Inbred Wolves Struggle, Moose Proliferate at Isle Royale National Park

by Jennifer Donovan, director of news and media relations

During their annual Winter Study at Isle Royale National Park, scientists from Michigan Tech counted nine wolves organized into one breeding pack and a second small group that is a remnant of a formerly breeding pack.

In the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Study’s annual report released today, the researchers say that over the past three years, they have tallied the lowest numbers of wolves ever: nine in 2011–12, eight in 2012–13 and nine in 2013–14. During the same period, predation rates—the proportion of the moose population killed by wolves—also dropped to the lowest ever recorded, while the number of moose doubled, to approximately 1,050.

Wolves are the only predators of moose on the remote island national park in northwestern Lake Superior. The moose population has been increasing because wolf predation has been so low.

“The poor condition of wolf predation on Isle Royale appears to be caused by inbreeding,” said John Vucetich, director of Michigan Tech’s study of the wolves and moose of Isle Royale. In its 56th year, the research project is the longest continuous predator-prey study in the world.

For the rest of the story, see online.

For more information about the moose and wolves see the wolf-moose report.

Wallace Wins Faculty Service Award

by Danny Messinger, content specialist

The Faculty Distinguished Service Award Committee has announced Charles “Chuck” Wallace, associate professor and interim department chair, Department of Computer Science, as the 2014 recipient of the Faculty Distinguished Service Award for his outreach activities in the community.

“I congratulate Chuck on this well-deserved recognition and add my thanks,” said Max Seel, provost. “This type of extensive continuous outreach is well beyond the normal service expectations of a faculty member.”

Wallace was recognized for his involvement with two specific programs: Breaking Digital Barriers (BDB) and Copper Country Programmers (CCP). Both have connected Michigan Tech students with the local community.

BDB, began in 2011, brings Tech students to the Portage Lake District Library once a week to help senior citizens with technology issues—like troubleshooting, guidance and encouragement as they grapple with digital technology. The program places an emphasis on giving seniors the skills they need to be self-sufficient in a digital world.

BDB has partnered with Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly to provide transportation for seniors to and from the library, and holds monthly sessions at the Bluffs Assisted Living Facility for seniors who cannot get to the library. The program will soon expand its work to introduce computer skills to unemployed citizens.

Wallace’s other program, CCP, is aimed at local middle- and high-school students. It focuses on teaching basic programming skills and helps students develop logic and strong problem-solving skills. Weekly sessions, staffed by volunteer students from the computer science department, now attract more than 25 students.

In addition to these two programs, the committee also recognized Wallace’s involvement with World Usability Day and Canterbury House.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award,” Wallace said. “I accept it on behalf of all of the students and faculty who make Breaking Digital Barriers and Copper Country Programmers possible.”

Reminder: The Campus Forum is Online

The Campus Forum presented by President Glenn Mroz on April 29 encountered some technical issues during the live streaming. The recorded version is fine, and it can be viewed online.

Revised Schedule for Planned Steam Outage, Rozsa/Walker also affected by Upcoming Electrical Outage

In light of the forecast for cool weather for next week, Facilities Management is planning to reduce the previously announced steam outage from four days down to two days. The revised schedule is for the outage to occur from noon on Sunday, May 4, until noon on Tuesday, May 6. If additional time is needed due to unforeseen circumstances, the campus will be advised.

There is no change in the planned electrical outage except that we need to add Rozsa/Walker to the list of affected buildings. The outage for the buildings affected is still scheduled to be from 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, until 6 a.m., Thursday, May 8.

Listed below are the buildings being affected for each planned outage and the services and systems that are affected. The electrical outage applies to specific buildings and the steam outage to most of our campus buildings. We encourage all of the campus community to review this list carefully to see if and how they will be affected and to spread the word within their areas. In addition to these notifications, signs will be posted on the doors of affected buildings.

These planned outages for critical maintenance are set for the same week after spring commencement as in the past. In future years, the same week will be used to complete necessary maintenance that can only be accomplished when the systems are safely shutdown.

We appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation. Our hope is to reduce the potential for unplanned outages that could impact the campus more severely, especially if they were to occur in severe winter weather.

Electrical System Shutdown
Starting: Wed May 7, 6 p.m.
Ending: Thurs May 8, 6 a.m.

Buildings Affected
ATDC, Central Heating Plant, Dillman, Dow, Sherman Field, EERC, GLRC, Minerals Museum, Rozsa/Walker, Daniell Heights, DHH, Hillside Apts, McNair, Wads

Systems Not Available During Outage:
-Fume hoods and exhaust fans
-Compressed air
-Ventilation equipment
-Normal lighting
-Plug in appliances
-Plug in equipment

Systems Available During Outage
-Emergency generators and battery systems.
-Emergency lighting
-Exit lighting
-Equipment on emergency generators

Occupants are urged to vacate the above buildings during the electrical outage.

Steam System Shutdown
Starting: Sun May 4, Noon
Ending: Tues May 6, Noon

Buildings Affected
Academic Office, Admin, Central Heating Plant, Chem Sci, DHH, Dillman, Dow, EERC, Fisher, Noblet Forestry, Gates, GLRC, Hillside Apts, Ice Arena, Library, M&M, McNair, ME-EM, MUB, Rekhi, ROTC, Rozsa, SDC, Wads, Walker

Services Affected:
-Buildings may be cooler than usual
-Domestic hot water
-Distilled water from steam driven stills
-Steam driven autoclaves/sterilizers

Contact Tim Griffin, or Dave Taivalkoski, .

Chemical Engineering Department Holds Order of Engineer Ceremony

The Department of Chemical Engineering conducted its first Order of the Engineer Ring Ceremony on Thursday, April 17. Fifty-four students and faculty were inducted and took a solemn obligation to themselves to "uphold devotion to the standards and dignity of the engineering profession." The inductees were presented with a stainless steel ring worn on the fifth finger of the working hand to remind themselves of this obligation. KRC Director Jay Meldrum was the keynote speaker and talked about examples of unethical decisions or acts he observed during different stages of his career and the decisions he made.

Husky Motors Shuttle Service Summer Hours

Husky Motors shuttle service will operate 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., during the summer session beginning Friday, May 2. The shuttle services the Memorial Union to the SDC and through both the Lower and Upper Daniell Heights, stopping at the bus shelters. Additionally, the shuttle services the Lakeshore Center at the top of the hour. For questions contact call 7-3288.

View the summer session shuttle bus schedule.

City of Houghton Updated Summer Shuttle Schedule

As of May 2, the City of Houghton will be operating their summer shuttle schedule. They will be running the on-demand service Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 482-6092 to make a reservation. They will also be running the downtowner shuttle service Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See online schedule for more information and rates.

Summer's Here, Join Community Programs

Summer Community Programs begin next week. With so many great options this May-August, what classes are you taking this summer? Join the fitness classes anytime by committing with an eight-punch class card or try us out for a single session for only $6. View the complete brochure online.

Specialty Yoga Workshops start this Sunday. Prenatal Yoga is held select Sundays this summer from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Restorative Yoga is held select Sundays this summer from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Did you know that Michigan Tech employees who are TechFit benefit eligible can use their TechFit bucks, $150 for employee and $100 total for dependents, for summer programming?

For awesome deals, event announcements and more, connect with Michigan Tech Recreation on Facebook. Join us anytime and commit to be fit at our .

Portage Lake Golf Course Getting Closer to Opening

Michigan Tech’s PLGC will be opening in the next couple weeks or so. This could be the latest opening on record. Last year was the latest with an opening of May 14. The course opened the earliest on record in 2012 (April 4). The decision to allow riding carts immediately is yet to be determined.

Annual passes, Punch Cards, Daily Greens Fees, and much more are all available. Season passes include the amenities of guest passes, merchandise and tournament discounts, complimentary pull carts as well as free plays at other local courses. Discounted passes are available for spouses and children to make golf affordable for the entire family.

A reminder, pass holders’ children 11 years and younger play for free when accompanied with an adult pass holder. However, should the child wish to play without mom or dad, the child will either have to purchase green fees or a discounted season pass.

Weekday-only or Weekend-only passes provide another option for our golfers.
Michigan Tech employees have even more options to save money by using the TechFit benefit and payroll deduction. For non-Michigan Tech employees, we offer a comfortable payment plan option.

A 2014 season pass application is available on-line at by emailing, calling 7-2641, or visiting the Pro Shop. Portage Lake will be offering reduced Greens Fees for the month of May. The price to play 18 holes is $25 and a 9 hole round is just $15

Men’s league will begin Thursday, May 22, and women’s league begins Tuesday, May 27. Junior league and lessons begin the week of June 15. Be a part of the fun at Portage Lake this summer.

Mining Faculty Candidate Presentation Monday

A. J. S. (Sam) Spearing is associate professor in the Department of Mining and Mineral Resources Engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and obtained his PhD in Mining Engineering in 1993 from the Technical University of Silesia in Poland. He will be at Michigan Tech as a candidate for a mining faculty position. His seminar is titled “Energy Options and Issues Facing the US.” The seminar will be held Monday, May 5 at 2 p.m. in Dow 610.

Pavlis Honors College Dean Candidate Presentation Today

Andrew Storer, PhD, professor and associate dean (SFRES) and director, the Honors Institute, Michigan Tech, will be presenting as a candidate for the Pavlis Honors College Dean position. The presentation topic is, “Your Vision for Michigan Tech's Pavlis Honor College, an Integration of High--Impact Programs.” The presentation will be held today at 2 p.m. in Rehki G009. The campus is invited to attend the presentation and it will be taped for later viewing.

CTL Tip of the Week

Creative Canvas Course Contest (C-4) Winners Announced

This spring semester, the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning hosted an "explosive" program intended to showcase the most effective and user-friendly Canvas Courses at Michigan Tech. The second-annual C-4 competition focused on Canvas courses that are intuitive and easy to navigate, feature good course design, provide convenient access to information and materials students need, and offer resources and activities that help students succeed in the class. Canvas courses were nominated almost entirely by students, but other faculty and chairs were eligible to nominate spring semester courses for C-4 too.

Congratulations to this year’s C4 winners:
* Lauren Bowen (HU3151)
* Paul Charlesworth (CH1150)
* James DeClerck (MEEM3502)
* Timothy Havens (CS5821)
* Kalen Larson (FA3650)
* Michele Loughead (BUS1100)
* Gordon Parker (MEEM4700)
* Judith Perlinger (UN5100)
* Joe Wagenbrenner (FW4370)

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.

Reminder: Items Available

* Function generators
* Analog Oscilloscopes
* Assortment of relays, microwave equipment, and electronic equipment
* (2) Traffic Lights
* Assortment of metal lab tables and lab carts

Items may be viewed in EERC 427 between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., today. For more information, contact Alex Sergeyev at 7-2258 or

University property may only be transferred between departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.

More Items Available

* Locking Wood Cabinet, 4ft.
* (7) Visitor Chairs
* (2) Tables

If interested, contact Dawn Pichette at 7-2354 or .

* (14) Stacking Visitor Chairs

If interested, contact Laura Harry at 7-2543 or These chairs are in the MUB.

University property may only be transferred between departments. It may not be given or sold to individuals.

On the Road

Professor Yoke Khin Yap (Physics) organized Symposium MM in the 2014 Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting at San Francisco on April 21-25. The symposium, "Nanotubes and Related Nanostructures" was co-organized with Don Futaba from National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST, Japan), Annick Loiseau from Laboratoire d'Etude des Microstructures (LEM, France), and Ming Zheng from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Director of the Michigan Tech Multi-Scale Technologies Institute (MuSTI), Professor Craig Frederich (MEEM) hosted the invited speakers and organizers in a dinner event. Professor Frederich co-chaired session six in the symposium. Details of the program is available online.

In the News

The June issue of Trains Magazine includes an article about a senior design project sponsored by Union Pacific Railroad and the Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program. View the article online.

In Print

Research work lead by Professor Yoke Khin Yap (Physics) has gained attention in the 2014 Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting at San Francisco, held on April 21-25. The presentation, "Transistors without Semiconductors: Tunneling Behavior of Boron Nitride Nanotubes Functionalized with Gold Quantum Dots", presented in Symposium BB: Materials for End-of-Roadmap Devices in Logic, Power and Memory, was highlighted on the official website of MRS.

This work was conducted in collaboration with many from the physics department including Professor John Jaszczak, Dongyan Zhang, physics graduate students Madhusudan Savaikar, Douglas Banyai, Boyi Hao, and collaborators from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.