Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Feb. 3, 2014

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Campus News

Puget Sound names Rachel Pepper new McCormick Chair in Biophysics
Rachel Pepper, a research fellow at University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University, has been appointed as Puget Sound's first William D. and Flora McCormick Chair in Biophysics. The appointment was made possible by a $2 million gift last summer from William and Flora McCormick as part of the college's $125 million One [of a Kind] comprehensive campaign. Pepper will join the faculty in fall 2014.

Weyerhaeuser series continues Feb. 4 with Microsoft Studios User Research presentation
The Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series continues Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m., in Thompson 193. Guest speakers Kristie Fisher and Tom Lorusso will explain how they conduct research at Microsoft Studios and how they approach studying ambiguous constructs, such as "fun." Microsoft Studios User Research (SUR) is the preeminent source of consumer-focused entertainment research for Microsoft Studios. Attendees are encouraged to bring a smartphone, iPad, or tablet computer. Pizza will be provided. Additional colloquium talks will be held Tuesday afternoons throughout the semester. For more information visit

Campus Climate Survey forums continue Tuesday, Feb. 4, with discussion about socioeconomics
Campus conversations continue this month, as the Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) shares findings from the 2012 Campus Climate Survey focused on the topic of socioeconomics. The first of three conversations in February will begin at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. Additional forums will be held Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m., and Friday, Feb. 21, at noon, both also in the Tahoma Room. Download the report on socioeconomics from the Campus Climate Survey SoundNet site.

DAC will host additional conversations in the coming months on the topics of political beliefs and race/ethnicity. Contact Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity OfficerMichael Benitez at or x2827 with questions.

Professor Keith Ward to discuss composer Arthur Foote at Daedalus Dinner—reservations due Feb. 5
The first Daedalus Dinner of the spring will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m., in Kilworth Memorial Chapel. In this talk, Keith Ward, professor of music, will discuss standard American musical canons in the opera house and concert hall and how one group of composers known as the Second New England School deserves consideration for inclusion, highlighting composer Arthur Foote. 

Established in the 1970s, Daedalus Dinners cover a wide range of programs and topics, and are open to all faculty and staff members, who are encouraged to bring interested students as their guests. Four times each year, the Puget Sound Daedalus Society sponsors an evening of scholarship, debate, and dinner. The evening begins with wine and hors d'oeuvres, followed by the featured presentation, a catered buffet dinner, coffee, dessert, and discussion. Reservations are $15 per person, made on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be made by Feb. 5. Contact x3207 for more information or to make a reservation.

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continue Feb. 6
The Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminars series features presentations by Puget Sound faculty and students and invited guest speakers on a wide range of topics. The seminars are held on Thursdays, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Thompson 175. This Thursday, Feb. 6, the presentation will feature guest speaker Doug Turnbull ’01, director of the genomics core facility at University of Oregon. Turnbull's presentation, "Adventures in genomics," will give a glimpse into one Logger's experiences in a rapidly changing field. For more information visit

Collins Memorial Library offers citation sessions during the month of February
Could your students benefit from some guidance when it comes to citation rules in their academic papers? Collins Memorial Library is offering four 30-minute workshops in February. All workshops will begin at 4:30 p.m., and will take place in Library 118. 

    • Citation Basics: Feb. 6
    • Choosing a Citation Manager: Feb. 11
    • Making the Most of RefWorks: Feb. 18
    • Making the Most of Zotero: Feb. 27

Jacobsen Series delivers love songs just in time for Valentine's Day, Feb. 7
Mozart, Schumann, Infanté, Strauss, and a selection of modern and classical composers will be featured in Chanson d’Amour: Chamber Works for Voices, Violin, and Piano/Four Hands, a Jacobsen Series concert on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. “This concert is especially wonderful because it includes so many Puget Sound alumni, and we are all excited to come back and share this performance with the campus and community,”  said Danielle Munsell Howard ’94, a vocalist in the program. Admission to the concert is $8.50 for faculty and staff members. Tickets are available at the Info Center and See a complete list of performers and guest artists and the evening's program.

Caribbean Writer Series continues Feb. 10 with guest speaker Myriam J. A. Chancy
The Caribbean Writer: Identity, Immigration, and Art, a yearlong series presented by the African American Studies Program, continues Monday, Feb. 10, with a free, public talk by Haitian-Canadian writer Myriam J. A. Chancy. "The Memory Table" will begin at 5:30 p.m., in the Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall. A professor of English and author or numerous books, Chancy explores spirituality, ranging from mysticism to Judaism, in her latest novel, The Loneliness of Angels. The Caribbean Writer Series features writers from Haiti, Trinidad, Jamaica, and the Virgin Islands—areas that have each had unique encounters with colonialism, slavery, tourism, and multiculturalism. The series concludes in May, with guest speaker Elizabeth Nunez.

Poems by Prof. Bill Kupinse set to music, performed Feb. 11
Greg Youtz, professor of music at Pacific Lutheran University, has been setting to music the Northwest-themed poetry of Associate Professor of English Bill Kupinse, and will be sharing his efforts in a performance at PLU on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Poetry Above the Roar will feature mezzo-soprano Erin Calata performing the 10 poem-songs in an hourlong cycle. Kupinse will open the program by reading his poems. The performance will begin at 8 p.m., in MBR Music Center 306.

Library hosts ARTstor on-campus training for faculty, staff, and students, Feb. 11–12
What is ARTstor and how could it be helpful for you? ARTstor has a number of copyright-free images that major museums have released for general. Learn ARTstor basics and more in two free workshops from Collins Memorial Library. "ARTstor Basics for Teaching" will be offered Tuesday, Feb. 11, 10–11 a.m., and "Beyond the Basics" will be offered Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Wallace Weston at by Feb. 10. 

Economics department launches student-run blog
Students in the economics department have teamed up with Assistant Professor Andrew Monaco to launch Sound Economicsa blog featuring student bloggers discussing a variety of topics related to the latest economics issues, news, and research. One of the goals of the blog is to make economics accessible to students, faculty, and staff with no economics background. There will also be guest posts (by Monaco and others), as well as post "series," including one series profiling senior thesis projects and another highlighting topics related to intro-level students. 

Expy offers discounted ski tickets for Crystal and the Summit and winter equipment rentals
Discounted ski tickets for Crystal Mountain and the Summit are available through Puget Sound Outdoors (PSO). Get $10 off regular ticket prices, available for students, faculty and staff members, and dependents only. 

Get outside this winter! Snowshoe, cross-country ski, or more! In addition to discounted lift tickets, you can rent equipment from PSO at the Expeditionary, campus's trip and rental center, for yourself and your family. Equipment may be reserved with payment.

The Expeditionary is open Monday through Friday, from 3 to 7 p.m., through the last day of classes (excluding holidays). For more information about discounted lift tickets or equipment rentals and prices, stop by the Expy, call x3403, or visit to


School of Business and Leadership Associate Professors Alva Butcher and Paula Wilson have received acceptance of their case, "Theo Chocolate: Doing Well by Doing Good," for publication in the 2014 Journal of Case Studies.

The first-ever Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference will be held Feb. 6–7 at Western Washington University. Congratulations to Travis Freidman ’11, sustainability and energy manager, who was integral to the conference's planning.

In the News

Academic Dean Kris Bartanen was quoted in the February issue of University Business magazine in an article about how to keep faculty engaged throughout their careers.

A comment piece by Rachel DeMotts, associate professor of politics and government, appeared in The New York Times in a feature in which the paper asked, “Who should be invited to the State of the Union address?” DeMotts recommended Carol Ramm-Gramenz, an elementary school counselor behind the recreation of McCarver Park in Tacoma.

Nonprofit News, a national news service, quoted Sherry Mondou, vice president of finance and administration, in a story about Puget Sound’s hiring of Perella Weinberg Partners as investment manager for the college’s endowment (no link available).

A $250,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to expand the opportunities for Puget Sound students and the community to learn about neuroscience was reported in Business Examiner.

Jeffrey Tepper, chair of the geology department, will give a talk in Port Townsend about geomythology—an emerging discipline that investigates whether some myths, such as Plato’s account of the sinking of Atlantis, may be garbled accounts of actual events, reported the Peninsula Daily News.

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Can't-miss Events

Through Saturday, March 1: Kittredge Gallery Exhibition: Large Gallery: I Like Rocks!; Small Gallery: Ceramics, Kittredge Gallery

Through Sunday, March 30: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: The Horizon Exhibit: Guild of Book Workers, Collins Memorial Library

Monday, Feb. 3: Faculty Meeting, McIntyre 103, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 4: Forum on Socioeconomic Status: Campus Climate Findings Presentation and Discussion, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 4: Weyerhaeuser Colloquium Series: Microsoft Studios User Research, Thompson 193, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5: Reading and Book Signing: Richard Wiley ’67, Trimble Forum, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6: Behind the Archives Door: Apianus, Cosmographia (1584), James Evans, STS, Collins Memorial Library, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminar: Doug Turnbull, University of Oregon, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7: Chinese New Year Celebration, Wyatt Hall, Second Floor, 5 p.m. Enjoy a beautiful cultural display, Szechuan food, Chinese calligraphy demonstration/practice, ink painting, live Gu Zheng music, and the raising of a dragon kite.

Friday, Feb. 7: Jacobsen Series: Chanson d'Amour, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8.50 faculty/staff

Monday, Feb. 10: Guest Lecture: The Memory Table, Myriam J. A. Chancy, Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall