Michigan Tech’s learning centers offer coaching, peer-to-peer learning and support,
      which are all crucial during the pandemic.
Guest Blog: Learning Centers Help Students Get Comfortable with Discomfort

For every hour in class, students are expected to put in three outside the lecture hall and lab. Learning centers . . .

Technique videos, single-serving containers, tight scheduling and Shel Silverstein
      poems got instructors and students in the Department of Chemistry through the 2020-2021
      academic year.
The Instructional Bonds of Pandemic Chemistry Classes

Organic chemistry is a notoriously hard subject. Now imagine learning it via Zoom.

The researchers are testing a variety of PET materials to determine the best particle
      size and processing conditions to simultaneously reduce energy use and generate the
      most product that will eventually be consumed by the microbial community.
€1 Million Prize for Plastics-to-Protein Research Awarded to Steve Techtmann, Ting Lu

Steve Techtmann has won the 2021 Future Insight Prize — awarded to innovative research in health, nutrition and energy — . . .

Pteris vittata is a hyperaccumulator fern that can pull arsenic from the ground and
      might help farmers get rid of contaminants in rice paddies in West Bengal, India.
      Credit: Manas Warke.
Guest Blog: Arsenic Spirals and the Plants That Dig Them

In her guest blog, MiCUP student researcher Kim Roark explains how some plants — called hyperaccumulators — help clean up . . .

Oxygen is not a major component of Titan’s atmosphere, which is composed mainly of
      methane and nitrogen. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Stéphane Le Mouélic, University of
      Nantes, Virginia Pasek, University of Arizona
Guest Blog: Life in a Galaxy Not So Far Away

Many wonder if there really is life beyond Earth. Instead of "in a galaxy far, far away," student writer Alyssa . . .

Ongoing remote observation of the Straits of Mackinac benefits many stakeholders by
      providing warnings to ships about currents that might force them aground or off course,
      giving vital information to search and rescue operations, tracking any hazard spilled
      into the water, monitoring harmful algal blooms to protect municipal water intakes,
      and potentially tracking ice floes.
Oh Buoy: New Monitoring Keeps Maritime Safety on the Radar in the Straits

A new buoy and a permanent installation of high-frequency radar masts add further monitoring to the Straits of Mackinac.