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.

OSU: Pharmacist birth control prescriptions cut unwanted pregnancies(KTVZ)

A 2016 Oregon law allowing pharmacists to write birth control prescriptions is helping more women at risk for unintended pregnancies to use contraception, new research by Oregon State University suggests. (see also The Lund Report)

This engineered wood radiates heat into space, potentially slashing cooling costs (Science)

“This is just brilliant work,” says John Simonsen, a chemist who specializes in wood science at Oregon State University in Corvallis. However, he says, the new wood could be expensive, and potential energy savings may not offset the price.

Tall and old or dense and young: Which kind of forest is better for the climate? (Mongabay)

“Older forests store a lot more carbon than young forests and much of it is returned to the atmosphere quickly when harvested and planted with young trees,” says Beverly Law, a professor of global change biology at Oregon State University.

The 'Instagram effect' is shaking up public lands and national parks(KUER- NPR Utah)

“There hasn’t been a study done yet, that’s been published, that’s been able to show a direct cause and effect,” said Ashley D’Antonio, a recreation ecologist and associate professor at Oregon State University.

Today's photo

Memorial Day: In this archival photo, OSC cadets in the ROTC program observe Memorial Day in front of the Memorial Union.


Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 24. Preregistration required: Space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

NEW! Memorial Day ceremony: A ceremony will be held May 24, 11 a.m, in the Memorial Union Main Lounge to honor all Oregon State University alumni who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. A ceremony will be conducted to honor the fallen, and speeches will be conducted by students and faculty. Stay for cake, and to meet other veterans after the ceremony in the Veterans Lounge.

NEW! Cheese sales: Time to restock your fridge and your bellies with Beaver Classic Cheese. Friday sales, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  begin today at the Creamery. Come try five cheddars, two Swiss, two Provolones and cheese curds. The Creamery is in 159 Withycombe Hall. 

NEW! Meat Center: The Clark Meat Science Center retail store will be open Friday from noon to 5:30 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 for questions regarding the store.

NEW! OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

Physiology talk: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences presents “Aerobic capacity and susceptibility for metabolic disease,” by John P. Thyfault, professor of physiology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Friday, May 24, from 1-2 p.m. in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room, Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families.

Oregon State Creative Jam: Join OSU and Adobe for a one-of-a-kind event on Friday, May 24. Hear from special guest speakers Jim and Stephanie Ward and Nina Byrd as they share insights from their careers. Then watch teams of OSU students present digital apps that solve urgent problems—and vote for your favorite. Horizon Room, Memorial Union, 2 p.m.

MS Defense, Sustainable Forest Management Graduate Program: Sean Marcum will present “Overstory Growth, Structural Development, and Regeneration Success Following Uneven-Aged Conversion Treatments in Douglas-fir Plantation of the Cascade Range in Oregon" on Friday, May 24, at 3 p.m., in Richardson Hall 115.  Marcum is completing his MS in sustainable forest management under major professor Matthew Powers. Free and open to the public.

Nightfall Carnival: Join us for a Ferris wheel, food, carnival games, inflatables (including bubble soccer), crafts, prizes, and so much more. It will be in the MU Quad and SEC Plaza, from 9 p.m. to midnight, Friday, May 24. This event is for OSU students and affiliates only. Admission is free with your OSU ID. For more info:


NEW! Help create a vision for the Corvallis campus: Stop by the Community Open House on Wednesday, May 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Main Meeting Room of the Corvallis-Benton County Library to participate in the Campus Vision Project and learn more about what’s involved in a campus vision. Can’t stop by? Leave a comment about the campus and learn more about the project at the OSU Corvallis Campus Vision website.

NEW! One-Act Festival: OSU Theatre’s annual Spring One-Act Festival, featuring original short plays written and directed by OSU Theatre students, will run May 29 through June 2. The festival includes two panels of plays. The plays in Panel A will run at 7:30 p.m. May 29 and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. June 1. The plays in Panel B will be performed at 7:30 p.m. May 30 and May 31 and at 2 p.m. June 2.  All shows will be held in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall. Tickets are $8; $6 for seniors; $5 for youth/students; and $4 for OSU students. Seating is general admission and there is no late admittance to the theater. Tickets are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office in Withycombe Hall room 144, by calling 541-737-2784 or online at

NEW! Jazz Ensemble: The Oregon State University Jazz Ensemble, directed by Ryan Biesack, will present its final concert of the 2018-19 season at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, in the Memorial Union Ballroom, 2501 SW Jefferson Way. Highlights from the program include works by Duke Ellington and Thad Jones. The program also includes several new works by Salem-based jazz composer James Miley and premieres of two pieces written by OSU students Braxton Adair and Michael Tran. The performance is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. 

Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees will meet from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 31, in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. The board will consider the university’s FY2020 operating budget and the OSU-Cascades campus land reclamation project. The board also will consider the presidential leadership profile, which will be used to recruit candidates for the search under way to select OSU’s next president of the university. Committees of the board will meet from 8 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. The agendas and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at For accommodations: 541-737-3449 or at least 48 hours in advance.

OSU New Media Communications Open House, highlighting student work in video games, animation, immersive worlds, video, and data science. Stop by the NMC Visualization Lab & Game Lab in Snell Hall (follow the signs at the front of the building) Monday, June 3, from 1–5 p.m. on to check out NMC student work. For questions, call 541-737-1492, or email

Crawfish fest: Tickets are now on sale for Oregon State’s annual Cajun Crawfish Fest, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on June 6, outside McNary Dining Center. Enjoy an all you-can-eat crawfish boil, served Louisiana-style with potato wedges, corn on the cob, cornbread with honey butter, watermelon wedges and sweet tea. Buy tickets ($12) by May 27 at MainSqueeze in McNary Dining Center.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Thesis Defense – Water Resources Graduate Program: Skye Steritz, MS WRPM. Tuesday, May 28, at 8 a.m. in the CEOAS administration building, Wecoma Conference Room. The title of her thesis is “Exploring Educational Tools to Improve Transboundary Groundwater Management. Steritz is advised by Aaron Wolf of CEOAS. 

NEW! Tuesday Teaching Talks: Cognition & Learning: Join colleagues and the Center for Teaching and Learning in a certificated series of teaching workshops. The workshops are every Tuesday. Attend one, some or all. On May 28, Tenisha Tevis of the College of Education will present "Assessing Student Work" to explore the purpose of and approaches to assessing and responding to student work. This two-hour workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here.

NEW! Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Brian Dugovich will present “Investigating Variation in Immunity and Infection Risk in Wild Ungulates” on Tuesday, May 28, at noon in LINC 302. Dugovich is completing his Ph.D. in Zoology under the guidance of Anna Jolles. Free and open to the public.

NEW! Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): “Population genomic variation of North Pacific albacore tuna investigated using ddRAD sequencing, i.e., One fish, two fish ... where do albacore tuna come from?” Felix Vaux (Kathleen O’Malley Lab), Wednesday, May 29, at noon in ALS 3006. BUG consists of life scientists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, statisticians and researchers of all types who meet to discuss topics related to these fields of study. Meetings are generally informal, consisting of discussions, interactive talks, or short workshops. All are welcome. No experience needed to participate. For additional information, see

NEW! How water changes cultures: Hassan Latif, Egyptologist and a former curator at the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo, and Aaron Wolf, a geography professor at Oregon State University, will discuss how the movement and availability of water change cultures and influence politics at the June 3 Science Pub in Corvallis. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. at the Whiteside Theatre, 361 SW Madison Ave. Science Pub is free and open to the public, but due to its continuing popularity, registration is required. People can register online at or by contacting University Events at 541-737-4717 or If registration is closed (fully booked), walk-ins are welcome, but people who arrive without a ticket will not be admitted to the reserved seating area until 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

NEW! Early Seral Biodiversity Science & Management Workshop: A presentation of scientific findings on early seral forests in the PNW. We will collaboratively identify areas of agreement, information gaps, and conservation and management challenges, then outline key hypotheses that form a future research agenda. June 10, CH2M Alumni  Center, $75. ($35 optional field tour on June 11). Program and registration here

WRGP Water Resources Science Spring Seminar Series: Henry Posamentier, energy consultant, will present “Fluvial Systems in Time and Space: Highlighting the Value of 3D Seismic Data” on Wednesday, May 29, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Bexell 328. Free and open to the public.

Edwards Distinguished Lecture Series, “Building a Pyramid – Quarrying and Building in Ancient Egypt,” by Hassan Latif, Egyptian archaeologist, Tuesday, May 28, 6 p.m., Kearney 312. Reception to follow.

From Wolves to the Warning to Humanity: Facing the Environmental Crisis through Science: The topic is the “Scientists’ Second Warning to Humanity” and  William Ripple, a distinguished professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, will share how society might face the environmental crisis through science. May 30, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. reception, talk begins at 7 p.m., The Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland. Admission is free; register at

2019 Robert M. Storm Distinguished Lecture: Integrative Biology presents the 2019 Robert M. Storm Lecturer, Patricia Brennan, on Thursday, May 30. There will be a reception at 6 p.m. in the Cordley Hall Foyer followed by the 7 p.m. lecture in Gilfillan Auditorium. This event will also be available via WebEx; Brennan, an assistant professor at Mt. Holyoke College, will present a seminar, “Time to Step Up! Defending “Oddball Science.” She is an expert on the evolution of reproductive structures in vertebrates and the mechanisms that drive genital diversification, particularly in birds. More information on the Robert M. Storm lecture series and specifics of the 2019 lecture can be found at  RSVP at .

Water, Culture and Society:  Conflicts and cooperation from the Columbia River to the Nile.  Join us at 6 p.m. on June 3 at the Whiteside Theatre for the last Science Pub of the season.  Reservations recommended.  Get more details and register at

2019 North American Agroforestry Conference: Join us for the 16th AFTA biennial conference on June 24-27, at OSU's CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Participants will learn about the latest advances in agroforestry and tour field sites. Rates for standard, farmer, and student categories, and one-day registration available. Early registration closes Friday, May 24. More information and registration:

Take Note

NEW! No OSU Today on Monday: OSU Today will not publish on Memorial Day but will resume Tuesday.

NEW! Life Scholars applications: Applications for the 2019 Life Scholars Program are now being accepted. This program enables undergraduate students to participate in a scholarly project in the field of aging with Center for Healthy Aging Research faculty. The maximum award is $2,000; application deadline is May 31. Four awards will be made this year. CHAR will match up to $1,000 with the other $1,000 to come from faculty/departmental funding. For more information, see

NEW! Healthy Aging photo contest: The OSU Healthy Aging Club is holding its Annual Photo Contest!  The theme this year is Aging & Music. Prizes include $50 OSU Bookstore gift card, a Hydroflask, and an OSU HAC T-shirt. Submit a photo with a caption along with a signed release form by emailing it to The release form and more information can be found at Deadline: May 27. Vote for the best picture at the club's Dam Jam table.

NEW! Beaver Community Fair Registration: Registration for the fair is now open for registered OSU clubs and OSU departments. Registration and event details available online at This year’s event will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, from noon to 4 p.m., in the Memorial Union Quad & SEC Plaza.  Registration closes on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Questions? Contact

Linus Pauling Institute Conference and SfRBM Regional Symposium: Join us this August to hear the latest research on micronutrients, botanicals and redox signaling in disease. Early conference registration ends on June 15. Register now to reserve a seat at the conference dinner at the Vue and public lecture with Nobel laureate Louis Ignarro, Friday, Aug. 16. Submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation.

Cat Foster Opportunity: Earn PetCo Gift Cards: Do you have an interest in fostering an adult cat? The OSU Human-Animal Interaction Lab is conducting a project on the impact of fostering opportunities for shelter cats. We are looking for volunteers to take an adult shelter cat into their home for either 1 day or 1 week. For each cat taken as part of this project you will receive one $25 PetCo gift card. Participation in the fostering program will help us learn more about cat cognition and welfare. If you are interested in leaning more please contact Kristyn Vitale directly at or visit us online at

Dialogue Facilitation Lab Applications: The Office of Institutional Diversity is now accepting applications for faculty, staff and graduate students to join the Dialogue Facilitation Lab Summer 2019 cohort. The Dialogue Facilitation Lab is a professional learning and exploratory seminar looking to integrate critical dialogue facilitation skills into professional environments. The seminar welcomes faculty, staff and graduate students of all skill and experience levels to explore the philosophy and techniques of critical dialogue facilitation and the potential for implementation in their work at the university. Applications will be accepted until May 31 at 5 p.m. For more information and to apply, visit the Dialogue Facilitation Lab website. Direct any questions about the seminar to Brandi Douglas, assistant director of outreach, at

Volunteers Needed for the Great Move Out: This year OSU will once again work both on-campus and off-campus with the Corvallis community to collect reusable goods from students during The Great Move Out! Volunteers are needed to staff the events, assisting with receiving and sorting donations. Volunteers are needed for the off-campus event on June 14; details and sign-up here. Volunteers are needed for the res. hall program June 10-19; details and sign-up hereMore information here.

Eco2Go Return Stations on All Valley Library Floors: In partnership with UHDS, the Valley Library has placed Eco2Go container return locations on all six floors of the library. Look for the tall, round bins with the Eco2Go logo. On Floors 1 and 3-6, the bins are located along the south wall of the alcove off the main public avenue. On Floor 2 (main floor), the bin is located in the hallway at the stairs/elevator down to Java II cafe.   UHDS estimates that this program removes more than 400,000 disposable single-use to-go containers from the landfill each year.

Library input sought: OSU Libraries seeks input about its process to accommodate its share of the university-wide budget reduction for fiscal year 2020. Read the FAQ at FY20 Budget Reduction.

Male volunteers wanted for acetaminophen (Tylenol) study (Corvallis):Detoxification of Reactive Acetaminophen Metabolite by Conjugation with Ascorbic Acid. Principal Investigator: Fred Stevens, Linus Pauling Institute, OSU. If you are healthy, male, age 18-50, non-smoker, without history of acetaminophen toxicity or allergy, you may qualify to participate. Volunteers receive $25. Contact Sandra Uesugi, RN, at 541-737-3594 or

Apply now for Ecampus professional development funds: Oregon State Ecampus invites faculty, staff and administrators to pursue professional development related to online and hybrid education. Further your professional goals while promoting effective teaching and learning in OSU’s online and hybrid courses. Funding is available for professorial faculty and professional faculty and advisers. The application deadline is June 7, so learn more and apply online today

Student Support at the Undergrad Research & Writing Studio: The Undergrad Research & Writing Studio, located in the Valley Library, encourages faculty to hold class meetings in the studio and take advantage of its flexible workspaces, including modular tables and large display monitors suitable for collaboration. Studio consultants (peer mentors who specialize in research and writing support) are available to work with students during the visit. Faculty may reserve studio time by completing a reservation form. Call 541-737-2776 for more information.

The Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center (HRWGC) invites nominations for annual awards celebration: There are three award categories; Women of Achievement, AYA award, and Student Leader award.  Learn about each award and submit a nomination here.  We invite you to not only consider submitting a nomination but hope that you will plan to join us at year’s event on Thursday, June 6, from 3-5 p.m. at the HRWGC. 

Traffic & Maintenance 

Van Buren Street Bridge Lane closures: Due to a geotechnical investigation boring, there will be lane reductions on the bridge May 16-24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A single lane reduction (out of three lanes) for Northwest Van Buren Avenue from Third Street to First Street will be needed.

Scheduled: Campus Wide Steam Shutdown: Each year Facilities Services performs necessary maintenance on the university’s steam system, which requires shutting off the steam throughout campus, to complete maintenance services at the plant, throughout the steam tunnels and in each building. This process affects hot water supply, heating, and all equipment that uses steam, campus wide. The steam shutdown for 2019 will occur from 6 p.m. on June 16 to 5 p.m. on June 20. For questions or comments on this closure contact Facilities Services at 541-737-2969.


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NEW! Instructor and Director of Bands: The Department of Music within the School of Arts & Communication invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Instructor and Director of Bands position. Posting #P00443UF. Closes July 1.


"I've been shut down, run down, talked about, dogged out, but that never stopped me from the being the true me that's here and will be here." ~ Patti LaBelle, who turns 75 today.

Corvallis: Slight chance of showers today, high of 63, low of 48. Slight chance of showers Saturday, mostly sunny Sunday and Monday.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of thunderstorms today, high of 64, low of 38. Chance of showers over the holiday weekend.

Newport: Chance of showers today, high of 58, low of 47. Slight chance of showers Saturday, mostly sunny Sunday and Monday. 

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