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:


OSU gets $1 million to study the effects of fire on mass timber (KEZI)

Oregon State University will receive $1 million from the federal government to study the effects of fire on a specific construction material that is seeing increased use. (see also KMVU)


Your garden doesn't like the wildfires, either. Here's how to help plants handle smoke and ash (Associated Press)

“When they’re exposed to smoke particles for a short amount of time, plants will bounce back, but a heavy amount of smoke is different than a passing event,” according to Oregon State University Extension community horticulturist Brooke Edmunds, who also is a plant pathologist.


Progress and performance: Patricia Valian Reser Arts Center nears completion at Oregon State University (KMTR)

Construction is nearly three-quarters complete on the $75 million Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts, a multidisciplinary performance gallery and teaching space that will open April 6, 2024 on Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus, OSU tells us.

Newly released study could help protect endangered foxes found in Oregon (OPB News)

Researchers at Oregon State University say the results of a new study could help protect a rare and endangered species of fox. The Sierra Nevada red fox lives at high altitudes, including in the Oregon Cascades. But as global temperatures rise, other predators threaten to invade its habitat.


Deep-sea volcanoes help forecast eruptions (Living on Earth)

And “Jason” starts its mile-long descent to the Axial Seamount, a deep-sea volcano that’s erupted 3 times in the past 25 years. Bill Chadwick, the Oregon State University volcanologist who’s lead scientist on this cruise, says the scientific instruments on the sub will help reveal the inner workings of the Axial Seamount. 

Hand-picking and some insecticides can get rid of caterpillar species (Oregonian)

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

Will submerging computers make data centers more climate friendly? (Oregonian)

We take for granted that our phones will link up with computing networks and everything will just work, said Joshua Gess, an engineering professor studying immersion cooling at Oregon State University. He said the way data centers operate should matter to everyone.


Today's photo

Sky view: Dylan Karambut, computer science major, says “Oregon State University from 4,000 feet up in the air.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Want to learn how to make Canvas course content more readable? Check out Five Tips on Improving Readability in Your Courses from the Ecampus Course Development and Training blog for practical tips such as how to use whitespace, chunk content, choose colors, avoid wordiness, and use visuals to benefit your learners. 


Center for Teaching and Learning Fellows Program 2023 showcase and discussion: Hear highlights from CTL Fellows in the Colleges of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; Engineering; Science; and Cascades. Then, join a discussion on what’s next in strengthening teaching and learning. Consider how partnering with the program can play a critical role in enhancing and innovating your college’s teaching faculty in the upcoming year. 10-10:50 a.m., June 12. Register now using ONID. Contact [email protected].

Mahmood Muttaqee Public Policy Ph.D. dissertation defense: Title: "Community Perceptions and Response to Microgrid Proposals -- Case Studies from the U.S." 11 a.m., June 12, Bexell 414 or contact [email protected] for the Zoom link. Committee Members: Hilary Boudet, Brent Steel, David Bernell, Bryan Tilt.

Ashley Sanders M.S. defense: Ashley Sanders will defend her thesis, titled “Coastal cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii clarkii) responses to increased stream light via alternative riparian buffers in low-order headwater streams in the Oregon Coast Range,” 1 p.m., June 12, PFSC 315 or on Zoom. Sanders is earning her M.S. in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Dana Warren. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] for the Zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

Skylar Roach, M.S. defense, Sustainable Forest Management: Skylar will present her thesis, “Relationship of Soil Fungal Communities and Burn Severity to Post-fire Vegetation Response,” 2 p.m., June 12, in Richardson 115 and on Zoom. Skylar is advised by Jim Kiser in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management (FERM). Connect with departmental staff at [email protected] for Zoom details.

2023 HRWGC/WGSS & QS awards and graduation celebration: Join us in celebrating students and staff at the HRWGC/WGSS & QS awards and graduation celebration. The celebration takes place 3-5 p.m., June 12 in the Journey Room at the Memorial Union or on Zoom. Register at

Pedagogical support presentations: Zoom presentation by finalists for the position of Assistant Director for Pedagogical Support and Development will  be held in June. The assistant director will provide faculty pedagogical support and consultation for the new Gen Ed curriculum. Finalists presentations are as follows:  Pam Meyers, M.A., English, University of West Florida 4:30 p.m., June 12; Meyers Presentation.


First! Graduation Celebration: First-generation college students graduating this year are invited to the First! Graduation Celebration 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., June 13 in front of Waldo Hall (east side entrance). Stop by anytime for light refreshments, button-making, photo opportunities and to be entered into a raffle for fun prizes to celebrate your accomplishments. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Save the date: Farewell event for advisor Kyle Ross. Kyle Ross has accepted a position as the executive director of NACADA (The Global Community for Academic Advising). This is one of the highest positions representing the profession of advising. Help us recognize Kyle’s service to OSU and the college, and wish him well on his new adventure to Kansas. Stop by between 3-5 p.m., June 29, Austin 126, to say goodbye. There will be refreshments served. Contact Brenda Sallee if any special accommodations are needed.

OSU Capitol reception with President Jayathi Murthy: At 5:30 p.m. ET June 21, OSU community members in the Washington, D.C., area have the special opportunity to meet national education leader and OSU President Jayathi Murthy. President Murthy and special guest Sen. Ron Wyden will briefly discuss impactful research partnerships between OSU and the federal government. Register now

NEW! Department of Integrative Biology M.S. defense seminar: Justin Hockett will present “From hydrology to biology: How abiotic factors structure invertebrate communities in a free-flowing river network,” at 9 a.m., June 14, in CRB 2196 and via Zoom. Hockett is completing his M.S. in Integrative Biology under the guidance of Dave Lytle.

NEW! Care Talks, Financial Wellness: Preventing Identity Theft: This webinar provides information on identity theft, including prevention and coping tips. We will discuss how it occurs, prevention, immediate steps for victims and helpful resources 10 a.m., June 14. Register today.

NEW! Moxie: The OSU Advantage Innovation Impact Program team recently announced our newest program called Moxie: Empowering Women Innovators. Moxie is a dynamic 15-month program designed to support OSU faculty and researchers (including post-docs and graduate students). Selected participants will receive funding totaling $4,000 throughout the program, be paired with a dedicated innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) mentor and have support through the crucial early stages of building your innovation concept. Join us 4-5 p.m., June 14 for a virtual info session. Register here.

NEW! Public Seed Library "Growing a Vegetable Garden" Lecture Series: Linn-Benton County Master Gardener Rich Little will discuss vegetable garden organic pest management 6-7 p.m., June 14 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library's Meeting Room. Entomologist and home gardener too, Rich knows bugs and can answer your questions about beneficial and harmful pests. If you've started your summer crops and have left over seeds, individual donations of open and partially used vegetable, herb and flower commercial seed packets packed for '22 and '23 are needed now to restock the Public Seed Library seed rack, and can be donated any time at the Corvallis Library Circulation Desk. Learn more at

Webinar — Care Talks, Raising Children with Disabilities: "Keeping Your Child Safe in an Uncertain World." 10  a.m. June 13. Most parents realize the importance of discussing safety with their children, yet many don’t know where to begin. Tips on protecting children from abduction, abuse and school violence are presented. Register today.

PFLA Zoom workshop: Join us to learn more about LinkedIn profile sections, best practices in profile building and other features that can help propel your career (even if you’re not looking for a new job). 11 a.m. to noon June 14. For more information about the event and how to register click here.

Office of Research Integrity Forum, EHS Research Tips: Join the Environmental Health and Safety team 1-2 p.m., June 14 for an overview of tips to advance lab safety including the 4 Ls of hazardous waste management, how to conduct hazard assessments, promoting safety culture with self-assessments, safer sharps handling and the ins-and-outs of registering your research with the Institutional Biosafety Committee. Open to all, with research faculty, students and staff as the primary intended audience. Register here.

CADE Business Xcelerator Workshop – June 15 in Eugene: Calling all small-business owners and entrepreneurs: Register to attend a workshop hosted by the Contracting Alliance for Diversity and Equity and sponsored by OSU from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., June 15, in Eugene. CADE is a community of local organizations dedicated to promoting small, diverse, veteran-owned and traditionally disadvantaged businesses. The workshop will offer technical assistance and provide information regarding government and private sector contracts and other topics. To register:

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

Sibling Synergy at Work: Join the Center for Family Enterprise at 8:30 a.m., June 21 via Zoom for our Family Business 360 event. Hear from Joseph Sullivan, co-founder of Alyrica Networks, who will be sharing his experience working with his siblings and how they have worked to foster a synergistic work environment. Register here.

Getting Your First Dam Job Zoom workshops: Still looking for a job post-graduation? Wondering why your resume isn’t getting you noticed by employers? The summer term virtual First Dam Job career workshop series (Aug. 1-3) will help you address these scenarios and more. Register for just one or all three of these virtual sessions to strengthen your resume and gain the skills you need to land your first full-time job. 5 p.m. Aug. 1, "Oops I still really need a job.” 5 p.m. Aug. 2, “Why is my resume not working?" 5 p.m., Aug. 3, “Yay, I got a job, now what?"

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State University managers, supervisors and lead workers. At the end of this course, learners will have a solid understanding about the principles and policies that apply to our employees; know how to navigate within the space of talent management activities; recognize when, and how, to provide equal opportunity and access to employees; and more. Summer 2023 program: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:15 to noon, Aug.15-24, via Zoom. Fall 2023 program: Tuesday - Friday  8:15 to noon, Nov. 14-17, via Zoom Learn more and register.

Take Note

UHR Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2023: Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy or research you want to share with the campus community? 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. Presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours in length; it’s up to you. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] with any questions, or for assistance with your application.

Applications open for the OSU Engagement Awards of Excellence: As part of the planned annual OSU Engagement Conference (Sept. 5-6), we wish to recognize faculty, staff and community partners for their efforts to develop programs or projects that adhere to the principles of community engagement and engaged scholarship, including reciprocal and mutually beneficial outcomes that address key societal issues and contribute to the inclusive prosperity of OSU’s internal and external stakeholders. Apply for the OSU Engagement Awards. You can apply to one, two or all three awards. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. July 17. Results will be announced Aug. 4.

Student Health Services is moving: The Plageman Student Health Center is permanently closing at 1 p.m. on June 16, and all Student Health Services locations will be closed from June 19-23. Survivor advocacy services will be available during this closure. OSU Student Health will move to three new locations this summer, including the new Health Center next to Reser Stadium. Rapid Care @ Tebeau Hall will close for the summer and reopen in fall term.

Commencement photos with President Murthy: The Class of 2023 can capture special moments with friends and family on graduation day at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Right after commencement, head across the street to take a photo with OSU President Jayathi Murthy, or pose with the larger-than-life inflatable Benny Beaver and other special backdrops set up for OSU’s brand-new alumni. Learn more. 

The Great Move-Out is Here: On and off-campus students can donate food, linens, clothes, furniture and more to local non-profits through the Great Move-Out Donation Drive. On-campus students can donate in res hall lobbies from May 30-June 20. Off-campus students can donate at the Benton County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. -3 p.m., June 17-18. OSU Materials Management and community volunteers pickup and sort donations to distribute to local non-profits. Want to volunteer or get more info? Visit

Grads Give Back Gown ShareGrads Give Back is OSU’s Gown Share Program. This year, we have been able to supply gowns to over 30 grads from undergrad to Ph.D. Please consider donating your gown at the MU year-round in person or by mail; at the Valley Library quad entrance June 17-18; or outside of Reser Stadium after commencement. Want to volunteer to promote donating at commencement or get more info on the program? Visit:


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NEW! Integrity Hotline Program Manager: The Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance is recruiting an integrity hotline program manager. If you would like to be an integral part of our team that supports and promotes efficient, effective, compliant and ethical processes across the entire university, this is a great opportunity. This is a 12-month, full-time, professional faculty position. Posting #P06980UF. Full consideration June 26. Closes July 10.

NEW! External Audit and Risk Program Manager: The Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance is recruiting an external audit and risk program manager. If you would like to be an integral part of our team that supports and promotes efficient, effective, compliant and ethical processes across the entire university, this is a great opportunity. This is a 12-month, full-time, professional faculty position. Posting #P06975UF. Full consideration June 26. Closes July 10.

New arts center

PRAx | Interview with PRAx Director Peter Betjemann: Peter Betjemann, Patricia Valian Reser Executive Director of PRAx, talks about the meaning behind the shortened name PRAx and the impact the new center will have at Oregon State University and beyond:


"Sometimes people try to destroy you, precisely because they recognize your power — not because they don't see it, but because they see it and they don't want it to exist." ~ Janet Mock

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 87, low of 53. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 82, low of 53. Sunny Tuesday.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 67, low of 50. Partly sunny Tuesday.

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