Volunteers Needed for Seated Versus Standing Desk Study

Do you, or someone you know in your department, use a standing desk for at least 50 percent of the workday or sit at a traditional desk for at least 50 percent of the workday?

John Durocher's (BioSci) Clinical and Applied Human Physiology Laboratory (DOW 731) within the department of Biological Sciences is looking for volunteers to be a part of this study that is approved by the Michigan Tech Institutional Review Board (IRB).

They are conducting a two-week study examining how blood pressure regulation and arterial stiffness are affected in men and women who often use a standing desk compared to those that often use a traditional seated desk.

Equal group sizes are desired for seated and standing desk individuals to determine the effects of standing or sitting for majority of the day. We especially need more seated desk participants at this time, but would be happy to gain more standing desk participants too. This study could help you to learn more about your cardiovascular health.

Interested participants would be asked to do the following:

  •  Attend an orientation session explaining the program
  • Perform a one-mile Rockport Walk Test to estimate aerobic fitness
  • Wear an Actical Accelerometer for two weeks to examine overall physical activity and sleep habits
  • Attend a testing session where blood pressure and arterial stiffness measurements will be collected

If you or someone you know is interested/willing to volunteer for this study, contact Ian Greenlund directly to discuss the project further. He will provide a more detailed explanation of the study protocol. Click here for a link to the study restrictions to see if you qualify.

Constitution Day Speech

Catherine Fisk, a professor in the Boalt Hall Law School of the University of California, Berkeley will present "Free Speech on Campus" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Refreshments are available beginning at 5:30 p.m. All attendees will receive a free pocket Constitution.

Fall Blood Drive Hosted by Fraternity and Sorority Life

There is a constant need for blood donors and now the need is critical. The gratification is instant. Give blood. Join Fraternity and Sorority Life from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 6 and 7 in the Library Reading Room to donate blood.

Sign up for an appointment time online or call 800-733-2767. Walk-ins are always welcome. Click here for more information. Bring a photo ID.

Expansion of the Michigan Tech Testing Center

The Michigan Tech Testing Center has grown to meet the needs of our students. We are proud to announce the opening of a second location in 215 Rekhi which will now serve as the primary testing center with 30 seats.

We invite you to come see this new space and meet the new staff. They will be available to answer your questions from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Sept. 11. Light refreshments will be available.

This Week in Michigan Tech Sports

Last Week in Review


The Huskies opened the 2017 season with a 38-14 victory over Truman State on Thursday night under the lights at Sherman Field. It was the eighth straight season-opening win for the Huskies as they dominated the second half allowing the visitors only 15 yards of total offense and scoring the game's final 24 points after a 14-all tie. Up next is another non-conference game, and the first road contest of the year, at Hillsdale College. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.


The squad began its season at the Hillsdale Tournament over the weekend. The Huskies fell in five sets to the host Chargers Thursday. The first win of the season was a 3-0 sweep of Indianapolis Friday. Tech split Saturday with a sweep of Glenville State and five-set defeat to Findlay.The Huskies host the Keweenaw Classic this weekend at the SDC Gym. There will be 16 total matches in the tournament with one Thursday, eight Friday and seven Saturday. Tech plays Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m., Friday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.


Soccer split its opening weekend in Minnesota. The Huskies began the season with a 1-0 shutout at Winona State. Sarah Boyd scored from Emily Zeitunian early in the second half for the lone goal. Kirsen Hudak and Amanda Young each played a half between the pipes, combining for the shutout with 14 saves. On Sunday, St. Cloud State scored 23:00 into the game for the only goal in a 1-0 Tech loss. Hudak and Young once again split time, totaling six saves. The Huskies start the home schedule this week at Sherman Field, hosting Bemidji State Friday at 5 p.m. and Minnesota Duluth at noon on Sunday.


• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on 93.5 FM

• Volleyball vs. Mary, 6:30 p.m. at SDC Gym on 93.5 FM

• Women's Tennis vs. Lake Superior State (Southfield, Mich.)
• Men's Tennis vs. Lake Superior State (Southfield, Mich.)
• Volleyball vs. Bemidji State, 1:30 p.m. at SDC Gym
• Soccer vs. Bemidji State, 5 p.m. at Sherman Field
• Volleyball vs. St. Cloud State, 7:30 p.m. at SDC Gym

• Cross Country at UW-Parkside's Midwest Open
• Women's Tennis at Hillsdale, 10 a.m.
• Football at Hillsdale, 1 p.m. on 93.5 FM
• Volleyball vs. Minnesota Duluth, 7 p.m. at SDC Gym on 93.5 FM

• Women's Tennis at Lawrence Tech
• Men's Tennis at Lawrence Tech
• Soccer vs. Minnesota Duluth, Noon at Sherman Field

For more on Huskies sports visit michigantechhuskies.com.

Graduate Seminar Speaker Series

The next event in the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Graduate Seminar Speaker Series is at 4 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 7) in EERC 103.

Robert Stone will present "Engineering for Good: Designing for Healthy People, Products and Planet."

Engineering design empowers the world with a means to solve people’s problems, create new products and experiences, and responsibly utilize the planet’s resources. These outcomes may be collectively summarized as design for healthy people, products and planet and are an answer to stakeholders’ demands for healthy products and services.

Stone is a professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University. His research interests include design theories and methodologies, specifically ontologies for product architectures, functional representations and automated conceptual design techniques. 

On the Road

The Mont Ripley Ski Area staff at Michigan Tech attended the 2017 Midwest Ski Area Association's (MSAA) Summer Meetings & Trade Show at Devil's Head Resort, WI on Aug. 20-23.

Sessions included; The New ANSI B77.1 2017 Ropeway Standard; Attracting Newcomers: Boosting Results with Outside Resources; and Terrain Park Risk Management. Conference attendees include Greg Cleary, Lift Mechanic; Esa Leppanen, Skier Services Manager; Kevin McClellan, Mountain Operations Manager; and Nick Sirdenis, General Manager.

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In the News

The Daily Mining Gazette ran a feature on Michigan Tech Hockey incoming freshmen Keegan Ford. Read the full story here.


WJMN TV3/UPMatters reported on Michigan Tech being ranked 3rd in Michigan and in the top 20 percent nationwide by College Factual. See here.

IT Connect

Summer 2017—Technology Upgrades

Michigan Tech IT has updated some University technology over the Summer. Some of these efforts were IT initiatives and others were departmentally funded.

For a list of everything that was completed over the last few months, look here. We are always trying to improve the technology on Campus. As these improvements continue to occur, we will keep you updated.

If you have an upgrade project in mind or have any questions about what we have already done, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.


Student Constitution Essay Contest

Michigan Tech undergraduate and graduate students are invited to create an original essay to celebrate our nation's Constitution. 

In 600 words or less discuss these boundaries and the principles you would use in defining them. What is an example of a situation that might justify placing such limits on speech and/or on an organized march? What problems might arise due to such limitations. Read the full Tech Today story.