CDI Student-Led Initiative Goes Viral

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) has learned their inclusive bathroom sign has gone viral. The sign was the result of a student initiative from 2017 that was redesigned last summer.

The sign was posted on a number of social media sites in the past several weeks and has garnered worldwide attention.

Posts regarding the bathroom sign have received hundreds of thousands of views on various platforms, including more than 15,000 shares from the Facebook page of an activist in Massachusetts. 

CDI's Facebook page has reached more than 10,000 people due to demands for printable and shareable versions of the posters distributed by CDI, which are supportive of LGBTQIA* issues.

The inclusive bathroom signs as well as CDI were featured in Upworthy. CDI has been contacted by numerous universities, student organizations and activists, churches, businesses, etc. to share the posters with their communities to create more inclusive experiences for all.

CDI wants to express gratitude to our students who spearheaded and contributed to these efforts to create opportunities for all to thrive at Michigan Tech.

These signs are an example of our ongoing commitment to creating a culture of understanding, acceptance and inclusion at Michigan Tech.

This is one step in creating long-lasting change for our aspiring transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming students and peers.

CDI extends love and thanks to all who have supported us, shared and liked our signs and Facebook page, and most of all to those who are working every day to correct injustice.

Come and Dance with NOSOTROS

NOSOTROS invites you to our next Latin dance and party that will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday (Mar. 3) in MUB Ballroom A.

The event is free and, as usual, we will have Latin and international music, free snacks and a lot of fun. All levels are invited and there is no partner needed. 

There will be salsa lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. followed by open dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.

This Week in Michigan Tech Athletics


The hockey team picked up its fourth WCHA sweep of the season with a 3-2 win Friday and 3-1 win Saturday versus Alaska Anchorage at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Brian Halonen scored both nights. Jake Lucchini, Jake Jackson, Alec Broetzman and Justin Misiak also scored for the Huskies. Matt Jurusik had 33 saves on the weekend. Tech (14-16-4, 13-10-3-1 WCHA) will wrap up the regular season this weekend against Northern Michigan. The two teams will meet Friday in Houghton and Saturday in Marquette. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. each night. Friday will be Senior Night at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The seniors will be honored on the ice after the game and at Sunday's Blue Line Club Senior Salute Brunch.

Women's Basketball
The Huskies split their final road trip of the regular season. They won their ninth straight game Thursday with a 72-53 victory at Davenport. Elizabeth Kelliher led five players in double figures with 17 points. Tech fell 75-46 at No. 11 Grand Valley State Saturday. The Huskies are now 19-8 overall and 15-4 in the GLIAC and will wrap up the regular season Thursday against Northern Michigan at the SDC Gym. Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m. and the seniors will be honored on the court after the game.

Men's Basketball
Tech dropped a pair of GLIAC games on the road over the weekend. The Huskies fell 72-59 Thursday at Davenport and 71-53 at Grand Valley State on Saturday. Bryan Heath (17) and Owen White (14) scored in double figures Thursday, and Dawson Bilski and Trent Bell scored a dozen each on Saturday. Tech (11-15, 6-13 GLIAC) hosts Northern Michigan Thursday at the SDC Gym. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. and the seniors will be recognized before the game.

Nordic Skiing
Tech finished second at the NCAA Central Region Championships Sunday at the Tech Trails. Amanda Kautzer earned her second win of the season in the 15K classic Sunday, while Kristoffer Vollset won the 20K classic. Sarah Goble finished third both days. Kautzer placed fourth Saturday and Erin Lipp was 10th in the freestyle. Patrick Acton placed fourth both days for the men. Also finishing in the top 10 for the Huskies were Reid Goble (7th classic), Dan Wood (8th freestyle), Somer Schrock (9th classic), Jasczak (9th freestyle), and Gaspard Cuenot (10th freestyle). The Huskies travel to Stowe, Vermont for the NCAA National Championships on March 6-8.

Men's Tennis
The Huskies opened the 2019 season with a pair of matches on the road. Tech fell 7-0 at Hillsdale and 5-2 versus Tiffin. Tech earned the doubles point on Sunday with wins in two out of the three matches. The Huskies will be back on the court Sunday at UW-Green Bay.



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


• Women's Basketball vs. Northern Michigan, 5:30 p.m. at SDC Gym. Radio broadcast on 93.5 FM and televised on FOX-UP
• Men's Basketball vs. Northern Michigan, 7:30 p.m. at SDC Gym. Radio broadcast on 93.5 FM and televised on FOX-UP


• Hockey vs. Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Radio broadcast on 93.5 FM and televised on FOX-UP


• Hockey at Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. Radio broadcast on 93.5 FM and televised on FOX-UP


• Blue Line Club Senior Salute Brunch, 11:30 a.m.
• Men's Tennis at UW-Green Bay
• Women's Tennis at UW-Green Bay


Humanities Chair Candidate Research Presentation Thursday

The next Humanities chair research presentation will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 28) in the Rozsa Center lobby. 

Michael Ryan will present "The New Science of Politics: Conservatism and Liberalism in Human Evolution."

In Print

Natural Graphite Cuboids

John Jaszczak (Chem) co-authored a paper on "Natural Graphite Cuboids" in the open access journal Minerals vol. 9 no. 2.

Co-authors include Andrey V. Korsakov, Olga V. Rezvukhina, Dmitriy I. Rezvukhin, and Denis S. Mikhailenko from the Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

New Funding

Kuilin Zhang (CEE/MTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $500,000 research and development grand from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The project is titled "CAREER:  Tackling Congestion in Smart Cities via Data-Driven Optimization-Based Control of Connected and Automated Vehicles."

This is the first year of a potential five-year project totaling $500,000.

In the News

The Michigan Tech news story on a carbon dioxide scrubber, was picked up by several media outlets including Green Car Congress. The story was also covered by Xinhuanet and Interesting Engineering.


Michigan Tech was listed in the article "Tips for Students Attending the Metro Detroit National College Fair," in Metro Parent.


Joshua Pearce's (MSE/ECE) research on the "Corporate Death Penalty," continues to receive media coverage. The story was covered in several outlets over the weekend including The Green Optimistic.


University Budget Forum Today

Join us for an informational session on the University’s finances with ample time for individual questions. Coordinated by the University Senate and presented by Vice President for Research and Interim Chief Financial Officer David Reed, this event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. today (Feb. 26), in EERC 100.

Light refreshments will be provided. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend this event to learn about and engage in Michigan Tech's budget process. The forum will be recorded and posted on the Senate website after the event for those that cannot attend.


NSF CAREER Award Info Session Today 

Join us for the first in a series of informal monthly discussions about the NSF CAREER award proposal and submission process. All pre-tenure, tenure-track faculty are encouraged to consider preparing to submit a proposal for the NSF CAREER program.

This session is set to begin at noon today (Feb. 26) in MUB Ballroom B3. You are encouraged to eat lunch during the discussion. You can bring your lunch or buy lunch from the North Coast Grill and Deli on the ground level.

Jessica Brassard from the Research Development Office will facilitate an informative session including purchased webinar modules from NSF CAREER proposal consultants. Two hours are reserved for this session, but feel free to come for portions of the session as you are able. We will continue these informal discussions every month until May.

From May until July, we plan on providing writing groups and one-on-one meetings for your CAREER proposals. We welcome and need your perspective and insight, whether you are a CAREER awardee, first-time submitter or preparing for resubmission.


The Evolving Periodic Table and Its Incredible Elements

Celebrate International Year of the Periodic Table at  6:45 p.m. today (Feb. 26) in Forestry 144 as an American Chemical Society (ACS) national panel of experts lead us in a celebration of one of chemistry’s greatest achievements.

The event is open to the public so bring your family and friends. For more information contact Glenn Larkin (SFRES).


EndNote Workshop Today

The Van Pelt and Opie Library is hosting an EndNote workshop from 3:05-4:30 p.m. today (Feb. 26) in Library 242. Use the EndNote software to manage your citations and save time.

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

No prior knowledge of EndNote is needed for this workshop. Registration is required for this workshop. Click here to register. 


MSE Graduate Seminar

The next MSE graduate seminar will be held at 11 a.m. today (Feb. 26) in M&M 610. Liwei Geng will present "Computational Study of Functional Materials for Device Applications."

Geng is a postdoctoral research fellow in Materials Science and Engineering at Michigan Tech working with Yu Wang (MSE). 


Introduction to Lean Workshop

The Office of Continuous Improvement is offering the Introduction to Lean Workshop for Michigan Tech employees from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5 in MUB Ballroom B2. There is no cost for this training. Once registered, we'll add you to a calendar event for the workshop. To register for this course, fill out this short form.

To read more about the Lean Workshop, click here.