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Food Navigator -

Could animal-based diets actually ‘mitigate risk’ of cardiovascular disease?

An astonishing new study led by OSU microbiology head Steve Giovannoni suggests that common gut bacterium linked to animal protein consumption might help prevent cardiovascular disease.
Oceanographic Magazine -

Scientists shed new light on role of viruses in coral bleaching

Microbiologist Rebecca Vega Thurber and Ph.D. candidate Adriana Messyasz have led a project comparing viral metagenomes of coral colony pairs during a minor 2016 bleaching event in French Polynesia.
Live Science -

What is RNA?

Article cites "An Introduction to Molecular Biology," a book written by OSU biochemistry professor Phil McFadden. RNA is more than just DNA's lesser-known relative - it plays an essential role in turning genetic information into proteins.
Science Daily -

Scientists shed new light on viruses' role in coral bleaching

Scientists have shown that viral infection is involved in coral bleaching - the breakdown of the symbiotic relationship between corals and the algae they rely on for energy.
BBC News -

The rats evicted from paradise

Up until the 20th century, Palmyra was an isolated and tranquil atoll in the Pacific, until visiting ships introduced rats and invasive palms to the island's ecosystem. By the end of the century, the island was nearly unrecognizable - and an unexpected problem had emerged. The article interviews Rebecca Vega Thurber, an "expert in marine ecosystems," on the link between missing seabirds and declining coral populations.
Faculty Focus -

Grading Exams: How Gradescope Revealed Deeper Insights into Our Teaching

Faculty Focus, an online teaching resource currently ranked as #8 in the Teach100 daily rankings of education blogs, has highlighted the innovative teaching strategies that OSU's math department is enlisting to teach large classes such as College Algebra.
FOX 12 -

Evidence of COVID-19 found in wastewater samples at Oregon State University

Starting Wednesday, OSU's TRACE-COVID-19 team has been testing up to 1,000 faculty, students and staff at the OSU Corvallis campus each week, as well as collecting wastewater samples. Epidemiologist Benjamin Dalziel, who has co-led the project, contributes to the report.

Oregon State researcher IDs 4 new species of wasp that lived 25 million years ago

George Poinar Jr., an international expert on using life forms trapped in amber to learn about the ecology of Earth millions of years ago, has identified 4 new species of parasitic, cockroach-killing ensign wasps that lived up to 25 million years ago.
Science News -

A tiny crustacean fossil contains roughly 100-million-year-old giant sperm

A newfound collection of ostracods preserved in amber reveals that megasperm - giant sperm that in extreme cases may be over three times the adult body length - dates back to at least about 100 million years ago during the time of the dinosaurs. Article quotes OSU affiliate professor George Poinar, a prolific entomologist and paleontologist.
Science -

Global efforts to protect biodiversity fall short

A United Nations report has concluded that the world has not met targets set ten years ago to protect global biodiversity. Esteemed OSU ecologist Jane Lubchenco has laid out an extensive plan to address these shortcomings.

Prominent climate denier tapped for key NOAA position

President Trump has chosen David Legates to fill a top position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - former seat of OSU distinguished professor Jane Lubchenco under President Obama.

Longtime Climate Science Denier Hired At NOAA

David Legates, a University of Delaware professor and climate change denier, has been hired for a top position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Jane Lubchenco, an OSU ecologist and former occupant of the position, casts doubt on the choice.
Sea West News -

The future of food is from the sea

Marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco has led an international collaboration of scientists that studied how seafood has the potential to meet the increasing global need for protein.
Seafood Source -

As the world’s population grows, researchers say the ocean and seafood have big roles to play

Seafood production could see as much as a 75 percent leap over the next three decades if certain policy reforms and technological improvements are put in place, according to research led by marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco.
Pharmacy Times -

Study: Vitamins C, D May Help Immune System Fight COVID-19

Oregon State biochemist Adrian Gombart has published new research suggesting that people may benefit from higher levels of vitamins and supplements than has previously been federally recommended.
Nutra Ingredients -

Larger studies 'frankly overdue': Daily multivitamin linked to less-severe illness

Vitamin deficiencies are common, and may contribute to age-related decline of the immune system - shows new research led by biochemistry professor Adrian Gombart.
New Food -

Seafood could account for 25 percent of animal protein needed to meet demand

As the world's population continues to grow, new research from OSU marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco predicts that the ocean may hold solutions.
New Hope Network -

Lipoic acid supplements help some obese people lose weight

Biochemistry and Biophysics professor Tory Hagan has led a study that demonstrates the health benefits that lipoic acid supplementation can have on obese people.

Tracing The Coronavirus Through Sewer Pipes In Oregon

Oregon State's TRACE-COVID-19 project is collaborating with the Clean Water Services to collect sewer water from several Oregon communities to give public health officials better information on the spread of the virus. Quotes epidemiologist Ben Dalziel on the project's future undertakings.
Innovation in Textiles -

Devan adds immunity-boosting multivitamins to R-Vital range

Biochemistry professor Adrian Gombart's research has helped spur textile chemicals innovator Devan to launch a new 'multivitamin' blend that utilizes vitamin C to boost immunity.

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