It's All Relative: Popular Physics is MTU Professor's Mission

Michigan Tech physicist Robert Nemiroff is known as the co-creator of NASA's Astronomy Photo of the Day and also brought one of the world's largest telescopes reserved for student use to Michigan Tech's Fisher Hall.

Want to know how one of the world’s largest telescopes reserved for student use found its permanent home at Michigan Tech? Curious what we can learn from the Webb telescope?

University Professor Robert Nemiroff (Physics) offers a big-picture view of what inspires him — and how he hopes to inspire us and engage a wider audience with his first book for non-academics.

Read the Q&A at Stories from Husky Nation.

Celebrate Textbook Affordability

The Van Pelt and Opie Library and Campus Store invite the campus community to celebrate textbook affordability initiatives taking place at Michigan Tech by utilizing Course Reserve, a service available through the library.

Course Reserve allows students to borrow books and other materials for a limited time, ensuring everyone will have free access to assigned course materials. Instructors are asked to provide print copies of books they are using in their classes if the library does not already have a copy. All materials currently placed on Course Reserve can be found in a special collection on the library’s webpage. A spreadsheet that identifies which courses are using each library textbook can be searched online.

Instructors may search the library’s catalog and submit a Course Reserve Request for any assigned texts they find. Student research consultants (SRCs) and librarians are eager to help anyone who’d like assistance with this task. Stop by the Ask Us! station on the first floor of the library or email for more information.

Please note: The library is unable to purchase copies of every book assigned in Michigan Tech classes. The “accidental textbooks” identified by instructors in the library’s collections, or lent to the library, will help to make the Course Reserve system a valuable resource for our students. Let’s take one step closer to making a Michigan Tech education more affordable by utilizing Course Reserve!

Tomorrow (Jan. 9), we’ll continue the celebration of textbook affordability efforts with a post dedicated to identifying accidental textbooks.

Save the Date: Spring 2024 Michigan Tech Research Forum

The Michigan Tech Research Forum was developed to showcase and celebrate the work of Michigan Tech researchers and strengthen discussions in our community. It is a privilege and honor to announce a unique event this spring:

Save the Date: Please join us Jan. 30 for a time of welcoming and networking with new researchers and scholars who have joined the Michigan Tech community this academic year. New faculty, researchers and scholars have been invited to offer a brief "Tech Talks"-style introductory presentation, with networking time before and after the presentations.

Presentations will begin at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom A. There will be time for socializing for 15 minutes before and after the presentations.

The Office of the Provost presents Michigan Tech Research Forum events in coordination with the Vice President for Research Office.

Please share this announcement widely and invite your colleagues as we welcome new faculty researchers to celebrate and build upon our Tech-grown research and scholarship talents!

REHS Resilience Campaign

For Week 1 and Week 2 of the spring semester, Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS) is hosting a campaign focused on resilience from a mental health lens.

Some of the best ways to develop resilience are: fostering an internal locus of control and growth mindset, maintaining strong social connections, regulating your emotions and practicing self-compassion (for more info, visit VeryWellMind's What Is Resilience? page).

Resilience means strong mental health! During the campaign, we’ll share more information on our social media: @michigantechresed on Instagram.

How to get involved:

  • Talk to your students about resilience and the connection to good mental health practices.
  • Make a gratitude tree by printing our Gratitude Tree Activity PDF, writing things/people you’re grateful for on the leaves, and assembling the tree. Post it in your office (bonus points if you email a picture to to show us!).
  • Share your own methods for relieving stress and practicing resilience with us at We may implement them in future campaigns!

Candlelight Vigil for Kenny Bragg

The Huskies Pep Band invites all members of the Husky community to join us in holding a candlelight vigil for Kenny Bragg at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 10) at the Husky Statue.

Kenny was killed Dec. 30 in a house explosion in Whitmore Lake, Michigan. He was a proud member and tenor saxophone section leader of the Pep Band, and was set to graduate in April with his degree in anthropology.

In Print

Former Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology (KIP) doctoral student Joshua Gonzalez ’21 (Ph.D. Integrative Physiology) and Professor William Cooke (KIP) are the co-authors of an article published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

The article is titled "Acute fasting reduces tolerance to progressive central hypovolemia in humans."


Professor Emeritus Bill Sproule (CEGE) is the author of an article published in the January/February 2024 edition of the Historical Society of Michigan's Michigan History Magazine.

The article is titled "A Silver Trophy from the Copper Country: The MacNaughton Cup."

In the News

Simon Carn (GMES) was quoted by USA Today in a fact-check story refuting a false claim that the 2022 eruption of volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai exceeded the Earth’s annual total carbon dioxide emissions.


Kristin Brzeski (CFRES) appeared in a FOX 26 Houston segment about a town hall meeting Wednesday (Jan. 10) in Galveston, Texas, in relation to Galveston Island’s unique population of ghost wolves — coyotes with a significant amount of DNA from the critically endangered red wolf.


Michigan Tech hockey forward Jack Works was interviewed by Northern News Services Limited in Yellowknife, Northern Territories, Canada, about his MVP performance in the 57th Great Lakes Invitational, hosted by MTU on Dec. 28 and 29 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Get To Know the Early Intervention Team

What is the Early Intervention Team?
The Early Intervention Team, also known as EIT, is charged with reviewing and screening potential at-risk students and critical situations. The Early Intervention Team utilizes an evidence-based risk rubric to identify early indicators of potential risks and harms to self and others, and the team appropriately intervenes with strategies and outreach efforts.

Who are Students of Concern?
Some examples of students of concern include, but are not limited to, students who:

  • show extreme change in behavior (from their typical baseline),
  • are dealing with the death of a family member or friend,
  • are alleged to have engaged in significant violations of the Student Code of Community Conduct or serious criminal behavior,
  • are victims of a crime, or
  • show cause or concern indicating potential harm to self or others.

How Do I Make a Report?
Anyone can report a student of concern to the Early Intervention Team in the following ways:

  • Submit a concern online by using the Report a Concern page
  • Email 
  • Call the Dean of Students Office at 7-2212
  • Contact any EIT member (member list can be found below)
  • Report anonymously through the TIP Line
  • Call 911 or Public Safety for concerns of immediate threats

What Happens When I Make a Report?
The Early Intervention Team, made up of professional staff from across campus, examines and evaluates the reported concern using an evidence-based risk rubric from the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (NaBita). Professional staff will engage with the student, following NABITA-recommended intervention guidelines. Students are often referred to services at Michigan Tech and within the community. Students who are in danger of harming themselves or others are quickly evaluated. After the initial evaluation, the team will discreetly monitor the student’s progress in multiple areas. Individuals who report a student of concern may be contacted for additional information; however, due to confidentiality, EIT may be limited in the type of information that can be relayed back to the original reporter.

Who is on the Team?

  • Laura Bulleit, vice president for student affairs (chair)
  • Laura Putwen, director of community conduct (interim chair)
  • Abbi Halkola, Title IX coordinator
  • Alexandra Marshall, director of residence education
  • Anna McClatchy, director, Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success
  • Crystal McLeod, director, Center for Student Mental Health and Well-being
  • Kelly Matson, detective lieutenant
  • Kellie Raffaelli, dean of students
  • Susanna Peters, associate teaching professor, ombuds
  • Tiffany Jaeger, manager for student outreach

To learn how to identify students of concern, when it is appropriate to report and more, you can request a presentation for your department or staff by emailing the Early Intervention Team at


Mark Your Calendar for Innovation Week 2024

Husky Innovate is hosting innovation-themed events from Jan. 22-26. Innovation Week celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship at Tech and throughout our region. These events are a great way to connect with alumni, students, faculty and staff, and the community. Faculty, please share these opportunities with your students.

Check the Innovation Week 2024 webpage for full event descriptions. Pre-registration is required for each event. Join us for one event or several!

  • Keynote Speaker:
    Orbion’s Entrepreneurship Journey with Brad King
    Monday, Jan. 22, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the MUB Alumni Lounge
    Our keynote speaker, Brad King, Michigan Tech professor, CEO and co-founder of Orbion Space Technology in 2016, will share his journey as an entrepreneur and discuss how he and his team have addressed market demands and the challenges of scaling up.
    Register now — Deadline: Jan. 19

  • Reverse Pitch Presentation with Nate Yenor
    Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 12-1 p.m. via Zoom
    Nate Yenor, director of Tech Business Incubation with the Office of Innovation and Commercialization at Michigan Tech, will report top teams poised to launch their innovations into startups and recap how the new Entrepreneurial Fellows of NMU and MTU have been aiding other startups in the Michigan ecosystem.
    Register now — Deadline: Jan. 22

  • Impact Investing with John Soyring
    Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 12-1 p.m. via Zoom

    Impact investors seek both measurable positive societal or environmental impact as well as financial return. Does your startup have a social or mission? Join us for a talk with John Soyring ’76 ’06 (B.S. Electrical Engineering, Hon. Ph.D.). Soyring will lead a discussion about his experience as an angel impact investor, talk about how impact investing differs from more traditional investing, and discuss opportunities for both investors and startup companies.
    Register now — Deadline: Jan 23

  • 16th Bob Mark Business Model Pitch Competition
    Wednesday, Jan. 24, MUB Ballroom A 
    Michigan Tech graduate and undergraduate students will pitch their business model for a chance to win cash prizes. This legacy event is a tribute to the late Professor of Practice Bob Mark. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community can attend in person or virtually. Refreshments will be served and a pre-event mixer will begin at 5 p.m.
    • Student contestants: Register now — Deadline: Jan. 22
    • Audience attendees: Please join us in person, but if you are remote, join us via Zoom

  • Careful Contracting for Startups
    Thursday, Jan. 25, 12-1:30 p.m. in MUB Ballroom B

    Learn strategies for careful contracting as you work with development and investment partners, and hear how investors evaluate your startup’s risk exposure. Ashley Sloat, president and director of Patent Strategy at Aurora Patents, will discuss everything you need to know, from engaging with an engineering firm to ultimately pitching to an investment group. Topics include IP ownership, assignment from engineering firm inventors back to you, how to avoid the traps of viral IP, and what investors want to see in your pitch deck.
    Register now — Deadline: Jan. 22

  • Enterprise Ventures with Len Switzer
    Friday, Jan. 26, from 12-1 p.m. via Zoom

    Len Switzer, Enterprise associate director, will discuss upcoming new venture opportunities with MTU's Enterprise Program. Switzer was once Employee No. 3 of a startup company. Since that time, he has continued to work with startups, including via Enterprise. With a background in R&D, product management and operations, he will share his insight into the relationship between technical feasibility, product-market fit and manufacturability.
    Register now — Deadline: Jan. 25


Registration for Summer Youth Programs is Open!

Registration for Summer Youth Programs (SYP) is now open!

Do you know a curious student currently in grades 6-11? Since 1972, Summer Youth Programs has provided students with a variety of hands-on explorations focused on the needs of tomorrow. Our high-impact educational experiences provide an opportunity for students to experience college in a fun, engaging and safe environment.

Each day, students will learn in our state-of-the-art classrooms or in the field with Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students. In the evening, students can take part in activities, games and outdoor adventures alongside exceptional young people from around the globe.

Live-in and commuter options are available. Discounts are available to the children and grandchildren of Michigan Tech alumni, faculty and staff.

Please visit to view our course catalog and learn more.


MTU Wellness 360 Deadline Approaching

Remember to complete your MTU Wellness 360 Incentive 2023 Checklist Google form with the activities you completed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2023, to earn up to $450 in health incentives for benefits-eligible employees.

Tomorrow (Jan. 9) at 5 p.m. is the deadline to submit your MTU Wellness 360 Incentive 2023 Checklist for the 2023 reporting period. The 2023 payout incentives will be available in late February.

Questions? Contact the Benefits Office at or call 906-487-2517.

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Huskies Group Swim Lessons - Parent & Child Aquatics - Spring 2024 Session 1

Ages 6 months to 3 years. Come make a splash in Huskies Group Swim Lessons! American Red Cross Parent and Child Aquatics levels are being offered at the SDC Pool for ages 6...


Huskies Group Swim Lessons - Preschool Aquatics - Spring 2024 Session 1

Ages 4-5 years. Come make a splash in Huskies Group Swim Lessons! American Red Cross Preschool Aquatics levels are being offered at the SDC Pool for ages 4 to 5 years old....


Middle School Volleyball Development League

A four-week developmental program for middle school girls in grades 7 & 8 to learn and improve their skills in preparation for the upcoming interscholastic season. This...