Guy Hembroff Selected for Deans' Teaching Showcase

College of Computing Dean Dennis Livesay has selected Associate Professor Guy Hembroff from the Department of Applied Computing as this week's featured instructor in the Deans’ Teaching Showcase.

Hembroff will be recognized at an end-of-term luncheon with other spring showcase members, and is a candidate for the next CTL Instructional Award Series.

As program director for the health informatics M.S. program, Hembroff faced difficult times during the pandemic when the program struggled with single-digit enrollments. Addressing the challenge, Hembroff modularized the health informatics curriculum and in the process provided students with new opportunities to earn multiple certificates upon graduation. In addition to the M.S. degree, students will earn the Foundation of Health Informatics graduate certificate (pending approval), and can also complete certificates in Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, Security and Privacy in Healthcare, and/or Public Health Informatics.

Another benefit of a modularized curriculum is how it helps incoming students visualize how courses connect and create multiple entry points. For example, a student could start in a certificate-only program and then decide to pursue a full master’s degree, building upon the certificate they earned.

Hembroff also restructured his courses to a hybrid modality using a flipped-classroom approach for the weekly in-class sessions last fall. “The results were very encouraging, as student evaluations for my fall courses placed in the top 10% using the new hybrid model," said Hembroff. “This provides early positive feedback for using a course model that can be effective for both online and on-campus students."

Results of these program updates are promising. While the fall 2021 enrollment in the program was nine, fall 2022 enrollment had quadrupled to 36, with more students arriving this spring. The current enrollment in the program is more than 50 students. “Guy has done an amazing job of reimagining the health informatics degree, while also working extremely hard to identify new students and help them come to Michigan Tech,” said Livesay.

As Dan Fuhrmann, applied computing department chair, pointed out: “In addition to everything he is doing for our students in the M.S. in Health Informatics program, Dr. Hembroff is leading active research programs in medical machine learning and deep learning models, predictive health analytics, clinical decision support systems and related areas. It is exciting to imagine where this combination of cutting-edge research and graduate education for health care and computing professionals could lead.”

Celebrating Graduate Student Scholarship

The Graduate School is proud to announce the publication of 55 new dissertations, theses and reports in Digital Commons, the University’s institutional repository. These works represent the culmination of scholarly research for 35 Ph.D. students, 20 master’s students and 57 faculty advisors. We hope you take time to explore the work of Michigan Tech’s newest scholars.

Each year, we have the opportunity to select a master’s thesis to represent Michigan Tech in the Midwestern Association of Graduate School’s Distinguished Thesis Award competition. This year, Karuna Rana was nominated by their advisor, Chelsea Schelly, and will represent Michigan Tech in the regional competition.

“Karuna’s study was the first of its kind to quantify (and compare) the environmental impact of plastic-free straw types as alternatives to plastic straws,” noted Schelly.

Rana completed her master’s degree in summer 2020 as a Fulbright scholar. We encourage you to join the 8,400 people who have already looked at Rana's scholarship on Digital Commons by viewing her thesis on Digital Commons.

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Biases in NSF Funding Create Surprising Disparities

Systemic biases, including biases in funding, are detrimental to not only individual careers but also to the quality of scholarship, the academic research endeavor and shared commitments to integrity, meritocracy and fairness. This week’s article from the New York Times reports that white principal investigators (PIs) are more likely to be successful at NSF than any other racial group. An unexpected finding was that Asian-identifying PIs were the least likely of all racial groups to be funded by NSF and this trend has been persistent, even as Black and Hispanic PIs have made gains in research awards. The study’s authors note that these patterns extended across all disciplinary directorates and external review scores, and were even more pronounced for unsolicited proposals.

In a rebuttal to these findings, another article available in preprint argues that career stage and rate of proposal submissions partially explain the rates of disparity among racial groups. However, the original study’s authors maintain that disparities are engrained in the academic funding model and offer a number of process-oriented suggestions for change at funding agencies, such as making funding data transparent and revising the reliance on merit-based reward systems that tend to perpetuate the very biases they are supposed to mitigate. Thus, this article illustrates that a commitment to sustained action that eliminates disparities is needed at all levels of academia.

Today’s feature was shared with us by the ADVANCE PI Team. 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, an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity and inclusion. Past articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog.

To learn more about our featured topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us or visit our website.

Rozsa Transforming Into Jazz Club Tonight, Tomorrow

Michigan Tech Jazz is transforming the Rozsa stage into a fun, intimate jazz club for two nights — starting tonight (Jan. 27) — for Backstage Jazz: Small Groups. You'll sit onstage as the small ensembles of Michigan Tech Jazz perform short music sets with pieces by incredible composers like Stevie Wonder, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and our very own Adam Meckler (VPA). Get your favorite person (or people), and grab your seats at the Backstage Jazz Club!

Event Details:

  • What: Backstage Jazz: Small Groups
  • When: Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
  • Tickets: $15 Adult | $5 Youth Under 18 | Free Student Rush through the Experience Tech Fee

Get tickets online or at the Rozsa Box Office, open today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and one hour before shows for walk-up sales.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar with Rod Chimner

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will take place at 3 p.m. Monday (Jan. 30) in the Great Lakes Research Center, GLRC 202.

Rod Chimner, professor of wetland ecology, Michigan Technological University, College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, will present "Peatland Restoration as a Natural Climate Solution."

Read the abstract on the University Events Calendar.

Anabel Needham Prepped to Compete in U23 World Ski Championships

Michigan Tech Nordic skier Anabel Needham has qualified for the FIS Nordic U23 World Ski Championships in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, from Jan. 29-31.

"I am really looking forward to skiing for my first time in Canada — from what I've heard and seen in photos, it's just beautiful," Needham said. "I am excited for the opportunity to race an atypical NCAA race format (classic sprint) as well as a typical NCAA race format (classic 20K mass start)."

Her first of two races will take place at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday (Jan. 29) as she competes in the classic sprint. Her second race will be the classic 20K mass start at 1 p.m. EST on Tuesday (Jan. 31).

Needham's races will be livestreamed on the FIS Nordic U23 World Ski Championships website.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Athletics website.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available on the Human Resources website. For more information regarding staff positions, call 906-487-2280 or email

For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Postdoctoral Scholar – Plant Bioinformatics, College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. Apply online.

Assistant Teaching Professor, Physics. 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

In the News

Michigan Tech was mentioned in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State Address. A transcript was published by the Detroit Free Press

Whitmer named Michigan Tech’s engineering program as a place for students to put their Michigan Achievement Scholarship to use. The story was picked up by regional outlets including Grand Rapids’ 13 On Your Side, Lansing’s WILX 10 and ABC 57 of South Bend, Indiana.


Radio Results Network mentioned Michigan Tech in a preview of the OneUP Mind Trekkers 2023 tour event being held today (Jan. 27) at Bay College’s Escanaba campus.

Mind Trekkers is a flagship program of Michigan Tech’s Center for Educational Outreach. Over 650 eighth graders from surrounding counties will participate in more than 60 STEM demonstrations at the event.


Railway Age mentioned Michigan Tech’s Rail Transportation Program in a story about the Federal Railroad Administration-sponsored Tracks to the Future rail transportation and engineering summer youth program.

The weeklong summer sessions began at Michigan Tech and have expanded to five other universities across the U.S. The story was picked up from Progressive Railroading.


U.S. Ski & Snowboard mentioned Michigan Tech Nordic skier Anabel Needham in a press release announcing the athletes representing the United States at the FIS Junior & U23 World Cross Country Championships.

Needham is one of five members of the U23 women’s team. The announcement was picked up by Snow Industry News.


ENR Midwest profiled Ryan Bauman ’07 (civil engineering) as one of 20 individuals under 40 in the region honored on the ENR Midwest Top Young Professionals list. Bauman is a transit section manager at HDR Engineering Inc. in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.


The Keweenaw Report mentioned Michigan Tech as the site of the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce annual Sparkplug Awards. The awards will be announced March 2 at the Memorial Union Building.


Wondr Health: Free Weight Loss Program

Learn how to lose weight and improve your health while eating the foods you love with Wondr Health.

Employee Wellness is offering active, benefits-eligible employees an opportunity to lose weight with the Wondr Health program, previously Naturally Slim. Registration ends Sunday (Jan. 29) and space is limited.

The Wondr Health program has the secret to lasting weight loss and it doesn’t include starving, counting calories or eating diet food. It’s a 10-week online program with yearlong support that helps you learn how to eat to reduce your chance of getting a serious disease, like diabetes or heart disease, and increase your chances at living a longer, healthier life — for free. Lose weight, plus improve your overall health — all while eating the foods you love!

Wondr Health offers an evidence-based curriculum with the latest behavioral science and is grounded in the principles of the most effective behavioral weight loss programs. To register, please visit Michigan Tech's Wondr Health site.

Wondr Health counts toward Option 3 on your Husky Health Checklist.


Film Board Presenting 'The Bad Guys'

This week, the Film Board is presenting "The Bad Guys," which is rated PG.

Summary: To avoid prison, a gang of notorious animal criminals pretend to seek being rehabilitated, only for their leader to secretly find that he genuinely wants to change his ways.


  • Friday, Jan. 27 — 5:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 28 — 5:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.

Located on Michigan Tech's campus in Fisher 135.

Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1. We hope to see you at the movie this weekend and have a great day.

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