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Get Smarter at Alumni Reunion

By Allison Mills | Published

Join alumni for the annual Tech Talks where two researchers present their work and take questions from the audience.

More than 70,000 Huskies around the world share memories of being tested by epic snowstorms—and exams. Of building engines, bridges—and careers. Of meeting the professor, or roommate—or mentor that changed their lives forever. Michigan Tech alumni reunite annually to celebrate traditions. To create connections.

And continue to ask questions beyond the classroom.

In honor of that lifelong learning, here are the Twitter summaries of this year's Alumni Reunion Tech Talks. 

The Rock Connects Us

Consider for a moment your connection to the Keweenaw: what has shaped your sense of place? What is it that you miss while away? The Keweenaw Peninsula is celebrated for its remoteness and recreation opportunities, and is endowed with a rich cultural, industrial, and mining heritage. This presentation explores the concept of geoheritage, peeling back the layers revealing how the extraordinary and ancient geologic underpinnings have shaped the diverse ways we value and connect to our landscape. We’ll explore the education, conservation, and sustainable economic development opportunities geoheritage presents for the Keweenaw.


Untangling the Role of Protein Misfolding in Alzheimer’s Disease

The average life expectancy in the last two centuries has doubled because of major advancements in modern medicine, lifestyle changes, education, and nutrition. This has led to a significant increase in the proportion of the elderly population and the emergence of age-related disorders that pose serious threats and challenges. With renewed focus on age-related disorders, the numbers of health related issues attributed to protein misfolding and aggregation such as Alzheimer’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease are on the rise. However, the underlying mechanism(s) by which these aggregated proteins impair cellular function(s) and cause toxicity is not clear and is a subject of intense debate. Dr. Tiwari will discuss recent findings from his lab that sheds light on the role of protein misfolding in neurodegenerative diseases.


Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 60 countries around the world. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our beautiful campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.

Last Modified 4:30 PM, August 3, 2017