Students Steal Our Cup

by Dennis Walikainen '92, '09, senior editor

In an upset of epic proportions, Black Ice, a (stacked) team of current students, won (stole) the Alumni (our) Cup in the second annual Alumni Broomball Tournament before a crowd of more than 400 in the MacInnes Ice Arena Saturday night.

Being good sports, the alumni team, the Moo Crew, was not going to consider legal action, allowing the students to keep their "prize."

An incredible turnout, both in teams and fan support, witnessed a great, new tradition in the Young Alumni Homecoming. The Black Ice team scored with less than a minute remaining in overtime, to win the trophy 1-0.

Aaron Knopp, ChE major scored the winning goal, knocking it in over goalie Riley Fair (also a ChE) after a beautiful pass. Fair played an outstanding game.

Sixteen student teams had played to get to this point, as did four alumni squads. Black Ice had to win four games to get here, and student team names included Victorious Secret, Brute Force and Ignorance, and Redikulus.

"Hard defense, a strong O and playing our positions" were the keys to success for Black Ice, according to Brandon Miller, a second-year ME from Shelby Township.

The Moo Crew had advanced by defeating last year's champs, D-Gel Dynasty 3-0, Friday night.

The Moo Crew team, whose roster was filled out by a couple of current students, played extremely well in the hard-fought match, just barely missing a couple of chances to get the puck past the Black Ice goalie, third-year EE Keith Lowery from St. Paul, who was outstanding.

Kevin Demeny '09 was up from Milwaukee for the chance to slide on the hallowed ice and maintain the Alumni Cup for the Moo Crew.

"Six years," he said, when asked about his broomball experience as an undergrad, and he didn't look too winded after all the running, sliding, diving and falling.

The entire game was showcased nicely, with spotlights hitting the players as they were introduced on the red carpet to various rock songs. Chants of "sieve" greeted both goaltenders. The main hockey scoreboard and horn were used, as was the ore boat whistle for the winning goal.

Brent Burns '05 was the master of ceremonies and gave credit to AJ Donati from the IRHC Broomball group for organizing all the games. Burns played for the Alumni Association team that lost in OT, 1-0 Friday night.

In the championship game, a couple of intense scrambles in front of the Black Ice goalie resulted in no goals, before similar intensity at the Moo Crew end. The crowd was knowledgeable and boisterous, shouting out instructions and a little trash.

The game was clean, with only one penalty, and not much checking.

Plans are already underway for the alumni to return the cup to its rightful owners, themselves, at Homecoming 2011.

"But we know the students are really going to come gunning for us now," said Alumni Association President Mark Mitchell '77.

And the best news, according to Burns, is that the student side of the bracket will be moving to the alumni side, soon. Revenge will be sweet, indeed.

Nano-Bio Hybrids: Bringing Nano to Life at Michigan Tech

by Marcia Goodrich, senior writer

Nanotechnology has cutting-edge allure but is at least as old as the ancient Romans, who made tinted glass with nano-sized particles of gold, Craig Friedrich told the crowd at Michigan Tech's first Endowed Chair Lecture Friday.

His lecture, "Nano-Bio Hybrid Materials--Materials Never Introduced to Each Other by Nature," helped kick off the Generations of Discovery capital campaign. Friedrich is the Richard and Bonnie Robbins Chair Professor in Sustainable Design and Manufacturing and director of the Multi-Scale Technologies Institute.

Life itself has been doing its version of nanotechnology for a very long time, too--even longer than the Romans--building elaborate structures one atom at a time, he said. It's a model to emulate. "Why can't we self-assemble things?" he asked.

In fact, Michigan Tech researchers are making nano-things that virtually build themselves: solar cells from proteins "assembled" by bacteria and titanium dioxide nanotubes created though a simple chemical reaction.

A type of bacteria grows a protein called bacteriorhodopsin in its cell membrane. "It has learned to take a photon on light and pump a proton," Friedrich said. "It's like photosynthesis, but simpler and more rugged."

Bacteriorhodopsin is essentially a bio-solar cell, and it's incredibly easy to manufacture. "We grow pond scum in extremely salty water, and it duplicates every 10 hours," Friedrich said. The bacteriorhodopsin is isolated and everything else is recycled. "Talk about a renewable resource."

At $520 a milligram, it's also expensive to buy on the open market. Tech research teams have slashed the cost to $2.41/milligram. "We're looking at scaling this up," he said.

Bacteriorhodopsin holds promise as a power source for nanoelectronics and as a replacement technology for batteries, particularly when weight is an issue. Navy SEALS can carry 150-pound packs, and a third of the weight is batteries. "We could use bacteria to generate the current," Friedrich said; two quarter-inch cells could drive a calculator.

Bacteriorhodopsin could have another function prized by the military. "The government is interested in finding nasty things," Friedrich said. Tech researchers have made a sensor that can detect maltose using bacteriorhodopsin; there's no reason it couldn't be adapted to reveal the presence of more dangerous substances, said Friedrich.

Another research project eliminated the use of a very dangerous substance. Titanium dioxide nanotubes are grown on the surface of titanium orthopedic implants to help bones better adhere to their surface. Traditionally, the nanotubes are created using costly platinum in a bath of concentrated hydrofluoric acid, an extremely corrosive and potentially deadly material. PhD student Tolou Shokufar devised a method that replaces platinum with copper and uses benign ammonium fluoride instead of hydrofluoric acid.

Shokufar has grown bone cells on the nanotube-coated surfaces and is studying how they attach. "The osteoblasts send out tiny feelers that grab onto the nanotubes," Friedrich said. "We're anticipating that this will allow bone to adhere better." The technology has the potential to be adopted by the marketplace; the group has been contacted by three companies interested in commercializing the research.

Tech is collaborating with Marshall University to develop another nano-bio application: disease detection. Saliva contains at least 500 markers associated with disease, so theoretically, illnesses could be diagnosed using a saliva test. The researchers will be developing nanowires coated with antibodies that react in the presence of infection.

In conclusion, Friedrich looked back at 125 years, to 1885, when Michigan Tech was founded. The Washington Monument was dedicated, the roller coaster was patented, and Sarah Goode became the first African American woman to hold a patent, for a hideaway bed.

"What do I think the future will hold?" he asked. "I am convinced that disco will return. The Browns will win their first Super Bowl. And Michigan Tech will be a part of it."

Ford Brings Cars, Jobs to Campus

A half-dozen Michigan Tech alumni from Ford Motor Co. drove a sampling of new Ford cars and trucks from Detroit to Tech on Monday. The cars on display on the campus mall included a 2011 F150 Raptor, a 2011 Fiesta, a 2010 Mustang GT, a 2011 F350, a 2011 F450, a 2010 Taurus and a 2011 Edge.

The Ford representatives are here to recruit for jobs and internships at the Fall Career Fair on Tuesday. They are recruiting for 35 full-time positions and 30 part-time positions, as well as 100 internships. They recruit at Michigan Tech and seven other "key schools."

"We've been up here recruiting as long as I can remember, and I've worked for Ford for 25 years," said Russ Louks '79, manager of Ford's Sisu Center in the Michigan Tech Lakeshore Center in Houghton. "Why do we keep coming? Because we find some of our very best people at Michigan Tech."

A longtime corporate partner of the University, Ford has given a total of $13.6 million in support over the years. The Ford Fund has donated another $6.9 million total. There are 609 Michigan Tech alumni working for Ford.

Families Visit Classrooms

Faculty and instructors may find guests in their classrooms, Friday, Oct.8. "Go to Class with Your Student" is one of the many scheduled events sponsored by COMPASS for the Family Weekend, Oct. 8-10.

COMPASS appreciates faculty and instructors welcoming parents, guardians and other family members into your classrooms. For more information, contact COMPASS at 487-3558.

Community Programs Opens Fall Registration

Registration began today for the fall sessions of Community Programs. Space is available in all classes, but they fill up fast. Here is the list of classes:
* Aqua-Fit
* Aerobics
* Aikido
* Learn To Skate
* Pilates
* Pilates Plus
* R.A.D. Self Defense
* Social Dance
* Swimming
* Yoga for Fitness
* Zumba (dance fitness class)

To register or to get more information, see Community Programs .

Campus Wireless Updates

submitted by Information Technology Services and Security

Rovernet was introduced to the campus community in 2002 as a subscription-based service available in a small number of public locations on campus. Since that time, significant changes have been made to increase the depth and breadth of the campus wireless network. The service is now free to all faculty, staff, students and their guests; and the number of wireless access points has increased from 19 in 2002 to more than 300 today.

In November 2008, a campus-wide technical committee began reviewing the characteristics of the University's wireless network technology. With more than 6000 unique user devices regularly accessing the University's wireless system, this review was conducted to ensure the existing campus wireless data network could continue functioning with the continued growth in the number of wireless devices and the requirement for greater security, reliability and wireless performance.

Late in the Spring Semester 2009, Michigan Tech's wireless network configuration was reworked to deploy several departmental wireless network beacons, and to include a new, "MichiganTech" WPA2 secure network offering for the campus community. While the original "MTU" Open Network is still available for guests or individuals with devices not supported by WPA Technology, the "MichiganTech" WPA2 Secured Wireless Network is the recommended choice for Michigan Tech students, staff and faculty.

The Wireless Network Technical Task Force also determined that Michigan Tech's existing wireless system was not capable of supporting some needed technology changes to improve performance and recommended the University pursue a partnership with Aruba Networks to deploy their Aruba 6000 controllers and 802.11n wireless access points. Telcom is now working with departments across campus to upgrade all existing wireless access points by the opening of Fall semester 2011. Approximately 20 percent of the University's wireless equipment has been changed out already.
For more information on the Rovernet service offerings, upgrades and current coverage areas, visit .

Athletics Puts on Football and Hockey 101 Classes

by Wes Frahm, director of athletic communications and marketing

Athletics worked with International Programs and Services to put on Football 101 and Hockey 101 classes for students last month. The classes were taught by Tech coaches and aimed at informing international students on the rules of the respective sports. More than 70 combined students attended the sessions.

The Football 101 class was in its second year. The session drew 10 attendees in 2009, but grew to nearly 50 this year. Football graduate assistant coaches Trent Boyd and Brian Thomas taught attendees on the basic rules of the game and answered questions. Class members received free parking and admission to Tech's home opener vs. Wayne State.

The Hockey 101 class was offered for the first time and taught by Tech head coach Jamie Russell. More than 25 people attended and received complimentary admission to the McLeod Alumni Lounge for last Saturday's game vs. Nipissing.

Both classes were offered free of charge as a campus outreach activity. All class attendees received a 2010 Huskies Spirit T-shirt and free meal at the end of the class.

"The most exciting thing for us was to see the students' enthusiasm learning about American football and hockey," said Jonathan Hamilton, athletic marketing coordinator, who put together the events. "We were also thrilled to see the increased number of students interested in the classes. We hope to build on this event each year."

ME-EM Graduate Seminar

Assistant Professor Harold Park, of Boston University, will present "Atomisitic and Multiscale Modeling of Surface Effects on the Mechanical Behavior and Properties of Nanomaterials," at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, in ME-EM 112. For more information, visit ME-EM seminar .

MSE Seminar

Laboratory Fellow David King, of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in Richland, Wash., will present "Pt-Re Interaction under Hydrothermal Conditions for Aqueous Phase Reforming of Bio-derived Liquids," from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Oct. 6, in M&M 610.

Extreme Entrepreneurship: Virtual Speaker Series Discusses Idea Launch

The School of Business and Economics, the Entrepreneurs Club and the Institute for Leadership and Innovation are kicking off the second speaker for the Extreme Entrepreneurship Virtual Speaker Series at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6, in Fisher 129 (please note the location change).

The series is designed to inspire students, faculty, staff and community members by hearing stories and learning the secrets behind the success of the world's top entrepreneurs who are still in their 20's. To view the complete schedule, see virtual seminar series .

For more information, see School of Business and Economics blog .

Reminder: Sponsored Programs Workshop

Professor Tibor Hortobagyi, of East Carolina University, will speak for the Sponsored Programs workshop, "National Institutes of Health (NIH)," from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, in Memorial Union Ballroom B.

Some topics will include:
* Understanding NIH--divisions, institutes, etc.
* How to choose which program to apply to--particularly useful for first-time writers.
* General proposal writing tips.
* New NIH proposal guidelines, an overview of what is most important.
* What is a review panel like? What are reviewers most concerned about?
* How does NIH writing differ from that of other federal agencies, like NSF?

In addition to Hortobagyi on NIH funding, other guest speakers include Jason Carter, Sean Kirkpatrick and Mike Gibson.

This session is geared toward more specialized information and will be of interest to those who plan to apply for external funding through NIH. To enroll in the session, see NIH .

New Staff

Regina Engler-Burton joins Human Resources as the senior employment specialist for professional staff. Previously, she worked for Jackson National Life Insurance Co. in Lansing, Michigan State University and Jackson Community College. She earned her bachelor's in human resources management from MSU, as well as two professional certifications from MSU's School of Labor and Industrial Relations. Engler-Burton and her husband, Steven, have three children and live in Chassell.

Jihe Li joins the Department of Biomedical Engineering as a postdoctoral researcher. Previously he worked as a researcher at Baotou Medical College in China. He received a PhD in pharmacology from Hebei Medical University in China. Li lives in Houghton, and his wife, Yin Hui Wang, and their two children live in Baotou, China.

Job Postings

Staff job descriptions are available in Human Resources or at . For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email .

Faculty job descriptions can be found at .

For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Staff Postings

Administrative Aide
Registrar's Office
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Director of Student Activities
Student Activities

Research Associate
School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer.

New Funding

Professor Raymond Shaw (Physics/EPSSI) has received $267,169 from the National Science Foundation for the first of a potential three-year $688,384 project, "Laboratory and Field Studies of Cloud-Turbulence Interactions via Digital Holography."

Assistant Professor Rodney Chimner (SFRES/ESC) and Jim Bess (SFRES/ESC) have received $148,650 from the US Environmental Protection Agency for a 32-month project, "Restoring Peatlands from Large Scale Ditching."

In Print

Associate Professor Ramakrishna Wusirika (Biological Sciences) and graduate student Nicholas Krom published an article, "Conservation, Rearrangement and Deletion of Gene Pairs During the Evolution of Four Grass Genomes," in the journal DNA Research 2010. To read the article, see DNA .

Sports in Brief

by Wes Frahm, director of athletic communications and marketing

What's Happening This Week

Wednesday, Oct. 6
Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM

Friday, Oct. 8
Women's Tennis at Saginaw Valley State, 1 p.m.
Women's Soccer hosts Tiffin, 7 p.m.
Volleyball at Ohio Dominican, 7 p.m.
Hockey at Northern Michigan, 7:35 p.m. (Live Radio, WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, Oct. 9
Women's Tennis at Northwood, 10 a.m.
Football at Saginaw Valley State, noon (Live Radio, WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)
Volleyball at Tiffin, 1 p.m.
Hockey at Lake Superior State, 7:05 p.m. (Live Radio, WKMJ Mix 93.5 FM)

Sunday, Oct. 10
Women's Soccer hosts Findlay, noon

All times Eastern; home events are italicized.

Last Week's Results

Football (4-0, 4-0 GLIAC)
Oct. 2--at Michigan Tech 45, Ohio Dominican 6

Hockey (0-0, 0-0 WCHA)
Oct. 2--at Michigan Tech 5, Nipissing (Ont.) 3 (exhibition)

Women's Soccer (5-5, 3-5 GLIAC)
Oct. 1--Michigan Tech 1, at Ashland 0
Oct. 3--Michigan Tech 1, at Lake Erie 0

Women's Tennis (4-4, 4-4 GLIAC)
Sept. 30--at Michigan Tech 8, Tiffin 1
Oct. 2--at Michigan Tech 9, Findlay 0
Oct. 3--at Michigan Tech 5, Wayne State 4

Volleyball (2-10, 1-7 GLIAC)
Oct. 1--at Northern Michigan 3, Michigan Tech 1

Cross Country
Did not compete

Top News of the Week

Football Team Continues to Roll
Michigan Tech dominated all facets of a 45-6 win over Ohio Dominican last Saturday (Oct. 2) during Homecoming. The Huskies rushed for 279 yards and held the Panthers to just 40. Michigan Tech leads the GLIAC in scoring defense (9.0 points per game allowed), total defense (251.5 yards per game allowed), rushing offense (227.5 yards per game) and rushing defense (68.8 yards per game allowed).

Hockey Wins Preseason Game
Michigan Tech skated to a 5-3 win over Nipissing in an exhibition game in front of nearly 3,000 fans at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena Saturday (Oct. 2). Four of the five Tech goals were scored by freshmen--two by Ryan Furne and one each from Milos Gordic and Daniel Holmberg. The Huskies will begin their regular season against archrival Northern Michigan Friday, Oct. 8.

Hoffman Boots Two More Game Winners
The Michigan Tech soccer team won each of the first two road games in program history by 1-0 scores over the weekend. Melanie Hoffman was the Huskies' goal scorer in each game, giving her a team-leading four goals on the season. All four of those have been game-winning goals. Goalkeeper MaryBeth Spoehr added two shutouts as well to push her season total to four. Hoffman was named GLIAC Player of the Week.

Women's Tennis Takes Three Wins on the Week
The Huskies defended their home courts with three wins in as many matches at Gates Tennis Center last week. Tech now sits at 4-4 overall and 4-4 in GLIAC play. Freshman Anna Hegyi owns a team-best 6-1 singles record. She won all three of her matches last week, including a come-from-behind three set victory vs. Wayne State that helped Tech to a 5-4 team win.