August - 2019
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.

Combat veterans more likely to experience mental health issues in later life

Military veterans exposed to combat were more likely to exhibit signs of depression and anxiety in later life than veterans who had not seen combat, a new study from Oregon State University shows.

OSU’s new arts and education complex to be located at 15th Street and Washington Way

Oregon State University leaders announced today that a new $70 million arts and education complex on OSU’s Corvallis campus will be built at the corner of Southwest 15th Street and Washington Way.

Copper compound shows further potential as therapy for slowing ALS

A compound with potential as a treatment for ALS has gained further promise in a new study that showed it improved the condition of mice whose motor neurons had been damaged by an environmental toxin known to cause features of ALS.

Erik Leung hired as director of bands at Oregon State University

Erik Leung, director of bands at Fresno Pacific University in California, has been hired as director of bands at Oregon State University.

Pharmacy Building Researchers discover genetic mutation behind serious skull disorder

A collaboration led by scientists at Oregon State University, the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and Erasmus University in The Netherlands has identified a new genetic mutation behind the premature fusing of the bony plates that make up the skull.

June - 2019
Location-based data on social commerce platforms can provide insights for business decisions

Data from social commerce websites can provide essential information to business owners before they make decisions that could determine whether a new venture succeeds or fails, a study from Oregon State University shows.

peony The powerful beauty of peonies makes them a favorite in the garden

The old-fashioned nostalgia of peonies translates to modern gardens without a hitch.

cancer-fighting magnetic nanoclusters Researchers reach milestone in use of nanoparticles to kill cancer with heat

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed an improved technique for using magnetic nanoclusters to kill hard-to-reach tumors.

Wine is bottled and labeled in Oregon Given more information about how wine is made, consumers less likely to pay for organic

Consumers are more willing to pay for wine that comes with an organic or organic grape label but providing information about certification standards and organic production practices reduces consumer willingness to pay for all wines, , according to an Oregon State University-led study.

Pharmacy Building More monitoring needed to reduce post-hospitalization urinary tract infections

Broader monitoring of patients is needed to reduce the number of people who develop a urinary tract infection after being discharged from the hospital, new research by Oregon State University suggests.

Private prisons have a political role in corrections issues in the U.S., researcher finds

Private prisons play a political role in immigration and incarceration issues in the United States and the industry may face obstacles as well as opportunities in the current political landscape, a new paper from an Oregon State University researcher suggests.

Batcheller Hall Oregon State leads fight against gender bias in software

Researchers at Oregon State have created a method called GenderMag that enables IT professionals to identify and eliminate gender biases in software

Sidlauskasi fish New fish discovered in Amazon basin named after Oregon State researcher

Fish named Leporinus sidlauskasi, in honor of Brian Sidlauskas

OSU names NOAA director of marine mammal science as head of its Marine Mammal Institute

Lisa Ballance, an ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California, has been named director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University.

pair of Tigriopus californicus Crustacean’s life in low-oxygen water suggests there’s more than one way to survive hypoxia

A tidepool crustacean’s ability to survive oxygen deprivation though it lacks a key set of genes raises the possibility that animals might have more ways of dealing with hypoxic environments than had been thought.

Outdoor School, Oregon State Parks launch Get Out There Together program

Oregon State University Extension Service and Oregon State Parks are partnering to offer a new program called Get Out There Together.

Veterinary Discovery Day at OSU
The Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University will host Veterinary Discovery Day on July 12
Oregon State becomes exclusive provider of online education for pro hockey association

Oregon State University and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association announced today a collaboration that provides players and their family members access to the university’s top-ranked online degree programs with support from a tuition reimbursement plan.

melanoma cell Oregon State researchers identify compounds that starve melanoma cancer cells of energy

Researchers at Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University have found a possible counterpunch to the drug resistance of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

River OSU researchers lay out plan for managing rivers to be resilient to climate change

New strategies for river management are needed to maintain water supplies and avoid big crashes in populations of aquatic life, researchers argue in a perspective piece published today in Nature.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon State University reports IT security incident

Oregon State University announced Friday that 636 student records and family records of students containing personally identifiable information were potentially affected by a data privacy incident that occurred in early May.

Oregon State University launches largest, most comprehensive hemp research center in the nation

Oregon State University officials announced plans today (Thursday, June 13) to launch the nation’s largest research center devoted to the study of hemp, and announced that OSU will begin certifying hemp seed for planting in Oregon.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Study may solve long-standing mystery of why atmospheric CO2 was lower during ice ages

A combination of sea water temperatures and iron from dust helps explain variations in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels during ice ages.

OSU celebrates 150th commencement with record number of graduates

Oregon State University will graduate a record 7,202 students during its 150th commencement ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Touted as ‘development,’ land grabs hurt local communities, and women most of all

Large-scale land transactions in which nations sell huge, publicly owned parcels to foreign and domestic corporations negatively affect local women more than men, a new study by Oregon State University shows.

Scientists discover how climate modulates fertilization of North Pacific Ocean with Asian dust

The vast subtropical “gyres” – large systems of rotating currents in the middle of the oceans – cover 40 percent of the Earth’s surface and have long been considered biological deserts with stratified waters that contain very little nutrients to sustain life.

An adult samurai wasp lays eggs in a mass of brown marmorated stink bug eggs Researchers determine ideal areas and timing for biological control of invasive stink bug

Biological control of the brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive pest that devastates gardens and crops, would be more effective in natural areas bordering crops or at times when certain insecticides aren’t being applied.

tomato Trial gardens show vegetables can be grown without irrigation

Save yourself some money and help the environment by trying dry gardening

LGBT-identifying females are at increased risk of substance use in early adolescence

Females who identify as sexual minorities face an increased risk of substance use that shows up as early as age 13, suggesting early adolescence is a critical period for prevention and intervention efforts, a new study from Oregon State University has found.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Renowned ecologists call for a new narrative for the ocean to spur smart actions

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two leading marine ecologists say now is the time for scientists to escalate the  creation of “scalable solutions” to the ocean’s problems rather than just “documenting the tragedies underway.”

Oregon State University names interim dean of College of Business

James Coakley, who has nearly 30 years of experience as an administrator and professor in Oregon State University’s College of Business, has been named interim dean of the college, OSU Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser announced Tuesday.

OSU names Jon Boeckenstedt as new vice provost of enrollment management

Jon Boeckenstedt, a pioneer for decades in higher education admissions recruitment and marketing, has been named Oregon State University’s new vice provost of enrollment management, OSU Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser announced Monday.

Austin Hall OSU startup’s technology will give boost to wide range of scientific researchers

A startup founded with technology developed at Oregon State University has entered into a co-marketing agreement with a leading manufacturer of analytical scientific instruments, a development that will benefit scientists studying everything from cancer-fighting drugs to methods for detecting explosives.

May - 2019
aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon State Board of Trustees approves budget for coming year 

Oregon State University’s board of trustees approved a fiscal year 2020 budget on Friday, calling on university leaders to prioritize funding for several key initiatives including retaining excellent faculty, emphasizing student recruitment and retention, and supporting initiatives to promote diversity and inclusivity at OSU.

OSU Chamber Choir to perform 15th annual President’s Concert

The Oregon State University Chamber Choir, directed by Steven Zielke, will present the 15th annual President’s Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

daphne Help deter wildfires around homes with appropriate landscaping

How you design your garden can have a difference if threatened by wildfire.

OSU names Anita Azarenko interim vice provost for outreach and engagement

Anita Azarenko, who has served more than 30 years in a wide range of leadership roles at Oregon State University, has been named interim vice provost for the Division of University Outreach and Engagement and director of the OSU Extension Service, OSU Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser announced Friday.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Antibiotics that dentists prescribe are unnecessary 81% of the time, research shows

Antibiotics prescribed by dentists as a preemptive strike against infection are unnecessary 81% of the time, according to a study published today in JAMA Network Open.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Research deepens understanding of gut bacteria’s connections to human health, disease

Researchers at Oregon State University have made an important advance in understanding the roles that gut bacteria play in human health.

Societal values and perceptions shape energy production and use as much as new technology

Societal values and perceptions have shaped the energy landscape as much as the technologies that drive its production and consumption, a new paper from an Oregon State University researcher suggests.

Elliott State Forest Public invited to meetings to discuss future of the Elliott State Forest

The Oregon State University College of Forestry is inviting the public to participate in discussions regarding the Elliott State Forest next month in North Bend, Reedsport and Roseburg.

Strawberries Sweeten up summer with strawberries

Growing strawberries isn't difficult if you follow some simple tips.

OSU choirs to perform ‘Spring Sing’ concert May 31

The Oregon State University choral program will present the annual “Spring Sing!” concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, at First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW 8th St., Corvallis.

OSU’s Spring One-Act Festival to run May 29-June 2

Oregon State University Theatre’s annual Spring One-Act Festival, featuring original short plays written and directed by OSU Theatre students, will run May 29 through June 2 on the OSU campus in Corvallis.

Great Move Out donation drive starts soon

The Great Move Out, a program to help students recycle instead of discard unwanted items, begins as students move out of their residences.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Prescriptions written by pharmacists reducing risk of unwanted pregnancies

A 2016 Oregon law allowing pharmacists to write birth control prescriptions is helping more women at risk for unintended pregnancies to use contraception, new research by Oregon State University suggests.

OSU Board of Trustees and Committees to meet May 30 - 31

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet Friday, May 31, to consider the university’s operating budget for the coming fiscal year and work to reclaim a previous pumice mine and a landfill that adjoin the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend. The board also will consider a presidential leadership profile, which will be used to recruit candidates for the search underway to select OSU’s next president.

Oregon State offering enhanced support services to help Native American students earn degrees online

Oregon State University is increasing its outreach to Native American communities in Oregon and across the country by enabling tribal members to earn college degrees through OSU’s nationally ranked online programs.

Randy Wildman holds a largemouth bass he caught in Fall Creek Reservoir Extreme draining of Oregon reservoir aids young salmon and eliminates invasive fish

Low-cost, extreme draining of Fall Creek Reservoir aided downstream migration of juvenile chinook salmon – and led to the gradual disappearance of two species of predatory invasive fish in the artificial lake.

OSU Jazz Ensemble performs Ellington and more May 29

The Oregon State University Jazz Ensemble will present its final concert of the 2018-19 season at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Community invited to open house focused on future vision for OSU’s Corvallis Campus

Oregon State University invites Corvallis-area community members to share their input for a long-term vision for the university’s Corvallis campus. 

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU part of $1.94 million grant to study connection between autism, microbiome

An Oregon State University researcher is part of a $1.94 million grant to look for possible connections between the human microbiome and autism spectrum disorder.

Barring wildlife helps get your space back

Sometimes, it's best to learn to live with the animals that also call our gardens home.

Annual OSU gathering of ‘world’s largest’ Native American flute circle set for May 29

The annual gathering of the Oregon State University Native American flute circle is set for noon Wednesday, May 29, at the Student Experience Center plaza, 2251 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

‘Drawing in the Northern Light’ poems and photographs on display at OSU’s Little Gallery

“Drawing in the Northern Light,” a series of poems and photographs by Oregon State University Professor Joseph Ohmann Krause, will be on display May 28 through Sept. 30  in the Little Gallery on the OSU campus in Corvallis.

OSU to re-enact historic black student march of 1969  

A re-enactment of an historic campus 1969 march and walk-out of black students that inspired greater multicultural programs and inclusivity at Oregon State University will take place Tuesday.

Conflicts and cooperation from the Columbia River to the Nile topic of Science Pub Corvallis

Hassan Latif, Egyptologist and a former curator at the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo, and Aaron Wolf, a geography professor at Oregon State University, will discuss how the movement and availability of water change cultures and influence politics at the June 3 Science Pub Corvallis. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. at the Whiteside Theatre, 361 SW Madison Avenue.

Complete removal of tumor reduces risk of recurrence of cancer in dogs, analysis shows

The relative risk of a recurrence of cancer is reduced by 60% in dogs whose tumors are completely removed, a new analysis by Oregon State University researchers has found.

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