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Ken Kraft Passes Away

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
Ken Kraft

Ken Kraft's first year of teaching in the department, from The Michigan Tech Forester, 1962, Michigan College of Mining and Technology.

Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences Ken Kraft passed away on Jan. 12 at his Chassell Township home.

Kraft’s research was in invertebrate ecology, particularly in aquatic environments, and some of his work was used by the Army Corps of Engineers and Cleveland-Cliffs (now Cliffs Resources) in their environmental studies.

“He was well respected in his fields of study—entomology and aquatic environmental studies,” said Professor Emeritus Bob Keen. “He was also a mentor to a number of graduate students, including some who went on to attain PhDs and did very well.”

Kraft’s career at Michigan Tech actually began in forestry, where he was taught zoology, and he joined the biological sciences department when it was formed in 1962. He eventually rejoined the forestry faculty before retiring.

Read more at Tech Today.

Tech Graduation and Officer Commissioning

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Tech Graduation 2013Thousands of people packed the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena Saturday morning to hear how a dish washer became a strategist for a $104 billion technology company and watch almost 1,000 Michigan Technological University students become alumni.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Stephen Anderson.

Service saluted from beginning to end Saturday

Nineteen Air Force and Army ROTC cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants.

Read more at the Mining Gazette.

TEDx Houghton

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

TEDx HoughtonTEDx Houghton, a spinoff of the national event TED, will be hosted on campus this March 23, 2013, in McArdle Theatre. TEDTalks videos and live speakers will be hosted. Among the local speakers is Tim Scarlett, and Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences. Check the live stream webcast during this all-day event.

Technical Communication Scholars to Converge on Tech

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Technical CommunicationMichigan Tech is hosting the 40th Annual Meeting of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) Thursday to Saturday, September 27 to 29. It is one of the largest international meetings of its kind, according to Ron Strickland, chair of the humanities department, and it brings many benefits with it.

Strickland said the annual meeting is also a chance to showcase the University’s humanities programs, faculty, and facilities. The humanities department will set up a couple of tables to present their publications and grants, one focusing on technical communication.

Read more at Tech Today, by Dennis Walikainen.

Boots to Briefcases: Veterans as Entrepreneurs

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Vet EmploymentPart of his research project, which is currently sponsored by the Michigan Tech Research Excellence Fund (REF), seeks to build more awareness and future connections between the Veteran’s Affairs Office, the University (including [Air Force and Army] ROTC programs) and veterans themselves.

“ROTC has shown great interest,” Saurav Pathak says, “and we will be traveling to the Ishpeming, Marquette and Calumet Armories to talk about my work and see how much interest there really is.”

Read more at Tech Today, by Dennis Walikainen.

50th Anniversary of the Department of Biological Sciences

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Don’t miss the 2012 Alumni Reunion at Michigan Tech. Among the featured groups will be the Department of Biological Sciences, which will be honored for its 50th anniversary. The reunion takes place August 2, 3, and 4. There will be tours, picnics, talks, sporting events, ceremonies, and many other social events… [read more]

Alum Published in Best American Short Stories

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Roxane Gay, who received her PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from the Department of Humanities in 2010, has had a story, “North Country,” selected for the 2012 edition of Best American Short Stories, published by Houghton Mifflin Co. Gay is the coeditor of [PANK] Magazine… [read more]

Pattullo Visiting Executive Series Continues with Healthcare Advertising Alumnus

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Randall (Randy) Isaacson took a BS in Biological Sciences (’86) and an MS in Rhetoric and Technical Communications (’88) from Michigan Tech and turned them into a successful health care marketing and advertising career. On March 1 and 2, he will return to campus as the third speaker in the Scott Pattullo Visiting Executive Series… [read more]

Alumni Memories of Old Computers

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

“From the Email Bag,” TechAlum Newsletter, Vol. 18, No. 2 and No. 3, alumni discuss the earliest computers and the faculty who taught the early computer science applications for physicsmath, electrical engineering, and other fields. Computers of the ’50s and ’60s were vacuum tube analog computers, transistor models, paper tape readers, and punch card readers… [read more]

Distinguished Alumni 2011

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

The College of Sciences and Arts welcomes new members John H. Christianson and David J. Pruett to the Academy of Sciences and Arts Distinguished Alumnae and Alumni for 2011. Participation, commitment, and outstanding leadership in their profession, as well as public service, are the distinctions required for this election… [read more]

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