Staff, Students Invited to Meet Governor, CEOs

by Jennifer Donovan, director, public relations

When Anne Dancey, a biomedical engineering student from Texas who is minoring in chemical engineering/polymer science, meets Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and a number of CEOs of major corporations at a program in Southfield this Thursday, Nov. 3, she plans to tell them why she has chosen to stay in Michigan when she graduates next spring. She's already accepted a job with Chrysler Corp. in the Detroit area.

Dancey has been invited to meet Governor Snyder and the CEOs of a number of large corporations at a special event called "Keeping Our Educated Youth in State."

The program will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lear World Headquarters. Representatives of each public university have been invited to network with elected officials and business representatives, and students were asked to submit questions to the Governor.

Jim Turnquist, director of Career Services, and Jeff Kangas, assistant director, will accompany Dancy. Gov. Snyder will be the keynote speaker at the event.

Dancey, who is from Duncanville, Texas, asked: "What initiatives does the state plan to implement or continue in the future to support the education of women in STEM fields at both undergraduate and graduate levels?"

Anne Dancy,

Nominations Open for Staff Making a Difference Award

Nominations are now open for Staff Making a Difference Awards. Nominations will be accepted until 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Financial Aid office.

Staff Council is coordinating the awards, which include the following categories: rookie award, serving others, outstanding supervisor, innovative solutions and creating community connections.

Each award recipient receives $500 (less applicable deductions). Nominate a deserving coworker for one of these awards.

For more information about the categories and nomination forms, see Staff Council.

For more information, contact Colleen Erva at 487-1669 or at cferva@mtu.edu .

Save the Date: Sudhakar Pandit's Retirement Dinner

ME-EM invites the campus community to Professor Sudhakar Pandit's retirement dinner. Here are the details:

Saturday, Dec. 3
6 p.m.--Social hour with cash bar
7 p.m.--Dinner
Memorial Union Alumni Lounge

Dinner selections:
* Moroccan chickpea, artichoke and saffron tagine with bulgur pilaf (vegan)
* Wild mushroom and pesto lasagna, roasted seasonal vegetables (vegetarian)
* Pistachio chicken, butternut squash sauce, wild rice pilaf and glazed carrots
* Thai style salmon with Asian vegetable sauté atop coconut basmati rice

Cost for dinner is $24.95. RSVP with meal choice to Karen Bess at 487-2551, or at kebess@mtu.edu . Checks should be made payable to the ME-EM department and sent to Bess, ME-EM 815.

"Backstage at the Rozsa" Creates a Jazz Club on Stage

by Bethany Jones, marketing manager, Rozsa

This Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents "Backstage at the Rozsa," where the audience joins the bands for a true jazz club experience, complete with tables, a full bar, and red-hot Tech jazz ensembles: the Jazz Lab Band, the R&D Big Band, Jaztec and Momentum. They will present great jazz, blues, funk, rock, Latin and originals.

According to Michael Irish, director of Jazz Studies, "These are new and innovative concerts that simulate the intimate atmosphere of a jazz club. We are going for the historic vibe."

Irish has a broad background in jazz studies as both an educator and performer. As a jazz guitarist, he has performed with Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, Dizzy Gillespie, Rob McConnell, Don Ellis, Steve Houghton and Frank Mantooth, among others. In popular music, he has worked with Bob Hope, Robert Goulet, Rich Little, Carol Lawrence and Rodney Dangerfield.

Featured groups in the Rozsa performances will be the Jazz Lab Band with guest vocalist Mark Oliver (both nights), the R&D Big Band (both nights), and the jazz combos Jaztec (Friday night only), and Momentum (Saturday night only).

Here are highlights:

* Doc Severinsen's arrangement of the swing classic, "In The Mood"
* Michael Buble's version of "Sway," sung by special guest Mark Oliver
* "The Jody Grind," a new arrangement by John Clayton of the Clayton/Hamilton Orchestra
* The blues classic, "Night Train," arranged by Gordon Goodwin
* Hot Salsa, served up steaming with "Rosarito Beach"

Houghton audiences may remember Oliver, who sang the lead to standing ovations in last season's Tech Theatre Company production of "South Pacific!"

Irish will also treat audiences to a new feature called "Inside the Chart," where he will briefly dissemble one of the tunes and highlight some things to listen and watch for. It takes the "mystery" out of jazz and gets the audience "listening In layers."

For more information, contact Bethany Jones at 487-1836 or at bjones@mtu.edu .

General Admission is $10. Tech students are free. To purchase tickets for these events, call 487-2073, go online at tickets.mtu.edu , or visit the SDC Ticket Office. SDC box office hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday–Friday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m., Sunday. The Rozsa box office is closed during regular business hours and will only open two hours prior to showtime.

Sports in Brief

What's Happening This Week

Today

Huskies Drive Time, 7:30 to 8 a.m. on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM

Wednesday, Nov. 2
Men's Basketball hosts Finlandia, 7 p.m. (exhibition) (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Friday, Nov. 4
Cross Country at NCAA Midwest Regional (at Big Rapids)
Blue Line Club Luncheon, noon (Blue Line Room, Student Ice Arena)
Volleyball hosts Hillsdale, 5 p.m.
Hockey hosts Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, Nov. 5
Football hosts Ferris State, 1 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Volleyball hosts Wayne State, 4 p.m.
Hockey hosts Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Sunday, Nov. 6
Volleyball hosts Findlay, 3 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

All times Eastern; home events are italicized.


Last Week's Results

Hockey (5-2-1, 3-2-1 WCHA)
Oct. 28--at Michigan Tech 7, No. 2 Denver 2
Oct. 29--at Michigan Tech 2, No. 2 Denver 2, OT

Football (5-4, 4-4 GLIAC)
Oct. 29--at Grand Valley State 24, Michigan Tech 20

Women's Soccer (7-9-1, 5-9-1 GLIAC)
Oct. 28--at Northern Michigan 2, Michigan Tech 1, OT

Volleyball (2-22, 0-16 GLIAC)
Oct. 28--Northwood 3, at Michigan Tech 1
Oct. 29--Lake Superior State 3, at Michigan Tech 1

Women's Basketball (0-0, 0-0 GLIAC)
Oct. 29--at UW-Green Bay 59, Michigan Tech 39 (exhibition)

Cross Country
Did not compete


Top News of the Week

Hockey Takes Three Points from Denver

Michigan Tech gained a win and a tie vs. No. 2-ranked Denver last weekend at the Student Ice Arena to earn three more points in the WCHA standings. The Huskies currently sit in second place in the league with seven points. Sophomore Milos Gordic made his presence felt in his first games of the season (he missed the first six with injury). The forward tallied a hat trick with three goals vs. Denver Friday, Oct. 28, and added another goal Saturday, Oct. 29.

Men's Basketball to Open vs. Finlandia
Tech's men's basketball team will get its season underway with an exhibition on Wednesday, Nov. 2, vs. Finlandia. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. at the SDC Gym, and will be a charity event. Fans bringing a nonperishable food item to the game will be admitted for $2.

Blue Line Club Luncheon Friday
The Blue Line Club will host a luncheon at noon, Friday, Nov. 4, in the Blue Line Room of the Student Ice Arena. Head hockey coach Mel Pearson will be the featured speaker at the event, which is open to the public. Lunch is $8 for Blue Line Club members and $8.50 for others.

Football Back Home
The football team, coming off a narrow defeat at Grand Valley State Saturday, Oct. 29, will play its home finale this weekend. The Huskies welcome in Ferris State for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Sherman Field on Saturday, Nov. 5. Tech has two games remaining on its 2011 schedule--vs. FSU and at Northern Michigan on Nov. 12.

Federal Research Priorities and Budgets Webinar Changes

Changes have been made to the webinar on "Federal Research Priorities and Budget for FY12," which will be held in the conference room of the Advanced Technology and Development Complex (ATDC).

The sessions span two days and provide updates on policies, procedures and priorities for federal grants. No registration is required. Here is the schedule:

Today

11 a.m.
Elizabeth Albro, associate commissioner for Teaching and Learning, National Center for Education Research, Department of Education

12:30 a.m.
Jim Horwitz, team lead for Condensed Matter Physics, Office of Basic Energy Science, Department of Energy

2 p.m.
Mark Poth, USDA, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture

3:30 p.m.
David Curren and Maria Koszalka, grants policy analysts at the NIH

Wednesday, Nov. 2

11 a.m.
Jeremy Leffler, outreach specialist in the Policy Office, Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management, National Science Foundation

12:30 a.m.
Harriet Kung, director of Basic Energy Sciences, Department of Energy, Office of Science

Presentation slides for all sessions can be viewed at Presentation.

For more information, contact Jodi Lehman at 487-2875 or at jglehman@mtu.edu . Here is the new schedule:

Physics Colloquium

Jeter Hall, postdoctorate at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, will present a Physics Colloquium, "Searching for the Dark Matter," at 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, in Fisher 139.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor Claudio Mazzoleni (Physics) at 487-1226 or at cmazzoleni@mtu.edu , or Assistant Professor Petra Hüntemeyer (Physics) at 487-1229 or at petra@mtu.edu .

ME-EM Seminar

Robert Weiss, professor in the Department of Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron, will present "Dynamics of Hydrophobically Modified Hydrogels" at 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, in ME-EM 112. For more information, see ME-EM Seminar.

Seminar Addresses "Shader Compiler"

The Department of Computer Science and Center for Computer Systems Research will host a seminar by Gang Chen, a technical lead--GPU JIT Compiler at AMD Boston Design Center, who will speak on "GPU 'Just In Time' Compiler (aka 'Shader Compiler')" at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, in Rekhi 214.

Biomedical Engineering Seminar

Assistant Professor Feng Zhao (Biomedical Engineering) will present "Engineering 3-D Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell Constructs: Impact of Microenvironmental Parameters," at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, in M&M U113.

Humanities Distinguished Speaker Series

Lawrence Grossberg, the Morris David Distinguished Professor of Communication and Cultural Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will speak twice this week.

* At 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, Grossberg will present "Without a Song: In Search of Countercultures" in the Atrium of the forestry building. He will explore the state of contemporary politics by revisiting the counterculture in the 1960s. A reception will follow.

* At 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, he will present "What Happened to the Critical Project: On the Value of Asking 'What's Going On?'" in Fisher 138. He will address the intellectual political culture--both inside and outside the academy--and contemporary capitalism.

The public is invited. For further information, contact Jennifer Slack, Humanities, at 487-3228 or at jdslack@mtu.edu .

New Funding

Adjunct Assistant Professor Sigrid Resh(SFRES/ESC) and co-PI Evan Kane (SFRES/ESC) have received $149,397 from the US Department of Energy for a two-year project, "Interactive Effects of Climate Change and Decomposer Communities on the Stabilization of Wood-Derived Carbon Pools: Catalyst for a New Study."