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Investment Realty adds Emily Smith


Investment Realty has announce the addition of Emily Smith to its team.

Smith is a Philomath High School graduate and a second-generation real estate broker. She formerly was manager of Imagine Coffee, Her real estate knowledge continues to grow as she works with her principal broker, her father, Gary Smith. Investment Realty specializes in the sale of multi-family investment properties in Corvallis, Albany, Lebanon, Sweet Home, Monmouth, Dallas and surrounding towns throughout the Willamette Valley.

Samuels new therapist at clinic

Wendy Samuels has been hired as a licensed physical therapist at The Corvallis Clinic.

In addition to completing clinical internships at Body Mechanix Physical Therapy in Simi Valley, California, and at Kinetic Orthopaedic Physical Therapy in Los Angeles, Samuels also practiced at hospitals in DaNang, Vietnam and Ermelino Mattarazzo, Brazil.

She earned a Master of Physical Therapy degree from California State University, Northridge, this year. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology, rehabilitation and therapeutic exercise focus from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance degree from Cornish-College of the Arts in Seattle.

Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Samuels was a professional dancer and an instructor in Pilates and yoga.

She can be reached at 541-753-1786.

Three OSU profs earn scientific honors

Three professors at Oregon State University were elected 2014 Fellows to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Two faculty members are in the College of Science: Professor of Chemistry Vincent T. Remcho and Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics P. Andrew Karplus. Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology Valerian Dolja in the College of Agricultural Sciences also was named a Fellow. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers for scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Remcho was recognized for his contributions to the field of analytical chemistry, particularly to furthering understanding and development of surface chemistry and transport processes in microscale separations. Karplus and Dolja, who are researchers in OSU’s Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing, were honored for their work in the biological sciences. The three newly elected Fellows join more than 20 colleagues across OSU, who have also held this honor since 1965.

Both Karplus and Remcho joined OSU’s College of Science in 1998.

Karplus is an internationally recognized protein crystallographer and a leading structural biologist. His recognition was noted to be for “contributions to protein structure determination, which have illuminated biological processes including signal transduction and molecular evolution, and for improving the analysis of crystallographic data.”

Karplus has published more than 130 papers in journals, and delivered seminars and talks at meetings. He has garnered awards including Alexander von Humboldt Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Chemical Society Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry, the OSU Milton Harris Award for Basic Research, the OSU Sigma Xi Researcher of the Year, the OSU College of Science F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Science, and the Oregon Medical Research Foundation Discovery Award.

Remcho specializes in design and fabrication of microscale devices, such as chemical analysis and synthesis for biomedical, biochemical, environmental or nanoscale sensing applications. He co-founded three Corvallis-based research companies: Trillium FiberFuels Inc., a process technology firm that converts cellulosic feedstock into ethanol; GeneSpace Inc., a microtechnology company focused on total gene synthesis; and Lasso Metrics, a startup founded with three OSU colleagues, focusing on microfluidic analytical systems and data analysis of complex datasets.

This summer Remcho made a breakthrough in health care research by developing a new chemical test that can determine whether a drug being used to treat malaria is genuine. The inexpensive, simple test can potentially save tens of thousands of lives in developing countries where counterfeit antimalarial drugs often prove fatal.

Dolja joined the OSU faculty in 1994 and is considered a leading expert in molecular plant virology, comparative genomics and the evolutionary history of viruses. His research group has made significant contributions to the functional genomics of closteroviruses, one of the most devastating groups of plant viral pathogens. Dolja’s research on closteroviruses has yielded powerful insights and tools on functional genomics and pathogen control in the grapevine crop.

In a long-term collaborative project, Dolja and a colleague developed the concept of the ancient “Virus World,” which focuses on the interplay of viruses and cells throughout history of life. Among Dolja’s most important work is his study on the evolution of RNA viruses, which remains a fundamental breakthrough in the field of evolutionary genomics.

His most recent research has focused on the transport of membranes driven by motor proteins. This research already has resulted in several major discoveries and novel concepts of cytoplasmic streaming and dynamics of plant cell interior. Dolja’s findings in virology, plant cell biology and evolution have been published in leading journals, and he speaks at national and international conferences.

Wood honored by dental academy

At the American Academy of Implant Dentistry annual meeting, held last month in Orlando, Kendall Wood of Corvallis was recognized as an Associate Fellow of the academy.

Wood is one of 655 dentists who hold this membership. To qualify for it, he completed a minimum of 300 hours of postdoctoral instruction in implant dentistry, performed implant cases and passed an examination that include a written test, a series of oral exams and defense of three implant cases he had completed.

Wood’s dental practice is at 869 N.W. 23rd St.

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