Rock Band 'As You Were' Playing today

The Michigan Tech Army ROTC will host the US Army's rock band "As You Were" at noon today (Sept. 13) on the ROTC lawn.

This free, hour-long, full production rock concert is being held to spread awareness for the ROTC program and give the students of Michigan Tech a fun concert.

Lawn chairs and games are welcomed and everyone is invited to attend. Come out and have a good time with the Army ROTC.

Kids Corner Keeps Them Occupied at Parade of Nations

You want to go to the Parade of Nations and enjoy the international food and entertainment at the Multicultural Festival that follows the parade. But what will you do with the kids? They’ll enjoy the colorful parade, featuring the Cass Tech Marching Band, the Michigan Tech Pep Band and Dancers, Blizzard T. Husky, the Michigan Tech mascot, and Riku F. Lion, Finlandia University’s mascot, and floats created by groups such as the Michigan Tech Indian Students Association and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

And at the Multicultural Festival, you can park them at the Kids Corner, where they will paint boomerangs, make boo-boo bunnies and Chinese paper dragons. They’ll also get lots of sparkly stickers, which you can expect to find stuck almost everywhere.

So don’t hesitate to come to the Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21, starting at 11 a.m. in Hancock and crossing the Lift Bridge to the Dee Stadium, where the food and fun kicks off at noon. The Kids Corner, new this year, will keep the young ones occupied.

Nominations open for KCP Future Faculty Fellowships

Applications are being sought for KCP Future Faculty Fellowships, a program funded by the State of Michigan. Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. Oct. 8 for funding starting in Spring 2020 or later.  

KCP fellowships provide students up to $20,000 (MS students) or $35,000 (PhD students) to pursue their degrees. Funds may be used to support students (or faculty/staff) pursuing degrees at Michigan Tech. For Michigan Tech students, the Graduate School and nominating department must also contribute matching funds to help support the student.

The purpose of the King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program is to increase the pool of academically and economically disadvantaged candidates pursuing faculty teaching or administrative careers in post-secondary education.

Complete information about eligibility criteria and materials needed for an application is available on our web page.

Nominations sought for 2020 MAGS Thesis Award

The Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) is soliciting nominations for the 2020 MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Awards to recognize and reward distinguished scholarship and research at the master’s level.  Michigan Tech may nominate one candidate in each disciplinary category.

Eligible students:

  • will have earned a master of science degree between July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019 in the fields of
    • Biological/Life Sciences or
    • Humanities (history is considered with humanities)
  • will have completed an original thesis that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline
  • will not have earned a PhD (or comparable research degree) in any discipline prior to the writing of the master’s thesis

The 2021 competition will seek nominees in the fields of Social Sciences or Mathematics, Physical Sciences,and Engineering.

Please see our web page for complete details on eligibility and application procedures.

Public Service Commissioner Scripps to Meet with Faculty and Students Next Week

Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) member Daniel C. Scripps will speak at Michigan Tech on Thursday, Sept. 19.

Scripps will meet with faculty from 5 to 6 p.m. and with students from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Both meetings will take place in GLRC room 202.

Scripps will provide a brief introduction to the MPSC and highlight energy issues important to Michigan. When meeting with students, Commissioner Scripps will also speak about internship opportunities at the MPSC.

Both sessions will feature Q&A sessions. There will also be an opportunity for informal discussions between the sessions when refreshments are served. Contact Roman Sidortsov (SS) with any questions.

Mulch Madness with Tree Campus USA ®

Michigan Tech’s Campus Tree Advisory Committee invites you to participate in its 2019 Fall Service Learning Project to support the efforts of attaining recognition as a Tree Campus USA ® through the Arbor Day Foundation ®.

Facility Management’s Grounds and Gardens is offering three two-hour hands-on workshops to learn how to properly mulch trees in an urban environment. Learn about mulch and why trees love it, and then put your new knowledge to work and get some hands-on experience as we mulch campus trees together.

Any individual who attends and completes a training session will be designated as a Campus Tree Mulch ‘Lead Volunteer’ who can then oversee a group of four others to work on mulching campus trees. Grounds and Gardens will have toolkits available to use if you’d like to take your club, organization or small group of volunteers out at a later date to help mulch campus trees.

The Campus Tree Advisory Committee will place lawn flags with your group's name at any trees you help mulch to recognize your efforts — a great opportunity to make your club or organization’s impact known on campus.

If you or anyone you know are interested in attending one of the following workshops, please sign up.

We'll meet at Douglass Houghton Hall South Patio.

Workshop Dates and Times:

  • Thursday, Sept. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon

Dress for the weather. All tools and protective equipment will be provided.We hope to see you there.

Rozsa Gallery Reception: "Lift Each Other Up"

The Rozsa Center gallery announces its fall Independent Gallery Exhibit, "Lift Each Other Up," by the Finlandia University Young Women's Caucus for Art.

The exhibit showcases works of art by Finlandia's art students. A gallery reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 14) in the Rozsa Gallery, A-Space.  The exhibition and reception are free and open to all.

Second Saturday at the Michigan Tech Archives

From noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 14) the reading room of the Michigan Tech Archives will be open to the public for Second Saturday. The Archives will offer the full range of its research support services and genealogy assistance during these hours.

This is the first Second Saturday of the 2019-2020 academic year. The next Second Saturday will be Oct. 12.

For more information about Saturday research at the archives, email the Michigan Tech Archives or call 7-2505.

Find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @mtuarchives and Instagram @michigantecharchives.

Retirement Party for Arlene Collins

Please join UMC in congratulating Arlene Collins on more than 35 years at Michigan Tech.

The party will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounges B and C.

Come and share your best wishes for Arlene.

Call-out for an Associate Vice President for Research Development

The Vice President for Research is searching for an associate vice president for research development who can provide strategic leadership, promote excellence in research, facilitate opportunities and oversee multiple operations and facilities such as the academic/virtual centers shared facilities, research integrity and laboratory operations.

This position is expected to serve under the direction of the Vice President for Research and in collaboration with the Associate Vice President for Research Administration, in order to coordinate activities across divisions to serve the researchers in a strong capacity as the campus community works to achieve future institutional research goals.

Priority consideration will be given to those who apply prior to Oct. 19.

For full details, see the position description.

Reminders

KIP Seminar

The next KIP Seminar takes place from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Sept. 13) in Dow 641. Jerome Dempsey will present "Is the Respiratory System Overbuilt, Underbuild or Just Right for Exercise?" Dempsey is from the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

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Celebration of Latinx Luncheon

Join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in celebration for Latinx Heritage Month from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday (Sept. 16) in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A.

There will be a panel of staff, faculty, and students discussing the contributions of their culture to our society.

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Jacob Riis and Photographic Othering

A public lecture by Sally Stein "Jacob Riis and Photographic Othering" will take place at 5 p.m. today (Sept. 13) in the East Reading Room of the Michigan Tech Library. This talk will reconsider the contradictory contributions of Jacob Riis’s use of photography in his mission of urban reform. This lecture is partially sponsored by the Visiting Possessor/Lecture Scholars Series (VPLSS) which is funded by a grant to the Provost Office from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative. Additional support provided by the Keweenaw National Historical Park and the Departmentof Humanities.

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Film Board Presents "Dark Phoenix"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Dark Phoenix," Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all of humanity.

Show times are:

  • Today (Sept. 13) - 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Tomorrow (Sept. 14) - 2:30 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday (Sept. 15 - 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135, tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each.

Dark Phoenix is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action including some gunplay, disturbing images and brief strong language Want to see what movies we’re playing next? Check out our movies and showtimes at the Film Board website

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C3 Luncheon Today

The C3 luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m today (Sept. 13) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

The buffet lunch is $12 per person. Cash, credit cards and gift cards are accepted. Submit C-Cubed feedback. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email reservations-l@mtu.edu.

Today

  • Thai Style Grilled Chicken GF
  • Coconut Lime Rice with Red Beans and Mangoes GF Vegan
  • Thai Curry Vegetable Soup
  • GF Vegan Cucumber Salad with Peanuts and Cilantro

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

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Thermal Control on Sleep Quality and Blood Pressure Dipping

Do you suspect you may be a poor sleeper? Do you have trouble maintaining or falling asleep. A multitude of factors may be impacting your sleep.

One of the potential culprits is temperature control at night. Core body temperature dropping at night is essential for sleep efficiency, but when abnormalities in body temperature occur, it can be detrimental to your sleep, and may even be linked to changes in nocturnal blood pressure.

Help us to study the effects of a thermal heating and cooling feature within a mattress that may improve sleep quality. We are entering our final few cohorts for this study, and are currently recruiting participants, specifically those between the ages of 40-60 years old. Read this flyer for additional information regarding the screening process as well as participation.

CTL Article of the Week

We’ve known that active learning is more effective for a broader set of students than lecture since the 1980’s. But authentic learning is time-consuming and challenging for both instructors and students. Adding these together makes the new study summarized in this week’s article entitled “The Dangers of Fluent Lecturers” by Colleen Flahrety simultaneously unsurprising and very important.

The last part of the study summarized is what I found most useful. In an environment where faculty often feel that they need to “give students what they want” or risk student complaints or low evaluations, Flahrety recommends a third path: talk to your students about your challenging instructional choices, early and often. This is initially uncomfortable, as many of us are not used to having to defend or even sell our classroom practices. In my own physics classes (which are flipped and highly active), I have found that as I continue to explain my methods, the vast majority of students do — sometimes reluctantly and slowly — buy in. Comments on my end-of-term evaluations admit initial skepticism, but students often admit that the active approach has caused them to change their habits in other courses as well.

Throughout the semester, I find it necessary not only to re-explain the reasons for my instructional choices, but also to have more general discussions about the natural discomfort of learning optimally, failure as a necessary path to learning, and ideas like growth vs. fixed mindset. This kind of “transparent teaching” might be a path you can use to reduce resistance to active learning too.

If you’re trying some active learning but sensing some pushback, the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) can help facilitate these conversations, or with any aspect of your instruction. Stop in and see us on the Library’s second floor.

Note: Due to subscription restrictions, some links in this e-mail will work only while connected through Michigan Tech’s network.

In the News

Michigan Tech was mentioned in the article "How Kalamazoo is Fine-tuning its Groundbreaking Free College Program," in Politico.

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Michigan Tech alumnus Jason Markesino was featured in the article "2019 Engineering Leader Under 40: Jason Markesino, 37," in Control Engineering.

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The Michigan Tech Army and Air Force ROTC tradition of standing watch over the 9/11 Memorial on campus each Sept. 11, was covered by WLUC TV6. The station also covered the opening of the new location of the Husky Food Pantry.

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The Michigan Tech story on Susanta Ghosh (MEEM) on the microarchitecture of brittle materials was picked up by Super Computing Online. The story was also picked up by Science Daily.

Today's Campus Events

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C-Cubed Luncheon - Thai-Style Grilled Chicken

This week's C3 luncheons take place on Thursday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge (#107). All faculty and staff, along with their...

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(Women's Volleyball) Michigan Tech vs. Bemidji State

Women's Volleyball: Michigan Tech vs. Bemidji State, Huskies Classic

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As You Were

The Michigan Tech Army ROTC will host the US Army's rock band "As You Were" at noon today (Sept. 13) on the ROTC lawn. This free, hour-long, full production rock concert is...

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Husky Innovate Speaker Series: Clark Sprague Entrepreneurship Talk

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for a brown bag lunch time talk given by Clark Sprague, Mechanical Engineering Major and Pavlis Honors College New Venture...

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Bioadhesive and Antipathogenic Biomaterial Inspired by Mussel Adhesive Chemistry

Chemical Engineering Grain Processing Seminar Series Bruce P. Lee Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering Michigan Technological University Abstract: Marine mussels...

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Colloquium - Anton Betten

Anton Betten, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Colorado State University The Power of Algebraic Computing Richard Hamming, a pioneer of coding theory, once...

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KIP Seminar Series

Jerome Dempsey PhD Department of Population Health Sciences University of Wisconsin - Madison Presentation Title Is the Respiratory System Overbuilt, Underbuilt, or Just...

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(Women's Soccer) Michigan Tech at MSU-Moorhead

Women's Soccer: Michigan Tech at MSU-Moorhead

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Public Lecture By Dr. Sally Stein: Jacob Riis & Photographic Othering

This talk will reconsider the contradictory contributions of Jacob Riis’s use of photography in his mission of urban reform. It draws upon this scholar’s earlier quite...

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Men's Hockey Club (Wolfpack) vs. Northern Michigan University

The Men's hockey club will be having their seaon opener against Northern Michigan University. Game 1 is Friday, September 13th at 7:00pm and game 2 is Saturday, September 14th...

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Range Day

Come join us at the SDC range to learn firearm safety and have fun shooting our various pistols. First time down is free (besides ammo) and second time down is $15 for the...

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Sorority Recruitment Kickoff

We will be kicking off this year's formal recruitment with an evening of meeting new friends and getting to know the sorority women who will be leading you through...

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(Women's Volleyball) Michigan Tech at St. Cloud State

Women's Volleyball: Michigan Tech at St. Cloud State, Huskies Classic

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(Cross Country) Spartan Invitational - Hosted by Michigan State University

Spartan Invitational - Hosted by Michigan State University, TBA

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Campus Bike Week: Bike to Campus Day

Leave the car at home and bike to and from campus! We will count how many bikes we find on campus and you might find a prize on your bike when you walk about from class or work!