A Call to Action

Our hearts are broken at the violence, discrimination and hatred we have seen unfolding across our nation on members of the Black Community and historically marginalized people, and the acts of violence that most recently took the lives of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Louisville and George Floyd in Minneapolis. We stand together as a community, rejecting all actions that are steeped in racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia or any other version of hatred. These actions do not align with our values and have no place on our campus.

These recent incidents may be shocking for many in our community, but for others, these tragedies are all too familiar. Our students, faculty and staff of color experience discrimination, bias and microaggressions all too often. As an institution of higher education, it is our responsibility to create an environment that ensures equal access, opportunity, participation and representation for all.

At Michigan Tech, there is much work to be done and we all have a part to play. Many of you have expressed a desire to do something but may not know how to start. The campus diversity leaders are gathering a list of tools, actions and anti-racist resources to keep the conversation moving and we are working with the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning to provide resources for faculty. In addition to the resources linked, you can create or advocate for more diversity-focused courses offered in the curriculum or bring students and colleagues together to discuss these issues. You can join a committee or task force — the Diversity Council and Diversity and Inclusion Tech Forward task force always welcome additional members — or get involved with your departmental team. We can all begin by leading with empathy and seeking to understand the lived experiences of our community members. We can read, listen, self-reflect and reach out to one another. We can get involved.

These resources provided above are additions to our ongoing efforts at Michigan Tech. The Diversity and Inclusion Tech Forward task force has several initiatives underway and has met several goals. You can read more about those achievements here. The Diversity Council is leading efforts to provide resources and support for families who need child care and is working with Human Resources on resources for supervisor training. You can find several training and workshop opportunities available to campus on the Diversity website and Institutional Equity website. The ADVANCE Initiative has many efforts underway and is currently drafting a Guide to Inclusive Faculty Hiring, in addition to their Allies and Advocates program. Over the summer, we will work with Michigan Tech Public Safety and Police Services and local law enforcement agencies to create a coalition of campus police, city and county police, and student leaders to discuss outreach, education, training and community-building.

There are numerous opportunities to be involved in diversity and inclusion work. The most important thing anyone can do is use their voice to push for change. Respectful exchanges of our perspectives, experiences and ideas broaden learning, interactions and worldviews. Creating and sustaining dialogue with and among your colleagues and students is an important step in creating a community where everyone belongs and is welcome. The responsibility to create a community that is equitable and inclusive is on all of us. Together we can create change.

As President Koubek said, “As we navigate these challenging times together, let us serve as role models for unity and strength. Let us use our voices, our skills, and our influence to advocate for change.” For more information, please contact Kellie Raffaelli at kraffael@mtu.edu.

IDEA hub/CTL Teaching Q&A Session for MTU Flex

Please join us for our first in a summer series of Teaching Q&A sessions and Design Thinking workshops to help you prepare for MTU Flex this fall.

Session No. 1: What’s on your mind? This kickoff session will run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (June 10) and will give you a chance to ask questions and voice concerns about preparing for MTU Flex. We will answer the questions we can and add those that we can’t to a running list that we’ll work to answer each week.

We will also give more details about subsequent sessions (to be held at the same time on June 17, 24, and July 1) at the event.

Click the link 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 margaret@mtu.edu.

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup (Special Edition)

If you have been following the news recently, you have probably heard the term systemic racism. Maybe you already know what systemic racism is, and if that’s the case, then we hope you’re using your knowledge to help educate those around you and actively support changes to the system. But if you’re not quite sure what systemic racism is, or maybe you aren’t quite convinced it’s real, we’d like to offer some compelling arguments for your consideration. In place of our usual article, this week we would like to share a few short videos. Each of these videos explains how systemic racism works and provides examples of how and where you can observe it in everyday life. We hope that you’ll take the time to watch these videos, think critically and act to end systemic racism in America.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity and inclusion. Contact us at advance-mtu@mtu.edu or visit our website to learn more about this week's topic, our mission and programming efforts, or to check out our growing collection of resources.

In Print

 Rupak Rajachar (BioMed), Bruce Lee (BioMed), former graduate student Weilue He (BioMed), and undergraduate students Max Reaume (BioMed) and Maureen Hennenfent (CEE) co-authored "Biomimetic hydrogels with spatial- and temporal-controlled chemical cues for tissue engineering", published in Biomaterials Science.

New Funding

David Watkins (CEE/SFI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $190,764 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The project is titled "RAPID: COVID-19, Consumption, and Multi-dimensional Analysis of Risk (C-CAR)". Chelsea Schelly (SS/SFI), Robert Handler (ChE/SFI) and Charles Wallace (CS/SFI) are co-PIs on this one-year project.


Robert Handler (ChE/SFI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $24,774 research and development contract with San Diego State University.

The project is titled "Environment Life Cycle Assessment of LEAFs Methane Mitigation System". This is a two-month project.


Simon Carn (GMES/EPSSI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $117,411 research and development grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The project is titled "Multi-Decadel Trends in Volcanic Emissions: Extending the Aura Record into the Past and Future". This is a potential three-year project totaling $375,789.

In the News

Adam Wellstead (SS) was mentioned in the Daily Mining Gazette ("Survey: Houghton County residents back recycling") for formulating and analyzing a survey conducted by the Copper Country Recycling Initiative.


Michigan Tech was mentioned in the story "Flygirls Drawn to River's Allure" in the Traverse City Record-Eagle.


Allie Moffit, who will be attending Michigan Tech this fall to begin her college education and compete on the track team, was featured in the article "Moffit Bridges Gap to Michigan Tech" in the Traverse City Record-Eagle.


Bruce Lee (BioMed) and Ph.D. student Saleh Akram Bhuiyan were quoted in the article "Engineers Zap and Unstick Underwater Smart Glue" in Medical Design Briefs.


Husky Bites: Join Us for Supper This Summer

Need a little brain food but not up for a full meal? Husky Bites continues! Join College of Engineering Dean Janet Callahan and a special guest at 6 p.m. EDT each Monday for a 20-minute interactive Zoom webinar followed by Q&A. Each Bite features an engineering faculty member sharing their expertise. More than 600 of us are now registered for the series.

Today (Monday, June 8), we'll go underwater without getting wet. Join Guy Meadows for "Shipwrecks and Underwater Robots." Meadows, director of the Marine Engineering Laboratory and Robbins Professor of Sustainable Marine Engineering, will examine the use of Iver, Michigan Tech's autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), to acquire dynamic sonar images of deep Great Lakes historic shipwrecks. Michigan Tech students program Iver as part of their many classes onboard our research vessel, Agassiz.

Grab some supper, or just flop down on your couch. This family-friendly event is BYOC (Bring Your Own Curiosity). All are welcome. It’s not too late to register. Get the full scoop at mtu.edu/huskybites.


Career Enrichment Grant Applications Now Available

The GSG is pleased to announce that applications for the Career Enrichment Grant program for the 2020-2021 academic year are now available.

This new program, designed to supplement the Travel Grant program while travel is restricted, offers reimbursement of cost to graduate students for an online training or certification, up to $150.

Find eligibility details and the link to the application form on the GSG Travel Grants & Career Enrichment Grants web page.

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions at gsg@mtu.edu.


#q: Sculpture Under Quarantine

#q: sculpture under quarantine is an online gallery created by students in Advanced Sculpture Studio. Students in this class developed works of art while social distancing in their homes. Although their projects are much different than students had originally planned, their work shows just how adaptable and resilient Michigan Tech students are, and the power of art to connect us during uncertain times.

Please visit the online gallery.


Lane Closures on Lift Bridge Wednesday

Annual inspections of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge on Wednesday (June 10), will require single-lane closures from 7 a.m. to no later than 6 p.m.

The northbound lane closure will be in place in the morning, while the southbound lane closure will be in place in the afternoon. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is conducting routine detailed inspections of the bridge, evaluating structural components. These periodic inspections help ensure continued safe operation of the bridge and identify priorities for future maintenance and repair work.

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Shipwrecks and Underwater Robots

Husky Bites presents Special Guest Guy Meadows Director, Marine Engineering Laboratory Robbins Professor of Sustainable Marine Engineering Research Professor, Mechanical...


#q: Sculpture Under Quarantine

#q: sculpture under quarantine is an online gallery created by students in Advanced Sculpture Studio. Students in this class developed works of art while social distancing in...


APS Virtual Poster Showcase

The Association for Psychological Science will be hosting a Virtual Poster Showcase from June 1, 2020 to September 1, 2020. Participants will be able to view the latest...


Stewardship Network Spring Invasive Plant Removal Challenge

Copper Country Events Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Pull invasive species from your yard, natural area, anywhere! Submit location, number of people, and...