Field School and COVID-19

Though it runs contrary to what Indiana Jones might say, archaeology is not worth dying for. COVID-19 has helped introduce needed additional safety practices to the profession.

Tim Scarlett (SS) shares how archaeology field work has changed for the better in the time of COVID-19. Read the full story on

Opportunities to Consider

Incoming first-year students and returning second-year students: 

Life offers many opportunities, and now is the time when your future starts to take shape. You are at an awesome school with great academic rigor, top-notch facility and staff, and fellow talented students ... not to mention a beautiful campus in a wonderful area. What other opportunities might be out there? Have you heard about Air Force ROTC?  It might be the right fit for you and give you even more opportunities to consider:

  • Opportunity to lead. Now/future commissioning opportunities in the U.S. Air Force or U.S. Space Force upon college graduation and program completion
  • Opportunity to serve and do something bigger than yourself
  • Opportunity to earn in-college scholarships

Did you know it is super easy to "walk on" to the Air Force ROTC program during your first or even second year of school? Your first step is learning more. Please contact for more information.

Are you not sure what Air Force ROTC is?  Click here to get more details before reaching out? 

Summer Hours End Sunday

Summer hours will end on Sunday (Aug.16). Beginning Monday, Aug. 17, the University will return to regular office hours.

The regular hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All offices must be staffed during those hours.

Interlibrary Loan Book Borrowing Resumes

Effective immediately, the Van Pelt and Opie Library interlibrary loan service will resume processing requests for books, media and other physical items.

Requests may be made through MeLCat or your ILL account. Contact for questions or assistance.

Michigan Tech Teams Impress at TCNewTech

On Tuesday (Aug. 4), Husky Innovate collaborated with the Traverse City entrepreneurship community of investors, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts for a MTU Husky Innovate "takeover" during TCNewTech's virtual pitch competition.

Five teams participated in two pitch categories.

The idea pitch included Mitch Delong with InnoFreightive and MTU alumnus Jake Soter with SwimSmart.

The new venture category contestants included PhD candidate, Ranit Karmakar with FOCUS, Steve Tokarz with Stabilux Biosciences and Steven Senczyszyyn with Nanosound. The Stabilux research team includes Yoke Khin Yap (Physics), postdoc Nazimye Yapichi Xiuling Liu (Physics) and Dongyan Zhang (Physics).

The Nanosound research team includes Andrew Barnard, director of the Great Lakes Research Center.

All of the teams did a great job pitching and representing MTU. Congrats to pitch winners Karmakar in the new venture category with a $500 prize and Delong in the idea pitch category who received with a $250 prize.

A special thank you to TCNewTech for hosting Michigan Tech teams during their August TCNewTech pitch contest.

Husky Health Reporting Period Extended to Dec. 31

The Husky Health Wellness Program reporting period has been extended through Dec. 31, 2020 for all benefit-eligible employees.

Restrictions that have been in place due to COVID-19 and the reduction in available programs and services significantly impacted the ability to complete items on the Husky Health Checklist. With some restrictions still in place, not all items on the checklist will be available. Please contact the Benefits Office to confirm other pre-approved activities will be accepted in place of checklist items that are not being offered at this time.

The reporting period for the Husky Health Wellness Program is now Oct. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2020.

Husky Health Checklists must be submitted to Benefits Services by Jan. 11, 2021 to receive your Husky Health incentive benefit. If you have additional questions please contact Benefits Services or call 7-2517.

Biomedical Engineering Seminar

There will be a biomedical engineering seminar at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17 via Zoom

Jingjie Hu will present "Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical and Biological Materials: From Cancer Detection to Embolization." Hu is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Mayo Clinic.

Biomedical and biological materials are usually complex structures consisting of multiple components. The mechanical interactions between the different components in these structures govern their critical behaviors and performance. However, the underlying mechanics controlling these processes are not fully understood.

Hu's research contributes to this understanding by integrating mechanical and materials engineering principles in the design and fabrication of biomedical related structures for cancer detection and embolization. The first part of the talk will present a combined experimental and theoretical study of 1) nanoparticle targeting, and 2) cell mechanics for breast cancer detection.

The second part of the talk will introduce the biohybrid design of a tissue-derived nanocomposite for embolization. A decellularized extracellular matrix-based nanocomposite is developed to provide outstanding mechanical stability and biological activity to prevent recanalization. The implications of these works are discussed for the design of multifunctional biomedical materials and devices.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Monday, Aug. 10, 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.

Administrative Aide 8 (12 months/40 hours/1st shift), Athletics and Recreation. UAW posting 8/10/2020 - 8/14/2020. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal Candidates. 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

On the Road

Timothy Havens (CC/ICC) presented the lead talk for the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s ISR-2 Seminar Series on Advancing Toward Modern Detection and Estimation Techniques for Multi-Sensor Scenarios, presented online July 9.

The talk, “Explainable Deep Fusion,” described Havens's sensor fusion systems research. Read the blog post.


Graduate Assistant Cost Share Program Eligibility Changes

Eligibility for matching funds under the Graduate Assistant Cost Share (GACS) program has been modified effective today (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.


Banner Production System Maintenance Sunday

A production system maintenance window will take place on Sunday, August 16, 2020, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The COVID-19 Daily Symptom Tracking Form will be unavailable during this time. We ask that you continue to self monitor and if you have symptoms consistent with COVID 19, please do not come to campus. The following production services will be unavailable during that time:

  • Banner
  • Banweb
  • MTUFlex Portal
  • MyMichiganTech
  • Aspire
  • Course Tools
  • Housing Apartments Wait List
  • OAP Rental System
  • Oracle Reports
  • Perceptive Content (Imagenow)
  • UC4/Appworx
  • Virtual Cashiering
  • WebFocus

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

New Funding

Amlan Mukherjee (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $49,999 research and development Contract-FFP from the National Asphalt Paving Association.

The project is entitled, "PCR for Asphalt Mixtures and the Emerald Eco-Label EPD Program." This is a one-year project.

In the News

Amy Marcarelli (BioSci), was quoted in the story "The life that springs from dead leaves in streams," in Knowable Magazine.


Former Michigan Tech men's basketball player Tyler Molesworth is the new boys basketball coach at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona. The story was covered by All Sports Tucson.

Today's Campus Events

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Huskies New Employee Orientation

This event has a video call. Join: +1 575-459-0149 PIN: 234932260#


Classroom Tech Training Session event has a video call.Join: +1 559-817-1606 PIN: 185179207#


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...