Tech in Ten: Q&A With Jason Carter

Michigan Tech's thought leaders glimpse into the University's future. Jason Carter, chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology (KIP), reflects on where research and education in the health sciences is heading over the next decade.

Q. What technology being developed today will change the game for education and research in kinesiology and integrative physiology 10 years from now?

A. We're in the age of wearable technologies, which is very exciting for departments like ours. We’re able to monitor, in real-time, so many variables connected to healthy living—physical activity levels, heart rates, subjective scales of stress and sleep. These subjective and objective measures of health are currently focused on the individual, but I see them becoming much more integrated with living environments and space. Things like black mold in the home, walking paths at high risk for slip-and-fall and other factors that can dramatically impact health will be monitored and integrated with other biometrics.

Read the complete article on the Michigan Tech News Website.

Computing and Information Sciences Working Group Established

Provost Jacqueline Huntoon announced the formation of a Computing and Information Sciences (CIS) Working Group at Michigan Tech. This follows an all-day Computing and Information Sciences retreat that was held on campus on Aug. 18, in which more than 60 members of the University community came together to discuss future directions in computing technology and their potential impact on University teaching and research programs and society at large.

The CIS Working Group is comprised of Daniel R. Fuhrmann (ECE), Min Song (CS), Jim Frendewey (SoT), Laura Brown (CS), Timothy Havens (ECE/CS), Roger Kieckhafer (ECE), Myounghoon (Philart) Jeon (CLS/CS) and Benjamin Ong (Math). Fuhrmann is the group's chair.

The charge to the Working Group is to develop recommendations designed to promote growth in size and quality of degree programs and the University's research portfolio in computing and information sciences, in the broadest sense. The recommendations are due to the Provost prior to the end of the 2017-18 academic year. She will review those recommendations and use them to provide guidance to the future University president and the University's Board of Trustees.

Throughout the year, as the Working Group crafts its recommendations, it will periodically engage with a broad-based advisory group to share ideas and receive feedback. The Advisory Group will be appointed by the Provost, based on nominations from the Working Group.

The CIS Working Group met with three members of the 14 Floors advisory group (Dave House, Kanwal Rekhi and John Rockwell) for a two-hour brainstorming session on Oct. 10.

Following that meeting, it was decided the primary task for the Working Group, in what remains of the Fall Semester, is to gather benchmarking information on how computing and information sciences are treated at other institutions, in terms of curriculum and administrative structure.

They will present a report on their findings to the Provost and to the Advisory Group for feedback prior to the end of the current calendar year. The Working Group timeline for the Spring 2018 semester remains open.

United Way Appeal is Underway

The Copper Country United Way has launched its 2017-18 campaign to raise $100,000 to support human service needs in Houghton and Keweenaw counties. University faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in this year's CCUW campus campaign. 

Seventeen nonprofit health and human service organizations in Houghton and Keweenaw counties are supported by the campaign. Michigan Tech has consistently been the CCUW's largest donor.

New this year, Econo Foods of Houghton is offering a $10 gift certificate to everyone who donates $52 or more. This can be done as a single lump sum or by payroll deduction (as little as $2 per pay period). Participating employees will receive a thank you card with further instructions on how to redeem their gift certificate.
Employees can make a difference for people in the Keweenaw by donating by cash or check, pledging an amount through payroll deduction or with a credit card payment by accessing the Copper Country United Way website.
Donating by payroll deduction is easy, tax deductible and just a few dollars each pay period adds up and makes a significant positive impact in the community. To sign up, use the donation form.
Employees may return their forms to CCUW Treasurer Heather Sander, 705 HNBB, 7-2466 or by email. The deadline is Dec. 8.

Course Material Survey for Students

Beginning today (Oct. 30), the Michigan Tech Campus Store will participate in a nationwide survey regarding course materials. The information collected is important to the Campus Store as we strive to provide the broadest course material options and most cost-conscious pricing through strategic partnerships, transparency and industry awareness.

Michigan Tech students will receive an email which will include a link to the survey hosted by OnCampus Research. The survey should take roughly 20 minutes. Be a part of a movement and encourage students with whom you have contact to participate in the survey.

Thank you from the Campus Store.

Upgrade PaperCut by Tomorrow

There have been several communications that upgrading your PaperCut software is required. This is one last reminder to upgrade by tomorrow (Oct. 31) if you have not already.

To print from your off-domain (personal) device, you will need to update your printing software and drivers to direct your jobs to the new print server.

Current on-domain systems will not be affected by this change. A self-installation package for Windows, Mac or Linux is available that includes updated printer software and drivers.

We've worked to make this transition as painless as possible. If you run into any issues or have questions, contact us; we are ready to help. Thank you for working with us to bring you an improved and simplified printing process. Contact us at or call 7-1111.

Google Calendar Updates

On Nov. 14, Google will begin making upgrades to Google Calendar, including updates to the look and feel. As the change is being pushed by Google, it will affect all of campus.

You can learn more about the features of the new calendar online. 

Michigan Tech has the option to upgrade early. Beginning tomorrow (Oct. 31), you'll see a button "Use New Calendar" in the upper right part of the Google Calendar webpage. If you’d like to upgrade early, click this button to move to the new version.

IT is here to help if you have questions about the changes. Contact us at or call 7-1111.

41 North Film Festival Begins Thursday

From a silent film accompanied by a symphony and choral performance, to topical and historical films with expert panelists, the 41 North Film Festival brings together acclaimed films from around the world with participants from the local community for four days of engaging, informative and inspiring events.

In celebration of this year's theme of "Community", the festival will present a special “City Light” award to retired Michigan Tech Film Professor and photographer Joe Kirkish in recognition of his many contributions to film appreciation in the Keweenaw.

To see the full lineup of films and find out more about each, visit the festival website or read the original Tech Today article.

Athletics to Host First Friday University Social

 Michigan Tech Athletics invites faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees to a First Friday University Social from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 3), at the Ojibwa Casino Breakaway Zone (formerly LampLighters) in the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be served.

The First Friday Social precedes a Men's Hockey home contest versus Bowling Green University starting at 7:07 p.m.

In conjunction with the First Friday Social, Friday is also Athletics' Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night. Faculty and staff can claim a free ticket to that evening's men's hockey game using the link sent via email. Free tickets must be requested by 5 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 1).

First Friday University Socials, started in 2006, provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to meet new people, learn about other schools and departments and share work and interests with colleagues.

Next month's First Friday Social, on Dec.1, is sponsored by Pavlis Honors College and will be held in M&M 722.

Guest Lecture Friday by Professional Audio Engineer Amanda Rose Smith

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts, in collaboration with the Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLSS), welcomes audio engineer Amanda Rose Smith to Tech for a guest lecture.

Smith's credits include: ADR (Automated Dialog Replacement) recording for "Orange Is The New Black," "Arrested Development," "New Girl," and many others; dialogue editing for video games including "The Walking Dead," "A Wolf Among Us," etc.; recording engineer for over 500 audiobooks, including books read by Kenneth Branagh, Kate Winslet, and more; recording engineer for a podcast featuring Hillary Clinton; composer for films; engineer and production manager for Le Poisson Rouge, NYC; and many others. She will be speaking about her work and about the audio industry.

The lecture will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday (Nov. 3) in Walker 210. If you plan to attend, RSVP via this Google form (this will help us ensure the room scheduled is large enough to hold the attendees).

This guest lecture is partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLSS), which is funded by a grant from the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

EPSSI Seminar Today

The next Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) Seminar is scheduled for 4 pm. today (Oct. 30) in Dow 641. Rear Admiral David Titley (ret.) will present 
"Climate Change and National Security: People not Polar Bears."

Titley is currently a professor of practice in the Department of Meteorology at Penn State. 

HuskyLEAD Workshop

Join Scott Marratto (HU) from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 1) in MUB Ballroom B1 for his presentation, "Morality and Technology: Rethinking Engineering Ethics."

Marratto's discussion will conclude the Fall 2017 HuskyLEAD workshops; however, individuals are still encouraged to check out the HuskyLEAD-Strengths Series opportunities still happening.

Traditional approaches to engineering ethics stress the application of professional codes of ethics to real-world problems. The mainstay of education in this approach is the case-study: the examination of real and hypothetical incidents (e.g., the space shuttle Challenger accident) with a view to drawing lessons about how ethical rules and procedures could, or should, have been applied. A number of ethicists and philosophers of technology have raised critical questions about this approach.

They have argued that ethics should be more integrated into the education of engineers and designers. In this talk and discussion, we will consider some of these challenges and proposals for new approaches to engineering ethics.

Physics Colloquium Seminar Thursday

The next Physics Colloquium is at 4 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 2) in Fisher 139. Timothy P. Lodge will present "Ionic Liquid/Block Polymer Nanostructures: Remarkably Versatile, Functional Materials."

Lodge is a regents professor and director of director of the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He has authored or co-authored over 400 papers in the field of polymer science, and advised or co-advised over 70 PhD students. His research interests center on the structure and dynamics of polymer liquids, including solutions, melts, blends and block copolymers, with particular emphases on self-assembling systems using rheological, scattering and microscopy techniques.

Teaching at Tech Luncheon Workshop: Teaching Gen Z and Millennials - Entitlement or Just Changing Expectations?

Whatever you call the current generation of 18-22 year old college students, there’s a sense that they bring different expectations to the classroom. In this luncheon workshop, we’ll explore some research about whether and how "students these days” really are different compared with previous generations. We’ll also share and discuss ways to best acknowledge, address, and even use those differences to improve learning.

Join us at noon Thursday, Nov. 9 for this luncheon workshop. Lunch will be provided to those who register by Monday, Nov. 6.


HR Closed Today for Annual Retreat

The Human Resources Office is closed today (Oct. 30) for a departmental retreat. The office will reopen tomorrow (Oct. 31). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 


Rear Admiral David Titley On Campus Today

The leader of the US Navy's 2009 Task Force on Climate Change, Rear Admiral David Titley (retired), is on the Michigan Tech Campus today. Later he will introduce a film on climate change in which he is featured. 

The film "The Age of Consequences" will be shown at 7 p.m. today (Oct. 30) in Fisher 135. Admiral Titley, who is in the film, will help introduce it and then participate in a discussion session following the showing of the movie. The discussion will include a Q&A with the audience.


New Book Launch Event

Join professor and author, Nancy Langston (SS/SFRES/GLRC), for the launch of her new book, Sustaining Lake Superior: An Extraordinary Lake in a Changing World (Yale University Press, October 2017). The Book Launch will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 1) at the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC). For more information, read the original Tech Today article


The Campus Store Halloween Sale

Trick or Treat!

Just kidding, no tricks here, but we do have a treat for you. Stop by the campus store on Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31, and receive a 31percent discount, on one hoodie if you are dressed in full costume. No costume? No problem. You can still stop by and grab some candy, on us. 


And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917-2017

Upper Peninsula literature has traditionally been suppressed or minimized in Michigan anthologies and Michigan literature as a whole. Even the Upper Peninsula itself has been omitted from maps, creating a people and a place that have become in many ways “un-geographic.”

"And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917–2017," gives voice to Upper Peninsula writers, ensuring that they are included in Michigan’s rich literary history.

The Van Pelt and Opie Library is pleased to bring four of the contributing authors to read from this compelling anthology, followed by a question and answer session and book signing.

Join us from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 2) in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Light refreshments will be provided.
Nominations Open for Making A Difference Awards
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Staff Making a Difference Awards. Nominate a deserving colleague today in one of seven categories. Each award recipient receives $500.
Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. For details, including the steps for submitting a nomination, see the original Tech Today article.
For more information, contact staff council at

In the News

The Hibbing (Minnesota) Daily Tribune published a feature story about the Iron Range STEM Showcase, an annual science festival inspired by the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers, who put on the first one several years ago. See here.


WLUC TV6 aired a story about a $1 million gift from alumni Richard and Joyce Ten Haken to Michigan Tech's School of Business and Economics. See here.


The Herald Palladium (St. Joseph, Michigan) published an article about beach erosion and other coastal problems facing communities that border on the Great Lakes, quoting Guy Meadows (GLRC) on the impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes. See here.

IT Connect

Cybersecurity Training
As phishing attempts continue to be more common, Michigan Tech IT encourages you to be vigilant and protect yourself. We are on the lookout for these cyberattacks, but you are still your best advocate when it comes to your privacy and cybersecurity.

Our security team has developed a few online training sessions to assist you:

Report any suspicious emails or phishing attempts to Michigan Tech IT. If you have any additional questions regarding cybersecurity on campus, contact us at or call 7-1111.