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Media coverage highlights

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.
Time Magazine -

Why This Year Is Our Last, Best Chance for Saving the Oceans

New research has come out underscoring the vitality of urgent action to preserve the earth's oceans. Preeminent marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco is quoted for her vast experience and insight on the next steps for humanity.
Science Friday -

The Best Summer Science Books Of 2020

Biology undergraduate, science writer and book reviewer Sarah Olson Michel was selected by Science Friday to share her top summer science books of the year.

Blue Pigment Discovered In Oregon Cleared For Broad Commercial Use

Federal regulators have given final environmental approval for a groundbreaking blue pigment discovered in Oregon. The clearance opens the door for “YInMn Blue” to be manufactured for commercial sale in a broad range of products.

These scientists are on a quest to understand how prevalent coronavirus is

NPR podcast interviews OSU epidemiologist Benjamin Dalziel on groundbreaking efforts to randomly sample members of the Corvallis population for the coronavirus cases.
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.
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.

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