Read IPEC's March Newsletter

The Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture's (IPEC's) March newsletter is now available to our members and the campus community.

We have some exciting upcoming events, including our IPEC Spring Social next Thursday (March 21) and a Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture (RTC) Brown Bag discussion event next Friday (March 22).

Upcoming Banner-Related Production System Maintenance

Production system maintenance is scheduled for March 24 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. The following production services will be unavailable during that time:

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Safe Place Registration Now Open

Register for Safe Place Ally Training, being held April 2 and April 4 from 1-3 p.m. each day (attendance on both days is required for the training).

Safe Place Ally Training educates Michigan Tech faculty and staff about LGBTQIA+ identities, the needs of LGBTQIA+ students, the coming-out process, ways to create an inclusive campus environment and resources available on and off campus.

The training session is open to all faculty and staff. Seats are limited to 30 participants. Register now.

For questions, email the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at

Talk: 'Standing Up to Tyranny' with Yeonmi Park

The Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter at Michigan Tech will host Yeonmi Park for a free event in M&M U115 tomorrow (March 14) at 7 p.m.

Park is a human rights activist and TED speaker born in North Korea. She grew up in a society led by former Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il. At the age of 13, she and her family defected to China in search of a life free of tyranny. In her viral virtual talks, viewed online nearly 350 million times, she urges audiences to recognize and resist oppression around the world.

Park's memoir, "In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom," recounts the story of her defection and experiences with detention camps, political executions and human trafficking. Her speech on these topics has been viewed more than 320 million times.

Park is rapidly gaining recognition as a voice for oppressed people all over the world. Her speeches are known for their candor and personal touch and have garnered international attention. She made a lasting impression at the Oslo Freedom Forum and the One Young World Summit in Dublin, Ireland, where she delivered powerful speeches about the North Korean regime.

BBC News highlighted Park's story in its 2014 "100 Women" annual series. Her most recent book, "While Time Remains: A North Korean Defector's Search for Freedom in America," was published in February 2023.

This event is free and open to the public. It is hosted by YAF’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise as part of the Preserving American Liberty & Freedom Lecture Series.

MSE Seminar with Alexandra Glover

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is hosting a seminar presented by Assistant Professor Alexandra Glover tomorrow (March 14) at 1 p.m. in M&M 610.

Glover's presentation is titled "Application of Advanced Characterization Methods to Metal Alloys."

From the abstract:
Recent technological advancements have enabled the development of new techniques for the microstructural and mechanical characterization of metallic alloys. Here, several advanced techniques will be presented in the context of previous and ongoing research programs. Topics will include in-situ and ex-situ neutron diffraction experiments, digital image correlation techniques for mechanical testing, and high-resolution microscopy using transmission Kikuchi diffraction (TKD) in conjunction with scanning transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM). Applications discussed will be the development of next-generation advanced high-strength alloys, the study of deformation-induced phase transformations, and the optimization of advanced manufacturing processes. As some of these characterization techniques will become available at Michigan Tech in the near future, this talk is intended to provide a primer on their use with the intention of spurring new research directions at Michigan Tech.

Glover is an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Michigan Technological University. Previously, she was an R&D engineer in the Sigma Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she served as a technical lead for thermomechanical processing and metal component fabrication. She holds a Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines in metallurgical and materials engineering and a B.S. in Material Science and Engineering from Michigan Tech. Her research interests include the development of high-performance ferrous and non-ferrous alloys, workability assessments of metals and the characterization of microstructure-mechanical property relationships for multi-phase materials at a variety of length scales.

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker: Adam Dempsey

The next Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics (ME-EM) Graduate Seminar speaker will present at 4 p.m. tomorrow (March 14) in MEEM 112.

Adam Dempsey will present “Fuel Flexible Mixing-Controlled Combustion System for Heavy- Duty Engines Using Low Carbon Alternative Fuels.”

Dempsey is an assistant professor at Marquette University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Marquette, he was a senior research engineer at Caterpillar Inc. and a postdoctoral researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

BioSci Seminar Series Speakers: Maci Quintanilla and Mitch Kehne

Maci Quintanilla and Mitch Kehne will present as part of the Department of Biological Sciences (BioSci) Seminar Series tomorrow (March 14) from 3-4 p.m. in GLRC 202.

The first presentation is titled "Ecophysiological response of heterotrophic bacteria to ice-cover in temperate freshwaters."

From the abstract:
The fate of carbon in temperate freshwaters is largely dependent on the transformation and mineralization of dissolved organic matter (DOM) through microbially-mediated processes. More than half of the ~117 million lakes on Earth are subject to seasonal freezing, but microbial processes in seasonally frozen, temperate freshwaters have historically been studied primarily during summer. As atmospheric temperatures rise due to climate change, many seasonally frozen lakes are at risk of losing their ice-cover, imparting a clear need to understand microbial processes during ice-cover now and in a changing world. Here, we used samples from the Keweenaw Waterway that were collected weekly during ice-cover and monthly during ice-free periods in 2022 and 2023 for physiological assays and microbial community composition. Results of physiological assays revealed elevated leucine:thymidine ratios during ice-covered periods compared to ice-free periods, indicating that heterotrophic bacteria shifted more towards metabolic maintenance during ice-cover. We predicted that certain bacterial groups would be enriched during periods of ice-cover, but that the abundant groups identified by 16S rRNA genes differ from those identified by transcripts. Groups identified by transcripts are presumably active and could be associated with the observed physiological patterns.

The second presentation is titled "Assessing the Nutritional Quality and Fate of Saginaw Bay Dreissenid Mussel Veligers."

From the abstract:
The introduction and establishment of dreissenid mussels into the Laurentian Great Lakes in the 1980s has resulted in significant biological and ecological change in this system. Research on dreissenid mussel effects in the Great Lakes has primarily focused on the adult life stages, with less known about the larval veliger form. Veligers range in size from approximately 70 – 200 μm with abundances in Great Lakes waters reaching 10,000s ind/m 3 during peak spawning times. This size range and abundance suggest that dreissenid veligers could represent a potentially abundant food resource for predatory zooplankton, larval fish, and planktivorous fish species. However, little is currently known regarding the nutritional quality of veligers as a food resource or the extent to which veliger production is assimilated by higher trophic level consumers. This research proposes to investigate i) dreissenid veliger energy densities and fatty acid profiles as indicators of their nutritional quality and; ii) determine the fate of veliger carbon within zooplankton and bacterioplankton communities of Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron. Preliminary results of 14 C labeling experiments demonstrate uptake of veliger derived organic carbon by zooplankton and bacterioplankton. Fatty acid profiles demonstrate veligers to have lower concentrations of polyunsaturated compounds including EPA, DHA, and ALA relative to bulk zooplankton. These results provide baseline information regarding veliger nutritional quality and fate of veliger production within the lower trophic levels of Lake Huron.

Isaac Gordon Named CCHA Rookie of the Week (Again)

Michigan Tech hockey's Isaac Gordon has been named the CCHA Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season.

Gordon tallied six points in the Huskies' CCHA quarterfinal sweep of Bowling Green last Friday and Saturday (March 8 and 9), with a goal and two assists in each game.

Gordon leads the Huskies with 18 goals and 36 points. He is currently on a three-game point streak with three goals and five assists. He ranks fourth among NCAA rookies in goals and seventh in points.

Read more at Michigan Tech Athletics.

Cross Country, Track & Field Announce 2023 Team Awards

The Michigan Tech cross country and track & field coaching staff have announced their team awards for the 2023 calendar year.

Track & Field:

  • Most Improved Athletes: Sam Marshall and Hannah Loughlin
  • Rookies of the Year: Landon Cosby and Anna Schueller
  • Most Valuable Athletes: Clayton Sayen and Jesse Jacobusse
  • Scholastic Achievement Awards: Sam Lange and Mady VanWieren

Cross Country:

  • Most Improved Athletes: Sam Marshall and Mady VanWieren
  • Rookies of the Year: Ben Conlin and Sophia Rhein
  • Most Valuable Athletes: Sam Lange and Hannah Loughlin
  • Scholastic Achievement Awards: Stephen Loparo and Anabel Needham
  • Spirits of the Pack: Nick Mckenzie and Cedar Gordon
  • Academic Winners: Bridget Burns*, Amyla Eberhart*, Ingrid Halverson, Greta Hansen*, Anabel Needham*, Mady VanWieren*, Mya Ghazale, Robert Dwyer, Stanley Elder, Brady Hager*, Stephen Loparo*, Gavin Roberts* and Max Messina
    Note: All Academic Winners achieved a semester 4.0. An asterisk denotes a cumulative 4.0.

Major MTU Awards:

  • Raymond L. Smith Award 2023: Clayton Sayen
  • Terry Wilson Award 2022: Sam Lange (retroactively awarded)

Read more about these student-athletes and awards at Michigan Tech Athletics.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, March 13, 2024

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.

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Contact: Laura Marohnic

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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

Mariana Nakashima (IPS) was mentioned by the Keweenaw Report in a story covering her appointment as 2024 co-chair coordinator of the Michigan Tech Parade of Nations.


Undergraduate student Alexander Baxter (general engineering) was mentioned by Materials Performance as a recipient of the Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) Great Lakes Chapter Scholarship for 2024.


The Daily Mining Gazette covered Michigan Tech hockey’s Isaac Gordon and Blake Pietila receiving 2023-24 All-CCHA honors. Gordon was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team, and both Gordon and Pietila made the All-CCHA Second Team. The DMG also covered Gordon being named the CCHA Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season.


The Daily Mining Gazette reported that Michigan Tech Music’s “Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6” concert, performed by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra at the Calumet Theatre on March 9, was a nearly sold-out success.


The Keweenaw Report previewed the Equal Pay Day event held at the Husky Statue yesterday (March 12) by the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country and Michigan Tech co-sponsors.


PhD Defense: Yue Kang, Math

Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics candidate Yue Kang will defend her doctoral dissertation tomorrow (March 14) in Fisher 325.

Kang's defense is titled "Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Compressible Miscible Displacements and Applications in Reservoir Simulation."

She is advised by Yang Yang.

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