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:

Heatwaves seem to be driving severe asthma flare-ups in children (New Scientist)

The data included records on asthma hospitalisations and the patients’ addresses. The researchers used information from PRISM Climate Group at Oregon State University to obtain temperature records at the patients’ homes every day from June to September between 2017 and 2020.

Mountain range between Portland, Washington County nets federal funding (KOIN)

The Tualatin Mountains are informally known as Portland’s West Hills. It’s a ridge about 350 meters high — 1,148 feet — that separates the Tualatin Basin in Washington County from the Portland Basin, which includes Western Multnomah County and Clark County. The acquisition will establish a 3,111-acre working research forest owned by Oregon State University.

How Oregon State University is testing dairy cows for bird flu amid nationwide outbreak (MSN)

"The virus in cattle has been diagnosed in 9 states, one of which is on our border to the east in Idaho," said Doctor Kurt Williams, director of the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Oregon State University. (see also KGW)


Today's photo

Flowering cherry: Sara Hoyt with the Office of the Registrar says, "This is a flowering cherry on the west side of the MU looking toward Fairbanks Hall in early April. I love walking around campus, but especially in spring when things are blooming. It’s a privilege to work in a place that is so beautiful any time of the year." We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for powerful professional development? Apply to join a Fall ‘24 learning community for OSU instructional faculty. Consider participation in either the Teaching and AI Faculty Learning Community or the Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community. Both cohorts begin in September and will blend Zoom meetings with online learning activities. Funding provided. Apply by June 3.


Ashton Cummings M.S. defense: A presentation of Ashton’s thesis, titled: “A Novel Microbial Consortia for Biofuel Applications: Investigating Lipid Accumulation in Chlorella vulgaris and Scenedesmus dimorphus in Response to Bacillus pumilus and Nutrient Vatiations," takes place at 11 a.m., May 20, in Gilmore Hall 207. Cummings is earning her M.S. in biological and ecological engineering with Frank Chaplen. Please contact the BEE Department at [email protected] with questions, for the Zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

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.

BEE Research SeminarKaterina Georgiou from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will give the research seminar "Global-scale geochemical controls on soil organic carbon storage and vulnerability" at 2 p.m., May 20 in KEC1005. Available via Zoom if you are unable to attend in person:

Yoga and Psychedelics: Historical Contexts and Contemporary TransformationsStuart Sarbacker will discuss the relationship between the mind-body disciplines of Hindu and Buddhist systems of yoga and the use of psychoactive substances with an eye to the ways modern cosmopolitan forms of yoga have intersected with the use of substances such as cannabis and ayahuasca. 4 p.m., May 20, MU 213, Pan-Afrikan Sankofa Room.

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 before and immediately following the lecture. Free and open to the public. RSVP required:

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.


NEW! Beavs Lead: Change. This half-day student leadership development retreat provides the opportunity to connect with others in the OSU community who are social justice-driven and dedicated to creating positive change. Discover the power you hold and how you can use it to spark change. Food will be provided. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., May 24 in kaku-ixt mana ina haws gathering hall. For more information see

NEW! Saber Es Poder: Students are invited to attend a half-day trip for a Temazcal (sweat lodge) Ceremony experience at Anahuac Farm in Turner. Learn about leadership through the lenses of Indigeneity and uncover the leader within. Alternative experiences will be available; see registration for more details. Lunch and transportation provided. Registration deadline May 24. Event June 1. Learn more at

NEW! Diffusions: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents Diffusions: A Music Technology Concert at 7:30 p.m., June 4 in Detrick Hall. This concert by students in OSU’s Music Technology program explores the aesthetic power of electronic sound production and manipulation through technological experimentation. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

NEW! OSU Jazz Ensemble: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts presents OSU Jazz Ensemble at 7 p.m., June 5 in Detrick Hall. From classic standards to modern, explorative arrangements, the OSU Jazz Ensemble covers the range of an extensive musical landscape. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

NEW! OSU Guitar Ensemble: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts presents OSU Guitar Ensemble at 7 p.m., June 6 in Detrick Hall. Directed by Cameron O’Conner, the OSU Guitar Ensemble presents repertoire from all over the world and from many historical eras, carrying audiences into the full range of what the instrument can do. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

NEW! OSU Chamber Choir: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts presents OSU Chamber Choir, the President’s Concert at 7 p.m., June 8 in Detrick Hall. Named in honor of President Emeritus Edward J. Ray and his late wife, Beth Ray, the President’s Concert represents the pinnacle of the choral year at Oregon State. Tickets $25; students free. Tickets here.

College of Engineering Clean Water Showcase: Explore cutting-edge research through lightning talks, presentations, panel discussions and more, and engage in networking opportunities to learn about and help shape transformational approaches to clean water. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., May 22. More information:

PRAx Album Club: The Band. It’s like a book club, only we listen to and discuss the greatest rock and pop albums of all time. Hosted by Bob Santelli. 7 p.m., May 22, in person at PRAx or remotely on Zoom. Free and open to all.

PRAx Presents Rob Schwimmer: Hear “Triple Helix” by Rob Schwimmer  7 p.m., May 23 at 7 p.m. in Detrick Hall. Rob Schwimmer inhabits a musical kingdom where playing alone, conjures a sound world created by his singular virtuosity at the piano, theremin and Haken Continuum – a rarely heard combination that allows him to bring audiences to mysterious new sonic territory and find new or re-connect with forgotten feelings. Tickets $20; students $5. Tickets here.

OSU Wind Pops: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents OSU Wind Pops Concert at 7 p.m., May 28 in the Memorial Union Quad. Join all of the OSU Bands as they combine together for an unforgettable evening of pops music on the MU Quad. Bring your friends and family. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

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

CTL teaching excellence celebration: Join us in celebrating OSU's rich accomplishments in the area of teaching. This session highlights promotions, CTL developments and activities, and teaching awards. Our guest speaker, Nathan Kirk from the Department of Integrative Biology and winner of the 2023 OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, will present “One Job not two: Breaking down the distinction between teaching and scholarship.” 3:30 p.m., May 30, MU Horizon Room 49. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. RSVP now.

PRISMxKBVR-FM Record Painting: Need to unwind? Like to paint? Want some new decor? Join PRISM and KBVR-FM for record painting from noon to 3 p.m., May 31 in the SEC plaza. We will provide all the supplies as well as refreshments. Hope to see you there.

McDonald-Dunn Research Forest Community Input Session: The College of Forestry invites you to the McDonald-Dunn Research Forest Community Input Session from 6-8 p.m., June 5 in PFSC 117. Remote participation available via Zoom. A new plan is being developed to guide management of the McDonald-Dunn Research Forest. After nearly two years of work, we have developed a suite of “management strategies” that will serve as the foundation for forest management. We now need to make decisions on how these strategies will be overlaid across the forest. At this session, we will provide an overview of decisions made to date and request your input on how we allocate land within the forest. All OSU Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome to attend. More info about planning process here.

Engineering Expo: The 2024 Engineering Expo will feature interactive design project displays created and hosted by more than 1,200 senior engineering students. Project topics cover the breadth of engineering challenges, including robotics, clean water, nuclear energy, virtual reality, construction innovation and much more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., June 7. More information:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Spring Graduate Assessment Workshop: Graduate program assessment leads, please join the team from the Office of Assessment from 1:30-2:30 p.m., May 22 in the Beth Ray Center Room 138. Interact with the updated assessment rubric and report template, hear about the upcoming NWCCU site visit and get an overview of the submission process for next year. For more information, contact [email protected].

NEW! Colonialism's Typhoons and the Creation of Racialized Oceanic Labor in the Asian Pacific: How are colonialism, climate change and seafaring interconnected? Professor Jason Chang, associate professor of history and Asian/Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut, shares new research spanning the 16th to 20th centuries marking a period of political, climatic and economic transformation that illustrates why imperial fleets turned to disposable Asian labor for their commercial fleets in the Pacific. 2 p.m., May 22 in Bexell Hall, Room 412.

NEW! Water Resources Science Seminar Series: "Bedrock Weathering in the Critical Zone: Influencing Subsurface Hydrology and Landslide," presented by Seulgi Moon with UCLA from 4-5 p.m. May 22 in Burt Hall 193 or on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

NEW! Gastropod questions: Does beer really work? What’s the new information emerging about the use of essential oils in combating slugs in the garden? Bring these and all of your pressing slug (and snail) questions to a noontime SLUG CHAT with OSU’s slug expert, Rory McDonnell, from noon to 12:45 p.m., May 23. This online event is part of Slug (and snail) Week, a social media campaign educating and entertaining through the Master Gardener Facebook and Instagram channels. Learn more and register.

BEE Teaching Philosophy SeminarKaterina Georgiou from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will give the teaching seminar "From microbes to the Earth system: An introduction to modeling microbial function in soil biogeochemistry" at 9:30 a.m., May 21 in KEC1005 (Available via Zoom if you are unable to attend in person:

Department of Integrative Biology Seminar: Daniel T. Blumstein, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UCLA, will present a seminar, "Insights from an emergent view of sociality," at 10 a.m., May 21 in Gilbert 224. The seminar is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend in person, please feel free the catch the seminar streaming on Zoom at For more information and to view the entire Integrative Biology Department Seminar Series lineup, please go to

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.

“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]

Klamath Dam Removal Project Lecture with Mark Bransom: Join us to hear from Mark Bransom, chief executive officer of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, about the cooperative effort to re-establish the natural vitality of the Klamath River so that it can support all communities in the Klamath basin at the College of Engineering's Dean's Distinguished Lecture. 6 p.m. May 21, the LaSells Stewart Center. More information:

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.

Firewise Landscaping Basics webinar: Celebrate wildfire awareness month with us. Save your seat and register for the free webinar "Firewise Landscape Basics" with Amy Jo Detweiler, OSU Extension horticulturalist, from noon to 1 p.m., May 22. You will learn about home ignition zones, fire-prone and fire-resistant plants, landscape design and maintenance and plant selection for attractive, firewise landscapes.

South Australia Landscapes Spring 2025 information session: Join OSU faculty to learn about the upcoming RNG 499 South Australia Landscapes Global Opportunities course. It’s not too early to plan for this 5-credit class, which includes participation in the International Rangelands Congress in Adelaide, Australia; exploration of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, Port Augusta and more. 5 p.m., May 22, Oldfield 108 or Zoom: Contacts: [email protected] and [email protected].

Travel Talks: Sustainable Seafood. Support sustainably grown, harvested and processed seafood with your culinary choices as you travel, both at home and away. Join conservation scientist and marine fisheries ecologist Selina Heppell, head of the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences, for this important and fun Travel Talk at 5:30 p.m. May 22. Register today.

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. Register.

Acceptance and Commitment Skills Training: ACTr weaves research-based psychological methods with contemplative skills such as compassion, presence, and equanimity, as well as inquiries of the self to enhance mental and behavioral health. Scott Mcfee, Psy.D will guide three weekend workshops July 14, 21, and 28. Registration open to all and held at Marigold. $180 public; $160 educators. Scholarships availableContact us

Take Note

NEW! PRAx Launches its 24-25 Season: The first full season of the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts (PRAx) is here. Mark your calendars: Single event tickets and season ticket packages will go on sale May 22. The first full season includes multi-genre, interdisciplinary performers, the launch of the Indigenous Jazz Club, the advent of dance at PRAx and so much more.

NEW! Take your teaching to the next level: Join the Fall ’24 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community to build resilience into your teaching. You’ll learn from experts at CTL and Academic Technologies while collaborating with OSU faculty who share your passion for teaching. Don’t miss this opportunity to become a more resilient and effective educator. See the call for participation and apply by June 3. Funding provided.

NEW! Ready, Set, AI: Join the Center for Teaching and Learning and Academic Technologies for the Fall ’24 Faculty Learning Community addressing artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on teaching and learning. We will explore issues regarding AI in education, develop proactive teaching strategies and hear from AI experts. See the call for participation. Funding provided. Apply by June 3.

NEW! Photo contest: The Healthy Aging Club is proud to announce its fifth annual photo contest. The theme this year is older adults engaging in their favorite hobbies. Prizes include gift certificates, craft kits and OSU swag. Please email your submission to [email protected] by Saturday, May 25, at midnight. 

NEW! Changemakers: Dave, '18, and Lois Cho. Congratulations to Dave and Lois for being named Changemakers by the OSU Alumni Association. The first Korean American winemakers in Oregon, their CHO Wines are taking the wine scene by storm, and they're expanding inclusivity through the Oregon AAPI Food and Wine Fest, launched in 2021. Amidst this success, they continue to support OSU students and the larger Beaver community. Learn more and nominate future Changemakers:

NEW! Voice your opinion - AI at OSU: We are looking for your ideas on how OSU can incorporate, integrate and deploy AI as part of the AI@OSU initiative ( Take the survey here; only for Oregon State University students, faculty and staff. The survey is voluntary, anonymous and should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey will be open and available for participation until Friday, June 7.

Fulbright scholar program: The 2025-26 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open! This program offers U.S. citizens opportunities to teach, conduct research, and carry out professional projects in over 135 countries. A variety of webinars are available highlighting opportunities by discipline, region, and country on the Fulbright website. Past webinars are available on the archive page. For questions, please contact the Global Affairs Associate.

Design for Social Impact: Oregon State University's Design for Social Impact (DSI) program, within the Honors College, offers transformative education for students across disciplines. DSI equips them with skills to address society's challenges through flexible, project-based curricula. Collaborating with communities and industry, students create solutions with real impact. The program now introduces the Design for Social Impact Certificate and DSI 415 Multidisciplinary Design for Social Impact course, open to all Corvallis campus students. Registration for DSI 415 is available for Summer and Fall 2024 terms. Explore more at

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Hot Weather. With high temperatures comes a responsibility to prepare for and take precautions against heat illness. Sunscreen, hydration, shade and know the signs of heat related illness. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

Volunteers needed for the OSU Food Pantry: Volunteers are needed this term at the OSU Food Pantry Wednesdays 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Join the Basic Needs Center (BNC) team in helping the student community, packing produce bags and chatting with visitors. To get started, come by the BNC any time it’s open to complete paperwork (Mondays-Thursdays 8-6, Fridays 8-3). For questions, stop by 1030 SW Madison Ave., call 541-737-3747, or contact [email protected].

Get paid to try all sorts of foods: The Department of Food Science and Technology’s Center for Sensory & Consumer Behavior Research is seeking taste testers to participate in industry-sponsored consumer studies. Our facility is located on OSU’s Corvallis campus inside Wiegand Hall and staff, faculty, students and community members are invited to join our panelist pool. If interested in joining, fill out the brief survey available here and email [email protected] with questions.

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 that dives deep into the way that we solve problems together. This workshop 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.

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for Summer and Fall 2024 In-person and Zoom courses here.

KidSpirit registration: Do you have plans for your kiddos this summer? How about plans that include sports, arts, science, cooking and more? Register now for OSU’s KidSpirit Summer Day Camp. Spots are filling up fast. We are very excited to reintroduce swim lessons this year, as well as sewing camp. Gymnastics, cooking academy and leadership training make their return this year. For more information and to register, visit: OSU faculty, staff and students receive a discount.

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.

Class Pass Sale at The Marigold Center: 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]


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! The Division of Extension and Engagement and the Extension Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Program invite applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term, Assistant Professor (Practice) position based at the OSU Extension Service Lincoln County office in Newport. This is an Internal Employment Opportunity. Posting #P08075UF. Closes May 23.

NEW! University Housing & Dining Services is seeking a General Manager of Dining to provide leadership and oversight of a dining center, including promoting a healthy workplace culture, budget management, short- and long-term planning and menu/services development. Posting #P08077UF. Closes May 31.


“At last came the golden month of the wild folk -- honey-sweet May, when the birds come back, and the flowers come out, and the air is full of the sunrise scents and songs of the dawning year.” ~ Samuel Scoville Jr.

Corvallis: Patchy frost and then sunny, high of 66, low of 42. Chance of rain Tuesday.

Central Oregon: Frost and then sunny, high of 62, low of 36. Partly cloudy tomorrow.

Newport: Becoming sunny today, high of 55, low of 45. Rain likely Tuesday.

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