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Sondra Cuban, professor of Human Services and Rehabilitation
Cuban has devoted much of her work to her 2013 book, “Deskilling Migrant Women in the Global Care Industry.” The cover artwork by Cuban artist Abel Barroso is a pinball machine illustrating the global inequalities and steep gamble economic migrants face for an opportunity to reach their dreams in a new country. Photo by Rachel Bayne

Brittany Schade, assistant professor of Design
Schade teaches interactive design for the web, mobile apps and motion. But the inspiration and starting point for her work derives from her passion for type. She created this wood type “H” to combine historical practices with contemporary type design. This piece has been exhibited as well as featured in publications. Photo by Rachel Bayne

Casey Shillam, director of the Nursing Academic Program
As a nursing student, Shillam provided care to a patient who was dying. “She wished she could see her garden one last time,” Shillam remembers. But the patient was transferred to the intensive care unit and could no longer keep her roses next to her bed. “I decided to break the rules, put one of her roses in my pocket, and went to visit her in the ICU. When I arrived in her room and held the rose beneath her nose, her eyes filled with tears. She inhaled the sweet scent of the rose, and asked for me to please take care of every patient I would ever have the way I just cared for her.” The fragile roses now sit on Shillam’s shelf in Miller Hall, in a vase she made herself. Photo by Rachel Bayne

Hope Corbin, assistant professor of Human Services and Rehabilitation
Corbin collected several pieces of hand-crafted jewelry in her work around the world studying global health promotion. The beaded red-ribbon pin was made by a group of Tanzanian women living with HIV and raising money for Women Against HIV and AIDS in Kilimanjaro, a group Corbin wrote about in her doctoral thesis. Photo by Rachel Bayne

James Fortney, assistant professor of Communication Studies
During graduate school at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Fortney was part of a theatre group committed to social justice issues. He received a symbolic key from the group when he graduated. “It reminds me of the important role communication plays in fostering a campus community that celebrates differences and works together to achieve greater inclusivity of those differences.” Photo by Rachel Bayne

Lucy Lewis, assistant professor of Psychology
As a grad student, Lewis got this keychain at a Burmese water festival she attended with a high school student who was a Karen refugee. The experience sparked Lewis' dissertation research about how young refugees use Facebook to develop friendships and adjust to their new schools. “The flag reminds me of the importance of allowing opportunities for students to share their cultural heritage. It also challenges me, when training future school counselors, to identify ways to help create school environments that foster a sense of belonging.” Photo by Rachel Bayne

Lucy Lewis, assistant professor of Psychology
As a grad student, Lewis got this keychain at a Burmese water festival she attended with a high school student who was a Karen refugee. The experience sparked Lewis' dissertation research about how young refugees use Facebook to develop friendships and adjust to their new schools. “The flag reminds me of the importance of allowing opportunities for students to share their cultural heritage. It also challenges me, when training future school counselors, to identify ways to help create school environments that foster a sense of belonging.” Photo by Rachel Bayne

Veronica Velez, assistant professor of Secondary Education
Before she ever dreamed of becoming a college professor, Velez was a community organizer in Southern California. She often worked with Spanish-speaking parents whose children attended public schools in Pasadena – and she watched the group evolve into a significant political voice advocating for improvements in public education. Photo by Rachel Bayne

Jun San Juan, assistant professor of Physical Education, Health and Recreation
Jun San Juan and his wife, Traci, share a love for anatomy – Jun’s area of research includes biomechanics – and for the University of Oregon, where they met. Traci San Juan created this painting for her husband that incorporates all these themes, set in the U of O’s world-renowned track and field stadium. Photo by Rachel Bayne

Rob Berger, assistant professor of Chemistry
“The Nature of the Chemical Bond,” a groundbreaking 1939 work by chemist Linus Pauling, was a wedding present from Berger’s doctoral adviser. Berger and his wife, Spencer, met while studying at Cornell University, where Pauling had lectured and studied. “These lectures started in Baker 200, too,” Berger’s adviser wrote. Spencer Berger is now a Chemistry instructor at Western. Photo by Rachel Bayne