Husky Volleyball Falls to Northern in Five

The Michigan Tech volleyball team dropped a five-set thriller at Northern Michigan last night. The Huskies took the first two sets 25-17 and 25-18 before falling 25-23, 25-23, and 15-12 down the stretch. Tech falls to 6-7 overall and 3-2 in the GLIAC.

"It was a tough loss, but we played pretty well overall," Tech coach Matt Jennings said. "Credit Northern. They came back and made some good adjustments. They did a good job of slowing down our pin hitters as the match went on, and it's always a coin toss in the fifth set."

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Spirit Friday and Touchdown Monday

Support the home team and show your Husky pride. This Friday (Sept. 30) is Spirit Friday at the Campus Store, University Images and online. Friday only, all Michigan Tech apparel in school colors (black, gold, grey and white) is 25 percent off. Celebrate Homecoming by wearing our school colors and save 25 percent.

Monday (Oct. 3) will be Touchdown Monday. Receive five percent off for each Husky touchdown, up to 25 percent. Discount will be automatically given in store and online. Some exclusions may apply.

Social Sciences Brown Bag Friday

The next Social Sciences Brown Bag will take place at noon Friday in AOB 201. Tim Scarlett (SS), associate professor of archaeology, will present "Survey at Chicago's Haymarket Martyr's Monument in Forest Home Cemetery: Archaeology and Labor History."

Last month, Michigan Tech researchers assisted a collaborative team surveying within the Forest Home Cemetery, in Forest Park, Illinois. The Illinois Labor History Society requested assistance in mapping subsurface deposits around the 1893 Haymarket Martyrs’ Monument, the burial site of the seven of those wrongly accused of the bombing, along with dozens of other labor leaders, agitators, socialists, anarchists and communists.

Campus Forum Tuesday

President Glenn Mroz will host a campus forum at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 in Memorial Union Ballroom A. Release time will be provided for hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor.

If you would like to submit a question during the campus forum, email it to Staff Council.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Hyungchul Yoon (CEE) will present "Enabling Smart City Resilience: Post-Disaster Response and Structural Health Monitoring" from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Sep 29) in Dow 642. This event is open to the public.

The concept of Smart Cities has been introduced to categorize a vast area of activities to enhance the life quality of its citizens. A central feature of these activities is the pervasive use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), helping cities to make better use of their limited resources.

Traces from the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

Dain and Constance Perry, part of the family in the award-winning documentary film "Traces of the Trade," will facilitate a conversation on race, reconciliation and healing. "Traces of the Trade" is both a geographical and psychological retracing of the industry of the largest slave traders in American history, the DeWolf family of Bristol, Rhode Island and an exploration into racism in America. 

This conversation will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 205 East Montezuma, Houghton. The event is free and all are welcome.

Faculty-Led Study Abroad Information Session

There will be an information session for Carlos Amador's 2017 Track A faculty-led study abroad program to Lima, Peru from 6 to 7 p.m. today (Sept. 28) in Walker Arts and Humanities 120A.

Students with an interest in studying abroad are encouraged to attend this session. Amador will discuss excursions, course credits and language requirements for this exciting program.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

Sharon Long, University of Wisconsin-Madison, department of soil science and Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, will present "Communicating About Groundwater Quality to the Public: The Myth of Vadose Zone Filtration Protecting Groundwater from Microbial Contaminants" from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 in M&M room U113.

To read the abstract, go to the environmental engineering webpage.

On the Road

Lindsay Hiltunen, university archivist, traveled to the State History Conference held in Alpena last weekend. She was in attendance to receive a state history award for the Michigan Tech Archives' Black Voices in the Copper Country project. The conference was hosted and the award was presented by the Historical Society of Michigan.

In the News

GoodCall ran an education news story about what is referred to as the "marriage market penalty" that affects young women's perception of STEM-based careers. Adrienne Minerick (CoE, Chem Eng, associate dean for research and innovation) is quoted in the story.


Liz Fujita (center for pre-college outreach) was featured in a US News and World Report article about what makes a university a good place for undecided majors.


Kliakhandler Lectures This Week

The Second Annual Kliakhandler Lectures will be held tomorrow and Friday (Sept. 29-30). Richard Stanley of MIT will deliver the lectures which are sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences and funded by a generous gift from former faculty member Igor Kliakhandler. The Kliakhandler lecture series brings a top mathematician to campus each year to give a pair of lectures. Read the Tech Today story


KIP Fall Seminar Series

The KIP Fall Seminar Series kicks off at 3 p.m. Friday (Sept. 30) in ATDC 101 with Stephen DiCarlo, professor in the School of Medicine at Wayne State University. He will present "Too Much Content, Not Enough Thinking and Too Little Fun!"

Visit their webpage for a brief presentation abstract and to view the complete list of fall seminar series dates.


Registration Open for Safe Place Training

Registration is now open for Fall 2016 Safe Place training. The Michigan Tech Safe Place Program is a comprehensive resource to better prepare faculty, staff, students, and community members to address the needs of individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA). 

See previous Tech Today article for more information.

New Funding

Timothy Colling (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received $447,807 from the Michigan Department of Transportation. Christine Codere (CEE) and John Kiefer (CEE) are Co-PI's on the project titled "2017 Michigan Local Technical Assistance Program." 
This is a one year project. 
Stephen Techtmann (Bio Sci/GLRC) is the PI on a project that has received a $239,475 research and development grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior. The project is titled "Bilge Water Microbiomes as Biosignatures of Maritime Provenance."
This is the first year of a potential three year project totaling $883,735.
Pasi Lautala (CEE/MTTI) is the PI on a project that has received $271,223 from the U.S. Department of Transportation - Federal Rail Administration. Myounghoon Jeon (CLS) and Dave Nelson (CEE) are Co-PI's on the project, "Driver Behavior at Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Using NDS and Driving Simulators."
This is a two year project.