Archives—December 2015


Dr. Techtmann welcomed to campus

Dr. Stephen Techtmann is one of many new faculty welcomed to campus this year:

Stephen Techtmann, PhD

Stephen Techtmann joins the Department of Biological Sciences as an assistant professor. Prior to Michigan Tech, Techtmann was at the University of Tennessee. Techtmann earned a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland.

His expertise and interests are microbial ecology of extreme environments with specialization in the collection of genomic and metagenomic data to elucidate the mechanisms of evolution and adaption. He has been published in Current Opinions in Biotechnology and Environmental Microbiology.

In addition to Dr. Techtmann faculty in other Departments can be found in the special edition of Tech Today.


Andrew Chapp Awarded AHA Predoctoral Fellowship

Christina Lehman, Kinesiology and Physiology: Congratulations to Andrew Chapp for receiving a Predoctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Association. Andrew is a Biological Sciences PhD student working in Dr. Qinghui Chen’s electrophisyiology lab.  Andrew will continue to work in Dr. Chen’s lab focusing on a project titled, “Acetate as an Active Metabolite of Ethanol: Neural and Cardiovascular Implications.”

Andrew recently published a portion of his ethanol research in the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology and has given several oral presentations pertaining to the effects of acetate on neuronal excitability.  The project Andrew has proposed is expected to have a positive impact on providing insight into the neuronal mechanisms of an alcohol associated hypertension and stroke. Additionally, this proposed study will provide not only a known cellular mechanism for pharmacological intervention of alcohol induced hypertension, but also broader implications to future studies in the alcohol research community related to acetate on learning/memory, motor control, and addiction/depression.

More information on Dr. Chen’s research can be found on his lab page.


VanGoethem and Gervais Named Academic All-American

AUSTIN, Texas — Michigan Tech football players Ryan VanGoethem (West Branch, Mich.) and Brett Gervais (Lake Linden, Mich.) were both named 2015 Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors of America today. VanGoethem, a junior punter, was named to the First Team while Gervais, a senior defensive back, earned Second Team honors.

The pair were two of only 48 NCAA Division II players nationally to earn Academic All-America status. Criteria for the award requires nominees to be in their second year at their institution and maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average. Voting by CoSIDA members is based on both academic and athletic performance.

VanGoethem is a 3.96 student in biological sciences. He posted a 39.3 yards-per-punt average with a long of 67 yards and four punts inside the opponents’ 20. His punting average was the third best in school history. VanGoethem earned All-GLIAC Honorable Mention following the 2015 season.

Gervais owns a 3.79 GPA in exercise science. Three times in his career he earned All-GLIAC recognition including a spot on the First Team in 2015. Gervais posted 61 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery this past year. He finished his career with 203 career tackles and eight interceptions.

Michigan Tech has now had 20 Academic All-America First or Second Team honorees in its history. The most recent were Jacob Clark and Matt Curtin in 2012.

Full CoSIDA Division II Football Academic All-America Team Release

See the original press release at: http://www.michigantechhuskies.com/sports/fball/2015-16/releases/20151202m3680l