Is It Gonna Blow? Measuring Volcanic Emissions from Space

Carbon dioxide measured by a NASA satellite pinpoints sources of the gas from human and volcanic activities, which may help monitor greenhouse gases responsible for climate change.

Late last month, a stratovolcano in Bali named Mount Agung began to smoke. Little earthquakes trembled beneath the mountain. Officials have since evacuated thousands of people to prevent what happened when Agung erupted in 1963, killing more than 1,000 people.

Before volcanoes erupt, there are often warning signs. Tiny earthquakes rarely felt by humans but sensed by seismographs emanate from the volcano. Plumes of water vapor rise from the crater. When the volcano begins to emit gases like carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide, eruption may be imminent.

But getting close to the top of a volcano is dangerous work. Using remote sensing to detect rising carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide emissions without endangering people or equipment would greatly increase human understanding of volcanoes. Remote sensing emissions could prevent humanitarian disasters—and false alarms. Read the full story on the Michigan Tech news website.

Free HIV Screenings Nov. 2

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department will offer free on-campus HIV screenings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2.

The screenings are confidential and take only 20 minutes to complete. All screenings will take place in the Hamar House (Center for Diversity and Inclusion) in the garden level conference room. 

To make an appointment, contact Whitney at

After-school Engineering and Science Classes Offered for Elementary Students

Michigan Tech is offering two after-school science and engineering classes this fall for elementary school students. 

All classes will meet in GLRC 104. The Houghton Elementary School bus will drop students off at the GLRC by 3:45 p.m. The cost is $75 per student and you can pay by credit card by calling 7-2247.  Fall registration ends today (Oct. 19). This fall's classes are:

  • Making and Tinkering (Grades 1-2), Wednesdays Oct. 25 - Dec. 6. Explore tinkering and making with a variety of activities that blend science and engineering. Create a tower for baby bear, design a hand pollinator, build your own lifesaver mobile and make your own house for the Three Little Pigs.
  • Human Body (Grades 3-5), Tuesdays Oct. 24 - Dec. 5. Explore the science behind heartbeats and exercise, the human skeleton and muscles, sense of taste, sugar and teeth, and life without a thumb. How do nutrition and healthy choices make our bodies stronger? Be an engineer and design a prosthetic hand that can you can use to hold a cup.

Coordinated by the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach. If you have questions contact Joan Chadde or">Lloyd Wescoat or call 7-3341.

Payroll Workshop Offered

Payroll Services will host a 45-minute workshop at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Memorial Union Ballroom A1.

The purpose of the workshop is to review the Payroll Services Standard Practice Guide and answer payroll and time entry questions. This session is offered to assist supervisors, timekeepers and department administrators in following time and reporting procedures and deadlines. 

Register online. If you have any questions, contact Payroll Services at 7-2130 or

Making the Most of Entrepreneurship

John Tyler, general counsel and chief ethics officer for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will be on campus today (Oct. 19) to share his insights on entrepreneurship and the importance of considering the social impact of our endeavors.

Tyler has spoken and authored publications relating to the roles and responsibilities of philanthropy in society. He contributes to the Foundation’s work through his extensive knowledge regarding public policy and law relating to foundation and charity assets.

Tyler has published academic articles on topics ranging from improving university technology transfer to reforming US immigration policy, many of which can be found here.

Making the Most of Entrepreneurship will take place 3:30-5 p.m. today in the PHC Collaboration Space (M&M 722) located on the graduate side of the M&M building overlooking the canal. All members of the campus community are invited to attend. Pizza and refreshments will be served.  

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Social Innovation (CenSi), the Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI), the School of Business and Economics (SBE) and the Pavlis Honors College Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship (ICE).

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Michigan Tech is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. 
This is an opportunity to properly dispose of all expired and unused prescription drugs.  Michigan Tech Public Safety and Police Services is a registered drop off/collection site.
MTPSPS is located at 206 MacInnes Drive. If you have any questions, email

Homecoming Tailgate Party

Come support the Huskies with free food and fun at the Homecoming Tailgate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 21).

You can mingle with athletes, take photos with a Michigan Tech photo frame, play yard games and so much more. There will also be free beer with a valid ID. Students need their HuskyCard ID to get into the game and the tailgate party. Anyone with a game ticket can get into the tailgate.

Sponsored by Athletics, Dining Services, Alumni Engagement, Wellness, and Student Activities. Follow-up the tailgate by cheering on the Huskies as they take on Wayne State in the Homecoming Football Game at 1 p.m. on Sherman Field. Go Huskies!

Campus Communicators Meet Today

"Our excellent faculty is involved in innovative, interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research, collaborating in state-of-the-art world-class facilities in programs that provide experiential hands-on learning to prepare students to think outside the box and create the future for our increasingly global society."

Everything in the above sentence is accurate. But nothing specifically conveys "This is Michigan Tech." How can our content, on web pages, in newsletters and in other forms of print and digital media, be clear—and clearly Michigan Tech?   

Visit Clichéland with campus communicators from 10 to 11 a.m. today (Oct. 19), in Memorial Union B001. Bring your laptop or other device, and some content that needs refreshing—for example, your school or department's website landing page impact statement. Students, faculty and staff are welcome.      

SBE Brown Bag Seminar Series

The School of Business and Economics will have a brown bag lunch research seminar from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 25) in AOB 101.

Andre Laplume (SBE) will present his latest research. The title is "Stakeholder Theory of Entrepreneurship." All interested members of the Michigan Tech community are invited.

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Tuesday

Sean R. Agnew, professor of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at the University of Virginia, will present "High Strength and Ductility of Additively Manufactured 316L Stainless Steel Explained" at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 24) in M&M 610.

BIO/KIP Seminar

Eric Lazartigues from the Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics at Louisiana State University will present "ACE2 in Neurogenic Hypertension: A Translational Story" at 3 p.m. today (Oct.19) in EERC 229.


Author Cyndi Perkins to Speak at Library Today

Award-winning journalist and University writer-editor Cyndi Perkins shares her debut novel "More Than You Think You Know," the boating adventures that inspired it and pathways to publishing.
Her presentation is from 4–6 p.m. today (Oct. 19) in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Light refreshments will be served. Read the full story in a previous Tech Today.

Biomedical Engineering Seminar Tomorrow

The Biomedical Engineering Department will host seminar speaker Jian Yang at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 20) in M&M U113. Yang's seminar is titled, "Multifunctional Citrate Biomaterials and Applications."


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series is at 4 p.m. today (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.


C-Cubed Lunch Today 

Today's (Oct. 19) C-Cubed luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

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 at To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email

For more information about this week's C-Cubed lunches, read the original Tech Today article.

Today (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)

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


Spirit Friday Tomorrow

Support the home team and show your Husky pride on Spirit Friday (Oct. 20) at the Campus Store, University Images and online. Today 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!


Family Write Night at the MTMC

The MTMC is hosting a Family Write Night from 4:30-5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 20) in Walker 107 to celebrate the National Day on Writing. The event is tailored for children ages four to eight. There will be storytelling, puppets, writing activities and story games. Snacks will be provided.


Friends of the Michigan Tech Library Annual Meeting

The Friends of the Michigan Tech Library will hold their 2017 Annual Meeting from 4:30-6 p.m. today (Oct. 19) in the Library, room 244. All members and the public are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served.

In the News

MLive, a statewide news service, published an article about Governor Rick Snyder signing a self-driving vehicle consortium partnership between the American Center for Mobility and 15 Michigan universities, including Michigan Tech. 


WJMN TV3/UPMatters ran a news story about the new "Working, Living, Learning Assessment" underway at Michigan Tech. 


WLUC TV6, ABC 10 News and WJMN TV3 all covered International Biology Week programs put on at area high schools by Michigan Tech's Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology faculty and students.  

New Funding

Andrew Barnard (MEEM/MuSTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is titled "I-Corps:Carbon Nanotube Coaxial Noise Control." This is a six-month project.


In Print

Professor Emeritus Karol Pelc (SBE) published the paper "Non-economic Dimensions of Innovation Adoption in Interactive Communication Networks: International Comparisons" in the Journal of Management and Engineering Integration, v.10, No.1, 2017, 64-70.

Pelc identified the individualism index of national culture as a dominant factor in adoption of innovation and presented comparisons of adoption rates in countries of Central Europe and in the US.


Adam Wellstead (SS) co-authored a paper "Policy Mixes and their Alignment over Time: Patching and Stretching in the Oil Sands Reclamation Regime in Alberta, Canada" for a Special Issue on Policy Mixes: Aligning Instruments for Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Service Provision in the Journal Environmental Policy and Governance

On the Road

L Syd M Johnson (HU) was in Daegu, South Korea for the Global Neuroethics Summit Monday through Wednesday (Oct. 16-18). She was part of the delegation representing the Neuroethics Division of the NIH BRAIN Initiative.

Addition to Mentor Graduates

The WorkLife Connections recent announcement congratulating the graduates of the 2017 Staff Mentor Training, mistakenly did not include Lori Weir (Facilities Management).

Congratulations to Lori, and to all the mentor graduates. See the original Tech Today article.

If you are interested in being mentored, please submit a Mentoring Interest Form.