Category: Alumni

A History of the Department of Biological Sciences

In 2012 the Department of Biological Sciences celebrates its Fiftieth Anniversary

In October 1961, the Michigan Tech Board of Control approved the formation of a Department of Biological Sciences. The Department began independent operations on July 1, 1962, with five faculty drawn from other departments at Michigan Tech.

The narratives assembled and linked from this page describe some of the history of the department.


Biological Sciences 50 year anniversary

Many of our alums may not remember, but the Department of Biological Sciences began at MTU in 1962, meaning that 2012 is our official 50 year anniversary. Several Emeriti and Current Faculty (Dr. James Spain, Dr. Robert Keen, Dr. Thomas Snyder, and others) are putting together a brief history of the Department, where it was, has been, and is currently going. We (myself, Patty Asselin, Jeff Lewin, Emily Betterly and Alice Soldan, among others) are working on festivities to celebrate the 50th anniversary at the Alumni Gathering scheduled for August 2-4, 2012. We’ve already developed several activities that we hope will be of interest to alums from Biological Sciences for those dates. Please stay-tuned, more information will be coming out later, with individual mailings and the Spring 2012 newsletter.


Academy Alumni Visit

Dr. Joseph Roti Roti, a member of the College of Sciences and Arts Academy of Distinguished Alumni visited Michigan Tech in September to attend the Anniversary celebration for the academy and the induction of Dr. Jeffrey Jentzen

Dr. Joseph Roti Roti ’65, Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology, Radiation Oncology and Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis.