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Poison in the Blood
May 28, 2014

Poison in the Blood

New treatment could reduce deaths from a hidden killer

A group of researchers in the College of Engineering, however, are working with teams of undergraduate and graduate students on a project that may soon have the whole world talking about sepsis. Finally there may be a way to combat this syndrome with something other than antibiotics — which often don’t work.


Finding Your Inner Einstein
May 28, 2014

Finding Your Inner Einstein

In the lab, the field and the library archive, today’s undergrads are “active scholars”

Tapping into each student’s inner Einstein — that quester of cosmic secrets, that seeker of deeper insights, that finder of new truths — is what happens when undergrads do original research or scholarship under the wing of a professor or a post-doctoral researcher.


Private Eyes
May 28, 2014

Private Eyes

Americans’ personal data are under scrutiny by government spy agencies, commercial search engines and a vast rabble of phishers, sniffers and black-hat hackers

“In human history, there’s never been more surveillance of individuals by the state and by private corporations than there is today,” said Oregon State University historian Christopher McKnight Nichols in April when he appeared on National Public Radio’s Philosophy Talk.


Total Immersion
May 28, 2014

Total Immersion

Diving the world’s waters in search of deeper knowledge

For an elite handful of Oregon State researchers and students in pharmacy, biology, oceanography, zoology, fisheries, marine resources management — even maritime engineering — their other lab is underwater.


Learning to Dive
May 28, 2014

Learning to Dive

OSU’s scientific diving course opens underwater opportunities

It seemed that Kyle Neumann had a dream job: video broadcasting for the Portland Timbers. But something kept nagging at him. “For me, it just wasn’t fulfilling a higher purpose,” says the Oregon State University senior. He wanted to use his video storytelling skills, he decided, not for professional sports but for Planet Earth. First, […]


Raising Spores
May 28, 2014

Raising Spores

Scientists find fungal treasure and start the hunt for new antibiotics

While known mostly as a pathogen of wheat, corn, barley and other cereal grains, a species of fungus called Fusarium Graminearum turns out to be a treasure trove of potential new antibiotics and other natural compounds.


No Stone Unturned
May 28, 2014

No Stone Unturned

Archaeologists on the trail of earliest Americans at Cooper’s Ferry

In the lower Salmon River canyon of Idaho, Loren Davis and his students are uncovering clues to the human story of North America. “The world was so dramatically different at that time,” Davis says. “There were ice sheets and giant lakes, and sea level was much lower. You have to have a geological outlook to make sense of a lot of it.”


Active Ingredients
May 28, 2014

Active Ingredients

Chemists collaborate to form Valliscor

When two Willamette Valley chemists developed methods for producing industrial chemicals with exceptional purity, they saw a business opportunity. The result is a new company: Valliscor.


May 28, 2014

Wanted: A Strong Work Ethic

You might think the No. 1 quality professors seek in an undergraduate researcher is braininess. Yes, brains matter. But there’s another valued trait, perhaps less obvious but at least as important: a strong work ethic. In the labs in Oregon State’s Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics, work ethic is often the deciding […]


Spirituality, Religion and Health
May 28, 2014

Spirituality, Religion and Health

Benefits reflect prayer, meditation, church attendance

Religious practices and spiritual behaviors have distinct but complementary health benefits. That was the conclusion of a study led by Carolyn Aldwin, professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. She and her colleagues (Crystal Park of the University of Connecticut and Yu-Jin Jeong and Ritwik Nath of OSU) reviewed previously published reports […]


May 28, 2014

The Shining

New Industrial Materials Are Activated by Light

New types of materials that change their shape when exposed to light could lead to advances in hydrogen storage, solar energy, carbon dioxide capture and other fields critical to the nation’s economy. The W. M. Keck Foundation has awarded a $1 million research grant to OSU’s School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering and to […]


Circle of Friends
May 28, 2014

Circle of Friends

In the 1960s, the Beatles sang about getting by with a little help from their friends. In the never-ending search for funding, scientists have sung the same tune, but their circle of acquaintances is expanding. They’re partnering with a wider variety of organizations and accommodating more diverse needs. So, as a result, Oregon State’s research […]


Trial by Fire
May 28, 2014

Trial by Fire

Cracking molecules in the W. M. Keck Collaboratory

Few places are as hot as 6,000 degrees Centigrade: the surface of the sun, the center of the Earth, the heart of a laboratory device at Oregon State University. In the lab, this is the temperature of a kind of flame produced when argon gas flows through an intense electromagnetic field. Appropriately, the part of […]


May 28, 2014

Bio Boost for Supercapacitors

Cellulose shows promise for energy devices

Oregon State chemists have discovered an inexpensive and rapid process for turning cellulose into the components of supercapacitors. These high-power energy devices have a wide range of industrial applications, from electronics to automobiles. Cellulose, the primary ingredient in paper, is one of the most abundant organic polymers. By heating it in the presence of ammonia, […]


Honors and Recognitions
May 28, 2014

Honors and Recognitions

Oregon State researchers earn international distinction

Jane Lubchenco Distinguished University Professor, Adviser in Marine Studies, College of Science Award: Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology & Conservation Biology Organization: BBVA Foundation (Spain) Her research established a scientific framework for defining the optimal locations, size and connectivity of marine reserve networks, effectively integrating her scientific expertise into science-based principles for public policy. […]


Searching the Past
May 28, 2014

Searching the Past

Doing archaeology takes endurance and patience

Since 2009, students from Oregon State and around the country have come to the lower Salmon River canyon and lived in tents for eight hot summer weeks. When not cooling off in the river, they dig, sift, haul and record as they participate in the search for traces of some of the earliest human activity […]


Bioengineering Students Jump-start Their Careers
May 28, 2014

Bioengineering Students Jump-start Their Careers

A team effort to find a new way to treat sepsis has provided myriad hands-on opportunities for undergraduate and graduate bioengineering students at Oregon State. They’ve made vital contributions to the research and advanced their careers. “This is such a large project that we’ve probably had a couple dozen or more students involved in recent […]


Cows Show Stress
May 24, 2014

Cows Show Stress

Simulated wolf attacks produce trauma

Livestock that have encountered wolves experience stress that may affect their health and productivity.


Wristbands for Health
May 23, 2014

Wristbands for Health

Citizen scientists can propose projects

Pollutants can be undetectable to our senses, but an Oregon State researcher has come up with a simple way to monitor chemicals in the environment. A team led by Kim Anderson, professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has created a silicone wristband that absorbs chemicals in the air 24/7. “The wristbands show us the […]


Future Doctors
May 23, 2014

Future Doctors

Students studying genetic properties of a fungal species hope to use their knowledge in medical careers.


May 23, 2014

Designing Engineers

Rapid prototyping by computer could speed product development

What if the Wright Brothers had tested their flying machine on a computer before launching it on a North Carolina beach? They could have drastically shortened the time from idea to working prototype.


Delving Into Censorship
May 23, 2014

Delving Into Censorship

The past seemed familiar to Matthew Schuck when he began scouring the Valley Library Archives for clues to censorship during WWI.


Big Data Crunch
May 23, 2014

Big Data Crunch

The demand for data analysts is exploding

1.9 billion. That’s the number of results turned up by a Google search on the term “big data.”


A Nuclear Bond
May 23, 2014

A Nuclear Bond

A Polish university partners with Oregon State to build clean-energy capacity

In January, Poland revived its nuclear-energy ambitions when the government pledged to build two nuclear reactors, bringing the first one online as soon as 2024. Oregon State University is a partner in realizing Poland’s new nuclear energy initiative.