Two Wolves Remain on Isle Royale

Having survived another year, it is likely that only two wolves remain on Isle Royale. A researcher from Michigan Tech surveyed the island this winter, part of the longest running predator-prey study in the world. The sudden population drop has led the Isle Royale National Park to look into intervention strategies for one of its most iconic species. 

The study’s report marks the project’s 58th year of monitoring wolves and moose in Isle Royale. In recent years, wolves had been on the decline and moose on the rise. Those patterns persisted through this past winter’s observations. In particular, the island probably has two wolves left and the moose herd is estimated to be 1,300 and likely increasing.

With these ecosystem dynamics at play, the island's wilderness could be significantly impacted, says Rolf Peterson, a research professor at Michigan Tech and report co-author. More moose means more vegetation is eaten, as documented in population increases like those seen in the early 1990s. Predation is the natural check on moose, keeping them from damaging forest vegetation, explains John Vucetich (SFRES), report co-author. But with the packs greatly diminished that balance no longer holds sway.

Read the full story and check out the researcher's op-ed on Unscripted

2016 Spring Commencement

Michigan Tech's 2016 Spring Commencement will take place at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 30. The ceremony will be held in the MacInnes Student Ice Arena of the Student Development Complex.
Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Peace Corps director, will deliver the commencement address. Hessler-Radelet is the 19th director of the Peace Corps, a position she has held since June 2014.
Prior to that, she served as the agency's acting director and deputy director from 2010-14. Hessler-Radelet holds a master's of science in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a bachelor's of arts in political science from Boston University. She and her husband have two children.
Graduating student Drew Markel will deliver the student address. Markel, a Rochester, Michigan native, graduates having double-majored in biomedical and mechanical engineering. He will join the Kimberly-Clark Corporation this summer and work in Family Care products.
More than 960 students will take part in the ceremony. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and students are expected to be present and prepared at 9:45 a.m.
A seating chart of the graduates and additional information is available online on the Commencement web page.
Prior to the ceremony, the official ROTC commissioning will take place at 7:30 a.m. in the Rozsa Center. A  public commissioning will also occur during commencement.
Tickets Available: You're Invited
Members of the campus community may request Spring Commencement tickets from Elizabeth Pollins, of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement Office. She can be reached by email or at 7-2465.
For those attending, parking is available in Lots 22, 23 and 24. No parking pass is required; parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.
2016 Spring Alumni Reception
The campus community is invited to join our new graduates and their families for a special reception immediately following the commencement ceremony in the SDC Multipurpose Room. The reception is hosted by the Michigan Tech Alumni Association. For more information, contact Alumni Relations office at 7-2400. 

C-Cubed Menu: Week Fourteen

The 14th week of C-Cubed (Conversation, Community, Collegiality) has come upon us and continues to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. All faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited to join us for these two remaining weeks of C-Cubed lunch before we break for the summer.

Lunch is $10 (cash, credit and C-Cubed Gift Certificates accepted). Attendees may bring their own lunch instead of purchasing the buffet. Fruit-infused water, coffee, tea, cookies and fruit are available free for all. Even if the food doesn't draw you in, don't miss the opportunity to take a break in a lovely setting with good conversation. Below is this week's menu.

Thursday, April 21
Baja-Style Rosemary Chicken Skewers (GF)
Linguine with Tomatoes, Zucchini and Herbs (V)
Tangy Green Tomatillo Gazpacho (VGF)
Warm Flat Bread (V)

Friday, April 22
Sliced Herb Crusted Beef NY Strip Roast with Wild Mushrooms (GF)
Cheese Tortellini with fresh Basil and Chives (V)
Butternut Squash Bisque (VGF)
Mixed Green Salad (VGF)

V—Vegetarian  GF—Gluten Free  VGF—Vegetarian/Gluten Free

Michigan Tech Archives Seeking FMTL Graduate Intern

The Michigan Tech Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections is currently seeking applicants for the Friends of the Michigan Tech Library Graduate Internship for this summer.

The intern selected will receive substantial experience in both public service and collections handling. Preference will be given to applicants currently enrolled in a graduate archival studies program, but consideration may be given for equivalent education and experience.

Share this with anyone who might be interested. For more information, visit our blog post.

Film Board Presents "Deadpool"

This weekend, Film Board presents "Deadpool."


Friday, April 22 — 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 — 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 — 2:30, 5:30 p.m.

Located in Fisher 135. Tickets are $3 and concessions are $1 each. 

Don't forget the Film Board Presents, from The Lonely Island, "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" at 8:30 p.m. tonight in Fisher 135. Watch the trailer. Admission is free. Tickets are first come, first served. For additional information check out Film Board's website. 

Rozsa’s Project Learning Lab “gallery b” Presents Extraxtion

The exhibit titled “Extraxtion” will feature a public reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (April 21) in Rosza “gallery b,” the Rozsa’s experimental Project Learning Lab gallery space. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

On display will be a collection of sculptures, a series of drawings, and four “traditional lathes,” designed and fabricated by students. Students will also showcase "Call and Response," a collaboration between Sculpture students and Laura Fiss's (HU) Literary Survey class. 

The exhibit will be on display through Saturday, April 23.

In addition to tomorrow's public reception, additional gallery hours are 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (April 22 and 23).

The gallery is free and open to the public.

Choirs Present "Songs of the Earth" Friday

 Join the choirs of Michigan Tech as they present the final Rozsa event of the season, a concert entitled "Songs of the Earth."

The concert celebrates Earth Day with music inspired by nature or includes themes relating to the natural world.

The Michigan Tech Concert Choir will perform music from Haydn's "Creation," paired with a setting of poetry of George MacDonald, titled "Communion," by René Clausen. 

Other selections include American folk-songs "Sourwood Mountain," "Black Sheep" and "Shenandoah."

Music by contemporary composers Jeff Cobb and David Evan Thomas provide variety to the program with the setting of the tongue-twister "Esau Wood" and Emily Dickenson's description of a storm, titled "An Awful Tempest."

ConScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers will premiere a new work by Elizabeth Meyer (VPA), titled "To What Listens," for choir, trombone, piano and percussion. 

Other selections include two choral soundscapes, "Tundra" by Ola Gjeilo and "The Whole Sea in Motion" by Dale Trumbore. 

Another set, titled "Flower Songs," will feature the music of Chen YI, John Clements and Carlos Guastavino.

The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets for "Songs of the Earth" are on sale now, $13 for adults, $5 for youth and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee.

Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online or in person at the Central Ticket Office in the Student Development Complex.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar

The last Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar of the semester will be from 4 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (April 21) in Dow 642.

CEE Visiting Doctoral Student Huijun Shao, research engineer, School of Transportation Engineering, Tongji University in China will present "Evaluate the Aging Degree of Asphalt." 

CEE Visiting Scholar Xuelian Li, associate professor, Department of Road Engineering, College of Traffic and Transportation, Changsha University of Science & Technology in China will present "Flame Resistance of Warm Mix Asphalt with Flame Retardant Additives."

Physics Presents 5 Coloquium

Please join physics from 3:30 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (April 21) in Fisher 139 for five individual colloquium presentations. 

The presenters are five undergrad students from the Physics Department:

  • Angela Small: "A Quantum Chemical Investigation on the Interaction of MgO(001) Nanotubes with Drugs Commonly Present in Drinking Water"
  • Logan Pauli: "Exploration of a new material set for Quantum Cellular Automata"
  • Andrew Robare: "An Investigation into the Behavior of Interstitial Particles within an Unstable Temperature Gradient in the Cloud Chamber"
  • Cameron Shock: "Synthesis and Characterization of Holes Transport Molybdenum Trioxide Nanofilms"
  • James Spaight: "Cloud Condensation Nuclei in the Michigan Tech Cloud Chamber"

Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty Candidate Seminar

There will be a Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty Candidate Seminar at 2 p.m. tomorrow (April 21) in Dow 875. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

Derya Deniz, postdoctoral fellow at Colorado State University, will present "Assessment of Losses to Building Structures Due to Extreme Hazards." This presentation presents two studies conducted on earthquake and flooding respectively, to describe the potential impacts of such events on structures and community resilience.

Poster Session for ENG5520 Sustainable Futures 2

A poster session will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (April 21) in Ballroom B1 of the Memorial Union Building. Approximately 10 posters will display term projects for ENG5520 Sustainable Futures 2. The posters will display analyses for sustainability on a range of topics, some of which include: 

  • Anaerobic digestion of restaurant food waste and diary manure in Denver, Colorado
  • Sustainable management of municipal solid waste in Thailand and India
  • Willingness to pay for advanced biofuels in the Midwest of the US

All are welcome to attend. The poster session is sponsored by the Sustainable Futures Institute. Contact David Shonnard for more information.

Geoseminar — Rudiger Escobar Wolf

The next Geoseminar will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 22 in Dow 610. Rudiger Escobar Wolf will present "Surface Displacement Monitoring Using Digital Photogrammetry: Examples From Transportation Corridors." All are welcome. 

The discussion will be illustrated with examples of natural and artificial surface movement monitoring, including rock slopes, permafrost terrain and retaining walls. The examples Wolf will discuss come from ongoing work funded by the US Department of Transportation, in collaboration with colleagues within Michigan Tech, the Michigan Tech Research Institute and other partners.



University Portrait 2045

The University Portrait has been updated to 2045. If you have any questions or comments, email Cathy Jenich of the Vice President for Research Office.


A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum Special Offer for Graduation

To celebrate Michigan Tech commencement, the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum is waiving the admission fee for student's family members that accompany them during finals and graduation week. The museum offers a variety of Earth focused gifts and for graduation we are offering a 20 percent discount on all bookends.

For additional information, see original Tech Today story


Dennis Lewandowski Retirement

The campus community is invited to a retirement reception for Dennis Lewandowski, senior lecturer and director of the Math Learning Center, from 3 to 5 p.m. tomorrow (April 21) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Refreshments will be served.