Ten undergraduates at Oregon State University have been selected to receive scholarships totaling $26,000 for international research and education abroad in 2008-09.
The scholarship program includes six awards administered by the International Degree and Education Abroad (IDEA) office. A committee of OSU faculty and staff members selects students for the scholarships each year.
Fresh out of Roseburg High School in 1998 and volunteering with relief workers in Nicaragua amid the devastation wrought by Hurricane Mitch, John Roth decided on a career in medicine.
Fluent in Spanish, he worked as a medical interpreter for health care teams dispatched by Mercy Ships, a global nondenominational Christian charity. "I was the voice between the doctors and the people, and I had to be very aware of how they interacted," Roth recalls. That role inspired him to become a physician assistant -- a profession with growing responsibilities in a health system facing the dual challenge of expanding access while containing costs. ... Roth graduated from Oregon State University with degrees in public health and international studies.
The Oregon State University Chamber Choir, directed by Steven M. Zielke, will finish its performance season with the fourth annual President’s Concert on Saturday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe St., Corvallis....Just days after this performance, the choir will leave for Germany, where it will perform seven concerts over 10 days in cities including Stuttgart, Freiburg, and Tübingen. The Chamber Choir will appear on the Friday Church Music Series at the Evangelische Stiftskirche of Stuttgart and perform at a gala concert commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Oregon–Baden Württemberg academic exchange program.
A computer science professor at Oregon State University will be participating in the Olympics in Beijing this summer – sort of. Although Carlos Jensen won’t be throwing the javelin, competing in beach volleyball or fencing, he will be doing research to make it easier for the more than 4,500 television and radio commentators who broadcast live from the Olympics to more accurately and instantly access data about the athletes and events while on the air. ...The Olympic Games, with their international flavor, are a perfect fit for the multi-lingual Jensen, who was born in Spain, the son of a Norwegian father and a Spanish mother, but grew up in Norway, where he watched the Olympics on television.
A University of Pennsylvania scholar will give a free public lecture on May 19 at Oregon State University, during which she will compare the historic bathing practices of Americans and Europeans.
This third lecture in OSU’s 2007-08 American Culture & Politics series, titled "Civilizing Bodies in the Early Atlantic and Antebellum United States," will be given by Kathleen Brown. It begins at 4 p.m. in Memorial Union Room 208.
OSU-Cascades Campus researcher Julie Elston will travel to Europe as part of a Fulbright fellowship in June.
Elston is an assistant professor of international business at the OSU-Cascades campus. Her award is for the 2008 Fulbright German Studies Seminar "Science and Society: The Impact of Science on Policy Formation." Elston will travel to Brussels and Berlin to study the impact of science on policy formation in the European Union and plans to compare her research with similar issues in the United States.