Engineering the Perfect Winter Sock

As 2018 draws to a close, we use this opportunity to bring you a soleful holiday musing: How could we engineer the perfect winter sock?

Think about your favorite pair of winter socks. Are they wool, cotton or synthetic? Ankle or knee-high? What color are they?

Perhaps you’ve never really given it much thought, but the perfect pair of winter socks has been one of humanity’s great aspirations since people figured out that warm toes are generally preferable to cold ones.

And as any knitter or crocheter could tell you, socks are much more complicated than we give them credit for. Did you know there are seven parts to a sock? Cuff, leg, heel flap, turned heel, gusset, foot and toe—each component is necessary. But can the sock as we know it be improved upon?

Read the full story on Unscripted.

Jeremiah Baumann Selected into Adobe Education Leader Program

Jeremiah Baumann, assistant director of creative and technology services in Housing and Residential Life, was selected as one of 20 professionals worldwide to be part of the Adobe Education Leader (AEL) program. Baumann joins an exclusive group of teachers, lecturers and administrators in schools and higher education institutions who are at the forefront of creative education.

Baumann is a Michigan Tech alumnus with a BS in scientific and technical communication. He earned a master's in integrated marketing communications from Eastern Michigan University. He is the chair elect of the National Technology Knowledge Community for NASPA, the national organization of student affairs administrators in higher education.

Travis Pierce, the University's chief housing officer says, “I consider Jeremiah to be a learner and educator in the creative space. He has a passion for creating student learning experiences not only for the students working for him in the Creative Suite, but also for the students he teaches at Finlandia University and Gogebic Community College.”

Baumann has previously held positions as an Adobe Education Trainer and Adobe Campus Leader, and was nominated for the position by Clara Galán, global education community lead: K-12 higher education at Adobe. 

"This is an amazing opportunity," Baumann says. "I'm excited to be a part of this group and excited about what it means to our students and community and the influence in creativity in higher education moving forward."

The Adobe Education Leader community is made up of some of the top creative educators from around the world, including members in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

As assistant director of creative and technology services, Baumann is responsible for leading the Creative Suite, creative learning space for student employees to develop skills and produce client projects involving graphic design, photography, videography and multimedia. Most of the clients are from Student Affairs and Advancement, but the Creative Suite also has clients from other areas of the University as time allows. 

New HPC Director Announced

In consultation with several key users and other campus leadership, the Office of the Vice President for Research has appointed S. Gowtham as the new High-Performance Computing (HPC) Shared Facility director. This appointment will begin immediately.

Four faculty have agreed to serve as a Faculty Advisory Group that will meet with Gowtham at least once a semester. This group will help prioritize the annual request to the VPR shared facilities grant program. The Faculty Advisory Group consists of: Greg Odegard (ME-EM), Adrienne Minerick (SoT), Ravi Pandey (Physics) and Tim Havens (CS).

For additional information about the HPC Shared Facility, click here

Permanent Power Restored to Admin Building

The permanent power has been restored in the Admin Building and as a result, we are officially off the temporary generator power.

Facilities wants to take this opportunity to thank all of the faculty, staff and students affected for their patience during the challenges related to powering the building with diesel generators since the June flood.

Participants with Elevated Blood Pressure Needed for Meditation Study

Adults ages 18 to 45 years old are needed to participate in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study titled "Mindfulness and Neural Cardiovascular Control in Humans." To qualify, participants must have a resting seated blood pressure of greater than or equal to 120/80 mmHg. Participants should have little or no previous experience with mindfulness meditation.

This study will randomize participants into an eight-week stress management education course or an eight-week, mindfulness-based stress-reduction course. Each course will take one evening per week.

Review the study qualifications and email graduate students Sarah LewAllen or Aditi Vyas if you think you meet the study restrictions. We are planning to start our next group of participants in early February.

Archives Closed During Winter Break

The University Archives will be closed for Winter Break starting Monday (Dec. 24) through Tuesday, Jan. 1. The Archives will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2, with normal hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The archives staff wishes everyone a safe and happy Winter Break.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, December 21, 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.

Administrative Aide 7, Shared Services. UAW Posting 12/21/2018 - 1/2/2019. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. 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. 


Tech Today to Take Two-week Break

Due to Winter Break, there will be no Tech Today during the weeks of Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. The last Tech Today of the calendar year is today (Dec. 21). Tech Today will return on Monday, Jan. 7. The deadline for articles in the Jan. 7 edition is noon Friday, Jan. 4. 

Send any questions to Tech Today Editor Mark Wilcox.


Mineral Museum Closed During Winter Break

The A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum will be closed for winter break starting Sunday (Dec. 23) through Monday, Jan. 14. The museum will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 15, with normal hours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.


Register for the On-Campus Student Employment Fair

Did you know that more than 60 percent of the University’s employee count falls under Student Employment? Almost half of our enrolled students ended up working as student employees for the 2017 Fall Semester.

Hiring student employees not only helps your department’s employment needs, but also helps students financially and academically. Data shows that students are more likely to retain if they are employed on campus. If your department isn’t utilizing our outstanding student employees—now is your chance.

An On-Campus Student Employment Fair will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 in the Library East Reading Room. 

For more information read yesterday's Tech Today story.

In The News

Michigan Tech's Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program was recently accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Karyn Fay (Bio Sci) and Kelsey Johnson (Bio Sci) were interviewed by TV6.


Former Michigan Tech hockey standout Chris Conner has become the 94th player in American Hockey League history to record 500 career regular-season points. Conner, a forward with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, had two assists Wednesday (Dec. 19) to reach the milestone. The event was covered in the story, "Conner Notches 500th AHL Point," on


Sarah Green (Chem) was quoted in the story "2018 takes the podium as one of the hottest years on record. Let's look deeper," on


Michigan Tech was referenced in the story "RDECOM's road map to modernizing the Army: Next Generation Combat Vehicle," on


The Michigan Tech news story "The Secret Life of Cloud Droplets," was picked up by several media outlets, including Scienmag, Bright Surf and Long Room


Michigan Tech was mentioned in the story "New authority approves controversial Line 5 pipeline tunnel," in the Detroit News.


Research at Michigan Tech was mentioned in the story "New adhesive tech could let you remove Band-Aids with a blast of UV light," in Digital Trends.

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