Governor Brown Celebrates Future Ready Opportunities in Eastern Oregon

Governor Brown Celebrates Future Ready Opportunities in Eastern Oregon

(La Grande, OR) — Governor Kate Brown celebrated Eastern Oregon University‘s (EOU) campus expansion and official designation as Oregon’s Rural University. The Governor’s visit to La Grande was part of a three-day tour of Eastern Oregon to highlight new investments and programs in the region that support the Governor’s Future Ready Oregon initiative. The initiative, announced earlier this year, closes the gap between the skills Oregon’s workers have and the skills Oregon’s growing businesses need to thrive in the economy of the future.

“The strength of communities in Eastern Oregon and the local economy depends on students who are prepared for the workforce of the future,” Governor Kate Brown said. “Thanks to new and collaborative initiatives and an investment from the state, EOU is expanding opportunities to more students, making it possible for students who love this region to stay and work here.”

As part of the EOU campus visit, Governor Brown signed HB 5702, which includes $9 million in capital funding for a new Fieldhouse. The new facility will provide flexible space for the region for physical activity, as well as an exercise lab and instructional space for EOU’s physical activity and health degree program. Funding for the project is part of a larger, statewide investment package that includes new facilities on the campuses of Oregon State University – Cascades and the University of Oregon.

These projects serve high-need, growing communities, and each will feature Oregon manufactured wood products — particularly cross-laminated timber — in construction. Additionally, Governor Brown announced the launch of the Urban-Rural Ambassadors Program, a partnership with EOU, Portland State University, and Oregon Solutions.

Discovery of new material is key step toward more powerful computing by Steve Lundeberg

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new material created by Oregon State University researchers is a key step toward the next generation of supercomputers.

Those “quantum computers” will be able to solve problems well beyond the reach of existing computers while working much faster and consuming vastly less energy.

Researchers in OSU’s College of Science have developed an inorganic compound that adopts a crystal structure capable of sustaining a new state of matter known as quantum spin liquid, an important advance toward quantum computing.

In the new compound, lithium osmium oxide, osmium atoms form a honeycomb-like lattice, enforcing a phenomenon called “magnetic frustration” that could lead to quantum spin liquid as predicted by condensed matter physics theorists.

Corresponding author Mas Subramanian, Milton Harris Professor of Materials Science at OSU, explains that in a permanent magnet like a compass needle, the electrons spin in an aligned manner – that is, they all rotate in the same direction.

“But in a frustrated magnet, the atomic arrangement is such that the electron spins cannot achieve an ordered alignment and instead are in a constantly fluctuating state, analogous to how ions would appear in a liquid,” Subramanian said.

The lithium osmium oxide discovered at OSU shows no evidence for magnetic order even when frozen to nearly absolute zero, which suggests an underlying quantum spin liquid state is possible for the compound, he said.

“We are excited about this new development as it widens the search area for new quantum spin liquid materials that could revolutionize the way we process and store data,” Subramanian said. “The quantum spin liquid phenomenon has so far been detected in very few inorganic materials, some containing iridium. Osmium is right next to iridium in the periodic table and has all the right characteristics to form compounds that can sustain the quantum spin liquid state.”

Arthur Ramirez, condensed matter physicist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, one of the co-authors in the paper, noted that this compound is the first honeycomb-structured material to contain osmium and expects more to follow.

Ramirez also noted that this study demonstrates the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration involving materials chemists and condensed matter physicists engaged in synthesis, theory and measurements to tackle emerging science like quantum spin liquid.

The next step for Subramanian’s team is exploring the chemistry needed to create various perfectly ordered crystal structures with osmium.

The National Science Foundation is funding the research through its DMREF program: Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future. Findings were published today in Scientific Reports.

The concept of quantum computing is based on the ability of subatomic particles to exist in more than one state at any time.

Classical computing relies on bits – pieces of information that exist in one of two states, a 0 or a 1. In quantum computing, information is translated to quantum bits, or qubits, that can store much more information than a 0 or 1 because they can be in any “superposition” of those values.

Think of bits and qubits by visualizing a sphere. A bit can only be at either of the two poles on the sphere, whereas a qubit can be anywhere on the sphere. What that means is much more information storage potential and much less energy consumption.

Commons Focused Statement


Commons Focused Statement

(Signed by both Fair Board and Board of Commissioners, attached)

The Lincoln County Commons (Home of the Lincoln County Fair) Master Plan Refinement Plan process is well underway. Our consultants have met with over 35 stakeholders and an initial meeting of the Refinement Plan Visioning Committee has been held. Plans are underway for outreach to all geographic areas of the County and continuation of the process of public input into the plans for the area.

We, the Lincoln County Fair Board, feel it is necessary to reinforce the focus of this planning process. While we have received some input asking for consideration of alternative locations for the facilities (including the fair) and alternative use of the current property, those issues have already been previously researched and evaluated on a number of occasions and raised with the public in both previous planning efforts by the County and Fair Board and in voter approved funding measures for these projects. In fact the last ballot measure in 2016 both specifically identified the Commons and the multipurpose building as the location and the anchor building of the redevelopment project. It passed by a countywide vote of 60%.

Therefore, the purpose of this Refinement Process is to bring the voters’ expressed desires to fruition by determining the best plan for the redevelopment of the Commons, including the multipurpose building and the ancillary facilities and uses that will complement and enhance the Commons purpose: To serve as an important gathering place for Lincoln County, that is a preferred destination of residents and visitors, and that respects the traditions of the past and casts new directions for the future, with a focus on youth.

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