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OSU Mentors

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Mentorship is not a new thing for Peter Bottomley, professor of microbiology in the College of Science. Back in 2006, Peter became the very first recipient of the Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award, given by the OSU Graduate School. These days, Peter is part of the Mentor Program at OSU. He and former student Shawn […]

Assessing the Threat of Whirling Disease

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Risk Assessments May Help Control Spread of Whirling Disease in rainbow trout and other salmonids: There are no effective ways to control the disease once it’s introduced. This makes it important, researchers say, to identify the most vulnerable river systems and take all the necessary steps, including public education efforts, to prevent it from becoming […]

The New Spokesanimal in Town

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Smokey the Bear says: Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires! Owl says: Give a Hoot! Don’t Pollute! Siamese Fighting Fish says: This Food Is Not Bad for You! Do Not Waste Millions of Dollars By Telling Everyone It is Bad for Them When It is Not!! According to an OSU media release, Dr. Janine Trempy, […]

Another article about Beijing air quality

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Pollution levels unclear but a key concern, from USA Today. Simonich has been taking air samples for the last seven days. She hasn’t finished her analysis and doesn’t have exact figures, but her rough estimate is that pollution levels are between two and seven times higher than in a typical larger American city and six […]

Update from Beijing

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Dr. Staci Simonich writes a quick e-mail from Beijing: In one of the most polluted atmospheres I have ever been in on Monday in Beijing with visibility only 0.5 miles or so with air sampler. Very hot and humid (see hair). The student is from Peking University (Mr. Wentao Wang) and will be spending 1 […]


Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Why, you ask, is Dr. Staci Simonich, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Toxicology, standing on the rooftop of Peking University during the Olympics, holding a bunch of of white rectangular things? She’s not competing in the emerging “waving white things” segment of the pentathalon. Well, maybe she is. And we think she would bring home […]

Parasites Found on Ducks! Beavers Not Surprised!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Jerri Bartholomew, PhD and professor of microbiology at OSU studies fish parasites. In a study announced today and  published in the International Journal of Parasitology, she identifies nine cases of a newly found species of myxozoa in ducks. It would be unsportsmanlike to say that we’ve always known that ducks are dirty, but we’ll say so […]