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:


Oregon wastewater data shows far more people have COVID than is apparent through testing (OPB)

“Wastewater across the state is more or less at record highs or near record highs,” said Tyler Radniecki, an associate professor of environmental engineering who is leading the wastewater sampling research effort at Oregon State University.

COVID through the lens of previous plagues: Are we forgetting? (Jefferson Exchange)

We explore the subject with Christopher Nichols of Oregon State University, a scholar of the 1918 flu, and with Debra Caplan, a theatre historian who follows the literature--or lack of it--on that last big plague. And we explore the ramifications on our plague in our time.

How climate change is making fires worse (The Hill)

John Bailey, a professor at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, said that when land isn’t actively managed, plants that fuel wildfires can build up. 

Too much of a good thing? Report says PNW drought could lead to more flooding events (KATU)

A new study from Oregon State University suggests we could see more frequent local flooding because of the Pacific Northwest’s historic drought.

The importance of large pieces of wood in streams for land-based animals (

Oregon State University scientists Ezmie Trevarrow and Ivan Arismendi are beginning to change that with a just-published paper in Biodiversity and Conservation that outlines what they observed from one year of footage from motion-triggered  they set up near multiple large log jams in a creek just west of Corvallis. (see also

Growing phytoplankton to learn more about the ocean's food web (KUOW)

But, for a long time scientists missed a step in the ocean’s food web. Scientists didn’t include the organisms that graze on phytoplankton, said Rebecca Smoak, an Oregon State University graduate researcher.

This single-celled sea critter could help Oregon scientists learn about climate change (JPR)

That’s where Jennifer Fehrenbacher, assistant professor at Oregon State University, and Brittany Hupp, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate and global change postdoctoral researcher at OSU, collected planktic foram samples using special nets on NOAA’s Bell M. Shimada research vessel.


Why students hate group projects (and how to change that) (Chronicle of Higher Education)

One of the most salient replies came from Regan A. R. Gurung, a psychology professor at Oregon State University, and the author of many books and articles about teaching and learning in higher education.

Two years, 8,000 cases and more than 100 deaths: Covid cases are back on the rise in Malheur County (Malheur Enterprise)

The health department knows cases are inching up because of the coronavirus sewer surveillance program managed by Oregon State University.

Watching for whales — and their food (KUOW)

Whales need a healthy, functioning ecosystem, which means the presence (or absence) of whales could indicate the health of the surrounding ocean, said Dawn Barlow, with the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Laboratory at Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute.

Market will be buzzing with youth activities this year (Argus Observer)

Those who attend Ontario Saturday Market this weekend are urged to bring youth, as there will be hands-on activities offered by OSU Extension — Malheur County and Frontier Hub.

OSU takes silver in marine energy (The Advocate)

A group of Oregon State University students placed second out of 17 teams representing five countries in the Department of Energy’s 2022 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition. (see also KTVZ)

Scientists release hundreds of wasps to save Willamette Valley fruits (Capital Chronicle)

Walton said at first, growers used more pesticides to combat the flies, but insects eventually become resilient to such chemicals, so he and scientists from OSU and the University of California at Berkeley set out to find the flies’ natural enemy.

How to help Oregon gardens and landscapes through summer heat (Oregonian)

Here are some tips from Oregon State University Extension Service experts for preparing for heat and drought. For more, read Heat wave in the garden: how to identify and prevent heat stress in plants by Nicole Sanchez, OSU Extension horticulturist.

Today's photos

Feathered guardian: Lisa Narrow, assistant director for dining, catering and retail, says, "This great horned owl, likely not full grown, came to my attention outside Oxford House when all the other birds were trying to chase it away last night."

Raindrops on roses: Lam Kok-Meng shared this photo of some garden roses. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Need expert guidance to create media for future courses? Want to expand your educational media skills? Summer is a great time to drop in to the Faculty Media Center in Kidder Hall 100 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. You can also schedule a one-on-one consultation or reserve studio time. 






NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: On Thursday, June 30 at 3:30 p.m., Ryan Tucker Jones, associate professor of history, University of Oregon, will be giving a seminar titled “Red Leviathan: The Secret History of Soviet Whaling.” Join 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 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! Booster Blitz: The Beaver Booster Blitz is a FREE five-day COVID-19 vaccination clinic, open to the public in Memorial Union 62. Stop by this walk-up-only event July 19-23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Most COVID-19 vaccines are available, including additional boosters and doses for children. No ID, no insurance required. Bring your COVID-19 CDC card if possible (not required). Masks required — and provided — inside this space.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: This 10-hour course 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 those decisions with unity and commitment. This program consists of a series of five live, online sessions on Wednesdays 1-3 p.m. Aug. 17-Sept. 14. There is a $100 fee to attend Crucial Conversations. Learn more and register (before Aug. 5). 
NEW! 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 OSU 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 and access to employees; and be familiar with OSU resources and responsibilities relating to employee health, safety and wellbeing. August 22-25, 8:15 a.m. to noon each day via Zoom. Learn more and register before Aug. 15.

NEW! SJEI workshop registration open through fall 2022 — secure your spot: The Social Justice Education Initiative is a professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI workshops are infused with expertise, empathy and humor while embracing a guiding principle of “more curiosity, less judgement” to achieve robust learning objectives. Learn more, see the workshop schedule and register on the SJEI website registration page or contact SJEI director Jane Waite at [email protected].

Upcoming retirement workshops:  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! It’s START season: While you’re walking around campus, be sure to welcome any incoming students and their families you happen to see. The next upcoming sessions are June 23, 25, 28, 30 and July 1. Students and families have the option to stay in the residence halls the night before and night of their START session, meaning you may see them earlier and later than the above dates. The Office of Student Orientation thanks you for helping us create a welcoming campus where all of our incoming students belong and can thrive. For questions, please contact us at [email protected].

NEW! Impact the future of online education through research: Each year, the OSU Ecampus Research Unit funds projects up to $25,000 each to support the research, development and scholarship efforts of faculty in online education. Many OSU colleagues have had transformative experiences in the Ecampus Research Fellows Program. Recent Fellows studies highlight the ways in which these projects have advanced research in online/hybrid education. Ecampus Research Unit staff is available to help you develop the scope of your research project proposal. Contact Naomi Aguiar, assistant director of research, with questions.

NEW! Notice of policy action: The university community is invited to review and provide comment on two proposed university policies, both of which may be found on the What's New page of the University Policy & Standards website. The two policies are University Policy 04-100 Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment and University Policy 02-125 University Housing. Comments must be received by July 11.

NEW! UHR Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2022. Does your team have a new or existing service, process, system, policy or research you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a weekly program where campus partners provide presentations for a wide audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Presentations can be 30 minutes to two hours in length. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

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.

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.

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.

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]

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

NEW! Crop Science Building emergency chiller shutdown: Due to a mechanical failure, the chiller that provides cooling to Crop Science is being shut down. Building occupants will notice warmer-than-normal air temperatures in the building. Emergency repairs are being coordinated with a contractor but a restoration date is not known at this time. For questions email Facilities Services or call 737-2969.

NEW! Intermittent tree work around Cordley: For work related to the Cordley Hall Renovation Project, intermittent tree work is scheduled to occur around Cordley East on Monday and Tuesday, June 27-28. Watch for pedestrian detours and closed sidewalks (view map). For questions or comments on this work, contact Construction Manager Jason Lundy at 541-270-0193.

NEW! Heating water shutdown for Cordley: For work related to the Cordley Hall Renovation Project, a heating water shutdown is planned on all floors at Cordley Hall from 7:30 a.m. Monday, June 27 through 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30. Crews will be onsite performing piping work (view map).  

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.

EXTENDED! Lab Technician 1: The OSU Department of Chemistry invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Laboratory Technician 1. Hourly wage range is $15.21-22.07, based on experience, plus benefits. The Laboratory Technician 1 provides support to the Lab Manager, the Laboratory Director, the instructors and the graduate teaching assistants by assisting with routine duties in the undergraduate chemistry teaching labs. Click here to review posting and apply. Closes July 11.

NEW! Bilingual Spanish Education Program Assistant 1: OSU’s Extension Service Family and Community Health program invites applications for two Education Program Assistants. These positions are part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—Education (SNAP-Ed). One position is based at the Marion County Extension Service office in Salem, OR. The other is based in the Polk County Extension Service office in Dallas, OR. These are 12-month, P/T, classified positions starting at $17.01 hourly + bilingual differential pay and benefits. Posting #P03635CT. Closes June 30.

NEW! Administrative Program Assistant: Oregon State University’s Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center invites applications for an Administrative Program Assistant based at the Jackson County Extension Service office in Central Point, OR. This is a 12-month, F/T, classified position starting at $17.01 hourly + benefits. Posting #P03636CT. Closes July 10.

NEW! Accountant 1 (up to three positions): The Controller’s Unit invites applications for up to three full-time, 12-month Accountant 1 positions. For full consideration, apply by July 4. Recruitment closing date is July 17. Posting #P03638CT. Click here for more information or to apply. The positions will support Financial Strategic Services in the College of Forestry, College of Ag Sciences, and College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

NEW! The OSU Foundation is hiring a full-time Assistant Director, Analytics. Reporting to the Director of Analytics & Information Systems, the Assistant Director of Analytics is responsible for leading the Foundation’s marketing analytics functions and ad hoc delivery by overseeing the queue of analytics requests, developing tools to streamline data access and training customers on using data to inform business decisions. The work location for this position is the Foundation’s Corvallis, OR office. The successful candidate will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first day of employment. Click here for full job description and application.

NEW! UIT-Academic Technologies Information Technology Consultant II: UIT-Academic Technologies has two full-time Information Technology Consultant II openings. These positions function within a team-based environment and are responsible for providing workshops, training, and content capturing, editing
and production work using various forms of audiovisual, video and production software based on the specific needs of OSU students, staff and faculty. Posting #P03622CT. Closes July 13. 

NEW! Education Program Assistant 1: OSU’s Extension Service Family and Community Health program invites applications for two (2) Education Program Assistant 1 positions based at the OSU Extension office in Portland, OR. These positions are a part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—Education (SNAP-Ed). These are 12-month, P/T, classified positions starting at $17.01 hourly + benefits. Posting #P03642CT. Closes July 8.

NEW! Education Program Assistant 1: OSU’s Extension Service Family and Community Health program invites applications for two (2) Education Program Assistant 1 positions based at the OSU Extension Linn County office in Tangent, OR. These positions are a part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—Education (SNAP-Ed). These are 12-month, P/T, classified positions starting at $17.43 hourly + benefits. Posting #P03645CT. Closes July 6.

NEW! The Office Equal Opportunity and Access is seeking to hire an Executive Assistant. This position is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Closes July 12. Click here for more information. 

NEW! Office Specialist 2: Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, Office of the Dean invites applicants for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month classified position. Posting #P03641CT. Full consideration July 6. Closes July 15.

NEW! Student Success Navigator: The Scholarship Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Student Success Navigator position. For full consideration, apply by July 5. Recruitment closes July 8. Posting #P05771UF. For more information or to apply, click here

NEW! The College of Science is seeking a Head Advisor. This is an OSU internal search for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. The priority application date is July 5. To review posting and apply, click here. Posting #P05772UF.

EXTENDED! Director of Industry Engagement: OSU’s Division of Extension & Engagement, Center for the Outdoor Recreation Economy program invites applications for a Director of Industry Engagement based in Portland, OR. This is a 12-month, F/T, professional faculty position. Apply to posting #P05634UF. Closes July 11.

NEW! The OSU Foundation is hiring a full-time Director of Stewardship for the 1868 Society. The 1868 Society recognizes donors with cumulative, lifetime giving of $100,000 to $999,999 to Oregon State University. Reporting to the Senior Director of Stewardship, the Director of Stewardship works collaboratively across the Foundation and university to lead stewardship for donors in the 1868 Society, demonstrate appreciation and illustrate the impact of their gifts. The work location for this position is the Foundation’s Corvallis, OR office. The successful candidate will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first day of employment. Click here to view full job description and application.

NEW! OSU’s Washington County Extension Office invites applications for three (3) intermittent Campus Patrol Officer positions based in Beaverton. These are 12-month, P/T, classified positions. For more details, see posting #P03646CT. Closes July 6.

NEW! Grant and Contract Coordinator: The Controller’s Unit invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Grant and Contract Coordinator. Full consideration July 10. Recruitment closes July 24. Posting #P03628CT. For more information or to apply, click here.


"In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction." ~ Audre Lorde 

Corvallis: High of 88 on Monday, then mostly sunny with highs in the mid- to high 70s for the week. 

Central Oregon: High of 95 on Monday, then sunny with highs in the low 80s for the week. 

Newport: Cloudy with some drizzle and highs around 60 throughout the week. 

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