Robot Helps With Early Screening for Alzheimer’s Patients

September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and a new project at Michigan Tech, in collaboration with UP Health System-Portage, investigates how technology can assist doctors in earlier diagnosis of the neurodegenerative disease.

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports as many as five million Americans had the disease in 2013. They estimate that by 2050, nearly 14 million will have it. Age is the best-known risk factor and memory loss is at the forefront of symptoms.

While many think of the progression of Alzheimer’s mostly as a cognitive process, the mind and body are inherently linked. A new three-year project at Michigan Tech, funded by the National Institutes of Health, explores that link.

Read the full story on Unscripted.

IPS Resources for New International Student Employees

Is your department hiring an international student for a part-time job? If so, and if is their first job in the United States, they will need to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN).

The first item they need is an employment verification letter on the hiring department's letterhead. A template for this letter can be found here.

Second, they need a support letter from IPS. We have recently moved to an online request form for students to fill out to request this letter.

Finally, they can find a complete list of documents required to apply for the SSN on our website.

Liberation of the Student Study Rooms

The Van Pelt and Opie Library has done away with the key-based system for accessing the student study rooms. The rooms may be reserved via the reservation system on a first-come, first-served basis. Simply make a reservation online and go on in.

To aid use, displays have been added to floors 1, 2 and 3 across from the rooms to show the status of rooms now and into the future to aid finding the right room at the right time. You may make a reservation at the Library Service Desk. Rooms are also stocked with whiteboard markers and erasers to allow you to go right in.

Rozsa Calendars Now Available

The Rozsa Wall Calendars are here. Pick one up at the Rozsa Center or at any of the more than 120 Houghton and Hancock businesses who display and distribute them each year.

Featured this year are 12 Rozsa Presenting Series events, more than 33 Visual and Performing Arts events including music, theatre and visual arts events, and the ever-popular 41 North Film festival.

We have so much ballet this year. Two nights to experience the magic of the "Nutcracker" in November and December, then the world-famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in February.

From comedy, to dance, to all-around spectacle, you will enjoy the variety and over-the-top fun of the 2018/19 Rozsa Visual and Performing Arts Season.

Season Ticket Packages are on still on sale, offering savings of 18-37 percent. The popular “Pick 6” Season Ticket Package has returned and is an even better value this year. We brought back both a “Pick 3” option, and the very popular “Family Pack” option that will help you bring the whole family to a big show at an affordable price. We hope there is a package that works for you. Thank you to all of our long-time season ticket holders, we’re holding your seats.

For new season ticket buyers, welcome, we look forward to seeing you this season. Not interested in a Season Ticket Package? Single-ticket sales began last month.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Central Ticket Office (SDC), call 7-2073 or go online.

For Michigan Tech faculty and staff, we make it easy for you to get your copies of the calendar. If you would like a calendar delivered directly to your campus mailbox, fill out this form. We will gladly send a calendar to you in inter-campus mail.

Women's Business Clothing Donations Needed for Semi-annual Free Sale

Ready to clean out your closet and help students at the same time? Consider donating your gently used, clean women's business clothing and accessories to the Free Sale. Your items will be available to all Michigan Tech students at no cost.

The next semi-annual Free Sale will be held from 11-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Meese Center. Donations are now being accepted during normal business hours at the following locations:

  • Van Pelt and Opie Library – Front Desk and Jeannie DeClerk's office, 219
  • Lakeshore Center – Pat Muller’s office, 320 A1
  • Academic Office Building – First Floor and Latika Gupta’s office, 128
  • Dillman Hall – Tess Ahlborn's office, 108A
  • Meese Center – Susan Amato-Henderson's office, 107 

The semi-annual Free Sale is held the weekend before Career Fair. Your donations have helped hundreds of students dress for success. In addition to business suits, we gratefully accept and give away business-appropriate shoes, jewelry, blouses, briefcases, blazers and more.

We are in particular need of larger sizes. Want to volunteer and join the fun? Contact Tess Ahlborn for more information.

Volleyball Home Opener Tonight

With their lengthy set of matches away from home now behind them, Michigan Tech welcomes their first two home opponents of the season as the Huskies host Northwood at 7 p.m. today (Sept. 14) and then No. 11 Ferris State at 4 p.m. tomorrow. Both matches will be played in the SDC Wood Gym.

Coming off a tense, 3-1 win (25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 26-24) over rival Northern Michigan Tuesday, Michigan Tech (9-2, 3-0 GLIAC) aims to remain at the top of the GLIAC North Division. The Black and Gold offense continues to roll, ranking first in kills per set (13.88) and assists per set (12.47), tied for first with Ferris State in attack percentage (.230), and fourth in kills (569) and assists (531).

Tonight's match can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM. You can also follow all the action through live stats and live video on

Football Opens GLIAC Schedule at Sherman Field Tomorrow

The undefeated Michigan Tech football team remains at home this week to open the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) portion of its schedule against Davenport. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 15).

This is the conference opener for both teams who each went 2-0 in the non-conference portion of the season. Michigan Tech won an overtime thriller against former GLIAC member Hillsdale, 31-30 last Saturday at Sherman Field. Meanwhile, the Panthers scored a 7-4 victory over Wisconsin-Oshkosh (#4 NCAA Div. III) Saturday to start 2-0 as well.

This is just the second meeting between Tech and Davenport with the Huskies winning last year at Sherman Field 17-10.

The game can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM. There will be an audio webcastlive video and live stats.

Drop-in Session for Banner 9 Admin Users

The next Banner 9 Admin drop-in style training session will be offered at 1 p.m. Monday (September 17) in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 120. This is an open lab and will be available for up to one hour.

Stop by and have the SAIS staff on hand to answer your questions. More information about Banner 9 Admin and additional training times can be found online.

EndNote Workshop in the Library

Use EndNote software to manage your citations and save time. The workshop will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday (Sept. 17) in Library 242.

In this session, you will:

  • Add references to an EndNote library
  • Import references from databases and PDFs
  • Organize your citations
  • Use Cite While You Write tool to incorporate references into Microsoft Word

No prior knowledge of EndNote is required for this workshop.


Chemistry Seminar Today

Marina Tanasova (Chem) will present "Exploring Substrate Selection of Sugar Transporters en Route to Transporter-specific Bioanalytical and Biomedical Tools" at 3 p.m. today (Sept. 14) Chem-Sci 101.

Tanasova's research group focuses on the development of molecular probes to test and impact impaired processes in cancers. In this presentation, endeavors and successes towards designing transporter-specific probes and their potential applications as biochemical and biomedical tools will be discussed.


CTL Instructional Presentation Series: John Irwin

In the first presentation of the new fall award series, the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning hosts John Irwin (SoT) with "Assessment, and Testing and Grading ... Oh My!" 

Irwin will share his experience improving student learning through evaluation and assessment methods used in the classroom, leading accreditation efforts within his discipline and as a leader in advancing University Assessment. Following his presentation, Irwin will be recognized with the 2018 CTL Instructional Award for Curriculum Development and Assessment.

This presentation will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 20). Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and recognize his success. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday (Sept. 17).


Learn Salsa with Nosotros

Nosotros offers free salsa classes at 7 p.m. Mondays in the Canterbury House. All levels welcome. No partner needed. Classes last one hour and no registration is required.


Parade of Nations Tomorrow

The 29th Parade of Nations is tomorrow. The parade begins at 11 a.m. in Hancock and will proceed through downtown Houghton, ending at Dee Stadium where the multicultural festival begins at noon. For more, read the full Tech Today story.


Computer Programming Lessons

The Department of Computer Science at Michigan Tech is offering local middle and high school students hands-on instruction in the basics of computer programming and computer science. Copper Country Coders meets each Saturday during the academic year from 1 to 3 p.m., starting tomorrow (Sept. 15) at Rekhi Hall, room 112.

We ask for a suggested donation of $60 to help pay for student teachers and computer access. To register or for more information, contact Charles Wallace, 7-3431.


Film Board Presents "Tag"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Tag."

  • Today (Sept. 14)—5:30, 8:30 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Tomorrow (Sept. 15)—2:30, 5:30, 8:30 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday (Sept. 16)—2:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135, tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. 

Continuous Improvement Connection

One of the tools the Office of Continuous Improvement is implementing is Visual Management for all of our office work and projects. Visual Management has multiple benefits in that it allows for communication, shows progress, gives performance feedback and gives ownership of tasks.

These aspects make projects, tasks and the steps that go into them more transparent, allowing improvement to be more focused. When the work becomes visible, any problem areas, variability and trends become visible as well.

This aids in problem solving by allowing one to target specific areas in need of improvement, thus helping you to work more effectively and efficiently. If you would like to learn more about Visual Management or other Lean tools, stop by our office at 136 W Wads or email us at

In the News

Michigan Tech Hockey incoming freshman Eric Gotz was the subject of the article "Gotz brings right mindset to rink each day," in the Daily Mining Gazette.


Research by Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE)  on agrivoltaics was discussed in an article 'The Resurgence of Solar Agriculture' in the Anthropocene Magazine.

Pearce's work on nanoscale silicon was covered internationally in TechNews Taiwan.  
Michigan Tech research by Pearce on the use of land for solar received widespread coverage in the environmental press such as  Clean TechnicaPV Buzz and and was also picked up by Yahoo and many regional television stations throughout the U.S.

Pearce (MSE/ECE) authored a guest blog on Green Building Advisor. The title of Pearce's blog is "Retrain Coal Workers for Solar."


Keven Trewartha's (CLS) research on early screening for Alzheimer's patients was extensively covered. Among the media outlets reporting is Michigan Ag Connection.


Michigan Tech is on the list of the "Top 50 Masters in Health Informatics for 2018." The story was covered by NBC-2 News, Seattle pi, SFGate and among others.


Michigan Tech's A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum was mentioned in the article "Agates are the star at this year's gem and mineral show." in the Holland Sentinel.


The digital series "Northbound" was featured in the article "Catching up on 'Northbound'" in the Iron Mountain Daily News. The Survivalist drama was created by brothers Seth and Nathan Anderson, from Iron Mountain. Many of the scenes in the series were shot at Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center and feature faculty, staff and community members as extras.


Michigan Tech alumnus Kirt Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will step down from the position he has held for nearly 13 years on Oct. 31. Steudle has been with MDOT for 31 years. The story was covered in Crain's Detroit Business.  

CTL Article of the Week

When I talk with instructors, many assume that students rate instructors who are “easy” or “nice” most highly. Comments from students solicited for those nominated for teaching awards routinely contradict that myth. Students regularly refer to optimized levels of challenge and high expectations brought by these teachers. They praise teachers’ ability to “stretch” but strongly support them.

Maryellen Weimer documents ways she pushes students to “productively struggle” in this week’s article, entitled: Getting students to do the work: Regular, Ongoing, In-class Review.  You may notice that many of her examples prompt students to go back to their notes, which means, of course, talking with students about how they might best take notes.

Resources from our note-taking lunch and learn last fall might be helpful in this regard. But, as always, the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) can provide a variety of ideas to help find that place of an appropriate challenge with your students. Stop in and see us on the Library’s second floor.

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