No Tech Today on Friday

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, there will be no Tech Today on Friday. The deadline for submission, either by email or online, to be included in Monday's Tech Today is noon tomorrow.

Upcoming Summer Community Programs and Classes

In addition to the several classes that run all summer long, Michigan Tech Community Programs announce upcoming classes beginning soon and will run through the end of the summer.

Adult Classes

Enrollment in Adult Community Program classes is rolling and walk-in's are always welcome.

  • Belly Dance for Fitness—Shake, shimmy and roll in this energetic cabaret-style belly dance class offered Thursdays, 5:15-6:05 p.m., in the SDC Studio July 9 - Aug. 20.
  • Spin Express—Rev it up and burn some calories fast in this 40-minute power spin class offered Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:10-12:50 p.m., in the SDC Studio July 6 - Aug. 19.

Youth Classes

  • Aikido (Age 5 & up)—A great way for children and teens to gain confidence, practice focus and concentration and learn non-violent strategies for self-defense. Classes begin July 10 and meet Fridays at 6:30 p.m. in the SDC Studio.

  • Creative Dance (Ages 3-6)—Students develop basic dance skills as they interact with their peers in this fun and engaging class. Class meets Saturdays, 11-11:45 a.m. July 11 - Aug. 22 in the SDC Studio.

  • Ballet/Jazz (Age 7 & up)—This intro class covers the basics of each dance form including footwork, arm-work and vocabulary. The final session is a unique workshop to explore dance theatre and performance technique. 7 and 8 year olds meet Tuesdays, 4:15-5:05 p.m. in the SDC Studio July 7 - Aug. 18. Ages 9 and up meet Thursdays, 4:15-5:05 p.m. in the SDC Studio July 9 - Aug. 20.

  • Swimming (Age 6 months & up)—There is still room in the 3rd and 4th sessions of swimming. Classes meet Monday-Friday for a two-week period in the SDC Pool. Third session runs July 20-31 and the fourth session runs Aug. 3-14.

Visit Michigan Tech Recreation for a complete list of all Summer Community Programs. Commit to be HuskiesFit this summer!

Funding Available for Visiting Women and Minority Lecturers/Scholars

Michigan Tech is offering grants through the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar series to help departments bring visiting female and minority speakers to the University.

All departments are invited to participate in these programs. Limited funds are still available for visits occurring before Sept. 30. Applications must be submitted as soon as possible.

These programs are designed to provide role models for underrepresented students and to give faculty a chance to interact with colleagues. In addition, the programs give visiting lecturers, scholars and speakers a chance to get acquainted with Michigan Tech and some of the opportunities here.

Speakers' assignments might include classroom lectures, seminars, special-guest speaking engagements, mentoring in research or leading a summer course. The visiting scholar, lecturer or speaker must be a woman and/or Hispanic American, African American or Native American. Speakers' assignments would include at least one informal meeting with students and at least one lecture, workshop or seminar for Michigan Tech students.

For more information, see Visiting Women and Minority Series or contact Michele Wirtanen at 7-3310 or

Sports News

Assistant Hockey Coach Leaving Tech for USHL

Michigan Tech Hockey Coach Mel Pearson announced Tuesday that assistant coach Bill Muckalt will leave the Huskies to become the general manager and head coach for the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League.

Muckalt, who was hired shortly after Pearson was named Tech's head coach in 2011, served as lead recruiter for the Huskies. 

"I would like to congratulate Billy," said Pearson, "I'm thankful for the hard work and dedication he put forth into rebuilding the Michigan Tech hockey program."

"I'm extremely thankful for the opportunity that Mel gave me to work at Michigan Tech," said Muckalt. "He's been a great mentor (to me) for eight years—four as a player and four as an assistant coach."

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Institutional Equity Office Closed This Morning

The Office of Institutional Equity will be closed from 8 to 11 a.m. today for a staff retreat.


Cyclic Polygons are used in the Design of Actuating Cellular Structures

Work by Iosif Pinelis (Math) on cyclic polygons published in 2005 was used, quite unexpectedly according to Pinelis, in the article "The Geometric Design and Fabrication of Actuating Cellular Structures" by Lorenzo Guiducci, James C. Weaver, Yves J. M. Bréchet, Peter Fratzl and John W. C. Dunlop in Advanced Materials Interfaces. As the authors of the article note, "simulations demonstrate that purely geometric parameters determine the available range of deformations. The effect of nongeometric parameters, such as honeycomb wall rigidity, is to simply scale these performance curves [...], which implies that actuating honeycombs can be constructed from any rigid material with a sufficient elastic range. [...] This could be especially relevant for soft-robotics, a new branch of engineering, [...] which aims to achieve typical robotic tasks like actuation or locomotion using structures made of elastomers, optionally paired with inextensible reinforcements. [...] Despite the apparent complexity of such cellular solids, recent developments in advanced multimaterial 3D printing technologies have now made their fabrication a reality". Overall, papers by Pinelis have received 1,396 citations, according to Google Scholar.