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:

How climate change could ruin your beer (The Messenger)

U.S. brewers acquire much of their ingredients from overseas, and researchers like Patrick Hayes, a professor at Oregon State University’s College of Agriculture Science, worry that the raging infernos enveloping forests in Canada are an ominous glimpse into the future. 

Oregon beginning work on revised 'wildfire hazard' map (KLCC)

Flammable vegetation is also a factor in determining hazard, which is something property-owners can change. But, Gasperini said that doesn’t change the vegetation in surrounding areas, which could be contributing to a higher risk of wildfire. The revised map is still based on the same data that created the original, which comes from the Quantitative Wildfire Risk Assessment. The map being created by Oregon State University researchers and ODF staff.

How are higher ed cyber attacks evolving? (Government Technology)

Oregon State University CISO David McMorries said the increase in cyber attacks had been unfolding and evolving already before the rapid digitization spurred by remote learning during the pandemic compounded the threat. He said offices across Oregon State have been aggressively targeted with phishing attacks and other fraud schemes, in addition to threats like ransomware.

OSU nuclear science professor weighs in on release of treated wastewater from Fukushima (KEZI)

Nuclear Science professor Kathryn Higley at Oregon State University said that any concerns for Tritium impacting the United States should be put aside, because the Pacific Ocean will dilute the tritium in the water.

Punish us, orcas (Atmos)

“Revenge narratives are very attractive,” said Tim Jensen, author of Ecologies of Guilt in Environmental Rhetorics and a professor at Oregon State University. “We are compelled by them.” And though our story about orcas may not be true, our environmental wrongs certainly are. These orca attacks come at a moment when knowledge of—and concern about—climate change is at an all-time high. Still, policy interventions move slowly. Inaction and denial imperils countless species, including our own. 

2020 wildfire survivors more apt to prepare, support emergency response to future fires (KLCC)

A new Oregon State University study finds people directly affected by the 2020 wildfires were more apt to prepare for similar disasters, and join emergency response activities.

Are ocean waves New Jersey's next source of power? (Asbury Park Press)

"Ocean wave energy specifically refers to converting energy that's in that heaving motion of ocean waves," said Ted K.A. Brekken, a professor of energy systems at Oregon State University. "There's actually many different ways to do it… Some of the simplest ones are devices that would just simply move up and down in the waves, and you would generate electricity from that motion."


What you need to know about kombucha, the healthy fermented tea drink (Washington Post)

“The first step to make kombucha is to steep the tea in boiled water, then add sugar or juice so there is something for the microbes to ferment,” says Chris Curtin, an associate professor of fermentation microbiology at Oregon State University. The SCOBY (usually obtained from the previous batch of brew) is then added, along with some of the liquid from another batch, and it’s left to ferment for one to three weeks before being bottled and refrigerated. The end result: a mildly vinegary, slightly sweet, bubbly beverage.

OSU Extension, Josephine County working to mend fences after conflict over 'woke' agenda (OPB News)

Josephine County leaders and the Oregon State University Extension Service are hoping to find a way to continue delivering programs after tensions reaching back to last summer.

New committee will advise on key plan for future Northwest forests, adapting to climate change (Oregon Capital Chronicle)

James Johnston is an assistant professor at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry who will serve on the committee. He’s been involved with the Northwest Forest Plan since its inception nearly 30 years ago. 

Oregon's gray whales are ingesting 'shockingly high' numbers of manmade microparticles, study finds (KGW)

Leigh Torres, a marine ecologist at Oregon State University, has been studying gray whales for years.  But her most recent research into the number of microparticles the whales were ingesting caught her a bit off guard. 

In past 11 years, OSU-Cascades degree program has graduated over 200 energy system engineers (KTVZ)

A degree program launched at Oregon State University-Cascades more than a decade ago to address the national need for energy-savvy engineers has contributed more than 200 workers to the field, with most working in Central Oregon and around the state.

Program offers 70 migrant students opportunity to attend OSU or community college (KPTV)

OSU has a program that gives migrant and seasonal farm worker students the opportunity to attend college. College Assistant Migrant Program, or C.A.M.P., offers 70 migrant students the opportunity to attend OSU or a community college in the area.

OSU-Cascades energy systems engineering students want to 'save the world' (Bend Bulletin)

An Oregon State University-Cascades program that trains engineers about energy systems, storage and efficient energy use now has over 200 alumni working in the field in Central Oregon and other parts of the state.

Orcas may just be the beginning. Whales and humans are likely to have more strange encounters in the future.  (Yahoo News)

"As whale populations recover from whaling and humans venture more into the oceans for various things, including ecotourism, we're going to have more of these interactions between whales and humans that we don't quite understand," Leigh Torres, a marine ecologist and professor at Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute, told Insider.

Prescribed burns vital in Oregon, but the only federal training is in Florida (Central Oregon Daily)

John Bailey, an Oregon State forestry professor specializing in prescribed burning, says training the appropriate workforce to meet future challenges will be important.


Warmer ocean temperatures increase risk of salmon bycatch in Pacific hake fishery (ScienMag)

Pacific hake, also known as Pacific whiting, is the largest commercial fishery by tonnage on the U.S. West Coast. The rate is low but bycatch remains a concern for the Chinook salmon population, said Michael Banks, a marine fisheries genomics, conservation and behavior professor at Oregon State University and a co-author of the study.

There's a 1,000 year old forest hidden under the surface of Lake Washington (CurioCity)

Here’s the short story of how the forests came to be underwater according to Oregon State University. Over a thousand years ago, a massive earthquake shook the region, sending chunks of Earth plunging into Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Both slides had enough dirt to keep the trees submerged until today.

Greener oceans due to climate change, new study suggests (MSN)

In that time, it has collected a lot of data on the color of our oceans, which is actually an essential climate variable and can reflect changes in ocean ecosystems. After analyzing this data, researchers from the National Oceanography Centre, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Oregon State University found that, on average, our oceans are becoming greener, with significant shifts in about 56% of the ocean surface.

In the field with Oregon State University (Argus Observer)

The station is one of several throughout Oregon managed by Oregon State University. Among other research, staff conduct scientific research about regional crops, collecting data to learn about best practices for crop production, as well as protection from pests and weeds.

OSU offers new dairy manufacturing certificate (Capital Press)

Oregon State University aims to help fill the labor gap with a new program called the dairy foods manufacturing certificate. The college created the program, according to an announcement from OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, in partnership with industry leaders. It is designed to give trainees “the skills needed for a strong career in dairy manufacturing.”

Explore the coast with self-guided walks (News Times)

Oregon Sea Grant, which is based at OSU, updated its popular book of clue-directed hunts in places that include coastal parks, cemeteries and downtown areas.


Today's photo

OSU’s FW391 Ridge to Reef: Students in the Sustainable Resource Management in Palau class work with students from Palau Community College and the Ebiil Society to restore lands degraded by historical bauxite mining in Nardmau State, Palau. Bryan Endress and Scott Heppell were in-country with 16 students for two weeks from June 21-July 5. You can read about the students' adventures on their blog. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Searching for ways to check the accessibility of your course content in Canvas? Visit the Accessibility and Canvas page to learn about accessibility tools and to view tips on simple steps you can take to improve accessibility of your digital content. Other Canvas questions? Learn@OregonState has you covered with a wide range of resources.


NEW! OSU Employee Parent Connections: 1-2 p.m., Tuesdays during summer term. An opportunity for OSU’s parenting employees to come together through Zoom and talk about anything related to parenting and working. Share resources with each other, ask questions of each other, celebrate milestones, share successes and challenges and more. Email Kristi King, [email protected], with the Family Resource Center for the Zoom link.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more, at 644 SW 13th St. Public sales are open to all shoppers 5:30-7:30 p.m.Tuesdays and noon to 3 p.m. Fridays; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here


NEW! OSU Beaver Dads: Come join in with other self-identified dads from around the Corvallis campus to talk about parenting, work and everything in between. Lunch will be provided. This is a time for informal conversation, so come late or leave early if you need, ask questions of other dads, share experiences/stories/resources and more. Facilitated by Tarron Anderson. Noon to 1:30 p.m., July 19. Questions about OSU Beaver Dads or want to be on the OSU Beaver Dads Listserv? Email Kristi King, [email protected], with the Family Resource Center.

NWREC open house: The North Willamette Research & Extension Center (NWREC) in Aurora Oregon is hosting a community open house 4-7 p.m., July 19. The public is invited for an up-close look at research and development at the center including berry-tasting, hay ride farm tours, farm equipment display and fresh farm veggies. NWREC is located at 15210 NE Miley Road, one mile east of I-5 and across the road from Charbonneau’s east entrance. For more information, contact NWREC at 503-678-1264.


OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more, at 644 SW 13th St. Public sales are open to all shoppers 5:30-7:30 p.m.Tuesdays and noon to 3 p.m. Fridays; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here


NEW! 14th Annual Treasure Valley Golf Tournament: Support student-athletes and network with fellow Treasure Valley Beavers while enjoying a fun day on the course. Don't golf? Join for a delicious buffet lunch, a raffle prize drawing and remarks from OSU Athletics special guests. Shotgun start 8:30 a.m. with lunch and awards at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 11. Register solo or with a foursome.

Free multicultural networking event: Join us for our third Hello Mid-Valley event from 6-7:30 p.m. July 25 at Eola Hills Wine Cellars in Rickreall. The goal of the event is to help employees in the Willamette Valley area build community and connections that support diverse identity characteristics. Food and beverages will be served. Learn more and register on our OSU event page or on our Eventbrite.

Fidelity, TIAA, OSGP(Voya) on campus consultations:  Summer Dates are now available: No matter where you are in life — just starting your career or retiring next year — a session with a financial advisor can help you create a plan to achieve your goals. Fidelity, TIAA and OSGP(Voya) advisors are available to OSU employees (except for student employees) at no cost as a part of your retirement plan. On-campus and virtual appointments are available throughout the summer. For Fidelity representative Justin Blatny, schedule at For TIAA representative AJ Martinez, CFP, schedule at For OSGP(Voya) representative Charles Yu, schedule at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

EXTENDED! OSU Engagement Conference registration and awardsRegister by Aug. 21 for the inaugural OSU Engagement Conference, Sept. 5-6 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. This event is designed to increase awareness of engagement and engaged scholarship efforts across the university. It also includes the OSU Engagement Awards, which recognize efforts to develop programs or projects that adhere to the principles of community engagement and engaged scholarship. The deadline for award nominations has been extended to July 24.

Getting Your First Dam Job Zoom workshops: Still looking for a job post-graduation? Wondering why your resume isn’t getting you noticed by employers? The summer term virtual First Dam Job career workshop series (Aug. 1-3) will help you address these scenarios and more. Register for just one or all three of these virtual sessions to strengthen your resume and gain the skills you need to land your first full-time job. 5 p.m. Aug. 1, "Oops I still really need a job.” 5 p.m. Aug. 2, “Why is my resume not working?" 5 p.m., Aug. 3, “Yay, I got a job, now what?".

Core Curriculum for OSU managers and supervisors: Managers and supervisors at OSU play a key role in enabling employees to do their best work. The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State University managers, supervisors, and lead workers. 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 & access to employees. Summer 2023 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays & Thursdays Aug. 15-24, via Zoom. Fall 2023 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Tuesday - Friday Nov. 14-17, via Zoom Learn more and register.

Search Advocate Foundations workshop series: July through December 2023 options are now open for registration. Search Advocates are content-neutral external process advisors who work with search committees to enhance equity, validity, and diversity (the role is mostly facilitative—not the compliance police) The full series is four 4-hour sessions; please go to SA Workshops for the cohort schedule and a link to the registration system. For questions, please contact Anne Gillies, program director ([email protected] or 541-760-6160).

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. This engaging 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. In the spirit of professional development, University Human Resources is excited to offer this new two-hour workshop to OSU employees on a monthly basis starting this Spring! View upcoming workshops and enroll here. A $40 fee covers materials. Hurry – seats are limited.

Social Justice Education: Social Justice Education Initiative workshops are open for registration through Fall 23. The SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. Learn more, see the schedule and register for remote Tier One Platform and Tier Two Next Level workshops here. Interested in this development for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information: [email protected].

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for the Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 courses and register here. There is a $100 fee to attend this workshop.

On-Demand Webinar from TIAA: Equally Prepared: Financial planning for the LGBTQ+ community. Financial planning is important for everyone to explore in order to prepare you and your loved ones for the future. Learn more about financial basics and prepare yourself for that future by managing day-to-day finances, tackling your debt, balancing your financial priorities, learning more about retirement planning, understanding lifetime income, educating yourself on estate planning and implementing financial tools and resources available from TIAA.

Grow your best garden ever with the accelerated Home Horticulture Certificate: Learn the art and science of caring for plants in this 100% online program. Gain the same in-class training as the online Master Gardener program in seven weeks. No volunteering required. Register while seats are available.

Professional development: Technical Writing Certificate. Gain the essential skills to produce instructive, informational and persuasive documents based on well-defined and achievable outcomes. Our next technical writing cohort starts June 26.

Community workforce development training opportunity: Dairy Foods Online Program. The College of Agriculture has a new online Dairy Foods Manufacturing Continuing Education Series that will give folks the needed technical, scientific and regulatory knowledge for a successful career in this growing field. No prerequisites. 100% on demand.

Take Note

NEW! OSU Wildfire Smoke/Air Quality guidelines: EHS encourages staff members to become familiar with these guidelines prior any smoke or other air quality issue this summer:

OSU construction update – July 2023: Construction season is in full swing at the OSU Corvallis campus with 17 active capital projects and several more set to start before September. Beaver fans and student athletes will notice some big changes to OSU's athletics facilities when they return in the fall. University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations have created a complete list and map of summer construction projects:

Summer Bowling League at MU Lanes & Games: Join the exciting eight-week Summer Bowling League at MU Lanes & Games. Starting on July 10, this league offers fun for the entire OSU community. Lace up your shoes and compete with friends and colleagues. The cost is a one-time payment of $25 per person, which covers shoes and the entire league duration. Don't miss out on the bowling action. Sign up now:

Tailgates and game watch parties welcome: Football season will be here sooner than you know it. Don’t wait to book space at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on campus. Host your fun celebration right across the street from Reser Stadium and within the heart of Beaver Nation. Reserve event space indoors (climate-controlled) or outdoors at the Alumni Center.  

Coast walks: Looking for a fun, family-friendly outdoor activity on the Oregon coast this summer? You're in luck. Oregon Sea Grant, which is based at OSU, has updated its book of clue-directed walks called Quests. Buy it in shops or online via OSU’s Marketplace. Learn more in this this story.

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Power Outages. Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

Human-robot interaction: The Human-Machine Teaming Laboratory in Oregon State University’s Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute is conducting a research experiment to study human-robot interaction for peer-based environments. Participants will be trained as first responders and complete a series of disaster-response tasks with a robot teammate and will complete anonymous questionnaires. The experiment requires participants to complete two separate two-hour sessions. Participants who complete the entire evaluation will receive $60. Contact Prakash Baskaran at [email protected] to schedule your experiment time.

OSU Emergency notifications: To receive text OSU emergency notifications, add your cell phone number to your OSU Alert account on the OSU Alert Portal Also, download the Guardian App to your cell phone to be able to text OSU police dispatchers and receive OSU emergency alerts.

FYI Friday: UHR Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Winter 2024. Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy or research you want to share with the campus community? FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours in length. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Feel free to reach out to [email protected].

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by sharing an article from SAIF with five ways to safely transition your workplace to summer. For more information on Safety at OSU visit OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

Traffic and Maintenance

Campus Way: As part of the Withycombe Hall Renovation project, the north sidewalk on SW Campus Way between the East Greenhouses and SW 30th Street will be closed to pedestrian traffic June 30-Aug. 31. Pedestrians may detour across Campus Way at the crosswalk located directly in front of the East Greenhouses or at the intersection with 30th Street and use the south sidewalk.

Kerr south parking lot: As part of the Kerr Administration South Parking Lot Improvement project, the Kerr South parking lot will be closed for construction activities from June 26-Sept. 27. The path running along the west side of the Kerr Administration Building will be closed along with the south entrance/exit to the parking lot and the ADA ramp. Other possible impacts include noise, dust and mud near the construction site.

Student Legacy Park: Student Legacy Park, including all fields, tennis facilities, basketball court and sand volleyball courts will be closed for resurfacing and turf replacement starting on Monday, June 19 and continuing through the summer. The sidewalk on the north side of Washington Way directly adjacent to Student Legacy Park will also be closed. Other possible impacts include noise, dust and mud near the construction site.


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! University Human Resources is seeking a Salaried Academic Wage: Recruitment Specialist. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position. This position is anticipated to last approximately 12 months. Posting #P07088UF. Full consideration July 18. Closes July  25. 

NEW! Facilities Services at Oregon State University is seeking a full-time HVAC Control Technician. Posting #P04300CT. Closes July 20.

NEW! The VP of University Relations and Marketing is seeking a University Relations and Marketing Associate and Executive Assistant. The position provides critical executive, project and operational support to the VP for URM in addition to serving as a strategic thought partner and serves as a liaison for division staff, senior leadership, faculty and staff on behalf of the Vice President. Posting #P07090UF. Full consideration July 24. Closes July 31.

NEW! (Internal Opportunity) Ecampus is seeking a student success navigator to join our team. The Navigator develops and enhances connections with students and staff to support student enrollment and success in Ecampus distance degree programs. This position will work with online students throughout their onboarding by providing individualized coaching support, implementing online systems and processes, and creating new approaches that ensure meaningful student experiences for adult learners. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) professional faculty position. Posting #P07093UF. Closes July 25.

NEW! AMP Marketing and Communications Specialist: The Administrative Modernization Program (AMP) is seeking a Marketing and Communications Specialist. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. The Administrative Modernization Program (AMP) Marketing and Communications Specialist will play a pivotal role in enhancing the overall awareness of AMP at OSU. The ideal candidate is a strong and versatile communicator, skilled at leveraging technology and best practices to engage with a wide and diverse audience of stakeholders. Posting #P07082UF. Full consideration July 25. Close Dec. 31.

NEW! Associate Director of Administrative Modernization Program (AMP): The Administrative Modernization Program (AMP) is seeking an Associate Director. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. The Administrative Modernization Program (AMP) Associate Director will be responsible for assisting the Executive Director (ED) of AMP with the operational management of the overall program. The Associate Director interfaces with all types of management (Academic, Business and IT), vendors and staff to ensure that the daily operations and planning for AMP are being managed effectively and in support of the AMP guiding and design principles. Posting #P07091UF. Full consideration July 25. Closes Dec. 31. 

NEW! Program Coordinator in the College of Science at Oregon State University. This position collaborates with unit staff in the research development unit to manage, administer and grow the programs, the research enterprise and portfolio. Responsibilities include pre-award support to researchers, collecting and reporting proposal submission and awards data; implementing workshops to support and enhance the research portfolio, collaboratively working with staff on our seed-funding and outreach activities and coordinating scholarships/ fellowships during graduate student recruiting. Posting #P07101UF. Full consideration Aug. 3. Closes Aug. 10.

NEW! The College of Engineering seeks a Development Manager for the CoE Innovation Laboratory (iLabs). The iLabs provides opportunities for practical, applied, hands-on learning experiences in engineering for users in both structured and unstructured environments. Our college is in search of a role to support the delivery of iLabs learning and prototyping service objectives. The Innovation Lab Development Manager is an important role for CoE and its community to ensure that users of iLabs equipment have the guidance and mentorship they need to succeed and that useful prototyping services are available to university researchers. Posting #P04298CT. Closes Aug. 13. 


“But here I am in July, and why am I thinking about Christmas pudding? Probably because we always pine for what we do not have. The winter seems cozy and romantic in the hell of summer, but hot beaches and sunlight are what we yearn for all winter.” ~ Joanna Franklin Bell

Corvallis: Sunny this week, highs in the upper 80s, lows in the 50s.

Central Oregon: Sunny this week, highs in the 80s, lows in the 50s.

Newport: Sunny this week, highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s.

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