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Zines, Pins, and Two Photons

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Art and science aren’t routinely associated with one another. Except in Christine Liu’s work.

The 2014 alumna in biology and psychology cut her teeth in science, exploring how we process information from our senses. Now Liu studies nicotine’s effects on the brain in a doctoral neuroscience program at the University of California at Berkeley.

She’s also an artist, creating small, hand-drawn magazines on brainy topics such as the chemistry of opioids and the mechanics of sound. These “zines” use a lighthearted tone and imaginative artwork to simplify complicated concepts.

Liu and environmental scientist Tera Johnson share writing and drawing duties, selling the zines and other clever art-science mashups at Two Photon Art (twophotonart.com). Check out the sea star gold-metallic temporary tattoos and the pin set representing Schrödinger’s cat, a thought experiment from quantum mechanics involving a cat, a poison, and a radioactive source.

Customer feedback is encouraging, Liu says—the zines, for example, are a hit not only with educators but also with fellow artists.

“We found this was an amazing science communication tool,” Liu adds, “and a way for us to get out there and interact with people who aren’t scientists.”

—Jim Murez, University Communications


DONALD REISH, BS ’46 (biology), and JANICE KENT, BA ’50 (psychology), celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in June. The UO graduates met while skiing in California.


The UO adds three sports to the curriculum—boxing, wrestling, and skiing. Some 138 students on the ski team compete against the University of Washington in February.


JAROLD RAMSEY, BA ’59 (English), received the Charles Erskine Scott Wood Distinguished Writer Award at the Oregon Book Awards in Portland. The award is given to an Oregon author in recognition of an enduring and substantial literary career.


“Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz talks to journalism classes, meets with students at an informal coffee hour and signs autographs. He also draws a comic specifically for the Oregon Daily Emerald.


JIM SHULL, BS ’60 (fine and applied arts), MFA ’63 (painting), conducted a show of his paintings, The Sacred Depths of Nature, in November at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Milwaukee, Oregon.

RAYMOND WOOD, PhD ’61 (anthropology) and Michael M. Casler transcribed and edited the book Fort Tecumseh and Fort Pierre Chouteau: Journal and Letter Books, 1830–1850, which details the two South Dakota trading posts that enjoyed their golden age in the 1800s, under the American Fur Company.

ALAN ADAMS, BA ’67 (Romance languages), has worked with La Asociacion de Productores de Semillas y Alimentos Nutricionales Mushuk Yuyay, a farming association in Ecuador. The association improves soils, crop production, and marketing; it is constructing a processing center for farm products to support local communities.

DON EGGLESTON, BArch ’69 (architecture), former principal of SERA Architects, retired after 45 years of leadership. Eggleston joined founder Bing Sheldon in 1971 in designing the student union addition at the University of Oregon. In the 1980s, Eggleston became the “E” in newly named SERA and championed some of Portland’s transformative renovations.


The School of Business Administration, renamed the College of Business Administration, is divided into two schools: the Graduate School of Management and the Undergraduate School of Business.


KENNETH O’CONNELL, BS ’66 (art education), MFA ’72 (fine and applied arts), taught his workshop, Sketchbooks, in Italy for the 10th time since 2004. Adult attendees sketch for two weeks in the hill towns of Umbria, Italy.

DEBORAH PETERSON LANGE, BS ’75 (journalism). Since 2001, Peterson Lange has worked with a largely immigrant population learning English at North Seattle College. She recently received a certificate from the Southern Poverty Law Center for teaching racial tolerance.

PHYLLIS YES, PhD ’78 (art education), an Oregon artist and playwright, premieres her first play, Good Morning, Miss America, March 10. The semiautobiographical play focuses on the challenges of caring for aging parents. It was a semifinalist at Artists Repertory Theatre’s Table/Room/Stage competition in 2016.


Catherine Jones, associate dean of the College of Business Administration, is named head of the faculty-student senate. She is the first woman elected chair since the body’s establishment in 1918.


CYNTHIA PAPPAS, MUP ’83 (urban and regional planning), has published a memoir titled Homespun. The collection stitches together stories from the fabric of her life, including farming, gardening, sewing, parenting, and friendship.

For nearly 20 years DOUG LEVY, BA ’84 (journalism), has owned and operated Outcomes by Levy, LLC, a government affairs consulting and lobbying firm in Kenmore, Washington.


The Museum of Natural History’s new building is complete, with fresh-cut wood pillars and a towering copper salmon sculpture over the door. The main exhibit is Golden Peninsula: Three Traditional Cultures of Southeast Asia.


CATHY FISCHER, MS ’91 (physical education), a health and physical education teacher for eighth graders at Meadow Hill Middle School in Missoula, Montana, received the Society of Health and Physical Educators—SHAPE America— Honor Award in March. The award recognizes recipients for personal integrity, devoted service, and contributions to the advancement of health and physical education.

JAMES JOBES, MArch ’94 (architecture), has been promoted to vice president of Ghafari Associates, a global engineering and architecture firm. He leads the firm’s new office in Fort Worth, Texas.

ERIC LIN, BS ’97 (journalism: advertising), BS ’97 (psychology), is now chief operating officer of Infinitus Entertainment, the Hong Kong film production company founded by actor-producer Andy Lau. Eric heads Chinese-language film development and production in both Hong Kong and mainland China. His screenwriting credits include the action film Operation Mekong.


The UO has its first-ever theater tour, staging Tour of the Dragon to 10,000 schoolchildren during a 1,500-mile, three-week tour of nine Oregon communities.


KAROLYN DALE, BA ’01 (sociology), has joined Junior Achievement of San Diego County as the nonprofit organization’s new vice president of development.

JACKIE LYNN RAY, BS ’03 (journalism: public relations), recently joined the Clorox Company as associate director of government affairs. She was previously government and public affairs senior manager at Schnitzer Steel Industries, as well as government affairs manager for the National Council of Textile Organizations and legislative assistant to US Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), both in Washington, DC.

Anderson ZurMuehlen & Company has promoted STEVEN JOHNSON, MS ’07 (economics), to senior manager. His experience includes tax planning and compliance reporting for individuals and businesses, and he consults for litigation cases on economic damages, forensic accounting, and liability issues.


Portland’s Opsis Architecture, with three UO alumni as principals, will design the Cheryl Ramberg Ford and Allyn Ford Alumni Center. The building will house the Alumni Association, Office of Development, Foundation, and Career Center.


HEATHER JAUREGUI, MArch ’11 (architecture), was named one of Design Futures Council’s Emerging Leaders at the organization’s 16th annual Leadership Summit on sustainable design in Toronto.

Opsis Architecture has hired KATE PIPER, MArch ’11 (architecture). She is currently putting her technology and historic preservation expertise to use on the Southwestern Oregon Community College Health and Science Technology Building project.

Freiheit & Ho Architects hired KELLY BRAINERD, BIArch ’12 (interior architecture), as an interior designer in Kirkland, Washington. She is working on a clinic expansion with Miller Family Dermatology.

FELIX FRIEDT, MS ’13 (economics), PhD ’17 (economics), has joined the faculty at Macalester College in Minnesota. He specializes in international trade and transportation economics and will teach courses in international economics and principles of economics.

Portland-based Woodblock Architecture has hired AIDAN KATZ, BArch ’16 (architecture), as an intern. He has contributed to many projects, including those in the retail, hospitality, and industrial sectors. 

LAUREN STRAUSS, MArch ’16 (architecture), has joined Quinn Evans Architects as a staff designer in the firm’s Detroit office. She focuses on community impact projects and works on the renovation of the historic Crapo Building in Bay City.

AVEN-ITZA DE PRIMAVERA, BA ’17 (journalism: advertising), has joined Eugene-based Funk/Levis and Associates’ marketing team as an account assistant.

BEVERLY LEWIS, who attended the UO School of Business Administration (now the Charles H. Lundquist College of Business) in 1948, died October 20. Together with her late husband, Bob, they laid the foundation that supports the UO’s most promising research in human and environmental health. The Robert and Beverly Lewis Center for Neuroimaging equipped the UO to secure more than $100 million in federal funding for brain research. The UO’s Robert and Beverly Lewis Integrative Science Building unites leading researchers in developing treatments for diseases and injuries affecting the mind and brain.

DONALD MALARKEY, BS ’48 (business administration), died September 30. He was drafted into the army during his freshman year, and on D-Day parachuted behind enemy lines and was later awarded the Bronze Star for his bravery in destroying German artillery. After the war he returned to Oregon, where he was president of Sigma Nu fraternity. In 2002, he was inducted into the Sigma Nu National Hall of Fame and named one of 125 notable UO graduates.

CECIL EUGENE “GENE” ROSE, BA ’50 (political science), LLB ’53 (law), died September 6. He was a starting catcher for the university baseball team. He practiced law and served as president of the Baker County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the State Welfare Commission, and the first president of Baker Little League.

DONALD L. PICKENS, BS ’51 (physical education), MS ’56 (health and physical education), died September 10. He was an accomplished artist in oils and pastels and took great pride in his poetry. After raising their family in Aloha, Oregon, Don and his wife, Donna, retired to Redmond, where they built their dream home overlooking the Deschutes River and the Cascades.

WILLIAM BOON BORGESON, BS ’52 (political science), died September 23. As a US Marine, he was awarded the Purple Heart for his role in the invasion of Iwo Jima. As a UO student, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. In 1965, he was appointed by Robert F. Kennedy as assistant United States attorney in Portland, where he served until retirement in 1988.

JANET NELSON THOMPSON, BA ’53 (English), died October 2. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oregon. She was active with the Coos Bay Progress Club and was appointed to the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. She and her husband, Daryle, enjoyed planning the annual Coos Bay winter social and organizing bus trips to watch the Ducks in Eugene.

J. JAY SHINOHARA, BS ’54 (psychology), died December 31, 2016. He was active on the board of the Novato Human Needs Center and served as president in 1977. An avid fisherman, his quest for the best streams lasted more than 40 years.

FLOYD RAY BURKE died October 8. He served 20 years in the Air Force and retired in 1976 from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. After serving, he joined the United States Postal Service where he worked for 20 years. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed bowling, reading, woodworking, archery, and bow hunting.

LUCILLE “SAM” LEONHARDY, BS ’58 (sociology), died November 1. She took pride in her position as associate editor in the Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory at Washington State University. She also earned certification as a substance abuse counselor, was a foster mother for several children, and served on the board of Meals on Wheels of Latah County, Idaho.

GLENN HOGEN, MEd ’61 (education), PhD ’77 (educational policy and management), died November 13. Glenn devoted his life to his family and education. He worked in public school systems across the country and in Europe before retiring in 1991.

RADEAN MISKIMINS, BS ’61 (psychology), died November 27, 2016. He was a clinical psychologist, a successful businessman, and a published author.

JOHN HOLLOWAY, BS ’63 (geological sciences), died September 6. He was emeritus professor of chemistry and geology in Arizona State University’s School of Molecular Sciences and a world-famous experimental petrologist. He was elected to fellowship in the American Geophysical Union, published more than 100 journal articles, and took a trip to the ocean bottom in a deep-diving submarine for a three-month research expedition to the Antarctic. 

FRED KOETTER, BA ’63 (architecture), died August 21. He was a globally renowned architect who worked with clients designing sites in Canada, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Spain, and Saudi Arabia. Dedicated to instructing future generations of architects, he taught at Cornell University and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He served as dean at the Yale School of Architecture from 1993 to 1998.

ROBERT JAMES PARELIUS, BA ’63 (sociology), died September 21. He served as a faculty member at Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University and as president of the Highland Park, Illinois, Board of Education. He enjoyed gardening, golfing, drawing, and painting.

TOM KABLER, BS ’66 (economics), died August 4 in Anthem, Arizona. He was a member of Theta Chi and a varsity golfer who served four years with the Marines, including 18 months in Vietnam, finishing with the rank of captain.

GEETA RANI LALL, MEd ’67 (education), PhD ’74 (curriculum and instruction), died October 16. She was an educator, author, and strong advocate for women’s rights and equality. Her commitment to philanthropy, education, and orphans included the building of two churches, a school, and the Priyabala Hostel and School for Children in India.

ROBERT J. PIRRIE, BA ’68 (general science), died September 9, 2016. He was a career Air Force officer who retired as a colonel after almost 30 years of service. In retirement, he worked in Eugene for the Oregon Department of Transportation, and later moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming.

JOHN G. WESTINE, MA ’68 (sociology), PhD ’71 (sociology), died October 11. As a member of the Oregon Department of Education’s Office of Educational Policy and Planning until his retirement in 1997, he worked on large educational projects with the Workforce Quality Council to improve educational opportunities for children across Oregon.

ROBERT “BOB” CLARK SCHLEGEL, DMD ’72, died October 30. He practiced oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Corvallis Medical Center for 36 years until retirement in 2013. He loved boating, big band and swing music, and operating his ham radio under the call sign KD7IZA.

RALPH SALISBURY, professor emeritus of creative writing and literature, died October 9. He began teaching at Oregon in 1960 and directed the master of fine arts in creative writing program, which he helped develop. He published 11 collections of poetry, three short-story collections, and a memoir, and presented his work in hundreds of poetry readings, on stage, on radio, and on TV throughout North America, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and India.

MICHAEL REDDING, former vice president for university relations, died October 19. He served in senior public affairs leadership roles for 13 years at the UO, including chief of staff to the Office of the President, vice president for university advancement, and associate vice president for public and government affairs. Since 2013 he was vice chancellor for public and government affairs for the University of Illinois at Chicago.

What can tunes and the tasty treats tell us about making good experiences better?

Thousands of Velella velella, jellyfish relatives, washed ashore on Oregon beaches in April, and now are littering beaches in New Zealand.

Alumnus Edgardo Simone is a successful composer and orchestrator of Hollywood blockbusters, including the Spider-Man and Men in Black franchises