Institute Jump-starts Climate Change Conversation

Award-winning videographer Peter Sinclair travels the world with climate scientists. He’ll be here at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 29) at the Rozsa Center to present a free public event, "Climate Challenges and Solutions 2020."

He’s also looking forward to connecting with Michigan Tech researchers during his visit.
“Michigan Tech is one of the country’s great engineering and science institutions, and I am working to communicate not only climate change, but the solutions that are emerging and being deployed,” he said. “I hope to be talking to experts on topics of wind and solar energy, energy storage, microgrids, as well as climate impacts on the Great Lakes,” Sinclair said, adding that promoting renewable energy climate solutions is an important part of his work. “Michigan is becoming a hotbed for wind and solar energy, and of course the fossil fuel industry has been pushing back with misinformation."
While here, Sinclair also plans to revisit some places he’s never seen in the winter. “Keweenaw is one of my favorite places on the planet, a place I have come back to many, many times in years past,” he said.

For more details on the visit, sponsored by our Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture as the opener for its Spring 2020 Designing the Anthropocene series, see the story on Michigan Tech News.

Bob Mark Pitch Competition Tomorrow

The Bob Mark Pitch Competition is tomorrow. Husky Innovate is hosting the 2020 Bob Mark Business Model Competition on from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 29) in the Atrium of the U.J. Noblet Forestry Building. Graduate and undergraduate students from across campus disciplines are expected to compete.

We invite all faculty, staff and students to join us for an energized pitch competition. The Bob Mark Business Model Competition assesses the potential of an idea by focusing on the product-market fit, the product/technology idea and the value it brings to the market.

Prizes will be awarded to the most scalable and actionable business model pitches.

Prizes for the Bob Mark Business Model Competition include:

  • First Prize - $2,000
  • Second Prize - $1,000
  • Third Prize - $500
  • Honorable Mention (two prizes) - $250 each
  • Audience Favorite - $250

This event is a tribute to the late Bob Mark, Professor of Practice within the College of Business who started the Elevator Pitch Competition at Michigan Tech. The competition recognizes his entrepreneurial spirit and its continuation at Michigan Tech.

The 2020 Bob Mark Business Model Competition is hosted by Husky Innovate, a collaboration between Pavlis Honors College, the College of Business and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization.

Husky Innovate is Michigan Tech’s resource hub for innovation & entrepreneurship and offers workshops, competitions, NSF I-Corps training, a Speaker Series, and cohosts the Silicon Valley Experience.

Winter Carnival Queen Coronation Saturday

The first major event in Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival is happening Saturday with the Coronation of the Winter Carnival Queen. The program takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 2) in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

You'll meet the eight candidates who represent many different aspects of the Michigan Tech community and witness the amazing talents that each candidate will display. 

During the Coronation ceremony, audience members will enjoy the Second Annual Escort Competition, which is looking to be as much fun as the inaugural event last year. 

At the Coronation, the top three prizes in the Winter Carnival Raffle will be drawn, so make sure you buy a ticket and find out if you're a winner. 

Tickets are free to Michigan Tech students with their ID and $10 for the general public. Tickets are available online, at the Central Ticketing Office in the SDC or by call 7-2073. Tickets are also available at the Rozsa Center on the evening of the coronation.

Surround Sound Music Festival to Receive $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Michigan Tech’s Director of Music Composition Program Elizabeth “Libby” Meyer (VPA) and Rozsa Programming and Development Director Mary Muncil were awarded a $10,000 Challenge America grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the Surround Sound Music Festival.

The Surround Sound Music Festival is a two-day event that encourages audiences to listen differently. The festival will feature Audio Pharmacy, a Native American Hip Hop band, Evelyn Glennie, a world-class percussionist who has been deaf since the age of 12 and Vieux Farka Touré, a Malian blues guitarist. The Surround Sound Music Festival will take place April 3-4.

The purpose of the Challenge America grant is to support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. NEA has approved 1,187 grants totaling $27.3 million in the first round of fiscal year 2020 funding to support arts projects across the country. The Sound of Music Festival is one of 145 Challenge America grants included in this announcement. The Challenge America funding category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to populations that have limited access to the arts due to geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Each grant is for a fixed amount of $10,000 and requires a minimum $10,000 cost share/match.

“The arts are at the heart of our communities, connecting people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Arts Endowment Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support projects like the Surround Sound Music Festival.”

Try CAMPUS Films During February

CAMPUS showcases films from the National Film Board of Canada; including free NFB content as well as the paid CAMPUS collection.

Content includes collections organized around key themes in the environment and sustainability, Indigenous voices and reconciliation, and diversity and inclusion.

A one-time registration required for future log-ins. See our guide for instructions. We want to know what you think. Email your comments and questions to

New Webpage Highlights H-Stem Project

In late 2018, the Michigan Legislature granted planning authorization for the H-STEM Complex, a $44.7 million capital outlay project. The H-STEM Complex will include newly constructed shared and flexible laboratory spaces co-located with renovated classrooms and learning spaces within an existing building (Chemical Sciences and Engineering), and will support Michigan Tech’s integrated educational programs in health-related and human-centered technological innovations.

In the H-STEM Complex, multidisciplinary teams will work together in shared, flexible, collaborative lab spaces to advance learning, develop new technologies, and prepare a skilled workforce for tomorrow. Currently, the planning and design process is underway and will continue throughout the 2019-20 academic year. The project will span several years with construction expected to begin in 2021.

To learn about the new H-STEM Complex, view project proposals, and stay up-to-date on project milestones, visit the H-Stem Building Project webpage.

Café Française Resumes

It is with great pleasure that Café Français resumes its activities this at the usual time and place, 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 30) in Walker 120C.

Join us for an hour in a laid-back francophone setting. As usual, snacks and light refreshments will be served. Open to all. Any level of French is welcome. For more information, email

Hope to see you there.

This Week’s C3 Luncheon Menus

Dining Services presents this week's C3 luncheons that will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Jan. 30/31) 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 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 gift cards are accepted. Submit C-Cubed feedback here. To join the C-Cubed Google Group and receive weekly menus, email

This week’s menus:

Thursday — “Native American Style Turkey Dinner”

  • Roast Turkey with Herb Gravy GF
  • Wild Rice Stuffing GF
  • Vegetarian Three Sisters Corn Casserole GF
  • Vegan Chile
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes GF
  • Vegetarian Native Bean Salad GF VE

Friday —“Cajun Style Meal”

  • Muffaletta Salad Bar
  • Gumbo YaYa
  • Smokey Red Beans and Rice GF VE
  • Cajun Shrimp and Grits GF
  • Cajun Roasted Vegetables GF VE

 V- Vegetarian, VE-Vegan/Vegetarian, GF- Gluten-Free, P-Alternative Protein

Gallery Exhibit: Jim Dee, "Collaborations"

The Rozsa Galleries announce the spring Independent Artist Exhibition, "Collaborations," by local artist Jim Dee.

The exhibit features a new series of paintings that use color to celebrate the strength and beauty of diversity.

There will be an opening reception/ open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 30) in the Rozsa Gallery, A-Space.

The exhibition runs through Feb. 20. Gallery hours are: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. M-F, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays.

The exhibit is free and open to all.

Non-motorized Transportation Survey

The Non-Motorized Transportation Working Group is in the process of developing a mission and plan that will guide the University’s non-motorized transportation plan over the next several years. At this stage, the working group has met throughout the fall semester to determine the process in developing a non-motorized transportation plan for campus. Please take a moment to provide your thoughts on these goals in this brief, anonymous survey.

At the end of the survey, there is an option to discuss specific concerns you may have.  Thank you in advance for your input and support. This survey will remain open until Feb. 12 and questions may be directed to

Zotero Workshop Tomorrow

Do you have a hard time wrangling references when writing research papers or articles? Join us at the library for an introductory Zotero workshop from 1:05 to 1:55 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 29) in Library 242. Learn the basics of searching for and collecting bibliographic data in Zotero and use this data to insert citations in your writing and create bibliographies. No previous knowledge of Zotero is needed.

Registration is required for this workshop.

Check out the library’s upcoming workshops on Google power searching, poster design, using Microsoft Excel, and more.

Email with any questions.

Mental Health First Aid Training

The next session of Mental Health First Aid Training will be held on the afternoons of Feb. 6 and 7. This training is focused on the college student population and the information received form this course will assist individuals in learning how best to respond to a person experiencing a mental health crisis.

Check-in is at 12:15 p.m. Feb. 6.

Session 1 will run from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.

Session 2 will run from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7. Please see the registration form for additional details.

The cost of the course is $30 per individual. Payment arrangements must be made prior to the training. The cost includes the manual, all materials and light refreshments. Attendance at both sessions is required for course completion. A certificate of completion will be provided at the conclusion of the training.

There is a limit of 20 participants. Participants must register by February 4. Contact Counseling Services with any questions. 

Physics Colloquium - Graduate Presentations

Two physics graduate students will be giving talks on their research at 4 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 30) in Fisher Hall 139.

Andrew Puyleart (advisor Brian Fick) will present, Cloud Identification Over the Pierre Auger Observatory Using Goes-16.

Geeta Sachdeva (advisor Ravi Pandey) will present "First Principles Study of Interaction of Plymer Molecules with Flat Carbon Nanotubes.

A social with refreshments will be held 30 minutes prior to the talk in the Fisher Hall lobby.

GSG Academic Seminar - Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Do you have a “million-dollar idea” but lack the know-how to translate that idea into a marketable product or service? Join Graduate Student Government for an academic seminar intended to provide you with locally available resources to get your project up and running.

This seminar will consist of brief presentations from on- and off-campus innovators and start-up business facilitators from such organizations as MTEC SmartZone the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) followed by Q&A sessions. This is an excellent opportunity to gain useful advice for starting your own business based on your idea(s), as well as fostering important networking connections. Where: Administration Building, Room 404 When: Wednesday, January 29th 4:00-5:30PM Space is limited so be sure to register using this link.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, January 24, 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. 

Office Assistant, Memorial Union. UAW Posting 1/28/2020 -2/4/2020. 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. 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


Peter Sinclair Presentation Tomorrow
The challenges of a changing climate, as well as possible solutions, will be discussed when award-winning videographer Peter Sinclair visits MichiganTech. Sponsored by the Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC), Sinclair's visit is the inaugural event in the IPEC program "Designing the Anthropocene."
His presentation, "Climate Challenges and Solutions 2020," will take place at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 29) in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.
Sinclair will offer a stunning multimedia presentation documenting global climate challenges and efforts toward viable solutions. His compelling message and images encompass a broad swath of the world: from the melting Greenland ice to the solar fields of Lapeer Michigan.
Sinclair travels extensively with climate scientists and brings their work to life for a broad audience. His most recent video, released earlier this month, looks at the role climate change plays in Australia's heat and bushfires. Many of Sinclair's stories and videos are available online.
The event is free and open to the public. For more see story above.


Copper Country Math Circle  Spring Session

The College of Sciences and Arts (CSA) Dean’s Office is once again partnering with the Copper Country Intermediate School District to host the Copper Country Math Circle.

Students in grades two through five who are excited about mathematics are invited to attend. The first meeting of the Spring semester is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 30), in Library 243 and 244. Meetings will be held one Thursday evening per month thereafter, including Feb. 20 and March-May dates TBA.

David Hemmer, CSA dean and professor of mathematical sciences, will host the event, together with Cindy Lysne. Math Circles are informal gatherings where students work on interesting problems or topics in mathematics.

Through problem-solving and interactive exploration, students develop an excitement and appreciation of mathematics. Math Circles are not intended to accelerate the traditional school curriculum, but to explore interesting topics not normally seen in the classroom. There is no charge, but registration is required. Students already registered for the Fall session do not need to reregister. New students may sign up using this form.

More information is available here.


Physics Colloquium Today

The next Physics Colloquium will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 28) in Fisher 138. Israel Silber of Penn State University will present "Observations of Highly Supercooled Drizzle Over Antarctica: A Unique Event or a Prevalent Phenomenon?"


Spring 2020 I-Corps NSF Workshops

Husky Innovate is hosting the Spring 2020 I-Corps NSF workshop series that is designed to help participants advance their research ideas toward additional funding or outside adoption. If you are engaged with technology research, you may find this workshop series of interest.

Teams who complete the five week workshop and customer discovery process are eligible for the following:

  1. A $2,500 mini-grant for continued customer discovery and prototyping
  2. NSF's National I-Corps program which includes $50,000 in funding and additional training.

In addition, participation can lead to qualification for research and other funding from several granting agencies, including the NSF I-Corps and SBIR/STTR/PFI programs and various state and regional programs.

Past participants have reported that they saved time and money by better understanding potential applications of their technology, experienced improved engagement with teams, and improved their ability to receive add-on funding.

Our spring cohort will meet in M&M 610 on the following dates:

  • Monday, Feb. 3 from 4-8 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 17 from 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 24 from 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, March 16 from 4-6 p.m.

A light dinner will be served at each meeting. Register by Jan. 31 for the next workshop. 


Effect of Blue Light on Sleep Quality and Blood Pressure

Have you ever been curious of how your nightly use of computers, television, and smart phones may be impacting your sleep efficiency?

Although many factors play a role in sleep quality, nightly exposure to blue light, such as that emitted from your phone, TV, and laptop, can often be detrimental to a good night's rest. Help us to study the role that nocturnal exposure to blue light plays in both sleep efficiency, and blood pressure regulation.

If you are a good sleeper, and are interested in participating, please read the attached flyer for additional information regarding the screening process as well as participation.


Biomedical Engineering Seminar Tomorrow

The next Biomedical Engineering Seminar will take place at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Jan. 29) In M&M 610. Roger Guillory,  a Postdoctoral Scholar at Northwestern University, will present, "Investigation of Metallic Biodegradable Cardiovascular Materials at the Cell and Tissue-material Interface."


Spaghetti Bridge Competition Info Sessions

Structural Engineering Institute Graduate Student Chapter (SEI GSC) will be hosting a Spaghetti Bridge Competition this semester for all students at Michigan Tech. In this competition, teams will be building bridges using spaghetti and hot glue. The bridge with the highest load/weight ratio wins the title of the first-ever Spaghetti Bridge Competition at Tech. SEI GSC hopes that this competition eventually becomes a beloved tradition at Michigan Tech, engaging both undergraduate and graduate students in a fun fashion event to build relationships.

Two info-sessions have been scheduled for this week:

  • Tomorrow (Jan. 29) from 5-6 p.m. in Fisher 130
  • Thursday (Jan 300 from 5-6 p.m. in Dillman 204

The team sign-up deadline is Feb. 13 and the main event has been scheduled for March 19. For more information please visit SEI GSC's website.


Embed the Library in Your Canvas Course

Search the library’s resources directly from your Canvas course. The Library has developed a Canvas page that brings together a live search and links to essential library services in one place, making it easy for students to start their research and writing projects.

For more information on how to import this page into your course, visit our guide: Embed the Library in Your Canvas Course.

Interested in a library Canvas page tailor-made for your course? Fill out our Instruction Support Form to begin working with a librarian.


KIP PhD Candidate Joshua Gonzalez has been selected as a recipient of the 2020 Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award from the American Physiological Society.

Gonzales was honored for his abstract titled "Acute Effects of the JUUL E-cigarette on Blood Pressure and Peripheral Sympathetic Activity in Young Non-Smokers," which was coauthored by William Cooke (KIP) and undergraduate research assistant, Stephanie Jewel. For more information, click the following link.

New Funding

Kuilin Zhang (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $58,556 research and development contract from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

The project is entitled, "Leveraging Connected Highway Vehicle Platooning Technology to Improve the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Train Fleeting."

This is a one-year project.

In the News

Michigan Tech was mentioned in the article "Pulp Market Overview, Scope and Precise Outlook 2019 to 2027," in Vital News 24.


the North American Wildland Fuels Database (NAWFD) co-created by Michigan Tech was cited in an article in The Daily.


Sarah Hoy (CFRES), was quoted in the AP story "Some Lawmakers Favor a Moose Hunt at Isle Royale." The story continues to be picked up by media outlets nation wide, including Outdoor News.

Today's Campus Events

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PhD Defense: Shuai Xia

Chemistry Advisor: Haiying Liu Ratiometric Near-Infrared Fluorescent Probes for the Sensitive Detection of Intracellular pH and Bio-Thiols in Live Cells


Physics Colloquium - Dr. Israel Silber of Penn. State University

will give a talk on "Observations of Highly Supercooled Drizzle Over Antarctica: A Unique Event or a Prevalent Phenomenon?" on Tuesday, January 28 at 11:00am in Fisher Hall...


The Constraints of the Zn-Mg Alloys in Absorbable Stenting Applications

Development of Strategies to Avoid Them Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Morteza Shaker Ardakani, PhD Candidate Department of Materials Science and...


Study Abroad 101 Information Session

Are you thinking about studying abroad but don't know how to start the process? Attend a Study Abroad 101 information session to learn about the programs Michigan Tech offers,...


After School: Spy Camp!

After School Science and Engineering Classes 2020 Grades 1 and 2 on TUESDAYS For first and second grades, meets on Tuesdays. Kids become secret agents in this hands-on...


Healthy Living

Tis the season for the sniffles and seasonal ickies! Join Student Health and Wellness and learn ways to improve your health this winter.


Husky Hour-Healthy Living

Tis the season for the sniffles and seasonal ickies! Join Student Health and Wellness and learn ways to improve your health this winter.


¡La Peña! Spanish Conversation Hour

Join us! Learn Spanish quicker through interaction with other Spanish speakers. Join us in a relaxed environment to practice and improve your conversation skills. Speak...


Ice Bowling

Winter Carnival Special Event for participating organizations. Teams consisting of no more than ten members will compete in this version of bowling on ice. One team member...