Monthly Archives: February 2016

Craving updates on climate change research with a Northwest focus? Check out Climate CIRCulator, a monthly newsletter by Northwest climate scientists

Talk about climate and climate change, and certain topics may quickly come to mind: record-setting warm temperatures, changing animal migration patterns, ocean acidification, sea-level rise, threats to shellfish industries, and forest fires. These were among the topics addressed in the … Continue reading

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Gaming, what’s it good for? Find out at OHSU Brain Awareness talk with Dr. Adam Gazzaley

Here’s a science talk for your inner gamer (or if you’re not a gamer perhaps it might explain why gaming holds so much appeal to practitioners of the pastime). Oregon Health Science University, as part of its Brain Awareness lecture … Continue reading

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What are the genes that make bacteria tick under stress? OHSU student Divya Priya Anantsri is trying to find out

Meet Divya Priya Anantsri, a graduate student researcher at Oregon Health and Science University who works on bacterial genetics. Anantsri earned her bachelor’s degree in biotechnology from PES University in India and worked as a research assistant before coming to … Continue reading

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Portland Darwin Day events set to celebrate the life and work of the man who gave us evolution: Charles Darwin

People around the world this week are celebrating the birth of one of the most significant figures in human history. On Feb. 12, 1809, Charles Darwin entered the world. Fifty years later, he would publish one of the seminal works … Continue reading

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Out-of-this-world ping-pong: Portland State student designed paddles that got some play on space station (Q&A, video, photo)

It wasn’t your typical game of ping-pong. The paddles were hydrophobic, the ball was a sphere of water, and the player was an astronaut orbiting Earth aboard the International Space Station. NASA’s Scott Kelly marked the 300th day — Jan. … Continue reading

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Portland State archaeology talk focuses on a changing Arctic and human environmental impacts

It may be Super Bowl weekend (Feb. 6 and 7, 2016), but after the game is over, if you have a hankering for something science-y, you might want to head over to Portland State University for a Sunday night archaeology … Continue reading

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Biologist and Reed alum who studied genetic on/off switch to talk at alma mater Feb. 4

Mark Ptashne, a biologist and Reed College alumnus, is among the first scientists who helped unravel how DNA is  activated or repressed during transcription via a genetic on/off mechanism. And now he’s the recipient of Reed’s 2016 Thomas Lamb Eliot … Continue reading

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