Be Brief: Lab

Classes are not running the way we’re used to. This series on Unscripted, the University research blog, dives into people’s work across campus to gather ideas, hope, community and, yes, some commiseration, too. Today: chemical engineering’s Unit Operations Lab (UO).

Safety is the most fundamental focus of any lab course — and it was heightened in the UO Lab before anyone heard of COVID-19. Physical distancing, face coverings, and clean hands simply got added to the course’s existing requirements for hard hats, steel-toe boots, safety glasses and other personal protective equipment (PPE) and standard operating procedures. Students also cycled through the lab in smaller groups throughout the semester, running experiments on the lab’s multistory solvent recovery unit as well as smaller liquid-liquid extraction, flow measurement, reaction kinetics and distillation experiments.

Read the full story on Unscripted.

Michigan Tech Preschool Registration Begins Tuesday

The Michigan Tech Preschool will begin registration for the 2021-2022 school year Tuesday (March 2) for alumni and returning families, and will open its registration to all new interested families on March 9.

Enrollment forms will be sent via email to alumni and returning families, and will also be available on our website March 9.

Classes will be offered to children between 3 to 5 years old in the mornings or afternoons. Children must be 3 or 4 years old by Dec. 1 and all children must be fully toilet trained by the first day of school. For more information, please visit our website.

Michigan Tech Preschool is a non-profit, cooperative preschool with a history of offering quality, affordable early childhood education in the Copper Country area for more than 60 years. It is a fully-licensed preschool, and the teachers meet all state certification requirements for early-childhood educators.

For questions, please contact the preschool via Facebook messenger, or call 7-2720.

Husky Health Incentive Payout

Benefits-eligible employees who participated in Husky Health in 2020 and submitted a Husky Health Checklist that elected the Husky Health incentive as a payout in your paycheck, HSA or FSA will see their elected incentive on their paystub today (Feb. 26).

Employees that elected the Husky Health incentive for a membership at the SCD, Mont Ripley or PLGC will be able to redeem your incentive payout on or after today (Feb. 26).

As a reminder, the 2021 Husky Health reporting period began on began Jan 1, 2021 and will continue through Dec. 31, 2021 for a 2022 incentive payout.

Complete the 2021 Husky Health Checklist by Jan. 10, 2022, for a 2022 incentive payout. Find out more information about Husky Health and other wellness benefits online. Questions? Contact the Benefits Office at or 7-2517.

This Week in the Lode

Featured this week in the Michigan Tech Lode:





Check out our website to see past articles and more!

PS - do you enjoy writing, editing, photography or graphic design? We are currently in need of new individuals to join our staff. We meet weekly on Wednesdays and publish the same night on our website. Eventually, we will be returning to print publishing as well. We are a dedicated and fun group of individuals who enjoy representing campus life through news. Email us and find out how you can join the Lode.

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Cultures in academia were established more than a century ago when everyone hailed from the same demographic. While cultures have slowly evolved, fair treatment according to student/faculty needs has not all been addressed which means inequity remains deeply rooted in academia. Systemic inequities can manifest in a number of ways, including the peer review process.

In fact, in some journals such as Econometrica, submit-accept times for female-authored papers take six months longer to complete peer review (Hengel 2016). Today’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup highlights a guest editorial from the Journal of Engineering Education that grapples with the experience of systemic racism in peer review. It recounts the experiences of a Black, engineering education graduate student and her advisor and issues a call to action to confront and overcome systemic inequities in the academy.

If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog. To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us or visit our website.

Nancy Langston awarded Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society for Environmental History

Nancy Langston (SS/CFRES) has been awarded the 2021 Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society for Environmental History. This award is given to one individual each year who has contributed significantly to environmental history scholarship and recognizes exceptional lifetime achievement in the field.

Langston has published five books and more than 50 peer-reviewed papers, and she has been awarded more than a million dollars in competitive external funding. Her current research, on woodland caribou and other migratory wildlife of the north, is supported with a Fulbright Research Chair, a Mellon Fellowship, a Mandel Award in the Humanities, and an NSF research grant in Science and Technology Studies.

Ben Holland Receives MSFA Scholarship

Congratulations to civil engineering undergrad Ben Holland for being selected to receive the 2021 Michigan Stormwater Floodplain Association (MSFA) Scholarship.

Holland has been invited to attend the 2021 MSFA Annual Conference, which will be held virtually March 4, where he will be recognized.

1010 with … Sidike Paheding

You are invited to spend one-zero-one-zero—that is, ten—minutes with Sidike Paheding from 5:30 to 5:40 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday (March 3),

Paheding is an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Computing. In this informal discussion, he will cover his research work in the areas of machine learning and computer vision. Join the Zoom meeting here

Read the blog post.

Tech Vs. Northern Hockey Rivalry Resumes

The No. 20 Michigan Tech Hockey team takes on rival Northern Michigan in a home and away series tonight and tomorrow (Feb. 26/27).

The Huskies will play host to the Wildcats tonight at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. tonight. Tomorrow the Huskies travel to Marquette as the Wildcats will play host at the Berry Events Center. The game time is 6:07 p.m.

Michigan Tech comes into the weekend as the No. 20 in the country with an overall 18-8-1 overall record and 5-5-0 in the WCHA. NMU is 8-13-1 overall and 6-5-1 in the conference.

The Huskies will honor Justin Misiak, David Raisanen, Greyson Reitmeier, Tyler Rockwell, Marcus Russell, Mark Sinclair, and Cooper Watson after Friday's game for Senior Night.

The games can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM. Both will be televised on Fox UP throughout the Upper Peninsula. The games will be live-streamed on Mix 93 WKMJ and

Men's Basketball Closes Season at Wisconsin-Parkside

The regular season wraps up this week for Michigan Tech men's basketball, but not before they travel to Kenosha to face Wisconsin-Parkside (9-7) today (Feb. 26) and tomorrow (Feb. 27). Tipoff is at 4 p.m. EST on both days.

After a split with Grand Valley State, the Huskies are in a battle for first place in the GLIAC North Division with Wisconsin-Parkside, who remains just one game behind. This season, all 12 teams qualify for the conference tournament, but the top four seeds earn a bye on March 2, the first day of the postseason.

The games can be heard on local radio on AM 920 and live-streamed on

Volleyball Ranked No. 23

The Michigan Tech volleyball team is ranked No. 23 in this week's AVCA Division II Coaches' Poll. The Huskies were the first team outside of the top 25 in the preseason poll and are 2-0 on the season.

Tech had back-to-back sweeps of Lake Superior State last weekend at the SDC Gym to begin the 2021 season. The Huskies travel to Northwood this weekend for the first road matches of the season. The Huskies and Timberwolves will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tech was ranked in the Top 25 in eight polls in 2019 and climbed as high as No. 20 on November 5

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, February 26, 2021

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.

Building Mechanic II (12 months/40 hours/2nd Shift) #21039, Athletics & Recreation (SDC). AFSCME posting 2/26/2021 - 3/4/2021. 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 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 for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

New Funding

Jacqueline Huntoon (Provost/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $194,260 other sponsored activities grant from the Michigan Department of Education - MiSTEM Advisory Council.

The project is entitled, "Mi-STAR Consortium 2020-2022." Marianne Semones (Provost/GLRC) and Stephanie Tubman (Provost/GLRC) are Co-PI's on this potential two-year project.


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

If you are working on campus while the University is at Health Safety Level Three, remember that no one is permitted to come to campus with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

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.


KSO Presents 'Orchestral Miniatures' Live-Stream Saturday

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts and the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts announce “Orchestral Miniatures,” a live-streamed concert of music performed by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra (KSO).  The concert will originate from the Rozsa Center at 7:30 pm on Saturday (Feb. 27).  Due to current coronavirus restrictions, the concert will only be available virtually to the general public, by visiting or the Rozsa Facebook page.


Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged), Tonight, Saturday

The Tech Theatre Company's virtual performances of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]" continue tonight and tomorrow (Feb. 26-27). Due to current coronavirus restrictions, the performances will only be available virtually. Performances will be live-stream (yes, performed live). Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, please visit or call Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at 7-2073. General public tickets are available for $10 (suggested donation) per device.

Michigan Tech Students have free tickets available through the Experience Tech program.

For more information, check out the full Tech Today story.


Chemistry Seminar Today

The next Chemistry Seminar will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Feb. 26) via Zoom.

Bradley D. Smith, the Emil T. Hofman Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, will present "Near-Infrared Fluorescent Probes for Bioimaging."


Computer Science Department Lecture Today

The Department of Computer Science presents a lecture by Meryl Spencer (MTRI) at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 26). Spencer's lecture is titled, "Advancing Robotics through competition." Join the virtual lecture here.

Read the blog post.


Today is the Last Day to Take ACHF Survey

Today is the Last Day to complete the American College Health Foundation (ACHF), Emotional Well-being Survey. The ACHF is administering this survey, but the Center for Student Mental Health & Well-being and the Tech Forward Health & Quality of Life Initiative are collaborating with ACHF to gather data about Michigan Tech.

This information will help us address issues impacting well-being and will guide us in our efforts to build resilience and well-being throughout our community.

To find the survey, search your email inbox for "Huskies, Share your Experience." Emails with your link to the survey were sent out on Feb. 16, 21 and 23.

It should take about 10 minutes to complete. For questions please email

Deans' Teaching Showcase

For the Deans’ Teaching Showcase this week, College of Sciences and Arts Dean David Hemmer has selected Teresa Woods, lecturer and assistant to the chair in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. During Woods' six years at Michigan Tech, she has taught an enormous course load, averaging more than 900 student credit hours each year, mostly from large lectures in lower-division classes. Though these courses are often very difficult to teach, Woods does so with great skill. She regularly earns student evaluations more than a standard deviation above the mean. She has been honored as part of the Provost’s “top 10%” list half a dozen times.

Woods has numerous strengths as an instructor. She is enthusiastic and encouraging and establishes an excellent rapport with her students. She uses a variety of teaching techniques, including traditional lecture and active learning strategies such as iClicker questions and group work. She gets students actively involved in her lectures. For online courses using Zoom, she plays music for students before the class and uses the polling to keep students focused.

Before each class, she provides students with “skeleton notes” with some of the material filled in and prompts for exercises to go through during class. She uses a wide variety of assessment techniques, with pre-class assignments, in-class polling, quizzes and exams for summative assessment.

Of her teaching philosophy, she writes that she is strongly influenced by Lev Vygotsky’s “zone of proximal development.” Vygotsky defined this as “the distance between the actual developmental level as determined by independent problem solving and the level of potential as determined through problem-solving under adult guidance, or in collaboration with more capable peers.” She aims to meet students at their current level of understanding and to help them move through the zone of proximal development.

Dean Hemmer justified her selection by saying, “Looking at Teresa’s teaching portfolio is eye-opening. She has given great thought to every aspect of instruction and is clearly a master of her craft. She also gives generously of this expertise to mentor graduate student teaching assistants. She is an incredible asset to the department.”

Before her recent promotion to assistant to the chair, she also served as the beloved director of the Math Learning Center. The coaches and staff were so sorry to see her leave the center that they created a heartfelt “thank you” video to express their appreciation, detailing the many personal and professional connections they had with her.

Woods is focused on constantly improving, attending a variety of professional meetings on current trends in teaching and learning mathematics at the college level. She gave a talk entitled “Analysis of ALEKS PPL Placement Test Data” at the MAA MathFest (Chicago 2017), and attended the MAA Conference on precalculus to calculus: insights and innovations (St. Paul, 2016), SIAM Conference on Applied Mathematics Education (Portland, 2018), and the 45th AMATYC Annual Conference (Milwaukee, WI 2019). In addition, she attends the Upper Peninsula Teaching and Learning Conference each year. In 2017, she presented “Thoughts After One Year of Active Learning Experiments in Calculus III,”, and in 2018, she co-authored a poster presentation “A Tale of Two Calculus II Quizzing Approaches.”

Dean Hemmer’s final assessment? “Teresa Woods is an outstanding teacher, valued colleague, and a well-deserving member of this year’s showcase.”

Woods will be recognized at an end-of-term event with other showcase members, and is also a candidate for the CTL Instructional Award Series (to be determined this summer) recognizing introductory or large-class teaching, innovative or outside the classroom teaching methods, or work in curriculum and assessment.

Today's Campus Events

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DENALI: Artists Respond to Music Inspired by Wilderness

Friday, Jan. 22 - Saturday, April 17. Art and music inspired by Alaska's wild places. This gallery exhibit features new musical compositions and works created in response to...


Board of Trustees Meeting

Regular meeting of the Michigan Tech Board of Trustees


UP and Moving - Yoga

Michigan Tech students in the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology are offering an "UP and Moving" initiative for campus and community members. UP and Moving...


Mathematical Sciences Colloquium: Multilevel Gaussian Graphical Model

Speaker: Professor Inyoung Kim (Department of Statistics, Virginia Tech). ABSTRACT: In this talk, I will introduce a joint estimation method for building a multilevel...


Accelerated MS in Kinesiology - Informational Session

The Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology will hold a brief informational session about our Kinesiology Accelerated Master's (BS-MS) program. This accelerated...


Chat & Chill Group

We used to be the board game group. Then COVID... Now, we just chat and chill, and someday, we hope to meet in person again. For now, the goal is to relax, meet new friends,...


CS Dept. Lecture: Meryl Spencer, MTRI

The Department of Computer Science will present a lecture by Meryl Spencer, Michigan Tech Research Institute, on Friday, February 26, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. Spencer's lecture is...


KIP Spring Seminar Series

The second seminar will be Friday, February 26th, from 3-4pm. Our students will present their research, educational projects, and/or outreach in progress at this seminar ....


Near-Infrared Fluorescent Probes for Bioimaging

Chemistry Seminar Series Dr. Bradley D. Smith, Emil T. Hofman Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame Abstract: The lecture will describe new...


PhD Defense: Mujeeb Olushola Shittu

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Advisor: Thomas Werner Functional Genetic Approaches to Provide Evidence for the Role of Toolkit Genes in the Evolution of Complex Color...


Make a Mug Night!

On Friday, February 26th from 5-7pm, we will be hosting make a Mug Night at the Makerspace! Join us to learn about the many woodworking techniques and tools used to create...


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield Tech Theatre presents a ZOOM virtual theatre experience LIVE for...


Call for Submission: The Art of Valuing Water

World Water Day Event Community Art Show - "The Art of Valuing Water" Call for Submission: Artwork should be submitted between February 1, 2021 to March 1, 2021 for...


DENALI: Music and Art Inspired by Wilderness

What do you get when you set nine composers loose in Denali National Park? You get nine great pieces of music! Give this music to artists as inspiration and you get eighteen...