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:


Kids' access to recess varies greatly (Hechinger Report)

“When we take that away, we’re not working in our own self-interest,” said William Massey, an assistant professor at Oregon State University and a researcher who focuses on play, physical activity and child development. “If your goal is to have more regulated and engaged, productive kids in the classroom, removing opportunities for them to move is about the worst way you can go about doing that.”


Summer drought, fire outlook shows little change (KBND)

O'Neill and other experts from Oregon State University took part in a Wednesday forum to discuss the summer wildfire outlook. He says the summer monsoon season could bring some relief for dry areas, but our region isn't likely to improve enough this year. 

Lawmakers should reject Instagram's attempts to throw parents under the bus (Chicago Tribune)

A piece co-written by Brian Primack, incoming dean of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, public health professor, family physician and author of “You Are What You Click: How Being Selective, Positive, and Creative Can Transform Your Social Media Experience.”

Dairy breeding tool becoming popular in beef (Beef Magazine)

Dr. David Bohnert, Director and Professor, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Burns & Union Stations, Oregon State University says the challenge with sexed semen in the beef industry is that we don’t use AI as much.  This is partly just logistics; it is difficult on large extensive operations to get the cows in for a week to get synchronized and bred or check for estrus.  A person has to be really committed to doing AI, he says.

Detroit Lake reaches 'full pool' for first time since 2020, but it's lower than in the past (Oregonian)

Research has shown that low water years can bring up to $11 million in negative economic impact to Detroit and the Santiam Canyon, according to a study by Oregon State University. And that was before the Labor Day Fires impacted the town.

How to prune roses (MSN)

"Neglecting to prune your roses will lead to unproductive shrubs," says Oregon State University professor and extension horticulturist Amy Jo Detweiler. Pruning roses promotes new growth and flowering, helps maintain plant health, and on some species encourages repeat blooming.

Today's photos

Amazon Delta: Boone Kauffman, research professor with the Department of Fisheries Wildlife and Conservation Sciences, submitted these photos from his research trip. “Here are some pictures of a research expedition we just completed on sampling the structure, composition and values for climate change mitigation of the unique mangrove forests of the Amazon Delta. The first was taken in one of the mangrove forests we sampled. The second is a small fishing boat on the Amazon Delta.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for ways to help your students finish the term on a high note? Consider taking a few minutes in class to discuss the Academic Success Center’s Three Ways to Prioritize. Pair that discussion with the DAM Good Self-Care Packet to remind students of how important it is to prioritize their overall health and well-being.


OSU Days of Service May 11-21: Be a part of OSU’s annual service event from May 11-21. There are countless ways to get involved with a group or on your own. Find an existing project or become a site leader, then experience the rewards of doing work that benefits your community and yourself. Plus, join us in person for the big finale May 21. Choose how you’ll volunteer with Beavers:

Music à la Carte: The Delgani String Quartet. Hailed by Oregon ArtsWatch as “the state’s finest chamber ensemble,” the Delgani String Quartet’s mission is to bring distinctive performance, collaboration, and innovative, educational programming to Oregon. Friday, May 13 at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge. Free, open to all. A livestream will be available to watch at

OSU Salmon Bake is back: Food service begins at noon Friday, May 13, at the Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws. Look for the line. This year only salmon will be served. No other food options available. For accommodations related to a disability, please contact. [email protected] or 541-737-9036.

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, snack sticks, and Beaver Classic cheese. The store is at 3260 SW Campus Way, next to the Motor Pool. Contact [email protected] for questions regarding the store.

Virtual Public Health Career Connections Event: Meet a variety of public health professionals, inquire about their organization and what it’s like to work in public health, gain career tips and learn about potential job opportunities. RSVP here. A Zoom link will be provided after registering. Friday May 13 from 3-4:30 p.m. 

Inclusive Excellence Fellow Showcase & Celebration: Join the STEM Research Center to celebrate our 2021-2022 Fellows in person on Friday, May 13 from 4-7 p.m. in the Horizon Room of the MU. The Fellows will be showcasing the innovative and exciting changes they made in their classrooms this year in support of inclusive excellence. RSVP here.

Celebrating Patsy Mink: The Asian & Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) and the Women and Gender Center (WGC) are hosting a special event honoring and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act (Title IX). Friday, May 13 from 4-5 p.m. at the APCC followed by cheering on the OSU softball team at their 6 p.m. game.


Beaver Classic Cheese: Beaver Classic is back. Come see our new food truck at Farmer's Market on the waterfront in downtown Corvallis. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. You can't miss us...we're orange. We will be featuring Beaver Classic products: our many cheeses, honey and beef jerky. We are now serving ice cream, milkshakes and grilled cheese, too. 

Corvallis JDRF One Walk: In summer of 2020, OSU student Mickey Millsap died at his Corvallis home due to complications from Type 1 diabetes. Help us honor Mickey, spread awareness and stand with those currently suffering from T1D. Donate to the Mickey Millsap Memorial Tribute and join us and the Millsap family Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. at Crystal Lake Sports Fields in Corvallis to partake in the annual JDRF One Walk.

NEW! Pajama Party Open Skate: OSU PAC program, in partnership with Sick Town Derby Dames, is hosting a pajama party themed open skate. Put on your favorite sleepwear and join skaters this Saturday, May 14 in Langton Hall Gym from 7-9 p.m. If you don’t have skates, there are limited pairs available to borrow for this event. Protective gear encouraged.


NEW! American Strings on the Plaza: An Evening with Curtis Salgado. Join host Bob Santelli in getting to know the Pacific Northwest's own blues legend Curtis Salgado and his longtime guitarist Alan Hagar, in an evening of conversation and live performance — outdoors, on the Student Experience Center Plaza on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. Free, open to all. A livestream will also be available to watch at

OSUWE Side Story: Oregon State University Wind Ensemble Spring Concert. Directed by Erik Leung. Will feature the West Coast premiere of Dreams Unseen for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble by Peter Meechan, featuring OSU Voice Instructor Amy Hansen, soprano. Also Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein. May 17 at 7:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center. Free, open to all. Livestream may be viewed at

OSU Wind Symphony Spring Concert: Directed by Olin Hannum. Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Free, open to all.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Spring Concert: The 116th Season of the Corvallis-OSU Symphony concludes with Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Mahler’s Symphony #10. Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets and more information at Students with valid school ID may request complimentary tickets for each concert at the Box Office one hour prior to concert.

A Cloud Never Dies: Movie & MindfulnessOSU’s APCC, CAPS and CSI have partnered to share an opportunity to view a short film about the life and legacy of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, followed by a 20-minute guided meditation. Wednesday, May 25 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. in LINC 200. Free and open to all. Please register in advance.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! PFLA Zoom event: "Communication Stance," presented by Rachael Weber, assistant director, Office of International Services. This session will examine how communication stances affect success and impact. May 16, 1-2 p.m. For more information about the event and how to register, click here.

NEW! People and Nature Lunch Series: Shams ul Deen (Public Policy) presents “Climate Change, Disasters & Energy Consumption: A Panel Data Analysis using Pakistan Rural Household Panel Survey.” May 17, noon to 12:50 p.m. The lecture is free and open to all. Nash Hall 032 or join online ( Sponsored by the School of Public Policy and the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, & Conservation Sciences. More information at

NEW! OSU Design Network’s Industry Talk on May 17: The next OSU Design Network’s Industry Talk is May 17 at 4:30 p.m. Jung Yoon, divisional vice president of accessories & footwear — production and sourcing at Michael Kors Inc., will share her career journey in design and production for global fashion brands and highlight her experience navigating trends in footwear and accessories.

NEW! Center for Teaching and Learning: Are you interested in best practices for assessing learning? This week we are highlighting why and how we assess learning and which assessment methods might help us do so authentically. For Spring, Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks recordings allow you to pursue our Non-credit Certificate using this self-paced, asynchronous approach to encourage flexibility and self-care. Each Talk is housed on our website and has accompanying slides, resources, and contact information in a Box folder.

NEW! May 18 Public Health Insider Webcast – Mentorship: Making the Connection. Hear from a panel featuring CPHHS’ director of student engagement and an OSU mentor/mentee pairing during the May 18 Public Health Insider webcast, "Mentorship: Making the Connection," 5:30-6:30 p.m. PT. Explore the value of the college’s mentorship program and learn how to get the most out of a mentor/mentee relationship. Register today at

NEW! Honors College Thesis Research Conference: Explore the diversity of Honors College research and engage with honors students on May 19-20. Come listen to students give lightning talks in LInC 228 on Thursday, May 19, 4-5:30 p.m. and Friday, May 20, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A selection of students will display research posters in LInC hallways from 1-3 p.m. on May 20.

Think Open Symposium: Are you ready to level up your course materials? Join OSU’s Open Educational Resources Unit and the Center for Teaching and Learning on May 16 for an in-person symposium featuring lively presentations and discussions on OER, open pedagogy and open access. Faculty and education professionals will share their firsthand experiences with OER and the positive impact they have on students. View the event schedule and register today.

Every 90 Seconds: Ending Violence Against Women. Anne P. DePrince, distinguished professor of psychology at University of Denver, will discuss ways all kinds of people can help end violence against women and sign her new book, "Every 90 Seconds: Our Common Cause Ending Violence Against Women." May 16 at 11 a.m. in the BalE 219 Seminar Room. Free, open to all. Also livestreamed on Zoom. Presented by the School of Psychological Science.

Spring Academic Faculty Workshop: "Supporting Transdisciplinary Research." Monday, May 16, from 2-3:30 p.m. In-person in the MU Horizon Room. Registration.

SWLF Critical Questions Lecture Series Present Sunny Xiang: Transpacific scholar and Yale University’s Affiliate Professor of Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, Sunny Xiang, will host a free lecture and Q&A via Zoom on Monday, May 16, at 4 p.m. Learn more about this digital event and register on our CQLS page.

Messages from Beyond the Grave: The Last Wills of Medieval Jewish and Freed Slave Women. Historian Rena Lauer will discuss her recent work recovering the voices and agency of women in Premodern Europe through analysis of their last wills and testaments — often the only documents written by them and preserved for posterity. Hosted by the OSU Center for the Humanities on Monday, May 16 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. Learn more and register here.

Save the date for Think Open Symposium on May 16: You have the ability to lower the cost of learning for students. To learn more, join OSU’s Open Educational Resources Unit and the Center for Teaching and Learning on May 16 for an in-person symposium featuring lively presentations and discussions on OER, social justice and open access. Learn from faculty and education professionals who can speak to the positive impact OER has on students. View the event schedule and register today.

CoSCIES 2022 Education Research Showcase Extravaganza: Interested in learning about the science of teaching and learning? Join us Friday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to noon in the MU Journey Room (104) to learn about the scholarship of teaching and learning and education research in OSU’s College of Science. Watch to be inspired to attend. Learn more, sign up to present a poster or register here.  

State of Black Affairs: The State of Black Affairs Summit will be held May 25 at the OSU Portland Center. This day-long summit will be an opportunity for faculty, administrators, advocates and community members from across Oregon to learn, network and discuss ideas facing Black professionals, staff and students in the state. In-person and virtual options are available. The event takes place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $100 in-person, $75 virtual. To find out more, see

Witness: War Photographers on the Battle Ground. Former National Geographic editor-in-chief and acclaimed photojournalist Chris Johns shares essential insights on conflict photography, from 1855 to the 2022 invasion of Ukraine, and gives the inside story on pivotal images that have changed our world. May 25, 5:30 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center C&E Room. Free and open to the public.

Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Communities: Funded summer professional development opportunity for OSU instructors and tenure-track faculty who regularly teach credit-based Corvallis and Cascades campus courses. Join a cohort of faculty exploring solutions for teaching challenges, strategies to build resilience in teaching, and techniques for integrating in-class and online learning activities. See the Call for Participation and apply by May 31. Information: Center for Teaching and Learning.

Take Note

NEW! 45 Year Club inductees: Congratulations to Donald Johnson, administrator/professor, for 45 years of service to OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others who have reached this milestone by clicking on their name.

Cyber Spring Cleaning: Shoring Up Your Digital Fortress Defenses: Want to enjoy the upcoming summer season with a renewed sense of confidence that your digital fortress is protected? Keep the “baddies” out of your cyber world with tips to spring clean your digital fortress at This message brought to you by OSU’s Office of Information Security at

Community climate survey: Oregon State faculty and staff are invited to participate in this year’s community climate survey from May 10 through June 3. OSU faculty and staff will receive an invitation to participate in the survey via email. The survey is administered every two years to gauge the opinions and perceptions of employees regarding their experience at OSU. It is one part of OSU’s broader efforts to create and sustain an inclusive and equitable university climate. To hear from as many people as possible, a $25 incentive will be provided to 50 randomly selected survey participants. The information participants enter for the incentive will not be linked to responses to the survey to ensure responses remain anonymous. 

Native American undergraduates in natural science summer internships are eligible for $2,900 additional funding: Students must self-identify as Native American, be enrolled at OSU and complete at least 8 weeks of an approved summer internship. Students will be matched with mentors and meet periodically during the summer. For more information and to apply, see OSU's New Beginnings for Tribal Students (NBTS) program here. Application deadline is extended until filled for Spring 2022. 

Spring Creek Project Faculty Residency: OSU faculty members working on projects aligned with Spring Creek Project's mission are invited to apply for a week-long summer residency at Shotpouch Cabin. Projects at the intersection of environmental science and writing, art, music, social science, and/or humanities would be a good fit. Applications due May 15. Learn more and apply.

Graduate Student Research and Writing Residency: Spring Creek Project is accepting applications for graduate student residencies at Shotpouch Cabin this summer. We invite students who are engaged in writing and/or research projects aligned with the mission of the Spring Creek Project to apply. Applications due May 15. Learn more and apply.

Free COVID testsFree iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests are available around the Corvallis campus. Each box contains two tests. While supplies last, OSU community members can pick up these self-test kits at the following locations: Residence Hall Service Centers (Arnold, McNary and West); Lab tent outside Plageman Hall; Memorial Union Info Desk and Student Experience Center Info Desk. For questions or accommodations related to disabilities, contact [email protected].

COVID-19 testing: Oregon State University, in collaboration with Willamette Valley Toxicology (WVT), is providing on-site COVID-19 testing for people without symptoms. OSU employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to test at one of these locations: Corvallis: Lab tent outside Plageman Hall Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Cascade Hall 120, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bend: Outside Obsidian Hall Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Note: All employees will need a WVT Labdash account prior to testing.

Traffic and Maintenance

Utility tunnel: May 11-June 3. For work related to the Community Hall Slope Project, an access hatch to the utility tunnel will be removed and relocated. The current hatch is located on Jefferson Avenue across from Kerr Administration Building. Additional access hatches can be found west, north and east of this location. Communication lines in the tunnel in this area are temporarily supported and impede movement. Staff should avoid this area of the tunnel, if possible.

26th Street: As part of the 2022 Street Safety Maintenance Project, the southbound lane of SW 26th Street between SW Campus Way and SW Jefferson Way will be closed for road improvements from May 11-23. SW 26th Street will be open to northbound traffic only (view map). For questions or comments on this closure, contact Project Manager Aaron Amoth at 541-737-5064.

Washington Way: For work related to the Washington Way Improvement Project, a planned sidewalk closure along the north side of SW Washington Way is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. Friday, May 6 through 5 p.m. Monday, June 13. Pacific Power will be on site performing work related to the project (view map).


"Most people trusted in the future, assuming that their preferred version of it would unfold. Blindly planning for it, envisioning things that weren't the case. This was the working of the will. This was what gave the world purpose and direction. Not what was there but what was not.” ~ Jhumpa Lahiri

Corvallis: Chance of rain today, high of 57, low of 49. Chance of showers this weekend.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of showers today, high of 58, low of 45. Partly sunny this weekend.

Newport: Chance of rain today, high of 56, low of 50. Chance of showers this weekend.

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