Computer Science Faculty, Students Teach Kids to Code

Charles Wallace (CS) and Leo Ureel (CS), along with two of their graduate students and six undergraduates in Computer Science, are spending time in Houghton and Hancock schools this week, giving elementary, middle and high school students hands-on experience with computer coding.

The programs are in observance of Computer Science Education Week. They include two Hour of Code events at Houghton Elementary School, one multi-day event at Houghton High School and one at Hancock Middle School. At each Hour of Code, students learn to write code, primarily using the Scratch programming language. 

"We are using a tutorial developed by Michigan Tech alumna Nichole Yarroch," Wallace said. "We are also letting students know about Computer Science and Software Engineering degrees at Tech, as well as our Copper Country Coders group that meets on the weekends."
This is the third year that CS faculty and students have conducted Hour of Code programs at local schools.

Tech Honored with Military Friendly Schools Silver Award

Michigan Tech has received a Silver Award from Military Friendly Schools. The award recognizes Tech for being a small public school with outstanding programs and support for military personnel, veterans and their families.

The awards are new this year and are meant to highlight schools that go beyond federal requirements to offer exceptional programs for military personnel, veterans and their families.

Of the 1,160 universities recognized as Military Friendly, 541 won special awards for excellence.

Last month, Michigan Tech was named a Military Friendly School for the third time. Read more here.

Exploring Opportunities for Collaboration among Calumet Area Municipalities

During the Fall Semester, Richelle Winkler's (SS) class on community development has been working with community members from the Calumet, Laurium and Calumet Township areas. 

The students come from four different disciplinary backgrounds; environmental engineering, law and society, environmental and energy policy and industrial heritage.

Over the last semester they've been studying the key question, "Would a different municipal arrangement between the villages of Calumet and Laurium and Calumet Charter Township better position these communities fiscally and enable them to provide better services to their residents?"

The class and community partners will present its findings at a public presentation at 7 p.m. Monday in the CLK School Commons. 

The presentation and subsequent discussion will look at the demographic and fiscal pressures facing the three municipalities along with the exploration of what possibilities consolidation would bring. 

Winkler says the goals of the project are to start a conversation, provide accessible and clear information and to examine the advantages and disadvantages of various options. 

The public is invited. A discussion and social will follow with coffee, tea and snacks. For more information contact Winkler

12 Days of Christmas Sale

The 12 Days of Christmas sale is back at the Michigan Tech Campus Store and University Images. Now through Dec. 19, a new sleighful of goodies will be offered each day for you and yours.

Discover a great selection of sporting apparel, souvenirs and brand new items just for the holiday season. Stop in for the warm smiles and holiday cheer, and leave with great deals.

For current and upcoming specials, as well as holiday operating hours, check our social media feeds at

HuskiesFit Holiday Classes

Michigan Tech Recreation has put together a few motivating classes to keep you on track over winter break:

  • Spin/Indoor Cycle with Krista—12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Dec. 19,21 and Jan. 4, 6
  • TRX with Kelly— 5:15 to 6:05 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Dec. 20 through Jan. 5
  • Metabolic Conditioning with Heather—6 to 6:50 a.m. Dec. 27 and 29
  • Take a Break from Busyness Mindfulness Workshop with Kim—6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5

For more information, visit HuskiesFit Adult Programs. Let us help you stay HuskiesFit this holiday season.

Pohlod Named Academic All American

Rachel Pohlod of the Michigan Tech volleyball team was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Second Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Pohlod, a senior from Pittsburgh, is one of only three players in Tech history to record more than 2,000 assists and 1,000 digs in a career. She was an All-GLIAC First Team selection this season after career highs in assists (1,238), digs (361), blocks (27), assists in a match (68) and digs in a match (27). Pohlod holds a 3.99 grade-point average in mechanical engineering.
To read the full story and find out more about Husky sports, visit

Energy Conversion Poster Symposium

Students from ME-EM 4200/5290 and 4201 "Principles of Energy Conversion" and "Intermediate Thermodynamics" will present the results of their semester-long projects on energy conversion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 9) in MUB Commons.

Some topics investigated include:

  • Replacing UPPCO with off-shore wind power
  • Renewable and alternative residential backup power
  • Can you run your car on wood in the UP?
  • Off-grid hot water

All are welcome to stop by to discuss with our students their findings.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker will be held at 4 p.m. today (Dec. 8) in EERC 103.
Paramita Mondal will present "Linking Concrete Chemistry with Performance Under Stress."
The concrete industry is facing a critical challenge to reduce its negative environmental impact while still meeting the escalating need. The overarching theme of Mondal's research group is to find material solutions for addressing this critical challenge. Her presentation will include discussion on establishing processing-property-performance relationship of concrete through multiscale characterization and physico-chemical modeling. In particular, the presentation will link concrete chemistry with its performance under stresses.
Mondal, is an associate professor of the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Her research focuses on the development of the processing-property- performance relation of cement-based construction materials, and the design of new materials through the application of multi-scale characterization, nanotechnology and biomimicry.  


Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Today

Tyrone L. Daulton, Department of Physics, Institute for Materials Science and Engineering and the Laboratory of Space Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, will present "Advanced Characterization of Micro/Nanostructures for Materials Engineering, Biogeochemistry, and Astronomy" at 11 a.m. today (Dec. 8) in M&M 610.


Biomedical Engineering PhD Defense

Biomedical Engineering PhD student Hao Meng will present her PhD defense at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Dec. 9) in ROTC 101. The defense title is "Systematic Study of Hydrogen Peroxide Generation, Biocompatibility and Antimicrobial Property of Mussel Adhesive Moiety."


Film Board Study Break

Are finals stressing you out? Need a break from cramming? Join Film Board for a study break. 

All day tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday we will be watching holiday movies in Fisher 135. The theater will be a quiet space to relax, read a book or get away from your roommate while casually watching a holiday film. Come and go as you please. Concessions will be available.

Note: Regular films will resume next semester.


C-Cubed Week 14

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

A burger bar featuring:
Fresh ground brisket and chuck (GF)
Quinoa-beet burger (VE, GF)
(Burgers served with a vast array of fresh toppings and your choice of wheat bun or gluten free lettuce wrap)
French fries (VE, GF) 

Penne alla Vodka (VE, GF)
Fusilli with Italian Sausage and Rocket (GF)
Arugula Lentil Salad (VE, GF)

V—Vegetarian VE—Vegan, GF—Gluten Free

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

CTL Tip of the Week

Fall 2017 Week Zero Canvas Workshops

The three part introductory series of Canvas Workshops, Canvas 101: Introduction to Canvas, Pages and Modules in Canvas, and Assignments and Grades in Canvas will be offered on Wednesday and Thursday of Week Zero after Winter Break. This series will introduce instructors and instructional staff to Canvas and give the basic skills and knowledge they will need to begin building courses in Canvas.

We will also offer an introductory demonstration of the new TurnItIn® LTI interface in Canvas on Wednesday of Week Zero.  This workshop will give those who use TurnItIn® in Canvas a chance to see the new TurnItIn® interface in Canvas and even begin adding TurnItIn® to their Canvas assignments if they wish.  You can read more about the upcoming upgrade to TurnItIn® in Canvas in Turnitin® Integration in Canvas to be Upgraded over Winter Break.

All the workshops will be conducted in computer teaching labs so participants can build along during instruction or try things out if desired. Attendees can also bring their own device. All four of the workshops are scheduled on Jan. 4 or 5. Visit the CTL’s Events and Workshops page to register or find out more.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, December 8, 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.

Custodian, Facilities. AFSCME Posting 12/8/16-12/14/16. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. 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.