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: https://today.oregonstate.edu/email/submission-guidelines.
 

Oregon's public universities and private colleges react to the overturning of Roe v. Wade (KLCC)

OSU Interim President Becky Johnson wrote that the university would approach the outcome of the court’s decision in a way that’s “consistent with its mission — by contributing to learning through rigorous scholarship, research-based evidence and facts, enabling discussion and providing community service.”

 

Threats of heat waves, wildfires and smoke loom over Oregon's summer (Street Roots)

A wet spring likely delayed the onset of the fire season in Oregon according to Nicholas Siler, assistant professor of climate science at Oregon State University and the assistant state climatologist for Oregon, but the dangers of wildfires and smoke continue to threaten communities across Oregon each summer. (see also KTVZ)
 

It's been one year since Oregon's deadly heat dome. Will it happen again? (KGW)

Will it happen again? Experts say it's possible, but according to Larry O’Neill, a state climatologist and associate professor at Oregon State University, a trifecta of harsh conditions made last summer’s heat dome so extraordinary.
 

Watch bobcats, bears and even birds use fallen logs as bridges (Popular Science)

For animals living in the woods of western Oregon, a log across a stream can act like Main Street. Videos captured by a pair of ecologists at Oregon State University (OSU), published earlier this month in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, show dozens of species using logs from a stream-restoration project to eat, preen, and walk.
 

Democrats hope to tap anger over Roe in November midterms — will it work? (Guardian)

Kelsy Kretschmer, an associate professor of sociology at Oregon State University, and co-author of a study examining women’s voting patterns, says it’s not clear that the decision will be help Democrats in a measurable way. “A significant proportion of white women are conservative and form the backbone of the pro-life movement and this is the thing they often care the most about. For Democrats, if you lose half of white women, you don’t have a winning majority of women,” she said.

 

Will the fall of Roe change the college-going landscape? (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Jon Boeckenstedt, vice provost for enrollment at Oregon State University, analyzed colleges’ out-of-state populations after the Dobbs ruling in a recent post on his blog about higher-education data. “Politics or climate, whether it’s weather or political climate, has always played a role,” he said in an interview. “This might be a little bit different. I don’t necessarily think it’s the SCOTUS ruling. I think it’s more the states’ reaction and what it says, especially to young women but also to young men.”
 

Economy is sending mixed signals, but could a recession be near? (Bend Bulletin)

“The future is hard to predict,” said Jeffrey Reimer, Oregon State University professor in the Department of Applied Economics. “It is possible a recession could come this year or in 2023, but it would require a reversal of some current trends. A recession would mean a massive slowdown in consumer spending, declining consumer demand and prices and a reversal of the strong labor market.” 
 

2022's Best and Worst Cities for Recreation (WalletHub)

Randall Rosenberger, associate dean for Student Success and Special Projects in the College of Forestry, is featured.
 

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' stance on abortion is now 'more liberal' than some states' laws (KUER)

This all leaves the church and its members in “an awkward position,” said Courtney Campbell, the Hundere Professor in Religion and Culture at Oregon State University. “It's one thing to tell church members they're supposed to be engaged in the political process to work against laws that allow for elective abortions,” he said. “It's a very different kind of political, moral and ecclesiastical matter when some of these laws restrict therapeutic abortions that the church permits.”
 

Eastern Oregon faces down giant swarms of crickets with volunteers — and goats (OPB News)

OPB Weekend Edition host John Notarianni recently talked with Jordan Maley, an Oregon State University Extension agent who has been organizing volunteer efforts to combat swarms of Mormon crickets, and April Aamodt, a resident of Arlington, Oregon, who has helped lead the community fight against the pests.
 

OSU partnering with Yurok Tribe to envision Klamath River after 4 dams are removed (KTVZ)

Oregon State University researchers will embark in July on a 3½-year partnership with the Yurok Tribe to study what the connections between river quality, water use and the aquatic food web will look like after four Klamath River dams are dismantled.
 

What is your Oregon home's risk of wildfire? New statewide map can tell you (OPB News)

The Oregon Wildfire Risk Explorer map, created by Oregon State University as part of a new wildfire policy directed by Senate Bill 762, outlines wildfire risk at the property ownership level across the state.
 

Oregon State reacts to USC, UCLA plans to go to Big Ten Conference (KDRV)

Oregon State University Interim President Becky Johnson says,  "Oregon State University is surprised and disappointed by the decision of USC and UCLA to leave the Pac-12 Conference. OSU continues to strongly believe in the continuing strength of the Pac-12 Conference as a conference of champions made up of globally recognized Tier 1 research universities. The strength and momentum of Oregon State in teaching, research, service and athletic competition is profound and will continue."
 

Today's photo


Colorful neighbors: Julaine Nickels, executive assistant with INTO OSU, says, “We woke up the other morning to two peahens in our backyard. They stayed around for a few days, all the while keeping our cat ‘Nero’ highly entertained.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Wondering what’s replacing the retired ReadSpeaker tools in Canvas? Visit the Accessibility and Canvas page to learn about accessibility tools available to you in Canvas, and some tips on simple things you can do to improve accessibility in your digital content. 

Thursday

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.

Thursday

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: On Thursday, July 7 at 3:30 p.m. Sarah L. Mesnick from the Southwest Fisheries Science Center of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will be giving a seminar titled “Black and Blue Markets: Illegal wildlife trafficking, lack of legal economic alternatives, and the plight of the vaquita porpoise, the world’s most endangered marine mammal.” Please join us in person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Events

NEW! 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 bit.ly/BoiseGolf22

NEW! 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 bardinthequad.org, 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. A reminder that it can be cool at night and no seating is provided. Please come prepared for the temperature. Blankets and beach or lawn chairs, as well as picnics, are encouraged. Seating opens at 6:30 p.m. and is first-come, first-serve. For information call 541-737-2853.

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.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Water Resource Science Ph.D. Defense: Nicole Durfee will present “Ecohydrologic Connections of Rangeland Ecosystems in Central and Eastern Oregon, USA,” on Tuesday, July 12 at 2 p.m. in Oldfield Hall, Room 108. Carlos Ochoa of Animal and Rangeland Sciences advises Nicole. If unable to attend in person, please reach out to the department for further information or Zoom link details. All are welcome.

NEW! Care.com’s The Kids Are NOT Alright: July 12 at 9 a.m. When schools finally fully reopened, there was a presumed return to normalcy, to things being OK. But our kids are not OK. Especially our teens. They’ve experienced trauma that’s continuing to impact them and as their parents, you’ve been witnessing this first-hand. Social anxiety, depression, isolation, mood swings…or perhaps your kid seems too OK for everything they’ve experienced. You’re not alone and there are steps you can take to spot the signs, talk to your kids and get them support. Our guest, Jennifer L. Hartstein, PsyD, is a nationally known child, adolescent and family psychologist. Parents of teens and college kids, this webinar is specifically for you. Please join us. Register here
 
NEW! Languishing, Flourishing, and Your Mental Health: July 12 at 10 a.m. Over the past few years, employees have been asked to do more, do their work differently and do better in new and challenging ways, all while managing family life and personal responsibilities that seem never-ending. The feeling of languishing or “Will this ever end?” abounds throughout the workforce and can have a huge impact on your mental health. Working on our mental health need not be reserved just for those who are in crisis or who are faced with an official diagnosis. Mental health matters for everyone. This interactive session provides more details and helpful ideas on how to move from languishing through work and life to flourishing. Register here.

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: 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 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. August 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].

Upcoming retirement workshops:  TIAA will host one-on-one Zoom sessions July 5-6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and July 19, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. RSVP today, as space is limited. Register for sessions at www.TIAA.org/schedulenow or by emailing us at [email protected]. And save the date: TIAA will be on campus Sept. 20 and Oct. 5. 

Take Note

NEW! HR on summer flex: University Human Resources will be closed Fridays, noon to 5 p.m., now 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]

NEW! Controller’s Unit: The Controller’s Unit offices will be closed Fridays, noon to 5 p.m., from July 8 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.

NEW! You are the shield: Thank you for defending our cyber dam. The Office of Information Security hopes everyone in the OSU Community is enjoying a safe and fun Fourth of July week, and appreciates your assistance in helping protect our Cyber Dam. If you would like to learn more about how to protect against threats to our information security such as phishing attacks, check out our Community Awareness page and our recent FYI Friday event.

NEW! 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 http://ehs.oregonstate.edu/uhsc, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a link to report safety concerns online.

NEW! USPS rate increase: The U.S. Postal Service has announced new first-class mail price increases set to take effect July 10. A domestic one-ounce letter will increase from $0.58 to $0.60, while an international one-ounce letter will increase from $1.30 to $1.40. Postcard Stamps increase from $0.40 to $0.44. For the full list of price increases, visit the USPS website.

NEW! Interest earnings policy: 03-150-106 Interest Earnings replaces the old FIS 200 & 201 with extensive revisions to when and how interest earned on cash balances is distributed based on applicable legal and contractual requirements or executive directives. Additional information about the specific changes to this policy can be accessed on the FPP website (Important Information/Notifications).

NEW! Gift funds policy: 03-150-208 Gift Funds has been revised to update guidelines on how gifts from donors must be accepted, processed, recorded and acknowledged. Additional information about the new policy can be accessed on the FPP website (Important Information/Notifications). Please contact a Fiscal Policy Coordinator or Policy Steward listed on each policy with any questions.

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.

Notice of policy action: The university community is invited to review and provide comment on two proposed university policies, both of which may be found on the What's New page of the University Policy & Standards website. The two policies are University Policy 04-100 Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment and University Policy 02-125 University Housing. Comments must be received by July 11.

UHR Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2022. Does your team 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 weekly program where campus partners provide presentations for a wide audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Presentations can be 30 minutes to two hours in length. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected]te.edu with any questions.

Dog training camp for children: Children ages 10-17 years old with a developmental disability and their family dog are invited to participate in a dog training program and research study. Camp slots available in Corvallis, Portland or Seattle. https://beav.es/iMg.

Gift card policy: 03-140-512 Gift Cards or Certificates replaces the old FIS 410-27 Gift Cards or Certificates policy and has been revised to provide clear guidelines and restrictions related to purchasing gift cards and certificates. Additional information about the new policy can be accessed on the FPP website (Important Information/Notifications). Please contact the Fiscal Policy Coordinator for your Business Center or the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.

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 (-5.0 to +3.0) can participate in this study. The study purpose is to make intersections safer for bicyclists and reduce the potential for vehicle-bicycle collisions. 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 Lena Breuer at [email protected]; for more information, contact Principal Investigator David Hurwitz at [email protected]

OSU Faculty Staff Fitness summer class registration is now open. Take a fitness class on campus (click here for schedule) or remotely through Online FSF. Some highlights include the return of the rehabilitative Adaptive Exercise Clinic (formerly MS Clinic, click here for information), Open Gym Monday/Wednesday 5:15-6:05 p.m., personal training services during Open Gym, and outdoor yoga. Contact [email protected] to help find your fitness plan today.

Chemical Reuse program at Chemstores: Did you know Chemstores has a chemical reuse program? EH&S will bring unopened chemicals to the Chemstores to re-distribute at no cost (you will still need an index for tracking purposes). Stop by and check out our list of free chemicals as well as our summer sales. Chemstores is located at 154 Gilbert Hall, open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Purchases are exclusively made using grant index/activity codes. There are no cash or card sales. An online listing of products can be found at https://chemstores.chem.oregonstate.edu/. Questions? Call 541-737-2271.

Dog study: The OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital is seeking dogs that weigh more than 44 lbs and have a history of chronic diarrhea for a research study examining the effect of fiber on the fecal microbiome and gut health. Participation in this study involves mixing a powder supplement on the dog’s food daily for four weeks, three visits to the hospital and a $50 Amazon gift card. Dogs receive a physical examination and labs at each visit. For more information, please contact the principal investigator by email at [email protected].

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! Campus-wide generator testing: In the week of July 4, Facilities Services will be performing annual load bank testing for the following buildings' emergency/ stand-by generators: Reser Stadium, Merritt Truax Indoor Center, Magruder Hall Onan and Magruder Hall Generac. Each test will take approximately three hours. There may be excessive noise and possible exhaust fume odors associated with testing. For questions or comments on this notice contact, Facilities Services at 541-737-2969.

NEW! Temporary sidewalk closures: For work related to the Washington Way Improvement Project, sidewalks located between SW 26th Street & SW Washington Way will be closed from 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 5 through 5 p.m. Friday, July 8 (view map). For questions or comments on this closure, contact Infrastructure Project Manager Aaron Amoth at 541-737-5064.

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. 

Jobs

This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: http://today.oregonstate.edu/email/jobs To apply for the below positions, visit jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Administrative Program Assistant: The Office of International Admissions invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month position performing international credential evaluation. Posting #P03643CT. Closes July 18. 

NEW! The School of Social Behavior and Health Science is seeking a Research Project Coordinator. This is a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #P05703UF. Closes July 1.

NEW! HR Recruitment Specialist-University Human Resources Central: The HR service center invites applicants to apply for the Recruitment Specialist position. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month position. Posting #P05783UF. Closes July 4. Click here to apply. 

NEW! Administrative Manager: The College of Science and the Department of Integrative Biology invite applications for a part-time (0.75 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Manager position. This position serves as Executive Assistant to Jane Lubchenco, assists Bruce Menge and manages the PISCO/LubMenge Lab administrative tasks. Posting #P05790UF. Closes July 25.

UPDATED! 4-H Positive Youth Development Research Coordinator: OSU’s Extension Service 4-H Youth Development program invites applications for a 4-H Positive Youth Development Research Coordinator based in Portland, OR. This is a F/T, 12-month, professional faculty position. Apply to posting #P05816UF. Closes July 19.

NEW! Office Specialist 1: OSU Extension Service invites applications for an Office Specialist 1 position based at the Clackamas County Extension Service office in Oregon City. This is a 12-month, F/T, classified position starting at $15.21 hourly + benefits. Posting #P03662CT. Closes July 20.

NEW! OMN is hiring: Come be a part of our award-winning team at Orange Media Network. We have immediate student staff openings at The Daily Barometer for writing news and sports (paid training included; no experience necessary). Also, KBVR-FM and KBVR-TV are recruiting volunteers to be radio hosts, sports announcers, camera operators, show directors and more. Apply at https://omn.oregonstate.edu/get-involved/open-positions or for questions contact our professional staff, [email protected] or [email protected].

NEW! Director of the ASOSU Office of Advocacy: The Office of the Dean of Students is actively recruiting the Director of the Office of Advocacy position. Posting # P05731UF Closes July 11. 

NEW! Master Gardener and Community Horticulture Outreach Program Coordinator: OSU Extension Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Program invites applications for a Master Gardener and Community Horticulture Outreach Program Coordinator position based at the Deschutes County Extension Service office in Redmond, OR. This is a 12-month, F/T, professional faculty position. Apply to posting #P05820UF. Closes July 22. 

NEW! Education Program Assistant 1: OSU’s Extension Service 4-H Youth Development program invites applications for an Education Program Assistant 1 position based at the OSU Extension Service Klamath County office in Klamath Falls. This is a 12-month, P/T, classified position starting at $17.43 hourly + benefits. Posting #P03665CT. Closes July 22.

NEW! The OSU Foundation is hiring a full-time Director of Constituent Engagement & Stewardship for Annual Giving. The Director reports directly to the Senior Director of Annual Giving Programs and leads the development and implementation of fundraising, engagement and stewardship strategies for key constituent and recognition groups. The Director is also responsible for a comprehensive stewardship plan for all annual giving donors that demonstrates impact and appreciation of giving, including strategies designed to maintain high rates of donor retention. Click here for full position description and application 

Weather

“Sometimes we have to do the work even though we don't yet see a glimmer on the horizon that it's actually going to be possible.” ~ Angela Davis

Corvallis: Mostly cloudy this week with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s. Sunny by the weekend.

Central Oregon: Chance of showers this week with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s. Sunny by the weekend.

Newport: Chance of showers this week with highs in the 60s and lows in the 50s. Sunny by the weekend.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/.