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Rusty Root standing next to a sign about hand washing
News

ChemStores manager at the Root of pandemic problem-solving

For Rusty Root, trekking a few miles off campus to Printing and Mailing three mornings a week to retrieve the mail for the College of Science isn’t drudgery.

Cindy Fisher standing at a doorway to one of the refrigerator rooms in Nash Hall
Faculty and Staff

Nash’s ‘Radar O’Reilly’: Longtime building manager keeps watch over research labs during campus shutdown

In Nash Hall, the Microbiology Department has 30 labs and auxiliary spaces spread over four stories. When most researchers are staying home or only visiting their labs once a week, Cindy Fisher, Nash Hall building manager, is walking the halls weekly ensuring decades of research is safe and sound. 

Katie Jäger
News

Stats department counts the ways instructor saves the day

Senior statistics instructor Katie Jager went above and beyond to support her colleagues transition to remote teaching.

Bruce Menge talking with student Elizabeth Cerny-Chipman at an Oregon tidepool
News

Bruce Menge elected member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Marine ecologist Bruce Menge was elected a member of the American Academy of the Arts & Sciences. He is only the sixth OSU faculty member to earn this distinguished honor. 

Photo of Kidder Hall's front door
College of Science

Lending a hand: College of Science donates PPE to help battle public health pandemic

The College of Science is stepping up during this national pandemic, joining in Oregon State’s drive and providing much-needed supplies to the OSU community and healthcare workers here in Oregon. The impact so far? Thousands of donations, including sanitizer, gloves, masks and lab coats.

Researchers take a phytoplankton sample on an OSU research vessel.
Microbiology

Smaller than expected phytoplankton may mean less carbon sequestered at sea bottom

For the first time, scientists have taken a winter sampling of phytoplankton in the North Atlantic. The results revealed that the carbon-absorbing cells were smaller than what scientists expected, meaning a key weapon in the fight against excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may not be as powerful as previously believed.   

Sally Hacker and a graduate student study beach grasses along the Pacific Northwest coast
Faculty and Staff

Can a new super beach grass save our coastal dunes?

Integrative Biology Professor Sally Hacker is one of five Oregon Sea Grant omnibus funding recipients. She will study a new hybrid super beachgrass along coastal dunes in the Pacific Northwest.

Bull Kelp floating on ocean surface
Integrative Biology

Satellite data boosts understanding of climate change’s effects on kelp

Tapping into 35 years of satellite imagery, researchers at Oregon State University have dramatically enlarged the database regarding how climate change is affecting kelps, near-shore seaweeds that provide food and shelter for fish and protect coastlines from wave damage.

Kim Halsey with graduate student taking samples from a river
Research

New grants to advance science that benefits humankind

How are devastating plant diseases are spread? Is there a better way to predict HIV prevalence in a city? How can we detect toxic algae blooms before they occur? And which of the thousands of metal-organic frameworks can be used for storing and separating gases, like CO2 from industrial plants? Four faculty members received College of Science Research and Innovation Seed (SciRIS-II) awards this February to pursue answers to these questions over the course of the next year.

A rendering of Cordley Hall's south entrance
News

A science building for the 21st century: Cordley Hall to undergo renovation

Renovations to Cordley Hall – home to Integrative Biology and Botany and Plant Pathology – will begin this summer. When the project is complete in 2024, Cordley Hall will be transformed into a welcoming, attractive academic home for the thousands of students the two departments service each term.

Robert Mason holding garter snake with colleague in field
Integrative Biology

Eminent zoologist named 2019 AAAS Fellow

Robert Mason, professor of integrative biology, has become a new Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Edward and Janet Chen with Roy Haggerty in lobby
Alumni and Friends

Distinguished Service Award: Embracing a legacy of Chinese scholarship

The Wei Family Foundation will receive College of Science Distinguished Service Award for their extraordinary commitment to the university and institution.