Symptoms Attributed to Non-COVID-19 Factors Need Not be Reported on Symptom Tracker

This is a reminder that all individuals who return to campus are required to self-monitor for symptoms using the COVID-19 Daily Symptom Monitoring Form. You must submit the form each day before coming to campus. 

However, as you fill out the form, keep in mind that if you can attribute a symptom or symptoms to something other than COVID-19, you don't have to mark those symptoms on the Daily Symptom Tracking Form.

For example, if you have a runny nose, but know the runny nose is due to allergies, you do not have to mark the box next to "congestion or runny nose" on the symptom tracker.

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Teaching Prep Resources

As instructors ramp up for the fall flex semester, we want to draw attention to a number of important resources assembled. Most importantly, be sure to bookmark the Flex Fall Teaching Resources page which the CTL and IDEA Hub will be using as a “one stop shop” for questions and answers about teaching.

In addition to documenting questions and answers from all of the summer teaching sessions, this resource has capacities and maps for classrooms, ways to get signage for your lab, information about instructional face shields and headsets, documentation and practice opportunities for classroom tech, and remote instruction resources including a self-paced course in the common features of Zoom, Canvas, and Panopto. Detailed advice and videos modelling some of the tricky situations instructors might face about their socially distanced classrooms are also available by enrolling in a separate self-paced course.

There are also introductions to new tools, general teaching advice, and articles about specific topics (like testing). But even if you don’t find the answer to your question or have a resource to share, you can submit it. We’ll work to answer incoming questions and update the resource continually.

We continue to be amazed by the dedication, creativity and effort instructors are bringing as they prepare for FLEX fall! Let us know how we can help.

Items Available

Michigan Tech IT has the following furniture available to give away to another department on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • (1) PC table 27” x 53"
  • (1) Three-shelf metal 36" W x 48" H
  • (2) 54” tall TV carts 2' x 3’
  • (17) Rolling carts (previously used for overhead projectors)
  • (2) Rolling overhead carts with sides/wings (previously used for overhead projectors)
  • (1) 3’ x 7' butcher block work table

Please contact Mary Beth Hodges or call 7-1499 if interested. As always, University property may only be transferred to other University departments. It may not be given away or sold to individuals.

In Print

 Adam Wellstead (SS) published "Policy Innovation Labs" In: Farazmand A. (eds) Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Springer, Cham.


TCNewTech to Host MTU Teams for 'Takeover"

Traverse City New Tech (TCNewTech) will host Michigan Tech teams for a “takeover” of their pitch contest on Tuesday (Aug. 4). TCNewTech is a community of tech enthusiasts, businesses, entrepreneurs, and Michigan policymakers building a culture of innovation, economic growth and opportunity for local talent in the Traverse City Region.

Each month, TCNewTech hosts a pitch competition to offer a venue for innovators and entrepreneurs to connect with resources within their ecosystem. It is a great opportunity for teams to hone their pitching skills, communicate their idea, gather feedback, win a cash prize, and network with tech supporters. A collaboration between our MTU innovation community and the TCNewTech community is a great opportunity for our communities to collectively pool resources to support new ventures in Michigan.

Read the full story in yesterday's Tech Today.


Thesis Defense Today

College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science master's student Shallen Gurtler will present her MS thesis at 2 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 4) via Zoom.

The title of her defense is: "Monitoring mammal community shifts across silvicultural treatments utilizing camera traps and the development of invertebrate-derived DNA in hardwood forests of North America". Attend via Zoom.

On the Road

Kelly Steelman Presents at ASEE

Kelly Steelman (CLS) presented “Work in Progress: Student Perception of Computer Programming Within Engineering Education: An Investigation of Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviors” at the 2020 ASEE conference online.

The paper was written by Steelman, Michelle Jarvie-Eggart (EF), Kay Tislar (CLS), Charles Wallace (CC), Nathan Naser (GMES), Briana Bettin (CS) and Leo Ureel (CS).


Environmental Engineering Students' work presented at ASEE

Michelle Jarvie-Eggart (EF) presented work with graduate student Amanda Singer alumnus Jason Mathews at ASEE's 2020 Annual Conference online. Their paper, “Parent and Family Influence on First-year Engineering Major Choice” indicates matrilineal occupational inheritance may be affecting female engineering students.


New Funding

Andrew Burton (CFRES) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $327,067 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation, Major Research Instrumentation Program.

The project is entitled, "MRI: Acquisition of an Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer for using stable isotopes to study complex ecological systems." Molly Cavaleri (CFRES), Fengling Liu (CFRES), Sigrid Resh (CFRES) and Jared Wolfe (CFRES) are Co-PI's on this two-year project.


Daniel Dowden (CEE) is the principal investigator on a project that has received $204,514 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled, "NHERI Tailwood 10-Story Test Building Shake-Table Payload Research Project: Low-Damage Uplift Friction Damper for Seismically Resilient Mass-Timber Buildings." This is a two year project.

In the News

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum was featured in the Summer Happenings supplement to the July 31 edition of the Daily Mining Gazette: "Mineral museum rocks in the Summer," written by Ryan Towles (ME-EM).


Michigan Tech alumna Nadine Sikora was featured in the article "P.E.O. Sisterhood awards 2020 Program for Continuing Education to MTU grad," in the Daily Mining Gazette.


Former Michigan Tech hockey players Pheonix Copley and Jujhar Khaira were mentioned in the story "Fourteen WCHA Alumni Dot NHL Rosters as Stanley Cup Playoffs Get Underway," on UPMatters.


The Graduate Student Government's promise to match up to $10,000 in donations from other students to the Husky Emergency Assistance Fund, was covered by media outlets in Lower Michigan including 9&10 News (Traverse City) the Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph,, Michigan) and the Traverse City Record-Eagle.


The relationship between Michigan Tech and the Traverse City area was the subject of an article in the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Today's Campus Events

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PhD Defense: Philip Zoldak

Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Advisor: Jeffrey Naber Partially Stratified Combustion of Natural Gas for Spark Ignited Engines Attend Virtually:...


Master's Defense: Celine Carus

Geology Co-advisors: John Gierke and Kari Henquinet Quantifying Water Recharge and Water Use in Hand Dug Wells for Village Availability: A Case Study of Thiawor, Senegal,...


PhD Defense: Roland Oduro Ofori

Environmental & Energy Policy Advisor: Mark Rouleau An Investigation of Invasive Seaweed Policies in West Africa Attend Virtually:


Master's Defense: Shallen Gurtler

Forest Molecular Genetics & Biotechnology Co-advisors: Carsten Kuelheim and Kristin Brzeski Monitoring Mammal Community Shifts Across Silvicultural Treatments Utilizing...


PhD Defense: Zachary Morgan

Materials Science and Engineering Advisor: Yongmei Jin Multiphysics Phase Field Modeling of Electromigration Attend Virtually:


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...


Kites and Community! Outdoor Sculpture 2020

Kites & Community Outdoor Sculpture students spent last week making kites and holding a community (physically-distanced) picnic. Faculty member Lisa Gordillo designed this...


Outside – apart – together

Online Sculpture Walk Outside – apart – together, the Outdoor Sculpture class’s online sculpture exhibit, opens today. The exhibit is an online sculpture walk, and it...