Monthly Archives: October 2015

Lead and arsenic in the soil in Washington state

I have been transfixed by OPB reporting on contaminated soil in around former apple orchards in Washington: YAKIMA, Wash. — At homes and day care centers throughout Central Washington, children play in yards contaminated with lead and arsenic. The state’s … Continue reading

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Portland State University biology seminars brim with cell, phytoplankton and climate-related topics for November-December

Cell signaling, phytoplankton diversity and climate-induced range shifts in species are on the menu for Portland State University Biology Department’s November-December Lester Newman Seminar Series. Seminars are presented from noon to 1 p.m. each Thursday in Room 247 of the … Continue reading

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Portland-based state geology department has new board member

The state Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, headquartered in Portland, has a new board member. Scott Ashford, dean of Oregon State University’s College of Engineering, has been appointed to serve a four-year term on DOGAMI’s Governing Board by Gov. … Continue reading

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Rob Jensen on e-cigarette liquid degradation

On September 10, 2015, Rob Jensen, a graduate student at Portland State University’s Department of Chemistry,  presented his work with Professor David Peyton on e-cigarette liquids at Reed College at the September dinner meeting of the Portland Section of the … Continue reading

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Curious minds want to know: How do you connect with science in Portland?

We here at Science In Portland were curious to find out how Portlanders connect to the science community around the metro area, so we asked around on social media, posing just two questions: How do you connect with science events … Continue reading

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A co-inventor of Zoloft grew up in Portland?

From the pages of the New York Times, an obituary of the Pfizer medicinal chemist who co-invented Zoloft, an antidepressant. I had no idea he grew up in Portland: The son of Benjamin and Monta Jean Koe, immigrants from China, Dr. … Continue reading

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OMSI exhibit explores what’s in a genome and why that matters

All of your genes, the complete set, all of those instructions that make you, you are what’s called a genome. In humans, it amounts to billions of DNA base pairs, and it’s the stuff of considerable scientific inquiry. If you’re … Continue reading

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