February - 2021

February - 2021
Sea ice kept oxygen from reaching deep ocean during last ice age, study finds

Extensive sea ice covered the world’s oceans during the last ice age, which prevented oxygen from penetrating into the deep ocean waters, complicating the relationship between oxygen and carbon, a new study has found.

Bolsero Dorso Rayado, Streak Backed Oriole, Icterus pustulatus, photo by Amado Demesa, available through Wikimedia Commons, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47747416" rel="noreferrer nofollow">commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curi Finding rare birds is never a picnic, contrary to popular Patagonia belief

CORVALLIS, Ore. – One of birdwatching’s most commonly held and colorfully named beliefs, the Patagonia Picnic Table Effect, is more a fun myth than a true phenomenon, Oregon State University research suggests.

January - 2021

January - 2021
OSU genetic sequencing detects mutant strains of COVID-19 in multiple Oregon locations

Genetic sequencing of COVID-19 samples done by Oregon State University’s Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing has detected multiple variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 in samples from around the state, including the highly contagious U.K. strain in one sample from Bend, Oregon.

Researchers ‘cautiously optimistic’ about desert bighorn sheep recovery in California’s Mojave Desert

Desert bighorn sheep in the Mojave National Preserve in California and surrounding areas appear to be more resilient than previously thought to a respiratory disease that killed dozens of them and sickened many more in 2013, a new study has found.

TRACE field staff OSU llevará el muestreo de Comunidad TRACE COVID-19 a Redmond este fin de semana

REDMOND, Ore. – El proyecto innovador de la Universidad Estatal de Oregón para determinar la prevalencia comunitaria del nuevo coronavirus se está expandiendo para incluir tres días de muestreo de la Comunidad TRACE esta semana en Redmond los días 29, 30 y 31 de enero.

Oregon State receives grant to spur aquaculture investment in Oregon

Oregon State University has received a nearly $700,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to provide software tools for investors interested in starting aquaculture businesses in Oregon.

Dogs synchronize their behavior with children, but not as much as with adults, study finds

Dogs synchronize their behavior with the children in their family, but not as much as they do with adults, a new study from Oregon State University researchers found.

TRACE field staff OSU to bring TRACE Community COVID-19 sampling to Redmond this weekend

REDMOND, Ore. – Oregon State University’s groundbreaking project to determine community prevalence of the novel coronavirus is expanding to include three days of TRACE Community sampling this week in Redmond on Jan. 29, 30 and 31.

Even a small amount of gender bias in hiring can be costly to employers, study finds

Tiny amounts of gender bias in employee hiring decisions contribute to concerning rates of discrimination and productivity losses that together represent significant costs, financial and otherwise, for employers, a new study from Oregon State University has found.

Speakers announced for first national hemp symposium at Oregon State University

Business, political and governmental leaders, including a U.S. Senator and representatives from the Sierra Club and American multinational conglomerate corporation 3M, will provide a future outlook on the hemp industry during the first-ever National Hemp Symposium Feb. 9 and 10.

Hinsdale wave lab Oregon State University wave lab receives $4.9M to continue natural hazards engineering research

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The National Science Foundation has awarded the Oregon State University College of Engineering nearly $5 million for natural hazards engineering research at OSU’s O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory.

Applicants sought for free girls’ summer wilderness science education expeditions

Inspiring Girls Expeditions, which offers free, 12-day wilderness science leadership and learning adventures for high school girls, is seeking applicants for its summer 2021 expeditions.

Blue orchard bee Bees respond to wildfire aftermath by producing more female offspring

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers at Oregon State University have found that the blue orchard bee, an important native pollinator, produces female offspring at higher rates in the aftermath of wildfire in forests.

Bark beetle Stegastochlidus saraemcheana Master of disguise is new genus and species of cylindrical bark beetle

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A resemblance to moss, lichens and fungi made for fantastic cover by a new genus and species of cylindrical bark beetle described by an Oregon State University College of Science researcher.

Seawater battery New nanostructured alloy for anode is a big step toward revolutionizing energy storage

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers in the Oregon State University College of Engineering have developed a battery anode based on a new nanostructured alloy that could revolutionize the way energy storage devices are designed and manufactured.

Neighbors influence coastal landowners’ decisions to armor shorelines against erosion, rising seas

Neighbors play an influential role in private oceanfront landowners’ decisions to protect their shorelines from erosion and rising sea levels, which could lead to excessive armoring of the coastline, a new analysis from Oregon State University shows.

Combining solar energy and agriculture to mitigate climate change, assist rural communities

Co-developing land for both solar photovoltaic power and agriculture could provide 20% of total electricity generation in the United States with an investment of less than 1% of the annual U.S. budget, a new paper by Oregon State University researchers found.

Use of ocean resources changed as Dungeness crab fishing industry adapted to climate shock event

An unprecedented marine heat wave that led to a massive harmful algal bloom and a lengthy closure of the West Coast Dungeness crab fishery significantly altered the use of ocean resources across seven California crab-fishing communities.

Amazon deforestation Alert system shows potential for reducing deforestation, mitigating climate change

Forest loss declined 18% in African nations where a new satellite-based program provides free alerts when it detects deforestation activities.

Lactobacillus johnsonii by Kathryn Cross, IFR Research shows a few beneficial organisms could play key role in treating type 2 diabetes

Researchers at Oregon State University have found that a few organisms in the gut microbiome play a key role in type 2 diabetes, opening the door to possible probiotic treatments for a serious metabolic disease affecting roughly one in 10 Americans.

December - 2020

December - 2020
Valviloculus pleristaminis New flower from 100 million years ago brings fresh holiday beauty to 2020

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University researchers have identified a spectacular new genus and species of flower from the mid-Cretaceous period, a male specimen whose sunburst-like reach for the heavens was frozen in time by Burmese amber.

Hormone metabolites found in poop give researchers new insight into whale stress

Poop samples are an effective, non-invasive tool for monitoring gray whale reproduction, stress and other physiological responses, a new study from Oregon State University shows.

Lookout Creek Oregon State University receives $7.1 million for six more years of long-term forest research

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has been awarded $7.1 million from the National Science Foundation for another six years of long-term ecological research on the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest on the western slope of the Cascade Range southeast of Corvallis.

Sea star pic by Steve Lonhart Sea star listed as critically endangered following research by Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The iconic sunflower sea star has been listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature following a groundbreaking population study led by Oregon State University and The Nature Conservancy.

Elliott forest Land Board votes to keep pursuing Oregon State University management of Elliott State Forest

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon’s State Land Board voted Tuesday to continue the process of evaluating how to transform the Elliott State Forest into a research forest managed by Oregon State University and its College of Forestry.

truck handle Oregon State students engineer solution for longtime trucking industry safety problem

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Students in the Oregon State University College of Engineering have helped the trucking industry get a handle on a longstanding safety problem: drivers slipping and falling while exiting or entering their cab.

Beautiful blue eyes Breakthrough optical sensor mimics human eye, a key step toward better artificial intelligence

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers at Oregon State University are making key advances with a new type of optical sensor that more closely mimics the human eye’s ability to perceive changes in its visual field.

No poaching occurring within most Channel Islands marine protected areas, new analysis shows

Fish are thriving and poachers are staying out of marine protected areas around California’s Channel Islands, a new population analysis by an Oregon State University researcher shows.

Oregon State University to host first national symposium on hemp

Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center and the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, a major program unit of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, will host the first-ever National Hemp Symposium on Feb. 9 and 10.

November - 2020

November - 2020
TRACE field staff Oregon State University receives $2 million Packard Foundation grant to expand TRACE-COVID-19 nationally

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University researchers have received a $2 million grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to create a national TRACE Center that will expand the OSU’s COVID-19 public health project to other states.

Strand Ag Hall Three from Oregon State University honored as AAAS fellows

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Seminal contributions in barley breeding, soil nitrogen cycling and computer modeling for how fluids move through sediments and other porous materials have placed three Oregon State University professors among 489 researchers selected this year as American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows.

TRACE field staff Oregon State TRACE results suggest five people per 1,000 in Eugene infected with SARS-CoV-2

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Results from door-to-door sampling Nov. 7 and 8 by Oregon State University and the University of Oregon suggest that about five people per 1,000 in Eugene at the time had the virus that causes COVID-19.

A youth uses virtual reality headset at the the Malheur Youth Health Science Day hosted by Oregon State University and the Frontier STEM Hub. Pacific Northwest youth to explore agriculture through virtual reality, other online activities

Oregon State University’s Precollege Programs and the SMILE Program are partnering with the OSU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program to lead the effort to implement an innovative Agriculture Distance Education Toolkit.

Perovskite crystal structure Oregon State researchers make key advance for printing circuitry on wearable fabrics

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Electronic shirts that keep the wearer comfortably warm or cool, as well as medical fabrics that deliver drugs, monitor the condition of a wound and perform other tasks, may one day be manufactured more efficiently thanks to a key advance by Oregon State University researchers.

logs in mexico Formal community forest management policies often lead to reduced access, resource rights

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The most comprehensive global analysis of community forestry ever undertaken shows that government policies formalizing local residents’ land access and resource rights often backfire by resulting in less access and weakened rights.

Oregon State names Tumer vice president for research

Irem Tumer, who has helped lead Oregon State University’s research enterprise to record-setting funding levels, has been named vice president for research at the university.

image of larval blackfin tuna Shifts in water temperatures affect eating habits of larval tuna at critical life stage, study finds

Small shifts in ocean temperature can have significant effects on the eating habits of blackfin tuna during the larval stage of development, when finding food and growing quickly are critical to long-term survival.

October - 2020

October - 2020
TRACE field staff Oregon State University, University of Oregon team up to bring TRACE sampling to Lane County

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Scientists and students from Oregon State University and the University of Oregon are teaming up to bring OSU’s TRACE Community COVID-19 public health project to Eugene the weekend of Nov. 7 and 8 at the request of Lane County Public Health.

manhole OSU adding to Corvallis COVID-19 prevalence understanding via citywide wastewater analyses

Oregon State University researchers say wastewater sampling for the novel coronavirus shows the virus is present in every region of Corvallis, with a moderate increase in virus levels over the past month following the low detection levels that took hold in mid-July.

Coral microscopy, tissue loss Oregon State coral researchers find link between bacterial genus and disease susceptibility

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Corals that appear healthy are more prone to getting sick when they’re home to too many parasitic bacteria, new research at Oregon State University shows.

Graphic created with BioRender.com and published in mSystems Gut bacteria associated with animal-based diet may mitigate risk of cardiovascular disease

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University researchers have found that a type of common gut bacteria sometimes associated with inflammation, abscesses, bowel disease and cancer has a major silver lining: It seems to help prevent cardiovascular disease.

Scan to BIM of mechanical room Oregon State researchers working on a better, faster way to design and maintain buildings

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers in the Oregon State University College of Engineering are looking for a better, faster way for architects and engineers to design, construct and manage buildings.

Oregon State researchers mobilize to study impact of wildfire smoke on wine

Oregon State University scientists have analyzed almost 500 samples of wine and grapes from throughout Oregon in recent weeks to better understand the impact of smoke on wine.

OSU campus in autumn Oregon State study finds room for improvement when hospital patients transition to hospice care

PORTLAND, Ore. – Terminally ill patients referred to hospice care from a hospital setting tend to be on hospice for shorter periods than those who enter hospice while living at home or in a residential care facility.

Predicting the cancer-causing potential of chemicals released from wildfires, fossil fuel burning

Oregon State University scientists have developed a method that could potentially predict the cancer-causing potential of chemicals released into the air during wildfires and fossil fuel combustion.

TRACE field staff Zero positives among more than 300 tested in Sackett residence hall, GEM apartment building

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University tested more than 300 people at two student housing facilities this past week for the virus that causes COVID-19 after evidence of the virus was found in the buildings’ sewage, and all of the individuals tested were negative.

TRACE field staff Fifth round of Corvallis TRACE-COVID-19 sampling suggests three people in 1,000 have virus

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s fifth round of door-to-door sampling throughout the Corvallis community by TRACE-COVID-19 field workers on Sept. 26 and 27 suggested three people per 1,000 in the community carried the novel coronavirus on those days.

September - 2020

September - 2020
sewer testing OSU wastewater sampling finds viral evidence in Sackett residence hall, GEM apartment building

CORVALLIS, Ore. – TRACE OSU’s wastewater investigators have detected moderate genetic signals of the virus that causes COVID-19 in sewer outflows from a residence hall on the west side of Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus and a privately owned apartment building just north of campus.

Vessel noise present year-round at Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary near San Francisco

The environment in the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of San Francisco is not a refuge from the noise generated by ship traffic, the first underwater marine acoustic study of the region has shown.

Austin Hall at sunrise Oregon State leads push to include innovation, entrepreneurship in faculty promotion, tenure criteria

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Culminating a project led by Oregon State University, leaders from 67 universities and 13 national organizations have unanimously voted to approve a set of recommendations for recognizing innovation and entrepreneurial achievements among the criteria for higher education faculty promotion and tenure.

ensign wasp Salute the venerable ensign wasp, killing cockroaches for 25 million years

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An Oregon State University study has identified four new species of parasitic, cockroach-killing ensign wasps that became encased in tree resin 25 million years ago and were preserved as the resin fossilized into amber.

TRACE field staff Fifth round of Corvallis TRACE-COVID-19 sampling set for Sept. 26 and 27

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will conduct its fifth round of door-to-door sampling throughout Corvallis this weekend on Sept. 26 and 27 for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

TRACE field staff TRACE-OSU to support health and safety with in-person, wastewater SARS-CoV-2 testing

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will extend its ongoing TRACE-COVID-19 project to support safer and healthier environments for its students, faculty and staff by providing weekly prevalence testing during fall term on OSU’s campuses in Corvallis and Bend. Prevalence testing also will occur at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Acclaimed author kicks off seminar on ecology, evolution and conservation biology of pandemics

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Science journalist David Quammen, author of 16 books including “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic” in 2012, will give a virtual public presentation at 3 p.m. Friday to kick off the Oregon State University seminar series, “What can ecology, evolution and conservation biology contribute to understanding global pandemics?”

Oregon State-led project receives $10M grant to harness biomedical knowledge to aid patients, doctors and researchers

A group of researchers led by a team at Oregon State University have received a $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a Center of Excellence in Genomic Science where they will develop tools to modernize how medical knowledge about genetic conditions is captured, stored and exchanged.

Murrelet; photo by Kim Nelson and Dan Cushing Warming ocean, old-forest loss put a squeeze on an elusive seabird, the marbled murrelet

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Squeezed by changing ocean conditions that limit their food options and the long-term loss of old forest needed for nesting, marbled murrelets would benefit most from conservation efforts that take both ocean and forest into account, new research by Oregon State University shows.

cachexia therapy With awards totaling nearly $450 million, Oregon State sets record for annual research funding

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Research funding at Oregon State University increased by more than $10 million in the last fiscal year to almost $450 million, setting a university record and marking the third time in four years that OSU’s research awards have totaled more than $400 million.

Olive oil is rich in vitamin E Study shows vitamin E needed for proper nervous system development

In research with key ramifications for women of childbearing age, findings by Oregon State University scientists show that embryos produced by vitamin E-deficient zebrafish have malformed brains and nervous systems.

TRACE field staff Fifth round of Corvallis TRACE-COVID-19 sampling postponed again as smoke persists

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University is again postponing its fifth round of door-to-door sampling in Corvallis for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 because of continuing poor air quality caused by wildfires in the Pacific Northwest.

TRACE field staff Smoke postpones TRACE-COVID-19 sampling scheduled for Sept. 12-13 in Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University is rescheduling this weekend’s fifth round of door-to-door sampling in Corvallis for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 because of poor air quality caused by numerous wildfires in the Pacific Northwest.

TRACE field staff Fifth weekend of Corvallis TRACE-COVID-19 sampling to take place Sept. 12-13

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will conduct a fifth round of door-to-door sampling in Corvallis this weekend on Sept. 12 and 13 for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Hazelnuts Dietary changes could produce big offsets to carbon emissions

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Eating less meat and dairy products in favor of plant-based proteins like those found in grains, legumes and nuts could make a huge difference in how much carbon dioxide reaches the atmosphere, research by Oregon State University shows.

beaver Beavers appear to help the growth of brown trout in South America, study finds

Through field work in a remote area of Tierra del Fuego, Chile, OSU researchers determined that dam building by the beaver enables a wider range of more energy-dense food sources for brown trout.

August - 2020

August - 2020
NuScale Power Module OSU spinoff NuScale passes major regulatory milestone as feds sign off on reactors’ safety

CORVALLIS, Ore. – NuScale Power, founded by Oregon State University Professor Emeritus José Reyes during his time at OSU, has marked a major regulatory milestone on the way to supplying power plant developers with small modular reactors designed by the company.

Tyler Radniecki Corvallis sewer surveillance: Novel coronavirus still present but trending downward

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Genetic evidence in Corvallis wastewater of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been consistently detected at moderate levels for the past month following a late July spike, said Tyler Radniecki, associate professor of environmental engineering at Oregon State University.

Photo by Scott Nelson, courtesy city of Bend. Oregon State receives Oregon Health Authority grant to expand Coronavirus Sewer Surveillance

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has received a $1.2 million grant from the Oregon Health Authority to expand its Coronavirus Sewer Surveillance project throughout Oregon to comb community wastewater systems for genetic evidence of the virus that causes COVID-19.

A bighorn ram perched on a cliff in Grand Canyon National Park. Native desert bighorn sheep in ecologically intact areas are less vulnerable to climate change

The researchers used genetic information from more than 1,600 individuals in 62 populations in and around 10 National Park Service units in four states – Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah.

Nanotech lab Oregon State, University of Washington receive another $5 million to advance nanotech innovation

The National Science Foundation has awarded an additional $5 million to Oregon State University and the University of Washington to continue leading a nanotechnology research partnership that’s already enabled breakthroughs in areas such as glucose monitoring for diabetics, better solar cells, improved battery electrodes and more energy-efficient fiber optic networks

Firefighters in the Kansas City, Missouri, area, wore personal passive samplers in the shape of a military-style dog tag made of silicone on an elastic necklace. The samplers detect chemicals in the air. Firefighters exposed to more potentially harmful chemicals than previously thought

The on-duty firefighters in the Kansas City, Missouri, area experienced higher exposures of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which are a family of chemicals that are known to have the potential to cause cancer.

Sardines, pic courtesy Costello lab, UCSB Seafood could account for 25% of animal protein needed to meet projected increases in demand

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Policy reforms and technological improvements could drive seafood production upward by as much as 75% over the next three decades, research by Oregon State University and an international collaboration suggests.

multivitamins Multivitamin, mineral supplement linked to less-severe, shorter-lasting illness symptoms

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Older adults who took a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement with zinc and high amounts of vitamin C in a 12-week study experienced sickness for shorter periods and with less severe symptoms than counterparts in a control group receiving a placebo.

Gleeson Hall OSU researchers make green chemistry advance with new catalyst for reduction of carbon dioxide

Researchers at Oregon State University have made a key advance in the green chemistry pursuit of converting the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into reusable forms of carbon via electrochemical reduction.

Valley Library Lipoic acid supplements help some obese but otherwise healthy people lose weight

A compound given as a dietary supplement to overweight but otherwise healthy people in a clinical trial caused many of the patients to slim down, research by Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University showed.

opioid tablets Study points out opioid risks for hospital patients transitioning to skilled nursing facilities

PORTLAND, Ore. – Hospital patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities often bring a high-dose painkiller prescription with them, suggesting more attention should be paid to opioid safety for those patients, research from the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy shows.

July - 2020

July - 2020
TRACE field staff What to do in Umatilla County in response to COVID-19?

In light of community testing results that indicate Hermiston’s rate of COVID-19 is dangerously high, public health leaders are encouraging residents and employees of local businesses to wear face coverings, stay 6 feet apart in public and use local resources for medical care, public health assistance and other support.

TRACE field staff TRACE results suggest 17% of Hermiston community infected with SARS-CoV-2

Preliminary results from random door-to-door TRACE-COVID-19 sampling by Oregon State University last weekend suggest that 17% of the Hermiston community had the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 on July 25-26.

Information session set for companies interested in PacWave subsea power cable project

In preparation for a solicitation of bids for five 12-mile long subsea cables to support a wave energy testing facility, Oregon State University will host an information session for companies interested in the project.

High-performance computing cluster at the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing, OSU data science initiative addresses issues in Oregon’s rural communities

Data Science for the Public Good leverages OSU's significant expertise, resources and infrastructure to address community needs.

Rufous hummingbird For rufous hummingbirds, migration looks different depending on age and sex

Plucky, beautiful and declining in numbers at about a 2% annual rate, the rufous hummingbird makes its long annual migration in different timing and route patterns based the birds’ age and sex.

Oregon scientists team up to use big data to address societal challenges

Data scientists from Oregon’s three largest universities have received a $1.4 million National Science Foundation grant to help fellow scientists across the Pacific Northwest address challenges such as earthquake preparedness, securing electrical power systems and improved environmental health.

Discovery of first active seep in Antarctica provides new understanding of methane cycle

The discovery of the first active methane seep in Antarctica is providing scientists new understanding of the methane cycle and the role methane found in this region may play in warming the planet.

Chinese crested tern OSU researchers part of international effort to save critically endangered seabird

The global population of the critically endangered Chinese crested tern has more than doubled thanks to a historic, decade-long collaboration among Oregon State University researchers and scientists and conservationists in China, Taiwan and Japan.

Posy Busby Timing key in understanding plant microbiomes

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University researchers have made a key advance in understanding how timing impacts the way microorganisms colonize plants, a step that could provide farmers an important tool to boost agricultural production.

tern with smolt Predation by Caspian terns on young steelhead means fewer return as adults

Caspian terns feeding on young fish have a significant impact on runs of steelhead in the Columbia River, according to a new paper from scientists at Oregon State University.

Ana K. Spalding OSU researcher joins ‘Ocean Nexus’ collaboration with UW to study equity in ocean governance

Oregon State University researcher Ana K. Spalding has received a grant from a recently established ocean research center to study issues of equity and inclusion in ocean governance.

5G wireless networks have few health impacts, Oregon State study using zebrafish model finds

Findings from an Oregon State University study into the effects of radiofrequency radiation generated by the wireless technology that will soon be the standard for cell phones suggest few health impacts.

TRACE field staff Oregon State University adds second week of coronavirus prevalence sampling in Newport

TRACE-COVID-19, the groundbreaking Oregon State University project to determine community prevalence of the novel coronavirus, will return to Newport for two more days of sampling this weekend, July 11-12.

Perovskite crystal structure Crystal structure discovered almost 200 years ago could hold key to solar cell revolution

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Solar energy researchers at Oregon State University are shining their scientific spotlight on materials with a crystal structure discovered nearly two centuries ago.

June - 2020

June - 2020
TRACE field staff TRACE results suggest 3.4% of Newport community infected with SARS-CoV-2

NEWPORT, Ore. – Preliminary results from door-to-door sampling by Oregon State University suggest that 3.4% of the Newport community had the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 on June 20-21.

Effects from low-level concentrations of harmful chemicals preserved through three generations of fish

Fish exposed to very low levels of chemicals commonly found in waterways can pass the impacts on to future generations that were never directly exposed to the chemicals, according to Oregon State University researchers.

bird diverter OSU research suggests a better way to keep birds from hitting power lines

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Suspended, rotating devices known as “flappers” may be the key to fewer birds flying into power lines, a study by Oregon State University suggests.

OSU helping to drive National Institutes of Health effort to harness analytics in COVID-19 fight

Oregon State University is helping the National Institutes of Health to harness the power of big data in the fight against COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

One cage from each of the three experimental groups in an Oregon State University honeybee study. The control cage on the far left has more live bees than the cages in which the bees were exposed to Sivanto (middle) and Transform (far right). Honeybee lives shortened after exposure to two widely used pesticides

Honeybee researchers in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences found detrimental effects in honeybees exposed to Transform and Sivanto, which are both registered for use in the United States and were developed to be more compatible with bee health.

TRACE field staff Oregon State University expands coronavirus prevalence study to Newport

TRACE-COVID-19, the groundbreaking Oregon State University project to determine community prevalence of the novel coronavirus, is expanding to include two days of sampling in Newport on June 20-21.

TRACE field staff Fourth weekend of TRACE sampling in Corvallis will take place June 13-14

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will conduct its fourth round of door-to-door sampling in Corvallis for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 on June 13-14, roughly one month after the easing of stay-at-home restrictions.

Bend TRACE workers TRACE sampling in Bend suggests one person in 1,000 infected with SARS-CoV-2

BEND, Ore. – Results from two days of door-to-door sampling by Oregon State University and OSU-Cascades suggest that one person in 1,000 in the Bend community during the weekend of May 30-31 had the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Memorial Union Oregon State University ranked in the top 1.4 percent of universities worldwide

OSU has been ranked in the top 1.4 % out of more than 20,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide

Oregon slender salamander Oregon timber harvests don’t appear to affect rare salamander, study finds

A field experiment on tree stands across Oregon’s western Cascade Range found no discernable difference in the abundance and occupancy rates of rare Oregon slender salamanders on recently harvested tree stands compared to stands late in the harvest rotation.

Clear Lake OSU solves old mystery, paving way toward advances in medicine, industry, environmental science

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An Oregon State University environmental engineering professor has solved a decades-old mystery regarding the behavior of fluids, a field of study with widespread medical, industrial and environmental applications.

Larch refugium Nature’s ‘slow lanes’ offer hope for species feeling heat of climate change, other pressures

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pockets of landscape less prone than adjacent areas to disturbances like fire and drought may hold the key for scientists, conservationists and land managers seeking to preserve vulnerable species in a changing climate.

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