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 beer is helping salmon find their way home from the ocean (Food and Wine)

The Oregon Hatchery Research Center (OHRC), a collaborative project between the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, is constantly working on a number of crucial environmental objectives. One big part of its research involves working to both boost and protect the state’s salmon populations — and an Oregon brewery now has a role in this process, too. (see also Yahoo)

How climate change affects fisheries, raises risk for conflicts (Think Out Loud)

James Watson is an associate professor in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University and is the principal investigator on the project which is launching in September. He joins us to share details about it and what past fishing disputes on the high seas could tell us about future ones.

Five astounding orca behaviors explained, from ramming boats to hunting great white sharks (Smithsonian Magazine)

“Normally, it doesn’t catch on like this,” says Robert Pitman, a marine ecologist and affiliate at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, but in particular, “if [the matriarch] finds something that catches her interest, then it can easily pass along to other members of the group.”

Wastewater treatment plants recognized for role in tracking COVID-19 transmission (KEZI)

Oregon State University and Oregon Health Authority officials are recognizing the role water treatment plants played in tracking COVID-19 transmission, according to state officials.

Oregon State physicist discusses landmark discovery (KPTV)

Xavier Siemens, professor of physics, joins FOX 12 NOW to talk about the gravitational wave landmark findings.

Oregon State researchers aim to make parenting more playful (Think Out Loud)

Researchers at Oregon State University aim to change that by using a national grant they were recently awarded to develop a program for parents and caregivers to more easily and sustainably engage in play with their kids. 

The quest for conquering the weeds of the terrain (East Oregonian)

For years, Judit Barroso, associate professor in weed science at Oregon State University, has been helping farmers fight back against both stubborn and invasive weeds by working at the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center near Adams. Barroso, hailing from Madrid, Spain, originally became interested in science and research because of her high school biology teacher.

Archaeologists make incredible 18,000-year-old discovery that left them 'startled' (MSN)

Professor David Lewis is an anthropologist at the Oregon State University who undertook his doctoral studies at the University of Oregon. He said: "This early date aligns well with the oral histories of the tribal nations in the region, many of whom have stories about witnessing geological events like the Missoula floods."

OSU researchers developing technology to make wastewater usable for crop irrigation, fertilization (KTVZ)

Researchers in the Oregon State University College of Engineering are developing technology to convert wastewater into a product that would simultaneously irrigate and fertilize crops. (see also KPIC, KOIN)

Oregon State University faculty named to panel tasked with Northwest Forest Plan update (KEZI)

OSU said that the Meg Krawchuk and James Johnston were among the 21 panel members chosen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Northwest Forest Plan Federal Advisory Committee. Krawchuk studies a variety of topics related to the impacts of fire, while Johnston studies historical patterns of wildfire in the northwest, the college said.

OSU ag dean: Malheur Experiment Station important to system (Capital Press)

The Oregon State University Malheur Experiment Station continues to play an important role in the system of 11 field-research facilities that the College of Agricultural Sciences operates, said Staci Simonich, the college’s dean.

'The woman who had it all': New movie reminds us we've all been living in a Barbie world (KUT NPR)

“Barbie has been U.S. president, even though the United States has still not elected an actual female president,” said Aurora Sherman, an associate professor of psychology at Oregon State University. “She’s been various types of practicing scientists … She has definitely been explored at least as a representation for girls, presenting kids as a positive role model – somebody to strive for; limitless, boundless possibilities.”

Through Juntos en el Jardin, families come together to grow their own food (OSU Extension)

Juntos en el Jardin has rejuvenated existing community gardening locations in and around Lincoln City and created spaces that expand access to growing food to Latino and Mesoamerican Indigenous families in Lincoln County that generally have less access to land for growing their own food.


Former business manager Hugh Jeffrey has died (LIFE@OSU)

Hugh F. Jeffrey, Jr., an Oregon State alumnus who later worked at the university, died June 22, 2023 at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in Lebanon. He was 99.

Oregon facing threats from invasive vine mealy bugs (OPB News)

Brian Gruber is the president of the Oregon Winegrowers Association. Greg Jones is the vice chair on the Oregon Wine Board’s board of directors. And Vaughn Walton is a professor at Oregon State University’s horticulture department.

Oregon State sees increased interest in football season tickets following stadium expansion (Sports Business Journal)

Oregon State has seen a 20% "bump over last year’s season ticket sales, to about 16,700," according to Nick Daschel of the Portland OREGONIAN. OSU last year sold 13,925 season tickets, and since the school began keeping records on season tickets in 2010, the "high was 22,450 season tickets sold in 2013." If OSU reaches 30% season ticket growth, and students “gobble up their allotment of 6,000 tickets, about 11,000 single-game tickets will be available for sale.”

Malheur researchers share agricultural innovations with community (Malheur Enterprise)

The OSU Malheur Experiment Station conducted its annual field day where agricultural researchers shared their latest trials and experiments with the farming community.

Today's photo

StrongPeople: Participants in a StrongPeople class perform a strength-training exercise in The Dalles. StrongPeople is a program for middle-aged and older adults offered by Oregon State University Extension Service in Hood River, Lake, Jackson, Josephine, Sherman, Tillamook and Wasco counties in Oregon and Klickitat and Skamania counties in southern Washington. Photo by Alyson Yates. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for ways to ensure the alignment of your course components? Do learning activities line up with student learning outcomes? See You Are Here: The Importance of Course Mapping by Ecampus instructional designer Julie Jacobs. These course mapping concepts and tools are relevant to on-campus and hybrid course modalities as well as online courses.


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

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.


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


OSUsed Store Summer Saturday Sale: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more, at 644 SW 13th St. Public sales are open to all shoppers 10 a.m.-3 p.m., July 29; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here


NEW! Rebecca Rutstein: Hatfield Marine Science Center, in collaboration with PRAx, presents a new exhibition of paintings by multidisciplinary artist Rebecca Rutstein. Her collaborations with oceanographers, microbiologists and geologists foster conversation about stewardship of precarious environments in the face of ecological crisis. Her exhibition will be displayed at the Hatfield Marine Science Center from July 24-Dec. 15, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

NEW! A Day of Remembrance for Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Featuring a photo exhibit, paper-crane folding, koto music, Mayor for Peace Charles Maughan and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility Executive Director Kamil Khan. It ends at dusk, with a flotilla on the river. 6:30 p.m,. Howland Plaza. For more information, visit Presented by OSU’s Peace and Justice Strategies Office in the School of History, Philosophy and Religion; Veterans for Peace, Linus Pauling Chapter; and Corvallis Divest from War.

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.

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

NEW! Beyond Benefits, Basics of Estate Planning: Although most people think estate planning is for just the elderly, it is actually important to everyone else, too — especially for those with minor children, substantial assets or unusual circumstances. Estate planning can allow one to make decisions on who receives his or her estate, make arrangements for disability, medical care and guardianship for minor children. Properly done, estate planning can remove many burdens from surviving family members during a stressful time. Noon, July 24. Register here.

NEW! Corvallis Public Seed Library Pop-Up Vegetable Garden Plant Clinic: Benton County Master Gardeners will hold a pop-up plant clinic event at the Corvallis-Benton County Library's Public Seed Library 10 a.m.-1 p.m., July 29. Now's the time to plant cool season crops for fall and winter harvest, also over-wintering. Come learn how to extend your vegetable garden harvest through the winter, look for seeds of interest on the free seed rack and learn about educational materials and links online you can access anytime. The Public Seed Library is located in the historic Belluschi wing of the library, with windows facing Monroe Street.

NEW! FYI Friday: Office of Human Resources 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? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. 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; it’s up to you. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] for information.

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.

Take Note

NEW! University Day Expo Registration is now open: From noon to 2 p.m., Sept. 19, gather with 40+ units and over 1,000 OSU faculty and staff to celebrate the OSU community, learn about resources on campus and network with your colleagues. Reserve your spot today. Register by Sept. 12. Questions? Contact [email protected].

NEW! New name for CPHHS: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences is undergoing exciting changes, including a new name (College of Health) and structure. Learn more about these changes, the new schools, and contact information for each.

NEW! Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Light in Disaster. 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. Don’t wait until an emergency to learn how to use your light sources. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

NEW! Human-robot interaction: An evaluation is being conducted to study human-robot interaction for manipulating objects under the sea. Participants will be asked to operate a user interface that interacts with the simulated robot (while wearing sensors to measure your physiology) and to complete questionnaires. The entire study procedure is expected to take 1 hour and 45 minutes. You will receive a $50 gift card for completing the study. Contact Sean Buchmeier at [email protected] to schedule your time.

NEW! Blood sugar study: Researchers in the College of Health at OSU are studying the effects of SGLT2 inhibitors on people at risk for high blood sugar. We are looking for study participants between the age of 18-59. The study involves several visits to the Samaritan Athletic Medicine Center in Corvallis over approximately four months. By participating, you may receive up to $1,000, as well as information about your health. Email [email protected] to learn more and apply.

NEW! Notice of policy action: University Policy 08-105 Electronic Communication with Students has been adopted. This new policy establishes the purposes for which the university may send electronic communication to students and describes the ways in which these communications are managed. Questions? Please visit the University Policy & Standards Manual for a copy of the policy and contact information.

NEW! Notice of policy action: University Standard 07-030 Animals on Campus has been revised to allow certain types of public safety or law enforcement animals that are working in coordination with the Department of Public Safety. Questions? Please visit the University Policy & Standards Manual for a copy of the policy and contact information.

NEW! Notice of policy action: University Policy 04-042 COVID Safety and Success has been retired. For more information, resources, and university protocols related to COVID, please refer to OSU’s Beaver Healthy website.

NEW! Stone Soup volunteers: Summer volunteers are being requested for the Tuesday 5 p.m.-7:15 p.m. shifts at Stone Soup, which prioritizes students, faculty and staff from OSU. Volunteers can sign up for a few shifts or all summer. Stone Soup provides a hot meal 365 days a year to hungry people in Corvallis, and is run in conjunction with the WestM Student Organization. Online signup and information for Tuesdays is available at Other days of the week can be found at

NEW! OSU Basic Needs Center welcomes produce from gardens: We would love any extra produce from your fabulous gardens. Our community enjoys fresh produce. If you have a surplus, it can be dropped off Mondays and Tuesdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesdays 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and Thursdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

NEW! Recruiting NSF-Funded polar researchers: Polar STEAM is an NSF-funded program that supports broader impacts through matching educators, artists and writers with polar researchers to co-create educational and creative resources related to polar research. Annual cohorts also include mentorship and guidance on building your broader impacts toolkit. Applications are currently open for the 2024/25 field seasons in the Arctic and Antarctic. Virtual collaborations are also available and are well-suited for lab-based researchers, those conducting data work, remote monitoring, and field work that doesn’t lend itself bringing an additional person. For more information: website or [email protected]. A recording of the recent webinar is available. Priority deadline Sept. 15.

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:

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Reser Stadium parking: As part of the Summer 2023 Parking Lot Renewal project, the three parking lots surrounding Reser Stadium will be closed in phases from July 24-Aug. 1. July 24-25: partial closures of the Valley Football Center Lot (SW section near Samaritan Athletic Medicine Center) and the LaSells Stewart Center West Lot (eastern edge bordering SW 26th Street); July 26-28: Valley Football Center Lot closed (between SW 30th Street and SW Ralph Miller Lane, west of the stadium); July 28-Aug. 1: Reser Stadium Lot and the western half of the LaSells Stewart Center West Lot closed (section between the stadium and SW Western Boulevard).

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! Payroll Program Representative: The Controller’s Unit is seeking a full-time Payroll Program Representative to join our team. Posting #P04304CT. Full consideration July 30. Closes Aug. 13. 

NEW! Office Specialist 2: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement invites applications for an Office Specialist 2 position based at the OSU Extension Service Lane County office in Eugene. This is a 12-month, F/T, classified position starting at $16.19 hourly + benefits. Posting #P04315CT. Closes Aug. 1.

NEW! Senior Associate Dean (Internal Career Opportunity): OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon invites applications for an Senior Associate Dean (Internal Career Opportunity). This is a full-time, 1.0 FTE 12-month, fixed-term position. Posting #P07108UF. Full consideration Aug. 6. Closes Aug. 20.  

NEW! Education Program Assistant 1: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement’s Family and Community Health Program invites application for an Education Program Assistant 1 position based at the OSU Extension Service Polk County office located in Dallas. This is a 12-month, part-time (0.75 FTE, approximately 30 hours per week), classified position starting at $17.43 hourly + benefits. This position is a part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed). Posting #P04308CT. Closes Aug. 7.

NEW! Events and Alumni Relations Coordinator in the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine. This position is to build internal and external relationships and coordinate events and outreach activities. This position strategically supports the Dean’s Office through event management, outreach and relationship management. Posting #P04318CT. Full consideration Aug. 9. Closes Aug.16.

NEW! The Department of Integrative Biology invites applications for one or more Academic Advisors. These are full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty positions. Applications submitted to this recruitment pool are reviewed on an as needed basis. Qualified applicants will be contacted when positions become available. Posting #P07113UF.  Open all year. 


“The summer night is like a perfection of thought." ~ Wallace Stevens

Corvallis: Chance of showers Monday, becoming sunny the rest of the week with highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s.

Central Oregon: Sunny this week, highs in the 80s, lows in the upper 40s to low 50s.

Newport: Chance of drizzle Monday, becoming sunny the rest of the week with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s.

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