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Matthew Robinson

Matthew Robinson (one of the three Robinson students targeted for dismissal at Oregon State University) earned a GPA of 3.98 while completing his BS in chemistry at Sothern Oregon University in just two years. He then worked with Harry Gray at Caltech and Noah Robinson at the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, did excellent research work, and coauthored a paper with them on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

Matthew scored higher on the Graduate Record Exams (SATs for graduate school) than has any entering student ever in the history of the OSU nuclear engineering department.  He was offered $57,000 per year by the MIT chemistry department to be a graduate student there, but went to OSU instead - partly to remain near his family home in Oregon, partly to help his sister (also targeted at OSU), and primarily because he wants to earn a PhD in nuclear engineering.

Matthew took a double load of nuclear engineering courses (two years of courses in one year) his first year at OSU and still scored a 3.91 GPA.  He is conducting excellent graduate research.

Matthew, by every measure, is the most outstanding student in the OSU nuclear engineering department. He is one of the most outstanding graduate students ever to enter OSU.

Matthew is a quiet, Christian, conservative, very hard working young man. He has never been involved in even the slightest wrongful or improper behavior.

Yet, the OSU nuclear engineering department has deliberately un-formed Matthew’s graduate thesis committee.  His graduate thesis committee is being obstructed by faculty members and administrators in the department of nuclear engineering. This prevents Matthew from taking the OSU PhD qualifying examinations and from progressing in the graduate school. It is exactly the same tactic being used to prevent Matthew’s brother Joshua from progressing in that school and is intended to justify and force the dismissal of both students from OSU.

Matthew (like his brother and sister) is targeted for dismissal by certain OSU faculty administrators primarily because Art Robinson is his father. Matthew is also targeted because OSU nuclear engineering faculty members have made a pact not to allow any graduate student whose thesis advisor is 24-year nuclear engineering Professor Jack Higginbotham, President of the OSU faculty senate, to progress in the graduate school. Matthew and Joshua are both students of Professor Higginbotham. Professor Higginbotham has been black balled because he stepped forward to help the three Robinson students.

OSU attorneys are trying to induce the Robinson family to sue OSU. This would allow the OSU faculty to avoid comment (“we cannot comment because litigation is in progress”) and to hide their actions under years of tax-payer funded litigation. Damages in such litigation would also be paid by the tax payers. So far, the Robinson family has avoided this action.

What sort of unprincipled predators on the faculty of the OSU nuclear engineering department will do this to this outstanding student?

What sort of cowards on the faculty of the OSU nuclear engineering department will sit silent and watch them do it?

What sort of campus administrators and President of OSU will permit and condone this action on the OSU campus?

 


 

POLITICAL PAYBACK - OREGON STYLE
Article by Paul Driessen published at Townhall.com on 4/23

Confused visitors will be forgiven for thinking Oregon State University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Congressman Pete DeFazio and the “progressive-socialist” wing of the Democratic Party. Or for likening what’s going on there to political retribution as practiced in Third World thugocracies.

The idea that three outstanding students – PhD candidates at OSU – could face dismissal, and worse, shortly before receiving their degrees, is simply shocking. That this could be happening because their father had the temerity to challenge an entrenched 12-term Democratic congressman (and OSU earmark purveyor) could make people think the university is in Zimbabwe, not America.

CLICK HERE TO READ ENTIRE ARTICLE AT TOWNHALL.COM


What you can do to help!

Please help us. Only public pressure can save these students and also the career of a prominent professor at OSU who warned them and tried to help them. In retribution, these same people are poised to destroy his career, too. Please ask these people why the destruction of the academic work and careers of the Robinson students and Professor Higginbotham is so important that they are willing to sacrifice the good name of Oregon State University.

Please ask them to stop the attacks on the Robinson students and Professor Higginbotham.

Contact information for the
OSU nuclear engineering department is:

Phone: 541-737-2343. Fax: 541-737-4678. E-mail: joan.stueve@oregonstate.edu.

Mailing address: 116 Radiation Center, Corvallis, OR 97331-5902.

Please also contact the President of OSU, Edward Ray. Phone: 541-737-4133. Fax: 541-737-3033. E-mail: pres.office@oregonstate.edu. Mailing address: 600 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, OR 97331-2128.

The email address of the OSU Vice-President for University Relations and Marketing, Todd Simmons, is todd.simmons@oregonstate.edu

Department of Nuclear Engineering
and Health Physics Professors:

David M. Hamby, Ph.D.
david.hamby@oregonstate.edu
(541) 737-8682

Kathryn Higley, Ph.D.
Kathryn.Higley@oregonstate.edu
(541) 737 0675

Steven R. Reese, Ph.D.
Steve.Reese@oregonstate.edu
(541) 737 2344

Todd S. Palmer, Ph.D.
Todd.Palmer@oregonstate.edu
palmerts@engr.orst.edu
(541) 737 7064

Abi T. Farsoni, Ph.D.
abi.farsoni@oregonstate.edu
(541) 737 9645

Andrew C. Klein, Ph.D.
Andrew.Klein@oregonstate.edu
(541) 737 2343

Camille Lodwick, Ph.D.
lodwick@engr.orst.edu
(541) 737 7059

Wade Marcum, Ph.D.
wade.marcum@oregonstate.edu

Alena Paulenova, Ph.D.
alena.paulenova@oregonstate.edu 
(541) 737-7070

Jose N. Reyes, Ph.D.
Jose.reyes@oregonstate.edu
(541) 737 7065

Brian G. Woods, Ph.D.
Brian.Woods@oregonstate.edu
(541) 737 6335

Qiao Wu, Ph.D.
Qiao.Wu@oregonstate.edu
(541) 737 7066

Jack Higginbotham, Ph.D.
jack.higginbotham@oregonstate.edu
(541) 737 2414

Tuesday
Jun072011

Matthew Robinson

Matthew Robinson (one of the three Robinson students targeted for dismissal at Oregon State University) earned a GPA of 3.98 while completing his BS in chemistry at Sothern Oregon University in just two years. He then worked with Harry Gray at Caltech and Noah Robinson at the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, did excellent research work, and coauthored a paper with them on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

Matthew scored higher on the Graduate Record Exams (SATs for graduate school) than has any entering student ever in the history of the OSU nuclear engineering department.  He was offered $57,000 per year by the MIT chemistry department to be a graduate student there, but went to OSU instead - partly to remain near his family home in Oregon, partly to help his sister (also targeted at OSU), and primarily because he wants to earn a PhD in nuclear engineering.

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Sunday
May082011

Please help Professor Higginboth​am

Dear Friends,

The Robinson students would already have lost their PhD work at Oregon State University had nuclear engineering professor Jack Higginbotham not stepped forward, at the risk of his career, in their defense.

In retribution, OSU administrators turned their ire on Professor Higginbotham, too, whose career now hangs by a thread solely because he helped the Robinson students. He is fighting for his professional life.

As a result, Professor Higginbotham’s legal bills have depleted his savings and are a threat to his home and family.

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission has authorized the formation of The Jack Higginbotham Legal Expense Trust Fund in order to raise funds for his legal defense.

This fund is described at Internet site: http://www.jackhigginbothamsfriends.com/

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Saturday
Apr232011

Article published at Townhall.com by Paul Driessen

POLITICAL PAYBACK - OREGON STYLE

Confused visitors will be forgiven for thinking Oregon State University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Congressman Pete DeFazio and the “progressive-socialist” wing of the Democratic Party. Or for likening what’s going on there to political retribution as practiced in Third World thugocracies.

The idea that three outstanding students – PhD candidates at OSU – could face dismissal, and worse, shortly before receiving their degrees, is simply shocking. That this could be happening because their father had the temerity to challenge an entrenched 12-term Democratic congressman (and OSU earmark purveyor) could make people think the university is in Zimbabwe, not America. Dr. Art Robinson is president of the nonprofit Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, located on the family farm in southwestern Oregon, 180 miles from Corvallis. OISM focuses on biochemistry, diagnostic medicine, nutrition, preventive medicine and aging – and improving emergency preparedness and basic education.

CLICK HERE TO READ ENTIRE ARTICLE AT TOWNHALL.COM

Thursday
Apr212011

Letter to Todd Simmons, Interim Vice President for University Relations and Marketing at OSU

Dear Mr. Simmons,

You are accurately (as video of your statements confirms) quoted in the press today (see quotes below) as having made the following statements at the rally organized by the Republicans of Linn County yesterday on the OSU campus.

You, of course, know that your statements are misleading and false. There is already unequivocal proof of this, and the legal demand that was made last week for all OSU email and other records relevant to this issue will, when OSU complies with this demand, provide a wealth of additional information that proves your statements are false.

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Thursday
Apr212011

Oregon State alumni rally behind Robinson students

Republican candidate says his grown children suffering political payback

A group of prominent Oregon State University alumni are rallying behind a professor and three doctoral students whose father, a former Republican congressional candidate, believes they are suffering political payback, threatening their academic careers. Art Robinson, who unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio for Oregon's 4th District seat last fall, has alleged that Oregon State administration and faculty members in the nuclear physics program began threatening to terminate his son Joshua Robinson just two days after the Nov. 2 election. Robinson said he was warned by OSU Nuclear Physics Professor Jack Higginbotham that faculty administrators at the university were "working to make certain that Joshua, his sister Bethany and, if possible, his brother Matthew never receive Ph.D. degrees in nuclear engineering from OSU, regardless of their examination, academic and research performance."

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