Pauling lecture at OSU

This year’s Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture for World Peace series Distinguished Lecturer is Steven T. Wax, the Federal Public Defender for Oregon, who is being honored for his efforts to protect human rights and our Constitutional guarantees, in particular through his defense of Brandon Mayfield and seven of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

Wax had been a public defender for 29 years before he represented Mayfield. He was previously involved in the high profile “Son of Sam” case in New York.

Mayfield was the Portland attorney of Muslim faith who was precipitously and erroneously arrested and imprisoned because of FBI confusion of his fingerprint with one found at the site of the Madrid railway station bombings in 2004.

Wax has recounted the many hurdles and obstacles he and his colleagues encountered in their attempt to defend these alleged “terrorists” in a book entitled “Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror.”

He will speak at 7:30 p.m., April 21, in the La Sells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium.

The OSU lectureship honors Linus Pauling, an OSU graduate and two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and his wife, Ava Helen Pauling, a noted peace activist. It is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts.

Ecampus wins awards

Oregon State University Extended Campus (Ecampus) returned from the 2009 University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) national conference with five Marketing and Publications Awards.

The OSU Extended Campus marketing team was the recipient of three UCEA gold awards for the OSU Summer Session 2008 Web site, a YouTube commercial for Ecampus online chemistry courses and labs and for the marketing campaign for the Ecampus online chemistry courses and labs. Silver awards were given to the OSU Summer Session 2008 e-newsletter and a media release on the Spanish-language Phytophthora training course for nursery growers.

Last summer, OSU Extended Campus and Summer Session received the highest honor for marketing at the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators (WASSA) annual meeting, which included awards for the Summer Session Web site, printed materials, advertisements and e-newsletter.

UCEA members include public and private accredited colleges and universities and nonprofit organizations with a significant commitment to continuing higher education and online learning. WASSA’s summer session administration members meet annually to exchange information about summer session programs and administrative practices in order to improve institutional growth and development.

For more information about OSU’s online degrees, courses and programs, visit Visit the award-winning OSU Summer Session Web site at

Prosperity That Fits Town Hall Meeting in May

The Economic Vitality Partnership and the Prosperity That Fits Steering Committee is inviting the public to the fourth annual Prosperity That Fits Town Hall Meeting at 6 p.m. May 7 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center Ballroom, OSU Campus. The keynote speaker is Robert Young, a University of Oregon professor and renowned expert on Sustainable Cities. To register go to or contact Lynn Roylance, EVP Coordinator, at

Ito named President of Pacific Lipid Association

Matthew K. Ito, PharmD, FCCP, CLS has been elected to serve as president of the Pacific Lipid Association (PLA). A chapter of the National Lipid Association, the PLA is a medical education society for healthcare professionals who work in the area of lipid management and preventive cardiology. Dr. Ito is professor and chair of Pharmacy Practice at Oregon State University (OSU) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Dr. Ito was appointed professor and chair of Pharmacy Practice at OSU/OHSU in 2005. He is responsible for the daily operations of the Portland based campus located at OHSU. Dr. Ito’s research interests are the pharmacotherapuetics , pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of lipid-modifying agents and clinical outcome research. Dr. Ito has received numerous research grants, has published over 70 research papers, review articles, book chapters and abstracts in both the pharmacy and medical literature and has given over 200 presentations to professional audiences at the local, state, and national levels. As a founding member of the Pacific Lipid Association, Dr. Ito has played an active role in the growth of the organization. It is anticipated that PLA will grow further and accomplish key projects under his leadership.

Ecojustice conference comes to OSU in April

“To Swim with the Salmon: Spirituality and Ecojustice in the Pacific Northwest” is a one-day conference that takes place April 25 in the LaSells Stewart Center from 9-4.

Its purpose is to bring academic and faith communities together in dialog about the ways in which spiritual values intersect with concerns for earth care in our region. John Hart, Boston University School of Theology professor of Christian ethics, and Native American storyteller, poet and artist Elizabeth Woody will give major talks. Breakout sessions on a variety of practical topics, an artists gallery, and lunch are included as part of the conference. Cost is $30 for adults, $15 students. The conference web site and online registration can be found at

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