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WISE has First Gathering of 2013-14 School Year

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

We are having our first Michigan Tech WISE faculty and researcher meeting for the 2013-2014 year. This will be a casual, get-to-know-each-other and catch-up-with-each-other meeting. Please mark this Thursday (9/19) 5:00pm-7:00pm on your calendars.

Please let  Nilufer (nilufer@mtu.edu) know by Wednesday (9/18), if you can come. I need only a ballpark count for planning purposes, feel free to come even if you haven’t signed up.

The details are:

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Place: Continental Fire Company – upstairs lounge
Downtown Houghton
Address: 408 E Montezuma Ave, Houghton MI 49931
Corner of Huron and Montezuma Streets
Across from Carnegie Museum on Huron Street

Style: WISE will provide refreshments (cheese, fruits). Pizza can be ordered for those who’d like. Please get your own drinks.

WISE stands for Women in Science and Engineering. It is an informal networking and professional development group for faculty and researchers in engineering and science fields at Michigan Tech. We hold monthly luncheon meetings and discuss issues that will help with performing our professional tasks (teaching, research, service) while balancing work and life.

Our co-director team members are Nilufer Onder, associate professor of computer science; Adrienne Minerick, associate professor of chemical engineering; and Nina Mahmoudian, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. We are very excited to start the new academic year and see you.

New Michigan Tech Publication Examines Gender Balance Issues

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Beyond the Glass Ceiling is a new student-edited feminist publication at Michigan Tech where writers can examine gender balance issues.  As reported in Michigan Tech News:

Beyond the Glass Ceiling is the successor to the former TechnoBabe Times, a publication largely housed in the humanities department a decade ago. Graduate student Katie Snyder wanted to revive the tradition, with encouragement from faculty, leading to the new publication.

Visit the Michigan Tech News story for more information or go to their Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beyond-The-Glass-Ceiling-Mich-Tech-Newspaper/216829025108704

Onder Recognized as Top Woman Professor

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Associate Professor Nilufer Onder (CS) was included in the Top Women Professors at Affordable Colleges by Affordable Colleges Online, a website devoted to helping prospective students and their families find good colleges at a reasonable cost.

The top professors lists highlights post-secondary educators at affordable colleges who have been honored for excellence in the classroom, on campus and/or in the community. Onder was recently awarded Michigan Tech’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

“Our goal with the top professors project is to recognize today’s truly stand-out educators and mentors,” said Dan Schuessler, founder of Affordable Colleges Online. “We focused on professors at colleges with tuition rates below $20,000 per year to show that a quality education from top professors can be affordable.”

Published in Tech Today

Glime Receives Hattori Prize for Bryology Masterwork

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

The International Association of Bryologists has awarded its Hattori Prize to Janice Glime, professor emerita of biological sciences at Michigan Technological University, for her online encyclopedia, “Bryophyte Ecology.”

The Hattori Prize recognizes the best paper or series of papers published by a member of the association within the previous two years.

Glime has completed two volumes on this group of diminutive plants that includes mosses, liverworts and hornworts: “Physiological Ecology” and “Bryological Interaction.” A portion of the third (“Methods”) is available online, and she has at least two more volumes pending.

“Bryophyte Ecology” is read worldwide both as a text and reference. While scientifically rigorous, it is written in a conversational style. “I hope to make bryology more accessible to students who have no mentor in the field and to stimulate interest among ecologists, naturalists and educators,” Glime said. “A book such as this is dependent on scientists in many fields, all over the world.”

Glime originally conceived of “Bryophyte Ecology” as a textbook, back in the 1990s. But as bryology advanced by leaps and bounds, she was never able to finish so much as a chapter. Then the Internet came into its own, and the project shifted. In 2007, she began uploading chapters to www.bryoecol.mtu.edu. Her masterwork has two major advantages over a print edition: it offers unlimited color photography, and mistakes are easy to fix, thanks to friendly input from her fellow bryologists and other experts.

Perhaps the most enthusiastic responses, however, have come from bryologists from as far flung as China and Bulgaria, who have thanked her profusely for making such a vast trove of knowledge available.

“Dr. Glime, I think you are one of the most generous and collegial scientists I have (not!) met,” wrote a Canadian bryologist. “You are really an inspiration . . . All my students are thrilled with your online book, and I am, simply, in awe. Thank you.”

It couldn’t be done without a lot of help, Glime stresses. “The Internet and Google have made possible what could not have been done 20 years ago,” she said. “Some of the researchers and photographers have gone the second mile to help me find images and literature. Some have taken pictures for me. Some have offered to review a chapter when it was completed—especially some of the zoologists. And some have even done fieldwork to enhance the information in a particular area. Many have sent me unsolicited pictures and references. I couldn’t have found a better retirement project.”

Glime retired in 2008 after 35 years on the Michigan Tech faculty. She received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1994 and in 2009 was given the Distinguished Service Award for her longtime dedication to the University Senate and to student success.

by Marcia Goodrich, magazine editor
Published in Tech Today

Retirement Celebration for Susan Martin

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

The Department of Social Sciences is happy to invite friends and colleagues to a party that celebrates the career of Susan Rapalje Martin, who will retire at the end of May.

Our celebration will be held in the second floor of the Academic Office Building Annex from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 3. Join us to congratulate Susan and mix with friends over hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Retirement Party for Martha Sloan Dec. 17

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Martha Sloan, professor and former associate chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is retiring after 43 years at Michigan Tech. A celebration in her honor will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 17, in EERC 515, the fifth-floor social area. The University community is invited.

Sloan came to Michigan Tech in 1969, after completing her doctorate at Stanford University and spending two years with Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Palo Alto, Calif. At the time, that made her Tech’s first and only female electrical engineering faculty member.

Twenty-four years later, Sloan broke ground again when she became the first woman to be elected president of IEEE. The experience opened unusual doors, including one at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: she was introduced to President Bill Clinton in the White House and played with Socks, the First Cat. “In many ways, Socks was more fun,” she recalled.

In 2012, she received Michigan Tech’s Distinguished Service Award for her efforts in the University Senate (where she served as president), her department, the College of Engineering and, overall, the University. As well, Sloan was saluted for mentoring female faculty and students and her “unflinching advocacy of women at all levels.”

She is a Fellow in IEEE, the Association for Computing Machinery and the Society of Women Engineers. Sloan is also a founding member of the IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group, the first student chapter in the nation; and of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), which aims to increase the number of female faculty in the STEM disciplines at Michigan Tech.

One of her colleague’s remarked upon the “zest for life” evidenced in Sloan’s work. She will likely exhibit the same quality in her retirement: initial plans include cruising to Antarctica and then earning a master’s degree in military history.

by Marcia Goodrich, magazine editor
Published in Tech Today

Ada Lovelace Day – Recognizing Women Scientists

Monday, September 17th, 2012

In recognition of Ada Lovelace Day (October 16, 2012), we are gathering information on women scientists to display on campus.

The lists below will be updated as materials are received. If you are creating a slide, please use the template. An example for Lynn Margulis is also available. Please e-mail Debra Charlesworth if you have a scientist to add to the list, or have created a slide for a scientist.

Waiting for a slide

Slide received

  • Lynn Margulis
  • Marie Curie
  • Caroline Herschel (astronomer)
  • Mary Anning (paleontologist)
  • Barbara McClintock
  • Rosalind Franklin
  • Sally Ride

Additional Resources

Lise Meitner (famous theoretical physicist, explained nuclear
fission, for which Otto Hahn was awarded the noble prize - he would
have to share it with Lise Meitner in this day and age, one would hope
at least - see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lise_Meitner)

- Emmy Noether (famous mathematician, known for her groundbreaking
contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics. In physics,
Noether's theorem explains the fundamental connection between symmetry
and conservation laws, see also
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmy_Noether_)

- Chien-Shiung Wu (aka "Madame Wu", famous experimental particle
physicist, worked on parity violation, also worked on the Manhattan
project, see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chien-Shiung_Wu)

- Maria Goeppert-Meyer (shared the Nobel Prize for Physics with J.
Hans D. Jensen and Eugene Paul Wigner. "...for their discoveries
concerning nuclear shell structure" in 1963, see also
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Goeppert-Mayer)

- Angela Merkel (chancellor of Germany since 2005, named the most
powerful woman by several magazines in recent years including Forbes
and Times, received her PhD in physics in 1978 from the University of
Leipzig I think for her thesis on quantum chemistry, and worked as a
scientist in Leipzig until the wall went down, see also
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Merkel)

Retirement Gathering May 31 for Peg Gale

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The faculty and staff of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science invite the campus community to a retirement gathering for Dean Peg Gale at the Keweenaw Brewing Company on Thursday, May 31, from 4 to7 p.m. Congratulations to Dean Gale on her retirement after over 30 years with Michigan Tech as a student, researcher, professor and dean. Refreshments will be provided.

Published in Tech Today

Board of Control Approves Tenure and Promotion Recommendations

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Congratulations to the women on campus who were recently recommended for promotion and tenure by the Board of Control on April 27:

To associate professor with tenure:

  • Shari Stockero, cognitive and learning sciences
  • Marika Seigel, humanities
  • Melissa Keranen, mathematical sciences
  • Audrey Mayer, forest resources and environmental science

To professor:

  • Faith Morrison, chemical engineering
  • Judith Perlinger, civil and environmental engineering

A complete listing of faculty recommended for promotion and tenure can be found in Tech Today.

Michigan Tech Postdocs Now Receive Paid Maternity Leave

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

From Tech Today 11 April 2012

Michigan Tech Extends Maternity Leave Benefit to Postdocs
by Jennifer Donovan, director, public relations

Postdocs, who sometimes feel like the orphans of the research community, are going to receive a new benefit at Michigan Tech, come July 1.

Postdoctoral fellows who give birth to or adopt a child will be eligible for six weeks of paid maternity leave after the start of the new fiscal year.

The change is based on recommendations from a Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) task force that examined the parental and family benefits provided to research trainees such as postdoctoral fellows. The FDP is a cooperative initiative of 10 federal agencies and 119 institutional recipients of federal research funds. It includes representatives of governmental agencies, universities, industry and the Research Roundtable of the National Academies.

Two faculty member serve as representatives to the FDP: Jason Carter, chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, and Larry Sutter, who heads the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute. Carter worked with the family benefits task force. Sutter served on a faculty workload task force.

“Research trainees are vital to the advancement of science, and they represent the future of our research workforce,” he pointed out. “Nearly 70 percent of research trainees are between the ages of 28 and 35, which often coincides with the point in their lives when they are raising a family or thinking about it. Parental-family leave policies for these trainees are often vague or lacking altogether. As the report highlights, this lack of policy and/or clarity often leads to talented scientists, particularly female scientists, leaving the field.”

Among the recommendations in the FDP report:

* Require, establish, document and disseminate clear policies at universities and federal agencies that provide equitable parental and family leave for postdoctoral researchers and employees.

* Evaluate the efficacy of existing programs.

* Provide a baseline such as adequate paid leave for birth and adoption for all research trainees.

* Maintain a zero-tolerance policy for discriminatory or disparaging comments or behaviors from faculty, staff and students.

* Actively advertise family accommodation policies.

* Provide a part- or full-time family advocate for graduate student and research trainee parents.

“Although we are not the first to implement a maternity-leave policy for all research trainees, to our knowledge Michigan Tech is the first to respond to the report issued by the Federal Demonstration Partnership,” Carter went on to say. “The report provided a framework for an informed dialog between our University provost, vice president for research, director of Benefits, and other administrators and faculty. We hope this can be a model for other universities looking to encourage talented research trainees to stick with a career in research through a proper balance between work and family.”

Michigan Tech greatly appreciates the efforts of both faculty representatives to the FDP, said David Reed, vice president for research. “Jason’s participation meant he was thoroughly familiar with the issues the task force identified, and he was a very effective advocate for implementing needed changes here.”

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