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: https://today.oregonstate.edu/email/submission-guidelines.
 

Promising new pancreatic cancer treatment developed by OSU and OHSU researchers (KGW)

A team of scientists at both Oregon State University's College of Pharmacy and at the Brenden-Colson Center for Pancreatic Care at OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute have developed a new therapy that, if approved, could significantly increase a patient's odds of surviving pancreatic cancer. (see also KDRV)
 

'We are now moving from zero Covid': Taiwan pivots as Beijing doubles down (New York Times)

“Even though their response has been a bit slow, they have responded to these voices and to scientific evidence,” said Chunhuei Chi, director of the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University and a former policy adviser to Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Administration.
 

How grasshoppers and drought affect Oregon ranchers (Think Out Loud)

As the drought continues, some are worried what insect populations will look like this summer. Ian McGregor is an assistant professor at Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. He joins us to share what ranchers faced last year and what can be done to deter another outbreak.
 

Central Oregon college program aims to increase child-care workforce with free tuition (KLCC)

A 2019 report from Oregon State University identified Central Oregon as a “child-care desert” for the lack of available care for children under five. Now, a new career development program looks to change that, with financial incentives for students in the field of early childhood education.
 

Alligators and llamas and goats, oh my! (Democrat Herald)

Dogs, reptiles, llamas, goats and more were among the guests at Oregon State University Pet Day Saturday, May 7. It was the first Pet Day since 2019, and community members gathered to pet the animals, learn more about veterinary medicine and enjoy a day out with their furry friends.
 

Should you exercise your dog on a treadmill? Here's what veterinarians say (Inverse)

Most veterinarians interviewed agreed that there’s generally no harm in walking a healthy pet on a treadmill, and some dogs may even benefit from it. However, you should always check with a veterinarian before beginning any new exercise regimen for your pup. “Yes, some owners definitely do exercise their pets on treadmills — both cats and dogs,” Kelly Hicks, a medical oncology resident veterinarian at Oregon State University, tells Inverse.
 

'Outsider' looks to prevail in OR Democratic gov primary (Midland Daily News)

Christopher Stout, an associate professor of political science at Oregon State University, says recent polling shows that the May 17 primary is close with Read within “striking distance” of Kotek and more than half of Democrats remain undecided.
 

Highly contagious avian influenza found in Oregon; Bend owner of chickens taking precautions (KTVZ)

A quick response is needed to prevent the spread of HPAI, ODA said Friday. The owner of the affected backyard flock reported the deaths and delivered at least one of the birds to Oregon State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for initial sample testing. Samples were also sent to APHIS’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory.
 

CEOAS' Chelton elected to the National Academy of Sciences ([email protected])

Oregon State University Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dudley B. Chelton has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the organization has announced.

 

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Forest flowers: Todd Miller, director of ATAMI, says, “The fairy slippers are out in abundance in McDonald Forest.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Intrigued by the potential positive impacts of using open educational resources (OER)? Register for the OSU Think Open Symposium on May 16 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center to attend presentations and join breakout sessions on open pedagogy, open access and OER. 

Today

NEW! Board of Trustees: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold an executive session meeting Monday, May 9, to discuss matters related to the employment of the university’s next president and hold interviews with semi-finalist candidates. The executive session will be held remotely beginning at 8:15 a.m. with candidate interviews to be held at 8:30 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.; and 1 p.m. Upon completing semi-finalist candidate interviews at approximately 2:30 p.m., it is anticipated that the board will deliberate to identify finalist candidates. The executive session is anticipated to end by 4 p.m. The executive sessions are being held in keeping with Oregon law – ORS 192.660(2)(a) that allows a public body to meet in executive session to consider the employment of a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent. 

CONTINUED! Hort Club Fuchsia Basket Sale at Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture (OCCUH), 843 SW 35th St., Corvallis. Plenty of fuchsia baskets for sale from Peoria Gardens. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., May 9-11, or until sold out. Pickup any time by appointment: Call Al Shay, 541-207-8951.

Merit increase information: Leaders preparing to implement the Faculty Salary Increase Program are invited to join a Calibrating Your Merit Increases information session. A recommended decision-making process will be introduced. There are two opportunities to participate live via Zoom: Monday, May 9 from 3-3:55 p.m. or Tuesday, May 10 from 8:30-9:25 a.m. Registration is required. Sessions will be recorded and posted to the Human Resources webpage as an ongoing resource.

Artists Panel: With Steph Littlebird, Shirod Younke and Natalie Ball. May 9, 4-5:30 p.m. in Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws. Hybrid option link: https://beav.es/wjm. Accommodations for disabilities may be made by contacting Luhui Whitebear at: [email protected] or 541-737-9036.

Science Pub: Oregon State University’s Science Pub on Monday, May 9, will focus on the perspectives and complexities associated with responsible wind energy generation off the Oregon Coast. The virtual event, a joint effort of Oregon State University in Corvallis and OSU-Cascades in Bend, will feature Flaxen Conway, director of OSU’s marine resource management graduate grogram and an Oregon Sea Grant Extension specialist. The free Science Pub will run from 6-7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on YouTube Live. Registration is required and can be completed at https://beav.es/ioC. Instructions to access the event will be sent to those who RSVP.

Events

NEW! Film screening: Come to a free film screening of "Picture a Scientist" on Tuesday, May 10 at 4:30 p.m. in LPSC 125. This recent documentary chronicles the experiences of women in science. We will hear stories of resilience despite experiences of being undermined, overlooked and harassed because of their gender. Be part of OSU’s community to witness social inequity and deepen our commitment to inclusion in science. RSVP is encouraged, but not required.

NEW! 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: ForOregonState.org/Service.

NEW! Repair Fair: Bring your broken appliances, clothing, bicycles, computers and more, and learn how to repair them. Wednesday, May 11, 4-6 p.m. in the SEC Plaza. Visit booths to shop used clothing, transform your old t-shirts, and learn how to fix holes in jeans and socks. Sponsored by the Waste Watchers. Full details here or contact [email protected].

NEW! 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.
 
Unwind in the Plaza: Take a break from your busy day and join CAPS in the SEC Plaza to enjoy a variety of relaxing activities and refreshments. May 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Capital Projects Town Hall: Sustainability at OSU. May 10 from 2-3 p.m. via Zoom. Register here: https://beav.es/waq. Join experts within the Division of Finance and Administration in a conversation about the university's efforts to reduce OSU's carbon footprint. This webinar will provide an overview of sustainability upgrades made to buildings during renovations and on new building projects at the Corvallis and Bend campuses; an update on OSU’s Path to Carbon Neutrality; information about OSU’s sustainable transportation strategy; and a brief overview of the capital projects funding model.

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 https://beav.es/wFC.

What To Fix at Oregon State University: ASOSU is hosting an end-of-the-year event that welcomes students to share their thoughts and concerns regarding their experiences at OSU in a safe space. May 19, 2-5 p.m., in the Memorial Union Quad. Share your thoughts, eat free pizza and enter into a raffle for the chance to win a few large prizes.

Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence:  Register today to attend the 2022 Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) Symposium on  May 19 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Memorial Union Ballroom and online via Canvas for those who are unable to join us in Corvallis. Register to attend by May 17. Students will present in person (posters) or virtually (pre-recorded 3-minute talk in Canvas). For more info, visit https://beav.es/wLP or contact [email protected]

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Family Dynamics & Staying Resilient Through Challenges: Join the Center for Family Enterprise on May 11, 8:30  a.m. via Zoom for our Family Business 360 event on resilience. Speakers Alex Luchak and Lori Olund of Miles Fiberglass & Composites Inc. will be sharing how their company has dealt with family dynamics, along with the methods that have allowed them to overcome challenges thrown their way.

NEW! Walking for Mental Health: Walking is a common source of exercise for many people and it has well-recognized physical health benefits. But did you know there are mental health benefits to walking, too? This session will look at the benefits of meditative walking and walking in nature. Participants will review ideas for getting started with both types of walks, as well as labyrinth walking. May 11, 10 a.m. Register here.

NEW! EMT Seminars: Tori Colvin, May 10 at 3:30 p.m. “Metabolic Competency of an Airway Organotypic Culture Model.” This will be a hybrid seminar. In-person in ALS 4001 and remote access available via Zoom. Zoom waiting room opens at 3 p.m.. Join Zoom meeting: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/92750599924. Meeting ID: 927 5059 9924.

NEW! Water Resources Science Seminar Series: TBD-Topic in winter climate change and winter tourism  Elizabeth Burakowski, University of New Hampshire. Wednesday, May 11, 4-5 p.m., Bexell Hall 328 or on Zoom.

NEW! Climate change, science, policies and advocacy: John Perona, professor of environmental biochemistry and law at Portland State University, will give a lecture titled “A Biochemist looks at Climate Change: Science, Policy, Politics, and Advocacy in the Contemporary U.S.” He will speak on May 11 from 3-4 p.m. in ALS 4001 and via Zoom. More information on Biochemistry/Biophysics seminars found here.

Care.com’s Senior Care & Tough Conversations: Caring for aging loved ones can bring joys and challenges but may also require tough conversations that you’d prefer to avoid. Clear and proactive communication can make a huge difference in getting to the best outcome. Hear from national experts on aging and caregiving how to approach sensitive topics such as driving, finances, changes in memory and cognition, and end-of-life care. May 10, 9 a.m Register here.

Ph.D defense, Claire Tortorelli: Claire Tortorelli will present her dissertation titled: “Drivers and impacts of a recent annual grass invasion: Ventenata dubia and fire in the Inland Northwest,” May 10 at 10 a.m. in Richardson 107 and via Zoom. Totorelli is earning her Ph.D in forest ecosystems and society with Meg Krawchuk and Becky Kerns. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] for the Zoom link or questions.

Center for Teaching and Learning Sparkshop: Engaging students in cooperative learning in STEM classes. Want to know evidence-based conditions and strategies for engaging students in productive cooperative learning experiences? Participate in the cooperative learning workshop. May 10, noon to 12:45 p.m. Registration required.

Getting a Dam Job: Prepare for the Academic/PostDoc Job SearchIf you’re a current graduate student who is considering an academic career, this virtual workshop and panel discussion from the Career Development Center is for you. Join us Tuesday, May 10, from noon to 1 p.m. to learn how to optimize your academic job search.

People and Nature Lunch Series: Olivia Cameron (geography) presents “Social Identity and Agricultural Decision-Making: Barriers to Adaptation in a Changing Climate.” The lecture is free and open to all. Nash Hall 032 or join online (https://beav.es/pan). Tuesday, May 10, noon to 12:50 p.m. More information at https://peopleandnatureosu.weebly.com.

College of Engineering Virtual Lecture: Camille Palmer, associate professor, nuclear science and engineering, will speak on “Reducing Global Nuclear Threats – OSU’s Role in Nuclear Nonproliferation,” May 10, noon to 1 p.m. Free and open to the public. For details and registration: https://beav.es/iUj.

2022 National Traditional Ecological Knowledge Summit: This summit, hosted by OSU’s  Traditional Ecological Knowledge Club, will create a space (centered on Indigenous peoples but open to all) to learn from TEK holders, Elders and scholars. A public listening session will be hosted by the White House about Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Summit runs May 10-12, via Zoom. Register here.

Beavers SAVE Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention. We can all help prevent suicide. This workshop will provide the skills you need to effectively help or intervene with a friend or family member who is considering suicide. Open to all OSU community members. May 10, noon to 1:30 p.m.. in MU 211, May 17, noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom, Join at https://beav.es/wXR. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Examining White Identity Spring Student Series: An invitation into anti-racist growth. This two-part virtual series is designed for White-identified students to deepen their understanding of and commitment to racial justice work and anti-racism practice. Join us May 10 and 17, 5-7 p.m. Learn more and apply here by Friday, May 6. Applications will be accepted until the series is full. 

WorldOregon presents the 2022 International Speaker Series: "Intersections." WorldOregon’s International Speaker Series puts you virtually in the room with the global leaders, visionaries and inspiring voices that are changing our world.  A limited number of tickets are available to attend a virtual lecture by award-winning advocate, writer and citizen of Cherokee Nation, Rebecca Nagle, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. She will speak on “Nations within a Nation: Tribal Sovereignty 101.” For tickets, email [email protected].

Do you have a business idea but need some help? The OSU Advantage Accelerator is offering Iterate, a free virtual class for researchers and prospective entrepreneurs who have a business idea or technology that could become a sellable product or service but aren't sure what to do next. Come learn how to create a value proposition, find and understand your market and more. Iterate consists of four workshops on Wednesdays that build on each other: May 11, 18, 25 and June 1, all from 3-4:30 p.m. Learn more and register here.

Save the date for Think Open Symposium on May 16: You have the ability to lower the cost of learning for students. To learn more, 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, social justice and open access. Learn from faculty and education professionals who can speak to the positive impact OER has on students. View the event schedule and register today.

2022 University Distinguished Professor Lecture featuring Michael Freitag: Join us for a lecture with OSU’s 2022 University Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Michael Freitag. Freitag’s lecture titled, "Epigenetics: I Know It When I See It" will be held on Friday, May 20 at 9 a.m. in the MU Horizon Room, followed by a Q&A moderated by Roy Haggerty, Dean of the College of Science. Advanced registration and in-person attendance are encouraged. The lecture will be live-streamed via live.oregonstate.edu during the event.

2022 University Distinguished Professor Lecture featuring Brent Steel: Join us for a lecture with OSU’s 2022 University Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Brent Steel. Steel’s lecture titled, "The Democracy and Technocracy Quandary: Science, Scientists, and the Policy Process" will be held on Friday, May 20 at 11 a.m. in the MU Horizon Room, followed by a Q&A moderated by Larry Rodgers, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Advancedd registration and in-person attendance are encouraged. The lecture will be live-streamed via live.oregonstate.edu during the event.

2022 University Distinguished Professor Lecture featuring Kathryn Higley: Join us for a lecture with OSU’s 2022 University Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Kathryn Higley. Higley’s lecture titled, "Bugs, Bunnies, and Bombs: Radioecology's Role in Radiation Protection" will be held on Friday, May 20 at 1 p.m. in the MU Horizon Room, followed by a Q&A moderated by Belinda Batten, Executive Associate Dean of the College of Engineering. Advanced registration and in-person attendance are encouraged. The lecture will be live-streamed via live.oregonstate.edu during the event.

Every Beaver can be a leader: Students are invited to participate in a day-long immersive leadership summit for a fun and interactive day of leadership exploration and action planning. Explore your leadership abilities through engaging workshops and team-building activities. To help create sustainable change at OSU, please join ASOSU on May 22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the MU Horizon room. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided to registered participants. Register here

Take Note

NEW! Volunteers Needed for OSU Commencement: The Commencement Committee is seeking volunteers to help make Oregon State University’s 153rd Commencement a special event for our Beaver grads. Commencement is OSU’s largest event of the year and Commencement volunteers play an important role in making the day memorable for graduates and guests. Volunteers are needed the morning of Saturday, June 11 to greet, guide and help guests. Sign up here.
 
NEW! 35 Year Club inductees: Congratulations to Guy Wood, professor emeritus, for 35 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.

May is Bike Month and OSU's Spring Bike Challenge is happening now: You still have time to join the fun. New ZAP riders are welcome anytime, and you have until May 16 to add a team to this year's challenge. Need help finding teammates? You and your bike are invited for a social ride. All biking types and levels are welcome. Please email questions to [email protected].

Tips for accessing mental health therapy services through Beyond Benefits EAP: You have three sessions available per household member per issue as opposed to per year. To get assistance making an appointment, ask for a confirmed appointment before leaving the call. If you would like to make the appointment and choose a therapist yourself, you can ask for a list of therapists in the EAP Network. EAP providers are expected to have an appointment within 5-7 days and return all calls to schedule within 24 hours. If this does not happen the EAP asks that you call back and they will assist you. If you would prefer a quicker connection to a therapist by text/chat, phone or video the EAP also offers services through BetterHelp. You just call the EAP number (1-855-327-4722) and ask to be referred to BetterHelp. 

Volunteers needed for the Great Move Out: Each year, OSU has the opportunity to offer students an easy way to donate the items they no longer need while moving out, redistributing those reusable goods to nonprofits in our community — usually over 10 tons. It takes the hard work of both OSU staff and volunteers to make this happen. The Great Move Out is sponsored by OSU Surplus Property, Campus Recycling, and University Housing & Dining Services. For more information, contact Andrea Norris of Campus Recycling at [email protected] or 541-737-5398. To volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040544a5a62d6-2022.

CFP: Humanities Research Clusters: The OSU Center for the Humanities invites proposals for 2022-2023 interdisciplinary research clusters. This program offers scholars with expertise in different fields the opportunity to explore a topic of shared interest in common and in depth. Deadline: Friday, June 3, 5 p.m. More information and application instructions are available here.

Recruiting participants for virtual reality study: We are seeking participants for a study evaluating the efficiency and usability of different navigation tools for exploring virtual cities in VR. You are eligible to participate if you are at least 18 years old, fluent in English, have normal or corrected-to-normal vision, and not suffering from epileptic seizures or other medical conditions related to digital screens. For more information please visit beav.es/wFb.

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

NEW! 26th, 30th and Washington: As part of the 2022 Street Safety Maintenance Project, short-term flagging operations will take place May 10 on SW 26th Street, SW 30th Street and SW Washington Way to allow for contractor saw-cutting concrete and asphalt streets for repairs. Work will begin at 7:30 a.m. (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).

Jobs

This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: http://today.oregonstate.edu/email/jobs To apply for the below positions, visit jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.

NEW! The Office of the Dean of Students is seeking applicants for an Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct & Community Standards. To learn more about position, including duties and qualifications, visit https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/118704. Posting #P05553UF. Full consideration May 18; closes June 1.

NEW! Associate Director of Arts, Humanities, Science, and Technology Integration (Internal Employment Opportunity): The College of Liberal Arts Arts & Education Complex invites applicants for a part-time (0.50FTE), 9-month professional faculty position. Posting #P05513UF. Closes May 18. 

NEW! The Academic Success Center is seeking an Education Program Assistant 2: Supplemental Instruction Assistant Coordinator. This is a full-time, 1.0 FTE, limited duration (12-month), classified staff position. The successful candidate will help coordinate the Supplemental Instruction program, work with faculty whose courses we support, and develop/lead professional development meetings for approximately 40 student staff. Posting #P03542CT. Closes May 22.
 
NEW! Resident Director: UHDS invites applications for a Resident Director. This is a full-time 1.0 FTE, 12-month, professional faculty position. The Resident Director is a member of the Residential Education unit of UHDS and plays an integral part in engaging students to thrive academically, personally, and socially, as well as find a connection to the institution. Posting #P05546UF. Full consideration May 30. Applications will continue to be accepted until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled.

Weather

"Words to me were magic. You could say a word and it could conjure up all kinds of images or feelings or a chilly sensation or whatever. It was amazing to me that words had this power.” ~ Amy Tan

Corvallis: Chance of showers today, high of 54, low of 36. Mostly sunny Tuesday.

Central Oregon: Chance of snow showers, high of 46, low of 27. Chance of rain and snow Tuesday.

Newport: Showers likely today, high of 54, low of 38. Mostly sunny Tuesday.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/.