Associate Vice President for Research Development Announced

David Reed, vice president for research, announced the selection of the Associate Vice President for Research Development (AVPRD) — Kathy Halvorsen. She has been the interim AVPRD since early September and holds a joint faculty appointment with the Department of Social Sciences and the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science where her current main research foci are climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Halvorsen says she is excited to continue working with the AVPRD staff to ensure that campus researchers successfully pursue and carry out excellent research in a safe manner.

As the AVPRD, she will provide strategic leadership with a focus on the coordination and promotion of excellence and integrity in research. This includes the facilitation of developmental opportunities, the oversight of academic/virtual centers/institutes and shared facilities and activities related to the translation of research discoveries into application.

Amy Spahn is assisting Halvorsen with these duties. Her office is located in ATDC 210, where she will oversee the Research Development and Research Integrity. Within the Research Development Office, Pete Larsen, Brent Burns, Jess Brassard and Jake Manchester provide proposal and team development support, funding searches, networking and research development workshops.

As the director of Federal Relations and Corporate Research, Burns works within the Research Development Office to help identify industry and federal research sponsors and secure support/collaboration letters and agreements. Manchester assists with these activities as the Associate Director of Corporate Research.

Within the Research Integrity Office, Courtney Holzberger, Christina Lehmann and David Dixon oversee the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); the Institutional Review Board (IRB); and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).

Jeff Lewin oversees the safe use and disposal of chemicals with assistance from Joel Smith, John Lemay and Jesse Garrow in University Chemical Stores.

Steve Zapolnik, along with Lewin, Holzberger and Dixon, oversees programs for safe laboratory operations, including laboratory inspections, chemical fume hood inspections, and biosafety cabinet certification.

LinkedIn Learning Training Platform Available to Staff and Faculty

As we begin the new semester, all Michigan Tech staff and faculty are encouraged to take advantage of their access to LinkedIn Learning (formerly, an on-demand training platform designed to help you gain new skills and advance your career. From leadership training, to SQL programming, to Microsoft Office essentials, you’re sure to find a training course to meet your needs and interests.

To access the LinkedIn Learning platform:

  • Visit the website
  • Select the “sign-in” button at the top
  • Choose the option to “sign in with your organization account”
  • Enter your Michigan Tech email address
  • Enter your standard MTU ISO credentials to gain access

Review this article, Accessing LinkedIn Learning, for more information.

The LinkedIn Learning platform is sponsored by the Accessible Technology Working Group (ATWG) and Michigan Tech IT for the 2019-20 academic year. All University faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of this valuable resource. For more information, contact Jeff Toorongian.

Participants Needed for Alcohol and Sleep Study

Have you ever wondered what a night out on the town with a group of friends does to your sleep quality and/or cardiovascular health? Researchers in Michigan Tech's Sleep Research Laboratory are looking to answer these questions. They are in particular need of female participants.

Consider participating if these eligibility requirements are met:

  • Age 21-40
  • Binge drinker (4-5 drinks within two hours in the past 6 months)
  • Non-smoker and non-diabetic
  • Not on heart or blood pressure medications
  • No history of substance abuse
  • Cannot be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Must not have clinically diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea
  • Not using any form of birth control medication or device

For more information about the study or participation, contact Ian M. Greenlund or Anne L. Tikkanen.

U.P. North-South: New Music Festival Friday - Sunday

Michigan Tech’s Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, the Visual and Performing Arts Department and Elizabeth “Libby” Meyer (VPA) will present three days of new music, workshops and masterclasses in the Surround Sound Music Series.

Things begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Jan. 17) in the McArdle Theatre in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center with the U.P. Composers Collective Concert featuring pieces by local composers Thomas LaVoy, Milt Olsson, Griffin Candey, Elena Ruehr, Sarah Rimkus and Carrie Biolo.

Events continue at 3 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 18) with a masterclass by Michigan Tech student composers and the Miami-based PULSE trio. PULSE’s concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

"Music from Along 41," begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, (Jan. 19) and features modern composers from along the route between the U.P. and Florida. Headlining the event is the PULSE trio which has been awing audiences and critics in more than twenty countries across four continents with their eclectic and masterful interpretations of programming old and new.

Described as “vivacious,” “exquisite” and “brilliant,” the virtuoso trio PULSE is committed to presenting a mix of traditional, contemporary and cutting edge programming. The trio is garnering rave reviews from publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Programs include early music on period instruments, music composed specifically for PULSE, and clarinet trio masterworks by composers such as Mozart, Khachaturian and Bruch.

A recent South Florida performance was described as “one of the most entertaining concerts of the season.” Major performance venues include; Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Boston Symphony Hall, Sanders Theater at Harvard University, Le Poisson Rouge and the Kennedy Center.

PULSE has recently performed at Symphony Space, NYC; Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC; and the American Academy, Rome, Italy – all to standing ovations.

Meyer is a composer whose work reflects the natural rhythms and patterns of the world around her. Her music, including chamber, orchestral, choral, wind symphony, film, dance and theater, has been commissioned and performed throughout the United States. Meyer has served as composer-in-residence at Isle Royale National Park and the Visby International Center for Composers (Sweden). She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning, the Michigan Tech Research Excellence Fund, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Sorel Foundation and The American Composers Forum.

Recent projects include a new score for the 1925 film "The Red Kimona" released by Kino Films in November of 2018 and "Lakescape" commissioned by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra (funded by the National Endowment for the Arts) in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

In the spring of 2019, a CD of choral works was be recorded with Capella Clausura at WGBH Studios in Boston. The upcoming album will be released on Albany Records in December.

Meyer holds a DMA in music composition from Northwestern University and is a lecturer in music theory/composition at Michigan Tech. Recordings of her music can be found at Tickets for each of the festival concerts are on sale now.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $5 for youth tickets and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office, or at the McArdle Theatre or Rozsa Center before the performance.

Please note the box office doors only open approx. one hour prior to performances.

This event is sponsored in part by the Visiting Professor Lecturer/Scholar Series (VPLSS) which is funded by a grant to the Provost's  Office from the State of Michigan's King-Chavas-Parks Initiative. This activity is also supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Tomorrow

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 16) in EERC 103. Kyoo-Chul will present “Frost Pattern on Macrotextured Surfaces.”

Park joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University as an Assistant Professor in 2017.

Safe Place Ally Training Open for Spring 2020 Sessions

Registration is open for the Spring 2020 sessions of Safe Place Ally Training Program. The program is a comprehensive resource to better prepare faculty, staff, students and community members to address the needs of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA*).

The program addresses a wide range of terms that LGBTQIA* students use to define themselves, unpacks the complicated notions of identity in relation to sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, addresses issues that LGBTQIA* students often deal with during the coming-out process and examines concerns that LGBTQIA* students face both in and out of the classroom. Safe Place training also explores the many ways you can work toward creating safer, inclusive and affirming spaces/environments on campus.

For times and dates of registration and training, as well as additional information about the Safe Place program, please visit the Safe Place webpage. If you have any questions, concerns or specific department/organizational needs for Safe Place Ally Training, contact Assistant Director of Campus Diversity Initiatives, Amy Lyn Howard, in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Grain Processing Seminar

The next Chemical Engineering Grain Processing Seminar will take place at 1 p.m. Friday (Jan. 17) in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 403. Kimberly Ogden will present "Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions."

Ogden is a professor of chemical and environmental engineering at the University of Arizona. She received her BS in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD from the University of Colorado.

She is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the immediate past-president of the institute. Her research focus includes bioreactor design for production of alternative fuels from algae, guayule and guar, as well as energy/water nexus research. 

Advanced Career Management Spring Social

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech includes Advanced Career Management (ACM), a program committed to improving retention and career development of mid-career faculty at Michigan Technological University.

Following a series of workshops in the Fall, we are beginning to develop peer affinity groups facilitated by a senior faculty member. Senior guides will be introduced at the Spring Social from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday Jan. 23 in MUB Ballroom B2 and each guide will meet with an affinity group throughout the semester.

We hope you will consider joining our affinity groups and attend the Spring Social. If you are unable to attend the Spring Social but are still interested in participating in our affinity groups, please contact us at We're always happy to field any questions, comments, or concerns. Please feel free to email us or visit the ADVANCE Resource Center in Library 102B. More information about ADVANCE and our initiatives on campus can be found on our website.

Job Postings

Job Posting for Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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. 

Wellness & Benefits Coordinator, Human Resources. Apply online.

System Administrator, Information Technology. 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. Accommodations are available. If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or


Moment of Silence at Noon Today

The Iranian Community at Michigan Tech is hosting a moment of silence, followed by a short gathering today, to honor the 176 people who lost their lives in the downing of the Ukrainian plane in Iran last week.

The Iranian Community at Michigan Tech is encouraging the campus community to stand in solidarity for the victims lost in the tragedy.
The remembrance will take place at noon today (Jan. 15) near the Husky Statue.


Call for Collaborators for Spring 2020 Social Justice Education Series

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) seeks Michigan Tech faculty, staff and graduate students interested in collaborating on the upcoming campus-wide Spring 2020 Diverse Dialogues series hosted and presented by CDI.

This collaboration is to highlight and elevate the collective knowledge and voices on our campus, as well as highlighting the expansive work of equity, diversity, and inclusion within respective fields (both of personal and professional interest to our community members).

Interested collaborators should submit information pertaining to a holistic program, training, or discussion previously hosted, or propose a concrete working idea using the Spring 2020 Diverse Dialogues Collaboration Interest Proposal Form.

Additionally, consider the following intentions of Diverse Dialogues series before submitting a proposal: 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. 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. 

The form will close at 5 p.m. Friday (Jan. 17) and review of submissions will be ongoing through the closure of the form and all interested collaborators will be notified about the status of their proposal no later than the last week of January.

Direct all questions to Amy L. Howard, Assistant Director of Campus Diversity Initiatives.


Rekhi Innovation Challenge

The Rekhi Innovation Challenge is a crowdfunding competition to help promote and support student innovation and entrepreneurship through the use of Superior Ideas. Enterprise and Senior Design teams (not industry-sponsored projects) are strongly encouraged to participate in the competition.

The competition will run for the month of February and the team that raises the most money will receive a monetary match up of to $1,000. Additional monetary awards will also be offered.

Projects must be submitted by 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 on Superior Ideas in order to enter into the competition. The application and guidelines can be found on Husky Innovate or by contacting Natasha Chopp.


Free Puppet Workshops and Opportunity to Perform

Local poet, Hugo Gordillo, has a set of poems, "Fiesta!" that is set to music by well-known Guatemalan singer/songwriter, Raul Colibrí. His work will be performed on February 15 by the Superior Wind Symphony with a few of the songs in the concert will be performed with puppets.

Trish Helsel, (VPA) associate professor of theatre, is offering free workshops to build puppets. Puppeteers of all ages are invited to attend one or both workshops from 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday ( Jan. 18) and Saturday, Jan. 25 in Walker 202.

Puppeteers will learn how to manipulate their puppets and need to be available for at least one rehearsal either Feb. 1 or Feb. 8 and two rehearsals (dates/times TBD) during the week of the concert, February 9-15.

To sign up for a workshop or learn more, email Trish Helsel


Husky Hour, Counseling Services Workshops and Groups

Know students who are struggling or just need a little extra support? Get them the help they need through Husky Hour, Counseling Services Workshops, or Counseling Services Groups.

Counseling Services has partnered with departments across the University to offer one-hour workshops—Husky Hour—from 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the Library East Reading Room.

These workshops will help students improve skills like communication, stress relief, academic planning, life balance, formula-based studying and good food choices. These events are free and often offer incentives like food and prizes for students. Feel free to bring your class to one of these events, offer extra credit for student attendance, or simply recommend it to your students as a great way to gain additional skills needed for a successful semester.

Counseling Services workshops and groups offer a more in-depth and intimate learning experience for students. The workshops are designed as 3 or 4-week series, exploring topics like motivation, the science of relationships, emotional resilience, taming habits, stress reduction and mindfulness. Groups offer weekly support in areas like grief, depression, anxiety, academic stress, motivation and more.

Visit here to download PDFs of the spring schedule for each of these programs. While all of these events are designed for a student audience, staff and faculty are welcome to attend Husky Hour. We ask for your assistance in marketing these opportunities to students.


Alumna Cited by Denver Business Journal

Civil Engineering alumna, Jamie Archambeau '02, was selected for inclusion in the 2020 Denver Business Journal's 40 Under 40 — Denver's Got Talent.

In Print

Jill Olin (GLRC), with colleagues from the University of South Florida, is a co-author of a paper published in this month’s Environmental Pollution. Their work highlights the exposure potential and accumulation of PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon) in demersal fishes following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.


Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) coauthored " Scaling of Greenhouse Crop Production in Low Sunlight Environments" published in Science of the Total Environment. 

In the News

Research developed by Joshua Pearce(MSE/ECE) was highlighted in an article "A full-scale nuclear winter would trigger a global famine. A disaster expert put together a doomsday diet to save humanity" published in Business Insider. 

Pearce's research was also covered in"Ystruder: New Syringe System Offers Feature Rich, Open-Source Multifunction Extrusion" published in 3DPrint.

Today's Campus Events

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Moment of Silence for Ukranian Plane Victims

As you might have heard in the news, there have been some tensions between the governments of the United States and Iran, recently. Our hearts broke when we heard about the...


On-Campus Jobs Expo

Looking for a job on campus? Come to the On-Campus Student Employment Fair! Talk with departments hiring both regular student employees and work-study students. Various...


Smart Start Seminar

New graduate students to Michigan Tech are invited to Smart Start - a seminar designed to introduce students to resources and policies to assist them with having a successful...


Tech Forward Health Update

This presentation will be an update on health related topics for the Tech Forward initiative.


Husky Hour - College: Am I Doing This Right?

Do you wonder why everyone else makes school look easy? Come learn some strategies to work smarter, not harder and start spring semester off right.


Husky Hour - College: Am I Doing this Right?

Do you wonder why everyone else makes school look easy? Come learn some strategies to work smarter, not harder and start spring semester off right.


Husky Innovate Series: Promote Your Innovation with Social Media

Billions of dollars have been raised worldwide through crowdfunding. Consequently crowdfunding has gained popularity as an alternative way to finance innovations and...


Alumni Dinner - Malta, NY

Join alumni and friends for a casual evening out. Share your Michigan Tech memories and catch up with what is happening on campus today with Ben Larson '94.