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.

Academics gather to study Phish, man (NPR)

And now for a story about an academic conference. But wait, wait. Stay with us because, as Deena Prichep reports, Oregon State University is hosting a meeting that's got more than name tags and networking.

Robot ethics, movement key to future technology developments (Control Engineering)

Oregon State University (OSU) is the city’s largest employer and home to the Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CoRIS) Institute. Established in 2017 by OSU’s College of Engineering, CoRIS is mobilized to advance the design, development, and deployment of robots and intelligent systems able to interact seamlessly with people.

'Botanical sexism' could be behind your seasonal allergies (Atlas Obscura)

Paul Ries, the director Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, sees botanical sexism as just one arm of the larger, historical problem of lack of diversity in urban forests. “Anytime we plant an overabundance of one type of tree, whether it is a single species, a genus, or, in the case of so-called ‘botanical sexism,’ male trees, there are bound to be problems,” Ries says. 

Bugs, birds and more at Beazell: Students enjoy lessons in the forest (Gazette-Times)

Volunteering with the Oregon State University Benton County 4-H’s field-based “FOCUS” program, Leonard and others like him spent time teaching Philomath third graders a variety of topics from forest birds to cultural history.

'Perfect Storm': Ticks flourish, Lyme cases spike as temperature rises (NBC Bay Area)

"When nymphs emerge months before larvae, they inoculate the host community with pathogens that the later-emerging larvae can then contract," said Taal Levi, a biologist at Oregon State University and lead author of the study. 

Trump team convinced court overhaul will drive 2020 win(Politico)

“Given how few cases the Supreme Court takes, the appeals court are making a ton of important decisions in which they are the last word,” says Rorie Solberg, a professor of political science at Oregon State University whose research focused on judicial politics.

The fight for a forest: OSU's bid to manage Elliott for research still faces questions (Gazette-Times)

It’s been six months since Oregon State University was chosen by the State Land Board to take over management of the controversy-plagued Elliott State Forest, and the message coming out of OSU is this: Not so fast.

All abuzz about bees in Columbia County (Columbia County Spotlight)

Columbia County is home to the newest branch of the Oregon State Beekeepers Association. In recent years, beekeepers in the county have found support and guidance in the Oregon State University Extension Service office. Two months ago, they branched out to form a club.

Interview about Oregon Sea Grant (BOSS FM radio)

Shelby Walker, the director of OSU-based Oregon Sea Grant, and Lincoln County Commissioner Kaety Jacobson explain what Oregon Sea Grant does in this 50-minute interview. Its role in operating the public wing of the Hatfield Marine Science Center and supporting research, fishermen and K-12 marine education are discussed.


Today's photo

Floral sunshine: Golden irises bloom outside the Gladys Valley Gymnastics Center. Showers continue this week but it hasn't dampened the full force of Oregon's spring beauty.


Still need to sign up for Duo? Duo two-step login will become mandatory for all non-student OSU accounts as of May 22. If you have not yet signed up and want help, questions answered, or to pick up a token, there are three drop-in signup events scheduled in the Autzen classroom of the Valley Library, Monday, May 20, Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. These events are drop-in events, no registration is required; signup takes only a few minutes. For more information about Duo, see

Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Brian Tanis will present “Dogs, death, and dietary breadth: insights into the macroecology and macroevolution of Canidae” on Monday, May 20, at 9 a.m. in ALS 4001. Tanis is completing his Ph.D. in zoology under the guidance of Rebecca Terry. Free and open to the public.

Typewriter Pop-Up: Using vintage typewriters, the Academic Success Center will be crowdsourcing study and learning strategies from the OSU community ahead of finals. The first 500 participants get a free bag of kettle corn. Stop by the pop-up in the SEC Plaza between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, May 20, and Tuesday, May 21.

SEIU Classified Staff Rally for Funding OSU and Our Contract: There will be a rally to support funding for our contract and OSU on May 20, joining workers across the state rallying for our contracts. From OSU we will have free transportation. Take off now, working with your supervisor, so you can join us. All who support more funding for higher education including all employees, friends, family, allies and students are welcome to join. The bus(es) will leave the Office Max parking lot, 1836 N.W. 9th St., Corvallis at 10:15 a.m. Lunch will be served in Salem, and the bus will leave Salem at 2:30 pm. Buses are also available for pick-up in Albany, Eugene, Bend and throughout the state. To attend, register here:  For more information contact SEIU Campus Organizer Siobhan Burke at or 630-699-0281. 

Suicide prevention workshop: Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students? This makes it especially important for campus community members to equip themselves with knowledge that enables us to recognize and help when someone is in need. CAPS invites students, faculty, and staff to attend our Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Workshops. Participants will learn how suicide impacts us nationwide and here at OSU, how to identify the signs and symptoms of emotional distress, and how to help or intervene if someone you know is considering suicide. Monday, May 20, noon to 1:30 pm., MU Journey Room. No registration is required. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Oregon Climate Change Research Institute’s 10th Anniversary Symposium: Join OCCRI on May 20 for this free event to celebrate the past, present, and future of climate change research in Oregon. Beginning at 1 p.m, this event will be held in Memorial Union 13 at OSU, and will feature keynote speakers and panel discussions. RSVP:

Rumor in the Archive: Denunciations, the BDM Girl, and Gestapo Case Files: Kara Ritzheimer is associate professor of Modern European History in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion. Her current research project draws upon legal records, Nazi institutional documents, and propaganda material to examine the creation of girlhood as a cultural and political project. In this talk, she’ll discuss the ways rumor and gossip became political tools during the Third Reich, how Nazi jurists used the law to muzzle criticism, why the BDM girl became a topic of derision, and how historians should approach the rumors encountered in the archives. Monday, May 20, 4 p.m., OSU Center for the Humanities, Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave.

Embroidery event: Arts & Indulge: Couching Embroidery event will take place on Monday, May 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center and will include activities using stitching techniques that were common during the Qing Dynasty. 

2019 Ideas Matter Series on the Philosophy of Food: “Martialing the Power of Food Sovereignty Movements to Feed Climate Change Mitigation.” Samantha Noll is an assistant professor in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs (PPPA) at Washington State University. Nick Foreman is an instructor of history at Oregon State University. He teaches courses on food history and Native American history. Monday, May 20. Light catering 5:30 p.m. Milam Hall, Room 319A. Lecture 6 p.m. Milam Hall, Room 319. Free and open to all.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony: Mahler Symphony No. 9. Monday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. The LaSells Stewart Center. Ticket info at:


NEW! Delta Blues: The OSU Album Club will listen to and discuss Robert Johnson’s “King of the Delta Blues Singers” on Wednesday, May 22, at 7 p.m. in Bexell Hall 211. Album Club, hosted by director of Popular Music and Performing Arts, Bob Santelli, is like a book club where you discuss the greatest albums ever recorded. It is free and open to all.

NEW! Crawfish fest: Tickets are now on sale for Oregon State’s annual Cajun Crawfish Fest, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on June 6, outside McNary Dining Center. Enjoy an all you-can-eat crawfish boil, served Louisiana-style with potato wedges, corn on the cob, cornbread with honey butter, watermelon wedges and sweet tea. Buy tickets ($12) by May 27 at MainSqueeze in McNary Dining Center.

Anniversary of walkout: Join EOP as it celebrates the 50-year anniversary of the Black Student Union walkout that led to the creation of EOP and the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. The walkout takes place May 21 beginning at 4 p.m., and starts at the center. Faculty members Dwaine Plaza and Janet Nishihara will provide context before the walk.

Faculty Conversation with President Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring a small group conversation with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional) during spring term. The conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member, and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the president to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. If you wish to participate in the May 23 session from 10 to 11:30 a.m,, complete the registration form at Session requests will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Oregon State International Film Festival: The Oregon State International Film Festival returns this spring as a pop-up festival. On four Saturdays in a row in May and June, we will bring you short and feature-length films from around the world. All films will be screened at the Darkside Cinema in downtown Corvallis, presented by the School of Language, Culture and Society and the School of Writing, Literature and Film in the College of Liberal Arts. More details and the line-up are under and on the website of the Darkside Cinema. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Box Office.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW!  Teaching showcase: The Writing Intensive Curriculum (WIC) Program is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a teaching showcase on Tuesday, May 21.  At 1:30 p.m. WIC instructors will give short talks about innovating with writing in their courses. At 2:30 p.m. a roundtable of WIC instructors will discuss the rewards and challenges of teaching WIC courses as well as answer questions from the audience.  This event to open to the entire campus community.  See the WIC Anniversary page for more details.  Location: Journey Room (MU 104).

NEW! WIC keynote: Terry Myers Zawacki will give the keynote address for the Writing Intensive Curriculum (WIC) Program’s 25th anniversary celebration May 21 at 4 p.m., in the Journey Room (MU 104).  Her topic will be “Engaging Conversation(s): Students and Teachers Talk about Expectations for Academic Writing across Disciplines, Languages, and Cultures.” Myers Zawacki is professor emerita from George Mason University and an internationally known author and editor of multiple books on Writing Across the Curriculum.  This talk to open to the entire campus community.  See the WIC Anniversary page for more details.

NEW! WRGP Water Resources Science Spring Seminar Series. Ryan Crumley, Water Resources Science, and David Hill, Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University will present “Seasonal Snowpack Modeling and Citizen Science in Alaska and Beyond” on Wednesday, May 22, from 4-5 p.m. in BEXL 328. Free and open to the public.

NEW! 2019 North American Agroforestry Conference: Join us for the 16th AFTA biennial conference on June 24-27, at OSU's CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Participants will learn about the latest advances in agroforestry and tour field sites. Rates for standard, farmer, and student categories, and one-day registration available. Early registration closes Friday, May 24. More information and registration:

NEW! 2019 Robert M. Storm Distinguished Lecture: Integrative Biology presents the 2019 Robert M. Storm Lecturer, Patricia Brennan, on Thursday, May 30. There will be a reception at 6 p.m. in the Cordley Hall Foyer followed by the 7 p.m. lecture in Gilfillan Auditorium. This event will also be available via WebEx; Brennan, an assistant professor at Mt. Holyoke College, will present a seminar, “Time to Step Up! Defending “Oddball Science.” She is an expert on the evolution of reproductive structures in vertebrates and the mechanisms that drive genital diversification, particularly in birds. More information on the Robert M. Storm lecture series and specifics of the 2019 lecture can be found at  RSVP at .

Capstone presentation:  Lauren Bennett is pursuing her Master of Natural Resources under the guidance of Gail Langellotto. Her capstone is titled "Examining the gap between interest and understanding of bee pollinators." May 21, 9:30 a.m., in Richardson Hall 115.  Contact the FES department office with questions or requests for accommodation at 541-737-2244.

Tuesday Teaching Talks: Emotionally Intelligent Teaching: Join colleagues and the Center for Teaching and Learning in a certificated series of teaching workshops. The workshops are every Tuesday. Attend one, some or all. On May 21, join Shauna Tominey (HDFS) to learn about hands-on tools and strategies that can be embedded into any class to create an emotionally-supportive environment. This two-hour workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn more here. Contact us here.

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

Introduction to CORE for New CORE Users: The Cooperative Open Reporting Environment (CORE) is OSU's central tool for accessing official university reports and institutional data. All OSU employees have access to CORE reports and dashboards based on their employment classification and job profile. This session is designed to give new employees and CORE users an orientation to CORE including security and policies related to the access and use of data, how to find and save what you need from CORE, and helpful tips and tricks for interacting and using the system. Tuesday, May 212-3 p.mIAR Training Space - Kerr B094, Corvallis campus; WebEx. Contact IAR with questionsRegister Her

Take Note

NEW! Library input sought: OSU Libraries seeks input about its process to accommodate its share of the university-wide budget reduction for fiscal year 2020. Read the FAQ at FY20 Budget Reduction.

NEW! Male volunteers wanted for acetaminophen (Tylenol) study (Corvallis): Detoxification of Reactive Acetaminophen Metabolite by Conjugation with Ascorbic Acid. Principal Investigator: Fred Stevens, Linus Pauling Institute, OSU. If you are healthy, male, age 18-50, non-smoker, without history of acetaminophen toxicity or allergy, you may qualify to participate. Volunteers receive $25. Contact Sandra Uesugi, RN at 541-737-3594 or

NEW! Apply now for Ecampus professional development funds: Oregon State Ecampus invites faculty, staff and administrators to pursue professional development related to online and hybrid education. Further your professional goals while promoting effective teaching and learning in OSU’s online and hybrid courses. Funding is available for professorial faculty and professional faculty and advisers. The application deadline is June 7, so learn more and apply online today.

NEW! OSU Emergency Preparedness and Public Safety Outreach Survey. Help us improve OSU’s Emergency Preparedness and Public Safety educational and outreach efforts. Take our 4-minute survey to tell us how effective we have been and where we can improve. Survey Link:

Student Support at the Undergrad Research & Writing Studio: The Undergrad Research & Writing Studio, located in the Valley Library, encourages faculty to hold class meetings in the studio and take advantage of its flexible workspaces, including modular tables and large display monitors suitable for collaboration. Studio consultants (peer mentors who specialize in research and writing support) are available to work with students during the visit. Faculty may reserve studio time by completing a reservation form. Call 541-737-2776 for more information.

Dialogue Facilitation Lab Applications: The Office of Institutional Diversity is now accepting applications for faculty, staff and graduate students to join the Dialogue Facilitation Lab Summer 2019 cohort. The Dialogue Facilitation Lab is a professional learning and exploratory seminar looking to integrate critical dialogue facilitation skills into professional environments. The seminar welcomes faculty, staff and graduate students of all skill and experience levels to explore the philosophy and techniques of critical dialogue facilitation and the potential for implementation in their work at the university. Applications will be accepted until May, 31 by 5 pm. For more information and to apply, visit the Dialogue Facilitation Lab website. Direct any questions about the seminar to Brandi Douglas, assistant director of outreach, at

The Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center (HRWGC) invites nominations for annual awards celebration: There are three award categories; Women of Achievement, AYA award, and Student Leader award.  Learn about each award and submit a nomination here.  We invite you to not only consider submitting a nomination but hope that you will plan to join us at year’s event on Thursday, June 6, from 3-5 p.m. at the HRWGC. 

Fall 2019 On-campus Housing Move-In, Volunteer Opportunity, and Early Arrival: Fall 2019 move-in for the residence halls will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22, and you can find more information on our website: Volunteer opportunities to assist with move in day are available for OSU faculty, staff, and students. OSU departments and programs that require students to arrive prior to Sunday, Sept. 22, for orientations or trainings must complete an Early Arrival Request for their group, which will be available in early July. If you have questions, contact

NW High School Cyber Camp 2019: Interested in learning more about the exciting field of cybersecurity? Join us for five days to know more about how computers work, cyber threats, cybersecurity principles, cyber ethics, basic Windows security policies and tools, Ubuntu terminology and concepts, basic command line security and more. This camp is a part of the NW Cyber Camp happening simultaneously across multiple locations in Oregon. For students entering grades 9-12 in the fall. July 15-19. Scholarships available. For more information:

Volunteer opportunity for Summer 2019 – New International Students Orientation Week: Engage with new international students and help welcome the new Beavers from around the world during Summer 2019 orientation week. For more information and to sign up go here. Volunteer training day (required for new volunteers or those who did not participate on Spring 2019 training day): June 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at ILLC 345. Volunteering dates: New students move-in day: June 17. Orientation week: June 18-21. Different volunteer shifts available to fit your schedule. For more information or questions, contact Carla Portugal at or go to our website.

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

Traffic & Maintenance 

Van Buren Street Bridge Lane closures: Due to a geotechnical investigation boring, there will be lane reductions on the bridge May 16-24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A single lane reduction (out of three lanes) for Northwest Van Buren Avenue from Third Street to First Street will be needed.

Scheduled: Campus Wide Steam Shutdown: Each year Facilities Services performs necessary maintenance on the university’s steam system, which requires shutting off the steam throughout campus, to complete maintenance services at the plant, throughout the steam tunnels and in each building. This process affects hot water supply, heating, and all equipment that uses steam, campus wide. The steam shutdown for 2019 will occur from 6 p.m. on June 16 to 5 p.m. on June 20. For questions or comments on this closure contact Facilities Services at 541-737-2969.


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NEW! Temporary Office Assistant - This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 13 hours per week) Temporary Office Assistant position for the Lincoln County Extension office at Oregon State University. This position will be located in Newport, Oregon.  Posting # P02173CT.  Closes May 24.

NEW! Business Affairs at Oregon State University is seeking an Accounting Technician. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position. Posting # P02163CT. Closes May 27.

NEW! The College of Engineering is seeking Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs Director(s) for the following disciplines:  Artificial Intelligence (P03002UF), Bioengineering (P03003UF), Robotics  (P03004UF), Materials Science (P03005UF), and Engineering  Management (P03006UF).  These are (0.10 FTE), 12-month, administrator positions. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean.  This is an internal employment opportunity.  For full consideration, apply by May 28.

NEW! Faculty Research Assistant - This position is a full-time, 12-month, Faculty Research Assistant in the North Willamette Research & Extension Center (NWREC) located in Aurora, OR, (approx 20 miles south of Portland).  The NWREC is part of Oregon State University’s Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension Service.  Reappointment is at the discretion of the Metro Regional Director, the North Willamette Research and Extension Center Director, and the Extension Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Program Leader.  Posting# P03033UF.  Closes May 31.

NEW! Web and Mobile Services at Oregon State University is seeking an Analyst Programmer, competency level 3. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position. Posting # P02154CT. Closes June 2.


"Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have the possibility of being great." ~ Cher, who turns 73 today.

Corvallis: Partly sunny today followed by showers, high of 64, low of 47. Showers likely tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Scattered showers today, high of 57, low of 36. Chance of showers tomorrow. 

Newport: Patchy fog and showers likely, high of 55, low of 49. Chance of showers and breezy tomorrow.

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