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:

Klamath Community College, Oregon State University cultivate agricultural partnerships (Herald & News)

Klamath Community College Agriculture and the Agricultural Education & Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University have been partners since the face-to-face age prior to the pandemic.

Insight into breast milk donation: The preservation process (TecScience)

Oregon State University (OSU) has researched the effect of High-Pressure Processing on breast milk, yielding highly positive results in the inactivation of microorganisms and retention of bioactive and nutritional components.

How and when to trim camellias? Enjoy the bloom, then prune (Oregonian)

Spring is the best time for a camellia makeover, said Amy Jo Detweiler, Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturist.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony welcomes spring with ode to mariachi (Gazette-Times)

To punctuate the season, the Corvallis-OSU Symphony will host its annual spring concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the LaSells Stewart Center. The concert, helmed by guest conductor Valery Saul, will treat audiences to classic masterpieces, along with a contemporary showstopper.

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Oregon Trail: Jessica Inman, 4-H program assistant, Clackamas County Extension, says, “This photo was taken of the Oregon Trail Wagon Ruts in Baker City, OR while attending the 4-H conference last week. It’s amazing to see the impact previous generations have had on our planet, and impossible not to think of what we are leaving for the future generations. Plus it’s just so pretty!” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Want to boost student writing skills? Mastery of a range of sentence structure and punctuation options can open possibilities for expression in writing. Have students team up to complete the Writing Center’s 10 Awesome Ways to Use a Comma + 4 Ways to Use a Semicolon handout for some fun and intentional practice.


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.

Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium 2024 Spring Student Symposium: Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium is hosting its Spring 2024 Student Symposium beginning at 9 a.m., May 17. The symposium will be hosted at LaSells Stewart Center. The public is invited to attend, view the student posters, and watch the student presentations. This year’s keynote speaker is Randall Milstein, senior instructor in the Department of Physics and University Honors College. His presentation is titled "STEM or STEAM?" The point of entry to explore the virtual poster session is

Learn about START for 2024: Join us for a broad overview of what START will be like for 2024, including structures, dates and new offerings. Register here for Friday’s session at 10 a.m. via Zoom. If you’re unable to attend, we’ll record it and post it on our internal site the following week. 

HC Student Lightning Talks: Join HC students as they present their research as 3-5 minute lightning talks. Dive into a diverse array of topics and participate in Q&A sessions. 10-11:30 a.m., May 17, LInC 368.

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.

Political science lecture: Gregory Leslie, political science, Ohio State University, will speak on “Permeable group boundaries: The unusual centrality of context among biracials.” Though one in 10 Americans are multiracial, contextual theories fail to account for individuals with multiple racial in-groups. Among biracials, context matters more — greater flexibility to interact as in-group members intensifies responsiveness to racial cues and endows exceptional latitude to adopt different groups’ preferences. Noon to 1 p.m., May 17, Bexell 415. There is also a Zoom option.

College of Health research seminar: “Veterinary public health in Oregon” will be presented by State Veterinarian Ryan Scholz, Oregon Department of Agriculture, from 1-2 p.m. May 17, in HFC 115 and via Zoom. Co-sponsored by the COH’s epidemiology program. Watch recordings of COH research seminars on the college’s website.

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.

Honors College Spring Thesis Poster Displays: Join HC students as they present their research posters on the third floor of the LInC. Research from all campus colleges will be showcased. Discover the exciting topics HC students have been researching: 1-3 p.m., May 17, third floor LInC hallways. Free admission.

Applied Economics seminar: Prof. Patrick Lloyd-Smith from the University of Saskatchewan will present "Putting Heterogeneity to Work to Improve the Representativeness of Stated Preference Survey Results," 2:30-4 p.m., May 17, Ballard Extension Hall Room 219; also available via Zoom. Additional details here

Stone Award for Literary Achievement lecture: Robin Wall Kimmerer, distinguished plant ecologist, best-selling author, renowned educator, and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, will deliver the 2024 Stone Award lecture at PRAx on Friday, May 17. Program starts at 7 p.m. Although the in-person event is sold out, the talk will be livestreamed at

Beats n’ Breath- Yoga Flow by Candlelight: Experience your yoga practice in darkness with movement by candlelight. This class integrates an inspiring playlist, 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., May 17 at Marigold. Purchase 1 Class Pass or $15 for Drop-In. Pre-register here. Contact us.


OSUsed Store Surplus Farm Sale: The OSUsed Store is putting on its first-ever Farm Sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., May 18 at the OSU Vegetable Research Farm (34306 NE Electric Rd in Corvallis). Items for sale may include, but are not limited to: various garden tools, power tools, cabinets, miscellaneous agricultural equipment and technology and more. Larger equipment will have sealed bids. The bidding will close at 1 p.m., and items must be paid for before 3 p.m. (end of the sale). You will be able to pick up your purchased equipment May 20 through May 24 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Walk for Water: This Saturday, May 18, join the OSU Hydrophiles Club at the Walk for Water to promote development of a new well in the Corvallis Sister City of Gondar, Ethiopia. The event runs from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds. More information and registration here:

Public Seed Library — Vegetable Garden Plant Clinic: Come learn how to harden off your greenhouse starts, get your vegetable garden set up for a successful harvest, explore warm season crops, herbs and flower varieties and take home free seeds. Benton County Master Gardeners can help you plan your garden and answer your questions. 9:30 a.m. to noon, May 18 at the Public Seed Library in the Corvallis Library's historic Belluschi wing. Sponsored by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

45th Annual łatwa ina Pow-Wow: OSU’s Native American Student Association and university partners present the 45th Annual łatwa ina Pow-Wow on May 18. This free community event features Indigenous dancers, singers and a marketplace, plus affordable fry bread. Grand entry at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Doors open at noon. Fry bread will be available for purchase on Saturday, May 18, at the Centro Cultural César Chávez (across from Gill) during the Pow-Wow. Part of the Pow-Wow will be livestreamed on, starting at 6 p.m. with the second grand entry.

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.


Soundbox 7 Pulse: Improvising Collective Future(s): This year, Soundbox 7 features works, live performances, emergent art(s) and improvisational practices that embody DIY approaches, offer real-time solutions and utilize improvisation as a vital tool for addressing pressing global issues identified by the United Nations, including environmental and global health, gender equality, humanitarianism and technology and innovation. May 19-21 in MU 109; free and open to all.

Cricket Tournament: Learn and play cricket. Learn more about the sport of cricket and how to play from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., May 19 at Chintimini Park Softball Field, 2601 NW Tyler Ave., Corvallis. Registrants will get the opportunity to play this exciting game as part of a team, and everyone is welcome to join as spectators to watch and cheer. Traditional Indian snacks and drinks provided with an ending celebration that includes Holi colored powder. Register to play at or to stay connected


NEW! McDonald-Dunn Research Forest Community Input Session: The College of Forestry invites you to the McDonald-Dunn Research Forest Community Input Session from 6-8 p.m., June 5 in PFSC 117. Remote participation available via Zoom. A new plan is being developed to guide management of the McDonald-Dunn Research Forest. After nearly two years of work, we have developed a suite of “management strategies” that will serve as the foundation for forest management. We now need to make decisions on how these strategies will be overlaid across the forest. At this session, we will provide an overview of decisions made to date and request your input on how we allocate land within the forest. All OSU Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome to attend. More info about planning process 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.

CTL teaching excellence celebration: Join us in celebrating OSU's rich accomplishments in the area of teaching. This session highlights promotions, CTL developments and activities, and teaching awards. Our guest speaker, Nathan Kirk from the Department 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.” 3:30 p.m., May 30, MU Horizon Room 49. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. RSVP now.

PRISMxKBVR-FM Record Painting: Need to unwind? Like to paint? Want some new decor? Join PRISM and KBVR-FM for record painting from noon to 3 p.m., May 31 in the SEC plaza. We will provide all the supplies as well as refreshments. Hope to see you there.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Ashton Cummings M.S. defense: A presentation of Ashton’s thesis, titled: “A Novel Microbial Consortia for Biofuel Applications: Investigating Lipid Accumulation in Chlorella vulgaris and Scenedesmus dimorphus in Response to Bacillus pumilus and Nutrient Vatiations," takes place at 11 a.m., May 20, in Gilmore Hall 207. Cummings is earning her M.S. in biological and ecological engineering with Frank Chaplen. Please contact the BEE Department at [email protected] with questions, for the Zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

NEW! BEE Teaching Philosophy SeminarKaterina Georgiou from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will give the teaching seminar "From microbes to the Earth system: An introduction to modeling microbial function in soil biogeochemistry" at 9:30 a.m., May 21 in KEC1005 (Available via Zoom if you are unable to attend in person:

NEW! Department of Integrative Biology Seminar: Daniel T. Blumstein, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UCLA, will present a seminar, "Insights from an emergent view of sociality," at 10 a.m., May 21 in Gilbert 224. The seminar is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend in person, please feel free the catch the seminar streaming on Zoom at For more information and to view the entire Integrative Biology Department Seminar Series lineup, please go to

NEW! Generative AI Open House: Drop-In Chats for Teaching Faculty. Intrigued by the potential of generative AI to enhance education? Interested in integrating AI tools into your course prep or teaching but unsure where to start? Explore these questions with the Center for Teaching and Learning. These sessions are ideal for instructors who are curious about AI capabilities and eager to learn more. Optional: Bring a laptop or mobile device. 10-11 a.m., May 21, LINC 468 faculty lounge. No registration required.

NEW! South Australia Landscapes Spring 2025 information session: Join OSU faculty to learn about the upcoming RNG 499 South Australia Landscapes Global Opportunities course. It’s not too early to plan for this 5-credit class, which includes participation in the International Rangelands Congress in Adelaide, Australia; exploration of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, Port Augusta and more. 5 p.m., May 22, Oldfield 108 or Zoom: Contacts: [email protected] and [email protected].

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.

BEE Research SeminarKaterina Georgiou from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will give the research seminar "Global-scale geochemical controls on soil organic carbon storage and vulnerability" at 2 p.m., May 20 in KEC1005. Available via Zoom if you are unable to attend in person:

Yoga and Psychedelics: Historical Contexts and Contemporary TransformationsStuart Sarbacker will discuss the relationship between the mind-body disciplines of Hindu and Buddhist systems of yoga and the use of psychoactive substances with an eye to the ways modern cosmopolitan forms of yoga have intersected with the use of substances such as cannabis and ayahuasca. 4 p.m., May 20, MU 213, Pan-Afrikan Sankofa Room.

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 before and immediately following the lecture. Free and open to the public. RSVP required:

UPDATED! Klamath Dam Removal Project Lecture with Mark Bransom: Join us to hear from Mark Bransom, chief executive officer of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, about the cooperative effort to re-establish the natural vitality of the Klamath River so that it can support all communities in the Klamath basin at the College of Engineering's Dean's Distinguished Lecture. 6 p.m. May 21, the LaSells Stewart Center. More information:

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 208. Co-sponsored by the OSU Cosplay Club and the Anarres Project.

Firewise Landscaping Basics webinar: Celebrate wildfire awareness month with us. Save your seat and register for the free webinar "Firewise Landscape Basics" with Amy Jo Detweiler, OSU Extension horticulturalist, from noon to 1 p.m., May 22. You will learn about home ignition zones, fire-prone and fire-resistant plants, landscape design and maintenance and plant selection for attractive, firewise landscapes.

Travel Talks: Sustainable Seafood. Support sustainably grown, harvested and processed seafood with your culinary choices as you travel, both at home and away. Join conservation scientist and marine fisheries ecologist Selina Heppell, head of the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences, for this important and fun Travel Talk at 5:30 p.m. May 22. Register today.

Center for Teaching and Learning Fellows Program 2024 Showcase & Discussion: Join this session featuring highlights from CTL Fellows in CEOAS; Engineering; Health; and Cascades. Participate in a discussion on what’s next in strengthening teaching and learning. Consider how partnering with the program can play a critical role in meeting teaching and learning goals in the Prosperity Widely Shared Strategic Plan in your college. Noon to 12:50 p.m., May 23 on Zoom. Register.

Acceptance and Commitment Skills Training: This training provides a values-oriented, skills focused, and research based method to approach problems. Curriculum ranges from mindfulness to committed action. Scott Mcfee will guide three weekend workshops, July 14, 21, and 28 from 2-5pm. Open to all and held at Marigold; registration is open! $180 public; $160 educators. Apply for student ScholarshipContact us.

Take Note

Design for Social Impact: Oregon State University's Design for Social Impact (DSI) program, within the Honors College, offers transformative education for students across disciplines. DSI equips them with skills to address society's challenges through flexible, project-based curricula. Collaborating with communities and industry, students create solutions with real impact. The program now introduces the Design for Social Impact Certificate and DSI 415 Multidisciplinary Design for Social Impact course, open to all Corvallis campus students. Registration for DSI 415 is available for Summer and Fall 2024 terms. Explore more at

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Hot Weather. With high temperatures comes a responsibility to prepare for and take precautions against heat illness. Sunscreen, hydration, shade and know the signs of heat related illness. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

Volunteers needed for the OSU Food Pantry: Volunteers are needed this term at the OSU Food Pantry Wednesdays 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Join the Basic Needs Center (BNC) team in helping the student community, packing produce bags and chatting with visitors. To get started, come by the BNC any time it’s open to complete paperwork (Mondays-Thursdays 8-6, Fridays 8-3). For questions, stop by 1030 SW Madison Ave., call 541-737-3747, or contact [email protected].

Get paid to try all sorts of foods: The Department of Food Science and Technology’s Center for Sensory & Consumer Behavior Research is seeking taste testers to participate in industry-sponsored consumer studies. Our facility is located on OSU’s Corvallis campus inside Wiegand Hall and staff, faculty, students and community members are invited to join our panelist pool. If interested in joining, fill out the brief survey available here and email [email protected] with questions.

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 that dives deep into the way that we solve problems together. This workshop 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.

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 Summer and Fall 2024 In-person and Zoom courses here.

KidSpirit registration: Do you have plans for your kiddos this summer? How about plans that include sports, arts, science, cooking and more? Register now for OSU’s KidSpirit Summer Day Camp. Spots are filling up fast. We are very excited to reintroduce swim lessons this year, as well as sewing camp. Gymnastics, cooking academy and leadership training make their return this year. For more information and to register, visit: OSU faculty, staff and students receive a discount.

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.

College of Engineering Oregon Stater Award Nominations: Nominations close Monday, May 20. The College of Engineering is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Oregon Stater Awards. These awards honor outstanding alumni for their contributions to the engineering profession and to Oregon State University. Awards will be given in three categories, determined by length of career and accomplishments: Engineering Hall of Fame, Academy of Distinguished Engineers and Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers. Submit your nominations today. The nomination deadline is May 20.

Class Pass Sale at The Marigold Center: Through May 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]


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NEW! OSU Office of Audit, Risk, and Compliance invites applications for an Executive Assistant. This is a 12-month, full-time (1.0 FTE), professional faculty position on the Corvallis campus. This is an internal employment opportunity. Posting #P08050UF. Full consideration May 20. Closes May 27.

NEW! The College of Engineering at the Corvallis, Oregon campus of Oregon State University is actively seeking a Head Academic Advisor to join our community in the school of MIME. The primary function of this role is to provide holistic advising support within our college. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month professional faculty position to provide on-site and online advising from the Corvallis campus. Posting #P08073UF. Full consideration June 15. Closes June 30.


“My heart is light with May! The sky is soft; the coming birds Are silent on their way.” ~ Mary Mapes Dodge

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 67, low of 42. Sunny through the weekend.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 65, low of 37. Sunny this weekend.

Newport: Becoming sunny today, high of 61, low of 41. Mostly sunny this weekend.

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