Scientists Discover New Nursery for Superpowered Photons

A strange star system in our own galaxy is producing some of the most powerful gamma rays ever seen. Messengers from this microquasar may offer a glimpse into bizarre objects at the centers of distant galaxies.

One of the weirdest objects in the Milky Way just got weirder. Scientists have discovered a new source of the highest-energy photons in the cosmos: a strange system known as a microquasar, located in our neck of the galaxy, a neighborly 15,000 light years from Earth. The discovery could shed light on some of the biggest, baddest phenomena in the known universe.

Their findings appear in the Oct. 4 issue of Nature. Among the coauthors are Petra Huentemeyer (Physics); Henrike Fleischhack, a postdoctoral research associate; and PhD candidates Chad Brisbois and Binita Hona.

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MTRAC Transportation Funding Opportunity

The application period is now open for Kickstart award funding from the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation. 

The Kickstart award is designed to support funding of early-stage technologies for proof-of-concept. Projects must focus on one or more of the following: advanced transportation materials, robotics and autonomy, sensors, electric vehicle drivetrain/propulsion, software/controls/data and advanced manufacturing processes. Projects with limited commercial applications are outside the mission of the program and unlikely to be funded. Application information is available on the Kickstart website. The application window is currently open and will close on Oct. 31. 

The MTRAC Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation is a statewide program that funds translational research applications that address future or poorly met market needs. The program is open to all institutions of higher education, and non-profit research centers in the State of Michigan.

For more information, contact MTRAC Commercialization Program Director Brenda Da Costa.

Completing the New Software Request

Again this year, Michigan Tech IT is offering software funding to meet needs beyond your departmental budget. If you have a software need and wish to apply for this funding, complete the software request form. This form collects information about the source of funding and intended use. The deadline to submit this form is Oct. 15.

Review Process:
Approval is based on budget availability, need, impact and date of form submission. Not all requests receive funding through this process.

If approved, note the following dates:

  • April 2019—available for testing
  • Aug. 15, 2019—available for use

Requests received by Oct. 15 should expect to receive a response by Jan. 15, 2019.

We can help. If you have any questions about this process, contact us at or call 7-1111.

Additional Portrait Session

An extra portrait session has been scheduled for the Fall Semester. There is no charge, no appointment is necessary and it is open to all Michigan Tech faculty, staff and graduate students.

The session is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 in Wadsworth Hall 158. Enter through the main doors in the center of the building by the parking lot and then follow the signs.

You will receive your photo four to six weeks after the session.

Khana Khazana Returns Tomorrow

Khana Khazna is back. Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 5) in the North Coast Grill and Deli. This week's menu features Indian food.


  • Chicken Maratha—chicken curry
  • Paneer Matter Masala—Vegetarian dish of peas and paneer in a tomato sauce
  • Jeera Rice—Indian cumin rice
  • Shevai Kheer—Dessert with vermicelli and milk

The cost is $7.95 and includes a fountain drink. Like the Khana Khazana Facebook page.

"Frantz" Free Screening Tonight

The Modern Languages Program will host a screening of François Ozon’s 2016 film "Frantz" at 7 p.m. today (Oct. 4) in Walker 134. The screening is free and open to the public.

Film synopsis:

In 1919 Quedlinburg, Germany, a young woman named Anna is still mourning the death of her fiancé, Frantz Hoffmeister, in the Great War, while living with his devastated parents. One day, a mysterious Frenchman, Adrien Rivoire, comes to town both to pay his respects to Frantz's grave and to contact his parents.

Adrian explains he knew Frantz and gradually wins Anna and the Hoffmeisters' hearts as he tries to connect with them. But the truth of his motives unveils no easy answers to their complex personal conflicts with each other and the dead man linking them. The screening is part of World War I in the Copper Country, an extensive program of events and exhibits commemorating the WWI Armistice.

Physics Colloquium Today

There will be a Physics Colloquium at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 4) in Fisher 139. Izumi Saito will present "Growth of Cloud Droplets in Turbulence Using the Cloud Microphysics Simulator."

In this talk, Saito will provide an overview of the recent results of cloud microphysics simulator regarding the formation of the steady-state size distribution of droplets due to collision-coalescence and condensation-evaporation in turbulence.

Saito is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Science and Engineering at the Nagoya Institute of Technology in Japan.

Lima, Perú Faculty-Led Study Abroad Information Session

Carlos M. Amador (HU) will host an information session for the 2019 Lima, Perú Faculty-Led Study Abroad—Summer Track B. The session will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m today (Oct. 4) in the Walker Arts and Humanities HDMZ.

Students interested in study abroad, international minors and foreign travel are welcome to attend this meeting. Amador has led multiple study abroad trips in both Spanish and English. Information on scholarships, course offerings, pricing and international travel will be presented.

Light refreshments will be served. Forward any questions to Amador

In the News

The Michigan Tech news story "Wildfire aerosols remain longer in atmosphere than expected," was reprinted by several national media outlets including Science Daily, NewsCaf and Scienmag


Andrew Barnard (MEEM) was referenced in the article "Beaver Stadium can get as loud as a rock concert. How to cheer and protect your ears," in Centre Daily Times. The story referenced research Barnard conducted as a graduate student at Penn State on noise levels at the university's Beaver Stadium.


The World War I symposium at Michigan Tech was covered by Black News and Information.


C-Cubed Luncheons Today and Tomorrow

The semester's first C-Cubed luncheons will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today and tomorrow (Oct. 4 and 5) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff and their guests are invited.

The menus:

Today (Oct. 4)

  • Chicken Tikka Masala GF
  • Tofu Tikka Masala GF/V
  • Basmati Rice GF/VE
  • Boondi Raita GF/V
  • Tomato Onion Salad GF/VE

Tomorrow (Oct. 5)

  • Beef Pot Roast GF
  • Portobello Pot Roast GF/VE
  • Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes GF/V
  • Chef's Seasonal Vegetable GF/VE
  • Salad Bar GF/VE

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


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Today

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 4) in EERC 103. Sungyon Lee will present "Interfacial Dynamics: Droplets and Suspensions."

Lee is a Benjamin Mayhugh Assistant Professor in mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota.


Sustainable Living Open House Today

There's an open house at Michigan Tech's Sustainability Demonstration House (SDH) from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Oct. 4).

The SDH team and current tenants will be at this event to answer any questions you may have regarding energy efficient housing designs and sustainable living practices. Refreshments will be served. The address is 21680 Woodland Rd, Houghton. Contact the Alternative Energy Enterprise with any questions.


First Friday Social Tomorrow

Faculty, staff, graduate students and Michigan Tech retirees are invited to join Advancement and Alumni Engagement from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 5) on the Alumni Lawn. Enjoy outdoor games and play a great version of Tech Trivia for a chance to win a unique Husky snow globe. Complimentary beverages and snacks will be served.

The next scheduled First Friday Social will be on Dec. 7 with Athletics as the sponsor. If your department is interested in hosting a social in November or during the 2019-20 academic year, contact or call 7-2543.


Biological Sciences Seminar Today

Biological Sciences presents double seminar speakers from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Oct. 4) in EERC 229.

Jacob Jaszczak, postdoctoral scholar, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California, San Francisco, will present "Behavior in the periphery: development of a sensory switch in the Drosophila peripheral nervous system."

Rebecca Garrett Jaszczak, PhD candidate, biomedical science graduate program, University of California, San Francisco, will present "Heterogeneity among migrating primordial germ cells revealed by single cell RNA sequencing."


EndNote Basic and Cite While You Write Workshop Today

Use EndNote software to manage your citations and save time during this workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m. today (Oct. 4) in Library 242. In this session, you will:

  • Add references to an EndNote library
  • Import references from databases and PDFs
  • Organize your citations
  • Use the Cite While You Write tool to incorporate references into Microsoft Word

Register online.


Film Board Presents "Ant-Man and the Wasp"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Ant-Man and the Wasp."

Show times:

  • Friday (Oct. 5)—5:30, 8:30 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday (Oct. 6)—2:30, 5:30, 8:30 and 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday (Oct. 7)—2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. 


Plaidurday Sale Tomorrow

Fall is officially here and that means Plaidurday is approaching fast. Plaidurday is tomorrow (Oct. 5). The Campus Store and University Images are ready to celebrate and make the most of Plaidurday 2018 by dressing for the occasion in our finest plaid attire.

We want to see you in your most creative Plaidurday ensemble. Stop by the Campus Store or University Images dressed in plaid this Plaidurday (tomorrow) and receive 25 percent off your total purchase of Tech apparel. 

Read the full Tech Today story.


Peace Activist to Speak Monday

Miko Peled will present “Freedom and Justice, the Keys to Peace in Palestine” at 5:30 p.m. Monday (Oct. 8) in GLRC 202. Peled is an Israeli born peace activist and author. He will address the basic history of the Palestine/Israel question, the Israeli occupation and what this means to thousands of Palestinian youth and their families. For more information see the original Tech Today story. Peled's visit is part of Indigenous People's Week at Michigan Tech.

Today's Campus Events

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PhD Defense: Jeffrey Kiiskila

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Advisor: Rupali Datta The Abiotic Stress Response of Hydroponic Vetiver Grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides L.) to Acid Mine Drainage and its...


C-Cubed Luncheon

All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited to the C-Cubed Luncheon. The C-Cubed lunch buffet menus are created by Executive Chef Eric Karvonen, and prepared...


School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and the Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series hosts Janet Silbernagel

SFRES and the ESC will be hosting DELS speaker, landscape ecologist and architect, Nancy Silbernagel from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will be speaking on...


BioSci Seminar - Jacob Jaszczak

Jacob Jaszczak, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Univeristy of California Presentation Title: Behavior in the periphery: development of sensory...


BioSci Seminar - Rebecca Garrett Jaszczak

Rebecca Garrett Jaszczak, BS PhD Candidate, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Univeristy of California Presentation Title: Heterogeneity among migrating primordial germ...


Interfacial Dynamics

Droplets and Suspensions ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series proudly presents: Sungyon Lee Benjamin Mayhugh Assistant Professor Department of Mechanical...


Physics Colloquium- Dr. Izumi Saito Presenting Growth of Cloud Droplets in Turbulence Using the Cloud Microphysics Simulator

Abstract: Direct numerical simulation (DNS) of turbulent air flow and the detailed computation of Lagrangian dynamics of cloud droplets with cloud microphysical processes are...


2018 Kliakhandler Lecture Series

Nick Trefethen, Professor of Numerical Analysis, University of Oxford, and Global Distinguished Professor, NYU View Full Lecture Title: Mathematics of the Faraday Cage...


Café Français

Café français is a French conversation group for all levels of French speakers that meets every Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. in the HDMZ, Walker 120C. Join us in a relaxed...


Automotive Technology Transformation Technical Discussion

The automotive industry is transforming at an incredible rate to meet the needs of cutting-edge technology. Nexteer is a leader in this transformation with our advanced...


Racquetball Club Open Play

Play racquetball with a variety of opponents.


World War I & the Copper Country Film Series—Frantz (2016)

In 1919 Quedlinburg, Germany, a young woman named Anna is still mourning the death of her fiance, Frantz Hoffmeister, in the Great War while living with his equally devastated...


Landscape Music: Rivers and Trails

A nationwide series of concerts in Fall 2018 commemorating the 50th Anniversaries of the National Trails System Act and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Organized by the...


Dug In: Experiential WWI Trench

An immersive outdoor trench exhibit invites the public to imagine how soldiers experienced life in the trenches, including “going over the top.” This project is headed by Drs....


Reading Pastime: Literature in Fiction and Poetry about the Great War

The Portage Lake District Library will have an exhibit open to the public including books and poems about World War I. Come check out this exhibit on display from September 28...