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An Open Letter to the Michigan Tech Campus Community


A group of faculty convened last Tuesday evening and decided we would like to make a public statement affirming our commitment to the stated values of Michigan Tech. This letter will be published in print and on-line editions of the Lode. I invite you to join us in signing the statement below.

An Open Letter to the Michigan Tech Campus Community

In this historical moment, we as Michigan Tech faculty want to reaffirm our commitment to the vision and mission of this University. We stand by a vision of Tech as a global institution that promotes a shared world in which justice, sustainability and prosperity are real possibilities for everyone. We find inspiration in our students and hope to inspire them in turn to create this future. We commit ourselves to addressing the challenges of our country and the world through innovative, interdisciplinary and engaged scholarship, research and educational practices that give every student and every teacher abundant opportunities to learn. In all aspects of our roles as Michigan Tech faculty, we promote mutual respect, inclusivity and dialogue and we seek to sustain a culture of collegiality, safety, support and openness across diverse perspectives, traditions and identities


Sarah A. Green, Chemistry

Nancy Langston, Department of Social Sciences and School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Diane Shoos, Humanities

Patricia Sotirin, Humanities

Ann Brady, Humanities

Stephanie Carpenter, Humanities

Kelly Boyer Ontl, Social Sciences

Faith A. Morrison, Chemical Engineering

Josh Loar, Visual and Performing Arts

Noel Urban, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Susanna Peters, Social Sciences

Kathy Halvorsen, Social Sciences/School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences

Carol MacLennan, Social Sciences

David Watkins, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lynn Mazzoleni, Department of Chemistry

Libby Meyer, Visual and Performing Arts

Scott Marratto, Humanities

Richelle L Winkler, Social Sciences

Claudio Mazzoleni Physics

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johnsonL. Syd M Johnson (HU) gave a flash talk and presented a poster on “The Catch-22 of CTE: Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues,” and presented a poster co-authored with Adam Shriver (Penn) on “Preliminary Report from the Penn Animal Research Neuroethics Workshop” at the International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Fiss, Galliah, and Swartz Present Research Papers

On Nov. 3-6, Andrew Fiss (HU), Shelly Galliah (HU) and Anna Swartz (HU) presented research papers in Atlanta, Georgia, as part of the joint meetings of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA), the History of Science Society (HSS), and the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA).

Fiss presented as part of the panels titled “The Gendered Body: Medicine and Biology in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries” and “Performing Science,” the Womenss Caucus feature about the intersections of theater and STEM education.

Galliah presented “John Oliver’s ‘Real Climate Change Debate’: Creatively Using Comedy to Intervene on a Manufactured Scientific Controversy,” as part of a panel about “Wild Learning.”

Swartz presented “The CSI Effect: Are Jurors Starstruck by Forensic Science?” which contributed to the panel about “History, Science, and their Publics.”

This travel was partially supported by the History of Science Society and the Department of Humanities.

Humanities Colloquium Seminar

As part of the Humanities Colloquium Series, Michele Speitz, professor, Furman University, will lead a seminar discussion of three essays: Langdon Winner’s “Technologies as Forms of Life,” John Tresch’s “Introduction to The Romantic Machine: Utopian Science and Technology after Napoleon” and Susanne Stratling and Jocelyn Holland’s “Introduction: Aesthetics of the Tool—Technologies, Figures and Instruments of Literature and Art.” 

This seminar is from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 10) in Wadsworth Hall’s Cherry Room.

For copies of these articles, contact Dana Van Kooy. Refreshments will be provided.