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MATT KAISER: Vitamin C may cure more than a cold....
MARCH 18TH, 2015: It’s almost impossible for Honors College senior Matt Kaiser to believe that he thought his freshman-year microbiology course would be his first and last college-level science class. Now, he barely recognizes the Matt who had just graduated from high school. “I came to Oregon State wanting to study finance and stay as far away from science as possible,” Matt says. “If I look at the snapshot of Matt Kaiser who graduated high school at 18 thinking he knew everything about the world and knew that he absolutely did not want to study science…it’s mind blowing.” That initial microbiology class, though, quickly changed everything. The following term, he took an upper-division course that discussed innovations in science and technology. “I saw how applicable science really is beyond just a laboratory or a clinic,” says Matt. “I started asking questions that I really had never considered before.” Suddenly Matt found himself reading about bioethics and bioengineering in his spare time, as what he called his new “academic hobby.” And after studying abroad in Spain the summer after his freshman year, Matt decided to start knocking on doors, looking to do research of his own.
Errrrgggg. I could tell you all about the dull, monotonous, and mind-numbing labwork portion of my trip, or we could sit and watch this video together. Remember the good ol’ days of fieldwork! That there video was produced by Oregon State … Continue readingRead full story.
Dr. Michael Kent, Microbiology, A MILE DEEP, OCEAN FISH ARE FACING HEALTH IMPACTS FROM HUMAN POLLUTION
One of the first studies of its type has discovered that deep-water marine fish living on the continental slopes at depths from 2,000 feet to one mile, have liver pathologies, tumors andother health problems that may be linked to human-caused pollution. The research conducted in the Bay of Biscay west of France, also discovered the first case of a deep water fish species with an “intersex” condition, a blend of male and female sex organs. The sampling was done in an area with no apparent point-source pollution, and appears to reflect general ocean conditions. The findings have been published in Marine Environmental Research, by scientists from Oregon State University; the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science in the United Kingdom; and other agencies. It was supported by the European Union. The research is of particular interest, OSU researchers said, when contrasted to other studies done several years ago in national parks of the American West, which also found significant pollution and fish health impacts, including male fish that had been “feminized” and developed eggs.
“In areas ranging from pristine, high mountain lakes of the United States to ocean waters off the coasts of France and Spain, we’ve now found evidence of possible human-caused pollution that’s bad enough to have pathological impacts on fish,” said Michael Kent, a professor of microbiology in the OSU College of Science, co-author on both these research projects and an international expert on fish disease. “Especially deep in the ocean one might have thought that the level of contamination and its biological impact would be less,” Kent said. “That may not be the case. The pathological changes we’re seeing are clearly the type associated with exposure to toxins and carcinogens.” However, linking these changes in the deep water fish to pollution is preliminary at this time, the researchers said, because these same changes may also be caused by naturally-occurring compounds. Follow up chemical analyses would provide more conclusive links with the pathological changes and man’s activity, they said. READ MORE
Starting July 2014, scientists with NASA’s Ship-Aircraft Bio-Optical Research (SABOR) experiment will make observations from ship and aircraft off the U.S. Atlantic Coast aimed at advancing the technology needed to measure microscopic plankton in the ocean from space. For the next three weeks, follow SABOR researchers as they work toward finding out how and why plankton are changing around the planet, and where the carbon associated with plankton goes. Plankton play an important part of the climate system and deliver oxygen to the atmosphere, absorb carbon dioxide, and form the base of the marine food chain.[...]Read More