COVID-19 Campus Update

COVID-19 has certainly changed our campus in an unprecedented way, at an unprecedented pace. And, while I believe our combined efforts are helping to “flatten the curve,” we must continue to remain vigilant in protecting ourselves, our health care providers, and those most vulnerable in our community from the effects of this virus—even if it means taking extraordinary precautions. 

Below are a few updates for our students and employees in this regard.  

For students: 

For faculty and staff: 

While it’s still too early to tell how or when this crisis will end, Michigan Tech is a community of problem solvers. To that end, we have a number of committed faculty, researchers, students and staff using their talents to help our community, state, and nation navigate the impacts of this virus. It is that indelible spirit that gives me complete confidence for the future of Michigan Tech. 

With that said, the University is planning for fiscal impacts resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and will begin implementing a series of temporary budget controls to balance revenues and expenditures. Initial guidelines will be sent from the CFO’s office to departments in the near future.

During this challenging time, we are listening closely to our students, faculty, and staff to better inform our decisions and ensure our planning efforts respect the values we hold as a campus community. We will also continue to provide regular updates on the University’s operations in addition to any new developments related to COVID-19. Until then, I ask that you continue to do your part to help protect your own health and the well-being of our community.

Thanks for all that you do.

Online Education Sessions & Virtual Happy Hour Kickoff Tomorrow

In the last two weeks, everything changed. We’ve scrambled to put our classes online, reorganize our lives, and adjust to the new normal. We’ve felt overwhelmed and uncertain about the future. These last two weeks have shown us the importance of community and connection—if we can’t meet in physical spaces, we’ll gather in virtual ones.

Join us for the first in a series of virtual IDEA hub/CTL Online Education Sessions, from 3 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (Friday April 3). In this first session, you’ll hear from a student panel about their experiences transitioning to online learning: what they are thinking and feeling, what is working and what isn’t. You’ll see online tools modeled that you can use in your classes. And you’ll have a chance to connect with one another to share insights, frustrations, successes, concerns, and coping strategies.

Once you have registered for this event, you will be added to the calendar invite which will include the zoom link. If you have questions or do not get the calendar invite, please email margaret@mtu.edu

Immediately following the education session, join us in our virtual “IDEA Pub” for a happy hour from 4 to 5 p.m. (No registration necessary.) This will be a chance to kick back with your beverage of choice (bring your own!), socialize, and connect with one another. We’ll provide some prompts to get the conversation going.

We are in the process of finalizing guest speaker Zoom events to round out this series. Dates and times have been fixed — from 3 to 4 p.m. April 7, 10, 14 and 17.

Presenters and topics for each session will follow shortly—but please hold these times if you can. We plan to record sessions and make them available for those who can’t join synchronously--but since networking is a big part of the purpose, we hope you can make time to interact at these events.

Reid DeVoge Graduates from FBI Academy

The Department of Public Safety and Police Services announced that Detective Lieutenant Reid DeVoge recently graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (FBINA) in Quantico, Virginia.

The graduating class consisted of men and women from 49 states and the District of Columbia. The class included members of law enforcement agencies from 32 countries, five military organizations and eight federal civilian organizations. Of the 250 graduates, seven are from institutions of higher education.

The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and International law enforcement leaders that serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy offers 10 weeks of undergraduate and/or graduate college courses in the following areas: law, behavioral science, forensic science, understanding terrorist mindsets, leadership development, communication and health/fitness.

DeVoge has served with the Department of Public Safety and Police Services since November 2009.

WebFOCUS System Maintenance

A production system maintenance window will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. today (April 2). During that time, WebFOCUS will be unavailable.

If you have any questions or concerns, we can help. Contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

Faculty Candidate Khalid Miah to Present Lecture Tomorrow

The College of Computing's Department of Applied Computing invites the campus community to a lecture by faculty candidate Khalid Miah. The lecture will be held at 3::30 p.m. tomorrow (April 3), via an online Zoom meeting.

The title of the lecture is, “Fiber-Optic Distributed Sensing Technology: Applications and Challenges.”

The link to the Zoom lecture and more information is available here.

Per a new Michigan Tech policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all College of Computing currently scheduled faculty candidate interviews and lectures will take place online through Zoom meetings.

In Print

Graduate student Chathura de Alwis (Chem), research assistant professor Timothy R. Leftwich (MSE), and assistant professor Kathryn A. Perrine (Chem) published their seminal paper on their new surface technique, "New Approach to Simultaneous In Situ Measurements of the Air/Liquid/Solid Interface Using PM-IRRAS" in Langmuir on March 16, 2020.

In the News

Michigan Tech was mentioned in the story "ENERGY STORAGE: WHY REINVENT THE WHEEL?" in Turbo Machinery.

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Research by a team from Michigan Tech, Purdue, Washington University (St. Louis) and the University of Texas at Dallas studying the use of the rare earth element tellurium as a potential material for ultra-small transistors, was featured in Semiconductor Engineering.

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Michigan Tech was cited in the story "Swarm of 650 earthquakes rattles Utah, Idaho and California, experts say" in several newspapers, including the Kasas City Star and the Miami Herald.

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Richelle Winkler (SS) was quoted in the story "Houghton officials urge mercy from landlords," in the Daily Mining Gazette.

CIGLR awards grant to MTU researchers

The Cooperative Institute of Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) has awarded a grant to an interdisciplinary team across Michigan universities to support a working group research team to investigate Oil Spills Under Ice: Challenges and Solutions.

The Steering Committee, led by Volodymyr (Vlad) Tarabara (lead), Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan State University, includes Ayumi Fujisaki-Manome, University of Michigan, Melissa Baird (SS) and Edoardo Sarda, Lake Superior State University.

The team also includes Guy Meadows, Director, Marine Engineering Laboratory and Trista J. Vick-Majors, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Great Lakes Research Center.

The working group will work to build the framework for addressing the challenge of oil spills in icy conditions within the Great Lakes region. The interdisciplinary CIGLR workgroup will explore a broad set of issues ranging from underlying science (e.g. oil fate and transport under ice) to technical solutions (e.g. spill detection and remediation) to social impacts (e.g. risk awareness and community response).

Today's Campus Events

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C-Cubed Luncheon

This week's C3 luncheons take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge (#107). All faculty and staff, along with their...

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Environmental Graphiti Online Exhibit

The Art of Climate Change Alisa Singer The work of Chicago-based artist Alisa Singer, Environmental Graphiti is a series of digital paintings created to enhance public...