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 warning cooks up a 'different world' over three decades (Tampa Bay Times)

"The biggest change over the last 30 years, which is most of my life, is that we're no longer thinking just about the future," said Kathie Dello, a climate scientist at Oregon State University in Corvallis. "Climate change is here, it's now and it's hitting us hard from all sides."

Volunteers scatter to help PNW bumblebee (Seattle-Times)

“Here’s a species that spends a big part of its life as a vulnerable queen,” said Andony Melathopoulos of Oregon State University. Bumblebees have “this really fascinating solitary phase.”

Weeds are winning in the war against herbicide resistance(Scientific American)

“These problems are actually being generated within the agricultural community” and by chemical companies, says Carol Mallory-Smith, a weed scientist at Oregon State University, who did not work on the review. “There should be a responsibility within the agricultural community and within those private industries to make some of these good management decisions, without having to be incentivized to do them.”

Dr. Megan McClelland with the Hallie E. Ford Center (KOBI 5)

On this Five on 5 feature interview, we were joined by Dr. Megan McClelland, the Director of Early Childhood Research Core at the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families at Oregon State University. She discussed the optimization of childhood development and the Vroom initiative, a free collection of research based games aimed towards childhood development.

Oregon State has record number of graduates (KEZI)

OSU said the oldest graduate is 70 years old and the youngest is 19 years old. (see also Gazette-Times)

Corvallis council to finalize budget (Gazette-Times)

The Corvallis City Council meets in a 4 p.m. work session at the Madison room. Councilors will receive an update on the planned Oregon State University upper-division housing project on Northwest Ninth Street between Madison and Monroe. Councilors also are scheduled to interview a Historic Resources Commission candidate.

The Single Dads of the Animal World (National Geographic)

Many kinds of fish don’t take care of their babies at all. Once the eggs are fertilized, mom and pop just swim away. But for those fish that do offer parental care, it’s primarily provided by the males, says fish curator Brian Sidlauskas of Oregon State University.

OSU-Cascades grad follows in grandpa's footsteps (Bend Bulletin)

When Alephair Bylund walks at the Oregon State University-Cascades commencement ceremony Sunday, she will be the second Bylund to graduate from the school’s natural resources program. Her grandfather, Jim Bylund, 71, set the example more than a decade ago by being the first family member to graduate college.

Wordplay: Drawing inspiration from the blue (Sydney Morning Herald)

Thus the universe felt at peace, inviolate, until an Oregon chemist started twiddling with a furnace. His name was Mas Subramanian. He set the dial to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit in a bid to make a manganese focaccia. Or at least cook its oxide, seeking to establish the compound's conductive qualities. (see also Science Friday)

No bids come in for Sunflower House (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University did not receive any bids for the Sunflower House, the Southwest Ninth Street building that has been home to the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center for the past 12 years.

On Move-Out Day, unwanted items at OSU go to nonprofits(KVAL)

Students are busy moving out of their dorm rooms at Oregon State University, and instead of throwing away items into the landfill, students are being encouraged to donate it to OSU’s surplus and recycling.


Drupal Community Meeting: Join OSU’s community of Drupal users to learn takeaways from the Portland Digital Marketing Summit and the latest about Drupal 8 adoption and the DX project. There will also be in depth discussions about SEO (it’s back!) and using the metatag module. June 19 from 2-4 p.m., Kidder 202. Learn more at Drupal@OSU. All levels of OSU Drupal users are welcome.
Retirement reception for Penny Hardesty: Join us at the OSU Foundation to thank Penny Hardesty, director of Donor Relations, for her 36 years of service to the foundation and the university. A reception will take place on June 19 at 3 p.m., at the OSU Foundation (850 S.W. 35th at Western). Campus colleagues are invited to stop by and wish her well in retirement.

Simmons retirement: Clay Simmons will leave OSU in July to become chief compliance officer at the University of North Texas. Join us in a campus-wide farewell celebration for Clay on June 19 at 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge.

NEW! OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sales Tuesday 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday noon to 3 p.m., plus a bonus sale Saturday 10 a.m. to noon, all at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.


Sustainable landscape seminar: The two-day Sustainable Landscape Seminar provides the public with practical information to create sustainable/green/ecological landscapes. Some outcomes to expect include lowering power, water and waste bills due to more efficient use of resources, and reducing the flow of organic matter into the landfill. Wednesday, June 20, and Thursday, June 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Class is held at Lane Extension, 996 Jefferson St., Eugene. Cost: $25. Register 

Bonifasius Y. Lody Maturbongs – Sustainable Forest Management M.S. Defense: Bonifasius Y. Lody Maturbongs will present “Sensitivity of Forest Structure Estimation to UAS-Based Data Processing Algorithms” on Wednesday, June 20, at 11 a.m. in Richardson 115. Maturbongs is completing his M.S. under the guidance of major professor Michael Wing. Free and open to the public.

Vet Med ground-breaking ceremony: Join faculty, staff and four-legged friends of the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine on Wednesday, June 20, 2:30 p.m. on the front lawn of Magruder Hall to celebrate the expansion of Magruder and the Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital. President Ray, Provost Feser and Dean Tornquist will speak, followed by light refreshments.


Classified staff lunch meeting: We will talk about parking costs, inclement weather and the Supreme Court case impacting all public union employees, and celebrate the end of the semester. Thursday, June 21, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.(drop in on your lunch or break) at Weatherford Hall, outside. (Other arrangements if weather is bad.) All classified staff and family invited; come back to campus if you are a academic year employee. For more information, contact organizer Siobhan Burke at or 630-699-0281.

Windom retirement celebration: George Windom is retiring after 30-plus years at OSU. His contributions to Business Affairs and the university have been significant. Thursday, June 21, 2-4 p.m., MU Journey Room 104. Campus colleagues are welcome to stop by for some light snacks and refreshments.


NEW! OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sales Tuesday 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday noon to 3 p.m., plus a bonus sale Saturday 10 a.m. to noon, all at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.


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

Mini pies, cobblers and fruit pie fillings class: Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lane County Master Food Preservers will be offering a class on making fruit pie fillings, mini pies and cobblers using local berries and fruits. The class will include hands-on activities including making your own pie crusts and pie fillings. Class is held at the Community of Christ Church, 1485 Gilham Road, Eugene. Cost: $35. Register.

Upcoming Events

NEW! 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.

Retirement celebration for Itsue Pfund: You are invited to attend the retirement reception for Itsue Pfund, finance and accounting manager with the College of Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center. Pfund is retiring after 35 years of service at OSU.  The celebration is Wednesday, June 27, fourth floor of Strand Agriculture Hall, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cake and light refreshments will be served.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

Exporting & Saving in CORE Webinar: You have the parameters in a report set up just the way you want them. Now what? Learn about different ways to save CORE reports so you can easily find and work with them. June 20, 2-2:30 p.m. Register at: questions to Logan Bingle (

NEW! Business Administration: Negotiation Strategies: Build cutting-edge negotiation styles, tried-and-tested interpersonal techniques and a library of bargaining scenarios to maximize value for yourself and your organization. See more about the course here. This online course starts June 25.

NEW! Procurement and Contracts: Contract Finance and Funding: Determine contract costs, understand business finances and reduce costs in this expert-led course. Find out how here. This online course begins June 25.

NEW! Web Development Certificate: This online certificate covers essential web development skills highly valued by employers. Start by learning web design principles and HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Starts June 25. Click here to find out more.

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. 

Environmental health summit: Registration is open for the third Tribal Environmental Health Summit to be held June 25-26 at CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The program will feature leaders in tribal environmental health and will emphasize how to sustain long-term partnerships and projects with Native American communities and increase stakeholders’ understanding of tribal environmental health policy needs and goals. There will also be opportunities for networking with researchers, tribal scientists, state and federal agency representatives, and policy makers. Contact CPHHS associate professor Molly Kile or Amelia Vaughan with questions.

Equal Opportunity and Access Title IX/Title VII workshop July 11-13: No cost, register at by June 29.  This year we are proud to host our annual statewide Title IX/Title VII workshop at Oregon State University.  This two-and-a-half day workshop will include information on Title IX, Title VII and other anti-discrimination legal issues and procedures, and an overview of best practices. Presenters include Jackie Sandmeyer and Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP.

Take Note

NEW! Graduation Robe Recycling: 2018 Graduates, consider donating your robes so they can be used by students next year who cannot afford to purchase robes for commencement. Volunteers will be collecting graduation robes at the close of commencement and for the week following commencement at bins located at the HSRC, ASOSU and Valley Library.

NEW! Term-Long Laptops at the Valley Library: The Valley Library has 24 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 30. For further questions, email

Mid-Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic – Summer Injuries: It’s important to have knowledge about different injuries and what steps to take if one should occur. This month’s poster can be downloaded at:

International student orientation volunteers needed for fall 2018: The International Student Orientation planning committee needs help from current staff, faculty and student leaders to welcome new international students to campus. Opportunities include dining with students on campus, leading small group campus tours and helping with orientation check-in. If you are able, please save that date (Sept. 13) on your calendar and sign up here to be notified of further information as orientation gets closer. 

OSU Today summer schedule: Beginning Monday, June 18, OSU Today will switch to its weekly summer schedule, publishing on Mondays only (barring holidays). In order to submit an item to OSU Today for the following week it must be submitted by noon Friday.

Order a personalized commencement program book. The graduate's name and 'Class of 2018' are printed on the front cover. Their photo from commencement, name, and academic college are printed on the inside cover. Books will be printed and mailed 4-6 weeks after the commencement ceremony, toward the end of July. Call Printing & Mailing at 541-737-4941 or visit

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

Women’s Center strategic planning: Thank you to those of you who participated our recent survey. We received valuable feedback from over 200 respondents. Here is sample of what we learned: Women's Center Feedback We would also like to request a minute more of your time.  This super-short survey will help in the development of our guiding principles and core values. Thank you for your time and input.

External fees updated: Oregon State University will take written comments on its proposed updates to OSU Standard 576-010 University Fees through the end of business on Monday, June 25. The purpose of the comment period is to receive public feedback regarding updates to the FY 2019 external fee proposals before they become effective July 1. The proposed fees are available electronically as a PDF upon request. Comments or requests should be directed to Susan Barba at

Traffic and Maintenance

Langton Place: The driveway from Jefferson Way onto Langton Place is being replaced and will be closed from June 18 to June 25. This will affect Langton Place and parking lot #3254 (map). Access to Langton Place will be from Benton Place and impact to KidSpirit dropoff and pickup could occur. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Ned Nabeta at 541-954-0294.

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 2018 will occur from 6 p.m. June 17 through 5 p.m. June 21. For questions or comments on this closure contact Facilities Services at 541-737-2969.

Cordley Hall: As shown on the map, the majority of Cordley Hall parking lot will be closed for construction purposes including ADA parking through June 25. The only spaces that will remain open are along the greenhouse. Plant Clinic parking will be temporarily relocated as shown on the map. For questions or comments on this notice contact Grace Ray at 503-577-3821.


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EXTENDED! Accountant 1: The Office of Business Affairs in Corvallis. Invites applications for one full-time 12-month (1.0 FTE) hourly Accountant 1. Posting #P01571CT. Closes June 18.

UPDATED! Associate Director, UHDS- Facilities Maintenance: The Associate Director, Facilities Maintenance is responsible for the oversight of the daily operations for a facilities service operation that consists of 30-plus licensed, journey, and semi-skilled trades professionals and six supervisory positions. Posting #P02170UF. Closes June 24.

NEW! Education Program Assistant 1: This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 36 hours per week) .90 FTE, 10-month (Aug. 16 – June 15) Education Program Assistant 1 (EPA1) for the OSU Extension Service Family and Community Health (FCH) Education Program in Douglas County. FCH is affiliated with the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately (10 months) from the appointment begin date. This position will work as member of the regional and statewide team of FCH in the Extension office in , Roseburg, Oregon and will require travel. Posting #P1607CT.  Closes June 29.

NEW! 4-H Youth Development Educator: The OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development program is seeking a 4-H Youth Development Educator. This is a part-time, .70 FTE (approximately 28 hours per week), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. The position will be located in Dallas, Oregon. The Educator will work as a member of a regional and statewide team of the 4-H Youth Development program, affiliated with OSU’s College of Public Health & Human Sciences. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Program Leader and the Regional Director. Posting# P02256UF. Closes July 6.

EXTENDED! Assistant Director of Labor Relations: University Shared Services Enterprise (USSE) in Corvallis. Invites applications for one part-time (.50 FTE) Salary, 12-month Assistant Director of Labor Relations. Posting # P02132UF. Closes July 16.


OSU150 fun fact: Research by Oregon State entomologist George Poinar inspired Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton by providing a plausible scientific basis for a fictional story about obtaining dinosaur DNA preserved in amber. Poinar also served as a consultant for the movie

Corvallis: Sunny this week, high in the mid 80s, lows in the 50s.

Central Oregon: Chance of showers early in the week, followed by sunshine, warming up into the 80s by week's end.

Newport: Sunny this week, highs in the upper 60s to low 70s, lows in the 50s.

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