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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?



Article by Paul Driessen published at 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.


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:

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: 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

Department of Nuclear Engineering
and Health Physics Professors:

David M. Hamby, Ph.D.
(541) 737-8682

Kathryn Higley, Ph.D.
(541) 737 0675

Steven R. Reese, Ph.D.
(541) 737 2344

Todd S. Palmer, Ph.D.
(541) 737 7064

Abi T. Farsoni, Ph.D.
(541) 737 9645

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

Camille Lodwick, Ph.D.
(541) 737 7059

Wade Marcum, Ph.D.

Alena Paulenova, Ph.D. 
(541) 737-7070

Jose N. Reyes, Ph.D.
(541) 737 7065

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

Qiao Wu, Ph.D.
(541) 737 7066

Jack Higginbotham, Ph.D.
(541) 737 2414


Reminder: Rally Wednesday, April 20, 2:30 pm at Oregon State University

This is a reminder of the event on the OSU Quad tomorrow at 2:30 pm in support of Professor Higginbotham and the Robinson students. Please stop by if you can. Click here for directions.

Kathryn Higley sent out an email today to the students and staff giving false information about the sponsorship of the event and strongly implying that the Linn County Republicans and other supporters of ours may try to block access to or occupy the radiation center where the students and staff work (far from the Quad) as a part of the demonstration. This is, of course, entirely false.

Efforts have been underway within Higley's department to induce students to protest this event. At one of these, David Hamby, Higley's co-instigator of the actions against the students and professor, occupied himself by walking back and forth outside the meeting.

The students and faculty are in a difficult position. They have already seen a distinguished professor and some excellent students targeted by Hamby, Higley, and retainers in an attempt to throw them out of OSU. Also, defamatory false statements have been made to them.

We welcome our first opportunity to talk with these students tomorrow afternoon.



Rally at OSU for Robinson Students and Professor. Please come!

Dear Friends,

There will be a rally in support of Professor Higginbotham and the three Robinson OSU PhD students on the OSU Memorial Union Quad beginning at 2:30 pm on April 20 - this coming Wednesday. This rally is being organized by the Linn County Republicans. If you are able to attend, please come out and help us.

The rally begins at 2:30 pm on the the Memorial Union Quad (14th & Monroe, Corvallis, OR). Parking is $1.00 per hour in the student lots - free parking behind the Hilton Hotel - parking lot P ( Free 2 hour parking is also available in surrounding areas.

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A Family's Experience with Oregon State University

In 1980, scientists Art and Laurelee Robinson moved their growing family to southern Oregon and, with the help of their colleagues, including Nobel Laureate Bruce Merrifield and the discoverer of carbon 14, Martin Kamen, established the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine.

This Institute today carries out research in physical chemistry, biochemistry, and medicine in continuation of the work that Art (a graduate of Caltech) and Laurelee (a graduate of Seattle Pacific University) did together over a 17-year period during which Art served on the faculty of the University of California at San Diego; as President and Research director of the Linus Pauling Institute, which Robinson and Pauling cofounded in 1973; and as President of their new  Oregon Institute.

In 1988, however, Laurelee Robinson died at the age of 43. when their six children Zachary, Noah, Arynne, Joshua, Bethany, and Matthew were ages 12, 10, 8, 6, 6 years and 18 months old, respectively.

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Alumni Group works to save Robinson Students

Dear Friends,

A group of prominent Oregon State University alumni are working to save the Robinson students and Professor Higginbotham. These include former OSU class officers, former OSU alumni association officers, OSU alumni with engineering degrees, and substantial OSU alumni donors. The core working group includes Kenneth W. Noteboom, William H. Rieckmann, Michal Rieckmann, Jim Schaeffer, Jane S. Schaeffer, and Dave Socolofsky.

Already this alumni group has offered OSU a scholarship and equipment fund to pay for the Robinson students’ PhD work. They have also offered to pay significant legal fees incurred "should the OSU administration pursue a logical, timely, efficient, and least costly method of resolving the issues with minimum harm to the students’ education, Professor Higginbotham, and the reputation of the university."

These alumni lack one thing - cooperation from OSU. So far, their offers have been ignored by the President of OSU and the faculty administrators involved.

Surely, as this alumni group grows, the OSU Administration will respond.



New Article about OSU actions against Robinsons and Professor Higginboth​am

Dear Friends,

David Kupelian has written a new editorial at World Net Daily about the Robinson students and Professor Higginbotham at Oregon State University.

The link is:

Thank you for all of your support and encouragement.