Crybaby: The Vitamins in Your Tears

Testing for nutritional deficiencies in blood can be invasive and expensive. A team led by Michigan Technological University explored what it takes to test tears instead.

Babies cry easily, but those tears may help shed light on the role and potential uses of vitamins in tears. Maryam Khaksari, a research specialist at the Chemical Advanced Resolution Methods (ChARM) Laboratory at Michigan Tech, is the lead author of a paper on the subject recently published in Experimental Eye Research.

"Our goal was to seek the viability of establishing measurable vitamin concentrations in tears for nutritional assessments,” Khaksari says. "Your body cannot manufacture vitamins, and vitamins reflect available food sources in your body. That's what makes them good indicators of nutritional health."

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New I-9 Form

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a new I-9 form.  Starting Sunday, Jan. 22, all employers must only use this new form. In an effort to assist you with completing the new form, Human Resources is providing a New I-9 Form Workshop. The new form can be found on the Human Resources webpage.
The new I-9 form workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 1 in MUB Ballroom B2 and B3.
This workshop is for any staff who'd like to refresh their knowledge of the I-9 or to learn about the new form requirements. Sign up to attend this workshop by following this link.

IPS on Instagram

International Programs and Services is now on Instagram. Follow them, and feel free to cross-share and credit content. You'll see Study Abroad student takeovers, learn more about Michigan Tech's international/exchange students and find out what the department is up to. Questions or to collaborate? Email

Deans' Teaching Showcase

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is excited to announce the return and dramatic expansion of the Deans' Teaching Showcase for spring semester 2017. This program, first run in spring 2015, aims to recognize instructors making important contributions to teaching in ways that may not be recognized through student evaluations.

As in 2015, one of the five academic deans (engineering, sciences and arts, business, forestry and technology) will identify an outstanding instructor within their unit for each of the next twelve weeks. These twelve nominees (allocated proportionally by total number of affiliated faculty) will be invited to an end-of-term luncheon at which they'll receive formal recognition and a small token of appreciation from the CTL.

This year, however, the process won't stop there. Deans' Teaching Showcase instructors will be considered (along with the Distinguished Teaching Award finalists not selected) for three additional University-wide $1,000 awards in targeted areas. Awards will be given for exceptional large classroom/introductory teaching, innovative or outside the classroom teaching methods, and/or curriculum or assessment development. Each awardee will be asked to make a presentation at a separate CTL event next fall, sharing exceptional contributions and formally receiving recognition. The Showcase will become an annual program, with recipients taking part in the next selection process.

The CTL welcomes this opportunity to expand the recognition of exceptional instructional contributions, and encourages faculty and staff to draw the attention of the Deans to worthy candidates as soon as possible. We'll begin next week with our first nominee.

2017 Benefit Information

Now that the new year has begun, Benefit Services would like to ensure that you have the appropriate cards for your health, dental, vision and prescription needs. You should have received new insurance cards from the following vendors:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) — When you visit your doctor’s office, be sure to present them with the new Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan card which has the new Michigan Tech logo and no Rx (prescription) symbol on the front. Note that the plan coverage under BCBSM has not changed. However, prescription coverage is no longer through BCBSM as Michigan Tech has joined a larger prescription coalition to leverage the volume necessary for better pricing on prescriptions.

Express Scripts — In order to fill a prescription, you will need to provide your pharmacy with your new Express Scripts card. Keep in mind that filling a prescription through a retail pharmacy allows for a 30-day supply unless you previously had a prior authorization for a 90-day supply. A 90-day supply may be obtained utilizing the Express Scripts home delivery service. For specialty medications, employees may utilize Accredo the Express Scripts specialty pharmacy. Additional information about Express Scripts may be found in the Express Scripts FAQ online.

Davis Vision — When visiting your vision provider, be sure to present them with your new Davis Vision card. In-network providers currently include Shopko, Walmart, College Avenue Vision Clinic and ROKA Optical. The vision plan has also been enhanced to include an employee safety glasses benefit. You may view vision benefit information and safety benefit information online.

Delta Dental — No new cards were issued as this benefit has not changed.

For additional benefit information, visit the Benefit Services website.

Feel free to contact Benefit Services at or 7-2517 should you have any questions or concerns.

Second Saturday at the Michigan Tech Archives

The Michigan Tech Archives will be open tomorrow (Jan. 14) for the first Second Saturday of 2017. The reading room will be open from noon to 5 p.m. for research support and genealogy assistance. The next Second Saturday will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11.

For questions about the archives and its services, call 7-2505 or e-mail

Experience Tech Trails

Michigan Tech's 35km trail system, located right across the street from the Student Development Complex, is nationally recognized for quality, variety of terrain and maintenance. Features include:

  • 7.5 km of lighted trail
  • Year-round access — walking, running, biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snow biking
  • Designated trail for walking leashed dogs
  • Single and family annual memberships
  • Day pass collection pipes available at each trail head
  • Free access for currently enrolled Tech students
  • Free youth trail passes for children 17 and under or still in high school
  • Nordic Ski Club memberships available for $10 (includes the use of skis and snowshoes)

The Tech Trailhead Wax Building is staffed daily from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to sell club memberships, trail passes and process equipment usage.

For more information or to purchase a trail membership, visit Tech Trails.

Auditions for "West Side Story" Next Week

The Tech Theatre Company will hold auditions for "West Side Story" next week. Auditions for singing, dancing and chorus roles will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday (Jan. 16) and Wednesday (Jan. 18) in Rozsa 120 (choir room). 

Auditions for non-singing roles is 7-10 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 17) in Rozsa 120.  

To be assigned an audition slot, you must fill out a registration form.

You may sing a song from the show, or from another similar style production. Limit your selection to three minutes. An accompanist will be provided. If you sing something other than West Side Story, bring a copy of your music for the accompanist.

Wear comfortable clothes for dancing. You will sweat. If you have character shoes, bring them, otherwise sneakers are appropriate.

Callbacks will be Thursday (Jan. 19). A callback list will be sent out via email to all who auditioned following the Wednesday evening auditions. 

Click here for more information and to register for an audition.

Hockey Huskies Return Home

The Huskies return to WCHA play this weekend, hosting Alaska Anchorage at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night.

Tech is 14-9-3 overall and second in the WCHA standings with an 11-3-2-1 record. The Huskies are 5-1-1 at home this season.

Alaska Anchorage is 5-14-3 overall and 4-9-3-1 in the WCHA. The Seawolves have won a game in four straight WCHA series. UAA was picked 10th in the WCHA Preseason Media Poll and eighth in the Preseason Coaches Poll after going 11-20-3 last season and 8-18-2 in the WCHA.

Tech and Alaska Anchorage will meet for the 77th and 78th time this weekend in a rivalry that dates back to the 1988-89 season. Tech holds a slim 33-32-12 lead and is 19-13-4 in games played at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

 Michigan Tech is ranked No. 20 this week in the USCHO poll, jumping into the national rankings for the first time of the regular season. The Huskies were ranked No. 17 in the preseason USCHO poll.

The Huskies and Seawolves met on November 18-19 in Anchorage. Tech won 3-2 after a game-winning goal by Alex Smith midway through the third period for its fourth straight win. The two teams tied 1-1 Saturday with UAA earning the extra WCHA point with a 1-0 win in the sudden death shootout after a 5-minute overtime and a 3-on-3 overtime. 

The games will be on local radio on 93.5 FM. You can also listen to the games online at or by using the TuneIn Radio App on a smart phone.

For more on Michigan Tech athletics, visit

Former Husky Called to NHL

Former Michigan Tech hockey player Jujhar Khaira was called up to the NHL's Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. Through 24 games this season with the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL, Kharia has 18 points on eight goals and 10 assists.

"This is what you want to do from the start of the year," Khaira said. "I thought I was playing a strong game down there and showed a lot of confidence in myself, so I just have to come up here and not overthink it and just play my game.

"I've learned to come up here and just be calm. I know I can play at this level, now I just have to prove it."

For the full story and more on Michigan Tech sports visit

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminars will resume next week.
The first, "High Strain Mechanics and Its Importance in Construction, Blasting and Comminutions Technology," presented by SME Henry Krumb Lecturer Stan Vitton, will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 19) in Dow 642. 
The public is welcome.


C-Cubed Today

C-Cubed lunches are held weekly from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday throughout the school year in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

Award Winning Steak Chili (GF)
Award Winning Chili Verde (GF, VE)
Assortment of Fresh Toppings (V)
Corn Bread (V)

V — Vegetarian, VE — Vegan, GF — Gluten Free

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


Lt. Donna Beels Retirement Social Today

Lt. Donna Beels is retiring from Michigan Tech's Department of Public Safety and Police Services after 23 years of dedicated service to the university community.

Join Beels, along with family, friends and co-workers from 1 to 3 p.m. today in MUB Ballroom B for a retirement celebration. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.


Forestry Forum

A Forestry forum, "Over the River and Through the Woods: A Story About the Vulnerability of Boreal and Arctic Soil Carbon" will be held at 3 p.m. today (Jan. 13) in Forestry G002. A social will follow from 4 to 5 p.m. in the atrium.


Film Board Presents "The Accountant"

Today, Jan. 13 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, Jan. 14 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 15 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

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

The Accountant is rated R for strong violence and language.


Change in Internal Proposal Deadline for Jan. 23

Due to the large number of proposals expected to be submitted to sponsors on Jan. 23, the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) finds it necessary to adjust the internal proposal deadline for this specific date only to two working days prior to the sponsor's deadline.

The additional time will allow for our 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 Jan. 23 will be 7 a.m. Jan. 19.

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

Job Postings

Job Postings for January 13, 2017

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. 

Food Service Helper, Dining Services. AFSCME Internal Posting 1/13/17 - 1/19/17. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Campus Diversity Educator, Center for Diversity and Inclusion. 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.