October - 2019
OSU’s Little Gallery presents exhibit on the Berlin Wall by artist Stefan Roloff

Oregon State University’s Little Gallery will mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with “Beyond the Wall,” a recreation of a 2017 exhibit by German artist Stefan Roloff that was displayed at the original Berlin Wall site.

Flies under blue light Daily exposure to blue light may accelerate aging, even if it doesn’t reach your eyes, study suggests

Prolonged exposure to blue light, such as that which emanates from your phone, computer and household fixtures, could be affecting your longevity, even if it’s not shining in your eyes.

Linus Pauling Science Center Oregon State to help lead effort to make cancer research data more useful and accessible

Oregon State University has been awarded $8.8 million to help lead a 3½-year effort to make the volumes of data arising from cancer research more accessible, organized and powerful.

Austin Hall OSU to study incorporating innovation into promotion and tenure criteria for higher education faculty

Oregon State University has received a $438,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study adding innovation and entrepreneurial achievements into the criteria for higher education faculty promotion and tenure.

Science Pub Corvallis will explore Earth’s legacy and climate change

We value legacies. We leave them for our families, our communities, society, and the environment. But will the Earth leave a legacy for extraterrestrial civilizations? At Science Pub Corvallis on Nov. 4, Martin Fisk, emeritus professor at Oregon State University, will address that question.

Excellence in Family Business Award winners named by Oregon State College of Business

Sisters Coffee Company of Sisters, Heritage Specialty Foods of Portland and CRB Manufacturing of Clackamas have been selected as this year’s winners of the Oregon State University College of Business’s Excellence in Family Business Awards.

OSU film scholar and Distinguished Professor Jon Lewis to speak Oct. 23

“Hollywood in the 60s: A Conversation with Distinguished Professor of Film Studies Jon Lewis” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Construction & Engineering Hall at the LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

Corvallis-OSU Piano International presents ‘Noche de Alma Latinoamericana’ Oct. 20

Corvallis-OSU Piano International will present the third annual “Noche de Alma Latinoamericana” from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, in the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis.

hazelnuts Gather nuts frequently as they fall from the tree

Harvesting, drying and storing nuts correctly will give you months of enjoyment.

Kuka robot precision woodcutter OSU celebrates grand opening of A.A. ‘Red’ Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University College of Forestry celebrated the grand opening on Thursday of its A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory, a facility dedicated to furthering research and collaboration in the timber design, engineering, fabrication and construction sectors.

OSU Presidential Search Continues

Oregon State University’s 15-member presidential search committee continues to evaluate candidates for the position of university president using the Presidential Leadership Profile approved by the OSU Board of Trustees.

Sialomorpha dominicana Meet the ‘mold pigs,’ a new group of invertebrates from 30 million years ago

Fossils preserved in Dominican amber reveal a new family, genus and species of microinvertebrate from the mid-Tertiary period, a discovery that shows unique lineages of the tiny creatures were living 30 million years ago.

Gift launches OSU’s fundraising effort to acquire equipment to improve cancer treatment for pets

A $500,000 gift from Ken and Celia Austin is kick-starting fundraising for a device to deliver radiation treatment to animals at Oregon State University’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine.

OSU Board of Trustees and committees to meet October 16 - 18

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold a retreat on Wednesday, Oct. 16, to discuss assumptions underlying the university’s 10-year business forecast and strategic plan, consider headwinds facing higher education and the university over the next decade, and explore transformational strategies to address the most pressing headwinds.

Women's Building Coordinated care model leads to decreases in unscheduled, preventable hospitalizations

Oregon Medicaid enrollees are less likely to make unscheduled trips to the hospital following the implementation of the state’s accountable-care model, new research by Oregon State University shows.

Japanese maple Get the scoop on gardening with 10-Minute University handouts

10-minute presentations were so popular, they've stretched to 25

OSU hosts jazz guitarist, author and recording artist Wayne Goins at Majestic Theatre

Jazz and blues guitarist, recording artist and author Wayne Goins will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis.

Colin Johnson Deafness-causing protein deficiency makes brain rewire itself, research suggests

The brains of people with congenital deafness may be rewiring themselves in ways that affect how those people learn, suggesting a need to develop new teaching techniques tailored toward those who have never been able to hear.

mini autonomous car OSU researcher using miniature cars to help advance autonomous vehicle safety

An autonomous systems expert at Oregon State University is helping to lead an effort to build research infrastructure for the safety, performance and security of driverless cars, supported by a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Warren Washington Warren Washington, climate science pioneer and Oregon State alum, to speak Oct. 11 at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pioneering climate scientist Warren Washington, who received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oregon State University, will give this year’s OSU College of Science Distinguished Lecture on Friday, Oct. 11.

September - 2019
Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center receives $1M for genetics research

Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center has received a $1 million gift to explore hemp genomics, research that can grow understanding of how hemp may be used in health and nutrition products, textiles and construction materials.

Oregon State University Foundation leader to retire, replacement named

Oregon State University Foundation President and CEO Mike Goodwin will retire Jan. 3, 2020. Shawn Scoville, executive vice president of the OSU Foundation, will succeed him. Over the last decade and a half at Oregon State, the two have developed one of the premier public university foundations in the country.

OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery presents two-artist show, ‘Seeing is Deceiving’

“Seeing is Deceiving,” an exhibition of works by artists Granite Calimpong and Lucy Copper, will be on display Oct. 7 through Oct. 30 in the Fairbanks Gallery of Art.

First cohort chosen for PNNL-OSU distinguished graduate research program

Oregon State University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have selected the first group of students for the PNNL-OSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony opens season with Mozart, Bruckner Oct. 6

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra will open the 2019-2020 season with a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis.

OSU’s American Strings Series brings The Baseball Project to the Majestic Theatre

In a nod to October being World Series month, the American Strings Series features an evening with Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of The Baseball Project on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Corvallis Science Pub features mega-rafting of invasive species

The 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami launched a flood of debris across the Pacific Ocean. At the Corvallis Science Pub on October 14, Jessica Miller, professor in fisheries and wildlife at Oregon State University, will discuss what she and other scientists learned about the nearly 300 invasive species that hitchhiked their way on the debris to Hawaii and the Northwest.

Essayist Jia Tolentino to read at Oregon State University Oct. 4

Essayist Jia Tolentino will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Lillian Larwood Oregon woman inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

OSU professor emeritus Lillian Larwood is recognized for 35 years of service to 4-H youth and programs.

Ocean acidification and hypoxia plan outlines Oregon’s commitment to addressing climate impacts

Oregon has a new roadmap for addressing rising ocean acidification and hypoxia – two climate change-induced conditions that could have widespread consequences for the state’s ocean ecosystem and the economy.

Jane Lubchenco OSU ecologist: Ocean-based actions can close gaps in climate change mitigation

Ocean-based actions have greater potential to fill in gaps in climate change mitigation than previously appreciated, an Oregon State University scientist and two co-authors explain in a paper published today in Science.

A cat displays secure attachment behavior with researcher Kristyn Vitale in the Human-Animal Interaction Lab at Oregon State University Cats, like children and dogs, develop attachments to their caregivers, study shows

Pet cats form attachments with their human owners that are similar to the bonds formed by children and dogs with their caretakers.

Giustina Gallery at OSU to exhibit ‘My Secret Double’ Oct. 1-30

“My Secret Double – an International Exhibition,” featuring the works of artists from the Northwest and the Baltics, will be on display Oct. 1 through Oct. 30 in the Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

MU Fall season of OSU’s Music à la Carte opens Oct. 4

The Music à la Carte concert series at Oregon State University opens the 2019-2020 season at noon, Friday, Oct. 4, with a piano recital featuring performers Angela Carlson and Rebecca Jeffers.

flower bulb Go underground with bulbs for colorful spring bloom

Spring bulbs aren't just tulips and daffodils -- look for unusual bulbs to supplement the usual suspects.

Oregon State Move-In Day is Sunday, Sept. 22

About 3,500 students are expected to move into Oregon State University residence halls on Sunday, Sept. 22, three days before the start of fall term.

For second consecutive year, Oregon State University honored for commitment to diversity

Oregon State University has been recognized for a second straight year with an award that honors colleges and universities that weave diversity and inclusion into their campus cultures.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon State University receives $1.8 million to improve worker training in manufacturing

Karl Haapala of the Oregon State University College of Engineering has received a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help ensure that current and future workers in the manufacturing sector have access to high-quality engineering education and technical training.

Auditions for OSU’s fall play, ‘Shakespeare in Love’ to be held Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s fall 2019 production of “Shakespeare in Love” will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in the Withycombe main stage theatre in Withycombe Hall, 2901 SW Campus Way, Corvallis.

Large transnational corporations play critical role in global natural resource management

Researchers have identified six corporate actions that, combined with effective public policy and improved governmental regulations, could help large transnational corporations steer environmental stewardship efforts around the world, a new paper suggests.

seeds Seize some seeds from the garden for planting next year

Saving vegetable and herb seeds is a rewarding project that will save you money next spring.

OSU to celebrate veterinary facility expansion with tours, ribbon-cutting

The Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University will host a grand opening and ribbon “chewing” ceremony Monday, Sept. 23, to celebrate the expansion of the veterinary teaching and clinical facilities.

Yelda Turkan OSU College of Engineering earns recognition for equity, inclusion, diversity efforts

Scott Ashford, Kearney Dean of Engineering at Oregon State University, has been honored by the Society of Women Engineers for his contributions to the acceptance and advancement of women in engineering professions.

How long does a whale feed? New data gives insight into blue and fin whale behavior

Researchers using electronic tags were able to monitor blue and fin whales off the coast of Southern California over multiple weeks, providing new insight into the feeding behaviors of the two largest whale species. The researchers also found evidence of differences in the feeding intensity and habitat use of males and females of both species.

Hoary bat pic by Daniel Neal Hoary bat numbers declining at rate that suggests species in jeopardy in Pacific Northwest

The hoary bat, the species of bat most frequently found dead at wind power facilities, is declining at a rate that threatens its long-term future in the Pacific Northwest, according to a novel and comprehensive research collaboration based at Oregon State University – Cascades.

Oregon State University ranked 33rd in nation, tops in Northwest, for innovation

Oregon State University is ranked 33rd in the nation and first among colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest for innovation, according to rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report.

Surface water Tougher arsenic standard shows desired effect: Public’s drinking water is safer

Toughening the federal standard for arsenic in 2001 has led to fewer violations by the public systems that supply more than 80 percent of the United States’ drinking water, research led by Oregon State University shows.

Olive oil Fatty foods necessary for vitamin E absorption, but not right away

A fresh look at how to best determine dietary guidelines for vitamin E has produced a surprising new finding: Though the vitamin is fat soluble, you don’t have to consume fat along with it for the body to absorb it.

Underwater soundscapes reveal differences in marine environments

Storms, boat traffic, animal noises and more contribute to the underwater sound environment in the ocean, even in areas considered protected, a new study from Oregon State University shows.

Gift creates deanship, first endowed coach at Oregon State University

Longtime Oregon State University volunteers and supporters Lee and Connie Kearney have made a $6 million gift, jointly creating the university’s fourth endowed deanship and also an endowed OSU head baseball coach position.

Community Doula Program featured at Corvallis Science Pub

For pregnant women, the services of a doula can provide vital support. At the September 9 Corvallis Science Pub, Melissa Cheyney will discuss a program that matches doulas who share cultural attributes with women who are 30 weeks or more along in their pregnancy.

Student Experience Center New insight into motor neuron death mechanisms could be a step toward ALS treatment

Researchers at Oregon State University have made an important advance toward understanding why certain cells in the nervous system are prone to breaking down and dying, which is what happens in patients with ALS and other neurodegenerative disorders.

August - 2019
raised garden bed Create gardens accessible to all

Using universal garden design brings elements together to make a space that's beautiful and accessible to everyone.

Annual research funding surges at Oregon State University

Research funding at Oregon State University rose 15% in the last fiscal year, nearly matching the university’s highest level of research grant activity ever.

New artifacts suggest first people arrived in North America earlier than previously thought

Stone tools and other artifacts unearthed from an archeological dig at the Cooper’s Ferry site in western Idaho suggest that people lived in the area 16,000 years ago, more than a thousand years earlier than scientists previously thought.

Ramesh Sagili, Oregon State University associate professor of apiculture and Extension specialist, examines honeybees in Madras, Oregon. Researchers determine pollen abundance and diversity in five major pollinator-dependent crops

A new study provides valuable insights into pollen abundance and diversity available to honeybee colonies employed in five major pollinator-dependent crops in Oregon and California.

Plan ahead to avoid parking and commuting challenges on OSU Corvallis campus Aug. 30

Oregon State University employees, students, football fans and the public should plan ahead when visiting the Corvallis campus on Friday, Aug. 30, as a weekday home game could make parking a challenge.

Recent and long dead tanoak trees are seen from the air outside of Brookings, Oregon. Aggressive local efforts were key to limiting spread of sudden oak death disease in Oregon

Limiting sudden oak death’s spread in southern Oregon has proved to be a success.

Public invited to attend information sessions about OSU’s research forests

Oregon State University’s College of Forestry is hosting two information sessions for the public regarding OSU’s 10 research forests and the creation of new individual forest management plans to guide the future of those tracts.

Valley Library Oregon State names vice provost for information and technology

Andrea Ballinger, an information technology executive with more than 20 years of experience working in higher education, has been named vice provost for information and technology at Oregon State University.

rat Tips for keeping rats out of home and garden

When neighbors work together to discourage rats, the results are better than going it alone.

Health research funding continues to lag for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders

Clinical research funding continues to lag for the U.S. population of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, even though the nation’s largest biomedical funding agency has pledged to prioritize research on diverse populations, a new study from Oregon State University shows.

Juvenile coho salmon Increasing the abundance of a threatened or endangered species can deliver large economic benefits

A new study provides evidence that increasing the abundance of a threatened or endangered species can deliver large benefits to the citizens of the Pacific Northwest.

cat Flame retardant may cause hyperthyroidism in cats

Silicone cat tag developed by Oregon State University scientist measures cats' exposure to chemicals.

Fukushima damage Researchers develop improved method for studying tsunami risk to bridges, buildings, roads

Researchers at Oregon State University are paving the way toward greater safety for coastal residents and infrastructure by developing a better means of modeling the destructive force of tsunami waves.

cabbage butterfly Know garden pests before deciding on a path to control

Beneficial insects will often show up to feed on pest insects so don't kill indiscriminately.

Work by OSU’s John Selker on display in Woodshop Projects space

Works by John Selker, a professor of biological and ecological engineering, will be on display in August and September on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

Louis Ignarro Nobel laureate will share lifetime journey to address heart disease, wellness

Louis Ignarro, a Nobel laureate whose research advanced treatments for heart disease as well as impotence, will deliver the keynote address at the Linus Pauling Institute’s biennial conference on the contributions of vitamins, minerals and natural products on human health.

Faculty work on exhibit at Oregon State’s Fairbanks Gallery

Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery of Art is hosting an exhibit of work by members of the art faculty throughout August and September.

sheep grazing under array Installing solar panels on agricultural lands maximizes their efficiency, new study shows

The most productive places on Earth for solar power are farmlands, according to an Oregon State University study.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Researchers identify type of parasitic bacteria that saps corals of energy

Researchers at Oregon State University have proposed a new genus of bacteria that flourishes when coral reefs become polluted, siphoning energy from the corals and making them more susceptible to disease.

OSU Summer Choir performs Gabriel Faurés’ Requiem Aug. 18

The Oregon State University Summer Choir will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, in First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave.

OSU researchers, Swinomish tribe of Washington partner on environmental education project

Researchers from the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community of northwest Washington and Oregon State University have been awarded more than $1.6 million from the National Science Foundation to expand an environmental education program that focuses on traditional native foods.

Medicine mural Researchers take key step toward cancer treatments that leave healthy cells unharmed

Researchers have opened up a possible avenue for new cancer therapies that don’t have the side effects that oftentimes accompany many current cancer treatments by identifying a protein modification that specifically supports proliferation and survival of tumor cells.

dead cedar Western Oregon conifers continue to show damage due to drought

It can take several years of drought to kill a large tree.

OSU to host Holocaust and Genocide Curriculum Symposium in Portland

Oregon State University’s College of Education will host a free, day-long curriculum symposium for K-12 educators who will soon be required to teach about the Holocaust and other acts of mass violence under a new Oregon law.

server OSU College of Engineering accelerates research, teaching with $2.6 million investment in AI computing resources

Oregon State University’s College of Engineering is accelerating its work in artificial intelligence, robotics, driverless vehicles and other areas by acquiring six advanced NVIDIA systems that give the college some of the most powerful computing resources among universities worldwide.

July - 2019
Stand of Douglas-fir in Clatsop County, Oregon West Coast forest landowners will plant less Douglas-fir in warming climate, model shows

West Coast forest landowners are expected to adapt to climate change by gradually switching from Douglas-fir to other types of trees such as hardwoods and ponderosa pine, according to a new Oregon State University study.

Corn No need to baby your corn to get miniature ears

Harvest early to get baby corn from regular-size plants.

New observations find Alaskan glacier melt rates significantly higher than predicted by theory

New acoustic observations mapping the changing face of the LeConte Glacier in southeast Alaska show that the rate of submarine melt is much higher than previously predicted by scientific theory.

Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter Fifth season of OSU’s ‘SAC Presents’ series announced

“SAC Presents,” a visual and performing arts events series presented by the School of Arts and Communication at Oregon State University, will return for its fifth season in 2019-20.

This illustration portrays the full picture of different species detected in a stream by analyzing environmental DNA. © Laura L. Hauck. Hidden world of stream biodiversity revealed through water sampling for environmental DNA

For the first time, researchers have used a novel genomics-based method to detect the simultaneous presence of hundreds of organisms in a stream.

pineapple sage 10 low-water perennials that thrive in dry situations

Think "right plant, right place" when choosing plants and locate them together in like situations.

Bard in the Quad at OSU to present ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in August

Oregon State University Theatre will present “Romeo and Juliet” for the 14th season of the popular Bard in the Quad summer productions in August.

 

aerial view of Memorial Union building Finance and Administration Committee of the Oregon State Board of Trustees to meet July 30

The Finance and Administration Committee of the Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold a telephonic meeting from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30.

Cedar Canyon, by Robert Schlegel Robert Schlegel exhibit on display at OSU’s Strand Agriculture Hall through September 6

“Deep Roots of Shapes,” an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by artist Robert Schlegel, is on display in the Strand Gallery at Oregon State University through September 6.

Strong storms also play big role in Antarctic ice shelf collapse

Warming temperatures and changes in ocean circulation and salinity are driving the breakup of ice sheets in Antarctica, but a new study suggests that intense storms may help push the system over the edge.

 

Modeling predicts blue whales’ foraging behavior, aiding population management efforts

Scientists can predict where and when blue whales are most likely to be foraging for food in the California Current Ecosystem, providing new insight that could aid in the management of the endangered population in light of climate change and blue whale mortality due to ship strikes, a new study shows.

John Parmigiani Ramped-up OSU Prototype Development Lab is open for consumer product business

Armed with two new graduate students dedicated to working on consumer products, and a streamlined, fast-track contracting process, Oregon State University’s Prototype Development Lab is ready to help companies bring their ideas to market.

The Willamette River, looking north from the Harrison Street Bridge in Corvallis New analysis reveals challenges for drought management in Oregon’s Willamette River Basin

In Oregon’s Willamette River Basin, managing water scarcity would be more effective if conservation measures were introduced in advance and upstream from the locations where droughts are likely to cause shortages, according to a new study.

Nanoparticle delivery OSU researcher expands research into deadly muscle-wasting syndrome

An Oregon State University scientist has received a $2.3 million, five-year grant to build on his promising research into a debilitating muscle-wasting syndrome that kills as many as 30% of the cancer patients it afflicts.

checking snow depth How much water do snowpacks hold? OSU finds a better way to answer the question

Oregon State University researchers have developed a new computer model for calculating the water content of snowpacks, providing an important tool for water resource managers and avalanche forecasters as well as scientists.

weed Pull weeds as they pop or desired plants will suffer

Weeds will do a number on other plants as they compete for water and nutrients.

cannibis Program aims to lessen conflict between cannabis growers and conventional farmers

Oregon State University steps up to help mitigate clashes between conventional farmers and marijuana growers.  

canning OSU’s food preservation hotline opens July 15

Get your questions answered by OSU experts.

On the origin of the word ‘oops’

In his research for a book on the cultural history of animal diseases, Ray Malewitz encountered a reference to the Great Epizootic of 1872, the most widespread and destructive horse flu epidemic in North American history. Shortly after, Malewitz, an associate professor in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University, came across the word “ooperzootics,” which he came to learn means a fit of craziness in humans. This led him to wonder: Are these two words related to the word “oops?”

Pressure-sensitive adhesive OSU researchers develop eco-friendly, commercially viable pressure-sensitive adhesives

Chemical engineering researchers at Oregon State University have developed a vegetable-oil-based adhesive that could provide an eco-friendly option in making items such as sticky notes, postage stamps and bandages.  

The Sounds of Science: Acoustic tags reveal Dungeness crab range – and some interesting visitors

Oregon State University marine ecologist Sarah Henkel glued acoustic tags onto several legal-sized Dungeness crabs near the mouth of the Columbia River and off Cape Falcon, then deployed acoustic receivers north and south of the two locations to learn more about their movements.

cabbage Rev up for another season of harvest by planting now

Planting some crops now means you'll have some to harvest come fall.

swallowtail butterfly Decades-long butterfly study shows common species on the decline

The most extensive and systematic insect monitoring program ever undertaken in North America shows that butterfly abundance in Ohio declined yearly by 2%, resulting in an overall 33% drop for the 21 years of the program.

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