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:

'I'm happy we're not killing them anymore': Ireland's last basking shark hunter on the return of the giants (The Guardian)

Despite their size – up to 10 metres long – the sharks are hard to count and track, says McInturf, a postdoctoral fellow at Oregon State University’s Big Fish Lab and a visiting researcher at Queen’s University Belfast.

Study finds that dogs mirror their behavior with kids (CBS News)

Oregon State University published a study finding that dogs synchronize their behavior with children and their adult caretakers.

Building the future (Oregon Business)

Murguia’s confidence is well deserved. She just earned  her bachelor’s degree in construction engineering management, with a minor in business, from Oregon State University. At the same time, she works full-time as a project engineer for Pence Contractors, helping build a new elementary school in Cornelius. But her career actually launched way back in 2017, the year she graduated from the Viking House, Forest Grove High School’s Career and Technical Education construction program. 

Oregon researchers use AI to study threatened coastal seabirds (OPB News)

Researchers with Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service collected millions of hours of audio from federal forests in Washington and Oregon between 2018 and 2022.

Changing snowpack inspires new measurement (EOS)

Climate change’s effect on precipitation and temperature has increased the variability of mountain snowpack, said Christina Aragon, a doctoral student in water resources engineering at Oregon State University. “It kind of made us question, Could there be a new metric that helps capture that variability?”

Oregon State researchers work to preserve the past with 3D mapping of Silver Falls Lodge (OPB News)

In the summer of 2020, wildfire ripped through several small Oregon towns and sent Oregon State University media instructor Todd Kesterson fleeing from his Mill City home. He had 10 minutes to grab anything valuable and drive.

When to plant vegetables, tomatoes and dahlias in Oregon: Your May gardening guide (Oregonian)

Your May gardening guide to planning, planting and preventive pest management is here, where Oregon State University Extension Service experts offer advice.

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Velella velellas: Maureen Leong-Kee, head academic advisor with the College of Health, says, “There were millions of Velella velellas washed up on the shores of Bandon on the Oregon Coast. They are free-floating hydrozoa, and there can be seas of these blue jellies that show up on the coast in the spring.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for professional development focused on teaching this spring? Check out three upcoming workshops from the Center for Teaching and Learning: Assessment Matters Bootcamp (May 10), Course Design Bootcamp (May 17) and Mutual Mentors Bootcamp (May 24).


Holocaust Memorial Week: OSU has observed Holocaust Memorial Week every year since 1987. The breadth and the duration of OSU’s effort are unmatched in the Pacific Northwest. This program grows from the belief that educational institutions can do much to combat prejudice of all kinds, and to foster respect for the diversity that is America, by promoting an awareness of the Holocaust, perhaps the most horrific historical indicator of the high cost of prejudice. Events run May 6-10; free and open to all. Read more about the week’s program and register to attend the events in person or online at

Blood drive: The American Red Cross Blood drive will be on campus from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., May 6-9, MU basement. You can book an appointment online here Drop in’s are also welcome.

Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women/People Awareness Day: Two days of events sponsored by kaku-ixt mana ina haws and Indigenous Studies will mark this celebration. Deborah Miranda is known for her book “Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir,” and ire’ne lara silva was recognized as the 2023 Texas State Poet Laureate with her most recent collection “The Eaters of Flowers” released in 2024. At 3 p.m., May 6, the awareness event will open with creative projects at kaku-ixt mana ina haws (Longhouse), followed by an open mic at 4 p.m. and a poetry reading with Miranda and lara silva. At 12:30 p.m., May 7, Miranda and lara silva will host a poetry workshop in kaku-ixt mana ina haws. Sign up at: For accommodations related to a disability, contact [email protected] or 541-737-7831.

OSU In Memoriam (May 6): Join us in the Memorial Union Lounge or via livestream broadcast for the annual OSU In Memoriam on Monday, May 6, from 5:30-7 p.m. (add to your calendar). This event honors recently deceased students, staff, faculty, alumni and others associated with the university and features poetry, live music and activities for reflection and healing. Additionally, write something beautiful on our virtual memorial wall.

OSU International Film Festival: Rising Waters: For 7 million people living on thousands of islands scattered across the Pacific ocean, global warming is not something that looms in the distant future; it's a threat whose first effects may have already begun. Through personal stories of Pacific Islanders, Rising Waters: Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Islands puts a human face on the international climate change debate. 6 p.m. May 6 at Darkside Cinema in Corvallis; free and open to all.


NEW! Puerto Rico Service-Learning Poster display: On Tuesday, May 7, as part of Ag and Natural Resources Day, students from the spring break service learning course to Puerto Rico will have their posters displayed from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the first floor of Strand Agricultural Hall. More events and activities found here:

NEW! 2024 University Distinguished Professors Reception: Join us for a reception honoring Oregon State’s 2024 University Distinguished Professors Todd Palmer and Małgorzata Peszyńska at 5 p.m., May 8 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. All are welcome. For more information on the University Distinguished Professors visit:

NEW! International Students’ Spring 2024 Gathering: 1-3 p.m., May 10 at ILLC 545-547. Please RSVP:

Family Business awards: The Excellence in Family Business Awards, hosted by the Center for Family Enterprise at Oregon State University, will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 7 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel. The event will honor several awardees including business owners and students. The awards spotlight the impactful work of family businesses and celebrate the backbone of our community's economy and heritage. To register, click here.

Book Study and Mindfulness Class - Training in Compassion: In this practice-centered book study led by Hemant Bhanoo, participants engage with the points and slogans for generating compassion and resilience from the book Training in Compassion by Norman Fischer. Drop-ins welcome w/ or without the book. Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesdays May 1 - May 29. Purchase 1 class pass and registerContact us.

Alumni Influencer Showcase: From Campus to Creatives. A remarkable alumni panel will share accounts of their diverse employment experiences and challenges faced (and conquered) along the way. Everyone from students to recent graduates and seasoned professionals will learn how and meaningful relationships can be leveraged to build successful careers. 10 a.m. June 1, OSU Portland Center (get tickets) and via livestream on OSUAA social media channels.

Meditation Drop-in Classes: At Marigold: Quiet Meditation on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-8:40am; Guided Meditation on Wednesdays Guided Meditation on Mondays 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom. In Quiet Meditation, we practice self-guided meditation in community with time for individual preparation and a closing dedication. Guided sessions include a range of Buddhist to mindfulness practices. Meditate with us! Register for a classpurchase passes, or apply for an OSU Undergraduate ScholarshipContact us

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Poetry Workshops with Award-Winning Poet and Activist Jamila Osman: Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies & Queer Studies, in partnership with the Mellon Foundation, is pleased to announce upcoming poetry workshops with award-winning poet and activist Jamila Osman. Noon to 2 p.m., May 8 at Kaku-ixt Mana Ina Haws or noon to 2 p.m., May 15 at Ettihad Cultural Center. Free and open to all.

NEW! Floor Monitor Training: Training for floor monitors and building managers on roles and responsibilities when evacuating their building. Training is the second Wednesday every month at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom floor monitor training at:

NEW! Water Resources Science Seminar Series: "Quality of groundwater used for drinking water supplies in California," presented by Miranda Fram with USGS Sacramento from 4-5 p.m. May 8 in Burt Hall 193 or on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

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. Register

NEW! Center for Teaching and Learning’s Second Celebration of Quality Teaching: 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.

Spring Assessment Workshop: Program assessment leads, please join the team from the Office of Assessment from 10-11 a.m. May 7 in MU 211 to interact with the updated assessment rubric, hear about the upcoming NWCCU site visit and get an overview of the submission process for next year. For more information, contact [email protected].

College of Engineering Virtual Faculty Lecture with Salini Sasidharan: "Groundwater Resilience and Agriculture Competitiveness in Oregon Through Climate-Adaptive Multibeneficial Managed Aquifer Recharge." Noon to 1 p.m. May 7. Register for the lecture: More information:

University Distinguished Professor Lecture featuring Małgorzata Peszyńska: Join us for a lecture by 2024 University Distinguished Professor Małgorzata Peszyńska at 1:30 p.m., May 8 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. Register here for her lecture, “Math Matters: Multi-* Modeling, Analysis and Simulation.” All are welcome. For more information on the University Distinguished Professors visit:

University Distinguished Professor Lecture featuring Todd Palmer: Join us for a lecture by 2024 University Distinguished Professor Todd Palmer at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. Register here for his lecture, “Transcomputable: The Insatiable Need for, and Relentless Challenge of, Predicting the Transport of Radiation.” All are welcome. For more information on the University Distinguished Professors visit:

RSVP for the Ecampus Faculty Forum: Join more than 250 of your OSU peers at the Ecampus Faculty Forum online on May 8 and at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on May 9 for an engaging exploration of cutting-edge practices in online education. Take part in interactive discussions related to high-quality online course design, innovative teaching solutions that support online learners and more. Lunch will be provided, so register today and help shape the future of online education at OSU.

The 2024 Bray Health Leadership Lecture “Public health after the pandemic: How can we do better?” will be presented by Joshua M. Sharfstein, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, from 5-6 p.m. Friday, June 4, in the MU Horizon Room. A reception hosted by the College of Health will follow from 6-7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all.

Take Note

NEW! Employee Community Climate Survey: The 2024 OSU Employee Community Climate Survey launched on May 3 with an email invitation to employees from the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID). To make positive change, it is critical that we understand the experiences of OSU employees shared through the survey. Please check your email to access the survey link. The survey is open until May 31; visit the survey website for more information and links to summaries of prior surveys. Questions about the survey can be directed to OID at [email protected].

NEW! 2025 Faculty Fellowship Program Consortium-Directed Funding: The NW CASC is now accepting proposals for our 2025 Faculty Fellowship Program. This last-mile program aims to support efforts to make existing research more usable for natural and cultural resource managers facing climate-related risks and challenges. To achieve this aim, the program supports research involving faculty at NW CASC Consortium institutions and provides skills-building opportunities around the co-production of decision-relevant (i.e., "actionable”) science. Funding runs Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2025. Deadline to submit proposals is July 15. Info session 1 p.m., May 8 online:[email protected] is the OSU liaison to the Consortium. 

NEW! OSU Health and Safety Committee: The University Health and Safety Committee would like to invite campus members interested in health and safety to attend our open meetings, held semi-annually in May and October. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 2:30-4 p.m. Anyone can access OSU’s University Health and Safety Committee resources online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a web link to report safety concerns. For more information contact Dan Kermoyan at [email protected].

Volunteer to celebrate OSU’s 2024 Beaver grads: Oregon State University will host its 155th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 15 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis. Commencement is OSU’s largest event of the year and volunteers play an important role in making the day memorable for graduates and guests. Volunteers are needed the morning of Saturday, June 15 to greet, guide and help guests. Sign up here.

Faculty Staff Fitness Swim, Run, Walk TRY-athlon is happening June 12. Are you ready for some friendly competition? This is a team-building event that brings faculty and staff together to compete for individual event or power team winner. Grab your team and sign up to swim, run, walk or both. Registration is open and team captains can email or call the PAC office to register your team name at [email protected] or 541-737-3222.

Seeking nominations for College of Business Alumni Awards: Do you know an excellent College of Business alum who is just starting out, or someone at the pinnacle of their career? There is no better time to recognize their success, resilience, service and achievement. Make a nomination for our 2025 COB Alumni Awards. Nominations received by May 31 will be given full consideration. Make a nomination.

Active Shooter training: OSU Emergency Management offers in-department active shooter training. The 45-minute in-person presentation teaches OSU’s Run.Hide.Fight response to an active threat. To schedule a session for your team, email [email protected].

FY25 PCOSW Funding Opportunities: Applications for FY25 PCOSW scholarships and FY24 and FY25 event co-sponsorships are now being accepted. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach, or creative projects related to gender equity issues. Applications are open until funding is distributed. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact [email protected].  

Grad Night 2024: Before the grad caps fly, the OSU Alumni Association is hosting a free disco-themed celebration for the Class of 2024. Grads, grab your sequins and join your friends from 7-10 p.m. June 6 for food and drinks, music and dancing, games, cap decorating, friendship bracelet-making, photo booths, raffle giveaways, freebies and more. Register by May 31

Our Health& Transportation Noise webcast: Lend an ear to the next episode of the Our Health& series. Join a town hall discussion with College of Health Assistant Professor Matthew Bozigar to hear about the effects transportation noise has on our health and a new OSU study to map Portland’s road noise. 5:30 p.m., May 29. Save your spot.

Fulbright: 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.

Automated Driving System research: The School of Civil and Construction Engineering and the School of Psychological Science are seeking paid volunteers for research studies. The purpose of this research study is to make Automated Driving System (ADS) vehicles safer for pedestrians with disabilities. To participate in one of the studies, you must identify as having a visual, hearing, and/or mobility disability, and be at least 18 years old. Volunteers must commit 60 minutes to the research and will either wear a VR headset or a light-weight wearable device. To participate, contact Lena Breuer at [email protected]. or call or text at 803-457-6630.

Be a part of an important research study: We are seeking participants in a study evaluating exoskeletons in reducing work-related injuries in forestry. The purpose of this research study is to characterize physical risk factors associated with manual tree-felling tasks and evaluate the efficacy of commercially available exoskeletons in reducing physical risk factors. For more information: or email [email protected].

Online learning podcast season 2: Tune in to season two of the “Going Online with Oregon State University Ecampus” podcast which highlights support resources and tools for online learners everywhere. Topics include: career development opportunities, mental health resources, financial planning and more. Tune in today. 

Traffic and Maintenance

Philomath Blvd. Conceptual Design Open House: The Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is seeking input on conceptual designs to improve travel on the section of Philomath Boulevard/Highway 20/Highway 34 between SW 53rd and SW 15th Street. The project goal is to improve walking, biking, driving and public transportation. Two open house webinars will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., May 8 via Zoom. To register for the midday session: To register for the evening session:


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NEW! Oregon State University Extension Service in Umatilla County invites applications for two (2) Bilingual (English/Spanish) Office Specialist 2 positions located in Hermiston and Milton-Freewater. Both positions are 12-month, full-time, classified positions starting at $16.19 hourly + bilingual differential pay and benefits. Applicants are encouraged to apply to both positions: Posting #P04710CT (Milton-Freewater) and Posting #P04711CT (Hermiston). Full consideration May 22. Closes June 2.


“But he calls down a blessing on the blossom of the May, Because it comes in beauty, and in beauty blows away.” ~ W.B. Yeats

Corvallis: Showers today, high of 54, low of 39. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Showers likely today, high of 52, low of 32. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Showers and breezy today, high of 52, low of 45. Mostly sunny Tuesday.

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