Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media. For more about this section, see:


Oregon's ballot fiasco spotlights clerk's troubled 20-year run (Washington Post)

Some county clerks are appointed, but in many counties in Oregon and elsewhere they are beholden to the whims of voters who may not be paying attention, said Christopher McKnight Nichols, an associate professor of history at Oregon State University. There’s a “myopia and invisibility about this sort of office in American public life,” he said.

NIFA-funded research strengthens tools for wildfire management, adaptation and recovery (National Institute of Food and Agriculture)

At Oregon State University, Kevin Bladon is leading a $734,000 project to study the west side of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains — which were recently burned by large, high-severity wildfires — to assess the effectiveness of various post-fire land management strategies. The project, funded this year through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, will yield key insights into how land managers can best reduce soil erosion, improve its nutrient availability, and encourage vegetation to successfully regrow.


Portland marijuana production blunder sickened more than a dozen: Here's how it happened (Oregonian)

“There were mistakes. There could have been a tragic outcome. But we need to use it to educate,” said Joy Waite-Cusic, professor at Oregon State University’s Department of Food Science and Technology. Waite-Cusic has studied food safety extensively and reviewed the cannabis commission’s investigatory report at the request of The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Spotlight: Art about Agriculture exhibit to visit Corvallis, Baker City, Newport (Gazette-Times)

Art About Agriculture’s annual exhibition of agriculture and natural resource-themed artwork by Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has started a statewide tour in Corvallis and will continue to Baker City and Newport in the coming months.

On the wing: The East End's most controversial bird (The East Hampton Star)

Susan Haig, a professor of wildlife ecology at Oregon State University, has been studying the plover for decades. She says the presence of plovers indicate the quality of a beach. If they're present, that's a good sign.

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Smell the lilacs: Gosia Wojtas, graduate program specialist for the College of Education, says, “April showers did bring May flowers. Don’t forget to stop and smell them during your busy spring term days!” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Considering textbook options for future courses? See Tips for Evaluating Textbooks for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for a concise guide to important factors such as accessibility; affordability; range of scholars represented; inclusive representation of people, cultural heritage and lived experiences; and whether students are given multiple ways to explore concepts.


NEW! Presidential Candidate feedback requested: OSU community members’ evaluation of Charles Martinez and Jayathi Murthy, finalist candidates for serving as OSU’s next president, and the qualities and qualifications that each would bring to the role are due by noon on Friday, May 27. Submit your comments via the online form or email them to [email protected].

Water Resource Policy & Management M.S. Defense: Josiah J. Shaver will present, “Scoring Water Stewardship at Academic Institutions: A Water Resources Management Scoring Framework for Future Sustainability, Resilience and Innovation,” on May 27, from 9-9:50 a.m. in Strand Agricultural Hall Room 113 or on Zoom. Shaver is advised under the guidance of major professor Aaron Wolf of CEOAS.

Water Resource Engineering Ph.D. Defense: Kyle Proctor will present “Harvesting Sunshine: A Modular Integrated Framework for Modeling the Agrivoltaic System,” on May 27 at 9 a.m. in STAG 262 or on Zoom. Proctor is advised under the guidance of major professor Ganti Murthy of Biological & Ecological Engineering. 

Board of Trustees meeting: The OSU Board of Trustees will meet May 27 to consider approving the university’s fiscal year 2022-23 operating budget and two construction projects on the Corvallis campus. The meeting is scheduled from 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m. to be held in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union on the Corvallis campus. It is open to the public.  Board agenda and meeting materials will be posted at Members of the public may attend the meeting in person or view the meeting at

Music à la Carte: Seeking Light, University Chorale. University Chorale performs their final concert of school year, with music reflecting themes of safety and refuge, peace, hope, awakening. Students studying choral conducting will share the podium. University Chorale is a lab choir, directed by Sandra Babb. This concert represents the culmination of the students' learning throughout the term. May 27 at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge. Free, open to all. A livestream will also be available at

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more, at 644 SW 13th St. Public sales are open to all shoppers this Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.

Spring Sing! The OSU Meistersingers, directed by Steven Zielke and Bella Voce and presented by Sandra Babb, perform this annual concert May 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Corvallis. The program will feature the West Coast Premiere of "To Repair," a movement work by Tefsa Wondemajejnehu, a leading figure in the justice choir movement, and "Fire Dance of the Luna," by Darious Kim. Six OSU students will be featured conductors. Free and open to all but seating is limited. A livestream will be available at:

Army ROTC Silent Auction: The OSU Army ROTC program is holding an online silent auction to raise funds for the Cadet budget. If you are interested in supporting them please visit Bidding closes at midnight on Friday, May 27. For more information feel free to contact Cadet McKenna at [email protected].


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. 


NEW! Diffusions: A Music Technology Concert. Students in the music technology and production program, directed by Jason Fick, perform their final concert of the year on May 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Community Hall room 303. Free, open to all. Seating is limited. 

NEW! "Take Heart" book launch with Kathleen Dean Moore: You're invited to the launch of “Take Heart: Encouragement for Earth's Weary Lovers.” The event will feature an interview-style conversation between author Kathleen Dean Moore and the book's illustrator, Bob Haverluck, as well as music and book giveaways. Live on Zoom on Wednesday, June 1, 6 p.m. Learn more and register here

John Williams Birthday Celebration: The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony and Campus Band will perform selections from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Superman, Jurassic Park and more. Two performances on May 31 at noon and 6 p.mon the Memorial Union Quad. Free, open to all. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or picnic blankets and food. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held in the LaSells Stewart Center.

OSU Faculty Staff Fitness summer class registration opens June 1. Take a fitness class on campus (click here for schedule) or remotely through Online FSF. Some highlights include the return of the rehabilitative Adaptive Exercise Clinic (formerly MS Clinic; click here for information) Tuesday/Thursday 2-3 pm, Open Gym Monday/Wednesday 5:15-6:05 p.m., and personal training services. Contact [email protected] to help find your fitness plan today.

Vamos OSU’s Evento Social June 1: You’re invited to celebrate the return of in-person gatherings at Vamos OSU’s Evento Social. Join Oregon State Latino/a/x, Latine, Chicano/a/x alumni and friends for an evening of networking on Wednesday, June 1 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Xicha Brewing in Salem. Learn more about supporting DEI efforts, visit Latine community vendors and reminisce about your time at OSU. Space is limited — secure your spot today:

Grad Night 2022: Casino-themed party June 2. Don’t miss out on prizes, free food and drinks, music, dancing and games. The OSU Alumni Association invites the Class of 2022 to a casino-themed party Thursday, June 2, 7:30-10 p.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Arrive early to receive a commemorative pint glass, then enjoy a live DJ and giveaways, including gift cards and a grand prize. Graduates free; one guest $10. Register.

Johnson celebration: Provost Edward Feser invites the Oregon State University community to a celebration in honor of Interim President Rebecca Johnson, who has served as colleague, mentor, and friend to many during her more than thirty-year career at the university. Please join us as we thank and honor Becky for her extraordinary leadership and service. June 9, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m, Student Experience Center Plaza. Program at 2:15 pm.

CMLC Bazaar: The Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center will be hosting an international Bazaar on Saturday, June 18, from noon to 5 p.m. outside of the Einerson House, 2638 NW Jackson Ave. This community-wide event is open to all and will have cultural items from around the world for sale including décor, textiles, accessories, collectibles and art. For more information, visit

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! People and Nature Lunch Series: Emma Sloan (Forest Ecosystems and Society) presents “Equity in Resilience: A Case Study of the Rogue River Basin Social-Ecological System in the Context of Wildfire Disturbance.” May 31 from 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! Changemakers: A Rising Tide Lifts All Ships, May 31 webcast. Join an inspiring and uplifting conversation with Tonga Hopoi, ’12, during the Changemakers live webcast on May 31 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. A leader who remains true to her cultural upbringing, Topoi will discuss the value of service and encourage those still finding their voices as leaders of change. Register:

NEW! Water Resource Engineering Ph.D. Defense: Casey Steadman will present, “Leveraging the food, energy, water nexus for planet resilience,” on June 1 at 11 a.m. in Kidder Hall 274 or Zoom. Steadman is advised under the guidance of major professor Chad Higgins of Biological & Ecological Engineering. Please reach out to the department for further information or Zoom link details.

NEW! Department of Integrative Biology M.S. Defense Seminar: Juniper E. Grimes will present “The Long and Short of it: Dynamic Ways in Which Small Mammals Respond In-Situ to Environmental Gradients in Time and Space” on Wednesday, June 1 at noon via Zoom. Grimes is completing her M.S. in Integrative Biology under the guidance of Rebecca Terry. 

NEW! June Research Integrity Forum — Human Research Protections: Streamlining Submissions and Reviews. This forum will describe how OSU helps to protect the rights and welfare of human research participants. Learn about the programmatic changes that are underway in OSU’s Human Research Protections Program with a focus on changes to our handling of exempt studies, which is simplifying the process for researchers. June 9, 1 p.m.  Register here. For more information, email [email protected].

Doug Turk, M.S. Defense: Join us on May 31, 1 p.m. on Zoom for a presentation of Doug Turk’s thesis, titled: “The Interaction of Fire Refugia and Climate Refugia: A Case Study within California’s Diablo Mountain Range.” Turk is earning his M.S. in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Meg Krawchuk and Dana Warren. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions or for accommodations for disabilities, or for the Zoom link.

Water Resource Science M.S. Defense: Grace Goldrich-Middaugh will present, “A new lens on historical data: Machine learning approaches for analyzing regional stream water chemistry,” May 31 from 2:30-4 p.m. in Bexell 415 or Zoom. Goldrich-Middaugh is advised under the guidance of major professor Pam Sullivan of CEOAS. Please reach out to the department for further information or room accommodations at least a week in advance.

The Dharma in DNA: Insights at the Intersection of Biology and BuddhismA panel and author event discussing Dee Denver's new book and featuring the OSU classical guitar quartet. Tuesday, May 31, 7-8 p.m. LInC 210. Free and open to all. 

SJEI workshops still have openings for Spring term – secure your spot now: The Social Justice Education Initiative is open to all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI workshops are infused with expertise, empathy, and humor while embracing a guiding principle of “more curiosity, less judgement” to achieve robust learning objectives. Learn more, see the workshop schedule and register on the SJEI website registration page or contact SJEI director Jane Waite: [email protected].

Take Note

NEW! Memorial Day: There will be no OSU Today on Monday, May 30 due to the holiday. We will return May 31.

NEW! Recruiting participants for virtual reality experiment: Psychology researchers are seeking participants who are at least 18 years old, speak fluent English and have normal or corrected-to-normal vision for research aiming to explore how perception and movement interact in real and virtual environments. Participants will complete movement- and perception-based tasks for around one hour. Those who complete the study will receive $15 in Amazon credit. More details and sign-up available at

OSU Today reminder: Starting June 13, OSU Today will switch to a weekly Monday-only schedule through the end of summer term. Please submit your items to [email protected] as early as possible so they can be included in the correct edition.

Exemplary Employee Award: Do you know a classified staff or professional faculty member who goes above and beyond? University Human Resources is accepting nominations for the 2022 Exemplary Employee Award. To recognize someone on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, you can find out more information about the award and nomination process online. For questions, email [email protected]. Submit hard copy nomination packets to the Office of Human Resources, Attn: Christina Schaaf, 236 Kerr Administration Building, or email your digital submissions to Christina, no later than May 31. Nomination packets may be submitted in either hard copy OR digital formats, not both.  

Carbon Offsets for OSU Funded Travel: The Sustainability Office can help you reduce the greenhouse gas impact of your OSU-funded air and ground travel. With basic information about travel itineraries, we calculate the amount of carbon offsets needed and combine our purchasing power to make it easy for you and your department. One bulk purchase of offsets will occur in June. For more info or to contact the Sustainability Office visit:

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.

Participants wanted for OSU Research Study: Taste Perception of Carbohydrates. Potential subjects must be healthy, non-smokers between 18 and 60 years old. Studies will involve tasting carbohydrate samples and may involve saliva collection. Studies conducted at the Corvallis campus, compensation $10 per hour. Please email [email protected] for more details. Principal Investigator: Juyun Lim.

Information about Fee-Funded Unit: As a student at OSU, you pay the incidental fee each term ($455.31 for fall, winter, and spring; $235.10 for summer). The budgeted revenue of more than $27.36 million provides everyone with access to a variety of programs and services. Come learn about how ASOSU allocates this budget and what all of this buys you. There are multiple ways to learn more and get involved; simply fill out this form. For questions, contact the ASOSU Student Fee Committee Chair at [email protected].

Community Climate Survey: The 2022 Faculty and Staff Community Climate Survey launched on May 10 with an invitation from Interim Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Scott Vignos. Please check your email to access the survey link; the survey is open through June 3. 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. Questions about the survey can be directed to OID at [email protected].

Call for Applications: Career Champions Program. Applications for the fall 2022 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. The Career Champions program provides faculty and instructors with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and examining the barriers to access for first-generation, high financial need, and/or students of color. More information can be found on the Center for Teaching and Learning website. Please direct questions to the director of Career Integration, Brenna Gomez. To apply, please complete the brief application form by June 3.

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.

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).


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NEW! Education Program Assistant 2: Extension Family Community Health Program invites applications for an Education Program Assistant 2 based at the Extension Service office in Tillamook, OR. This is a 12-month, F/T, classified position starting at $18.46 hourly + benefits. Posting #P03594CT. Closes June 10.

NEW! Education Program Assistant 2: Extension Family Community Health Program invites applications for an Education Program Assistant 2 based at the Extension Service office in Roseburg, OR. This is a 12-month, F/T, classified position starting at $18.46 hourly + benefits. Posting #P03596CT. Closes June 13.

NEW! Student Engagement Coordinator in the College of Agricultural Sciences: The SEC is responsible for development, management and evaluation of existing and new programming that supports the College of Agricultural Sciences goals for undergraduate engagement and experiential opportunities, including internships, research, service learning, leadership and global opportunities. Posting #P05642UF. Closes June 15.


“We never truly forget the things that have passed out of our lives. We merely move further away from them in time, until they become either less important than they actually were or more profound than we might have ever imagined." ~ Vu Tran

Corvallis: Chance of showers today, high of 64, low of 48. Rain and showers through the weekend.

Central Oregon: Chance of showers today, high of 66, low of 44. Showers likely this weekend.

Newport: Chance of showers today, high of 57, low of 50. Rain and showers this weekend.

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