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It’s been a challenge since the dawn of civilization: How do we get rid of our garbage? (more…)
Two Muppets upstaged one of the world’s leading neuroscientists at a recent conference, but it was all in good fun.
Eric Corwin of physics joins an international team that will study how temperature changes the unusual material.
A trio of faculty was recently named winners of the inaugural College of Arts and Sciences Tykeson Teaching Awards. (more…)
UO geography professor Peter Walker (left) spent several weeks at armed occupation in eastern Oregon (photo: Jason Patrick).
The following was published by The Register-Guard:
Jack Thomas Sanders
Jack T. Sanders, former head of the Department of Religious Studies, died on January 21, 2016, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, at the age of 80. He was born in Grand Prairie, Texas, on February 28, 1935. He earned his B.A. degree from Texas Wesleyan College, a master’s degree from Emory University, and his Ph.D. degree from the Claremont Graduate University in Southern California in 1963. After spending a postdoctoral year at the University of Tübingen, Germany, he shuffled through three teaching positions before landing at the University of Oregon in 1969. There he stayed, serving as head of the religious studies department for many years before retiring in 2002. He and his wife, Susan Elizabeth Plass, then moved to Pendleton, Oregon, to enjoy a quieter, more relaxed life in a drier climate.
Sanders was the author of numerous scholarly articles and books. Most of his published work deals with one of two subjects: the way in which religious ideas flowed from one culture to another and were adapted into new contexts (New Testament Christological Hymns; Ethics in the New Testament; Ben Sira and Demotic Wisdom; and Charisma, Converts, Competitors); and the origins of Jewish-Christian conflict (Jews in Luke-Acts and Schismatics, Sectarians, Dissidents, Deviants).
After moving to Pendleton, he became interested in local history and produced two more books. Samuel Rothchild: A Jewish Pioneer in Eastern Oregon in the Days of the Old West brought attention to an important but forgotten pioneer businessman and civic leader in eastern Oregon and central Washington, and also emphasized the role that Jews played in the development of the West. Most recently, he organized and edited War on all Fronts, a collection of reminiscences of World War II by Umatilla County residents, published in 2015 by the Umatilla County Historical Society.
In 1959, Sanders married Patricia Chism, who died in 1973; together they had a son, Collin Thomas Sanders (Shelly), born in 1965, now living in Gig Harbor, Washington. In 1979 he married Susan, a UO graduate student at the time, and they enjoyed a very happy, deeply compatible marriage for almost 37 years. Sanders was a highly ethical and rational man who was concerned with social justice; after retiring from the UO, he continued to teach in informal ways. He enjoyed listening to classical music, writing, traveling, fly fishing, and gardening; and he was an avid follower of politics and of national and world news. He is survived by his wife and son and by a brother, Ed, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Bell Tower Funeral Home of Post Falls, Idaho, has been entrusted with arrangements. Please share your thoughts and memories of Jack in his online memorial at www.belltowerfuneralhome.com or visit http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/registerguard/obituary.aspx?n=jack-thomas-sanders&pid=177415742#sthash.YH6voVZQ.dpuf for more information.
UO geographers are at the forefront of a booming new tech sector: geospatial technologies.
Beloved geography professor Susan Hardwick died on Nov. 11 at age 70, after a brief illness. (more…)
The UO mourns the loss of creative writing professor Ehud Havazelet, who died Nov. 5 at age 60. (more…)
A new Sloan Foundation grant will support the Biology and the Built Environment Center, led by biologist Jessica Green. (more…)
Poli sci professor talks about the influence of black social movements in presidential campaigns, on MSNBC’s “Nerding Out.” (more…)
UO geologists to discuss earthquake preparedness and efforts to expand a West Coast early warning system. (more…)
Physicist Richard Taylor is applying his expertise in fractals to restore sight to the blind. (more…)
The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology is part of a team behind an innovative robotic sub that does plankton sampling, Nature World News reports.
Miriam Bolton, Assistant Dean for Administration and Operations for CAS, received the 2015 UO Senate Leadership and Service Award for Officers of Administration.
Andy Lovering, professor of human physiology, conducted at six-week study in Bolivia, involving 15 scientists and 21 subjects, including UO students. (more…)
Ellen Herman and 19 fellow historians filed a brief that was cited in the recent ruling that same-sex couples have the right to marry. (more…)
Sara Hodges, a professor of psychology, will join the Graduate School this summer as associate dean. (more…)
Physicist Raghu Parthasarathy is part of a multi-university team using zebrafish to develop ways of manipulating bacterial ecosystems. (more…)
Congrats to German professor on her appointment to a key leadership position. (more…)