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Tsunami safe?
May 10, 2010

Tsunami safe?

We’re overdue. If the Cascadia subduction zone behaves as it has in the past, an 8.0 to 8.5 earthquake and a resulting tsunami have a good chance of striking the Pacific Northwest in the next 50 years. That’s the take-home message from OSU marine geologist Chris Goldfinger’s studies of offshore debris flows. He has identified […]

May 5, 2010

Sweetspot for Carbon

Tropical rain forests capture our imaginations with their breathtaking beauty and diversity. But acre for acre, when it comes to absorbing and storing carbon from the air, they can’t beat the old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. At a time when landowners are beginning to see cash for carbon, that means opportunity. The science of […]

Woodlots store carbon
February 22, 2010

Woodlots store carbon

“As Arctic ice thins, sea levels rise and glaciers recede, Ken Faulk takes stock of his trees in the Oregon Coast Range. Last summer, he began measuring his stands of Douglas fir and white oak by pounding plastic pipes into the ground to mark the centers of circles nearly 30 feet across. Working steadily in […]

August 14, 2009

To spray or not to spray

Some of the first clues about biological clock genes came from studies with fruit flies. These genes affect everything from when flies mate to when they get up in the morning. Now, for gardeners and farmers, the latest OSU research finding: fruit flies are more vulnerable to pesticides at some times of the day than […]

July 24, 2009

Terra at the Movies

OSU English professor Jon Lewis loves movies and knows the biz. In the fall issue of Terra, he’ll share his observations about the power of Hollywood and the health of film. See a brief Powell’s Books synopsis of Jon’s   book, American Film, A History.

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 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 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.

Power Surge
April 21, 2009

Power Surge

Nuclear power tends to stir strong feelings, both pro and con. New engineering approaches address issues such as waste, operating safety and proliferation and underscore the potential for nuclear to raise living standards while reducing carbon emissions. See the Power Surge story in Terra.

April 15, 2009

Salmon on the run

For a second year in a row, commercial salmon boats in California and Oregon will either retool for another fishery or travel north. The cause: Regulators are protecting the paltry returns to the Sacramento River in order to rebuild those stocks. See Mark Floyd’s story in Terra about what OSU scientists and their partners are […]

Baby Blue
April 1, 2009

Baby Blue

See it for yourself, the first baby blue whale ever caught on film. A clip from National Geographic’s groundbreaking story with OSU researcher Bruce Mate and his colleague, John Calambokidis of Cascadia Research Cooperative, is at If you’re a student of whales or just fascinated by them, see the Terra story about Bruce Mate’s […]

March 31, 2009

OSU to Host Climate Change Seminars

The spring issue of Terra will feature a story about climate modeling. If you can’t wait for the magazine (scheduled to launch the week of April 20), here’s an opportunity to hear directly from the experts. Starting April 1, Oregon State University will host a seminar series on climate change. First up: Ricardo Matano, on […]

March 31, 2009

Welcome to the Terra blog

What issues get you going? Climate change, energy, public health, the aging process, sustainable business, education? As a magazine editor, I have had the privilege of a front-row seat on projects that tackle these and other topics. OSU faculty members and their students are doing remarkable things that benefit us all. The challenges are huge, […]

February 24, 2009


Three times a week, as dawn breaks over the Willamette Valley, 25 women show up at the Benton Center gym in Corvallis.

July 19, 2008

Hallie Ford spent a lifetime advocating for youth and families

Her work will continue to inspire research in the new Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families at OSU. Prompted by an $8 million gift from her estate, the OSU College of Health and Human Sciences will build on existing strengths of the faculty and anticipate the needs and challenges of children and families. […]

June 1, 2007

The Zinc Link

When you eat a steaming bowl of tofu and bok choy while sipping a cup of rain-flower tea, you may be doing more than just having dinner. You may also be fighting cancer. Together, the ingredients of a traditional Asian diet — soy, green tea and vegetables in the cabbage family — may create a […]

April 22, 2006

Wave Power Prototypes

OSU’s “direct-drive” buoy approaches allow electrical generators to respond directly to ocean waves. Inside the Permanent Magnet Linear Generator Buoy, wave motion causes specially designed electrical coils to move through a magnetic field, inducing voltages and generating electricity. The Contact-less Force Transmission Generator Buoy uses large, high-strength permanent magnets configured as a “piston.” It transforms […]