That's a Wrap: Protein 'Burritos' Stabilize Vaccines

Fifty percent of vaccines are wasted annually because they aren’t kept cold. Caryn Heldt (ChE) and collaborator Sarah Perry (University of Massachusetts Amherst) have discovered a way to stabilize viruses in vaccines with proteins instead of temperature.

Read the story on Michigan Tech News.

Rozsa Center Presents Comedian Matt Bellassai Live Streaming Saturday

It's time for all of us to laugh at little — or a lot. Everyone is invited to attend a live-streamed stand-up comedy event with Matt Bellassai  live, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 14).

According to Rozsa Programming Director Mary Jennings, “If ever there was a perfect time when we all need a little levity in our lives, now is it. I’m happy the Rozsa can provide a comedy act, even virtually, at this moment in time.”

Bellassai is a writer, stand-up comedian and 2016 People’s Choice Award winner for Favorite Social Media Star, which, he says, remains his only real accomplishment, besides graduating fourth in his class in high school and losing an election for student body president in college.

After the success of his BuzzFeed web series, “Whine About It,” Matt embarked on a solo stand-up career, performing to sold-out audiences around the United States and at least one disastrous not-sold-out audience at a casino in Palm Springs, California.

He is the host of the podcast “Unhappy Hour.” Born and coddled in the suburbs of Chicago, he currently lives the poor gay man’s version of Sex and the City, with none of the sex, fashion or friends.

He will almost definitely die alone. This event is recommended for a PG-13 audience, with mature content and subjects.

Register for the event.

This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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EPSSI Seminar Monday

The next EPSSI Seminar will take place at 4 p.m. Monday (Nov. 16) via Zoom. 

Vicki Grassian, Chair, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Professor, Dept. of NanoEngineering and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego will present "Exploring the Chemistry of Environmental Interfaces" on Monday, November 16 at 4:00 p.m. The seminar is sponsored by the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI). Read an abstract. Register for the Zoom seminar.

Please register early.

Biological Sciences Seminar Series

The next Biological Sciences Seminar will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 12) via Zoom.

Thomas Werner (BioSci) with present "My Sabbatical in Singapore: How I Finally Got to Study Butterflies."

Werner is a Drosophila ("fruit fly") expert, but butterflies were his childhood passion and the reason he became a professor. While he never pulled it off to study butterflies in his own lab, he spent his sabbatical year (2019-2020) at the National University of Singapore to work in Antonia Monteiro’s lab to study butterfly genetics.

While this talk provides insights (and many nice photos) about how butterflies are reared and manipulated under laboratory conditions, another important part of the talk is why and how it is beneficial to step away from your own research and see the world from a different perspective. This talk will be equally valuable to students and professors, as there are lessons to be learned that apply to a wide academic audience. 

Chemistry Seminar Friday

There will be a Chemistry Seminar at 3 p.m. Friday (Sept. 13) via Zoom.

Sangyoon Han (BioMed) will present his piece on "Toward Discovery of the Initial Stiffness-Sensing Mechanism by Adherent Cells."

Han is also an affiliate assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics and the advisor for the Korean Student Association.

Rhetoric, Theory & Culture Colloquium: Developing, Circulating and Adopting New Technologies

The Department of Humanities will host its first virtual RTC colloquium of the year from 4 - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, via Zoom.

There will be two cross-disciplinary presentations:

  • Michelle Javie-Eggart (EF) will present "Investigating Factors Motivating Engineering Faculty to Adopt and Teach New Engineering Technologies"
  • Alfred Owusu-Ansah (HU) will present "Rhetorically Decoding Computer Programming as a Digital Literacy"

Sarah Bell (HU) will be the respondent. All are welcome.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next virtual Graduate Seminar Speaker will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, (Nov. 12) via zoomAnubhab Roy will present “Inertial Slender Body Theory.”

Roy is an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Mechanics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M), Chennai, India.

Chemical Engineering Seminar

There will be a Chemical Engineering Seminar at 1 p.m. Friday (Nov. 13) via Zoom (Passcode: 040484). Yuesheng Gao will present "Instability of Air Films Trapped Between Liquid Drops and Solid Surfaces".

Gao is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering. He received his BS and MS degrees in Mining Engineering from Central South University in 2016 and 2016, respectively.

He has authored 18 journal articles, he serves as a reviewer for 15 international journals and serves as a session chair for the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration. His research expertise involves interface science and mineral processing.

The presentation will focus on the newly developed Synchronized Tri-Wavelength Reflection Interferometry Microscopy (STRIM) technique for characterizing both the instability of air films and surface forces between water droplets and solid surfaces.

Huskies Picked Fourth in WCHA

Michigan Tech was picked fourth in the WCHA Preseason Coaches' Poll the league announced Tuesday (Nov. 10). Junior forward Trenton Bliss received one vote for WCHA Coaches' Preseason Player of the Year and a vote for the Coaches' Preseason All-WCHA. Freshman forward Carson Bantle had a pair of votes for Coaches' Preseason Rookie of the Year. Junior forward Alec Broetzman and junior defenseman Colin Swoyer each earned a vote for Coaches' Preseason All-WCHA.

In the poll, the Huskies received 64 points. Minnesota State was the top pick with 86 points and six first-place votes. Bemidji State was second with 79 points while garnering one first-place nod. Bowling Green was predicted to finish third with one point short of the Beavers. The Falcons picked up three first-place votes.

Northern Michigan (63) was a point behind Tech in fifth. Lake Superior State (49), Alaska (40), Ferris State (35), Alaska Anchorage (28), and Alabama Huntsville (18) rounded out the poll in spots six through 10.

Bliss tallied 27 points last season with 12 goals and 15 assists to share the team lead and receive the Gary Crosby Memorial Award as the leading scorer. The alternate captain has appeared in 73 career games and totaled 42 points.

Bantle was drafted by the Arizona Cotoyets in the fifth round of the 2020 NHL Draft in early October. He was the captain of the Madison Capitols in the USHL last year and had 49 points in 49 games.

Broetzman led the Huskies with 16 goals last season and was tied with Bliss for the team lead in points (27) to earn the Gary Crosby Memorial Award. The captain hasn't missed a game in his first two seasons for Tech, appearing in 77 games with 41 career points on 24 goals and 17 assists.

Swoyer appeared in 39 games for the Huskies last year and led the team with 17 assists while scoring four goals. He received the team's Gitzen-Loutit Memorial Award as the outstanding defensive player. He was also sixth in the WCHA in blocked shots and enters the season with 32 career points in 75 games.

The 100th season of Michigan Tech hockey begins on November 21-22 at Lake Superior State. The Huskies play rival NMU the next weekend for the first of three two-game sets this season.

Read the full story on the Michigan Tech Huskies website.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Assistant or Associate Professor, Sleep Physiology, Kinesiology & Integrative Physiology. Apply online. 

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Accommodations are available. If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment or an interview at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

New Funding

Jared Anderson (VPA) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $24,000 other sponsored activities grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs.

The project is entitled, "Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts Presenting Series." Mary Jennings (VPA) is a Co-PI on this project.

In Print

A research paper by Sidike Paheding (AC), has been accepted by the journal, Expert Systems and Applications. The article is titled, “Binary Chemical Reaction Optimization based Feature Selection Techniques for Machine Learning Classification Problems.” An in-press version of the paper is available online.

 Read the blog post.


Fill Out the COVID-19 Symptom Tracking Form Before Coming to Campus

A reminder that no one is permitted to come to campus with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. All employees are required to monitor their symptoms daily before coming to campus. The Daily Symptom Tracking Form is a short form that will help you determine if you have COVID-19 symptoms. 

In addition, all visitors must fill out the Visitor Symptom Tracking Form each day before coming on campus. 


Celebration of SWE

Please join us to celebrate the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) across the past two decades. Organized in honor of Gretchen Hein (MMET), who recently received an award for SWE Outstanding Faculty Advisor, the evening opens with a presentation from Hein, and her memories of SWE across the years.

Help spread the word by connecting with former SWEsters. The format will be a Zoom webinar and with Q&A. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Register for the webinar..

We are also holding a thank you letter-writing campaign. Thank Hein for all of the hard work she has put in to make our chapter succeed or congratulate her on her award. You can drop the letters off in person or send them in the mail.

Send your letters to the MTU Dean of Engineering Office.

In the News

The virtual U.P. Clean Energy Conference, co-hosted by Michigan Tech, was previewed by Public Radio 90 (WNMU).


The hiring of Turk Ozturk as Michigan Tech's new women's soccer coach was covered by ABC 10.


Wayne Pennington, former dean of the College of Engineering, was quoted in the story. "10 Years Later, Northern Michigan’s First Earthquake in Recorded History Remains A Mystery," on WFGR, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Today's Campus Events

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Walking Gallery Tour: Hero City: Documentary Photography by Meghan Kirkwood

Hero City: Documentary Photography by Meghan Kirkwood features a collection of silver gelatin and inkjet photographs made as part of a documentary project about modern...


Go to New Zealand with ISA

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Virtual drop-ins at the Library

Drop-in in at any point during the hour with your questions or to walk through a short overview of this week's topic. Sign up not required. For more info and a list of topics,...


IDEA hub/CTL session: Student Panel on Motivation & Engagement in the Virtual Classroom


Husky Hour- Nutrition

Husky Hour presents "Nutrition", where we will talk about proper nutrition practices, why nutrition is important, and tips and tricks to be a healthier person overall. Win...


PhD Defense: Bin Zhou

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iDesign info session

Attend this virtual info session to learn about the iDesign program -- a global program that provides a venue to do inspired, international, integrative community design...


Jackbox Games with Phi Delta Chi

Come join the sisters of Phi Delta Chi on Wednesday for some fun Jackbox games!


Post-Election Talking Circles

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD & LISTEN TO WHAT OTHER STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY! The reality is November 4th is going to happen, and someone will be elected President. With this there...


USG Weekly Meeting

It's the best time of the week! Our weekly meetings are open to all guests so everyone is more than welcome to stop on by. Whether you're there to bring us a...


Watch the Video Recording of KSO's "Trolls and Cowboys" Halloween Concert

Original air date: Sat, Oct 31, 2020 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra presents "Trolls and Cowboys" in a special streamed concert on Halloween (October 31)...