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Archive for September, 2008

Environmental Sleuthing

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on September 30, 2008

Why is the air hazy today?

Why aren’t fishing conditions as good as they used to be?

And… what is Dioxin, anyway?

Oregon State University is helping the community understand the answers to these questions through their Community Outreach and Education Program. The Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Center and the Marine and Freshwater Biomedical Sciences (MFBS) Center present Unsolved Mysteries of Human Health: how scientists study toxic chemicals.

This kid-friendly site gives us an inside look at the methods and instruments that experts use to solve environmental mysteries. One scenario revolves around two such instruments – the gas chromatograph and the mass spectrometer, working in conjunction to detect chemicals in the air. Another scenario describes the flow cytometer, a device that measures cells in liquid.

The goals of the website include increasing student interest in the field of environmental health science, increasing the public’s understanding of environmental health science research, and highlighting current research being performed at the EHS and MFBS Centers.


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College of Science Faculty and Staff Awards

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

On September 18, the College of Science at OSU held a faculty and staff awards ceremony to recognize excellence in teaching, research or service. The following nine awards were presented:

  • Aaron Wolf, Professor, Geosciences – Milton Harris Award in Basic Research
  • Peter Clark, Professor, Geosciences – F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Science
  • Jessica Cardinal, Environmental Sciences – Olaf Boedtker Award for Excellence in Academic Advising
  • Mary Fulton, Microbiology – Gladys Valley Exemplary Administrative Support Award
  • Indira Rajagopal, Senior Instructor, Biology – Loyd Carter Award for Outstanding and Inspirational Undergraduate Teaching
  • Adam Kent, Assistant Professor, Geosciences – Loyd Carter Award for Outstanding and Inspirational Graduate Teaching
  • Alix Gitelman, Associate Professor, Statistics – Frederick H. Horne Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching Science
  • Viola Manning, Botany and Plant Pathology – Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant Award
  • Viktor Podolskiy, Assistant Professor, Physics – Thomas T. Sugihara Young Faculty Research Award

Hearty congratulations to all!

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Mathematically, Scientifically Impossible!

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on September 26, 2008

Talk about a Breakthrough…OSU 27:USC 21

Beavs Win!

Beavs Win!

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