John Vucetich to Present at Michigan Tech Research Forum

The Michigan Tech Research Forum was developed to showcase and celebrate the work of Michigan Tech researchers and to strengthen collaborations and communication in our community.

It is a privilege and honor to announce Professor John Vucetich (SFRES) was selected from nominees across campus as the Fall 2017 Distinguished Lecturer.

Vucetich was nominated by Terry Sharik, dean of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, and was selected from a highly competitive pool of candidates.

His lecture, "It's Not About Wolves: Interdisciplinary Knowledge for a Sustainable, Just and Prosperous World," will be presented at 4 p.m. Nov. 7, in MUB Ballroom A. 

Sharik writes in his nomination: "John is a world-renowned researcher on predator-prey relations and especially on the role of wolves in regulating ecosystems, based mostly on his work on wolves and moose on Isle Royale—the longest running predator-prey study in the world. He has trained numerous graduate students and collaborated with scientists from around the world. Because of the charismatic nature of wolves and the emotional responses of people to them, much of it centered around whether or not to protect them, John's work also bridges animal population dynamics and ethics. He is published in Science, Nature, and other prestigious journals. His research is funded by NSF and others. John has given hundreds of presentations spanning the gamut from scientists to ordinary citizens, and developed several videos on his work that have received high praise. His delivery style is one of serenity, thoughtfulness and humility."

The Distinguished Lecture Series started in Fall 2016 to honor faculty for their research impact. Department chairs, center/institute directors, deans and Research Advisory Council members nominate highly engaging presenters with broad topic appeal. Distinguished Lecturers are selected for their ability to increase the knowledge of our community by connecting their research with societal and community concerns. Topics are broad intentionally, spanning all colleges and schools at Michigan Tech.

Nominees are reviewed by a committee and announced at the beginning of fall and spring semesters. Past Distinguished Lecturers include Richelle Winkler (SS) in Fall 2016 and Simon Carn (GMES) in Spring 2017.

For more information and to nominate yourself or others, please visit the Michigan Tech Research Forum.

41 North Film Festival Program Announced

The program has been announced for the 41 North Film Festival and is now available online. The festival runs Nov. 2-5 in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and features four days of award-winning independent film from around the world, along with music, guests and special events.

The festival opens on Thursday, Nov. 2, with "Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc," an evening of film and music in collaboration with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra and the ConScience Michigan Tech Chamber Singers.

Regarded as one of the most influential films in the history of cinema, the 1928 silent film by Danish director Carl Th. Dreyer will be presented with Richard Einhorn's hauntingly beautiful composition for solo voices, chorus and orchestra performed live.

Film theorist and historian David Bordwell will present a public lecture on Dreyer and participate in a Q&A with Conductor Joel Neves and Choral Director Jared Anderson following the performance.

Tickets for this special events must be purchased separately here. Michigan Tech Students with the Experience Tech fee need only bring their ID to the performance. The rest of the festival is free and open to the public, although a ticket must be reserved.

Other featured events include:

  • Friday, Nov. 3: The festival will feature "AlphaGo" at 7:30 p.m., the story of Google Deepmind’s A.I. challenge match with the world Go champion, Lee Sedol. The film will be followed by a panel discussion and after party.
  • Saturday, Nov. 4: The festival will honor Michigan Tech Professor Emeritus Joe Kirkish for his long-standing contribution to film appreciation and community in the Keweenaw. The Festival will pay tribute to Kirkish at 4 p.m. before the screening of film legend Agnès Varda’s new film "Faces Places" and then gather for a reception following the film at 6 p.m. in the Rozsa lobby. At 7:30 p.m. the festival presents the critically-acclaimed "Sami Blood," a drama about a 14-year-old Sámi girl who is subjected to racism and eugenic scrutiny in 1930s Sweden. The film will screen with the short film "Ogichidaa," which features Jerry Jondreau of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in a story about his grandfather’s struggle for tribal rights. A panel discussion will follow these films.
  • Sunday, Nov. 5. The festival’s closing night film, "Far Western," tells the story of a dedicated group of Japanese country/bluegrass musicians and the unique bonds forged through music. Keweenaw Brewgrass will start off the final event with music at 7 p.m.

More a dozen additional new films will play during the festival. Visit the festival website for more information on films and events throughout the weekend. Festival patrons who would like to have dinner at the theater between films on Saturday, Nov. 4 will be able to reserve a picnic dinner box for $10 when they reserve their festival ticket.

Major sponsorship for the 41 North Film Festival is provided by the Department of Humanities, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

PUSH Physical Theatre Brings "Dracula" to Rozsa Saturday

Just in time for Halloween, Bram stoker’s "Dracula" comes to the Rozsa Center. The classic tale of seduction, desire and madness from the masters of motion theatre.

PUSH Physical Theatre’s "Dracula" is an acrobatic spectacle like nothing you have ever seen, a groundbreaking, thrilling and unforgettable ride into the warped world of one of literature’s most famous villains. "Dracula" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 21), at the Rozsa Center.

It's “un-theatre.” Intense athleticism, gravity-defying acrobatics and soulful artistry—award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre, the genre-defining masters of physical storytelling, express what it means to be human: the joy and sorrow, humor and tragedy, the big questions and the simple things.

Experience PUSH Physical Theatre's all new adaptation of the classic horror story. In his hunt for immortality, Renfield stumbles upon the Amulet of the Vampir, a lost jewel buried in the legend of Dracula, The Master. Caged in a cell and under the watchful eye of The Doctor, Renfield uncovers the secrets of eternal life as a mysterious Maiden arrives at the asylum.

As the ties that bind the living and the dead begin to unravel, the lines between heroes and the devil begin to blur. 

And, an added bonus: Come for the show, stay for the party! Keweenaw Young Professionals Present Cocktails After Dark, a Dracula after-party, in the Rozsa lobby, free for anyone with a ticket to Dracula. Enjoy a cash bar with Dracula-themed drinks, snacks, a “Dracula’s Lair” photo booth, and meet the cast of Push Physical Theatre’s Dracula.

 Tickets for Dracula at the Rozsa Center are on sale now, $22 for adults, $10 for youth (PG-13), and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or at the Rozsa box office the night of the show.

Note: The Rozsa box office opens only two hours before performances.  

Spirit Friday at The Campus Store and University Images

Support the home team and show your Husky pride on Spirit Friday (Oct. 20) at the Campus Store, University Images and online. Friday only, all Michigan Tech Apparel in school colors (black, gold, grey, and white) is 25 percent off. Celebrate Homecoming by wearing our school colors and save 25 percent.

Go Huskies!

This Week's C-Cubed Lunches

This week's C-Cubed luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Oct. 19/20) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

The C-Cubed lunch buffet menus are created by Executive Chef Eric Karvonen, and prepared by Karvonen 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. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email

The menus:

Thursday (Oct. 19)
An Octoberfest-style lunch:
· Berliner Currywurst (GF)
· Roasted Beet and Quinoa Salad (VE, GF)
· Braised Cabbage and Potatoes (VE, GF)
· German Cucumber Salad (V)
· Flatbread (V)

Friday (Oct. 20)
· Linguine with White Clam Sauce
· Pasta Puttanesca (V)
· Antipasto Salad (GF, V)
· White Bean Salad (GF, VE)

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

Public Presentation to Explore the Link Between Forests and Fish

Danielle Shannon (SFRES) will present "Helping Forested Watersheds Cope with a Changing Climate," at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 in GLRC 202. 

The forests of the Upper Peninsula are relied upon to capture, store, filter and release clean cold water to streams and lakes. Over the next several decades, projected climate change will challenge the long-term stability of forests and water resources. 

Given these challenges, it is important for forest landowners, land managers and conservation organizations to be forward looking, flexible and responsive to ongoing changes and to consider site-specific risks, opportunities and ways to adapt.

This Week in Husky Sports

Last Week in Review

The No. 13-ranked hockey team took five out of six WCHA points at Lake Superior State in the conference-opening series. The Huskies won 4-3 Friday and the two teams skated to a 2-2 tie Saturday with Tech winning the shootout in the fourth round. Tech is unbeaten in their last four games this season and in 12 straight versus LSSU. Gavin Gould scored twice Friday while Jake Jackson and Greyson Reitmieir added tallies. Joel L'Esperance and Alex Gillies scored Saturday, and Jake Lucchini scored in the shootout. Patrick Munson had 21 saves Friday and 23 Saturday. The Huskies host Alabama Huntsville in the home opener for the second year in a row this weekend at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. 

Football was defeated 48-0 at Ashland Saturday in the longest road trip of the season.  Tech returns to Sherman Field for three of its final four games, including a homecoming matchup versus Wayne State Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Women's Tennis
Tennis swept its final home weekend of the season with a pair of 9-0 sweeps for its second and third straight victories. The Huskies defeated Davenport 9-0 Saturday and Purdue Northwest 9-0 Sunday. Seniors Sandra Cvetanovic and Natalia Parra Alvarez were honored prior to Sunday's match. The Huskies will close the fall portion of the regular season schedule on Saturday at Lake Superior State.

Volleyball went 1-2 at the 10th annual Midwest Region Crossover Tournament. The Huskeis won their fourth straight match Friday with a 3-0 sweep of Drury. Tech fell 3-0 to Bellarmine later Friday and dropped a 3-1 decision to Findlay Saturday. Defensive specialist Halie Hart tallied her 1,000th career dig Friday. Laura DeMarchi and Lauren Emmert were named to the All-Tournament Team. Tech is 12-8 overall and returns to GLIAC play at home this weekend, hosting new conference members Davenport on Friday and Purdue Northwest Saturday.

Soccer fell in its two games at Sherman Field over the weekend. Ashland won 2-1 Friday and Tiffin 2-1 in overtime Sunday. Marisa DeMario scored her second goal of the season from Jesse Jacobusse in the later stages of Friday's game, while Taylor Archibald buried her second from Brooke Schauer to tie the game at one midway through the second half on Sunday. Kirsen Hudak had five saves Friday and Amanda Young stopped six shots Sunday. The Huskies continue their five-game home stand this weekend, hosting Grand Valley State Friday and Ferris State Sunday at Sherman Field.

Cross Country
Cross country ran at the UW-Oshkosh Kollege Town Sports Invitational on Saturday. Tech had 10 male runners and one female competitor. The men finished 17th in the 8K race. Marcus Shamberg (73rd), Cory Burkwald (76th), Quinn Kaspriak (103rd), Michael Tuski (110th) and Alex Claerbaut (114th) were the top five Huskies to cross the line. In the women's 6K, Daniella Kyllonen finished 180th in a field of 353 runners. Tech races at the GLIAC Championships next weekend in Marquette.


• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on 93.5 FM
• Blue Line Club Meet the Hockey Team, 7-9 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena

• ArcelorMittal Live Broadcast from Husky Statue, Noon-1 p.m. 93.5 FM

• Blue Line Club Lunch, Noon at MacInnes Student Ice Arena
• Volleyball vs. Davenport, 4 p.m. at SDC Gym on 93.5 FM
• Soccer vs. Grand Valley State, 4 p.m. at Sherman Field
• Hockey vs. Alabama Huntsville, 7:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena on 93.5 FM

• Cross Country at GLIAC Championships in Marquette
• Women's Tennis at Lake Superior State, 10 a.m.
• Football vs. Wayne State, 1 p.m. at Sherman Field on 93.5 FM
• Volleyball vs. Purdue Northwest, 4 p.m. at SDC Gym
• Hockey vs. Alabama Huntsville, 7:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena on 93.5 FM

• Soccer vs. Ferris State, Noon at Sherman Field

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series is at 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 19) in EERC 103. William Schultz will present "Sticky Saliva and Dysphagia."

This discussion will include the unique rheological characteristics of saliva in an effort to quantify stickiness, especially as applied to elongational flow. Some preliminary results of a novel device to diagnose possible swallowing issues will be given.

Schultz is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Department at the University of Michigan. 

In the News

Tech Century, a science and technology news website published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, ran an article about new NIH-funded research being done by Jason Carter (KIP) and John Durocher (Bio), on the effects of alcohol on the human nervous system. 


Daily Kos's Overnight News Digest Saturday Science Edition reported on Simon Carn's (GMES) study published by the journal Science, using remote sensing to measure the man-made and natural carbon dioxide near the top of volcanoes, helping to predict when they might erupt. 


 Technical Problem Solving at Ford Motor Company with Scott Sterbenz Today

Scott Sterbenz, Six Sigma Master Black Belt at Ford Motor Company, will be on campus from 4 to 5 today (Oct. 17) in EERC 100. He will talk about his experience applying Six Sigma and Lean concepts to solve complex technical problems.

Sterbenz solves customer satisfaction and quality issues using the DMAIC and DFSS toolsets at Ford Motor Company. A licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan, Sterbenz holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit—having graduated first in his class in both programs.

He serves as a volunteer Technical Advisor for the United States Bowling Congress, the national governing body for the sport of bowling. There, he uses the Six Sigma toolset to help develop test plans and data analysis methods to set specifications for bowling lanes, pins, and balls—in addition to conducting groundbreaking research for the sport.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.


"Picasso at the Lapin Agile" Wednesday Through Friday 

The Michigan Tech Theatre Company will perform the Steve Martin comedy "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" again this week. Performance are at 7:30 p.m. Tomorrow (Oct. 18) Thursday and Friday (Oct. 19-20) in the McArdle Theatre in the Walker Art and Humanities Center.  

Tickets are $13 for adults, $5 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or on the night of each performance at the McArdle Theatre, beginning one hour prior to showtime. 

New Funding

Martin Auer (CEE/GLRC), is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $28,637 research and development contract from the Mona Lake Watershed Council.

The project is titled "Mona Lake Monitoring and Modeling." This is a one and a half year project.