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.

Are you throwing money on your vineyard floor? (Growing Produce)

Don’t get her wrong. An associate professor and viticulture extension specialist at Oregon State University, Skinkis realizes the value of crop management. But growers can overdo it.

Bird advocates question raven-killing plans to protect sage grouse (OPB)

Doctoral students at Oregon State University are working to better understand the sage grouse-raven battle in Baker County. The study is still ongoing.

How sex at home makes you happy at work (Sydney Morning Herald)

Led by associate professor Keith Leavitt from Oregon State University, his team was driven to embark on this study based on two realisations. The first was that sex outside of work has mostly been excluded from management research – oftentimes derided as taboo – and the second is that most adults do indeed "do the deed" on a regular basis. As such, Dr Leavitt found it worthwhile to investigate whether one act influences the other.

Fruit growers learn how to take biocontrol fight to problem pests (Growing Produce)

As most growers know, brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has become a national problem. It’s definitely become established in the Pacific Northwest, said David Lowenstein, a postdoctoral research associate at Oregon State University who discussed integrating biological control into BMSB.

Oregon sells bonds to pay the Elliott State Forest's obligation to schools (OPB)

Last month, the Land Board agreed to start working with Oregon State University to convert the land into a research forest. But an additional $121 million is needed to compensate the Common School Fund, and it’s still unclear where that money will come from.

Today's photo

Antarctica bound: Kim Bernard (center), a biological oceanographer from Oregon State University, and two students from her lab – Kirsten Steinke (right), a Ph.D. candidate, and Julia Fontana, an undergraduate senior, are heading to Antarctica in April to spend six months at Palmer Station, where they’ll look at the diet and health of Antarctic krill. Listen to Bernard and Steinke being interviewed on the Thursday edition of OPB’s “Think Out Loud” here: (photo: Theresa Hogue)


OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales 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.

Thesis Defense – Water Resources Graduate Program: Laura Marshall, M.S., Friday, March 22, at 3 p.m. in Ballard Extension Hall 219. The title of her thesis is “Drivers of Deconstruction: An Economic Analysis of Dam Removal in the United States.” She is advised by Bill Jaeger of Applied Economics.


NEW! Prospective student open house: Juniors Visit Day, an open house program for prospective junior students, will be in the Memorial Union on Friday, March 29. There will be approximately 900 guests on campus, which may impact parking and retail food locations. Please welcome the guests while they are on campus.

NEW! National Public Health Week is April 1-7: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences is hosting several free events to highlight topics important to improving health and well-being. Join us.

Prospective student open house: Spring Preview, an open house program for prospective and admitted students, will be in CH2M and the Memorial Union on Monday, March 25. There will be approximately 800 to 1,000 guests on campus, which may impact parking and retail food locations. You are encouraged to welcome the guests while they are on campus.

Beaver Career Connections: The OSU Alumni Association is launching Beaver Career Connections Meetups on April 11 in participating cities (Bend, Corvallis, Portland, Seattle, Salem and Vancouver). OSU Alumni Career Ambassadors will host the meetups in their respective hometowns on April 11.  Alumni Career Ambassadors are OSU trained volunteers invested in the career growth and development of alumni and students. Registration and more information about the meetups happening in your hometown

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Introduction to USSI Metrics Dashboard (SSI0100): CORE Training for the new USSI Dashboards will be held via Webex on Thursday, March 28, 10-11 a.m. The Undergraduate Student Success Initiative (USSI) steering committee spearheaded the creation of a dashboard available to all faculty and staff to guide and inform the university wide efforts related to Undergraduate Student Success. SSI0100 provides a high-level overview of the university performance across six metrics. Participants will learn how to use and interact with the new USSI Metrics Dashboard. Register:

Duo Sign Up Event: The Duo team will have walk-up events for employees to sign up for Duo, get questions answered, and obtain a token if needed. This is a drop-in event; no registration needed. The next event is Tuesday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at Withycombe Hall, outside room 109. For more information about Duo, see

Social justice education: The Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs is a foundational professional development program for all 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:

Take Note

NEW! OSU Today deadline: OSU Today only prints Monday, March 25 during spring break and will resume daily publication on April 1. Items that need to appear in the Monday issue must be submitted by 4 p.m. today, Friday, March 22 to

NEW! Recyclemania: We’re in the home stretch, let’s not fall behind now. You can help us compete by recycling, composting, and reducing your trash. Tips to help OSU win: recycle your end of the term papers, empty recycling from your office desk or residential hall room into central bins to make it count, and double check what is recyclable at OSU to make sure you and everyone you know is recycling everything possible, because the competition ends March 30.

Spring Family Weekend: Spring Family Weekend is taking place May 3-5, 2019. If your department or organization is planning on hosting an event and would like this information to be included in the master program please fill out this form by Friday, March 22All events that are recorded after the deadline will only be placed on the online schedule. If you have questions regarding Family Weekends, they can be directed to New Student Programs & Family Outreach or Jess Tallant, Parent and Family Programs Coordinator, at  

OSU Homecoming Court applications: Applications for the 2019 OSU Homecoming Court are now being accepted. The Oregon State University Alumni Association is proud to sponsor the 2019 OSU Homecoming Court, which seeks to honor students who embody the spirit of a true Oregon Stater. Homecoming Court members will also receive a one-time, $500 scholarship. All full-time students with a 3.0 and above GPA can apply. Application deadline is April 7. Call 541-737- 7844 or visit

Mid-Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic – Food in Emergencies: If a disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water, and electricity for days or even weeks. Options for food storage include: Freeze-dried foods, MREs, dehydrated foods and canned foods. This month’s poster can be downloaded

Traffic & Maintenance 

Tree removal: A northern red oak tree will be removed from the west side of the MU quad during spring break. The tree is suffering from structural deficits and, as a result of a recent branch failure, is determined to be a hazard to the users of the MU quad area. For questions, please contact Facilities Services at or 7-2969.

Parking lot closures: During the week of spring break, March 25-29, the following gravel parking lots will be closed for grading and leveling. A2 lots: Community Hall East (Lot 3241) and Community Hall South (Lot 3242). B2 Lots: Magruder Hall South (Lot 3363) gravel portion only. B3 Lots: Vet Research Lab South (Lot 3342) and West Greenhouse Complex (Lot 3320). C Lots: Sports Complex West (Lot 3286). Vehicles parked in these lots may be towed. During these closures, you may park in another parking lot within your permitted zone. The lots may reopen early as the work is completed. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Transportation Services at or by calling 541-737-2583.

Planned Power Outage between March 28 and March 30: In an effort to improve the safety and reliability of the power grid serving the Corvallis campus, there will be a planned power outage Thursday, March 28, beginning at 6 a.m. and lasting through Saturday, March 30, at 6 p.m. Most affected buildings will be on backup power and will experience minimal disruption. Only Joyce Collin Furman Hall will be closed and without power during this time. OSU’s Power Grid Updates website has a list of affected buildings and times of planned outages.

Scheduled: Campus Wide Steam Shutdown: Each year Facilities Services performs necessary maintenance on the university’s steam system, which requires shutting off the steam throughout campus, to complete maintenance services at the plant, throughout the steam tunnels and in each building.  This process affects hot water supply, heating, and all equipment that uses steam, campus wide.  The steam shutdown for 2019 will occur from 6 p.m. on June 16 to 5 p.m. on June 20. For questions or comments on this closure contact Facilities Services at 541-737-2969.


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.

EXTENDED! Instructional Design Specialist (Academic Wage) – Ecampus invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), academic wage salaried Instructional Design Specialist position. This position is anticipated to last six months. Posting #P00606AW Closes March 31.

NEW! Business affairs at Oregon State University is seeking a full-time, 1.0 FTE Program Representative 1. Posting #P02049CT. Closes April 11.

NEW! The University Administrative Business Center at Oregon State University is seeking a full-time, 1.0 FTE Accountant 1. Posting #P02051CT. Closes April 11.

NEW! The University Administrative Business Center at Oregon State University is seeking a full-time, 12-month, Finance and Accounting Manager. Job duties, qualifications and application process can be found by visiting Posting #P02848UF. Full consideration date: April 7. Closes April 12.

NEW! The Office of Scholarship is seeking an Assistant Director. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the director. Posting #P02861UF. Full consideration April 12. Closes April 19. 

NEW! Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, fixed-term, Director of Survivor Advocacy. This is a professional faculty position. Posting #P02843UF. Closes April 20.


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Corvallis: Rain today, high of 55, low of 40. Chance of showers Saturday, mostly sunny Sunday.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain Friday, high of 52, low of 31. Chance of rain or snow Saturday, sunny on Sunday.

Newport: Rain and breezy, high of 53, low of 43. Chance of showers Saturday, mostly sunny Sunday.

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