The Mechanisms of Cloud Formation

Explaining the mechanisms of cloud formation by mimicking mixing events of hot air and cold air above the Keweenaw Waterway—in the lab.

Atmospheric science researchers at Michigan Tech are modeling the potential of cloud formation and delving into understanding its mechanisms. In early autumn, when the Keweenaw Waterway is warm from summer, fog settles on the water. This is observed as a beautiful white fluffy cloud on the top of the waterway. This amazing cloud is mimicked in the lab by Michigan Tech scientists to better understand the physics of cloud mixing.

The National Science Foundation funded this project to develop a facility to create cloud conditions in the atmosphere in controlled, repeatable settings. Read the full story on Unscripted.

Winter Bike Parking On Campus

For those who continue to ride during the winter months, all bike racks are left on campus throughout the winter. Many are just moved closer to the buildings so that they are not in the way of snow plowing. Students, faculty and staff can use these bike racks if they choose to. A few locations are:

  • The bike racks on the north side of the Library are somewhat sheltered by the building
  • The bike rack at the entrance of the GLRC is also sheltered
  • There are vertical/hanging bike racks under the DOW overpass along Cliff Drive
  • The bike rack on the south side of the EERC
  • Wadsworth Hall and McNair Hall both have designated winter bike racks for residents

If you have any questions on winter bike accessibility on campus, contact facilities at 7-2303.

Digital Technology Presentations at PLDL

Michigan Tech students who offer individual computer tutoring every Saturday at the Portage Lake District Library will present a series of digital technology topics to help you learn even more. The presentations are:

BASIC Topics, a Series of Events—Presented by Michigan Tech computer science students:

  • Finding Your Way Around the Internet, 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 7)
  • Sharing (but not too much) on Facebook, 6:3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12

Bring your favorite digital device if possible or borrow one that will be provided. These events will take place in the Michigan Room of the Portage Lake District Library in Downtown Houghton.

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" Sunday

The Rozsa Center and the Student Entertainment Board (SEB) present a screening of the 1968 original animated classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," at 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 10) at the Rozsa Center. 

The showing will be followed by a holiday reception and benefit for Toys for Tots. There will be ornament making and cookies in the Rozsa Center lobby. 

Consider bringing an unwrapped toy to donate and help Toys for Tots. 

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 (Dec. 7/8) 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

The menus:

Thursday, Dec. 7
An Indian Taco Bar:
• Chicken Tikka Masala (GF)
• Tofu Tikka Masala (GF, V)
• Fresh Toppings: Radishes, Red Onions, Tomato Salad, Green Chutney (GF, VE)
• Warm Flour Tortillas (VE)
• Dal Soup (GF, VE)

Friday, Dec. 8
• Chicken Cordon Bleu (GF)
• Pasta Chickpea Bolognese (V)
• Herb Roasted Potatoes (VE)
• Salad Bar (VE)

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

Retirement Social for Bill Sproule and George Dewey

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering invites the campus community to a retirement social to recognize Bill Sproule and George Dewey who will retire at the end of the semester. The social will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 in Dow 872.

Join us in celebrating their Michigan Tech careers and wish them all the best in their retirement. Refreshments will be served.

This Week in Michigan Tech Athletics


The 2017 volleyball season came to an end in the NCAA Midwest Region Quarterfinal as the Huskies fell 3-1 to No. 4-ranked Lewis on Thursday. It was Tech's ninth all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Olivia Ghormley (13 kills), Laura DeMarchi (32 assists), Elle Heinonen (20 digs) and Lauren Emmer (3 blocks) led in stats against the Flyers. Seniors Stephanie Dietrich, Emmert, Halie Hart and Heinonen played their final match for the Huskies. Tech finished 20-11 overall, winning more than 20 matches for the first time since 1997.


The No. 18-ranked women's basketball team swept its first two GLIAC games of the season to improve to 8-1 overall. Both wins were by more than 20 points as the Huskies defeated Saginaw Valley State 59-37 Thursday and Northwood 81-54 Saturday at the SDC Gym. Tech plays at Grand Valley State Thursday and Purdue Northwest Saturday in the first GLIAC road trip of the season.

Men's basketball swept its GLIAC-opening weekend at home. Tech won 75-67 Thursday over Saginaw Valley State and 87-70 over Northwood Saturday. Kyle Monroe poured in 29 points Thursday and 32 Saturday for the game-high both nights. The 5-3 Huskies play their first GLIAC road games this weekend with a trip to Grand Valley State Thursday and a first-ever meeting with Purdue Northwest Saturday.


Hockey hosts Ferris State at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena on Friday and Saturday after having last weekend off. Tech is 7-6-4 overall, 5-5-4-1 in the WCHA, and is undefeated in its last four games and six of the last seven. It will be the first of two meetings between the Huskies and Bulldogs. Gavin Gould (6G-6A), Jake Lucchini (3G-6A), and Mitch Reinke (2G-10A) lead the team with 12 points each. Patrick Munson has been between the pipes for all seven wins and owns a 2.72 goals against average and .907 save percentage. He was the WCHA Goaltender of the Week last week.



• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30 a.m. on 93.5 FM

• Men's Basketball at Grand Valley State, 6 p.m. on 93.5 FM
• Women's Basketball at Grand Valley State, 8 p.m. on 93.5 FM

• Hockey vs. Ferris State, 7:07 MacInnes Student Ice Arena on 93.5 FM

• Nordic Skiing at UP Opener (Ishpeming)
• Women's Basketball at Purdue Northwest, 2 p.m. local radio on 93.5 FM
• Men's Basketball at Purdue Northwest, 4 p.m. local radio on 93.5 FM
• Hockey vs. Ferris State, 7:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena, local radio on 93.5 FM

• Nordic Skiing at UP Opener (Ishpeming)


Fan Bus to Northern Games

The Michigan Tech Cager Club is organizing a fan bus for the upcoming women's and men's basketball doubleheader at rival Northern Michigan on Sunday Dec. 17.

The bus will leave from the SDC at 10:30 a.m. and will return at approximately 7:30 p.m. to the SDC following the games. The men will battle the Wildcats at 1 p.m. followed by the women's game at 3 p.m. in the Barry Events Center. The cost is $25 per person, which includes the bus trip and admission to both games.

Checks for the trip can be made payable to "Michigan Tech Athletics" with "Cager Club Fan Bus" listed in the memo line. The registration form and completed check can be mailed to Michigan Tech Athletics in care of Gary Kruzich, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI., 49931 or dropped off at the Central Ticket Office in the SDC. Payments must be received before Monday (Dec. 11).

For more information or questions about the trip, email Kruzich, director of athletic partnerships & ticket sales, or call 7-1604. The registration form can be accessed here.


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Workshop

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Workshop will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 6) in Fisher 131. The workshop will be led by SURF Coordinator, Will Cantrell.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program offers undergraduate students a $4,000 stipend to work for 10 weeks on research on campus in the summer. Applications are open to all Tech undergraduates who have at least one semester remaining after the summer. In order to be eligible for SURF, students must submit their applications by 4 p.m. Jan. 26. If you know of students interested in participating in a summer fellowship on campus, encourage them to attend the workshop.

For information on other upcoming undergraduate research workshops click here.


Biological Sciences Seminar Today

Paul D. Goetsch (PhD), University of California, Santa Cruz Department of MCD Biology, presents "Illuminating Developmental Regulatory Networks to Reveal how Cells Establish Identity" at 1 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 5) in MEEM 402.

For more information, visit the Biological Sciences website.


OAP hosting Wilderness First Responder Certification Course

The Outdoor Adventure Program is working with Wilderness Medical Associates to host a Wilderness First Responder Course at Michigan Tech Jan. 8-12.

Successful completion of this course will result in a three-year certification, including CPR certification. Course cost is $625 for MTU Students and $699 for all others.

To see more about the course and content, visit here and read the original Tech Today article.

On the Road

Executive Director of Risk Management and Compliance Janet Hayden, in her role as president of the Michigan Universities Self-Insurance Corporation (M.U.S.I.C.), presented at the annual Marsh Consortia Summit which was held on Nov. 9/10 in Washington, DC.  

The Consortia Summit brings together Marsh USA’s various higher education clients from across the country and Canada. The executive members from each of the consortia programs are afforded the opportunity to meet with peer groups and share best practices.

In the News

Don Lafreniere (SS/GLRC), along with Calumet High School teacher Mike Roland and Calumet junior Leah Riutta were interviewed on Copper Country Today about the GRACE (GIS Resources and Applications for Career Education) program that is mapping and analyzing the relationship between our built and social environments and children's health and well-being. You can learn more from previous coverage of the story in Michigan Tech Unscripted.


L. Syd M Johnson (HU) was quoted in "Alive Inside," a feature story on disorders of consciousness in the Houston Chronicle.


Lake Superior Magazine published a link to a story about wild rice harvesting, by Michigan Tech news writer Cyndi Perkins.


The Times Herald, part of the USA Today network, published an article on legislation that would ease regulation of ballast water in the Great Lakes, potentially enabling more invasive species to invade the lake waters. The article quoted Nancy Langston (SS) on the need for Michigan to maintain stricter standards.


ABC 10 News aired a story about Anne Beffel's (VPA) student photography exhibit, featuring cell phone photography.

Today's Campus Events

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Biological Sciences Seminar

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Study Abroad 101

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Masters Defense: Chaitanya Ganesh Bhat

Civil Engineering Advisor: Amlan Mukherjee From Trade-Offs to Equivalent Solutions: A Life Cycle Thinking Informed Approach to Design Decision Making


After School: Human Body

After School Science and Engineering Classes 2017 Grades 3-5 TUESDAYS Oct. 24 - Dec. 5 6 sessions ~ 4:00-5:30 p.m. (no class week of Thanksgiving) Explore the science...


¡La Peña!

¡La Peña! is the Spanish conversation group that meets at the HDMZ. Join us in a relaxed environment to practice and improve your conversation skills. Snacks and beverages are...


MPI Research Info Session

MPI Research is currently seeking hardworking, quality-driven, Michigan Technological University Students who are interested in jump-starting their career in Pre-Clinical...


SFWI Meeting

SFWI General Meeting