July - 2018
Student Experience Center OSU researchers determine why pulsed sparks make for better ignition

Researchers have learned the mechanisms behind a means of improved ignition, helping to open the door to better performance in combustion systems ranging from car engines to jet propulsion.

Study: Reducing carbon emissions will limit sea level rise

A new study demonstrates a clear correlation between cumulative carbon emissions and future sea level rise over time – and the news isn’t good.

Canning Food preservation hotline opens for the season

Get all your food preservation questions answered from safety to great recipes.

birch tree Serious pest targets popular white-bark birch trees

Bronze birch borer can kill a tree before homeowners notice.

OSU’s College of Forestry Dean Maness leaves legacy of leadership 

Thomas Maness, the Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C. Ford dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, passed away Thursday, July 12, in Corvallis. He was 63.

Bard in the Quad at OSU to present ‘The Tempest’ in August

Performances will be held Aug. 2 through Aug. 5 and Aug. 9 through Aug. 12

Tigriopus californicus New species may arise from rapid mitochondrial evolution

Genetic research at Oregon State University has shed new light on how isolated populations of the same species evolve toward reproductive incompatibility and thus become separate species.

Linus Pauling Science Center Solved protein puzzle opens door to new design for cancer drugs

Researchers at Oregon State University have solved a longstanding puzzle concerning the design of molecular motors, paving the way toward new cancer therapies.

Adult pika at Palisade Falls, Montana New evidence of two subspecies of American pikas in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park provides habitat for not one, but two subspecies of the American pika, a species thought to be closely connected with climate change, according to a new study.

Ed Yong Author, science journalist Ed Yong to speak at OSU on July 16

Author and science journalist Ed Yong will present a free public lecture at Oregon State University on microbes and the people who study them.

Heather Knight Oregon State roboticist brings film festival to Portland

Oregon State University roboticist Heather Knight is bringing the Robot Film Festival to Portland, on July 14, for the first time in its eight-year history.

Fairbanks Gallery to host summer-long art faculty exhibit at Oregon State

Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery is hosting a summer exhibit of current work by OSU art faculty through Aug. 30 in Fairbanks Hall, 220 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 

OSU Chamber Music Workshop presents five free concerts in July

The Oregon State University Chamber Music Workshop, sponsored by the OSU School of Arts and Communication SAC Academy, will present five free public performances in July.

watering garden Don’t neglect to water garden in summer

Watering correctly will keep your garden thriving in hot weather.

Linus Pauling Science Center Nanofiber-based wound dressings induce production of antimicrobial peptide

Nanofiber-based wound dressings loaded with vitamin D spur the production of an antimicrobial peptide, a key step forward in the battle against surgical site infections, or SSIs.

Neisseria gonorrhoeae Gonorrhea researchers identify novel route to vaccine, new antibiotic

Researchers have identified a protein that powers the virulence of the bacteria that causes gonorrhea, opening the possibility of a new target for antibiotics and, even better, a vaccine.

A northern red-backed vole forages for berries in bear scat in southeastern Alaska Berry-gorging bears disperse seeds through scat and feed small mammals

New research shows that mice and voles scurry to bear scats to forage for seeds, finding nutritional value in the seeds and in some cases further dispersing them.

ocean OSU-Cascades researcher awarded $2 million for research turning salt water into drinking water

A researcher at Oregon State University-Cascades will lead a team working on turning salt water into drinking water as part of a $21 million national effort.

June - 2018
‘Mountain Memories: Glimpses of Asia’ to exhibit at OSU’s Little Gallery

“Mountain Memories: Glimpses of Asia,” a collection of acrylic paintings by Newport artist Erin Price, will be on display in the Little Gallery at Oregon State University.

nuclear testing OSU contributions come to fruition with impending China nuclear plant opening

Thanks in large part to nearly two decades of research, testing and training support from Oregon State University’s College of Engineering, a new age for nuclear power is set to begin July 4.

Fertilizer Know what your plants need before fertilizing

Doing research up front helps you know which plants need fertilizer, how much and when to apply.

OSU is purchasing land north of Waldport to begin PacWave energy test site project

Oregon State University is purchasing a five-acre parcel along the central Oregon coast that will be the shore-based facility for converting wave energy captured from a test site to be located about seven miles offshore into utility-grid accessible power.

ice Scientists believe ‘lost carbon’ during last Ice Age was stored in ocean via physics and dust

During the last ice age, atmospheric carbon dioxide was about one-third lower than it is today and scientists are uncertain why the distribution of global carbon was different than today.

ocean Scientists use hydrophone to listen in on methane seeps in ocean, hope next to estimate volume

A research team has successfully recorded the sound of methane bubbles from the seafloor off the Oregon coast using a hydrophone, opening the door to using acoustics to identify – and perhaps quantify – this important greenhouse gas in the ocean.

Lessons about a future warmer world using data from the past

Selected intervals in the past that were as warm or warmer than today can help us understand what the Earth may be like under future global warming.

Maximal running shoe ‘Maximal’ running shoes may increase injury risk to some runners

Researchers in the FORCE Lab found that runners experienced a higher impact peak and increased loading rate with “maximal” shoes, which are associated with a greater likelihood of injury, such as plantar fasciitis and tibial stress fractures.

Pharmacy building Lipid-based nanoparticles enable improved therapy for cystic fibrosis patients

PORTLAND, Ore. – Researchers at Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University are working on a treatment that holds great promise for improving the lives of cystic fibrosis patients

Photo of Martin Storksdieck OSU lands $1 million grant to improve undergraduate instruction in STEM

Oregon State University has been awarded a five-year, $1 million grant to improve instruction of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, and better meet needs of undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds.

TDS Telecom Support of OSU Open Source Lab Tops $5 Million

TDS Telecommunications LLC has made a donation valued at more than $1 million to help operate the Oregon State University Open Source Lab. The gift brings TDS’s cumulative support for the lab to more than $5 million.

bee Bees love blue fluorescent light, and not just any wavelength will do

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers at Oregon State University have learned that a specific wavelength range of blue fluorescent light set bees abuzz.

Oregon State University names interim dean of College of Pharmacy

Oregon State University Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser has announced that Mark Leid, a professor and associate dean for research in the College of Pharmacy, will serve as interim dean of the college effective July 1.

Oregon State University Alumni Association names new executive director

The Oregon State University Alumni Association announced Monday that John P. Valva will become its next executive director effective July 22. He also will serve as vice president of alumni relations at Oregon State.

Oregon State University student attaches a milking machine to a cow in the OSU Dairy Research Center. New blood test reveals susceptibility to costly disease in dairy cows

Oregon State University researchers have developed a blood test to identify dairy cows are susceptible to bovine clinical mastitis.

Bat house Beneficial bats help control insects in the garden

Bats can eat their weight in insects in one day, providing important pest control.

Researchers assess the health of forest pollinators and their link to agriculture

With a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, scientists at Oregon State University are teaming up with state and federal agencies and the forest industry to study the health of native pollinators in managed forest landscapes and the contribution of these insects to crop productivity.

Gail Langellotto OSU Master Gardener state conference open to all

Speakers will cover everything from climate change to making a birdhouse.

Oregon State University announces marine science media fellows

Oregon State University has named 12 leading regional, national and international journalists as its 2018 marine science media fellows.

Groundbreaking ceremony for expansion of OSU’s Magruder Hall to be held June 20

Oregon State University’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine will host a groundbreaking ceremony June 20 to kick off a 21,729-square foot expansion of Magruder Hall that will improve instructional space and increase services at the small animal hospital.

short gamma-ray burst Research shows short gamma-ray bursts do follow binary neutron star mergers

Researchers at Oregon State University have confirmed that last fall’s union of two neutron stars did in fact cause a short gamma-ray burst.

Oregon Bee Project New Oregon Bee Project plans activities for National Pollinator Week
The Oregon Bee Project works to educate the public about bees and their conservation.
 
Multilingual students are making significant academic progress despite perceptions otherwise

A new analysis of multilingual students’ academic progress shows that the group’s achievement in reading and math grew substantially between 2003 and 2015, challenging the perception that these students have demonstrated few academic gains in recent years.

 

Oregon State University to lead building of second ship for national research fleet

Oregon State University has received $88 million from the National Science Foundation to lead construction of a second Regional Class Research Vessel to help bolster the nation’s aging academic research fleet.

A sign tells visitors in Spanish that this community participates in Mexico’s Payments for Ecosystems Service Program for biodiversity conservation Paying communities for forest management activities supports social relationships

New research shows that paying communities in Mexico to conserve and manage their jointly-owned property doesn’t just benefit the environment—it strengthens social relationships and a sense of community within those areas as well.

OSU celebrates 149th commencement with record number of graduates

Oregon State University will graduate a record 7,128 students during its 149th commencement ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.

This “whey” to make vodka could add value to creameries, lessen environmental impact

Researchers say artisan creameries can add value and lessen harmful environmental impacts by converting whey into vodka.

Master Gardeners Get a leg up by learning which vegetable varieties do best

OSU Extension Service releases a new publication on the best vegetables to grow in western Oregon gardens.

OSU alums and film industry veterans to speak in Corvallis June 15

Animation production designer Harley Jessup and screenwriter Mike Rich, both alumni of Oregon State University, will discuss their work in the film industry from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 15.

Great Move Out Donation Drive Starts Soon

The Great Move Out will be starting Monday, June 11 at Oregon State University

Unnecessarily difficult: Physical activity resources for adults are loaded with jargon

Web page articles and other written materials designed to encourage physical activity are often too difficult to be easily read and understood by most U.S. adults, limiting their effectiveness, new research from Oregon State University shows.

wolf OSU ecologist to talk about wolves and conservation on local and global scales

Oregon State University ecologist Bill Ripple will give a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Worthy Brewing Company, 495 N.E. Bellevue Drive in Bend.

Ramesh Sagili inspects a European honeybee in a carrot seed field near Madras, Ore. Honeybees prioritize well-fed larvae for emergency queen-rearing, study finds

New research shows that honeybees prioritize the nutritional status of larvae when selecting for a new emergency queen.

‘Warning to Humanity’ resolution passes OSU student and faculty governance

The Oregon State University Faculty Senate and Associated Students of Oregon State University passed a joint resolution last month endorsing “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice,” an article published late last year by lead author Oregon State Professor William Ripple.

A dog attempts the problem-solving task in Oregon State University’s Human-Animal Interaction Lab Human encouragement might influence how dogs solve problems

Human encouragement might influence how dogs solve problems, according to a new Oregon State University study.

Oregon State Board of Trustees approves $1.3 billion budget

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees Friday approved an operating budget of $1.3 billion for fiscal year 2019.

fungi Fungi-produced pigment shows promise as semiconductor material

Researchers at Oregon State University are looking at a highly durable organic pigment, used by humans in artwork for hundreds of years, as a promising possibility as a semiconductor material.

A desert bighorn sheep ewe (left) and ram are observed in the Providence Mountains in the Mojave Desert in California. Desert bighorn sheep are crossing Interstate 40 in California

Desert bighorn sheep are able to climb steep, rocky terrain with speed and agility. New research shows that they can cross a four-lane highway.

When it comes to school recess, a quality playground experience matters, researchers suggest

Recess periods can offer physical, cognitive, social and emotional benefits to elementary school children, but those benefits are tied closely to the quality of the playground experience.

Benton Hall OSU Chamber Choir to present 14th annual President’s Concert June 9

The Oregon State University Chamber Choir will present the 14th annual President’s Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9.

25 plants for attracting native bees to the garden

About 500 -- perhaps more -- native bees make Oregon their home. Gardens are important habitat for these important pollinators.

May - 2018
Crash the cat Research shows dogs prefer to eat fat, and cats surprisingly tend toward carbs

Dogs gravitate toward high-fat food, but cats pounce on carbohydrates with even greater enthusiasm, according to research into the dietary habits of America’s two most popular pets.

Study suggests scientists can use microbial measurements to gauge river flow

Oregon State University scientists have created a tool that can predict the flow rate of Arctic rivers with a surprising degree of accuracy based on the makeup and abundance of bacteria in the water.

OSU, NOAA researchers document widespread methane seeps off Oregon coast

Over the past two years scientists from OSU and NOAA have documented hundreds of new methane seep sites off the Northwest coast.

 

OSU recycling makes changes to list of acceptable items

Oregon State University’s Campus Recycling has changed what items it will accept in recycling bins on campus

Drought-tolerant Ceanothus makes a beautiful addition to the garden

With it's blue flowers, Ceanothus fills a gap in the garden.

Cooked Yams Taste Better OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery presents work by graduating seniors

Oregon State University students completing their bachelor of fine arts degrees this spring will present their thesis show May 29 through June 16 in OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

OSU Meistersingers, Bella Voce perform annual Spring Sing concert June 1

The Oregon State University choral program will present its annual Spring Sing concert featuring Bella Voce and the OSU Meistersingers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 1.

Tykeson Hall OSU biologist advocates ecological approach to improving human health

Chronic diseases like cancer, autoimmune disorders and obesity may ultimately vanquish the efforts of medical intervention unless people change their diet.

Student-directed one-act play festival runs May 31 through June 3 at OSU

An eclectic collection of student-directed, short plays will be featured during Oregon State University Theatre’s annual Spring One-Act Festival May 31 to June 3 on the OSU campus in Corvallis.

 

Screenings of Oregon State University documentary set for Corvallis, Bend

Premiere screenings of a one-hour OPB “Oregon Experience” documentary that explores the 150-year history of Oregon State University are scheduled in early June in Bend and Corvallis.

 

Lookout Creek in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest (Photo: Theresa Hogue) Streams may emit more carbon dioxide in a warmer climate

Streams and rivers could pump carbon dioxide into the air at increasing rates if they continue to warm, potentially compounding the effects of global warming, a new worldwide analysis has shown.

OSU Jazz Ensemble performs free concert May 30

The Oregon State University Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, in the Memorial Union Ballroom, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

Johnson Hall Two from College of Engineering win prestigious CAREER awards from NSF

Two professors in the College of Engineering have received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation.

Holly Dixon and Kim Anderson prepare a sampling wristband for analysis OSU-invented silicone wristbands improve detection of environmental pollutants

A new OSU study shows that chemical-absorbing wristbands are very good at linking external chemical exposure—the substances that go into a person’s body—with the chemicals formed inside the body itself as it metabolizes these “parent” pollutants.  

Microbial diversity Schizophrenics’ blood has more genetic material from microbes

The blood of schizophrenia patients features genetic material from more types of microorganisms than that of people without the debilitating mental illness.

OSU Wind Ensemble premieres new works at May 31 concert

The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble will premiere new works at its final concert of the season Thursday, May 31.

Annual OSU gathering of world’s largest Native American flute circle set for May 30

The annual gathering of the Oregon State University Native American flute circle, led by instructor Jan Looking Wolf Reibach, is set for noon Wednesday, May 30.

bpRNA Annotation tool provides step toward understanding links between disease, mutant RNA

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a computer program that represents a key step toward better understanding the connections between mutant genetic material and disease.

Dalliance with dahlias leads to 34-year love affair

With many sizes, forms and colors, dahlias light up the garden with variety.

Tricia Rose Social justice scholar, author, media commentator to speak at OSU on May 30

Tricia Rose of Brown University, author of three books including a seminal work on hip hop culture, will give a free public lecture Wednesday, May 30, at the LaSells Stewart Center.

Hawaii’s Kilauea completely unrelated to Northwest volcanoes, but…

As flowing lava from the Kilauea volcano continues to destroy homes on the Big Island of Hawaii – and officials fear a more violent eruption could occur – some Pacific Northwest residents have expressed concern that the events in Hawaii could trigger an eruption in the Cascade Range.

New study shows New Zealand has its own population of blue whales

A group of blue whales that frequent the South Taranaki Bight (STB) between the North and South islands of New Zealand appears to be part of a local population that is genetically distinct from other blue whales in the Pacific Ocean and Southern Ocean, a new study has found.

 

 

 

Women's Building Researchers take key step toward growing human organs in laboratory

Researchers have learned that precursor cells for skeletal muscles actually also give rise to neurons, blood vessels, blood cells and immune cells, pushing science one step closer to generating body parts in a laboratory.

Kearney Hall Accumulating over time, even low concentrations of silver can foil wastewater treatment

Research has shed new light on how an increasingly common consumer product component – silver nanoparticles – can potentially interfere with the treatment of wastewater.

Free range or cage free? Corvallis Science Pub looks at how eggs are produced.

Whether scrambled, fried or baked in a cake, eggs are a mainstay in homes and restaurants, but in recent years, the industry has seen major changes in production practices. At the Corvallis Science Pub on June 4, James Hermes will discuss the history of the chicken industry in Oregon and the impacts of the shift to “free range” and other methods of producing eggs.

Study shows ice stream draining Greenland Ice Sheet sensitive to changes over past 45,000 years

A ribbon of ice more than 600 kilometers long that drains about 12 percent of the gigantic Greenland Ice Sheet has been smaller than it is today about half of the time over the past 45,000 years.

rocketry Biofuel production, wearable sensor for the blind highlight Undergraduate Engineering Expo

Producing biofuel from coconut oil, developing hybrid methods to make rocket fuel, creating a wearable sensor for the blind and more than 240 other senior design projects will be on display at the Undergraduate Engineering Expo.

OSU’s Cool Shoes presents ‘Swingin’ Out’ May 18 and 19 at Corvallis High School

Oregon State University’s Ballroom Dance company, Cool Shoes, will perform its annual spring show, “Swingin’ Out,” at 7:30 p.m. May 18 and May 19 at Corvallis High School.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony closes season with Mahler’s Third Symphony May 22

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra will present “Nature and the Human Condition – Mahler Symphony No. 3” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center.

Image of Brooklyn Rider Brooklyn Rider and Kayhan Kalhor to perform ‘Silent City’ at OSU May 24

Oregon State University’s School of Arts and Communication presents “Brooklyn Rider & Kayhan Kalhor: Silent City” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the Austin Auditorium.

image of birth control pills Racial or ethnic discrimination impacts Latinas’ satisfaction with contraception services, study finds

Young Latina women who have experienced racial or ethnic discrimination are less satisfied overall with their contraceptive care, which could affect their access to more effective contraceptives, a new study from Oregon State University has found.

Oregon State University, city of Corvallis dedicate Madison Avenue Gateway

Forty-five years after the idea was initially proposed, community organizers and leaders at Oregon State University and the city of Corvallis will celebrate the grand opening and dedication of the Madison Avenue Gateway Walk project on May 16.

Cecil the Lion OSU researchers question conservation community’s acceptance of trophy hunting

Researchers at Oregon State University are challenging the premise that trophy hunting is an acceptable and effective tool for wildlife conservation and community development.

OSU’s student media garner collection of awards

The Daily Barometer was recently given a 2017 Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award

OSU president calls for continued funding for OSU-Cascades

Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray today said that university leaders will work to secure state bonding to help support continued expansion of the OSU-Cascades campus and the construction of a student success center during the 2019 legislative session.

meadowfoam Oilseed crop’s waste product yields compounds that protect skin from the sun

Meadowfoam, a native Pacific Northwest plant cultivated as an oilseed crop, has emerged as a potential new source of protection against the sun’s harmful effects on the skin.

OSU campus Transistor fabrication onto curved surface means a sharp turn toward better diabetes therapy

Transparent transistors fabricated onto the sharp curves of a tiny glass tube are paving the way toward a therapeutic advance for diabetics.

Image of Memorial Union Auditions for OSU’s summer production of ‘The Tempest’ to be held May 14-15

Open auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s popular summer event, Bard in the Quad, will take place at 6 p.m. May 14 and May 15 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre.

Graphic of book Writer Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich to read at Oregon State University May 18

Writer Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 18 in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

Grow your own strawberries for sweet satisfaction

Choose June-bearing plants for a all-at-once harvest good for making jams, everbeariing for spring and fall harvest and day neutral for season-long harvest.

Artist, writer, filmmaker Mariam Ghani to speak at OSU May 10

Artist, writer and filmmaker Mariam Ghani will speak at 7 p.m. May 10 at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

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