IPEC Discussion on Climate Policymaking by Sarah Green

As part of The Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture’s spring 2020 programming on “Designing the Anthropocene,” Sarah Green (Chem) will give a brown bag presentation on her experience leading an observer delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2019.

Students from Green’s seminar on "Climate Science and Policy" joined with classes at Colorado State and Clark University to prepare for the Conference of the Parties (COP) and form a delegation to Madrid for the annual COP this past December.

Green will offer her insights on working on environmental policy within the United Nations system and consider how Tech can best engage with the UNFCCC through our new observer status. 

The brown bag will be held from noon to 1 p.m. March 3 in AOB 201. A light lunch and beverages will be provided.

Michigan Space Grant Consortium Award Recipients Announced

Michigan Tech faculty, staff members and students received awards totaling $90,500 in funding through the Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the 2020-2021 funding cycle.

Michigan Tech undergraduates receiving $3,000 research fellowships:

  • Troy Maust (ECE): "Auris: An RF Mission” with Brad King (ME-EM)
  • Lea Morath (BioMed): “Evaluating Zinc Alloys for Biodegradable Arterial Stents” with Jeremy Goldman (BioMed)
  • Victoria Nizzi (MSE): “The Use of Computer Modeling to Simulate and Predict the Biodegradation of a Magnesium Alloy Fracture Plate” with Jaroslaw Drelich (MSE)
  • Collette Sarver (Chem): “Accurate Theoretical Prediction of Anharmonic Infrared (IR) Spectra of Neutral Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)” with Loredana Valenzano-Slough (Chem)
  • Tyler Strauss (ME-EM): “Effects of Optogenetic Stimulation of the Subthalamic nucleus on Stress-Induced Depression” with Chunxiu Yu (BioSci)

Michigan Tech Graduate Students receiving $5,000 research fellowships:

  • Kelsey LeMay (BioMed): “Processing of Porcine Internal Mammary Arteries for Hyman Bypass Graft Applications” with Jeremy Goldman (BioMed)
  • Sophie Mueller (GMES): "Keweenaw Fault Geometry and Slip Kinematics: Mohawk to Lac La Belle, MI Segment” with James DeGraff (GMES)
  • Elise Rosky (Physics): “Freezing of Droplets in Mixed-Phase Clouds: Understanding Mechanisms of Ice Nucleation” with Raymond Shaw (Physics)
  • Steven Stelly (KIP): “The Impact of Food Deprivation on Cardiovascular Physiology” with William Cooke (KIP)
  • Mitchel Timm (ME-EM): “Transport, Self-Assembly, and Deposition of Colloidal Particles in Evaporating Droplets” with Hassan Masoud (ME-EM)
  • Emily Tom (MSE): “Investigation of Novel Mg-Zn-Ca Alloys for Bioresorbable Orthopedic Implants” with Jaroslaw Drelich (MSE)
  • Isaac Wedig (KIP): “Arm Cranking with Blood Flow Restriction: A Potential Exercise for Use in Space?” with Steven Elmer (KIP)

Faculty and staff members receiving $5,000 or more for pre-college outreach and research seed programs include:

  • Glen Archer (ECE): “Michigan Tech Electrical Engineering Outreach Program for Pre-College Students to Build Early Interest in STEM Areas” (includes augmentation)
  • Joan Chadde (CEE): “Engaging High School Women and Native Americans in Rural Communities in Environmental Science & Engineering STEM Careers” (includes augmentation)
  • Lloyd Wescoat (CEE): “Celebrating Lake Superior: A 2020 Water Festival for Grades 4-8” (includes augmentation)
  • Elena Giusarma (Physics): “Learning to Simulate the Large-Scale Structure of the Universe with Convolutional Neural Networks”
  • Kathyrn Perrine (Chem): “Influence of Water Vapor and Cationic Species in Corrosion Reactions on Iron Interfaces”
  • Lorelle Meadows (PHC): MSGC Administrative award ($3,675)

Open Forum for Campus Community

Now that the position description for a new dean of the College of Computing is available, the campus community is invited to an open committee meeting for comments from any members of the University community (Senate Procedure 3.8).

This open meeting will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday (Feb. 28) in M&M U115.

As a reminder, nominations of potential candidates or questions regarding the search should be sent to the committee chair, Adrienne Minerick, or the associate chair, Petra Huentemeyer.

Maintaining Participants Needed for Balance in Dark Environments Research Study

We are recruiting adults between 18-40 years who do not have any musculoskeletal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, or disorders that affect your balance. This study has the potential to help clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of balance impairments. You may be eligible to participate in this research study at Michigan Technological University if you:

  • Are 18-40 years old
  • Weigh less than 300lbs
  • Have NOT been diagnosed with osteoporosis, neck injuries, head injuries, any injuries to the lower body, sacroiliac injuries, or any history of compression fracture of the vertebral body
  • Have NOT been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury
  • Have NOT been diagnosed with vestibular or neurological disorders that affect balance
  • Have NOT previously been in a lean-and-release study

For more information, contact Jessica Pitts or Adison Cook.

Upper Body Exercise Study Participants Needed

We are recruiting healthy adults to perform an upper-body endurance exercise test. Your participation will help us develop a heart-rate based equation to better prescribe exercise for healthy and clinical populations. You may be eligible to participate in this research study at Michigan Tech if you:

  • Are between the ages of 18-80
  • Do not smoke
  • Are not diabetic
  • Have never had a heart attack or stroke
  • Do not have a cardiopulmonary condition
  • Do not take any heart or blood pressure medication
  • Do not have any implanted devices such as a pacemaker or pain pump

For more information, contact Jana Hendrickson or call 906-369-3648.

Graduate Research Colloquium - Registration Ongoing

Registration for this year's Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC) is currently ongoing. The GRC will be held on Tuesday, March 31, and Wednesday, April 1. GRC is a great opportunity to work on your presentation skills and prepare for upcoming conferences. Students are free to give an oral presentation, a poster talk, or both. All talks will be scored by judges from the same field as the presenter, who will give valuable insight and feedback on how you can improve your talk.

Cash prizes are available to the top three oral and poster presentations. Registration closes on March 3, at 11:59 PM. Don't delay, register today.

As an added bonus, GSG will cover the cost of printing posters this year. We don't want cost to be a barrier for anyone. If you have research to share, but not enough data for a full oral presentation, the poster session is perfect for you. With us picking up the bill, what have you got to lose?

The poster session will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. March 31. The event will be capped off with the annual GRC Awards Banquet. All participants and judges are invited to attend. The banquet will be held April 1, following the close of GRC. Full information can be found on our website.

Kick off the Spring 2020 Diverse Dialogues - Supporting Queer Student Identities in Study Abroad

The Diverse Dialogues series provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff to have conversations about relevant issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice and much more. The conversations are designed to be an informal, yet guided gathering to allow participants to educate and learn from one another.

While each dialogue in the series has a centralized theme, we want to encourage participants to determine where the conversations go. This series is meant to start the discussion on difficult topics, elevate the diversity, inclusion and equity efforts and work being done by our community, and implore individuals to push their awareness, knowledge and action related to themes of diversity and inclusion.

This dialogue will discuss ways to foster inclusion for LGBTQIA* students in the stages of the international education journey beyond the application phase. Join Amy L. Howard from the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) and Patrick Mercer from the Japan Centers for Michigan Universities (JCMU) to discuss strategies for helping students understand how their gender and/or sexual identities may play into their experience abroad prior to departure, sharing relevant information about community support and resources available as they begin their experience abroad, and how to create and foster a safe space for all students to thrive internationally.

Please join us at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge C to engage in meaningful campus dialogue around topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Light refreshments will be provided.

Health Research Institute Hosts Research Social

The Health Research Institute will host its first Research Social of the spring semester at 2 p.m. Friday (Feb. 28) in the East Reading Room of the Library.

Four Institute members will present an overview of their research:

  • Qiuying Sha—Mathematics
  • William Cooke—Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  • Bruce Lee—Biomedical Engineering
  • Tarun Dam—Chemistry

There will be time before and after for networking. 

Safe Place Ally Training Open for Spring 2020 Sessions

Registration is open for the Spring 2020 sessions of Safe Place Ally Training Program. The program is a comprehensive resource to better prepare faculty, staff, students and community members to address the needs of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA*).

The program addresses a wide range of terms that LGBTQIA* students use to define themselves, unpacks the complicated notions of identity in relation to sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, addresses issues that LGBTQIA* students often deal with during the coming-out process and examines concerns that LGBTQIA* students face both in and out of the classroom. Safe Place training also explores the many ways you can work toward creating safer, inclusive and affirming spaces/environments on campus.

For times and dates of registration and training, as well as additional information about the Safe Place program, please visit the Safe Place webpage. If you have any questions, concerns or specific department/organizational needs for Safe Place Ally Training, contact Assistant Director of Campus Diversity Initiatives, Amy Lyn Howard, in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

CC and CoE Faculty Candidate Seminar Monday

The Colleges of Computing and Engineering invite the campus community to a lecture by faculty candidate at 3 p.m. Monday (March 2) in Chem Sci 102. Songtao Lu will present “Nonconvex Min-Max Optimization for Machine Learning.”

Songtao Lu is an AI resident at IBM Research AI, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. His research interests include optimization, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and neural networks.

Read the blog post here.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 27) in EERC 103.

Jungkyu (Jay) Kim will present “A programmable microfluidic processor for space exploration, biomolecule detection, and organ chips.”

Kim’s research interests started with cell and tissue biomechanics and orthopedic implants. Subsequently, he pursued doctoral studies in bioengineered microsystems at the University of Utah.

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. The workshop will be held from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Friday (Feb 28) in Library 244. Register here

Social Justice Lecture Series Featuring Fania Davis

Center for Diversity and Inclusion office will host a social justice lecture on at 6 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 27) in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

The featured speaker is Fania E. Davis a leading national voice on restorative justice. She is a long-time social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, restorative justice practitioner, writer, professor and scholar with a PhD in Indigenous Knowledge.

Please join us.

CFRES Seminar

 There will be a College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Seminar from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 27) in U.J. Noblet Forestry Building G002. Douglas J. Gardner (CFRES) will present “Lignocellulosic-Filled Polymer Feedstocks for Large Scale Additive Manufacturing of Low-Cost Composites.”

Social Sciences Brown Bag

The next Social Science Brown Bag will take place at noon on Wed. March 4 in Academic Office Building 201

Major research initiatives and funding agencies are increasingly demanding the formation of large collaborative teams and partnerships. Formal partnerships between academic researchers and community partners can advance knowledge and understanding of critical issues of intellectual, social, economic and cultural significance.

By fostering mutual co-operation and sharing intellectual leadership, partnerships can innovate, build institutional capacity and mobilize research knowledge in accessible ways.

In this informal talk, we will introduce the Trois siècles de migration francophones en Amérique du Nord (3 Centuries of Francophone Migration in North America) project. This seven-year year partnership project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada aims to highlight the central place of Francophone migrations in the genesis and evolution of North American populations over a period of three centuries.

The team of community and university partners, researchers and collaborators are studying the collective and individual experience of Francophones, across spatial scales, as they settled the continent with approaches from the geospatial sciences, history, demography, anthropology, demography, geography, heritage, linguistics, folklore and more.

The project includes more than 50 academic partners and over a dozen heritage and community partners, including several here in the Keweenaw. You can read more about the project in Unscripted.

Department of Biological Sciences Seminar Series

The next Biological Sciences Seminar Series takes place at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 27) in GLRC 202. Rupak Rajachar (BioMed) will present “Promoting tissue regeneration and implantable device biocompatibility using engineering principles.”

The minimally invasive nature of injectable hydrogels has made them a common therapeutic approach for wound repair and as regenerative supports for tissue engineering applications. This presentation will give an overview of efforts in our laboratory to develop novel injectable composite hydrogels that could serve as physical wound healing supports and vehicles to deliver therapeutic factors.

Angus Redmond traded to Edmonton Oilers

Former Michigan Tech goaltender Angus Redmond was traded from Anaheim to Edmonton on Monday (Feb. 24). Redmond and a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2022 were swapped for defenseman Joel Persson at the NHL trade deadline.

Redmond has a 13-0 record in 15 games this season with Newfoundland in the ECHL. He will remain with the Growlers after the trade. Redmond holds a .918 save percentage and 2.31 goals-against average this season.

Redmond, a native of Langley, British Columbia, signed a three-year entry-level contract with Anaheim on March 31, 2017 after one season with Michigan Tech. He appeared in 38 games for the Huskies in 2016-17, starting the final 37. He ranked third in the country, and second in the WCHA, with a 1.85 goals-against average. He received the Norbert Matovich Memorial Award as the team's top freshman, was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team, and his 22 wins set a Michigan Tech record for wins by a freshman goaltender.

Redmond has appeared in 60 ECHL games for seven different teams and two AHL games for the San Diego Gulls. He was called up to the NHL on Feb. 25, 2019, and served a back-up role for the Anaheim Ducks in their game at Vancouver.

Monroe is Player of the Week for Seventh Time

Michigan Tech senior forward Kyle Monroe has been named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division Player of the Week for the seventh time this season and the second consecutive week. Monroe helped lead the Huskies to a pair of key GLIAC wins against Davenport and Grand Valley State.

Monroe, Green Bay, had a great week again for the Huskies in the two wins. He averaged 35.0 points per game, including a high of 41 points in a 78-70 win over No. 21 Grand Valley State. Monroe has now combined for 94 points against the Lakers after pouring in 53 points at Grand Valley State earlier this season. In addition to scoring, Monroe logged two double-doubles on the strength of 10 and 11 rebounds respectively. His shooting percentage stands at 55.0% for the week and at the free-throw line he cashed in 20 of 25 attempts combined in the two games (80.0%).

On the season, Monroe is averaging 22.8 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per contest. He is also closing in on 2,500 career points with 2,446 heading into this week's game at Northern Michigan. His scoring average leads Tech and the GLIAC.

The Huskies are back on the road tomorrow night when they travel to play rival Northern Michigan in the final regular-season game of 2019-20. The tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. eastern time.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, February 26

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. 

Director of Administration, College of Engineering. Apply online.


Custodian (12 months/ 40 hours/ 1st Shift), Facilities. AFSCME Posting 2/26/2020 - 3/3/2020. 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 that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.   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.  


CC and CoE Faculty Candidate Seminar Today

The College of Computing and the College of Engineering invite the campus community to a lecture by faculty candidate Xiaoyong (Brian) Yuan at 3 p.m. today (Feb. 26) in Chem Sci 101. Yuan’s talk is titled, “Secure and Privacy: Preserving Machine Learning, A Case Study on Model Stealing Attacks Against Deep Learning.”

Brian Yuan is a computer science PhD candidate at the University of Florida. He received a ME in computer engineering from Peking University in 2015 and a BS in mathematics from Fudan University in 2012. His research interests span the fields of deep learning, machine learning, security and privacy, and cloud computing.

Read the blog post here.


Get WISE Outreach Event Seeking Giveaways

The Center for Pre-College Outreach (CPCO) will host the annual outreach event, Get WISE (Get Women in Science & Engineering) for 7th and 8th-grade girls on Friday, March 13. This event gives young women the opportunity to try hands-on science and engineering activities, learn about STEM careers, and work with students from other schools throughout the western U.P.

Each year, the CPCO tries to create swag bags for the students to promote Michigan Tech. If your department would like to include items in these bags, please deliver the items to the CPCO office in Admin 217 or call 7-2219 to arrange a pick up. Any quantity of items are appreciated. We are hoping to have items collected no later than Friday (Feb. 28).


Call for Judges: Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Pavlis Honors College invites University faculty and staff to serve as distinguished judges at the eighth annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. If you are interested in judging this event, please fill out this very brief form.

Judging usually takes about an hour and entails reviewing the posters and accompanying poster presentations of up to five undergraduate researchers between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or between 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 27 in the Rozsa Lobby. The Symposium will highlight the cutting-edge research being conducted on Michigan Tech’s campus by some of our best and brightest undergraduate students.

The students presenting represent a wide array of scientific and engineering disciplines from across campus and highlight the diversity of research areas being explored. We need help providing an exceptional learning experience for our participants, so consider working with us to further the professional development of our undergraduate researchers. Visit the Undergraduate Research Symposium website for more information. Feel free to share this opportunity with interested faculty, staff and local community members.


Funding Available for Innovative Educational Ideas

Have you ever wanted to develop a team-taught course? An interdisciplinary course? A new unit or module in an existing course? An out-of-the-box educational experience? A pop-up workshop? A short course? Something we haven't thought of here? Have you tried something different that fizzled due to lack of resources and support, and you'd like to give it another go?

As part of the Education for the 21st Century Tech Forward initiative, IDEA Hub is offering up to $5,000 in funding to prototype your innovative educational idea, as well as logistical support and guidance to help your project succeed. Don't let institutional constraints hold you back from proposing an idea--we will work with you to navigate those constraints. To get started and be considered for support, all you need to do is fill out this form, which will take approximately five minutes to complete. All Michigan Tech faculty and staff are invited to apply.

After submitting this form, you'll be invited to attend a roundtable to help develop your prototype idea before submitting a brief proposal for funding. The roundtable will give you an opportunity to discuss your project with IDEA Hub team leaders and meet potential collaborators (if you haven’t already identified them). IDEA Hub will select projects to be funded after final proposals are submitted.

Form submission deadline: Friday (Feb. 28).

 If you have questions or would like more information, email Mary Raber or Marika Seigel


Professional Development Workshop Today: Creating a Professional Online Persona

Career searching? Conference approaching? Desire to expand your online professional network? Do you ever wonder how you can successfully create a unique professional online persona to catch the eye of a potential employer?

Join Graduate Student Government for a professional development workshop intended to provide you with advice and tips to create or spruce up your online professional appearance. This professional development workshop, titled “Creating a Professional Online Persona,” will consist of brief presentations from experienced and knowledgeable campus faculty and staff with a passion for sharing this crucial skill, followed by a Q&A session. Whether you have no online existence or you are a seasoned online networker, this is a great opportunity to gain useful insight on how to enhance your professional online profile.

The workshop will take place at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 26) in GLRC 201/202. Space is limited so be sure to register prior to the event. 

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Blood Drive

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Study Abroad 101 Information Session

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Library Workshop: Copyright and Your Dissertation, Thesis or Master’s Report

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Negotiating Salaries

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After School: Investigating Chemistry

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Youth Rock Climbing Spring Session 2

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I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

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