Fact and figures pertaining to all things Oxy

$3.5 million

Amount of a Green Revolving Fund, approved by the Board of Trustees, to invest in energy and water efficiency upgrades, renewable energy, and other cost-saving sustainability projects to reduce Occidental's environmental impact.


Amount raised via Kickstarter to complete The Rat Slayer of Hillside NJ, director Andrew Keogh Ruotolo '09's documentary about the infamous Hillside rat case of 1994, in which WWII veteran and avid gardener Frank Balun faced six months in jail and a $1,250 fine for trapping and killing a rat who had been eating his prized tomatoes. The movie will be released in 2015. Ruotolo, a Garden State native, studied film at Oxy.


Scents ranging from "candy" and "musty" to "plastic" and "woody" tested among six different cultural groups to determine whether color-scent associations hold true across six different cultures. The study was led by Carmel Levitan, assistant professor of cognitive science, who shared the group's conclusions in the journal Plos One. And while the results confirmed that color-odor connections are fairly stable within a culture, Levitan's study showed quite a difference across cultures. For example: The soapy scent smelled like pastel hues to most—except for Germans and Netherlands-residing Chinese, who thought soap smelled dark gray.


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