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The passing of the baton, a changing of the guard, a new dawn in some ways in the leadership team in the College of Science. The College of Science comes together to celebrating the extraordinary service of our departing department chairs and welcome our new department heads. We are grateful for your many years of service to our faculty, to the College and to OSU. The legacy you leave behind has impacted generations of physicists, mathematicians and microbiologists.

“The job of a department chair is keeping an eye on the big picture, looking at the department as a whole and developing the department’s relationship with the College,” said Dean of Science Sastry Pantula. “But the chair is also a manager, keeping the day-to-day operations running smoothly; a researcher; teacher; consultant; a skilled navigator; tireless mentor; an accountant; and HR director. The hours are long, the days endless, the pay never enough, the thanks sometimes belated and the preparation all “on the job.”

“But I hope that the satisfaction comes from conducting a successful faculty search or re-imagining the department curriculum, mentoring a young colleague in their early years, serving others and watching others around you thrive,” adds Pantula. “I cannot thank you enough for the outstanding jobs you have done and for your many years of service to the College.”

The College has benefitted from the leadership and stewardship of our department chairs:

  • Theo Dreher, Chair of the Department of Microbiology, 2004-2014. Theo has been on OSU faculty for 28 years.
  • Tom Dick, Chair of the Department of Mathematics, 2011-2014. Tom has also been at OSU for 28 years.
  • Henri Jansen, Chair of the Department of Physics, 1998-2014. Henri arrived at OSU 30 years ago.

We welcomed three new extraordinary new department heads. With four of our seven department heads in the College now women, we are demonstrating our deep commitment to diversity in science.

  • Jerri Bartholomew, Head of the Department of Microbiology
  • Heidi Schellman, Head of the Department of Physics
  • Enrique Thomann, Interim Head of the Department of Mathematics

Thank you and welcome!

Departing chairs_dinner

The College of Science celebrated teaching and advising excellence at its annual Winter Awards Ceremony at the Memorial Union on February 3. Guided by the theme of mentorship, students and professors paid heartfelt tributes to cherished mentors who were instrumental in igniting their passion for science and influencing their careers.

“Impactful teaching and mentoring is what transforms good students into leaders of science,” said Sastry G. Pantula, dean of the College of Science who presented the teaching and advising awards. “I cannot thank faculty and advisors enough for the incredible amount of time spent advising, teaching and mentoring. It does indeed take a village to build the next generation of leaders in science.”

The event was enriched by the presence of students who announced the awards for which they had enthusiastically nominated their teachers and advisors.

Statistics senior instructor Jeff Kollath won the Frederick H. Horne Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching Science. His former student Juliann Moore praised him for guiding her career as a student, and, subsequently, as a teacher of statistics.

“Now I teach alongside my mentor. This instructor has shown me that teaching can be so rewarding,” said Moore, who is also a statistics instructor in the College.

Kollath described his own recipe for successfully teaching large undergraduate lecture classes. “You have to remember the audience you have and keep your expectations high as well as realistic.”

Physics Professor Henri Jansen, who won the Olaf Boedtker Undergraduate Advising Award, recalled the “invisible mentoring” he received from his postdoctoral advisor that continues to influence his own approach to student advising.

“The mentee has to be ready. Plant the seed, but don’t push,” said Jansen. “A good mentor should help you figure out what you should be doing, not what the mentor would have done.”

Mathematics Instructor David Wing, who won the Loyd Carter Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, has a reputation for using Rubik’s Cube puzzles to break the ice with his students and make them fall in love with mathematics.

Biophysics and Biochemistry Professor Tory Hagen was awarded the Loyd Carter Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching.

“Professor Hagen’s inspiring mentorship and teaching reminds me of the famous saying by Plutarch. ‘The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled,’” said Nick Thomas, his graduate student.

“The best way of teaching and mentoring is to give room and allow innately good students to achieve their best,” said Hagen while accepting his award.


Congratulations to the College of Science Winter 2015 Teaching and Advising Award Winners

Henri Jansen, Physics Department—Olaf Boedtker Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

David Wing, Mathematics Department—Loyd F. Carter Award for Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching, Undergraduate

Tory Hagen, Biochemistry & Biophysics Department—Loyd F. Carter Award for Outstanding and Inspirational Teaching, Graduate

Jeff Kollath, Statistics Department—Frederick H. Horne Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching


The College of Science celebrated academic and administrative excellence at its annual Fall Awards Ceremony at the Linus Pauling Science Center. In addition to kicking off the new academic year, we took the opportunity to reconnect with each other and welcome new colleagues into our community. Congratulations to the following people in the College who received awards at the ceremony:

  • Edward Waymire, Mathematics Department – F.A. Gilfillan Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Science
  • Elisar Barbar, Biochemistry & Biophysics Department – Milton Harris Award in Basic Research in Science
  • Deanne Wilcox, Mathematics Department – Gladys Valley Award for Exemplary Administrative Support
  • Myra Koesdjojo, Chemistry Department – Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant Award
  • LeeAnn McGill and Andy Kuback, Arts & Sciences Business Center – ASBC Exemplary Service Awards

Welcome back and here’s to a wonderful year!

asa175ASA’s 175th Anniversary Breakfast Roundtable with past ASA Presidents and Executive Directors who will reflect on their leadership positions with ASA, including Dean Pantula, who served as the ASA President in 2010. In addition to serving on the World of Statistics Committee, he is also on the ASA Development Committee.

“I enjoy being associated with ASA, and I receive a great deal of satisfaction in serving the profession,” said Pantula.


Below are his responses to questions that ASA posed to the panelists.

What was your first thought when you were asked to run for president/be a candidate for executive director? What was your first thought when you learned you had won the election for president/been selected as executive director?

I was shocked when I got the call from Nancy Flourenoy about being nominated for ASA president. Who, me?

I couldn’t believe it. I talked to my dean at that time, Dan Solomon. He definitely said it is a great honor to be asked and that I must say yes. I recall talking to my classmate Sallie Keller, a former ASA President, and she said “how can you turn it down when your association calls you for your leadership help?” So, I accepted the nomination immediately, even without knowing at that time who my opponent may be.

When I found out that my opponent was Xiaoli Meng, I was very excited that at least for the first time, we will have an Asian president.

I was even more surprised, flabbergasted, when Ron Wasserstein called me several months later congratulating me on being elected.  What an honor it was and is!

When I told our daughter Asha that I won the election, she thought I beat Hillary Clinton, since I was talking about what a change it is for an Asian to lead the American Statistical Association. (Obama was talking about “Change we can believe in” at that time).


What was the high point of your time as president/executive director of the ASA?

My high point was traveling to various chapters and events and meeting people and talking about the impeccable impact statistical sciences are having on other sciences, engineering, business, and education.

I also enjoyed leading a delegation of 40 to China.

Certainly, I will always remember being the first Asian to be an ASA president (and so far the only one). We can use more diversity in the leadership and on the board.

I am always grateful to Fritz Schueren who gave me the opportunity to be the ASA Treasurer, which opened many doors for me.


What surprised you most about being president/executive director of the ASA?

How much our members are eager to volunteer and contribute to promoting the practice and the profession of statistics. It also gave me a sense for how big a tent ASA is and the importance of us paying attention to all of our sectors, not just academia.

I didn’t realize how many other doors (NSF Director for the Division of Mathematical Sciences, Oregon State University Dean of Science) it opened for me.

What surprised me is how well I got to know Ron Wasserstein the Executive Director of ASA and how wonderful he is as a person, and how dedicated he is to ASA’s success and our profession. I am very grateful for his friendship. It is by far one of the best surprising benefits I gained during the presidency and beyond!

Finally, it was such a pleasure to work with ASA staff.  There are more than thirty to name them all!


 What accomplishment as president/executive director of the ASA did you find most gratifying?

I truly enjoyed listening to our members. But also for advocating for our profession to youngsters and policy makers was the most gratifying experience.

I focused on “GIVE to ASA,” where GIVE stood for Growth, Impact, Visibility and Education.  We focused on membership growth; we developed mechanisms to explain our impact and to make us more visible; we worked on a tagline and an elevator speech for ASA; and we set in motion a process for studying workforce development, which my successors continued.

We enhanced the PR for ASA!


What particularly humorous or unusual incident happened to you while you were president/executive director of the ASA?

Certainly, my daughter thinking that I beat Hilary Clinton was cute.  I recall taking her to listen to Hillary speak, and Hillary getting a kick out of it when Asha handed over her Unicorn book for Hillary to autograph!

The AAAS director characterizing us, statisticians, as tools was unusual. That was a wake up call to recognize that we had a lot of work to do, and we did.  We now have some room at the table.


What advice would you share with future candidates for president or executive director of the ASA?

Enjoy!  What an honor it is to be the leader of 20,000 fellow members.

Connect with our members.  Don’t complain that you have to travel too much. Time will fly too fast.  So, start the job the day you get the news of being elected. Don’t wait until you are the president, by then it is too late if you want to see the impact of your vision.

Don’t run for the election if you are not excited about running around the globe! Toot the horn about our profession. Attract young people and future problem solvers.  Collaborate with other professions and other societies.


What are your feelings about the future of the ASA? What makes you particularly optimistic about the ASA’s future? What would you like to see addressed?

As you probably see from the Future of Statistical Sciences London workshop report, there is a bright future ahead of us. Data—big or small—will continue to play a role in discoveries and policymaking. We need to emphasize good ethics and trust in science. We are making significant progress in identifying data crooks and misuses of statistical methodologies. Keep being collaborative rather than combative. We have to not only be a part of scientific teams but also be the leaders at the table. Focus on grand challenges related to sustainability, energy, security and health.

As the goals at Oregon State University state: we want to make this a healthy planet for healthy people in a healthy economy. Who else can be a key to these goals besides statisticians?  We enable discoveries in other sciences, engineering, business and education, in addition to fundamental advances in statistical sciences.

OSU chemists and students in science and engineering have created a new type of chemical test that’s inexpensive, simple and can predict the authenticity of primary malaria drugs– an enormous and deadly problem in the developing world.

The system created at OSU looks about as simple and is almost as cheap as a sheet of paper. But it’s actually a highly sophisticated “colorimetric” assay, or test, that consumers could use to determine whether or not they are getting the medication they paid for – artesunate – which is by far the most effective drug used to treat serious cases of malaria. The assay also verifies that an adequate level of the drug is present.

The undergraduate and graduate students working in Vince Remcho’s lab took the system a step further, creating an iPhone app that makes the technology more accurate. The app measures the color and indicates with an even higher degree of accuracy the presence and level of the drug.

The technology functions similar to that used on computers and expensive laboratory equipment, but is much simpler and less expensive. As a result, this approach may significantly expand in medicine, scientists said.

Anti malaria tests

Computer science students Kyle Casare, Kevin Hess and Joe Runde in addition to chemistry students Chadd Armstrong, Chris Heist, and Tony Boonloed worked on the app technology.

Armstrong was primarily responsible for developing the videos early in the process, but it was so time consuming that the team explored developing applications for mobile devices. He is continuing his work on the project as much as he can this summer before beginning his Ph.D. work at the University of Washington.

“We’re optimistic that the app has the potential to integrate lab work and new emerging technologies,” said Armstrong. “It’s important to understand that this is a consumer grade application. It’s not just the scientists doing lab work, it’s applicable to the everyday person as well.”

Armstrong and Heist collaborated on a Computer Science CAPSTONE proposal. After visiting the OSU App Hackathon sponsored by the College of Engineering, the two met and collaborated with three computer science majors to develop the app. The pair also co-athored an article for the Journal of Chemistry Education in order to introduce the application into high schools.

“Ideally we could take this technology and adapt it for any kind of color changing process, remarked Heist, “even things as simple as tea or beer brewing. What we have found so exciting is the response from the community. We’re getting questions all the time about our work. It’s really been spreading by word of mouth.”

Booleod’s main responsibility in the project was contacting and communicating with the app developers. He plans to devote the summer and the foreseeable future to developing an allergy add-on to the existing app to help people help people monitor and control allergy symptoms using technology.

Read the full story here.

deans list SPR14

689 science students make dean’s honor roll spring term

The College of Science is pleased to announce the Dean’s Honor Roll for the 2014 spring term.

These students must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours and earn a 3.5 grade point average.

Congratulations to the following science students!






Aalberg, Zachary James
Abdelrasul, Amjad Hasan
Abe, Tomoki
Abelaye, Nate
Ahn, Nicholas Prescott
Alldredge, Evan Hunter
Allen, Caitlin Colleen
Anand, Sonal
Anderson, Emeli Jane
Anderson, Emily R
Anderson, Holly Elizabeth
Anderson, Monica Lynn
Arizala, Austin Alexander
Armstrong, Chadd
Armstrong, Elyssa Lee
Armstrong, Jessica Scott
Arnbrister, Joshua Douglas
Asay, Benjamin James
Atkuru, Abhijith Koundinya
Avila, Omar
Baccus, Alyssa Jean
Backus, Dakota Russell
Badura, Jacob Michael
Baglien, Peter Eleutherius
Baird, Christopher Scott
Baldwin, John Andrew
Banskota, Swechya
Barnes, Taylor John
Barr, Ellisa Rene
Barrett, Damien
Bassett, Brittany Dawn
Batish, Tanvi
Baumgart, Joshua T
Bayley, John S
Bean, Madison Elizabeth
Beard, Paul David
Beatty, Erik Allen
Beazley, Megan Anna-Louise
Bell, Kayla Marie
Bellinghausen, Stephanie Keiko
Belozer, Scott Arthur
Benfit, Brayden John
Bergstrom, Jordan Daniel
Berning, Emily N
Best, Nikita Devin
Best, Scott Ryan
Bice, Connor Patrick
Billow, Braylin R
Bingham, Julia A
Bird, Kayla Kristen
Blank, Stephanie Leigh
Blohm, Jennifer Kathleen
Blouin, Nathanielle Louise
Bobrovnikov, Dmitriy Gennadye
Bobrovnikov, Ilya G
Bochsler, Joseph Martin
Bohrer, Ellie Renee
Bonar, James Henry
Bonar, Tara Nicole
Bonner, L Roy
Booth, Georgeann Christina
Bowen, Joel Donald
Boyle, Virinda Rose
Brandon, Kristin Rae
Brawner, Michael
Brecheisen, Anna Gabrielle
Brekke, Tylor Daniel
Brewster, Kristen Marie
Britsch, Kimberly Alyse
Britsch, Melissa Linn
Brittsan, Gary Richard
Brooks, Rebecca Elizabeth
Brosy, Jack Robert
Brown, Adam Benjamin
Brucks, Corinne Nicole
Bruno, Samantha
Buckmaster, David Edwin
Bui, Christina
Bui, Tony
Bundy, Taylor Aubrey
Burkhardt, Kali Marie
Burns, Grant Christian
Busche, Jacob Anthony
Butler, Demitria E
Buzan, Scott Michael
Cade, Emily Elizabeth
Caldwell, Stephanie
Cameron, Alex N
Capek, Elliott L
Card, Lauren Rachel
Carlile, Morgan Alyse
Carlyle, Alexandria Akemi
Carpenter, Joshua Lynn
Carreon, Michael Ray
Casebier, Haley Anne
Casey, Robert Stuart
Cayton, Jared L
Cereghino, Marissa Lynn
Chamberlain, Marlee Kathleen
Chan, Chelsea Taylor
Chan, Shawn
Chang, Irena
Chang, Xiao Lan
Chanthakhoun, Austin M
Cheema, Karandeep Singh
Chen, Jesse
Chen, Sammi
Chen, Zhong Bin
Cheung, Yi Ling Dorcas
Chitwood, Abigail
Cho, Hyun Jun
Chodsawang, Sakkarat
Choi, Mercedes Marie
Chon, Chae Ryung
Chou, Marley Alexis
Chow, Justin K
Claeys, Anne Elizabeth
Clair, Ellis Chandler
Clarke, Jordyn Marie
Cobb, Tora Jean
Cohen, Christopher Michael
Colangeli, Hailey Nicole
Colebrook, Sean Paul
Coleman, Natalie Brooke
Collier, Alicia J
Collins, Abigail Jane
Collins, Karin Lilly
Collins, Maggie Kay
Collins, Tyler Jeffrey
Comerfield, Ashley Evelina
Cordell, Molly Ellaine
Corey, Kevin Ryan
Corvi, Elizabeth Renee
Cowden, Brett Christopher
Cowgill, Lisa Michelle
Crampton, David James Monroe
Crannell, Mariah A
Crisman, Brianna Nicole
Cronk, Lauren Marie
Crooks, Katherine Elizabeth
Crowder, Kjerstine Karianna
Cummins, Tonn Michael
Custer, Andrew Kelley
Cutting, Helen Buckskin
Dang, Ivana Ngoc
Dang, Thuy T
D’Angelo, Maria Grazia
Danilchik, Nikolai Meriwether
Darst, Sarah Elizabeth
Davenhill, Trey Austin
Davis, Adrianna Sharell
Dean, Dylan Lucas
Debois, Amanda Megan
Delgado, Mark Daniel P
Demaree, Adrienne Elise
Denney, Crystal Rose
Destine, Brian Nguyen
Destine, Karina Nguyen
Dever, Justin Wayne
Devilla, Mary Claire Nepomuc
DeYoung, Michael Quinn
Diaz-Hui, Nicholas Scott
Dietel, Josie C
DiMicco, Antonio Christopher
Dishion, Evan Lee
Dispenza, Alexis Kay
Donegan, Tayler Faye
Donley, Danielle Elizabeth
Dove, Erik Paul
Dow, Ellen Grace
Drewry, Kelsey Marie
Dubie, Joseph James
Duffin, Paul Gabriel
Duncan, Elizabeth Ann
Dunham, Susan Melissa
Duong, Tony
Durfee, Brandice Wray
Duval, Jason Ryan
Ebert, Brett James
Eckrich, Megan Nicole
Ellis, Courtney Lynn
Ellis, Emily Marie
Ellson, Taylor Austin
Enger, Marie Christine
Ennamuri, Deepthika
Erickson, Blake Alexander
Eskridge, Katherine Marie
Esquibel, Maegen LaRee
Ewens, Elise Nicole
Falke, Landon Paul
Farr, Carly Michelle
Fast, Matthew Stephen
Faszer, Dwight Dennis
Faulkner, Jaime Elizabeth
Feist, Jordan Keiser
Ferguson, Janet Helena
Ferguson, Lindsey Grace
Figura, Robert James
Fong, Eaton C
Fortner, Sarah Ann
Foss, Austyn Renee
Foss, Jason Matthew
Foster, Paige Marie
Francois, Janessa Joann
Frangipani, Michael Alan
Frank, James Alexander
Frank, Taylor R
Fritz, Ariel Shea
Fritz, Eric J
Frost, Justin Daniel
Fuhrer, Margaret Bess
Fulkerson, Sarah Nichole
Fung, Courtney
Gaffney, Alisha Marie
Gage, Ellie Marie
Galligan, Shazeya L
Gass, Elizabeth Marie
Gebhart, Cady V
Gentle, Lauren Nicole
Gibbon, Rebecca Ann
Gille, Bianca Gabrielle Franco
Glover, Rochelle Christine
Godier, Gabriella Mei
Goforth, Madison Rose
Goode, Zachary Hunter
Goodell, Anne M
Govig, Annie Mckenzie
Graber, Levi Jonathon
Graham-Williams, Elizabeth G
Graves, Corinne S
Grech, Kyle Michael
Greeney, Megan Elizabeth
Gregory, Briyon Ashten
Grenz, Tanner James
Greydanus, Logan Michael
Griffin, Walter Curtis
Griffith, Carrie Anne
Guerre, Megan Elizabeth
Gugnyak, Olga
Guise, Rebecca Eleanor
Guov, Jenny
Gurnee, Julianne Marie
Hacherl, Jordan William
Hampton-Wonder, Kathryn Anne
Hannan, Joely Franklin
Harris, John William
Harris, Justin Henry
Hartman, Alysha Elaine
Hartman, Steven James
Hartmann, Caitlin Marie
Hartung, Jacob Daniel
Hayes, Lauren Michelle
Helman, Talia Avigail
Henderson, Andrew James
Hensler, Hunter David
Herbison, Maria Margret
Hergert, John Elliott
Hernandez, Jason Rene
Hinds, Natalie Alisha
Hinrichs, Dylan James
Hite, Danielle Rene
Ho, Hoang Nguyen Huy
Hobbs, Helen Tatiana
Hoffart, Evan Patrick
Hoffman, Jena Rose
Hoffman, Samuel Patrick Donald
Hoglund, Brian Gordon
Holman, Douglas Scott
Holmes, Kristopher
Hooper, Chase Merz
Horton, Tyler Don
Houf, Geoffrey Thomas
Howell, Grant Logan
Howorth, Benjamin Bradlee
Huang, Zhaoyang
Huegel, Jacob Thomas
Huhndorf, Mariah Anne
Hull, Emily Nicole
Hummell, Payton Marie
Huntington, Hannah Taylor
Huntley, Adam Paul
Huss, Christiana Mercedes
Hutchings, Scott Howard
Huynh, Daniel The
Huynh, Khanh Quoc
Huynh, Linda N
Huynh, Monica Boi
Hwee, Jennifer Shan-Shan
Ibuye, Marius
Ironside, Emily Megan
Isaak, Ashtyn Lynne
Jackson, Courtney Renae
Jagielski, Michael Jeffrey
Jamus, Chris Omar
Jamus, Joseph Omar
Janssen, Katherine Elizabeth
Jimmerson, Gary Matthew
Jirikovic, Stephani Sue
Jivagunchainan, Hatai
Johnson, Cameron James
Johnson, Emily Grace
Johnson, Emily Rosemarie
Johnson, Matthew Wallace
Johnstun, Joel Adriance
Jones, Carson Victor
Jones, Jessica Marie
Jones, Kecia
Jong, Anita Marla
Joseph, Jayanthi Joanna
Judd, Grace Isabelle
Judkins, Garrett W
Kahler-Quesada, Arianna Maria
Kaikaka, Jennifer L
Kam, Byron
Kanlaya, Jennifer
Kapur, Suchit
Kauffman, Kameron Taylor
Kazerouni, Neda Jane
Ketsdever, Thomas Henry
Khan, Emaan Munir
Khan, Lubna
Khoshzaban, Mahon Nick
Kieran, Shannon Rose Christie
Killgore, Peter Lloyd
Kim, Jennifer Jin Hee
King, Ashley Taylor
Kinser, Reid Willis
Kirkemo, Lisa L
Kledzinski, Lucas George
Klein, John Evan
Knoll, Kristi Lee
Kong, Garth L
Konkel, Zachary Martin
Kornberg, Tiffany Gertrude
Kowash, Samuel Joseph
Kramer, Olivia Elaine
Krnacik, Emma Ann
Kroger, Jordan David
Kumar, Nandita
Kwon, Jamie S
Kwon, Jennifer Geeun
Lam, Phillip Westly
Lam, Richard
Landreville, Austin Jay
Lange, Evan J
Langowski, Olivia Paige
LaRue, Katie Joy
Lawrence, Emily Joanne
Le, Christie Nguyen
Le, Ronald Duy
Leatherman, Miranda Kathryn
Leathers, James Stephen
Lebon, Kaitlin Marie
Lee, James Chang
Lee, Lillian A
Lee, Sang J
Lee, Sonya S
LeGault, Danelle
Leibl, Sydney Erin
Leon, Natalie
Leslie-Arcaya, Koryn Amanda
Leupold, Ashley Careena
Liberda, Ariel Sierra
Ligon, William T
Lin, Yuzhu
Liu, Hai
Liu, Jiaqi
Liu, Mandy
Loewenherz, Larkin Rose
Long, Stephanie Diane
Lopez, Torrance J
Lorenz, Maria Elizabeth
Lorenzen, Steven
Lu, Catherine Anh Nhi
Lucas IV, Thomas M
Lum, Caitlin
Lund, Samantha Joanne
Lusby, Kathryn Virginia
Luu, Kourtney L
Ma, Dominique Gioiello
MacDonald, Ashley Nicole
Madriz, Joyce B
Mah-Park, Lisa U
Malone, Alexandra Janice
Mangubat, Imee Faye
Manquera, Elva Joy
Marks, Phillip Gordon
Marshall, Kelsey Mariah
Martinez, Antonio
Mason, Mackenzie Paula
Masuo, Kaylynne Anne
Matthews, Kinsey Evelyn
Mattos, Daphne Reed
Maurer, Jonathan Desales
Maxwell, Aidan Timothy
Mazeski, Zachary James
Mc Afee, Lindsay Rochelle
Mc Carty, Kayla Marie
Mc Collum, Heather Anne
Mc Cuen, Dalton Riley
Mc Kune, Avalon Kalika
Mc Lain, Samuel Thomas
McClain, Allison Marie
McKenzie, Anthony Jerome
McKinnon, Sean Duncan
McVay, Chelsea Kae
Means, Lida Marie La Velle
Means, Sophie Amelia
Meehan, David John
Meier, Travis James
Mellander, Joshua Michael
Melson, Ryan Andrew
Meltvedt, Ariana Marie
Mendoza, Alejandra
Merhoff, Stephanie Linn
Merkel, Abigail Hannah
Merkens, Monica Patrice
Merriam, Frances Joy
Messmer, Madison Mae
Meyer, Malia Chui Lan
Mills, Robert Hardie
Millwood, Murdock Aaron
Miyasako, Emily A
Miyashiro, Caitlin Kimie
Moen, Celeste Elisabeth
Moore, Jessica Marie
Morhain, Shannon Danette
Morozov, Andrey A
Morrison, Erin Elizabeth
Moulvi, Hamza
Mueller, Monica Jean
Murphy, Katy Ann
Murray, Kiana Leanne
Mutch, Joshua Caleb
Myers, John Michael
Na, Minwoong
Nako, Eni
Neal, Conner S
Neal, Faith Elizabeth
Neaves, Emily Grace
Neuhaus, Julia Kristen
Newhouse, Eric Graeme
Newman, Matthew Taylor
Ngo, Matthew Trung Hieu
Nguyen, Allen Quoc
Nguyen, Dang Alvin
Nguyen, Duc Minh
Nguyen, Jenny Ngoc
Nguyen, Louis
Nguyen, Michelle Marie
Nguyen, Nicholas Tai Tri
Nguyen, Philip Duc
Nguyen, Teresa
Nguyen, Tinh-An L
Nguyen, Victoria T
Niehus, Britnee Alexis
Niemeyer, Dallas Edward
Nkemontoh, Paul
Nuss, Alyssa Nicole
Nye, Katie S
O Hara, Kyle Thomas
Ognjenovic, Sanja
Olds, Elisa Susan
Orofino, Sara Louise
Osborne, Kody Quentin
Ostertag-Hill, Claire Alexand
Palmer, Rachel Marie
Pang, Addison Joseph
Park, Bo Ram
Park, Eugene Austin
Paternostro, Kevin Alan
Paulson, Donald
Payne, Frances Eleanor
Pearson, Sean Michael
Pendergrass, Elizabeth A
Penghsiung, Vickie
Perkins, Kurtis Roy
Perlin, Michael A
Peterson, Collin Jeffrey
Peterson, Teresa J
Petty, Lyndi-Rae Elisabeth
Pham, Phuong Quoc
Pham, Thu M
Pham, Tuan Ngoc
Phan, Anne G
Phillips, Holly Nicole
Poblete, Javiera Miyaray
Poff, Alexander Joseph
Polich, Jaclyn Linnae
Potter, Kristin Cassidy
Powell, Ryan Daniel
Prakash, Haripriya
Pritchard, Virginia Claire
Pryor, Joseph Brian
Putnam, Alexander Addison
Quisling, Catherine Ann
Rachdi, Omar David
Ramsey, Jacob D
Rao, Sanjana Suresh
Raslan, Abdul Kareem
Rasul, Fahim
Rath, Jeremy J
Redwine-Hixson, Emma Holly
Regan, Bridget Helen
Rekow, James Alexander
Retzlaff, Tristan Marie
Reynolds, Emily Renee
Rhoads, Amber Leigh
Rice, Kaitlynn Rae
Riechmann, Caitlin Rose
Riemer, Eric Thomas
Riggs, Brian Evert
Rim, Patrick Che Jung
Robison, Madison Raine
Rodgers, Gavin Alexander
Roemelt, Taylor Jordan
Rogers, Henry James
Roland, Jordan Sierra
Roshak, Anna Christine
Roth, Nathan Christopher
Rowland, Katherine Jane
Rubin, Aaron James
Rudie, Katherine Alyssa
Russo, Hannah M
Russo, Olivia Marie
Ryner, Rachael Francesca
Sacdal, John Paul Angeles
Sanderson, Thomas David
Sandhu, Amarinder Singh
Sandwisch, Jason William
Sanford, Christopher Allen
Saradi, Kais Abdul
Scadden, Kristina Joy
Schaefer, Jared Daniel
Schier, Anamaria
Schimke, Samuel Adam
Schlueter, Andrew Harrison
Schneyder, Francois J
Schock, Christina Jane
Schue, Allison Joan
Schulden, Stephanie Lynn
Schwam, Anna Ruth
Seal, Tanner Hobie
Seals, Sarah Elizabeth
Seigel, Zoe Erin
Shah, Aastha K
Shah, Heema Kumud
Shan, Timothy Guankyi
Shepard, Isaac Daniel
Sherman, Sarah Marie
Shields, Taylor L
Shinsato, Wesley Rikio
Shoger, Ross Owen
Shomali, Alaine Tay
Shumway, David Orion
Sidebotham, Nicole Alexandra
Silver, Sierra Beth
Sim, Elaine
Sinclair, Barbara May
Sing, William Arthur
Singh, Amandip
Skaar, Dana Marie
Skach, Claire Elizabeth
Slusarenko, Donald Scott
Smith, David Jefferson
Smith, Mackenzie Allan
Smith, Mckinley Skye
Smith, Megan Elizabeth
Sobol, Vivian Virginia
Socki, Francesca Michael Carol
Soderberg, Charlotte Ann
Sommer, Grant Philip
Sonu, James
Soto, Tiffany Alexis
Spangler, Sarah Elizabeth
Spearing, Benjamin Nathan
Stalter, Brooke Elizabeth
Stencel, Nathan Wallace Lee
Stewart, Alicia Vera
Stewart, Shelby Lynn
Stilwell, Chelsea Rae
Stockton, Stacey Lynn
Stoddard, Cassandra Alana
Stoumbos, Demetri Zachary
Stout, Kenneth Tucker
Stubbs, Benjamin Brian
Studier, Alec Joesph
Suzuki, Mandilyn
Swanson, Annika Jean
Swanson, Clarissa Christine
Swanson, Dustin Lee
Sweetkind, Reid S
Tan, Michelle
Tan, Naomi
Tannler, William Hans
Tat, Raymond
Tep, Amanda Catherine
Tepper, Jacob Ross
Thieme, Mattson Thomas
Thomas, Seth Michael
Thompson, Emily Joann
Thompson, Taylor Jeanne
Tibbals, Kurt Allen
To, Andre Hoa
To, Anthony Hoa
Tolmach, Oresta S
Ton, Alex That
Tran, Kim Ann
Tran, Kimberly M
Tran, Quang
Tran, Thinh Thein
Tran, Tri Gia
Tran, Victor M
Trischman, Thomas
Truong, Christina
Truong, Jenny Ly
Trzil, Mackenzie Bee
Tucker, Brennen Richard
Tullsen, Rachel Y
Turina, Claire Beth
Turner, Charles
Tynes, Tiana N
Ulrich, Craig T
Vaca, Beatriz A
Valentine, Jordan Emalee
Valiant, William Gordon
Van DenBurg, Chelsea Benson
Van Heise, Kelsi Jean
Van Volkenburg, Haley C
Van Why, Johnathan Ryan
Vandewettering, Meghan Siobha
Verdeyen, Lauren Ashley
Vernazza, Robert A
Vieru, Christina Valerie
Villalpando, Andrea
Vo, Chau Minh
Voll, Katrina E
Vu, Van Anh
Vuong, An Loc
Waletich, Justin Reed
Walker, Willow Brooke
Wallace, Zachary Deacon
Wallenmeyer, Teala R
Walsh, Benjamin J
Wang, Eileen
Wang, Yu
Watkins, Ann Julie
Watts, Megan Luise
Wells, Kaitlyn Nicole
Wheeler, Heather Olivia
White, John Patrick
White, Soren Thomas
Whitton, Nikki R
Wick, Brandon
Williams, Leanna Meagan
Wilson, Allyssa Lynn
Wilson, Heather Elise
Wisner, Heather Rose
Withycombe, Benjamin M
Wojahn, Brian Daniel
Wojahn, John Michael
Wolfenden, Nurhayati
Woo, Jaihyun
Wood, Daniel Phillip
Woodwick, Kyla Alyse
Woolsey, Kelsey Ann
Wright, Jaime M
Wu, Wen C
Wu, William
Yang, Linda May
Yoshinaga, Allen Shoso
Young, Casey Wun Jing
Zerzan, Kevin Allen
Zeto, Rene Wallace
Zhang, Bin
Zhang, Justin Xuan
Zhang, Mason
Zhang, Wei Ming
Zhang, Xiuyi
Zhao, Jian Yang
Zhao, Lin
Zhao, Stephanie Anne
Zhen, Jun Tu
Zhen, Karen Zhilin
Ziaie, Navid Rodd
Zivanovic, Mario
Zuber, Katherine Marie
Zuk, Alexander Michael
Zumr, Kevin V


During commencement, we celebrate with graduating science students as they march across the stage, cheered on by family and friends. We feel the pride of their parents who watched their son or daughter turn into wise young adults, ready to take the next steps in their lives. Not only have students changed because of what they have learned while on campus, but the University and the College of Science have also changed for the better since students’ time here.Oregon State University 2012 Commencement, with Keynote Speaker, Michelle Obama. Photographs by Chris Ho Photography, on June 17, 2012.

As graduates of the College of Science, you have not only mastered the content in your courses, whether it is biochemistry & biophysics, mathematics, statistics, integrative biology, chemistry, microbiology or physics, you have brought your knowledge into the classroom, community, lab, hospitals and other organizations. Through the discoveries you have made, the formulas you helped develop, the experiments you conducted, the hypotheses you tested, and the many contributions you have made, you have demonstrated your commitment to science, OSU, and most importantly to yourself.

In Science, we never say good-bye to you, our shiny, new science graduates. You are always a part of Beaver Nation. Once you are an alum of Science at OSU, you always remain an alum and a friend of science. I hope that you will return to campus often and let us know the paths your life takes. You are our hope for the future of science and we are interested to hear about your progress, excellence and impact.  Your success is our success!

We wish you a wonderful summer and start in your professional life. Go make a change in the world!


All the best,



Sastry G. Pantula

Dean, College of Science

The College of Science was well-represented at this year’s Celebrating Student Excellence dinner last night with 88 science students recognized for their extraordinary achievements this past year. Well done!

Each year students from all majors are honored for their accomplishments at this invitation-only event and can bring a faculty member, mentor or academic adviser who contributed to their success.  The evening begins with a reception followed by dinner and presentation of the student awards.

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Below are some of our outstanding science students:

1)  Jessica Armstrong on right (Mathematics)

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2)  Deepthi Ennamuri (Biochemistry & Biophysics)


3) Julia Jones in middle (Biochemistry & Biophysics

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4)  Omar Rachdi (Biochemistry & Biophysics)


5)  Lubna Khan (Biochemistry & Biophysics)


6)  Zahara Alnasar on left (Biology) and Jacob Huegel on right (Biochemistry & Biophysics)

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7) Ellie Bohrer (Biology) and Rafid Chowdhary (Physics & Mathematics)

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Ahern and Rajagopal receive Outreach & Engagement Vice Provost Award for Excellence in Innovation for Open Educational ResourcesKAhern and Indira_Provost awards 2014

Congratulations to Biochemistry & Biophysics professors Kevin Ahern and Indira Rajagopal. Ahern and Rajagopal received the Outreach & Engagement Vice Provost Award for Excellence – Innovation Award for their free online textbook, Biochemistry Free and Easy. The electronic book helps students learn the basics of biochemistry in a fun, engaging format. The book even incorporates original songs, recordings, verses and links to more than 100 video lectures.

Supporting access to knowledge, they have developed a number of free open educational resources:  two online textbooks and three online courses. Open Educational Resources are freely accessible, openly licensed publications and media used for teaching, learning, educational, assessment and research purposes.

The Vice Provost Awards for Excellence recognize outstanding contributions by faculty and staff who significantly advance the OSU’s mission of outreach and engagement.