Sen. Gary Peters to be Honored at Spring Commencement

At its regular meeting Friday, Michigan Tech's Board of Trustees approved a recommendation to award Senator Gary Peters with an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy at Spring Commencement.

In its recommendation to the Board, Michigan Tech’s administration noted that Senator Peters has been a “strong, independent voice for Michigan families and small businesses” who is “focused on uniting our communities by fighting for the things that we all agree on—a stronger economy, good-paying jobs, affordable health care, a secure retirement and a fair chance for everyone to succeed.”

Senator Peters will be the speaker at Michigan Tech’s Spring Commencement May 5. Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website

Michigan Tech Students Win Big at Lear Open Innovation Challenge

Five Michigan Tech students competed in the Lear Open Innovation Challenge 2018, and four brought home awards.

Michigan Tech students Shawn Badanjek, Mayank Bagaria, Anurag Kamal, Cameron Philo and Arvind Ravindran completed this year's challenge, and Badanjek was a member of the team that won the grand prize.

Lear Corporation, based in Detroit, is a leading automotive supplier that hosts the annual challenge to build connections with the state’s universities and tap new sources of innovative ideas.

“Detroit is the birthplace of the automobile, and, leveraging this proud legacy and manufacturing expertise, its industries are poised to be ground zero for the development of tomorrow’s mobility solutions,” the Lear Open Innovation Challenge website explains. Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.

Google Drive App Being Retired, New Products Available

On March 12, Google will retire the Google Drive App. In its place are two new products—Google Backup and Sync, and Google Drive Filestream. Both applications will work in Windows and MacOS.

We recommend Backup and Sync for faculty and staff on off-domain machines. It lets you sync your Google drive to your local computer and backs up your files to Google's unlimited storage space. This is a convenient way for you to make sure your University files are safe if your computer is stolen or damaged.

For on-domain machines, Google Filestream acts like Multidrive—it mounts your Google Drive on your workstation as a network drive. Faculty and staff using the Google Drive application in their offices will switch over to the new Google Drive Filestream application.

You can also install Google Backup and Sync on your personal devices to use the unlimited storage space that your account provides.

Michigan Tech IT is happy to assist you with installing the software on your Michigan Tech devices. Contact us at or call 7-1111.

Michigan Tech to Host International Conference on Auditory Display

ICAD 2018, the 24th International Conference on Auditory Display, will be held frum June 10 - 15 at Michigan Tech. The conference venues are the Colleges of Arts and Architecture and Information Sciences and Technology. The graduate student ThinkTank (doctoral consortium) will be on Sunday, June 10, before the main conference.

ICAD is a highly interdisciplinary academic conference with relevance to researchers, practitioners, musicians and students interested in the design of sounds to support tasks, improve performance, guide decisions, augment awareness and enhance experiences. It is unique in its singular focus on auditory displays and the array of perception, technology and application areas that this encompasses. Like its predecessors, ICAD 2018 will be a single-track conference, open to all, with no membership or affiliation requirements.

The theme of ICAD 2018 is "Sonification as ADSR." Auditory researchers are familiar with “ADSR” (Attack-Decay-Sustain-Release), which are basic components of sound. In ICAD 2018, we want to not only go back to the basics, but explore and integrate various potentials of auditory displays and sonification as Art-Design-Science-Research (ADSR).

Under this conference theme, we will value and embrace all types of submissions, including papers, extended abstracts, multimedia (videos/audios), concert pieces, demos and installations.

For more information on topics of interest, submission deadlines and to check for updates, see the conference website.

Pavlis Honors College Now Accepting Applications

The Pavlis Honors College is now accepting applications for Fall 2018. Students are eligible to apply if they have two or more years remaining on campus.

Pavlis offers six distinct pathways on which students may build their honors program:

Each of these pathways provides a framework of support, exceptional resources and a community of scholars for students interested in challenging themselves, doing more and making a difference. If you know of a student who may be interested in joining the Pavlis Honors College, encourage them to apply. If you would like to request more information regarding our pathways, email us at

Applications will be accepted through Monday, April 2. However, students who apply early will be given preference. Space is limited. Find out why success means more than GPA:

Auxiliary Services to Host First Friday

Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to join Auxiliary Services from 4-6 p.m. Friday (March 2) in Memorial Union Ballroom A for this month's First Friday Social. Complimentary soda, beer, wine and appetizers will be served.

This First Friday Social will set the stage for the Auxiliary Services annual Customer Appreciation Day, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Come preview our unique Oscars theme, test your movie knowledge and win a fun prize.

First Friday University Socials, started in 2006, provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to get together informally, share their work and other interests and get to know each other. These informal gatherings can lead to more productive work relationships, an appreciation for diversity and a chance to meet some new friends.

Next month's event on April 6 will be sponsored by Information Technology (IT) and Housing & Residential Life at the Campus Café on the ground floor of Wadsworth Hall. The First Friday schedule can be found online. If you are interested in hosting a social for the 2018-2019 academic year or learning more, email or call 7-2543.

Indigenous Historian and Activist Nick Estes Coming to Michigan Tech

Nick Estes, a historian and indigenous rights activist from the Oceti Sakowin (The Great Sioux Nation), will speak at Michigan Tech at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Estes is co-founder of The Red Nation, a coalition of Native and non-Native activists, educators, students and community organizers advocating Native liberation and is currently an American Democracy Fellow at Harvard University.

The title of his talk is "Resistance Beyond Party Politics: From Standing Rock, to Black Lives Matter, to Palestine."

Black History Month Movie Night

As part of Black History Month, the African Students' Organization (ASO) and the Black Students Association (BSA), with the support of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, are organizing a screening of the movie "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (2013), starring Idris Elba. The movie chronicles the life of Nelson Mandela. It is based on his autobiography, 'Long Walk to Freedom' (1994).

We invite you to join us at 6 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 28) in Fisher 139.

We look forward to sharing this special moment together as we remember Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, an icon for the fight against apartheid and inequality. Contact

Meet the Author - Kathryn Remlinger '95

Holy wah! So ya panked it with yer swampers, eh? The Michigan Tech Keweenaw Alumni and Friends Chapter invites you to meet Kathryn Remlinger '95 (Rhetoric and Technical Communication), author of the book "Yooper Talk: Dialect as Identity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula." Remlinger will discuss her book and her research on dialect and identity and how the idea of a unique Yooper dialect emerged.

The presentation is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in Dow 641. A Q & A and book signing will follow.

Plan to attend? Let us know at

Hockey Closes Regular Season with Win Over Northern

The Michigan Tech hockey team scored three power-play goals in the second period to climb out of a two-goal deficit and defeat No. 16 Northern Michigan Saturday at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The Huskies and Wildcats split the final series of the regular season and Tech honored its nine seniors after the game.

"I'm extremely proud of the effort tonight," Tech coach Joe Shawhan said. "I couldn't be more proud of the senior class. It's special for them to get the win on senior night and will be a great memory for them for the rest of their lives."

Tech outshot NMU 36-29 in the game. Senior Devin Kero had 27 saves for the home team, including 14 in the third period alone after Tech was whistled for a 5:00 penalty with 6:46 left in the game. He made seven saves during the power play and got help from teammates Baltus and Todd Kiilunen as they each blocked a shot.

"Devin made some big saves, controlled rebounds and swallowed the puck all night," added Shawhan. "He seems to be getting better and better and was really good tonight—especially late during that 5:00 penalty kill."

Kero had two more saves in the final 1:13 when NMU pulled goaltender Atte Tolvanen to add the extra attacker. The Huskies were able to clear the puck and celebrate victory with the 4,117 fans in the building—the most for the 2017-18 season.

"That last 6:00 was a grind, but it was a lot of fun, and I'm glad we got the win," Kero said. "It was something special being my last time out there and getting a big win over our rival."

Tech finished the regular season with a 17-15-5, overall record and a 12-11-5-2 mark in the WCHA. The Huskies are the fifth seed in the WCHA Playoffs and will travel to No. 4 Bemidji State this weekend for a best-of-three series at the Sanford Center.

Women's Basketball Wins Regular Season Finale

The Michigan Tech women's basketball team pulled away for a 60-44 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win at home on Senior Day against Davenport University in the SDC Gym Saturday afternoon. Senior Brenna Heise led the Huskies offense with 12 points and surpassed 1,000 points for her career at Tech.

"It was a special day for our seniors and the team to get a win today," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kim Cameron said. "This is a really close group of seniors that we have and their bond is different and that's what makes it so special. It was great that they were able experience cutting down the nets after the game and show our younger players what that feels like. The group has worked really hard to get to this point and to win the GLIAC North Championship.

"It was awesome to see Brenna surpass 1,000 points and have players reach that milestone in back to back games is a great feat. She has worked hard for all of those, battling back from injury earlier in her career to reach that goal as a senior."
The Huskies open postseason play on Wednesday when they host Ferris State in the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals at the SDC Gym. Tech is the No. 2 seed while the Bulldogs come in as the No. 7 seed. It will be the third meeting of the season between the two teams. The tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball Falls in OT to Close Regular Season

 The Michigan Tech men's basketball team fell in overtime 101-99 to Davenport University in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest Saturday afternoon in the SDC Gym. The Huskies played their fourth consecutive overtime game, tying an NCAA Division II record set by Barton in 2007. Junior Kyle Monroe also made history on Saturday, tying a Tech single season scoring record for most points at 743. The other Husky to do it was Ali Haidar during the 2012-13 campaign.

"I thought we played our hearts out and Davenport did as well," Michigan Tech Head Coach Kevin Luke said. "Their ability to penetrate to the basket got to us at the end. We played hard and battled all the way to the end, but just came up short.

"For Kyle to score over 700 points is an amazing accomplishment and to tie the record that Haidar had at 743 for a single season is unbelievable. Kyle has been able to tie it and is going to break it and he deserves to have the record."

The Huskies will open the postseason on Wednesday (Feb. 28)  when they travel to Wayne State for the GLIAC Quarterfinals. The tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Library Offers Conference Poster Design Workshop

Making a research poster for a conference or other event? The Library's Conference Poster Design Workshop covers basic tips and tricks for presenting your research and information in a visual format. We'll also look at resources and tools available at the library to help you design and print your poster. The workshop will be held at 5 p.m. today (Feb. 26) in Library 242. Register.

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar

Jason Carter (KIP) will present "Sleep Insufficiency and Cardiovascular Risk" at 3 p.m. Friday (March 2) in Fisher 138.

This seminar will focus on new evidence that sleep disturbances can adversely impact sympathetic neural control in humans, and that these disruptions differ between men and women. The seminar will include both experimental and clinical models and will discuss the relevance of these findings with respect to the recently revised guidelines for hypertension by the American Heart Association.

New Funding

Chelsea Schelly (SS) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $36,943 research and development contract with WPPI Energy. Richelle Winkler (SS/GLIC) is the Co-PI on the project "Community Solar in Rural Communities." This is a 20-month project.
Patricia Heiden (Chem) is the principal investigator on a project that has received $61,361 contract with Israel Chemicals Ltd. Zhanping You (CEE) is the Co-PI on the project "Assessment of Modified PPA." This is a nine-month project.

Kristin Schmitt (SFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $67,320 research and development contract with the US Department of the Interior, National Park Service.

The project is titled, "Assess Vulnerability of Park Ecosystems to Climate Change." This is a 13-month project. 

IT Connect

Protect Yourself Against Phishing Attacks

Phishing attacks are cyber attacks in which someone tries to trick you into providing your confidential information. Michigan Tech IT wants you to be aware of the following red flags of a phishing attack:
  • Unexpected emails — such as unanticipated confirmation messages
  • Unexpected senders — when email addresses from senders do not match the alleged company or institution
  • Generic emails — those without a personalized greeting
  • Urgent emails — those that unnecessarily create a sense of urgency

A final suggestion is to always hover your cursor over any link you are asked to click; this will display the actual destination of the link. We are happy provide you more information at any time.

If there are questions, be cautious and contact Michigan Tech IT at or 7-1111.

In Print

Gordon Patterson (Bio Sci) is co-author of the article "Importance of Growth Rate on Hg and PCB Bioaccumulation in Fish" and now available online through Wiley Publishing.



Taco Bar Thank-You Luncheon Today

Career Services invites all individuals that generously donated their office space, set-up tables, volunteered or worked to make Career Fair or Interview Day possible to a complimentary taco bar lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, (Feb. 26) in MUB Ballroom A2.


Biological Sciences Seminar

Amy Marcarelli (Bio Sci) will present "What Makes a CAREER? Integrating Teaching and Research into Understanding the Yin and Yang of Aquatic N Cycling," from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday (March 1) in EERC 100. 

The seminar will discuss research on the spatial and temporal complexity in N cycling rates, and habitat and landscape scale drivers that may allow N fixation and denitrification to co-exist in stream, wetland and lake ecosystems. For more information, visit the biological sciences website.


Chemstores Closed March 5-9

Chemstores will be closed March 5 to 9 in order to move the new Chemstores facility. It is advised to plan ahead as no business will be conducted during this time, no orders will be processed and no deliveries will be accepted.


Scholarships Available

Sons and Daughters Scholarships

A reminder that Michigan Tech Employee Sons and Daughters Scholarship applications, valued at $100 each, are available for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applicants must be children of Michigan Tech employees. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 28 and are available online.

Leann Becia Family/AFSCME Scholarships

Two $250 Leann Becia Family/AFSCME Scholarships are available for 2018-2019. Applicants must be the son, daughter or spouse of a current AFSCME Local 1166 member. Applications, which must be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 28, are available online.

Both scholarships require applicants be full-time Michigan Tech undergraduates in their first four years of study or high school students planning to be enrolled for Fall 2018.

For more information contact the Financial Aid Office at 7-2622 or at


Government Internships Available for Summer and Fall 2018

Applications are being accepted now for internship positions in Senate and House Washington DC Offices. Federal agencies such as NASA, NSF, DOJ, DOE and others are also accepting applications. 

In addition, there are multiple academic/internship programs available in DC and internships through the State of Michigan.

If interested, learn more online. Summer internship deadlines are quickly approaching.