The Big Picture of Great Lakes Mercury Pollution

A transdisciplinary team examined regulatory impacts on Great Lakes mercury, focusing on an Upper Peninsula tribal community with high fish consumption.

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community asked, "when can we eat the fish?" and the researchers set out to find an answer. Though there is no straightforward solution, the team did find that different policy actions make an impact. Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

College of Sciences and Arts Dean Candidate Open Forum

College of Sciences and Arts Dean Candidate, Carey Krajewski, chair of the zoology department and director of the biological sciences program at Southern Illinois University, will interview Jan. 25 and 26. He will present his administrative philosophy and vision for CSA at an open forum at 3 p.m. Friday (Jan. 26) in Fisher 135.

Krajewski will also present an open departmental seminar in the biology department at 1:05 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 25) in EERC 316.

Information on all candidates and open forum information can be viewed online. An ISO login is required to view resumes and provide comment. The CSA open forum will be video recorded and can be viewed at other times from the website.

The Dean Search Committee encourages the campus community to interact with each candidate during the interviews and to provide feedback by completing the anonymous comment form provided at the website. Comments and opinions may be submitted online or by contacting members of the search committee, who are included on the website.

For questions or comments about the dean candidates or the search process, contact Committee Chair Jared Anderson (7-2143) or Committee Associate Chair Will Cantrell (7-2356).

Winter Carnival Live Blog

Did you know University Marketing and Communications produces an All-Nighter live blog? You can enjoy all the Husky traditions—broomball to statues—from the comfort of your warm living room or wherever in the world you are. Visit the live blog site and set an email reminder today. Festivities will kickoff 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7. Interact with the live blog by using #mtuwc on social media. UMC invites you to share this information and website with your audiences.


Michigan Tech Researchers Honored for their Contributions

At the Research Development Day held Jan. 11, the following individuals were recognized for their research contributions in calendar year 2017.

2017 Michigan Tech Research Award: 
Yun Hang Hu, MSE

Bhakta Rath Research Award: Yun Hang Hu and Wei Wei, MSE

Those receiving their first external funding as a principal investigator at Michigan Tech:

Parisa Abadi, ME-EM; Jeremy Bos, ECE; Mari Buche, SBE; Chunpei Cai, ME-EM; Snehamoy Chatterjee, GMES; Sue Collins, Humanities; James DeGraff, GMES; Curtis Edson, SFRES; Gary Fahnenstiel, MTRI; Adam Feltz, CLS; Lucia Gauchia, ECE; Kelly Kamm, KIP; Matthew Kelly, SFRES; Sarah Kitchen, MTRI; Mark Kulie, GMES; Jonathan Leinonen, SBE; Joe Licavoli, MSE; Fengjing Liu, SFRES; Joshua Loar, VPA; Hassan Masoud, ME-EM; Jill Olin, GLRC; Lei Pan, ChE; Gordon Paterson, Bio Sci; Tony Pinar, ECE; Matthew Portfleet, GMES; Amy Schrank, SFRES; Ye Sun, ME-EM; Min Wang, Math; Xinfeng Xie, SFRES; Hui Yao, CEE; Jianhui Yue, CS.

Those who received awards of more than $1 million:

Laura Bourgeau-Chavez, MTRI; Scott Bradley, KRC; Jason Carter, KIP (2 awards); Nancy French, MTRI; Jeff Naber, ME-EM; Gregory Odegard, ME-EM; Brian Thelen, MTRI; Nikola Subotic, MTRI (2 awards), David Watkins, CEE.

Top research expenditures by college/school/division:

  • College of Engineering: Jeff Naber, Greg Odegard, Paul Sanders
  • College of Sciences & Arts: Kathy Halvorsen, Guiliang Tang, Raymond Shaw
  • School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science: Glenn Larkin, Evan Kane, Andrew Burton
  • School of Technology: Aleksandr Sergeyev, Yu Cai, Jinshan Tang.
  • School of Business & Economics: Mari Buche
  • Other researchers: Scott Bradley, Keweenaw Research Center; Nikola Subotic, Michigan Tech Research Institute; Mark Osborne, Keweenaw Research Center

More on last year's major research awards can be found on the Michigan Tech News Website.

January is National Stalking Awareness Month

January is National Stalking Awareness Month and an excellent opportunity to ensure our community understands what constitutes stalking per university policy, and most importantly, what to do if it happens to you, including the campus and community resources available.

Stalking falls under prohibited conduct as defined by Michigan Tech’s Sexual and/or Relationship Misconduct Policy. Statistically, stalking is most prevalent among adults ages 18-24. However, in a recent Inside Higher Ed essay, Anna Sher cites one study where the rate of stalking experienced by faculty was 22-57 percent, as compared to 1.4 percent of the general population (Sher 2017). Stalking can happen to faculty, staff and students, so this is a campus issue. It is important to recognize the signs of stalking and then know where to report it and the resources available.


Support and Counseling

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This Week's C-Cubed Lunches

This week's C-Cubed luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Jan. 25/26) 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:

Pastitsio (Greek Pasta Bake)
Vegetarian Pastitsio (V)
Smashed Carrots with Feta and Mint (V)
Greek Salad Bar (GF, V)

Moroccan Lamb Sliders (GF)
Vegetarian Moroccan Sliders (V)
Moroccan Chickpea Soup (GF, VE)
Moroccan Flame Roasted Sweet Potato Salad (GF, VE)

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

Diversity in Jazz at 'Club Rozsa'

Join Jazz Studies Program Director Mike Irish and the Michigan Tech Jazz ensembles for a Rozsa Club Jazz Showcase: Backstage at the Rozsa at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Jan. 26 and 27).

According to Irish, "Diversity in Jazz. That's what you get with the Jazz Combos Backstage at the Rozsa. Three dynamic small jazz groups will be featured. The mainstream jazz offering will be handled by JazTec, featuring two horns and a four-piece rhythm section. Momentum is a funk and fusion ensemble with three horns out front and an electric rhythm section. The guest group for both evenings will be the Dan Fuhrmann Trio, providing the best in piano trio jazz. Music by some of the greatest names in Jazz including Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane and many others. There will be something for every taste. Live jazz provides energy, creativity, surprises and is a treat for all of the senses. Join us and immerse yourself in the diversity."

Tickets are on sale now, $15 for adults, $5 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee, available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. The Rozsa Box Office opens two hours prior to performances.

Film Board Presents "Blade Runner 2049"

For the second weekend in a row, Film Board presents, "Blade Runner 2049." A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.

Show times are:

  • Friday — 5:308:30 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday — 2:305:308:3011:30 p.m.
  • Sunday — 2:305:30 p.m.
Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. We hope to see you at the show this weekend, and have a great day!
Blade Runner 2049 is rated R for violence, some sexuality, nudity and language.

Women Ranked No. 18 in Nation

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team dropped to No. 18 in this week's Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, announced yesterday by the national office. The Huskies have been ranked as high as 10 this season and have held the number 18 ranking three different weeks in 2017-18.

Michigan Tech fell on the road in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game 50-40 at Wayne State this past Thursday. The Huskies were scheduled to play Davenport this past Saturday, but the contest was postponed until noon tomorrow when the two teams meet on the campus of Lake Superior State University. The Huskies enter this week with an overall record of 14-3 and 8-2 against conference opponents.

Monroe Named GLIAC North Player of the Week

For the third time this season, Michigan Tech junior forward Kyle Monroe has been named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division Player of the Week. Monroe helped lead the Huskies to a 76-66 win at Wayne State University Thursday.

Monroe, a native of Green Bay, had another huge game for the Huskies in the win at Wayne State which snapped a six-game losing skid. Monroe fired in 34 points, marking the fifth time this season he has scored 32 or more points in a game. He went 16 of 17 at the free throw line (94.1 percent), which all occurred in the second half. He also converted 9 of 17 shots from the field (52.9 percent), grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out four assists.

On the season, Monroe leads the GLIAC in scoring at 25.0 points per game and is averaging 8.1 rebounds along with 2.5 assists per contest. Michigan Tech is now 8-9 overall and 5-5 in the GLIAC heading into a pair of conference games against Davenport and Northern Michigan this week.

The Huskies will face the Panthers at 2 p.m. tomorrow on the campus of Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, before returning home to battle rival Northern Michigan Sunday at 3 p.m.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

William Bulleit (CEE) will present "The Engineering Way of Thinking—An Introduction" from 3:05 to 3:55 p.m. Monday (Jan. 29) in GLRC 202.

The engineering way of thinking has evolved over many thousands of years and continues to do so. This presentation will be an effort to describe this ‘engineering way of thinking’ and what distinguishes it from alternatives.

Coffee Chat: Explore, Engage, Evolve: Tools for Assisting Students Through Their Career Journey

Career Services is entering a new era with innovative programming and services provided for students and their career journey. As part of this transformation, collaboration across campus, especially with faculty, is key. The impact instructors have on student planning and decision making is critical, but is it intentional?
Join us for this Coffee Chat at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 to hear about the newest initiatives, national recruiting trends and how a collaboration between faculty and career services can benefit student motivation and career readiness.
Coffee and light refreshments will be available to those who register by Friday, Feb. 9.


University Senate Meets Today

The next meeting (#602) of the University Senate is 5:30 p.m. today (Jan. 24) in DOW 642. View the agenda of the meeting and the minutes of meeting #601.


Revised Strategic Plan — Open for Comments

The Strategic Plan describes the priorities for the next five years that must be addressed in order to advance toward the Portrait of 2045. The Strategic Plan is revised every three years and feedback was collected at the beginning of the academic year to begin the revision process. The final draft of the Plan has been posted and the Vice President for Research is seeking feedback from the community once again. Suggestions and comments are welcomed and your feedback is anonymous. If you would like to leave feedback, do so at the following link: Strategic Plan Feedback. The open comment period will end Jan. 31.


Voting for Write Michigan Short Story Contest Ends Jan. 31

A short story written by Nancy Barr, director of the Engineering Communications Program in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, was recently chosen as a semifinalist in the sixth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. Her story, titled "Peace," is about a woman coming to terms with her father's death and heroic, but unsung, service during the Vietnam War. 

Barr's story is one of ten posted for public voting to determine the Readers’ Choice winner in the Adult category on the Write Michigan website. Voting ends Wednesday, Jan 31.


SFRES Timber Seminar Tomorrow

Archie Landreman, regional director of WoodWorks, will be presenting a course titled "Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design" at Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES) from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 25).

The event is free and includes lunch. It is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, with support from the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute, Michigan Tech Facilities Management and SFRES. The course is AIA approved for 2 LU/HSW Learning Units. Advance registration is required. Register online.


Biological Sciences Seminar

Andrew Bramburger, researcher at the UMD Natural Resource Research Institute of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, will present "Little Things Show Big Changes in Big Lakes: What Algae Tell Us About a Century of Change in the Great Lakes" from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 25) in EERC 100. For a full abstract, go to the Biological Sciences website.

In the News

The Midland Daily News published a Jan. 18 editorial, “Our View: MPS Take a Step Forward," that praises Mi-STAR for its positive effects on teaching and learning in Midland classrooms. Mi-STAR, a Michigan Tech initiative, is new middle school science curriculum designed to help teachers throughout the state meet the Michigan Science Standards. The editorial also lauded the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation for its support of Mi-STAR. Provost Jacqueline Huntoon is the principal investigator on the project.

In Print

Karol Pelc (SBE), professor emeritus, published the chapter entitled "Multidimensional Model of Digital Divide" in the book: L. W. Zacher (editor), "Potentials and Power Relations in Digital Knowledge Society," (in Polish: "Potencjaly i Relacje Sil w Cyfrowym Spoleczenstwie Wiedzy"),  p.219 - 234. ISBN 978-83-7561-862-7, Poltext, Warsaw, 2018.
Anna K. Swartz (HU), a graduate of Rhetoric, Theory & Culture, has a book review of "Barriers and Belonging: Personal Narratives of Disability" published at Metapsychology Online Reviews.
Mizanur Rahman (EEP PhD graduate), Chelsea Schelly (SS), Audrey L. Mayer (SS/SFRES), and Emma Norman have a new published article: "Uncovering Discursive Framings of the Bangladesh Shipbreaking Industry."