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In Defense of Animals - Action Alerts

- OHSU's bioscience guru admits the Oregon Opportunity is a "delusion" - NPR's Science Friday to highlight OHSU's brain research
In Defense of Animals -  Action Alerts
In Defense of Animals - Action Alerts
- OHSU's bioscience guru admits the Oregon Opportunity is a "delusion"
- NPR's Science Friday to highlight OHSU's brain research
Dear Friends,

I was thrilled to read the compelling truth in the Portland Tribune , "Biotech leader: Future is tools", 1-24-03, (below) where an OHSU bioscience expert admits the Oregon Opportunity is a "delusion" doomed for failure. The tide is turning and the truth is out. We have some opportunities coming up to educate our legislators and the country. It will have a positive impact,but only if we act collectively. Don't miss out or depend on someone else to do it... your effort is crucial! Please take the time to read this update, write a letter, make a call, join us at OMSI and in Salem, tell a friend and act,

In Defense of Animals

Matt Rossell
IDA Northwest Outreach Coordinator
NPR's Science Friday to highlight OHSU's brain research
This Friday, live at OMSI, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and OHSU, Oregon Health & Science University are hosting NPR's "Talk of the Nation: Science Friday" to kick off OHSU's Brain Awareness Week.

Tune in and call in this Friday
, March 7, 11:00 a.m. ? 1:00 p.m.

If you'll be in the Portland area this Friday, you may still be able to get free tickets to attend the live broadcast.
Pre-registration is required, and seating is limited. Please call OHSU at 503-418-2515. Call early!

About the event
http://www.sciencefriday.com/remote.html

What you can do:

Please join us to help OHSU kick off their Brain Awareness Week with some awareness of our own. Participants of this event deserve to know that much of the OHSU's brain experiments are cruelly conducted on animals, and are highly contested in the scientific community as invalid, outdated and a waste of tax dollars.

If you are interested in leafleting attendees this Friday with Boycott OHSU brochures before the event at 10 am, please rsvp to matt@idausa.org or 503 249 9996 so that we can coordinate our efforts.

We also could leaflet on Saturday and Sunday March 8 & 9 when the Brain Awareness event continues with the Brain Fair also at OMSI from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM. please rsvp to matt@idausa.org or 503 249 9996if you want to participate as we are only going to attend if we have enough interest.


As you know, OHSU's primate brain researcher, Judy Cameron, has been criticized in the media both locally on KATU-TV News channel 2 in an award winning 3-part series "Inside the Cage" with investigative reporter Eric Mason and nationally on ABC's Good Morning America in a piece about ridiculous tax-payer funded research "You paid for it".

In the studies depicted, Judy Cameron scares monkeys with remote control airplanes and cars to watch their heart rate go up purportedly to help children with anxiety and depression. These experiments have been criticized by clinical psychologists who are experts in the field of depression as being archaic, useless and wasteful. http://www.boycottohsu.com/tax-waste.html

Directions to OMSI http://www.omsi.edu/info/directions/

OHSU's bioscience guru admits the Oregon Opportunity is a "delusion"
Biotech leader: Future is tools
Electronics -- not genetic research -- is Oregon's strength, OHSU bioscience guru warns
BY MARY BELLOTTI ? ? Issue date: 1/24/2003
The Tribune

Oregon Health & Science University?s new biotechnology "czar" -- the man who is counted on to turn the university's bioscience discoveries into an engine of economic development for Oregon -- harbors no illusions.

In fact, Dr. William New Jr. bluntly says OHSU officials are suffering from "delusions of national grandeur" in trying to establish Oregon as a major biotechnology research center.

Oregon is 20 to 25 years behind Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area and other leading biotechnology centers when it comes to developing "all the great glamorous stuff" in genetic research, says New, who has taken joint positions as associate dean for bioengineering at OHSU's OGI School of Science & Engineering and bioscience manager for OHSU.

"Oregon's focus ought to be electronics, computer hardware and software, wireless -- the technology 'tool kit,'" he said. "Oregon is world-class in electronics. Why would one even think about anything else?"

New, 60, a physician, electrical engineer and businessman, was hired to transform the state's sputtering and comparatively puny biotechnology sector into a viable industry.
For the rest of the story, go to:
http://www.portlandtribune.com/archview.cgi?id=16161

What you can do:

OHSU's Oregon Opportunity (formerly called SB 832 & now called HB 5042) is having hearings, tentatively scheduled on March 17, 18 & 19 in Salem, OR, in the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education. IDA will be carpooling down for at least part of these hearings. The last day of the hearing will probably be the one where public testimony will be heard and it would be great to pack the room with opponents of this bill. Since this schedule is not yet set and plans will be made at the last minute, please rsvp if you think you may want to go with us to Salem at matt@idausa.org or 503 2249 9996.

We need your letters
If you can't make it to testify, please write polite letters to all members of this subcommittee urging them to vote against this funding so that it can be allocated where it will better serve Oregonians. Please send copies of you letters to our office:
Fax: 503.249.3631, 5428 NE 30th, Portland, OR 97211 matt@idausa.org

writing points:
  • Urge the committee members to vote against funding HB 5042 and the Oregon Opportunity .
  • The Oregon Opportunity is likely not going to work to boost Oregon's economy and is being criticized by the very OHSU employee, Dr. William New Jr., who was hired as an expert in the field of biotechnology to implement the plan. (as evidenced in Portland Tribune, "Biotech leader: Future is tools" (1-24-03))
  • ?Oregon is 20 to 25 years behind Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area and other leading biotechnology centers.
  • Public money should be used to serve the public interest, not to prop up private research ventures.
  • Especially now, in this unprecedented budget crisis, we should look toward spending this money where it is most needed i.e. Oregon Health Plan, public schools, feeding Oregon's hungry, etc.
  • OHSU's animal research has come under fire recently for being both cruel and scientifically outdated. OHSU's Judy Cameron, has been criticized in the media both locally on KATU-TV News channel 2 in an award winning 3-part series "Inside the Cage" with investigative reporter Eric Mason and nationally on ABC's Good Morning America in a piece about ridiculous tax-payer funded research "You paid for it".
  • request that your letter is added to the permanent record in hearings on HB 5042.

Members of Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education

Representative Susan Morgan? (chair)
Party:
R ??District: 2
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1402
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE H-381, Salem Or 97301
Email Address: rep.susanmorgan@state.or.us

Web page Address: http://www.leg.state.or.us/morgan/home.htm

Representative Alan Bates? ?
Party: D ??District: 5
Capitol Phone: 503- 986-1405
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE H-371, Salem Or 97301
Email Address: rep.alanbates@state.or.us
Web page Address: http://www.leg.state.or.us/bates/home.htm

Representative Tootie Smith
Party: R??District: 18
Capitol Phone: 503 986-1418
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE H-290, Salem Or 97301
Email Address: rep.tootiesmith@state.or.us
Web page Address: http://www.leg.state.or.us/smitht/home.htm

Senator Avel Gordly ??
Party:
D???District: 23
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1723
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE S-302, Salem Or 97301
Email Address: sen.avelgordly@state.or.us
Web page Address: http://www.leg.state.or.us/gordly/

Senator Ken Messerle?
Party: R???District: 5
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1705
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE S-218, Salem Or 97301
Email Address: sen.kenmesserle@state.or.us
Web page Address: http://www.leg.state.or.us/messerle/

homepage: homepage: http://www.idausa.org