Climate Reality Corps 24 Hours of Reality

There is a newly formed Michigan Tech Chapter of the Climate Reality Campus Corps. They have created an introductory video that you can easily share through your course Canvas pages. They are hosting a virtual event at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 as part of the 24 Hours of Reality national event.

The Climate Reality Project has branches on every continent except Antarctica, more than 150 community chapters in cities and towns across the U.S. and more than 30 campus corps chapters on college campuses.

We are an official Campus Corps Chapter through Climate Reality and are working on becoming a registered student organization through Michigan Tech. We strive to educate the MTU community on the climate crisis and have a long-term goal of urging Michigan Tech to commit to 100% renewable electricity in addition to other campaigns related to climate action.

In an event called "24 Hours of Reality: Countdown to the Future," hundreds of Climate Reality Leaders around the world will give presentations on the climate crisis between 4 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, Oct.10 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11.

Kendra Lachcik, a trained Climate Reality leader will give an hour-long virtual presentation over Zoom here at Michigan Tech at 6 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. 10.

She will explain the science behind climate change, its impacts, the solutions, and how Michigan Tech fits into the bigger picture. The presentation is open to all Michigan Tech students, faculty, and staff as well as community members.

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Michigan Tech Research Forum Oct. 14

University Professor Timothy Schulz (ECE) will be featured at the Michigan Tech Research Forum (MTRF) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Schulz’s presentation is titled "Direct Measurement of Coherent Fields." Additional details can be found on the MTRF website. The presentation will be available via Zoom (password: mtrf) and a limited number of people will be permitted to attend in person, dependent on university guidelines on the date of the event. If you wish to be considered for in-person attendance, complete this form by Friday, Oct. 9.

The MTRF is presented by the Office of the Provost in coordination with the Office of the Vice President for Research. The forum showcases and celebrates the work of Michigan Tech researchers and aims to strengthen discussions in our community. All are welcome, including the general public.

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

As part of a federal program, the campus community should be aware of the principles, laws and policies regarding drug and alcohol use on campus. Human Resources is circulating an email notification to all employees regarding Michigan Tech’s Alcohol & Other Drug Policies, as part of a national effort to prevent the illicit use of drugs and alcohol by students and employees.

This information, required by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, includes in part:

  • Standards of conduct on school property
  • Local, state, and federal laws
  • Health risks
  • Programs for counseling, treatment or rehabilitation
  • Sanctions against violators

For more information, view the Drug Free Workplace Statement.

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Welcome to October and Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing tips and information about a variety of security topics on our cybersecurity awareness page.

Learn more as we raise awareness and encourage all community members to own their role in protecting connected devices. This year’s theme is, “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”

If you have any questions about cybersecurity, we can help. Contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

Superior Wind Symphony Presents "Reparations 1"

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents a virtual streamed video concert by the Superior Wind Symphony (SWS), titled “Reparations 1.” 

Led by director of bands Mike Christianson (VPA), the concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 2). The title surrounds the theme of “little-known and under-recognized Black American composers in history.” The concert will feature seveb songs in a short 15-minute video concert.

From a 1700's funeral dirge, to Ray Charles' unique arrangement of "America the Beautiful," tune in for 15 minutes with the Superior Wind Symphony in a streamed video concert of music all by African-American composers from the 1700's to the present.

According to Christianson, “Our concert will feature music, played in a somewhat socially distanced way by the members of the Superior Wind Symphony, that represents the music of black and other minority composers who have not received either the attention or recognition of white composers. This music will be from roughly 1700 to now, and will all be wonderful, whether you've heard of the composers or not.”

This concert is free and open to the public, and the link can be accessed on the Rozsa Center website, and the event page for “Reparations 1.” 

Chelsea Schelly To Present at Roundtable on Solar Marketing

Reaching a more diverse range of U.S. home improvement decision makers will be required for the solar industry to install on millions of untapped rooftops. Since 2014, the industry has discussed the importance of women in the solar decision-making process, but have we made any real progress on the research front? Connecting with a broader range of homeowners starts with the research to understand their buying motivations.

Join researchers, marketers, and industry colleagues in this exploration of where we stand in our understanding of the solar buying motivations of female demographic groups. We will hear from:

  • Glenna Wiseman, Discussion Moderator CEO/Partner
  • Terra Current, Co-author of first industry survey on the topic, Shining a Solar Marketing Light on Women 2014
  • Chelsea Schelly, (SS) associate  professor of sociology, Department of Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University - Author: "Examining the Key Drivers of Residential Solar Adoption in Upstate New York, March 2020 Study
  • Jessica Bailis, Associate Solution Director, E Source - Author SPI 2020 Poster, "Using Market Research Data to Promote Residential Solar Programs to Women"

 Register in advance for this meeting.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

 The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar takes place at 3 p.m. Monday (Oct. 5) via Zoom.

Renee Richer will present "From Arabia to Appleton: Cyanotoxins and the Risk to Human Health."

Richer is an associate professor of natural and applied sciences at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. All are welcome.

Chemical Engineering Seminar

There will be a Chemical Engineering Seminar at 1 p.m., tomorrow (Oct. 2) via Zoom. Silviya Petrova Zustiak will present "Hydorgels for Drug Screening and Protein Delivery Applications".

Zustiak is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Saint Louis University. Zustiak's primary research interests are in hydrogel biomaterials with an emphasis on developing novel biomaterials as cell scaffolds, drug delivery devices and drug screening platforms. The presentation will focus on two main applications of hydrogels pursued by her laboratory - developing tumor spheroid models for drug screening applications and designing injectable hydrogels for the delivery of a multicomponent protein mixture.

Michigan Tech Football Online Team Store Now Open

Michigan Tech athletics has opened an online Nike store and is selling officially licensed team gear for Husky football.

Fans may choose from a wide array of apparel options which include, but are not limited to, team t-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, polos, pants, and sweatshirts.

Show off your Husky football pride by shopping at the team online store today.

The online store is open now. Items will be available for purchase until Oct. 8.

 

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, October 1, 2020

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

Programmer/Analyst, Information Technology. 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 mtujobs@mtu.edu.

Reminders

Fill Out the COVID-19 Symptom Tracking Form Before Coming to Campus

A reminder that no one is permitted to come to campus with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. All employees are required to monitor their symptoms daily before coming to campus. The Daily Symptom Tracking Form is a short form that will help you determine if you have COVID-19 symptoms. 

 In addition, all visitors must fill out the Visitor Symptom Tracking Form each day before coming on campus. 

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Biological Sciences Seminar Series

The next biological sciences seminar will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Oct. 1) via Zoom

Caryn Heldt (ChE) director of the Health Research Institute and the James and Lorna Mack Chair in Bioengineering will present "COVID testing, vaccines, and the future of vaccine manufacturing."

 Current and future vaccine manufacturing will be explored. The goal is to increase the number of doses available of new and current vaccines while keeping costs low. All biological Sciences will be virtual and recorded.

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ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker

The next virtual Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 1) via Zoom. Sa'ed Alajlouni will present “Passive and Device-Free Human Activity Monitoring from Floor Vibrations: Focusing on the Problem of Occupant Localization and Path Tracking using Hidden Floor Accelerometers.”

Alajlouni is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechatronics Engineering at the Hashemite University, Jordan.

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Husky Innovate Guest Speaker

Husky Innovate is hosting a lunchtime talk with Michigan Tech Computer Engineering Ph.D. candidate Ranit Karmakar who will share his innovation journey.

Through his research, Ranit developed robust algorithms to analyze corneal images. This work led him to discover an opportunity for a new venture within the eye care industry. Ranit explored and developed his concept through a variety of opportunities including: Husky Innovate workshops, Houghton business incubator, the MTEC SmartZone, the Superior Ideas platform and the NSF sponsored Michigan Tech I-Corps Site program.

Join us on Zoom for this lunchtime talk. We will meet virtually from noon - 1 p.m. Friday (Oct. 2). Please register here.

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Physics Colloquium Today

The next Physics Colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 1) via Zoom. Steve Fetter will present "Reducing Nuclear War." Fetter is a professor and Graduate School dean at the University of Maryland.

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ADVANCE Midwest Partnership

Michigan Tech, in collaboration with Iowa State University, Western Michigan University and North Dakota State University, is hosting a virtual film and panel discussion to enhance awareness of gender bias and continued lack of diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

This virtual event will take place at 7 p.m. (EDT) today (Oct.1) A screening of the film, “Picture a Scientist,” will be followed by a panel discussion. Learn more about the event and RSVP today. For more information read the full Tech Today story.

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Call for Poets. Love in the Time of COVID Poetry Reading Series

As we develop a new normal in our day-to-day lives, maintaining a creative, expressive, and connected community has taken on new meaning and importance, especially uplifting the voices of those otherwise silenced.

In recognition of Indigenous People’s Week and the current health and racism pandemics faced by the United States, the MTU Multiliteracies Center (MTMC) and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) cordially invite individuals of underrepresented identities to submit work for participation in a virtual poetry reading engaging any facet of life and love in the time of Covid-19.

Anyone may submit a poem for this virtual reading. You may submit either an original poem or a favorite poem that has spoken to you during this difficult time. This reading is about community, feeling, healing, loving, and connecting, and we wish all individuals to feel empowered either as poets themselves or as avid readers of poetry.

Please note, by submitting a poem for possible inclusion, you are agreeing to be available to read that poem in person via the Zoom event.

The virtual poetry reading will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12 via Zoom. For more information, read the full Tech Today story.

On the (Virtual) Road

Kathryn Perrine (Chem) presented an invited talk on electrochemical surface corrosion, “Surface Chemistry and Catalysis at Complex Interfaces using PM-IRRAS,” at the #ChemistsLive, an American Chemical Society Cross-Division Virtual Live event Friday (Sept. 25) in the Ambient Pressure Spectroscopy in Complex Chemical Environments session (Catalysis Division).

This event followed the ACS Fall 2020 virtual National Meeting where graduate students of the Perrine group, Mikhail Trought and Chathura de Alwis, also presented their research on surface oxidation.

In the News

The Michigan Tech Research Institute  was mentioned in the story "They’re not otters, but endangered mussels in Illinois play a crucial role as environmental sentinels," in several publications including, The Pantagraph, and the Herald and Review.

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Michigan Tech was mentioned in the article "DSM and Nedcam to Offer Large Format 3D Printing with Pellets," in 3DPrint.com

 

Today's Campus Events

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Walking Gallery Tour: Hero City: Documentary Photography by Meghan Kirkwood

Hero City: Documentary Photography by Meghan Kirkwood features a collection of silver gelatin and inkjet photographs made as part of a documentary project about modern...

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Negotiate with Confidence

Should you negotiate your job offer? What can be negotiated? What can't? Answer these questions and more when you join us for a presentation on negotiating offers with...

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Bio. Sci. Seminar - Dr. Heldt

Here is the link and passcode to the recorded seminar. Link:...

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Passive and Device-Free Human Activity Monitoring from Floor Vibrations

Focusing on the Problem of Occupant Localization and Path Tracking using Hidden Floor Accelerometers ME-EM Virtual Graduate Seminar Speaker Series proudly presents: Sa’ed...

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Physics Colloquium - Dr. Steve Fetter

of University of Maryland will give a talk on "Reducing Nuclear Weapons and the Risk of Nuclear War" on Thursday, October 1st at 4:00pm via Zoom. Abstract: The Cold War...

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Pre-Health Studies in Cyprus

Calling all Pre-Health students! Attend this virtual session to learn about University of Nicosia: Global Semesters Pre-Health study abroad programs in Cyprus. Registration...

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Building Emotional Strength Workshop

Unhappy and don't know what to do about it? Life is messy - rise above the mess. Learn how to understand your emotions and keep them from taking over. Sign up here:...

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Cubing Club - General Meeting

Come to learn about, practice, compete, and take joy in solving various twisty puzzles, such as the 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube. If you plan to attend, please fill out this Google...

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DIY Garden Globes

Come pick up a make-and-take kit with an air plant and globe! Grab a bag and take all the materials home with you to make your DIY garden. *While supplies last*

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PICTURE A SCIENTIST film screening and discussion

Michigan Technological University – in collaboration with Iowa State University, Western Michigan University and North Dakota State University – is hosting a virtual film and...