Researchers identify evidence of oldest orchid fossil on record

George Poinar has identified orchid pollen sacs on the leg of an insect trapped in Baltic amber dating back some 45-55 million years ago. This is the oldest evidence of orchids in the fossil record.

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Galapagos Research Locates Triggerfish As Key Predator In Food Web

Mark Novak and collaborators at Brown University have found a significant "trophic cascade" when triggerfish, a mid-level predator, are involved. 

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Ocean acidification and the future of Oregon’s coastal ocean speaker set

Ocean acidification is a global challenge to the sustainability of marine ecosystems. Francis Chan will speak on ocean acidification science, policy making and actions on May 11 in Manzanita. 

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Connecting the dots: OSU researchers unravel mystery of beetle not seen in 30 years

Richard Van Driesche made a surprising find in his parents' water filter -- an insect not seen in more than 30 years. Kojun Kanda and David Maddison are also helping unravel the mystery of Stygoporus oregonensis. 

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IB participates in "Science Worth Spreading"

On April 22 the College of Science hosted "Science Worth Spreading," an event with science demonstrations and displays, as well as a series of 7-minute talks. IB grad students provided interactive opportunities. Jane Lubcheco kicked off the event with a welcome video.

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Beautiful Science, Useful Art: Data Visualization Through History

Ben Dalziel will give a short lecture entitled "Data as Wilderness" at a SPARK event on Tuesday, May 3 in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center on the 5th floor of Valley Library. Join an exhibit tour at 4:30 pm, followed by the three-member lecture panel at 5:00 pm.

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Six from OSU receive Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards

Ian Morelan received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to study at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology during 2017-18. Congratulations, Ian!

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Inspiration Dissemination

Sarah Alto and Antonio Gomez appeared on recent installments of "Inspiration Dissemination," a radio talk show on Oregon State's KBVR-FM. Learn more about these IB grad students and their research.

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Short-term sex strategy for male garter snakes connected to shorter, brutish life

Bob Mason and collaborators, including Chris Friesen (PhD, 2012, OSU Zoology), have discovered that an annual three-week frenzy of non-stop sexual activity without eating is connected to shorter lives and degraded bodies in male garter snakes.

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Tick in Amber Said to Contain Oldest Mammalian Blood Cells Ever Found

George Poinar's new discovery in a specimen of fossilized amber reveals a tick gorged with blood. It's estimated to be 15 to 45 million years old, which would make it the oldest preserved mammalian blood cell specimen.

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