CAS Connection Jan-Feb 2024

January/February 2024

In Focus

CAS Earth Scientists Prepare for Big One

What will happen if a massive earthquake reduces the Pacific Northwest to rubble? The nation’s first subduction zone earthquake hazards center, CRESCENT, brings together researchers and policymakers to help build resilience against the inevitable temblor—and increase diversity in the Earth sciences.

Read about CRESCENT

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Around CAS

Little Larvae to Hit the Big Screen

Marine biology students searched the Atlantic Ocean for rare organisms that thrive without sunlight. An upcoming IMAX film will document their journey—and, they hope, inspire a new generation of women scientists.

Read about OIMB and the Film

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Around CAS

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Want to make New Year’s resolutions you’ll actually keep this year? Psychology doctoral student Deanna Strayer offers research-backed tips for successful goal setting to help you stick to your plans.

Read about Goal-Setting Success

Linguistics of Hip Hop


How 50 Years of Hip Hop Have Shaped the English Language: A Conversation with Rachel Weissler

Over the past 50 years, hip hop has grown from a popular music genre to a cultural revolution that spans the globe, affecting everything from fashion to language. Linguistics Professor Rachel Weissler explores the profound influence of hip hop on the English language.

“Artists often bring their cultural identity into their rap, reflecting the linguistic diversity within the Black community. From Detroit to California, you can hear distinctive linguistic differences that showcase the beauty of language variation in our country,” she says.

Read about Hip Hop

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Faculty Spotlight

Elevating Women Scholars Around the World

Fulbright Scholar Alisa Freedman is chronicling the rise of women’s scholarship during a five-month trip to Vietnam, where she's helping women professors find their footing in the academic publishing world.

Read about Freedman

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Student Spotlight

Finding Strength in Community

As an Indigenous person growing up in predominantly white schools, Tiera Garrety often felt isolated. Now a leader within the UO Native community, the NAIS senior is working to improve the academic lives of future generations.

Read about Garrety

UOO Duck

Quack Quiz

What's the secret to making an intense espresso?



Page Turners

‘The Sisterhood’ Celebrates Black Feminist Writing

In 2004, Courtney Thorsson, an English associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, first learned about a photo of a group of Black women that would take her nearly 20 years to investigate.

The Sisterhood cover

This photo wasn’t depicting an ordinary group of people. Gathered in a prewar New York apartment, the black-and-white photo included writers Toni Morrison, June Jordan and Alice Walker. They called themselves the Sisterhood, and from 1977 to 1979, they met to talk about writing, culture and liberation.

Thorsson’s new book, The Sisterhood: How a Network of Black Women Writers Changed American Culture, brings together documents and interviews to show readers the transformational nature of those gatherings.

Read about The Sisterhood


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