Black Lives Matter in Academic Spaces – Three Lessons in Critical Literacy

Oregon State CLA presents a talk by Dr. Vershawn Ashanti Young, a linguistic researcher and author, on code-switching and black language appropriation in academia. The talk is virtual and public, next Thursday (Feb 24th) from 12pm – 1:30pm. Several PhIS members are attending and we want to encourage as many people as possible to come too! If you can’t make this event, there are many events organized by various OSU organizations that are acknowledging and celebrating Black History Month – we encourage everyone to take advantage of these opportunities to learn and reflect.

Event details

Movie Night!

On Tuesday, Feb 22nd, we will be watching Fixed: The Science / Fiction of Human Enhancement. This is a documentary that explores the opportunities and consequences of biotechnology, and challenges our definitions of ‘disabled’ and ‘normalcy.’ For information regarding this events location, please contact PhIS.

GEEO Trivia Night

November 23rd at 7-8pm in Kelley 1001 Girls Empowerment, Engineering, and Outreach club is hosting a trivia night. They say:

“Come join us to get to know our club, do some trivia, earn prizes, and eat food! We welcome all students who are passionate about our cause, and if you would like to become a member, we can get you on-boarded at our event.”

Their club page is: https://groups.engr.oregonstate.edu/esc/girls-empowerment-engineering-and-outreach

Regular Club Meeting

This Thursday at 3pm is regularly scheduled meeting time.

Rough agenda is:

  • Socialize, check in with each other
  • Finalize plan for Friday’s event
  • Start planning winter term – theme of accessibility and disability in science?

As always, anybody is welcome to come to the meeting and bring an agenda item they would like to add. Please join our email list for the information about location and remote options.

Graduate students are here to help!

This Friday (November 19th)  PhIS will be hosting an informal open ‘forum’ this Friday for undergrads to ask grad students questions. From 4pm to 5pm (right before SPS game night!), a few physics graduate students have volunteered their time to answer any questions you have. This is an opportunity to ask your questions in a group to a ‘panel,’ OR grab a one on one consultation with a grad student!

This is your hour to find out:

  • How did you decide on a grad program?
  • What advice do you have for _ type of research?
  • What experiences have you had resolving conflicts in your work / research group?
  • Can you give me feedback on part of my school / internship application?
  • How about this research presentation I’m working on?
  • How did you get funding?
  • What do you wish you knew about being a grad student / physicist earlier?
  • Did you ever have any doubts about going to grad school?
  • And anything else you are curious about!

Please join our email list for more information about the location and the remote options. We hope to see you there!

Black in Physics Week

This week is the second annual Black in Physics week. As a part of celebrating the black physicists and their contributions, Physics Today magazine has commissioned black physicists to write essays each day this week. This year’s topic is burnout. Read about the essay collection here:

https://physicstoday.scitation.org/do/10.1063/PT.6.4.20211025a/full/.

You can also check out the essays from last year as well.The essays, are short, enlightening, and well worth the read!

#BlackInPhysics Week 2021 essay series The theme of this year’s #BlackInPhysics Week is “Blaze Beyond Burnout.” The organizers are partnering with Black mental health experts to lead discussions of burnout, self-care, and ways to mitigate the harm caused by anti-Black racism in academia.To strengthen community building, we’ve augmented our social programming, which includes a cooking class led by a Black mental health …

physicstoday.scitation.org

This Friday, Halloween party!

SPS and Astronomy club are hosting a pumpkin painting and movie night this Friday (10/29) at 5:20pm. There will be hot chocolate, hot apple cider, candy, and pizza. Pumpkins are provided!

For the event location information, please join our mailing list!

Our first official meeting! (Fall 2021)

PhIS general meetings will be on Thursdays at 3pm, every other week. Our first meeting is this week, on the 28th! The goal of the meeting is to talk about all the things we can do this term / year, and to share what everyone is most interested in. We can get to know what the club has done in the past, and start to set goals for what we’d like to see this year.

For the meeting location information, please join our mailing list!

2021/22 Officers

Georgia Carroll, Abbie Glickman, Christian Solorio, Cameron Clonch, and Pedram Esfahani

Election Season

It’s election season for PhIS, and nominations are now open!

Here is the link to the Google form to nominate people for PhIS officer positions. (note: nominations are limited to OSU students)

You can nominate yourself, you can nominate multiple people for the same position, and you can nominate the same person for multiple positions, so don’t hold back!

Nominations will close at 3 pm PST on May 24th, 2021, so don’t wait!

PhIS Meeting 5/10/2021

Our next PhIS meeting is on Mon. 5/10 at 3pm (PT).

Here is the agenda:

  1. Discussion: New Physics Department head
    The Physics Department is searching for a new head. We will be discussing what qualities you would like to see in the new head. Your opinions will be taken into consideration!
  2. Trivia!!!
  3. Discussion: Team-Up report
    We will be discussing Factor 3: Academic Support. This is on page 4 of the recommendations, and pg. 38-43 of the full report.
    Link to recommendations
    Link to full report

For the zoom link, please join our mailing list or contact us through this page.

2020/21 Officers

Kasey Yoke, Noah Vaughan, Georgia Carroll, Christian D Solorio, Gina Mayonado, Abbie Glickman, Pedram Esfahani, and Okan Agirseven.

2019/20 Group Photo

Physicists for Inclusion in Science (“PhIS”, pronounced “fizz”) grew out the “Women in Physics” group. We support members of underrepresented groups as they pursue their careers. The group meets several times a term for discussion and to organize events and activities. The group consists of students, faculty and staff in the Physics department, alumni, and other physicists on campus or in the community.

PhIS is still running but with a social distancing model! How can we help you during these trying times?

If you have an idea for a project, event, or anything else that you want to see PhIS take on, we’d love to hear from you! Please follow this link to our poll for sharing your ideas with us.

Let it be acknowledged that Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR is located within the traditional homelands of the Mary’s River or Ampinefu Band of Kalapuya. Following the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855 (Kalapuya etc. Treaty), Kalapuya people were forcibly removed to reservations in Western Oregon. Today, living descendants of these people are a part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon (https://www.grandronde.org/) and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians (http://ctsi.nsn.us/).

Winter 2020 Book Club

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.

2019/20 Officers

Acacia Patterson, Gina Mayonado, Abbie Glickman, Mattia Carbonaro, Davide Lazzati, Jaden Downing, Georgia Carroll, Kelby Hahn, Kasey Yoke, Maggie Greenwood, MacKenzie Lenz, Heather Hill, Nicole Quist, and Kyle Vogt.

2019 da Vinci Days

da Vinci Days is all about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM), showcasing the creativity of community members, students and staff from local schools, LBCC, and OSU. The festival includes multiple events in April and the third weekend of July.
PhIS tables at the event to reach out to the community with cool merchandiser, science demos, and great conversations.

2019 Self Care Hike

Spring 2019 Peavy Arboretum Hike and Summer 2019 Mary’s Peak Hike

PhIS has frequent self-care events to create community with in the group and help members de-stress and discuss the current events of their lives. Some activities include hikes, coloring, game nights, and more.

Update from ’18-19 School Year

OSU Physicists for Inclusion in Science (PhIS) has had an amazing year! We are a student organization sponsored by the physics department and our aim is to increase the number of female and underrepresented minority physics majors on campus by fostering a more inclusive environment. We have continued working towards that goal this year through a number of education, mentoring, community building, outreach, and social events.

Spring 2019 Book Club

Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming is a 2010 non-fiction book by American historians of science Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. It identifies parallels between the global warming controversy and earlier controversies over tobacco smoking, acid rain, DDT, and the hole in the ozone layer. Oreskes and Conway write that in each case “keeping the controversy alive” by spreading doubt and confusion after a scientific consensus had been reached was the basic strategy of those opposing action. In particular, they show that Fred Seitz, Fred Singer, and a few other contrarian scientists joined forces with conservative think tanks and private corporations to challenge the scientific consensus on many contemporary issues.