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.

Global warming may be twice what climate models predict (Science Daily)

"Even with just 2°C of warming -- and potentially just 1.5°C -- significant impacts on the Earth system are profound," said co-author Prof Alan Mix of Oregon State University. (see also Digital Journal,  Maritime Executive)

OSU researchers' find could lead to gonorrhea vaccine (KTVZ)

Researchers at Oregon State University and a partner facility have identified a protein that powers the virulence of the bacteria that causes gonorrhea, opening the possibility of a new target for antibiotics and, even better, a vaccine. (see also UPIThe Lund ReportKVAL)

OSU researchers key to China's new-era nuclear power plant (KTVZ)

Thanks in large part to nearly two decades of research, testing and training support from Oregon State University’s College of Engineering, a new age for nuclear power is set to begin Wednesday.

OSU researchers make breakthrough on cystic fibrosis treatment (KEZI)

Researchers said the treatment is still years away from being something patients can actually use but said said they have been able to prove the concept works.

The science behind 'psychic' animals that predict the World Cup (National Geographic)

“I am not convinced,” says Kristyn Vitale, a cat researcher at Oregon State University's Human Animal Interaction Lab. “There’s just been no research in that kind of thing.”

What work does a street sign do? (Oregon Humanities)

Natchee Blu Barnd is an assistant professor of ethnic studies and Native American studies at Oregon State University. Barnd’s recent work focuses on how place-naming shapes perspectives of history related to Indigenous peoples in the United States. In the conversation below, we look at what this does or does not do to benefit different interest groups.

Arctic, Antarctic waters breed more new species than the tropics, study suggests (CBC)

David Noakes, a fish ecology and evolution specialist at Oregon State University, said the results were counterintuitive and thought-provoking.

Medicare spent $2 billion for one drug as the manufacturer paid doctors millions (CNN)

Acthar is best known for treating babies with infantile spasms, a rare and catastrophic form of epilepsy. Hartung, an associate professor at Oregon State's College of Pharmacy, said he found it troubling the drug is being marketed in adult medicine, with taxpayers footing the bill for hundreds of millions of dollars. (see also Stat News)

Scientists listen to ocean bubbles (EarthSky)

statement from Oregon State University described the study: The research team used a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to deploy a hydrophone about 10 kilometers [six miles] off Heceta Bank on the Oregon continental margin in 1,228 meters of water (about three-fourths of a mile deep).  

No-till farming can help save water, proponents say (Capital Press)

In contrast to traditional farming methods, no-till leaves all of the crop residue — the part of the plant not harvested — on the surface instead of plowed under. The root systems of the plants remain intact, providing soil stability, according to Donald Wysocki, a soil scientist at Oregon State University Extension in Pendleton, Ore.

OSU researcher in Bend gets $2 million to pursue solar-driven desalination (Portland Business Journal)

Bahman Abassi came to the university last year because it supported his vision for sustainably produced fresh water.

OSU: Nanofiber-based wound dressings may improve healing (KTVZ)

The findings by Oregon State University researchers and other collaborators, published Wednesday in Nanomedicine, are important because SSIs are the most common health care-associated infection and result in widespread human suffering and economic loss. (see also Medical Device Network)

The U.S. has a new favorite hop variety (Food & Wine)  

Cascade is often cited as America’s signature hop. The variety was bred at Oregon State University, and since its first release in the 1970s, has gone on to become the go-to hop used is many of craft brewing’s seminal beers, including Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Cascade has also long been one of the most-farmed hops in the U.S., including as recently as last year, when it made up about 13 percent of all hops grown in the country by acre.

OSU's fermentation sciences (Corvallis Advocate)

Getting college credit for brewing and drinking beer? It sounds like a fantasy — but in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Oregon State University it’s serious business. With a newly upgraded brewery and a flock of dedicated students, this program is unique and well respected.

The short history and uncertain future of CBD beer (The Ringer)

Craft beer had a reputation for being snobby; now it’s earning one for being ridiculous. “Personally, I think it is a novelty,” Thomas Shellhammer, a food science and technology professor at Oregon State University, said of CBD beer. He’s not the only one who thinks CBD beer is merely an attention-grabber. 

Before fertilizing, figure out what your plants need (Oregonian)

Plants take up nutrients from the soil but when those nutrients are missing, it's time for fertilizer. "Plants pull out nutrients as they grow," said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. "Unless they're put back in, the plant suffers."

The only woman in the room: The Norma Paulus story (Salem Weekly)

 As a member of that vanishing breed – a liberal Republican in the line of Governor Tom McCall and Senator Mark Hatfield – her name has receded from public view in recent years. Lucky for us, Paulus and writers Gail Wells and Pat McCord Amacher, as well as Oregon State University Press – have produced this well- researched memoir of Paulus’s career.

Fairbanks Gallery to host summer-long art faculty exhibit (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery is hosting a summer exhibit of current work by OSU art faculty members through Aug. 30 in Fairbanks Hall, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. 

Northwest Hardwoods donates $25,000 worth of lumber to Oregon State's forestry program(Woodworking Network)

Northwest Hardwoods has donated $25,000 worth of lumber to the new Forestry Complex at Oregon State University. The lumber donation of alder wood will uniquely and innovatively be used as cladding for the outside of the new building.

OSU grad student debuts new science video on 3-D metal printer (Gazette-Times)

The advantage of 3-D printing is the ability to print more elaborate things than can be made with traditional manufacturing, said Oregon State University graduate student and science educator Aaron J. Fillo.

10 months after the Eagle Creek fire, Gorge shows promising signs of recovery (Oregonian)

"I was really impressed with how green it was," said Lisa Ellsworth, a fire ecologist from Oregon State University who accompanied Jennings on the flight. 


Drones in Education in Corvallis (July 10-12): This training is designed for educators who are currently using drones or who are interested in learning more about how to incorporate drones into the classroom. $200 scholarship for some Oregon teachers. Details available here.

FERPA Learning Community: The Office of the Registrar is recruiting for its next FERPA Learning Community. This learning community will have folks complete different FERPA activities that are meant to expand one’s knowledge of FERPA and provide some tangible collateral to use with one’s department. The LC will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on July 10, July 24, July 31, Aug. 21, Sept. 4 and Sept. 18. If you are interested, fill out this survey by July 1. Questions? Contact

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday 5:30 -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.


Dean of Students reception: The Office of Student Life invites all to a welcome reception for new Associate Provost and Dean of Students Kevin A. Dougherty. The meet and greet with light refreshments is Wednesday, July 11, from 10 - 11 a.m., Snell 150. For disability accommodation requests: 541-737-9035 or

PERS: Tiers 1 & 2 Simplified: What role will PERS play in your retirement plan? Understand how your PERS retirement works and explore the various choices, advantages/disadvantages you will need to consider when you decide to retire. July 11, noon to 1 p.m., MU 212. Designed for people within five years of retirement. Presented by Barbara Koontz, Financial Advisor, CFS*.  RSVP to

NEW! Introduction to CORE Webinar: Institutional Analytics and Reporting (IAR) will provide an introduction to data available in CORE and navigating the CORE website. July 11, 2-2:30 p.m. Register to attend: Questions? Contact Logan Bingle

NEW! OSU Chamber Music Workshop Faculty Showcase: Featuring performances by the world-class faculty of the OSU Chamber Music Workshop. Wednesday, July 11, 7 p.m., at Ashbrook Independent School, 4045 S.W. Research Way. Free, donations accepted.


NEW! OSU Chamber Music Workshop Outdoor Concert: Featuring informal performances by the student ensembles from the OSU Chamber Music Workshop. Thursday, July 12, 11 a.m., at Starker Arts Park, 4485 S.W. Country Club Drive. Free.


Library Faculty Association lecture: Danielle Robinson, co-executive director at Code for Science & Society, will present “A Vision for Decentralized Data Preservation Across a Network of Libraries and Trusted Institutions.” The seminar will take place on July 13 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms (Valley 3622) on the third floor of the Valley Library. Light refreshments will be provided.

Beaver Classic Cheese sales: Come purchase your favorite Beaver Classic cheeses. Come and taste our 10 different varieties including our award winning smoked cheddar. We have cheddars, swiss and provolones. Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Withycombe 159. For more info, contact

Meat Center: The Clark Meat Science Center retail store will be open Friday 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 located at 3260 S.W. Campus Way, next to the Motor Pool. Email for any 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.

NEW! ROV Design Challenge Family Program: Come to Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport on July 13 from 1-3 p.m. and learn about how Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) are used to conduct underwater research. Each family will be challenged to design, build, and test their own mini-ROV that will be used to complete a mission.  Cost is $15 per person - learn more and register


Beaver Classic Cheese Sales: Come purchase your favorite Beaver Classic Cheeses at the Corvallis Farmer’s Market, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Taste our 10 different varieties including our award-winning smoked cheddar. We have cheddars, swiss and provolones. Look for announcements in the weekly summer edition of OSU Today for occasional on campus sales this summer. For more information

NEW! OSU Chamber Music Workshop Student Showcase: Featuring formal performances by the student ensembles from the OSU Chamber Music Workshop. Saturday, July 14, noon at Ashbrook Independent School, 4045 S.W. Research Way. Free.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Foster Parents at OSU:  Are you fostering children through DHS and working and/or studying at OSU?  Come and connect with other parents here at OSU that are fostering too. Wednesday, July 11, noon to 1 p.m. in MU 207  Questions?  Contact the Family Resource Center, 541-737-4906 or Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by July 10 to the Family Resource Center, 541-737-4906 or

NEW! Retirement Reception for Barb Hammar and Judy Dahlem: You are invited to attend the retirement reception for Barb Hammar, Undergraduate Admissions evaluator and Judy Dahlem, Undergraduate Admissions articulation coordinator. Hammar is retiring after 20 years of service to the university and Dahlem is retiring after 27 years of service to the university. The reception is Tuesday, July 17, 3-5 p.m. in Memorial Union 104. 

NEW! 2018 Dry Farming Field Days: The Oregon State University Extension Small Farms Program is organizing several Dry Farming Field Days this summer. More than 30 sites throughout western Oregon and Washington are hosting trials this year and three of them 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, squash, melon, zucchini, dry beans, and corn grown with little or no supplemental irrigation in the field. Corvallis tours are July 30 at the OSU Vegetable Research Farm and Aug. 13 at the OSU Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture, as well as Astoria on Aug. 27 at 46 North Farm. Free but parking is limited so RSVP at or call OSU Extension office in Benton County at 541-766-3553. 

Retirement Reception for Dan Arp: You are invited to attend the retirement reception for Dan Arp, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Arp is retiring after 28 years of service to the university. The reception is Wednesday, July 18, 5-7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. Short program to start at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Exhibit at The Little Gallery: Erin Price is showing "Mountain Memories: Glimpses of Asia." Exhibition dates: July 2 – Sept. 21 in the Little Gallery, 210 Kidder Hall. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Symbiosis keynote: Ed Yong, science writer for The Atlantic, will give the keynote address at the Ninth International Symbiosis Society Congress at OSU. His talk, “I contain multitudes: Telling stories about microbes and the people who study them,” takes place Monday, July 16, from 8-9 p.m., in the Austin Auditorium of The LaSells Stewart Center. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information:

NEW! Clean and Sustainable Water Technology: The College of Engineering is organizing the inaugural Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative workshop to be held August 6-7, 2018.  The keynote address, "Urban Water Supply Re-invention for Dry Cities,” will be given by Richard G. Luthy, Silas H. Palmer, professor in the Department Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure at Stanford University. Other invited talks will be added to the program as they are confirmed.  Abstract submissions for the poster session are being accepted now at and are due no later than July 17.  Free but advance registration is required.

ABC+D of Medicare: Medicare choices? Part D? Medigap? Medicare Advantage? Designed for people 63 and older. Presented by Kyle King, CPRC®, APMA®, Associate Financial Advisor, CFS*.  July 18, noon, MU 212. RSVP to

Cider and Perry Production (July 23-27): Learn how to craft the perfect cider and perry with Oregon State University's Fermentation Science experts in Corvallis, Oregon. Click here to find out more and secure your seat today.

Summer SJEI workshops: Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs has a few seats left for Summer term Tier One workshops. See schedule and registration at Join your colleagues and peers to begin, or continue, your social justice journey in this well-reviewed program. Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:, 541-737-0866

BennyBuy training: The BennyBuy (eProcurement) team will be offering Shopper/Requestor and Approver trainings starting in mid July through the end of September. See the professional development site at under the category Business Affairs training.  Classes are title Benny Buy Shopper/Requestor and BennyBuy Approver training. Registration is required. These sessions are for all units/departments and not department-specific. They will focus on the shopper/requestor experience and the approver experience. If you would like us to give a presentation and training for your unit, contact Diana Lindsley to discuss your needs.

Procurement standards training: The OSU procurement standards are updated for fiscal year 2019 to comply with uniform guidance and this class will assist you in understanding the reasons for the update, recognize dollar thresholds for different procurement methods and learn how to apply a new informal (small) procurement process.  To register, see the professional development site at  and titled: New Procurement Standards & Informal (Small) Purchases.

Take Note

NEW! Updates to University Policies & Standards:  Visit the University Policy & Standards page to learn about recent policy updates:  This page is updated frequently with new developments so check back regularly.

NEW! OSMSC Undergraduate/Graduate Proteomics Summer Research Opportunity: The Oregon State University Mass Spectrometry Center (OSMSC) is offering proteomics research opportunities during summer of 2018 for undergraduate/graduate research projects. Accepted students will conduct their proposed research during the summer term with the technical support provided by OSMSC. The OSMSC will waive the training fee for all accepted students and will provide an allowance of total eight hours of free mass spectrometer instrument time and data analysis time to each student for the conduct of their summer research. Proposals outlining the project along with the application form and a letter of support backing the student from the PI of the lab should be submitted by Aug. 15. The application form is on our website For questions contact Liping Yang. Submit your application to or or ALS 0073.

NEW! Fiscal Policy – Rule 03-120-404 Relocation Allowance replaces FIS 415 Relocation and Moving.  Due to recent tax law changes, all payments made to employees related to moving and relocation are now 100 percent tax reportable and subject to income tax withholdings.  This new policy provides a relocation allowance, if included in the employee offer, rather than a reimbursement requiring additional documentation.  Employees with outstanding relocations for offers made prior to this new policy will be notified within the next 30-60 days, and arrangements will be made to finalize all payments.

NEW! Fiscal Policy – Rule 03-140-206 Procurement Cards replaces FIS 408-01 Procurement Cards.  This new policy covers all procurement cards, including PCards, Travel & Expense Cards and Group Travel Cards.  The intent of the policy is to modify and update the existing card options.

NEW! Fiscal Policy – Rule 03-140-503 Memberships, Dues and Subscriptions replaces FIS 410-06 Memberships and Dues and FIS 410-14 Subscriptions.  The primary purpose of this new policy is to reformat to our new structure, and includes only minor revisions.

NEW! 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

Fall 2018 On-campus Housing Move-In and Early Arrival:  Fall 2018 move-in for the residence halls will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16, and you can find more information on our website: OSU departments and programs that require students to arrive prior to the scheduled move-in date for orientations or trainings must complete an Early Arrival Request for their group. If you have questions, contact

Xpress Stop: Printing and Mailing Services’ Xpress Stop location in the MU will be closed from July 2 through July 16. Our main location at 4700 S.W. Research Way will remain open during this time. If you have any questions please contact us at 541-737-4941.

Use of Drones/Unmanned Aircraft Systems for OSU operations and research: As of May 15, 2018, the OSU special authorization, known as the “COA,” to fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for research purposes expired but OSU can continue to operate under Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations Part 107. Going forward all OSU community members must fly under the oversight of an individual who has a “part 107” FAA remote pilot’s license, if that flight is for official OSU activity, including research. Additionally to obtain liability and insurance coverage through OSU, the flight operations must be logged with the OSU flight log system, found at: OSU seeks to support the OSU UAS community and provides free access to training to prepare for the Part 107 remote pilot test and will also provide a licensed pilot for research use, if needed. Information on both maybe found at: If your operation falls outside the scope allowed under part 107 or you are unsure, contact Mark Peters in the Research Office well in advance of the planned mission.

Welcome Week 2018 Submissions Open: Sept.16-23, 2018, is Welcome Week, a time to celebrate and welcome our new and returning students to campus. An outline of events can be found at A more complete schedule will be available in late August/early September. If you are interested in offering an event during Welcome Week you can submit events online at:

The latest issue of Oregon Sea Grant’s newsletter, Confluence, is now available: This issue includes stories about students learning to conduct research aboard an OSU shipupgrades to the aquarium tanks at the HMSC Visitor Centerresearch on how noise pollution effects whalesevacuation simulations that help towns plan for a tsunami; and the development of an ocean-forecasting websiteRead it here.

Noise plan: Are you exposed to loud noise at work?  Find out more about OSU’s Hearing Conservation Program and Noise Control Plan. The goal of OSU’s Hearing Conservation Program is to monitor and protect employees who have the potential to develop noise-induced hearing loss – a preventable, permanent and progressive health issue. In collaboration with Environmental Health & Safety, Occupational Health Services provides annual hearing testing for those exposed to loud noise on the job. Training is available through the EH&S website.  Contact Occupational Health or Environmental Health and Safety with questions.

Student Researchers at OSU-Cascades Energy Systems Lab Place in National Design Competition: Student researchers in OSU-Cascades Energy Systems Lab competed against universities nationwide and this week earned an Honorable Mention at the Hydrogen Education Foundation’s Design Contest on Power to Gas. Their design uses natural gasto take advantage of renewable energy that might otherwise be lost. NW Natural sponsored the student researchers.

Benton County survey: Residents of Benton County are invited to participate in a survey conducted by Erica Fischer, assistant professor of structural engineering, and Sal Hernandez, assistant professor of transportation engineering at Oregon State University for a research project, “Evaluating the Impact of Post Disaster Public Behavior on Emergency Management.” If you have questions about the project, contact: Erica Fischer or Sal Hernandez.

Beaver Champion Award: Every year on University Day the 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 is seeking nominations for this award.  Send nomination letters to Edward J. Ray, President, Office of the President, 600 Kerr Admin. Bldg. or to

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! 30th Street: Due to intersection improvements at 30th & Jefferson the southbound lane of 30th will be closed from Campus Way to Washington Way, from July 16- 30, with a detour in place (map). For questions or comments on this notice contact, Rick Freeman at 541-231-5368.

NEW! ALS: Due to the ALS Roof project the parking lot between LinC and Hovland Halls and the road between ALS and LinC will be inaccessible due to crane placement for the project between July 7-11 (map). For questions or comments on this notice contact, Dustin Sievers at 541-760-6240.

Richardson Hall West lot: As part of the Advanced Wood Products project, there will be utility work taking place in the Richardson Hall West lot. The lot will be open during this work but you may need to use the entrance off of 35th Street for a short period of time (July 9-20), detour signs will be in place. See attached map for areas of work and duration (map). For questions or comments on this shutdown contact Rick Freeman at 541-231-5368.


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! InnovationX Program Manager - The College of Business invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month InnovationX Program Manager position.  Posting # P02308UF. Full consideration date is July 13. Closes July 20. 

NEW! Grants/Contracts Coordinator-Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) position as Grants/Contracts Coordinator. Posting #P01647CT.  Closes July 16.

NEW! This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Accountant 1 position for the Business and Engineering Business Center at Oregon State University (OSU). This position is part of the Business and Engineering Business Center (BEBC) Finance and Accounting Unit. Posting # P01651CT. Closes July 17. 

NEW! Campus Recreation Program Coordinator OSU-Cascades is seeking a Campus Recreation Programs Coordinator. This is a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month fixed term professional faculty position. Posting # P02296UF. Full consideration July 17. Closes July 24. 

NEW! Finance & Operations Executive Assistant OSU-Cascades is seeking a Finance/Operations Executive Assistant. This is a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting # P02312UF. Closes July 20.

EXTENDED! Student Information Technology (web ordering/LIMS system) – Genome Research and Biocomputing in Corvallis. Invites applications for one part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week), Student Information Technology (web ordering/LIMS system). Posting # P03990SE. Closes July 31.  

NEW! The Office of Precollege Programs is seeking a Program 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 # P02315UF. Closes July 31. 


OSU150 fun fact: Oregon State mathematics alumnus George Andrew discovered the “Lost Notebook” of the famous Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in 1976. Andrews has since co-authored several books that provide proofs for most of Ramanujan’s theorems.

Corvallis: Sunny this week, highs reaching the 90s by week's end, lows in the mid 50s.

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

Newport: The week starts out cloudy but becomes sunny by Wednesday, highs in the 60s, lows in the 50s.

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