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Spring 2015

Collaborative Science

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Impacting science and driving collaboration.

I am so proud of the recent accomplishments of our faculty, students and you, our alumni and friends. We have many extraordinary discoveries, accomplishments and news to celebrate. So sit back and enjoy the stories about all of the amazing news happening in Science.

When I think about our success, I think about our outstanding faculty. They are tireless master jugglers. I know their days begin early and end late, work runs into evenings and weekends, often keeping them away from their families. I am deeply grateful for all that they do every single day. They are the reason for our successes. So next time you see them, give them a big hug and a pat on the back.

Recently we celebrated teaching and advising excellence at our annual Winter Awards Ceremony. With a theme of mentorship, students and professors paid heartfelt tributes to their mentors who were instrumental in encouraging their passion for science and influencing their careers. I found the strong bonds and relationships between our students, faculty and alumni extremely touching. They showed that being a teacher or advisor is about inspiring people, supporting our students’ success and shaping the next generation of leaders.

The quality of our faculty and students’ research is astounding. As you’ll read, we are making a tremendous impact in marine studies, materials science and bioinformatics, while pushing toward a healthy economy, planet and people. Because science is the backbone of research and training at OSU, the College is ideally positioned with emerging data science intersecting all disciplines. Collaborative research is fostering harmony across campus.

Our alumni are strong leaders in science and are making significant contributions. I was excited to spend time recently with math alumnus Michael Waterman, one of the founders of computational biology and a renowned human genome theorist. Our alumni, you, are truly an inspiration to us.

What a fantastic time to be in Science@OSU! And thank you for all that you do.

Sastry G. Pantula
Dean, College of Science

Marine Science

Rethinking the marine carbon cycle

Professor Stephen Giovannoni was recently published in Science Magazine

Data Science


In the last two years, the College of Science has focused on augmenting its expertise in data and life sciences with strategic hires


Math professor takes interdisciplinary approach to climate and energy

Professor Malgorzata Peszynska's current NSF-funded research takes an interdisciplinary approach to models important for global climate and energy studies.

Alumni and Friends

In memoriam

Melissa M. Schultz: Gone too soon

Alumni and Friends

Alumna spotlight: Suzanne McGrath

More than 40 years later, Suzanne McGrath still uses her math degree.

Integrative Biology

Powerhouse PISCO

Marine ecologist Bruce Menge and PISCO researchers have attracted international attention.

Student Success

Moving the dial ahead on student success

Oregon State University has the potential to change the face of higher education

Materials Science

Materials revolution

What keeps our materials scientists up at night is how to expand the “chemistry toolbox” and make materials more sustainable, efficient and functional.


Diversity: On the road

Generous donor and alumni support enabled our faculty and students to interact and connect with a diverse, vibrant science community.


Data Science cuts across all science

The College of Science has developed a new statistics option for mathematics students, the only program of its kind among public universities in Oregon.

Alumni and Friends

Alumna spotlight

Integrative Biology alumna Megan Cook’s (’09) boundless enthusiasm for the ocean has taken her far


Student spotlight

Claire Ostertag-Hill is using DNA sequencing and genetic screening tools to analyze virus genes

Alumni and Friends

Alumna spotlight: Karen Wooley '88

Chemistry alumna Karen Wooley’s (’88) exemplary academic career began at Washington University and continued at Texas A&M University.


Faculty spotlight: Janet Tate

In a career spanning 25 years, physics professor Janet Tate has skillfully balanced brilliant research, creative, cutting-edge collaborations and outstanding teaching and mentorship.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty spotlight: Jane Lubchenco

As Distinguished University Professor and Advisor in Marine Studies, Jane Lubchenco heads the development of a multi-million dollar new marine studies campus.


Student spotlight: Stephanie Pleasant

Originally, a nursing major, Stephanie Pleasant worked in a Chemistry research lab one summer and was hooked.


Physics alumni at Intel

OSU Physics graduates and undergraduate students perform exceptionally well in the job market.


Market demands graduates with data analysis skills

Everyone from Google and Netflix to Walmart, Gap and the federal government are hiring people with statistical skills and expertise.

Faculty and Staff

Remcho named Oregon Scientist of the Year

The College of Science congratulates Professor of Chemistry Vincent T. Remcho on being named the 2015 Oregon Scientist of the Year.

Integrative Biology

Amber fossil links early grass, dinosaurs and fungus to LSD

A perfectly preserved amber fossil provides evidence of the earliest grass specimen ever discovered.


Chemists capture elusive iron compound

Chemistry researchers have successfully isolated a much-sought after iron compound—the most abundant form of iron in natural systems.

Faculty and Staff

Karplus receives top honor as OSU Distinguished Professor

Distinguished Professor is the highest designation the university gives to its faculty.


Bartholomew named head of Microbiology

Bartholomew is currently a professor of microbiology with joint appointments in the College of Science and the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Faculty and Staff

Three researchers elected to world’s largest scientific society

Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers.