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UO-led study could push back date for life on land
Register-Guard (Jul 29)

"David Craig, chairman of Willamette University’s biology department, said he was excited by the research for how it raises questions about the origins and diversification of life and pushes the boundaries of conventional knowledge.

"'It’s on the horizons of what we can know and not know, and that’s pushed back all the time by new technology and new and creative ways of people taking and looking at data,' said Craig, who is not connected to Retallack’s study.

Latino high school students practice law with legal elite
Statesman Journal (Jul 25)

"Nearly 50 high school students, most sons and daughters of farm workers, examined witnesses, argued cases and testified in front of Oregon’s legal elite during a mock trial boot camp Wednesday.

"The camp continues Thursday in the lower level of the Willamette University law library. Former Oregon Chief Justice Paul De Muniz and more than a dozen lawyers and judges helped Latino students learn to practice law."

Genpact Names Alex Mandl to Board of Directors
WXVT (Jul 17)

"Mandl currently serves as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Gemalto, the world leader in digital security...

"Mandl was AT&T's president and COO from 1994 to 1996 and its executive vice president and CFO from 1991 to 1993. He received a master's in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor's degree from Willamette University."

Program boosts behavior, brain function for kids in Head Start
Statesman Journal (Jul 13)

"Courtney Stevens, a Willamette psychology professor, co-authored the study along with Helen Neville and other researchers from UO’s Brain Development Lab. Their research appeared online July 1 in advance of publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed and premier scientific journal."

Camp Teaches Teamwork, Fundamentals
OPB (Jul 27)

"James, a member of Willamette University Bearcat Athletics’ Hall of Fame, said the community aspect of Hoopla, in a sense, is what the sport is all about.

"'The game of basketball teaches us how to share; we learn how to be part of a team,' James said. 'For the players to come back out and give back to the younger kids echoes that spirit of the game.'"

Driven to dream: American by birth, Ellie Calixtro has journeyed far to learn who she really is
Statesman Journal (Jul 21)

"For a long time, Willamette University was Ellie’s dream school. She would drive through Salem and see the campus neighboring the Oregon State Capitol and think, 'That’s my long shot.' It was such a long shot that she didn’t apply."

Building a Research Base for Sustainability Management
Huffington Post (Jul 15)

"Many universities have begun to offer professional masters programs in environmental science and policy and sustainability management. At Columbia University, the Earth Institute has developed several of these programs in partnership with some of the university's professional schools. Similar programs are now offered at American University, Arizona State University, Willamette University, Bren School of Management at UC Santa Barbara, Bard College, The New School and MIT's Sloan School of Business (to name a few)."

ASA - Smith gives back to American Samoa basketball on return home
FIBA (Jul 10)

"Former 2011 Oceania All Star, Talanoa Smith, returned to American Samoa recently and showed his dedication to inspire and help develop the next generation of players from his homeland, by participating in the 2013 Summer Youth project.

"The talented guard will soon enter his junior season in the NCAA with Willamette University of Salem, Oregon, and is hoping to become a starter for the Bearcats during the forthcoming campaign.

"But during his off-season, Smith has been happy going back to his roots and was particularly delighted to have had the chance to give something back to aspiring young athletes."