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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.

As pathway market expands, enrollment outcomes diverge (Inside Higher Ed)

Oregon State University, INTO’s first partner in the U.S., increased its international student population as a proportion of total enrollment from 4.9 percent in fall 2008, when the partnership started, to 11.5 percent in fall 2017. According to published enrollment figures, the university enrolled 898 students across the various INTO Oregon State intensive English and pathway programs in fall 2017, down from a peak of 1,496 in 2014. Most of the drop was in intensive English enrollments, where numbers are falling nationwide, in large part due to the drop in Saudi students.

'Narco-deforestation' may boost disaster risks in Central America (Reuters)

“When I went to see what was happening I found very extensive new paddocks, many buildings with great security and very big ranches tucked into the large forests,” said Wrathall, now an Oregon State University professor of natural hazards.

OSU wristbands reveal toxins in Houston (KGW)

When Hurricane Harvey swept through the Houston area last August, it caused devastating floods. Many residents worried those floodwaters had swept toxic chemicals into their neighborhoods. It was a concern shared by scientists from Oregon State University.

After hiatus, Sony is back in the corporate-venture capital game (Seattle-Times)

Cassie was developed at Oregon State University. Six have been sold so far, mostly to universities. Agility Robotics was co-founded by Jonathan Hurst, associate professor of mechanical engineering, with Oregon State graduate Mikhail Jones and Hurst’s graduate-school classmate, Shelton.

Oregon State University names interim dean of College of Pharmacy (OSU News)

Oregon State University Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser has announced that Mark Leid, a professor and associate dean for research in the College of Pharmacy, will serve as interim dean of the college effective July 1.

'Citizen Scientists' seek solutions to bumblebees' problems(Voice of America)

Andony Melathopoulos is with Oregon State University. His research interest centers on this period of bumblebees’ lives when they live alone.

The Salmon State: The impossible journey of the juvenile coho (Frontiersman)

As a Ph.D. student with the University of Washington’s Alaska Salmon Program, Jonny Armstrong — now assistant professor in Oregon State University’s Fish and Wildlife Department — snorkeled the Wood River in the Bristol Bay watershed. He soon encountered a mystery: juvenile coho as much as a mile from the nearest sockeye spawning ground had sockeye eggs in their stomachs.

US warned 30 years ago that global warming had arrived (Boston Globe)

‘‘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. ‘‘Climate change is here, it’s now and it’s hitting us hard from all sides.’’

NuScale's small modular nuclear reactor: reliable, resilient and flexible (Forbes)

But Dr. Jose Reyes, NuScale’s chief technology officer, made another couple of amazing announcements this week at the ANS meeting – that their SMR can generate 20 percent more power than originally planned, and that it can serve as First Responder Power to help restore power to a grid after any catastrophe. Dr. Reyes is also a nuclear engineering professor emeritus at Oregon State University and is the scientist who originally conceived of this SMR.

OSU study: Bees abuzz over type of blue fluorescent light (KTVZ)

Researchers at Oregon State University have learned that a specific wavelength range of blue fluorescent light set bees abuzz. (see also KPIC)

New blood test reveals susceptibility to costly disease in dairy cows (Phys.Org)

Oregon State University researchers have developed a blood test to identify dairy cows that are susceptible to bovine clinical mastitis. (see also Animal Pharm)

New octopus is on candid octo-cam at Newport center (Oregonian)

The tank in the visitor area of Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center is home to a new octopus. A 9-pound female has been on exhibit and star of the "OctoCam" since June 8. "This is a perfect-sized animal to grow into its habitat in the visitor center," said Timothy Miller-Morgan, an extension veterinarian at the center.

The world's animals are getting their very own Facebook(Fast Company)

“Individual observations aren’t great but we make up for it with volume,” says Tom Dietterich, a computer science professor at Oregon State University.

Paying people to use land wisely (Jefferson Public Radio)

Recent research involving Oregon State University indicates PES does provide some benefits to land and people and the communities they share. The research focused on Mexico. OSU's Jennifer Alix-Garcia visits with details. 

Mosquitoes on the rise; Oregon officials on alert (KTVZ)

Officials trap mosquitoes and send them to Oregon State University for testing for the viruses. Officials are mostly concerned about the West Nile and Zika viruses.

Special Olympics State Summer Games in Corvallis canceled(Gazette-Times)

The organization held its Summer State Games in Corvallis for the first time in 2017 on campus at Oregon State University and on the track at Corvallis High School. After those games, organizers of the event praised OSU and the Corvallis community and said the organization wanted to hold games in Corvallis for many years to come.

Finding uses for that pesky juniper (Jefferson Public Radio)

Rancher Duncan Livingston has been taking part in juniper management experiments. He and Oregon State University professor Scott Leavengood are our guests.  

A new whey to make vodka (AgInfo)

A new OSU study shows using “whey” to make vodka could add value to smaller creameries while reducing environmental impact.

OSU Alumni Association names new executive director (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University Alumni Association announced that John P. Valva will become its next executive director effective July 22. He also will serve as vice president of alumni relations at Oregon State.

Mike Riley leaving OSU again to coach team in new professional football league (Fox 12)

Mike Riley’s latest return to Oregon State University will be a short one.


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.


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 S.W. 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.


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.

Pop-Up Institute: “The language of public health: incorporating values, data, visuals and words” will be presented at a Pop-Up Institute sponsored by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. The institute will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 27-28 in Portland, Medford and Corvallis. To learn more and to register, visit Oregon State’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences event page.


NEW! Will Downing – Forest Ecosystems and Society M.S. Defense: Will Downing will present his thesis, “Fire refugia function and composition in dry mixed-conifer forests of Oregon’s Blue Mountains” on Friday, June 29 at 9 a.m. in Richardson 115. He is completing his M.S. under the guidance of major professor Meg Krawchuk. Free and open to the public.

NEW! 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 please contact

Meat Center: The Clark Meat Science Center retail store will be open Friday noon-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. Please email for any questions regarding the store.

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 S.W. 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

NEW! Art reception: Portland artist Kathryn Cotnoir’s work is on display in Strand Gallery. She creates drawings and paintings en plein air style, working outdoors with natural sunlight of the Willamette Valley, the Oregon coast and the Haida Gwaii, Canada, archipelago off the Pacific coast of British Columbia. An artist’s reception will be held June 29, 3:30-5:30 p.m., with remarks beginning at 4 p. m., Strand Gallery, 440 Strand Agriculture Hall. 


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

Upcoming Events

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! Building a Digital Content Strategy: Develop a content marketing strategy to reach digitally connected customers with the right message in the appropriate channel. Find out how here. Course starts July 2.

NEW! Project Management: Schedule, Resources and Cost Planning: Learn to effectively manage a project and plan for costs, schedule and use of resources. Course begins July 2. Click here to find out more.

NEW! Technical Writing Course Online: Learn how to produce writing that is precise, concise, organized, and based on complex information. Find out how here. This online course starts July 9.

NEW! Business Writing Online: Elevate your writing in this online course led by an expert writing instructor. You’ll master a variety of workplace writing, such as emails, reports, proposals and more. Course starts July 9. Click here and secure your seat today

NEW! Human Resources: Legal Aspects: Learn to navigate federal, state and local laws and ensure that your company maintains a safe, fair and equitable working environment. Discover how here.This online course starts July 9.

NEW! Sports Marketing Online Five-Week Course: Learn how digital communities interact with your team and gain strategies to leverage your online brand presence to take your current organization even further. Find out more here. Course begins July 9.

NEW! 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 5 years of retirement. Presented by Barbara Koontz, Financial Advisor, CFS*.  RSVP to

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.

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! FERPA Learning Community: The Office of the Registrar is recruiting for their 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, please fill out this survey by July 1. Questions? Contact

NEW! 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 gas to take advantage of renewable energy that might otherwise be lost. NW Natural sponsored the student researchers.

NEW! 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.

NEW! Volunteer Opportunity at the HSRC Food Pantry: The OSU Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) is looking for faculty, staff, students and community members to volunteer at the HSRC food pantry this summer. To volunteer, complete a one hour training. You can drop by Avery Lodge (HSRC) anytime between 11a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday to complete it. More information about the HSRC and the food pantry schedule can be found here. For more information:

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 switched 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

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.


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! Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center is seeking an Accountant 1.  This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position. Posting # P01612CT. Closes June. 26.

NEW! Grants/Contracts Technician: Health Sciences Business Center (HSBC) in Corvallis invites applications for a Grants and Contracts Technician (1.0 FTE). Posting #P01542CT. For full consideration, please apply by June 26. Closes July 6.

NEW! Technical Assistant: Sensory Lab: This position will be used to fill up to five part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week) undergraduate technical research assistant positions in the Sensory Science Lab in the Department of Food Science and Technology (FST). Posting # P03915SE. Closes June 29.

NEW! Assistant to the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs/Office Manager. Oregon State University College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #P02266UF. Full consideration date July 1. Closes July 11.

NEW! Assistant to Executive Associate Dean/Executive Director Strategic Partnerships - Oregon State University College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #P02267UF. Full consideration date July 1. Closes July 11.

NEW! Education Program Assistant 1: This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 28 hours per week) .70 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 be located in Roseburg, Oregon, and will require travel. Posting #P01611CT. Closes July 2.

NEW! The Office of the Registrar is seeking an Operations Manager. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Registrar. Posting # P02282UF. Closes July 4.

NEW! Assistant to EECS School Head: The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Assistant to the School Head. Posting #P02264UF. Full consideration July 6. Closes July 20.  

NEW! Education Program Assistant 2: This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 32 hours per week) Education Program Specialist 2 position for the Extension Service Forestry and Natural Resources program at Oregon State University. The position will be located in Oregon City. Posting # P01625CT. Closes July 23.


OSU150 fun fact: Glenn Odekirk, a 1927 engineering alumnus, served as Howard Hughes’ right-hand man for many years, contributing to the design of the innovative Hughes H-1 Racer and the Spruce Goose, which is now displayed the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. 

Corvallis: Slight chance of rain and then mostly sunny through the week, highs in the low 70s, lows in the upper 40s.

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

Newport: Sunny this week with highs in the upper 60s and lows in the 40s, with the possibility of some showers Thursday.

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