Keweenaw Holistic Family Medicine Lunch and Learn

Finding Health and Balance In Stressful Times

What Do You Want Your Health For? We all encounter stress in our lives in many different ways and have been told “stress is bad for your health,” but do we know why or what it can do if it becomes chronic? Too often in medicine we only talk about the symptoms and their management and forget to look for the root causes. Stress is one of the largest causes of chronic disease. We are told to decrease or manage our stress, but how often are we given useful tools and guidance on ways to do this?

Join us from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 27 in MUB Ballroom A1 to discuss the Functional Medicine approach to stress and its effects it can have on our whole being; body, mind and spirit.

We will discuss common issues many of us suffer from and how, through a holistic approach, we can find ways to identify root causes of many of our health issues and work to resolve them. We will discuss nutritional and lifestyle modifications that can help you move toward more optimal health.

Those who attend will get to try a form of acupuncture with acupuncturist Liz Ross. Lunch will be provided and this event is free of charge. Register by emailing

The Malheur Refuge Takeover: A Wake-up Call for Conservation?

Why in the world are armed militants occupying Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, a remote refuge in the high deserts of eastern Oregon?

Nancy Langston (SS), author of "Where Land and Water Meet: A Western Landscape Transformed,"  will address the takeover in a public presentation at 3 p.m. Friday, in Forestry G-002.

Distant from any major city, Malheur is one of jewels of the federal refuge system. Yet this remote refuge has become a flashpoint for a movement to transfer public lands to private ownership-- and part of a larger challenge to the very idea of federal wildlife conservation.

Langston will examine recent successes in wildlife conservation, particularly the efforts that have brought together ranchers, the Paiute tribe, hunters, anglers and conservationists to devise collaborative plans for Malheur Refuge and other western public lands.

Since the standoff began on Jan. 2, Langston has been interviewed by 28 publications, appeared on several public radio programs and written an op-ed piece for the New York Times. Her research has been featured on The Daily Show.

The event is free and open to the public.


Volunteers Help Host Nationals

Michigan Tech would like to thank all the volunteers, the City of Houghton, Houghton County Memorial Airport and the community for their help in hosting the 2016 U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships at the Nordic Training Center earlier this month.

More than 400 athletes plus coaches and support staff descended upon Tech's campus for the week-long event. An army of volunteers and staff made the event run smoothly.

More than 60 volunteers met at the Tech Trails on Dec. 26 to shovel snow onto the trails and prepare the venue. During the event, more than 100 volunteers worked tirelessly—many behind the scenes—to allow the athletes and coaches to solely focus on skiing.

Read the full story.

Filipino Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Khana Khazana will serve Filipino cuisine from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the MUB food court. The cost is $7.25 for a full meal including a fountain soda.
The menu includes:
  • Pineapple Chicken Afritada: Chicken simmered in tomato sauce and dressed with potatoes, bell peppers, onions and pineapple served with rice.
  • Vegetable Lumpia: The spring roll filling with the stir fry vegetable.
  • Pinoy Apple Salad: Fresh apple and fruit cocktail with Filipino dressing.

Film Board Presents "The Peanuts Movie"

This weekend, Film Board will show "The Peanuts Movie 3D."

The film will be shown in Fisher 135. The Peanuts Movie is Rated G



  • Friday — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $3, concessions are $1 each. This is a 3D showing, so please bring your huskycard to check out 3D glasses.

Geoseminar: Robert Nemiroff

The next Geoseminar will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday in Dow 610. Robert Nemiroff (Physics) will present "What is the Universe Made of?"

At this seminar, the composition of the universe from the largest to the smallest scales will be reviewed. Included are the types of energy that compose our universe, the types of matter that compose our galaxy and the elements that compose our solar system and Earth.

The hypothesized origins of these energies, matters and elements will be briefly reviewed and current mysteries discussed.

Distinguished Visiting Speaker to Deliver Public Lecture

Carolyn R. Miller, SAS Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Technical Communication Emerita at North Carolina State University, will give a public lecture on "Memoir, Blog and Selfie: Genres of Self-Representation," at 5 p.m. Friday in Room 202 of the Great Lakes Research Center. Miller has published on digital rhetoric, rhetorical theory and rhetoric of science and technology and her work has been foundational to North American genre studies.

Miller's talk is sponsored by the Department of Humanities. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Physics Senior Graduate Colloquium

A senior Graduate Colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow in Fisher Hall room 139.

Our graduate student presenters will be:

  • Dolendra Karki will present "Magnetization-Gradient-Induced Optical Surface Bloch Oscillations."
  • Meghnath Jaishi will present "Spin Polarized Electron Transport in Carbon Nanotube Coupled to Ferromagnetic Electrodes."
  • Mohammad Hosain Teimourpour will present "Optical Revivals in Nonuniform Supersymmetric Photonic Arrays."

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The ME-EM Graduate Seminar speaker will be Reginald Mitchell from Stanford University. The title of his presentation will be "The Impact of Co-firing Coal and Biomass on Mixed Char Reactivity under Gasification Conditions." This seminar will be at at 4 p.m. tomorrow in 103 EERC.


Green Film  

The Green Film Series presents "Racing to Zero" at 7 p.m. Thursday in Fisher 139, (this is a new location).

There is no admission fee, and you can enjoy refreshments provided by the Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

"Racing to Zero" (2014) details how the city of San Francisco is tackling the zero waste challenge. Discussion Facilitators are Suzanne Van Dam and Evan MacDonald Copper Country Recycling Task Force Co-Coordinators.  


"Automate Your Funding Search" — A session to help you with your GrantForward profile

Get this hour set aside on your calendar. We'll get your profile set up on GrantForward to optimize your funding search. Once your profile is set up, you can opt to have notifications of funding opportunities that match your research interests. Have a recent electronic CV or list of publications handy.

RSVP at this link so we know if we need to get a bigger computer lab.


ASEM January Membership Meeting

ASEM Membership meetings are open to existing and potential members. Anyone who has an interest in Engineering Management is welcome to attend and participate. The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. tomorrow in 101 Academic Offices Building.

If you have any questions or are unable to attend but are still interested, email Tim Spehar  or Justine Barker to stay in the loop.


Teaching Technology Tips Lunch and Learn

Join us next Tuesday when we’ll introduce you to a number of technologies currently available free or at very low cost. We’ll discuss how these tools could help you communicate with students, organize course materials or motivate learning.

Follow-up workshops will be scheduled throughout spring semester for each tool demonstrated if you find one you like. Lunch will be provided to those who register by tomorrow.

New Funding

Erik Seagren (CEE) is the principal investigator on a project that received a $432,279 research and development grant from the Gogebic-Iron Wastwater Authority.
Jennifer Becker (CEE) is the Co-Pi on the the project, "Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater (SAW)-Pilot Study Work Plan." 
This is an approximately three-year project.


In the News

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated in the Copper Country Monday with Michigan Tech student volunteers visiting three local elementary schools to read stories of Dr. King's work to students.

The school visits were covered by WBUP-TV ABC News Channel 10 and WLUC TV6.


Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), the faculty advisor for the Open Source Hardware Enterprise, is quoted in a story picked up by the Associated Press on the Enterprises plastic recycling project reported on widely including the Washington Times. See the story, titled "Students work to make recycled 3-D printer filament," here.


Associated Press (AP) Wire Service published a news story by Daily Mining Gazette reporter Kurt Hauglie about Associate Professor Joshua Pearce's (MSE/ECE) work with students to use recycled plastics to lower the cost of 3-D printing. The AP story appeared nationwide, including in the Miami Herald, the Kansas City Star and the Charlotte News & Observer. First Bell, a publication of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), featured the AP story in its daily aggregation of engineering education news. See the story.

In Print

PhD students Jephias Gwamuri (MSE) and Khalid Khan (ECE) co-authored a paper with Lucia Gauchia (ECE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) titled "High-Efficiency Solar-Powered 3-D Printers for Sustainable Development." The paper was published in the journal Machines.
This article was also covered by the 3-D printing technical press as "Open source, solar-powered RepRap 3D printer brings 3D printing to developing communities" on 3Ders and "Print Off the Grid! Michigan Tech Develops Solar-Powered 3D Printer" on 3D Printing Industry.