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Archive for May, 2008

Investigate, examine, experiment and report

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Congratulations to Jim Carrington, professor of botany and plant pathology, for his election to the National Academy of Sciences! “This is an extraordinary accomplishment and recognition for any scientist,” said Sabah Randhawa, OSU provost and executive vice president. “It reflects well on the quality of world-class science that is being done here at OSU, and […]

OSU to offer new graduate certificate in water conflict management

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Coming soon! The Graduate Certificate in Water Conflict Management and Transformation is designed to provide decision-makers, graduate students and water professionals with the required specialized resources and skills that go beyond the traditional physical systems approach to water resources management. It will explicitly integrate human, policy and scientific dimensions of water resources within the framework […]

Ed Brook named Leopold Fellow

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Congratulations to Ed Brook, Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences, who was selected as one of the 2008 Leopold Leadership Fellows! Based at Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment, the Leopold Leadership Program was founded in 1998 and is funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Each year the program selects up […]

Food dyes may protect against cancer

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Those synthetic food dyes might not be all bad. From New Scientist: Gayle Orner at Oregon State University in Corvallis added the carcinogens dibenzopyrene (DBP) or aflatoxin to the feed of trout for one month, with or without the food dyes Red 40 – one of six recently linked to hyperactivity in children – or […]

David and Goliath of the Cretaceous Period

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Those of us who don’t study bugs are just laboring under false illusions, apparently. An excerpt from CBC radio’s Quirks and Quarks program, which is downloadable: “There are plenty of hypotheses about why the dinosaurs went extinct. The most popular is that an asteroid hit the Earth and created a cloud of debris that cooled […]

Dead Frogs Tell Tales–not the fairy kind

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

PNW amphibian experts have found evidence of a fungal scourge in frogs that has previously wiped out amphibian populations around the world–think ebola for frogs. And that’s not all. As reported in a recent Seattle Times article: “…killer fungus is only one of the perils amphibians face today, said Oregon State University biologist Andrew Blaustein, […]

Welcome to the Breakthroughs in Science Blog

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Remarkable things are happening in the College of Science at Oregon State and we want to share the news with you – on a daily basis. We hope you’ll drop in when it is convenient for you (and often!) to learn about research coming out of the College, student achievements, star faculty and occasionally a […]

“Dead Zone”

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

From Smithsonian Magazine, April 2008: Gasping for Breath An ocean “dead zone” has been discovered off the Pacific Northwest. The water has so little oxygen that it “kills any marine animals that cannot swim or scuttle away,” says Jane Lubchenco of Oregon State University. She and her colleagues analyzed 60 years of data and found […]