Huskies Fall to Denver in NCAA Tournament

The 2016-17 Michigan Tech hockey season came to end in the NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinal Saturday after top-ranked Denver defeated the No. 19-ranked Huskies 5-2 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. Tech's final record stands at 23-15-7.

Tech surrendered four goals in the first period, before battling back to a 5-2 margin late in the second. Neither team scored in the third.

"I want to congratulate Denver," Tech coach Mel Pearson said. "They've got a very good team. They play with a lot of pace, energy and quickness. They're very talented.

"We obviously didn't get off to the start we wanted. Everything that could've went wrong, went wrong. We lost our best penalty killer in the first 30 seconds of the game when Mike Neville went down. From that point it seemed like things got away from us.

"I give our guys a lot of credit though. A lot of teams could've thrown in the towel, but these guys have worked hard all year, and they hung in there until the end."

The Huskies entered the second period with a four-goal deficit and the Pioneers quickly made it 5-0 6:26 in.

From that point on, Tech controlled much of the play. On their only power play of the game, Gavin Gould buried his 12th of the season, and team-leading seventh on the man advantage, to put the Huskies on the board at the 14:04 mark of the second.

Jake Lucchini scored with 4.7 seconds on the second period clock to give the Huskies—and their large contingent of fans—hope, heading into the final frame. Jake Jackson and Joel L'Esperance assisted on Lucchini's 11th of the season.

"Obviously when you're down 5-1 you need to start somewhere," Lucchini said. "I think we had the attitude we needed going into the third period. We just needed to execute better."

With the win, Denver moved on to the regional finals where they defeated Penn State, 6-3 yesterday. Denver will now take on Notre Dame in the Frozen Four in Chicago on April 6.

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Sticky Virus Surfaces Could Help Purify Vaccines

Through experimental and computational tests, new research expands on the theory of virus surface hydrophobicity. By being slightly water-repellent, the outer layers of proteins in virus capsids affect how it interacts with cells and the environment. Understanding this more can improve vaccine production and virus detection. 

Caryn Heldt's (ChE) latest work came out in Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces and details surface hydrophobicity in porcine parovirus (PPV). 

Read the full story and check out the big picture of Caryn's work on our research blog Unscripted

Why Tourism Matters Presentation Thursday

There will be a presentation, "Why Tourism Matters," by Sarah Nicholls, author of The 2012-17 Michigan Tourism Strategic Plan. The presentation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday (March 30) at the Siskiwit Reception Center in Calumet.

The event is open to all Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students, the general public and local businesses.

Nicholls is an associate professor at Michigan State University's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Community Sustainability. Among her research interests are national and international tourism, planning and development, with a special emphasis on tourism in Michigan.

This event has been organized by Michigan Tech School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, The Ford Center and Forest and MSU Extension.
For more information email the Keweenaw Convention and Visitor Bureau at  

Flash Sale

The Campus Store has a few career wear items left on its clearance racks and have marked what's left down to $18.85.

Stop by today and score a suit jacket or sport coat for under $20 (select apparel only).

Rotaract, Omega Chi Epsilon to Host Cake Off

Can you bake a cake? How about for a chance at a prize, fame or for a good cause? The Rotaract Club and Omega Chi Epsilon are hosting a Cake Off (cake baking contest) from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 6 in the MUB Commons.

There is a $10 entry fee per cake. The winner will receive 15 percent of the proceeds and chose the charity that will receive the rest. Contestants must register by Wednesday (March 29). Register online

Can't bake? Then come to the event as a judge. Your $5 fee gets you a sample of each cake, plus plenty of extra refreshments. 

Tech Soccer to Hold Identification Clinic in August

The Michigan Tech soccer program will host the annual College Identification Clinic Aug. 17 - 18. Registration for the camp is now open but limited to 26 players and four goalies.

The College Identification Clinic is intended for players and prospective student-athletes who intend to play college-level soccer. The clinic will provide players with a greater understanding of the demands of a Division II women's soccer program.

Campers will have an opportunity to work with the Michigan Tech coaching staff as well as be able to interact with current Michigan Tech women's soccer team members.

This camp is open to girls entering grades 9-12 in the fall. Shin guards, soccer shoes or indoor shoes, soccer ball with name clearly printed on it, water bottle and clothing for all weather is required.

A packet of all needed forms will be sent to participants via email once their application is processed. The required forms must be submitted prior to the start of camp.

The cost of the camp is $135 (commuter only) and the deadline to sign up is Aug. 3. For more information on the camp click here.

Womenís Basketball to Offer Little Huskies Spring Camp

The Michigan Tech women's basketball program will host the annual Little Huskies Spring Camp for girls in grades two through five. The camp runs from 4 to 6 p.m. April 10 - 13 in the SDC multipurpose and varsity gyms.

Students will be taught fundamental skills for team play and individual skills like ball handling, shooting, defense and more—all from coaches and instructors who are renowned in their field.

The cost of the camp is $45 per person and $25 for an additional sibling.

The deadline to register is April 10, and can be done at the SDC Ticket Office, by phone at 7-2073 or online. For more information on the camp click here.

Menís Basketball to Offer Little Huskies Spring Camp, Doghouse 3-on-3 Tournament

The Michigan Tech men's basketball program will host the annual Little Huskies Spring Camp for boys in grades two through six.

The camp runs from 4 to 6 p.m. April 17 - 20. The Doghouse 3-on-3 Tournament is scheduled for April 22 and will have divisions for multiple ages and skill levels.

The Little Huskies camp will be held in the SDC Varsity Gym and the Multipurpose Gym. Students learn fundamental skills for team play and individual skills like ball handling, shooting, defense, and more—all from coaches and instructors who are renowned in their field. The cost of the camp is $45 per person and $25 for an additional sibling.

The deadline to register is April 17 and can be done at the SDC Ticket Office, by phone at 7-2073 or online. For more information on the camp click here.

The Doghouse Classic is an original Michigan Tech event which saw its beginnings more 25 years ago under the direction of Kevin Borseth, head women's basketball coach at the time. The Doghouse Classic was a long-standing tradition in the Houghton and Hancock area up until the last tournament took place in 2007. Recently, the tradition was reestablished.

The goal is to host a boys' and girls' division for grade levels 4 through 8, JV, and Varsity.

There will also be a men's and women's open division available to all ages. Teams will be placed in a division according to the highest level played by any team member. Any athlete is welcome to play up a division level. However, athletes cannot play down a level.

The cost for the tournament is $80 per team with a roster limit of four players per team. To sign up, submit completed registration form along with full payment to the address below or bring to the SDC Manager's Office (next to the SDC Ticket Office) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 After 5 p.m. and on weekends, registration and payment may be turned in at the Ticket Office. Deadline to register is April 3.

For more information on the Doghouse 3-on-3 Tournament click here.

Materials Science and Engineering Masters Defense Friday

John Laureto, masters candidate in materials science and engineering, will present "Utilizing Reprap Style 3d Printers for the Manufacturing of Composite Heat Exchangers" at 10 a.m. Friday (March 31) in M&M 610.

Library and GSG to Host SciFinder Workshop

Need info on chemical substances, reactions and more? Join the Van Pelt and Opie Library and the Graduate Student Government for an extended Lunch and Learn on the resource SciFinder. 

Participants will learn how to efficiently and effectively scour the literature landscape and keep updated on the most relevant research findings in their respective fields.
The workshop is applicable to both advanced and entry-level SciFinder users. During the workshop, you’ll be asked to interactively engage with SciFinder, so bring a laptop if available.

The workshop will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday (March 29) in the Library East Reading Room.
The schedule is as follows:
  • Noon to 12:30 p.m. — Library Skills Refresher
  • 12:30 to 2 p.m. — SciFinder Workshop

Lunch will be available to attendees. For more information, contact

Biological Sciences Seminar

John Osborn, professor of integrative biology and physiology and Marvin and Hadassah Bacaner Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Physiology at University of Minnesota School of Medicine, will speak at the next Biological Sciences Seminar.

The title of his presentation is "Renal Nerves, Renal Inflammation and Hypertension: Is There a Link?" and will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday (March 31) in Dow 642.

You can read the abstract here.

ICC Distinguished Lecturer Series

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host Matt Mutka from 1 to 2 p.m. tomorrow (March 28) in Fisher 133. He will present a lecture entitled "Indoor Positioning via Mobile Sensing."

There will also be a Meet and Greet from 2 to 3 p.m. in Rekhi 201 where you can take part in a discussion with Mutka, ask questions or seek advice. Refreshments will be served.

Mutka is the professor and chairperson of the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Michigan State University. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, and a member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories in Denver, Colorado. He is an IEEE Fellow and was honored with the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award. His current research interests include mobile computing, sensor networking and wireless networking.

An abstract can be found online.

Essentials of Buried Pipe Structural Design for Culverts and Storm Sewers Seminar

As an annual event, Jason Kruger of the Concrete Pipe Association of Michigan will give a two-hour seminar titled "Essentials of Buried Pipe Structural Design for Culverts and Storm Sewers."

The seminar will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (March 30) in Fisher 138. Anyone with interest is welcome to attend.

Teaching at Tech Luncheon Workshop: Student-Created Videos as Assignments

Video has become a mainstream way of delivering content on Michigan Tech's campus as instructors record small lectures, demonstrate homework solutions and share interesting YouTube clips.
Since students increasingly have the ability to record videos, some instructors have begun making assignments that require students to submit videos. In this workshop, participants will explore ways to use student-created video to build class community, ensure academic integrity and provide richer communication.
We'll consider tools and assignments that allow students to submit video introductions, homework solutions, presentations, field experiences and questions, as well as other more creative projects.
Join us from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 for this luncheon workshop. Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday, April 7.



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. today (March 27) in Meese 109. 


Shayantani Mukherjee Chemistry 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. today (March 27) in the Memorial Union Ballroom B1.


LeaderShape Institute Day 7 Reunion

The LeaderShape Institute is a six-day, intensive leadership event that has been a Tech tradition since 1996. Day 7 is known as a day to Stay in Action.

A Day 7 Reunion for all graduates and former Cluster Facilitators of the LeaderShape Institutes since 1996 will take place to help them reonnect and network with one another. 

The event will take place from 8 to 9:30 p.m. today (March 27) in the Memorial Union Ballroom A2.

RSVP for the event here.


Poetry Reading and Motionpoems Screening

There will be a poetry reading by Saara Raappana and reception held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday (March 30) in Walker 134.

There will be a screening of selected works from recent seasons of Motionpoems and reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (March 31) in Walker 134.


LadyFest Music Festival

LadyFest is a music festival to celebrate the female contributions to the music world and our community. The festival will be held Friday (March 31) and Saturday (April 1) at the Canterbury House. The event is sponsored by Women in Music. For details on the festival, read Tech Today article.


Annual Steam Shutdown to Begin April 30

The annual steam shutdown will be held Sunday, April 30 to Friday, May 5 (tentative weather pending).

Buildings include; Admin, AOB, ROTC,  R.L Smith (MEEM), MUB, Chem, EERC, Library, Rehki, Dillman, Fisher, Dow, M&M, Walker, Rosza, DHH, Wads, McNair, Hillside Apts, GLRC, Forestry, Ice Arena, SDC, Gates. The tentative start time is noon Sunday, April 30 to noon Friday, May 5.

Read the original Tech Today story.


Facilities Power Outages May 3-5

  • 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 — 6 a.m. Thursday, May 4
  • 5 p.m. Thursday, May 4 —  6 a.m. Friday, May 5 

Facilities Management has developed a five­-year rotating plan to service the 12,470­ volt switchgear and associated breakers on campus. Our campus electrical distribution system depends on this gear being in good working condition.

This work requires a two­-night power outage that affects the least number of buildings possible. The outages are scheduled for: 

  • 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 — 6 a.m. Thursday, May 4
  • 5 p.m. Thursday, May 4 — 6 a.m. Friday, May 5 

Note that in most cases elevators, fume hoods, exhaust fans, ventilation equipment, normal lighting, plug­-in appliances and plug-­in equipment will not operate during the outage.

Information Technology will turn off all network equipment in the affected buildings for these outages starting at 5 p.m. on the days of the outage.

There will be several buildings that will have power but no phone or internet service. For more information, read the original Tech Today story.


Order Your Free Michigan Tech Item Today

As announced in a direct email to all eligible employees, the website for making a selection for the next distribution of Michigan Tech's Promotional Support items is available for placing orders and will continue to be open through midnight Sunday, April 2. 

For more information on your free item, read Tech Today post.

In the News

WLUC TV6 aired a news story about a program that is introducing Dollar Bay High School students to the foods of various cultures, focusing on an Indian lunch prepared by Michigan Tech students from India. Michigan Tech's students came from the University's Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) program.


Boston Commons, a science and technology news website, published an article about experiments for future engineers, citing among others Michigan Tech's economic sustainability study looking at the economic demographic of the area to determine if it will support mines production rates now and in the future. Tech's study will provide future market trends and comprehensive technology analysis on heat treatment.

IT Connect

This Week's Outreach Table

Michigan Tech IT conducts a campus outreach event every week during the school year, so stop by. You can discuss any IT-related concern with a member of our staff. This is an opportunity to give us feedback in a formal or informal way.

Our outreach table travels around campus to a new location each week. This week we'll be located from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday (March 29) at the Promotional Table in Fisher Hall.

We’d love to hear your ideas and how we can improve. If you have any additional comments or questions, contact us at or call 7-1111.