CORVALLIS - The College of Science at Oregon State University will present its 13th annual "Visual Cascade of Science" on Saturday, April 24, for high school students across Oregon.

The program, which is one part of the university's recognition of National Science Week, is open to students, their parents and teachers. It will begin with registration at 9 a.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium, at Arnold Way and Monroe Street on the OSU campus. It is free, and the morning session is open to the public.

OSU faculty who will be making presentations during the morning on some of their recent research or courses they teach include:


  • Thomas Roberts, assistant professor of zoology, "The Biomechanics of Frog Flight."


  • Linda Ciuffetti, assistant professor of botany and plant pathology, "Fungi and Toxins: Vehicles of Destruction."


  • Steve Giovannoni, associate professor of microbiology, "Life in Extreme Environments."


  • William Warren, professor of physics, "Making Waves with Music."


  • John Ruben, professor of zoology, "What Dinosaurs Did in Cold Blood."

"Our goal is to stimulate interest in science through a morning of highly visual, short presentations of cutting-edge science," said Richard Thies, associate dean of the college. "We try to cover a wide range of science which helps students see new possibilities, and encourage them to consider pursuing careers in mathematics and science."

In the afternoon, students may tour university laboratories that do work in such areas as satellite data analysis, molecular graphics, chemical analysis, biomolecules, biomechanics, geographic information, and other fields. A free lunch will be provided to students and teachers.

More information about the program, registration, and activities can be obtained by contacting Thies at 541-737-4811; writing the OSU College of Science, 128 Kidder Hall, Corvallis, Ore., 97331-4608; or accessing the College of Science web page through the OSU web page at


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Richard Thies, 541-737-4811