Reflection on a March: The Fight for Science

 

 

The March for Science was a nationwide effort to stop the defunding of science research and development as a way to celebrate Earth Day 2017.

This post was written by Norbert Kubilus, the President and CEO of Coleman University. We will be posting more guest blogs from our staff and faculty throughout the year so please subscribe for more. 

Earth Day 2017 was a wonderful day for a march in San Diego. I joined thousands of scientists and engineers, university professors and K-12 teachers, researchers and laboratory technicians, and people of all ages and from all walks of life in support of scientific research in the United States … and to protest proposed research funding cuts by the current administration. Organizers estimated that 15,000 people were at the San Diego March for Science start at the Civic Center. I would not be surprised if there were over 20,000 of us marching that day in San Diego, joining maybe a million more across the United States.

Hand made signs were the order of the day. Many signs reflected themes seen on signs across the nation. Others were truly local San Diego, which has one of the largest scientific research communities in the United States. One sign really struck me as we walked down Broadway to the Embarcadero. It read: “I have never seen polio … thanks to science.” The young woman carrying was from the Salk Institute and certainly born after polio became a disease of history in the United States. She never experienced a polio scare, and she could not know the memory she triggered for me. The March for Science 2017 quickly became very personal.

In the early 1950s, the polio epidemic in the United States reached a record high of 58,000 new cases in a single year, nearly three times the annual outbreak of the previous decade. Summer polio “scares” were real, resulting in public swimming pool closures and cancelling various community events. Dr. Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine came to market in 1955, and the March of Dimes launched its children’s vaccination campaign.

The memory triggered for me was of my first “march for science” — 62 years ago. On a crisp autumn day in 1955, my elementary school class marched — OK, walked — the half mile or so to the Public Health Office in Verona NJ with our teachers to receive our first polio shots. Thanks to Dr. Salk, his vaccine and the National Polio Immunization Program, the annual number of U.S. polio cases fell to 5,600 by 1957 and less than 200 by 1961.

Paralysis was a lifelong sentence for those who contracted and survived polio. It wasn’t until I was in high school that I first met victims of the polio epidemic, teenagers my own age who were left crippled for life by polio. As a young adult, I also had co-workers worked who were polio survivors. They all walked only with the assistance of heavy braces … and an apparent resentment for their fate.

On Earth Day, I remembered all of them as I was able to walk unencumbered along the San Diego habor. Thank you to young woman from the Salk Institute and her sign for the memory. And thank you Dr. Salk, your University of Pittsburgh research team and the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis for giving us the first effective polio vaccine.

Norbert J. Kubilus, CCP MBCS is President & CEO of Coleman University, a private non-profit teaching university founded in 1963 and located in San Diego, California. Its degree programs prepare graduates for technology-focused careers. visit www.coleman.edu

Coleman University President is invited to Speak at the IEEE Life Member Luncheon

The esteemed Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) held a luncheon for their Life Members in San Diego in early March. The Life Member status for IEEE is awarded to members who have been an active part of the organization for a certain number of years while maintaining a positive status within the IEEE community. The Life Member Association invited the President of Coleman University, Norbert Kubilus, to be a Keynote Speaker for this event and to discuss the dedication of the University to fostering technology development in San Diego. The agenda for the luncheon speakers included topics such as robotics in military and commercial fields, renewable energy, automotive developments, and the benefits of increased technology in medical fields. In his Keynote, the President reflected on the history of Coleman in San Diego and the legacy that the university has maintained as an influencer in technology. The President then outlined the steps being taken to bring the latest developments in Software Development and Cybersecurity to the Coleman campus and integrate them into the curriculum. Mr. Kubilus discussed the efforts being made at Coleman to bring experiences to its students that enhance the curriculum, which is continuously developed through input from professionals in technology fields and the instructors at the university. The keynote closed with an invitation from the President for the Life Members to visit the Hornet’s Nest Indoor Drone Testing facility run by ENVI. The members were excited to be given the opportunity to see for themselves an example of the technological developments that Coleman is fostering and the extracurricular experiences that are available to its students.

Coleman University Announces New President

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Norbert J. Kubilus, CCP MBCS

The Board of Trustees of Coleman University has announced that it unanimously elected Norbert J. Kubilus, CCP MBCS as the University’s next President & CEO during the Board’s meeting on Thursday, October 29th.

“I would like to congratulate and welcome Norbert to his new position,” said Mike Maier, Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees. “While we had a number of highly-qualified candidates, Norbert stood out for his experience as an executive and educator, as well as his proven leadership as Interim President since May. His record of achievement, personal history and values set him apart as the clear choice to carry our Vision, Mission, Institutional Learning Outcomes and Strategic Goals.”

Mr. Kubilus has been a member of the Coleman University Board of Trustees since June 2012 and served as Board Chair until he was asked to serve as Interim President in May 2015 while the Board conducted a Presidential Search. He is a career technology and operations executive who also has held faculty positions with New Jersey Institute of Technology and The College of New Jersey. Mr. Kubilus was also a Technology Leadership Partner with Tatum LLC and co-founded the Tatum Technology practice in Southern California.

“I am very honored to be the next president of Coleman University and am excited to engage the entire Coleman community to turn the dreams we have for the University into reality,” said Mr. Kubilus. “Our founder, Dr. Coleman Furr, was a pioneer in computer technology education when he and his wife Lois started the school 52 years ago. Coleman University today has a terrific team of faculty and staff with a ‘student first’ attitude and a passion for preparing our graduates to be leaders in technology-focused careers and their communities. ”

A graduate of Seton Hall University (BS) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (MS), Mr. Kubilus is a Certified Computing Professional (CCP) in Technology Management and Software Development. He is author of over 70 professional and academic publications on technology issues affecting business, as well as a frequent conference speaker. Computerworld named him a Premier 100 Information Technology Leader in 2007. He is a Past Association President for the Association of Information Technology Professionals and an elected member of the British Computer Society.

College Scorecard: Coleman University

The White House

The White House published an online College Scorecard to help students in their college search. Coleman University was highlighted in a CNN Money article discussing the new service:

There’s a ton of info about colleges. But when it comes down to it, what most students really need to know is how much it’s going to cost them and if they’ll land a job after graduation.

They named Harvey Mudd, University of Maryland-College Park, Coleman University in San Diego, and Bismark State College as schools whose students graduate on time, get good jobs and can pay off their loans quickly. Source: CNN Money

“We are excited to be viewed as an exemplar in such distinguished company,” said Norbert J. Kubilus, Interim President & CEO. “Coleman University has a terrific team of faculty and staff with a ‘student first’ attitude and a passion for preparing our graduates to be leaders in their careers and communities.”

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