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Epitaph for a Coral Reef

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

For OSU coral reef scientist Mark Hixon, climate change is personal. He studied a tropical reef for a decade, and the results of his work stunned and inspired him. In a new book, Thoreau’s Legacy, published by the Union of Concerned Scientists and Penguin Books, Hixon describes the calamity that struck in 1998. His is […]

Off to Kenya

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Finals this week! And after that, where else to go but Kenya? That’s where Shalynn Pack, a junior in zoology from Marcola, Oregon, will work this summer in pursuit of a career in tropical forest conservation and ecotourism. Check out her lab: Lake Nakuru National Park at www.kws.org/nakuru.html.


Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Welcome to the Breakthroughs in Science blog! We’re happy to see you here. A quick orientation: on the left-hand side of the page you’ll find categories that may help you zero in on the topics you’re most interested in. We post frequently with the news of the day, so do bookmark and visit often! We’d […]

Where, oh Where?

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Today’s article on the Cyber Diver News Nework asks the question: Where have all the big fish gone? And gives us the answer (spoiler, sorry!):  In our stomachs. “We have already eaten most of the big fish in the Caribbean according to a new study [by OSU alumnus Dr. Chris Stallings] that links the decline of […]

The Oregon Way

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

On February 11, 2009, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski issued an executive order (link opens as a PDF) creating a new public/private partnership to advance Oregon’s recovery. Peggy Fowler (OSU/College of Science Parent), Catherine Mater (Political Science ’75; M.S., Civil Engineering ’84), and Jim Walls (Wildlife Science ’75) have been appointed to the group which will […]

Save the Date: F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Award Lecture

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Date: May 4, 2009 Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Conference Center Welcome: 7:15-7:30 p.m. Introducing Dr. Peter Clark Dr. Sherman H. Bloomer, Dean, College of Science Lecture, Q&A: 7:30-8:30 p.m. About the F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Science: A true Renaissance man, Francois A. “Doc” Gilfillan inspired colleagues and students alike. He served […]

Committed to a Fault

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Some of us need a direct, physical connection with a subject to look at it through the lens of science. For Ajeet Johnson, an OSU master’s student in Geosciences from Bend, that connection came from rock climbing at Smith Rock and skiing at Mt. Bachelor. Now she locates fault lines and seeks answers to questions […]

What are YOU doing this summer?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

“Undergraduate research experience” Three words we hear a lot of these days, and with good reason. • We need to build a pipeline of future scientists. • We know lectures don’t inspire students. • Mentoring is essential for a young investigator. • Work readiness is an expectation of potential employers. • College of Science undergraduate […]

Breakthroughs in Science: Corvallis

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

On October 10, 2008, the College of Science welcomed guests to the Board of Visitors Luncheon and a Breakthroughs in Science interactive faculty event. The luncheon provided our attending board members an opportunity to discuss their board “task” completed for this calendar year and our special guests a forum to discuss their history and current […]

College of Science Faculty and Staff Awards

Monday, September 29th, 2008

On September 18, the College of Science at OSU held a faculty and staff awards ceremony to recognize excellence in teaching, research or service. The following nine awards were presented: Aaron Wolf, Professor, Geosciences – Milton Harris Award in Basic Research Peter Clark, Professor, Geosciences – F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Science […]