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HMSC Researchers studying Oregon’s “resident population” of gray whales

August 4th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Every year, some 20,000 gray whales migrate between the breeding lagoons of Baja, Mexico, and the bountiful feeding grounds off British Columbia and Alaska, often passing close to shore along the Northwest coast – creating a popular tourist attraction. For some reason, however, about 200 of these whales annually cut short their northern migration, opting […]

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OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center to turn 50 years of age

July 28th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

NEWPORT, Ore. – Fifty years ago this summer, Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center opened its doors as a fledgling research and education facility envisioned to help the depressed central Oregon coast economy revive. Today it stands as one of the most important and unique marine science facilities in the country, bringing together a […]

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Northwest residents should channel fear of earthquake into pragmatic action

July 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A national news article suggesting that everything in Oregon west of Interstate-5 “would be toast” in a major Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake certainly drew attention to the seismic reality facing the Pacific Northwest. The concern, though, is that people are focusing on the most draconian or extreme scenarios, experts say, which can […]

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Help Us Celebrate 50 Years On August 7th!

July 14th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Fifty years after OSU dedicated the Marine Science Center, Oregon State University will honor the past with a special 50th Anniversary Celebration, and look to the future with OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative. Join us! Friday, August 7 at 4:30 pm on the HMSC campus.  The Celebration will feature distinguished speakers, a historical slide show and a new video celebrating […]

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OSU researchers discover the unicorn – seaweed that tastes like bacon!

July 14th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

NEWPORT, Ore. – Oregon State University researchers have patented a new strain of a succulent red marine algae called dulse that grows extraordinarily quickly, is packed full of protein and has an unusual trait when it is cooked. This seaweed tastes like bacon. Dulse (Palmaria sp.) grows in the wild along the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines. […]

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Oregon Legislature approves funds for new building at HMSC

July 8th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

OSU makes plans for expansion at Hatfield Marine Science Center CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon Legislature has approved $24.8 million in state bonding to help fund a new building at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport that will be a centerpiece for research and education on critical issues facing coastal communities. The […]

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The OSTRICH is back! Plankton Lab’s 2015 cruise is underway…

June 15th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Follow HMSC’s Plankton Lab (aka the Sponaugle-Cowen Lab) on their 2015 OSTRICH research cruise! Find their Cruise Blog at http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/ostrich

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Science on Tap! Wed, June 10 at Rogue Ales in South Beach

June 3rd, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Scientist and photographer Dr. Ari S. Friedleander will present at the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Science on Tap on Wednesday, June 10 at 6pm. The presentation will introduce his first book, Unframable, a collection of photographs from Antarctica in the context of his work as a marine mammal ecologist. The event will take place at […]

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Researchers think Axial Seamount off Northwest coast is erupting – right on schedule

April 30th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

NEWPORT, Ore. – Axial Seamount, an active underwater volcano located about 300 miles off the coast of Oregon and Washington, appears to be erupting – after two scientists had forecast that such an event would take place there in 2015. Geologists Bill Chadwick of Oregon State University and Scott Nooner of the University of North Carolina Wilmington made their […]

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MATE ROV: A Teacher’s Reflection

April 29th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The MATE Competition (see last posting) in North Bend was a huge success! See the Oregon Coast Stem Hub‘s blog for a teacher’s reflection on the event at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/oregoncoaststem/

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MATE ROV Competition this Saturday!

April 24th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Oregon Competition Helps Students Learn about Polar Science and Technology with Underwater Robots April 23, 2015— The Oregon Coast Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Hub, in conjunction with the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center, has issued an icy challenge to Oregon students. On Saturday, April 25th, 38 teams of elementary, middle school, high […]

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Winner of the Inaugural National Data Science Bowl Announced

March 25th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–After 90 days of intense competition, in which the data science community applied its skills to effect change on a global scale, a team of deep learning specialists has won the inaugural National Data Science Bowl. The competition, co-sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton and Kaggle and created with data from oceanographers at Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center, […]

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New research reveals low-oxygen impacts on West Coast groundfish 

March 25th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

CORVALLIS, Ore. – When low-oxygen “dead zones” began appearing off the Oregon Coast in the early 2000’s, photos of the ocean floor revealed bottom-dwelling crabs that could not escape the suffocating conditions and died by the thousands. But the question everyone asked was, “What about the fish?” recalls Oregon State University oceanographer Jack Barth. “We didn’t really know […]

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OSU scientists host and participate in international seabird forum

March 12th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The early career scientist committee of the 2nd World Seabird Conference presents Meet the Masters: an online question and answer webinar, connecting senior seabird scientists with their early career counterparts. The featured scientists for this MtM session are Rob Suryan and Leigh Torres of Oregon State University, with Amanda Gladics, also of HMSC-OSU, co-hosting. Check out the […]

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OSU to help lead $20 million disaster resilience center

March 11th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A team of Oregon State University researchers will help lead the Community Resilience Center of Excellence, a five-year, $20 million initiative to help communities improve resilience to natural disasters. The center will be based at Colorado State University, and is a partnership of 10 institutions, funded by the National Institute of Standards […]

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Warm winter wraps up – concern about low snowpack continues

March 10th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

CORVALLIS, Ore. – If it seemed like Oregon has had a lot of unseasonably warm days this winter, well, it’s because we have. Now the focus is on a very low snowpack – and the implications that may have later this year. The meteorological winter – which is comprised of December, January and February – […]

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OSU to outfit undersea gliders to “think like a fish”

March 6th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University researchers have received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation that will allow them to outfit a pair of undersea gliders with acoustical sensors to identify biological “hot spots” in the coastal ocean. They also hope to develop an onboard computing system that will program the gliders […]

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Fossil Fest, Saturday Feb 21 at HMSC

February 18th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Fossil Fest is scheduled on Saturday, February 21st at the Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center. “Oregon Fossil Guy” DiTorrace will be joining Dr. William Orr with special auditorium presentations. Mike Full, a local Pleistocene fossil hound and Newport’s own Kent Gibson, will be setting up additional exhibits of amazing fossils. The North American Research Group […]

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Announcing a new blog! What’s Past is Prologue – HMSC History

February 7th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

What’s Past is Prologue – HMSC History, is the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s NEW history blog! This year – 2015 – marks the 50th anniversary of the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. Join us as we celebrate this venerable milestone with special events, historical displays and webpages, alumni speakers, oral histories and so much more. We hope […]

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Marine Mammal Institute in the news

January 30th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Aging whales: Scars reveal social secrets <http://bbc.in/15PjK0j> (BBC News) Professor Ari Friedlaender, a marine ecologist from Oregon State University, said that the animals’ long-term associations and complex social structures could mean that the impacts of “disturbing them or removing individuals might have significant consequences”. Western Aleutian Steller Sea Lions potentially falling prey to sleeper sharks […]

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