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Science News -

Door-to-door tests help track COVID-19’s spread in one Oregon town

Science News interviews Benjamin Dalziel, OSU population biologist and epidemiologist, on the unprecedented effort the university has taken to perform comprehensive testing for COVID-19 using door-to-door testing procedures.
New York Times -

For Latinos and Covid-19, doctors are seeing an 'alarming' disparity

OSU Biology Alumna Eva Galvez works as a family physician in northwestern Oregon on the frontlines of the Covid-19 epidemic. She is quoted in the article highlighting the chilling disparity in coronavirus cases among Latinos and other patients.
New York Times -

Tracing and Sampling to Monitor Covid-19

OSU president Edward J. Ray is published in an editorial letter advocating for random sampling of the U.S. population for Covid-19. He highlights the work OSU scientists have achieved in sampling the Corvallis population through TRACE-COVID-19.
Oregon Public Broadcasting -

A New Kind of Blue from an Oregon Research Lab

Discoverer of rare blue pigment receives NSF grant to look for new red.
U.S. News -

In Oregon, one town goes door to door tracking coronavirus spread

Oregon State is receiving national attention for efforts to track COVID-19 in an entire community. Article quotes Benjamin Dalziel, OSU epidemiologist who has organized the effort.
Haaretz -

Microscopic parasitic jellyfish have made it to land

OSU microbiologist Stephen Atkinson is quoted for his groundbreaking work on myxozoans. Myxozoans are a jellyfish that evolved backwards, and the only member of the vast cnidarians group to have reached the terrestrial domain - inside their parasitic hosts.
Oregon Live -

OSU set to embark on 'groundbreaking’ coronavirus testing project in Corvallis

Researchers from Oregon State University are embarking on a groundbreaking effort to identify how widespread the coronavirus is in Corvallis, especially among residents who might not have symptoms of the virus. OSU epidemiologist Benjamin Dalziel quoted in a statement about the project.
Washington Post -

Amid the push to reopen, states and businesses plead for more federal testing help

With limited federal intervention and medical centers running out space, Oregon State researchers are becoming one of the first in the nation to take matters into their own hands and offer comprehensive testing. Article quotes epidemiologist Benjamin Dalziel who has helped lead this effort.
The Guardian -

North Atlantic's capacity to absorb CO2 overestimated, study suggests

A new study shows that previous research may have overestimated the capacity of the North Atlantic to absorb carbon, meaning that previous global warming calculations may need to be revised. Steve Giovannoni, a preeminent OSU microbiologist helped lead the study, is quoted in the article.
Chemistry and Engineering News -

Tips for teaching in the time of coronavirus

To help instructors who are suddenly faced with the challenge of teaching online because of coronavirus-related school closures, C&EN asked online teaching veterans for their advice. Chemistry instructor Marita Barth shares her expert recommendations on how to teach effectively using online teaching platforms.
Quartz -

Social distancing is slowing not only Covid-19, but other diseases too

Researchers have used Kinsa Health's data to predict flu outbreaks weeks before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s surveillance program, which uses hospitalization records. Article reports that OSU ecologist Ben Dalziel's research shows that the current decline in rates of seasonal flu is a result of social distancing, and not a statistical anomaly.
Scientific American -

Social media posts and online searches hold vital clues about pandemic spread

In a digital age, many people are reporting symptoms online before visiting a doctor. The medical community is divided on whether public health officials should take advantage of this online data, at risk of violating privacy concerns. OSU epidemiologist Benjamin Dalziel is quoted in the article for his research on digital thermometers, and why he believes in a more systematic approach to data collection.
Politico -

California saw dense housing near transit as its future. What now?

As one of the most populous states in America, California has had plans for massive urbanization. WIth Covid-19 outbreak, these plans are being thrown into question - but scientists like OSU epidemiologist Benjamin Dalziel say this skepticism is often unwarranted.
New York Times -

Can smart thermometers track the spread of coronavirus?

A company that uses internet connected thermometers to predict the spread of the flu is now tracking the coronavirus in real time - allowing greater accuracy than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is able to provide due to lack of testing. Article quotes disease modeling expert Benjamin Dalziel who uses medical records in his own research to help predict spread of disease.


Scientists discovered the first animal that doesn't need oxygen to live. It's changing the definition of what an animal can be

Stephen Atkinson, a senior research associate in microbiology is quoted for groundbreaking research contributions alongside microbiologist Jerri Bartholomew and collaborators. The team discovered a multicellular organism related to jellyfish and coral that is able to survive parasitically, stealing nutrients from salmon.

Cosmos Magazine -

A new class of cool blues

Chemist Mas Subramanian is now working to develop a new class of blue pigments using hibonite, a light blue mineral found in meterorites. The new pigments are more stable and environmentally friendly than the long-enduring Cobalt Blue.

Medical News Today -

Children's behavior linked to gut microbiome

A study by OSU microbiologist Thomas Sharpton has identified a correlation between gut microbiota and child development. The study found that behavioral issues and socioeconomic stress are often accompanied by variation in the microbiome in those children.

Gazette-Times -

OSU's Bob Mason untangles secrets of snake sex

Article features Bob Mason - OSU's leading expert in reproductive biology - on his journey to becoming the first scientist to synthesize the reptile pheromone. It turns out, snake pheromones can explain a lot - from the secrets of the love lives of snakes, to the impacts of climate change.

The Register-Guard -

OSU scientists replace mice genes to study vitamin D's effects on infections

Biochemist Adrain Gombart has conducted a study that tests the effect of vitamin D to cure infections. His team used mice as a vessel for the human gene, which provides a new model for future study of vitamin D treatment.

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.

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