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:

'Mega-rare' bird spotted in Oregon, first reported sighting in US history (Fox 59)

Oregon Birding Association member Nolan Clements, who is also a Ph.D. student with Oregon State University’s Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences, told KOIN the blue rock thrush is native to Europe and Asia and is not known to inhabit any part of North America.

See Oregon State University create 3D scans of Silver Falls State Park structures (Statesman Journal)

Using lidar and drone photography, the team collected info at Silver Falls in case structures were destroyed in a future wildfire or natural disaster.

What's it like at the bottom of the world with Dr. "Deepsea Dawn" Wright (NPR)

Dawn Wright (aka "Deepsea Dawn"): Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) and a professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University. On July 12, 2022, she became the first and only Black person to dive to "Challenger Deep", which is the deepest known point on the Earth's seabed.

Ecologists struggle to get a grip on 'keystone species' (Quanta Magazine)

“The problem is that there are no standards to which researchers are held in designating their study organism as a keystone,” said Bruce Menge, a community ecologist at Oregon State University and another former Paine graduate student. “Anyone is free to suggest, argue or speculate that their species is a keystone.”

Native plants for Oregon: How and why to start a native plant garden (Environment America)

Several excellent resources, such as Oregon State University’s Extension Services, Oregon Metro’s Native plants booklet, and the Oregon Native Plant Society, provide valuable information about suitable native plants for your area.

NIH funding in Oregon rose to near $428 million last year (Portland Business Journal)

The number of grants awarded to state universities, startups and nonprofits grew by 3% to 789 in 2023 and the amount of funding rose 4.6% to $427.6 million, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. State NIH funding peaked during the pandemic in 2020 when it reached $436 million from 803 awards.

Rare 'green flash' sunset captured off Oregon's coast (photo) (Oregonian)

Craig Hayslip, a faculty research assistant at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, captured the elusive “green flash” on the ocean horizon April 20, 2024, at 8:10 p.m. He photographed the spectacle 15 miles west of Coos Bay, Oregon.

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Cotton candy clouds: Shar Fagersten, leasing contract specialist, submitted this photo. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Curious about integrating generative AI tools into your course prep or teaching but unsure where to start? Drop in to chat and learn with the Center for Teaching and Learning and your teaching colleagues at the generative AI open house. Noon to 1 p.m. on May 1, LINC 468 Faculty Lounge. Optional: Bring a laptop or mobile device.


Integrative Biology grad student invited speaker seminar: “The Ecology of Fear,” presented by Liana Zanette, biology professor from Western University, 10 a.m. April 29 in JOHN 102 and via Zoom: Join us for an in-depth look at the total impact predators have on prey populations and communities. This event is free and open to the public. 

Las Cafeteras and the Past, Present, and Future of Chicano Music: Join us for a conversation April 29, at 4 p.m. April 29 in the Toomey Lobby at PRAx with three experts in history, ethnomusicology and anthropology who will contextualize the music of Las Cafeteras within the history of Mexican resistance and music’s potential to shape Latinx futures in the U.S. Facilitated by Nicole von Germeten, professor of Latin American history and associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts. Guest speakers include Theodore Cohen, associate professor of Africana studies and history from Southern Illinois University; Cathy Ragland, associate professor of ethnomusicology at the University of North Texas; and Alex E. Chavez, the Nancy O’Neill associate professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. More details here.

40-Minute Flow Yoga Classes: Join us at Marigold for Flow Yoga, M-Th 5:20-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Purchase 1 class pass for $20 (community), $18 (Educators) and $15 (Students) for two 40 minute classes! Flow yoga classes include mindful and more vigorous postures and movements for flexibility and strength, deep breathing, and rest. Practice in a beautiful, biophilic space with our community. Register for a classpurchase passes or apply for an OSU undergraduate scholarshipContact us.

OSU International Film Festival: Nahanni: River of Forgiveness. "Nahanni: River of Forgiveness" is a Canadian documentary film, directed by Geoff Bowie and released in 2019. The film centers on a 2018 project by twelve Dene people from the Northwest Territories to recreate a traditional expedition on the Nahanni River in a mooseskin canoe. 6 p.m., April 29 at Darkside Cinema in Corvallis; free and open to all.

Meditation Drop-in Classes: At Marigold: quiet meditation  8-8:40 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; guided meditation from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Free guided meditation  6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays via Zoom. In quiet meditation, we practice self-guided meditation in community with time for individual preparation and a closing dedication. Guided sessions include a range of Buddhist to mindfulness practices. Register for a classpurchase passes, or apply for an OSU Undergraduate ScholarshipContact us.


NEW! SACNAS x Panda Express Fundraiser: Support Society of Chicano/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science by eating at Panda Express located in the MU. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 30; just make sure let them know that your purchase is to support SACNAS. For more information check out our Instagram: oregonstatesacnas.

NEW! Graduate Exploration Fair: Thinking about grad school, but not sure where to start? Ready to apply, but not sure which program or school is right for you? Come learn about options and opportunities at the 2024 Graduate Exploration Fair from noon to 3 p.m. May 1, where more than 20 grad schools from across the country will be looking to connect with students and alumni. Sign up for the fair here:

NEW! Generative AI Open House: Drop-In Chats for Teaching Faculty. Intrigued by the potential of generative AI to enhance education? Interested in integrating AI tools into your course prep or teaching but unsure where to start? Explore these questions with the Center for Teaching and Learning. These sessions are ideal for instructors who are curious about AI capabilities and eager to learn more. Optional: Bring a laptop or mobile device. Noon to 1 p.m., May 1, LINC 468 Faculty Lounge. No registration required.

NEW! Fulbright Spring Mixer: Happy hour for anyone connected to or interested in Fulbright programs. Open to all, family-friendly. Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks sponsored by the Oregon Chapter of the Fulbright Association. 4-6 p.m. May 10, upstairs at McMenamins on Monroe. Visit the OSU Fulbright webpage for more info about Fulbright programs.

Get a Dam Job workshop: Come network, learn, and explore possibilities for your future at one of the Spring 2024 Getting A Dam Job workshops. Students and recent grads are invited to tune in to learn about starting a business, applying to grad school, and finding the right fit for a job or internship at the following fairs: April 30, "Graduate school: decision-making, application and career pathways in research;" May 14, "Oops, I still need a job or an internship." Sign up here:

Orange Media Network Spring Open House: Looking for an on-campus job offering flexibility, mentorship and career-relevant experience? Look no further than OSU’s Orange Media Network, home to six mediums including a newspaper, magazines, radio and TV stations, along with cross-platform teams like Sports, Photo, Marketing and Creative. Swing by our free open house on from 4-7 p.m., May 1 in the SEC lobby to meet teams, explore positions and grab goodies. Follow @orangemedianetwork on Instagram for more details.

Dance celebration: Take time to let go, cut loose, and honor your movement expression in a welcoming space. We will move to engaging music and close with a meditative cool down. Gently facilitated by Julie Masters every other Thursday, from 6:30-7:45 p.m. May 2 at Marigold. Purchase class passes and register here. Contact: [email protected].

Four-time GRAMMY winners Eighth Blackbird: PRAx Presents Eighth Blackbird and the OSU Wind Ensemble at 7 p.m. May 2 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. Eighth Blackbird sextet has been hailed as “one of the smartest, most dynamic ensembles on the planet” by the Chicago Tribune. The second half of the program includes a special performance with the OSU Wind Ensemble of “Vital Sines,” a 25-minute composition by composer Viet Cuong. Tickets $20-$30; students $5. Tickets here.

Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women/People Awareness Day: Two days of events sponsored by kaku-ixt mana ina haws and Indigenous Studies will mark this celebration. Deborah Miranda is known for her book “Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir,” and ire’ne lara silva was recognized as the 2023 Texas State Poet Laureate with her most recent collection “The Eaters of Flowers” released in 2024. At 3 p.m., May 6, the awareness event will open with creative projects at kaku-ixt mana ina haws (Longhouse), followed by an open mic at 4 p.m. and a poetry reading with Miranda and lara silva. At 12:30 p.m., May 7, Miranda and lara silva will host a poetry workshop in kaku-ixt mana ina haws. Sign up at: For accommodations related to a disability, contact [email protected] or 541-737-7831.

Family Business awards: The Excellence in Family Business Awards, hosted by the Center for Family Enterprise at Oregon State University, will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m., May 7 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel. The event will honor several awardees including business owners and students. The awards spotlight the impactful work of family businesses and celebrate the backbone of our community's economy and heritage. To register, click here.

PRAx Presents PUBLIQuartet: Enjoy two-time Grammy nominees PUBLIQuartet at 7 p.m. May 18 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. Through programs like PUBLIQ Access, they promote emerging composers and present a wide variety of underrepresented music while also engaging traditional classical music audiences. Their program “What is American?” offers an exploration of Dvořák's beloved “American” Quartet while expanding the range of idioms and musical traditions to include contemporary, blues, jazz, free and rock-inflected music. Tickets $20-$30; students $5. Tickets here.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! CTL QT Talk: AI as a teaching discipline: "Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Artificial Intelligence." AI tools can enhance teaching and learning but also pose significant challenges. In this talk, we will explore how instructional faculty can incorporate AI as part of their teaching practice. We will also hear from students who have used or experienced AI in education and learn from their perspectives. Presenter: Bret Carpenter, College of Business. 11-11:50 a.m., April 30, Austin 126. Zoom registrationIn-person registration.

NEW! Adult & Higher Education Info Session: You’re invited to learn about the College of Education’s Adult & Higher Education master’s degree and Instructional Design certificate. Join the AHE faculty for an overview of the programs and career possibilities and to receive advice from a recent graduate. Noon to 1 p.m., April 30. RSVP for the Zoom link. Contact [email protected] for questions or accommodations. 

NEW! Ask Alumni: Health Equity. Prepare for your career eliminating disparities and ensuring everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health. A panel of College of Health alumni offers tips on leveraging your skills and degree at a free interactive webcast, "Ask Alumni: Health Equity," 5:30 p.m., May 1. Register today.

NEW! Water Resources Science Seminar Series: "Critical zone below and above the knickpoints of a plateau in Puerto Rico," presented by Mong-Han Huang of U Maryland from 4-5 p.m. May 1 in Burt Hall 193 or on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

NEW! Accessing Info Across Languages & Cultures: #EveryBookItsReader: How a global team is increasing book coverage on Wikipedia, plus a presentation on cataloging with non-English subject headings as DEI work. 2-3 p.m. May 2 in Willamette East Classroom, Valley Library. (More info & Zoom link.)

NEW! RSVP for the Ecampus Faculty Forum: Join more than 250 of your OSU peers at the Ecampus Faculty Forum online on May 8 and at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on May 9 for an engaging exploration of cutting-edge practices in online education. Take part in interactive discussions related to high-quality online course design, innovative teaching solutions that support online learners and more. Lunch will be provided, so register today and help shape the future of online education at OSU.

NEW! CTL -- Assessment Matters Bootcamp: This two-hour workshop provides opportunities to learn constructive and impactful ways to use assessment to build stronger, more flexible courses. Leave prepared to utilize assessment strategies to deeply analyze the effectiveness of your course by developing quality learning outcomes, aligning assessments and using data to drive improvement. 9-11 a.m. May 10, LINC 360. Register.

OSU Construction Industry Forum: The 2024 OSU Construction Industry Forum will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1 at CH2M Hill Alumni Center. All OSU staff involved in construction on campus are invited to attend. UFIO leadership and staff will present an update on the OSU Capital Forecast, facilitate guided tours of recent projects and lead multiple breakout sessions on topics such as the Kelley District Utility Plant, recent work on roofing and mechanical systems and an update on upcoming construction work at OSU-Cascades. Lunch and refreshments will be served. Register here:

Alumni share science career pathways: The career possibilities with a bachelor’s degree in science are endless, no advanced degree required. A panel of College of Science alumni wants to help current and prospective students and families prepare. Gain insights and get advice at a free interactive panel webcast, "Ask Alumni: Science Pathways with a Bachelor’s Degree," 4 p.m., May 1. Register. 

OSU 'Flash' Panel: NATO: Past, Present, Future? Seventy-five years ago, the United States helped to create the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a transatlantic mutual defense alliance whose founding document famously declared that an attack on one is an attack on all. The future of NATO is unsure — the upcoming presidential election might alter America's relationship to the alliance. This panel will explore NATO’s historical origins, its relevance today, and its potential future. 4 p.m. May 1, MU La Raza Room 208. Panelists include John Bawden (history), Steve Shay (history), Paul Wanke (history) and Alison Johnston (political science).

“Real Talk about What Women Face at Work”: Join Melanie Ho for the annual Susan J. McGregor Memorial Lecture on Women’s Leadership, from 7-8 p.m. May 1. Ho, celebrated author, artist and speaker, will discuss the challenges and opportunities women in leadership face. This free event is hosted at the Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center and available via livestream. For more information, visit  

Sparkling wine: It’s more than champagne. Elizabeth Tomasino, an associate professor of enology in the Department of Food Science & Technology at OSU, will be giving a one-hour talk and tasting on sparkling wine. 6-7 p.m. May 3 in Corvallis, and 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. May 11 in Portland. For more details follow the link.  

Travel Talks: Sustainable Seafood. Support sustainably grown, harvested and processed seafood with your culinary choices as you travel, both at home and away. Join conservation scientist and marine fisheries ecologist Selina Heppell, head of the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences, for this important and fun Travel Talk at 5:30 p.m. May 22. Register today.

Take Note

NEW! Be a part of an important research study: We are seeking participants in a study evaluating exoskeletons in reducing work-related injuries in forestry. The purpose of this research study is to characterize physical risk factors associated with manual tree-felling tasks and evaluate the efficacy of commercially available exoskeletons in reducing physical risk factors. For more information: or email [email protected].

NEW! Online learning podcast season 2: Tune in to season two of the “Going Online with Oregon State University Ecampus” podcast which highlights support resources and tools for online learners everywhere. Topics include: career development opportunities, mental health resources, financial planning and more. Tune in today. 

Safety break: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by encouraging departments to join in the OSHA's Safety Break for Oregon on May 8. Visit online at the OSHA's Safety Break for Oregon for information about the celebration of safety, on how to participate, and ideas and creative ways to get everyone involved.

May is Field Safety Awareness month: Environmental Health & Safety and the Division of Research and Innovation are offering a series of workshops and trainings related to safety while working in the field. Events will be held during the month of May and are open to all OSU faculty and staff, with priority given to those teaching or engaging in field-related research. Participants will learn best practices and engage in discussion with OSU field research experts. Schedule and registration:

Save the date "4" Homecoming 2024: Let's open our doors for alumni and friends for Homecoming, Oct. 18-20. This year gives special recognition to the classes of 2014, 2004, 1994, 1984, 1974 and 1964. Join in the celebration by hosting open houses, tours or other events. Keep up with Homecoming info and events all in one place: Email [email protected] to add your event.

Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award nominations: The Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award is awarded to a member of the OSU community who actively promotes and enhances diversity, equity and inclusion. Recipients receive a $1,000 honorarium. For details and nomination information, please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) website; nominations must be received by April 30. For further information, please contact OID at [email protected], or call 541-737-1063.  

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by the Office of University Human Resources that dives deep into the way that we solve problems together. This engaging 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. This new two-hour workshop to OSU employees is being offered on a monthly basis starting this Spring. View upcoming workshops and enroll here.

Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2024 and Winter 2025 Does your unit 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 program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Feel free to reach out to [email protected] with any questions, or for assistance with your application.

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 Summer and Fall 2024 In-person and Zoom courses here.

Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund: Bring a current Fulbright Visiting Scholar from another university in the U.S. to OSU. A typical OLF visit is 2-5 days long, with the scholar completing guest lectures, cultural events and other similar engagements on and off campus. All expenses are covered by Fulbright with no financial commitment required from OSU. Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Learn more on their website and view the list of current scholars. For questions, please contact the Global Affairs Associate.

Automated Driving System research: The School of Civil and Construction Engineering and the School of Psychological Science are seeking paid volunteers for research studies. The purpose of this research study is to make Automated Driving System (ADS) vehicles safer for pedestrians with disabilities. To participate in one of the studies, you must identify as having a visual, hearing and/or mobility disability and be at least 18 years old. Volunteers must commit 60 minutes to the research and will either wear a VR headset or a light-weight wearable device. To participate, contact Lena Breuer at [email protected] or call or text at 803-457-6630.

Policy updates: Controller’s Unit policies for Interest Earnings and OSU Foundation have been updated. Please see the CU Policy Program website for more information and contact the Policy Steward listed on each policy with any questions.

Giustina Gallery call for art: "Crowned Splendor." Deadline to submit: May 31. Exhibition runs July 1-Aug. 26. Flowers have held human beings in their thrall since time immemorial. "Crowned Splendor" is a celebration of floral majesty and the compelling intricacy of botanical beauty. Showcasing their vibrant colors, delicate petals and the timeless allure that flowers radiate. This exhibit delivers attendees an ocular love letter to these queens of nature. For more information:

College of Engineering Oregon Stater Award Nominations: The College of Engineering is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Oregon Stater Awards. These awards honor outstanding alumni for their contributions to the engineering profession and to Oregon State University. Awards will be given in three categories, determined by length of career and accomplishments: Engineering Hall of Fame, Academy of Distinguished Engineers and Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers. Submit your nominations today. The nomination deadline is May 20.


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NEW! OSU Division of Extension and Engagement’s Extension Clackamas County Office invites applications for an Office Specialist 1 position based in Oregon City. This is a 12-month, full-time, classified position starting at $16.60 hourly + benefits. Posting #P04786CT. Closes May 16.


"It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Corvallis: Showers today, high of 55, low of 40. Showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Snow showers today, high of 48, low of 27. Slight chance of rain and snow Tuesday.

Newport: Showers today, high of 54, low of 40. Showers tomorrow.

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