October 2005

October 21st

The Oregon State University Extension Service and OSU Extension Association recently honored several top Extension educators from throughout the state for outstanding achievement and service to Oregon communities.
The Oregon State University Extension Service recently recognized several outstanding cooperators and friends of Extension during an awards presentation ceremony held on the OSU campus.

October 18th

Educators, scientists, farm innovators, and organizational and community leaders are included in the 32 men and women named as 2005 Diamond Pioneers by the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences. The 2005 group will be added to the college’s Diamond Pioneer Agricultural Achievement Registry on Thursday, Oct. 20, at a luncheon hosted by OSU Dean Thayne Dutson. The guest speaker will be Tammy Bray, dean of the OSU College of Health and Human Sciences.

October 6th

OSU researchers in the Department of Bioengineering are spearheading efforts to develop sustained production of hydrogen fuel by harnessing photosynthetic microbes called cyanobacteria, which will use solar energy to split water molecules and make hydrogen. Over the next three years, Roger Ely and Frank Chaplen are receiving $900,000 from a U.S. Department of Energy grant to bolster their efforts. These bacteria, formerly known as blue-green algae, naturally generate energy from sunlight and, under certain conditions, can make hydrogen rather than sugars. They say that cyanobacteria may be a perfect living source for a safe, efficient, and economical production of hydrogen for fuel.