Accepting Nominations for VP for Student Affairs/Dean of Students

Dear Michigan Technological University Colleagues and Friends:

The Search Committee for the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students has engaged Parker Executive Search to assist us in our recruiting efforts. The recruitment process is underway with plans of conducting finalist interviews in April 2021.

We continue to encourage you to take part in the process by suggesting nominations of individuals who might be appropriate for the opportunity. You may provide their information using this link.

Best regards,

Beth Williams, Search Committee Co-Chair

Apurva Baruah, Search Committee Co-Chair

Vaccine Available for Enrolled Veterans at Saturday Clinic

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced there is COVID-19 vaccine available for enrolled veterans of any era at a clinic to be held Saturday in Hancock.

If you are an enrolled Veteran or know an enrolled Veteran that is interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, please call 906-774-3300 ext. 33115 to schedule an appointment at the Hancock Outpatient clinic for Saturday (Feb. 27).

In a public statement, the VA said the Hancock clinic currently has the vaccine and there are slots available for Saturday's clinic.

Brave Blue World Film Part of World Water Day Celebration

The Sustainability Film Series and facilitated discussion is in its 11th year. The film associated with Michigan Tech’s World Water Day 2021 celebrations is "Brave Blue World."

From reuse to energy generation, new innovations across five continents are explored in this documentary about building a future for sustainable water.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 18. Casey Huckins (BioSci) and Nancy Langston (SS) will facilitate the discussion following the film showing.

With the pandemic restrictions and not being able to show films on campus, participants need to register. A Zoom link will be emailed prior to the event for the facilitated discussion. Participation is free, but a $5 suggested donation per film is appreciated.

COVID-19 Town Hall Tonight

The next Michigan Tech University COVID-19 Community Town Hall takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. today (Feb. 25). The title of toinight's town hall is "Mental Health and Well Being during the COVID-19 Pandemic."

How is the Upper Peninsula impacted by COVID-19? Join us tonight for the COVID-19 Community Town Hall. Organized by the Health Research Institute at Michigan Tech, the 60-minute Town Hall broadcast can be heard live on 97.7 FM The Wolf and 99.1 FM (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).

During the Town Hall, 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. More information along with the Town Hall Series schedule can be found here

Mental Health and Well Being Speaker Panel Speakers:

  • Jason Bombard - Psychiatrist, Aspirus 
  • Richard Featherly - Behavioral Health Provider, Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center 
  • Amber Bennett - Psychologist, Copper Country Intermediate School District
  • Cynthia Drake - Grief Support Educator, Omega House
  • Isaac Wedig - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Doctoral Student Researcher, MTU
  • Meghan Jaszcak - Registered Dietician and Community Health Educator, Portage Health Foundation

Free the Fruit Flies! An Open Education Journey

When biologists John Jaenike and Thomas Werner (BioSci) began their journey to share everything they knew about fruit flies, they hadn’t planned on publishing a multi-volume encyclopedia.

But with the help of co-author Tessa Steenwinkel, a Michigan Tech undergraduate studying biological sciences, and librarian Annelise Doll, that’s exactly what happened.

Published with open access on Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech, The Encyclopedia of North American Drosophilids: Volume 1: Drosophilids of the Midwest and Northeast and Volume 2: Drosophilids of the Southeast is a successful open education resource that has had more than 1,500 downloads since November 2020.

Join us at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 4 for a lively and informative discussion with the authors and librarian who brought The Encyclopedia of North American Drosophilids to life. Topics include developing the encyclopedia, making the decision to “go open,” the publishing process, outcomes so far, and plans for future volumes.

Registration for this free event is required. Read more about The Encyclopedia of North American Drosophilids and Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech in the guest article “Librarians (Still) Want Your Books” on Michigan Tech’s Unscripted Research Blog.

Tomorrow is the Last Day to Take the ACHF Emotional Well-Being Survey

Please remember to complete the American College Health Foundation (ACHF), Emotional Well-being Survey by tomorrow (Feb. 26). The ACHF is administering this survey, but the Center for Student Mental Health & Well-being and the Tech Forward Health & Quality of Life Initiative are collaborating with ACHF to gather data about Michigan Tech.

This information will help us address issues impacting well-being and will guide us in our efforts to build resilience and well-being throughout our community.

To find the survey, search your email inbox for "Huskies, Share your Experience." Emails with your link to the survey were sent out on Feb. 16, 21 and 23.

It should take about 10 minutes to complete. For questions please email well-being@mtu.edu.

Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Recipient, Josie Edick

Annually, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Section at Michigan Tech awards scholarships to students who are active in the organization to help with their university expenses.

Josie Edick, a junior in Chemical Engineering met or exceeded the scholarship criteria: "we are looking for students who share the same values as SWE, and will or have made a positive impact on our school and organization. Remember the SWE Core Values and the SWE Motto: Aspire, Advance, Achieve."

She also received an SWE National Scholarship, the 2020 Bayer Scholarship. We greatly appreciate Bayer’s support of SWE collegiates. Edick has not only completed a co-op at Shaw Industries but she has served as our section treasurer for the past two years.

"Congratulations, Josie on your scholarships and accomplishments."

Engineering Fundamentals - Chair Candidate Seminar

The Department of Engineering Fundamentals is conducting an internal search for a new department chair. The second interview candidate is Brett Hamlin (EF). The search committee invites the campus community to join us for Hamlin’s seminar at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Feb. 26) via Zoom.

The seminar topic is "The candidate’s vision and five-year plan for improving the Department of Engineering Fundamentals' First-Year Engineering Program and Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree."

Zoom links and recordings of Hamlin’s seminar and the feedback survey (due March 2) will be located on the EF Chair Candidate site. The seminars, recordings, and surveys are limited to users with an MTU ISO login.

Computer Science Department Lecture: Meryl Spencer

The Department of Computer Science will present a lecture by Meryl Spencer (MTRI) at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 26).

Spencer's lecture is titled, "Advancing Robotics through competition." Join the virtual lecture here.

Read the blog post.

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar takes place at 3 p.m. Monday (March 1) via Zoom.

Joe Azzarello, LEED AP, LEED Faculty, and Founding Member of the US Green Building Council, and President, Environmental Design Partners, LLC will present "Green Buildings: Past, Present And Future and Sustainability Careers Within the Industry".

All are welcome.

No. 10 Huskies Host Wisconsin-Parkside for Senior Weekend

Ranked No. 10 in NCAA Division II and carrying a 13-game win streak, Michigan Tech women's basketball hosts Wisconsin-Parkside in two games at SDC Gymnasium to close out the GLIAC regular season. The games are tomorrow and Saturday (Feb. 26/27) with tip-off at 3 p.m. on both days.

Cassidy Trotter and Baillie McGirk will be honored after the final home game of the year for Senior Day. 

The Huskies are ranked No. 10 in this week's WBCA National Top 25 Coaches' Poll. The Huskies are 15-1 and 9-0 on the road this season. They have won 13 games in a row for the first time in five seasons and defeated No. 9 Grand Valley State two straight games on the road last weekend. 

Defense continues to be the primary strength of the team. Michigan Tech ranks No. 6 in NCAA Division II and first in the GLIAC for scoring defense. The Huskies allow opponents to score 52.4 points per game. Tech is also extremely responsible with the basketball and has an assist to turnover ratio of 1.01, 40th best in Division II.

Both games can be heard on local radio on 93.5 FM and online on Pasty.net.

Job Posting

Job Posting for Thursday, February 25, 2021

Staff and faculty job descriptions are available in Human Resources. For more information regarding staff positions, call 487-2280 or email mtujobs@mtu.edu.  

For more information regarding faculty positions, contact the academic department in which the position is posted.

Center Manager, College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. 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 mtujobs@mtu.edu.

New Funding

Alexander Kostinski (Physics/CQP) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $88,165 research and development contract from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

The project is entitled, "Theoretical Support for Gas-Gun Experiments: Towards Mutual Suppression of Shockwave Instabilities."

Reminders

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.

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Michigan Tech Research Forum Today

Yoke Khin Yap (Physics) will be featured at the Michigan Tech Research Forum (MTRF) at 4:30 p.m. today (Feb. 25). Yap’s presentation is titled "Positive Use of Negative Properties at the Nanoscale." Additional details can be found on the MTRF website. The presentation will be available via Zoom.

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.

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Rail Transportation Program Offers First-Year Scholarships

The Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program announced it will offer four scholarships to first-year students interested in learning more about the rail transportation industry. The scholarships are open to all disciplines. The application process is simple. Complete the application form you can find on our web page and submit it to David Nelson by March 5.

The application includes a short essay where you can tell our judges how you think you might fit into the industry. Contact David Nelson if you want to talk about where the industry could take you.

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Children's Book Drive

The Panhellenic Council is organizing a book drive to benefit Houghton Elementary School students, now through Sunday (Feb. 28). The Council is collecting books, to be given to students in March, which is reading month. Please consider donating some of your new, old or gently used children's books so together we can give the gift of reading. Please bring your donations to the Memorial Union Building, room 112, there is a drop-off box there.

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Biological Sciences Seminar Today

The next Biological Sciences Seminar will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. today (Feb. 25) via Zoom. Jim Junker (BioSci) will present "The role of temperature on food web dynamics and ecosystem functioning of streams along a natural temperature gradient." Junker is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences.

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Physics Colloquium Today

The next Physics Colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 25) via Zoom. Department of Physics PhD candidates, Seth Nelson [advisor: Miguel Levy] and Dharmendra Pant [advisor: Ranjit Pati], will present their research progress at this week's Physics Colloquium. Titles and abstracts of the presentations can be viewed here. If you haven't registered for the weekly Physics Colloquium series in the past, please register in advance for this event.

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Nominate Your Registered Student Organization

Student Leadership & Involvement is looking for Registered Student Organizations to feature on our social media platforms for the weekly Student Org Spotlight. Fill out this form to nominate.

Note: Nominations require a photo and meeting information but we do ask that you include a list of upcoming events, fun facts, and recent accolades. Email rso@mtu.edu with questions.

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ME-EM Graduate Seminar Today

The next virtual Graduate Seminar speaker takes place at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 25) via Zoom.  Lan (Emily) Zhang (ECE) will present "Augmenting Radio Environments for Better Wireless Ecosystems."

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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 mtu.edu/rozsa or the Rozsa Facebook page.

In the News

A recent episode (Season 11 Episode 3) of the PBS Series "Under the Radar Michigan", explored some of the richness of "Michigan's Great Indoors."

The episode included a segment on the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum and an interview with Director and Curator John Jaszczak. Host Tom Daldin summarizes his recent visit saying, "In a word, WOW! With every turn you see something rare, beautiful, or just plain fascinating."

The episode can be viewed on the PBS website.

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Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was referenced in the story "Stratasys heated build chamber for 3D printer patent US6722872B1 set to expire this week," in 3D Printing Industry.

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Michigan Tech alumnus Marty Lagina was mentioned in the article "Who Owns Oak Island of 'The Curse of Oak Island' Isn't Exactly Clear," in Distractify.

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...

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UP and Moving - Circuit 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...

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Mindful Living Workshop

Open your mind. Manage stress. Get better sleep. Decrease self-judgement. This is an all-levels mindfulness class; perfect for beginners and people with mindfulness practice....

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Building Resilience

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

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Bio. Sci. Seminar - Dr. Junker

Dr. Jim Junker Postdoctoral Researcher Biological Sciences Michigan Tech Presentation Title: The role of temperature on food web dynamics and ecosystem functioning of streams...

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Augmenting Radio Environments for Better Wireless Ecosystems

ME-EM Virtual Graduate Seminar Speaker Series proudly presents Lan (Emily) Zhang, PhD Michigan Technological University Abstract In the last several decades, wireless...

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Bonfire Hangouts

Starting to feel that 'cabin fever' set in (maybe since last March even...)? Get outside and warm up with us!

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Physics Colloquium - Graduate Student Presentations

Thursday, February 25 @ 4pm – Zoom Seth Nelson [Advisor: Miguel Levy] will present: Nonreciprocity and Photon Entanglement Magneto-Optical materials are well explored...

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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...

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Michigan Tech Research Forum: University Professor Yoke Khin Yap

The Michigan Tech Research Forum is a University presentation series showcasing the work of Michigan Tech faculty, postdocs, and researchers to strengthen our community. The...

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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...

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Husky Hobbies - Bra Decorating for the Bra Show

Join the Society of Intellectual Sisters at Michigan Tech as they walk you through how to pick a theme and decorate a bra for the annual Bra Show. The overall theme for this...

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OAP Evening Snowshoe Hikes

Just because the sun sets early doesn’t mean you can’t get out and play! Sign up now for the OAP Evening Snowshoe Hikes and experience winter in the dark! Clear skies or...

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The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science

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

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USG-MWA Benefits Seminar

If you are unemployed or underemployed due to COVID-19, you may be eligible to collect $160/week from the State of Michigan (base amount) and $300/week from the federal...

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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...

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COVID-19 Town Hall Series

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...

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Theatre Productions

Is theatre one of your favorite parts of high school? Did you always dream of being on stage or working on behind the scenes in a theatre production? Learn how majors and...

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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...

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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...