Stay informed about COVID-19

COVID-19 website: To facilitate the ongoing sharing of information about the virus, Oregon State University has added a link on the OSU homepage to a page that provides detailed and up-to-date COVID-19 information; links to OSU, local, state and federal resources; and updates on the latest federal travel restrictions.

COVID-19 vaccines: For information about vaccines in the Benton County, visit this website. OSU-Cascades students, faculty and staff can learn where to find vaccines in Central Oregon here. Check your local public health authority websites for more information. You can also visit the Oregon Health Authority: Get Vaccinated Oregon website and the CDC VaccineFinder for vaccinations anywhere in the U.S.

Timely Teaching Tips: Need an assist to make your Zoom sessions run smoother in your remote course so you can focus on content and delivery? The Tech Keep Teaching Assistant (TechKTA) program to support remote teaching is continuing during summer term. Request a TechKTA as soon as possible for your classes. Find out more about teaching with Zoom

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. Content appearing includes timely news and feature stories from broadcast, print and online sources. Occasionally, opinion pieces and first-person columns appearing in mainstream media outlets that are written by faculty members and pertain to their academic or professional expertise may be included based on their unique, informative value, timeliness and space constraints. It is not the policy of OSU Today to include Letters to the Editor. Occasionally, articles highlighted in OSU Today may either be subscription-only or behind a paywall if a maximum number of articles has been reached that month. Many subscription-only publications, like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, can be accessed by anyone with an OSU email account through the search function on the OSU Libraries home page, which grants free access to many publications. See and click on 1Search.

Disparities in Oregon's vaccination rates remain (OPB Think Out Loud) 

Oralia Mendez is a manager of workforce development and community programs at Oregon State University’s Center for Health Innovation. They join us with details behind some of the state’s vaccination rates.

'We're just trying to survive at the moment': Oregon agricultural sector hit hard by severe drought (Oregonian)

On the eastern slopes of the central Cascades near Mt. Jefferson, snowpack measurements fell by roughly 70% during that 36-year period and, by the end of the century, the frozen reservoirs that feed the rivers in the Willamette Valley could decline by as much as 94%, according to Bill Jaeger, a professor of applied economics at Oregon State University who has spent decades studying the state’s water issues.

Meet the delicious purple sea creature destroying Pacific kelp forests (OPB News) 

Calvanese is the Oregon State University Port Orford field station manager. He worked as a commercial urchin diver when he was a student, and is now a fishery scientist.

Lightning-sparked wildfires expected to decline but average size of blaze will increase, OSU models suggest (The Science Times)

The damage that wildfires left in Oregon in 2018 was dubbed as the most expensive wildfire in the state, which led researchers at Oregon State University to ramp up efforts to petter predict how blazes behave and how they generate fire-spreading embers, according to the university's news release. (see also The Chronicle)

OSU extends vaccine outreach to Latino community (KEZI)

Oregon State University is accelerating local efforts to improve vaccination uptake in the Latino community. As of June 11, the Latino vaccination percentage is at 41% -- the lowest of any racial or ethnic group -- according to a press release from OSU. The OSU Extension Service recently received two grants that total $225,000 to start statewide educational efforts.

Health professionals warn of a potential summer coronavirus case spike (KATU)

"I am cautiously optimistic. I encourage reopening but not in a drastic speed," said Dr. Chunhuei Chi, director for Center of Global Health at Oregon State University. "I would prefer more step-wise; so, for example, initially we can remove most restrictions, except maybe indoor crowd gathering without masks."

A secretive species: New population of one of RI's most endangered animals discovered (Providence Journal)

So when Devan-Song, now a PhD student at Oregon State University, published her research this month in the Journal of Herpetology, she titled it “Confirmation bias perpetuates century-old ecological misconception: evidence against ‘secretive’ behavior of eastern spadefoots.” 

In the drill zone, children's health is looking bleak (Texas Observer)

Researchers at Oregon State University found a 59% increase in the odds of at least one asthma hospitalization among children who lived in Texas ZIP codes with fracking. 

What is Critical Race Theory? OSU expert explains amid Springfield High controversy (KEZI)

KEZI 9 News talked to Christopher Stout, an associate professor at Oregon State University, to learn more. Critical Race Theory was developed in the 1970s as a way to analyze perceived racial injustices in both legal and political aspects. Stout said the focus is to explain inequality in today's world. "And the argument was that the legal system and the political system itself has some type of racially biased background which then leads to some racial inequality in society," said Stout. Stout also said there are still common misconceptions surrounding the idea of CRT. 

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease may be treatable with hops compounds (Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News)

Scientists at Oregon State University (OSU) report that a pair of compounds originating from hops can help thwart a dangerous buildup of fat in the liver known as hepatic steatosis. (see also KTVZ)

A new place to spread their wings (Lewiston Tribune)

“They eat lots of carp in places there are carp,” said Dan Roby, a professor of wildlife ecology at Oregon State University. “They are the only thing that can eat adult carp. I think in many cases the pelicans are doing the aquatic ecosystem more of a favor than they are harming fish of conservation concern.”

Vineyards reckon with unknowns during drought (Ashland Daily Tidings)

A recent study by an Oregon State University researcher found wine grape growers could cut water usage on their crop by half of what was previously recommended, but many Rogue Valley vignerons already have a grasp on how to irrigate sparsely, facing extreme drought conditions.

Women in science propose changes to discriminatory measures of success (Lab Manager)

When Ana K. Spalding, a research associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and assistant professor of marine and coastal policy at Oregon State University (OSU) talks about mentorship in academia, she describes it as a meaningful relationship. It goes beyond conversations about research and publications, and into shared experiences. This is just one approach—proposed by Spalding and 23 other women scientists from around the world, in a new article published in PLOS Biology—that calls for a shift in the value system of science to emphasize a more equal, diverse, and inclusive academic culture.

Kiwifruit can thrive in Oregon gardens with proper care and know-how (Oregonian)

Kiwifruit need some attention to yield the large amount of fruit they’re capable of producing. Proper siting, fertilizing, watering and, most importantly, protecting from cold weather, are necessary to keep your plant in good shape, said Bernadine Strik, berry specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

OSU-Cascades celebrates Class of 2021 with drive-through ceremony (KTVZ)

It was all smiles and cheers Sunday at the OSU-Cascades drive-through commencement ceremony and celebration for the Class of 2021.

Exhibit at Bellevue Art Museum questions capital punishment through the tradition of last meals (My Northwest)

At the Bellevue Art Museum, an exhibit called “The Last Supper” is a collection of 800 plates hand-painted by Oregon State University art professor Julie Green.

These primitive, deep-sea fish live to 100, surprising scientists (National Geographic)

“It’s been an enigma this whole time,” says Selena Heppell, head of the Department of Fisheries Wildlife and Conservation Sciences at Oregon State University, who wasn’t involved in the study. “So [now] it makes a lot more sense.

Video offers tips on buying salmon from Columbia River tribes (Forest Grove News-Times)

OSU Extension staff from Clackamas County say this is a great time of year to buy fresh salmon and steelhead from tribal vendors as the fish migrate upriver in the Columbia River Gorge.

Dig this: Wooly mammoth tusk found during roadwork in Oregon (New York Daily Post)

The excavation work was being done for the city government, part of a project on water lines and storm drains in the area. The company contacted Corvallis officials, who brought in Oregon State University’s Loren Davis, an anthropology professor who researches archaeological sites from western North America that date from the Pleistocene era, more than 12,000 years ago.

OSU professor confirmed as head of NOAA (Bend Bulletin)

The Senate confirmed on Thursday a professor of oceanography at Oregon State University as the next leader of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (see also Space News)

Gardening corner: The reign of purple vegetables is here (Redmond Spokesman)

I started thinking of purple vegetables as I was transplanting the purple colored seedlings of Midnight Roma, the new purple roma tomato from Oregon State University tomato breeder, Dr. J Meyers. Midnight Roma was released in 2021.

Event collects left-behind items for nonprofits ([email protected])

DeLay, the materials manager for the materials management department of OSU Surplus and Campus Recycling, picks up those items and many, many more each year as part of The Great Move-Out, wrapping up this week and next.

Use native and food-producing plants to transform lawns into diverse ecological beauties (Register-Guard)

"It's very important, from a standpoint of the ecological integrity of your garden, to move away from monoculture and toward a more diverse array of plants in your garden," said Gail Langellotto, statewide director of the Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener program. "It's more visually interesting as well as more ecologically resilient."

Take these steps when caring for drought tolerant native plants (Oregonian)

The gardening season is up and running and if you’ve got questions, turn to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Two organizations receive stewardship awards from MNCH (Around UO)

Based at Oregon State University, OregonFlora is a comprehensive resource for learning about the nearly 5,000 species of trees, grasses, ferns and wildflowers present in our ecologically diverse state. The organization presents detailed botanical information through its three-volume “Flora of Oregon” book series, a wildflower identification app and website.

Today's photo

Summer on campus: Photo of women in front of Waldo Hall during 4-H Summer school in 1936. Photo courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives.


NEW! Tuesday — Parent Connections for Employees: Join OSU parents for an informal discussion of summer plans and pathways to working and managing family care in the fall. Tuesdays, June 22 and June 29, 1-2 p.m. via Zoom: No meetings in July. Weekly sessions will resume Aug. 3. For more information, contact Robynn Pease at [email protected].

NEW! EMT Seminars — First Year Masters Students: Chloe Fender, Christian Rude and Andrew Schaum on June 22, 3:30 p.m. The Zoom waiting room will open at 3 p.m. Join Zoom meeting:

June 22 Travel Talk: On the Road to Freedom. Before Black Lives Matter, before LGBTQ rights and women’s rights, the civil rights movement established grassroots organizing as a means to achieve racial equality. Join Charlene Alexander, OSU vice president and chief diversity officer, for a look back at the history and hear her thoughts for continuing to advance inclusive excellence at Oregon State, Tuesday, June 22, at 4:30 p.m. Plus, preview the OSU Alumni Association Group Travel’s March 2022 tour, On the Road to Freedom to Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama. Register for the talk at


Beaver Classic Cheese Sales: Come see us at the Corvallis Farmer’s Market every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Corvallis Riverfront on First Street between Jackson and Monroe. You can also order online for the farmers market and just stop by the booth — no waiting. Start here:


Regional Connections: An opportunity to build your personal and professional network with Beavers across the world. This special Connections event is to welcome OSU's new grads to the Beaver alumni network and for everyone to talk, discover new friends, make personal and professional connections, get help with career or simply socialize with alumni and students living across the nation and world. Open to all OSU students, alumni, staff, faculty and friends. June 24, noon to 1 p.m. Register here:

Brandi Douglas going away party: After 10 years at Oregon State, Brandi Douglas, assistant director of outreach in the Office of Institutional Diversity, is on to her next adventure – obtaining her Ph.D. Douglas’ impact on OSU has been significant and we’re grateful for her many contributions to the university community. Join us on Thursday, June 24 from noon to 1 p.m. for a virtual going away party to celebrate Douglas. Registration is available at Contact Scott Vignos ([email protected]) with any questions and requests for accommodations.

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: On Thursday June 24, 3:30 p.m., Brian Wells from NOAA’s SWFSC & NWFSC Fish Ecology Division will be giving a seminar titled “Process studies to quantify ecosystem dynamics in the California Current.” Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.


NEW! International Symposium, “Towards the Post-Pandemic Era:” OSU’s Center for Global Health and Chiu Program for Taiwan Study are co-sponsoring a free symposium with speakers from around the world to discuss different countries’ policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the world is now moving toward a post-pandemic future. The keynote speaker is Taiwan’s former Minister of Health Chien-jen Chen, who oversaw Taiwan’s response to the SARS pandemic. OSU’s Center for Global Health Director Chunhuei Chi will moderate most of the panels. The symposium continues on June 25. Sessions are free but registration is required. For a full schedule and to register, visit this link.

NEW! Art About Agriculture 2021 Reception: All are welcome to Giustina Gallery’s in-person reception for the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Art About Agriculture Competition and Touring Exhibition 2021. Friday, June 25, from 5-7:30 p.m. at Giustina Gallery, The LaSells Stewart Center, OSU. Masks are required. More information for this event can be found at:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High. Crucial Conversations is a 10-hour course that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement — by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics — at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment. This program consists of a series of five (5) live, online sessions on Tuesdays, June 29-July 27, 9-11 a.m. There is a $100 fee to attend Crucial Conversations. Registration closes June 25. Learn more and register here.

Beyond Benefits: Staying Connected, Keeping the Spark Alive in Your Relationship. Keeping the romance alive in any long-term relationship can be difficult. The busyness of everyday life often prevents us from investing in our connection with our partner. Relationships are like a bonfire: They need a stable space, patience, a careful touch and the right ingredients to keep the fire going. In this workshop, you’ll learn the reasons passion wanes over time, barriers to connection and methods for reigniting the spark in your relationship. Tuesday, June 29, noonRegister here.

Take Note

NEW! Limit water use: Water utility officials at the City of Corvallis are closely monitoring the status of chlorine supplies amid a regional shortage of the chemicals used in the treatment of drinking water and wastewater. The City’s municipal water supply is safe and secure, but the shortage is affecting communities throughout Oregon and Washington. Corvallis leaders are in communication with state and federal officials about the current supply of chlorine available to the community, as well as options to acquire more treatment chemicals. Community members can help by implementing voluntary conservation measures, including using water only for drinking, cooking and bathing, limiting outdoor use such as filling pools, washing cars or watering lawns, and identifying and fixing leaky faucets, pipes and fixtures.

NEW! Now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Summer and Fall 2021: Does your team have a service, process or system you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a weekly remote program where campus partners are invited to present brief, one-off, awareness- or skill- building topics intended for a wide audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Learn more about the requirements and application process here. Feel free to reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

NEW! Facilities Services Move Impacts: This summer Facilities Services will relocate from their current space on campus, south of Kerr Administration Building, to the new Western Shops building located on SW 35th street. Facilities Services' core operations will continue during the move, but there will be impacts to maintenance work for the Corvallis campus. Learn more about how Facilities Services is mitigating service impacts during the move.

NEW! Launch Academy honors: The Deshpande Foundation, which supports sustainable, scalable social and economic impact through innovation and entrepreneurship, recently named Launch Academy, the InnovationX student-business incubator, a recipient of the Rising Star Award for Excellence in Curriculum Innovation. This award recognizes Launch Academy's flexible and accessible model for providing students with entrepreneurship resources, training and community. Nominate students for Launch Academy here and contact [email protected] with questions. Launch Academy is a program of the InnovationX Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

NEW! Cybercrimes and seniors: As you’ve probably heard in the media, seniors and elderly folks are often the targets of financial, ID theft and other online crimes. If you have seniors or elderly folks in your life, we hope you’ll find the article “How to Protect Seniors Against Cybercrimes and Scams” helpful. You’ll find out what types of crimes are prevalent, tips to protect seniors and actions to take if targeted by a scammer. The article is available at This message brought to you by the OSU Office of Information Security.

NEW! Mid-Month 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 topic covers burns, sprains/strains and ticks. This month’s poster can be downloaded at

Proposed Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy Program’s What’s New page ( to view draft University Policy 07-001 University Health and Safety, which is being issued for a public notification period. The policy describes the university’s approach to occupational and environmental health and safety. This page is updated frequently with new developments, so we encourage you to check back frequently. Comments or questions may be submitted to [email protected].

OSUsed Store reopening: The OSUsed Store will reopen to the public once weekly on Tuesdays 4:30-7:30 p.m. beginning July 13 at 644 SW 13th Street; details here. Staff may still shop for their department 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; details here. Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more.

Watch Event with Sandra Steingraber and Mary Wood: Spring Creek Project recently hosted a conversation with scientist and anti-fracking activist Sandra Steingraber and environmental law expert Mary Wood. They discussed the ongoing and forward-looking fight against fracking and climate change, especially as viewed through the lens of human rights. The event is now available for viewing online. Watch it here

"Bedrock Rights" Documentary Film Now Online for Viewing: Spring Creek Project’s first-ever documentary film, "Bedrock Rights: A New Foundation for Global Action Against Fracking and Climate," is now available online for all to view. It explores how the lens of human rights can help transform the fight against fracking and climate change. Watch the film here

Introducing SoftwareList: We have launched a new, centralized page for everything software-related. SoftwareList contains info and documentation for software for staff, students and faculty. Check out SoftwareList at

Faculty Staff Fitness Summer 2021 registration is open. You can view offerings and register at Fitness classes include remote options of Online FSF (pre-recorded with over 25 styles of classes and over 500 classes) and synchronous Zoom interval training and yoga classes. In-person options include outside yoga, swimming and aqua aerobics, and weight training and cardio dance with adequate spacing, ventilation and plenty of instruction.
Study participants needed: Principal Investigator Naomi Fitter is looking for participants (18+) who have full use of their arms and legs for an upcoming research study (“Perception of Vibrotactile Sensations”) to evaluate how vibration perception can be used to locate objects in the environment. The study will take approximately an hour and will occur in a lab space on campus. Contact information: 541-737-9193, [email protected]
Study participants needed: Principal Investigator Naomi Fitter is looking for participants (18+) who have full use of their arms and legs for an upcoming research study (“Perception of Vibrotactile Sensations”) to evaluate how vibration perception differs between hands, ankles, knees, elbows and wrists. The study will take approximately an hour and will occur in a lab space on campus. Contact information: 541-737-9193, [email protected].

Study volunteers needed: Jennifer Beamer and Joseline Raja Vora at Oregon State University are recruiting young adults who identify as having Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) and their caregivers, instructors at fitness centers, and hiring managers at fitness centers in a research study titled “A community-based initiative to develop an adaptive training module for young adults with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities (ID/DD) to be fitness instructors.” For more information or questions, please contact Jennifer Beamer at 541-737-5925 or [email protected]edu, or contact Joseline Raja Vora at [email protected].

Nominations open: Help build our next Launch Academy cohort. Nominate engaged, curious, problem-solving undergraduate and graduate students of all majors who have ideas for services, products, community change or any other business idea. Find out who we’re looking for here. Launch Academy students are eligible to win up to $2,000 in business development funding each term and have access to mentorship, networking and other resources. Ecampus and Cascades Campus students are welcome. Tuition scholarships are available. Nominate students here and contact [email protected] with questions. Launch Academy is a program of the InnovationX Center of Excellence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Call for proposals: Affiliate Faculty Research Incubator Program. Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium has released our 2021 Affiliate Faculty Research Incubator Program call for proposals. AFRIP is designed to recruit faculty to become involved with OSGC and provide resources needed to develop student experiences in STEM disciplines. Projects should support NASA Mission Directorates and align with NASA’s top research priorities and areas of emphasis. Proposals are accepted monthly and due the final day of each month. Information can be found online at

Now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Summer and Fall 2021: Does your group have a service, process or system you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a weekly remote program where campus partners are invited to present brief, one-off, awareness- or skill- building topics intended for a wide audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Learn more about the requirements and application process here.

Grant funding for open educational resources now open: Open Oregon Educational Resources, a statewide organization that promotes the use of OER, seeks grant proposals that implement high-impact, culturally relevant/inclusive, collaborative projects in support of open education and reduced textbook costs in lower-division courses. Grant applications are due July 9. Project timelines may vary, but all projects must be completed by June 1, 2023. Learn more and apply today.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Community Hall: As part of the Community Hall Slope Project, Oregon State University will begin work in early July 2021 to update the area shown in this map image to provide access through this portion of OSU’s Corvallis campus for all people. ADA improvements related to the project will also require reconstruction of building entrances to Gladys Valley, the Pharmacy Building and Joyce Collin Furman Hall. There will be an open entrance to each building at all times. 


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! Student Staff Program Specialists: Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL) is now hiring student employees to start in Fall 2021. Student staff may be responsible for planning events, meeting with community partners, meeting students for advising and facilitating educational programs. Students work an average of 10-20 hours per week. Posting #P07283SE. Closes June 27.

NEW! Research Analyst 2: This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time, classified position for OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon. Posting #P03029CT. Closes July 1.

NEW! Residential Ed Coordinator: This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month, professional faculty position for OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon. Posting #P04497UF. Full consideration July 5. Closes July 11. 

NEW! Early Learning Center Director: This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month, professional faculty position for OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon. Posting #P04487UF. Full consideration July 5. Closes July 12.

NEW! Lieutenant of Campus Safety & Crisis Intervention: This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month, professional faculty position for OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon. Posting #P04494UF. Closes July 6. 

NEW! Cook 2: This recruitment will be used to fill two full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month, Classified positions for OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon. Posting #P03021CT. Closes July 16.


“Green was the silence, wet was the light, / the month of June trembled like a butterfly.” ~ Pablo Neruda

Corvallis: Patchy smoke Monday. High of 90, low of 58. Sunny and in the 80s for the rest of the week.
Central Oregon: Patchy smoke Monday. High of 95, low of 62. Sunny and in the 80s for the rest of the week.

Newport: Partly sunny Monday, high of 64, low of 55. Mostly sunny the rest of the week.

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