State Recommends Michigan Tech to Lead Line 5 Risk Analysis

The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board unanimously recommends Michigan Technological Univeristy to organize and lead state universities in an independent risk analysis of the Line 5 Straits Pipelines.

The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board (PSAB) voted unanimously Yesterday (Sept. 18) to recommend Michigan Tech be placed at the helm of a risk analysis of the Straits pipelines, two parallel 20-inch pipelines that form the 4.5-mile section of Line 5 that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

If the State agrees with the recommendation, Michigan Tech would collaborate with other state universities to analyze the environmental and economic impacts of a “worst-case scenario” spill or release.

“Michigan’s universities would be working together to provide the data,” says Guy Meadows, director of Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center.

“Michigan Tech would lead the process because of our extensive knowledge of the Straits of Mackinac region and its complex flows, and would determine the best ways for the best people at Michigan’s universities to contribute.”

Read the full story.

What is STEM Education?

New research shows that K-12 teachers use eight mental models to teach science, technology, engineering and math—a more complex system than initially apparent.  

These models are laid out in a new study published in the Journal of Science Teacher Education. One of the co-authors, is Emily Dare (CLS), an assistant professor of STEM Education. 

"People use the term 'STEM' a lot," Dare says, noting it can refer to the individual fields of science, technology, engineering and math, but the term can also have broader meaning in kindergarten through high school (K-12) education.

"There's a lot of loosey-goosey language going around—and it's not bad—but everyone has a different understanding of what it is and we dance around that."

Read the full story.

Working With A Creative Marketing Team

Do you wonder what goes on behind the scenes during the creative process? Join University Marketing Communications and Creative Suite 155 to learn some tips and tricks for working with a creative team. The session will provide you with a better understanding of our process and you will learn more about how to prepare for a marketing project. The regular monthly Campus Communicators meeting will be at 10 a.m. starting Thursday (Sept. 21) in MUB B001.

This Week's C-Cubed Lunch Menu

This week's C-Cubed luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Sept. 21/22) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.

All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. The C-Cubed lunch buffets are created by Executive Chef Eric Karvonen and prepared by "Chef Eric" and his culinary team. As the name suggests, the meals are meant to foster conversation, community and collegiality.

Attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Fruit-infused water, coffee, tea, cookies and fruit are available free to all attendees. The buffet lunch is $10 per person. Cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates (available in the Memorial Union office) are accepted. Find more information and share C-Cubed feedback here.

The menus:


  • Grilled Prime Rib of Beef with Creamy Horseradish sauce (GF)
  • Spicy Red Fussili with Lentils (GF, VE)
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed (GF, V)
  • Salad Bar-Greens, Grape Tomatoes, Sunflower Seeds, Red Onions, Cucumbers, Bell Pepper Strips (GF, VE)
    • Chardonnay Vinaigrette (GF, VE)
    • Blue Cheese Dressing (GF, V)

Friday, Sept. 22

  • Vietnamese Braised Pork Belly (GF)
  • Sweet and Sour Tofu (GF, VE)
  • Rice Noodle Salad (GF, V)

V-Vegetarian, VE-Vegan, Vegetarian, GF- Gluten Free

Career Basics at the Campus Store

Fall 2017 Career Fair is right around the corner. Are you ready? Stop by the Campus Store for all of your career apparel including dress shirts, dress pants, skirts, ties and belts. We also have a great selection of "last minute" items such as: tie clips, socks, pantyhose, shoe laces, shoe polish, lint rollers, sewing kits, padfolios, folders, planners and pens. Land that job by making sure you are perfectly polished.

Expand Your Research and Information Options

Expand your research and information options with the following new resource subscriptions from the Van Pelt and Opie library:

ASTM Compass
Full-text access to ASTM standards, journals, books and more. Include the complete ASTM Annual Book of Standards as well as historical and withdrawn standards, and many associated standards research reports. Active standards are updated weekly. Compass also includes content from nine ASTM journals, practical how-to manuals and technical monographs, symposia and special technical papers, data series and historical collections including bulletins, proceedings and more.

Digital Theatre+

Performances of plays, operas, dance, and more available for viewing. In addition to the productions, Digital Theatre explores the roles essential to production such as director, costumer, musicians and lighting designers. Digital Theatre offers a section on theory and criticism that explores historical and contemporary themes with study guides, interviews with important critics and encyclopedic entries illuminating the works.

E&E News

In-depth and timely coverage of energy and environmental issues both nationally and internationally. Topics cover legislation, regulations, energy markets, traditional and alternative energy sources, and the impacts of energy production such as pollution, public land uses and endangered species.

Five daily publications: Energywire, Climatewire, E&E Daily, Greenwire, E&E News PM, as well as video programs and special reports are included.

Access Note:
We recommend using email alerts to obtain the most immediate updates from these publications. Click on the Get Email Alerts link located at the bottom of any publication page to set up alerts.

Nexis Uni (formerly Lexis/Nexis Academic)

Nexis Uni presents Lexis/Nexis content with a new user interface, offering quick discovery, personalized workspace and collaboration features. Content includes coverage, including transcripts, from major national and international news sources, business profiles and news, and legal cases and associated coverage. U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790 are also included.

Social Explorer

Demographic data visualization and research resource allows users to generate vector maps in formats including side-by-side, multivariable, swipe maps, street level and satellite views. Data reports and downloads are easily created and exported from current and historical (220+ years) demographic data.

New databases are accessible for six months through the E-Alerts section on the Library Databases A-Z webpage. All databases are accessible by searching Databases A-Z or the library catalog here.

Send your questions, comments or feedback on any database to

Formatting 101: Seminar Series from the Graduate School

Students preparing a dissertation, thesis or report are invited to a new seminar series this fall designed to answer the questions we most commonly see in the Graduate School. Faculty and staff who assist students are also welcome to attend. The general format will be a 30-minute presentation with time for your questions.

Each seminar in the Formatting 101 series will be held from 4:05 to 4:55 p.m. in Fisher 138 and will also be live streamed.

Our first seminar is Tuesday, Sept. 26 titled, "Formatting 101: Using the Guide and Template." We'll discuss how you can use the Guide to find the formatting rules, and the template for signature/approval pages. Additional details for the complete series:

Oct. 10

Copyright for Dissertations and Theses

Oct. 24

How to Check and Fix Your Document

Register to attend on campus or to view the live stream for each seminar so that we can plan for your attendance. Individuals who register for the live stream will receive log-in information three hours before the event.

All materials (including video when available) from all Graduate School seminars are archived online.


Manufacturing Day is Today

Eleven innovative companies leading the market in product design, robotics and controls, advanced manufacturing, construction and building design, and sustainability are taking part in today's Manufacturing Day tomorrow.  

Miller Electric is bringing a 25-foot show trailer and will run live welding demonstrations throughout the event. Students will also have the opportunity to weld their own laser-cut souvenirs. 


Food Pantry Volunteers Needed

The HuskyFAN Food Pantry on campus is in need of volunteers. The Pantry is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and is located in the Hamar House (CDI). 

If you're interested in learning more about volunteering, emaill


Additional Health Screenings Today

If you were unable to make last Thursday's Health Fair to get your health screenings done ... no worries. The Exercise Assessment and Prescription class will offer screenings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today (Sept. 19) on the first floor of the SDC by the memorial/trophy rooms.
Screenings are free of charge and there is no need to register, just stop by. Screenings that will be performed include: body fat percentage, body mass index, blood pressure and waist-to-hip ratio.

Calling All Communicators: Plain Language Workshop

"Speaking Your User's Language," an interactive workshop focusing on the benefits and challenges of communicating directly and authentically with your audience, will be presented by Nick Rosencrans, User Experience Analyst at the University of Minnesota, and self-described champion for the end user. The workshop is 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 in Walker 120A.


Materials Science & Engineering Seminar Today

Phil Maziasz, Distinguished Research Scientist and Battelle Distinguished Inventor at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will present "Advanced Ni-based Superalloys for Advanced—UltraSuperCritical (A-USC) Steam Turbine Applications" at 11 a.m. today (Sept. 19) in M&M 610.


Looking for a Mentor?

The WorkLife Connections invites all interested staff to submit Staff Mentoring Interest Forms to team up with a trained mentor for the fall and spring semesters.

A mentor can assist you in developing key workplace skills, help staff who are new to the area learn more about the Keweenaw and Michigan Tech, and serve as a valuable advocate for you as you develop your professional goals. The deadline to submit your Staff Mentoring Interest Form is midnight tonight (Sept. 19).

For more information, see previous Tech Today article.

New Funding

Snehamoy Chatterjee (GMES/EPSSI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $127,810 research and development grant from NASA. Thomas Oommen (GMES) is the Co-PI on the project "Minerals and Rock Type Mapping Using Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer-Next Generation (AVIRIS-NG) Data." This is a one and a half year project.

In the News

An improved cancer-detecting test strip developed on campus, with research led by Xiaohu Xia (CHEM) along with Adrienne Minerick (CoE), was the feature story on Science 360, the news outlet of the National Science Foundation (NSF). It has also been covered by Tech Century,, Scicasts and a number of other science blogs.


The Anthill, a podcast of news outlet The Conversation (UK), ran an interview with Laura Kasson Fiss (Pavlis Honors College) and Andrew Fiss (HU), as well as recordings of songs they performed as part of their presentation at the British Science Festival. Their research considers songs as science communication, in this case nineteenth-century women using parody to defend their right to study traditionally male subjects such as mathematics. See here.


Nyoooz, an Indian news website, reported on a Landslide Atlas of Kerala developed by Thomas Oommen (GMES) and a geologist at the University of Kerala in India. The Geographic Information System (GIS)-based atlas is the first step in efforts to manage landslides in the various regions of Kerala. The Indian newspaper, The Hindu, reported on the work too.