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Fall 2011 Week 9

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s a short week, which I hope will come as a welcome respite before the end-of-the-term rush. Thank you all for helping make a very successful Dad’s Weekend Breakfast this past Saturday; look on Facebook for pictures soon. We would also like to congratulate Ishan Patel, the recipient of this year’s UHC Joe Hendricks Scholarship for Academic Excellence, and Afina Neunzert, the recipient of the Janet Richens Wiesner University Honors College Scholarship for Undergraduate Women in Science. These awards, selected by a committee from a pool of UHC students nominated by OSU faculty, are two of our most prestigious recognitions and were made this past Friday. Congratulations also to Hendricks finalists Corinne Fletcher and Stephanie McGregor and Wiesner finalists Rosie Leung and Emily Pickering. Nomination for these awards is a great accomplishment, so be sure to pass on congratulations to Afina, Ishan, Corinne, Emily, Rosie, and Stephanie if you see them! Now, here’s what is going on in this holiday-shortened week:

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      UHC Faculty/Student Winter Break Book Clubs!

2.      Student Evaluation of Teaching

3.      Colloquium added for winter term: PHL 407H Buddhist Thought Past and Present, An Overview

4.      SLUG hours this week

5.      HAAC fall service project

6.      UHC Sunriver trip sign ups

 

Opportunities

7.      Engineering thesis projects

8.      Become a College of Engineering Academic Coach

9.      OSU Cross-Cultural Mentoring Program

10.  ASOSU Internship Program

11.  Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship, and Creativity (URISC): START

12.  Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Sustainable BioEnergy at the Center For Sustainable Energy (CSE) at Kansas State University

13.  OSU TRIAD Faculty Club scholarship

14.  2012 National Capital Area Leadership Award

15.  Udall Scholarships competition for 2012-2013

16.  Dow AgroSciences R&D Summer Intern Program

 

OSU Events & Announcements

17.  College of Engineering test-taking and preparation workshop

18.  Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra

19.  Education double degree informational sessions

 

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      UHC Faculty/Student Winter Break Book Clubs!

Are you looking for a great book to read over the break? The UHC is sponsoring six book clubs that give students the opportunity to get to know a distinguished faculty member in a fun, relaxed setting and read a terrific book! Six OSU faculty have chosen books to share with a small group of students during the first weeks of winter term. Sign up now for a faculty member’s group (details below) and get a free copy of your group’s book to read over the break; you’ll then meet with your group and faculty host over pizza at the start of the term. Groups will be capped at 12 students, first-come, first-served. Contact Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu) with your top three group choices (and you can, if interested, sign up for multiple groups, space allowing) by next Friday, December 2nd. Feel free to invite non-Honors friends as well. Here are our winter term faculty hosts and their book selections:

  • Dan Arp (Dean, University Honors College & Professor, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology)

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

Already a classic, The Omnivore’s Dilemma is a personal journey into the origins of what we eat. Pollan begins with four widely different meals and examines how they came to be, and he uses these stories to explore broader issues of food policy, health, and ecology. Published in 2007, this remarkably engaging book is essential in modern debates – personal and communal – about food.

 

  • Bill Bogley (Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Mathematics)

Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

Selected 40th on the Modern Library’s “reader’s list” of the 100 best novels of the 20th century, Fifth Business is the masterpiece of great Canadian author Robertson Davies. This tremendously rich, satisfying, and entertaining novel recounts the rippling consequences of a fateful and seemingly small childhood act on several lives.

 

  • Toni Doolen (Associate Dean, University Honors College & Professor, MIME)

Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul by Howard Schultz & Joanne Gordon

This strikingly forward and honest memoir from Starbucks founder and CEO Howard Schultz outlines the factors that led to the company’s downturn in 2007-2008 and the corporate decisions made in response. According to the Amazon.com reviewer, “Conflicts, raw emotions, high stakes: Onward is a business book that goes beyond feel-good maxims and actually has a story to tell.”

 

  • Ilene Kleinsorge (Sara Hart Kimball Dean of the College of Business)

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

The classic muckraking novel from the early twentieth century revealed the incredible and horrifying conditions of the meatpacking industry at the time, inspiring a governmental investigation. This book remains a touchstone in examining business ethics, the role of journalism in society, and the relationship between business practices and our personal lives and choices.

 

  • Susan Shaw (Professor, Women Studies & Transitional Director, School of Language, Culture, and Society)

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

This new novel by award-winning author Ann Patchett tells the story of Dr. Marina Singh, a corporate pharmaceutical research scientist, and her journey to find her mentor, lost in the Amazon rain forest working on an potentially valuable new drug. “Emotional, vivid, and a work of literature that will surely resonate with readers in the weeks and months to come,” says the Amazon.com reviewer, “State of Wonder truly is a thing of beauty and mystery, much like the Amazon jungle itself.”

 

  • Ken Winograd (Associate Professor, College of Education)

The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism, and White Privilege by Robert Jensen

In The Heart of Whiteness, Robert Jensen, a professor at the University of Texas, offers a searing examination of the pervasive and continuing impact of racism on contemporary society. Jensen’s approach mixes personal experience with more theoretical and data-driven perspectives to reveal, not only overt racism, but the way polite political discourse conceals and reinforces white privilege. “The Heart of Whiteness,” Amazon.com’s reviewer writes, “offers an honest and rigorous exploration of what Jensen refers to as the depraved nature of whiteness in the United States…. He argues that any system that denies non-whites their full humanity also keeps whites from fully accessing their own.”

 

2.      Student Evaluation of Teaching

UHC courses have a unique evaluation process, and your feedback is critical in helping us improve our curriculum. There are two parts to the UHC evaluation procedure. 1) Before the end of the term, you will receive a paper course evaluation in your UHC classes; please complete these in class. These evaluations should be returned to the UHC office together, not individually. 2) As you are aware, there is also a standard OSU course evaluation about which you should have been emailed. This evaluation is available online and can be accessed through the Student Online Services main menu under “Student Records” and then “Student Evaluation of Teaching.” We strongly encourage you to complete this standard OSU course evaluation for your UHC courses in addition to the UHC in-class evaluation. Both evaluations provide vital information for the UHC and your teaching faculty. If you have any questions about how these evaluations will be used, please contact the UHC office.

 

3.      Colloquium added for winter term: PHL 407H Buddhist Thought Past and Present, An Overview

We have added a new colloquium to the winter term UHC schedule: PHL 407H Buddhist Thought Past and Present, an Overview. This course will offer students a broad survey of Buddhist philosophical thought. The course will be divided into two parts: The first part will examine some of the major Buddhist thinkers and philosophical schools from ancient India. This will give students the philosophical background to critically evaluate the material in the second part of the course, which will look at contemporary Buddhist thinking, examining the ways in which Buddhists in the past thirty years have drawn on the insights of their predecessors in the tradition to address contemporary problems, from the climate crisis to global justice issues to the problems and byproducts of patriarchy. While there are no prerequisites nor a presumed background in Buddhism, students should be prepared to investigate difficult and subtle philosophical subjects. The class will meet on Wednesday from 12:00-1:50 in Hovland 202.

 

4.      SLUG hours this week

In recognition of the holiday this week, the SLUG will close by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday this week and will reopen on Sunday, the 27th, at 4:00 p.m.

 

5.      HAAC fall service project

This Tuesday, November 22nd, the Honors Activities and Advisory Committee will be putting together holiday greeting cards and/or care packages to go to a local assisted-living facility during its second-to-last meeting of the term. Please join us to create some holiday cheer! The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. in the SLUG.

 

6.      UHC Sunriver trip sign ups

Looking for some fun this winter term? Enjoy the snow with your friends on the UHC Sunriver trip during the second weekend of the term (January 20th-22nd). Activities will include skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowshoeing, and good old sightseeing and relaxing. Sign-up in SLUG 1. The trip cost of $45 includes lodging in a Sunriver home, some snacks, and dinner on Saturday night. Space is limited, and you must pay in order to reserve your spot, so don’t delay! Also, don’t forget to sign up for a group discount on your lift ticket. Pay in cash or write checks to Tina Dinh. Transportation will not be arranged; participants are responsible for finding their own rides to and from Sunriver. If you have any questions about the trip, please contact Kellie French (frenchke@onid.orst.edu) and make “Sunriver Trip” the email subject.

 

 

Opportunities

7.      Engineering thesis topics

There are two engineering research projects with openings for an undergraduate student. These projects would provide the student with a UHC senior thesis topic! See below for project details and contact information.

  • National Park Service Device-Design

The National Park Service has asked the Mt. Rainier guide services to look into a way to passively melt snow used for drinking, cooking, etc. at Camp Muir. Currently we fly up large propane cylinders every spring and fall to fuel the stoves which we use to melt snow. Our goal would be to have a system in which snow can be added (via shovel) to an insulated cook pot or other vessel that is efficiently and constantly heated by solar power allowing snow to be added all day long. The water will be stored in insulated igloo coolers. This project will involve all aspects of designing, building, and testing the melting device. For additional project details or if interested, contact Professor John Parmigiani at parmigjo@engr.orst.edu.

 

  • OSU Marine Mammal Institute Whale Tracking 3-D Accelerometer

This project with the OSU Marine Mammal Institute will involve the development of a visual animation tool depicting and analyzing data collected during 40 days of sperm whale diving activity this summer in the Gulf of Mexico. This data includes 3-axis accelerometer information that can indicate whale “lunges” that serve as proxies for foraging attempts on squid. The animation tool should be able to provide information about these “lunges” and potentially create predictive conclusions that will be used in future whale analysis. Applicant should have strong computer skills and be a self-disciplined individual with considerable initiative. The project will be at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, and student will have assistance from the on-site data manager and other staff. If interested, contact Dr. Bruce Mate at bruce.mate@oregonstate.edu.

 

8.      Become a College of Engineering Academic Coaches

The College of Engineering is now hiring Academic Coaches! This position, open to all engineering students, will involve providing one-on-one academic coaching for students who wish to work on a range of issues affecting academic success. Job requirements are a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a minimum of 3 terms of OSU experience (2 terms for transfer students). To apply, provide a resume, a brief cover letter, an unofficial OSU transcript, and a copy of your winter, 2012 schedule to Nicole Kent (nicole.kent@oregonstate.edu). The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29th.

 

9.      OSU Cross-Cultural Mentoring Program

The OSU Cross-Cultural Mentoring Program is designed to connect students with faculty and staff from across campus and all majors through a supportive network and provide a cross-cultural educational experience. The program is now looking to recruit students. If you are interested in becoming a mentee, please contact Lauren Plaza (lauren.plaza@oregonstate.edu) for an application or for additional information.

 

10.  ASOSU Internship Program

All OSU students are invited to participate in the ASOSU Internship Program and gain experience working with the Associated Students of OSU. These internships involve registering for a class and are in the following areas: Organizing for Social Change, House & Senate Committees, and ASOSU Committees. For more information, see http://asosu.oregonstate.edu/internships.

 

11.  Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship, and Creativity (URISC): START

The URISC: START program for winter/spring term(s) is now open. URISC: START is a program designed to engage students in a scholarly/professional relationship with faculty early in their academic careers. First-year students, sophomores, and recent transfer students in any discipline are encouraged to apply. For more information, see http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc_start.htm. The application deadline is Friday, 12/2.

 

12.  Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Sustainable BioEnergy at the Center For Sustainable Energy (CSE) at Kansas State University

Running from May 29, 2012-August 3, 2012, CSE-REU will give participants the opportunity to contribute to one of many collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects relating to sustainable bioenergy production. Research spans a wide array of fields, including agriculture, technical issues, and socioeconomic issues. For additional information, visit www.sustainable-energy.ksu.edu/REU.

 

13.  OSU TRIAD Faculty Club scholarship

The OSU TRIAD Faculty Club expects to award two $500 scholarships to OSU students. Undergraduates from all majors are encouraged to apply; preference is given to current juniors and seniors. Awards are based equally on the applicant’s record of academic progress and record of service to OSU or the community. The application deadline is December 2nd. For additional application information, see http://physics.oregonstate.edu/~kranek/TRIADscholarship.pdf.

 

14.  2012 National Capital Area Leadership Award

The OSU Alumni Association invites all students planning or considering an internship in the Washington, D.C. area during this academic year to apply for the 2012 National Capital Area Leadership Award. Ideal applicants will work in a congressional or judicial office, government agency, non-profit organization or association, or private organization in the Washington, D.C. area. One $3,500 award is available for an undergraduate student. Award recipients will also receive mentorship and guidance while in Washington from OSU alumni in the area. The application deadline for winter, spring, or summer 2012 term awards is December 1, 2011. For more information about this scholarship and an application, see www.osualum.com/scholarships.

 

15.  Udall Scholarships competition for 2012-2013

Applications for 2012-2013 Udall Scholarships are now available! The Udall Foundation anticipates awarding eighty $5,000 scholarships and 50 Honorable Mention awards of $350 to current sophomore and junior undergraduates from across the U.S. with plans to pursue careers in any of the following areas: Native American health care (includes health care administration, social work, medicine, and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities); tribal public policy (includes fields related to tribal sovereignty, governance, or law; Native American education or justice; natural resource management; cultural preservation and revitalization, Native American economic development, and other areas affecting Native American communities); the environment (includes policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics). To apply in the first two categories, you must be Native American/Alaska Native. Students must have a demonstrated record of leadership and commitment to careers related to one of these three areas. Not only do Udall Scholars receive a monetary award, they also attend a Scholar Orientation in Tucson, AZ, a four-day event that brings Udall Scholars, alumni, faculty representatives, and Udall Foundation staff together to network, share ideas, hear from distinguished leaders, and see first-hand what it means to be a part of the Udall legacy. For information, see http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/MKUScholarship/MKUScholarship.aspx.  

 

To apply, you must be selected by your university for registration and for nomination. The OSU Faculty Representative is Patricia Muir, and she leads the registration and nomination process. She will meet individually with competitive applicants to discuss their potential nomination and the application process. Students interested in applying should email muirp@science.oregonstate.edu during the fall term. This is a great opportunity, and OSU students – both from the UHC – received Udall Awards in both 2008-2009 and 2010-2011.

 

16.  Dow AgroSciences R&D Summer Intern Program

Applications are now being accepted for the R&D Summer Intern Program at Dow AgroSciences (http://www.dowagro.com/careers/internships/lab.htm). Internships are available in chemistry, biology, and computer science related disciplines including (but not limited to) biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, plant breeding, organic chemistry, engineering (chemical, biological, material, or optical), and informatics (bio and chem). Lab internships will be located in Indianapolis, IN and field internships at stations across the U.S. This is a paid, full-time internship for 10-12 weeks in the summer. Housing assistance is provided. Electronic resumes and cover letters are due to lmjones@dow.com by December 31st.

 

 

OSU Events & Announcements

17.  College of Engineering test-taking and preparation workshop

On Monday, November 28th, the College of Engineering Academic Coaches will host a workshop for all Engineering students focused on finals preparation. Topics covered will include effective studying, test-taking, and end-of-term time management. The workshop will be held in Kelley 1005 from 6-7 p.m.; food will be provided.

 

18.  Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra will perform tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. The program will include works by Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff.

 

19.  Education double degree informational sessions

If you are interested in adding an Education major this term, there is one remaining required informational sessions, on Wednesday, December 7th, 1-2:30 p.m. in Waldo 400.

 

 

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