Movie and Discussion Featuring Rear Admiral David Titley Monday

The leader of the US Navy's 2009 Task Force on Climate Change, Rear Admiral David Titley (retired), will be on the Michigan Tech Campus Monday to introduce a film on climate change in which he is featured. 

The movie "The Age of Consequences" investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration and conflict through the lens of national security and global stability. 

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday (Oct. 30) in Fisher 135. Admiral Titley, who is in the film, will help introduce it and then participate in a discussion session following the showing of the movie. The discussion will include a Q&A with the audience.

Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that if we go on with business as usual, the consequences of climate change will continue to grow in scale and frequency with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st Century. 

Described as "The Hurt Locker" meets "An Inconvenient Truth,"  "The Age of Consequences" unpacks how water and food shortages, extreme weather, drought and sea-level rise function as accelerants of instability and catalysts for conflict.

Titley served as a naval officer for 32 years. His career included duties as commander of the Navel Meteorology and Oceanography Command; oceanographer and navigator of the Navy and deputy assistant chief of naval operations for information dominance. 

Titley earned a bachelor's, master's and PhD in meteorology and is a professor of practice in the Department of Meteorology at Penn State. 

On Monday afternoon, Titley will attend an Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) seminar. 

Saturday is Make a Difference Day

This Saturday is Make a Difference Day. Once again, many individual Michigan Tech students as well as numerous student organizations are going off campus to make our community a little bit better.

Started in 1992, Make a Difference Day is one of the largest annual single days of service nationwide. Each year, volunteers and communities come together with the single purpose of improving the lives of others. This Saturday, our students will give back to the community in ways large and small, from raking leaves to passing out Halloween treats.

Last year more than 665 Tech students took part In Make A Difference Day and it's looking like we're headed to another record-breaking year.

Most of the service projects will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 28), with some projects happening later in the day. 
Many students will be in downtown Houghton volunteering at the Carnegie Museum. Later in the day, from 4 to 6 p.m., Tech students will help out at Houghton's annual Treat Street, handing out candy, working the "haunted house" and helping to keep the massive event running smoothly.

Hockey Huskies Travel to Minnesota State for Top 20 Meeting

No. 16 Michigan Tech travels to No. 12 Minnesota State this weekend for a key early-season WCHA series. The puck will drop at 8:07 p.m. both nights from the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, Minnesota. 

Tech is 4-2-1 overall and 2-1-1-1 in the WCHA after a home split with Alabama Huntsville. MSU is 3-2-0 and 1-1 in conference play. The Mavericks split with Bowling Green last weekend. Earlier they swept Boston University. 

The game can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM, live audio streamed on, and video streamed. There are live stats and live Tweeting.

Indian Food at Friday's Khana Khazana

Indian cuisine is on tap at tomorrow's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli.

The menu features:

  • Chicken Korma
  • Paneer Korma
  • Strawberry Custard Pudding

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

Men's Basketball Picked Third in GLIAC North

Michigan Tech was picked third in the North Division in the 2017 GLIAC Preseason Poll, which was released yesterday by the conference office. Ferris State was selected to the top spot with 66 points and 11 first place votes. Lake Superior State was second in the North Division with 51 points followed by Tech at number three. In the South Division, the top three spots are occupied by Ashland at number one with 63 points and eight first place votes followed by Wayne State at number two (58 points) and Saginaw Valley State at number three (46 points).

The Huskies will tip-off the 2017-18 season at 6 p.m. Saturday Nov. 11 at home against the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. 

The 2017-18 GLIAC Women's Basketball Preseason Poll will be released at 11 a.m. today.  For more on Michigan Tech sports visit

New Funding

Timothy Colling (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $114,089 contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation. Mary Crane is the Co-PI on the project "2018 Transportation Asset Management Council Technical Assistance Activities Program."

This is a one-year project.


In the News

Sleep Review, a journal read by physicians and sleep researchers, published an article about Jason Carter's (KIP) new National Institutes of Health grant to study the effects of alcohol on sleep. See here.


ABC TV10 and WLUC TV6 broadcasted stories about US Sen. Gary Peters' bipartisan bill introduced in Congress to promote self-driving technologies. The stories were shot at Michigan Tech's Advanced Power Systems Research Center, focusing on Tech's research on self-driving vehicles. 


Library to celebrate open education work, Bryophyte Ecology
"Bryophyte Ecology" is the result of more than a decade of research, collaboration and composition by Professor Emerita Janice Glime (Bio Sci) and many contributors and photographers. 
The Van Pelt and Opie Library will host a reception celebrating Glime’s work from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Oct. 26) in the East Reading Room. For details, read the previous Tech Today story.
Physics Colloquium Today

The next Physics Colloquium is at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 26) in Fisher 139. Ralph H. Colby will present "Dynamics of Polymerized Ionic Liquids and their Monomers."

Colby is a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State.


Helping Forested Watersheds Cope with a Changing Climate Program Today
A program exploring the link between forests and fish will be presented by the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science at Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at 6:30 p.m. today (Oct. 26) in Room 202 at the Great Lakes Research Center. The speaker will be Danielle Shannon (SFRES).
The program is sponsored by the Copper Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited. It is free and open to the public. 
Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series
As part of the Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series, Jiquan Chen will present a seminar titled "Institution in Ecosystem Analysis: A Forgotten Driver" at 12:30 p.m. today (Oct. 26) in Forestry G-002.


C-Cubed Luncheon

This week's C-Cubed luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today and tomorrow (Oct. 26/27) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. Find more information and share C-Cubed feedback online. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email Karen Johnson.

Texas Steak Chili (GF)
Pumpkin Chili (GF, VE)
Chipotle Caesar Salad (GF, VE)
Fresh Toppings: Shredded Cheddar, Tortilla Strips, Green Onions, Cilantro, Sour Cream

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


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series Today

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series is at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 26) in EERC 103. Mark Hepokoski will present "Coupling Test Devices with Physiology-based Thermal Comfort Models to Evaluate HVAC System Performance." Hepokoski is director of advanced research at ThermoAnalytics.


Payroll Workshop Offered

Payroll Services will host a 45-minute workshop at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 in Memorial Union Ballroom A1.

The purpose of the workshop is to review the Payroll Services Standard Practice Guide and answer payroll and time entry questions. This session is offered to assist supervisors, timekeepers and department administrators in following time and reporting procedures and deadlines. 

Register online. If you have any questions, contact Payroll Services at 7-2130 or


Coffee Chat: Perusing the Past, Planning the Future (William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning)

At this Coffee Chat, we’ll review past coffee chat and luncheon topics and the resources still available.  We’ll then brainstorm topics for future sessions, and discuss ideas under consideration to help the CTL continue to get feedback necessary to plan development activities for instructors in areas that are most needed.  Please join us at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 31) and let your voice be heard. Coffee and light refreshments will be available to those who register by Monday.

On the Road

HU Faculty and RTC doctoral students present at OSCLG

Vicky Bergvall (HU), Diane Shoos (HU) and Patty Sotirin (HU), along with RTC doctoral students Nancy Henaku and Tolulope Odebunmi and RTC alumna Lindsay Hingst, presented papers in the panel "Signs of Women's Empowerment and Collective Action" at the 40th anniversary conference of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender in Omaha, Nebraska, Oct 12-14.

In Print

Jinlin Zhang, a physics graduate student, has published a feature article entitled "Enhanced Second and Third Harmonic Generations of Vertical and Planar Spiral MoS2 Nanosheets." The article was published in Nanotechnology. The vertical spiral Molybdenum Disulfide crystals synthesized by Zhang appeared as the cover image of the journal (Volume 28, issue 29, 2017). Zhang is co-supervised by Jae Yong Suh (Physics) and Yoke Khin Yap (Physics). View the article here.

Today's Campus Events

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Masters Defense: Kshitiz Kumar Jain

Mechanical Engineering Advisor: Song-Lin Yang Simulation of Diesel Particulate Filter Regeneration Using Lattice Boltzmann Method


Masters Defense: Sandesh Subhaschandra Rao

Mechanical Engineering Advisor: Jeffrey Naber An Experimental Investigation of Dual Coil Ignition Techniques in a Spark Ignition Engine Under Dilution


C-Cubed Luncheon

All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited to C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) lunches, which take place on Thursdays and Fridays during the...


More Multidisciplinary, More Focused, and More Intelligent: From Traditional Geotech to Future Infrastructure and Energy Innovation

Speaker: Professor Zhen (Leo) Liu, MTU; Abstract: Another leap forward in geotechnical engineering and theories of porous materials is now possible attributed to emerging...


Study Abroad 101

Are you interested in studying abroad but you don't know where to start? Attend a Study Abroad 101 session to learn about Michigan Tech's study abroad programs, and how to...


Coupling Test Devices with Physiology-based Thermal Comfort Models

to Evaluate HVAC System Performance ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series proudly presents: Dr. Mark Hepokoski ThermoAnalytics, Inc. Abstract: Reliable assessment of...


Library to celebrate open education work, Bryophyte Ecology

Bryophyte Ecology is the result of more than a decade of research, collaboration and composition by Professor Emerita Janice Glime and many contributors and photographers. The...


Physics Colloquium

Physics Colloquium will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 26th) in Fisher 139. Dr. Ralph H. Colby will present "Dynamics of Polymerized Ionic Liquids and their...


Central Michigan University PT/PA Visit!

Central Michigan Univeristy will be visiting Michigan Tech to discuss both their Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Schools! Admissions Director, Clint Fitzpatrick,...


Come In, We're Open, Opening Reception

Rozsa Gallery - gallery b A mid-semester showcase of student works or art in-progress in Rozsa gallery b. The exhibit features work by students participating in Project...


Economics club Meeting

The economics club will be having a discussion on the economic issue topic of the day.


Making the Most of Mentorship

Learn how to build the best possible relationship with your mentor and make the most of your research experience. Workshop will be led by Steven Elmer.


Young Americans for Liberty - Regular Meetings

Come and participate in the regular meetings of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at Michigan Tech! Every Thursday at 7pm in Fisher 129, our members meet to discuss...


Aquanauts General Meeting

Come join the Aquanauts in room 121B of the SDC Thursday 10/26/2017 at 9PM for a general meeting!


Pool Diving

Come join the Aquanauts for pool diving this Thursday 10/26/2017 from 10PM to 11PM. Gear setup with begin at approximately 9:40PM outside SDC room 134!