Willamette University media coverage update

November 2010 | 331 citations

Student Scott Schoettgen earns receiving touchdown record. "‘Scott's awesome,' Willamette wide receivers coach Josh Scott said. ‘You could tell he was going to be a good player. He's athletic, he wants to be good and he practices at it.' Schoettgen gets a big boost from his height. He's 6-4, a former basketball player, and adept at going up and catching balls in traffic."

Chemistry's Karen Holman is named Oregon Professor of the Year. "Raised in Eastern Oregon, Holman also has a full life beyond academia as a mother of two young children, a veteran punk-rock guitar player, founder of an emerging community radio station in Salem, traveler, hiker and student of yoga and meditation. But it's for her classroom success that Holman's in Washington, D.C., today to be named 2010 Oregon Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching."

Environmental Science's Joe Bowersox is a "Winner in the News" for earning a SOLV Citizenship Award. "WINNER: Joe Bowersox. The Willamette University professor will be honored next week with a 2010 Citizenship Award from SOLV for being an inspirational educator, an environmental leader and a dedicated community volunteer."

Biology's Christopher Smith co-authors paper on coevolution and speciation using patterns in Joshua tree research. "Biologists have long thought that interactions between plants and pollinating insects hasten evolutionary changes and promote biological diversity. However, new findings show that some interactions between plants and pollinators are less likely to increase diversity than previously thought, and in some instances, reduce it."

Psychology's Courtney Stevens discusses bullying in the context of brain development. "‘Being bullied might actually be having an impact on the brain of a child who's being bullied," said Dr. Courtney Stevens, a cognitive neuroscientist, who studies brain development at Willamette University. Citing studies done on golden hamsters, Stevens said researchers are learning just how damaging consistent bullying can be."

Sustainability Law Clinic's Jonathan Ostar discusses transit on Think Out Loud. "The reality is that low income communities, communities of color and transit-dependent communities rely on the bus service more than they do on the Max service, so, when were talking about equity in the region, we need to prioritize bus service first."

Law's Warren Binford writes about work, feminism and parenting. "The fact is that it truly does "take a village" to raise a child well. However, the transient nature of the American workforce has impacted families' abilities to rely on extended family members. Thus, families must rely on their larger communities for support, including schools, churches, workplaces and community centers."

Education's Maika Yeigh describes the effects of income and summer reading on literacy. "Research has determined that students of all income levels achieve at the same rate when school is in session; the income achievement gap comes during summer when it's typical for many low-income students to lose as much as two months of their reading progress. By the time these children reach the sixth grade, they are as much as two years behind their peers because of their summer reading loss."

Willamette Academy hosts Golden Leaf event. "Who thinks about college when you're 12? Not many students do, but developing skills that helps youth of that age prepare to enter a four-year university is the role of the Willamette Academy. To highlight its program and raise funds, new Executive Director Michele Gray brought together donors and students at The Golden Leaf Event, held at the end of October."

Alumnus appears in rival group on Glee. "At Willamette University, John West '73 wrote songs for Glee, a treasured campus tradition of student song and dance competitions. Today he is involved in a more well-known ‘Glee' - the hit television show."
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Alumna nominated to serve as U.S. Attorney. "Today, President Obama nominated S. Amanda Marshall to serve as U.S. Attorneys. ‘Amanda Marshall has shown an unwavering commitment to justice throughout her career,' said President Obama. ‘I am confident she will continue to serve the people of Oregon with distinction.'"

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