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Media coverage highlights

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.

U.S. News -

Could screens' blue light make you old before your time?

Blue wavelengths produced by the LEDs in our screens may damage brain cells, as well as retinal cells in our eyes, according to research by OSU biologist Jaga Giebultowicz.

National Geographic -

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

Article quotes OSU professors Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, Jane Lubchenco on new guidelines to make adoption of Marine Protected Areas more appealing to countries.

New York Times -

Going to College? Take their advice

Microbiology major Sarah Olson was featured among an article When the Times put out a call for college advice from students, OSU microbiology major Sarah Olson was selected among the hundreds of responses. "Community college changed my life for the better, and I want other people to know it's O.K. to take a nontraditional path," shared Olson.


Move over, water bears, and make way for ancient 'mold pigs'

George Poinar Jr., an OSU emeritus professor, has discovered a new microinvertebrate known as a 'mold pig.' Discovered in fossilized amber, the the 30 million year old fossil is unlike any microorganism scientists have seen before.

Science -

The ocean is key to achieving climate and societal goals

Marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco published an outline that highlights necessary steps to achieve climate goals. The report identifies five critical ways that the ocean can be put to use for the preservation of the planet - as well as its own.

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

While many outside of the art world may not be aware, there is a battle going on between two contemporary art giants, Stuart Semple and Anish Kapoor - over the color black. Article quotes OSU chemist Mas Subramanian about his own new pigment, YInMn Blue.

Science Magazine -

Resurrected detector will hunt for some of the strangest particles in the universe

Physicists at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory are resurrecting a massive particle detector to help them hunt for some of the strangest particles in the universe - called sterile neutrinos. Article quotes OSU physicist Heidi Schellman, a neutrino expert.


Oregon's eelgrass is disappearing, with potentially big impacts

Caitlin Magel, a Ph.D candidate in integrative biology, has been monitoring estuaries around Oregon throughout her time at OSU. Her work has led to an important discovery that this vital coastal ecosystem is in decline.

Nature -

Prepare river ecosystems for an uncertain future

Article focuses on research of OSU ecologist David Lytle and collaborators on the the effect of climate change on river ecosystems around the world. The team developed a model that will help prepare for and mitigate future damage.

New York Times -

This Canadian town comes alive once a year, as thousands of snakes mate

Every year, OSU biologist Robert Mason travels to Narcisse, Manitoba to watch the largest snake mating display on earth. His extensive research has revealed some of the strangest mysteries of snake mating behavior.


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

Preeminent marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco published an editorial urging a change in perspective on marine conservation that reflects scientific evidence and inspires action.

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.

Nature -

Hundreds of thousands of marine viruses discovered in world’s oceans

Oceans are teaming with viruses, shows OSU microbiologist Rebecca Vega-Thurber in a new study. Her research took her around the world, including a six month stay in the Arctic, to collect the unprecedented data on viral diversity.

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.

The Conversation -

Microbes that live in fishes’ slimy mucus coating could lead chemists to new antibiotic drugs

“By 2050 drug-resistant infections will affect more people than cancer.” Chemist Sandra Loesgen explains in an editorial the significance of her biomedical research to identify the next generation of antibiotics.

Technology Networks -

Researchers Patent Method for Making Anti-leukemia Compounds

Article quotes Christopher Beaudry, a chemist in the College of Science, on patented compound that can help make leukemia treatment more efficient and affordable.

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