Tech Troop to Tackle Climate Challenge at COP28

A delegation of faculty, staff and students from Michigan Technological University will depart late this month for the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference, being held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The delegation includes 16 students from the College of Sciences and Arts and is led by Professors Mark Rouleau and Roman Sidortsov (both SS), Professor Emerita Sarah Green (Chem) and Adjunct Professor Shardul Tiwari (SS).

Known as COP, or Conference of the Parties, this event marks the 28th time that people from around the world will meet to fast-track the energy transition and slash emissions, transform climate finance and put nature, people, lives and livelihoods at the heart of climate action.

Michigan Tech's delegation will be at the center of the action as the collective co-hosts of a COP pavilion. The "Welcome to Just North and Beyond: A Pop-up University Pavilion" is a product of collaboration between American, British and Norwegian universities dedicated to achieving sustainable development through the lens of energy, environmental and climate justice.

The pavilion is organized by Michigan Tech; the University of Tromsø — the Arctic University of Norway; and the University of Sussex, U.K., and in collaboration with the European Union-funded JUSTNORTH Horizon 2020 project. It will bring a wealth of complementary knowledge, expertise and insights on and from northern regions deeply impacted by climate change.

“Our delegation to this year’s U.N. climate meeting really shows the strength and breadth of Michigan Tech’s energy transition and climate change work,” said Sidortsov, associate professor of energy policy. “We are working with colleagues at other universities to organize an exciting set of presentations, minicourses and press conferences highlighting their perspectives on climate, environmental and energy justice; policy; and governance.”

“It’s going to be exciting to spread the word on the work we’ve been doing on the potential for underground storage of hydroelectric power and how we can move communities off a dependence on carbon-based energy systems,” Sidortsov continued. “Presenting the work at a global conference like this, where there’s going to be people from all over the world, is exciting because they’ll see what we might be able to help them with toward transitioning to alternative energy sources. The work is new and is just starting to be implemented and proven in an actual installation, so the more people who see it, the more benefit it would be for everybody.”

This is Michigan Tech’s fourth COP. It is rare for a university to host a pavilion, and Tech is one of just a handful of universities with observer status and delegate privileges.

“We are the lead of a network of institutions and put forth a highly competitive proposal focused on energy, environmental and climate justice,” said Tiwari.

COP28 runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12. If you are planning to be at the COP with blue zone access and would like to present at the pavilion, submit your idea.

Read the latest happenings from the delegation on the Huskies at the UN Climate Conference (COP) blog.

Card Services Upgrade on Tuesday

A Card Services production system maintenance window will take place on Tuesday (Nov. 7) from 9-11 a.m.

During this time, CS Gold access readers, meal readers and access to some Keywatcher Kiosk rooms will work in their offline mode. After the maintenance is complete, transactions will be uploaded back into CS Gold.

The following services will be affected:

  • website
  • Mobile Readers
  • Vending Readers
  • Dining Point of Sale Systems
  • Husky Print

If you have any questions or concerns about this maintenance window, we can help. Contact us at or call 7-1111.

Scheduled Maintenance Affecting Password Resets

Michigan Tech IT will be performing routine quarterly maintenance on the Fischer/mylogin system on Sunday (Nov. 12) from 8 a.m. to noon.

During this maintenance, password resets and will be unavailable.

If you have any questions about this maintenance, we can help. Contact us at or call 7-1111.

SWE Section Attends SWE WE23 Societal Conference

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) section at Michigan Tech had 16 students attend the SWE WE23 Societal Conference in Los Angeles, California, with Gretchen Hein, SWE advisor. The students greatly enjoyed and benefited from the conference sessions. They also met with MTU alumni from L.A. and engaged with several MTU SWE alumnae. They especially enjoyed hearing stories about Tech and how campus has changed.

The SWE WE23 Career Fair is the largest career fair for women in the world. This year, SWE members had 20 interviews and one job offer from participating. Most will hear back on internships and full-time offers in two weeks.

SWE thanks our corporate sponsors for their generous support, which enabled us to fund 100% of the students’ travel!

  • Grace Moeggenborg, junior (applied ecology and environmental science): “The conference celebrated all women and minorities in the workplace and helped me redefine being a woman in STEM.”

  • Kelsey Jensen, junior (biomedical engineering): “Attending the WE23 conference was such an amazing experience that furthered my career and inspired me to strive for positions in my career that I originally wouldn't think of going for.”

  • Rixlie Fozilova, second-year master's student (environmental engineering): “This was my first time at the SWE national conference and I enjoyed every minute of it.”

  • Katherine Baker, junior (chemical engineering): “My favorite part of the conference was attending an exclusive networking event through the SWE Collegiate Leadership Institute, which I’ve participated in for two years.”

  • Skyler Brawley, senior (computer engineering): “I look forward to the conference all year for the amazing lessons I learn at the sessions and the great career opportunities presented at the career fair.”

  • Olivia O’Brien, senior (electrical engineering): “I’ve come out of this conference a more motivated, driven and ambitious engineer!”

  • Kathryn Krieger, junior (environmental engineering): “I hope to carry the knowledge and connections I made this weekend throughout my career.”

  • Aerith Cruz, senior (management information systems): “It’s incredible how the Michigan Tech network extends beyond Houghton.”

  • Victoria Berger, senior (materials science and engineering): “I was able to grow my professional network through the career fair and various networking activities.”

  • Emma Quinn, senior (materials science and engineering): “This conference reaffirmed my love for engineering and allowed me to envision my career path.”

  • Carissa Best, second-year (mechanical engineering), SWE section president-elect: “I am leaving this conference with the knowledge and tools to become an engineer who isn’t afraid to live life without limits!”

  • Tory Cantrell, second-year (mechanical engineering): “Attending the WE23 conference meant so much to me because I was surrounded by so many other women in STEM who all want to strive to be the best they can and help others succeed just as much."

  • Marisa Mathews, first-year (mechanical engineering): “I attended 12 different informational sessions and learned more about engineering, leadership and industry than I imagined could be possible in two days.”

  • Talia Olson, senior (mechanical engineering): “I was able to attend a multitude of informative sessions, and one that stuck out to me was learning about how companies are trying to bring more neurodivergent individuals in the workforce.”

  • Amanda West, senior (mechanical engineering), SWE section president: “It is incredible that 16 of us were given a chance to network, interview with and learn from these amazing women and leaders.”

  • Maci Dostaler, junior (software engineering): “As I continue to grow as a leader, I will strive to use all the advice given to me — by some very impressive people — to good use.”

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar will take place at 3 p.m. on Monday (Nov. 6) in GLRC 202.

Zhanping You, P.E., Ph.D., F.ASCE, F.EMI, Distinguished Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering, Michigan Tech, will present "Recycling Waste Tire Rubber in Asphalt Pavement Design and Construction in North America."

Read the abstract on the University Events Calendar.

CISR Research Discussion: 'Wind, Water, and Waves: Technological Innovations in Sustainability and Resilience'

On Wednesday (Nov. 8) from noon to 1 p.m. in Library 103 (or virtually via Zoom), join a discussion on upcoming opportunities for team proposals in the thematic area of "Wind, Water, and Waves: Technological Innovations in Sustainability and Resilience."

Panelists Hassan Masoud and Fernando Ponta (both ME-EM) will seed the conversation. Attendees will also get a chance to learn more about the Center for Innovation in Sustainability and Resilience (CISR) resources to support research development. Feel free to bring lunch.

Add the event to your Google Calendar.

If you are interested in this area of research but are unable to attend, please email Alan Turnquist at and we will provide you with a summary and an opportunity to join subsequent discussions.

Hockey Hosting Vikings in First-Ever Meeting

Michigan Tech hockey continues nonconference play this weekend against first-time opponent Augustana.

The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. tonight (Nov. 3) and 6:07 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 4) at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

Augustana is a full voting member of the CCHA and is in a transitional schedule in 2023-24. The Huskies are 0-4-3 overall and the Vikings are 3-2-1.

Tomorrow's game is Tadych's Marketplace Foods Kids Day, and fans can also Skate with the Huskies after the game.

Listen live on the radio at Mix 93.5 WKMJ-FM or online at or Both games will be livestreamed on FloHockey (a subscription is required — discounts are available for students).

Read the preview at Michigan Tech Athletics.

Volleyball Wrapping Up Home Schedule

Michigan Tech volleyball is wrapping up its home portion of the regular season schedule this weekend.

The Huskies are hosting Wayne State at 5 p.m. today (Nov. 3) at the SDC Gym. They'll end the weekend with a Senior Day tilt against Saginaw Valley State at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 4).

Michigan Tech will recognize five seniors after tomorrow's match against SVSU: Lindy Oujiri, Zoe Rhines, Lauren Richards, Leiya Rybicki and Kate Walch will be honored in their last regular-season home match.

Tomorrow is also the annual Tadych's Marketplace Foods Kids Day at Michigan Tech.

Read the preview at Michigan Tech Athletics.

Cross Country Preps for NCAA Midwest Regional

The postseason continues for the Michigan Tech cross country squads — the Huskies are heading to Evansville, Indiana, for the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Cross Country Championships tomorrow (Nov. 4) in the morning.

The women will run the 6K course at Angel Mounds first at 11 a.m., with the men following on the 10K course at 12:15 p.m. Live results of the meet can be found at To The Finish Timing.

Read the preview at Michigan Tech Athletics.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Friday, Nov. 3, 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.

Office Assistant, College of Sciences and Arts. Apply online.
Contact: Alexis Snell

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

Rolf Peterson (CFRES) appeared in Great Lakes Now's Episode 2310: “Wild Islands and Salty Visitors.” The episode featured Isle Royale National Park and the annual winter study of wolves and moose conducted there by Michigan Tech researchers. More than 30 news stations carry the series.


Erin Smith (HU) was quoted by the Daily Mining Gazette, Keweenaw Report and WJMN Local 3 in stories about this year’s 41 North Film Festival at Michigan Tech, which began yesterday (Nov. 2) and ends Sunday (Nov. 5) at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. The Gazette also mentioned Robert Schneider (Math) in a story about a particular documentary, “The Elephant 6 Recording Co.,” which will screen tonight (Nov. 3) at 7:30 p.m. at the Rozsa.


MTU student Abigail Leagjeld was quoted by WLUC TV6 in a story about a military care package drive organized by the Young Americans for Freedom student organization.


WLUC TV6 mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about a silent auction fundraiser launched by the Equipment Loan of the Keweenaw (ELK) for a Houghton High School adaptive athlete. Donations are being sought for the auction, which will end at a sled hockey clinic offered by ELK on Nov. 11 from 12-5 p.m. at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.


Michigan State University’s Spartan Newsroom mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about the Central Michigan Gem Show, held Oct. 20-22 at the Ingham County Fairgrounds. The event featured an agate display created by MTU students.


Baashkaakodin-Giizis Freezing Moon Traditional Powwow

The MTU American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) student organization is presenting the Baashkaakodin-Giizis Freezing Moon Traditional Powwow tomorrow (Nov. 4) at the Gates Tennis Center.

Doors open at 10 a.m. Grand Entries will take place at noon and 6 p.m., with a dinner break at 4 p.m.

The event will feature drum groups Four Thunders as host drum and Loon Travelers as co-host. Raistlin Awonohopay and Dana Awonohopay are the head dancers.

See the event flyer for more details.

Questions? Contact Sheila Halverson at or 906-201-4244.


November KIP Seminar with Megan Nelson

Please join the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology (KIP) today (Nov. 3) from 3-4:30 p.m. in ATDC 101 for November's KIP Seminar.

This month's seminar is "Sedentary Behavior and Health Outcomes: College Students and Beyond" presented by Megan Nelson from Northern Michigan University.

More information is available at the KIP Newsblog.


Chemistry Fall Poster Session — Join Us Today!

The Michigan Tech community is invited to learn about the exciting research and student experiences in the Department of Chemistry at the Annual Fall Poster Session, hosted by the department's Undergraduate Program Committee.

Exposure of research projects to diverse audiences will enrich students' experience and create opportunities for them to share exciting discoveries with colleagues and fellow students. Feel free to bring a friend to engage with our Chemistry Community!

Snacks and beverages will be served. Join us today (Nov. 3) in MUB Ballroom A from 3-5 p.m.


MS Defense: Hailee Petosky, BioSci

M.S. in Biological Sciences candidate Hailee Petosky will present a master's defense today (Nov. 3) from 2-3 p.m. in MUB 107 (Alumni Lounge A and B). 

Petosky's defense is titled "Examining Genome Size and Nutrient Influence on Damage, and Plant– Invertebrate Community Dynamics."

From the abstract:
Genome size (GS) varies widely among angiosperms and has been shown to mediate plant responses to nutrients. Variations of GS drastically impact plant growth, fitness, and competitive responses, influencing plant functioning, nutrient requirements, and potentially consumptive interactions. Plants with larger genomes vary in their cellular nutrient requirements, affecting tissue quality, nutrient constraints, and invertebrate interactions. Additionally, environmental nutrient enrichments are a key driver affecting ecosystem functioning and species interactions. Plant communities are impacted by both top-down and bottom-up controls of herbivores and nutrients, respectively, and alterations to these interactions may cause cascading trophic level effects to influence damage patterns and plant-invertebrate diversity metrics. This study examines how plant GS and nutrient enrichments influence damage patterns and plant-invertebrate community dynamics. We tested the hypotheses that (1) larger GS plants would sustain more damage when compared to smaller GS plants, especially under nutrient-limited conditions, as larger GS plants have increased nutrient material costs, and since plants are a major resource for invertebrates, (2) abundance and richness of invertebrate communities would mirror plant community abundance and richness, respectively, as there is an interdependent relationship between plants and invertebrates. Overall, we found that nutrient enrichments influence damage patterns, and that invertebrate community dynamics were influenced not by plant community, but more so by seasonality. Our findings highlight the complex interactions between GS, nutrients, disturbances, and their influence on plant and invertebrate communities. This study contributes expanded knowledge of how GS and/or nutrients may influence damage patterning and plant-invertebrate community dynamics to gain a deeper understanding of terrestrial system functioning.

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