No Wolf Pups Born on Isle Royale

by Jennifer Donovan, public relations director

Michigan Tech's annual Winter Study of the wolves and moose of Isle Royale National Park counted eight wolves on the island this winter, down one from last year. And as far as the researchers could tell, no wolf pups were born in 2012.

“This is the first year since 1971, the year reproduction first began being monitored, that we did not detect any sign that pups had been born during the past year,” wrote John Vucetich, the Michigan Tech population biologist who heads the annual study, in the 2012-13 Winter Study annual report released this week.

“We failed to detect signs of courtship or mating in the Chippewa Harbor Pack in either of the past two winters,” Vucetich went on to say. “This winter, we observed signs of courtship in the West-end Trio, but we cannot say if mating occurred.”

Inbreeding could be affecting reproduction. All of the wolves at Isle Royale National Park are highly inbred. The Isle Royale wolf population was founded from three wolves—a female and two males—that arrived on Isle Royale more than five decades ago.

Inbreeding continues to be a serious concern. The Isle Royale wolves already show spinal anomalies that are a result of close inbreeding for several generations, and there are likely other physical or physiological effects, the researchers say.

Most wolves have an average life span of less than five years. If the wolves on Isle Royale continue not to breed, the population will soon be gone.

For the full story, see Michigan Tech News.

CTL Annual Distinguished Teaching Award Finalists

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) seeks input for its annual Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to the instructional mission of the University.

Based on over 51,000 student rating-of-instruction forms, eleven finalists have been identified for the 2013 awards. The selection committee is soliciting comments from students, staff, faculty, and alumni to aid in its deliberation process.

The finalists for the two awards include:

Associate Professor/Professor Category
Professor Andrew Burton (School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science)
Associate Professor Guy Hembroff (School of Technology)
Professor Bruce Mork (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Associate Professor Nilufer Onder (Computer Science)
Associate Professor Christopher Plummer (Visual and Performing Arts)

Assistant Professor/Lecturer/Professor of Practice Category
Assistant Professor Jared Anderson (Visual and Performing Arts)
Assistant Professor Frank Christiana (Aerospace Studies)
Professor of Practice Karyn Fay (Biological Sciences)
Assistant Professor Scott Miers (Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics)
Assistant Professor Kazuya Tajiri (Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics)
Assistant Professor Thomas Werner (Biological Sciences)

Comments on the nominees are due by Friday, April 5.

The process for determining the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients from this list of finalists also involves the additional surveying of their classes. The selection committee makes the final determination of the award recipients. The recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award will be formally announced in May 2013.

For more information, contact Nancy Seely at 7-2046 or .

George Trevino Passes Away

George Trevino, former professor of mechanical engineering, died on March 16, in San Antonio, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. His funeral mass was held on March 23. Trevino was born on August 30, 1942 in San Antonio to Ruben and Genevieve (Ramirez) Trevino. He is survived by his loving wife, Norma Trevino; three daughters: Rachael Trevino, Andrea Paton and Diana (Rupert) Gallaga; two sons: Matthew (Hasheme) Trevino and David Trevino; and nine grandchildren: Grace, Roman, Titus, Tysen, Camden, Jaysen, Tyler, Aaron and Adam. Trevino was preceded in death by his parents.

Trevino received his PhD from Lehigh University and worked at Grumman Aerospace, Del Mar College, and White Sands Missile Range, before coming to Michigan Tech. He retired to San Antonio, where he continued his research, collaborating with other scientists.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for research to the American Cancer Society.

Call for Proposals: Student Affairs Technology Day

submitted by Beth Pollins, Student Affairs

Session proposals are being accepted for Technology Day, scheduled for Thursday, May 9.

Technology Day is an opportunity for faculty and staff to learn about technology and improve their technical skills. Have you mastered a software program? Know all about Google analytics, Facebook advertising, or LinkedIn? Does your department offer technological services that could help the campus community? We’d love for you to present at Technology Day and share your expertise with others across campus.

This year’s theme is Google. Proposals centered around this theme are encouraged; other categories/themes are welcomed as well.

To submit a proposal, see Professional Development. The deadline is Wednesday, April 10. For more information, contact Elizabeth Pollins at 7-2465 or .

2013 Michigan Tech Employee Promotional Support Program Pick Up Dates

Eligible employees who placed their order for this year’s Employee Promotional Support Program in November can pick up their items at the Campus Bookstore, located in the Memorial Union, starting March 27 through April 5. Distribution will be at the ‘Book Buy-Back Window’ and you will be required to show your ID when picking up your gift.

New Water Bottle Filling Stations Installed on Campus

Facilities Management first installed water bottle filling stations in the residence halls two years ago, including Douglass Houghton Hall, McNair Hall, Wadsworth Hall, and Hillside Place. Since then, the positive feedback has inspired them to expand the installation of these stations to many academic buildings. You can now find these stations in the following buildings.

*Administration and Student Services Building
*Chemical Sciences and Engineering Building
*Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building
*Fisher Hall
*Harold Meese Center
*Memorial Union Building
*Rekhi Hall
*R. L. Smith Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Building
*Van Pelt and Opie Library
*Walker Arts and Humanities Center

These new water bottle filling stations provide a quick, convenient, and sanitary way for students, faculty and staff to keep hydrated. They have a three times faster fill rate than traditional drinking fountains and can be operated by one hand, thanks to their electronic sensors. They even keep track of the amount of disposable plastic bottles that were saved in the process!

Retirement Brunch for Donna Krapu

Auxiliary Services invites the campus community to a retirement brunch for Donna Krapu on Friday, March 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Commons, ground level.

Donna started as a food service helper on Oct. 3, 1989 and moved to her position as Cook in February 2004. Please join us as we celebrate Donna's retirement and wish her well. Stories will be told--feel free to contribute!

13th Annual Don Keranen Jazz Concert Saturday

Join us to celebrate the jazz legacy of the late Don Keranen with the thirteenth annual Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert this Saturday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m., at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

Mike Irish, Director of Jazz Studies, says of the evening’s lineup, “We will be doing a few of the tunes first recorded by the Jazz Lab Band on their 1974 recording "Some Like It Hot, Some Like It Cool". We want to tie in Don's love of Jamaican music (with influences taken from reggae and ska), with his great ear for more traditional big band jazz.”

For more details, please see the Rozsa.
For more information please contact Bethany Jones, 7-1836 or Mike Irish, 7-2145.

Nielsen Signs Try-Out Deal with AHL's Syracuse Crunch

The Syracuse Crunch have signed Michigan Tech defenseman Carl Nielsen to a try-out contract Crunch General Manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Nielsen, 24, recently concluded his career at Michigan Tech, where he played four seasons and tallied four goals and 16 assists. The 6-4, 225-pound defenseman recorded one goal and four assists in 37 games this season. Nielsen earned the Gitzen-Loutit Memorial Award as Michigan Tech's most outstanding defensive player his sophomore season. Nielsen was named the team's assistant captain as a junior and captain this season.

The Amherst, Ohio, native spent two seasons with both the Mahoning Valley Phantoms and Alpena IceDiggers of the North American Hockey League before attending Michigan Tech. Nielsen appeared in 73 games (7g, 18a) for the Phantoms and 46 games (9g, 8a) for the IceDiggers.

Men's Cross Country Team Earns Academic Honor

The Michigan Tech men's and women's cross country teams earned U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic honors. The men placed ninth out of 126 Division II cross country teams with a 3.42 team cumulative grade point average, and the women were 55th of 207 teams with a 3.45 team cumulative grade point average.

"It's important for our student-athletes to perform well both in the classroom and while racing, so this is a great honor to receive," said head coach Joe Haggenmiller.

The men's squad had the highest GPA of the 10 GLIAC schools to earn the award. The women's squad finished fourth of the 13 GLIAC schools to earn the honor.

To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have compiled a team score at their respective NCAA regional championship.

Biological Sciences Seminar Friday

Associate Professor Casey Huckins will present, "Coaster brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) and the Salmon Trout River: Ecology, restoration, and shifting stressors," 2 p.m., Friday, March 29, GLRC 202

For more information visit the Biological Sciences page.

Learn the Lindy Hop at Free Swing Dance Workshop

by Jennifer Donovan, public relations director

Ever wished you could do the Lindy Hop? The swing dance style that swept the nation in the 1930s and early 1940s is coming to Houghton Saturday, April 13. The Swing Dance Club of Michigan Tech will teach a free workshop at St. Albert the Great University Parish on MacInnes Drive, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A dance follows the workshop from 7 to 11 p.m., with live music by The Backroom Boys at 8 p.m.

The swing dance workshop requires no dance experience and no partner. The workshop is free and open to the public. The evening dance is free to workshop participants, with $3 general admission for anyone who has not attended the workshop.

"Swing dancing is family-friendly," says instructor Alex Tripp, a Tech alumnus and math teacher, although he warns that children under 13 may find the dance steps challenging. As exercise, Tripp says, "it is more challenging than walking but less than jogging. Anyone who can climb a flight of stairs can handle the workshop."

The Lindy Hop emerged in the 1920s and 1930s in the dance halls of Harlem. Based on the Charleston, it combined influences from a number of dance styles. Legend has it that a swing dancer known as "Shorty" George was asked what it was called. Since Charles Lindbergh had recently "hopped" the Atlantic Ocean, without stopping his dance, Shorty George replied, "the Lindy Hop." The name stuck.

Swing music went out of style after World War II because it reminded people of the Great Depression and of wartime. Swing dancing experienced a revival in the 1980s and 1990s.

Clothes for the workshop should be casual and comfortable, said Tripp and his co-instructor, Michigan Tech student Meg Haechrel. Semi-formal dress is suggested although not required for the evening dance.

In the News

Associated Press published an extensive article about new findings just released from Michigan Tech's ongoing study of the wolves and moose of Isle Royale National Park, quoting Associate Professor John Vucetich (SFRES) and Research Professor Rolf Peterson (SFRES). It has appeared on ABC News, Minnesota Public Radio, and news outlets around the country. See ABC News.

CTL Tip of the Week

See Your Canvas Course from a Student View

Have you wondered how your Canvas course looks from your students’ perspective? The Canvas Student View feature creates one "Test Student" user that allows the instructor to view course content as a student would. Each course has a unique Test Student that every instructor in the course has access to. As the Test Student, you can submit Assignments and Quizzes, review Grades and Assignment feedback (including Crocodoc via the preview icon), post to Discussions, as well as view the Syllabus tab.

To view your course from a student perspective, click on Settings in the left navigation, then on the Student View button that appears at the upper right of the screen. You will know if you are in Student View because of the persistent bar on the bottom of the screen indicating you are logged into Student View. Click the Leave Student View button to exit the student view. Please note that Conversations, Collaborations, Groups and Profile do not work for the Test Student.

You can review the Instructor Guides “What is Student View?” and also “Where can I find the student view of the Gradebook?” for more information. For more general help and support using Canvas, visit Canvas One Stop. The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). You can see what’s going on there this week at our website.