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Reflection: Archambeau and the Voice as a Vessel of Healing

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

by Tracy Jamison* Words are potent. Words can awaken memories, stir emotions and quiet the mind. Words have been used in the creation of groundswells that burst forth to bring down stalwart walls of injustice as well as to buttress vast empires: Word-for-word, Brick-by-brick. In her lecture, Dr. Nicole Archambeau examined the concept of the [...]

New History of Science ABDs

Monday, December 10th, 2012

OSU’s History of Science Program congratulates three of our graduate student veterans this term, as they advanced to candidacy during Week 10.  They now have the vaunted status of “ABD,” which either means “all but dissertation” or “anything but dissertation,” depending on how you look at it  It was a pleasure to be part of [...]

A Chronicle of the School Cafeteria

Monday, October 1st, 2012

by Tracy Jamison*    “There ain’t no such thing as free lunch…”  Economics in eight words, El Paso Herald-Post (June 27, 1938)  Recently, when the first lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the new school lunch nutrition guidelines, there were some critiques that the current administration had overstepped their bounds and become [...]

Pigs Might Fly

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

by Barbara Canavan* As I plug away on the prospectus for my doctoral research, I ponder all that I have learned from the history of science and medicine in the past two years. My background and interests have led me to the intersection of history, ecology, virology, climate, infectious disease, and technology. It is humbling [...]

Reflection: Palliative Care in Oregon

Monday, June 4th, 2012

by Anthony F. Miller* Thursday, May 24th, Dr. Tamina Toray of Western Oregon University spoke in Hovland Hall to a group of 16  students and 4 professionals on the topic, “Palliative Care: Transforming the Care of Serious Illness.”   Dr. Toray teaches the course On Death and Dying at Western Oregon University, and works in [...]

Welcome to Holland: the Changing Nature of Life

Monday, May 14th, 2012

by Tracy Jamison* Do you welcome change? Dr. Jane Barton began by querying the audience on their acceptance of the inevitable.  We are all human and were born with a terminal illness: Life. So how does the average person see change and how does that affect the quality of their coping skills.  As a hospice chaplain [...]

Biomedical ethics and the Self

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

by Natalie Rich* During my visit to the Western Michigan University Undergraduate Biomedical Ethics Symposium this last weekend, I had the chance to share an excerpt from my honors thesis with several other students interested in bioethics from across the country. The topics discussed involved relatively straightforward examples, such as case studies involving the end [...]

Colonial Science, Contagion and the Imaginarium of Marseille

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

by Michael A. Osborne* Marseille continually reinterprets its colonial heritage. The city constitutes an imaginarium of material and immaterial symbols revealing of its history. No French city has been more wedded to colonization than this cross roads of Mediterranean peoples. Historians signal frequently its lavish colonial expositions of 1906 and 1922, and a visitor to [...]

Reflection: Lisa Sanders and the Medical Mystery

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

by Rachel St. Clair* Looking out on a large crowd in La Selles Center, Lisa Sanders understood that she had an attentive audience.  Sanders, who is known for her work on the television show “House” as both a producer and inspiration, came to Oregon State to discuss the theory of diagnosis.  Her March 13 lecture, [...]

Reflection: Cleaning Up Hanford’s Waste

Monday, February 27th, 2012

by Jindan Chen* What’s in Hanford’s backyard? What cleanup has been accomplished, and what are the current challenges? What can you do about Hanford? These questions were presented to the Feb 23 open forum here at Oregon State University about the former plutonium production facility in Hanford, Washington.  Participants in the forum included representatives from [...]

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