OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

You are here

Winter 2012 Week 7

Happy Week 7 to everyone! We hope to see many of you this afternoon at our special UHC/Spring Creek Project event, “Boats and Bones: A Conversation” (details below). We are really excited about this unique event, and it promises to be a lot of fun! This Thursday, there will also be a special informational session for Soc 499H, one of our most compelling spring term opportunities; enrollment in this class is by permission only and requires meeting with the instructor in advance, so if you are interested in this course, please plan to attend this meeting. As you look forward to spring term, make sure you schedule an advising session with your UHC advisor – slots fill up fast, so swing by Strand 229 or call 541.737.6400 to reserve your appointment. Also, don’t forget that this is the last week to change to S/U grading or withdraw from a course. Here’s what else is going on this week:

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      Special UHC event – Boats and Bones: A Conversation

2.      Informational meeting for Soc 499H: Crime, Communities, Prisons, and Prevention

3.      February Food Drive!

4.      UHC experiential scholarship opportunities

 

Opportunities

5.      RecycleMania 2012

6.      Regional Approaches to Climate Change for Agriculture – 2012 REACCH Summer Internship Program

7.      “The Great Work: Re-imagining Humanity as the Planet Changes” writing/video contest

8.      OSU Retirement Association scholarship

9.      The Grand Canyon Honors Semester (GCS) – The Role of Water

10.  NASA research opportunities

 

OSU Events & Announcements

11.  Hundere Lecture – “Sublimity and Selfhood: Kant, Beethoven, and the Buddha”

12.  Chamber Music Corvallis – Alliage Quintett

13.  Public lecture by National Geographic Explorer Mark Lynas: “The God Species – How the planet can survive the age of humans”

14.  The Program in Medical Humanities Presents: “Every Patient Tells a Story” with Dr. Lisa Sanders

15.  Winter term research workshops at the Valley Library

 

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      Special UHC event – Boats and Bones: A Conversation

Today, Monday, February 20th, the UHC will host Bay-area sculptor Kate Stirr (http://katestirr.com/home.html) for a special event: “Boats and Bones: A Conversation,” in the MU Journey Room from 4:00-5:30 p.m. All members of the UHC community are invited, and students are especially encouraged to attend! Kate will be joined by OSU’s Kathleen Dean Moore for a “duet” of images, words, and ideas – about the creative impulse, the inspiration of oceans, the resonance of art and nature, sculpture and essay, and the artist’s work of wonder – in a conversation led by poet Charles Goodrich. Kate will show still and video images of her projects, and Kathleen will read from new and published essays. This will be a fun and fascinating exploration of how art can shape our perceptions and experiences of the natural world. Refreshments will be provided! We hope to see you there!

 

2.      Informational session for Soc 499H: Crime, Communities, Prisons, and Prevention

Are you ready for an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? As part of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, the University Honors College will offer class inside of an Oregon Youth Authority juvenile correctional facility this spring term, 2012 in Soc 499H: Crime, Communities, Prisons, and Prevention (meets Thursday nights, 6:00-9:00 in Salem). Students in the class will meet for eleven weeks with “inside” students selected from the Hillcrest juvenile facility in Salem. Together, we will explore the impact of crime and mass incarceration on the larger community, with particular focus on those neighborhoods most affected by concentrated incarceration, poverty, and other social problems. Along with studying the underlying causes of crime and delinquency, we will examine prevention programs and strategies, looking at efforts being made to intervene and improve at-risk children’s life chances. Finally, we will explore possibilities for implementing community justice strategies in our local communities. Enrollment in Soc 499H is by instructor’s permission and requires an in-person meeting! You can meet the course staff on Thursday, February 23rd from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in STAG 032 (SLUG 2) to learn more about the class and begin the process for registration. In you have any questions in advance of this meeting, please contact Professor Michelle Inderbitzin at mli@oregonstate.edu.

 

3.      February Food Drive!

The OSU Food Drive is well under way, and HAAC is leading the UHC’s contribution efforts. Throughout the rest of the month, keep your eye out for collection bins in the SLUG, in the UHC office, and in McNary; all canned and non-perishable food items are accepted. Donations will benefit the Linn-Benton Food Bank. Additionally, since every dollar raised counts as five pounds of food, we’ll be running a “no-host” bake sale in SLUG 1. If you’re interested in donating your time and treats, please contact ardith.feroglia@oregonstate.edu. Baked goods will be on sale in the SLUG. McNary will also be helping out with support events – more details to come! Last year, the UHC raised the second most food of any student group on campus; let’s go for number one this year! If you have any questions, please contact Ardith.

 

4.      UHC experiential scholarship opportunities

This is a reminder that all Honors students are eligible to apply for UHC scholarships funding experiential learning opportunities (such as research, unpaid internships, and study abroad), thesis-related research expenses, and professional travel. The Honors Experience scholarship provides students up to $2,000, and the UHC Excellence Fund and “Grandma Honors” Professional Travel Award provide $500 stipends. For more information on these scholarships or to apply, see http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/research-scholarship-internships. Contact the UHC (email us at honors.college@oregonstate.edu, call us at 541.737.6400, or visit us in Strand 229) if you have any questions about these opportunities.

 

Opportunities

5.      RecycleMania 2012

OSU is competing in RecycleMania once again, a 10-week national recycling competition between universities. OSU also competes in a RecycleMania Civil War with the University of Oregon, a contest we have won since the competition was created in 2010. You can help OSU win by recycling more and throwing away less! For results and competition information, visit http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/opportunities/recyclemania. There will be several upcoming RecycleMania events as well:

 

6.      Regional Approaches to Climate Change for Agriculture – 2012 REACCH Summer Internship Program

Regional Approaches to Climate Change for Pacific Northwest Agriculture (REACCH PNA) is sponsoring 15 undergraduate interns across three cooperating universities for a 9-week period from June 11 – August 10, 2012. Five undergraduate researchers will be accepted at each of the following universities: University of Idaho, Washington State University, and Oregon State University. Summer interns will participate in faculty and/or graduate student research, weekly seminars, and field trips. Interns will receive a salary of $500 per week for the summer internship and a travel budget of up to $500. Summer interns will also be provided with university housing, identification cards, access to library, email, and internet privileges. Applications are due March 30th. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and all non-U.S. citizens are invited to apply. Underrepresented groups (i.e. Native Americans, ethnic minorities, and women) are encouraged to submit an application. For more information about available programs and the application process, see http://reacchpna.uidaho.edu/reacchpna/internships.

 

7.      “The Great Work: Re-imagining humanity as the Planet Changes” writing/video contest

A special contest for OSU students invites written works or videos that tell hopeful stories about new ways for humans to prosper on Earth. “The Great Work: Re-imagining Humanity as the Planet Changes” is sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word with support from the Student Sustainability Initiative. Winning written entries will be published in an insert in the Daily Barometer, and winning videos will be screened at a special event in the spring. Winners will also receive $100 awards. The deadline for submissions is March 5, 2012. Written and video entries in any genre are welcome: documentary, essay, opinion, or creative. Contest guidelines and submission information can be found on the Spring Creek website http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/.

 

8.      OSU Retirement Association scholarship

The OSU Retirement Association (OSURA) is offering a scholarship to students who are majoring in a subject that contributes to a career promoting healthy aging. Currently enrolled OSU undergraduates who have completed at least one academic year and who have at least one year of study yet to be completed towards their first bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply. Scholarship awards average between $750 and $1,500 per person and will be awarded at the OSURA Annual Meeting in May. Funds will be distributed into student accounts for the 2012-2013 academic year. To apply, mail a resume, two letters of reference, an unofficial transcript, and an essay not exceeding 500 words describing how you plan to promote healthy aging in your chosen career (feel free to include details of any activities you have already done toward these ends in your essay) to OSURA Scholarship Committee Chair, 205 Adams Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331. The application is due by Monday, 3/5. Call the OSURA at 541.737.4717 or email osura@oregonstate.edu with questions.

 

9.      The Grand Canyon Honors Semester (GCS) – The Role of Water

The National Collegiate Honors Council and Northern Arizona University are co-sponsoring an exciting learning opportunity in the fall of 2012 for honors students. The Grand Canyon Semester will investigate the role of water in shaping the landscape, cultures, and politics of the Grand Canyon region using tools drawn from the humanities and sciences. Set in the high mountains of Northern Arizona and the deep canyon country of the Colorado plateau, participants will engage with the subject through backcountry field trips, in classrooms and art galleries, around campfires, in traditional hogans, and floating down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The program runs from August 20th through December 8th 2012 and applications are due March 1, 2012. For more information, see http://nchchonors.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/grand-canyon-semester.pdf. If you are interested in applying for this program, please contact Kevin Stoller (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu).

 

10.  NASA research opportunities

Students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields interested in research opportunities with NASA are invited to apply through the agency’s Student On-Line Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows, and Scholars (SOLAR) System. The deadline for summer internship applications is March 16th and for fall is April 30th. A single application can enter you in a pool for multiple internship opportunities. For a listing of internships, see http://intern.nasa.gov/content/internship-information/index.html.

 

OSU Events & Announcements

11.  Hundere Lecture - “Sublimity and Selfhood: Kant, Beethoven, and the Buddha”

On Tuesday, February 21st, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in MU 211, Professor Brandi Parisi will speak on “Sublimity and Selfhood: Kant, Beethoven, and the Buddha” as a part of the Hundere Series. The talk will explore the questions, what is sublimity? Do sublime experience just happen? Can they be created? Or is sublimity (like pleasure) a thing that can only be experienced as a byproduct of other activities, the sort of thing that when sought for its own sake will always elude the seeker?

 

12.  Chamber Music Corvallis – Alliage Quintett

On Tuesday, February 21st at 7:30 p.m. the Alliage Quintett will perform works by Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov, Vivaldi, and Bach in the LaSells Stewart Center as a part of the Chamber Music Corvallis series. Tickets for OSU students with ID are free.

 

13.  Public lecture by National Geographic Explorer Mark Lynas: “The God Species – How the planet can survive the age of humans”

Mark Lynas is a National Geographic Explorer (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/bios/mark-lynas/), winner of the 2007 Royal Society Science Book Award for his book Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet, and the author of the popular books High Tide: The Truth About Our Climate Crisis and The God Species. He will present a public lecture on “The God Species – How the planet can survive the age of humans” on February 29th at 7:00 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. He will also give a talk to OSU students on the 29th at noon in MU 213 on “Writing to motivate action on global-scale environmental problems.”

 

14.  The Program in Medical Humanities Presents: “Every Patient Tells a Story” with Dr. Lisa Sanders

Dr. Lisa Sanders, the technical advisor and inspiration for House, M.D. and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine and clinician educator at Yale’s Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency program, will give a free lecture on Tuesday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center in an event co-sponsored by the UHC. Dr. Sanders, who also writes the “Diagnosis” column for the New York Times Magazine, will speak on “Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis.”

 

15.  Winter term research workshops at the Valley Library

This winter term, the Valley Library will again host a number of workshops designed to assist undergraduate students. The workshop theme of “Build Your Research Skill Set” will be of particular interest to UHC students. There will be separate workshops on the topics several times during the term:

  • “Move Your Research Paper Beyond Good Enough” So you have a big research paper to write? We’re here to help! Take your research paper to the next level. In this workshop you’ll hear about advanced search strategies, using the Libraries’ resources smarter, and organizing your searches and results.
  • “Work Smarter Not Harder: Turn One Good Article Into Several” Got one or two really good sources but need more for your project? Learn to use a source you already have to find additional useful sources by “citation searching.” Citation searching can help you find sources both older and newer than the source you are starting with. We’ll explore citation searching in discovery tools like Google Scholar, Web of Science, and even Wikipedia.
  • “Bibliographies in a Snap: Using Web-Based Citation Tools” Does creating a bibliography make you want to tear your hair out or cry? Ever lose that perfect reference in a stack of notes? Come learn how to use Zotero (a free, web-based tool) and create reference lists of bibliographies with the click of a button. As an added bonus, Zotero also helps you keep track of all the references you find in one place.
  • “Yes, You Can! Conquering Copyright Confusion” Want to use that YouTube video in your class assignment but aren’t sure you can? Found the perfect picture on the web to illustrate your research project but don’t know if you need to ask for permission before you use it? Confused by copyright, creative commons, and fair use? This workshop will give you a better understanding of what you can use in your assignment and projects and where to go to find the materials you need.

 

For a schedule and to register, visit http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/1481-Research-Skills-for-Undergraduates. All workshops will be held in the Barnard Classroom of the Valley Library (room 5420). Workshops fill up quickly, so register as soon as possible! Attendance at workshops will satisfy one of the two required tasks for TheSIS START.

 

In addition, advanced UHC students are welcome to register for the Valley Library’s research workshops for graduate students. Many of these offer in-depth examinations of important research tools and skills like PubMed, how to do a literature review, and publication. For a complete schedule of workshops and to register, see http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656-Library-Workshops-for-Grad-Students-Faculty?tab=2451.

 

Follow the UHC on Facebook and on Twitter