Tech Forms TAPPI Chapter

Michigan Tech now has a chapter of the Technical Association of the Paper Products Industry (TAPPI), and they're looking for members.

The first 15 students to sign up will be provided with a waiver of the membership fee to the TAPPI national organization.

Aside from technology-­based meetings, the chapter will organize critical thinking and leadership development activities with fun.

If you want to learn more, come with your lunch to the first informational meeting  from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 6) in Chem Sci 201.

We might be able to provide some dessert and drinks. For more information, contact Gerard T. Caneba (ChE) the TAPPI­MTU advisor.

Congratulations to Library Expo Winners

Congratulations to the 2016 Library Expo drawing winners:

  • William Bailey-Mont Ripley, Yearly Rental Package
  • Brandon Alexander Johnson-Michigan Tech Athletics, Two Lazy Boy Lookout tickets Huskies vs. Northern Michigan Friday, Oct. 28
  • Caleb Melnychenko-Campus Bookstore and University Images,Hockey Jersey
  • Addie Saltarelli-Mont Ripley set of 4 Mont Ripley Beanie Caps

Thank you to all the students who participated in the Library Orientation Expo. Have a wonderful first semester.

Volleyball Loses Opener

The Michigan Tech volleyball team fell in its season-opening match at Lewis yesterday. The No. 18 ranked Flyers won 25-8, 25-22 and 25-14 at Neil Carey Arena.

"We had a rough match against a very quality opponent today," Tech coach Matt Jennings said following yesterday's match. "Luckily for us, we have a quick turnaround with two matches Friday."

The Huskies battled down the stretch of the second set. Down 20-18, MacAulay Petersen's kill brought the margin to one. The home team then got to set point with four straight. A service error and back-to-back kills by Aubrey Ficek and Lauren Emmert kept Tech alive, but a service error at 24-22 gave the Lewis a 2-0 lead going into the match break.

The Huskies play twice today with a 9 a.m. match against No. 4 Southwest Minnesota State and a 4 p.m. match against Central Washington.

Read the full story and find out more about Michigan Tech Sports at

Former Husky Promoted by Stars

Former Michigan Tech hockey player and assistant coach Scott White has been promoted to assistant general manager with the NHL's Dallas Stars.

General Manager Jim Nill announced the promotion on Wednesday. White will be inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame at the end of October.

White, 48, has been a member of the Stars organization since 2005, most recently as the team's Director of Hockey Operations for the past three seasons.

For the full story and more on Huskies Sports visit

Info Session for Students: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

Michigan Tech's Research Development Office and Graduate School is offering this session for eligible students. The NSF GRFP Overview Session is at 5 p.m Wednesday, Sept. 7 in Admin Building 404.

If you know a student who has research (Enterprise, SURF, Research Scholars) and leadership experience and meets the eligibility requirements, encourage them to consider applying for this prestigious fellowship. Information about applying is here and the benefits for awardees include a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for the cost of tuition.

Eligible students who already have internal University/department funding are strongly encouraged to apply.

Check the eligibility requirements to see if a student you know qualifies.

To be eligible for the NSF GRFP, students must:

  • be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident
  • intend to pursue a research-based master's or PhD program in a GRFP-supported field
  • be enrolled in an eligible program at an accredited United States graduate institution, with a US campus, by fall 2017
  • be at an early stage in their graduate career
  • have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent) as of Aug. 1, 2016
  • effective as of the 2017 competition (Fall 2016 deadlines), graduate students are limited to only one application to the GRFP, submitted either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school. An exception is provided for first-year graduate students who applied in Fall 2015 to the 2016 GRFP competition; these individuals may apply as second-year graduate students in Fall 2016 to the 2017 GRFP competition if they are otherwise eligible
  • meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth in the current Program Solicitation

If eligible students cannot attend this overview session, but would like to be invited to the follow-up sessions, let Jessica Brassard or Natasha Chopp know.

MSE Seminar Tuesday

The next Materials Science and Engineering Seminar will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Sept. 6 in M&M 610.

Erik G. Herbert (MSE) will present "Dynamic Nanoindentation: State-of-the-Art Experimental Methods."

Hebert has worked directly in the field of small-scale mechanical characterization and nanoindentation for the past 19 years.

His expertise includes state-of-the-art ambient, non-ambient, in-operando and in-situ mechanical testing of materials at nanometer and micrometer length scales. He is a member of the Materials Research Society and a Principal Editor for the Journal of Materials Research.


No Tech Today Monday

In observance of the Labor Day Holiday, there will be no Tech Today on Monday. Tech Today will resume on Tuesday Sept. 6. The deadline for submission of articles for the Sept. 6 edition, either by online form or email, is noon today (Sept. 2).


September First Friday Social

First Friday Socials are back for the 2016-2017 school year. Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to join the Graduate School and Graduate Student Government from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Sept. 2) on the ROTC Lawn for this month's First Friday Social. In case of rain, the location will change to the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Complimentary soda, beer, wine and appetizers will be served.

For additional information see the original Tech Today story


Safe Place Training

Registration is now open for fall 2016 Safe Place training. The Michigan Tech Safe Place Program is a comprehensive resource to better prepare faculty, staff and students to address the needs of those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA). For times and dates of trainings, as well as additional information about the Safe Place program, visit here

For additional information see the original Tech Today story.


This Week's C-Cubed Menu

Today, Sept. 2

Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl with: 

  • King salmon
  • Kale Chips
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Feta
  • Fattoush Salad

All items on the buffet are labeled if they are vegetarian or gluten free. Send any suggestions to Brenda Randell or fill out a feed-back form online.


Sproule to Lead Hockey History Tour

More than a hundred years ago the first professional hockey league was formed — right here in the Copper Country. Houghton's Carnegie Museum is sponsoring a tour of the area's famous hockey arenas. Tour guide, noted hockey historian Bill Sproule (CEE), will relate stories about the arenas and the hockey history of the Copper Country.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Carnegie Museum. A wine and cheese social precedes the tour at 5 p.m.  The cost is $25, $20 for museum members. 

For more information or to register, visit the museum's website.


MUB Offers Grand Opening Specials

The North Coast Grill and Pizza in the Memorial Union Building is celebrating recent renovations with Grand Opening Specials served from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Meatball Panini combo meal chips and soda included $5
  • Shrimp Basket Meal Deal $5
  • Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza $1.99


Middle Eastern Cuisine featured at Khana Khazana

Khana Khazana moves back indoors in the newly-remodeled Memorial Union Building today with tastes of the Middle East. 

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the MUB Food Court. The menu includes:

  • Shysh Tawuq (Chicken Grill)—A terrific appetizer of minced chicken mixed with onions and spices.
  • Falafel—Deep-fried ball made from ground chickpeas served in a pita.
  • Homemade pita bread.
  • Tabbouleh—Traditional salad made of bulgar (dried cracked wheat), tomatoes, finely-chopped parsley, mint, cilantro and onion seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice and salt.
  • Hummus—Spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini (condiment made from toasted sesame seeds), olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.

The cost is $6.95 for the full meal which includes a fountain drink.  Like us on Facebook.


Staff Search Committee Certification

As announced in 2015, if you would like to serve as a member of a staff search committee, you'll need to complete Staff Search Committee Certification training. The two-part certification covers best practices and legal aspects of conducting a dynamic search and successfully hiring the best candidate.

If you plan to serve on a search committee, attend one of the following certification trainings.

Part 1 — Recruiting and Hiring Workshop

  • 10 a.m. - noon Wednesday, Sept. 7, MUB Ballroom A2
  • 2 - 4 p.m. Dec. 6, location TBD

Part 2 - Legal Aspects

This is an on-line course through Canvas. Once part one is completed you are automatically enrolled in part two.

SPECIAL NOTE - If you have staff members who might serve in the future, please encourage them to attend this training. The training is provided on a quarterly basis in Sept. and Dec., March and June.

To sign up for one of the trainings, follow this link


Geoseminar—James Robertson

The next Geoseminar will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 6) in Dow 610. James Robertson will present "Maintaining Neutrality in a Polarized Environment: When delivering the Facts is Not Enough."

For additional information see the original Tech Today story.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Friday, September 2, 2016

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

 Assistant to the Dean, Graduate School. Apply online.


Assistant Professor, Computer Science. Apply online.


Assistant Or Associate Professor in Theoretical Biophysical Chemistry, Chemistry. Apply online. 

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  





In the News

MLIve, a statewide news service, reported that Joe Berger, a 2005 Tech alumnus and player with the Minnesota Vikings in the National Football League, has been named the number one center by the Vikings. Read the story here.

In Print

Iosif Pinelis (Math) published a paper, "Positive-part moments via characteristic functions, and more general expressions" in Journal of Theoretical Probability, Online First. The paper can be viewed here.

A Metacognitive Moment

Metacognition is defined by Merriam-Webster as “an awareness of one’s own thinking processes,” and it’s all the rage in teaching development.  

The buzz is not surprising, as the data coming in seems to indicate that helping students focus on their own learning process is a powerful way to stimulate learning and retention.   The best part is that many metacognitive instructional strategies are simple and quick. 

In  this fall semester weekly Tech-Today column, I’ll suggest ways that instructors can get students thinking about their own thinking.

One very simple strategy is the “Pause Procedure” by Bachnel and Thaman.   To use this strategy, simply find convenient “pause points” in 10-15 minute intervals throughout your presentation. 

Ask students to spend one minute individually summarizing (in writing) the topics to that point. Then ask them to spend one more minute comparing their summary with a partner before resuming your presentation.

Simple as it is, use of this technique has been correlated with significant increases in retention.  In addition to resetting students’ attention, the review, revision and discussion likely aids with long-term memory encoding.

Consider giving the “Pause Procedure” a try.  If you’re looking for other instructional strategies (and don’t want to wait for next week), stop into or contact the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.  

New Funding

Sumit Paudyal (ECE) is the principal investigator on a research and development project that has received $346,504 from the University of Vermont. 
This is the first year of a three-year project.


Qingli Dai (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $287,518 research and development grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. 

Zhanping You (CEE) is Co-Pi on the project "Fiber-reinforced High Performance Rubber Concrete for Concrete Structure Construction and Repair."