GLUT5 Fluorescent Probe Fingerprints Cancer Cells

This is not just another tool to image cancer. The probe is a two-for-one: detect cancer and distinguish one type from another. Together, they develop a cancer fingerprint. 

Determining the presence of cancer, as well as its type and malignancy, is a stressful process for patients that can take up to two weeks to get a diagnosis. With a new bit of technology—a sugar-transporting biosensor—researchers at Michigan Tech hope to reduce that timeframe down to minutes. 

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Behind-the-Scenes with Lasers and Skin Creams

Testing the claims of beauty products requires testing the machines that assess those claims.

We’ve all seen commercials for lotions and creams that claim to add elasticity back to our skin to make us look and feel more youthful. Legions have believed these marketing tactics and rushed out for the latest product. But are the claims of greater skin elasticity actually true? Can beauty products truly make one’s skin more youthful not just for a day or two, but improve the elasticity of skin over time?

Sean Kirkpatrick’s (Bio Med) biomedical optics laboratory at Michigan Tech has spent the summer conducting tests on a machine that would help the chemists and engineers at Avon quantify how their products affect skin elasticity. One of the test subjects? Me. 

Read the full story on Unscripted.

Campus Store Spring Fling Sale

The Campus Store invites you to our Spring Fling Sale today (April 20).
Take an additional 50 percent off all clearance items and receive a free gift with every apparel and souvenir purchase while supplies last. 
This sale is in-store only.

Film Board Presents "Paddington 2"

This weekend Film Board presents "Paddington 2." Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.  

Show times:

  • Today: 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 2:30, 5:30
Located in the Northern Lights Cinema (Fisher 135). Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. We hope to see you this weekend.
"Paddington 2" is rated PG for some action and mild rude humor.

Spring 2018 Cap and Gown Pickups

Spring 2018 cap and gown pickup and commencement ticket pickup is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (April 23-27) and Monday through Thursday, April 30-May 3.

Email any questions about cap and gown pickup. For questions about tickets, contact the ticketing office at 7-2073.

Korean Cuisine at Khana Khazana

Today's Khana Khazana in the Memorial Union North Coast Grill and Deli presents a menu from Korea. The menu features:

  • Jap Chae—Stirfried glass noodles
  • Vegetable Bibimbap—Meatless dish of vegetables and egg
  • Soon Du Bu Jigae—Korean soft tofu stew
  • Chicken Bulgogi—Chicken, onion and spices 
  • Korean Coffee Brownies

Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (April 20). The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain beverage. Visit Khana Khazana on Facebook.

101 Years of Finnish Music Sunday

"101 Years of Finnish Music" is a musical journey through Finland's Independence, featuring two Michigan Tech faculty. Pasi Lautala (CEE) and Tim Havens (ECE) are joined by Oren Tikkanen, Bob Hiltunen and guest musicians. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday (April 22) at the Finnish American Heritage Center (Hancock).

They will perform popular songs from prominent artists during each decade from 1910s to today, from waltzes to tangos, jenkkas, humppas and rock n' roll. Each song will be preceded by a short multimedia presentation of original artists ... even by a virtual visit by a Finnish solo artist with most-ever record sales.

Tickets are available at the door: $5 for adults, free admission for children under 12.

Lectures by Kevin Peil Sunday

Lutheran Collegians at Michigan Tech will host two lectures by Kevin Peil on Sunday (April 22). He is a PhD chemical engineer who has worked for The Dow Chemical Company for the last 28 years, and is also the founder of Tri City Brewing. Peil has spoken around the country on topics related to science and the Bible and presents a young-earth creation perspective.

“Noah’s Ark and the Flood," is at 9 a.m. Sunday (April 22) at Peace Lutheran Church.

Peil will give a bible class that discusses Noah’s Ark and the flood from a scientific perspective. It will cover details on the ark construction, the number and types of animals on the ark, the geological impact the flood had on the earth plus several more topics.

“The Case for Creation,” is at 3 p.m. April 22 in DOW 642.

The lecture will discuss how the doctrine of creation is foundational to the Christian faith. This talk will cover all aspects of creation, beginning with the six-day creation week, fossils and genetics. It will also discuss where modern creation science research stands on a number of different topics. The lecture will be about an hour long, with time for questions afterward. This event is free and open to all students and community members. We hope to see you there.

See more online.

Six Former Huskies in Calder Cup Playoffs

A half dozen former Michigan Tech hockey players are on American Hockey League (AHL) teams for the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs. Dane Birks and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins play the Charlotte Checkers, Chris Conner and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms matchup with the Providence Bruins, Tanner Kero and the Rockford IceHogs play the Chicago Wolves, and Shane Hanna, Joel L'Esperance and the Texas Stars open against Matt Roy and the Ontario Reign.

The top four teams in each of the AHL's four divisions as ranked by points percentage (points earned divided by points available) qualified for the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs. The division semifinals are best-of-five series, while all other series are in a best-of-seven format.

Birks, who finished his college career with the Huskies this season, was assigned to the Penguins AHL club after signing a two-year NHL contract that begins next season with Pittsburgh. He made his AHL debut on April 15 in a 3-2 win over the Hershey Bears. 

Conner finished the regular season with 37 points on 17 goals and 20 assists in 65 games for the Philadelphia Flyers farm team. He also served as an assistant captain. Conner has played 12 seasons of pro hockey with 606 career games at the AHL level. Conner appeared in 151 games at Tech from 2002-06, was All-American and holds the school record for most shorthanded goals in a season and career.

Kero, from Hancock, has 20 points in 36 games in his third pro season, scoring eight goals and adding 12 assists. He also played eight games with the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks at the beginning of the season. While at Tech, Kero was an All-American, the 2014-15 WCHA Player of the Year, the WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year, an All-WCHA First Team selection, and won the WCHA scoring title.

Hanna has played 20 games for the Stars this season, tallying three assists. He is also on the roster for the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL for their playoff push. Hanna played 163 games in a Tech uniform from 2013-17. He never missed a game in his career, finishing two games short of a Tech record. 

L'Esperance appeared in nine regular-season games since he signed with the Stars on March 28. He buried his first professional goal on April 7, scoring the game-winner against the IceHogs to clinch a playoff spot. L'Esperance played four seasons for the Huskies, appearing in 152 career games. 

Roy played 49 games in his first pro season, scoring four goals and adding 13 assists. He played in 115 games over three seasons (2014-17) with the Huskies and was a two-time All-WCHA selection.

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar

The Department of Biomedical Engineering presents Haiying Liu (Chem), who will give a lecture titled “Design and Syntheses of Near-infrared Fluorescent probes for Sensitive and Selective Detection of Intracellular pH."

The presentation will be at 3 p.m. Friday, April 27, in Fisher 138.

ICC Distinguished Lecturer Series Today

The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) will host Kenneth M. Hopkinson from 3 to 4 p.m. today (April 20) in Rekhi 214. A meet and greet will follow.

He will present a lecture titled "Overcoming Communication, Distributed Systems, Simulation, and Security Challenges: A Case Study Involving the Protection and Control of the Smart Electric Power Grid." Hopkinson is professor and interim head of the department of electrical and computer engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Ohio.

A full bio and abstract can be found online.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Friday, April 20, 2018

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. 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.

Coordinator of Student Activities, Student Activities. Apply online

Senior Design Training Specialist, Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics. 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.  


Spring Fling Event and Lot Closure Today

The Full Throttle Motorcycle Club will host a motorcycle stunt show during Spring Fling today (April 20) in Visitor Lot 27 (between the Memorial Union Building and Admin Building). The parking lot will be closed all day for this event. 

One group will perform: The Smage Brothers, a trials stunt performance team. Shows will start at the beginning of each hour from noon to 3 p.m. The event is free. For more information, contact Brad Ray


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Today

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker is at 4 p.m. today (April 20) in R. L. Smith (MEEM) 111. Humberto Garcia will present "Resilient Monitoring and Control of Cyber-physical Systems Under Hybrid Threats."

Garcia has a PhD from Pennsylvania State University in electrical and computer engineering, with a minor in mechanical engineering. He is currently at Idaho National Laboratory as a lead in Dynamic Systems Integration, Optimization and Resilient Controls, having previously been with Argonne National Laboratory.


SFRES Friday Forum: Dean Terry L Sharik's Last Lecture Today

Today's SFRES Friday Forum features Dean Terry L. Sharik’s last lecture, "A Retrospective Look at Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, and Implications for the Future." The lecture will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. today (April 20) in Forestry G-002, with a social following from 4 to 5 p.m. in the atrium. 


C-Cubed Luncheon Today

A C-Cubed luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (April 20) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited. 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

Today's menu:

  • Thai Coconut Curry Chicken (GF)
  • Thai Coconut Curry Tofu (VE)
  • Jasmine Rice (VE)
  • Thai Green Salad (GF)

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


Student Art Exhibit Reception Today

The Student Art Exhibit "From There to Here" in the Rozsa gallery b closes today (April 20). The featured works of art were created by students participating in the Project Learning Lab. 

There will be a closing-day reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today in the gallery. For a list of the artists, read the original Tech Today story.


Decolonization and the Michigan Tech Experience Today

Join the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science in a timely discussion on decolonization and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in our everyday experiences at Michigan Tech.

The forum will be facilitated by Valoree Gagnon, Jerry Jondreau and students from the Indigenous Natural Resources Management SFRES course. The forum will take place at noon today (April 20) in Noblet (Forestry) 144.

For more information, read the full Tech Today story.


Beyond the Veil Tonight

The Michigan Tech Choirs present the concert "Beyond the Veil" at 7:30 p.m. tonight (April 20) at the Rozsa Center. The concert features conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers and the Michigan Tech Concert Choir. For ticket information, read the full Tech Today story.


Superior Wind Symphony Concert Tomorrow

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and Department of Visual and Performing Arts present a concert by the Superior Wind Symphony and Campus Concert Band under the direction of Mike Christianson (VPA).

The concert, “Right Now,” is a celebration of music written by contemporary composers. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (April 21) in the Rozsa Center. For ticket information and more on the concert, read the full Tech Today story.


Summer Reading Facilitators Sought

Faculty and staff are invited to facilitate a student group discussion for Michigan Tech’s Reading as Inquiry project. This year, first-year students will be reading "So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed," by Jon Ronson.

For the past few years, Ronson has traveled the world meeting recipients of famous public shamings, often while their shamings are in full force. 

Facilitators will lead a small group discussion of approximately 25 first-year students with assistance from upper-level students during Orientation week. Register to be a facilitator here and for more information, see the original Tech Today story.

On the Road

Chelsea Schelly (SS) was in San Antonio, Texas, April 4-7 for the annual meeting of the Western Social Sciences Association, where she presented a paper "The Challenges of Reducing Household Consumption Across the Food-Energy-Water Nexus."

The paper is based on her collaborative NSF-INFEWS project and where she served as the section coordinator for all sessions on Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management.

In the News

Spaceref ran a story on the upcoming Michigan Space Forum in Traverse City. The inaugural event is June 8, at Northwestern Michigan College. Representatives from Michigan Tech and the University of Michigan are among the presenters expected at the forum.


The departure of Michigan Tech Head Women's Basketball Coach Kim Cameron was covered by the Daily Mining Gazette. It was announced earlier this week that Cameron, who has the highest winning percentage in the program's history, is stepping down to pursue a coaching opportunity at an NCAA Division I university.


Chelsea Schelly (SS) and Richelle Winkler (SS) are included in the article "DEED Grant Spurs Community Solar Effort in Upper Peninsula, in the American Public Power Association. The article features their APPA-DEED funded project examining the feasibility of community solar for municipal utilities in the UP.

Dean's Teaching Showcase: Christopher Plummer

This week, the Dean's Teaching Showcase recognizes Christopher Plummer (VPA). Plummer joined VPA in 2002, developed the sound design program and was inducted into the Academy of Teaching Excellence in 2011.

College of Sciences and Arts Dean Bruce Seely chose to recognize Plummer for his commitment to the professional success of students. 

"Christopher knows that change comes too quickly for students to learn everything. Therefore, for students to succeed, they must possess enough knowledge to ask the right questions and the ability to listen and then research the best answers. 'How I teach is as important as what I teach.'"

Seely says Plummer's approach matches that of other successful faculty recognized this year—gain the trust of students.

Plummer says, “I must model good listening and communication skills. Students need to know I am interested in their success and that I teach to help them.”

He tells students about his course design choices and teaching strategies, and thereby gains rapport with the students and enhances their accomplishments.  

Plummer also notes that at one time, he tended to step away from these discussions once classes were in place, figuring things were working. “I was wrong, and both the achievement of the students and my student evaluations reflected the importance of the open dialog.”

This “dialog” creates not only rapport with the students, but also a buy-in that improves learning and the quality of student work. “This also encourages them to view the process as something they are part of rather than something done to them,” Plummer says.

Plummer wants students to be invested in their studies and internally motivated. “Students must believe their work really matters, that they have an audience beyond a professor grading an assignment.”  

Many arts projects have broader community audiences—VPA faculty often bring in outside professionals to campus as reviewers. Since many class projects lack those audiences, VPA expects students to develop a portfolio of projects that add value to the students.

For example, in the loudspeaker design class, students lay out technical specifications, design and build a set of loudspeakers they keep. Plummer says, “One measure of student investment in assignments is if they share them on social media. Are they proud of their work? Do they want to share it? When students have an emotional engagement, they search for information and remember it long after the test. Loudspeakers are all over social media from early stages to completion.”

VPA also believes students’ investment is facilitated by feeling part of a community of learners connected by a culture of collaboration and support for each other’s success. For Plummer, collaboration extends beyond the department to include introducing students to relevant regional or national professional conferences, as well as bringing professionals into the classroom and lab, in person or through video conferences.

As an example, Plummer “started a project where students create audio stories with professional actors, significantly raising the stakes in students’ projects by introducing professional standards of communicating.”

Collaboration and support continue after graduation as alumni frequently help each other find jobs or solve problems, elevating the success of all VPA students and the profession.

The fruits of these efforts are visible when VPA students transition into professional life. Plummer noted that “our students and graduates work on the largest, most complex entertainment events, tours and installations in the world including Cirque du Soleil, Lady Gaga, Disney, Radio City Music Hall, Taylor Swift, Metallica and various projects at The Smithsonian.”

Stephan Villet, co-founder of Smart Monkeys, Inc., (a consulting firm in show design and production), commented, “Michigan Tech students can talk to clients and designers about meeting their goals as well as about making Smart Monkeys a place I want to work, with people I enjoy working with.” Clearly, Plummer’s efforts to encourage student investment in an education occurring within collaborative environments seems to be working.

Plummer will be recognized at an end-of-term luncheon with other showcase members. He is now eligible for one of three new teaching awards to be given by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning this summer, recognizing introductory or large-class teaching, innovative or outside-the-classroom teaching methods, or work in curriculum and assessment.

Continuous Improvement Connection

Lean and Continuous Improvement embodies many different areas, and when mapped out, the concepts resemble a spider web. Lean is a system that centers about the customer. This system often makes it hard to grasp how or where to begin in understanding Lean, yet all areas are integral in comprehending the web as a whole.

Next week, the Office of Continuous Improvement will host Karyn Ross, an internationally acclaimed consultant, coach and lean practitioner. Karyn will be leading a workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (April 25) discussing how to coach creativity and service excellence.

This workshop is a great opportunity for those who would like to see “the big picture” in regards to Lean and Continuous Improvement, while also being coached through the development of your own capabilities.

If you’re interested in attending, contact the Office of Continuous Improvement via to express your interest no later than today (April 20).