Winter Carnival Book Sale Saturday

The Friends of the Michigan Tech Library (FMTL) will hold a Winter Carnival book sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 6 in the lobby of the Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library.

Merchandise will include Michigan Tech heritage souvenir blankets, Copper Country historic photo note cards and selected used books. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be available. All proceeds will go to support the Michigan Tech Library.

Dillman Hall Fire Alarm Testing Today and Tomorrow

Today and tomorrow, February 4 and 5, the fire alarm contractor will test the new fire alarm system installed in Dillman Hall. 
Occupants can expect intermittent signals throughout the day. 
If there are any questions call Engineering Services at 7-2303.  

Winter Carnival on the Weather Channel this Morning

The Weather Channel has scheduled a live Skype interview about Winter Carnival at 8:50 a.m. today in front a snow statue on campus. Scheduled interviews are always subject to last-minute change by the TV channel.

Art and Science Join Hands to Prevent Bird-Window Collisions

Could images of a Husky sled dog team or archetypal Copper Country miners save the lives of birds? Michigan Tech Department of Visual and Performing Arts faculty and students think they could, if they were applied to or designed into the windows on campus.

Lisa Johnson de Gordillo, assistant professor in Visual and Performing Arts, and her 2-D and 3-D design students, have been collaborating with the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science for the past three semesters to develop possible strategies to prevent bird-window collisions on campus.

It all began when Amber Roth, former SFRES research assistant professor, and Michigan Tech's Wildlife Society started studying why birds were flying into windows around campus. Their efforts caught Johnson de Gordillo's attention, and she put her design students to work on solutions.

During the fall semester, the 2-D design students developed proposals for the skywalk between the Van Pelt and Opie Library and Rekhi Hall. With crowdfunding from Superior Ideas, the students developed prototypes. Their design prototypes, rendered on canvas and printed locally, were displayed in the skywalk in early December.

This semester, they will be on display in the SFRES Noblet Building atrium from March 1 through April 1.

Read the full story here.

Football signs 29 to NLIs

Head football coach Tom Kearly Wednesday announced that 29 student-athletes will join his team and attend Michigan Tech starting in the fall.

Tech's incoming class includes 15 offensive players, 12 defensive players and two listed as athletes. Of the 29 student-athletes, there are 21 from Michigan (including four from the Upper Peninsula) and eight from Wisconsin.

"Our staff did a great job of identifying student-athletes who fit the Michigan Tech mold—being students first as well as good football players," said Kearly. "It's a high academic group with several players who were part of very successful high school programs.

"We put a concentration on helping our lines with seven offensive linemen and four defensive linemen.

Read the full story.  Watch a video update from Coach Kearly.
For more information on Michigan Tech Atletics, visit

Joint Environmental and Civil Engineering Seminar

Join us at the Environmental/Civil Graduate Seminar from 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday, February 8 in Dillman 214

Kaye LaFond will present "Communicating Science and Data: Thoughts of a (Somewhat) Reformed Engineer."

As the world squares off against challenges that require an informed public and science-savvy leadership, doing the research is only half the battle.  LaFond will share her post-graduation experiences with science journalism, data visualization and 'social media for academia.

Registration Open for Supervisor Training Series

Registration is now open for Part One of the annual Supervisor Training Series. Every year, the offices of Human Resources and Institutional Equity and Inclusion present a series of trainings that assist supervisors in their day-to-day operations.
This three part series includes:
  • Part One: Services and Functions of Human Resources and Institutional Equity Inclusion

  • Part Two:  Day-to-Day Supervision

  • Part Three: Maximizing Performance
It is expected that all supervisors at Michigan Tech complete the three part series. If you've previously completed one or more of these sessions, you will not need to retake the session. If you have employees that functionally supervise other staff or students, please encourage them to attend these sessions.
To sign up for the sessions, follow this link.
​If you have any questions, contact Heidi Reid in Human Resources at or 7-2416.

Registration is open for the 2016 Equity Within the Classroom Conference

A reminder from Institutional Equity that registration is now open for the 2016 Equity Within the Classroom Conference. If you are interested in attending the conference, you are asked to notify Institutional Equity and Inclusion at 7-3310 or Visit the conference registration page.

The hotel discount rate is only available until Saturday, February 20. Click on the following link for more information.

This year the conference is hosted by Oakland University, March 13 - 15. The theme for the conference is, “Belonging Equals Student Success and Transformation – Eliminating Dispositional Barriers for Students.” For more information about the conference, visit here.

Faculty, administrators, student affairs personnel, students and community members are all encouraged to attend. The conference provides a forum for higher and postsecondary education personnel (faculty, administration, staff), along with community supporters, to come together to present and review current research findings including annual retention outcome data.

The conference is a statewide event hosted annually by a sponsoring institution and is a collaborative effort between the State of Michigan’s King Chavez Parks (KCP) Initiative, Michigan’s 15 public universities and other private colleges and organizations whose missions and goals align with those of the KCP Initiative.

ACSHF Forum to Host Visiting Scholar, Gillian Roehrig

Gillian Roehrig, Professor of Science Education at the University of Minnesota, is a co-founder of the STEM Education Center at UMN and is currently president-elect for the Association of Science Teacher Education. She will be presenting from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, February 8 in Meese 109.

The title of Roehrig's presentation is "Conceptualizing Integrated STEM Education." This interactive presentation will first discuss a study which investigated the different ways K-12 teachers modeled integrated STEM education as a result of an intensive, 3-week-long professional development program. As part of this presentation, attendees will be asked to share their own models of STEM integration and interact with one another to categorize them and help to define what STEM integration is.

This event is being partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women and Minority Lecture/Scholar Series (VWMLS) which is funded by a grant to Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.


Update: Search for Dean of the Graduate School

The search committee for the Dean of the Graduate School has extended the deadline for the receipt of applications for this internally-posted position to Monday, February 15. The committee encourages faculty with experience and interest in graduate education to consider this important position. The job description and responsibilities can be found online. Direct any questions to committee chair Paul Bergstrom or co-chair Bruce Seely.


Physics Colloquium 

The next Physics Colloquium will take place at 4 p.m. today in Fisher Hall 131.

Mark C. Hersam, Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, will present "Fundamentals and Applications of Low-Dimensional Nanoelectronic Heterostructures."

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This Week's C-Cubed Menu

The lunches are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. Below is this week's C-Cubed menu:

Three Cheese Macaroni with Tomatoes (VGF) 
Pan Seared Green Beans with Mushrooms and Shallots (VGF) 
Pear and Jicama Salad with Lime Yogurt Dressing (VGF) 

Chicken Fajitas (GF) 
Veggie Fajitas (VGF) 
Mango Cumber Rice Salad (VGF) 
Guacamole served with Fresh Cut Veggies and Jicama Slices (VGF)

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, iced tea, cookies and fruit are available for all.


Student Organization Involvement with Continuous Improvement

Winter Carnival is upon us! Here at the office of Continuous Improvement, we are looking forward to the snow statues and free chili!

A few years ago we helped facilitate a Kaizen event with Blue Key Honor Society and this time of the year always reminds us about that fun time working with students. If you are a part of a student organization and know of a process that you think could be improved by incorporating Lean principles feel free to contact us by emailing or calling 7-3180.

If you're interested in learning more about what's going on with continuous improvement on campus, check out our "What's Happening" page or the Continuous Improvement blog.


Life Science and Technology Institute (LSTI) 2015 Travel Grant Recipients
The Life Science and Technology Institute has announced its Fall 2015 Travel Awards. The award recipients follow:

Graduate Student Presentations

  • Patrick Bowen (MS & Engineering), 7th International Symposium (podium)
  • Maryam Khaksari (ChE), 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting (poster)
  • Ida T. Fonkoue (KIP), Council on Hypertension 2015 (podium)
  • Robert Larson (Biomed), Council on Hypertension 2015 (podium)
  • Emily Shearier (Biomed), 7th International Symposium (podium)
  • Xiaoyu Liang (Math), 24th Annual IGES Conference (poster)
  • Zhichao Wang (ChE), 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting (podium)
  • Xinlan Yang (Math), 24th Annual IGES Conference (poster)
  • Huanhuan Zhu (Math), 24th Annual IGES Conference (poster)
  • Ramkumar Mohan (Biological), 2015 Midwest Islet Club Meeting (poster)
  • Ashish Saksule (ChE), 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting (podium)
  • Zhenchuan Wang (Math), 24th Annual IGES Conference (poster)

In the News

Lake Superior Magazine featured Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival in its weekly Spotlight on Events newsletter.

In Print

Charles Kerfoot (Bio Sci) with Susan C. Savage was published in "Limnology and Oceanography".
The article covers experiments done on anti-predation defenses in a group of cladoceran taxa over 20 years, both in the New World and Old (Max Planck Center for Limniology, Ploen, Germany). The article emphasizes the importance of evolution in aquatic food webs, and begins to explain why exotic predators may have disproportionate effects on naive prey species.
Xiaoqing Tang (Bio Sci), was one of the authors of the paper, "Essential RNA-Based Technologies and Their Applications in Plant Functional Genomics," in the Journal Trends in Biotechnology by the Cell publishers.