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Archive for the ‘Environmental Sciences’ Category

FrogWatch USA

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on May 22, 2009

Andrew Blaustein, Zoology Professor and Director of the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program at OSU, says amphibians are experiencing mass extinctions:

Oregon State University zoologist Andrew Blaustein says monitoring amphibians is important because they are especially sensitive to environmental changes. They have no hair or feathers and their eggs have no shells, and they also have to survive both on land and in water— what Blaustein calls, “a double-whammy.”

To read more about Andrew and check out some fun pictures from the Blaustein Lab, click here!


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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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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!)

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