Clues to Earth's Ancient Core

Old rocks hold on to their secrets. Now, a geophysicist at Michigan Tech has unlocked clues trapped in the magnetic signatures of mineral grains in those rocks. These clues will help clear up the murky history of the Earth’s early core.

The journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters published a paper on the subject earlier this year. Aleksey Smirnov, an associate professor of geophysics and adjunct associate professor of physics at Michigan Tech, led the study. 

The work took him Down Under, where he drilled into rock outcrops in Australia's Widgiemooltha dike swarm that are more than two billion years old. Studying rocks this old–and extracting data from them — is tricky but helps unravel the core's mysteries. To learn more about Smirnov's research, read the full story

HuskyJOBS System Changes

HuskyJOBS is our name for the job posting database available to all students, faculty, staff and alumni. Employers use this database extensively to communicate their job postings and career opportunities to students.

During the month of June, we are changing to a different software provider. The contract with our current provider, "Symplicity", expires on June 30. The reason for the change is to switch to a system that is much more mobile-friendly, easier to use and provides students richer information than they could get from the current system.

These changes may affect:

  • Web pages within your department
  • Coursework information you share with students about job searches and career development 

Anyone with an account in the current system will receive individual e-mails inviting them to set up a profile in the new system. If you have questions or concerns about the conversion, contact Career Services, or call 7-2313.

Join the OAP for a backpacking trip to Isle Royale

Join the OAP as we head to Isle Royale June 22-26. We will be leaving early Monday June 22 and taking the Isle Royale Queen IV out of Copper Harbor. For a just $250, you can cross this experience off your bucket list. The price includes transportation from Houghton to Copper Harbor, the ferry to the island and back, as well as food while on the island, daily permit fees and group gear (tents, cooking equipment, etc.). If you are in need of other equipment, it can be rented at a 50% discount from the OAP.

We have space for up to 8 people and anyone can come! Registration and payment are required by June 16. Stop by the OAP at 207 East St. and get in on this trip! For more information or questions, contact Jared at the OAP at 7-2290 or

Spin Into Summer

Whether you're a novice rider or a serious cyclist, Spinning has you covered. You make your spin workout as intense as you want it to be. This summer, we offer 2 great Spinning class options - Power Pedal and Spin Express. Power Pedal runs Tuesday/Thursday, 7-7:50 a.m. and Wednesday, 9-9:50 a.m. Spin Express is great if you're short on time The class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:10-12:50 p.m.

Spin class punch cards are available online or at the SDC central ticket office and can be used toward either class. Daily passes are also available. For more information, visit Michigan Tech Recreation's website. Commit to be HuskiesFit this summer!


Today's Khana Khazana Features Japanese Food

Today's Khana Khazana Food Trailer from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the MUB Circle features Japanese Chicken Katsu Curry, a combination of deep fried chicken cutlets and a rich and delicious, mild curry sauce. There will be a butternut squash dish as a vegetarian option. Credit and debit cards accepted.

First Friday Social Today

Faculty, staff, retirees and graduate students are invited to join Alumni Relations and Annual Giving from 4 - 6 p.m. today at the Alumni House for the June First Friday University Social. Enjoy free beer, wine, soda, and summer time snacks while you delight in some traditional yard games (weather cooperating)! This is the final social for the 2014-2015 year. 

The Ice is Back at the "Mac"

The ice is back in the MacInnes Ice Arena beginning today. To celebrate, several ice programs will start as well. Drop-in hockey for mites through high school is offered today, tomorrow and Sunday. Public Skating will begin Sunday and continue throughout the summer. Visit here for more information.

New Funding

Casey Huckins, (Bio Sci/GLRC) is the principal on a research project that received a $331,979 research grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The project is titled, Innovative and Multifaceted Control of Invasive Eurasian and Hybrid Watermilfoil Using Integrative Pest Management Principles.
Also involved in the project are Amy Marcarelli (Bio Sci), Erika Hersch-Green (Bio Sci) and Colin Brooks (Michigan Tech Research Institute).

Continuous Improvement Connection

Michigan Tech's Office of Continuous Improvement has trained volunteers on campus to facilitate continuous improvement events. These employees have been through many hours of training in continuous improvement using Lean principles, including using problem-solving tools and facilitating groups. They're ready and willing to commit time, in addition to their regular work, to help other areas on campus practice continuous improvement. They're available to teach Lean topics to departments, facilitate kaizen events, coach you through a Lean project and practice and share the Lean skills they have learned. Check out our list of facilitators, and the next time you see one you know, ask them about Lean.