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 newest member of OSU's public safety team has 'kind eyes' and a swagger (KGW)

Cedar is a wellness and therapy dog for Oregon State University's public safety team. His mission is simple: to spread joy wherever he goes.

Republicans hope to end 35-year losing streak in Oregon gubernatorial races (KATU)

"I think this is the best shot they've had in quite a few years," Christopher McKnight Nichols, an associate professor of history at Oregon State University, said of the GOP party's chances. "The clear logic is that if you've got a strong independent, and if they can pull enough Democrats, and you can hold enough Republicans in an election that requires a plurality, you may well be able to squeak it out." (see also The TelegraphU.S. News)

OSU expert gives perspectives on responsible offshore wind energy development (KVAL)

Flaxen Conway is the director of the Marine Resource Management Graduate Program at Oregon State University. She works with coastal communities to develop strategies to cope with change.


Ask an expert: What can I do about fungal disease on marionberries? (Oregonian)

The weather may not agree, but the gardening season is well underway. For answers to your questions, turn to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Study provides long-term look at ways to control wildfire in sagebrush steppe ecosystem (ScienMag)

New research led by an Oregon State University scientist provides the first long-term study of methods to control the spread of wildfire in the sagebrush steppe ecosystem that dominates parts of the western United States.

Today's photos

Czech castle: Microbiology professor Jerri Bartholomew visited the Czech Republic for a month as a Fulbright Specialist at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Ceske Budejovice. This photo is from a recent trip to the castle town of Ceske Krumlov. The weather was the opposite to Corvallis, snow in early April and then 70 degree days. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for funded summer professional development to support your teaching? Academic Technologies and CTL are offering two resilient teaching faculty learning communities that will meet via Zoom in July and August. Join a faculty cohort exploring solutions to build resilience in teaching, and developing solutions to teaching challenges. Submit your expression of interest by May 31.


OSU Days of Service May 11-21: Be a part of OSU’s annual service event from May 11-21. There are countless ways to get involved with a group or on your own. Find an existing project or become a site leader, then experience the rewards of doing work that benefits your community and yourself. Plus, join us in person for the big finale May 21. Choose how you’ll volunteer with Beavers:

Think Open Symposium: Are you ready to level up your course materials? Join OSU’s Open Educational Resources Unit and the Center for Teaching and Learning on May 16 for an in-person symposium featuring lively presentations and discussions on OER, open pedagogy and open access. Faculty and education professionals will share their firsthand experiences with OER and the positive impact they have on students. View the event schedule and register today.

NEW! Budget Model Forums: The Office of Budget and Resource Planning will hold a Budget Model Forum to update the campus community on the overview of the OSU-Corvallis Shared Responsibility Budget Model results via Zoom on Monday, May 16 from 10-11 a.m. To participate, click here. For more information visit the website or contact Sherm Bloomer.

Every 90 Seconds: Ending Violence Against Women. Anne P. DePrince, distinguished professor of psychology at University of Denver, will discuss ways all kinds of people can help end violence against women and sign her new book, "Every 90 Seconds: Our Common Cause Ending Violence Against Women." May 16 at 11 a.m. in the BalE 219 Seminar Room. Free, open to all. Also livestreamed on Zoom. Presented by the School of Psychological Science.

PFLA Zoom event: "Communication Stance," presented by Rachael Weber, assistant director, Office of International Services. This session will examine how communication stances affect success and impact. May 16, 1-2 p.m. For more information about the event and how to register, click here.

Spring Academic Faculty Workshop: "Supporting Transdisciplinary Research." Monday, May 16, from 2-3:30 p.m. In-person in the MU Horizon Room. Registration.

SWLF Critical Questions Lecture Series Present Sunny Xiang: Transpacific scholar and Yale University’s Affiliate Professor of Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, Sunny Xiang, will host a free lecture and Q&A via Zoom on Monday, May 16, at 4 p.m. Learn more about this digital event and register on our CQLS page.

Messages from Beyond the Grave: The Last Wills of Medieval Jewish and Freed Slave Women. Historian Rena Lauer will discuss her recent work recovering the voices and agency of women in Premodern Europe through analysis of their last wills and testaments — often the only documents written by them and preserved for posterity. Hosted by the OSU Center for the Humanities on Monday, May 16 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. Learn more and register here.


NEW! Strand Gallery Reception: All are welcome to the art reception and OSU College of Liberal Arts interns curators’ talk for Richard Thompson: "Forever Horizons." Wednesday, May 18, from 3-6 p.m. at Strand Gallery (440 Strand Agriculture Hall). Talk at 4:30 p.m. More information and Zoom session link available at the Art About Agriculture website. Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences.

NEW! Baccalaureate Core Reform: The Faculty Senate has been engaged in a multi-year process to review and reform our 30-year-old Baccalaureate Core curriculum. There will be a Special Faculty Senate Session on May 30 from 3-5 p.m. in Linc 100 or on Zoom for Senators and OSU community members to come and ask questions and engage in conversation. The curriculum will be presented to the Senate for a vote on June 9. Read about the Reform and visit our website. To request a Zoom link to participate in the upcoming senate meetings, visit the Faculty Senate website or complete the request form. For questions, please contact the director of the Baccalaureate Core, McKenzie Huber.

OSUWE Side Story: Oregon State University Wind Ensemble Spring Concert. Directed by Erik Leung. Will feature the West Coast premiere of Dreams Unseen for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble by Peter Meechan, featuring OSU Voice Instructor Amy Hansen, soprano. Also Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein. May 17 at 7:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center. Free, open to all. Livestream may be viewed at

OSU Wind Symphony Spring Concert: Directed by Olin Hannum. Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Free, open to all.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Spring Concert: The 116th Season of the Corvallis-OSU Symphony concludes with Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Mahler’s Symphony #10. Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets and more information at Students with valid school ID may request complimentary tickets for each concert at the Box Office one hour prior to concert.

A Cloud Never Dies: Movie & MindfulnessOSU’s APCC, CAPS and CSI have partnered to share an opportunity to view a short film about the life and legacy of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, followed by a 20-minute guided meditation. Wednesday, May 25 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. in LINC 200. Free and open to all. Please register in advance.

American Strings on the Plaza: An Evening with Curtis Salgado. Join host Bob Santelli in getting to know the Pacific Northwest's own blues legend Curtis Salgado and his longtime guitarist Alan Hagar, in an evening of conversation and live performance — outdoors, on the Student Experience Center Plaza on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. Free, open to all. A livestream will also be available to watch at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): “The Open Cognitive Environment - i.e., an integrated ecosystem of tools for machine learning.” Kenneth Lett, Center for Quantitative Life Sciences, Wednesday, May 18 at noon. Zoom link:  

NEW! Water Resources Science Seminar Series: TBD-Topic in snow hydrology, Mark Raleigh, Oregon State University. Wednesday, May 18, 4-5 p.m., Bexell Hall 328 or on Zoom.

NEW! Travel Talk webcast June 1: Yellowstone with Beaver Icons. See Yellowstone National Park like never before. On June 1 at 5:30 p.m., join former National Geographic editor-in-chief Chris Johns, ’74, and OSU Ecology Professor Bill Ripple, Ph.D., ’84, to learn about the park’s history and ecology, plus preview the speakers’ forthcoming films and OSUAA Group Travel’s Yellowstone tour. Register at

People and Nature Lunch Series: Shams ul Deen (Public Policy) presents “Climate Change, Disasters & Energy Consumption: A Panel Data Analysis using Pakistan Rural Household Panel Survey.” May 17, noon to 12:50 p.m. The lecture is free and open to all. Nash Hall 032 or join online ( Sponsored by the School of Public Policy and the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, & Conservation Sciences. More information at

OSU Design Network’s Industry Talk on May 17: The next OSU Design Network’s Industry Talk is May 17 at 4:30 p.m. Jung Yoon, divisional vice president of accessories & footwear — production and sourcing at Michael Kors Inc., will share her career journey in design and production for global fashion brands and highlight her experience navigating trends in footwear and accessories.

Center for Teaching and Learning: Are you interested in best practices for assessing learning? This week we are highlighting why and how we assess learning and which assessment methods might help us do so authentically. For Spring, Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks recordings allow you to pursue our Non-credit Certificate using this self-paced, asynchronous approach to encourage flexibility and self-care. Each Talk is housed on our website and has accompanying slides, resources, and contact information in a Box folder.

May 18 Public Health Insider Webcast – Mentorship: Making the Connection. Hear from a panel featuring CPHHS’ director of student engagement and an OSU mentor/mentee pairing during the May 18 Public Health Insider webcast, "Mentorship: Making the Connection," 5:30-6:30 p.m. Explore the value of the college’s mentorship program and learn how to get the most out of a mentor/mentee relationship. Register today at

Honors College Thesis Research Conference: Explore the diversity of Honors College research and engage with honors students on May 19-20. Come listen to students give lightning talks in LInC 228 on Thursday, May 19, 4-5:30 p.m. and Friday, May 20, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A selection of students will display research posters in LInC hallways from 1-3 p.m. on May 20.

CoSCIES 2022 Education Research Showcase Extravaganza: Interested in learning about the science of teaching and learning? Join us Friday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to noon 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, sign up to present a poster or register here.  

State of Black Affairs: The State of Black Affairs Summit will be held May 25 at the OSU Portland Center. This day-long summit will be an opportunity for faculty, administrators, advocates and community members from across Oregon to learn, network and discuss ideas facing Black professionals, staff and students in the state. In-person and virtual options are available. The event takes place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $100 in-person, $75 virtual. To find out more, see

Witness: War Photographers on the Battle Ground. Former National Geographic editor-in-chief and acclaimed photojournalist Chris Johns shares essential insights on conflict photography, from 1855 to the 2022 invasion of Ukraine, and gives the inside story on pivotal images that have changed our world. May 25, 5:30 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center C&E Room. Free and open to the public.

Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Communities: Funded summer professional development opportunity for OSU instructors and tenure-track faculty who regularly teach credit-based Corvallis and Cascades campus courses. Join a cohort of faculty exploring solutions for teaching challenges, strategies to build resilience in teaching, and techniques for integrating in-class and online learning activities. See the Call for Participation and apply by May 31. Information: Center for Teaching and Learning.

Take Note

NEW! Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Hot Weather. One of the best ways to prevent heat illness is to be prepared for very hot weather. There are several things you can do to get yourself, family, home and community ready to stay cool. Know the signs of heat illness and who is most at risk. Think of family members, friends and neighbors who might be likely to have problems in the heat, and plan to check on them regularly when it is hot out. This preparedness poster can be downloaded at

NEW! Call for Applications: Career Champions Program. Applications for the fall 2022 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. The Career Champions program provides faculty and instructors with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and examining the barriers to access for first-generation, high financial need, and/or students of color. More information can be found on the Center for Teaching and Learning website. Please direct questions to Director of Career Integration, Brenna Gomez To apply, please complete the brief application form by June 3.

NEW! Research study: The OSU School of Civil and Construction Engineering seeks participants for a research study who are at least 18 years old and have a valid driver's license. Individuals with contact lenses or prescription lenses (-5.0 to +3.0) can participate in this study. The purpose of this study is to make intersections safer for bicyclists and reduce the potential for vehicle-bicycle collisions. Participants will be paid for their involvement, which includes a time commitment of approximately 1 hour and coming to the OSU Driving Simulator Laboratory. To participate, email the corresponding graduate research assistant, Lena Breuer, at [email protected]. For more information, contact Principal Investigator David Hurwitz at [email protected].

NEW! Fiscal policy: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on an updated policy draft for Gift Funds. For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Notifications Page – Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.

NEW! 50 Year Club inductees: Congratulations to Gary Ferngren, professor of history, for 50 years of service to OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others who have reached this milestone by clicking on their name.

Cyber Spring Cleaning: Shoring Up Your Digital Fortress Defenses: Want to enjoy the upcoming summer season with a renewed sense of confidence that your digital fortress is protected? Keep the “baddies” out of your cyber world with tips to spring clean your digital fortress at This message brought to you by OSU’s Office of Information Security at

Community climate survey: Oregon State faculty and staff are invited to participate in this year’s community climate survey from May 10 through June 3. OSU faculty and staff will receive an invitation to participate in the survey via email. The survey is administered every two years to gauge the opinions and perceptions of employees regarding their experience at OSU. It is one part of OSU’s broader efforts to create and sustain an inclusive and equitable university climate. To hear from as many people as possible, a $25 incentive will be provided to 50 randomly selected survey participants. The information participants enter for the incentive will not be linked to responses to the survey to ensure responses remain anonymous. 

Native American undergraduates in natural science summer internships are eligible for $2,900 additional funding: Students must self-identify as Native American, be enrolled at OSU and complete at least 8 weeks of an approved summer internship. Students will be matched with mentors and meet periodically during the summer. For more information and to apply, see OSU's New Beginnings for Tribal Students (NBTS) program here. Application deadline is extended until filled for Spring 2022. 

Free COVID testsFree iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests are available around the Corvallis campus. Each box contains two tests. While supplies last, OSU community members can pick up these self-test kits at the following locations: Residence Hall Service Centers (Arnold, McNary and West); Lab tent outside Plageman Hall; Memorial Union Info Desk and Student Experience Center Info Desk. For questions or accommodations related to disabilities, contact [email protected].

COVID-19 testing: Oregon State University, in collaboration with Willamette Valley Toxicology (WVT), is providing on-site COVID-19 testing for people without symptoms. OSU employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to test at one of these locations: Corvallis: Lab tent outside Plageman Hall Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Cascade Hall 120, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bend: Outside Obsidian Hall Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Note: All employees will need a WVT Labdash account prior to testing.

Traffic and Maintenance

Utility tunnel: May 11-June 3. For work related to the Community Hall Slope Project, an access hatch to the utility tunnel will be removed and relocated. The current hatch is located on Jefferson Avenue across from Kerr Administration Building. Additional access hatches can be found west, north and east of this location. Communication lines in the tunnel in this area are temporarily supported and impede movement. Staff should avoid this area of the tunnel, if possible.

26th Street: As part of the 2022 Street Safety Maintenance Project, the southbound lane of SW 26th Street between SW Campus Way and SW Jefferson Way will be closed for road improvements from May 11-23. SW 26th Street will be open to northbound traffic only (view map). For questions or comments on this closure, contact Project Manager Aaron Amoth at 541-737-5064.

Washington Way: For work related to the Washington Way Improvement Project, a planned sidewalk closure along the north side of SW Washington Way is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. Friday, May 6 through 5 p.m. Monday, June 13. Pacific Power will be on site performing work related to the project (view map).


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! OSU Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Position: Oregon State University seeks a dynamic and strategic leader to serve as its Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. The position reports directly to the President and is a key member of the university’s leadership team. More information can be found on the OSU VPCDO website including the position profile.

NEW! Extension SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator: OSU Extension Service invites applications for a part-time (0.80 FTE), 12-month, Extension SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator position that will be located in Clackamas County, Oregon. Posting #P05511UF. Closes May 19.

NEW! Academic Advisor: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences is seeking two academic advisors. These are full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, professional faculty positions. This position will have primary advising responsibilities across all undergraduate majors in CPHHS. Posting #P05571UF. Full consideration May 22. Closes June 6. 

NEW! Faculty Research Assistant: The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) is hiring a full-time (1.0 FTE) Pesticide Specialist to join our team this July. Interested in science communication? We provide unbiased scientific information about pesticides to the general public and professionals. Applicants must have a B.S. degree in toxicology, environmental science/chemistry or a closely related scientific area, and other qualifications (see posting). Spanish fluency is preferred but not required. Posting #P05512UF. Closes May 31.

NEW! OSU Extension Service in Lane County invites applications for an Office Specialist 2, full-time, 12-month, Classified position. This position serves the 4-H Youth Development program team, provides general office support and interacts with faculty, staff, volunteers and the general public in-person and by phone, email, social media and mail. Posting #P03554CT. Closes June 2.


“Do the right thing by whoever crosses your path. Those coincidental people are your people.”  ~  Maxine Hong Kingston

Corvallis: Partly sunny today, high of 65, low of 38. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly  sunny today, high of 65, low of 37. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Partly sunny today, high of 57, low of 42. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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