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:

What are ocean predators doing so deep underwater? (The Atlantic)

As part of research on the impacts of underwater noise, bioacoustician Selene Fregosi of Oregon State University fitted young elephant seals at Año Nuevo with a prototype tag that played back recorded sounds. The idea was to expose seals to short bursts of various noises and see how they react. 

Research sheds light on why not all obese patients develop type 2 diabetes (Medical Xpress)

Researchers at Oregon State University have invented a new analytical method that sheds light on an enduring mystery regarding type 2 diabetes: Why some obese patients develop the disease and others don't. (see also Jerusalem Post)

Behold the lionfish, as transfixing as it is destructive (New York Times)

The effects are staggering. One study by scientists from Oregon State University found that, in only five weeks, a single lionfish reduced the juvenile fish in its feeding zone by 80 percent. And their reproductive output is remarkably high: Females can release around 25,000 eggs every few days. 

Kudos to Oregon State for transparent presidential search (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University is on the cusp of hiring a new president, and that person will immediately become one of the most prominent and powerful individuals in the mid-Willamette Valley.

High-profile candidates trying to break Dem, GOP control (The News & Observer)

James Foster, professor emeritus of political science at Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, expects Kotek to win. But he's not ruling out a Johnson victory or a spoiler. Foster said if inflation continues to soar, voters might become alienated from “status quo politicians,” giving Johnson some traction.

OSU reports racially discriminatory threats (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University Department of Public Safety has received a report of “racially discriminatory text messages” threatening a community member and the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. (see also KEZI)

Surfing the PacWave: The HDD Company adapts pipeline know-how for wave energy project (North American Energy Pipelines)

PacWave South is a research-based project sponsored by Oregon State University (OSU). The initiative represents the first commercial-scale, utility grid-connected wave energy test site in the United States.

Is it OK to leave up bird feeders as avian flu outbreak reaches Oregon? Experts weigh in (Oregonian)

“Currently veterinarians tell us there is very low risk to native songbirds from the highly pathogenic avian influenza strain,” said Dana Sanchez, Oregon State University Extension Service wildlife specialist. “At this time there is no official recommendation to take down wild bird feeders."

Startups to watch at Summer Fancy Food (Food Business News)

Located in Portland, Ore., the Oregon State University Food Innovation Center has a product and process development team, a consumer sensory testing laboratory and food safety hub for education and testing to help regional entrepreneurs, as well as national and international businesses, bring products to market.


Today's photo

Spring blooms: Gabriel Connor says, “I am a student at OSU and I took a quick picture of these flowers while taking some senior photos. The flowers on campus are just so beautiful and I couldn't help myself.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: All students benefit from accessible course materials. Want to be sure your Word docs are accessible to students? See Make Your Word Documents Accessible for All, a concise guide to straightforward methods to increase accessibility. Learn how to use the Word Accessibility Checker to support accessibility of headings, links, colors, lists, tables and images.


Fidelity presentation: "Take the First Step to Investing," if you want to understand how to start investing, learn key investing concepts, common investment types and how to choose your investment approach. June 6, 1 p.m. Register here.

WIC Workshop: Teaching is a work in progress, and now is a good time to reflect on what’s working and to think about revisions. Join WIC Director Sarah Tinker Perrault on Monday, June 6, at 2 p.m. via Zoom for a guided discussion that will help you create a plan for revising anything from class design to low-stakes assignments. Register here.

Science Communication 101 Workshop: Have you ever wanted to engage in science communication, but weren't sure how to get started? Do you want to learn to make communication about your research or other scientific topics to non-experts more effective? Seminarium Art & Science Club is hosting a Sci Comm 101 workshop, led by member Grace Deitzler. June 6 at 3 p.m. in Nash ALS 4000. RSVP to [email protected].


NEW! OSU President-elect: Oregon State University’s Board of Trustees will hold a special board meeting June 7 to consider the appointment and employment agreement of Oregon State University’s next president. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. in the Memorial Union Horizon Room on the OSU Corvallis campus. Following the board meeting, trustees will host an outdoor reception in the Student Experience Center Plaza adjoining the MU from 10:45-11:45 a.m. to welcome the president-elect. The reception is open to the OSU community and the public. The meeting agenda and link to view the meeting remotely can be found by accessing the OSU Board of Trustees Meetings webpage

NEW! Random Review: Michael Paul Nelson, professor of environmental ethics and philosophy in the College of Forestry at OSU, will review “Braiding Sweetgrass” as part of the Friends of the Library’s Random Review series, June 8 at noon. The program will take place online via GoToWebinar. It is free but registration is required at Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants” is a series of linked essays about her journey toward an understanding and practice of science that includes respect for the Earth and Indigenous knowledge and practices. 

TIAA appointments: TIAA will be on OSU's main campus June 7-8 and will also have virtual appointments June 21 and June 28. TIAA will also return to campus Sept. 20 and Oct. 5. Schedule an appointment today. You can sign up online at by emailing [email protected]

World Ocean Day: This year’s theme is “Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean.” Visit the Marine Studies Initiative and Ocean11 Marine Club tables. Enjoy snacks and refreshments, play games and learn about World Ocean Day. Visit the Marine Studies Initiative World Ocean Day website for information. June 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., east side of Strand Hall.

Johnson celebration: Provost Edward Feser invites the Oregon State University community to a celebration in honor of Interim President Rebecca Johnson, who has served as colleague, mentor, and friend to many during her more than thirty-year career at the university. Please join us as we thank and honor Becky for her extraordinary leadership and service. June 9, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m, Student Experience Center Plaza. Program at 2:15 pm.

Commencement day selfie station: Grads can enjoy a photo booth and larger-than-life selfie backdrops, including #BigBenny, at the Alumni Center after the commencement ceremony on June 11. Capture every moment of the big day, meet up with your family indoors, pick up free alumni swag and learn how grads and families can stay connected with OSU. View more on the Countdown to Commencement webpage.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Colby Parkinson: MS Defense. Colby Parkinson will present his thesis, titled “Outdoor recreation during COVID-19: The role of adaptive strategies and associations with mental health,” June 8, 10 a.m. in PFSC 125 and on Zoom. Parkinson is earning his MS in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Xiangyou (Sharon) Shen. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions or for accommodations for disabilities, or for the Zoom link.

NEW! Floor Monitor Training: Training for Floor Monitors and Building Managers on roles and responsibilities when evacuating their building. Training is the second Wednesday of every month via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom Floor Monitor Training at:

Alessi MF defense: Gianna Alessi will present her capstone, titled: “Exploring Advancements in Rural Equity and Prosperity in the Oregon Labor-Intensive Forest Industry: The Practical Application of Transdisciplinarity and Science Communication,” June 7, noon in Richardson 107 and on Zoom. Alessi is earning her MF in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Troy Hall. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions or for accommodations for disabilities, or for the Zoom link.

Budget Model Forums: The Office of Budget and Resource Planning will hold a Budget Model Forum to update the campus community on the overview of the OSU-Corvallis Shared Responsibility Budget Model results via Zoom on Tuesday, June 7, from 3-4 p.m. To participate, click here. For more information visit the website or contact Sherm Bloomer.

WorldOregon presents the 2022 International Speaker Series: Intersections. WorldOregon’s International Speaker Series puts you virtually in the room with the global leaders, visionaries and inspiring voices that are changing our world.  There are a limited number of tickets to see Lynsey Addario, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist. Addario will give a virtual lecture for WorldOregon on June 7, 6:30 p.m., titled “Of Love & War: Humanity & Resilience on the Front Lines.” To potentially secure a ticket, email [email protected].

Creating Process-Driven Results in a Generational Family Business: Please join the Center for Family Enterprise on June 8 via Zoom for our Family Business 360 Event on creating process-driven results within a family business. Speakers Aimee and Rob Thompson of Thompson’s Sanitary Service will be sharing how their generational family business has been able to develop and utilize the tools necessary to cultivate process-driven results. 

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: This 10-hour course teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and then act on those decisions with unity and commitment. This program consists of a series of five live-via-Zoom sessions on Wednesdays 1-3 p.m., Aug. 17 through Sept. 14. $100 fee to attend Crucial Conversations. Learn more and register (before Aug. 5) here.

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for OSU managers, supervisors and lead workers. At the end of this course, learners will have a solid understanding of 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. Aug. 22-25, 8:15 a.m. to noon each day via Zoom. Learn more and register before Aug. 15.

Take Note

NEW! Volunteers sought: The Corvallis Daytime Drop-In Center is the only local, daytime community resource center serving as a vital hub for information, referral and direct services for those enduring poverty. CDDC is interested in people who can assist in marketing and branding the Homeless Employment Launching (HELP) program. Additionally, volunteers are always welcome and are encouraged to contact the executive director Allison Hobgood for opportunities and more information. For more information please visit the Corvallis Daytime Drop-In Center website at

NEW! Dog study: The OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital is seeking dogs that weigh more than 44 lbs and have a history of chronic diarrhea for a research study examining the effect of fiber on the fecal microbiome and gut health. Participation in this study involves mixing a powder supplement on the dog’s food daily for four weeks, three visits to the hospital and a $50 Amazon gift card. Dogs receive a physical examination and labs at each visit. For more information, please contact the principal investigator by email at [email protected].

NEW! Shrub book: The Northwest forest understory pulses with plant life, but how do you know which shrub is which? New from OSU Extension, the second edition of “Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests” by Professor Emeritus Ed Jensen has the answers. Get the book that makes a hike through the woods feel like a visit with close friends. Buy now at It’s a wonderful companion book to last year’s release of “Trees to Know in Oregon and Washington.”

OSU Faculty Staff Fitness summer class registration is now open. Take a fitness class on campus (click here for schedule) or remotely through Online FSF. Some highlights include the return of the rehabilitative Adaptive Exercise Clinic (formerly MS Clinic; click here for information), Open Gym, personal training services and outdoor yoga. Contact [email protected] to help find your fitness plan today. 

New bike donation program starts June 6 : Do you have a bike to donate? The new bike donation program will accept bikes starting on June 6 through June 15, 2022. The program, which is organized by Oregon State University’s Department of Public Safety and Police and Transportation Services, aims to reduce the number of bikes on campus that go through the impound process at the end of Spring term. To donate a bike to the program, visit the DPS lobby, located at 200 Cascade Hall on OSU’s Corvallis campus, and speak with a dispatcher. A DPS police or public safety officer will review a copy of your OSU ID or a valid government-issued ID and document the name of the person making the donation. Bike serial numbers will be checked to make sure no stolen bikes are accepted into the program.

START Resource Fair spots open: The Office of Student Orientation is excited to bring back the START Resource Fair this Summer. The resource fair is limited to OSU departments, units and programs only. The application can be found here if you are interested: More information is detailed within the form including all the dates and times of each resource fair. Submit the interest form by June 8. For questions, email Nick Malendowski at [email protected].

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Wildfire. Increasing numbers of people are making their homes in woodland settings, rural areas or remote mountain sites. Wildfires often begin unnoticed; however, they spread very quickly. Reduce your risk by preparing now — before wildfire strikes. Meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten your area. This month’s poster can be download at:

Hiring students: Do you need to hire students for fall 2022? This year’s START sessions will include the opportunity for students to apply for campus jobs as part of their orientation experience. We love jobs that contain just the application or the application and a resume, for ease of applying. We encourage you to post your simplified job application as soon as June 23 and keep it open (or repost) until Sept. 9 so students can apply for your job during START. You can learn more about how to get involved here or by emailing [email protected]

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing a link to an article on the benefits of microbreaks. 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.

Metabolic Research Study: We are examining how insulin release is triggered by tasting carbohydrates. Participants must be non-smokers and non-diabetic, aged 18-45. The study will involve having body measurements taken, having saliva collected, performing taste tests, having blood drawn and filling out dietary surveys. Email [email protected] for more information. Study name: "Taste Perception of Carbohydrates." PI: Juyun Lim.

Grads Give Back: Donate Your Gown to the Next Graduate. Calling all graduating students: Donate your gown in the days following Commencement. You have the chance to help a future student who may be unable to afford the Commencement regalia while keeping your cap and cords as mementos. Gowns can be donated at the Valley Library just inside the main entrance (from Saturday, June 11 through Tuesday, June 14) or year-round at the MU info desk. For more information, please visit or email [email protected]. Grads Give Back is sponsored by Campus Recycling, ASOSU, Memorial Union, Valley Library and the Sustainability Office.

Ungrading Book Club: Have you been thinking about modifying your grading and assessment practices in time for next year? Participate in the Ungrading Book Club, a part of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) No-Strings Attached Clubs. Read and engage in rich conversations about Susan Blum’s (Ed.) book, "Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead)." CTL will provide free books to participants. Space is limited to 10 participants. Register by June 14.

Recruiting participants for virtual reality experiment: Psychology researchers are seeking participants who are at least 18 years old, speak fluent English and have normal or corrected-to-normal vision for research aiming to explore how perception and movement interact in real and virtual environments. Participants will complete movement- and perception-based tasks for around one hour. Those who complete the study will receive $15 in Amazon credit. More details and sign-up available at

Carbon Offsets for OSU Funded Travel: The Sustainability Office can help you reduce the greenhouse gas impact of your OSU-funded air and ground travel. With basic information about travel itineraries, we calculate the amount of carbon offsets needed and combine our purchasing power to make it easy for you and your department. One bulk purchase of offsets will occur in June. For more info or to contact the Sustainability Office visit:

Free COVID testsFree iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests are available around the Corvallis campus. Each box contains two tests. While supplies last, OSU community members can pick up these self-test kits at the following locations: Residence Hall Service Centers (Arnold, McNary and West); Lab tent outside Plageman Hall; Memorial Union Info Desk and Student Experience Center Info Desk. For questions or accommodations related to disabilities, contact [email protected].

COVID-19 testing: Oregon State University, in collaboration with Willamette Valley Toxicology (WVT), is providing on-site COVID-19 testing for people without symptoms. OSU employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to test at one of these locations: Corvallis: Lab tent outside Plageman Hall Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Cascade Hall 120, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bend: Outside Obsidian Hall Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Note: All employees will need a WVT Labdash account prior to testing.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Parking garage: The OSU Parking Garage will be closed for extensive cleaning from June 19-July 22. For questions or comments on the closure or about where to park, please contact Transportation Services at 541-737-2583. 

Washington Way: For work related to the Washington Way Improvement Project, a planned sidewalk closure along the north side of SW Washington Way is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. Friday, May 6 through 5 p.m. Monday, June 13. Pacific Power will be on site performing work related to the project (view map).


“Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity.” ~ James Baldwin

Corvallis: Showers today, high of 67, low of 46. Partly sunny Tuesday.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 63, low of 40. Mostly sunny Tuesday.

Newport: Chance of showers today, high of 59, low of 49. Partly sunny Tuesday.

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