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:

Preserving a legacy: OSU researchers use 3D scanning to map historical structures at Silver Falls State Park (KTVZ)

Oregon State University researchers are helping preserve the legacy of Silver Falls State Park by using three-dimensional scanning to produce digital replicas of the park’s historical structures. (see also KATUKOIN)

The Life of the Mind (Oregon Business)

Oregon’s coastal and rural communities face particular challenges when it comes to mental-health access, including higher suicide rates — particularly for rural men over the age of 55. In September 2023, Oregon State University launched the AgriStress HelpLine, a 24-hour mental-health support line (with text and voice functions) designed specifically to support rural Oregonians and their families. 

Oregon State research team pursuing "burn to learn" (Wildfire Today)

Fire science researchers at Oregon State University launched  a new project on May 10 to study how embers from homes and other buildings spread to nearby structures. “Our motto is burn to learn,” said OSU full-time research assistant Adarsh Verma. “So we are burning stuff to learn more about fire and how it’s going to spread.” (see also KEZI)

A new kind of rover: Dog-like robot trained to explore the moon (CBC Kids)

Cristina Wilson, a cognitive scientist at Oregon State University, said Spirit learns from every step it takes. “Similar to the way that when we walk on uneven surfaces as humans, we can sort of detect how the ground is shifting beneath our feet, a legged robot is capable of the exact same thing,” she said.


Today's photo

Northern lights: Several readers captured photos of the aurora borealis this weekend, including Robert Cornwell-Arquit and Steven Dundas. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Are your students using scholarly articles for research assignments? Consider adding the Finding Articles and Other Online Resources module to your Canvas course. This self-guided module walks students through common types of articles, identifying search strategies and using library resources to find quality sources. See Library How-To for instructions to add this module to your Canvas course.


School of Psychological Science: Diversity Science Colloquia. Greg Townley is a professor of community psychology at Portland State University and co-founder of PSU's Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative. Townley’s talk is tilted “Identifying novel solutions to support community inclusion of adults experiencing mental health challenges and homelessness." 4 p.m., May 13 in the George W. Peavy Forest Science Center, Room 125. Free and open to all.

Michelle Norris, Hidden Conversations Lecture: As a part of an International Speaker Series hosted by WorldOregon, Michele Norris, Peabody Award-winning journalist and former NPR host, will be presenting a lecture about race and identity at 7 p.m., May 13 at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland. Oregon State is a sponsor. Tickets available here.


NEW! Public Seed Library — Vegetable Garden Plant Clinic: Come learn how to harden off your greenhouse starts, get your vegetable garden set up for a successful harvest, explore warm season crops, herbs and flower varieties and take home free seeds. Benton County Master Gardeners can help you plan your garden and answer your questions. These informal clinic events have garden-themed books for children, too. 9:30 a.m. to noon, May 18 at the Public Seed Library in the Corvallis Library's historic Belluschi wing. Sponsored by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

NEW! PRAx art integration fellowship presents Confluences II: "Confluences II" is a showcase of interdisciplinary projects developed by PRAx Student Fellows of 2023-24 at Oregon State University. The projects will be presented in various mediums at four venues on campus and in downtown Corvallis throughout May and June.

OSU Wind Ensemble: The Student Arts Season at PRAx kicks off with the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble 7 p.m. May 14 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. The OSU Wind Ensemble features the most outstanding brass, woodwind and percussion players on campus. This 50-member ensemble explores new literature and performs the masterworks of the wind band ensemble genre. The windensemble is directed by Erik Leung, director of bands at OSU. Tickets $10; students $5. Tickets here.

OSU Wind Symphony: The School of Visual, Performing, and Design Arts Presents the Oregon State University WindSymphony 7 p.m. May 16 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. The OSU WindSymphony is an auditioned group in the music department at Oregon State University. It comprises undergraduate students and is open to students of any major. Tickets $10; students $5. Tickets here.

Phish Studies Conference: OSU and the Mockingbird Foundation are honored to host the second Phish Studies Conference featuring research presentations and community events about the improvisational rock band Phish, as well as its fans and culture. The conference will showcase a number of special events including community panels, an exhibition fair, a poster session, a Phishsonian pop-up museum exhibit, a pre-conference workshop for Phans for Racial Equity and GrooveSafe, and curated art exhibits. May 17 – 19 at LaSells Stewart Center. Register to attend.

Beats n’ Breath Yoga Flow by Candlelight: Experience your yoga practice in darkness with movement by candlelight. This class integrates an inspiring playlist with an all-levels flow and closes with a yin practice to energize the body and align the breath. Guided by Jessica Mylan from 7:30-9 p.m. next Friday May 17 at Marigold. Purchase one-class pass or $15 for drop-in. Pre-register here. Contact us.

PRAx Presents PUBLIQuartet: Enjoy two-time Grammy nominees PUBLIQuartet 7 p.m. May 18 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. PUBLIQuartet’s modern interpretations of chamber music make them one of the most dynamic artists of their generation. Their program “What is American?” offers an exploration of Dvořák's beloved “American” Quartet while expanding the range of idioms and musical traditions to include contemporary, blues, jazz, free, and rock-inflected music. Tickets $20-$30; students $5. Tickets here.

American Strings Presents: “Poetic Song Verse, Blues-Based Popular Music and Poetry” by Ernest Suarez and Mike Mattison: In their book, "Poetic Song Verse: Blues-Based Popular Music and Poetry," renowned musician Mike Mattison and literary historian and Catholic University professor Ernest Suarez offer an enlightening look at the art form that artists like Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Gil Scott-Heron, Lucinda Williams and others used to tell their stories. 7 p.m., May 20, Toomey Lobby, PRAx.

OSU One-Acts: The Spring One-Act Festival 2024 features six newly adapted plays inspired by folk tales written and directed by OSU students. The festival is sure to appeal to a wide range of tastes and includes everything from comic takes on familiar characters to explorations of life, death and redemption. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20-June 2, Ray Theater, PRAx. Tickets $12; students $5. Tickets here.

TrekWars Seven: For the seventh year, a panel of faculty and graduate students loyal to Star Wars and Star Trek will square off in a ferocious academic battle to see whose fandom comes out on top. This year’s theme is “Leadership in SciFi.” Panelists include Professor Joseph Orosco (OSU), Senior Instructor Randall Milstein (OSU), Associate Research Professor Diana Rohlman (OSU), doctoral student Mohammed Shakibnia (UO) and Assistant Professor Christina Allaback (University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg). 6:30 p.m., May 21, MU 208. Co-sponsored by the OSU Cosplay Club and the Anarres Project.

PRAx Presents Rob Schwimmer: Hear Triple Helix by Rob Schwimmer 7 p.m. May 23 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. In connection with the “Sonic Booms” exhibition, PRAx celebrates music technology and experimentation. Rob Schwimmer inhabits a musical kingdom where he, playing alone, conjures a sound world created by his singular virtuosity at the piano, theremin (on which he’s considered to be one of the world masters) and Haken Continuum. Tickets $20; students $5. Tickets here.

OSU Wind Pops: Join all of the OSU Bands as they combine together for an unforgettable evening of pops music on the lawn of the Austin|Parrish Arts Plaza at PRAx. Bring your friends and family. Pack a picnic and lawn chairs. The Pops Concert is directed by Erik Leung, director of bands at OSU. 7 p.m., May 28 in the Austin Parrish Arts Plaza at PRAx. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

OSU Land Use Code amendment meetings: OSU Land Use Planning will host two community meetings to discuss proposed amendments to the Corvallis Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan that impact the Corvallis campus. Land Use Planning staff will also give updates on projects planned or currently underway and city staff members will be available to answer questions as well. Proposed amendments to the Corvallis Land Development Code are focused on expanding on-campus housing, easing housing shortages in the surrounding community and supporting climate action goals. 6 p.m., May 15 at the OSU Western Building or 6 p.m., May 29 at the Corvallis Community Center. For more information, visit:

Spring Sing: Spring Sing! brings together OSU’s like-voice choirs – the Meistersingers and Bella Voce – in a powerful culminating performance for the year. The Meistersingers, an auditioned tenor-bass choir, is directed by Patricia Valian Reser Professor of Music Steven Zielke. Bella Voce, an auditioned treble choir, is directed by Associate Professor Sandra Babb. 7 p.m., May 29, Detrick Hall, PRAx. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Center for Teaching QT Talk: "Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Specific Teaching in Classes Large, Small, Online, and Face-to-Face." Presenter: Kathy Becker-Blease, School of Psychological Science. 11-11:50 a.m., May 14, Austin 126. Register:

NEW! Offshore Religion: Considering Religion from the Perspective of the Ocean. Scholarship on religion, like historical, sociological, literary, cultural and most other humanistic and social scientific scholarship, has been predominantly terracentric. Richard J. Callahan, Jr., a fellow in Yale University’s Material and Visual Cultures of Religion program, will explore the study of religion offshore and pay particular attention to the 19th century American whaling industry, and Indigenous whaling practices. 3 p.m. May 15 in MU Room 208; free and open to all.

NEW! Water Resources Science Seminar Series: "The Lookout Point Project and Upper Willamette Chinook Salmon: A case study of a wicked problem in resource management," presented by Dalton Hance with USGS from 4-5 p.m. May 15 in Burt Hall 193 or on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

NEW! Making the Unseen Visible: Science and the Contested Histories of Radiation Exposure. Join professor of history Jacob Hamblin and history senior instructor Linda Richards for a conversation on their new book, "Making the Unseen Visible: Science and the Contested Histories of Radiation Exposure." Hamblin and Richards will also engage participants with original primary sources on radiation exposure from the nuclear history collections in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center of the Valley Library. 4 p.m., May 15 in the Valley Library, fifth floor, Special Collections Archives and Records Center. 

NEW! Spring Poster Symposium (SPS): Join us for Spring Poster Symposium (SPS) 2024 from 9 a.m. to noon, May 16 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. OSU faculty, staff, students and Corvallis community members are invited to attend this symposium that features undergraduate and high school student research posters. Registration is not required. For more information, visit or contact [email protected].

NEW! Political science lecture: Gregory Leslie, political science, Ohio State University, will speak on “Permeable group boundaries: The unusual centrality of context among biracials.” Though one in 10 Americans are multiracial, contextual theories fail to account for individuals with multiple racial in-groups. Among biracials, context matters more — greater flexibility to interact as in-group members intensifies responsiveness to racial cues and endows exceptional latitude to adopt different groups’ preferences. Noon to 1 p.m., May 17, Bexell 415. There is also a Zoom option

NEW! Applied Economics seminar: Prof. Patrick Lloyd-Smith from the University of Saskatchewan will present "Putting Heterogeneity to Work to Improve the Representativeness of Stated Preference Survey Results," 2:30-4 p.m., May 17, Ballard Extension Hall Room 219; also available via Zoom. Additional details here

NEW! Generative AI Open House: Drop-In Chats for Teaching Faculty. Intrigued by the potential of generative AI to enhance education? Interested in integrating AI tools into your course prep or teaching but unsure where to start? Explore these questions with the Center for Teaching and Learning. These sessions are ideal for instructors who are curious about AI capabilities and eager to learn more. Optional: Bring a laptop or mobile device. 10-11 a.m., May 21, LINC 468 faculty lounge. No registration required.

NEW! Center for Teaching and Learning Fellows Program 2024 Showcase & Discussion: Join this session featuring highlights from CTL Fellows in CEOAS; Engineering; Health; and Cascades. Participate in a discussion on what’s next in strengthening teaching and learning. Consider how partnering with the program can play a critical role in meeting teaching and learning goals in the Prosperity Widely Shared Strategic Plan in your college. Noon to 12:50 p.m., May 23 on Zoom. 

NEW! Indigenizing Education: Exploring the History of Indigenous Peoples and Education. Zoom seminar featuring keynote speaker Chance White Eyes, OSU director of Tribal Relations. Program includes panel discussion and overview of OSU services supporting Native students. Hosted by OSU's New Beginnings for Tribal Students (NBTS). 3-5 p.m., May 23. Register for free here. More information about NBTS is here.

NEW! 2024 Berg Lecture: “Simple predictive rules in microbial community assembly: From the lab to the world’s oceans." Presented by Jeff Gore, physics of living systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from 5-6 p.m. May 28, at the LaSells Stewart Center. A reception hosted by the Department of Microbiology will follow from 6-7:30 p.m. Free and open to all. Register here.

College of Engineering Virtual Faculty Lecture with Gerrad Jones: "Revealing nature's secrets: A chemical forensics approach to decode the information stored in water." Noon to 1 p.m., May 14. Register for the lecture: More information:

Legal services for undocumented students: Join us for an informative workshop to learn about legal services available to undocumented students at OSU. Noon, May 14, via Zoom. For more information or accommodation requests, please contact us at [email protected]. Promotional flyer available here.

Russian and Soviet whaling lecture: Ryan Tucker Jones, author of “Red Leviathan: The Secret History of Soviet Whaling,” will give the keynote Environmental Arts and Humanities lecture on “Russia, the Destruction of the World’s Whales, and the Nature of the Twentieth Century.” 4:30 p.m., May 14, Memorial Union 109.  

UAOSU Analysis of the Financial State of OSU: Join United Academics of Oregon State University (UAOSU) for their in-depth presentation on the findings of an AAUP report on the financial state of OSU. Bonnie Fox Gerrity, who wrote the report, will be presenting. The event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 16 in Room 109 in the Memorial Union. Refreshments will be served. A hybrid option is available if you’re unable to attend in person. Please RSVP by May 13 at

CTL Course Design Bootcamp: This two-hour workshop provides opportunities to learn crucial decision-making approaches to (re)design a course, such as working backwards. Leave prepared to start the (re)design of a course after thinking about its alignment of learning outcomes, assessments and learning activities. 1-2:50 p.m., May 17, Austin 126. Register now.

PFLA Zoom event: "College of Health Reorganization," presented by Laurel Kincl, professor and associate dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs. 11 a.m. to noon, May 15. Learn more about the reorganization that resulted in the new OSU College of Health. Register for the event or follow us on social media via

Celebrating Diversity in Teaching career webcast: Make valuable connections with passionate educators who are creating inclusive and equitable learning environments for students. Hear from a panel of respected regional educators who will share their experiences at a free, interactive Ask Alumni webcast. 4:30 p.m., May 15. Presented by the OSU Alumni Association and the College of Education. Register. 

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by the Office of University Human Resources. It helps people learn more about their own mindset, learn appreciation for how colleagues work, and together be able create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions. View upcoming workshops and enroll here.

BioResource Research Seminar: Parker Rianda, BS in BRR with option in biotechnology, minors in chemistry and toxicology, will speak on “Discovery of Bioactive Minor Cannabinoids in Hemp Extract and Investigating Therapeutic Effect,” at noon, May 20 in LPSC 402. Mentors are Jan Frederik Stevens and Cristobal L. Miranda, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Linus Pauling Institute.

Tap into the Abilities of People with Disabilities: The Case of Employees with Hearing Loss”: David Baldridge, the Toomey Faculty Fellow and professor of management in the College of Business, will be the featured faculty member in the upcoming College of Business Thought Leadership Series virtual event at noon May 21. Register here: Questions? Contact [email protected]

Robert M. Storm Distinguished Lecture: The Robert M. Storm Distinguished Lecture takes place May 20 at the LaSells  Stewart Center. Daniel T. Blumstein, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UCLA, will present "Integrating Behavior into Wildlife Conservation and Management: A Fearful Perspective." Reception at 5:30 p.m., lecture at 7 p.m., display tables immediately following the lecture. Free and open to the public. RSVP required:

Work-Life Fit Forum: Join the President’s Commission on the Status of Women in a virtual forum exploring how people-centered workplaces influence work-life fit for employees. Led by Kelly Chandler, associate professor in the School of Human Development and Family Sciences in the College of Health. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., May 24. All OSU community members are welcome to participate. Please register for the forum or send questions to [email protected]

A Conversation with John Green: "A World Without Tuberculosis." As a part of an International Speaker Series hosted by WorldOregon, John Green, New York Times bestselling author, will be presenting a lecture on the prevention and cure of tuberculosis at 7 p.m., June 5 at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland. Oregon State is a sponsor. Tickets available here.

Paul Rusesabagina"Reconciling the Unimaginable": As a part of an International Speaker Series hosted by WorldOregon, Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda," will be presenting a lecture on lessons from the Rwandan genocide at 7 p.m., June 10 at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland. Oregon State is a sponsor. Tickets available here.

Acceptance and Commitment Skills Training: This training provides a practical, values-oriented, skills-focused and research-based method to approach problems. Scott Mcfee will guide three weekend workshops from 2-5 p.m. on July 14, 21 and 28. Open to all and held at Marigold; registration is open. $180 public; $160 educators. Scholarships are available for OSU undergraduates and graduate students. Contact us.

Take Note

NEW College of Engineering Oregon Stater Award Nominations: Nominations close Monday, May 20. The College of Engineering is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Oregon Stater Awards. These awards honor outstanding alumni for their contributions to the engineering profession and to Oregon State University. Awards will be given in three categories, determined by length of career and accomplishments: Engineering Hall of Fame, Academy of Distinguished Engineers and Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers. Submit your nominations today. The nomination deadline is May 20.

NEW! Class Pass Sale at The Marigold Center: Now through May 27, Marigold class packs will be on sale for educators and the public. Marigold offers a range of contemplative drop-in classes including gentle and flow yoga, quiet and mindfulness meditation and more. Student pricing for class packs will be extended to everyone and range from $15 (single) to $250 (20 passes). View the drop-in class schedule and purchase passes. Email: [email protected].

BEaver KIND notes: Inspiration from alumni. Do you remember the excitement of graduating from OSU? Is there a piece of advice you wish you’d received or encouraging words that would have eased your transition? The Class of 2024 is about to embark on this same journey and could benefit from your experiences. Help welcome these new graduates to a global community of 200,000+ Beaver alumni by submitting your note by May 13 at

No Surplus Pick-Ups: OSU Surplus will not be able to fulfill Surplus Pick-Up Requests from June 5-23 as we support campus move-out. We will resume pick-ups on June 24 and will be working hard to get through the backed-up requests. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2024 and Fall 2025: 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. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] for help.

Geoscience Club Yardwork Fundraiser: The Geoscience Club’s biggest tradition is an annual spring break trip. This year the club is providing miscellaneous yard-work as a fundraiser for next year’s trip (destination TBD). They have availability Friday-Sunday May 19-June 9 as well as finals week, June 10-14. Suggested donation of $15 an hour. Contact us at (503) 444-1084 or [email protected].

Return Confidential and MOP Containers: Faculty and staff, if you have finished your spring cleaning, please submit a request to return confidential or MOP carts using this link. Campus Recycling needs them back for end-of-year clean-outs.

Retirement Benefits: Learn how to make the most of the Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans that are offered by OSU. Personalized, one-on-one consultations are available at no additional cost to OSU employees (student employees do not qualify for this service). Virtual appointments are available. Fidelity and TIAA are currently scheduling on-campus, one-on-one appointments through June. Fidelity: Justin Blatny; schedule at (Employer Name = Oregon Public Universities). TIAA: AJ Martinez, CFP; schedule at OSGP (Voya): Wes Handley; schedule at


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NEW! The Division of Extension and Engagement and the Extension 4-H Youth Development Program invite applications for a 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator position that will serve Linn County. This is a 12-month, full-time, professional faculty position based at the OSU Extension Service Linn County Office in Tangent. Posting #P08064UF. Closes June 10.

NEW! Administrative Program Specialist: The Department of Statistics invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Specialist position. Posting #P04802CT. Full consideration June 30.


"Spring is when life's alive in everything." ~ Christina Rossetti

Corvallis: Mostly sunny today, high of 72, low of 45. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 70, low of 42. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Partly sunny today, high of 59, low of 47. Sunny and windy tomorrow.

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