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Spring 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium – Call for Abstracts due Monday, February 26th.

If you have undergraduate students engaged in research or scholarship that is ready for a poster-style presentation of results or work in progress, please encourage them to submit an abstract to the 2018 Michigan Tech Undergraduate Research Symposium. This symposium is open to undergraduate students from across campus, providing them the opportunity to present posters describing completed or ongoing research and receive feedback from faculty judges.

The Symposium is Friday, March 23rd from 1-5 pm in the Rosza Center, coincident with Spring Preview Weekend registration.  

The attached flier shares details of the application process. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at honors@mtu.edu.

URS Call for Abstracts 2018 Flyer (detailed for email) (1)


Faculty Judges Needed for 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium

Please consider this opportunity and share it with your faculty:
We are very pleased to announce the 6th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium! This symposium features posters from undergraduate researchers and scholars representing departments, schools and programs across campus. To provide a great learning experience for our participants, we are currently seeking faculty members willing to serve as judges.
Judging entails reviewing the posters and accompanying poster presentations of up to 5 undergraduate researchers between 1 and 5pm on Friday, March 23rd in the Rozsa Center Lobby. We will match faculty with a mixture of posters, some from their home department and others from departments across campus.
If you would like to serve as a judge for this event, please fill out this very brief Judging Form.
We look forward to working with you to further the professional development of our undergraduate researchers.

FDP Faculty Workload Survey – 2018

Your faculty and research staff will soon have an opportunity to provide input that may help streamline the administrative workload associated with federally-funded research.

The Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP; thefdp.org), a cooperative initiative hosted by the National Academies, is conducting a national survey of federally-funded principal investigators (PIs) to explore the impact of federal regulations on the time spent pursuing active research.  Michigan Techis an active member of FDP, and we have provided the FDP with a list of our PIs on federal grants and contracts during the last complete academic year. Faculty and staff who have been PIs may be contacted and asked to complete the web-based FDP Faculty Workload Survey.

Participation in the study is voluntary, but the more researchers that participate, the stronger the data. Please encourage your folks to participate – if we have enough participants we will be able to get a report of our institutional responses.  This input will help FDP work more effectively with federal agencies, and institutions conducting research to increase the efficiency of research administration, potentially reducing the workload of PIs.

The FDP is comprised of 10 federal agencies and 154 institutional recipients of federal funds working together to reduce the administrative burdens associated with research grants and contracts. The FDP is a unique forum for individuals from universities and nonprofits to work collaboratively with federal agency officials to improve the national research enterprise. The current study is a follow-up to the FDP 2005 and 2012 Faculty Workload Surveys, which provided estimates of the proportion of federally-funded research time spent on administrative workload compared to active research. These estimates have been used by institutions, national groups, federal agencies, and even lawmakers to try to target and decrease unnecessary research-related administrative burden. The 2018 Faculty Workload Survey will update these data to determine whether the workload has changed, and will extend the earlier survey findings by exploring variables associated with administrative workload, as well as priorities for change. The results of this study will be a primary source for setting FDP priorities and developing initiatives to improve the research process.

Please ask your folks to be on the lookout for an email message in the first two weeks of February (Feb 5 – 16, 2018) inviting them to participate in the FDP Faculty Workload Survey. We hope that they will choose to take the 15-30 minutes necessary to complete the survey and contribute to this national effort to streamline administrative processes in federally-funded research.

Please note that the IRB that reviewed and approved this survey has examined the survey methodology and survey instruments to ensure that all responses will be handled in a confidential manner, by a qualified survey company. The names of the participants will not be known to their university/institution or to the FDP. The survey results will be published as aggregate data; no individual names will be associated with any responses. We hope these protections will allow you to respond candidly to the questions posed in the survey. If anyone has any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact Dave Reed (ddreed@mtu.edu), Larry Sutter (llsutter@mtu.edu), or Jason Carter (jcarter@mtu.edu).

Thank you,

Dave Reed (Administrative representative)

Larry Sutter (Faculty representative)

Jason Carter (Faculty representative)


QPR training: Got 30 minutes? Save a life.

As someone in an instructional role at Michigan Tech, I want to make sure you are aware of an excellent suicide-prevention resource called QPR  that recently became available to all Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students.  I apologize if this is a duplication for some of you.    I know you are very busy – but this 30 minute training will help you recognize suicidal behavior and provide the right kind of help.  It’s very difficult to place a value on this,  not only in your role as an instructor, but in your family and other social groups as well.  Thanks for considering this!

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To access the QPR Course:
  1. This webpage:  http://www.qprtraining.com/setup.php
  2. This organizational code:  MTU
Why is Michigan Tech encouraging this training:
In the Fall of 2016 the American College Health Assessment was sent out to all Michigan Tech students, and the response was that they want to receive more information on how they can help others in need (61.7%, N=1588). The QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) course will give students, faculty, and staff the knowledge and skills needed to intervene in a mental health emergency, and possibly prevent a mental health emergency from happening.
 
What should you expect from the training:
Similar to the structure of a basic CPR course, QPR is a course designed around suicide education and awareness, and gives individuals the skills and tools they need to feel comfortable to identify, have a plan, and get help for someone in need.  Michigan Tech has a goal of educating all of our student leaders, faculty, and staff that have daily contact with the students this fall (2017) through the QPR course.  The course will take about 30 minutes to complete, and is presented through a video-based online platform. 

Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct

Broadcasting this on all channels can only help…

Dear members of the Michigan Tech Community,

As a country, we are at a watershed moment. Over the past few months, survivors of sexual assault and harassment have come forward in an unprecedented manner to bravely share their painful and heartbreaking stories. As you are likely well aware, many of these survivors were assaulted and harassed in a university setting.

At Michigan Tech, we are committed to fostering and providing an equitable, diverse, and inclusive community—a community in which all members feel safe, welcomed, respected, and treated with dignity. But saying we are committed is not enough—it’s on us to maintain a safe environment. The University’s policies expressly prohibit sex- and gender-based discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence. Sexual misconduct of any kind is not and will not be tolerated. We believe in a culture of belief—a culture that compels investigation and action.

As part of maintaining a safe environment, Michigan Tech continues to educate students, faculty, and staff about sexual misconduct, and works with the University and surrounding community to offer as great a variety of services as possible. Information on training, policies and procedures, how to report, resources, and assistance can be found on the Title IX webpage.

You can also contact Kirsti Arko, Title IX coordinator, Administration Building 306, 906-487-3310, titleix@mtu.edu, or Public Safety and Police Services, 206 MacInnes Drive, 906-487-2216. Counseling services are available to all students, and confidential assistance is available for all faculty and staff through Michigan Tech’s Employee Assistance Program.

We all must work together to foster and maintain an environment in which every member of our Michigan Tech community is free from the threat of sexual violence. I hope you will join me.

Glenn D. Mroz

President, Michigan Technological University


NIH: Learn About New Clinical Trial Requirements

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has an important legacy of conducting and funding clinical trials. As stewards of the nation’s investment in heart, lung, blood, and sleep research, the NHLBI continues to work with its partners on optimizing NHLBI’s clinical trials enterprise through robust management, oversight, and monitoring of clinical trials.

Over the last few years, the National Institutes of Health has begun implementing a series of clinical trials reforms designed to enhance the accountability and transparency of clinical research. These reforms affect grants and contracts involving clinical trials, and several changes took effect on January 25, 2018.

Below are several key NIH reforms of importance to the NHLBI research community:

  • Clinical trial-specific funding opportunities: Applications and proposals involving clinical trials with due dates on or after January 25, 2018, must be submitted to a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) or request for proposal (RFP) that explicitly states it will accept clinical trials. After January 25, 2018, the NIH will only accept clinical trial applications when submitted to parent announcements or other FOAs that specify clinical trials.
  • New Human Subjects and Clinical Trial Information form: The NIH will require the use of a new application form that consolidates all information related to human subjects and clinical trials into one place, and also expands the information required for studies that meet the NIH definition of a clinical trial. This form will be included in the new FORMS-E Application Packages to be used for all due dates after January 25, 2018. 
  • Single IRB policy for multi-site research: For applications with due dates after January 25, 2018, and contract solicitations published after January 25, 2018, the NIH expects that all sites participating in multi-site studies that involve non-exempt human subjects research funded by the NIH will use a single Institutional Review Board (sIRB) to conduct the ethical review required for the protection of human subjects.  This requirement applies to all applicable human subjects studies, not just trials.
  • Registering and reporting for NIH-funded clinical trials: All NIH-funded clinical trials are expected to register and submit results information to ClinicalTrials.gov to help ensure that information about clinical trials and their results are made publicly available, in a timely manner.
  • Clinical Trials Protocol Template for Phase II and III Clinical Trials Conducted Under an IND or IDE: Investigators are encouraged to use a template and electronic protocol-writing tool, developed by the NIH and the Food and Drug Administration, to help evaluate the scientific basis of their assumptions, minimize uncertainty in the interpretation of outcomes, and prevent loss of data.
  • Good Clinical Practice Training: The NIH expects all NIH-funded clinical investigators and trial staff who are involved in the design, conduct, oversight, or management of clinical trials to be trained in Good Clinical Practice to help ensure the safety, integrity, and quality of clinical trials.

Resources for more information:

Any questions? Please email: NHLBIClinicalTrials@mail.nih.gov


Instructors Needed for Summer Youth Programs

As Summer Youth Programs (SYP) gears up for another exciting season, we are constantly seeking ways to make explorations engaging, impactful and fun for all participants.

With the semester coming to a close, enrollment is strong—more than 360 participants have already enrolled, with several major program deadlines rapidly approaching. We have hired nearly 65 undergraduate and graduate student staff, built our executive team and begun preparations for our annual move to Wadsworth Hall.

At this time, one remaining hurdle is finding instructors and TA’s to deliver academic curriculum for several of our popular explorations. What does it take to be an SYP Instructor or TA? Enthusiasm is a must, and previous classroom experience is ideal. If you are interested in delivering structured, hands-on learning to excited and engaged students from across the country, we’d love to hear from you. Learn more at SYP Instructors.

Here is a list of courses for which we are still hiring instructors:

  • Digital Photography (June 18 – 22 and June 25 – 29)
    • Instructors Needed: 1 – TAs: 1
    • June 18 – 22 (grades 9-11 / capacity 20 students) and June 25 – 29 (grades 6-8 / capacity 15 students)
    • Digital photography combines the art, technology and the great outdoors. Students will capture images on explorations throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula, which offers beautiful shorelines, waterfalls and abandoned mine structures. They will also learn about exposure, composition and visualization and refine your images with software. Instructors should have photography and editing experience for this course.
  • Rocketry and Space Science (June 18 – 22 and June 25 – 29)
    • Instructors Needed: 1 – TAs: 1
    • June 18 – 22 (grades 6-8 / capacity 15 students) and June 25 – 29 (grades 9-11 / capacity 15 students)
    • Students in this course will learn about aerodynamics and propulsion while building their own rockets. During the week, they use software to explore design elements, build a homemade rocket, explore concepts in physics and engineering, and learn about careers in space science. The week culminates with the students launching rockets at the Gay Stamp Sands. The instructor should be comfortable working with middle and high school students, have experience in rocketry/space science, and have confidence explaining STEM topics to a wide variety of learners.
  • Aquatic Ecology Field Study at Gratiot Lake 
    • Instructors Needed: 1 – TAs: 1
    • June 25 – 29 (grades 9-11 / capacity 8 students)
    • Students will spend a week out at the rustic Noblet Field Station on Gratiot Lake. During the week, they will explore ecological topics as they relate to lakes, rivers, wetlands and streams. Aquatic plants, insects, mammals, birds, fishes and many other topics are welcome—past activities have included extensive canoeing, water quality testing, learning about beaver dams, plant identification, and much more. Instructors should be comfortable with rustic cabin accommodations and have experience in some aspects of aquatic ecology. Instructor or TA should be, or be willing to become, First Aid/CPR certified.
  • Wildlife Ecology (July 9 – 13)
    • Instructors Needed: 1 – TAs Needed: 1
    • July 9 – 13 (grades 6-8 / capacity 12 students)
    • The U.P. has many striking habitats that support a wide variety of plant and animal species. Students will get a close look at the importance of protecting and conserving our natural resources for the sake of the living things that rely on them while exploring the diverse and beautiful environments and habitats of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Their observational skills will be challenged as they search for animal tracks, signs, scents, sounds and other indicators of quality habitats. Track animals using telemetry with a map and compass. Identify and make plaster castings of animal tracks and learn how to set noninvasive hidden camera and hair traps. Instructors should have a familiarity with the area and these topics.
  • PAAMEE: Preparing African American Males for Energy and Education(July 16 – 20 and July 23 – 27)
    • Instructors Needed: 3 – TA’s Needed: 3
    • July 16 – 20 (grades 10-11 / three sections each capped at 20 students) and July 23 – 27 (grades 10-11 / three sections each capped at 20 students)
    • A National Science Foundation sponsored project, 120 students from the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) will participate in a multi-week program centered on the engineering and science of renewable energy (specifically wind and solar). The program is designed to attract and retain these students and their participation in science and engineering fields. The students will begin the summer spending a week at Michigan State University in June, then attend Michigan Tech SYP in July. Additional project partners include Lawrence Tech, Oakland University, Walker-Miller, Consumers Energy and Marathon Oil. Instructors should be comfortable working with high school students, have experience delivering renewable energy science curriculum and have confidence explaining STEM topics to a wide variety of learners.

SYP invites interested applicants to contact us via cpcojobs@mtu.edu.