Best Selling Author Aspen Matis to Speak April 5

Author, speaker and sexual assault survivor Aspen Matis will speak at Michigan Tech at 8 p.m. Wednesday (April 5) in Fisher 135. 

Her best-selling book, "Girl in the Woods," has been called "a powerful read" by O, The Oprah Mazazine. The New York Times named Matis "a hero" and Lena Dunham of "Girls" called her book "Beautiful and so wildly engaging."  The book made The Guardian's annual top 50 list.

Matis was raped on just her second night at college. Depressed and shocked that her school didn't believe and protect her and discouraged by her otherwise loving and supportive parents from speaking of the attack, she dropped out of school. Matis then sought healing in the wild, on the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail leading from Mexico to Canada.

"Girl in the Woods," chronicles her five-month trek including encounters with rattlesnakes, bears and fellow pilgrims. More about Matis, her book and life is available online. A book signing will be held after the event.

This event is sponsored by Michigan Tech’s Office of the President, Institutional Equity and Inclusion/Title IX, Student Affairs and Advancement, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series, Academic and Community Conduct, Human Resources, Housing and Residential Life, Student Health and Wellness, Athletics, Undergraduate Student Government, Order of Omega and Panhellenic Council.

If you have any questions about this event, contact Beth Lunde-Stockero, Title IX Coordinator, at or find out more online.

Fluorescent Probe Could Light Up Cancer

A fluorescent probe developed by Michigan Tech chemist Haiying Liu illuminates the enzyme beta-galactosidase in a cell culture, which could help cancer surgeons. By revealing the exact location of tumor cells, surgeons might be better able to leave behind more healthy tissue.

Read the full story on Michigan Tech News and access the full paper through Analytic Chimica Acta. You can also reach Haiying directly at or 7-3451

Two Huskies Sign Pro Contracts

Michigan Tech defenseman Matt Roy signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi this week. Roy just completed his junior season with the Huskies, and will forego his senior year to turn pro.

A native of Canton, Michigan, Roy appeared in 42 games in 2016-17, leading the team with 21 assists and 29 penalties. He was third on Tech in points with 26 after also scoring five goals.

Roy was named to the All-WCHA First Team putting up 16 points in league games and helping lead the defensive corps that allowed only 2.11 goals per game.

He was a seventh-round (194th overall) selection of the Kings at the 2015 NHL Draft and appeared in 115 games over his three season with the Huskies, recording 55 points on 12 goals and 43 assists.

Senior Tyler Heinonen signed a standard ECHL contract with the Kalamazoo Wings, the team announced yesterday. The forward joined the team in Florida and was expected to play against the Everblades last night.

Heinonen, a native of Delano, Minnesota, played four years for the Huskies, appearing in 122 games. He had a team-high 38 career goals and 28 assists and was named to the All-WCHA Third Team in 2015-16 after a career-high 27 points on 15 goals and 12 assists.

Heinonen was a nominee for the Hockey Humanitarian Award in 2015-16, received the  Elov Seger Award as the team's most improved player in 2014-15, and buried nine game-winning goals in his career—none more memorable than in the first round of the 2015 WCHA Playoffs in the third overtime against Alabama Huntsville.

OAP Annual Gear Auction April 14

The Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) is again hosting it's annual gear auction. The event will be held from 11 to 1p.m. Friday, April 14 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

We will sell some of our gently-used rental gear including fat bikes, tents and general camping supplies.

Not looking for more equipment but rather the opposite? OAP wants to help you with your spring cleaning and make more room in your garage. Take a look through all your old, still usable outdoor recreation equipment and consider donating it to the OAP for sale at the Gear Auction. OAP is happy to sell your items and use any proceeds to help purchase new equipment for the OAP rental program.

Don't want to donate your items? You can sell them as well. OAP will be taking items for sale by private sellers from noon to 5 p.m. April 10 through 13 at the OAP.

Check out our Facebook post for more information and details.

Anyone interested in purchasing at the gear auction will need to register at the Memorial Union Ballroom the day of the event. More information and policies/procedures can be obtained through the OAP.

Women in Computing Day

Sixteen young women interested in computing careers will be on campus tomorrow for the fifth Women in Computing Day Visit.

The day-long program is a joint recruitment initiative between undergraduate admissions, computer science and electrical and computer engineering and is designed to increase awareness in the breadth and depth of computing careers while increasing diversity on campus.

Students will work in teams and independently to program a 3D virtual reality scene, build a working heart rate monitor, create a hologram and learn about embedded systems and programming by using computer code to control a robot. They will also hear about computing majors and minors and have the opportunity to talk with current students and faculty to learn more about Michigan Tech. Programming for parents and family members is also scheduled throughout the day.

Women in Computing Day is held biannually and attracts prospective students from across the Midwest. The fall program is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 27.

Employee Benefits and Community Services Fair

Mark your calendar for Michigan Tech's Employee Benefits and Community Services Fair sponsored by Benefit Services.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 4 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Vendors from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Davis Vision, Delta Dental, TIAA, Fidelity, Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and many other local financial, health and community service exhibits will be there to showcase their services.

The fair is open to all Michigan Tech employees, spouses or partners, as well as retirees.

Up to one hour of University release time will be granted to all union and hourly employees.

Admission is free and attendees may register to win many prizes. For questions, contact Benefit Services at or 7-2517.

Community Architectural Design Class Taught by Social Sciences PhD Student

John Arnold, artist, architect and PhD candidate in the Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program at Michigan Tech, will teach a class at the Copper Country Community Arts Center titled "Cultivating Everyday Superpowers: Design Thinking in (At Least) Four Dimensions" next month.

Architectural design is a fun and rewarding process of solving complex, multidimensional problems. In this three-part class, students will engage in a variety of hands-on activities and experiments designed to guide the exploration of the nature of architectural place-making through the directed study of the spaces around them.

Participants will record their observations and experiences in a sketchbook, build an exploratory spatial model and develop an enhanced set of spatiotemporal superpowers applicable to a diversity of creative endeavors.

Classes will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. 
Saturdays, April 15, 22 and 29 at the CCCAC, located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock.

The fee is $115 if registered and paid by Saturday, April 1 and $125 after. Deadline is Saturday, April 8. Call 482-2333 for more information or to register.

Tech Gardener to Present at PLDL

Michigan Tech's Master Gardner Quincy Higgins Arney will deliver a presentation at the next meeting of the Keweenaw Garden Club.

The presentation is scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday (April 3) at the  Portage Lake District Library in Houghton.  

Higgins Arney, a certified landscape designer, will discuss “Edibles in the Landscape” and show how to put ornamental gardens to work by planting edibles in them.

By adding fruits, herbs and vegetables to borders and landscaping, gardeners can find both beauty and bounty.

Higgins Arney will discuss methods and give design tips for choosing pleasing plant combinations.

The Keweenaw Garden Club was established by and for gardening enthusiasts. They have presentations at the Portage Lake District Library on the first Monday of each month, September through May. Learn more about the club online.

Friends of Library Book Sale This Weekend

The annual Friends of the Michigan Tech Library book sale is tomorrow (March 31) and Saturday (April 1). Thousands of books priced from 25 cents to $2 (and some rare or special items slightly higher) will be for sale in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

All proceeds benefit library programs such as visiting scholars to the archives and equipment purchases.

Members shop with first choice from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (memberships available at the door are $20 and up; students and seniors only $15) and the general public is welcome from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The $5 bag sale is from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Tuesday

Xiang Zhang, of the NSF Nano-scale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC), professor at University of California, Berkeley and the materials science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will present "Metamaterials: Creating Properties that Do Not Exist in Nature" at 10 a.m. Wednesday (April 5) in M&M 610.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminars Monday

There will be two Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminars from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday (April 3) in GLRC 202.

Zhimin Song will present "Characterization of Kinetics and Performance in a Microbial Fuel Cell Supplied with Synthetic Landfill Leachate."

Divya Kamath will present "Experimental and Theoretical Investigations in Modeling Fate of Compounds in UV/Free Chlorine Advanced Oxidation processes in Aqueous Phase."

Mobility at Michigan Tech Summit April 20

Michigan Tech announces its inaugural Mobility Summit. The Summit will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 20 on campus.

Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), will be the keynote speaker. The summit will include poster presentations, research discussions and visioning in the broad theme of mobility technologies (similar to the recent Tech Talks) and a lunch session with Steudle.

This event is organized by Michigan Tech's mobility-affiliated research centers and institutes, the Vice President for Research and the College of Engineering.

Save the date to join this important discussion and RSVP by clicking here.

If you have contacts external to Michigan Tech that would be interested in joining this discussion, forward this invitation so we can include them as materials are disseminated.

If you and/or your students are interested in presenting a mobility-related poster during the morning research session, fill out this interest form by 5 p.m. Friday, April 7. If you have questions about presenting a poster, contact Pam Hannon of the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute at 7-3065. 

Additional information and a more detailed agenda will be sent to registered attendees in the coming days.


C-Cubed Week 11

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

"A Taste of France" featuring:
French Onion Soup (GF)
Croque Monsieur 
Croque Monsieur with Spinach (V)
Potato and Green Bean Salad (V, GF)

Brunch featuring:
Chicken and Waffles
Strawberry Baked French Toast (V)
Fried Potatoes (V GF)
Sautéed Kielbasa 

V — Vegetarian, VE — Vegan, GF — Gluten Free

Send any suggestions to Christina Fabian or fill out a feed-back form online.


Physics Colloquium

Wei Zhou, ECE Department at Virginia Tech, will present "From Nanoelectronics to Nanophotonics: Toward Integrated Nanosystems" at the Physics Colloquium at 4 p.m. today (March 30) in Fisher 139.


Essentials of Buried Pipe Structural Design for Culverts and Storm Sewers Seminar

As an annual event, Jason Kruger of the Concrete Pipe Association of Michigan will give a two-hour seminar titled "Essentials of Buried Pipe Structural Design for Culverts and Storm Sewers."

The seminar will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. today (March 30) in Fisher 138. Anyone with interest is welcome to attend.


Materials Science and Engineering Master's Defense Tomorrow

John Laureto, master's candidate in materials science and engineering, will present "Utilizing Reprap Style 3d Printers for the Manufacturing of Composite Heat Exchangers" at 10 a.m. tomorrow (March 31) in M&M 610.


LadyFest Music Festival

LadyFest is a music festival to celebrate the female contributions to the music world and our community. The festival will be held tomorrow (March 31) and Saturday (April 1) at the Canterbury House. The event is sponsored by Women in Music. 

For details on the festival, read Tech Today article.


Modern Manhattan Gala to Benefit the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter

The Houghton-Hancock Rotaract Club will put on a Modern Manhattan Gala to benefit the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday (April 1) at the Continental Fire Co.

For more information, read previous Tech Today article.


2017 Survey on Faculty Service Loads

All faculty are invited to participate in the survey "Understanding Service Loads for Faculty at Michigan Technological University in 2016-17" ("Service Loads Survey"). The survey can be accessed here.

For details, read original Tech Today post.

In the News

The Arctic Sounder published a story about scavenger ravens and why wolves hunt in packs, quoting John Vucetich (SFRES) and Rolf Peterson (SFRES).


The Daily Mail (London) published an article about the eruption of a large Russian volcano. The article quoted Tech volcano expert Simon Carn (GMES). 


Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) wrote an opinion piece for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The piece was titled "America Should Recruit Smart Immigrants from Every Country."
Pearce's research is covered in These Researchers Want To Prepare Us For The Post-Apocalypse-Futurism, and 3D Printers In The Average American Household - Computer Power User.

In Print

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) published Emerging Business Models for Open Source Hardware in the Journal of Open Hardware


Haiying Liu (Chem), Ashutosh Tiwari (Chem), Ranjit Pati (Physics), along with graduate students Rashmi Adhikari, Mingxi Fang, Nethaniah Dorh, Cong Li, Jingtuo Zhang and Meghath Jaishi, published a paper titled "Near-Infrared Fluorescent Probes with Large Stokes Shifts for Sensing Zn(II) Ions in Living Cells" in ACS Sensors.

CTL Tip of the Week

Getting your Canvas Gradebook ready for the End of the Semester

Whether you are getting your Canvas grade book ready to use for final grade submission, hoping to give your students a clear and handy reference of how they are doing so far, or just have grades you want to get posted in Canvas, this is a good time to check and see if your Canvas grade book is providing your students with the information you want them to see, and if you are using it to it’s fullest capabilities and as it was designed to work best.

A good first check is to make sure you have not left any assignments with due dates in the past ungraded. Ungraded assignments (shown with a ‘-‘ dash) can cause misleading impressions of how well a student is doing for both the teacher and the student.

By default, ungraded assignments are NOT included in any assignment group total calculations or the total column, so you should enter a grade, even if it is a zero. You can refer to Canvas Gradebook: Ungraded or Zeros? for more details and tips on this.

If you are planning to enter letter grades into your Canvas gradebook you will need to make sure you are using your own letter grade scheme used to translate those percentages into letter grades. If you have not modified the default letter grade scheme installed as the course letter grades scheme to work with your Total column and also attached to the Final (Course Grade) assignment, it is probably not the same as yours.

See Enable, Create, and Edit Letter Grading Schemes in Canvas for more information. Once you know your Canvas grade book is calculating and displaying scores and grades accurately, you may want to make sure your students can see those Assignment group totals and the Total column.

They are hidden by default so if you haven’t done anything to change that your students will not see them until you do.

See Totals in students’ grades summary hidden by default in Canvas Courses for more information and directions.

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.