Moment of Silence for Orlando Tragedy

Michigan Tech will observe a moment of silence and reflection today (June 14) in honor and memory of the victims of Sunday morning's tragedy in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The observance is scheduled to take place at 11:45 a.m. today in front of the Husky statue.

Kellie Raffaelli, director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, says the moment of silence is an opportunity to grieve and a show of support.

"Our hearts are heavy as we grieve alongside LGBTQIA communities in Orlando and across the country," Raffaelli says.
"To pay tribute to those who died and were injured, we will gather as a community to remember the resilience of our communities, our ability to be strong with and for one another and continue to hope for equity, inclusion and justice. If anyone is looking for spaces to talk and be together please reach out to us at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Counseling Services." 

Carbon Dioxide Biggest Player in Thawing Permafrost

Carbon dioxide emissions from dry and oxygen-rich environments will likely strengthen the climate, forcing impact of thawing permafrost on top of methane release from oxygen-poor wetlands in the Arctic, according to a study in Nature Climate Change.  

The study, published Monday, was led by Northern Arizona University Assistant Research Professor, Christina Schädel. One of her collaborators is Evan Kane, an assistant professor of soils at Michigan Technological University.

"Having the chance to be involved with such a large collaboration is important," Kane says, adding that getting a more complete understanding of the impacts of thawing permafrost requires a lot of researchers." With this study, we're able to look at the complexity of the changing permafrost environments and offer more insight into how the carbon they hold will react as they thaw."  

The main point is that carbon dioxide, rather than methane, remains the most important greenhouse gas coming from thawing permafrost. The meta-analysis examined more than 25 Arctic incubation studies. 

Read the full story.

Dale Tahtinen's Retirement Social

The President's Office invites the campus community to a retirement social for Dale Tahtinen from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, June 17 in the Lodge area of Hillside Place.

Tahtinen came to Michigan Tech in 1991 as the Vice President for Governmental Relations and Secretary of the Board of Trustees. During his tenure, Tahtinen was instrumental in building relationships with government officials, staffers, agencies and others which aided our faculty and staff in research development/proposals with our partners in Lansing and Washington. He was also instrumental to the University with his dedicated service to the Board of Trustees over the past 25 years.

In recognition of Dale's contributions, you are invited to join us in celebrating his achievements.

Golf Scramble—Sponsored by the Research Development Office

The Research Development Office invites all faculty to participate in their first-ever hosted golf scramble.

The scramble will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 at the Portage Lake Golf Course. A social hour will follow the scramble.

All skill levels, or lack there of, are welcomed to participate. Participants will pay their own greens fees for the day, which will be no more than $30.

RSVP here by Friday. Teams can/will be formed after the RSVP period has ended.

If you have any questions email

New Programs Approved by State

At its annual retreat held on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University June 2 and 3, the Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU) approved Michigan Tech's two proposals for new degree programs effective this fall.

The proposal for an MS in Cybersecurity was led by the Department of Computer Science with the involvement of the Alliance of Computing, Information and Automation (ACIA). Additional information about this program can be found on the Senate's website.

The PhD in Applied Physics was created to broaden the scope of the current PhD in Engineering Physics. Additional information about this program can be found on the Senate's website.

Both proposals were approved by the Senate and the administration in April.


Intro to Qigong and Tai Chi Lunch & Learn

WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness invites you to join them for a Lunch and Learn with Darlene Basto, Northstar Qigong and Tai Chi, from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 28 in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A.

Register here. HuskyPAW members may claim 100 bonus points for attending. Bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided. Email Shannon Brodeur with questions.

For more information see the original Tech Today story.


OAP Hosting Leave No Trace Trainer Course with Subaru Traveling Trainers July 7-8

Looking to expand your outdoor skills? Look no further. The OAP is offering a Leave No Trace (LNT) Trainer Course here in the Keweenaw in partnership with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers.

Course dates are July 7-8 and cost is $125. It does include an overnight camping trip the night of July 7. For those looking for a shorter experience, the OAP and the Keweenaw Land Trust will host an Awareness Workshop with the Traveling Trainers on Saturday, July 9 at the Boston Pond Nature Area on US-41.

For more information see the original Tech Today story.

Job Posting

Job Posting for June 14, 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.

​Equipment Operator II, ​Facilities. ​AFSCME Internal Posting 6/14/16-6/20/16. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. ​Apply online.​

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

In the News

MiBiz, a web site for Michigan business news, published an article about Michigan Tech's partnership with Michigan State University, which has resulted in formation of the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute. The institute's goal is to develop manufacturing processes to use and reuse forest products in innovative ways. See the article here.