September - 2018
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.

Pears on the tree. Know when it’s time to pick pears and apples

Apples ripen on the tree, but pears must be stored first.

Oregon State Move-In Day is Sunday, Sept. 16

Oregon State University will host the main day of new resident move in Sunday, Sept. 16, for students living on campus.

Seafood/fishing industry alerted scientists to acidification, hypoxia issues off Oregon

The first biannual report to the Oregon Legislature from the Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Coordinating Council concludes that the state needs more monitoring, public awareness and policy direction regarding these emerging ocean conditions.

Community college and high school students to spend four days on OSU research vessel

Oregon high school and community college students and teachers will join Oregon State University scientists on the research vessel Oceanus this month to gain at-sea research experience as part of a project to enhance STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills.

Monkey Gut microbes’ role in mammals’ evolution starts to become clearer

An international collaboration led by Oregon State University scientists has made a key advance toward understanding which of the trillions of gut microbes may play important roles in how humans and other mammals evolve.

Youth who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual are at increased risk of using multiple substances

Young people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual are at increased risk of using substances such as alcohol, nicotine and marijuana, a new study from Oregon State University has found.

Land Grant Festival commemorates Oregon State’s 150th anniversary

Oregon State University continues the commemoration of its 150th anniversary by holding a festival that highlights the university’s contributions to Oregon’s natural resource communities and economy.

When physical activity classes are required, sedentary college students become more active

Requiring physical activity classes in college encourages sedentary students to become more active, while elective classes tend to draw those who are already motivated, new research from Oregon State University has found. 

portrait Comedian Hari Kondabolu to perform at Oregon State University

Comedian Hari Kondabolu will perform at OSU on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Gill Coliseum

Study: Unmanned “drones” give scientists new insights into gray whale behavior

Scientists using drones have discovered new behaviors by gray whales off the West Coast, including headstands and swimming upside down.

Oregon State to host robotics and artificial intelligence symposium

Oregon State University will culminate the 15-month celebration of its 150th anniversary with a daylong symposium on how artificial intelligence and robotics may change society, jobs and the economy.

Sister piano duo Rachelle and Robin McCabe to perform at OSU Sept. 23

Sisters Rachelle and Robin McCabe will perform a duo piano concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 in the LaSells Stewart Center.

OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery presents work by Lee Ann Garrison and Jay Noller

Littoral Patterns, an exhibit featuring paintings by Oregon State University’s Lee Ann Garrison and Jay Noller is now on exhibit at the Fairbanks Gallery.

tomato blossom end rot Planning now brings a good tomato season next year

If you had problems with blossom-end rot this year, try amending the soil with lime and changing your watering habits.

OSU Robotics Club OSU’s Mars rover wins international competition in Canada

The Oregon State University Robotics Club designed, built and operated the Mars rover that won a 10-team, international competition in Canada.

Oregon State University has another blockbuster year in research grants and contracts

Oregon State University announced Tuesday that it recorded its second-best year ever in competitive grants and contracts for research that benefits every corner of the state and provides students with opportunities for hands-on experience.

 Academic Strategies Committee of the OSU Board of Trustees to meet Sept. 17

The Academic Strategies Committee of the Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold a telephonic meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, to receive updates on the university’s Marine Studies Initiative, progress regarding Oregon State’s institutional accreditation process, and lab safety throughout the university.  The committee also will consider its work plan for 2019. 

August - 2018
Drought killing trees. Conifers – especially Doug-firs – are suffering from drought

Several dry, warm years are taking their toll on Oregon conifers.

New imagery solves mystery of why Mount St. Helens is out of line with other volcanoes

Some of the clearest, most comprehensive images of the top several miles of the Earth’s crust have helped scientists solve the mystery of why Mount St. Helens is located outside the main line of the Cascade Arc of volcanoes.

alpha male wolf in Yellowstone National Park Aspen is making a comeback in and around Yellowstone National Park, because of predators

The reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park is tied to the recovery of aspen in areas around the park, according to a new study.

Stephen Good NSF awards $1.8 million to OSU-Utah collaboration to estimate U.S. plant transpiration

With a $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation, scientists at Oregon State University and the University of Utah are teaming up to make initial estimates of U.S. plant transpiration.

OSU to name new research ship Taani, which means “offshore”

The first new Regional Class Research Vessel being constructed with funds from the National Science Foundation to bolster the nation’s aging U.S. Academic Research Fleet now has a name: Taani.

Compost pile with wheelbarrow Answers to 3 common compost problems

If treated right, billions of microorganisms turn garden debris into black gold.

Oregon State jumps to 15th in Sierra Club ‘Cool Schools’ rankings

Oregon State University has been ranked 15th in the nation and is the top Oregon school in the Sierra Club’s annual “Cool Schools” rankings, which are based on the “greenness” of participating North American universities.

OSU documentary ‘Saving Atlantis’ to show at Darkside Cinema Aug. 31 to Sept. 6

“Saving Atlantis,” a feature-length documentary on coral reefs produced by Oregon State University filmmakers, will be shown Aug. 31 through Sept. 6 at Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. Fourth St., Corvallis.

OSU sign Could religious freedom provide a shield for corporations supporting undocumented immigrants?

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act could provide a shield for liberal businesses seeking to support undocumented immigrants, much the same way the law has allowed conservative companies to challenge enforcement of health care and anti-discrimination laws, a researcher from Oregon State University suggests in a new paper.

Adults play a key role in children’s participation in school recess, researchers suggest

When adults are participants in school recess – leading games, monitoring play and ensuring conflicts are mediated quickly – children are more likely to be engaged in recess activities, a new study has found.

Fourth season lineup 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 fourth season in 2018-19.

Map shows the probability of drought-prone forest soils in Oregon New ‘droughty’ soils model for Pacific Northwest could aid forest health in changing climate

Scientists have developed a new approach to modeling potentially drought-prone soils in Pacific Northwest forests, which could aid natural resource managers to prepare forested landscapes for a changing climate.

Wild bee Logging site slash removal may be boon for wild bees in managed forests

New research suggests the removal of timber harvest residue during harvesting may be a boon for wild bees, an important step toward better understanding the planet’s top group of pollinators.

Ipe tree Logging permit fraud threatens timber species in Brazilian Amazon

Timber harvested illegally under fraudulent permits is undercutting conservation efforts in the Brazilian Amazon, new research by an international collaboration shows.

OSU names Texas A&M leader as dean of its College of Agricultural Sciences

Alan R. Sams, who has helped expand prominent agricultural programs at both Texas A&M and Clemson universities, has been named the Reub Long Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Scientists trace atmospheric rise in CO2 during deglaciation to deep Pacific Ocean

A new study provides some of the most compelling evidence for how carbon dioxide rose during the last deglaciation – a “flushing” of the deep Pacific Ocean caused by the acceleration of water circulation patterns that begin around Antarctica.

Lawn As Labor Day creeps up, think about spiffing up lawn

Grass can look harsh after a hot summer, but there's plenty of time this fall to rejuvenate it.

Coral Corals and algae go back further than previously thought, all the way to Jurassic Period

Algae and corals have been leaning on each other since dinosaurs roamed the earth, much longer than had been previously thought.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU faculty members chosen as lead authors for sixth IPCC report

Oregon State University scientists Alan Mix and David Wrathall have been appointed as lead authors to the newly formed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report.

amber Those fragrances you enjoy? Dinosaurs liked them first

The compounds behind the perfumes and colognes you enjoy have been eliciting olfactory excitement since dinosaurs walked the Earth.

Clinical trial for dogs with mammary cancer now underway at Oregon State

The Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Oregon State University is now enrolling dogs with mammary cancer in a new clinical trial for a treatment that eradicates cancer in two ways.

yellowjacket Drought driving more yellowjackets into backyards this year

If nests are not in a highly trafficked area, the best practice is to leave them alone.

Poplar trees Groundbreaking poplar study shows trees can be genetically engineered not to spread

The largest field-based study of genetically modified forest trees ever conducted has demonstrated that genetic engineering can prevent new seedlings from establishing.

Earthquake-mangled track Research finds quakes can systematically trigger other ones on opposite side of Earth

New research shows that a big earthquake can not only cause other quakes, but large ones, and on the opposite side of the Earth.

Oregon State to host Summer Veterinary Experience for high school students

The Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University will host a week-long Summer Veterinary Experience for high-achieving high school students from underrepresented populations, including many from low-income families.

July - 2018
OSU trustees approve Bachelor of Science in nursing program

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees Monday unanimously approved a new program at OSU-Cascades for registered nurses wanting to earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

Thomas Weller Weller to lead OSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Oregon State University College of Engineering has announced that Thomas Weller is the new head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, effective today.

Burned and unburned areas in the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge Fire is not all bad news in healthy sagebrush steppe ecosystems

Fire is not all bad news in healthy sagebrush steppe ecosystems, according to an Oregon State University study.

Oregon State University President Ed Ray announces new names for three buildings

Oregon State University President Ed Ray today announced new names for three buildings on OSU’s Corvallis campus – Avery Lodge, Benton Hall and Benton Annex.

OSU Summer Choir performs ‘Messiah’ excerpts, other choral favorites Aug. 4

The Oregon State University Summer Choir presents its annual performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 at First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis.

Clover Instead of leaving soil naked, coat it with cover crops

Grow "green manure" to keep soil from eroding, weeds from exploding and to add nutrients.

Kissing up to the boss can increase employees’ bad behavior in the workplace, study shows

Kissing up to the boss at work may help boost employees’ careers but it also depletes the employees’ self-control resources, leaving them more susceptible to behaving badly in the workplace, a new study has found.

Calliarthron tuberculosum Size the main factor in predicting how calcifying organisms will respond to ocean acidification

New research suggests size is the main factor that predicts how calcifying organisms will respond to ocean acidification.

compost Wiggle your way into worm composting

Worm castings -- AKA poop -- add valuable nutrients to the soil and is easy to make. The hardest part is making the bin and that's not difficult.

Alaskan brown bear Diverse salmon populations enable ‘resource surfing’ bears to eat tons of fish

Research shows that Kodiak brown bears that sync their stream-to-stream movements to salmon spawning patterns eat longer and more than bears that don’t.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Scientists warn of border wall’s impacts on biodiversity

A continuous wall on the border between the United States and Mexico would harm a multitude of animal species by fragmenting their geographic ranges, researchers have concluded

OSU sign Deep learning cracks the code of messenger RNAs and protein-coding potential

Researchers at Oregon State University have used deep learning to decipher which ribonucleic acids have the potential to encode proteins.

melting ice Climate change is the focus of new oral history website from Oregon State University Libraries

A website focusing on climate change and featuring oral history interviews with a dozen leading figures from OSU is now online.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Board of Trustees to meet July 30

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold a telephonic meeting from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 30, to consider a new Bachelor of Science in nursing and three capital construction project budgets.

image of marijuana leaves Second study finds Oregon college students reporting more marijuana use following legalization

College students at two large public universities in Oregon are reporting more use of marijuana following the drug’s legalization, including among those who are underage, Oregon State University researchers have found.

Student Experience Center OSU researchers determine why pulsed sparks make for better ignition

Researchers have learned the mechanisms behind a means of improved ignition, helping to open the door to better performance in combustion systems ranging from car engines to jet propulsion.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Study: Reducing carbon emissions will limit sea level rise

A new study demonstrates a clear correlation between cumulative carbon emissions and future sea level rise over time – and the news isn’t good.

Canning Food preservation hotline opens for the season

Get all your food preservation questions answered from safety to great recipes.

birch tree Serious pest targets popular white-bark birch trees

Bronze birch borer can kill a tree before homeowners notice.

OSU’s College of Forestry Dean Maness leaves legacy of leadership 

Thomas Maness, the Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C. Ford dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, passed away Thursday, July 12, in Corvallis. He was 63.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Bard in the Quad at OSU to present ‘The Tempest’ in August

Performances will be held Aug. 2 through Aug. 5 and Aug. 9 through Aug. 12

Tigriopus californicus New species may arise from rapid mitochondrial evolution

Genetic research at Oregon State University has shed new light on how isolated populations of the same species evolve toward reproductive incompatibility and thus become separate species.

Linus Pauling Science Center Solved protein puzzle opens door to new design for cancer drugs

Researchers at Oregon State University have solved a longstanding puzzle concerning the design of molecular motors, paving the way toward new cancer therapies.

Adult pika at Palisade Falls, Montana New evidence of two subspecies of American pikas in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park provides habitat for not one, but two subspecies of the American pika, a species thought to be closely connected with climate change, according to a new study.

Ed Yong Author, science journalist Ed Yong to speak at OSU on July 16

Author and science journalist Ed Yong will present a free public lecture at Oregon State University on microbes and the people who study them.

Heather Knight Oregon State roboticist brings film festival to Portland

Oregon State University roboticist Heather Knight is bringing the Robot Film Festival to Portland, on July 14, for the first time in its eight-year history.

Fairbanks Gallery to host summer-long art faculty exhibit at Oregon State

Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery is hosting a summer exhibit of current work by OSU art faculty through Aug. 30 in Fairbanks Hall, 220 SW 26th St., Corvallis. 

OSU Chamber Music Workshop presents five free concerts in July

The Oregon State University Chamber Music Workshop, sponsored by the OSU School of Arts and Communication SAC Academy, will present five free public performances in July.

watering garden Don’t neglect to water garden in summer

Watering correctly will keep your garden thriving in hot weather.

Linus Pauling Science Center Nanofiber-based wound dressings induce production of antimicrobial peptide

Nanofiber-based wound dressings loaded with vitamin D spur the production of an antimicrobial peptide, a key step forward in the battle against surgical site infections, or SSIs.

Neisseria gonorrhoeae Gonorrhea researchers identify novel route to vaccine, new antibiotic

Researchers have identified a protein that powers the virulence of the bacteria that causes gonorrhea, opening the possibility of a new target for antibiotics and, even better, a vaccine.

A northern red-backed vole forages for berries in bear scat in southeastern Alaska Berry-gorging bears disperse seeds through scat and feed small mammals

New research shows that mice and voles scurry to bear scats to forage for seeds, finding nutritional value in the seeds and in some cases further dispersing them.

ocean OSU-Cascades researcher awarded $2 million for research turning salt water into drinking water

A researcher at Oregon State University-Cascades will lead a team working on turning salt water into drinking water as part of a $21 million national effort.

June - 2018
‘Mountain Memories: Glimpses of Asia’ to exhibit at OSU’s Little Gallery

“Mountain Memories: Glimpses of Asia,” a collection of acrylic paintings by Newport artist Erin Price, will be on display in the Little Gallery at Oregon State University.

nuclear testing OSU contributions come to fruition with impending China nuclear plant opening

Thanks in large part to nearly two decades of research, testing and training support from Oregon State University’s College of Engineering, a new age for nuclear power is set to begin July 4.

Fertilizer Know what your plants need before fertilizing

Doing research up front helps you know which plants need fertilizer, how much and when to apply.

OSU is purchasing land north of Waldport to begin PacWave energy test site project

Oregon State University is purchasing a five-acre parcel along the central Oregon coast that will be the shore-based facility for converting wave energy captured from a test site to be located about seven miles offshore into utility-grid accessible power.

ice Scientists believe ‘lost carbon’ during last Ice Age was stored in ocean via physics and dust

During the last ice age, atmospheric carbon dioxide was about one-third lower than it is today and scientists are uncertain why the distribution of global carbon was different than today.

ocean Scientists use hydrophone to listen in on methane seeps in ocean, hope next to estimate volume

A research team has successfully recorded the sound of methane bubbles from the seafloor off the Oregon coast using a hydrophone, opening the door to using acoustics to identify – and perhaps quantify – this important greenhouse gas in the ocean.

Lessons about a future warmer world using data from the past

Selected intervals in the past that were as warm or warmer than today can help us understand what the Earth may be like under future global warming.

Maximal running shoe ‘Maximal’ running shoes may increase injury risk to some runners

Researchers in the FORCE Lab found that runners experienced a higher impact peak and increased loading rate with “maximal” shoes, which are associated with a greater likelihood of injury, such as plantar fasciitis and tibial stress fractures.

Pharmacy building Lipid-based nanoparticles enable improved therapy for cystic fibrosis patients

PORTLAND, Ore. – Researchers at Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University are working on a treatment that holds great promise for improving the lives of cystic fibrosis patients

Photo of Martin Storksdieck OSU lands $1 million grant to improve undergraduate instruction in STEM

Oregon State University has been awarded a five-year, $1 million grant to improve instruction of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, and better meet needs of undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds.

TDS Telecom Support of OSU Open Source Lab Tops $5 Million

TDS Telecommunications LLC has made a donation valued at more than $1 million to help operate the Oregon State University Open Source Lab. The gift brings TDS’s cumulative support for the lab to more than $5 million.

bee Bees love blue fluorescent light, and not just any wavelength will do

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers at Oregon State University have learned that a specific wavelength range of blue fluorescent light set bees abuzz.

Oregon State University names interim dean of College of Pharmacy

Oregon State University Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser has announced that Mark Leid, a professor and associate dean for research in the College of Pharmacy, will serve as interim dean of the college effective July 1.

Oregon State University Alumni Association names new executive director

The Oregon State University Alumni Association announced Monday that John P. Valva will become its next executive director effective July 22. He also will serve as vice president of alumni relations at Oregon State.

Oregon State University student attaches a milking machine to a cow in the OSU Dairy Research Center. New blood test reveals susceptibility to costly disease in dairy cows

Oregon State University researchers have developed a blood test to identify dairy cows are susceptible to bovine clinical mastitis.

Bat house Beneficial bats help control insects in the garden

Bats can eat their weight in insects in one day, providing important pest control.

Researchers assess the health of forest pollinators and their link to agriculture

With a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, scientists at Oregon State University are teaming up with state and federal agencies and the forest industry to study the health of native pollinators in managed forest landscapes and the contribution of these insects to crop productivity.

Gail Langellotto OSU Master Gardener state conference open to all

Speakers will cover everything from climate change to making a birdhouse.

Oregon State University announces marine science media fellows

Oregon State University has named 12 leading regional, national and international journalists as its 2018 marine science media fellows.

Groundbreaking ceremony for expansion of OSU’s Magruder Hall to be held June 20

Oregon State University’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine will host a groundbreaking ceremony June 20 to kick off a 21,729-square foot expansion of Magruder Hall that will improve instructional space and increase services at the small animal hospital.

short gamma-ray burst Research shows short gamma-ray bursts do follow binary neutron star mergers

Researchers at Oregon State University have confirmed that last fall’s union of two neutron stars did in fact cause a short gamma-ray burst.

Pages