Category: General

Ken Maki – 1963

Ken Maki and Bob Richards
Ken Maki and Bob Richards

Ken Maki was spotted in his hometown of Hayward, Wisconsin recently. Hayward is the home of the American Birkenbeiner. Ken was volunteering with the Chamber of Commerce which was hosting visitor events. Ken spotted a group from Michigan Tech in their Hockey Husky jerseys and welcomed them to Hayward.

Ken is pictured here with fellow Michigan Tech graduate Bob Richards (Biology 77) from Houghton, Michigan.

Ken skied the full American Birkenbeiner (54 kilometers … that’s over 33.5 miles) the next day in 5 hours and 40 minutes. Congratulations, Ken!

In Print – Andrew Burton

The Faculty of 1000 (F1000) has selected a paper by Associate Professor Andrew Burton to include in its library of the top two percent of articles in biology and medicine.

The article, Chronic N Deposition Alters Root Respiration-Tissue N Relationship in Northern Hardwood Forests, appeared in the journal Global Change Biology, 2012. F1000 selects the most important articles in biology and medical research publications for its database. Articles are chosen by a peer-nominated group of the world’s leading scientists and clinicians, who then rate them and explain their importance.

Andrew Burton – Distinguished Teaching Award Candidate

Associate Professor Andrew Burton

Weigh in on Candidates for the Distinguished Teaching Awards – The Center for Teaching, Learning and Faculty Development  seeks input for its annual Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize outstanding contribution to the instructional mission of the University.

Based on over 50,000 student ratings, ten finalists have been identified for the 2012 awards. The selection committee is soliciting comments from students, staff, faculty and alumni to aid in its deliberation.

Associate Professor Andrew Burton from the School is a finalists for the Associate Professor/Professor Category.

Comments on the nominees are due by Monday, March 30, and should be sent to CTLFD at Faculty Award.

The process for determining the recipients from this list of finalists also involves additional surveying of their classes. The selection committee makes the final determination. The recipients will be announced in the fall.

Finishing Fellowship Recipients Announced

The Graduate School is pleased to announce Finishing Fellowship recipients for the fall and spring semesters.

The fellowships provide support to PhD candidates who are close to completing their degrees; they are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University.

They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees and who are also contributing to the attainment of goals outlined in The Michigan Tech Plan.

Recipients from the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science are:

Fall 2011 – Amber Roth, PhD candidate in forest science
Spring 2012 – Lindsey Shartell, PhD candidate in forest science, Neil V. Hakala Endowed Fellowship


Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization Course Announced

Global Wildlife Resources is offering a 3-day wildlife handling course May 8-10, 2012 at the Country Village in Ishpeming near Marquette, Michigan. This class is one of the most extensive chemical immobilization courses in North America and includes hand-on labs with animals. It has been invaluable to state, federal, and tribal wildlife professionals, zoo caretakers, game farms, animal control officers, and college students. Full details at