Volcano Structure: Crystals Make It Less Clear

HOUGHTON — Forget the hot, red blob that so many of us drew under the cone of a volcano in eighth grade science. Magma chambers are chemically and physically complex structures that new evidence suggests may be cooler than expected.

Volcanologists are gaining a new understanding of what’s going on inside a shallow magma reservoir that lies below an active volcano, and they’re finding a colder, more solid place than previously thought, according to new research published June 16 in the scholarly journal Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.aam8720). It’s a new view of how volcanoes work and could eventually help volcanologists get a better idea of when a volcano poses the most risk.

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Ricoh Japan Signs Dealership Agreement With Dearborn’s EnvisionTEC

DEARBORN — The Dearborn-based manufacturer of desktop and full production 3D printers EnvisionTEC announced it had signed a dealership agreement with The Ricoh Japan Co., Ltd., part of the imaging and electronics company based in Tokyo.

Beginning later this year, Ricoh Japan will begin selling 3D printers, materials, training and support in Japan through its agreement with EnvisionTEC GmbH, the German arm of EnvisionTEC’s global family of companies.

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Liquid Web appoints former GoDaddy exec to board

LANSING — Liquid Web LLC, a $100-million managed hosting provider, announced the appointment of Jeff King to the company’s board of directors. King brings more than 25 years of technology leadership experience to his seat on the board.

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Battery Seminar Coming To Ann Arbor

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The San Diego battery industry consultant PlugVolt LLC will hold its 2017 Battery Seminar July 18-20 at the Hilton Garden Inn Ann Arbor, 1401 Briarwood Circle.

The event will feature experts from automotive and grid power storage manufacturers, industry suppliers, and battery manufacturers.

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AT&T Upgrades Network In Southeast Michigan

DETROIT — AT&T Inc. says it has upgraded its wireless network within southeast Michigan.

The improvements include adding greater capacity or bandwidth and speeds to cell towers within Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Lapeer and Washtenaw counties.

The bandwidth upgrades were made in the following communities within these counties:

* Lapeer County: Lapeer

* Macomb County: Eastpointe, Fraser, Mt. Clemens, Warren (three sites)

* Oakland County: Berkley, Birmingham, Farmington Hills (two sites), Highland Township (two sites), Madison Heights, Novi, Rochester, Southfield (two sites) and Troy

* Washtenaw County: Ypsilanti

* Wayne County: Livonia, Plymouth, Detroit (two sites), Dearborn Heights (three sites)

Earlier this year AT&T also announced a nearly 100-site bandwidth expansion within southeast Michigan. And in May the company announced a 60-site upgrade.

“Our Michigan employees are focused on bringing a better mobile experience to southeast Michigan and across the state,” AT&T Michigan President Jim Murray said. “Our investment in the local wireless network is one way we’re accomplishing that. We’re seeing increased data usage across our mobile network, especially at big events. In fact, data on our mobile network has increased about 250,000 percent since 2007, and the majority of that traffic is video.”

For more information, visit http://about.att.com.

Herman Miller Rolls Out Connected Office Furniture

HOLLAND — The furniture manufacturer Herman Miller Inc. (NASDAQ: MLHR) has rolled out Live OS, a new line of cloud-connected office furnishings.

Live OS includes an app and dashboard to offer data-based insights to help understand employees’ ever-changing needs in the workplace. With the launch of Live OS, Herman Miller extends its traditional product offering to include this subscription-based service.

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Quicken Named No. 1 Place To Work In IT For 5th Straight Year

DETROIT — For the fifth straight year, Detroit-based Quicken Loans has earned the No. 1 ranking on Computerworld magazine’s “Best Places to Work in IT” list.

This year’s award represents the eighth time the company has earned the No. 1 spot, and the 13th consecutive year it has appeared on Computerworld’s list.

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Secure-24 220th On CRN’s Solution Provider 500

SOUTHFIELD — Secure-24, the Southfield provider of managed cloud services, IT operations and applications hosting, has been ranked No. 220 on the 2017 Solution Provider 500 published by CRN, formerly known as Computer Reseller News.

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M2 TechCast Features Auto Tech, Life Sciences, Comcast for Business, Renewable Energy

ROYAL OAK — The Monday, June 12 edition of the M2 TechCast features four terrific guests on a wide variety of the latest technological trends.

Automotive expert David Cole, chairman of AutoHarvest, kicks off the show at 3 p.m. Eastern time, updating listeners on the latest automotive technology trends.

At 3:15, Tember Shea of Inforum will interview Alexa Jones, CEO of TheraB Medical, an East Lansing startup working to launch its first product, SnugLit, a wearable, portable treatment for infant jaundice.

At 3:30 p.m., Comcast Vice President of Business Services Jeff Marston will introduce himself to Michigan, and talk about some of Comcast’s business products.

Wrapping up the show at 3:45 will be John Freeman, executive director of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association. He’ll provide an update on the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Conference, coming up June 23-25 in Traverse City.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

Nexteer, MSU To Offer Master’s of Electrical Engineering in Midland

SAGINAW – Nexteer Automotive, the Chinese-owned auto supplier, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Michigan State University to offer a master of science degree in electrical engineering program in Midland, beginning in September. The partnership is aimed at increasing the availability of advanced graduate-level engineering education in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

“In support of our local communities, we seek qualified talent in close proximity to our global locations,” said Robin Milavec, senior executive director of current product engineering at Nexteer. “There’s a continuing need in the Great Lakes Bay Region, including at our Global Technical Center in Saginaw, for individuals fluent in advanced electrical engineering. We believe the availability of a local graduate program backed by MSU will be a great draw for the region.”

The electrical engineering program is open to all qualified applicants and will focus on building graduate students’ competencies in the growing field of automotive electronics, particularly in the areas of vehicle safety, advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving technologies. The program and its curriculum were developed in conjunction with MSU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering within the College of Engineering.

With two degree tracks available, the plan replicates MSU’s standard electrical and computer engineering M.S. program requiring 30 credit hours for completion. MSU will offer five graduate courses per year to meet these requirements. As a partner, Nexteer will provide program content recommendations and encourage eligible employees to take part in the educational program.

“We are pleased to partner with Nexteer Automotive in expanding higher education in the Great Lakes Bay Region,” said Leo Kempel, dean of the College of Engineering, Michigan State University. “The company’s commitment to the region has aided us in crafting a program that will further STEM education and meet the area’s intellectual needs. It also affords the opportunity for joint research and innovation as part of the economic development of the region.”

The program, which will be based at an MSU academic center in Midland, will commence with the fall 2017 semester. For more information about the program, including curriculum, application, admission requirements and tuition, visit the MSU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering website at ece.msu.edu/midlandms.

Nexteer has a global work force of more than 13,000 that serves more than 50 customers in every region of the world. The company has 25 manufacturing plants, five regional engineering centers and 11 customer service centers in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Nexteer Automotive’s customers include BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, PSA Group, Toyota and Volkswagen, as well as automakers in India and China. More at www.nexteer.com.

The Michigan State University College of Engineering has nine academic programs serving 6,400 students, including more than 5,600 undergraduates and 700 graduate students. The college’s research focus is on innovation in automotive, composite materials, energy, health care technologies, pavement preservation, and security. The college is the home of two new academic departments — the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering and a partner in MSU’s new Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering. A new $60 million Bio Engineering Facility opened in 2016 for interdisciplinary basic and applied research at the interface of life and physical sciences, engineering, information science, and math. More at www.egr.msu.edu.

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