Oregon State University Department of Integrative Biology and the College of Science present the 2019 Robert M. Storm Distinguished Lecture. This annual lecture series honors the legacy of "Doc" Storm, a pioneering herpetologist and beloved professor of zoology at OSU for 36 years. During his time, he advised and mentored 71 graduate students. The lecture was established by Doc Storm's former student Bill Lovejoy (PhD '72) to promote excellence, advancement, and inspiration in biology, particularly vertebrate biology to the OSU and Corvallis communities. This year's speaker is Dr. Patricia Brennan, Assistant Professor at Mt. Holyoke College presenting a lecture entitled Time to Step Up! Defending "Oddball Science". Despite general agreement on the importance of science as a whole, public trust in science is eroding and political attacks on science continue. Many attacks are directed toward research that seems strange and not geared toward solving particular societal problems, what we might call "oddball" science. These attacks reflect a deep lack of understanding and support for basic science that has devastating consequences to innovation. Dr. Brennan will discuss the experience of having her basic research on duck genitalia being attacked for political gain, and what she learned about science misperceptions in society. She will offer many examples that highlight why we need to support more basic science, and how we can all participate in this process.