Category: Academic

Physics Cooking Class for Spring 2013

Looking for a fun and “tasty” class? Want to impress your significant other? Enroll in PH 4999 (3 credits), “What’s Cooking? A Physicist in the Kitchen.” The class will be available in spring 2013.

Apart from cooking and tasting delicious food, you will learn quantum physics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and even laser spectroscopy.

For more information, contact Professor Jacek Borysow.

New Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning Appointed

Mike Meyer has been appointed the new director for the Center for Teaching and Learning. He will start his new duties on July 9. Meyer has been at Michigan Tech since September 2002.

He joined the physics department as laboratory coordinator, was lecturer from 2006 to 2010, and has been senior lecturer since 2010. He was elected to Tech’s Academy of Teaching Excellenceand won the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011.

The expanded responsibilities of the new center director are an outcome of the recommendations of the Task Force on Blended and Technology-Rich Teaching/Learning Environment and Support SystemsREAD MORE

Board of control praises Tech’s direction

Administration, faculty and staff have made a lot of headway during the last year at Michigan Technological University and those efforts were honored at the Board of Control meeting Friday morning. “Michigan Tech is recognizing two faculty members with the 2012,” Richardson said. “Professors Robert Nemiroff and Andrew Storer.” Nemiroff works with half of the team to contribute NASA’s astronomy picture of the day, garnering more than 500,000 hits daily.

View the Daily Mining Gazette Article

Five New Degree Programs Offered

Michigan Tech has received authorization from the state to implement five new degree programs. Max Seel, provost and vice president for academic affairs, says the degrees will help the University achieve its strategic goal of becoming an institution of international stature—and to be attractive to students and faculty from around the world.
Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Bachelor of Arts in Physics with a concentration in secondary education: Seel says, “The motivation for offering a BA in physics is to provide students with a strong foundation in the field, but fewer course requirements. It’s basically what I think the American Physical Society said in its gender equity report—to create flexible tracks for physics majors. This BA, then, basically offers flexibility. It has nothing to do with less rigor, but to create more job opportunities.” Seel adds, “The secondary education track in the physics BA will directly address the need for more high school physics teachers. Recent studies have shown that more than half of high school teachers teaching physics do not have a degree or minor in physics or physics education.”

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AsfalisMed Makes Top Five

AsfalisMed has made it to the top five ideas in the Intel Innovators Competition. The team earned almost 10 million Social Capital Points from virtual investors. The Round 2 Battleground begins on January 26, 2012. The five finalists compete for a $50K award from the Panelists and $50K from the Top Fan. For more information or to participate, search for Intel Innovators in Facebook. AsfalisMed is the entrepreneurial concept of Michigan Tech students Travis Beaulieu and Joel Florek.