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Breakthroughs in Science

The Renaissance Fund

May 28th, 2008


As a result of investments like this, rarely a week goes by without news of the incredible discoveries taking place in the College of Science. In August 2006, OSU zoology faculty described their research findings regarding another aspect of global warming. Their study could help improve the accuracy of projections about the impact of climate change, particularly the shifts regarding where different species can live and survive.

~ J. Michael Goodwin, President & CEO, OSU Foundation



Strategic Philanthropy
In the past few years, the Renaissance Fund has become the way individuals who are deeply interested in the College of Science make a substantial investment in its future. By pooling their philanthropy, donors have created a transformational source of ongoing support that enables the College to make strategic investments like:

• Building OSU’s Collaborative Learning Center in the Valley Library for students to get one-on-one tutoring in biology, chemistry, and physics;

• Sending the world’s most comprehensive collection of Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic marine invertebrate fossils to be part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Institution;

• Renovating the human anatomy and physiology laboratories with new microscopes and downdraft tables so that 700 undergraduate students per quarter can study and understand human anatomy at both the actual gross and histological levels of resolution (the only program in the Northwest with this capacity). This opportunity positions our graduates for high acceptance rates by prestigious medical and dental schools.

• Modernizing the geosciences ice core laboratory, where internationally-renowned faculty and their graduate students study greenhouse gases, harvested through ice cores in Antarctica, to learn about millennial-scale changes in global temperatures.

Making a Gift
We ask that all of our donors consider a gift to the Renaissance Fund in addition to targeted options for their philanthropy in Science.

Make a major investment through:

• Pledges or gifts of $25,000 or more, which may be paid over 3-5 years;

• Gifts of appreciated stock;

• Designation of a portion of an estate.

Make an annual gift by designating the College of Science Renaissance Fund when you respond to mail from the OSU Fund or phone requests by OSU student callers. Annual gifts of $1,000 or more qualify donors for membership in the President’s Circle, Oregon State University’s premier donor club.

Advances in basic science and mathematics create knowledge for technological change, form a foundation for economic development, and lead to improvements in community health. The College of Science fosters the understanding of science and mathematics as essential for decision making by critical students, involved faculty, and an informed public.

For more information, please contact:

Anne Murphy
Director of Development
College of Science
OSU Foundation
850 SW 35th Street
Corvallis, OR 97333
541-737-3603 office
541-737-9689 fax
541-760-7196 cell

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