Liquid Cell Transmission Electron Microscopy Makes a Window into the Nanoscale

From energy materials to disease diagnostics, new microscopy techniques can provide more nuanced insight. Researchers first need to understand the effects of radiation on samples.

In a new paper published last week in Science Advances (DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaq1202), a team of scientists and engineers dug into the mechanisms that degrade sample quality in liquid cell transmission electron microscopy (LC-TEM). They developed an LC-TEM device that uses multiple windows and patterned features to explore the impacts of high-energy electron bombardment on nanoparticles and sensitive biological samples.  

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Van Pelt and Opie Library Director Candidates to Visit Campus

The Van Pelt and Opie Library Director search committee has invited two semifinalist candidates for on-campus interviews.

The first candidate is Miriam Lytle, community services and program development division chief at Gail Borden Public Library District. Lytle will present a public presentation at 3 p.m. Thursday (April 26), in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

The second candidate is Erik Nordberg, library director at Wayne State University. Nordberg will present a public presentation at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

The candidates have been asked to present on the following topic: "Creating the Future: A 2022 vision for the Van Pelt and Opie Library at Michigan Tech."

If you have any questions or comments regarding the library director search, contact Jill Hodges, Interim Library Director and search committee chair at 7-2500.

Library Announces Summer Hours

The Van Pelt and Opie Library announces its summer hours. Summer hours go into effect on Monday, May 7. 

  • Library Services: M-F—8 a.m. to 6 p.m., S-S—Noon to 6 p.m.
  • Research and Reference: M-F—9 a.m. to 5 p.m., S-S—Closed
  • University Archives: M-F—10 a.m. to 5 p.m., S-S—Closed

The summer hours will remain in effect until Aug. 19.


KSO Wraps Up Tour at Rozsa

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Joel Neves, wraps up its current tour at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. The program features Tchaikovsky's triumphant "Fifth Symphony" and Rimsky-Korsakov's "liturgical Russian Easter Festival Overture."

The KSO began the concert tour Thursday (April 19), at the Crystal Theatre in Crystal Falls, with additional stops in Algoma, Wisconsin and Ironwood. 

According to Neves, "Our orchestra tour provides a special opportunity to highlight the impressive quality of the arts at Michigan Tech to a wider community. Our musicians embrace the chance to perform some of the greatest orchestral music to underserved communities in the U.P. and Wisconsin."

Tickets for the concert at the Rozsa Center are on sale now. Tickets are $19 for adults, $6 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee.

Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. Note the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances.

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 (April 26 / 27) 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:


  • Carved Top Round of Beef with Horseradish Sauce (GF)
  • Vegan Steaks with Mushroom Gravy (V)
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes (GF, V)
  • Chef’s Vegetables (GF)


  • Chicken Tikka Masala (GF)
  • Tofu Tikka Masala (GF, V)
  • Basmati Rice (GF, VE)
  • Warm Flat Bread (V)

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

Neto Named All-GLIAC Honorable Mention

Michigan Tech junior Mario Neto of the men's tennis team has been named to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Honorable Mention team, announced by the conference office on Saturday.

Neto, from Santos, Brazil, guided the Huskies in both singles and doubles competition this season. He notched five singles victories and added three doubles wins during the 2018 campaign. Neto went unbeaten at 3-0 in No. 2 singles and recorded two wins in the No. 1 singles spot in the lineup.

Volleyball Announces 2018 Schedule

Head Coach Matt Jennings and the Michigan Tech volleyball program  announced the 2018 schedule. This year's calendar will feature two preseason tournaments which include a trip to Anchorage, Alaska for the Alaska Tournament and the NMU Wildcat Invite in Marquette. The Huskies lineup includes seven home matches with the first scheduled match at the SDC Friday, Sept. 14 against the Northwood Timberwolves.

To look at the full schedule and find out more about Huskies sports, visit

Recognizing and Addressing Sexism: a Workshop for Students

As part of the State of Michigan’s Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program, Michigan Tech will present a student workshop "Recognizing and Addressing the Roots of Sexism." The workshop is from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (April 25), in ROTC 101.

Sexist beliefs and attitudes make up the foundation that can lead to sexual assault. The workshop includes topics such as intersectionality and toxic masculinity, and provides students not only with an awareness of these roots of sexism, but additionally, how to call it out.

The topic of addressing sexism was identified as a result of the 2017 Title IX Sexual and Relationship Misconduct Survey.

The grant is a collaboration between Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan University and the Michigan Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. The other workshop topic is Male Survivors of Sexual Misconduct. Workshops on both topics will continue in the fall. We would appreciate you sharing this with your students. Questions should be directed to Kirsti Arko, Title IX Coordinator 7-3310.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next presentation in the Graduate Seminar Speaker Series features Mehdi Nikkhah. It will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (April 26) in EERC 103.

Nikkhah is an Assistant Professor of bioengineering at the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering (SBHSE), Arizona State University. He completed his PhD at Virginia Tech and postdoctoral fellowship training at Harvard Medical School where he was also affiliated with Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST).

LGBTQ Futures Project Seeks LGBTQ Faculty/Staff for Study on Identity/Technology

The LGBTQ Futures Project is seeking LGBTQ+ identified Michigan Tech faculty and staff to attend a participatory design workshop at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9. The workshop seeks to bring people together to learn about their experiences as someone with an identity under the LGBTQ umbrella, as well as generate insight about the future of community and technology.

Participants will receive $20 for their participation (light snacks and refreshments will be provided). If you are interested in participating, RSVP here.

On the Road

Mark Kulie (GMES) is attending the NASA CloudSat/CALIPSO Annual Science Review meeting in Boulder, Colorado. The meeting began yesterday and runs through tomorrow.

Kulie will present a talk entitled "Modern Global Snowfall Datasets: CloudSat's Contribution." This talk summarizes many recent and ongoing collaborative projects to develop and optimize global snowfall datasets using satellite observations.

In the News

The research of John Durocher (Bio Sci) and his team's study of the effect of mindfulness meditation on anxiety has been getting national press coverage. Durocher presented results of the 14-person study yesterday at the Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego. 

Durocher was interviewed for an article for Newsweek. He was quoted in the article "Marijuana and Meditation May Both Reduce Anxiety. Which is Better," in Forbes. The article compares two university studies, one from Washington State University which looks at the role that marijuana may play in helping people deal with chronic anxiety and Michigan Tech's meditation study.

Durocher was also quoted in the article "Daily meditation can improve your heart health, says study," in the International Business Times. The article looks at a study in which participants showed positive results after an hour of meditation.

Additional media outlets covering the story include Science Daily, Healthline, The Daily Sun, Daily Excelsior, Big News Network, The Indian Express and many more.


Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), John Gershenson (MEEM), and alumni Tobias J. Mahan and Benjamin L. Savonen are mentioned in the article "Researchers Develop the Kijenzi 3D Printer to Respond to Humanitarian Crises," in


Mike Drewyor's (SoT) capstone project class was featured in the article "Bridge Above and Tunnel Below," in the Traverse City Record Eagle. The students designed an underground utilities corridor for the Straits of Mackinac for their senior design capstone project. 

New Funding

Caryn Heldt (ChE) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $300,000 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. The project is titled "Driving Forces in Aqueous Two-Phase Systems for Vaccine Development." This is a three-year project totaling $300,000.

In Print

Adam Wellstead (SS) co-authored a paper "Reducing ambiguity to close the science-policy gap" in the journal Policy Design and Practice. 


Mark Kulie (GMES) and Lisa Milani (GMES) recently authored a manuscript entitled "Seasonal variability of shallow cumuliform snowfall: A CloudSat perspective". This article was published in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society. The study illustrated the global seasonal cycle of lake/ocean-effect snow using satellite-based radar observations.


Track A Summer Course: Public Speaking & Multimedia

This TRACK A class will introduce you to context, ethics, and professional conventions of speech communication. This will enable you to employ major genres—narrative, informative, persuasive, etc., to construct and deliver audience-focused speeches. Practice is an essential part of this course. We will engage in practicing effective methods of re-purposing writing into speech; utilizing body language and verbal cues; employing multicultural tools and harnessing multimedia/technology for effective audience-engaging public speaking. The instructor is a writer, poet, researcher and a teacher with international experience.

  • Course: Public Speaking & Multimedia - 52072 - HU 2830 - R01
  • Class Time: 9:35 am - 10:50 am
  • Days & Venue: MTWR Walker - Arts & Humanities 0134
  • Period: May 14 - Jun 28

Alpha Gamma Delta Fights Hunger

The sisters of Alpha Gamma Delta Women’s Fraternity will be holding a fundraiser to benefit the Copper Country Senior Meals on Wheels and HuskyFan tomorrow (April 25) in the Library Cafe.

All day tomorrow, Dining Services will donate 10 percent of total sales to the fundraiser. In addition, Alpha Gamma Delta cash cards will also be on sale for $5. These cards have discounts for Michigan Tech Dining Services, Joey's Seafood & Grill, Subway, Domino's, McDonald's, Culver's and more.

An anonymous donor has generously offered to double all proceeds raised. ​

Drop by the Library Café and join the sisters of Alpha Gamma Delta in fighting hunger, locally, one sip at time. If you would like more information, contact Loryn Zeno.


Annual Steam Shutdown

The annual steam shutdown and power outage in order to provide maintenance and service of the 12,470­ volt switchgear and associated breakers on campus will take place the week following Spring Commencement.

We understand that shutting off power can be inconvenient so these outages will affect the least number of buildings possible. These planned outages are important and help reduce the chance of an unplanned failure at a time during the academic year that is even more inconvenient or disruptive.

The shutdown will occur from noon Sunday, May 6 to noon Thursday, May 10 (tentative weather pending). For a complete list of buildings affected, read the original Tech Today story.