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Archive for February, 2008

Victory Over Tree Fungus

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on February 29, 2008

Major Research Effort Saves Prized Oregon Tree




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Posted by The College of Science at OSU on February 29, 2008


With all due respect to the other Janes on campus, at OSU when you say “Jane”, it can only mean one person: Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distringuished Professor of Zoology, Oregon State University.

Jane was recently a guest on NPR’s Talk of the Nation: Map Reveals Extensive Damage to World’s Oceans (click on the link to listen!)

Posted in Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Environmental Sciences, Zoology | Leave a Comment »

1.5 Billion Reasons to Cheer

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on February 20, 2008


OSU Has $1.5-Billion ‘Economic Footprint’ Across Oregon

A new publication outlines OSU’s impact on Oregon’s economy. And it explains these pears.

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No Brain Drain Here, Folks

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on February 18, 2008

Another news-flash from the GT:

Corvallis Ranked Among Smartest Spots in Nation

The study found 93.32 percent of Corvallis residents had graduated from high school and 47.65 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher. It also found that 5.62 percent of Corvallis residents have a Ph.D. and 1.95 percent have a professional degree, required for doctors, attorneys and architects.

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Beaver Nation, Wa-hooo!!

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on February 16, 2008

Tari Tan, one of our very best and brightest, was named a member of the All-USA College All-Stars this week.

Tari is a biochemistry/biophysics student. We are veeeery proud of her.

 Go Beavs!

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Pauling Set Bar for Valentine’s Day

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on February 14, 2008

Here’s an article from today’s Gazette-Times. We could all learn a few things from Linus Pauling.

The Chemistry Of Love

The new Linus Pauling Science Center will house the Linus Pauling Institute as well as life sciences labs and classrooms, including a cutting-edge auditorium. These new spaces are much different than the ones Dr. Pauling taught in at OSU, but no doubt his dedication to science will bear out there.

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Terra: A World of Research and Creativity at OSU

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on February 13, 2008

beachgrass_largeAt the right of this page, you’ll see a few hotlinks to sites that might also be of interest, including Terra, OSU’s research magazine. It’s excellent. 

One of the features of the Winter 2008 issue cites new funding from Oregon SeaGrant to support OSU scientists in the Departments of Zoology and Geoscience, who have documented a slow but steady takeover of dunes by American beach grass: Invaders in the Dunes

Posted in Geosciences, Terra, Zoology | Leave a Comment »

Today’s Oregonian

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on February 11, 2008

Dr. Anne Nolin’s research is featured today on the front cover of The Oregonian.

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At risk snow

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on February 8, 2008

nolinDr. Anne Nolin studies “at risk snow” as a member of our Climate Change Group in Geosciences Department. The department was ranked 6th in the country this year. 

She is one of the scientists in the IPCC to share in the Nobel Peace Prize this year.

“I chose to study snow because it is an amazingly beautiful, pure substance that is so sensitive to small changes in temperature – it can simultaneously exist as liquid, vapor and solid. When viewed by the human eye, snow is the brightest substance on our planet but at other wavelengths, beyond our vision, it becomes dark even to the point of becoming the blackest substance on earth. What I’ve learned through my work is that snow and ice are transitory and that their interactions with climate involve complex and sometimes rapid feedbacks.”

You can read more about Anne here.

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Ernest and Pauline Jaworski Summer Research Internship for Undergraduates in Plant Sciences

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on February 8, 2008

Ernest (College of Science ’50 and ’52) and Pauline (College of Science ’50) Jaworski of St. Louis, MO put in place a grant for summer internships almost 10 years ago. They have since endowed the account, guaranteeing this support for perpetuity. 

Terra featured a story on scholarships in the Winter 2008 article, and gave us a glimpse into the life of a student benefiting from the Jaworski’s philanthropic vision.


Nikki Marshall

Year and discipline: Senior, Bioresource Research

Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Scholarship: The Jaworski Scholarship has opened up opportunities or me in sustainable, organic farming and ecosystem restoration. Financially, it has enabled me to pay for childcare for my daughter. (Note: Marshall has also received the E.R. Jackman Scholarship, support from the Oregon Seed Trade Association and an award from the American Seed Trade Association with Future Seed Executives.)
Inspiration: My daughter Trinity is 8 years old. She is always asking questions and giving me hope.
Career goal: To own a farm and to restore lands harmed by invasive species or toxic chemicals.
Academic focus: I have been learning how to control seeds through heat treatments and consumption by beetles. Seeds of invasive species and other weeds pose problems for agriculture and environmental restoration.

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