What Early-budding Trees Tell Us About Genetics, Climate Change

Genes affect when trees put forth leaves in the spring. Understanding how could help scientists adapt trees to be more resilient to climate change.

Victor Busov (CFRES), along with colleagues in the U.S. and Sweden, has published new research about the transcription factors responsible for early bud-break in the journal Nature Communications.

Read the full article on mtu.edu/news.

The Pandemic Toolbox: COVID-19's Wrench Remade Research Labs

Gloved hands hold small vials in an enclosed lab hood.

Researchers from across campus came together to study, test for and better understand SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

From the campus testing lab to satellites over the Great Lakes, from 3D printers to wastewater, interdisciplinary teams are making a difference in local communities, whole regions and global networks. 

Read the cover story on COVID-19 research — and check out the interactive map — in the latest Research magazine

10th Annual Lake Superior Water Festival Goes Virtual This Week

Twenty-one teachers and their nearly 400 students in grades 4-8 have registered to attend one or more of the nine different presentations offered over the Three Day Lake Superior Water Festial. 

These 21 classes hail from 12 schools in the western U.P. in Houghton, Baraga, and Gogebic counties (EB Holman, Lake Linden-Hubbell Elementary, Sacred Heart School, Dollar Bay Elementary, Chassell Elementary, CLK ELementary, Wakefield-Marinesco Elementary, Arvon School, Washington Middle School, L'Anse Middle School, Watersmeet Junior High, and Copper Country Christian Middle/High School). Registration closed on Thursday, March 18.

Teachers were able to select up to six 45-minute sessions to attend at 10 am and 2 pm (Eastern time) on March 23, 24, & 25. All sessions will be held virtually. Not all sessions are available on all days or times. 

The sessions, presenters, and a short description are listed below. Link to the schedule to see the times and dates when each session is offered. 

  • "Become a Sooper Yooper" with Mark Newman. Investigate the challenge of ridding the Great Lakes of invasive species (and other environmental pollution battles) with Mark Newman, author of the "Sooper Yooper: Environmental Defender of Lake Superior."
  • "Great Lakes Freshwater Feasts!" with Lauren Jescovich, Extension Educator in Fisheries & Aquaculture from Michigan Sea Grant. Find out why eating local fish is good for you, and how you can get fish from recreational fishing, aquaculture, or commercial fisheries. Learn how to cook your fish!
  • "US Coast Guard to the Rescue!" - The U.S. Coast Guard will give a tour of their Dollar Bay station and share a few of their search & rescue operations.
  • "Living on the Edge: Saving Shorelines" with Jill Fisher & Nick Potter from the Keweenaw Land Trust. Lots of exciting things are happening where land & water meet! Explore the importance of shoreline habitats and how shorelines provide corridors for people, animals, and currents.
  • "How Do Our Food Choices Affect the Earth?" with MTU Sustainability House. When is a hamburger not a hamburger? When you look at its ingredients--find out about the grass, water, petroleum, fertilizers, and more that go into producing our food and how this affects our planet.
  • "Striving for Zero-Waste" with students from the MTU Sustainability House. Learn how to reduce the amount of waste you produce through interactive games.
  • "Monitoring Water Quality with Dragonflies!" with Park Ranger Zach Gostlin and Education Intern Hailey Burley, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Discover how mercury, a toxic pollutant that can harm humans and wildlife, enters our rivers and lakes, then moves through the food web. How do we know it's there? What can we do to stop it?
  • “Forests Are’ Important to Watersheds” with Shanelle Saunders, Conservation Education Coordinator, Ottawa National Forest. Find out why forests are essential to providing the clean water that people and animals need, and what you can do to help protect watersheds.
  • "We Are Where We Live! Find Out How This Special Place Shapes Us" with Erika Vye, MTU Geosciences Research Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center. What makes our place unique? Explore how geology, Lake Superior, and Indigenous histories are part of our sense of place and who we are.

"The Water Festival provides an opportunity for students to learn about and celebrate our most precious natural resource – the Great Lakes!" explains veteran organizer, Joan Chadde, director of the MTU Center for Science & Environmental Outreach. For the past nine years, the Lake Superior Water Festival has been held at the Great Lakes Research Center, for grades 4-8 and grades 9-12 on alternating years.

"Our peak year we had 1100 students attend," Chadde said.

"A wide variety of science and engineering topics related to land and water stewardship will be presented, "adds Emily Gochis, Western UP MiSTEM director, at the Copper Country ISD.

The 2021 Water Festival is made possible with funding from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium, the Western UP MiSTEM Network, the Great Lakes Research Center, and the Wege Foundation. 

 The Festival is coordinated by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative and MTU Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, with support from MTU Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Copper Country Intermediate School District. 

The Water Festival would not be possible without the participation of presenters from the Keweenaw Land Trust, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Ottawa National Forest, Michigan State University Extension, students at Michigan Tech's Sustainability House, U.S. Coast Guard, Great Lakes Research Center, and Wege Foundation.

 For more information, visit the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) webpage, email Joan Chadde or call Lloyd Wescoat at 906-482-4250, Ext.186.

Equal Pay Day 2021 Marks Progress, Challenges

Women earn less than men do, on average. This difference, the gender wage gap, is approximately 18 % across all workers. The gap is even larger for women of color.

The problem is present even just one year from graduation. Just one year from college graduation, women make seven percent less than men, even after accounting for college major, occupation, economic sector, hours worked, marital status, GPA, type of undergraduate institution, institutional selectivity, age, geographic region and months unemployed since graduation (“The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, AAUW, 2018).

Tomorrow (March 24) is Equal Pay Day (averaged for all women), a day that symbolizes the extra days women must work to catch up to what the average man earned the previous year. In 2020 Equal Pay Day was March 31, and in 2019 it was April 2, indicating that incremental progress is occurring.

Red is worn on this day as a symbol of how far women and minorities are "in the red." Join the Copper Country League of Women Voters and other supporters for a "Red Out" to recognize Equal Pay Day.

Due to COVID-19 considerations, our usual cookies and literature event will not take place this year. We can all safely wear red, however.

Find out what you can do to help close the gap.

Clock Tower Pavers Available for a Limited Time

Good news! If you missed your chance to purchase a paver at the William J. Bernard Clocktower you are in luck. There are a limited number of pavers available.

Purchase a paver stone to be placed around the clock tower located in the heart of campus. A 4-inch by 8-inch paver is available for $300. Include your name and class year, honor someone special in your life or pay tribute to Michigan Tech organizations or departments.

You decide. If you are interested in purchasing a paver please email Jenn Biekkola for information.

12th Annual Feminists Reading Feminists (Call for Readers)

Join us for the 12th annual Feminists Reading Feminists event hosted by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), the Humanities Department and the Women's Leadership Council (WLC). Help us pay homage to the contributions of diverse feminist scholars and activists who have inspired us and continue to shape our evolving world.

The event will be held at 6 p.m.Tuesday (March 30) via Zoom. We encourage you to sign up through our Google Form ahead of time (or submit a video/picture through the Google Form if you cannot attend) and at our virtual event via Zoom.

Be prepared to share a chosen passage from your favorite text, your favorite video/audio clip, or simply participate by listening and engaging with those sharing.

Your selection should take five minutes or less to read or view. Prose, poetry and media are welcome. There will be time at the end for those who did not sign up ahead of time to participate in an open reading. All are welcome.

Please join us virtually to engage in meaningful dialogue and celebrating the women's history month — near and far — as a community.

If you’re part of the dialogue, you’re part of the solution.

2020 Flexible Spending Account Claims Deadline is March 31

The deadline for employees to submit claims for their 2020 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is Wednesday, March 31. Health care and Dependent care claims during the 2020 calendar year are eligible if the date of service was in 2020. Any money remaining in the account after this date is forfeited per IRS regulations.

The claim form can be found at FSA Claims. Dependent care claims require an invoice or receipt from the provider. All medical, dental and optical claims should be processed through your insurance plans before submitting them to your health care reimbursement account.

Attach the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) or a claim summary from your insurance plan to the claim form when submitting a claim. For expenses not processed through insurance, submit the itemized receipt.

Due to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, you can use your FSA funds to buy over-the-counter medications without a prescription.

For questions, contact Benefit Services or call 7-2517.

Values Statement Prints to Give Away

University Marketing and Communications has multiple framed prints of the Values Statements to give away to departments, faculty, or staff.

Prints measure 20" x 30" and come in two styles. Selection is limited and prints are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Use the Google form to see what's available and make your selection. Contact Allison Carter with any questions.

PhD Defense - Gabriel Edzordzi Agbozo

Rhetoric, Theory and Culture PhD candidate Gabriel Edzordzi Agbozo, (advisor Victoria L. Bergvall), will defend at 2 p.m. Friday (Mar 26) via Zoom.

His dissertation is titled, "Spatial Technologies, (Geo)Epistemology, & the Global South: Addressing the Discursive Materiality of GhanaPostGPS through Technical Communication."

Education and Outreach Learning Series - Part 3

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. (EDT) every second Tuesday 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.

Join us fro 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 30 with “Unveiling the Mystery: Demonstrating Michigan Sea Grant’s Work with Extension and Outreach.”

Learn and engage with Mary Bohling, Brandon Schroeder, and Cindy Hudson as they highlight Michigan Sea Grant’s work for the development and implementation of educational programs as well as communicating evidence-based science to interested citizens. Please register in advance, registration is free. Contact Lauren Jescovitch or Erika Vye with questions.

Physics Colloquium

The next Physics Colloquium takes place at 4 p.m. Thursday (March 25) via Zoom.

Mariana Vargas-Magaña will present "Learning Cosmology with the Largest Map of the Universe." Vargas-Magaña, is an assistant professor in the Department of Theoretical Physics at the Institute of Physics - National Autonomous University of Mexico.

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

Arts Activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph to Address Systemic Injustice Tonight

Marc Bamuthi Joseph, spoken word artist and arts activist, will speak tonight at 7 p.m. as part of IPEC's "Justice in Transtion" series. Bamuthi's presentation, "The Arc of Systemic Solidarity," invites participants to consider how we move from a paradigm of *gestural* anti-racism to *structural* and generative allyship. MBJ will use his multiple roles as artist, citizen philosopher, educator, and Vice President of Social Impact at the Kennedy Center as launching points for a discussion on how we collectively design a future of “inspiration for all."

Mary Jennings, Director of the Rozsa Center for the Performing arts will host a conversation and Q&A with Bamuthi after the presentation.

To learn more about Marc Bamuthi Joseph, click here. To register for tonight's webinar presentation, click here.

The "justice in Transition" virtual speaker series is presented by the Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture partnered with the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the Portage Lake District Library. It will run every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. through April 15.

Job Postings

Job Postings for Tuesday, March 23, 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.

Executive Director of Online and Continuing Education, Vice President for Research. Apply online.

Assistant to the CFO & Sr Vice President for Administration, CFO & Sr Vice President for Administration Office. 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.


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.


Local Counties Flood Risk Information — Public Input Survey

Michigan Tech and the University of Washington, together with Civic partners— the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR) and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community – Natural Resources Department are collaborating to develop innovative methods that use remote sensing data resources and citizen engagement (crowdsourcing) to address current data gaps for improved flood hazard modeling and visualization for rural communities in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

We are asking any Houghton, Ontonagon, or Baraga County residents to take a short online survey. Paper surveys will be available at city and township halls, county clerk’s office, public libraries, and online. Surveys will be available until Friday, April 2.

The information you provide will help us better understand local flooding concerns and current community flood preparedness. The survey inputs will be used for the NSF Civic Innovation Challenge Stage-2 proposal. You can learn more about the NSF Civic Innovation Challenge from this link.

For more information or for a paper survey, contact Thomas Oommen,  professor, Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences or call 7-2045.


Plastic Grocery Bags Needed

The Center for Student Mental Health and Well-being is looking to collect plastic shopping bags over the next few weeks, for a Husky Hobbies session called the Plastic Mat Project. The Plastic Mat project aims to help recycle waste as well as help those in need.

If you have plastic grocery bags to donate, please drop them off at the black cardboard recycle containers located in the SDC (outside of the multi-purpose room), Fisher Hall (next to the HuskyFAN pantry), Library (first floor next to the circulation desk) and the Administration Building (right outside of the elevators on the first floor). We’ll be collecting until the end of the spring semester.

Thanks for your donation, we appreciate it. We’ll be donating our mats to the Motor City Miteen Mission in Southeast Michigan at the end of the semester. Questions? Contact Whitney


This Week in the Lode

Featured this week in the Michigan Tech Lode:





CTL Instructional Award: Kette Thomas

During spring 2017, academic deans were asked to begin recognizing instructors making contributions in these areas as part of the Deans’ Teaching Showcase, effectively nominating them for instructional awards.

CTL and Provost’s office members along with previous awardees then select one individual in each category from a pool composed of the Showcase and those nominated to the Academy of Teaching Excellence.

The 2020-2021 CTL instructional Award for large class teaching will be presented via a zoom session at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30. Kette Thomas will give a presentation titled "Empathic Instruction: The Power and Limits of Making it Personal."

To register for this event, please use this link.

In Print

Abraham Romney (HU) has published "Spectacular Crisis: Rhetorics of Representation in Venezuela," a chapter in Rhetorics of Democracy in the Americas, edited by Adriana Angel, Michael L. Butterworth, and Nancy R. Gómez for Penn State University Press.


Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) coauthored an article: 'Demonstration of the integrated rural energy planning framework for sustainable energy development in low-income countries: Case studies of rural communities in Nigeria' which was published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.

In the News

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was quoted in an article 'Smart meters, solar panels could improve energy reliability amid climate change' in the Great Lakes Echo.


Joe Cooper, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, was interviewed for the story "NMU and Michigan Tech plan limited pre-pandemic practices for the fall semester," on WLUC TV6

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...


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...


Snag A Skill

Looking for a new pass time? Come on down to MUB Board's "Snag A Skill" to find your new talent!


Global Health Virtual Experience - Cyprus

Are you interested in pre-health studies? Are you planning to pursue medical school? Attend this virtual info session to learn about Global Semester's Global Health virtual...


How to Help a Friend Workshop

Want to learn how to be a 'better' friend? Are you the person people always turn to for advice? Are you dealing with friends who have mental health issues, lots of drama, or...


World Water Day Opening Ceremony

World Water Day Event Woodland Singers and Water Prayer


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...


World Water Day Youth Speaker: Braedon Butterfield

World Water Day Event Braedon Butterfield World Water Day Youth Keynote Speaker Member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and aspiring journalist. Braedon...


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...


Zoom Background Competition

Add a personal touch to your zoom meetings by creating your own zoom background for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Backgrounds can be personal photos taken, designs made...


World Water Day Community Art Online Exhibit/Gallery

World Water Day Event Jessica Daignault Come hear Jessica Daignault talk about this event and how to view art submitted by local artists and community members of all ages...


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...


World Water Day Creative Art and Movement Night

World Water Day Event Melissa Hronkin Local art educator and artist. Carole Lindstrom Indigenous author. Lisa Denomie Author. Judy Sarosik Teacher and artist. All...


Adult Huskies Swim Clinic Spring Session 3

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...


Marc Bamuthi Joseph: "The Arc of Systemic Solidarity"

The Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture is presenting "Justice in Transition," a virtual speaker series in March and April. Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Spoken Word Artist and...


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...


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...


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...