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Seminar on Jan 30: Fundamentals of Analytical Electron Microscopy Techniques

MSE SEMINAR

 

Date: January 30, 2018

Place: M&M Bulding, Room 610

Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Pinaki Mukherjee

Engineer/Scientist, ACMAL

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Michigan Technological University

The role of electron microscopy in solving materials problems has increased multifold in last few decades due to advances in electron optics, electronics, and computing technologies. From an analytical electron microscope we get wealth of information about the sample— such as morphology, crystal structure, composition, and oxidation state. Going a step further the microscopy community is trying to get information at real time using in-situ and in-operando measurements. In this talk the presenter will describe some of the imaging and spectroscopy techniques, such as— high resolution TEM (HRTEM), high angle annular dark field imaging in scanning TEM mode (HAADF-STEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). The focus of the talk will be on capabilities of the new FEI Titan Themis at Michigan Tech.

The presentation will be delivered by Dr. Pinaki Mukherjee, who has joined Michigan Tech in January 2018. He obtained his PhD in Materials Engineering from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2013. He worked as a post-doctorate researcher at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey.  He was an affiliate of National Center for Electron Microscopy, at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


Strategic Plan: Final draft, provide feedback.

The Strategic Plan describes the priorities for the next five years that must be addressed in order to advance toward the Portrait of 2045. The Strategic Plan is revised every three years and feedback was collected at the beginning of the academic year to begin the revision process. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback during the open comment period.
The final draft of the Plan has been posted and the Vice President for Research is seeking feedback from the community once again. Suggestions and comments are welcomed and your feedback is anonymous.
If you would like to leave feedback, do so at the following link: Strategic Plan Feedback.

Important Reminders RE Research/Other Infrastructure over the break

Facilities Managment has some reminders for the holiday break:

  • Shut off lights, equipment, computers, research setups, fume hoods and exhaust fans whenever possible.
  • Keep windows and doors closed.
  • Shut off unnecessary water, gasses and utilities to equipment to avoid leaks and spills.
  • Unplug all personal space heaters and fans.
  • Return chemicals to their proper containers and storage locations.

NIH Clinical Trial: Changes and ResourcesThanks to those that attended the NIH clinical trials brown bag discussion today; great turnout and some great discussion. Below are a few things asked for at the end– 1) I’ve attached the PPT slides that I presented (modified from publicly-available NIH slidedeck). 2) Here is the link to the case studies we discussed: https://grants.nih.gov/policy/clinical-trials/case-studies.htm 3) Here is the NIH YouTube video on the new Form E that will be required beginning Jan 25, 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz9NWFhYOG8&list=PLOEUwSnjvqBJeHcb4yai7_fDnFZFPEmQK&index=1 At the conclusion of the meeting, there were some that were interested in a small working group that might work with Pete and the RD office on “templates” for some of the new sections. Please email Pete Larsen (palarsen@mtu.edu) if you have an interest. Let me know if you have any further questions. -jason — Jason R. Carter, Ph.D. Professor and Chair Dept of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology Michigan Technological University 1400 Townsend Drive Houghton, MI 49931 Phone: (906)487-2715 Fax: (906)487-0985

Thanks to those that attended the NIH clinical trials brown bag discussion today; great turnout and some great discussion. Below are a few things asked for at the end–
1) PPT slides from the session presented by Jason (modified from publicly-available NIH slidedeck) can be obtained by emailing Pete Larsen (palarsen@mtu.edu)
2) Here is the link to the case studies we discussed:
3) Here is the NIH YouTube video on the new Form E that will be required beginning Jan 25, 2018:
At the conclusion of the meeting, there were some that were interested in a small working group that might work with Pete and the RD office on “templates” for some of the new sections.  Please email Pete Larsen (palarsen@mtu.edu) if you have an interest.
Let me know if you have any further questions.

Jason R. Carter, Ph.D. jcarter@mtu.edu
Professor and Chair
Dept of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

ASEE Winter Webinar Series

WINTER WEBINAR SERIES

MIND THE GAP: VOICES ON WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION AND RETENTION

This no-cost webinar series will explore major themes from the NSF-supported TUEE (Transforming Undergraduate Engineering Education) Phase III workshop Voices on Women’s Participation and Retention, focusing on strategies that engineering education community members can employ to help reduce the gender gap in engineering.

Each webinar will focus on a specific workshop theme and offer tools to help participants take action to broaden female participation and retention

Click the titles below to register!

Men Allies for Gender Equity (Feb. 1, 2018, 1 – 2:30 PM, ET) — This interactive webinar will encourage & equip men to serve as effective allies for gender equity in STEM settings. 

Developing & Inspiring Mentors & Role Models (Feb. 15, 2018, TBA) — Learn how to be a stronger mentor & role model to female students at any stage in your career.

Promoting Change & Evolving Organizational Culture (Feb. 27, 2018, 1 – 2 PM, ET) — Explore the “four frames” approach to organizational change & learn strategies to evolve culture on your campus.


SWE: Join the webinar for Publishing 101 on November 10

 

Getting your journal papers accepted isn’t just a matter of doing good work, it also requires communicating it appropriately and selecting the proper venue such as a conference or journal publication. Likewise, conducting reviews of other people’s journal papers takes more than just a knowledge of the technical domain. This webinar will help you:

  • Evaluate a conference or journal to determine its suitability for your work
  • Determine the criteria that reviewers are likely to be using for the review
  • Critically read a paper that you are assigned to review

Publishing 101

Date: Friday, November 10, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CT

Register Today »

NCEES announces price reduction for FE, FS exams in 2018


Dear Engineering and Surveying Educators:

Beginning January 1, 2018, NCEES is reducing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam registration fees by $50 to $175. The reduced fee will apply to registrations completed on or after this date; the new price will not be honored for registrations completed before January 1, 2018.

NCEES member boards voted to lower the price of these exams at the organization’s 95th annual meeting in August 2016.

The FE exam is the first of two exams required for professional engineering licensure; it is designed to test students’ knowledge of concepts learned while earning an accredited bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline. The FS exam is a similar exam designed for surveying licensure candidates. These exams are currently taken by nearly 47,000 examinees throughout the United States and 15 foreign locations annually. They are computer-based exams administered throughout the year at Pearson VUE test centers.

“NCEES and its member boards are committed to reducing barriers to licensure,” NCEES Chief Executive Officer Jerry Carter explained. “Moving to year-round computer-based testing for these exams, which gives candidates greater scheduling flexibility, was an important part of those measures. The organization is taking the additional step of lowering the price of the fundamentals exams to ensure that cost is not a prohibitive factor in starting on the path to licensure.”

For more information on the FE and FS exams, visit ncees.org/cbt.

Download the news release.


NIH Clinical Trials

Below is the latest update from NIH on clinical trials and the establishment of specific FOA’s for R21 and R01 mechanisms.  To my knowledge, there has not been a notice yet on how they will handle R15 grants that meet clinical trials definition.

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-18-010.html

I’m working with Pete Larson and RD group to put together a Brown Bag Lunch-N-Learn on the new clinical trials guidelines and requirements that will begin in January 2018.  While a number of organizations have been lobbying to get these new guidelines postponed, it does not seem to be influencing NIH leadership yet.
Those that do any NIH research with humans or human samples will be strongly encouraged to attend.  More details will be forthcoming; we are aiming for a session in late November or early December.
Jason R. Carter, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Dept of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Work, Live, Learn Survey

Dear Michigan Tech community member,

President Mroz recently sent you a letter encouraging you to complete the Michigan Tech Assessment of Working, Living, and Learning. This survey is now available for you to take. We are looking for your input to assist us in making positive and lasting changes to help create a more inclusive campus.

As of Friday, October 20, 6.1% of the Michigan Tech community has completed the survey.

Please visit mtu.edu/worklivelearn and click on Take the Survey if you haven’t done so already.

Thank you for investing your time in this worthwhile endeavor.

Jill M. Hodges, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion