Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Sept. 23, 2013

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Library recognizes freedom to read, celebrates Banned Books Week, Sept. 22–28
The Al-Mutanabbi Street and Banned Books exhibits currently housed at Collins Memorial Library seek to promote awareness about the importance and power of literature. The Al-Mutanabbi Street exhibit showcases works created in response to a car bombing in Baghdad, which targeted a historic center of art and literature. The Banned Books exhibit shows the prevalence of censorship in society, both historically and today. Together these displays convey the profound impact that literature has on communities around the world, and reminds us how censorship is a method in silencing the expression of ideas. Check out the library's blog, Collins Unbound, and Facebook page for special Banned Books posts.

Race and Pedagogy Staff Book Club kicks off Sept. 25
This fall the Race and Pedagogy Staff Book Club will read 35 Dumb Things Well-intended People Say: Surprising Things We Say That Widen the Diversity Gap. Discussions will be held once a month in Murray Board Room, WSC, from noon to 1:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 25. Please read to page 25 for this first meeting. At the end of the semester, books will be collected to be reused by others at Puget Sound. For more information about the book club or to volunteer to facilitate a discussion, contact Sharon Chambers-Gordon at

Nights at the Museum: Owls!, Sept. 26
Slater Museum of Natural History
is launching a new monthly event called "Nights at the Museum." Each month will feature a different subsection of the museum's collections. September's focus will be owls! The owl collection will be out of its cases and on display from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will even be specimens you can touch! This event is family friendly and fun—you might even learn something, too. Drop by for as long (or as short) as you can to meet Slater's many owl specimens!

"Nights at the Museum: Owls!" will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in Thompson Hall, Room 295. Contact Slater Museum at or visit the museum Facebook page for more information.

Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars continues Sept. 26
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, Sept. 26, the presentation will feature Andrew Bowdle, chief of cardiothoracic anesthesiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.For more information visit

Changes to Pierce Transit routes may affect Puget Sound commuters postponed until 2015
Significant service cuts to Pierce Transit routes planned to take effect on Sept. 29 have been postponed until 2015. Pierce Transit currently provides approximately 393,518 local service hours per year, and is making efforts to preserve as much transit service to the public as possible. Detailed route-by-route information is available on the Pierce Transit website or by calling Pierce Transit Customer Service at 253.581.8000.

Race and Pedagogy subcommittee to host staff luncheon, RSVP by Oct. 1
On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Race and Pedagogy Staff Development Subcommittee will be host a luncheon for staff members to learn more about the ways they can be involved in the various phases of Puget Sound’s third quadrennial Conference on Race and Pedagogy, scheduled for Sept. 25–27, 2014. The luncheon will be held in Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, from noon to 1:30 p.m. If you would like to attend, RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 1, to or through campus mail to Race and Pedagogy, CMB #1023. Please contact Alice Coil at or x2435 with questions.

Puget Sound to host three Tacoma Film Festival screenings, $2 admission with campus ID, Oct. 7
Through the Office of Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice, Puget Sound is partnering with The Grand Cinema to host three film sessions as part of the Tacoma Film Festival. On Monday, Oct. 7, screenings will be held in the Kilworth Lounge at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. Admission for campus members with a Puget Sound ID is only $2 per screening. Themes in the films being screened relate to a wide range of work happening on campus around issues of diversity, inclusion, identity, sustainability and environmental impact, and social justice.

Prof. Rachel DeMotts to deliver Magee Address, Oct. 8
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Mellon Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Politics Rachel DeMotts will deliver the 2013 Phi Beta Kappa Magee Address. Her talk, "The Elephants of Our Imagination," will begin at 4:30 p.m., in Trimble Forum, and will explore our perceptions of elephants.

Help us tell the Puget Sound story
We have so many inspiring and compelling stories to tell at Puget Sound—stories of student accomplishment and growth, of staff mentorship, of faculty research and collaboration. New tools are now available to help you tell these stories and countless more. Visit the Office of Communications Web page to download quick-reference guides on Puget Sound's key messages, talking points, and visual identity/logo. Starting a new project? Contact Sarah Stall at x2673 or

Need new letterhead or business cards in your department? Puget Sound's new branding initiative is rolling out. If anyone in your area needs new letterhead, envelopes, or business cards, Print and Copy Services can help! Contact Ginene Alexander at x3446 for assistance or visit the Puget Sound Online Print Shop to create an account and order online.


Professor Roger Allen, physical therapy and neuroscience, presented three papers at this year's World Congress for Neurology in Vienna, Austria. The research presented included his recent sabbatical work on the influence of plantar somatosensory input on calorically induced and pathologic vertigo. Also presented was a summary of psychoneuroendocrine mechanisms for latent modulation of neuropathic pain via psychogenic stress and a study exploring stress-related delayed modulation of migraine pain conducted with undergraduate neuroscience intern Chelsea Clark ’13.

Congratulations to the Logger football team, which snapped a 20-game losing streak on Saturday in a 42-33 victory over the Whittier Poets. Go Loggers!

In the News

Peter Hodum, professor of biology, will give a talk about protecting endangered birds in Chile, wrote The News Tribune in a news brief in the Outdoors section.

Russian Life, a North American magazine, published an article by Jennifer Utrata, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology, about how Russians, who have depended on babushkas to care for children, are adapting to change.

A local concert by Trio Seraphim, which includes Keith Ward, director of the School of Music, was noted in Forks Forum of Washington.

TIME magazine and The Globe and Mail of Toronto quoted John Woodward, dean of the School of Education, in stories about how paying kids to do homework can backfire.

Sign up to receive "In the News," a weekly digest of Puget Sound press coverage, by contacting our media relations office at or x2611.

Campus lockdown drill Sept. 25

Security Services will conduct a campus lockdown drill on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 11:40 a.m. The drill will be announced via security alert and the wide area broadcast system. Please be prepared to follow posted procedures relevant to your activity on campus at that time.

Women's League welcomes new members

The Puget Sound Women’s League "fills the field house full of awesome stuff" for the flea market every March to raise money for scholarships, and always welcomes new members. The group meets on campus six times during the academic year, planning for the flea market and listening to great speakers and musicians from the campus community. The first meeting of 2013–14 is Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m., in Trimble Forum.

If you are interested in joining the women's league, or if you have any questions, contact Lynn Raisl at 253.759.0725 or check out the women’s league Facebook page.

Save the Date: Benefits Fair

The annual faculty and staff benefits fair will be held in Wheelock Student Center on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 7 a.m. to noon. Stay tuned... The Department of Human Resources will provide more information about the event later this fall. Watch Open Line and your email!

Behind the Archives Door: Amy Fisher, STS

Showcasing pieces from Puget Sound's unique and special collections, the Collins Memorial Library series Behind the Archives Door presents Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society Amy Fisher, discussing 18th-century volumes on electricty. Fisher's presentation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m., in the library.

Can't-miss Events

Through Sept. 28: Kittredge Gallery Exhibit: Large Gallery: Kristin Giordano; Small Gallery: prints, Kittredge Gallery

Through Oct. 31: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Al-Mutnabbi Starts Here, Collins Memorial Library

Tuesday, Sept. 24: Study Abroad Fair, Rasmussen Rotunda, WSC, 10 a.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 24: Honors Film Series: Sunset Boulevard (1950), directed by Billy Wilder, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Puget Sound Women's League Meeting, Trimble Forum, 1 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 26: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Andrew Bowdle, UW School of Medicine, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 26: Career Fair, Marshall Hall, WSC, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 26: Night at the Museum: Owls!, Thompson 295, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 27–Sunday, Sept. 29: Ski Level to Sea Level classes

Friday, Sept. 27: Collage—Faculty and Student Showcase, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 28: Men's Soccer vs. Willamette, East Athletic Field, 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 29: Men's Soccer vs. Linfield, East Athletic Field, 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 30: Peace Corps Information Session, Murray Board Room, WSC, noon

Monday, Sept. 30: Daedalus Dinner: It's a Microbial World: We Just Live in It, Mark Martin, biology, Murray Board Room, WSC, 6 p.m. Reservations required.