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 new page that provides detailed and up-to-date COVID-19 information; links to OSU, local, state and federal resources; updates on the latest federal travel restrictions; and previous university communications about the virus and other information. Additionally CDC information (including Spanish resources) can be found here:  

BEaver STRONG: When times are tough, Beavers Unite. Oregon State students who are transitioning to a temporary new lifestyle need the support and encouragement of their community more than ever before. We invite you to join together with your OSU alumni family to send a short, encouraging note to students reminding them to #BEaverSTRONG, and that together, we can move beyond this — and any — obstacle. Share your message of hope, see others and support students at

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. 

Oregon State University freezes tuition for returning students (Register-Guard)

The tuition freeze applies to undergraduate students already enrolled at OSU’s Corvallis and Bend campuses, according to a press release. It applies to students taking classes during summer term and for the 2020-21 academic year. (see also KLCCKTVZ)

OSU researchers produce critical COVID-19 test component (KGW)

It all started last week when Samaritan Health Services asked Oregon State University if there was anything the university could do to help. That's when scientists in the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine realized their lab already had everything to make the fluid needed to transport patient samples to testing facilities. 

OSU to form police force: University will bring law enforcement in-house by July 1 (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University will establish its own police force by July 1, the day after the university’s law enforcement contract with the Oregon State Police expires. (see also KLCC)

Whale sharks may live up to a century, Cold War bomb dating reveals (National Geographic)

“This study is really important because it gets rid of some of those questions about the age and growth patterns of whale sharks,” says Taylor Chapple, a research scientist specializing in sharks at Oregon State University.

North Atlantic's capactiy to absorb CO2 overestimated, study suggests (The Guardian)

“We have found a misconception. It will definitely impact the model of carbon flows,” said Oregon State University microbiologist Steve Giovannoni. “It will require more than just a small tweak.”

Take a virtual trip down the Pacific Northwest coast (OPB News)

Like a lot of Oregonians, I suspect, I had no idea how colorful and life-filled our local tidepools are! According to Jane Lubchenco, Oregon State University distinguished marine ecologist and former head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oregon’s tidepools are among the most visually rich in the world.

Opinion: Oregon response to flu in 1918 offers insights for coronavirus fight in 2020 (Oregonian)

A piece by OSU's Christopher McKnight Nichols.

Marion County has the highest documented COVID-19 rate in the state. No one is sure why (Salem Reporter)

Testing criteria in the U.S. are “changing rapidly and it’s not changing in an even way,” said Melissa Haendel, director of Translational Data Science at Oregon State University.

"Stay home, stay healthy" is dangerous language (Ms. Magazine)

A piece by Emily Yates-Doerr, assistant professor of anthropology at Oregon State University.

Have bluegrass in your lawn? Learn to love it (Oregonian)

Spring has sprung and gardening is ramping up. If you’ve got questions, turn to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Today's photo

Today’s workspace: Keila Mintz, assistant AD with Athletic Business Operations, is facing her own feline-related challenges. "My office mate, Pookie, has found the power button on my laptop. She is using it to require mandatory breaks. After two days of sharing space with Pookie, and my repeated non-compliance to the mandatory breaks, Pookie found removing the power cord to be an effective tactic." Send your home workspace photos to Follow OSU Today on Instagram at and catch up on any workspace photos you might have missed so far.


Online Weekend Meditation Retreat: OSU's Contemplative Studies Initiative is hosting teacher, author, hospice chaplain, counselor and five-year retreatant Amita Lhamo April 17-19. The program begins Friday at 7 p.m. and is titled The Healing Nature of Presence. Screen time will be minimized and instruction/guidance maximized. Free and open to all; some meditation/centering experience recommended. Register by emailing  

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW Zoom location: BEavers HERE NOW Drop-In Meditation via Zoom: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3 p.m. visit to access each session. No experience necessary. All are welcome. Enjoy a different 15 minute guided meditation each week. Benefits of mediation include: Stress reduction, better sleep, sharper concentration, anxiety management and happier relationships. Contact to coordinate extra credit for student attendance. Faculty and staff are welcome too.

NEW! Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): "Using Deep Learning and Cloud Computation to Answer Research Questions, i.e. An Undergrad's Journey Through Scientific Computing at the CGRB" - Michaela Buchanan (Undergraduate, Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing), Wednesday, April 8 from noon to 1 p.m. in the remote broadcast Zoom room BUG consists of life scientists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, statisticians, and researchers of all types who meet to discuss topics related to these fields of study. Meetings are generally informal, consisting of discussions, interactive talks, or short workshops. All are welcome. No experience needed to participate. For additional information, see

NEW! Investment and PERS webinars: The Maps Credit Union CFS investment team is conducting a Weekly Wednesday Webinar Series on a variety of investment topics that include current market updates. This is one way to educate yourself without leaving the comfort and safety of your own home. Wednesday, April 8 – Market Update; Keeping More of What You Earn - An Introduction to Tax-Free Investing, by Darren Kinney, Franklin TempletonWednesday, April 15 – Market Update; Investing in Tax-Free Municipal Bonds by Christine Neimeth, AquilaWednesday, April 29– Market Update; Perspective by Andrew Opdyke, First TrustPERS Related Webinars: Wednesday, April 8 – PERS and Retirement Planning (OPSRP)Wednesday, April 15 – PERS and Retirement Planning (Tiers 1 & 2)Wednesday, April 22 – Retirement Planning as a PERS Member (This is not an OSU event but is tailored to OSU clients and during normal circumstances are held on campus. There is no charge.)

NEW! Writing Intensive Curriculum Program/”Teaching Peer Review Online: Tools, Resources, Strategies: To facilitate ongoing sharing about best practices for WIC as well as spring term migration of WIC courses online, the WIC Program will conduct its next scheduled lunch session by Zoom on Friday April 10, noon to 1 p.m. The April 10 session will feature digital interface resources and strategies for peer review online (Canvas, Eli Review) and will include time for discussion of effective peer review strategies and faculty interests as we migrate our lunches online through spring term. The session is designed for faculty who are currently teaching online, as well as for faculty who anticipate teaching face-to-face courses with online components. Register here. See also WIC “Migrating WIC Courses Online.”

Oregon State University New Employee Orientation: This session is to orient new faculty and staff to the university. Terms of your employment and benefits will be reviewed. Zoom session, April 7, 9-11 a.m. Register here.

People and Nature Lunch Series: Tuesday, April 7, from noon to 12:50 p.m. via Zoom. Kali Abel (Geography) presents “Ice to Waves: Adaptation Limits, Mobility, and Anomic Activity in Santa Marta, Colombia.” The lecture is free and open to all. To join the webinar, visit Sponsored by the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife’s Human Dimensions Lab.

People and Nature Lunch Series: Tuesday, April 14, from noon to 12:50 p.m. via Zoom ( Kei Lin Chang (Environmental Arts and Humanities) presents “Using National Geographic as a case study for understanding narrative communication strategies." The lecture is free and open to all. To join the webinar, visit Sponsored by the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife’s Human Dimensions Lab.

Webinar: Stress management techniques to cope with social distancing and isolation: Cascade EAP is offering a variety of webinars to help employees and their families navigate and cope with COVID-19. Webinar 1 takes place April 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m. It deals with overcoming social isolation, mindfulness practice and tips for staying connected. Register here: If the webinars fill up they can be accessed two days later on the Cascade EAP YouTube Channel at

Nature & Health, and Community Building Webinars: Join the Adventure Leadership Institute as we host several webinars around health and community building topics during the age of social distancing. Click the links to register: Nature and Health, April 7 at 5 p.m., and Community Building in the Age of COVID-19, April 15 at 3 p.m. Check out more of our webinars offered Spring term here. Questions? Contact Emily Abrams.

OSU Science on Tap LIVESTREAM: Digging into Archeology — Hear about current research by College of Liberal Arts Professor Loren Davis, a nationally recognized expert. Learn about North America’s earliest people, showcasing the discoveries from the Cooper’s Ferry site in western Idaho and on Cedros Island along Mexico’s Pacific Coast. April 7, 6 p.m.,

Search Advocate Workshops: All OSU Search Advocate workshops will be offered via Zoom for the next 2+ months. Search advocates are outside process advisors who participate on employee search committees; their goal is to encourage culture and practices that favor equity, validity, and diversity. Search advocacy offers faculty and staff an opportunity to work with colleagues in other parts of the university, build new skills and perspectives, and contribute to the university’s progress towards inclusive excellence. The initial workshop series is a full two-day sequence. Those who complete the series may choose to have their names added to the Search Advocate Directory and will be eligible to serve as advocates until September 2021. Three-hour continuing education workshops for current advocates are also available. To register, go to the Professional Development website. Questions? Contact Anne Gillies at or 541-760-6160.

Kognito: Recognizing and Supporting Students in Distress Training: College can be stressful at times and especially now! Build the confidence to talk with a student whom you’re concerned about. Be prepared to lead real-life conversations with students that build resilience, strengthen relationships and connect them with support. Visit to access the faculty/staff online training so you can recognize and support OSU students in distress. To access the student version visit: For questions contact Tessie Webster-Henry:

Take Note

NEW! Join Our Conversation on Student Success: The Academic Success Center (ASC) is developing an informal publication to share with colleagues across campus and would like to invite you to sign up if interested. Signing up means that you’ll receive one or two emails each term. Possible content includes spotlights on ASC collaborations with campus partners, success strategies and tools, ASC resource updates, and more! Sign up by Thursday, April 9 to receive our first issue.

NEW! Visualize Your Bibliography Competition: The OSU Libraries and Press invite currently enrolled graduate students to enter this year’s Visualize Your Bibliography Competition. Submissions should creatively display 20+ sources used in a thesis, dissertation, or other scholarly work. Displays might range from a series of erasure poems made for each source to a multimedia timeline of your sources. Prizes: 1st: $750, 2nd: $500, 3rd: $250. Deadline EXTENDED TO April 13. For questions, contact  

NEW! Working with Students in Distress: Faculty and staff may be the first to notice a student is struggling and may be in the best position to reach out with care and concern. The CARE Folder is now updated for remote delivery of services and will provide you with resources and referral information. Visit to login to Box and access these resources. Please bookmark this link for easy access on your phone, laptop or tablet.

NEW! Undergrad Research & Writing Studio is open: The Undergrad Research & Writing Studio remains open through our new online feature, Studio Live. Our hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Week 2 of the term through finals week. Support is available via chat, Zoom, telephone or email. Visit our website for more information: 

Remote Advising Office Hours: To support the current transition to remote advising facing academic advisors and academic counselors, Jenesis Long is offering Remote Advising Consultations via Zoom. Bring your questions or specific situations for in-the-moment problem-solving now through April 17: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 10 a.m. to noon. Join here. Additional resources for remote advising available in Canvas for Advisors

Online Professional Development Workshops for OSU Employees Now Open for Registration: UHR Learning and Organizational Development presents a variety of online professional development workshops this spring, including: Strategies for Being Effective in Times of Uncertainty, Developing High Performing Teams, Managing People Through Change, and Core Curriculum for Current OSU Supervisors and Managers. View and register for upcoming workshops here. Is there a topic you’d like us to cover this term? Email with your request.

Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences: Provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The current grant level is $300,000; $75,000 per year for four years. For the 2020 award, one nomination will be invited from each of the participating institutions The internal deadline for submitting a letter of recommendation for a nominee is Monday, April 27.

Facilities Services: Facilities Services continues to work hard to maintain, preserve and protect the Corvallis campus, including working with our custodial partner ABM on developing a specialized cleaning protocol for our campus facilities. The Work Coordination Center is open and up-to-date information on services, resources and access during the COVID-19 response is available on the Facilities Services website.

University Ombuds Office Offers Remote Consultations to Staff, Faculty and Students: Finding the transition from on-site work and study to telecommuting challenging? The University Ombuds Office is available for the university community during this time of transition. Whether addressing ongoing conflict that has become more complex, or new issues that are arising, the Ombuds are available to listen to your concerns and help you explore options for addressing them. All consultations are confidential and informal. Ombuds are available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., via phone or Zoom. To schedule an appointment, call 541-737-4537 or email (Confidentiality cannot be promised in matters relating to threats of public safety, child abuse, or when there is imminent risk of serious harm.)

OSU Homecoming Court 2020: Encouraging all OSU students to apply to represent Oregon State as a member of the 2020 Homecoming Court. Members are honored with a one-time $500 scholarship and opportunities to voice their ideas to distinguished university leaders, partners and alumni throughout the year. Applications will be open through April 20.

Fiscal policy feedback: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on new fiscal policy drafts for Cash Out and for Gift Funds. For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.

Updates to University Policies & Standards: Please visit the University Policy & Standards page to learn about recent policy updates: This page is updated frequently with new developments, so we encourage you to check back regularly. Also, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter here.

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing the following information from IT in regards to working from home You can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

Annual Program Assessment Reports, New Due Date: As many faculty are adjusting their courses and student advising to remote delivery, we are extending the due date for undergraduate Annual Program Assessment reports, and Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO) reporting. The new due date is Monday, June 1. Please reach out to Tam Belknap or Heath Henry for questions about undergraduate reporting, or to Steph Bernell or Maureen Childers for questions about GLO reporting. Visit for tools and support.

Report Early, Report Often: Unfortunately, criminals and bad actors are responding with as much agility as the rest of us during our COVID-19 response. New fake cures, bad information, scams and phishing emails are popping up by the thousands. Please help us keep our OSU community safe. If you suspect that you have received a phishing email or been the victim of a compromised account, email as soon as possible. For more information on keeping your devices safe, check the Keep Learning, Keep Teaching, and Keep Working sites that are being updated regularly.

COVID-19 Resources for Families: With school closures and the need to work/teach/learn remotely, many OSU families are finding themselves home with their children and are unsure how to navigate this new way of work/life. The Family Resource Center has compiled some local resources and parenting tips/tricks that you may find useful during this unfamiliar time. We will continue to update this page as we find new information. Questions? Contact

Oregon State’s COVID-19 Unsung Heroes: We are looking for submissions from the community to highlight OSU employees and students who are not typically in the spotlight but are going above and beyond during this pandemic. For example, an employee who plays a key role in remote learning technology, someone volunteering on a disaster relief team or someone keeping university buildings operating when many people are working from home. Send your suggestions to and our staff may contact them to conduct remote interviews that we would feature in OSU Today and elsewhere.

Traffic & Maintenance

Temporary closure of electric vehicle parking spaces near Fairbanks Hall: Closure will take place from 7 a.m. April 6 to 5 p.m. April 7. As part of the Fairbanks Hall Renovation project, the geotech company working on the project will be drilling test holes and there will be a drill rig on site. The site will be set up in two electric vehicle spaces on the west side of Fairbanks Hall (view map). For questions or comments on this closure, contact Construction Manager Amy Keene at (541) 214-1038 or Capital Construction Manager Lori Fulton at 541-737-4625.


"I treasure laughs more than anything; they've helped me in life the most." ~ Paul Rudd, who turns 51 today.

Corvallis: Partly sunny today, high of 59, low of 36. Partly sunny after fog tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny after freezing fog, high of 56, low of 33. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny, high of 54, low of 39. Sunny tomorrow. 

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