Guest Blog: Librarians Still Want Your Books

When a couple of biologists began their journey to share everything they knew about fruit flies, they didn’t plan on publishing a multivolume encyclopedia. But as Annelise Doll (Van Pelt and Opie Library) explains in her Unscripted guest blog, when the pages piled up, the team needed a place to publish that provided easy access.

By publishing books with open access on Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech, authors retain their copyright and control the subsequent use of the work through a Creative Commons license.

Under the license, readers may copy and share the work without changes in a noncommercial context as long as proper attribution is included. Works like The Encyclopedia of North American Drosophilids and “Printing 3D Models for Chemistry” that are published open-access (OA) are often considered open educational resources (OERs). These openly available, online instructional or reference materials can be used as alternatives to expensive course materials or as supplemental content. As the home of Michigan Tech’s digital repository, the Van Pelt and Opie Library promotes and assists with OA and OER projects.

Read more about the behind-the-scenes process in Doll’s guest post on Unscripted, the University’s research blog.

COVID-19 Community Town Hall

The next installment in the Michigan Tech COVID-19 Community Town Hall Series, takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. (EST), Thursday (Feb. 25).

How is the Upper Peninsula impacted by COVID-19? An in-depth look at the many facets of the COVID-19 pandemic will be presented monthly, January-April, on the U.P. COVID-19 Town Hall Series.

Organized by the Health Research Institute at Michigan Tech, the 60-minute town hall broadcasts can be heard live at 7 p.m. on the final Thursday of each month on 97.7 The Wolf (WOLV-FM) and 99.1 (WIKB-FM) and viewed through a Zoom Webinar and Facebook Live. The Town Hall can also be viewed on ABC 10 the following Sunday at noon (EST).

Over the course of the series, moderated by Steven Elmer and Kelly Kamm (KIP/HRI), clinicians, public health officials, researchers, and community experts will discuss a range of pandemic-related issues.

The Town Hall this Thursday will focus on "Mental Health and Well Being during the COVID-19 Pandemic”. More information along with the Town Hall Series can be found here.

Judges Needed for the Graduate Research Colloquium

The Graduate Student Government is seeking judges for this year's Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC). The GRC is an annual event where graduate students from all departments present their research in either an oral or poster presentation. These presentations are judged by faculty whose field of expertise matches the research topic.

This is a great opportunity for graduate students to get feedback on their presentations from someone other than their advisor and prepares them for upcoming conferences.

This year's GRC will be held virtually on Thursday April 1, and Friday April 2. Poster presentations will take place in a pre-recorded video style. These videos will be scored a few days prior to the event. A short Q&A session will take place with judges between 4-6 p.m. on April.

The oral presentation will be a 12-minute talk followed by a Q & A session. At the close of GRC, we will have our annual awards banquet, from 5-7 p .m. on April 2, which all judges are invited to attend.

Help us in making this event a great success. If you have any questions please contact Sarvada Chipkar. Register using this form.

KSO Presents 'Orchestral Miniatures' Live-stream Saturday

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts and the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts announce “Orchestral Miniatures,” a live-streamed concert of music performed by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra (KSO).  The concert will originate from the Rozsa Center at 7:30 pm on Saturday (Feb. 27).  Due to current coronavirus restrictions, the concert will only be available virtually to the general public, by visiting or the Rozsa Facebook page.

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra presents a potpourri of sensational orchestral "miniatures" appropriate for a smaller, socially distanced orchestra. On the menu is delightful music from Italy, Russia, France, Hungary, and England.  "We are beyond excited to perform live orchestral music in the Keweenaw during the pandemic," said Music Director, Joel Neves. "Our concert will feature a variety of sublime smaller works, including Tchaikovsky's 'Capriccio Italien,' Vaughan Williams' Wasps Overture, and 'March to the Scaffold' from Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique."  

For the latest news and events, please join our Rozsa newsletter, check our website and Facebook page frequently, and stay informed as we announce new events each week.

Use Your Employee Education Benefit to Learn Spanish This Summer

This summer, the Humanities Department offers students and staff an opportunity to learn beginning Spanish online, a great option for anyone interested in Spanish for work, travel or general interest.

HU 2291 Level 1A Spanish will be offered fully online during Track A. Level 1A Spanish requires no previous language experience. The class will be taught by a native speaker and includes written and conversational Spanish as well as cultural study.

The course is worth three credits and is open to non-degree-seeking students as well as currently enrolled students. Email Leyre Alegre with any questions regarding the class.

Webinar 2.0: Digital Rhetoric, Precarity and Affect

Join the Rhetoric Society of America @MTU Chapter for a discussion with Nathan R. Johnson and Meredith A. Johnson from the University of South Florida to talk about precarious data, affective technologies and digital rhetorics.

This discussion follows from their broader scholarship on digital infrastructure and information systems and their recent article “Precarious Data: Affect, Infrastructure, and Public Education” (2020) in Rhetoric Society Quarterly.

Nathan Johnson is an assistant professor of Rhetoric in the Rhetoric and Composition program and Meredith Johnson is a professor of rhetoric and technical communication.

In this webinar chat, we will discuss their scholarship, along with navigating interdisciplinary research, academic publications, and respective careers.

Hockey Remains in Top 20

The Michigan Tech hockey team is ranked No. 20 in this week's Top 20 Poll. The Huskies are 14-8-1 overall and 4-5 in the WCHA.

Tech was ranked No. 18 last week and No. 18 on January 25 while receiving votes in 12 of the 13 other polls this season.

The Huskies continue a seven-game homestand Tuesday (Feb. 23) in Game 2 of a WCHA series with No. 18 Lake Superior State. The puck drops at 2:07 p.m.

Tech wraps up the week by hosting Northern Michigan on Friday for Senior Night and then traveling to Marquette Saturday.

The Huskies will honor Justin Misiak, David Raisanen, Greyson Reitmeier, Tyler Rockwell, Marcus Russell, Mark Sinclair, and Cooper Watson after Friday's game.


White Named Player of the Week

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), Michigan Tech junior guard Owen White claimed GLIAC North Division Player of the Week honors for the second time this year. 

In three games over the past seven days, White combined for 72 total points and 21 rebounds and the Huskies went 2-1. Tuesday night, White scored 22 points in a win over Northern Michigan and shot 9-for-14 (64-percent) from the field with four 3-pointers on seven attempts. Friday night, White posted 20 points with seven rebounds over his team-high 33 minutes on the court. White was especially impressive in Saturday's road victory over Grand Valley State.

He tallied a career-high 30 points (11-for-23), including a pair of threes, and went 6-for-7 from the free-throw line. White also narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds. He has nine games of 20 or more points this winter and double-figures in all 14 games played.

Owen leads the Huskies and ranks second in the GLIAC with 21.3 points per game. The Rhinelander, Wisconsin native earned GLIAC North Division Player of the Week for the first time on January 19, 2021.

"We are very proud of Owen for earning his second GLIAC player of the week award," said Michigan Tech Head Coach Kevin Luke. "He did a great job in setting the tempo for our team on a difficult but good week of basketball."

Tech men's basketball concludes the regular season on the road this weekend against Wisconsin-Parkside. They are currently in first place in the GLIAC North Division standings.

Tech's Needham Wins CCSA Championship Classic

Michigan Tech's Anabel Needham took home the classic title at the CCSA Championships after overwhelming the field by nine seconds in Saturday's (Feb. 20) 5K. She placed sixth in Sunday's 15K to lead the Huskies to a second-place finish at the Grand Avenue Nordic Center.

"Anabel picked the perfect time to get her first collegiate win," Tech coach Tom Monahan Smith said. "She is really showing that she has the capacity to win every day. She's carrying so much confidence, and we're excited to see what she still has in store this season."

Henriette Semb paced the Huskies Sunday with a sixth-place finish while placing seventh Saturday.

The men's squad was paced by Reid Goble and Patrick Acton who both had top 10 finishes both days.

Tech returns home this weekend to host the NCAA Central Region Championships at the Tech Trails.

"We're excited about hosting regionals this weekend," Monahan Smith said. "There's no better time, or place, to step up and have our best races of the season than on our home course."

The classic events will be Saturday (Feb. 27) followed by the freestyle races on Sunday (Feb. 28).

Job Postings

Job Postings for Tuesday, February 23, 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.

Food Service Helper (12 months/40 hours/1st Shift) #21030, Dining Services.AFSCME posting 2/23/2021 - 3/1/2021. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online.

Food Service Helper (9 months/ 40 hours/ 1st Shift) #21031, Dining Services. AFSCME posting 2/23/2021 - 3/1/2021. External applicants will not be reviewed until after all internal applicants. Apply online

Food Service Helper (9 months/ 40 hours/ 1st Shift) #21038, Dining Services. AFSCME posting 2/23/2021 - 3/1/2021. 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 for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

In the News

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was quoted in 'Charge your electric vehicle with solar while you shop — a win-win for vehicle owners and retailers alike' in PV Buzz.

Pearce was quoted in the story 'Solar awnings over parking lots aid business as well as consumers' in List Solar and the Michigan Tech research on solar car charging was covered in MSN Italy.


Michigan Tech alumnus Morrie Walworth, vice president for finance and operations at Lake Superior State University, has announced his retirement effective Aug. 1. The story was covered by The Sault News.


Michigan Tech was mentioned in the story "Swarm of earthquakes detected at Mount Rainier," which ran on several news outlets in the  Pacific Northwest, including KIRO TV (Seattle, Washington) and MSN.


Research from Michigan Tech was cited in the story "Is Rooftop Solar Under Threat In Florida?" on WMFE (Orlando, Florida).


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.


Session on Building Research Evaluation Today

Many research funding solicitations include requirements for evaluation plans. The kind and amount of evaluation needed for a research project depends on the research and the sponsor's guidelines.

Even when an evaluation plan is not required, it’s important to think about how you will measure and communicate to your funder the outputs of your research.

A well-thought-out research evaluation plan — whether as a required proposal document or a proposal project description component — will increase the competitiveness of your proposal.

Please join us for a VPR Research Series session on incorporating evaluation in your research at 1 p.m. today (Feb. 23) via Zoom.

The panelists include Amanda Gonczi, Assistant Research Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center; Sarah Tan, Education Assessment Specialist, Pavlis Honors College; Robbie Matz, Evaluation Associate of The Mark, a research evaluation and assessment company in southern California; and Traci Shirachi, CEO of The Mark.

The session will lead participants through the important decision points of evaluation plans as well as the “how,” “when,” and “how much” of engaging an evaluator on your research project. There will be a Q&A session near the end of the hour session.


Workshop — How to Build a Personal Brand that Matters

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are invited to participate in the second virtual Husky Innovate Bridge workshop facilitated by Michigan Tech alum, Hajj Flemings, CEO and Co-Founder of Rebrand/Cities.

Join us for How to Build a personal brand that matters February from 5 to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 23). Register for the Zoom session.  Read the full Tech Today story.

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...


Spring Blood Drive

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Competitive Proposals and Research Evaluation (VPR Research Series)

What: Many research funding solicitations include requirements for evaluation plans. Even when an evaluation plan is not required, it’s important to think about how you will...


Engineers in Policy & Politics

CEE Alumni Speaker Series Presented by Civil Engineering MS alumnus Mufazzal Hossain Abstract: Engineers are problem solvers by nature. But more importantly, engineers are...


Youth Indoor Rock Climbing Spring Session 2

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...


Youth Huskies Group Tennis Lessons Spring Session 2

Youth Huskies Group Tennis Lessons are now being offered all spring. The second session is 6 weeks, February 23 - April 3. Options for participating 1 or 2 days a week. Our...


How to Build a Personal Brand That Matters Part II: workshop with Hajj Flemings

Virtual workshop hosted by Husky Innovate. The workshop is facilitated by Hajj Flemings, CEO and Co-Founder of Rebrand/Cities. Hajj has worked with clients including Cadillac,...


UP and Moving - High Intensity Interval Training "HIIT"

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...


Adult Huskies Swim Clinic Spring Session 2

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


Physics Undergraduate Overview

Meet our department and see how our student to faculty ratio of about 3 to 1 gives our majors in Applied Physics and Physics access to small class sizes, personalized...


Open Log Rolling

Looking for something new to stay active? Sign up now for the OAP Open Log Rolling and test your skills on the log! Instruction and materials provided. We will be in the...


Call for Submission: The Art of Valuing Water

World Water Day Event Community Art Show - "The Art of Valuing Water" Call for Submission: Artwork should be submitted between February 1, 2021 to March 1, 2021 for...


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...