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Seely on Infamous Tech Predictions

Golden Spike5 Infamous Tech Predictions

Looking back over tech history gives valuable insights into how past innovation was brought to commercial fruition.

Thus, to provide a bit of context for the following five pronouncements — which over time have proven to be woefully off the mark — Forbes.com spoke to Bruce Seely, historian of technology at Michigan Tech University and the president of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT).

Read more at Forbes, by Bruce Dorminey.


Three New Department Chairs Began this Fall

Walker BuildingCary Chabalowski, Anne Beffel, and Chandrashekhar Joshi are the three new department chairs in the college for Fall 2013.

Cary Chabalowski joins the Department of Chemistry as chair and professor of practice. Chabalowski is a computational chemist with an interest in quantum chemistry.

Anne Beffel is chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. She defines herself as a “time artist” which she says means that she is deeply interested in connecting art and social context in time, using all forms and media.

Chandrashekhar Joshi chairs the Department of Biological Sciences. Joshi, a world-renowned plant molecular biologist, has been serving as interim chair of biological sciences for the past year.

Read more at Tech Today.


Summer Youth Programs 2013

SYPSummer Youth Programs (SYP), weeklong explorations for students in grades 6–12, begin on Michigan Tech’s campus next week.

Explorations feature a week of hands-on activities, a taste of campus life and a host of new friendships for participants. Popular explorations this year include engineering bridges, dams and skyscrapers; studying wolf/moose ecology while backpacking on Isle Royale; video game programming; sports science; mobile robotics and blacksmithing.

Read more at Tech Today.


Onder Recognized as Top Woman Professor

Nilufer Onder
Nilufer Onder

Associate Professor Nilufer Onder (CS) was included in the Top Women Professors at Affordable Colleges by Affordable Colleges Online, a website devoted to helping prospective students and their families find good colleges at a reasonable cost.

The top professors lists highlights post-secondary educators at affordable colleges who have been honored for excellence in the classroom, on campus and/or in the community. Onder was recently awarded Michigan Tech’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

“Our goal with the top professors project is to recognize today’s truly stand-out educators and mentors,” said Dan Schuessler, founder of Affordable Colleges Online. “We focused on professors at colleges with tuition rates below $20,000 per year to show that a quality education from top professors can be affordable.”

From Tech Today.


Charlesworth Honored with Faculty Distinguished Service Award

Paul Charlesworth
Paul Charlesworth

Paul Charlesworth, associate professor of chemistry, has received the Faculty Distinguished Service award for the 2012-13 academic year.

In the nominations, Charlesworth was cited for spending “countless hours, outside of regular work duties in service to the campus community and beyond, by giving generously of his time, talents and expertise to support the growth and development of individuals and campus organizations. His work goes beyond campus in his outreach and work with community students and organizations.”

Charlesworth is also an undergraduate advisor and holds an adjunct associate professor position with the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, a reflection of his research interest in education.

Read more at Tech Today.


College of Sciences and Arts Names Three New Department Chairs

Chandrashekhar Joshi
Chandrashekhar Joshi

Bruce Seely, dean of Michigan Tech’s College of Sciences and Arts, has announced appointment of three new department chairs. Cary Chabalowski will join the Department of Chemistry as chair and professor of practice as of July 15. On July 1, Anne Beffel will assume chairmanship of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts (VPS), and Chandrashekhar Joshi will become chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.

All three new department chairs, Seely added, have had distinguished careers that demonstrate academic and administrative accomplishments and a commitment to education that promises success in their new roles. “I am deeply gratified at their willingness to take on one of the hardest roles in academic administration. But I am even more excited about the chance to work closely with these three energetic and enthusiastic new chairs,” the dean said. “I ask the campus community to help them feel welcome as they arrive in Houghton over the next month.”

Read more at Tech Today.


Tech Graduation and Officer Commissioning

Tech Graduation 2013Thousands of people packed the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena Saturday morning to hear how a dish washer became a strategist for a $104 billion technology company and watch almost 1,000 Michigan Technological University students become alumni.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Stephen Anderson.

Service saluted from beginning to end Saturday

Nineteen Air Force and Army ROTC cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants.

Read more at the Mining Gazette.


Three Humanities Scholars are Retiring

Elizabeth Flynn
Elizabeth Flynn

Three senior scholars in composition studies are retiring from the humanities department this year: Elizabeth Flynn, professor of reading and composition; Marilyn Cooper, professor of humanities; and Nancy Grimm, professor of Humanities. Grimm retired in December 2012, while Flynn and Cooper will retire in May 2013. All three contributed in major ways to the development and success of the graduate program in rhetoric and technical communication, which has graduated 88 doctoral and 139 master’s students to date.

To read more: http://blogs.mtu.edu/humanities/2013/03/07/humanities-department-retirements/

From Tech Today.

Marilyn Cooper
Marilyn Cooper
Nancy Grimm
Nancy Grimm