UO E-Clips: Media mentions for Feb. 20, 2014

UO E-Clips is a daily report prepared by the Office of Public Affairs Communications summarizing current news coverage of the University of Oregon.

Scholarship House to Open at UO

KEZI: The Evans Scholars Foundation, sponsored by the Western Golf Association, announced Wednesday that it is opening a scholarship house on the University of Oregon (UO) campus. This project will join 14 other universities nationwide, but will be the only one of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Jaira Chaffee has always loved the game of golf. For her and classmate Ben Song, that love led to numerous summers lugging around golf clubs for part-time pay.”I was 15 when I got my first caddying job. I trained for a while in the summer and I finally passed training and they told me, ‘Alright, you’re ready to go out there,’” says Chaffee ... Both say the scholarship has made a big difference in their lives.

Why few women major in STEM fields, and what the UO is doing to change that

Daily Emerald: One look at data compiled by the UO’s Office of Institutional Research from fall 2013, says it all: 34.2 percent of undergraduates majoring in mathematics are female, while 42.8 percent of chemistry majors are. Females make up 20.9 percent of physics majors, while computer science undergraduates have the lowest percentage with an unsettling 14.1 percent ... Although Dr. Dean Livelybrooks, a UO physics instructor, doesn’t have a clear answer to this question, he is trying to change the reality ... He and his team work with students all the way from kindergarten to grad school, providing outreach programs to young students and providing students with scholarships to allow them to fund research projects, all in an effort to enhance the STEM career pipeline.

Indigenous preservation advocate Don Ivy welcomed by the Office of Equity and Inclusion

Daily Emerald: The University of Oregon’s Office of Equity and Inclusion welcomed Don Ivy, a retired Cultural Resources Program Coordinator and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Coquille Tribe to campus on Wednesday, Feb. 19 for a talk about indigenous cultural preservation ... Don Ivy spoke for approximately an hour about the importance of preservation and his experiences with Oregon’s Coquille Indian Tribe. “I’m really hoping to get students to recognize that (preservation) can commonly be construed to be native, but it’s very common and involves us all,” Ivy said.

UO Student Government Resolution Condemns Lierre Keith

Eugene Weekly: On Feb. 12, the Associated Students of the University of Oregon voted in favor of a resolution “condemning the discriminatory views and practices of Lierre Keith and Deep Green Resistance” ... Keith and DGR have been accused of bigoted views on trans* people, who might be born with one set of organs but identify with another gender, stemming from a stance that “the women of DGR do not want men -- people born male and socialized into masculinity -- in women-only spaces,” according to the DGR website ... In addition to condemning Keith’s anti-trans* rhetoric, the resolution also creates an alternative safe-space for people who identify as transgender and allies.

Law enforcement plans “security forum” on school safety

The Register-Guard: The Eugene, Springfield, University of Oregon and Junction City police chiefs will be among the law enforcement officials taking part next week on a “security forum” that will focus on “School Safety and Dangerous Acts of Violence.” Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner will moderate the forum, which will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. next Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Burke-Griffith Banquet Room at Northwest Christian University, 875 E. 12th Ave. in Eugene. More information available at KVAL

Social media sites compete for younger users leaving Facebook

KPIC: After a 10-year climb to the top, Facebook is the leading social media site around the world. In spite of their 757 million daily users, some question how long the media giant will reign supreme ... Several other sites are giving Facebook a run for its money ... University of Oregon Public Relations professor Kelli Matthews said Facebook isn’t exactly the social media choice for the younger crowd.