Michigan Tech Magazine, December 2004
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October 3, 2008
News
1. Campaign Chair Dave House Gives Michigan Tech $10 Million, Largest Gift in University History

2. Teaching Center Moves to the Library

3. Reminder: C2E2 Call for Proposals

4. Reminder: Nominations Sought for Best Master's Thesis

5. Zhilkina Name GLIAC Women's Tennis Player of the Week

6. Michigan Space Grants Available

7. Huaizhen Qin to represent Michigan Tech for the 2008 Distinguished Dissertation Competition

8. Recycling Available at Waste Management, Home Electronics Collection Saturday in Hancock

9. NSF Program Director Giving Four Workshops at Tech Monday

Entertainment and Enrichment
10. KSO Announces "Season of Memories"

11. Indian Students Association to Host "Dandiya Dance Nite" Sunday

12. There's Still Time to Have a Ball: Stately Greenstone Ball Fundraiser Oct. 11

Seminars and Workshops
13. Humanities Department, Copper Country Reading Council to Host Teacher In-Service Open to All

Regular Features
14. In the News

15. Job Postings

16. Teaching at Tech: Teaching Tips from a Nobel Laureate

17. In Print

1. Campaign Chair Dave House Gives Michigan Tech $10 Million, Largest Gift in University History
by Jennifer Donovan, public relations director

Michigan Tech alumnus Dave House has made a $10 million pledge to the University's national campaign, Michigan Tech Fund Chairman George Butvilas told the University's Board of Control at its regular meeting on campus yesterday, Thursday, Oct. 2.

With most of the contribution to come during House's lifetime, including two endowed professorships established recently, it is the largest outright gift that Michigan Tech has ever received.

House is the volunteer chair of the University's national fundraising campaign, which is in its earliest stages. His giving will support Michigan Tech's strategic objective of becoming a world-class public research university by helping to recruit and retain top graduate and research faculty, as well as deans and department chairs.

"Increasing complexity in every field has driven the need for more advanced degrees, and Michigan Tech must meet that need," said House. "A well executed strategic plan will attract and retain the best faculty needed to propel Michigan Tech nationally into the top quadrant and better prepare tomorrow's students for tomorrow's world."

President Glenn D. Mroz expressed his gratitude to House for his ongoing support of his alma mater. "He recognizes Michigan Tech's accomplishments, believes in our direction and is confident that we can be a great university," said Mroz. "He's investing in the people of Michigan Tech to make that happen."

House, who earned a BS in Electrical Engineering at Michigan Tech, is the retired president of Nortel Networks, former CEO of Bay Networks and a longtime Intel executive. He currently is chairman of Brocade Communication Systems of San Jose, Calif.

The House Family Foundation already has endowed two professorships at Michigan Tech. One is in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the criteria for the second professorship are currently being finalized by House with Michigan Tech officials. Tim Schulz, dean of the College of Engineering, holds one of these professorships.

A gift from the House Family Foundation enabled Michigan Tech to purchase the Michigan Tech Research Institute in 2006. The Ann Arbor facility is named The Dave House Center at Michigan Tech. House and the House Family Foundation have also provided major support toward the construction of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and underwritten a series of improvements in electrical and computer engineering labs and classrooms.

The new endowment adds momentum to the campaign, with gifts and pledges to date totaling approximately $85 million. The national campaign committee that House chairs comprises a select group of alumni and friends who are helping guide and advise the campaign, which is still in its silent phase.

"Michigan Tech has provided the education that enabled many successful careers. Now is the time for us to give back so that it can provide the same opportunities to tomorrow's students," said House. "I hope everyone will join me in digging a little deeper in this campaign so we can achieve our strategic plan and make everyone proud of Michigan Tech for decades to come."

In other business, the Board of Control

• learned that the State of Michigan in its capital outlay bill authorized $25 million for Michigan Tech to build a Great Lakes research center on the waterfront of its Houghton campus;

• heard a report from Les Cook, vice president for student affairs, that fall enrollment topped 7,000, with a first-year class of 1,365, the largest since 1983; and

• heard a report from David Reed, vice president for research, that the University had received more than $41.3 million in sponsored research awards during fiscal year 2008, including more than $30 million in federal grants and $4.1 million from industry.

2. Teaching Center Moves to the Library
The Center for Teaching, Learning and Faculty Development is in the process of moving to the Van Pelt/Opie Library, room 219.

So, if you go to visit Bill Kennedy, Nancy Seely or Joan Logue in their old office in the Meese Center, you won't find them there. But their phone number—487-2046—remains the same.

3. Reminder: C2E2 Call for Proposals
The Office of the Vice President for Research is soliciting Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment (C2E2) Fund proposals for FY 2008-09. This program provides funds to purchase equipment that will have a broad, campus-wide impact and will also improve the lives of faculty, staff and students.

For further information on this program, visit the C2E2 website at www.mtu.edu/research/references/awards-management/internal-awards/c2e2/ .

Submissions will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. Send your original cover sheet and proposal, along with eight copies, to Cheryl Gherna, Administration 317. If you have any questions, call 487-2902.

4. Reminder: Nominations Sought for Best Master's Thesis
Nominations are open for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Distinguished Master's Thesis Awards. Michigan Tech may nominate one candidate for the award. Nominations are due to Debra Charlesworth ( ddc@mtu.edu ) in the Graduate School by 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10.

The original Tech Today posting includes a description of items required in a nomination packet: www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/ttoday/previous.php?issue=20080916&id=6221&nav=1#4 .

5. Zhilkina Name GLIAC Women's Tennis Player of the Week
by Wes Frahm, director of athletic communications and marketing

Michigan Tech's Victoria Zhilkina (St. Petersburg, Russia) has been named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's tennis player of the week. The freshman went undefeated in four matches last weekend.

Zhilkina posted singles wins over Ferris State's Amy Ingle and Grand Valley State's Audrey Koopsen by scores of 6-3, 6-4 and 6-0, 6-0, respectively. Zhilkina also paired with teammate Asel Otunchieva at number two doubles to claim two wins.

Tech's No. 1 singles player is 3-1 overall in singles play and 4-0 overall in doubles so far in 2008. Her only loss came 7-6, 6-2 to Northwood's Darina Berkova, who won last week's ITA Regional Tournament.

Michigan Tech, which is 1-3 as a team, will continue GLIAC play this weekend with matches against Findlay and Wayne State.

6. Michigan Space Grants Available
The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) is inviting applications for 2009-10. The application and review processes are all online at www.umich.edu/~msgc .

Funding is available for the following:

• Fellowship Program
• Research Seed Grant Program
• Precollege Education Program
• Public Outreach Program
• Teacher Training Program

Michigan Tech's MSGC coordinator is Shalini Suryanarayana, executive director of educational opportunity, shalini@mtu.edu . For more information, contact Maryann Wilcox at 487-2262 or mawilcox@mtu.edu .

Applications are due in Educational Opportunity no later than 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17.

Submission process
1) Contact Kellie Buss, 487-2226, kellie@mtu.edu , Research and Sponsored Programs to create a budget.

2) Complete online forms at www.umich.edu/~msgc .

3) Complete transmittal form at www.admin.mtu.edu/research/sprot/forms/transmittal_all1.pdf .

4) Print the materials and bring them to Educational Opportunity, which will provide a letter of approval to submit.

7. Huaizhen Qin to represent Michigan Tech for the 2008 Distinguished Dissertation Competition
submitted by Debra D. Charlesworth, assistant to the dean, Graduate School

The Graduate School has announced that Huaizhen Qin is Michigan Tech's nominee for the 2008 Council of Graduate Schools/University Microfilms International Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering division.

Qin was advised by Associate Professor Shuanglin Zhang and received a PhD in Mathematical Sciences in 2008. His dissertation, "Statistical Approaches for Genome-Wide Association Study and Microarray Analysis," developed three statistical techniques that are useful in mapping complex genes. The results of his research could be used to analyze complex genome sequences and identify genetic causes of disease. Qin will continue his research as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics.

Deborah Huntzinger was selected as a finalist in the competition. She was advised by Associate Professor John Gierke and received a PhD in Geological Engineering in 2006. Her interdisciplinary research examined the feasibility and sustainability implications of using cement-kiln-dust waste to sequester carbon dioxide emissions from the cement manufacturing process. Huntzinger is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The committee that evaluated the nominees included M. Neuman (Biomedical Engineering), P. Murthy (Chemistry), R. Froese (School of Forestry Resources and Environmental Science) and G. Campbell (School of Business and Economics).

The next competition for mathematics, physical sciences and engineering or social sciences will take place in 2010 and will consider applicants who have completed their degrees between July 1, 2008, and June 30, 2010. In 2009, the competition will accept nominations from candidates who completed their dissertations between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2009, in the fields of biological sciences or humanities and fine arts. Please consider nominating your PhD graduates next year.

8. Recycling Available at Waste Management, Home Electronics Collection Saturday in Hancock
submitted by the Environmental Sustainability Committee

For those of you who recycled paper from home faithfully at the "First Monday" collections, there is really good news. Waste Management's Houghton recycling center, located south of Sharon Avenue on Enterprise Drive, now accepts all the paper types we are used to recycling on campus and more, including cereal boxes, egg cartons and paper and plastic bags. The center also accepts corrugated cardboard, #1 and #2 plastics, and metal cans and foil.

The main change from the First Monday guidelines is that staples, in addition to paper/binder clips, must now be removed from office paper. Complete recycling guidelines with a detailed list of acceptable and unacceptable items will be posted at http://emml.mtu.edu/gem/community/recycle/recycle.htm (the updated file includes a map and is dated 10-01-08).

Home electronics recycling Saturday in Hancock
The Environmental Sustainability Committee and the GEM Center for Science and Environmental Outreach encourage the public to recycle outdated or non-working household electronics. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will collect unwanted household items Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (540 Depot St., a block south of eastbound US 41) in Hancock. Among the items accepted are computers and accessories, microwave ovens, stereos, TVs and monitors, DVD players, VCRs, cordless phones and electronic ballasts, all 10 cents/pound; fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs for 50 cents each; alkaline batteries at 85 cents a pound; and rechargeable batteries and cell phones with batteries, which are accepted for free.

For more details, see www.wupdhd.org/rsvp/e-waste.html or call Barb Maronen at the health department, 482-7382.

Spread the Word: The transition to digital TV in February may result in people prematurely discarding analog televisions in the mistaken belief that they will no longer work. Only analog TVs that receive signals via rooftop or "rabbit ears" antennas will require converter boxes. A government-sponsored, $40-coupon program will help pay for up to two boxes per household: contact www.dtv2009.gov or 1-888-388-2009 for more information. Cable and satellite TV subscribers can continue to use their existing TVs, even if they aren't digital-ready models. More information is available at www.dtv.gov/consumercorner.html .

9. NSF Program Director Giving Four Workshops at Tech Monday
Lesia Crumpton-Young, program director of the National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education, will be on campus Monday, Oct. 6, to to give four workshops. All interested faculty and staff are invited to attend.

An RSVP is required for lunch only.

• "Education and Outreach Programs Directed at Diverse Students and Faculty," 9-10 a.m., Memorial Union 105

• "Service Systems," 10:30–11:30 a.m., Memorial Union 105

• "Successful Proposal Writing Strategies," noon, Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Lunch follows at 12:45 p.m., RSVP required to caargent@mtu.edu .

• "Smart Moves for Smart Women," hosted by WISE, 2-3 p.m., Memorial Union Alumni Lounge, beverages and light refreshments served

Crumpton-Young is a professor in the Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Department at the University of Central Florida. She was the recipient of the 2006 Women of Color Educational Leadership Award, the 1999 Janice A. Lumpkin Educator of the Year Golden Torch Award from the National Society of Black Engineers, and the 1997 Black Engineer of the Year Education Award. Crumpton-Young was the first African American female to receive a PhD in Engineering from Texas A&M University.

She has served as the co-director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for e-Design. She was the chair of industrial engineering and management systems at the University of Central Florida and previously was associate dean of engineering at Mississippi State University. During her tenure at Mississippi State, she was director of the Ergonomics/Human Factors Program and the Experimentation Laboratory.

Crumpton-Young received an NSF Career Award to pursue research in the area of designing the workplace to accommodate persons with disabilities. Her research has been supported by NSF, ONR, NASA and DOE; also, she has worked on many industrial research projects with companies such as UPS, IBM, Caterpillar, Intel, Garan Manufacturing, Southwest Airlines, and Lockheed Martin.

10. KSO Announces "Season of Memories"
submitted by Visual and Performing Arts

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra announces its 2008-09 season, which will be the final season for Milton Olsson before he retires from his positions as professor of music and music director of the Keweenaw Symphony and the Concert Choir. Popular guest artists will join the orchestra as featured soloists throughout the year in honor of Olsson's 30-plus years as director and teacher at Michigan Tech.

On Oct. 18, the Bergonzi Quartet and the KSO will present what Olsson calls "one of the truly unusual programs in the annals of modern orchestras." The Bergonzis will perform the Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra by Ludwig Spohr (1784-1859) as well as the Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra by Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951), a piece that is based on a concerto grosso by George Frideric Handel. The Bergonzis are well-known to this community through their 12-year residency with the Pine Mountain Music Festival. Members are Glenn Basham, violin, Scott Flavin, violin, Pamela McConnell, viola, and Ross Harbaugh, cello. All are faculty members at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.

The Oct. 18 concert will open with Richard Wagner's "Prelude to Die Meistersinger," which displays the skills and power of the KSO's wind musicians and this year's outstanding string section.

On Dec. 6, pianist Susan Byykkonen of Calumet will perform Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the orchestra. Olsson says, "This is a beautiful piece of music that will showcase Susan's sensitive musicianship and splendid technique." The program will also include Bizet's L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1, the "Hungarian March" by Hector Berlioz, and Gabriel Fauré's famous "Pavanne."

On Feb. 21, the double bassist and composer Evan Premo, winner of the distinguished Albert A. Stanley Medal as the outstanding 2008 graduating senior of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, will perform the stunning Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra by Finnish composer Jukka Linkola. The premiere of "Fall Storm on Lake Superior," a multimedia work for orchestra and narrators composed by Premo, plus appearances by his family band, White Water, and soprano Mary Bonhag, will make this an unforgettable occasion in the Rozsa Center.

The final concert of the season will take place on April 18 and present the Michigan Tech Concert Choir, soprano Victoria Walker, mezzo Lorna March, tenor Anthony Beacco and bass Wayne Hanmer, and organist (and Michigan Tech alumnus) Eric Hepp, performing Gustav Gundlach's Mass in A, Milton Olsson's Mass, and Ralph Vaughn Williams' "Seranade to Music."

Olsson says the orchestra's personnel this year make it one of the finest ensembles in the orchestra's 38-year history. With 20 violins, seven violas, seven cellos, five basses, and a full complement of winds and percussion, plus the roster of guest artists, this season's concerts will indeed be "A Season of Memories."

Tickets are available from the Rozsa Center Box Office, 487-3200, and www.tickets.mtu.edu . Michigan Tech student tickets are free as part of the Experience Tech program. Other student tickets are $7, general public $15.

11. Indian Students Association to Host "Dandiya Dance Nite" Sunday
submitted by the Indian Students Association

The Indian Students Association will host a special event, "Dandiya Dance Nite," Sunday, Oct. 5, in Memorial Ballroom A.

Dandiya is a traditional dance of western India that is very popular in modern days. This large-scale dance is performed with wooden sticks to create resonant sound.

It's a lot of fun, and it's quick to learn. Free dance lessons will be offered from 7 to 8 p.m. The main dance event is scheduled for 8:15 p.m.

Join us for Dandiya Dance Nite 2008, and dance your heart out!

For more information contact Brijesh at bbparekh@mtu.edu or 370-2848.

12. There's Still Time to Have a Ball: Stately Greenstone Ball Fundraiser Oct. 11
There is still time to register for the Stately Greenstone Ball fundraiser for the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11, 6 p.m. at the Franklin Square Inn Ballroom. Reservations will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6.

A silent auction will feature the state's gemstone—greenstone, a variety of the mineral pumpelleyite. After a gourmet dinner, with choices of bison Wellington, roast duck, poached walleye, apple-stuffed pork tenderloin and wild mushroom pasta, there will be a short presentation about greenstone, the presentation of the 2008 Charles A. Salotti Earth Science Education Award and dancing to the music of the Uptown Swingsters.

To reserve your spot, call the museum at 487-2572 or email John Jaszczak at jaszczak@mtu.edu .

13. Humanities Department, Copper Country Reading Council to Host Teacher In-Service Open to All
submitted by the Copper Country Reading Council

The Copper Country Reading Council with support from the Department of Humanities will provide a half-day in-service for local teachers on Friday, Oct. 10, at Houghton High School from 9:40 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. The in-service is open to anyone interested in teaching, especially the teaching of writing.

A team from the Department of Humanities, doctoral candidate Randy Harrison and Evie Johnson, instructional methods teacher, will design the workshop around the textbook "Drawing Words and Writing Pictures," by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden. This in-service is the third in a series that aims to investigates how multi-modal understandings of literacy can improve teaching, generally, and the teaching of writing, in particular.

This workshop is funded by a grant from the Michigan Reading Association and the Department of Humanities.

14. In the News
Russ Alger (KRC), director of the Institute for Snow Research, and his invention SafeLane are featured in the August-September edition of Technology Century, published by the Engineering Society of Detroit. Senior Writer Marcia Goodrich (University Marketing and Communications) wrote the article.

In Technology Century's July edition, Public Relations Director Jennifer Donovan authored "Construction Careers: Building an Attractive Future," on Construction Career Days, which was co-sponsored by Tech's Transportation Center for Materials in Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure. The article cites the center's director, Larry Sutter.

Madeline Mercado Voelker (Educational Opportunity), Hispanic/Latino outreach coordinator, is profiled in the fall edition of SHPE Magazine, a publication of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. The article outlines the importance of the society's student chapter in providing a sense of "familia" at Tech; Mercado Voelker is the chapter advisor.

15. Job Postings
Staff job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Office 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 www.admin.mtu.edu/hro/facpers/facvac.htm . For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Faculty Position
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Wildlife Ecology
School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Staff Job Posting
10/03/08

Custodian
Facilities Operations
Regular, full-time, 12-month position; third shift
AFSCME internal posting only

Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer.

16. Teaching at Tech: Teaching Tips from a Nobel Laureate
by William Kennedy, director, Center for Teaching, Learning and Faculty Development

Professor Carl Wieman, co-recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physics, is not only a world-class physicist, he's also a teaching professor on a mission. The mission? To use the tools of scientific inquiry to better understand why so few beginning graduate students in the sciences are able to actually do the sort of science they've spent 17 years learning in the K-16 educational system.

Wieman, colleagues from his research group and similarly inclined teaching professors across the country are beginning to unearth the reasons that undergraduate students are able to pass their course exams with flying colors and, yet, are unable to approach real-world problems and challenges in the ways that professional scientists would. Just as troubling, according to Wieman, is the realization that non-science majors pass through their general education exposure to scientific reasoning without gaining the ability to use that experience to act as more-informed citizens and voters.

Wieman's work has targeted three areas of concern: 1) most students are cognitively swamped by the sheer volume of material routinely crammed into a science-course lecture and leave the lecture hall with only the sketchiest notion of what went on there, 2) although students devise ways to pass exams by memorizing the most relevant bits of course material and problem-solving protocols, most fail to grasp the broader fundamental coherence of the ideas and principles that comprise their disciplines, and 3) although many science students understand how their professors characterize their own disciplinary ideas and interrelationships, these same students most often choose to cling to their original conceptions of how things work.

What can be done? Wieman offers some suggestions and describes some hopeful improvements in student learning when they are put into practice. First, he suggests professors pare down the cognitive load of each class period, carefully excluding extraneous detail and potentially distracting or confusing anecdotes or asides, and focus on presenting material at a pace and in words that facilitate student recall. Using this principle, Wieman reports dramatic increases in student learning and duration of recall. The net gain is quite remarkable. Less material equals dramatic increases in learning.

Second, Wieman says teaching professors should always provide clear and understandable explanations of the relevance of the material under consideration, how these ideas connect to the real world, how these ideas make sense with the other ideas that have been covered in the course and how the new ideas jibe with things that the students already know. The result? Changes in student attitudes and beliefs shift to the positive side and start moving in the right direction.

Third, Wieman says that teaching professors should become more aware of the differences between their own thinking habits and the common thought patterns employed by their students. Expert thinkers, according to Wieman, not only possess more factual knowledge than their students, but they have also developed a coherent organizational understanding of their discipline that enables them to retrieve and use those facts and principles in much more powerful and useful ways. Finally, there is good evidence to support the idea that expert practitioners develop the ability to constantly monitor their own thinking and ascertain if their inquiries and activities are being conducted in ways that complement their global disciplinary understandings.

Insights from teachers/scholars like Carl Wieman may help us to create the future of a more productive and beneficial approach to science education.

17. In Print
Graduate student Shu Wei Goh and Donald and Rose Ann Tomasini Assistant Professor Zhanping You (CEE) published a paper, "A Preliminary Study of the Mechanical Properties of Asphalt Mixture with Bottom Ash to Replace Partial Aggregates," in the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, Vol. 35, No. 10, 2008, available here.

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