Replacing Animal Testing with Synthetic Cell Scaffolds

Electrospun synthetic cell scaffolds are not only more consistent than animal cells for cancer research, they hold the potential to replace animal testing.

Smitha Rao (BioMed) and student researchers in her lab are studying how electrospinning synthetic 3D cell scaffolds at different voltages can change their stiffness, structure and shape, upon which they grow different human cancer cell lines. Not only do the synthetic scaffolds remove the inconsistency of animal cells from the study of cellular growth, the researchers believe they may in the future be able to engineer cell scaffolding to make the area around a tumor in a person’s body a far less hospitable place for cancer cells to grow.

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Get WISE Seeks Giveaways

The Center for Pre-College Outreach (CPCO) will host the annual outreach event, Get WISE (Get Women in Science & Engineering) for 7th and 8th-grade girls on Friday, March 13. This event gives young women the opportunity to try hands-on science and engineering activities, learn about STEM careers, and work with students from other schools throughout the western U.P.

Each year, the CPCO tries to create swag bags for the students to promote Michigan Tech. If your department would like to include items in these bags, please deliver the items to the CPCO office in Admin 217 or call 7-2219 to arrange a pick up. Any quantity of items are appreciated. We are hoping to have items collected no later than Friday, Feb. 28. 

2020 US National Chemistry Olympiad

The Chemistry Department and ACS Upper Peninsula Local Section will participate in the 2020 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad on Saturday, March 7. It is a Chemistry fun-filled day that includes local exams to test one's chemistry knowledge and tours of the campus and Chemistry Department.

There is no cost to participate and lunch will be provided. All students who participate in the local exam will be presented with a certificate. Students with outstanding performance will also receive medals as well as the opportunity to take the national exam, which will take place at MTU in April.

There still are several spots available for the event, so if you know high school students who may be interested in participating contact Momoko Tajiri for registration.

Becker Elected AEESP Foundation Chair

Jennifer G. Becker (CEE) has been elected chair of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Foundation. She was elected to the AEESP Foundation Board of Directors in 2019, and her three-year term as chair of the Foundation began last month.

AEESP is an international organization with more than 800 members, most of whom are environmental engineering and science professors. The AEESP Foundation supports and encourages excellence in environmental engineering and science education, outreach, and scientific research by sponsoring a distinguished lecturer series, awarding K-12 educational and outreach grants, and endowing and administering award programs for professors and students.

Becker has a distinguished record of service to the environmental engineering community. She served as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board’s Environmental Engineering Committee from 2016 until the committee was retired in 2018. She was elected by her environmental engineering and science academic peers to the AEESP Board of Directors in 2010. While on the AEESP Board of Directors, Becker was also elected to several AEESP officer positions, including president of AEESP (2013-2014).

Becker is one of several current and former Michigan Tech faculty members who have been recognized by the AEESP and the AEESP Foundation for their outstanding achievements in research, education, and/or professional service. The list of awards given to current and former Michigan Tech faculty by the AEESP/AEESP Foundation and/or Environmental Engineering Science (the official peer-reviewed journal of AEESP) include:

  • C. Robert Baillod (deceased)
    • 2012 Perry L. McCarty AEESP Founder’s Award (received posthumously)
  • Jennifer G. Becker
    • 1993 AEESP Master’s Thesis Award (First Place, Student with advisor David L. Freedman)
    • 2006 AEESP Master’s Thesis Award (Second Place, Advisor with student Ilisa A. Tawney)
    • 2010 AEESP Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Service as Chair of the AEESP Awards Committee
    • 2014 AEESP Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Service as AEESP President and AEESP Board Member
  • John C. Crittenden (Now at Georgia Institute of Technology)
    • 2000 AEESP Outstanding Publication Award (for Crittenden, J.C., Hand, D.W., Arora, H., and B.W. Lykins, Jr., "Design Considerations for GAC Treatment of Organic Chemicals," J. Amer. Water Works Assn. 79 (1) 74-82, 1987.)
  • David W. Hand (Emeritus Professor)
    • 2000 AEESP Outstanding Publication Award (for Crittenden, J.C., Hand, D.W., Arora, H., and B.W. Lykins, Jr., "Design Considerations for GAC Treatment of Organic Chemicals," J. Amer. Water Works Assn. 79 (1) 74-82, 1987.)
    • 2006 AEESP Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering & Science
  • James R. Mihelcic (now at the University of South Florida)
    • 1988 Paul V. Roberts/AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (Student with advisor Richard G. Luthy)
    • 2002 AEESP Award for Outstanding Environmental Engineering & Science Education
    • 2011 AEESP Master’s Thesis Award Advisor with student Cynthia Shafer)
    • 2018 Charles R. O’Melia Distinguished Educator Award
  • Judith A. Perlinger (Professor)
    • 2017 Environmental Engineering Science Editors’ Spotlight (for Blaney L., Kandiah R., Ducoste J.J., Perlinger J.A., Bartelt-Hunt S.L. “Trends in Population and Demographics of U.S. Environmental Engineering Students and Faculty from 2005 to 2013,” Environmental Engineering Science. 2016, 33(8): 578-590.)
  • Eric A. Seagren (Professor)
    • 1995 AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (Student with advisor Bruce E. Rittmann)

Intermittent Fasting Research Study Seeking Participants

A research study being conducted in the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology is currently recruiting healthy individuals that are 18 to 40 years old. This study is looking into the effects of intermittent fasting on the cardiovascular system.

Participants will be asked to visit the lab 8 times over the course of 10 weeks (7 hours total time commitment), and fast twice weekly for 6 weeks. Additionally, participants will be compensated and provided information about their body composition and cardiovascular health.

If you are interested in learning more about this research study and to see if you are eligible to participate, then please either contact Steven Stelly or provide your information to be contacted by using the following link.

Innovations to Enhance Graduate Student Recruitment and Enrollment

The Graduate School announces the 2019-2020 Graduate School award for Innovations to Enhance Graduate Student Success. The award will be given to a program, department, or college/school for outstanding contributions to graduate student success.

The purpose of the award is to encourage, recognize and reward innovative efforts to enhance graduate student success. Nominations may relate to any initiative that positively impacts graduate student success including degree completion, attrition or time to completion of graduate study including:

  • Design and implementation of innovative and creative pathways to enhance degree completion
  • Design and implementation of pathways to decrease time to completion
  • Design and implementation of pathways to decrease attrition from the program

Nominations may be submitted by a faculty, student or staff at Michigan Tech. Please submit a 1-2 page nomination letter that includes:

  • Your name
  • Your e-mail
  • Your department
  • The program, department, or college/school you are nominating

Describe the innovation in enhancing graduate student success with an explanation as to how and why it has made a positive and significant impact. The nomination(s) should be emailed to Mary Stevens in the Graduate School by Friday, February 28.

The recipient will be recognized and presented with a plaque at the Graduate Research Colloquium banquet on April 1. The Dean of the Graduate School will appoint and oversee a selection committee. 

Rose to Read in Poetry Series Today

The next poetry series will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today (Feb. 12) at the BHK Child Development Center. Guest poet Bill Rose (GMES) will read from his collection of wit and wisdom alongside music by Erica Vye (GLRC).

The poetry series is open to the public, so bring a friend, your favorite poem to read, and join in for a pleasant evening of good sounds and thoughtful phrases.

This event is sponsored by the Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 

Film Board Presents "Joker"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Joker."


  • Friday, (Feb. 14): 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday (Feb. 15): 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
  • Sunday (Feb. 16): 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. All are welcome to attend. "Joker" is rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language and brief sexual images.

Want to see what movies we’re playing next? Check out our movies and showtimes at the Film Board website:


Did you know that at the Van Pelt and Opie Library…

Did you know that many of the library’s resources are accessible 24/7 from almost anywhere? Michigan Tech staff, faculty, and students have online access to ebooks, images, newspaper articles, standards, and more via the library website.

Search both popular and scholarly resources all in one place by entering in keywords, titles, authors, etc. in the Search bar on the library homepage. Filter your results by resource type, subject, language, etc., and follow the links that read “Available Online” and then “Full text availability.”

To look for ebooks, for example, filter by “Available online” and select “Books” under “Resource Type.” If you are off-campus, you will be asked to enter your Michigan Tech username and ISO password to access the content. Our database subscriptions have something for everyone. Check out The Birds of North America, Artstor, Digital Theatre+, or MyHeritage.

To view a complete list of our databases on the library website, click on “Databases A-Z” and then “Additional Search Options.” Use the “Subjects” and/or “Types” dropdown menus to limit the database options to your interests. For more detailed instructions on how to search databases and specific journals, visit our Library & Research 101 guide.

BrowZine is a powerful tool for searching or browsing our magazine and academic journal subscriptions. On the library homepage, click on “Journals” above the search bar and then “Browse Journals Powered by BrowZine” just under the search bar. Explore the intuitive interface and create an account to save your favorite journals and keep current in your areas of interest.

Ask us if you have questions about accessing library resources on campus or from home. We are always happy to hear from you at

Biomedical Engineering Seminar

The next Biomedical Engineering Seminar will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 18) in M&M U113. Huaxiao ‘Adam’ Yang, a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University, will present "Multiscale Engineering for Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine and Disease Modeling."

In this study, multiscale engineering technologies, such as biofabrication, nanotechnology, biomaterials, 3D cell/tissue culture, lab-on-chip, along with the patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are applied to better understand and apply the regenerative medicine in the therapies of cardiovascular diseases. It is found that the advanced bioengineering technologies play a key role in the discovery of new therapeutic targets and better treatment outcomes of cardiovascular dysfunctions.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Tomorrow

The next Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics graduate seminar speaker will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 13) in EERC 103. Pinaki Mukherjee will present “Analytical Electron Microscopy at Nanoscale: Recent Advances in ACMAL STEM Facility.”

Mukherjee joined Michigan Tech in January 2018 in the Materials Science and Engineering department.

CC and CoE Faculty Candidate Seminar Monday

The Colleges of Computing and Engineering will hold a faculty candidate seminar at 3 p.m. Monday (Feb. 17) in Chem Sci 102. Cong (Callie) Hao will present "NAIS: neural architecture and implementation search."

Hao is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include high-performance reconfigurable computing, hardware-aware machine learning and acceleration, electronic design automation tools, and autonomous driving.

Read the blog post here.

Biological Sciences Seminar Tomorrow

The next Biological Sciences Seminar will take place at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 13) in GLRC 202. Charles Kerfoot (Bio Sci) will present "Saving Buffalo Reef: A Major Multidisciplinary and Inter-Agency Effort."

Buffalo Reef is a productive spawning area for lake trout and lake whitefish, critical for commercial and recreational fishing. Stamp sands compromise fish breeding and hatching by physically burying cobble fields where eggs are dropped, and pose toxic effects for organisms. Multiple LiDAR images clarify tailing migration, whereas Ponar samples quantify impacts on benthic communities. Environmental impacts appear progressive and constitute a serious threat to the entire bay. A broad interagency (EPA, BIA, USACE, MDNR, USGS) and multidisciplinary (MTU; MTRI; Army Corps, Vicksburg) effort is underway to remove stamp sand and mitigate consequences. The talk will update on this progress.

ME-EM Faculty Candidate Teaching Seminar

The next ME-EM Faculty Candidate Teaching Seminar will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 13) in R.L Smith (MEEM) 406. Mary Zadeh will present “1st Law of Thermodynamics.”

Zadeh is a graduate researcher in the Department of Mechanical Engineering‐Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Tech University. Her research is primarily focused on ignition and combustion in internal combustion engines with an emphasis on energy science and technology.

Chemical Engineering Grain Processing Seminar Series

The next Chemical Engineering Grain Processing Seminar will take place at 1 p.m. Friday (Feb. 14) in R.L. Smith (MEEM) 403. Pratik Joshi (ChE) will present "Rethinking the Purification Process of Viral-based Biotherapeutics."

Pratik is a Ph.D. candidate in Chemical Engineering Department advised by Caryn Heldt. He finished his undergraduate degree in Petrochemical Engineering at University of Pune, India and joined the Heldt Bioseparations Laboratory in 2016. He has published or submitted 5 peer- reviewed journal papers during his graduate studies and has presented his research work in more than 10 regional, national, and international conferences during his graduate studies.

Physics Colloquium

The next Physics Colloquium will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 18) in Fisher 138. Kartik Iyer of New York University will present "Finding form and structure in isotropic turbulence."

Iyer received his Bachelor of Engineering from the Mechanical Engineering Department at Osmania University, India. He obtained a Masters and a PhD in Aeronautics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. He was a European Research Council postdoc in the Department of Physics at University of Rome, Tor Vergata, Italy. He is currently a postdoc at New York University in the Tandon school of Engineering working on large-scale simulations of turbulent flows. 


 MTRF Today

Kathy Halvorsen (CFRES/SS/RD) will be featured at the Michigan Tech Research Forum (MTRF) on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The event will take place in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m., with 30 minutes before and after the lecture for networking.

Halvorsen's presentation is titled, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Team Science: Lessons Learned from 25 Years of Transdisciplinary Research". Additional details can be found on the MTRF website. The MTRF is presented by the Office of the Provost in coordination with the Office of the Vice President for Research. The forum showcases and celebrates the work of Michigan Tech researchers and aims to strengthen discussions in our community. All are welcome, including the general public. Complimentary snacks will be provided.


Faculty Cap and Gown Orders for Spring Commencement

The 2020 Spring Commencement Ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 2 in the SDC MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Faculty who need to purchase regalia should place their order online before noon on Wednesday, March 18 to guarantee delivery in time for Commencement.

If you have any questions, email


Library Hosts Strategic Planning Discussion Groups

After receiving a tremendous response to our library strategic plan survey, the library is hosting several discussion groups. The purpose of these sessions is to discuss the gaps identified in our plan and ask for your help in setting priorities.

If you would like to be part of the discussion for improving your library, please register for one of the following sessions:

We hope you will be able to join us. Suggestions and feedback are always welcome at


USCIS Releases New Form I-9

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released the new Form I-9 along with the updated instructions. Employers must begin using the new version of the Form I-9 (dated 10/21/2019) by April 30. The new version of the Form I-9 is currently available via the MTU Human Resources Website.

The current instructions will remain the same, with updated FAQ's available on the USCIS website.

In the upcoming weeks, Human Resources will host, two Form I-9 Workshops to help you become familiar with the form and the current process on how to properly manage the form. The topics covered in the workshop will include:

  • Guidance on Federal Government regulations
  • Using international and domestic documents
  • The correct way to complete the I-9
  • And more


RTC Colloquium Today: Health, Refugees, and Rhetoric of Ridicule

PhD candidate Nada Alfeir will discuss the topic "Refugees, Health Management, and Cultural Influence," reflecting on the barriers which impede the quality care of the refugee population using the case of the International Institute of Akron in Akron, Ohio at noon today (Feb. 12) in the Rozsa North Mezzanine.

Andrew Fiss will also discuss "Turning Health Fears into a Joke: Vassar Students’ Covert Rhetorics of Ridicule, 1860s-1880s," pointing out that "w]hen early observers of Vassar College worried about the health effects of women’s education, students responded by turning to rhetoric. Their preparatory rhetoric classes covered using 'ridicule' to make 'covert' arguments. Through extracurricular writing, Vassar students developed covert rhetorics, arguing against health fears by turning them into a joke."


Husky Innovate Event Tomorrow: Finance Your Innovation 

Husky Innovate is hosting Finance Your Innovation, a panel discussion with Patrick Visser, chief commercial officer at the MTEC SmartZone Nathan Sturos, a Michigan Tech alumnus and principal at Sturos CPA, a full-service accounting firm based Calumet. Both bring a broad range of finance experience.

Visser and Sturos will cover the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of small company finance including using balance sheets, profit and loss statements, and pro-forma financial statements to make financially conservative projections emphasizing the importance of vetting financial documents with data gathered during customer discovery and market research
  • Founder capital fundraising strategies and choices including bootstrapping, angel investment, venture capital investment, and growth capital financing

This workshop will be held at 5 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 13) in M&M U113. Please register in advance. 


CC and CoE Faculty Candidate Seminar Today

The Colleges of Computing and Engineering will host a faculty candidate seminar at 3 p.m. today (Feb. 12) in Chem Sci 101. Hongyu An will present, "Brain on a Chip: Designing Self-learning and Low-power Neuromorphic Systems."

Hongyu is a doctoral candidate in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). His research interests include neuromorphic and brain-inspired computing, energy-efficient neuromorphic electronic circuit design for Artificial Intelligence, three-dimensional integrated circuit (3D-IC) design, and emerging nanoscale device design.

Read the blog post here.


Old Smart Phones Needed

Tech Theatre is looking for a few old smart phones as props for the upcoming production of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change."

If you have phone you'd like to donate, please contact Trish Helsel. You may also drop it by the VPA office (Walker 209) or send it to Trish through campus mail.

In Print

Angie Carter (SS) has published "Rebranding the Farmer: Formula Story Revision and Masculine Symbolic Boundaries in US Agriculture" with Andres Lazaro Lopez (co-author) in the winter 2019 issue of Feminist Formations, the flagship journal of the National Women Studies Association.

In the News

Paul van Susante (ME-EM) was quoted in the story "The Village on the Moon Starts Here," on msn news.


A study published by Michigan Tech was cited in the story "Trump wants to invest big in nuclear weapons: report" in Raw  Story.


Former Michigan Tech Nordic skier Sam Holmes won the 50k freestyle in Saturday's North American Vasa near Traverse City. Holmes also captured the Michigan Cup Challenge, a side competition combining the times of racers who compete in both the 50K freestyle and 17k classic races. The story was covered in the Traverse City Record-Eagle

Another former Husky, Erin Lipp, won the women's 25k race in the event which was covered in the Record-Eagle's story "TC native Lipp earns victory alongside friendly competition."


Michigan Tech was mentioned in the story "Reach for the Sky" in Site Selection Magazine.

Today's Campus Events

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Digital Marketers

Digital Marketers is a group for digital platform managers (digital ads, photo/video production, social media accounts, websites, etc) across campus. We meet every other...


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,...


RTC Colloquium: Health, refugees, and rhetoric of ridicule

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Introduction to Data Management Planning

Many research proposals require a data management plan (DMP). This session will cover the basics of data management planning including agency requirements, the elements of a...


Faculty Candidate Hongyu An to Present Lecture

Faculty candidate Hongyu An will present a lecture on Wednesday, February 12, at 3:00 p.m. in Chem Sci 101. Hongyu's talk is titled, "Brain on a Chip: Designing Self-learning...


After School: Investigating Chemistry

After School Science and Engineering Classes 2020 Grades 6-8 on WEDNESDAYS For grades 6-8, meets on Wednesdays. Find out how cabbage can be used to measure the pH (acidity)...


Debunking Myths of Counseling: Mental Health Check-Up

Join us for this informative Husky Hour, and learn some important concepts and common misconceptions about mental health with Sarah Woodruff from Counseling Services!


Husky Hour - Debunking the Myths of Counseling

Fact or fiction? How much do you know about Counseling and Mental Health? Learn more about mental health and about resources here at MTU so you can help yourself and your...


Michigan Tech Research Forum: University Professor - Kathleen Halvorsen

The next Michigan Tech Research Forum will be Wednesday, February 12, the Memorial Union Ballroom. Dr. Kathleen Halvorsen will lead the forum with a 30-minute...


Supper and Scripture

Enjoy dinner and a bible study with Lutheran Collegians at our campus house, located behind Peace Lutheran Church! Rides are available approximately 10 minutes before behind...


Kimberly-Clark at MTU - Info Session

Join Kimberly Clark at 7pm on Wednesday, Feb 12th as we talk about the history of our company, opportunities for co-ops, and the culture & community mindset we're looking for...