Flu Shot Clinics Postponed

Due to COVID-19 and the national shortage of the Flu Vaccine, the on-campus flu shot clinics scheduled for today (Oct. 22) and Monday (Oct. 26) have been postponed. Please check the Flu Shot Clinic schedule for updates on upcoming clinics and locations.  

If you have already received your flu shot be sure to log your shot and join the Yooper U’s Fight The Flu Challenge and participate in the challenge now (it only takes a second).

Questions?  Contact Whitney Boroski.

University Increases Some Capacity Limits

As a result of Michigan Tech's low to steady COVID-19 positivity rate, the University has increased capacity limits for both indoor and outdoor situations. 

Effectively immediately, the capacities for indoor events such as registered student organization events and community rentals have increased to 25. Additionally, 50 people are now permitted at outdoor events.

Face coverings and six-foot distancing are still required, therefore the COVID-determined capacities of spaces don't change. However, now occupancy of up to 25 people is allowed if the space has a 25 or more COVID-determined capacity. 

These capacity limits do not apply to instructional activities for which capacities are addressed differently. All capacity limits outlined by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services remain in effect.

Questions may be directed to mtuflex@mtu.edu

Open Access at Michigan Tech

Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech, the University’s digital repository, is one method by which Michigan Tech authors may choose to make their scholarly data and works available open access.

One shining example of an OA work published in the repository is Drosophilids of the Midwest and Northeast, by Thomas Werner (BioSci) and student Tessa Steenwinkle of Michigan Tech and John Jaenike of the University of Rochester.

This book, like all other OA content in the repository, is available at no cost to users worldwide. Thanks in part to minimal barriers to access, this work boasts global reach and has nearly 4,500 downloads since its publication in January 2018.

Take a look at our guide to learn how you can publish your works OA and explore a selection of recently published Michigan Tech works available open access on Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech.

2021 Board of Trustees Meeting Dates

During its October Board meeting, the Michigan Tech Board of Trustees approved the following dates for 2021 Board of Trustees meetings:

  • Friday, February 26, 2021
  • Friday, April 30, 2021
  • Thursday, August 5, 2021
  • Friday, October 8, 2021
  • Friday, December 17, 2021

ETOM's Free Fall 2020 Virtual Conference - Registration and Program

Greetings Educational Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM) members. On Friday, Nov. 6, we’ll offer our first virtual conference. This event is free for our members, and that includes Michigan Tech.

Our guest speaker will be Norm Vaughan, an educator and researcher with interests in blended learning and Faculty development. Vaughan is a professor in the Dept. of Education, Faculty of Health, Community, Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. Our program is published and registration is open.

The current president of ETOM is excited to notify members of the Michigan Tech community about this free conference on Nov. 6 regarding eLearning educational delivery. This is a great opportunity to communicate with faculty, educational developers and other eLearning practitioners and learn new innovative ways to reach the eLearning student while also making your classes fun and exciting.

ETOM has been around since 1980 starting with 13 institutions throughout Michigan. Over the years, membership has grown substantially (45 institutions).

Michigan Tech SWE Chapter Makes It Their Mission to Give Back

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at Michigan Tech make it their mission to give back to the community and to spark youth interest in STEM-related fields. “We’re always looking for opportunities to grow and make new connections, both as an organization on campus and as a member of the community,” says Michigan Tech SWE section president and mechanical engineering major Katie Pioch. “We love getting kids excited about STEM.” This past year, Michigan Tech SWE students helped high school students at Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools form the first-ever SWENext Club, which enables girls ages 13 and up to become a part of the SWE engineering community as a student through age 18. Students in the Michigan Tech Society of Women Engineers (SWE) section worked closely with a team of 8th-grade girls from Lake Linden-Hubbell schools to develop three hands-on electrical engineering outreach activity kits, in conjunction with the eCYBERMISSION Competition sponsored by the US Army Educational Outreach Program.

Together with Michigan Tech’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, they shared the activity kits with more than 400 students. Grants from the SWE-Detroit Professional Section and the Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) provided for even more kits.

Read more here

Participants Needed for Fasting Research Study

We are conducting a study to better understand how a 24-hour water only fast influences blood pressure, heart rate, cerebral blood flow, and nerve activity. You are eligible to participate if you:

  • Are between 18-40 years old
  • Are not taking oral contraceptives, are not pregnant or trying to become pregnant
  • Have not been diagnosed with diabetes, a respiratory illness, or hypertension
  • Not taking prescription stimulants or depressants
  • Able to not eat for 24 hours

There is monetary compensation for participation Please send an email to set-up a brief orientation. 

ICC Distinguished Lecture

James Keller will present the lecture, "Soft Streaming Classification," at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 via Zoom online meeting.

The talk is an Institute of Computing and Cybersystems' Distinguished Lecture Series event.

A Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Keller recently received the IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award for his "fundamental work on fuzzy pattern recognition, fuzzy clustering, and fuzzy technologies in computer vision." 

Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series

Dr. Ceridwen (Crid) Fraser presents her Distinguished Ecologist Lecture series seminar titled "Understanding the drivers of global biodiversity patterns" at 3:30 p.m. today (Oct. 22) via Zoom.

Fraser is an associate professor at the Department of Marine Science, University of Otago, New Zealand

Chemistry Virtual Poster Session

The Chemistry Department will host a Virtual Poster Session from 3 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 23) via Zoom (passcode: 587532, if needed). To smoothly move from one break room to the other, all participants are asked to use Zoom version 5.3.1 or newer.

The goal of the event is to provide undergraduate and graduate students in Chemistry with an opportunity to share their research experiences not only with the Chemistry Department but also with the wider Michigan Tech community and, possibly, with members of the external audience too.

You can find the public Canvas course that is hosting this event here.

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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ECE Doctoral Defense Tomorrow

Computer Engineering doctoral candidate Zhiqiang Zhao will defend at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 23) via Zoom. The title of his presentation is “High-Performance Spectral Methods for Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits.” Co-advisors are Zhuo Feng (ECE) and Glen Archer (ECE).

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Frank Vahid of ZyBooks Lecture Tomorrow

A lecture by Frank Vahid will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 via Zoom. Vahid will present, "Teaching intro CS: Online and in-person techniques for improved learning, cost savings, and reduced cheating."

Vahid is a professor of computer science and engineering, University of California, Riverside, and zyBooks co-founder and chief learning officer.

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Physics Colloquium Today

The next Physics Colloquium will take place at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 22) via Zoom. Tianshu Li will present "Complex roles of surgaces in heterogeneous ice nucleation: chemistry, topography and confinement."

Li is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at George Washington University.

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Biological Sciences Seminar Series

The next Biological Sciences Seminar Series will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Oct. 22) via Zoom. All Biological Sciences seminars will be virtual and recorded. Jackie Goordial will present "Searching for vital signs at the cold-arid limit of life: Microbial life in the dry-permafrost of the  McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica."  Gordial is an assistant professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph (Ontario). Please register in advance for this event. More information can found here.

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Annual Security Awareness Training

Michigan Tech, to maintain compliance with federal and state regulations, conducts annual information security awareness training. This mandatory training program is designed to assist our employees in understanding the importance of information security and privacy and their role in keeping the University's sensitive information safe.

This training contains multiple modules (ranging from one to five minutes in length) and should take about 30 minutes to complete. The modules do not all need to be completed in one sitting, so this can be spread out over time. Each individual module must be completed in a single viewing.

Starting today, (Oct. 22), employees will receive an enrollment email, after which they’ll have 30 days to complete the training program. A link in the email will direct them to the security training website.

The site will authenticate employees through Michigan Tech’s Secure Sign-On Site where they can sign in with their Michigan Tech ISO credentials and proceed with the training.

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

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ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series

The next virtual Graduate Seminar Speaker Series will be held at 4 p.m. today (Oct. 22) via ZoomRobert Brown will present “Heterodoxy in Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass.”

Brown is the Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University. 

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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MTU Graduate Health Program Fair 2020 - Day 4

MTU Graduate Health Program Fair 2020 Michigan Tech will be hosting a virtual graduate health fair, October 19th-October 23rd! We have invited 31 different graduate health...

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Search Smarter, Not Harder Presentation

Discover tried and true mechanisms to find, apply, and receive jobs. Why spin your wheels when you get traction? Get your job hunt into overdrive by searching smarter, not...

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Building Resilience Workshop

When faced with difficulty and challenges in life, how does a person cope, adapt, and bounce back? This workshop focuses on the concept of resilience and how to build these...

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Bio. Sci. Seminar - Dr. Goordial

Here is the link to see the recorded seminar. Link: https://michigantech.zoom.us/rec/share/7lUNfflPVhR_XApc0eDkU8BiA9lCO04FCWnEtoAR6aOBPHOSs9toOQ5eqtXyCVDB.Rp0oXSVviN8VseO0...

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Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series presents: Ceridwen Fraser

“Understanding the drivers of global biodiversity patterns” Dr. Ceridwen (Crid) Fraser Associate Professor Department of Marine Science, University of Otago, New...

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Flu Shot Clinic

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Heterodoxy in Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass

ME-EM Virtual Graduate Seminar Speaker Series proudly presents Robert Brown, PhD Iowa State University Abstract: The development of fast pyrolysis for thermochemically...

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Physics Colloquium - Dr. Tianshu Li

of George Washington University will give a talk on "Complex roles of surfaces in heterogeneous ice nucleation: chemistry, topography and confinement" on Thursday, October...

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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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Striving for a Zero-Waste Lifestyle

Learn practical steps to take to achieve a zero-waste lifestyle while saving $$$! The MTU Sustainability House wants to invite you to their upcoming Sustainable Living...

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Adult Huskies Swim Clinic Session 1

Adult Huskies Swim Clinic provides additional attention and competitive guidance to swimmers ages 18 and up who are looking to improve their swimming skills and fitness levels...

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#PurpleThursday

All day Thursday, Oct. 22, join Sexual Assault and Violence Education (SAVE) and the National Network to End Domestic Violence in the annual tradition of wearing purple for...

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Celebrating the Creative Mind

In Conversation with choreographer Yoshito Sakuraba and composer Na’ama Zisser Featuring performances by Abarukas Dance Co. with original music by Na’ama...

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Open Access Week

International Open Access Week celebrates opening research results and data to the consumer without subscriptions or paywalls. This year's theme is Open with a Purpose: Taking...