Travel Restriction

A newly identified coronavirus recently caused an outbreak of respiratory illness in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and has since spread to multiple countries, including the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring developments and, as mentioned in an article in yesterday’s Tech Today, issued a Level 3 travel warning, urging travelers to avoid all nonessential travel to China. 

Consistent with the CDC recommendation, Michigan Tech is issuing a University-wide travel restriction for the entire country of China. The restriction applies to faculty, staff, and students. If you have essential travel to China scheduled, please contact the Office of General Counsel. 

The University administration will continue to monitor the situation for developments and will update the campus community as necessary. 

For Michigan-specific information on the coronavirus, please visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services webpage.

Bob Mark Business Pitch Winners

Husky Innovate's 2020 Bob Mark Business Model Competition was held Wednesday (Jan. 29).  A total of 18 students making up 13 teams pitched business models to advance their innovation.

Community members and judges from across campus and the community selected the winners and provided the teams with feedback.

The Winners of the 2020 Bob Mark Business Model Competition were:

  • First Prize, $2,000—Kyra Pratley, POWERPENDANTS
  • Second Prize, $1,000—Jake Soter, SwimSmart Technologies
  • Third Prize, $500—J. Harrison Shields, Shields Technologies
  • Honorable Mention, $250—Samerender Hanumantharao & Stephanie Bule, Bio-Synt
  • Honorable Mention, $250—Allysa Meinburg, Haley Papineau, Sadat Yang, AAA Prosthetic Ankle
  • Audience Favorite, $250— Allysa Meinburg, Haley Papineau, Sadat Yang, AAA Prosthetic Ankle
  • MTEC SmartZone Breakout Innovation Award, ($1,000 Reimbursable expenses toward business development)—Ranit Karmakar

A special thanks to all those who lent their time and resources to make the evening a success including our contestants for their hard work and great presentations and our judges:

  • Dean Janet Callahan, College of Engineering
  • Brett Hamlin, Associate Department Chair, Engineering Fundamentals;
  • Nate Yenor, MTRSC Commercial Program Director
  • Patrick Visser, Chief Commercial Officer, MTEC-SmartZone;
  • Elham Asgari, Assistant Professor, College of Business
  • Josh Jay, Materials Science Engineering Student, University Innovation Fellow and Innovation House RA

A special thanks goes out to emcee Cameron Philo, Electrical Engineering and PHC New Venture Pathway Student, University Innovation Fellow and E-Club President; Lexi Steve, Mechanical Engineering and Pavlis Honors College Student, University Innovation Fellow and Husky Innovate Intern; and the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences for operations support and space and SLS & IT for production support.

This event is a tribute to the late Bob Mark, Professor of Practice within the College of Business who started the Elevator Pitch Competition at Michigan Tech. The competition recognizes his entrepreneurial spirit and its continuation at Michigan Tech.

The 2020 Bob Mark Business Model Competition was hosted by Husky Innovate, a collaboration between Pavlis Honors College, the College of Business and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization.

Husky Innovate is Michigan Tech’s resource hub for innovation & entrepreneurship and offers workshops, competitions, NSF I-Corps training, a Speaker Series, and cohosts the Silicon Valley Experience.

Greeks Recognize Faculty and Staff

Last Sunday (Jan. 26), more than 300 students gathered for the 14th Annual Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards Ceremony held in the Memorial Union Ballroom. In addition to the many student awards presented, Order of Omega, the Greek Life Honor Society that coordinates the awards, took the time to recognize some exceptional faculty and staff members.

There are more than 460 students in fraternities and sororities at Michigan Tech, and Order of Omega wanted to emphasize that these awards were coming directly from the students.

The following faculty and staff members were nominated by members of the Greek community and recognized at the 2020 Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards Ceremony (winners are in bold type):

Faculty

  • Jeana Collins (Chemical Engineering)
  • Karyn Fay (Medical Laboratory Science)
  • Gretchen Hein (Engineering Fundamentals)
  • John Jaszczak (Chemistry and Physics)
  • Roger Woods (College of Business)

Staff

  • Nancy Byers Sprague (Graduate Degree Services)
  • Joseph Cooper (Student Financial Services)
  • Julie Ross (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Rochelle Spencer (Student Leadership & Involvement)
  • Travis Wakeham (Biological Sciences)

Advisors

  • Danielle Cyrus (Financial Services and Operations)
  • Nathan Manser (Engineering Fundamentals)
  • James Schmierer (College of Forest Resources)

These nominations were written by individual students and were supported by an entire fraternity or sorority. 

Congratulations to all of these faculty and staff members who were nominated and thank you for inspiring and motivating students.

A complete list of all the award winners can be found on the Student Leadership and Involvement web page.

Space Grant Consortium Scholarship Available

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) is offering a $500 one-time scholarship to an undergraduate student with research and innovation interests aligned with the following NASA strategic goals: 

  • Expand the frontiers of knowledge, capability, and opportunity in space
  • Advance understanding of Earth and develop technologies to improve the quality of life on our home planet
  • Serve the American public and accomplish our mission by effectively managing our people, technical capabilities and infrastructure

The scholarship will be available to the recipient immediately upon award and is non-renewable. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for this scholarship.  Applicants should fill out this short Google form by midnight Sunday, Feb. 16.

For more information, contact Paige Hackney in the Pavlis Honors College in M&M 722.

Door Locking Schedule for All-Nighter

In an effort to mitigate property damage during the Winter Carnival all-nighter on Wednesday (Feb. 5), the Winter Carnival safety task force will secure all exterior campus doors at 8 p.m. Exterior doors to academic buildings will lock then; evening classes will be in session by this time but students should not leave the building while class is in session otherwise they will be locked out.

All undergraduate and graduate students will have card access removed beginning 8 p.m. on Wednesday (Feb. 5) through 6 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 6). Students needing access for research or other department sanctioned purposes should request permission from their department chair by 8 a.m. on Wednesday (Feb. 5). An email address and M-number will be needed by the department chair to request student access.

Faculty and staff will have normal access except as noted below:

  • Fisher Hall: first floor will be open for restrooms and warming area. The basement, second and third floor stairwells will be locked, but will open in the event of an emergency. The elevators will be disabled. Faculty or staff needing access to or from the upper floors or needing access to the elevator should call Public Safety and Police Services at 906-487-2216, and a security clerk or officer will be sent to assist
  • Memorial Union Building: the entire building will be open for restrooms and warming area
  • Walker Arts & Humanities Center: first floor will be open for restrooms and warming area. The second and third floor stairwells will be locked, but will open in the event of an emergency. The elevators will be disabled. Faculty or staff needing access to or from the upper floors or needing access to the elevator should call Public Safety and Police Services at 906-487-2216, and a security clerk or officer will be sent to assist
  • Van Pelt & Opie Library: will close at 8 p.m.
  • DHH, Hillside, McNair and Wadsworth: exterior building doors will lock at 6 p.m. Wednesday and return to normal operating schedule 6 a.m. Thursday. Residential students will have access to the building where they live. Residential students will have access to the main door of Wads (lot 15 entrance) while the Dining Hall or Campus Cafe is open. McNair Dining Hall doors will remain unlocked during operating hours until 9 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact committee chair Ryan Bennett.

Community Makerspace: Paper Circuits

On February 3 at 6 p.m. at the Portage Lake District Library, Superior Fab Lab, a local community makerspace, is offering a maker event centered around paper circuits free to the public.

Come and make a light-up greeting card for your valentine! We will use conductive tape, LEDs and small batteries to create light-up artistic cards.

Materials and instructions included. Seating is limited so please register by visiting our Facebook page and register for the event.

Photography Exhibit by MTU Students and Alumni

From February 8 through 29 the Copper Country Community Arts Center will feature an exhibition of the photographic work of current and former Michigan Tech students. It offers an exploration into the ways in which relate to our past and present selves, to nature, to technology, to spirituality and to each other.

Each gallery takes on the role of photographs as openings, as bridges, as prompts to connect. Together, they invite reflection about the things we notice and the things that we should pay attention to as we go through our life journeys. The reception for the exhibit will be held at 6 p.m. on February 8.

Registration Open for Doghouse Classic

Calling all #FutureHuskies, get your team together and register today for the 2020 Doghouse Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. Divisions are open to boys/girls grades 4-8, JV, Varsity, and Men's and Women's open divisions.

The deadline to register is March 30. The fun begins April 11 here at the Michigan Tech Student Development Complex.

MSE Seminar Monday

The next Materials Science and Engineering Seminar will take place at 4 p.m. Monday (Feb. 3) in M&M 610. Lei Pan (ChE) will present "SurfaceForces and Contact Angles."

Pan obtained his BS degree in Mineral Processing Engineering from Central South University in China, and both his MS and PhD degrees in Mining Engineering from Virginia Tech. Pan’s research interests and focus include interfacial science, mineral processing and Li-ion battery recycling. He was named as Henryk lecturer by the Society of Mining Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) in 2018, and he is a receipt of the Doctoral New Investigator grant by ACS petroleum research fund (ACS PRF) in 2019. His Li-ion battery recycling project has received the EPA P3 Youth Council on Sustainable Science and Technology (YCOSST) Award in 2018.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, January 31. 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 (9 months/ 40 hours/ 1st Shift), Dining Services.  AFSCME Posting 1/31/2020 - 2/6/2020. 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 Carnival Queen Coronation Tomorrow

The first major event in Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival is happening Saturday with the Coronation of the Winter Carnival Queen. The program takes place at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 1) in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

You'll meet the eight candidates who represent many different aspects of the Michigan Tech community and witness the amazing talents that each candidate will display. 

Tickets are free to Michigan Tech students with their ID and $10 for the general public. Tickets are available online, at the Central Ticketing Office in the SDC or by calling 7-2073. Tickets are also available at the Rozsa Center on the evening of the coronation.

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Rhetoric Discussion: Rhetorical-Cultural Analysis Today

The Rhetoric Society of America student chapter at Michigan Tech will hold a discussion on rhetorical-cultural analysis.

The focus paper for this discussion is Blake Scott's (2003) "Extending rhetorical-cultural analysis: Transformations of home HIV testing."

This will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today (Jan. 31) in Walker 329B (Graduate Seminar Room).

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Intermittent Fasting Research Study

A research study is being conducted by the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology and they are currently recruiting healthy individuals that are 18 to 40 years old. This study is looking into the effects of intermittent fasting on the cardiovascular system.

Participants will be asked to visit the lab eight times over the course of 10 weeks and fast twice weekly for six weeks. Additionally, participants will be compensated and provided information about their body composition and cardiovascular health.

If you are interested in learning more about this research study and to see if you are eligible to participate, contact Steven Stelly or provide your information for us to contact you at the following link.

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Heather Knewtson to Present Lecture on FinTech Today

Heather Knewtson (COB), assistant professor of finance, will present her lecture, "Toward Understanding FinTech and its Industry," at 3 p.m. today (Jan. 31) in Rekhi Hall 214.

In her talk, Knewtson will define the term FinTech, differentiating it from financial technology, and use the definition to develop an industry framework.

Read the blog post

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Film Board Presents: Maleficent Mistress of Evil

This weekend, Film Board presents "Maleficent: MIstress of Evil." Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, unexpected allies and dark new forces at play.

 Show times:

  • Today (Jan. 31) —5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Tomorrow (Feb. 1) —2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday (Feb. 2) —2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. All are welcome to attend.

"Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" is rated "PG" for intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and brief scary images. 

Want to see what movies we’re playing next? Check out our movies and showtimes at the Film Board website

In the News

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was quoted in The Maker Movement Unmade? in 3D Print.

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Michigan Tech research in the unique mechanics of lithium, was cited in the story "Other materials stories that may be of interest," on the website of the American Ceramic Society.

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Michigan Tech was mentioned in the article "Overnight earthquake rattles part of central North Carolina, USGS says," in several publications including the Charlotte ObserverThe Island Packet and The State.

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The appearance of Peter Sinclair at Michigan Tech Wednesday evening was covered by Sinclair's hometown newspaper the Midland Daily News

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Michigan Tech was mentioned in the article "The sun shines for all: Community solar for low-income populations," on the website of the American Public Power Association.

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Michigan Tech alumnus Brandon Maurisak was featured in the article "ENR Northwest's Top Young Pros" in Engineering News Record.

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Wednesday's Bob Mark Business Model Competition sponsored by Husky Innovate was covered by WLUC TV6.

Deans' Teaching Showcase

Dean Johnson, dean of the College of Business, has selected our third Deans’ Teaching Showcase member: Laura Connolly, assistant professor of economics in the College of Business. Connolly accepted her first academic position at Michigan Tech last fall after completing her PhD in economics at the University of Alabama. In addition to her research in labor economics, Connolly’s main instructional role In the College of Business is teaching large sections of EC3400 (Economic Decision Analysis). EC3400 is completed by a large cross-section of Tech students, and many STEM alumni report its value to their successful careers.

Dean Johnson selected Connolly because of the excellent student feedback in EC3400. In his words, “The feedback on Connolly's teaching effectiveness is impressive for any class, but especially so in light of the large section sizes of EC3400. Teaching a new course in a new university in a large class environment is a daunting first assignment. Connolly has not only survived but thrived. I am particularly pleased to see high marks for her student engagement with class sizes above 150 students.”

Associate Dean Mari Buche echoed this praise, as she knows well the challenge of engaging students in larger sections. She expresses confidence in Connolly's continued impact on a broad set of alumni, saying “I can safely predict the STEM alums of future decades will be reporting EC3400 made a positive impact on their careers due to Laura’s effective teaching.” Buche continues, “While the majority of her teaching evolves large sections, it is not surprising to also find strong evidence of teaching effectiveness in her Labor Economics course, which is within her research interest. Laura Connolly has demonstrated our motto in her teaching style: We are large enough to lead and small enough to care.”

Connolly will be recognized at an end-of-term luncheon with other showcase members, and is also a candidate for the CTL Instructional Award Series (to be determined this summer) recognizing introductory or large-class teaching, innovative or outside the classroom teaching methods, or work in curriculum and assessment.

On the Road

Last week, three members of our faculty and staff went to the annual American Kinesiology Association, AKA, Leadership Workshop in Tampa, Florida.

Taylor Haapapuro, our Academic Advisor and Outreach Coordinator, attended the pre-workshop session on Undergraduate Recruitment, Retention, and Career Trajectories. Carolyn Duncan, Assistant Professor (KIP), went to the pre-workshop session on Facilitating and Highlighting Faculty & Student Research in Kinesiology. Megan Frost, KIP Department Chair, attended the Leadership workshop.

Duncan had this to say about her experience: "The highlight of these workshops for me was the opportunity to network and gain insights from other Kinesiology faculty and department heads. It was great to see how other faculty approached common challenges that we face in this discipline with the goal of improving the educational experience of our students. I particularly enjoyed learning some tools on how to improve my teaching of scientific writing and enhancing the undergraduate research experiences. I have already begun to incorporate some of these new tools into my teaching."