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Michigan Tech Named Among Top-20 Public Colleges with Smartest Students

Business Insider has rated Michigan Tech number 11 among the top-20 public universities with the smartest students. In assembling its list, Business Insider used data from the website Niche and its College Prowler, a service that provides college reviews by students.

“We see all that our students accomplish here at Michigan Tech and all the companies seeking them out for employment,” said John Lehman, associate vice president for enrollment, marketing and communications. “It doesn’t take long to see that there is something pretty special about the students here. They are smart, amazingly smart. It’s satisfying to know that others see that as well.”

Business Insider also includes student quotes “to illustrate the student intellect and academic caliber of each school.” For Michigan Tech, a student said, “”I love my professors—all of them seem dedicated to their job, as well as understanding. The workload is more than most schools, but the best isn’t the easiest!”

College Prowler features rankings by students in more than 20 categories, from academics to weather and from computers to parking.

According to their website, Business Insider is “dedicated to aggregating, reporting, and analyzing the top news stories across the web.”

To read more, visit Business Insider.

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Library Offering Patent and Trademark Searching Workshops in April

The Van Pelt and Opie Library is offering three patent and trademark searching workshops in April. Each will be offered twice; click the date and time or your preferred session to register. All workshops will take place in Library 242.

Basic Patent Searching
This workshop will cover basic patent searching in the USPTO website database using the recommended “Seven Step Strategy.” We will discuss why keyword searching of patents must be supplemented with a classification search, how to identify relevant patent classes and search within them and how to cross-reference related classes.
Tuesday, April 1, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 3, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Advanced Patent Searching
This workshop will cover other database options aside from the USPTO website to search for patents, including patents issued in countries other than the US. We will explore Espacenet, PatentScope and Google Patents and discuss some advanced searching strategies.
Thursday, April 10, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15, 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Trademark Searching
This workshop will cover the basics of trademarking a product or service, as well as searching both word and image trademarks to ensure your trademark is unique.
Tuesday, April 22, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 24, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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Research Forum Wednesday

All interested faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the 10th Annual ESC/BRC Student Research Forum, held from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, in the atrium of  U. J. Noblet Forestry Building.

Undergraduate and graduate students working in ecosystem science and biotechnology will present their research posters in separate competitions. Awards and pizza will follow.  Please join us.

For more information, contact Jill Fisher, program manager for the ESC, at jhfisher@mtu.edu, or Mary Tassava, staff assistant for the BRC, at mltassav@mtu.edu.

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Graduate Research Colloquium Set for this Wednesday and Thursday

It’s a chance for Michigan Tech graduate students to shine. The Graduate Research Colloquium, slated for Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 19 and 20, showcases the work of current grad students, as they present their findings to judges and visitors alike.

The event coincides with the University’s Career Fair, held Tuesday, Feb. 18 and the timing is great, according to Jackie Huntoon, associate provost and dean of the Graduate School.

“It will give prospective employers a chance to learn more about the types of research being conducted here,” she says. “Michigan Tech has long been known for conducting research that has direct benefit to society and is of interest to industry. In fact, 46 percent of our PhD students who have definite employment offers at the time of graduation are going to work in industry.”


Corporate Information Sessions Reimagined

Information sessions are held on campus to help students learn more about companies and their employment opportunities.  However, with so many occurring the night before the career fairs, students are limited in the number they can attend, and companies are also limited in the number of students they can meet.

After listening to feedback from students and employers, Career Services has reimagined the usual informational session into a one stop, informal, open house event where 13 companies are gathered all in one place and all on one night.  The new “Employer Information Expo” is being held on Sunday, Feb. 16, in Fisher Hall.  Students will be able to visit as many information sessions as they’d like from 5 to 7 p.m., and then enjoy open networking from 7 to 8 p.m.  This new event will connect more students with more companies and their representatives for a robust evening of recruiting.

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Lunch and Learn: Taking Sleep to Heart

Jason Carter, chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, will present a lunch and learn titled “Taking Sleep to Heart” on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 12 to 1 p.m., in Admin 404.

Sleep is the third pillar of health. Some studies indicate 70 percent of adolescents are sleep deprived. Other studies draw connections to asthma, diabetes, and increasing chances for strokes and heart attacks. It is also known that alcohol use negatively impacts sleep apnea.


Michigan Tech: Nation’s Snowiest Campus!

It took some initiative from the proud Michigan Tech family, but our campus has claimed its rightful place on the top of the snowbank.

Accuweather initially ignored Michigan Tech in its ranking of ten snowiest campuses, but when many people registered “copious responses,” they changed their listing, and we became number one.

The story appeared on the Accuweather site and Inside Higher Ed, and the folks from Syracuse and Oswego took their demotion to number two in stride.

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Michigan Tech Software Distribution Center Launched

Michigan Tech IT has launched a new site for students, faculty and staff to download software packages available to them for installation on their personal computers. Software includes Matlab, AutoCad, ChemBioDraw, EndNote, Microsoft Office and more.

To see a list of available software, login to www.it.mtu.edu/downloads, using your Michigan Tech ISO username and password.


Forum on University Finances and Budget Process

The University Senate, Staff Council, Graduate Student Government, and Undergraduate Student Government is hosting a forum on “University Finances and Budget Preparation/Planning Process” on Friday, Jan. 31 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Dow 642.

David Reed, VP for research, will give a short presentation on:
1) The current University financial situation at the mid-point of FY14
2) Where we are in the FY15 budget preparation/planning process

Questions, comments and input are encouraged from faculty, staff and students either in person or passed along in writing.  Anyone wishing to send questions or comments can email them to:  Wendy Davis wmdavis@mtu.edu or to Brian Barkdoll barkdoll@mtu.edu.

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend this informative session.  The forum will be recorded and available for viewing on the Senate website sometime after the event for those who are unable to attend in person.

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