Be Brief: Stent

Happy Valentine's Day. We're celebrating hearts with biodegradable stents that can help save lives now—but dissolve away when they're no longer needed and the body's natural healing process takes over.

The challenge is the same process that heals also covers up and prevents a biodegradable stent from fully disappearing. That's why Jeremy Goldman, a professor of biomedical engineering, is looking into different options.

Stents are designed to act like a culvert for weakened or damaged arteries. The most common expandable tubes made today are formed out of noncorrosive metals like stainless steel, but if they stick around too long then complications related to chronic inflammation set in long after stent deployment.

Bioabsorbable polymers like poly L-lactic acid (PLLA) are one alternative, being both more flexible and better understood, but they lack the mechanical strength of metals. Iron and magnesium alloys have been the focus of biodegradable metal stents for the past two decades, but they also have problems, namely premature degradation (for magnesium) and oxide corrosion products that are poorly metabolized (for iron).  Read the full story on Unscripted.

Sarah Green to Present at Michigan Tech Research Forum Thursday.

Sarah Green, (Chem/GLRC) will present the Spring 2018 Distinguished Lecture at tomorrow's session of the Michigan Tech Research Forum. 

Her lecture, "Expanding Spheres: Atoms to Earth, Local to Global, Science to Society," will take place at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 15) in the Memorial Union Ballroom. All are welcome, including the general public.

The Distinguished Lecture Series began in Fall 2016 to honor faculty for their research impact both in the peer-reviewed scientific realm, but also having a direct connection to society. Department chairs, center/institute directors, deans and Research Advisory Council members nominate highly engaging presenters with broad topic appeal.

Distinguished Lecturers are selected for their ability to increase the knowledge breadth of our community by connecting their research with societal and community concerns. Topics are broad intentionally, spanning all colleges and schools at Michigan Tech.

You can read the full story as well as a Q&A about her work on the Michigan Tech News Website.

College of Engineering Dean Candidate Open Forum

The College of Engineering Dean Search Committee has invited three semifinalist candidates for on-campus interviews.

The second candidate will interview Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 19/20). The presentation regarding their administrative philosophy and vision for the College of Engineering will be held at an open forum at 3 p.m. Tuesday in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 406.

They will also present an open departmental seminar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at 11 a.m. Monday, in Rekhi G006.

Information on all candidates and open forum information can be viewed online. An ISO login is required to view the candidate’s information and provide comment. Both presentations 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 Paul Bergstrom (7-2058) or Committee Associate Chair Keat Ong (7-2749).

Less Than a Week Left to Buy Athletics Raffle Tickets Online

Less than a week remains to purchase tickets online for the annual Michigan Tech Athletics Grand Raffle, which includes a top prize of $10,000. Winners will be drawn Feb. 24 during the hockey game vs. Northern Michigan inside the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. 

Online ticket sales will end Monday (Feb. 19), but tickets will be available to purchase in-person during the hockey game Feb. 24 until the drawing begins. Raffle tickets are $10 each, with all proceeds benefitting Michigan Tech athletic programs.

Tickets are available from Michigan Tech student-athletes and are also available to purchase online

Nineteen other winners will be drawn in addition to the top prize of $10,000. The second and third-place prizes are $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. Here's the full list of prizes:

  1. $10,000 (Subject to Federal & State Withholding) 
  2. $2,000
  3. $1,000
  4. Samsung 50" Smart TV, LED 1080P HD
  5. Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop PC/Tablet
  6. $500
  7. $400
  8. Two round trip airline tickets from Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD)
  9.  Autographed Tanner Kero Blackhawks jersey (Donated by Tanner Kero)
  10. Sports Stay Package—Three nights at the Magnuson Franklin Square Inn and $50 restaurant certificate (Donated by the Franklin Square Inn)
  11. $300
  12. Two night stay at Ojibwa Casino Hotel in Baraga (Donated by Objibwa Resort)
  13. Auto Z-glaze package (Donated by Sayens Auto Sales)
  14. $200
  15. Free oil changes for one year (Donated by Keweenaw Chevrolet)
  16. $100 University Images gift card
  17. $100
  18. $100
  19. $100
  20. $100

Thank you for supporting Michigan Tech Athletics.

"Win by Losing" Weight Loss Challenge

Are you trying to get healthier and lose weight? Employee Wellness and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan invite you to participate in "Win by Losing," a free, fun and healthy challenge, open to Michigan Tech employees, that can help you take personal responsibility for your health and reach your weight-loss goals.

Register to be part of Michigan Tech's team beginning today. The official competition runs from Feb. 26 through April 27. Participants will submit weekly weigh-ins to compete against other BCBSM group customers. You will also receive weekly emails with tips to help you meet your goals. Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.

Prepare for Career Fair at the Campus Store

Are you ready for the 2018 Michigan Tech Career Fair? Visit us at the Campus Store for resume paper and padfolios, and check out our great selection of men’s and women’s career apparel. We have a new selection of shirts, pants, ties, belts and more to help complete your polished ensemble. We want to see you succeed. Show visiting companies and recruiters what you're made of, and let us help you look your best. From all of us at the Campus Store, keep smiling and best of luck to you in your search.

Mardi Gras Party Friday

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents a musical Mardi Gras Party Friday. The Superior Wind Symphony, under the direction of Michael Christianson, will present a concert celebrating grooves born in the US. 

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Feb. 16) in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. 

Tickets are $13 for adults, $5 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech Fee.  Tickets are available online, by phone 7-2073, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the SDC or at the Rozsa Center box office the evening of the performance. 

Huskies Ranked No. 17 in Nation

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team is ranked No. 17 in this week's edition of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll. The Huskies have been ranked as high as 10 this season and held the No. 16 ranking in last week's poll.

Michigan Tech picked up two more Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victories last week at Saginaw Valley State, 71-43 on Thursday, followed by an 86-81 decision at Northwood on Saturday. Tech owns an overall record of 20-3 and 14-2 against GLIAC opponents.

The Huskies take on Ferris State tomorrow to begin a four-game home stand. Tech topped the Bulldogs 80-77 on the road Jan. 11 in the first meeting of the season. Tomorrow's tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.


Tomorrow's HuskyLEAD to Focus on Leveraging Leadership Skills with Employers

The next workshop in the Spring 2018 HuskyLEAD series will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 15) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge A. Faculty and staff are encouraged to pass this information along to students. Attendance is taken at the workshops and can be forwarded to faculty who assign them as a supplement to their curriculum.
The title of tomorrow's HuskyLEAD is "Leveraging Leadership Skills with Employers." Participants will learn they don't have to be in a leadership position to be a leader. They will learn innovative strategies to showcase their best self to future employers.
Presenters are Doug Stage from Kimberly-Clark, Ryan Thompson, fifth year mechanical engineering student and Beth Williams, Michigan Tech's assistant director of career development education. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end.
HuskyLEAD is a series of hour-long workshops that help Michigan Tech students develop personal, professional, academic and organizational leadership skills. The workshops are free and open to everyone.
For more information, visit the HuskyLEAD website. If you have any questions or comments about the workshops, email Rochelle Spencer or Maryann Wilcox or call 7-1963. 


ME-EM Faculty Candidate Lecture

ME-EM Senior Lecturer Candidate Steven Ma, currently an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, will present "Vehicle Dynamics—The Suspension System of a Formula SAE Race Car" at 11:05 a.m. Friday (Feb. 16 ) in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 402.


"Borrowing, Bernanke and Beyond" Tomorrow 

Join Latika Gupta (SBE) for her public presentation "Borrowing, Bernanke and Beyond: The Whys, Whodunnits & What's-Nexts of the Great Recession."

Gupta will discuss what led to the crisis, policy responses, who was responsible, which policies could help the nation to avoid future crises, what to expect next for the economy and, a decade after the 2008 crash, what's been learned by economists and policy experts. "Borrowing, Bernanke and Beyond" is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 15) in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 112 on Michigan Tech's campus.


Write a Better Lab Report Workshop

The English Language Institute will host a workshop focused on helping international graduate students improve their lab reports from 2 - 3:45 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 15), in Chem Sci 104A.

The last hour will be spent on revising and editing, so students are encouraged to bring their reports. Space is limited and students should sign up on this form.


Comedian Jourdain Fisher Live Friday Night

Jourdain Fisher is a New York-based comedian who was born and raised in North Carolina. He'll bring laughs to Michigan Tech at 10 p.m. Friday (Feb. 16) in the MUB Ballroom. This performance is free (funded by the Student Activity Fee) and hosted by Late Night Programs.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 7-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Assistant Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.