New Biological Scaffold Offers Promising Foundation for Engineered Tissues

by Marcia Goodrich, magazine editor

Engineered tissues like artificial skin need a scaffold for cells to grow on. Now a team led by Michigan Tech’s Feng Zhao has coaxed cells called fibroblasts into creating a scaffold that mimics the body’s own internal matrix, and in early tests, cells seem happy to set up residence there.

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Quincy Mine Hoist Association Buys Back Property

by Jennifer Donovan, public relations director

In September 2005, Michigan Tech’s Board of Control unanimously authorized purchase of a piece of property on Quincy Hill from the Quincy Mine Hoist Association. Plans at the time were to use it as a site for a new A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum. Now, the University is selling it back to the Association.

“The Quincy Mine Hoist Association is really the ideal owner of the site,” said President Glenn Mroz. “Their mission is to work to preserve the history of the area. Michigan Tech’s mission is to be a research and teaching university. It’s not that we are not interested or would not be helpful, it is just not the main mission of the university to own and operate historic landmarks."

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Clean Snowmobile Challenge Kicks Off Next Week

by Marcia Goodrich, magazine editor

Michigan Tech is gearing up for the 15th annual SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge, set for March 3-8 at the Keweenaw Research Center.

The Clean Snowmobile Challenge is a collegiate design competition of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Engineering students from participating schools take a stock snowmobile and reengineer it. They aim to reduce emissions and noise and increase fuel efficiency while preserving the riding excitement demanded by snowmobile enthusiasts.

In addition, the Challenge features a zero-emissions category for battery-powered sleds, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. NSF uses electric snowmobiles while conducting atmospheric research in pristine arctic locations.

The public is welcome at a number of events, including the Grand Opening ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Mar. 4.

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Help Pave the (Alumni) Way

As members of the campus community, we appreciate the value of our unique Michigan Tech traditions such as Winter Carnival, K-Day, Homecoming, Broomball, Spring Fling and MTSF Oozeball for our students.

The Alumni Association and the University are planning construction of Alumni Way, celebrating our traditions and enhancing campus for years to come. Rovano Plaza, the gathering spot outside the library, was dedicated last fall and is the first installment of Alumni Way.

We have received a generous donation from a longtime Michigan Tech volunteer and advocate to install a larger-than-life Husky Statue near the center of campus. The Husky will be surrounded by a brick plaza constructed of pavers, which the Alumni Association is making available to alumni and the campus community to commemorate their affiliation with Michigan Tech.

Two sizes are available.
* 4x8-inch paver with three lines of engraving for $200
* 12x12-inch square paver with six lines of engraving for $500 (ideal for families and groups)

You can see samples of the pavers and make an online gift to purchase a paver by visiting A gift receipt will be issued for all contributions.

In addition to the Husky Statue and pavers, the Alumni Way project includes benches, legacy markers, landscaping packages and more that you can also support. For more information on these other opportunities, visit or contact Connie Scott at the Office of Advancement (7-3325).

Railroad Night a Success Again

submitted by the Rail Transportation Program

The Rail Transportation Program (RTP) and the Rail Engineering and Activities Club (REAC) organized the 9th Annual Railroad Night and related Rail Day activities recently. Railroad Night’s 150-plus participants made for a full house and an exciting evening. The event drew in 15 industry company sponsors including RTP program partners Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific and CN.

The Rail Transportation Program has been founded on a multi-disciplinary approach and this year’s Railroad Night demonstrated the interest across the university. Students and faculty from a diverse cross section of campus attended the event. Faculty and students from ten departments were represented, as well as the administration, including Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Max Seel, Board of Control member Paul Ollila and Vice President for Governmental Relations Dale Tahtinen.

This year’s REAC honorary member, Tom Bartlett (EE, 2008), from Union Pacific was awarded an Honorary REAC membership for his contributions to advance the RTP and REAC. Keynote speaker Lisa Stabler, president of the Transportation Technology Center Inc. (TTCI) of Pueblo, Colo., and one of the leading female executives in the industry gave a presentation on rail industry research and outlook from TTCI. Over 80 students signed up to participate in the event and were provided the opportunity to socialize, network, and dine with industry and faculty. The event this year is considered a great success and yet another step to strengthen ties between faculty researchers, rail industry representatives, local technology companies and students from Michigan Tech.

Celebrate Regional Artists With the 2014 'Great Lakes Showcase'

The Rozsa Center is pleased to announce the opening of the 2014 Great Lakes Showcase: An Annual Juried Exhibition of Fine Arts and Crafts, on Friday, Feb. 28, sponsored by Michigan Tech’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts. A community mainstay for over 35 years, the Showcase celebrates the vibrant artists who work and visit the Upper Peninsula and surrounding region.

Great Lakes Showcase co-coordinator Sarah Fayen Scarlett says, "Every year when we unpack the works and arrange the gallery, my excitement is renewed for the art being made in our region. The range of materials and viewpoints, as well as the thoughtful creativity, are cause for recognition and celebration. Thanks to all the artists for participating!" The public is invited to a reception for the artists on Friday, Feb. 28, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The 2014 GLS Awards Judge, Ginny Baer, will provide comments to the public and discuss the 2014 award winners at 6 p.m. Artwork is available for purchase, in person at the opening or anytime during the duration of the exhibit, online at, or by calling Michigan Tech Ticketing Operations (7-2073).

The show will run through Mar. 28, and is free and open to the public. Regular Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bigfoot Snowshoe Event T-shirts Available

If you did not receive a T-Shirt for the Bigfoot Snowshoe Event because of a size shortage, please stop by the Outdoor Adventure Program House, noon-5:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday for pick up. If you have any questions, contact Whitney at .

Computer Science Department Chair Candidate Presentations

The campus community is invited to research talks/presentations by candidates for the Computer Science Department Chair position.

Sushil Prasad from Georgia State University, will present "Computations Over Geo-Spatial and Temporal Datasets, " Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m., in Rekhi 214.

K. Subramani from West Virginia University, will present "Computational Logic and Combinatorial Optimization," Friday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m., in Rekhi 214.

For questions, contact Vicky Roy ( or 7-2316).

Workshops and Certificates for Instructors Available

The Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers a comprehensive curriculum for Michigan Tech faculty and graduate teaching assistants. Consider attending a workshop that interests you or complete a block of three workshops to earn a certificate.

Several professional development workshops are scheduled for the upcoming weeks. Pedagogy-focused workshops (which meet for two, 2-hour sessions) include Grading and Learner-Centered Classroom. In addition, several 1-hour workshops are scheduled that focus on in-class (e.g., iClickers) and out-of-class (Canvas and more) education technologies to deliver instructional content. Please refer to the CTL website to register for a workshop. If you don't find what you are looking for, you can request a workshop for yourself or a group or contact us at 7-2046 to request a private consultation.

Reminder: CTL Module: Incorporating Information Literacy into Instruction

The Van Pelt and Opie Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) invite faculty and graduate students to attend a module, consisting of three one-hour sequential workshops titled "Incorporating Information Literacy into Instruction."

Instruction and learning librarian, Sarah Lucchesi, is delivering the module through the CTL's University Teaching and Learning (UTL) Seminars program. In this module, using the framework of Michigan Tech information literacy rubric for undergraduate students (learning goal #6), we will explore the library’s information resources, options for assistance with additional instruction, and assignment elements that allow students to practice each of the information literacy skills.

Faculty and graduate students are welcome to register only for this three-workshop series, or as a part of the complete UTL Course Design program.

The workshop sessions are scheduled for Monday Mar. 4, 18 and 25 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., in Library 244. Please register by 12 p.m., Friday, Mar. 1. For questions, contact

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources or at For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

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In the News

Emma Norman's (SS/GLRC) editorial "Transboundary water governance needs new approach" appeared in the Hill Times. She and her co-authors discuss the implications of the renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty.


Amber Roth (SFRES) was recently awarded $2,797 by the Copper Country Audubon Society to study golden‐winged warbler genetics in the Western Upper Peninsula.

Roth led a pilot study in 2013, also funded by Copper Country Audubon, to collect feather samples for DNA analysis to better understand the population genetics of the species in the Western Upper Peninsula. Nine birds were sampled towards a goal of 50 individuals to provide an accurate profile of hybridization with the closely related blue-winged warbler. The project will be conducted in the spring 2014 in collaboration with Michigan Tech. The project will involve volunteers from local schools, Michigan Tech students, local birders, and landowners to help in the location, capture and banding of the warblers. The funding will be used for student wages, travel and supplies. Roth, who is also a member of Copper Country Audubon, is volunteering her time and effort to oversee the project.