Michigan Tech News

July 2009

Kilauea Volcano

New Geoscience Graduate Program builds Global Partnerships in Education and Research

July 31, 2009
By Dennis Walikainen

Michigan Tech has received support from the US Department of Education to fund a new, international dual master’s program in volcanology and geotechniques.

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Pasties with catsup

Something for (Most) Everyone at Michigan Tech Alumni Reunion 2009

July 31, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

Tech Talks, gospel music, chili, basketball, pasties, canoeing, biking, hiking, waterfalls . . . 

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Victor Busov

From the Roots Up, Developing Trees for Sustainable Biofuel

July 29, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

With $900,000 from the USDA and the DOE, Victor Busov hopes to develop varieties of poplar trees that will thrive in dry, nitrogen-poor soils. Ultimately, they could be grown sustainably as a biofuel crop on lands that aren't suitable for food production.

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Construction Brings Change to Michigan Tech Campus

July 29, 2009
By Kara Sokol

Change is in the air—and on the grounds—of Michigan Tech thanks to an innovative new construction project. 

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Michigan Tech professor Stan Vitton's insights are incorporated in this bestseller.

How Georgia and Alabama Got Their Shapes

July 29, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

...and how Stan Vitton solved the 200-year-old mystery.

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Princeton Review Best 371 logo

Michigan Tech among Princeton Review’s Best Colleges

July 27, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

Michigan Tech is recognized by The Princeton Review for quality academics and quality of life.

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Alumnus Jim Cooper

Remembrances of Dimes Past

July 27, 2009
By John Gagnon

We had the pleasure of talking with alumnus Jim Cooper, visiting from Arizona, who earned a degree in metallurgy in 1939 and parlayed it to worldwide achievement. Jim spent nearly 40 years in the mining industry, much of it in Mexico, and at one time his operation was the most efficient in the world. “That,” he says without a touch of swagger, “was probably, in the business sense, as outstanding as you can do.”

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MentorNet Provides Success and Service

July 24, 2009
By John Gagnon

MentorNet links students and young teachers with professionals for career guidance.  

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Hockey camp player

Hockey Camp and the Fundamentals of Fun

July 24, 2009
By Dennis Walikainen

Proud parents watch as their sons learn the fundamentals of hockey at Michigan Tech's hockey camp. 

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Associate Professor Michelle Miller tees off at PLGC during UPLGA Championship, July 2009

Portage Lake Golf Course Hosts UP Ladies Golf Association

July 22, 2009
By Dennis Walikainen

Tech’s Portage Lake Golf Course hosted the Upper Peninsula Ladies Golf Association championship for the first time. 

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SafeLane Returns to its Roots: Campus Walkways Get a Makeover

July 21, 2009
By Karina Jousma

Anti-icing material developed at Michigan Tech applied on campus walkways.

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IGERT trainees

Walking a Mile in Each Other's Shoes

July 20, 2009
By Jennifer Donovan

IGERT trainees from Michigan Tech and Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., are gathering at Michigan Tech this week to share the results of their NSF-funded graduate research.

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Russell A. Gronevelt

Michigan Tech Sets Budget and Tuition

July 16, 2009
By Jennifer Donovan

At its regular meeting in Houghton today, Michigan Technological University’s Board of Control approved a general fund operating budget of nearly $155 million for fiscal year 2010, which began July 1. The budget included new tuition and room and board rates.

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Pavlis Institute students in Ghana

Michigan Tech Students Meet President Obama in Ghana

July 16, 2009
By Jennifer Donovan

Eight students from the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership at Michigan Tech had a thrill of a lifetime--meeting President Barack Obama when he visited Ghana. 

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Milt Olsson conducting the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra

Music Scholarship to Honor Milt Olsson

July 9, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

Enriching the University community by attracting talented student musicians

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Green Campus Enterprise Working to Lighten University's Carbon Footprint

July 8, 2009
By Marcia Goodrich

Students exploring conservation opportunities, wind power

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Open water on the Great Lakes

Michigan Tech Partners with Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Lab

July 8, 2009
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech has signed an educational and research partnership agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Laboratory in Vicksburg, Miss.

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college student drinking

Federal Grant to Study High-Risk Alcohol Use on Campus

July 1, 2009
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech has received federal funding to address a persistent problem on campus: high-risk drinking, which is a critical issue nationwide.

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Tweaking the Strategic Plan

July 1, 2009
By Jennifer Donovan

The University's updated Strategic Plan, due to be considered for approval by the Board of Control at its July meeting, features a number of revisions.

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