Tumban Honored by National Academies

A Michigan Tech professor has received a prestigious national recognition. Ebenezer Tumban (Bio Sci) has been named a National Academies Fellow in the Life Sciences for the 2016-17 academic year by the National Academies in Washington, DC.

In a letter to University President Glenn Mroz, Barbara A. Schaal, vice president of the academy and chair of the division of earth and life sciences, said the honor was bestowed upon Tumban because of his selection and “enthusiastic participation” in the 2016 National Academies Northstar Summer Institute (NANSI) on Undergraduate Education in Biology held last month at the University of Minnesota.

According to the letter, representatives from 15 U.S. research universities met in Minneapolis for three days of workshops, discussions, intensive teamwork and analysis focused on enhancing undergraduate education within the themes of active learning, assessment and diversity.

Tumban says he was “overwhelmed with joy” when he learned of the honor. Of the three-day summer institute he says, “I put in a lot of effort to prepare a learning activity which I used during my teaching demonstration, and I’m glad it paid off.”

Tumban expressed gratitude to Bruce Seely, dean of the College of Sciences and Arts, Provost Jackie Huntoon and Chandrashekhar Joshi, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, for providing the financial support needed to attend the workshop.

 Joshi calls Tumban “an outstanding and dedicated teacher.”

“Dr. Tumban is a phenomenal instructor who truly enjoys teaching; he is an active researcher who is engaged in developing new vaccines against human papilloma virus and he is a delightful colleague who is always willing to help others,” Joshi says.

Joshi adds that when the opportunity came for Tumban to attend the NANSI workshop, he enthusiastically volunteered. “So far, four other faculty members in biological sciences and one faculty member in chemistry have previously participated in similar NANSI workshops, and they have already incorporated what they learned into their regular classroom teachings,” Joshi said.

Tumban said he appreciates all the support he’s received. “I would also like to thank NANSI for organizing the workshop and the Center for Teaching and Learning at Michigan Tech for exposing me to different active learning strategies which were instrumental in the workshop.”

In her letter to Mroz, Schaal said, “by sending participants to the National Academies Summer Institute, your institution is at the forefront of improving undergraduate education that is so essential for preparing both future scientists and scientifically literate citizens. 

School of Technology Wins Surveying Education Award

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) has awarded the engineering surveying program in Michigan Tech's School of Technology a 2016 NCEES Surveying Education Award.

The $10,000 award recognizes surveying/geomatics programs that best reflect NCEES' mission to advance licensure for engineers and surveyors in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

"We are proud to be one of the recipients of the NCEES Surveying Education Award," said School of Techology Dean Jim Frendewey. "The faculty has worked hard to maintain a curriculum that reflects the significant changes in the industry due to advances in the use of technology, such as LiDAR and unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Also there has been an emphasis on integrating graduate students in our Master's program in Integrated Geospatial Technology with our undergraduate surveying students to better prepare them for the increasing technical demands of the profession. This recognition will help us to continue to attract excellent students for our programs."

The surveying program at Michigan Tech began in 1975 as a land surveying option in the School of Forestry and is currently housed in the School of Technology, where graduates earn an ABET-accredited BS degree in Surveying Engineering.


CDI to Host Dialogue on Realities of Violence

In light of the tragic killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota and the five Police Officers-Brent Thompson, Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, Sgt. Michael Smith, Michael Krol and Patrick Zamarripa, who were killed in Dallas last week, Michigan Tech's Center for Diversity and Inclusion invites the community to engage in a meaningful dialogue about the realities of violence plaguing the nation.

The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. today (July 15) in the Hamar House.

For additional information see the original Tech Today story.


Campus Digital Sign Upgrade

Michigan Tech IT will apply system upgrades to campus digital signs today (July 15). Digital displays will continue to run any prescheduled content, but updates via the content management software (Four Winds) will not be available during this time. There may be short periods of service interruption during this upgrade period where some signs may not display content; if this happens, they will be corrected as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding the upgrade, contact IT at it-help@mtu.edu or 7-1111.


Italian Food at Khana Khazana

Tastes of Italy are on tap at today's Khana Khazana. Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the food trailer in the MUB Circle across from the Library. 

The menu includes:

  • Pasta with Chicken—chicken breast with mushroom, cheese and Alfredo sauce served over pasta
  • Veggie Pasta—fried mixture of green bean, carrot and mushroom with Alfredo Sauce taste.
  • Eggplant Gratin—baked side dish of eggplant, bell pepper, onion, tomato, basil and cheese
  • Panna Cotta—traditional Italian custard with milk, cream, coffee and vanilla.

Cost is $6.95 for the full meal. Like the Khana Khazana at Michigan Tech Facebook page.

In the News

A recent paper co-authored by Adam Wellstead (SS) "To Bridge the Divide between Evidence and Policy: Reduce Ambiguity as Much as Uncertainty" in Public Administration Review was featured in Government Executive, an on-line publication with 80,000 federal manager readers. 

The full paper is available for download.


WJMN Channel 3 News (CBS) ran a story in its Business Briefs about Janet Hayden's appointment as executive director for risk management and compliance oversight at Michigan Tech. Read the story here.

On the Road

Ann Kitalong-Will, executive director for business operations/vice president for administration division, attended the bi-annual conference of the Work and Family Research Network (WFRN) held in Washington, D.C. June 21-25.

WFRN is an international organization of interdisciplinary researchers, policy makers and practitioners who seek to promote a global understanding of work and family policy and issues.

While at the conference, Kitalong-Will was invited to attend a Congressional Briefing on public policy and its implications on families and employers in the U.S.

She also attended sessions on family and parental leave, model flexible workplace and career strategies, gender perspectives on career experiences, diversity policies and practices in STEM organizations and the future impacts of public policy on employers.

Kitalong-Will also participated in the pre-conference workshop "Work Family Congressional Education and Policy Day."


Latika Gupta (SBE) presented a paper titled "Steel Prices, Energy, and Industrial Production" at the Western Economic Association International's 91st Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon.