How Campus News Works

These days news is tweetable, long-form, full of photos and ever-changing. If you want to learn more about how campus news is shared by University Marketing and Communications (UMC), then join the Campus Communicators this month. The group meets from 10 to 11 a.m. tomorrow (Oct. 20) in Memorial Union B001.

There will be a 10-minute session at the end to share story ideas.

Contact Allison Mills with questions.

Winter Parking Ban Takes Effect Nov. 1

Effective Nov. 1 through April 30, parking will be prohibited on the Michigan Tech campus between the hours of 2 and 7 a.m. to allow for snow removal. This regulation will be in effect regardless of the amount of snow on the ground. The only exceptions to this parking regulation are as follows:

  • Occupants of University housing, in designated parking areas
  • Employees working on an assigned shift and parking in assigned overnight parking spaces
  • Anyone issued a special overnight parking permit by Public Safety and Police Services or Transportation Services

All other vehicles violating this regulation will be ticketed and may be towed at the owner's expense. For questions or comments regarding the winter campus overnight parking regulation, call Transportation Services at 7-1441 or Public Safety and Police Services at 7-2216.

Film Board Presents "Sausage Party"

This Weekend, Film Board Presents "Sausage Party."

Friday, Oct. 21—5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22—2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 23—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each.

"Sausage Party" is Rated R for strong crude sexual content, pervasive language and drug use. Those under the age of 17 will not be admitted without a parent or guardian.

Indian Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Tastes of India are on tap at Friday's Khana Khazana in the MUB Food Court. 

The menu features:

  • Butter Chicken—Chicken cooked in a mild curry sauce
  • Paneer Butter Masala—Cottage cheese chunks cooked in a rich and creamy masala base
  • Gobi 65—Starter snack of spicy fried cauliflower florets
  • Badam Kheer—Rich and creamy almond dessert

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow. The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

Hockey Game Watch

Join your fellow alumni and friends for a Husky Hockey game watch at the Mine Shaft. Don't miss this chance to cheer on your Huskies as they take on the Michigan Wolverines Saturday (Oct. 22).

A social will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the game starts at 7:30 p.m.

There will be complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. RSVP online or at 877-688-2586.

Sturos Named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week

Michigan Tech senior forward Reid Sturos was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week. Sturos helped the Huskies secure five out of a possible six WCHA points over Alabama Huntsville over the weekend.

Sturos earns recognition for a goal that, per NCAA rules does not count in the official statistics, but goes down in the history books as the first regular season, double-overtime game-winner in WCHA history. Playing in the WCHA's first-ever 3-on-3 overtime, the senior from Brighton buried the winner to give Michigan Tech the extra league point after a 1-1 tie. Sturos also helped the Huskies to a 7-3 win in the series opener, netting a power-play goal. This is Sturos' fourth career WCHA weekly award, but first since winning three Rookie of the Week honors as a freshman in 2013-14.

Read the full story and find out more about Tech sports at

Social Sciences Brown Bag Friday

The next Social Sciences Brown Bag is scheduled for noon Friday (Oct. 21) in AOB 201. Jonathon Robins (SS), assistant professor of history, will present "'Recycling Policy' The 'Nucleus Estate' Model and the Global Oil Palm Frontier 1900-2000."

This talk explores the long career of an old idea: the "nucleus estate." When palm oil production was first mechanized in the early twentieth century, many smallholders in Africa found it more profitable to continue manufacturing oil by hand, instead of selling fruit to mills. 

Over the twentieth century, the idea of a core plantation in the midst of smallholders was re-imagined as an agricultural school, a resettlement project, a research laboratory and a nursery for trees.

The model jumped from Africa to Southeast Asia and was adopted by the World Bank in the 1960s, without any critical examination of the model's troubled history in the colonial era.

Social Justice Lecture Series: Kye Allums

The Social Justice Lecture Series is proud to welcome Kye Allums to the Michigan Tech campus.

Allums is a speaker, activist, George Washington University graduate and the first openly transgender NCAA Division 1 college athlete. Join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion for a free discussion on balancing school, sports and identity.

This event is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 in MUB Ballroom B. All are welcome.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Brian Barkdoll (CEE) will present "The Use of Jatropha Curcas to Achieve a Self Sufficient Water Distribution System: A Case Study in Rural Senegal (MS thesis of Alexandra Archer—Advisor: Barkdoll)" from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 20) in Dow 642.

Click here to read the abstract. 

This event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Payroll Workshop Offered

Payroll Services will host a 45-minute workshop at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 in the Memorial Union Conference Room B001.

The purpose of the workshop is to review the Payroll Services Standard Practice Guide and answer payroll and time entry related questions.

This session is offered to assist supervisors, timekeepers and department administrators in following time and reporting procedures and deadlines.

Register online. If you have any questions, contact Payroll Services at 7-2130 or


Salsa Dancing with Nosotros

Join Nosotros for a fun Latin event and learn how to dance to Latin music on Saturday (Oct. 22) in MUB Ballroom A. Free Salsa lessons will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. with an open floor from 9 to 11 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. No partner is needed. 


Health Fair Today

Michigan Tech's 2016 Health Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today (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.

For more information and the schedule of events, see Tech Today article.


Husky Talks: What's Your EQ (Emotional IQ)?

EQ (Emotional IQ)—What is it and why is it considered more important than your regular IQ to your success now and to your future career success? Learn how to raise yours from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. today (Oct. 19).


Library Offers Copyright for Instructors Lightening Workshop

Need to share a journal article with your class? What about a YouTube video? What is "Educational Fair Use?" Join us as we explore the need-to-know issues surrounding copyright and instruction. This 25-minute "lightening" workshop will cover best practices concerning copyright, licensing and fair use as well as the services the library provides to assist you with your instructional needs - with time to spare.

Register to join us at 12:05 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 20) in Library Room 242. Questions? Contact


EndNote Workshops at the Van Pelt & Opie Library

Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. Two sessions will be held tomorrow (Oct. 20) in Library 242.

For more information on these sessions, see Tech Today post.


Negotiate Climate Deals

Even if you can't make it to Marrakesh, Morocco for COP22, you can still learn the ins and outs of negotiating a climate deal. Using a program called World Climate, Sarah Green (Chem) is hosting a mock negotiation with her climate science and policy class from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The event is open to campus participants, but space is limited. Register by filling out this form.

For more information, see Tech Today article.


Change in Internal Proposal Deadline for Oct. 31

Due to the large number of proposals expected to be submitted to sponsors on Oct. 31, the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) finds it necessary to adjust the internal proposal deadline for this specific date only to three working days prior to the sponsor's deadline.

The additional time will allow for analysts to perform sufficient review of all proposals to ensure sponsor deadlines are not missed.

The internal deadline for those proposals due to sponsors on Oct. 31 will be  7 a.m. on Oct. 26.

In order to apply the revised deadline equitably to all PIs, proposals sent to SPO after this internal deadline will not be submitted to sponsors.

In the News

The Guardian covered climate change research in Puerto Rico, focusing on a controlled heating experiment called TRACE that Molly Cavaleri (SFRES) co-leads. Read more here.


Lucia Gauchia's, (ECE & MEEM) interview for a Business Insider article on Henrik Fisker's effort to develop an electric hybrid car, using a revolutionary new battery technology continues to be picked up by media outlets.

Rather than working with conventional lithium-ion batteries, Fisker is turning to graphene supercapacitors. Graphene is both the thinnest and strongest material discovered so far.

"'Graphene shows a higher electron mobility, meaning that electrons can move faster through it. This will, e.g. charge a battery much faster,' Lucia Gauchia, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and energy storage systems at Michigan Technological University, told Business Insider. 'Graphene is also lighter and it can present a higher active surface, so that more charge can be stored.' But its real-world application so far has been limited by the high cost associated with producing it. 'The reason we are not using it yet, even though the material is not a new one, is that there is no mass production for it yet that can show reasonable cost and scalability,' Gauchia explained."

Read the complete article. This interview lead to two radio interviews yesterday—one with KCBS Radio in San Francisco and another with WRKO Boston.


Zika virus research by Ebenezer Tumban (Bio Sci), as part of a review paper on the virus, has been featured in science news media including the Engineering Society of Detroit's Tech Century blog, Infection Control Today, Medical Xpress and ScienMag.