Winners of the 12th ESC Student Research Forum

The Ecosystem Science Center congratulates all 36 students who submitted posters to the competition held last week. The posters will continue to be on display in the atrium of the Noblet building through April 8.

Of the eight undergraduate poster submissions, Graceanna Schilz (Advisor: Molly Cavaleri SFRES) won the grand prize with the poster entitled "Effects of Seedling Warming in Tropical Forests." Gina Testa (Advisors: Jessie Knowlton and David Flaspohler, SFRES) won a merit award with the poster "Avian Community Responses to Stand Age in Northern Aspen Forests."

For the 28 graduate poster entries, Kelsey Carter won the grand prize for the poster "Plant Physiological Thermal Thresholds of Saplings in a Puerto Rican Tropical Rainforest," (Advisor: Molly Cavaleri, SFRES). Three merit winners were: Cameron Goble (Advisor: Nancy Auer, Bio. Sci.) with the poster "Fish-Habitat Associations in Tributaries to the Manistee River, Michigan: Implications for Arctic Grayling Restoration," Colin Phifer (Advisors: David Flaspohler and Chris Webster, SFRES) for the poster "Bird Community Responses to Afforested Eucalyptus Plantations in Argentina," and Ryan van Goethem (Advisor: Amy Marcarelli, Bio. Sci.) for the poster "Legacy Disturbance Effects in a Lake Littoral Zone: Effects of Stamp Sands on the Structure of Macrophyte Communities in the Keweenaw Waterway of Michigan."

Congratulations to the winners and thank you again to the many judges involved.

SBE To Host Information Session

Michigan Tech's School of Business and Economics (SBE) will host an information session at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 in the Academic Office Building (AOB) Room 101. 

The information session will focus on the school's BS degrees in Management.

SBE offers the following Bachelor's of Science degrees:

  • Management
  • Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship
  • Management with a concentration in Supply Chain and Operations.

Management is a great option for students who have an interest working with people and other business disciplines.

These well-established degree programs offer options for primary or dual majors. Find out about these exciting concentrations and career opportunities. 

Pizza and pop will be served. For more information email Dana Johnson or Sara Pingel.

Free LEDs Saturday at HEETís Great LED Light Bulb Swap

The Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) is holding the first of two Great LED Light Bulb Swaps. This frist event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at the Siskiwit Reception Hall on Pine Street in Calumet. The second Swap will be held April 23 at the Lakeshore Center in Houghton.

The first 100 households that bring in an incandescent light bulb will receive a free LED bulb and have the pleasure of smashing their old, energy-hogging one, said HEET volunteer Marcia Goodrich, who is organizing the Swaps.
Free coffee and refreshments will be available.

The Great LED Light Bulb Swaps are supported in part by Michigan Tech’s Sustainable Futures Institute and the university’s Rotaract chapter, which is a student affiliate of Rotary International.
More details are available on HEET's Facebook Page.

Discussion on Sweatshops Tonight

If you're Interested in Social Justice, you are invited to join the Houghton-Hancock Rotaract Club at 7 p.m. tonight (March 24) at the Cyberia Cafe in Houghton.
There will be a discussion on Sweatshops and Sweatshop Labor.
Topics will include economic effects in the world market and the treatment of the people working these jobs.
If you have any questions, please email Kiernan Babcock or call  517-927-1605.

Former Husky Pietila Recalled by Devils

Former Michigan Tech forward Blake Pietila has been recalled by the National Hockey League's New Jersey Devils, the team announced yesterday, (Wednesday).

Pietila has 16 points on nine goals and seven assists in 54 games this season with the Devils' AHL club, Albany. A fifth-round pick by New Jersey in the 2011 NHL Draft, he'll wear No. 56 with the team.

The Brighton, Michigan, native skated four years at Michigan Tech and amassed 107 career points (46-61) in 153 games as a Husky. As a co-captain in 2014-15, Pietila helped lead Tech to a 29-win season and its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1981. He earned All-WCHA Third Team recognition last year.



Last Day to Drop Classes is Tomorrow

The last day to drop full term spring semester classes is 5 p.m. tomorrow (March 25).

All drops must be done in the Registrar’s Office, Administration and Student Services Building, Room 130. The last day to drop track B classes with a "W" grade is Friday, April 8.

Instructions for late drops for graduate students are available online.


U.P. ACS Student Research Symposium

The deadline for submitting an abstract for the Student Research Symposium hosted by the Upper Peninsula Local Section of the American Chemical Society has been extended to tomorrow (March 25). 

For  more information on the Research Symposium, see original Tech Today article. 


This Week's C-Cubed Menu

Today, March 24
Beef Stew with Beer and Paprika (GF) 
Kale and White Bean Stew (VGF)
Garlic Bread Cubes (V) 
Cilantro Apple Salad (VGF)

Tomorrow, March 25
Loaded Guacamole Black Bean Tacos (VGF*) 
Pan Seared Cod Fish Tacos (GF*) 
*hard shell corn or flour tortillas 
Condiments: Salsa, Salsa Verde and Sour Cream
Sweet Potato, Corn and Black Bean Soup (VGF) 
Sopapilla Cheese Cake Pie (V) 

V—Vegetarian  GF—Gluten Free  VGF—Vegetarian/Gluten Free


Geoseminar: Guillaume Girard

Guillaume Girard from Michigan State University will present "What's Up With Yellowstone? Exploring The Past and The Fate of Magma at The World's Largest Restless Caldera" from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (March 25) in Dow 610.


ME-EM Faculty Candidate: Zequn Wang

ME-EM faculty candidate, Zequn Wang, will present "Simulation-based Design of Complex Engineering Systems Under Uncertainty" at 3 p.m. today (March 24) in MEEM 402. 

Wang is a postdoc research fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University (NU).


Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Terry Stepanski, Senior Project Manager, Michigan Dept. of Transportation will present the project overview for the 20 year I-94 Expansion from 4 to 5 p.m. today (March 24) in Dow 642.


Film Board Presents "The Revenant"

This weekend, Film Board will be showing "The Revenant" in Fisher 135.

Tomorrow, March 25 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 26 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 pm.
Sunday, March 27 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $3. Concessions are $1 each.

The Revenant is Rated R.


Wild Tales: Modern Language Spring Film Series

The second film of the Modern Language Spring Film Series will screen at 7 p.m. tonight (March 24) in Walker 134. Pass the invitation along and bring someone. Popcorn will be served. Event is free and open to the public.


Paper Earns Editor's Choice Recognition

An article titled "The Cladophora Resurgence in Lake Ontario: Characterization and Implications for Management" by Anika Kuczynski (CEE/GLRC), Martin T. Auer (CEE/GLRC), Colin N. Brooks (MTRI) and Amanda G. Grimm (MTRI) was recently accepted as one of the "Editor's choice" papers for 2016 by the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (CJFAS).

The NRC Research Press uses this as a means of highlighting articles of "particularly high caliber and topical importance." The article will be published as an Open Article (no CJFAS subscription required) for increased visibility.

In the News

Remote sensing work led by the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) has been in various news sources, including The American Journal of Transportation, highlighting a collaboration with the architecture, engineering and geospatial firm Woolpert. The research is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and will be a survey of rural roads throughout the Midwest.


Transdisciplinary research, part of a collaboration with Alex Mayer (CEE) and colleagues from several universities in Texas and Mexico, made southwestern news this week. The stories include a piece by KRWG, a public radio station.


The Duluth News Tribune published a news article about the National Park Service's decision to narrow the focus of the study about whether to reintroduce wolves to Isle Royale National Park, citing Research Professor Rolf Peterson and Associate Professor John Vucetich (SFRES), leaders of the long-running study of the wolves and moose of Isle Royale. The story was picked up and published by papers all over the Midwest.

Job Posting

Staff and faculty job description 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. 

Laboratory Associate, Physics. Apply online.

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