January - 2019
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Bears Alaska’s ‘outdated’ management plan increases risks to large carnivores, ecosystems, scientists say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.

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.

December - 2018
OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery presents work by Ka’ila Farrell-Smith

An exhibition of work by artist Ka’ila Farrell Smith, “Marks From A Journey Home,” will be on display Jan. 7 through Feb. 7 in the Fairbanks Gallery.

OSU Music à la Carte winter season opens Jan. 11
The Music à la Carte series at Oregon State University in Corvallis opens its winter season at noon on Friday, Jan. 11.
 
Pianist Jeremy Denk to perform Jan. 13 at Oregon State

American pianist Jeremy Denk will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at Oregon State University in Corvallis as part of the Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Piano Series.

Reducing drinking could help with smoking cessation, research finds

If quitting smoking is one of your New Year’s resolutions, you might want to consider cutting back on your drinking, too.

Trees’ enemies help tropical forests maintain their biodiversity, study finds

Scientists have long struggled to explain how tropical forests can maintain their staggering diversity of trees without having a handful of species take over – or having many other species die out. The answer, researchers say, lies in the soil found near individual trees, where natural “enemies” of tree species reside. These enemies, including fungi and arthropods, attack and kill many of the seeds and seedlings near the host tree, preventing local recruitment of trees of that same species.

Tree rings Tree-ring analysis explains physiology behind drought intolerance brought on by fire suppression

Tree rings tell the story of what’s happening physiologically as fire suppression makes forests more dense and less tolerant of drought, pests and wildfires, new research shows.

Master Gardener Give yourself a gift by becoming an OSU Extension Master Gardener

Serving as a Master Gardener keeps you on your horticultural toes.

Head of FORCE Lab at OSU-Cascades to share latest on running shoes at Science Pub Corvallis

Christine Pollard, who directs the Functional Orthopedic Research Center of Excellence Laboratory – better known as the FORCE Lab – at Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend will present the lab’s unexpected findings on “maximal” or cushioned running shoes at the next Science Pub Corvallis. 

Researchers to use artificial intelligence, “big data” to locate and predict crime at sea

Researchers using artificial intelligence and “big data” plan to develop new algorithms that they say will enable them to identify, locate – and eventually predict – crimes committed in the world’s oceans, from illegal fishing off the Patagonia shelf to drug smuggling in Central America to slave labor and human trafficking in the Indian Ocean.

Swiss needle cast symptoms Climate change anomaly intensifies Swiss needle cast in some Douglas-fir forests

The fungal disease reacts favorably to the wet, foggy environment on the west slope of the Oregon Coast Range.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Machine-learning research at OSU unlocking molecular cages’ energy-saving potential

Nanosized cages may play a big role in reducing energy consumption in science and industry, and machine-learning research at Oregon State University aims to accelerate the deployment of these remarkable molecules.

Bridge Paradigm shift needed for designing tsunami-resistant bridges

Researchers, including two Oregon State University scientists, argue in a new study that a paradigm shift is needed for assessing bridges’ tsunami risk.

50 years ago, OSU grad introduced the computer mouse and the world hasn’t been the same since

Fifty years ago this week, a quiet engineer, who had graduated from Oregon State University, introduced the world to windows, hypertext, video conferencing, computer graphics and the computer mouse – the latter a wooden block on wheels – years before they advanced daily business and consumer processes. .

Addressing research gaps could help with development of disability-inclusive workplaces

Filling key gaps in the research and understanding of the treatment of people with disabilities in the workplace could help improve employee success on the job and develop more disability-inclusive workplaces, a new review of disability research has shown.

Trees to Know in Oregon 10 gift ideas for the gardeners in your life

From pruners to compost, here are some ideas to satisfy the plant nerds on your list.

OSU CyberForce team OSU first in region, third in nation in Department of Energy cybersecurity competition

A student team from the Oregon State University College of Engineering placed third nationally out of 70 teams in the Department of Energy’s CyberForce Competition.

hazelnuts Hazelnuts improve older adults’ micronutrient levels

Older adults who added hazelnuts to their diet for a few months significantly improved their levels of two key micronutrients, new research at Oregon State University indicates.

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, to speak at Oregon State 

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, will speak Jan. 21 at Oregon State University as part of the university’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

OSU names new leader for international affairs

Kendra Sharp, a professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University, has been named senior advisor to the provost for international affairs.

November - 2018
OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery presents exhibition of student art

"Montage,” a juried exhibition of student artwork, will be on display Dec. 3 through Jan. 3 in the Fairbanks Gallery of Art

Christmas tree Treat your Christmas tree to vodka? Only if you want to waste it

OSU Extension expert busts myths about taking care of Christmas trees.

Linus Pauling Science Center Three Oregon State University researchers earn rank of AAAS fellow

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has awarded the distinction of AAAS fellow to three researchers from Oregon State University: Michael Freitag, David Maddison and Mas Subramanian.

Study: Earth’s polar regions communicate via oceanic “postcards,” atmospheric “text messages”

Scientists have documented a two-part climatic connection between the North Atlantic Ocean and Antarctica, a fast atmospheric channel and a much slower oceanic one, that caused rapid changes in climate during the last ice age – and may again.

OSU names new dean of its Graduate School

Philip Mote, an associate dean in Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and founding director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, has been named vice provost and dean of OSU’s Graduate School.

OSU Wind Ensemble to perform David Maslanka’s final symphony Dec. 2

The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble will present “The River of Time” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center.

Amber fossil Mosquitoes, other blood-sucking flies have been spreading malaria for up to 100 million years

The microorganisms that cause malaria, leishmaniasis and a variety of other illnesses today can be traced back at least to the time of dinosaurs, a study of amber-preserved blood-sucking insects and ticks show.

insight OSU scientists assisted in planning for Mars InSight landing

OSU scientist Jeffrey Barnes and colleagues helped NASA scientists and engineers plan for the tricky landing of Mars InSight, and have been involved with the Mars 2020 mission as well.

New federal report: Northwest climate could see more years like 2015

A new federal report on the impacts of climate change release on Friday – that includes a chapter focusing on the Pacific Northwest – warns that more years like 2015 may lie ahead for the region and they may be even worse.

Frog Mucus from frogs’ sticky tongues may jump-start next generation of high-tech adhesives

The next generation of high-tech adhesives could take some design cues from the tongues of frogs, according to new research led by the Oregon State University College of Engineering.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony annual holiday concert set for Nov. 30

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra will present its annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.

Auditions for OSU’s winter production, ‘Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe,’ to be held Dec. 2

Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s winter production, “Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe,” will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2,

Reef Corals and their microbiomes evolved together, new research shows

Corals and the microbes they host evolved together, new research by Oregon State University shows.

OSU Wind Symphony performs fall concert Nov. 27

The Oregon State University Wind Symphony will present its fall term performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Robert Tanguay checks tanks of zebrafish in the Sinnhuber Aquatic Research Lab at OSU Discovery of a new gene could shed light on chemical exposure effects in humans

The discovery of a new gene in zebrafish could lead to a better understanding of how exposure to chemicals leads to disease in humans.

Womack Beatles authority Kenneth Womack to speak in Corvallis Nov. 28

Womack is the author or editor of 35 books, including many on The Beatles.

Women's Building Response to daily stressors could affect brain health in older adults

Taking typical daily annoyances such as a long wait at the doctor’s office or a traffic jam on the freeway in stride may help preserve brain health in older adults, while emotional reactions could contribute to declines in cognition.

fireweed Got a gardening question? Get an answer from an OSU Extension expert

Get your gardening questions answered by people you can trust -- Oregon State faculty and Extension Master Gardeners.

PNW forest PNW forests will be less vulnerable to drought, fire than Rocky Mountain, Sierra forests

Forests in the Pacific Northwest will be less vulnerable to drought and fire over the next three decades than those in the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada, computer modeling by researchers in Oregon State University’s College of Forestry shows.

Vintage Meier & Frank fashions return to downtown Portland in new display by OSU students

A collection of vintage clothing and accessories from the original Meier & Frank Department Store in downtown Portland is returning to the historic building this fall in a new window display designed by Oregon State University students.

Pharmacy Building Researchers identify factors behind small-intestine inflammation in immunodeficiency patients

Oregon State University researchers have discovered two key factors behind the intestinal inflammation that plagues people suffering from a disorder that affects their immune system.

An Outdoor School counselor (left) and participant look at the needles on a tree on a hike at Camp Tamarack More than 30,000 students participate in inaugural year of statewide Outdoor School

Three-quarters of Oregon’s eligible fifth- and sixth-grade students participated in the inaugural year of the statewide Outdoor School program.

OSU Opera kicks off season Nov. 19 with Sondheim, Bernstein and more

Oregon State University Opera kicks off the 2018-19 season with “So Many Possibilities” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony celebrates work of Leonard Bernstein at Nov. 18 concert

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra presents its season opening concert “Bernstein 100” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, celebrating works of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.

witch hazel The winter garden doesn’t have to be bare of flowers

Many plants bloom in winter, including witch hazel, sasanqua camellia, wintersweet, sweetbox, jasmine, hardy cyclamen and hellebores.

Blacktail Deer Creek Yellowstone streams recovering thanks to wolf reintroduction

In the first study of its kind, research by Oregon State University scientists shows that the return of large terrestrial carnivores can lead to improved stream structure and function.

wild type Neisseria gonorrhoeae Researchers closer to gonorrhea vaccine after exhaustive analysis of proteins

In a study of proteins historic in its scope, researchers have pushed closer both to a vaccine for gonorrhea and toward understanding why the bacteria that cause the disease are so good at fending off antimicrobial drugs.

Construction starts on research ship to be operated by Oregon State University

Construction of a new Oregon State University-bound research ship that will advance the science of coastal environments, and support research on topics such as ocean acidification, hypoxia, and sea level rise, officially began today in Louisiana.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Executive & Audit Committee of the OSU Board of Trustees to meet November 16

The Executive and Audit Committee of the Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold a telephonic meeting from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16.

OSU overall enrollment grows with expanded offerings

Oregon State University continues to advance its 150-year mission to provide access to a high-quality education by enrolling a record 32,011 students for fall term 2018.

Newport OSU analysis finds countries following through on ocean conservation promises

Nations and organizations have taken action on nearly all of their recent ocean conservation pledges and almost half of those promises have been fulfilled, research by Oregon State University shows.

Artist Phillip March Jones to speak at Oregon State Nov. 14

Artist Philip March Jones will speak at 4 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Fairbanks Gallery of Art on Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus.

Vienna Boys Choir to perform in Corvallis Nov. 17

The Vienna Boys Choir will perform two shows, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m, in Corvallis on Saturday, Nov. 17, in the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe St.

Rhododendron Just say ‘no’ to bad gardening practices

Let OSU Extension experts pave the way to truth when it comes to practices in the garden.

sheep grazing under array Solar arrays could be used as resources for plant productivity, study shows

Oregon State University scientists have found a resource to increase agricultural production on dry, unirrigated farmland—solar panels.

trees Scientists propose panel to guide gene-editing decisions regarding conservation

An Oregon State University environmental ethicist and scientists from nine other universities say an international oversight panel is needed to guide decisions about whether and when to employ gene-editing technology to solve ecological problems.

October - 2018
Gilbert Hall OSU a leader in national effort to ensure science strives for tangible, positive effects on society

Oregon State University is helping to spearhead a $5.2 million National Science Foundation effort toward ensuring that research projects make tangible, positive impacts on society.

honeybee OSU helps establish roadmap for filling the gaps in forest pollinator research

Actively managed conifer forests may also provide important habitat for the pollinators that aid in the reproduction of food crops and other flowering plants around the globe.

OSU’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series presents Eric Dyer Nov. 13

Artist Eric Dyer will present a talk on “Material Motion,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center.

Fiddle group Childsplay to perform at Oregon State University Nov. 14

The touring fiddle choir Childsplay will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the LaSells Stewart Center.

Valley Library OSU redesigning certain courses to improve student, faculty success

Oregon State University is redesigning more than a dozen courses in which students have historically struggled in a bid to help them and their instructors cover the material in ways that are more personalized and effective.

American punk music icon John Doe to perform in Corvallis Nov. 13

American punk music icon John Doe will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Majestic Theatre, 115 S.W. 2nd St, Corvallis.

Auditions for OSU’s winter production, ‘The Little Prince,’ to be held Nov. 11 and Nov. 13

Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s winter production, “The Little Prince,” will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 and Nov. 13 in the Withycombe Hall main stage theatre.

OSU Theatre presents ‘The Passion of Dracula’ in November

Oregon State University Theatre will open its 2018-19 season with “The Passion of Dracula,” in November.

OSU Board of Trustees approve new strategic plan

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees Friday approved a new university strategic plan that will guide OSU’s teaching, research, and outreach and engagement efforts through 2023.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Animal species becoming extinct in Haiti as deforestation nearly complete

Species of reptiles, amphibians and other vertebrates are becoming extinct in Haiti as deforestation has claimed more than 99 percent of the country’s original wooded areas.

potato Time spent in the garden now saves work in spring

Cooler weather is calling us inside, but it's a good time for getting things done in the garden.

OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery presents ‘Natural Deceptions’ featuring work by Natalie Krick

“Natural Deceptions,” an exhibition of photographs by Seattle artist Natalie Krick, will be on display Nov. 5 through Nov. 29 in the Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University.

Pianist Lukáš Vondráček performs Nov. 4 at OSU

Pianist Lukáš Vondráček will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at Oregon State University as part of the Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Piano Series.

 

Black cottonwood poplar trees are vulnerable to a pathogen known as Septoria that causes cankers to grow on the stem and branches Genetic behavior reveals cause of death in poplars essential to ecosystems, industry

Scientists studying the valuable, but vulnerable, black cottonwood poplar have identified the genetic mechanism responsible for the species’ inability to resist a pervasive and deadly disease.

Noted OSU conservation researcher to speak at Science Pub Nov. 12

William Ripple, a distinguished professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University who has drawn worldwide attention for his research on wolves and other predators, and for publishing a scientists’ warning to humanity, will speak at the Corvallis Science Pub on Monday, Nov. 12.

Red algae Sidebar: Floating glass, plastic reveal new red algal genera and species, possibly from tsunami

An Oregon State University researcher analyzing debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami has discovered two new species of red algae – one that attaches to plastic debris, the other is found only on glass.

boat Algae from Japanese tsunami debris hasn’t taken a foothold, though many were “global invaders”

Researchers have identified 84 species of marine algae and cyanobacteria that arrived in the Northwest via debris from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and, to date, none have gained a foothold in U.S. coastal waters.

squat lobster Researchers discover deepest known underwater volcanic eruption

A team of researchers has documented a recent volcanic eruption on the Mariana back-arc in the western Pacific Ocean that is about 2.8 miles below the ocean surface, making it the deepest known eruption on Earth.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society presents Portland Youth Philharmonic concert Oct. 28

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society will host the Portland Youth Philharmonic for a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

Presidential historian and ABC analyst Mark K. Updegrove to speak in Corvallis Oct. 30

“LBJ, the Great Society and the 1960s: A conversation with Presidential historian and ABC analyst Mark K. Updegrove” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at OSU.

Orchardgrass infected by a non-toxic species of Rathayibacter OSU researchers propose CRISPR as influencer of low genetic diversity in deadly bacteria

Scientists at Oregon State University have shed light on the evolutionary history of a soil-borne bacteria that is so dangerous to grazing animals it is kept behind lock-and-key to prevent its spread.

Oregon State names interim vice president for research

Oregon State University President Ed Ray Wednesday named Irem Tumer as interim vice president for research.

Mathematics of art is focus of Oct. 24 artist’s talk at OSU

Painter and sculptor Michael Schultheis will present “Venn pirouettes: Changing the way the world sees math,” a talk on the mathematics of art, at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in The LaSells Stewart Center

Author Sarah Sentilles to read at Oregon State University Oct. 26

Nonfiction writer Sarah Sentilles will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

For a small segment of fans, sports consumption can be compulsive and potentially harmful

For a small percentage of the most avid fans, sports consumption may also be compulsive and potentially harmful, much the way that compulsive shopping, tanning or use of social media can be to some people, new research from Oregon State University shows.

boxelder bugs Insects and spiders out to find shelter for winter

The insects trying to get into homes aren't going to hurt humans or houses.

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