Graduate Students to Present Research

The annual Graduate Student Research Colloquium sponsored by the Graduate Student Government will take place Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 15-16) in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Forty-nine graduate students will give oral and poster presentations about their research.

Thirty faculty members and postdoctoral fellows have volunteered to serve as judges.

Posters will be presented from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday (Feb. 15). Oral presentations are scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 16).

There will be cash prizes for first, second and third place in posters and for the people's choice poster. Oral presentations will also win cash prizes for first, second and third place and for the most-attended presentation.

The research presentations are open to the campus and community, as is a networking social hour from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday and an authors' coffee hour from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 16.

Awards will be presented at a Graduate Research Colloquium banquet Feb. 16. Graduate Student Government merit awards will also be presented for the exceptional graduate student leader, exceptional graduate student scholar, exceptional staff member and exceptional graduate mentor, as will the Dean's Award for Outstanding Scholarship, the Graduate Student Service Award and the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award.

"The main goal of the colloquium is to give students a friendly, comfortable environment to present their research to a scientific audience and get constructive feedback," said Tyler Capek, a PhD student in Physics and chair of the Graduate Research Colloquium. "It's a launching point for people who haven't done conference presentations, and it helps those who have already presented stay fresh," he added. "It helps students prepare for their master's defense."

Museum Specimen Featured on 2017 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show Poster

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum announces that one of its specimens is featured on the poster commemorating the 2017 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show (TGMS).

The specimen is a 13 cm copper crystal group from the Phoenix Mine in Keweenaw County. The specimen is among the finest copper specimens in the museum's holdings. It was donated to Michigan Tech by Lucius L. Hubbard circa 1917.

Hubbard was a former state geologist and mine manager for the Champion Mine. He built a significant collection of Keweenaw minerals over the course of his career. The Hubbard specimen, normally on exhibit in the museum, will be featured in a special exhibit at the 2017 TGMS, today through Sunday. The TGMS is open to the public and held at the Tucson Convention Center.

Now in its 63rd year, the TGMS is the world's premier mineral exhibition and attracts well over 60,000 visitors. Every year the show has a theme for invited and volunteered exhibits and honors an exceptional specimen that fits the theme. The theme this year is "Mineral Treasures of the Midwest."

The Tucson show prints and distributes a poster, similar to what would be done for a major art exhibition. It is a great honor to have one of the museum's specimens as the featured specimen on the poster. John Jaszczak (Physics), adjunct curator, and Chris Stefano, associate curator, took the photo of the specimen used on the poster. This year's poster (designed by Marnie Sharp of Tucson, Arizona) is a departure from the standard poster design as it combines the image of copper specimen with a photo of where it was mined, the Phoenix Mine. The photo of the Phoenix Mine came from the Reeder Photograph Collection (MS042-049-999-U717A) preserved in Michigan Tech's Archives and Copper Country Historical Collection.

Faculty Grant to Support Global Literacy in Undergraduate Courses

The University Student Learning Goal 3 (Global Literacy) Committee, with support from the Provost’s office and the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning, announces a small faculty grant program to encourage innovative and effective ways to introduce or enhance global literacy content into Michigan Tech undergraduate courses. We expect to give two to four awards of up to $1,600 each for work over summer 2017 to support course development for courses to be taught in the next two years.

An Intent to Apply is due no later than March 1. More information, including application process, detailed criteria and deadlines, is available on the Jackson Center Website in the left column of the homepage.

Spring Session Two: Youth HuskiesFit Programs Begin Soon

Several youth HuskiesFit classes will begin their second session very soon. Sign your Little Husky up for one of the following today:

  • Learn to Skate or Hockey FUNdamentals — Both start Saturday, Feb. 18. Registration closes Wednesday, Feb. 15.
  • Swimming — Starts Saturday, March 18. Register by Wednesday, March 15.
  • Aikido — Starts Friday, March 10. Registration closes that day.
  • Zumba Kids — This class is ongoing and meets at noon Saturdays.

Employees may use TechFit to pay for HuskiesFit Programs. SDC members receive a 10 percent discount on youth HuskiesFit programs. For more information and to register, visit Youth HuskiesFit Programs.

Final Blue Line Club Lunch of Season Set for Friday

The Michigan Tech Blue Line Club will hold the final lunch of the 2016-17 season at noon tomorrow (Feb. 10) in the "old" Blue Line Room outside of University Images.

Cost of the lunch is $10 per person with pasties, coleslaw, chocolate cake and coffee/water on the menu.

The event is open to all. RSVP to by noon today to reserve your seat. Michigan Tech hosts Ferris State in the annual Winter Carnival series this weekend.

Basketball Hosts Wayne State, Saginaw Valley for Carnival

The Michigan Tech men's and women's basketball teams host Wayne State tonight and Saginaw Valley Saturday in Winter Carnival action.

The women tip off at 5:30 p.m. tonight followed by the men at 7:30 pm. The women are 15-6, 11-5 in GLIAC play. Wayne State is 7-16 overall, 4-12 GLIAC.

The Husky men's team is13-10, 11-5 GLIAC. Wayne State is 12-8, 9-7 GLIAC. 

The teams take on Saginaw Valley State Saturday.  The women tipoff at noon followed by the men at 2 p.m.

The games can be heard on local radio, 93.5 FM and with online audio at

A video stream and live stats are also available.


Hockey Huskies Host Ferris for Carnival

The Hockey Huskies host the Ferris State Bulldogs this weekend for the annual Winter Carnival series. The two teams will battle for the MacInnes Cup presented to the team with the most goals on the weekend. The Huskies have won the Cup four straight years.

This will be the only meeting of the season between the two teams. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. tomorrow and the traditional Carnival 5:07 p.m. start time on Saturday. 

The Huskies come into the weekend at 13-5-6-3 in the WCHA, 16-11-7 overall. Their 48 points is good for second place in the conference. Ferris is 8-11-3-2 for 29 points and a sixth-place tie with Lake Superior State. They are 9-1-4 overall.

Tech is 14-11-1 all time against the Bulldogs. The teams split their four regular season meetings last year, with Ferris ending the Huskies' season in the WCHA semifinals.

The games can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM. Online audio is available at and video stream on Live Tweeting is also available.

Chemical Engineering Chair Candidate Seminar

The department of Chemical Engineering presents a chair candidate seminar with David Shonnard (ChE). It will take place at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 10) in Rekhi Hall G009.

Shonnard is Robbins Chair and professor in Tech's Chemical Engineering department. His presentation will highlight key outcomes of his biofuel sustainability research program in areas of reaction engineering, process simulation, techno-economic analysis, and environmental life cycle assessments.

The presentation will also cover how sustainability can enhance the Department of Chemical Engineering’s research and education programs and outline other initiatives for the future of research and education in the Department.


C-Cubed Week 5

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

Yankee Pot Roast (GF)
Portabella Pot Roast (GF, VE)
Roasted Potatoes (GF, VE)
Roasted Carrots (GF, VE)

Lebanese Lamb Kibbeh (GF)
Lebanese Lentils and Rice (GF, VE)
Cucumber Tomato Salad with Mint (GF, VE)

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

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


Winter Carnival Concert Celebrates Movie and Video Game Music

The Rozsa Center welcomes the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra (KSO) in a special Winter Carnival Matinee concert titled “The Greatest Movie and Video Game Music,” at 2 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 11).

For more information, read previous Tech Today article

CTL Tip of the Week

Totals in students’ grades summary hidden by default in Canvas Courses

The check box under the "More Options" link in Course Settings for “Hide totals in student grades summary” is checked by default.

This formerly just hid the scores and grades displayed in the Total column from students, but due to a product release change initiated by Instructure, it now also causes the Assignment Group totals to be hidden. Prior to this change, even if you left the grades and scores in the Total column hidden from students, they could still see a current percentage score for each Assignment Group, giving them an easy way to quickly determine the percentage that would be displayed in the Total column anyway.

If you would like to display Assignment Group and Total scores and grades to your students, you will need to uncheck the box. Directions for accessing it can be found at How do I hide totals in my students' grade summaries? Just be aware you are going there to “unhide” rather than hide these totals. While you are there, be sure to take a look at the other choices made for your Canvas course under the More Options link. These default choices effect the behavior of discussions, announcements and more, as well what grade information is displayed to students.

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.