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College of Science

Murdock grant to advance innovations in digital chemical discovery and manufacturing

A pivotal Oregon State chemistry project – funded by a $493K grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust – will create a distinctive collaboration center for academic and industrial researchers that will bring synthetic chemistry into the digital age.

Tim Zuehlsdorff is an assistant professor in computational chemistry
Faculty and Staff

Tim Zuehlsdorff: Seeing chemistry in a new light

Tim Zuehlsdorff, an assistant professor in computational chemistry, computes simulations of the optical properties of complex systems. His insights can help understand how light-absorbing molecules in complex environments, such as the process of photosynthesis or light absorption of rhodopsin, the low-light pigment in the retina.

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Research

New grants to expand research on cancer imaging and quantum materials

New awards from the College of Science will support research on quantum information applications, better cancer screening and bioimaging technologies.

Biochemistry and biophysics research labs persist during a pandemic at Oregon State.
Students

Adapting to a new normal: student research labs persist during a pandemic

Lab work plays a critical role in many scientific fields – which is why this year, as classes moved online, Oregon State’s science labs moved quickly to adapt.

Sonia Grutzius working with Ryan Mehl in the lab.
Student Success

Oregon's top pre-med program meets the growing demand for doctors

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a surging interest in science and medicine, attracting a new generation of students to a career in medicine. Enrollment in the College of Science’s pre-med program at Oregon State University has also remained high, with numbers averaging 90-100 pre-med students annually since 2019.  

Chris Beaudry working in a lab with a student
Faculty and Staff

Grants to boost advances in mental health and cancer research

The College of Science awarded two interdisciplinary teams funding to pursue promising leads in mental health and cancer research. One team will investigate the role of the gut-brain axis on sex differences in anxiety, and another will explore ways to develop an synthetic version of HHT-- a rare plant alkaloid that is showing great promise in the development of new medicines for multiple forms of cancer.

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Faculty and Staff

New chemistry hire uses tiny pieces of gold to solve biomedical problems, promotes innovative mentoring

Mackiewicz is a new assistant professor in the chemistry department and was recruited earlier this year. Formerly at Portland State, her interdisciplinary research uses nanotechnology to solve problems related to human health and the environment.  

Dr. Nyman in her lab with a student.
Faculty and Staff

Pioneering chemist receives prestigious Humboldt Research Award

Chemist May Nyman received the Humboldt Research Award which will allow her to study at two leading institutions in Germany in 2021.

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Chemistry

Best-in-class: Ecampus chemistry is at the top of its game

OSU's Ecampus chemistry courses are some of the best in the nation. Here's how they did it.

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News

OSU Chem Store essential to campus safety

During the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down most operations across OSU, the OSU Chemistry Store became a central distribution point for the College of Science, creating sanitizer when it was sold out in stores. Sierra Hansen, Chemstores storekeeper, was a critical element of its success.

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Faculty and Staff

Oregon State University leads push to include innovation, entrepreneurship in faculty promotion, tenure criteria

Culminating a project led by chemist Rich Carter, leaders from 67 universities and 13 national organizations have unanimously voted to approve a set of recommendations for recognizing innovation and entrepreneurial achievements among the criteria for higher education faculty promotion and tenure.

University Day 2020
Faculty and Staff

Scientists recognized for research, service and mentoring excellence at 2020 University Day

Five faculty and scholars from the College of Science are among this year’s award recipients at University Day, OSU’s most prestigious annual awards for research mentoring, scholarship, teamwork, teaching and service.