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Tolou Shokuhfar

Study of Key Biomolecule Earns Tolou Shokuhfar CAREER Award

July 1, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Her new technique lets her observe ferritin's behavior  at the atomic level and gain insight into how it malfunctions and causes disease.

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Before There Was C, There Was N: How Humans Derailed the Nitrogen Cycle and Are Trying to Put It Back on Track

June 27, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Hugh Gorman's look at humanity's effort to lighten its nitrogen footprint.

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Michigan Tech graduate student Alida Mau carrying an instrument used to measure photosynthesis up a mountain in Luquillo Experimental Forest, part of the El Yunque National Forest. Ohoto: Tana Wood

Will Climate Change Hurt Tropical Rainforests? Scientists Study the Effects of Warming on Puerto Rican Forest

June 26, 2014
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech tree physiologist leads study of the effects of climate change on tropical rainforests. 

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Yue Li in front of the Helsinki Cathedral in Finland

Michigan Tech Earthquake Expert Wants to Make Nuclear Power Plants Safer

June 25, 2014
By Erika Vichcales

A Michigan Tech civil engineering professor is working in Finland to address earthquake threats to nuclear power plants. 

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Geoscientists Without Borders Helping Guatemalans Monitor Pacaya Volcano

June 24, 2014
By Dennis Walikainen

Helping villagers stay safe: that's the goal of Michigan Tech researchers.

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family

Digging. Listening. Connecting: Cliff Mine Work Uncovers Knowledge, Family

June 16, 2014
By Dennis Walikainen

An archeological dig in Cliff Mine of Keweenaw County is uncovering the past and some family history along the way.

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A researcher performs phenological observations in an activation tagging population field trial in Oregon.  Photo: Steven Strauss,

Winter's Over & It's Time to Grow Again--How Does a Tree Know?

June 16, 2014
By Jennifer Donovan

Molecular geneticists from Michigan Tech identify a gene that tells trees that spring has come and it's time to start growing again. 

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Heading out to open water.

Toward Smarter Underwater Drones

May 29, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

With better brains, drones would spend less time searching and more time finding what they’re looking for, including missing airliners.

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Maija Erikson, a 2010 Michigan Tech alumna, collects field data during the northern hardwood forests study.

Sustaining Northern Hardwood Forests--Are We Doing What We Think We're Doing?

May 12, 2014
By Jennifer Donovan

There's a proven system for sustainably manage northern hardwood forests.  Everyone says they're using it, but it turns out many  aren't. 

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The cover of IEEE Transactions on Nanobiosciences featured Shiyan Hu's research on using CAD to create labs-on-a-chip that could run dozens of medical tests in minutes.

A Lab in Your Pocket

May 7, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Shiyan Hu's research could make it possible for labs-on-a-chip to hold dozens of medical tests on a piece of plastic the size of a credit card.

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