For the Record -- Week of Nov. 4, 2022

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Brandon Schabes at MACHS

Brandon Schabes, lecturer of chemistry, second from left, with the group of respiratory therapy faculty he advised at the Mohammed al-Mana College of Health Sciences (MACHS) in Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Brandon Schabes, lecturer of chemistry, traveled in June to Mohammed al-Mana College of Health Sciences (MACHS) in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, to co-facilitate a weeklong workshop on inclusive pedagogy with Elly Vandegrift, director of the Global Studies Institute at the University of Oregon. The visit marked the unveiling of 2+X program, a partnership between MACHS and UO in which high-achieving female MACHS students will receive a scholarship to finish their degrees at UO. Schabes also travelled to the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Jeddah to discuss research partnerships between KAUST and UO in the area of desert botany. This trip was the culmination of a curriculum reform partnership between MACHS and UO for which Schabes was hired as a chemistry education content specialist. Schabes also visited MACHS last February and worked with six faculty over the next four months to incorporate active learning in the classroom. MACHS, founded by Saudi women’s rights activist Dr. Aisha al-Mana, enrolls 80 percent women pursuing careers in nursing, pharmacology and physical therapy.

Ognian Trajanov ’26 won the Innovation Academy Hackathon, one of the biggest hackathons in his native Bulgaria, for his startup company called “leARn.” The product, Pop!Ed, aims to bring augmented reality to education making it more compelling and interactive to visual and kinetic learners. Besides a grant by the European Central Bank, the prize for winning the hackathon included a trip to Brussels to present to representatives of the Enterprise Europe Network, Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs and the Youth and Education Commission.

Lori Marso, Doris Zemurray Stone Professor of Modern Literary and Historical Studies, has published an essay as part of an invited "Critical Exchange" on "Feminist Sexual Futures," in the journal Contemporary Political Theory. Her essay, “Winning the Sex Wars in Feminist Cinema and Media,” is the third article in the conversation.

Carol Weisse, Ronald M. Obenzinger Professor of Psychology/Director of Health Professions and Erika Crampton ’21 have published a paper, Antidepressant Use During Hospice Patients’ Final Months on Routine Home Care, in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Jordan Smith, Edward E. Hale Jr. Professor of English, has published two new poems, “Drafts” and “Drone,” in Live Encounters. Earlier this year, Live Encounters published “Jordan Smith--Mystic in a Red Flannel Shirt,” an overview of his work by poet Lynn Strongin. “Slaughterama,” Smith’s discussion of work by poet and essayist, Anna Journey, appeared in the most recent issue of Nine Mile.