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:


How wombats may save other animals from wildfires (New York Times)

“What’s really interesting in this study is that interconnection,” said Meg Krawchuk, a fire ecologist at Oregon State University. By burrowing, she said, the wombats provide “value for the broader community. I don’t see that in any of our Fire Ecology 101, and that’s really neat.”

Airplane noise may be bad for your health (Futurity)

“Prior research has shown that aircraft noise can elevate stress responses and disturb sleep, but there has been mixed evidence of any links with body mass index,” says former SPH postdoctoral associate Matthew Bozigar, now an assistant professor of epidemiology at Oregon State University, who worked with Peters on both studies. “We were surprised to see a fairly robust link between aircraft noise and higher body mass index.”

How to pick the best ground cover plants (Dwell)

"Ground covers are low growing plants that form a dense carpet," says Janet Loughrey, a former Oregon State University master gardener who currently contributes to Garden Design. "They are effective for suppressing weeds, retaining moisture and for difficult areas where other plants struggle to thrive."

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Spring in the Willamette Valley: David Grube submitted this photo. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected]. To view past submissions, visit us on Instagram at @osutoday1

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Searching for support in your role as an instructional faculty member? See Academic Faculty Development Resources from the Office of Faculty Affairs. Need a pedagogical tuneup? Contact the Center for Teaching and Learning to arrange a 1-on-1 consultation. Teaching online? Check out Ecampus Faculty Support.


Engineering Expo: Free and open to all on Friday, June 7, at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center and LaSells Stewart Center. The 2024 Engineering Expo will feature interactive design project displays created and hosted by more than 1,200 senior engineering students. Project topics cover the breadth of engineering challenges, including robotics, clean water, nuclear energy, virtual reality, construction innovation and much more. More information:

Research Advancement Academy Info Sessions: Are you an early- or mid-career faculty member at OSU with a successful research portfolio and interdisciplinary experience? Learn about applying to the Research Advancement Academy (RAA) for the 2024-25 academic year. Join virtually at 9 a.m., June 7 (register here). The RAA aims to support a cohort of fellows in developing leadership skills, applying for seed funds and leading large ($3M+) transdisciplinary proposals and funded research programs within two years. Learn about our current cohort of Academy Fellows and discover their groundbreaking transdisciplinary work. For more information, reach out at [email protected].

University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on June 7 via Zoom and in B011 Kerr Admin. Bldg. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities and budget policies. For materials associated with this week’s topics, visit the UBC web page. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].

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

EMT Seminars Thomas Letzel will speak on "Mass Spectrometric Non-Target Screening – Interdisciplinary Solutions and Data Handling,” 2 p.m., June 7. This will be a hybrid seminar. In-Person in LPSC 402 and by Zoom. Join Zoom meeting:

Applied Economics Seminar: Prof. Jonathan Yoder from Washington State University will present "Water Rights Forfeiture: An Empirical and Theoretical Examination," from 2:30-4 p.m., June 7 in Ballard Ext 219; also available via Zoom. Additional details here

UIT Data Lab: Join the Data Team each Friday at the weekly Data Lab for drop-in assistance with data projects, networking and various collaborations. Bonus offering events are held each week to give updates on different types of data projects happening at OSU. This week on June 7, Emma Sanchez Tovar will be hosting an info session on Small Multiples in Tableau. For more information, please visit our website at

PRAx art integration fellowship presents Confluences II: "Confluences II" is a showcase of interdisciplinary projects developed by PRAx Student Fellows of 2023-24 at Oregon State University. The fourth gallery exhibit is at Truckenbrod Gallery from June 7-29. Exhibitors: Dragomira Zheleva, Anne Krone, Olivia Burleigh, Nilanjana Das and Delaney Chabot. Art reception is from 5-7 p.m., June 7.

Pride Watch Party: The Holcomb Center is hosting a Pride watch party featuring the movie “But I’m a Cheerleader,” starring Natasha Lyonne. Please join us in celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. This free event will take place at 6 p.m., June 7 in the Holcomb Center Snell 150.


OSU Chamber Choir: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents OSU Chamber Choir, the President’s Concert at 7 p.m., June 8 in Detrick Hall. Named in honor of President Emeritus Edward J. Ray and his late wife, Beth Ray, the President’s Concert represents the pinnacle of the choral year at Oregon State. Tickets $25; students free. Tickets here.


Yoga Nidra: Drawn from Vedic and Tantric practices, yoga nidra “yogic sleep” is a guided meditation experience which often yields deep relaxation, insight and a sense of connection. Guided by Tiffany Bailey 6-7:30 p.m, June 9, at Marigold. Purchase one class pass or $15 for drop-in. Please pre-register. Contact: [email protected].


NEW! International Employee and Scholar Coffee Social: International employees, faculty, scholars, families and friends are invited to drop in on the second Friday of the month (June 14) between 10:30 a.m. and noon at the Einerson House, 2638 NW Jackson Ave., for conversation, coffee, tea and light snacks. Hosted by the OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International, the OSU Office of International Services and the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center.

NEW! Naval ROTC Spring Commissioning: OSU NROTC will commission 10 ensigns into the Navy and three 2nd lieutenants into the Marine Corps at 4 p.m. June 14 in LINC 128 and online via Facebook. The ceremony involves the oath of office, assistance into uniform, rendering of the first salute, and remarks from guest speaker Capt. Craig Litty.

Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center Awards and Graduation Celebration: The Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center is excited to partner with Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and Queer Studies (QS) on a combined Awards and Graduation Celebration. At this event, HRWGC award recipients will be celebrated alongside Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies scholarship awardees and graduating students from the HRWGC, WGSS, and QS. Join us from 3-5 p.m., June 10, MU Horizon Room.

Fidelity On-Campus Consultations: Employees can meet with Justin Blatny, financial consultant from Fidelity to discuss your financial goals and savings plans for retirement. There is no cost for these consultations and they are available to all employees no matter what stage you are at in your career. Appointments are available on OSU Corvallis campus Tuesday, June 11. Schedule online at, or by phone at (800) 343-0860.

NTIAA On-Campus Consultations: Employees can meet with Andrew “AJ” Martinez, financial consultant from TIAA to discuss your financial goals and savings plans for retirement. There is no cost for these consultations and they are available to all employees no matter what stage you are at in your career. Appointments are available on OSU Corvallis campus Wednesday, June 12. Schedule online at, or by phone at (503) 265-3905. 

Sweet Beginnings: Commencement Celebration. Celebrating a 2024 grad this year? Gather at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center directly after the June 15 Commencement ceremony (approximately 1:30-3 p.m.) to enjoy cookies and refreshments, snap Insta-worthy photos and make final memories with grads, friends, family and faculty. Details, plus additional networking events, celebrations, career advice and more, are available at

Pressure canning demonstrations: Registration is now open for pressure canning demonstrations by Master Food Preservers at the OSU Extension office in Redmond on Thursday, June 20. Choose from two 90-minute sessions: one at 2 p.m. and one at 5:30 p.m. See details at this link:

Treasure Valley Golf: Tee up for the 15th Annual Treasure Valley Golf Tournament, a fun scramble-format tournament on Aug. 16 at Purple Sage Golf Course in Caldwell, Idaho, that supports OSU student-athletes. Not a golfer? Join fellow Beavers at lunch for updates from OSU Athletics, special guests and raffle prizes. 7:30 a.m. golf registration opens; 8:30 a.m. shotgun start; 12:30 p.m. lunch and awards.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Beaver Family Connections: Join other OSU parents and caregivers for our last Beaver Family Connections of academic year 2023-24. This month’s topic: “Fostering Healthy & Safe Pet Relationships,” with Monique Udell, OSU’s Human-Animal Interaction Lab. Noon to 1 p.m. June 11 in MU 207. All OSU parents/caregivers welcome. Lunch provided. For more information on this series, click here. For accommodations, contact Cari Maes at 541-737-4906 or [email protected].

Elsie M. Weisshaar M.S. defense: A presentation of Weisshaar’s thesis, titled “Denitrifying Woodchip Bioreactor Performance in Western Oregon," takes place at 10 a.m., June 10, in Kelley Engineering Center 1005. Weisshaar is earning her M.S. in biological & ecological engineering with Frank Chaplen. Please contact the BEE Department at [email protected] with questions, for the Zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

Sara Windoloski M.S. defense: A presentation of Windoloski’s thesis, titled “The Thermal Response of Small Streams to Atmospheric Heat Waves in the Oregon Coast Range," takes place at 3 p.m., June 10, in Strand 111. Windoloski is earning her M.S. in water resources science with Mary Santelmann. Please contact the Water Resources Graduate Program at [email protected] with questions, for the Zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by the Office of University Human Resources that dives deep into the way that we solve problems together. This engaging workshop helps people learn more about their own mindset, learn appreciation for how colleagues work, and together be able create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions. View upcoming workshops and enroll here

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue – Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for Summer and Fall 2024 In-person and Zoom courses here.

Take Note

NEW! OSU Today summer schedule: OSU Today will switch to weekly publication (Mondays only) starting June 17. 

Tumble-Tastic Gymnastics Camps: Does your little one like to flip, roll and tumble? Join KidSpirit tumble-tastic gymnastics camps this summer to refine those skills for better coordination, determination, balance and confidence. Gymnasts of all experience levels are encouraged to register for a camp that will enhance not only their gymnastic abilities, but their social-emotional capacities as well. For more information and to register, visit:

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Wildfire. Increasing numbers of people are making their homes in woodland settings, rural areas or remote mountain sites. Wildfires often begin unnoticed, however they spread very quickly. Reduce your risk by preparing now —before wildfire strikes. Meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten your area. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2024 and Fall 2025: Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy, or research you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue! FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Feel free to reach out to [email protected] with any questions, or for assistance with your application.

Blended Learning Faculty Fellows: CTL is accepting nominations and self-nominations for a 2024-25 Blended Learning Faculty Fellow. The Fellow will have opportunities to be involved in faculty development around blended learning and will support CTL’s strategic goals of enhancing student success while developing a culture of teaching innovation. Apply by June 10.

Graduate opportunities: Oregon Sea Grant is currently accepting applications for its spring graduate-level opportunities, featuring the Oregon Natural Resource Policy Fellowship (NRPF) and the Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship. The NRPF provides hands-on experience in natural resource policy at the state level, while the Malouf Scholarship supports graduate students conducting societally relevant coastal research applicable to Oregon. An informational webinar discussing these opportunities, along with future ones, is scheduled for June 14. To learn more and apply, visit:

Volunteers Needed for The Great Move-Out: Each year OSU collects donated items from students who no longer need them and distributes those reusable goods to non-profits in our community – usually totaling more than 20 tons of items. OSU Surplus needs your help to make the Great Move-Out Donation Drive a success again this year – together we can improve our campus and community and keep reusable goods out of the landfills. Find more information and our volunteer sign up page at this link.

All-Star Tailgate Sweepstakes: Enter the All-Star Tailgate Sweepstakes by July 31, presented by the OSU Alumni Association membership program. Seven lucky Beaver fans will win a VIP prize package for a 2024 Beaver Football home game that includes a pair of club-level tickets, parking at Reser, and meals and special VIP access at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. No purchase necessary; see official rules and eligibility requirements

Impact the future of online education through research: Each year, the OSU Ecampus Research Unit funds projects, up to $25,000 each, to support the research, development and scholarship efforts of faculty in online education. Many OSU colleagues have had transformative experiences in the Ecampus Research Fellows Program. Recent fellows studies highlight the ways in which these projects have advanced research in online/hybrid education. Ecampus Research Unit staff is available to help you develop the scope of your research project proposal. Contact Naomi Aguiar, associate director of research, with questions.

Deadline extended for faculty learning communities: The Center for Teaching and Learning and Academic Technologies are offering two Fall ’24 faculty learning communities for teaching faculty. Consider participation in either the Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community or the Teaching and AI Faculty Learning Community. Join us on this journey to strengthen teaching excellence. Apply by June 12. Funding provided.

Call for Applications: Career Champions. Applications for the fall 2024 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. Career Champions provides educators with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while tackling issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Applications are due June 7. Cohort meets Thursdays 3-4 p.m. on Zoom weeks 3-8 of fall term. Direct questions to Brenna Gomez.

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by sharing SAIF’s resources for Workplace Safety Meeting Topic Ideas. For more information on safety at OSU, visit 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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Washington Way: The sidewalk closure on 35th Street, approaching the Washington Way intersection, has been extended through Thursday, June 20. Flagging operations and traffic delays will continue intermittently through Thursday, June 20. Sidewalk closure signs and barriers will be in place on 35th Street, on both the east and west sidewalks, approaching the Washington Way intersection. Pedestrians should plan to use Jefferson Way, 30th Street and the multi-use path on Washington Way to detour around the area. No crosswalk access will be available at the intersection of Washington Way and 35th Street The multi-use path on Washington Way will remain accessible from 35th Street.

Campus Way: As part of the Kelley District Utility Plant project, SW Campus Way between SW 26th Street and SW Memorial Place will be closed May 29-June 10. The closure is necessary to allow for crane activity related to the project. Unlike recent, intermittent closures related to the project, this will be a continuous closure of Campus Way. The Kelley Engineering Center south entrance will also be closed. The north sidewalk and both bicycle lanes in this section of Campus Way will be closed during this time period. The south sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. A bicycle detour will be provided. (View road and sidewalk closure map.) (View bicycle detour.)


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NEW! Painter: University Housing and Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, painter position to provide quality, courteous and timely facilities maintenance services to internal and external customers; to perform skilled journey-level work in preparing and applying finishes such as paint and coatings to metal, wood, glass, plaster, drywall, masonry surfaces, and other various substrates of buildings and other structures, equipment, furniture, and woodwork in order to protect and beautify the surfaces, and to provide safe, secure, and sanitary living and dining facilities for students and staff living in university-owned facilities. Posting #P04827CT. Closes June 18.


“A garden is to be a world unto itself, it had better make room for the darker shades of feeling as well as the sunny ones.” ~ William Kent

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 87, low of 54. Partly sunny Saturday, sunny Sunday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 87, low of 58. Mostly sunny through the weekend.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 77, low of 47. Mostly cloudy Saturday, mostly sunny Sunday.

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