June - 2018
Oregon Bee Project New Oregon Bee Project plans activities for National Pollinator Week
The Oregon Bee Project works to educate the public about bees and their conservation.
 
Multilingual students are making significant academic progress despite perceptions otherwise

A new analysis of multilingual students’ academic progress shows that the group’s achievement in reading and math grew substantially between 2003 and 2015, challenging the perception that these students have demonstrated few academic gains in recent years.

 

Oregon State University to lead building of second ship for national research fleet

Oregon State University has received $88 million from the National Science Foundation to lead construction of a second Regional Class Research Vessel to help bolster the nation’s aging academic research fleet.

A sign tells visitors in Spanish that this community participates in Mexico’s Payments for Ecosystems Service Program for biodiversity conservation Paying communities for forest management activities supports social relationships

New research shows that paying communities in Mexico to conserve and manage their jointly-owned property doesn’t just benefit the environment—it strengthens social relationships and a sense of community within those areas as well.

OSU celebrates 149th commencement with record number of graduates

Oregon State University will graduate a record 7,128 students during its 149th commencement ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.

This “whey” to make vodka could add value to creameries, lessen environmental impact

Researchers say artisan creameries can add value and lessen harmful environmental impacts by converting whey into vodka.

Master Gardeners Get a leg up by learning which vegetable varieties do best

OSU Extension Service releases a new publication on the best vegetables to grow in western Oregon gardens.

OSU alums and film industry veterans to speak in Corvallis June 15

Animation production designer Harley Jessup and screenwriter Mike Rich, both alumni of Oregon State University, will discuss their work in the film industry from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 15.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Great Move Out Donation Drive Starts Soon

The Great Move Out will be starting Monday, June 11 at Oregon State University

Unnecessarily difficult: Physical activity resources for adults are loaded with jargon

Web page articles and other written materials designed to encourage physical activity are often too difficult to be easily read and understood by most U.S. adults, limiting their effectiveness, new research from Oregon State University shows.

wolf OSU ecologist to talk about wolves and conservation on local and global scales

Oregon State University ecologist Bill Ripple will give a free public lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Worthy Brewing Company, 495 N.E. Bellevue Drive in Bend.

Ramesh Sagili inspects a European honeybee in a carrot seed field near Madras, Ore. Honeybees prioritize well-fed larvae for emergency queen-rearing, study finds

New research shows that honeybees prioritize the nutritional status of larvae when selecting for a new emergency queen.

‘Warning to Humanity’ resolution passes OSU student and faculty governance

The Oregon State University Faculty Senate and Associated Students of Oregon State University passed a joint resolution last month endorsing “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice,” an article published late last year by lead author Oregon State Professor William Ripple.

A dog attempts the problem-solving task in Oregon State University’s Human-Animal Interaction Lab Human encouragement might influence how dogs solve problems

Human encouragement might influence how dogs solve problems, according to a new Oregon State University study.

Oregon State Board of Trustees approves $1.3 billion budget

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees Friday approved an operating budget of $1.3 billion for fiscal year 2019.

fungi Fungi-produced pigment shows promise as semiconductor material

Researchers at Oregon State University are looking at a highly durable organic pigment, used by humans in artwork for hundreds of years, as a promising possibility as a semiconductor material.

A desert bighorn sheep ewe (left) and ram are observed in the Providence Mountains in the Mojave Desert in California. Desert bighorn sheep are crossing Interstate 40 in California

Desert bighorn sheep are able to climb steep, rocky terrain with speed and agility. New research shows that they can cross a four-lane highway.

When it comes to school recess, a quality playground experience matters, researchers suggest

Recess periods can offer physical, cognitive, social and emotional benefits to elementary school children, but those benefits are tied closely to the quality of the playground experience.

Benton Hall OSU Chamber Choir to present 14th annual President’s Concert June 9

The Oregon State University Chamber Choir will present the 14th annual President’s Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9.

25 plants for attracting native bees to the garden

About 500 -- perhaps more -- native bees make Oregon their home. Gardens are important habitat for these important pollinators.

May - 2018
Crash the cat Research shows dogs prefer to eat fat, and cats surprisingly tend toward carbs

Dogs gravitate toward high-fat food, but cats pounce on carbohydrates with even greater enthusiasm, according to research into the dietary habits of America’s two most popular pets.

Study suggests scientists can use microbial measurements to gauge river flow

Oregon State University scientists have created a tool that can predict the flow rate of Arctic rivers with a surprising degree of accuracy based on the makeup and abundance of bacteria in the water.

OSU, NOAA researchers document widespread methane seeps off Oregon coast

Over the past two years scientists from OSU and NOAA have documented hundreds of new methane seep sites off the Northwest coast.

 

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU recycling makes changes to list of acceptable items

Oregon State University’s Campus Recycling has changed what items it will accept in recycling bins on campus

Drought-tolerant Ceanothus makes a beautiful addition to the garden

With it's blue flowers, Ceanothus fills a gap in the garden.

Cooked Yams Taste Better OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery presents work by graduating seniors

Oregon State University students completing their bachelor of fine arts degrees this spring will present their thesis show May 29 through June 16 in OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

OSU Meistersingers, Bella Voce perform annual Spring Sing concert June 1

The Oregon State University choral program will present its annual Spring Sing concert featuring Bella Voce and the OSU Meistersingers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 1.

Tykeson Hall OSU biologist advocates ecological approach to improving human health

Chronic diseases like cancer, autoimmune disorders and obesity may ultimately vanquish the efforts of medical intervention unless people change their diet.

Student-directed one-act play festival runs May 31 through June 3 at OSU

An eclectic collection of student-directed, short plays will be featured during Oregon State University Theatre’s annual Spring One-Act Festival May 31 to June 3 on the OSU campus in Corvallis.

 

Screenings of Oregon State University documentary set for Corvallis, Bend

Premiere screenings of a one-hour OPB “Oregon Experience” documentary that explores the 150-year history of Oregon State University are scheduled in early June in Bend and Corvallis.

 

Lookout Creek in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest (Photo: Theresa Hogue) Streams may emit more carbon dioxide in a warmer climate

Streams and rivers could pump carbon dioxide into the air at increasing rates if they continue to warm, potentially compounding the effects of global warming, a new worldwide analysis has shown.

OSU Jazz Ensemble performs free concert May 30

The Oregon State University Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, in the Memorial Union Ballroom, 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

Johnson Hall Two from College of Engineering win prestigious CAREER awards from NSF

Two professors in the College of Engineering have received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation.

Holly Dixon and Kim Anderson prepare a sampling wristband for analysis OSU-invented silicone wristbands improve detection of environmental pollutants

A new OSU study shows that chemical-absorbing wristbands are very good at linking external chemical exposure—the substances that go into a person’s body—with the chemicals formed inside the body itself as it metabolizes these “parent” pollutants.  

Microbial diversity Schizophrenics’ blood has more genetic material from microbes

The blood of schizophrenia patients features genetic material from more types of microorganisms than that of people without the debilitating mental illness.

OSU Wind Ensemble premieres new works at May 31 concert

The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble will premiere new works at its final concert of the season Thursday, May 31.

Annual OSU gathering of world’s largest Native American flute circle set for May 30

The annual gathering of the Oregon State University Native American flute circle, led by instructor Jan Looking Wolf Reibach, is set for noon Wednesday, May 30.

bpRNA Annotation tool provides step toward understanding links between disease, mutant RNA

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a computer program that represents a key step toward better understanding the connections between mutant genetic material and disease.

Dalliance with dahlias leads to 34-year love affair

With many sizes, forms and colors, dahlias light up the garden with variety.

Tricia Rose Social justice scholar, author, media commentator to speak at OSU on May 30

Tricia Rose of Brown University, author of three books including a seminal work on hip hop culture, will give a free public lecture Wednesday, May 30, at the LaSells Stewart Center.

Hawaii’s Kilauea completely unrelated to Northwest volcanoes, but…

As flowing lava from the Kilauea volcano continues to destroy homes on the Big Island of Hawaii – and officials fear a more violent eruption could occur – some Pacific Northwest residents have expressed concern that the events in Hawaii could trigger an eruption in the Cascade Range.

New study shows New Zealand has its own population of blue whales

A group of blue whales that frequent the South Taranaki Bight (STB) between the North and South islands of New Zealand appears to be part of a local population that is genetically distinct from other blue whales in the Pacific Ocean and Southern Ocean, a new study has found.

 

 

 

Women's Building Researchers take key step toward growing human organs in laboratory

Researchers have learned that precursor cells for skeletal muscles actually also give rise to neurons, blood vessels, blood cells and immune cells, pushing science one step closer to generating body parts in a laboratory.

Kearney Hall Accumulating over time, even low concentrations of silver can foil wastewater treatment

Research has shed new light on how an increasingly common consumer product component – silver nanoparticles – can potentially interfere with the treatment of wastewater.

Free range or cage free? Corvallis Science Pub looks at how eggs are produced.

Whether scrambled, fried or baked in a cake, eggs are a mainstay in homes and restaurants, but in recent years, the industry has seen major changes in production practices. At the Corvallis Science Pub on June 4, James Hermes will discuss the history of the chicken industry in Oregon and the impacts of the shift to “free range” and other methods of producing eggs.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Study shows ice stream draining Greenland Ice Sheet sensitive to changes over past 45,000 years

A ribbon of ice more than 600 kilometers long that drains about 12 percent of the gigantic Greenland Ice Sheet has been smaller than it is today about half of the time over the past 45,000 years.

rocketry Biofuel production, wearable sensor for the blind highlight Undergraduate Engineering Expo

Producing biofuel from coconut oil, developing hybrid methods to make rocket fuel, creating a wearable sensor for the blind and more than 240 other senior design projects will be on display at the Undergraduate Engineering Expo.

OSU’s Cool Shoes presents ‘Swingin’ Out’ May 18 and 19 at Corvallis High School

Oregon State University’s Ballroom Dance company, Cool Shoes, will perform its annual spring show, “Swingin’ Out,” at 7:30 p.m. May 18 and May 19 at Corvallis High School.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony closes season with Mahler’s Third Symphony May 22

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra will present “Nature and the Human Condition – Mahler Symphony No. 3” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center.

Image of Brooklyn Rider Brooklyn Rider and Kayhan Kalhor to perform ‘Silent City’ at OSU May 24

Oregon State University’s School of Arts and Communication presents “Brooklyn Rider & Kayhan Kalhor: Silent City” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the Austin Auditorium.

image of birth control pills Racial or ethnic discrimination impacts Latinas’ satisfaction with contraception services, study finds

Young Latina women who have experienced racial or ethnic discrimination are less satisfied overall with their contraceptive care, which could affect their access to more effective contraceptives, a new study from Oregon State University has found.

Oregon State University, city of Corvallis dedicate Madison Avenue Gateway

Forty-five years after the idea was initially proposed, community organizers and leaders at Oregon State University and the city of Corvallis will celebrate the grand opening and dedication of the Madison Avenue Gateway Walk project on May 16.

Cecil the Lion OSU researchers question conservation community’s acceptance of trophy hunting

Researchers at Oregon State University are challenging the premise that trophy hunting is an acceptable and effective tool for wildlife conservation and community development.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU’s student media garner collection of awards

The Daily Barometer was recently given a 2017 Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award

OSU president calls for continued funding for OSU-Cascades

Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray today said that university leaders will work to secure state bonding to help support continued expansion of the OSU-Cascades campus and the construction of a student success center during the 2019 legislative session.

meadowfoam Oilseed crop’s waste product yields compounds that protect skin from the sun

Meadowfoam, a native Pacific Northwest plant cultivated as an oilseed crop, has emerged as a potential new source of protection against the sun’s harmful effects on the skin.

OSU campus Transistor fabrication onto curved surface means a sharp turn toward better diabetes therapy

Transparent transistors fabricated onto the sharp curves of a tiny glass tube are paving the way toward a therapeutic advance for diabetics.

Image of Memorial Union Auditions for OSU’s summer production of ‘The Tempest’ to be held May 14-15

Open auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s popular summer event, Bard in the Quad, will take place at 6 p.m. May 14 and May 15 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre.

Graphic of book Writer Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich to read at Oregon State University May 18

Writer Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 18 in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

Grow your own strawberries for sweet satisfaction

Choose June-bearing plants for a all-at-once harvest good for making jams, everbeariing for spring and fall harvest and day neutral for season-long harvest.

Artist, writer, filmmaker Mariam Ghani to speak at OSU May 10

Artist, writer and filmmaker Mariam Ghani will speak at 7 p.m. May 10 at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

Study finds maternal placenta consumption after birth offers no increased risk to newborns

The largest study to date to examine maternal consumption of the placenta after birth found no harm to the infants when compared to the infants of mothers who did not consume their placenta.

April - 2018
Proximity to fracking sites affects public support of them, study finds

People who live closer to fracking sites are more familiar with and more supportive of hydraulic fracturing, a new study from Oregon State University has found.

 

Expert tips for growing kiwifruit

Hardy kiwifruit go through freezing weather better than the familiar fuzzy kiwifruit, so they are a good candidate for the home garden.

High wildfire severity risk seen in young plantation forests

Wildfires show no respect for property lines, but a new analysis of the 2013 Douglas Complex fire in southwestern Oregon concludes that young plantation forests managed by industrial owners experienced higher severity fire than did nearby public forests.

Jewel the sheepdog OSU Pet Day planned for May 5

Oregon State University will hold its 31st annual Pet Day on Saturday, May 5, when the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine opens its doors for tours, demonstrations, displays, a petting zoo, and other family-friendly events.

Jonah Susskind art ‘Mapping Hidden Systems’ exhibit on display in OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery

“Mapping Hidden Systems,” an exhibit featuring methods for imagining, mapping and making visible systems that people participate in on a daily basis, will be on display on in the Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University April 30 through May 23.

Image of orange flower ‘Languages of Nature’ art exhibit to be featured at OSU’s Little Gallery

“Languages of Nature,” an exhibit of images featuring the beauty of nature, will be on display in the Little Gallery at Oregon State University May 1 through June 14.

Zumwalt Prairie in northeastern Oregon has a mix of native and non-native plants Novel ecosystems provide use for some native birds

Ecosystems that have been altered by human activities can provide suitable habitat for native birds.

Self portrait of Stephen Hayes OSU art instructor receives prestigious Guggenheim fellowship

Stephen Hayes, an instructor of art at Oregon State University, has been chosen as a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow, a prestigious academic fellowship for individuals in the arts.

More mountain meadow water storage unlikely to benefit streamflow downstream

Increasing water storage in the mountain meadows of the arid West through diverse river restoration strategies has local benefits for vegetation but is unlikely to benefit downstream flows, according to an Oregon State University study.

man in Star Trek uniform Oregon State University event pits Star Wars against Star Trek

Join Oregon State University faculty as they explore the Star Wars and Star Trek universes

Millennials aren’t getting the message about sun safety and the dangers of tanning, study finds

Many millennials lack knowledge about the importance of sunscreen and continue to tan outdoors in part because of low self-esteem and high rates of narcissism that fuel addictive tanning behavior.

lithium osmium oxide Discovery of new material is key step toward more powerful computing

A new material created by Oregon State University researchers is a key step toward the next generation of supercomputers.

Oregon State University wave energy test site reaches licensing milestone

Culminating five years of work, Oregon State University has submitted a 1,000-page plan that outlines construction and operation details of a wave energy test site off the Oregon coast, along with measures to avoid, minimize and mitigate any potential environmental effects. The project is designed to allow commercial wave energy developers the opportunity to test different technologies for harnessing the untapped energy of ocean waves.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU launches new bike commuter rewards program

Oregon State University is starting a new program to encourage more students and employees to bike to the Corvallis campus

Advanced registration required at Corvallis Science Pub on the science of rivers

At the Corvallis Science Pub on May 14, Sean Fleming, book author and courtesy professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, will discuss how rivers interact with the land in the Northwest and around the world.

Pucker up, it’s time to talk lemons

With their fragrant flowers and sweet flavor, Meyer lemons are a popular citrus to grow in a pot.

Oregon State University Theatre to present George Orwell’s ‘1984’ in May

Oregon State University Theatre will present George Orwell’s “1984,” at 7:30 p.m. May 10-12 and May 18-19 and 2 p.m. May 20 in the Withycombe Hall main stage theatre.

Researchers use “environmental DNA” to identify killer whales in Puget Sound

When endangered killer whales swim through the sheltered waters of Puget Sound, they leave behind traces of “environmental DNA” that researchers can detect as much as two hours later, a new study has found.

Oregon’s new gray whale license plate closer to reality after 3,000th voucher sold

It appears that Oregon will have a new license plate with the image of a gray whale mother and her calf after the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute sold its 3,000th voucher for the plates earlier this week.

SERS Photonic crystal features of fossilized algae hold promise for improved food safety testing

Researchers have used the fossilized remains of algae to take a key step toward being able to more sensitively detect harmful contaminants in food.

Fifth annual Maker Fair to be held at OSU April 28

The Corvallis Maker Fair, a celebration of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics, or STEAM, education and innovation, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28th at Oregon State University.

Oregon State purchases building for bioscience research

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees Monday approved the purchase of a Corvallis building that will serve as an OSU hub for biological and chemical science research.

Pianist Vadym Kholodenko to perform at OSU April 29

Pianist Vadym Kholodenko will perform in the series finale of the 2017-2018 Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Piano Series at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center.

OSU alumni to be featured at 2018 EdFest events

Seven writers and alumni of Oregon State University’s School of Writing, Literature and Film will return to campus EdFest 2018 on Friday, April 27.

Cat in the garden How to keep frustrating felines out of the garden

When you're fed up with cats in the garden, there are some measures you can take that will help keep them out.

River Large wildfires bring increases in annual river flow

Large wildfires cause increases in stream flow that can last for years or even decades, according to a new analysis of 30 years of data from across the continental United States.

Animal images used in marketing may skew public perception about their survival risks

Many of the world’s most charismatic animal species – those that attract the largest interest and deepest empathy from the public – are at high risk of extinction in part because many people believe their iconic stature guarantees their survival.

steelhead For repeat-spawning steelhead, more than once is worth the risks

For steelhead trout, reproductive choices represent a collection of tradeoffs – whether spawning once or doing it multiple times, no decision comes without risks and benefits.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Talk on whale entanglement set Sunday, April 15, at Hatfield Marine Science Center

Doug Sandilands will give a free public talk this Sunday, April 15, on “Large Whale Entanglement in Pacific Northwest Fishing Gear.”

Blues guitarist and actor Guy Davis to speak and perform in Corvallis

“An Evening with Guy Davis,” a performance and conversation with blues guitarist, writer, actor and teacher Guy Davis, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Input sought for OSU’s natural hazard mitigation plan

Oregon State University is finalizing its Natural Hazard Mitigation plan

Bryan Black measures growth rings in tree cores to learn about past climate regimes Extreme climate variability destabilizing West Coast ecosystems

An increase in the synchrony of the climate could expose marine and terrestrial organisms to higher risks of extinction.

New standards for western juniper wood boost market potential for invasive tree

Oregon State University scientists have concluded an exhaustive series of tests on western juniper lumber and opened the door to commercial wood markets for an invasive tree that has spread widely across central and eastern Oregon and other parts of the Great Basin.

tide pool OSU's Hatfield Center to host Marine Science Day on April 14

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will hold its annual Marine Science Day on Saturday, April 14.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon State, College of Western Idaho sign agreement to aid students

Students from the College of Western Idaho will have an easier time transferring to Oregon State University Ecampus

Berberis 'Rose Glow' Give the garden a facelift with 6 shrubs sporting dramatic foliage

Add colorful shrubs to the palette of plants you use to give color and texture to the landscape.

OSU Board of Trustees approves tuition increases

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Friday approved tuition and student fees for the 2018-19 academic year.

Rare coastal Pacific marten in the Oregon Dunes is captured by a remotely-triggered camera. Rare coastal martens under high risk of extinction in coming decades

The coastal marten, a small but fierce forest predator, is at a high risk for extinction in Oregon and northern California in the next 30 years due to threats from human activities, according to a new study.

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