Kiddos in the Lab

About five percent of US workers are in STEM jobs; the projected need for future STEM-related jobs is more like 50 percent. So, how do we get kids excited about science?

The answer was simple to Anika Kuczynski and Andi Vendlinski: by allowing kids to experience DOING science themselves. They arranged a special play date with Vendlinski's 8-year-old twins, Cat and Lewis.

"I wanted them to know what it's like to do something real in science—how we use what we learn in science classes to answer real-life questions," says Kuczynski, who recently earned her doctorate in environmental engineering at Michigan Tech. "I like putting things into context; chemistry is important in real life, not just for a grade."

Read the full story on Unscripted.

It is Michigan Tech's policy that children are not permitted in laboratories unless enrolled in a university-sponsored activity or  by special permission.

In the News

The Daily Mining Gazette published a letter to the editor by Kathy Halvorsen (SS, SFRES), pointing out that the Copper Country is vulnerable to climate change and criticizing President Trump's proposed cuts to climate change-related federal protections. See here.


The Scientist published a news article about Thomas Werner's (BioSci) new fruit fly field guide. See here


Fall 2017 Airport Pickup for New International Students

International Programs and Services is offering a pick-up service for new international students from the Chicago O'Hare airport for Fall 2017. All accepted students have been emailed this information.

Buses will depart from Chicago on the evenings of:

  • Tuesday, August 22
  • Thursday, August 24

Students' flights into Chicago O'Hare should land by 7 p.m. local time to have this pick-up option available. There will be a venue nearby the airport where they can rest and get to know their fellow new students as they arrive throughout the day. The cost for the bus is $100.

Students will arrive to campus the following morning:

  • Wednesday, August 23
  • Friday, August 25

Airport pick-up is also available from Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX) between August 21-26, for $10. All pick-up options can be chosen and paid for by the students through IPS' online store.

If you or your students have any questions about this, call the IPS office (7-2160) or email

Khaira Signs Extension with Oilers

Former Michigan Tech hockey player Jujhar Khaira recently signed a two-year contract extension with the Edmonton Oilers. Khaira has appeared in 25 games for the Oilers throughout his career and has three career NHL points with a goal and two assists.

Khaira is a 22-year old forward and was selected by Edmonton in the third round (63rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-3, 214-pound forward has accumulated 57 points (22G, 35A) and 164 penalty minutes in 133 career AHL games with the Oklahoma City Barons and the Bakersfield Condors.

Khaira played 10 games for the Oilers in 2016-17 and scored his first career NHL goal on January 16 against the Arizona Coyotes. He became the third player of Punjabi Indian descent to score a goal in the NHL, after Robin Bawa and half-French, half-Indian Manny Malhotra. He also tallied 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists) in 27 games for the Condors last season.

Read the full story and find out more about Tech sports at


Outdoor Sculpture Walk on the Tech Trails Today and Tomorrow

Today and tomorrow, take a walk on Tech's Tecumseh Trail and enjoy sculptures created by students in Lisa Gordillo's Outdoor Sculpture class. Eight students have created works of art that call attention to the special beauty of the outdoors. The walk is free and open to the public during trail hours.


Nominations Open for the 2017 Council Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest Distinguised Dissertation Award

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. Nominations must be delivered to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School no later than 4 p.m. on June 27; e-mail nominations to are preferred.

For more information see previous Tech Today article.


Employee Wellness Amazing Challenge

The Employee Wellness Amazing Challenge will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 29. The winning team gets bragging rights as the Amazing Challenge winner. HuskyPAW members will receive bonus points for participating. Register here.

Volunteers are needed for this event. If interested contact Shannon Brodeur. For more information see previous Tech Today article.


Job Posting

Job Posting for Tuesday, June 20, 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.

 Custodian, Facilities. AFSCME Posting 6/20/2017-6/26/2017. 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.