April - 2024

April - 2024
Gokova Bay, Turkey, marine protected area. Photo by Zafer Kizilkaya. More progress needed on ocean protection, Oregon State scientists tell global conference

CORVALLIS, Ore. – World governments and other leadership bodies are taking vital steps to protect the ocean but more progress is urgently needed, Oregon State University scientists reported today at the eighth Our Ocean Conference in Athens.

Chinook salmon in a river Reproductive success improves after a single generation in the wild for descendants of some hatchery-origin Chinook salmon

Researchers who created “family trees” for nearly 10,000 fish found that first-generation, wild-born descendants of hatchery-origin Chinook salmon in an Oregon river show improved fitness.

New magenta pigment and its crystal structure Oregon State researchers advance pigment chemistry with moon-inspired reddish magentas

CORVALLIS, Oregon – An Oregon State University researcher who made color history in 2009 with a vivid blue pigment has developed durable, reddish magentas inspired by lunar mineralogy and ancient Egyptian chemistry.

Using a blend of western science and Indigenous Knowledge, Ashley Russell, left, and Tessa Chesonis survey random areas in the forest. Russell is the interim director of culture and natural resources for the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, Indigenous Knowledge, western science braided into recommendations for land managers

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two Oregon State University faculty are among the lead authors of a report that combines Indigenous Knowledge and western science for the purpose of informing future climate-adapted land management decisions across the United States.

March - 2024

March - 2024
A collage of 6 photos of dogs who participated in the study, all of them very cute and very good boys and girls. Oregon State dog-training program helps increase physical activity among kids with disabilities

By engaging regularly with their family dog and teaching it a series of tricks and commands, children with developmental disabilities experienced a significant increase in their daily physical activity, a new study from Oregon State University researchers found.

Ant-mimicking spider in fossilized resin Research uncovers a rare resin fossil find: A spider that aspires to be an ant

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Arachnophobia can make humans flee at the sight of a brown recluse, black widow or even a daddy long legs, but animal predators of spiders know no such fear.

Umpqua dunes, photo by John Schaefer At Oregon State, shifting sands were a research focus long before ‘Dune’ movie craze

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Three years after the release of “Dune,” a film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s epic 1965 sci-fi novel, “Dune: Part Two” is reigniting the public’s fascination with sandy environs and humanity’s efforts to reshape them.

U-Pick flowers at a Willamette Valley farm. In agritourism, producers combine farming with aspects of tourism. New OSU study values annual economic impact of Willamette Valley agritourism at nearly $1 billion

Agritourism can take the form of farm-direct sales, education, entertainment, outdoor recreation and hospitality.

Pacific sideband snail. Photo by William P. Leonard Product that kills agricultural pests also deadly to native Pacific Northwest snail

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A product used to control pest slugs on farms in multiple countries is deadly to least one type of native woodland snail endemic to the Pacific Northwest, according to scientists who say more study is needed before the product gains approval in the United States.

Bright yellow ocean glider to collect scientific data in the ocean. Hypoxia is widespread and increasing in the ocean off the Pacific Northwest coast

Low oxygen conditions that pose a significant threat to marine life are widespread and increasing in coastal Pacific Northwest ocean waters as the climate warms, a new study shows.

OSU engineering professor David Hill, shown here in New Zealand's Craigieburn Range, is co-leader of the Community Observations + YOU project, one of six citizen science projects funded by NASA to improve understanding of our physical environment. Photo b Oregon State researchers take deep dive into how much water is stored in snow

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A heavy snowpack is fun for skiers and sledders, and it also acts like an open-air storage tank that melts away to provide water for drinking, irrigation and other purposes during dry months.

Marine heat waves disrupt the ocean food web in the northeast Pacific Ocean

Marine heat waves in the northeast Pacific Ocean create ongoing and complex disruptions of the ocean food web that may benefit some species but threaten the future of many others, a new study has shown.

Gun manufacturers’ ads appeal to women as ‘serious students’ of firearms to boost sales

Gun manufacturers are appealing to women as “serious students” of firearms in their advertising – a shift in strategy over the last two decades that may be contributing to increased gun sales, a new study shows.


Oregon State receives $10 million grant to work with 13 Native American Tribes on hemp economic development

Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center has received a $10 million grant to work with 13 Native American Tribes to spur economic development in the western United States by developing manufacturing capabilities for materials and products made from hemp.

Water at the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area Oregon State researchers make key advance toward removing pesticide from groundwater

Scientists led by an Oregon State University chemistry researcher are closing in on a new tool for tackling the global problem of weedkiller-tainted groundwater.

Researchers closing in on genetic treatments for hereditary lung disease, vision loss

Researchers who work with tiny drug carriers known as lipid nanoparticles have developed a new type of material capable of reaching the lungs and the eyes, an important step toward genetic therapy for hereditary conditions like cystic fibrosis and inherited vision loss.

February - 2024

February - 2024
Hoary bat at sea. Will Kennerley photo courtesy the MOSAIC Project. Oregon State University researchers are first to see at-risk bat flying over open ocean

CORVALLIS, Ore. – On a research cruise focused on marine mammals and seabirds, Oregon State University scientists earned an unexpected bonus: The first-ever documented sighting of a hoary bat flying over the open ocean.

Close up image of Dungeness crabs Oregon State leads effort to expand ocean oxygen monitoring sensor use in fishing industry

Oregon State University researchers are leading an effort to refine the design and expand use of oxygen monitoring sensors that can be deployed in fishing pots to relay critical information on changing ocean conditions to the fishing industry.

Ringtail photo by Jonathan Armstrong, Oregon State University Study provides rare glimpse of the ringtail, an important but poorly understood predator

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Secretive species can pose special conservation challenges simply because they are so skilled at staying under the radar that researchers have uncovered comparatively little about their basic needs.

Front view of Milam Hall, red-brick building at OSU, home of many College of Health offices Oregon State study sheds light on links between cognitive and motor skill development in children with autism

A recent study by Oregon State University researchers highlighted the ways motor skills and cognitive skills develop in connection with each other in young children with autism, and found an opportunity for behavioral and physical therapists to work together to improve care.

Vanadium, one of the CO2 capture materials, displaying a brilliant deep purple color (image provided by May Nyman, chemistry professor, OSU College of Science). Oregon State University research makes key advance for capturing carbon from the air

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A chemical element so visually striking that it was named for a goddess shows a “Goldilocks” level of reactivity – neither too much nor too little – that makes it a strong candidate as a carbon scrubbing tool.

Stock image of Waldo Hall; building is old-fashioned yellow brick with red at the top and black roofs on the spires. Whether cesarean or vaginal, childbirth experiences greatly affected by ‘dehumanizing’ treatment, OSU study finds

Whether delivering via cesarean or vaginally, patients’ overall experiences and perceptions of childbirth are largely determined by the kind of treatment they receive from their medical providers and whether they feel seen and heard, a recent Oregon State University study found.

Drone in hand, photo by Karl Maasdam One person can supervise ‘swarm’ of 100 unmanned autonomous vehicles, OSU research shows

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Research involving Oregon State University has shown that a “swarm” of more than 100 autonomous ground and aerial robots can be supervised by one person without subjecting the individual to an undue workload.

January - 2024

January - 2024
Oregon State receives $3.5 million grant to develop barley varieties for chefs, brewers, farmers

Oregon State University will use a $3.5 million grant to lead a multi-state effort focused on developing new varieties of naked or hulless barley that appeal to chefs, brewers, distillers and farmers.

Spray coating for grapes shows promise in battle between wildfire smoke and wine

Spray on coatings for grapes in the vineyard have promise in preventing off flavors in wines that result from contact with wildfire smoke, according to new Oregon State University research.

Marine heat waves trigger shift in hatch dates and early growth of Pacific cod

Marine heat waves appear to trigger earlier reproduction, high mortality in early life stages and fewer surviving juvenile Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska, a new study from Oregon State University shows.

Snags serve as homes and feeding grounds for a host of vertebrate species Study offers rare long-term analysis of techniques for creating standing dead trees for wildlife habitat

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ecologists have long known that standing dead trees, commonly referred to as snags, are an important habitat element for forest dwellers and act as a driver of biodiversity.

An image from a Veterans Day ceremony at OSU shows an older man wearing a baseball cap that says "Always a Marine." OSU study: Veterans’ PTSD symptoms affected by factors like service appraisal, social support

Military veterans’ individual perceptions of their combat experiences and the social supports they receive when they return home are greater predictors of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms than the specific conflict in which they served, a new Oregon State University study found.

Electric vehicle, photo by U.S. Department of Energy Scientists outline a bold solution to climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An international team of scientists led by Oregon State University researchers has used a novel 500-year dataset to frame a “restorative” pathway through which humanity can avoid the worst ecological and social outcomes of climate change.

Chinook salmon Vitamin discovered in rivers may offer hope for salmon suffering from thiamine deficiency disease

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University researchers have discovered vitamin B1 produced by microbes in rivers, findings that may offer hope for vitamin-deficient salmon populations.

December - 2023

December - 2023
James Johnston takes samples to look for evidence of past fire in the southern part of Willamette National Forest. Photo by Mike Coughlan, University of Oregon. Western Cascades landscapes in Oregon historically burned more often than previously thought

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Forests on the west slope of Oregon’s Cascade Range experienced fire much more often between 1500 and 1895 than had been previously thought, according to new research by scientists at Oregon State University.

OSU coral researcher Alex Vompe off the north shore of Mo'orea (photo by Mackenzie Kawahara). Some coral species might be more resilient to climate change than previously thought

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Some coral species can be resilient to marine heat waves by “remembering” how they lived through previous ones, research by Oregon State University scientists suggests.

New study eyes nutrition-rich chia seed for potential to improve human health

Oregon State University scientists have sequenced the chia genome and in doing so provided a blueprint for future research that capitalizes on the nutritional and human health benefits of the plant.

November - 2023

November - 2023
Image shows a closeup of the comb in a honey bee hive, but most of the cells are dark brown in color, indicating the larvae inside have been infected with European foulbrood disease and are dying. Oregon State researchers lead $4.2 million USDA grant to study disease plaguing honey bees

Researchers at Oregon State University have received a $4.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study European foulbrood disease, which is killing honey bees and affecting pollination of specialty crops.

Gravitational waves discovery topic of Dec. 6 Oregon State Science Pub

The discovery related to gravitational waves which made international headlines earlier this year and was predicted by Albert Einstein more than a century ago will be the topic of Oregon State University’s Science Pub on Dec. 6.

Photo by Steve Lundeberg, OSU News and Research Communications. Road. Forest modeling shows which harvest rotations lead to maximum carbon sequestration

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Forest modeling by Oregon State University scientists shows that a site’s productivity – an indicator of how fast trees grow and how much biomass they accumulate – is the main factor that determines which time period between timber harvests allows for maximum above-ground carbon sequestration.

X-ray tomography-based 3D visualizations of microbial biofilm architecture and distribution in porous media columns. The experiments represent three different flow rates, varying three orders of magnitude (slowest on the left, fastest on the right). The g OSU, NASA partnership will send microbes to space to see how they grow in low gravity

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two Oregon State University College of Engineering faculty members are partnering with NASA on a $525,000 National Science Foundation project to examine the role that gravity, or the lack thereof, plays in microbial growth.

Portrait of Mike and Judy Gaulke New marine innovation and technology center at Oregon State established with $20 million gift

A $20 million gift to the Oregon State University Foundation by alumni Judy and Mike Gaulke will create a new center to lead and support innovative research and development of technology that helps society better understand, protect and utilize the ocean and its environment.

Potatoes are harvested on a farm in Culver, Ore. Photo by Lynn Ketchum. Researchers receive $2M to look for new ways to prevent organic potatoes from spoiling

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University researchers have been awarded $2 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop improved ways of preventing stored potatoes from sprouting, particularly in the organic sector.

OSU horticulturist Amy Jo Detweiler, photo by Lynn Ketchum New plant hardiness map, used by gardeners nationwide and based on OSU climate data, unveiled

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released its new Plant Hardiness Zone Map, the national standard by which gardeners can determine which plants are most likely to survive the coldest winter temperatures at a certain location.

Wildfire, drought cause $11.2 billion in damage to private timberland in three Pacific states, study finds

Wildfires and drought have led to $11.2 billion in damages to privately held timberland in California, Oregon and Washington over the past two decades, a new Oregon State University study found.

Ellery Ohlwiler and David Abiola collect Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) data on the OSU campus. Photo by Chris Parrish, OSU College of Enginering. Oregon State to receive $6.5M for federal effort to modernize geospatial coordinate system

Oregon State University is one of four institutions selected to advance a federal effort to modernize the National Spatial Reference System, which underpins surveying, mapping, autonomous vehicle navigation, precision agriculture and the rest of the United States’ geospatial economy.

Tongass National Forest, photo by Logan Berner Southern Alaska’s national forests key to meeting climate, conservation goals, OSU study shows

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Analyses of U.S. national forests led by Oregon State University scientists shows that increased protections for two Alaskan forests is a key to meeting climate and biodiversity goals.

Image of scientist Dawn Wright Scientist Dawn Wright to discuss her dive to the deepest spot on the planet during Nov. 15 lecture at OSU

Geographer and oceanographer Dawn Wright, who in 2022 became the first Black person to dive to the deepest known point on the planet, will give the fall 2023 Marston lecture Nov. 15 at Oregon State University.

Dam removals, restoration project on Klamath River expected to help salmon, researchers conclude

The world’s largest dam removal and restoration project currently underway on the Klamath River in Oregon and California will aid salmon populations that have been devastated by disease and other factors. However, it will not fully alleviate challenges faced by the species, a team of researchers conclude in a just-published paper.

October - 2023

October - 2023
Image shows a lab technician pipetting material into a box of vials in a lab hood. OSU veterinary researchers to test hundreds of wild animal species for SARS-CoV-2

Backed by a new cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, researchers at Oregon State University will soon begin testing approximately 1,600 wild animal specimens for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19.

OSU Pharmacy Building Oregon State researchers uncover mechanism for treating dangerous liver condition

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A study spearheaded by Oregon State University has shown why certain polyunsaturated fatty acids work to combat a dangerous liver condition, opening a new avenue of drug research for a disease that currently has no FDA-approved medications.

flooding Climate report: ‘Uncharted territory’ imperils life on Earth

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An international coalition of climate scientists says in a paper published today that the Earth’s vital signs have worsened beyond anything humans have yet seen, to the point that life on the planet is imperiled.

Pacific Northwest’s semiconductor and sustainable timber industries to be strengthened by two Oregon State-led federally designated Tech Hubs

Oregon State University is the leader of two federally designated Tech Hubs – one focused on microfluidic technology for semiconductors and the other on mass timber design and manufacturing – announced today by the White House.

Looking up at the red-brick front of the Women's Building on OSU campus College students in minoritized groups feel less confident about peer support in event of sexual assault, study finds

College students who identify as part of minoritized groups have more negative perceptions about how their peers might react if they were to disclose experiences of sexual violence, a recent Oregon State University study found.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon State Board of Trustees approve strategic plan and president’s goals

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Friday accepted a university strategic plan that will guide Oregon State through 2030, and in which OSU seeks to increase research activity, improve graduation rates and increase enrollment online and at OSU-Cascades in Bend.

Aerial image of a pod of gray whales. Gray whales experience major population swings as a result of Arctic conditions, research shows

Dynamic and changing Arctic Ocean conditions likely caused three major mortality events in the eastern North Pacific gray whale population since the 1980s, a new study has found.

High-performance custom cryogenic computer built by OSU Overclocking. Photo provided by Josh Gess, OSU College of Engineering. Oregon State to lead $2M federal push toward more-efficient, longer-lasting electrical components

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers in the Oregon State University College of Engineering are spearheading a $2 million federal effort to explore new ways of developing electrical components that are better able to withstand extreme operating conditions, especially high temperatures.

Image shows a series of 5 massive offshore wind turbines in open ocean under a glaring sun; the first turbine is close by in the foreground and the others look progressively smaller as they are farther away. OSU-led project receives $2.5 million to study community perceptions of offshore wind energy

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected a team of researchers led by Oregon State University to receive up to $2.5 million to study what coastal communities think of potential offshore wind energy development and the benefits they could gain from those projects.

Structures on antennae of new genus and species of micro-wasp. Photo provided by George Poinar Jr. New type of tiny wasp comes with mysterious, cloud-like structures at ends of antennae

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Fossil researchers have discovered a novel genus and species of tiny wasp with a mysterious, bulbous structure at the end of each antenna.

Species: gray wolf (Canis lupus) Photo credit: Gary Kramer, USFWS Source: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq/5584759091">www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq/5584759091</a> Gut bacteria found in wild wolves may be key to improving domestic dogs’ health

BEND, Ore. – Gut microbes found in wild wolves may be the key to alleviating a debilitating gastrointestinal condition common to domestic dogs, according to a study led by researchers at Oregon State University – Cascades.

Image of whale bones scattered across the ground. DNA from discarded whale bones suggests loss of genetic diversity due to commercial whaling

Commercial whaling in the 20th century decimated populations of large whales but also appears to have had a lasting impact on the genetic diversity of today’s surviving whales, new research from Oregon State University shows.

September - 2023

September - 2023
OSU researchers receive NSF grant to develop robot swarm that can explore under ice shelves

Oregon State University researchers will lead a team of scientists and engineers on a three-year, $1.5 million project to develop and test a team of robots that could travel under ice shelves and collect critical measurements about the extent of ice cavities and surrounding ocean properties.

Upper North Falls, Silver Falls State Park. Photo by Steve Dundas, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences. Is Instagram making the great outdoors more crowded? Not as much as you might suspect

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Except for modest visitor increases at a small percentage of iconic places, Instagram content is not resulting in more tourist traffic on public lands, according to a study by researchers at Oregon State University.

Image of a crew working on a large research buoy aboard a research vessel. Consortium receives National Science Foundation funds to continue initiative that monitors ocean conditions in real time

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a coalition of academic and oceanographic research organizations including Oregon State University a five-year, $220 million cooperative agreement to continue operating and maintaining the Ocean Observatories Initiative.

Hops, like those growing on this trellis in Corvallis, Ore., can be a source of xanthohumol, which researchers believe may have value in addressing obesity and metabolic syndrome. (Photo courtesy USDA) Compound derived from hops reduces abundance of gut microbe associated with metabolic syndrome

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers have shown in a mouse model and lab cultures that a compound derived from hops reduces the abundance of a gut bacterium associated with metabolic syndrome.

Image of sign indicating road closure due to forest fire with smoke heavy in the air. Socially vulnerable populations are disproportionately exposed to wildfires in the West, study finds

People experiencing a high degree of social vulnerability are also more exposed to wildfires in Oregon and Washington as wildfire risk increases, a new study shows.

Court action is necessary to establish climate stability as a protected right to break climate change impasse, Oregon State professor concludes

New court actions upholding climate stability as a protected right are needed to break the climate change impasse, an Oregon State University economist concludes in a just-published paper.

Oregon State researchers receive grants to study marine carbon dioxide removal solutions

Oregon State University researchers are receiving federal funding to study potential solutions for removing carbon dioxide in marine environments.

Oregon State receives $7.5 million grant to build state of the art zebrafish biomedical research facility

Oregon State University has received a $7.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to modernize a lab focused on using zebrafish to address pressing human health challenges

The Beeches, Asher Durand, 1845 Art, science merge in Oregon State study of 19th-century landscape paintings’ ecological integrity

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An Oregon State University-led collaboration of ecologists and art historians has demonstrated that landscape paintings from more than 150 years ago can advance environmental science.

New multi-institution earthquake center aims to advance understanding of Cascadia Subduction Zone

Oregon State University researchers will play key roles in a new multi-institution earthquake research center dedicated to the study of the Pacific Northwest’s Cascadia Subduction Zone, which is capable of producing earthquakes comparable to the largest recorded globally.

Erin Pettit cuts glacier ice with a chain saw to measure ice structural properties and bubble pressures. Bursting air bubbles may play a key role in how glacier ice melts, Oregon State research suggests

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University research has uncovered a possible clue as to why glaciers that terminate at the sea are retreating at unprecedented rates: the bursting of tiny, pressurized bubbles in underwater ice.

OSU field crew workers collect data in the Marshall Devine planning area in the Malheur National Forest in the southern Blue Mountains of Oregon (photo provided by James Johnston of the OSU College of Forestry). Efforts to restore federal forests in eastern Oregon are working, Oregon State research shows

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Forest thinning is improving the robustness of older trees and enhancing native biodiversity on federal lands in eastern Oregon, evidence that collaborative efforts to restore forests are working, research by Oregon State University shows.

Potatoes Oregon State University sets record with research awards totaling $480 million

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Bolstered by a big jump in funding from U.S. government agencies, Oregon State University’s research awards in the last fiscal year surged to $480 million, a university record.

August - 2023

August - 2023
A bison bull breaking aspen saplings and eating aspen in the Lamar Valley in northern Yellowstone National Park. Overstory aspen trees have died and fallen to the ground as seen in the photo, and tall saplings have grown since the early 2000s. Broken stem Broken by bison, aspen saplings having a tough time in northern Yellowstone

CORVALLIS, Ore. – In northern Yellowstone National Park, saplings of quaking aspen, an ecologically important tree in the American West, are being broken by a historically large bison herd, affecting the comeback of aspen from decades of over-browsing by elk.

Stock image of an orange plastic bottle of white pills spilling out. FDA approving drugs after fewer trials, providing less information to public, OSU studies find

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is approving more novel pharmaceutical drugs based on single clinical trials and with less public disclosure about those trials than was the norm just a few years ago, a pair of new studies from Oregon State University found.

Algae sampling Oregon State researchers develop novel technique for sniffing out toxic algae blooms

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a new way to monitor the danger associated with algae blooms: “sniffing” the water for gases associated with toxins.

Image of Eugene Emeralds mascot and Leigh Torres of the Marine Mammal Institute. ‘Exploding Whales’ partnership with Eugene baseball team benefits OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute

A minor-league baseball promotion rooted in a quirky bit of Oregon history will culminate this weekend in Eugene with a fundraising auction to benefit Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute.

Researchers led by an Oregon State University scientist have identified a new species of beetle from Burmese amber, a specimen with antennae nearly 8 millimeters long attached to a 2.3-millimeter body. Collaborators named the new silvan flat bark beetle P New species of beetle used extra-long antennae to battle for mates at the feet of dinosaurs

CORVALLIS, Ore. – One hundred million years ago, as iguanodons and triceratops fled from hungry tyrannosaurs, another biological drama played out on the ground where the giant reptiles trod: Male beetles using their supersized antennae in combat for mates.

Aerial view of a gray whale feeding near a rock. Gray whales feeding along the Pacific Northwest coast are smaller than their counterparts who travel farther to forage

Gray whales that spend their summers feeding off the coast of Oregon are shorter than their counterparts who travel north to the Arctic for food, new research from Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute shows.

Close-up image of vibrant green marijuana plant. In states that legalized cannabis, frequent cannabis use became more common in young adults who are not in college, OSU study finds

An Oregon State University study found that in states where recreational cannabis has been legalized, young adults not in college more often became frequent users of the drug than their college-enrolled peers.

July - 2023

July - 2023
Image of surf and sand at Driftwood Beach south of Newport, Oregon. Visible work on OSU-led wave energy testing facility to begin in August

The next step in Oregon State University’s construction of a wave energy testing facility off the Oregon Coast is likely to be visible to residents and visitors to the area in August.

Juvenile steelhead trout in a natural stream environment. (Photo by John McMillan) Billions in conservation spending fail to improve wild fish stocks in Columbia Basin

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Four decades of conservation spending totaling more than $9 billion in inflation-adjusted tax dollars has failed to improve stocks of wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin, according to Oregon State University research.

Scientists develop tool to predict dam removal costs by analyzing 55 years of past removals

Scientists analyzed more than 650 dam removal projects over 55 years in the United States totaling $1.52 billion inflation-adjusted dollars to develop a tool to better estimate the cost of future dam removals.

Olena Taratula of the OSU College of Pharmacy and Leslie Myatt of Oregon Health & Science University led a team of researchers that used pregnant mice to develop a novel nanomedicine technique for diagnosing and ending ectopic pregnancies, which are non-v New drug delivery system shows promise in treatment of life-threatening pregnancy condition

PORTLAND, Ore. – Researchers in the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy have developed a drug delivery system that shows promise for greatly enhancing the efficacy of the medicine given to women with the life-threatening condition of ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when a fertilized egg implants somewhere other than the lining of the uterus.

Xue Jin, assistant professor of environmental engineering at Oregon State University, is developing hybrid filtration technology to enable the use of reclaimed water in agriculture, reducing the need for freshwater and chemical fertilizers. Photo by Johan Oregon State researchers developing technology to make wastewater usable for irrigation

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers in the Oregon State University College of Engineering are developing technology to convert wastewater into a product that would simultaneously irrigate and fertilize crops.

Labels on the ends of stacks of sediment cores stored in the OSU Marine and Geology Repository. National Science Foundation awards $4.6 million to OSU Marine and Geology Repository

Oregon State University has been awarded $4.6 million in grants from the National Science Foundation to continue operating the Marine and Geology Repository, one of the nation's largest repositories of oceanic sediment cores, for the next five years.

Warmer ocean temperatures increase risk of salmon bycatch in Pacific hake fishery

Rates of Chinook salmon bycatch in the Pacific hake fishery rise during years when ocean temperatures are warmer, a signal that climate change and increased frequency of marine heatwaves could lead to higher bycatch rates, new research indicates.

In a smoky forest, a large road sign on the left of a two-lane road says "Fire Closures Ahead." Image was taken during the 2020 wildfires in Oregon. Personal experience with wildfire increases engagement in disaster preparedness, OSU study finds

Residents who experienced direct harm from Oregon’s 2020 wildfires are more likely to take steps to mitigate their fire risk in the future, an Oregon State University study found.

New MOF for capturing carbon from wet flue gas Oregon State scientists find a better way to capture carbon from industrial emissions

Researchers in the Oregon State University College of Science have demonstrated the potential of an inexpensive nanomaterial to scrub carbon dioxide from industrial emissions.

June - 2023

June - 2023
Pulsar timing array image courtesy NANOGrav Astrophysics collaboration led by Oregon State finds 'chorus' of gravitational waves

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of time-space predicted by Albert Einstein more than a century ago, are permeating the universe at low frequencies, according to a multiyear National Science Foundation project led by Oregon State University scientists.

Stock image of Reed Lodge, gray and white building on OSU campus that houses the psychology department OSU study: People with facial differences fare best when they disclose conditions on own terms

People with noticeable facial differences often feel compelled to explain the medical reasons behind those differences, but such involuntary disclosure may increase stigma, anxiety and depression, recent research from Oregon State University has found.

Carson Rivard, a doctoral student in electrical and computer engineering, is using a thermal evaporator in the Oregon State University cleanroom to deposit a thin film of aluminum. The cleanroom serves as a teaching laboratory as well as a research facili Oregon State a founding member of multi-university effort to grow semiconductor workforce

Oregon State University has become a founding member of a university-industry collective tasked with developing the United States’ next generation of semiconductor workers.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon State’s collaborative innovation project receives $72 million from Oregon Legislature

Oregon State University is on track to break ground in December on the $213 million Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex, following final legislative approval Sunday of $72 million in state bonding from an Oregon Legislature eager to enlarge the state’s semiconductor footprint.

Poop and prey help researchers estimate that gray whales off Oregon Coast consume millions of microparticles per day

Oregon State University researchers estimate that gray whales feeding off the Oregon Coast consume up to 21 million microparticles per day, a finding informed in part by poop from the whales.

Scott Svadlenak shows some product wax solution. Photo by Johanna Carson. Oregon State University researchers working on process for upcycling waste PVC into adhesive

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers in the Oregon State University College of Engineering are developing a process for safely converting waste polyvinyl chloride, commonly referred to as PVC, into a wax that can be used as an adhesive for flooring and other products.

Massive underwater plateau near Solomon Islands is younger and its eruption was more protracted than previously thought, research suggests

The Ontong Java Plateau, a volcanically-formed underwater plateau located in the Pacific Ocean north of the Solomon Islands, is younger and its eruption was more protracted than previously thought, new research led by Oregon State University suggests.

Multivitamins Dietary supplementation shown to improve nutrition biomarkers in study of older men

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A six-month study of healthy older men demonstrated that daily multivitamin/multimineral supplementation had a positive effect on key nutrition biomarkers.

OSU College of Engineering researchers at the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory found that dunes with newly planted vegetation scarped faster than bare dunes. Photo provided by Meagan Wengrove, CoE. Newly planted vegetation accelerates dune erosion during extreme storms, research shows

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Newly planted vegetation on coastal sand dunes can accelerate erosion from extreme waves, a study involving researchers from the Oregon State University College of Engineering suggests.

Image of Austin Hall, home of the College of Business at Oregon State University. U.S. consumers judge morality of armed self-protection on case-by-case basis, OSU research shows

American consumers use their understanding of gun rights when judging the morality of civilians’ use of guns to protect themselves from crime, and that assessment varies depending on specific scenarios, new research from Oregon State University shows.

Chunks of broken up sea ice OSU receives grant to study links between changing ocean conditions, movement of fish and geopolitical tensions

An Oregon State University researcher has been awarded a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to lead a study about the movement of fish stocks due to changing climate conditions and the potential geopolitical tensions that could result from that shift.

Rebecca Vega Thurber, a coral microbiologist at Oregon State University, surveys a coral reef on Mo'orea, French Polynesia. Viruses hidden in coral symbiont’s genetic material are a potential threat to reefs

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Microscopic algae that corals need for survival harbor a common and possibly disease-causing virus in their genetic material, an international collaboration spearheaded by an Oregon State University researcher has found.

Oregon State Board of Trustees approves budget, construction of research complex

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Friday approved a $1.64 billion budget to support university operations for the 2023-24 fiscal year and advanced to the construction phase a research complex in Corvallis and a housing project in Newport to serve the university’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.

black-throated blue warbler, photo by Matt Betts Forest birds with short, round wings more sensitive to habitat fragmentation, OSU study shows

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Tropical forest birds, which tend to have wings that are short and round relative to their body length and shape, are more sensitive to habitat fragmentation than the long-, slender-winged species common in temperate forests, according to an international collaboration that included scientists from Oregon State University.