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.

Butterflies are disappearing in Ohio. Here's what that means for insects everywhere (PBS News Hour)

When Oregon State University ecologist Tyson Wepprich was choosing his post-graduate projects in 2017, using Ohio data to measure long-term changes in butterfly numbers “didn’t seem like exciting science,” he said. But as public interest in insect declines grew, Wepprich realized that he had an opportunity in the volunteer-led Ohio project. (see also NewsweekNew ScientistCNN)

OSU researchers develop eco-friendly adhesives (KTVZ)

Chemical engineering researchers at Oregon State University have developed a vegetable oil-based adhesive that could provide an eco-friendly option in making items such as sticky notes, postage stamps and bandages. (see also KEZI)

A team of chemists are searching for a new red pigment (The Economist)

One of those searching is Mas Subramanian, a materials scientist at Oregon State University. (this article is behind a firewall)

Growing hemp is now OK. University researchers are busy growing seeds (Chronicle of Higher Education)

In hemp, farmers see dollar signs, and colleges, especially land-grant institutions, want to lead the scientific charge.

Oregon tackles the veterinary suicide crisis, starting with the stigma(Oregonian)

For a profession filled with high-achievers and perfectionists, it’s easy to see how burnout, anxiety and depression can all play out, said Alex Rowell, a psychologist in the Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dangerous UTIs can follow hospital patients home (HealthDay)

For the sick or elderly, a urinary tract infection (UTI) can prove deadly. With many vulnerable patients developing UTIs post-discharge, a new study suggests that better monitoring is needed after leaving the hospital. Researchers at Oregon State University explored more than 3,000 at-risk patients. The study revealed that the risk of infection tripled once patients went home. 

New PE program helps schools meet state standards (Pamplin)

Kathy Gunter, associate professor with the Oregon State University Extension Service, stepped in to create a classroom-based physical activity program called, "Be Physically Active 2DAY!" or BEPA. BEPA aligns with Oregon health and physical education standards.

OSU study yields new insights on Dungeness crab, and great white sharks too (KCBY)

Enter Oregon State University marine ecologist Sarah Henkel. Henkel and a colleague from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration glued acoustic tags onto several legal-sized Dungeness crabs near the mouth of the Columbia River and off Cape Falcon. (see also KTVZ)

Common household chemicals making cats sick (Newsmax)

In this study, toxicologist researcher Kim Anderson of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, and colleagues looked at 78 house cats that were age 7 and older. Half of the cats had hyperthyroidism and half did not. The cats were fitted with silicone pet tags that can pick up volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds.

Oregon seed crop dodges damage from rain (Capital Press)

While growers can typically count on dry weather this time of year, steady showers on July 9 and overcast skies on July 10 probably won’t cause problems as long as the sun soon comes back, said Tom Chastain, seed crop physiology professor at Oregon State University.

Is chlorophyll water the new green juice? (Body and Soul)

Presicci adds that there's also the chance of green tongue discolouration, plus green urine or faeces. So stick to the daily recommended dose of 100 and 300 milligrams of chlorophyllin per day over three separate doses, as prescribed by Oregon State University.

California Earthquakes won't trigger 'the Big One' in Oregon, but Portlanders urged to prepare (Willamette Week)

Chris Goldfinger, an Oregon State University professor and earthquake geologist, says that because the San Andreas fault is "a very complicated system," that is connected to the Cascadia fault via the Ring of Fire—an area of high volcanic and earthquake activity in the Pacific Ocean—it's logical to question whether California quakes could set off Oregon's Big One. (see also KGW)

Shell disease challenges work to restore endangered western pond turtle (Columbian)

At a location in Klickitat County, researchers placed 20 traps in three different ponds. Bergh and two volunteer interns from Oregon State University checked each trap during the morning session.

OSU-Cascades starts new arts and technology degree (Bend Bulletin)

A new program introduced to Oregon State University-Cascades in June combines multiple classic studies — arts, graphic design, communications — into a new degree: Arts, Media and Technology.

Plant these vegetables now for Oregon's fall harvest (Oregonian)

“Most folks are familiar with and love summer vegetables, but if you want to maximize your food and nutrition, then growing fall crops is a great strategy,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service.

Law allows new construction in tsunami zones (KGW)

A piece featuring OSU's Chris Goldfinger.

OSU writing professor researches the origin of the word 'oops' (KTVZ)

During the same research, Malewitz, an associate professor in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University, came across the word "ooperzootics," which he came to learn means a fit of craziness in humans. (see also Bend Bulletin)

Combat exposure affects veterans' mental health in later life (Healio)

“Cross-sectional studies have yielded contradictory results regarding the effects of combat exposure on depressive and anxiety symptoms, with some studies finding that veterans with combat exposure such as witnessing severe injury or death reported higher levels of depressive and anxiety symptoms, but other studies reporting nonsignificant associations,” Carolyn M. Aldwin, Ph.D., Jo Anne Leonard Endowed Director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research at Oregon State University, and colleagues wrote.

Phytoplankton color the North Atlantic Ocean (Earth)

“The structure of the bloom clearly shows the influence of ocean circulation on the distribution and concentration of phytoplankton,” said Michael Behrenfeld, a phytoplankton ecologist at Oregon State University.

Is there hope for this distressed magnolia? 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. 

Today's photo

Morning glory: A July morning makes the flowers sparkle outside of Valley Library. Photo: Theresa Hogue.


NEW! Free art exhibition: Ink Play—Traditional Chinese Painting and Calligraphy by Teachers and Students of The Willamette Chinese SchoolMondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. through Aug. 12 at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center.


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.


NEW! Intro to CORE for New Users: The Cooperative Open Reporting Environment (CORE) is OSU's central tool for accessing official university reports and institutional data. All OSU employees have access to CORE reports and dashboards based on their employment classification and Job Profile. This session is designed to give new employees and CORE users who would like to review the basics an orientation to CORE. Topics in this session including security and policies related to the access and use of data, how to find and save what you need from CORE, and helpful tips and tricks for interacting with and using the system. This is a high level overview of the systems that is appropriate for all CORE users. Friday, July 19, 11 a.m.-noon, IAR Training Space - Kerr B094, Corvallis Campus; Zoom. Contact IAR with questionsRegister Here

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.


NEW! Speed Friending Event with INTO OSU Mexican Teaching Group: Seeking OSU and Community members to participate in brief five-minute conversations with a group of 15 Mexican educators on Monday, July 22 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Valley Library, Willamette East/West Room (Valley 3622). Register at:

NEW! Embracing Imperfection – Celebrating the interior grace of trees: John Selker, OSU Distinguished Professor of Biological and Ecological Engineering, presents a show of his recent wooden creations. Open 9-5 daily through Aug. 30 in the Basement of Fairbanks Hall.

NEW! BeaverHacks, Winter 2018: The Hackathon Club at OSU is holding a hackathon Dec. 13-16, 5 p.m., online. Awards will be given for C++ Console App, People's Choice, Alumni, and 1st/2nd/3rd place. Students new to programming are encouraged to join. Those looking for teammates can indicate that on the registration form and you will be matched with a group. To register: Club Registration Form, or sign up on the DevPost website.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

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.

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.

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.

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.

Become a Master Recycler: Act soon to secure your spot. This eight-week class will cover all aspects of waste reduction, reuse and recycling. It will be hosted on the OSU campus on Tuesday nights, Oct. 1 through Nov. 19, plus field trips. This non-credit class is free to those who agree to “pay back” what they learned by completing 30 hours of volunteer service within one year of course completion. Visit for more details and to register.

Take Note

NEW! Imitation-Based Dog Training Opportunity for Children and Their Pet Dog: We are recruiting families with a dog who have a child between the ages of 8 and 17 (with or without a developmental disability) to take part in a research study evaluating an imitation-based dog training assisted intervention. The project will be held weekdays, Aug. 12-23 at OSU. There is no cost to participate. For more information contact Megan MacDonald ( or Monique Udell (

NEW! Fall 2019 On-campus Housing Move-In, Volunteer Opportunity, and Early Arrival: Fall 2019 move-in for the residence halls will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22, and you can find more information on our website: Volunteer opportunities to assist with move in day are available for OSU faculty, staff, and students. OSU departments and programs that require students to arrive prior to Sunday, Sept. 22 for orientations or trainings must complete an Early Arrival Request Form for their group. If you have questions, contact

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing managers with information from OSHA on promoting health & safety by the challenge to “Take 3 in 30” 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.

Payment of relocation allowance: A new process for Payment of Relocation Allowance has been implemented to improve operational efficiency and consistency related to processing relocation allowances. As a result of these process changes, some minor revisions have also been made to fiscal policy 03-120-404 Relocation Allowance. Contact the Fiscal Policy Coordinator for your Business Center or the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.

Campus Directions: Learn more from University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations about how Oregon State's campuses are improving every day. Read the latest issue of Campus Directions to learn how the Landscape Shop collaborates with Horticulture faculty to grow student research, what this summer’s Facilities Renewal Initiative projects are and more. Interested in keeping up with projects on campus? Subscribe to our newsletter.

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.

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.

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.

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

Traffic & Maintenance

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. 


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! Office Assistant: This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 19 hours per week) Office Assistant position in the Clatsop County Extension Office at Oregon State University. This position is located in Astoria. Posting #P02289CT. Closes July 16. 

Accountant 1: The Arts & Sciences Business Center in Corvallis. Invites applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE) Salary, 12-month  Accountant 1. Posting #P02279CT. Closes July 19.

UPDATED! The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA) is seeking an Equity Associate. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Executive Director. Posting #P03155UF. Full consideration July 16. Closes July 24.


“You must make women count as much as men; you must have an equal standard of morals; and the only way to enforce that is through giving women political power so that you can get that equal moral standard registered in the laws of the country. It is the only way." ~ Emmeline Pankhurst, who was born today in 1903.

Corvallis: Partly sunny to mostly cloudy through the week, with some showers. Highs in the upper 70s, lows in the 50s.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny this week, highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s.

Newport: Cloudy with a chance of rain, highs in the 60s, lows in the 50s. 

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