Oregon State University

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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Other News
1:47 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

OSU Opens Food Preservation And Safety Hotline

Credit Rachael McDonald

Monday, Oregon State University opened its food preservation and safety hotline for another season of summer and fall harvesting.

Certified Master Food Preservers are standing by to answer any questions Oregonians might have on food preservation and safety. Nelly Oehler oversees the Master Food Preserver program in Lane and Douglas Counties. She says the phone line is a reliable source and that some out-dated information on the internet can be dangerous.

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Education
4:27 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Anonymous Donor Gives $20 Million For New Hatfield Marine Science Center Facility

Credit U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Oregon State University received a large donation this week to launch a planned expansion of its marine studies facility and program.

OSU accepted a 20-million dollar anonymous donation this week to begin its fundraising for another Hatfield Marine Science Center facility in South Beach.  

The 100-thousand square foot, two-story building is expected to be completed by 2017. The Marine Science Center currently houses 50 students. Director Bob Cowen expects there will be 500 students studying at the campus by 2025.

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Oregon State University
9:30 am
Sun June 22, 2014

OSU To Offer MOOC Class This Fall

Credit oregonstate.edu

Oregon State University is poised to launch its first Massive, Open Online Course, or MOOC. The popularity of the free and credit-less classes have risen in recent years.

The eight-week course is called "Supporting English Language Learners under New Standards." It's targeted to K-12 educators. OSU Assistant Professor Karen Thompson says the course is designed to help implement the new Common Core Standards States are required to adopt. She says it's doubtful MOOC's will replace or threaten traditional education.

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Education
4:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

OSU Graduates A Record-size Class

Credit Oregon State University

As the school year comes to an end, Oregon State University will celebrate with a record size graduating class.

OSU’s class of 2014 is the largest in the school’s history. Nearly 5,900 students will be graduating this Saturday. That’s even more than last year’s record breaking class.  The three departments with the most graduates are Liberal Arts, Engineering, and Business.

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Sports
4:26 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Ducks Out, But Beavers Still Alive In NCAA Baseball Post-Season

Credit Scobel Wiggins/Oregon State Athletics

Both Oregon and Oregon State’s baseball teams played in NCAA Regional tournaments this weekend.  
 

Because of Oregon State’s number 1 rank, the team hosted their post season regional.  But the home crowd couldn’t deliver a perfect weekend for the Beavs.  OSU won their opening game against North Dakota State, but then dropped their second to UC Irvine.  The Beavers came back and won their next two games against UNLV and UC Irvine.  

OSU’s Jeff Hendrix, a Corvallis native, went 4 for 4 in Sunday’s win.   

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