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Planning Ahead

July 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

Hello, parents! This week has been a pretty nice one in the Keweenaw (most weeks in the summer up here seem to be that way).  I hope everyone has been doing well and is enjoying the summer. We’re over half way through it and I’ve already seen school supplies out at the stores, crazy to [...]

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Michigan Tech's volleyball team is as good in the classroom as they are on the court.

Volleyball Team Honored for Academic Excellence

July 31, 2015

The Michigan Tech volleyball team was one of 752 programs nationwide to earn the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2014-15 season. 

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

Michigan Tech's 2014 volleyball team posted a team GPA of 3.45 for year. The squad had a 3.55 during the fall semester, and there were a combined five 4.0 performances during the two semesters . . .

Physics professor Yoke Khin Yap says the chemical structures of graphene (gray) and boron nitride nanotubes (pink and purple) are key in creating a digital switch.

Better Together: Graphene-Nanotube Hybrid Switches

July 31, 2015

Graphene has been called a wonder material, capable of performing great and unusual material acrobatics. Boron nitride nanotubes are no slackers in the materials realm either, and can be engineered for physical and biological applications. However, on their own, these materials are terrible for use in the electronics world. As a conductor, graphene lets electrons zip too fast—there’s no controlling or stopping them—while boron nitride nanotubes are so insulating that electrons are rebuffed like an overeager dog hitting the patio door.

But together, these two materials make a workable digital switch, which is the basis for controlling electrons in computers, phones, . . .