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:


An underwater volcano off the Oregon coast sheds light on eruptions (Science Friday)

“As magma rises up underneath and accumulates under the surface, the whole volcano inflates like a balloon… pressure builds up,” says Bill Chadwick, the Oregon State University volcanologist who’s leading the cruise that took researchers out to sea for two weeks last summer. “Eventually that magma opens up a crack, finds a way out, erupts lava on the seafloor. [Then] the whole volcano quickly subsides back down.”

Want a quicker, easier way to test for many illnesses, including cancer? (No) sweat, say OSU researchers (KTVZ)

Researchers in the Oregon State University College of Engineering have developed a handheld sensor that tests perspiration for cortisol and provides results in eight minutes, a key advance in monitoring a hormone whose levels are a marker for many illnesses including various cancers.

Massive blue whale bones to be preserved (KEX)

The skeleton of a rare 70-foot blue whale that washed up on the Oregon coast several years ago will journey to Alberta, Canada later this week so a team of preservation and restoration specialists can prepare it for public display at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

A colossal ecosystem teeming with life is below Earth's surface (IFL Science)

"Our studies of deep biosphere microbes have produced much new knowledge, but also a realization and far greater appreciation of how much we have yet to learn about subsurface life," added Rick Colwell, microbial ecologist at Oregon State University.

Work begins on Klamath dam removals (Farm Progress)

The decommissioning effort includes restoration of 8,000 acres currently inundated by the hydroelectric dams, which were built between 1918 and 1962, Oregon State University explains. OSU researchers last summer launched a 3½-year partnership with the Yurok Tribe to study what the connections between river quality, water use and the aquatic food web will look like after the four dams are dismantled.

Oregon teachers to get training to help students with disabilities (KEX)

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE), the Early Learning Division (ELD) and Oregon State University (OSU) are partnering to develop the Oregon Early Childhood Inclusion Coaching Collaborative. This collaborative is the first of its kind, focusing on early learners experiencing disabilities. It will assist regional early learning systems and early care and education professionals by offering training and support to regional coaches on how to best include children experiencing disabilities in classroom activities. (see also KEZI)

Students to showcase STEM skills with custom robots (Columbia Gorge News)

“This is the first year our region has competed using the VEX IQ robotics platform. I am extremely pleased to be sending 10 teams from the region to the state finals. As all-rookie programs, this is a huge accomplishment for students and coaches alike,” said Lu Seapy, tournament host and coach for Wasco County 4-H ro-botics teams.

Voigt: Technology and research vital for potato industry (Pacific Northwest Ag Network)

But, Voigt pointed out that doing that research is challenging, which makes their relationship with Washington State University, the University of Idaho, Oregon State University and USDA all the more important.  He added many people don’t appreciate that a potato is a tetraploid, making research efforts even more challenging.

China's huge quarantine camps standing months after 'zero COVID' (Al Jazeera)

“Quarantine hospitals are designed in a very different way from acute care hospitals because for quarantine, the main purpose of the facility is to quarantine, not treatment,” Chi Chunhuei, director of the centre for global health at Oregon State University, told Al Jazeera.

Registration opens for OSU agritourism course (Capital Press)

Oregon State University Extension Service is bringing back an online training course for farmers and ranchers interested in adding agritourism to their operations. 

OSU names Stone executive director of Impact Studio (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Rob Stone, professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University, has been named executive director of OSU’s Impact Studio. Launched by the Office of the Provost in 2018, the Impact Studio helps develop strategies to respond creatively and nimbly to trends in higher education. 

Today's photo

Whale spine: Part of the spine of a blue whale is stretched out in a warehouse at Hatfield Marine Science Center. The whale’s skeleton is being transported to Canada for a deep cleaning before being returned to Hatfield to be placed on display: (Photo: Michelle Klampe). We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Exploring strategies to place greater emphasis on learning and less emphasis on grades in a future course? Consider alternative grading frameworks such as mastery-based testing, standards-based learning and specifications grading. Want to find out more? Schedule a consultation with the Center for Teaching and Learning.


Meat Center: The Clark Meat Science Center retail store will be open Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Products include fresh and cooked/smoked sausages, bacon, retail cuts, jerky and snack sticks. The store is at 3260 SW Campus Way, next to the Motor Pool. Contact [email protected] for questions regarding the store.

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.


Corvallis Public Seed Library Pop-Up Vegetable Garden Plant Clinic: Benton County Master Gardeners will hold a pop-up plant clinic event at the Corvallis-Benton County Library's Public Seed Library from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 25. Master Gardeners will help you plan your garden, select seeds right for you and answer your vegetable garden growing questions. There will be one last early season pop-up vegetable garden clinic on Saturday, April 1. Individual donations of open and partially used seed packets packed for '22 and '23 are needed, and can be donated any time at the library circulation desk.


NEW! RHA x CAPE trivia night: April is Sexual Assault Awareness/Action Month, a time to support survivors, raise awareness and commit to action to prevent sexual violence in our campus community. Join the Residence Hall Association and the Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education for a trivia night to kick off the month’s events from 6-8 p.m., April 5 in the MU Ballroom. Topics include legislation, history, activism, campus and community resources, and pop culture. There will be prizes and free food. Sign up here to create or join a team. 

NEW! Saber es Poder: Join CEL and the CCCC for an immersive overnight experience in Woodburn focused on learning leadership skills from local Latina community leaders. Lodging, food and transportation will be provided. Applications are due April 7. This event is intended for students:

There’s still time to register for spring break industry tours: Meet with OSU alums, tour their facilities, learn about career and internship opportunities and build your network. Eaton is an intelligent power management company dedicated to improving quality of life and protecting the environment for people everywhere. 9:30 a.m., March 29. Register for Eaton tour. Element Six is the world’s leading synthetic diamond and super-materials producer. They are recognized as operating at the forefront of industry. 9:30 a.m., March 30. Register for Element Six tour.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Flash Panel on AI: "Good, Bad, But Could Get Ugly. Implications for Higher Ed." Panelists Julia Bradshaw, associate professor of photography and new media communications; Regan Gurung, professor and director of general psychology; Islam Al Musaly, instructor of new media communications and Dan Faltesek, associate professor of new media communications, will consider such factors as personalized learning, bias and fairness, results reliability, accessibility, de-skilling concerns and ethics and privacy. 4 p.m., April 5 via Zoom. Register for link to view.

Focus on Community — BIPOC panel conversation: Join us for connection and conversation (plus free lunch: registration encouraged) from noon to 1 p.m., April 3 in the MU Horizon Room, as we aim to cultivate care for communities of color at Oregon State University. This panel comprises Student Health Services (SHS) and Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) representatives. During the discussion, through a health equity lens, we will highlight several of the impactful programs SHS and CAPS have to offer OSU students. This event is associated with National Public Health Week 2023 (April 3-9).

English conversation classes: Crossroads Conversation School for Women invites international women to join us this spring for English conversation classes. In volunteer-taught classes, students will explore other cultures, practice English and develop friendships. This term we are offering both in-person classes (open to all levels of English learners) and an online class (for intermediate and advanced English learners). Classes begin April 4. For more details and registration information see or contact Kara Hanson at [email protected].

Collaborating with artists on broader impacts and beyond: This Research Office Campus Conversation will focus on practical ways STEM faculty can integrate arts into their research, including everything from innovative Broader Impacts projects to science-focused events and performances. You’ll leave with real-world ideas and support for getting your science in front of new audiences. Noon to 1:30 p.m., April 6. Register here to attend in person (Memorial Union 206) or here to participate via Zoom. 

Focus on Food & Nutrition — BIPOC cooking class: Food, friends and fellowship are vital ingredients to wellness in communities of color. From 4-7 p.m., April 9 in Milam 201, join us for live cooking demonstrations, meal prep competitions and a family-style dinner (all free: registration required; limited availability). This event is associated with National Public Health Week 2023 (April 3-9). Its overall theme is “centering and celebrating cultures in health,” and Sunday’s daily topic is “food and nutrition.”

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by University Human Resources that dives deep into the ways 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 to create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions. University Human Resources is offering this new two-hour workshop to OSU employees on a monthly basis starting this spring. View upcoming workshops and enroll here. A $40 fee covers materials.

Women in Wood Science: Women, people of color and historically marginalized groups are underrepresented in STEM; let’s change this. Join us on April 11 for a day exploring the dynamic field of wood science. Meet experts, network with fellow students, alumni and industry leaders, participate in hands-on activities and discover career options. Register now.

Take Note

NEW! Spring Break: OSU Today will publish on March 27 only during Spring Break, and will resume daily publication on April 3.

NEW! Receive texts from the OSU Foundation: We're just one month away from one of the most exciting days all year: Dam Proud Day, OSU's annual day of giving and connecting. See it all unfold in the palm of your hand by signing up to receive texts from the OSU Foundation. For Dam Proud Day, April 26, you’ll receive reminders, updates and our gratitude via text message.

NEW! Fulbright scholar competition open: The 2024-25 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open. This program offers U.S. citizens opportunities to teach, conduct research and carry out professional projects in over 135 countries. A variety of webinars are available highlighting opportunities by discipline, region, and country on the Fulbright website. Past webinars are available on the archive page.

NEW! 40 years of service: Congratulations to Bernadette Stang, senior research assistant II, for being honored for 40 years of service at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others who have reached this milestone by clicking on their name.

Submit your nomination for the OSU Faculty Affordability Award: The OSU Faculty Senate just launched an award to recognize faculty who go above and beyond in keeping their course materials affordable for students. If you know a full-time faculty member with an innovative or creative solution to low- or no-cost course materials, consider nominating them for this award. The award recipient will be recognized at University Day and receive a $2,500 departmental transfer. Review the selection criteria and nominate a colleague today

Guidance for OSU teaching faculty: See ChatGPT and Other AI Tools: Implications for Teaching and Learning to learn more about the potentials and limitations around the use of generative AI tools in your courses. Information is provided about setting course-level expectations, sample syllabus language, data security and support for teaching faculty.

Building Humanities Collaborations: "Authentic, Equitable Partnerships to Address Societal Challenges." This Research Office Learning Lab brings together humanities and STEM faculty to explore potential collaborative research, scholarship and funding opportunities. Workshop participants will receive a $500 seed grant to start their collaborative work. Apply by April 5. Click here to learn more and apply.

Costa Rica program: Oregon State University Extension Tourism program in partnership with Holbrook Travel is offering an eight-day travel program in Costa Rica. Explore the Caribbean coast parks, beaches, lowland forests, farms and rivers on this fully guided experience. We welcome any adult interested in exploring Costa Rica. Aug. 30-Sept. 6, $2,400. See details and link to register at

OSU Day of Service: Get ready to join Beaver Nation May 20 in giving back to your community. Lead an in-person or online service opportunity that you are passionate about and create positive change with people who share your interests and commitment to addressing community needs. Register your volunteer site at

Notice of policy action: The university community is invited to review and provide comment on proposed university policy 06-200 Intellectual Property. This policy clarifies ownership, rights, responsibilities and revenue sharing related to intellectual property conceived of, made or developed by or through interactions with the university. Comments must be received by April 11.

Bring Your Kids to Campus Day: As a part of Oregon State’s commitment to supporting students and employees in pursuing happy, balanced and fulfilling lives, the Family Resource Center on the Corvallis campus is excited to host Bring Your Kids to Campus Day on May 12. We are asking for campus-wide collaboration to make this day a huge success. If your department is interested in hosting an activity, please reach out to [email protected].

2023 Faculty Innovator Award: Nominations are now being accepted. This award honors an outstanding Oregon State University inventor who has made a contribution leading to commercialization that significantly impacts their field and society. For details and the nomination form, visit the OSU Advantage website: 2023 Faculty Innovator Award. The awardee will receive a $5,000 prize and desktop award. The awardee’s department will receive $5,000. Nomination deadline is April 14.

new website for the Controller’s Unit (CU) has launched: The Controller's Unit, housed within the Division of Finance and Administration, is where students and staff can access student account billing and payment information, payroll and leave reporting information, payroll tax reporting information and more. The new website’s URL is If you see an issue, please email [email protected]

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! 30th Street: Due to the tree maintenance, southbound 30th Street between Jefferson Street and Washington Way (see map) will be closed from 7 a.m.-4 p.m., March 31. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Todd Cross  at 541-737-6741.


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NEW! SNAP-Ed/FCH Program Coordinator: OSU Extension Service invites applications for a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-Ed)/Family and Community Health (FCH) Program Coordinator position. This is a full-time, 12-month, professional faculty position based at the OSU Extension Service Clatsop County office in Astoria. Posting #P06622UF. Closes April 13.


"It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent." ~ Madeleine Albright

Corvallis: Rain and snow showers today, high of 47, low of 32. Rain and snow Saturday and Sunday.

Central Oregon: Chance of snow showers today, high of 39, low of 23. Chance of snow showers Saturday, partly sunny Sunday.

Newport: Showers today, high of 46, low of 35. Showers through the weekend.

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