StabiLux is Finalist at International Convention

For the second consecutive year, StabiLux Biosciences was selected to be one of the Innovation Showcase finalists at the International CYTO convention.

CYTO, the premier meeting for the bioscience of cytometry, was held Tuesday and Wednesday (Aug. 4/5). Cytometry is a technique that detects cell structures for all biomedical fields. CYTO is organized by the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC).

Top faculty and industry leaders showcased their innovation in various lectures, tutorials, workshops, frontiers and plenary sessions featuring cutting edge cytometry technology and applications.

Stabilux President and Chief Technical Officer Yoke Khin Yap (Physics) said CYTO, like most aspects of life, was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The BioSciCYTO was originally planned to be held in Philadelphia during the summer, but biology threw us a curveball. Although SARS-CoV-2 may keep scientists from showcasing all the new developments in cytometry in person, CYTO Virtual 2020 filled in the gap as the first-ever virtual meeting from ISAC."

StabiLux BIosciences, an MTU spin-off company, showcased their new technology in the session of "CYTO Innovation Live Technology Showcase & Panel". CEO, Steve Tokarz, is one of top three finalists that pitched their new innovation. The new dye technology, SpectraLux and SpectraFluor, will allow scientist to detect biological molecules by the shapes of the fluorescent spectra, in addition to the peak positions of the signals. This novel feature is not found in any commercially available dyes.

The technology invented by Xiuling Liu (Physics) Nazmiye Yapici (Physics), and Dongyan Zhang (Physics) under the direction of Yap builds from their NovoLux® High-Brightness DyeTM technology licensed from the university.

The StabiLux/MTU team also presented two posters on the mechanism of NovoLux® High-Brightness Dye technology, as well as a new NovoLux® high-brightness violet dye. The company is truly enabling the next 50 years of biomedical Innovation.

New Fall Academic Course: COVID-19 Impact & Response (UN 3990)

 A new Fall course — UN 3990 "COVID-19 Impact & Response" is being offered through the Health Research Institute on campus.

Given the effects of the global pandemic, we encourage all undergraduate and graduate students to consider the course:

  • Course: UN 3990-2 COVID-19 Impact & Response
  • Credits: One credit
  • CRN: 85111
  • Semester: Fall 2020
  • Time: Taught remotely and online
  • Format: Seminar-based
  • Pre-reqs: Open to all students
  • Description: This course will provide a variety of perspectives on what is currently known about COVID-19 and its impact on health and society

Each week through a Town Hall style format faculty, public health officials, clinicians and other experts in our community will discuss topics including: the role of public health to protect community health, etiology of disease, virus spread globally and locally, mechanisms to interrupt and halt transmission, health disparities, impact of disease on physical and mental health, strategies for adapting to lifestyle change, and economic considerations.

This course will also highlight the current response efforts in the Western Upper Peninsula, including Michigan Tech’s involvement through the COVID-19 testing laboratory.

The course goal is to increase awareness about COVID-19 and encourage everyone to do their part to help during the pandemic. For information contact Kelly Kamm or Steve Elmer.

HuskyFAN Donation Request

The Husky Food Access Network (HuskyFAN) is asking the Michigan Tech Community to support the pantry through food and/or monetary donations from Aug. 10-14, as we get ready to welcome our campus community back to Houghton.

Donations from our campus community help HuskyFAN to continue providing food to those in need. This summer we were able to provide 126 meal packs to students facing financial hardships. To make food donations, please drop them off between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday outside of the HuskyFAN Food Pantry located on the first floor of Fisher Hall, down from Fisher 135 (previously the Aftermath Cafe).

A box with the sign ‘FOOD DONATIONS’ will be placed in front of the Food Pantry to receive donations. Some suggested items to donate include rice, canned vegetables, vegetarian soups, deodorant, shampoo, shave gel, feminine products and cleaning supplies. (Please check the expiration dates as we cannot accept items past their date.)

To make monetary donations, please use this link. If you have any questions about the food pantry, contact

Thank you to everyone who has supported the HuskyFAN Food Pantry through food, monetary, or bag donations this summer! We greatly appreciate your support.

Biological Sciences Seminar

There will be a seminar at 1 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 13 via Zoom.

Traci Yu (BioSci) will present "Development of Optogenetic Brain Stimulation Device for Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease."

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that typically affects movement. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an effective device-based therapy for PD in the clinic. DBS applies an embedded electrode into a specific region in the brain and delivers electrode impulses through a battery-powered stimulator subcutaneously implanted in the patient’s chest.

The therapeutic effects of DBS are strongly dependent on the stimulation frequency. High frequency DBS alleviates PD motor symptoms, while the low frequency is ineffective. However, due to its non-selectivity of stimulation, high frequency DBS can cause adverse side effects.

Optogenetics takes advantage of cell-type specific manipulation of targeted neural elements and can overcome the challenges of nonselective modulation of DBS.

Job Posting

Job Postings for Friday, Aug. 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.

Financial Aid Manager, Student Financial Service Center. 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 an interview at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or


Summer Volleyball Tournament

The fall semester is quickly approaching and summer is winding down. What better way to celebrate than with a Volleyball Tournament?

The tournament will take place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15/16 at the SDC sand courts. It is open to anyone at Michigan Tech (students, faculty, and staff) and only 50% of your team needs to be affiliated with Michigan Tech, so family and friends are invited as well.

We will be following proper COVID-19 precautions and all participants will be asked to wear a mask. Full rules and registration can be found on our website. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. today (Aug. 7).


Graduate Assistant Cost Share Program Eligibility Changes

Eligibility for matching funds under the Graduate Assistant Cost Share (GACS) program have been modified effective Monday (Aug. 10).

Externally funded projects budgeted at the full applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) cost rate and include a stipend and the associated fringe benefits are able to receive matching funds for tuition support for up to 2 PhD students per proposed project/program at a maximum level of three credits per student in Fall and Spring Semesters and one credit in Summer Semester.

In order to be eligible for matching funds, projects or proposed programs must meet the following criteria:

  • The proposed program or project includes a significant graduate student training component
  • Institutional commitment/cost share is required or considered to be essential to the competitiveness of the proposal 
  • The project team includes at least one non-tenured faculty member as a Co-PI or Key Personnel

An application form can be downloaded here. Commitments made previously under prior eligibility requirements will continue to be honored.

In the News

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) is quoted in "Why Solar Panels in the UK Are a Great Option" on GreenMatch.


The tent set up between Chem Sci and EERC which will be used as a COVID-19 testing facility during Move-In Weekend, was covered by WLUC TV6.


Michigan Tech was mentioned in the article "Ancient mountains recorded in Antarctic sandstones reveal potential links to global events," in several outlets including Science Daily and

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Candidates “fit” with the job, the hiring unit and the campus is deemed critical yet this is a determination that can be quite subjective. Empirically, such determinations account for only 20-25% of the decision to hire or not. This week’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup features a 2020 article from The Journal of Higher Education which looks at how the subjective preferences that largely govern the evaluative portion of faculty searches can perpetuate inequities. 

Today’s article was shared by Amy Marcarelli, associate professor in Biological Sciences. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup. The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog. To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at or visit our website.

On the Road

Teaching Teachers in Detroit Online

Joan Chadde (CEE/CLS) is presenting this week as part of a four-day online summer teacher institute for 30 Detroit fifth grade science teachers.

The Institute, titled "Ignite Your Students' Interest in Science and STEM Careers" is co-sponsored by Michigan Tech, Wayne State University and Belle Isle Conservancy, as part of a four-year NSF-ITEST grant.

Chadde is presenting on 'how to teach 5th graders' about watersheds, water quality and bioaccumulation. More information is available online.

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