February - 2018
A hoe is a good tool for weeding. Roll up your sleeves: Invasive weeds need persistence to control

Invasive weeds enter backyards in multiple ways and once there can cause havoc.

Austin Hall OSU student-run startups vie for more than $70,000 in cash and prizes

Student entrepreneurs pursuing companies involving kombucha, shoes, mental health safety and fraud-resistant electronic ledgers will vie for $70,000 in cash and prizes Feb. 27.

Oregon State University president named ‘History Maker’

The Oregon Historical Society has named Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray as one of four recipients of the society’s Oregon History Makers Medal for 2018.

Photo of infant Midwifery linked to better birth outcomes in state-by-state report cards

Midwife-friendly laws and regulations tend to coincide with lower rates of premature births, cesarean deliveries and newborn deaths, according to a new U.S.-wide “report card” that ranks all 50 states on the quality of their maternity care.

Oregon State University students overwhelmingly respond to Meningococcal B vaccination requirement

More than 98 percent of Oregon State University students have completed or are close to completing a new university requirement that all students 25 and under attending the university’s Corvallis campus must be vaccinated against Meningococcal B.

OSU Theatre presents Eugène Ionesco’s ‘Rhinoceros’ in March

Oregon State University Theatre’s 2017-2018 season, In the Public Eye, continues with the absurdist political comedy “Rhinoceros,” in March.

Loon Lake sediment cores offer a 1,500-year time capsule of watershed disturbance

Researchers have analyzed layers of sediment at the bottom of a lake in southwest Oregon to describe the history of watershed disturbances reaching back nearly 1,500 years. 

Image of Carolyn Aldwin How people cope with difficult life events fuels development of wisdom, study finds

How a person responds to a difficult life event such as a death or divorce helps shape the development of their wisdom over time, a new study from Oregon State University suggests.

​​​​Illustration by Oliver Day, Oregon State University Oregon State University science paper generated global response, financial support

A paper published last December by an Oregon State University scientist became one of the mostly widely shared science papers since 2011, according to the science communications company Altmetric, and has inspired private contributions to support further research.

Image of OSU Wind Symphony OSU Wind Symphony, Corvallis High School Wind Ensemble to perform Feb. 26

The Oregon State University Wind Symphony and the Corvallis High School Wind Ensemble will perform a joint concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26.

Jose Reyes OSU professor emeritus elected to prestigious engineering academy

Jose Reyes, professor emeritus of nuclear engineering at Oregon State University and founder of NuScale Power, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineers.

OSU's Valley Library Human cells’ remodeling abilities may be key to how cancer spreads

Research at shows that human cells have tremendous power to mechanically change their surroundings, opening the door to new insights on a variety of physiological processes including how cancer spreads.

Study finds tuna fishermen who fish along ocean fronts can significantly boost revenue

Savvy Northwest anglers have long known that when patches of warm Pacific Ocean water drift closer to shore each summer, it’s time to chase after the feisty and tasty albacore tuna. Now a new study confirms that tuna are more likely to be found in regions of the California Current System with certain oceanographic conditions – and that commercial fishermen who work those areas more frequently bring in up to three times the revenue of other tuna anglers.

Graphic image of beer in workplace Workplace alcohol not always a perk for recent college grads seeking jobs

Offering alcohol to employees in the workplace may be a trendy perk of employment, but it doesn’t appear to be an enticement for recent college graduates just entering the workforce, new research published today from Oregon State University shows.

A warmer future for the Pacific Northwest if carbon dioxide levels rise, climate projections show

In the midst of an unseasonably warm winter in the Pacific Northwest, a  comparison of four publicly available climate projections has shown broad agreement that the region will become considerably warmer in the next century if greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere rise to the highest levels projected in the the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “business-as-usual” scenario.

Oscar-winning designer Harley Jessup named OSU commencement speaker for June

Harley Jessup, an Oregon State University alumnus and renowned animation production designer who has won an Academy Award and an Emmy Award for visual effects, will deliver the commencement address at OSU’s 149th graduation ceremony.

Juvenile salmon use the Earth's magnetic field to learn which way is up Newly-hatched salmon use geomagnetic field to learn which way is up

Researchers who confirmed in recent years that salmon use the Earth’s geomagnetic field to guide their long-distance migrations have found that the fish also use the field for a much simpler and smaller-scale migration: When the young emerge from gravel nests to reach surface waters.

OSU will require all students to report past felony convictions before enrolling for class

Oregon State University announced Thursday a new policy that will require all new and continuing students to self-report past felony convictions and registered sex offender status before enrolling in fall 2018 classes.

Jennifer Field is an environmental chemist at Oregon State University OSU environmental chemists tapped to lead studies of contaminants at military bases

Environmental chemists at Oregon State University will lead grants totaling $2.9 million to conduct studies of chemicals that have contaminated military installations and are also detected at fire training areas in the United States, including Oregon.

image of hummingbird For tropical forest birds, old neighborhoods matter

Old, complex tropical forests support a wider diversity of birds than second-growth forests and have irreplaceable value for conservation, according to an Oregon State University-led exhaustive analysis of bird diversity in the mountains of southern Costa Rica. 

Image of piano keys Corvallis-OSU Symphony performs Beethoven, Bruckner Feb. 25 at LaSells Stewart Center

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra will present “Two Big B’s – Beethoven and Bruckner” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center.

artwork by Farrah Karapetian Artist Farrah Karapetian to speak at OSU Feb. 21

Farrah Karapetian, a multi-disciplinary artist based in California, will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

Waste Watchers Club to hold Winter Repair Fair

The OSU Waste Watchers Club will be holding its Winter Repair Fair Feb. 15.

Next round of Meningococcal B clinics set at Oregon State University

Oregon State University continues its efforts to help students meet the requirements for Meningococcal B vaccinations and will hold three days of vaccination clinics this week at its Corvallis campus. 

image of exhibit wall Museum exhibit commemorates Oregon State University’s 150th anniversary

Oregon State University is commemorating its 150th anniversary with an exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society that shares the history of the university through 150 stories.

 

Hatchery-raised chinook salmon self-sorted vertically in tanks and those at the top grew larger A view from above and below: Hatchery chinook salmon are self-sorting in tanks

Hatchery-raised chinook salmon sort themselves into surface- and bottom-oriented groups in their rearing tanks. This behavior might be due in part to the fish’s genes, according to an OSU study.

Photo of Garrick Ohlsson Pianist Garrick Ohlsson performs at Oregon State University Feb. 18

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will perform at Oregon State University as part of the Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Piano Series at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18.

Image of Hatfield sign Hatfield Visitor Center to partially reopen on Feb. 17

The popular Visitor Center at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport will partially reopen on Saturday, Feb. 17.

Benton Hall Sexual violence bystander training at OSU receives national award

OSU’s bystander intervention program, “Beavers Give a Dam,” has received a national award for excellence for its sexual violence education and prevention services.

Song commemorates Oregon State’s 150th anniversary

Oregon State University has unveiled a new song that commemorates the university’s 150th anniversary and portrays the power of learning and the contributions OSU has made to Oregonians and the state since its founding in 1868.

Fisher Novel research approach sheds light on how midsize predators interact

A novel research approach by Oregon State University has resulted in a key step toward better protecting the fisher, an important forest predator.

Image of alcoholic drinks Symptoms of alcoholism make taking medication to treat the disease more difficult, study finds

Symptoms of alcoholism make it more difficult for some people to regularly take the prescription drug naltrexone, which could help treat their disease, a researcher at Oregon State University has found.

Researchers Compounds derived from hops show promise for metabolic syndrome patients

A group of compounds derived from hops can likely improve cognitive and other functions in people with metabolic syndrome, new research at Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University suggests.

Relationship factors affect decisions about contraceptive use among young adults, study finds

The dynamics of a couple’s relationship, including the exclusivity of the partnership, the level of commitment to the partnership and participation in sexual decision-making with their partner, impact young adults’ decisions related to contraceptive use, new research from Oregon State University shows.

MU Researchers take important step toward gonorrhea vaccine

Researchers are paving the way toward a new therapeutic approach for gonorrhea by shedding light on the mechanism behind important proteins on the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria’s outer membrane. 

Corvallis Science Pub will focus on hops, barley and the future of craft beers

At the Corvallis Science Pub on February 12, Tom Shellhammer will discuss how new varieties of hops and barley are shaping the craft beer industry. 

Image of white flowers OSU Theatre presents political comedy ‘The Taming’ Feb. 15-18

Oregon State University Theatre will present Lauren Gunderson’s wild political comedy, “The Taming,” Feb. 15-18 on the Corvallis campus.

Bruce Burris artwork OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery presents work by Corvallis artist Bruce Burris

“SUPEREGIONAL,” an exhibition of work by Corvallis artist Bruce Burris, will run Feb. 5 through March 1 in Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery of Art.

President Ed Ray OSU president calls for efforts to address nation’s educational achievement gap, shares Portland region expansion plans

Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray today called upon Oregonians and higher education institutions nationally to educate far more students from less wealthy families.

OSU researchers hope to raise blue whale carcass from Yaquina Bay for educational display

For the past two-plus years, the carcass of a 78-foot blue whale that washed ashore near Gold Beach, Oregon, in November 2015 has been submerged in Yaquina Bay allowing nature to run its course by having scavengers clean the bones.

January - 2018
Rebecca Vega Thurber underwater Special screenings of Oregon State-produced coral reef documentary offered

Oregon State University filmmakers will be offering three free special screenings of a feature-length documentary on coral reefs that they produced after spending three years traveling around the world to document the decline of coral ecosystems.

OSU's Kathleen O'Malley with a Dungeness crab. Study: Little genetic difference among Dungeness crab from California to Washington

A new study of Dungeness crab along the West Coast found strong genetic diversity throughout various sampling sites, with little genetic “differentiation” between them, meaning that crab found off the California coast are similar to those found off Oregon and Washington.

Reading of ‘Ada and the Engine’ play at OSU’s Valley Library

The play “Ada and the Engine” will have a live reading at Oregon State University’s Valley Library at 7 p.m., Jan. 31. The play, by Lauren Gunderson, is about English mathematician Ada Byron Lovelace (1815-1852), who invented an early form of a mechanical computer.

comparison drawing Warm-air blowers direct pathogens to surgical site, computer model shows

Warm-air blowers that keep patients at a safe temperature also interfere with operating room ventilation systems, potentially making it easier for microbial skin colonizers to cause infection at surgical sites.

naked barleys are the result of a mutation $2 million barley project gets naked for the good of the grain

Oregon State University is leading a five-state effort to develop varieties of naked barleys that are not only organic, they can also be used in a variety of ways.

Study sheds light on alternative, more convenient method of cell preservation

Researchers at Oregon State University have taken an important step toward a more convenient, less expensive means of preserving mammalian cells for in vitro fertilization, species conservation, cell therapy and other purposes.

George Waldbusser OSU-based Oregon Sea Grant to award grants to researchers in Oregon

Oregon Sea Grant, a marine research, public engagement and education program based at Oregon State University, is awarding nearly $1.1 million in competitive, federally funded research grants for 2018-20.

Valley Library Novelist Chang-rae Lee to read at Oregon State University Feb. 9

Novelist Chang-rae Lee will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis

Research showcase highlights work of engineering grad students

Want to learn more about the Oregon State University College of Engineering’s far-ranging research efforts, including asking questions of those conducting the research?

Aaron Wolfe Davos: International universities form partnership for water cooperation, diplomacy

Water resource researchers and diplomats at the World Economic Forum announced today (Wednesday, Jan. 24) a plan to create an international consortium called the Universities Partnerships for Water Cooperation & Diplomacy.

zebrafish Zebrafish study provides new insights into autism spectrum disorder research

Exposure to a compound used to treat migraines and seizures causes characteristics associated with autism, groundbreaking research with zebrafish has demonstrated.

New study shows freshwater input route from melting ice led to rapid cooling

Scientists have long known that a reduction in Atlantic Ocean currents bringing warm water to the Northern Hemisphere from the tropics created abrupt cooling known as the Younger Dryas cold period nearly 13,000 years ago, but the cause of this phenomenon has not been proved.

fish OSU researchers aim to boost efficiency of aquaculture production

Researchers at Oregon State University are developing a new technology to deliver water-soluble nutrients to aquaculture-raised fish, oysters, clams and shrimp that will boost their growth rates and reduce the high rates of mortality that plague the industry.

From left, OSU electrical engineering researchers Erwen Li, Alan Wang and Qian Gao (photo by Gale Sumida). Big energy savings: OSU researchers build the world’s smallest electro-optic modulator

Researchers at Oregon State University have designed and fabricated the world’s smallest electro-optic modulator, which could mean major reductions in energy used by data centers and supercomputers.

dance contestants Marsha Fowler '68 and Jim Martin '66. Standing in back are Dianne Conn, Mike Aldrich, Gail Boersma and Dick Alexander. OSU revives winter formal dance as part of OSU150 celebration

The winter formal dance, a tradition for decades at Oregon State University that all but disappeared in recent years, is being revived later this month.

OSU board of trustees proactively plans for financial future

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Friday accepted a 10-year university business forecast that reflects plans to invest in strategic university student initiatives, manage expenses, increase enrollment strategically and offset cost increases including employee retirement benefits.

Temporary Change in Leadership at College of Forestry

Oregon State University’s College of Forestry Dean Thomas Maness announced this week his intention to begin immediately an approximate six-month change in responsibilities to attend to personal matters.

When it comes to keeping streams cool, buffer strips help but geology rules

Leaving a strip of trees along headwater streams during logging operations helps to keep the water cool, but researchers have now shown that the downstream impacts of such practices have more to do with geology than with the presence or width of buffer strips.

Jorge Cham ‘Dilbert of academia’ cartoonist Jorge Cham to speak at OSU on Feb. 8

Jorge Cham, creator of the “Piled Higher and Deeper” comic strip, will give a free presentation at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center on Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus, 875 S.W. 26th St.

Inquiry, unique print/mixed media drawing Printmaker Minna Resnick to speak at OSU Jan. 25

Printmaker Minna Resnick will speak at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

Sea grass research Festival to showcase Oregon State University marine research

Oregon State University will continue to commemorate its 150th anniversary with nearly two weeks of free activities in mid-February centered around the university’s decades of work protecting coasts and oceans.

Marine Studies Building Oregon State University president affirms decision for new marine studies building location

Oregon State University President Ed Ray today confirmed that the university’s new Marine Studies Building will be built at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

Lynne Detrick New concert hall at Oregon State University to honor Portland-area arts advocate

Oregon State University has received a gift commitment from the family of the late Lynne Detrick of West Linn to build a new concert hall that will allow for more intimate music performances on the Corvallis campus.

Study finds body size of marine plankton, currents keys to dispersal in ocean

When it comes to marine plankton, the smaller you are the farther you travel.

Albert and Samantha Diaz OSU’s online bachelor’s programs earn fourth straight top 10 ranking from U.S. News

Driven by the expertise of its faculty and an award-winning faculty development program, Oregon State University has been named one of the nation’s 10 best providers of online education for the fourth straight year by U.S. News & World Report.

Meningococcal B mass vaccination clinics set at Oregon State University

Oregon State University will hold five consecutive days of meningococcal B disease mass vaccination clinics starting Tuesday on its Corvallis campus.

Writer, radio producer and multimedia artist Shawn Wen to read at OSU Jan. 19

Writer, radio producer and multimedia artist Shawn Wen will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Dirt-dwelling microbe produces potential anti-melanoma weapon

A type of soil-dwelling bacterium produces molecules that induce death in melanoma cells, research at Oregon State University shows.

global temp diagram Researchers use ‘global thermometer’ to track temperature extremes, droughts and melting ice

Large areas of the Earth’s surface are experiencing rising maximum temperatures, which affect virtually every ecosystem on the planet, including ice sheets and tropical forests that play major roles in regulating the biosphere, scientists have reported.

Play that explores racism, political correctness comes to OSU in late January

“Spinning Into Butter,” a play by Rebecca Gilman that explores the dangers of both racism and political correctness in America, is coming to Oregon State University for three free performances in late January.

Maya Lin Architect Maya Lin will give Provost’s Lecture at Oregon State

American architect and sculptor Maya Lin, perhaps best known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. as a Yale University student in 1981, will deliver the next Provost’s Lecture at 7 p.m., April 26 at Oregon State University. Lin was originally scheduled to deliver her lecture last April, but cancelled due to illness.

Heather Knight and robots The comedy and social lives of robots featured at Corvallis Science Pub

Robots will increasingly rub shoulders with people at home and in the work place,so machines need social attributes: humor, personality and body language.

December - 2017
Japanese print Japanese prints on display in OSU’s Fairbanks and Memorial Union Concourse galleries

“East Comes West,” a two-part exhibition of prints from the Atelier Outotsu printmaking studio of Japan, is underway in the Memorial Union Concourse Gallery and will also appear in the Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University in January.

Fluorescent nanomedicine can guide tumor removal, kill remaining cancer cells

Oregon State University scientists have developed a nanomedicine platform for cancer that can help doctors know which tissue to cut out as well as kill any malignant cells that can’t be surgically removed.

Noted tropical ecologist Barbara Zimmerman to give public lecture at OSU on Jan. 10

Barbara Zimmerman, founder and director of the Kayapo Project to help indigenous peoples in the southeastern Amazon River basin, will give a free public lecture at Oregon State University on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

Pianist ‘The Pianist of Willesden Lane’ to be presented in Corvallis Jan. 27

The Grammy-nominated artist Mona Golabek will perform in “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at in the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Suzy Tannenbaum OSU receives grants for public safety app

Oregon State University has received two grants totaling almost $275,000 over five years from Campus Consortium, the largest global education association of schools, colleges and universities, to create a public safety app for students and staff.

Kathleen Bogart People with rare diseases are at more risk for poor quality of life, study finds

People with rare diseases are at high risk for experiencing poor quality of life, including increased levels of anxiety, depression, pain, fatigue and limited ability to participate in society, a new study from an Oregon State University shows.

Melissa OSU to host 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

The annual Oregon State University celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., takes place Jan. 13-19. This is the 36th year of the event. It is one of the university’s longest-running social justice events.

Routines, practice and mental rehearsal mitigate some – but not all – risks of armed self-defense

U.S. consumers who buy, keep and carry handguns for self-defense assume legal, moral and safety risks that come along with owning and potentially using a handgun to defend themselves or others.

Researcher Megan McClelland Intervention offered in kindergarten readiness program boosts children’s self-regulation skills

Adding a daily 20 to 30 minute self-regulation intervention to a kindergarten readiness program significantly boosted children’s self-regulation and early academic skills, an Oregon State University researcher has found.

Stromatolite pool Prestigious grant funds OSU scientist’s research on living versions of origins-of-life fossils

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has selected an Oregon State University researcher to lead a study of chemical signaling and metabolite production among microbial communities whose origins trace back billions of years.

Wilson's Warbler Complex, old-growth forests may protect some bird species in a warming climate

Old forests that contain large trees and a diversity of tree sizes and species may offer refuge to some types of birds facing threats in a warming climate, scientists have found.

OSU professor named dean at South Dakota State University

John Killefer, professor and department head of animal and rangeland sciences at Oregon State University, has been named the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at South Dakota State University.

Barista Oregon State receives grant to reduce university food waste

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management program has awarded Oregon State University with a $27,372 grant to help the university reduce food waste by 10 percent at its Corvallis campus.

Trees after wildfire After a wildfire, attitudes about recovery vary with sense of place and beliefs about fire ecology

How people who live close to burned forests feel about landscape recovery — whether they sense overwhelming loss or see positive signs in the growth of new vegetation — depends largely on their attachment to the area and on their appreciation for the ecological role of fire.

Oregon State University librarian is honored with national award

Natalia Fernández, curator and archivist at Oregon State University Libraries and Press, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award from the American Library Association. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to garner this national honor. She is also the first librarian from Oregon to earn the award.

Controlled burn OSU ember research: Smaller branches pack the fastest, biggest fire-spreading punch

As the West tallies the damages from the 2017 wildfire season, researchers at Oregon State University are trying to learn more about how embers form and about the blaze-starting potential they carry.

measuring snow depth NASA looks for citizen scientists to collect snowpack depth measurements

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is looking for snowshoers, backcountry skiers and snow-machine users in the Pacific Northwest to gather data to use in computer modeling for snow-water equivalent, or SWE.

November - 2017
sleeping baby Birth outcomes improve after implementation of coordinated care organizations, study finds

Oregon women on Medicaid were more than 10 percent less likely to have babies with low birthweight or abnormal conditions following the state’s implementation of coordinated care organizations, a new study from Oregon State University has found.

College of Veterinary Medicine resumes normal operations following EHV-1 case

Three weeks after diagnosing a horse with a form of equine herpes virus and suspending all elective surgical and medical services for horses and camelids, the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine announced today that it is resuming normal operations.

With ‘material robotics,’ intelligent products won’t even look like robots

Robots as inconspicuous as they are ubiquitous represent the vision of researchers in the new and burgeoning field of material robotics.

David Rothwell U.S. social policies helped keep child poverty rates from climbing during Great Recession

Social policies enacted in the United States during the Great Recession appear to have kept child poverty rates stable during a critical period when such programs were most needed because of a struggling economy, an Oregon State University researcher has found in a new study.

Oregon State University President Ed Ray announces building names decision

Oregon State University President Ed Ray today announced his decision to rename three buildings on OSU’s Corvallis campus while retaining the names of two other buildings.

watershed Forest harvesting rules effectively protect water quality in the Alsea watershed

Tree harvesting methods designed to protect streams from soil erosion and sedimentation can be effective in maintaining water quality, scientists have shown in a study in the Oregon Coast Range.

Bill Williams River Floods are necessary for maintaining healthy river ecosystems

Flooding rivers can wreak havoc on homes and roads but are necessary for healthy ecosystems, research at Oregon State University suggests.

‘Hands Up,’ a set of monologues about police shootings, to be performed at OSU Dec. 2-3

“Hands Up,” a set of seven monologues exploring the psyches of black men and women in the wake of police shootings across the country, will be performed at Oregon State University Dec. 2 and 3.

Two Oregon State University researchers named AAAS Fellows

Two Oregon State University researchers have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor bestowed upon select AAAS members by a vote of their peers.

Oregon State University will serve Portland region from historic Meier & Frank building

Oregon State University will build on its land grant mission and long-standing service to the Portland region from a new location – the second floor of the historic Meier & Frank Building in downtown Portland.

Visitor Center crowd at Hatfield Marine Science Center Popular Visitor Center at Hatfield Center to close Dec. 5 for maintenance

The Visitor Center at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, which annually draws some 150,000 visitors, will close on Dec. 5 for maintenance and renovation.

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