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A Bracero’s Story

It started with Salvador, the patriarch. In 1959, he left his wife and children near Guadalajara, Mexico, to work the fields of California.

Determined To Succeed

Mario Magaña quit middle school at age 15 to help provide for his family. At 20 he immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico seeking better opportunities. Today, he has a master’s degree in forestry with minors in adult education and Spanish from OSU. His long-term goal is to help families succeed and sustain the Mexican culture.

Restoring the Flow

Oregon State University biologist Matt Shinderman and his students have been surveying aquatic insects, or macro-invertebrates, to determine how the ecosystem was responding to the equivalent of major surgery.

Grinding Out Lessons From the Earth

When Jeremiah Oxford, a master’s student from Coos Bay, Oregon, isn’t in class or writing a paper, he puts his mind to that most unacademic of tasks: grinding rocks.

Forged in Fire

In the life of a forest, fire can be a frequent and demanding companion. How often the flames visit and whether they stay low, licking the tree trunks, or flare into the canopy, becoming what foresters call a “stand replacement fire,” can determine the character of the forest for centuries. Or until the next fire.