Michigan Tech News

2014 Archive

Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, pictured here with students in his lab, aims to make better lithium ion batteries by taking advantage of imperfections in materials. Sarah Bird photo

Better than Perfect: Defects in Materials Could be Key to Better Batteries

September 30, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Missing atoms could provide a highway for ions.

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David Hand, left, and Zhanping You hold samples of crumb rubber and chunks of rubber made from recycled tires. They are leading studies to help determine if asphalt made with crumb rubber could be used on Michigan roads. Sara Bird photo

Where the Rubber Meets the Rubber: Two Michigan Tech Studies Could Lead to Better, Greener Roads

September 29, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Projects will investigate emissions and new asphalt technologies with two grants totaling $1.2 million from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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Sandra Cvetanovic (left) and Kwang Suthijindawong, doubles champions.

Michigan Tech Students Claim Regional Doubles Championship

September 29, 2014
By Wes Frahm

Two Michigan Tech tennis players won the USTA/ITA Midwest Region doubles championship. 

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"Virtual Breast" Could Improve Cancer Detection

September 26, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Simulation software would let clinicians practice looking for cancer.

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Biking Houghton's waterfront trail

Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge Asks: Is Michigan Tech the Most Outdoorsy?

September 26, 2014
By Danny Messinger

Michigan Tech’s scenic and wild side sets us apart; now it’s time to earn bragging rights for how much we use these assets to our advantage through the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge. 

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Little robots in Nina Mahmoudian's lab bring power to turn on a light, front left, and wave the white flag on the mini-tank. Adapted to real-world conditions, such robots could restore power to critical infrastructure, like cell towers.

Blackout? Robots to the Rescue

September 25, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Big disasters usually lead to big power failures. Nina Mahmoudian is developing a team of robots that can turn the lights back on.

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Carol MacLennan's new book traces how the rise and fall of the sugar planter elite inflicted profound environmental and social changes upon Hawai'i and its people.

A Bittersweet Legacy: Carol MacLennan Documents the Rise and Fall of Sugar in Hawai’i

September 24, 2014
By Marcia Goodrich

Sugar brought high profits and good jobs to Hawai'i, but at a price.

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All the colors of the rainbow signify Pride Week.

Making Michigan Tech a Safe Place

September 23, 2014
By Monica Lester

Safe Place training helps faculty and staff learn to support gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer students.  

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Students experiment with a plasma ball at a Mind Trekkers science and engineering festival.

Dow Chemical Sponsors Great Lakes Bay Science & Engineering Festival at Delta College

September 22, 2014
By Jennifer Donovan

The Dow Chemical Company, MIchigan Tech Mind Trekkers and Delta College bring science and engineering fun to the Great Lakes Bay Area.

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Despite Rockets and Sirens, Graduate Student Feels Safe in Israel

September 18, 2014
By Monica Lester

Michigan Tech alumnus in graduate school in Israel describes the situation on the ground.

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