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:

Iron cathodes make lithium batteries cheaper, safer, more sustainable (Interesting Engineering)

EVs might benefit from this new approach not only due to the cost-effectiveness of the new material but also because a collaboration co-led by an Oregon State University chemistry researcher is hailing it as a more sustainable alternative.

Douglas fir die-off in Southern Oregon gives a glimpse into the future of West Coast forests (Jefferson Public Radio)

Bennett is a retired Oregon State University extension forester. He’s been researching this fir tree die-off and he co-authored a 2023 paper called Trees on the Edge. As the name of his report suggests, this forest in Jacksonville is an environment that’s right on the edge of where Douglas fir trees can grow. That means it just takes a little change in conditions -- like drought or hotter summers -- to push them over the edge.

PRAx announces 2024-2025 season lineup, Grammy-winning artist-in-residence (Corvallis Advocate)

Tickets are now on sale for the 2024-2025 season at the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts (PRAx) at Oregon State University, which includes performances by PRAx’s inaugural artist-in-residence, jazz luminary and five-time Grammy award winner esperanza spalding – the artist’s name is stylized as all lower case.

One of OSU's largest giant octopuses gets settled at Hatfield Visitor Center (Oregonian)

A male giant Pacific octopus, the largest and longest living octopus species in the world, has found a temporary new home at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Visitor Center.

Today's photo

Towering redwood: Zuzana Vejlupkova, senior FRA with Botany and Plant Pathology, says, “I took this from underneath the beautiful giant redwood on the MU quad on April 19.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: What’s your definition of a lecture? Could that definition be broadened? See What is a Lecture? from Ecampus instructional designer Chris Lindberg for creative ideas that expand on the traditional meaning of the term.


Beavs Lead: Change. This half-day student leadership development retreat provides the opportunity to connect with others in the OSU community who are social justice-driven and dedicated to creating positive change. Discover the power you hold and how you can use it to spark change. Food will be provided. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., May 24 in kaku-ixt mana ina haws gathering hall. For more information see

UIT Data Lab: Join UIT's Data Team from 10:30 to noon each Friday at the weekly Data Lab for drop-in assistance with data projects, networking and various collaborations. Bonus offering events are held each week to give updates on different types of data projects happening at OSU. This week on May 24 will be our Payroll Data Q&A session, hosted by Mike Mandzuck and Steve Nash. For more information, please visit our website at

FAFSA Fix ‘n’ File: The Office of Financial Aid is providing free pizza and support with navigating the different challenges of the 2024-25 FAFSA. If you need to make a correction or still need to file, please join us for assistance. We’ll be available in MU 211 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., May 24. Details available here

FYI Friday – Getting to know the Office of Audit Risk and Compliance Internal Control Assessment Tool (ICAT): The OARC’s ICAT is a Qualtrics-based survey any unit can use to conduct a self-assessment across a variety of risk areas (leadership, procurement and expenditures, information technology, sponsored research, etc.). This presentation will provide an overview of the ICAT, including the benefits, how to access and navigate it and what to do with the results. 11-11:30 a.m., May 24 via Zoom. Registration 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]

Recruitment webinar: University Human Resources (UHR) is hosting a webinar focused on recruitment from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., May 24. The UHR team will provide a guided tour of the new recruitment website and share best practice suggestions for each phase of the search process. All individuals involved in hiring at the university are encouraged to attend. We will also highlight key changes that will take place in the recruitment process for hiring units and search committees, beginning June 1. Register in advance for this Zoom webinar here. A recording of the webinar will be available on UHR’s Calendar & Communications webpage several days after the event.

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.

Nice is Not Enough: Inequality and the Limits of Kindness at American High. Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon C.J. Pasco’s new book tells the story of American High School, a school characterized by acceptance, connection and kindness. This book describes how American High, like many high schools, uses a "regime of kindness" to address persistent inequalities. By examining how this regime of kindness works at American High, "Nice is Not Enough" shows the limits of this approach and suggests ways we might begin to dismantle systemic inequalities. Noon, May 24 via Zoom and in Furman Hall, Room 404.

CTL — Mutual Mentors Bootcamp: This two-hour workshop provides opportunities to learn and practice proven interpersonal skills, questioning techniques and structured conversational tools to use while mentoring others. 1-2:50 p.m., May 24, LINC 345. Register now.

College of Health research seminar: “Building synergies across research centers in the College of Health” will be presented by Sunil Khanna, Megan McClelland and Suzanne Segerstrom, College of Health, from 1-2 p.m. May 24, in HFC 115 and via Zoom. Watch recordings of COH research seminars on the college’s website.

BioResource Research Seminar: Emma Slone — BS in BRR, option: sustainable ecosystems; minor in environmental science — will speak on “Forecasting the seasonal phenology of Agrotis ipsilon (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Oregon grass seed and vegetable crops,” at 1 p.m., May 24, in Strand 163. Mentors are Seth Dorman, USDA, and Jessica Green, OIPMC. Join Zoom meeting

Mario Kart Challenge: The Military & Veteran Resource Center will be hosting a social event. Everyone is welcome to attend. Snacks will be provided and attendees will have the opportunity to network with other veterans and students. 4:30-6:30 p.m., May 24. 

Saber Es Poder: Students are invited to attend a half-day trip for a Temazcal (sweat lodge) Ceremony experience at Anahuac Farm in Turner. Learn about leadership through the lenses of Indigeneity and uncover the leader within. Alternative experiences will be available; see registration for more details. Lunch and transportation provided. Registration deadline May 24. Event June 1. Learn more at

OSU One-Acts: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts and University Theatre Present: Spring One-Acts through June 2, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in Ray Theater. The Spring One-Act Festival 2024 features six newly adapted plays inspired by folk tales written and directed by OSU students. Tickets $12; students $5. Tickets here.


NEW! Native American Flute Circle: Join the annual gathering of the OSU Native American-style flute circle, led by music instructor, Jan Michael Looking Wolf Reibach. The gathering is free and open to the public. Noon, May 29, SEC Plaza. Sign-in for participating students starts at 11:30 a.m.

NEW! OSU Land Use Code amendment meetings: OSU Land Use Planning will host a community meeting to discuss proposed amendments to the Corvallis Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan that impact the Corvallis campus. 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 29 at the Corvallis Community Center. For more information, visit:

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

Diffusions: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents Diffusions: A Music Technology Concert  7:30 p.m., June 4 in Detrick Hall. This concert by students in OSU’s Music Technology program explores the aesthetic power of electronic sound production and manipulation through technological experimentation. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

OSU Jazz Ensemble: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents OSU Jazz Ensemble 7 p.m., June 5 in Detrick Hall. From classic standards to modern, explorative arrangements, the OSU Jazz Ensemble covers the range of an extensive musical landscape. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

OSU Guitar Ensemble: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents OSU Guitar Ensemble 7 p.m., June 6 in Detrick Hall. Directed by Dr. Cameron O’Conner, the OSU Guitar Ensemble presents repertoire from all over the world and from many historical eras, carrying audiences into the full range of what the instrument can do. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

OSU Chamber Choir: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents OSU Chamber Choir, the President’s Concert 7 p.m, June 8. in Detrick Hall. Named in honor of President Emeritus Edward J. Ray and his late wife, Beth Ray, the President’s Concert represents the pinnacle of the choral year at Oregon State. Tickets $25; students free. Tickets here.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! BioResource Research Interdisciplinary Sciences Program Spring Seminar: Olivia Queisser, Honors BS in BRR options: plant growth and development, and bioproducts and bioenergy, with a minor in chemistry, will speak on “Honey as a growth media for sustainable fungal pigments,” 10 a.m., May 28, Valley Library East/West Classrooms. Mentor: Seri C. Robinson, WSE Department.

NEW! 2024 Berg Lecture: “Simple predictive rules in microbial community assembly: From the lab to the world’s oceans." Presented by Jeff Gore, physics of living systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from 5-6 p.m. May 28, at the LaSells Stewart Center. A reception hosted by the Department of Microbiology will follow from 6-7:30 p.m. Free and open to all. Register here.

NEW! Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Jesse A. Laney will present “Diversity and its Drivers from Deserts to Mountains: A Comparison Across Small Mammals and Songbirds in Space and Time”, 10 a.m., May 29 in ALS 4001 and via Zoom: Laney is completing his Ph.D. in integrative biology under the guidance of Rebecca Terry. 

NEW! FINAL Help Session for Summer Academic Wage processing: From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., May 29, a virtual help session will be set up to assist departments with filling out their spreadsheets for Summer Academic Wage requests. This is a drop-in session; no pre-registration required. Questions can be directed to [email protected] or submitted via the employee service portal at [email protected]. Link for the session is

NEW! Water Resources Science Seminar Series: "Klamath dam removals: early observations from water quality and suspended sediment monitoring," presented by Liam Schenk with USGS Corvallis from 4-5 p.m. May 29 on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

NEW! Chloe Hull MF Defense: Chloe Hull will present their capstone, titled: “A Valley Without Ash: Exploring Strategies for Forested Wetland Restoration Post Emerald Ash Borer Invasion in the Willamette Valley, Oregon,” at 10 a.m., May 30 in Richardson 107 and on Zoom. Hull is earning their MF degree in forest ecosystems and society with Ron Reuter. Please contact the FES Department at [email protected] for the zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

NEW! OSU Libraries & Press CSA-LFA Seminar Series: "Textbook Affordability & University Records." Learn how the libraries started proactively purchasing course materials, plus what exactly a university records manager does. 2-3 p.m., May 30 in Willamette West Classroom, Valley Library. More info and Zoom link here

NEW! 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.

Jansen Ivie MS Defense: Jansen Ivie will present his thesis, titled: “A Longitudinal Analysis of Coastal Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii clarkii) and Oncorhynchus mykiss Following Severe Wildfire in Oregon Cascades Headwaters," at noon June 4 in PFSC 117 and on Zoom. Jansen is earning his MS in forest ecosystems and society with Dana Warren and Kevin Bladon. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] for the Zoom link or with questions or for accommodations for disabilities.

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.

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.

Take Note

NEW! OSU Today schedule: OSU Today will not publish Monday, May 27 due to the Memorial Day holiday. It will resume Tuesday, May 28.

NEW! Changemakers: Derek Abbey, '99. Congratulations to Derek for being named a Changemaker by the OSU Alumni Association. Following 23 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, he has dedicated his post-military career to building veterans' programs, from supporting OSU veterans' projects to serving as current president and CEO of Project Recover, a nonprofit bringing missing-in-action fallen soldiers home and giving closure to families. Learn more and nominate future Changemakers:

NEW! Professional development award: Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2024 University Mentoring and Professional Development Award. This award, presented annually at University Day, recognizes any classified, professional faculty or faculty member who excels in mentoring, supporting and encouraging OSU employees, especially women and those from under-represented groups or non-traditional careers, and making available to them opportunities for professional, educational and personal development. For more information and a list of past recipients: are due June 14. Questions? Contact [email protected]

NEW! Changemakers: Mar'quis Bryant-Morgan, '21. Congratulations to Mar'quis for being named a Changemaker by the OSU Alumni Association. First as an undergraduate and now as an alumnus, his extensive campus involvement and support for OSU’s Black student community is beyond compare. Today, he serves on councils for both OSU Student Affairs and the OSU Black Alumni and Friends Network and champions student success through scholarships. Learn more and nominate future Changemakers:

NEW! Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund: Bring a current Fulbright Visiting Scholar from another university in the U.S. to OSU: A typical OLF visit is two to five days long, with the scholar completing guest lectures, cultural events and other similar engagements on and off campus. All expenses are covered by Fulbright with no financial commitment required from OSU. Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Learn more on their website and view the list of current scholars. For questions, please contact the Global Affairs Associate.

NEW! Hey 2024 grads: Where will your degree take you? Whether you are starting a job, heading to graduate school or still searching for the right fit, take the First Destination Survey and let us know your post-graduation plans. The information you share will help us improve how we prepare and support students for life after OSU.

PRAx 24-25 Season: The first full season of the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts (PRAx) is here. Tickets are on sale now for single event tickets and season ticket packages. The first full season includes multi-genre, interdisciplinary performers, the launch of the Indigenous Jazz Club, the advent of dance at PRAx and so much more. Reserve your seat.

KidSpirit Sewing Academy Camps: If you have a budding fashion designer or a sustainability-minded kiddo, join KidSpirit for Sewing Academy camps this summer. Our zero-waste, beginner-friendly camps will cover everything from basic stitches and embroidery to quilting and so much more. Campers will learn how to extend the life of our clothes and how to be resourceful before taking them to a landfill. For more information and to register, visit:

Revised University Policy04-120 Service and Emotional Support Animals. The policy provides necessary updates to OSU Service & Assistance Animal Policy, first adopted in October 2012. Because service animals and emotional support animals are governed by separate bodies of law, the policy reflects certain requirements under each and directs the university’s actions. Please visit the “What’s New” section of the University Policy & Standards Manual for the latest on new, revised and proposed university policies and standards.

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? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. 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] with any questions.

Call for Applications: Career ChampionsApplications for the fall 2024 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. Career Champions provides educators with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while tackling issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applications are due June 7. Cohort meets on Zoom from 3-4 p.m. Thursdays weeks 3-8 of fall term. Direct questions to Brenna Gomez.

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.

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.

Take your teaching to the next level: Join the Fall ’24 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community to build resilience into your teaching. You’ll learn from experts at CTL and Academic Technologies while collaborating with OSU faculty who share your passion for teaching. Don’t miss this opportunity to become a more resilient and effective educator. See the call for participation and apply by June 3. Funding provided.

Ready, Set, AI: Join the Center for Teaching and Learning and Academic Technologies for the Fall ’24 Faculty Learning Community addressing artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on teaching and learning. We will explore issues regarding AI in education, develop proactive teaching strategies and hear from AI experts. See the call for participation. Funding provided. Apply by June 3.

Photo contest: The Healthy Aging Club is proud to announce its fifth annual photo contest. The theme this year is older adults engaging in their favorite hobbies. Prizes include gift certificates, craft kits and OSU swag. Please email your submission to [email protected] by Saturday, May 25, at midnight. 

Voice your opinion - AI at OSU: We are looking for your ideas on how OSU can incorporate, integrate and deploy AI as part of the AI@OSU initiative ( Take the survey here; only for Oregon State University students, faculty and staff. The survey is voluntary, anonymous and should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey will be open and available for participation until Friday, June 7.

Fulbright scholar program: 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.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! 30th Street: SW 30th Street will be closed in both directions between SW Washington Way and SW Campus Way on Tuesday, May 28 for pothole repairs. The east-west intersection at SW Jefferson Way will remain open during this closure. Sidewalks will remain open. 

Campus Way: As part of the Kelley District Utility Plant project, SW Campus Way between SW 26th Street and SW Memorial Place will be closed May 29-June 10. The closure is necessary to allow for crane activity related to the project. Unlike recent, intermittent closures related to the project, this will be a continuous closure of Campus Way. The Kelley Engineering Center south entrance will also be closed. The north sidewalk and both bicycle lanes in this section of Campus Way will be closed during this time period. The south sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. A bicycle detour will be provided. (View road and sidewalk closure map.) (View bicycle detour.)


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Construction Project Manager 2: College of Agricultural Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, position. Posting #P04810CT. Full consideration May 30; closes June 13.

NEW! The Office of Budget and Resource Planning invites applications for a Financial Analyst for Data Analytics position based in Corvallis. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position with a salary range of $60,288-$105,420. This position is responsible for report creation, various reconciliations, fund settle-up, updating Budget and Resource planning metrics, and distribution of overhead research dollars to units, and have familiarity with how data systems support and drive financial decisions. Posting #P08099UF. Full consideration June 5.


“An addiction to gardening is not all bad when you consider all the other choices in life.” ~ Cora Lea Bell

Corvallis: Chance of showers today, high of 62, low of 40. Showers this weekend, becoming sunny. 

Central Oregon: Cloudy today, high of 63, low of 39. Partly sunny through the weekend.

Newport: Showers today, high of 53, low of 45. Showers Saturday, partly sunny Sunday and Monday.

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