Michigan Tech News

July 2013

Yun Hang Hu, the inaugural Charles and Carroll McArthur Professor at Michigan Technological University

Yun Hang Hu Named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

July 31, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

The society is the largest European organization dedicated to advancing the chemical sciences.

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Heat Up the Forge, Examine the Crime Scene—Summer Youth Programs Explores College Life

July 31, 2013
By Danny Messinger

Students enrolled in Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) materials science exploration share what they’ve been up to in the blacksmithing shop.

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physical therapy patient

Getting Physical Therapy Patients Moving

July 30, 2013
By Dennis Walikainen

Researcher Philart Jeon and his graduate students are studying why physical therapy patients don't exercise on their own, and they may have some solutions.

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Alex Bruns, left, and Tony Hayes tend the vegetables in their sustainable garden.

Sustainable Vegetable Garden Takes Root at Tech

July 30, 2013
By Karina Jousma

A sustainable vegetable garden is putting fresh produce on residence hall tables.

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GM, Square One Sponsor 3D Printer Workshop for Teachers

July 29, 2013
By Jennifer Donovan

High school teachers are learning to build open-source RepRap 3D printers at Michigan Tech.

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Some of the 20 things Joshua Pearce's group made for pennies on the dollar using 3D printers.

Make It Yourself and Save—a Lot—with 3D Printers

July 29, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

The numbers are in: most people can make much more for lots less using 3D printing.

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Blizzard and friends at the Pasty Picnic during Alumni Reunion 2012.

Pasties and Beyond: Streetcars, Paddleboarding, Kid Science and More at Alumni Reunion 2013

July 26, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

Fun for everyone Aug. 1-3 at Michigan Tech

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Rob Waara

Local Alumnus Engineers a Trip to Le Mans and a Career in Racing

July 22, 2013
By Dennis Walikainen

Rob Waara, a mechanical engineering alumnus, is chief engine engineer for the SRT Viper Le Mans racing team.

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Henry Ford in 1933

Happy Birthday, Henry Ford!

July 22, 2013
By Jennifer Donovan

Henry Ford 's 150th birthday is July 30, and the Ford Center and Forest in Alberta, Mich., is throwing a party.

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Gardens of Tech

10 Reasons why Michigan Tech's Gardens are Awesome

July 22, 2013
By Travis Gendron

Of all the things Michigan Tech is known for, you might be surprised to know that incredible gardens top the list. Sprinting across campus to make your next class can make it easy to miss the beautiful campus landscaping. For those who don’t have time to stop and smell the roses, we rounded up some photos that answer the question: “What makes Michigan Tech’s gardens so awesome?”

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seismometer

Geology Grad Student Helps Indonesians Understand Their Volcanoes

July 19, 2013
By Dennis Walikainen

Geology Peace Corps Masters International student Jay Wellik investigates volcanoes in Indonesia and helps the locals understand them.

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MICUP/MI-LSAMP

Is Michigan Tech for Me? Community College Students Get an Inside Look at University

July 18, 2013
By Danny Messinger

13th annual MICUP/MI–LSAMP program offers community college students a look inside a Michigan Tech education.

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Women's Basketball Boasts Nation's Ninth-Best GPA

July 18, 2013
By Wes Frahm

Michigan Tech is ranked ninth on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division II Academic Honor Roll which was released July 18. The Huskies boasted a combined grade point average of 3.524.

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What Boy Scout could resist liquid nitrogen ice cream?

It Looks Like Magic—but It’s Really Science

July 15, 2013
By Jennifer Donovan

Mind Trekkers take their traveling science show to the national Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.

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Maria Stull, Haley Le and Christina Li (left to right) developed mobile apps as part of their week-long scholarship program for Women in Computer Science at Michigan Tech.

Young Women Explore Computing Careers

July 12, 2013
By Jennifer Donovan

Computer science is a wide open field for women, as 19 high school girls learned during a week-long scholarship program at Michigan Tech.

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Teachers examine plants growing near the shores of Lake Superior.

Teachers Learn to Bring Global Change to Life in their Classrooms

July 9, 2013
By Jennifer Donovan

Middle and high school teachers come to Summer Teacher Institute to learn ways to bring global change issues to life in their classrooms.

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Stephen Mashl

Stephen Mashl Named ASM Fellow

July 8, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

Recognized “for technical contributions in the fields of powder metallurgy processing and hot isostatic pressing technology and for technical leadership within the hot isostatic pressing industry.”

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Above, the in nanobattery setup inside AC-STEM. Below, atomic resolution imaging of the front line of lithium ions entering a SnO2 nanowire. The images show the parallel Li-ion channels and the formation of dislocations at the tip of the channels.

Scientists Spy on Lithium Ions

July 5, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

Reza Shahbazian-Yassar has developed a device to eavesdrop on individual lithium ions—and potentially develop the next generation of batteries.

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Students preparing dishes in the Cooking with a Physicist class: (l-r) Renee Batzloff, Colin Gurganus, Kathryn Cox, Jonathan Curtis

Fried Rice and Physics Make Perfect Classmates

July 3, 2013
By Kevin Hodur

It's not everyday you see a fully functional kitchen in a lecture hall. But with Cooking with a Physicist, students learn hands-on about the principles of physics and the challenges of culinary adventures.

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Running on oobleck, a liquid that acts like a solid, is one of the Mind Trekkers' most popular science activities.

Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers Partners with National Science Festivals

July 2, 2013
By Jennifer Donovan

Mind Trekkers partners with producers of national science festivals. 

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Victor Busov, left; Yordan Yordanov, center; and Hairong Wei, right, examine their experimental poplar trees.

Getting to the Root of the Matter

July 2, 2013
By Jennifer Donovan

Plant researchers figure out the genetics of poplar root growth under low nitrogen conditions.

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In November 2009, the muddy north slopes of San Vicente volcano gave way, destroying communities and killing hundreds. Michigan Tech and University of El Salvador scientists are working together to help mitigate future disasters. Fredy Cruz photo

PEER Program Crosses Borders to Save Lives

July 2, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

Program brings Latin American scientists to Michigan Tech for remote-sensing workshop designed to mitigate natural disasters.

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