Brimley Students Visit Michigan Tech and Keweenaw

Ted Bornhorst, executive director, A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum and Joan Chadde, director of the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, hosted a group of 30 middle-school students, two science teachers and two chaperones from Brimley Area Schools Sept. 28-30.

The Brimley Area Schools student population is 54 percent Native American and 51 percent low income. The special field trip was organized by Bornhorst with Brimley teacher Mary-Beth Andrews who was accompanied by teacher Chris Wheatly. Andrews attended the Keweenaw Mineral Days mineral collecting event held by the museum during the summer which initiated the idea of bringing a group of her students to the Keweenaw Peninsula. She gained permission from the superintendent and school board, and raised all necessary funds, to provide her students with a unique and motivating Earth science and STEM-focused field trip.

"We were pleased to provide this unique opportunity for the Brimley students that may spark their interest to pursue a STEM degree at Michigan Tech," explained Bornhorst.

"This was a great group of students," observed Chadde. "We plan to work with them to make this an annual visit."

WGGL-MPR Changes Program Lineup

WGGL-FM, a Michigan Tech-supported Minnesota Public Radio station, is changing some of its programming.

In the 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday time slot, "The Takeaway" with John Hockenberry will replace "Talk of the Nation." "Science Friday" will continue to be heard in that time slot each Friday.

From 9 to 11 p.m. on Fridays, "Performance Today with Fred Child will replace "SymphonyCast."

Most of the changes are on the weekend. "Car Talk" will only be broadcast at 2 p.m. Sundays. "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" will move to the noon hour on Saturday, followed by "The Moth Radio Hour" at 1 p.m.

"The Splendid Table" is moving from 3 p.m. Saturday to noon Sunday. "A Prairie Home Companion" will only be heard at 6 p.m. Saturday and will no longer be re-broadcast on Sunday." TED Radio Hour" with Guy Raz will air at 1 p.m. Sunday.

A full program schedule is available online

The 41 North Film Festival Returns to the Rozsa, November 3-6

From a family's unique intervention into the silent world of autism to six intrepid young entrepreneurs building startups in Detroit, the 41 North Film Festival offers human stories that engage, inform, inspire and uplift.

Over the course of four days, the festival features more than 20 acclaimed films from around the world, as well as music, prizes and other special events.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams will be in attendance for the screening of "Life, Animated," the documentary based on Suskind's best-selling memoir "Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism."

Award-winning editor, and Michigan native, Jason Zeldes will present his directorial debut film, "Romeo Is Bleeding."

Detroit Free Press Executive Video Producer Brian Kaufman will be joined by Rolf Peterson (SFRES) and John Vucetich (SFRES) for a panel discussion following the screening of his film "Predator/Prey: The Fight for Isle Royale Wolves".

Among other feature films included this year are "All These Sleepless Nights," (Marczak, 2016), "Operator" (Kibens, 2016), "Kedi" (Torun, 2016), "Do Not Resist" (Atkinson, 2016), "Death by Design" (Williams, 2016), "A Stray" (Syeed, 2016) and "Sonita" (Maghami, 2016), which won both the 2016 Sundance Audience and Grand Jury prizes for World Cinema Documentary.

Now in its 12th year, the festival continues to be free and open to the public. Major Sponsors include the Humanities department, the Visual and Performing Arts department, the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Student Affairs and Advancement, Pavlis Honors College, the Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series and the Parents Fund of the Michigan Tech Fund.

To learn more about the films, events, sponsors, and how to reserve your ticket visit  For more information email

Iranian Cuisine at Friday's Khana Khazana

 This week's Khana Khazana at the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli Friday features a menu from Iran.

The menu features:

  •     Chicken Kebab—Seasoned chicken on skewers
  •     Aush—Noodle soup with yogurt
  •     Samosa—Deep fried cones with savory filling

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

Campus Forum Available for Viewing

The campus forum held on Tuesday (Oct. 4) is available for viewing online. ISO authentication is required to view the session. It will be available for one week.


Registration Open for Week of Wellness

The Week of Wellness 2016 Events are now open for registration. All events are open to Michigan Tech students, faculty and staff.  
Monday, Oct. 17— Free HIV Testing Clinic by the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (Hamar House), Garden Level conference room. To schedule an appointment, contact Whitney Boroski.
Tuesday, Oct. 18— "Students on the Autism Spectrum: Traits and Teaching Tactics" with Mike Meyer and Christy Oslund 
  • In this collaborative CTL and Student Disabilities Services event, participants will first explore traits typical of students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and why such students might be more common at Michigan Tech. We'll then explore instructional strategies that best serve the needs of these learners. Staff from Michigan Rehabilitation Services will join the luncheon to offer a broader perspective related to both education and employment. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. The location of the event will be provided with an RSVP by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. Lunch will be provided to all who RSVP.

    Wednesday, Oct. 19— 

  • Windmill Training with Michigan Rehabilitation Services. Windmills is a program designed to raise awareness of the limitations we impose on the employment of people with disabilities because of our lack of knowledge and our acceptance of myths. The Empathy module is designed to help participants identify their feelings about disabilities in “first encounter” situations. Also, to explore how participants’ initial feelings might impact negatively on interactions with people with disabilities. There are three sessions available, 9 to 10 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. in the Wads Annex. Snacks will be provided at each session. RSVP here

  • UP Health System-Portage, Michigan Tech Health Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom. Stop by the Health Fair for awesome prizes, great food and excellent information while getting some important screenings done.  Screenings include: Body Fat percentage, total cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, bone density, hemoglobin (no charge for screenings). Flu shots are available for $40. The health fair is open to students, faculty and staff.  
    MUB Ballroom.

A full list of the Week of wellness events are available online.  If you have any questions email Whitney Boroski.    

Tarshizi receives Outstanding Young Scientist Award

Ebrahim K. Tarshizi (GMES), has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Industrial Minerals and Aggregates Division Outstanding Young Scientist Award by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).

“I’m truly honored and very grateful to receive such a prestigious award and recognition by SME. I would like to thank the IM&AD award committee, nominator(s), my colleagues and mentors,” Tarshizi stated.

SME administers and presents numerous recognition awards for outstanding individual and group achievements in the mining and minerals industry every year. These awards and their recipients represent the highest levels of commitment and expertise that have come to symbolize the vitality of SME as a professional society.

The Young Scientist Award, established by the Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division in 1985, brings recognition of scientific professionalism to young people working in the industrial minerals & aggregates industry.

The award consists of a plaque, a stipend of $250 to help defray expenses while attending the Annual Meeting at which the award is presented, and paid housing, registration(s) and ticket(s) for the recipient and his/her spouse at the SME Annual Conference & Expo and the IM&AD Luncheon.

This award will be presented to Dr. Tarshizi at the SME 2017 Annual Conference & Expo and CMA 119th National Western Mining Conference in Denver, Colorado, at the Industrial Minerals and Aggregates Division Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Fall Session Youth HuskiesFit Programs To Begin

Several youth HuskiesFit Program classes will begin their second session in the next few weeks. Sign your Little Husky up for one of the following today: Swimming, Learn to Skate, FUNdamentals of Hockey Skating, Aikido, Intro to Ballet, Creative Movement and Tennis.

Employees may use TechFit to pay for HuskiesFit Programs. Siblings in the same program qualify for discounts. For more information, visit HuskiesFit Youth Programs.

Grammy Winner Jerry Blackstone To Conduct Honors Choir Festival

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the department of visual and performing arts (VPA) presents “Honors Choir Festival” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

The concert contemplates the forces of nature and weather in its many forms; springtime, a thunderstorm, a prairie fire and the Schoolchildren’s Blizzard of 1888.

The Choirs of Michigan Tech and the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra welcome singers from Northern Michigan University and upper peninsula high schools to perform Ēriks Ešenvalds’ "Whispers on the Prairie Wind," under the direction of Jerry Blackstone, the Grammy Award winning director of choral activities at the University of Michigan. The KSO will also present Beethoven’s Symphony no.6 in F Major (Pastoral), conducted by Jared Anderson. 

Michigan Tech Ranked 14th Best College Hockey Program of All Time

HERO Sports has ranked Michigan Tech No. 14 in its recent Top 25 College Hockey Programs of All Time article. HERO Sports used a scoring system that took into consideration all-time winning percentage, NCAA tournament appearances, Fozen Four appearances, National Championships, Hobey Baker Award winners, Penrose Award recipients and number of First Team All-Americans.

Michigan Tech Profile:

  • First Season: 1919
  • Games Played: 2,721
  • All-Time Record: 1193-1352-176 (.471)
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances: 11 (Last Appearance: 2015)
  • NCAA Frozen Four Appearances: 10
  • National Championships: Three (1962, 1965, 1975)
  • Hobey Baker Award Winners: None
  • Penrose Trophy Winners: Two (John MacInnes, 1970, 1976)
  • First Team All-Americans: 29

The University of Michigan was the top-ranked program followed by the University of North Dakota, Boston College, Boston University and the University of Minnesota.

Sexual Violence Support Group for Students

T.E.A.L (To Empower And Liberate) is a group providing support to Michigan Tech students who have experienced sexual violence including childhood sexual abuse.

This group provides support to individuals of recent or past sexual violence in a safe, non-judgmental group. Individuals might know the person that committed the violence or it could be a stranger. Either way with the help of this group individuals can find understanding and help by sharing their struggles and triumphs with one another and begin to put their lives back together.

T.E.A.L offers a support group that meets from 3 to 4 p.m. every other Thursday beginning Oct. 13. Through discussion, support and education, we can help one another. Location of the meetings is undisclosed, interested students need to contact Peggy Sullivan.

Call Dial Help Inc. at 1-800-562-7622, text 906-35(NEEDS) or email Sullivan for more information.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

Christian Langevin, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, will present "The Role of Numerical Models in Understanding and Managing Coastal Aquifers" from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 in GLRC Room 202.

Click here to read the abstract. This event is open to the public. 


Castro's Daughter to Speak Tonight

Alina Fernandez, the daughter of Fidel Castro, will share her first-person account of growing up in Cuba and the changes facing that country. Her talk is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight (Oct. 6) in the Memorial Union Ballroom B.

Her visit is part of Hispanic Heritage Month and the Social Justice Lecture Series. Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! For more information visit our Facebook page.


Physics Colloquium

Animesh Ray, Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont, California will present "Genomic Robustness: Thinking About Complexity in the World Within Cells" at the next Physics Colloquium at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 6) in Fisher Hall 139.


Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

Gunnar Lucko associate professor, department of civil engineering, Catholic University of America, Washington DC will present "Rethinking Network Scheduling: Protecting the Critical Path Against Delays" from 4 to 5 p.m. today (Oct. 6) in Dow 642. This event is open to the public.


Former Deputy Oceanographer of Navy to Speak

Robert S. Winokur, former deputy oceanographer of the Navy and assistant administrator, National Environmental Satellite Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will speak at Michigan Tech today.

His talk "The Ocean, the Navy and Challenging Career and Technical Oppertunities" will be held at 5 p.m. today (Oct. 6)  in GLRC 202. For more about Winokur's presentation visit the GLRC blog site.


EndNote Workshops at the Van Pelt & Opie Library

Learn how EndNote can help you easily create and manage bibliographic information and incorporate references into your writing. EndNote also offers a relatively easy way for faculty to upload citations into Digital Measures. 

For more information on today's EndNote workshops, see Tech Today article.


C-Cubed Week 6

C-Cubed lunches are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. 

Finnish Beet Herring Salad (GF) 
Finnish Beet Vegetarian Salad (VGF) 
Finnish Cucumber Salad (VGF)
Finnish Meatballs with Lingonberries

Vietnamese Braised Pork Belly (GF)
Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad (VGF)
White Rice (VGF)

V-Vegetarian, GF-Gluten Free, VGF-Vegetarian and Gluten Free

Send any suggestions to Brenda Randell or fill out a feed-back form online


Life Science and Technology Research Forum

The Michigan Tech community is invited to the second annual Life Science and Technology Institute (LSTI) Research Forum to be held today (Oct. 6). Posters can be viewed between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Memorial Union Ballroom A1. Student Awards will be presented at 4 p.m.


Distinguished Ecologist Seminar

Distinguished ecologist Scott Saleska, University of Arizona, will present "Scaling Leaf Processes to Landscapes, from Tropical to Temperate Forests" at 12:30 p.m. today (Oct. 6) in SFRES Noblet Building G002. 


Traces from the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

Dain and Constance Perry, part of the family in the award-winning documentary film "Traces of the Trade," will facilitate a conversation on race, reconciliation and healing. "Traces of the Trade" is both a geographical and psychological retracing of the industry of the largest slave traders in American history, the DeWolf family of Bristol, Rhode Island and an exploration into racism in America. F

This conversation will be at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 7) at Trinity Episcopal Church, 205 East Montezuma, Houghton. The event is free and all are welcome.


Film Board Presents "Star Trek Beyond"

This Weekend, Film Board presents "Star Trek Beyond."

Tomorrow, Oct. 7—5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 8 —5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each.

Star Trek Beyond is Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence.


Morning Coffee Chat—Making A Difference: The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

The Jackson CTL and Wise (Women in Engineering and Science) are co-hosting a morning coffee chat with Linda Vanasupa from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, Oct. 10. For more information, see Tech Today post.

CTL Tip of the Week

Submit Mid-Term Grades via Banner or Canvas and Coursetools

Instructors have two choices for submitting grades. Mid-Term (and Final) grades can be submitted electronically via Canvas or via Banner Self Service.  Banner Self Service is the simpler of the two systems; instructors can enter grades directly, click submit and be finished.

Grade submission through Canvas requires a couple more steps. It is often most beneficial for larger classes or courses where grades are already entered in Canvas or another spreadsheet program. Grades will need to be entered or uploaded into the “Mid-Term” column in Canvas first, and then extracted from Canvas and submitted to Banner using “Coursetools.”

Mid-Term grades are due at noon Monday, Oct. 17.  They only need to be submitted for first-year students and only SA or UN grades can be used. Grade submission information and instructions can be accessed on eLearning’s Electronic Grade Submission Information & Resources page

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, October 6, 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/Associate Professor in  Ecohydrology, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. 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

The Smithsonian Magazine referenced Simon Carn's (GMES) volcanology research, which seeks to incorporate emissions data into the Smithsonian database, in a feature story along with an interactive map.


The blog SciCasts featured research about DNA damage and gene editing tools by Lina Shi, Xiaoqing Tang and Guiliang Tang (Bio Sci). See more here.