Archive » June, 2009

Epitaph for a Reef
June 24, 2009

Epitaph for a Reef

For OSU coral reef scientist Mark Hixon, climate change is personal. He studied a tropical reef for a decade, and the results of his work stunned and inspired him. In a new book, Thoreau’s Legacy, published by the Union of Concerned Scientists and Penguin Books, Hixon describes the calamity that struck in 1998. His is […]


June 23, 2009

Climate Impacts

Abrupt global warming could shift monsoon patterns and cut agricultural output

At times in the distant past, an abrupt change in climate has been associated with a shift of seasonal monsoons to the south, a new study concludes, causing more rain to fall over the oceans than in the Earth’s tropical regions, and leading to a dramatic drop in global vegetation growth. If similar changes were […]


June 23, 2009

The OSU Readers Summer Collection

Whether on a beach towel or a deck chair, immerse yourself in the wonderful world of words

“I’ll never forget the day I read a book,” Jimmy Durante sang, with an aside: “My house is loaded with books. And believe me, they’re not just there for appearances: I’ve pressed an awful lot of butterflies!” We hope you’ll let the butterflies stay on the flowers this summer and spend some time yourself in […]


Summer of Opportunity
June 23, 2009

Summer of Opportunity

Students plug into research experiences at home and abroad

Ah, summer vacation. Time to kick back, right? Not so much for OSU students who are discovering opportunities to expand their horizons. They’re modeling blood flow, studying wildlife conservation in Africa, surveying Oregon’s old-growth forests and teaching entrepreneurship.


June 23, 2009

Determined To Succeed

Mario Magaña inspires young Latinos to make a difference

When Mario Magaña was 15, he made a tough decision: quit middle school and return to his family’s farm so his younger siblings had a chance for an education. Magaña loved school, which was 30 miles from his home in Los Horcones, Michoacán, Mexico, but he sacrificed anyway. His father could no longer afford the […]


June 23, 2009

Camps Build Confidence and Sharpen Minds

Kids engage their brains in cool ways — and get empowered at the same time

From Corvallis labs to Newport tidepools to Salem campgrounds, OSU experts are challenging K-12 kids to stretch their thinking and deepen their understanding of the natural and built environments. This summer, hundreds of Oregon children are limbering up their synapses in subjects as diverse as math and fine arts, engineering and journalism. They’re building brain […]


June 23, 2009

Explore Oregon Through OSU Research

When you're out in the wilds and wonders of Oregon this summer, let OSU's research and scientific discoveries enhance your adventure

From the state’s ancient forests to its briny oceans, from its prehistoric landscapes to its fertile fields, OSU scientists are studying the complexities of nature and the impacts of human activity. They invite you to stop and visit awhile: View Oregon State University Summer of Science in a larger map Feel the soft skin of […]


June 16, 2009

Seize the Summer!

Check out the hiking trails, unusual gardens, archaeological digs and public exhibits through the interactive Google map on Terra. Learn how OSU is helping Oregonians grow healthy food, understand our past and manage natural resources. Browsing content on the map is best done in Firefox or Safari. Internet Explorer may not show the content.


June 11, 2009

Hot spring surprise!

Ever stood by hot springs at Yellowstone and wonder about all that heat bubbling up from below? Surprise! They can explode. On May 17, OSU geologist Bob Lillie caught the act on film. Check out his photos at www.earthscope.org. Click on “Hydrothermal Explosion.”


June 8, 2009

Students on the road

Finals this week! And after that, where else to go but Kenya? That’s where Shalynn Pack, a junior in zoology from Marcola, will work this summer in pursuit of her interest in tropical forest conservation and ecotourism. Some students prefer staying close to home. Ishan Patel, a bioengineering student from Redmond, will work in a […]


June 5, 2009

Corvallis Science Pub June 8

The Corvallis Science Pub is going to the dogs on Monday night (June 8). Erica McKenzie’s huskies in this case. I hear they’re a little frisky. She’ll explain how she studies dogs at the Iditerod while her pooches are hanging out with us in the Old World Deli. Should be fun. Starts at 6 p.m.