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.

OSU researchers find way to starve drug-resistant skin cancer cells (KVAL)

Nearly 100,000 new cases of melanoma skin cancer will be diagnosed this year - and more than 7,000 of those patients are expected to die, according to Oregon State University.

Newly discovered fish named for OSU scientist (Gazette-Times)

Brian Sidlauskas has achieved scientific immortality. The Oregon State University associate professor, an expert on neotropical fishes and curator of the university’s extensive fish collection, recently learned that a newly discovered fish species has been named in his honor.

NOAA researcher tapped to lead OSU Marine Mammal Institute (Gazette-Times)

Lisa Ballance, an ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California, will take the helm of OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute on Oct. 14, the university announced on Monday.

New nanoclusters cook and kill cancer cells  (The Engineer)

Now, researchers at Oregon State University have focused on ovarian cancer to develop nanoparticles that, when administered systemically in clinically appropriate doses, accumulate in the tumor well enough to allow the AMF to heat and kill cancer cells. (see also Register-GuardNew AtlasKTVZ)

Oregon Legislature repeals ban on building in tsunami zone (Oregonian)

Meanwhile, Oregon State University officials have pressed ahead with construction of a $50 million marine studies building in the tsunami inundation zone near the mouth of Yaquina Bay.

Turning Elliott State Forest into research center (Jefferson Public Radio)

Elliott State Forest was not producing the income it was supposed to produce for Oregon schools. So the state moved to sell it into private hands, and that brought about an eruption of concern over widespread timber cutting. So the final decision came to focus on the forest as a research hub, in the hands of Oregon State University.  OSU and the Oregon Division of State Lands (DSL) are working through the details of ownership and land use and money.

Those CBD gummies, and pet foods, might or might not do what they promised (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

When will regulations come? It could take some time, according to Jay Noller, professor of crop and soil science at Oregon State University and lead researcher for OSU’s Global Hemp Innovation Center. “This is a novel thing and requires study. It can take years before the FDA will weigh in,” Mr. Noller said.

New 'unprinting' process removes text from glossy paper (New Atlas)

Scientists from Rutgers University and Oregon State University recently set out to address that limitation, replacing the lasers with a xenon lamp.

Should Southern Baptist women be preachers? A centuries-old controversy finds new life (The Conversation)

A piece by OSU's Susan Shaw.

Private prisons have a political role in corrections issues in U.S., research finds (Mirage)

Private prisons play a political role in immigration and incarceration issues in the United States and the industry may face obstacles as well as opportunities in the current political landscape, a new paper from an Oregon State University researcher suggests.

Having taken a toll in Chile, salmon industry arrives in Argentina (Mongabay)

Arismendi, an Oregon State University professor who studies the introduction of salmon in the Southern Cone of South America, which includes Patagonia, said that because salmon are “introduced species, without natural carnivorous predators, the populations of native species are decreasing due to predation and competition for food and space."

National parks: Serving humanity's well-being as much as nature's (Mongabay)

“As with any study, ours has limitations,” says Drew Gerkey, a co-author of the paper and a professor of anthropology at Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts. “Certainly human-wildlife conflict is a very real, negative impact that local people around protected areas can experience. In an ideal world we would have had data for each protected area on the prevalence of such conflict, and this information could have been included in our statistical models in the same way as other variables. Unfortunately, these data simply don’t exist, and so that wasn’t possible."

What are some challenges of breeding flavorful food crops? (Lab Manager)

According to Shawn Mehlenbacher, Oregon State University’s hazelnut breeding project is “developing new cultivars resistant to eastern filbert blight. This disease is caused by the fungus Anisogramma anomala accidentally introduced from the eastern United States.

Study: Recess can be highly beneficial for kids - depending on the playground experience (Study Finds)

Researchers from Oregon State University say factors like playground safety, peer conflict resolution, access to play equipment, and quality engagement between adults and students contribute to the quality recess experience.

How will this end? Political experts weigh in on GOP walkout (KEZI)

Rorie Solberg is an associate professor in political science at Oregon State University, and she said walkouts aren't new.

Forester: High Desert junipers threatened (Curry Coastal Pilot)

Dry winters and long periods of drought, combined with fire suppression, are affecting the health of Central Oregon trees, particularly the junipers of the High Desert, according to an Oregon State University forester.

The mysterious microbes that may explain what happened when life became complex (Inside Science)

Thus, despite all the professional conflict, strange pieces of evidence and the near impossibility of finding an indisputable answer, microbiology has been energized by the Asgard archaeota. Valerian Dolja, a professor at Oregon State University’s Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing, calls the discovery of Asgard archaeota thrilling and "eye-opening."

Oregon State University grows new hemp center (Jefferson Public Radio)

Oregon State University plans to be the go-to school for knowledge about hemp. Marijuana's non-stoner sibling has many uses, and the blessing of Congress on the crop opened the door wide for OSU. 

Longtime Corvallis fire prevention officer moving to OSU job (Gazette-Times)

Patton, who started in the department in 1994 after 12 years as a firefighter in the U.S. Air Force and the Oregon Air National Guard, is retiring from the department Friday. However, he won’t be stepping away from fire prevention entirely — on July 8, he's starting at Oregon State University as the campus fire marshal.

Making vodka with whey at OSU (AgInfo)

A new study at Oregon State University has captured the attention of distillers and creameries alike, using whey to make vodka.

Minimum wage rises to $11.25 per hour in Deschutes County(Bend Bulletin)

Labor is expensive because the industry is in its seventh year of unprecedented growth, not because of minimum wage increases, said Todd Montgomery, executive-in-residence of hospitality management at Oregon State University-Cascades.

OSU professor examines role of private prisons (Democrat-Herald)

Burkhardt, an associate professor of sociology in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University, has been examining a fascinating side street of that intersection: In a new paper that's been published in the journal Criminology & Public Policy, he examines the political role that private prison companies play in U.S. incarceration and immigration issues — and also examines how the current political climate poses risks and possible opportunities for private prisons.

Need tips on how to prune back rhododendrons? Ask an Expert (Oregonian)

Gardening season is in full swing and there are lots of questions out there. Get answers from Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. 

Corvallis council to consider OSU proposal (Gazette-Times)

The Corvallis City Council meets at 6 p.m. Monday at the downtown fire station, 400 NW Harrison Blvd., with plans to hold a public hearing on Oregon State University’s proposal for a land swap that would allow it to proceed with a dorm project.

New ride-sharing service to begin in Bend (Bend Bulletin)

The ride-sharing service was designed through the Mobility Lab at Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend. The Mobility Lab is a collaborative effort between students at OSU-Cascades and city staff, as well as other organizations, to test transportation options in the region.

Judge extends order against Hammonds' use of grazing allotments(Capital Press)

Boone Kauffman, a professor of forest ecology at Oregon State University, said cattle also tend to prefer grazing in cooler, greener riparian areas before going to the uplands. That can lead to overgrazing, trampling stream banks and harming water quality, he said.

Today's photo

Innovative wood façade being installed at George W. Peavy Forest Science Center, slated for completion in early 2020. This engineered product, called acetylated wood, was developed in the Netherlands. Acetylated wood is treated with acetic anhydride (known as vinegar in its dilute form) that penetrates the entire piece of wood using a non-toxic process with heat and pressure instead of traditional wood preservation chemicals, which only treat the surface. Once treated, the wood resists moisture, insects and fungi. Expected to last for 50 years, these panels were made out of alder harvested in Oregon.


NEW! Water Resources Graduate Program: Schroeder Law Offices attorney Laura Schroeder will be presenting a Water Law Bootcamp to students enrolled in the university's Applied Field Problems Course (WRS 532) on July 1-2, 1-2:20 p.m., in Women's Building 205. The course is a part of the "Water Cooperation and Diplomacy (WCD) Joint Educational Programme" at OSU. Free and open to all. 


NEW! PERS: Tiers 1 & 2 Simplified: What role will PERS play in your retirement plan? In light of the significant changes the 2019 Oregon Legislature has made, this presentation is designed to help PERS members make informed decisions about their options. Understand how your PERS retirement works and explore the various choices, advantages/disadvantages you will need to consider when you decide to retire. Designed for people within five years of retirement. Presented by Kyle King, CRPC®, APMA®, Associate Financial Advisor, CFS*.  July 2, noon to 1 p.m., Memorial Union, MU 212. RSVP to

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Friday, noon to 3 p.m., at 644 S.W. 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.


Campus closed: Oregon State University will be closed Thursday for the celebration of Independence Day.


Meat Center: The Clark Meat Science Center retail store will be open Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m. Products include fresh and cooked/smoked sausages, bacon, retail cuts, jerky, snack sticks, and Beaver Classic cheese. The store is at 3260 S.W. Campus Way, next to the Motor Pool. Contact for questions regarding the store.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Friday, noon to 3 p.m., at 644 S.W. 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.


Cheese sales: Time to restock your fridge and your bellies with Beaver Classic Cheese. Come try five cheddars, two Swiss, two Provolones and cheese curds. Find them at the Saturday downtown Corvallis Farmer's Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Center for Teaching and Learning Workshop: Guided Review of Your Blended, Flipped or Hybrid CourseThis workshop on Tuesday, July 9, offers an opportunity for you to use new course review guidelines to take a close look at a blended, flipped or hybrid course you teach. You’ll be guided through a quick self-assessment of one of your courses to explore strengths of the course design and delivery and potential areas for improvement. Register now for either a 10 a.m. on-campus session or a 1 p.m. remote session via Zoom. Contact Cub Kahn for more information.

NEW! Clean Water Workshop Presented by the Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative, Oregon State University College of Engineering. Free and open to the public (registration required). Aug. 5-6, LaSells Stewart Center. For full event information and to register: Poster abstract submissions are invited at For questions and event access assistance, contact Brad Canfield, COE Outreach Programs and Events Manager, at or 541-737-7151.

NEW! Linus Pauling Institute Conference and SfRBM Regional Symposium: Join us Aug. 14-16 to hear the latest research on vitamins and botanical supplements in neurodegenerative diseases and cancer, including a public lecture with Nobel Laureate Louis Ignarro, the “Father of Viagra,” on Friday, Aug. 16. Discounted registration rates for OSU community members; email or call 541-737-5075 for details.

Lifelong Learning Engagement Strategies: Build next-level skills to advanced your online educational experiences utilizing the latest design and keeping the learner’s needs at the center. New course starts July 22. Click here to find out more.

Home Horticulture Summer Intensive Training: Cover the same training as a Master Gardener without the volunteer hours or need to live in Oregon, and in half the time. Find out how here. This online course starts July 26.

Wilderness First Aid: Wilderness First Aid is an introduction to managing medical emergencies in a backcountry setting. WFA is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast who wants a basic level of first-aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. Course instructed by OSU Adventure Leadership Institute, July 27-28. Call 541-737-4254 or register here.

Craft Making: Craft Cider Essentials (Aug. 19-23): Spend five days learning the fundamental techniques of cider making in Oregon State University’s state-of-the-art fermentation labs. Find out more here.

Distillery Startup Workshop in Corvallis (Sept. 14-18): Whether you're an experienced brewer/distiller looking to expand your business or simply exploring new opportunities, you will gain the foundational knowledge to start your own craft distillery.

Take Note

NEW! Summer travel tips: Typical travelers heading out on their summer vacation check that they have the right supplies and clothes for their trip before they hit the road. Expert travelers will be also checking to ensure they are educated and prepared to be cyber-safe with their devices and data while on the road. Thinking of your smartphones and devices as being just as important as your wallet is a proper step in the right direction. These devices contain everything from your banking and payment information to your treasured family photos, and ensuring they are secure and protected when away from home is paramount. For more information about secure summer travel, contact Tom Ordeman in the Office of Information Security.

NEW! Call for Hybrid Proposals: Last Chance to Apply: Faculty are invited to participate in the Fall 2019 Hybrid Faculty Learning Community and redesign an established course as a Corvallis campus hybrid. Professional development funding is provided. Proposals due July 1. See the call for proposals. Contact Cub Kahn for more information.

NEW! Great Move-Out Results: Campus Recycling received donations of 22,533 pounds of items in the 2019 Great Move-Out Donation Drive. While organizers did not meet their goal, they are proud of the amount that was donated this year. Organizers want to thank those who donated, as well as the volunteers and staff who made it happen. The donations help local nonprofits and those in the community who are in need, and benefit the environment by promoting the reuse of materials.

NEW! Updates to University Policies & Standards: Please visit the University Policy & Standards page to learn about recent policy updates: This page is updated frequently with new developments so we encourage you to check back regularly.

Beaver Champion Award: Every year on University Day the OSU president awards the Beaver Champion to an individual (or individuals) for outstanding effort, the achievement of excellence, extra effort beyond that requested, and performance of the highest quality that has yielded university-wide impact. The president’s office invites nominations for the 2019 Beaver Champion Award, which will be awarded on Sept. 10. Please send your letter of nomination to President Edward Ray, Office of the President, 600 Kerr Administration Building, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331.

Recreational Sports is going cashless: With our on-line shop, it is easier than ever to enjoy the quiet season at Dixon Recreation Center. You can purchase your Summer Membership or multi-visit pass from your desk, or use your credit card or student account on-site.

Grads Give Back Update: Grads Give Back is a program seeking to reduce barriers that under-resourced students might experience at graduation and reuse what are traditionally single-use garments. Grads Give Back is a collaboration among many organizations. We have received donations of 52 gowns so far. We are still accepting gowns in good condition (no damp/damaged gowns and no caps, cords, etc.) at the MU Info Desk, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

100&Change funding opportunity from the MacArthur Foundation: 100&Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. Proposals focused on any critical issue are welcome. A 100&Change Organization Readiness Tool is available here: Questions, email

Veterinary Discovery Day: The Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting a “Veterinary Discovery Day” on July 12 for high school students going into their junior or senior year in the fall. Students will spend a day at the college learning about the program, participating in fun, hands-on activities, and getting tips to prepare for application to veterinary school in the future. The cost for the day is $50; space is limited. More details and registration information:

Call to Artists: The Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center is hosting the 14th annual Community Art Exhibit. This exhibit provides artists of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to showcase their artwork in a non-juried show. The exhibit runs from July 17 to Aug. 22. Submission deadline is July 15. Limit one piece per artist. Information and to submit to this show.

UPDATED! Leadership Collaborative Course - Managers as Leaders:Applications for LC: Managers as Leaders are now being accepted. Managers as Leaders is a skill-building course for managers and supervisors. It integrates six day-long class sessions with online learning and on-the-job practice. It features team learning, mentors and practical tools. Managers as well as people who supervise academic and professional faculty and staff are encouraged to apply. Contact Kristen Magis for more information. Apply online through July 14.

Traffic & Maintenance

NEW! Park Terrace East: The Park Terrace East parking lot between Park Terrace Avenue and Memorial Place will be closed through July 8. Work on the parking lot includes removal and repaving of a portion of the existing asphalt parking and some new curb and tree protection (map). For questions or comments on this closure, contact Project Manager Aaron Collett at 541-207-2780.

NEW! Arnold Way closure: Workers will be excavating the existing waterline in Arnold Way on Tuesday, July 16, beginning at 7 a.m. The work is being done so city water crews can install new service taps and lines. The northbound lane will be closed and there will be flags around the zone. The work will not impact the signal at Harrison Boulevard.

Parking lot closure: The parking lot between Weniger Hall and Gilbert Hall will be closed July 1-19. Work on the parking lot includes removal and repaving of the asphalt in the parking lot and sidewalk repairs. For questions or comments on this closure, contact project manager Aaron Collett at 541-207-2780.

Parking lot closures:  A2 Zone - Lot 3222 – Weniger Hall East – repair work and striping will take place through Friday, July 19. 


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To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Education Program Assistant 1: This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 28 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 1 position for the Extension Family and Community Health Off Campus at Oregon State University. This is a limited duration,10-month appointment expected to last from Aug. 16, 2019, through June 15, 2020. This position will be located in Roseburg and will require travel.  Posting# P02259CT.  Closes July 7.

NEW! Sous Chef-Baker: University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a Sous Chef-Baker position. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position, with reappointment at the discretion of the Director. Posting #P03107UF. Closes July 7.

NEW! INTO OSU is currently seeking a Marketing and Communications Specialist: This position will manage, organize and implement a wide range of projects/ activities/tactics primarily focused on those defined in the recruitment and marketing plan that support student recruitment, education counselor training and enrollment goals. The successful candidate also will be responsible for general center marketing and communications activities, including events planning and center visits from agents and prospective students. The candidate is expected to work both independently and creatively as well as collaboratively with all stakeholders to achieve goals. Domestic and international travel are required to meet the demands of this position and may include working outside normal operating hours. Closes July 11. Link to apply:

NEW! Warehouse Worker: Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University invites applications for a part-time (.45 FTE), non-benefits eligible Warehouse Worker position. Approximately 18 hours per week, starting rate is $12.24 per hour. Posting # P02273CT. Closes July 14.

NEW! Assistant Director- Residential Education & Housing Operations: OSU-Cascades is seeking an Assistant Director of Residential Education and Housing Operations. This is a full-time 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #P02253CT. Full consideration July 15. Closes July 22.

NEW! Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) is seeking an Accountant 1. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position. Posting #P02263CT. Full consideration July 17. Closes July 24.

NEW! Ecampus is seeking a Marketing and Social Media Manager: This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. This position will take a lead role in both marketing planning and marketing management for OSU Ecampus degree programs, special initiatives, and internal Ecampus client. Posting #P03148UF. Closes July 21.

NEW! Transportation Services is seeking a Field Supervisor. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. This position is responsible for the maintenance and the field representative (parking enforcement) staff. The person in this position regularly works in the field to ensure high-quality maintenance and enforcement activities. This position requires excellent organizational and personnel management skills to independently assign, monitor and report on field tasks and conditions in a timely manner. Posting #P03136UF Closes July 26.


“It's scary times for humanity, it seems. But as my octogenarian father tells me, ''The world has seen harder times, and the world will survive.' The arc of history is long, and the mess we're currently making is just a blip." ~ Debbie Harry, who turns 74 today.

Corvallis: Clouds will linger early in the week with full blown sunshine rolling in by Wednesday. Highs will be in the lower to mid 70s, reaching 80 by Independence Day. Lows in the mid 50s.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny all week, highs in the upper 70s, lows in the mid 50s.

Newport: Mostly sunny, highs in the upper 60s to around 70, lows in the 50s.

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