As a branch campus of Oregon’s leading public research institution, Oregon State University - Cascades is meeting challenges and solving problems through discovery, innovation and application. Oregon State is among the nation's leading research institutions in a range of fields: Natural Resources, Energy Systems Engineering, Climate Change, Business and Public Health.

Research and Scholarship in 2014-2015 Academic Year

The largest of this year’s 13 successful proposals were written by Chris Hagen, Susan Keys, and Shannon Lipscomb, representing the fields of energy systems engineering, public health, and human development and family sciences. 

The U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Education funded the larger of the grants received. 

Most noteworthy about the funded research and other scholarship activity:

  • A $1.5 million U.S. Department of Education grant awarded to early childhood researcher Shannon Lipscomb was the largest in OSU-Cascades’ history. Read more …
  • A cross-discipline team of researchers from social science, psychology and public health is focusing on promoting safety for patients at risk of suicide in collaboration with the La Pine Community Health Center. Read more ..
  • Chris Hagen’s work to create technology for natural gas-powered vehicles, and the spin-off company Onboard Dynamics, received national attention. Hagen was named one of Popular Science magazine’s New Faces of Energy.
  • Robin Feuerbacher was named to support the principle investigator on a three-year grant awarded to OSU-Corvallis by the U.S. Department of Energy to Nuclear Energy University Programs.
  • OSU-Cascades was one of five site locations to host the international Integrated Network for Social Sustainability Conference, funded by the National Science Foundation. The conference brought sustainability scholars together from throughout the US west, and exposed OSU-Cascades to an international collective of social scientists.  The effort was led by social science faculty member Elizabeth Marino. OSU-Cascades has been invited to host the conference again in 2016.

Faculty researchers presented work at nine national or international conferences, and their work was published in 17 leading scholarly journals, with articles noting OSU-Cascades faculty as first or second authors.

OSU-Cascades faculty are also demonstrating a commitment to support Oregon State’s research agenda and either chair or serve on dissertation committees, and serve in leadership roles on professional society and journal editorial boards.