March - 2017
OSU News Release Anomalous ocean conditions in 2015 may bode poorly for juvenile Chinook salmon survival

Fisheries managers have been predicting a slightly below-average run of spring Chinook salmon on the Columbia River this year but a newly published suggests that it may be worse.

OSU News Release OSU to expand sediment core collection to one of largest in the world

One of the nation’s most important repositories of oceanic sediment cores, located at OSU, will more than double in size when the university assumes stewardship of a collection of sediment cores taken from the Southern Ocean around Antarctica.

OSU News Release Mass vaccination clinics a success, work continues with OSU meningococcal program

Clinics at OSU's Corvallis campus on March 8-9 vaccinated more than 1,800 students against type B meningococcal disease.

Pianist Arthur Greene presents OSU lecture and concert

Pianist Arthur Greene will present a multimedia lecture and concert on Charles Ives’ Concord Sonata on Sunday, March 19, at Oregon State University.

OSU News Release OSU's Fairbanks Gallery to present Plinkiewisch Scholarship Exhibition

The Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus will present “Way Beyond the Rainbow,” the 2016-2017 Plinkiewisch Scholarship Exhibition, from March 13 through March 31.

OSU News Release Flame retardant chemicals may affect social behavior in young children

Some chemicals added to furniture, electronics and numerous other goods to prevent fires may have unintended developmental consequences for young children, according to a pilot study released today.

OSU News Release Fish and mercury: Detailed consumption advisories would better serve women across U.S.

Among women of childbearing age in the U.S., fish consumption has increased while blood mercury has decreased, suggesting improved health for women and their babies.

Atopic dermatitis Altered lipids, skin infections may point to new personalized therapy for atopic dermatitis

Researchers have made a fundamental advance in dermatology that could lead to new therapies for millions of people with atopic dermatitis, one of the most common forms of eczema.

Journalist, activist Harsha Walia to speak at OSU

Journalist and social activist Harsha Walia will discuss her new book, “Undoing Border Imperialism,” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 10, at Oregon State University.

Keith Leavitt Maintaining an active sex life may lead to improved job satisfaction, engagement in work

Maintaining a healthy sex life at home boosts employees’ job satisfaction and engagement at the office, underscoring the value of a strong work-life balance.

Soft robots to be featured at Corvallis Science Pub

At the Corvallis Science Pub on Monday, March 13, Yiğit Mengüc, assistant professor in the Oregon State University College of Engineering, will show how he uses 3D printing, biodegradable rubber and other materials to produce robots with the agility of geckos and the flexibility of snakes.

OSU Board of Trustees and committees to meet March 16-17

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet Friday, March 17, to consider fiscal year 2018 tuition rates, mandatory fees, student incidental fees and the university’s capital plan.

OSU News Release Oregon State professor honored for inventions

John Wager has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for technological advances in consumer electronics products such as televisions and computer monitors.

OSU News Release Photos show promise as dietary assessment tool, but more training needed

Research at suggests that photos of your food are good for a lot more than just entertaining your friends on social media – they might help improve your health and also national nutrition policy.

OSU News Release More funding for long-term studies necessary for best science, environmental policy

Environmental scientists and policymakers value long-term research to an extent that far outstrips the amount of funding awarded for it, according to a study published today.

OSU Theatre to present apocalyptic comedy 'boom' in March

Oregon State University Theatre will present Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s apocalyptic comedy, “boom” March 9-12 in the Lab Theatre.

OSU News Release Often the villain, fructose may play hero's role in muscular dystrophy treatment

A substance widely known as a villain for its role in causing obesity-related health problems has emerged as a possible hero in the fight against a debilitating genetic disorder.

February - 2017
OSU names Lisa L. Templeton associate provost for Division of Extended Campus

Lisa L. Templeton has been named associate provost for the Division of Extended Campus at OSU.

OSU News Release Reducing pressure on predators, prey simultaneously is best for species' recovery

Reducing human pressure on exploited predators and prey at the same time is the best way to help their populations recover, a new study indicates.

Southern Oregon forest restoration may take precedence over spotted owl habitat

Restoring parts of the Fremont-Winema National Forest in southern Oregon to withstand a warmer, more fire-prone future may require thinning young trees and promoting the growth of large, old ponderosa pine.


OSU News Release Poet and essayist Ross Gay to read at Oregon State University

Poet and essayist Ross Gay will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

OSU News Release Corliss, OSU to commemorate 40th anniversary of hydrothermal vents discovery

Oregon State University will celebrate the discovery 40 years ago of hydrothermal vents with a two-day commemorative event.

OSU News Release Scientists: Warming temperatures could trigger starvation, extinctions in deep oceans by 2100

Researchers have warned that the world’s largest habitat – the deep ocean floor – may face starvation and sweeping ecological change by the year 2100.

Low snowpacks of 2014, 2015 may become increasingly common with warmer conditions

Oregon experienced very low snowpack levels in 2014 and historically low snowpack levels in 2015and research suggests that may not be an anomaly in the future.

OSU Difference, Power, and Discrimination Program honored

The American Council on Education announced today that the 2017 ACE State Network Leadership Award will be given to the Difference, Power and Discrimination program at Oregon State University.

OSU News Release Accepting and adapting are keys to sustaining a career after acquired hearing loss

For adults who acquire severe hearing loss, accepting and adapting to the loss play key roles in sustaining a career and thriving in the workplace.

Photo of graduating students OSU's College of Liberal Arts to offer four-year graduation guarantee to incoming students

Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts will guarantee that students can earn a bachelor’s degree in four years beginning with the freshman class entering college in fall 2017.

OSU News Release "Late-life" genes activated by biological clock to help protect against stress, aging

Researchers have discovered that a subset of genes involved in the “biological clock” only become active late in life when they are needed to help protect critical life functions.

Rendering of proposed OSU-Cascades building $5 million gift is largest in OSU-Cascades' history, supports capital expansion

A $5 million gift to Oregon State University – Cascades will propel the university toward its next phase of capital development, which will include a second academic building for the growing campus. The gift from an anonymous donor represents the largest donation ever received by the Bend campus.

OSU News Release New hydronium-ion battery presents opportunity for more sustainable energy storage

A new type of battery shows promise for sustainable, high-power energy storage. It’s the world’s first battery to use only hydronium ions as the charge carrier.


Creating the student-centered university

A panel of speakers will discuss “Creating the Student-Centered University” at Oregon State University on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

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.