New State Grant to MTEC SmartZone Will Help Michigan Tech

by Jennifer Donovan, director, public relations

Michigan Tech will be one of the beneficiaries of a new $750,000 Michigan Economic Development Corporation grant to the Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation (MTEC) SmartZone. The grant is part of a $6 million statewide fund to support high-performance business incubators and accelerators in Michigan.

The MTEC SmartZone will work with Michigan Tech to help commercialize innovations and technologies coming out of the labs and classrooms at the University. "This grant is particularly exciting because it recognizes the bond between Michigan Tech and MTEC SmartZone," said David Reed, vice president for research. This opportunity will continue to strengthen that relationship and positively impact our local economy."

The new grant will also help support the Technology Commercialization Assistance program, which helps identify capabilities within existing companies and match them with university-based technology programs in Michigan, enabling the creation and commercialization of new technologies. "Initiatives supported under this grant will assist companies in leveraging growth opportunities by accessing university technologies, facilities and expertise and will accelerate growth based on university innovations," said Jim Baker, executive director of innovation and industry engagement.

Keweenaw, Color, Design Inspire Beckwith

by Dennis Walikainen, senior editor

On a frigid morning, Mary Ann Beckwith is looking over her art exhibit in the Rozsa Gallery and discussing inspiration, hope, teaching and more.

The career-spanning "Now and Then" show, ending Friday, Jan. 27, has given her a chance to reflect on the body of work.

"Color," is her first answer to the question of what inspires her. "I'm addicted to color," says the 39-year veteran professor of art. "Living in the land of white, grey, and black much of the year, I'm absorbed by bright color fields."

Design is important, too, she says. "My approach is not happenstance. I plan my work and try to give people something they have never seen before--something in nature, something in a photo--but I'm planning ahead before I start."

Travel helps her, also, even if it's just a trip to the grocery store. A stack of tomato soup cans will have her running home to her studio after sensing something new in the display.

She is always painting nature scenes, in addition to her more abstract pieces.

"The Keweenaw is good for my soul," she says. "Lake Superior, Isle Royale, I always do those." She has included some of her recent landscape pieces, such as "Looking North," in this show.

She uses the natural scenes in her art classes, too, she says, after driving around shooting photos on snowy days or clear days, trying to possess "the feeling of the Keweenaw, the heartbeat of the Keweenaw."

These days, those art classes contain students who are less exposed to art education in their lives when they get to Tech, Beckwith says. Thus, they are concerned, at first.

"I show them they have a set of skills that they've not explored yet. A new way of thinking."

This day, her watercolors fill the Rozsa Gallery with color and positivity. Interspersed in her work, in addition to the bright colors, are the "spirit bird" and the words "fly free," "hope," "inspire" and "peace."

One painting, inspired by a friend who was dying of Lou Gehrig's disease, stands out.

"I didn't paint that one," she says. "Others saw the angel in it when I was in a workshop and shouted at me to stop. And the colors were completely different from my normal palette."

Another item, titled "Destiny," appears to have two towers amid its red, white and blue presentation.

"A student told me it was the World Trade Center, but I painted it before that happened," she says.

She talked about the gallery as she assessed her work. ("All those days in the studio were worth it!" she laughs.)

"We've had great shows here: costumes, [art instructor] Sue Kilpela's work, and we are bringing in the Great Lakes Showcase in March and local artist Dom Fredianelli's work, too."

Fredianelli's graffiti was featured in the film "Where Soldiers Come From."

"It's a great space to see small- to medium-size shows like this," she says of the gallery. "It's great to see it all laid out, instead of doing the work and just putting it away."

And it warms the soul on a frozen Keweenaw day.

Social Sciences and Archives Assist with Planning for 1913 Strike Centennial

Community input and volunteers are sought for planning activities to mark the centennial of the 1913 Michigan copper miners' strike. A public meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Calumet Visitor Center of Keweenaw National Historical Park, in the Historic Union Building at 98 Fifth Street in Calumet. Refreshments will be served.

The nearly yearlong strike by members of the Western Federation of Miners in 1913-14 is one of the most significant events in Copper Country history and also figures critically in national labor struggles of the time. Initial planning and discussion for commemorative events have included representatives from the social sciences department and Michigan Tech Archives, as well as National Park Service staff and members of the local community.

Current ideas include historical exhibits, tours of historic sites connected to the strike's events, publication of books and web content, a symposium on historical topics, activities for K-12 students, a memorial ceremony on the centennial of the Italian Hall tragedy and other public events.

The Jan. 28 meeting will provide an update on planning to date, discuss ideas for additional activities, and seek volunteers able to move events forward.

For more information contact the Michigan Tech Archives at 487-2505, email copper@mtu.edu , or visit 1913 Strike.

SFHI Candidate Visits

Professor Nancy Langston, of the University of Wisconsin Madison, is visiting campus to interview for the Water Systems Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative.

Langston will be on campus today, Wednesday, Jan. 25 and part of Thursday, Jan. 26.

She will do a public presentation on her work, "Sustaining Lake Superior: The Lessons of History", from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, in Rekhi G06.

The presentation will be streamed and recorded so that persons not able to attend will have access online.

Langston will be available for contact with other interested parties during this visit; make arrangements through Patrick Martin, chair of Social Sciences, at 487-2070 or at pemartin@mtu.edu .

Enjoy Snowshoeing and Get Your Bearings

Do you want to learn how to snowshoe and use a compass for free?

The Outdoor Adventure Program will host a snowshoe/orienteering workshop from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28. Strap on snowshoes and head for the hills.

The first portion consists of basic orienteering instruction followed by a demonstration.

Hiking will be easy to moderate. Anyone who can read the numbers on the compass can complete this course. Sign-ups at the OAP Rental Center are preferred.

For more information, contact Tom Maynard at twmaynar@mtu.edu , Eric Volk at ejvolk@mtu.edu , or the OAP at oap@mtu.edu .

Bring a water bottle.

Sports in Brief

by Wes Frahm, director, athletic communications and marketing

Thursday, Jan. 26
Women's Basketball at Northwood, 6 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Men's Basketball at Northwood, 8 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Friday, Jan. 27
Hockey at Minnesota Duluth, 8:07 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, Jan. 28
Nordic Skiing at Central SuperTour (St. Paul, Minn.)
Women's Basketball at Hillsdale, 1 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Men's Basketball at Hillsdale, 3 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Hockey at Minnesota Duluth, 8:07 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Sunday, Jan. 29
Nordic Skiing at Central SuperTour (St. Paul, Minn.)

All times Eastern; home events are italicized.


Last Week's Results

Hockey (11-12-1, 8-7-1 WCHA)
Jan. 21--Northern Michigan 5, at Michigan Tech 2

Women's Basketball (12-4, 7-3 GLIAC)
Jan. 19--Ferris State 68, at No. 19 Michigan Tech 65
Jan. 21--at No. 19 Michigan Tech 69, Grand Valley State 48

Men's Basketball (9-8, 7-3 GLIAC)
Jan. 19--at Michigan Tech 67, Ferris State 54
Jan. 21--Grand Valley State 64, at Michigan Tech 50

Nordic Skiing
Jan. 21-22--Michigan Tech at Central Super Tour (Minneapolis)


Top News of the Week

Hockey Travels to No. 1 Minnesota Duluth

Michigan Tech will play its first WCHA road series since Dec. 9-10 when it travels to No. 1-ranked Minnesota Duluth this weekend. The Huskies are 3-1 in their last four league games dating back to a split at No. 2 Minnesota in early December. Tech currently sits in a tie for seventh place in the WCHA standings with 17 points.

Men's Hoops Remains in Tie for GLIAC North Lead
The men's basketball team remains tied for first in the GLIAC North Division after splitting a pair of games last week. Tech will play at Northwood Thursday and GLIAC South Division-leading Hillsdale Saturday. Junior Ali Haidar ranks third in the league in both scoring (18.4 ppg) and rebounding (9.5 rpg).

Women Back on the Road
The women's basketball team will play a pair of games at Northwood and Hillsdale this week. Last week the Huskies split a pair of games falling to Ferris State and defeating Grand Valley State. Tech currently leads the GLIAC in scoring defense allowing just 54.4 points per game.

Skiers Compete in Twin Cities
The Michigan Tech Nordic ski teams competed at the Mayor's Challenge in Minneapolis. Jesse Smith finished 20th (23:42) in the men's 10-kilometer classic race, and Malin Eriksson was 24th (19:11) in the women's five-kilometer classic race. Alice Flanders was 13th (24:27) in the women's 10-kilometer freestyle, and Mikko Harju was 22nd (35:36) in the men's 15-kilometer freestyle.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar

Professor Karen Roemer (KIP) will give a presentation, "The Interaction of Sports Equipment and the Human Being," at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, in ME-EM 112.

For more information, see ME-EM Seminar.

CTLFD Workshop

The Center for Teaching, Learning and Faculty Development is conducting a workshop, "Balancing Teaching, Research and Service: Advice to New Faculty Members," from noon to 12:55 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2.

Lunch will be provided to those who register by Monday, Jan. 30.

A panel of senior faculty members will share their insights and experiences in striking a balance between teaching, research and service activities during the early years of their careers.

To ensure an accurate count for lunch, please register for this workshop by contacting the CTLFD at 487-2046 or online at Workshop.

Once you register, you will receive an email confirmation for the event which will give you the location and a reminder about the date and time.

Portage Library Hosts Public Transit Forum with Transportation Enterprise

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Transportation Enterprise Public Transit Team from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1. Guest speakers will include Houghton City Manager Scott MacInnes and Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson.

The Transportation Enterprise is currently working on a multiyear project to increase the use, efficiency and sustainability of the Houghton and Hancock transit systems.

This meeting is intended as an open forum for community members to voice their comments, concerns or ideas related to the transit systems. Those unable to attend may email their comments to MTUtransitproject-L@mtu.edu . Community input will be considered as the project moves forward.

For more information, contact the library at 482-4570 or at Transportation.

Reminder: Webinar Addresses "Imposter Syndrome"

submitted by the Office for Institutional Diversity

The Office for Institutional Diversity will host a webinar today featuring Dr. Valerie Young on the topic: "Why Smart People Suffer from the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It."

This session, offered free of charge through WEPAN (Women in Engineering ProActive Network), will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in Memorial Union Ballrooms B2/B3.

The session will explain "what the imposter syndrome is and how it works, the reasons bright people feel like frauds, what makes women especially more prone to self-doubt, and strategies you can use to help yourself, your students or your employees to unlearn this self-limiting phenomenon."

Following the seminar, small discussion groups will be facilitated by Assistant Professor Catherine Tarasoff (SFRES). Participants may discuss their own impostor feelings, situations that trigger impostor feelings and how their coping strategies have allowed them to be successful. Perhaps the greatest value of the group discussion will be the realization that you are not alone.

To reserve a space, contact the Office for Institutional Diversity at 487-2474 or at instdiv@mtu.edu .

Physics Colloquium

Dr. Douglas Kelley, of Yale University, a faculty candidate for the Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative on Water, will present a colloquium, "Stretch, Fold, and Spin: Dynamical Structures and Nonlinear Mechanisms of Mixing," at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, in Rekhi G06.

For more information, please contact Claudio Mazzoleni at 487-1226 or at cmazzoleni@mtu.edu , or Petra Hüentemeyer at 487-1229 or at petra@mtu.edu .

In Print

Graduate student Kenny Ng (CEE) and Assistant Professsor Qingli Dai (CEE) published a paper, "Investigation of Micro-Crack Behavior of Infrastructure Materials with Extended Finite Element Method and Image Analysis," in the Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 23, (12), 1662-1671. See Investigation.

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Assistant professor Qingli Dai (CEE), a colleague, graduate student Kenny Ng (CEE) and another graduate student published a paper, "Development of Micromechanics Models and Innovative Sensor Technologies to Evaluate Internal-Frost Damage of Concrete," in the Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2240, 50-58. See Micromechanics.

Job Postings

Staff job descriptions are available in Human Resources or at http://www.admin.mtu.edu/hro/postings . For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu .

Faculty job descriptions can be found at http://www.admin.mtu.edu/hro/facpers/facvac.htm . For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Assistant/Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Apply online at https://www.jobs.mtu.edu/postings/283 .

Please note: Human Resources is transitioning to an online application process for the job postings above. To read the notice to applicants, please go to http://www.admin.mtu.edu/hro/postings/#STAFF .