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.

Is Robert Mueller hard of hearing? Another challenge for older workers (Forbes)

Other research has shown that people with disabilities refrain from requesting accommodations if they think coworkers would find the request "normatively inappropriate" — meaning not in keeping with the office culture. Research by David C. Baldridge and Michele L. Swift of Oregon State University's College of Business, published in the journal Human Resources Management, studied the effect of age on such requests. Workers' fear of seeming old, they found, may trump their fear of seeming to have a disability.

Seeking a culprit when bumblebee carcasses pile up (New York Times)

In June 2013, in a Target parking lot in Wilsonville, Ore., an estimated 50,000 bumblebees dropped dead. Shoppers reported bees falling from branches and crawling on the ground. Piles of carcasses scattered beneath dozens of linden trees marked the largest mass bee kill ever recorded.

Ben Carson defended Trump's racist tweets. Here's how that affects his reputation (Washington Post)

A piece co-written by OSU's Christopher Stout.

Costa Mesa man's technology went to the moon and back (LA Times)

As a boy growing up in McMinnville, Ore., in the 1930s, Florey listened to “Flash Gordon” and “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century” on the radio. One of his sisters encouraged his interest in science — real science, not science fiction — which took him to Oregon State University’s chemical engineering department.

Study: Forest owners to plant less Douglas fir as climate warms (KTVZ)

West Coast forest landowners are expected to adapt to climate change by gradually switching from Douglas fir to other types of trees such as hardwoods and Ponderosa pine, according to a new Oregon State University study. (see also Science Daily)


Council set to vote on OSU development plan (Gazette-Times)

The Corvallis City Council meets at 6 p.m. Monday at the downtown fire station, 400 NW Harrison Blvd., with the key agenda item deliberations on a controversial Oregon State University development application that could lead to 290 bedrooms of student housing.

OSU hosting 2-day clean water workshop (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University is hosting a two-day workshop on clean water at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St.

OSU-Cascades announces 2019 employment awards (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University – Cascades  has given its 2019 Employee Awards to five faculty and staff members for outstanding contributions in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion; outreach; outstanding staff engagement and support; scholarship and creative activity; and teaching excellence.

What's the name of this funky fungus? 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.

Bee colony loss reaches highest point in 13 years (News Review)

Ramesh Sagili, an associate professor in the horticulture department at Oregon State University, works specifically on bee health and nutrition. He started at the university shortly after commercial bee operations started reported significantly higher colony losses in 2006. (see also KTVZ)

OSU Invests $2.6 million in AI Computing Resources (inside HPC)

Oregon State University’s College of Engineering is accelerating its work in artificial intelligence, robotics, driverless vehicles and other areas by acquiring six advanced NVIDIA systems that give the college some of the most powerful computing resources among universities worldwide. (see also News-Review)

'Romeo and Juliet' meets the Jazz Age in Bard in the Quad(Democrat-Herald)

As she dove deep into the text of "Romeo and Juliet," this year's Bard in the Quad production at Oregon State University, director Elizabeth Helman kept noticing something maybe a little unexpected about the play — well, at least, the first half of the play.

Wearable devices help researchers monitor the movement of harbor seals (

To remedy this, researchers from Oregon State University placed wearable external tracking devices (satellite transmitters) on 24 adult harbor seals from Alsea Bay and Netarts Bay in Oregon. (see also Science Daily)

Washington grizzly bears get another chance (Missoulian)

Recent research indicates that grizzlies bears are good for rodents and plants. A 2018 Oregon State University Study found that bear scat feeds small mammals. The study builds on a previous research finding that bear scat in Alaska was the primary way seeds were dispersed. According to the OSU research, rodents rummage through the bear scat picking out seeds.

Large wasps descend on Central Oregon in search of cicadas(Bend Bulletin)

Tracy Wilson, agricultural literacy coordinator for the Oregon State University Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Madras, said it can be scary to encounter the wasps, especially when they are loudly attacking cicadas overhead, but they are not aggressive toward people.

OSU Researchers Develop Eco-Friendly, Commercially Viable Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives (Cascade Business News)

Chemical engineering researchers at Oregon State University have developed a vegetable-oil-based adhesive that could provide an eco-friendly option in making items such as sticky notes, postage stamps and bandages.

Denver’s plan for bicycles is moving faster, but it could still take 18 years (Denver Post)

European countries have found “dramatically safer results” from separated bikeways, according to David Hurwitz, a transportation researcher at Oregon State University.

OSU mourns the death of former gymnast Amy Durham(Gazette-Times)

Oregon State gymnastics legend Amy Durham passed away July 29. Durham lettered for the Beavers from 1990-93, capping her career by scoring a perfect 10.0 on the floor exercise at the NCAA championships in Corvallis to win the national title on the event.

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A plague on both your houses: “Romeo and Juliet” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8-11 in the Memorial Union Quad. Attendees are encouraged to bring low lawn chairs and/or blankets, warm clothing and food if desired.  Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and no one will be seated prior to that time. Tickets are $17 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors, and $5 for OSU students. Tickets are available online at or by phone at the Theater Arts Box Office at 541-737-2784. 


Clean Water Workshop Presented by the Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative, Oregon State University College of Engineering. Free and open to the public (registration required). Aug. 5-6, LaSells Stewart Center. For full event information and to register: Poster abstract submissions are invited at For questions and event access assistance, contact Brad Canfield, COE Outreach Programs and Events Manager, at or 541-737-7151.


OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Friday, noon to 3 p.m., at 644 S.W. 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.


Romeo and Juliet: OSU Theatre will present “Romeo and Juliet” for the popular Bard in the Quad summer productions in August. It will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8-11 in the Memorial Union Quad. Attendees are encouraged to bring low lawn chairs and/or blankets, warm clothing and food if desired. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available for purchase during intermission. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and no one will be seated prior to that time. The production includes the use of prerecorded amplified gunshot sound effects as well as prop firearms that are clearly marked. Tickets are $17 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors, and $5 for OSU students. Tickets are available online at or by phone at the Theater Arts Box Office at 541-737-2784. A box office also will be available in the MU quad at 6:30 p.m. on performance evenings.


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 S.W. 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 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.


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.


Field Day at Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture: Visit the OSU Department of Horticulture's learning laboratory for sustainable horticulture. Meet researchers and tour plots. Learn about functional hedgerows, see a honey bee observation hive, view the riparian zone restoration, learn to grow in small urban spaces, visit the native bee petting zoo, see the dry farmed vegetables, organic production and taste some honey. Tuesday, Aug. 13. Drop by between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. OCCUH is at 844 SW 35th St., Corvallis. Free, all ages welcome. 

All of Us exhibit: The All of Us exhibit will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19-23 on the brick mall off the northeast corner of the MU. The goal of the research, education and enrollment center is to advance health care that is based on you as an individual. Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, All of Us aims to sign up 1 million or more people who will share information about their health over time. Researchers will study this data to improve health for generations to come. It’s hosted by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Benton County, and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. Learn more at

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 Rd, Independence). Events are free but parking is limited so register at 

Embracing Imperfection – Celebrating the interior grace of trees: John Selker, OSU Distinguished Professor of Biological and Ecological Engineering, presents a show of his recent wooden creations. Open 9-5 daily through Aug. 30 in the Basement of Fairbanks Hall.

BeaverHacks, Winter 2018: The Hackathon Club at OSU is holding a hackathon Dec. 13-16, 5 p.m., online. Awards will be given for C++ Console App, People's Choice, Alumni, and 1st/2nd/3rd place. Students new to programming are encouraged to join. Those looking for teammates can indicate that on the registration form and you will be matched with a group. To register: Club Registration Form, or sign up on the DevPost website.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Nora C. Boylan – Water Resource Science, M.S. Defense: Nora Boylan will present her dissertation, “Assessing the link between stream restoration and groundwater recharge and storage: An investigation of Indian Creek in Washington State.,” on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 9 a.m. in Gilmore Hall 234. She is completing her M.S. under the guidance of major professor Michael Campana. 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:

Workshop: Blending Your Teaching with Instructional Media Want to know how to create instructional media for your on-campus courses and to learn best practices of hybrid/flipped/blended design and teaching? CTL and Academic Technology invite you to explore the new Faculty Media Center to learn how to make audio, video and other media while beginning to plan an upcoming course. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., Kidder 100. Bring a laptop and your imagination.  Register. Info: Faculty Media Center.

Linus Pauling Institute Conference and SfRBM Regional Symposium: Join us Aug. 14-16 to hear the latest research on vitamins and botanical supplements in neurodegenerative diseases and cancer, including a public lecture with Nobel Laureate Louis Ignarro, the “Father of Viagra,” on Friday, Aug. 16. Discounted registration rates for OSU community members; email or call 541-737-5075 for details.

Masters Defense Presentation: John Bryn Webber, a graduate student in the Department of Horticulture, will give his master's defense presentation on “Characterization and Cultivar Susceptibility Assessment of Bacterial Blight in Hazelnut” in Agricultural and Life Sciences Building 4000 at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13.

Lecture & Dinner with Nobel Laureate: Louis Ignarro, known as the “Father of Viagra,” will deliver a lecture on campus Friday, Aug. 16, as part of the Linus Pauling Institute’s biennial conference. Lecture is free, but registration is required. A small number of tickets to dinner following the lecture at the Vue in downtown Corvallis are available for purchase; save your seat now. Email or visit the conference website for more info.

Craft Making: Craft Cider Essentials (Aug. 19-23): Spend five days learning the fundamental techniques of cider making in Oregon State University’s state-of-the-art fermentation labs. Find out more here.

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

Training opportunities: The Office of Human Resources invites employees to register for new training opportunities. Courses include topics related to employee benefits, Core Curriculum for Current Supervisors and Managers, and Managers Legal Toolkit for Managers of Professional Faculty. View training courses and register here.

The Source: The summer edition of eNews from the College of Agricultural Sciences is available at It has been a busy few months at the College of Agricultural Sciences, and this issue of The Source reflects some of the exciting news taking place, from the launch of the Global Hemp Innovation Center to the appointment of Lisa Ballance to direct the Marine Mammal Institute.

Many of the departments within the Office of Student Life are moving to new locations this summer. The Dean of Students, ASOSU Office of Advocacy, ASOSU Safe Ride, ASOSU Student Legal Services, Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Community Responsibility and Belonging, Military and Veteran Resource Center, Student Care, and Student Conduct and Community Standards are all relocating. Please visit for more information on who is moving where and when.

EHS Newsletter: Safety Beaver Buzz: The second edition of the Safety Beaver Buzz, published on a quarterly basis, is now available. Lab personnel should take special note of the new Laboratory Safety Training. Any topic suggestions or comments can be directed to

Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy & Standards page to learn about recent policy updates: This page is updated frequently with new developments.

Volunteer opportunity for Fall 2019 – New International Students Orientation Week: Engage with new international students and help welcome the new Beavers from around the world during Fall 2019 Orientation Week. For more information and to sign up go here. Volunteer training day (required for all volunteers): September, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ILLC 155. Volunteering dates: New students move-in day: Sept. 16-17. Orientation week: Sept. 18-24. Different volunteer shifts available to fit your schedule. For more information or questions, contact Carla Portugal at or go to the INTO OSU website.

The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing a guide for building momentum with your safety program, available online at You can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

The Xpress Stop location at the MU will be closed Aug. 5-15 for training and space reconfiguration. Customers can still use Printing and Mailing’s main location at 4700 SW Research Way.

Retirements: Join OSU Printing and Mailing Services in saying goodbye to two outstanding team members. Cindy Frederick, mailing specialist, has been with OSU Printing and Mailing Services for 24 years. Cindy has been instrumental in processing mail for faculty, staff and students. Terri Traver, customer relations specialist, joined the team five years ago and has been one of the friendly faces meeting with customers in the OSU community. Stop by Printing and Mailing Services to wish them well on their new adventures after OSU from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at 4700 SW Research Way. Light refreshments will be served.

Online Writing Suite Open for Summer: OSU’s Writing Center offers free, online writing feedback to students and staff working on any type of writing including summer coursework and application materials. Highly trained staff work with all genres and levels, offering feedback for each stage of the writing process. The Suite is open 24/7 and responds within one business day via either email or Zoom video conference. Learn more and submit writing at


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! Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) is seeking an Accountant 2. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position. Posting #P02315CT. Closes Aug. 12.

NEW! 4-H Program Coordinator: The OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development program invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, 4-H Program Coordinator position in Baker County. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Program Leader and the Regional Director. Position #P3221UF. Closes Aug. 18.

NEW! Spring Creek Project Intern: The Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word is hiring a part-time student intern to assist with events, residency programs, marketing and outreach, communications and more. The 12-month position begins in late August or early September. Posting # P05601SE. Closes Aug. 23.

NEW! The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA) is seeking an Equity Associate. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Executive Director. Posting #P03155UF. Full consideration Aug. 2. Closes Aug. 16.

NEW! INTO OSU is seeking a Finance Coordinator (PT). The Finance Coordinator is responsible for providing support to INTO OSU students with communication and advisement relating to their student accounts. This position will use communication skills to provide quality advice and support for students, staff, agents and parents. For more information follow this link. Posting closes Aug. 14.


"I think we're going to the moon because it's in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It's by the nature of his deep inner soul ... we're required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream." ~ Neil Armstrong, born today in 1930.

Corvallis: The week starts out hot but cools down midweek to the 70s, with showers by the weekend.

Central Oregon: Hot and sunny before thunderstorms roll in and temperatures drop to the 80s.

Newport: Mostly cloudy, highs in the 60s, lows in the 50s.

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