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.

Plastic's new threat: Indestructible rafts for ocean-crossing invasive species (OPB)

In June 2012, a large concrete dock washed up onto Oregon’s Agate Beach near Newport. It was one of four docks that had been cut loose during the tsunami and drifted all the way across the Pacific from the fishing port of Misawa, Japan. “It was deeply coated by Asian species,” said John Chapman, an adjunct professor at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Sciences Center. “My eyes were telling me that these were Asian species, but my brain was not willing to accept that.”


OSU, USFS detect hidden world of stream biodiversity (KTVZ)

Scientists at Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station recently published the results of their findings in the journal Environmental DNA.

Benevolent or fearsome? Yellowjackets can be both (ABC News)

"Yellowjackets, hornets and paper wasps are all beneficial predators of soft-bodied insects such as caterpillars, grubs and flies," said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. "However, yellowjackets will often begin to scavenge late in the summer into fall as their typical food sources often become more limited."

The ice is melting even faster than they thought (LiveScience)

"We measured both the ocean properties in front of the glacier and the melt rates, and we found that they are not related in the way we expected," Rebecca Jackson, an oceanographer at Rutgers University who was a postdoctoral researcher at Oregon State University during the project, said in a statement. (see also Science Daily)

Beyond braille: Oregon-made 'printers' open opportunities for the blind in math and science (Oregonian)

At the age of 48, Gardner took time off from Oregon State University to learn how to live without sight. He adapted to walking with a cane and learned how to get from one place to another without driving.

Oregon wants to untangle whales from crab fishery (Daily Astorian)

Leigh Torres, a researcher with Oregon State University and a member of the working group, launched a study to answer questions about when whales are off the Oregon Coast, why, what oceanographic conditions may come into play, how many are humpbacks that are part of stocks listed under the Endangered Species Act and, ultimately, how fishermen can avoid whales.

'Oops': Explanations get slippery for what we say when we stumble (Wall Street Journal)

recent article in the journal Critical Inquiry by Raymond Malewitz, an associate professor of English at Oregon State University, presents a novel theory for the origin of “oops”—but it may make an already murky word history even more confounding.

The dream of a viable bacon-like seaweed is still alive in Oregon (OPB)

 Oregon State University created something of a sensation back in 2015 when researchers announced they discovered and patented “seaweed that tastes like bacon.” Four years later, the hard work of commercialization continues, but guilt-free bacon from the sea remains elusive.

OSU board committee to weigh budgets, building projects (Democrat-Herald)

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees’ Finance and Administration Committee will meet by phone next week, and the public can listen in.

OSU officials highlight developing facility's disaster readiness(KLCC)

Progress on what’s billed as one of the first “vertical evacuation” sites in the U.S. is proceeding steadily. KLCC’s Brian Bull gives an update on Oregon State University’s Marine Studies Building in Newport.

"Majestic' Douglas fir stood for 420 years. Then Oregon State University foresters cut it down (Oregonian)

The seedling that sprouted in 1599 in Oregon State University’s McDonald-Dunn research forest was cut down by the public college, along with other trees more than 250 years old. The decision netted $425,000 for the university’s College of Forestry. School officials say the revenue will fund teaching, research and outreach, but it happened at a time when the university’s forestry school has accelerated other timber cuts and dipped into its reserves to fund $19 million in cost overruns on a major construction project. (see also CNN)

Planting the seeds of peace (Gazette-Times)

Planting a tree is always a hopeful act, but the persimmon sapling planted in April behind the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center on the Oregon State University campus expresses a very particular hope: the hope for an end to nuclear weapons.

Baseball earns academic excellence award for fourth time (OSU Beavers)

The Oregon State baseball team has received the Team Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) for the fourth consecutive year.

News Roundtable (OPB Think Out Loud)

We get opinions and analysis of some of the week’s big stories on our news roundtable. This week we’re joined by Jason Conger, a former Republican representative, Christopher McKnight Nichols, the director of Oregon State University’s Center for the Humanities, and Marisa Zapata, an associate professor of urban planning at Portland State University. 

State, OSU hosting Elliott State Forest open house on Tuesday in Roseburg (Register-Guard)

The State Land Board has directed the department to work with Oregon State University on a plan to turn the Elliott into a research forest. The state and OSU are set to have the plan together this December.

Borrowables program helps make events sustainable, affordable(LIFE@OSU)

Signs created a borrowables menu that enables university employees to check out items on-line and use them everything from parties to student presentations to conferences. She included University Events-owned items, but also soon realized there were other groups on campus who had previously purchased items for events that they could not store. So the collection of borrowables grew and now includes everything from vases and frames to banners and easels. Several of the items are branded, which also helps raise the visibility of the OSU logo.

Sea, science and art (Newport News-Times)

Grew joined for two weeks with a team of researchers centered around an Oregon State University initiative that places artists upon the high seas; she is using life and images from nets and underwater cameras, transcending time by creating cyanotypes of the specimens and activities aboard ship.

Perfecting pigment: Color and fashion sustainability (Yahoo Lifestyle)

The $30 billion a year market is constantly looking for ways to expand, but in truth good pigment is no easy feat. In fact, it was only a mere 10 years ago that the chemist Mas Subramanian accidentally discovered the first new blue pigment in two centuries, known as YInMn blue. The largest breakthrough prior to Subramanian's development was Yves Klein's contribution in the 1960s, when the artist sought purity of pigment and created Klein International Blue, using a synthetic binding to alter the depth of color rather than a new pigment. In order to be viable, pigment must be stable across temperatures, nontoxic, and, most importantly, sustainable, which, in turn, dramatically affects the sustainability of the product pigment is used to color.


Ask an Expert: What's the best fertilizer for tomatoes?(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. OSU Extension faculty and Master Gardeners reply to queries within two business days, usually less.

'An incredible week'; STEM camp gets kids 'Ready for Tomorrow' (Ontario Argus Observer)

Youth came from Adrian, Nyssa, Vale, Ontario and Idaho for the camps geared toward science, technology, engineering and math, Oregon State University Extension Agent Barbara Brody said.

Today's photo

Hells Canyon: Once a part of Wasco County - 1854 to 1862 - The deepest natural gorge on the North American continent forms the eastern boundary of Northeast Oregon Vacationland. The canyon is 1,000 feet deeper than the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. (courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives)


NEW! Finance and Administration Committee of the Board of Trustees to meet July 30: The OSU Board of Trustees’ Finance and Administration Committee will hold a telephonic meeting from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30. The committee will consider quarterly financial reports and receive updates on OSU Athletics; the university Fiscal Year 2020 operating budget; Cascades’ Academic Building 2 project, Washington Way improvements, operations center plans, and fire restoration work occurring within Burt Hall. The agenda and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at For accommodations: 541-737-3449 or at least 48 hours in advance.

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.


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.


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.


NEW! Field Day at Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture: Visit the OSU Department of Horticulture's learning laboratory for sustainable horticulture. Meet researchers and tour plots. Learn about functional hedgerows, see a honey bee observation hive, view the riparian zone restoration, learn to grow in small urban spaces, visit the native bee petting zoo, see the dry farmed vegetables, organic production and taste some honey. Tuesday, Aug. 13. Drop by between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. OCCUH is at 844 SW 35th St., Corvallis. Free, all ages welcome. 

NEW! All of Us exhibit: The All of Us exhibit will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19-23 on the brick mall off the northeast corner of the MU. The goal of the research, education and enrollment center is to advance health care that is based on you as an individual. Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, All of Us aims to sign up 1 million or more people who will share information about their health over time. Researchers will study this data to improve health for generations to come. It’s hosted by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Benton County, and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. Learn more at

NEW! Dry Farm Field Days 2019: The OSU Extension Small Farms Program is hosting Dry Farming Field Days this summer. More than thirty sites throughout western Oregon are hosting trials this year and four of them, that are engaging in multiple dry farming research projects, will be hosting tours. Come learn about dry farming and multiple research projects engaging with the Dry Farming Collaborative, and see crops such as tomatoes, potatoes, squash, melon, dry beans and corn grown with little or no supplemental irrigation in the field. Aug. 28, 4-6 p.m., OSU Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture (844 SW 35th St, Corvallis). Sept. 4, 4-6 p.m., OSU Vegetable Research Farm (4306 NE Electric Road, Corvallis). Sept. 6, 3-5 p.m., Gathering Together Farm (25159 Grange Hall Road,  Philomath). Sept. 11, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Gowen Farm (9040 Old Fort Rd, Independence). Events are free but parking is limited so register at 

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! Social Justice Education Initiative: The Social Justice Education Initiative schedule for summer and fall is up, and there are still seats for summer sessions. From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is a foundational professional development program for faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this well-reviewed program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

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.

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.

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.

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 websitefor more info.

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

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.

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

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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NEW! Office Specialist 2: This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Office Specialist 2 position for the Extension Service Douglas County Office at Oregon State University. This position will be located in Roseburg. Posting #P02312CT. Closes Aug. 7.

NEW! The Office of Admissions is seeking a Marketing Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #P03219UF. Closes Aug. 9. 

NEW! INTO OSU is currently seeking an Admissions Coordinator.  This position will support the Office of International Admissions in providing high level customer service, maintaining the standards and integrity of the Office of International Admissions, and sustaining an efficient admissions process. Closes Aug. 11.  For more information please see follow this link

NEW! Executive Assistant: The Research Office (RO) at Oregon State University is seeking an Executive Assistant (EA). This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #P03216UF. Closes Aug. 12. 

NEW! Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 19-month, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Posting #P02299CT. Closes Aug. 14.

NEW! Instructional Design Specialist: Ecampus is seeking Instructional Design Specialists. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. This position provides knowledge and creativity in enhancing the development and design of hybrid and online courses; instructional design support for faculty developing hybrid and online courses and open educational resources, and develops/facilitates training for faculty related to hybrid and online course design and facilitation. Posting #P03199UF. Closes Aug. 11, 2020.

NEW! Student Worker Position: Lab Assistant & Tutoring: Part-time, flexible schedule, at a pay rate of $11.25/hr. Work in the INTO OSU Learning Center to help INTO OSU students learn, evaluate and improve their English and other academic skills. For full posting and link to apply:


"The goal isn’t to make something everyone will love; the goal is to get excited, and make a thing where something wasn’t before." ~ Wil Wheaton, who turns 47 today.

Corvallis: Sunny all week, highs in the low 80s, lows in the mid 50s.

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

Newport: Partly sunny all week, highs in the mid 60s, lows in the mid 50sSlight chance of showers Friday.

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