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Winter 2017

The Innovation Issue

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Innovations in teaching, learning and research will help prepare science students to tackle our most pressing scientific and societal challenges.

It is an exciting time in Science at OSU! This fall, we welcomed our largest class in five years: 1,069 undergraduate students, about 35% from underrepresented populations. We are committed to the success of all of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. This issue focuses on innovation in the classroom, online, in research and in our leadership, which is truly transforming the College.

We are making progress on our strategic goals, especially in data science, distance education and diversity. OSU programs are nationally ranked. We are expanding our online courses and reaching out to diverse learners. We launched online graduate programs in data analytics. To enhance student success and build leaders in science, we are looking to increase resources for undergraduate research, internships and study abroad.

This is all a reflection of our commitment to excellence, diversity and harmony. Thank you for your invaluable contributions to science and to OSU!

All the best,

Sastry G. Pantula
Dean, College of Science

Student Success

Online learning innovations: Bringing science to the world

For more than 15 years, the College has pioneered online chemistry courses that have proven popular among students, providing access to courses previously unavailable.

Alumni and Friends

Going the distance: From Coos County and Corvallis to L.A. and the world

From humble beginnings to becoming an internationally celebrated mathematician and biologist, Alumnus Michael Waterman has shattered all expectations.

Student Success

Innovation in the classroom

Through the ESTEME@OSU project, OSU has conducted a comprehensive examination of its learning practices and is evolving them to transform its culture of scholarship

Alumni and Friends

A tale of two dentists

Drs. Nathan and Luisa Snyder met in Guatemala, pursued their dreams of higher education at OSU and became dentists.

Graduate students

Four Ph.D. students awarded ARCS Foundation scholarships

Four doctoral students in the College of Science are among the 27 scientists and engineers selected as 2016 ARCS Foundation Scholars by the Portland chapter.


An evening with Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman

Enjoy these photos from the College of Science Fall 2016 Distinguished Lecture featuring Nobel Laureate in Physics and Corvallis native Carl Wieman.

December 12, 2016
Alumni and Friends

Scenes from 2016 Science Alumni Award Ceremony

See photos from the College of Science 2016 Alumni Awards celebration!

Alumni and Friends

A distinguished career: From literature and science to educational leadership

Gretchen Schuette (Ph.D., '80) is the recipient of the 2016 College of Science Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes exceptional achievements and leadership.

Alumni and Friends

Young Alumni Award winner makes Forbes' 30 under 30 list

Alumnus Scott Clark ('08) was named to Forbes' 30 under 30 list for 2016 and wins the College of Science Young Alumni Award.

Alumni and Friends

Service above self

Alumni Ben ('51) and Elaine Whiteley ('53) are the College of Science 2016 Distinguished Service Award recipients.

Alumni and Friends

Alumnus and renowned cardiologist Kent Thornburg presents special seminar

Globally renowned developmental physiologist and zoology alumnus Dr. Kent Thornburg presents seminar on heart disease.

Faculty and Staff

Internationally renowned statistician joins faculty

Dr. Javier Rojo will join the Department of Statistics as the inaugural Korvis Professor of Statistics in January 2017.


Inspiring innovators in STEM to spur 21st century solutions

A multidisciplinary team in the College of Science at Oregon State University has been awarded $500K


Nobel Laureate in Physics and Corvallis native presented Distinguished Lecture

Carl Wieman, a Stanford physicist Nobel Laureate and Corvallis native, presented the College of Science Fall Distinguished Lecture November 21, 2016.

Student Success

Academic advisor joins to increase student success in science

Academic Advisor Jennifer McKee will provide more supplemental advising to enhance student retention while increasing diversity and student success.


Chemistry professor creates new violet and purple pigments

Recently Mas Subramanian and his collaborators have developed and perfected the chemistry of creating other durable, non-toxic pigments.

Faculty and Staff

Meet Interim Assistant Dean Lyn Riverstone

The College of Science welcomes Lyn Riverstone as interim Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.


Research funding trending up

The College of Science received $12.3 million in research grants and awards in fiscal year 2015-2016, fueling strong growth of 25% since FY14.

Faculty and Staff

New associate dean to lead strategic initiatives

Dr. Matthew Andrews from the University of Minnesota-Duluth has been hired as the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Administration.

Graduate students

Five science students nab top NSF awards

A total of five science Ph.D. students received prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards in 2016.

Faculty and Staff

New faces in our College

The College of Science is pleased to welcome three new people to the Dean's Office and our community of OneScience

Biomedical Science

Microbiologist pierces riddle of why clouds form

Clouds that form at sea are key to regulating atmospheric temperatures, and scientists now understand more of the chemistry involved.


Massive online database lays foundation for mathematics of the 21st century

A team of mathematicians has released a massive mathematical database that catalogs objects of central importance in number theory.

Integrative Biology

Scientists sound alarm for changing ocean industry

Integrative Biology professor Francis Chan, co-chair of a 20-member panel of leading ocean scientists, published report addressing increasing ocean acidification and hypoxia.