Four Michigan Tech Students Win Portage Health Foundation Scholarships

The Portage Health Foundation has awarded four scholarships to local area Michigan Tech students who are interested in pursuing health-related careers. Recipients are Kelly Larson, Katie Schjoth, Braden Peterson and Dylan Turpeinen. 

The scholarships are part of a Michigan Tech-Portage Health Foundation partnership established to support health-related research and education, jobs and community health.

“The intention of the scholarship program is to ease the financial burden associated with earning an education, so that talented students can focus on being successful in their studies,” said Hilary Anderson, grants management coordinator at the Portage Health Foundation.

Larson is a third-year sports and fitness management major from L’Anse. Schjoth is in her third year of medical laboratory science. She’s from Baraga. Peterson is also a third-year medical laboratory science major from Hancock and Turpeinen is a fourth-year chemical engineering major from Houghton.

Schjoth plans to become a physician assistant. “It is my hope to return one day and find myself in the U.P. with a job I love,” she said.

Turpeinen hopes to put chemical engineering to work to help fight malaria with biosensor devices. “This scholarship will allow me to start my graduate research this spring, and I couldn’t be more excited to get in the lab,” he said.

Tech faculty nominated students for the scholarships, and a faculty committee reviewed the nominations, evaluating grade point average, financial need, diversity by county, health field of study and gender. 

M-TRAC Letter of Intent Deadline Extended 

The deadline for submitting a letter of intent for the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization program (M-TRAC) has been extended to 6 p.m.  Jan. 29.

The program is designed to assist early-stage technologies in demonstrating proof of concept for commercial development or developing preliminary data to assist in attracting follow-on funding. In addition, PIs are supported by experts in the field to develop a successful strategy for technology transfer through licensing or startup companies.

Proposals are solicited in the broad field of applied advanced materials. An invention disclosure is required. John Diebel, M-TRAC program director, and Jason Carter (KIP), assistant dean of the College of Science and Arts, are hosting an informational meeting at 3 p.m. Friday in the Minerals and Materials Engineering Building, room 724 to provide more background on the program and its benefits for potential applicants.

Faculty interested in learning more about this funding opportunity to prepare their technologies for commercial development are encouraged to attend.

More information on the M-TRAC program is available here.

Fraternity Helping Heikinpäivä

The men of Phi Kappa Tau are again playing a key role in Hancock's mid-winter festival, Heikinpäivä, by providing support for the festival's Polar Bear Dive set for 3 p.m. Jan. 30.

The dive has, for years, been a fun way for Michigan Tech students and sometimes faculty and staff to prove their Yooper mettle by taking the plunge into the waters of the Portage Canal. Divers can win prizes. Shoes are required, as nobody wants to cut their feet on the icy terrain.

For more details, find Heikinpäivä on Facebook.

Opening Reception For Noise Floor Tomorrow

Noise surrounds us. In the industrial world we are constantly bombarded with sounds, most of which we no longer even notice (the hum of compressor motors, the whine of routers, the whirr of hard drives, the roar of lawnmowers).

Noise Floor is an interactive exhibit by artist Josh Loar (VPA), focused on the pervasive noise around us, mechanical and cultural--bringing into focus sounds that we normally shut out of our conscious minds.

Join us for a reception with the artist at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow. in the Rozsa Gallery A-Space. This exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be in the Rozsa Gallery A-Space through jan. 30.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. M-F and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. Loar, Professor of Practice in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, is a multimedia artist and designer whose works have been featured in galleries and salons from NYC to Los Angeles, and his design and music composition has been featured in countless stage shows, films, TV programs, theme parks, concerts, and so on. He is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, director, writer, painter, filmmaker, and all-around general artist type.


Social Sciences Brown Bag Tomorrow

Social Sciences' first spring semester Brown Bag is noon tomorrow in 201 AOB. 

John D. M. Arnold will present "Persistent Infrastructure: Vernacular Preservation of the Postindustrial Landscape."


The Birkebeiners: America and Norway

Pastor Joe Iverson of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chassell will share his experiences cross country ski racing in the American Birkebeiner in Cable, Wisconsin and in Lillehammer, Norway. 

A social, refreshments included, will take place at 6:30 p.m. tonight with a presentation at 7:30 p.m. in G002 Hesterberg Hall in the Michigan Tech Forestry Building. This event is sponsored by the Michigan Tech Nordic Ski Club and the Sons of Norway 5-670 Ulseth Lodge.


Faculty Diversity Literacy workshop, Feb. 1 through 20

An additional Diversity Literacy workshop has been added to spring semester for faculty who have never taken the training before. The course will run from Feb. 1 through 20. It is online (Canvas), to be completed at your own pace, with approximately 1.5 hours of work per week. To register, contact Brenda Randell.

A Legal Aspects of Hiring workshop (also online) will follow for one week immediately afterwards (Feb. 21 through 27).

Faculty can check the status of their certification here.
Certification is required for faculty serving on hiring committees and tenure and promotion committees.


This Week's C-Cubed Menu

C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) lunches are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 


  • White Chicken Lasagna    
  • Zucchini Lasagna (VGF) 
  • Winter Fruit Salad (VGF) 
  • Parmesan Garlic Bread Sticks 


  • Crispy Beef Stir Fry (GF) 
  • Spicy Mango Stir Fry (VGF) 
  • Steamed Rice (VGF)
  • Bok Choy Salad (VGF)


Filipino Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Khana Khazana will serve Filipino cuisine from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow 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: Spring roll filling with stir fry vegetables.
  • Pinoy Apple Salad: Fresh apple and fruit cocktail with Filipino dressing.


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 is at 4 p.m. today in 103 EERC.


Physics Senior Graduate Colloquium

A senior graduate colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. today in Fisher Hall room 139.

Our graduate student presenters will be:

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


Film Board Presents "The Peanuts Movie 3D"

Film Board presents, "The Peanuts Movie 3D." The film will be shown in Fisher 135. The Peanuts Movie is Rated G


  • Tomorrow — 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 bring your huskycard to check out 3D glasses.


Deadline Nears for Group Faculty Trip signup

The Research Development Office is organizing the 2016 group faculty visit to the Washington DC area. The purpose of the trip is to provide an opportunity for faculty to gain the information, skills, and networks to submit competitive federal proposals. Michigan Tech has organized a group trip for Assistant Professors for the last six years. This year, we are opening the trip to all faculty, postdocs, and research staff. The trip is tentatively scheduled for the second week in May (May 9-11), although final timing is dependent upon the availability of personnel at NSF, NIH, and other agencies. In order to gauge interest and plan the event we are asking those interested in joining the trip to fill out one of the Google forms by Tuesday. The forms are available at the original Tech Today Story.

In Print

Associate Professor Adam Wellstead (SS) co-authored a paper titled "Alberta's Oil Sands Reclamation Policy Trajectory: The Role of Tense Layering, Policy Stretching and Policy Patching in Long-Term Policy Dynamics" in the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. Read the paper here.

Items Available

  • 1 Conference Table — Woodgrain 12' x 4'

If interested, email Bob Page or call 7-2577.

  • 26 Industrial Steel Shelving Units — various sizes from 5' to 7' tall

If interested, email Amy Spahn or call 7-2113.

University property may only be transferred between departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. 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.

Content Manager, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Apply online.

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