Recent News

Spring 2023

Volume XIV, Issue 2

Recent News

The National Pesticide Information Center at Oregon State University

The National Pesticide Information Center at Oregon State University (NPIC) is gearing up for busy season! NPIC handles phone calls from around the country about pesticide environmental and health risk, regulations, and pest control. Spring and Summer is our busiest time of year, as people get outside into their yards and gardens. Pesticide questions? Call and speak to a Pesticide Specialist at 1-800-858-7378 from 8am -12pm, Monday to Friday, PST.

In addition to our hotline, we have a slew of new materials on our extensive website! The pandemic fostered new interest in the health effects of disinfectant chemicals. In response, NPIC develop outreach materials on disinfectant safety, and authored a one-of-a-kind fact sheet on Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, a commonly used class of disinfectants. This fact sheet is one of the most comprehensive and approachable sources of information on the chemical. NPIC has over 50 fact sheets about common pesticide active ingredients. View them all here.

Emeralds Announce “Exploding Whale” Alternate Identity

The Eugene Emeralds Minor League Baseball team has adopted an unusual alternate identity for several games this season: the Exploding Whales. The team has invited the Marine Mammal Institute to help the team use this quirky identity to bring awareness to marine mammal research and ocean health. You'll find an MMI presence at Exploding Whale home games at PK Park in Eugene on May 26, June 22, June 25, August 8, and August 19. Don’t be afraid to wear your orange and black: those are the colors of the San Francisco Giants, the Emeralds’ Major League affiliate! If you can’t make it in person, you can follow the games on the radio at 95.3 The Score, and on MLB.TV. At the final game, jerseys will be auctioned to the crowd with proceeds going to MMI. Go Exploding Whales!

Related News Stories

Emeralds Announce “Exploding Whale” Alternate Identity (MILB)

This baseball team chose an exploding whale as its new identity (CNN)

Eugene Emeralds to use Oregon Coast-inspired 'Exploding Whales' alternate identity (Register Guard)

The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University is Oregon's principal source of knowledge relating to agricultural and food systems, and a major source of knowledge regarding environmental quality, natural resources, life sciences, and rural economies and communities worldwide. The College provides undergraduate and graduate education leading to baccalaureate and graduate degrees, and extended education programs throughout Oregon and beyond. Its research programs create knowledge to solve problems and to build a knowledge base for the future. It is a source of information and expertise in integrating and applying knowledge with benefits that are felt in domestic and international settings.