Lecture: Lake Superior in my driveway: lake effect snow in the Keweenaw?

image64687-persOn Tuesday, January 13, Professor Raymond Shaw, expert on Lake Superior, will lead a discussion about lake effect snow. The event is part of a monthly series of sessions on the Geoheritage and Natural History of the Keweenaw, at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton. The discussions are aimed at the general public, but discuss current research and science.

Professor Shaw explains his discussion: “Whether you enjoy skiing, snow shoeing, or sledding, and in fact even if you simply endure the snow shoveling, lake effect snow is part of daily life in the Keweenaw for almost half of the year. Our peninsular home is surrounded by Lake Superior, which when conditions are right, becomes a giant snow-making machine. Just as the water in a pot on a hot stove overturns and mixes, the cold air blowing over relatively hot Lake Superior rises and forms banded patterns. The clouds that form in the updrafts contain millions of water droplets that remain liquid even below freezing temperatures. A few of those droplets are lucky enough to come into contact with relatively rare particles able to stimulate the freezing process, and those favored few ice crystals then grow rapidly and eventually fall from the cloud as snowflakes, accumulating on the ski trails and on your driveway… express delivery, straight from the big lake! Many mysteries remain about the details of lake effect snow, so come learn some of what we know and what we are trying to learn about this aspect of life in the Keweenaw.”

The Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw, located at Huron & Montezuma in downtown Houghton. Seminars are held in the recently restored Community Room on the ground level of this historic building. Lectures are free, open to the public, and barrier free (wheelchair accessible). For each monthly lecture, the museum will open at 6:30 pm for refreshments; lectures and discussion occur from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Please contact the Museum for further information, 906-482-7140.

Bridge Features Michigan Tech STEM

dec10Bridge magazine is published by the Center for Michigan, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501(c)3 “think-and-do tank” based in Ann Arbor.

Bridge’s mission is to inform Michigan citizens about their state, amplify their views and explore the challenges of our civic life. Our goal at Bridge is simple: To better inform Michigan’s private citizens so as to encourage a vibrant state in both the private and public sectors.

In the December 2014, two article featured Michigan Tech, and especially STEM education and engineering.

Braving Upper Peninsula winters, Michigan Tech grads strike gold

Getting Michigan students interested in STEM careers

Seven students represent Michigan Tech at Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar

IMG_3704640Seven Michigan Tech students attended the Kiewitt Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar held in Omaha, Nebraska at the Kiewitt Corporate Headquarters November 6-8, 2014. Candidates were chosen from a pool of sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated leadership skills, a drive for success, and a passion for the construction and/or engineering professions. Kiewitt selected 50 collegiate female leaders to participate in the event designed to challenge and develop their leadership skills. Attending were civil engineering majors Emily Blaney, Lauren Krueger, Natalie Parker, Autumn Storteboom, and Rachelle Wiegand, along with mechanical engineering majors Erika Harris and Erin Richie.

“We are so proud of our students, especially with such a strong representation at this nationally recognized event,” said Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Tess Ahlborn. “As for the students, exposure to such a supportive environment of leadership at a corporate level can be a huge turning point for many young professionals in this stage of their career. These women are headed to very high places.”

“It was a wonderful learning experience,” said Blaney. I absolutely enjoyed the subject matter, the events that we took part in, and the opportunity to make connections with other women in my field.” Blaney felt especially inspired by the professionals she met during the event. “Their knowledge and drive was astounding, and really fueled my love for civil engineering,” she added.

Seven engineering students from Michigan Tech's CEE and ME departments attended the Kiewett Women's Construction Leadership Seminar in Omaha, Nebraska. Left to right - Erika Harris, Natalie Parker, Rachelle Wiegand, Lauren Krueger, Emily Blaney, Erin Richie, and Autumn Storteboom.

Seven engineering students from Michigan Tech’s CEE and ME departments attended the Kiewett Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar in Omaha, Nebraska. Left to right – Erika Harris, Natalie Parker, Rachelle Wiegand, Lauren Krueger, Emily Blaney, Erin Richie, and Autumn Storteboom.

Biotechnology Research Center Research Forum Awards

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Maria Gencoglu
The Eleventh Annual Research Forum sponsored by the Biotechnology Research Center was held on Wednesday, Oct. 22, and Thursday, Oct. 23. Forty-one graduate and undergraduate students conducting research in life science, biotechnology, human health and related areas presented posters. Oral presentations were also given. Speakers included Jeremy Goldman (Bio Med), Ashutosh Tiwari (Chem), Hairong Wei (SFRES), Justin Segula (SFRES graduate student), Jingtuo Zhang (Chem graduate student) and Caleb Vogt (Bio Med undergrad student).

Thank you to the participants, the judges and all who helped with another successful BRC Research Forum. A list of BRC award winners is below.

Graduate Grand Prize
Maria Gencoglu (ChE) “A New Virus Purification Process: Virus Flocculation in the Presence of Osmolytes”
Advisor: Caryn Heldt

Graduate Merit Awards
Emily Shearier (Bio Med) “Mesenchymal Stem Cell Spheroids for Therapy Following Axillary Lymph Node Dissection” Advisor: Feng Zhao

Yu Wang (Bio Med) “Building a Virtual Breast Elastography Phantom Lab Using Open Source Software”
Advisor: Jingfeng Jiang

Undergraduate Grand Prize
Caleb Vogt (Bio Med) “Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell Response to Nitric Oxide Relesasing Materials”
Advisors: Megan Frost and Feng Zhao

Undergraduate Merit Award
Mitchell Tahtinen (Bio Med) “Prevascularization of Natural Extracellular Matrix Scaffold”
Advisor: Feng Zhao

Community Natural History Seminar about Local Wildlife by Prof. Rolf Peterson

image23337-scolOn Tuesday, December 16, Professor Rolf Peterson, MTU expert on Wildlife Ecology, will lead a discussion titled “Animal Elements of Keweenaw Peninsula and Isle Royale”. The event is part of a monthly series of sessions on the Geoheritage and Natural History of the Keweenaw, at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton. The discussions are aimed at the general public, but discuss current research and science.

Professor Peterson explains his discussion: “In the 19th and 20th centuries many wild animal species in the Keweenaw, along with the forest, were wiped out or reduced by unregulated harvest and widespread fire. Protective game regulations and regrowth of the forest allowed some species to recover, a process that continues today. Isle Royale was affected by the same influences, to various degrees. Peterson will review the status of prominent and obscure species of wild animals, including many that are presently experiencing rapid change. ”

The Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw, located at Huron & Montezuma in downtown Houghton. Seminars are held in the recently restored Community Room on the ground level of this historic building. Lectures are free, open to the public, and barrier free (wheelchair accessible). For each monthly lecture, the museum will open at 6:30 pm for refreshments; lectures and discussion occur from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Web information is here. Please contact the Museum for further information, 906-482-7140.

GM Presents Checks to Fund Programs

IMG_3311dGeneral Motors, a long-time supporter of Michigan Tech, presented the University with a $100,000 grant from the General Motors Foundation.
Steve Tomaszewski, GM’s global facilities director of operations North America, presented the check to President Glenn Mroz.
The grant will fund a variety of student activities. Among them are the Advanced Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Advanced Motorsports Enterprises, Environmental Engineering Senior Design, student groups and diversity programs.
Many people from the campus community were there for the check presentation on Thursday October 30 in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

See Video Clip of Michigan Tech Students Earn Support from Industry

See Video Clip of “Ride the Waves with GM” earns grant for 2015

 Steve Tomaszewski, GM's global facilities director of operations North America, will present the check to President Glenn Mroz

Steve Tomaszewski, GM’s global facilities director of operations North America, will present the check to President Glenn Mroz
Rich Berkey  and team members  tell how funding helps students
Rich Berkey and team members tell how funding helps students

GM will fund the “Ride the Waves with GM” program for the Great Lakes Research Center for 2015 for the third year. Steve Tomaszewski presented Dr Martin Auer with a check for $25,000 for the 2015 program. This program invites youth to join scientists from Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center in the exploration of Lake Superior, Portage Waterway and Torch Lake. Among the many events that the program supports include:

  • Great Lakes Investigations Aboard Michigan Tech’s Research Vessel Agassiz for Students in Grades 4‐12;
  • Aquatic Food Web & Lab Investigations toind out how scientists investigate water quality and collect samples to examine in the lab to find out “what makes a lake trout?”;
  • Mine Waste Remediation & Torch Lake Restoration – The history of the “Copper Country is explored by land and water as students visit historic copper milling sites, reclaimed mine waste sites, and the bottom of Torch Lake.
  • Investigate the lake with a Remotely Operated Vehicles – Students get to see what lies beneath the waves without a remotely operated vehicle
  • Explore an area in Lake Superior where the shrimplike organism Diporeia is up to 20 times more abundant than in any other part of Lake Superior! How does this affect the Lake Superior food web? Ideal for high school students.
  • Lake Superior’s Ring of Fire – Explore an area in Lake Superior where the shrimplike organism Diporeia is up to 20 times more abundant than in any other part of Lake Superior! How does this affect the Lake Superior food web?

  • Free scientific excursions aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel Agassiz will be held at the Strawberry Festival
  • Houghton: A Look at How Scientists Study the Great Lakes at the Portage District Library to host a special science program that will pique students interest in the Great Lakes and what lives there with excursions on the RV Agassiz.
    Ride The Waves With GM  group at Michigan tech with Steve Tomaszewski, GM's global facilities director of operations North America
    Ride The Waves With GM group at Michigan tech with Steve Tomaszewski, GM’s global facilities director of operations North America
    Steve Tomaszewski, GM's global facilities director of operations North America with Dr. Martin Auer
    Steve Tomaszewski, GM’s global facilities director of operations North America with Dr. Martin Auer
  • Community Lecture/Discussion: What’s Up with Lake Superior?

    345On Tuesday, November 18, Professor Sarah Green, expert on Lake Superior, will lead a discussion titled Lake Superior’s history and future. The event is part of a monthly series of sessions on the Geoheritage and Natural History of the Keweenaw, at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton. The discussions are aimed at the general public, but discuss current research and science.

    Professor Green explains her discussion: “Lake Superior defines our region. It’s a powerful force that is both constant and changing. I will show how we can see day-to-day conditions on Lake Superior from buoys. I will also talk about how the lake has changed over the past hundred years and what we predict for its future. Bring your questions! What makes the beaches change from one day to the next? Why does the water level change from one year to the next? How does water move around the lake? What changes have you seen during the time you have lived here?”

    The Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw, located at Huron & Montezuma in downtown Houghton. Seminars are held in the recently restored Community Room on the ground level of this historic building. Lectures are free, open to the public, and barrier free (wheelchair accessible). For each monthly lecture, the museum will open at 6:30 pm for refreshments; lectures and discussion occur from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Please contact the Museum for further information, 906-482-7140.

    2014 Lake Superior Water Festival

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    Lake Superior Water Festival: Students Flood Great Lakes Research Center

    The 2014 Water Festival was held in the Great Lakes Research Center on Thursday, Oct. 23. Almost 1,000 students in grades four through eight from local school districts were registered to attend.

    News article from Daily Mining Gazette Water festival offers hands-on science

    Article and Video from Upper Michigan Source Water Festival draws over 1,000 middle schoolers to Michigan Tech

    Water Festival at Michigan Tech Read the Michigan Tech news story

    Article and video from ABC News 10: Students learn about Lake Superior at MTU’s Water Festival

    Students spent a half-day on campus and attended four 35-minute activities. The Water Festival is designed to offer students engaging Great-Lakes-based content taught by Tech scientists, students and community experts (including artists and historians).

    Activities offered include remotely operated vehicles, non-native invasive species, Great Lakes monitoring, land and water stewardship, Keweenaw geology, the aquatic food web, fish ecology and more.

    “The Water Festival will provide an opportunity for students to learn about and celebrate our most precious natural resource: clean, fresh water,” said Joan Chadde, education program coordinator. “We will present a wide variety of topics related to the Great Lakes, from science and engineering to social studies and the arts.”

    October 23 Water Festival for Grades 4-8 from 8:45 to 3:00 pm at the Great Lakes Research Center:

    View slide of Pictures of Lake Superior Water Festival

    View Videos clips about Lake Superior Water Festivals

    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech
    Lake Superior Water Festival October 23, 2014 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech

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    Water Festival Homepage More information

    Michigan Space Grant Consortium Funding Opportunities Available

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    The Michigan Space Grant Consortium has funding opportunities available in the following categories:

    Undergraduate Fellowship
    Graduate Fellowship
    Pre-College Education
    Public Outreach
    Teacher Training
    Research Seed Grant

    The internal Michigan Tech deadline is noon on Wednesday, Nov. 12. To read announcements, submission requirements and to submit a proposal, visit the MSGC website. Note— proposals must be submitted electronically, and those exceeding the stated page limits will not be considered.

    Specific information regarding Michigan Tech’s requirements and submission procedures can be found at funding. For more information, contact Paige Hackney (phackney@mtu.edu or 7-4371) in the Pavlis Honors College.

    Only US citizens are eligible to apply for these fellowship grants. Women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply to all MSGC funding opportunities.

    View the MGC Poster 2014_poster4


    Michigan Space Grant Consortium Conference

    The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), of which Michigan Tech is a member, will host its annual conference at the University of Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building at 1320 Beal Ave. in Ann Arbor on the North Campus. MSGC supports student work in space-related science and technology—as well as STEM disciplines—in Michigan.

    The conference offers students, faculty, instructors and researchers the opportunity to display their research through presentations and posters. Registration is free but required to allow for adequate planning for seating, meals and refreshments. The registration deadline date is Oct. 6, and travel assistance is available for students.

    Non-MSGC individuals and groups from academia, industry and the local community are also invited to share their experience and knowledge in aerospace, space science and aeronautics.

    To register and for more information, see online. The on-campus contact is Paige Hackney, in the Pavlis Honors College, she can be reached at phackney@mtu.edu or 7-4371.

    10th Annual Railroad Night and Rail Day Expo

    hoeffnerThe Rail Transportation Program and Railroad Engineering and Activities Club held the 10th Annual Railroad Night, on Tuesday Oct. 14, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The event was free to faculty, staff, students and members of the local community. A social hour started at 6 p.m., followed by hors d’oeuvres and the keynote speech was given by Tim Hoeffner ’80 (CEE), director, Office of Rail, Michigan Department of Transportation MDOT.

    UPDATE: View photos of Rail Day and Expo and Rail Night on the Photo Gallery

    UPDATE: View more Rail Transportation Program and other Transportation Videos on the Michigan Tech Engineering Speeches and Seminars Channel on Vimeo
    Meet the Rail Industry at Rail Day 2014 Michigan Tech and
    Rail Activities Associated with Detroit’s Recovery” Keynote speech was given by Tim Hoeffner ’80 (CEE), director, Office of Rail, Michigan Department of Transportation MDOT

    UPDATE View the Video Playlist of the Rail Night 2014

    Railroad Night has become a tradition here at Michigan Tech, drawing nearly 150 people each year to an event showcasing the railroad industry. For the first time, the event has been moved to fall from its traditional place after Spring Career Fair. Faculty, staff and students can find more info on our website, or by contacting Dave Nelson (7-1734, dannelso@mtu.edu).

    The schedule gives an idea of the event-filled day:
    8:15 – 8:30 am Opening Remarks for Industry Participants
    8:30 am – 9:15 am Poster Session and Breakfast with Students
    9:15 am – 9:45 am Rail Program Overview and Advisory Board Update – For Industry
    11:00 am – 4:00 pm Rail Day Expo Event
    5:00 – 6:00 pm Meet the Industry Session
    6:00 – 7:00 pm Railroad Night Social Hour
    7:00 – 8:30 pm Dinner and Keynote Speaker

    This year’s event coincides with the first ever Rail Day and Expo. This event was from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. and was located in the DOW Courtyard and Lobby. 15 companies, ranging from large freight railroads (CN, UP and BNSF) to manufacturers (Siemens, Electromotive Diesel, Ensco) and consultants (HDR, Aecom, Hanson, ERS) were showcasing their technology and talking about careers in the Railroad Industry. The Railroad Club will also served lunch during the expo.

    Evening activities included an industry career panel discussion on what different majors do within the Railroad Industry (Meet the Industry Session) with Door Prizes, followed by Social hour with rail industry (6-7 p.m.) and 10th Annual Railroad Night (7-8:30 p.m.) that included hors d’oeuvres and keynote speech by Tim Hoeffner (CE, 1980), Director, MDOT Office of Rail.

    Rail Transportation Program

    Railroad Engineering and Activities Club

    Rail Night and Expo Page

    Meet the Industry Session
    Meet the Industry Session
    Rail Day and Expo: 15 companies, ranging from large freight railroads (CN, UP and BNSF) to manufacturers (Siemens, Electromotive Diesel, Ensco) and consultants (HDR, Aecom, Hanson, ERS) were showcasing their technology and talking about careers in the Railroad Industry.
    Rail Day and Expo: 15 companies, ranging from large freight railroads (CN, UP and BNSF) to manufacturers (Siemens, Electromotive Diesel, Ensco) and consultants (HDR, Aecom, Hanson, ERS) were showcasing their technology and talking about careers in the Railroad Industry.
    Poster Session and Breakfast with Students
    Poster Session and Breakfast with Students
    Railroad Night keynote speech by Tim Hoeffner (CE, 1980), Director, MDOT Office of Rail
    Railroad Night keynote speech by Tim Hoeffner (CE, 1981), Director, MDOT Office of Rail

    MORE PICTURES: View photos of Rail Day and Expo and Rail Night on the Photo Gallery

    View more Rail Transportation Program and other Transportation Videos on Rail Channel on Vimeo