Honoring Our Rivers Welcomes Student Writing and Artwork

Submission deadline for 2015 anthology set for January 31

Since 2000, Honoring Our Rivers has showcased Oregon student writing and artwork focused on rivers and watersheds. From poetry to prose and fiction, from illustration to photography, students from across the state submit their work to a juried-review process and finalists appear before the public in an annual anthology and at exhibits, events and readings hosted by Honoring Our Rivers. Oregon schools, teachers, academic advisors, community youth programs and homeschoolers are encouraged to promote student submissions before the project’s upcoming January 31 postmark deadline.

Last year, over 900 students submitted entries to the anthology, and we distributed 4,000 copies to Oregon schools and libraries! This year, Honoring Our Rivers is working to further increase the number and diversity of submissions from around the state. The project is open to all Oregon students from kindergarten to 12th grade as well undergraduate students. All schools and students are recognized for their participation. The Honoring Our Rivers anthology is released to the public in April, in time for Earth Day, and a release celebration is held in May at Powell’s City of Books in Portland. Additional readings and exhibits will follow throughout the summer and fall.

“Honoring Our Rivers is a highly motivating learning project,” says Tom Webb, former project director for HOR. “Not only do students learn about Oregon’s legacy of rivers, they take part in the process of submitting to a publication for public consideration, a real-world writing and art practice. HOR also supports teachers’ efforts to meet state standards in the arts, English and earth sciences.”

Student work in the Honoring Our Rivers’ anthology appears alongside submissions from Oregon’s leading writers. Previous anthologies have included work by Ursula Le Guin, Brian Doyle, Barry Lopez and former Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen.

Honoring Our Rivers is a project of the Willamette Partnership, a 501©3 nonprofit organization. 2014-15 sponsors include the Eugene Water and Electric Board, Wildwood Mahonia, and the Port of Portland. Partners include SOLVE, Love Your River, The Freshwater Trust, Sustainable Oregon Schools, Friends of Straub Environmental Learning Center and the Oregon Poetry Association.

Out in Space, Back in Time: Images from the Hubble Space Telescope (December – February)

December 15, 2012 – February 10, 2013
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Event Times: Wednesdays – Sundays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Event Admission: $3; $2 seniors & youth; $8 families; Free on Wednesdays & to staff, students, children, faculty

Location: University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Address: 1680 E 15th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403
Phone: 541.346.5083
The Hubble Telescope takes amazingly clear pictures of objects beyond Earth—from our close neighbors in space to the distant Rose Galaxies. Discover the universe in this exhibit of photographs.

The Big Bang and Beyond: A Beginner’s Guide to the Universe (December 8, 2011)

Thursday, December 8, 2011 – 7:00pm
Eugene – Cozmic Pizza

What does the Universe look like and what is our place in it? How is it evolving and what did it look like in the distant past? What will it be like in the future? Join Willamette University physics chair and cosmologist Dr. Rick Watkins in an exploration of the Universe and its evolution

Seeing Things in a New Light: Infrared Imaging (November 10, 2011)

Thursday, November 10, 2011 – 7:00pm
Eugene – Cozmic Pizza

Join us to see the world in a “new light.” John Lester Miller (a.k.a. Dr. Strangephoton) will give an energetic presentation on the history, phenomenology, and applications of infrared imaging. The evening starts with Hershel’s discovery of infrared light in 1800 and traces the fascinating story to modern day astronomy, military, law enforcement, and commercial applications. The talk will be augmented with numerous infrared video clips, images, and a live infrared camera.

John Lester Miller has 30 years of experience in the design and development of infrared systems for astronomy, commercial applications, military, and intelligence. He has worked at Mt. Wilson and Palomar Observatories, Rockwell, NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility (on Mauna Kea), Martin Marietta, and the Research Triangle Institute and has been with FLIR Systems (headquartered in Wilsonville) for over 14 years. He has written more than 60 papers and four books on electro-optical technology. John sits on SPIE’s Infrared Technology and the Military Sensor Symposium’s National Sensor program committees and chairs several sessions each year. He is the chief technical officer for FLIR Systems’ Government Division overseeing several imaging development initiatives.

Bees on the Brink (October 13, 2011)

Thursday, October 13, 2011 – 7:00pm
Eugene – Cozmic Pizza

Honey bee pollination is estimated to be worth more than $20 billion in the United States. However, in the last 60 years, the number of U.S. honey bee colonies has declined by over half, from nearly 5 million to 2.4 million. Further compounding these losses, U.S. beekeepers have reported annual declines of about 30-35% over the last five years. These losses are unsustainable. At the same time, the demand for pollination of fiber, fruit, vegetable, and nut crops has increased. At this Science Pub, find out about what’s happening to the bees to cause this precipitous decrease in numbers, and what is being done to help them stage a comeback.

Ramesh Sagili, PhD, assistant professor in the Oregon State University Extension Service and Department of Horticulture, will discuss the current status of honey bee health and numerous challenges facing honey bees and the beekeeping industry. He will describe current research efforts at OSU and at other bee research laboratories across the nation, and he will offer simple suggestions to home gardeners who want to foster honey bees.

Young Naturalist Awards – Deadline March 9, 2012

The Young Naturalist Awards is a research-based science competition for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science.

Winners receive:

For more information see the following website:

Science Open House @ U of O! (21 Sept 2011)

You’re invited to an evening of excitement, creativity, and (EXPLOSIVE) science! Featuring demonstrations from the ladies of SPICE! (Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence) as well as Dr. Stan & The Science Circus. Get up close and personal with the substances that defy physics when you enter the Non-Newtonian Zone and learn to dance on liquid in the Oobleck Pit.

Willamette Hall – U of O Campus
6:30 – 8:30 Outreach Booths, Laser Maze, Oobleck Pit, Flubber Factory
7:00 – 8:00 Science Triathalon – Test Your Science Skills (Reguires reservation*)
8:15 – 8:30 Closing Ceremonies

* RSVP to btodd@uoregon.edu or call (541) 346-4313


Sequencing the Neanderthal Genome (9.19.2011)

The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing presents…

Richard “Ed” Green, UC-Santa Cruz is the director of the Neanderthal Genome Project and will give a lecture designed for the public on “Recent Human Evolution as Revealed by Ancient Hominim Genomes”

…on Monday, September 19th at 3:30 pm at the CH2MHill Alumni Center on campus at OSU.

The Wildflower & Music Festival (May 15, 2011)

10 am to 5 pm
Parking is free on festival day.
Suggested donation $5 per person, children under 12 free.
Please leave your dogs at home!

The Wildflower & Music Festival, co-sponsored by the Native Plant Society of Oregon and Lane Community College, features extensive displays of Oregon’s native and naturalized flowering plant species. You don’t have to be a plant expert to love our Wildflower & Music Festivals. The festival is loaded with fun things to do for everyone in the family. As many as three to four hundred species of wildflowers will be on display, from Anemones to Vancouveria! Collected and organized for attendees to get a close look, top botanists of the region will be on hand to answer questions. For an even closer look, guests can use on-site microscopes. The festival includes great food, lively music, activities for kids, arts and crafts, and a wide selection of plants for sale.

For more information or the music line up visit the following link: http://mountpisgaharboretum.org/wildflower-festival-2011

The Discovery of Insulin – April 14 (Cozmic Pizza)

The Discovery of Insulin: Lifting the Death Sentence of Diabetes
Thursday, April 14, 2011 – 7:00pm
Eugene – Cozmic Pizza
On October 31, 1920, Frederick Banting was an orthopedic surgeon looking for work when, half-asleep in the midst of a restless night, he scrawled 25 words that would lead to the life-saving solution to a problem that had confounded scientists for centuries. Less than two years later, the fourteen-year-old diabetic daughter of the U.S. Secretary of State, Elizabeth Hughes, became one of the first recipients of an experimental drug called insulin. This improbable meeting would change both of their lives—and millions of others. But for nearly 60 years, Elizabeth’s story was virtually lost to history. More than 23 million people in the United States, or about 8% of the population, have diabetes, and 5 to 10% of these have Type 1 diabetes. Yet many do not know the amazing story that led to the medical breakthrough on which they depend.