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.

New Oregon lab, seed certification bring standards to hemp (Washington Post)

The Global Hemp Innovation Center was unveiled this week by Oregon State University and will be the largest such research hub in the U.S. (see alsoOregonianStatesman JournalKPTV)

How researchers in Oregon are looking to halt the spread of invasive stink bugs (KMTR)

David Lowenstein, a postdoctoral research associate in Oregon State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is one of about 50 researchers across the nation studying how to control the invasive stink bug. (see also Register-Guard)

This town comes alive once a year as thousands of snakes mate(New York Times)

“It is likely the biggest concentration of snakes in the world,” said Prof. Robert T. Mason, a professor of integrative biology at Oregon State University, who has come to Narcisse every spring since 1982.

Half of all college students are food insecure. Are universities doing enough to help them? (Pacific Standard)

Program directors fighting food insecurity across the country applaud these gestures—and point to examples of real change that resulted from them. For example, Oregon State's faculty senate passed a resolution this year to include a section on every class syllabus that refers students who are struggling to find food or housing to the Human Services Resource Center, according to Nicole Hindes, the center's assistant director.

Looking back, looking forward: Grads urged to shape the future at OSU's 150th commencement (Gazette-Times)

At Oregon State University’s 150th commencement ceremony Saturday morning, a number of speakers took the opportunity to touch on the institution’s past while advising the latest graduating class on how best to approach the future.

Why the Founders would be aghast that Trump would take "oppo research" from foreign governments (Washington Post)

A piece by Christopher McKnight Nichols, Andrew Carnegie Fellow, associate professor of history and director of the Oregon State University Center for the Humanities.

The rise of wildfire-resilient communities (High Country News)

But this combination of land-use planning and forest management can be an effective tool for mitigating the wildfire damage to a community, according to John Bailey, professor of fire management at Oregon State University. Communities can be at the mercy of fires without local urban planning and forest management, with support from the state and federal level, Bailey said. 

Why do skulls have so many bones? (Live Science)

The greatest number of skull bones by far — 156 — occurs in the fossil of an extinct fish, said Brian Sidlauskas, an associate professor and Curator of Fishes with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University.

Oregon State: Hackers may have accessed personal info on 636 students, family members (KMTR)

A hacker may have accessed "personally identifiable information" on 636 students or student family members, Oregon State University said Friday.

Taking back the female image (Gazette-Times)

McCormack, a painter who is graduating today from Oregon State University with a bachelor of fine arts degree, decided to reinterpret classic works by 18th century French masters for her capstone project.

Today's photo

Summer's in session: In this 1958 photo, students participate in a Summer Session dance held in the Memorial Union Ballroom. May your summer be just as delightful. OSU Today will be weekly on Mondays only until fall.


Vice Provost for Information and Technology candidate: All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the campus-wide forum from the first of four vice provost for Information and Technology candidates, Jon Dolan, on Monday, June 17, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the MU Horizon Room. More information regarding the candidate and his full interview schedule can be found at: The forum will be streamed at:


Drones in Education Workshop in Corvallis (June 18-20): This training is designed for educators who are using drones or who are interested in learning more about how to incorporate drones into the classroom. Details available here.

DARPA webcast: On Tuesday, June 18, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is holding a Discover Defense Sciences Office Day. The OSU Research Office is hosting a webcast of the live event in Covell Hall 117. Link to the topics and schedule with times adjusted to Pacific Time: RSVP or Robert Kokenyesi at

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! SEIU meeting: Steve Demarest, president of SEIU 503 and a member of the PERS Board, will discuss "Cuts to PERS: What they mean, how we're fighting back." SEIU meeting, all classified and other PERS-eligible university employees invited. Lunch served. Thursday, June 20, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Willamette West Conference Room, third floor Valley Library. Questions? Contact SEIU organizer Siobhan Burke at


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.

NEW! Thesis Defense – Water Resources Graduate Program: Elizabeth Jachens, M.S., WRE. The title of her thesis is “Investigating One-way Stream-Aquifer Connectivity on Streamflow Predictions during Hydrologic Extremes in the National Water Model.”  Friday, June 21, 1 p.m., Gilmore Hall 234. Jachens is advised by John Selker of Biological & Ecological Engineering. 

Retirement reception for Judy Neighbours: Judy Neighbours is retiring from her position of director of the Survivor Advocacy Resource Center. The reception will be Friday, June 21, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Memorial Union 109. Accommodation requests related to disability should be made by Wednesday, June 19, to Allison Williams via email or phone 541-737-3106.

Sensory Evaluation of Wine Workshop in Corvallis: This course hosted in Corvallis will help you develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of wine through the eyes of Oregon State professor Elizabeth Tomasino. Join us for this evening workshop on June 21. Learn more here.


OSUsed Store Yard Sale: The OSUsed Store is open for a special Saturday sale on June 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 644 S.W. 13th Street. Will include special merchandise from Residence Hall Move-Out like rugs, décor, mini fridges, etc. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.


Retirement celebration: Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center accountant Susan Lane has been with Oregon State University for the past 34 years. Cake and punch will be served in the Memorial Union, La Raza Room 208, on Wednesday, June 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Ways of Knowing and Radiation Exposure: International Research Workshop - In what ways have individuals and communities “known” about radiation exposure? The ways of assessing, investigating, and ultimately understanding human and environmental contamination have differed among historians, public health officials, victim advocacy groups, uranium miners, health physicists, politicians, tribal leaders, engineers, epidemiologists, and computer scientists, to name a few. What kinds of concepts, methods, worldviews, and techniques have shaped thinking, and what kinds have been cast aside? What is at stake in such ways of knowing? June 19-21, Memorial Union 211. Visit

NEW! Hanford Conversation: Personal Stories in Poetry and Prose: Join us as Kathleen Flenniken, the 2012-14 poet laureate of Washington state, reads poetry from her collection Plume on the history of contamination from the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons. Pat Hoover, a Hanford Downwinder contaminated by the pollution, will respond to the poetry. Free and open to everyone. Thursday, June 20, 6:30 p.m. Corvallis Public Library main meeting room. 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.

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.
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.

Take Note

NEW! Term-Long Laptops at the Valley Library: The Valley Library has 39 Dell laptops available for long-term borrowing. These laptops are term-long substitutes for students without computers. For more information or to fill out the application, go to Applications are due Saturday, June 29. For further questions, email

Update—Call for Proposals Extended to July 1: Instructors are encouraged 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. See the call for proposals. For more information, contact

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:

Hybrid Course Development Call for Proposals: The Center for Teaching and Learning invites faculty to apply by June 18 to participate in the fall 2019 Hybrid Faculty Learning Community and to design a Corvallis campus hybrid course. Professional development funding is provided.

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 onlinethrough July 14.

Traffic & Maintenance 

Planned Power Outage between June 20 and June 22: In an effort to improve the safety and reliability of the power grid serving the Corvallis campus, there will be a planned power outage Thursday, June 20, beginning at 6 a.m. and lasting through Saturday, June 22, at 6 p.m. Affected buildings will be on backup power and will experience minimal disruption. There will be limited service interruptions June 20, 4-7 a.m. and June 22, 5-7 a.m. to a number of buildings along Southwest Jefferson Way. OSU’s Power Grid Updates website has a list of affected buildings and times of planned outages.

Scheduled: Campus-Wide Steam Shutdown: Each year Facilities Services performs necessary maintenance on the university’s steam system, which requires shutting off the steam throughout campus, to complete maintenance services at the plant, throughout the steam tunnels and in each building. This process affects hot water supply, heating, and all equipment that uses steam, campus wide. The steam shutdown for 2019 will occur from 6 p.m. on June 16 to 5 p.m. on June 20. For questions or comments on this closure contact Facilities Services at 541-737-2969.


“I do not see how a people that can find in its conscience any excuse whatever for slowly burning to death a human being, or for tolerating such an act, can be entrusted with the salvation of a race." ~ Harlem Renaissance poet James Weldon Johnson, born today in 1871.

Corvallis: Mostly sunny this week, highs in the 70s, lows in the 40s.

Central Oregon:  Sunny this week, highs in the 70s, lows in the 40s.

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: