Public Discussion on Keweenaw Geoheritage

Today, several geoscientists will host a public discussion about the Keweenaw Geoheritage Project. The event begins with a wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the presentation at 7 p.m. at the Quincy Mine Hoist.

Two special guests will speak to options available for increasing awareness and economic and educational opportunities for the Keweenaw.

They are: Thomas Casadevall, the United State Geological Services chair of the U.S. National Committee for Geoparks, and Cecile Olive, project manager for the Puys de Dome and the Limagne Fault World Heritage Project in France.

The Keweenaw's copper mining heyday in the mid-1800s marked the nation's first major mining boom—but few outside of the Copper Country actually know that.

Additionally, the Keweenaw is one of only a handful of places in the world where native copper occurs in large quantities; it's the only place in the world where native copper mining was economically successful. The region is also one of Earth’s oldest metal-mining districts.

Pieces of Keweenaw copper, mined by native tribes, were crafted into beads and artifacts thousands of years ago, now found all over North America.

The copper is one of the results of a great tectonic rift that also formed the basin of Lake Superior. This is a geoheritage of epic proportions.

Yet the shaft houses, copper rocks, ancient mining pits and sandstone-rich downtowns that we all take for granted remain isolated in our local landscape. The Keweenaw Geoheritage Project seeks to gain more regional, national and international recognition of the unique history and geology of the peninsula.

The project is led by Bill Rose (GMES) and Erika Vye. 

Huskycast Video Platform Unavailable Evening of 6/25

Huskycast, the campus-wide video platform, will be unavailable from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 25 for a planned system upgrade. During this time, existing recordings will not be accessible and attempting to upload new content to the system will result in a "Server unable to connect" message.

Contact IT User Services at 7-1111 or if you have any questions.

ISSRM Keynote Open to the Public

CNN's 2013 Hero of the Year Chad Pregracke will talk about "industrial strength" river clean-ups at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow  (June 23) in the Rozsa Center. The keynote is part of the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) conference running June 22 to 26 at Michigan Tech. Pregracke's talk is the only ISSRM conference event open to the public this week.

Pregracke founded Living Lands and Waters—a national river clean-up nonprofit that since 1998 has helped pull 8.4 million pounds of debris out of the Mississippi, Illinois and Ohio Rivers. He is also the author of "From the Bottom Up: One Man’s Crusade to Clean America’s Rivers."

In his talks, Pregracke tells a compelling story about growing up on the river and how his river experiences led to his unique vision to clean up the Mississippi River, which led him to start an internationally recognized not-for-profit. He takes the audience out on one of the world’s greatest rivers—a journey filled with endless challenges and gripping adventures.


Sculpture Walk on the Tech Trails

Students in Lisa Gordill's Outdoor Sculpture class will showcase their summer's work as a "sculpture walk" along the Tech Trails' Tecumseh Trail today (June 22). Works will be open the the public during trail hours.


In the News

WJMN-TV Channel 3 and its website, UP Matters, ran a news story about Robert Larson, one of the first recipients of a Portage Health Foundation Graduate Assistantship at Michigan Tech. See the story here.


The Washington Times and other news outlets around the country published an Associated Press (AP) story about the Keweenaw Tread Fest, a mountain biking race conducted on the Tech Trails as a fundraiser for Michigan Tech's cross country, nordic skiing and track and field teams. See the story here.


The Wall Street Journal published an article about work that Michigan Tech scientists are doing to support the return of the Arctic grayling, a fish that was over-fished almost out of existence. See the article here.


Research by Abhi Katamneni (CS), Richelle Winkler (SS), Joshua Pearce (MSE, ECE), and Lucia Gauchia (MEEM, ECE) about the economic feasibility of going off grid in the Upper Peninsula continues to get media coverage. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) News put the study's Michigan case study into a national power grid context. See the article here.

Smart Grid News also covered the story.

Items Available

  • 4 modular desk units—U-Shaped, Beige

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In Print

Conway Fellow Aishwarya Mundada (ECE) co-authored a paper with ECE PhD candidate Yuenyong Nilsiam and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) entitled "A review of technical requirements for plug-and-play solar photovoltaic microinverter systems in the United States" in the journal Solar Energy.

Job Posting

Job Posting for June 22, 2016

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. 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.  

Office Assistant 3, Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning. Internal/External UAW Posting 6/22/2016 – 6/28/2016. External applications will be reviewed after internal applications. Apply online.

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