Michigan Tech Undergraduate Engineering Rises in US News Rankings

by Jennifer Donovan, director, public relations

In the latest US News and World Report "Best Colleges" rankings released today, Michigan Tech's undergraduate engineering programs ranked 64th in the nation among schools offering doctoral degrees, up two places from last year.

Among public universities, Tech's undergraduate programs in all disciplines placed 58th nationwide, and among national universities, Tech's undergraduate education placed solidly in what the magazine calls its first tier, ranking 120th of 199 first-tier universities. US News defines a national university as one that offers a full range of undergraduate majors as well as master's and PhD programs, and emphasizes faculty research.

Michigan Tech was also listed as an "A-plus School for B Students." The category lists top-ranked universities that consistently consider and admit promising students whose high school grade point average is below an A.

For the full story, see Rankings.

Michigan Tech's New Biomedical Engineering Curriculum Responds to Industry's Needs

by Jennifer Donovan, director, public relations

Biomedical engineers need to know engineering inside out. And they need to know at least as much about biological sciences. The biomedical device and biotech industries are evolving so rapidly that it takes the latest engineering skills and a thorough understanding of cutting-edge cell and molecular biology and genetics to meet industry's demands.

That's what industry leaders told Sean Kirkpatrick, chair of biomedical engineering, when he talked with them about how Tech could better meet their needs. And Kirkpatrick listened.

Now he's rolling out a new biomedical engineering curriculum designed to produce the specialists that the industry needs.

Starting with this year's entering class, biomedical engineering students will take most of their engineering courses within their own department, where the faculty can make the connections between engineering principles and their applications to human biology. They will also take cellular and molecular biology within the Department of Biomedical Engineering. "The new curriculum offers students a much tighter integration of modern biology and engineering," says Kirkpatrick.

For the full story, see Biomedical Engineering.

For more information, contact Kirkpatrick at 487-2167 or at sjkirkpa@mtu.edu .

Reminder: Brockway Portrait Session

The University portrait session of the Fall semester will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 3, in the Rozsa Lobby second floor.

Note that this will be the only portrait session for the fall semester.

This session is open to all faculty and staff members--no appointment necessary. Although you are not required to attend, you are encouraged to do so if a year or more has passed since your last portrait.

Portraits will be taken by Mike Galetto, of Brockway Photography. A note card with log-in information will be provided at the session, so make sure to keep it if you would like to access the gallery for purchasing photo prints. Each participant will receive a retouched portrait via email when it becomes available.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Bird, photography coordinator, at 487-2330 or at sjbird@mtu.edu .

To purchase a print for personal use only, contact Brockway Photography at 482-1900.

Reminder: "Gay? Fine by Me" Shirt Giveaway Today

The members of Keweenaw Pride will be distributing "Gay? Fine by Me" shirts from noon to 2 p.m., today, in the Memorial Union Commons, and from 1 to 3 p.m., in Fisher Hall across from the Aftermath Cafe.

Keweenaw Pride would also like to invite all faculty, staff and students to participate in the annual "Gay? Fine by Me" campus photo on Friday, Sept. 14. The photo will be taken at noon beside the clock outside of the Memorial Union Building. Photo participants are asked to arrive by 11:50 a.m. in order to get lined up for the photo.

The sponsors of this year's "Gay? Fine by Me" project include The Office of Institutional Diversity (funded by grants from Ford, GM, and Bechtel), Student Life, Student Affairs, Auxiliary Services, Michigan Tech alumni Rhiannon Thrasher and Aerran Riley, Public Safety and Police Services and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Sustainability--Front and Center

submitted by Facilities Management

Seeking to extend and enhance sustainability efforts at Michigan Tech, Facilities Management will initiate steps to integrate sustainability into its current work in energy and engineering. This effort will build on the work of the Energy Advisory Group in developing the University's Energy Blueprint. The Blueprint's purpose was to guide the University's energy needs for the main campus and for mobile equipment for the next 25 years. A draft of the blueprint was presented to the University administration in 2010.

George Butvilas, interim director of Facilities Management, has assigned Dave Taivalkoski and Jim Schultz to lead the initiative. Noting that there are a number of sustainability projects underway across campus, Butvilas emphasized the importance of collaboration. "This is not
just a Facilities Management undertaking. The sustainability tent is large enough for all of our students, faculty and staff to fit under--and we need broad participation," he said.

"The objectives identified by the Energy Advisory Group of cost reduction, energy conservation, renewable energy, energy security and carbon reduction mesh neatly with sustainability," said Taivalkoski. "The emphasis will be on efforts that are affordable, measurable, scalable, help Tech's bottom line, and reduce our impact on the environment."

"Our overall strategy will build on the familiar themes of reducing, re-using and recycling," added Schultz. "We really hope that we can engage the students in this. We have a few ideas we'd like to pursue, but our students, including those in the Green Campus Enterprise, may have some even better ones for us to look at. One of the things that we hope to get our students excited about is a concept we call 'Tech City.' More on that down the road."

"We really appreciate George and his crew taking a comprehensive look at sustainability," remarked President Glenn Mroz. "I encourage everyone on campus to contribute as much as you can to this renewed approach to making our school a greener place. And, I hope the frosting on the cake will be more dollars for education rather than for fuel and electricity."

"We will roll out additional details in the upcoming weeks and months," Taivalkoski concluded.

Tech's Men's Basketball Hosting Little Huskies Basketball League

The men's basketball team will be holding a Little Huskies Boy's League from Monday, Sept. 24, to Thursday, Sept. 27.

The league, which runs from 4 to 6 p.m., is for boy's currently in grades three through eight and will be held in the multipurpose gym in the SDC.

The first half of each session will consist of basketball fundamentals and skills with the second half featuring games.

The cost of the league is $30 per person and $15 for each additional sibling. All participants will receive a free T-shirt that will grant them free admission to all home basketball games. Participants will also play in halftime games at select women's basketball games.

For more information contact the men's basketball office at 487-2594.

Participants can register at the SDC Ticket Office, by phone at 487-2073 or online.

Reminder: Codebreaker Film Screening This Evening

The Department of Computer Science is collaborating with the Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM) student organization to host a screening of the film Codebreaker at 7 p.m., today, in Fisher 135.

The film portrays the amazing life, revolutionary work and tragic death of Alan Turing, the British mathematician who played a pivotal role in breaking the German Enigma code during World War II. He pioneered work in artificial intelligence and is considered the father of computer science, but despite his genius and accomplishments, he was driven to an early death after being convicted of "gross indecency" with another man.

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend Thursday's free screening. Concessions will also be provided free of charge by the Arcus Foundation and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. The event flyer is available online at Codebreaker.

Khana Khazana Begins the Semester with Thai Food

Khana Khazana (food treasure), a weekly international lunch cooked and served by international students, will kick off this semester with Thai food.

This week's menu will include stir-fried fish with curry powder, a chicken and potato dish served in a special Thai curry, a spicy fruit salad with lime and tamarind sauce and jasmine rice.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Friday, in the Memorial Union Commons. A full meal costs $6.95 and includes a beverage. Individual entrees are available for $2.50 each.

Khana Khazana is a collaborative project of international students and Dining Services.

Lebedeva Named GLIAC Tennis Player of the Week

by Ian Marks, assistant director, athletic marketing and communications

Tennis player Natalia Lebedeva (Nakhodka, Russia) has been named the GLIAC Women's Tennis Player of the Week for Sept. 4-10.

Lebedeva improved to 6-0 at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles on the season with three wins at each position last week. The junior surrendered just nine games in six sets during singles play to open her conference season at 3-0. She and doubles partner Dunja Imran Al-Sous lost just four games in three pro sets in a trifecta of wins at No. 1 doubles.

Lebedeva is one of three undefeated players in the lineup who have propelled the Huskies to a 6-0 team start.

Michigan Tech continues its 2012-13 schedule this weekend with three GLIAC matches in Ohio.

Rouleau Wins Fourth Ladies Club Championship; Maroste, Van Kleek Claim Presidents Cup

Maren Rouleau won her fourth Portage Lake Golf Course Ladies Championship, shooting an 83. Julie Maroste and Shelby Hamar were second and third in the Championship Flight with 91.

Jane Rowe won the First Flight, with Holly Rintala and Shelley Farrey taking second and third.

The Second Flight was won by Sarah Baratono with Trish Stein in second.

Rouleau also took four skins and won longest drive on number 17. Rowe, Rintala, and Maroste also took skins. Maureen Schick won closest to the pin on number 4, Trish Stein was closest to the pin on number 14, Ruth Ryynanen had the longest drive on number 2, and Hamar had the longest putt on number 18.

In the Presidents Cup, Maroste won the women's title with a net 65 over Hamar (72) and Rintala (75).

Todd VanKleek won the men's Presidents Cup title with a net 59. Bob Stebler and Keith Willis tied for second with 64.

EPSSI Seminar

Patrick Haertel, of Yale University, will present "Lagrangian Modeling of Lakes, Oceans and Atmospheres" at 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, in M&M U113.

For more information, see EPSSI Seminar.

MSE Seminar

George Goodrich '63/'65 will present "A Metallurgist's Career Reflections" at noon, Friday, Sept. 14, in M&M 610. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, see Goodrich.

Canvas Workshops Update

The Center for Teaching and Learning hosts events and workshops to support Michigan Tech in the continuous improvement of teaching and learning at all instructional levels. Workshops for the next two weeks are listed below.

Week 2

* Canvassing your Migrated Blackboard Courses--Today, 10 to 11 a.m.
* Pages, Modules and Files in Canvas--Friday, Sept. 14, 10 to 11 a.m.

Week 3

* Canvassing your Migrated Blackboard Courses--Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 10 to 11 a.m.
* Canvas 101: Introduction to Building within Canvas--Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 3 p.m.
* Basic Quizzes in Canvas--Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 10 to 11 a.m.
* Assignments and Grade Book in Canvas--Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 2 to 3 p.m.
* Lunch and Learn: Canvas Cleanup: Best Practices in the New Learning Management System--Thursday, Sept. 20, from noon to 1 p.m.

Week 4

* Using iclickers in Your Classroom--Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 2 to 3 p.m.
* Canvas 101: Introduction to Building within Canvas--Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 10 to 11 a.m.
* Pages, Modules, and Files--Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 2 to 3 p.m.
* Assignments and Grade Book in Canvas--Thursday, Sept. 27, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Refer to the CTL website to register and learn more about these workshops.

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 Professor--Psychology
Cognitive and Learning Sciences
Apply online at https://www.jobs.mtu.edu/postings/621 .

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor--Concrete Materials
Provost and VP for Academic Affairs
Apply online at https://www.jobs.mtu.edu/postings/622 .

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