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Biochemistry & Biophysics

Deep dive into key COVID-19 protein is a step toward new drugs, vaccines

Biochemists have taken a key step toward new drugs and vaccines for combating COVID-19 with a deep dive into one protein’s interactions with SARS-CoV-2 genetic material.

Planetary geologist and OSU alumna Briony Horgan in front of an image of the Perseverance rover.
Alumni and Friends

Oregon State alum plays integral role in Perseverance landing

2005 physics alumna and planetary geologist Briony Horgan's research was key to determining the location on Mars for the Perseverance rover to explore. Explaining the challenge her team faced, she said, "“If we had to choose just one spot on Earth to gather all the data about the entire history of the planet — well, where would you go?”

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Biomedical Science

Sixth round of Corvallis TRACE-COVID-19 sampling set for March 13 and 14

Oregon State University will conduct its sixth round of TRACE-COVID-19 door-to-door sampling throughout Corvallis the weekend of March 13 and 14 for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Heather Masson-Forsythe with her sister, Margaux, at a waterfall
Graduate students

Dancing through genres, biochemistry/biophysics student wins Science Magazine’s Dance Your Ph.D. contest

Heather Masson-Forsythe, a fifth-year graduate student in the College of Science, is a winner in the 13th annual Dance Your Ph.D. contest organized by Science Magazine in the newly created COVID-19 category. "I think the arts in general are really, really valuable on their own but also to communicate science, and as someone who really loves dance, I think it’s one of the best ways to communicate," she said.

OSU physicist Bo Sun
Research

Research by OSU biophysicist shows how tissue's microscopic geometry affects spread of cancer

Research led by Bo Sun, associate professor in the Department of Physics, has revealed a crucial mechanism behind one of humankind’s most deadly physiological processes: the movement of malignant cells from one part of the body to another.

Scientist holding a lab book.
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.

TRACE field staff member with his back to the camera, text on jacket "OSU-Cascades Public Safety" talking to and working with TRACE field staff members in snowy parking lot in Redmond, Oregon.
Biomedical Science

OSU's TRACE Community COVID-19 sampling in Redmond suggests 32 cases per 1,000 residents

Oregon State University COVID-19 sampling in Redmond on Jan. 29-31 by TRACE Community field workers suggested 32 people per 1,000 in the community carried the coronavirus on those days.

Corvallis resident placing COVID test in tray on sidewalk for TRACE field staff worker to collect.
Biomedical Science

OSU to bring TRACE Community COVID-19 sampling to Redmond this weekend

Oregon State University’s groundbreaking project to determine community prevalence of the novel coronavirus is expanding to include three days of TRACE Community sampling this week in Redmond on Jan. 29, 30 and 31.

Stegastochlidus saraemcheana, a species of cylindrical bark beetle sitting in yellow amber.
Integrative Biology

Master of disguise is new genus and species of cylindrical bark beetle

A resemblance to moss, lichens and fungi made for fantastic cover by a new genus and species of cylindrical bark beetle described by biologist George Poinar Jr.

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.

Valviloculus pleristaminis.
Integrative Biology

New flower from 100 million years ago brings fresh holiday beauty to 2020

Emeritus Biology Professor George Poinar Jr., has identified a spectacular new genus and species of flower from the mid-Cretaceous period.

Malgorzata Peszysnka standing in front of a tree.
Mathematics

Applied mathematician elected 2020 AAAS Fellow

Malgorzata Peszynska, elected in the section on Mathematics, is the 18th faculty member in the College of Science to be elected as AAAS Fellow.