Originally published in Terra Magazine – January 30, 2015 – by Doug Keszler
I AM OFTEN ASKED ABOUT THE STEPS leading to establishment of the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry headquartered at Oregon State University.
The story starts with the glimmer of an idea that emerged in the mid-1980s. The idea took hold in the 1990s, and culminated in 2011 with the establishment of a multi-institutional research center dedicated to developing the next generation of electronic circuits — circuits that are cleaner, cheaper and faster to make for the ever-changing demands of industry and consumers. Driving the center’s formation was a critical mass of relationships, philanthropy, distinctive science, strategic planning, numerous institutional partnerships and opportunities for leveraging.
A PARTNERSHIP BLOSSOMS
In the beginning, there was the OSU Foresight! Campaign, a modest fundraising effort that provided startup packages for three faculty hires in the mid-1980s — a “cluster hire” focused on building the area of materials science. At the time, materials science was a barely emerging field, making OSU an early player. John Wager in electrical engineering and I were two of the hires. We rarely interacted, however, until the mid-1990s. Our collaboration, combining fundamental chemistry and electrical engineering, eventually blossomed and formed the basis for the unique research now done in the Center. Read more…
ASC Valentine’s Flower Sale: Is there someone special you would like to recognize? Stop by the Academic Success Center at Waldo Hall on Feb. 9-13 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to purchase flowers to let someone know that you appreciate them. For questions, contact email@example.com
NROTC Soup Lunch: Come and enjoy lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, hosted by the NROTC Unit at OSU in the Naval Armory. There will be a variety of soups, drinks, and desserts. Prices range for each item- a bowl of soup will be $3.50 per bowl. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
UHC Pasta-thon: The University Honors College invites you to donate 50% of food sales to the Linn Benton Food Share at Pastini’s from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9 and 10. Mention the UHC or LBFS with your order. For questions, contact email@example.com
In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring two winter term small group conversations with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. The Winter 2015 sessions are Feb. 11 from 1-2:30 p.m., and March 5 from 10-11:30 a.m. To attend, provide firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email address, work unit, phone number, and session date. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis.
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“Discovering the Scientist Within” workshop at OSU for middle school girls: This free workshop for middle school girls for encouraging the pursuit of careers in science and engineering will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For information, visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/cosey/dsw or call 7-9424.
ASC Candy Guess Jar: Love candy? Good with numbers? Swing by the Academic Success Center in Waldo Hall during the month of February from 8 am-5 pm to “guesstimate” the amount of candy on display. Guess correctly and you win the whole jar! Suggested donations to guess are $1 ($1 = 4 pounds of food!), but we will gladly accept any amount. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Prettiest Pet Contest: Do you think you have the prettiest pet? Enter the Grad School’s 4th Annual Prettiest Pet Contest! Feb 2-27. Costs $1 or 1 food item to enter a picture of your pet! All photos of animals welcome. Cast your vote with a cash donation or food item in 300 Kerr Admin. Bldg. from 8 am-5 pm. For questions, contact email@example.com
UHC Smoothie-thon: During the Month of February, the University Honors College Student Association will be selling smoothie cards that contain one free small smoothie, and eight $3 medium smoothies to Jamba Juice. 50% of the proceeds benefit the Linn Benton Food Share. To purchase or for questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
UHC Pizza-thon: The University Honors College will be selling coupon sheets that contain a free small pizza, a free pizza with the purchase of a large pizza and more at Papas Pizza from Feb. 2-16. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Linn Benton Food Share. To purchase or for questions, contact email@example.com
Change for Candy!: Pockets weighing you down? Got a sweet tooth that needs its fix? Well we have a solution for both of those! Drop off any spare change during the month of February and grab some candy from the Arts & Sciences Business Center. Full size bars available for $1 in Cordley 2042. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Hot Dog & Chili Lunch: Integrative Biology will host a lunch from 11:30 am-1:30 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Come to 3029 Cordley Hall for a hot dog and/or bowl of homemade chili. You can also cast a ballot for your favorite chili with a generous donation! Suggested donation is $3-$5. For questions, contact email@example.com
NROTC Soup Lunch: Come and enjoy lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, hosted by the NROTC Unit at OSU in the Naval Armory. There will be a variety of soups, drinks, and desserts. Prices range for each item- a bowl of soup will be $3.50 per bowl. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Crockpot Cook Off: Bring your favorite crockpot dish and see if you’ve got a winner. The cook off is from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5 in Hovland 09. $5 per entry or $3 to taste and vote for your favorite. Hosted by the AMBC. For questions, contact at email@example.com.
FERM Soup Lunch: Really hungry, but don’t want to drive across town for lunch? Come enjoy some soup from noon-1 pm in Richardson Hall, 2nd floor Knuckle on Wednesday, Feb. 4. Prices are $3 per bowl, or $5 all you can eat soup and bread. Desserts sold separately. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
How many Skittles are in the jar? Come to the ILLC Welcome Desk and make a guess. Each guess costs $1. Make as many guesses as you like! The winner will win a surprise donated item! Deadline—5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6.