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:

The epic journey of dust in the wind often ends with happy plankton (Popular Science)

“Understanding how the ocean works is an underlying motivation,” says Toby Westberry, a botanist at Oregon State University, and the paper’s lead author. “It is vast and still poorly understood in many respects.” (see also

Why do dogs tilt their heads to one side? (Discover)

Monique Udell, an animal behaviorist who studies human-animal interactions at Oregon State University, notes that there could be other explanations for the head-tilting behavior beyond concentration and recall. “Maybe it helps them see better or hear better — and get a different perspective,” Udell says. “Lots of species will move their heads or bodies to respond to important stimuli in order to get a better sense of what that thing is.”


Kitamura named to Oregon State University board (Malheur Enterprise)

Gov. Tina Kotek has nominated Grant Kitamura, a longtime local onion executive to the Oregon State University Board of Trustees. Kitamura, co-owner and general manager of the onion packing firm Baker & Murakami Produce Co. in Ontario, was selected early in March to fill an at-large position on the board. He joined Murakami Produce – founded by Sig Murakami in 1969 – in 1980.

Raspberries are healthy (Ag Info)

Oregon State University researcher Neil Shay says they’ve been testing mice to see how much raspberries impact things like weight gain.

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Lab dedication: On April 28, the College of Engineering held a dedication ceremony for the newly named Nancy Squires Aerospace Engineering Lab. Squires, who passed away in 2020, was a senior instructor and instrumental in starting the college’s aerospace program. Members of her family along with Andy Dong, head of the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, and Scott Ashford, Kearney Dean of Engineering, unveiled the building’s sign during the ceremony. (Photo by Shivani Jinger.) We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Are your students starting a team project in the last half of the term? Share the Academic Success Center’s Teamwork Makes the Dream Work Packet and provide class time for students to plan a positive, collaborative approach to their work. The packet can guide conversations on communication strategies, shared understanding and backward planning from due dates.


Joint Service Review: The Army, Navy/Marine and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Programs (ROTC) at Oregon State University will hold their annual Joint Service Review at 10 a.m., May 5 in the Memorial Union Quad. This event is a long­standing tradition that allows cadets and midshipmen to participate in a formal review before commissioning as officers in the various military services. The reviewing official and guest speaker will be Major General Michael E. Stencel.

50 Years of Women in OSU Army ROTC celebration: OSU Army ROTC is hosting a lunch event to celebrate 50 years of women participating in the program. This event will be held at McAlexander Fieldhouse at noon May 5.

Music à la Carte: OSU Piano Instructor Elizabeth Moss performs a faculty recital. Program TBA. Noon, May 5 in the Memorial Union Lounge. Free, open to all.

College of Public Health and Human Sciences research seminar: Joan Casey, University of Washington, will present “Long-term exposure to wildfire particulate matter: Does the particular metric matter for health and environmental justice?” 1-2 p.m., May 5 in HFC 115 or via Zoom. Learn more, see all spring seminars and watch past seminars on the college’s website.

Valley Library open house: The OSU Libraries and Press open house takes place 2-4 p.m., May 5 at the Valley Library. The library made many changes in the last couple years and staff will showcase some of the current, new and upcoming spaces and projects. There will be an opportunity to tour the library while looking for key displays and areas on each floor.

Applied Economics seminar: Eric Zou from the University of Oregon will present "The Environmental Effects of Economic Production: Evidence from Ecological Observations,” 2:30-4 p.m., May 5, Ballard Extension Hall Room 219. Additional details available here

Spring Parent and Family Social: Attend a casual reception for current OSU parents and families to meet and mingle during Spring Family Weekend (May 5-7). Make connections, get resources from OSU leaders and enjoy apps, drinks and fun. Join us at 4:30 p.m. May 5 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Register:


Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale & Clinic: Every first Saturday in May, the Benton County Master Gardener Association holds its Plant Sale & Clinic under cover at the fairgrounds' Solar Barn and Floral Courtyard, featuring over 10,000 plants — perennials, natives, edibles, trees and shrubs. Master Gardeners available to answer gardening questions. Proceeds from the sale support educational programs in our community. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 6, Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 S.W. 53rd St., Corvallis. Payments by cash, check or credit/debit card accepted. 

Pet Day: Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Day is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 6. Come over to Magruder Hall for family- and pet-friendly activities to learn more about veterinary medicine. Activities include hospital tours, a 5K Fun Run, bounce house, teddy bear surgery, dog-wash and nail-trim station, a variety of animal-themed vendors and so much more. Some activities request a minimal fee. Leashed pets are welcome on the grounds but not in university buildings. For questions contact [email protected].

Free Comic Book Day: Stop by the Valley Library for 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 and OSU Pride Center. Noon to 4 p.m., May 6, Nishihara Family Classroom.


The Making of the Northwest Forest Plan: A conversation with K. Norman Johnson, Jerry F. Franklin and Gordon H. Reeves, moderated by Kerry Tymchuk. 2-3:30 p.m. May 7, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave. In The Making of the Northwest Forest Plan: The Wild Science of Saving Old Growth Ecosystems (Oregon State University Press, 2023), three of the scientists who helped craft that change tell the story as they know it: the causes, development, adoption and effects of the Northwest Forest Plan. Co-sponsored by the OSU Press.

Ettihad festival:The Ettihad Cultural Center is hosting its 2023 cultural festival. This year's festival will include cultural performances, a fashion show, a henna station, individual country cultural booths, a raffle, games and food trucks. Students from North Africa, Horn of Africa, West, Central and South Asia will have the opportunity to celebrate and share parts of their culture. Join us from 4-7 p.m., May 7, in the SEC Plaza.


NEW! Michael Joseph O’Malley Scholarship Endowment and dedication: Join Mike’s friends and family in celebrating the first annual endowed scholarship and the dedication of an Irish rose planted in his name. College of Education, Furman Hall (in the courtyard), 200 SW 15th St. Event begins at 4:30 p.m. May 11. RSVP by May 9 to [email protected] or 541-737-1816.

Blood drive: The American Red Cross will be doing a blood drive from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., May 8-11 in the MU basement. You can make online appointments here

Prism Launch Party: Come to the SEC Plaza between 5-7 p.m. May 8 to celebrate students who are getting their art published in the Prism Art & Literary Journal this year. Meet featured student artists, munch on free food (popcorn, churros and mini corn dogs), shop with our student vendors, play games, get exclusive access to the journal before it’s released and more.

Ag & Natural Resources Day: The College of Agricultural Sciences Club Leadership Team is hosting Ag & Natural Resources Day on the Memorial Union Quad and SEC Plaza from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.  May 9. Come join us for free BBQ (vegetarian options available) and ice cream, live music, animals, club booths, tractors and more. 

Beaver Baseball tailgater in Portland: Join fellow alumni and fans to cheer on OSU baseball against the UP Pilots at Ron Tonkin Field in Portland. Join the pregame tailgater from 4:30-6 p.m, May 9 and enjoy food, drinks and mingling before the first pitch. Game ticket required for entry. Register:

Advantage Accelerator anniversary: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is celebrating its 10-year anniversary from 2:30-7:30 p.m, May 11 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center for an "Accelebration" filled with networking, speakers and success stories. RSVP by May 5 at this link to secure your spot. 

Spring Bike Challenge, May 1-31, 2023, Corvallis Campus: May is National Bike Month. It’s not too late to celebrate by joining the annual Spring Bike Challenge. Teams ride in a friendly campus-wide competition to see who can bike the most days in May. The last day to register is May 12. You can find details and registration information on the Spring Bike Challenge webpage, or email [email protected] with questions. 

Bigleaf Maple Festival: Come try bigleaf maple syrup and learn how to tap at the Bigleaf Maple Festival in May. Oregon State University is hosting Oregon’s first ever Bigleaf Maple Festival at the 4-H Center in West Salem from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. May 13. Food, music and all things maple. Visit for details and tickets.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Emerging Sociological Issues in Family and Sport: Steven Ortiz, School of Public Policy, will discuss his new project collecting international research in family studies and the sociology of sport on issues like support for female and LGBTIQ+ athletes, the impact on young athletes of over-involved parents and family factors in athletes’ physical and mental health. 4:30 p.m. May 8 via Zoom. Register here to attend.

NEW!’s "From Just Coping to Creating Joy": It’s no secret that people have experienced higher levels of burnout than ever before and most of the general discourse on this topic is about coping mechanisms. But what if we could shift beyond merely coping to actively creating joyful experiences and moments, no matter what is going on around us? Yes, it’s possible. Letisha Bereola is back to teach us how. 9 a.m., May 9. Register here.

NEW! Care Talks, "Raising Children with Disabilities: The Importance of Self-Care for Parents." This webinar covers basic wellness, time management, getting support from professionals and finding child care resources to give you needed time for rejuvenation. 10 a.m., May 9. Register today.

NEW! Public Health Insider — "A Breath of Fresh Air": Join a webcast with CPHHS faculty 5:30 p.m., May 9, to learn what steps you can take for a healthier household and how the college’s new ASPᶟIRE Center is working to reduce harmful environmental exposures where children live, play and go to school. Register for Public Health Insider at

NEW! Faculty Drop-in Discussion: "The Impact of Generative AI on Education." Curious about ChatGPT? Join CTL and UIT-Academic Technologies in conversations around ChatGPT and generative AI. Bring your questions and ideas as we explore together. 11-11:45 a.m., May 11 on Zoom (OSU login required). Check out the CTL events calendar to see more drop-in sessions. Questions? ⁠Contact CTL.

Merit increase talk: Supervisors of academic and professional faculty are invited to join University Human Resources to learn more about "How to Communicate Academic and Professional Faculty Merit Increases." This year’s faculty merit decision-making timeline will also be discussed. Two one-hour opportunities are available: 10 a.m, May 8 and 3 p.m., May 9.

Disability-Related Psychology Ph.D. Defense: Emily F. Plackowski will present her dissertation, “’You should always be willing to listen and change’: Using Brief Indirect Contact Interventions to Impact University Students’ Ableism and Related Constructs and Conceptualizations,” 2 p.m., May 8, via Zoom. Make accommodation requests by May 3 to Plackowski’s mentor, Kathleen Bogart ([email protected], 541-737-1357). Zoom URL:

"Who is Planned Parenthood?” talk: Mayra Rodriguez will be speaking about her 17 years of employment with Planned Parenthood, and why she left the industry for good. Rodriguez will be speaking at The LaSells Stewart Center at 6 p.m. May 8 in the Construction and Engineering Hall. This event is sponsored by the Students for Life at OSU.

Register today for the Ecampus faculty forum: Join discussions about online teaching excellence, and explore the changing landscape of online education at this year's Ecampus Faculty Forum on May 8-9. This event includes sessions for everyone, from those who are curious about teaching online, to seasoned online instructors and university leadership. Held at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center and online via Zoom, Faculty Forum includes pre-conference workshops on May 8 and interactive sessions on May 9. Check out the full agenda and register today.

START plans: Office of Student Orientation will host two information sessions to bring the campus community into the START plans for summer 2023. Both sessions will contain the same content, including the structure of START, what university partners can expect and how to learn more about what is happening with START. 2 p.m., May 9, via Zoom:

OSU’s New Beginnings for Tribal Students presents Cultural Awareness and Mentor Training Series 2023: "Tribal History Shared History: Essential Understandings of Native Americans in Oregon" with Angie Morrill, 2-4 p.m. May 9. "Cultivating Safe Spaces in Education," 2-4:30 p.m., May 25, an interactive facilitated workshop with Jen Greenway. Open to faculty; students encouraged to attend. Info at

Fidelity, TIAA, OSGP(Voya) on campus consultations: Fidelity, TIAA and OSGP(Voya) advisors are available at no cost to you as a part of your retirement plan. Fidelity representative Justin Blatny will be available on campus May 10-11 for one-on-one appointments. Register at or by emailing [email protected]. TIAA representative AJ Martinez, CFP, will be available on campus May 16-18 for one-on-one appointments. Register at or by emailing [email protected]. OSGP (Voya) representative Charles Yu will be available on campus May 26 and June 27 for one-on-one appointments. Register at or by emailing [email protected].

First annual OSU Engagement conference: Save the date for this inaugural Engagement conference Sept. 5-6, to be held at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. This event is developed to increase awareness of engagement and engaged scholarship efforts across the university, while providing opportunities for recognition, learning, networking and idea generation. More information will be available at closer to the date. Hosted by the Office of the Provost and the Division of Extension  Engagement. Contact Marina Denny to discuss being a presenter at this year’s conference.

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by University Human Resources that dives deep into the way that we solve problems together. The 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. View upcoming workshops and enroll here. $40 covers materials. Contact [email protected] for information about scheduling an intact group workshop.

Take Note

NEW! Online learning podcast: Tune in to the new podcast, “Going Online with Oregon State University Ecampus,” which highlights support resources and tools for online learners everywhere. Topics include academic advising, connecting with faculty, success coaching and answers to common questions about the online learning experience. 

NEW! Robotic Sound research study: The Oregon State University Department of Mechanical Engineering is conducting a research study to better understand how people interact with robots that sound different. The study lasts for about 45 minutes. The full study title is “Evaluating Sonification for Interactive Robots” and the principal investigator is Prof. Naomi Fitter. Please contact Nnamdi Nwagwu at [email protected] to sign up.

Diversity research publications: Submit diversity research publications and RSVP for the OSU Diversity Research Reception. Noon to 1 p.m. May 17, MU Horizon Room; and Cascades (streaming) Obsidian Hall, 207. Submit publication and RSVP here. The reception will highlight and celebrate the contributions of OSU researchers advancing equity through scholarship and engagement, and provide a forum for sharing ideas, making connections and building collaborations for future research. Food and refreshments will be served at the Corvallis and Cascades campuses.

UHR Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2022: 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 – presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours in length; it’s up to you. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

OSU Health and Safety Committee: The University Health and Safety Committee would like to invite campus members interested in health and safety to attend our open meetings, held semi-annually in May and October. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 2:30-4 p.m. Anyone can access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a web link to report safety concerns. Contact Dan Kermoyan at [email protected] to RSVP and request the meeting location/Zoom link.

Cat Training Project for Children with Developmental Disabilities: We are currently recruiting children ages 10-12 years old and their family cats to participate in a cat-training animal-assisted intervention research project next quarter. Please visit our website for more information or contact Saethra Darling at [email protected].

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Recreational Water Safety. Whether a tiny trickle of a creek, enough to cool your toes, or the vast expanses of beaches, water adds an exciting element to outdoor recreation. Even the most seasoned water enthusiasts can be surprised by changing water conditions. Know the local weather conditions and forecast before swimming or boating. Always use approved life jackets.

OSU's Open Educational Resources Unit is accepting proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant until May 19: The grant provides funding to adopt, adapt or author an open educational resource, such as a textbook. An open textbook is one that is published under an open copyright license and is made freely available online for students, faculty and the public. All funding is a department-to-department transfer. Please talk to your department head about how this applies to the grant.Questions? Contact OERU Director Stefanie Buck.

Award nominations sought: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) is currently accepting nominations for the University Mentoring and Professional Development award. This award recognizes any classified, professional faculty or faculty member who excels in mentoring, supporting and encouraging OSU employees, especially women and those from underrepresented groups or non-traditional careers, and making available to them opportunities for professional, educational and personal development. Deadline is May 28:

Safety break: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by promoting OSHA's Safety Break for Oregon, which is coming up on May 10. Visit OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at for more information on safety at OSU, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a link to report safety concerns online.


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NEW! CAS Research Program Administrator (remote or in-person): OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Research Group invites applications to our Research Program Administrator position. This is a F/T, 12-month, professional faculty position that is integral to our overall team. Posting #P06813UF. Full consideration May 21.  


“The power of visibility can never be underestimated.” ~ Margaret Cho

Corvallis: Chance of showers today, high of 57, low of 45. Rain likely Saturday, chance of rain Sunday.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of showers today, high of 54, low of 38. Chance of showers over the weekend.

Newport: Chance of showers today, high of 56, low of 45. Chance of rain through the weekend.

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