Mi-TRAC Hub Funding Open for Applicants

The Mi-TRAC Hub provides resources to support translational projects in the life sciences with high commercial potential. The Mi-TRAC Hub is administered by Fast Forward Medical Innovation and the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of Michigan and is open to investigators at any public university, non-profit research center or health system in the state of Michigan.

The Mi-TRAC Hub includes research funding for late-stage translational studies, regulatory guidance, business plan development and mentorship from industry and investment experts. The Mi-TRAC Hub is focused on four specific market segments, or “verticals”: medical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics and digital health/IT.

The Mi-TRAC Award offers 1-year of funding in the range of $100K-$250K (direct cost), with all budgets requiring a tiered cost share from the investigator/institution based on institutional research expenditures. Applicants are anticipated to be 12-24 months from a University “exit” in the form of a license into a start-up company or to an existing revenue-generating company. Proposals to the Mi-TRAC Award must be submitted to the “Innovation Hub – Mi-TRAC for Life Sciences (2020)” competition via InfoReady. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10.

It is strongly suggested that investigators interested in applying contact the Program Director, Michelle Larkin (734-615-7886, michcote@umich.edu) to discuss the technology, its stage of development and suitability for the Mi-TRAC Award. Cost-share requirements are tiered based on institutional research expenditures with a 25 percent of the direct costs for applicants from Michigan Technological University.

Michigan Tech Research Forum Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the Spring 2020 Michigan Tech Research Forum Distinguished Lecturer.

Nominees should be professionally accomplished and recognized as a leader in their field; they are selected for their ability to increase the knowledge of our community by connecting their research with societal and community concerns.

Nominate a colleague or nominate yourself by completing the online form by Nov. 1. Contact Shari Stockero with any questions.

Husky Motors Electronic Fleet Management

Husky Motors is excited to introduce a new way to manage our Electronic Fleet Management system with GPSinsight. With this new technology, we are able to better monitor the health of our fleet through the use of diagnostics as well as location services in case of an emergency. 

Some of the things we can manage better with this new system include:

  • Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC)
  • Check engine light came on during your trip? We can pull that data from the vehicle and see if the vehicle is safe to drive, or if you need to have it serviced.
  • Updated vehicle mileage because accurate mileage is key to a healthy fleet 
  • Oil changes and tire rotations can now be managed electronically

Husky Motors is committed to providing you with a clean, comfortable and reliable vehicle for your official university business travel. With this new technology, we can now manage the fleet to be more efficient, environmentally friendly and provide the security during those very stressful times.

If you have any questions or concerns about this new technology, please email us at huskymotors@mtu.edu. We will answer all questions and concerns and help you understand this new technology and how it impacts you and the university.

Keweenaw Climate March and Sail

After devastating hurricanes, fires and unprecedented flooding in our own U.P. towns, are you feeling like climate change is a danger to our stability? Do you think leaders should take whatever actions possible to protect communities against the predicted impacts of climate change? You are not alone.

The Keweenaw Youth for Climate Action invites all of our fellow Michigan Tech students to join us from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday (Sept. 20) at the Portage Lift Bridge for the Keweenaw Climate March and Sail.

We will gather on the bridge with signs, and sail in the Portage, to show our community and leaders that we want climate action immediately. This protest will be part of a historic moment. For the first time in history, the entire world is protesting together on the same day for a single cause: demanding that climate change be treated as a serious threat everywhere in the world.

There are more than 3,500 protests planned in countries across the globe. Search for the event on Facebook for all the information: "Keweenaw Climate March & Sail" We hope you join us to show how important the climate crisis is to our community.

Check out our schedule of events:

  •  Thursday 6 - 8 p.m., Rekhi 101 : Sign-making party in Rekhi 101, painting cardboard protest signs.
  • Friday 4 p.m. : Protestors gather near the parking lot under the Portage Bridge on Houghton Side.
  • Friday 4:30 p.m.: Sailors and paddlers meet at the Houghton County Marina.
  • Friday 4 - 6 p.m.: Protesters will be on the bridge as cars pass and boats sail below.
  • Friday 6:30 p.m.: After the protest, there will be some talks on climate change and action at the Houghton County Marina shelter building.

Contact Keweenaw Youth for Climate Action through Facebook, or at keweenawyca@gmail.com. Contactcaptainbruce@sarahbelle.org"> captainbruce@sarahbelle.org with questions about sailing or paddling. Learn more about the global movement at globalclimatestrike.net.

Faculty Cap and Gown Orders for Fall Commencement

The 2019 Fall Commencement Ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 in the SDC Wood Gym. Faculty who need to purchase regalia should place their order online before midnight on Sunday, Oct. 13. There will be a shipping fee on all orders placed after noon on Wednesday, Nov. 20. If you have any questions, contact Shanda Miller at the Campus Store.

Career Basics at the Campus Store

Fall 2019 Career Fair is right around the corner, are you ready? Stop by the Campus Store for all of your "last minute" items such as; ties, tie clips, belts, socks, pantyhose, shoe laces, shoe polish, lint rollers, sewing kits, padfolios, resume paper, folders, planners and pens. Land that job by making sure you are perfectly polished.

Afrobeat Dance Classes Start Tomorrow

The African Students Organization (ASO) invites the Michigan Tech community to their biweekly Afrobeat dance class which start at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 19) at the SDC Fitness Studio.

This event provides a platform to enjoy energetic African music while exercising. These dance classes will be taught by proficient dancers who led the ASO to a sterling display at the Meraki Arts festival during the summer period. If you find yourself tapping your feet and shaking your head to Afrobeat music, then this is for you. For further details about this event, contact Monica Nyansa. Don’t be left out, let’s ‘dance-ercise’ together.

Inaugural MTU Glow Open Saturday

This Saturday (Sept. 21) the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) and MTU Disc Golf Club will host their inaugural glow in the dark disc golf tournament. This tournament is open to the public and students and will be competed on a temporary 9-hole course constructed on the Michigan Tech athletic fields surrounding the SDC.

In addition to playing disc golf at night on a new course, MVP has provided player packs that include a glow driver, glow putter, towel and other accessories. Prizes will be provided for the three highest finishers. First place will receive an MVP Pro Black Basket and 10 discs. Second place will receive an MVP banner and 10 discs, while 3rd place will receive a collection of 5 discs. Cost to participant in the tournament is $30. Sign up at discgolfscene.com. For more information, visit MTU Glow Open.

Biological Sciences Seminar Thursday

The Biological Sciences department will hold a seminar at 3 p.m. Thursday (Sep. 19)  in GLRC 201/202. Abigail Johnson, RDN Postdoctoral Associate from Knights Lab BioTechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota, will present "Daily sampling reveals personalized diet‐microbiome relationships."

ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Tomorrow

The next Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 19) in EERC 103. Nancy Barr will present “Get to the Point: Developing results-oriented communication." Barr has a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture, with a focus on Writing Program Administration in STEM.

Lunch & Learn: Learn About, and Help, with Tech Trails Forest Restoration Project

Join Andrew Storer (SFRES) and Sigrid Resh (SFRES) from 12-1 p.m. Monday (Sept. 23) in the MUB Ballroom A2 to learn about the history of emerald ash borer (EAB) in the Keweenaw, tree planting grant to mitigate ash mortality due to EAB and community volunteer opportunities to help the health of the forest.

Feel free to bring your lunch; beverages will be provided. This free event is open to faculty, staff, students and community members. Attendance counts toward Husky Health Option 2. Any questions can be sent to  benefits@mtu.edu.

CTL Coffee Chat: Quality Online Learning at Michigan Tech

 Online education offerings are increasingly scrutinized for quality; often more so than typical on-campus courses. While some requirements are external, meeting these expectations is also in the best interest of students enrolled in our online offerings. These requirements also provides an opportunity to present our expertise in the best possible light, and demonstrate our commitment to high quality education regardless of delivery method.

For this Coffee Chat, please join us to discuss how Michigan Tech is working to ensure the quality of online education. Please bring any questions that you have regarding online teaching or the new instructor qualifications and online course review process introduced by senate proposal 12-19

Join us from 3:30 to 4:30 pm on Tuesday, October 1st in library classroom 244 for this conversation and discussion. Coffee and light refreshments will be available to those who register by Friday, Sept. 27.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Staff and faculty job description are available in the Human Resources Department. For more information regarding staff positions call 487-2280 or email jobs@mtu.edu. For more information regarding faculty positions contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Office Assistant 5 Great Lakes Research Center. UAW Posting 9/18/2019 – 9/24/2019. External applicants will be reviewed after internal applications. 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.  


Speaker on Communes in Venezuela Tonight

Political scientist and documentary film director Dario Azzellini will address "Communes and Popular Power in Venezuela: Persistence and Growth in Times of Crisis." His talk will be at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Sept. 18), in MUB Ballroom A.

Azzellini is presently a visiting fellow at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University and he has worked in Venezuela with the communal councils.

This talk is sponsored by the Departments of Social Sciences, Humanities, Physics, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Episcopal Church, Northern Michigan diocese.


Portrait Session Tomorrow

Faculty, staff and graduate students can have their complementary professional portrait taken by University Marketing and Communications from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, September 19, in Wadsworth Hall 158. Enter through the main doors in the center of the building by the parking lot and follow the signs.


Study Abroad Fair Today

The Michigan Tech Study Abroad Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today under the Career Fest Tents (between EERC and Chem Sci). The Study Abroad Fair is an opportunity for students to meet with study abroad representatives from partner programs, Michigan Tech faculty-led program leaders and the Michigan Tech Modern Languages Department. In addition, students can meet with visiting exchange students from Europe and Australia, mingle with study abroad alumni, and learn more about Pavlis Honors College opportunities.
No appointment is necessary, you will receive your photo four to six weeks after the session.

Alternatively, departments or individuals can contact Brockway Photography at 906-482-1900 to schedule a session and purchase portraits at any time.


Volunteers Needed for Food Pantry 

Volunteer to help keep Michigan Tech’s Food Pantry Open for students, faculty, and staff. Volunteers are needed to run the pantry during open hours. Fall hours begin on September 3. Open hours (when classes are in session) are Tuesday 11:30-1:30, Wednesday 2-4, and Thursday 4-6. 

Volunteers are needed to open the pantry, answer any questions, hand out food, record pounds of food utilized, tap IDs, dating and putting donations on the shelf, and closing up. Please note that the Husky Pantry is now located in Fisher Hall, First Floor (Former After Math Cafe). Volunteers will undergo a brief training before their first shift.

Want to volunteer? Email the Husky Pantry at huskyfan@mtu.edu.


Mulch Madness

Michigan Tech’s Campus Tree Advisory Committee invites you to participate in its 2019 Fall Service Learning Project to support the efforts of attaining recognition as a Tree Campus USA ® through the Arbor Day Foundation ®.

Facility Management’s Grounds and Gardens is offering three two-hour hands-on workshops to learn how to properly mulch trees in an urban environment. Learn about mulch and why trees love it, and then put your new knowledge to work and get some hands-on experience as we mulch campus trees together. Read the full Tech Today story.


Kids Corner Keeps Them Occupied at Parade of Nations

You want to go to the Parade of Nations and enjoy the international food and entertainment at the Multicultural Festival that follows the parade. But what will you do with the kids? They’ll enjoy the colorful parade, featuring the Cass Tech Marching Band, the Michigan Tech Pep Band and Dancers, Blizzard T. Husky, the Michigan Tech mascot, and Riku F. Lion, Finlandia University’s mascot, and floats created by groups such as the Michigan Tech Indian Students Association and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

And at the Multicultural Festival, you can park them at the Kids Corner, where they will paint boomerangs, make boo-boo bunnies and Chinese paper dragons. They’ll also get lots of sparkly stickers, which you can expect to find stuck almost everywhere.

So don’t hesitate to come to the Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival on Saturday (Sept. 21) starting at 11 a.m. in Hancock and crossing the Lift Bridge to the Dee Stadium, where the food and fun kicks off at noon. The Kids Corner, new this year, will keep the young ones occupied.


Public Service Commissioner Scripps to Meet with Faculty and Students Tomorrow

Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) member Daniel C. Scripps will speak at Michigan Tech tomorrow (Sept. 19) in GLRC 202. He will meet with faculty from 5 to 6 p.m. and with students from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Commissioner Scripps will provide a brief introduction to the MPSC and highlight energy issues important to Michigan. When meeting with students, Commissioner Scripps will also speak about internship opportunities at the MPSC. Both sessions will feature Q&A sessions. There will also be an opportunity for informal discussions between the sessions when refreshments are served. Please contact Roman Sidortsov with any questions

New Funding

Xinfeng Xie (Forestry/ESC) is the PI on a project that has received a $184,928 research and development cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Forest Service - Forest Products Laboratory. The project is titled, "Demonstrate the Durability of Enhanced Domestic Hardwoods for U.S. Army Tactical Trailer Decking." Mark Rudnicki (Forestry) is the Co-PI on this potential three-year project.

In the News

Civil Engineering alumnus Brandon Maurisak is one of Mass Transit's 40 Under 40. Mass Transit Magazine recognizes 40 young individuals each year that are making a name in the public transit industry.

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Georgia-Pacific Day

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Study Abroad Fair

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Study Abroad Fair

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Smoothies in the MEEM

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Resume Lab for Grad Students

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Meet & Greet with Dean Adrienne Minerick

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Husky Hour - Live in the Moment

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Prep for Career Fair Workshop

Learn about all things Career Fair - what to wear, how to approach employers, personal introductions, and more.


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Corporate Information Session

Come meet recruiters from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and learn about internship and full time opportunities within Product Development, Powertrain, Quality, Supplier Quality,...


The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science Alumni Social with Dean Andrew Storer

Join your fellow alumni and friends for a casual evening out. Share your Michigan Tech memories and catch up with what is happening on campus and in The School of Forest...


Info Session and Smart Oven Demo

Join us EERC 103 for free food, and raffle prizes. Learn about how Whirlpool is changing the appliance industry with a demo of WLABS Smart Oven. Bring your questions and resumes!