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.

Software gender bias (Think Out Loud)

Computer scientists at Oregon State University say they have a solution for something most people don’t even know is a problem: gender bias in software. They say most software is more tailored for men. They are trying to change that with “GenderMag.” We talk to one of the developers, a distinguished professor in the department of computer science at OSU, Margaret Burnett.

Recent earthquakes don't suggest the Big One is imminent, experts say(Oregonian)

The earthquakes in Oregon and California are not directly connected, said Chris Goldfinger, an Oregon State University professor and earthquake geologist. In an email, he said the only connection is that the quakes are on the same Pacific North America plate boundary.

For Oregon hemp farmers, the future is green (OPB)

Earlier this month, Oregon State University launched the Global Hemp Innovation Center, the nation’s largest hemp research effort, to answer some of these questions.

Study: Combat vets more likely to have later mental health issues (KTVZ)

Military veterans exposed to combat were more likely to exhibit signs of depression and anxiety in later life than veterans who had not seen combat, a new study from Oregon State University shows. (see also Science Daily)

US soy inside 100 million panels of Purebond Plywood (High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal)

The PureBond story starts with the science of biomimicry, which studies nature then imitates its designs. Oregon State University researcher Kaichang Li looked to the Pacific Ocean for insight on how to develop a practical, scalable and cost-effective way to convert totally away from formaldehyde-based resin systems in the hardwood plywood industry.

Location-based data provides valuable information for operational business decisions (Market Business News)

According to a new study by researchers at Oregon State University, location-based data from social commerce websites can provide valuable insights for strategic and operational business decisions.

Researchers discover genetic mutation behind serious skull disorder(Medical Xpress)

A collaboration led by scientists at Oregon State University, the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and Erasmus University in The Netherlands has identified a new genetic mutation behind the premature fusing of the bony plates that make up the skull.

OSU moves site of new arts and education complex (Democrat-Herald)

In a change of plans, Oregon State University officials now say they will locate a $70 million arts and education complex at the corner of Southwest 15th Street and Washington Way on the OSU campus in Corvallis.

Playing for the world: Student musicians gather at OSU to prepare for world tour (Democrat-Herald)

The camp, which started Saturday and wraps up today, is intended to prepare more than 350 high school musicians from across Oregon for a 15-day tour of Europe, during which the students will perform in five countries. In recent years, Lewis and Clark College has hosted the event, but OSU hosted this year for the first time.

Secret Border Patrol Facebook group was awful, not unexpected, say experts (USA Today)

And yet the message doesn't seem to get through, say experts. People have always created privacy bubbles where they feel free to express themselves in ways that they never would in public, said Joshua Reeves, a communications professor at Oregon State University.

The problem with eco-labels on food (Tree Hugger)

NPR jumps into this debate in an interview with several agricultural and food labeling experts. These are Rebecca Thistlethwaite, director of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network at Oregon State University; Matt Dillon, ex-Nebraska farm boy and director of agricultural policy and programs for Clif Bar & Company; and Kim Elena Ionescu, chief sustainability officer for the Specialty Coffee Association.

Evolution of U.S. foreign policy (CSPAN)

Historians explored various themes that have shaped U.S. foreign policy. Topics included relations with Native Americas during colonial times, the exporting of concepts like “progress” and “civilization” in the 20th century, and the lack of diversity in thought among U.S. policymakers during the Cold War. This discussion was part of a conference hosted by Oregon State University. 

The blue whale: Bigger than Megalodon (How Stuff Works)

Blue whales adjust the frequency of songs "by blowing air through their vocal cords at a faster or slower rate," according to a study which was conducted by a group of researchers at Oregon State University and published in August, 2017, after they observed a gradual decline in the frequency of blue whale calls. 

Pellucere touts ‘world’s first’ field-installable, anti-reflective, anti-soiling panel coating (PV Tech)

MoreSun was developed based on advanced research at Oregon State University with support from the National Science Foundation, the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI).

OSU Malheur Experiment Station sets Farm Festival and Field Day (Capital Press)

Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Alexis Taylor is scheduled to deliver the luncheon keynote speech during the Oregon State University Farm Festival and Field Day.

After a year of close calls, last-minute bailouts, Special Olympics of Oregon survives financial crisis (Oregonian)

The crowds were vocal, often hostile, and furious that the competitions had been canceled. The Special Olympics competition was for many athletes the highlight of their year. Audience attitudes didn’t get any better when Oase and Hanken warned them that additional events would also be canceled. Ed Ray, Oregon State University president and a Special Olympics of Oregon director, called it “the disappointment tour.”

For the love of bugs (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University entomology student Kendra DelToro has a lot of stories about adventures with insects.

Leung hired as OSU band director (Gazette-Times)

Erik Leung, director of bands at Fresno Pacific University in California, has been hired as director of bands at Oregon State University.

Awards and honors (LIFE@OSU)

Pharmacy students win challenge; Nembhard named Fellow.

Corvallis residents protest OSU dorm development (Gazette-Times)

A group of around 60 Corvallis residents gathered Sunday afternoon at the eastern edge of Oregon State University’s campus to protest a potential land use change that would allow the university to move forward with plans to build a 285-bed dormitory. (also see related story in Gazette-Times)

Consumers are less willing to pay for organic wine when given more info (

Researchers from Oregon State University conducted the study which was published in the journal PlOS ONE. The results of the study highlight consumer perceptions when it comes to organic labels. 

Oregon man goes viral after he plays the saxophone for a herd of cows (Oregonian)

Jenifer Cruickshank, a dairy specialist at Oregon State University, said it’s less about the music and more about the novelty of the scenario that got them to approach Herrmann.

How to grow beautiful peonies in Oregon (Oregonian)

“I buy two or three a year,” said Heinke, an Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener since 2012. “I’m running out of space to put them. Each year the plants get bigger and bigger. The oldest ones are huge, yard-wide bushes covered with beautiful, beautiful flowers.”

Oregon's cap-and-trade bill explained (Ashland Tidings)

The motivation for the bill is to reduce the amount of carbon emitted into the atmosphere over time, said Philip Mote, a researcher involved with the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and the vice provost and dean of the Oregon State University Graduate School.

Do the flop (Eugene Weekly)

Fosbury got in trouble at Oregon State University when he supported Fred Milton, a black OSU football player who was dismissed from the football team for having a thin mustache and goatee during the offseason. Milton said it was a violation of his human rights. The Black Student Union said it was a symptom of structural racism on campus. 

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NEW! Center for Teaching and Learning Workshop on Tue., July 9: Guided Review of Your Blended, Flipped or Hybrid Course. This is a great opportunity to use a new course review toolkit. You’ll be guided through a quick self-assessment of a course you teach to explore strengths of the course design and delivery and potential areas to enhance. Register today for either a 10 a.m. on-campus session or a 1 p.m. remote session via Zoom. Contact Cub Kahn for more information. All instructors and GTAs welcome.

Center for Teaching and Learning Workshop: Guided Review of Your Blended, Flipped or Hybrid CourseThis workshop on Tuesday, July 9, offers an opportunity for you to use new course review guidelines to take a close look at a blended, flipped or hybrid course you teach. You’ll be guided through a quick self-assessment of one of your courses to explore strengths of the course design and delivery and potential areas for improvement. Register now for either a 10 a.m. on-campus session or a 1 p.m. remote session via Zoom. Contact Cub Kahn for more information.

NEW! Fundamentals of Investing: The topic of investments is broad and complicated; it’s hard to know where to begin.  For those interested in a better understanding, this seminar introduces some basics of investing and a high-level overview of important investment principals and topics. Presented by Greg Elker, financial advisor & Kyle King, CRPC®, APMA®, associate financial advisor, CFS*. July 9, noon to 1 p.m., Memorial Union, MU 212:. RSVP to

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Friday, noon to 3 p.m., at 644 S.W. 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.


NEW! Zoom Training for OSU: Join OSU's Zoom Training on Wednesday, July 10 at 10 a.m.  Learn the basics of using Zoom, as well as tips and tricks to make your video and web conference meetings successful by joining this live online training session presented via Zoom. Visit OSU’s Zoom website to learn more.


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 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.


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.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! 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.

Lifelong Learning Engagement Strategies: Build next-level skills to advanced your online educational experiences utilizing the latest design and keeping the learner’s needs at the center. New course starts July 22. Click here to find out more.

Home Horticulture Summer Intensive Training: Cover the same training as a Master Gardener without the volunteer hours or need to live in Oregon, and in half the time. Find out how here. This online course starts July 26.

Wilderness First Aid: Wilderness First Aid is an introduction to managing medical emergencies in a backcountry setting. WFA is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast who wants a basic level of first-aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. Course instructed by OSU Adventure Leadership Institute, July 27-28. Call 541-737-4254 or register here.

Clean Water Workshop Presented by the Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative, Oregon State University College of Engineering. Free and open to the public (registration required). Aug. 5-6, LaSells Stewart Center. For full event information and to register: Poster abstract submissions are invited at For questions and event access assistance, contact Brad Canfield, COE Outreach Programs and Events Manager, at or 541-737-7151.

Linus Pauling Institute Conference and SfRBM Regional Symposium: Join us Aug. 14-16 to hear the latest research on vitamins and botanical supplements in neurodegenerative diseases and cancer, including a public lecture with Nobel Laureate Louis Ignarro, the “Father of Viagra,” on Friday, Aug. 16. Discounted registration rates for OSU community members; email or call 541-737-5075 for details.

Craft Making: Craft Cider Essentials (Aug. 19-23): Spend five days learning the fundamental techniques of cider making in Oregon State University’s state-of-the-art fermentation labs. Find out more here.

Distillery Startup Workshop in Corvallis (Sept. 14-18): Whether you're an experienced brewer/distiller looking to expand your business or simply exploring new opportunities, you will gain the foundational knowledge to start your own craft distillery.

Take Note

NEW! Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing managers with information from OSHA on promoting health & safety by the challenge to “Take 3 in 30” You can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

NEW! Payment of relocation allowance: A new process for Payment of Relocation Allowance has been implemented to improve operational efficiency and consistency related to processing relocation allowances. As a result of these process changes, some minor revisions have also been made to fiscal policy 03-120-404 Relocation Allowance. Contact the Fiscal Policy Coordinator for your Business Center or the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.

NEW! Campus Directions: Learn more from University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations about how Oregon State's campuses are improving every day. Read the latest issue of Campus Directions to learn how the Landscape Shop collaborates with Horticulture faculty to grow student research, what this summer’s Facilities Renewal Initiative projects are and more. Interested in keeping up with projects on campus? Subscribe to our newsletter.

Summer travel tips: Typical travelers heading out on their summer vacation check that they have the right supplies and clothes for their trip before they hit the road. Expert travelers will be also checking to ensure they are educated and prepared to be cyber-safe with their devices and data while on the road. Thinking of your smartphones and devices as being just as important as your wallet is a proper step in the right direction. These devices contain everything from your banking and payment information to your treasured family photos, and ensuring they are secure and protected when away from home is paramount. For more information about secure summer travel, contact Tom Ordeman in the Office of Information Security.

Call for Hybrid Proposals: Last Chance to Apply: Faculty are invited to participate in the Fall 2019 Hybrid Faculty Learning Community and redesign an established course as a Corvallis campus hybrid. Professional development funding is provided. Proposals due July 1. See the call for proposals. Contact Cub Kahn for more information.

Great Move-Out Results: Campus Recycling received donations of 22,533 pounds of items in the 2019 Great Move-Out Donation Drive. While organizers did not meet their goal, they are proud of the amount that was donated this year. Organizers want to thank those who donated, as well as the volunteers and staff who made it happen. The donations help local nonprofits and those in the community who are in need, and benefit the environment by promoting the reuse of materials.

Updates to University Policies & Standards: Please visit the University Policy & Standards page to learn about recent policy updates: This page is updated frequently with new developments so we encourage you to check back regularly.

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.

Recreational Sports is going cashless: With our on-line shop, it is easier than ever to enjoy the quiet season at Dixon Recreation Center. You can purchase your Summer Membership or multi-visit pass from your desk, or use your credit card or student account on-site.

Grads Give Back Update: Grads Give Back is a program seeking to reduce barriers that under-resourced students might experience at graduation and reuse what are traditionally single-use garments. Grads Give Back is a collaboration among many organizations. We have received donations of 52 gowns so far. We are still accepting gowns in good condition (no damp/damaged gowns and no caps, cords, etc.) at the MU Info Desk, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

100&Change funding opportunity from the MacArthur Foundation: 100&Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. Proposals focused on any critical issue are welcome. A 100&Change Organization Readiness Tool is available here: Questions, email

Veterinary Discovery Day: The Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting a “Veterinary Discovery Day” on July 12 for high school students going into their junior or senior year in the fall. Students will spend a day at the college learning about the program, participating in fun, hands-on activities, and getting tips to prepare for application to veterinary school in the future. The cost for the day is $50; space is limited. More details and registration information:

Call to Artists: The Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center is hosting the 14th annual Community Art Exhibit. This exhibit provides artists of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to showcase their artwork in a non-juried show. The exhibit runs from July 17 to Aug. 22. Submission deadline is July 15. Limit one piece per artist. Information and to submit to this show.

UPDATED! Leadership Collaborative Course - Managers as Leaders:Applications for LC: Managers as Leaders are now being accepted. Managers as Leaders is a skill-building course for managers and supervisors. It integrates six day-long class sessions with online learning and on-the-job practice. It features team learning, mentors and practical tools. Managers as well as people who supervise academic and professional faculty and staff are encouraged to apply. Contact Kristen Magis for more information. Apply online through July 14.

Traffic & Maintenance

Arnold Way closure: Workers will be excavating the existing waterline in Arnold Way on Tuesday, July 16, beginning at 7 a.m. The work is being done so city water crews can install new service taps and lines. The northbound lane will be closed and there will be flags around the zone. The work will not impact the signal at Harrison Boulevard.

Parking lot closure: The parking lot between Weniger Hall and Gilbert Hall will be closed July 1-19. Work on the parking lot includes removal and repaving of the asphalt in the parking lot and sidewalk repairs. For questions or comments on this closure, contact project manager Aaron Collett at 541-207-2780.

Parking lot closures:  A2 Zone: Lot 3222 – Weniger Hall East – repair work and striping will take place through Friday, July 19. 


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NEW! Ecampus is seeking an Assistant to the Executive Director. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. This position is part of the administrative support team and supports Ecampus by managing the schedule and commitments of the Executive Director of Market Development and Student Experience. Posting #P03162UF. Closes July 14.

NEW! Warehouse Worker: The Department of Chemistry in Corvallis. Invites applications for one part-time (.45 FTE) Hourly, 12-month Warehouse Worker. Posting #P02273CT. Closes July 14.

NEW! The GEAR UP Program is seeking a Gear Up School Liaison. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the director. Posting #P03166UF. Full consideration July 22. Closes Aug. 1. 

NEW! Advisor-Health Professional: The Department of Microbiology in Corvallis. Invites applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE) Salary, 12-month Advisor-Health Professional. Posting #P03158UF. Closes Oct. 1.

NEW! Looking for teachers to supervise teacher candidates for math and/or science teaching in sixth- through 12th-grade classrooms. The College of Education invites applications for one or more fixed-term, non-tenure-track part-time Student Evaluator positions to teach on a term-by-term basis for the 2019-20 academic year. Some of these appointments may be reviewed for renewal or transition to an instructional position on an annual basis at the discretion of the dean. The purpose of this position is to supervise student teachers in undergraduate and graduate licensure related programs during the academic year. Contact Sara Wright for further information. Closes Aug. 31.


“I've always thought with relationships, that it's more about what you bring to the table than what you're going to get from it. It's very nice if you sit down and the cake appears. But if you go to the table expecting cake, then it's not so good." ~ Anjelica Huston, who turns 68 today.

Corvallis: The week will start out sunny but there's a chance of rain Tuesday and Wednesday. Highs will be in the 70s with lows in the 50s.

Central Oregon: Sunny Monday, with clouds on Tuesday and a chance of showers. Cloudy the rest of the week, highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s.

Newport: Rain likely Tuesday and a chance of rain Wednesday and Thursday. Highs in the 60s, lows in the 50s.

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