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Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation workshop – May 20th

The Van Pelt and Opie Library is offering a workshop entitled, “Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation.”

Date – Tuesday, May 20th
Time – 2:00pm
Location – Van Pelt and Opie Library, room 242

This workshop will examine the role U.S. Copyright law plays in the thesis or dissertation writing and publishing process.  The use of copyrighted material, publishing agreements and the role of the Digital Commons at Michigan Tech repository will be explored.

The workshop is limited to 25 attendees, register at Copyright by Friday, May 16th.

For questions, please contact Nora Allred, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian at nsallred@mtu.edu.

Ethics, Integrity, and Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop

The Office of Compliance, Integrity, and Safety at Michigan Tech will be conducting an ‘Ethics, Integrity, and Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop‘ on May 8th (Thursday) and 9th (Friday).  Attendance and passing (the exam) of this 2-day workshop will fulfill the University’s graduation requirement for Responsible Conduct of Research training.  Graduate students who have not completed course work fulfilling this requirement and who plan on graduating spring or summer semester are encouraged to attend.

There are different components to this workshop and the lectures will be conducted by experts in different fields.

It is a $25 registration-fee course and helps you complete the requirement of RCR advanced training in just 2 days.

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New Fall 2014 Course: SU5050: Data Mining

Data mining of text and pictures from social media, including natural language processing theory and geospatial applications.

Course focuses on:

  1. Open source programming and library development (Python)
  2. Develop and write research plan suitable for grant/internal research competition submission
  3. Proof-of-concept to demonstrate data mining techniques learned.

Course taught by scientists at  Michigan Tech Research Institute.

Research Integrity Workshop – two sections for summer 2014

Dr. Michael Bowler is teaching UN 5500 Research Integrity this summer, CRN 52345 - Track A and CRN 52222 – Track B.

New for this year is that these will be graded sections.  Students can still ask for permission from the instructor to take the course as pass/fail if they wish.

These courses each satisfy the university requirement for responsible conduct of research.

For students who need to be registered for one credit during the summer – these courses can also be used to satisfy the one credit requirement.  Since these courses are now graded they can also be used to satisfy credit-requirements for graduation (at the discretion of individual programs).

Talk on OSM/VISTA Tech Partnership Monday

Allan Comp of the Office of Surface Mining (OSM), Department of the Interior will give a presentation, “The OSM/VISTA–Michigan Tech Partnership” on Monday, March 24, at 5 p.m. in Dow 642.

Comp will discuss how OSM/VISTA partners with local organizations to provide VISTA volunteers working in economic rejuvenation and environmental restoration in legacy mining communities and watersheds. Comp directs the Western Hardrock Watershed and Appalachian Coal Country teams, the two primary organizations linking OSM to rural communities. Michigan Tech has partnered with OSM to enable students to earn a graduate degree while participating in the OSM/VISTA program.

Comp’s presentation will be directed toward Michigan Tech students and faculty with an interest in details of how the program works. The talk is free and open to the public. Pizza will be provided. More information about the program can be obtained at the Michigan Tech Graduate School web site.

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Library Offering Patent and Trademark Searching Workshops in April

The Van Pelt and Opie Library is offering three patent and trademark searching workshops in April. Each will be offered twice; click the date and time or your preferred session to register. All workshops will take place in Library 242.

Basic Patent Searching
This workshop will cover basic patent searching in the USPTO website database using the recommended “Seven Step Strategy.” We will discuss why keyword searching of patents must be supplemented with a classification search, how to identify relevant patent classes and search within them and how to cross-reference related classes.
Tuesday, April 1, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 3, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Advanced Patent Searching
This workshop will cover other database options aside from the USPTO website to search for patents, including patents issued in countries other than the US. We will explore Espacenet, PatentScope and Google Patents and discuss some advanced searching strategies.
Thursday, April 10, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15, 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Trademark Searching
This workshop will cover the basics of trademarking a product or service, as well as searching both word and image trademarks to ensure your trademark is unique.
Tuesday, April 22, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 24, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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Research Forum Wednesday

All interested faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the 10th Annual ESC/BRC Student Research Forum, held from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, in the atrium of  U. J. Noblet Forestry Building.

Undergraduate and graduate students working in ecosystem science and biotechnology will present their research posters in separate competitions. Awards and pizza will follow.  Please join us.

For more information, contact Jill Fisher, program manager for the ESC, at jhfisher@mtu.edu, or Mary Tassava, staff assistant for the BRC, at mltassav@mtu.edu.

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Intensive English as a Second Language Forum Today

The campus community is invited to a forum on the Intensive English as a Second Language program on March 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Walker 102A. The forum is an important part of the IESL program’s ongoing self-study process for accreditation. IESL is seeking independent accreditation from the Commission on English Language Accreditation. A draft of the self-study report is available at the following offices:

*International Programs and Services
*The Graduate School
*The Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success
*The office of the College of Sciences and Arts
*The office of the chair, Department of Humanities

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Workshops and Certificates for Instructors Available

The Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers a comprehensive curriculum for Michigan Tech faculty and graduate teaching assistants.  Consider attending a workshop that interests you or complete a block of three workshops to earn a certificate.

Several professional development workshops are scheduled for the upcoming weeks.  Pedagogy-focused workshops (which meet for two, 2-hour sessions) include Grading and Learner-Centered Classroom. In addition, several 1-hour workshops are scheduled that focus on in-class (e.g., iClickers) and out-of-class (Canvas and more) education technologies to deliver instructional content.  Please refer to the CTL website to register for a workshop.  If you don’t find what you are looking for, you can request a workshop for yourself or a group or contact us at 7-2046 to request a private consultation.

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International Summer School 2014 on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Europe, Canada, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the fifth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held June 1-6, 2014, in Budapest, Hungary.

The summer school is sponsored by the European Union Seventh Framework Program’s Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe Implementation Phase project (PRACE-3IP), U.S. National Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project, RIKEN Advanced Insti­tute for Computational Science (RIKEN AICS), and Compute/Calcul Canada.

Leading American, Canadian, European and Japanese computational scientists and HPC technologists will offer instruction on a variety of topics, including:

  • Access to EU, U.S., Japanese and Canadian HPC-infrastructures
  • HPC challenges by discipline (e.g., bioinformatics, computer science, chemistry, and physics)
  • HPC programming proficiencies
  • Performance analysis & profiling
  • Algorithmic approaches & numerical libraries
  • Data-intensive computing
  • Scientific visualization

Application deadline: March 9, 2014.

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