Book on Vonnegut Brothers Discussed at Remote Sensing Seminar

Noted Author Ginger Strand will speak at the Remote Sensing Seminar, slated for 4 p.m. Monday (Oct. 17) in Dow 642.

Strand will discuss her book "The Brothers Vonnegut," which tells the unbelievable story of GE's Cold War project to take control of the weather, and how it shaped a young aspiring writer named Kurt Vonnegut.

Set at the dawn of the computer era, in a nation beset by atomic anxiety, the story of Kurt and his scientist brother Bernard demonstrates the powerful connections between science and art.

Strand will discuss Nobel Laureate Irving Langmuir's unresolved meteorological experiments, Bernard Vonnegut's misgivings about them and Kurt Vonnegut's use of all of it to write some of the most inventive novels about science ever produced—books that raise questions about scientific ethics that remain just as pressing today.

A book signing and reception will follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase at the signing and at the campus bookstore.

This special event is co-sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLSS) which is funded by a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative and EPSSI (The Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute). 

It is also sponsored by EPSSI and the Departments of Humanities and Social Sciences.

HR to Have Limited Staff Monday

Human Resources will hold its annual departmental retreat on Monday (Oct. 17). There will be limited staff on Monday to answer phones and take messages only. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday (Oct. 18).

A Conversation with Social Sciences: On Industrial Ruination

Author Ginger Strand will lead "A Conversation with Social Sciences: On Industrial Ruination" from noon to 1 p.m. Monday (Oct. 17) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Bring your lunch. 

Strand is interested in a conversation with industrial archaeologists and historic preservationists on industrial sites and ruins.  Read her Orion article on "Beautiful Ruination." 

Strand is the author of one novel and three books of narrative nonfiction, and has published essays and fiction in many places, including Harper's, The Believer, Tin House, The Iowa Review, The New England Review and the New York Times, as well as This Land and Orion, where she is a contributing editor.

A former fellow in the Behrman Center for the Humanities at Princeton, she has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Mellon Foundation, the Eisenhower Foundation and the American Antiquarian Society. Visit her website

Health Fair Coming Up Wednesday

Michigan Tech's 2016 Health Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 19) in the Memorial Union Ballroom. This event is open to all students, faculty and staff. Complimentary screenings include: body fat percentage, total cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, bone density and hemoglobin.  Complimentary massages, food samples and great prizes will also be available.
New this year are the 20-minute breakout sessions in MUB Ballroom B3 (no registration necessary).  
Topics include:
  • 11-11:20 a.m.—Michigan Rehabilitation Services and Resources with Kathy Flagstadt
  • 11:30-11:50 a.m.—Identifying and managing toxic stress with Iola Brubaker
  • noon-12:20 p.m.—Sports Nutrition, fueling your body with Kelsae Elszewski, RD
  • 12:30-12:50 p.m.—Healthy eating habits and diet navigation with Beth Cook, RD
  • 1-1:20 p.m.—Workstation Stretching with Susan Rosemurgy
  • 1:30-1:50 p.m.—If the Shoe Fits:Finding the best running shoe with Ann Hoover
UP Health System-Portage will offer meningitis and flu vaccinations during the Health Fair. The quadrivalent flu vaccine is by injection at a cost of $40 payable at the time of service (Cash, check or credit card accepted).
Students with Michigan Tech's United Health Care (UHC) student health plan can have their flu vaccine billed to insurance with their UHC member ID card. Employees, retirees and family members insured by Michigan Tech’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) can also have their flu vaccine billed to insurance with their BCBSM member ID card. This does not include retirees that have Blue Cross insurance through MPSERS.

The meningitis vaccine is by injection at a cost of $159 with a flu shot or $199 without a flu shot. Payment is expected at the time of service and will not be billed to insurance. Receipts will be provided and individuals can submit these to insurance companies to see if they’ll be reimbursed. In order to receive the meningitis vaccine you must schedule an appointment by emailing Whitney Boroski.

Anyone under the age of 18 cannot be vaccinated without parental permission. A spouse and/or child may attend without the employee.

Last Weekend for Portage Lake Golf

This weekend is the last weekend for golf at Portage Lake Golf Course.

On Saturday, a 27 hole Two-Person Fall Tournament will take place. It will be an 18-hole scramble format followed by nine holes of bestball. The tournament will begin at 10 a.m. The cost for the tournament is $50 per team if you pre-pay, $60 per team the day of the tournament. Golf, food and prizes are included. To register, call 7-2641 or email

The last day to enjoy golf for the season will be Sunday (Oct. 16). A special deal for this last weekend will be offered. A foursome may play 18 holes with a cart for only $80. In addition, all merchandise is on sale with clearance pricing. Don't forget about the delicious food the Par and Grill has to offer.

Come out and enjoy the beautiful fall colors and take your last swings before the white stuff falls.


Richelle Winkler to Present at Michigan Tech Research Forum

Winkler is an associate professor of sociology and demography in the department of social sciences. She will discuss "Making Research Matter: Democratizing Science and other Lofty Goals" today (Oct. 13) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. The session will begin at 4 p.m. with ample time for discussions over snacks and refreshments.

For more information, visit here


Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Shuaicheng (Sam) Guo, PhD candidate, will present "Ultrasonic Scattering Measurement of Air Void Size Distribution in both Early-Age and Hardened Concrete Samples" from 4 to 5 p.m. today (Oct. 13) in Dow 642. 


C-Cubed Week 7

C-Cubed lunches are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 

Sicilian Spaghetti Alla Norma (GF, V)
Creamy Penne Pasta with Shrimp and Fresh Herbs (GF)
Arugula Salad with Blueberries (V, GF)

Israeli Marinated Chicken Skewers (GF)
Pearl Couscous Salad (V)
Roasted Cauliflower Hummus (V, GF)
Pita (V)

Send any suggestions to Christina Fabian or fill out a feed-back form online.


Board of Trustees Meets Tomorrow

Michigan Tech's Board of Trustees will hold its regular meeting at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Oct. 14) in the Memorial Union Building.

For the meeting agenda, see Tech Today post.


Film Board Presents "The Secret Life of Pets"

This Weekend, Film Board presents "The Secret Life of Pets."

Tomorrow, Oct. 14—5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15—2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 16—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135, tickets are $3 each. Concessions are just $1 with 50 percent donated to the Copper County Humane Society.

"The Secret Life of Pets" is Rated PG for action and some rude humor.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, October 13, 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.

Assistant Director of Athletic Communications #16278, General Athletics. Apply online.

Custodian #16280, Facilities Management. 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.

CTL Tip of the Week

Michigan Tech Testing Center Using RegisterBlast for Scheduling

Instructors: Need to send students to the Testing Center for either an accommodated exam or make up exam? The Michigan Tech Testing Center is now using RegisterBlast, the nation’s premier online scheduling solution for testing centers. The benefits to using RegisterBlast include:

  • Your own account, which is more secure than using Google Docs.
  • The ability to make changes to a request once it has been submitted (add or subtract students, change materials or instructions).
  • The ability to monitor which of your students has scheduled the exam and when they are scheduled.
  • The optional ability to upload your exam files with your request instead of sending a separate email to us.
  • Access to a record of all of your previously submitted requests.

This application is not tied into the Michigan Tech ISO system. You will need to contact the Michigan Tech Testing Center at or 7-1001 to request a RegisterBlast account. If you login to RegisterBlast and it takes you to a non-Michigan Tech site, this is an indication that your account has not yet been created or you are using the wrong user name and/or password. Contact the Testing Center if the problem persists.

If you have questions about our new scheduling system, visit the Michigan Tech Testing Center’s Scheduling Procedures page to find out more. The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).