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:

The conundrum of cannabis (KLCC)

Oregon State University professors David Kerr discussed his research around the problems of over-use spurred on by legalization and Aimee Huff, explained how marketing and consumer sentiment is being shaped around cannabis.

OSU leads million dollar project to grow semiconductor ecosystem (KGW)

Oregon State University just learned it will be spearheading a million-dollar project to advance semiconductor technologies in the Pacific Northwest. The project leader hopes it grows Oregon’s silicone forest into more parts of the state.

Why the WNBA should capitalize on NCAA women's basketball success and expand (Forbes)

A piece by Susan Shaw, women & gender studies professor at Oregon State University.

Bernadine Strik, Whose Insights Helped Blueberries Thrive, Dies at 60 (The New York Times)

Modern farming is as much science as labor, and Dr. Strik, whose career at Oregon State began in 1987, brought a skeptical, scientific approach to blueberry cultivation.

Beached whale, calf return to open ocean at Cape Meares (KOIN)

Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network Manager and Oregon State University Marine Biologist Jim Rice told KOIN 6 that it’s unlikely the whales intentionally beach themselves to evade predators.

Could this be the final frontier for renewable energy? (CNET)

"Offshore wind is the most mature technology without a doubt," Bryson Robertson, director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center at Oregon State University, told me. "We've been working on wind energy systems really since the birth of civilization. We were running sails [on boats], and we were using windmills to grind wheat."

Pacific Northwest could see record heat (USA Today)

This springtime heatwave in the Pacific Northwest is an example of something climate researchers have known was coming and been projecting for a long time, said Erica Fleishman, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and a professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

OSU prof: 'If interest rates increase, it will make it more difficult to access credit' (KPIC)

It would signal fundamental high-risk management issues within the financial market and create a steep decline in the stock market and investor confidence. We spoke with Oregon State University Economics Professor Hong Pham and asked how this might affect those in our state.

My big, beautiful dogwood is hardly blooming this year. What gives? (Oregonian)

Gardening season is in full flower and you may have questions. To ask one, simply go to the OSU Extension website, type it in and include the county where you live.

"Today I learned" (Bored Panda)

Our openness to new experiences and information varies according to the personality trait of being curious, it turns out. This trait is linked to the Big Five personality traits: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. As Regan Gurung, an American psychologist and award-winning author of "Study Like a Champ", explained to Bored Panda, there are certain variables, such as the Need for Cognition, which encourage deeper processing rather than surface processing, leading people to want to know more.

Today's photo

Big on bugs: The OSU Department of Integrative Biology hosted an open house at the newly renovated Oregon State Arthropod Collection, the largest insect collection in the Pacific Northwest, last Friday in Cordley Hall. (photo: Theresa Hogue) We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: May 18 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. To support inclusive education, OSU is participating in the Ally Fix Your Content Day. How many course file accessibility issues can we fix in 24 hours? The campus with the most files improved will be awarded a prize. Register for Ally’s Fix Your Content Day. Learn more about Ally at OSU.


Financial Readiness & Success webinar: OSU’s Financial Readiness & Success initiative aims to better prepare students for financial successes while at OSU and after they leave. The webinar will address questions already received as well as mitigation strategies for students who might be directly impacted by this change. There will be dedicated time for Q&A. Webinar is scheduled for 2 p.m., May 15 via Zoom.


NEW! OSU Employee Parent Connections: Tuesdays from 1-2 p.m. during spring term. An opportunity for OSU’s parenting employees to come together through Zoom and talk about anything related to parenting and working. Share resources with each other, ask questions of each other, celebrate milestones, share successes and challenges and more. Email Kristi King, [email protected], with the Family Resource Center if you would like the Zoom link.

NEW! Latin orgs grad social: This is a unique collaboration between the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) toward fostering a supportive graduate community. This event will be held at 6 p.m., May 17 in the Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez. 

NEW! SWLF Writer in Residence: Ander Monson. Screening of "Predator," (1987) 6:30 p.m., May 17 in LINC 314. Reading and book signing of “Predator: A Memoir, a Movie, an Obsession,” 7:30 p.m., May 19 at The Corvallis Museum. Information: 541-737-3244.

NEW! OSU Wind Ensemble presents “Danzón." Featuring OSU Wind Ensemble concerto winner Logan Hart, tuba and the world premiere of “Voices of the Inside Passage” by JoAnne Harris. 7:30 p.m., May 17 at The LaSells Stewart Center. $10 for adults. Free for all students. Purchase tickets in advance at

NEW! OSU Day of Service – MAY 20: Join Beavers across the state and elsewhere volunteering in their communities with the OSU Day of Service. We have project here on campus as well as in Corvallis, Portland, Salem and in California and beyond. Sign up today:

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Spring Concert: Featuring Strauss: "An Alpine Symphony" and performances from OSU student soloists. Final concert conducted by Marlan Carlson who will be retiring after this year. 7:30 p.m., May 16, at The LaSells Stewart Center. $35 online, $40 at the door. Complimentary K-8 student tickets available online; up to three K-8 tickets can be reserved with one paid adult ticket. Show student ID at door. High school and college students may pick up complimentary tickets at the box office one hour prior to concert. Tickets and more information at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Public policy defense: Carly Ferrone will present their Executive Master of Public Policy defense, titled “Medicaid Behavioral Health Service Utilization and Satisfaction during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Urban County Case Study." 1 p.m., May  17, Zoom. Committee members: Brent Steel, Stephanie Bernell, Kenneth Maes. Contact [email protected] for the Zoom link.

NEW! WRS seminar series: Ruth Sofield from Western Washington University will present "Contaminants of emergent concern in Puget Sound," at 4 p.m. May 17 in Burt 193 or on Zoom. Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details.  

NEW! Honors College Thesis Research Fair: 5-6:30 p.m., May 17 for virtual research lightning talks on Zoom; and 10-11:30 a.m., May 19 in LINC 228 for in-person lightning talks. Additionally, from 1-3 p.m. May 19 on the third floor of LINC, there will be a poster fair with students available to answer questions about research. Contact Bailey Garvin with questions or request for accommodations.

NEW! Race on campus: Fraternity & Sorority Life will be hosting Lawrence Ross, author of “The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities,” and “Blackballed: The Black & White Politics of Race on America's Campuses." Ross will be providing his "Blackballed" 90-minute keynote on campus racism from 6-7:30 p.m., May 17 in Gill Coliseum. Full event details can be found on the OSU Events Calendar.

NEW! UHR onboarding: University Human Resources invites you to two upcoming listening sessions this month regarding your experience with UHR’s onboarding process. We are hosting two different opportunities for you to provide feedback in an interactive setting on ways we can improve our process. Sessions are 2-3 p.m., May 19, in Memorial Union Room 206 and 1-2 p.m., May 26 via Zoom; register here. You can also fill out an anonymous survey about your experience here.

NEW! CoSCIES 2023 Education Research Showcase Extravaganza: Interested in learning about the science of teaching and learning? Join us from 1-5 p.m., May 23 in the MU Journey Room (104) to learn about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Education Research in OSU’s College of Science. Watch to be inspired to attend. Learn more about the program here. Sign up to present a talk or poster at our call for proposals here. Register to attend the Extravaganza here.

Water Resources Science Seminar Series: We have a bonus spring water talk with Tally Palmer from South Africa’s Rhodes University. Palmer’s topic is “Can research really shift water resource problems towards social justice and ecological sustainability? Using the Adaptive Systemic Approach in seven African countries,” at 10:30 a.m., May 16, in Wilkinson 207. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details or accommodations for disabilities.  

COVID policy talk: Abigail Miller Master of Public Policy Defense, “Congress During COVID: A Content Analysis of Federal Legislators’ COVID Policy Actions.” Noon, May 16. Committee: Chris Stout, Kelsy Kretschmer and Dwaine Plaza. Contact [email protected] for the Zoom link.

Curious about ChatGPT? Join CTL and UIT-Academic Technologies in conversations around ChatGPT and generative AI. Bring your questions and ideas as we explore together. Optional: Bring a laptop to try ChatGPT. Noon on May 16 in LINC 468 Faculty Lounge. Check out the CTL events calendar to see more drop-in sessions. Questions? Contact CTL.

National Science Foundation leader discusses engineering careers: You have completed the requirements for your B.S. in engineering. Now what? Please join us for pizza and a discussion with Ron Joslin, a leader from the NSF. This is a great opportunity to discuss all aspects of your future plans, even if you are not sure what they are. Noon to 1 p.m., May 16, Rogers Hall 226. To register:

Streaming conversation with Noam Chomsky: Scholar Noam Chomsky will discuss his recent book, “Notes on the Resistance,” via webcast at noon, May 16, MU Horizon Room. Chomsky is institute professor (emeritus) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and laureate professor of linguistics at University of Arizona. The event will discuss critical real-world issues, such as lessons we can learn from the pandemic, global challenges we are currently facing and advice for student activism. There will be a 40-minute discussion followed by an opportunity for Q&A from the audience. To RSVP, go to:

Turning Adversity into Advantage: Join a Changemakers webcast at 5:30 p.m., May 16 with Alexis Serna, ‘08, director of Beyond Football and Varsity OSU. The leading scorer in Beaver history and the 2005 Lou Groza Award winner will talk with CLA Professor Susan Shaw about how he helps student-athletes build their futures after football. Register at

Coaches Clinic: The Sports Parent: Want to contribute to the success and enjoyment of youth sports and keep kids in the game? Hear about research and best practices for parents and coaches alike in the final session of the free Coaches Clinic Series, led by OSU kinesiology faculty. 6:30 p.m., May 17, Hallie Ford Center. Register now.

Discussion with Sophie Peel, Willamette Week reporter who broke the story: "The Rise and Fall of Shemia Fagan." Secretary of State Shemia Fagan resigned last week following an April 27 story by Willamette Week regarding her involvement with La Mota, a cannabis dispensary chain. WW reporter Sophie Peel, who broke the story, will discuss how the article developed and her pathway to becoming a staff reporter for Willamette Week. 5 p.m., May 17, LInC 31. Sponsored by the University Legislative Scholars (ULS) Program.

State of Black Affairs Summit: The second annual State of Black Affairs Summit invites community leaders from across Oregon to gather, share and learn from 9-6 p.m., May 25 at the OSU Portland Center and virtually. The one-day summit centers the Black community in topics such as hiring negotiation, rural education, public health, public safety, allyship, activism and entrepreneurship. Hosted by the OSU President’s Commission on the Status of Black Faculty & Staff Affairs and the Portland Center. For information, email [email protected]. In-person registration: $100 until May 18. Virtual registration: $75 until May 23. Information & registration:

Take Note

NEW! Event planning support at the Alumni Center: Need help creating a smooth-flowing event layout? Want recommendations for trusted caterers and vendors? Book with the CH2M HILL Alumni Center and we will help you craft the perfect event and deploy the right technology for successful online and in-person events. View the Alumni Center’s unique services and amenities at

NEW! Beavs Volunteer: Community Engagement and Leadership is offering a number of group service volunteer projects at local organizations, including Heartland Humane, Habitat for Humanity, SAGE Garden, Room at the Inn and Corvallis Parks and Rec. Register at: Accommodations for disabilities may be made by contacting 541-737-3041 or [email protected]. 

NEW! OSU Healthy Aging Club’s 4th Annual Photography Contest: This year’s theme is "Older Adults in Nature," and the contest is open to all OSU community members. Prizes include gift certificates to the Garland and Shonnard Nurseries and OSU swag. Submit your entry by May 24 using the following link: OSU Gerontology Conference attendees will vote on who wins the contest on June 2. For more information, go to

NEW! PERIOD at OSU Hygiene Product Drive: PERIOD at OSU, a student organization helping to end period poverty and stigma, will be holding a menstrual and hygiene product drive around Corvallis through May 28. Donation boxes will be located inside The Book Bin, The Public Library, and both Co-op locations (Grant and Third). Acceptable donations include packaged menstrual and hygiene products, such as pads, tampons, deodorant, shampoo, body wash, razors and toothpaste, which will be donated to the BNC, as well as Community Outreach, Inc. and Vina Moses Center in Corvallis. 

NEW! New website connects researchers with student participants at OSU: Attention researchers. Are you looking for participants for your research studies? Our new website offers a simple and effective way to find and recruit students at OSU. Simply complete a study listing form with basic information, participation criteria and contact information, and your study will be posted on our website for students to browse after approval. Visit today to learn more and start recruiting.

NEW! Snack study: Do you like snacks? Volunteers wanted for almond snack study (Corvallis). Seeking volunteers age 35-60 with minor underlying health conditions, (ex. elevated blood sugar or blood pressure, 20+ pounds overweight) to participate in a research study. Cannot be a smoker, pregnant/breastfeeding or taking vitamin E supplements. The study is 13 weeks and volunteers will receive $500. Study title: "Almonds to improve gut health and decrease inflammation." PI: Laura Beaver. For more info and to see if you qualify: Contact: [email protected] 541-737-3594.

NEW! Taste testers wanted: The OSU Center for Sensory & Consumer Behavior Research is looking for new panelists for consumer taste tests. Open to all students, faculty, staff, family and community members 18 and over. Panelists receive up to $20/hour for their time. Tests run throughout the year. Some tests are done in our lab and others use our drive through sample pick up and in-home testing. Fill out Qualtrics survey to be added to our pool at or call 541-737-6506. People already in our pool do not need to fill out survey.

Call for Blended Learning Fellowship Nominations: The Center for Teaching and Learning is accepting nominations and self-nominations for a 2023-24 Blended Learning Faculty Fellow. The Fellow will support CTL’s mission of enhancing teaching excellence through involvement in coordination, design and facilitation of faculty development around blended learning. See call for blended fellowship nominations and apply by May 31.

Volunteers Needed for the Great Move Out: Each year, OSU has the opportunity to collect items no longer needed from students moving out and redistributing them to nonprofits in our community. And your help is needed. Volunteers are needed to assist with picking up and sorting donations during a variety of shift times between 8 a.m.-9 p.m., June 13-21. Details and sign-up here.

Online learning podcast: Tune in to the new podcast, “Going Online with Oregon State University Ecampus,” which highlights support resources and tools for online learners everywhere. Topics include academic advising, connecting with faculty, success coaching and answers to common questions about the online learning experience. 

Diversity research publications: Submit diversity research publications and RSVP for the OSU Diversity Research Reception. Noon to 1 p.m. May 17, MU Horizon Room; and Cascades (streaming) Obsidian Hall, 207. Submit publication and RSVP here. The reception will highlight and celebrate the contributions of OSU researchers advancing equity through scholarship and engagement, and provide a forum for sharing ideas, making connections and building collaborations for future research. Food and refreshments will be served at the Corvallis and Cascades campuses.


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! Oregon State University Controller’s Unit is hiring a Payroll Program Representative. As a Payroll Program Representative at Oregon State University, you will apply your expertise in payroll and internal control practices to engage with a diverse campus community to further the mission of the university by providing exceptional customer service and offering solutions to meet end-user needs. Posting #P04200CT. Full consideration May 28. Closes June 11.

NEW! Education Program Assistant 1: OSU Extension Service Family and Community Health program invites applications for an Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Portland. This is a 12-month, part-time (.75 FTE, approx. 30 hrs/wk), classified position starting at $17.43 hourly + benefits. Program will focus on providing programming to African Heritage populations in the Portland metropolitan area. Posting #P04203CT. Closes June 2.


“It's very important for us all to understand that we are interconnected and we need to hold hands together, especially when the going gets tough." ~ Michelle Yeoh

Corvallis: Mostly sunny today, high of 84, low of 54. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of thunderstorms today, high of 75, low of 51. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Partly sunny today, high of 67, low of 51. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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