Month: July 2011

Plants Can Thrive in Copper-Tainted Soils with a Little Help from Bacteria, Michigan Tech Researcher Finds

Ramakrishna Wusirika’s research team may have discovered how to make plants grow in the mine-waste desert and soak up some copper while they are at it. Wusirika, a biological sciences professor at Michigan Technological University, began his research using several species ofPseudomonas bacteria from the sediments of Torch Lake… [read more]


Durfee Completes International Law Summer Course

Associate Professor Mary Durfee (Social Sciences) has completed the International Law Summer Course on Public International Law from Hague Academy. The course took place on the grounds of the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. Topics included “Protecting the General Interest,” “State Secession,” “UN Peacekeeping,” “The work of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights” and the “Multiplication of International Courts…” [read more]


Industrial Archaeology Program Cosponsors Events

The Industrial Archaeology Program, of the Department of Social Sciences, is cosponsoring events that are part of the Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association’s annual meeting this weekend, July 23 and 24. Associate Professors Tim Scarlett and Susan Martin (both of SS), with Red Jacket Trolley’s Wil Shapton, will be leading a guided trolley tour centering on copper mining in Isle Royale and in the Keweenaw… [read more]


GLIAC Honors Tech Student-Athletes for Academics

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference recently honored 21 Michigan Tech student-athletes for academic success–16 earned All-Academic Excellence honors and five earned All-Academic accolades. Among the student awardees in the College of Sciences and Arts are:

All-Academic Excellence Award GPA 3.5-4.0
Men’s Outdoor Track and Field
John Bush, senior, Zeeland, software engineering
Women’s Outdoor Track and Field
Sydney Bruestle, junior, White Bear Lake, Minn., biology
Melanie Hoffman, junior, Green Bay, Wis., exercise science
Christina Mishica, junior, Hancock, exercise science
Nicholle Stark, junior, Montrose, chemistry
Kelsey Roberts, sophomore, Iron Mountain, exercise science

All-Academic Award GPA 3.0-3.49
Women’s Track and Field
Lauren Rantala, junior, Eden Prairie, Minn., health and physical education
Molly Wiltzius, junior, Kingsford, pharmaceutical chemistry
Natalie Berryman, sophomore, Houghton, exercise science
… [read more]