Students Study Biosensor Tech in Denmark

A group of six students, led by Michigan Tech faculty, are in Aarhus, Denmark, this summer. The International Research Experience for Students (IRES) program focuses on developing interdisciplinary teams to meet the global challenges of health research.

Specifically, the students are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to look at biosensor technology and how it can be used in point-of-care devices to diagnosis diseases like tuberculosis or malaria. The students in the program will spend eight weeks in the Department of Molecular Biology at Aarhus University. Read more about their research projects and see the sights. 

Rozsa's Jennings Earns National Honor

Mary Jennings, director of programming and development at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, has earned a place among 25 national arts professionals chosen to participate in the third cohort of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) Leadership Fellows Program.

The program invites arts professionals who show outstanding commitment to building collaborative processes in the performing arts to participate in a 20-month intensive arts leadership mentoring and training program.

“The Leadership Fellows Program examines core questions around content and scope of leadership development for the performing arts field. It highlights, supports and helps participants understand and define the many reaches of leadership and its capabilities through peer-to-peer mentoring and creating a community of support,” says Mario Garcia Durham, president and CEO of APAP.

The program focuses on the opportunity for participants to learn from and mentor each other over the course of the 20-month arc through annual gatherings at the APAP|NYC conference in New York City and continuous engagement in an online resource and discussion platform.

 According to Jennings, “To be accepted into their national leadership fellows program is a great honor and privilege. The Rozsa Center has long been an APAP member, and former Rozsa directors have regularly attended their annual conference to find exceptional touring artists to bring to the Keweenaw as part of the Rozsa Presenting Series. The relationships and opportunities cultivated through our involvement with APAP have been invaluable to the efforts of the Rozsa Center to bring enriching, entertaining and elite level performances to our Upper Peninsula audiences."

Houghton Ranked One of Best US Cities for Hockey Fans

WalletHub recently released its rankings for the Best US Cities for Hockey Fans, and Houghton was 23rd on the overall ranking and the first non-NHL city mentioned.

WalletHub compared 72 US cities that had at least one college or one professional hockey team. Nineteen metrics were used to evaluate each category. The data set ranged from ticket prices to stadium capacity to the performance level of each city's teams.

Houghton was ranked tied for first in "Highest College-Hockey Fan Engagement", fourth for "Highest College Hockey-Stadium Capacity" and fifth in "Best-Performing NCAA Teams."

View the full 2017 WalletHub ranking here.

In a separate ranking, SmartAsset named Houghton a Top 10 Hockey City in US for third straight year earlier this year. 

For the full story and more on Husky sports visit

GMES Seminar Today

The Department of Geological Mining and Engineering Sciences will present its next seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. today in Dow 610. Felipe Aquilera, from Universidad Católica del Norte, in Antofagasta, Chile, will present "Geochemical Survey of Active Volcanoes and Geothermal Fields."

The Central and Southern Andean Volcanic Zone (CAVZ abd SAVZ) consists of several volcanoes that have shown historical and recent activity. Two cases of active volcanoes will be presented in detail, corresponding to Lastarria volcano, located in the CAVZ, which has been affected by ground deformation since 1998, whereas the case from SAVZ, Planchón-Peteroa-Azufre volcanoes will be shown as an example for fluids evolution in an active volcano during unrest periods. 


Moment of Silence Today

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 today (June 13) in front of the Husky statue. For questions about the event, contact


Web Marketers Group Meets Tomorrow

All are welcome to join the Web Marketers Group meeting at 9 a.m. tomorrow (June 14) in the MUB basement B001. This month's meeting will explore Google Analytics and other analytics packages.

Web Marketers meets every two months and provides an opportunity for the various people in charge of maintaining the University's web content to collaborate, brainstorm, and learn new skills.

If you cannot make tomorrow's meeting, you can join our email list to learn new tips each month and to be included on future meeting invites


Formatting 101

The Graduate School announces the final two seminars in its summer seminar series, "Formatting 101." These short seminars (approximately 30-minutes, followed by time for your questions) are designed for students formatting their dissertation, thesis, or report. Each seminar will be held in Fisher 138 beginning at 2:30 p.m. and will also be live streamed.

Register here so we can plan for your attendance and provide information about the live stream for our off campus participants.

Tomorrow (June 14)
"Copyright for Dissertations and Theses" will discuss the basics of using copyrighted material in your document.

June 28 
"How to Check and Fix your Document" will discuss how to check and fix your document using Adobe Acrobat.

Seminar materials are archived online if you're unable to attend the live event.


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.

Portion of Parking Lot 3 to close

The east end of parking lot 3 will be closed to parking starting Thursday morning (June 15) and will remain closed throughout the construction period.


Mary Durfee, professor emerita social sciences, was elected to the editorial board of PS, a journal of the American Political Science Association.

In the News

WLUC TV6 aired a story about students at Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw Elementary School building a boulder garden. The project is funded by a Michigan Space Grant Consortium geoheritage pilot grant to Michigan Tech to create boulder gardens and rock walks at CLK and E.B. Holman Elementary Schools, using representative rocks of the Keweenaw.

Students are also designing interpretative signage to accompany the installations with info about rock types and how geology has influenced life in the Keweenaw. See here.


WJMN TV3/UP Matters aired a story about the launch of Keweenaw Time Traveler, a GIS-based Copper Country history project led by Sarah Scarlett and Don Lafreniere (SS). See here.


Orthopedic Design and Technology published an article about Mo Rastgaar's (ME-EM) research to develop a prosthetic ankle with a camera that enables it to "see" where it is going and adjust as necessary. See here.


GoodCall, a website that publishes advice for college students and their families, ran a story about interdisciplinary programs, quoting Pasi Lautala (CEE). See here.


The ABET newsletter published an article titled "Spotlight--Leonard Bohmann." Bohmann is associate dean of Michigan Tech's College of Engineering. ABET is an organization that accredits engineering and applied technology schools and programs. See here.


Michigan Capitol Confidential quoted Vice President for Administration Ellen Horsch in an article about the cost of MPSERS, a state pension program that still covers some long-time employees and that Michigan Tech and six other public universities pay millions each year to make up for state underfunding. See the full story here.


Delta Sky, the inflight magazine of Delta Airlines, quoted Jacque Smith, director of graduate enrollment at Michigan Tech, on the value of accelerated master's degree programs. The article noted that Tech has 21 five-year accelerated master's programs. Read the article.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. 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.

Administrative Aide 7, Financial Aid Administration. UAW Posting 6/13/2017 - 6/19/2017. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.