February - 2009
Debate Over Geologic "Hotspots" Continues, as New Paper Traces Origins of Samoa

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new study that determines Samoa is indeed on the path of a geologic “hotspot” trail is adding fuel to a vigorous scientific debate over the origins of volcano chains – especially in the Pacific Ocean.

OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center to Host SeaFest Celebration June 28

NEWPORT, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will host its annual SeaFest celebration on Saturday, June 28, when visitors to the Newport research and education facility will have the opportunity to pilot a remotely operated vehicle, meet a giant Pacific octopus, or tour one of OSU’s research vessels.

OSU Robotics Team Wins National Competition

DESERT RESEARCH STATION, Utah – With a successful simulated rescue mission on Mars and a unique design that literally overpowered some of its competition, the Oregon State University Robotics Team last weekend won the 2008 University Rover Challenge at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.

Get a Little Sun This Summer - It Could Help Save Your Life

CORVALLIS, Ore. – As summer comes and people across America get ready to start slathering on the sunscreen, a note of caution is in order – a little sunshine is good for you.

Major Plant Conference Set This Week in Oregon

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A leading group of botanists and plant experts from around the world will meet in Oregon this week at the 19th New Phytologist Symposium, to discuss the explosion of knowledge in recent years about genetic controls of plant processes, agricultural advances and many other topics.

Art About Agriculture Announces 27th Regional Art Competition

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The College of Agricultural Sciences of Oregon State University is holding its 27th annual Art About Agriculture regional art competition. The exhibit will open next April with the artists' reception and awards presentation in OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center.

OSU College of Veterinary Medicine Names Cebra to Head Clinical Sciences

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Christopher Cebra, an Oregon State University faculty member specializing in large animal veterinary care, has been named head of the Department of Clinical Sciences in OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

OSU Invites Middle School Girls (and Parents) To Discover Science

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host a workshop this Saturday, Nov. 8, for 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade girls designed to encourage them to explore science careers.

OSU-developed Technology Licensed to Home Dialysis Plus, Ltd., for First Medical Application

PORTLAND, Ore. (Nov. 5, 2008) – Home Dialysis Plus, Ltd. (HD+), a developer of advanced home hemodialysis devices, announces the signing of a licensing agreement with Oregon State University for exclusive global use of MECS technology in blood filtration and water treatment for dialysis.

OSU's Inderbitzin Named Volunteer of the Year; Continues Work in Correctional Facilities

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Michelle Inderbitzin, an associate professor of sociology at Oregon State University whose pioneering work in the Oregon prison system continues to expand, has been named the Ruby Isom Volunteer of the Year by the Oregon Criminal Justice Association.

Beef Quality Assurance Trainings Set

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two beef quality assurance educational sessions, presented by Oregon State University Extension Service and the Polk County Livestock Association, are planned for November in Dallas and at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora.

Plastic Roundup Engages Recycling Partners in Jackson County

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – The Jackson County Plastic Roundup, the first event of its kind in the county, engages Master Recyclers with several partners to reduce and prevent solid waste.

Oregon State University unveils 'Junior Benny' - a young take on his modern namesake

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ever wonder what Benny the Beaver was like in his younger years – those carefree days when chillin’ at the lodge and chewing on the occasional tree trunk were all a youthful aquatic rodent had to worry about?

Record turnout expected for OSU 'Beaver Open House" for prospective students

CORVALLIS, Ore. – More than 1,700 students, family members and friends are expected tomorrow for Beaver Open House, Oregon State University’s largest annual enrollment event for prospective students.

Economist, Biochemists From Africa Hone Skills, Conduct Ag Research at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An agricultural economist and two biochemists from Africa are wrapping up seven weeks of training and research at Oregon State University that aims to improve the diets, health and financial conditions of people in their countries.

Climate Change Roadshow Coming to OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – John Matthews, climate change adaptation specialist with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Jay Celorie, global program manager for supply chain energy at Hewlett-Packard, will talk about climate change and corporate response in a College of Business Sustainability Lecture at Oregon State University on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Comic Farce 'The Foreigner' Opens

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre’s fall production of Larry Shue’s comic farce, “The Foreigner,” will open the 2008-09 season starting on Nov. 13. It will be held at Withycombe Hall Main Stage, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

New Approaches Needed to Address Forest Fire Risks

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Even though fire suppression policies and an accumulation of fuels have created an enormous threat of catastrophic fire across the West, most management and fuel reduction treatments are still being done with little systematic evaluation of their impacts on fire risk in surrounding forests.

Pharmacy Programs Moving Students to Front Lines

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A recent report concludes that pharmacy colleges across the nation need to more aggressively train and involve their students in becoming the “front line” of medicine, to reach out to underserved populations, those with little insurance, special needs, low income or minority groups.

Outreach Program to Niger Offers Vivid Challenges

GALMI, West Africa – Vivian Nguyen was expecting “culture shock” when she went to a remote hospital in Niger as part of a college outreach program: Most people were poor, had no running water, electricity or bathrooms, and they lived in mud huts. She knew that going in.

Football: Computers Learning to Watch, Evaluate, Maybe Even Coach

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Bill Belichick’s job as head coach of the New England Patriots is probably safe for now, but check back in 15 or 20 years – some of the newest research on machine learning, artificial intelligence and computer vision is using football as a guinea pig, and who knows what new pass formation it might come up with?

"Food for Thought" Lectures Explore Technology, Sustainability

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Food for Thought lecture series at Oregon State University will begin Nov. 25, with national experts exploring the theme of “Unifying Ideologies: Food System Technology, Society and Sustainability.”

OSU and USDA Offer Fruit and Veggie Taste and Tour on July 26

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Department of Horticulture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service will host a public tour of berry and pear collections and fruit and vegetable research on Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Six OSU Students Receive 2008-09 Fulbright Awards

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Six students from Oregon State University have received 2008-09 U.S. Student Fulbright awards, a record number for OSU.

OSU Ecampus To Offer OSU Extension's Master Gardener Course On Line

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University's Extended Campus (Ecampus) and Extension Service are launching a new online version of OSU's Master Gardener basic training to accommodate gardening enthusiasts in need of a flexible schedule.

OSU to honor WW II internment camp victims this Sunday at 139th commencement

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University will award nearly 4,600 degrees this Sunday, June 15, as part of OSU’s 139th commencement service, set for 1 p.m. at Reser Stadium. The graduating class may well be OSU’s largest ever, with 4,365 students receiving 4,586 degrees. The commencement speaker will be University of California-Berkley Director of Laboratory Animal Care Helen Diggs, an Oregon State graduate who has gone on to become a national leader in veterinary medicine and animal welfare. She will receive an honorary doctorate from the university.

Efforts of OSU, Corps of Engineers to Relocate Terns Beginning to See Success

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A major initiative to create alternative nesting sites for the largest colony of Caspian terns in the world – and to help protect juvenile salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River – is finding early success.

OSU's Transparent Electronics Key to Solar Energy Breakthrough

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Transparent transistors and optoelectronics created by researchers at Oregon State University and HP have found their first key industrial application in a new type of solar energy system that its developers say will be four times more cost-efficient than any existing technology.

Birds Communicate Reproductive Success In Song

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Some migratory songbirds figure out the best place to live by eavesdropping on the singing of others that successfully have had baby birds – a communication and behavioral trait so strong that researchers playing recorded songs induced them to nest in places they otherwise would have avoided.

Research Team: Laser Fluorescence Could Find Life on Mars

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A team of scientists from the United States and the United Kingdom has developed a technique using ultraviolet light to identify organic matter in soils that they say could be used to document the existence of life on Mars.

Fat Gets a Bad Rap

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A growing body of research suggests that Americans need to get over their love/hate relationship with fat, and develop a much more sophisticated understanding of what fats are good for you, how much is appropriate, and what fats to avoid.

Annual Bard in the Quad Production at OSU, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Opens in July

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The third installment in the hugely successful Bard in the Quad summer program at Oregon State University is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.

Terri Irwin Signs MOU with Oregon State for Humpback Whale Research

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Terri Irwin, whose efforts with Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and daughter Bindi, to protect wildlife have made her an international figure in conservation advocacy, today signed an agreement with the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University to fund two humpback whale research projects.

DNA Study of Japanese 'Whalemeat' Markets Suggests Illegal/Unreported Hunting of Fin Whales

NEWPORT, Ore. – A research team using DNA analysis has identified whale meat from 15 different endangered fin whales for sale in Japanese markets in 2006 and 2007, which are two more fin whales than the government of Japan reported killing under its scientific whaling program during the same period.

4-H Lego Robotics Challenges Open to Public at State Fair

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The fastest, most creative and last-robot-standing will reign victorious at a competition at the Oregon State Fair in August, and for the first time young participants who do not belong to 4-H can be in the winner's circle.

OSU Extension Tests Unconventional Ways to Make Pear Orchards More Profitable

CORVALLIS, Ore. —High-density, "flat" pear orchards may gradually replace the conventional-looking 3-D variety if growers adopt a new system expected to help Oregon growers keep ahead of international competition by countering rising labor, land and fuel costs.

January - 2009
Scientists Test "Artificial Upwelling" to Learn More About Complex Ocean Ecosystem Behavior

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A team of scientists is studying the complex ocean upwelling process by mimicking nature – pumping cold, nutrient-rich water from deep within the Pacific Ocean and releasing it into surface waters near Hawaii that lack the nitrogen and phosphorous necessary to support high biological production.

Study Resolves 50-Year-Old Debate, May Aid Cancer Research

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new study at Oregon State University has finally resolved a controversy that cellular biologists have been arguing over for nearly 50 years, with findings that may aid research on everything from birth defects and genetic diseases to the most classic “cell division” issue of them all – cancer.

OSU and WSU Extension to Co-Host Forest Owners Field Day on Aug. 23

ASTORIA, Ore. - The Regional Forest Owners Field Day, co-sponsored by the Extension Service programs at Oregon State University and Washington State University, will focus on recovery from last winter’s windstorm and flooding damage.

Research to Boost Cellulosic Ethanol Programs

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Scientists at Oregon State University have received two of the 10 federal grants to accelerate genomic research in cellulosic biofuel feedstock crops, which many believe will be the future of ethanol and an alternative to food-based biofuels.

'The Mikado' Opens at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – One of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most famous operettas, “The Mikado,” opens at Oregon State University on Aug. 14.

Biological "Clock" Influences Damage Done by Oxidative Stress

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Swing shift workers and frequent fliers beware – scientists have identified yet another biological issue that relates to the “circadian clock” found in almost every species from insects to humans, and discovered that the time of day also affects the ability to resist oxidative stress.

Alumni Couple Pledge $1.4 Million to Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, ORE.—Jim Youde and Judith Atwood Youde, founders of Northwest Economic Associates, Inc., a natural resource and economic consulting firm based in Vancouver, Wash., have committed $1.4 million to support Oregon State University's first capital campaign.

Program Aids Low-Income Patients in Successful Medication Usage

PORTLAND, Ore. – With just a little help from a medication specialist to help get them started on the right track, low-income patients appear to do just as well at taking and benefiting from important prescription drugs as more affluent people with health insurance, a new study suggests.

OSU Day at Oregon State Fair Features Solar Cars, Photo Contest & More

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host a full day of activities as part of OSU Day at the Oregon State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 24.

Study of Loggerhead Turtles Suggests Holistic Look at Issue of Bycatch

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Efforts to reduce the number of loggerhead turtles killed as bycatch by commercial fisheries should focus on protecting those with the highest “reproductive values,” according to the authors of a newly published study.

NOAA Leader Named Oregon Sea Grant Director

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Stephen Brandt has been named the director of the Oregon Sea Grant Program, based at Oregon State University.

OSU Foundation Announces Assistant Vice President for Gift Planning

PORTLAND, Ore. – Dan Peterson, formerly assistant vice president for development at University of Washington School of Medicine, has joined the Oregon State University Foundation staff as assistant vice president for gift planning. He will work from the foundation’s Portland office.

HMSC to Host Conference on "Sharing the Coast"

NEWPORT, Ore. – A conference called “Sharing the Coast” – designed for persons who teach others about the natural history of the region and the Pacific Ocean, or are simply fascinated by those topics – will be held Aug. 15-17 at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

Douglas-fir: A 350-foot-long Drinking Straw is As Long As It Gets

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Douglas-fir, state tree of Oregon, towering king of old-growth forests and one of the tallest tree species on Earth, finally stops growing taller because it just can’t pull water any higher, a new study concludes.

OSU Names Kansas State's Rodgers as Dean of Liberal Arts College

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Lawrence R. Rodgers, an associate dean at Kansas State University with a track record of liberal arts advocacy, fundraising, and creating new learning opportunities for students, has been named dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University.

Nuclear Renaissance Having Impact on Higher Education

CORVALLIS, Ore. – In higher education, one of the side effects of the rebirth of the nuclear power industry is an exploding student interest in nuclear engineering and radiation health physics.

OSU Research Funding Grows By $25 Million, $75 Million Over Past Five Years

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University scholars earned more than $231 million in external research funding in 2007-08, a near 11 percent increase over the previous fiscal year. The $25 million jump continued an upward trend in OSU research funding, which has grown by some $75 million over the past five years.

Public Invited to Table Grape Field Seminar

SALEM, Ore.—The public is invited to learn about growing 38 varieties of table grapes during an Oregon State University Extension Service field seminar Saturday, Sept. 13, at Broadacres Nursery in Hubbard, Ore.

OSU Recognized as One of America's Top 25 'Green Colleges' and Universities

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s leadership in environmentally responsible practices has earned it a spot in the Kaplan College Guide 2009’s list of America’s top 25 “green colleges,” officials with the popular annual publication have announced.

Tax Incentive Program Funds Six Oregon State Research Projects

CORVALLIS, Ore.– Six projects, ranging from thin-film solar cells created with ink-jet printing technology to a meter that can measure the nitrogen content of leaves to a device that promises to revolutionize mass spectrometry – the molecule-smashing technology made famous on the “CSI” TV crime show – are being funded at Oregon State University, thanks to an innovative tax credit program that supports commercialization of university research.

OSU to Shift Annual Commencement Ceremony to Saturday

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University is moving its annual commencement to Saturday, beginning with its 140th annual ceremony on June 13 in 2009.

OSU Extension and Oregon Tilth to Teach New Organic Gardening Course

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Extension Service and Oregon Tilth will launch a nine-week course in organic gardening in the Portland area in October, marking the training's debut in the state.

New Adhesive a Major Commercial, Environmental Success

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An inspiration that began when an Oregon State University researcher watched mussels being pounded by ocean waves has now evolved into a new wood adhesive that is creating jobs for U.S. workers, drawing interest from all over the world and leading a major shift away from formaldehyde-based composite wood products.

More Can Be Done to Combat Childhood Obesity, Researcher Says

CORVALLIS, Ore. – School officials and parents concerned about childhood obesity should look to national guidelines that recommend 60 minutes of exercise per day, according to public health officials. A new report issued this week showed that adult obesity rates rose in 37 states, and all states except Colorado now report obesity rates higher than 20 percent.

Study: Sperm Whales in Gulf Seemingly Unaffected by Distant Seismic Sounds

HOUSTON, Texas – A six-year study on sperm whales in the Gulf of Mexico – designed to learn more about their abundance, migration patterns and behavior – suggests that long-range seismic sounds associated with oil and gas exploration and production don’t significantly affect the whales’ movement at distances greater than five kilometers, or about three miles.

Study: Vibration Exercise Slows Weight Gain

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new study by Oregon State University researchers shows that whole body vibration slows the acquisition of fat, and may also positively impact bone density.

New Analysis of Earthquake Zone off Oregon Coast Raises Questions

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University scientists have completed a new analysis of an earthquake fault line that extends some 200 miles off the southern and central Oregon coast that they say is more active than the San Andreas Fault in California.

New Map Shows Oregon's Territorial Sea, Marine Seabed Habitats

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new map depicting Oregon’s marine seabed habitats was released this week, part of the marine reserve nomination process. The map provides the first coast-wide view of seafloor habitats in Oregon’s nearshore marine environment.

Carrington Receives MERIT Award from NIH

CORVALLIS – James Carrington, a professor of botany and plant pathology at Oregon State University, has received a prestigious MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health to provide long-term support for his research.

OSU Forestry Student Research Recognized as Best in Nation

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Dan Donato, a forestry graduate student at Oregon State University, has received the 2008 Outstanding Student Research in Ecology Award made by the Ecological Society of America.

Researchers Find Oldest Gecko Fossil Ever Discovered

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Scientists from Oregon State University and the Natural History Museum in London have announced the discovery of the oldest known fossil of a gecko, with body parts that are forever preserved in life-like form after 100 million years of being entombed in amber.

OSU, PSU, UO Launch 'College Colors Fridays' This Week

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Calling all Beavers, Ducks and Vikings: This Friday, Aug. 29, no less than the state governor is calling on you to wear your school colors as part of a new sartorial spirit campaign called “College Colors Fridays.”

Natural Amenities May Offset Economic Challenges Facing Remote Communities

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Economists at Oregon State University have discovered that remoteness is the main cause of disparities between communities that flourish and those that do not. The greater the distance between a community and its closest urban neighbor, the less likely it is to prosper.

New Map, Website Outlines Willamette River Water Issues

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new, far more detailed Willamette River Water Quality map and website has been completed and updated for the first time in 11 years, providing access to a wealth of information about water issues in the river basin that is home to more than two out of every three Oregonians.

Candidates to Interview for Director of New OUS Climate Research Institute

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Four candidates seeking to become the first director of the new Oregon Climate Change Research Institute will visit Oregon State University during the next two months, beginning this Tuesday.

Students Get 'Small College' Experience With New Program

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new residential program at the College of Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University provides a complete living/learning environment that seeks to give students the kind of experience they might associate with a small liberal arts college.

Report Cites Success of Oregon's Land-Use Planning

CORVALLIS, Ore. – After 35 years of operation, Oregon’s pioneering land use system is doing a fairly effective job of protecting farm and forest lands and controlling urban expansion, according to a new analysis by the Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University.

Zappos.com Executive to Speak at Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Alfred Lin, COO, CFO and chairman for the giant online retailer Zappos.com, will discuss the importance of building a brand culture in a free public lecture at Oregon State University on Thursday, Oct. 16.

Caution Recommended with Unfamiliar Berry Plants

ALBANY, Ore. – Oregon State University Extension offices regularly examine plants people bring in for identification. But because some recent samples brought in turned out to be toxic berry plants, Linn and Benton County Extension specialists recommend caution – especially for families with young children.

New Organic Catalyst Should Improve Drug Development, Lower Costs

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Chemists at Oregon State University have developed a new “organocatalyst” that will play a major role in new drug development, greatly reducing costs while making the process more efficient, effective and environmentally friendly.

New Study Links Shift in Diet of Bald Eagles to Sea Otter Decline

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A newly published study has found that the decline of sea otters along Alaska’s Aleutian Islands has forced a change in the diet of a terrestrial predator – the bald eagle. The study demonstrates the extraordinary complexity of marine ecosystems and how far-ranging the impacts can be when there is a population shift in a keystone species like the sea otter.

Documentary-style Play 'Birth' Opens at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The critically-acclaimed play “Birth” opens Oct. 9 at Oregon State University. “Birth” tells the birth stories of eight women, painting an alarming picture of how low-risk, educated mothers are giving birth today. Hailed as “The Vagina Monologues for birth” by women’s health expert Christiane Northrup, performances of the play are used to raise awareness and money for childbirth choices.

Witty Play Seeks to Raise Awareness of Breast Cancer

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The University Theatre program at Oregon State University will present the American premiere of the Irish play, “Unravelling the Ribbon,” Oct. 17-19.

Forum to Explore Pros and Cons of Offshore Aquaculture in the Pacific Northwest

NEWPORT, Ore. – Should the Pacific Northwest take advantage of its clean, cold ocean water and its links to Pacific Rim countries by developing an offshore aquaculture program?

Statewide Water Roundtables Seek Public Input

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Even though it has a reputation for being eternally wet, Oregon faces many water resource challenges, ranging from the impacts of climate change to stream flows, pollution concerns, groundwater protection and many other topics – and it’s one of only two western states that does not have a long-term water supply plan.

Old Growth Forests Are Valuable Carbon Sinks

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Contrary to 40 years of conventional wisdom, a new analysis to be published Friday in the journal Nature suggests that old growth forests are usually “carbon sinks” – they continue to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and mitigate climate change for centuries.

National Historic District Approved for Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Anyone who spends time wandering the heart of Oregon State University’s main Corvallis campus knows it’s a lovely place, abundant with lush Pacific Northwest greenery, rife with stately red brick buildings and rich with history.

Guide Can Help Reduce Federal Taxes for Forestland Owners

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A multimedia guide for establishing "basis" on forestland, produced by Oregon State University Forestry Extension, can help reduce federal tax liabilities for forestland owners.

Isolated White Oak Trees May be Critical Habitat for Birds in Agricultural Fields

CORVALLIS, Ore.—The magnificent white oak trees in the Willamette Valley that stand alone in farmers' fields may provide critical resources for birds living in and around agricultural fields.

Ice Core Studies Confirm Accuracy of Climate Models

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An analysis of the global carbon cycle and climate for a 70,000-year period in the most recent Ice Age shows a remarkable correlation between carbon dioxide levels and surprisingly abrupt changes in climate.

OSU Press Publishes New Book Tracing Oregon's Wrack, Flotsam and Jetsam

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The powerful Pacific Ocean not only carves a spectacular coastline, it regularly decorates it with natural debris and the flotsam and jetsam produced by humans. The stories of how some of those pieces came to Mile 157 on the Oregon coast are the subject of a new book published by the Oregon State University Press.

OSU Study Uses New Method to Identify Meth Hot Spots in Oregon


CORVALLIS, Ore. – A researcher at Oregon State University has used a new method of combining multiple sources of data to identify counties in Oregon with high numbers of methamphetamine-related problems per capita, giving officials a new tool in fighting the illegal drug.

Agricultural Research Foundation Funds 33 OSU Projects

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Agricultural Research Foundation of Oregon has announced grants totaling $373,760 for projects in agriculture, pharmacy and veterinary medicine at Oregon State University.

"Biological Clock" Genes Control Plant Growth

CORVALLIS, Ore. – More than 125 years ago Charles Darwin first reported that most plants grow in a spurt during the night, not the day – and this week, scientists are reporting the discovery of the genes that control this phenomenon.

OSU Hosts a Public Forum on Food and Fuel Prices

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Rising food and energy prices will be analyzed during an Oct. 2 conference hosted by Oregon State University's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Major Plant Conference Set This Week in Oregon

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A leading group of botanists and plant experts from around the world will meet in Oregon this week at the 19th New Phytologist Symposium, to discuss the explosion of knowledge in recent years about genetic controls of plant processes, agricultural advances and many other topics.

OSU Alumnus Leaves $2.6 Million to Valley Library

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An alumnus of Oregon State University who surrounded himself with books has surprised his alma mater by giving OSU’s Valley Library the vast majority of his estate.

Tibetan Buddhism Expert Robert Thurman to Speak at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Robert Thurman, considered the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism, is the first speaker in the inaugural Hundere Religion and Culture lecture series.

Oregon Selected for Northwest Marine Renewable Energy Center

NEWPORT, Ore. – The future of Oregon as a national leader in the development of wave energy took a major step forward today with the announcement of U.S. Department of Energy support for the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center based at the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center.

'The Mikado' Has Return Engagement

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s production of “The Mikado,” will return for three performances starting Oct. 3.

Some 2,400 Oregonians Qualify for Free Tuition and Fees this Fall at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- When Oregon State University financial aid officials announced the Bridge to Success Program last spring, it was envisioned as the largest, most expansive effort at an Oregon higher education institution to make a college education available to residents of this state, serving as many as 1,500 students in its debut this fall.

Art About Agriculture Announces 27th Regional Art Competition

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The College of Agricultural Sciences of Oregon State University is holding its 27th annual Art About Agriculture regional art competition. The exhibit will open next April with the artists' reception and awards presentation in OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center.

OSU Seeks Entries for 2008 Homecoming Parade

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s annual homecoming weekend will feature a parade through downtown Corvallis and campus on Saturday, Nov. 1, and the OSU Alumni Association is seeking parade entries.

OSU Kicks Off 2008-09 Year at University Day

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University launched its 2008-09 academic year on Thursday (Sept. 18) with its annual University Day celebration.