Sledheads Bringing X-games Athletes to Carnival

Did you know that in 1927, Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival had an event where they gave sled rides behind an airplane at speeds up to 60 mph? This year, the Sledheads at Michigan Tech are bringing a thrilling event back to carnival, but this time they’re putting a different type of sled in the air, by hosting a freestyle snowmobile show.

Jumping at the show will be two X-games athletes, Josh Penner and Willie Elam, who performed recently at the Aspen X-games on Jan. 25. Penner has made four X-games appearances while Elam is a medalist with 11 appearances to date.

Tomorrow (Feb. 6) the pair will perform various flips, stunts and tricks in Lot 9 (near the Rozsa Center) on the Michigan Tech campus, during the Winter Carnival all-nighter.

Showtimes are 8 and 10 p.m., admission is free, and everyone is welcome.

University Senate Campus Parking Survey

The University Senate's Campus Parking Survey will close at 5 p.m. this Friday (Feb. 8). If you have not taken the survey yet, please check your email for your survey invitation that was send via Survey Monkey. It may have been sorted into your promotional emails and not your primary email so you might have to search for it if you do not see it.

We appreciate your participation and cooperation. Please direct any questions or concerns to or 906-487-1789

Join Us at the TAC

Before Winter Carnival begins, join us as we officially open the Michigan Tech IT Technical Assistance Center (TAC), from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 6), in the Van Pelt and Opie Library.
If you have not seen it, this is a newly renovated space dedicated to IT service delivery and features a Smart Bar for collaboration in resolving your computer-related issues.
Come get a photo with the IT mascot, who will be there with energy bars to keep you going for all your Carnival activities.
The TAC is located to the right of the library service desk in the Library. We hope to see you there.
We can help. Contact us at or call 7-1111.

This Week's C-Cubed Luncheons

This week's C-cubed luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Feb. 7/8) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited.

The C3 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 $12 per person. Cash, credit cards and C-Cubed gift certificates (available in the Memorial Union office) are accepted.

Submit C-Cubed feedback here. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email Kari Price.

The menus:


  • Chicken Tikka Masala -GF and Tofu Tikka Masala -GF, V
  • Basmati Rice GF -Ve
  • Warm Flat Bread -V
  • Cucumber Salad GF -Ve


  • Roast Beef au Jus -GF
  • Mushroom Mascarpone Pasta –V
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes -V, GF
  • Chef’s Vegetables -V
  • Salad Bar -V

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

Photography Opening

An opening reception for “It’s Not Just Black & White,” an exhibition of photography portraits by Glenn Ierley (Math) will be held at the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday (Feb. 8).

Ierley created the twenty black and white portraits in the show using studio lighting and digital software to achieve a classic film-like result. The works will be on display from Feb. 6 through March 2. The exhibition and the program are free and open to the public. This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Copper Country Community Arts Center is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call (906) 482-2333 or visit the website.

ME-EM Hockey Skybox Social

Join the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics (ME-EM) for a skybox social during Saturday's Winter Carnival Hockey game. Pizza, hot dogs, snacks and beverages will be provided.

Tickets are $30 per person with $15 from each ticket sold will go towards the ME-EM Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Reservations can be made online.

Blue Line Club Luncheon Friday

The Michigan Tech Blue Line Club will host the third luncheon of the season at noon Friday (Feb. 8) in the 'old' Blue Line Room outside of University Images. The event is open to the public and costs $10 per person.

Tech Head Coach Joe Shawhan and Minnesota State Head Coach Mike Hastings will be on hand to talk about the annual Winter Carnival series.

RSVP to by noon Thursday (Feb. 7) at noon to reserve your seat. Pasties, coleslaw and apple crisp will be served.

The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Friday night and 5:07 p.m, Saturday at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

Diverse Dialogues Schedule for Spring

Join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 to kick off the Diverse Dialogues series for 2019 and recognize Black History Month with a critical look at A History of Whiteness with Rachel Jones and CDI.

The Diverse Dialogues series aims to provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to have conversations about relevant issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice and much more. So, join us and be part of crucial campus conversations, help to highlight underrepresented voices, elevate the social justice work being done by our Michigan Tech community and engage and learn from difficult diversity and inclusion issues that affect us all. If you’re part of the dialogue, you’re part of the solution.

Please see the full spring semester schedule below and we invite all students, staff, faculty and community members to come be part of these dialogues. Light refreshments will be served at all meetings.


  • Tuesday, Feb. 12 -  A History of Whiteness presented by Rachel Jones and CDI from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in MUB Ballroom A1
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27 - Is Our Campus an Island? Exploring Diversity and Inclusion with the Keweenaw Culture Project presented by Josh Loar and CDI from 4:05 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the East Reading Room on the Van Pelt and Opie Library


  • Wednesday, March 20 -  Negotiating the Divide: Disrupting Thought in the Age of Trump presented by William De Herder and CDI from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Jackson Active Learning Center in Rekhi Hall G05
  • Thursday, March 28 -  Leading with the Library: Diversity and Inclusion in Service presented by Erin Matas, Laurie Stark, Lindsay Hiltunen, John Schneiderhan and CDI from 3:05 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the East Reading Room, Van Pelt and Opie Library


  • Wednesday, April 10 - Changing the Conversation: First Gen in STEM Panel from 12:05 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the MUB Alumni Lounge B
  • Thursday, April 25 - Unlearning and Relearning Truths: A Continued Conversation about Decolonization presented by Dr. Valoree Gagnon, Amy L Howard and CDI from 4:05 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in GLRC 202

Physics Colloquium Thursday

The next Physics Colloquium will take place at 4 p.m. this Thursday (Feb. 7) in Fisher Hall 139. Jacob Simon will present "Accretion Disks: From Black Holes to Planets."

Jacob Simon received his Ph.D. from University of Virginia in 2010. He was a JILA Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Colorado from 2010-2013. He followed up as a Sagan Fellow at Southwest Research Institute from 2013-2016. After post-doctoral work, he joined JILA and University of Colorado in 2016 as Senior Research Associate, where he currently works.

Upcoming Session to Better Understand NIH AREA and REAP R15 Programs

All faculty and researchers are invited to join this brown-bag session on two NIH R15 funding programs from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 7) in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 406. Jason Carter, associate vice president for research development and professor of kinesiology and integrative physiology will lead the session.

The long-standing R15 AREA program has been updated and we will walk through what has changed. The program is new and we will talk about the kinds of research which are most appropriate. Feel free to bring lunch with you. Please RSVP here.

This Week in Michigan Tech Athletics


The hockey team had last weekend off and will host Minnesota State this weekend in the annual Winter Carnival series at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The winner of the total goal series will receive the MacInnes Cup on Saturday. Tech is 12-13-3 overall and 11-7-2-1 in the WCHA. Friday's game starts at 7:07 p.m. with an early 5:07 p.m. puck drop on Saturday.

Women's Basketball
The Huskies won a pair of games on the road to extend their winning streak to four. Tech won 67-49 Thursday at Purdue Northwest and 60-47 on Saturday at Parkside. Elizabeth Kelliher averaged 19.5 points while shooting 89 percent from the field. The Huskies are 14-7 overall and 10-3 in the GLIAC and host Northwood Thursday and Saginaw Valley State Saturday at the SDC Gym.

Men's Basketball
Tech split its weekend on the road. The Huskies came back from an 18-point deficit to defeat Purdue Northwest 75-67 Thursday. Five Huskies were in double figures and led by Bryan Heath with 17 points. Parkside won 82-74 Saturday. TeeAaron Powell poured in a career-high 27 points for the Black and Gold on 12-for-15 shooting. Tech is now 10-10 overall and 5-8 in the GLIAC and hosts Northwood Thursday at the SDC Gym and Saginaw Valley State Saturday.

Nordic Skiing

Tech finished second at the NMU Invitational. In women's action, Amanda Kautzer was the top performer for Tech with a second-place finish in the skate and fifth in the classic. Erin Lipp was 10th in the skate on Sunday. Reid Goble was the top finisher for the men, placing third both days. Kristoffer Vollset (4th classic, 5th skate) and Patrick Acton (9th classic, 10th skate) also had top 10 finishes. Tech will ski at the CCSA Championships Jan. 16-17 in Minneapolis.


• Huskies Drive Time, 7:30-8 a.m. on 93.5 FM

• Women's Basketball vs. Northwood, 5:30 p.m. at SDC Gym. Local Radio on 93.5 FM
• Men's Basketball vs. Northwood, 7:30 p.m. at SDC Gym. Local Radio on 93.5 FM

• Blue Line Club Luncheon, Noon
• Hockey vs. Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Local Radio on 93.5 FM

• Women's Basketball vs. Saginaw Valley State, Noon at SDC Gym. Local Radio on 93.5 FM
• Men's Basketball vs. Saginaw Valley State, 2 p.m. at SDC Gym. Local Radio on 93.5 FM
• Hockey vs. Minnesota State, 5:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Local Radio on 93.5 FM

In Print

Jennifer G. Becker (CEE) is one of the lead authors on a paper that defines the sustainability metrics that should be used to assess water resource recovery facilities of the future. The paper, which was just published in Water Environment Research, was a follow-up to a National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop to which Becker and other leaders in the field of water and wastewater treatment and reuse were invited. The workshop focused on developing evaluation metrics to advance the Facilities Accelerating Science & Technology (FAST) Water Network. More information about the FAST Water Network can be found here


Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) co-authored "Mechanical properties of 3-D printed truss-like lattice biopolymer non-stochastic structures for sandwich panels with natural fibre composite skins" in Composite Structures. Pearce also co-authored "Effect of microwave power irradiation on TiO2 nano-structures and binder free paste screen printed dye sensitized solar cells" in Ceramics International

In the News

 A proposed pilot study between Michigan Tech and the City of Negaunee regarding the feasibility of converting the Mather B mine site into a storage facility for electrical energy was extensively covered nationwide by media outlets including U.S. News and World Report. The news magazine also ran a story, originally reported by WLUC TV 6, regarding snow statue construction.


Michigan Tech was mentioned in the story "When Does the Sun Rise ... Really?" in Universe Today


Michigan Tech Alumnus Tommi Uitto, president of Mobile Networks for Nokia Mobile Networks has been appointed to Nokia's Group Leadership Team. The story received extensive national coverage, including the Pittsburgh Post-GazetteYahoo Finance, and Markets Insider.


Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center was mentioned in an article on National Wind Watch. The story centers on the Friends of the Huron Mountains (FOHM) release of a sight analysis of the proposed Summit Lake Wind Project (SLWP) in Baraga County developed with help from the Geospatial Research Facility at the GLRC.


Rolf Peterson (SFRES) was quoted in the article "Ontario Sends Starving Wolves from Lake Superior Island to Help Control Moose on American Side," which appeared on several Canadian media outlets including the Niagara Falls Review and the Waterloo Record. The story was also covered by World Pro News and Huffpost Canada.


Michigan Tech was mentioned in the article "Air Force Research Laboratory Designs Compact Rescue Raft for Coast Guard" in Military Times.


Joshua Pearce (MSU/ECE) was quoted in the article "By Withdrawing from the INF Treaty, Trump Puts America in Grave Danger," in The Week.

Pearce's work was also discussed in France's Science Post Pourquoi vous devriez offrir une imprimante 3D à vos grand-parents.

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