Michigan Tech Stands in Solidarity with Asian and Asian American Communities

 On Thursday afternoon the State of Michigan House and Senate passed resolutions “to condemn hate crimes, hateful rhetoric, and hateful acts against Asian Americans and to encourage Michiganders to report hate crimes to the proper authorities.”

I had the opportunity to speak with leaders of our Asian student community this week to express my support. I also want to reiterate to all members of the Michigan Tech community that we are resolute in our commitment to provide a safe and welcoming space where everyone can thrive and feel a true sense of belonging. 

As Michigan Tech community members, it is our collective responsibility to take action in establishing this safe and welcoming community by intervening in and reporting instances of hate and discrimination.

Sexual Harassment in the Virtual Workplace

The Michigan Tech Title IX Coordinator is here to assist if you experience sexual harassment, including incidents in remote and/or online workplace settings. If you experience online harassment, such as during a virtual meeting, we suggest you keep track of evidence by saving all communications, including text messages, email communications, photos, et cetera. In addition, it is also helpful to take notes or record incidents during which you believe you are being sexually harassed. If you feel safe doing so, it is acceptable to be direct and tell the person to stop the behavior.

In an online setting, some may feel more entitled to do or say something that crosses the line. Online environments may also make it more difficult to read body language and recognize discomfort when sexual advances are not reciprocated. If the recipient of unwanted sexual harassment doesn’t make it clear they are uncomfortable with the behavior, the other person may assume their behavior is welcome. If you do not feel safe, or you have asked them to stop and they disregard your request, please report the incident to your supervisor and/or the Title IX Coordinator. It is best to ask the person to stop or report as soon as possible; otherwise, there is a threat of it escalating.

In an online classroom setting, sexual harassment can also occur between students. This could happen in unmonitored interactions between students such as break-out rooms, group projects, private chat messages, inappropriate backgrounds, inappropriate screen sharing, etc.

Here are a few tips to ensure your department/students understand that sexual harassment in any environment is not acceptable:

  • Work together to create an environment of trust and encourage reporting all incidents
  • Make it clear that sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated
  • Regularly ask for feedback, from groups and individuals. The Zoom poll is one helpful tool for gathering this feedback.
  • Always use Zoom’s safety features for any online meeting or class
  • Share the policy on retaliation to encourage reporting. — no one involved in a report, investigation or resolution of a Title IX allegation can be retaliated against.

Private Resources and Reporting

Confidential Resources

Printing Unavailable During Maintenance Sunday

On Sunday (Mar. 28), between 6 a.m. and noon, Michigan Tech IT will perform necessary system maintenance on the campus Papercut printing system.

Printing will be unavailable during that time, and HuskyPrint stations will not be able to queue up print jobs. Please contact Michigan Tech IT if you encounter printing issues after this maintenance.

We can help. If you have any questions, contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

Husky Motors Vehicle Rentals

Whether you need to meet someone in Houghton for a meeting or drive to Texas for research, a Husky Motors vehicle may be right for you. We offer AWD SUVs, mini-vans, 12 and 15 passenger vans, trailers and even a pickup truck.

Our daily rental rates for vehicles are affordable at $69 per day, trailers at $45 per day, and includes unlimited mileage and insurance. We also provide a credit card in every vehicle to charge gas so there's no need to utilize your university purchasing card. The vehicle rental rates and credit card charges can be paid using a Michigan Tech departmental index and billed monthly.

Husky Motors enhanced cleaning procedures ensure your rental experience is safe and each vehicle is properly cleaned and sanitized between reservations.

For your next official university business trip, think Husky Motors.

Summer Track A: COVID-19 UN 3990 Course (1 credit)

Given the effects of the global pandemic, we encourage all undergraduate and graduate students to consider:

  • Course: UN 3990 COVID-19 Impact & Response
  • Credits: One credit
  • Semester: Summer 2021 Track A
  • Time: 3 - 4:40 p.m. Thursday
  • Format: Remote
  • Pre-reqs: Open to all students

This course will provide a variety of perspectives on what is currently known about COVID-19 and its impact on health and society. Each week through a seminar/town hall-style format faculty, public health officials, clinicians, and other experts will discuss topics including: role of public health to protect community health, etiology of disease, virus spread globally and locally, mechanisms to interrupt and halt transmission, health disparities, impact of disease on physical and mental health, strategies for adapting to lifestyle change, and economic considerations.

This course will also highlight the current response efforts in the Western Upper Peninsula, State of Michigan and beyond. The course is team-taught by Kelly Kamm (KIP) and Steve Elmer (KIP).

Defense Scheduling Moved to MyMichiganTech

The Graduate School announces that final oral examinations (“defenses”) can now be scheduled on MyMichiganTech. This applies to students scheduling a defense of their dissertation, thesis, or report.  

Students will log into MyMichiganTech to complete a scheduling request, and their advisor will log into the Workflow system to review that request and make a decision. Email notifications will be sent throughout the process.

student tutorial and advisor tutorial with screenshots is available on our blog, as well as a presentation in our seminar archive.

A complete overview of the process to complete a dissertation, thesis, or report is available online.

A few things to note:

  • Students who have already completed their defense or have a defense already scheduled with the Graduate School do not need to repeat this process on MyMichiganTech.
  • Faculty will need to log into the Workflow system to approve defenses. Please refer to our advisor tutorial.
  • The Graduate School will continue to accept PDF forms this semester if a student has already started that process with their advisor.
  • Please delete any PDF forms that have been saved to use later. Always go to our website for the most current information and forms.
  • This process applies to the final oral examination, and not to other examinations such as a qualifying examination or research proposal examination. 
  • Graduate programs should remove references and links to the “pre-defense form” from their website and handbooks, as this process replaces the form.

The Graduate School would like to thank our colleagues in EAS for their hard work on this project. For any questions, please contact the Graduate School.

4-Week Intermittent Fasting Research Study

A research study being conducted in the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology is currently recruiting healthy individuals that are 18 to 40 years old. This study is looking into the effects of fasting on the cardiovascular system.

Participants will be asked to visit the lab three times over four weeks (3.5-hour total time commitment), and will be asked to complete two 24-hour water-only fasts during each of the four weeks.

Additionally, participants will be compensated and provided information about their body composition and cardiovascular health. If you are interested in learning more about this research study and to see if you are eligible to participate, then please either contact Steven Stelly or provide your information for us to contact you at the following link.

Furthermore, please know that we are employing an abundance of precautions to mitigate any risks associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

University Senate to Meet Wednesday

The next meeting of the University Senate (Meeting #656) will convene at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (March 24) via Zoom.

Senators are responsible for making their constituents aware of the agenda for this meeting. Senators who are unable to attend should arrange for their alternates to attend in their place.

View the agenda for Meeting #656.

Virtual Showing of 'Wake Up: Stories from the Frontlines of Suicide Prevention,' Friday

Join us on Friday (March 26) for a virtual showing of the movie "Wake Up: Stories from the Frontlines of Suicide Prevention"

  • 5 - 6:30 p.m. - Virtual Movie Showing
  • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Live Q&A via Zoom 

Engage in powerful discussions about suicide prevention and discover how to take action in your community with the Wake Up team (Nate Townshend, Co-writer and Director and Michael Zibilich, Active Minds Speaker Featured Story) discussion and Q&A after the film screening.

After losing a close friend to suicide, a group of college students from the University of Missouri was determined to enact positive change. They quickly formed a nonprofit, Wake Up, premised on spreading awareness: their educational initiatives were designed to encourage a massive cultural shift away from social stigmas surrounding mental illness, depression, and suicide. "Wake Up: Stories from the Frontlines of Suicide Prevention," emerged from this collective movement. The film sheds light on four different groups with varied stories to tell about suicide — American veterans, members of the LGBT community, university students and gun owners.

Through their testimony, the film weaves a diverse tapestry of experiences into a multifaceted narrative of the heroes on the frontlines. As it delves deeper into their experiences, Wake Up confronts tragedy with a call to action: by exploring ways to start thoughtful conversations and push for systemic legislative change, it foregrounds steps to a better world.

For more information on how to attend, and to watch the movie trailer, visit filmboard.mtu.edu. For questions, email filmbrd@mtu.edu.

ACSHF Forum Today

The next Applied Cognitive Sciences and Human Factors (ACSHF) Forum takes place from 2 to 3 p.m. today (March 22) via Zoom.

Betsy Lehman, will present "What's Going On? Sensemaking in Informational and Social Situations." Lehman is a PhD student in ACSHF.

Sensemaking is a key dynamic process during which individuals organize information and develop theories in order to predict future outcomes (Weick, et al., 2005; Klein, et al., 2007). Ambiguous events–situations that contain unclear or conflicting information–highlight the sensemaking process. The cognitive mechanisms related to how people pivot between different theories is not well understood and is being explored in this project.

Pomm Khaewratana will also be presenting "Learning with word games: Effects of crossword and elaboration on learning scientific vocabulary" at Monday's forum. Khaewratana is a PhD student in ACSHF.

Abstract:
Word games have been used for many years in a variety of science settings to learn technical vocabulary and to improve scientific thinking. However, most of the word-game studies show positive findings only for the former and almost none for the latter. We currently lack evidence for the usefulness of word games in learning anything beyond the vocabulary and their definition or associated context provided as game hints. In this work, we describe a series of experiments that evaluate the effect of word games and word games coupled with an elaboration task. The task supposedly enhances learning and retention of learned vocabulary by having learners generate connections between the word and other contexts outside its provided hint. Forty-two undergraduate students were recruited as participants in the aforementioned within-subject-design experiments: 14 in experiment 1 and 30 in experiment 2. Results indicated, contradicting our hypothesis, that word game coupled with elaboration task was not significantly more effective than word game alone in enhancing learning and retention of vocabulary.

"Justice in Transition" Series Begins this week

The Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture, partnered with the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the Portage Lake District Library presents “Justice in Transition,” a virtual speaker series on systemic injustice and advocacy.

The series will debut tomorrow (March 23) and run each Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. through April, 15 via Zoom.

The first speaker is Marc Bamuthi Joseph, "The Arc of Systemic Solidarity," at 7 p.m. tomorrow (March 23). Bamuthi is an arts activist, spoken-word artist and speaker. He is an inaugural recipient of the Guggenheim Social Practice Initiative and recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship.

On Thursday (March 25) Lawrence Gostin will present, "The Great Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020: Lessons Learned and Future Directions." Gostin is a Georgetown law professor specializing in public health. He is the author of the Model State Emergency Powers Act and a frequent contributor to medical and law journals.

Click here for more information on future speakers and to register for the Zoom webinars. 

Soccer Ties No. 1 Grand Valley

Trying to hand No. 1 ranked Grand Valley State their first home loss since 2016, Michigan Tech soccer scored twice and went home with a 2-2 overtime tie Sunday in Allendale, Michigan.

Tech goalkeeper Amanda Young played a strong first half and secured five saves on seven shots. Jesse Jacobusse scored to give Michigan Tech a 1-0 lead going into halftime and Grace Shaw tied the game 2-2 in the 88th minute to send the game to an extra session.

"For our student-athletes to get a win on Friday and then recover and execute our game plan today against a great team was a tremendous effort," said head coach Turk Ozturk. "We switched our formation four times during the game so for our student-athletes to make those adjustments and buy in and believe, it showed the kind of character that this team has. I think this is just the start for us and we are trying to build a foundation for more good things to come."

The Huskies (1-0-1) have a week off before traveling to Marquette to play Northern Michigan Sunday at 4 p.m.

Job Postings

Job Posting for Monday, March 22, 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.

Department Chair, Cognitive & Learning Sciences. Internal search only. Apply online.

Program Director: General Sciences and Arts/Undecided and Academic Advisor, College of Sciences and Arts. 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.

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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Faculty Mentors Needed for MiCUP Scholars Program

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is seeking faculty to serve as mentors for the 2021 MiCUP Scholars Program. This program targets low-income, underrepresented, first-generation students that wish to continue their education beyond community college — with a focus on STEM disciplines.

The 2021 MiCUP Program offers a seven-week summer experience (May 10 – June 25) that addresses the opportunities and challenges students face as they pursue a bachelor’s degree. Faculty mentors in the program will assist students with research projects in engineering, technology, business, computer science and health sciences.

All faculty who are interested in facilitating undergraduate research with MiCUP program participants should contact Christopher Sanders or call 7-2920. More information about the MiCUP Program can be found on the Center for Diversity and Inclusion webpage.

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Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar

The next Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar takes place at 3 p.m. today (March 22) via Zoom.

Eric Seagren (CEE) and environmental engineering MS student Alex Waypa, will present "Borehole Dilution Theory: A Demonstration and Application to Unpumped Wells for Semi-Passive In Situ Groundwater Remediation."

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Biological Sciences Seminar Today

The next Biological Sciences Seminar will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. today (March 22) via Zoom (password: 851796).

Mary Cole will present "Visualizing Bone Quality and Fragility at the Microscale: Emerging 3D and Automated Techniques."

Cole is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biology at the University of Akron.

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Chemical Engineering Doctoral Defense Today

Michael Archambo will defend his dissertation at 1 p.m today (March 22), via Zoom. His presentation is titled, "New Horizons for Processing and Utilizing Red Mud."

 

In Print

A recent publication by Applied Physics graduate student Abu Sayeed Md Shawon's, with co-authors Prasanth Prabhakaran (Physics), Greg Kinney (Physics), Raymond Shaw (Physics) and Will Cantrell (Physics), appeared in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, "Dependence of Aerosol‐Droplet Partitioning on Turbulence in a Laboratory Cloud."

The piece was featured as a highlight article in EOS.

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Mark Rhodes (SS) has published the article "The absent presence of Paul Robeson in Wales: Appropriation and philosophical disconnects in the memorial landscape," in the Royal Geographical Society's flagship journal: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.

As a case study on the inclusion of biographical knowledge in the context of complex geographies and landscapes, this work frames biographical inclusion and exclusion as vital geographic concerns, particularly in the precarious Black geographies of Paul Robeson in Wales. It reifies the indelible connections between geography, biography, and the socio‐political contexts from which memorial landscapes emerge.

New Funding

Jason Swain (GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $6,017 research and development contract from the University of Rhode Island.

The project is entitled, "MARS Support for University of Rhode Island Autonomous Vessel Under Ice Testing."

Andrew Barnard (ME-EM/GLRC) is a Co-PI on this project.

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Jeffrey Allen (ME-EM) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $20,000 research and development grant from Michigan State University.

The project is entitled, "Enhanced Two Phase Heat Exchanger for High Heat Flux Devices: Cooling the Future of High Power Density Electronics."

Michael Morley (IC) is a Co-PI on this project.

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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Bra Show 2021: Display

Join us in the SIS annual bra show! This year we will be displaying the submitted bras in the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library Exhibit Space from March...

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Bio. Sci. Seminar - Dr. Cole

Here is the link to see the recorded seminar of Dr. Cole Link:...

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PhD Defense: Michael Archambo

Chemical Engineering Advisor: Surendra Kawatra New Horizons for Processing and Utilizing Red Mud Attend Virtually: https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/89153822337

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Borehole Dilution Theory: A Demonstration and Application to Unpumped Wells for Semi-Passive In Situ Groundwater Remediation

Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar Dr. Eric Seagren, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech and Alex Waypa, Environmental...

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Youth Indoor Rock Climbing Spring Session 3

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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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...

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Get Your Erg On! Spring Session 1

Get your Erg on! Join members of the MTU Rowing Club as they guide you through the basics of rowing technique and coach you through fun and challenging workout sessions — all...

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Info Session #1: CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program

An exciting scholarship opportunity has been announced for Michigan Tech students who wish to pursue cybersecurity-related degrees and work for government agencies after...

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Lake Superior, Marine Autonomy—and Fishing

Husky Bites presents Special Guest Andrew Barnard World Water Day Event Director, Great Lakes Research Center Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering...

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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...

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Enterprise Program Overview

The Enterprise Program is a project-based curriculum available to students from any major at Michigan Tech. Enterprise is student-driven, multidisciplinary teams that work...

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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...

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In-Person Preview Day

Admitted students and those helping with their college decision are invited to this special visit day! Attend information sessions designed to help you prepare to move in and...

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World Water Day Three Minute Thesis Competition

World Water Day Event As part of the 2021 Michigan Tech World Water Day celebration, a virtual Three Minute Thesis-style competition replaces the student poster presentation...