iMPACT Magazine: Winter 2016

Dean Sastry Pantula

Dean Sastry Pantula

Congratulations to our new graduates who are now new alumni! I am excited to share so much good news about the College, our students, faculty and alumni with all of you. As we prepare this magazine, I am always amazed at all of the incredible work our science community is doing. It is truly an inspiration and makes me very proud to be part of Science at Oregon State University.

As you read about our accomplishments, I hope you notice the themes of excellence, diversity and harmony that shine through our recruitment, collaborations and achievements.

Our new faculty and alumni are receiving national and global recognition for research excellence, innovation, service, mentoring and teaching. Through the generosity of alumni like Carolyn Hennig (’64) with her pay-it-forward philosophy, generations of students will have access to a science education regardless of their ability to pay. I am deeply grateful to our alumni and friends for their belief in the power of science and their desire to make a difference.

I am thrilled to share our plans for taking leadership in data science. The cover story illuminates the bright future ahead and how we can harness the power of data science to convert tornadoes of data to knowledge that can lead to better lives on a healthy planet. Please read an expanded version online at impact.oregonstate.edu, where we highlight the fascinating work of faculty like statistics professor Charlotte Wickham, who is doing remarkable work in data visualization and recently won first place in an international contest.

We launched our 2015-2020 strategic plan that is centered on our people, our planet and our prosperity with a clear mission of advancing science and building the next generation of diverse leaders and innovators in science.

I hope you enjoy reading about the successes of our science community. Thank you for being part of our past and our future.

Sastry G. Pantula
Dean, College of Science

Winter 2016 stories


Strategic Plan 2015-2020

Strategic Plan 2015-2020

After 20 months, we are excited to launch the College of Science Strategic Plan 2015-2020: LEAD—Learn, Engage, Achieve, Discover: Global Excellence in Science.

 
 
Discover: Research Highlights

Discover: Research Highlights

The College of Science has an extensive research portfolio that is globally recognized, providing our students enriching and life-changing experiences.

 
A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

May Nyman, chemistry professor and mother of three, juggles teaching, research and service that extend widely beyond 40 hours a week.

 
Making us proud

Making us proud

Alumna Carolyn Hennig (’64) remembers long years of struggling to pay for her science education which is what inspired her to establish an endowed scholarship.

 
Faculty Highlight: Afua Nyarko

Faculty Highlight: Afua Nyarko

Growing up in a “curiosity-driven environment,” Afua Nyarko excelled in science and mathematics enough to study biochemistry at one of Ghana’s top science universities.

 
Data Science

Data Science

Data science is a key area of growth because it is highly relevant, we have an obligation, we have key strengths and there is opportunity.

 
Better than honey?

Better than honey?

Oksana Ostroverkhova is developing a formula with blue dyes to stimulate the blue photoreceptor in bees, attracting them to fertile clover fields during pollination.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Science scores big on University Day 2015

Science scores big on University Day 2015

Science faculty and students nabbed top honors at 2015 University Day, an annual tradition of ushering in the academic year by honoring extraordinary accomplishments.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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