June 2007

June 21st

The United States Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded Oregon State University $400,000 to develop a system capable of rapidly assessing the biological interactions of manmade nanomaterials.
The EPA recently awarded a $200,000 grant to Oregon State University to determine how manufactured nanomaterials damage or kill cells. Alan Bakalinsky, an OSU researcher in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the lead scientist on the grant, is studying the relationship between specific characteristics of nanoparticles, like shape and structure, and their effects on cells. The work is expected to lead to the development of safety guidelines for industrial and environmental exposure to nanomaterials.

June 3rd

A new economic study, published this week by Oregon State University economists William Jaeger and Andrew Plantinga, concludes that the effect of restricting development likely will be negative, but the effects of scarcity and the amenities associated with regulated development can have a positive effect, potentially offsetting the negative restriction effect.