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.

Study identified a great way to know how much water snowpacks hold (The Science Times)

A unique computer model to measure the snowpacks' water content has been created which will offer an essential tool for scientists, landslide analysis, as well as resource managers. Researchers at Oregon State University developed this new computer model, and they published their findings in The Cryosphere.  (see also KTVZ)

Far-flung dust storms deliver nutrient boost to North Pacific(EOS)

“Historically, these regions of the Pacific were thought to be barren, but it turns out, they’re actually quite dynamic,” says Ricardo Letelier, a microbial ecologist at Oregon State University who, in collaboration with David Karl at the University of Hawai‘i, led the new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Oregon's strategic plan for bees creates a buzz (Register-Guard)

″(Oregon) is one of the hot spots for bee biodiversity,” said Andony Melathopoulos, a bee expert with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Corvallis. The state has more species of bees than all the states east of the Mississippi River combined, he said. The long list of bees in Oregon includes metallic sweat bees, alkali bees and black-tailed bumblebees.

Drought, high temperatures are killing Oregon's native trees; residents, scientists worried (Statesman Journal)

The Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon State University are establishing monitoring sites to identify potential causes, which may include drought.

Oregon's eelgrass is disappearing, with potentially big impacts (Pew Charitable Trust)

 And by pulling carbon dioxide out of the water during photosynthesis, eelgrass also acts as a buffer against ocean acidification, says Magel, who is quantifying some of these benefits as part of her doctoral research at Oregon State University.

OSU study predicts blue whales' foraging behavior (KTVZ)

"Most management decisions up to now have been based on locations where the whales tend to be found," said Daniel Palacios, who holds the Endowed Faculty in Whale Habitats position at Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute and is lead author of the study. (See also News-Guard).

Breakthrough at OSU: 'This mouse will be helpful for patients with this disease' (KMTR)

Researchers at Oregon State have made a breakthrough discovery understanding the causes of a serious birth defect of the skull. Roughly 58,000 children will be born with craniosynostosis, a disorder that stunts early development.

Study: Climate change a leading driver of California's wildfires (KQED)

Meg Krawchuk, a fire ecologist at the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, said the study is a thorough assessment of relationships between area burned and climate.

Oregon Native designers celebrate heritage, counter mass fashion (Oregonian)

Numerous clothing retailers and designers have taken heat for appropriating or misusing Native American designs, including Urban Outfitters and Jean-Paul Gaultier. That can be harmful, said Luhui Whitebear, who is an enrolled member of the coastal band of the Chumash Nation and the assistant director at Oregon State University’s Native American Longhouse.

NIH $2.3M grant to help develop nanoparticle therapy for muscle- and weight-wasting disorder (Cystic Fibrosis News Today)

Oleh Taratula, Ph.D., a researcher at Oregon State University‘s College of Pharmacy, has been awarded a $2.3 million, five-year grant to support a research project into a muscle-wasting disorder called cachexia that can affect people with chronic diseases that range from cancer to cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s, and rheumatoid arthritis. (see also KTVZ)

Bright reds are 'tricky to make' and can be toxic to humans - so search is on for safer material (iNews UK)

One of those searching is Mas Subramanian, a materials scientist at Oregon State University. Subramanian already has one new pigment to his name.

Oregon State scientist sees future in homegrown hazelnuts(Oregonian)

Mehlenbacher and his team at Oregon State University oversee 50 acres of land dedicated to hazelnut breeding. He creates new hazelnut types resistant to disease that threatens the future of one of the state’s most important crops. The new hazelnuts could be crucial to Oregon’s plan to supply a growing domestic market.

College of Engineering receives diversity recognition award(LIFE@OSU)

The OSU College of Engineering has been selected to be an “exemplar” recipient of a Bronze Award in the first year of the American Society for Engineering Education Diversity Recognition Program.

OSU Sheep Center helps industry grow (Capital Press)

When Oregon State University cut the budget for the Sheep Center in 2012, many in the industry thought it would cease to exist. Today, however, a dedicated half-time OSU staff manager, 50 student volunteers to help with winter lambing and eight paid students each term continue to produce a flock of sheep and a small herd of goats to use for education and research.

KidSpirit offers much-needed childcare programs (LIFE@OSU)

OSU KidSpirit is a unique collection of childcare programs and camps that offer a safe, education-based setting for children ages kindergarten through eighth grade. Housed in Langton Hall on the Oregon State Corvallis campus, KidSpirit serves more than 2,000 local children a year and is open to the entire community.

Study: Combination of factors caused bumblebee deaths (Capital Press)

Pesticides may kill bees, but not all bee deaths are caused by pesticides. That is the conclusion of a new study published July 10 by researchers at Oregon State University investigating bumblebee mortality beneath flowering linden trees.

OSU scientists played a role in Apollo 11 (Gazette-Times)

NASA’s Apollo program was a mammoth undertaking, with scientists, contractors, universities and others all pitching in on various pieces of the project. Two of those scientists had Oregon State University ties, Roman A. Schmitt and Bruce Elle. Schmitt, an OSU chemistry professor, was one of the 150 principal investigators who examined the 60 pounds of moon rocks brought back by the Apollo 11 astronauts. Elle, a member of the Class of 1939, worked with Kodak on the camera that was used to photograph the lunar soil.

Driving while undocumented in Oregon: A family's hopes for HB 2015 (OPB)

Today, 23 years after that trek through the desert, he and his family still live in the Salem area. Navarro recently graduated with a master’s degree from Oregon State University. His mother manages a restaurant and his father works in a plant nursery. But they’re all still undocumented, which has a big impact on their otherwise ordinary daily routines.

OSU-Cascades adds new art, media and tech degree (KTVZ)

Oregon State University-Cascades said Tuesday it has launched a new undergraduate degree in art, media and technology that will prepare students to become creative professionals in the visual arts and design fields.

OSU pauses old growth logging (Gazette-Times)

The head of Oregon State University’s College of Forestry has ordered a temporary halt to the cutting of older trees on the college’s research forests after questions were raised about a logging operation near Corvallis that took down multiple trees more than 200 years old, including one Douglas fir that may date back to 1599.

Science at sea: A net full of wonder (Newport News-Times)

Bedingfield, 45, is aboard the Research Vessel Atlantis with the Oregon State University Plankton Lab, as well as several teams of researchers from the University of Oregon and Portland State University. The group is using a camera sled capable of processing millions of images of plankton. 

Milk boosts bone health besides supplying calcium (Feedstuffs)

In a recent review, Brandon Batty and Massimo Bionaz of the Oregon State University department of animal and rangeland sciences examined bone structure, the physiological processes that affect bone formation and resorption and the ways milk consumption affects bone density.

When is the best time to harvest pears? 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

Bloom where you're planted: In this circa 1888 photo, Andrew B. Kidder is seen watering plants in a greenhouse in the Oregon Agricultural College (later OSU).


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.

NEW! Rally for a Fair Contract: All classified staff, union allies and students welcome. Monday, July 22, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., quad behind Weatherford Hall.  Questions? Contact organizer Siobhan Burke 6306990281 or For lunch, please register here:

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

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:


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! Ph.D defense: Austin Himes is presenting his dissertation, titled: "Impacts of Tree-species Composition and Diversity on Ecosystem Services in Plantations of the Coastal Pacific Northwest: Assessing Values, Trade-offs, and Synergies,” on July 24. Himes is is pursuing his Ph.D. in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Klaus Puettmann. Wednesday, July 24, 8 a.m., in Richardson 115. Contact the FES Department at 541-737-2244 with questions or for accommodations for disabilities.


NEW! Financial Strategies for Women: A workshop for women and those who care about women. A variety of topics are addressed which pertain to, and are relevant for, women interested in financial planning and investing. Presented by Barbara Koontz, Financial Advisor, CFS*, Thursday, July 25, noon to 1 p.m., Memorial Union, Room 212 M.L.K. RSVP to

NEW! CMLC Cooking Class: Mexican Salsas with Maria & Nena:Join Maria & Nena in the CMLC kitchen to learn how to make authentic Mexican salsas. $10. Space is limited. Thursday, July 25, 1:30-3 p.m., Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 2638 NW Jackson Ave. Reserve your spot by contacting

NEW! Art About Agriculture: The reception for “Deep Roots of Shapes,” an exhibition of mixed media artworks by Robert Schlegel, will be held July 25 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Strand Gallery, 440 Strand Agriculture Hall. The exhibition runs through Sept. 6 and is presented by Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences’ “Art About Agriculture” program. Gallery open hours: Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or by appointment.


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.

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 SW 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.

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.


NEW! Romeo and Juliet: OSU Theatre will present “Romeo and Juliet” for the popular Bard in the Quad summer productions in August. It will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1-4 and Aug. 8-11 in the Memorial Union Quad. Attendees are encouraged to bring low lawn chairs and/or blankets, warm clothing and food if desired. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available for purchase during intermission. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and no one will be seated prior to that time. The production includes the use of prerecorded amplified gunshot sound effects as well as prop firearms that are clearly marked. The sound effects may also be heard during rehearsals July 27-31. Tickets are $17 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors, and $5 for OSU students. Tickets are available online at or by phone at the Theater Arts Box Office at 541-737-2784. A box office also will be available in the MU quad at 6:30 p.m. on performance evenings.

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.

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

NEW! Workshop: Blending Your Teaching with Instructional Media Want to know how to create instructional media for your on-campus courses and to learn best practices of hybrid/flipped/blended design and teaching? CTL and Academic Technology invite you to explore the new Faculty Media Center to learn how to make audio, video and other media while beginning to plan an upcoming course. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., Kidder 100. Bring a laptop and your imagination.  Register. Info: Faculty Media Center.

NEW! Lecture & Dinner with Nobel Laureate: Louis Ignarro, known as the “Father of Viagra,” will deliver a lecture on campus Friday, Aug. 16, as part of the Linus Pauling Institute’s biennial conference. Lecture is free, but registration is required. A small number of tickets to dinner following the lecture at the Vue in downtown Corvallis are available for purchase; save your seat now. Email or visit the conference website for more info.

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! Training opportunities: The Office of Human Resources invites employees to register for new training opportunities. Courses include topics related to employee benefits, Core Curriculum for Current Supervisors and Managers, and Managers Legal Toolkit for Managers of Professional Faculty. View training courses and register here.

NEW! Online Writing Suite Open for Summer: OSU’s Writing Center offers free, online writing feedback to students and staff working on any type of writing including summer coursework and application materials. Highly trained staff work with all genres and levels, offering feedback for each stage of the writing process. The Suite is open 24/7 and responds within one business day via either email or Zoom video conference. Learn more and submit writing at

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 (

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.

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.


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

NEW! Business Affairs at Oregon State University is seeking an Office Specialist 2. This is a part-time (.75 FTE), classified position. This is an internal employment opportunity. Posting #P02303CT. Closes July 24.

NEW! Accountant 2: This is an internal recruitment used to fill one full-time (1.0), 12-month position for the Business and Engineering Business Center, supporting Nuclear Science and Engineering, the Radiation Center, and Pacific Marine Energy Center. Posting # P02298CT. Closes July 29.

NEW! The Graduate School at Oregon State University is seeking aRecruitment Director. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #P03195UF. Full consideration date Aug. 15. Closes Aug. 29.
NEW! Institutional Analytics and Reporting at Oregon State University is seeking an Institutional Reporting Analyst. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting # P03198UF. Full consideration Aug. 1. Closes Aug. 31.


"When you feel the world is against you or you give up hope, you look at your heroes and say, 'They were able to do it. They had hard times and a lot of opposition, but they got through it.' Then you feel, 'I can do it too.'" ~ John Leguizamo, who turns 55 today.

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

Central Oregon: Sunny, highs in the 80s, lows in the upper 40s.

Newport: Cloudy early in the week, sunny by week's end. Highs in the 60s, lows in the 50s.

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