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.

UnDisciplined: The Computational Pedagogist and the Undead Philosopher (Utah Public Radio)

We use our brains to do things like math and to teach things like enumeration and construction and optimization; and joining us to talk about how we can do that better is Elise Lockwood, an associate professor of mathematics education at Oregon State University. Her research focuses on how students think about and learn computational topics. 

OSU-Cascades researchers test program to help traumatized children (Bend Bulletin)

Researchers at Oregon State University-Cascades are developing and testing a training program they hope will help preschool and child care providers to better deal with children who have been affected by trauma and adverse events.

OSU dorm plan goes to city for approval (Gazette-Times)

A high-profile effort by Oregon State University to add more on-campus housing goes before the Corvallis Planning Commission on Wednesday.

Liver, colon cancer cells thwarted by compounds derived from hops (Headlight-Herald)

The plant that adds flavor, color and bitterness to beer also produces a primary compound that thwarts cancer cells, and two important derivatives of the compound do as well, new research at Oregon State University shows.

Beaver emoji might finally give Oregon's state animal its due(Oregonian)

The Oregon Blue Book entry points out that the beaver “has been referred to as ‘nature’s engineer,’ and its dam-building activities are important to natural water flow and erosion control. Oregon is known as the ‘Beaver State’ and Oregon State University’s athletic teams are called the ‘Beavers.’”

How to keep cherry blossoms from turning brown (Oregonian)

Spring has sprung and gardeners are digging in. Got questions as you carry on? Get answers from Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Blue is a difficult colour (Newsclick)

In 2009, Mas Subramanian of Oregon State University was trying hard to develop a multiferroic—a material that is a combination of magnetic and electronic properties.

Today's photo

Hidden treasures: An open door to one of OSU's many greenhouses reveals the jewel-like tones of flowers normally hidden from sight. This time of year is perfect for taking a stroll through the Corvallis campus to find new discoveries.


Distinguished Professor lectures: All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the 2019 Distinguished Professor lectures on May 13 in the MU Horizon room. Join us at 9 a.m. for a lecture from Clare Reimers, Distinguished Professor of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences entitled Carbon Cycling at the Seafloor: 40 Years of Advancing Science. Then at 1 p.m. there will be a lecture by Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Mas Subramanian, entitled The Surprising Science of Discovery: Stumbling Onto a New Colorful Materials World. Finally, at 3 p.m. there will be a lecture by Distinguished Professor of Integrative Biology, Virginia Weis, entitled In Sickness and In Health: Studying Coral Symbiosis in the Age of Climate Crisis. For more information visit the Distinguished Professor website.

Little Gallery exhibit: The Little Gallery, World Languages and Cultures presents: Re-Imagining Multilingualisms at OSU, an exhibition of creative works by students of LING 251, Languages of Oregon (State University). The exhibit will be open for viewing on May 6-17 with three days of student presentations: May 13, 15, and 17 from 9 to 9:50 a.m. The creative works reflect the topics of the course including social justice issues around language bias and discrimination on OSU’s campus as well as ways to envision a more linguistically just future. On view: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Connection Session: The Research Office is organizing a connection session Monday, May 13, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Hallie E. Ford Center, Bray Conference Room HFC 114.  It is focused on an NSF Dear Colleague Letter published recently regarding NSF’s “Coastlines and People” initiative.  The session goals are to collaborate and identify those interested and able to be PIs or co-PIs. More information and to RSVP go to this website:  or RSPV HERE.

The Victorians’ Queer Collections: Megan Ward teaches in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, and her current research project explores the world-making properties of Victorian literary realism as an early form of virtuality that connects it with the contemporary digital archive. In this talk, she’ll discuss how looking to the Victorian novel’s queer collections outside the conventions of archiving — such as hoarding, counterfeiting and wasting — can help us re-examine our archival methods, especially the notion of the archival “find.” Monday, May 13, 4 p.m., OSU Center for the Humanities, Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave.

NEW! 2019 Ideas Matter Series on the Philosophy of Food: “The Moral Standing of Animals in Buddhist and Euro-American Philosophy.”  Geoff Barstow is a religious studies assistant professor whose research focuses on the practice of vegetarianism and animal compassion in Tibetan Buddhism. Bjørn Kristensen is a master’s candidate in applied ethics at OSU. His research is at the intersection of animal ethics and environmental justice. In his talk, he will give an overview of the concept of speciesism, and discuss several philosophical perspectives on the moral status of nonhuman animals. Monday, May 13. Light catering 5:30 p.m. Milam Hall 319A. Lecture 6 p.m. Milam Hall 319. Free and open to all.


NEW! Island Soldier: The Micronesian Islander community will host the “Island Soldier” movie event at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center. The event will begin with a movie screening of the documentary, “Island Soldier,” directed by Nathan Fitch. The documentary highlights the experiences and untold stories of Micronesian soldiers. After the film, there will be a panel of Micronesian soldiers answering questions. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 15, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  

NEW! Spring Repair Fair: May 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the OSUsed Store. Bring your broken items and volunteers will help you learn how to repair your belongings; attend demos to learn more skills.

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. Signup takes less than five minutes.  There will be a signup event on Wednesday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to noon  in Austin Hall 200 For more information about Duo, see

NEW! Thesis Defense – Water Resources Graduate Program: Nicole Mehr, M.S., WRS. Wednesday, May 15, at 9 am in ALS 4001. The title of her thesis is “Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow Through a Fracture.” Mehr is advised by John Selker of BEE. 

NEW! Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): “Genome analysis of off-target CRISPR mutagenesis in poplar and eucalypts, i.e., Damage control: how often does gene editing happen in the wrong place?” Greg Goralogia (Steve Strauss Lab), Wednesday, May 15, at noon in ALS 3006. 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! WRGP Water Resources Science Spring Seminar Series. Allen Gellis, U.S. Geological Survey, Baltimore, will present “Space, Time, and Sediment” on Wednesday, May 15, from 4-5 p.m. in BEXL 328. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday Teaching Talks: “Class Time” Lectures & Active Learning: 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 May 14, join Lori Kays (a.m.) or Devon Quick (p.m.) to consider approaches to combining student-centered activities and presentation-style instruction in one class time session. 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.

Information Session: Adult & Higher Education Master’s Program: May 14, Face-to-Face session from noon to 1 pm, in Furman Hall 300 with free pizza and a webinar version from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., also on May 14. Register at

PERS: Tiers 1 & 2 Simplified: What role will PERS play in your retirement plan? Understand how your PERS retirement works and explore the various choices, advantages/disadvantages you will need to consider when you decide to retire. Designed for people within five years of retirement. May 14, noon to 1 p.m., MU 212. Presented by Barbara Koontz, Financial Advisor, CFS*.  RSVP to

Beaver Family Connections: Quality Early Education & Care: Join OSU’s Bridget Hatfield and Adrienne Henry as they identify the indicators and characteristics of quality early care and education. This session will take place on Tuesday, May 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in MU 207.

Mentor Collective Lunch & Learn: OSU’s College of Business has been partnering with Mentor Collective to support its peer and alumni mentoring initiative. Mentor Collective will be on campus to share learning from both this program and mentorship initiatives from universities nationwide. Learn more at a catered lunch on May 21 from noon to 1 p.m. in Austin Hall 126. RSVP HERE.

Social justice education: The Social Justice Education Initiative from 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:

Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 24. Preregistration required: Space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

Take Note

Campus Directions: Learn more from University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations about how Oregon State's campuses are improving every day.  Read the latest issue of Campus Directions to learn more about the soon-to-come A.A. "Red" Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory, how prepping by Facilities Services spared campus from spring flooding, the next planned power outage and more. Interested in keeping up with projects on campus? Subscribe to our newsletter.

Volunteer opportunity for Summer 2019 – New International Students Orientation Week: Engage with new international students and help welcome the new Beavers from around the world during Summer 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 Spring 2019 training day): June 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at ILLC 345. Volunteering dates: New students move-in day: June 17. Orientation week: June 18-21. Different volunteer shifts available to fit your schedule. For more information or questions, contact Carla Portugal at or go to our website.

Presidential Search Process - share your input by May 20: The OSU Board of Trustees invites members of the university community to provide their thoughts about the qualities and characteristics desired in a new university president and insights regarding key challenges and opportunities OSU may face over the next decade. Online feedback may be provided until May 20: Confidential input gathered will inform a presidential leadership profile, which will serve as the basis by which a presidential search committee recruits and identifies potential candidates. Further information about the process, including a timeline and FAQs, is available at

Grads Give Back: Donate Your Gown to the Next Graduate: Are you graduating and walking in commencement? Give your gown after the ceremony. You can help another student who may not be able to participate in commencement otherwise while keeping your cap and cords as a memento. Gowns can be donated at staffed stations outside Reser Stadium right after commencement or at the main entrance to the Valley Library, after commencement through the following Monday (June 15-17). For questions, see

Volunteers Needed for the Great Move Out: This year OSU will once again work both on-campus and off-campus with the Corvallis community to collect reusable goods from students during The Great Move Out! Volunteers are needed to staff the events, assisting with receiving and sorting donations. Volunteers are needed for the off-campus event on June 14; details and sign-up here. Volunteers are needed for the residence hall program June 10-19; details and sign-up hereMore information here.

Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical SciencesThe program provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The grant level is $300,000 - $75,000 per year for a four-year period. 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, May 20.

Traffic & Maintenance 

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 Servicesat 541-737-2969.


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NEW!  The OSU Extension Service invites applications for a part-time (approximately 16 hours per week) Office Specialist 1 for the Oregon State University, Lake County Extension Office. This position is located in Lakeview, Oregon. Posting # P02152CT. Closes May 27.

NEW! University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operation is recruiting for one full-time Outreach and Education Coordinator. This position is an integral member of the Communication Services team and supports the efforts of the unit by providing outreach and education planning, programming and implementation on and off the Corvallis campus to diverse audiences. Posting # P03008UF. Closes May 28.  


"If you love friends, you will serve your friends. If you love community, you will serve your community. If you love money, you will serve your money. And if you love only yourself, you will serve only yourself. And you will have only yourself." ~ Stephen Colbert, who turns 55 today.

Corvallis: Cloudy today, high of 70, low of 48. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 75, low of 49. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Newport: Cloudy today, high of 57, low of 49. Showers likely tomorrow. 

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