Currently Accolades: People for November 23, 2020

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Every week during the academic year, Currently celebrates faculty and staff accomplishments, including appearances on panels, presentations, recent publications or performances, and research grants.

  1. Scott Burns, geology faculty emeritus, was inducted in the first cohort of fellows at the (virtual) annual Sigma Xi meeting on Nov. 5. Sigma Xi, the international scientific research honorary of 25,000 scientists worldwide, honored 20 fellows at the meeting. Burns has been on the board of the local Sigma Xi chapter for 30 years, and he was president of the chapter for five of those years.
  2. David Johns, retired adjunct political science faculty, was interviewed for a Q&A titled “Conservation Science Shouldn’t Be All About Us: David Johns Writes About Freeing Earth and Other Species from Human Domination” in Psychology Today on Nov. 13. 
  3. Maura Kelly, sociology faculty, was invited to join the Safe from Hate Alliance, which includes Oregon stakeholders from across the construction trades committed to addressing job site harassment and discrimination. 
  4. Maura Kelly, sociology faculty, was interviewed for “Racism on the Jobsite: How Hate Erodes Construction’s Bottom Line,” a five-part article series about racism in the construction trades, for Construction Dive.
  5. Cassio de Oliveira, world languages and literatures faculty, chaired a panel on “The Musical Negotiation of Russian Imperial Identities” at the (virtual) annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies.
  6. Jack Straton, physics and university studies faculty, won the Juror’s Choice award in a national joint show of 2D and 3D works of art at October National 2020 in Decatur, Illinois, from Oct. 2-30.