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. Content appearing includes timely news and feature stories from broadcast, print and online sources. Occasionally, opinion pieces and first-person columns appearing in mainstream media outlets that are written by faculty members and pertain to their academic or professional expertise may be included based on their unique, informative value, timeliness and space constraints. It is not the policy of OSU Today to include Letters to the Editor.

Old NASA centrifuge used to simulate tsunami at Oregon State University (KGW)

Researchers at Oregon State University are using an old Apollo space program centrifuge to better understand what a large tsunami would do to our coast. (see also KMTRRegister-Guard)

What is an endangered species worth? Trump rule sparks debate (PBS Newshour)

"The important thing is measuring not just the costs, which are obvious and easy to measure, but also the benefits, which are harder to conceptualize and measure,” said Christian Andres Langpap, a professor of applied economics at Oregon State University.

Why the Amazon's vast wildfires are really bad news for the planet (Wired)

But if burned forest is claimed as agricultural land or for urban development, regrowth will obviously be prevented in those places. Even those areas left to nature will have their work cut out. Dominique Bachelet at Oregon State University explains that because big fires fill the air with particulate, the amount of sunlight reaching new and surviving trees can be reduced.

Plan ahead to avoid parking and commuting challenges on OSU Corvallis campus Aug. 30 (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University employees, students, football fans and the public should plan ahead when visiting the Corvallis campus on Friday, Aug. 30, as a weekday home game could make parking a challenge.

OSU dorm project gets new life (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s hopes of building a new dorm on the east end of campus received a reprieve from the Corvallis City Council on Monday in a night of high drama on land use.

Aggressive local effort curbed sudden oak death's spread  (KTVZ)

Although the initial goal was eradication, limiting sudden oak death's spread proved to be a success, said Everett Hansen, a now-retired Oregon State University professor who helped spearhead the effort to contain the spread of the disease.

Hops research: Study at Oregon State shows soil type, location impacts hop flavor profile (Craft Brewing Business)

Scientists at Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Red Hill Soils, along with farmers from Oregon’s largest hop grower, Coleman Agriculture, recently shared the initial findings of a year-long study into the effects of terroir on the flavor profile of hops, a primary ingredient in beer. 

Wheels, drones and Rescue Randy: DARPA robotics competition puts mine rescue to the test (WESA)

One of the most successful teams in the Tunnel Circuit was Team Explorer, a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and Oregon State University. They primarily used ground robots with large wheels, though they also had drones in their arsenal. (see also Robot Review)

Mysterious Oregon cattle killings, mutilations alarm ranchers (Oregonian)

David Bohnert, a professor at Oregon State University who studies beef cattle, said two things typically kill livestock: poisoning from eating toxic plants and people.

Young 'Iron Chefs' show off new skills (La Grande Observer)

Four teams of middle school students battled it out at the Oregon State University Extension Services office Wednesday afternoon. They were showing off all they had learned the last eight weeks as members of the Iron Chef in the Nutrition Kitchen competition.

Scientists say sustainable forestry organizations should lift ban on biotech trees (Science)

A big problem with the ban is that managers of certified forests will not be able to plant GM trees that could, for example, better resist pests and drought, says Steven Strauss, a forest biotechnologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, a co-author of the letter and a petition.

Do private prisons have a role in our society? (Rifkin Radio podcast)

In this podcast, Brett Burkhardt, Ph.D, a sociology professor at Oregon State University, joins us to discuss the key elements of the debate over prison privatization: cost, quality and morality. 

Neighbors speak out about malnourished cows near Roseburg(KEZI)

Frieze said the cattle’s owner has been very cooperative through the whole process and has been working with Oregon State University extension services and the sheriff’s office to come up with feeding plans.

Can solar panels handle the heat of a warming world? (City Lab)

“Renewable powers tend to take up large areas of land, particularly when it’s solar,” says Chad Higgins, a professor of agricultural sciences at Oregon State University.

How a newly identified bacterium saps corals of  their energy(Science News)

This bacterium is “weakening the corals enough to make them susceptible” to other harmful pathogens, says microbiologist Grace Klinges at Oregon State University in Corvallis. That’s cause for alarm, she says, as nutrient levels, and thus levels of the bacteria, can rise quickly with sewage and agricultural runoff in some coastal waters.

Awards and honors (LIFE@OSU)

Sea Grant, MANRRS, CEOAS and Student Media honors.

Ask an expert: Make sure you have enough room to work around vines (Oregonian)

Summer is well underway and questions are flooding in to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Saab Seaeye's Falcon for ocean research (Marine Technology News)

The next planned deployment is on the Endurance Array for Oregon State University. The Falcon will be mobilized on the RV Elakha and will support shallow water anchor inspections and recoveries.

County clinic gets a facelift (Gazette-Times)

The pharmacy, staffed by faculty and students from Oregon State University’s College of Pharmacy, takes advantage of a federal program that allows the clinic to fill prescriptions at around cost, and the building has an in-house diagnostic lab.

System used to measure wildfire risk called into question (Bend Bulletin)

But part of the reason these factors aren’t considered is because the science that studies how wildfires interact with urban environments is somewhat new, said Erica Fischer, a professor of civil engineering at Oregon State University.

Oregon will review how it divvies up funding for public higher education (Bend Bulletin)

Pinkard pointed out OSU has a robust engineering program and awards more degrees in STEM than UO. Despite having comparable enrollment rates, OSU has received more state funding.

Name released for OSU student who drowned Sunday in Crater Lake (Register-Guard)

Sumedh Mannar, a 27-year-old graduate student at Oregon State University from India, drowned Sunday, Aug. 18, after plunging into Crater Lake at Cleetwood Cove, said Crater Lake spokeswoman Marsha McCabe.

Need to know if a fruit is safe? Ask an expert (Oregonian)

Summer is well underway and questions are flooding in to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. 

OSU-Cascades offers community learning workshops (KTVZ)

Oregon State University–Cascades’ fall adult community learning workshops begin in September and are open for registration. Geared toward personal and professional development, the workshops cover topics including health, film and art, leadership development, and equity and inclusion.


Today's photo

Summer draws to a close: Registration in the summer of 1964 in front of Memorial Union. The 2019 summer session is winding down, with fall coming just around the corner. (Courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives)


Carli Schoenleber M.S. defense: A presentation of Carli Schoenleber’s thesis, titled: “Using interpretive signs and theory-based messaging to protect the western snowy plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus) will take place Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1:30 p.m., Richardson Hall 107. Schoenleber is earning her M.S in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Ashley D’Antonio. Contact the FES Department at 541-737-2244 with questions or for accommodations for disabilities.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.


NEW! Shechter celebration: On Sept. 13, Todd Shechter, director of IT for the College of Engineering, will be leaving OSU to embark on a new adventure. Please join the College of Engineering in honoring him for his longtime commitment to the college on Aug. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Kelley atrium. Light refreshments will be served.

Dry Farm Field Days 2019: The OSU Extension Small Farms Program is hosting Dry Farming Field Days this summer. More than thirty sites throughout western Oregon are hosting trials this year and four of them that are engaging in multiple dry farming research projects will be hosting tours. Come learn about dry farming and multiple research projects engaging with the Dry Farming Collaborative, and see crops such as tomatoes, potatoes, squash, melon, dry beans and corn grown with little or no supplemental irrigation in the field. Aug. 28, 4-6 p.m., OSU Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture (844 SW 35th St, Corvallis). Sept. 4, 4-6 p.m., OSU Vegetable Research Farm (4306 NE Electric Road, Corvallis). Sept. 6, 3-5 p.m., Gathering Together Farm (25159 Grange Hall Road,  Philomath). Sept. 11, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Gowen Farm (9040 Old Fort Road, Independence). Events are free but parking is limited so register at 


NEW! Ph.D. Thesis Defense, Maggie Exton: “Centrifuge Modeling of Soil Response to Tsunami-like Rapid Flooding and the Subsequent Drawdown.” Friday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m., Kearney 312. Co-major advisors: Harry Yeh, professor of coastal and ocean engineering; Ben Mason, associate professor of geotechnical engineering. Committee members: T. Matthew Evans, associate professor of geotechnical engineering; Greg Wilson, assistant professor of geology and geophysics; Bruce Kutter, professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis; Paul Komar, professor emeritus (GCR). Open to the public.

Meat Center: The Clark Meat Science Center retail store will be open Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m. Products include fresh and cooked/smoked sausages, bacon, retail cuts, jerky, snack sticks, and Beaver Classic cheese. The store is at 3260 SW Campus Way, next to the Motor Pool. Contact for questions regarding the store.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

Women’s soccer: The home opener is Aug. 30 vs. Villanova at Lorenz Field at 5 p.m

Men’s soccer: Home opener at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 30, vs. Coastal Carolina. 

Football: Oregon State will host Oklahoma State University in a nationally televised game Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m.


Cheese sales: Time to restock your fridge and your bellies with Beaver Classic Cheese. Come try five cheddars, two Swiss, two Provolones and cheese curds. Find them at the Saturday downtown Corvallis Farmer's Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


NEW! Neighborhood Meeting Notice: OSU is submitting an application to the city of Corvallis requesting to change the zoning designation of part of the site at 850 SW 35th St. from Research Technology Center (RTC) zone to OSU zone, so that the entire site is an OSU zone. OSU representatives will be holding an informational meeting regarding the zone change at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Ag Meeting Room in The LaSells Stewart Center. Contact Bob Richardson, university land use planning manager, at if you have any questions.

NEW! Art Exhibit: The Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center presents Pre-Farm to Table: a Bee's Work. The exhibit speaks to the ecology of the farmer's helpers including bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other such pollinators. This exhibit shows in conjunction with "As the Bee Sees: A Pollinator’s Perspective" by Susan Curington. These exhibits run from Aug. 26 to Sept. 26, with an Opening Reception Sept. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There are two pre-reception talks: at 4:30 p.m., “Bees – biology, threats and support,” by Priyadarshini Chakrabarti Basu, and at 5 p.m., "As the Bee Sees; An Artist's Perspective," by Susan Curington. More information including gallery hours.

NEW! University Day Expo registration is now open: On Tuesday, Sept. 10, from noon to 2 p.m., showcase the work and opportunities provided by units at OSU to fellow staff and faculty. Deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 30. Also, donate a gift basket for the keynote session prize drawing. Register today at For more info, contact Mealoha McFadden, or 541-737-6522.

NEW! Student success film screening: As a special University Day event, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Office of Undergraduate Education are hosting a screening of “Unlikely,” a new documentary exploring barriers to college completion, followed by a conversation on OSU’s student success initiatives. Tuesday, Sept.10, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium.

Art sale: An art sale that runs through Sept. 26 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport will benefit the conservation of Oregon’s estuaries. Thirty-three pieces, created by Northwest artists, are on display at the Oregon Sea Grant-operated Visitor Center at Hatfield. A portion of the sale of each piece of art will support The Wetlands Conservancy’s efforts to protect the state’s estuaries. The art is part of the 175-piece Ode to the Tides art show and sale, which debuted at OSU in May. Oregon Sea Grant is one of the sponsors. Learn more:

Toastmasters open house: Want to excel in your next presentation? Learn to persuade your audience? Toastmasters International has helped millions to do that and more. Oregon State Toastmasters ( will host an open house (Crop Science Building, Room 119, Corner of Campus Way and 30th St.) on Sept. 13 (noon to 1 p.m.).  Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited.

Art faculty show: Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery of Art is hosting an exhibit of work by members of the art faculty throughout August and September. The exhibit includes art by Evan Baden, Michael Boonstra, Julia Bradshaw, Anna Fidler, Julie Green, Yuji Hiratsuka, Shelley Jordon, Andrew Myers, Kerry Skarbakka, Felix Oliveros, Mazdak Shadkam and Lorenzo Triburgo and Sarah Van Dyck. It showcases a broad array of styles and approaches to creating art, with work shown in the areas of photography, painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, video and sculpture. The gallery is in Fairbanks Hall, 220 SW 26th St., Corvallis. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and until 8 p.m. Sept. 20 during the Corvallis Arts Walk. For information on the walk go to

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Iterate applications are open now: Apply by Sept. 9 to participate in this two-week, four-workshop course run by the OSU Advantage Accelerator. Bring your technology and business idea; leave ready to move forward. It’s time to start that startup. Apply now:

NEW! Advantage Accelerator accepting applications for its Fall Accelerate Cohort: Ready to get your startup on track? Apply to Accelerate by Sept. 20. This 10-week program is open to OSU researchers, students and staff working on an early-stage company. Accelerate focuses on helping companies engage in customer discovery to validate your product market fit and develop a minimal viable product. Additional information and application here:

Adam A. Pate, Water Resources Science M.S. Defense: Adam A. Pate will present his dissertation, “Headwater dynamics: quantifying spatial differences in flow permanence and network connectivity across diverse landscapes,” on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 9 a.m. in RICH 115.  Pate is completing his Master’s degree under the guidance of major professors Catalina Segura and Kevin Bladon.  Free and open to the public.

Social Justice Education Initiative: The Social Justice Education Initiative schedule for summer and fall is up, and there are still seats for summer sessions. From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is a foundational professional development program for faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this well-reviewed program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Distillery Startup Workshop in Corvallis (Sept. 14-18): Whether you're an experienced brewer/distiller looking to expand your business or simply exploring new opportunities, you will gain the foundational knowledge to start your own craft distillery.

Become a Master Recycler: Act soon to secure your spot. This eight-week class will cover all aspects of waste reduction, reuse and recycling. It will be hosted on the OSU campus on Tuesday nights, Oct. 1 through Nov. 19, plus field trips. This non-credit class is free to those who agree to pay back what they learned by completing 30 hours of volunteer service within one year of course completion. Visit for more details and to register.

Take Note

NEW! Training Days presenters: We invite you to submit presentation proposals for Training Days 2019 by Sept. 19. Training Days is a free two-day conference that provides more than 70 training sessions and informational workshops that are 50, 80 or 110 minutes in length. Training Days is an opportunity for you to reach out to employees in a workshop setting. Visit here for more information including a link to submit presentations, FAQs and archives of previous sessions.

NEW! Request for proposals: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking proposals for the Accelerator Innovation Development (AID) Fund to facilitate the further development and commercialization of OSU applied innovations. Up to $15,000 of funding per project is available; applications accepted until Sept. 6. Read the RFP document for full details:

NEW! Be cautious with email job offers: Students have been targeted recently with e-mails that offer employment from a person who claims to have a relationship with the university. Exercise caution with these offers; an offer that seems too good to be true often is. Forward e-mails of concern as an attachment to If you have responded to one of these e-mails, contact the OSU Department of Public Safety in Corvallis at 541-737-3010 or OSU-Cascades at 541-322-3110. Contact your bank immediately if you have provided any financial information in response to a suspicious e-mail.

NEW! Valley Library’s circulation services will be temporarily located at the Info Desk: Due to remodeling work underway behind the Circulation Desk after some flooding, all circulation services for the Valley Library will be happening at the Info Desk on the main (second) floor beginning Aug. 26 and continuing into September. Circulation services will be back in place at the Circulation Desk prior to Sept. 20.

NEW! Fall Move-in: Volunteers needed for OSU Fall Move-in! Help create a lasting memory for thousands of new Beavs this fall when you volunteer as part of the OSU 2019 Move-In team. Fall Move-In is Sunday, Sept. 22. You can sign up for the entire day or just for a few hours, working as an individual or with your group, club or team. Either way, you’ll play a significant role welcoming new residents of Beaver Nation to campus.  Volunteering as an individual: Volunteering your group/organization: . Questions? Email

NEW! Fall 2019 Move-in Advertising in UHDS Halls: UHDS Fall Move-in Promotion Opportunities are available for OSU-affiliated departments, student groups, and organizations. To participate, your organization must follow the procedure listed under the “Fall 2019 Move-In Advertising” heading at Deadline for required pre-approval is Sept. 6. Deadline for approved materials to be delivered to UHDS is Sept. 6. Contact with any questions.

NEW! Seeking Fulbright Campus Committee Members at OSU: The Prestigious Scholarships office is recruiting OSU community members to review Fulbright applications and interview candidates. OSU will nominate students for both Study/Research awards and English Teaching Assistantships. We welcome faculty and staff committee members with expertise in a range of disciplines, international experiences, and/or ESL/TESOL instructors. The commitment to serve on a Fulbright Campus Committee includes reviewing 1-3 student applications, participating in a one-hour interview with the candidate(s) (generally between Sept. 9 and 27), providing constructive feedback, and participating in the committee’s decision to provide OSU endorsement for candidates. For more information: To volunteer, contact LeAnn Adam:

Commercial shipping: OSU has a new on-campus shipping center in the EH&S Annex, 191 SW 35th St. This new location, open starting Aug. 15, allows for the consolidation of all commercial shipping through FedEx, UPS, DHL and Freight Vendors in one location. This new location will offer more consistent and convenient services for all OSU departments while ensuring that the university remains in compliance with all federal and international shipping regulations. Printing & Mailing Services' main production facility and Xpress Stop location will no longer offer commercial shipping services. They will continue to offer US Postal Service products and services for both OSU departments and university staff and students. For more information, 541-737-3979.

Copyright and Scantron Services: Scantron Test Scoring and Copyright Services is now at the Xpress Stop inside the Memorial Union, Room 61. For questions, 541-737-4941.

Undergraduate Research and Writing Studio Summer Hours: The URWS offers free writing and research support for students working on classwork of all genres, scholarship and job application materials, and other projects. Come to the studio on the main floor of the Valley Library to work on your project, ask questions and receive personalized feedback from our highly trained staff; no appointment needed. We’re open Monday through Thursday, noon to 4 p.m., through Sept. 5. For more information see

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Western Boulevard: The eastbound lane on SW Western Boulevard near 30th Street is scheduled to be closed again. The contractor will be replacing the temporary trench path for the sewer line installation with permanent AC patch between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Aug. 27. 

Planned Power Outage Sept. 5-6: There will be a planned power outage beginning Thursday, Sept.5 starting at 5 a.m. and lasting until Friday, Sept. 6 at 7 a.m. Affected buildings will be on backup power and will experience minimal disruption. There will be limited service interruptions on Sept. 5 from 5 to 7 a.m. and on Sept. 6 from 5 to 7 a.m. to a number of buildings along Southwest Jefferson Way. OSU's Power Grid Updates website has a list of affected buildings.

Dixon Recreation Center metered parking closure: As part of the 2019 Path of Travel project, all metered parking spaces and the sidewalk at Dixon Recreation Center will be closed Aug. 19 through Sept. 13. The sidewalk between the Dixon entry plaza and the Pacific Power substation will be replaced and widened to better accommodate the pedestrian path of travel. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Construction Manager Lindsey Austin at (541) 990-7720.


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! Internal employment opportunity: Ecampus is seeking a Student Success Coach. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #P03264UF. Closes Aug. 30

EXTENDED! Program Representative 2: Ecampus is seeking a Student Services Specialist (Program Representative 2). This is a full time (1.0 FTE) classified position. This position will represent multiple programs at different academic levels and articulate policy/process across multiple programs units, while also managing a variety of support systems and program review systems. Posting #P02323CT. Closes Sept. 2.

NEW! Outreach Program Coordinator: The Oregon State University 4-H Youth Development program is seeking a 4-H Youth Development Outreach Program Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE),12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Program Leader and the Regional Director. This position will be located in Tillamook. Posting #P03265UF. Closes Sept. 6.

NEW! Laboratory Assistant: The Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Laboratory Assistant. The Laboratory Assistant provides support to the Lab Manager, the Laboratory Director, the instructors, and the graduate teaching assistants by assisting with routine duties in the undergraduate chemistry teaching labs. Posting #P02351CT. Closes Sept. 8. 

NEW! Assistant to Department Head: The Department of Biomedical Sciences of the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking an Assistant to Department Head. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #P03273UF. Closes Sept. 22.


"Nothing's more charming than someone who doesn't take herself too seriously." ~ Melissa McCarthy, who turns 49 today.

Corvallis: Sunny this week with highs in the upper 80s to upper 90s. Lows in the mid 50s.

Central Oregon: Sunny this week with highs in the upper 80s. Lows in the mid 50s.

Newport: Sunny with highs in the 70s and lows in the 60s.

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