Ready To Launch:Public Can Experience Keweenaw Time Traveler Thursday

After more than a year of research, testing and community-led design, the Keweenaw Time Traveler is ready to launch. This digital map-based project allows the general public, as well as social and natural scientists, to explore how the region and its population has changed through time.

Supported in part by a three-year $259,882 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the project—officially titled “Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure”—goes by the user-friendly moniker of “Keweenaw Time Traveler.”

A group of researchers at Michigan Tech have been digitally recreating the many environmental histories or “stages” of the Copper Country using Geographic Information Science (GIS) technology. Each stage is comprised of many “scenes” or time periods, much the way a filmmaker creates a scene to contextualize the story he or she is portraying on the screen. From more than 1,000 historical maps and archival documents scanned from our region’s archives, most of Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties have been digitally modeled from 1850-1950.

The public will have their first chance to try the Keweenaw Time Traveler at a launch party from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday (June 15) at the Carnegie Museum in downtown Houghton.

Over the past year students and staff from Michigan Tech, working with local schools and community groups, have scanned and mapped historical records such as city directories, censuses and school registers. This record linkage technique places past residents in their specific homes, workplaces and schools, allowing anyone to search by name or address and see the results on historically accurate maps.

Don Lafreniere (SS) says users can search historical records by name, address, place and building type by year. “In addition,” he says, “they can pick a location and add their knowledge, memories and stories to share with other Copper Country enthusiasts as well as researchers.”

Read the full story.

Minneapolis Federal Reserve President to Hold Town Hall on Campus

Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis,will host a Town Hall Forum about the economy, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Tech's Great Lakes Research Center. Provost Jackie Huntoon will moderate the Town Hall Forum, which is free and open to the public.

Kashkari is a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, where the Fed sets interest rates. He will give brief remarks, followed by an open-mic Q&A with the audience.

Kashkari says he welcomes tough questions about the economy, the recent interest rate hike, what the Minneapolis Fed does and anything else of concern to the audience.

Refreshments will be served from 5 to 5:30 p.m., with the program starting promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Advance registration is strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome the day of the event. Register here.

Partnering with Michigan Tech to bring Kashkari to campus are the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, Keweenaw Young Professionals, MTEC SmartZone and Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance.

Moment of Silence for Victims of Terrorism

Members of the Iranian Community at Michigan Tech are asking the campus community to join them in a moment of silence to show their condolences for the victims lost in the tragedy of terrorist attacks in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Australia.

The event will be held at noon tomorrow (June 13) in front of the Husky statue. For questions about the event, contact

Still Taking Paris Seriously: Guest Blog

President Trump might believe that withdrawing the US from the Paris Agreement will end American involvement in actively combating the effects of climate change, but three researchers at Michigan Tech say he's completely wrong.
Erin Pischke, Adam Wellstead and Barry Solomon, all Michigan Tech social scientists, believe that despite Trump's decision, policies already set in motion will ensure five Pan-American nations continue to actively combat the effects of climate change.
The social scientists recently conducted a survey of 116 policies in the US, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. Their research shows that the density and intensity of climate change policies illustrate "that the US has a legacy of renewable energy policies, something that an ill-conceived decision cannot reverse."
Read the full op-ed on Unscripted.

MTRI's Nancy French Receives Half Million Dollar Wildfire Data Grant

Nancy French, a senior scientist at the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) in Ann Arbor, has received a $524,828 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Public Safety Innovation Accelerator program.

The grant will support development of a wildfire data logistics network to improve sharing of critical fire data and information during wildfire incidents.

French's proposal was one of 165 considered.

She is presenting the project, "Resilient System Solutions for Data Sharing for Wildland Fire Incident Operations," at the Annual Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder meeting in San Antonio, Texas, this week.   

In a letter about the award, Congressman Jack Bergman congratulated French and said: "Thank you for your commitment to our environment and citizens by proposing to reduce the negative impact caused by wildland fires on air quality, visibility and atmospheric chemistry through your program. The creativity and foresight demonstrated by your proposal are to be commended." 

Correspondence on the Michigan Mineral Alliance

The prestigious journal, Nature, published a correspondence last week titled "A rescue package for imperiled collection" by Ted Bornhorst, executive director of the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, along with co-authors Chris Poulsen, chair and professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Michigan and Rod Ewing, professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and Frank Stanton, professor in nuclear security at Stanford University.

The correspondence was in response to an editorial in Nature on how academic natural history collections can be saved from destruction by uniting them at regional hubs. The correspondence discusses "rescue" the University of Michigan mineral collection under an agreement between the University of Michigan and Michigan Tech termed the Michigan Mineral Alliance (to learn more about the agreement see here.

The correspondence is publicly available as part of Springer Nature Content Sharing Initiative here.

Keweenaw Geoheritage Field Education Trip To Isle Royale, June 19-25

Bill Rose, Erika Vye, Mark Klawiter and Steve Roblee are conducting a 5 day field trip to Isle Royale this June.

The trip will visit many sites in Eastern Isle Royale and will interpret the geology and geoheritage. There will be 17 participants on the trip, including several earth science professors from around the US, a group from the Minnesota Geological Society and local residents.

The trip was proposed and developed through the National Association of Geology Teachers (NAGT). For logistical help at covering many sites, the use of the RV Agassiz will be an essential part of the trip.

Cliff Drive Construction Projects

A reminder that construction on Cliff Drive will begin on Monday June 19 behind the Chem Sci Building.

This will close Cliff Drive in this area to thru traffic, and will impact Parking Lot 3. Note that all other parking areas will remain accessible, but only from one direction.

Visit the Facilities Management website for more information and a map indicating the areas being impacted. Questions regarding these projects can also be submitted on this website.

Also note that Lot 27 will be opened for a temporary staff/faculty overflow parking during the construction work on Cliff Drive.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve the physical conditions on campus for students, faculty and staff.

Updated Tables for Estimating GRA Stipends and Tuition

The Vice President for Research Office has updated the graduate student tables for budgeting stipends and tuition.

These rates are to be used immediately in proposal budgets to external sponsors. The tuition rates per credit differ between non engineering/computer science and the engineering/computer science disciplines. Remember to take this into account when budgeting for one (1) credit.

The updated stipend and tuition tables can be found on the VPR forms page at:
GRA Stipend Rates
GRA Tuition Rates

Last Chance for Award Luncheon Tickets

The deadline to purchase tickets for the annual Staff Service Recognition Award Luncheon has been extended. You can purchase your tickets for the luncheon until 4 p.m. today. The luncheon will be held at noon Wednesday (June 14) in the MUB Ballroom.

Awards for five-year increments of service will be presented to more than 150 staff members. Recent staff retirees will also be recognized. See the list of this years recipients on the Staff Council Blog.

This year's recognition luncheon will feature a pasta bar and caesar salad (includes vegetarian and gluten free options). Tickets are $7 cash or check only. Note: there is no reserved seating this is first-come, first-served.  Visit one of the following locations to purchase tickets:

  • Memorial Union/Dining Services Office (MUB 101)
  • Tanya Maki, Human Resources, 214H Lakeshore Center, 7-2282,
  • Dawn Pichette, UMC, G13 Admin, 7-2354,

For more information, read the original Tech Today story.

Employee Wellness Amazing Challenge

The Employee Wellness Amazing Challenge will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 29.

If you're not familiar with Amazing Challenge, it's loosely based on the TV show "The Amazing Race." Teams complete a series of challenges while they race toward the finish line. Challenges are a mix of physical activity and mental challenges or puzzles. Each challenge needs to be completed in order to receive a clue to move forward. While this can be a competitive race for many teams; this can also be a fun family event completed at your own pace. The challenge usually takes 2-3 hours to complete.

Start thinking about building a team of colleagues, friends or family. Michigan Tech retirees are welcome. Teams are limited to four adults, although for those teams that are made up of families with young children, we do allow more than four members. Register here.

The winning team gets bragging rights as the Amazing Challenge winner. HuskyPAW members will receive bonus points for participating.

Volunteers are needed for this event. If interested contact Shannon Brodeur.

Support the Parade of Nations–Buy a T-shirt

Colorful Parade of Nations T-shirts are now available online here.

The T-shirts emblazoned with the 2017 Parade of Nations theme–"Think Globally, Celebrate Locally"–are blackberry, 100 percent preshrunk cotton in sizes small to extra-extra large. They are free with a donation of $20 or more to the Parade of Nations, or you can order one for $20.


Materials Science & Engineering John & Virginia Towers Distinguished Lecture Series Today

Roger Lumley of the Department of Engineering at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, will present "A First Principles Approach to the Requirements of Casting Factor 1.0 in Investment Cast Aluminium Alloys" at 2 p.m. today in M&M 610.


2017 Bridgefest Parade Lineup on Cliff Drive Friday

At 5 p.m. on Friday (June 16), Cliff Drive will become a one-way west bound only roadway. This will allow for the parade lineup occurring for Bridgefest.

The parade participants will be lining up in the north bound lane entering Cliff Drive near Lot 10. Each parking lot exit along Cliff Drive will have one-way signage to turn left only and the south bound lane will be open for thru traffic.

The Parade starts at 7 p.m. and Cliff Drive will return to its normal operations after the last final parade participant clears the roadway. Thanks for your understanding.

In the News

ABC 10 News, WGRD in Grand Rapids and other broadcast news outlets around the state did stories on Detroit being named the top NHL hockey city in the US, mentioning that Michigan Tech was ranked 23rd nationally for college hockey towns and number one for college towns without an NHL team. See here and here.


Joshua Pearce's (MSE,ECE) 3-D metal printer was featured in the July 2017 issue of Car and Driver. See bottom right of page, "I Am Aluminum Man," here.

IT Connect

Recycling with IT

With departments purchasing new equipment this time of year, IT wants to remind you that we are able to recycle computers, cameras, printers and other common electronic devices. We can also pick up and recycle all your print cartridges, so let us know.

Approval may be required from the Property and Plant Office, but IT will pick up any approved electronic items. We will make recommendations and walk you through the process.

We are committed to sustainability and recycling. If you have questions or concerns regarding the recycling of electronics or print cartridges, contact us at or call 7-1111.