Reminder: Second Tech Forward Campus Update Scheduled for Wednesday

Mark your calendars for a Tech Forward campus update this Wednesday at noon by three Tech Forward leaders. This week's presentations will include:  

  • Autonomous & Intelligent Systems
  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Natural Resources, Water and Energy

To connect, please click on the Zoom webinar link.

Or Telephone:

        US: +1 301 715 8592  Webinar ID: 822 2015 0376

First Tech Forward Update Recording Now Available 

The first Tech Forward webinar is now available for viewing. Please click here to watch the recording.   Access Passcode: WF^Kcp0n

*Please note only MTU users can access the recording. If you can not access the recording please sign into your Michigan Tech Zoom account at:

Registration for Graduate Research Colloquium 2021 Now Open

The Graduate Student Government announces that registration for this year's virtual Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC) is now open. Due to the continuation of the SARS-CoV-19 pandemic, the event will be held virtually to avoid any community spread from taking place.

It is gearing up to be an exciting event, and we are excited to see what everyone has to present. The GRC will be held Thursday and Friday, April 1/2. The event is a great opportunity to work on your presentation skills and prepare for upcoming conferences. Students are free to give an oral presentation, a poster talk, or both. All talks will be scored by judges from the same field as the presenter, who will give valuable insight and feedback on how you to improve the presentation.

Cash prizes are available for the top three places in both oral and poster presentations ( 1st - $300, 2nd - $200, and 3rd - $100). Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Tuesday March 2, at 11:59 p.m. Don't wait, register today.

Poster presentations will take place in a pre-recorded video style. Video submission deadline is March 22, 2021. A short Q&A session will take place with judges between 4-6 p.m. on April 1st.

Oral presentation will be a 12 minute talk followed by Q&A session. The event will be capped off with a virtual GRC awards ceremony. All participants and judges are invited to attend. The ceremony will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. April 2, following the close of GRC. Full information can be found on our website.

This Week in the Lode

Featured this week in the Michigan Tech Lode:




Check out our website to see past articles and more.

PS — Do you enjoy writing, editing, photography or graphic design? We are always looking for new members.

Email us and find out how you can join the Lode.

Parenting All Rainbow Kids Meets Tomorrow

Parenting All Rainbow Kids (PARK) is a faculty/staff-led group for the parents/guardians of LGBTQIA* youth. PARK aims to offer group members a confidential, supportive community where we can learn and grow as parents/guardians together.

During the spring semester meetings will be held at 10 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.

Our next meeting is at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Jan. 26) via Zoom. Everyone is welcome.Everyone is welcome. For questions or concerns, contact Michelle Jarvie-Eggart, Amber Kemppainen, or Amy Howard.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Today

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar takes place at 3 p.m. today (Jan. 25, 2021) via Zoom.

Stephen Techtmann (BioSci) will present "Moving Microbes: Ship Microbial Communities as Biosignatures of Maritime Provenance."

All are welcome.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Monday, January 25, 2021

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.

Assistant to the Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion, VP for Diversity & Inclusion. Apply online.

Assistant Research Engineer - Support Technician, Michigan Tech Research Institute. Apply online.

Assistant Professor, Human Dimensions in Natural Resources, College of Forest Resources & Environmental Science. Internal Posting Only. 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

In the News

William Cooke (KIP) was a participant on a podcast entitled "Aerosolized Nicotine and Cardiovascular Control," one of the American Journal of Physiology's Heart and Circulatory Physiology Podcasts.


John Vucetich (CFRES) was quoted in "RESEARCHERS CRY WOLF:Pandemic, border closure hamper wildlife study," in Travel Industry Today.


Sarah Green (Chem) was quoted in the story "The U.S. is no longer a rogue climate nation," in Mashable.

In Print

Professor Emerita Elizabeth Flynn (HU), is the co-editor of a Symposium, "Rhetorical Witnessing in Global Contexts," published in Volume 39, No. 4 of Rhetoric Review, fall, 2020, pp. 369-442 with Ira J. Allen.

She is also co-author of "Symposium: Rhetorical Witnessing in Global Contexts," pp. 369-381 with Allen. Flynn's last graduate seminar was on the topic of rhetorical witnessing, and the Symposium includes an article that grew out of it by an alumna of the Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture program, Lindsay Hingst, "A Pedagogy of Witnessing: Linguistic and Visual Frames of the My Lai Massacre in the Multimodal Classroom," pp. 424-438.

The article also grew out of Hingst’s dissertation directed by Professor Diane Shoos with the assistance of committee members Flynn and Professor Emerita Karla Kitalong. The Symposium also includes an essay by Associate Professor Abraham Romney, "Affective Witnessing in the Visual Documentation of Suffering," pp. 393-404.


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

If you are working on campus while the University is at Health Safety Level Three, remember that no one is permitted to come to campus with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. 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.


Husky Bites Returns Tonight

What are you doing for supper this semester, Monday nights at 6 p.m.? Join College of Engineering Dean Janet Callahan and special guests for Husky Bites, a 20-minute interactive Zoom webinar, followed by a Q&A session.

Got time? Join early for some extra conversation, starting at 5:45 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

The Husky Bites Spring 2021 series kicks off Monday (Jan. 25) with “Ski – Score – Spike! Student Athletes at Michigan Tech,” presented by three head coaches — Tom Monahan Smith (Nordic skiing), Sam Hoyt (women’s basketball) and Matt Jennings (women's volleyball). Joining in will be Suzanne Sanregret, Michigan Tech’s director of Athletics.

They'll be talking about the tremendous quality of our student athletes, recruiting, academic/mental wellness, share a day in the life of an athlete, and tell us how they cope with COVID-19 challenges, too.

This spring, topics include Backyard Metals, Cybersecurity, Enterprise, Fishing, Music, Lake Superior, the Mackinac Bridge, Migratory Birds, Snow, Sports, Stents, and Volcanoes.

Get the full scoop and register.


Network Software Upgrade Scheduled

Starting at midnight Wednesday, ( Jan. 27), Michigan Tech IT will upgrade software on the network switches across campus to address a software bug.

This work should be complete by 6 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28. As the upgrade moves from building to building, there will be downtime to phones, computers, Wi-Fi and building controls. Each switch will only be impacted once for approximately 20 minutes. If you have any questions or concerns, we can help. Contact us at or call 7-1111.


Banner Production System Maintenance Scheduled

A Banner production system maintenance window will take place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31. The COVID-19 Daily Symptom Tracking Form will be unavailable during this maintenance. We ask that you continue to self monitor and if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please do not come to campus. Canvas access will not be restricted while the Symptom Tracking Form is unavailable.

The following production services will be unavailable during that time:

  • Banner
  • Banweb
  • MTU Flex Portal
  • MyMichiganTech
  • Aspire
  • Confluence
  • Course Tools
  • Cumulus
  • Fischer
  • Housing Apartments Wait List
  • OAP Rental System
  • Oracle Reports
  • Papercut Printing
  • Perceptive Content (Imagenow)
  • Pinnacle
  • RedHat Satellite
  • Sunapsis
  • UC4/Appworx
  • Virtual Cashiering
  • WebFocus

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


COVID-19 Supplies at UCS

If you need COVID-related supplies, ChemStores may be able to help. We continue to keep hand sanitizer, disinfectant, wipes and masks in stock. Please see our website for a complete listing and contact us or call 7-2049 if you have any questions.


Educational Assistance Websites

The Office of Academic and Community Conduct (OACC) is committed to helping faculty address academic integrity violations involving the abuse of online help sites like Chegg or Course Hero. As such, faculty are encouraged to report incidents of academic misconduct (cheating, plagiarism, contract cheating, fabrication, facilitation), or community misconduct (copyright infringement).

The most common inappropriate use cases are:

  • Instructors have not authorized a site for use on an assignment
  • Students knowingly copy information from the site and claim it as their own
  • Students post an instructor’s copyrighted material on the site

In addition to OACC reporting, faculty can work directly with the website to obtain information for investigation of the alleged misconduct and/or to request removal of copyrighted material. A list of helpful resources for common sites can be found in the original Tech Today story.


ACSHF Forum is Today

The next Applied Cognitive Sciences and Human Factors (ACSHF) forum takes place from 2 to 3 p.m. today (Jan. 25) via Zoom.

Anne Linja, an ACSHF PhD student, will present "Rail Safety: The Long Story About Short-Storage Crossings.

Today's Campus Events

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DENALI: Artists Respond to Music Inspired by Wilderness

Friday, Jan. 22 - Saturday, April 17. Art and music inspired by Alaska's wild places. This gallery exhibit features new musical compositions and works created in response to...


MTU Health Research Institute

Health Innovation panel discussion with Michigan Tech’s Health Research Institute (HRI) Health research at Michigan Tech has been steadily growing for over 10 years. This...


Preparing for a Virtual Career Fair

With a virtual Career Fair this semester, your plan of attack might need to be a little different. Join us as we show you what you could see and how you can prepare! Zoom...


Where will you go? Study Abroad Faculty-Led Info Session

England, Bolivia, Panama, Peru, Ireland, Guatemala -- where will you go this summer? Grab your lunch and tune in to learn more about Michigan Tech's summer faculty led summer...


Moving Microbes: Ship Microbial Communities as Biosignatures of Maritime Provenance

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Stephen Techtmann, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University Microbe are...


I-Corps NSF Workshop Series

Are you interested in taking your innovative idea, technology, or processes commercial? Husky Innovate is hosting the Spring 2021 I-Corps NSF workshop series designed to...


Youth Indoor Rock Climbing Spring Session 1

Is your child literally climbing the walls this winter? Sign up now for the OAP Youth Indoor Rock Climbing Class and let them climb our wall! We try to meet each participant...


UP and Moving - Strength Workout

Michigan Tech students in the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology are offering an "UP and Moving" initiative for campus and community members. UP and Moving...


Ski - Score - Spike! Student Athletes at Michigan Tech

Husky Bites presents Special Guests Tom Monahan Smith, Sam Hoyt, and Matt Jennings Tom Monahan Smith is Head Coach, Nordic Skiing Sam Hoyt is Head Coach, Women's...


Texas Instruments MTU Webex Info Session

Texas Instruments is hiring for our 2021 sales & applications new hire rotation program. This info session is designed for junior and senior electrical and computer...


Adult Huskies Group Tennis Lessons Spring Session 1

Adult Huskies Tennis Lessons are now being offered for ages 17 and up who are looking to learn more about the game of tennis! Each class will include technique and games to...


DENALI: Music and Art Inspired by Wilderness

What do you get when you set nine composers loose in Denali National Park? You get nine great pieces of music! Give this music to artists as inspiration and you get eighteen...