On the evening of Saturday, January 23, 2016, over 400 students, faculty, and guests packed Buckley Auditorium for a special showing of “The General,” a classic black and white silent film staring Buster Keaton that featured a full film score written by Environmental Studies major Dana Coppernoll-Houston as her senior capstone student research project. Under the directorship of Dr. David DeLyser, the film score was performed live by the UP Orchestra. Sponsored by the McNerney-Hanson Endowed Chair in Ethics, Dr. Andrews, Dean of CAS, noted that, “The General explores ethical themes of war, love, death, honor, loss, and joy. Produced in 1926, it is a film that critics have called the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made. The film and orchestral score invite us to enter-into a work of art in order to be transformed by it. The film raises the question of the relationship between ethics and art. Why do human beings create art / music / poetry / drama / theater at all? The General illuminates for us deep, moral truths about the human condition. It is no accident that artists, ranging from Plato’s Republic down to our own American democratic experiment, are often viewed as perhaps the single most dangerous element in society. After all, artists speak thru the discourse of symbol, illusion, metaphor. On the other hand, ethics, the Greeks remind us, entails rational discourse amidst the search for virtuous action. As a work of art, The General pushes rational discourse to its absolute limit. Think of Greek tragedy, the medieval passion play, 19th and early 20th century Italian and German opera, the works of Moliere and Jean-Paul Sartre and Chekov, improvisational jazz, contemporary RAP music, etc. In the College of Arts and Sciences, this uneasy relationship between ethics and art underlies what is principally meant by the ‘liberal” or ‘liberating’ arts. It is what makes the humanities and the liberal arts possible, it is what animates the Catholic sacramental imagination and the Holy Cross mission of this University.” Edmund Stone, national film score expert, presented a pre-concert film and music talk.
University of Portland’s biology professor Elinor Sullivan won a federal grant worth almost $4 million to conduct research at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. Her research concerns the link between maternal obesity and a high-fat diet on the brain development and mental health of primates. For more information on Professor Sullivan’s grant and research, please click here.
The College of Arts and Sciences is happy welcome fourteen new CAS faculty members into the UP community.
Information about these professors came from the 2015-2016 new faculty handbook
Famous R&B duo Salt-N-Pepa once said, “Let’s talk about sex, baby…Let’s talk about all the good things and all the bad things that may be.”
Sociology professor Martin Monto would agree.
He will receive the Hugo Beigel Award for Scholarly Excellence by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality for his research on “hookup culture” next month, which has also been covered extensively by major media organizations. This award is meant to promote and reward research excellence in sexology.
Monto has taught the sociology senior project seminar for several years. Each semester, his students come up with research projects regarding societal issues. One of his students, Anna Carey, proposed to research the idea of hookup culture within today’s society. Together, they compared the hookup culture of two different generations of college students: students from 1988-1996 and 2004-2012.
“That idea of the hookup culture just took popular culture by storm, and everybody’s talking about how students today are involved in this no-holds-barred sexual playground,” Monto said. “So, I was talking with her (Carey) about this and I said ‘Let’s find out!’”
The idea for the project sprung from a seminar Carey attended about the subject on campus. Carey and Monto delved completely into the research of “hookup culture.” Their goal was to find out if college students these days were more involved in casual sexual activity instead of dating than past generations.
Monto and Carey compared students from the two different generations using statistics from the General Social Survey. On that database, there was a survey conducted each year with college students across the country that asked students various questions about their sex lives and sexual behavior in college. With this data, they were able to compare college students from 1986-1996 and college students of our generation.
“It became a project that we both put a lot of work into,” Carey said.
With Monto’s guidance, Carey wrote a thesis on the subject for her senior research project.
“College students today don’t have more sexual partners, they don’t have sex more frequently, they don’t have sex sooner than college students did in my generation or today’s parents’ generation,” Monto said. “Doesn’t that come as a surprise? That’s what is so interesting about it!”
Both Carey and Monto were surprised by their findings, and it turned out that others were, too.
“Initially I was disappointed to discover that my own observations and perceptions were not in fact reflective of the dating climate in general,” Carey said. “However, I have come to understand and appreciate that discovering the existing myths that exist within our culture about various social trends (such as dating/hooking up) can be very useful.”
According to Monto, their research astounded multiple researchers and contrasted popular belief of the media.
Their research was published in the Journal of Sex Research, which Monto explained is one of the best journals in sexuality research that picks the most important contributions to the field each year.
“Out of the 70 articles they published, it’s fairly selective. Ours was, according to the editor, the clear choice,” Monto said.
After their article was published, it went on to be featured on Huffington Post College, Women’s Health magazine and Time magazine. In November, Carey and Monto will be heading to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality’s annual conference to accept the Hugo Beigel Award together.
Monto prides himself on taking his passion for social sciences beyond his work as a professor. He is involved with different sociological issues around campus and in Portland such as spreading awareness of sexual assault prevention and attending different rallies. Through his involvement, he hopes to improve the circumstances surrounding them.
“I really like taking advantage of the social diversity and unique, interesting things that are going on in the Portland area. If there’s something unusual or interesting happening, then I’m going to want to be there. If there’s the Shell protest under the St. John’s bridge, I’m going to go to that,” Monto said. “One of my biggest passions is sexual assault prevention. I work with the school’s sexual assault prevention program, Green Dot. I wrote the grant proposal that gave us a three year grant from the Justice Office of Violence Against Women to implement the Green Dot Program on campus.”
It’s this type of helping hand approach that Monto is known for among his colleagues, including fellow sociology professor Nick McRee. As the leader of the sociology department, Monto lends his advice and positive attitude not only to students, but to faculty.
“Martin is committed to working collaboratively with his colleagues. He tries to make sure that everyone feels included and comfortable to participate in making decisions. He’s also really friendly and easygoing,” McRee said. “It is rare to see him without a smile on his face. He loves working closely with students to help them reach their potential.”
–Story from the Beacon by: Natasa Kvesic
Alice Gates, a faculty member of the University of Portland’s sociology and social work department, is this year’s winner of the Marie O. Weil Outstanding Scholarship Award, co-sponsored by the Association of Community Organizations and Social Administration (ACOSA) and Taylor & Francis Publisher. Gates’ article, “Integrating social services and social change: Lessons from an immigrant worker center,” was based on her multi-year ethnography of an immigrant workers’ organization in southeastern Michigan. The award recognizes outstanding scholarship published in the Journal of Community Practice and is based on contributions to the field, scholarly approach, and promotion of macro practice values.
The Journal of Community Practice is an interdisciplinary journal grounded in social work. It is designed to provide a forum for community practice, including community organizing, planning, social administration, organizational development, community development, and social change. The journal articulates contemporary issues, providing direction on how to think about social problems, developing approaches to dealing with them, and outlining ways to implement these concepts in classrooms and practice settings.
Gates has been a member of the UP faculty since 2011. Prior to that she was completing her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in the Joint Program in Social Work and Social Science. She speaks fluent Spanish and is a longtime advocate for workers’ and immigrant rights.
For more information contact Gates at 503-943-7104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Story from University News.
University of Portland environmental science professor Robert F. Butler has received the Neil Miner Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT). The award honors individuals for their exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in Earth sciences. The NAGT has presented the award since 1953 and is named after Neil Miner, who was known for his contagious enthusiasm for geology and unselfish dedication to his students and his profession. Butler was nominated by fellow geoscience professors and will be honored November 3 at the annual NGAT luncheon.
Butler has been a professor of geophysics at the University since 2004. He teaches earth system science, natural hazards, and oceanography and is known locally as an expert in the field of earthquakes and earthquake preparedness. He is also the project director of Teachers on the Leading Edge (TOTLE), a K-12 Earth Science teacher professional development program featuring Pacific Northwest geology and geological hazards. Among his many awards, Butler was named the Oregon Academy of Science 2013 Outstanding Higher Education Teacher in Science and Mathematics and received the 2014 Fred Fox Distinguished Service to Science Education Award from the Oregon Science Teachers Association.
–Story from UPBeat
Ami Ahern-Rindell of the biology department, and 2013-2014 Dundon-Berchtold Biology Fellow, and her student collaborator and Dundon-Berchtold Scholar, Alex Quackenbush, had a peer-reviewed paper published in the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) Quarterly fall issue (Vol. 36 No. 1) dedicated to “Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Undergraduate Research.” The paper is entitled “Applied Ethics Can Foster the Teacher-Scholar Model and Impact Undergraduate Research Campus-Wide.” The article highlights UP’s efforts to support faculty-student scholarly collaborations pertaining to applied ethics and provides a specific example in the biology discipline. UP’s Dundon-Berchtold Initiative is featured in the article and suggested as a possible model for other higher education institutions to emulate.
Excerpts from comments made by Dean Andrews:
Over the past several years the College of Arts and Sciences has honored a deeply deserving faculty member for his or her outstanding service to students in the field of mentoring and advising through the Becky Houck Award for Excellence in Advising. In significant ways, the Becky Houck Award speaks clearly and graciously to the highest values of the College’s commitment to cura personalis — “care of the whole person.” Trudie Booth, our 2015 award recipient, is a one-woman show who advises 26 majors and 17 minors, though that number of 43 advisees is certain to increase by the end of the academic year.
Indeed, one might say that Madame Booth not only encourages her students to become global citizens: she inspires them and models for them what global citizenship actually entails. A francophile who inspires her students to embrace their UP education in order to lead and effect positive change in an ever-increasing global world, Trudie exemplifies what is meant by having that certain je ne sais qua that makes her such a deeply valued colleague and friend to all of us in the College. Madame Booth is solely responsible for the French Studies major. As a Lecturer she regularly offers Directed Studies to help some majors get the courses they need and the credit hours necessary when schedules are tight. In order to serve her advisees and help them create a schedule of study that is consistent with their educational goals and which reinforces their language and cultural mastery in French, Trudie maintains close contact with faculty in many other departments — such as History, Philosophy, and Political Science — in order to assist her students schedule the most advanced level courses available. In effect, Trudie single handedly creates opportunities through cross-curricular programming that exemplifies the lived value of global competency.
Her mentoring of undergraduates is only surpassed by her amazing contact with alumni who come back to visit and share their experiences with students and faculty in the French Studies Program. Trudie exemplifies the principles that inform the College’s Holy Cross mission in education. She teaches hearts, minds, and actions in the world. Because of her generosity, our French Studies students receive the blessings of having a rich and meaningful education that continues to enrich their lives and their families and communities long after they leave the Bluff.
Excerpts from comments made by Dean Andrews:
At the beginning of the semester, each senior and junior athlete-student was invited to nominate one professor for The 2015 Difference Award. The main criterion for this award is that the faculty member embody whatever difference-making characteristic, idea or attitude students felt made a positive and substantial impact in their life as an undergraduate Pilot. Professors Hannah Callender, Terry Favero, and Christopher Lee were chosen by our athlete-scholars as key difference-makers at our University. They were honored as Difference Award recipients at a public presentation during the UP Men’s Basketball game on Thursday, February 12.
Congratulations Hannah, Terry, and Chris!
|Dr. Hannah Callender, Department of Mathematics|
|Dr. Terry Favero, Department of Biology|
|Dr. Christopher Lee, Department of Mathematics|
Rev. Art Wheeler, C.S.C., has indicated to the provost that he would like to return to the history faculty on a full-time basis beginning with the 2015 fall semester. He currently serves as assistant to the provost and director of the Studies Abroad Program
In his 20 years as study abroad director, Fr. Art has been relentless about adding programs and encouraging students to study abroad, and now about one-third of UP students have studied abroad at some point in their academic programs. He has also served as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and was a long serving chair of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Athletics. Father Art has consistently taught classes while serving in administrative roles. He won the Culligan Award, the highest award for faculty at the University of Portland, in 2005, and was recognized with the Dean’s Award for Leadership in 2012. He is a well-known advocate for students and his counseling and advising services have been influential in students’ lives for many years.
–Story from UPbeat