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Pacific University Weekly News Brief - 03/14/19

A digest of recent news from Pacific University:

Pacific University to Offer Bachelor’s Degree in Growing Field of Data Science

Pacific University Receives Additional Recognition for Commitment to Research

Pacific Faculty Granted Tenure, Promotions, Sabbaticals

TEDxPacificU’s “Defy the Norm” Set for Saturday, March 16

Center for Gender Equity Hosts Conference on Masculinities & Gender

Softball Team Enters National Rankings

Pacific University faculty members are experts in their respective disciplines, and many are available for journalists in need of sources for stories.

Upcoming Events at Pacific

Spring Theatre Production Sheds Light on Food Insecurity and Political Resistance – March 14-17 (Thurs-Sun)

Boxer Athletics – Softball, Baseball and Women’s Tennis Teams In Action at Home – March 16-17

University Scholars at Risk Speaker Series: The Changes and Challenges of Democratic Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa – Wednesday, March 20

Spring Break (undergraduate students) – March 25-29

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Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.

Pacific University to Offer Bachelor's Degree in Growing Field of Data Science - 03/13/19

FOREST GROVE -- Pacific University will offer a bachelor’s degree in the rapidly growing field of data science, beginning this fall. The university’s Board of Trustees approved the program addition during its recent meeting, held March 7-8.

Data science is transforming all sectors of society as organizations realize the power of using data in an intelligent manner. Data scientists collect, analyze, model and present data to identify trends and solutions relevant to a given topic. In short, data science has emerged as a key driver of an organization’s ability to develop, grow and solve large-scale problems.

Students earning a bachelor of science in data science at Pacific will learn the foundations of data curation, mathematical analysis, computational thinking, statistical thinking, data modeling, communication and visualization, and understanding ethical implications. Additionally, Pacific’s capstone project requirement will enable students to synthesize their coursework by delving into a research topic of their choice.

In addition to the private sector, data scientists are fast becoming a critical part of the community sector, including public health, education and government entities.

IBM predicts the annual demand for data scientists, data developers, and data engineers will reach nearly 700,000 openings by 2020, with estimated starting salaries between $105,000 and $117,000.

Pacific’s data science program will be administered by the Math and Computer Science Department of the university’s School of Natural Sciences. For more information, visit pacificu.edu/datascience.

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Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.

Pacific University Weekly News Brief - 03/07/19

A digest of recent news from Pacific University:

Tickets for Pacific University's 59th Annual Lu`au Now On Sale

TEDxPacificU’s “Defy the Norm” Set for Saturday, March 16

Center for Gender Equity Hosts Conference on Masculinities & Gender

Pacific University faculty members are experts in their respective disciplines, and many are available for news reporters and journalists in need of sources for stories. This week’s featured expert is Dr. Phil Ruder, professor of economics within the College of Arts & Sciences. Ruder is an expert in international trade, Canada-U.S. Trade Relations, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), environmental economics and economic development. Earlier this week, the U.S. trade deficit set a new record in surpassing the $890 billion mark. A complete listing of topics Pacific faculty members can speak to is also available.

College of Optometry Researchers Seek Children With Nearsightedness for National Clinical Study

Upcoming Events at Pacific

Boxer Athletics – Track & Field Hosts Pacific Preview; Baseball, Men’s Tennis Also in Action at Home – March 8-10

Pacific University Welcomes Tom Paxton & The Donjuans to Forest Grove – Saturday, March 9

Visiting Lecturer to Discuss Impact of Climate Change on Remote Islands and its Inhabitants – Wednesday, March 13

Spring Theatre Production Sheds Light on Food Insecurity and Political Resistance – March 14-17 (Thurs-Sun)

Cawein Gallery Exhibit: Brock Mickelsen – Through March 15

 

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Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.

Pacific University Weekly News Brief - 02/28/19

A digest of recent news from Pacific University:

Music Department Presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, March 1-3

Boxer Handball Adds to Legacy at USHA National Collegiate Championships

Tickets for Pacific University's 59th Annual Lu`au On Sale Beginning Tuesday, March 5

Pacific University faculty members are experts in their respective disciplines, and many are available for news reporters and journalists in need of sources for stories. This week’s featured faculty expert is Andrew Bzowyckyj, associate professor within Pacific’s School of Pharmacy. Bzowyckyj is an expert on pharmacy practice, patient engagement, chronic health conditions and more. A complete listing of topics Pacific faculty members can speak to is also available.

College of Optometry Researchers Seek Children With Nearsightedness for National Clinical Study

Upcoming Events at Pacific

Boxer Athletics: Baseball, Softball, Women’s Tennis Compete at Home – March 1-3

Public Invited to Pacific University for Screening of Brain Injury Film "Who Am I To Stop It" – Monday, March 4

Old College Hall Open House – Wednesday, March 6

Women’s Sport and the Politics of Testosterone – Thursday, March 7

Pacific University Welcomes Tom Paxton & The Donjuans to Forest Grove – Saturday, March 9

Pacific University Theatre Presents “We Can’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!” – March 14-17

Cawein Gallery Exhibit: Brock Mickelsen – Through March 15

TEDxPacificU: Defy the Norm – Saturday, March 16

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Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.

2019 Pacific University Whiteley Lecture Rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28 - 02/27/19

Originally scheduled for Feb. 27, Larson's talk has been rescheduled after the university closed because of inclement weather.

FOREST GROVE -- Human relevance in the seemingly infinite Universe in which we live is the topic of 2019 Benjamin and Elaine Whiteley Distinguished Lecture at Pacific University.

Dr. Shane Larson, research associate professor of physics at Northwestern University, will present "Feeling Small in a Big Cosmos" at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 in McGill Auditorium on the university's Forest Grove Campus (2043 College Way). Originally scheduled for Feb. 27, Larson's talk has been rescheduled after the university closed because of inclement weather.

His lecture will be preceded by a Physics Colloquium he will also give earlier in the day. A Storm of Stars: The Life of the Milky Way will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Strain 121. Admission to both events is free.

Staring out into the universe has the power to simultaneously make one feel small but empowered, Larson says. "The overwhelming sense of our smallness is at great odds with the realization that we are capable of unraveling and exposing the deepest mysteries of the Cosmos," he says. "The ability to understand the Cosmos and humanity's place in it can make us feel big."

Larson will examine how newfound knowledge has continually forced society to abandon cherished ideas about the Universe. "Whereas there was a time when we believed Earth and humanity were the center of all things, we now collectively realize that we are just one small part of the greater Cosmos," he says.

In addition to his faculty appointment at Northwestern, Larson also serves as associate director of the university's Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics. He works in the field of gravitational wave astrophysics, specializing in studies of compact stars, binaries and the galaxy. He also works in gravitational wave astronomy with both the ground-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory project (LIGO) and the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna project (LISA).

A native of Eastern Oregon, Larson holds a PhD in theoretical physics from Montana State University, and is a former postdoctoral scholar at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech and at Penn State's Center for Gravitational Wave Physics. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and an avid amateur astronomer, having built two telescopes at his home for viewing the sky. Dr. Larson is also a regular contributor to writescience.wordpress.com public science blog, and tweets under the handle @sciencejedi.

Pacific University's Benjamin and Elaine Whiteley Distinguished Lecture is an annual offering of the College of Arts & Sciences funded through an Oregon Community Foundation grant. Philanthropic support of Pacific University is paving the way to expanded opportunity and innovation for students through the Lead On: Campaign for Tomorrow.

This year’s Whiteley lecture is presented by the college’s School of Natural Sciences.

A longtime Portland business, civic and philanthropic leader who ran The Standard insurance company and several other companies throughout his career, Benjamin Whiteley, Hon. '01, was a Pacific University Trustee Emeritus who passed away two years ago at the age of 87.

Past Whiteley series lecturers include ethicist Peter Singer (2016), environmental activist Lois Gibbs (2014), Olympic athlete and civil rights activist John Carlos (Fall 2012), filmmaker and author Bill Carter (Spring 2012), evolutional biologist Sean Carroll (2011), and Eric Schlosser (2010), investigative journalist and author of Fast Food Nation.

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Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.

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Tickets for Pacific University's 59th Annual Luau On Sale Beginning Tuesday, March 5 (Photo) - 02/25/19

FOREST GROVE -- Tickets for Pacific University's 59th annual Lu`au will be available for online advance purchase beginning Tuesday, March 5. 

Presented by Pacific's Hawai‘i Club, Na Haumana O Hawai`i, the 2019 Lu`au takes place Saturday, April 13 on Pacific's Forest Grove Campus and is considered by many to be one of Washington County's signature events.

Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. with an authentic Lu'au meal featuring traditional staples kalua pig, chicken long rice, teriyaki chicken, poi, haupia, coconut cake and punch. A spectacular show, led and performed entirely by Pacific students, will follow at 6:30 p.m. and includes traditional Polynesian dances, music and other entertainment.

Admission prices range from $29 to $40, depending on seating and dinner choice. Additional discounts are available for children, seniors, and Pacific community members. Advance purchase will be available online at pacificu.edu/LuauTix starting March 5. Tickets are not available at the door.

The Lu`au is a large collaborative effort of Pacific students, including more than 300 NHOH members, as well as their parents and family members, university faculty and staff, and other local community members.

Students from Hawai‘i comprise about 14 percent of the undergraduate student body at Pacific. The NHOH student club began in 1959 and is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Hawai‘i culture.

The Lu‘au is the primary a fundraiser for NHOH activities and community service events. For more information, please visit pacificu.edu/luau.

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Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.

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Folk icon Tom Paxton & The Donjuans perform at Pacific University on Saturday, March 9
Folk icon Tom Paxton & The Donjuans perform at Pacific University on Saturday, March 9
Pacific University Welcomes Tom Paxton & The Donjuans to Forest Grove (Photo) - 02/22/19

Limited number of tickets still available to see folk music icon and friends on Saturday, March 9

FOREST GROVE -- Folk music enthusiasts are invited to Pacific University on Saturday, March 9 for an evening with legendary icon Tom Paxton & The DonJuans. A limited number of tickets remain for the performance that begins at 7:30 p.m. in McCready Hall of the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center on the university's Forest Grove Campus.

Paxton once wrote, “Peace will come, and let it begin with me." He’s lived that idea his entire life and been a leading voice of his generation in addressing social and humanitarian issues, while also celebrating the most tender bonds of family, friends and community.

Paxton is making his second appearance at Pacific, having last performed here in February 2002. This year, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner is joined by The Donjuans, which features singer-songwriters Don Henry and Jon Vezner.

Admission is $25, and discounts are available to senior citizens, students and Pacific employees. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 503-352-2918.

Tom Paxton & The Donjuans is the fourth installment of the silver anniversary season of Pacific's Performing Arts Series, which concludes the season on April 6 with flute master R. Carlos Nakai.

Pacific's Performing Arts Series has been an entertainment staple of Washington County since 1994 and has featured performances by some of America's most recognized names, including Ed Asner, John Sebastian and the Harlem Gospel Choir.

The Performing Arts Series is sponsored by Tuality Healthcare - An OHSU Partner, R.B. Hornberger Company and U.S. Bank, with additional support from Wauna Credit Union, Diversity Cafe? and Best Western University Inn & Suites (Forest Grove).

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Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.

Pacific University Weekly News Brief - 02/21/19

A digest of recent news from Pacific University:

Music Department Presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, March 1-3

Pacific University Website Receives Award, Other Recognition

Pharmacy Students Help Local Vietnamese Community Understand the Importance of Taking Medications Correctly

Public Invited to Pacific University for Screening of Brain Injury Film "Who Am I To Stop It"

Pacific University Leads Region in Research Spending Among Private Universities

College of Optometry Researchers Seek Children With Nearsightedness for National Clinical Study

Upcoming Events at Pacific

Stars in the Grove Community Variety Show – Saturday, Feb. 23

Boxer Athletics – Golf Teams (M&W), Women’s Lacrosse, Women’s Tennis compete at home – Feb. 23-24

Portland Youth Philharmonic Concert – Monday, Feb. 25

Whiteley Lecture Explores Humans' Place in the Universe – Wednesday, Feb. 27

A Storm of Stars: The Life of the Milky Way – Thursday, Feb. 28

'In Your Face' Lecture Explores Marginalization of Native Americans Through Use of Sports Mascots – Thursday, Feb. 28

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Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is currently ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.