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. For more about this section, see:

Researchers identify toxin that tainted Salem's drinking water in 2018 (OPB)

Theo Dreher, emeritus professor of microbiology at Oregon State University, led an effort to collect samples from 10 lakes that face the risk of harmful algae blooms. The blooms produce toxins that can cause health problems for people, dogs and wildlife. (see also the AdvocateScience DailySmart Water Magazine.)

To unravel some of the ocean's mysteries, scientists head to sea (KUOW)

“Different species of salmon and tuna and rockfish, they all target these larger copepods because they give fish so many more calories for the effort that they’re expending to hunt,” said Bauer, a second-year Ph.D. student in Oregon State University’s department of integrated biology.

Chopping up invasive worms makes new individuals, California officials warn (Newsweek)

"Worms can reduce leaf litter by 95 percent in a single season," Sam Chan, an invasive species specialist with Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University in Corvallis, told ScienceNews.

Veneta woman speaks out about run-in with poisonous hemlock (KEZI)

Melissa Fery with the Oregon State University Extension Service said the plant can be found anywhere, but mostly pops up in wetter areas and in fields. "Often times it is found in areas where the soil had been disturbed for some reason, and then the seeds spatter in the soil and will grow and become a problem," Fery said.

Google engineer believed chatbot had become an 8-year-old child. Experts say it's not sentient — just programmed to sound 'real' (Business Insider)

And Thomas Diettrich, an emeritus professor of computer science at Oregon State University, said it's relatively easy for AI to use language involving internal emotions. "You can train it on vast amounts of written texts, including stories with emotion and pain and then it can finish that story in a manner that appears original," he said. "Not because it understands these feelings, but because it knows how to combine old sequences to create new ones."

OSU research about how bacteria communicate could open door to new infection-fighting machines (KTVZ)

Oregon State University scientists have identified proteins that prevent a bacterial cell from becoming misguided by its own messaging, allowing it to instead wait for collective communication from its group. (see also Phys.Orgthe Advocate)

Oregon scientists will use parasitic wasp to control invasive pest damaging fruit crops (OPB News)

Starting next month in Marion county, scientists at Oregon State University will release a parasitic species of wasp to control an invasive pest that infests fruits as they ripen, costing half a billion dollars worth of crop damage each year in the U.S. 

Is COVID Resulting In New Psychiatric Diagnoses Months After Infection? (Theravive)

A new study out of Oregon State University looked at the risk of psychiatric diagnoses in the months after a COVID-19 infection.

New avian flu cases crop up in PNW (Western Farmer-Stockman)

Meanwhile, Oregon State University specialists are telling wild bird enthusiasts that it's OK to leave up bird feeders, as the risk to native songbirds is low.

The history behind Silos Baking Company's unique building (Mashed)

Cylinder-shaped silos are a pretty common sight around the country, especially in agricultural communities where they've historically been used to store grains and other food products, says Oregon State University. Waco has plenty of its own storied silos, which the Gaineses have parlayed into a major part of their brand's trademark farmhouse-chic style.

Yoked in community: Yoga nights give vet students and staff the space to breathe(Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine)

The Magruder Hall atrium is full of fireflies on an evening in mid-May. Some in full flight, some barely off the ground and some yet to spread their wings. No matter the state, each firefly shines its own light, and the evening is illuminated. These fireflies aren’t the insect variety, but rather veterinary students and staff in tittbhasana, or firefly pose, during a free yoga night at the Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine.

Many horse owners are misinformed or don't know about selenium deficiency (KESQ)

Dr. McKenzie is a teaching professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine at Oregon State University and one of the foremost veterinarian authorities on nutrition and muscle disease. She said horses should get selenium from hay but that the land, the soil, across Oregon, Washington and California is deficient in that mineral. So the hay that comes from it is too. That’s why a supplement is key.

Poor health-related quality of life, many burdens in rare diseases, study finds (American Journal of Managed Care)

“A really important area of intervention is ensuring that health care providers have a general knowledge of rare diseases,” Kathleen Bogart, PhD, MA, BS, lead author and associate professor of psychology at Oregon State University, said in a statement. “We’re not expecting them to know all 7000 of them, but we’re expecting them to know some of what the clues are that you’re not dealing with a prevalent condition or a condition that’s easily diagnosed.”

Seven remarkable OSU faculty members (Corvallis Advocate)

Oregon State University Distinguished Professor Jane Lubchenco will be among nine people receiving an honorary degree from the University of Oxford on June 22 in Oxford, England. 

The history of Southern Baptists shows they have not always opposed abortion (The Conversation)

A piece by OSU Prof. Susan Shaw. 

Division of Extension and Engagement earns 10 awards for communications efforts (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University took home 10 awards, including a best-in-class award for a marketing campaign, from the 2022 Critique & Awards program of the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences.

Today's photos

Three Fingered Jack: Jeff Behan, science policy research analyst with the Institute for Natural Resources, took this photo in late May of three fellow AT skiers and the back of Three Fingered Jack.

At the close of the day: Jean Bremer with OSU Extension Service in Clackamas County says, “This was an unbelievably beautiful sunset over our pond and field. Next to the cone (which you can’t see) is a sandpiper sitting on her eggs.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Wondering how to connect students directly to specific full-text articles in a library database or electronic journal subscription? Permalinks are more reliable and more accessible than regular links. See the OSU Libraries’ guide to permalinks. For a double-dose of accessibility, write descriptive links that identify where the link takes the reader.


NEW! Celebration for Facilities Services & UFIO retirees: Facilities Services and University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations invite the OSU community to celebrate the retirement of some wonderful people in our organization. Please join us at the Memorial Union Ballroom from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21. Retirees include Dave Baarstad, Tim Spencer, Richard Brooks, Craig Lunsford, Stuart Larson, Bill Coslow, Les Walton, Lori Fulton, Charles Vail, John Doll, Tony Pecorilla, Curt Baker, Dennis Reichhuber and Craig Wakkure. Share memories, tell a story and have a good time. 

School’s Out: Getting Everyone Through the Summer. It is summertime and school is out. For many people, summer conjures images of lazy, relaxing days at the beach. However, for many working families, summer brings the challenges of balancing the demands of adult work schedules with the desire to provide safe, fun activities for children. This workshop offers several ideas on summer activities and provides practical suggestions on how to keep your kids safe while you’re at work. June 21 at noon. Register.


NEW! SEIU meeting: Wednesday, June 22, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. SEIU in-person and Zoom meeting. In-person lunch meeting: Weatherford Arch, Weatherford Hall on Corvallis campus. Zoom: RSVP for Zoom link and lunch delivered via GrubHub to Siobhan Burke [email protected] or call/text 630-699-0281. Meet new officers, talk about upcoming General Council and Extension information and hear about caucuses at SEIU Local 503. Hope to see you in person or online. 

NEW! HMSC Science on Tap: On Wednesday, June 22, Jonathan Allan, a coastal geomorphologist with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, will present a public talk titled “Minutes Count: In Preparation for the Next Great Cascadia Earthquake and Tsunami.” Please join us in person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Zoom link or call: +1-971-247-1195 Webinar ID: 949 5592 7799. Click here for more information.


NEW! FURst Aid: Disaster Preparedness for Pets and Furry Friends: Dr. Jennifer Sargent, attending veterinarian for the university, will teach you disaster preparedness considerations for both small and large animals. Attend in person (Magruder Hall 1152) or via Zoom webinar. Free and open to the public. Registration required. June 23, noon to 1 p.m. 

NEW! Identify and Prioritize Your Savings Goals: If you want help saving for multiple goals, get strategies and tips on prioritizing and funding your specific savings goals, such as buying a new home or car, saving for a child’s college and more. June 23, 1 p.m. Register now.

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Thursday, June 23 at 3:30 p.m., Amos Gazit, an underwater photographer and marine conservationist, will give a seminar titled “Possibility of a Sea: How Underwater Dreams Come True.” Please join us in person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.


Beaver Classic Cheese: Beaver Classic is back. Come see our new food truck at Corvallis Farmer's Market on the waterfront in downtown Corvallis, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. You can't miss us; we're orange. We will be featuring Beaver Classic products: our many cheeses, honey and beef jerky. We are now serving ice cream, milkshakes and grilled cheese, too. 


NEW! Dave Warneking retirement gathering: After 22 years of service at OSU, including 14 with UHDS, Dave Warneking is retiring on Thursday, June 30. On that day from 2-4 p.m., UHDS is hosting a farewell gathering in the Memorial Union Basement Lanes & Games. Please stop by to say hi and wish him well, or feel free to send a note digitally or physically (Oxford House, 957 SW Jefferson Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333).

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Upcoming retirement workshops: We are excited to let you know about some upcoming workshops that our plan sponsors are offering. TIAA will host one-on-one Zoom sessions July 5-6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and July 19, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. RSVP today, as space is limited. Register for sessions at or by emailing us at [email protected]. And save the date: TIAA will be on campus Sept. 20 and Oct. 5. 

Take Note

NEW! Dog training camp for children: Children ages 10-17 years old with a developmental disability and their family dog are invited to participate in a dog training program and research study. Camp slots available in Corvallis, Portland or Seattle.

NEW! Beavers Pride Month Shirts: The very first official Beavers Pride Month t-shirt is now available. Proceeds from the sales go to SOL: LGBTQ+ Multicultural Support Network to help fund efforts to build community for queer, transgender and intersex Black, Indigenous and students of color at OSU. Shirts will be sold during the month of June, and sizes run from small to 3XL. Visit to get your shirt.

NEW! Gift card policy: 03-140-512 Gift Cards or Certificates replaces the old FIS 410-27 Gift Cards or Certificates policy and has been revised to provide clear guidelines and restrictions related to purchasing gift cards and certificates. Additional information about the new policy can be accessed on the FPP website (Important Information/Notifications). Please contact the Fiscal Policy Coordinator for your Business Center or the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.

NEW! Driving study participants wanted: The OSU School of Civil and Construction Engineering seeks research study participants who are at least 18 years old and have a valid driver's license. Individuals with contact lenses or prescription lenses (-5.0 to +3.0) can participate in this study. The study purpose is to make intersections safer for bicyclists and reduce the potential for vehicle-bicycle collisions. Participants will be paid for their involvement, which requires a time commitment of approximately one hour and coming to the OSU Driving Simulator Laboratory. To participate, email graduate research assistant Lena Breuer at [email protected]; for more information, contact Principal Investigator David Hurwitz at [email protected]

NEW! Impact the future of online education through research: If you are interested in conducting research about online teaching and learning, the Ecampus Research Unit will help you plan your proposal for the Ecampus Research Fellows Program. The Ecampus Research Unit annually funds up to five faculty and/or department projects $25,000 each to support research in the areas of distance and online education, including hybrid delivery. Contact Naomi Aguiar, assistant director of research, with questions.

NEW! OSU Faculty Staff Fitness summer class registration is now open. Take a fitness class on campus (click here for schedule) or remotely through Online FSF. Some highlights include the return of the rehabilitative Adaptive Exercise Clinic (formerly MS Clinic, click here for information), Open Gym Monday/Wednesday 5:15-6:05 p.m., personal training services during Open Gym, and outdoor yoga. Contact [email protected] to help find your fitness plan today.

Chemical Reuse program at Chemstores: Did you know Chemstores has a chemical reuse program? EH&S will bring unopened chemicals to the Chemstores to re-distribute at no cost (you will still need an index for tracking purposes). Stop by and check out our list of free chemicals as well as our summer sales. Chemstores is located at 154 Gilbert Hall, open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Purchases are exclusively made using grant index/activity codes. There are no cash or card sales. An online listing of products can be found at Questions? Call 541-737-2271.

Dog study: The OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital is seeking dogs that weigh more than 44 lbs and have a history of chronic diarrhea for a research study examining the effect of fiber on the fecal microbiome and gut health. Participation in this study involves mixing a powder supplement on the dog’s food daily for four weeks, three visits to the hospital and a $50 Amazon gift card. Dogs receive a physical examination and labs at each visit. For more information, please contact the principal investigator by email at [email protected].

OSU Faculty Staff Fitness summer class registration is now open. Take a fitness class on campus (click here for schedule) or remotely through Online FSF. Some highlights include the return of the rehabilitative Adaptive Exercise Clinic (formerly MS Clinic; click here for information), Open Gym, personal training services and outdoor yoga. Contact [email protected] to help find your fitness plan today. 

Free COVID testsFree iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests are available around the Corvallis campus. Each box contains two tests. While supplies last, OSU community members can pick up these self-test kits without restrictions. Please note the FDA has extended the expiration date 90 days. For questions or accommodations related to disabilities, contact [email protected].

Traffic and Maintenance

Parking garage: The OSU Parking Garage will be closed for extensive cleaning from June 19-July 22. For questions or comments on the closure or about where to park, please contact Transportation Services at 541-737-2583. 


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! Recruitments for Administrative Assistant, Office of the President and Administrative Assistant, Office of the Provost are underway. Both positions are full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty positions. The application deadline for both is June 30. Contact Romeo Lopez Gonzalez for information.

NEW! The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an Associate Dean of International Programs (ADIP). This is an OSU internal search position at 0.75 FTE. It is expected that the other 0.25 FTE is covered through a current teaching of research appointment. The (ADIP) is a member of a senior administrative leadership team in CAS and serves as program leader for Extension. Posting #P05690UF. Closes July 1.  

NEW! Assistant to the Director, Arts and Education Complex: The College of Liberal Arts Arts & Education Complex invites applicants for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month professional faculty position. Posting #P05670UF. Full consideration July 1. Closes July 8.

NEW! 4-H Positive Youth Development Research Coordinator: OSU’s Extension Service 4-H Youth Development program invites applications for a 4-H Positive Youth Development Research Coordinator based in Portland, OR. This is a F/T, 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #P0724UF. Closes July 4.

NEW! Ecampus is seeking two student services specialists (program representative 2). These are full-time (1.0 FTE) classified positions. Posting #P03619CT. Closes July 5.

NEW! The OSU Alumni Association is hiring a full-time Coordinator. Reporting to the VP, Alumni Relations & Executive Director of the OSU Alumni Association, the OSU Alumni Association Coordinator is responsible for providing customer service to internal and external customers of the Alumni Association, and for supporting the programs and events planned by the Alumni Association’s Experience team to help them achieve their engagement goals. Link to full job description and application:

NEW! The College of Engineering invites applicants for the position of Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs (Internal Employment Opportunity). This is a full-time, (1.0 FTE), 12-month position. Salary is commensurate with training, education, and experience. Posting #P05730UF. Full consideration July 15; closes July 31.

NEW! Fiscal Coordinator 2 (up to four positions): The Controller’s Unit invites applications for up to four full-time, 12-month Fiscal Coordinator 2 positions. For full consideration, apply by July 4. Recruitment closes July 17. Posting #P03625CT. For more information or to apply, please visit:

NEW! Industry Liaison: The School of Civil and Construction Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Industry Liaison. Posting #P05663UF. Closes July 5.

NEW! Faculty Research Assistant/Associate: The College of Pharmacy invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Faculty Research Assistant or Faculty Research Associate position located in Corvallis, OR. Posting #P05700UF. Closes July 5. Firm anticipated start date August 1. 


“I understood that knowledge was a dwarfing, obliterating, all-consuming thing, and to have it was to both be grateful and to suffer greatly.” ~ Carmen Maria Machado

Corvallis: Mostly sunny throughout the week, with temperatures reaching the low 80s. Light winds Monday and Tuesday.

Central Oregon: Sunny throughout the week, with temperatures reaching the low 80s. Overnight lows around 50 degrees. 

Newport: Partly sunny and breezy throughout the week, with temperatures in the low 60s. 

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