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:

Oregon State scientists, collaborators say ocean biodiversity work needs improvement (Columbia Gorge News)

An international collaboration that includes two Oregon State University scientists says the world’s largest marine protected areas aren’t collectively delivering the biodiversity benefits they could be because of slow implementation of management strategies and a failure to restrict the most impactful human activities.

The US Congress is taking on AI — this computer scientist is helping (Nature)

Among those scientists who have gone to Washington is Kiri Wagstaff, a computer scientist who temporarily left her teaching position at Oregon State University in Corvallis to work for a year in the office of Senator Mark Kelly, an Arizona Democrat and former astronaut. Wagstaff is one of six AI researchers now serving in Congress through the Science & Technology Policy Fellowships programme run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

OSU-Cascades plans May 28 open house for public to explore Bend campus expansion progress (KTVZ)

Oregon State University–Cascades invites community members to an open house on Tuesday, May 28 to explore the latest progress as once unusable lands — a former landfill and pumice mine — near the center of Bend are transformed into a university campus.

Today's photo

Union sunset: Kim Reynolds, facilities and budget manager for the OSU Extension Experiment Station in Union, submitted this sunset photo of the station. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Want to join colleagues to celebrate teaching at OSU? Register to attend the CTL Celebration of Quality Teaching on May 30. Nathan Kirk, senior instructor of integrative biology and winner of the 2023 OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, will present "One job not two: Breaking down the distinction between teaching and scholarship."


Holocaust Memorial Week: OSU has observed Holocaust Memorial Week every year since 1987. The breadth and the duration of OSU’s effort are unmatched in the Pacific Northwest. This program grows from the belief that educational institutions can do much to combat prejudice of all kinds, and to foster respect for the diversity that is America, by promoting an awareness of the Holocaust, perhaps the most horrific historical indicator of the high cost of prejudice. Events run May 6-10; free and open to all. Read more about the week’s program and register to attend the events in person or online at

Sunday in the Park with George: Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical depicts two years in the life of 19th century pointillist painter, Georges Seurat, as he develops his most famous work, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." A hundred years later, a young experimental artist named George with his own special relationship to the Seurat painting, grapples with success and his devotion to his beloved grandmother. May 10-18 at Ashbrook Independent School in Corvallis. Purchase tickets here.

CoSCIES 2024 Education Research Showcase Extravaganza: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 10 in the MU Journey Room (104) to learn about the scholarship of teaching and learning and education research in OSU’s College of Science. Learn more about the program here. Register to attend here.

CTL — Assessment Matters Bootcamp: This two-hour workshop provides opportunities to learn constructive and impactful ways to use assessment to build stronger, more flexible courses. Leave prepared to utilize assessment strategies to deeply analyze the effectiveness of your course by developing quality learning outcomes, aligning assessments and using data to drive improvement. 9-11 a.m. May 10, LINC 360. Register.

FYI Friday – You Can Help a Student: For OSU employees. After learning about the student mental health landscape, participants will learn to identify struggling students and how to refer them (if necessary) in case of an emergency. Noon to 1 p.m., May 10 via Zoom. Registration required.

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.

Sparkshop: "It's in the wrap." Tips for using exam wrappers to enhance students' metacognitive skills. Want to know how to use course exams to help your students become reflective learners? Attend CTL's Sparkshop to uncover ways to use exam wrappers to promote student metacognition. Facilitator: Funmi Amobi, CTL instructional consultant and college liaison. Noon to 12:20 p.m., May 10. Zoom registration.

International Students’ Spring 2024 Gathering: 1-3 p.m., May 10 at ILLC 545-547. Please RSVP:

Fulbright Spring Mixer: Happy hour for anyone connected to or interested in Fulbright programs. Open to all, family-friendly. Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks sponsored by the Oregon Chapter of the Fulbright Association. 4-6 p.m. May 10, upstairs at McMenamins on Monroe. Visit the OSU Fulbright webpage for more info about Fulbright programs.


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  from 6-7:30 p.m. on May 12 and June 9 at Marigold. Purchase one-class pass or $15 for drop-in. Please pre-register. Contact: [email protected].


NEW! TrekWars Seven: For the seventh year, a panel of faculty and graduate students loyal to Star Wars and Star Trek will square off in a ferocious academic battle to see whose fandom comes out on top. This year’s theme is “Leadership in SciFi.” Panelists include Professor Joseph Orosco (OSU), Senior Instructor Randall Milstein (OSU), Associate Research Professor Diana Rohlman (OSU), doctoral student Mohammed Shakibnia (UO) and Assistant Professor Christina Allaback (University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg). 6:30 p.m., May 21, MU. Co-sponsored by the OSU Cosplay Club and the Anarres Project.

NEW! OSU Land Use Code amendment meetings: OSU Land Use Planning will host two community meetings to discuss proposed amendments to the Corvallis Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan that impact the Corvallis campus. Land Use Planning staff will also give updates on projects planned or currently underway and city staff members will be available to answer questions as well. Proposed amendments to the Corvallis Land Development Code are focused on expanding on-campus housing, easing housing shortages in the surrounding community and supporting climate action goals. 6 p.m., May 15 at the OSU Western Building or 6 p.m., May 29 at the Corvallis Community Center. For more information, visit:

OSU Wind Ensemble: The Student Arts Season at PRAx kicks off with the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble 7 p.m. May 14 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. The OSU Wind Ensemble features the most outstanding brass, woodwind and percussion players on campus. This 50-member ensemble explores new literature and performs the masterworks of the wind band ensemble genre. The windensemble is directed by Erik Leung, director of bands at OSU. Tickets $10; students $5. Tickets here.

OSU Wind Symphony: The School of Visual, Performing, and Design Arts Presents the Oregon State University WindSymphony 7 p.m. May 16 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. The OSU WindSymphony is an auditioned group in the music department at Oregon State University. It comprises undergraduate students and is open to students of any major. Tickets $10; students $5. Tickets here.

Phish Studies Conference: OSU and the Mockingbird Foundation are honored to host the second Phish Studies Conference featuring research presentations and community events about the improvisational rock band Phish, as well as its fans and culture. The conference will showcase a number of special events including community panels, an exhibition fair, a poster session, a Phishsonian pop-up museum exhibit, a pre-conference workshop for Phans for Racial Equity and GrooveSafe, and curated art exhibits. May 17 – 19 at LaSells Stewart Center. Register to attend.

Beats n’ Breath Yoga Flow by Candlelight: Experience your yoga practice in darkness with movement by candlelight. This class integrates an inspiring playlist with an all-levels flow and closes with a yin practice to energize the body and align the breath. Guided by Jessica Mylan from 7:30-9 p.m. next Friday May 17 at Marigold. Purchase one-class pass or $15 for drop-in. Pre-register here. Contact us.

PRAx Presents PUBLIQuartet: Enjoy two-time Grammy nominees PUBLIQuartet 7 p.m. May 18 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. PUBLIQuartet’s modern interpretations of chamber music make them one of the most dynamic artists of their generation. Their program “What is American?” offers an exploration of Dvořák's beloved “American” Quartet while expanding the range of idioms and musical traditions to include contemporary, blues, jazz, free, and rock-inflected music. Tickets $20-$30; students $5. Tickets here.

American Strings Presents: “Poetic Song Verse, Blues-Based Popular Music and Poetry” by Ernest Suarez and Mike Mattison: In their book, "Poetic Song Verse: Blues-Based Popular Music and Poetry," renowned musician Mike Mattison and literary historian and Catholic University professor Ernest Suarez offer an enlightening look at the art form that artists like Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Gil Scott-Heron, Lucinda Williams and others used to tell their stories. 7 p.m., May 20, Toomey Lobby, PRAx.

OSU One-Acts: The Spring One-Act Festival 2024 features six newly adapted plays inspired by folk tales written and directed by OSU students. The festival is sure to appeal to a wide range of tastes and includes everything from comic takes on familiar characters to explorations of life, death and redemption. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20-June 2, Ray Theater, PRAx. Tickets $12; students $5. Tickets here.

PRAx Presents Rob Schwimmer: Hear Triple Helix by Rob Schwimmer 7 p.m. May 23 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. In connection with the “Sonic Booms” exhibition, PRAx celebrates music technology and experimentation. Rob Schwimmer inhabits a musical kingdom where he, playing alone, conjures a sound world created by his singular virtuosity at the piano, theremin (on which he’s considered to be one of the world masters) and Haken Continuum. Tickets $20; students $5. Tickets here.

OSU Wind Pops: Join all of the OSU Bands as they combine together for an unforgettable evening of pops music on the lawn of the Austin|Parrish Arts Plaza at PRAx. Bring your friends and family. Pack a picnic and lawn chairs. The Pops Concert is directed by Erik Leung, director of bands at OSU. 7 p.m., May 28 in the Austin Parrish Arts Plaza at PRAx. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

Spring Sing: Spring Sing! brings together OSU’s like-voice choirs – the Meistersingers and Bella Voce – in a powerful culminating performance for the year. The Meistersingers, an auditioned tenor-bass choir, is directed by Patricia Valian Reser Professor of Music Steven Zielke. Bella Voce, an auditioned treble choir, is directed by Associate Professor Sandra Babb. 7 p.m., May 29, Detrick Hall, PRAx. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! School of Psychological Science: Diversity Science Colloquia. Greg Townley is a professor of community psychology at Portland State University and co-founder of PSU's Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative. Townley’s talk is tilted “Identifying novel solutions to support community inclusion of adults experiencing mental health challenges and homelessness." 4 p.m., May 13 in the George W. Peavy Forest Science Center, Room 125. Free and open to all.

NEW! College of Engineering Virtual Faculty Lecture with Gerrad Jones: "Revealing nature's secrets: A chemical forensics approach to decode the information stored in water." Noon to 1 p.m., May 14. Register for the lecture: More information:

NEW! Legal services for undocumented students: Join us for an informative workshop to learn about legal services available to undocumented students at OSU. Noon, May 14, via Zoom. For more information or accommodation requests, please contact us at [email protected]. Promotional flyer available here.

NEW! Russian and Soviet whaling lecture: Ryan Tucker Jones, author of “Red Leviathan: The Secret History of Soviet Whaling,” will give the keynote Environmental Arts and Humanities lecture on “Russia, the Destruction of the World’s Whales, and the Nature of the Twentieth Century.” 4:30 p.m., May 14, Memorial Union 109.  

NEW! BioResource Research Seminar: Parker Rianda, BS in BRR with option in biotechnology, minors in chemistry and toxicology, will speak on “Discovery of Bioactive Minor Cannabinoids in Hemp Extract and Investigating Therapeutic Effect,” at noon, May 20 in LPSC 402. Mentors are Jan Frederik Stevens and Cristobal L. Miranda, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Linus Pauling Institute.

Michelle Norris, Hidden Conversations Lecture: As a part of an International Speaker Series hosted by WorldOregon, Michele Norris, Peabody Award-winning journalist and former NPR host, will be presenting a lecture about race and identity at 7 p.m., May 13 at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland. Oregon State is a sponsor. Tickets available here.

Center for Teaching QT Talk: "Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Specific Teaching in Classes Large, Small, Online, and Face-to-Face." Presenter: Kathy Becker-Blease, School of Psychological Science. 11-11:50 a.m., May 14, Austin 126.

UAOSU Analysis of the Financial State of OSU: Join United Academics of Oregon State University (UAOSU) for their in-depth presentation on the findings of an AAUP report on the financial state of OSU. Bonnie Fox Gerrity, who wrote the report, will be presenting. The event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 16 in Room 109 in the Memorial Union. Refreshments will be served. A hybrid option is available if you’re unable to attend in person. Please RSVP by May 13 at

CTL Course Design Bootcamp: This two-hour workshop provides opportunities to learn crucial decision-making approaches to (re)design a course, such as working backwards. Leave prepared to start the (re)design of a course after thinking about its alignment of learning outcomes, assessments and learning activities. 1-2:50 p.m., May 17, Austin 126. Register now.

PFLA Zoom event: "College of Health Reorganization," presented by Laurel Kincl, professor and associate dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs. 11 a.m. to noon, May 15. Learn more about the reorganization that resulted in the new OSU College of Health. Register for the event or follow us on social media via

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. It 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.

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? 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. Contact [email protected] for help.

Tap into the Abilities of People with Disabilities: The Case of Employees with Hearing Loss”: David Baldridge, the Toomey Faculty Fellow and professor of management in the College of Business, will be the featured faculty member in the upcoming College of Business Thought Leadership Series virtual event at noon May 21. Register here: Questions? Contact [email protected]

Robert M. Storm Distinguished Lecture: The Robert M. Storm Distinguished Lecture takes place May 20 at the LaSells  Stewart Center. Daniel T. Blumstein, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UCLA, will present "Integrating Behavior into Wildlife Conservation and Management: A Fearful Perspective." Reception at 5:30 p.m., lecture at 7 p.m., display tables immediately following the lecture. Free and open to the public. RSVP required:

Work-Life Fit Forum: Join the President’s Commission on the Status of Women in a virtual forum exploring how people-centered workplaces influence work-life fit for employees. Led by Kelly Chandler, associate professor in the School of Human Development and Family Sciences in the College of Health. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., May 24. All OSU community members are welcome to participate. Please register for the forum or send questions to [email protected]

A Conversation with John Green: "A World Without Tuberculosis." As a part of an International Speaker Series hosted by WorldOregon, John Green, New York Times bestselling author, will be presenting a lecture on the prevention and cure of tuberculosis at 7 p.m., June 5 at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland. Oregon State is a sponsor. Tickets available here.

Paul Rusesabagina"Reconciling the Unimaginable": As a part of an International Speaker Series hosted by WorldOregon, Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda," will be presenting a lecture on lessons from the Rwandan genocide at 7 p.m., June 10 at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland. Oregon State is a sponsor. Tickets available here.

Acceptance and Commitment Skills Training: This training provides a practical, values-oriented, skills-focused and research-based method to approach problems. Scott Mcfee will guide three weekend workshops from 2-5 p.m. on July 14, 21 and 28. Open to all and held at Marigold; registration is open. $180 public; $160 educators. Scholarships are available for OSU undergraduates and graduate students. Contact us.

Take Note

BEaver KIND notes: Inspiration from alumni. Do you remember the excitement of graduating from OSU? Is there a piece of advice you wish you’d received or encouraging words that would have eased your transition? The Class of 2024 is about to embark on this same journey and could benefit from your experiences. Help welcome these new graduates to a global community of 200,000+ Beaver alumni by submitting your note by May 13 at

No Surplus Pick-Ups: OSU Surplus will not be able to fulfill Surplus Pick-Up Requests from June 5-23 as we support campus move-out. We will resume pick-ups on June 24 and will be working hard to get through the backed-up requests. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Geoscience Club Yardwork Fundraiser: The Geoscience Club’s biggest tradition is an annual spring break trip. This year the club is providing miscellaneous yard-work as a fundraiser for next year’s trip (destination TBD). They have availability Friday-Sunday May 19-June 9 as well as finals week, June 10-14. Suggested donation of $15 an hour. Contact us at (503) 444-1084 or [email protected].

Return Confidential and MOP Containers: Faculty and staff, if you have finished your spring cleaning, please submit a request to return confidential or MOP carts using this link. Campus Recycling needs them back for end-of-year clean-outs.

Class Pass Sale at The Marigold Center: From May 8-27, Marigold class packs will be on sale for educators and the public. Marigold offers a range of contemplative drop-in classes including gentle and flow yoga, quiet and mindfulness meditation and more. Student pricing for class packs will be extended to everyone and range from $15 (single) to $250 (20 passes). View the drop-in class schedule and purchase passes. Email: [email protected].

Retirement Benefits: Learn how to make the most of the Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans that are offered by OSU. Personalized, one-on-one consultations are available at no additional cost to OSU employees (student employees do not qualify for this service). Virtual appointments are available. Fidelity and TIAA are currently scheduling on-campus, one-on-one appointments through June. Fidelity: Justin Blatny; schedule at (Employer Name = Oregon Public Universities). TIAA: AJ Martinez, CFP; schedule at OSGP (Voya): Wes Handley; schedule at

Special Olympics Oregon: Special Olympics Oregon and Oregon State University are combining forces to host the return of Summer State Games after a seven-year hiatus. The Games will take place July 12-14 at Oregon State University campus and surrounding venues in Corvallis. Special Olympics Oregon is actively recruiting over 1,000 day-of-event volunteers. Register to volunteer:

IE@OSU Spring Showcase: Join InclusiveExcellence@OSU to celebrate our 2023-2024 Fellows and learn about ways you can incorporate inclusive and equitable practices in your teaching. This poster session will be hosted in the Memorial Union Ballroom from 4-6 p.m., May 10. Small bites will be served, as well as beer and wine starting at 5 p.m. Please RSVP here.

Call for nominations: The Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center is calling for nominations for our annual awards ceremony. We have our AYA Award, Student Leader Award and the Hattie Redmond Feminist of Achievement Award. Nominate candidates here: Nominations are due by noon May 20. The  ceremony takes place 3-5 p.m. June 10, MU Horizon Room. For more information contact [email protected].

Fulbright: The 2025-26 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. For questions, please contact the Global Affairs Associate.

Human-Robot Interaction Research Study: Oregon State University Mechanical Engineering is conducting a research study to better understand how people interact with robot arms in mock collaboration tasks. The study lasts for about one hour. The full study title is “Evaluating Expressive Behaviors for an Interactive Robot Arm,” and the principal investigator is Prof. Naomi Fitter. Please contact Stayce Mockel at [email protected] to sign up.

Healthy Aging Club Photo Contest: Submissions for the Healthy Aging Club Photo Contest are now open. Anyone from the OSU community can submit one photo pertaining to the theme, “Aging Adults Engaging in their Favorite Hobbies,” to [email protected] or this form by May 25 at midnight. Prizes range from Shonnard’s Nursery gift cards to a craft kit from Paper Crafting Ninjas. For more information follow @healthyagingclub on Instagram or email [email protected].

Duo Passcodes – Upcoming Retirement: Passcodes for Duo authentication will retire on May 8. Passcodes are six-digit codes that are usually generated by a hardware token and can also be obtained through the Duo Mobile app. If you use Verified Duo Push, this change will not affect you. Verified Duo Push displays a 3-digit code to enter on your phone and is currently used by most of the OSU community. Learn more by visiting:

Automated Driving System research: The School of Civil and Construction Engineering and the School of Psychological Science are seeking paid volunteers for research studies. The purpose of this research study is to make Automated Driving System (ADS) vehicles safer for pedestrians with disabilities. To participate in one of the studies, you must identify as having a visual, hearing and/or mobility disability, and be at least 18 years old. Volunteers must commit 60 minutes to the research and will either wear a VR headset or a light-weight wearable device. To participate, contact Lena Breuer at [email protected]. or call or text at 803-457-6630.

Employee Community Climate Survey: The 2024 OSU Employee Community Climate Survey launched on May 3 with an email invitation to employees from the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID). To make positive change, it is critical that we understand the experiences of OSU employees shared through the survey. Please check your email to access the survey link. The survey is open until May 31; visit the survey website for more information and links to summaries of prior surveys. Questions about the survey can be directed to OID at [email protected].

2025 Faculty Fellowship Program Consortium-Directed Funding: The NW CASC is now accepting proposals for our 2025 Faculty Fellowship Program. This last-mile program aims to support efforts to make existing research more usable for natural and cultural resource managers facing climate-related risks and challenges. To achieve this aim, the program supports research involving faculty at NW CASC Consortium institutions and provides skills-building opportunities around the co-production of decision-relevant (i.e., "actionable”) science. Funding runs Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2025. Deadline to submit proposals is July 15. Info session 1 p.m., May 8 online:[email protected] is the OSU liaison to the Consortium. 

OSU Health and Safety Committee: The University Health and Safety Committee would like to invite campus members interested in health and safety to attend our open meetings, held semi-annually in May and October. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 2:30-4 p.m. Anyone can access OSU’s University Health and Safety Committee resources online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a web link to report safety concerns. For more information contact Dan Kermoyan at [email protected].


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NEW! Student Health Services invites applications for two full-time nine-month Medical Assistants in the Student Health Clinic located next to Reser Stadium. These positions provide a unique opportunity to serve and support OSU students. Posting #P04798CT. Full consideration May 20. 


"May, queen of blossoms, and fulfilling flowers, what pretty music shall we charm the hours?" ~ Lord Edward Thurlow

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 85, low of 58. Sunny through the weekend.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 76, low of 49. Sunny through the weekend.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 74, low of 55. Sunny this weekend.

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