September - 2012
"The Sopranos" actor speaks at OSU about mental illness

Joe Pantoliano, an actor from the hit television series “The Sopranos,” will visit Oregon State University on Oct. 11 to speak about his experiences with depression, and his creation of the nonprofit organization “No Kidding, Me Too!!,” which aims to remove the stigma associated with mental illness.

OSU News Release OSU, City of Newport plan for exhibit featuring piece of tsunami dock

OSU and the City of Newport are collaborating on a project to create an educational exhibit using a section of the Japanese dock that washed ashore on the Oregon coast earlier this summer.

OSU News Release Family harvest party and garden tour held Sept. 30
Three OSU panelists to discuss 'The Personhood of Corporations" on Sept. 17
Private support, technology licenses led increase in Oregon State research revenues
OSU to study what goes on inside the cells of corn and rice
Salmon research will take the stage at Corvallis Science Pub
OSU finds Oregon's first honeybee infected by 'zombie' fly
August - 2012
OSU News Release OSU scientist part of team planning Mars rover exploration

Oregon State University marine geologist Martin Fisk is commuting to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory these days, helping a team of scientists plan research for the Curiosity rover on Mars.

OSU, LBCC create partnership with Lebanon High School to create pathway to college

Oregon State University, Linn-Benton Community College and Lebanon High School will sign a memorandum of understanding at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the LBCC Lebanon Center Annex. The agreement will enable Lebanon High School students to enroll early at LBCC and have a pathway cleared for their eventual entrance to OSU.

West Nile virus activity on the increase in Oregon

Two human cases of West Nile virus were reported this week and the highest levels of WNV is confirmed in mosquitoes since 2009, according to OSU's Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.

Vitamin B3 may help in fight against staph infections, "superbugs"

Vitamin B-3 may provide an alternative approach to combat antibiotic-resistant staph infections that have killed thousands of people around the world, according to researchers at OSU's Linus Pauling Insitute.

OSU's Spinrad to chair federal advisory committee

Richard Spinrad, vice president for research at Oregon State University, has been selected to chair a new Congressionally mandated advisory committee established by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to oversee United States ocean observation activities.

Nanotech coatings Microwave ovens may help produce lower cost solar energy technology

Microwave ovens may be used to improve a process that produces solar cells with less energy, expense and environmental concerns, according to researchers at Oregon State University.

Ocean Sentinel Public wave energy test facility begins operation in Oregon

A public wave energy testing facility, the Ocean Sentinel, has begun operation off the Oregon coast, an important step forward in the development of wave energy.

OSU News Release OSU seeks to boost retention through First Year Experience program

Oregon State University will revise its First Year Experience program for new students over the next several years in an effort to help students succeed academically and improve retention.

Community forums planned to discuss site for wave energy test facility
OSU News Release Rating of ocean health shows "room for improvement"

A group of researchers has scored nations around the world for their contributions to ocean health, and found considerable room for improvement. The U.S. rated slightly above average.

Hong Liu Major advance made in generating electricity from wastewater

Engineers have made a significant advance in the use of microbial fuel cells to produce electricity directly from wastewater, improving their performance 10-50 times over other similar technology.

Don't let fungi sour your grapes
Swainson's thrush For young birds, getting stressed out can be a good thing

Researchers have found that for some young birds, getting a little stressed out is good - it can mean the difference between life and death.

Roundworm "Selfish" DNA in animal mitochondria offers possible tool to study aging

OSU scientists discovered "selfish DNA" in the mitochondria of animals for the first time, in findings that could provide an important new model to study human aging.

OSU alum donates rare book collection to university

A new collection of rare books with an appraised value of more than $320,000 has been added to the Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center.

OSU News Release OSU partners with Woodburn School District to increase diversity in medical field

Oregon State University is hoping to inspire a new generation of students to consider pursuing medical careers by giving high school students from the Woodburn area the chance to spend a week exploring the world of veterinary medicine.

Study finds a new pathway for invasive species - science teachers

A survey found a surprising number of North American teachers using organisms in classroom curricula released non-native animals into the wild, potentially exacerbating invasive species problems.

OSU News Release OSU, LBCC agreement helps transfers receive associate's degrees

Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College today signed a new agreement to help students attain a “reverse transfer” associate’s degree.

OSU named "Best Buy School" by Fiske guide

Oregon State University is among 41 "Best Buy Schools" named in the 2013 edition of "The Fiske Guide to Colleges," and one of only two in the Pacific Northwest named to the list.

OSU honors 28 Master Gardeners for their volunteer work
Christmas cactus care doesn't take a holiday
OSU News Release Preschool children who can pay attention more likely to finish college

Young children who are able to pay attention and persist on a task have a 50 percent greater chance of completing college, according to a new study at Oregon State University.

Large oak tree falls on Memorial Union Quad
OSU will be smoke free starting Sept. 1

Beginning Sept. 1, Oregon State University will prohibit smoking on campus, in the health interests of the campus community.

July - 2012
Mars Science Laboratory OSU scientists part of intensive planning for tricky Mars landing

OSU researchers played an instrumental role in the mission to land the Mars Science Laboratory on the Red Planet this weekend, a $2.5 billion project.

OSU News Release Community garden open house held Aug. 9 in Sweet Home
Michael and Judith Gaulke Alumni pledge $3.5 million to OSU engineering faculty

Oregon State University alumni Mike and Judy Gaulke have committed $3.5 million to create the Michael and Judith Gaulke Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at OSU.

Coos Bay bridge 13-year Cascadia study complete - and earthquake risk looms large

The most comprehensive study ever done on the earthquake risks facing the Cascadia Subduction Zone has been completed, and it indicates the southern section is at highest risk.

Oil in pores Research could improve oil recovery, aid environmental cleanup

OSU researchers have made some new findings on an old technique used in oil drilling, which may help produce more oil and also find use in environmental cleanup.

Childhood obesity may affect puberty, create problems with reproduction

Childhood obesity may cause a range of problems other than the usual health effects, including accelerating the onset of puberty and causing reproductive concerns later in life.

OSU-Cascades grant to study natural gas for vehicle fuel

A researcher at Oregon State University – Cascades will lead a major new research initiative on a vehicle-based natural gas refueling system, a $700,000 project to create technology that would use the vehicle engine itself to compress natural gas.

Dying forests Chronic 2000-04 drought, worst in 800 years, may be the "new normal"

The coming century may bring a succession of droughts as bad or worse than a 2000-04 drought that devastated much of the West, an ecological problem that researchers say is due to global warming.

OSU News Release Lower vitamin D could increase risk of dying, especially for frail, older adults

A new study concludes that among older adults – especially those who are frail – low levels of vitamin D can mean a much greater risk of death.

Relocated tansy-eating moth evolves to survive in mountains, says study
OSU notifying individuals of data security breach
Surviving trees Active forest management to reduce fire could aid northern spotted owl

Active management to reduce fire risks to vulnerable Pacific Northwest forests could, in the long run, help improve survival chances for the northern spotted owl.

Mechanism discovered for regulation of cell division
Fight fire with plants? You bet.
Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew' opens Aug. 8 at OSU
Deformed frog Environmental concerns increasing infectious disease in amphibians

Infectious disease is causing much of the mortality among amphibians around the world, triggered by multiple causes such as climate change and pollution.

Program to monitor harmful algal blooms to end next month
OSU News Release Physical health problems increase use of mental health services

People who experience a physical health problem, from diabetes and back pain to cancer or heart disease, are three times more likely to seek mental health care than patients who report having no physical ailment.

West Linn volunteer creates $1.2 million gift for OSU Master Gardener program
OSU News Release Frail, older adults with high blood pressure may have lower risk of mortality

A new study by an Oregon State University researcher suggests that higher blood pressure is associated with lower mortality in extremely frail, elderly adults.

OSU News Release Coastal visitors may encounter whales - but what kind are they likely to be?

Visitors to the Oregon coast in summer often encounter migrating gray whales, but other whale species may also be spotted, including blue whales, humpbacks, minke whales and others, say OSU experts.

Fresh fruit Increase in RDA for vitamin C could help reduce heart disease, stroke, cancer

Public health could be significantly improved by raising the RDA of Vitamin C to more than twice its current level, Oregon State University researchers say in a new report.

OSU News Release Oregon's Paisley Caves as old as Clovis sites - but not Clovis

Artifacts found in Oregon's Paisley Caves are of the Western Stemmed tradition and not Clovis, suggesting that there were parallel technological - if not genetic - identities of the people who first inhabited the Americas.

Bleached coral Viruses linked to algae that control coral health

A newly published study, which includes researchers from OSU, suggests viruses that may be infecting corals could be partly responsible for the decline of coral reefs around the world.

OSU News Release Moderate alcohol consumption may help prevent bone loss

A new study has found that drinking a moderate amount of alcohol as part of a healthy lifestyle may benefit women’s bone health, lowering their risk of developing osteoporosis.

OSU News Release Survey: Health care providers not checking for family food insecurity, barriers still exist

A survey of pediatric physicians and nurse practitioners in the Portland metro area shows that a majority are not regularly asking about household food practices, including nutritional quality or whether there is enough food in the home.

OSU students receive "Culture of Writing Awards"

Twenty-one Oregon State University students have received honors for their writing during the 2011-12 school year.

Reeve Foundation awards grant to OSU wheelchair basketball club
OSU News Release OSU names Sandra Woods dean of College of Engineering

Sandra Woods, a former Oregon State University environmental engineer who has led the engineering program at Colorado State University for the past seven years, was today named dean of the OSU College of Engineering.

Former OSU librarian Rodney Waldron has died

Former Oregon State University librarian Rodney Waldron died June 22 in Mt. Angel. He was 92 years old. Waldron served as University Librarian at OSU from 1965 to 1984.

OSU students donate 20,000 pounds of items as they move off campus

Oregon State University students moving out of campus residence halls in June donated more than 20,122 pounds of housewares, food and other items that would otherwise have ended up in area landfills.

June - 2012
OSU News Release OSU names Thomas Maness dean of College of Forestry

Thomas Maness, a forest economist who specializes in developing innovative forest policies and practices to balance traditional production with ecosystem services, has been named dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.

OSU Extension Association recognizes 'cooperator' volunteers and 4-H Leaders of the Year
Dying trees Dying trees in Southwest set stage for erosion, water loss in Colorado River

Both drought and insect attack have killed 2.5 million acres of pinyon pine and juniper in the American Southwest, raising concerns about soil erosion and further loss of water in the Colorado River basin.

OSU News Release New book looks at hotspots around the world for mega-quakes

Major earthquakes have devastated Japan, Chile, New Zealand and Haiti in the past couple of years, and an expert says danger zones also include Iran, Cuba, Afghanistan and Venezuela.

Drug traffickers struggle to leave 'the game;' fear losing power, status

Drug traffickers who want to leave the “game” behind often struggle to do so because they fear loss of power and status, a new study shows.

OSU's new natural resources academy has a global appeal
OSU News Release Species identified from the Japanese dock that washed ashore

The floating dock from Japan that beached near Newport brought dozens of species of organisms, providing a "wakeup call" for potential invasive species arriving aboard tsunami debris.

OSU News Release Paternity study of right whales finds local fathers most successful

Male right whales don't get around much - a new study shows most calves off New Zealand were fathered by local males. Such fidelity may preserve genetic diversity, but could create in-breeding.

OSU News Release New deglaciation data opens door for earlier First Americans migration

A new study led by an OSU researcher determined that deglaciation began earlier than thought in the Gulf of Alaska, opening the door for earlier migration to the Americas.

OSU News Release Parents, not TV, may determine whether kids are active or couch potatoes

In two studies out online today, OSU researchers examined how parenting style – whether a strict but loving parent or a less-involved and more permissive parent – was associated with sedentary behavior.

Life of influential scientific illustrator explored in new OSU web exhibit

The remarkable story of scientific illustrator Roger Hayward's life and work is the subject of Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center's newest web release, “Roger Hayward: Renaissance Man.”

Study links carcinogens to cancer stem cells - but spinach can help

OSU research has traced carcinogens in cooked meat through a complex path to their impact on microRNA and cancer stem cells - and documented how spinach can make a difference.

The questions keep coming for OSU's Ask An Expert program
Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., to feature Oregon State programs
OSU helps schools reduce pesticide use, comply with law
Commencement sidebar: Early arrival urged for security checks, traffic concerns
OSU commencement features record number of grads and Michelle Obama address
Online OSU students graduate in record numbers
Oregon State University honors outstanding students
Google gives $300,000 to OSU Open Source Lab
OSU names Toni Doolen dean of the University Honors College
New online German degree bridges distance gap with interactive experience

Oregon State University has launched what it believes is the nation's first online bachelor's degree in German, designed to give distance students a fully interactive experience.

OSU News Release Undersea volcano gave off signals before eruption in 2011

Axial Seamount, an undersea volcano off the Oregon coast, gave off clear signals just hours before its 2011 eruption, with an abrupt spike of seismic energy, scientists say in a series of new studies.

OSU News Release Floating dock from Japan carries potential invasive species

A huge floating dock that washed ashore in Newport after floating at sea for more than a year following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami carries a threat of invasive species.

OSU News Release Oregon State releases 2012 commencement tickets to the public

Oregon State University will provide 1,000 tickets to the general public for its 143rd annual commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 17, which will feature an address by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Ocean wave energy to be explored at Corvallis Science Pub
May - 2012
OSU students work to form second Native American sorority on West Coast
Pigment New compound could become "cool blue" for energy efficiency in buildings

A pigment discovered three years ago at OSU has now been found to have characteristics that could make it an important part of a new trend in construction - "cool roofs" for energy efficiency.

Butterfly Some butterfly species particularly vulnerable to climate change

A recent study of the impact of climate change on butterflies suggests that some species might adapt much better than others, with implications for the pollination and herbivory associated with these and other insect species.

OSU News Release Moore Family Center grand opening set for June 6

The Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health, a new research center at Oregon State University focused on healthy eating and whole foods, will celebrate its official opening on Wednesday, June 6.

Winning car OSU wins third consecutive national championship in Formula SAE

The Global Formula Racing team at Oregon State University recently won for the third consecutive year at Michigan International Speedway, considered the national championship of Formula SAE racing – the only time this has ever happened.

Forest monitoring Technology to monitor bird sounds, impacts of environmental change

New technology created at OSU should significantly improve the monitoring of bird sounds in the environment, and how they may be changing due to habitat loss or climate change.

Taste testing Understanding complexities of taste, smell could lead to improved diet

Fundamental discoveries at OSU about how people taste and smell flavors may help lead to ways to improve people's diet.

OSU News Release Like curry? New role identified for compound used in ancient medicine

A spice commonly found in some curry dishes, and used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, has been found to increase levels of a protein important in the human immune system.

College of Forestry confers alumni awards
Students receive forestry scholarships
Sharper view of molecules Discarded data may hold the key to a sharper view of molecules

Like a new pair of eyeglasses, OSU researchers have discovered an improved way to analyze data from X-ray crystallography and provide more useful information than had previously been possible.