March - 2019
Dynamics of human migration caused by global warming topic of Science Pub Corvallis

David Wrathall, an assistant professor in Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, will talk about how climate change affects human migration Monday, April 8, at Science Pub Corvallis. 

OSU President Ed Ray will step down in June 2020

Edward J. Ray, Oregon State University’s president since July 2003, announced today that he will step down as OSU’s president when his current five-year contract ends on June 30, 2020.

Scientists argue for more comprehensive studies of Cascade volcanoes

In a perspective essay published this week in Nature Communications, scientists argue for more “synthesis” research looking at the big picture of volcanology to complement myriad research efforts looking at single volcanoes.

Chemistry building Research paves way for new source for leukemia drug

Chemistry researchers at Oregon State University have patented a method for making anti-leukemia compounds that until now have only been available via an Asian tree that produces them.

Tropical storms likely to become more deadly as climate changes, new research indicates

Tropical storms are likely to become more deadly under climate change, leaving people in developing countries, where there may be a lack of resources or poor infrastructure, at increased risk, new research from Oregon State University shows.

Pharmacy Building OSU professor joins congressman for public forum on drug prices Thursday in Portland

A professor from the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy will join Rep. Earl Blumenauer for a public forum on prescription drug prices Thursday, March 21, in Portland.

Jane Lubchenco Oregon State’s renowned marine ecologist to speak at 150th annual commencement in June

Jane Lubchenco, a world-renowned leader in environmental research and an Oregon State University marine ecologist, will deliver the commencement address at OSU’s 150th graduation ceremony.

Scientists will spend winter in Antarctica to further research diet and juvenile krill health

Scientists studying Antarctic krill over a two-year period found that this key species – a critical food resource for a variety of animals in the Southern Ocean – fared radically different depending on the amount and timing of sea ice and the algae that live in it.

Sargasso Sea phytoplankton research Discovery of parasitic arsenic cycle may offer glimpse of life in future, warmer oceans

A newly discovered parasitic cycle, in which ocean bacteria keep phytoplankton on an energy-sapping treadmill of nutrient detoxification, may offer a preview of what further ocean warming will bring.

onions No need for tears if you plant onions soon

March and April are prime times to plant onions.

white pelicans Climate change negatively affects waterbirds in the American West

New research shows that recent climate change is having profound effects on wetlands across the American West – affecting birds that use these wetlands for breeding, migration and wintering.

 

OSU sign Oregon State names three distinguished professors

Oregon State University has named Clare Reimers, Mas Subramanian and Virginia Weis as its 2019 Distinguished Professor recipients, the highest academic honor the university can bestow on a faculty member.

Author Colson Whitehead to receive OSU’s Stone Award April 1

American novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Colson Whitehead will visit Oregon State University April 1 to accept the 2019 Stone Award for Literary Achievement and read from his work.  

Scientists use honey from beekeepers to trace heavy metal contamination

 Scientists from Canada and the United States are using honey from neighborhood beekeepers to test for the presence of heavy metal pollution.

terrarium Go miniature with a glass terrarium

xGive your terrarium your own spin with accessories from sea shells and drift wood to miniature garden and animal pieces.

Tim Stock (center), coordinator of the Oregon State University School IPM Program, conducts training at West Albany High School in 2017 OSU Extension training results in reduced pesticide use in schools

Survey results show that the vast majority of Oregon’s school districts have implemented key integrated pest management practices, including reduced pesticide use, through training provided by Oregon State University.

OSU Opera presents Puccini’s ‘La Rondine’ March 8 and March 10

Oregon State University Opera will present performances of Giacomo Puccini’s “La Rondine” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8, and at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 10.

Turtle Island Quartet and jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut play at OSU March 9

The two-time Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet and jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut will perform the program “Carry Me Home” at 7:30 p.m. March 9.

arborvitae Arborvitae stands tall as a low-maintenance hedge

Sometimes you need what an arborvitae hedge can offer: A tall, thin tree to screen whatever it is you don't want to see.

Chemistry building New research opens door to more efficient chemical processes across spectrum of industries

Chemical processes that are more efficient and less expensive may be coming to industries ranging from battery manufacturing to detergent production thanks to an Oregon State University researcher’s work advancing metal oxides as catalysts.

February - 2019
Bee health and sustainable beekeeping topic of Science Pub Corvallis

Ramesh Sagili, an associate professor of apiculture in Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, will talk about the status of honey bee health and sustainable beekeeping, Monday, March 11, at Science Pub Corvallis. The presentation will start at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 2ndSt. in Corvallis.

 

Louis Ignarro Nobel laureate to speak at conference hosted by OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute

A Nobel laureate whose discoveries have advanced treatments for heart disease and impotence will deliver a keynote public address at Oregon State University this summer, part of the Linus Pauling Institute’s biennial conference on vitamins, minerals and natural products and their effects on human health.

seacliff erosion More extreme coastal weather events in Oregon likely to increase bluff erosion, landslide activity

Unstable slopes on Oregon’s coastline could see a 30 percent jump in landslide movements if extreme storms become frequent enough to increase seacliff erosion by 10 percent, a new study by Oregon State University shows.

Water flea (Ceridaphnia dubia) Packaging insecticides in tiny capsules may make them more toxic

Encasing insecticides in microscopic plastic capsules – a common formulation for many pest sprays on the market – could lead to unintended consequences.

OSU Wind Ensemble performs Grainger and more March 3 at Oregon State
The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble presents its winter term performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3.
 
PNAS Study: Migrating blue whales rely on memory more than environmental cues to find prey

Blue whales reach their massive size by relying on their exceptional memories to find historically productive feeding sites rather than responding in real time to emerging prey patches, a new study concludes.

A stand of red alder trees in the Oregon Coast Range Nitrogen-fixing trees “eat” rocks, play pivotal role in forest health

By tapping nutrients from bedrock, red alder trees play a key role in healthy forest ecosystems.

live-fuel wildfire test OSU ramping up research to better predict wildfire behavior

On the heels of Oregon’s most expensive wildfire season ever in 2018, researchers at Oregon State University are ramping up efforts to better predict how the blazes behave, including how they generate fire-spreading embers.

seeds Give seeds a test for A+ performance

Checking the viability of seeds will save you time and frustration when it's time to plant your garden.

Pianist Alpin Hong presents ‘Masters of Metamorphosis’ March 1 at OSU

Pianist Alpin Hong will present “Masters of Metamorphosis,” a concert and lecture, as part of the Corvallis-OSU Piano International Insights at the Piano series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1.

Author Keith Scribner to read and discuss latest book March 8 at OSU

Author and Oregon State University Professor Keith Scribner will read and discuss his work with his editor, Gary Fisketjon of Alfred A. Knopf, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 8.

Auditions for OSU’s spring production, ‘Sense and Sensibility,’ to be held March 3-4

Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s spring production, “Sense and Sensibility,” will be held at 6 p.m. March 3 and 4.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU College of Engineering changes its curriculum model to drive student success

With the goal of helping students succeed by offering more options and flexibility, the Oregon State University College of Engineering is embarking on a new curriculum model, including changing the way students are admitted to the college.

Study finds reduction in seabird bycatch since 2002, but researchers urge vigilance as rates rising

A collaborative effort among the fishing industry, scientists and resource managers has led to a significant reduction in seabird bycatch in Alaskan longline fisheries since 2002, a new study documents, but researchers say that bycatch incidents are now increasing.

Women's Building Nearly two-thirds of American children live in asset poverty, new study shows

More than 63 percent of American children and 55 percent of Americans live in “asset” poverty, meaning they have few or no assets to rely on in the event of a financial shock such as a job loss, a medical crisis or the recent federal government shutdown.

How a flipping crab led researchers to discover that a commercially harvested species feeds at methane seeps

Researchers have documented a group of tanner crabs vigorously feeding at a methane seep on the seafloor off British Columbia – one of the first times a commercially harvested species has been seen using this energy source.

OSU Press publishes new book, “Governing Oregon”

The partisan politics frequently seen in Washington, D.C. were also apparent in Oregon during the late 20th century, as many of the state’s most important laws were launched via the initiative process rather than by lawmakers.

Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble performs at OSU Feb. 28

The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble will present “From Maxville to Vanport” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Jane Ishmael OSU Science on Tap presents Marijuana as Medicine

At OSU Science on Tap, Oregon State University researcher Jane Ishmael will present “Marijuana as Medicine,” an exploration of current trends in marijuana use and recent progress in understanding how cannabinoids act on the body.

boxwood blight Identify the problem before treating a struggling plant

Sometimes what's happening to your plants is a mystery. OSU experts provide a series of questions to help you through the diagnosis process.

Fifth Corvallis Queer Film Festival to run Feb. 21-23 at Darkside Cinema

The fifth Corvallis Queer Film Festival, featuring an all short film program, will run Feb. 21-23 at the Darkside Cinema in Corvallis.

Kristie Potwora Kristie Potwora exhibit on display at OSU’s Strand Agriculture Hall through March 22

Gallus gallus domesticus (The Domestic Chicken),” an exhibition of work by screen print artist Kristie Potwora, is on display in the gallery in 440 Strand Agriculture Hall at Oregon State University in Corvallis through March 22.

Child care remains in short supply across Oregon, new report from OSU shows

Regulated child care remains in short supply across Oregon, creating child care “deserts” in all 36 of the state’s counties, a new report from Oregon State University shows.

 

OSU College of Business receives grant to expand career training and retention efforts

A $775,000 grant awarded to Oregon State University’s College of Business by the national nonprofit Strada Education Network will expand career training and retention efforts for the college’s 3,500 business majors.

OSU Theatre presents ‘The Little Prince’ in March

Oregon State University Theatre will present “The Little Prince” in March in the Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU alumnus Warren Washington to receive prestigious Tyler Prize for pioneering climate studies

Pioneering climate scientist Warren Washington, who received his bachelor and master’s degrees from Oregon State University, has been named co-recipient of the 2019 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.

Study finds Oregon’s unique “resident” gray whales actually move around quite a bit

A new study found that Oregon's population of "resident" gray whales actually travels quite a bit, though they have strong preferences for certain locations.

Nigerian editathon Question everything: Teaching students how to better use Wikipedia

OSU librarian Laurie Bridges wants to teach university students to create and edit Wikipedia pages themselves

Corvallis-OSU Symphony performs Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring Feb. 24

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra will present “Stars of the Orchestra” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center.

Cretaceous mosquito Mosquitoes that carry malaria may have been doing so 100 million years ago

The anopheline mosquitoes that carry malaria were present 100 million years ago, new research shows, potentially shedding fresh light on the history of a disease that continues to kill more than 400,000 people annually.

organic garden Educate yourself before using organic pesticides

Just because a pesticide is organic, doesn't mean it isn't toxic. Do some research before using any product.

OSU’s American Strings series brings Jesse Colin Young to Corvallis Feb. 20

Jesse Colin Young, best known as the singer of the 1960’s pop rock anthem, “Get Together,” will appear at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Corvallis.

OSU president calls for state investment in higher education, invites Oregonians to envision state’s future

Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray today called upon state leaders to invest in the future of all Oregonians by providing more funding for higher education.

Study finds experimental extreme draining of reservoir has unexpected ecological impacts

The experimental extreme draining of a reservoir in Oregon to aid downstream migration of juvenile chinook salmon is showing benefits but also a mix of unintended consequences, including changing the aquatic food web and releasing potential predators downstream.

Oregon State invites Oregonians to envision the future

Oregon State University kicked off an initiative Thursday that encourages Oregonians to imagine their vision for the state over the next 50 years.

Guitarist Scott Kritzer to perform at OSU Feb. 12

Classical guitarist Scott Kritzer will perform as part of Oregon State University’s Guitar en Route concert series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Historian Sean Wilentz to discuss Bob Dylan and the 1960s at OSU Feb. 13

“Bob Dylan and 1960s America: A conversation with historian Sean Wilentz” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Rare white tiger undergoes successful CT and surgery at OSU

A team of veterinarians at Oregon State University’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine treated a rare white Bengal tiger in need of a diagnostic CT scan and emergency surgery.

View of conifer forest from the top of Mary’s Peak, the highest point on Oregon’s Coast Range Climate modeling shows significant shifts in 21st century Pacific Northwest coastal forest vegetation

A changing climate in the 21st century will significantly alter the coastal forests of the Pacific Northwest, according to modeling by Oregon State University researchers.

‘Body Marks’ exhibit on display at OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery in February

“Body Marks,” an exhibition of work by artists Ariel Baron-Robbins, Michael Namkung and Ellen Mueller, is on display in the Fairbanks Gallery of Art.

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana to perform at OSU Feb. 8

The flamenco guitar and dance ensemble Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana will perform its latest production, “Voces del Sur,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8.

Mindfulness and sleep can reduce exhaustion in entrepreneurs

When entrepreneurs are feeling exhausted but can’t afford the time for adequate sleep, they may be able to replenish their energy with mindfulness exercises such as meditation.

Varied thrush NW Forest Plan 25 years later: Wildfire losses up, bird populations down

Twenty-five years into a 100-year federal strategy to protect older forests in the Pacific Northwest, forest losses to wildfire are up and declines in bird populations have not been reversed, new research shows.

camellia Six stellar shrubs to brighten the winter garden

Winter doesn't have to be dark and dreary in the garden if you use plants that bloom in winter.

January - 2019
Artist, author Julia Christensen to speak at OSU Feb. 6

Artist and author Julia Christensen will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

Graduate Research Showcase Research showcase highlights work of engineering graduate students

Want to learn more about the Oregon State University College of Engineering’s far-ranging research efforts, including asking questions of those conducting the research? The college’s sixth annual Graduate Research Showcase provides that opportunity.

Climate report: Warming taking its toll on Oregon

The changing climate is having a significant impact on Oregon, a new report concludes, with the state growing progressively warmer, experiencing more severe wildfires, and undergoing a shift of seasons resulting in less snowpack and lower summer stream flows.

An inland silverside fish three days after hatching from the egg Blend of warmer water, chemical exposure influence gene expression across generations in a coastal fish

Warmer water temperatures, combined with low-level exposure to chemicals, influence the expression of genes in the offspring of an abundant North American fish species.

OSU Theatre presents ‘Nightfall’ in February

Oregon State University Theatre will present “Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe” by Eric Coble Feb. 14 through Feb. 17

Chinese giant salamander Direct killing by humans pushing Earth’s biggest fauna toward extinction

One hundred forty-three species of large animals are decreasing in number and 171 are under threat of extinction, according to new research that suggests humans’ meat consumption habits are primarily to blame.

New Oregon license plate featuring gray whales available beginning Feb. 1

A new Oregon license plate, with the image of a gray whale mother and her calf, will be available at Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles offices throughout the state beginning on Feb. 1.

Grotthus mechanism Proton transport ‘highway’ may pave way to better high-power batteries

Researchers have found that a chemical mechanism first described more than two centuries ago holds the potential to revolutionize energy storage for high-power applications like vehicles or electrical grids.

Oregon State University releases new strategic plan to guide next five years

Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray announced Tuesday the launch of OSU’s fourth phase of two decades of strategic planning to guide the university’s service to Oregon, the nation and the world for the next five years.

Coastal giant salamanders Trout, salamander populations able to quickly bounce back from severe drought conditions

Populations of coastal cutthroat trout and coastal giant salamanders in the Pacific Northwest show the ability to rebound quickly from drought conditions, new research by Oregon State University suggests.

Oregon State Board of Trustees approves plans for future capital projects

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees Friday approved a 10-year, $1.667 billion forecast of potential new university facilities and improvements to existing buildings around the state.

mantle creep ‘Silent slip’ along fault line serves as prelude to big earthquakes, research suggests

Big earthquakes appear to follow a brief episode of “shallow mantle creep” and “seismic swarms,” suggests new research at Oregon State University that offers an explanation for the foreshocks observed prior to large temblors.

Poet Tomás Q. Morín to read at Oregon State University Feb. 1

Poet Tomás Q. Morín will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in the Black Box Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

blueberry bush Pick up the pruners and head for the blueberries

Annual, moderate pruning of blueberry bushes results in bushes with the fewest canes, but with the greatest yields and largest berries.

Forest Starker Lecture Series to focus on tribal forestry

The annual Starker Lecture Series at Oregon State University will this year focus on tribal forestry with a film, three lectures and a capstone field trip.

Giustina Gallery at OSU to exhibit ‘Landscape Magic’ Feb. 1 through March 5

“Landscape Magic: Waiting for Spring,” an exhibit of artwork focused on the beauty of winter and the promise of spring, will be on display Feb. 1 through March 5 in the Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

Oregon State ranked 3rd in the nation for online bachelor’s programs by U.S. News

Oregon State University has jumped to be among the nation’s top three leaders in online education, according to rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.

Bears Alaska’s ‘outdated’ management plan increases risks to large carnivores, ecosystems, scientists say

Alaskan wildlife management that prioritizes reducing bear and wolf populations so hunters can kill more moose, caribou and deer is both backward and lacks scientific monitoring, ecologists say.

Hundreds attend open house at new OSU Portland Center

Hundreds of people attended an open house today to help celebrate the grand opening of the OSU Portland Center in the historic Meier & Frank Building in downtown Portland.

Study: Loss of snowpack from global warming likely to accelerate in coming decades

A new study has found that changes in the atmospheric circulation since the 1980s have offset most of the impact of global warming on winter snowpack in the mountains of the western United States.

yellowjacket A look back on a year of gardening stories

A story about yellowjackets topped the most-popular list.

Printmaker April Vollmer to speak at OSU Jan. 24
Printmaker April Vollmer will speak at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
 
Oregon Symphony to perform Jan. 25 at Oregon State

The Oregon Symphony, led by guest conductor Markus Stenz, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at The LaSells Stewart Center.

W. Kamau Bell to speak at Oregon State’s Provost Lecture Series

W. Kamau Bell, an Emmy award winning writer, television director, and comedian, is drawing a sold-out attendance to Oregon State University’s Provost Lecture Series on Jan. 31.

Far-ranging fin whales find year-round residence in Gulf of California

Researchers from Mexico and the United States have concluded that a population of fin whales in the rich Gulf of California ecosystem may live there year-round – an unusual circumstance for a whale species known to migrate across ocean basins.

OSU Board of Trustees and Committees to meet January 17-18

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet Friday, Jan. 18, to consider Strategic Plan 4.0 metrics, the university’s 10-year capital forecast, an amendment to the board’s investment policy and issuance of OSU revenue bonds.

Pit bulls Sample of rescued dogs shows link between gut microbiome, aggressiveness

A groundbreaking study of more than two dozen rescued dogs, some aggressive and some not, showed a clear link between aggressive behavior and the microbes that live in the dogs’ guts.

Open house set for new OSU Portland Center

Oregon State University is inviting all Oregonians to an open house on Jan. 14 to celebrate the grand opening of the OSU Portland Center in the historic Meier & Frank Building in downtown Portland.

New book provides tools for parents and caregivers who aim to raise compassionate kids

In a new book, Oregon State University’s Shauna Tominey offers parents, caregivers and other adults who work with young children tips and tools for navigating important and sometimes difficult conversations.

Valley Library Poet and novelist to read at Oregon State University Jan. 18

Poet Clemens Starck and novelist Peter Nathaniel Malae will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

 

Jan. 17 talk focuses on transgender history

Author and professor Susan Stryker will talk about her work on transgender history in a presentation at 5 p.m. Jan. 17 at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Multimedia art installation on Chernobyl on exhibit at Oregon State

“View of the Red Forest,” a multimedia art installation on the dilapidation and rebirth of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, will be on display Jan. 7 through Jan. 31 in Fairbanks Hall on the Oregon State University Corvallis campus.

West African singer-activist Angelique Kidjo to perform at Oregon State Jan. 19

Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, philanthropist and human rights activist Angélique Kidjo will speak and perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19,

Oranges Metabolic syndrome patients need more vitamin C to break cycle of antioxidant depletion

A higher intake of vitamin C is crucial for metabolic syndrome patients trying to halt a potentially deadly cycle of antioxidant disruption and health-related problems, an Oregon State University researcher says.

Trees Forest science coalition calls for review of restrictive policies regarding biotech research

A coalition of forest scientists is calling for an immediate review of international policies that the group says put unreasonable and harmful limitations on biotech research.

Sockeye salmon running up the Kenai River to spawn Slime proves valuable in developing method for counting salmon in Alaska

Scientists have published a novel method for counting Pacific salmon – analyzing DNA from the slime the fish leave behind in their spawning streams.

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