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Middle, High School Students: Sign Up for Free Computer Programming Lessons

The Department of Computer Science is offering local students free, hands-on instruction in the basics of computer programming and computer science.

Starting Sept. 13, Copper Country Programmers meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays during the academic year at the Van Pelt and Opie Library.  Computer science faculty and students will teach the fundamentals of programming, starting with simple languages like HTML and BASIC and progressing to the well known and widely used Java language.


September First Friday Social at the Administration Building

First Friday Socials are back for 2014-15.  Faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees are invited to attend this year’s opener from 4 to 6 p.m., Sept. 5, in the parking lot outside the Administration Building and on the fourth floor. Complimentary soda, beer and wine will be served along with some great appetizers, and raffles will be held throughout the event.

The Graduate School and Graduate Student Government (GSG) are once again sponsoring this month’s event. Come and mingle with your colleagues and see the Pat Nelson Graduate Conference Center and GSG offices.  Along with the Graduate School and GSG, the conference center was funded by a donation by the late Patricia Nelson, wife of Michigan Tech chemical engineering alumnus Charles J. Nelson ’36 (deceased).


Michigan AGEP Alliance 2014 Fall Conference

The Alliance for Graduate Education and Professoriate (AGEP) provides funds and fellowship awards to increase the pool of candidates pursuing masters or doctoral degrees for postsecondary faculty teaching careers from underrepresented backgrounds.  A featured experience for program fellows is the annual fall conference for networking, and academic career development.

We are excited to welcome you and your colleagues to participate in the 2014 Fall Michigan AGEP Alliance Conference on Saturday September 13.  The conference will be held in East Lansing, MI at the Kellogg Conference Center and Hotel. All AGEP and KCP affiliated graduate students, undergraduates, educators, alumni and professionals are welcome.


CTL Module: Incorporating Information Literacy into Instruction

The Van Pelt and Opie Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) invite faculty and graduate students to attend a module, consisting of two sequential workshops, Incorporating Information Literacy into Instruction.

Instruction and Learning Librarian Sarah Lucchesi is delivering the module through the CTL’s University Teaching and Learning (UTL) Seminars program. In this module, using the framework of Michigan Tech information literacy rubric for undergraduate students (learning goal #6), we will explore the library’s information resources, options for assistance with additional instruction and assignment elements that allow students to practice each of the information literacy skills.

Faculty and graduate students are welcome to register only for this two-workshop series or as a part of the complete UTL Course Design program.

The workshop sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, June 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. and Thursday, June 19, from 1 to 2 p.m., in Library 243.

Please register by 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 10. If you have any questions, please contact instrlib@mtu.edu.

Published in Tech Today.


Toward Smarter Underwater Drones

Nina Mahmoudian, second from right, and her team of student researchers on the Michigan Tech waterfront, prepare to launch their underwater drone, ROUGHIE, in Portage Lake.
With better brains, underwater drones would spend less time searching and more time finding what they’re looking for, including missing airliners believed lost at the bottom of the ocean.  If Michigan Tech’s Nina Mahmoudian has her way, the next generation of autonomous underwater vehicles will have a much better chance of getting it right.

The full story is available online.

Published in Tech Today by Marcia Goodrich, senior content specialist


LCA Post Doc at Argonne National Lab

Argonne National Lab (ANL) announces position in Vehicle Materials Life Cycle Analysis. ANL has been conducting assessments of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation fuels over the last 25 years.  In recent years, ANL has worked closely with auto,and energy industries, as well as governmental agencies, to evaluate energy and environmental effects ofadvanced vehicle technologies and new transportation fuels.


Michigan Tech’s Industrial Research Gains Stature

Known for hands-on education and leading-edge research, Michigan Tech’s stature among institutions has earned another important distinction: its proportion of industry-sponsored research, compared to other schools in the state and nation.  According to National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) data, Michigan Tech ranked second in the state among public institutions and is in the top 15 percent in the nation among 650-plus universities.

Why is this important?

“It means that, in addition to finding some of the next greatest discoveries, we do research that is relevant,” said Jim Baker, executive director of Innovation and Industry Engagement at Tech “And these same industry partners hire our graduates.”

Read the full news story.

Published in Tech Today by Dennis Walikainen, senior content specialist


ORNL Graduate Opportunities

ORNL offers graduate students and recent graduates several distinct opportunities to stay engaged with research.  Students at ORNL are able to participate in short-term research appointments, internships, and get involved with the ORNL-UTK graduate program.  Whether you are seeking a short break after a master’s degree or looking for a cutting-edge graduate program to solve energy problems, ORNL has something for you.

OPPORTUNITIES
The Bredesen Center For Interdisciplinary Research in Graduate Education
“GO” ORNL Program
GEM Fellowship
Internships


Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation – Second Workshop Offered

The Van Pelt and Opie Library will offering a repeat of our workshop, “Copyright and Your Thesis or Dissertation.” on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 2:00pm.

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 will be held in room 242 of the Van Pelt and Opie Library and is limited to 25 attendees.  Register at Copyright by Friday, May 22nd.  For questions, please contact Nora Allred, Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian at nsallred@mtu.edu.


U.S. Department of Energy Carlsbad Field Office Fellowship Program

The US Dept of Energy is now accepting applications for a one-year CBFO appointment (with possibility of extension) in the field of environmental microbiology.  This appointment will be located at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (university institute).

Applications for the Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Fellowship Program closes on Wednesday May 21 2014, midnight EDT.

Typical laboratory activities will include a wide variety of microbial characterization and analytical techniques (e.g., PCR, ion chromatography, cell counting techniques, microscopy, anaerobic methods, cell plating, and sample preparations for gene sequencing). Strong mentorship will be provided with the goal of developing research skills that contribute to publishable scientific results and prepare the CBFO Fellow for advanced studies.

The ideal candidate will have a BS or higher in microbiology, biology, or related degrees received within the last five years from an accredited U.S. institution and a strong desire to develop/apply their research skills. Strong analytical, research and communication skills are required.

Applicants must also be a U.S. citizen (no exceptions) and be available for a full- time commitment starting in June/July 2014.
Stipends are dependent on academic level, skills and experience. Additional allowances for round-trip travel to site may be provided.

For more information, e-mail cbfo.fellowship@orise.orau.gov.