This exhibit shares — through 150 stories — how Oregon State University has transformed the community, the state, the nation, and the world in surprising ways. A new blue pigment discovered by OSU chemist Mas Subramanian — the first in more than 200 years — will first appear as a Crayola crayon in late 2017. The vivid color, which does not fade, reflects heat, and absorbs ultraviolet light, may next be used in roof coatings to help keep buildings cooler and reduce energy use. And, there is a good chance that the nearest TV or smartphone flat screen uses a high-performance transparent transistor that was invented at Oregon State.
Talented graduates are Oregon State’s greatest contribution to the world. Some are more well-known like Dick Fosbury (’72), whose back-first high jump technique — the Fosbury Flop — revolutionized the sport and won him a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics. Others may not be recognized by name, but their innovations have revolutionized the world: Douglas Engelbart (’48); invented the computer mouse; award-winning animator Harley Jessup (’76) brought characters to life in Monsters Inc., Ratatouille, and other movies; and Bernie Newcomb (’65) cofounded E*Trade, one of the first internet stock-trading companies.
The Juntos program gives high school students the support they need to excel, and guides them toward a college degree.
When Eastern filbert blight threatened the livelihood of hazelnut trees, Ron Cameron created the Gasaway, stopping the disease in its tracks.
After mixing different chemicals in their lab, OSU research Mas Subramanian and his team discovered a hue no one else had.
Fosbury Flops to Glory and changes the art of high jumping forever.
Dick Fosbury's ('72) technique not only helped future athletes – it earned him an Olympic gold medal, too.
A tiny invention revolutionizes the way we use computers.
Thanks to Douglas Engelbart ('48) and Bill English – who developed the first mouse – we can navigate with ease.
A life-changing breakthrough, discovering an ALS treatment that halts progression.
OSU researcher Joe Beckman has successfully stopped the progression of ALS for two years in mice. His treatment opens up a promising future for humans.