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Winter 2012 Week 8

We’re entering the home stretch of winter term, and it’s already time to start looking ahead to the break and spring term! Below, see details for the UHC’s Spring Break Faculty/Student Book and Film Clubs, now accepting members! Also, don’t forget to come in to pick up a UHC spring schedule of classes (also available online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/class-schedule) and make an appointment to see your Honors advisor (schedule a time after you will meet with your major advisor). If you haven’t yet taken HC 408 Introduction to Thesis: LEARN, remember that this class is designed to be taken during your second year in college. The class – which is offered fall, winter, and spring terms – meets on three evenings during the term: see the schedule for details.

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      UHC Spring Break Faculty/Student Book and Film Clubs!

2.      SAVE THE DATE: UHC Mom’s Weekend Brunch and Talent Show – May 5th

3.      February Food Drive!

4.      UHC experiential scholarship opportunities

 

Opportunities

5.      New class for the spring – PHL 407 Philosophy of Ecological Restoration

6.      RecycleMania 2012

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

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

9.      OSU Retirement Association scholarship

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

11.  NASA research opportunities

 

OSU Events & Announcements

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

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

14.  Winter term research workshops at the Valley Library

 

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      UHC Spring Break Faculty/Student Book and Film Clubs!

We are excited to once again open sign-ups for the UHC’s Faculty/Student Book and – for the first time ever – Film Clubs for the upcoming break! As many of you know, these are fantastic opportunities to get to know OSU faculty members in a relaxed and fun setting, read a terrific book or see a good movie, and have a great conversation (over pizza no less). Six OSU faculty members have chosen books or movies to share with a small group of students. Sign up now, and you will receive a free copy of your group’s book or film to read or watch over the break; groups will then meet during the first or second week of the term with faculty hosts to talk about the book or film, pizza provided. Groups are typically capped at 12 students, first-come, first-served. Contact Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu) with your top three group choices by Friday, March 9th. Space allowing, signing up for multiple groups is possible: if you are interested in this, please indicate how many groups you would ideally like to join in your email. All OSU students are welcome, so feel free to invite non-Honors friends. Groups can fill up quickly, so don’t delay! Here are our spring faculty hosts with their selections:

  • Kevin Ahern, Biochemistry and Biophysics

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson                                                                                   Group meeting: Tuesday, April 3rd, 5:00 p.m.

Based on extensive interviews with Steve Jobs and hundreds of people who interacted – positively and negatively – with the Apple founder, Walter Isaacson’s biography is an engagingly candid and complete portrait of one of our era’s defining technological visionaries.

 

  • Eric Hill, University Honors College

The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin                                                              Group meeting: Monday, April 2nd, 5:00 p.m.

This classic novel by acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin is an examination of the consequences of power. Le Guin brings her characteristic spirit of deep humanism and ethical engagement to the story of George Orr, a man who finds that he has the power to change the world with his dreams.

 

  • Jon Lewis, English

Badlands directed by Terrence Malick                                                                      Group meeting: Monday, April 9th, 5:00 p.m.

Director Terrence Malick’s classic debut film from 1973 follows a young couple of outlaws through a crime spree across the American Midwest during the 1950s. Malick uses this material to tell a complicated, unsettling story about the contrasts and connections between America’s obsession with individuality and celebrity and the social pressure towards conformity and homogeneity. In what has become a hallmark of Malick’s style, the extraordinary visuals are a central component of the dialogue within the film.

 

  • Kathleen Dean Moore, Philosophy

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman                                                                   Group meeting: Wednesday, April 4th, 5:00 p.m.

This acclaimed book from 2007 looks at what would happen to our planet if human beings suddenly disappeared. Combining broad scientific research with vivid description and imagination, The World Without Us is a singular examination of our impact on the world, placing human effects on the environment in a uniquely compelling light.

 

  • Indira Rajagopal, Biology

Long for this World: The Strange Science of Immortality by Jonathan Weiner        Group meeting: Tuesday, April 10th, 5:00 p.m.

Jonathan Weiner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his book The Beak of the Finch, explores the surprising, strange world of longevity research in this book. With the idiosyncratic and charismatic “Prolongevist” Aubrey de Gray at the center of his tale, Weiner examines both how our bodies age and the work of scientists committed to slowing – or even overcoming – the aging process from scientific and philosophical angles. Weiner asks, would we want immortality if we could have it? Are the things that give our lives meaning tied to our mortality in ways we have never had to consider before?

 

  • Skip Rochefort, Chemical Engineering

Plastic: A Toxic Love Story by Susan Freinkel                                                           Group meeting: Thursday, April 5th, 5:00 p.m.

This book examines the social structure of one of the main components of our world today – plastic. Using eight common household items to structure her narrative, Freinkel explores the historical development and the political, economic, environmental, and medical consequences of our continued dependence on plastics. This analysis recognizes the consequences of our reliance on plastics while sympathetically acknowledging the historical forces that led us to this point.

 

2.      SAVE THE DATE: UHC Mom’s Weekend Brunch and Talent Show – May 5th

Once again, the University Honors College and the University Scholars Program are partnering in our annual Mom’s Weekend Brunch and Talent Show, scheduled for Saturday, May 5th. This event is free for UHC students and their families, and it will include a buffet-style brunch followed by a showcase of student talent. Mark your calendars to attend this event, which is always one of the highlights of the year!

 

We are also looking for student volunteers to help put on this event. If you would like to be involved in planning or coordinating or if you have a talent to share with the community, please contact Ardith Feroglia at ardith.feroglia@oregonstate.edu to get involved!

 

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.      New class for the spring – PHL 407 Philosophy of Ecological Restoration

This upcoming term, Dr. Allen Thompson will offer a new seminar in the Philosophy of Ecological Restoration, PHL 407/507. This class will examine conceptual and ethical issues connected with attempts to recreate ecosystems that no longer exist or that have been degraded by human activity, such as the restoration of tall-grass prairies, wetlands, oak savannahs, rivers, and forests. Philosophical critics have long claimed that restored ecosystems are unnatural and may present a new form of domination over nature. Others have emphasized relevant cultural, political, and even educational values. Furthermore, traditional place-based approaches to both conservation and restoration face significant challenges in light of global climate change. The course will consider the role of history in restoration when climatic change prevents the recreation of historic biotic assemblages on-site, the growing recognition of hybrid and “novel ecosystems,” and how we should think about management goals and intervention in park and wilderness stewardship during an era of rapid environmental change. This course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursday from 2:00-3:20 p.m.

 

6.      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:

 

7.      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.

 

8.      “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/.

 

9.      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.

 

10.  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).

 

11.  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

12.  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” this Wednesday, 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.”

 

13.  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.”

 

14.  Winter term research workshops at the Valley Library

Although all of the Valley Library’s research workshops for undergraduates for winter term have passed, there are still a number of workshops remaining designed for graduate students and faculty that UHC students can register for. 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.

 

 

 

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