Moment of Silence Tomorrow for Ukrainian Plane Victims

 

The Iranian Community at Michigan Tech is hosting a moment of silence, followed by a short gathering, to honor the 176 people who lost their lives in the downing of the Ukrainian plane in Iran last week.

The Iranian Community at Michigan Tech is encouraging the campus community to stand in solidarity for the victims lost in the tragedy.
The remembrance will take place at noon tomorrow (Jan. 15) near the Husky Statue.
The Iranian Community said in a statement, "This is a tragedy, and all Iranians are mourning together. We are stressed, anxious and devastated, and need help to get through this difficult time. We would appreciate if you could support us during the event, and help Iranian students and faculty talk about this tragedy, and share their concerns with the Michigan Tech community."

Keweenaw Time Traveler Awarded Grant

Researchers with the Keweenaw Time Traveler project have been awarded a Digitizing Hidden Collections Grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for $240,014 over two years.

Sarah Fayen Scarlett (SS), Don Lafreniere (SS) and Lindsay Hiltunen (university archivist) will hire six undergrads, one master's student and a full-time digitization specialist in the Michigan Tech Archives to scan, transcribe and fully catalogue 40,000 employee records from the Calumet & Hecla Mining Company collections.

This new data set will be record-linked with historical data already mapped in the Keweenaw Time Traveler, an online historical atlas being built for research and public heritage in MTU's Geospatial Research Facility.

This major addition will add rare and valuable information to facilitate research and public history programming into the lives of immigrant miners, their families, employment histories over their lifetimes and how their experiences continue to shape the Copper Country landscape today.

The CLIR grant program is made possible by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. 

TIAA Retirement Counseling Sessions Available in March

TIAA will be on campus for individual counseling sessions on the following days:

  • Tuesday, March 24 in MUB Alumni Lounge A
  • Wednesday, March 25 in MUB Alumni Lounge A
  • Thursday, March 26 in the MUB Datolite Room
  • Friday, March 27 in the MUB Datolite Room 

To schedule an in-person appointment with TIAA call 800-732-8353 or book one online.  

Michigan Canvas Users Conference and Call for Proposals

Are you using Canvas to engage students in learning or to focus on facilitating learning? Share what you are doing with colleagues from across the state at the Michigan Canvas Users Conference.

The third annual Michigan Canvas Users Conference is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 6, (the Friday before Michigan Tech’s Spring Break) at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan.

Presentation proposals are still being sought and accepted. Since Michigan Tech has been using Canvas much longer than any other college or university in Michigan this is a great opportunity for us to share our knowledge and experience with others.

You are also encouraged to attend the third annual Michigan Canvas Users Conference whether you are presenting or not! Registration for the conference will open on Jan. 20. Click here to register.

The Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will arrange for shared transportation for those interested in attending.

If you have an idea, submit your proposal. Deadline for presentation proposal submission is Jan. 20. Michigan Canvas Users Conference Registration opens Jan. 20.

Faculty and support topics may focus on teaching and learning, or on the technical capabilities of Canvas. Examples of topics:

  • Student-centered learning approaches
  • Creating authentic assessments
  • Your unique applications of Canvas features
  • Integration of outside applications within Canvas
  • Other topics that will interest faculty using Canvas

If your proposal is accepted, you will be able to register at a discounted rate of $25. You will be notified of the proposal acceptance by Feb.12.

Contact Thom Freeman from the CTL with any questions, to share proposal ideas and potential collaborators, and to let me know if you would like to ride down to the conference in a shared rental vehicle.

Family Winter Fun Day

Join the Keweenaw Alumni and Friends for a day of family friendly winter fun from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at Mont Ripley Ski Hill. Come on out and go tubing at Mont Ripley; all are welcome — adults and children. Hot cocoa and snacks will be provided in the Race Room while tubes and tows up the hill will be provided by Mont Ripley.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Children shorter than 42" tall must ride with an adult. Ages 13 and up cost $10, Age 5–12 cost $5 and anyone under 5 is free. Adults who do not plan to go tubing are not required to purchase a ticket. To receive the discounted tubing price pre-registration is required. For any questions, call the Alumni House at 906-487-2400.

Free Puppet Workshops and Opportunity to Perform

Local poet, Hugo Gordillo, has a set of poems, "Fiesta!" that is set to music by well-known Guatemalan singer/songwriter, Raul Colibrí. His work will be performed on February 15 by the Superior Wind Symphony with a few of the songs in the concert will be performed with puppets.

Trish Helsel, (VPA) associate professor of theatre, is offering free workshops to build puppets. Puppeteers of all ages are invited to attend one or both workshops from 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday( Jan. 18) and Saturday, Jan. 25 in Walker 202.

Puppeteers will learn how to manipulate their puppets and need to be available for at least one rehearsal either Feb. 1 or Feb. 8 and two rehearsals (dates/times TBD) during the week of the concert, February 9-15.

To sign up for a workshop or learn more, email Trish Helsel

Husky Hour, Counseling Services Workshops and Groups

 Know students who are struggling or just need a little extra support? Get them the help they need through Husky Hour, Counseling Services Workshops, or Counseling Services Groups.

Counseling Services has partnered with departments across the University to offer one-hour workshops—Husky Hour—from 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the Library East Reading Room.

These workshops will help students improve skills like communication, stress relief, academic planning, life balance, formula-based studying and good food choices. These events are free and often offer incentives like food and prizes for students. Feel free to bring your class to one of these events, offer extra credit for student attendance, or simply recommend it to your students as a great way to gain additional skills needed for a successful semester.

Counseling Services workshops and groups offer a more in-depth and intimate learning experience for students. The workshops are designed as 3 or 4-week series, exploring topics like motivation, the science of relationships, emotional resilience, taming habits, stress reduction and mindfulness. Groups offer weekly support in areas like grief, depression, anxiety, academic stress, motivation, and more.

Visit here to download PDFs of the spring schedule for each of these programs.

While all of these events are designed for a student audience, staff and faculty are welcome to attend Husky Hour. We ask for your assistance in marketing these opportunities to students.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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. 

Food Service Helper (12 months/Part-time, No Base/Shift Varies) Dining Services. AFSCME Posting 1/14/2020 - 1/20/2020. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. 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. Accommodations are available. If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or mtujobs@mtu.edu.

Reminders

Winter Warm Up

Winter Warm Up is a free winter clothing drive that will run until Feb. 24. A selection of free winter accessories are available at Wadsworth by the Cafe for all.

Donations are appreciated and can be placed in the donation bins at the display.

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Silicon Valley Experience 2020 Registration Open

Aspiring student entrepreneurs and innovators are invited to apply for the Michigan Tech Silicon Valley Experience, a Spring Break immersive tour of California Bay Area companies that includes meetings with entrepreneurs and Michigan Tech alumni who are leaders in their field.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 10. Register online. Up to 16 students will be guaranteed a slot on the trip. Priority will be given to students who have been previously engaged with innovation and entrepreneurship and articulate continued engagement on their application.

Major funding for this trip is provided by the 14 Floors alumni group. Husky Innovate—a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College, the College of Business, and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization is co-hosting this with 14 Floors.

Students who apply and are accepted will have the opportunity to:

  • Tour companies like Google, Netflix, Hewlett Packard, Facebook, Ford, as well as the former Michigan Tech student startup company Handshake
  • Meet with entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Talk with Michigan Tech alumni who are leaders in their field,
  • Get answers to your real-world business, innovation, and leadership questions,
  • Gain firsthand knowledge of the enterprises that are revolutionizing global business

Lodging, ground transportation to and from toured companies and some food will be covered. Students will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own air travel.

As part of the student application, students will create a 2-minute video describing how they will share their experience with the Michigan Tech community upon completion of their travel in order to positively contribute to our entrepreneurial ecosystem. Students who have a demonstrated financial need can apply for a limited travel scholarship

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Participants with Elevated Blood Pressure Needed for Mindfulness Study

Adults ages 18 to 45 years old are needed to participate in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) - funded study titled "Mindfulness and Neural Cardiovascular Control in Humans."

To qualify, participants must have a resting seated blood pressure of greater than or equal to 120/80 mmHg.

Participants should have little or no previous experience with mindfulness meditation. This study will randomize participants into an eight-week stress management education course or an eight-week, mindfulness-based stress-reduction course.

Each course will take one evening per week. Email Bridget Durocher (Bio Sci) for more information. The data collection and interventions will run from early February to early April.

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CTL Lunch and Learn: Ed Tech Roundup

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning will present a lunch and learn, "Ed Tech Roundup," at noon Tuesday, Jan. 21.

At this event, you will hear about the new Canvas grade book, new tools and mini-grants for captioning videos, integrated library resources through Canvas commons, accessibility short course, new Zoom classroom (Dillman 204) and Gradescope, an artificial intelligence grading tool. 

Registration for the event closes on Friday (Jan. 17).

Notables

Graduate student Daniel Kulas has been awarded the prestigious 2020 NAMS Elias Klein Travel Supplement Award to present his comprehensive experimental work on the rejection mechanisms of the four most significant PFAS molecules: PFOA, PFOS, PFNA and PFHxS by Nanofiltration membrane NF270.

The presentation will be at the AIChE Conference in Tempe, Arizona on May 16-20, 2020. Kulas was nominated by his research mentor Andre Da Costa.

In Print

The paper "Identities and inequalities for the cosine and sine functions" by Professor Iosif Pinelis (Math) has been accepted for publication in Mathematical Inequalities & Applications. A preprint version of the paper can be downloaded here.

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