Brett Tyler, smiling.I am pleased to announce that Dr. Brett Tyler has accepted the position of the Director of OSU’s Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing (CGRB). He has also been appointed as the Stewart Chair in Gene Research, tenured professor in the Department of Botany & Plant Pathology, and adjunct faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He will assume responsibilities on January 1, 2012.

Tyler has been a professor at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Virginia.

As a leader in this important field, he will contribute immensely to our research portfolio, and will inspire expanded discovery as well as impact.

“We are excited about Brett leading the CGRB. He brings world-class credentials to our institution,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Tyler received his Ph.D. in molecular immunology from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia and postdoctoral training in fungal genetics at the University of Georgia. His current research interests are focused on the systems biology of infectious disease, principally regarding oomycete pathogens of plants. His research employs a combination of structural and functional genomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, and mathematical modeling to dissect the network of signals that tie together the biochemical and regulatory networks of pathogens and their hosts.

Tyler’s team recently discovered a widespread class of small secreted proteins produced by oomycetes, fungi and insects that can enter plant and animal host cells by binding to phosphoinositides. In 2008 Tyler was awarded the Noel T. Keen Award for Excellence in Molecular Plant Pathology by the American Phytopathological Society.

“I am excited to join the research community of Oregon State University, and to participate in leading the community to excellence, especially in the fast-moving areas of genomics and biocomputing,” said Tyler.

CGRB facilitates the development, application and training in computationally intensive, genome-enabled research at OSU and across the state. Research in the CGRB and faculty affiliate laboratories seeks to improve health, better utilize natural and agricultural resources, understand our global environment, and develop new bio-based products and energy sources. The Center offers leadership and services to faculty, staff and students through core laboratories, computational facilities, seminars and technology workshops and conferences. It also provides a focal point for researchers to establish contacts, initiate collaborations and apply new technologies in their own laboratories.

We appreciate Dan Arp for acting as the Interim Director of CGRB. Tyler will fill the position vacated by Jim Carrington, who became president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Please join me in welcoming Brett Tyler to campus and this leadership role.

Rick Spinrad
Vice President for Research

Link to CGRB

 

I thank the members of the task force who collaborated tirelessly and effectively to create this document.  We learned much through this process. We hope that the result, unique and comprehensive,  will ably guide the OSU research enterprise into an ever more  productive role  in service to knowledge and society. – Rick Spinrad


Oregon State University Research Agenda

September 1, 2011

link to pdf (printable version)

link to Research Agenda webpage

Overview — OSU research, rich and extraordinarily diverse, has significant impact on Oregon and the world.  This research agenda consists of statements of values, principles, and research thrusts that provide the foundation for OSU’s research enterprise.

 

The Challenge — The OSU research portfolio has grown dramatically over the last decade as a result of the initiative and quality of the University’s faculty, staff and students.  Continued expansion of research at OSU will depend on our ability to create and support core capabilities and commit resources to hire and retain the best faculty.  We must foster a climate that rewards creative, high-impact research.  Our research must improve fundamental understanding, create solutions to global challenges, and address emerging opportunities while aligning with funding sources.

 

Our Values — The OSU research community, a vibrant group of faculty, staff and students, shares values that establish the culture and foundation upon which we build our agenda.  We value collaboration, open mindedness, authenticity, curiosity, knowledge creation, creativity, integrity, collegiality and an entrepreneurial spirit.  These values have served us well through the years; the research agenda will reinforce them.

 

OSU research emphasizes:

 

RELEVANCE: We create high impact solutions to the pressing needs of local and global communities in order to ensure a healthy and sustainable world.

INTEGRATION: Our transdisciplinary[1] research addresses needs with transformative approaches, both basic and applied, both short-term and long-term.

COLLABORATION: We collaborate locally, nationally and internationally with communities,  industries, academia, and the public and private sector.

LEADERSHIP: We lead the research community and educate and mentor the next generation of leaders.

ACCESSIBILITY: We openly exchange ideas, approaches, data and results while protecting intellectual property.

 

Our Principles — At the heart of the research agenda are the principles that guide our research investment decisions.  These principles complement and align with our values and the goals outlined in the strategic plan.  The four principles serve as the compass for OSU’s future research investment:

 

1.      OSU will support innovative and flexible organizational structures to enable a diverse portfolio of both individual and team-based research.

 

2.      OSU’s programs will be models for Land, Space, Sea and Sun Grant institutions in the 21st Century.  OSU’s research will

a.       Include a healthy spectrum of fundamental and applied research that enhances knowledge creation, the wellbeing of people, the environment, and the economy in the state of Oregon, the nation, and the world; and

b.      Integrate with undergraduate and graduate education to develop emerging leaders and sustain a work force that meets the current and anticipated employment needs; and

c.       Create and sustain partnerships with communities, agencies and businesses through outreach and engagement to solve critical social and environmental problems and support economic vitality.

 

3.      OSU’s research programs will be highly competitive for private and public funding.  To do this, OSU will

a.       Promote and invest in transdisciplinary, transformational and high risk research.

b.      Actively engage with public and private sponsors to help influence future funding trends and opportunities.

c.       Seek collaborative opportunities from all sectors including academic, industrial, governmental and non-governmental.

d.      Work to minimize barriers to collaborative research, both internally and with external partners.

 

4.      OSU will enhance the professional growth opportunities and workplace climate for all members of the University research community.  OSU will

a.       Recognize research contributions and achievements.

b.      Foster leadership development of students, faculty and staff at all levels.

c.       Enhance opportunities for research support for faculty and students by promoting transdisciplinary research and creative activities.

d.      Work to enhance communication across disciplines, thereby enhancing not only the research enterprise but also the campus climate and acceptance of diverse perspectives.

 

OSU’s Research Thrusts

OSU’s Strategic Plan focuses on three Signature Areas of Distinction

 

Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems; Improving Human Health and Wellness; and Promoting Economic Growth and Social Progress. All three build upon the University’s core teaching and research strengths, the skill and capacities of its faculty, and OSU’s many established national and international partnerships and collaborations. Collectively, the Signature Areas represent OSU’s greatest opportunity to lead in solving complex societal problems, and to creating superior learning opportunities for students…”[2]

 

 

 

These Signature Areas invoke a rich and complex set of research opportunities that can be captured in highly integrative and overarching research thrusts.

 

  • How do natural systems work and how can we live sustainably within them?
  • What factors and systems influence and promote health, wellness and long-term quality of life?
  • What fundamental understanding, discoveries and solutions are needed to advance economic and social well being?

 

 

This research agenda is an important part of the framework defining the 21st century OSU land grant mission:

“As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research, and outreach and engagement, Oregon State University promotes economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world. This mission is achieved by producing graduates competitive in the global economy, supporting a continuous search for new knowledge and solutions, and maintaining a rigorous focus on academic excellence…2

 

In moving forward with this research agenda, invoking the values and principles identified above, and addressing the critical research thrusts, we will ensure that our mission is met.

 

 

 

 

 

 


[1] Transdisciplinary research “implies the conception of research questions that transcend the individual departments or specialized knowledge bases because they are intended to solve research questions that are, by definition, beyond the purview of the individual disciplines” (Who Will Keep the Public Healthy? Educating Health Professionals for the 21st Century, Institute of Medicine. 2003. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.)

[2] http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/strategic-plan

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Tree Swallows ("Gape" coloration around beaks helps parent guide food into open mouths). photo BAM, info MG.

Heron walking in water, photo used with permission, copyright Bruce Marbin.The creek’s world let us in, early one  morning. A yellow-eyed heron, engrossed in its walking meditation/fishing, tolerated our binoculared stares.  Four fluffed round tree swallows, cuddled on a curving reed, were oblivious to everything but the treats swooped to their mouths by their parents. On thick leaf pads, husky yellow blossoms, a local version of lotus?, ignored our bumping as we glided in to peer at their  delicacies.

We relished the benign neglect that the wildlife offered us. Paddling our kayaks silently upstream, we could blissfully feel we were one with nature, and all was right with the environment. Is that sound still the automobiles? No – it’s the swash of the ocean waves.

After disembarking and reloading the kayaks on top of our cars, we became one with that traffic to Newport’s featured human event: the open house for the new Marine Operations Center-Pacific  of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  (NOAA). We had figured that waiting until the weekend’s final hours would mean “the public” would be gone. Ha. We waited in lines to get in through the doors and out onto the vast pier of our federal government come-to-town. Over three thousand curious people, the gatekeepers figured, had already come through.

Artist's rendering of facilities, bay, bridge, ships.
courtesy Port of Newport and gLAs Architects, LLC.

Because I work for Rick Spinrad, who not long ago was the assistant administrator for research of NOAA, and having for years known Jane Lubchenco, who is now NOAA’s head, I was pretty aware of this Department of Commerce bureau. Yet I had so much to learn. In the warehouse, we shuffled past table-top displays about the science, created especially for this celebration, and in the administrative building we saw permanent exhibits. Scientists and other guides remained intensely enthusiastic after hours of explanations.

 

We  got to look up-close at antique and new artifacts, including: A lead line mold. Intricate model ships. A chronometer. Drift bottles. Sextants. China from the Captain’s table.  A huge wooden ship’s wheel. A precise level. Tools for hand-drawn maps, including India ink.

There were illustrations of a salmon’s life cycle, and what it needs from its environment at each stage. Hands-on demonstrations of salinity-testing tools. Instructions on how to escape a flood and survive a tsunami.

The information shared made it clear that our species does much more than peep at and enjoy nature, and is trying to figure out how to stop bumping it.

I found that the active verbs of NOAA include “protect, research, collect, understand, support, monitor, maintain, steward, manage, educate, explore, alert, oversee, deploy, provide . . .”

NOAA theme logo for research: test tubes and beaker.NOAA theme logo for coasts: silhouette of heron, grasses.NOAA theme logo - fish.NOAA theme logo: charting instrument.Did you know? : the US Coast and Geodetic Survey began releasing “messages in bottles” in 1959 to learn about ocean currents.  NOAA is home to “the seventh uniformed service” of the United States.  NOAA theme logo: ocean waves.Four of the nine ships in the MOC-P fleet are homeported in Newport.  Rachel Carson worked early-on for NOAA.  NOAA Fisheries has had a presence in Newport for 35 years.  A “NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards,” portable and battery-powered, can automatically alert you to severe conditions, including lightening.  A salmon finds its way home to its breeding ground through its sense of smell.   Susan Solomon, formerly of NOAA, is known as the Ozone Hole Sleuth.  NOAA does not own the Newport property –  it has a 20-year lease. NOAA theme logo: climate - earth.NOAA theme logo satellites

Paddle and splash of water, copyright Jana Zvibleman.Kayaking that day kept me in touch with the brilliance of nature. NOAA’s official vision of the future: “Healthy ecosystems, communities, and economies that are resilient in the face of change” helps assure me that it (and OSU) are helping create a better symbiosis of the natural and human-made environments, for a vital world.

– Jana Zvibleman

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Note

If you weren’t among the hordes in  Newport that weekend, you can still view some of the scientific displays at the Hatfield Marine Science Center for a little while. And, if your group arranges a tour, you may be able to get into NOAA’s administrative building to see the mini-museum of photos and artifacts.

From http://www.moc.noaa.gov/mop_faqs.html

We plan to offer the public opportunities to visit the facility and ships as we are able. Visit opportunities will be posted to this website

To view the current location of any NOAA ship:  NOAA Ship Tracker

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The Research Office staff is here for you

 

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Tracy Elmshaeuser
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Deb Walker
  • Guiding submissions so your research is supported

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Eric Anundson

(not pictured:  Aedra Reynolds, Dawn Wagner)

  • Fostering innovation so your intellectual property is protected and your discoveries benefit the public

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Brian Wall
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Mary Phillips
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  • Ensuring compliance with regulations so your progress is unencumbered

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Mary Samuel
(not pictured:  Candi Loeb, Lisa Leventhal, Nicole Wolf, Gayle Orner, Susan Glowacz) 

  • Advocating for you, and more

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Rick Spinrad
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Rich Holdren
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Debbie Delmore
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Jana Zvibleman

(not pictured: Erika Fleck)

 

To see position titles, descriptions of services, contact numbers, and more, please see the Research Office website http://oregonstate.edu/research/staff.htm Better yet, visit in person, on the third floor of Kerr Administration Building.

Note: The Research Office services are also provided by some temporary staff as well as students.

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I was invited to participate  in a White House meeting on scientific integrity last week.  This is a holdover from my time as a senior federal administrator, when, shortly after President Obama’s inauguration, he called for all federal agencies to develop strong policies supporting scientific integrity.  The President’s Science Advisor, as well as Administrators of two federal agencies (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and United States Geological Survey) attended, as did the President of the National Academy of Sciences.

Image of: dignitaries at White House Roundtable on Scientific Integrity.
(Click image to enlarge.) Back row, left to right: Mr. Winer, Mr. Winokur, Dr. Pennock, Dr. Spinrad, Dr. MacDonald, Dr. Lamb, Dr. Yosie, Mr. Goldston, Dr. Robinson, Dr. Ballard, Dr. Gaines . . . . . . Front row, left to right: Ms. Schiffer, Ms. Dreyfus, Dr. McNutt, Dr. Lubchenco, Dr. Washington, Dr. Holdren, Dr. Cicerone (see bios in text)

The issues we discussed at the meeting were fascinating, and relevant to all researchers, such as: prevention of muzzling of research, ensuring scientific results are used appropriately in development of policy, and fostering engagement by researchers with the media.  We discussed how important these issues are in terms of sustaining a leadership role for the U.S. in science, technology, engineering and math.

We also had an engrossing discussion about the implications of social media on issues of scientific integrity.  How do we consider the treatment of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in the context of transmittal of scientific information?  How do we ensure that high quality, accurate research results are fairly represented in such media, and that specious and inaccurate information is flagged as such?  What lessons might we learn from Wikipedia and other such programs?

The issues associated with scientific integrity are manifold, and can become complicated quickly.  I wonder whether there is interest in having a similar dialogue here, at OSU, among our research community.  Let me know your thoughts.

Rick Spinrad
Vice President for Research

Read more Blog by Jane Lubchenco of NOAA ;    OSU Media Release

Round Table participants (alphabetical): brief bios – please see more about the distinguished careers, accomplishments, and contributions on websites of the organizations represented.

Dr. Robert D. Ballard, University of Rhode Island, Director for the Center for Ocean Exploration at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography, member of the President’s Commission on Ocean Policy.

Dr. Ralph Cicerone, National Academies of Science, President, and Chair of the National Research Council.

Dr. John Holdren, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Dr. Peter J. Lamb, University of Oklahoma, Professor in School of Meteorology and Director of Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, was founding Chief Editor of the Journal of Climate,  currently Editor of Meteorological Monographs.

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA,  Administrator, and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.

Dr. Sandy MacDonald, NOAA, directs  Earth System Research Laboratory and serves as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Research Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes.

Dr. Jonathon R. Pennock, University of New Hampshire, director of both new Hampshire Sea Grant and the Marine Program at UNH.

Dr. Larry Robinson, NOAA, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Conservation and Management, and Deputy Administrator.

Ms. Lois Schiffer, NOAA, General Counsel.

Dr. Richard W. Spinrad, Oregon State University, Vice President for Research at OSU, previously Assistant Administrator for research for NOAA, and Research Director with the U.S. Office of Naval Research.

Dr. Warren Washington, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Senior Scientist, science advisor to five U.S. presidents.

Mr. Andy Winer, NOAA, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Partners and the Acting Director of External Affairs.

Mr. Robert Winokur,  Deputy and Technical Director, Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations.

Dr. Terry Yosie, World Environment Center, President and CEO.

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Boehlert, smiling.OSU centers and institutes are crucial in bringing investigators together for innovative interdisciplinary collaboration,  expanding both the discovery and the application of knowledge.  I salute all our faculty and staff involved in the centers, and especially appreciate the leadership of those who serve as directors.

 

The Vice President for Research and the Research Office provide direct administrative leadership and support for the following Centers and Institutes. Of course,  even more research units, some within colleges, are integral to the OSU enterprise,  and OSU has a significant leadership presence in key national programs.Lisa Gaines, smiling.

 

Please see descriptions of the activities of centers and institutes at oregonstate.edu/research/multi/index.htm

Mote, smiling.and photos of the current directors at oregonstate.edu/research/multi/directors.htm (where you can identify the people pictured here)

If your unit’s description  is not up-to-date here, please “comment” on the blog so other readers get the word, and send your URL and exact changes to Jana.Zvibleman@oregonstate.edu

 

 

 

-Rick Spinrad, Vice President for Research

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Certain OSU Centers and Institutes are administered by the Vice President for Research, and those are the ones for which the Research Office site provides descriptions and photos of directors. The Research Office site also lists  Additional OSU research units and affiliated organizations ,  with links to many rich resources and collaborations.

Please subscribe to this blog for notices of future postings.

 

 

In a previous posting, Rick  Spinrad invited the OSU c0mmunity to reflect on their personal “champions” of their fields, and to comment about his, which are identified here.

 

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Vannevar Bush, the force behind the creation of the National Science Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

man, smiling.Roger Revel, one of the first scientists to study global warming and the movement of tectonic plates

 

 

 

 

 


 

Rachel Carson,  marine biologist and conservationist whose writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Senator Fritz Hollings, father of important environmental legislation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

formal portrait of man, 2.Norm Augustine, former CEO of Lockhead Martin, and author of the seminal report Rising Above the Gathering Storm


 

 

 

 

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Carl Sagan, astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator, advocated skeptical inquiry and the scientific method. He pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)

 

 

 

 

 

man, smiling.Jacques-Yves Cousteau, explorer, ecologist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who pioneered marine conservation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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logo of Cayuse You may have seen the earlier posting about the selection of Cayuse  as the vendor for OSU’s web-based proposal development and submission system. Just six weeks after signing the contract, Sponsored Programs successfully submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Education.

 

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From Sponsored Programs’ perspective, it was very nice to be able to watch the first proposals work through the routing.  Yet I was even more impressed with how quickly the proposals were assembled in Cayuse. I am sure faculty will love two features:  the error-checking, and the ability to “transform” a proposal into a new submission.  One of my  frustrations with Grants.gov forms is having to start each proposal from scratch.  Cayuse not only auto-populates common information such as name, address, e-mail, but it also allows you to leverage a submitted proposal for a new submission to another agency or a re-submission to the same agency.

Goodbye Back-Up Blues

Another important aspect of Cayuse:  backing-up work.  The system has three separate mechanisms: nightly to a dedicated network, every 30 minutes at the hosting facility in the Portland, Oregon area, and every 30 minutes at the dedicated replication servers in North Carolina.   The company also provides us unlimited storage for all activity, and their hosted facility has a dedicated power fee, and  engineering to avoid single points of failure in connectivity, power, fire or air conditioning.  When Cayuse performs updates/upgrades or maintenance, they provide advance notice, and they do them over a weekend at off-peak hours.

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We now start Phase II of this project, which will provide more functionality for proposal development and submission, as well as introduction of the complementary modules for both the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) systems.

In our first steps to roll out Cayuse to the OSU research community, volunteering units will be part of the beta group to use it:  the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, and the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Agricultural Science.  Sponsored Programs staff will set up training for faculty and staff .

Please note:  Sponsored Programs staff has been re-organized into two teams designed to align with divisions and Business Centers.  Link here to see with whom you’ll be working.

I thank Dr. Teri Lewis in the Psychology Department for working with us on the first submission.  She said she found the system “pretty smooth,” much easier to work with than Grants.gov forms.  I also  thank Dr. Matt Ito in Pharmacy  for working with us to submit an NIH R15 proposal, and Dr. Banks in the Cooperative Institute for Marine Resource Studies  for working with us to submit several NOAA continuation proposals.

I know I speak for Rick Spinrad and Rich Holdren when I say the Research Office is very excited to provide faculty and staff with this new and exciting tool for creating successful proposals!

I welcome your questions and comments.

Pat Hawk

Director, Office of Sponsored Programs

 

man, smiling.man, smiling.Role models are useful to inspire us. As I entered the study of science, I became aware of many who had forged the way.man, smiling.Portrain of womanformal portrain of man.formal portrait of man, 2.

 

 

I was  especially attracted to some because of any of a variety of attributes:  their commitment, contributions, genius,  energy, leadership.

 

These were individuals who came from a variety of different communities: politics, military, science, conservation. man, smiling csman, smiling.

 

 

One thing they had in common was a capability to fly above the fray, to recognize the not-so-obvious connections between society’s needs and scientific opportunities.

 

They also had an abiding optimism.  Most of those who have great influence on science are skeptical optimists.  They question everything, but know that in so doing they will seed progress.


 

Here are images of those who, early in my career, became what I call my Champions of Science.

They have remained so over the years.

 

I’m wondering if you can identify them. And whether you agree about their standing.

Who are your champions in your field? How have they influenced your work/your life?

I invite you to comment to this blog.

 

In an upcoming entry, we’ll post the names of those pictured here.

 

 

-Rick Spinrad
Vice President for Research
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I am pleased to announce that Helen Diggs, a nationally recognized leader in veterinary medicine and animal welfare, has accepted the appointment as Attending Veterinarian for Oregon State University and Director of the Laboratory Animal Resources Center. Her experience, knowledge and national reputation make her an excellent choice for this critical leadership position. She brings extraordinary leadership to the University’s community of research, education and service.

The Attending Veterinarian has ultimate responsibility for care of all animals involved in research or teaching projects at OSU. The Laboratory Animal Resources Center oversees the care of a wide variety of species, from tadpoles to swine.

Dr. Diggs will provide veterinary guidance on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, which provides approval for the ethical use of animals. Retaining her academic appointment as clinical professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, she will continue development of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM)-recognized Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency program, in collaboration with Oregon Health Sciences University, to train Doctors of Veterinary Medicine in the specialty of laboratory animal medicine.

Since 2008, she has been OSU’s Director of the Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital, as well as Associate Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Her contributions to OSU include consolidation of the small animal, large animal and core services of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and initiation of a comprehensive strategy to assess the quality of clinical services for animal owners and referring veterinarians.

Her own research interests include zoonotic diseases, which can be transmitted between animals to humans.

Dr. Diggs serves on the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC) Council and recently completed a term as President of ACLAM.

She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from OSU. The OSU Alumni Association selected her as an Alumni Fellow in 2007 and she delivered the 2008 commencement address.

Formerly, she served as Director the Office of Laboratory Animal Care at the University of California, Berkeley and Consulting Veterinarian for the University of California system-wide. She had been Associate Director for veterinary care at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas,  Assistant Professor of animal care at Oregon Health & Science University and Veterinary Medical Officer at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Portland.

In her new roles, effective September 14, 2011, one of her first tasks will be overseeing the University’s evaluation by AAALAC, which acknowledges adherence to Federal regulations to ensure the humane treatment of animals for research, teaching and testing. She will also oversee activation of the Linus Pauling Science Center’s animal facility.

We heartily thank Rick Nelson for serving as Interim Director of LARC and Raymond Baggs, previous Director and Attending Veterinarian, who retired last year.

Please join me in celebrating and supporting Dr. Diggs’ transition.


Richard W. Spinrad

Vice President for Research