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: https://today.oregonstate.edu/email/submission-guidelines.
Food—a lack of high-quality prey, specifically—could be a big contributor to the birds’ decline. As a graduate student at Oregon State University, Jill Tengeres studied what affects the species’ nest survival. “They’re not giving up their secrets very easily, but we’re finding ways to learn more about them, so we can help them,” Tengeres says.
Measuring just over 5 mm long, the insect was found in Burma, encased in 100-million-year-old amber (fossilized tree resin). Oregon State University's Prof. George Poinar Jr., leader of a study on the find, has named it Palaeotanyrhina exophthalma. The first part of that monicker refers to the Palaeotanyrhinidae family, which Poinar created after determining that the insect didn't fit into any existing families. (see also CNET)
As rising temperatures and droughts strain forests, as invasive insects gnaw through wood, as humans cull stands through logging and slash the diversity of plants, as fire suppression leaves flammable trees in too-tight clusters, “that’s all more food and fodder for the growth of Armillaria,” says Ariel Cowan, a fire ecologist, mycologist, and forest-ecosystem scientist at Oregon State University.
Researchers at Oregon State University used computer modeling to assess the resilience of roads and bridges on the Oregon coast and how this critical infrastructure would fare in the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. (see also KTVZ, KOIN)
"Although gray wolves and beavers currently have low risk of extinction, we are very concerned that these keystone species have been lost from many ecosystems across the American West," said report coauthor Christopher Wolf, a postdoctoral scholar in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University in Corvallis.(see also Popular Science, Outdoor Life, KESQ)
Governor Kate Brown, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley toured Oregon State University’s wave research center to learn about the role OSU students will play in the fight against climate change. (see also Offshore Energy, KEZI, Marine Technology News)
The new west side of Reser Stadium is taking shape. Construction workers have been putting in long hours on the job. It's easy to see the progress being made. “I just think it's cool,” said Oregon State University Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Event Management Ryan Bucher. “You come out here and you're still amazed at how big it looks.” (see also KATU, Democrat-Herald)
Even as its counterparts in the Pacific Northwest allowed their students to achieve a degree in Indigenous studies, Oregon State University for years did not. The university offered only a handful of classes in the subject. Even in recent years, as the school’s administrators began to acknowledge the demand for a focus on Indigenous studies, there were few visible changes for students. That is until this year, at least, when the university hired three Indigenous faculty on tenure tracks, doubling the program’s full-time faculty.
Researchers at the Oregon State University report that more college students asked for help in classes with “warmer” syllabi. Conversely, fewer students were prone to approach the professor in classes with a more disconnected, unfriendly syllabus.
Bernadine Strik was Oregon State University's berry specialist for over 35 years. She says a lot of this comes down to climate. The Willamette Valley has mild winters and usually temperate summers.
Fischer, the OSU engineering professor, said the law was an important first step in mitigating some of the risk for a state that is only going to see wildfires increase.
Oregon State University researchers found that the same variety of hops grown in Oregon and Washington produced different aromas, chemical properties and flavor profiles.
Oregon State University will receive nearly $350,000 to monitor mercury levels in the waters of the Willamette River Valley. The Willamette River is a major tributary to the Columbia River. University scientists will team up with local communities to study trends in mercury contamination, identify sources of pollution and determine safer fishing practices. They will also work with community scientists to sample dragonfly larvae for mercury, which have proven to be good indicators of the presence of mercury pollution.
Kylee Linnell always pictured herself going to college, but the 19-year-old’s journey to Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend was marked repeatedly by struggle. Linnell, who will be a sophomore in the fall, came to the campus in 2021 after being accepted into the college’s TRIO program, which provides counseling and guidance to low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities.
Other districts also increase the length of the school day, but Paul Thompson, an economics professor at Oregon State University, said many don’t increase it enough.
“This discovery of a class of compounds that contribute to taint is critically important for winemakers,” says Oregon State enology professor Elizabeth Tomasino who outlined the findings at the recent annual conference of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture in San Diego.
“We are seeing and expecting more drying, drought and heat waves through our summers, and there’s a logical link between drought, drying, heat, flammability and therefore fire that can occur,” said Meg Krawchuk, a fire ecologist and an associate professor at Oregon State University.
Warm August nights have invited live theater back to Oregon State University with another season of Shakespeare plays by OSU Theatre's Bard in the Quad. This year, the cast will stage the romantic, carefree comedy “Twelfth Night.”
Oregon State University's Extension Service has teamed up with Clackamas Community College and other partners to walk students through how to do sustainable farming.
Forty-eight dedicated Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener volunteers have been recognized for service to their counties and communities.
Bee heaven: Heike Williams, a bioscience research tech with Central Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center, says, “A Portland beekeeper donated this hive made out of a natural log to the teaching apiary at the Central Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center (COAREC) in Madras. I populated it with 6 lbs of honey bees and a queen. The photos show the honey comb (which is snow white naturally to begin with) the bees build within a three-week period.”
Early blooms: Max Fry, an undergraduate majoring in biology, shared this photo of spring blossoms. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].
Timely Teaching Tips: Curious about the efficacy of various teaching modalities? Want to explore academic studies on the learning outcomes of online and hybrid education in comparison to face-to-face environments? See the Ecampus Research Unit’s searchable Online Learning Efficacy Research Database. It has 287 citations across 78 discrete disciplines from 205 academic journals.
Vaccination Event: The Beaver Booster Blitz is a FREE two-day COVID-19 vaccination clinic open to the public in Memorial Union 62. Stop by this walk-up-only event, Aug. 15-16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Most COVID-19 vaccines are available, including additional boosters and doses for children. No ID, no insurance required. Bring your COVID-19 CDC card if possible (not required). Mask required — and provided — inside this space. Visit beav.es/blitz.
Visual Design for E-learning – Aug. 15: Six-week online training course from OSU College of Education. Learn and apply essential graphic design principles for online learning. Create compelling charts, diagrams, infographics and learning materials for online learning. Plus, participants save 50% on Articulate 360 instructional design software. Hurry, course starts Aug. 15. Register here: https://workspace.oregonstate.edu/certificate/instructional-design-course-visual-design
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.
NEW! Become a sports announcer for KBVR: KBVR is seeking students to be sports announcers. No experience is necessary. We're looking for students to provide play-by-play and color commentary on our TV and radio broadcasts of OSU football, basketball, intramural sports, club sports and LBCC athletics. We will be hosting a training and orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 11 a.m. in Student Experience Center 402. We'll go over ways to build skills, tell the story of the game and get started as an announcer. For questions, contact Orange Media Network Assistant Director Steven Sandberg at [email protected].
New Realities in Home Ownership: Due to the upheaval in the housing market over the past few years many new realities of home ownership have appeared. These realities include changes in the types of home loans that are now available, as well as more properties that are now bank-owned or underwater which has changed how some interested buyers now view these types of properties. Potential buyers also need to recognize the importance of having their finances in order prior to applying for a home loan and understand how potential lenders now perceive what is considered good credit. Aug. 17, noon. Register here.
NEW! Resilience in Family Business: Please join the Center for Family Enterprise on Aug. 17 via Zoom for our Family Business 360 Event. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Laird Norton Company. Langdon Evans and Jill Gardner will share their expertise in advising family businesses through an interactive scenario and solution based on their own family business. Register here.
NEW! Cihat Terzioglu MS defense: Cihat Terzioglu will present his thesis, “Assessing Post-fire Tree and Understory Vegetation Response to a Mixed-severity Fire Gradient in the Klamath Mts., Oregon, USA,” Aug. 18, 9 a.m. in PFSC 125 and Zoom. Terzioglu is earning his MS in Forest Ecosystems and Society with John Bailey and Christopher Dunn. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions, for the Zoom link, or for accommodations for disabilities.
NEW! Human Resources: The Human Resources Offices in Kerr and University Plaza will be closed on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 11:45 a.m.-5 p.m. so that Benefits and HR Service Center employees can attend a training. Emails can be sent to [email protected] and responses will be made within the next business day. For emergent needs, please reach out to the HRSP or send an email to [email protected]. We will be open the following morning to provide in-person services.
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.
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.
Special Saturday summer OSUsed Store Public Sale: Aug. 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more, at 644 SW 13th St. Public sales are also open to all shoppers Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; details here. Staff may shop for their department Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.
NEW! NWREC Harvest Dinner: North Willamette Research and Extension Center is hosting the 11th annual Harvest Dinner on Sept. 23 to celebrate the success of various research and Extension programs at NWREC. Participants and attendees include faculty, staff, OSU leaders, elected officials and our varied and important stakeholders. Enjoy the bounty of Oregon agriculture and celebrate the diversity of our agricultural community and its impact with leaders across the region. https://tinyurl.com/NWRECHD2022 for the registration details.
NEW! OSUAA Tailgate Town | Away vs. Fresno State: Cheer on our student-athletes against Fresno State. Gather with OSU friends at a pregame meetup in the Grey Lot tailgate spaces on Fresno State’s campus. Look for the fun and friendly crowd dressed in orange and black and be a part of the celebration on Saturday, Sept. 10, 5-7:30 p.m.
NEW! 2022 Dry Farming Field Day: The Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Small Farms Program is offering the 8th annual Dry Farming Field Day. Come learn about multiple dry farming research projects, taste different varieties of dry-farmed produce and visit with other growers and researchers in the Dry Farming Collaborative. Sept. 14, 4-6 p.m. at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture (844 SW 35th St., Corvallis, OR 97331). This event is free to attend but registration is required. Space is limited. Farmers and service providers: https://beav.es/ib5; gardeners: https://beav.es/ibi. For more info and registration please visit: https://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/smallfarms/projects/dry-farming or contact Teagan Moran at 541-713-5011 or [email protected].
NEW! Homecoming week class reunions: It’s time to reconnect, reminisce and reunite with classmates and campus. Join the honored Class of 1972 — celebrating a special 50th golden reunion — plus gatherings with the classes of 1970, 1971 and 1962. All classes are welcome. View the schedule of fun reunion activities taking place Oct. 13-15 at ForOregonState.org/Reunions.
McDonald and Dunn Research Forests Community Listening Session: OSU College of Forestry invites the public to participate in the first of three Community Listening Sessions regarding the development of a new forest management plan for the McDonald and Dunn Forests: Aug. 31, 6:30-8 p.m., Peavy Forest Science Center Room 117 or Zoom. Please register in advance. Remote attendees will receive Zoom link after registering. More info at https://beav.es/iuP.
Annual Contemplative Retreat: "Nature, Connection & Tools for Well-Being." The Contemplative Studies Initiative is hosting a non-residential retreat for yoga, meditation and reflection Sept. 2-4 in Philomath. Friday 5-8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m., including a daily meal. Most sessions will be held in open-air, covered spaces. Community: $200, OSU Employee: $150, OSU Students: Free. Read more and register.
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 5:30-7 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 bit.ly/Roots22.
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 Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 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 Sept. 30, noon to 4 p.m., in the Memorial Quad & SEC Plaza. Event information and registration at https://clubs.oregonstate.edu/bcf. Registration closes Sept. 12. Questions? Contact [email protected].
NEW! Upcoming Retirement Workshops: TIAA will host Zoom meetings Aug. 23 and 24, 8 a.m.-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 www.TIAA.org/schedulenow or by emailing [email protected].
NEW! Graduate employee hiring webinar: University Human Resources is holding an informational webinar regarding all aspects of hiring graduate employees including types of graduate employees, the hiring process flow, timesheets, onboarding, pay updates, required hours, benefits, key deadlines, bargaining agreement updates, financial review steps and key hiring contacts. If you assist with the hiring of graduate employees or you supervise graduate employees, this webinar is for you. Aug. 23, 11 a.m. To register, go to this link.
NEW! Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS): Register today to attend virtual SURS on Sept. 13 through Canvas. SURS is an annual showcase for OSU undergraduates to present their research and creative projects to the OSU community. Undergraduates from all academic disciplines, in all years of study and all stages of research or creative work will be presenting. Registration to attend SURS 2022 is required by Sept. 12. For more info, visit the SURS website or contact [email protected].
NEW! Fifth annual Ag Innovations Conference: OSU’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) is organizing and hosting the 2022 AIC, which provides a platform for stakeholders across various research institutions and agricultural industries to share the latest technological advances and developments while exploring the many varied complex agronomic and crop protection issues facing agricultural production. Sept.22-23. Visit https://tinyurl.com/NWRECAIC2022 for the registration details.
NEW! Loan forgiveness: Oregon State University is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. PSLF is designed to provide student debt forgiveness to public service employees in certain situations. On Sept. 28 at noon, OSU will be hosting a webinar regarding Public Service Loan Forgiveness and the temporary waiver to this program that is active through Oct. 31. Register here: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nTpv-Ij5THeTKfdmwK2iwg. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the University Human Resources website. For more information about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program visit the University Human Resources website here. For employment verification on PSLF forms please reach out to [email protected].
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 https://beav.es/iXc. Training will include a two-hour online course and an eight-hour in-person training Aug. 25, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Student Experience Center, Room 354.
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].
NEW! Registration to present at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURS) is open through Sept. 2: SURS is an annual showcase for OSU undergraduates to present their research and creative projects to the OSU community. Undergraduates from all academic disciplines, in all years of study and all stages of research or creative work are invited to present. Please encourage students to register to present during our virtual research symposium, which will be held on Sep. 13. The deadline for students to register to present is Sept. 2. Visit the SURS website to view event details. For more info, contact [email protected].
NEW! Outdoor Industry Workforce Assessment: OSU Center for the Outdoor Recreation Economy released the 2022 Outdoor Industry Workforce Assessment in partnership with Outdoor Industry Association, Outdoor Recreation Roundtable. This report identifies critical trends in workforce hiring and retention and educational and skill-upgrading programs, and gives an overview of industry initiatives to increase diversity, equity and inclusion. Workforce insights include actionable benefits to support outdoor businesses, nonprofits, employees and customers.
Emeritus Associate Professor Firth has died: James Firth, an associate professor emeritus of the College of Education at Oregon State University, died Aug. 1. He was 82. In 1973 he took a position as an assistant professor at Oregon State, where he later became the department chair of the education and counseling department. A Celebration of Life will be held at Musgrove’s Memorial Chapel in Eugene on Saturday, Aug. 20, 11 a.m. You are invited to sign the guestbook at musgroves.com.
Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing a link to an article on Allergies are nothing to sneeze at. You can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee materials online at http://ehs.oregonstate.edu/uhsc, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a link to report safety concerns online.
International Education Week is Nov. 14-18: Each year in the third week of November, Oregon State University celebrates International Education Week. If your unit has existing events planned for fall term which connect to the theme of international exchange and global engagement, or if you would like to plan an event during this week for your unit to celebrate OSU’s global achievements, impacts and community, please provide details via this webform by Friday, Oct. 7 for inclusion in centralized marketing materials. For questions, contact [email protected].
Call for Fulbright Committee Members: National and Global Scholarships Advising is looking for staff and faculty to serve on OSU's Fulbright U.S. Student Program campus committee. Committee members take part in the campus interview process, which is intended to evaluate applicants and their application materials, give constructive criticism to applicants to assist with final revisions prior to the national deadline, and provide comments for the National Screening Committee. Reach out to Becca Otto at [email protected],
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: (PFLA) supports 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 tests: Free 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].
NEW! Power outage: For work related to the Cordley Hall Renewal Project, a planned power outage is scheduled from 5-7 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, for the following buildings on Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus (view map): Ballard Extension, Cordley Hall- East side, Gilmore Hall, Nash Hall, Withycombe Hall, Women’s Building. This is the rescheduled date for the planned power outage originally scheduled for Aug. 8. For questions or comments about this closure, contact Construction Manager Jason Lundy at 541-270-0193.
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: http://today.oregonstate.edu/email/jobs To apply for the below positions, visit jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.
NEW! Food Service Worker 2: University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for multiple Food Service Worker 2 positions. These are full-time, 10-month, classified positions. Posting #P03718CT. For full consideration, apply by Aug. 15. Closes Aug. 22.
NEW! The Department of Materials Management is seeking applicants for the full-time classified position of Administrative Program Specialist (APS) to support the department’s development and execution of waste prevention, recycling and reuse programs. As lead staff of our Campus Recycling Outreach Team, the APS teaches, develops educational and awareness materials and creates new programs to influence sustainable behaviors in the full life cycle of materials that are impacted by OSU on the Corvallis campus. Posting #P03705CT. Closes Aug. 21.
NEW! Facilities Services at Oregon State University is seeking a full-time Alarm Electrical/Control System Tech. Posting #P03716CT. Closes Aug. 28.
NEW! Facilities Services at Oregon State University is seeking a full-time General Maintenance Mechanic. Posting #P03712CT. Closes Aug. 28.
NEW! The College of Engineering invites applicants for the position of Financial and Administrative Assistant. This is a full-time professional faculty 12-month position, (1.0 FTE). Salary is commensurate with training, education and experience. Posting #P05938UF. Full consideration Aug. 29. Closes Sept. 12.
NEW! Open Campus & Juntos Coordinator: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement Open Campus team invites applications for an Open Campus and Juntos Coordinator position based in Pendleton. This is a F/T, 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #P05952UF. Closes Aug. 31.
EXTENDED! Information Technology Consultant: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement’s Extension Computer Technology Unit (ECTU) invites applications for an Information Technology Consultant position. This is a 12-month, P/T (.5 FTE), classified position starting at $20.28 hourly + benefits. Posting #P03684CT. Closes Aug. 31.
NEW! Coordinator of Student Outreach & Recruitment: The College of Agricultural Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Coordinator of Student Outreach and Recruitment position. Posting #P05946UF. Full consideration Sept. 3. Closes Sept. 10.
NEW! Food Service Coordinator: University Housing & Dining Service (UHDS) invites applications for multiple Food Service Coordinator positions. These are full-time, 12-month, classified positions. Posting #P03717CT. For full consideration, apply by Aug 15. Closes Sept. 6.
NEW! Extension General Agriculture Educator: The OSU Extension Malheur County Office is seeking applications for an Extension General Agriculture Educator position based in Ontario. This is a 12-month, F/T, professional faculty position. Apply to posting #P05931UF. Closes Sept. 9.
“For the rest of the vacation there was hardly a day when they did not go up to it — preferably in the long, smoky, delicious August evenings when the white moths sailed over the tansy plantation and the golden twilight faded into dusk and purple over the green slopes beyond and fireflies lighted their goblin torches by the pond.” ~ L.M. Montgomery
Corvallis: Sunny this week, highs in the upper 80s to low 90s, lows in the 60s.
Central Oregon: Sunny to mostly sunny this week, highs in the upper 80s to low 90s, lows in the 60s.
Newport: Partly to mostly sunny this week, highs in the upper 60s to low 70s, lows in the 50s.
Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/.