Tech in Ten: Integrating the Ecosystem

Michigan Tech's thought leaders glimpse into the University's future. Terry Sharik, dean of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES), reflects on where natural resources education is heading over the next decade.

What is an ecosystem? Definitions diverge. defines ecosystem as “a system or group of interconnected elements formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their environment.” But that doesn’t go far enough, Sharik says, because “the environment” is made up of more than that which surrounds organisms. It comprises organisms, substrates (ground) and atmosphere. And to a true ecosystem scientist, he says, all three are equal.

“We need to look at natural resources and environmental science in a new way,” he suggests, “integrating the ecological, social and economic dimensions to examine critical issues related to natural resources and the environment, or alternatively, managing the diverse services provided by ecosystems, particularly forest ecosystems in our case.”

Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

College of Sciences and Arts Dean Candidate Open Forum

The College of Sciences and Arts Dean search committee has invited four semifinalist candidates for on-campus interviews.

The first interview will be with Ravindra Pandey, chair of physics at Michigan Tech, Monday and Tuesday (Jan. 22/23). He will present his administrative philosophy and vision for CSA at an open forum at 3 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 23) in Fisher 135.

Information on all candidates and open forum information can be viewed online. An ISO login is required to view resumes and provide comment. The open forums will be video recorded and can be viewed at other times from the website. The dean search committee encourages the campus community to interact with each candidate during the interviews and to provide feedback by completing the anonymous comment form provided at the website. Comments and opinions may be submitted online or by contacting members of the search committee, who are included on the website.

For questions or comments about the dean candidates or the search process, contact the committee chair Jared Anderson (7-2143) or committee associate chair Will Cantrell (7-2356).

Michigan Tech Hosts Virtual Career Fair for Grad Students

From 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 23), Michigan Tech Career Services will host its first STEM Graduate Student Virtual Career Fair. Career Services has partnered with eight other STEM-based universities across the country to attract recruiters from more than 50 sought-after organizations.

Career Services is offering a lunch and learn from 12:15 to 1 p.m. today (Jan. 19) and Monday (Jan. 22) to help students prepare for the virtual career fair. Encourage graduate students to attend and register for the fair. Participation is open to all graduate students at Michigan Tech. Registration is required.

Michigan Tech's corporate partners like Ford, Black & Vetch and Husko International will participate in the virtual career fair. Microsoft, Intel, Staples, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and many other organizations were registered thanks to the collaborative efforts of other participating universities—Illinois Institute of Technology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Florida Institute of Technology, Clarkson University, The Cooper Union, Missouri S & T, Capitol Technology University and Montana Tech.

Technology is changing the way recruiting organizations find talent. Career Services is investing in more online platforms to accommodate current trends and support Huskies throughout their career journey.

University Senate to Meet Wednesday

The next meeting (#602) of the University Senate will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 24) in DOW 642. View the agenda of the meeting and the minutes of meeting #601.

Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting. Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternates to attend in their place.

Men Win, Women fall at Wayne State

The Michigan Tech men's basketball team got back in the win column last night with 76-66 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory on the road at Wayne State. The Huskies built some confidence and momentum early with an 8-2 to run to start the game before outscoring the Warriors 46-32 in the second half to notch the victory.

"The first thing we said in locker room after the game is that it feels good to get a win like this on the road to break this streak we've been on," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kevin Luke said. "I'm really happy for our players because they executed our game plan and our systems well. We had a really good second half and I felt good about that. For the most part, we took care of the basketball like we needed to and made our free throws down the stretch. We also got some huge stops in the final minutes when Wayne State was making a run which was big."

Junior Kyle Monroe, who has now scored 32 or more points in a game five times this season thanks to 34 last night to lead Tech.

The Michigan Tech women's team fell to Wayne State 50-40. The game was dominated by both defenses as each side struggled to put points on the board.

"I thought both teams played really well defensively and it was unfortunate for us that we had a number of players have off nights on offense," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kim Cameron said. "We had some open looks and I felt like we were taking good shots, but they just didn't fall. We have to get back to work and get ready to play a good Davenport team Thursday."

Michigan Tech will battle Davenport University in Sault Ste. Marie, Thursday. The games were originally scheduled for tomorrow but postponed due to norovirus. The games will be played at Lake Superior State. The women tip off at noon with the men at 2 p.m.

The Saturday Jan. 27 game against rival Northern Michigan at home will be moved to Sunday Jan. 28 in the SDC at 1 p.m.

Tech Basketball Games at Davenport Cancelled Due to Norovirus

The Michigan Tech women's and men's basketball doubleheader scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at Davenport has been postponed due to norovirus.

In a statement, Davenport University announced it closed the W.A. Lettinga main campus in Grand Rapids, through Monday. This included the cancellation or postponement of all weekend sporting events. 

Quoting from the release, "Due to a number of confirmed norovirus cases, Davenport has partnered with the Kent County Health Department and is implementing all of their recommendations. Residential students will be encouraged to remain on campus over the weekend to help prevent the spread of the norovirus to their families and communities." The complete official press release from Davenport can be viewed by clicking here.

The games have been rescheduled for Thursday (Jan. 25) at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie. the women will play at noon followed by the men at 2 p.m.

Tech's games with rival Northern Michigan have been moved from Saturday, Jan. 27 to Sunday, Jan. 28.

Hockey Huskies Are Back Home, Host Alaska Tonight, Tomorrow

The Hockey Huskies return home and return to WCHA play this weekend, its second series of the season against the Alaska Nanooks. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. each night at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Tech swept UAF in their first meeting in November in Fairbanks. The Huskies are 11-9-5 overall, 7-6-5-2 in the WCHA, and unbeaten in seven of their last eight league games. The Nanooks are 9-12-2 overall and 7-10-1-1 in conference play.

Tomorrow night is Junior Hockey Night, the annual celebration of youth hockey players in the area. There will also be Skate With The Huskies after the game. The first 200 youth into the building will receive a goody bag with coupons and candy. Dining Services will have popsicles on sale for 50 cents, while supplies last. There will also be a variety of door prizes during Skate With The Huskies, including a week of Michigan Tech sports camp of choice, a signed jersey, signed sticks, mini sticks and much more.

Both games can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM and online audio and will be video streamedLive Tweeting is also available. 

Tech is 16-3-0 all-time against Alaska, dating back to the 1990-91 season. The Huskies are 8-2-0 vs. the Nanooks at home. Tech has won the last 12 meetings between the two teams.

Biological Sciences Seminar

Andrew Bramburger, researcher at the UMD Natural Resource Research Institute of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, will present "Little Things Show Big Changes in Big Lakes: What Algae Tell Us About a Century of Change in the Great Lakes" from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 25) in EERC 100. For a full abstract, go to the Biological Sciences website


Retirement Reception for Jenn Donovan Today

University Marketing and Communications invites the University community to a retirement reception today for Director of News and Media Relations Jennifer Donovan.

Jenn is retiring following more than 10 years at Michigan Tech and a successful career in journalism at major newspapers and national magazines. 

The reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. today (Jan. 19) in Memorial Union Ballroom A2. Beverages, appetizers and a cash bar will be available.


Comedian Ian Lara Tonight

Ian Lara is just a regular Dominican kid from Queens, New York. He started comedy right after college after being told by some successful lawyers that he should skip going to law school, and he's loved every second since.

Join Late Night Programming for a bunch of laughs with Lara at 10 p.m. tonight (Jan. 19) in the MUB Ballroom. This event is free (funded by the Student Activity fee).


Science Saturday at the Carnegie Museum Tomorrow

An afternoon of science fun is scheduled for tomorrow (Jan. 20) at the Carnegie Museum. Science Saturday, featuring the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers, will take place from noon to 4 p.m.

Activities for the whole family, include skewering a balloon without popping it, playing a piano that has bananas for keys and slipping your hand inside a tornado.

Science Saturday is free and open to the public.


Chemistry Seminar Today

Scott A. Reid, chair of the department of chemistry at Marquette University, will present at 3 p.m. today (Jan. 19) in Chem-Sci 101.

His presentation will discuss how understanding the mechanisms of long-range energy and electronic transfer through polychromophoric assemblies is critically important in photovoltaics and biochemical systems. Reid will also discuss the mechanism of (singlet) exciton delocalization and charge stabilization in π-stacked polychromophoric assemblies.


William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning Luncheon Workshop: Teaching Fast and Slow Thinkers

Daniel Kahneman’s 2013 book titled “Thinking, Fast and Slow” is one of many recent books that explore how both unconscious and conscious systems are involved in thinking and learning.  In this luncheon workshop, we’ll explore some implications of this “dual processing” for the classroom, acknowledging differences between expert and novice approaches to problems, the selective nature of attention, and strategies to help students examine the accuracy of intuition. Join us at noon on Thursday (Jan. 25) for this luncheon workshop.  Lunch will be provided to those who register by Monday (Jan. 22). 


C-Cubed Luncheon Today

This week's last C-Cubed luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (Jan. 19) 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 online. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email

Today's menu:

Korean Taco Bar
Beef Bulgogi (GF)
Tofu Bulgogi (GF, VE)
Warm Flat Bread (V)
Kimchee Soup (GF, VE)

Spicy Cucumbers (GF, VE)
Pickled Daikon and Carrots (GF, VE)
Shredded Lettuce (GF, VE)
Taco Sauce

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


Michigan Tech Employee Lean Courses

The Office of Continuous Improvement is offering Lean courses to Michigan Tech employees. See more details, including course dates and times, and how to register, in the original article.

Dean's Teaching Showcase

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) announces the return of the Dean's Teaching Showcase for spring semester 2018. This program, previously run in 2015 and 2017, aims to identify instructors making important contributions to teaching in ways that may or may not be recognized through student evaluations.

As in the past, the five college deans (Engineering, Sciences and Arts, Business, Forestry and Technology) will take turns identifying an outstanding instructor within their unit for each of the next twelve weeks. These 12 nominees (allocated proportionally by total number of affiliated faculty)  will be invited to an end-of-term luncheon at which they'll receive formal recognition and a small token of appreciation from the CTL.  
Dean's Teaching Showcase winners will then be considered (along with the distinguished teaching award finalists who are not selected for the award) for three additional university-wide $1,000 awards in targeted areas.
Awards will be given for exceptional large classroom/introductory teaching, innovative or outside the classroom teaching methods, and curriculum development/assessment. 
Each of these winners will be asked to make a presentation as part of the second annual CTL Instructional Award series next fall.
The CTL welcomes this opportunity to expand the recognition of exceptional instructional contributions. Draw the attention of worthy candidates to the appropriate Dean as soon as possible.  We'll begin next week with our first nominee.

In the News

The Midland (Michigan) Daily News reported that the Midland Public Schools have adopted the Mi-STAR middle-school science curriculum developed by Michigan Tech with a grant from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.


WLUC-TV6 aired a story about statue building beginning for Winter Carnival, quoting members of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, which has won the statue building competition nine of the past 10 years.