Household Sustainability: Consuming Food, Energy, Water

Changing people’s behavior may be the hardest part of mitigating climate change. But a research team led by Michigan Tech wants to find a way to do just that.

As part of a new program called "Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems," the National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding the team nearly $3 million over five years. Their research focuses on how household consumption of food, energy and water (FEW) impacts climate change and resource scarcity.

 “Our focus is on targeted conservation,” says David Watkins (CEE), a lead researcher on the grant. “We’re trying to understand what types of consumption have the biggest impacts.”

The project has three phases, the first two of which will determine how households are currently consuming food, energy and water, and what changes householders would most likely make when provided with specific information about FEW consumption impacts. Based on the results, the last phase will focus on two case-study communities that implement experimental changes in their daily FEW consumption habits.

To monitor the impacts of these changes, Charles Wallace (CS), is developing a user-friendly software system, currently referred to as the Household Metabolism Tracker. This tool will track consumption levels and link to an impact database, providing feedback to household residents on the rather complex impacts of their resource use. Read the full story.

Film Board Presents "Suicide Squad"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Suicide Squad."

Friday, Oct. 28—5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29—2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 30—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

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

"Suicide Squad" is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language.

Upcoming Security Presentations

As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Information Technology will put on two presentations related to internet security. Both are open to the campus and do not require any prior security knowledge.

The first presentation will be held at 3 p.m. Friday (Oct. 28) in Rekhi G06. This is an informative session on cyber attacks that explains who the attackers are, what their motivations are and how we can attempt to prevent data breaches by blocking each stage of an attack.

The second will be held at 3 p.m. Monday (Oct. 31) in Rekhi G06. This presentation will help identify risks and protect against common attacks on your accounts and identity.

Geoseminar: Buddy Wylie

Buddy Wylie, Cabot Oil and Gas, Pittsburgh, will present "The Marcellus Shale Gas Resource, Appalachian Basin, USA" at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 1) in Dow 610.

The Marcellus Shale is believed to have technically recoverable gas reserves approaching 400 TCF, making it one of the largest shale gas resources in the world. Cabot is the second largest producer in the Marcellus play and has drilled more than 500 horizontal wells since 2009, completed more than 10,000 hydraulic fracture stages and produced more than 2.5 trillion cubic feet of gas from the Company's acreage position.

This presentation will also discuss the distinct structural geology styles that characterize the Marcellus reservoir. 


Open Roundtable Today
There will be an open roundtable at noon today (Oct.26) in GLRC 202. The topic of the roundtable is "Silicon Valley to Michigan—Does the Model Translate?"
This will be an open discussion on business, technology, government and the links between Michigan and California. Automotive, start-ups, app-development - who is taking cues from whom?  


Husky Talks—LinkedIn Optimization: Tips for Improving Your Profile

Ensure your LinkedIn Profile makes a great first impression, presents you in the best, most effective light and compels others to contact you. Attend this session from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. today (Oct. 26).


Carol Adams at Michigan Tech

Ecofeminist Carol Adams will give her "Sexual Politics of Meat" lecture at 5 p.m. today (Oct. 26) in Forestry G002. Prior to the event, from 2 to 3 p.m., Adams will be in the library cafe for "Coffee with Carol." All are welcome.


Graduating Senior Series—Part 1: Navigating the Workplace Climate

Graduation is right around the corner. Join us for this five-part series to learn the tools needed to navigate life and finances after college from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 27).


Physics Colloquium

The next Physics Colloquium is at  4 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 27) in Fisher 139. Gregory Garrett will present "Carrier Dynamics in Wide Band Gap Semiconductors—Enabling Ultraviolet Optoelectronics.


Aquila Theatre Brings  “Murder on the Nile” to the Rozsa

Start with air raid sirens. Add WWII BBC broadcasts. Sprinkle on morse code and British actors during the time of Nazi occupied Europe and you've got the 25th Anniversary National Tour of the acclaimed off-broadway Aquila Theatre Company, who are bringing Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Nile" to the Rozsa Center stage at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 27).

For more information on "Murder on the Nile," read Tech Today article


Additional Parking Spaces Created

Transportation Services has created more than 30 additional parking spaces in lots 5 and 9 for graduate student and commuter student parking.

To make this improvement work for both graduate and under-graduate commuters, it is important both park only in their assigned lot (as designated by the signs). These lots will continue to be enforced, so don't risk getting a ticket.

To learn more, see Tech Today article.


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. 

For more details on the winter parking ban, including the exceptions, see Tech Today article.

In the News

Construction Dive quoted Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) in an article on "How will 3-D printing technology disrupt conventional construction practices?"

In Print

Laura Kasson Fiss (HU, Pavlis Honors College) published an article entitled "'The Idler's Club': Humor and Sociability in the Age of New Journalism" Victorian Periodicals Review 49, No. 3 (2016). You can read the article here.


Undergraduate Craig Ekstrum (MSE) co-authored a paper with Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and a team from Madurai Kamaraj University: "Structural and optical characterization and efficacy of hydrothermal synthesized Cu and Ag doped zinc oxide nanoplate bactericides" in the journal "Materials Chemistry and Physics."

On the Road

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum exhibited at the 72nd annual Greater Detroit Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show held Oct. 14-16 at the Expo Center of Macomb Community College hosted by the Michigan Mineralogical Society. The show consisted of 56 exhibits, 40 mineral dealers selling to the attending public and presentations.

Ted Bornhorst, executive director of the museum, presented "Nature's Mineral Masterpieces from the Keweenaw Peninsula" on Sunday afternoon to an audience of about 50 people. The museum held a silent auction as a featured Sunday event.

The museum maintains satellite exhibits at several locations around the state. The satellite exhibit in the St. Ignace Welcome Center was updated by Bornhorst en route to the mineral show. In addition, the museum's satellite exhibit at Michigan Tech Research Institute in Ann Arbor was exchanged for a display of Variscite Nodules from Clay Canyon, Utah. The nodules were donated by George B. Robbe (1884-1963), a Michigan Tech alumnus from 1913 who pioneered in chemical extraction techniques for copper ore beneficiation while he was working for the Utah Copper Company at Bingham Canyon in the 1920s.