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Spring 2011 Week 2

It’s a very exciting week 2 in the UHC as we welcome some new arrivals to our community! We hope to see many of you at the Dean and Friends Lunch this Thursday. And don’t forget that Friday is the last day to drop classes. Here’s what’s going on this week:

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      Welcome to new UHC Advisor Jason Schindler

2.      Welcome to Griffin Brite Baker!

3.      Dean & Friends Lunch Hour – The Tunisian Revolution and the End of Post-Colonialism

4.      Summer Honors (bacc core) course on the geology of national parks – if interested, reply now!

5.      Mom’s Weekend Talent Show – talent needed!

 

Opportunities

6.      Historic Albany Recovery Program Internships

7.      Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC) job opportunity

8.      Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence – call for presenters

9.      Environmental Science internship opportunity at Crater Lake

10.  Heath Professions Career Fair

11.  KidSpirit now hiring

12.  Sustainability Writing Contest

 

OSU Events & Announcements

13.  Melanie Thernstrom speaks on “Pain Chronicles: Narrative, Culture, and the Science of Suffering”

14.  Hydrology seminar – “Water futures and the perfect storm: Implications for the Canadian prairies”

15.  35th annual OSU Gerontology Conference

16.  OSU Socratic Club – “What if Christianity is True? Lessons from Mother Teresa”

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      Welcome to new UHC Advisor Jason Schindler

It is with great enthusiasm that the University Honors College welcomes Jason Schindler as a temporary UHC advisor filling in for LeeAnn Baker while she is on maternity leave through the spring term. (Some of you might recall an earlier message about this position, but there was a change in plans since that announcement.) We are welcoming Jason back to the community: he is a UHC alumnus in chemistry, class of 2003. Since he graduated, Jason has worked in the pharmaceutical industry, taught English in Japan, traveled throughout the world, and learned permaculture design. He is very excited to meet and work with you all. Please take a moment to stop by the office and welcome Jason to the UHC!

 

And speaking of maternity leave…

 

2.      Welcome to Griffin Brite Baker!

We are very excited to share the news that Griffin Brite Baker arrived Sunday evening! LeeAnn, baby, and family are all doing well. Congratulations LeeAnn!

 

3.      Dean & Friends Lunch Hour – The Tunisian Revolution and the End of Post-Colonialism

You are invited to join Dean Arp and his guests Joseph Krause and Karim Hamdy for a light lunch and conversation on “The Tunisian Revolution and the End of Post-Colonialism” in SLUG 2 (Strand 032) on Thursday, April 7th at noon. Joseph Krause is a Professor of French at OSU and Karim Hamdy is the Director of the OUS Study Abroad Program in Tunis, Tunisia. This will be a terrific opportunity to discuss and learn more about the Tunisian Revolution (sometimes called the “Jasmine Revolution”) which began last December, inspiring the ongoing wave of protests across North Africa and the Middle East. Contact Kevin Stoller (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu) with questions.

 

The Dean & Friends Lunch Hour is an opportunity for UHC students to get to know and interact with the UHC Dean and some of his friends in an informal setting and engage with a variety of individuals with unique and interesting perspectives on the world.

 

4.      Summer Honors (bacc core) course on the geology of national parks – if interested, reply now!

We are considering offering GEO 307H (National Park Geology and Preservation) during the summer “mini-term” running August 15 – September 2, 2011. Web registration for this session begins Sunday, April 10th. In order to run the course, we need at least six students, so talk to your friends – this will be a great one! This is a baccalaureate core class (Synthesis: Science, Technology, Society) that includes classroom sessions and a three-day field trip (with camping) to Crater Lake National Park and Newberry National Volcanic Monument. The course is taught by OSU Professor Emeritus Bob Lillie, who has worked as an interpretive ranger at Crater Lake, Yellowstone, and other national parks and is the author of a textbook on the geology of national parks used in college courses across the country. If you are interested in taking this amazing summer course, please contact Laurel.Busse@oregonstate.edu.

 

5.      Mom’s Weekend Talent Show – talent needed!

There is still time to sign up for the Mom’s Weekend Talent Show! Can you sing? Dance? Recite Proust’s Swann’s Way from memory? The UHC is still looking for performers, artists, and otherwise-talented individuals looking to show off their skills at the annual Mom’s Weekend Talent Show on Saturday, April 30th at 10:30 a.m. If you are interested, know someone who is, or want more information, email Ardith at ardith.feroglia@oregonstate.edu.

 

 

Opportunities

6.      Historic Albany Recovery Program Internships

The Historic Albany Recovery Program (HARP) is a City of Albany program designed to improve tourism, employment, and commerce in the city. They are looking for three interns or temporary employees to work on a diverse set of projects under a Team Leader with global experience managing multinational corporations. This is a paid position($8.50/hour) with flexible hours ranging from 20-40 per week and a duration of 3-9 months. Projects include collating city assets and activities to establish the “Historic Albany” label, establishing a brand roll-out plan, working as liaison with HARP “Godparents” to coordinate city development, and assisting in media and press releases for specific events and publicity points. Candidates should by enthusiastic, energetic, and effective communicators capable of distilling complex issues and arguments. They must have a willingness to work on a wide range of projects with a broad set of community allies. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Kate Porsche, Urban Renewal Manager, City of Albany at kate.porsche@cityofalbany.net.

 

7.      Extension and Experiment Station Communications job opportunity

Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC) is looking for a student worker with experience in multimedia and web page editing. This part-time position allows for flexible hours. Applicants must be familiar with HTML and CSS, video and audio editing, and be punctual and team oriented, and the ideal candidate will have some experience with client-side programming (Javascript, Ajax) and with the innovative use of new media. Prior student employees developed an iPhone application and an e-learning course, and future opportunities might involve developing interactive maps, web-based content for mobile platforms, or instructional e-learning modules. Learn more about EESC at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/eesc/. Applicants should send resumes and three references to Debbie.Sayer@oregonstate.edu.

 

8.      Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence – call for presenters

Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence is a forum showcasing the scholarly and creative accomplishments of OSU undergraduates, including senior projects, research, and theses, held on May 5th, 2011. Cash prizes will be awarded to the best presentation; presentations can be posters, table-top displays, or floor installations. To apply to present your work, visit http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/cue by April 8th, 5:00 p.m. For more information, email Joy Jorgensen at joy.jorgensen@oregonstate.edu, visit the webpage above, or the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/CUE-Celebrating-Undergraduate-Excellence/152462671478508.

 

9.      Environmental Science internship opportunity at Crater Lake

The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) seeks two students to assist over the summer in Whitebark Pine cone collection and restoration. Whitebark Pine is now being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act due to precipitous decline from the invasive pathogen Cronartium ribicola (blister rust) and other causes. Each student will have primary responsibility for one area (restoration or collection), but there will be opportunities for mutual assistance and creative contributions to project development. Projects will take place on Wizard Island in Crater Lake. Interested students need to be able to commit to 3 ½ to 4 ½ months of project involvement; the work will not necessarily be continuous or contiguous but will mostly occur in the summer. Travel expenses, lodging, and safety training and certification for tree climbing will be paid for – students should be in good physical condition for tree climbing. Students may receive academic credit for participation (for example, ENSC 410 or ENSC 401). UHC students seeking thesis topic are encouraged to apply. A faculty member from the OCCRI will serve as the primary project mentor, but geneticists, ecologists, foresters, and technicians will also advise interns. Applicants should email a CV, contact information for two references, and two written paragraphs addressing why you want to work on this project (please mention if you are interested in cone collection or restoration) to Heather Lintz, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, Oregon State University, 326 Strand Agricultural hall, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331 (hlintz@coas.oregonstate.edu).

 

10.  Health Professions Career Fair

Recruiters representing health professions programs from schools around the country will be at the Health Professions Career Fair on April 5th in the LaSells Stewart Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a list of participating schools and student information, visit http://www.science.oregonstate.edu/node/206. Student volunteers are also needed to assist in the fair management and greet school representatives and guests. If you are interested, sign up on the doodle sheet at http://www.doodle.com/wqg5539vcg6tehfi using your full name by Sunday, April 3rd, adding your email address in the comment box.

 

11.  KidSpirit now hiring

Are you looking for a summer job working with children? KidSpirit is hiring camp counselors, head instructors, office assistants, and marketing positions for their Summer Day Camp 2011. Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Submit applications by Wednesday, April 13th at 5:00 p.m. at https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/BsgSurvey2_0/main.aspx?SurveyID=2905.

 

12.  Sustainability Writing Contest

The Spring Creek Project and the OSU Student Sustainability Initiative present the first annual Sustainability Writing Contest. Up to eight winning entries will receive $100 prizes. The theme for this contest is “The Great Work: Re-imagining Humanity as the Planet Changes;” submit a piece of writing (essay, opinion piece, fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction) that describes a way of living and ways of relating to other people and the world that will help keep the Earth healthy into the future. Entrants are encouraged to avoid being preachy, didactic, or merely prescriptive and instead focus their work on engaging and energizing readers. All students enrolled at OSU are eligible. Submissions must be received by April 8th. For more information, visit http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/.

 

 

OSU Events & Announcements

13.  Melanie Thernstrom presentation – “Pain Chronicles: Narrative, Culture, and the Science of Suffering”

Melanie Thernstrom, a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, the author of three books , and a members of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Education, and Care will speak this Thursday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. Below is a summary of her talk:

 

Today, chronic pain is among the most misdiagnosed, widespread, and under-treated of major diseases in the developed world, despite the fact that recent science has revealed that it can, over time, cause pathological changes in the brain and spinal cord. I will tell the story of my personal journey in trying to find treatment for my chronic pain, as well as stories from the pain specialists and patients they treated whom I observed for eight years. This story will include conceptions of pain throughout history – from ancient Babylonian pain-banishing spells to contemporary modern brain imaging – to examine the elusive, mysterious nature of pain itself.

 

14.  Hydrology seminar – “Water futures and the perfect storm: Implications for the Canadian prairies”

Howard Wheater of the University of Saskatchewan will speak as part of the Spring Hydrology Seminar Series on Wednesday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m. in ALS 4000.

 

15.  35th annual OSU Gerontology Conference

The largest gerontology conference in the Pacific Northwest will be held Thursday and Friday, April 7 and 8 in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. For program information and to register, visit http://osugero.org/.

 

16.  OSU Socratic Club – “What if Christianity is True? Lessons from Mother Teresa”

Next Monday, April 11th, Mary Poplin will speak on “What if Christianity is True? Lessons from Mother Teresa” in the Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center at 7 p.m. Mary Poplin, a professor at Claremont Graduate University, spent her 1996 sabbatical working as a volunteer in Calcutta with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity. Poplin wanted to understand why Mother Teresa said their ministry was “religious work and not social work.” Poplin’s experience radically shaped her newly found Christian faith and transformed her perspective of the world and her place in it. She described that experience in Finding Calcutta: What Mother Teresa Taught Me about Meaningful Work and Servitude (2008). Copies of this book will be available for purchase after the lecture. Dr. Poplin will also host a roundtable discussion on Tuesday, April 12 in the MU Journey Room. In the hour-long event, she will expand on her Socratic Club lecture and entertain questions from the audience.

 

 

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