Pacific University welcomes civil rights activist Angela Davis on Friday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stoller Center and a crowd of more than 2,000 is expected. Davis' talk, originally scheduled for Feb. 6, had been postponed due to the snowstorm. Davis has been a renowned public figure since the 1960s, gaining notoriety for her civil rights activism. She came to national attention after being removed from her teaching position in the Philosophy Department at UCLA as a result of her social activism and her membership in the Communist Party, USA. She is a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is the former director of the university’s Feminist Studies Department. For the past several decades her work has been largely in the area of prison reform. Her appearance is sponsored by the Pacific University's Center for Peace & Spirituality, Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation, Center for Civic Engagement, Office of Diversity, Office for Student Academic Inclusion and Success and Student Activities.+ More details
Dr. Labrador from University of Hawai'i and Geo from Blue Scholars discuss topics concerning social identity and activism. Dr. Labrador's talk focuses on how 'identities are socially construted and affected by location and time.' He connects to the content of his presentation from his own personal experiences, being a Filipino born in Philippines, raised in California and living in Hawai'i as an adult. Identity construction and identity struggles are focal points in the discussion, and is actually relevant to Pacific University, particularly since students from the mainland and students from Hawai'i encounter new perspectives that differed from those they previously held towards each other. The second discussion comes from Geo from Blue Scholars. Geo has also had problems with identity and as a son of Filipino immigrants who have lived in Hawai'i and various parts of the west coast. Through Blue Scholars, Geo spreads his message of empowering marginalized groups, diversity, and social justice. Geo's talk focuses on social activism and how students can become active members in the communities and social movements that ehy share a passion for. Geo discusses struggles and triumphs of being socially active in the hope that other students become inspired and be a part of their community. Sponsored by: Department of Scoiology, Anthropology, and Social Work; Office of the President; College of Arts and Sciences; Division of Social Sciences; Center for Civic Engagement; ACE Board' Anthropology & Sociology Club; International Programs; Diversity Office; Student Activities & Multicultural Interests+ More details
As the mid-term election year continues, a panel featuring a news journalist, state forester and an agriculture expert discuss Blinded by Science: The Politics of Fact in an Election Year. Sponsored by Pacific University's Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation and Friends of the Forest Grove Library, the panel includes Susan Nielsen, associate editor of The Oregonian, Mike Cafferata of the Oregon Department of Forestry, and Russ Karow, head of the Crop and Soil Science Department at Oregon State University. Nielsen writes extensively about how science and politics sometimes collide. Cafferata works to advocate the role of science in statepolitics as he manages the state forest for a variety of different groups. Karow is at the forefront of efforts to create a commercial hemp industry in Oregon. The event took place March 13, 2014 in the Forest Grove Community Auditorium.+ More details
Bill Howe, PhD Director of Research Scalable Data Analytics Science Institute and Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering University of Washington eScience Institute+ More details
Martin Ringle is the Chief Technology Officer at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Prior to coming to Reed in 1989, he chaired the computer science department at Vassar College in New York. He holds a Ph.D. from Binghamton University, jointly sponsored by the T.J. Watson School of Engineering and the Department of Philosophy. During the past thirty years he has consulted on a wide range of technology issues for more than a hundred and fifty colleges, universities, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Reed College is one of seven institutions selected by Amazon to participate in a pilot project to evaluate the Kindle DX e-book reader in higher education. During the fall semester (2009) roughly 40 Reed students in three upper-level courses used the DX in lieu of conventional textbooks. We will discuss the highlights of the project, including feedback provided by students and faculty and observations about the potential impact of e-book technology on college libraries, bookstores, publishing, and instruction. Trina Marmarelli, an instructional technologist who worked closely with students and faculty during the project, will join Dr. Ringle in the discussion.+ More details
In this session, Jinesh Varia, Evangelist for Amazon Web Services, will discuss the latest innovations from Amazon.com, and will focus on new technology trends like Utility computing (Paying by the hour, paying by the Gigabyte usage), Virtualization and Web Services in the Cloud and most importantly, discuss some of the innovative business models for Start-Ups, Enterprise companies and Universities.+ More details
Patient’s medical information is electronically transmitted in many ways today. Information is exchanged for treatment purposes, payment for treatment, and to improve the quality of care within healthcare organizations. In this new age of health information exchange, what are the privacy and security concerns that providers and patients should be concerned about? Lynne Shoemaker, RHIA, CHP, CHC has over 25 years of experience in health information management with expertise in state and federal healthcare legal compliance, health information privacy and security of e-PHI, Health Information Exchange (HIE), Federal contractor and grant requirements and disaster recovery preparedness. She is an AHIMA credentialed professional who is Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) by the Health Care Compliance Association, and she has been certified by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) as a HIT-Pro-Trainer. Lynne is the Integrity Officer at OCHIN, Inc., headquartered in Portland, Oregon. OCHIN, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest non-profit health information and technology Organized Healthcare Arrangements (OCHA) networks, recognized for its innovative use of Health IT to improve the integration and delivery of health care services for safety net clinics, county health departments, mental health services, school based health centers, small practices, critical access and rural hospitals in 12 States. OCHIN, Inc. also has a division of the company called O-HITEC, which is the Oregon Regional Extension Service (REC). Lynne is responsible for the day-to-day compliance related activities of OCHIN, Inc. and she has been involved in several HIE projects, including the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Disability Determination pilot project HIE. SSA is now implementing this HIE on a national basis. The SSA HIE is a part of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NWHIN).+ More details
Plaquenil maculopathy is an uncommon side effect of the systemic medication, Hydroxychrloroquine. This lecture will guide the optometrist in diagnosis and management of Plaquenil maculopathy. The course will review updated guidelines from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and discuss exciting new research utilizing OCT. Objectives: 1. Educate about Plaquenil side effects 2. Discuss various tests to detect early plaquenil toxicity 3. Interpretation of OCT in Plaquenil Maculopathy 4. Management of Plaquenil Maculopathy 5. Update on American Academy of Ophthalmology recommendations For the Pacific University College of Optometry continuing education course, follow this link: https://online-ce.opt.pacificu.edu/view_course.php?courseid=82+ More details
THe rational distribution of resources is a key problem in US healthcare - this very basic objective is thwarted by a wide cariety of forces that drive up costs while driving down quality. These forces include a misaligned payment system, the lack of geographic responsibility and accountability, competition for paying patients, exuberance about new technology, poor role definition, and the lack of leadership. In the Berglund Center for Internet Studies' April Roundtable, Dr. Charles Kilo addresses the challenges that healthcare providers face in deciding where to distribute their funds. Held at Pacific University's Health Professions Campus. April 11, 2012+ More details
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