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Recognizing Excellence

Amazing things are taking place on our campus every day. With that in mind, OSU introduced a week of celebration to recognize innovation and creativity. The first such week was held in May, 2008.

Celebrating Distinguished Professors

The title of Distinguished Professor is the highest designation and academic honor that OSU bestows on our faculty. These titles have been awarded annually since 1988 to recognize outstanding active OSU faculty members who have achieved national and/or international stature as a result of their contributions to scholarship/creative activity, research, education, and service, and whose work has been notably influential in their fields of specialization. The 2010 Distinguished Professors will present their lectures to the campus community on Wednesday, May 5.

Distinguished Professor Lunch

James Carrington, Director of the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing will present in the morning and Balz Frei, Director of the Linus Pauling Institute will present in the afternoon.

Left: Dr. Tracy Daugherty accepts his Distinguished Professor plaque for 2008 from President Ray during the lunch.

Authors Recognition

Celebrating Authors

OSU faculty members publish, on average, over 30 books each year. View the list of new books. A special reception featuring readings by some of the authors will be held on the afternoon of May 6 in The Valley Library.

Right: Dr. Kayla Garcia talks about the book "When I Was a Horse" during the OSU Authors Recognition.


Celebrating Innovation

Innovation Breakfast

On Monday, May 7, 2010 OSU will recognize OSU faculty who are recent patent recipients, during a special innovation breakfast. Learn more about this year's innovations to be recognized at the Technology Transfer web site.

Right: Inventors chat before the Innovation Breakfast while community members view the Hall of Patents

2009 saw the first Innovation Lecture presented at OSU. We welcomed Patrick Murphy, Chief Operating Officer for The University Funds to share an overview of the risks involved at each stage of the commercialization process involving university and externally created IP, disclose real-world examples and experiences with unsuccessful commercialization attempts, and give an overview of how their fund is attempting to restructure the process to increase the value for each stakeholder as well as the success rate.

Schedule of Events

OSU Authors The Valley Library Lobby 7:30 a.m. -10:00 p.m.

May (all month)


Distinguished Professor Lecture

James Carrington

Memorial Union Journey Room 10:00 a.m. Genomes, Small RNA, and Why Basic Science Matters

Lunch honoring Distinguished Professors, Holders of Endowed Faculty Positions and recognizing AAAS, NAS and AAAS Fellows (see left for full descriptions of organizations)

Memorial Union noon

By invitation only

Distinguished Professor Lecture

Balz Frei

Memorial Union Journey Room 2:00 p.m. Micronutrient Research for Optimum Health: 13 Years and Counting as Primus Inter Pares of the Linus Pauling Institute
Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence Memorial Union Ballroom 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. View a sampling of the Research, Innovation, Creativity and Scholarship of our undergraduates.

OSU Authors Recognition

The Valley Library Rotunda


3:00 -4:30 p.m. Short presentations by select OSU Authors. Light refreshments will be served.

Innovation Breakfast

LaSells Stewart Center

9:00 a.m. By invitation only


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