Michigan Tech News

August 2013

Saving lives after disasters like the Haitian earthquake is the focus of Thomas Oomen's remote-imaging research.

New Remote-Sensing Development Could Aid Disaster Relief

August 29, 2013
By Dennis Walikainen

Thomas Oommen, assistant professor of geological and mining engineering and sciences, is using his $300,000 research grant from NSF to improve remote sensing in disaster areas and ultimately save lives.

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Susan Bagley

Susan Bagley Receives Waksman Outstanding Teaching Award

August 28, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

Recognizing research as well as teaching excellence

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L. Brad King's prototype of a ferrofluid ion thruster. When subjected to voltage, the points of the crown arise from a ring-shaped trench circling a one-inch block of aluminum. Sarah Bird image

From Cancer Treatment to Ion Thruster: The Newest Little Idea for Nanosat Micro Rockets

August 27, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

Brad King’s self-assembling electrospray thruster uses magnets that transform a very unusual fluid into a tiny engine for moving nanosatellites into orbit.

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Field emission scanning electron microscopy image of tar balls with an aggregation of soot particles from the Las Conchas fire. Swarup China image

New Insights on Wildfire Smoke Could Improve Climate Change Models

August 27, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

Two types of particles---soot and tar balls--exhibit many different properties

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Scientists from Michigan Tech and universities around the country are working together on a sustainable plan for managing Florida's water resources.

Many Viewpoints, One Problem: Managing Water Resources Responsibly

August 26, 2013
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech partners with 10 other universities to study water resources and stakeholders involved in making decisions of their use and management.

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David Flaspohler, professor in Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science,visits a eucalyptus plantation in Argentina.

Michigan Tech Helps Develop Sustainable Bioenergy Across the Americas

August 21, 2013
By Travis Gendron

Michigan Tech takes the lead in Pan American biofuel and bioenergy research network. 

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Michigan Tech student athletes play hard and study hard.

Michigan Tech Athletes Advance University's Strategic Plan

August 21, 2013
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech Board of Control is told how student athletes at the University excel in the classroom as well as on the field, courts and ice.

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A field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) image of 3D honeycomb-structured graphene. The novel material can replace platinum in dye-sensitized solar cells with virtually no loss of generating capacity. Hui Wang image

3D Graphene: Solar Power's Next Platinum?

August 20, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

A unique form of carbon could lower the cost of dye-sensitized solar cells

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Brian Page conducts Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship research with his autonomous underwater glider.

SURFing for the Summer

August 14, 2013
By Travis Gendron

Summer is a time for hard work and scientific exploration for students in Michigan Tech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program.

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The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts has an eclectic lineup for its 2013-14 season.

Rozsa Center Season Tickets Now on Sale

August 9, 2013
By Jennifer Donovan

Season tickets for performances at the Rozsa Center are on sale through August.

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Touching a Van de Graaff generator literally makes your hair stand on end.

Dow Chemical Sponsors Great Lakes Bay Science & Engineering Festival

August 9, 2013
By Jennifer Donovan

The Dow Chemical Company has becoming the naming sponsor of a Great Lakes Bay Science and Engineering Festival co-hosted by Michigan Tech and Delta College in October.

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A streetcar travels a snowy Shelden Ave. in downtown Houghton. <br><br> Photos reprinted with permission from Copper Country Streetcars by William J. Sproule. Book available from the publisher online at www.arcadiapublishing.com or 888-313-2665

Professor Takes a Journey on Streetcars Past

August 9, 2013
By Dennis Walikainen

Bill Sproule, a professor in civil and environmental engineering, has written an historical book about local streetcars.

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Michigan Tech Ranked Among Best Midwestern Colleges

August 8, 2013
By Dennis Walikainen

Princeton Review has again ranked Michigan Tech a Best Midwestern College in its 2014 ratings.

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Brian Barkdoll, associate professor of environmental water resources

Brian Barkdoll Named EWRI/ASCE Fellow

August 7, 2013
By Jennifer Donovan

Brian Barkdoll named a Fellow of the Environmental Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineeers.

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Street Food

Asian Street Food Comes to Campus

August 7, 2013
By Travis Gendron

Street Food brings the flavors of the world to the summertime campus.

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Fans at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena cheer on the Huskies.

Hockey Season Tickets Now on Sale for 2013-14

August 6, 2013
By Wes Frahm

Michigan Tech's 93rd season of hockey begins in just two months, and season tickets are available to the general public now. 

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