May - 2015
Ocean acidification discussion on tap at Corvallis Science Pub

At the May 11 Corvallis Science Pub, George Waldbusser will describe what scientists know about the biological effects of ocean acidification.

Emeritus OSU geologist outlines earthquake "time bombs" in a forthcoming book

OSU geologist Bob Yeats, in a forthcoming book, outlines some of the earthquake "time bombs" around the world - one of which was Nepal.

Auditions for 'Romeo and Juliet' to be held May 17-19 at OSU

Auditions will be held May 17 through May 19 for Oregon State University Theatre’s upcoming production of 'Romeo and Juliet.'

OSU treats horse with Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1)

OSU this week has diagnosed a horse with the neurologic form of Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV-1), a naturally occurring virus that can cause serious illness in horses when activated.

April - 2015
Pet Day set this Saturday, May 2, at OSU

Oregon State University will hold its 28th annual Pet Day on Saturday, May 2, when the College of Veterinary Medicine opens its doors for tours, booths, displays and a number of family-oriented events.

Pet Day set this Saturday, May 2, at OSU

Oregon State University will hold its 28th annual Pet Day on Saturday, May 2, when the College of Veterinary Medicine opens its doors for tours, booths, displays and a number of family-oriented events.

gorillathumb Global decline of large herbivores may lead to an "empty landscape," scientists say

The decline of the world’s large herbivores, especially in Africa and parts of Asia, is raising the specter of an “empty landscape” in some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, according to a newly published study.

OSU students to travel to Nepal to assist with earthquake recovery efforts, film documentary

Two Oregon State University students are scheduled to travel to Nepal Friday, May 1, to film a documentary and to aid in earthquake recovery efforts.

OSU News Release Researchers think Axial Seamount off Northwest coast is erupting - right on schedule

Axial Seamount, an active underwater volcano located off the Northwest coast, appears to be erupting – after two scientists had forecast that such an event would take place there in 2015.

OSU News Release Researchers find 200-year lag between climate events in Greenland, Antarctica

A new study using evidence from a highly detailed ice core from West Antarctica is giving scientists a clearer picture of the link between climate in the northern and southern hemispheres.

OSU News Release Inspired by humans, a robot takes a walk in the grass

OSU engineers have field tested a walking robot which uses a technology that they believe more closely resembles human locomotion than any other existing system.

New advocacy center at OSU will support survivors of sexual violence

Oregon State University is creating a new center that will help support students who have experienced sexual violence.

OSU News Release Drug prices to treat multiple sclerosis soar, point to larger problem

The soaring price of drugs used to treat multiple sclerosis may be just one sign of a much larger problem in the pharmaceutical industry, a new study concludes.

OSU News Release OSU to help produce "Grand Challenge Engineers" of the future

OSU is part of a major national initiative to train more than 20,000 "Grand Challenge Engineers" who could help address some of the most pressing societal concerns in the world.

OSU News Release OSU to join National Science Foundation "Innovation Corps"

OSU has been chosen to be one of 36 academic institutions in the nation that's an Innovation Corps Site, part of a program operated by the National Science Foundation.

OSU News Release OSU's Aaron Wolf receives prestigious Heinz Award

OSU’s Aaron Wolf, an internationally recognized expert on water conflict resolution, has been named a 2015 recipient of the Heinz Award in the category of public policy.

Grand opening of Asian & Pacific Cultural Center at OSU set for April 29

Oregon State University’s Asian & Pacific Cultural Center is marking its 25th anniversary with the grand opening of a new building in the heart of the Corvallis campus.

OSU News Release Faster method to spay cats found to be safe, effective

A study by an OSU veterinary doctor confirms that a new type of surgery could speed up the ability to spay cats and help reduce the problem of homeless pets around the nation.

Auditions for OSU's summer Bard in the Quad production to be held May 10-11

Open auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s popular summer event, Bard in the Quad, will take place on May 10 and May 11 at 6 p.m. in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre.

OSU News Release Ambitious unmanned vehicle program outlined at Oregon State

OSU is organizing an ambitious program to expand its research and training with unmanned vehicles for air, marine or terrestrial applications.

April 27 talk at OSU to focus on ethical challenges in international business

Oregon State University alumnus and longtime business consultant Joe Lobbato will speak on 'Ethical Challenges in International Business' Monday, April 27, at OSU

Statins show promise as a prevention tool for adults 75 and older, OSU study shows

Statins could be a cost-effective tool for preventing heart attacks and other cardiovascular incidents in adults over age 75, but the benefits would need to be weighed against potential side effects, a new study has found.

Writing, publishing a first book the focus of April 24 Editorial Festival at OSU

Oregon State University’s Visiting Writers Series will host its fifth Editorial Festival on Friday, April 24, in the Memorial Union, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

OSU News Release OSU innovation boosts Wi-Fi bandwidth tenfold

A new technology invented at OSU can use LED lights to increase the bandwidth of WiFi systems by 10 times, and may find widespread commercial use.

OSU News Release Portland workshop to explore modified toy cars for children with disabilities

Oregon State University will host a 'Go Baby Go' workshop on Friday, May 1, in Portland, as part of a national program that provides modified, ride-on toy cars to young children with disabilities.

"Beyond Earth Day" celebrations begin at OSU

Oregon State University is expanding this year’s Earth Day celebration into 11 days of festivities. 

OSU named a "top green school" by Princeton Review

Oregon State University was ranked number 38 of “50 Top Green Schools” in the 2015 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges.

Oregon State receives $1 million gift for research brewery
New student building on OSU campus celebrates grand opening

A grand-opening celebration for Oregon State University’s new Student Experience Center, known as the SEC, will take place April 24-25 with a series of events for the campus and Corvallis community.

Executive & Audit Committee of OSU Board of Trustees to meet April 23

The Executive & Audit Committee of the OSU Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, April 23, to consider a presidential assessment policy and the board’s 2016 calendar.

OSU Theatre to present 'Dolly West's Kitchen' in May

Oregon State University Theatre will stage a production of 'Dolly West’s Kitchen,' May 7-9 and May 15-17 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre.

OSU News Release Survey shows half of older adults in U.S. now taking aspirin

A majority of older Americans are now taking a daily dose of aspirin, even though its use is not recommended by the FDA for many of them.

OSU scientists invent rain-resistant coating that cuts cherry cracking in half
OSU News Release Longest mammal migration raises questions about distinct species

Scientists have documented the longest migration of a mammal ever recorded, by a whale identified as a critically endangered species that raises questions about its status.

OSU News Release TEDxOregonStateU videos now available for viewing online

Talks from February’s sold-out TEDxOregonStateU conference at Oregon State University are now available for viewing online.

OSU News Release Injury prevention programs not widely used in high schools, study shows

Injury prevention programs can help reduce ankle, knee and other lower extremity injuries in sports, but the programs are not being widely used in high schools, a new study from Oregon State University has found.

OSU News Release Mechanism outlined by which inadequate vitamin E can cause brain damage

Researchers at OSU have identified some of the mechanisms by which inadequate vitamin E can cause neurological damage.

OSU News Release Initiative to make OSU a national leader in construction safety research

A $1 million grant will help OSU develop one of the world's leading programs in construction safety research, in partnership with private industry.

OSU beats UO in recycling competition

Oregon State University narrowly won the RecycleMania Civil War against University of Oregon in 2015.

OSU News Release 'Philosophy Talk' to visit OSU for discussion on science, politics

The nationally syndicated public radio show “Philosophy Talk” will visit Oregon State University on Wednesday, April 15, for a live taping.

OSU celebrates grand opening of Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center's new building

Oregon State University’s Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center has a new home

OSU honors Sexual Assault Awareness Month with series of events

OSU will hold a number of events in April commemorating Sexual Assault Awareness Month

OSU News Release Oregon State to host Holocaust Memorial Week events April 13-21

Auschwitz survivor and 2015 Elie Wiesel Award-winner Thomas Buergenthal will speak at OSU as part of the university’s annual observance of Holocaust Memorial Week, April 13-21.

OSU uses unmanned aircraft to take temperatures up in the air
Former National Science Foundation director to speak at OSU

Rita Colwell, former director of the National Science Foundation, will speak at OSU on Tuesday, April 21, about her experiences as a woman in science.

Climate change, plant roots may accelerate carbon loss from soils, say OSU researchers
OSU names Rivera-Mills as first vice provost for undergrad studies

Susana Rivera-Mills, a faculty member and administrator at Oregon State University, has been named OSU’s first vice provost and dean for undergraduate studies.

OSU News Release Optics, nanotechnology combined to create low-cost sensor for gases

Engineers at OSU have invented a new type of optical sensor that can analyze gases, and it's less expensive, smaller and more portable than other approaches.

Baby boomers dance and cook their way to health in new OSU program
OSU to host Marine Science Day at Hatfield Marine Science Center

OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center will hold its annual Marine Science Day on Saturday, April 11, commemorating the facility's 50th anniversary.

March - 2015
World of craft beer label art on display at Valley Library

A new exhibit that showcases the art and design of craft brewing will open Wednesday, April 1

OSU News Release Exercise largely absent from U.S. medical school curriculum, study shows

Fewer than half of the physicians trained in the United States in 2013 received formal education or training on the subject, according to new research from OSU.

Doctor, investigative journalist to speak at OSU

Dr. Richard Besser, a physician, former CDC administrator and nationally-known journalist will speak April 13.

OSU News Release Publication bias and 'spin' raise questions about drugs for anxiety disorders

Antidepressant drugs used to treat anxiety disorders may not work as well as published studies would have you believe, raising questions about the process used to inform doctors.

The art and science of color to be topic at Corvallis Science Pub

At the Corvallis Science Pub on Monday, April 6, Oregon State University chemist Mas Subramanian will present the art and science of color as it has affected culture and even generated economic opportunity

OSU News Release Disrupted biological clock linked to Alzheimer's disease

A new study further outlines the linkage between Alzheimer's disease, neurological damage and disruption of circadian rhythms.

Auditions for OSU's one-act festival to be held April 6-7

Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s spring One-Act Festival, featuring four original comedies by OSU Theatre students, will be held on April 6 and 7.

OSU News Release A mile deep, ocean fish facing health impacts from human pollution

Fish living up to one mile deep off the coast of Spain appear to have pathologies linked to pollution, reflecting general ocean conditions.

OSU News Release Genetic discovery may offer new avenue of attack against schistosomiasis

The discovery of a group of snail genes that can provide resistance to schistosomiasis offers new ways to help address this global pandemic.

OSU News Release OSU marine ecologist to share Tyler Prize for environmental achievements

Jane Lubchenco has been awarded the Tyler Prize, the leading international award for environmental science, health and energy.

Siuslaw National Forest transition from timber to ecology to be focus of April 2 public meeting

The Siuslaw National Forest has seen a transition from timber production to restoration ecology and has now hit a “sweet spot” that combines both, says Jim Furnish, former supervisor of the Siuslaw and retired deputy chief with the U.S. Forest Service.

OSU News Release Study: Zinc deficiency linked to immune system response, particularly in older adults

Zinc, an important mineral in human health, appears to affect how the immune system responds to stimulation, especially inflammation, new research from Oregon State University shows.

OSU News Release Expert: Artificial intelligence systems more apt to fail than to destroy

New support to study the risks of artificial intelligence is welcome, but it may not find the problems that Hollywood envisions.

OSU News Release OSU Board of Trustees sets tuition, fees for 2015-16

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Thursday approved tuition and fee rates for the 2015-16 academic year.

OSU News Release Massive amounts of fresh water, glacial melt pouring into Gulf of Alaska

Rain, snow and melting glaciers in southern Alaska would create the sixth largest coastal river in the world if it emerged as a single stream.

OSU News Release Low vitamin D levels and depression linked in young women, new OSU study shows

A new study from Oregon State University suggests there is a relationship between low levels of vitamin D and depression in otherwise healthy young women.

Cascades study may rewrite the textbook on forest growth and death

A century-long study in the Oregon Cascades may cause scientists to revise the textbook on how forests grow and die, accumulate biomass and store carbon.

OSU News Release "Distracted driving" at an all-time high; new approaches needed

Although accidents from distracted driving are at an all time high, research suggests that training programs can help prevent some of them.

OSU News Release "Additive manufacturing" could greatly improve diabetes management

OSU engineers have created a new sensor that may significantly improve the management of Type 1 diabetes around the world.

OSU News Release Study: Past warming increased snowfall on Antarctica, affecting global sea level

A new study confirms that snowfall in Antarctica will increase significantly as the planet warms, somewhat offsetting future sea level rise from other sources – but not as much as predicted.

OSU News Release High cholesterol, triglycerides can keep vitamin E from reaching body tissues

Much less vitamin E is actually absorbed from food than previous research has shown, raising concerns about whether most people get enough of this important micronutrient.

OSU News Release New research reveals low-oxygen impacts on West Coast groundfish

A new study by NOAA and OSU researchers concludes that there are winners and losers among fish species when it comes to adapting to low-oxygen waters.

OSU News Release OSU Board of Trustees to meet March 18-19 on campus

The OSU Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, March 19, to decide on tuition rates, mandatory fees and student incidental fees for the 2015-16 academic year.

OSU hosts town hall following racial incident at University of Oklahoma

Oregon State University will host a town hall Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium (2601 S.W. Orchard Ave.), to discuss the recent racially charged incident at the University of Oklahoma.

OSU News Release Warm winter wraps up - concern about low snowpack continues

This winter was the second warmest in history in the Pacific Northwest - and many locations are reporting snowpack levels at just 10 percent of normal, raising concerns for summer.

OSU names Susan Tornquist dean of veterinary medicine

Susan Tornquist, who has been interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine  at Oregon State University since October of 2013, has been named dean of the college.

OSU News Release OSU to help lead $20 million disaster resilience center

With a new $20 million grant, OSU will work with a group of other universities to help communities improve their resilience to natural disasters.

OSU News Release Nuclear "forensics" program will aid national security efforts

OSU is helping to bolster U.S. anti-terrorism and nuclear security efforts through a new graduate student training initiative in nuclear forensics, one of the first of its kind in the nation.

Pacific Northwest volcanoes focus of Corvallis Science Pub

The Pacific Northwest owes some of its most dramatic scenery to the majesty of Cascade volcanoes, but the real action lies out of sight underground.

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Pacific Northwest owes some of its most dramatic scenery to the majesty of Cascade volcanoes, but the real action lies out of sight underground.


At the March 9 Corvallis Science Pub, Adam Schultz, director of the National Geoelectromagnetic Facility at Oregon State University, will describe what scientists have discovered about the plumbing beneath Oregon and Washington.


Like an MRI of the human body, the technology known as magnetotellurics reveals contrasts in the electrical properties of the Earth. The resulting images illuminate the nature of subsurface structures, including their geometry and possible composition. When scientists apply this and other methods in the same location, they can improve interpretations of these features


A professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at OSU, Schultz also directs the magnetotelluric component of Earthscope. This National Science Foundation-funded program investigates North America’s basement, the structure of the continental plate from the Pacific to the Atlantic.


Schultz received his Ph.D. in 1986 from the University of Washington. He has taught at the University of Cambridge and Cardiff University in the United Kingdom and came to OSU in 2003.


The Science Pub presentation is free and open to the public. It begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. 2nd St. in Corvallis. Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.



OSU News Release Some tropical plants pick the best hummingbirds to pollinate flowers

Rather than just waiting patiently for any pollinator that comes their way to start the next generation of seeds, some plants appear to recognize the best suitors and “turn on” to increase the chance of success, according to a new study published this week.

OSU's Seed to Supper program teaches low-budget vegetable gardening
February - 2015
Satellites give scientists unprecedented views of insect outbreaks in forests

Scientists for the first time have simultaneously compared widespread impacts from two of the most common forest insects in the West – mountain pine beetle and western spruce budworm – an advance that could lead to more effective management policies.

OSU News Release Map outlines western Oregon landslide risks from a subduction zone earthquake

OSU and other state agencies have developed new maps that will help in transportation planning for the major subduction zone earthquake in Oregon's future.

OSU News Release People with disabilities experience unrecognized health disparities

People with disabilities have unmet medical needs and poorer overall health throughout their lives, and as a result should be recognized as a health disparity group, a new analysis shows.

OSU News Release OSU pharmacy students to help address health emergency at the University of Oregon

The students at the University of Oregon are facing a serious outbreak of meningitis, the CDC has called for a massive immunization program, and OSU students are heading south to help out.

OSU celebrates National Nutrition Month with March 4 event

Oregon State University’s Nutrition and Dietetics Club is celebrating National Nutrition Month on Wednesday, March 4, with an event in the Memorial Union quad from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

OSU News Release Fish native to Japan found in Port Orford waters

A team of scientists from OSU and ODFW is studying an unusual fish captured alive in a crab pot near Port Orford this week called a striped knifejaw that is native to Japan.

OSU News Release OSU to outfit undersea gliders to "think like a fish"

OSU researchers have received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation that will allow them to outfit a pair of undersea gliders with acoustical sensors to make them "think like a fish."

OSU News Release Study outlines threat of ocean acidification to coastal communities in U.S.

Coastal communities in 15 states that depend on the $1 billion shelled mollusk industry are at long-term economic risk from the increasing threat of ocean acidification.

OSU Theatre to present Vietnam-era play, 'Strange Snow,' March 5-8

Oregon State University Theatre will present a Lab Theatre production of Stephen Metcalf’s Vietnam-era play, 'Strange Snow,' in March.

Conservation needs to recognize nature's intrinsic value, researchers say

Conservation policies may reflect the practical benefits of nature — food, medicine, clean water and air. But in this week’s issue of Conservation Biology, three scientists present a scientific and philosophical case for conserving nature on its own merits.

Author Jenny Boully to read at Oregon State March 6

Author Jenny Boully will read from her works on Friday, March 6, at Oregon State University’s Valley Library rotunda on the Corvallis campus beginning at 7:30 p.m.

OSU to host housing expo, good neighbor workshops for students

OSU’s second annual off-campus housing expo will connect property managers, campus offices and community agencies with Oregon State students.

International Resource Center gets new home

A cultural center for international students at Oregon State University is getting a new home, which will be celebrated this weekend at an event filled with music and food.

Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz to give Pauling Peace Lecture March 4

Activist, writer and historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will give the annual Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture for World Peace at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at OSU.

OSU News Release Climate change may affect tick life cycles, Lyme disease

A new study suggests that climate change is altering life cycles of blacklegged ticks, which could increase transmission of certain pathogens, including the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

OSU News Release Scientists find deep-ocean evidence for Atlantic overturning decline

A new study has found evidence from the deep ocean that the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation declined at the end of the last ice age.

OSU News Release Smoke-free campus policy enjoys wide support, new OSU research shows

Students, faculty and staff at Oregon State University have largely embraced a new policy that prohibits smoking on the Corvallis campus, new research shows.

Oregon State University to honor volunteer leaders at Arizona event

Four Oregon State University volunteer leaders who have played key roles in the university’s advancement will be honored at the Destination OSU awards banquet in Scottsdale, Arizona.

OSU to host small farms conference Feb. 28