Linfield Reports, 4/23/12


Nationally renowned marine biologist and activist Wallace J. Nichols will speak on environmental issues tied to the ocean Monday, April 23, at 8 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium at Linfield.

Nichols, a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences, will present “Get Your BLUEMiND On: Exploring the Neuroscience of Our Emotional Connection to Water, the Sea and Our Natural World.”

Nichols’ projects and philosophy incorporate participatory science, social networking/community organizing and creative communication to inspire a healthier relationship with the sea.

In 1999, Nichols co-founded the Grupo Tortuguero, an international grassroots movement dedicated to restoring Pacific sea turtles and to sustainable management of ocean fisheries. He co-founded and for five years co-directed WiLDCOAST, an international conservation team dedicated to the protection of coastal wilderness where he and a diverse group of partners organized fishermen to protect endangered sea turtles and helped coastal ranchers protect their shores for future generations. In 2003, Nichols and eight others trekked 1,900 km along the coast from Oregon to Mexico to bring attention to coastal and ocean issues. He also spearheads the Ocean Revolution, a program that inspires, involves and mentors the next generation of ocean conservation leaders.

Most recently, Nichols has focused on connecting ocean science and cognitive science through BLUEMiND: The Mind and Ocean Initiative and the emerging field he calls “neuro-conservation.” Mapping how brains work in response to certain events, for example looking at the sea, will help people understand how and why we love the experience. He also founded the Blue Marbles Project, a non-profit effort that is committed to using the blue marble as a metaphor for our planet. The project aims to pass a blue marble through every person’s hand on earth, with a simple message of gratitude along with it.

Currently, Nichols works with several universities and organizations to advance ocean protection, including California Academy of Sciences as a Research Associate. He is active on a global bycatch study with Duke University and Blue Ocean Institute, and has worked with Turtle Island Restoration Network, Biosphere Foundation, Animal Alliance, Coastwalk, Drylands Institute, Oceana and Reef Protection International. For two years he served as senior research scientist at the Ocean Conservancy.

Nichols earned an MEM in environmental policy and economics from Duke University’s Nicholas School and a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona. The event is sponsored by the T.J. Day Interdisciplinary Initiative Fund. Collaborating Linfield departments include philosophy, English, psychology, history, biology and environmental studies. For information, call 503-883-2362.



David Price, professor of anthropology and sociology at Saint Martin’s University, will present “Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State” on Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

The talk will trace some of anthropology’s historical roots, including links to colonial, military and intelligence projects, then focus on a range of post-9/11 developments from Human Terrain to CIA campus centers and CIA-linked funding opportunities, and end with comments about future changes.

Price has developed an ambitious and innovative project examining the uneasy relationship between professional anthropologists and various agencies of the United States government since WWII and the Cold War/McCarthy era. According to Price, even as some prominent anthropologists and the American Anthropological Association were complicit with the government’s threats to academic freedom, government agencies largely neglected anthropological insights and selectively gleaned ethnographic knowledge as part of various military and intelligence efforts.

Price is the author of Threatening Anthropology: McCarthyism and the FBI’s Surveillance of Activist Anthropologists and Anthropological Intelligence: The Use and Neglect of American Anthropology During the Second World War.

Price teaches a variety of anthropology classes and has been at Saint Martin’s University since 1994. A graduate of McMinnville High School, he received a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College in 1983, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1985 and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1993. He has conducted cultural anthropological and archaeological fieldwork and research in Yemen, Israel, Egypt and the Pacific Northwest.

The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield Department of Sociology and Anthropology. For more information, contact Tom Love, or 503-883-2504.



The Linfield College Concert Band will perform its annual spring concert “Of Heart and Home” on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Under the direction of Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music and director of instrumental activities, the concert band will perform a variety of music including “Wizard of Oz” and pieces by Grainger, Shostakovich and Camphouse, among others. The band will be joined by senior vocal soloists Kayla Wilkens and Chelsea Janzen and will be accompanied by the Wildcat Men’s Glee Club, directed by Anna Song, assistant professor of music and choral director. Anton Belov, assistant professor of music, will perform as a special guest with the Men’s Glee Club. Student conductors will take the stage including senior Kaia Machalek, clarinet; and juniors Jenny Morgan, clarinet, and Reveca Primachenko, voice.

Recognition will be given to graduating seniors Wilkens, voice; Janzen, voice; Machalek, clarinet; Sarah Wilder, flute; Alison Bouchard, clarinet; Amanda Summers, oboe; and Alex Fitch, percussion.

For more information, call 503-883-2275.



Eric Maskin, co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, will be the keynote speaker at the Oregon Nobel Laureate Symposium. The public is invited to the free lecture, held Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

In his “Mechanism Design: How to Implement Social Goals” presentation, Maskin will offer a nontechnical discussion of how society can design a mechanism or institution for achieving social or economic goals.

Maskin’s 2007 Nobel prize was awarded for groundbreaking work in the development of an economic theory known as mechanism design. The theory currently plays a central role in economics and politics. For example, it can help frame discussions of which voting methods are most likely to promote democratic values or how markets can most efficiently operate. It can also add insight to discussions of government intervention in the health care market.

Instead of starting with a situation and trying to predict the outcome it leads to, market design economists start with the outcome they want and try to create a scenario ― the “game” in game theory ― that gives rise to that outcome. Unlike the vast majority of economics, which studies markets and world conditions as they are, Maskin explores how markets could be created or tweaked to achieve social goals.

Maskin’s early work, begun in the 1970s, addressed the question of how one can devise procedures that will help society make the best choice from among a set of alternatives. Influenced by his work, a vast literature has since evolved.

He is the author of more than 100 papers on topics such as accountability in government, government spending limits, the causes of inequality, competition among firms, wage inequality and majority rule in political elections, among many other topics. He provided commentary on the current recession, asserting that economic theory did a good job of predicting the financial crisis, but few people were paying attention.

Maskin has made significant contributions to game theory, contract theory, social choice theory and political economy. He is president of the Game Theory Society, director of the Jerusalem School in Economic Theory, and a former president of the Econometric Society. He has served as editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Economics Letters and the Economic Theory Series, and as associate editor for numerous journals.

Maskin teaches at Harvard University, and previously taught at MIT and Princeton University. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of numerous academies, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, British Academy and European Economic Association.

For information, contact John McKeegan at 503-883-2408.



The Office of Admission will host a Spring Open House for high school juniors Friday, April 27. The program will provide students and their parents an opportunity to learn more about Linfield’s academic programs and student life opportunities. Some 150 guests are expected. For more information, call 503-883-2213.



Lily Niland ’10 will discuss research she conducted during her recent Fulbright grant in Peru during a talk on Friday, April 27, at 12:45 p.m. in the Dillin West Wing.

An intercultural communication major with minors in Japanese and Spanish, Niland studied language usage by Peruvian Japanese living in Lima.

Niland’s presentation will follow a Fulbright information session for students from noon to 12:45, also in the West Wing, during which Niland will speak about the Fulbright application process as well as her year in Peru. For more information, contact Debbie Olsen, instructor in history, at



Molly Gloss, author of the award-winning book The Jump-Off Creek, will read from her book Monday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Nicholson Library at Linfield. The reading is a culmination of this year’s MacReads program.

In preparation for the reading, Lex Runciman, professor of English, will lead a discussion of the book Monday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room of Nicholson Library.

In its eighth year, MacReads is a community-wide book reading and discussion that culminates in a presentation by the author. Schools, book clubs and residents throughout Yamhill County are encouraged to participate in the program. Gloss’ talk will track the public perception and the reality of the lives of women homesteaders, and other independent women across an historical and literary spectrum. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, which is open to the public.

The story of The Jump-Off Creek highlights the life and struggles of Lydia Bennett Sanderson, a hardship-honed widow, homesteading in the backcountry of Oregon in 1895. As the months pass, there is good and ill fortune, the exchange of fair-and-square favors and, at the close, a long road back from trial and grief. The Los Angeles Times called the book “A classic of its kind.”

Gloss is a fourth-generation Oregonian who resides in Portland. She was raised in rural Oregon in the 1950s and began her writing career with Western novels. Her novel The Jump-Off Creek was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for American Fiction, and a winner of both the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Oregon Book Award. In 1996, Gloss was a recipient of a Whiting Writers Award. Some of her other work includes The Dazzle of Day, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and was awarded the PEN Center West Fiction Prize.

MacReads uses a common book to create community conversations that cross lines of generation and acquaintance. It is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library, Friends of McMinnville Public Library, Third Street Books and the Linfield English Department. This program was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program. Books are available at Third Street Books, McMinnville Public Library and Linfield’s Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield Libraries, 503-883-2517.



Linfield College was featured in the new issue of The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges.

The guide profiles 322 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada that have an outstanding commitment to sustainable practices. Schools were selected based on a detailed 2011 survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges.

“Sustainability issues will continue to define this century, and it is critical that we help our students develop the skills, moral commitment and passion to create solutions,” said Susan Agre-Kippenhan, vice president for Academic Affairs.

In a 2012 Review survey, nearly 7 out of 10 college applicants reported that an institution’s commitment to sustainability would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.

Curriculum − Linfield offers an environmental studies major, and environmental themes crop up across the curriculum. Much of the curriculum and research is tied to the region, with students focusing on issues like invasive species in local habitats or sustainable approaches to growing pinot noir grapes.

Campus Infrastructure − The 2011 green restoration of Linfield College’s historic library led to the selection of radiant ceiling panels for both heating and cooling, one of only four such systems in Oregon. Buildings across campus have been retrofitted for energy efficiency and all major capital projects are required to meet LEED Silver standards. The school was among the first colleges in the Pacific Northwest to partner with U Car Share, a car sharing program. Special efforts are made to maximize water conservation in caring for the large, park-like campus.

Student Activism − Students sponsor conferences and initiatives focused on environmental activism, including the establishment of a student-managed bike shop that loans bikes to the campus community free of charge. There are now roughly 300 bicycles on campus.



Mike Leahy, visiting associate professor of health sciences, and Chip Taylor ’82, associate professor of family medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University, are co-teaching a health sciences class at Linfield − Special Topics: Health Information and Quality Improvement. Taylor volunteers his time to the college.

Poetry by Edna Kovacs, English language and culture program instructor, was included in the dedication of a mosaic mural at Friendly House, a non-profit neighborhood center and social service agency in Portland April 19. Kovacs created the poetry with at-risk youth sponsored by a Regional Arts and Culture Council grant this year. Kovacs will attend the National Association For Poetry Therapy Conference, “Writing the Winds of Change,” April 26-29 in Chicago, Ill.

Beverly Epeneter, professor of nursing, and Sue Butell, professor of nursing, co-authored with Dave Cadiz, Chris O’Neill and Basilia Basin the article, “A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of a Substance Use Awareness Educational Intervention for Nursing Students,” that has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Nursing Education.

Neal Rosenburg, associate dean of nursing for distance education, will present a poster, “How Does HIV Related Stigma Impact HIV Care in an Outpatient US Clinic Population?” at the 19th International AIDS Conference in July 2012, in Washington, D.C. In addition, his article “HIV-Related Stigma Among Nursing Students in Cameroon” was published in The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care in March-April of this year.

Barbara Limandri, professor of nursing, and Laura Rodgers, professor of nursing, will present the poster “Approaches to Treatment Resistant Depression” at the 26th annual conference of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) in November 2012. Rodgers served on the APNA’s Scholarly Review Committee this year and reviewed abstracts for the APNA presentations.

Kim Kintz, assistant professor of nursing, has received a Faculty Development Grant award. She will travel to Cameroon with Rosenburg to conduct research on current levels of HIV knowledge among HIV infected pregnant women.




7:30 p.m.: Macreads discussion led by Lex Runciman, Nicholson

8 p.m.: Wallace J. Nichols, “Get Your BLUEMiND On: Exploring the Neuroscience of Our Emotional Connection to Water, the Sea and Our Natural World,” Ted Wilson Gym


7 p.m.: David Price, “Weaponizing Anthropology: Social Science in Service of the Militarized State,” 201 Riley

7:30 p.m.: Spring band concert, Ice


11:30 a.m.: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

11:30 a.m.: German conversation table, Dillin

Noon: ASL table, Dillin

5:30 p.m.: Jody Ake artist talk, Library Viewing Room, Nicholson


11:50 a.m.: Voices, Dillin

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin

Noon: Chinese language table, Dillin

4 p.m.: Japanese language table, 304 Walker

7:30 p.m.: Oregon Nobel Laureate Symposium, Eric Maskin, “Mechanism Design: How to Implement Social Goals,” Ice


All day: Spring open house for high school juniors

11:30 a.m.: Japanese language table, Dillin

Noon: French language table, Dillin

Noon: Fulbright information session, Dillin

12:45 p.m.: Lily Niland ’10, Fulbright talk, Dillin

3 p.m.: Track and field at Lane Twilight

6 p.m.: Baseball at Lewis-Clark State


1 p.m.: Baseball at Lewis-Clark State


1 p.m.: Baseball at Lewis-Clark State