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:

OSU: Birds warn other birds about food shortages, change behavior (KOIN)

As songbirds learn from other birds that food is low, they change their physiology and behavior to prepare, Oregon State University College of Science research shows.

Oregon Bee Project launches second strategic plan (OPB News)

Initiated in 2017, the Oregon Bee Project rallies around a science-based strategy to protect bees and educate Oregonians about them. The organization recently launched its second strategic plan. Andony Melathopoulos is an associate professor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. 

OSU researches ways to modernize hydroelectric power and energy storage (KEZI)

More and more, how we get our electricity is critically important. And there are a lot of reasons for that, from increasing needs to climate change. As a result, researchers at Oregon State University are looking at how to make systems more efficient and flexible — and they've got a federal grant to do it. (see also KGW)

Programs help Oregon homeowners facing high wildfire risk create defensible space (KATU)

One of those programs directed the Oregon Department of Forestry to work with Oregon State University in creating a statewide interactive wildfire risk map. The tool went live last week and allows homeowners to check the wildfire risk level of their property.

College Board no longer disclosing AP results by ethnicity, state (Higher Ed Dive)

The College Board used to annually publish granular breakdowns of how students scored on its Advanced Placement, or AP exams. And Jon Boeckenstedt, vice provost for enrollment management at Oregon State University, would painstakingly download each data set to translate into a more digestible format on his admissions blog. The testing provider’s reports represented an in-depth dive into the assessments, which can earn K-12 students college credit if they receive a high enough score. (see also Inside Higher Ed)

OSU researcher named one of world's most highly cited scientists ([email protected])

Oregon State University’s Vaughn Walton has joined the ranks as one of the world’s most highly cited researchers from 2019-2021 by Clarivate, a global company that provides analytics and insights in the sciences.

Perfume for ice cream, please explain yourself (Bon Appetit)

Brands don’t actually expect you to adopt novelty products like these into your regular culinary arsenal, says Sarah Masoni, an award-winning dairy judge and ice cream innovator who works with food companies to develop new products at Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Wacky ice cream flavors are usually produced in a limited run and intended to get hyped-up customers in the door, she says, “because at the same time, they’re going to buy their favorite” scoops. In America, that’s good ol’ chocolate, cookies n’ cream, and vanilla.

Lawsuit aims to protect threatened species, but fire scientist says management delays could be worse (Jefferson Public Radio)

But Regional Fire Specialist Chris Adlam with Oregon State University says the BLM plan is a good approach and that the plan will help reintroduce beneficial fire. “We wanna avoid these large areas of high-severity fire that tend to burn again and again at high severity, and prevent the forest from regenerating,” Adlam says.

Debate rages after woman asks if she can wear sandals to interview (Newsweek)

In 2000, a study by researchers at Oregon State University explored the importance of first impressions in job interviews. The study focused on 59 employment interviews with two trained interviewers taped during twenty-minute interviews. They then filled out a post-interview questionnaire evaluating the candidates on their interview performance, behavior, rapport and professional skills.

Climate action should be linked with primate protection (Earth)

A new study led by Oregon State University (OSU) has argued that efforts to conserve the carbon stored in tropical forests would benefit by linking them to policies designed to protect the endangered primate populations that live there. Since climate change and the biodiversity crisis are two of the major problems our planet is currently facing, integrating climate mitigation and biodiversity protection has a greater potential to attract support among both policy makers and the larger public than trying to tackle climate change in isolation.

Why does an AI faculty shortage exist? It's complicated (Inside Higher Ed)

Others point to the historic interplay between higher education and the tech industry. Consider, for example, the field of computer graphics, suggested Cherri Pancake, an Oregon State University computer science professor and former Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) president.


OSU history professor Jacob Darwin Hamblin wins Oregon Book Award (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University history professor and author Jacob Darwin Hamblin has been awarded the 2021 Oregon Book Award in general nonfiction for his book “The Wretched Atom: America’s Global Gamble with Peaceful Nuclear Technology.”

The well's run dry (Bend Source Weekly)

The region has experienced some level of drought conditions for the last 20 years, and although precipitation levels have been high compared to previous years, that's barely making a dent. According to Chrissy Lucas, a groundwater protection specialist at Oregon State University, "You can't make up for all of that drought and the lack of rain in one or two years."

Deep roots and tight bonds nourish rural parishes (Catholic Sentinel)

All three parishes are surrounded by farmland, but agriculture is becoming a declining part of the rural economy. “Farmers are a really small share of rural populations,” says Bruce Weber, emeritus professor and director of the Rural Studies Program at Oregon State University. “Nationally, about five percent of the rural population is farm related. And only about two percent or of the population physically lives on a farm. Rural is mostly in the service industry or manufacturing… pretty much what urban people do,” says Weber, a member of St. Mary's Parish in Corvallis.

Octopus in crab pot is no surprise (Newport News-Times)

Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan, an aquatic veterinarian at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, said it’s not surprising or unusual that the crabber snagged a giant cephalopod in his crab pot.

Ask an Expert: How do I stop caterpillars from munching all the leaves off my trees? (Oregonian)

Gardening season is underway and you may have questions. For answers, turn to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Today's photos

Wild horses: Dudley Chelton, university distinguished professor emeritus, says, “All three are photos of wild horses and were taken in mid-May 2022 in eastern Oregon. May is the best time of year to see wild horses. Foaling season is in April and the newborn foals have matured enough to be very energetic and active by mid-May. Meanwhile, May is mating season, and there is a lot of fighting for dominance, not just between stallions but also between mares.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for teaching-related professional development opportunities this summer? Curious to learn more about Top Hat, the OSU-supported classroom response system? Register for Top Hat Summer Camp, a free virtual workshop, to learn evidence-based teaching practices to engage students. For information about Top Hat at OSU, see Using Classroom Response.

Tuesday’s The Kids Are NOT Alright: July 12 at 9 a.m. When schools finally fully reopened, there was a presumed return to normalcy, to things being OK. But our kids are not OK. Especially our teens. They’ve experienced trauma that’s continuing to impact them and as their parents, you’ve been witnessing this first-hand. Our guest Jennifer L. Hartstein is a nationally known child, adolescent and family psychologist. Parents of teens and college kids, this webinar is specifically for you. Please join us. Register here
Languishing, Flourishing, and Your Mental Health: July 12 at 10 a.m. Over the past few years, employees have been asked to do more, do their work differently and do better in new and challenging ways, all while managing family life and personal responsibilities that seem never-ending. This interactive session provides more details and helpful ideas on how to move from languishing through work and life to flourishing. Register here.

Water Resource Science Ph.D. Defense: Nicole Durfee will present “Ecohydrologic Connections of Rangeland Ecosystems in Central and Eastern Oregon, USA,” on Tuesday, July 12 at 2 p.m. in Oldfield Hall, Room 108. Carlos Ochoa of Animal and Rangeland Sciences advises Durfee. If unable to attend in person, please reach out to the department for further information or Zoom link details. All are welcome.

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.


NEW! Floor Monitor Training: Training for Floor Monitors and Building Managers on roles and responsibilities when evacuating their building. Training is the second Wednesday of every month via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom Floor Monitor Training at:


NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Dave Sutherland, associate professor with the University of Oregon’s Dept. of Earth Sciences, will give a seminar titled “Buried or fried? Understanding sedimentation and temperature effects on native species restoration in the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Coos estuary,” July 14, 3:30 p.m. Join in person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.


OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more, at 644 SW 13th Street. Public sales are open to all shoppers this Tuesday, 5:30 to 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. to 4 p.m.; details here.


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. Additionally, we're at Common Fields on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.


NEW! Employee Parent Connections Summer Hours: Join this bi-weekly, drop-in session to meet with other OSU employee parents who share their stories, challenges and strategies navigating parenthood, COVID, summer fun, child care, home life, work and everything in between. July 12, 1-2 p.m. via Zoom. Additional dates are July 26, Aug. 9 and Aug. 23. Weekly meetings resume Sept. 6. Zoom link for each meeting: For more information, contact Robynn Pease at [email protected].

Booster Blitz: The Beaver Booster Blitz is a FREE five-day COVID-19 vaccination clinic, open to the public in Memorial Union 62. Stop by this walk-up-only event July 19-23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Most COVID-19 vaccines are available, including additional boosters and doses for children. No ID, no insurance required. Bring your COVID-19 CDC card if possible (not required). Masks required — and provided — inside this space.

The 13th annual Treasure Valley Golf Tournament: Join Beavers for tee time in Treasure Valley. Connect with alumni, friends and special guests from OSU Athletics on the green Aug. 26 at Purple Sage Golf Course in Idaho. Don’t golf? Join in for lunch. Check in: 7:30 a.m.; shotgun start: 8:30 a.m.; lunch and awards: 12:30 p.m. Registration and sponsorship details at

Twelfth Night: Bard in the Quad returns for its 17th season with this beloved Shakespeare romantic comedy. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 4-7 and Aug. 11-14 on the Memorial Union Quad. Tickets are $17 general admission, $12 students and seniors, and $5 for OSU students, available at, or call the Theatre Arts Box Office at 541-737-2784. Tickets will be available for purchase at a table in the center of the MU quad at 6:30 p.m. prior to each performance. Seating opens at 6:30 p.m. and is first-come, first-serve. For information call 541-737-2853.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

Upcoming retirement workshops: July 19, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. RSVP today, as space is limited. Register for sessions at or by emailing us at [email protected]. And save the date: TIAA will be on campus Sept. 20 and Oct. 5. 

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: This 10-hour course teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on those decisions with unity and commitment. This program consists of a series of five live, online sessions on Wednesdays 1-3 p.m. Aug. 17-Sept. 14. There is a $100 fee to attend Crucial Conversations. Learn more and register (before Aug. 5). 
Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all OSU managers, supervisors and lead workers. At the end of this course, learners will have a solid understanding about the principles and policies that apply to our employees; know how to navigate within the space of talent management activities; recognize when, and how, to provide equal opportunity and access to employees; and be familiar with OSU resources and responsibilities relating to employee health, safety and wellbeing. Aug. 22-25, 8:15 a.m. to noon each day via Zoom. Learn more and register before Aug. 15.

SJEI workshop registration open through fall 2022 — secure your spot: The Social Justice Education Initiative is a professional development program for 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 at [email protected].

Take Note

NEW! Fresh on OIS’s website: LinkedIn Learning. The Office of Information Security has partnered with the University's Human Resources department to create our own LinkedIn Learning collections. These collections contain resources we found useful to both the University Community as well as the IT pro community. Click the links to access the respective trainings and get started expanding your cybersecurity awareness knowledge. This message brought to you by OSU’s Office of Information Security at

NEW! The Professional Faculty Leadership Association: (PFLAsupports professional faculty at OSU through education, connection, recognition and advocacy. We offer a variety of professional development and networking opportunities, and ALL professional faculty are invited to join. This will be the last year to enjoy PFLA benefits for FREE, and all membership application forms received by Aug. 15 will be entered into a drawing for free prizes.

NEW! CASE award: Oregon State University’s College of Engineering, in partnership with OSU Productions, has received a CASE (The Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Gold Circle of Excellence award for their video “Women in Engineering — Rooted in Community.” To see the video and for more information:

NEW! Sole Source Public Notification — Faculty and Staff: As of July 1, PCMM has begun posting public notice of all decisions to award a sole source contract on the OSU business and bid opportunities website for seven calendar days before procurement of the related goods or services. The public posting is an important tool in verifying a sole source determination. For additional information, visit the Procurement website at

HR on summer flex: University Human Resources will be closed Fridays, noon to 5 p.m., through Sept. 29. Class/Compensation, Employee and Labor Relations, Benefits and Strategic Partner teams will be monitoring email for urgent needs. The HR help desk, AskHR, will continue to take calls on Friday afternoons. For emergency needs related to HR functions, contact AskHR at 541-737-3103 or [email protected]

Controller’s Unit: The Controller’s Unit offices will be closed Fridays, noon to 5 p.m., through Sept. 29 (Student accounts will open July 29 to support START). Email will be monitored for urgent needs. Cashier’s Office in Kerr, Student Account Services in Kerr, 541-737-3775; Payroll Office in Kerr, 541-737-3232; Travel & Expense Office in Kerr, 541-737-4262; and Accounts Payable Office in University Plaza, 541-737-4262.

The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing a link to an article on Oregon OSHA's permanent heat and wildfire smoke rules. You can also access 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.

USPS rate increase: The U.S. Postal Service has announced new first-class mail price increases set to take effect July 10. A domestic one-ounce letter will increase from $0.58 to $0.60, while an international one-ounce letter will increase from $1.30 to $1.40. Postcard Stamps increase from $0.40 to $0.44. For the full list of price increases, visit the USPS website.

Interest earnings policy: 03-150-106 Interest Earnings replaces the old FIS 200 & 201 with extensive revisions to when and how interest earned on cash balances is distributed based on applicable legal and contractual requirements or executive directives. Additional information about the specific changes to this policy can be accessed on the FPP website (Important Information/Notifications).

Gift funds policy: 03-150-208 Gift Funds has been revised to update guidelines on how gifts from donors must be accepted, processed, recorded and acknowledged. Additional information about the new policy can be accessed on the FPP website (Important Information/Notifications). Please contact a Fiscal Policy Coordinator or Policy Steward listed on each policy with any questions.

Impact the future of online education through research: Each year, the OSU Ecampus Research Unit funds projects up to $25,000 each to support the research, development and scholarship efforts of faculty in online education. Many OSU colleagues have had transformative experiences in the Ecampus Research Fellows Program. Recent Fellows studies highlight the ways in which these projects have advanced research in online/hybrid education. Ecampus Research Unit staff is available to help you develop the scope of your research project proposal. Contact Naomi Aguiar, assistant director of research, with questions.

UHR Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2022. Does your team 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 weekly program where campus partners provide presentations for a wide audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Presentations can be 30 minutes to two hours in length. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

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 without restrictions. Please note the FDA has extended the expiration date 90 days. For questions or accommodations related to disabilities, contact [email protected].

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Cascades Hall: As part of the Cascade Hall exterior stair replacement project, crane work to remove exterior stairs on the south side of Cascade Hall will occur July 11-12 (view map). Parking in this area will be closed while work takes place. The exterior stairs to the second floor of the building will be closed until Aug. 1.

Parking garage: The OSU Parking Garage will be closed for extensive cleaning from June 19-July 22. For questions or comments on the closure or about where to park, please contact Transportation Services at 541-737-2583. 


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.

EXTENDED! The School of Social Behavior and Health Science is seeking a Research Project Coordinator. This is a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #P05703UF. Closes July 15.

EXTENDED! OSU’s Washington County Extension Office invites applications for three (3) intermittent Campus Patrol Officer positions based in Beaverton. These are 12-month, P/T, classified positions. Posting #P03646CT. Closes July 15.

NEW! Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL) is now hiring student employees to start in Fall 2022. Student staff responsibilities may include planning events, meeting with community partners, meeting students for advising, and facilitating educational programs (service projects, workshops, dialogue spaces). Student employees will gain experience in solving complex problems, verbal and written communication and teamwork, and learn about leadership, service, social change and justice. Apply now: Posting #P08874SE; full consideration July 15. Closes July 29.  

NEW! Accountant 2: The Financial Services office of University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month position. Posting #P03653CT. Full consideration July 18. Closes Aug. 1. 

NEW! Fiscal coordinator 1 (three positions): The Controller’s Unit invites applications for up to three full-time, 12-month Fiscal Coordinator 1 positions in Financial Strategic Services. These three positions will support the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Pharmacy and Student Affairs. Posting #P03669CT. Full consideration July 18. Closes July 25.

NEW! Fiscal coordinator 1: The Controller’s Unit invites applications for one full-time, 12-month Fiscal Coordinator 1 position in the Central Payroll Office. Posting #P03670CT. Full consideration July 18. Closes July 25.

NEW! Arts Administrative Assistant to the Associate Deans (Internal Employment Opportunity): The College of Liberal Arts invites applicants for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month professional faculty position. Posting #P05819UF. Closes July 19.

NEW! Mentor Coach/Outreach Coordinator: The Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences is seeking multiple Mentor Coach – Outreach Coordinators. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. The Outreach Coordinator will work as a mentor coach with the Early Learning System Initiative as part of the Coaching Core. Posting #P05827UF. Full consideration July 19. Closes July 29.

EXTENDED! Bilingual Spanish Education Program Assistant 1: OSU’s Extension Service Family and Community Health program invites applications for two Education Program Assistants. These positions are a part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—Education (SNAP-Ed). One position is based at the Marion County Extension Service office in Salem, OR. The other position is based in the Polk County Extension Service office in Dallas, OR. These are 12-month, P/T, classified positions starting at $17.01 hourly + bilingual differential pay and benefits. Posting #P03635CT. Closes July 22.

NEW! Greenhouse Operations Manager: CAS is hiring a Greenhouse Operations Manager to provide managerial, administrative, supervisory, professional and/or technical support for all functional areas for College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) departments, units and university users of the Greenhouse facilities on the OSU Corvallis campus. This is a full-time (1.0FTE), 12-month professional faculty position (internal search). Posting #P05824UF. Closes July 25.  

NEW! Faculty Research Assistant: The Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the College of Science invites applications for a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant position. Posting #P05822UF. Closes July 31.

EXTENDED! Extension Field Crops Assistant Professor of Practice: OSU Extension Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Program is seeking applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term Extension Field Crops Assistant Professor of Practice position, to be based at the OSU Extension Marion County Office in Salem, OR. This position will cover Marion and Clackamas counties. Posting #P05434UF. Full consideration July 31. Closes Sept. 4. 

NEW! Marketing Assistant (student employee), Student Affairs Communications & Marketing: Help expand the Division of Student Affairs' presence on our main social media channels (@osuexperience) and assist in content development that engages and informs students about OSU activities, programs and services. Plus, support other communications and marketing duties as assigned. Starting wage at $15.50+, for 5-8 hours a week, with an option to return for the following academic years. Details:


“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability." ~ Sam Keen

Corvallis: Sunny and warm this week, highs in the 80s, lows in the mid 50s.

Central Oregon: Sunny and hot, highs in the high 80s to low 90s, lows in the upper 50s.

Newport: Sunny and breezy this week, highs in the 60s, lows  in the 50s.

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