Welcome to Open Education Week

What if there was a way to provide students course materials at little or no cost while ensuring those materials were exactly what the faculty wanted? Welcome to the world of Open Education. The goal of Open Education is to create, curate and distribute learning materials in ways that make them accessible, usable and improvable by others.

Open Educational Resources or OERs are an example and are utilized globally to facilitate open education initiatives. The library leads an effort to engage the campus community in open education conversations, including the benefits, discovery and customization of open materials.

We invite you to join us this week as we focus on OERs: the facts, the myths and OERs currently in use at Michigan Tech. Questions? Email library@mtu.edu.

GRC Registration Closes Soon

Registration for this year's virtual Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC) will close at 11:59 PM tomorrow (March 2). The event will be held on Thursday April 1, and Friday April 2.

GRC 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 can improve your talk. Cash prizes are available for the top 3 places in both oral and poster presentations ( 1st - $300, 2nd - $200, and 3rd - $100). Registration closes Tuesday, March 2, at 11:59 PM. Only a research abstract is due at the time of registration. Register today.

Guidelines to record a video for the poster session and to compile slides for an oral presentation are available on the event website. The video and slide submission deadline for the event is 11:59 PM, Monday March 22, 2021. Full information on the event can be found on our website.

Feel free to contact Sarvada Chipkar if you have any questions or concerns.

2021 Design Expo Continues As Virtual Event

The 21st Design Expo will continue virtually, but with a twist! Combining lessons learned from our first successful Virtual Design Expo and the desire to engage student teams synchronously, the Design Expo committee is excited to invite the Michigan Tech community, program friends and sponsors to register for this year’s Design Expo held via Gatherly, a platform used to simulate synchronous interactions and discussions, similar to a live MUB ballroom event.

Similar to last year’s Virtual Design Expo, more than 1,000 students in the Enterprise and Senior Design programs will come together to put on a virtual showcase of their work and compete for awards. This year, a panel of judges, made up of distinguished corporate representatives, alumni, community members, and Michigan Tech staff and faculty will critique videos of team projects, solutions, and results. We will kick-off and close the event via Zoom. At 11:30 AM participants will transition over to Gatherly, for the live two-hour synchronous showcase for student projects.

This event is free and open to the public. We encourage current and future students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, families of students. etc to help us celebrate our students and their achievements—register today to virtually attend Design Expo.

2021 Schedule of Events:

Monday, April 12

  • Noon — Remote judging open

Thursday, April 15

  • 11 a.m.: Opening remarks via live webinar
  • 11:30 a.m.: Gatherly event opens
  • 1:30 p.m.: Gatherly event closes
  • 3 p.m.: Presentation of Awards via live webinar
  • 3:30 p.m.: 2021 Design Expo concludes

Interested in judging for the 21th annual Design Expo? This year, judges will have the flexibility to judge team videos anytime between noon on April 12 through 1:30 p.m. on April 15. In addition to video judging, judges will be asked to attend Design Expo between 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. during the Judging Hour on April 15 to visit assigned teams via Gatherly.

Judges will be selected based on the availability to attend Design Expo during the synchronous event starting at 11:30 a.m. Judges will be assigned three to five teams to view and evaluate team videos over a four-day period (April 12-15) using an electronic ballot sent out via email and/or text message.

Judges will then judge the same three to five teams during the synchronous events 11:30-1:30 p.m. There will be a designated judging hour 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. but judges may continue scoring teams until 1:30 p.m.

Please consider serving as a judge — we welcome all Michigan Tech faculty, staff, alumni, industry representatives, community members, and anyone interested in the great work of our students!.

Click here for more information on attending and judging Design Expo. Check out all of the details of Design Expo here. For questions, please reach out to Briana Tucker.

Spring Commencement Update

The commencement team has begun planning an exciting celebration for our 2020 and Spring 2021 graduates. Unfortunately, the indoor commencement ceremony has been canceled, and students were recently notified, but that isn't stopping us from celebrating their successes.

In place of the traditional ceremony, graduates will be celebrated in an outdoor event along the campus mall on the afternoon of Friday, April 30. While planning is in the early stages, departments will be asked to take part in the celebration by cheering on their students as they participate in this sendoff. With that, departments, faculty, and staff are asked to save the date. The time is approximately 1 to 4 p.m., though not everyone will celebrate at the same time as graduates will be split into groups by their college to keep gathering sizes smaller.

Thank you in advance for your assistance and support. Additional information will be provided as plans progress.

Mathematical Sciences Distinguished Colloquium Friday

The next Mathematical Sciences Distinguished Colloquium takes place at 1 p.m. Friday (March 5) via Zoom.

Fioralba Cakoni will present, “Spectral Problems in Inverse Scattering for Inhomogeneous Media.”

Cakoni is a distinguished professor at Rutgers University.

Physics Colloquium - Graduate Student Presentations

The next Physics Colloquium will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday (March 4). Department of Physics PhD candidates, Elise Rosky [co-advisors: Will Cantrell and Raymond Shaw] and Sambhawana Sharma [co-advisors: Yoke Khin Yap and Dongyan Zhang], will present their research progress..

Titles and abstracts of the presentations can be viewed here. Please join via Zoom.

If you haven't registered for the weekly Physics Colloquium series in the past, please register in advance for this event.


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.


Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Today

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.


Free the Fruit Flies!

Join us at 4 p.m. EST 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.

For more information, see the original Tech Today story.


This Week in the Lode

Featured this week in the Michigan Tech Lode:





Check out our website to see past articles and more.


Applications Open for Visiting Professor Program

Funding is available through a grant from the State of Michigan King-Chávez-Parks (KCP) Initiative to invite potential faculty and/or research collaborators to Michigan Tech’s campus or host them through Zoom.

University departments are invited to bring visiting scholars who provide underrepresented perspectives in their field of expertise to campus either in person or virtually. Applications should provide details on the accessibility of venue(s) for interactions between the scholar and Michigan Tech students.

Learn more about the Visiting Professor Program, including its purpose and the application process. If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Audrey Mayer, assistant to the provost for Academic Equity and Inclusion.


IPEC to Present Virtual Speaker Series 'Justice in Transition'

The Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture will present “Justice in Transition,” a virtual speaker series on systemic injustice and advocacy. The series will run every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. from March 23 through April 15.

  • March 23: Marc Bamuthi Joseph—"The Arc of Systemic Solidarity"
  • March 25: Lawrence Gostin—"The Great Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020: Lessons Learned and Future Directions"
  • March 30: Robin Wall Kimmerer—"Justice for the Land"
  • April 1: August Ball—"Racial Equity and Environmentalism"
  • April 6: Katharine Hayhoe—"Connecting Local Climate Impacts to Global Policy Targets"
  • April 8: Ulf Johansson—"Responsible Sourcing of Wood—The IKEA Way"
  • April 13: Ruha Benjamin—"Race to the Future: Reimagining the Default Settings of Technology and Society"
  • April 15: DeRay McKesson—"A Conversation with Civil Rights Activist DeRay McKesson"

For more information and to register for the Zoom webinars, please visit mtu.edu/ipec


APMP Seeking Applications

Real money, real investments, real business—that’s the Applied Portfolio Management Program (APMP) at Michigan Tech. There’s no better way to prepare for a career in finance or wealth management than to gain firsthand experience. This is exactly what APMP provides—the opportunity to invest more than $1.8 million of real money.

Students involved with the program have access to Michigan Tech’s cutting-edge investment software and spend time in our trading lab analyzing real-time market data, researching price quotes, and placing trades. Applications are available online.


Provost Huntoon to Hold Open Office Hours

Beginning Thursday (March 4), Provost Huntoon will hold open office hours from 1 to 3 p.m. each Thursday. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to schedule an appointment by emailing Amie Ledgerwood.


Upcoming Session on COVID-19 Impacts on Scholars and Researchers

COVID-19 has impacted all of our work in some way. Join other faculty, research scientists/engineers, research professor scholars, and researchers from across campus from noon to 1 p.m. today (March 1) to learn about national trends, share specific ways that your work has been impacted by the pandemic, and brainstorm ways that the university might support your work going forward. For more information, contact the Office of the Associate Vice President for Research Development.


Webinar 2.0: Digital Rhetoric, Precarity & 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. The event will take place on Wednesday (March 3) via Zoom. 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.


Education and Outreach Learning Series

The Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension invite you to join an Education and Outreach Learning Series.

The series will be hosted at 4 p.m (EST) every second Tuesday beginning tomorrow (March 2) through April 27 — all sessions will be hosted virtually. The sessions aspire to be a discussion-rich and informal means of connecting educators, outreach specialists, interpreters, and researchers in our local community to build awareness of resources, share best practices, and foster partnerships.

Our first session kicks off from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 with “MTU Education and Outreach Centers: A Conversation Starter for Broader Impacts.”

Learn and engage with Joan Chadde (CSEO), John Irwin (RISE), and Cassy Tefft de Muñoz (CEO) as they highlight education and outreach centers at MTU, and the resources available for developing broader impacts and other education and outreach initiatives.

Registration is free. Contact Lauren Jescovitch or Erika Vye with questions.


Editing Services Available

Professional editing services are available to all members of the Michigan Tech community through the Center for Teaching and Learning.

  • Any academic document (proposals, reports, journal articles, dissertations, etc)
  • Editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation, flow, and readability
  • All via email and with a quick turnaround

Editing services are provided by highly qualified English language instructors with expertise in grammar, writing and language instruction.

Rates are $25 per hour. Send an email to get an estimate and free sample edit. Visit here for more information.


'Brave Blue World' 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.

On the (Virtual) Road

Lee Attends Meeting of the Adhesion Society

Bruce Lee (BioMed) and former PhD student Rattapol Pinnaratip (BioMed) attended the 44th Annual Meeting of the Adhesion Society virtually last week. Pinnaratip gave a talk entitled "Utilization of Hydrogen Peroxide Byproduct in Catechol-Based Adhesive for Dermal Wound Healing."

Lee gave a talk entitled "Antimicrobial Property of Biomimetic Halogenated Catechol Adhesive Moiety". Lee also chaired two sessions entitled "Biomedical Adhesion" and "Organismal Adhesion".

In the News

Faith Morrison's (ChE) blog posting "What do the data say?" was published on Cambridge University Press's blog site. Morrison makes the case that understanding error limits can help public discourse as well as scientific studies. Morrison's latest book "Uncertainty Analysis for Engineers and Scientists: A Practical Guide" was published last month by Cambridge.



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...


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....


Drop-In for Resumes, Interviews, Negotiations, and LinkedIn

Want some practice interviewing, feedback on your resume, help navigating a job offer, or help cleaning up your LinkedIn profile? Then drop in today to work with one of our...


Green Buildings: Past, Present And Future and Sustainability Careers Within the Industry

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Joe Azzarello, LEED AP, LEED Faculty, and Founding Member of the US Green Building Council, and President, Environmental Design...


Adult Huskies Group Tennis Lessons Spring Session 2

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...


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...