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Archive for January, 2008

Note to Oregon: Lessons learned from Banda Aceh

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Beaches Ravaged by Tsunami Still Eroding By David Stauth, 541-737-0787 Contact: Peter Ruggiero, 541-737-1239 CORVALLIS, Ore. – The catastrophic damage of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was mostly done within a few hours, but that was just the beginning of a different process that may take up to a decade or more to complete – […]

Vitamin E trials not so much

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Balz Frei, the Director of the Linus Pauling Institute (which will share the new science center with our chemistry faculty), and a member of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, has this to add to the ongoing debate on the efficacy of Vitamin E: http://www.functionalingredientsmag.com/fimag/articleDisplay.asp?strArticleId=1577&strSite=FFNSite

What to ants and juicy berries have in common, you ask?

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Dr. George Poinar, Jr., a member of our Department of Zoology, has come out with this answer, circulating today. George is known as the world’s authority on the nematodes that parasitize insects. http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2008/01/16_ants.shtml Our Department of Zoology was ranked sixth in the nation in the last report by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Quantum Leaps in Physics

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

 The Physics Department is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this year. At right, a photo, taken sometime in 1928, of Professor Jordan (left), who built the first radio transmitter, KFDJ, 5 watts. Dr. Weniger (right) founded the department in 1908. Also, chair and professor emeritus, Ken Krane, has been selected by the Honors College as 2008’s Eminent Professor. In […]

Seen around campus

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Revealing how life works at the molecular level

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

The Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics faculty (BB is fun!) Below, Dr. Andy Karplus, new department chair. Here are a few thoughts from Andy on the department, whose mission is Revealing How Life Works at the Molecular Level: My name is Andy Karplus and my research specialty is protein crystallography—figuring out the three-dimensional structure of […]

Breaking the Tyranny of the Textbook

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Here is the rabbit-warren to be renovated in Weniger Hall…and the cutting-edge classroom that will be created to carry out the “Paradigms In Physics” program for first-and second-year students in Physics at OSU. Here’s a bit of background from Corinne Minogue and Dedra Demaree, the visionaries in charge: The experience of being an upper-level undergraduate […]

$77M for new Science Center

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Oregon State University has received $77 million in private and public commitments to construct the Linus Pauling Science Center and provide support for associated research and education programs. The new facility, named for Linus Pauling, a 1922 OSU graduate and the only person to win two unshared Nobel Prizes, will house the Linus Pauling Institute […]