Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter

for the week of Jan. 13, 2014

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Campus News

Professional development conference challenges faculty and staff to learn boldly
The annual Professional Development and Enrichment Conference for Faculty and Staff is this week, Jan. 13–16. Faculty and staff members have the opportunity to attend more than 40 sessions on topics including leadership, PeopleSoft, blogging, emergency procedures, and more. Many sessions still have space available. View the complete course schedule and registration details at

Loggers-Lutes rivalry game rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 15
The men's and women's basketball games between Puget Sound and PLU, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 14, in Memorial Fieldhouse, have been postponed 24 hours. Both schools' teams had games in Eastern Washington over the weekend and experienced long delays returning to Tacoma as a result of challenging road conditions in the mountain passes. That gives you a full 24 more hours to rest your voices and ready your Logger gear. See you in the field house to cheer on the Loggers Wednesday night. Tip off for the women's game is at 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. for the men's teams. Go Loggers!

Puget Sound welcomes educator, author, and activist Carlos Muñoz to keynote annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Jan. 21
For more than 25 years, Puget Sound has brought the campus and community together to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year's celebration, our 28th, will feature gospel music by Navele & Friends and a lecture by scholar and activist Carlos Muñoz Jr. on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the lecture, "Victory is in the Struggle," at 7 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Contact for details.

Leavey Foundation pledges $2 million for Athletics and Aquatics Center
The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation has committed $2 million in support of Puget Sound's new Athletics and Aquatics Center. The gift, which comes as part of the $125 million One [of a Kind] comprehensive campaign, moves plans forward for a $17.5 million fitness and recreation facility that will be a gathering place for campus and community members. In addition to providing a state-of-the-art home for the Logger swim teams, the center will provide physical fitness facilities and serve academic programs such as exercise science, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

Professors and students in Physical Therapy Program continue to showcase research 
Together with 15 Puget Sound students, Physical Therapy Program faculty members Julia Looper, Roger Allen, Danny McMillian, and Robert Boyles will be presenting collectively nine research studies and an educational session at this year's Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) of the American Physical Therapy Association, being held in Las Vegas in February. This year's CSM presentations continue a long track record of the strong presence of Puget Sound faculty/student collaborative research work being represented at professional conferences in the field of physical therapy. Along with students who have taken their research to other conferences this year, under the direction of Jennifer Hastings, Looper, and Allen, more than half of the D.P.T. Class of 2014 will have had their work presented at either a national or international professional forum prior to their graduation.  


Kena Fox-Dobbs, assistant professor of geology, published the article "Paleoecological implications of new megafaunal 14ages from the McKittrick tar seeps, California," in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Assistant Professor Siddharth Ramakrishnan, neuroscience, published the article "Morphogenesis, morphology and men: pattern formation from embryo to mind: Celebrating Alan Turing’s centenary" in the December 2013 issue of academic journal AI & Society.

Nick Brody, assistant professor of communication studies, co-authored the article "Intentions to hide and unfriend Facebook connections based on perceptions of sender attractiveness and status updates" in the upcoming February 2014 issue of Computers in Human Behavior

In the News

Professor of Geology Barry Goldstein was quoted in a front-page News Tribune and Olympian story about a scientist’s claim that he had solved the mystery of the Mima mounds, or hillocks, found in Washington. The California scientist attributed them to prehistoric pocket gophers.

Leon Grunberg, professor of sociology, was interviewed about Boeing’s dispute with its workers on the NPR show Marketplace Morning Report; and by AP Newswire, leading to online stories at ABC News, Yahoo News, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Portland Press Herald, New Jersey Herald, Idaho Statesman, and at least eight other online papers. Grunberg also was quoted in The Seattle TimesBloomberg, Crain’s Chicago Business, Bloomberg, and Businessweek.

Geekwire, a popular technology news site, ran a story about the successful launch of the Republique video game by Camouflaj, a company started by Ryan Payton ’03 and Jeff Matthews ’P16, professor of business and leadership.

Emelie Peine, assistant professor of international political economy, was quoted in a feature about food safety and an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella.

Puget Sound’s 125th anniversary last year was noted in Tacoma Weekly’s list of the Top Ten Stories of 2013.

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Can't-miss Events

Through Tuesday, Jan. 14: Exhibit: Camp Stories, Collins Memorial Library

Wednesday, Jan. 15: Women's Basketball vs. PLU, Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 15: Men's Basketball vs. PLU, Memorial Fieldhouse, 8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 17–Monday, Jan. 20: Puget Sound Conductors Institute, School of Music

Friday, Jan. 17: Women's Basketball vs. Willamette, Memorial Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 17: Men's Basketball vs. Willamette, Memorial Fieldhouse, 8 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes)

Tuesday, Jan. 21: Classes begin

Tuesday, Jan. 21: Kittredge Gallery Opening Reception, Kittredge Gallery, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 21: 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 6:30 p.m.