Willamette University media coverage update

October 2010 | 402 citations

Alumnus Dale Mortensen wins Nobel Prize.
"After graduating from Wy'East High School in 1957, Mortensen earned a full scholarship to Willamette University in Salem. There, Mortensen was one of the first students to pursue a bachelor's degree in economics with a mathematical approach to it, said Stewart Butler, who was Mortensen's classmate and roommate at the university."

Willamette is named among nation's best value private colleges by Kiplinger's Personal Finance. "Kiplinger's Personal Finance names Willamette University among the best values in private liberal arts colleges nationwide within its annual listing of universities that "‘deliver a high-quality education at an affordable price.'"

Willamette gets high marks for sustainability. "Willamette has three committees overseeing campus sustainability initiatives, which have focused on policy and planning, greenhouse gas emissions inventories, and offsets. Seven campus staff devote a portion of their time to sustainability efforts, and a purchasing policy encourages procurement of environmentally preferable paper, appliances, and cleaning products."

Politics' student Elizabeth Calixtro brings the Secretary of State to Woodburn High School. "‘I just wanted to bring something back to my community,' said Calixtro, who is currently majoring in political science at Willamette University. ‘I want to be a role model to (the students) because I know what it's like. I was here once. I want to show them the opportunities are there for them.'"

Student Andisiwe Mthatyana reflects Willamette's global engagement. "Andisiwe, 21, who is going by ‘Andi' during her stay in the States, arrived in Salem in late August for a one-semester stint at Willamette University that will run until just before Christmas. She is one of the 48 exchange students who represent 19 different countries this year. Although she did not travel the farthest (that honor would probably belong to one of the students from Xiamen, China), a straight line drawn from Grahamstown to Salem would be more than 10,600 miles long."

Biology's David Craig will present his research at Science Pub. "Science Pub will kick off at Brown's Towne Lounge with "Friends or Foes? Facing the Facts about American Crows" Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., featuring Willamette University Professor and Chair of Biology David Craig."

Craig's research was featured on OPB's "A Murder of Crows." "The research Craig did with several colleagues, including John Marzluff at the University of Washington, is the subject of this week's ‘Nature' show on PBS. ‘A Murder of Crows' features the researchers' project using Halloween masks to prove that crows recognize faces."

Economics' Nathan Sivers Boyce writes about the efficacy of Bush-era tax cuts. "It's almost certainly correct that allowing taxes to increase on the wealthy will decrease spending by the wealthy. Does that mean aggregate demand would decrease? No. Money collected as taxes does not simply disappear; it's spent on something. Whether a tax increase on the wealthy will lead to an increase or a decrease in total demand depends on how that money is used."

Politics' Melissa Buis Michaux discusses congressional races on OPB. "Challenging incumbents is generally a losing proposition and is especially true this year, in this race, because Wyden is so popular and has very high favorability ratings. Huffman has run a thoughtful campaign...but it doesn't always translate well into easy slogans."

English's Frann Michel writes about the value of ethnic studies. "Meanwhile, in Texas, the kinds of curricular biases that make ethnic studies programs necessary have been pushed even farther by the social studies curriculum changes passed in May by that state's board of education. For instance, high school students are now required to learn about Phylis Schlafly and the Heritage Foundation, but not about Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers of America."

Chemistry's Karen Holman works to bring community radio to Salem. "‘I think the economy has slowed us down,' Karen Holman, one of the brains behind KMUZ, said. ‘The antenna is roughly $15,000 and we can't get around that. Then there is a transmitter and a few other pieces of equipment. The fundraising goal is $30,000.'"

Environmental science's Kimberlee Chambers' discusses chiltepins, a hot pepper. "The area where chiltepins are commercially harvested and recognized for their quality flavor is in the mountains in the state of Sonora, Mexico. But, they are found in other places along the U.S.-Mexico border, including as far north as Phoenix, said Kimberlee Chambers, assistant professor at Willamette University in Oregon, who has conducted research on the topic."

Law's Keith Cunningham-Parmeter discusses farm workers in International Business Times. "‘There is no evidence that Americans are rushing to work in the fields to fill any shortfall of labor' said Keith Cunningham-Parmeter, assistant professor of law at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Ore. ‘The wages are too low and the working conditions are just too brutal.'"

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