Oregon State University

Science & Technology
12:17 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Oregon State University Seeks Computer Algorithms To Catalog Plankton Data

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Oregon State University needs help cataloging tens of millions of plankton photos. The university is offering 175 thousand dollars for computer algorithms that will sort the photos.

The National Data Science bowl was announced on Monday. The competition was initiated to seek the classification of plankton data gathered from a Florida expedition last summer.

Jessica Luo, a PhD student based at the Hatfield Marine Science center in Newport says the plankton photos are used to study the predator and prey relationships between larval fish.

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Politics & Government
12:24 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

OSU Policy Prohibits Marijuana Growing Advice

Credit John Rosman / OPB

Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana last month allowing home cultivation starting next summer. Master Gardener volunteers with Oregon State University have been reminded that they are not allowed to provide marijuana growing advice.

Master Gardeners with the OSU Extension offer home horticultural advice in Linn, Lane and Benton counties. Assistant professor of community horticulture Brooke Edmunds says volunteers are required to follow the university’s policies.

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Oregon State University
3:02 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Ebola Containment Should Focus On Funeral Practices And Patient Isolation, OSU Study Says

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Hygienic funeral and patient isolation practices are key factors to ending Ebola in West Africa. That's according to a study published by an Oregon State University researcher.

The study says current containment practices will likely cause the disease to continue to expand by more than 200 cases in Liberia by December. Jan Medlock teaches Biomedical Sciences at OSU. He says the disease is most contagious around the time of death, which means hygienic funeral practices are essential to preventing further infections.

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Oregon State University
12:06 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

OSU Grows With Top Rated Ecampus

Inside Oregon State's College of Engineering.
Credit OSU

Oregon State University has a growing Ecampus, or on-line degree program, that's ranked among the top 10 nationally. The school has been experiencing an enrollment boom over the last decade and is trying to accommodate students by broadening options.

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Earthquakes
11:59 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Task Force Outlines Oregon Earthquake Disaster Plan

Tsunami warning sign.
Credit OPB

A governor appointed task force drafted recommendations to address the dangers of a major earthquake and tsunami this week at Oregon state university. If enacted, the cost would be 100 million dollars per year. KLCC’s Corinne Boyer reports.

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Wildlife
7:38 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Lead Bullets Could Be Endangered By The California Condor's Arrival In Oregon

Portland Audubon WIldlife Care Center workers Lacy Campbell and Deb Scheaffer tend to an injured red-tail hawk.
Alexi Horowitz Earthfix

As hunting season begins across the Pacific Northwest, Oregon conservationists and state agencies are taking a new look at the issue of lead ammunition and its effects on wildlife.

Inside the operating room at the Portland Audubon Society Wildlife Care Center head veterinarian Deb Shaeffer is carefully inserting a syringe into the shoulder of an injured red-tail hawk.

Shaeffer: “It’s a very simple blood draw, it takes one drop of blood, and we run it through a machine, and it takes about three minutes and we get a result back.”

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Oregon State University
3:02 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

New Exercise DVD Emphasizes Short Breaks for Elementary Students

Credit Oreson State Uninversity

A new exercise DVD adds short breaks of physical activity in elementary students' routine. It is proving to be popular with teachers. Oregon State University recently published research on applications in the classroom.

"Brain Breaks" features 5 to 7 minute segments focusing on stretching, physical activity, and relaxation. It's meant for situations in the classroom when the teacher notices students becoming distracted or rowdy. OSU Assistant Professor Gerd Bobe says current curriculum focused primarily on academics.

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Renewable Energy
2:14 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Wave Energy Program Gets Federal Boost

Diagram of the southern Newport test site.
Credit www.nnmrec.oregonstate.edu

Oregon State University's Marine Renewable Energy program has been awarded new federal funding. The additional cash will help them get closer to connecting wave power to the grid.

Oregon State and the University of Washington were selected in 2008 to form one of three centers to research wave and tidal energy.

Belinda Batten is a Director for the program. She says for two years, they've had an offshore test site north of Yaquina Head, where they've been studying the size and force of waves. The new funding will help them move forward:

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Marijuana
8:36 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Study Says Policy Will Determine Economic Impact Of Marijuana In Oregon

A study released by an Oregon State University sociologist says policy will determine the economic impact of legal marijuana. A recently published report is being cited by policymakers crafting marijuana legislation in Oregon.

Oregon voters will decide in November whether to legalize recreational marijuana production and use. OSU researcher Seth Crawford says the price for the average consumer will determine if someone chooses to buy pot legally.

Crawford: "They are much more likely to stay in that grey market if the prices are very high on the legal market."

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Honeybees
6:45 am
Mon August 18, 2014

The Perilous Life Of A Professional Honeybee

Beekeeper George Hansen pulls on a protective suit.
Credit Cassandra Profita / Earthfix

The death and disappearance of  bees is raising questions and concerns from Northwest neighborhoods all the way up to the White House. Some attribute bee declines to the use of certain pesticides – especially after chemicals killed thousands of bees in Oregon. But as EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita explains, researchers are still trying to determine how much of the nation’s bee problem stems from pesticide exposure.

Beekeeper George Hansen just got some good news.

Hansen: “So they’ve made some honey here.”

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