Cleaning Dirty Water Competition Winners Announced

The winners of the Cleaning Dirty Water Competition shouldn't come as a surprise. The winners are three members of the Michigan Tech chapter of the Society of Environmental Engineering — seniors no less — Joseph Doyle, Kyle Mischler and Jeremy Luebke.

The winning trio had stiff competition from the runner up team, “The Insolubles,” three students from a Hancock High School chemistry class — Mike McParlan, Murphy Mallow and Shannon Nulf. The class is taught by a Michigan Tech grad.

Other teams that competed included Quantum Huskies, a group of international students from Tech's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Whiz Kids, a group of three eighth-grade students from Lake Linden-Hubbell Middle School and three members of the Copper Country Recycling Initiative task force.

The competition was held in recognition of World Water Day, Wednesday (March 22). This year’s theme was wastewater, hence the cleaning water competition.

Event coordinator Joan Chadde, director of the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach and a member of the World Water Day planning committee, made the wastewater right before participants’ eyes. The wastewater was made up of household items that go down the drain. Each team was given a cup of wastewater and directed to clean it as best they could using only the materials provided — screen, sand, gravel, activated charcoal and alum.

After 20 minutes, the results came in. Martin Auer (CEE), a local wastewater treatment expert served as judge. All members of the winning team received $25 Michigan Tech gift certificates, which they generously handed off to the second place Hancock High School students, explaining "they didn’t have time to spend it, since they’d be leaving Houghton soon with graduation just a few weeks away."

Globally, two billion people are without clean drinking water and three billion are without wastewater treatment. After treatment, wastewater is a valuable resource that can be returned to cities for drinking water.

Michigan Tech’s World Water Day events were sponsored by the following Michigan Tech departments and research centers: The Great Lakes Research Center, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, the Ecosystem Science Center, the Sustainable Futures Institute, Visual and Performing Arts and The Center for Science and Environmental Outreach.

Print Shop Running With Reduced Staff March 28-31

The University Print Shop will have a reduced staff beginning Tuesday (March 28) through March 31. The temporary reduction is to allow for staff training. 

This will not effect any current jobs. However any new orders may be delayed slightly by the situation. The Print Shop will be open regular hours all of next week. Call 7-2347 with any questions.

CDI Looking for Faculty Mentors for MICUP/MI-LSAMP Program

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is looking for faculty to serve as mentors for the 2017 MiCUP/MI-LSAMP Transfer Transition Program which targets low-income, underrepresented, first-generation students to continue their education beyond community college — with a focus on STEM disciplines.

The 2017 MiCUP/MI-LSAMP Transfer Transition Program offers a seven-week summer session that runs from May 8 through June 23 and addresses the opportunities and challenges for students who want to pursue a bachelor's degree.

The program includes a stipend, academic tutoring and advising, and a scholarship for a university-level course. Participants, who live on campus, must have at least one year at a community college and a 2.8 GPA.

The program provides a smooth transition from a two-year to a four-year program, working with students from three community colleges: Wayne County Community College District, Grand Rapids Community College and Delta College. 

Funding for the program is provided by the King-Chavez-Parks Initiative and the Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.

More specifically, we are looking for faculty mentors to assist in research projects in business, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, health sciences, computer science and mathematics.

Faculty interested in facilitating undergraduate research experiences for MICUP/MI-LSAMP Program participants should contact: Kellie Raffaelli or call 7-2920.  

Registration open for After School Science Classes

Registration is now open for the next two sessions of After School Science and Engineering Classes

"An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems" is offered for students in grades 9 - 12. The class meets for six sessions from 4 - 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays from April 5 to May 10. 

Students will gain invaluable skills using computers to solve real-world problems and make maps to visually represent date. This class will introduce students to how GIS is used and how to make a webmap for use on a webpage. This fast-growing technology is used in career fields such as natural resource management, engineering and land use planning. The instructor for the class is taught by Brian Doughty, MS geographic information systems.

Registration deadline is Friday, March 31.

The second class offered is for students in grades three through five. "Science and Art" features hands-on explorations taught by Michigan Tech engineering and science students at the Great Lakes Research Center. The instructor is Erica Vye (GMES). 

Science is art and art is science. The class combines art and science in a fun and creative way that helps to understand the world around us. In this class, students will:

  • Observe and recreate patterns in nature by painting with plants
  • Model how cross-pollination works by creating flowers
  • Explore energy and sound waves while making musical instruments that create different sounds
  • Learn about forces that make things balance and move by using magnets and gravity to create paintings
  • Marvel at the power of the su while making a decorative sun quilt
  • Discover properties of liquids by creating marbleized paper.

The cost is $75 per student, register by April 10.

You can pay for classes with credit card by calling the Michigan Tech cashier 7-2247 (space is not reserved until payment has been received). Register online. If you have any questions contact Joan Chadde by email or call 7-3341.

Note: Houghton School bus will drop students off at Michigan Tech by 3:50 p.m.


Coordinated by Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach

Rozsa Gallery A-Space Presents “Amusement Park Avenue”

Why do we love amusement parks? From side-shows to ferris wheels, we’re drawn to the excitement of the buzz, the sounds, the bright colors, the sensory extravaganza.

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts and the Rozsa Center announce "Amusement Park Avenue: The 2017 VPA Faculty & Staff Exhibit." Faculty and staff of VPA will exhibit a variety of works of many different media and concepts, touching upon all five senses and inspiring curiosity, as if walking through an amusement park avenue. 

Fifteen artists will be represented: Jared Anderson, Anne Beffel, Mary Cyr, Kent Cyr, M.C. Friedrich, Terri Frew, Lisa Gordillo, Roger Held, Bethany Jones, Susie Kilpela, Jeremy Littlefield, Josh Loar, Elizabeth Meyer, Christopher Plummer and Jess Portfleet.

The opening reception is at 4 p.m. Friday, March 31 in the Rozsa Gallery A-Space. The exhibit will run until April 28 and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Registration open for After School Science Classes

Registration is now open for the next two sessions of After School Science and Engineering Classes

"An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems" is offered for students in grades 9 - 12. The class meets from 4 - 5:30 Wednesdays from April 5 to May 10.


(1) Science & Art for Gr. 3-5 Students


6 sessions ~ April 13 - May 18 ~ 4:00-5:30 pm


Hands-on explorations taught by Michigan Tech science & engineering students at

MTU’s Great Lakes Research Center (Rm. 104)


Cost: $75/student; please register by April 10th


Pay by credit card by calling MTU Cashier 487-2247

(Your space is not reserved until payment has been received.)


To register online: Registration: Spring After School Classes

Questions? Call 487-3341 or email:  

Note: Houghton school bus will drop off students at MTU by 3:45 pm


Class Description:


Science is art, art is science! This class combines art and science in a fun & creative way that helps us to understand the world around us. Students will:


  • observe and recreate patterns in nature by painting with plants;
  • model how cross-pollination works by creating flowers;
  • explore energy and sound waves while making musical instruments that create different sounds;
  • learn about forces that make things balance and move by using magnets and gravity to create paintings;
  • marvel at the power of the sun while making a decorative sun quilt; 
  • discover properties of liquids by creating marbleized paper.

(2) Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) ~ for Gr. 9-12 Students


6 sessions ~ April 5 – May 10 (Wednesdays) ~ 4:00-5:30 pm


Location: MTU’s Great Lakes Research Center (Rm. B003)


Cost: $75/student; please register by April 4th. Limited to 20 students.


Pay by credit card by calling MTU Cashier 487-2247

(Your space is not reserved until payment has been received.)


To register online:  2017 Spring After School GIS Class

Questions? Call 487-3341 or email: Brian Doughty <>

Note: Houghton school bus will drop off students at MTU by 3:45 pm


Class Description

 Students will learn how to use computer programs to solve real world problems, make digital models of natural phenomena and visually represent data using maps. This fast growing technology is used in career fields such as natural resource management, engineering and land use planning.  This class will introduce students to what GIS is and how it is used. Students will also learn how to make a web map for use on a webpage.


Instructor:  Brian Doughty, M.S. Geographic Information Systems,

   MTU Center for Science & Environmental Outreach



Coordinated by Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach


Kevin Trewartha (CLS/KIP) will present "Lifting Objects: Distinct Memory Systems for Weight Perception and Action" at the ACSHF Forum from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday (March 27) in Meese 109.

To efficiently interact with hand-held objects we need to make accurate predictions about their weight. Predictions of object weight are thought to rely on two complementary memory systems that support weight predictions used when lifting objects and making perceptual judgments about weight, respectively. The first time that an object is encountered weight is predicted on the basis of learned associations, or priors, linking size and material to weight. A second form of memory allows us to quickly learn the weights of specific objects when repeatedly lifting them.

A series of experiments explored the underlying nature of the memory systems involved when lifting objects and perceiving object weight in younger and older adults. The data shows that perceptual judgments about object weight rely on implicit memory processes, whereas learning the weights of specific objects when lifting them relies on explicit memory.

"Financial Wellness" Lunch and Learn

WorkLife Connection offers the third Financial Wellness Lunch and Learn from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday (March 28) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A. Chris Riesgraf, financial advisor at Edward Jones, will discuss strategies to "Bring Balance to Your Budget."

Learn about the basics of budgeting, how to sharpen your spending and savings strategy, and the importance of credit and debt. If you are saving for college, planning for retirement or have any investment goals in mind, you'll find this Lunch and Learn very informative and helpful to reaching your goals.

Feel free to bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.

Shayantani Mukherjee Faculty Candidate Seminar

Shayantani Mukherjee, Department of Chemistry at the University of Southern California, will present "Multiscale Modeling of Biological Macromolecules: Bridging the Gap between Atomistic Structure and Cellular Function" at 3 p.m. Monday (March 27) in the Memorial Union Ballroom B1.

Two Materials Science and Engineering Masters Defenses Thursday

Two masters candidates in materials science and engineering will present their defenses Thursday (March 30) in Fisher 138.

Ta-Wei Chiu will present "In-situ Synthesis of NiMoO4 on Ni Foam as a Binder Free Electrode for Supercapacitor" at 1 p.m.

Xuechen Wu will present "Flower-Like Cobalt Sulfide Microspheres and Activated Carbon/Cobalt Sulfide Composites for Capacitive Deionization" at 2:30 p.m.

"Nuts and Bolts of Commuting by Bicycle" Lunch and Learn

Interested in commuting by bicycle? Learn how to be comfortable and safe while riding and commuting, how to ride in groups and how to navigate roadways. Bring your questions — there will be time for discussion.

This Lunch and Learn is presented by Dan Dalquist and Mike Abbott (GLRC), and sponsored by Employee Wellness and WorkLife Connections. Dalquist and Abbott both serve on the City of Houghton Bicycle Committee and are bicycling advocates. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 6 in the Memorial Union Conference Room B001.

Register here. HuskyPAW members may claim 100 bonus points for attending.

Feel free to bring your lunch; refreshments will be provided. This free event is open to faculty, staff and students. Email Shannon Brodeur with questions.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Monday

Muxue Zhang (CEE)Mary Kate Mitchell (ChE) and Daisuke Minakata (CEE) will present "Predicting RO Removal of Toxicologically Relevant Unique Organics" at the Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar at 3 p.m. Monday (March 27) in GLRC 202.

To address the water scarcity induced by climate change and population increase, the tendency of using direct potable reuse (DPR) to reduce water demand in urban areas is increasing. The presence of trace organic compounds in the wastewater effluent raises public concern about the quality of reclaimed wastewater, and thus advanced wastewater treatment technologies are employed in wastewater reclamation processes to ensure the quality of the reclaimed water.  

Reverse Osmosis (RO) is an attractive and promising membrane-based treatment process that separates dissolved compounds from water by forcing water through the membrane under pressure. This project aims to develop a comprehensive practical model that predicts the rejections of a wide variety of organic compounds in RO for DPR application.


C-Cubed Week 10

C-Cubed lunches are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the school year in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

Indian menu featuring:
Butter Chicken (GF)
Butter Tofu (V, GF)
Matar Pulao (V, GF)
Flat Bread (V, GF)

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

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


Japanese Food at Today's Khana Khazana

Japanese cuisine is on the menu at today's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli.

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu includes:

  • Teriyaki Salmon Donburi
  • Chawanmushi — Steamed Egg
  • Salad with Japanese Dressing

Cost of the full meal is $7.95 for a full meal which includes a fountain drink. 

Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.


Graduating Senior Series Part 2 — Handling Student Loan Payoff

Graduation is almost here and so are your student loan payments. Find the best way to handle your student loan pay-offs in this small group conversation from noon to 1 p.m. today (March 24) in Memorial Union Ballroom.


Two Biological Sciences Seminars Today

There will be two biological science seminars today (March 24) in Dow 642.

Rupsa Basu, PhD candidate in biochemistry, molecular biology, will present "Immunogenicity of in Silico-Predicted Zika Virus B Cell Epitopes Displayed on Phage Virus-like Particles" from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Read the abstract.

Lukai Zhai, PhD candidate in biological sciences, will present "A Hybrid HPV L2 Epitope Displayed on Phage Virus-Like Particles is Protective Against Six HPV Types" from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Read the abstract.


GSG and I-Club Organizes Bowling Night at Mine Shaft

Join GSG and I-Club for The Bowling Night Social from 6 to 9 p.m. today (March 24) at the The Mine Shaft.

The lanes will be open for two time slots: 6 and 7 p.m. Shuttles will run from the MUB at 5:20, 6:05 and 6:20 p.m. to the Mine Shaft, and there will be rides back to MUB as well. Food and drinks will be provided by GSG at the venue. Registration is required. Preferences for time-slots will be on first-come-first-serve basis.


Film Board Presents "La La Land"

This week's feature from Film Board is one of the most acclaimed movies of 2016, "La La Land." 

Showtimes are:

Today, March 24 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, March 25 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 26 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

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

Note: There will be no 2:30 p.m. showing tomorrow due to the broadcast of Michigan Tech's NCAA Hockey Tournament Game. 


Film Board to Show Tech vs. Denver Hockey Game

If you can't travel to Cincinnati for Saturday's NCAA regional semifinal hockey game between No. 19 Michigan Tech and No. 1 Denver, you can watch it live on a big screen.

Michigan Tech Film Board is showing the game beginning at 1 p.m. tomorrow (March 25) on the movie screen in Fisher 135. 

The game is free and concessions are available for $1.


Celebrate 50 Years of Jazz at Michigan Tech 

Join us in celebrating “50 Years Of Great Jazz At Michigan Tech — The Gold Standard”, at our annual Don Keranen Memorial Concert, the final jazz concert of our performance season, at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (March 25) at the Rozsa Center. There will be a reception following the concert in the Rozsa Lobby. 


Gerdau Steel Tour — St Paul, Minnesota

You're invited on an all-expense paid trip to St. Paul to visit Gerdau's Long Steel North America facility. We know the best way to learn about career possibilities is to experience it first-hand. The tours will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday (March 26-28).
Registration is limited to 30 spots. Reserve your spot today; register here.


Materials Science and Engineering Masters Defense

Shan Zhong, masters candidate in materials science and engineering, will present "Tightening the Loop on the Circular Economy: Distributed Plastic Recycling with an Open Source Recyclebot" at 8 a.m. Monday (March 27) in M&M 610.


BME Masters Defense

Biomedical Engineering Masters Student Salil Karipott will present his Masters Defense at 11 a.m. Monday (March 27) in EERC 501. The title of the defense is "A Wireless, Passive Sensor for Measuring Temperature at Orthopedic Implant Sites for Early Diagnosis of Infections."


Third Annual Charity Ball Hosted by Rotaract

The Houghton-Hancock Rotaract Club presents the Modern Manhattan Gala themed Charity Ball from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at the Continental Fire Co.

Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for community members. They can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday 
at the Rotaract desk in MUB 106 or online (processing fees apply).

For details on the Charity Ball, read Tech Today article.


Sink The Sled to Support Local Scholarships

An eco-friendly vintage snowmobile, donated by the Geoff Gwaltney of the Keweenaw Research Center has been placed on the frozen canal west of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Submit a guess for when it falls through the ice during the spring melt and win the grand prize while supporting Houghton Rotary's fundraiser to support local scholarships.

Temperatures are trending up and the ice is thinning. Don't wait until it's too late to participate. Full details and a webcam view are available at


Kathy Halvorsen is the new Executive Director-elect of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR).

Deans' Teaching Showcase: Paul Buda

The week 10 DeansTeaching Showcase member is Paul Buda, an assistant professor in the School of Technology. According to Dean Jim Frendewey, Buda has been introducing students to surveying in the School of Technology and Civil Engineering Department for "more years than Paul may want to consider. "  
Frendewey selected Buda because he is "one of the most organized instructors I've encountered during my many years in academia."
Student comments also strongly affirm Buda's organization and preparation. One student commented that his class was "by far the most organized class I have ever taken at Tech." Another indicated that Buda's organization in Canvas should be set up as a model for the rest of the faculty.  
Buda's surveying cart, which somehow addresses every need that arises during a surveying lab, is well known by both students and colleagues. And it's clear that he has sustained a very high level of student approval of his teaching — his 13-year average on the "All things considered" question of end-of-term evaluations is 4.55 out of five.
Frendewey also see's Buda's organization and attention to detail as a valuable model for his students.

"Surveyors must be engaged with the details of their work in order for their findings to hold up in legal proceedings, and to guide large construction projects. Paul is an excellent role model for his students in terms of illustrating how thorough preparation leads to success in the field."

Sadly, Buda will retire at the end of Spring semester. Frendewey wanted to recognize him before that happens, and make it known that "Both Paul and his cart will certainly be missed by students and colleagues."

Buda will be recognized at an end-of-term luncheon with 11 other showcase members, and is now eligible for one of three new teaching awards to be given by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning this summer recognizing introductory or large-class teaching, innovative or outside-the-classroom  teaching methods, or work in curriculum and assessment.