The Growing Cost of Health Care: Your Health Lecture Series at Michigan Tech

In this election season, the cost-benefit equation of health care is on everyone’s mind.  At a free public lecture at Michigan Tech this week, a public health specialist from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine will discuss the ethical issues related to health care cost reduction efforts.

Dr. Dean Sienko will present “The Growing Cost of Health Care – Can We Endure it Much Longer?” — this year’s Your Health Lecture — at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, March 17 at the Great Lakes Research Center, Room 202. 

The lecture series is a collaborative community event sponsored jointly by Michigan Tech, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region Campus and UP Health System-Portage.

Sienko is associate dean for prevention and public health, director of the Division of Public Health and acting director of the institute for Health Policy at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.  He served as commander of the U.S. Army’s Public Health Command and as director and medical director of the Ingham County Health Department.

As part of the Your Health Lecture Series, there will also be a program at UP Health System-Portage for health care professionals. Participants can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. 

Pre-health professions students at Michigan Tech have been invited to a question and answer session with Sienko at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Dow 743. He will answer questions about the medical profession.

Michigan Tech, Michigan State College of Human Medicine and UP Health System-Portage have been supporting the Your Health Lecture Series at Michigan Tech since 2012 and similar programs in Marquette since 2010.

C-Cubed: A Community Building Initiative

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. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. Stop in to enjoy outstanding food and company and help continue to make this community building initiative a success.

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted); attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Coffee, tea, fruit-infused water, cookies and fruit are available for all. Below is this week's C-Cubed menu:

Thursday, March 17

  • Pan Seared Chicken with Strawberry Avocado Relish (GF)
  • Pan Seared Tofu and Kale (VGF)
  • Zucchini Risotto (VGF)
  • Rolls and Butter (V)

Friday, March 18

  • Open Face Tuna and Apple Melts with Smoked Gouda Cheese Sauce
  • Roasted Broccoli Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (V)
    *gluten free bread will be available
  • Leek and Cannellini Bean Soup with a Cracker Assortment (VGF)
  • Austrian Style Potato Salad (VGF)
  • Overnight Pickles (VGF)

After School Science Classes

The next session of after school sciences classes for elementary school children begins Thursday, March 17.

The sessions are from 4 to 5:30 p.m. the next six Thursdays at Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center. The hands-on science explorations are taught by Michigan Tech science and engineering students and staff. The sessions are as follows:

  • Spring Nature Explorations, Grades 1 and 2—As the snow melts and the days lengthen, it's time to investigate birds and spring migration, growing plants, frog life cycles and incredible insects that may bite us, but provide dinner for so many other organisms. 
  • Physics of Motion, Grades 3 through 5—Explore motion in our world through investigations involving the principles of physics. Students will construct rockets, roller coaters, aqueducts and catapults to discover the relationship between energy and motion through engaging, hands-ons activities. 

The cost is $75 per student. You can pay by credit card by calling the Michigan Tech Cashier at 7-2247 (Space is not reserved until your payment is received).

Register by tomorrow (March 16) online, or on the website of the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.

Anyone with questions can email Joan Chadde or call 7-3341.

Nominations for Student Awards End Friday

Nominations for the nine remaining Student Leadership Awards close at noon Friday (March 18).
To nominate a student or to find more information go to the website. Any questions, call Student Activities at 7-1963.

"Autism in Love" to be Shown Tonight

The Michigan Tech student organization Spectrum Connection will show the film "Autism in Love," at 6 p.m. tonight (March 15) in Fisher 135.

Spectrum Connection is an organization on campus that tries to support students on the Autism spectrum, have other learning disabilities or have social anxieties. 

"Autism in Love" is an award-winning feature-length documentary that explores the lives of four autistic adults as they pursue and manage romantic relationships.

The evening includes a half hour question and answer session with the film's producer, Carolina Groppa. Find out more online.

This Week in Husky Sports

Hockey vs. Ferris State at WCHA Final Five, Grand Rapids. (Live TV: Fox Sports North; Live Radio: Mix 93/ 
Hockey: If Tech defeats Ferris State Friday, they will play the winner of the Minnesota State/Bowling Green game at 6:07 p.m., Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Live TV: Fox Sports North; Live Radio: Mix 93/ 
Nordic Skiing at Super Tour Finals, Craftsbury, Vt.
Men's Tennis at Walsh, 10:00 a.m.
Men's Tennis at Tiffin, 10:00 a.m. 


Hockey climbs to No. 12

The Michigan Tech hockey team moved up one spot to No. 12 in the poll and stayed put at No. 13 in the USA TODAY/USA Hockey Magazine poll, which were released Monday.

The Huskies, who are the top seed in the WCHA tournament, swept Alaska in a first-round playoff series at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

Find out more about Michigan Tech Athletics at


MacNaughton Cup To Be In Wads Dining Hall at Noon Today

Members of the Michigan Tech hockey staff will have the MacNaughton Cup at Wadsworth Dining Hall from noon to 1 p.m. today. Tech students, faculty, staff and fans will have the opportunity to see the trophy and take photos.

The MacNaughton Cup, which is awarded annually to the WCHA regular-season champions, originated in the Copper Country in 1913 and is one of the most famous trophies in hockey. Michigan Tech's title this season is the first for the program since 1975-76.

Times Announced for Final Five

The No. 13 Michigan Tech Hockey Huskies will play Ferris State in Friday's nightcap of the WCHA Final Five semi finals in Grand Rapids. The Huskies and the Bulldogs will face off at 7:37 p.m. (EDT).  The first semi final pits Minnesota State and Bowling Green at 4:07 p.m.

Fans can purchase tickets in the designated Michigan Tech sections at Van Andel Arena through the SDC Ticket Office at or over the phone at 906-487-2073. All-tournament ticket packages are priced at $69 and include two tickets – one for Friday's semifinals (4:07 p.m. and 7:37 p.m.) and one for the Broadmoor Trophy championship game on Saturday (6:07 p.m.).

Those looking to attend the Final Five can also buy all-tournament packages and single-session tickets through the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, official Ticketmaster ticket centers, over the phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at

Geoseminar: John Jaszczak

The next geoseminar features John Jaszczak (Physics), Adjunct Curator, A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum. The presentation is entitled, "Mineralogical Miracles at Merelani, Tanzania" from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 18 in Dow 610.

The Lelatema Mountains in northern Tanzania are host to one of the world's richest flake graphite deposits, but it is the purple-blue gem variety of zoisite called tanzanite from a deposit near Merelani that has brought renown to the region since the 1960s.

This illustrated lecture will review these seemingly miraculous mineralogical occurrences and reveal yet further surprises that have recently been uncovered. All are welcome.


Deadline for Teaching Awards Comments is Friday

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning seeks input for its annual Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize outstanding contribution to the instructional mission of the University.

Based on more than 50,000 student rating of instruction responses, 11 finalists have been identified for the 2016 awards. The selection committee is soliciting comments from students, staff, faculty and alumni to aid in its deliberation process. 

Comments for the Distinguished Teaching Award finalists are due on Friday, March 18, and can be made online.

To view a list of this year's finalists, read the original Tech Today story.


Hands On Workshops: Technologies to Support Student Learning

Click on the registration links below for more information about these workshops. 


Biological Sciences Seminar

Barton Wicksteed, PhD, The University of Chicago Department of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism will present "The Roles and Therapeutic Potential of Protein Kinase A in Metabolic Disease" at 9 a.m. today (March 15) in Rehki G06.


Biological Sciences Seminar

Xiaohu Tang, research assistant professor Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Nutrition, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present "Sulfur-Containing Amino Acids as Determinant of Epigenetic States and Cell Fate" at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 17 in Rehki G06.


Consumer Products Day

Career Services has partnered with students from the Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise to create a new contest this April. The event will be conducted over the weekend of April 8-9.

Full details are available online.


Kerfoot to Speak at Informational Meeting

Charles Kerfoot (Bio Sci) will be one of the featured speakers at an information meeting on environmental issues surrounding Torch Lake. 

The meeting is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in the Lake Linden-Hubbell High School Auditorium


Tagging and Tracking Stream Fish 

Chris Adams, a PhD student in biological sciences at Michigan Tech, will share some of the lessons he learned studying and working on the West Coast, in a program on fish tagging and tracking techniques at 6:30 p.m. today (March 15) at the Great Lakes Research Center, Room 202. 

Transportation Services Sponsors Second Annual Food Drive Raffle

Participate in the Drive Away Hunger Food Drive and be entered into a drawing to win a free parking pass for next year. 

For information on the food drive, see original Tech Today article.


HuskyLEAD: The Importance of Being Inclusive

The next HuskyLEAD is at 6 p.m. tonight in the Memorial Union  Alumni Lounge. The title of the workshop is "The Importance of Being Inclusive:  What leaders need to know now and for the future."  

The presenter is Christa Spielman from the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

On the Road

Joan Chadde, director of the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach and Lauri Davis, a Houghton High School science teacher presented, "Designing a Sustainable Future" at the Michigan Science Teachers Association Conference in Lansing, March 4-5.

Chadde also presented a Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support Water Quality Unit teacher workshop and Davis presented "Engaging Your Students in Authentic Science Research."

New Funding

Will Cantrell (Physics/EPSSI) is the principle investigator on project that has received an $84,673 research grant from the National Science Foundation.
The project is entitled "Clouds: A Synergistic Experimental and Simulation Approach."
This is the first year of a three-year project totaling $263,283.


Professor Dana Johnson (SBE) has won the Gryna Award from ASQ, an international organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of quality tools, principles and practices. The award is for co-authoring the paper "SEM of Service Quality to Predict Overall Patient Satisfaction in Medical Clinics: A Case Study," published in 2015 in Quality Management Journal, Vol. 22, No. 4, pp. 18-36.

Read more here.