BioResource Research Newsletter
The newsletter has news and updates about the BRR interdisciplinary sciences major and the people in it.
Recent News Stories: click the links for the whole story!
Recent exciting BRR student news:
BRR Featured in the Corvallis Gazette Times
According to a September 6 article in the local newspaper, our "Innovative major gives students special opportunities for success. Launched 20 years ago within the College of Agricultural Sciences, the interdisciplinary science major provides tremendous research opportunities for undergraduates by requiring students to complete a thesis by graduation; this gives them the chance to work with faculty mentors on unique research and ultimately write and present their findings at their thesis defense." The GT writer, Gail Cole, interviewed Martine Torres as an example of a BRR student.
Laura Magaña receives Grace Wu Memorial Award
Laura Cristal Magaña received the award for outstanding contributions to the campus and community while showing unbiased leadership. Read more.
AnnaRose Adams wins CAS Outstanding Senior Award
At the CAS Celebrating Student Excellence awards ceremony on May 19, AnnaRose Adams received the Capital Press Outstanding Senior in Agriculture Award. AnnaRose's combination of academic distinction, outstanding research, SeaGrant internship, and leadership in several different areas made her a standout for this prestigious honor. Read more
Three BRR students will be next year's Ambassadors
BRR students Alejandra Marquez Losa, Martine Torres, and Sarah Wright have been selected as Ag/Forestry/Natural Resource ambassadors for next year.
Also, congratulations to outgoing ambassadors Greg Petrossian and Dominique Sabedra.
Dominique Sabedra elected to the Ag Executive Council
Dominique Sabedra will serve on the 20011-2012 Ag Exec as Director of Correspondence.
BRR students accept CAS Club of the Year award for MANRRS
BRR students Eva Arndt (MANRRS national president-elect) along with Laura Magana, Martine Torres, and AnnaRose Adams accepted the CAS Club of the Year Award on behalf of MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences). The OSU MANRRS club was also recently recognized as the National MANRRS club of the year.
Chris Hedstrom wins two first place awards at the Entomological Society of America, Pacific Branch meeting
At the ESA meeting in March in Hawaii, Chris Hedstrom won first place in the undergraduate research competition for his research project "Pheromone Mating Disruption of Filbertworm Moth in commercial hazelnut orchards."
At the same time, he also received First Place Delegates Choice in the Photo Salon (see mason bee photo). Chris is an artist and photographer turned entomologist. Clearly, he's talented in both areas.
Sean Carigg is going to Thailand next summer
Sean was one of only 8 students in the US to be selected to participate in an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergradautes (REU) in Organic Chemistry in Thailand. The program is run by the University of California at Santa Cruz. Sean will get his expenses and a fellowship, will take Thai language and culture, and will participate in a research project.
AnnaRose Adams's research poster won first place
at the Research Advances in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Ecology (RAFWE) Symposium held on February 3rd! She was competing against graduate students, too...
AnnaRose also won in the College of Agricultural Sciences award for her presentation at the annual Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence event on May 5, 2011.
Melissa McKenna Broussard wins library award
Melissa, who graduate last spring and is currently a graduate student in Entomology, was awarded the OSU Libraries Undergraduate Research Award for 2010-2011. This award recognizes undergraduates who, "through the comprehensive use of the OSU Libraries, demonstrate outstanding research, scholarship, and originality in writing a paper or completing a project". Melissa used her BRR thesis as her project. The award comes with a plaque and a $1000 scholarship.
You have to be a current OSU student to win this award. Melissa was eligible because she stayed on at OSU after graduating.
Anneke Tucker gives an award-winning research presentation on YouTube!
Ms. Anneke Tucker, a senior majoring in BioResource Research, has been named the overall winner of the second annual international Journal of Young Investigators Virtual Poster Session competition. The competition Anneke won is for a video presentation in which she describes her research project with Dr. Balz Frei in the Linus Pauling Institute. Anneke’s research was supported by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) last summer. The title of her project is: Inhibition of a-Amylase and a-Glucosidase Activity by Bioflavonoids: Implications for Carbohydrate Metabolism and Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus.
To see Anneke on YouTube: Click here
Link to OSU Barometer story: Click here
Oregon's Agricultural Progess, a news magazine put out by the College of Agricultural Sciences Extension and Experiment Station Communications, and containing news of Oregon's agricultural research and progress, has a summer 2010 story about the MSP, which includes pictures of Emily and Omar.
Dawn Merrill (BS BioResource Research, Food Quality Option) did her research with mentor Dr. Kim Anderson and secondary mentor Dr. Mike Penner on developing a quick way to test onions for sweetness. Her experiments on a colorometric test (think home pregnancy test) have resulted in the development of a test kit! Mentor Anderson said the kit, which takes minutes to use, could provide substantial savings to growers in packing and storage costs and potentially increase access to some markets. Dawn's thesis was titled: "Development of a colorimetric test to determine enzymatically produced pyruvic acid in sweet onions" ( http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/jspui)/handle/1957/13641)
AnnaRose Adams' blog describes her Marine Policy internship with Oregon Sea Grant.
BRR senior and MSP Mentor AnnaRose Adams is keeping an on-line journal describing her experiences as a Sea Grant intern, where her varied work has included editing impact statements, writing articles and a newsletter, attending policy meetings, and organizing a symposium, among other things. For more, and to follow her when she reaches Bonaire and starts her research on invasive lionfish, visit her blog: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/annaroseandthesea
"Six OSU students will be spending their spring break in Florida, courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture, where they will be visiting the most magical place on earth. Their paid trip to Disney world is just one of the many benefits their scholarship awards them..." (picture credit Billy Newman, OSU Barometer)
This is a news story in the OSU Barometer about BRR students Emily Escobedo, Omar Miranda Garcia, Tiffany Harper, Danielle Naylor, Ashley Seeley, and Martine Torres, recipients of Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) scholarships. All but Danielle (who is going home to Texas) will be going to the National MANRRS Conference in Orlando over spring break, along with BRR students AnnaRose Adams, Eva Arndt, Vananh Nguyen and Domique Sabedra, who are MSP Mentors and Associates. Wanda Crannell, BRR adviser, will be accompanying the group.
Vananh Nguyen found her first year at OSU tougher than anticipated. Crannell helped Nguyen match her interests to a new major — Bioresource Research — and develop her leadership potential.
Two stories describes how Pachida Lo and Lisa Deskin use URISC funding to help make their projects happen.
Bioresource Research student Solyssa Visalli worked on a toxicology project that examined deformities in juvenile minnows in the Willamette River near Portland
Bioresource Research students Becky Cooper, Kim Padilla, and Ann Taylor learn to solve real-world problems.
The Francis Dancy Hooks award is for building bridges across cultures and showing courage in promoting diversity...