June - 2009

June - 2009
aerial view of Memorial Union building Discovery raises new doubts about dinosaur-bird links

Researchers at Oregon State University have made a fundamental new discovery about how birds breathe and have a lung capacity that allows for flight – and the finding means it’s unlikely that birds descended from any known theropod dinosaurs.

The conclusions add to other evolving evidence that may finally force many paleontologists to reconsider their long-held belief that modern birds are the direct descendants of ancient, meat-eating dinosaurs, OSU researchers say.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU pharmacy alum returns from native Cameroon for college award
aerial view of Memorial Union building Margaret Cavendish and nature subject of conference at OSU
Simple self-regulation game predicts kindergarten achievement
aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU 'Ecampus' online degree graduates top 150 for 2009
aerial view of Memorial Union building Registration begins for Gardener's Mini College at Oregon State University
aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU College of Vet Medicine to hold special graduation ceremony on June 7
aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon State University researcher receives Environmental Stewardship Award
aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon group planning nation's first tsunami evacuation structure
aerial view of Memorial Union building Intervention shows reduction in delinquent teens' pregnancy rates

A foster care program designed to reduce criminal behavior among at-risk juveniles has shown a surprising side benefit - the program also reduces teen pregnancy rates, according to a new study by OSU psychologist David Kerr and colleagues.

May - 2009

May - 2009
aerial view of Memorial Union building Scientists make breakthrough in assessing marine phytoplankton health
OSU News Release Biological studies shed light on collapse of coral reefs

Coral reefs have a complex internal communication system allowing the coral to co-exist with algae, but that symbiotic relationship is being threatened by climate change and ocean acidification.

aerial view of Memorial Union building College of Liberal Arts honors graduating seniors
aerial view of Memorial Union building TDS Telecommunications Corp. donates bandwidth worth $1.4 million to OSU Open Source Lab
aerial view of Memorial Union building Happy-hour discussion examines morality and self-deception
aerial view of Memorial Union building Student-created plays featured at OSU
aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU names Becky Johnson vice president, in charge of OSU-Cascades Campus in Bend
aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon State University researchers receive weed science awards
OSU News Release OSU scientists identify endangered right whales where they were presumed extinct

Scientists from OSU and NOAA used hydrophones to record endangered right whales in an area where they were thought to be extinct. The discovery is important because the whales are in an area that may open to shipping.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU students' SAE Baja car beats the field in international competition
Snow in the Quad event returns to Oregon State University Thursday
aerial view of Memorial Union building Talk on 'What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Agriculture' held Thursday
aerial view of Memorial Union building Agricultural Research Foundation Celebrates Anniversary with New Grants
aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU students earn top awards at national
aerial view of Memorial Union building Vitamin D expert receives Linus Pauling Prize for Health Research
aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU to host 2009 Hyslop Farm Field Day on May 27
aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU offers variety of academic activities this summer
aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU offers variety of sports and fitness camps and activities this summer
OSU News Release Something bugging you? New book by OSU Press will tell you what to do...
aerial view of Memorial Union building Newport seminar promotes local self-reliance
aerial view of Memorial Union building Scientist to discuss contingency in evolutionary biology
aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Forensics Team closes out successful season
aerial view of Memorial Union building Bob's Red Mill owner speaks at OSU
aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon Sea Grant publication explores offshore aquaculture
aerial view of Memorial Union building AEP holds First Entrepreneurs and Innovators Award Event
aerial view of Memorial Union building New book by OSU Press examines environmentalism of William O. Douglas
aerial view of Memorial Union building Nissan electric car on display at OSU
aerial view of Memorial Union building Plant diseases often caused by multiple attacks
aerial view of Memorial Union building Intervention reduces children's viewing of violent TV
aerial view of Memorial Union building Participants wanted for 'Biggest Loser' study
aerial view of Memorial Union building Research viticulturist to join Oregon State University horticulture faculty
aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU seeks comments on sustainable agriculture
aerial view of Memorial Union building Ancient diatoms lead to new technology for solar energy
aerial view of Memorial Union building Civil Rights defender to give 2009 Pauling Peace Lecture
aerial view of Memorial Union building What Beavers, Ducks and Bart Simpson have in common
aerial view of Memorial Union building Ocean of junk focus of presentation, panel discussion in Newport
aerial view of Memorial Union building Kessler to read from classic OSU Press book, "Stubborn Twig"
aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Army cadet earns award, trip to Lexington, Va.
aerial view of Memorial Union building Gray whale washes up north of Florence
aerial view of Memorial Union building Strategic Industry Partnership Will Boost OSU Surveying Initiative
aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Organic Farm Invites Public to Earth Day Celebration
aerial view of Memorial Union building Auditions Scheduled for 'Twelfth Night'
aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon State Student Selected as Udall Scholar
aerial view of Memorial Union building Family Business Conference Set for College Students
aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon State University Celebrates Earth Week
aerial view of Memorial Union building Adults with HIV in Rural Areas Experience Discrimination, Stigma
aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Faculty Member Gives Talk on Cesar Chavez
aerial view of Memorial Union building Warm Springs Bead Artist Brigette Whipple to Demonstrate Craft at OSU
aerial view of Memorial Union building Israeli Diplomat To Speak at OSU
aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Panhellenic Council Honored at Regional Meeting
OSU News Release Discovery in amber reveals ancient biology of termites

Analysis of a termite entombed for 100 million years in a piece of amber has revealed the oldest example of “mutualism” between an animal and microorganism and the unusual biology that helped make it so successful.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU researcher helping blend language development into social studies, science lessons
aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon State alumni set to clean up Corvallis this Saturday
aerial view of Memorial Union building Grand opening of Kearney Hall planned at OSU
aerial view of Memorial Union building EPA Recognizes OSU as Pac-10 Leader in Purchasing "Green" Power
aerial view of Memorial Union building Iranian Nobel Laureate, in News Defending U.S. Journalist, to Appear Friday at OSU
aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Zoologist, Courtesy Prof Honored by American Academy of Arts and Sciences
aerial view of Memorial Union building New Lecture Asks, 'What would Jesus Really Do?'
aerial view of Memorial Union building Study Rules Out Ancient Bursts of Seafloor Methane Emissions
aerial view of Memorial Union building Student Team Wins $10,000 in OSU Competition
aerial view of Memorial Union building Lecture Addresses Ecological Destruction of Western Europe
aerial view of Memorial Union building Bone Research Lab Looking for Study Participants
aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Names Purdue Leader as Dean of Agricultural Sciences

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Sonny Ramaswamy, an agricultural leader from Purdue University, has been named dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University. He also will direct the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, which is based at OSU.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Renowned Neuroscientist to Give Presentation May 1 at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Michael Merzenich, a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research, will give a presentation on Friday, May 1, at Oregon State University called “The Learning Brain: The Dimensions of Learning, Education and Brain Plasticity.”

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Web Site Helps Forest Sector Find Help in Government Stimulus Packages

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The 2009 recession has hit the Oregon forest sector especially hard, but now those working in that sector have a new resource that guides them with the click of a mouse to government stimulus programs.

aerial view of Memorial Union building "Ecology of Fear," Role of Large Predators Explored in New Documentary Film

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A premiere showing of a documentary film will be held Monday, May 11, based on the pioneering work of two Oregon State University researchers who have demonstrated that large predators may be essential to the health of stream and forest ecosystems.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Engineering Alumni Honored

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The College of Engineering at Oregon State University recently honored 42 of its distinguished alumni at the annual Oregon Stater Awards.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU to Offer Nation's First Online Fisheries Management Certificate

CORVALLIS, Ore. – This fall, Oregon State University will launch what educators say may be the first comprehensive online graduate certificate program in fisheries management in the world.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU To Tackle Solar Future in New "Energy Frontier Research Center"

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University experts hope to develop some of the solar energy technology of the future in a new Energy Frontier Research Center announced today by the U.S. Department of Energy and the White House – a $777 million initiative to create breakthrough technology for a 21st-century energy economy.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Lecture Series Features Talk on Revival of Indigenous Coastal Language

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Bud Lane, tribal council vice-chairman with the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, will speak at Oregon State University’s Gilfillan Auditorium on Wednesday, April 29, beginning at 6 p.m.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Studies How to Make Cows Happy and Increase Milk Output

CORVALLIS, Ore. – If you want a dairy cow to produce as much milk as possible, one of the things you need to do is make sure she spends enough time each day just lying down, content and at ease. But to be happy, she's got to be comfortable in her pen or wherever she is.

aerial view of Memorial Union building West Coast Premiere of 'Shakespeare's Journey' Opens at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre will perform the West Coast premiere of Leroy Clark’s “Shakespeare’s Journey” May 7-9 and May 14-16 on campus.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU To Head Major National Program to Study Health Risks of "PAH" Toxins

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has been chosen as the home of a new Superfund Basic Research Program, and will use a $12.4 million, four-year grant to study the health risks and impacts of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – an increasing health risk due to air pollution coming from Asia.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU to Study Air Pollutant's Impact on Chinese, U.S. Health

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Scientists at Oregon State University and China's Peking University plan to use part of a $12.4 million grant to study the impact that the burning of fuels like coal and biomass – as well as the smoking of meat – may have on the health of residents of China and the United States.

aerial view of Memorial Union building New Diagnostic Advance Seen for Head, Throat Cancer

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pharmacy researchers at Oregon State University today announced the discovery of a genetic regulator that is expressed at higher levels in the most aggressive types of head and neck cancers, in work that may help to identify them earlier or even offer a new therapy at some point in the future.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon State University's campaign surpasses half-billion on alumna's gift

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Supporters of Oregon State University have contributed more than $500 million to The Campaign for OSU, keeping the university on track for meeting its goal of raising $625 million by 2011.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU professor awarded Kennedy Center Gold Medallion

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s George Caldwell has been awarded the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for outstanding service to the field of educational theater.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Ecotopia Revisited: A look at utopias and dystopias and climate change

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A Portland scholar who studies utopian societies will lecture at Oregon State University on Monday, April 6, in a talk titled, “Ecotopia Revisited: Seeking Green in a Rainbow World.”

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU to host climate change seminars

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host a seminar series focusing on different aspects of climate change that begins Wednesday, April 1, with a talk by Ricardo Matano, who will discuss the oceans and climate.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Healthier, longer lives are subject of 'Science Pub Corvallis' on April 13

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two leading Oregon State University faculty researchers in the areas of disease prevention through smart eating habits and exercise for healthy aging are the featured presenters in the second “Science Pub Corvallis” evening, set for Monday, April 13, 6 p.m. at Old World Deli, 341 S.W. 2nd St.

aerial view of Memorial Union building New approach discovered to lowering triglycerides

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Studies done with laboratory rats suggest that supplementation of their diet with lipoic acid had a significant effect in lowering triglycerides, which along with cholesterol levels and blood pressure are one of the key risk factors in cardiovascular disease.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Advertising during a recession may yield increased earnings later

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Firms that are able to increase advertising during recessions are likely to have stronger future earnings, according to a new study by researchers at Oregon State University and Western Oregon University.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Alumni Assn. board member creates scholarship for Treasure Valley students

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A gift supporting scholarships from Penny Atkins, board member of the OSU Alumni Association, and her husband, Gary Atkins, both of Caldwell, Idaho, has brought Oregon State University’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign past the $500-million milestone on the way to its $625-million goal.

aerial view of Memorial Union building New "Hurricane" Wavemaker Installed at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory at Oregon State University has completed installation of a new $1.1 million “hurricane” wavemaker that’s the largest of its type in the nation, able to more accurately simulate the types of waves and flooding that can cause billions of dollars in damage.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon State University Takes Top Spot in Region for Recycling

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University led all Pacific Northwest colleges and universities in the 2009 Recyclemania, a nationwide competition to see which institutions can recycle the most. The event took place Jan. 18 through March 28.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Leading Experts Featured at Optimum Health Conference

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University will present the fifth biennial conference on Diet and Optimum Health on May 13-16 in Portland, featuring many leading experts and a free public session with Marion Nestle, award-winning author of several books on food politics and safety.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Pet Day Celebration Set May 2 at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – One of Oregon State University’s most popular spring events will celebrate the human-animal connection on Saturday (May 2) when the College of Veterinary Medicine hosts its 22nd annual Pet Day on campus.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Former Marine to Speak at OSU on his Public Refusal to Accept Redeployment

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Benjamin “Benji” Lewis, a Marine Corps veteran who served two combat tours in Iraq, will speak at Oregon State University on Tuesday, May 5, about his refusal to accept involuntary activation and redeployment.

aerial view of Memorial Union building 10th Engineering Expo to Showcase Student Inventions

CORVALLIS, Ore. – You might run into a swarm of tiny robots, see a 3-D version of the future of television, examine a human-powered vehicle that can negotiate land, mud or water, or see how a SWAT team could use a new reconnaissance robot.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Visiting Writer Series Brings Scottish-born Novelist to OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Scottish-born novelist Margot Livesey will visit the Oregon State University campus on Friday, May 15,. to read from her most recent work, the award-winning novel “The House on Fortune Street.”

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