Michigan Tech Joins Louisiana State, 4 Others in Coastal Marshes Research

A good thing has come from the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. 

Some of the proceeds from the penalties assessed are being used to fund environmental research, including a project involving Michigan Technological University and five other universities.

Louisiana State University (LSU) is leading the research to study how coastal land loss restoration practices impact ecosystems in coastal marshes.  The project just received a $2.1 million competitive grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s(NOAA) RESTORE science program. 

The overall goal of the research is to understand how river diversions and the salt-water concentration changes that result affect plants, animals and their interactions with each other in natural and man-made coastal marshes. 

In addition to LSU and Michigan Tech, collaborating universities are Rutgers, University of Florida, University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. Read the full story.

Facilitators Sought for Graduate School Orientation

The Graduate School is seeking facilitators to assist with our orientation programs. Faculty, staff and senior graduate students are welcome to participate.

Facilitators help to lead discussion with a group of seven new students. It's a fun and interactive way to engage with our students. New facilitators participate in training so that they are fully prepared for the event. If you would like to volunteer or know someone who would be great to participate, sign up for the following:

  • Mechanical Engineering & Graduate School Orientation–1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29–register online here.
  • Graduate School Orientation–1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30–register online here.

New facilitators training sessions are offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on either Aug. 24 or 28 in Admin 404. Participants will learn about the interest-based approach to resolving conflict, discuss the video vignettes that will be used during orientation and discuss a short plagiarism exercise.

John Vucetich Testifies Before US Senate

 John Vucetich (SFRES) will testify in Washington, DC, today before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. He will address the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy for Wildlife Act now being considered by the committee.

Vucetich, who heads Michigan Tech's long-running Wolf-Moose Predator-Prey study at Isle Royale National Park, is also scheduled to meet with Senator Debbie Stabenow's and Senator Gary Peters' staff to discuss the subject.

Six Huskies Named to NABC Honors Court

Six Michigan Tech men's basketball players have been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2016-17 Honors Court Team, announced on Tuesday. Dillon Gordon (Trout Creek), A.J. Grazulis (Marquette), Jeff Gregory (Kingsford), Jason Hawke (London, Ontario), Bryan Heath (Traylor Ridge, Illinois), and James Wezensky (Clare, Michigan) were recognized for excelling in academics during this past season.

In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows:

  • Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year.
  • Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
  • Member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.

The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.

The official NABC press release with the complete list of honorees throughout the nation can be viewed by clicking here. For more on Michigan Tech sports visit michigantechhuskies.com.


 Important Notice to Panopto Huskycast Users

At 8 p.m. on Friday (July 21), the Panopto-Huskycast system will require all Panopto recorder clients to be upgraded to version 5.4 or above. After Friday users on earlier recorder versions will be prompted to upgrade and will be unable to upload new recordings until they have upgraded. You can upgrade your Panopto recorder application any time before the deadline. Administrator rights to install software are required for this upgrade. View a demo video here.

Contact IT User Services (it-help@mtu.edu, 487-1111) with questions or if you need assistance in upgrading Panopto recorder on your computer.

Mac users note: You will need to be running Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11, or 10.12. Those on earlier versions of Mac OS X will need to update their operating system to continue to use Panopto recorder for Mac.

In the News

Michigan Tech's Campus Store Merchandising Operations Manager, Shane "Sully" Sullivan, was interviewed for an article in the June Issue of The College Store Magazine, published by the National Association of College Stores.

The article, titled "A Two-Way Street," explored the benefits of empowering senior staff to lead by example in order to guide their department into a more productive and engaging mindset. Sullivan encouraged staff to engage in a variety of volunteering opportunities, such as being a Lean Facilitator, sitting on a committee or working group or joining a national association.

Sullivan attributes volunteering on and off campus for the increased levels of customer out-reach, collaboration between departments and personal and professional growth he's seen in his department, his staff and himself.

You can find the digital issue here.


WNMU-FM aired a report on Money Magazine's ranking of Michigan Tech as one of the best colleges for your money. See here.


A book co-authored by Don Kreher (Math), titled "Graphs, Algorithms, and Optimization," Second Edition, has been selected for review by Choice, a journal for librarians. Only three books from the publisher's entire mathematics and statistics portfolio have been chosen for review this year.

In January, Choice will select their Book of the Year from the books reviewed. The review of Kreher's book, co-authored by William Kocay of the University of Manitoba, places it in nomination.

On the Road

Joan Chadde is in Detroit this week conducting a four-day teacher Institute at the Belle Isle Aquarium as part of an National Science Foundation Innovative Technology Experiences for Student and Teachers (ITEST) grant project.

The project's goal is to increase the interest of diverse students in science and science careers. The Project is a collaboration with Wayne State University (Jeff Ram, PI) and the Belle Isle Conservancy.