Down to Three Wolves on Isle Royale

Only three wolves seem to remain in Isle Royale National Park. Researchers from Michigan Technological University observed the wolves during their annual Winter Study, and the lone group, at an unprecedented low, is a sharp decline from nine wolves observed last winter.

The study’s report, released Friday, marks the project’s 57th year of observing wolves and moose on Isle Royale.  It is the longest running predator-prey study in the world. This year, along with the three resident wolves, scientists estimated 1,250 moose on the island and observed two visiting wolves, which came and then left across an ice bridge to the mainland. This growing gap between the predator and prey populations is a trend that Michigan Tech researchers have tracked over the past four years.

“It’s not the presence of wolves that matters so much, it’s whether wolves are performing their ecological function,” says John Vucetich, an associate professor of wildlife ecology who leads the study along with Rolf Peterson, a research professor at Michigan Tech.

Reminder: Food Drive Continues

Don't forget to bring in your non-perishable food items to Michigan Tech Transportation Services. They are collecting dry/canned goods now thru Friday, May 1.

For every item donated, you will receive a raffle ticket to be filled out with your Michigan Tech User ID. These raffle tickets will be placed into a drawing for a free parking permit for the upcoming year or a Michigan Tech gift basket valued at $100. Transportation Services will draw for commuter, residential, graduate, faculty/staff and black lot (Lot 11) permits. Receive a raffle ticket for each item you donate (black lot tickets require two donated items per raffle ticket). The more you donate the more chances you have to win.

 Drop off your non-perishable food items Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Admin 100 and collect your raffle tickets. Drawings for prizes will be held on Monday, May 4.

 

Reminder: TIAA-CREF Appointments Available

TIAA-CREF will be on campus for individual retirement counseling sessions on the following days:

Tuesday, April 28 through Thursday, April 30, in the MUB Conference Room 106A

Tuesday, May 5 through Thursday, May 7, in the MUB Conference Room 106A

To schedule an appointment call 800-732-8353, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Public Events for Provost Candidate Debra Larson

As a candidate for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Debra Larson will be conducting the following events open to the University community; all are welcome to participate in any event, regardless of their intended focus audience:

Open Forum (Faculty and Staff):  2 to 3 p.m., tomorrow, MUB Ballroom A

Open Forum (Students): 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, MUB Ballroom B

Discussion with women at Michigan Tech: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, East Reading Room in the Library

Please take part in as many of the activities with each candidate as possible, and provide your input to the search committee through the website.

Reminder: Faculty Candidate Talk

The Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences invites the Michigan Tech campus to a talk by faculty candidate, Radwin Askari at 4 p.m. today in Dow 610. The title of his presentation is: "Geophysical and petrophysical studies of subsurface: (I) S-wave static corrections using surface wave analysis, and (II) Thermal conduction characterization in porous media." Refreshments will be served in Dow 632 — which is the Dow 6th floor lakeside atrium — immediately following.

Michigan Tech Receives Education Advertising Award

Michigan Tech, in conjunction with Mindpower, Inc., has received a silver educational advertising award from the Higher Ed Marketing Report. It was awarded for our Crazy Smart admissions search piece.

These results come from the 30th anniversary edition of the equational advertising awards. A panel of industry experts judges entries in 27 categories including publications, annual reports, social media, television and newspaper advertising, and more.

Michigan Tech Makes National List of Green Colleges

Michigan Tech is listed in the Princeton Review's 2015 Guide to 353 Green Colleges. Released Thursday, the new guide to "the most environmentally responsible" colleges recognizes institutions with exceptional commitments to sustainability, based on their academic offerings, career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities.

The free 218-page guide is downloadable at http://www.princetonreview.com/green-guide. There, users can find detailed "Green Facts" write-ups on the 353 schools. The write-ups report on everything from the school's use of renewable energy, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

The Guide to Green Colleges recognizes Michigan Tech for offering free or reduced-price bus passes and a free campus shuttle, for its bicycle plan including secure bike storage, for a car-sharing program, for having a university sustainability committee, for offering sustainability-focused degrees, for the fact that 100 percent of students are required to take a sustainability-related course, for having 72 percent of new construction LEED-certified and for employing a sustainability officer.

"We work hard to make Michigan Tech an environmentally friendly, sustainable campus, and it"s encouraging to be recognized nationally for that effort," said President Glenn Mroz.

Reminder: Plagiarism Education Week 2015

Turnitin’s 2015 Plagiarism Education Week conference, Copy/Paste/Culture, examines how current global trends are affecting our values, especially those related to education, and proposes strategies on how we can address these challenges.

The Office of Academic and Community Conduct is partnering with the Center for Teaching & Learning to host 45-minute webcasts devoted to sharing ideas and best practices with educators and students about plagiarism and academic integrity. Premier thought leaders will include educational experts, passionate educators and Turnitin All-Stars, all of whom will share their perspectives, lessons, and research.

These webcasts will be recorded and a link will be made available at a later date. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend!

For more information please contact Rob Bishop via email (rmbishop@mtu.edu) or phone 7-1964.

 
1 p.m. today, Admin Bldg - Room 404
Changing Culture to Promote Integrity: Why Progress Is Possible
David Callahan, author of The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead

4 p.m. today, Admin Bldg - Room 404
A Student-Centered Culture: Promoting Integrity One Conversation at a Time
Michael Goodwin, Academic Integrity Coordinator at Kennesaw State University

1 p.m. tomorrow, Admin Bldg - Room 404
Narcissism and Extrinsic Values: Understanding Student Trends that Impact Plagiarism and Cheating
Jean Twenge, author of The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement

4 p.m. tomorrow, Admin Bldg - Room 404
Wikipedia in the Classroom: Authority, Trust, and Information Literacy
LiAnna Davis, Director of Programs at Wiki Education Foundation

1 p.m. Wednesday,  MUB - Alumni Lounge
Improvisation and Plagiarism: Fostering a Culture of Creativity
Teresa Fishman, Director of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI)

4 p.m. Wednesday,  MUB - Alumni Lounge
The Cultural Implications of Contract Cheating
Tricia Bertram Gallant, Director of Academic Integrity at UC San Diego

1 p.m. Thursday, Admin Bldg - Room 404
Decisions on Deadline: A 21st Century Gaming Approach to Teach Plagiarism and Ethics
Samantha Grant and Brittney Shepherd, co-producers of A Fragile Trust

 

Reminder: New SmartStart Sessions Beginning in May

Do you have a viable high-tech business idea? MTEC SmartZone's entrepreneurial coaching program, SmartStart is beginning another session on Thursday, May 7. 

The program takes a workshop approach, guiding founders through the process of validating their high-tech business ideas while developing essential entrepreneurial skills and receiving the mentoring and tools they need to succeed.

If you have a high-tech business idea and would like additional information, contact Jason Mack at 7-7000 or jmack@mtecsz.com

In the News

UPmatters, a news site published by WJMN-TV (CBS) Channel 3, Marquette, featured a story about a collaboration between the Michigan Tech foundry and Finlandia sculpture students. 

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was quoted on NBC New York in the story "Beyond Plastic: New Technology Promises Greener 3-D Printing" 

The Wildlife Society published a news story on its website about Research Assistant Professor Amber Roth's (SFRES) golden-winged warbler research.  

In Print

Professor Barry Solomon (Social Sciences) published an updated version of his paper, Energy Resources and Use. In Warf, B., ed. Oxford Bibliographies: Geography (New York: Oxford University Press). It is available at: http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199874002/obo-9780199874002-0021.xml?rskey=vNQy2z&result=16&q=

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) published Applications of Open Source 3-D Printing on Small Farms in the journal Organic Farming http://www.librelloph.com/organicfarming/article/view/of-1.1.19