From This Small and Drifting Planet

NASA's InSight lander touched down on Mars Monday (Nov. 26). To honor explorers (and robots) going boldly where no one has gone before, we share favorite 2018 Astronomy Picture of the Day images.

The Astronomy Picture of the Day website is viewed by 700,000 people every day and is known for showcasing the latest research and astronomical curiosities. The website content is daily translated into more than 20 languages.

We asked Robert “Bob” Nemiroff, Michigan Tech professor of astronomy and astrophysics, and co-creator of the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) website to curate his favorite, most impactful photos from 2018.

Together with Jerry Bonnell, APOD co-creator, a fellow astrophysicist and staff scientist at the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory Science Support Center at NASA Goddard working on the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope team, Nemiroff tracks down and posts images that endeavor to inspire a spirit of curiosity and open the eyes of viewers to the myriad opportunities to take a voyage through space via photography.

Read the full story on Unscripted.

2018 W-2 and 1095-C Forms Preparation for Employees

Mail delivery

All employees, especially those who will receive paper W-2 and 1095-C forms, are encouraged to review their addresses in Banweb.

Paper W-2s and 1095-Cs will be mailed to the W-2 address on file, or if a W-2 address is not on file, forms will be sent to the mailing address. If neither a W-2 or mailing address is on file, forms will be sent to the home address.

To view/update current addresses, navigate to the Personal Information tab in Banweb and select Update Address(es) and Phone(s). Follow directions to update an existing address or add a new address type.

Paper forms will be mailed by Jan. 31, 2019. Note, requests for duplicate 2018 W-2s must be in writing and will be processed on or after Feb. 15, 2019.

Electronic delivery

Employees who have not already done so are encouraged to consent to electronic delivery of their W-2 and 1095-C forms.

Electronic delivery of these forms:

  • Eliminate the chance that your forms and the sensitive information they contain will be lost or stolen during delivery
  • Access your forms earlier
  • Access your forms at any time, from any device with internet service
  • Contribute to cost and natural resource savings (paper, printing and postage)

To consent to electronic delivery, navigate to the Employees tab in Banweb, select 'Tax Forms' and choose the 'Electronic Consent' link. Check the boxes to consent to receive your forms electronically and submit your request.

Each year in January notifications will be sent via e-mail and posted in Tech Today when forms are available on Banweb.

Contact Payroll Services or call 7-2089 with questions regarding W-2s or contact Benefit Services or call 7-2517 with questions regarding 1095-Cs.

Hockey to Host Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night Friday

Michigan Tech hockey will host Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night Friday (Nov. 30) sponsored by TIAA. Complimentary tickets are available to Michigan Tech faculty and staff on a first-come first-served basis for the first 125.

The Huskies will host Bemidji State at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena with the puck dropping at 7:07 p.m.

Prior to the start of the game, there will be a social in the Ojibwa Casino Breakaway Zone, starting at 5 p.m. TIAA will have a kiosk next to the 50/50 kiosk, stop by and say hello.

Pre-registration is required to attend the game, click here. You must submit your ticket request by 5 p.m. today (Nov. 28). One ticket per faculty or staff member. Faculty and staff who already have a ticket to the game are encouraged to attend the social as well.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night is organized to say "Thank You" to our faculty and staff, who have a direct impact on our academic success and continue to support us on and off the playing surface. Academics go hand-in-hand with college athletics—we take pride in excelling in both at Michigan Tech.

Meditation Circuit: Join Anne Beffel for an Open Studios Event Today

Professor and public artist Anne Beffel (VPA) will hold an open studio event from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Nov. 28) in the Studio for Here and Now in the basement of Wadsworth Hall (G04W), across from WMTU.

At a 6:45 p.m. presentation, Beffel will discuss a public art and meditation walk in an urban forest she and the City Meditation Crew installed in Shoreline, Washington.

Beffel says, “Meditation Circuit is a series of meditation stations along a pathway marked by public art work. Each station offers a mindfulness-oriented activity intended to support well-being. Explore: listening; walking; even using cell phones as tools for meditating on colors in an urban forest. Meditation Circuits demonstrate the power of meditation and the value of public art.

Meditation Circuit is inspired in part by the City Meditation Crew project, "Many Colors of Green," in fall 2017 at Hamlin Park in which community members walked meditatively and contemplated their park using their cell phones as tools for attentiveness.

More information is available online.

New Online Course : Climate Change and Management

Are you interested in climate change? Ever wanted to create an adaptation plan? Bring your own natural resource management project, and take the new online course, "Climate Change and Management," (FW 5510) this spring.

"Climate Change and Management" will provide an overview of climate science, effects on forested ecosystems, and adaptation options for natural resource management in the Great Lakes region. The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) climate adaptation framework will be used to develop climate change adaptation plans for real-world forested ecosystems, and you will learn how to communicate these climate change projects and plans with others.

For more information about the course, email Kailey Marcinkowski

SBE Seminar

There will be an SBE Brown Bag from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Nov. 28) in AOB 101.  Jenny Apriesnig (SBE) will present her research titled "School Operations Reporting And Student Academic Achievement."

She will present her ongoing work exploring the relationship between school environmental quality characteristics and student achievement. Using a panel dataset from a Colorado school district, Apriesnig and her coauthors show there is a positive relationship between a school's Energy Star score and student test scores.

Teaching at Tech Luncheon Workshop - Active Learning: Places and Practice

Many instructors have begun to implement a variety of active learning techniques. Though active learning can be done in almost any type of classroom, many across campus have been working to expand the number of spaces more specifically designed for both high- and low-tech active learning.

In this luncheon workshop from noon to 1 p.m.  Wednesday, Dec. 5, we’ll first explore a new resource to help connect instructors with the right space. We’ll then discuss a variety of active learning techniques and match the types of spaces that best facilitate your practice.  

Lunch will be available for those who register by Monday (Dec. 3).

Biological Sciences Seminar

Join Erin Eberhard and Kevin Nevorski from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 29) in EERC 229 for a thrilling tale of streams and nitrogen. Both are PhD students working on Amy Marcarelli’s (Bio Sci) NSF CAREER grant.

Over the past two years, they have traveled to streams across the United States, from pristine headwater streams to garbage pits to alligator nests, risking life and limb to better understand nitrogen cycling in streams across a broad environmental range. Initial results from this continental-scale survey of processes that are rarely measured together in streams will be presented.

Eberhard will also share her dissertation work exploring how spatial heterogeneity of environmental variables and microbial gene abundances in streams and wetlands facilitates the co-occurrence of nitrogen cycle processes. Nevorski will send you on your way with his dissertation work exploring short and long-term variation in nitrogen cycle processes and how those processes are linked to other biogeochemical cycles.

Chemistry Seminar

Haiying Liu (Chem) will present "Near-infrared Fluorescent Probes for Sensitive Detection of Intracellular pH Changes" at 3 p.m. Friday (Nov. 30) in Chem-Sci 101. 

Liu has developed fluorescent probes for the detection of Zn(II), pH, oxygen, enzymes, reactive oxygen, nitrogen and sulfur species in live cells, and theranostics for cancer diagnosis and therapies. He has also published more than 130 peer-reviewed papers in more than 30 different journals. Liu has been a PI on NIH and USDA sponsored projects, and a co-PI on NIH, USDA, NASA and NSF Michigan 21st Century Jobs Trust Fund sponsored projects.

For more detailed information about his publications, click here

Gould and Rockwell Named WCHA Players of the Week

Michigan Tech junior Gavin Gould has been named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week and sophomore Tyler Rockwell is the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week. Both Gould and Rockwell had three points in Tech's WCHA sweep of Alaska.

Gould, a native of North Vancouver, British Columbia, led the WCHA with three goals on the weekend, recording his second career hat trick Saturday. He is second on the team with five goals this season and ranks 11th in the WCHA. Gould is also second on the team with 31 career goals.

Rockwell, a native of San Jose, California, led all WCHA defensemen with three points on the weekend. He scored his first career goal Saturday while also adding a pair of assists in the game. Rockwell led the WCHA blueliners with a plus-4 rating and blocked two shots. Tech is 7-5 overall and 6-0 in the WCHA.

The Huskies will remain at home this weekend, hosting Bemidji State. There will be a Blue Line Luncheon on Friday at noon and Friday will also be Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night, sponsored by TIAA (see above story).

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, November 28, 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.

Assistant Director of Student Activities, Student Activities. Apply online

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


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan on Campus Today

A Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan representative will be on campus for individual meetings.

The representative will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Nov. 28) in Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B.

The meetings will be drop-in and no appointment is necessary. 


WISE Luncheon Tomorrow

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) will host its first luncheon of the semester from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 29) in MUB Ballroom A1. 

The speaker will be Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Jackie Huntoon. We will have about 30 minutes available for a Q&A session with Huntoon to better understand the current direction of Michigan Tech. If you would like more information, contact Caryn Heldt.


Toys for Tots

The Registrar's Office is once again participating in the annual Toys for Tots Campaign sponsored by the local Marine Corps League Detachment. While you are out shopping for the holidays, consider purchasing a toy that will benefit a local child.

Donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. The program will accept new, unwrapped items for children up to age 16. The donation box is located on the first floor of the Administration Building, across from the elevators.

If you have any questions about the program, contact the Registrar's Office at 7-2319 or visit the Toys for Tots website.


Hiring for a Project Coordinator Via Grant

Michigan Tech has been selected as a sub grantee through the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence for a five year grant through the Center for Disease Control. The goal of the grant is to implement a campus-based intimate partner violence prevention initiative utilizing bystander intervention. 

As a sub recipient, Title IX will be hiring an individual to implement and create adaptations to the curriculum. For additional details and the job description, visit the Title IX website. This job is not posted on the Human Resources page due to the position's appointment type.

This is a five year grant.


Michigan Tech Research Forum Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 Michigan Tech Research Forum. Nominations will be accepted for both Distinguished Lecturers and TechTalks speakers. Distinguished Lecturers should be professionally accomplished and recognized as a leader in their field; they are selected for their ability to increase the knowledge of our community by connecting their research with societal and community concerns. TechTalks are rapid-paced samplings of the work of researchers across campus. Nominate a colleague or yourself by completing the online nomination form by Friday (Nov. 30).


Use Your Employee Wellness Benefits Before They Expire

Remember to use your TechFit by Dec. 31. TechFit provides benefits for eligible employees, retirees of Michigan Tech and their dependents with a monetary supplement towards an eligible wellness program. See the website for more details. As a reminder, not all businesses are open during the holidays; make sure to plan accordingly.

Benefits-eligible employees who have an annual physical and complete a Health Assessment with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan by Dec. 31 can earn one of several incentives. To view the list, read the previous Tech Today story.


Economic Outlook Report Presentation Tomorrow

The 2018 Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon and Baraga (KHOB) Counties Economic Outlook Report public presentation will be held 7:30-8:30 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 29) in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 111. Led by students and faculty in the School of Business and Economics at Michigan Tech, the KHOB Economic Outlook Report is an annual report focusing on the economic performance of Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon and Baraga counties. For additional details, contact Emanuel Oliveira.


2019 Open Enrollment is Open Through Friday

Open Enrollment is currently open through Friday (Nov. 30). Open Enrollment for 2019 is mandatory. Employees that do not complete the open enrollment process will default into the Core Medical and Non-Medical benefits for themselves only.

Open Enrollment is in MyMichiganTech this year and can be accessed hereInstructions for navigating through Open Enrollment can be found at here. For more information, read Monday's Tech Today story


Geospatial Research Forum

Do you use GIS, remote sensing or other geospatial technologies in your research or teaching? Or perhaps want to? Join your fellow geospatial researchers at the annual Michigan Tech Geospatial Research Forum.

Come for lunch, learn about how you can collaborate on geospatial focused proposals and contribute to a series of "TechTalks"-style presentations about current geospatial research across campus. This event will be hosted by the Geospatial Research Facility from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 in GLRC 202.

For lunch and to sign up to present a three-minute Geospatial TechTalk, fill out this form. RSVP by today (Nov. 28) so we have enough lunch for all guests.

Questions? Contact Don Lafreniere or Ryan Williams. 

In the News

Michigan Tech and the Keweenaw Research Center (KRC) were featured in the December issue of Car and Driver. Last year staff from Car and Driver visited the KRC to test snow tires for the article "Snow Shoes."


Michigan Tech alumnus Scott Houston '99 was featured in the article "ES people—West Basin's Scott Houston hopes to build on the water district's past successes and prevent a repeat of past failures," in Easy Reader News.


Steve Elmer (KIP) was featured in the article "Good Health in Motion Michigan Tech Researcher Advises: Keep It Moving," in Lake Superior Magazine.

On the Road

Latika Gupta (SBE) presented her paper, "Disentangling shocks in steel markets" on Nov. 20 at the Southern Economic Association Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The research examines the impact of demand and supply shocks in the crude steel market on 29 industrial production indices in the U.S. In the paper, Gupta analyzes the importance of disentangling demand-side price shocks vs. supply-side price shocks in steel markets as opposed to treating price changes as exogenous. A disaggregated analysis is performed to estimate the effects of these price shocks on various sectors; a mix of steel-intensive and non-steel-intensive sectors is considered with a special focus on energy sectors.

Today's Campus Events

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PhD Defense: Richard Machiela

Chemical Engineering Advisor: Timothy Eisele Regeneration of Alkali Leaching Solutions Through Phosphate Precipitation Using Calcium Hydroxide


Blue Cross Rep on campus - drop in meetings


PhD Defense: Priscilla Addison

Geological Engineering Advisor: Thomas Oommen Application of Remote Sensing and Machine Learning Modeling to Post-Wildfire Debris Flow Risks


Safe Place Training- Steps 3 & 4

The Michigan Tech Safe Place Program Purpose and Guiding Assumptions Safe Place is about fostering an environment of inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,...


Brown Bag Seminar: School Operations Reporting and Student Academic Achievement

Jenny Apriesnig, assistant professor of economics (SBE), will present her ongoing work exploring the relationship between school environmental quality characteristics and...


Modern Languages Holiday Celebration

Join Modern Languages faculty and students for a unique celebration of French, German and Spanish holiday traditions. Appearing live will be the French Canadian group, Maple...



Studio for Here and Now Open Studio Reception Open House 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM