Volcanism is Sometimes Like Food Poisoning

When a volcano blows, the Earth spews forth unstable material. New research suggests a significant pulse of volatile carbon was released from the Earth’s mantle around 500 million years ago.

But why? The answer sheds light on a series of events that led to major changes in the carbon cycle that gave rise to the Cambrian explosion. 

Check out the new study—a collaboration between Michigan Tech, University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh and ETH Zurich—in our Michigan Tech news feed

GSG to Participate in Walkout Today

Michigan Tech's Graduate Student Government (GSG) is joining in a nationwide walkout today (Nov. 29) to support higher education and show how vital graduate students are to society.

GSG President Hossein Tavakoli says the proposed federal tax plan includes a giant tax hike on graduate students. Graduate students across the country fear the tax bill will double or even triple many student's taxes, discouraging current and future students from continuing their education at the graduate level. 

Graduate students will gather at 4 p.m. today at the Husky statue on campus. Tavakoli says there will be a few speeches including remarks from University President Glenn Mroz.

Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Les Cook, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jacqueline Huntoon and Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School Pushpalatha Murthy are expected to be in attendance as well.

Following the speeches, the group plans to walk across campus to Alumni House and loop back to the statue. 

KIP Engages Local Schools in Physiology Outreach

The Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology (KIP) at Michigan Tech once again participated in the annual American Physiological Society’s PhUn (Physiology Understanding) Week 2017. The goal of PhUn Week is to increase student interest and understanding of physiology in their lives.

KIP’s Educational Outreach Coordinator, Kathy Carter, helped 26 undergraduate exercise science students form teams that designed and lead hands-on, interactive physiology activities in K-12 classrooms. The lessons were focused on increasing student understanding of exercise and health.

Jason Carter (KIP) and William Cooke (KIP) also participated in the ‘PhUn’, each visiting a local classroom. More than 240 K-12 students participated this year in activities ranging from how your heart works to cerebral blood flow.

The response from KIP students and local schools was again positive. The KIP Department looks forward to coordinating another PhUn Week event next year.

Every Color of Eyes: Open Studio at Wadsworth Hall

Michigan Tech Professor and Public Artist Anne Beffel (VPA) will hold an open studio event from 6-8 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 30) in the Studio for Here and Now in Wadsworth G04W across from WMTU. Beffel will discuss her work and collaborations with an artist talk from 6:15-7:15 p.m., including a presentation of the continually evolving, community-engaged Every Color of Eyes Project, initiated in response to the Jan. 27 "Muslim Ban."  

"Every Color of Eyes" is an invitation for people to look into one another's eyes and see both our differences and our common humanity. This act of seeing one another is the basis for a community engaged project developed with the help of students and community members as well as an ongoing series of paintings and photographs by Beffel exploring the beauty of diversity when color becomes unbounded and mingles to create new possibilities.

This event is free and open to the public.

This Weeks C-Cubed Lunches

This week's C-Cubed luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Nov. 30/Dec. 1) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

The C-Cubed lunch buffet menus are created by Executive Chef Eric Karvonen, and prepared by Karvonen and his culinary team. As the name suggests, the meals are meant to foster conversation, community and collegiality. Attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Fruit-infused water, coffee, tea, cookies and fruit are available free to all attendees.

The buffet lunch is $10 per person. Cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates (available in the Memorial Union office) are accepted. Find more information and share C-Cubed feedback online. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email karenjoh@mtu.edu.

The menus:

Thursday, Nov. 30
• Indian Butter Chicken (GF)
• Vegetarian Korma (V, GF)
• Pantry Curried Quinoa with Garbanzo Beans and Roasted Peppers (GF, VE)
• Naan Bread (V)

Friday, Dec. 1
• Carved Ham (GF)
• Couscous with Chickpeas, Tomatoes and Edamame (GF, V)
• Roasted Sweet Potatoes (GF, VE)
• Roasted Rainbow Carrots (GF, VE)
• Kale-Brussel Sprout Salad with Apples, Cranberries, Pumpkin Seeds and Apple Vinaigrette (GF, VE)

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

Volleyball Opens NCAA Tourney Tomorrow

The volleyball team will make its ninth all-time appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament as the Huskies are the No. 8 seed in the Midwest Region. The Huskies will play No. 1 seed and host Lewis in the quarterfinal at 8:30 p.m. (EST) tomorrow at the Neil Carey Arena.

The match will be live streamed and live stats will be available.

Tech is 5-9 all-time versus Lewis. The Flyers have won five straight in the series. Tech last won at Lewis in August 2006.

Heise Named Player of the Week

Michigan Tech senior guard Brenna Heise has been named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division Player of the Week after helping guide the Huskies to a pair of wins over the University of Minnesota Duluth and Concordia St. Paul.

It's the third week in a row that a Tech player has earned the honors with senior Lindsay Winter being chosen the previous two weeks.

Heise had a great week for the Huskies, helping lead Tech to a 2-1 record while boasting the team's overall mark to 6-1. Heise averaged 22.7 points per game and tied a single-game school record for most points with 37 against Augustana.

Her point total equaled the Tech school record of 37 which was set by Sam Hoyt against Northwood on Feb. 25, 2012. 

The Huskies return home tomorrow night for their first GLIAC game of the season against Saginaw Valley State at 5:30 p.m. Tech will then host Northwood on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the SDC Gymnasium.

Search Committee Certification

Human Resources and Institutional Equity and Inclusion provides staff search committee certification on a quarterly basis.
The certification covers best practices and legal aspects of conducting a dynamic search to successfully hire the best candidate.

Completion of this certification is required for anyone who wishes to serve on a search committee, either as a member or as the chair. Sign up to attend the following certification training workshop:

Part One: Recruiting and Hiring Workshop—2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, MUB Ballroom B2 - B3

Part Two: Legal Aspects—The second part of the certification is online and is administered through Canvas. 

To sign up for the workshop, follow this link. If you have questions, email Heidi Reid or call 7-2280. 

Chemistry Seminar

Rudy L. Luck (Chem) will present a seminar titled "On the Syntheses and Applications of Light Gathering Ligands" at 3 p.m. Friday (Dec. 1) in ChemSci 102.

One of the goals of this research is to synthesize light harvesting ligands. These ligands will be capable of absorbing light energy from the sun (or a suitable artificial source) and transfer this to a catalytic center to accomplish green epoxidations at room temperature.


Biological Sciences Seminar Tomorrow

There will be a Biological Sciences Seminar at 3 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 30) in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 402.

Won Cheol Yim, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Nevada, Reno will present "Empowering Genome Research with Bioinformatics-Enabled Systems Biology: Complete de novo assembly of Ice plant (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L.).


Pavlis to Sponsor First Friday Social

The Pavlis Honors College invites the University community to an evening of fun and philanthropy at the First Friday University Social, from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday (Dec. 1) in the Pavlis Collaboration Space, Minerals and Materials Building 722.

The event is family-friendly and attendees are encouraged to bring their children for games and crafts. Complimentary hot chocolate, cider, cookies and dessert bars will be served. And as it is the season for giving, the social will provide some no-pressure opportunities to give back to the community.

Read the full story in Monday's Tech Today.


SAAC Hat and Mitten Drive

The Michigan Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is coordinating a hat and mitten drive. All items collected at Huskies' home games and on campus will benefit the local Salvation Army.

Collections will begin at the Michigan Tech Athletic events listed below. Fans attending the games are encouraged to bring new or gently used winter clothing to be collected at the events. There will also be an ongoing designated collection area on campus inside the Admin Building.

Donation Locations & Events:

  • Basketball Games
    • Tomorrow (Nov. 30) vs. Saginaw Valley State (W) 5:30 p.m., (M) 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday (Dec. 2) vs. Northwood (W) 1 p.m., (M) 3 p.m.
  • Hockey Games
    • Dec. 8 vs. Ferris State at 7:07 p.m.
    • Dec. 9 vs. Ferris State at 7:07 p.m.
  • Admin Building – Elevators by the first floor


Supply Drive for the HuskyFAN Pantry

Don't let a Husky go hungry this holiday season. Help the fraternity and sorority community stock the Husky FAN shelves with food and personal hygiene items. We want to get the faculty, staff and student body involved in making a difference within our Husky Community while spreading the word about Husky FAN.

How can you get involved?

  1. Pluck a feather or two off of the turkey on the Greek Board in Fisher Hall (outside Physics department). Each feather has roughly a $3 item
  2. Buy the item(s) (quantity up to your discretion)
  3. Drop the items off from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 30 or noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 to the Greek Office in MUB 106. If these times do not work, please place the items in the box outside the Greek Office.

The last date to donate is Dec. 8. Spread the word and help our fellow Huskies have a meal and supplies for the holidays. 


Melissa Baird (SS) was appointed to the Executive Committee (Secretariat Officer) of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS—an international network of heritage scholars and practitioners. Read more.
Min Song, chair of Michigan Tech's Department of Computer Science, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). IEEE is an international professional society for engineering, computing and technology.

In the News

In Time magazine's list of the top 10 non-fiction books of 2017, alumna Roxane Gay's book, "Hunger," is number 6.

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