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:

Neighborhood may affect a couple's odds of conceiving (US News & World Report)

"There are dozens of studies looking at how your neighborhood environment is associated with adverse birth outcomes, but the pre-conception period is heavily under-studied from a structural standpoint," explained study author Mary Willis, a postdoctoral scholar in Oregon State University's College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

Members of all American Tribal nations eligible for in-state tuition at OSU (KCBY)

Oregon State University announced Wednesday that enrolled members of all 574 federally recognized Tribal nations across America will pay in-state tuition at Oregon State University beginning fall term 2022, regardless of where they live. (see also OPB News)

Oregon's wildfire risk map emerges as new climate flashpoint (Associated Press)

The Oregon Department of Forestry, which created the risk map with experts from Oregon State University, said the fire policies triggered by the initial map are intended to prevent more catastrophic wildfires — not make life more difficult for homeowners.

OSU study finds growing environment, much like wine, affects aroma of hops and beers brewed with them (KTVZ)

Hops of the same variety grown in Oregon and Washington and beers brewed with those hops have different chemical properties and aroma profiles, a new Oregon State University study found.

Billions in feds' spending on megafire risks seen as misdirected (Bloomberg Law)

“If our goal is to keep homes and communities from burning, the experts are telling us to focus from the home outwards. First, harden the home so it is less likely to ignite,” said Beverly Law, an emeritus professor of forestry at Oregon State University.

Look out, world: The next generation of journalists is here (Oregonian)

The Oregonian/OregonLive supports the intensive camp in partnership with Oregon State University in hopes of inspiring students from diverse backgrounds to pursue journalism as a career. While on campus, they are introduced to the basics of writing, photography and editing, as well as other fundamentals of journalism. Students attend free of charge. (Opinion piece)

Want to help Oregon gardens through summer heat? Here's your August to-do list (Oregonian)

Timely advice on garden chores, fertilizing, pest control, and more from OSU Extension. These tips are not necessarily applicable to all areas of Oregon.

2022's states with the best and worst early education systems (Wallet Hub)

Featuring OSU's Martin Storksdieck.

'If not for them': Brenda VanLengen's journey to document women's basketball (Ms Magazine)

A piece by OSU's Susan Shaw.

Draft rules to govern police conduct in Oregon leave lots of wiggle room (OPB News)

The commission opted not to consider what penalties, if any, an officer should face if they join a hate group, prompting pushback from the only two Black members. “It’s really disappointing to see all the law enforcement and how this doesn’t seem to be an important issue to you,” said Tarron Anderson, a civil rights investigator at Oregon State University who said he felt compelled to speak up over this issue. “I try to be objective and understand from both sides of the aisle but some of these things are really troubling.”

Meat prices in Oregon could go down with new state law (KGW)

According to Oregon State University, there are only 13 federally approved slaughterhouses operating within the state right now that process cattle. All meat butchered in Oregon must be inspected before it can legally be sold in stores or served in restaurants, and wait times for inspection are long.

OSU: Releasing non-native fish to control mosquitoes doesn't work (KOIN)

Oregon State University is warning people against releasing non-native fish into waterways this summer as a way to manage the increased number of mosquitoes. 

The Dark Side of the New Hollywood: On Jon Lewis's "Road Trip to Nowhere" (LA Times Review of Books)

Jon Lewis (Oregon State University), author of Hard-Boiled Hollywood: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles (2017), follows up that study with another book about cultural conflict in Tinseltown. In Road Trip to Nowhere: Hollywood Encounters the Counterculture (2022), Lewis explores the seedy underbelly of Hollywood’s peace and love years. 

US regulators to certify first small modular nuclear reactor design (Extreme Tech)

NuScale, which has been anticipating approval of this design since the last technology review in 2020, says its small modular reactor (SMR) addresses these concerns. It’s based on a “Multi-Application Small Light Water Reactor” developed at Oregon State University in the early 2000s. 

Reser Stadium renovations progressing on schedule (Sports Business Journal)

Oregon State AD Scott Barnes said that Reser Stadium renovations are "still on budget and on time,” according to Nick Ursini of Eugene-based KEZI-ABC. There are "cranes moving steel," and columns are "up on the west side of the stadium." OSU will "still play their home games at Reser Stadium," but with "no seating on the west side, there will be roughly 26,000 seats available." 

5 secrets of seniors who keep their minds 'young' (Money Talks News)

“How we think about who we’re going to be in old age is very predictive of exactly how we will be,” says Shelbie Turner, a doctoral student at Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences and co-author of a study on the effects of positive self-perception in middle-aged and older adults.

Today's photo

Memorial Day hike: Julia Lounsberry submitted this image from Fitton Green. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Considering alternative approaches to assessment? Looking for ways to put more emphasis on learning and less on grading? See Assessment Design Considerations for Ungrading and Part 2: Strategies by Ecampus instructional designer Nadia Jaramillo for an overview of the concept of ungrading and its practices, potential benefits and challenges to implementation.


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:


NEW! Emergency Response Exercise: On Tuesday, Aug. 9, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., OSU Emergency Management and Athletics will host local responders for an emergency response training exercise at Reser Stadium. Portions of Parker Plaza and areas inside the east Reser Stadium concourse will be blocked off for part of the exercise. However, road and sidewalk access around the stadium will still be available. To keep the exercise area safe, please do not interfere with or approach the activity inside or outside Reser Stadium.

NEW!’s "Parent Burnout: The Struggle is Real." For more than two years, parents have had to figure out how to keep their families going through craziness. Every time they hit their stride, something came along to throw things back into chaos. And here we go again — it’s back-to-school season and, for many, back to the office full-time or hybrid. Families are again in flux. If this sounds familiar, join us and our guest, life and career coach Letisha Bereola, to learn how to build new systems that support life today. Aug. 9, 9 a.m. Register here.

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! Floor Monitor Training: Training for Floor Monitors and Building Managers on roles and responsibilities when evacuating their building. Training is the second Wednesday of every month via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom Floor Monitor Training at:


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. 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.


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.


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! 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

NEW! 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! 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

NEW! 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

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 Registration closes Sept. 12. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! 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.

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.

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.-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].

Take Note

NEW! 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, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a link to report safety concerns online.

NEW! 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].

NEW! 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],

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].

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.

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:

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 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].

Traffic and Maintenance

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! Open Campus & Juntos Coordinator: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement invites applications for a Bilingual Spanish Open Campus & Juntos Coordinator position based in Redmond. This is a F/T, 12-month, professional faculty position. The anticipated starting salary is $50,004-$65,004 per annum. Posting #P05916UF. Closes Aug. 23.

NEW! Director of Outdoor School: OSU Extension Service Outdoor School Program invites applications for a Director of Outdoor School based in Corvallis. This is a 12-month, F/T, professional faculty position. Posting #P05925UF. Closes Aug. 25.

EXTENDED! Food Service Worker 1: Oregon State University Extension 4-H Youth Development program invites applications for three (3) part-time, Intermittent Food Service Worker 1 positions based at the Oregon 4-H Conference and Education Center located approximately 20 minutes outside of Salem. These positions work start at $15.21 hourly + benefits. Posting #P03489CT. Closes Oct. 1.


"The grass in the back field was almost waist high, and now there was goldenrod, that late-summer gossip which comes to tattle on autumn every year. But there was no autumn in the air today; the sun was still all August, although calendar August was almost two weeks gone.” ~ Stephen King

Corvallis: Mostly sunny this week, highs in the 80s, lows in the 50s.

Central Oregon: Chance of showers early in the week, highs in the 90s, lows in the 50s.

Newport: Foggy with some sun, highs in the 60s, lows in the 50s.

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