Stay informed about COVID-19

COVID-19 website: To facilitate the ongoing sharing of information about the virus, Oregon State University has added a link on the OSU homepage to a page that provides detailed and up-to-date COVID-19 information; links to OSU, local, state and federal resources; and updates on the latest federal travel restrictions.

COVID-19 vaccines: For information about vaccines in the Benton County, visit this website. OSU-Cascades students, faculty and staff can learn where to find vaccines in Central Oregon here. Check your local public health authority websites for more information. You can also visit the Oregon Health Authority: Get Vaccinated Oregon website and the CDC VaccineFinder for vaccinations anywhere in the U.S.

Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for ways to make your classes more interactive? Want to learn from Academic Technology about Top Hat, the popular OSU-supported student response system? Register for the "Introduction to Top Hat" webinar, Wednesday, July 7 (tomorrow), 10-10:30 a.m., for an overview. Register for the "Best Practices in Using Top Hat" webinar, Monday, July 19, 11-11:50 a.m.   

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. Content appearing includes timely news and feature stories from broadcast, print and online sources. Occasionally, opinion pieces and first-person columns appearing in mainstream media outlets that are written by faculty members and pertain to their academic or professional expertise may be included based on their unique, informative value, timeliness and space constraints. It is not the policy of OSU Today to include Letters to the Editor. Occasionally, articles highlighted in OSU Today may either be subscription-only or behind a paywall if a maximum number of articles has been reached that month. Many subscription-only publications, like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, can be accessed by anyone with an OSU email account through the search function on the OSU Libraries home page, which grants free access to many publications. See and click on 1Search.

A robot at Willamette Valley Vineyards uses UV light to combat mildew (Forbes)

The UV-C light treatment was originally put to work by Willamette Valley Vineyards in their HVAC system to battle coronavirus in 2020. Researchers from Cornell, Oregon State University, and Washington State University along with the United States Department of Agriculture have been studying how the technology could be employed in vineyards. In order to test its commercial use, Willamette Valley Vineyards purchased a $75,000 robot made by Saga Robotics.

A megaquake will someday strike the Pacific Northwest. This ship could figure out how bad it will be (Science)

But in modern times, it has been ominously quiet, with almost none of the small, daily earthquakes that are common at other subduction zones. Stress building up at the fault seemingly has had no release. “It’s just way, way, way too quiet,” says Chris Goldfinger, a marine geologist at Oregon State University, Corvallis.

How weird is the heat in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver? Off the charts (New York Times)

Climate change is also making episodes of extreme heat more frequent, longer and more intense, said Erica Fleishman, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University.

Pacific Northwest wineries are shaking off the extreme heat wave, but are worried what it means for the industry's future (TIME Magazine)

Mark Chien, an experienced grape grower and the program coordinator for Oregon State University’s Oregon Wine Research Institute, tells TIME that wineries may have come away largely unscathed from this week’s sizzling temperatures. However, he says continued extreme weather events could threaten the industry’s future.

How does Oregon's COVID-19 response measure up? (KEZI)

"We know that there's still plenty of virus out there and vaccination rates are actually very variable across the state," said Brett Tyler, the director of Oregon State University's genome sequencing project.

Climate change could destroy America's roads (VICE)

But asphalt has a different problem with temperature, according to Erdem Coleri, a professor of construction engineering at Oregon State University. Heat and cold will make asphalt harder, which makes it more likely to crack, or softer, in which case it will deform. These problems are less likely to need major emergency repairs, but can cause serious maintenance headaches over time.

How wildfires spread is a mystery Oregon engineers are solving (OPB News)

In a small clearing next to a freshly-planted field of vegetables tended to by Blunck’s kids, the Oregon State University engineer and his team are setting out frames of white fire-proof cloth. They’re spaced on the ground in growing semicircles, like lawn chairs at an outdoor concert.

An OSU-Cascades study examines child welfare, caseworker retention (Bend Bulletin)

Grimes’ experience is an example of an approach that can lead to caseworker retention, according to a recent Oregon State University-Cascades study, where researchers examined factors that keep child welfare caseworkers from jumping ship.

New treatment could make honey bees immune to pesticides (Capital Press)

Andony Melathopoulos, pollinator health expert at Oregon State University, also expressed concern for "bees and other beneficial insects that are not fed the supplement." In response, Webb agreed attracting wild pollinators to feed would be "tricky," and said he's currently researching how to do so.

Oregon lawmakers set out to increase the timber industry's tax bill. Instead, they cut it again. (OPB News)

Tom DeLuca, dean of the Oregon State College of Forestry, said he was “hugely disappointed” by the tax cut. He also said he was heartened to hear that lawmakers will tap the state’s general fund this year, but he worries what will happen if they fail to permanently restore the tax.

Explore Oregon podcast: Hike ancient volcanoes to epic wildflower meadows in Old Cascades (Statesman Journal)

They're also joined by Oregon State University professor Adam Kent, who talks about the geology of the Old Cascades, and talk to a woman who spent 30 years staffing a fire lookout on Coffin Mountain. 

Oregon State researchers investigate fire anomalies past and future (Jefferson Public Radio)

Recent research out of Oregon State University indicates that fewer fires may be ignited by lightning in the decades ahead in Central Oregon, but that all fires are likely to be bigger.

Study: Songbirds unlikely to become dependent on bird feeders (UPI)

"There's still much we don't know about how intentional feeding might induce changes in wild bird populations, but our study suggests that putting out food for small birds in winter will not lead to an increased dependence on human-provided food," study co-author Jim Rivers, an animal ecologist with Oregon State University's College of Forestry, said in a news release. (see also ZME ScienceKEX)

OSU professor speaks on record-breaking heat wave and its future implications (KATU)

Joining KATU News' Your Voice Your Vote to talk about the heat wave is Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School Philip Mote, who is also a professor of atmospheric sciences at Oregon State University.

Legislature approves bonding for three OSU building projects (KLCC)

Before they adjourned their legislative session on Saturday, Oregon lawmakers approved funding for three major construction projects at Oregon State University. (see also KTVZMy Central Oregon)

Heat, drought spell trouble for seed crops (Capital Press)

But this year could see yields across the region reduced by as much as half due to low precipitation and sizzling temperatures, said Nicole Anderson, an associate professor and field crops extension agent for Oregon State University.

Gov. Brown signs bill allowing college athletes in Oregon to earn compensation (KGW)

Earlier this month, KGW spoke with Jaydon Grant, a West Linn native who plays football for Oregon State University. Grant told KGW that the bill "is a win for all student athletes." (see also KVAL)

Lifting of statewide mandates brings changes to some colleges and universities, not others (OPB News)

Oregon State University spokesperson Steve Clark said the university anticipates it will not require face coverings on campus this fall. “We will follow CDC recommendations for unvaccinated individuals,” Clark said. “We do plan to ask all university employees, students and members of the public to respect individuals’ choice as it regards wearing face coverings within university locations and activities.”

Second life of Oregon academia (The Bleed)

Pages 42-43 featuring OSU's Jon Dorbolo.

Wildfire and wild fireworks (The Hill)

A piece by OSU's John Bailey, professor in College of Forestry at Oregon State University, where he teaches silviculture and fire management. 

Drought emergency in Lincoln County (Newport News-Times)

Larry O’Neill, state climatologist and a professor at Oregon State University, joined the work session via video. He said Lincoln County had its fourth driest spring dating back to 1895, with precipitation levels 10 inches below average.

Clams on Washington State beach are being cooked to death as 'heat dome' smothers the Pacific Northwest and temperatures top 121F (Daily Mail)

Larry O'Neill, an associate professor at Oregon State University, told NBC: ‘We see evidence of climate change in the data already, but in the Pacific Northwest, we thought maybe by the middle of the century is when we would start to see really substantial and impactful events. But we're seeing those now.’ 

Heat wave: Outdoor workers in Malheur County adjust to dangerous heat (Malheur Enterprise)

“The weeds don’t care about the weather,” said Stuart Reitz at the Oregon State University Extension Service for Malheur County. “You don’t have the luxury of saying ‘We’ll just come back when it’s cooler.’”

'It's all over the place here': Wild hemlock plants are common in Oregon — and deadly (Oregonian)

“I’ve dug up more hemlock than I can count,” says Scott Duggan, an assistant professor for Oregon State University’s livestock-management extension program. “I know central Oregon -- it’s all over the place here.”

Global warming cauldron boils over in the Northwest in one of the most intense heat waves on record worldwide (Inside Climate News)

“I shudder to think what the mortality rate will be from this event,” said Phil Mote, a climate scientist with the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. Research shows that early season heat waves like this one are deadlier than those happening later in the year because people haven’t acclimatized yet, he added.

2021's best and worst states for teen drivers (Wallet Hub)

An interview with David Hurwitz, professor, Eric H.I. and Janice Hoffman Faculty Scholar, College of Engineering, School of Civil and Construction Engineering.

Better way to study reputedly secretive toad (Science Daily)

Research by a graduate student in Oregon State University's College of Science has upended the conventional wisdom that for a century has incorrectly guided the study of a toad listed as endangered in part of its range.

Robotic cultivator eases hoeing dilemma (Capital Press)

The Robovator caught the eye of Ed Peachey, an Oregon State University horticulture professor, while exploring innovations in California vegetable production. The robotic cultivators are mostly used in lettuce there, so Willamette Valley farmers wanted to see if the machines could be adapted to local crops, he said.

Oregon heat spell wasn't all bad news for produce (Fresh Plaza)

Steve Renquist, horticulture specialist at the Oregon State University Extension Service office in Roseburg: “No question, when the thermometer hits 100 degrees, if fruit is exposed very much in the trees, that fruit is pretty vulnerable to sunburn. Extreme heat for berry and cherry crops is troublesome. In June, even in early July, high 90s and low 100s is very unusual for us.”

Ghost kitchens emerge as restaurants innovate through pandemic (KEZI)

According to Oregon State University-Cascades executive-in-residence Todd Montgomery, ghost kitchens allow restaurants to utilize their kitchens to their fullest. “You're somebody who has a facility, and you’re paying rent on that and maybe only using 25 percent of that. There’s opportunities there," he said.


What is needed for a fair and equitable managed retreat? (State of the Planet)

Today, buyouts are the main form of assistance offered to communities that need to relocate, but there are structural obstacles to success for many at-risk communities. For one, the application process for a buyout requires some bureaucratic savvy. Given that funds are limited, if you don’t know how to “game the system,” it is difficult to win a grant for relocation, said Elizabeth Marino, of Oregon State University in a session entitled, “Climate Change, Displacement, Colonialism and Contradiction.”

Oregon gardening in July: Your guide to watering, planting and pest management (Oregonian)

Recommendations are not necessarily applicable to all areas of Oregon. For more information, contact your local Extension office. The Oregon State University Extension Service encourages sustainable gardening practices.

New study shows invasive jumping worms pose threats to growing plants in Willamette Valley (KEZI)

Professor Samuel Chan is an associate professor at OSU and a stateside watershed health and aquatic invasive species specialist. Chan said unlike beneficial earthworms and nightcrawlers that burrow deep tunnels in the soil and release nutrients as they go, these jumping worms stay in the debris on top and eat two to three times the amount of leaf litter as other worms.

Ask an expert: Pruning may be the key to larger blueberry yield (Oregonian)

The gardening season is well underway. If you’ve got questions, turn to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. 

Mark Mason show 7-1-21 (iHeartRadio) 

Christopher McKnight Nichols, Professor of History at Oregon State University, talks about our forefathers' 4th of July.


Today's photo

Al fresco dining: A group of picnickers circa 1900, courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives. Show us what you're doing this summer! Email your photos to [email protected]. Whether you're hiking in the Cascades, teaching summer courses or keeping our campus landscape beautiful, we want to see it.


Beaver Classic Cheese Sales: Come see us at the Corvallis Farmer’s Market every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Corvallis Riverfront on First Street between Jackson and Monroe. You can also order online for the farmers market and just stop by the booth — no waiting. Start here:


NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: On Thursday, July 8 at 3:30 p.m., Dylan Gomes, a postdoctoral researcher with OSU's Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies and NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center, will be giving a seminar titled “How wildlife respond to natural noise: A 'phantom rivers' experiment.” Zoom linkClick here for more information.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Transitioning a Business from the Second to Third Generation and Establishing Governance to Support Success: Please join us on July 14 via Zoom for our Family Business 360 event on transitioning leadership within a family business and establishing a form of governance that fits your company's needs, with speaker Andrew Bornstein, hosted by the Center for Family Enterprise. Register here.

NEW! Marion County fire safety webinar: Join OSU Extension Forestry & Natural Resources, Marion Soil & Water Conservation District, Silverton Fire District, Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, and other partners to learn about wildfire preparedness in Marion County during this free webinar. This meeting will offer details about fire and emergency response specific to Marion County. July 15, from 6-8 p.m. at For more information contact [email protected] or 503-655-8631.

NEW! DFA Risk Appetite and Risk Assessment Tools: Train the Trainer. Insurance and Risk Management Services will facilitate a workshop for unit leaders and supervisors to provide exposure to the DFA Risk Appetite Statements and Risk Assessment Tools. Attendees will gain hands-on practice and develop the skills necessary to assist other employees in understanding and incorporating the DFA Risk Appetite Statements and Risk Assessment Tools into their work. Zoom session July 20, 1-2:30 p.m. Registration required.

NEW! Webinar featuring perspectives, experiences and lessons learned from long-term online OSU instructors: Join Ecampus Research Unit Director Mary Ellen Dello Stritto and postdoctoral scholar Rebecca Thomas for a webinar hosted by the Online Learning Consortium. This event highlights their research studying the valuable experiences of Oregon State instructors who have been teaching online for 10 years or more. Register now for the webinar that will be held on July 28 at 10 a.m.

NEW! Travel Talks: Reds of the Rivieras. Wine and travel make the perfect pairing at the OSU Alumni Association’s next Travel Talks, Thursday, July 29, at 5:30 p.m. Swirl, sniff, sip and savor as you learn about the sensory science of wine from the Pacific Northwest, France and Italy with OSU Fermentation Science program’s Elizabeth Tomasino. Plus, OSUAA’s Kate Sanders previews Alumni Group Travel’s upcoming tour, French and Italian Rivieras with Corsica tour. To receive the recommended wine list, register for free on Zoom.

Core Curriculum for Current OSU Supervisors and Managers: This training program consists of prerequisite work followed by four half-days of classroom training via Zoom: Thursday, July 22; Friday, July 23; Wednesday, July 28 and Thursday, July 29, from 8:15 to noon each day. The first two days we will cover the performance management cycle (alignment, position descriptions, expectations and standards, ongoing communication and feedback, performance appraisals, and integration of new employees). The final two days we will hear from the experts: Guests include those from Equal Opportunity & Access; the Clery Compliance Team; Insurance & Risk Management Services; Environmental Health and Safety; and University Human Resources' Employee & Labor Relations team. Register by July 20. Webinar: Ensuring a Successful Return to Work & School: This year, the return to work and school is going to look — and feel — different than in years past. Both parents and kids are going to be stressed and anxious about how to approach this "new normal." Avni Patel Thompson, the founder and CEO of Milo, is going to share a framework for how to think about this new reality, planning tips, and how to divide household duties so the mental load feels equitable and manageable. Wednesday, Aug. 11, 9 a.m. Register here.

Free, online self-paced training: Introduction to DEI in the Workplace. The OSU Center for Advancing DEI in Business announces the latest addition to our series of free online, self-paced trainings: Introduction to DEI in the Workplace. This training provides a basic 30-minute overview of the ethical and business cases for DEI as well as a primer on basic DEI terms and concepts. Appropriate for people at all levels of an organization, this is a great way to ensure that people are on the same page when it comes to DEI basics. Feel free to enroll for a refresher course yourself, or share it with your industry contacts. Join us as we make change, together. 

Take Note

NEW! Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety with the following link from SAIF on “A summer guide to preparing for heat, wildfires” online at Did you know you can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at The website includes past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

NEW! Fall 2021 On-campus Housing Move-In and Early Arrival: Fall 2021 move-in for the residence halls will take place between Sunday, Sept. 19 and Tuesday, Sept. 21. You can find more information on our website: Departments and programs that require students to arrive prior to Sunday, Sept. 19 for orientations or trainings must complete an Early Arrival Request Form for their group by Aug. 17. If you have questions, contact [email protected].

NEW! Participants wanted for a short-term vegetable sprout research study (Corvallis): If you are healthy, age 18-60, non-smoking, not pregnant or breastfeeding, without diabetes, heart disease or stroke, bariatric surgery, kidney, thyroid or intestinal problems, you may qualify. The study lasts 72 hours. Volunteers will receive $150. PI: Emily Ho, Ph.D. Title: Discovery of Biological Signatures for Cruciferous Vegetable Intake. Contact us at [email protected], 541-737-5049 or visit for information and online screener. 

Fiscal policy: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on new policy drafts for Constructive Receipt, Non-Student Accounts Receivable and Vehicles & Vessels.  For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.

Travel: Fiscal Policy 03-140-401 Travel has been updated to align with the new travel system. The new policy and related FAQs can be accessed on the FPP website. Please contact the Fiscal Policy Coordinator for your Business Center or the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Severe Weather. Make sure your family and home are ready in case severe weather strikes. Knowing safety tips and having severe weather plans in place are the best way to prepare. This month’s poster can be downloaded at

E-bike rebate program: The City of Corvallis Active Transportation Group recently launched the Empower Benton County E-bike Rebate Program. The program is a partnership between the Corvallis Benton County Economic Development Office, Pacific Power and the Oregon Clean Fuels Program to distribute rebates of up to $1,200 for low-income individuals to purchase electric bicycles from local businesses. Applicants should be at least 18 years of age, reside in Benton County, be a Pacific Power customer, and earn 80% of area median income (AMI) or below, based on family size and income. Participating local bike shops include Bike N Hike, Corvallis Cyclery, Corvallis Electric Bicycles and Peak Sports Bike Shop. Total rebate amounts vary depending on a number of factors and if selected as a rebate recipient, personal, low-interest loans may be available. A link to the online application, along with additional information, is located here. Contact the Economic Development Office at [email protected] or by phone at 541-248-0795 with any questions.

Now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Summer and Fall 2021: Does your team have a service, process or system you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a weekly remote program where campus partners are invited to present brief, one-off, awareness- or skill- building topics intended for a wide audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Learn more about the requirements and application process here. Feel free to reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Facilities Services Move Impacts: This summer Facilities Services will relocate from their current space on campus, south of Kerr Administration Building, to the new Western Shops building located on SW 35th street. Facilities Services' core operations will continue during the move, but there will be impacts to maintenance work for the Corvallis campus. Learn more about how Facilities Services is mitigating service impacts during the move.

Launch Academy honors: The Deshpande Foundation, which supports sustainable, scalable social and economic impact through innovation and entrepreneurship, recently named Launch Academy, the InnovationX student-business incubator, a recipient of the Rising Star Award for Excellence in Curriculum Innovation. This award recognizes Launch Academy's flexible and accessible model for providing students with entrepreneurship resources, training and community. Nominate students for Launch Academy here and contact [email protected] with questions. Launch Academy is a program of the InnovationX Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

OSUsed Store reopening: The OSUsed Store will reopen to the public once weekly on Tuesdays 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. beginning July 13 at 644 SW 13th Street; details here. Staff may still shop for their department 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays; details here. Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more.

Nominations open: Help build our next Launch Academy cohort. Nominate engaged, curious, problem-solving undergraduate and graduate students of all majors who have ideas for services, products, community change or any other business idea. Find out who we’re looking for here. Launch Academy students are eligible to win up to $2,000 in business development funding each term and have access to mentorship, networking and other resources. Ecampus and Cascades Campus students are welcome. Tuition scholarships are available. Nominate students here and contact [email protected] with questions. Launch Academy is a program of the InnovationX Center of Excellence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Call for proposals: Affiliate Faculty Research Incubator Program. Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium has released our 2021 Affiliate Faculty Research Incubator Program call for proposals. AFRIP is designed to recruit faculty to become involved with OSGC and provide resources needed to develop student experiences in STEM disciplines. Projects should support NASA Mission Directorates and align with NASA’s top research priorities and areas of emphasis. Proposals are accepted monthly and due the final day of each month. Information can be found online at

Grant funding for open educational resources now open: Open Oregon Educational Resources, a statewide organization that promotes the use of OER, seeks grant proposals that implement high-impact, culturally relevant/inclusive, collaborative projects in support of open education and reduced textbook costs in lower-division courses. Grant applications are due July 9. Project timelines may vary, but all projects must be completed by June 1, 2023. Learn more and apply today.

Traffic and Maintenance

Community Hall: As part of the Community Hall Slope Project, Oregon State University will begin work in early July 2021 to update the area shown in this map image to provide access through this portion of OSU’s Corvallis campus for all people. ADA improvements related to the project will also require reconstruction of building entrances to Gladys Valley, the Pharmacy Building and Joyce Collin Furman Hall. There will be an open entrance to each building at all times. 


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! Research Analyst 2: This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time, classified position for OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon. Posting #P03048CT. Closes July 11. 

NEW! Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Marketing & Communications Specialist Posting #P04550UF. Closes July 18.

NEW! Laboratory Technician 1: The Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Laboratory Technician 1. Hourly wage range is $14.75-21.40, based on experience, plus benefits. The Laboratory Technician 1 provides support to the Lab Manager, the Laboratory Director, the instructors, and the graduate teaching assistants by assisting with routine duties in the undergraduate chemistry teaching labs. Posting #P03051CT. Closes July 21.

NEW! Catering Manager: University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Catering Manager. Posting #P04506UF. Closes July 22.

NEW! The College of Engineering invites applicants to apply for a Senior Writer for Executive and Advancement Communications full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #P04541UF. Full consideration date Aug. 9. Closes Sept. 7. 


“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Corvallis: Sunny this week, highs in the 80s to lower 90s, lows in the 50s.
Central Oregon: Sunny this week, highs in the 80s to 90s, lows ranging from the 40s to 60s.

Newport: Mostly sunny this week, highs in the 60s, lows in the 50s.

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