3 Minute Thesis Competition

The Graduate Student Government announces this year's Three Minute Thesis competition. The competition is being held on Thursday, (Nov. 5). Registration is now open, and will be closed Friday, Oct. 23.

A training workshop for the participants will be provided on Wednesday, Oct. 28. This competition offers a great opportunity for graduate students across the university to present their research to a general audience. Participants are required to present their research within three minutes, hence the name ‘Three Minute Thesis’.

This contest is open to all graduate students at any stage/path of their graduate studies. They are not required to have a finished thesis, or even a proposal to present — even coursework track students can participate. Participants are judged on their communication and presentation skills while delivering their content in just three minutes with one static PowerPoint slide.

The 3MT competition was started by the University of Queensland, Australia in 2008. Success and the growing popularity of the competition spread the idea across more than 200 universities around the globe. The winner of the local Michigan Tech competition will earn the opportunity to present at the regional 3MT competition.

It is divided into two phases: preliminary rounds and a final round. The preliminary round will be held virtually. The format for the final round is yet to be determined. The winner and runners-up will receive cash prizes of $300 and $150 respectively.

Additionally, a People’s Choice award will be given to a speaker selected by the event’s audience, with a cash prize of $100. GSG invites and encourages all graduate students to take advantage of this amazing competition. Full event information and the registration link can be found here.

Fall 2020 Flu Shot Clinics

U.P. Health System-Portage will offer walk-in flu vaccine clinics on campus this Fall. Employees, retirees, family members and students are welcome to attend one of the flu clinics. The flu vaccine can be billed to insurance so be sure to have a valid copy of your insurance card with you when you arrive.

Flu Shots are $40 for those who do not have insurance and are payable by cash, check or credit card. All flu shot clinics will practice 6 feet social distancing and you are required to wear a mask. If you don’t feel well, please stay home and plan to attend a future clinic.

Be sure to fill out the 2020 Influenza Vaccination Authorization Form before you arrive to help with social distancing.

Join the UP Regional Flu Shot Challenge. Your results will be added into your institution’s data as we compete against other UP institutions. More information coming soon.

The dates of the flu clinics are:

  • Oct. 14, Rozsa Lobby, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Oct. 22, Wadsworth Hall, Classroom G 41, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. `
  • Oct. 26, McNair, West Glass Lounge G001, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Nov. 6, DHH Ballroom, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Jan. 20, Rozsa Lobby, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Homecoming Shirt Swap Continues

If you missed out on the Homecoming Shirt Swap, that's okay. We still have shirts available. Stop by Student Leadership & Involvement (MUB 112) with your donation and you can get a shirt! (while supplies last).

Donate an item from this list or make a minimum cash donation of five dollars and get a 2020 Homecoming Shirt. The theme this year is A Happy Little Homecoming (Bob Ross theme). You will want one of these amazing shirts in your collection. All donations go to the Husky FAN Pantry.

The Crisis of Expertise and the Impact on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jennifer Daryl Slack (HU) will speak at the Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Forum at 10:30 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 11) via Zoom

Slack addresses what has been called “the crisis of expertise” in American culture, in which the value and advice of “experts,” most notably in the sciences, are increasingly being challenged and disregarded. She explores the different kinds of challenges to expertise, the sources of these challenges, and their implications, particularly with respect to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. She also considers a strikingly odd feature of this crisis, as challenges to expertise arise in tandem with an increasing reliance on science and technology in American culture.

The Rozsa Center Virtually Presents "Celebrating the Creative Mind"

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts presents a conversation with artists Yoshito Sakuraba and Na’ama Zisser, featuring performance clips by NYC based Abarukas dance company, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Opera House in London.

Streaming Friday, Oct. 16, join Rozsa Center Programming Director Mary Jennings for a conversation with Sakuraba and Zisser.

Choreographer Sakuraba and composer Zisser were selected as artists in residence for the inaugural Choreographer and Composer Residency program on Rabbit Island during the summer of 2019, and were slated to premiere a new work at the Rozsa Center before pandemic-related restrictions changed their plans.

From their homes in New York and London, they will talk with the Rozsa Center about their experience together on Rabbit Island, the impacts of isolation on their creative processes, and the ways in which artistic work is important in society today.

The virtual event will feature performances by Abarukas dance company with choreography by Sakuraba, and audio clips of featured work composed by Zisser and performed by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Opera House in London.

"Celebrating the Creative Mind" will be available for streaming beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16on the Rozsa website, mtu.edu/rozsa. Here is the link. The stream will be available for viewing for two weeks following the Friday night event.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar takes place at 3 p.m. Monday (Oct. 12) via Zoom. Andrea Hicks will present "Nutrients in the circular economy - examples of recovering nutrients sustainably."

Hicks is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hanson Family Fellow in Sustainability, University of Wisconsin Madison.

Jackson CTL Presents Talking Testing

One of the most challenging parts of mixed-mode and remote teaching is testing with integrity. In this session, we'll share testing tools, techniques, ideas, and best practices, including ways to provide feedback and keep standards high without being overwhelmed by the workload.

A short presentation at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, will be bracketed by opportunities to share challenges and solutions in focused small groups. Don't miss this opportunity to share your good ideas, and learn some new ones. Registrants will be sent the Zoom link and passcode shortly before the event. To register for this event, click here.

Final Call: Career Groups for Associate Professors

On Monday (Oct. 5), the Advanced Career Management program hosted an Orientation session for our career track affinity groups which are forming soon.

If you missed our Orientation session but are still interested in joining an affinity group, we invite you to review the recording of our Orientation session on the Affinity Groups website and fill out our Interest Form.

The ACM Affinity Group aims to support career development for associate professors. These groups consist of three to four associate professors paired with one "Senior Guide", a full professor to facilitate discussion.

The ACM team will provide groups and Senior Guides with scheduling assistance and discussion materials to help ensure group meetings that foster a productive career post-tenure.

We will accept applications for the affinity groups through Wednesday (Oct. 14) at the close of business with groups meeting by the end of October.

More information about the Affinity Group program including testimonials and possible discussion prompts can be found on our website .Please direct all questions to the ADVANCE Resource Center.

Job Postings

Job Posting for Thursday, October , 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.

Assistant Professor, Computational and Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences. Apply online.

Office Assistant 6, Sponsored Programs. UAW posting 10/8/2020 - 10/14/2020. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. 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.


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. 


COVID-19 Community Town Hall Tonight

The next COVID-19 Community Town Hall takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. today (Oct. 8). Organized by the Health Research Institute, the 60-minute town hall broadcasts can be heard at 7 p.m. each Thursday through Dec. 3 on 97.7 The Wolf (WOLV-FM) and viewed through a Zoom Webinar.

Tonight's Town Hall will focus on the "Importance of Staying Physically Active during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The moderators will be joined by Dr. Keri Denay (University of Michigan – Family and Sports Medicine Physician), Angela Luskin (UP Health System Portage – Health and Fitness Manager), Steve Short (Denver Nuggets – Physical Therapist and Sports Medicine Director), along with an additional graduate student guest.

More information along with the Zoom link for the Town Hall Series can be found here.


 ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series Today

The next ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 8) via Zoom. Ravi Kishore will present “Low-grade thermal energy conversion and storage.” Kishore is a research engineer in the Building Energy Science Group at National Renewable Energy Laboratory.


National Science Foundation Proposal Submission Updates

Researchers who are submitting proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF) this fall should be aware of several recent and upcoming changes and clarifications that may impact proposal submission.

First, a reminder that NSF will begin enforcing the new required formats for biographical sketches and current and pending support forms for all proposals submitted or due on or after Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. This change has previously been communicated to the campus community in Tech Today and through a series of sessions that have been held to provide an overview of the new options. The new options include the use of the SciENcv online system, which we recommend for most researchers or fillable PDF documents. If researchers have not yet had a chance to learn about the SciENcv system, a copy of the presentation slides from these sessions is available here.

The research development and sponsored programs teams are available to answer questions and provide assistance as researchers make the transition to SciENcv for these proposal elements.

Email rd-l@mtu.edu or spo-l@mtu.edu with questions or for assistance.

New Funding

Zhen Liu (CEE) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $689,239 research and development contract from the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.

The project is entitled, "Autonomous Winter Road Maintenance Decision Making Enabled by Boosting Existing Transportation Data Infrastructure with Deep and Reinforcement Learning."

Yongchao Yang (ME-EM), Tim Colling (CEE) and Michael Billmire (MTRI) are Co-PI's on this three-year project.

In the News

Amy Marcarelli (BioSci) was referenced in the article "The life that springs from dead leaves in streams," in Knowable Magazine. The article was reprinted as "What happens to all of the dead leaves?." in The Week.

Today's Campus Events

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