More Harm Than Good: Assessing the Nuclear Arsenal Tipping Point

The first study of its kind shows how detrimental nuclear attack would be for the aggressor nation.

One hundred. That’s the number researchers argue is a pragmatic quantity of nuclear weapons for any nation to have.

To put that number in perspective, the U.S. and Russia each currently have thousands of nuclear weapons. Both nations hew to the concept of nuclear deterrence—more firepower is intimidating and makes other countries think twice before picking a fight.

More than 100 nuclear weapons in a nation’s arsenal does more harm than good—as using them can destabilize the country that uses them even in a best-case scenario.

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), and David Denkenberger, assistant professor at Tennessee State University and director of Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED), co-authored an article published yesterday in the journal Safety. 

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Registration Open for Michigan Rail Conference

Registration is now open for the Michigan Rail Conference 2018. The conference will be held Aug. 7-9 on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University in University Center, Michigan.  This year's theme is "End to End Journeys: Integrating Partners." Field trip activities include a round-trip train tour to Grayling. 

Registration fees:

  • Early Registration—$200 (available through June 22)
  • Regular Registration—$250 (available June 23 - July 20)
  • Late Registration —$325 (July 21 through the conference dates)

Registration information is available from the Rail Transportation Program at Michigan Tech

Summer Security Initiatives

Michigan Tech IT is planning several security initiatives over the summer:

  • Expanded use of CloudFlare—a tool to protect against website attacks and enhance reliability
  • Additional tools to automatically protect against malicious network traffic
  • Audits to review the security of Michigan Tech systems

As part of a continuous improvement effort here at Michigan Tech, these improvements will be rolled out in various phases and should not affect your work.

If you have any questions regarding these improvements, contact us at or call 7-1111.

Save the Date for Upcoming Portrait Sessions

University Marketing and Communications will offer two outdoor and one indoor portrait sessions over the next few months. Mark your calendar.

  • Thursday, July 19, 8:30 –10 a.m., near the wind harp (in case of rain cancellation, the alternate date will be Tuesday, July 24)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 21, 9 –10:30 a.m., near the wind harp (in case of rain cancellation, the alternate date will be Friday, Aug. 24)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. in Admin. G35

There is no charge, no appointment is necessary and portraits are open to all Michigan Tech faculty, staff and graduate students. These are the only open sessions that will be offered during fall semester.

Lean Coffee Chat

Do you love coffee or tea? Do you love networking, sharing Lean best practices and solving Lean problems together? If yes, join us for a Michigan Lean Consortium (MLC) Lean Coffee Chat from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday  (June 20), in the Van Pelt and Opie Library East Reading Room. There is no cost to attend.


  • Meet and greet
  • Lean implementation topic and brainstorm—bring a topic suggestion or come ready to ask for help with a Lean issue you are encountering. Learn about MLC and upcoming events
  • Networking

Michigan Tech holds a university-wide membership available to faculty, staff or students. Contact Brenda Randell in order to receive MLC membership information. After you have your membership information, register by going to the Michigan Lean Consortium Event link. This event is sponsored by the Michigan Lean Consortium and facilitated by members of the Michigan Tech Lean Development Board.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, June 14, 2018

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. 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.

Ski Hill Technician, Mont Ripley. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

In the News

Michigan Tech was mentioned in the article "AlcoTec the global leader in aluminum welding wire," in the Traverse City Record Eagle.


Michigan Tech alumnus Kyle Brill is co-author of the article "Foundations for forecasting: defining baseline seismicity at Fuego volcano, Guatemala," published in Frontiers in Earth Science.


Robert E. Smith, who holds a PhD, MS and BS in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech, is co-author of "War game introduces early synthetic prototyping," published by the US Army. Smith is a research engineer in the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), Detroit Arsenal.


Michigan Tech was mentioned in the article "RoosterBio Inc. Becomes Industry Partner in NSF-Funded Public-Private Cell Manufacturing Technologies Initiative," published in prweb.


Michigan Tech's studies of the moose and wolves on Isle Royale National Park were referenced in an editorial in the Iron Mountain Daily News


"Water Is Another Matter" Art Exhibition Ends Tomorrow

The art exhibit “Water is Another Matter,” which opened March 15 at the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC), will close tomorrow (June 15).

The exhibit features the work of Jikiwe Ed Gray, Mary Brodbeck and Rachel Singel. Building hours are 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The exhibit is part of Michigan Tech's World Water Day celebration.


Joel Vertin, director of Digital Services (UMC), gave a recorded presentation titled "Accessible Websites: It Starts with a Plan," outlining Michigan Tech's ongoing initiative to make its websites accessible to everyone.

Vertin included steps for getting buy-in from campus leadership, creating an official accessible technology policy and supporting procedures, and assembling a voluntary group to assist in creating training resources.

The presentation was a part of the 2018 Higher Ed WEBSITES Conference, organized by and broadcast through their live webcast platform.