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: Looking for ways to effectively design and manage your Canvas courses? The Canvas Course Checklist provides you a number of tips to help you implement best practices in creating your courses in Canvas. These tips are applicable across different teaching modalities.  

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.

Despite massive effort, spotted owl populations at an all-time low (National Geographic)

But, if conservation efforts are directed only towards trying “to blast away at the barred owl," said Matthew Betts, a professor at Oregon State University, "it just wouldn’t be a feasible thing to do."

Wildfires threaten urban water supplies, long after the flames are out (New York Times)

As climate change helps make wildfires burn hotter and longer, the risks to water supplies grow. But most people don’t think about the risks, said Kevin Bladon, a hydrologist at Oregon State University, even after a damaging fire.

College applications pour in because of optional ACT, SAT test scores amid COVID-19 (USA Today)

“I couldn’t take it, then I was advised to skip it because it wasn’t needed, and it wasn’t necessary to spend the time studying,” said Minjares-Carrillo, who will start at Oregon State in the fall and plans to major in public health. “It’s not built for people of color or low-income students, so why even try?”

What is a heat dome? Deadly hot weather descends on Pacific Northwest (National Geographic)

Also, by further drying out vegetation, the heat wave could elevate the wildfire risk in the West. Last year, hundreds of homes were lost to wildfire in the Pacific Northwest. “Any time vegetation is becoming quite dry that’s one piece of the fire equation. That increases the likelihood and size of fire,” says Erica Fleishman, an ecologist at Oregon State University. 

OSU interim president aims to rebuild trust following Alexander controversy (KEZI)

“The biggest challenge is the fall term and bringing people back to campus,” Johnson said. “We want people to feel safe and we want them to have the kind of experience that that they were expecting when they enrolled at Oregon State University.”

Latest sampling shows COVID-19 at levels similar to this time last year (KGW)

Over the last year, Oregon State University students teamed up with health care workers have been going to randomly selected homes in Corvallis offering up free COVID-19 testing. Scientist Ben Dalziel is leading the first of its kind project called TRACE-COVID-19.

OSU researcher: 'Some evidence that the 70% is not enough' (KOIN)

Tuesday, Oregon State University held a virtual forum with researchers to discuss the vaccine. Experts at the forum said that while reaching the goal of having 70% of people ages 18 and older vaccinated is an important milestone, Oregon might want to consider aiming for an even larger percentage. (see also KGW)

OSU leading $17M effort to understand universe through low-frequency gravitational waves (KTVZ)

Oregon State University is the lead institution for a $17 million National Science Foundation center devoted to pushing the boundaries of physics knowledge by studying the universe through low-frequency gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of time-space.

Parts of eastern and central Oregon experiencing historic drought conditions (KLCC)

As another heat wave nears, parts of Oregon are already experiencing their driest spells yet in recorded history, according to Oregon State University researchers. (see also KEZIKTVZKGW)

Wheat farmers, experts look toward grim harvest as drought consumes Oregon (East Oregonian)

“It’s an exceptionally dry year,” said Larry Lutcher, an extension agronomist for Oregon State University based out of Morrow County, adding, “It’s too late for most of the wheat in Morrow County.”

Oregon bill funds 'benefits navigators' at public universities, colleges (OPB News)

Oregon State University already has a “basic needs navigator” in its Human Services Resource Center, OSU spokesperson Steve Clark said. “Oregon State University applauds state legislators for recognizing the significant and growing needs that college students face today,” Clark said.

Ant trapped in ancient amber with parasitic mushroom stuck up its butt (CNET)

The amber came from the Baltic region of Europe and contains a carpenter ant. In a statement on Wednesday, Oregon State University said the discovery is "the oldest known specimen of a fungus parasitizing an ant, and the fossil also represents a new fungal genus and species." (see also Digital JournalNew Atlas)

Latest Corvallis TRACE effort finds COVID prevalence at early pandemic levels (KLCC)

During Oregon State University’s seventh round of COVID-19 sampling throughout Corvallis—TRACE volunteers found evidence of the virus at similar levels seen at the start of the pandemic. 

The danger of anthropomorphic language in robotic AI systems (Brookings)

A piece by Cindy M. Grimm, professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University.

Genetically engineered 'supertrees' capture more carbon (Interesting Engineering)

Living Carbon plans to release more details on its technology later this year, though its roots are in the work of scientists such as Donal Ort, from the University of Illinois, and Steve Strauss, forest biotechnology professor at Oregon State University, who is advising Living Carbon.

Research: Juniper tree removal boosts sage grouse population growth (Capital Press)

Andrew Olsen, who led the research as a graduate student at Oregon State University, said the expansion of junipers has choked out vegetation like sagebrush and perennial grasses where sage grouse nest.

Can the new Atlantic Charter match the importance of the original? (Washington Post)

Co-authored by Christopher McKnight Nichols, an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, associate professor of history and director of the Oregon State University Center for the Humanities.

Three Sisters Nixtamal's marvelous masa (Portland Monthly )

Three Sisters is working with agricultural researcher Lucas Nebert of Oregon State University to figure out what kinds of corn can thrive in its nonnative Pacific Northwest—and which make the best tortillas. 

What's up with Alaska's wild, wondrous, 'warm-blooded' bumblebees? (Atlas Obscura)

Oregon State University’s Andony Melathopoulos leads the bee atlas effort, and has some advice for his Alaskan colleagues. “I imagine Alaska and Oregon are the same: There are people in the state who fear the listing of bee species. Oregon has the legacy of the spotted owl,” Melathopoulos says, referencing a controversy in the 1990s that pitted logging communities against conservationists. 

Former OSU VP for research named NOAA administrator (Gazette-Times)

Richard Spinrad, an Oregon State University professor and former vice president for research, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce and administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to an OSU news release. (see also KLCC)

The unequal path to elite athletic pursuits (The Hill)

A piece by Megan MacDonald, an associate professor of kinesiology in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences at Oregon State University and the IMPACT for Life faculty scholar.

OSU COVID tracing programming expands to vaccinations (KGW)

In addition to COVID testing, volunteers at Oregon State University also offer antibody tests and vaccinations. Keely Chalmers has an update on the program.

With a heat dome poised to shatter Oregon records, what role does climate change play? (Oregonian)

For those who study climate in Oregon, the record-breaking temperatures on the way don’t come as much of a surprise. “This is consistent with what is being observed and projected as our climate continues to change,” said Erica Fleishman, director of Oregon State University’s Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. “It is becoming warmer during the summer and heat waves are more frequent, they are of greater magnitude and they are lasting longer.”

Oregon's hemp innovation program names Shrestha extension specialist (Hemp Today)

Govinda Shrestha has been named statewide hemp extension specialist at Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center.

MGA creates mass timber buildings for forestry college in Oregon (Dezeen)

Canadian firm Michael Green Architecture used materials such as mass plywood panels and cross-laminated timber to construct two mass timber buildings at an Oregon university. The buildings are part of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, a public institution in the city of Corvallis.

In Oregon, small-woodland owners play big role in fire resilience (Bend Bulletin)

After the 2020 Labor Day fires, the organization held a meeting with forestry experts from the Oregon State University Extension Service to discuss lessons learned from the fires.

The role of climate change in wildfires: Significant, but not singular (KLCC)

Erica Fleishman is Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University. She says weather patterns have trended consistently with what researchers know about climate change, but this doesn’t mean it’s the sole factor behind recent fires.

OSU researchers look at trees that don't burn (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University researchers used some new technology and approaches to examine the concept, which has high visibility these days given climate change and the intensity of recent fires.

In Colombia, end of war meant start of runaway deforestation, study finds (Mongabay)

Colombian researcher Paulo Murillo-Sandoval led the research as part of his doctoral studies at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU). According to Murillo-Sandoval, the study’s objective was to evaluate the changes in forest cover in the Colombian Amazon before, during, and at the end of the war.

Taking weight loss supplements? They probably won't work, study suggests (Newsweek)

Melinda M. Manore, emeritus professor in nutrition and exercise at Oregon State University, who was not involved in the research, told Newsweek via email that the weight loss in the 16 studies was small, "especially compared to the amount of weight most overweight/obese people want to lose (20 to 60 pounds or more). "In addition, weight loss supplements are expensive and many have side effects; thus, the risks of use do not outweigh the benefits."

Western Innovator: Bringing kiwi production to Oregon (Capital Press)

Bernadine Strik had a dream. It was 1990, and she was working as a professor and berry crop researcher at Oregon State University, where she still works today. Her dream was to add another berry choice for growers in the Pacific Northwest. Today, she's watching that dream unfold. And the berry of choice? Kiwis.

Big building projects at Oregon universities, including OSU-Cascades, get key okay (Bend Bulletin)

The Bend campus of Oregon State University will use the funds to create a modern-version of a student union. Campus leaders see it as a place to meet, learn and seek services. 

The biggest paint trend news of 2021 (so far) (AD Pro)

Not only has 2021 inspired a rethink of the role colors play in our homes, but it’s also seen the introduction of a completely new pigment capable of putting cobalt to shame. Though the discovery of YInMn blue dates all the way back to an Oregon State University laboratory in 2009, this year marked the introduction of this soothing and potentially energy-saving shade as a finished paint capable of adding an alluring, opaque touch wherever it’s used.

Rural vet shares ways to help your horses during wildfire season (KLCC)

Kate Schoenhals is with Oregon State University’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine. She says having water and a well-ventilated space are good starts.  During a wildfire, it's best not to exercise animals while smoke is in the air.

Water smart: Keep your yard healthy without wasting precious drops in the heat (Oregonian)

The Regional Water Providers Consortium, Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturists and other experts offer these tips to watering efficiently.


Today's photo

In full bloom: Traci Durrell-Khalife with the Department of Integrative Biology says, “My backyard is full of flowers, vegetables and berries. With their flame-like bloom stalks, the foxtail lilies (center) are one of my favorite plants. The blue delphinium and dark purple clematis on the left are also quite striking.”


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.

NEW! Event planner symposium: Do you plan events or meetings? Join us for the Event Planner Symposium Tuesday, June 29 at 9:30 a.m. These twice-yearly symposiums cover timely topics that are helpful to anyone requesting, planning or supporting meetings and events at OSU. This session will address hybrid events (presented by the MU), booking opportunities at CH2M HILL Alumni Center and how to promote events on social media (presented by Oregon State Productions). Register to attend at

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.

NEW! EMT Seminars: Victoria Colvin will speak on “Metabolic Competency of Organotypic Human Lung Cultures in Response to PAHs,” June 29, 3:30 p.m. The Zoom waiting room will open at 3 p.m. Zoom link:


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:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Core Curriculum for Current OSU Supervisors and Managers: This training program consists of prerequisite work followed by four half-days of classroom training via Zoom: Thursday, July 22; Friday, July 23; Wednesday, July 28 and Thursday, July 29, from 8:15 to noon each day. The first two days we will cover the performance management cycle (alignment, position descriptions, expectations and standards, ongoing communication and feedback, performance appraisals, and integration of new employees). The final two days we will hear from the experts: Guests include those from Equal Opportunity & Access; the Clery Compliance Team; Insurance & Risk Management Services; Environmental Health and Safety; and University Human Resources' Employee & Labor Relations team. Register by July 20.

NEW! Webinar: Ensuring a Successful Return to Work & School: This year, the return to work and school is going to look — and feel — different than in years past. Both parents and kids are going to be stressed and anxious about how to approach this "new normal." Avni Patel Thompson, the founder and CEO of Milo, is going to share a framework for how to think about this new reality, planning tips, and how to divide household duties so the mental load feels equitable and manageable. Wednesday, Aug. 11, 9 a.m. Register here.

NEW! Free, online self-paced training: Introduction to DEI in the Workplace. The OSU Center for Advancing DEI in Business announces the latest addition to our series of free online, self-paced trainings: Introduction to DEI in the Workplace. This training provides a basic 30-minute overview of the ethical and business cases for DEI as well as a primer on basic DEI terms and concepts. Appropriate for people at all levels of an organization, this is a great way to ensure that people are on the same page when it comes to DEI basics. Feel free to enroll for a refresher course yourself, or share it with your industry contacts. Join us as we make change, together. 

Take Note

NEW! Independence Day reminder: Due to the observation of Independence Day on Monday, July 5, OSU Today will publish on Tuesday, July 6.

NEW! Fiscal policy: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on new policy drafts for Constructive Receipt, Non-Student Accounts Receivable and Vehicles & Vessels.  For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.

NEW! Travel: Fiscal Policy 03-140-401 Travel has been updated to align with the new travel system. The new policy and related FAQs can be accessed on the FPP website. Please contact the Fiscal Policy Coordinator for your Business Center or the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.

NEW! Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Severe Weather. Make sure your family and home are ready in case severe weather strikes. Knowing safety tips and having severe weather plans in place are the best way to prepare. This month’s poster can be downloaded at

NEW! E-bike rebate program: The City of Corvallis Active Transportation Group recently launched the Empower Benton County E-bike Rebate Program. The program is a partnership between the Corvallis Benton County Economic Development Office, Pacific Power and the Oregon Clean Fuels Program to distribute rebates of up to $1,200 for low-income individuals to purchase electric bicycles from local businesses. Applicants should be at least 18 years of age, reside in Benton County, be a Pacific Power customer, and earn 80% of area median income (AMI) or below, based on family size and income. Participating local bike shops include Bike N Hike, Corvallis Cyclery, Corvallis Electric Bicycles and Peak Sports Bike Shop. Total rebate amounts vary depending on a number of factors and if selected as a rebate recipient, personal, low-interest loans may be available. A link to the online application, along with additional information, is located here. Contact the Economic Development Office at [email protected] or by phone at 541-248-0795 with any questions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

EXTENDED! Ecampus is seeking a web team manager to join our Course Development and Training team. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. This position will lead a small team of programmers in the design and development of customized web-based applications and learning platforms. Posting #P04443UF. Full consideration June 23; closes July 21.

NEW! Assistant Professor (Practice): The Extension Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources program invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Assistant Professor of Practice-Extension Field Crops and Watershed Management position that will be based at the OSU Extension Service Malheur County Office, Oregon. The academic home of this position will be the OSU Department of Crop and Soil Science. Posting #P04462UF. Closes July 8.

NEW! Deputy Chief Information Security Officer: The University Information & Technology Security department invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer position. Posting #P04513UF. Closes July 16.

NEW! The Scholarship Office is seeking a Scholarship Advisor. Posting #P04531UF. Full consideration July 16. Closes July 21.

NEW! Learning Center Coordinator – INTO Oregon State University: The Learning Center Coordinator assists in overseeing the Learning Center unit which provides advanced service and coordination support for academic staff and students. Working under the direction of the Director of Academic Programs, this position initiates and coordinates administrative assignments in support of academic operations. Application link:


“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” – Sam Keen

Corvallis: Sunny and breezy Monday, high of 95, low of 60. Highs in the upper 80s to 90 rest of the week.
Central Oregon: Hot today, high of 105, low of 70. Highs hovering around 100 most of the week.

Newport: Mostly sunny this week with highs in the mid 60s and lows in the upper 50s.

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