This Year's Distinguished Alumni Speaker Program (D.A.S.P.)

UO Graduate School alums are doing amazing work! To showcase some of their accomplishments, three distinguished alumni of the Graduate School will come back to Eugene to speak about their work and lives since graduating. These talks – planned in concert with the departments from which the alums graduated – will be open to the campus community and beyond.

D.A.S.P. kicked off this year with Sarah Cheesman, the Developmental Director at Ophelia's Place, a prevention-based nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering girls to make healthy life choices. Cheesman received her Ph.D. in Biology in 2003 in the UO institute of Neuroscience and followed a non-academic career path to pursue her  passion for helping young women. Her varied experience contributes to her unique perspective on transitioning to life outside of academic science. 

Next up is Dr. Brett Walker on April 19th at 3:30-5 pm at Jaqua Center AuditoriumWalker is a Regents professor of history at Montana State University (MSU). Walker is a critically acclaimed author, writing five books since recieving his Ph.D. from University of Oregon in 1997. His first three books are widely admired and influential in both Japanese and environmental histoy. Although he spent a short stint at Yale from 1998-1999, Brett strongly identifies with the West where he continues his distinguished career at MSU.  

His talk, Memory as Medicine: Reflections on History will examine the body's immune system and microbial composition as well as the biological and cultural origins of memory and history, offering a startling, fresh way to view the role of history in understanding our physical selves. The book discovers that family legacies shape us both physically and symbolically, forming the root of our identity and values, and urges people to renew their interest in the past or risk misunderstanding ourselves and the world around us. 

To learn more about D.A.S.P. and hear from past speakers, click here.

To see an archive of past talks, click here

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