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Media coverage highlights

The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology -

Vitamin D increases protection against infection, new model suggests

Biochemist Adrian Gombart and collaborators have led the development of a new model for studying vitamin D’s role in infection prevention, and tests using the model suggest that vitamin D treatment can dramatically reduce the number of disease-causing bacteria in skin wounds.

Molecular Nutrition and Food Research -

Hops compounds help with metabolic syndrome while reducing microbiome diversity

Compounds from hops may combat metabolic syndrome by changing the gut microbiome and altering the metabolism of acids produced in the liver, new research by Adrian Gombart, professor of biochemistry and biophysics, suggests.

Aging and Mechanisms of Disease -

Daily exposure to blue light may accelerate aging, even if it doesn’t reach your eyes

Research by Jaga Giebultowicz, a professor of zoology in the Department of Integrative Biology, suggests that the blue wavelengths produced by light-emitting diodes damage cells in the brain as well as retinas.

American Chemical Society journal, ACS OMEGA -

Blue pigment discoverer makes key design advance for future durable, vivid pigments

Materials chemist Mas Subramanian who made history a decade ago with the accidental discovery of the first new blue inorganic pigment in more than two centuries is again pushing forward the science of color.

Nature -

Scrubbing carbon dioxide from smokestacks for cleaner industrial emissions

An international team co-led by chemist Kyriakos Stylianou has uncovered a better way to scrub carbon dioxide from smokestack emissions.

National Geographic -

Less than 3 percent of the ocean is 'highly protected'

Article quotes OSU professors Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, Jane Lubchenco

Invertebrate Biology -

Meet the ‘mold pigs,’ a new group of invertebrates from 30 million years ago

The findings by entomologist George Poinar Jr. give a rare look at a heretofore unknown clade of invertebrates.

Washington Post -

We worked for the NOAA. Political appointees can’t overrule scientists.

Distinguished University Professor and Advisor in Marine Studies Jane Lubchenco and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration career leaders are pushing back against political interference with weather forecasts.

Discovery Cathay Pacific -

The front lines of the art world's colour wars


SDC awards the prestigious Perkins Medal

The Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC), is recognized as a leading authority for colorists around the globe. OSU chemist Mas Subramanian has received their most prestigious award.

Science -

A new narrative for the ocean

Science -

In search of blue

Article discusses OSU chemist Mas Subramanian’s landmark creation of YInMn blue, the first novel blue pigment in more than 200 years. A notoriously difficult color to create, the discovery set shockwaves around the globe.

New York Times -

Opinion Post: The senate should reject Trump's NOAA nominee

Jane Lubchenco, OSU ecologist and former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), weighs in on Trump Administration nominee for her former position.

The Guardian -

New antibiotics could be developed using fish slime, scientists say

With antibiotic resistance on the rise, scientists are looking outside the box to find novel resources. The article quotes OSU chemist Sandra Loesgen, who is spearheading a team of researchers who have found promising results looking at fish slime.

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