Wellness Incentive Program Winners Announced

Three employees have received prizes from the HuskyPAW Wellness Incentive Program's semester drawing.  
  • Debbie Ahonen won $100 in T2 funds to use at a Michigan Tech facility
  • Karen Wade won a digital food scale and $25 additional TechFit funds
  • Danielle Davis won a Pilates set and a yoga set
HuskyPAW is always accepting new members. Join the program and earn rewards for exercising, tracking your daily nutrition, quitting smoking, attending wellness lunch and learn sessions and more. The prize drawing is provided after the completion of fall and spring semesters and includes active members of the program.
Visit HuskyPAW to learn more or contact Benefit Services at benefits@mtu.edu.

Employee Wellness Win-by-Losing Challenge

Have you been trying to get healthier and lose weight?

SWEAT and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan invite you to participate in Win by Losing, a free, fun and healthy challenge that can help you take personal responsibility for your health and reach your weight-loss goals. 

Register to be part of Michigan Tech's team by Monday, Feb. 23. The official competition runs from Feb. 23 through April 24. Participants will submit weekly weigh-ins to compete against other BCBSM group customers. You will also have access to a toolkit to help you meet your goals. Register by visiting the SWEAT website and clicking on the "Win by Losing" links.

Women Faculty, Staff Help Female Students Dress for Success

More than two dozen women students will be attending today's Michigan Tech Career Fair and the job interviews that follow dressed as the professionals they will soon become, thanks to a brainstorm by a couple of women faculty members at Tech. 

When Amy Lark, an education instructor in the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, discovered that the Campus Bookstore does not sell women's business attire, she and Susan Amato-Henderson, chair of cognitive and learning sciences, discussed alternatives. They came up with the idea to ask faculty and staff to donate women's business clothing that female students could wear.  

With just two days' notice, approximately 15 people donated, and academic advisers were invited to let their women students know that clothing in sizes 4 to 20 was available.   

"On Sunday between 1 and 3 p.m., we were able to outfit about 25 students," Amato-Henderson said. "We had clothes left over, and a few more donations came in Monday morning, so we still have students coming in to get  business clothing. The students were so grateful. It was a wonderful experience."

Experience Dogsledding with OAP Sunday

Come experience dogsledding firsthand this Sunday, Feb. 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. The cost is $50 per person, which includes transportation from OAP, instruction and the chance to drive your own team. This opportunity is open to anyone. For questions, contact OAP at 7-2290 or oap@mtu.edu

Sports in Brief

All times are Eastern. Home events are in italics.

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

Thursday, Feb. 19
Women’s Basketball at Northwood, 6 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Men’s Basketball at Northwood, 8 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Saturday, Feb. 21
Men’s Tennis at Findlay, 10 a.m.
Women’s Basketball at Lake Superior State, 1 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)
Men’s Basketball at Lake Superior State, 3 p.m. (Live Radio, Mix 93.5 FM)

Sunday, Feb. 22
Men’s Tennis at Tiffin, 10 a.m.



Hockey (24-7-1, 19-4-1 WCHA)
Feb. 14—No. 5 Michigan Tech 5, at Alaska Anchorage 1
Feb. 15—No. 5 Michigan Tech 10, at Alaska Anchorage 0

Women’s Basketball (22-1, 18-1 GLIAC)
Feb. 12—at No. 11 Michigan Tech 88, Hillsdale 57
Feb. 14—at No. 11 Michigan Tech 53, Saginaw Valley State 42

Men’s Basketball (17-6, 14-5 GLIAC)

Feb. 12—at Michigan Tech 72, Hillsdale 62
Feb. 14—at Michigan Tech 75, No. 20 Saginaw Valley State 70

Nordic Skiing
Feb. 13-15—Michigan Tech women 2nd of 8 teams, men 2nd of 8 teams at CCSA Distance Championship (at Minneapolis)



Sweep of UAA Pulls Huskies Within Point of WCHA Lead
Michigan Tech outscored Alaska Anchorage by a combined 15-1 in two games last week for the series and season sweep of the Seawolves. The Huskies improved to 24-7-1 overall and 19-4-1 in the WCHA. Paired with results from other league games, Tech finds itself just one point behind first place in the WCHA standings and eight points ahead of third.

During Saturday’s (Feb. 14) 10-0 triumph, junior Alex Petan became the 63rd player in Tech history to reach the 100-point mark for his career. He had a goal and two assists. Tanner Kero also posted three points on the night. The two players are currently tied for the league scoring lead with 31 points on 12 goals and 19 assists in 24 WCHA tilts. Michigan Tech will have a week off before facing WCHA-leading Minnesota State in Mankato, Minn., on Feb. 27-28.

Women's Hoops Clinches GLIAC Title
Michigan Tech laid claim to the women’s basketball program’s 13th GLIAC title with a pair of home wins last week giving the Huskies a five-game lead in the North Division with three games to go. Tech (22-1, 18-1 GLIAC) also owns a two-game lead over Wayne State (20-3, 16-3 GLIAC) in the race for home court advantage throughout the GLIAC Tournament. The Huskies have won 13 straight games overall and 15 consecutive home games dating back to last season. Morgan Anderson became the fifth different Tech player to score 20+ points in a game this season with a career-high 21 on Saturday (Feb. 14) vs. Saginaw Valley State. The game was also Senior Day, marking the final regular season home game for Emily Harrison and Jillian Ritchie.

Men Win Fourth Straight by Sweeping League-Leading Saginaw
The Tech men’s basketball team won its third and fourth straight games with a pair of home victories last week. Ben Stelzer hit five 3-pointers and posted 29 points in a 72-62 victory over Hillsdale on Thursday (Feb. 12). The Huskies then earned the season sweep of GLIAC-leading Saginaw Valley State 75-70 as Selzer (25 points) and Luke Heller (a career-high 20 points) combined for 45. Stelzer and two other seniors (Troy Hecht and Phil Romback) were honored before the Senior Day game. Tech has moved into a tie for third place in the GLIAC North Division standings, two games back of first. With three games to go, the Huskies own a three-game lead in the race for a home GLIAC Tournament quarterfinal game.

Flanders Wins CCSA Freestyle Title
Alice Flanders became the third different Michigan Tech skier to win a CCSA title when she beat the field by 11 seconds in Saturday’s (Feb. 14) 10-kilometer freestyle race. The 2014 All-American joined Haakon Hjelstuen and Ulrika Axelsson, who both won classic sprint titles the weekend before, as CCSA Champions. The men’s and women’s teams both placed second of eight league schools in the final standings. 

Biological Sciences Seminar Scheduled for Tomorrow–CORRECTED

Please note: due to an error, we printed that this seminar was cancelled. This is the rescheduled date and time and is correct as listed below.
Wednesday Feb. 18
1:00 p.m. MEEM 402
Kate Buckeridge, PhD
Postdoctoral researcher
Kansas Biological Survey and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Kansas 
"Global change feedbacks to ecosystem carbon and nitrogen cycling."
The Department of Biological Sciences is conducting interviews of candidates for the Assistant Professor position in Environmental Microbiology. Our last candidate, Dr. Buckeridge, will be on campus Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 16-17) and we welcome and encourage participation of the broader university.
Visit the Department of Biological Sciences calendar for more information about this seminar.
Dr. Kate Buckeridge is a Post-doctoral Scientist at the Kansas Biological Survey and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of the University of Kansas where she studies shifts in microbial community structure and/or gene expression and how they alter ecosystem process rates, within a global change framework. Dr. Buckeridge’s research combines field and laboratory sampling with experimental manipulation, followed by biogeochemical, microbiological, metagenomic and bioinformatic analyses. Her work has been focused in the low- and high-Arctic ecosystems in Alaska, the Canadian NWT and northern Greenland, with recent research in the Boreal forest.  She earned her PhD in Biology at Queen’s University, Kingston and her dissertation research addressed seasonal nitrogen cycling in Canadian low arctic tundra ecosystems.

New Funding

Nancy Auer (Bio Sci/GLRC) has received $90,025 from the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians for a two-year research and development project, "Native Fish Species Stewardship, Restoration and Research."

In Print

Associate Professor Fabrizio Zanello (Math) coauthored the following series of two papers with MIT undergraduate student Colin Sandon, "Warnaar’s Bijection and Colored Partition Identities, I," in the Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A 120 (2013), no. 1, 28-38; and "Warnaar’s Bijection and Colored Partition Identities, II," in Ramanujan Journal 33 (2014), no. 1, 83-120.

In the News

Associate Professor Aleksey Smirnov's (GMES) research on the rapid movement of the North American tectonic plate a long time ago was reported on the science news website Science Around Michigan.

Senior Research Engineer David Nelson (CEE) and Steve Landry, a railroad engineering student at Michigan Tech, were quoted in a Trains Magazine article about railroad crossing fatalities.