New Study on Better Skin Grafts for Burns

Full thickness skin grafts are the gold standard for treating burn wounds. But most skin grafts for severe burns require a donor, and for large or complicated injury sites, a full thickness skin graft is hard to come by. Split thickness skin grafts (STSG) that use tissue from the patient may be a solution—but not by themselves.

By combining STSG with a specially engineered sheet of stem cells, researchers from Michigan Tech and the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China demonstrate an improved skin graft process. Their work, published Thursday in Theranostics, focuses on creating engineered tissue that maximizes a body's natural healing power. Read the full story

LeaderShape 2017 is Accepting Applications

LeaderShape Institute applications for students are now open.

LeaderShape 2017 will take place Jan. 2-7 at the Ford Center in Alberta. Don't miss out on this awesome experience to improve your leadership skills while learning how to have a healthy disregard for the impossible.

All students are encouraged to register and apply by visiting this link.

Applications close at 11:59 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 3).

If you're interested in further information, check out our website. Send any questions to Jonathan Davey.

Worried About Winter Weather?

With winter weather approaching, now is a good time for departments to begin discussing communication procedures for weather-related absences. During times when weather conditions deteriorate, each person within the University community must exercise personal judgment on the ability to get to or from campus.

Interruptions in work due to weather are no different than other events that cause us to leave work early or arrive late. The first thing employees should do is contact their supervisors directly and explain the situation.

Hourly employees may use vacation or comp time to make up for hours missed due to bad weather. Exempt employees are expected to fulfill their regular job responsibilities.

Exercise caution in adverse conditions. In the event the local public schools are closed, remember that Michigan Tech has a policy regarding Children in the Workplace. 

For questions or concerns, employees should contact Human Resources at 7-2280 or email Amy Mensch.

University Senate to Meet Wednesday

The next meeting of the University Senate, meeting #584, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 2) in DOW 642.  Read the agenda. Read the minutes of meeting #583.

Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting. Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternates to attend in their place.

Retirement Supplemental Voluntary Program (RSVP) Enrollment Period Closing Today

Today is the final day to register to retire under the Retirement Supplemental Voluntary Program (RSVP). RSVP is a voluntary retirement program offered to eligible Michigan Tech employees. Eligible employees who wish to retire on or before June 30, 2017, must sign the RSVP election form and communicate their intent to the Benefits Office by 5 p.m. today (Oct. 31). 

For RSVP policy, eligibility requirements and additional information, visit the Benefit Services website.

Contact Benefit Services at 7-2517 or with any questions you may have.

This Week in Career Services

Husky Talks—Guide to Using LinkedIn for Your Job Search

Networking remains the most effective way to obtain a job and LinkedIn is all about networking. Learn how to utilize this powerful networking platform in your job search from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 1) or Wednesday (Nov. 2).

Graduating Senior SeriesPart 2: Handling Personal Finances

A new job does not mean you won the lottery. Learn how to make the most of your personal finances from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 3).

41 North Film Festival—Life Animated

Learn the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This event is at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 4).

WorkLife Connections Offers Second Financial Wellness Lunch and Learn

Join us for WorkLife Connection's second Financial Wellness Lunch and Learn from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 2) in MUB Alumni Lounge B. Chris Riesgraf, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones, will present on the "Foundations of Investing."

Learn about the importance of developing an investment strategy, the importance of investing early and how to meet your financial goals through investments. If you are new to investing, considering beginning investing or would like to discuss new strategies for your current investments, you'll find this Lunch and Learn very informative.

Click here to RSVP. Feel free to bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Tomorrow

Liang Chang, doctoral candidate in Materials Science and Engineering (Advisor: Yun Hang Hu), will present "Excellent Electric Double-layer Capacitor Performance at Wide Range Temperature of Three Dimensional Carbon Materials" at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Nov. 1) in M&M 610.

Making the Most of Mentorship Workshop

At this workshop by Steven Elmer, learn how to build the best possible relationship with your mentor and make the most of your research experience.

This workshop will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 3in Fisher 132.

For information on other upcoming undergraduate research workshops, click here.


Halloween Storytelling Social

The Michigan Tech Multiliteracies Center (MTMC) is getting haunted for a night of spooky stories. Grab some candy and sip some hot cider during our open mic of scary stories from all over the world. All students and faculty are welcome. We would love to hear spooky tales from everyone, so we really encourage international students to share a story from their home countries.

This event is from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Oct. 31) in the MTMC (Walker 107).


Safe Place Training

Registration is now open for fall 2016 Safe Place training. The Michigan Tech Safe Place Program is a comprehensive resource to better prepare faculty, staff, students and community members to address the needs of individuals who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA). 

Read previous Tech Today post for more information.


Geoseminar: Buddy Wylie

Buddy Wylie, Cabot Oil and Gas, Pittsburgh, will present "The Marcellus Shale Gas Resource, Appalachian Basin, USA" at 6 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 1) in Dow 610.


Nominations Open for Making a Difference Awards

Nominations are open for the 2016 Staff Making a Difference Awards. Nominate a deserving colleague in one of seven categories. Learn more and download a nomination form on the Staff Council Blog.

In Print

Kari B. Henquinet published an article entitled "Cultivating Empathy in University-Peace Corps Partnerships" in International Educator on Michigan Tech's Peace Corps Master's International Programs. The article can be found here.

On the Road

Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon (CLS/CS) and his seven students attended the 8th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications (AutomotiveUI) Oct. 24-26 at University of Michigan.

Jeon and students hosted a tutorial on "in-vehicle auditory interactions: Design and Application of Auditory Displays, Speech, Sonification and Music." Jeon and international collaborators hosted a workshop on "Ethically Inspired User Interfaces for Decision Making in Automated Driving."

They had two demos at the conference: "Listen to Your Drive: An In-vehicle Sonification Prototyping Tool for Driver State and Performance Data" and "Development Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Eyes-free In-Vehicle Gesture Controls."

This travel has been supported by CLS, CS, ICC, MTTI and HMC.


Joan Chadde, director of the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, presented “Promoting High School Students' Interest in Natural Resource and Environmental Career Paths” at the North American Association for Environmental Education Conference in Madison last week.

The session described the program that provides 20 Detroit high school youth with a free opportunity to experience Michigan's Upper Peninsula and the campus of a natural resource university. Students complete pre/post surveys to measure changes in their interest in natural resource career paths. Many at Michigan Tech supported the program, including Housing and Residential Life, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, College of Engineering, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering and many others.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, October 31, 2016

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions, call 7-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted. 

Geospatial Research Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

IT Connect

Video Conferences and Virtual Meetings

Need to set up a virtual meeting? This is a reminder that Michigan Tech uses GoToMeeting, an intuitive, easy-to-use collaboration tool that combines audio, video, screen sharing and chat features for Michigan Tech’s faculty and staff. Graduate students may also use this for their thesis defense. GoToMeeting lets you create a private conference room with up to 25 participants.

Meetings can be set up from anywhere and scheduled in advance; you can join in from your Mac, PC, Chromebook or mobile device. There is also an option to record meetings and have them available for viewing at a later time. It is always a good idea to let us know a week in advance of any important event so that we can test it out together.

If you’d like to use GoToMeeting for your next video conference, we’d love to get you set up and walk you through all the steps. Contact us at or call 7-1111.