September - 2022

September - 2022
Cassie the robot sets 100-meter record Bipedal robot developed at Oregon State achieves Guinness World Record in 100 meters

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Cassie the robot, invented at the Oregon State University College of Engineering and produced by OSU spinout company Agility Robotics, has established a Guinness World Record for the fastest 100 meters by a bipedal robot.

Stock image of a white hand holding an oyster over a tank of water OSU research discovers probiotic combination drastically improves oyster larvae survival

Oyster larvae survival rates were significantly boosted by treating them with specific combinations of probiotics, Oregon State University researchers found in a recent study.

Hemp byproducts are good alternative feed for lambs, Oregon State study finds

An Oregon State University study found that spent hemp biomass – the main byproduct of the cannabinoid (CBD) extraction process of hemp – can be included in lamb diets without any major detrimental effects to the health of the animals or their meat quality.

Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home Oregon State researchers, veterans’ home explore ways to enhance residents’ health with robots

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University researchers are partnering with the Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ Home in Lebanon, Oregon, on a federally funded project to see if robots can improve residents’ health and wellness by engaging them in physical and mental exercise.

Genetically modified yeast yields intense hop aromas in beer, Oregon State research finds

Oregon State University brewing researchers and a team of bioengineers have shown that a genetically modified yeast strain can alter the fermentation process to create beers with significantly more pronounced hop aromas.

Oregon State and partners will receive $50 million grant to develop climate-smart potatoes

Oregon State University has been awarded a $50 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with farmers and Native American Tribes on cropping practices that can enhance soil health and reduce the carbon footprint of the Pacific Northwest potato industry.

Braiding sweetgrass OSU College of Forestry, Pacific Northwest Tribes team up on $5 million forest restoration project

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Faculty in the Oregon State University College of Forestry will team up with Pacific Northwest Tribal nations on a three-year forest restoration effort whose goal is to improve the resilience of the region’s woodlands to climate change through Traditional Ecological Knowledge.

A sperm whale sticks its large, square head out of the water in a pose reminiscent of the narwhal on "Elf" when he says "Bye, Buddy, hope you find your dad!" Sperm whales use distinct vocalizations to identify different whale clans, new research finds

Sperm whales in the Pacific Ocean make distinct vocalizations that help them identify whales in different clans, a new study from a team including an Oregon State University researcher found.

wine smoke research Oregon State University sets record for annual research funding with awards totaling more than $471 million

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Research funding at Oregon State University increased by greater than 22% in the last fiscal year to more than $471 million, a university record.

Research at OSU-Cascades OSU-Cascades research and sponsored activities attract more than $5.7 million

BEND, Ore. – Research and other grant funding at Oregon State University – Cascades reached more than $5.7 million during the past fiscal year ending on June 30, a record for the Bend campus.

Graphic depicting therapy in mouse model Oregon State researchers develop messenger RNA therapy for ovarian cancer, muscle wasting

PORTLAND, Ore. – Researchers at Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University have developed a promising, first-of-its-kind messenger RNA therapy for ovarian cancer as well as cachexia, a muscle-wasting condition associated with cancer and other chronic illnesses.

 

President Murthy Jayathi Murthy assumes presidency of Oregon State University

Jayathi Y. Murthy, a national leader in higher education engineering teaching, research and service, and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, on Friday Sept. 9, officially began her service as Oregon State University’s 16th president.

Forest canopy, H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Forests’ carbon uptake will be compromised by climate change, leaf temperature study suggests

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new study led by Oregon State University suggests leaves in forest canopies are not able to cool themselves below the surrounding air temperature, likely meaning trees’ ability to avoid damaging temperature increases, and to pull carbon from the atmosphere, will be compromised in a warmer, drier climate.

Chestnut-backed chickadee Characteristics of older forests can buffer effects of climate change for some bird species

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Old-growth forests and managed forests with old-growth characteristics can provide relief from climate change for some bird species, research by the Oregon State University College of Forestry suggests.

August - 2022

August - 2022
Image shows a German shepherd lying down with head on paws, looking up at the camera with big beautiful eyes. NSF grant to OSU researchers will aid development of antibody treatment for dogs with cancer

Researchers at Oregon State University’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine are moving forward with developing a specialized antibody treatment for dogs with cancer, thanks to a recent grant from the National Science Foundation.

Stock image of Waldo Hall, red and yellow brick building with black roof and arched entry Oregon State study examines adult health and behavior of chronic child sexual abuse survivors

Chronic experiences of childhood sexual abuse are more likely to lead to adverse health and life achievement outcomes in adults than single instances of childhood sexual trauma, a recent Oregon State University study found.

Young trees in Dunn Forest OSU College of Forestry hosting listening session regarding research forests’ management plan

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University College of Forestry invites community members to a listening session Wednesday, Aug. 31, regarding the development of a new management plan for the McDonald and Dunn research forests owned by OSU.

Palaeotanyrhina exophthalma Newly identified fossil insect used 360-degree vision and sticky feet to find and snare its meals

CORVALLIS, Ore. – With bulging eyes, an elongated mouth and feet that oozed resin, a fossil insect identified by Oregon State University research is so different from anything alive today that it needed to be placed in its own, extinct family.

Ron Wyden and Becky Johnson Energy secretary, senators, governor tour Oregon State wave lab, learn about green energy

CORVALLIS, Ore. – U.S. Department of  Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Oregon U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visited the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory at Oregon State University on Tuesday afternoon, with Granholm touting wave energy as “the elixir that we need” to address climate change by ending the energy sector’s reliance on fossil fuels.

Wolf More wolves, beavers needed as part of improving western United States habitats, scientists say

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University scientists are proposing management changes on western federal lands that they say would result in more wolves and beavers and would re-establish ecological processes.

Tsunami escape route sign Oregon State researchers develop framework for modeling post-earthquake infrastructure resilience

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a computational model for predicting the resilience of local and regional infrastructure networks and the recovery time for impacted communities following a massive earthquake and tsunami in the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Growing environment impacts aroma of hops and beers brewed with them, Oregon State study finds

Hops of the same variety grown in Oregon and Washington and beers brewed with those hops have different chemical properties and aroma profiles, a new Oregon State University study found.

July - 2022

July - 2022
Stock photo of Milam Hall, classic-looking red-brick building on OSU campus Where you live can affect your ability to conceive, Oregon State study finds

People who live in socioeconomically deprived neighborhoods are about 20% less likely to conceive in any given menstrual cycle compared with people living in neighborhoods with more resources, a recent Oregon State University study found.

Flies under blue light Harm from blue light exposure increases with age, Oregon State University research suggests

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The damaging effects of daily, lifelong exposure to the blue light emanating from phones, computers and household fixtures worsen as a person ages, new research by Oregon State University suggests.

Breach of Lower Snake River dams will aid recovery of native fish, new study says

A team of scientists, including one from Oregon State University, concluded in a recent paper that breaching four dams in the Lower Snake River Basin in Washington provides the best and only reasonable opportunity to promote recovery of key fish species, including salmon and steelhead.

Marine conservation effort in U.S. Virgin Islands aids key fish species, Oregon State research finds

A more than 30-year marine conservation effort in the U.S. Virgin Islands helped aid the recovery of a fish species important in commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries, a new Oregon State University study found.

teklanika_river_nps_photo_emily_mesner_-_npgallery_public_domain_copy.jpg Ill-fated ‘Into the Wild’ adventurer was victim of unfortunate timing, Oregon State study suggests

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The ill-fated “Into the Wild” adventurer chronicled by author Jon Krakauer and film director Sean Penn may have been able to cross the river that turned him back had he tried a day earlier or later, research by the Oregon State University College of Engineering suggests.

permitted left turn Left-turn traffic signals, better lighting, shorter crossings would enhance older pedestrians’ safety

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Research by the Oregon State University College of Engineering and Portland State University suggests a trio of roadway treatments would enable people age 65 and older to travel on foot more safely.

Four women in white lab coats and purple latex gloves stand behind a lab bench placing silicone wristbands in plastic bags. Houston residents’ chemical exposure increased post-Hurricane Harvey, OSU study finds

Researchers at Oregon State University used silicone wristbands to measure Houston residents’ increased exposure to hazardous chemicals in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Novel model of fluid distribution in the Cascadia Subduction Zone aids understanding of seismic activity

A novel three-dimensional model of the fluid stored deep in Earth’s crust along the Cascadia Subduction Zone provides new insight into how the accumulation and release of those fluids may influence seismic activity in the region.

Pesticide toxicity graphic Oregon State researchers develop computer model to predict whether a pesticide will harm bees

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers in the Oregon State University College of Engineering have harnessed the power of artificial intelligence to help protect bees from pesticides.

Amber Art Nouveau and Art Deco Entombed together: Rare fossil flower and parasitic wasp make for amber artwork

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University fossil research has revealed an exquisite merger of art and science: a long-stemmed flower of a newly described plant species encased in a 30-million-year-old tomb together with a parasitic wasp.

Red crossbills Birds warned of food shortages by neighbor birds change physiology and behavior to prepare

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Songbirds learning from nearby birds that food supplies might be growing short respond by changing their physiology as well as their behavior, research by the Oregon State University College of Science shows.

June - 2022

June - 2022
Algae sampling Oregon State partnering with Yurok Tribe to envision Klamath River after dam removal

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University researchers will embark in July on a 3½-year partnership with the Yurok Tribe to study what the connections between river quality, water use and the aquatic food web will look like after four Klamath River dams are dismantled.

Male evening grosbeak Oregon State survey suggests charismatic songbird’s numbers have dramatically declined

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The evening grosbeak, a noisy and charismatic songbird, once arrived at Oregon State University in springtime flocks so vast an OSU statistics professor estimated there were up to a quarter million of the birds on campus daily.

Hoover Dam Oregon State University part of $8M federal effort to improve electric grid operation

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University is part of an $8 million Department of Energy effort to update and improve the operation of the nation’s hydroelectric generation systems, many of which are roughly a century old.

Oregon State announces food and agriculture media fellows

Oregon State University has named 15 leading regional, national and international journalists as its 2022 food and agriculture media fellows.

Dark purple wine grapes growing in a sunny vineyard Oregon State researchers discover compounds contributing to smoke taint in wine and grapes

An Oregon State University-led research team has discovered a class of compounds that contribute to smoke taint in wine and grapes.

Dearborn Hall Oregon State University has record nine faculty earn Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A record nine Oregon State University faculty have received Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards for the 2022-23 academic year, earning OSU a distinction as a “top producing” university, the program has announced.

Oregon State University research finds evidence to suggest Pacific whiting skin has anti-aging properties that prevent wrinkles

The gelatin in the skin of Pacific whiting, an abundant fish on the Pacific Coast of North America, may help prevent skin wrinkling caused by ultraviolet radiation, a new Oregon State University study found.

Dietary sugar Oregon State research reveals how key diabetes drug is made in nature

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Research by Oregon State University has explained how an important type 2 diabetes drug is made in nature, opening the door to improvements in manufacturing through biotechnology.

Oregon State research highlights importance of large wood in streams for land-based animals

Land managers have invested millions of dollars annually since the 1980s to place large pieces of wood back in streams, owing primarily to its importance for fish habitat. But little is known about how large wood in streams impacts birds and land-based animals.

Johnson Hall Oregon State University faculty win prestigious early-career awards

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Six early-career faculty at Oregon State University have been awarded National Science Foundation grants for exploring a range of topics, from nanomaterials for labeling therapeutic stem cells to non-traditional means of storing energy.

Harmful algal bloom Oregon State University research clarifies hazards posed by harmful algal blooms

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Research by Oregon State University has shed new light on the hazards associated with harmful algal blooms such as one four years ago that fouled drinking water in Oregon’s capital city of Salem.

Bacterial sensing Oregon State research sheds light on how bacteria communicate their way to causing infection

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University scientists have identified proteins that prevent a bacterial cell from becoming misguided by its own messaging, allowing it to instead wait for collective communication from its group.

Stock image of Reed Lodge, blocky white and gray building on OSU campus People with rare diseases have poor health-related quality of life, OSU study finds

People with rare diseases frequently wait years for a proper diagnosis, have to travel long distances for specialty care and face high out-of-pocket health care expenses, a recent Oregon State University study found.

Stock image of Waldo Hall, red and yellow brick building with black roof and arched entry OSU study: Zoom-based mindfulness group proves feasible intervention for post-cancer sexual health

Sexual dysfunction is a common after-effect for survivors of breast and gynecologic cancers. A recent Oregon State University study found that a mindfulness-based intervention delivered via videoconference by a trained facilitator was a feasible treatment option for survivors.

Ganaspis brasiliensis wasp. OSU Extension set to release tiny wasp that targets destructive fruit fly

U.S. Department of Agriculture has permitted release of the wasp (Ganaspis brasiliensis), which attacks destructive spotted wing drosophla.

Stock image of Milam Hall, red-brick building at OSU COVID-19 increases risk of psychiatric diagnoses in the months after infection, OSU study finds

A recent Oregon State University study found that COVID-19 patients had a roughly 25% increased risk of developing a psychiatric disorder in the four months following their infection, compared with people who had other types of respiratory tract infections.

Dietary sugar Oregon State research sheds light on why not all obese patients develop type 2 diabetes

PORTLAND, Ore. – Researchers at Oregon State University have invented a new analytical method that sheds light on an enduring mystery regarding type 2 diabetes: Why some obese patients develop the disease and others don’t.

staining nerves with contrast agent Oregon State University research finds solution to common surgical problem of nerve damage

PORTLAND, Ore. – A research collaboration including scientists from Oregon State University has developed a new technology to help surgeons know where a patient’s nerves are, lessening the chance of nerve damage.

May - 2022

May - 2022
Stock image of Bexell Hall at OSU, red-brick building with big arches OSU study finds ways to “nudge” students to make better use of academic support services

When trying to inform college students about campus resources they might explore to help boost their grades, limited email reminders work better than other methods, a recent study from Oregon State University found.

Dry Tortugas NP, photo by Jessica MacCarthy United States’ ocean conservation efforts have major gaps, Oregon State University analysis shows

CORVALLIS, Ore. – More than 98% of U.S. waters outside the central Pacific Ocean are not part of a marine protected area, and the ones that are tend toward “lightly” or “minimally” protected from damaging human activity, research led by Oregon State University shows.

Image of oyster shells Oregon Sea Grant awards $1.15 million to OSU researchers for marine-related projects

Oregon Sea Grant, a marine research, public engagement and education program at Oregon State University, has awarded $1.15 million to five OSU scientists.

Study provides long-term look at ways to control wildfire in sagebrush steppe ecosystem

New research led by an Oregon State University scientist provides the first long-term study of methods to control the spread of wildfire in the sagebrush steppe ecosystem that dominates parts of the western United States.

pancreatic solid tumor Oregon State University research pushes closer to new therapy for pancreatic cancer

PORTLAND, Ore. – Research by Oregon State University has uncovered a potential new therapy for pancreatic cancer, whose survival rate is among the lowest of all malignancies.

April - 2022

April - 2022
Blackburnian warbler Bird populations in eastern Canada declining due to forest ‘degradation,’ research shows

Bird species that live in wooded areas are under stress from human-caused changes to forest composition, according to new research led by Oregon State University that quantifies the effects of forest “degradation” on bird habitat.

endometriosis treatment Nanoparticles developed at OSU show promise for locating, removing endometriosis lesions

PORTLAND, Ore. – Scientists have developed a new nanotechnology approach for locating and removing the painful and dangerous lesions associated with endometriosis, a common gynecological condition in women of childbearing age.

Image of a jagged mountain and green trees reflected in a lake with blue sky overhead at Glacier National Park. New study provides guidance for reconsidering harmful place names in national parks

In a new study examining the origins of more than 2,000 place names in 16 U.S. national parks, researchers have developed a tool for evaluating and changing names that may be harmful or rooted in white supremacy.

Image of students walking on Corvallis campus Oregon State University announces tuition, financial aid increases for 2022-23 academic year

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Friday approved tuition rates for the 2022-23 academic year, including a 3.5% increase for returning undergraduate students and a 4.5% increase for new undergraduate students enrolling in fall.

 

Oregon State research helps provide scientific framework for psilocybin use in therapeutic settings

A new paper by an Oregon State University-led research team provides a scientific framework to help shape the rollout of a program in Oregon that will legally permit the use of psilocybin for therapeutic reasons.

Image of Bexell Hall in the winter; light covering of snow on the ground Oregonians perceive greater risk than benefit from natural gas export in state, OSU study finds

When presented with proposed natural gas export operations in the state, Oregonians are more likely to perceive the environmental and public health risks than the potential financial gains, a recent study from Oregon State University found.

Image of farmworkers picking spinach; green foreground of spinach plants under blue sky dotted with clouds. Oregon report details dehumanizing experience of farmworkers during COVID pandemic

A recent report consisting of dozens of interviews with Oregon farmworkers offers a glimpse into the unsafe, unsustainable and often dehumanizing experiences farmworkers have endured during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thinned forest Thinning can help offset cost of managing for mature forests, Oregon State study shows

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Research by the Oregon State University College of Forestry suggests a way for forest managers to reduce the costs associated with managing older Douglas-fir stands.

March - 2022

March - 2022
Image of white and orange drone on a countertop. OSU’s Hatfield Center to host virtual Marine Science Day April 9

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will host a virtual Marine Science Day Saturday, April 9, that will include a live shark dissection and a talk about a rare whale sighting off the coast of Oregon.

 

Ryan Mehl, left, in lab Oregon State receives $5.6M to study protein engineering, a key tool in fighting disease

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has received a $5.6 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to launch a research center devoted to genetic code expansion, which allows for the creation of novel proteins with disease-fighting potential.

Oregon State University names Staci Simonich to lead College of Agricultural Sciences

Staci Simonich, a nationally recognized researcher and faculty member who has held numerous leadership positions at Oregon State University over two decades, has been named dean of the university’s College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. As dean, she is also appointed the Reub A. Long Professor.

After the Creek Fire Huge forest fires don’t cause living trees to release much carbon, OSU research shows

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Research on the ground following two large wildfires in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range showed the vast majority of carbon stored in trees before the blazes was still there after the fires.

corals under control conditions Long look at Hawaiian corals suggests reasons for optimism amid warming seas, ocean acidification

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The longest experimental study on corals to date, a 22-month project that replicated current and future ocean conditions, suggests Hawaiian corals can remain resilient as climate change makes seawater warmer and more acidic.

California scrub-jay Non-social jays surprise scientists by learning as skillfully as birds living in groups

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The California scrub-jay, a generally non-social bird, can learn just as well as another species of jay that lives in groups, a finding that surprised animal intelligence researchers who devised a novel food puzzle to study cognition in the wild.

Image of OSU Valley Library. Oregon State University names three distinguished professors

Oregon State University has named Michael Freitag, Kathryn Higley and Brent Steel as its 2022 University Distinguished Professor recipients, the highest academic honor the university can bestow on a faculty member.

Aerial view of Elliott State Forest. Legislature establishes Elliott State Research Forest plan, funds OSU-Cascades innovation district, student initiatives

The Oregon Legislature’s 2022 session ended Friday with approval of several key Oregon State University initiatives, including conversion of the Elliott State Forest in southwestern Oregon into an OSU-managed research forest, funds for helping to launch an innovation district at OSU-Cascades in Bend and a housing project serving OSU’s marine studies programs and the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

Bull trout Oregon State researchers create tool to help protect native fish from hybridizing with non-natives

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University researchers have created a tool to assess the risk of hybridization among native and non-native fish, a development that could aid natural resource managers trying to protect threatened or endangered freshwater fish species.

February - 2022

February - 2022
Tiny tire particles inhibit growth of organisms in freshwater, coastal estuaries, studies find

Small particles from tires inhibited the growth and caused adverse behavioral changes in organisms found in freshwater and coastal estuary ecosystems, two new Oregon State University studies found.

Streptococcus bacteria For cancer patients on immunotherapy, harmful gut bacteria might matter more than helpful ones

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Melanoma patients receiving therapy that helps their immune system kill cancer cells respond to treatment differently depending on the types of microbes in their gut, and new research suggests the microorganisms hindering therapy have more influence than the beneficial ones.

Image shows a volunteer holding a basketball and smiling with a student participant in a wheelchair. Both are in a gymnasium, participating in OSU's IMPACT program. Fewer than half of K-12 PE teachers use high-quality instruction with disabled students, study finds

Fewer than half of K-12 physical educators teaching students with disabilities report using high-quality instruction practices, such as modified instructions or equipment, to fully accommodate those students, a recent study from Oregon State University shows.

surgical incision Oregon State researchers make key advance in fight against dangerous surgical site infections

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Scientists at Oregon State University have made a key advance against dangerous and costly surgical site infections, the type of infection most commonly associated with health care procedures.

Camp Fire as seen from space Likelihood of extreme autumn fire weather has increased 40%, Oregon State modeling shows

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The likelihood of hot, dry, windy autumn weather that can set the stage for severe fires in California and western Oregon has increased 40% due to human-caused climate change, new computer models show.

tufted puffin OSU’s STEM Research Center helps launch website aimed at connecting citizens to science

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University STEM Research Center has helped launch a national website aimed at connecting the general public with science in interactive ways.

Stock image of two people paddling a canoe on a river with a mountain in the background OSU research uncovers impact of leisure activities on mental health during pandemic

As people have turned to hobbies like reading and outdoor recreation to fill their days during the COVID-19 pandemic, recent research from Oregon State University found that engagement in leisure activities can help lower the risk of depression and improve mental well-being.

Image of two whales' tails above the ocean surface New map and report expose growing dangers along whale ‘superhighways’ across the globe

A comprehensive new map and report tracking whale migrations around the globe highlights where they go in the high seas and the cumulative impacts the animals face from industrial fishing, ship strikes, pollution, habitat loss and climate change.

Slater fire, pic by Will Harling OSU research suggests Forest Service lands not the main source of wildfires affecting communities

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Research led by Oregon State University shows that fires are more likely to burn their way into national forests than out of them.

Oregon State researchers makes key advance in turning apple waste into packaging material

A new study by Oregon State University scientists outlines a key advance in turning apple waste into an environmentally friendly packaging material that could serve as an alternative to plastic.

Checking seafloor rugosity Oregon State research uncovers key insight for restoration of globally important kelp forests

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Restoration efforts for kelp forests may be most effective in areas where the bedrock seafloor is highly contoured, research by Oregon State University suggests.

Maca Franco in lab Oregon State researchers identify potential new means of slowing neurodegenerative diseases

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University scientists have discovered a new class of potential drug targets for people suffering from neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

PacWave Dept. of Energy awards $25 million for wave energy technology testing at Oregon State facility

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Department of Energy has awarded $25 million to eight groups for the testing of wave energy technologies at Oregon State University’s PacWave South facility off the central Oregon coast near Newport.

Image shows Reed Lodge on OSU campus, with an orange-and-black sign in the foreground bearing its name. Poor sleep and stress exacerbate each other among nurses who work night shift, OSU study finds

Nurses who work the night shift report more sleep disturbances and are more likely to suffer from psychological and physical health symptoms including PTSD, insomnia and inflammation, a recent study from an Oregon State University researcher found.

Stock image of Reed Lodge, blocky white and gray building on OSU campus OSU study finds high levels of depression, anxiety among disabled people during COVID-19 pandemic

A new study from Oregon State University confirms what many in the disabled community already know: People with disabilities have been experiencing high levels of depression and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Image of the burned-out front half of a fire truck in Detroit, Oregon in 2020. OSU report: Post-2020 wildfires, Santiam Canyon residents burned out by trauma, red tape

More than a year after wildfires devastated Oregon’s Santiam Canyon, an Oregon State University report paints a challenging picture: Residents are struggling to find housing, wrestling with government bureaucracy and worried about toxins in the water, air and soil, all while burdened by the trauma of losing their homes.

Ochre sea star OSU finds little genetic basis for some sea stars staying healthy amid deadly wasting syndrome

Healthy-looking ochre sea stars have minimal genetic difference from those displaying symptoms of sea star wasting syndrome, say Oregon State University researchers who examined whether genetic variation was the reason some animals went unaffected during an epidemic of the deadly disease.

January - 2022

January - 2022
hemp plant Oregon State hemp vs. COVID researcher thinks preclinical trials will happen in ‘next few months’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University scientist who led the groundbreaking discovery that a pair of hemp compounds can block the coronavirus from entering human cells thinks preclinical trials will happen within a few months.

Image of high school students sitting in a classroom with colorful papers on the walls Oregon State study finds lower math scores in high schools that switched to 4-day school week

A recent Oregon State University study analyzing the impact of a shorter school week for high schools found that 11th-grade students participating in a four-day week performed worse on standardized math tests than students who remained on five-day schedules.

Decreasing development on forest and agricultural land partly driven by gas prices, study finds

A new study found a steep decline in the development of forest and agricultural land from 2000 to 2015 compared to the previous two decades, which resulted in a broad shift towards denser development patterns throughout the U.S. A primary culprit was rising gas prices.

Image of the front of the Hallie E. Ford Center, looking up, as bright sunlight filters through the trees. Nearly $5M grant to establish children’s environmental health research center at OSU

An interdisciplinary team at Oregon State University received a nearly $5 million grant to create a new research center to transform what scientists know about environmental health risks for children into public health interventions and policy.

Headshot of Lisa Ballance, one of this year's fellows, wearing a black OSU-emblem jacket over a white shirt. Three Oregon State researchers receive distinction of AAAS fellow

Three researchers at Oregon State University have been selected as 2021 American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows for distinguished contributions to the fields of marine biodiversity, public health, and analytical and environmental chemistry.

Image shows two full glass steins of beer with a foamy top Study from OSU researcher shows how alcohol dampens response to uncertain stressors

When drinking for stress relief, people may make risky decisions because the alcohol affects how much they worry about unknown or unpredictable stressors, new research from Oregon State University shows.

Salpinganthium hispaniolanum Oregon State scientists identify new genus and species of legume, now mysteriously extinct

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University researchers have described a new legume tree from flowers embedded in several lumps of amber recovered from deep within an amber mine in the mountains of the Dominican Republic.

Steelhead Oregon State researchers explore ways to make hatchery steelhead more like wild fish

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Hatchery-raised steelhead trout have offspring that are good at gaining size under hatchery conditions but don’t survive as well in streams as steelhead whose parents are wild fish, new research by Oregon State University shows. 

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Board of Trustees and committees to meet January 27-28

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union on the university’s Corvallis campus. The Memorial Union is located at 2501 SW Jefferson Way.

Stock image of Waldo Hall, red and yellow brick building with black roof and arched entry Self-perceptions of aging and stress have significant impact on physical health, OSU study finds

As adults age, it’s common to start thinking about how getting older affects their energy, physical health and cognitive well-being.

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