Archives—May 2013

Will Cantrell on Best Professors

Associate Professor Will Cantrell (Physics) is quoted in an article about how to find the best professors, published on the web site OnlineSchools.org. See Online Schools.

From Tech Today.

The Faculty Factor: How to Pick the Best Professors

Learning that takes place outside of the classroom is also equally important, and frequent interaction with professors can lead to greater gains in personal development and general education knowledge, the study found. It’s all about having a professor who is accessible.

“If you can go to a professor’s office and ask him or her for help, you will be able to learn a lot more,” says Will Cantrell, an associate professor of physics at Michigan Technological University. “A lot of university-level material is difficult. You probably will get stuck on something. There’s no substitute for having someone who has already mastered the material help you get unstuck.”

When you’re looking for a new dentist or hair dresser, it’s almost a no-brainer that you get the word-of-mouth before you’re sitting in the chair and it’s too late. The same can go for professors. When shopping for classes, ask current students in your area of study for recommendations on teachers they’ve liked.

“Talk to other students. There is no substitute for this,” says Cantrell. “Ask other students what classes they liked, and more importantly, why they liked those classes and professors. Take classes from professors that helped students learn, not just the ones who were easy.”

Read more on Education Debate at Online Schools.


DOE Funding for Mazzoleni

Claudio Mazzoleni (Physics) has received $39,937 grant from the US Department of Energy, for a three-year, $132,465 research project, ” Atmospheric Transport: Understanding Results from the DOE’s 2010 CARES and 2012 ClearfLo Campaigns.”

From Tech Today.



Levy Art in Michigan Tech Magazine Spring 2013

Courtroom PaintingPainting for Justice

Miguel Levy is a mosaic: a physicist who loves to paint, an atheist who honors his Jewish heritage while harboring a deep sympathy for the Palestinian cause.

He started participating in demonstrations, which inspired his art. However, most of his paintings are based on photographs that appeared in news media, including Free Gaza! perhaps his favorite work.

Read more at Michigan Tech Magazine, by Marcia Goodrich.



Physics Alum Selected as Congressional Fellow

Carly Robinson2007 physics alum Carly Robinson has been selected as the 2013-2014 Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and the Optical Society (OSA). Robinson is a PhD candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder. She will serve a one-year term working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a U.S. congressional office or committee in Washington, D.C.

Read more at SPIE Press Releases.



REF 2013 for Cantrell

Research Excellence Fund Awards Announced

The vice president for research is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Research Excellence Fund Award. Associate Professor of Physics Will Cantrell received an Infrastructure Enhancement Grant.

Read more at Tech Today.


MSGC 2013 Award for Gurganus

MSGCMichigan Tech faculty, staff members, and students received awards tallying $ 96,635 in funding through the Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Physics graduate student Colin Gurganus received a $5,000 fellowship for his project entitled “Examining the Role of Surface Roughness on Atmospheric Nucleation Processes.”

Read more at Tech Today.