Archives—April 2015

Mind Music Machine Lab Podcast in Distillations Magazine

tri-M-podcastResearchers involved with Michigan Tech’s Mind MusicMachine Lab were interviewed by reporter Allison Mills for a podcast in Distillations Magazine. The magazine is an online publication of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, which is a library, museum, and center for scholars.

The interview occupies about the first 12 minutes of Episode 198: Old Brains, New Brains: The Human Mind, Past and Present.

The interviewees for that segment include:


High Schools Can Solarize Houghton

Solarize HoughtonSolarize Houghton
May 2 & May 16, 2015
1:00-5:00 pm
104 Great Lakes Research Center
Presenter: Abhilash “Abhi” Kantamneni, author of Michigan Solar Guidebook and Calculator

Open to ALL 9th – 12 Grade Students

Hands-on training, tour of local solar installations, assistance of local community members.

Eat Pizza! Earn a certificate of participation.

Register for 2015 Solarize Houghton

Coordinated by the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education and the Keweenaw Community Foundation.


Outdoor Community Nature Program at Maasto Hiihto

Families take a hike in Hancock

Families got to learn about animals on a nature hike on Saturday.

An environmental educator from the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Math Outreach lead the hike. The group walked along the Maasto Hiihto Ski Trail.

Read more at Upper Michigan’s Source, by Phil Ford.

The Outdoor Community Nature Program, coordinated by the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, runs through May 16, 2015.



Students Attend 2015 Upper Peninsula Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference

UPISR-2015-graphicAbout 25 students from Michigan Tech attended the 2nd annual Upper Peninsula Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference (UPISR) on April 21, 2015. This year’s event, which took place at Northern Michigan University (NMU) at Marquette, was sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences at NMU and the Department of Psychology at NMU.

The 2015 conference was a continuation to collaborative efforts between Michigan Tech and NMU, focused on student research in human and behavioral sciences. It also witnessed the diversity of areas that include psychology, human factors, education, human effectiveness, human-centered design, social science, kinesiology, neuroscience, and other related fields.

UPISR-Students-2015Undergraduate and graduate students from both universities gave oral and poster presentations.

VIEW THE GALLERY

2015 UPISRC Proceedings

2014 UPISRC Proceedings


Lake Superior Celebration April 23, 2015

LakeSuperiorCelebrationLake Superior Celebration
6:00-8:00pm, Thursday, April 23, 2015
Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center

Hands-on Activities
· Great Lakes Research Center tours: green roof & other sustainable features
· Energy efficient homes, wind turbines, draft dodger activities for youth
· MTU Sustainable Vehicle Lab (invited)

Local Resources
· Renewable energy experts
· Energy efficient builders
· Home energy audits
· Green burial initiative
· Local food & greenhouses
· Houghton Co. recycling plan

Celebrate !
· Solarize Houghton County! Abhilash “Abhi” Kantamneni
· Mine Water Geothermal? MTU Alternative Energy Enterprise students
· LSSI Student Presentations & School Team Displays
· Cake & lemonade

Sponsored by Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Technological University, Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, and Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET).
Funded in part with a grant from the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

Celebrate Lake Superior

Displays, local resources and experts will address a variety of topical issues include renewable energy, home energy audits, green burial initiative, local food and greenhouse, Houghton County recycling, HEET (Houghton Energy Efficient Team) Dollar Bay-TC Student Organization of Aquatic Robotics (SOAR), Mine Water Geothermal, “Solarizing” Houghton County and more.

Read more at Tech Today, by LSSI.

LakeSuperiorCelebration2015Lake Superior Celebration April 23

There was a variety of hands-on activities, GLRC tours (green roof and other sustainable features), energy efficient homes, wind turbines and draft dodger activities for youth.

See the Photo Gallery of the Lake Superior Celebration here

Read more at GLRC News and Announcements, by Emil Groth.


Designing a Sustainable Future – Teacher Summer Institute

Sustainable FutureDesigning a Sustainable Future
July 20 – 24, 2015
Deadline: June 2, 2015
Application

Grade 4 – 12 teacher participants will:

  • Investigate product manufacturing, building design, site design, transportation systems, renewable energy sources and food systems;
  • Engage in lessons and gather resources to facilitate teaching your students about sustainability while meeting the Next Generation Science Standards;

and more.

Learn more at Teacher Professional Development – Current Institutes or the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.


Engaging Students in Authentic Science Research – Teacher Summer Institute

Engaging StudentsEngaging Students in Authentic Science Research
July 6 – 10, 2015
Deadline: June 2, 2015

Grade 4 – 12 teacher participants will explore:

  • Research design methods & procedures
  • Forest Hydrology
  • Climate Science

and more.

Learn more at Teacher Professional Development – Current Institutes or the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.


STEM Career Tours at Michigan Tech

STEMSign up for a STEM CAREER TOUR at MTU
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATH

FREE 6-hour Field Trips offered for Gr. 9-12 classes April 20-May 15!!

Visit a variety of science, engineering, and computer labs at Michigan Tech and participate in presentations and hands-on activities led by MTU students, engineers, and scientists to kick start students’ planning for careers in STEM. Tours are approximately from 9 am to 2:30 pm.

Register Early! Bus travel stipends, sub teacher reimbursements, free student lunches (up to 25/group) available to first 10 to register!

Download the PDF Flyer: STEM Career Tours at Michigan Tech

Register online: 2015 STEM Tour Registration

For more information about STEM Career Tours at Michigan Tech, contact:

Joan Chadde, Director
MTU Center for Science & Environmental Outreach
jchadde@mtu.edu or 906-487-3341

Made possible with funding from the Michigan STEM Partnership and coordinated by the MTU Center for Science & Environmental Outreach and Western U.P. Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education with assistance from the Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering.


Workshop: Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research

The Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) will host the first workshop on “Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research.” We would like to invite researchers and practitioners interested in in-vehicle user interfaces and applications. This workshop aims to identify plausible research projects and collaborators for each identified project, introduce possible funding agencies and proposal submission logistics, and plan and schedule activities that will culminate in competitive proposal submission.

Guest Speakers

  • Andrew Kun (University of New Hampshire)
  • Bruce Walker (Georgia Tech)
  • Andreas Riener (Johannes Kepler University Linz)
  • Collin Castle (Michigan Department of Transportation)

Registration
There is no registration fee, but an RSVP is preferred. Please RSVP to Steven Landry, assistant organizer, sglandry@mtu.edu, by Thursday, April 30.

Catered lunch and wine and cheese reception will be provided. The day before and after, the Mind Music Machine Lab will also have a demo session on research facilities, including multiple driving simulators, robots and virtual environment.

Submission
Participants, who want to present their research interests and skill sets can send a single power point slide to Steven Landry, assistant organizer, sglandry@mtu.edu, by Thursday, May 14.

Research presentation is not mandatory. You can attend without any presentation.

This workshop is hosted by Michigan Tech Transportation Institute, Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and Department of Computer Science.

From Tech Today.

Workshop on “Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research”
Date and Location
When: May 28th 2015 Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Great Lake Research Center (GLRC) at Michigan Tech