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:

Wastewater surveillance at world championships helps track diseases coming into Oregon (KATU)

The testing will be done by Oregon State University labs and is funded through an Oregon Health Authority grant. The project will cost an estimated $155,806. The CDC is also keeping its eye on the results to see if it is a viable tool in the future.

OSU study suggests Oregon create rare disease council to understand quality of life issues (KGW)

"We found that adults and children with rare diseases had significantly poor health related to quality of life and stigma in all domains compared to the U.S. general population," said Kathleen Bogart, an associate professor of psychology at OSU and the lead researcher on the study.

Abortion ruling changes the landscape in Oregon's new US House district (OPB News)

“These are really favorable conditions for Republicans,” said Christopher Stout, associate professor of political science at Oregon State University. “But the last couple weeks have kind of switched that around.” (see also US News & World Report)

OSU research finds skin from a certain Pacific fish could help keep us looking young (KGW)

We all have heard the benefits of having seafood in our diets, but now a certain type of Pacific Northwest fish might help keep us looking younger. New research from Oregon State University (OSU) is showing how the Pacific whiting, also called the North Pacific hake, could be beneficial for our skin

How an Oregon songbird uses social information from other birds to adapt to food shortages (OPB News)

The red crossbill, a migratory species of songbird native to Oregon, is able to adapt its body and behavior in response to social information from other birds indicating changes in food supply. That’s according to new research by Jamie Cornelius, an assistant professor in integrative biology at Oregon State University. 

Massive earthquake on Seattle Fault would bring catastrophic tsunami waves (Seattle Weekly)

“We’re very far from being prepared. We’re just getting started with retrofitting important buildings like hospitals,” said Dr. Chris Goldfinger, one of the leading experts on the Cascadia Subduction Zone and a current professor at Oregon State University.

Scientists had never seen this elusive whale alive — until now (Hakai Magazine)

“It makes you wonder what all else is out there, swimming in our oceans and maybe right in front of us,” says Robert Pitman, a marine ecologist and beaked whale expert at Oregon State University, who was not involved with the recent Sato’s sighting. He marvels that the species could remain an enigma in Japan, with its thriving community of cetacean researchers.

Whale entanglements affect future generations (The Wildlife Society)

“These impacts are influencing population growth rates,” said Joshua Stewart, assistant professor at the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute. Since the 1980s, the New England Aquarium has been monitoring this population and recording a range of data, from individual health, ship strikes and entanglements to birthing events. 

82-year-old killed in unprovoked attack was an Oregon State professor (Oregonian)

Donald Pierce, the 82-year-old man who died last week after he was attacked at a bus stop in downtown Portland in June was a well-known statistician and professor at Oregon State University for 30 years, who also taught at OHSU and spent years studying the effects of radiation on the people of Hiroshima.

A new project in rural Oregon is letting farmers test-drive electric tractors in the name of science (Inside Climate News)

Kyle Proctor, a recent doctoral graduate of Oregon State University, said electric tractors are “low hanging fruit” when thinking about how to reduce emissions and save farmers money in rural America. 

OSU researchers develop computer model to predict whether a pesticide will harm bees (KTVZ)

Researchers at the Oregon State University College of Engineering have harnessed the power of artificial intelligence to help protect bees from pesticides.

New OSU earthquake research shows how water is 'key player' in Cascadia Subduction Zone quakes (KOIN)

Researchers with Oregon State University revealed a three-dimensional fluid model that gives new insight on seismic activity in the Pacific Northwest.

Remembering former OSU student media director Frank Ragulsky (LIFE@OSU)

Frank Ragulsky, who directed student media at Oregon State University for several decades, died at his home in Corvallis on June 30. He was 75.

Battling crabs 250 miles off the Oregon Coast, while studying an underwater volcano (OPB News)

“We expect sabotage, crab sabotage. Because there’s obviously a battle going on between Jason and the crabs at Axial Seamount,” said Oregon State University volcanologist Bill Chadwick, the head scientist on the ship.

Subverting and diverting (Eugene Weekly)

Recently retired from teaching printmaking in the art department at Oregon State University, Hiratsuka has spent decades mining this same imaginative vein, combining an interest in fashion, color and society — and traditional Japanese ukiyo-e prints from the 19th century.

Hazelnut industry's partnership with OSU Foundation produces long-term benefits (Capital Press)

Oregon State University (OSU) is a major source of the world’s research on hazelnut breeding, agronomy, and food science. For many years the Oregon Hazelnut Industry has partnered with OSU by providing direct annual financial support from the Oregon Hazelnut Commission and the Hazelnut Marketing Board, and through contributions from many individuals and companies.

Well water study signs up Jackson County homeowners (Jefferson Public Radio)

Oregon State University's Extension Service got federal funding to study wells in the county, and is now recruiting families to take part in the study. We get details on the program and its goals in a visit with Chrissy Lucas, who coordinates the Small Farms and Groundwater Outreach Programs, and Kara Baylog from Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC).

Shop at the Dock tours return in July, August (News-Guard)

The tours, led by Oregon Sea Grant staff, will be held on Fridays from July 15 to Aug. 19, at 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Tours are about 90 minutes each. The tours are free, and access is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao's Paani Foundation described as world's biggest permaculture project by Andrew Millison (National Herald India)

Andrew Millison, a well known international permaculture designer and a professor at Oregon State University recently released an episode on his YouTube channel on Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao’s ‘Paani Foundation’.

Discoveries about 'water' beneath Oregon/Washington coast may help major quake assessments (Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

A new angle on researching megathrust earthquakes along the Oregon and Washington coast has been opened up as one group of Oregon State University (OSU) scientists announces some breakthroughs regarding fluids that exist beneath the Pacific Ocean. This could play a role in more accurately predicting the effects of major quakes (and thus tsunamis) that happen along this offshore region, such as the big one in 1700 and the massive one that is still coming. 

Ask an expert: Yes, honey bees poop. But moving their hives is not an easy task (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 photo

Pacific Storm: Nancy Steinberg, science communicator with CEOAS, says, "I went down to Yaquina Bay near the bridge at dusk on reports of another orca sighting in the bay. No orcas in sight this time, but I did catch the OSU research vessel Pacific Storm heading out to sea." We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for methods to make student assignments more meaningful and engaging? Interested in exploring open pedagogy? Check out Students as Content Creators through Non-Disposable Assignments and Open Pedagogy Part 1 - What is the Value of Going ‘Open’? by Ecampus instructional designers Christine Scott and Ashlee M.C. Foster.


Open Forums for candidates for the Global Hemp Innovation Center (GHIC) Director position will be held: Jeffrey Steiner, July 18, 9 a.m., 111 Strand and via Zoom; Courtney Moran, July 19, 9 a.m., 111 Strand and via Zoom; Colin Bell, July 26, 9 a.m., 111 Strand and via Zoom


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. 

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.

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! Medelin Kant MS Defense: Medelin Kant is presenting her thesis, titled: “Signals of hotter drought stress in Douglas-fir tree rings of the Anthropocene,” July 21, 8 a.m., in PFSC 125 and on Zoom. Kant is earning her MS in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Chris Still and Stephen Fitzgerald. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] for the Zoom link or with questions/for accommodations for disabilities.

NEW! Biochemistry and Biophysics Ph.D. Defense: Lillian Padgitt-Cobb will present "Towards Resolving Functional and Evolutionary Mysteries of the Large and Heterozygous Genome of Hop (Humulus lupulus) and the Cannabaceae Family Using Genomic Data Science," July 21 at 10 a.m. in ALS 4001. Contact [email protected] for the Zoom link details.


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.


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 26, 1-2 p.m. via Zoom. Additional dates are Aug. 9 and Aug. 23. Weekly meetings resume Sept. 6. Zoom link for each meeting: For more information, contact Robynn Pease at [email protected].

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.

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

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

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! Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Light in Disasters. Lighting is one of the most essential pieces of an emergency kit. While most people are familiar with flashlights, there are other options to consider. Never leave light sources burning or turned on when you are asleep (except glow sticks) or not present. Remember to store extra fuel or batteries, wicks, mantles, globes and other spare parts specific to your light sources in your emergency kit. This month’s poster can be downloaded at:

NEW! Driving study participants wanted: The OSU School of Civil and Construction Engineering seeks research study participants who are at least 18 years old and have a valid driver's license. Individuals with contact lenses or prescription lenses can participate in this study. The study purpose is to make newer intersection designs and make the roadway safer for all users. Participants will be paid for their involvement, which requires a time commitment of approximately one hour and coming to the OSU Driving Simulator Laboratory. To participate, email graduate research assistant Kezia Suwandhaputra at [email protected]; for more information, contact Principal Investigator David Hurwitz at [email protected].

NEW! Oregon Natural Resource Policy Fellowship: This one-year, full-time fellowship provides a student with first-hand experience in natural resource policy at the state level. It is open to graduate students and recent graduates with interest and experience in coastal policy from any U.S. university or college (preference will be given to eligible applicants from a college or university with a physical campus located in Oregon). Deadline: Aug. 1. Visit Oregon Sea Grant for details and an application.

NEW! Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship: The Malouf Scholarship is awarded to support current or admitted graduate students who combine societally relevant research with education or public engagement. This opportunity is open to graduate students enrolled in a master's, professional or Ph.D. program in any discipline at any college or university physically located in Oregon. Deadline: Aug. 15. Visit Oregon Sea Grant for details and an application.

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

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.

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:

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.

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.

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! Jefferson Way: For work related to the Community Hall Slope Project, there will be a closure of the fire lane and sidewalk south of the Valley Library along SW Jefferson Way (view map). The closure of the fire lane and sidewalk has been extended through Friday, July 22. As part of the planned work, grinding, saw cutting, and concrete and asphalt demolition will occur.

NEW! Campus Way: For work related to the Milam Hall Re-roof project, SW Campus Way at the 26th Street intersection is scheduled to be closed from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19 (view map). There will be construction activity occurring in the area.

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.

NEW! Student Project Management Assistant – CASS: The OSU Center for Applied Systems and Software (CASS) is seeking student applicants for a 9-month part-time position as a Project Manager. Join us in working on the front end of an exciting and meaningful project with the Oregon DEQ that can have statewide impacts. Position #P08878SE. Full consideration July 24. Closes Aug. 1. 

NEW! Program Representative 1: The Treasury Office invites applications for an Electronic Deposits Program Representative. This position is responsible for providing electronic payment administration duties for deposits and associated actions related to all electronic funds transfers (EFT) including OSU merchant card collections (eCommerce). This is a full-time (1.0FTE), 12-month classified position. Posting #P03655CT. Closes July 29.

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 31.

NEW! Education Program Assistant 2: OSU’s Extension Service Family and Community Health program invites applications for an Education Program Assistant 2 position based at the OSU Extension Crook County office in Prineville. This position is a part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—Education (SNAP-Ed). Posting #P03674CT. Closes Aug. 2.

NEW! The College of Engineering is seeking a COE Safety Culture Program Director. This new and exciting position will develop, support, manage and promote comprehensive multidisciplinary laboratory, shop and field research safety programs. Posting #P05858UF. Full consideration Aug. 2. Closes Aug. 21.  

NEW! Ecampus is seeking a communications manager. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) professional faculty position. This position develops and executes content marketing efforts for a variety of media materials distributed by Oregon State Ecampus for the purposes of recruiting new students. Posting #P05860UF. Closes Aug. 3.

NEW! Ecampus is seeking a transcript evaluator (program representative 1). This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) classified position. The transcript evaluator’s primary purpose is to perform course articulations for admitted and enrolled Ecampus students and to provide unofficial transcript evaluations for prospective Ecampus applicants. Posting #P03681CT. Closes Aug. 4. 

NEW! Administrative Program Assistant: The OSU Graduate School invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant. Posting #P03685CT. Closes Aug. 8.

EXTENDED! Cook 1: Oregon State University Extension 4-H Youth Development program invites applications for two (2) Cook 1 positions based at the Oregon 4-H Conference and Education Center located approximately 20 minutes outside of Salem. These are intermittent, P/T, classified positions starting at $15.21 hourly + benefits. Posting #P03485CT. Closes Aug. 31.

NEW! The University Information Technology (UIT) Office of Information Security is seeking an Identity & Access Management (IAM) Manager. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #P05846UF. Closes Sept. 6.

NEW! The OSU Foundation is hiring a full-time Director of Stewardship whose primary responsibility will be the OSUF 1868 Society. The 1868 Society recognizes donors with cumulative, lifetime giving of $100,000 to $999,999 to Oregon State University. Named for the year in which the legislature passed OSU's charter, creating Oregon's first state-supported college, members of the 1868 Society carry on OSU's proud legacy through their philanthropy and help ensure an outstanding future for the university. Link to full job description and application:


“The serene philosophy of the pink rose is steadying. Its fragrant, delicate petals open fully and are ready to fall, without regret or disillusion, after only a day in the sun. It is so every summer. One can almost hear their pink, fragrant murmur as they settle down upon the grass: ‘Summer, summer, it will always be summer.'” ~ Rachel Peden

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

Central Oregon: Sunny this week, highs in the 90s, lows in the 50s.

Newport: Patchy fog and then mostly sunny this week, highs in the 70s down to the 60s by the weekend with some drizzle.

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