February - 2024

February - 2024
Hoary bat at sea. Will Kennerley photo courtesy the MOSAIC Project. Oregon State University researchers are first to see at-risk bat flying over open ocean

CORVALLIS, Ore. – On a research cruise focused on marine mammals and seabirds, Oregon State University scientists earned an unexpected bonus: The first-ever documented sighting of a hoary bat flying over the open ocean.

Close up image of Dungeness crabs Oregon State leads effort to expand ocean oxygen monitoring sensor use in fishing industry

Oregon State University researchers are leading an effort to refine the design and expand use of oxygen monitoring sensors that can be deployed in fishing pots to relay critical information on changing ocean conditions to the fishing industry.

Ringtail photo by Jonathan Armstrong, Oregon State University Study provides rare glimpse of the ringtail, an important but poorly understood predator

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Secretive species can pose special conservation challenges simply because they are so skilled at staying under the radar that researchers have uncovered comparatively little about their basic needs.

Marys Peak, highest point in the Oregon Coast Range. Photo by Steve Lundeberg, Oregon State University. Cooler, wetter parts of Pacific Northwest likely to see more fires, new simulations predict

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Forests in the coolest, wettest parts of the western Pacific Northwest are likely to see the biggest increases in burn probability, fire size and number of blazes as the climate continues to get warmer and drier, according to new modeling led by an Oregon State University scientist.

Oregon State alumnus, NFL great Steven Jackson to give commencement address on June 15

Steven Jackson, an Oregon State University alumnus, former Beavers football player and star NFL running back, will deliver the commencement address at the university’s 155th commencement ceremony

Even very low levels of pesticide exposure can affect fish for generations, study finds

Fish exposed to some pesticides at extremely low concentrations for a brief period of time can demonstrate lasting behavioral changes, with the impact extending to offspring that were never exposed firsthand, a recent study found.

Front view of Milam Hall, red-brick building at OSU, home of many College of Health offices Oregon State study sheds light on links between cognitive and motor skill development in children with autism

A recent study by Oregon State University researchers highlighted the ways motor skills and cognitive skills develop in connection with each other in young children with autism, and found an opportunity for behavioral and physical therapists to work together to improve care.

Vanadium, one of the CO2 capture materials, displaying a brilliant deep purple color (image provided by May Nyman, chemistry professor, OSU College of Science). Oregon State University research makes key advance for capturing carbon from the air

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A chemical element so visually striking that it was named for a goddess shows a “Goldilocks” level of reactivity – neither too much nor too little – that makes it a strong candidate as a carbon scrubbing tool.

Stock image of Waldo Hall; building is old-fashioned yellow brick with red at the top and black roofs on the spires. Whether cesarean or vaginal, childbirth experiences greatly affected by ‘dehumanizing’ treatment, OSU study finds

Whether delivering via cesarean or vaginally, patients’ overall experiences and perceptions of childbirth are largely determined by the kind of treatment they receive from their medical providers and whether they feel seen and heard, a recent Oregon State University study found.

Oregon State earns 10th straight top-10 national ranking for online education

Oregon State University has been ranked one of the nation’s 10 best online education providers for the 10th consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report — an accomplishment no other institution in the country can claim.

Drone in hand, photo by Karl Maasdam One person can supervise ‘swarm’ of 100 unmanned autonomous vehicles, OSU research shows

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Research involving Oregon State University has shown that a “swarm” of more than 100 autonomous ground and aerial robots can be supervised by one person without subjecting the individual to an undue workload.

OSU names AVP of economic development and industry relations

Rebecca Robinson has been appointed associate vice president for the newly formed economic development and industry relations office at Oregon State University and also will serve as senior advisor for strategic initiatives at OSU-Cascades. She will start on April 15.

January - 2024

January - 2024
Oregon State receives $3.5 million grant to develop barley varieties for chefs, brewers, farmers

Oregon State University will use a $3.5 million grant to lead a multi-state effort focused on developing new varieties of naked or hulless barley that appeal to chefs, brewers, distillers and farmers.

Spray coating for grapes shows promise in battle between wildfire smoke and wine

Spray on coatings for grapes in the vineyard have promise in preventing off flavors in wines that result from contact with wildfire smoke, according to new Oregon State University research.

A student learns how to plant and grow microgreens in 2023 at Woodlawn K-5 School in Portland. The students used seeds from Food Hero Grow This! classroom seed-starting kits. OSU Extension statewide seed giveaway returns for fifth year

Individuals and households, schools and groups can sign up to receive an individual/household seed kit, group kit or seed-starting teacher classroom kit through the mail. 

Marine heat waves trigger shift in hatch dates and early growth of Pacific cod

Marine heat waves appear to trigger earlier reproduction, high mortality in early life stages and fewer surviving juvenile Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska, a new study from Oregon State University shows.

Snags serve as homes and feeding grounds for a host of vertebrate species Study offers rare long-term analysis of techniques for creating standing dead trees for wildlife habitat

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ecologists have long known that standing dead trees, commonly referred to as snags, are an important habitat element for forest dwellers and act as a driver of biodiversity.

Indigenous stewardship of forests topic of Feb. 7 Oregon State Science Pub

Indigenous stewardship of Pacific Northwest forests as a way of increasing forests’ climate resiliency, particularly related to wildfires, will be the topic of Oregon State University’s Science Pub on Feb. 7.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon State Board of Trustees approves presidential compensation adjustment, elects board officers

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Friday approved a presidential compensation adjustment and elected board officers.

An image from a Veterans Day ceremony at OSU shows an older man wearing a baseball cap that says "Always a Marine." OSU study: Veterans’ PTSD symptoms affected by factors like service appraisal, social support

Military veterans’ individual perceptions of their combat experiences and the social supports they receive when they return home are greater predictors of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms than the specific conflict in which they served, a new Oregon State University study found.

John V. Byrne, Oregon State’s 12th president, dies at age 95

John V. Byrne, who served as Oregon State University’s 12th president from 1984 to 1995 after leading the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, died Thursday. He was 95. 

aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon State Board of Trustees to discuss election of board officers, presidential pay on Jan. 19

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet remotely Jan. 18 and 19 to consider election of board officers, a presidential compensation adjustment and a debt resolution of long-term refinancing.

Electric vehicle, photo by U.S. Department of Energy Scientists outline a bold solution to climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An international team of scientists led by Oregon State University researchers has used a novel 500-year dataset to frame a “restorative” pathway through which humanity can avoid the worst ecological and social outcomes of climate change.

Bombus flavidus female lateral. Photo by Josh Dunlap, Oregon Department of Agriculture. New online guides will aid in identification of native bees in Pacific Northwest

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pollinator enthusiasts and scientists have new online tools to identify native bees in the Pacific Northwest.

Chinook salmon Vitamin discovered in rivers may offer hope for salmon suffering from thiamine deficiency disease

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University researchers have discovered vitamin B1 produced by microbes in rivers, findings that may offer hope for vitamin-deficient salmon populations.

Oregon State hosts discussion about universities’ role in reviving civil discourse

Two scholars with Ivy League ties will speak Jan. 22 at Oregon State University about the need for universities to lead the way in reviving the art of civil discourse in a society increasingly characterized by division and confrontation.

December - 2023

December - 2023
James Johnston takes samples to look for evidence of past fire in the southern part of Willamette National Forest. Photo by Mike Coughlan, University of Oregon. Western Cascades landscapes in Oregon historically burned more often than previously thought

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Forests on the west slope of Oregon’s Cascade Range experienced fire much more often between 1500 and 1895 than had been previously thought, according to new research by scientists at Oregon State University.

Talk by Keeanga-Yamahatta Taylor highlights Oregon State’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

Oregon State University’s 42nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration will take place next month and be highlighted by a keynote address by scholar, author and activist Keeanga-Yamahatta Taylor on Jan. 31.

Scientists collect aardvark poop to understand how the species is impacted by climate in Africa

In a first-of-its-kind study of aardvarks, Oregon State University researchers spent months in sub-Saharan Africa collecting poop from the animal and concluded that aridification of the landscape is isolating them, which they say could have implications for their long-term survival.

OSU coral researcher Alex Vompe off the north shore of Mo'orea (photo by Mackenzie Kawahara). Some coral species might be more resilient to climate change than previously thought

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Some coral species can be resilient to marine heat waves by “remembering” how they lived through previous ones, research by Oregon State University scientists suggests.

New study eyes nutrition-rich chia seed for potential to improve human health

Oregon State University scientists have sequenced the chia genome and in doing so provided a blueprint for future research that capitalizes on the nutritional and human health benefits of the plant.

Local authorities respond to the 2020 Slater fire in Happy Camp, California, during the first day of explosive fire growth after which over 90,000 acres were burned and over 200 homes were lost.  (photo by Will Harling,   director of the Mid Klamath Water Oregon State working on bridging gaps in understanding community resilience to wildfire

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Wildfire researchers from Oregon State University have received $750,000 for multiple projects to bridge a knowledge gap between forestry and engineering regarding how communities are affected by major fire events.

Donald Phillips New position at Oregon State University focuses on veteran, military student mental health

Donald Phillips is the university’s first mental health and wellness coordinator for the military connected community

November - 2023

November - 2023
Image shows a closeup of the comb in a honey bee hive, but most of the cells are dark brown in color, indicating the larvae inside have been infected with European foulbrood disease and are dying. Oregon State researchers lead $4.2 million USDA grant to study disease plaguing honey bees

Researchers at Oregon State University have received a $4.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study European foulbrood disease, which is killing honey bees and affecting pollination of specialty crops.

Gravitational waves discovery topic of Dec. 6 Oregon State Science Pub

The discovery related to gravitational waves which made international headlines earlier this year and was predicted by Albert Einstein more than a century ago will be the topic of Oregon State University’s Science Pub on Dec. 6.

Photo by Steve Lundeberg, OSU News and Research Communications. Road. Forest modeling shows which harvest rotations lead to maximum carbon sequestration

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Forest modeling by Oregon State University scientists shows that a site’s productivity – an indicator of how fast trees grow and how much biomass they accumulate – is the main factor that determines which time period between timber harvests allows for maximum above-ground carbon sequestration.

X-ray tomography-based 3D visualizations of microbial biofilm architecture and distribution in porous media columns. The experiments represent three different flow rates, varying three orders of magnitude (slowest on the left, fastest on the right). The g OSU, NASA partnership will send microbes to space to see how they grow in low gravity

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two Oregon State University College of Engineering faculty members are partnering with NASA on a $525,000 National Science Foundation project to examine the role that gravity, or the lack thereof, plays in microbial growth.

African violet Colorful indoor plants make delightful gifts for the holidays

The choices go beyond traditional poinsettias and amaryllis. Colorful African violets, gloxinia, cyclamen, orchids, ornamental peppers and Christmas cactus are blooming and readily available.

Portrait of Mike and Judy Gaulke New marine innovation and technology center at Oregon State established with $20 million gift

A $20 million gift to the Oregon State University Foundation by alumni Judy and Mike Gaulke will create a new center to lead and support innovative research and development of technology that helps society better understand, protect and utilize the ocean and its environment.

Potatoes are harvested on a farm in Culver, Ore. Photo by Lynn Ketchum. Researchers receive $2M to look for new ways to prevent organic potatoes from spoiling

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University researchers have been awarded $2 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop improved ways of preventing stored potatoes from sprouting, particularly in the organic sector.

OSU horticulturist Amy Jo Detweiler, photo by Lynn Ketchum New plant hardiness map, used by gardeners nationwide and based on OSU climate data, unveiled

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today released its new Plant Hardiness Zone Map, the national standard by which gardeners can determine which plants are most likely to survive the coldest winter temperatures at a certain location.

Wildfire, drought cause $11.2 billion in damage to private timberland in three Pacific states, study finds

Wildfires and drought have led to $11.2 billion in damages to privately held timberland in California, Oregon and Washington over the past two decades, a new Oregon State University study found.

Oregon State University names inaugural director of Tribal relations

Chance White Eyes, an assistant professor of Native American studies at Southern Oregon University and an alumnus of Oregon State University, has been named the inaugural director of Tribal relations at Oregon State. He starts Dec. 15.

Ellery Ohlwiler and David Abiola collect Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) data on the OSU campus. Photo by Chris Parrish, OSU College of Enginering. Oregon State to receive $6.5M for federal effort to modernize geospatial coordinate system

Oregon State University is one of four institutions selected to advance a federal effort to modernize the National Spatial Reference System, which underpins surveying, mapping, autonomous vehicle navigation, precision agriculture and the rest of the United States’ geospatial economy.

Tongass National Forest, photo by Logan Berner Southern Alaska’s national forests key to meeting climate, conservation goals, OSU study shows

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Analyses of U.S. national forests led by Oregon State University scientists shows that increased protections for two Alaskan forests is a key to meeting climate and biodiversity goals.

Oregon State University enrollment reaches a new record, topping 36,000

Oregon State University’s fall 2023 enrollment has reached a record for the 27th consecutive year, topping 36,000, with growth spread across its Corvallis and Bend campuses and its online education unit.

An aerial photo shows the large PRAx building under construction on OSU's campus. OSU’s Patricia Valian Reser Center for Creative Arts announces inaugural season lineup

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts at Oregon State University today announced the lineup of events and performances for its inaugural 2024-2025 season, with tickets going on sale Nov. 15.

Pollinators preferred native Clarkia amoena over its cultivars. Photo by Jen Hayes. The debate over native plants and their cultivars gathers steam

Research about native plans and their cultivars that has been done – primarily on the East Coast – hasn’t been conclusive.

Headshot of author Robin Wall Kimmerer, a smiling lady with shoulder-length gray hair, wearing blue and white beaded earrings and a blue, black and turquoise shawl. Indigenous author & botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer named recipient of OSU’s 2024 Stone Award

Indigenous author, botanist and professor Robin Wall Kimmerer has been named as Oregon State University’s 2024 recipient of the Stone Award for Literary Achievement.

Image of scientist Dawn Wright Scientist Dawn Wright to discuss her dive to the deepest spot on the planet during Nov. 15 lecture at OSU

Geographer and oceanographer Dawn Wright, who in 2022 became the first Black person to dive to the deepest known point on the planet, will give the fall 2023 Marston lecture Nov. 15 at Oregon State University.

Dam removals, restoration project on Klamath River expected to help salmon, researchers conclude

The world’s largest dam removal and restoration project currently underway on the Klamath River in Oregon and California will aid salmon populations that have been devastated by disease and other factors. However, it will not fully alleviate challenges faced by the species, a team of researchers conclude in a just-published paper.

October - 2023

October - 2023
Researchers observe wolves hunting and killing sea otters and harbor seals on Alaska’s Katmai coast

Firsthand observations of a wolf hunting and killing a harbor seal and a group of wolves hunting and consuming a sea otter on Alaska’s Katmai coast have led scientists to reconsider assumptions about wolf hunting behavior.

Image shows a lab technician pipetting material into a box of vials in a lab hood. OSU veterinary researchers to test hundreds of wild animal species for SARS-CoV-2

Backed by a new cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, researchers at Oregon State University will soon begin testing approximately 1,600 wild animal specimens for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19.

OSU Pharmacy Building Oregon State researchers uncover mechanism for treating dangerous liver condition

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A study spearheaded by Oregon State University has shown why certain polyunsaturated fatty acids work to combat a dangerous liver condition, opening a new avenue of drug research for a disease that currently has no FDA-approved medications.

flooding Climate report: ‘Uncharted territory’ imperils life on Earth

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An international coalition of climate scientists says in a paper published today that the Earth’s vital signs have worsened beyond anything humans have yet seen, to the point that life on the planet is imperiled.

Pacific Northwest’s semiconductor and sustainable timber industries to be strengthened by two Oregon State-led federally designated Tech Hubs

Oregon State University is the leader of two federally designated Tech Hubs – one focused on microfluidic technology for semiconductors and the other on mass timber design and manufacturing – announced today by the White House.

Klamath River dam removal topic of Nov. 1 Science Pub talk in Corvallis

The world’s largest dam removal project currently being undertaken on the Klamath River and will be the topic of Oregon State University’s Science Pub on Nov. 1.

Looking up at the red-brick front of the Women's Building on OSU campus College students in minoritized groups feel less confident about peer support in event of sexual assault, study finds

College students who identify as part of minoritized groups have more negative perceptions about how their peers might react if they were to disclose experiences of sexual violence, a recent Oregon State University study found.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon State Board of Trustees approve strategic plan and president’s goals

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Friday accepted a university strategic plan that will guide Oregon State through 2030, and in which OSU seeks to increase research activity, improve graduation rates and increase enrollment online and at OSU-Cascades in Bend.

Try some unusual bulbs to change it up this spring. Photo by Karen Zimmerman. Go underground with bulbs for colorful spring bloom

When purchasing bulbs, choose large ones. The bigger the bulb, the bigger the bloom.

Art About Agriculture celebrates 40th anniversary with show in Portland

Art About Agriculture’s annual exhibition of agriculture and natural resource-themed artwork by Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a touring show that will be on display from Nov. 17 to Dec. 31 in Portland.

Financial journalist Diana B. Henriques to speak Nov. 8 at Oregon State about why financial history matters

Financial journalist and author Diana B. Henriques will speak about why financial history matters Nov. 8 at Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus as part of the Provost’s Lecture Series.

Aerial image of a pod of gray whales. Gray whales experience major population swings as a result of Arctic conditions, research shows

Dynamic and changing Arctic Ocean conditions likely caused three major mortality events in the eastern North Pacific gray whale population since the 1980s, a new study has found.

High-performance custom cryogenic computer built by OSU Overclocking. Photo provided by Josh Gess, OSU College of Engineering. Oregon State to lead $2M federal push toward more-efficient, longer-lasting electrical components

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers in the Oregon State University College of Engineering are spearheading a $2 million federal effort to explore new ways of developing electrical components that are better able to withstand extreme operating conditions, especially high temperatures.

6,000 Samaritan employees eligible for scholarships to learn online thanks to new OSU collaboration

Oregon State University is expanding its relationship with Samaritan Health Services to provide thousands of the regional health system’s employees with more affordable access to academic programs and workforce education opportunities online.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon State Board of Trustees to discuss strategic plan, president’s goals

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet Oct. 18 to 20 on the university’s Corvallis campus to consider approving a strategic plan that will guide the university through 2030 and goals for President Jayathi Murthy for the next year.

Image shows a series of 5 massive offshore wind turbines in open ocean under a glaring sun; the first turbine is close by in the foreground and the others look progressively smaller as they are farther away. OSU-led project receives $2.5 million to study community perceptions of offshore wind energy

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected a team of researchers led by Oregon State University to receive up to $2.5 million to study what coastal communities think of potential offshore wind energy development and the benefits they could gain from those projects.

Structures on antennae of new genus and species of micro-wasp. Photo provided by George Poinar Jr. New type of tiny wasp comes with mysterious, cloud-like structures at ends of antennae

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Fossil researchers have discovered a novel genus and species of tiny wasp with a mysterious, bulbous structure at the end of each antenna.

Species: gray wolf (Canis lupus) Photo credit: Gary Kramer, USFWS Source: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq/5584759091">www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq/5584759091</a> Gut bacteria found in wild wolves may be key to improving domestic dogs’ health

BEND, Ore. – Gut microbes found in wild wolves may be the key to alleviating a debilitating gastrointestinal condition common to domestic dogs, according to a study led by researchers at Oregon State University – Cascades.

Image of whale bones scattered across the ground. DNA from discarded whale bones suggests loss of genetic diversity due to commercial whaling

Commercial whaling in the 20th century decimated populations of large whales but also appears to have had a lasting impact on the genetic diversity of today’s surviving whales, new research from Oregon State University shows.

September - 2023

September - 2023
Tuberous begonias can be kept over winter for bloom next year. Photo from Flickr, denisbin. Five steps for saving tuberous begonias as frost approaches

The tubers can be saved and planted again the next spring for another year of showy color.

OSU researchers receive NSF grant to develop robot swarm that can explore under ice shelves

Oregon State University researchers will lead a team of scientists and engineers on a three-year, $1.5 million project to develop and test a team of robots that could travel under ice shelves and collect critical measurements about the extent of ice cavities and surrounding ocean properties.

Upper North Falls, Silver Falls State Park. Photo by Steve Dundas, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences. Is Instagram making the great outdoors more crowded? Not as much as you might suspect

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Except for modest visitor increases at a small percentage of iconic places, Instagram content is not resulting in more tourist traffic on public lands, according to a study by researchers at Oregon State University.

Image of a crew working on a large research buoy aboard a research vessel. Consortium receives National Science Foundation funds to continue initiative that monitors ocean conditions in real time

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a coalition of academic and oceanographic research organizations including Oregon State University a five-year, $220 million cooperative agreement to continue operating and maintaining the Ocean Observatories Initiative.

Hops, like those growing on this trellis in Corvallis, Ore., can be a source of xanthohumol, which researchers believe may have value in addressing obesity and metabolic syndrome. (Photo courtesy USDA) Compound derived from hops reduces abundance of gut microbe associated with metabolic syndrome

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers have shown in a mouse model and lab cultures that a compound derived from hops reduces the abundance of a gut bacterium associated with metabolic syndrome.

Image of sign indicating road closure due to forest fire with smoke heavy in the air. Socially vulnerable populations are disproportionately exposed to wildfires in the West, study finds

People experiencing a high degree of social vulnerability are also more exposed to wildfires in Oregon and Washington as wildfire risk increases, a new study shows.

Court action is necessary to establish climate stability as a protected right to break climate change impasse, Oregon State professor concludes

New court actions upholding climate stability as a protected right are needed to break the climate change impasse, an Oregon State University economist concludes in a just-published paper.

Headshot of Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences. She has short blonde hair and is wearing a dark blue blazer, seated with her elbows propped on a table and one hand supporting her chin as she looks at the camera. National Academy of Sciences president says higher ed must innovate to meet students’ needs

Higher education must innovate to keep up with the evolving economy, students’ financial constraints and the need for greater public trust in the sciences, National Academy of Sciences president Marcia McNutt said Tuesday in a speech at Oregon State University.

Science Pub talks on sharks and eclipse set for October in Corvallis and Lebanon

Oregon State University’s Science Pub events return in October with two talks, one in Corvallis focused on the secret lives of sharks and a second talk in Lebanon about the annular solar eclipse that will be visible in Oregon on Oct. 14.

Oregon State researchers receive grants to study marine carbon dioxide removal solutions

Oregon State University researchers are receiving federal funding to study potential solutions for removing carbon dioxide in marine environments.

Oregon State receives $7.5 million grant to build state of the art zebrafish biomedical research facility

Oregon State University has received a $7.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to modernize a lab focused on using zebrafish to address pressing human health challenges

The Beeches, Asher Durand, 1845 Art, science merge in Oregon State study of 19th-century landscape paintings’ ecological integrity

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An Oregon State University-led collaboration of ecologists and art historians has demonstrated that landscape paintings from more than 150 years ago can advance environmental science.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Remaining members of Pac-12 take legal action to confirm governance

Oregon State University and Washington State University, the two remaining members of the Pac-12 Conference, initiated legal action today to confirm the governance structure of the conference, gain access to business information, and protect the conference’s assets. This is a critical step that allows the two universities to continue to explore all options for preserving the conference going forward, according to Oregon State President Jayathi Murthy and Washington State President Kirk Schulz.

New multi-institution earthquake center aims to advance understanding of Cascadia Subduction Zone

Oregon State University researchers will play key roles in a new multi-institution earthquake research center dedicated to the study of the Pacific Northwest’s Cascadia Subduction Zone, which is capable of producing earthquakes comparable to the largest recorded globally.

The Oregon Agristress Helpline – 833-897-2474 – is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by call or text. Crisis helpline for Oregon’s agricultural and forestry communities is now open

The Oregon Agristress Helpline – 833-897-2474 – is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by call or text.

Erin Pettit cuts glacier ice with a chain saw to measure ice structural properties and bubble pressures. Bursting air bubbles may play a key role in how glacier ice melts, Oregon State research suggests

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University research has uncovered a possible clue as to why glaciers that terminate at the sea are retreating at unprecedented rates: the bursting of tiny, pressurized bubbles in underwater ice.

OSU field crew workers collect data in the Marshall Devine planning area in the Malheur National Forest in the southern Blue Mountains of Oregon (photo provided by James Johnston of the OSU College of Forestry). Efforts to restore federal forests in eastern Oregon are working, Oregon State research shows

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Forest thinning is improving the robustness of older trees and enhancing native biodiversity on federal lands in eastern Oregon, evidence that collaborative efforts to restore forests are working, research by Oregon State University shows.

In no-till gardening, using a garden fork means less soil disturbance. Photo by Tom Gentle. No-till gardening keeps soil – and plants – healthy

No-till gardening minimizes soil disruption, which compacts the soil and destroys the pathways that channel air and water through the soil.

Potatoes Oregon State University sets record with research awards totaling $480 million

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Bolstered by a big jump in funding from U.S. government agencies, Oregon State University’s research awards in the last fiscal year surged to $480 million, a university record.

August - 2023

August - 2023
Science Pub talks set for September in Corvallis and Lebanon

Oregon State University’s Science Pub events return in September with two talks, one in Corvallis focused on Oregon’s beaches and dunes and a bonus talk in Lebanon about beer and wine aromas.

A bison bull breaking aspen saplings and eating aspen in the Lamar Valley in northern Yellowstone National Park. Overstory aspen trees have died and fallen to the ground as seen in the photo, and tall saplings have grown since the early 2000s. Broken stem Broken by bison, aspen saplings having a tough time in northern Yellowstone

CORVALLIS, Ore. – In northern Yellowstone National Park, saplings of quaking aspen, an ecologically important tree in the American West, are being broken by a historically large bison herd, affecting the comeback of aspen from decades of over-browsing by elk.

Reser Stadium. Image provided by Hoffman Construction Oregon State University trustees consider implications of Pac-12 departures

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University President Jayathi Murthy and OSU Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes shared an update Friday with university trustees about the effects of recent developments with the Pac-12 Conference.

Stock image of an orange plastic bottle of white pills spilling out. FDA approving drugs after fewer trials, providing less information to public, OSU studies find

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is approving more novel pharmaceutical drugs based on single clinical trials and with less public disclosure about those trials than was the norm just a few years ago, a pair of new studies from Oregon State University found.

Oregon State Board of Trustees to meet remotely Aug. 25 to consider capital projects, hear updates

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 2 p.m. remotely via Zoom Friday, Aug. 25.

Algae sampling Oregon State researchers develop novel technique for sniffing out toxic algae blooms

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a new way to monitor the danger associated with algae blooms: “sniffing” the water for gases associated with toxins.

Image of Eugene Emeralds mascot and Leigh Torres of the Marine Mammal Institute. ‘Exploding Whales’ partnership with Eugene baseball team benefits OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute

A minor-league baseball promotion rooted in a quirky bit of Oregon history will culminate this weekend in Eugene with a fundraising auction to benefit Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute.

OSU campus has been accredited as an arboretum. Photo from University Marketing, Oregon State University. Oregon State University’s historic campus earns coveted arboretum status

The accreditation validates OSU’s long recognized reputation as a beautiful, walkable campus.

white colored mothball Mothballs are a pesticide and should be used with care

Mothballs, one of the most common methods to control clothes moths, need to be recognized as a pesticide that can be harmful to humans or animals when misused.

Image of sign on side of Oregon State University Portland Center. Oregon State initiative aims to create better pathways to higher education for minoritized communities in Portland area

Oregon State University is launching an initiative to create seamless pathways to higher education for Black, Indigenous and Latino communities in the Portland area through collaborating with organizations serving these communities.

Reser Stadium. Image provided by Hoffman Construction Public invited to tour Reser Stadium, Health Center, Welcome Center at Aug. 19 open house

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The public is invited to tour Oregon State University’s completed Reser Stadium during an open house Aug. 19.

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