Is Rubber Right for Michigan Highways?

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has awarded several grants to study rubberized asphalt, including two totaling $1.2 million to Michigan Tech. One will fund a study aimed at reducing emissions and odor. The other will test a new technology that could, among other things, lower energy costs and make life easier for road crews.

Read the full story at Michigan Tech News.

Campus Forum Slides Available Online

The President's Campus Forum scheduled for yesterday, Tuesday, Sept. 30, was cancelled due to illness. The PowerPoint slides that would have been presented at the forum are posted online.

United Way Campus Campaign Begins

University faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in this year's Copper Country United Way (CCUW) campus campaign.

Fourteen nonprofit health and human service organizations in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties are supported by the campaign, including U.P. Kids (Big Brothers/Big Sisters), Child and Family Services of the UP, Dial Help, Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home and 4H.

Michigan Tech is the CCUW's largest donor. More than $26,000 was raised by Tech employees last year. This year's goal is $35,000.

Employees can make a difference for people in the Keweenaw by donating by cash or check, pledging an amount through payroll deduction or with a credit card payment by accessing the Copper Country United Way website.

Donating by payroll deduction is easy, tax deductible and just a few dollars each pay period adds up and makes a significant positive impact in the community. To sign up, use the donation form.

Employees may return their forms to CCUW Campaign Chair Lori Weir, Lakeshore Center 214, 7-2980 or The deadline is Friday, Dec. 5.

Michigan Middle and High School Students Visit Campus

Michigan Tech's Center for Science and Environmental Outreach recently coordinated campus visits for middle and high school students from two Michigan schools.

Greenhills School, Ann Arbor

Twelve students in grades 10-12 from Greenhills School in Ann Arbor visited Tech Sept. 26-27. The students received a $400 travel stipend, which they earned as second-place winners in the Great Lakes/National Ocean Sciences Bowl held at the University of Michigan. 

The travel stipend was provided by the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach. The group, which was hosted by the Great Lakes Research Center, learned about topics ranging from wildlife ecology to remotely-operated vehicles in the classroom.

The following Tech scientists and students led activities:

  • Hannah Abbotts (SFRES), community liaison specialist
  • Assistant Professor Joseph Bump (SFRES)
  • Professor Nancy Auer (Bio Sci)
  • Jen Fuller (CEE), PhD student
  • Jenny Tyrrell (CEE), PhD student
  • Xena Cortez (CEE), first-year student
  • Benjamin Jensen (MEEM), president of the Blizzard Baja team

Menominee Catholic Central School

Twenty-three students in grades 6-8 from Menominee Catholic Central School made their annual visit to campus on Monday and Tuesday. 

The students spent time on the Agassiz, exploring the aquatic food web and shipwrecks in the Keweenaw Waterway; toured the boulder garden and rhizotron, which allowed the students to watch worms making soil; and more.

The following Tech scientists and students led activities:

  • Paul Pebler (CEE), PhD student
  • Marcel Djkstra (CEE), PhD student
  • Marcy Erickson (Center for Science and Environmental Outreach), SFRES alumna
  • Wes Ellenwood (CEE), graduate student
  • Jen Fuller (CEE), PhD student
  • Emily Gochis (GMES), PhD student

Cap and Gown Rental Orders Due Oct. 19

The 2014 Midyear Commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 10:30 a.m. in the SDC Wood Gym.

Faculty who need to rent a cap and gown should place their order online by Oct. 19.

There will be a shipping fee on all orders placed after that date. Cap and gown rental cannot be guaranteed on orders placed after 4 p.m. on Nov. 26.

If you have any questions, contact Shanda Miller at the Campus Bookstore at 7-2410 or

Limited Human Resources Staff Oct. 8

Human Resources will be holding its annual departmental retreat on Wednesday, Oct. 8. There will be limited staff to answer phones and take messages only. Normal operations will resume on Thursday, Oct. 9.

Film Board Presents "Edge of Tomorrow"

This weekend, Film Board will be showing "Edge of Tomorrow" in Fisher 135. It will be shown on:

  • Friday, Oct. 3, at 5:30, 8:30 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 4, at 2:30, 5:30, 8:30 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 5, at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $3 each, and concessions are $1 per item. Next week's showing is "Maleficent." Questions can be directed to Casey Finney at

Reminder: Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Friday

Join the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion's (CDI) Heritage Committee for a cultural celebration on Friday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., on the seventh floor of the Magnuson Hotel.

This event will feature special speaker Carlos Amador and an Aztec dance group from Minnesota, Mexica Yolotl. 

See Tayloria Adams ( in CDI for tickets.

School's Out, the SDC's In

The SDC is offering a School's Out Day Pass special on Friday, Oct. 10, and Friday, Nov. 7, which are days off for most local schools. For $8 per day, the all-inclusive pass includes access to the pool, multipurpose room and ice rink. (Children 11 and under require adult supervision. The Fitness Center is available to students 16 and older only.)

Check out what's going on:

  • Multipurpose Room: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Basketballs and volleyballs are free of charge, but other sports equipment rental rates vary.)
  • Open Skate: 12 to 2 p.m. (skate rental not available)
  • Open Swim: 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Eat lunch at the Coaches' Corner featuring a frappuccino and chocolate chip cookie for $3.99
  • On Nov. 7, School's Out participants can receive a $10 combo ticket to the 5 p.m. Michigan Tech vs. Northland volleyball game and the 7:30 p.m. Michigan Tech vs. Alaska Anchorage hockey game that evening.

Passes may be purchased at the SDC Ticket Office. SDC Youth Members only pay $2 (to cover Open Skate). Valid only on Oct. 10 and Nov. 7.

For more information, visit Michigan Tech Recreation or call 7-2975.

Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series Welcomes Leena Finér

Leena Finér, professor of silviculture at the Finnish Forest Research Institute, will give a seminar, "Interactions Between Forest Management and Water Quality in Boreal Landscapes," tomorrow from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Noblet G002. This presentation is part of the Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series, sponsored by the Ecosystem Science Center and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.


New Funding

L. Brad King (MEEM) has received $383,315 of $745,578 from the US Department of Defense, Air Force Office of Scientific Research for the first year of a two-year research and development project, "Electrospray from Magneto-Electrostatic Instabilities."


Zhanping You (CEE) has received $41,308 of $855,680 from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the first year of a two-year research and development project, "Low-Emission Asphalt Pavements with Crumb Rubber."

In the News

The Midland Daily News published a lengthy news story about Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Regional Science and Engineering Festival last weekend.

Read the full story for more information.

On the Road

Researchers from the Department of Chemical Engineering participated in the TCS2014 Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products, featuring the latest results from the NSF-funded Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP) project. The symposium was held Sept. 2-5 in Denver, Colo. 

  • David Shonnard, professor and Robbins Chair in sustainable materials, presented a keynote lecture on sustainability of transportation biofuels.
  • Professor Michael Mullins and PhD student Lilu Funkenbusch presented a poster on the
    computational modeling of a chemical reactor producing hydrocarbon biofuel from wood chip-derived bio-oil.

In Print

Professor Barry D. Solomon (SS) published a paper, "The Utmost Ends of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Finnish Perceptions of the Risks of Uranium Mining and Nuclear Waste Management," in the Journal of Risk Research, Vol. 17, No. 8 (September 2014), pp. 1037-1059. It was coauthored with Tappio Litmanen and Mika Kari of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.