February - 2017
OSU News Release OSU choral program presents annual Orange & Black Scholarship Benefit Concert

The Oregon State University choral program will present the Orange & Black Choral and Vocal Scholarship Benefit Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.

OSU News Release Marine ecologist offers suggestions for achieving a strong, lasting 'blue economy'

Incentive-based solutions offer significant hope for addressing the myriad environmental challenges facing the world’s oceans, a leading marine ecologist says. 

OSU News Release Women in Oregon fishing industry have important, but sometimes invisible role

Women have always played an important role in Oregon’s commercial fishing industry, even if they don’t actually fish or work on boats - but a new study indicates their roles are changing.

OSU News Release New protein could be key in fighting debilitating parasitic disease

A naturally occurring protein has been discovered that shows promise as a biocontrol weapon against schistosomiasis, one of the world’s most prevalent parasitic diseases.

National wood building center renamed TallWood Design Institute

The National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design at Oregon State University has been renamed as the TallWood Design Insititute

OSU News Release 2015-16 weather event took toll on California beaches; not so much for Oregon, Washington

The 2015-16 El Nino was one of the strongest climate events in recent history but its impact on beaches was greater in California than in Oregon and Washington.

Image of Naomi Klein Tickets available for Naomi Klein lecture at OSU

Tickets are now available for an April 5 lecture by writer and cultural critic Naomi Klein, who will speak at Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center.

OSU News Release Disease "superspreaders" were driving cause of 2014 Ebola epidemic

"Superspreaders,” about 3 percent of the people infected in the catastrophic 2014-15 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, were ultimately responsible for infecting 61 percent of all cases.

New 'hybrid' clinical mental health master's degree addresses national need for counselors

In response to a rising need for more mental health counselors, OSU is offering a new hybrid degree program designed for working professionals.

image of artwork by Cannupa Hanska Luger Artist and activist Cannupa Hanska Luger to speak at OSU Feb. 16

Artist and activist Cannupa Hanska Luger, a native of North Dakota who was born on the Standing Rock Reservation, will give a public talk on Feb. 16 at Oregon State University.

OSU News Release Agility Robotics evolves from OSU research, aims to revolutionize robot mobility

OSU has spun off one of its first businesses from the university's robotics program, a company focused on legged locomotion that may revolutionize robot mobility.

OSU News Release OSU president calls on Oregon Legislature to prioritize state funding for higher education

Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray today called on the Oregon Legislature to change course and make state funding for higher education a priority.

Image of Elena Passarello Essayist Elena Passarello to read at Oregon State University Feb. 24

Essayist Elena Passarello will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

Peopling of ancient America to be discussed at Corvallis Science Pub

The first Americans are thought to have crossed the Bering Sea land bridge from Asia and travelled down an ice-free corridor into what is now the upper Midwest. However, new evidence in Canada and the Pacific Northwest casts doubt on that theory.


Corvallis Queer Film Festival to run Feb. 22-25 at Darkside Cinema

The 2017 Corvallis Queer Film Festival will be held Feb. 22-25 at Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. Fourth St., Corvallis.

Oregon State University Theatre presents 'For the Love of Lies' in February

Oregon State University Theatre will present in February the bold, romantic comedy “For the Love of Lies,” a bawdy tale in the tradition of Italian Commedia dell’arte.

Cliburn medalist Joyce Yang to replace Nareh Arghamanyan at Feb. 12 Steinway Series concert

Pianist Joyce Yang will perform as part of the Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Series at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at Oregon State University.

OSU News Release Venture capitalists to choose teams in 'Next Great Startup' competition

The Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator has launched its first annual Next Great Startup competition, to begin in February with a round of auditions.

OSU News Release Leading marine researcher says scientists must speak, reach out and integrate into society

A leading global marine ecologist today called on scientists to increasingly engage the public by demonstrating the value of their research.

OSU News Release MRI brain scans may help identify risks, prevent adolescent substance abuse

Neuroimaging of the brain using technologies such as MRIs is showing promise as a technique to predict adolescent vulnerability to substance abuse disorders.

January - 2017
OSU News Release Vitamin E deficiency linked to embryo damage, death

Researchers have explained how deficient levels of vitamin E can cause neurologic damage to an embryo, failure to normally develop and death – a process that can be one cause of miscarriage.

OSU News Release OSU marine ecologist receives top National Academy of Sciences honor

The National Academy of Sciences is honoring Oregon State University marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco with its most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal.

New $2.5 million grant will support training for Oregon teachers of English learners

Oregon State University’s College of Education will provide training for up to 80 Oregon teachers who work with students learning English under a new $2.5 million federal grant.

OSU News Release Third Oregon climate assessment report shows state still warming, despite frigid winter

Oregon’s climate continues to warm; there are impacts on the state’s physical, biological and human-managed systems; and more studies are pointing to greenhouse gas emissions as the reason for these climate trends and events.

OSU News Release Globe-trotting pollutants raise some cancer risks four times higher than predicted

A new way of looking at pollutant transport has quadrupled the estimate of global lung cancer risk from one pollutant, to a level double that allowed by the World Health Organization.

OSU News Release New technique could lead to safer, more efficient uranium extraction, aid environmental cleanup

The separation of uranium, a key part of the nuclear fuel cycle, could potentially be done more safely and efficiently through a new technique developed at OSU.

OSU News Release Ancient, scary and alien-looking specimen forms a rarity in the insect world - a new order

Researchers have discovered an insect preserved in amber with a triangular head, almost-alien and “E.T.-like” appearance and features so unusual it has been placed in its own scientific “order.”

'Navigators' help indigenous cancer patients overcome barriers to diagnosis, treatment

New research shows that patient “navigators” are a valuable resource for American Indians and Alaskan Natives with cancer as they try to overcome barriers to diagnosis and care.

Rescheduled Corvallis Science Pub focuses on brain injury in sports

On Monday, Jan. 30, the Corvallis Science Pub will host Dr. Douglas Aukerman to discuss what physicians now know about how the brain responds to concussions and other forms of traumatic brain injury. 

OSU News Release OSU to be founding partner in national robotics initiative

OSU will be a founding academic partner in the newest Manufacturing USA Institute, a $3 billion federal and private company initiative designed to enhance advanced manufacturing.

OSU Board of Trustees adopts 10-year business forecast, fossil fuel divestiture

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Friday adopted a 10-year business forecast to serve as a framework for the university’s long-term planning and operational management.

OSU News Release OSU's Fairbanks Gallery presents work by Portland artists Damien Gilley and Jeff Sheridan

New work by Portland area artists Damien Gilley and Jeff Sheridan will be on display Jan. 25 through March 8 in the Fairbanks Gallery.

OSU News Release Scientists zero in on global ocean temperatures during last interglaciation period

During the last major interglaciation period, when global sea level that was 20 to 30 feet higher, scientists believe ocean temperatures were warmer than at most times in the Earth’s recent history.

Former GRAMMY Museum director to give talk on GRAMMY Awards

Bob Santelli will provide a backstage look at the GRAMMY Awards, the most watched music television program in the world

OSU News Release Molecule shows ability to thwart pathogens' genetic resistance to antibiotic

Oregon State University researchers have developed a new weapon in the battle against antibiotic-resistant germs - a molecule that neutralizes the bugs’ ability to destroy the antibiotic.

OSU Board of Trustees revises agenda for Jan. 20 meeting

The OSU Board of Trustee's agenda has been revised to include a presentation on a potential acquisition of real property. The board will also hold an executive session to conduct deliberations.

OSU News Release Millions of people with metabolic syndrome may need more vitamin E

People with metabolic syndrome need significantly more vitamin E – which could be a serious public health concern, in light of the millions of people who have this condition.

Image of painting Oregon artists featured in new exhibit, 'Source,' at OSU's Little Gallery

“Source,” an exhibit featuring work from Oregon artists Liisa Rahkonen of Lincoln City, Sandra Roumagoux of Newport and Eliza Murphy of Eugene, will be on display in the Little Gallery at Oregon State University Jan. 9 through Feb. 17.

Forest recreation to be the focus of annual Starker Lecture Series

Hiking, biking, camping and other types of recreation draw thousands of outdoor enthusiasts to the woods every year. When conflicts arise, users can be at odds with each other and with the businesses and agencies responsible for managing forestland.   

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

The OSU Board of Trustees will meet Jan. 20 to discuss efforts to advance equity, inclusion and social justice; to receive an update on efforts to prepare for the 2017 Oregon legislative session; and to develop a vision statement for 2030

OSU News Release Air pollution and lack of physical activity pose competing threats to children in China

Children and adolescents in mainland China are facing two serious and conflicting public health threats: ongoing exposure to air pollution and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle with little regular physical activity outside school.

OSU News Release OSU's online bachelor's, engineering programs top-ranked nationally by U.S. News

OSU upheld its status as a leader in online education today when it was ranked in the top 10 nationally by U.S. News & World Report for the third consecutive year.

OSU News Release El Ni~no, Pacific Decadal Oscillation implicated in domoic acid shellfish toxicity

Researchers today reported a strong correlation between toxic levels of domoic acid in shellfish and the warm-water ocean conditions orchestrated by two powerful forces – El Niño events and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation.

OSU News Release Edward Feser named provost and executive vice president at Oregon State

Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray has named Edward Feser the provost and executive vice president for the university.

Fiction writers Jeff Fearnside and Jesse Donaldson to read at OSU Jan. 20

Fiction writers Jeff Fearnside and Jesse Donaldson will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

Image of solar array Off-grid power in remote areas will require special business model to succeed

Low-cost, off-grid solar energy could provide significant economic benefit to people living in some remote areas, but a new study suggests they generally lack the access to financial resources, commercial institutions and markets needed to bring solar electricity to their communities.

Image of Franchesca Ramsey Oregon State celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Oregon State University will hold its 35th annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a series of events to be held from Saturday, Jan. 14, through Friday, Jan. 20.

Corvallis Science Pub focuses on brain injury in sports

Dr. Douglas Aukerman will discuss what physicians now know about how the brain responds to concussions and other forms of traumatic brain injury at the Corvallis Science Pub on January 9. 

OSU News Release Scientists discover a molecular motor has a "gear" for directional switching

A study offers a new understanding of the complex cellular machinery that animal and fungi cells use to ensure normal cell division, and might lead to new approaches for certain types of cancers.

December - 2016
OSU News Release Varmint hunters' ammo selection influences lead exposure in avian scavengers

Varmint hunters’ choice of ammunition plays a role in the amount of lead that scavengers could ingest, a new study shows, and offers a way to minimize the lead exposure to wildlife.

OSU News Release Economics of forest biomass raise hurdles for rural development

The use of residual forest biomass for rural development faces significant economic hurdles that make it unlikely to be a source of jobs in the near future, according to an analysis by economists.

Whale lovers can support Marine Mammal Institute with new license plate

A new license plate featuring a gray whale and her calf likely will be available to Oregon drivers by summer 2017, a project sponsored by the OSU Marine Mammal Institute.

OSU News Release Kirkland named OSU executive director for equal opportunity and access

Kim D. Kirkland has been named as Oregon State University’s executive director for equal opportunity and access.

OSU News Release Scott Barnes named OSU director of intercollegiate athletics

Scott Barnes, athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh, today was named as vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics at OSU.

OSU News Release New tag revolutionizes whale research - and makes them partners in science

A sophisticated new type of “tag” on whales that can record data every second for hours, days and weeks at a time provides a view of whale behavior, biology and travels never before possible.

signs OSU honored for policies embracing free speech

OSU has received a “green light” rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, indicating that university policies do not restrict speech.

OSU News Release Advance in intense pulsed light sintering opens door to improved electronics manufacturing

Faster production of advanced, flexible electronics is among the potential benefits of a discovery by researchers at Oregon State University’s College of Engineering. 

OSU News Release Wave energy center receives $40 million to construct world's premier test facility

OSU's Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center has been awarded up to $40 million to create the world’s premier wave energy test facility.

OSU News Release OSU, PNNL to lead part of a major national program in 'chemical process intensification'

OSU and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories will co-direct a key component of a new five-year, $70 million advanced manufacturing institute.

OSU News Release New study: Weakening of North Atlantic current can be prevented by reducing carbon emissions

A new study suggests continued melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet could weaken the system of currents that keep northern Europe and northern America temperate.

Northeast lakes recovering from acid rain may give trout refuge from climate change

Lakes recovering from the impacts of acid rain in the northeastern United States may offer a buffer from the effects of climate change for an iconic recreational fishery.

OSU News Release Undersea volcano may provide clues to terrestrial eruptions

The Axial Seamount, located some 300 miles off the Oregon Coast, may provide clues to better understand how and when terrestrial volcanoes erupt.

OSU News Release Research outlines how low-dose aspirin can help prevent cancer

Researchers have outlined for the first time a key mechanism by which low-dose aspirin may inhibit cancer cell proliferation and metastasis.

OSU News Release New, complex call recorded in Mariana Trench believed to be from baleen whale

A sound in the Mariana Trench notable for its complexity and wide frequency range likely represents the discovery of a new baleen whale call.

OSU Press publishes first guide to Oregon freshwater fishes

The first comprehensive guide to Oregon’s freshwater fishes, written by OSU Professor Douglas Markle, has been published by the Oregon State University Press.

OSU News Release Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator plans 'Next Great Startup'

The Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator program is launching the Next Great Startup competition for OSU students in winter term of 2017.

OSU News Release New study shows impact of Antarctic Ice Sheet on climate change

A new study by OSU researchers documents the influence of the massive Antarctic Ice Sheet on global and regional climate.

Study finds less fragmentation in muzzleloading and black powder cartridge rifles

Traditional bullets for muzzleloading rifles and black powder rifle cartridges fragment less upon impact and may leave far fewer lead fragments in game than a modern rifle bullet.

OSU News Release Chemical trickery corrals 'hyperactive' metal-oxide cluster

Key metal-oxide clusters have been isolated in water, allowing the impeccable control over atoms that’s required to manufacture small features in electronic circuits.

OSU News Release Despite evolutionary inexperience, northern sockeye manage heat stress

Sockeye salmon that evolved in the generally colder waters of the far north still know how to cool off if necessary, an important factor in dealing with global climate change.

OSU News Release Improving child-teacher interactions can reduce preschoolers' stress levels

A school-based intervention that promotes warm and caring interactions between a teacher and child can reduce the child’s stress in the classroom, a new study has found.

Parenting classes benefit all, especially lower-income families

Parenting education can improve the skills of every mom and dad and the behavior of all children, and it particularly benefits families from low-income or otherwise underserved populations.

OSU's Fairbanks Gallery to feature 'Montage' juried art student exhibit

The Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University will host “Montage,” an exhibition of art and poetry by OSU students, Dec. 9 through Jan. 23.

OSU News Release Recovering Latina breast cancer patients report big gaps in 'survivorship' care

Breast cancer patients in one of the United States’ largest and fastest-growing ethnic minority groups are likely to experience numerous gaps in care following their primary treatment.

November - 2016
New exhibit focuses on the oral history tradition at OSU

Oral history is the subject of a new exhibit at OSU’s Valley Library, called “Catching Stories: The Oral History Tradition at Oregon State University.”

Policy changes needed for promoting physical activity in group home settings

Increased physical activity for group home residents and the huge health care savings that could come with it hinge on people who run the homes making health-promoting behaviors a priority.

OSU News Release Marine incentives programs may replace 'doom and gloom' with hope

Incentives that are designed to enable smarter use of the ocean while also protecting marine ecosystems can help address multiple environmental threats.

New prototype plywood panels tested at Oregon State may be world's largest

A new massive plywood building panel developed by an Oregon company and tested at Oregon State University may be the largest such product ever manufactured.

OSU News Release Precise nerve stimulation via electrode implants offers new hope for paralysis patients

Patients with spinal cord injuries might one day regain use of paralyzed arms and legs thanks to research that demonstrates how limbs can be controlled via a tiny array of implanted electrodes.

OSU receives $4 million grant to identify mechanisms for control of genetic engineering in plants

With a $4 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation, scientists at Oregon State University will develop new approaches to identifying genes that control the ability of a plant to be genetically engineered. 

AAAS and Oregon State University announce 2016 Fellows

Three Oregon State University professors have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

OSU News Release Rockfish siblings shed new light on how offspring diffuse and disperse

A splitnose rockfish’s thousands of tiny offspring can stick together in sibling groups from the time they are released into the open ocean until they move to shallower water and settle near shore. 

Curiosity can predict employees' ability to creatively solve problems, research shows

Employers who are looking to hire creative problem-solvers should consider candidates with strong curiosity traits, and personality tests may be one way to tease out those traits in prospective employees.

Chronically ill women underusing online self-care resources, study shows

Barriers to internet use may be preventing chronically ill middle-aged and older women from being as healthy as they otherwise could be, new research from Oregon State University suggests.


Storing more carbon in western Cascades forests could benefit some wildlife species, not others

Forest management policies that aim to store more carbon in the Pacific Northwest may benefit some wildlife species more than others.


OSU News Release Bacteria discovery offers possible new means of controlling crop pest

A bacterium common in insects has been discovered in a plant-parasitic roundworm, opening up the possibility of a new, environmentally friendly way of controlling the crop-damaging pest.

Public meeting on design of OSU's Marine Studies Building to be held Nov. 17

Oregon State University will host an informational meeting and open house on Thursday, Nov. 17, to present the schedule and design process for the interior of the new Marine Studies Building in Newport.

Repeatedly thinking about work-family conflict linked to health problems

Thinking over and over again about conflicts between your job and personal life is likely to damage both your mental and physical health, research from Oregon State University suggests.

Talk addresses racial oppression and the internet

A scholar with expertise on the Trayvon Martin case is examining the role of social media in creating a spectacle around news reports of African American deaths by members of law enforcement.  

OSU News Release Immune system uses gut bacteria to control glucose metabolism

Researchers have discovered a link between the immune system, gut bacteria and glucose metabolism – a “cross-talk” that can lead to type 2 diabetes  when not functioning correctly.

image of bear with salmon The golden drool: Study finds treasure trove of info in saliva of foraging bears

A new study documents the ability of researchers to gather DNA from residual saliva on partially consumed salmon to the point that they can even identify individual bears from the genetic samples.

OSU News Release Kelp forests globally resilient, but may need local solutions to environmental threats

The first global assessment of marine kelp ecosystems shows they have a surprising resilience to environmental impacts, but local efforts will be needed to help protect their health in the future.

OSU News Release New 'optofluidic' technology taps power of diatoms to improve sensor performance

Researchers have combined one of nature’s tiny miracles, the diatom, with a version of inkjet printing and optical sensing to create an exceptional sensing device.

OSU News Release OSU overall enrollment up 2.9 percent, Corvallis campus increases less than 1 percent

OSU fall term 2016 enrollment grew 2.9 percent from last year, with stable enrollment at OSU’s Corvallis campus and double-digit growth at OSU-Cascades and the Ecampus online program.

Mars Viking program featured at Corvallis Science Pub

NASA’s Mars Viking program made history and changed the future of space exploration, influencing engineering, science, art and culture. 

OSU News Release Search launched for new OSU diversity officer

Oregon State University today began an international search for a vice president and chief diversity officer.

Image of votive table Leading scholar on Chinese art to speak at OSU

Ping Foong, a leading scholar of Chinese art and a specialist in Chinese ink painting, will give a public talk at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16.

OSU News Release Healthy recipes and effective social marketing campaign improve eating habits

The Food Hero social marketing campaign is an effective way to help low-income families eat more nutritious meals through fast, tasty, affordable and healthy recipes, new studies show.

OSU News Release Discovery of new bacteria complicates problem with salmon poisoning in dogs

A new study suggests that the risks dogs of the Pacific Northwest face from salmon poisoning is complicated, and that some pet owners make think their pets are immune when they are not.

Mental health spending nets return by reducing jail population

Each dollar a state spends on mental health care cuts roughly 25 cents off its jail expenditures by reducing its inmate population, a new study shows.