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:


In rural Oregon, there's a higher need for mental health care, but few options (OPB News)

The impact of suicide in rural communities was the subject of a recent video conversation between Todd Nash, the president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, and Allison Myers, who directs the OSU Extension Family and Community Health Program.

A very wet winter has eased California's drought, but water woes remain (New York Times)

Source: PRISM Climate Group at Oregon State University Note: The first map shows the percent of average precipitation received between Jan. 2020 and Nov. 2022; the second map runs through March 13, 2023.

Venom sacs and spring-loaded caps: Best beware nature's most sophisticated stingers (National Geographic UK)

It’s the only type of bee with double-shafted barbed stingers, which means each shaft has backward-facing hooks that anchor into their target’s skin. First one shaft goes in and embeds itself there, then the other, “walking” themselves into the skin, says Michael Burgett, professor emeritus at Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Why do dogs tilt their heads? (Live Science)

Future research can explore what other sounds or contexts might trigger canine head-tilting, said Monique Udell (opens in new tab), a human-animal interaction researcher at Oregon State University, who did not take part in the studies.

Finalists for OSU-Cascades top leadership position to be interviewed, give campus presentations (KTVZ)

The final candidates for the role of chancellor and dean, the top leadership position at Oregon State University-Cascades, will each visit the Bend campus during the weeks of March 20 and April 3 for interviews and meetings, and a presentation to the OSU-Cascades campus community.

We need to talk about gun safety (City Club of Central Oregon)

Last Thursday, March 16, the City Club of Central Oregon hosted a panel discussion on gun safety. OSU Associate Professor of Marketing, Michelle Barnhart, shared insights from her research on the American gun market, gun culture, and gun violence prevention efforts. A brief summary of the discussion, as well as the complete video of the event can be found at:

Have a drainage problem? You might consider a Rain Garden (Oregonian)

Gardening season is on its way, and you may have questions as you prepare for spring.

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Valentine's snow: Graduate student Dolor Enarevba says, “I have attached a photo taken on Valentine's Day.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Want to hear OSU faculty perspectives on ChatGPT and other AI tools? Register now for the Flash Panel on AI, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, at 4 p.m. on April 5 via Zoom. Four panelists will discuss factors such as reliability, bias, fairness, accessibility, privacy and ethics.


NEW! Pretzels in the Plaza: Join President Jayathi Y. Murthy, Provost & Executive Vice President Edward Feser and other university leadership in the SEC Plaza to celebrate your efforts during winter term, 3:30-4:30 p.m., March 20 in the SEC Plaza. 


NEW! There’s still time to register for spring break industry tours: Meet with OSU alums, tour their facilities, learn about career and internship opportunities and build your network. Eaton is an intelligent power management company dedicated to improving quality of life and protecting the environment for people everywhere. 9:30 a.m., March 29. Register for Eaton tour. Element Six is the world’s leading synthetic diamond and super-materials producer. They are recognized as operating at the forefront of industry. 9:30 a.m., March 30. Register for Element Six tour.

NEW! The Little Gallery presents Dolors Escala: "The Mystery of the Monotype," an exhibition of engravings inspired by nature and landscape from the artist’s abstract perspective. On display from April 3-May 12 with an artist’s reception 3:30-5 p.m. on April 20. Visit for more information.

Reading and talk with author Christopher Preston: Author Christopher Preston will discuss his new book, “Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries That Change How We Think about Animals,” at 5:30 p.m., March 23 in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s main meeting room. He will offer a look at how some wildlife species are defying the odds and teaching important lessons about how to share a planet. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project, the School of History, Philosophy and Religion, and the College of Forestry.

OSU Retirement Expo: The first annual Retirement Expo will be help 9 a.m.-4 p.m., April 4 in the Memorial Union. It will include vendors in the Horizon Room and education sessions throughout the building. The presentation schedule is here.  Registration is required for Zoom sessions only. For accommodations: [email protected]. For questions: [email protected].

Announcing the 2023 Alumni Fellows: Since 1988, the Oregon State University Alumni Association has recognized members of Beaver Nation who’ve distinguished themselves in their professions and communities. This year, we took a look at the ways alumni are making positive change in the Portland area. Please join the OSU Alumni Association in congratulating the 2023 Alumni Fellows at 5:30 p.m. April 11 during the online celebration. Register and learn more about the 2023 Alumni Fellows.

American Strings: An Evening with The Kingston Trio: Join University Director of Popular Music Bob Santelli in a conversation with the legendary folk group The Kingston Trio. Following the interview, the trio will perform such classics as “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” and “Tom Dooley.” 7:30 p.m. April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center C&E Hall. Attendance is limited to 200. Tickets are $25 and are on sale at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Care Talks, Confident Parenting: Summer Planning for Families. This webinar discusses planning ideas for families, including childcare, summer camps and how to support teens with their summer jobs. 10 a.m., March 22. Register today.

Webinar on coping with a crisis or traumatic event: A crisis or traumatic event can be both environmental and personal and can cause physical, emotional or psychological distress or harm. These events are often perceived and experienced as a threat to one’s safety or to the stability of one’s world and the impact can be either on those who have experienced the event firsthand or those who have seen it on television. Noon, March 21: Register here.

College of Engineering faculty lecture: Geoff Hollinger, “Decision Making for Marine Robotics,” noon to 1 p.m., March 21. Virtual lecture, free and open to the public. Details and registration:

Travel Talks — Italian Wine and Coffee: Join the OSUAA Group Travel Program for Travel Talk webinar 5:30-6:30 p.m., March 21. Elizabeth Tomasino, associate professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, will discuss her research on sensory analysis, flavor chemistry, global/regional/sub-regional wine styles, consumer preferences and so much more. Following the presentation, Kate Sanders, director II of the OSUAA Group Travel Program, will preview upcoming Italian getaways. Register at

English conversation classes: Crossroads Conversation School for Women invites international women to join us this spring for English conversation classes. In volunteer-taught classes, students will explore other cultures, practice English and develop friendships. This term we are offering both in-person classes (open to all levels of English learners) and an online class (for intermediate and advanced English learners). Classes begin April 4. For more details and registration information see or contact Kara Hanson at [email protected].

Women in Wood Science: Women, people of color and historically marginalized groups are underrepresented in STEM; let’s change this. Join us on April 11 for a day exploring the dynamic field of wood science. Meet experts, network with fellow students, alumni and industry leaders, participate in hands-on activities and discover career options. Register now.

Take Note

NEW! Submit your events for Spring Family Weekend: Spring Family Weekend will take place May 5-7 on the Corvallis campus. If you plan to host an event, complete this Spring Family Weekend event submission form by April 3. If you are looking for event ideas or someone to brainstorm with about an event you’re considering, or if you have questions, reach out to [email protected].

NEW! Human-robot interaction: The Human-Machine Teaming Laboratory in Oregon State University’s Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute is conducting a research experiment to study human-robot interaction for peer-based environments. Participants will be trained as first responders and complete a series of disaster response tasks with a robot teammate and will complete anonymous questionnaires. The experiment requires participants to complete two separate two-hour sessions. Participants who complete the entire evaluation will receive $60. Contact Prakash Baskaran at [email protected] to schedule your experiment time.

NEW! Open call for submissions: Soundbox Six. OSU students, faculty, staff, alumni and people from beyond the campus community are invited to submit intermedia, sound, text, music, radio art, video art, performance art, social media art and digital installations to this year's Soundbox Six. Please complete the submission form and submit a link to your work by midnight on Sunday, April 30. Digital and performance works should be no longer than 10 minutes, and you must provide an unlisted YouTube link that gives us permission to view and download the work. Note: Your Creative Commons license must be identified and all contributing authors must be properly credited. Send link to [email protected]. For more information on how to submit, click the link here.

EXTENDED! Faculty Awards Solicitation – Deadline Extended: The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the awards they are responsible for reviewing and selecting – see the solicitation letter. Criteria and nomination forms associated with these awards are online. The nominations deadline has been extended through noon on April 12. Guidelines to assist those preparing nomination packets are available online. For further information, contact Vickie Nunnemaker.

NEW! 40 years of service: Congratulations to Janet Nishihara, executive director of the Educational Opportunities Program, for being honored for 40 years of service at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others who have reached this milestone by clicking on their name.

AWSEM Club: Registration for STEM Academy's In-Person AWSEM Club for 5th-7th graders is open. AWSEM=Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math. The club will meet in-person on Tuesdays, from 6-7 p.m., April 25-May 23. Topics: Entomology, engineering, physics, microbiology and genetics. For more information or to register, please go to:

Instructors, request spring course reserves now: Help make sure students can find their textbooks at the library. Submit a new request to OSU Libraries & Press each term. The Libraries prioritize electronic resources, accept personal and department copies of material, as well as purchase eBooks and physical items on request. More info at

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Food. If an earthquake, winter storm or other disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water and electricity for days or even weeks. By taking time now to store emergency food supplies, you can provide for your entire family. People can survive for long periods of time without food. However, going days without eating can cause nutrient deficiencies and unpleasant – even dangerous – side effects. Consider maintaining a two week food supply. More information can be found here:

Have questions about creating accessible course materials? Join the OSU Digital Accessibility Community Microsoft Team. This team is a space to share resources and build community around digital accessibility and is supported by UIT-Academic Technologies, EOA, DAS, CTL and Ecampus. Share your questions or knowledge about accessibility in documents, images or video and get support from the community. Need help with MS Teams? Contact the Service Desk


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Assistant/Associate Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology: OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a Assistant/Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. This position is a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 9-month, tenure-track position. Posting #P06535UF. Full consideration March 26. Closes April 2. 

NEW! Outdoor School Research, Evaluation, and Assessment Coordinator: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement invites applications for an Outdoor School Research, Evaluation, and Assessment coordinator position. This is a full-time, 12-month, professional faculty position based in Corvallis. Posting #P06595UF. Closes April 10.

NEW! Administrative Office Manager: OSU Extension Service Tillamook County office invites applications for an Administrative Office Manager position. This is a full-time, 12-month, professional faculty position based in Tillamook. Apply to posting #P06601UF. Full consideration April 14. Closes April 28.

NEW! Visiting Instructor, Masters in Counseling: OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a Visiting Instructor - Masters in Counseling. This position is a full-time, 1.0 FTE 9-month, appointment-type position. Posting #P06592UF. Closes April 16.


“I raise up my voice—not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard… We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” ~ Malala Yousafzai,

Corvallis: Showers today, high of 48, low of 33. Sunny Tuesday.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of showers today, high of 43, low of 23. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Showers today, high of 47, low of 32. Sunny tomorrow.

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