Reminder to Faculty and Staff Who Purchase Course Materials

Faculty received an e-mail in April inviting them to participate in Faculty Watch, an important industry survey conducted by OnCampus Research (IndiCo) and published by the National Association of College Stores. 

If you are responsible for selecting course materials, and have not already taken this short survey, complete it here before Sunday, May 1 (survey length: 15-20 minutes).

One participant from our campus will win a $100 Visa gift card and four others will win a $50 Michigan Tech Campus Store gift card.  (Note: gift cards will be taxable)

Participation in the survey is voluntary and confidential. Results will only be reported in the aggregate; results from individual stores will not be published. No survey participant will be contacted for promotional or sales purposes.

Final C-Cubed Lunch, Thursday Only

Finals week marks the end of the Conversation-Community-Collegiality staff/faculty lunches on campus. Our thanks to everyone who helped make C-Cubed a success this year. We hope to see you again in the fall, when C-Cubed returns. Email suggestions to either Faith Morrison or Brenda Randell.

These lunches are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. 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 the menu for the final lunch:

Thursday, April 28
Chicken Balti (GF)
Chickpea Curry (VGF)
Aloo Gobi (VGF)
Basmati Rice (VGF)
Mango Lassi (VGF)

Board of Trustees to Meet Friday

The Michigan Tech Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, April 29, in Ballroom B of the Memorial Union Building. 

The agenda includes

  • Review and approval of the Fiscal Year 2017 operating budget, including tuition rates.
  • A report on Spring Commencement, scheduled for Saturday, April 30.
  • Two new graduate degree programs, one for a PhD in Applied Physics and the other for an MS in Cybersecurity.
Read the full agenda.

Charity Balls Raises $3,400 for 31 Backpacks

On April 16, the Houghton-Hancock Rotaract Club sponsored a Charity Ball. As a result, on Thursday around noon, the Rotaract Club will present a check for $3400 to 31 Backpacks. All of which was raised from proceeds from the Charity Ball, and donations. More than 200 people were in attendance, aged 18 to 60.

This is an event the Rotaract Club plans on hosting again next year, to benefit a different organization. 

City to Provide Dumpsters This Week

The City of Houghton will have dumpsters available for students to put their "junk" in starting this week. 

The dumpsters will be available beginning tomorrow (April 27) thru Tuesday May 3

There are two locations:

  • Lot 21, off of Garnet Street
  • Under the parking deck downtown. 

There will be three separate dumpsters, one for regular junk, one for metal and one for e-waste. NOTE: These dumpsters are NOT for regular household garbage.  

Family Fun Day May 14

Family Fun Day is scheduled for May 14. The flyer that showcases the activities scheduled for this year can be viewed online. Registration ends May 9.


Lake Superior Celebration Tonight at GLRC ~ 6-8 pm,

The community is invited to the Lake Superior Celebration at Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) from 6-8 pm, tonight (April 26). The event is FREE, family-friendly and open to all.

The Lake Superior Celebration will include informative displays by local agencies and organizations.

The Copper Country Recycling Initiative will provide an update on recycling in the Keweenaw at 7:15 pm in 202 GLRC.

There will be fun activities for youngsters. Read the original Tech Today story.


Graduate Dean Search Committee Seeks Input

The search committee for the Dean of the Graduate School encourages the submission of comments and feedback concerning the candidacy of Pushpalatha Murthy. Direct your feedback to either of the committee co-chairs, Paul Bergstrom or Bruce Seely. Comments may also be left at the office of the College of Sciences and Arts, Walker Arts Center 201. The committee asks that any communications be received by noon today (April 26).


Seminar on Math Heavy Physics

Constanze Liaw, assistant professor of Mathematics at Baylor University, will deliver a campus seminar from 3 to 4 p.m. today (April 26) in the MUB Alumni Lounge. Her talk is titled "Rank One Perturbation and Anderson Models." For the presentation's abstract, click here.

The Great Lakes Research Center is hosting a reception in the Alumni Lounge immediately following the presentation. Liaw will be on campus until April 29 and would like to meet with faculty interested in future research collaborations. To schedule a meeting with her, contact Elizabeth Hoy at 7-1208.


Library Friends Blankets, Notecards Make Great Graduation Gifts

For departments looking for gifts for their graduates, donors or significant visitors, look no further than the beautiful Friends of the Michigan Tech Library blanket. Or, for those thank you notes, consider the Library Archives notecards. Both are available to be ordered online at the Friends of the Michigan Tech Library website

The blanket is just $65 and is 100% cotton; the notecards are $12/box and feature historic scenes from the Keweenaw. We can have them delivered to your office and we can bill to your P.O. Your purchase supports the Michigan Tech Library.


Seminar—Shuo Xiao

Shuo Xiao will present at the Biological Sciences Seminar at 9 a.m. today in Rehki 214. His presentation is titled  "Establishing an Integrated Ex-vivo Female Reproductive Tract in the Microfluidic Platform for Screening of Reproductive Toxic Chemicals"

Xiao will present a teaching seminar, "Metabolism of Enbironmental Chemicals: Biotransformation, Dexification and biodegreation, at 9 a.m.tomorrow (April 27 ) in Rehki 214.

Xiao is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University.


Seminar—Gordon Paterson

Gordon Paterson will present at the Biological Sciences Seminar at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 28 in Rehki 214. His presentation is titled "Pollutant Ecotoxicology and Toxicokinetics Across Ecological Landscapes."


Seminar—Gordon Paterson

Gordon Paterson will present at the Biological Sciences Seminar at 9 a.m. Friday, April 29 in Dow 642. The title of his presentation is "Metabolism of Environmental Chemicals: Biotransformation, Detoxification and Biodegradation." 


Sign up to be a Maker Coach for the New Makerspace in the MUB

Are you interested in helping out in the new Makerspace in the MUB Basement? 

For more information and the link to express interest, see previous Tech Today article.



Brent VanAcker, a senior in the Medical Laboratory Science Program, was recently awarded an American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) National Student Honor Award (NSHA). This award is based on academic achievement, leadership ability, community activities, professional goals, and endorsements from faculty and community leaders.

VanAcker will be graduating at the end of this semester and will be going to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota to complete a Clinical Practicum in Medical Laboratory Science. The Department of Biological Sciences congratulates VanAcker for earning this prestigious award.

Click here for more information.

In the News

WBUP-TV Channel 10 (ABC) and the Daily Mining Gazette did news stories about Lake Linden-Hubbell middle school students qualifying to enter a regional eCybermission competition, sponsored by the Army Educational Outreach Program. Senior Lecturer Gretchen Hein (EngFund) is their advisor.


Yahoo Tech, a news website about technology and science, published an article about new research that shows that light waves can travel backwards in time. It mentions Professor Robert Nemiroff's (Physics) research that predicted this phenomenon.