May - 2018
Study finds maternal placenta consumption after birth offers no increased risk to newborns

The largest study to date to examine maternal consumption of the placenta after birth found no harm to the infants when compared to the infants of mothers who did not consume their placenta.

April - 2018
Proximity to fracking sites affects public support of them, study finds

People who live closer to fracking sites are more familiar with and more supportive of hydraulic fracturing, a new study from Oregon State University has found.

 

Expert tips for growing kiwifruit

Hardy kiwifruit go through freezing weather better than the familiar fuzzy kiwifruit, so they are a good candidate for the home garden.

High wildfire severity risk seen in young plantation forests

Wildfires show no respect for property lines, but a new analysis of the 2013 Douglas Complex fire in southwestern Oregon concludes that young plantation forests managed by industrial owners experienced higher severity fire than did nearby public forests.

Jewel the sheepdog OSU Pet Day planned for May 5

Oregon State University will hold its 31st annual Pet Day on Saturday, May 5, when the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine opens its doors for tours, demonstrations, displays, a petting zoo, and other family-friendly events.

Jonah Susskind art ‘Mapping Hidden Systems’ exhibit on display in OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery

“Mapping Hidden Systems,” an exhibit featuring methods for imagining, mapping and making visible systems that people participate in on a daily basis, will be on display on in the Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University April 30 through May 23.

Image of orange flower ‘Languages of Nature’ art exhibit to be featured at OSU’s Little Gallery

“Languages of Nature,” an exhibit of images featuring the beauty of nature, will be on display in the Little Gallery at Oregon State University May 1 through June 14.

Zumwalt Prairie in northeastern Oregon has a mix of native and non-native plants Novel ecosystems provide use for some native birds

Ecosystems that have been altered by human activities can provide suitable habitat for native birds.

Self portrait of Stephen Hayes OSU art instructor receives prestigious Guggenheim fellowship

Stephen Hayes, an instructor of art at Oregon State University, has been chosen as a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow, a prestigious academic fellowship for individuals in the arts.

More mountain meadow water storage unlikely to benefit streamflow downstream

Increasing water storage in the mountain meadows of the arid West through diverse river restoration strategies has local benefits for vegetation but is unlikely to benefit downstream flows, according to an Oregon State University study.

man in Star Trek uniform Oregon State University event pits Star Wars against Star Trek

Join Oregon State University faculty as they explore the Star Wars and Star Trek universes

Millennials aren’t getting the message about sun safety and the dangers of tanning, study finds

Many millennials lack knowledge about the importance of sunscreen and continue to tan outdoors in part because of low self-esteem and high rates of narcissism that fuel addictive tanning behavior.

lithium osmium oxide Discovery of new material is key step toward more powerful computing

A new material created by Oregon State University researchers is a key step toward the next generation of supercomputers.

Oregon State University wave energy test site reaches licensing milestone

Culminating five years of work, Oregon State University has submitted a 1,000-page plan that outlines construction and operation details of a wave energy test site off the Oregon coast, along with measures to avoid, minimize and mitigate any potential environmental effects. The project is designed to allow commercial wave energy developers the opportunity to test different technologies for harnessing the untapped energy of ocean waves.

OSU launches new bike commuter rewards program

Oregon State University is starting a new program to encourage more students and employees to bike to the Corvallis campus

Advanced registration required at Corvallis Science Pub on the science of rivers

At the Corvallis Science Pub on May 14, Sean Fleming, book author and courtesy professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, will discuss how rivers interact with the land in the Northwest and around the world.

Pucker up, it’s time to talk lemons

With their fragrant flowers and sweet flavor, Meyer lemons are a popular citrus to grow in a pot.

Oregon State University Theatre to present George Orwell’s ‘1984’ in May

Oregon State University Theatre will present George Orwell’s “1984,” at 7:30 p.m. May 10-12 and May 18-19 and 2 p.m. May 20 in the Withycombe Hall main stage theatre.

Researchers use “environmental DNA” to identify killer whales in Puget Sound

When endangered killer whales swim through the sheltered waters of Puget Sound, they leave behind traces of “environmental DNA” that researchers can detect as much as two hours later, a new study has found.

Oregon’s new gray whale license plate closer to reality after 3,000th voucher sold

It appears that Oregon will have a new license plate with the image of a gray whale mother and her calf after the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute sold its 3,000th voucher for the plates earlier this week.

SERS Photonic crystal features of fossilized algae hold promise for improved food safety testing

Researchers have used the fossilized remains of algae to take a key step toward being able to more sensitively detect harmful contaminants in food.

Fifth annual Maker Fair to be held at OSU April 28

The Corvallis Maker Fair, a celebration of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics, or STEAM, education and innovation, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28th at Oregon State University.

Oregon State purchases building for bioscience research

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees Monday approved the purchase of a Corvallis building that will serve as an OSU hub for biological and chemical science research.

Pianist Vadym Kholodenko to perform at OSU April 29

Pianist Vadym Kholodenko will perform in the series finale of the 2017-2018 Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Piano Series at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center.

OSU alumni to be featured at 2018 EdFest events

Seven writers and alumni of Oregon State University’s School of Writing, Literature and Film will return to campus EdFest 2018 on Friday, April 27.

Cat in the garden How to keep frustrating felines out of the garden

When you're fed up with cats in the garden, there are some measures you can take that will help keep them out.

River Large wildfires bring increases in annual river flow

Large wildfires cause increases in stream flow that can last for years or even decades, according to a new analysis of 30 years of data from across the continental United States.

Animal images used in marketing may skew public perception about their survival risks

Many of the world’s most charismatic animal species – those that attract the largest interest and deepest empathy from the public – are at high risk of extinction in part because many people believe their iconic stature guarantees their survival.

steelhead For repeat-spawning steelhead, more than once is worth the risks

For steelhead trout, reproductive choices represent a collection of tradeoffs – whether spawning once or doing it multiple times, no decision comes without risks and benefits.

Talk on whale entanglement set Sunday, April 15, at Hatfield Marine Science Center

Doug Sandilands will give a free public talk this Sunday, April 15, on “Large Whale Entanglement in Pacific Northwest Fishing Gear.”

Blues guitarist and actor Guy Davis to speak and perform in Corvallis

“An Evening with Guy Davis,” a performance and conversation with blues guitarist, writer, actor and teacher Guy Davis, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis.

Input sought for OSU’s natural hazard mitigation plan

Oregon State University is finalizing its Natural Hazard Mitigation plan

Bryan Black measures growth rings in tree cores to learn about past climate regimes Extreme climate variability destabilizing West Coast ecosystems

An increase in the synchrony of the climate could expose marine and terrestrial organisms to higher risks of extinction.

New standards for western juniper wood boost market potential for invasive tree

Oregon State University scientists have concluded an exhaustive series of tests on western juniper lumber and opened the door to commercial wood markets for an invasive tree that has spread widely across central and eastern Oregon and other parts of the Great Basin.

tide pool OSU's Hatfield Center to host Marine Science Day on April 14

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will hold its annual Marine Science Day on Saturday, April 14.

Oregon State, College of Western Idaho sign agreement to aid students

Students from the College of Western Idaho will have an easier time transferring to Oregon State University Ecampus

Berberis 'Rose Glow' Give the garden a facelift with 6 shrubs sporting dramatic foliage

Add colorful shrubs to the palette of plants you use to give color and texture to the landscape.

OSU Board of Trustees approves tuition increases

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Friday approved tuition and student fees for the 2018-19 academic year.

Rare coastal Pacific marten in the Oregon Dunes is captured by a remotely-triggered camera. Rare coastal martens under high risk of extinction in coming decades

The coastal marten, a small but fierce forest predator, is at a high risk for extinction in Oregon and northern California in the next 30 years due to threats from human activities, according to a new study.

Willie the cat More communication needed regarding disposal of pet pharmaceuticals, personal care products

If no one told you the proper way to get rid of those leftover heartworm pills, bottles of flea shampoo and other pet care products your household no longer needs, you’re not alone.

Study finds human and animal foragers respond in similar ways to change

The way that animal predators work either independently or cooperatively in nature can also explain how human foragers such as fishermen will behave, a new study suggests

New brewery equipment prepares Oregon State students for automated future

Oregon State University is home to a new research brewery that allows students to learn on an automated system similar to those used by major regional breweries.

Jane Lubchenco OSU marine ecologist receives prestigious National Science Board award

The National Science Board is honoring Oregon State University marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco with its 2018 Vannevar Bush Award.

Study suggests estuaries may experience accelerated impacts of human-caused CO2

Rising anthropogenic, or human-caused, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may have up to twice the impact on coastal estuaries as it does in the oceans because the human-caused CO2 lowers the ecosystem’s ability to absorb natural fluctuations of the greenhouse gas, a new study suggests.

March - 2018
Corn on the cob Stick a thermometer in the soil before planting vegetables

Using a thermometer to monitor the soil takes the guess work out of when to plant vegetables.

Cutthroat trout Cutthroat trout thrive after logging in long-term Coast Range study

A decade-long study of cutthroat trout in the Oregon Coast Range has found that logging practices conducted in accord with the Oregon Forest Practices Act had no adverse impacts on coastal cutthroat trout and coho salmon populations or movements.

Want to bring back the lions, tigers and bears? Here are the best places on Earth.

Although humans have driven lions, tigers, wolves, bears and other large carnivores from much of their home territories across the planet, scientists have identified more than 280 areas where these animals could potentially be reintroduced to restore ecosystems on practically every continent.

National Poetry Slam champion to perform at Oregon State University April 6

Portland-based poet Anis Mojgani, a two-time National Poetry Slam champion, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 6 in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

Ancient flowers and insects from Australia found in Burmese amber

Burmese amber is an important source of early- to mid-Cretaceous plant and animal remains that date back some 100 million years, with more than 870 species of organisms having been described.

 

fountain Cell-penetrating “nanodrills” show promise for intracellular drug delivery

Researchers have created new nanomaterials able to cross cell membranes, establishing a novel platform for the intracellular delivery of molecular drugs and other cargo.

Many Oregon State priorities funded with federal spending bill

The 2018 federal spending bill adopted by Congress and signed into law late last week by President Trump includes critical investments in higher education financial aid, research and infrastructure at OSU and nationally.

Oregon State University 150th anniversary commemoration continues with Sun Grant Festival

Oregon State University continues to commemorate its 150th anniversary with a festival that includes free events in April centered around the university’s research on alternative energy.

Calendula Practice the good neighbor policy in the garden: Try companion planting

Certain plants placed side by side can help you avoid problems in the garden.

Oregon State University to observe Holocaust Memorial Week events in April

Holocaust survivor Henry Friedman, who was born in Poland and now resides in Seattle, will speak at Oregon State University April 11.

Oregon State names three distinguished professors

Oregon State University has named Edward Brook, Joey Spatafora and Janet Tate as its 2018 Distinguished Professor recipients, the highest academic honor the university can bestow on a faculty member.

Cassie OSU robotics spinoff secures $8 million in new funding

Agility Robotics, a company launched at Oregon State University that designs and builds walking and running robots, has raised $8 million in new funding.

Benton Hall Oregon State looking for naming suggestions for three campus buildings

The OSU community and stakeholders are being asked for suggestions to rename Benton Hall, Benton Annex and Avery Lodge.

Green infrastructure Combining power of humans, computers key to watershed solutions

An Oregon State University researcher is leading the charge for crowdsourced solutions to complex water management problems.

Image of Colson Whitehead Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead named OSU’s Stone Award winner

American novelist Colson Whitehead has been selected as the 2019 recipient of Oregon State University’s Stone Award for Literary Achievement.

water Improved wastewater treatment technologies hold promise for cost savings, energy production

Improved wastewater treatment methods that lead to cost savings and energy production are part of Oregon State University’s new Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative.

Visitor Center at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center to fully reopen March 24

The popular public education wing of Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport will fully reopen on March 24 after closing for repairs in early December.

 

Eagle Detection, deterrent system will help eagles, wind turbines coexist better

Researchers have taken a key step toward helping wildlife coexist more safely with wind power generation by demonstrating the success of an impact detection system that uses vibration sensors mounted to turbine blades.

Agriculture Hall Advanced registration required at Corvallis Science Pub on the history of OSU research

At the Corvallis Science Pub on April 9, Larry Landis, director of the Special Collections and Archives Research Center at Oregon State, will discuss the origins of OSU research and its connections to contemporary issues. 

Sweep wood ash from fireplace to garden

Wood ash has 13 essential minerals that plants need, but don't overdo it.

State Library of Oregon announces Grant Project of the Year

Staff from Oregon State University Libraries and the Oregon Historical Society Research Library have received the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Project of the Year award 

Molecular motor mystery solved: Novel protein rounds out plant cells’ machinery

A research team led by an Oregon State University biophysicist and a plant biologist from University of California, Davis has discovered a novel motor protein that significantly expands current understanding of the evolution and design principle of motor proteins.

OSU to hold ceremony on March 15 to launch construction for new Marine Studies Building

Oregon State University will hold a ceremony on Thursday, March 15, to launch the construction of its new Marine Studies Building at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

Compound scores key win in battle against antibiotic resistance

Researchers at Oregon State University have made a key advance in the fight against drug resistance, crafting a compound that genetically neutralizes a widespread bacterial pathogen’s ability to thwart antibiotics.

Juniper was cut down in 2013 at Flat Creek in eastern Oregon Cutting and leaving western juniper may lead to increase in invasive grasses

A new study finds that in areas already overrun by juniper and non-native grasses, juniper reduction efforts alone aren’t going to be enough to restore the area, and that the grass problem will increase.

‘Quantum dot’ lighting technology takes forward leap thanks to new superacid treatment

A “superacid” much stronger than automobile battery acid has enabled a key advance toward a new generation of LED lighting that’s safer, less expensive and more user friendly.

Pot with strawberries No room for vegetables? Pot up your plants

Containers are a good alternative for gardening when space is limited

Forest fire Research provides framework for understanding how populations handle random disturbances

Research has provided a mathematical framework for understanding how population-reducing events of varying frequency and intensity, like fires, floods, storms and droughts, can affect a species’ longtime survival ability.

David Biespiel named as Oregon State University’s first poet-in-residence

Poet, memoirist and literary critic David Biespiel has been named poet-in-residence at Oregon State University, a new public-facing role that will highlight and celebrate the university’s contributions to the genre of poetry.

OSU business professor behind popular ‘Lord Birthday’ cartoons publishes first book

An Oregon State University professor who moonlights as the creator of the “Lord Birthday” cartoons is publishing his first book collection.

Starker Lecture Series will explore the future of forestry

The annual Starker Lectures at Oregon State University will explore the future of forestry and how land managers, policy makers and communities ought to prepare for decisions that could shape generations. 

Corvallis Science Pub will focus on an endangered seabird, the marbled murrelet

At the Corvallis Science Pub on March 12, Jim Rivers, assistant professor in the College of Forestry, will discuss an ongoing Oregon State University research project to learn more about the behavior of the endangered marbled murrelet.

Galinstan Modified, 3D-printable alloy shows promise for flexible electronics, soft robots

Researchers have taken a key step toward the rapid manufacture of flexible computer screens and other stretchable electronic devices, including soft robots.

Oregon State Legislature approves capital request for OSU-Cascades’ next academic building

Oregon State University's campus in Bend is a step closer to meeting the needs of its growing student enrollment following the Oregon Legislature on Saturday approving  $39 million in state-backed bonds for OSU-Cascades’ second academic building.

artwork of Silvia Milexi Rivera Sanchez Artwork honoring victims of Guatemala’s Hogar Seguro fire featured at OSU’s Little Gallery

Posters commemorating the 41 girls who died and 15 who were severely injured in a shelter fire outside Guatemala City last year will be on display in the Little Gallery at Oregon State University March 7 through April 25.

Adding gravel to the bottom of a plant container does not improve drainage. What's the truth behind 6 gardening myths?

As the gardening season gears up, it’s time to bust some myths.

New Study: Snowpack levels show dramatic decline in western states

A new study of long-term snow monitoring sites in the western United States found declines in snowpack at more than 90 percent of those sites – and one-third of the declines were deemed significant.

A student attaches a milking machine to an OSU dairy cow Idle, uncleaned milk trucks don't compromise the quality of raw milk, OSU study shows

Raw milk quality isn’t compromised when tanker trucks sit empty and uncleaned for hours between loads, according to new research at Oregon State University.

February - 2018
Oregon State University officials recount timeline related to threatening social media posts

Following Tuesday’s social media posts that threatened violence against Oregon State University, OSU officials thanked the public for their sharing of information regarding these tweets, including an anonymous tip to law enforcement that contributed to an arrest in this case.

Former OSU president releases memoir, “Undercurrents”

Former Oregon State University President John Byrne explores his life and career in the new Oregon State University Press book, “Undercurrents.”

Ocean wave image Hotspots like the Hawaiian Islands “drifted” millions of years ago, but have since settled

A new study published in Nature Communications finds the Hawaiian Island hotspot drifted millions of years ago, unlike its cousins in the Pacific Ocean.

Image of Ira Glass ‘This American Life’ host Ira Glass to speak at OSU March 17

Oregon State University’s School of Arts & Communication will present “An Evening with Ira Glass: Seven Things I’ve Learned,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in the LaSells Stewart Center.

Public invited to attend Fire Summit in Portland March 2

Wildfire scientists, land managers and policy leaders from across the West will convene in Portland on March 1-2 to consider steps to reduce the impacts of catastrophic fire in Western states, and a limited number of seats are available to the public on March 2.

Performance art by Dread Scott Artist Dread Scott to speak at Oregon State University March 7

Multidisciplinary artist Dread Scott, whose works often focus on the experience of African-Americans in the contemporary United States, will speak at 7 p.m. March 7 at Oregon State University.

Oregon State sanctions fan who used taunts during women’s basketball game

Oregon State University will exclude a fan accused of making derogatory statements directed at an opposing player during  a women’s basketball game from the next two home Oregon State women’s basketball games.

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.

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