President Mroz Issues Statement on Immigration

CNN is reporting the Trump administration is planning to roll out a revised executive order on immigration as early as this week.

In anticipation of the administration's revised federal executive order regarding immigration, University President Glenn Mroz has issued the following statement:

"Michigan Tech strives to grow as a global technological university that inspires students, advances knowledge and innovates to create a sustainable, just and prosperous world. Students, faculty and staff have joined our community from all across America and nearly 60 countries around the globe.

"We work to bring many of the best and brightest people from all over the world to our state and nation to take advantage of the educational opportunities we can offer. We are also grateful for what these individuals from different countries bring to this community, state and nation. The people who choose America bring, intellect, culture, creativity, their worldview and friendship. They help us understand that creativity, intellect and compassion span the globe.

"So we celebrate and support with one voice the values of creating possibility, inspiring scholarship and building community. We value our freedom to be open and welcoming to the world. We celebrate our common interests in developing, applying, managing and communicating science and technology. Together, we know the value of safety; it is important to us all.  It’s why many of us traveled hundreds if not thousands of miles to get here.

"Safety, compassion and respect are a stabilizing force — they enable us to be proactive and productive. So we support efforts to keep our country safe while at the same time being open to the people of the world who choose America — those who enrich our lives as they share their lives with us."  

The new order is expected to address concerns of the Ninth Circuit federal appeals court, which blocked the original Jan. 27 order. 

Judges Needed for Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Pavlis Honors College invites University faculty as well as staff to serve as distinguished judges at the Fifth Annual 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium.

The symposium is from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 17in the lobby of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

Judging entails reviewing the posters and accompanying poster presentations of up to five undergraduate researchers for one to two hours.

The Symposium will highlight the cutting-edge research being conducted on Michigan Tech’s campus by some of our best and brightest undergraduate students.

These students represent a wide array of scientific and engineering disciplines from across campus and highlight the diversity of research areas being explored.

If you would like to serve as a judge for this event, fill out this brief Judging Form.

We received a record number of abstract submissions this year and need help providing an exceptional learning experience for our participants. We ask you consider working with us to further the professional development of our undergraduate researchers.

Visit the 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium website for more information.

Share this opportunity with interested faculty, staff and local community members.

National Climate Assessment Workshop in Houghton

As part of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), a team of campus-based researchers will host a daylong workshop. The workshop is intended for anyone who is interested in using synthesized climate information — and, yes, that does actually impact people’s daily life. Just ask the presenters about higher night time temps.  

Houghton is one of several satellite locations that will be hosting a workshop in conjunction with the main workshop in Chicago. No surprise, we’re special. As the only northern rural satellite providing input on the Midwest chapter, we are hoping to gather a variety of professions and perspectives.

The local workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in the U. J. Noblet Forestry Building, Room 144.

Here’s a rundown of the big picture topics on the agenda: transportation and urban systems, ecosystems, vulnerability and adaptation, forestry, human health, and agriculture. Check out more info on Unscripted

Space is limited so register by today (Feb. 22).

Snacks and coffee will be provided throughout the day. 

Railroad Careers Night Tonight

The Michigan Tech Railroad Engineering and Activities Club (REAC) is hosting Railroad Careers Night at 7 p.m. tonight (Feb. 22) in the DHH Ballroom.

Students from any discipline and any year are encouraged to stop in for free pizza and stimulating conversation with representatives from the rail industry. We are expecting about 10 companies, including Class 1 railroads, consultants and suppliers to be available for casual conversation in a relaxed atmosphere — a perfect follow-up to the mad pace of Career Fair.

Graduate Students and Film Board Present "Movie Night"

The Graduate Student Government and Film Board invite you to "Movie Night" Friday (Feb. 24) in Fisher 135. Two movies will be screened through the evening, and entry to both are free. Dinner will be provided between the two movie screenings.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with the screening of "Captain Fantastic" followed by a brief discussion on the topic "My Family is Better Than Your Family." Free popcorn and soda will be provided to the first 100 attendees of this movie. The discussion after the movie will be moderated by Willam Lytle and Melissa Michaelson. At 9 p.m., the second movie, "Apollo 13," will be screened.

Contact if you have questions.

Rozsa Gallery A Space Presents "ChickenBus: A U.S. — Guatemalan Experience"

What is a ChickenBus? A chicken bus is a bright, loud, jostling work of public transportation in Guatemala.

The Rozsa Center and Department of Visual and Performing Arts present the Rozsa Gallery A Space show, "ChickenBus," featuring work by VPA faculty member Lisa Gordillo. 

"ChickenBus" is the first U.S. exhibit of works inspired by Gordillo’s long-term collaboration with Guatemalan artists and writers. The exhibit will run from Saturday (Feb. 25) to Friday, March 24 and will travel to Guatemala this summer

There will be an opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 25), including a conversation with Gordillo at 6 p.m.

There will also be a second event, a “Marimba Concert and Poetry Night,” developed in collaboration with Michigan Tech music students and conducted by Mike Christiansen (VPA), Michigan Tech’s Director of Bands, at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 24 in the Rozsa lobby. This is a special concert and poetry reading that will combine marimba music with readings by Gordillo’s husband, Guatemalan writer Hugo Gordillo, whose collections, "Trench(era)" and "Para Escapar de la Muerte," were key inspirations for "ChickenBus."

D. Keith Roper Chair Candidate Seminar

D. Keith Roper holds the Charles W. Oxford Professorship of Emerging Technologies in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas (UA) and served as Program Leader for the Engineering Research Centers and the Network for Computational Nanotechnology at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a member of the Arkansas Academy of Science. 

He is currently associate director of the Microelectronics Photonics Graduate Program at UA. His research received recognition from the EPA and DOE and has been featured by many other media outlets. From 1994-2000 he developed processes for cell culture, fermentation, recovery and analysis of protein, nucleic acid, bacterial polysaccharide and adenoviral-vectored antigens at Merck & Co.

His research aims at discoveries that enable interactions between sub/atomic particles (e.g., protons, electrons) to be engineered to support innovations in chem/bio processing, health and sustainable energy. 

Roper's Chair Candidate Seminar will take place at 1 p.m. Friday (Feb. 24) in Rekhi G09.

Fourth RTC (Rhetoric, Theory and Culture) Graduate Seminar

PhD Students Vincent Manzie and Tolulope Odebunmi will present their papers on the topic of "Crisis and Communication in Cross-Cultural Contexts" at the RTC Colloquium from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday (Feb. 24) in Walker 134.

Manzie's presentation will be "Applying the Rhetoric of Renewal Model in a Contemporary African Context: Lessons Learned from the Royal Dutch Shell Oil Crisis in Nigeria."

Odebunmi will present "Whatsapp: A Safe Haven for Gender Transgression?" 

Read the abstracts online.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will take place at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 23) in EERC 103.

Houman Dallali will present "The Role of Robotics in Advancing Assistive Walking."

Dallali is currently a postdoctoral research associate at Michigan Tech. He is working on modeling and control design for a novel robotic ankle-foot prosthesis to enable below knee amputees regain normal walking.

In his talk Dallali will present the problem of walking for humanoid robots and how this technology can be used for improving human locomotion. Humanoid robots face many challenges to walk like humans in uncontrolled and natural environments. These challenges can be addressed at the mechanical design and the control system design stages.


Dalia Abbas, assistant professor at the Warnell School of Forestry, University of Georgia, will present "Forest Operations and Sustainable Supply Chains" at 3 p.m. Friday (Feb. 24) in the Noblet Forestry Building G-002.

The purpose of this presentation is to place the field of forest operations within sustainability debates. Abbas will discuss an understanding of sustainability linked to forest operations supply chains in the United States. It integrates ecological, cost, social and market factors, as well as, the operator performance conditions surrounding the supply operations of forest products. By integrating the basics of sustainability understandings, supply chain analysis and the logistics linked to forest operations and management, a much needed broad, integrated perspective of forest products supply chains is sought.

PHFoundation Endowed Professor Seminar

The first PHFoundation Endowed Professor candidate of 2017 be on campus next week.
William Cooke, professor and chair of health and kinesiology at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will provide a campus seminar, "Emergency Medicine Meets Preventive Health — Some Practical Questions," from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday (Feb. 27) in Rehki G06. 
In this seminar, Cooke will highlight fundamental applications of human autonomic research to traumatic injury, and propose how the link between exercise and autonomic neurophysiology will positively impact residents of the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


Career Fair is Today

Michigan Tech's Spring Career Fair, among the largest ever, will take place from noon to 5 p.m. today (Feb. 22) in the Student Development Complex.


Active in All Seasons: Staying Active Indoors Lunch and Learn

Learn about ways to fit in exercise in the comfort of your home or office, new classes offered at the Fitness Center, 30-day challenges to help you stay motivated and more.

This session is from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday (March 2) in Memorial Union Conference Room B001.


Local ACS Chapter Hosts 2017 Student Research Symposium

The Upper Peninsula Local Section of the American Chemistry Society invites you to the 2017 Student Research Symposium. This year's research symposium will be held on Northern Michigan's campus within the atrium of the New Science Facility on Saturday, March 25. The event starts at 9:30 a.m.

All are welcome. There is no charge to attend. RSVP here.


Percy Julian Award

As you consider nominations for the Student Leadership Awards, consider the Percy Julian Award. 

Among other qualifications, this award looks for an undergraduate student who displays outstanding leadership accomplishments which promote diversity, social equality or racial/ethnic and cultural understanding at Michigan Tech. 

Check out all the student leadership awards here. Nominations close March 3.


"Sexual Perversity in Chicago" Thursday - Saturday

Michigan Tech Theatre Company's production of David Mamet's award-winning "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" continues this weekend. 

With performances in the McArdle Theatre, the play is presented as a hilarious on-stage "game show," using mature and graphic language to reveal the awkwardness, heartache and humor of American sexual behavior.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday and Saturday (Feb. 23-25), in the McArdle Theatre. Tickets are available online, by phone 7-2073, in person at the Central Ticketing office in the SDC and an hour before show time at the McArdle box office. 


Today is Last Day to Buy Grand Raffle Tickets Online

Time is running out to purchase Michigan Tech Athletics Grand Raffle tickets online. Online ticket sales will be coming to an end at midnight tonight. You may purchase a ticket for $10 online or from a Michigan Tech student-athlete.

Click the link to purchase your raffle tickets and support the Huskies. Buy Grand Raffle Tickets Now.

The drawing for the $10,000 cash prize will be awarded to one lucky winner and announced Saturday (Feb. 25) during the Michigan Tech vs. Northern Michigan hockey game. All proceeds are to benefit the Michigan Tech athletic programs.

Although online ticket sales end today, tickets may be purchased in person throughout the first period of the Michigan Tech hockey game Saturday.  For more information visit

In the News

Geophysics research led by Aleksey Smirnov (GMES) has been featured in several science blogs including Follow News and ScienMag.

The work was also shared by the National Science Foundation's social media accounts.


Michigan Radio mentioned Tech's Winter Carnival and published two Carnival photos on its website (numbers six and seven in the slideshow). 


The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Illinois) reported on a program designed to attract minority young people to STEM careers and jobs near their homes. The program sponsors high school students to attend the Rail and Intermodal Transportation Summer Youth Program at Michigan Tech.


ABC-10 News aired a story about Michigan Tech's Graduate Research Colloquium, interviewing several graduate student presenters.

***** and other tech news sites reported on NASA's $15 million grant to establish a Space Technology Research Institute lead by Michigan Tech's Gregory Odegard (ME-EM).


Research by Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and undergraduate student Emily Petersen was covered by Yahoo Finance. Their work was also covered extensively in  the European press.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Wednesday, February 22, 2017 

 Staff and faculty job description 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. 

Research Specialist, Materials Science and Engineering. Apply online

Golf Coordinator, Portage Lake Golf Course. Apply online.

Assistant Director, International Programs and Services. Apply online.

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