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‘Philosophy Talk’ to visit Oregon State April 2

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The nationally syndicated public radio show “Philosophy Talk” will visit Oregon State University on April 2 for a live taping.

Show hosts Ken Taylor and John Perry, both of Stanford University, will discuss “The New Surveillance Society: Big Brother Grows Up.” Their guest will be Christopher McKnight Nichols of the School of History, Philosophy and Religion in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. It is free and open to the public, and there will be an opportunity for audience participation.

“One of the most pressing issues today is the increasing surveillance of individuals by the government as well as by corporate entities,” said Nichols, an assistant professor of history and author of Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age. “This is not new. It has a history that helps explain how and why we have arrived at this point.”

Among the questions to be considered on the show: How should we treat whistleblowers that break the law for moral or political ends? How do we strike a proper balance between national and corporate security and individual rights? What rights and responsibilities does a proactive citizenry have when confronted with transgressions committed by the state and others?

“The central issue is privacy rights and how very often in U.S. history those rights have been curtailed in wartime,” said Nichols. “I want us to interrogate the legal, diplomatic, and intellectual history of ‘wartime’ to better understand the decisions that have propelled the rise of a surveillance state.”

“Philosophy Talk” airs on dozens of public radio stations internationally, including on the radio network of Oregon Public Broadcasting. On OPB, the show is broadcast at 9 p.m. Thursdays.

Perry and Taylor will continue their trip to Oregon with two Portland events. They’ll take calls live on the air on OPB at 9 p.m. Thursday, April 3, when they talk about conspiracy theories with Brian Keeley of Pitzer College.

On Saturday, April 5, “Philosophy Talk” will record a new program at the First Congregation United Church of Christ in downtown Portland. The topic is “Remixing Reality: Art and Literature for the 21st Century," with special guest David Shields, author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto.

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NOAA planning leader to direct Oregon Sea Grant program

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Shelby Walker, a marine scientist and administrative leader with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has been named director of the Oregon Sea Grant College Program.

She will assume leadership of Oregon Sea Grant, the Oregon State University-based marine research, outreach, education and communication program, on July 7.

Walker has been the strategic planning team leader for the Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation in NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research since August 2009. In that role, she has been responsible for the agency’s research and development planning efforts.

She also has been associate director for the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program, an initiative funded through civil penalties resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that aims to increase scientific understanding of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and improve the region’s sustainability.

“Oregon Sea Grant deals with a range of marine issues that impacts the lives and livelihoods of Oregonians,” said Rick Spinrad, vice president for research at Oregon State. “Shelby Walker is an experienced leader and a superb collaborator who will be able to develop partnerships in research, education, communications and outreach to address these issues, which include natural hazards, climate change and managing our marine resources in a responsible and sustainable manner.”

Prior to joining NOAA, Walker was associate program director in the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Sciences Division, where she worked in the Ocean Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination Program. She served as program officer for the Ocean Observatories Initiative, one of the largest oceanographic infrastructure investments in history. The OOI is a $386 million project to monitor the world’s oceans for environmental changes and their effects on biodiversity, coastal ecosystems and climate, led by several universities including OSU.

Walker also has been project manager for the Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology, a group of 25 federal agencies with responsibilities for ocean research and technology development.

Her research has focused on organic contaminants in coastal systems, including highly industrialized urban estuaries. Walker received her Ph.D. in marine science from the College of William and Mary, and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Naval Research Laboratory.

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History of hops and brewing chronicled on new OSU archive

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon is at the epicenter of a thriving craft-brew industry, and Oregon State University is helping shape the movement – from creating new barley varieties, to offering courses for home brewers, to its growing fermentation science program, which has a Pilot Plant Brewhouse where student brewers create new beers.

Now, the university is going a step further as it actively preserves the rich history of hops and craft brewing.

Recognizing the need to document the intertwined story of hop production and the craft brewing movement in Oregon, the Special Collections & Archives Research Center at OSU Libraries & Press established the Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives in summer 2013. This month, the official launch of the online archives will be celebrated in appropriate style with “Tap into History” on March 28 at the McMenamins Mission Theater in Portland.

The archive’s goal is to collect and provide access to records related to hops production and the craft brewing industries in Oregon. The first archive in the United States dedicated to hops and beer, it will bring together a wealth of materials in hardcopy and digital formats enabling people to study and appreciate these movements. The work melds the social and economic aspects of brewing in Oregon with the hard science behind the beer research being done at OSU.

The university already has strong collections related to the history of hops, barley, and fermentation research at OSU, but scholars are gathering resources from beyond the campus as well.

“There are valuable items in historical societies, in the boxes of marketing materials in a brewer’s garage, in the computer records of operations at hop farms, on beer blogs, in social media communities, and in the stories that haven’t been recorded,” said Tiah Edmunson-Morton, archivist for the collection.

“While we are interested in adding new items to build the archive, we also want to be a portal to collections through the state, partnering with people in heritage and history communities, state agencies, hops farmers, craft brewers, home brewers, and the general community to think collectively about how to preserve and provide access to this history.”

The free "Tap into History" event at the Mission Theater, which begins at 7 p.m., includes a panel on brewing history in Oregon. Among the topics:

  • Edmunson-Morton will talk about the project and its impact.
  • Peter Kopp, an agricultural historian, will talk about his use of archival materials and the relevance for researchers.
  • John Foyston, an Oregonian writer since 1987 and noted beer columnist, will talk about his work documenting the Oregon beer scene.
  • Irene Firmat, CEO and co-founder of Full Sail Brewing Company, will talk about her work as a female brewing pioneer.
  • Daniel Sharp, a Ph.D. student in the OSU College of Agriculture's Fermentation Science program, will talk about his research and the program.

The event concludes with screenings from "Hopstories," a collection of short videos showcasing breweries in Oregon, and OPB's Beervana, a documentary about the history of beer and the rise of craft brewing in Oregon. The McMenamins Mission Theater is located at 1624 N.W. Glisan St., Portland.

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Oregon State University's KBVR FM wins top awards at national conference

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System has named KBVR FM best college radio station at a university with more than 10,000 students. The station was one of three college radio stations in the country, and the only West Coast station, to be nominated for this category.

A number of KBVR programs and staff also won awards. Matt Walton and Josh Worden won the best play-by-play football broadcast, and Joey Hulbert and Zhian Kamvar won for most innovative radio program with their science program, “Inspiration Dissemination.” Additionally, Megan Cummings won for best production director, and Matt Walton won for best promotions director.

KBVR FM was also a finalist for best overall station. KBVR staff members were finalists for best community news coverage (Jodie Davaz), best program director, (Marissa Solini) and best engineer (Jack Kemp).

IBS, an educational association comprising more than a thousand high school and college broadcast stations and webcasters, announced the winners at its 74th annual IBS New York City conference. All winners and finalists were presented with IBS Golden Microphone Trophies. The conference was attended by KBVR station manager Davaz, KBVR promotions director Matt Walton, and broadcasting adviser Bill Gross.

“I am honored and humbled by receiving these awards,” Walton said. “Josh Worden is a rising star and I am so thankful to be able to work with him. The awards for best station are especially amazing, as they reflect the hard work that every KBVR DJ puts in every day.”

“Joey and I are honored to receive this award,” said Kamvar,  co-host for 'Inspiration Dissemination' and a Ph.D. student at OSU. “We want to thank all the guests we have featured for being as passionate as we are about science communication. They are the real inspiration.”

KBVR broadcasts 24/7 on 88.7 FM from the campus of Oregon State University. The station is student- managed and is programmed by more than 100 student volunteer DJs. Programming includes live music, local news, sports and talk radio shows.

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Julia Sandidge, 541-737-4615

Two prominent OSU alums to be honored at spring celebration

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two prominent awards are being presented to Oregon State University alumni next month during the Oregon State Alumni Association’s Spring Awards Celebration.

Rockne “Rocky” Freitas, chancellor of the University of Hawai‘i at West O‘ahu, has been named 2014 recipient of the E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award. Penny Yano Atkins of Caldwell, Idaho, is the recipient of the Jean & C.H. “Scram” Graham Leadership Award.

The Lemon award honors alumni “who make significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers bring acclaim to the university.” It is the highest recognition granted by the association.

Freitas is a Beaver football and National Football League great who graduated from OSU in 1968 with a bachelor’s in animal science. He went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees in education from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and then built a distinguished second career in higher education.

Before being named chancellor of the West O’ahu campus, he was vice president for student affairs and university and community relations for the University of Hawai‘i System. He also was vice president and executive director of the Ke Ali‘i Pauahi Foundation; held leadership positions at Kamehameha Schools and was a trustee for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. He is in the Hawai‘i Sports Hall of Fame and the OSU Sports Hall of Fame.

Named for a former alumni director and his wife – who worked and volunteered on behalf of the association and OSU for almost their entire lives – the Jean & C.H. “Scram” Graham Leadership Award honors individuals who give exemplary service to the alumni association.

Atkins, ’79, is a member of the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees, is a College of Business graduate who served on the alumni association’s board of directors from 2003-13, including terms in the crucial positions of treasurer and president.

Contributing in many ways, she established a benchmark for service during her decade on the OSUAA volunteer leadership board. Since stepping down and moving on to her position as an OSU Foundation trustee, she has continued to help the association serve OSU friends and alumni in and around Boise, Idaho.

She and her husband, Gary Atkins, live in Caldwell and are members of the A.L. Strand Society.

Freitas and Atkins will be recognized at the alumni association’s Spring Awards Celebration on April 25 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on campus. Tickets are available at www.osualum.com/springawards2014.

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Noted researcher to speak at OSU commencement in June

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ann A. Kiessling, director of the independent Bedford Stem Cell Research Foundation and a leader in both stem cell research and reproductive biology, will give the commencement address at Oregon State University’s graduation ceremony this spring.

Kiessling also will receive an honorary doctorate from the university at its 145th commencement, which begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, in Reser Stadium.

“Ann Kiessling is a nationally recognized researcher and pioneer whose work in cutting-edge fields of stem cell research and the HIV virus should make for an enlightening talk for our graduates,” said Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray. “She has had a remarkable career that launched at Oregon State, where she earned her Ph.D.”

Kiessling, who has a doctorate in biochemistry and biophysics from Oregon State, joined the faculty of Harvard University in 1985, specializing in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology, and working in the Department of Surgery. In the early 1990s, she pioneered reproductive options for couples living with the HIV disease and hepatitis C – techniques that led to the successful births of 121 children free of those diseases.

The Bedford Research Foundation was founded in 1996 as a Massachusetts public charity to support research. By the year 2000, the foundation’s research laboratory expanded to include human stem cell research. To date, the foundation has collaborated with more than 60 clinics globally to find treatment for infectious diseases and spinal cord injuries. Foundation officials say their belief is that international scientific collaboration is fundamentally important to rapid biomedical advances.

Kiessling’s book, “Human Embryonic Stem Cells: An Introduction to the Science and Therapeutic Potential,” published in 2003 and re-released in 2006, is the first textbook on the topic.

Before joining the Harvard University faculty, Kiessling had a faculty appointment at Oregon Health & Science University, where she worked from 1977-85.

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Sabah Randhawa, 541-737-2111; Sabah.randhawa@oregonstate.edu

OSU names Susie Brubaker-Cole vice provost for Student Affairs

CORVALLIS, Ore – Susie Brubaker-Cole, the associate provost for Academic Success and Engagement at Oregon State University since 2008, has been named OSU’s vice provost for Student Affairs effective July 1.

She succeeds Larry Roper, the university’s long-time vice provost who chose to return to a faculty teaching position at OSU after more than 18 years in his administrative leadership role.

“Larry Roper’s leadership at Oregon State has been extraordinary and we are grateful that he is remaining at OSU,” said Sabah Randhawa, the university’s provost and executive vice president. “We also are fortunate that Susie Brubaker-Cole has a well-established track record of success as associate provost and will continue advancing student success and the goals of Student Affairs at OSU.”

As associate provost, Brubaker-Cole works closely with Student Affairs, the university’s academic units and the OSU Faculty Senate to guide and implement student success and engagement initiatives. Her most recent focus has been the development of OSU’s First-Year Experience Initiative, which seeks to help students new to the university succeed academically and socially, ultimately improving retention.

As vice provost for Student Affairs, Brubaker-Cole will provide leadership for a range of student-related departments, programs and initiatives, including Career Services, the Memorial Union, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, Intercultural Student Services, Recreational Sports, Student Media, University Housing and Dining, Student Leadership and Involvement, Dean of Student Life Office, Disability Access Services, Student Conduct and Community Standards, New Student Programs and Family Outreach, and others.

Prior to coming to OSU, Brubaker-Cole worked for eight years at Stanford University as associate vice provost for undergraduate education, and concurrently for five years in Stanford’s Student Affairs division as a live-in resident fellow.

She received her bachelor’s degree in French and comparative history of ideas at the University of Washington, and has master’s and doctoral degrees in French literature from Yale University. Brubaker-Cole also lived and studied for nearly five years in several regions of France.

A native Oregonian from Ashland, she began work at the age of 15 at the Oregon Shakespearean Festival selling programs, which she says sparked her interest in theater and cultural affairs. Now a resident of Corvallis, she is passionate about social justice, food security and environmental stewardship. A committed bicyclist, she commutes to work via bicycle and logs more than 3,500 miles annually, rain or shine.

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Student-directed comedy ‘Beyond Therapy’ opens March 6 in Lab Theatre at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Performances of the student-directed play “Beyond Therapy,” a comedic portrait of love and neuroses, will begin at 7:30 p.m. March 6-8 and at 2 p.m. March 9 in the Lab Theatre at Oregon State University.

OSU Theatre student Davey Kashuba directs the production. The show also serves as the official opening for the newly renovated Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall, 30th and Campus Way.

“Beyond Therapy,” by Christopher Durang, is a quirky, modern love story about the ups and downs of love and dating. The play premiered in 1981 and remains one of Durang’s most frequently produced works.

The cast includes Oregon State students L.J. Duey as Bruce, Melissa Cozzi as Prudence, Sarah Sutton as Charlotte and Kolby Baethke as Bob. Corvallis community members Jonathan Thompson as Andrew and Chris Morrell as Stuart also join the cast.

Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for seniors, $5 for students/youth and $4 for OSU students. They are available for purchase through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784 or online at http://www.oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre. There is no reserved seating.

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Geochemist to present Condon Lecture

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Richard Carlson, a geologist, geochemist, and planetary scientist from the Carnegie Institution in Washington, D.C., will present the 2014 Thomas Condon Lecture at Oregon State University on Wednesday, March 5.

The free public lecture, "A History of Earth Formation," is designed for a non-specialist audience. It begins at 7:30 p.m. in Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus. The Condon Lecture, named after a pioneer of Oregon geology, helps to interpret significant scientific research for non-scientists.

Carlson is a staff scientist at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution. He conducts research on the history and evolution of the crust and interior of Earth, Mars, the moon and different asteroids to understand the mechanisms of planet formation and the way in which planets develop habitable surfaces.

He uses isotope geochemistry to study element formation in stars and how those elements are delivered throughout the solar system. His studies have taken to southern Africa, Brazil, the Arctic coast of Hudson’s Bay, eastern Oregon, and most recently, central Mongolia.

The recipient of numerous awards, Carlson was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2012.

While at OSU, Carlson will also give a more technical presentation on a related topic. His George Moore Lecture, “Pacific Northwest Volcanism: The Connection of Mantle Dynamics and Continent Formation,”   will be held Thursday, March 6, beginning at 4 p.m. in Kelley Engineering Room 1003.

The presentations are sponsored by the OSU Research Office and the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.

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John Dilles, 541-737-1245 or dillesj@geo.oregonstate.edu

Arts endowment chairman to speak at Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. – John Frohnmayer, former chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, will speak about his life experiences and First Amendment issues on Thursday, Feb. 27, at Oregon State University.

The lecture, “Second Thoughts of a First Amendment Radical: Slathering Politics, Religion, Philosophy and Art on Burned American Toast,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Agriculture Production Room at the LaSells Stewart Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Frohnmayer drew national attention during his tenure as endowment chairman because of his thoughts on the First Amendment. He served in the administration of President George H.W. Bush and was removed after he defended the endowment’s decision to grant money to controversial artists like Robert Mapplethorpe and Andres Serrano.

His books, “Leaving Town Alive,” and “Out of Tune: Listening to the First Amendment,” explore the national debate over free speech, government funding of the arts, censorship, politics and obscenity.

Frohnmayer is a former affiliate professor of liberal arts at Oregon State, where he taught about First Amendment issues and ethics. Frohnmayer also made a brief run as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2008.

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Marion Rossi, 541-737-4917, mrossi@oregonstate.edu