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NPR -

OSU Says New Grant From NOAA Will Allow It To Expand Marine Research

A new federal grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration totaling $37 million will allow OSU to expand its marine research program. The program will be led by Associate Professor Francis Chan.
Associated Press -

Hybrid beachgrass could mean trouble for Northwest coast

Scientists at Oregon State University, led by biologist Sally Hacker, have confirmed that two widespread, invasive beachgrasses are now genetically mixing, which could present additional challenges to communities and Pacific Northwest dune restoration.
E&E News -

Meet Biden's trailblazing climate science adviser

Years ago during the Obama administration, on a plane en route to the Gulf Coast, then-Vice President Joe Biden asked Jane Lubchenco about the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He was in awe of her responses.
KTVZ -

OSU researchers get closer to gene therapy to restore hearing for the congenitally deaf

Scientists led by OSU biochemistry professor Colin Johnson say they have found a new piece of the puzzle in the quest to use gene therapy to enable people born deaf to hear, centering around an inner-ear protein called otoferlin.
Atlas Obscura -

What Can 26,000 Snakes Teach Us About Climate Change?

The world's largest collection of garter snakes is assembled deep in the recesses of OSU's Weniger Hall. Biologist Robert Mason, a colleague of the herpetologist who curated this collection, also examines the effect of climate change on garter snakes.
KOIN -

OSU targets COVID’s N protein; research could lead to new treatments

Biochemistry professor Elisar Barbar has published a study that takes a new approach to combat the COVID-19 virus by targeting the nucleocapsid protein.
KGW -

An Oregon State researcher submitted her work to Science Magazine in the form of a narrated, choreographed dance video, winning a national competition.

A new study by professor Elisar Barbar studies the nucleocapsid protein, or N protein. of the COVID-19 virus to push toward new drugs and vaccines. Ph.D. student Heather Masson-Forsythe, who has received national attention for winning Science's "Dance your Ph.D. Award," is part of the team researching the virus.
Bloomberg -

Here’s All the Climate Science You Missed So Far This Year

A study by distinguished professor Jane Lubchenco examining the link between marine protected areas and carbon emissions was among the articles highlighted for significant contributions to climate research.
OPB News -

Prominent Oregon scientist returns to White House duty with new climate role

Jane Lubchenco, a well-known Oregon State University distinguished professor and a former Obama administration official, has been named the deputy director for climate and the environment for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Reuters -

Marine ecologist Lubchenco to lead climate in White House science office

OSU Distinguished Professor Jane Lubchenco, formerly the State Department's first U.S. science envoy for the ocean, has joined the Biden administration to lead climate and environment efforts at the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Washington Post -

White House appoints former NOAA leader Jane Lubchenco to key climate change role

The White House has appointed Jane Lubchenco, a well-known marine scientist at OSU and former head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to a high-level position coordinating climate and environmental issues within its Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
Science -

Watch the winners of this year’s ‘Dance Your Ph.D.’ contest

Heather Masson-Forsythe, a graduate student in biochemistry and biophysics professor Elisar Barbar's Lab, has received the award for “Biochemical & biophysical studies of the COVID-19 nucleocapsid protein with RNA.”
Nogales International -

'Picnic table effect’ highlights Patagonia’s birding scene

Ph.D. student Jesse Laney is quoted regarding a new OSU study that questions the validity of the 'picnic table effect,' or the theory that the sighting of one rare bird often leads to another.
New Food Magazine -

New research could provide more hop flavours for craft brewers

OSU bioinformatics professor David Hendrix and US Department of Agriculture researchers say they have significantly expanded the understanding of the hop genome, a development with important implications for the brewing industry and scientists who study the potential medical benefits of hops.
Science News -

A rare bird sighting doesn’t lead to seeing more kinds of rare birds

Ph.D. student Jesse Laney set out to determine if bird discovery bonanzas are one-off events or a common occurrence. With his colleagues, he analyzed data from 2008 to 2017 from the online birding database eBird, searching for clues.
OPB News -

Prevalence testing shows ‘continued high transmission risk’ in Redmond, Oregon

Oregon State field workers through the TRACE-COVID-19 program have estimated that just over 3% of Redmond residents test positive for COVID-19, one of the highest prevalence rates found since the program began last spring.
Architectural Digest -

The first new blue to be discovered in 200 years is now available as a paint

More than a decade after OSU chemist Mas Subramanian's unexpected discovery, artists, architects, and designers can now officially get their hands on humanity’s newest shade of blue.
Eurasia Review -

Songbirds exposed to lead-contaminated water show telltale signs about human impacts

Assistant professor Jamie Cornelius has contributed to a study documenting the impacts on songbirds exposed to pollution, studying blood lead levels in songbirds living in parks in and around Flint, Michigan.
New York Times -

It’s Not Every Day We Get a New Blue

In 2009, materials chemist Mas Subramanian developed the first new blue in more than 200 years. Now YInMn blue is available for artists and commercial users around the world.
Artnet News -

The first blue pigment discovered in 200 Years is finally commercially available. Here’s why it already has a loyal following

Developed by OSU chemist Mas Subramanian, YInMn Blue’s has generated a massive following that stems in part from its high opacity, which means you don’t need to apply much of it to get a good coating. It also has unusual hyper-spectral properties, reflecting most infrared radiation, which keeps the pigment cool.

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