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:

NOAA: New research reveals full diversity of killer whales as 2 species come into view on Pacific Coast (San Juan Islander)

The smaller size of residents is likely better suited to deep dives after their salmon prey, said John Durban, an associate professor at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. His killer whale drone research is done collaboratively with Holly Fearnbach, a researcher at SR³.

OSU's College of Agriculture begins annual 'Art About Agriculture' exhibition tour (Gazette-Times)

For four decades, Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has invited all kinds of artists to engage with the Pacific Northwest’s diverse natural landscape, economy, cultures and communities through the annual "Art About Agriculture" exhibition. 

Prescribed fire training continues in Central Oregon (My Central Oregon)

John Punches, an Oregon State University Extension Forester, and one of the trainers, remarked, “I am amazed at the engagement that occurs at TREX. With such a breadth of topics that can be covered when it comes to prescribed burning, I love being able to focus on fire effects monitoring during these two weeks. We are helping prepare a knowledgeable workforce to further this critical work on our landscape.”

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Josephine County - Represent: Kayla Sheets, administrative office manager and local liaison with OSU Extension - Josephine County, says: “Despite all the hurdles that have been thrown at the Josephine County Extension Office this year with being defunded, we are still a strong team. That’s the most valuable thing in this whole situation, continuing to support and respect each other. No matter the outcome with funding this year, we have created lifelong friendships that we’ll all take with us. Thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Could your students benefit from reflection on their current learning process and past approaches to quizzes and tests? You can share the Academic Success Center’s Test Autopsy and provide space for students to reflect on what has been going well, challenges they’ve encountered so far, and potential strategies for success in the second half of the term.


ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training): ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop; anyone 18 or older can learn and use the ASIST model. Free for OSU staff, faculty and students and includes lunch. 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. May 2-3. Pre-registration is required to secure your space. For more information contact [email protected].

FYI Friday – Understanding Evacuation Procedures: In the face of unexpected emergencies, the ability to evacuate swiftly and safely can make all the difference. This presentation delves into the critical aspects of evacuation procedures, equipping attendees with the knowledge and skills necessary to respond effectively to various emergency scenarios. Noon to 1 p.m., May 3 via Zoom. Registration required.

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.

College of Health research seminar: “Separating oneself from substance use: Development of a novel intervention technique to prevent drinking and cannabis-using identity among college students” will be presented by research scientist Andy Hertel, Samaritan Health Services, from 1-2 p.m. Friday, May 3, in HFC 115 and via Zoom. Watch recordings of COH research seminars on the college’s website.

OSU Libraries and Press Open House: Uncover the diverse services, spaces, and materials we offer to our patrons. Take a tour of the library, exploring key displays and areas across several floors. Enjoy snacks, crafts, and goodies. 2-4 p.m., May 3, Valley Library Main Floor.

Dish of the Diaspora with Okaidja Afroso: Enjoy cooking and community with Portland-based performer Okaidja Afroso as he prepares and shares a traditional Ghanian dish of groundnut stew. Learn more about Indigenous Ga-Dangme fishermen of Ghana and prime your palate for Africa Night on May 11. The event takes place May 3 at the Basic Needs Center. Cook with Okaidja: 3-4:30 p.m.; sign-up required. Limited number of free tickets to the performance available for volunteers. Dish of the Diaspora: 6-7:30 p.m. open to all. Presented in conjunction with the Okaidja Afroso performance at PRAx.

OSUAA Parent and Family Spring Social: Whether your family is new to university life or goes back generations with Oregon State, join the OSU Alumni Association at the International Living-Learning Center from 5-6:30 p.m. May 3 for a fun and casual event where you can mingle with fellow Beaver families and enjoy good food, music and drinks. Register today at

Sparkling wine: It’s more than champagne. Elizabeth Tomasino, an associate professor of enology in the Department of Food Science & Technology at OSU, will be giving a one-hour talk and tasting on sparkling wine. 6-7 p.m. May 3 in Corvallis, and 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. May 11 in Portland. For more details follow the link


Benton County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Clinic: The sale is under cover in the Solar Barn and the Floral Courtyard at the fairgrounds and offers over 10,000 locally grown plants for both landscape and productive gardens. Payment can be made by cash, check or card. Admission and parking are free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 4, Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St. 

NEW! Pet Day: OSU’s Pet Day takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., May 4 at the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, 700 SW 30th St. Students and faculty in the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine will show visitors around the Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital, provide free dog washes and nail trims and teach community members of all ages about the clinical care and scientific research happening at the college. The event is free and open to the public.

PRISM Launch Party: Join OSU's student-run art and literature journal in celebrating the release of our new issue, "Storyteller.” 10 a.m.-4 p.m., May 4 in the MU quad as a part of Northwest Spring Fest. Stop by for the walk-through gallery, student art, free stickers, and of course, the free journal.

Philosophy Conference The Big Ideas: What Shapes Our World, the Way We Think, and Our Lives: The PHL Club at OSU will be hosting its first regional conference from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 4 in the MU Journey Room. See the presentation schedule here and register here. This is a free event and open to the community.

Free Comic Book Day at Valley Library: A celebration of comics! There are free comic books (while supplies last), assisted by Matt's Cavalcade of Comics. Also: Make zines and crafts with members of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Noon to 4 p.m., May 4, Nishihara Family Classroom, Valley Library.

PRAx and the Office of the Provost Present Okaidja Afroso: Experience Okaidja Afroso 7 p.m. May 4 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. In “Jaku Mumor,” multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and dancer Okaidja Afroso dives into his cultural roots by collaborating with Indigenous Ga-Dangme fishermen to share the artistry of their a cappella singing and chants in his music and via film. Tickets $25-$35; students $5. Tickets here.


NEW! OSU International Film Festival: Rising Waters: For 7 million people living on thousands of islands scattered across the Pacific ocean, global warming is not something that looms in the distant future; it's a threat whose first effects may have already begun. Through personal stories of Pacific Islanders, Rising Waters: Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Islands puts a human face on the international climate change debate. 6 p.m. May 6 at Darkside Cinema in Corvallis; free and open to all.

NEW! Blood drive: The American Red Cross Blood drive will be on campus from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., May 6-9, MU basement. You can book an appointment online here Drop in’s are also welcome.

NEW! Family Business awards: The Excellence in Family Business Awards, hosted by the Center for Family Enterprise at Oregon State University, will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 7 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel. The event will honor several awardees including business owners and students. The awards spotlight the impactful work of family businesses and celebrate the backbone of our community's economy and heritage. To register, click here.

NEW! Alumni Influencer Showcase: From Campus to Creatives. A remarkable alumni panel will share accounts of their diverse employment experiences and challenges faced (and conquered) along the way. Everyone from students to recent graduates and seasoned professionals will learn how and meaningful relationships can be leveraged to build successful careers. 10 a.m. June 1, OSU Portland Center (get tickets) and via livestream on OSUAA social media channels.

Holocaust Memorial Week: OSU has observed Holocaust Memorial Week every year since 1987. The breadth and the duration of OSU’s effort are unmatched in the Pacific Northwest. This program grows from the belief that educational institutions can do much to combat prejudice of all kinds, and to foster respect for the diversity that is America, by promoting an awareness of the Holocaust, perhaps the most horrific historical indicator of the high cost of prejudice. Events run May 6-10; free and open to all. Read more about the week’s program and register to attend the events in person or online at

OSU In Memoriam (May 6): Join us in the Memorial Union Lounge or via livestream broadcast for the annual OSU In Memoriam on Monday, May 6, from 5:30-7 p.m. (add to your calendar). This event honors recently deceased students, staff, faculty, alumni and others associated with the university and features poetry, live music and activities for reflection and healing. Additionally, write something beautiful on our virtual memorial wall.

Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women/People Awareness Day: Two days of events sponsored by kaku-ixt mana ina haws and Indigenous Studies will mark this celebration. Deborah Miranda is known for her book “Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir,” and ire’ne lara silva was recognized as the 2023 Texas State Poet Laureate with her most recent collection “The Eaters of Flowers” released in 2024. At 3 p.m., May 6, the awareness event will open with creative projects at kaku-ixt mana ina haws (Longhouse), followed by an open mic at 4 p.m. and a poetry reading with Miranda and lara silva. At 12:30 p.m., May 7, Miranda and lara silva will host a poetry workshop in kaku-ixt mana ina haws. Sign up at: For accommodations related to a disability, contact [email protected] or 541-737-7831.

College of Engineering Clean Water Showcase: Explore cutting-edge research through lightning talks, presentations, panel discussions and more, and engage in networking opportunities to learn about and help shape transformational approaches to clean water. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., May 22. More information:

PRAx Presents Rob Schwimmer: Hear Triple Helix by Rob Schwimmer 7 p.m. May 23 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. In connection with the “Sonic Booms” exhibition, PRAx celebrates music technology and experimentation. Rob Schwimmer inhabits a musical kingdom where he, playing alone, conjures a sound world created by his singular virtuosity at the piano, theremin (on which he’s considered to be one of the world masters) and Haken Continuum. Tickets $20; students $5. Tickets here.

Gerontology conference: The 47th Annual Gerontology Conference, “Healthy Aging-Friendly Communities: Connecting People and Places through Research and Practice,” will be held Friday, May 31, at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on the OSU campus. Gerontology professionals from across the country will present more than 25 educational aging-friendly topics for health and human service professionals and the public. For the full schedule and registration, visit The conference is sponsored by the OSU College of Health, Extension FCH, the Center for Healthy Aging Research and the Oregon State University Center for Health Innovation.

Meditation Drop-in Classes: At Marigold: Quiet Meditation on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-8:40am; Guided Meditation on Wednesdays Guided Meditation on Mondays 6:30-7:30pm via Zoom. In Quiet Meditation, we practice self-guided meditation in community with time for individual preparation and a closing dedication. Guided sessions include a range of Buddhist to mindfulness practices. Meditate with us! Register for a classpurchase passes, or apply for an OSU Undergraduate ScholarshipContact us

Engineering Expo: The 2024 Engineering Expo will feature interactive design project displays created and hosted by more than 1,200 senior engineering students. Project topics cover the breadth of engineering challenges, including robotics, clean water, nuclear energy, virtual reality, construction innovation and much more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., June 7. More information:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Spring Assessment Workshop: Program assessment leads, please join the team from the Office of Assessment 10-11 a.m. May 7 in MU 211 to interact with the updated assessment rubric, hear about the upcoming NWCCU site visit, and get an overview of the submission process for next year. For more information, contact [email protected]

NEW! College of Engineering Virtual Faculty Lecture with Salini Sasidharan: Groundwater Resilience and Agriculture Competitiveness in Oregon Through Climate-Adaptive Multibeneficial Managed Aquifer Recharge. Noon to 1 p.m. May 7. Register for the lecture: More information:

NEW! The 2024 Bray Health Leadership Lecture “Public health after the pandemic: How can we do better?” will be presented by Joshua M. Sharfstein, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, from 5-6 p.m. Friday, June 4, in the MU Horizon Room. A reception hosted by the College of Health will follow from 6-7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all.

Poetry workshops: Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Queer Studies, in partnership with the Mellon Foundation, are pleased to announce upcoming poetry workshops with award-winning poet and activist Jamila Osman. Join us from noon to 2 p.m. May 8 at Kaku-ixt Mana Ina Haws and noon to 2 p.m. May 15 at Ettihad Cultural Center for our poetry workshops titled "Alternative Modes of Knowledge Production: Poetry as Insurgent Art." Secure your spot here:

University Distinguished Professor Lecture featuring Małgorzata Peszyńska: Join us for a lecture by 2024 University Distinguished Professor Małgorzata Peszyńska at 1:30 p.m. May 8 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. Register here for her lecture, “Math Matters: Multi-* Modeling, Analysis and Simulation.” All are welcome. For more information on the University Distinguished Professors, visit

University Distinguished Professor Lecture featuring Todd Palmer: Join us for a lecture by 2024 University Distinguished Professor Todd Palmer at 3:30 p.m. May 8 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. Register here for his lecture, “Transcomputable: The Insatiable Need for, and Relentless Challenge of, Predicting the Transport of Radiation.” All are welcome. For more information on the University Distinguished Professors, visit

Sparkshop: "It's in the wrap." Tips for using exam wrappers to enhance students' metacognitive skills. Want to know how to use course exams to help your students become reflective learners? Attend CTL's Sparkshop to uncover ways to use exam wrappers to promote student metacognition. Facilitator: Funmi Amobi, CTL instructional consultant and college liaison. Noon to 12:20 p.m., May 10. Zoom registration.

UAOSU Analysis of the Financial State of OSU: Join United Academics of Oregon State University (UAOSU) for their in-depth presentation on the findings of an AAUP report on the financial state of OSU. Bonnie Fox Gerrity, who wrote the report, will be presenting. The event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 16 in Room 109 in the Memorial Union. Refreshments will be served. A hybrid option is available if you’re unable to attend in person. Please RSVP by May 13 at

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. More information:

Travel Talks webcast: Ancient Mediterranean. Intrigued by "The Iliad," "The Odyssey" and "Percy Jackson"? Journey back 3,000 years to the Aegean Sea and the violent end of the Bronze Age and the birth of Greek gods with novelist and lecturer John Larrison, MFA ’07. 5:30 p.m. June 4. Register today for this fascinating free Travel Talk hosted by OSU Alumni Group Travel.

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.

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 engaging 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. Offered on a monthly basis. View upcoming workshops and enroll here

Take Note

NEW! Faculty Staff Fitness Swim, Run, Walk TRY-athlon is happening June 12. Are you ready for some friendly competition? This is a team-building event that brings faculty and staff together to compete for individual event or power team winner. Grab your team and sign up to swim, run, walk or both. Registration is open and team captains can email or call the PAC office to register your team name at [email protected] or 541-737-3222.

NEW! Changemakers: Brandon Larrabee, ’19. Congratulations to Brandon Larrabee for being named a Changemaker by the OSU Alumni Association. A member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Brandon’s connection to his cultural identity is making an extraordinary impact on Tribal land management. He is expanding habitat restoration (through the use of beaver dams), increasing food sovereignty and advocating for Indigenous representation through his role with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Learn more and nominate future Changemakers:

NEW! Seeking nominations for College of Business Alumni Awards: Do you know an excellent College of Business alum who is just starting out, or someone at the pinnacle of their career? There is no better time to recognize their success, resilience, service and achievement. Make a nomination for our 2025 COB Alumni Awards. Nominations received by May 31 will be given full consideration. Make a nomination.

Active Shooter training: OSU Emergency Management offers in-department active shooter training. The 45-minute in-person presentation teaches OSU’s Run.Hide.Fight response to an active threat. To schedule a session for your team, email [email protected].

FY25 PCOSW Funding Opportunities: Applications for FY25 PCOSW scholarships and FY24 and FY25 event co-sponsorships are now being accepted. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach, or creative projects related to gender equity issues. Applications are open until funding is distributed. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact [email protected].  

Grad Night 2024: Before the grad caps fly, the OSU Alumni Association is hosting a free disco-themed celebration for the Class of 2024. Grads, grab your sequins and join your friends from 7-10 p.m. June 6 for food and drinks, music and dancing, games, cap decorating, friendship bracelet-making, photo booths, raffle giveaways, freebies and more. Register by May 31

Our Health& Transportation Noise webcast: Lend an ear to the next episode of the Our Health& series. Join a town hall discussion with College of Health Assistant Professor Matthew Bozigar to hear about the effects transportation noise has on our health and a new OSU study to map Portland’s road noise. 5:30 p.m., May 29. Save your spot.

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.

Be a part of an important research study: We are seeking participants in a study evaluating exoskeletons in reducing work-related injuries in forestry. The purpose of this research study is to characterize physical risk factors associated with manual tree-felling tasks and evaluate the efficacy of commercially available exoskeletons in reducing physical risk factors. For more information: or email [email protected].

Online learning podcast season 2: Tune in to season two of the “Going Online with Oregon State University Ecampus” podcast which highlights support resources and tools for online learners everywhere. Topics include: career development opportunities, mental health resources, financial planning and more. Tune in today. 

Traffic and Maintenance

Philomath Blvd. Conceptual Design Open House: The Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is seeking input on conceptual designs to improve travel on the section of Philomath Boulevard/Highway 20/Highway 34 between SW 53rd and SW 15th Street. The project goal is to improve walking, biking, driving and public transportation. Two open house webinars will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., May 8 via Zoom. To register for the midday session: To register for the evening session:


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.

Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL) is now hiring student employees to start in Fall 2024. Student staff plan events, meet with community partners, and facilitate educational programs. Student employees will gain experience in solving complex problems, interpersonal communication, teamwork, and learn about leadership, social change, and justice. Apply Now: Extended Application Deadline: May 12. For more information, contact Libia Marqueza Castro at [email protected] or 541-737-7238.

NEW! Oregon State University – Cascades invites applications for a Division Head (Internal Career Opportunity) Part Time 0.50 FTE, 12-month appointment. Posting #P08028UF. Full consideration May 9. Closes May 16.  

NEW! Resource Analyst & Planner — University Information & Technology invites applicants (internal to OSU only) for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Coordinator-IT Project position. Posting #P08029UF. Closes May 17.


“At last came the golden month of the wild folk -- honey-sweet May, when the birds come back, and the flowers come out, and the air is full of the sunrise scents and songs of the dawning year.” ~ Samuel Scoville Jr.

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 57, low of 44. Rain Saturday, showers Sunday.

Central Oregon: Increasing clouds today, high of 61, low of 42. Rain Saturday, rain and snow Sunday.

Newport: Rain and breezy today, high of 55, low of 43. Rain Saturday, showers Sunday.

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