Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media. For more about this section, see:

State climatologist warns of "flash droughts" as heat wave fries Oregon (KLCC)

Larry O’Neill is an associate professor at Oregon State University and the state climatologist. He told KLCC that when these kinds of heatwaves hit in the middle to near end of summer, there can be formations known as “flash droughts.”

Why Democrats' climate bill is such a big deal (ABC News)

Erica Fleishman, the director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Center, explains why the Democrats' reconciliation bill is unprecedented in the effort to combat climate change.  

Researchers rescue a seal off Salishan Beach (KREM)

When Jim Rice, Stranding Program manager with the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, received the call about the injured seal, he and Research Assistant Charles Nye went to check on the animal. 

Breach of Lower Snake River dams will aid recovery of native fish, new study says (KTVZ)

A team of scientists, including one from Oregon State University, concluded in a recent paper that breaching four dams in the Lower Snake River Basin in Washington provides the best and only reasonable opportunity to promote recovery of key fish species, including salmon and steelhead. (see also KGW)

Disabled, Asian American and proud (Psychology Today)

Co-authored by Kathleen Bogart and Sydney Tran, a Ph.D. candidate in Bogart’s Disability and Social Interaction Lab at Oregon State University.

Marine conservation effort aids key fish species, study finds (Virgin Islands Free Press)

A 30-year marine conservation effort in the U.S. Virgin Islands helped aid the recovery of a fish species important in commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries, a new Oregon State University study found.

Harm from blue light exposure rises with age, OSU research suggests (KTVZ)

The damaging effects of daily, lifelong exposure to the blue light emanating from phones, computers and household fixtures worsen as a person ages, new research by Oregon State University suggests.

Highly inbred, French bulldogs face higher odds for 20 health issues (Health Day)

The problem is that such heavy breeding has caused the genetic problems inherent in the breed to become even more pronounced, said Helio de Morias, hospital director of Oregon State University's Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital, in Corvallis.

Oregon sunstones (OPB Science from the Northwest)

Oregon State geologist Emily Cahoon is fascinated with Oregon sunstones. The copper-bearing gemstone is only found in Oregon's segments of the Columbia River Flood Basalts, and comes in a range of colors from deep red to light green to teal and even yellow

NC-SARA announces immediate departure of its president (Inside Higher Ed)

NC-SARA, which sets shared national standards for postsecondary distance education courses and programs that are offered across state lines, offered no details about the reasons for the sudden change in leadership. Its board chairman, Ed Ray, former president of Oregon State University, described the change as “the first of many steps in a larger, strategic realignment.”

OSU researchers use artificial intelligence to save bees from pesticides (Portland Tribune)

Everyone says, 'save the bees,' but researchers at Oregon State University College of Engineering have developed artificial intelligence to do just that.

Chemical exposure for Houston residents increased directly after Hurricane Harvey, study shows (Texas Standard)

With the Houston area a hub for industries like petroleum refining and chemical manufacturing, the hurricane also increased the risk of exposure to toxic materials. Now, the results of a unique study are helping researchers better understand the extent to which the storm exposed people to chemicalsKim Anderson, head of the environmental and molecular toxicology department at Oregon State University, spoke to Texas Standard about the experiment’s methods and results.

Cherry harvest proves a success despite weather challenges (Columbia Gorge News)

“It has been another strange year in the cherry world but most growers in Wasco County seem pleased with harvest this year,” said Ashley Thompson, Oregon State University extension tree fruit horticulturalist for Wasco and Hood River Counties.

Can I just water my plants once a week? Well, maybe. Here's what experts have to say (USA Today)

"It is not necessary to water every day, it is better to apply the water deeply less frequently," so the water reaches down into the where the roots are, said Heather Stoven, an associate professor and community and small farms horticulturalist at Oregon State University.

Oregon's psilocybin program stands on thousands of years of indigenous experience (Polk County Itemizer-Observer)

A new paper recently published in the journal Fungal Biology summarizes centuries of psilocybin use among shamans and guides who treated people for a host of ailments, from anxiety and rheumatism to toothaches and stomach pain. The paper, by nine researchers including senior author Jessie Uehling, assistant professor of fungal biology at Oregon State University, fills a knowledge gap for the state Psilocybin Advisory Council.

Tumble Media, along with research partners, has been awarded a $1M grant by the National Science Foundation (Pod News)

Tumble Media, in partnership with Associated Universities Inc (AUI), Oregon State University (OSU) and Independence Science, has been awarded a $1 million grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division Of Research On Learning. The team will study podcasts as a classroom tool to engage blind and visually impaired students, focusing on representation and accessibility in STEM fields. 

Heat wave smothering the Northwest (KNX)

This podcast features OSU's Erica Fleishman.

Just opened: A museum speakeasy featuring hot-dog flavored ice cream amidst 9 new Chicago restaurants and bars (Uversity Life)

“It serves soft hot dog-flavored ice cream in a pink bun,” Boon said. “We worked with Sarah Masoni, a food scientist based out of Oregon (State University), to create our ode to the Chicago dog.”

How can you protect your yard vegetation this summer? (Pacific Northwest Ag Network)

“With the hot, dry summers we’ve had over the last number of years, and prolonged drought in some very droughty locations in eastern and southern Oregon, plants that traditionally used to do okay without being watered are having issues," said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension. 

More than just farm animals: WashCo 4-H clubs build robots (Forest Grove News Times)

"4-H is a positive youth engagement and development program," DeAnn Pope, Washington County's 4-H program director, explained. "People mostly think of the livestock auctions and the breeding, but nowadays, 4-H is growing, and it also includes things like archery and robotics."

4-H youth compete in Horse Fair at Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center (KTVZ)

The weekend event included showmanship, roping, cow working, and gaming events. On Sunday, several youth shared with us that the experience was fun and gratifying.

Seeing things on Mars: A history of Martian illusions (MSN)

"I do not think there are insects on Mars. The photographs that are in that press release you sent are entirely unconvincing, as they fall within the range expected in zillions of non-insect objects photographed in lowish resolution on a Marscape," David Maddison, a professor in the integrative biology department at Oregon State University, told Live Science at the time. "It is vastly more parsimonious to presume the blobs are simply rocks. As has been said, 'extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence'; those pictures are far, far less than extraordinary."

Today's photo

4-H Fun: County fairs are in full swing around the state and OSU Extension Service 4-H groups like this one in Washington County are busy having fun and showing what they've learned. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips:  Looking for ways to support your students on research assignments?Consider adding Library How-To Modules to your Canvas courses. These self-guided tutorials can help students find articles and books in the library, properly cite references, and improve their information literacy skills. See directions for importing this material from Canvas Commons. 


NEW! Upcoming Retirement Workshops: TIAA will host Zoom meetings Aug. 2, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Aug. 23, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Aug. 24, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. TIAA will be on campus for in-person meetings Sept. 20 and Oct. 5. RSVP today, as space is limited. Register for sessions at or by emailing [email protected]

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more, at 644 SW 13th St. Public sales are open to all shoppers this Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; details here.


Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture Open House & Tour: Due to excess heat this event has been rescheduled to Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. Learn more about OSU Department of Horticulture research projects including urban ecology and pollinator health research, honeybee research and demonstration hives, Oregon Bee Atlas, OSU Extension Small Farms Program, dry farming vegetables, OSU Master Gardener Program and more. 


Twelfth Night: Bard in the Quad returns for its 17th season with this beloved Shakespeare romantic comedy. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 4-7 and Aug. 11-14 on the Memorial Union Quad. Tickets are $17 general admission, $12 students and seniors, and $5 for OSU students, available at, or call the Theatre Arts Box Office at 541-737-2784. Tickets will be available for purchase at a table in the center of the MU quad at 6:30 p.m. prior to each performance. Seating opens at 6:30 p.m. and is first-come, first-serve. For information call 541-737-2853.


OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more, at 644 SW 13th Street. Public sales are open to all shoppers this Tuesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; details here.

Art About Agriculture 2022 Tour to Newport! Three events on Aug. 5: Join us Aug. 5 for three special events. Newport Visual Arts Center’s supporting exhibition reception is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The main exhibition reception at Pacific Maritime Heritage Center begins with a panel discussion from 3 to 4:30 p.m., followed by the reception from 5-7:30 p.m. Registration: More information:


Beaver Classic Cheese: Beaver Classic is back. Come see our new food truck at Farmer’s Market on the waterfront in downtown Corvallis, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can’t miss us; we’re orange. We will be featuring Beaver Classic products: our many cheeses, honey and beef jerky. We are now serving ice cream, milkshakes and grilled cheese, too. Additionally, we're at Common Fields on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.


NEW! SpiderHarp: The SpiderHarp -- a musical instrument developed by Prof. Ross Hatton's research group at OSU, based on research about how spiders interpret vibrations in their webs -- will be live in concert at Emerson Vineyards on Sunday, Aug. 14 from 3-6 p.m. Prof. Chet Udell will perform original pieces he has prepared for the SpiderHarp, and Hatton will discuss the engineering and biology that makes the SpiderHarp work. Event registration is required:

NEW! Celebrando Nuestras Racies | Celebrating Our Roots: Honor National Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month with an evening of joyful connection among OSU alumni in Portland. Join the fun from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 22, hosted by Vamos OSU, Oregon State University Trustee Román Hernández, ’92, and Troutman Pepper. Space is limited: Register today at

NEW! Part-Time Job Fair 2022: Registration is now open for the 2022 Part-Time Job Fair. The fair is a fantastic way for campus departments and organizations to connect with OSU students seeking work. This year's event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 28, 2022, in the SEC Plaza. Registration closes on Sept. 20. Register online. Questions? Contact [email protected]

Beaver Community Fair 2022: Registration is open for the Beaver Community Fair. Annually, the Fair draws together the OSU and greater Corvallis communities to celebrate the start of the academic year. This year’s event will be held Sept. 30, noon to 4 p.m., in the Memorial Quad & SEC Plaza. Event information and registration at Registration closes Sept. 12. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars


NEW! Mental Health First Aid: Develop the skills and confidence to help others in crisis and promote healing. For more details on the training and to register, go to Training will include a two-hour online course and an eight-hour in-person training Aug. 25, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Student Experience Center, Room 354.

Developing and Implementing E-Learning, Aug. 8: Six-week online training course from OSU College of Education. Learn to manage e-learning instructional projects and build high-impact online learning experiences. Space is limited. Register by Aug. 8:

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: This 10-hour course teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on those decisions with unity and commitment. This program consists of a series of five live, online sessions on Wednesdays 1-3 p.m. Aug. 17-Sept. 14. There is a $100 fee to attend Crucial Conversations. Learn more and register (before Aug. 5). 
Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all OSU managers, supervisors and lead workers. At the end of this course, learners will have a solid understanding about the principles and policies that apply to our employees; know how to navigate within the space of talent management activities; recognize when, and how, to provide equal opportunity and access to employees; and be familiar with OSU resources and responsibilities relating to employee health, safety and wellbeing. Aug. 22-25, 8:15 a.m. to noon each day via Zoom. Learn more and register before Aug. 15.

SJEI workshop registration open through fall 2022 — secure your spot: The Social Justice Education Initiative is a professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI workshops are infused with expertise, empathy and humor while embracing a guiding principle of “more curiosity, less judgment” to achieve robust learning objectives. Learn more, see the workshop schedule and register on the SJEI website registration page or contact SJEI director Jane Waite at [email protected].

Take Note

NEW! Delivery robots on vacation in August: Our Starship delivery robots are using a scheduled facility maintenance period this August to take a well-deserved group vacation. Delivery service will be unavailable starting Aug. 1, returning in September. Mobile pickup ordering through the Starship app will still be available at a limited number of locations during this time. For more information, contact UHDS at [email protected].

NEW! Internationalization Grant applications due Aug. 5: The Office of Faculty Affairs is pleased to announce an Internationalization Grant pilot program, which will award up to $5,000 for projects that advance the university’s internationalization agenda. Summer applications are due by Aug. 5. During the academic year applications will be due by Friday of week 3. For more information, visit

NEW! BNC (Basic Needs Center) Food Pantry Welcomes Produce from Home Gardens: The OSU BNC Food Pantry would love any extra produce from your gardens. Our community relishes fresh produce. If you have a surplus, contact the BNC (541-737-3747 / [email protected]) for best time to drop off.

NEW! Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Waste during a Disaster. Natural and manmade disasters such as floods, hurricanes or warfare that flood the sewer system can cause additional personal and community disasters. You may be unable to flush the toilets or run water for weeks or even months. Failure to properly dispose of human waste can lead to epidemics. This month’s poster can be downloaded at:

NEW! Ransomware: What you Need to Know: Want to learn more about ransomware and how to stop it? Check out CISA’s Ransomware Resources page to get informed on what to look out for and how to respond if you are targeted by ransomware. This message brought to you by the OSU Office of Information Security (

Participants wanted: The Human-Machine Teaming Lab in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is conducting a research experiment to study human-robot decision making in simulated scenarios. Participants will be asked to operate a robot interface using a computer and to complete questionnaires. You are expected to join a one-day experiment for up to 1.5 hours. You will receive $25 for completing the entire experiment. Contact Josh Bhagat Smith at [email protected] to schedule your experiment time.

Participants wanted for a broccoli microgreens research study (Corvallis): If you are healthy, age 18-60, non-smoking, not pregnant or breastfeeding, without diabetes, heart disease or stroke, bariatric surgery, kidney, thyroid or intestinal problems, you may qualify. The study lasts 48 hours. Volunteers will receive $75. PI: Emily Ho. Title: "Discovery of Biological Signatures for Cruciferous Vegetable Intake." Contact us at [email protected], 541-737-3594 or visit for information and online screener.

Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship: The Malouf Scholarship is awarded to support current or admitted graduate students who combine societally relevant research with education or public engagement. This opportunity is open to graduate students enrolled in a master's, professional or Ph.D. program in any discipline at any college or university physically located in Oregon. Deadline: Aug. 15. Visit Oregon Sea Grant for details and an application.

The Professional Faculty Leadership Association: (PFLAsupports professional faculty at OSU through education, connection, recognition and advocacy. We offer a variety of professional development and networking opportunities, and ALL professional faculty are invited to join. This will be the last year to enjoy PFLA benefits for FREE, and all membership application forms received by Aug. 15 will be entered into a drawing for free prizes.

Free COVID testsFree iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests are available around the Corvallis campus. Each box contains two tests. While supplies last, OSU community members can pick up these self-test kits without restrictions. Please note the FDA has extended the expiration date 90 days. For questions or accommodations related to disabilities, contact [email protected].

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Cordley Hall sidewalk: As part of the Cordley Hall Renewal Project, the north/south sidewalk on the east side of Cordley Hall between Cordley Hall, Bates Hall and the Hallie E. Ford Center will be closed due to construction Aug. 5 through June 2024. The closure is between SW Campus Way and SW Orchard Ave (view map).


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Program Technician 1 (Scholarship and Donor Stewardship Coordinator): College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Program Technician 1. This position will be an important part of the College of Business’ Advancement Team and will be responsible for developing, managing and administering a scholarship process in its entirety within the college. Posting #P03682CT. Full consideration date July 29. Closes Aug. 12.

NEW! Administrative Program Assistant: The Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences (FWCS) invites applicants for a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month, classified position. Primary duties include course schedule development, academic program support, and report generation. Willing to start a qualified candidate with applicable experience higher than the minimum step 1. Posting #P03678CT. Closes Aug. 7.

NEW! University Human Resources is recruiting for an Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant provides administrative support to and project management for two of the directors. Posting #P05885UF. Full consideration Aug. 8. Closes  Aug. 15.  

NEW! Office Specialist 2: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement invites applications for an Office Specialist 2 position based at the OSU Extension Service Umatilla County Office in Milton-Freewater. This is a 12-month, P/T (.5 FTE), classified position starting at $16.19 hourly + benefits. Posting #P03707CT. Closes Aug. 9.

NEW! Ecampus and Cascades Student Engagement Coordinator: The Oregon State University Honors College invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Ecampus and Cascades Student Engagement Coordinator. This position is anticipated to have a duration of two years, with continuation beyond the two year period possible contingent upon a variety of factors. Primary work location will be in Bend. Posting #P05902UF. Full consideration Aug. 16. Closes Sept. 1. 

NEW! Information Technology Consultant (ITC) – Multimedia Production Specialist: UIT-Academic Technologies invites applications for an Information Technology Consultant (ITC) – Multimedia Production Specialist. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, classified position. The ITC will script, record and edit multimedia productions independently or with a team of collaborators to setup and deliver (live transmission) or capture (record) interviews, courses, lectures, conferences, debates, classroom presentations, news conferences, performances, and other campus related events. Posting #P03688CT. Closes Aug. 18.

NEW! University Information & Technology Network team looking for a highly motivated engineer to join our dynamic Network Operations team. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month position. Posting #P03317CT Closes Aug. 21.

NEW! University Information & Technology is looking for a Director for Academic Technologies who will lead the team consisting of four units: Classroom Technologies, Learning Platform Services, Media Services & Technical Systems. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, professional faulty position. Posting #P05892UF Closes Aug. 21.

NEW! Office Specialist 2: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement invites applications for an Office Specialist 2 position based at the OSU Extension Service Lane County Office in Eugene. The Office Specialist will primarily provide general office and program support to the 4-H Youth Development Program. Posting #P03698CT. Closes Aug. 21.

NEW! Student employment opportunity: Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) is hiring student Enrollment Specialist Assistants. Enrollment Specialist Assistants are responsible for customer service and support, compiling learner questions and data. Students work an average of 10-20 hours per week. Posting #P08936SE. Closes Aug. 21. 

NEW! The College of Engineering has a full-time (1.0 FTE) position for School Network Administrators. This opportunity will allow the successful candidate to maintain department and college-level instructional and research services, networks and systems by installing new software and servers fixing problems with existing components. Collaboration with other technical staff will provide an interoperable infrastructure of accounts services, wireless and more. Posting #P05889UF. Closes Sept. 4. 

NEW! The OSU Foundation is hiring a full-time Associate Director of Development, Our Beaver Nation.  Reporting to the Senior Director of Development / Associate Athletic Director & Executive Director of Major Gifts the Associate Director of Development is part of a cohort of assistant and associate directors of development officers who support the pipeline development and fundraising goals of the OSU Foundation on behalf of Oregon State University. The Oregon State University (OSU) Foundation supports the fundraising and engagement efforts of OSU student-athletes through Our Beaver Nation (OBN), the fundraising arm of Oregon State Athletics. The location for this position is Gill Coliseum on the Oregon State University campus. Link to full job description and application:


“August is that last flicker of fun and heat before everything fades and dies. The final moments of fun before the freeze. In the winter, everything changes.”  ~ Rasmenia Massoud

Corvallis: Mostly sunny this week, highs in the low 80s to upper 70s, lows in the mid 50s.

Central Oregon: Partly cloudy this week, highs in the 80s, lows in the low 50s.

Newport: Mostly sunny this week, highs in the low 60s, lows in the upper 50s.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: