Mobility Experts Use New Traffic Signals in Houghton

One day soon cars will talk to traffic signals—and the stoplight will talk back. It’s one step towards more widespread connected and autonomous vehicles.

Researchers at Michigan Tech worked with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to bring this technology to the Upper Peninsula. Five upgraded traffic signals in Houghton provide a local corridor where engineers can safely study vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology and communication. As more connected vehicles hit the roads in the next couple years, consumers will start to benefit as well.

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Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund (C2E2) Awards Announced

The Vice President for Research Office has awarded the following Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund (C2E2) awards at the recommendation of the C2E2 Committee.

  • Mary Raber (Pavlis Honors College) - MakerSpace: Facilitating the Development of a Maker Culture at Michigan Tech
  • Christopher Plummer (VPA) - Rozsa 120 Classroom/Backstage/Film Screening Room Audio Upgrades
  • Abraham Romney (HU) - Proposal to Accommodate Students through Increased Online Tutoring Support for Writing
  • John Durocher (BioSci) - Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitors for Michigan Tech
  • Noel Urban - (GLRC/CEE) - GLRC Submission: Water Purification System in Support of GLRC Research and Education
  • Ashutosh Tiwari (Chem) - Acquisition of Shimadzu Temperature Control Accessories
  • John Schneiderhan (Van Pelt Library) - Upgrading the Library's 3D Printing Services

For additional information on the C2E2 opportunity, visit C2E2.

Gender, Drugs and Education: A History of STEM Antifeminism

If you’ve ever watched the movie "Little Women," you may remember a young Kirsten Dunst saying with a righteous anger that reverberated out of the screen: “Mr. Davis said it is as useful to educate a woman as it is to educate a female cat."

When Louisa May Alcott wrote the novel that many consider a foundational work in women’s literature, the opinions of Mr. Davis and his ilk were common. Such opinions could be largely attributed to Dr. Edward Hammond Clarke (1820-1877), a man who taught “materia medica” (the forerunner to pharmacy) courses at Harvard University and is noted for his antifeminist text "Sex in Education: Or, A Fair Chance for the Girls,"(1873).

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Memorial Union Thanksgiving Break Hours

The Memorial Union will have special operating hours over Thanksgiving break.

The Memorial Union Building will be open from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today, tomorrow and Wednesday (Nov. 19-21). The MUB will be closed from Thursday (Nov. 22) to Sunday (Nov. 25) and will resume regular hours on Monday, Nov. 26.

However some of the offices and services in the MUB, such as the North Coast Grill and Deli, Campus Store and Catering and Dining Services have specific Holiday hours.

A complete list of the special operating hours of the Memorial Union is available here.

A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum will be closed Thursday (Nov. 22) through Monday, Nov. 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday. On Tuesday, Nov. 27, the museum's annual holiday sale will begin. This sale will continue through Saturday, Dec. 22.

Toys for Tots Donations

The Registrar's Office is once again participating in the annual Toys for Tots Campaign sponsored by the local Marine Corps League Detachment. While you are out shopping for the holidays, consider purchasing a toy that will benefit a local child.

Donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. The program will accept new, unwrapped items for children up to age 16. The donation box is located on the first floor of the Administration Building, across from the elevators.

If you have any questions about the program, contact the Registrar's Office at 7-2319 or visit the Toys for Tots website.

No Tech Today Thursday and Friday

There will be no editions of Tech Today this Thursday and Friday (Nov. 22/23) in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Tech Today will resume on Monday, Nov. 26.

The deadline for articles intended for publication in the Nov. 26 edition of Tech Today is noon Wed. (Nov. 21). 

If you have any questions, email Tech Today Editor Mark Wilcox.

Reminder: Use Your Employee Wellness Benefits Before They Expire

Remember to use your TechFit by Dec. 31. TechFit provides benefits for eligible employees, retirees of Michigan Tech and their dependents with a monetary supplement towards an eligible wellness program. See the website for more details. As a reminder, not all businesses are open during the holidays; make sure to plan accordingly.

Benefits-eligible employees who have an annual physical and complete a Health Assessment with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan by Dec. 31 can earn one of the following incentives:

  • $100 deposited into a Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • $100 deposited into a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • $100 deposited into TechFit
  • $200 deposited into a T2 account (funds may only be used at a Michigan Tech facility)

To complete the Health Assessment through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan:

  • Log in to your account here. You can easily register if you are not currently set up.
  • Click “Health & Wellness” in the blue bar at the top of the page 
  • Click “Take Your Health Assessment” to begin
  • Once completed, print a copy of the confirmation page for your records. Paper Health Assessment forms will not qualify for the incentive.

Employees who have met the above requirements will be contacted to choose their incentive in 2019, which will be awarded in March. Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, benefits-eligible employees may begin participating in Husky Health, our updated wellness incentive program. Read the Wellness Program Notice located online about our voluntary wellness programs. Contact Benefit Services with any questions.

KHOB Economic Outlook Report Presentation Planned for Nov. 29

The 2018 Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon and Baraga (KOHB) Counties Economic Outlook Report public presentation will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 111.

Led by students and faculty in the School of Business and Economics, the KHOB Economic Outlook Report is an annual look at the economic performance of Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon and Baraga counties.

The campus community and the public are invited to learn about socioeconomic data for the four-county area, including local average wages per sector and most relevant industries.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation. For additional details, contact Project Director Emanuel Oliveira.


Safe Place Ally Training 

Registration is now open for the fall 2018 Safe Place Ally Training Program. The Michigan Tech Safe Place Program is a comprehensive resource to better prepare faculty, staff, students and community members to address the needs of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA*). Safe Place training also explores the many ways that you can work toward creating more safe, inclusive and affirming spaces and environments on campus.

For times and dates of registration and trainings, as well as additional information about the Safe Place program, visit the Safe Place webpage. If you have any questions, concerns or specific department/organizational needs for Safe Place Ally Training, contact Campus Diversity Educator Amy Lyn Howard in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.


Already Missing Fall Colors? Celebrate at the Museum

As the memory of fall colors fade, you can extend and expand the color season at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum. Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students can readily soak up the vibrant colors of nature’s masterpieces anytime, as your admission to the museum is waived year round. This year, for the month of November, admission will also be waived for up to two friends accompanied by Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students.

The museum and its gift shop are open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is never required to visit the gift shop. The museum will close for Thanksgiving (Nov. 22) and reopen Tuesday, Nov. 27.


Are You Using Banner 9 Admin? Time to Attend a Drop-In Session

The next Banner 9 Admin drop-in style sessions are at 1 p.m. today and tomorrow (Nov. 19/20) in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 120. This is an open lab environment and Student and Advancement Information Systems (SAIS) staff will be available for up to one hour to answer any questions you may have.

On Monday, Dec. 3, Michigan Tech will switch to Banner 9 Admin. At that time, vendor-delivered Banner 8 Forms will no longer be available in Banner 8.

Michigan Tech-developed forms (with a Z in the form name) will still be available in Banner 8 until they are converted to Banner 9 Admin. Review the Banner 9 Admin site for more information about Banner 9 Admin. 

New Funding

Melanie Kueber Watkins (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $45,000 research and development contract from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The title of the project is "Letter of Intent for NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 50-02: Highway Hydraulic Engineering State of Practice."

This is an 18-month project.

IT Connect

Tips for using Duo

At this time of year, many Michigan Tech staff and faculty access Banweb to complete their Benefits Open Enrollment. We want to remind you that Duo Two-Step is required to access Banweb.

We’ve put together a few tips for using Duo on our blog. We also have more information about Duo in our Knowledge Base.

We can help. Contact us at or 7-1111.