Banash Appointed Humanities Department Chair

The College of Sciences and Arts Dean’s Office is pleased to announce that David Banash has been selected as chair of the Department of Humanities after an international search. Banash, whose three-year appointment begins July 1, 2019, is currently a professor of English and interim department chair at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. Prior to serving as chair, Banash was Director of Graduate Studies for five years. He earned his PhD in English from the University of Iowa in 2003.

Banash’s research interests are interdisciplinary and include literature, film, new media, and popular culture.

David Hemmer, dean of the College of Sciences and Arts, said he was thrilled with Banash’s selection. “We are lucky to find a distinguished scholar with a record of successful leadership,” Hemmer said. “The search committee and I were so impressed with his passion for moving to Michigan Tech.”

“His scholarship is also a natural fit for a Humanities Department at a technological university.” Hemmer continued. “His book Collage Culture, traces the ways twentieth-century media technologies including cinema, the phonograph, Xerox machines, and tape recorders, allowed artists to create new forms of literature and art. His edited anthology, Contemporary Collecting: Objects, Practices and the Fate of Things, examines how the role of objects in our contemporary lives are altered by technological change.

Banash replaces Ronald Strickland, who is stepping down as chair after ten years.

Unbounded Singularities and Mixed Metaphors

Yang Yang, associate professor of mathematical sciences, uses high-order numerical techniques to solve mathematical models with unbounded singularities — points in models that defy predictions of what might occur at those points.

Because Yang’s work in pure mathematics is so deeply theoretical, it can be difficult for those outside the field to understand what he does. In the following, we’ve embraced a tactic of heavily mixed metaphors to explain a facet of Yang’s science.

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Staff Council Service Recognition Luncheon

The annual Staff Council Service Recognition Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, June 12, in the MUB Ballroom. Tickets are $7 (cash or check only) and must be purchased by Friday (May 24). Please note there is no reserved seating. Doors will open at 11:30 am. If you are unable to attend the lunch, you may join the awards presentation beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Visit one of the following people to purchase tickets:
• Amy Mensch, Human Resources, Lakeshore Center, 7-2800, 
• Laura Harry, Memorial Union, MUB, 7-2543,
• Karen Wade, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Hamar House, 7-2920,


Physics Seminar Today 

Join us at 10 a.m. in Fisher Hall room 131 today to hear Scott Salesky's  (University of Oklahoma) seminar on "The effects of large-scale motions on surface fluxes in the convective atmospheric boundary layer: Monin-Obukhov similarity revisited." 

Fiscal Year-End 2019 Closing Information

Financial Services and Operations has posted the 2019 Fiscal Year-End Closing Schedule on its website. It is located on the Controller's Office web page under Closing Schedules.

The year-end closing schedule lists deadlines and other important dates and should be posted in each department and/or distributed to appropriate employees.

Items Available

The Office of the President has the following surplus items available to give away to another department on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Three (3) Wooden, 4-drawer, lateral file cabinets (30" W x 52" H x 19.5" D)
  • Wooden Hutch with wire design fronts on the top cabinets and a glass-protected countertop (75" W x 83" H x 19" D)
  • Four (4) Tabletop lamps (2 are matching)
  • Seven (7) End Tables
  • 1 Square, dark red wood with glossy finish (2' x 2')
  • 1 Oval, wood, light brown (3.75' L x 2' W)
  • 1 Semi-oval, wood, medium/dark brown (2' L x 1.75' W)
  • 1 Round, wood, medium brown, round bottom base (2.25' across)
  • 1 Rectangle, dark brown (2.25' L x 1.75' W)
  • 2 Rectangle, wooden with 1 pull out drawer, light brown (2.25' L x 1.75' W)

Please contact Joan Tapani at or 7-2200 if interested.

As always, University property may only be transferred to other University departments. It may not be given away or sold to individuals.

A Powerful Punch: Lean and Safety Workshop

A Powerful one-two Punch combines Lean and safety in a workshop offered from 1- 3 p.m Tuesday, June 4th in MUB Alumni Lounge B.

When combined with Lean practices, a safe workplace also becomes a more productive workplace. Employees engaged in developing safe processes also find ways to improve quality and increase efficiency. With safeguards in place, employees can focus on their work, instead of the dangers in their workplace.

In this course, we’ll explore ways to deploy Lean practices in the workplace to improve safety without sacrificing efficiency or effectiveness. Register for the workshop here.

Once registered, we'll add you to a calendar event for the course. There is no cost for this course if you are a Michigan Tech employee. If you are not affiliated with Michigan Tech you can register for this course here. If you have any questions, contact us"> or call 7-3123.

On the Road

Soner Onder (CS) is giving an invited talk titled "Program semantics meets architecture: What if we did not have branches?" at a workshop organized in honor of the 80th birthday of Yale Patt of University of Texas, Austin. Patt is a very prominent researcher with decades of accomplishments in Computer Architecture.

The workshop titled "Yale: 80 in 2019, Pushing the Envelope of Computing for the Future," scheduled to take place on July 1-2, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain, is organized by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and Barcelona Supercomputing Center, and is being sponsored by Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades (Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities) of Spain, among others.

Job Postings

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Department of Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions call 487-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

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