Michigan Tech News

April 2010

Marty Richardson, Michigan Tech Board of Control

Michigan Tech Board of Control Approves Budget and Tuition for 2010-2011

April 30, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech's Board of Control approved a budget and tuition for 2010-2011.

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Astrophysicists David Nitz (left) and Brian Fick are co-winners of the 2010 Michigan Tech Research Award.

Michigan Tech Astrophysicists Share 2010 Research Award

April 29, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

Physics professors David Nitz and Brian Fick are co-recipients of the 2010 Michigan Tech Research Award for their work with the international Auger Observatory.

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Eva Szyszkoski tending to the whooping cranes in her crane costume,

Michigan Tech Graduate Plays Foster Mother to Whooping Cranes

April 26, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech alumna works to help save the whooping cranes.

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Evolving patterns on this molecular processor mimic patterns displayed by the human brain. Anirban Bandyopadhyay image.

Lessons from the Brain: Toward an Intelligent Molecular Computer

April 26, 2010
By Marcia Goodrich

Researchers from Japan and Michigan Tech have built a molecular computer using lessons learned from the human brain.

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Former Michigan Tech president Ray Smith will address graduates at Spring Commencement.

Former Tech President Ray Smith Addresses Graduates

April 23, 2010
By Marcia Goodrich

The May 1 ceremony coincides with Michigan Tech's Founder's Day, the date 125 years ago when legislation was signed to establish what was then the Michigan Mining School.

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In late January, the Chippewa Harbor Pack chased this one wolf out onto Todd Harbor. He may be the last surviving member of the Paduka Pack.

Wolves Declining, Drama Level Rising on Isle Royale

April 23, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech researchers' annual report on the wolves and moose of Isle Royale shows that the numbers of wolves and wolf packs is declining in the national park.  

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Improved

Undergraduate Expo: Two Student Teams Work on Shotgun Shooting Sports

April 22, 2010
By John Gagnon

Tech students research and create new sporting pigeons and a device to throw them.

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Student-designed pit toilet is on display in Washington, DC.

Tech Team Wins National Honorable Mention for Improved Pit Toilet

April 22, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

A Michigan Tech Senior Design Team showcased their improved pit toilet at National Sustainability Expo in Washington, D.C.

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Caleb Wendel, Michigan Tech alumnus and owner of The Bike Shop,  and Kyle Bordeau, president of the Copper Country Cycling Club, work on an abandoned bike.

Orphan Bikes Prepared for Adoption

April 21, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

Students, alumni, campus police and local businessmen repair bikes abandoned on Michigan Tech campus.

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Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise team member Ben Stenske checks out the wood boiler.

Wood Boiler, Medical Measuring Device, Biochemical Breakthrough: 2010 Undergraduate Expo Winners Named

April 20, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

2010 Undergraduate Research Expo award winners are announced.

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apmp

APMP Takes Second at RISE X

April 16, 2010
By Dennis Walikainen

School of Business and Economics students in the Applied Portfolio Management Program take second place in the value category of the RISE X investment competition.

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ash photo 1

Ash Cloud Wreaks Havoc with Airspace, and It Could be Worse

April 15, 2010
By Dennis Walikainen

Geology assistant professor Simon Carn studies the recent Iceland volcano eruption with satellite data, looking at sulfur dioxide content of the ash cloud and the cloud's affect on air traffic.

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Moped Senior Design team members Andrew Bomstad, Ben Vindedahl, Adam Bieber, Jared Recker and Josh Schmidt

Michigan Tech Seniors Build an Air-Powered Moped

April 15, 2010
By Marcia Goodrich

Students add scuba tanks to a two-wheeler

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Study of hibernation in marmots could help solve puzzle of disuse osteoporosis for astronauts and the bedridden.

Michigan Space Grant Consortium Funds 27 Projects at Michigan Tech

April 15, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium has funded 27 projects with grants totaling $105,000.

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Puerto Rican high school students work on their underwater robot,

From Puerto Rico to the UP, With Underwater Robots and New Socks

April 14, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

A Puerto Rican high school Enterprise team brings their underwater robots to Michigan Tech's Undergraduate Research Expo.

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2010 Undergraduate Research Expo

Tech's Best Undergraduate Research on Display at Expo Today

April 14, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

The spotlight is on undergraduate research at the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Expo.

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Senior Stephanie Smith has discovered that a common grass can remove two antibiotics from water.

Grass Shows Promise for Removing Antibiotics from Water

April 13, 2010
By Marcia Goodrich

Antibiotics in the water supply pose threats to health. Now, a grass from India may remove them from the waste stream.

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Mechanical engineering seniors William Donovan, Tyler LeRoy, Jonathan Hoyer, Adrian Simula and Lisa Staehlin, with advisor Rao Komaravolu (center right), and the OpensAll can and jar opener they developed.

OpensAll Tackles Jars and Cans with Ease

April 13, 2010
By Marcia Goodrich

At Undergrad Expo, Senior Design team displays a cook's dream machine

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Co-ed concrete canoe paddlers (left to right) Lars Leemkuil, Katie Zimmerman, Jill Sanderson and Jon Zalud. (Jeremy Zalud photo)

Tech Concrete Canoe Team Floats to the Top in Regional Contest

April 12, 2010
By Marcia Goodrich

Best in the racing, display and paper events

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sleep researchers

Looking at student sleep (and stress and exercise) patterns

April 12, 2010
By Dennis Walikainen

Psychology researchers look at sleep patterns of Michigan Tech students. 

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Biomedical engineering graduate student Megan Killian studies the knee.

Four Michigan Tech Graduate Students Showcase Their Research in Lansing

April 12, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

Four Michigan Tech graduate students discuss their research with state legislators.

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Bruce Mork leading a distance-learning course in power systems engineering

Tech’s Online Power Engineering MS Marks 10th Anniversary

April 8, 2010
By Marcia Goodrich

Boosting power engineers' education from a distance

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Tess Ahlborn and the Portage Lake Lift Bridge

Bridges in Trouble: Diagnosing Their Ills from a Distance

April 5, 2010
By Marcia Goodrich

Michigan Tech researcher Tess Ahlborn believes we could learn a lot from bridges, if only we could hear what they had to say. Now she leads a $2.8 million effort to find the best ways to listen in. 

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Seismic image of sandalwood

Of Dollars and Scents: Tracking the Elusive Sandalwood Oil

April 2, 2010
By Marcia Goodrich

A Michigan Tech geophysicist can tell if a sandalwood tree has precious oil at its heart. And now, thanks to two freshmen, he can find out in seconds.

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Bhakta Rath

Alumnus Endows Bhakta Rath Research Award at Michigan Tech

April 2, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech alumnus Bhakta Rath has endowed a new award to recognize outstanding doctoral student research. It will be called the Bhakta Rath Research Award.

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Terry Woychowski (left) and Russ Gronevelt

Governor Appoints Two Michigan Tech Board of Control Members

April 2, 2010
By Jennifer Donovan

The Governor has appointed Terry Woychowski and reappointed Russ Gronevelt to the Michigan Tech Board of Control.

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