National Taiwan University? What’s their BCS ranking?

11/1/2012: The US still has a comparative advantage in higher education. But if we keep going down this road it’s just going to be in football. From Insidehighered.com:

Education officials from Taiwan traveled to California last week to recruit students, The Los Angeles Times reported. About 1,000 people — many of them recruited because they are Taiwanese-Americans — attended the first education fair ever put on by Taiwan in the United States. Wei-Ling Chiang, Taiwan’s minister of education, made the case, noting that undergraduates would pay about $3,000 in tuition, lower living costs than in the U.S., and that some programs are taught in English.

Duck football players have below average graduation rates

10/25/2012: From USAToday. The FBS average is 70%, UO is at 64%. This is the latest available NCAA data, for 2002-2005 students, and is a mild overestimate of what you get relative to the standard federal method,  which gives the 80% 6-year graduation rate you see reported for regular UO students. So the actual gap between UO football players and regular students is larger than 25%.

PEBB enrollment, HEM, obesity, health

Lovely day to do your PEBB enrollment. The online system is pretty painless. Think about signing up for a health savings account, because last year’s changes increased co-pays and deductibles and you want to pay those with non-taxed income. The new twist to the Health Engagement Model: they give you a lump sum and take it away if you don’t do exercise or weight loss classes. While Kitzhaber’s HEM sounds like a good idea for controlling health costs, the data are not encouraging. The NYT just reported that a major study of the effect of diet and exercise interventions on heart disease, with random assignment and an 11-year-panel of 5,145 people (obese diabetics) couldn’t find any benefits. The treatment group lost weight, but there was no health improvement. 10/20/2012.

Plan B for Espy and Bean

10/15/2012: Word down at the faculty club steam room is that the pressure on Interim Provost Bean to do something about his VPR, Kimberly Espy, is coming to a head. Expect nothing from Bean, who ignored faculty complaints about Frances Dyke, Charles Martinez, Russ Tomlin, and Don Harris for years. Bean knows that if UO starts holding administrators accountable he’s a short-timer himself. He’ll try and convince Gottfredson the complaints come from a few of the usual malcontents.

Espy has a solid plan B: research grants and a gig in the psych dept as UO’s most highly paid professor at $241,364. But Bean’s alternative is grim: $185,733 a year teaching the simplex method to bored BADM undergrads five times a year. Unless he can convince his friend George Pernsteiner that the clause in that contract Frohnmayer wrote, letting him go back to being UO B-school dean, is still operative. You guys over in Lillis knew about that part, right?

"Miscellaneous Services and Supplies"

The UO Financial Transparency Tool was set up by the first iteration of what would become the UO Senate Transparency Committee, during Nathan Tublitz’s presidency. It was intentionally crippled by Frances Dyke and UO General Counsel Emerita Melinda Grier, because of what they called “FERPA restrictions.”

To try it, log in to Duckweb, then look under “employee information” – but assume the UO administration logs your use of it. I’m well beyond caring, so just send me an email about what I should look for, and I’ll log in with my name and post it here for you. Here’s your file, anonymous – good luck with your quest, but they’ve hidden the good stuff:

General Counsel spending on “Miscellaneous”:
2010-2011: $73,573
2011-2012: $500,759
2012-2013: $134,072  – just for the first 3.5 months of the FY.

So more than 1/3 of Geller’s budget is for “Miscellaneous Services and Supplies”. Who would have known that you could use FERPA to hide how much the president’s lawyer is paying for competent legal advice? That’ll show you where you can stick that transparency, professor. 10/13/2012.

UO’s commencement speaker gets screwed

(I’m talking about the guy on the left.) I’m not sure who should get the credit for inviting 1995 UO alumnus, Harvard Law graduate, and Portland mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith to give the 2012 UO commencement address, titled “You might be screwed”. But it seems they were prescient. As usual bojack gets to the nut of the matter.

Update: More on the adventures of the charming Jefferson Smith, while he was a UO student, come out in the Oregonian. Right before he hit the student in the face:

“How about getting together for tonight?” Smith, then 20 and a UO sophomore, asked the woman, according to the account. Smith persisted, the woman wrote, adding “I then began to insist that ‘getting together for the night was against my morals. His reply was ‘pound that 40 ounces of beer right there and it won’t be against your morals.'”  

 and then there’s this in the WW:

The victim asked that she not be identified, and WW agreed, because she still feels at risk from Smith, who showed up unannounced at her door last week.

What is it with Oregon’s politicians and UO students?

CAS Dean’s Reception, 2012 promotions and hires

Dear CAS Faculty and Staff,
On Wednesday, October 3rd, the College will host the first CAS Dean’s Reception of the new academic year. The theme of this reception is welcoming all new CAS faculty and staff, and celebrating those who are newly promoted and/or tenured.  
I know that the start of Fall term is a busy time but I’m hoping that you will join us at this event.  Other campus welcome events invite just newcomers or focus on students, but this one is intended for all staff and faculty in the college and is meant to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year. 
The CAS Dean’s Reception will be held in Gerlinger Lounge from 3:30-5:00 p.m. with the program beginning at 4:15 p.m.  Light appetizers and wine will be served. 
I’d like to enlist your assistance in giving a warm welcome to the new faculty and staff who have joined the College of Arts and Sciences, and honoring our colleagues who have earned a promotion or tenure. 
I hope to see you on Wednesday, October 3rd.
Regards,
Scott Coltrane
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
1245 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
Please note that although we have done our best to ensure the accuracy of the following lists we are aware that some paperwork may not yet be processed and that sometimes computer coding for a new type of contract may have a returning person labeled as new.   If you notice someone missing from the list or any other inaccuracy, please contact Connie Tapp ctapp@uoregon.edu
Newly Promoted and/or Tenured Faculty
2012
Biology
Mark Carrier, Senior Instructor
Cristin Hulslander, Senior Instructor
Pat Lombardi, Senior Instructor II
Debra Schlenoff, Senior Instructor
Chemistry
Marina Guenza, Professor
Michael Koscho, Senior Instructor
Shih-Yuan Liu, Associate Professor
Kenneth Prehoda, Professor
David “Randy” Sullivan, Senior Instructor
Creative Writing
Jason Brown, Associate Professor
East Asian Languages & Literatures
Bomi Oh, Senior Instructor
English
Tina Boscha, Senior Instructor
Michael Copperman, Senior Instructor
Kathleen Horton, Senior Instructor
Priscilla Ovalle, Associate Professor
Mark Quigley, Associate Professor
Benjamin Saunders, Professor
Mark Whalan, Professor
Ethnic Studies
Daniel HoSang, Associate Professor
Geography
Mark Fonstad, Associate Professor
Geological Sciences
Josh Roering, Professor
History
Andrew Goble, Professor
David Luebke, Professor
Human Physiology
Li-Shan Chou, Professor
John Halliwill, Professor
Andrew Lovering, Associate Professor
Linguistics
American English Institute
Thomas Delaney, Senior Instructor
Mathematics
Arkady Berenstein, Professor
Peng Lu, Professor
Physics
Eric Torrence, Professor
Political Science
Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Professor
Mikhail Myagkov, Professor
Psychology
Holly Arrow, Professor
David “Nash” Unsworth, Associate Professor
Religious Studies
Stephen Shoemaker, Professor
Romance Languages
Robert Davis, Professor
Amalia Gladhart, Professor
Sociology
Eleen Baumann, Senior Instructor
Michael Gottfredson, Professor
Aaron Gullickson, Associate Professor
Charles Hunt, Senior Instructor
Kari Norgaard, Associate Professor
Eileen Otis, Associate Professor
Ellen Scott, Professor
Richard York, Professor
Women’s and Gender Studies
Yvonne Braun, Associate Professor
Ernesto Martinez, Associate Professor
Elizabeth Reis, Professor
New CAS Faculty and Staff
2012
Anthropology
Stephen Dueppen
Scott Fitzpatrick
Biology
Jeffrey Stone
Jessica Wilson
CAS Administration
Miriam Bolton
Ellen Coughran
Denice Gray
Lisa Knox
Ian McNeely
Gordon Taylor
CAS Development
Mary Ann Ayson
Jeremy Doucette-Hardy
Uri Farkas
CAS IT
Jason Brady
Nikki DelRosso
Irina Kuzmina
Jay Lindly
Craig Rasmussen
Chemistry
Ercan Bayram
Matthew Beekman
Casey Check
Gang Chen
David Downing
Hans Engel
Mehlika Kiser
Francisco Lopez Garibay
Adam Marwitz
Patrick Shem
Nicholas Valley
Cinema Studies
HyeRyoung Ok
Shauna Riedel-Bash
Michelle Wright
Comparative Literature
Karen Emmerich
Computer and Information Science
Charles Cox
Zachary Stark-Macmillan
Creative Writing
Jason Brown
Ashley Reed
East Asian Languages and Literatures
Thomas Walley
Economics
Kellie Geldreich
Ralph Mastromonaco
Bruce McGough
Bill Sherman
Michael Urbancic
Caroline Weber
English
Kirby Brown
Lora Clawson
Jennifer Dare
Quinn Miller
Ethnic Studies
Christine Finley
Irum Shiekh
Geography
Jessie Clark
Earl Martinelli
Victor Schinazi
Eric Sproles
Geological Science
Reed Burgette
James Watkins
German & Scandinavian Studies
Amanda Doxtater
History
Nathanael Andrade
Patricia Moore
Arafaat Valiani
Reuben Zahler
Human Physiology
Julie Gray
Michael Hahn
Karly Mandell
Michelle Roland
International Studies
Kristin Yarris
Judaic Studies
Annie Caruso
Linguistics
B. Mokaya Bosire
Linguistics
American English Institute
Wendy Ames
Adriane Bolliger
Benson Mokaya Bosire
Brandy Collins
Angela Dornbusch
Laura Fister
Shelley Guidrey
Britt Johnson
Bruno Kamps
Craig LaRocco
Anna Mikhaylova
Thomas Payne
Lara Ravitch
Karyn Schultz
Mathematics
Jay Butler
Allen Damon
Alayne Schwitzer
Micah Warren
Benjamin Young

Physics
Scott Fisher
Frederick Moore
Jodi Myers
Thea Naikelis
Laurie Schneider
Political Science
Erin Beck
Burke Hendrix
Craig Kauffman
Nancy Novitski
Psychology
Thomas Akers
Caron Clark
Paul Compton
Anne Hill
Zayra Longoria
Kukuli Moran-Garcia
Monique Udell
Romance Languages
Mayra Bottaro
Lanie Millar
Sergio Rigoletto
Marc Schachter
Kerry Schlicht
Valerie Wilhite
Sociology
Matthew Norton
Jessica Vasquez
Theatre Arts
Bradley Branam
Jessica Cotter
Women’s and Gender Studies
Tamara Spira