Michigan Tech News

October 2013

Noyce Scholar Jeremy Brown explains a moon rock to students in a Chassell, Mich., school.

Noyce Scholarships Turn STEM Majors into Science & Math Teachers

October 31, 2013
By Monica Lester

NSF-funded Noyce Scholarship program helps science, technology, engineering and math majors become science and math teachers.

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High school students board the Agassiz to collect water samples and see how scientists use the research vessel.

Science is Spelled Excitement during STEM Awareness Month

October 31, 2013
By Erika Vichcales

Michigan Tech shares the excitement of science and engineering with school children. 

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a time to focus on responsible relationships at Michigan Tech.

Domestic Violence Awareness Projects Help Keep Everyone Safe

October 24, 2013
By Erika Vichcales

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Michigan Tech is sponsoring a number of self-protection and conciousness-raising projects.

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Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick.

Faculty Take Students Abroad

October 24, 2013
By Erika Vichcales

Faculty take Michigan Tech students on international trips ­— and it's all for college credit.

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Solar energy scientist Joshua Pearce, left, and Jay Meldrum, director of the Keweenaw Research Center, with the array of solar panels behind KRC. Even on this gloomy day, the solar cells were cranking out electricity.

Amping Up Solar in the Snowy North

October 21, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

What's the best way to capture photovoltaic energy where snowfall is measured in feet?

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Clockwise, microplasma dissociates ethanol vapor, carbon particles are collected and dispersed in solution, and an electron microscope image reveals nanosized diamond particles. Case Western Reserve University image

Michigan Tech Scientists Verify Nanodiamond Discovery

October 21, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

UV Ramen spectroscopy confirms creation of ultra-small diamonds

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Students talk with representatives from Gerdau, a major steel industry company.

Steel is Real--and Growing

October 17, 2013
By Jennifer Donovan

Steel companies come to Tech to talk with students about careers in the steel industry.

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3 zombies

Zombies Are Coming to Michigan Tech!

October 17, 2013
By Dennis Walikainen

Undead U: A Zombie Symposium, on All Saints Day: Friday, Nov. 1.

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GLRC scientists will do cutting-edge research with this new generation of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle.

Iver 3 Charts New Waters

October 17, 2013
By Zachary Dubiel

GLRC tests new-generation autonomous underwater vehicle that could make inspecting pipelines, cables and municipal water intakes safer and simpler. 

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Adrienne Minerick

Minerick to Present at NAE Symposium on Engineering Education

October 17, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

A hands-on course that teaches grad students and undergrads how to do research and solve complex engineering problems from the ground up.

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Orientation team leaders learn and teach cultural awareness.

Michigan Tech Receives Diversity Award for Second Year

October 17, 2013
By Jennifer Donovan

Michigan Tech receives INSIGHT into Diversity magazine's Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award for the second year in a row.

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A blacksmith works his art and craft.

Blacksmithing: a Problem-Solving Art

October 16, 2013
By Monica Lester

Students forge ahead in the Michigan Tech Smithing Guild.

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Paul Sanders, left, and Patrick Quimby decanting molten red brass into the sand mold.

Brass University Seals to Grace the Memorial Union Kiosk

October 15, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

Paul Sanders: "I think the University community will be very pleased."

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Sanjeev Gupta and Jarvis Loh work with Physics Chair Ravindra Pandey on his graphene research.

International Physicists Drawn to Michigan Tech

October 14, 2013
By Erika Vichcales

Two up-and-coming physicists travel around the world to study in Michigan Tech's Physics Department

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3D Printer

3D Printers’ Could Change our Economy and our Lives

October 14, 2013
By Dennis Walikainen

Michigan Tech researchers are exploring the ramifications if 3D printers become ubiquitous: on the economy and on individual lives.

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Nancy Auer with the bottle set loose by a Minnesota family near Thunder Bay. It found its way to her home near Eagle River.

Message in a Bottle: "Hello, fellow traveler."

October 14, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

For 40 days and nights it drifted. Then Nancy Auer found it on her beach.

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Tech Student's Art to Hang in Michigan Capitol

October 14, 2013
By Danny Messinger

Michigan Tech computer science student Kaylee Edwards's art is on its way to the Michigan State capitol for a year-long exhibition celebrating university artists statewide. 

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Assistant Professor Mo Rastgaar and PhD student Evandro Ficanha with their new computer-driven foot. The ankle can mimic a natural walk, allowing the foot to walk in circles on the circular treadmill, shown. Emil Groth photo

Stepping Out in Style: Michigan Tech Researchers Developing an Artificial Leg with a Natural Gait

October 14, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

The secret is in the ankle.

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Fall color on campus

Why Michigan Tech is Awesome in Autumn

October 9, 2013
By Kara Sokol

Fall is the golden season at Michigan Tech (literally). Here’s eight reasons why Michigan Tech is awesome in the autumn.

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An artist's concept showing the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft is seen orbiting the moon as it prepares to fire its maneuvering thrusters to maintain a safe orbital altitude. Credit: NASA Ames / Dana Berry

To the Moon: Michigan Tech Alumnus Contributes to Lunar Mission

October 7, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

Project will lead to revolutionary improvements in space communication.

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Students enjoy a break under the new umbrellas.

New Plaza and Gardens Launch Alumni Way Project

October 7, 2013
By Dennis Walikainen

A new patio and garden on the Michigan Tech campus--the first Alumni Way project--provide beautiful new spaces for relaxation.

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Honors Institute Gets a Home to Call Its Own

October 3, 2013
By Karina Jousma

Honors Institute students move into Honors House, a newly renovated residence. 

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3D printing can save energy by using less raw material. These partially printed Swiss children's blocks show how a printer can partly fill the interior of an item with plastic while maintaining its strength. Samuel Bernier photo

3D Printing: The Greener Choice

October 3, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

It takes less energy—and thus releases less carbon dioxide—to make stuff at home with a 3D printer than to manufacture it overseas and ship it to the US.

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Nasser Alaraje

Nasser Alaraje Receives Fulbright to Teach in Qatar

October 2, 2013
By Marcia Goodrich

School of Technology professor to teach reconfigurable computing to both students and educators

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Cyber Citizens offers EthnoApp.

Michigan Tech Students Develop Phone Apps for Citizen Scientists

October 2, 2013
By Monica Lester

Students collaborate on NSF-funded smartphone apps for citizen scientists.

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