According to Jaszcak, Charlesworth  provides "a very clearly structured curriculum and a wide variety of different opportunities for engagement in learning, including making them easily available on Canvas."
In fact, Charlesworth was an early adopter and champion of Learning Management Systems like WebCT and Canvas and has been known to experiment with a wide variety of technologies and collaborate with others to organize and ensure diverse learning opportunities are available to students.
But innovation for its own sake is not Charlesworth’s goal. He works toward improved student learning in chemistry. Thus, he routinely assesses student learning through a variety of means, including participating with the University’s outcome assessment for his students in regard to Undergraduate Student Learning Goal 2: Knowledge of the Physical and Natural World.
He also realizes that not all course innovations work out as he might have hoped. Many students, for example, are able to score well on iClicker questions and on‐line homework, and yet score poorly on exams. Humbly. Charlesworth continues to make changes, saying  “It looks like there is still plenty of work to be done.”
But it's clear that this constant examination is paying off. Hemmer summarizes Charlesworth's contribution when he says "Placing outstanding instructors in introductory science classes is critical for Tech's effort to improve student retention. Paul's dedication and engagement in the classroom is reflected in the impressive outcomes for his students over many years. He is an incredible asset to Michigan Tech."
Charlesworth will be recognized at an end-of-term luncheon with the other showcase members, and is now eligible for one of three new teaching awards to be given by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning this summer recognizing introductory or large class teaching, innovative or outside the classroom  teaching methods, or work in curriculum and assessment.