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 will lead federal semiconductor research project (Oregonian)

An Oregon State University professor will lead a federal project aimed at developing new semiconductor technologies at three Northwest universities, the schools announced Thursday. (see also GeekWireKLCC, KPIC)

Oregon State, University of Oregon, Portland State, others receive National Science Foundation money (OPB News)

The University of Oregon will use its grant to focus on the mass timber industry. The school is partnering with Oregon State University, Washington State University and more than 25 other organizations and agencies to research innovations in mass timber architecture, engineering and construction in the region.

After 54 years, Corvallis maestro sets down the baton (Gazette-Times)

Marlan Carlson, who has conducted the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra for the last 54 years, has decided to finally set down the baton and head into a well-deserved retirement after his final concert May 16.

Oregon college students rally at the Capitol against cuts to higher education (Capital Chronicle)

Maryssa Reynoso, a senior at Oregon State University who was at the rally, said she would not be at the school without the Opportunity Grant. Still, she struggles to make ends meet.

Tall timber building undergoes seismic tests (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Researchers will now disassemble the top four floors and send the deconstructed wood to Oregon State University for additional testing and research to gather data for end-of-life reuse in the built environment.

Oregon State University to hold 44th annual pow-wow (KPIC)

The 44th annual OSU Klatowa Ina Pow-Wow will be held May 20, 2023 at Gill Coliseum, in Corvallis.

Corvallis officials approve OSU research complex (Democrat-Herald)

A futuristic Oregon State University research complex has approval from the city of Corvallis.

Today's photo

Dogwood: Keith Hall, education program assistant with 4-H & Master Gardener Programs says, “Our dogwood tree in full, glorious bloom…the pride of the Krull Memorial Garden at the Josephine County Extension Demonstration Gardens.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Interested in trying ChatGPT, but unsure where to begin? Come to the Faculty Drop-in Discussion: The Impact of Generative AI on Education. Bring your curiosity and questions to explore with teaching colleagues, CTL and UIT-Academic Technologies. May 16, noon to 12:45 p.m., in the LINC 468 faculty lounge. Optional: Bring a laptop to try AI.


Bring Your Kids to Campus Day: Registration is now open for the Family Resource Center’s Bring Your Kids to Campus Day, taking place May 12. OSU's 11th annual Bring Your Kids to Campus Day is designed to promote the value of a college education as well as share with our children the fun and exciting place where we are fortunate to work and study. Register now or visit the FRC website to learn more. Please direct any questions to [email protected].

International Employee and Scholar Coffee Social: International employees, faculty, scholars, families and friends are invited to drop in between 10:30 a.m. and noon May 12 at the Einerson House, 2638 NW Jackson Ave., for conversation, coffee, tea and light snacks. Hosted by OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International, OSU Office of International Services and the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center. More information:

Music à la Carte: OSU Chamber Strings will perform Beethoven’s Sextet, Op. 81b, the Mendelssohn String Quartet and more. Noon, May 12, in the Memorial Union Lounge. Free, open to all.

WIC Workshop: In this talk, held at noon May 12 via Zoom, we will explore the trauma-informed classroom and demonstrate how educators can use lessons from superheroes to help with student retention and engagement. We will create a menu of options based on your classroom needs, demographic and discipline. Register here.

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 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.-4 p.m.; details here.

College of Public Health and Human Sciences research seminar: “Ending homelessness: Housing and health care intersections,” will be presented by Marissa Zapata, Portland State University, from 1-2 p.m. May 12, in HFC 115 or via Zoom. Learn more, see all spring seminars and watch past seminars on the college’s website.

Oregon State Arthropod Collection open house: The OSU Department of Integrative Biology invites you to visit the newly renovated Oregon State Arthropod Collection, the largest insect collection in the Pacific Northwest. We will have spectacular insects and other arthropods on display showcasing the amazing biodiversity housed in the collection. Guided tours by museum staff will be available May 12 at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., in Cordley 2112A.

Nishihara Family Classroom: Join us in celebrating Janet Nishihara and the Nishihara family legacy from 3-5 p.m., May 12 in The Nishihara Family Classroom, second floor room 2024, Valley Library. The Nishihara siblings are third-generation Japanese-Americans and first-generation college students who grew up in Eastern Oregon. Several Nishihara siblings worked at the OSU Libraries as student workers and graduated from OSU. Janet Nishihara went on to become the director of the OSU Educational Opportunities Program. There will be ribbon-cutting, celebration and light snacks.

InclusiveExcellence@OSU 2023 Spring Showcase: If you are a faculty member who is curious about ways to incorporate inclusion and equity into your work with students, join us for this fun and interactive poster session celebrating our 2022-2023 IE@OSU Fellows. Food and beer/wine will be served. 4-7 p.m., May 12 in the Horizon Room, Memorial Union. RSVP here.


Ken van Holde symposium and celebration: University Distinguished Professor Kensai E. van Holde will be commemorated in a day-long symposium May 13 at the Linus Pauling Science Center. Van Holde died in 2019. He joined the brand-new Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in 1967. For more information on van Holde or the symposium, email [email protected].

Bigleaf Maple Festival: Come try bigleaf maple syrup and learn how to tap at the Bigleaf Maple Festival in May. Oregon State University is hosting Oregon’s first ever Bigleaf Maple Festival at the 4-H Center in West Salem from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. May 13. Food, music and all things maple. Visit for details and tickets.

Pilipino Culture Night: "Ang Pangarap Ko." Isang Basang Pilipino’s culture show titled "Ang Pangarap Ko," which translates to “My Dream.” A night of dance performances, singing, skit and food showcasing Pilpino culture. 6-8 p.m., May 13, MU Ballroom.


Corvallis-OSU Symphony Spring Concert: Featuring Strauss: "An Alpine Symphony" and performances from OSU student soloists. Final concert conducted by Marlan Carlson who will be retiring after this year. 7:30 p.m., May 16, at The LaSells Stewart Center. $35 online, $40 at the door. Complimentary K-8 student tickets available online; up to three K-8 tickets can be reserved with one paid adult ticket. Show student ID at door. High school and college students may pick up complimentary tickets at the box office one hour prior to concert. Tickets and more information at

Fisheries and Wildlife reunion: Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences invites you to join us for our Alumni and Friends Reunion Weekend, May 19-21. Join us as we celebrate 88 years of influential and amazing work in conservation biology and fish and wildlife resource management. See the full schedule and register here: You can also connect remotely via Zoom for the Big Idea Brunch on Sunday. Contact Amanda Polley ([email protected]) for the link.

DAMchic spring launch: The DAMchic 10th anniversary edition spring magazine launch party takes place 6-8 p.m., May 25, in the MU Quad. Pick up a copy. There will be student vendors, performances, photo cards, snacks and more.

TRY-athlon: Faculty Staff Fitness is holding the 10th Annual TRY-athlon event. This event is a team-building fundraiser that brings faculty and staff together to compete for individual event or power team winner. The event is June 14 and registration is now open. Grab your team and sign up to swim, run, walk or both.

NWREC open house: The North Willamette Research & Extension Center (NWREC) in Aurora Oregon is hosting a community open house 4-7 p.m., July 19. The public is invited for an up-close look at research and development at the center including berry-tasting, hay ride farm tours, farm equipment display and fresh farm veggies. NWREC is located at 15210 NE Miley Road, one mile east of I-5 and across the road from Charbonneau’s east entrance. For more information, contact NWREC at 503-678-1264.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Water Resources Science Seminar Series: We have a bonus spring water talk with Tally Palmer from South Africa’s Rhodes University. Palmer’s topic is “Can research really shift water resource problems towards social justice and ecological sustainability? Using the Adaptive Systemic Approach in seven African countries,” at 10:30 a.m., May 16, in Wilkinson 207. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details or accommodations for disabilities.  

NEW! COVID policy talk: Abigail Miller Master of Public Policy Defense, “Congress During COVID: A Content Analysis of Federal Legislators’ COVID Policy Actions.” Noon, May 16. Committee: Chris Stout, Kelsy Kretschmer and Dwaine Plaza. Contact [email protected] for the Zoom link.

NEW! Curious about ChatGPT? Join CTL and UIT-Academic Technologies in conversations around ChatGPT and generative AI. Bring your questions and ideas as we explore together. Optional: Bring a laptop to try ChatGPT. Noon on Tuesday, May 16 in LINC 468 Faculty Lounge. Check out the CTL events calendar to see more drop-in sessions. Questions? Contact CTL.

Financial Readiness & Success webinar: OSU’s Financial Readiness & Success initiative aims to better prepare students for financial successes while at OSU and after they leave. The webinar will address questions already received as well as mitigation strategies for students who might be directly impacted by this change. There will be dedicated time for Q&A. Webinar is scheduled for 2 p.m., May 15 via Zoom.

National Science Foundation leader discusses engineering careers: You have completed the requirements for your B.S. in engineering. Now what? Please join us for pizza and a discussion with Ron Joslin, a leader from the NSF. This is a great opportunity to discuss all aspects of your future plans, even if you are not sure what they are. Noon to 1 p.m., May 16, Rogers Hall 226. To register:

Streaming conversation with Noam Chomsky: Scholar Noam Chomsky will discuss his recent book, “Notes on the Resistance,” via webcast at noon, May 16, MU Horizon Room. Chomsky is institute professor (emeritus) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and laureate professor of linguistics at University of Arizona. The event will discuss critical real-world issues, such as lessons we can learn from the pandemic, global challenges we are currently facing and advice for student activism. There will be a 40-minute discussion followed by an opportunity for Q&A from the audience. To RSVP, go to:

Turning Adversity into Advantage: Join a Changemakers webcast at 5:30 p.m., May 16 with Alexis Serna, ‘08, director of Beyond Football and Varsity OSU. The leading scorer in Beaver history and the 2005 Lou Groza Award winner will talk with CLA Professor Susan Shaw about how he helps student-athletes build their futures after football. Register at

Discussion with Sophie Peel, Willamette Week reporter who broke the story: "The Rise and Fall of Shemia Fagan." Secretary of State Shemia Fagan resigned last week following an April 27 story by Willamette Week regarding her involvement with La Mota, a cannabis dispensary chain. WW reporter Sophie Peel, who broke the story, will discuss how the article developed and her pathway to becoming a staff reporter for Willamette Week. 5 p.m., May 17, LInC 31. Sponsored by the University Legislative Scholars (ULS) Program.

Oregon Olive School: The Olea Project with OSU Extension Service will be hosting the Oregon Olive School on May 18-19. This program is a day and a half of olive-related programming tailored to growers in Western Oregon. Held at NWREC in Aurora and Durant Olive Mill in Dayton. Registration is $30 and scholarships are available.

State Broadband Planning Discussion with the PublicBroadband is a foundational service that can open doors for health, economic opportunity, education, social engagement and more. The Oregon Broadband Office wants to hear about your access and experience with broadband as they write the state’s first broadband plan which will be the foundation for $350-$500+ million of federal funding to flow into the state. Inform the plan so money goes where it’s needed. 1-2 p.m., May 18. Register

2023 University Distinguished Professor lectures: Join the OSU community on May 24 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room for lectures by 2023 University Distinguished Professors, Emily Ho (3:30-5 p.m.) and Yanyun Zhao (8:30-10 a.m.). Advanced registration is encouraged. All are welcome. A reception celebrating Ho and Zhao will be held at 5 p.m. in the MU Lounge.

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 the Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 courses and register here. There is a $100 fee to attend this workshop.

Changemakers: A Conversation with Amber Coyne. Join CPHHS graduate Amber Coyne, MPH ’15, 5:30-6:30 p.m., June 1 to learn about how her roots in public health and special interests in LGBTQ+ health equity, harm reduction and language justice propel her to find innovative ways to address public health risks and keep our most vulnerable populations safe. Register at  

Gerontology conference: The 47th annual OSU Gerontology Conference will be held on Friday, June 2 at CH2M HILL Alumni Center. The conference provides contemporary and applicable gerontological education from a variety of disciplines and perspectives across the nation and world. There are 15 speakers this year and the keynote speakers are Rawle Andrews Jr., executive director of the American Psychiatric Association, who will discuss mental health; and Larry S. Sherman, OHSU, who will discuss music and the aging brain. CEUs are available. Learn more and register at

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: Managers and supervisors at OSU play a key role in enabling employees to do their best work. The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State University 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 the OSU resources and responsibilities relating to employee health, safety and well-being. Summer 2023 program: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:15 to noon, Aug.15-24, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

Take Note

IT Ticketing System Scheduled Downtime: Due to a scheduled upgrade, TeamDynamix, which powers the IT ticketing systemservice catalog and knowledge base, will be unavailable from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. May 12 (four hours). You can find the latest information on this downtime, as well as future scheduled IT maintenance and outages, at

Call for Blended Learning Fellowship Nominations: The Center for Teaching and Learning is accepting nominations and self-nominations for a 2023-24 Blended Learning Faculty Fellow. The Fellow will support CTL’s mission of enhancing teaching excellence through involvement in coordination, design and facilitation of faculty development around blended learning. See call for blended fellowship nominations and apply by May 31.

Volunteers Needed for the Great Move Out: Each year, OSU has the opportunity to collect items no longer needed from students moving out and redistributing them to nonprofits in our community. And your help is needed. Volunteers are needed to assist with picking up and sorting donations during a variety of shift times between 8 a.m.-9 p.m., June 13-21. Details and sign-up here.

Online learning podcast: Tune in to the new podcast, “Going Online with Oregon State University Ecampus,” which highlights support resources and tools for online learners everywhere. Topics include academic advising, connecting with faculty, success coaching and answers to common questions about the online learning experience. 

Robotic Sound research study: The Oregon State University Department of Mechanical Engineering is conducting a research study to better understand how people interact with robots that sound different. The study lasts for about 45 minutes. The full study title is “Evaluating Sonification for Interactive Robots” and the principal investigator is Prof. Naomi Fitter. Please contact Nnamdi Nwagwu at [email protected] to sign up.

Diversity research publications: Submit diversity research publications and RSVP for the OSU Diversity Research Reception. Noon to 1 p.m. May 17, MU Horizon Room; and Cascades (streaming) Obsidian Hall, 207. Submit publication and RSVP here. The reception will highlight and celebrate the contributions of OSU researchers advancing equity through scholarship and engagement, and provide a forum for sharing ideas, making connections and building collaborations for future research. Food and refreshments will be served at the Corvallis and Cascades campuses.


“What made something precious? Losing it and finding it." ~ Celeste Ng

Corvallis: Sunny Friday, high of 82, low of 54. Hot and sunny this weekend with a high of 93 on Sunday.

Central Oregon: Sunny Friday, high of 75, low of 50. Sunny this weekend with a high of 77 on Sunday.

Newport: Sunny and breezy Friday, high of 60, low of 52. Sunny this weekend with a high of 78 on Sunday.

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