November - 2017
blue whale Scientists discover most blue whales are “right-handed” – except when they swim upward

A team of scientists that used motion-sensing tags to track the movements of more than five dozen blue whales off the California coast discovered that most have a lateralization bias – in other words, they essentially are “right-handed” or “left-handed.”

coral reef and diver Another danger sign for coral reefs: Substitute symbiont falls short

For reef-building corals, not just any symbiotic algae will do, new research shows.

dryland forest Scientists dispute missing dryland forests

Scientists are disputing the possibility that a significant portion of the world’s forests have been missed in an earlier accounting of ecological diversity.

Architectural drawing of building OSU marine studies building to be a national model for tsunami “vertical evacuation”

Oregon State University’s new marine studies building at its Hatfield Marine Science Center will not only increase the region’s marine science education and research capacity, it will use state-of-the-art architectural and engineering techniques to serve as one of the first “vertical evacuation” tsunami sites in the United States.

Condon Lecture at OSU to explore mysteries of the “deep Earth”

A Canadian researcher who has discovered a source of water more than 2 billion years old – and tasted it for the sake of science – will present the 2017 Thomas Condon Lecture at Oregon State University on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Northwest forests are becoming denser and more vulnerable to fire

While large fires have had dramatic impacts in some Pacific Northwest forests, only about 10 percent of the forested lands in the eastern Cascades have burned in the last 30 years, and young trees and dense forests are continuing to grow at a rate that outstrips losses from disturbance.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony opens season with concert Nov. 20

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra will open its 112th season with “Our Judeo-Romano-Christian Heritage” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis.

planet earth 15,000 scientists in 184 countries warn about negative global environmental trends

Human well-being will be severely jeopardized by negative trends in some types of environmental harm, such as a changing climate, deforestation, loss of access to fresh water, species extinctions and human population growth, scientists warn in today’s issue of BioScience, an international journal.

OSU researcher part of DARPA grant for autonomous drone swarms

An Oregon State University computer science professor is part of a team that will receive up to $7.1 million to develop a drone swarm infrastructure to help the U.S. military in urban combat.

OSU treats horse with virus that can cause serious illness in horses, llamas, alpacas

The Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine has diagnosed a horse with a form of equine herpes virus, a naturally occurring virus that can cause serious illness in horses.

Drawing by Betsy Cole Panel discussion on superbugs, art and music set for Nov. 15

A panel will discuss drug-resistant bacteria from the standpoints of science, art and music from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Corvallis Arts Center, 700 S.W. Madison Ave.

OSU overall enrollment up 1.9 percent, Corvallis campus increases less than 1 percent

Overall fall term 2017 enrollment at Oregon State University grew 1.9 percent from last year, while enrollment at OSU’s main campus in Corvallis continued to be stable.

Corvallis Science Pub explores the mushrooms of Marys Peak

Fall rains bring out wild mushrooms in abundance, supporting a fast-growing industry, which exports products worth more than $6 million in Oregon.

OSU Choirs, Jan Michael Looking Wolf present ‘Live as One’ concert Nov. 9

The Oregon State University choral program will present “Live as One – A Concert for Social Justice” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street, Corvallis.

Artist, author Sharon Louden to speak at OSU Nov. 13

Artist and author Sharon Louden will speak at Oregon State University to discuss her recent book, “The Artist as Culture Producer,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street.

Auditions for OSU’s winter production, ‘Rhinoceros,’ to be held Nov. 13-14

Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s winter production, “Rhinoceros,” will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14 in the Withycombe Hall main stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

View of campus and expansion Landfill acquisition and planned innovation district increase future regional and state impact

Oregon State University President Ed Ray signed documents Wednesday that finalized the purchase of a 72-acre former Deschutes County landfill that will expand the footprint of the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend to 128 acres.

license plate featuring a gray whale and her calf Oregonians can sign up for new gray whale license plate vouchers to support research, education

Oregonians may now purchase a voucher for a new license plate featuring a gray whale and her calf, with proceeds going to support the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute.

 Tapir in forest Human activities are reshaping forest animal communities around the world

Forest-dwelling animals don’t have to live right by a road, pasture or human settlement to be affected by what scientists call forest edges. Indeed, animals up to a kilometer (0.6 miles) from an edge show a measurable impact from their proximity to areas where trees have been removed to make way for other land uses.

Portrait of Lydia Chipimo, Zambia. Photography exhibit celebrating women with disabilities featured in OSU’s Little Gallery

“Brilliant and Resilient: Celebrating the Power of Disabled Women Activists,” an exhibit of photographs celebrating women with disabilities around the world, will be on display in Oregon State University’s Little Gallery Nov. 12 through Dec. 8.

Traffic signal countdown timers lead to improved driver responses

Countdown timers that let motorists know when a traffic light will go from green to yellow lead to safer responses from drivers, research at Oregon State University suggests.

Country Joe McDonald Woodstock legend Country Joe McDonald to speak and perform in Corvallis

“An Evening with Country Joe McDonald: Reflections on the Summer of Love and Woody Guthrie,” a performance and question-and-answer session with singer-songwriter Country Joe McDonald, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis.

OSU Theatre’s fall production, ‘Inherit the Wind,’ opens Nov. 9

Oregon State University Theatre’s fall production, the classic American courtroom drama “Inherit the Wind,” will run at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 11, 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19 in the Withycombe Hall main stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

Steinway Piano Series presents Natasha Paremski Nov. 5 at OSU

Pianist Natasha Paremski will perform at 4 p.m. Nov. 5 at Oregon State University as part of the Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Piano Series.

Advantage Accelerator earns top-10 ranking among U.S., Canadian incubators

The Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator has earned a top-10 ranking among business incubators in the U.S. and Canada by a leading online network for angel investing.

OSU Board of Trustees approves land purchase for OSU-Cascades expansion

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees Friday authorized OSU President Ed Ray to complete negotiations with Deschutes County to purchase 72 acres of land that will expand the footprint of the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society presents free Portland Youth Philharmonic concert Oct. 29

The Portland Youth Philharmonic will perform at 3 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

Writer Sarah Manguso to read at Oregon State University Nov. 3

Poetry, fiction and nonfiction writer Sarah Manguso will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Bob Dylan Traveling photo exhibit featuring iconic images of Bob Dylan to be displayed at OSU

A photo exhibit featuring iconic images of Nobel Prize winner singer-songwriter Bob Dylan by photographer Daniel Kramer will be on display at Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery Oct. 26 through Nov. 30.

Nanofiber suture diagram Nanofiber sutures promote production of infection-thwarting peptide

Loading nanofiber sutures with vitamin D induces the production of an infection-fighting peptide, new research shows.

Assessment shows metagenomics software has much room for improvement

A recent critical assessment of software tools represents a key step toward taming the “Wild West” nature of the burgeoning field of metagenomics, said an Oregon State University mathematical biologist who took part in the research.

oral historians Oregon State releases oral history project

Oregon State University has released the largest oral history project ever conducted at OSU.

GRB Computer Simulation Gamma-ray burst detection just what OSU researchers exclusively predicted

More than a month before a game-changing detection of a short gamma-ray burst – a finding announced today – scientists at Oregon State University predicted such a discovery would occur.

Oregon State University ranked among the top 1 percent of world universities

Oregon State University has been ranked in the top 1 percent out of more than 27,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide in this year's CWUR (Center for World University Rankings) World University Rankings. The CWUR rankings are the largest academic ranking of global universities. Oregon State came in at 257.

Richard Misrach Photographer Richard Misrach to speak at OSU Oct. 20

Photographer Richard Misrach will speak at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

$1 million NSF grant aids energy conservation research at Oregon State University

An Oregon State University researcher has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Smart and Connected Communities Program to continue and expand her work on household energy conservation interventions.

Kate McTavish New book ‘Singlewide’ explores the role of the American trailer park as affordable housing

America’s rural trailer parks offer the promise of the American home ownership dream, but often fail to deliver on that dream as residents get caught in the trap of rising cost of home rental space and depreciating home values, a new book on rural trailer park life has concluded.

XX Digitus Duo to perform Latin American-themed concert at OSU Oct. 22

Pianists María García and Momoko Muramatsu, performing together as the XX Digitus Duo, will visit Oregon State University for a Latin American-themed concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street, Corvallis.

Oregon State names new finance and administration leader

Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray has named Michael Green the vice president for finance and administration for the university.

Ocean Sentinel Oregon State to host grid energy storage symposium

Leaders in energy storage technology will converge on the Oregon State University campus Nov. 5-6 for a symposium to discuss opportunities and challenges for next-generation, large-scale grid energy storage systems in the Pacific Northwest and nationwide.

OSU Board of Trustees and committees to meet Oct. 18-20

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold a retreat on Wednesday, Oct. 18, to discuss tuition affordability, student access and academic excellence as priorities of the university’s strategic vision. The retreat is open to the public and will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room of the Guin Library at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC), 2030 S.E. Marine Science Drive in Newport.

‘Transformative’ research unrealistic to predict, scientists tell granting agencies

Research-funding agencies that require scientists to declare at the proposal stage how their projects will be “transformative” may actually be hindering discovery, according to a study by Oregon State University ecologists.

Scientists: Oregon dodges a ‘dead zone’ bullet in 2017; hypoxia season similar to wildfire

The Oregon coast is now facing annual threats from hypoxia, or low oxygen, and scientists liken the phenomenon to the wildfire season the state faces every summer and fall.

Fiction writers Watterson, Shum to read at OSU Oct. 13

Fiction writers and Oregon State University alumni Jaclyn Watterson and Michael Shou-Yung Shum will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the Lab Theater in Withycombe Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

YInMn blue New blue pigment discovered at Oregon State earns EPA approval

The vibrant YInMn blue pigment discovered at Oregon State University has been approved for commercial sale by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Aquaculture Climate change, population growth may lead to open ocean aquaculture

A new analysis suggests that open-ocean aquaculture for three species of finfish is a viable option for industry expansion under most climate change scenarios – an option that may provide a new source of protein for the world’s growing population.

Top Oregon family businesses to be honored at Nov. 7 event in Portland

Several Oregon family businesses will be honored at the Oregon State University College of Business’ 2017 Excellence in Family Business Awards ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland.

Study: Sunlight and the right microbes convert Arctic carbon into carbon dioxide

Nearly half of the organic carbon stored in soil around the world is contained in Arctic permafrost, which has experienced rapid melting, and that organic material could be converted to greenhouse gases that would exacerbate global warming.

Corvallis Science Pub features a roadside view of Oregon geology

With its spectacular mountain ranges, lush valleys and tumbling rivers, the Northwest landscape attracts nature lovers and travelers from around the world, but the rain-soaked coast range, snow-covered volcanoes and expansive high desert didn’t appear overnight.

OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery presents photo exhibition, ‘Spectacle,’ Oct. 2-21

“Spectacle,” an exhibition of photographs by artists Nicole Jean Hill and Alexis Pike, will run Oct. 2 through Oct. 21 in Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

Non-native species from Japanese tsunami aided by unlikely partner: plastics

A new study appearing this week in Science reports the discovery of a startling new role of plastic marine debris -- the transport of non-native species in the world's oceans.

U.S. Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra to perform at OSU Oct. 6

The United States Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in Oregon State University’s Memorial Union Lounge, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

Oregon State University students receive almost $40 million in scholarships

More than $39.5 million in scholarship money has been awarded to students at Oregon State University for the 2017-18 academic year, a key component of OSU President Ed Ray’s Student Success Initiative.

Strong family ties improve employment opportunities for people with childhood-onset disabilities

Family and close friends play an integral role in helping people with childhood-onset disabilities attain quality employment as adults, a new study from Oregon State University has found.

Oregon State University researcher receives national award for soy-based adhesive

When Kaichang Li developed a new adhesive inspired by the extreme rock-holding power of mussels, he didn’t foresee that it would change the plywood industry.

Study shows high cost of truckers not having enough places to park and rest

A pilot study by Oregon State University illustrates the high economic cost of having too few safe places for commercial truck drivers to park and rest.

Collaborative project between researchers, fishermen aims to reduce West Coast seabird bycatch

A collaborative project between researchers and the West Coast sablefish fishing industry is showing promise for reducing the number of seabirds caught in longline fishing gear, in particular several albatross species including one threatened with extinction.

Communication among health care facilities key to preventing spread of drug-resistant bacteria

Communication breakdowns between care facilities can pave the way for outbreaks of infection, according to research on the spread of an extensively drug-resistant bacterium.

Groundbreaking investigative effort identifies gonorrhea vaccine candidates

Researchers at Oregon State University have identified a pair of proteins that show promise as the basis for a gonorrhea vaccine.

Oregon State Ecampus study finds instructional designers are underutilized, face barriers when conducting research on teaching and learning

While instructional designers in higher education are well-positioned to conduct research on teaching and learning, a majority of them lack confidence, time and preparedness to do so, according to new research from Oregon State University.

New assay leads to step toward gene therapy for deaf patients

Scientists at Oregon State University have taken an important step toward gene therapy for deaf patients by developing a way to better study a large protein essential for hearing and finding a truncated version of it.

When it comes to the threat of extinction, size matters

Animals in the Goldilocks zone — neither too big, nor too small, but just the right size — face a lower risk of extinction than do those on both ends of the scale, according to an extensive global analysis.

Auditions for OSU’s fall production, ‘Inherit the Wind,’ to be held Sept. 24-25

Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s fall production, “Inherit the Wind,” will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 and Sept. 25 in the Withycombe Hall main stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

Use of structural wood in commercial buildings reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Substituting wood for concrete and steel in the structural systems of commercial buildings reduces fossil fuel use and cuts emissions of greenhouse gases on average 60 percent, according to a recent analysis by Oregon State University researchers.

More than 3,600 students expected to move into OSU Sunday, Sept. 17

Oregon State University will host the main day of new resident move in Sunday, Sept. 17, for students living on campus.

New study suggests that sperm whales travel together, dine alone

Sperm whales have long been known to be highly social creatures and a new study confirms that when a group of them travel, they tend to hang pretty close together.

OSU partners with ODOT on system for better transit planning

Public transit planners throughout the nation should soon be rolling toward more informed decision making and better service thanks to a partnership between Oregon State University’s College of Engineering and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Expensive drug driving up Medicare expenditures without evidence of greater efficacy

Medicare spent more than $1 billion over a five-year period on a high-priced drug that has not been proven more effective for a collection of inflammatory conditions than much less expensive corticosteroids, research by the OSU/OHSU College of Pharmacy shows.

Author, professor Susan Jackson Rodgers to read at OSU Sept. 22

Susan Jackson Rodgers, a fiction writer and associate professor of creative writing at Oregon State University, will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

September - 2017
Internationally known water mediator finds spirituality key to transforming conflict

After 12 years of traveling and research, the Oregon State University Professor Aaron Wolf has written a book called “The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict,” which will be published by Island Press on Sept. 14.

Oregon State University wildfire experts

The following Oregon State University faculty members have expertise related to wildfire issues and are willing to speak with journalists. Their specific expertise, and contact information, is listed below.

Business incubator gears up for next cohort, welcomes five new advisory board members

The Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator seeks creators of new business concepts to be part of their fall cohort in the Iterate program.

Marine researchers invade Southern California for one of largest field studies of near-shore ocean

A large, diverse team of researchers will invade the California coast near San Luis Obispo in early September to launch an intense study of the Pacific Ocean’s inner shelf – a little-studied region between the surf zone and the mid-Continental Shelf.

Oregon State University breaks record with $441 million in research grants

Oregon State University crossed the $400 million threshold in grants and contracts for the first time in the fiscal year that ended June 30, including being awarded a grant to build a $122 million regional research vessel.

The human-canine bond featured at Corvallis Science Pub

The science of the human-canine bond will come under scrutiny at the Corvallis Science Pub on September 11.

OSU News Release Peace educator and activist Paul K. Chappell to speak at OSU Sept. 10

Paul Chappell, the director of the Peace Leadership program at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, will speak on “Radical Empathy and Realistic Hope” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

August - 2017
Protein transport channel offers new target for thwarting pathogen

A bacterium that attacks people suffering from chronic lung disease and compromised immune systems could be halted by disrupting the distribution channels the organism uses to access the cytoplasm of its host cell. 

OSU News Release OSU announces lineup for third season of SAC Presents

Public radio personality Ira Glass, renowned Portland band Pink Martini and acclaimed percussionist Colin Currie and the Oregon Symphony String Ensemble are among the performers visiting Oregon State University as part of the 2017-18 “SAC Presents” series.

Help shape OSU's natural hazard mitigation plan

A public comment meeting will be held Sept. 7

Conference at OSU explores intravenous vitamin C as treatment for cancer, sepsis

The Linus Pauling Institute will host its biennial “Diet and Optimum Health” conference Sept. 13-16, attracting an international audience of experts in nutrition, preventive medicine and oncology.

OSU News Release Self-identifying as disabled and developing pride in disability aid overall well-being

Experiencing stigma, the severity of a disability and a person’s age and income level help determine whether someone with an impairment considers themselves to be a person with a disability, and experiencing stigma predicts whether those individuals will ultimately develop disability pride, new research from Oregon State University shows.

OSU News Release Country's largest estuary facing increasing acidification risk

Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States and one of the largest in the world, is facing new risks from a layer of highly acidified water some 10 to 15 meters below the surface.

Oregon State receives high "Cool School" ranking from Sierra Club

Oregon State has the highest green ranking of any public college in the state 

OSU News Release As Tolstoy noted (sort of), all unhappy microbiomes are unhappy in their own way

The bacterial communities that live inside everyone are quite similar and stable when times are good, but when stress enters the equation, those communities can react very differently from person to person.

OSU News Release Study: Methane from tundra, ocean floor didn't spike during previous natural warming period

A new study published this week in the journal Nature found that methane from tundra and marine sediments did not spike during the Earth's last warming period, coming out of the last ice age.

OSU News Release Are blue whales finding new "microphone channel" to communicate in?

A new study suggests that blue whales may be able to control the frequency of their calls, which are lowering - possibly because of ocean noise.

OSU News Release University hosts thousands for eclipse watch party to kick off OSU150 celebration

Oregon State University officially launched OSU150 with a solar eclipse watch party on Monday that drew as many as 5,000 visitors to Student Legacy Park, and hundreds more to other locations around campus.

NSF grant bolsters OSU's efforts in robotics, artificial intelligence, marine studies

The National Science Foundation has awarded $1 million to five Oregon State University researchers to study the operation of autonomous marine vehicles.

Roy Haggerty Oregon State University names new College of Science dean

Oregon State University Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser Monday appointed Roy Haggerty, associate vice president for research, the dean of OSU’s College of Science.

OSU News Release Study reveals seven complete specimens of new flower, all 100 million years old

A Triceratops or Tyrannosaurus rex bulling its way through a pine forest likely dislodged flowers that 100 million years later have been identified in their fossilized form as a new species of tree.

OSU vice provost for student affairs departs for Stanford leadership position

Susie Brubaker-Cole, vice provost of student affairs at Oregon State University has been appointed to the same position at Stanford University, OSU Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser announced today.

OSU News Release Richard van Breemen named director of Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University

Oregon State University has named Richard van Breemen as the director of the university’s Linus Pauling Institute.

Oregon State University agricultural sciences, pharmacy deans transition

Dan Arp, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Mark Zabriskie, dean of the College of Pharmacy, will step down from these university leadership roles effective June 30, 2018. 

September workshop set to explore drilling project at Newberry Volcano

An international group of geoscience experts will convene in Bend Sept. 10-14 to develop a proposal for drilling one of the hottest wells in the world at Newberry Volcano in central Oregon.

Streamflow deficits persist in young Douglas-fir forests

Young, Douglas-fir forests growing on federal land in Oregon reduce the amount of water in streams during the summer months, and the reduction shows no sign of letting up more than 60 years after the trees were planted, a new Oregon State University study has concluded.

Lady Dottie and the Diamonds to perform Aug. 20 during the eclipse festival

Award-winning classic rock and soul blues band Lady Dottie and the Diamonds will perform an outdoor concert Sunday, Aug. 20, in the Memorial Union Quad.

Wild bees thrive after severe forest fires

Early results from a two-year study in southern Oregon suggest that moderate and severe forest fires create conditions that lead to greater abundance and diversity of wild bees.

    

OSU News Release For bacteria that cheat, food is at the forefront

Microbes that produce important secretions for use in a community suffer a blow to their own fitness for supplying the non-producing “cheater” bacteria – but not always.

OSU summer choir presents eclipse-themed 'The Path of Totality' concert Aug. 19

The Oregon State University summer choir will present “The Path of Totality,” an eclipse-themed concert, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. 

History suggests weather on eclipse day will be sunny in Oregon (fingers crossed)

Visitors from around the world will flock to Oregon to be first in line to see the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, but given the state’s reputation for clouds and rainfall – will there be anything to see?

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