L. Syd M Johnson (HU) was interviewed by Big Think in “CRISPR-Cleaned Piglets Have Been Cloned for Organ Donation,” on the ethics of research that advances the potential to use genetically modified pigs to grow human organs for transplantation. See here.
Michigan Tech’s Cyndi Perkins (UMC) and M. Bartley Seigel (HU) are among the writers scheduled to be on hand during the 2017 Upper Peninsula Authors Book Signings—on the porch at Grandpa’s Barn Books in Copper Harbor.
The book signing is in conjunction with Copper Harbor’s Art in the Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 19-20). Grandpa’s Barn is owned by Lloyd Westcoat (GLRC). Seigel, one of the contributors to “And Here:100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917-2017,” will be on the porch from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Perkins will sign copies of her novel “More Than You Think You Know,” from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. A total of 17 writers and artists will be on the porch during the two days.
Grandpa’s Barn is located behind Copper Harbor’s one-room school and is adjacent to the Grant Township Park.
PhD student Nancy Henaku has just been elected to the board of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language & Gender. Says Henaku, “I am honored to be selected to the board of an intellectually enriching organization such as the OSCLG. This unique opportunity is both important and exciting to me.”
RTC PhD alumna Roxane Gay’s opinion piece on HBO’s upcoming series “Confederate” was published in the New York Times. Gay is an associate professor at Purdue University, and a best-selling author. See here.
Anna K. Swartz, a graduate student in the RTC master’s program, has published a review of Beyond Schizophrenia: Living and Working with a Serious Mental Illness, in MetaPsychology. Read the review here.
A Michigan Tech alumnus was among the military personnel killed when a US Marine Corps KC-130 transport plane crashed near Itta Bena, Mississippi, Monday.
US Marine Corps Sgt. Julian M. Kevianne was among the 15 Marines and one Navy Corpsman on the flight. According to the New York Times, the plane took off from Cherry Point, North Carolina en route to El Centro, California. There were no survivors.
Sgt. Kevianne was a 2007 graduate of Michigan Tech with a degree in humanities. He joined the Marines in 2009. He came to Tech from Detroit’s High School for the Fine and Performing Arts.
He was very active on campus, serving as a resident assistant, a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, Young Democrats, Social Dance Club and the Lemmings broomball team.
Kevianne worked as a management assistant in McNair Hall where he was a student supervisor in the dining hall, helping students with everything from furniture requests to the Husky Host Program. During the winter semester break he organized and facilitated a Christmas dinner for McNair residents and provided transportation for incoming international students. His efforts were recognized when he was named the Student Employee of the Year in 2008.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appointed Michigan Tech alumnus Nathaniel Gbessagee ’12 as president of Grand Bassa Community College, three miles north of Buchanan on Liberia’s Atlantic coast.
Gbessagee received his PhD in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Tech in 2012. His dissertation research focused on improving risk communication about malaria in Liberia.
After completing his doctorate, Gbessagee returned to Liberia, where he accepted a faculty position in the Department of Arts and Sciences at Tubman University. In 2016, Gbessagee was appointed a senior aide to the chairman of Liberia’s National Elections Commission. His responsibilities as president of Grand Bassa Community College will begin in August.