January - 2009

January - 2009
aerial view of Memorial Union building Short-story Writer Jason Brown Opens Visiting Writers Series

CORVALLIS, Ore. –Award-winning short-story writer Jason Brown will be the first reader in the 2008-09 Visiting Writers Series at Oregon State University.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Maria Stefanovich Awarded Oregon Sea Grant Robert E. Malouf Scholarship

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Maria Stefanovich is the recipient of the inaugural Robert E. Malouf Scholarship, awarded annually to a graduate student of an Oregon University System institution to support work that is compatible with the mission of Oregon Sea Grant, which Malouf directed.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Julianne Malveaux to Launch New Series at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Julianne Malveaux, an activist, author and commentator on race, culture, gender and economics, will launch a new series at Oregon State University with a free public lecture on Monday, Oct. 20.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Successful Ocean Test Advances Wave Energy Research

NEWPORT, Ore. – The newest prototype of a wave energy device being developed by Oregon State University and Columbia Power Technologies was successfully tested last month in the ocean off Newport, Ore., providing valuable data and moving the research program closer to commercialization.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Foundation Announces Four New Trustees

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ed Jennings, Patrick Mendenhall, John Porter and Eric Schoenstein have joined the Board of Trustees at the OSU Foundation, the nonprofit organization that raises private funds for Oregon State University.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Rising Food Costs Putting Strain on Family Budgets

CORVALLIS, Ore. – With the higher cost of food these days, many families are finding it more difficult to eat healthy.

aerial view of Memorial Union building New OSU Web Site Provides Data on Oregon's Rural Communities

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has created a Web site that compiles statistics, maps and scholarly works to help people understand and shape the future of Oregon's rural communities.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU, NOAA Collaborate on New Ocean Temperature Forecast Service

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Using 10 years of coastal measurements and a sophisticated computer modeling system, scientists from Oregon State University have created a new service that forecasts ocean temperatures and currents for three days.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Corvallis Couple Donates $2.4 Million to OSU Scholarships

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new initiative to raise support for Oregon State University students has received a boost from alumnus Peter Johnson and his wife, Rosalie, who donated $2.4 million to endow a unique scholarship-internship program they started at OSU 10 years ago, ensuring the program will continue for generations to come.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU to host panel discussion on lesbian, gay and bisexual pro, college athletes

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- As part of Oregon State University’s "National Coming Out Week" observances, a coalition of campus and community organizations are sponsoring a panel discussion of lesbian, gay and bisexual athletes in professional and collegiate sports.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Government open source discussion circles the globe via video and Webcast

PORTLAND, Ore. – Information technology dignitaries from around the world will convene in person and via video conference on Oct. 20 to discuss “Global Perspective on the Interest and Impact of Open Source Software in National, Regional Governments.” This groundbreaking event will kick off the four-day Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) in Portland. Speakers and their locations include:

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Extension Master Gardener Classes Return to Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon State University Extension Service's hands-on Master Gardener training will return to Portland in January for the first time in six years.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Hires Rutgers Entomologist to Head Hood River Research, Extension Center

HOOD RIVER, Ore. – A Rutgers University entomologist with professional ties to Hood River has taken the helm at Oregon State University's research and Extension operations there.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Study Sheds New Light on Dolphin Coordination During Predation

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Spinner dolphins have long been known for their teamwork in capturing prey but a new study using high-tech acoustics has found that their synchronization is even more complex than scientists realized and likely evolved as a strategy to maximize their energy intake.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU, UO Gain Support For "Green Materials" Center

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University and the University of Oregon have received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to form a new Center for Green Materials Chemistry, a reflection of nationally recognized programs in Oregon that should lead to advanced electronics with a reduced environmental footprint, higher performance and lower cost.

aerial view of Memorial Union building School of Public Health, Human Sciences Proposed

CORVALLIS, Ore. – For the past year, leaders in the Oregon State University College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) and at other Oregon universities have been exploring the potential of developing a new academic entity: an accredited school or college of public health. The new school would be the only such institution in the state of Oregon.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Universities to Hold Forum About Uniting Rural, Urban Oregon

SALEM, Ore. – Four Oregon universities will sponsor a conference in Salem on Nov. 14 that aims to strengthen links between the state's rural and urban areas.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Forensics Team, British Team to Debate on Possibility of New Cold War

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Forensics Team and the British National Debate Team will host a public debate from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at OSU.

aerial view of Memorial Union building New Studies Shed Light on World's Most Active Undersea Volcano

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Like its terrestrial cousins, the world’s most active underwater volcano goes through periods of structural building and collapsing, but new studies show that the cycles of construction and destruction are extraordinarily compressed – in a matter of years instead of millennia.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Yachats Seminar Promotes Local Self-Reliance

YACHATS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Extension office in Lincoln County is receiving an increasing number of inquiries from people who want to know what they can do themselves, on a local level, to become energy self-reliant.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon State University Celebrates International Education Week

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A culinary exploration of Southeast Asia and a screening of the award-winning documentary, “War/Dance,” are among the events set for Oregon State University’s observance of International Education Week, Nov. 17-21

aerial view of Memorial Union building Visiting Writer Series Features Young Poets

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Averill Curdy, V. Penelope Pelizzon and Jeffrey Thomson will read poetry as part of a Symposium of Younger Poets, an event designed to showcase young, diverse poets early in their careers. The event will be held on Friday, Nov. 21, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library Main Rotunda at Oregon State University.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU to Host UO Course That Helps Individuals Curb Global Warming

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Registration has opened for an 11-week course offered for the first time outside Eugene that teaches individuals to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases.

aerial view of Memorial Union building GIS Day at OSU to feature high-tech presentations for kids

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Discovering the World Through GIS,” the eighth-annual GIS Day celebration, is set for Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Oregon State University, and organizers say hundreds of students are expected for the highly interactive, kid-oriented event.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Anna Pakenham, Oregon Sea Grant Legislative Fellow 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Anna Pakenham has been named the 2009 recipient of the Oregon Sea Grant Legislative Fellowship, which places a graduate student with the legislature's coastal caucus to provide technical expertise on marine and coastal issues.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Professional Science Masters degrees gaining national interest

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The move towards a degree concept called the professional science masters – a terminal degree that’s a science-oriented version of the MBA – is now picking up speed nationally, as more businesses see the need for graduates who have both business and scientific literacy.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Gerontological Society of America bestows prestigious Kleemeier Award on OSU's Hendricks

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) has chosen Jon Hendricks, Ph.D., of Oregon State University as the 2008 recipient of its Robert W. Kleemeier Award. This distinction is given annually to a GSA member in recognition for outstanding research in the field of gerontology.

aerial view of Memorial Union building What If Your Energy Supply is Gone with the Wind?

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new research program at Oregon State University proposes to tackle one of the major remaining problems with wind energy – how do you provide a steady, or at least predictable flow of electricity when the wind itself is never steady and often unpredictable?

aerial view of Memorial Union building Hip-Hop Meets the Middle Ages: The Rap Canterbury Tales

CORVALLIS, Ore. –Baba Brinkman, hip-hop artist and medieval scholar, will perform his rap version of the “Canterbury Tales” at 4:30 pm on Monday, Dec. 1.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Ripple Honored with Chiles Award

BEND, Ore. –William Ripple, a professor of forest ecosystems and society at Oregon State University, has been selected to receive the 2008 Earle A. Chiles Award, presented by the High Desert Museum in Bend.

aerial view of Memorial Union building National System of Marine Protected Areas Launched

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A federal initiative, “The National System of Marine Protected Areas” for the United States, was launched last week, completing a multi-year project to coordinate protection of natural and cultural marine ecosystems throughout America’s oceans.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Helps Turn Cancer Cell Bodyguard Into Killer

CORVALLIS, Ore. – If you're a cancer cell, you want a protein called Bcl-2 on your side because it decides if you live or die. It's usually a trusted bodyguard, protecting cancer cells from programmed death and allowing them to grow and form tumors. But sometimes it turns into their assassin.

aerial view of Memorial Union building 4-H Returns to Multnomah County with a Sustainable Living Focus

PORTLAND, Ore. – After a five-year absence, the 4-H Youth Development program will return to Multnomah County in 2009 and with a new focus on sustainable living.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Volcanologist to Present 2008 Condon Lecture

CORVALLIS, Ore. –Stephen Sparks, one of the leading volcanologists in the world, will present the 2008 Thomas Condon Lecture at Oregon State University on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Winter Brings Flu, Summer Brings Bacterial Infections

CORVALLIS, Ore. – In the same way that winter is commonly known to be the “flu season,” a new study suggests that the dog days of summer may well be the “bacterial infection” season.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Online Course Teaches Healthcare Providers How to Identify Hunger

PORTLAND, Ore. – Children who don’t get the food they need are at a high risk for life-long health problems. A new online course has been developed by the Childhood Hunger Initiative of Oregon and Oregon State University’s Ecampus program to help teach health care professionals how to better identify families that are experiencing hunger and poor nutrition.

aerial view of Memorial Union building "eXtension" Group Wins USDA Honor Award; OSU's King Recognized

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “eXtension,” an Internet-based educational partnership of the 74 institutions of the land-grant university system in the United States, has been awarded the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary's Honor Award.

aerial view of Memorial Union building New Horning Professor Opens Lecture Series

CORVALLIS, Ore. – David S. Luft, the Horning Professor in the Humanities in Oregon State University’s History Department, will give a free public lecture on the humanities on Monday, Nov. 10, at OSU.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU named 'Green Power Leader' by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

DENVER, Colorado – Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Oregon State University’s commitment to “green power” with a 2008 Green Power Leadership Award to be presented tonight as part of the National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference.

aerial view of Memorial Union building New Study: Salmon Smolt Survival Similar in the Columbia and Fraser Rivers

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new study by researchers in Oregon and British Columbia has found that survival of juvenile salmon and steelhead during their migration to the sea through two large Northwest rivers – the Columbia and the Fraser – is remarkably similar despite one major difference.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Mater to Direct OSU Engineering Sustainability Programs

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The College of Engineering at Oregon State University has named a prominent expert in sustainable forestry and conservation issues as its new director of sustainability programs, an initiative designed to coordinate and expand sustainable construction and engineering concepts throughout the college’s curriculum, collaborative research and outreach programs.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Names Helen Diggs as Director of Veterinary Teaching Hospital

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Helen Diggs, a nationally recognized leader in veterinary medicine and animal welfare, has been named director of the Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Oregon State University. Diggs, who also will serve as associate dean of OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, will begin her new duties on Feb. 1 (2009).

aerial view of Memorial Union building Expert to Speak on Tropical Butterfly Trade and Imperialism

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The first lecture in Oregon State University’s 2008-09 American Culture & Politics series, by William Leach of Columbia University, will focus on the trade of tropical butterflies.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU's Austin Family Business Program Honors Top Family Businesses

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Reser’s Fine Foods of Beaverton, Nosler of Bend and Solar Summit of Philomath are among the Oregon companies that will receive the 2008 Excellence in Family Business Awards at a ceremony to be held Nov. 20 at the Oregon Zoo in Portland.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Conservationist Presents New Book on 'Forests of America'

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Award-winning photographer, writer and conservationist Tim Palmer will present excerpts and images from his new book, “Forests of America” at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Oregon State University.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Study: Weight Does Not Affect Women's Sexual Behavior

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon and Hawaiian researchers have found that a woman’s weight does not seem to affect sexual behavior. In fact, overweight women are more likely to report having sex with men than women considered to be of “normal weight.”

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Scientist Honored with AGU's 2008 Early Career Award

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Kelly Benoit-Bird, an Oregon State University oceanographer who specializes in the study of marine ecological communities, has been named the 2008 recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s Early Career Award for Ocean Science.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Professor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from American Public Health Association

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University professor Marie Harvey has been given the 2008 Carl S. Shultz Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement from the American Public Health Association’s Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Section.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Alumni Honorees Return to Campus for OSU Homecoming

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Four distinguished Oregon State University alumni – and one rising star – have returned to campus for OSU’s Homecoming (Oct. 30-Nov. 1) as part of the Alumni Fellows Program sponsored by the OSU Alumni Association.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Risk Assessments May Help Control Spread of Whirling Disease

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Improved techniques have been developed by microbiologists from Oregon State University to assess the threat from whirling disease, a deadly parasitic infection of rainbow trout and other salmonids, and new reports are outlining some of the most likely areas to which it could spread.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Students to Demonstrate Robot Prototypes

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Mechanical engineering students at Oregon State University will demonstrate on Thursday, Dec. 4, robot prototypes that will simulate retrieving and transporting rocks on Mars.

aerial view of Memorial Union building 'Best practices' commitment earns OSU national diversity award

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University’s commitment to promote diversity on campus has received a national “best practices” award for college programs.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Breakthrough Made in Metamaterial Optics

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers have solved one of the significant remaining challenges with photonic “metamaterials,” discovering a way to prevent the loss of light as it passes through these materials, and opening the door to many important new optical, electronic and communication technologies.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Christmas Tree Innovator Pledges $1 Million to OSU Scholarships

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Hal Schudel changed the shape of the Christmas tree – and the entire industry. Founder of Holiday Tree Farms Inc., the largest Christmas tree grower in the world, Schudel popularized the lush, triangle-shaped, plantation-grown conifers that decorate many homes and offices during the holiday season.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Ecampus Launches Spanish Language Version of Online Course for Nursery Growers

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new Spanish language version of a successful online training course is being offered to nursery growers to help them learn more about the harmful plant pathogen Phytophthora, the leading cause of nursery plant disease in Oregon and nationwide.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Conference to Examine Oregon's Limited Ground Water

SALEM, Ore. – Water experts and owners of wells will meet on Dec. 11 in Salem to learn about and discuss growing concerns over Oregon's limited groundwater and to identify potential solutions.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Announces Leadership Transition for OSU-Cascades Campus

BEND, Ore. – Oregon State University announced today that Rebecca “Becky” Johnson, vice provost for academic affairs and international programs on the Corvallis campus, will take over interim leadership of the OSU-Cascades Campus in Bend, effective immediately.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Fetal Exposure to Carcinogens May Lead to Cancer Decades Later

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new study suggests that exposure of a fetus to common carcinogens during the late stages of pregnancy may be even more harmful than exposure after birth, causing long-lasting genetic damage that could lead to cancer in childhood, young adulthood or even middle age.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU's Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Receives Full Accreditation

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Oregon State University has received full accreditation for the next five years from the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Student Selected for New York Times Institute

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University student Taryn Luna is one of 20 students nationwide to be selected to attend the New York Times Student Journalism Institute for members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in Miami in January.

aerial view of Memorial Union building New OSU Turf Expert Isn't Letting Grass Grow Under His Feet

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Rob Golembiewski wears a size 13 shoe, but that's nothing compared with the shoes he has to fill.

aerial view of Memorial Union building High Rates of Childhood Sexual Abuse Contributing Factor in Spread of HIV

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Men who engage in risky sexual behavior with other men report much higher rates than average of experiencing severe childhood sexual abuse, according to a new study in the November issue of the International Journal of Child Abuse & Neglect.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Oceanographer to Lead National Ocean Observing Initiative

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An Oregon State University oceanographer has been appointed as program director for the National Science Foundation’s signature research project focusing on climate change – a $400 million anticipated investment in a national Ocean Observatories Initiative that just passed the agency’s final design review.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Study Finds Beaked Whales' Tusks Evolved Through Sexual Selection Process

NEWPORT, Ore. – For years, scientists have wondered why only males of the rarely seen family of beaked whales have “tusks,” since they are squid-eaters and in many of the species, these elaborately modified teeth seem to actually interfere with feeding.

aerial view of Memorial Union building West Coast Regional Research Planning Draft Available for Public Comment

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A draft report on ocean and coastal research and information needs on the West Coast is available for public review and comment from the Oregon Sea Grant Web site.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Microbe Community Deep Beneath Arctic Permafrost Needs Study, Scientist Tells AGU

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – A community of microbes, living in a frigid layer of gas hydrates deep beneath the Arctic permafrost, has piqued the interest of scientists who say a better understanding of that environment is important because it is both a potential fuel source and record of climate change.

aerial view of Memorial Union building 2008 Ocean Conditions for Fish Among Best in Half-Century

NEWPORT, Ore. – Ocean conditions during 2008 for many fish species in the Pacific Northwest, including chinook salmon, were greatly improved because of a huge cold water influx that settled in across much of the northern Pacific Ocean – a phenomenon not seen on this scale in years.NEWPORT, Ore. – Ocean conditions during 2008 for many fish species in the Pacific Northwest, including chinook salmon, were greatly improved because of a huge cold water influx that settled in across much of the northern Pacific Ocean – a phenomenon not seen on this scale in years.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Researchers Named Fellow of AAAS

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers in forestry and geosciences from Oregon State University have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society.

aerial view of Memorial Union building de Broekert Appointed to AARP Statewide Advisory Council

CORVALLIS, Ore. – AARP Oregon has appointed Betty-Coe de Broekert, co-chair of the Oregon State University Extension Citizen Advisory Network, to its volunteer executive council.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Seven Inducted into Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Seven people from across the state were inducted into the Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame this month during an Oregon State University Outreach and Engagement awards banquet.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Scientists Study Earthquake Swarm Near Maupin

CORVALLIS, Ore. – During the last two years more than 350 small earthquakes have been recorded just outside the small eastern Oregon town of Maupin and scientists are unsure what is triggering the activity.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Study Shows Surfers Ingest 10 Times More Water than Swimmers, Divers

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new study has found that surfers may unintentionally ingest 10 times more water than swimmers or divers, putting them at higher risk of contracting gastrointestinal illnesses when surfing in contaminated waters.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Grazing Animals Help Spread Plant Disease

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers have discovered that grazing animals including deer and rabbits are actually helping to spread plant disease – quadrupling its prevalence in some cases – and encouraging an invasion of annual grasses that threatens more than 20 million acres of native grasslands in California.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregonians Worried About Adequate Water Supply

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A majority of Oregonians who recently participated in a series of water forums don’t believe the state has enough water to meet all of its basic needs, including those of wildlife.

aerial view of Memorial Union building New Report: Some Climate Impacts Happening Faster Than Anticipated

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – A report released today at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union provides new insights on the potential for abrupt climate change and the effects it could have on the United States, identifying key concerns that include faster-than-expected loss of sea ice, rising sea levels and a possibly permanent state of drought in the American Southwest.

March - 2008

March - 2008
aerial view of Memorial Union building Sea Grant to Deliver Marine Reserves Comments to State Advisors

July - 2002

July - 2002
aerial view of Memorial Union building Scientists find cause of dead crabs, fish off coast

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