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photo of McCabe, Burton, Gonzales-Berry & Hiratsuka
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Pushing creative boundaries

A. Rachelle McCabe, pianist and composer, is a committed teacher and performer. Solo, duo and chamber recitals have taken her from Atlanta to Ontario to Seattle, and to an appearance on National Public Radio's Performance Today.

B. Mathematician Bob Burton leads Honors College students to debate chaos theory, strange attractors, and determinism, as well as ethics and social implications of policy and history.

C. Erlinda Gonzales-Berry, chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies, is a poet and short story writer. She draws on her bilingual and bicultural background to write about the geographical and social spaces where the two Americas meet.

D. Internationally known printmaker Yuji Hiratsuka bridges traditional Japanese imagery with modern iconography in his richly colored and textured intaglio and chine collé prints.



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Inquiry and innovation abound at OSU

For a university that routinely gains national attention for its research in natural resources and other sciences, one might wonder whether those scholars who pursue truths within the humanities would be overlooked at Oregon State University. Try telling that to them.

A former dean of the OSU College of Liberal Arts once called the college "the best-kept secret in the Pacific Northwest." It isn't much of a secret anymore.

Bolstered by private gifts to endow chairs, professorships and programs, OSU scholars in the humanities are making a major splash, and not just in the Northwest. From writing, to religious studies, to ethics in science, the university has scholars whose creativity is putting OSU in the national spotlight.

back to top A Place for Writers
OSU boasts a growing number of creative writers whose credentials are truly eye-opening. English professor Tracy Daugherty, who won a 1996 Oregon Book Award for his novel, What Falls Away, is earning national raves for his latest work, The Boy Orator.

OSU's Department of English is, in fact, a fertile ground for creativity. Fellow English faculty members Marjorie Sandor and Jennifer Cornell have had work featured in Best American Short Stories, and Sandor's new book, The Night Gardener, is earning plaudits for its writing and originality. Jon Lewis' The New American Cinema is a comprehensive examination of the film industry. Robert Frank has been the general editor for the Northwest Reprints Series published by the Oregon State University Press.

The research enterprise at OSU is broad and deep, involving research, innovation, scholarship and creativity -- not only what goes on in laboratories and field stations and forests, but also in libraries, art studios and music practice rooms.
One definitive sign that OSU offers a compelling environment in which writers prosper: In July, the Eugene Register-Guard took note of the wealth of authors in the area and wrote an extensive feature, calling Corvallis "Lit City."

back to top Nature, Law and Evangelism
Kathleen Dean Moore, who chairs the Department of Philosophy, has written a second book of essays on nature called Holdfast, a follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut, Riverwalking. Irwin A. Horowitz, in the Department of Psychology, co-authored The Psychology of Law. Sally Gallagher, an OSU sociologist, teamed with several national colleagues to write American Evangelism: Embattled and Thriving.

back to top The Carpenter-Poet
Perhaps the most unusual and unlikely OSU author is Clemens Starck. A carpenter with the university facilities services unit, Starck stunned the Oregon literary world by winning the Oregon Book Award for poetry a couple of years back. Donšt let him fool you. The former Princeton student is as gifted with a pen as he is with a saw, and his newest book, Studying Russian on Company Time, is earning rave reviews in literary circles.

back to top Oregon's Academic Press
The Oregon State University Press, the only academic press in Oregon, published 17 books last year -- six more than in any previous year. And sales rose more than 50 percent over last year.

Wrote Oregonian columnist Jonathan Nicholas about the OSU Press: "With book lovers at the University of Oregon, Portland State, and even the Oregon Historical Society all asleep at the wheel, the Oregon State University Press continues its relentless march to the title of premier publishing house in Oregon."
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