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The battle to prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, continues in Oregon. In the upcoming special election, Benton County voters will decide if a measure to ban GMO's is right for them. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert spoke with people on both sides of the issue and filed this report.

On the face of it, Measure 2-89 seeks to protect local food sources by banning the cultivation of genetically modified crops anywhere in the county. The measure also promotes saving heritage seeds and a sort of “We the People” right to self-governance.

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Two Oregon State University students are set to leave for Nepal on Friday. Since the devastating earthquake struck over the weekend, they’ve been gathering and packing as many medical supplies as possible. 

Christian Nishioka and Cole Miller have been planning a trip to Nepal since January. They intend to make a film about CardioStart, a heart surgery non-profit. OSU professor Alina Padilla-Miller says the young men are part of her Transnational Transmedia class, which allows students to document organizations providing humanitarian aid to developing countries.

Last week, Governor Kate Brown declared drought emergency in two more Oregon counties—Wheeler and Baker. Currently, more than half of the state is eligible for emergency federal aid—and it's only April. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert spoke with one of the state’s leading climatologists about regional drought and what the future holds.

Joey is crowd funding to raise money for his scientific studies. For more information, click here:

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Oregon State University kicks off its annual Campus Wild project with a talk by John Marzluff, author of Welcome to Subirdia. He speaks with Eric Alan about how birds adapt to such things as traffic noise and Costco, and how we can increase the species diversity of our urban ecosystems. John Marzluff gives a free talk at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center on Thursday, April 2nd, sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word.

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Oregon State University professor Jane Lubchenco has had a long career building and promoting lines of connections between ocean health and human health.

Her work has carried her from the laboratory and classroom to the highest levels of public policy administration. She served as head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, from 2009 to 2013 and was recently named a US Science Envoy for the Ocean by the State Department.

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Nuclear Forensics can be described as the investigation of materials to find evidence of the source, trafficking, and enrichment of nuclear material. Oregon State University is now offering a new graduate student training initiative as an expanded part of its Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics Department. OSU Assistant Professor of Research Camille Palmer says the Introduction to Nuclear Forensics course will allow students to actually test samples of material.

OSU Professor Gives A Lesson In "Hop-Forward" Beer

Feb 25, 2015
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Hops are a key ingredient in craft beer. At a lab at Oregon State University, the analysis and development of hops continue. KLCC's Emily Greene spoke with Dr. Tom Shellhammer, a an OSU professor of Food Science and Technology in Corvallis.

Tag: You can learn more about hops at an event titled "Craft Beer + Climate" from 5 to 8 pm, Thursday, February 26 in the Lee Guistina Ballroom at the Ford Alumni Center. Shellhammer's colleague and fellow hop expert Shaun Townsend will present on hop breeding and how climate trends affect the beer industry. 

The state, universities and local governments have invested in startup companies through the Oregon RAIN program. A cohort of five new businesses in Corvallis has just graduated.

The OSU Advantage Accelerator has been around since the summer of 2013. Mark Lieberman is co-director. He says over time, they’ve made the program more formal and rigorous:

Lieberman: “Entrepreneurship is generally a marathon and not a sprint, but the acceleration program is to get them to the starting line and that is truly a sprint.”

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As more information is being transferred and stored on the Internet, cybersecurity is emerging as a highly sought after employment field. The demand has led to collaboration between Oregon State University and Intel Security through a course that trains cyber security professionals. The class titled, "Defense Against the Dark Art" offers hands-on experience on topics such as malware, software vulnerabilities, and mobile device security. OSU Professor Terri Feiz says in a short time, cyber attacks have grown from a few hundred, to millions worldwide.

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