Scientists can dance. Come out and support our science faculty and students who are competing in OSU’s annual Dancing with the FacultyAhern
fundraiser . Doors open at 6:30 pm Friday, February 20, and the dancing gets started at 7 pm in the Memorial Union Lounge, which is the area with the couches just upstairs from the front entrance. Watch some of your favorite science faculty take to the floor, performing impressive dance routines.

Representing the College of Science are three professors from the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics: Kevin Ahern, Andy Karplus and Phil McFadden.

Although this fundraising event is free, audience members are encouraged to “vote” for the winners at 50 cents/vote with an unlimited number of votes). All proceeds going to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, which raises much-needed funds and awareness from more than 4 million people in over 20 countries to save lives from cancer.

Dancing with the Faculty is jointly hosted between several student groups and organizations in the Colleges of Engineering and Science,. Of course the highlight is the spectacular dancing talents of students and faculty across both college as well as special performance performances from the OSU Elite Dance Team and PowerChord, OSU’s premier co-ed acappella group.

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Performers include:

  • Kevin Ahern, Biochemistry & Biophysics, College of Science, dancing with the lady scientists from Sigma Delta Omega
  • Andy Karplus, Biochemistry & Biophysics, College of Science, dancing with Elizabeth Allan-Cole, an undergraduate research assistant
  • Phil McFadden, Biochemistry & Biophysics, College of Science, dancing with Sydney Quinton-Cox in the Sydney Quinton-Cox, a bioengineering major
  • Travis Walker, Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Karl (Dr. Rat) Schilke, Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Adam Higgins, Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering

Karplus  McFadden


More than 600 students and teachers from elementary and middle schools across the Willamette Valley and as far north as Portland participated in Oregon State University’s Discovery Days. This annual outreach program is co-sponsored by the Colleges of Science and Engineering. College of Science Dean Sastry Pantula was on hand to talk with the students and handle the snakes.

Discovery Days encourages students to develop their own questions and ideas about science while creating a deeper interest to learn more. The activities and programs encourage students to explore more of the world around them by piquing their curiosity and engaging their minds with interactive exhibits.  Students participate in hands-on activities where they can even examine examining live specimens such as snakes and geckos as well as make polymers.

The event continues from 9:00 am-3:00 pm February 4 in LaSells Stewart Center on OSU’s main campus in Corvallis.

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Braving the rain, nearly 400 students and faculty in the College of Science turned out to welcome new science students and connect with them over ice cream floats September 25. Everyone enjoyed the festivities, music, ice cream and good company. The new students met faculty and current students while learning about more than 15 science student clubs… Continue reading

Our Statistics faculty andasa175 Dean Pantula are in full force at the American Statistical Association’s Annual Joint Statistical Meetings in Boston August 2 – 7, 2014. They are celebrating the 175th anniversary of ASA – click to watch video from the Department of Statistics and Dean Pantula! They also be participating and presenting the following sessions to statisticians, faculty and students from around the country starting this weekend.

JSM is the largest gathering of statisticians held in North America. Attended by more than 6,000 people, meeting activities include oral presentations, panel sessions, poster presentations, continuing education courses, an exhibit hall, career placement services, society and section business meetings, committee meetings, social activities and networking opportunities.


In addition to being an American Statistical Association Fellow, Dean Pantula served as president of ASA in 2010.


August 3, 2014

Adam Branscum, Bayesian Nonparametric Methods and Some Applications – author

Sastrty Pantula, Development of Statistics Educational Programs in the South – author               


August 4, 2014

Yanming Di, Contributed Oral Poster Presentations: Biometrics Section  – author

Alix Gitelman, Section on Statistics and the Environment Business Meeting – chair

Ginny Lesser, Advances in Ecological Modeling – author

Paul Murtaugh, Advances in Ecological Modeling – author

Sastry Pantula, Developing Successful Mentoring Relationships (for mentors and protégés) – speaker

Quinn Payton, Advances in Ecological Modeling – author

Yuan Jiang, Contributed Oral Poster Presentations: Biometrics Section – author


August 5, 2014

Ginny Lesser and Lan Xue, Nonparametic Modeling – authors

Lan Xue, Emerging Statistical Methods for Complex Data – chair and organizer


August 6, 2014

Lan Xue, New Frontiers of Longitudinal Data Analysis – author

Alix Gitelman, Celebrate Our Past Through Histories of ASA Sections, Chapters, and Committees – author

Bo Zhang, Small Area Estimation – author


August 7, 2014

Alix Gitelman, Collaborative Statisticians Advancing Their Careers in an Academic Setting – panelist

Charlotte Wickham, Environmental Statistical Methods: Water and Forests – author

Dr. Mas Subramanian, Milton Harris Professor of Materials Science in the Department of Chemistry, delivered his lecture on Pathways of Discovery:  Designing a New Colorful Materials World to a packed house of about 200 students, alumni, faculty and friends of the College of Science on May 6, 2014. He spoke about the fascinating twist-and-turn travel through pathways… Continue reading

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the end of spring term or took a break from studying. We had nearly 1,000 students and faculty turn out to enjoy a Voodoo Doughnut and coffee. Even though the crowds were dense at times, Dean Sastry Pantula, Associate Dean Julie Greenwood and Physics Professor David McIntyre helped move things along by handing out the much-loved doughnuts.

It was nice to see everyone on this beautiful afternoon. Good luck on your final exams, projects and papers! Check out the photos below to see if there’s anyone you know.

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