Sarah Green 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 within our broad community.

It is a privilege and honor to announce Sarah Green (Chem/GLRC) was selected from nominees across campus as the Spring 2018 Distinguished Lecturer.

Green was nominated by Mike Abbott, director of the Great Lakes Research Center Operations, and was selected from a highly competitive pool of candidates from all colleges and schools on campus.

 Her lecture, "Expanding Spheres: Atoms to Earth, Local to Global, Science to Society," will be presented at 4 p.m. Feb. 15, in MUB Ballroom A, in a format encouraging networking and discussions.

Abbott’s nomination touted: “Sarah has been part of several major climate-related/environmental monitoring efforts over the last 15 years, beginning with KITES, the very successful 2002 NSF-funded project that spawned nearly every other subsequent environmental monitoring effort in the upper great lakes. This work continues today with the Army Corps of Engineers, the Alliance for Coastal Technologies and NOAA/GLOS. Long a favorite lecturer on campus, Sarah Green, a 2013-2014 Jefferson Science Fellow with the U.S. State Department, relates to her audience in a concise and engaging manner.”

The Distinguished Lecture Series began in Fall 2016 to honor faculty for their research impact both in the peer-reviewed scientific realm, but also having a direct connection to society. 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 breadth 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, Simon Carn (GMES) in Spring 2017, and John Vucetich (SFRES) in Fall 2017.

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

Recycling Audit in the Library and the Library Cafe

From Sept. 18 through Nov. 12, 2017, an audit was performed on recyclable materials and landfill materials (trash) in the Van Pelt Library and the Library Café. The goal of the audit is to find out how much recycle material we divert from the landfill. This audit, and the one previously performed last spring in Fisher, are designed to raise awareness of our campus-wide recycling program and look for ways to increase our diversion rate University-wide.

The overall rate of recycling according to our records with Waste Management is that we divert approximately 15 percent of our waste from the landfill. The diversion rate at Fisher was about 30 percent and the diversion rate in the Library was about 35 percent. Since our overall rate is much lower, some buildings on campus must be lower than Fisher and the Library.

The plan is to audit some other buildings and look for ways to raise awareness and perhaps to suggest where more recycling bins should be placed. The next recycling audit is scheduled to be in Douglas Houghton Hall in the Spring 2018 term.

Our recycling program starts with you making the decision to recycle items that are acceptable to our "single stream" recycling process and putting them in the correct container. Throughout the 26 buildings on the main campus, blue recycling bins are available in common areas. Some are in hallways and some are near common areas such as printers and copy machines, and some are outside the MUB. Each building is different in the placement of these medium-size recycle bins.

When these common-area recycle bins are full, our building custodians take them to larger 90+ gallon bins which are typically in the loading dock areas of our buildings. During the week, a crew of students from Facilities Management travel from building to building to pick up these larger bins and take them to the recycle compactors. Waste Management then picks up recycle material and transports it to a single stream recycle facility in Wisconsin.

Recycling is one component of our overall Sustainability program. Other factors in our Sustainability score come from instruction, research, adoption of alternative energy, outreach activities, and other institutional characteristics.

We report this information to the Princeton Review and we are in the process of gathering data to submit to the Sustainability Tracking, and Assessment Tool which is organized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. This will assist in comparing our Sustainability to other Universities.

Tips on recycling are available on this poster.

Notice to Employees Regarding Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Changes to the Federal Tax law in December required employers to implement new federal income tax withholding amounts for employees no later than Feb. 15. Michigan Tech has implemented these changes, and employees' paychecks will reflect these new withholding amounts beginning with their Feb. 2, 2018 pay. 

Employees should consult their tax advisors with any questions regarding how any of the Federal Tax law changes may impact their personal income tax or withholding elections. The IRS emphasizes changes will be designed to work with the existing Federal W-4 forms that employees have already filed, and no further action by taxpayers is needed at this time. 

However, employees who wish to submit a revised Federal W-4 form can do so by logging into Banweb or by submitting a paper form to Payroll Services. Detailed instructions to access your Federal and State withholding information can be found by visiting What is Banweb? and clicking on "Payroll Information on Banweb."

Medical Careers Week

From medical devices to dentistry, the US healthcare industry employs more Americans than any other field. It is estimated that one in eight Americans have healthcare-related careers. Michigan Tech students will have the opportunity to explore healthcare careers and possibilities today (Jan. 29) through Thursday (Feb. 1), during Medical Careers Week.

This is the fourth year Michigan Tech will host this Spring CareerFEST series. Students are invited to learn how biotechnology is being developed and used across the healthcare spectrum, get tips on how to prepare for med school, network with various medical personnel from a variety of disciplines, and meet with representatives from seven medical device companies.

Michigan Tech thanks the local medical community for their continued support of Medical Careers Week. For more detailed information about events, schedules, and participating organizations, visit our website.

Auditions For "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Tonight

The Department  of Visual and Performing Arts will hold the final night of auditions for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare tonight. 

Auditions will be held at 6 p.m. today in the Rozsa Center choir room (room 120).  "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be performed April 12-14 in the Rozsa Center.

New Behavioral Weight Loss Program

Learn how to lose weight and improve your health while eating the foods you love. Employee Wellness is offering active, benefits-eligible employees an opportunity to lose weight with a program called Naturally Slim. The Naturally Slim program has the secret to lasting weight loss and it doesn’t include starving, counting calories or eating diet food.

It's an online program with yearlong support that helps you learn how to eat to reduce your chance of getting a serious disease, like diabetes or heart disease, and increase your chances at living a longer, healthier life — for free.

Lose weight, plus improve your overall health — all while eating the foods you love. Naturally Slim offers an evidence-based curriculum with the latest behavioral science and is grounded in the principles of the most effective behavioral weight loss programs.

Space is limited. Apply now through Feb. 9. This is a pilot program that starts Feb. 26 and is open to active, benefits-eligible employees. Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur. Naturally Slim will replace our former Nutritionist Wellness Initiative.

Basketball Sweeps Northern Sunday

Michigan Tech's women's and men's basketball teams took two from rival Northern Michigan Sunday. The women swept the regular season series with a 61-54 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win in the SDC Gym. The Huskies led for most of the game and had solid play in the post to hold off the Wildcats.

"I thought today's game was a really hard fought battle and the epitome of a rivalry game," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kim Cameron said. "I thought both teams emphasized the post-game early on and when the post players for both sides got in a little foul trouble, things shifted to more of a guard oriented offense. We did a great job in certain stretches and were able to make a couple of runs which helped us stay in front at the end."

Northern Michigan (9-11, 5-7 GLIAC) struck first on Sunday with an Erin Honkala layup, but it would be the only time the Wildcats would hold an edge.

Elizabeth Kelliher had another solid game to power the Huskies on Sunday with a season-high 15 points in the win. She also grabbed three rebounds and blocked a pair of shots.

As a team, the Huskies closed the afternoon knocking down 22 of 54 shots from the field (40.7%) and made the most of their opportunities at the charity stripe, sinking 16 of 18 attempts (88.9%). Tech scored 36 points in the paint, had a 33-30 edge in rebounding, and generated 15 points off of 14 NMU turnovers.

The Huskies are back at home on Thursday night when they host Grand Valley State University for a GLIAC showdown at 5:30 p.m. in the SDC.

In the men's contest, Junior Kyle Monroe continued his recent scoring tear, pouring in 31 to lead all scorers as Tech held off rival Northern Michigan for a 77-66 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory Sunday afternoon in the SDC Gym. The win extended the Huskies' winning streak to three games and enabled them to split the regular season series with the Wildcats.

"I'm really happy for these guys and the program," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kevin Luke said. "We were clearly disappointed with the outcome in Marquette and we talked about how we could be better as a unit today and focused on us. This is a huge rivalry game and both teams played like it. We were fortunate to get a little bit of a lead in the first half and we knew they would make a run at us in the second half. I'm proud of our team for hanging on by staying within ourselves and executing down the stretch."

The Huskies are back in action at home on Thursday night when they host Grand Valley State University for a GLIAC game at the SDC. 

Read the full stories and find out more about Tech sports at

Kautzer Earns Spot on US Biathlon Team

Michigan Tech Nordic skier Amanda Kautzer has done it again.

Kautzer has qualified for the Biathlon Junior World Championship US women’s team for the second year in a row. The championship will be held February 26-March 4 in Otepaa, Estonia.

More than 50 athletes competed last month at the US Junior/Youth World Championship Trials in Coleraine, Minnesota, with 21 making the junior and youth men’s and women’s teams. 

“I'm very excited to represent not only the US, but also Michigan Tech on the world stage,” Kautzer said. “I look forward to the competitions as I feel like my ski speed has increased under Tech's new coaching staff.”

Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

Hockey Drops Pair to Ferris State

The Michigan Tech Hockey Huskies dropped a pair of WCHA contests on the road this weekend. The Huskies fell 3-1 at Ferris State Saturday (Jan. 27) night in front of sellout crowd at Ewibleben Ice Arena. Alex Smith scored the lone Huskies' goal in the third period.

"I'm not happy with the result, but the guys played hard," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "A lot of guys played roles they're not used to. We will be able to use this as an evaluation for our players and program moving forward."

Due to injuries, the Huskies started the game short a defenseman and a forward and then lost another forward in the first period. Through it all, Tech led in shots on a goal and dominated play for much of the game.

Goal tender Patrick Munson finished with 21 saves in the loss.

On Friday the Huskies began their four-game road trip with a 4-3 loss at Ferris State. The two teams combined for five special teams goals with the Bulldogs getting the final tally with 1:04 left in the second period.

"It was a disappointing game," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "These are the ones that can emotionally defeat you. This game is typical of what we've faced from the start of the season. We didn't get the stops we needed and they played shutdown hockey after taking the lead."

The Huskies are now 13-11-5 overall and 9-8-5-2 in the WCHA and continue their four-game road trip at Bowling Green this weekend (Feb. 2-3) for the final WCHA road series of the season.

EndNote Workshop at the Van Pelt & Opie Library

Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. EndNote also offers a relatively easy way for faculty to upload citations into Digital Measures. This combined EndNote Basic and Cite While You Write workshop will be held from 1:05 to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 30) in Library 242.

During the session, you will learn how to create and build an EndNote "library," add references from online databases and PDFs, and best practices for organizing your references. Incorporating references into a Microsoft Word document and changing output styles will also be covered.

Registration is required. Register for the EndNote Basic and Cite While You Write workshop. The Library 242 instruction room has EndNote X8 installed on Windows workstations. Attendees may bring their own laptops with EndNote X8 downloaded prior to the session. Visit the library’s EndNote Guide to download the software and get a sneak peek at what EndNote can do for you. Email with any questions.

MSE Seminar Tomorrow

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series Speaker will be Pinaki Mukherjee (MSE). He will present “Fundamentals of Analytical Electron Microscopy Techniques” from 11 a.m. to noon tomorrow (Jan. 30) in M&M 610. Refreshments provided. More information is available here.

Library Refresher Workshop: Using Databases, Journals and More

Attend this workshop through the Van Pelt and Opie Library to learn how to get the most relevant materials you need for a research paper or project in less time by utilizing the databases, journals and other materials we have to offer.

We will cover services specific to Michigan Tech as well as a variety of searching techniques and strategies to help you get the most out of the library and your research, regardless of your discipline.

The workshop will be held from 5:05 to 5:55 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 30) in Llibrary 242. Register here

5S Lean Workshop

The Office of Continuous Improvement is offering a 5S Workshop. Do you have an area in your workplace that needs some organization, like your files, desktop or supply cabinet? The 5S Workshop is for you.

This workshop is a hands-on session applying the continuous improvement methodology 5S (sort, set in order, shine, standardize and sustain) to a project in the participant’s work space. Participants will learn the methodology and benefits of 5S, practice 5S within their work space with a Lean coach, and share their 5S experience and results with others.

Lean facilitators will provide a brief training and then work one-on-one with workshop participants as they practice 5S concepts on a work space of their choosing. The workshop will take about 6 hours total on February 6 and 8.

There are mandatory sessions each day, and a choice of two workshop times each day:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 6, 9 - 10 a.m. (Mandatory Session) 10:30 am - 1 p.m. (Choice 1) or 2 - 4:30 p.m. (Choice 2)
  • Thursday, Feb. 8, 9:30 am - noon (Choice 1) or 1 - 3:30 p.m. (Choice 2), 4 - 5 p.m. (Mandatory Session).

To register for the event, complete this brief form, and you will be added to the calendar event.

Lean is a systematic, intentional model for creating and sustaining an environment where continuous improvement is the norm. Since 2008, Michigan Tech has been experiencing a Lean transformation, learning to increase customer value by eliminating waste and optimizing operations.

Physics Colloquium:Graduate Oral Presentations

The next physics Colloquium is at 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 1) in Fisher 139. Once again the Colloquium features Graduate Oral Presentations.

Qi Zhong will present "Power-law Scaling of Extreme Dynamics Near Higher Order Exceptional Points."

Amit Acharya will present "Synthesis and Characterization of MoS2 and BN Quantum Dots.

Mathew Coel will present "Using Giant Molecular Clouds to Determine Flux of Cosmic Ray Sea."

In Print

Professor Emeritus Barry D. Solomon (SS) recently published the "Handbook on the Geographies of Energy" (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, 2017, 576 pp.), which he co-edited with Kirby Calvert (University of Guelph, Canada).

Solomon also co-authored three chapters of the 37-chapter volume: Introduction (chapter 1), Geographical Dimensions of Wind Power (chapter 10), and Geography of Geothermal Energy Technologies (chapter 12).

IT Connect

Use the Room Phone to Report Classroom Emergencies

As the semester continues, this is a reminder to use the room phone to report classroom technology emergencies. Michigan Tech IT is here to help. We have a team dedicated to solving your classroom issues as quickly as possible.

It is important to use the phone in the classroom to report problems. When using a mobile phone, precious time can be lost determining your exact location. By using the classroom phone, we can immediately determine where you are and get someone over to help you as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about getting classroom help, contact us at or call 7-1111.

In the News

The cities of Houghton and Hancock were listed among "The 10 Snowiest Places on the Planet" by the Mother Nature Network. The photo accompanying the article is a picture of Michigan Tech's Daniell Heights.


A Chicago Tribune article on a Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) study showing that Lakes Michigan and Huron are now clearer than Lake Superior. Quoted in the article were Michael Sayers, a research engineer and co-author of the study and Robert Schuchman, MTRI co-director.


WLUC TV6 ran a story on a National Science Foundation grant that will expand the number of academically talented, financially disadvantaged students beginning and completing four-year engineering technology degrees at Michigan Tech.


The Conversation ran an op-ed by Joshua  Pearce (MSE/ECE) on the ability of mirrors to boost solar panel output.


Colin Brooks (MTRI) was featured  in a GCN article on drones and smart city networks.


Russ Alger (KRC) was featured in a Port Huron Times Herald article on the impact of road salt on US rivers and streams.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, January 29, 2018 

Staff and faculty job description are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Windows System Administrator, Information Technology. Apply online.

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