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:

Rep the Beavers with a new OSU license plate (KOIN)

A new Oregon State University Beaver license plate could be up for grabs in the near future. The license plate, emblazoned with the OSU beaver logo and the rings of a tree, is expected to be made public this fall and pre-sales are available on the OSU website. (see also Oregonian)

The best fashion schools for design, marketing and more (Vogue)

For students who are interested in activewear or sustainability, seeking an education in the Pacific Northwest may be a suitable choice––Oregon State University alumni find themselves working with nearby, big-name companies like Nike, Adidas, and Columbia Sportswear. The program offers tracks in both design and merchandising and the chance to explore fashion through the lens of sports business and sustainability, too.

Eddy's Good News: How do butterflies wings get so colourful, and more sustainable batteries (Virgin Radio UK)

The search for a new and more sustainable type of battery goes on and there’s a couple of great front runners I’ve reported on here. Now thanks to researchers at Oregon State University, there’s a new dog in the race. Iron, instead of cobalt and nickel which are used to make the current generation of lithium ion batteries. 


Liquid Cooled Workstation: Advantageous for Big Ocean Simulations, Exceptional for Small Tasks (Oregon State + Mark III + NVIDIA + Supermicro) (Mark III Systems Blog)

Guest blog by Oregon State University faculty.


Today's photo

Pink lane: Paola Sotelo-Cardona, IPM educator with the Oregon IPM Center, contributed this photo of the west side of the Memorial Union. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: How can you enliven discussion board assignments to promote student interaction and deepen learning? The Academic Success Center offers Five Strategies for Successful Discussion Board Assignments. Strategies include providing sample discussion board replies, encouraging balance between listening and responding, and showing students the value of their contributions. 


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.

University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on May 31 via Zoom and in B011 Kerr Admin. Bldg. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities and budget policies. For materials associated with this week’s topics, visit the UBC webpage. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].

FYI Friday – Medicare Part A & B: When & How. This course is intended for employees reaching Medicare eligibility and/or Medicare eligible employees losing PEBB health benefits due to retirement, reduced FTE or leaving OSU employment. This course will provide information regarding the different parts of Medicare, enrollment timelines, how to enroll in A and B, what is required to enroll and who can provide assistance. Options for Medicare coverage for PERS and ORP Retirees. 11:30 a.m.-noon, May 31, remote via Zoom.

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.

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

College of Health research seminar: “Integrating indigenous ways of knowing and being to promote individual and community wellness: Research development through the arts” will be presented by Boudina McConnachie, Rhodes University, South Africa, from 1-2 p.m. Friday, May 31, in HFC 115 and via Zoom. Watch recordings of COH research seminars on the college’s website.

BioResource Research Interdisciplinary Sciences Program Spring Seminar: Xavier Tacker – BS in BRR options: biotechnology and genomics/bioinformatics and minor in chemistry, will speak on “Why is genetic engineering of trees so tough? A transcriptomic look at genetic variation in regeneration capacity of Populus trichocarpa.” 3 p.m., May 31, PFSC 315. Mentors: Steven Strauss and Stephen Ramsey. Zoom:

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.


First Annual Portland Coyote-Palooza: Join Sean Matthews, research faculty with the Institute for Natural Resources, along with the Portland Urban Coyote ProjectODFW and partners for a day of discovery and learning dedicated to one of nature’s most adaptable creatures. The free event will occur from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., June 1 in Portland near the PSU Farmers Market (SW Park/SW Montgomery).

NEW! Alumni Influencer Showcase: From Campus to Creatives. Don't miss a remarkable panel of Beaver alumni sharing their experiences building successful careers. Speakers include Sonia Camacho, Nike engineer; Marisa Chen, Columbia Sportswear international marketing coordinator; Morgan Eckroth, U.S. Barista Champion; Colin Huber, NFL social media marketing manager; and Lauren Kahle, founder of @eatinginpdx. Watch the talk tomorrow, 10 a.m., June 1 via livestream on OSUAA's Instagram and Facebook.


OSU Chamber Orchestra concert: The orchestra will be performing at 7:30 p.m., June 2 in Milam Auditorium. Musical works by Corelli, Mendelssohn and Parry. Concert is free to all.


NEW! Public Seed Library Presentation: "Growing Crops for Fermentation." Fermenting vegetables is a great way to preserve the abundance of your vegetable garden, and to add delicious flavors, textures and healthy probiotics to your diet. Come learn how to create a small garden bed plan for a variety of cool-season veggies, and another for warm-season veggies and herbs, that are wonderful for fermenting because of their characteristics from flavor to shape and length. Presented by Darren Morgan, Shonnard's Nursery manager and educator. Noon to 1:30 p.m., June 13 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Meeting Room. Learn more here.

NEW! Public Seed Library Cool Season Crops for Fall Harvest & Overwintering Plant Clinic: The hot months of summer are when it’s time to plant cool-season crops to feed you this fall and winter. Benton County Master Gardeners can help you explore crops and varieties well-suited to seed soon after the summer solstice — greens, brassicas, root crops and onions, each at the time best for their success. 9:30 a.m. to noon, June 22 at the library. Sponsored by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Learn more 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.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Gaza Protests at UO: Lessons about What Worked. Cheyney Ryan was one of the faculty members that helped negotiate between the administration and the protest encampment at the University of Oregon, allowing the encampment to disband after it had won significant demands. He will discuss what efforts worked to end the protest peacefully and what work remains ahead for the student movement there. Noon to 1 p.m., June 3, in Milam 319. Sponsored by the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures. 

Speaker Series Event on June 4: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is excited to invite you to the our Speaker Series event to explore Federal Funding Pathways, focusing on SBIR and STTR programs with Mary Phillips of VertueLab. The session will take place  from noon to 1 p.m. June 4 in the MU Journey Room (104). Join us to unlock crucial insights and opportunities for your innovative projects. This event is free and open to the public. Register here.

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue – Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for Summer and Fall 2024 In-person and Zoom courses here.

Take Note

NEW! Call for Applications: Career Champions. Applications 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 6/7. Cohort meets Thursdays 3-4 p.m. on Zoom weeks 3-8 of fall term. Direct questions to Brenna Gomez.

NEW! Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by sharing SAIF’s resources for Workplace Safety Meeting Topic Ideas. For more information on safety at OSU, visit OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a link to report safety concerns online.

Artificial intelligence podcast: Tune in to season one of the podcast "AI on Campus" hosted by Oregon State University's Center for Teaching and Learning. Each episode features interviews with OSU faculty and staff who highlight ways that generative AI is transforming their teaching, learning, research and daily work. Join CTL for insightful discussions on the many ethical considerations and practical use cases surrounding AI on campus.

KidSpirit Cooking Academy Camps: If only our kids could take care of dinner sometimes… With the help of KidSpirit Cooking Academy Camps, they can! Join us this summer for comprehensive cooking camps where we will learn basic kitchen safety, recipes from all around the world and how to shop for local and in-season produce at our farmer’s market. For more information and to register, visit:

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.

Spring issue of Campus Directions available now: Campus Directions is a quarterly newsletter that shares important news and updates about operational work happening on the Corvallis campus. The spring 2024 issue features stories about women bringing new perspectives to construction management at OSU and a Facilities Services project to save a campus palm tree. Read these stories and more here: Don’t want to miss a story? Subscribe today.

Faculty Staff Fitness: The 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] (541) 737-3222.

OSU ID Card update – action needed by June 30: The OSU Key Shop and the ID Center are collaborating on a project to update the building access control system and ensure that all students, faculty and staff obtain an Orange ID card. An Orange ID has a bright orange border on the front of the card and says “Orange Card” on the bottom edge. This project will impact users who received their current cards BEFORE July 2019 and did not obtain an Orange ID. If you received your current ID card after this date, no action is needed. To maintain building access, all users must obtain an Orange ID card by June 30. For more information:

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.

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, 2-5 p.m., 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.

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? 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.

Employee Community Climate Survey: Final reminder: The 2024 OSU Employee Community Climate Survey launched on May 3 with an email invitation to employees from the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID). To make positive change, it is critical that we understand the experiences of OSU employees shared through the survey. Please check your email to access the survey link. The survey is open until May 31; visit the survey website for more information and links to summaries of prior surveys. Questions about the survey can be directed to OID at [email protected].

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! 30th Street: SW 30th Street will be closed in both directions between SW Washington Way and SW Campus Way from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, May 31 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! The College of Engineering is seeking a Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. This is an on-campus position based at OSU’s main location in Corvallis. This role will provide guidance, leadership and support to the students served by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) as well as the affinity organizations served by the CDI. The role will work with college leaders and organizations to support strategic initiatives including retention, career placement, community building and engagement. Posting #P08113UF. Full consideration June 22. Closes July 6. 


“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ~ W.B. Yeats

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 77, low of 49. Partly sunny Saturday, rain Sunday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 76, low of 47. Partly sunny this weekend.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 66, low of 47. Mostly cloudy Saturday, rain Sunday.

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