Seeking Input on SHAPE Essential Education Minor Themes

The SHAPE Essential Education Minors Working Group is tasked with identifying 15 themes for SHAPE Essential Education minors to be developed over the next three academic semesters. We are sharing our preliminary identification of themes and requesting feedback from the campus community. 

Please complete the feedback form by Wednesday, March 6, to provide your input!

Deadline Extended for IPEC Faculty and Graduate Student Funding Applications

IPEC is extending its application deadline to April 12 for Seed Research Grants.

Small grants are available to IPEC faculty and faculty-member-affiliated graduate students to conduct preliminary research in the following research areas without any priority:

  1. Social Media and Society
  2. Human Machine Culture
  3. Justice and Security in Energy Transitions
  4. Ethics in STEM
  5. Algorithmic Culture

Funds can be used for hourly pay, conference travel, or travel to collect data and access primary sources.

If you have questions about whether your research project fits within IPEC's research scope, reach out to IPEC Associate Director Soonkwan Hong at

Evaluation criteria include:

  1. Previous research experience and productivity
  2. Scholarly merit of the proposed research project
  3. Potential for extended/continuous research program

All full-time IPEC faculty members are encouraged to use the faculty application form. The maximum funding amount is $5,000, with an expected average of $2,500.

All full-time graduate students whose advisors are IPEC members are encouraged to use the graduate student application form. The maximum funding amount is $5,000, with an expected average of $3,000.

CTL Lunch and Learn: 'Fostering Student Engagement in Online and Face-to-Face Environments'

Save the Date: The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is excited to invite you to an upcoming Lunch and Learn that delves into a powerful framework for fostering student engagement in online and face-to-face (f2f) learning environments. We hope you will join us March 13 at noon in MUB Ballroom B1.

Join the CTL staff as we explore the Community of Inquiry Framework that emphasizes three interdependent elements — social, cognitive and teaching presence — in order to create meaningful and engaging learning experiences for all students. The Lunch and Learn will wrap up by providing practical and easy-to-implement strategies to enhance student engagement in both the online and f2f classroom settings.

Participants who register by March 6 will have a lunch provided.

Please feel free to contact Jessica Hendrickson at or 906-487-2275 with any accommodation requests. There is also room on the registration form to notate any accommodation requests.

Women's Basketball Travels to Wayne State and Saginaw Valley State

The women's basketball team takes to the road for its final conference regular season away games, facing Wayne State today (Feb. 22) and Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Feb 24).

Wayne State carries an overall record of 16-8 and a record of 9-6 in the GLIAC. Saginaw Valley State holds an overall record of 9-16 and a 6-9 conference record. The Huskies are 12-10 overall and 8-6 in the conference. 

Read the full preview at Michigan Tech Athletics

Men's Basketball Wraps Up Road Games

The men's basketball team wraps up its regular season away games today (Feb. 22) against Wayne State and Saturday (Feb. 24) against Saginaw Valley State.

Wayne State is 10-14 overall and 4-11 in the GLIAC. Saginaw Valley State enters the week with an overall record of 13-11 and a 6-9 record in the conference. Michigan Tech is on a three-game win streak, holding an overall record of 9-14 and a league record of 6-8.

Read the preview at Michigan Tech Athletics

This Week in Michigan Tech Esports

Tuesday, Feb. 20
• Overwatch 2 vs University of Missouri - St Louis, 7 p.m. NACE Varsity Premier

Wednesday, Feb. 21
• Call of Duty vs. Glenville State University, 7 p.m., Varsity Plus on Twitch

Thursday, Feb. 22
• Super Smash Bros: Ultimate vs. Lawrence Technological University, 7 p.m., Varsity Plus

Friday, Feb. 23
• Counter-Strike vs. Durham College, 7 p.m., NACE Varsity Premier

Saturday, Feb. 24
• Apex Legends vs. Various, noon, Octane Collegiate

Times are subject to change. View updated schedules on the MTU Esports website.

Check out the games live on Twitch!

Missed a game? All streams are available on YouTube.

Hockey Heads to Bowling Green for Final CCHA Road Trip

The Michigan Tech hockey team travels to Bowling Green this weekend for their final road series of the regular season. The Huskies and Falcons play at 7:37 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 23) and 7:07 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 24) at Slater Family Ice Arena.

Tech is 12-13-6 overall and 9-9-2 in the CCHA. BGSU is 13-16-1 overall and 11-8-1 in the CCHA. The teams split their first meeting of the season on Dec. 1-2 in Houghton, with the Huskies earning 4-of-6 CCHA points.

Read the preview at Michigan Tech Athletics.

On the Road

Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers traveled on Feb. 14-16 to Green Bay, Wisconsin, for the NWTC Science & Engineering Festival in partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance (NEWMA). The event was held at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). Over 2,000 students in grades 6-7 from the Green Bay region attended this two-day event. More information about the NWTC event can be found on Fox 11 News.

Mind Trekkers was joined by the Michigan Tech Army ROTC and the Mechanical Engineering department. We would like to thank everyone who participated and helped to make this event a success.

There is an upcoming Mind Trekkers event in Escanaba on April 11, and volunteers are always needed. If you or your department are interested in participating, please email


John Jaszczak (Museum/Physics) presented an invited lecture at the Minerals as Treasure Trove for Scientific Discoveries conference held Feb. 15-16 at the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome, Italy. Jazczak's talk was titled "Natural van der Waals Materials." It highlighted minerals that inspire and provide building blocks for a new class of designer materials whose modular constituents at the molecular level are held together by van der Waals interactions.

Founded in 1602, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei is one of Europe's oldest scientific institutions, counting Galileo Galilei among its most distinguished members.

In the News

The Daily Mining Gazette covered Michigan Tech men’s basketball guard Marcus Tomashek being named the GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week.


Michigan Tech was mentioned in a DBusiness Magazine profile of Maurice M. “Morry” Taylor, chairman of Titan Industries and 1996 U.S. presidential candidate. Taylor earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tech in 1968. 


DBusiness mentioned Trista Vick-Majors (BioSci) and Steven Voelker (CFRES) in a story announcing $1.7M in funding awarded by Michigan Sea Grant for six research projects. Vick-Majors is the principal investigator on a project titled “An Ecosystem-Scale Approach to Understanding Changing Winters in the Great Lakes.” Voelker is the principal investigator on a project titled “A Novel Assessment of Lake Trout Growth Sensitivity to Winter and Spring Climate and Possible Interactions with Declining Prey Abundance in Lake Superior.”


Utah’s KPCW aired an interview with John Vucetich (CFRES) discussing Michigan Tech’s Isle Royale winter study and the balancing role wolves play in an ecosystem.


Physics Colloquium: Grad Student Presentations

Department of Physics graduate students will be presenting their research progress at this week's Physics Colloquium:

  • Seth Nelson (advised by Miguel Levy)
  • Jester Itliong (advised by Issei Nakamura)
  • Ogetay Kayali (advised by Robert Nemiroff)

This will be an in-person event — the students will give their talks at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 22) in Fisher 139.

Event details, including the students' presentation titles and abstracts, are available on the University Events Calendar.


Ecosystem Science Center Student Research Forum

The Ecosystem Science Center's (ESC) Student Research Forum will be held today (Feb. 22) in the Rozsa Center lobby from 1-3 p.m. The forum is open to the public.

Graduate and undergraduate students will present posters on research related to ecology and the environment. This is the 19th year of the event, which provides students an opportunity to showcase their research and practice for poster sessions at regional or national meetings.


ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker: Jeff Hylok

The next Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics (ME-EM) Graduate Seminar speaker will present at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 22) in MEEM 112.

Jeff Hylok will present “After Oppenheimer: The Los Alamos Mission in the Modern Day.”

Hylok is the Principal Engineer for the W93/Mk7 program at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Jeff has over 20 years’ experience at LANL in various engineering roles.


BioSci Seminar Series Speaker: Ishi Keenum

Assistant professor Ishi Keenum, Department of Biological Sciences (BioSci), Michigan Technological University, will present as part of the BioSci Seminar Series tomorrow (Feb. 22) from 3-4 p.m. in GLRC 202.

Keenum's presentation is titled "Environmental Biotechnology & Monitoring: Monitoring and Assessing Removal of Antibiotic Resistance in Wastewater Systems."

From the abstract:

Utilizing reclaimed wastewater (RWW) is necessary to alleviate water stress and promote sustainability. RWW use is widely implemented globally in water stressed states for irrigation of recreational and agricultural fields. Water reuse is expanding in the U.S., but no federal guidelines yet exist. Contaminants of emerging concern; including trace organics, flame retardants, pharmaceuticals, and antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs), have continued to capture attention in the context of water reuse. ARGs are of particular concern because wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) directly receive inputs from a variety of different sources (e.g., hospital, industrial and residential sewage) that contain, antibiotics, and antibiotic resistant bacteria and antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Notably, ARGs can be transferred between bacteria via horizontal gene transfer and may also be present in bacteria that are not readily cultured, emphasizing the importance of focusing monitoring and mitigation efforts directly on ARGs. In the first part of this seminar, I present the results of a study that comprehensively monitored and compared both culture-based profiling of antibiotic-resistant pathogens and shot-gun metagenomic profiling of ARGs through two distinct water reclamation and reuse facilities. However, metagenomic profiling is incredibly expensive and not yet fully quantitative. In order to identify key ARGs for monitoring via less expensive methods, a systematic review was conducted to understand what the variables in ARG monitoring in the environment and for wastewater surveillance and how can they be better standardized.


CDI Closed Friday for Departmental Staff Retreat

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion office and building (Hamar House) will be closed tomorrow (Feb. 23) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a departmental staff retreat.

We are very sorry for any inconveniences this could create. CDI will reopen on Monday (Feb. 26) at 8 a.m.


MSE Seminar with Sophia Brylinski

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is hosting a seminar presented by Sophia Brylinski tomorrow (Feb. 22) from 1:25-1:45 p.m. in M&M 610.

The seminar is titled "Cathodes for Thermionic Emission in an Oxygen-Rich Environment."

From the abstract:
This seminar discusses the different types of cathodes used for thermionic emission, such as dispenser and LaB6 cathodes. Typically, these cathodes operate in an inert environment. However, challenges arise when using these cathodes in an oxygen-rich environment, such as oxygen adsorbs to the surface of the cathode. Oxygen adsorption causes an increase in work function, which decreases the material’s ability to emit electrons. The goal of this project is to optimize a cathode material that will be able to emit electrons in an oxygen-rich environment, allowing for these cathodes to be used in a Hall-thruster that uses oxygen as a propellant gas.

Speaker bio:
Sophia Brylinski is pursuing an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering under the advisement of Dr. Paul Sanders. She graduated with her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Michigan Tech in 2023.


MSE Seminar with Mieka Clark

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is hosting a seminar presented by Mieka Clark tomorrow (Feb. 22) from 1-1:20 p.m. in M&M 610.

The seminar is titled "Failure Analysis and Mitigation of AA3003 Return Bends."

From the abstract:
AA3003 is an aluminum alloy commonly used for tubing in heat transfer components due to its desirable extrudability and corrosion resistance. To produce return bends, AA3003 tubing is extruded and bent into a “U”, imparting significant deformation into the tubing as it is formed. The return bends are then connected to the internal tubing of the system via brazing, a process similar to soldering and welding. Return bends used in the as-extruded condition fail during operation due to a network of intergranular cracks, which connect to form leak pathways. The purpose of this research is to determine the cause of intergranular voids, then mitigate them.

Speaker bio:
Mieka Clark graduated in spring 2023 with a B.S. in Materials Science and a minor in Physics, returning to the department in fall 2023 to join the accelerated master’s program. Clark enjoys board games, broomball, playing bass guitar and watching hockey. 

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