Intergalactic Nemesis Saturday at Rozsa

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts presents the “Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth - a live-action graphic novel"  at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26.

"Intergalactic Nemesis" is a hilarious all-ages science fiction adventure story set in 1933, and features three actors, a live sound effect artist, a piano and more than 1250 projected comic book panels in a retro radio-drama-extravaganza live on the Rozsa Center stage.

When "The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel" premiered, more than 2,100 people turned out. Shortly thereafter, it was featured on NPR and Conan O’Brien. Now, in its third touring season, the production has hit more than 80 venues around the U.S., U.K. and Canada, including a run at the New Victory Theatre on Broadway.

The story involves Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez and a mysterious librarian named Ben Wilcott facing the most serious threat Earth has ever known—an impending invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon.

Tickets are on sale now, $20 for adults, $10 for youth. No charge for Michigan Tech students via the Experience Tech Fee. Advance reserved seating is now available. Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. Note the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances.

New Study on Lake Superior Mercury

The northern Great Lakes are praised for being clean, but these aquatic systems don’t exist in a vacuum. Contaminants still find their way into lake water and sediments. Mercury is of particular interest because of its toxicity and persistence.

In a new study published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research in February, an interdisciplinary team from Michigan Tech examined the legacy of mercury in Lake Superior.

Currently, the National Atmospheric Deposition Program reports low levels of mercury deposition across most of the upper Midwest. However, those figures don’t account for past mercury deposition and what that might mean for heavy metal contamination. In fact, when mining was booming around lake Superior in Michigan, Minnesota and Canada in the 1800s and 1900s, the researchers found mercury input was higher than expected.

 “We document that the mining effort was discharging mercury at 1,000 times the normal deposition rate in the region,” says W. Charles Kerfoot (Bio Sci) director of the Lake Superior Ecosystem Research Center.

“We set out to quantify this deposition—and it was a real wake-up call.”

To learn more about this research, check out the full story

World Water Day Celebration at Michigan Tech

“Water and Jobs” is the theme of this year’s World Water Day, held annually on March 22. The celebration grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, in an effort to bring international awareness to the quality and quantity of water.

Here at Michigan Tech, much has been done in preparation for World Water Day.

  • Through April 30, the water-related art exhibit, “On Currents and Eddies” is on display in the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC).
  • John Austin, director of Michigan Economic Center, Prima Civitas Foundation, and a Brookings Institution Fellow, is the keynote speaker at 4 p.m. tomorrow (March 22), in Dow 641. Austin’s report “Blue Economy” looks at the potential for economic growth and the Great Lakes.
  • There will be a panel discussion at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, in GLRC 202. One of the key figures in the development of the city of Marquette’s waterway, Jim Compton, as well as Austin, Alex Mayer (CEE) and Erin Johnston and Debbie Williamson from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community are on the panel.
  • A poster competition will highlight water-related research done by Center for Water and Society graduate and undergraduate students. Posters will be on display from 2:30 p.m. Tuesday until 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Dow lobby.
  • The Green Film, “Lost Rivers” will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 in Forestry G002.

Noel Urban, director of the Center for Water and Society, said his goal for the events is “to draw attention to the water issues in the world and the research done here at Tech.”

Urban is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  

World Water Day events all are open to the public. Learn more about these activities online

EndNote Workshops at the Van Pelt & Opie Library

Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. EndNote also offers a relatively easy way for faculty to upload citations into Digital Measures. Email with any questions.

Our instruction room has EN X7.4 on Windows workstations. Attendees may bring their own laptops with EN X7.4 downloaded prior to the session. Visit the library’s EndNote LibGuide to download the software and get a sneak peek at what EndNote can do for you!

Sessions will be held on Thursday, March 24 in Library 242:

5:05-6:15 p.m. — EndNote Basic
During the session, we will cover how to create and build an EndNote "library," add and annotate full-text documents, and best practices for organizing your references. Registration is required. Register for EndNote Basic.

6:15-7 p.m. — EndNote Cite While You Write
Learn how to incorporate your EndNote library citations into a MS Word document in the particular style your manuscript requires. Attendees will also learn how to locate and import specialized output styles. Attending EndNote Basic, or prior knowledge of building and managing an EndNote library is recommended. Registration is required. Register for EndNote Cite While You Write.

Transportation Food Drive Continues

The Transportation Services Drive Away Hunger Food Drive is currently underway.

Now through Friday, April 29, participate in the drive to be entered into a drawing for a free parking pass for next year.

Transportation Services is collecting non-perishable food items which will be donated to the HuskyFAN (Food Access Network) on-campus food pantry.

For every item donated, you will receive a raffle ticket to be filled out with your MI Tech User ID. These raffle tickets will be placed into a drawing for a free parking permit for the upcoming year.

Transportation Services will draw commuter, residential, graduate, faculty/staff and black lot (guaranteed lot) permits.

Receive a raffle ticket for each item you donate (black lot requires two donations per ticket).

The more you donate the more chances you have to win. Needed Foods Include:

  • Canned Chicken
  • Single-serving Soup
  • Meals and Sides that can be microwaved
  • Spices
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Breakfast Bars/Granola Bars
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Vegetarian Foods
  • Ketchup, Mustard and Mayonnaise/Miracle Whip/Salad Dressing
  • Tuna

Drop off your non-perishable food items and collect tickets Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 100 of the Administration Building, with Cathy Jenich, third Floor Lakeshore Center, with Karen Wade, CDI in Hamar House and at the SDC Room 142.

Help Drive Away Hunger in our community. All food collected will assist Michigan Tech students.

Provost on Social Media

Provost Jackie Huntoon is on Facebook and Twitter. Like and follow her for research highlights, science education news and faculty honors and awards. 

Provost's Office staff worked with University Marketing and Communications to launch the pages and develop content. If your department or area would like social media marketing support, please email

IT Connect

Virtual Meetings for Presentations and Defenses

This is a reminder that Michigan Tech uses GoToMeeting for virtual meetings. This easy-to-use collaboration tool combines audio, video, screen sharing and chat features. Meetings or presentations—including graduate defenses—can be recorded and made available for later viewing.

If graduate students are interested in using this tool for their defenses, contact IT. Please allow seven days so we can set up the necessary accounts and test GoToMeeting with all the participants. On the day of the presentation, an IT staff member will be on hand to ensure the process goes smoothly.

Contact or call 7-1111 if you have any questions about GoToMeetingor would like to schedule a video conference for a graduate defense.

Yuanjing Sun to Present at Upcoming Forum

Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors graduate student Yuanjing Sun will present at the ACSHF forum from 2-3 p.m. today (March 21), in room 109 of the Harold Meese Center.

The title of her presentation is: "Multisensory Cue Congruency in Lane Change Test."

Mobile internet extends interaction with web applications to driver's seat. Multitasking while driving becomes an inevitable challenge to not only drivers, but also the whole automobile industry.

Many institutes and organizations have tried to develop well-designed in-vehicle technologies to support driving tasks.The proposed study is designed to look at how the congruent and incongruent audiovisual cues will influence a driver's lane change task according to a concurrent or upcoming visual indication.

Bridge Delays Resume Today

More tests of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge have been scheduled for today through Friday (March 21-25) as part of ongoing maintenance work. The testing will likely result in brief delays for motorists.

The contractor for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will perform test lifts of the bridge span, requiring brief closures of the bridge to traffic.

Motorists should expect delays of 10 to 15 minutes, roughly equivalent to a standard bridge lift for marine traffic, throughout the day. Traffic will be allowed to clear and resume normal flow between test lifts.

The $8.4 million project involves upgrades and preventive maintenance on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge between Houghton and Hancock. The project started in mid-December 2014 and is scheduled to be completed in mid-April.

University Senate to Meet Wednesday

The next meeting (#576) of the University Senate will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday March 23, in DOW 642.  View the agenda of the meeting here.
The minutes of meeting #575 can be seen here.

Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting. Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternates to attend in their place.

Huskies Fall to Ferris in Final Five, Season Ends

Michigan Tech goaltender Jamie Phillips turned aside 32 shots, but the Huskies fell to Ferris State 1-0 In Grand Rapids Friday in the WCHA Final Five semifinals at Van Andel Arena.

"Ferris State did a really good job of not letting us really get anything going," said head coach Mel Pearson. "I just want to really thank our seniors, who have done a great job of bringing this program forward. Even though we didn't get the result we wanted tonight, I'm really proud of them."

The Bulldogs scored the lone goal of the contest 11:15 into the third and held on for the victory. The Bulldogs defeated WCHA co-champion Minnesota State 2-1 in Saturday's Championship contest to capture the Broadmoor Trophy and an automatic NCAA Tournament bid.
Both Tech and Minnesota State failed to capture at-large  NCAA Tournament bids despite sharing the conference regular season crown.

Michigan Tech closes its season with a 23-9-5 overall record to secure the program's first back-to-back 20-win seasons since 1981-82 and 1982-83. The nine losses was the fewest by a Tech club since 1975-76, and the Huskies earned the MacNaughton Cup as WCHA regular season champions, bringing the title back to the Copper Country for the first time in 40 years. 

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Ref at Tech Game in Induced Coma

A college hockey referee scheduled to officiate at Michigan Tech's WCHA Final Five semifinal game Friday is in an induced coma after falling during pregame warmups and hitting his head on the ice.

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association said Saturday that Oliver "Butch" Mousseaux was injured Friday.

He was to have worked as a linesman in a semifinal game between Michigan Tech and Ferris State in Grand Rapids. According to, the 48-year old Mousseaux skated over to fellow linesmen when he tripped and fell on the ice at Van Andel Arena. None of the linesmen were wearing helmets at the time.

Medical personnel were on the scene at Van Andel Arena and immediately began treating Mousseaux. He was transported to Mercy Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids where he was listed in critical condition Saturday and put into an induced coma.

GoFundMe account has been established.

Physics Colloquium

The next physics colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday in Fisher 139.

Richard Haglund, Jr. of Vanderbilt University will present "Is Vanadium Dioxide a Credible Component of Ultrafast Photonic Devices?"

Vanadium dioxide famously undergoes a semiconductor-to-metal transition near 70 ̊C, by a monoclinic-to-rutile crystallographic transformation. Ever since picosecond optical switching of the semiconductor-to-metal transition in vanadium dioxide (VO2) was discovered two decades ago, there has been growing interest in photonic applications of this deceptively simple oxide. 

After nine years at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Haglund joined the faculty of Vanderbilt, where he is currently Stevenson Professor of Physics.

His current research activities include applications of oxide phase-changing materials to plasmonics and silicon photonics, nonlinear optics in metasurfaces and metamaterials, exciton-plasmon interactions in zinc oxide films and nanowires and applications of zinc-oxide nanowires in light emitters and radiation detectors.

He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and received an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior Scientist Prize for contributions to materials physics.


Women's History Month Reading and Screening

The Humanities Department will sponsor two events in celebration of Women's History Month:

Feminists Reading Feminists: Selections from the work of feminist writers, 1-3 p.m. today (March 21) in the Petersen Library (3rd floor of Walker). 

A screening of "She's Beautiful When She's Angry": An award-winning documentary about the feminist movement from 1966-1971 that highlights the women, issues and conflicts that remain our legacy and inspiration, 5-7 p.m. tomorrow (March 22) in Walker 134.


PHFoundation Endowed Professorship Candidate Seminar

Kristen Knutson from the department of medicine, section of pulmonary/critical care at University of Chicago is a candidate for a Portage Health Foundation Endowed Professorship in Preventive and Community Health. She will present "Association Between Sleep and Cardiometabolic Disease Risk" from 3 to 4 p.m. today (March 21) in Rekhi Hall G009.

In the News

Tech Century, an engineering and science news site published by the Engineering Society of Detroit and Lawrence Technological University, printed an article about research into mercury contamination in Lake Superior, conducted by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Michigan Tech. See the article here.

New Hires

The following people recently began employment at Michigan Tech:

  • James Pakkala—Keweenaw Research Center
  • Joseph Snow—Center for Technology and Training


In Friday's Tech Today, under "New Funding," it should have indicated the $234,698 National Science Foundation grant for the project "Predator Control of Carrion Resources and Associated Ecological Heterogeneity," is part of a five-year project totaling $823,506. Joseph Bump (SFRES/ESC) is the principal Investigator on the project.

Props for Profs

This week’s Jackson CTL Props for Profs winner is Roger Woods, a senior lecturer in the School of Business. 

Woods again received two anonymous nominations, both of whom emphasized his habit of really connecting individually with every one of his students.  

Nominators cited knowing all student names by the end of the first week, a unique presentation style with scaffolded notes and an extreme passion to see students succeed as ways Roger goes over and above the usual teaching role. 

One of the nominators indicated he has the ability to “make what might be a boring subject into something that is actually interesting,”  to the point where he believed that Roger could even make “drying paint” exciting.

Roger and his two nominators will each receive a $5 gift certificate to purchase a snack or drink at the Library Café or several other locations on campus. If you know a prof who has gone over and above, send some props today — and maybe you’ll be next week’s winner.