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Fonkoue Receives Graduate Research Colloquium Poster Award

Congratulations to Ida Fonkoue (PhD candidate).  Ida received 1st place in the Michigan Tech Graduate Research Colloquium poster competition last week.  Her poster entitled “Acute oral ingestion of alcohol modulates muscle sympathetic neural activity differently in Caucasians and African Americans” is also being presented at Experimental Biology in Boston in late March.  We learned earlier this year that this work also received a the Caroline tum Suden national recognition award from the American Physiological Society.
Good work Ida!

Employee Wellness Win-by-Losing Challenge

Have you been trying to get healthier and lose weight?

SWEAT and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan invite you to participate in Win by Losing, a free, fun and healthy challenge that can help you take personal responsibility for your health and reach your weight-loss goals.

Register to be part of Michigan Tech’s team by Monday, Feb. 23. The official competition runs from Feb. 23 through April 24. Participants will submit weekly weigh-ins to compete against other BCBSM group customers. You will also have access to a toolkit to help you meet your goals. Register by visiting the SWEAT website and clicking on the “Win by Losing” links.

From Tech Today.

Dr. Elmer and the Velovations RENEW-U Team Making Headlines

RENEW-U1Assistant Professor Steve Elmer from Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology and the Velovations RENEW-U team was recently featured on UPMatters Channel 3.  The group continues with their design of an exercise machine that could enable individuals with limited mobility another way to keep upper body strength for daily living and fitness.

Michigan Tech Students Create Exercise Machine


Medical Careers Week – January 26-29, 2015

Medical Careers Week Wraps Up Today

Medical Careers Week—a four-day event—wraps up today at Michigan Tech. Jeff Millin, co-founder and former CEO of Pioneer Surgical, is featured today at a Lunch-n-Learn from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. From 6 to 8 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom, discussion sessions are scheduled with representatives from medical device companies.

The sessions are free and open to all students. Registration is not required.

Career Services sponsored Medical Careers Week, with the help of several departments and schools. Monday’s sessions focused on medical informatics; Tuesday—allied health and medical laboratory sciences; and Wednesday—medical careers. Speakers included several Michigan Tech alumni.

From Tech Today.

Medical Careers Week Continues

Medical Careers Week—a four-day event—continues today at Michigan Tech, with professionals discussing medical careers, including medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, optometry and dentistry. Sessions are free and open to all students. No registration is required.

A Lunch and Learn from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom will feature William Short, MD and CEO of Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine (MSU-CHM), UP Region; Patti Copley, RN, BSN at the UP campus of MSUCHM; and medical students attending MSU-CHM.

From 6 to 8 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom,a physician, pharmacist, veterinarian, optometrist and dentist will talk about their professions. Speakers are Michelle Seguin, MD, UP Health System Portage; Tracey Bershing, RPh, director of inpatient pharmacy, UP Health System Portage; Michael Cole, DVM, Copper Country Veterinary Clinic; Donald Mitchell, OD, FAOO, InSight EyeCare; and Robert Richards, DDS, Portage Dental Health.

A final themed medical career day is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29. It focuses on careers related to medical devices.

From Tech Today.

MedicalCareersWeek-flyerTech Students Explore Career Options at Medical Careers Week

Michigan Tech students will get to explore a wide variety of careers in the medical and health fields during a four-day event called Medical Careers Week. Medical professionals from diverse fields will be on campus to discuss their professions and the educational pathways to success in those fields and to answer students’ questions.
Medical Career Week topics will be

  • Monday, Jan. 26—Medical Informatics
  • Tuesday, Jan. 27—Allied Health and Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Wednesday, Jan. 28—Medical Careers
  • Thursday, Jan. 29—Medical Devices

Each day features a Lunch and Learn presentation from noon to 1 p.m., followed by small group discussions with visiting professionals from 6 to 8 p.m. These informal events will take place in the Memorial Union Ballroom. They are open to all students, and no registration is required.

Departments in the College of Sciences and Arts, the College of Engineering and the School of Technology pitched in to help organize the event. Guy Hembroff, director of the medical informatics graduate program in the School of Technology, helped organize Medical Informatics Day. High school students from area schools who are involved in robotics have been invited to participate.

Jason Carter, chair and professor of kinesiology and integrative physiology, and Karyn Fay, director of the medical laboratory science program in the Department of Biological Sciences, helped organize Allied Health/Medical Laboratory Sciences Day.

Stacy Cotey, director of pre-health programs, helped plan Medical Careers Day. Students from the health careers programs at local high schools have been invited to participate.

Sean Kirkpatrick, chair of biomedical engineering, helped put together Medical Device Day. A variety of medical device companies will be at Michigan Tech to discuss the future of the medical device industry.
Many of the speakers are Michigan Tech alumni, including William Karpus ’84 (BioSci), Brad Tomassucci ’84 (MedTech), Erin Thompson ’02 (ClinLabSci), Robert Richards ’77 (MedTech), Tracey Bershing, ’92 (Pre-PharmEd), Michelle Seguin ’07(BioSci), along with current medical students Eric Sturos and Stephanie Rutterbesch.

“Events like Medical Careers Week give students from all fields of study the opportunity to learn more about careers available in the medical field, said Shelley Farrey, coordinator of career development for Michigan Tech Career Services. “Not every student knows what avenue he or she wants to pursue in life when they enter college. Medical Careers Week gives them a chance to learn about the many opportunities available and the paths to get there.”

From Tech Today.

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Jackson Blended Learning Grant for Steven Elmer

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Steven Elmer

Jackson Grant Recipients Announced

Due to a generous gift from William G. Jackson, the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is pleased to announce the 2015 grant recipients. Nearly $55,000 in grants were awarded to instructors and teams of instructors at $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 levels. These grants will support course/program reform or expansion projects using blended and online learning.

This year’s solicitation placed special emphasis on mentoring of instructors new to blended learning, interdisciplinary collaboration, shared content, matching support, testing and assessment. A committee, assembled by the Provost and the CTL Director, reviewed many compelling grant proposals in order to select this year’s grant recipients.

Assistant Professor Steven Elmer was awarded $7,567 for “Flipping KIP”: A Blended Learning Approach for Kinesiology Laboratories.

Read more at Tech Today.

SWEAT Program Kicks Off an Active New Year

Do you SWEAT? SWEAT (Social Wellness*Employee Action*Teamwork) is an employee wellness benefit designed to assist you in getting and staying active. New participants will receive a six-week membership to the SDC at no cost. The next session begins January 19 and also offers employees a chance to try out a Community Programs class:

Jan. 19–Feb. 25
Monday and Wednesday, 5–5:50 p.m.
SDC Studio

To sign up, contact Shannon Brodeur or visit SWEAT.

Lunch and Learn Dec. 11: Relax for the Holidays

SWEATBenefit Services and SWEAT will host a Lunch and Learn on Thursday, Dec. 11, from noon to 1 p.m. in Memorial Union Ballroom A2.

Shannon Brodeur, SWEAT coordinator, will present on the importance of taking a little time for yourself during the holidays. Several relaxation stations will be set up for employees to enjoy. All employees are welcome. Bring your lunch; hot cocoa and tea will be provided.

From Tech Today.