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Archive for August, 2008

Oldest Gecko Fossil Ever Discovered!

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Approximately 100 million years old, that is: This is at least 40 million years older than the oldest known gecko fossil. Scientists from Oregon State University and the Natural History Museum in London have announced the discovery of the oldest known fossil of a gecko, with body parts that are forever preserved in life-like form […]


Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

We’d like to introduce you to Dr. Vince Remcho. He’s our new Associate Dean in the College of Science–everyone is so glad he succumbed to the wooing of his colleagues and has taken on this new role. He’ll continue to stay busy as a Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science in our Chemistry […]

OSU Receives Grants to Study Cellulosic Ethanol

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

The USDA and Department of Energy recently announced plans to award 10 grants totaling more than $10 million to accelerate research in biomass genomics to further the use of cellulosic plant material for bioenergy and biofuels. Scientists at OSU are to receive two of the grants, totaling $2.4 million. Assistant Professor of Botany, Todd Mockler […]

Lionfish Population Has Scientists Worried

Monday, August 18th, 2008


Another article about Beijing air quality

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Pollution levels unclear but a key concern, from USA Today. Simonich has been taking air samples for the last seven days. She hasn’t finished her analysis and doesn’t have exact figures, but her rough estimate is that pollution levels are between two and seven times higher than in a typical larger American city and six […]

The Million Dollar Chair

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Having found a butterfly net stashed away in his family’s closet, Harold Rice began collecting butterflies in his early childhood and has been collecting ever since. In his 90’s today, he is still out and about the state looking for butterflies. Harold’s love of traveling and passion for butterflies is amply illustrated by his personal […]

OSU Mentors

Monday, August 11th, 2008

University Advancement at OSU has just introduced new banners around campus that help illustrate stories from the mentor program — “recognizing the relationships that change lives”. In the picture, we show one of the banners which features Dr. Mark Hixon, professor of Zoology, and Robbie Lamb (’08). We asked Dr. Hixon to tell us a […]

OSU GeoClub in Death Valley, Part II

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Today we’re sharing the final photos from the Geosciences Club’s Death Valley trip. Thanks to Barry Walker for providing the photo descriptions in both posts.

Update from Beijing

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Dr. Staci Simonich writes a quick e-mail from Beijing: In one of the most polluted atmospheres I have ever been in on Monday in Beijing with visibility only 0.5 miles or so with air sampler. Very hot and humid (see hair). The student is from Peking University (Mr. Wentao Wang) and will be spending 1 […]