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.

Study: Climate change hurting Western waterbirds (KTVZ)

The study, which began in the mid-1990s, is the result of a research collaboration between scientists at Oregon State University, U.S. Geological Survey, University of California, Merced; and the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation. (see also Ooska News)

Oregon State researchers use honey from beekeepers to trace heavy metal contamination (Register-Guard)

The study — led by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Oregon State University — is thought to be the first of its kind in North America using honey as a biomonitor, according to an OSU press release.

OSU names three professors of distinction (Register-Guard)

Oregon State University has named Clare Reimers, Mas Subramanian and Virginia Weis as its 2019 distinguished professors, the highest academic honor the university can bestow on a faculty member.

Five ways to talk with your kid so they feel loved (Greater Good Magazine)
A piece by OSU's Shauna Tominey.

Widmer Brothers Brewing, Oregon State University grad honored for pollution prevention (Industrial Water World)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality presented the Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award to Widmer Brothers Brewing and honored Oregon State University graduate Alan Haynes for their partnership to reduce wastewater pollution and achieve cost savings. The awards were presented in a ceremony at Widmer Brothers Brewery with Oregon Sea Grant, OSU, Craft Brew Alliance, City of Portland, and the Pollution Prevention Resource Center.

East of the Cascades, lingering snow means struggle for Northwest fauna (Jefferson Public Radio)

All this snow so late in the season prompts the much-asked question: Is this climate change? Kathie Dello, a climatologist with Oregon State University in Corvallis, says this late-winter snow is perfectly normal. But, it doesn’t mean the larger picture is all fine.

Deschutes County is Oregon's third-largest hemp growing county (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon hemp is expected to leap ahead of the state’s No. 2 commodity, cattle and calves, which were worth $819.8 million in 2017, the most current year data are available, according to Jay Noller, head of Oregon State University’s Crop and Soil Science Department.

Colson Whitehead to receive award at OSU (The Skanner)

American novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Colson Whitehead will visit Oregon State University April 1 to accept the 2019 Stone Award for Literary Achievement – created to honor American authors who have created critically acclaimed work and mentored younger writers – and read from his work.


Hundreds attend Youth Climate Strike in Corvallis(Democrat-Herald)

 Nearly 300 people attended the Youth Climate Strike on Oregon State University’s Memorial Union Quad Friday afternoon.

Today's photo

Corvallis College: Corvallis College as it appeared in about 1868. It was located in the center of the block bounded by Fifth, Sixth, Madison, and Monroe Streets in Corvallis, Oregon. Courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives.


NEW! American Strings: An Evening with Noel Paul Stookey: Musician and social activist Noel Paul Stookey has been altering the musical and ethical landscape of this country and the world for decades – both as part of the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, and as a successful solo artist. Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.  at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at door. Advance tickets available online.

NEW! Prospective student open house: Spring Preview, an open house program for prospective and admitted students, will be in CH2M and the Memorial Union on Monday, March 25. There will be approximately 800 to 1,000 guests on campus, which may impact parking and retail food locations. You are encouraged to welcome the guests while they are on campus.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Duo Sign Up Event: The Duo team will have walk-up events for employees to sign up for Duo, get questions answered, and obtain a token if needed. This is a drop in event, no registration needed.  Our next event is Tuesday, March 19, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in the lobby of Magruder Hall. For more information about Duo, see

NEW! Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Ehren Bentz will present “Characterizing the Function of the Harderian Gland and its Interactions with the Vomeronasal Organ to Facilitate Chemoreception in the Red-sided Garter Snake” on Wednesday, March 20, at 1 p.m. in ALS 4001. Bentz is completing his Ph.D. under the guidance of Robert T. Mason. Free and open to the public.

NEW! Basic Excel for Financial CORE Data:CORE provides a convenient interface to query data for common use cases that we encounter with financial data. What if you have an unusual data need though? This hands-on workshop will look at the basics of manipulating CORE data in Excel for common business functions. This includes how to split and join data, using VLOOKUP, sorting and more. Tuesday, March 19, 2-3 p.m,, Cascade Hall 118 This session is restricted to employees with a FIN3 or higher security level in CORE. Contact IAR with questionsRegister Here.

Tuesday Teaching Talks: Portfolios to Celebrate Success & Survival: Join colleagues and the Center for Teaching and Learning in a certificated series of teaching workshops. The workshops are every Tuesday. Attend one, some, or all. On March 19, join Brooke Howland to apply reflective practices as a catalyst to advance teaching and learning while celebrating our success and survival. This two-hour workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here

Andrew Russo – Sustainable Forest Management M.F. Presentation: Andrew Russo will present his project, “Spread of Swiss Needle Cast in the Oregon Coast Range,” on Wednesday, March 20, at 12:30 p.m. in Richardson Hall 115. Russo is advised by professor David Shaw in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources & Management. Free and open to the public.

The College of Education presents Vasti Torres: Torres is a professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education and an associate faculty member of Latina/o Studies at University of Michigan. Torres will be speaking twice on March 21. She’ll speak on, “The link between identity and learning for Latino Students” at 10 a.m. in Kidder Hall 202. She’ll also speak on, "Organizing for Student Success in Higher Education” at 4 p.m in Kearney Hall 112.

Social justice education: The Social Justice Education Initiativefrom Faculty Affairs is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this well-reviewed program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

OMSI Science Pub: Local Scientists on the Global Climate Stage: Stories from the IPCC. Four Oregon State faculty members from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences will discuss their experiences with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m., McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan, Portland. $5 in advance, $5 suggested donation at the door. Preregistration recommended.

This April, it’s time to ACCELERATE your startup: In just 10 weeks, streamline your value proposition, get to market faster, and validate your product-market fit. The Accelerate program is open to OSU researchers, students, and staff, and the Corvallis community who intend to start or grow an entrepreneurial venture, and can qualify teams to receive NSF iCorp funds. It all starts April 2. Learn more and apply here:

Take Note

Mid-Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic – Food in Emergencies: If a disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water, and electricity for days or even weeks. Options for food storage include: Freeze-dried foods, MREs, dehydrated foods and canned foods. This month’s poster can be downloaded

Deadline for application to the Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF): Proposals are due by Friday, March 15, 5 p.m. Firm deadline. Questions: Contact Research Office Incentive Programs at:

STEM summer camps: STEM Academy is hosting a broad range of STEM Summer Day Camps from late June through mid-August for students who will be entering grades 3-12 in Fall 2019. Registration is now open. Topics include: Coding, iINVENT, Web Design, Engineering, Computer Graphics, Cybersecurity, Biochemistry, Sketch Up, Computational Biology, Drones & Legos, Powered Machines, DNA Biology & Bioinformatics, Lego Robotics, ActivityBots, Math, Wildlife Science, and Raspberry Pi. For more information, or to register online, visit For questions, call 541-737-8139 or email Scholarships available.

Imitation-Based Dog Training Opportunity for Children and Their Pet Dog: We are recruiting families with a pet dog who have a child between the ages of 8- 17 years (with or without a developmental disability) to take part in a research study evaluating an imitation-based dog training assisted intervention. Spring and summer dates may be available. There is no cost to participate. For more information contact Megan MacDonald at or Monique Udell at

Volunteer opportunity for Spring 2019 – New International Students Orientation Week: Engage with new international students and help welcome the new beavers from around the world during Spring 2019 orientation week. For more information and to sign up go here. Volunteer training day (required for new volunteers or those who did not participate on Fall 2018 training day): March 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at ILLC 350. Volunteering dates: New students move-in day: March 25. Orientation week: March 26-29. Different volunteer shifts available to fit your schedule. For more information or questions, contact Carla Portugal at or go to our website.

Elsevier contract renewal: As OSU Libraries prepares for future negotiations with the global publisher Elsevier, we will be seeking input from the OSU community to inform a possible 2020 contract renewal. To be informed and engaged with this process, look for invitations in OSU Today and on the OSU Libraries’ homepage. If questions or concerns, contact Faye A. Chadwell at

Traffic & Maintenance 

Planned Power Outage between March 28 and March 30: In an effort to improve the safety and reliability of the power grid serving the Corvallis campus, there will be a planned power outage Thursday, March 28, beginning at 6 a.m. and lasting through Saturday, March 30, at 6 p.m. Most affected buildings will be on backup power and will experience minimal disruption. Only Joyce Collin Furman Hall will be closed and without power during this time. OSU’s Power Grid Updates website has a list of affected buildings and times of planned outages.

Scheduled: Campus Wide Steam Shutdown: Each year Facilities Services performs necessary maintenance on the university’s steam system, which requires shutting off the steam throughout campus, to complete maintenance services at the plant, throughout the steam tunnels and in each building.  This process affects hot water supply, heating, and all equipment that uses steam, campus wide.  The steam shutdown for 2019 will occur from 6 p.m. on June 16 to 5 p.m. on June 20. For questions or comments on this closure contact Facilities Services at 541-737-2969.


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To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

Fiscal Coordinator 1 – The Auxiliaries & Activates Business Center at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. Job duties, qualifications, and application process can be found by visiting  Posting #P02033CT.  Full consideration date is March 22. The closing date is April 5.

NEW! Analyst Programmer (Front End Web Developer) – Ecampus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Analyst Programmer, competency level 2 to join the Course Development and Training team. Posting # P02032CT Closes April 7.

NEW! Coordinator – office of Student Conduct and Community Standards: full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month. The coordinator investigates, adjudicates and resolves reported violations of the Code of Student Conduct. Posting # P02798UF. Closes April 8


“The wiser you get, the more experience you have, and the more you see people for who they are as human beings, as opposed to figures you have to fight against." ~ Vanessa Williams, who turns 56 today.

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 71, low of 40. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 52, low of 26. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny tomorrow, high of 69, low of 45. Partly sunny tomorrow.

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