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:

Pioneering submersible pilot weighs in on Ocean Gate disappearance (CBS News)  

Don Walsh (Oregon State University courtesy professor) was born in Berkeley and is a graduate of Alameda High School. He's now 91 years old, but in 1960 Walsh and Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard were the first two people to ever explore Challenger Deep in a submersible. They dove more than 7 miles down to the floor of the Pacific Ocean in the Mariana Trench.

James Cameron compares submersible tragedy to Titanic sinking: 'I'm struck by the similarity of the Titanic disaster' (ABC News)

Chris Goldfinger, marine geologist at Oregon State University who has been on at least two dozen deep-sea dives in the Pacific Ocean, also compared the sinking of the Titanic to the implosion of the Titan, describing the latter to ABC News as an "underprepared vehicle."

ChatGPT might kill us all ... with dad jokes (Washington Post)

Naomi Fitter, an assistant professor of robotics at Oregon State University, studies how robots might assist humans in health contexts, like guiding people through physical therapy exercises. Starting in 2018, Fitter wrote stand-up comedy routines for a robot she named Jon and sent him out on tour in Los Angeles.

How a standardized robot could help accelerate research around human-robot interactions (OPB News)

A $5 million National Science Foundation project led by Oregon State University aims to help with this challenge by building and distributing 50 standardized robots throughout the research community. The robot’s expressive face and gesturing arms are meant to help researchers study how humans and robots should interact in the workplace and other social environments.

Turning PVC waste into eco-friendly adhesive: OSU researchers find innovative solution (KMTR)

Researchers in the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Engineering have received funding to develop a process for converting waste polyvinyl chloride, commonly referred to as PVC, into a wax that can be used as an adhesive for flooring and other products. (see also KATU)

Educated cows, GPS join forces for wildfire land management on High Desert (Central Oregon Daily)

A new research project by Oregon State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture explores the unique combination of global positioning satellites, mobile cell towers, and educated cattle wearing shock collars. The study aims to revolutionize rangeland management and wildfire prevention in the Pacific Northwest.

In Oregon, corn is on the menu more — thanks in part to culture and climate change (OPB News)

Lucas Nebert, an OSU  sustainable agriculture researcher, has spent years studying the farming of corn and other crops in Oregon. His emphasis is in dryland farming — figuring out how to farm with less water, in drier conditions. He’s not worried about corn going away any time soon. “Corn is so versatile, it’s adapted to the jungles, it is adapted to the Saskatchewan region in Canada, and everywhere in between — it’s a very adaptable crop. And not only in terms of the climate it adapts to, but also whatever culinary values that people place on it and see in it, corn can adapt that way,” said Nebert.


Researchers help students connect classwork to marine science (News Times)

The 84-foot research vessel, the Pacific Storm, embarks from its homeport in Newport’s Yaquina Bay with an educational mission to introduce Sheridan High School students to oceanography by observing and helping Oregon State University scientists as part of Oregon Sea Grant’s STEM at Sea program.

US: Southern Baptist Convention upholds expulsion of two churches over female pastors (ABC Australia)

Women becoming ordained in the Baptist Church has long been an issue within the conservative leaning Southern Baptist Convention - considered to be the largest Protestant denomination in the United States. During the group's annual meeting, delegates voted to uphold the ousting of two churches for having female pastors. Professor of women, gender and sexuality studies at Oregon State University, Susan Shaw, tells The World’s Beverley O’Connor that the battle over this issue is one that was lost a long time ago. (video)

Of light, tide and the river: Ink drawings inspire OSU music students (Oregon Arts Watch)

“She came into our class, through Zoom, and gave a wonderful presentation,” said Dana Reason, an assistant professor of music at Oregon State University. “Showed us her work and had the students read her mission statement for the project beforehand. They got this opportunity to now think about how they would compose music to someone else’s artistic practice.”

Oregon lawmakers reduce planned funding for cybersecurity by millions (Oregon Capital Chronicle)

The reduction in funding would limit the new center’s reach, he said. With the reduction, just three universities – Portland State University, Oregon State University and University of Oregon – would be involved. The universities would provide help such as training for the cybersecurity workforce and be available as a resource for agencies and businesses that need guidance on how to monitor for threats and respond to breaches.  

New book describes life at Celilo Falls before a dam destroyed a way of life for Indigenous people (Think Out Loud)

Meanus joins us to talk about her new book which was published by OSU Press in collaboration with Confluence and historian Katy Barber.

OSUsed store takes on surplus from students who are moving out (KEZI)

As summer starts and school ends, Oregon State University students are packing up their things and heading home. Many students are donating or reselling what they can’t take with them.

OSU receives grant to study links between changing ocean conditions, movement of fish and geopolitical tensions (Columbia Gorge News)

An Oregon State University researcher has been awarded a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to lead a study about the movement of fish stocks due to changing climate conditions and the potential geopolitical tensions that could result from that shift.

Looking back at OSU Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center Potato Field Day (Potato Grower)

Oregon State University’s HAREC ( annual Potato Field Day was held under blue skies and attendees enjoyed near perfect weather as OSU researchers shared potato research information on a variety of topics. Those topics included soil health, potato variety breeding updates, nematode research, plant pathology, powdery scab, nitrogen trials and more.

Oregon offers chipmakers more than $500 million, hoping for billions in return (Oregonian)

Nearly $73 million in state funds for a new supercomputer lab at Oregon State University, adding to $50 million Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, an Oregon State alumnus, pledged last year.

'Invent Oregon' finals showcase student innovators from across the state (KPTV)

“The name of the product is Slap! Weights for the iconic slap sound it makes,” Daniel Bordenave, Oregon State University, and a member of the SLAP! Weights team, said. The winning team represented Oregon State University and is looking to change transform the fitness industry.

Power, politics and participation: Naming the non-technical in multi-stakeholder processes (Forests News)

The answer, which Oregon State University postdoctoral researcher Jazmin Gonzales Tovar and her co-authors lay out in a 2021 study, lies in context – and in how the people involved worked within and around it.

Easiest time to prune a Japanese maple is summer and winter: Ask Extension expert (Oregonian)

Gardening season is underway, and you may have questions. To ask one, simply go to the OSU Extension website, type it in and include the county where you live. A photo is very helpful.

USDA awards $10 million to OSU Extension to coordinate innovative projects for youths in agriculture (KTVZ)

Oregon State University Extension Service will use a five-year, $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to serve as coordinator of USDA-funded projects that aim to cultivate the next generation of research, education and Extension professionals in food and agricultural sciences.


Today's photo

Moonlight: Deepak Sharma, a postdoctoral researcher in the Propulsion Laboratory, took this photo near 29th Street in Corvallis. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for support for your Summer ‘23 teaching? Have questions about Canvas, Top Hat, library services, course design, assessment or pedagogy? Check out resources from the Center for Teaching and LearningEcampus Faculty Support, UIT-Academic Technologies and OSU Libraries.


Transfer services manager: Three candidates have been invited to on-campus interviews for the Transfer Services Manager position in Admissions. Candidate presentations and Q&A will be as follows: Candidate 3, 9:10 a.m., June 27, Furman Hall 101. The Zoom link for these sessions is For feedback: Contact Joy Jorgensen [email protected] for candidate information.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more, at 644 SW 13th St. Public sales are open to all shoppers 5:30-7:30 p.m.Tuesdays and noon to 3 p.m. Fridays; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.


NEW! Care Talks, Confident Parenting: Internet information for parents. In this webinar we will review the language, identify concerns and risks, teach strategies to increase safety online, discuss instant messaging, texting, social networking and chat rooms and identify resources and monitoring software, 10 a.m., June 28. Register today.


Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture open house: Learn about urban ecology and pollinator health research, honeybee demonstration hives, Oregon Bee Atlas, OSU Extension Small Farms Program, dry farming vegetables, annual flower trials, student-led research, OSU Master Gardener Program and more. Family-friendly and open to the public. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., July 13. Directions and more information.

NWREC open house: The North Willamette Research & Extension Center (NWREC) in Aurora Oregon is hosting a community open house 4-7 p.m., July 19. The public is invited for an up-close look at research and development at the center including berry-tasting, hay ride farm tours, farm equipment display and fresh farm veggies. NWREC is located at 15210 NE Miley Road, one mile east of I-5 and across the road from Charbonneau’s east entrance. For more information, contact NWREC at 503-678-1264.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

UPDATED! Social Justice Education: Social Justice Education Initiative workshops are open for registration through Fall 23. The SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. Learn more, see the schedule and register for remote Tier One Platform and Tier Two Next Level workshops here. Interested in this development for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information: [email protected].

NEW! Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for the Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 courses and register here. There is a $100 fee to attend this workshop.

Core Curriculum for OSU managers and supervisors: Managers and supervisors at OSU play a key role in enabling employees to do their best work. The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State University managers, supervisors, and lead workers. At the end of this course, learners will: have a solid understanding about the principles and policies that apply to our employees; know how to navigate within the space of talent management activities; recognize when, and how, to provide equal opportunity & access to employees; and be familiar with the OSU resources and responsibilities relating to employee health, safety, and wellbeing. Summer 2023 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays & Thursdays Aug. 15-24, via Zoom. Fall 2023 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Tuesday - Friday Nov. 14-17, via Zoom Learn more and register.

UHR workshop: FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by University Human Resources that dives deep into the way that we solve problems together. The workshop helps people learn more about their own mindset, learn appreciation for how colleagues work, and together be able create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions. University Human Resources is offering this new two-hour workshop to OSU employees on a monthly basis. Find upcoming workshops and enroll here. A $40 fee covers materials. Contact [email protected] for more information.

On-Demand Webinar from TIAA: Equally Prepared: Financial planning for the LGBTQ+ community. Financial planning is important for everyone to explore in order to prepare you and your loved ones for the future. Learn more about financial basics and prepare yourself for that future by managing day-to-day finances, tackling your debt, balancing your financial priorities, learning more about retirement planning, understanding lifetime income, educating yourself on estate planning and implementing financial tools and resources available from TIAA.

Grow your best garden ever with the accelerated Home Horticulture Certificate: Learn the art and science of caring for plants in this 100% online program. Gain the same in-class training as the online Master Gardener program in seven weeks. No volunteering required. Register while seats are available.

Professional development: Technical Writing Certificate. Gain the essential skills to produce instructive, informational and persuasive documents based on well-defined and achievable outcomes. Our next technical writing cohort starts June 26.

Community workforce development training opportunity: Dairy Foods Online Program. The College of Agriculture has a new online Dairy Foods Manufacturing Continuing Education Series that will give folks the needed technical, scientific and regulatory knowledge for a successful career in this growing field. No prerequisites. 100% on demand.

Take Note

NEW! Eugene Airport Shuttle beginning June 26: Beginning June 26, Groome Transportation is offering an airport shuttle with eight roundtrips daily between OSU (Hilton Garden Inn) to the Eugene Airport. Share the news with anyone needing assistance with travel plans to and from OSU in Corvallis. Specific questions about the shuttle can be directed to Groome. For questions about trip planning resources available to the Corvallis campus community please email [email protected].

NEW! START June 27: Now that summer is here, we will begin to welcome our new students to campus with our first START session happening on June 27. The Office of Student Orientation needs your help to welcome our new students and it’s very simple. When you see folks on campus with a folder or looking lost, take a minute to smile, say hello and ask if you can assist. We greatly appreciate your help in creating a welcoming campus for our new students. Find out all of the dates and latest information on our internal webpage:

NEW! Hiring students: Are you hoping to hire students this summer for the fall? At START, we will host an “available jobs” table at our checkout and are happy to help you connect with new students. Advertise for your posting by simply creating a postcard-sized (4x6) take-away and printing up as many copies as you’d like for us to make available. Whatever your budget will allow is great, but if you’re looking for recommendations, we’d suggest 500 postcards to start the summer off. Postcards can be dropped off or campus mailed to Waldo 102 as soon as they’re ready to share with students.

NEW! All-Star Tailgate Sweepstakes: Cheer on the Beavs like a VIP in 2023: You could win two club-level seats, two meals in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center VIP area and one tailgate parking spot at an OSU home football game. Enter the OSU Alumni Association’s All-Star Tailgate Sweepstakes by Aug. 1. No purchase necessary; read official rules and enter.

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Pets in Disaster. The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or earthquake is directly related to your level of emergency planning. Whether you decide to stay in place in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what is best for you is also typically best for your animals. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

Policy updates: Fiscal policies for University Credit CardsTravelMeals, Refreshments & Events and Agricultural Research Foundation have been updated. Please see the FPP website for more information and contact the Policy Steward listed on each policy with any questions.

The Alumni Center makes your event a breeze: At the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, you get peace of mind and full enjoyment of your special day. Leave the setup and tear-down to us and let our team bring your special occasions to life with outstanding event planning support, audiovisual tech assistance and a comfortable, climate-controlled atmosphere. Reserve your space

Germany Collaboration and Travel Opportunity: The Office of Global Opportunities is presenting a funding opportunity for faculty (including professors, instructors, administrators or advisors of any academic department). Grants will be awarded to visit a partner institution in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Candidates should identify a particular university connection, project or opportunity to explore. Support will be offered to establish appropriate university connections or identify possible project collaborators. For more information, please visit

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Kerr south parking lot: As part of the Kerr Administration South Parking Lot Improvement project, the Kerr South parking lot will be closed for construction activities from June 26-Sept. 27. The path running along the west side of the Kerr Administration Building will be closed along with the south entrance/exit to the parking lot and the ADA ramp. Other possible impacts include noise, dust and mud near the construction site.

Madison Avenue: As part of the Upper Division & Graduate Student Housing project, the roadway and sidewalk median on SW Madison Avenue between SW Ninth and SW 11th Streets will be closed through July 3. The sidewalks on the north side of Madison Avenue and the east side of 11th Street will remain closed through Dec. 31. The sidewalk on the south side Madison will remain open. In addition, several city parking spaces along the west side of SW 11th Street near the intersection with NW Monroe Avenue will be closed through Dec. 31 to allow for construction activities. (View map.)

Student Legacy Park: Student Legacy Park, including all fields, tennis facilities, basketball court and sand volleyball courts will be closed for resurfacing and turf replacement starting on Monday, June 19 and continuing through the summer. The sidewalk on the north side of Washington Way directly adjacent to Student Legacy Park will also be closed. Other possible impacts include noise, dust and mud near the construction site.

Multi-use path: The Campus Way multi-use path will be closed daily from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., to all vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic from June 19-30 for brush clearing and spraying. Work will occur Monday through Friday. The route will reopen after 3 p.m. on weekdays and remain fully open on weekends. The closure will begin just west of the Feed Center and continue down Campus Way to 53rd Street.


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! Purchasing Analyst 3: Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management invites applications for a Purchasing Analyst 3. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), hybrid work position within the Procurement unit. Posting #P04256CT. Full consideration June 28. Closes July 5.

NEW! Recycling Supervisor: Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management invites applications for a Recycling Supervisor. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position within the Materials Management unit. Posting #P07019UF. Closes July 5.

NEW! Student Success Advisor: College of Pharmacy Office of Student Success and Engagement invites applications for a full-time Student Success Advisor in Corvallis. Posting #P06982UF. Full consideration July 7.

NEW! Business Manager: College of Forestry invites applications for a Business Manager. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #P07021UF. Closes July 12.

NEW! Education Program Assistant 2: OSU Extension Service invites applications for an Education Program Assistant 2 position based at the OSU Extension Service Lincoln County office in Newport. This position will provide critical support by assisting the Horticulture/Agriculture/Natural Resources faculty member with program coordination and outreach. This is a 12-month, full-time, classified position starting at $18.92 hourly + benefits. Posting #P04258CT. Closes July 13.


“Love demands expression. It will not stay still, stay silent, be good, be modest, be seen and not heard.” ~ Jeanette Winterson

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

Central Oregon: Thunderstorms Monday, sunny the rest of the week, highs in the highs in the 70s to 80s, lows in the 50s.

Newport: Partly 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: