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Winter 2015

IMPACT title behind group photo of staff and faculty on Memorial Union steps
The new Department of Integrative Biology welcomed its inaugural class in 2014.

I am thrilled that the College of Science has launched this new communication to share with you the impressive accomplishments of our students, faculty, researchers and alumni. During the past 18 months, I have met many of our outstanding alumni with vision and passion, which has definitely been one of the best parts of my job! I am continually inspired to hear about extraordinary accomplishments, discoveries and changes you have made. I am proud of you, and proud of our faculty and students!

As the year gets underway, I want to share some exciting plans in our key areas of distinction: marine studies, materials science and Big Data.

With OSU positioned to be a global leader in marine studies, the College is at the heart of this strategic initiative. We are hiring diverse faculty in marine studies, raising funds for students and faculty, and developing transformative, meaningful and memorable experiences for students.

Serving as the foundation for materials science in the College, the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC), a $20 million, NSF-funded research center, has spurred economic development in the region and throughout Oregon. OSU’s hallmark collaborative research environment combined with the College’s strengths in statistical, mathematical and computational sciences can position the university as an international leader in Big Data.

Next fall we will launch an MS in Data Analytics program to provide a multi-disciplinary education to help our students develop the analytical skills needed to transform data into practical knowledge.

The College is home to the life, physical, mathematical and statistical sciences. But we are all OneScience, conducting fundamental, curiosity-driven research as well as applied research to advance the sciences, enable discoveries and have a positive impact in Oregon, across the country and around the world. I hope you feel the IMPACT we are having.

Go Beavs!

Sastry G. Pantula
Dean, College of Science


The birth of the School of Life Sciences

Last year the College established the School of Life Sciences (SLS) to encompass a broad range of interdisciplinary sciences.


New major focuses on the science of human health

The BioHealth Sciences major replaces the General Science program and offers a more focused course of study on human health.

Alumni and Friends

2014 Alumni Awards

We look to our alumni, the ambassadors of the College of Science, to help build a strong reputation of excellence.

Alumni and Friends

A leader for the next generation

Biology alumnus to amplify the voices of young scientists.

Student Success

Changing the way learning happens

Creating a transformative student experience in and out of the classroom.

Faculty and Staff

Best and brightest

Welcome new College of Science faculty


Student research

Our students are engaged in authentic inquiry, a hallmark of science education.

Integrative Biology

Zoology Department gets a new name

The new Integrative Biology Department welcomes its inaugural class on Charles Darwin’s birthday.



The College of Science has an extensive and deep research portfolio that is globally recognized.

Integrative Biology


Two integrative biology researchers have conducted pioneering research on the colorful patterns found on butterfly wings.



Microbiologist Rebecca Vega-Thurber and her team research advanced genomic approaches for identifying infections of corals.


Fundamental science

Basic and applied scientific research are needed to solve the world’s problems.

November 4, 2014