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Last year my friends and I lived in Junkyard, and we were a very close hall. At the beginning of the year, we somehow got the idea of building cardboard armor. We all went down to the basement of DHH and spent hours putting our armor together . . . Read More

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5 hours ago - The complex will permit teams of researchers and students from any Michigan Tech department or center to work together in flexible lab spaces with shared equipment. Potential areas of focus include therapeutic devices, sensors, instruments, preventive strategies and developing a health technologies-related workforce.
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Yesterday - In 2011, I took a bus trip to Michigan Tech with my high school. I fell in love with the area and campus right away. I got my undergrad in biological sciences from Tech in 2016. Now I’m working on my master’s degree in the same major. After I finish, I’ll work toward a PhD in integrative physiology. Will I officially be a Yooper after nine years in the UP? My dad is an alumnus, too. Transitioning from undergraduate to grad school was difficult at first. A lot of things demanded my time. Classes. Labs I teach. Studies for my thesis. Ever heard the phrase, "Sitting is the new smoking"? My thesis is on the standing desk study. We’re looking to see if there's a cardiovascular effect of standing versus sitting at a desk during the workday. Researchers all over the world are discovering that a sedentary lifestyle alters your body physiologically. Doing nothing is hurting you. Healthy people have elastic arteries, expanding and recoiling with changes in blood pressure, when your heart is beating and relaxing. Our arteries become stiffer with age—sometimes leading to hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases. Your arteries can stay more elastic by doing aerobic exercise like walking and running—so your artery health isn't doomed. We classify participants into four groups: high-fit standing, low-fit standing, low-fit seated, and high-fit seated. We use pulse-wave velocity, the gold standard of arterial health assessment. When your pulse-wave velocity is lower, your arteries are more elastic and considered healthier. We also screen blood pressure, like in the doctor's office, and aerobic fitness level by walking on a treadmill as fast as possible for a mile. We started in February and recently achieved our target sample of 48 people. I’ll defend my thesis using the final results this spring. I plan to pursue a postdoctoral research position and eventually a faculty position at a university. My girlfriend and I really like the West, especially Montana. So maybe we will end up there. #mtuhumans