History Is Not a Useless Major: Fighting Myths with Data

Over the past 20 years, warnings from a variety of sources—from career counselors to administrators to government officials—have convinced many prospective college students (and their parents) that the only safe path to a well-paying job is through a STEM major. Members of the academy—including STEM faculty themselves—have repeatedly challenged assertions that majoring in the humanities is useless. And employers of STEM graduates say that they value skills cultivated in a wide-ranging curriculum.

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Check out the new spring edition of Terra magazine, featuring Profs. Mutschler, Guerrini and Osborne

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Mike Osborne was elected to full membership in the International Academy of the History of Science in December 2016

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Philosophy Assistant Professor Barbara Muraca interviewed for podcast

Philosophy Assistant Professor Barbara Muraca was interviewed for a podcast organized by the German Green Foundation “Heinrich Boell” It is the 5th episode of a series on Climate Justice.

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Fall 2017 Classes on Flickr

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Finding the link between suicide and RSD

Last week Dr. Stephanie Jenkins, assistant professor of philosophy presented her work at an informal open forum discussing the effects of RSD.

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Review for FOREST UNDER STORY in High Country News

In the western Cascade Range, just one hour east of Eugene, Oregon, there is an old-growth forest where ecosystem science and the humanities converge. Since 1948, the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest has been a research sanctuary for scientists studying biodiversity, climate, hydrology, soils and stream ecology. And so, 31 writers have taken to its slopes to collaborate on Forest Under Story: Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest. These environmental poets and essayists — all of them participants in the forest’s collaborative Long-Term Ecological Reflections Program — have pressed their literary stethoscopes to the roots and snags and cones of the 16,000-acre reserve to record what they observed, coming up with answers both empirical and oracular.

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C of I’s Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies hosts Professors Kevin Osterloh and Rena Lauer

Last spring, C of I Judaic studies Professor Federica Francesconi received a research grant from the American Association for Jewish Research for the project “Jews, Gender, and the Premodern Mediterranean: Building a Pacific Northwest Network.”  Now, those grant funds will be used to bring Oregon State University Professors Kevin Osterloh and Rena Lauer to campus as part of the C of I’s Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies.

FMI visit two Judaic studies scholars

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Mary Jo Nye is the recipient of the 2017 Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics.

Mary Jo Nye (Oregon State University) has won the 2017 Abraham Pais Prize for the History of Physics. The Pais Prize is given annually by the American Physical Society (APS), with the American Institute of Physics, to recognize outstanding scholarly achievements in the history of physics. In the citation by Richard Staley, we are reminded that, for decades, Dr. Nye has “produced pathbreaking and enduring studies of the physical sciences that are distinguished equally by their attention to the coherence and integrity of the approaches taken by individual scientists…”

She is the past president of the HSS (1988- 1989), a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Member of the International Academy of the History of Science. She delivered the HSS Distinguished Lecture in 2000 and won the Society’s Sarton Medal in 2006. She received the Pais Prize at the March 2017 meeting of the APS.

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Spring 2017 Classes on Flickr

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