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.
L. Syd M Johnson (HU) was appointed to the National Institutes of Health BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative Multi-Council Working Group Neuroethics Division. The Neuroethics Division examines and advises on critical ethical issues associated with BRAIN research.
L. Syd Johnson (HU) was an ethics panelist at the workshop “Stem Cells, Neural Organoids, and Ex Vivo Human Brain Tissue: Science and Ethics” at Duke University. The workshop was sponsored by the Duke Science & Society Program and the NIH BRAIN Initiative, on May 11.
Andrew Fiss (HU) gave an invited presentation and participated in a two-day research workshop at the University of California, Berkeley on May 5-6. These events were part of the Algorithmic Thinking symposium, bringing together humanities scholars, data scientists and mathematicians in order to develop a better critical understanding of algorithms, i.e. the mathematical rules meant to govern the behavior of humans and machines. For more information see here.