Monday, September 15, 2008

Western sunset

The OHSU OGI School of Science & Engineering ceased to exist as a separate school within OHSU as of July 1, and has now assumed its newest incarnation as the Department of Science & Engineering within the OHSU School of Medicine.

Formed in 2001 by the merger of OHSU with the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Engineering (formerly called Oregon Graduate Center), the OGI School of Science & Engineering formed a large part of OHSU's West Campus in Beaverton, OR. A short "about" page on the web site includes some basic facts about the school, but has not yet (as of the date of this post) been changed to reflect the new administrative structure.

We visited OGI (which we now hope to start conditioning ourselves to call SEL) on Friday afternoon to have a look at some archival materials that had been amassed, both in the department's library and by the longtime executive secretary, Carol Hendrickson. Ms. Hendrickson, who was corporate secretary at OGC/OGI for 12 years before OGI joined OHSU and has since served as executive assistant to the dean, has clearly earned her salary. We were treated to an inside look at the superb records she has kept and the small but impressive hoards of photographs, publications, and audiovisual materials that document the institution's history.

Researchers can rest assured that these materials will soon be available for use, and will inform critical appraisals of the school's evolution and a detailed historical review of its impact on Oregon education and technology. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for some of the more notable items to be digitized and made available through the OHSU Digital Resources Library.

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