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AAAS and Oregon State University announce 2016 Fellows

WASHINGTON D.C.— Three Oregon State University professors have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

The OSU honorees are: Peter Clark, a distinguished professor of geosciences in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences; Alan Mix, a professor of geological oceanography in CEOAS; and Michael A. Osborne, a professor of history of science in the College of Liberal Arts.  

Clark and Mix were selected as part of the section geology and geography. Clark was elected for his seminal contributions toward understanding linkages among climate, ice sheets, and sea level over the past 100,000 years.

Mix was elected for distinguished contributions to the field of paleoceanography and paleoclimatology, particularly for improvement of proxy applications and understanding of the Quaternary ocean and climate dynamics.

Osborne was selected as part of the history and philosophy of science section. He was elected for distinguished contributions to the fields of the history of science and medicine with particular attention to the role of French colonialism and natural history.

This year 391 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science Nov. 25.

New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Feb. 18, 2017, during the 2017 AAAS annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the Association’s 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members or by the AAAS chief executive officer.

Fellows must have been continuous members of AAAS for four years by the end of the calendar year in which they are elected. Each steering group reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which votes on the aggregate list.

 


 

About the American Association for the Advancement of Science: AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science (www.sciencemag.org) as well as Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances, Science Immunology, and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The non-profit AAAS (www.aaas.org) is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert! (www.eurekalert.org), the premier science news website, a service of AAAS. See www.aaas.org.

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Leading scholar on Chinese art to speak at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ping Foong, a leading scholar of Chinese art and a specialist in Chinese ink painting, will give a public talk at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

Foong, the Foster Foundation Curator of Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum, will discuss her current research on a Buddhist votive plaque from the museum collection. She also will be in residence on campus that day and will spend time reviewing and critiquing student art work.

The talk, “The Votive Body: Displaying an object of Buddhist devotion at the Seattle Art Museum,” will be held in Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. A reception with Foong will take place prior to the lecture at 6 p.m. in the Myrtle Tree Alcove. The reception and talk are free and open to the public.

Foong oversees all aspects of the Seattle Art Museum’s extensive collection of historic Chinese art. She also has a lead role in the current renovation and expansion of the landmark 1933 art deco building that is home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum, which is scheduled to reopen in 2019.

Foong is an affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington School of Art, Art History and Design. Her primary expertise is Song dynasty landscape painting, but her experience spans the academic and curatorial realms.

In teaching and research, Foong’s interests lie in Chinese literati culture, society, identity, and the interplay between visual motifs and poetic description. Her latest project is research for a book on artist institutions and the spatial imagination in middle period China.

She is the author of a book on 11th-century Chinese ink painting, “The Efficacious Landscape: On the Authorities of Painting at the Northern Song Court,” published by Harvard University Asia Center in 2015. She received her doctorate from Princeton University.

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture series brings world-renowned artists and scholars to the OSU campus to interact with students in the art department so they can learn what is required of a professional artist or scholar. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2dVv5kW or http://www.seattleartmuseum.org.

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DJ Spooky to bring ‘Heart of a Forest’ performance to four Oregon cities

CORVALLIS, Ore. – New York-based composer, artist and author Paul Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, will perform “Heart of a Forest,” a multimedia show inspired by seasonal artist residencies at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, in four Oregon cities Nov. 6-11.

Miller, a composer, multimedia artist and author, will mix live, recorded and electronic music with aerial video of Oregon forests, along with an on-stage conversation with a forest ecologist during the performances. The score, which was debuted and recorded with the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble earlier this year, explores spring, summer, fall and winter through sound and imagery.

The "Heart of a Forest" tour is a collaboration between the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word at OSU and the four regional host organizations. Show ticket prices vary by location.

The show schedule is:

  • 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph. Co-hosted by Fishtrap; for additional information, visit www.fishtrap.org.
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 9, in Cheatham Hall at the World Forestry Center in Portland. Co-hosted by the World Forestry Center; for more information, visit http://bit.ly/2eEwm2h.
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 10, at the Newport Performing Arts Center in Newport. Co-hosted by the Newport Performing Arts Center; for more information visit http://bit.ly/2e5Omly.
  • 6 p.m. Nov. 11, at the High Desert Museum in Bend. Co-hosted by the High Desert Museum; information, http://bit.ly/2eEx8Mz.

Funding for the events was provided by the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights program and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.

In addition to his work as a composer, Miller is also a multimedia artist and author whose work has appeared at the Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Whitney Biennial and others.

Miller spent 2012-2013 as the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and has collaborated with a diverse array of popular musicians, including Yoko Ono, Chuck D and Thurston Moore. His website is: http://djspooky.com/

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Charles Goodrich, 541-737-6198, charles.goodrich@oregonstate.edu

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OSU presents annual International Film Festival Nov. 9-15

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s annual International Film Festival, which includes 18 films from 10 countries, will be held Nov. 9-15 at Darkside Cinema and Whiteside Theater in Corvallis.

The festival is organized and hosted by the School of Language, Culture and Society in the College of Liberal Arts at OSU. Since 2009, the festival has showcased different perspectives in contemporary filmmaking.

The festival will open with “Berlin – Sinfonie der Großstadt,” or Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis, that will be accompanied live by the German band, ALP, which is flying in from Berlin for the event. The event, sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., will also feature giveaways and a reception with the musicians after the screening. For more information about the reception, email sebastian.heiduschke@oregonstate.edu.

Other highlights of this year’s festival include “After the Storm”, a 2016 Cannes Film Festival selection about a father reconnecting with his son in the days before a typhoon, and “The Second Mother,” a Portuguese comedy about the life of a housekeeper.

All of the screenings are free and open to the public but attendees need to obtain a ticket at the respective cinema before entering the auditorium. Tickets are limited so early arrival is encouraged.

The schedule of screenings is:

Nov. 9 – Whiteside Theater:
·    7 p.m. – “Berlin – Sinfonie der Großstadt,” (Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis), Germany, 1927, a silent film with live guitar, bass and synthesizer music accompaniment by the band ALP.

Nov. 10 – Darkside Cinema:
·    5 p.m. – “Usfahrt Oerlike,” (Exit Oerlikon) Switzerland, 2015, drama in Swiss German.
·    7 p.m. – “3 Bellazas,” (3 Beauties) Venezuela, 2014, a comedy, horror, thriller in Spanish.
 
Nov. 11 – Darkside Cinema:
·    3:30 p.m. – “Rettet Rafi,” (My Friend Raffi), Germany, 2015, children’s film in German.
·    5:30 p.m. – “Que Horas Ela Volta?” (The Second Mother) Brazil, 2015, drama in Portuguese with English subtitles.
·    8 p.m. – “Streif,” (One Hell of a Ride) Austria, 2015, documentary in English.

Nov. 12 – Darkside Cinema:
·    1 p.m. – “Paradise Trips,” Netherlands, 2015, a comedy, drama in Dutch with English subtitles.
·    3 p.m. – “NN,” Peru, 2015, a drama in Spanish with English subtitles.
·    5:30 p.m. – “Umi yori mo Mada Fukaku,” (After the Storm) Japan, 2016, drama in Japanese with English subtitles.
·    8 p.m. ­– “Fukushima Mon Amour,” Germany, 2016, drama in German, Japanese and English.

Nov. 13 – Darkside Cinema
·    1 p.m. – “Pored Mene,” (Next to Me) Serbia, 2015, a comedy, drama, in Serbian with English subtitles.
·    3 p.m. – “Pequeñas Menteras Piadosas,” (The Travel Agent), documentary in Spanish.
·    5 p.m. – “Apprentice,” Singapore, 2016, a drama in Malay and English with English subtitles.
·    7 p.m. – “Le bois dont les rêves sont faits,” (The Woods Dreams Are Made Of), documentary in French.

Nov. 14 – Darkside Cinema
·    5 p.m. – “Con la pata quebrada,” (Barefoot in the Kitchen,) documentary in Spanish.
·    7 p.m. – “Fuchi ni tatsu,” (Harmonium), drama, Japanese with English subtitles.

Nov. 15 – Darkside Cinema
·    5 p.m. – “I am Femen,” documentary in English and Russian with English subtitles
·    7 p.m. – “Blanka,” drama in Tagalog with English subtitles.

The Whiteside Theater is located at 361 S.W. Madison Ave., Corvallis. Darkside Cinema is located at 215 S.W. 4th St., Corvallis. For more information, including a synopsis of each film, visit the festival website http://bit.ly/2enlT7U.

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Auditions for OSU production of ‘For the Love of Lies’ to be held Nov. 15-16

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions for OSU Theatre’s winter 2017 production of “For the Love of Lies” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 15-16 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The play is a lively comedy in the style of Commedia dell’Arte, a classic theater style with stock characters, physical comedy and romance. 

Auditions are open to all OSU students, faculty, staff and area community members. Those participating in the auditions should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to sing. Singing “Happy Birthday” will suffice for those who don’t have a prepared song; 16 bars of a favorite classic rock song also will work. Auditioners are encouraged to come with an open mind and be ready to have fun.

Performances of the production are scheduled for Feb. 16-18 and 24-26. Several rehearsals will be scheduled during fall term: Nov. 1-22, 28, and 30 and Dec. 5 and 7. 

Winter term rehearsals will be scheduled Monday-Thursday evenings with optional Friday rehearsals beginning Jan. 9. Tech weekend is scheduled Feb. 11-12 with dress rehearsals Feb. 13-15.

For more information about the production, contact the director, Dan Stone, at stoned@linnbenton.edu.

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OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery to feature Kerry Skarbakka exhibit ‘On the Brink’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University will host an exhibition of work by photographer Kerry Skarbakka titled “On the Brink,” Nov. 5-30.

An artist’s talk and reception will take place in the gallery at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 17. The event is free and open to the public. 

The Fairbanks Gallery is located on the first floor of Fairbanks Hall, 220 S.W. 26th St., on OSU’s Corvallis campus. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month for the Corvallis Arts Walk. Admission is free.

Skarbakka is an assistant professor of art at OSU, where he teaches courses in photography and combined media. This is his first solo exhibition in Corvallis. It focuses on some of the more immediate and pressing threats to our existential stability, and is comprised of past and current projects that illustrate the scope and trajectory of Skarbakka’s combined media approach to photography.

Skarbakka’s work lies at the intersection of performance-based practices and staged photography. Over the past 15 years he has used his own body as a physical metaphor, addressing issues of uncertainty, war, equality, identity, politics, economy and the environment, and dedicating his artistic energies towards constructing scenarios channeled directly from the anxiety and fear associated with being human.

While the exploration of the fragilities of the human condition is a common thread in his work, Skarbakka said his goal has always been “to transform these universally difficult emotions into poetic and meaningful visual expressions.”

Skarbakka currently has an exhibition at the Haifa Museum of Art in Haifa, Israel. He also has exhibited photographs in more than 100 solo and group exhibitions around the world. His work has appeared at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh; the Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York; the Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; the Aperture Foundation, New York City; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Among Skarbakka’s honors are a 2005 Creative Capital Foundation Grant, a commission from the city of Seattle through the 1 Percent for the Arts Program and an Illinois Arts Council assistance grant.

For more information visit www.skarbakka.com, and http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/art/fairbanks-gallery-art.

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Kerry Skarbakka, 541-737-1256, kerry.skarbakka@oregonstate.edu

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Oregon State University Theatre presents ‘James and the Giant Peach’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre will kick off the 2016-17 season with a family-friendly adaptation of the quirky children’s novel, “James and the Giant Peach.”

The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 12; and 2 p.m. Nov. 12-13; in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The theme for the theater season is “Devising Our Dreams: Metamorphosis.” In David Wood’s adaptation of the classic tale by Roald Dahl, kindly young James lives in England with his two cruel aunts, Spiker and Sponge, until a mystical old woman gives him a bag of magic and everything changes.

James bravely embarks on an epic journey across the Atlantic Ocean accompanied by a group of eccentric bug friends for a new life in Central Park. The wild adventure, directed by Tinamarie Ivey, offers fun for the whole family and features colorful costumes, puppetry and original music.

The large cast of OSU students features principle players Rebecca Bright, as Camera Woman; Casey Collins as Spiker; Lindsey Esch as Tour Guide; Geneva Hall as Old Woman; Sidney King as Ladybird; Ben Lawrence as Centipede; Thomas R. McKean as Grasshopper; Annie Parham as James; Alex Small as Earthworm; Amy Stein as Sponge; Sarah Sutton as Miss Spider; and Alyssa Wallstrum as Reporter.

The ensemble actors and puppeteers include Maxine Agather, Ethan Baker-Hayes, Robert Czokajlo, Cheyenne Dickey, Moss Neill, and Margaret Preston.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $8 for youth/students, and $5 for OSU students. Children under three will be admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Tickets are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784. Contact the box office for disability access accommodations and/or group ticket sales. Tickets will also be available online beginning Oct. 17 at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ.

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OSU to host presidential election discussion in Lake Oswego

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – “Making sense of the Presidential Election,” a panel discussion featuring faculty members from Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lake Oswego.

The moderated panel conversation will include discussion about how foreign policy challenges, rising populism, race, ethnicity and economic changes have combined to upend the political norms of the last half century. The event is the open to the public, but tickets are required.

The panelists are: Christopher McKnight Nichols, an associate professor of history and 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow; Andrew Valls, associate professor of political science; Rorie Solberg, associate professor of political science; and Kara Ritzheimer, assistant professor of history.

Tickets are $5 for members of the Oregon State University Alumni Association and $10 for the general public. Space is limited and registration is required by Wednesday, Oct. 26. For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/2dJBOO8.

Appetizers and refreshments will be served. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is located at 14811 Kruse Oaks Blvd.

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Artist Shoshanna Weinberger to speak at OSU Oct. 19

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  Artist Shoshanna Weinberger, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, will give a public talk at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

The talk, “Sometimes All of Me is not Enough,” will be held in Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. A reception with the artist will be held before the lecture at 6 p.m. in the Myrtle Tree Alcove. The reception and talk are free and open to the public.

Weinberger also will be in residence on campus that day and will spend time reviewing and critiquing student art work.

Weinberger, a painter and sculptor, will speak about her personal history, the visual interests that inspire her studio practice and how stereotypes, adolescent memory, current culture and questions on the notions of politics and beauty influence her work.

Weinberger’s work strongly relates to her Caribbean-American background, drawing heavily from her complex heritage and assumed norms as she goes about defining the female archetype. Her series, “A Collection of Strangefruit,” comprised of 18 gouache and mixed media drawings on paper panels, is a series of curvy, malformed, partial bodies in awkward positions, adorned with such things as gold chains, stiletto heels, braided hair, and lingerie. The work confronts how women survey themselves, examine each other and are displayed for male desire, and how that influences what society defines as female beauty.

Weinberger’s work has been exhibited in Newark, New Jersey; Miami; New York City; Brussels, Belgium; Cape Town, South Africa; and Bristol, United Kingdom. She is a four-time participant in the Jamaica Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica. She received a John Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2014 and was an artist in residence at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans in 2015. She recently received a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and was invited to participate as a year-long artist in residence for The Gateway Project in Newark.

Weinberger received her bachelor of fine arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995 and a master of fine arts from the Yale School of Art at Yale University in 2003. She lives and works in Newark.

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture series brings world-renowned artists and scholars to the OSU campus to interact with students in the art department so they can learn what is required of a professional artist or scholar. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2dVv5kW and http://shoshanna.info.

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Writer Eileen Pollack to speak at Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Writer Eileen Pollack, whose nonfiction book, “The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys’ Club,” explores the challenges facing women in the sciences, will visit Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus Oct. 21 for a pair of talks about her fiction and nonfiction work.

Pollack will speak about “The Facts Behind the Fiction: Research and Creative Writing” at 4 p.m. in the Journey Room in the Memorial Union, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way.

Later that evening, she will speak about her 2015 book, “The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys’ Club.” The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library Rotunda, 201 S.W. Waldo Place. Both talks are free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the evening event. 

“The Only Woman in the Room” explores the social, interpersonal and institutional barriers confronting women and minorities in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM fields. The book is based on Pollack’s own experience and six years of interviews with her former teachers and classmates, as well as dozens of other women who had dropped out before completing their degrees in science or found their careers less rewarding than they had hoped.

Pollack’s latest novel, “A Perfect Life,” was published in May. The book explores the moral complexities of scientific discovery and the sustaining nature of love in a novel about a young researcher at MIT who is obsessed with finding the genetic marker to a disease that threatens her family and future.

Her other books include “Breaking and Entering,” a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection, and “Paradise, New York.” Her work has appeared in “Best American Essays and “Best American Short Stories.”

Pollack is a professor on the faculty of the Helen Zell MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. She divides her time between Manhattan and Ann Arbor, Michigan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in physics at Yale University and later earned a master of fine arts from the University of Iowa.

Pollack’s visit is part of the 2016-17 Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writers Series and SPARK, a yearlong series of events celebrating the convergence of the arts and science.

Sponsors for this event include the OSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women; the College of Liberal Arts; the School of Writing, Literature, and Film; OSU Libraries and Press; Oregon State ADVANCE, a National Science Foundation grant-funded program aimed at increasing the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers; Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele; and Grass Roots Books and Music.

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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

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