Resources for the Coronavirus Moment from IPEC - The Institute for Policy, Ethics, And Culture

The Institute for Policy, Ethics, And Culture (IPEC), in support of faculty during this time of the coronavirus, is providing links to curated resources for teaching, research and scholarly edification that address policy, ethical and cultural aspects of key issues we are facing currently. These examples also offer helpful and creative ways to convey online information and engage virtual audiences.

Please visit the IPEC website for links to the following:

  • Podcasts on climate change
  • Research presentations on “Feral”: the forms of nature and the non-human that are “out of place”
  • Research presentations on plastics and plastic wastes
  • Lecture addressing popular culture and cultural appropriation and racism
  • Essays on various aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak

IPEC will be adding to these resources, so revisit the site often. If you have suggestions for additions to these resources, please send recommended links to IPEC Director Jennifer Daryl Slack.

Session on Creating SciENcv Biosketches for NSF and NIH proposals

As announced previously, the National Science Foundation recently issued an updated Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide that will be effective for all proposals submitted on or after June 1, 2020. Biographical sketches and Current & Pending support forms included in proposals will now only be accepted if generated by an NSF-approved format.

The research community will be required to submit NSF Biosketches in new formats for proposals due on or after June 1, 2020. To assist the campus community in developing compliant materials for upcoming proposals, Research Development staff is hosting working sessions to go over the biosketch and current & pending support changes and to offer one-on-one help as you start to create your new documents in SciENcv. Upcoming sessions include:

  • Wednesday (April 8): 11:30 am - 12:30 pm over Zoom
  • Wednesday, May 6: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm over Zoom

To RSVP for any one of these sessions, please email to RSVP or copy/paste this link to the Google Calendar invite into your browser.

Upcoming Online Education Sessions: Zoom & Student Engagement, Giving Feedback, Using Media, Online Exams, Wellness

Join us for the next in our series of virtual IDEA hub/CTL online education sessions, beginning today (April) and continuing over the next couple of weeks.

Click the links to register and 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

MERET Faculty Candidate Lecture

The College of Computing’s Department of Applied Computing invites the campus community to a lecture via Zoom meeting by MERET faculty candidate Muhammad Fahad.

It will take place at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (April 9).

His talk is titled, “Motion Planning and Control of Autonomous Mobile using Model Free Method.” View more info on the blog.

Online Teaching Qualification Courses

In order to meet the rising demand for Michigan Tech faculty to be qualified to teach online, the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning has been working with two external organizations. If you are not already signed up for ED5101 or an equivalent, our recommendation is that you consider one of these. Both can provide far more capacity to teach courses that lead to this certification than we have internally.

Both programs are designed for people who have a working knowledge or familiarity of online teaching tools such as Zoom and Canvas.

Most importantly, both programs will meet the minimum requirements for instructors to be qualified to teach online at Michigan Tech:

  1. The Educational Technology Organization of Michigan is offering a second cohort of their Online Teaching Certification Course this summer starting July 6. This is a six week program. Instructors can register here
  2. The University of Wisconsin - Madison Continuing Studies department offers its Foundations of Online Teaching (FoOT) course which starts June 2. This is also a six-week program. Instructors can register here.

The expectation is that instructors will register for either course with a university purchasing card. Following successful completion of the course, a University account will be provided for reallocation of the expenditure to reimburse your academic department. If you do not have access to a university purchase card, contact Angel Cooke for reimbursement.

If you feel you must be prepared to teach online, but are not ready or neither of these work for you, please let your chair know.

Men's Basketball Announces Team Awards

 The Michigan Tech men's basketball program and Head Coach Kevin Luke announced the 2019-20 team award winners. Senior guard Kyle Monroe was selected as the Ken Hamar Award for the Most Valuable Player. Monroe, from Green Bay, earned a plethora of awards following his record-setting senior season. He was picked for NABC All-American and First Team NABC All-Midwest District, was a 2020 Division II Conference Commissioners Association Second Team All-American and Midwest Region Player of the Year. In addition, Monroe was the 2020 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-GLIAC, and the GLIAC Tournament Most Valuable Player. Monroe was chosen as the GLIAC Player of the Week eight times throughout the 2019-20 campaign.

Owen White, a sophomore guard from Rhinelander, Wisconsin, was the recipient of this year's Bill Gappy Award which goes to the Most Improved Player. White recorded 12.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per night this past season and was named to the GLIAC All-Defensive Team. White also earned a spot on the GLIAC All-Tournament Team following Tech's third tournament title.
Tommy Lucca, a senior guard from Kingston, Illinois, was honored with the Harold Meese Sportsmanship Award for 2019-20. Lucca averaged 9.6 points per game and paced the GLIAC in assist to turnover ratio at 3.8.

Eric Carl was tabbed as the Bob Olson Outstanding Newcomer Award winner. Carl, a redshirt freshman guard from Kaukauna, Wisconsin, appeared in all 31 games for the Huskies, making a major impact off the bench.

For the second season in a row, Kyle Clow was Tech's Scholastic Achievement Award honoree. Clow, a redshirt sophomore from Germantown, Wisconsin, is a mechanical engineering major and was also selected to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team for his work in the classroom. Clow played in three games with one start before his season was cut short due to injury.

Trotter Receives Commissioner's Award

Michigan Tech women's basketball player Cassidy Trotter was one of six women to receive the 2020 Winter GLIAC Commissioner's Award, announced by the conference office. Six male and six female student-athletes that excel academically and athletically are presented after the fall, winter, and spring athletic seasons with the award.

Trotter, a junior guard of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, led Tech in scoring thanks to a 12.3 points per game average. She earned Second Team All-GLIAC accolades this past season. Trotter received GLIAC North Division Player of the Week honors in week six of this year and ranked fourth in the conference in free-throw shooting percentage (85.1%), sixth in assists per game (3.7), and tied for first in steals per game (2.8).

Trotter recorded a single-game career-high of 25 points against Ashland on January 4. She pulled down a career-best 10 rebounds at Purdue Northwest Jan. 11, and matched a career-high of seven steals at home against Northern Michigan Dec. 15. In the classroom, the biological sciences major landed on the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team for the second consecutive season.   

Job Posting

Job Postings for Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted. 

Assistant Research Engineer - Software Developer, Michigan Tech Research Institute. Apply online.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.   Accommodations are available. If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or


 Summer Online Teaching Certification Course

The Educational Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM) will be offering the Canvas version of ETOM's Summer 2020 Online Teaching Certification Course from July 6 to August 16. This course meets the minimum required content to be one of Michigan Tech’s Currently Approved Online Teaching Training and Certification Courses and the course fee will be reimbursed through an agreement between the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Provost's office.

To be reimbursed for the course, registration must be paid with a University procurement card. Following successful completion of the course, a University account funds transfer to your academic department will be processed. For reimbursement questions, contact Angel Cooke. There is a required textbook for this course. The CTL has many physical copies and an electronic version of the book is available through the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Arrangements to receive a physical copy can be made through Angel Cooke. If you have any further questions about the online teaching qualification process, email

In Print

Trends in herring gull egg quality over four decades reflect ecosystem state

Gord Paterson (BioSci) is co-author on a manuscript published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research demonstrating a decades long decline in Herring Gull egg quality from breeding colonies samples across the Great Lakes basin.

Today's Campus Events

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Husky Spirit Week

We want you to get creative and have fun with us! We’re making the week of April 5th, Husky Spirit Week. We want you to dress up like the theme and share your kooky, crazy,...


Master's Defense: Karuna Rana

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Idea Hub - Break Out Rooms

Tuesday April 7, 2020 at 3:00PM


Idea hub - Break Out Rooms and Student Engagement

Tuesday April 7, 2020 at 3:00PM


Postponed: Michigan Tech Research Forum: Distinguished Lecture - Caryn Heldt

The next Michigan Tech Research Forum will be rescheduled for the Fall semester. The date will be published here and communicated through TechToday and Google Calendar. Dr....


Internships This Summer: What We Know

The effects of Covid-19 on summer internships. What we know. Join us for this virtual session using this link.


Online: TEAL Survivor Support Group

Dial Help, Inc. is hosting a virtual TEAL Survivor Support Group at 7:00 PM on April 7, 2020 through Zoom. Contact Paige to join at (906)482-9077 or...


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...


SAAM Day of Action

Help turn social media teal — the color of sexual assault awareness and prevention — on April 7th by sharing a teal selfie using #SAAM. Teal ribbons, t-shirts, nails, hair,...