Oregon State University has established a new Center for Latino/Latina Studies and Engagement, and named a prominent faculty member as interim director.

Susana Rivera-Mills, a professor of Spanish and diversity advancement, will direct the new center, known as CL@SE (pronounced claw-SAY), which is designed to meet the research and outreach needs relating to Oregon’s growing Latino population. Rivera-Mills also is the associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and has been an active leader on the OSU campus in advancing diversity.

“Research and outreach on issues surrounding the Latino population
affect every discipline at OSU,
and are integral with our university’s strategic areas and our research agenda.”

- Sabah Randhawa, Provost and Executive Vice President

The new center will integrate studies of Latino communities in the United States with analyses of their histories, politics, cultures and societies, officials say. Among the research themes that will be explored are colonialism, race, gender, nationalism, globalism, immigration, economic development, language and identity.

Rivera-Mills, smiling.“The center will promote engaged research and outreach
devoted to advancing knowledge and understanding of Latino contributions
and the issues surrounding this population in our state, region and beyond.
I am enthusiastic about the opportunities.
Our action-based agenda will promote
economic, political, physical and educational well-being and development.”

-  Susana Rivera-Mills

Rivera-Mills has been on the OSU faculty since 2007, and has mentored Latino students and been involved with the university’s internationalization and transnational efforts, as well as been a leader in student engagement and global learning initiatives. She specializes in Spanish language maintenance and loss, sociolinguistics, and Spanish as a first and second language.

CL@SE will be affiliated with both the OSU Provost’s Office and the Research Office, officials say.

“Our recently developed research agenda emphasizes
relevance, integration, collaboration and leadership.
Its principles support team-based research, student involvement,
partnership with communities, and transdisciplinary research.
CL@SE has at its core all of these principles
and reflects the values of the OSU research community.”

- Richard Spinrad, Vice President for Research

“The advancement of social justice
is among the important things that will be fostered
with Susana’s able leadership.”

- Scott Reed, Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement

 

CL@SE will collaborate with several units on campus, especially the colleges of liberal arts, science and education, and Outreach and Engagement.

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I recently was honored to be invited to speak at an organization of eminent figures in government, industry and academia, specifically dedicated to the advancement of scientific research and development, the Sea-Space Symposium (S3 ).  S3 provides a vehicle by which leaders from  research and development organizations come together to share their visions and mold their plans for the furthering of  the exploration and utilization of sea and space.

S3 was  established in 1970 by twelve members meeting  on Grand Bahamas Island and -  appropriately – signing the charter on the bottom of the sea with salt-water-proof ink! The founding members, associated with NASA’s APOLLO program, wished to share and promulgate the inspiration and achievements of  humankind’s  first voyage to the moon.

I used this opportunity to talk about a number of issues that are of significance to our OSU research activities: for example, support for risk-tolerance in management of basic research, the need for balance of basic and applied research, the segregation of research management and research performance.  The result was a vibrant discussion and an opportunity to hear different perspectives from industry and government.

While S3 is not positioned to effect change directly in publicly funded research, clearly the group provides advice and opinion in a variety of influential circles.  I found it encouraging that many of the ideas that we are currently incorporating in our OSU Research Agenda are strongly supported by these individuals.

-Rick Spinrad, Vice President for Research
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As posted previously, we have appreciated the  thoughtful comments made about the Research Agenda Phase I Draft, through both this blog and in-person conversations. Excellent points have been raised from diverse perspectives – all  have enhanced the discussion of the values and principles of our institution’s research activities.

The committee and I are incorporating some of the suggestions and will soon post the revised Phase I document,  even as we move on to Phase II , which will identify research thrusts.   We will post that draft for comments. After that, the third and final Phase will define implementation plans – and then we’ll really roll up our sleeves.

While the formal “comment period” is closed for Phase I,  I remain open to any further thoughts related to the Research Agenda,  which is being developed as a living guide for our shared contributions via research and scholarship.

UPDATE: The Research Agenda, which states the foundation for OSU’s research enterprise, is now available  http://oregonstate.edu/research/research-agenda.html

- Rick Spinrad

I’m very encouraged by the thoughtful comments made about the Research Agenda Phase I Draft.  We are reviewing these carefully, and we look forward to receiving more input in the next several weeks.  To those who’ve commented, thank you.
Please encourage your colleagues to consider providing additional perspectives.
Today I am asking for your input on the accompanying text (Phase I of the Agenda), which provides background and definition of our research values and principles. [Please visit Research Agenda Phase I Draft to download the Phase 1 Draft document. To comment, You can use your ONID user name and password. Each line in the document is numbered, so you can refer to a specific line. For technical assistance please email researchsupport@oregonstate.edu.]

UPDATE: The Research Agenda, which states the foundation for OSU’s research enterprise, is now available  http://oregonstate.edu/research/research-agenda.html

- Rick Spinrad

Hello

The Research Office is seeking input on the first phase of an OSU Research Agenda, which is being developed as a complement to the OSU Strategic Plan.

Today I am asking for your input on the accompanying text (Phase I of the Agenda), which provides background and definition of our research values and principles. Please visit Research Agenda Phase I Draft to download the Phase 1 Draft document. To comment, You can use your ONID user name and password. Each line in the document is numbered, so you can refer to a specific line. For technical assistance please email researchsupport@oregonstate.edu.

Oregon State UniversityI encourage you to read it carefully and provide your comments as we move forward to identifying our research thrusts (Phase II, later this winter) and implementation plans (Phase III in the spring).

We are well-positioned to develop this agenda, as OSU faculty have been conducting top-notch, meaningful, diverse research and scholarship – your discoveries, outcomes, and applications have already been  furthering knowledge as well as benefitting the state and the world. A formalization of statements, with a commonly-held commitment, will be an invaluable tool. The spelled-out agenda states that it will “guide resource allocation within the institution.”  It should also help in our institutional focus,  communications about our strengths, and self-evaluation/tracking of our progress. I also expect it will help you prioritize your research activities and will provide formal foundation for promoting investment in transdisciplinary, transformational and high risk research.

I am also confident that the agenda (along with and other strategies in place to strengthen our institutional identity) can help leverage support from potential sponsors, both governmental and private – so it may lay groundwork for better funding and inter-institutional collaborations for your work.

Let me take this opportunity to thank the individuals who put their effort into this statement, for their diligent and thoughtful work: Terri Fiez, Mark Abbott, Gail Achterman, Barb Bond, Julie Brandis, Stella Coakley, Anita Guerrini, Rich Holdren, Fred Kamke, Mark Leid, Jeff McCubbin, Skip Rung, Brian Wall, and Mark Zabriskie. It would have been much easier and quicker to put a lot of ideas into a 25-page document, and to then file it away. Instead, we discussed, considered, chose, listened, drafted, reconsidered, and honed the ideas down to a two-page statement that we hope is accurate, clear, realistic, and inspiring – and that we hope will be kept up-to-date, referred to and well-used.

I look forward to seeing your comments and input.

UPDATE: The Research Agenda, which states the foundation for OSU’s research enterprise, is now available  http://oregonstate.edu/research/research-agenda.html

Rick Spinrad, Vice President for Research

Rick Spinrad, smiling. I’ve just returned from my first trip to DC in my capacity as VP for Research here at OSU.  Having spent 23 years in DC, and managing  research at  four different Federal agencies, it was an odd experience being on “the other side of the fence.”  I had about a dozen visits with agencies (ONR, NSF, DoE, USDA, NIH, etc.) and with staff of our members of Congress.  I have a list of action items that I will discuss with individuals throughout campus, but I share some quick general perceptions in this blog.

We are just seeing the end of a lame-duck session of Congress, and fiscal challenges are at the top of everyone’s list.  The House will likely pass a year-long Continuing Resolution, and the Senate will seek an omnibus appropriation.  This is all somewhat arcane, but for us in the research community it means we need to work hard on how best to get our thoughts and priorities for research expressed to Congress.  My intent is simply to pull together the best information we can about our capabilities (we’ve developed some statements of impact – check out the Research Office website), develop a strong Federal Agenda with a lot of help from Kate Sinner, and build the Research Agenda (underway since September). I’ll be back in DC in the spring to follow up, once the new Congress is in place.

At the agencies, there is good support for our work.  I got many compliments for the terrific research going on, under the support, for example, of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, the National Institute of Aging, and the NSF Office of Geosciences.  I also had the chance to hear some excellent insights from key leaders at the Department of Energy (Under Secretary Koonin) and the US Navy (RADM Titley). It is my intention over the next couple of years to engage in similar dialogues with all of our key sponsors, and to initiate similar discussions with other key agencies for which there might be good sponsorship opportunities.

- Rick Spinrad
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