University Day
Virtual Keynote Session

September 14, 2021

University Day Virtual Keynote Session
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  • Welcome Remarks by Provost and Executive Vice President Edward Feser
  • 2021 Faculty and Staff Awards Recognition
  • Remarks by Faculty Senate President, Dr. Selina Heppell
  • Remarks by Interim President Becky Johnson
  • Remarks by Dr. Holden Thorp, Keynote speaker
  • Conversation with Dr. Thorp moderated by Dr. Heppell and Dr. Rebecca Vega-Thurber

In keeping with OSU’s commitment to supporting personal wellness and public health, University Day 2021 was held virtually.

Becky Johnson
Interim President, Oregon State University

As OSU’s interim president, Johnson works with students, faculty, staff, alumni and stakeholders to advance the university’s Strategic Plan 4.0. University priorities include supporting undergraduate and graduate student success; advancing support for faculty and staff in teaching, scholarship, research and outreach; and enhancing OSU’s legacy of more than 150 years of service throughout Oregon and the world. She with faculty, staff and students to contribute to safety, assure that OSU is an antiracist, equitable and welcoming university community, and strengthen OSU’s programs addressing interpersonal violence and survivor support. More..

Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President, Oregon State University

As the chief academic officer of the campus, Provost Feser oversees 11 academic colleges, the University Honors College, the Graduate School, the University Library, and the divisions of Student Affairs, Outreach and Engagement, and Information and Technology. He oversees the university’s annual budget development and strategic plan. Previously Feser held several leadership roles at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, and Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. More...

Dr. Holden Thorp, Keynote Speaker
Editor-in-Chief of Science

Dr. Holden Thorp became Editor-in-Chief of the Science family of journals in 2019. He will be talking about the intersection of science, higher education, and politics and policy in light of lessons learned from the pandemic.

He came to Science from Washington University, where he was provost from 2013 to 2019, and where he is Rita Levi-Montalcini Distinguished University Professor and holds appointments in both chemistry and medicine. Thorp spent three decades at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), where he served as the 10th chancellor from 2008 through 2013. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. More...

Dr. Selina Heppell
Department Head of Fisheries and Wildlife, Professor of Fisheries, Oregon State University

Selina Heppell is Department Head and Professor of marine fisheries ecology at Oregon State University. She devotes most of her research to some of the oldest and slowest-growing animals in the sea: sea turtles, sharks, sturgeon, and U.S. west coast rockfish (scientifically known as Sebastes, which means “magnificent”), though she also dabbles in the ecology of fast growing forage fishes. She primarily uses computer models and simulations to help understand how populations respond to fishing and environmental change, guiding research and management policy towards their recovery. She is particularly interested in finding ways to protect marine species and habitats while supporting local fisheries. More...

Rebecca Vega-Thurber
Emile F. Pernot Distinguished Professorship in Microbiology, Oregon State University

The research lab of Dr. Becky Vega-Thurber uses interdisciplinary and high technology approaches to address questions about how viruses and microbes function in and affect the environment. Using a combination of empirical experimentation, field work, metagenomics, microscopy and molecular biology, my research provides important insight into a variety of fields including: virology, microbiology, coral reef ecology, animal physiology, and the evolution of symbioses. More...