Fill in the blankóChitinophaga is to Green Bay as [blank] is to Singapore.

Cultures from the water trapped in the bottoms of boats reveal the invisible microbial communities that could identify one port from another. And one microbiologist is setting off for 22 port cities around the world to identify some.

Steve Techtmann (Bio Sci), earned a Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to study the microbial biosignatures and will travel to do fieldwork all summer and into the fall. 

Techmann has already figured out some for the Great Lakes: Chitinophagabacteria are unique to Green Bay; Rhodovanstum in Duluth; Sandarakinorhabdus in the Keweenaw Waterway. Read the full story.

Board of Trustees to Hold Special Meeting Friday

The Michigan Tech Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at noon Friday (June 30). The video conference meeting can be viewed at the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) in Ann Arbor or in Memorial Union Ballroom B. 

The single item on the agenda is the selection of a firm to assist the University with the presidential search. 

Fiscal Year 2018 Predetermined Fringe Benefit Rates

The Office of Naval Research has recently approved Michigan Tech’s Fiscal Year 2018 predetermined Fringe Benefit rates effective July 1, 2017. The rate agreement can be found here.

Beginning July 1, 2017 these rates will be applied to all funds including active sponsored projects. Effective immediately the rates will be used for Sponsored Programs proposal budgeting.

In accordance with the Fiscal Year 2018 approved predetermined Fringe Benefit rate agreement, the rates effective July 1, 2017 are as follows:

  • Regular Non-Student Employees Rate 39%
  • Summer/Additional Comp Rate 20%
  • Graduate Student Rate 8.6%
  • Temporary Employees Rate 9%
  • Undergraduate Student Rate 0%

If you have any questions regarding proposals & budgeting contact Lisa Jukkala at 487-2226. For questions regarding charging of sponsored projects contact  Tammy LaBissoniere at 487-2244. For questions regarding charging of non-sponsored funds contact Sue Laajala at 487-2121.

PLGC Hosts Couples Scramble July 22

The Portage Lake Golf Course will host its annual Couples Scramble on Saturday, July, 22. Registration is at 9:15 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

Registration is $70 per couple in advance, $80 on the day of the tournament. Registration deadline is July 21. A meal served after the first nine holes is included in the registration fee. In addition there will be door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, skins game and more. 

Register online. Call the PLGC at 7-2641 for more information.

Tech Hockey Fills Assistant Coach Position

Michigan Tech head hockey coach Joe Shawhan announced the hiring of Chris Brooks as an assistant coach.

Brooks joins the Huskies from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point where he was head coach the past six seasons, leading the team to three straight NCAA Division III Frozen Fours and winning the National Title in 2016. Brooks played collegiately at Western Michigan University.

"Chris is going to be a great addition to our staff," Shawhan said. "Having known him for several years, I'm excited for him to bring his enthusiasm for teaching the game of hockey to our program. He has a proven record of success in both recruiting and developing players and will be a great resource for me to rely on. Chris built Stevens Point into a perennial National Championship level program and is a well-respected coach across college hockey."

"I'm honored and extremely grateful for the opportunity that Athletic Director Suzanne Sanregret and Head Coach Joe Shawhan have given me," said Brooks. "I look forward to sharing my experiences that I have learned over my years playing and coaching to help continue the great tradition that is Michigan Tech hockey. 

Read the full story and more on Husky sports at

AutoDrive Autonomous Vehicle Competition Community Forum

The Electrical, Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Departments will hold a community forum at 5 p.m. this Thursday (June 29) in EERC 100 concerning the AutoDrive Autonomous Vehicle competition.

Michigan Tech is one of eight schools selected to participate in this three year competition. In this forum, we will discuss the high level details concerning the first year of the competition and ways the greater campus community can get involved.

The competition team is also currently looking for motivated students with engineering and software design experience to assist the team on critical design activities during the month of July. Several paid positions are available to exceptionally well-qualified students.


Parade of Nations Online Donation System

The Parade of Nations Committee announced that the Parade of Nations online donation and t-shirt purchasing system is live. The online donation system allows business and individual donors to conveniently donate, or purchase t-shirts from their mobile phone or computer.

A link to the donation system can be found on the main Parade of Nations webpage.


On the Road

Lisa Gordillo (VPA) presents a new collection of sculpture and installation at the Centro Cultural Efrain Recinos in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, July 15-Aug. 1. The exhibit, titled "Prohibido Orinar Aqui," was developed from Gordillo's spring exhibit, "ChickenBus," in the Rozsa gallery. The works of art in the exhibit are inspired by US-Guatemalan relations.

Gordillo is also sculptor-in-residence at Tierra Adentro, the International Poetry Festival of Aguacatan, Guatemala. This year's festival is dedicated to immigrants and displaced people. Gordillo will create an art installation, titled "Caminante" (Someone Walking) along the Aguacatan river and a migrating book as part of the festival.

In the News

The USA Today network posted an article about a dramatic waterfall rescue, including a video of Michigan Tech students' robotic water rescue device. The story was published in newspapers all across the country. See here.


WJMN Channel 3 news/UPMatters aired a story about Michigan Tech's summer engineering camp for Keweenaw Bay middle-school students. See here.