December - 2018
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.

Wild bee OSU Wind Ensemble to perform Oct. 24 in Corvallis

The OSU Wind Ensemble presents “The Four H’s”  Oct. 24 

mug shot American Folk icon Tom Paxton to perform in Corvallis Oct. 24

American folk music icon Tom Paxton will perform at OSU

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Board of Trustees and Committees to meet October 24 - 26

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold a retreat on Wednesday, Oct. 24, to discuss trends in higher education and Oregon State’s efforts to serve more learners.

Top Oregon family businesses to be honored at Nov. 15 event

Several Oregon family businesses will be honored at the Oregon State University College of Business’ 2018 Excellence in Family Business Awards ceremony Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland.

Alsea River, Oregon Economic analysis provides watershed moment for environmental groups

Economists have found that in the United States, watershed groups have had a positive impact on their local water quality. 

San Francisco’s Mission District featured in talk and photo exhibit at OSU

“The Mission District: A Window on Humanity,” a talk and photography exhibition about San Francisco’s Mission District by Oregon State University alumnus Richard B. “Dick” Evans, will be held Oct. 18 on the Corvallis campus.

‘State of the Coast’ conference set for Oct. 27 in Coos Bay

Registration has opened for Oregon Sea Grant's annual State of the Coast conference, which will be held Oct. 27 in Coos Bay.

 

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU advancing disease understanding, diagnosis through use of big data

Patients are now being more precisely diagnosed and treated thanks to an Oregon State University researcher’s work in translational data science.

Strength of nicotine dependence tied to violations of campus smoking ban

Student smokers who appeared to be more dependent on nicotine were more likely to violate Oregon State University’s ban on smoking after the policy was adopted, new research has found.

Dick Fosbury sculpture to be unveiled at Oregon State University

A sculpture honoring Oregon State University alumnus Dick Fosbury will be unveiled Oct. 19 on OSU’s Corvallis campus, one day before the 50th anniversary of the former track and field athlete’s historic gold medal victory in the high jump at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

Oregon State University helps lead project to bring faster broadband to Oregon

The Oregon Fiber Partnership, a collaborative effort of Oregon State University, the state’s major public research universities and state government, has taken a key step to develop a statewide, high-speed optical network.

OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery to present works by Seattle sculptor Erin Meyer

“Paraphrase the Invisible,” an exhibition of works by Seattle sculptor Erin Meyer, is on display Oct. 8 through Nov. 1 at Oregon State University.

Oregon State-produced coral reef documentary available for licensing

Schools, libraries, non-profits and government groups can now license a feature-length documentary made by Oregon State University about the decline of coral reef ecosystems

OSU faculty member leading $2.2 million effort to improve physics programs & instruction

David Craig, a professor of practice in Oregon State University’s College of Science, will lead a five-year, multimillion dollar effort to help physics departments at colleges and universities nationwide improve their programs and instruction.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Students sift through waste to aid recycling

Students from a sustainability assessment class will sort through garbage from across campus on Oct. 12

Land-locked Atlantic salmon use GPS-like magnetic field to navigate – and may not lose that ability

A new study shows that Atlantic salmon use the Earth’s magnetic field as a navigational tool – much like their cousins, Pacific salmon – and don’t lose that ability through several generations of fish even after they have been transplanted into a land-locked lake

Hydrangea Hydrangeas play a pretty role in the garden

Hydrangeas play many roles in the garden, whether it's shining in a special place or creating a hedge.

Study leads to a question: Should the fishing industry insure itself against risk?

Oregon State University’s James Watson, an assistant professor who specializes in marine resource management, published a study this week in which he and others outlined the need for aquaculture producers in developing countries to use financial risk management tools to protect their investment.

Cities’ population, transportation patterns affect how flu epidemics play out

The more people a city has and the more organized its residents’ movement patterns, the longer its flu season is apt to last, new research at Oregon State University shows.

2018 one of worst low-oxygen years for ocean off Oregon, which now has a “hypoxia season”

Oregon State University recently received a four-year, $1.1 million grant from the NOAA Coastal Hypoxia Research Program to work with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, crabbers and other fishermen to map and track the extent of the hypoxia, identify “hotspots” and potential refuge areas, and develop predictive models of when and where low oxygen will occur – and affect Dungeness crabs and fishes.

Acclaimed saxophonist Branford Marsalis and his quartet to perform at OSU Oct. 14

Acclaimed saxophonist Branford Marsalis, a three-time Grammy Award-winner, and his quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 in The LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

Researchers identify potential new anti-cancer target: A microbe that helps cancer spread

Oregon State University researchers studying cervical cancer have identified a bacterium that helps the disease spread, a discovery that could open up a new way of treating cervical and other cancers.

Oregon State-produced documentary to be screened at BendFilm Festival

An Oregon State University-produced feature-length documentary about the decline of coral reefs will be screened at the BendFilm Festival at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Regal Old Mill theater.

September - 2018
Poinsettia plant Start now to get beautiful poinsettias at the holidays

Poinsettias need periods of darkness to color up for the holidays.

Manta ray Manta rays’ food-capturing mechanism may hold key to better filtration systems

Manta rays strain their tiny food from mouthfuls of seawater in a novel way that could hold the key to better filtration in a variety of commercial applications, new research by Oregon State University shows.

The Brazilian mangrove forest fringes the entirety of the Atlantic Coast at the mouth of the Amazon River Amazon mangrove forest stores twice as much carbon per acre as region’s famous rainforest

Scientists have determined for the first time that Amazon’s waterlogged coastal mangrove forests, which are being clear cut for cattle pastures and shrimp ponds, store significantly more carbon per acre than the region’s famous rainforest.

OSU’s Little Gallery presents ‘Reverence,’ an exhibition of indigenous artists’ work

Oregon State University’s Little Gallery presents “Reverence,” an exhibition of selected works by Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, Natalie Ball and Rick Bartow, Oct. 8 through Dec. 13.

Novelist Nick Dybek to read at Oregon State University Oct. 5

Novelist Nick Dybek will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

Auditions for OSU’s fall production of ‘Dracula’ to be held Sept. 30 – Oct. 1

Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s fall production, “The Passion of Dracula,” will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre.

Corvallis Science Pub looks at the use of technology in agriculture

A preowned tractor or plow used to be the go-to technology for the average farmer, but while that might still be true for some, agriculture has changed forever. At the Corvallis Science Pub on Oct. 8, Chad Higgins will discuss the farms of the future and related technology in the fields. 

OSU, consortium get NSF grant to continue Ocean Observatories Initiative

The National Science Foundation announced that it has awarded a coalition of academic and oceanographic research organizations a five-year contract to operate and maintain the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI).

Anthony S. Davis Anthony S. Davis to serve as interim dean of OSU College of Forestry

Anthony S. Davis will serve as the interim dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry effective immediately, OSU Provost and Executive Vice President Edward Feser announced.

Oregon State University honored for commitment to diversity

Oregon State University has received the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

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