Weather Channel's Jim Cantore Visits KRC

The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore (shown in this undated Weather Channel photo) visited the Keweenaw Peninsula yesterday, spending time at Michigan Tech's Keweenaw Research Center. 

Cantore, who has been with the cable channel for nearly 30 years, was at the KRC test track where Michelin has been conducting winter tire testing. 

Michelin has been testing tires at the KRC since 1985. They do it to learn more about tire performance under winter driving conditions, so they can apply what they learn to future tires to keep consumers safe.

"The fact that Houghton gets more than 210 inches per year makes it a perfect place for Michelin to test in extreme weather," a Michelin spokesperson says.  

In addition to his Weather Channel reports from the KRC, Cantore spent time with Upper Peninsula media.

ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor Steel Factory Tour

As part of their efforts to increase awareness of careers in the Steel Industry, ArcelorMittal is funding an all-expense paid trip for students to visit their facility near Chicago. Students will have an opportunity to sign up for a motorcoach trip from Houghton, departing on Thursday, March 17 and returning on Saturday, March 19.

This trip will include a private reception at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry as well as extensive tour of the world's largest steel facility.

We expect 50 students to participate in the trip. If anyone is interested in being a chaperone, contact Jim Desrochers in Career Services.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar speaker will be 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 25 in EERC 103. 

Randy Ewoldt from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present "Droplet Impacts: When Yield-Stress Fluids Do and Do Not Stick."

Ewoldt is an assistant professor in the department of mechanical science and engineering. His group studies rheology, fluid mechanics and design of complex fluids including yield stress fluids, polymer gels and biological materials.

He has been honored with a Distinguished Young Rheologist Award from TA Instruments, the Gold Medal from ASME/Pi Tau Sigma, a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award, a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, a DuPont Young Professor Award and the Arthur B. Metzner Early Career Award from The Society of Rheology.

StudentsóLast Chance to Win Michigan Tech Gift Cards

Attention students! Your chance to win Michigan Tech gift cards, valued between $5 and $100 ends at 11:59 p.m. tonight (February 24).

To enter the drawings for these gift cards, complete the Academic Integrity Student Survey and enter the incentive drawings. Your responses to the survey are anonymous. Use this link to get the survey, but make sure you only complete the survey once.

At the end of the survey window, students will be randomly chosen for eighteen $25 cards, and two $100 cards. All students who complete the survey and register for the drawing are eligible for this final drawing, even students who already won a $5 card. 

Based solely on the number of entries through Feb 21, the current chance of winning a $25 or $100 gift card is 2 percent.

The survey will provide the campus community with an opportunity to assess student and faculty attitudes and behaviors related to academic integrity on our campus.

The reputation of Michigan Tech affects all of us, particularly students who near graduation and start looking for that first job.  

Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Book Toy Drive

The Society of Intellectual Sisters is turning to students, staff, faculty and community members for donations of books or toys in decent condition.

All donations of books and toys will go to Detroit and Flint Elementary and Middle School students. Boxes have recently been put into the Center For Diversity and Inclusion and another in Administration building near the elevators.

Indian Food at Friday's Khana Khazana

Indian cuisine is on tap for Friday's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union Food Court. The menu includes:
  • Chicken Tikka Masala—a dish of roasted chunks of chicken tikka in a spicy sauce.
  • Paneer Butter Masala—a vegetarian curry made with Paneer Butter.
  • Gobi 65—a side dish with deep-fried cauliflower.
  • Double ka meeta—a bread pudding dessert.  
The price is $7.25 for the full meal which includes a fountain drink. Like us on Facebook @Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech. 


Young Girls in Black: Modern Language Film Series

The Modern Language Program kicks off its second Spring Film Series with "Des Filles en Noir" (Young Girls in Black) at 7 p.m. tomorrow (February 25) in Walker 134.

The event is free and open to the public. Popcorn will be served.

Click here for more information about modern languages at Tech.

Inaugural Blizzard Bowl to be Held Saturday

 The Center for Pre-College Outreach (CPCO) and the Michigan Tech Quiz Bowl Club are excited to host the inaugural Blizzard Bowl quiz tournament this Saturday, February 27.
High school quiz bowl teams from the western Upper Peninsula will come together for a round-robin tournament.
They will be challenged to answer trivia from topics like history, science, pop culture and literature.
Admissions is partnering with the CPCO, offering a campus tour and brunch to participating teams. The tournament will take place in Fisher Hall from 9 a.m to noon.

Lee Named CCSA Athlete of the Week

Michigan Tech skier Andrea Lee (Campbell River, B.C.) earned Central Collegiate Ski Association Athlete of the Week honors for her performance at the NCAA Central Regional in Ishpeming last weekend.

The Huskies' senior brought home a third place finish in Saturday's 5K freestyle race, where she finished 20 seconds off the lead. In Sunday's 15k Classic mass start, she won by an impressive 16 seconds.

The race win was Lee's second on the season, following a freestyle victory at the Telemark Super Tour on January 24.

Lee is one of four Tech athletes in line to ski at the NCAA Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colo. on March 9-12.


Huskies Keep No. 14 Ranking

The Michigan Tech hockey team remained at No. 14 in both national polls after earning a series split at Bemidji State last weekend.

The Huskies (17-8-5 overall; 14-7-3 WCHA) are the highest-ranked WCHA program in both polls. Tech has been ranked or received votes in every poll this winter.

Michigan Tech returns home this Friday and Saturday (Feb. 26-27) for a two-game series against Alaska. Tickets to the games can be purchased at the SDC Ticket Office, online at

Find out more about Husky Athletics at

Blue Line Club to Host Senior Appreciation Brunch

The Michigan Tech Blue Line Club will host its annual Senior Appreciation Brunch to honor the eight Tech hockey seniors on March 6 at the Continental Fire Company in Houghton.

The event is scheduled to run from 11:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. and will feature a video highlighting the seniors, as well as remarks from head coach Mel Pearson and members of the senior class.

The Senior Appreciation Brunch is open to the public and tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for $15. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by March 4 to

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

There will be a Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (February 25) in Dow 642. Hui Yao, PhD candidate in civil engineering, will present "Molecular Dynamics (MD) Simulation of Physicochemical Properties of the Asphalt Model." The public is welcome.

MSE Seminar Tomorrow

The next MSE seminar is part of the John and Virginia Towers Distinguished Lecture Series. Ben Church will present "Cast Alumina-Forming Austenitic Steels: Metallurgical Design and Coking Performance." The event takes place from 11 a.m. to noon tomorrow (February 25) in the M & M Building room 610.

Church is an associate profesor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This seminar will review the metallurgical design of cast alumina-forming austenitic alloys including various strengthening mechanisms.

Physics Colloquium

The next Physics Colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow (February 25) in Fisher 139. Alexander Marshak from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center will present "Initial Earth Observations from the First Lagrangian (L!) Point."

Marshak conducts research on remote sensing of clouds, aerosols and blowing snow, on cloud-aerosol interaction and on many aspects of atmospheric radiative transfer. He is the Deputy Project Scientist for the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite mission and a member of the CALIPSO and MODIS Science Teams and the International Radiation Commission.

Making the Case for Interdisciplinary Research and Practice to Improve Traditionally Technical Fields

Tim Colling (CEE/MTTI/Director of the Center for Technology and Training) and John Velat (Director, Eastern Tribal Technical  Assistance Program in CEE/MTTI) will present "Getting Outside the Silos: Why Transportation Research Needs the Humanities and Social Scientists" "Human and Social Research Approaches to Engineering Problems," from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, February 26 in GLRC 202. Refreshments and snacks will be served

It is no secret that engineering, science and technology not only dominate the Michigan Tech campus but also increasingly pervade our daily lives. Humans seek technology to improve living standards, protect us from the natural environment and our own actions and create opportunities for further development with or without adverse effects for us and our planet.

Colling and Velat will examine problems in transportation and offer approaches for their investigation and solution, using knowledge, expertise, and understanding from outside engineering and physical science fields. They contend that the goal is not to separate engineering solutions from humanities, social, and arts-based solutions, but to recruit non-engineers in solving problems traditionally addressed by engineers as well as physical scientists. By demonstrating the wealth of problems in technical fields that the humanities, arts, and social sciences can contribute to solving, they hope to build cooperation and collaboration on campus and beyond by creating multidisciplinary teams that can effectively compete on what has been typically considered "hard science" research.

Dual Career Study

The ADVANCE Matrix Processes-University Programs (AMP-UP) committee seeks participants for three focus groups on the dual career experience: one group with faculty at Michigan Tech for two to three years, one group with seven to eight years at Michigan Tech and one group with more than 12 years.

If you are a dual career faculty member who falls into one of these three categories and you and your partner are willing to participate, please contact Patty Sotirin or Sonia Goltz by Friday, February 26.

For this study, dual career refers to couples in which one partner is a faculty member and both partners share dual career concerns. A recurring issue at Michigan Tech is how best to manage dual career situations involving faculty given such issues as the rural location, limited employment options for partners, travel restrictions and family resources. The point of view of the spouse or partner is important to understanding the dual career experience.

The focus group meetings will be held between March 1 and 5. A $50 honorarium for participants is provided by the office of the Vice President of Administration.

In Print

Professor Emerita Elizabeth Flynn (HU), co-edited a symposium, "Barack Obama's Significance for Rhetoric and Composition," in College Composition and Communication, Volume 67, February, 2016, 465-497.

She also published an essay, "Is Barack Obama the First Feminist President?" in the symposium.


Spring Blood Drive Hosted by Fraternity and Sorority Life

Fraternity and Sorority Life are hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow (February 24 and 25) in the Library Reading Room. Sign up for an appointment time online but walk-ins are welcome. Click here for more information. Note: Bring a photo ID


National Engineers Week

Tau Beta Pi is sponsoring a full slate of events this week to celebrate National Engineers Week. Today's activities include:

  • Eweek cake. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dillman 112.
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers - Minute to Win it trivia contest. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Chemical Sciences lobby.


"Malcolm X" to be Shown Today

There will be a free showing of the acclaimed film "Malcolm X" by Spike Lee featuring Denzel Washington.

This is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Film Board in the continued Black History Month series of events. "Malcolm X" will be shown at 6 p.m. today (February 24) in Fisher 135. There is no charge for the film and two free concessions are available.

CTL Tip of the Week

Instructure implements Enhancements to Analytics Graphs

Account, course, and user analytics graphs have been improved for accessibility and readability; changes do not affect current functionality. The Activity by Date graphs show the number of page views and participation activity by date. The graphs have been changed to display light and dark bars for contrast instead of bars with similar brightness.

Specific participations and page views can be viewed by hovering over the date. The Submissions graphs use different colors and shapes to distinguish missing, late, and on-time assignment submissions.

Specific percentages for each submission status can be viewed by hovering over the assignment. The Courses page shows submissions for all students; the users page shows the submissions for each individual student, as well as future assignments that are not due yet.

The Grades graphs have a more simplified Y-axis with fewer point lines only displayed on the left side of the graph. The percentile color has also been updated for better accessibility contrast. The users page shows individual performance for each and whether the student received a good, fair, or poor grade.

In the Courses page, the individual student graph at the end of the page has been replaced with numerical data. Submission data is identified individually as the number of assignments that were on time, late, or missing. Data also includes the student’s current score in the course. The page views, participations, and current score columns can be filtered in ascending or descending order. Additional illustrations and information about these exciting new innovations can be seen here.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.

Job Posting

Job Posting for February 24, 2016

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

Food Service Utility, ​Dining Services. ​AFSCME Internal Posting 2/24/16 - 3/1/16 External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​Apply online.​

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