Copper Country Reading Council Presentation

The Michigan Tech community is invited to attend a presentation by Michigan Reading Association President, Sean Kottke from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan.19 in Alumni Lounge A.

Kottke is a consultant with the Michigan Department of Education and is President of the Michigan Reading Association. The title of his presentation is “Adolescent Boys, Literature and

This presentation is provided by the English Education Program in collaboration with the Copper Country Reading Council. Dinner will be provided at no charge, but it is possible to just attend the talk.

RSVP by January 16.


Roxanne Gay on NPR

Roxanne GayNational Public Radio aired an interview with Roxane Gay, a noted writer and alumna of Michigan Tech’s Humanities program. The interview ran on NPR’s “All Things Considered” program. You can read highlights of the interview here.


Dany Jacob Joins Department

dany-jacobDany Jacob joins Michigan Tech’s Department of Humanities as a visiting assistant professor. He earned his PhD in Romance Literature and Languages at State University of New York, Buffalo.

Jacob worked as a graduate teaching assistant at SUNY, Buffalo, teaching multiple levels of French. He also served as Graduate Student Association president for romance literature and language and “The French Connection,” as well as graduate student representative for academic integrity and grievance pool and round table moderator for “Re-opening our Minds” at SUNY, Buffalo. He was a nominee for the Milton Plesur Award and is a member of Association of Teachers of French.


Write a Cover Letter that Gets Attention

Check out this Career Services tutorial!

Only three percent of applicants personalize and tailor their cover letter to the job they’re applying for, and it’s that three percent that end up in the “yes” pile. Write a cover letter that makes you stand out from the hundreds of other applicants. This session will be offered twice, from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 6) and Wednesday (Dec. 7) in Administration Building Room 220 – Career Services.


Tech Humanities Research Ranks in Top 100 NSF Grants

In the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) latest rankings of universities by total research expenditures, Michigan Tech ranked 116th in the nation among public institutions and Tech’s atmospheric science and oceanography research ranked first in Michigan.

Nationally, atmospheric science research at Michigan Tech ranked 39th in research expenditures and oceanography ranked 53rd. Environmental science also ranked 53rd.

“Michigan Tech has been growing our capabilities in environmental science through our faculty hiring processes like the strategic faculty hiring initiative, our facility development efforts like the Great Lakes Research Center and in our equipment investments such as the cloud chamber in the Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Institute,” said Dave Reed, vice president for research. “NSF’s report reflects the impact of those investments and the significant research role that Michigan Tech is playing both nationally and within Michigan.”

The NSF report covered fiscal year 2015.

Other research areas at Tech that ranked in the top 100 nationwide include: 

  • Biomedical engineering, 96th
  • Chemical engineering, 98th
  • Civil engineering, 92nd
  • Electrical engineering, 55th
  • Mechanical engineering, 23rd
  • Materials science and engineering, 61st
  • Mathematical sciences, 75th
  • Business and management, 73rd
  • Humanities, 98th
  • Visual and performing arts, 85th

The NSF report showed that research expenditures at Michigan Tech totaled $69.6 million for fiscal year 2015.


Tech Talks, 2016

Two minutes, two slides, 13 faculty—a research showcase at (not quite) warp speed.

The Michigan Tech Research Forum is a new University presentation series showcasing the work of Michigan Tech faculty, postdocs, and researchers.

Join us from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thurs. Dec. 1 in MUB Ballroom B for the third Michigan Tech Research Forum of the semester and the second TechTalks session.

Thirteen researchers from across campus will present rapid-paced samplings of their work, both published and unpublished. Via warp speed talks, attendees get a quick taste of the cutting edge research and can follow up with one-on-one discussions that lead to collaborative ventures and strengthen our community.

Complimentary snacks and drinks will be provided.

Special note: On-site, low-cost childcare at the MUB is available during the TechTalks. Childcare will be available on-site for the Dec. 1 TechTalks. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 29 to ensure adequate caregivers. Complete the the registration form.

Three Humanities faculty are participating in TechTalk:

  • Andrew Fiss, Department of Humanities: “Learning from the Past: 19th Century Student Perspectives on Science Education”
  • Stefka Hristova, Department of Humanities: “Culture In-color”
  • Laura Kasson Fiss, Department of Humanities: “Clubs for the Unclubbable: Humor and Literary Sociability”

Michigan Tech Research Forum events are presented by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in coordination with the Office of the Vice President of Research.

Additional TechTalks sessions are coming up in Spring 2017. Interested in nominating yourself or others? Use this online form.


Modern Languages Christmas Celebration Nov. 30

Join Modern Languages faculty and students from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 30) in Walker 134 for a unique celebration of French, German and Spanish Christmas traditions. Appearing live will be the French Canadian group, Maple Sugar Folk, as well as Christina Reyes.

Learn Christmas songs in each language for the sing-along and listen to traditional holiday music. Play Christmas Bingo and enjoy a variety of Christmas treats from different cultures. No prior language experience required. Families are welcome.

For more information, contact Karin Schlenker.


An Open Letter to the Michigan Tech Campus Community

Colleagues,

A group of faculty convened last Tuesday evening and decided we would like to make a public statement affirming our commitment to the stated values of Michigan Tech. This letter will be published in print and on-line editions of the Lode. I invite you to join us in signing the statement below.

An Open Letter to the Michigan Tech Campus Community

 

In this historical moment, we as Michigan Tech faculty want to reaffirm our commitment to the vision and mission of this University. We stand by a vision of Tech as a global institution that promotes a shared world in which justice, sustainability and prosperity are real possibilities for everyone. We find inspiration in our students and hope to inspire them in turn to create this future. We commit ourselves to addressing the challenges of our country and the world through innovative, interdisciplinary and engaged scholarship, research and educational practices that give every student and every teacher abundant opportunities to learn. In all aspects of our roles as Michigan Tech faculty, we promote mutual respect, inclusivity and dialogue and we seek to sustain a culture of collegiality, safety, support and openness across diverse perspectives, traditions and identities

Signed,

Sarah A. Green, Chemistry

Nancy Langston, Department of Social Sciences and School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Diane Shoos, Humanities

Patricia Sotirin, Humanities

Ann Brady, Humanities

Stephanie Carpenter, Humanities

Kelly Boyer Ontl, Social Sciences

Faith A. Morrison, Chemical Engineering

Josh Loar, Visual and Performing Arts

Noel Urban, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Susanna Peters, Social Sciences

Kathy Halvorsen, Social Sciences/School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences

Carol MacLennan, Social Sciences

David Watkins, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lynn Mazzoleni, Department of Chemistry

Libby Meyer, Visual and Performing Arts

Scott Marratto, Humanities

Richelle L Winkler, Social Sciences

Claudio Mazzoleni Physics

Add your signature through this link.


Dr. Margaret Noodin on indigenous language

Social Justice Lecture – Dr. Margaret Noodin

Location: Great Lakes Research Center: 202 (Lobby & Room)

Time: Reception will start at 5pm followed by the presentation at 5:30pm

Dr. Noodin will present on indigenous language, Native student resources, and readings from her book Weweni.  Dr. Noodin has a Ph.D. in Literature and Linguistics. She is also an Assistant Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.