November 2008

November 26th

4-H Youth Development returns to Multnomah County in 2009 and with a new focus on sustainable living. Urban gardens, renewable energy and nutrition and food security will be among topics to be explored.

November 24th

Researchers at Oregon State University and the Burnham Institute for Medical Research have developed a peptide that converts the Bcl-2 protein from a cancer cell's protector to its killer. They derived the peptide, NuBCP-9, from Nur77, a nuclear receptor that causes cells to die. The discovery has been published in the journal Cancer Cell. The lead author was Siva Kolluri, an assistant professor of cancer biology at OSU. The findings may lead to the development of new cancer-fighting drugs.

November 17th

Oregon’s current rise in hunger rate translates into approximately 78,000 Oregon households that, at some point during the year, skipped meals, shrunk portions and worried about making it to the end of the month, according to Mark Edwards, an Oregon State University sociologist and an expert in hunger issues.

November 7th

An agricultural economist and two biochemists from Africa visited Oregon State University for seven weeks to get training and do research that aims to improve the diets, health and financial conditions of people in their countries. The three came to Corvallis through the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program. The three participants are: Phyllis Mends, a principal agricultural economist at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Ghana; Haoua Sabo, a biochemist at Abdou Moumouni University in Niger: and Olufunke Ola-Davies, a veterinary biochemist at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.