OSU awarded $8.8M grant to make cancer research accessible

Oregon State University has been awarded $8.8 million to help lead a 3½-year effort to make the volumes of data arising from cancer research more accessible, organized and powerful.

Scientists from OSU, Oregon Health & Science University, the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University and the University of North Carolina will team up to create and operate the Center for Cancer Data Harmonization

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LOCAL AGRICULTURE: OSU researcher focuses on integrated pest management

As a child growing up in Baltimore, Md., Gail Langellotto always was interested in science. When she took a part-time job in undergrad with an entomologist, her love for insects was sparked. She liked that insects offered her an opportunity to study science outside, and due to demand in the field, she began to study insect pests.

Now, a professor of horticulture at Oregon State University and the state coordinator at the OSU Extension Master Gardener Program, Langellotto helps horticulturists manage their pests with the ideology of integrated pest management.

Blend of warmer water, chemical exposure influence gene expression across generations in a coastal fish

Warmer water temperatures, combined with low-level exposure to chemicals already known to be harmful to aquatic life, influence the expression of genes in the offspring of an abundant North American fish species – and threaten organisms whose sex determination is sensitive to water temperature.

The finding is published in the online journal PeerJ.

New study explores impacts of coastal erosion, increased storms

The tide rolls in near a neighborhood in Cannon Beach with homes that are in close proximity to the ocean.

Coastal erosion and more intense winter storms may require policymakers to take another look at how they plan for future development.

A new Oregon State University study, based in Tillamook County, examined how beach access and property would be impacted by sea level rise and coastal erosion if planning policies stayed the same.

Researchers then looked at the costs, impacts and implications if the region changed policies, such as providing incentives to move houses out of vulnerable areas or loosening regulation on breakwater infrastructure.

Research co-op lands third grant to develop organic veggies

Jim Myers of Oregon State University is part of a research cooperative that is breeding vegetable varieties especially suited for organic farming.

For the third time in nine years, the USDA will fund a multi-state research program dedicated to breeding new cultivars of vegetables specially adapted for organic farms.

Myers said it is extremely rare for a project to be funded three times by the USDA, which goes to show the quality and impact of their work.

"It's nice to have the continuity, to have a long run like this," Myers said. "We have a lot of things in the pipeline and they're looking at us to finish them."

Scent Research Could Help More Salmon Find Their Way Home

OSU’s Maryam Kamran is conducting research on salmon olfactory homing in an effort to prevent hatchery fish on the Elk River from straying.

Apparently, salmon don’t like the smell of watercress. The aroma of shrimp doesn’t pique their interest either. And the fragrance, eu de steelhead? A definite no-go.

“The fish did not like it at all. We tried. They did not like it,” said Oregon State University researcher Maryam Kamran. “They’re very picky.”

It turns out, this could be helpful information to know when you’re trying to figure out how to keep salmon raised in hatcheries from interbreeding with wild fish – a phenomenon called “straying.”