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Spring 2016

The Biohealth Web

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The web of biohealth science. Read about the College’s expertise in this growing field on page 6 of the magazine.

Spring term brings a flurry of activities from lectures, conferences and events to grant deadlines and other responsibilities that pull our attention. But it also offers a time for reflection on what we have accomplished as the academic year quickly winds down. It is important to keep in mind why what we do matters. Another group of global leaders in science will be graduating soon.

The convergence of science is having an extraordinary impact that is larger than the sum of its parts. This is especially true in biohealth sciences, which represents a strategic opportunity in our College and where our faculty are leaders in fundamental and translational research. In this issue, we highlight the growing importance of the quantitative sciences in biohealth sciences. I am excited to share the outstanding work of our faculty, students and alumni to fight disease and promote human health.

Our College is making an impact on the quality of people’s lives through drug discovery, drug delivery and fundamental research at the intersection of biohealth and quantitative sciences. I am proud of our faculty successes, which are enhancing global excellence across science. We are committed to accelerating discovery and advancing understanding of biohealth sciences for a healthy people.

Faculty success is intertwined with student success: it attracts the best students from across the nation and the world to OSU, it provides opportunities for students to have transformative experiences, and it brings students to the forefront of research.

Recently, we recognized excellence in teaching and advising at our winter awards ceremony that you can read about here or online. Our faculty and students continue to receive national and international recognition for excellence in science. Finally, our fledgling undergraduate program in biohealth sciences is growing.

I hope you enjoy reading about the successes of our OneScience community. Thank you for your invaluable contributions to science and to our College.

All the best,

Sastry G. Pantula
Dean, College of Science


Taking inspiration from nature for anti-cancer compounds

A team of chemists discovered how to create isomandelalide, a synthetic, stable compound which is a huge asset for scientists studying disease.

Data Science

Next generation of scientists to manage ocean systems

Transdisciplinary team receives $3 million NSF grant to develop Research Traineeships using Big Data to analyze effects of human activities and climate change on oceans.

Alumni and Friends

Inspiration for generations

Doc Storm arrived in Corvallis in 1939 to pursue his master’s degree in zoology and never left except for service in World War II


NSF awards $1.39M for math and science teaching fellows

Fellows will receive professional development and support during their first four years of teaching in high needs schools.

Biomedical Science

The Web of Biohealth Science

Biohealth science is a new name for one of the oldest disciplines, which encompasses human biology, microbiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

Graduate students

Meet alumnus Ramesh Krishnamurthy

Hours after returning from a business trip to Africa to his home in Geneva, Switzerland, alumnus Ramesh Krishnamurthy (’00) boarded a flight for Oregon.

Biomedical Science

From ocean to human health

An interdisciplinary research team receives a 3-year NSF grant for $583K to study animal-microbe interactions to expand our understanding of the immune system's evolution.


Chemistry student receives prestigious scholarships

Cassie Lew was recently awarded the prestigious DAAD RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) fellowship to conduct research this summer in Germany.

Graduate students

NSF Graduate Fellow Goes to Nepal

Microbiology doctoral student Stephanie Rosales will spend two months in Nepal on an NSF Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP).


Fundraising efforts exceed $4 million

Thanks to the generous support of our alumni and friends, our College exceeded $4 million in philanthropic investments this fiscal year.

Alumni and Friends

Recycling for a better future

Chemistry alumnus Steven Sloop (Ph.D., '96) is at the forefront of global efforts to invent and commercialize a clean battery recycling technology.

Biomedical Science

Biohealth science's connection to quantitative sciences

Researchers are interpreting and advancing biohealth sciences in innovative new ways by applying the natural sciences, such as mathematics, statistics and chemistry.


From dirt to drugs

Chemist Sandra Loesgen's lab studies fungi and bacteria found in dirt to find cures for diseases such as cancer.


At the intersection of art and science

Jerri Bartholomew is a marine biologist and salmon researcher, head of the Department of Microbiology as well as a passionate artist.

Biomedical Science

Discover: Research Highlights

New insect species, breakthrough in ALS research, big ideas in ocean protection and more...

Faculty and Staff

Cheong named Bert & Emelyn Christensen Professor of Chemistry

Paul Ha-Yeon Cheong has been named the inaugural Bert & Emelyn Christensen Professor in Chemistry.


Strategic Plan 2015-2020

After 20 months, we are excited to launch the College of Science Strategic Plan 2015-2020: LEAD—Learn, Engage, Achieve, Discover: Global Excellence in Science.


Chemistry professor receives NSF CAREER Award

Chemistry professor at Oregon State University is granted a five-year $530,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Biochemistry & Biophysics

New therapy halts progression of Lou Gehrig’s disease in mice

Breakthrough: Biochemistry researchers have essentially stopped the progression of Lou Gehrig’s disease in mice

Faculty and Staff

Statistics professor receives international award

Debashis Mondal, an assistant professor of statistics, has been awarded the 2015 Young Researcher Award by the International Indian Statistical Association.

Biochemistry & Biophysics

And the 2016 KARE Award winners are...

Eleven undergraduate students have received 2016 KARE Awards (Knowledge Advancement Research Experience Award), which support research in biochemistry and biophysics.

Faculty and Staff

2016 Winter Teaching & Advising Awards

The College of Science celebrated our 2016 Winter Teaching and Advising awards on January 12.

Faculty and Staff

Chemistry professor elected 2015 AAAS Fellow

Chemistry professor Walter Loveland has been elected a 2015 Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society.

Women in Science

SACNAS 2015: The power of diversity in STEM

OSU SACNAS won the Outstanding Development and Outreach Role Model Award.


And the 2015 CURE Fellows are....

Six science undergraduate science students have received Cripps Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Summer Fellowships