Saving Lives and Money: The Potential of Solar to Replace Coal

By swapping solar photovoltaics for coal, the US could prevent 51,999 premature deaths a year, potentially making as much as $2.5 million for each life saved.  

In a new study published in Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews (DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2017.05.119), a team from Michigan Tech calculated the cost of combusting coal in terms of human lives along with the potential benefits of switching to solar.

Tens of thousands of Americans die prematurely each year from air pollution-related diseases associated with burning coal. By transitioning to solar photovoltaics (PV) in the US, up to 51,999 American lives would be saved at $1.1 million invested per life.

"Unlike other public health investments, you get more than lives saved," says Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE). "In addition to saving lives, solar is producing electricity, which has economic value."

Using a sensitivity analysis on the value of electricity, which examines the different costs of electricity that varies by region throughout the country, saving a life by using solar power also showed potential to make money—sometimes as much as several million dollars per life, says Pearce. Read the full story.

Chinese Cuisine at Today's Khana Khazana

Today's Khana Khazana features Chinese food in the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli.

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

  • Dice Chicken with Pepper
  • Fried Eggplant
  • Vegetable Salad

 The cost is $5.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

Luke Jensen Tennis Clinic June 9

Tennis enthusiasts, join us for "A Day of Tennis with Luke Jensen." 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 9 at Gates Tennis Center. This two-hour clinic is designed for adults and juniors looking for a unique session with Luke Jensen, Grand Slam Doubles Champion, and winner of 10 ATP doubles titles. Cost - $125 per person. Deadline to register - Thursday (June 8).

For more information or to register, visit Tennis Clinic.

Spring Athletes Receive GLIAC Academic Honors

A total of 65 Michigan Tech men's and women's spring sport student-athletes earned recognition from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for academics as the league announced its Spring Academic Excellence Awards and All-Academics Teams Thursday.

Criteria states the student-athlete must be an active member on the roster at the end of the season and not a freshman or first-year transfer student. All-Academic Teams are comprised of those student-athletes that meet criteria and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0-3.49. Academic Excellence Teams are comprised of student-athletes that have a cumulative GPA of 3.5-4.0.

A total of 1,118 student-athletes across the GLIAC achieved all-academic recognition, including 565 on the All-Academic team and 553 on the All-Excellence list.

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In the News

Research by Chelsea Schelly (SS), Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and social sciences PhD student Emily Prehoda on national security and solar-powered microgrids continues to be covered domestically:

and internationally:


Working Mother magazine published an interview with University Marketing & Communications science writers Allison Mills and Stefanie Sidortsova, about how they manage child-care responsibilities and other potential work issues. See here.


First Friday Social Today

Faculty, staff, graduate students and Michigan Tech retirees are invited to join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Housing and Residential Life and Student Activities from 3 to 6 p.m. today  (June 2) at the Hamar House for June's First Friday Social.

Complimentary soda, beer, wine and appetizers will be served. This is the final social for the 2016-2017 year. If you are interested in hosting a social for the 2017-2018 academic year or learning more, contact Christina Fabian at or 7-2543.


Retirement Social for Larry Wall Today

Counseling Services invites the campus community to the retirement social for Larry Wall. The social will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. today in the Administration Building, third floor. Join us in congratulating Larry and wishing him well with his retirement.


Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, June 2, 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.

Customer Service & Data Support Specialist, Center for Technology and Training (CTT). Apply online 

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