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.

Bass, crappie eliminated from Fall Creek Reservoir - to the benefit of salmon (KVAL)

While it may be to the disdain of sport fishermen, bass and crappie have been eliminated from the Fall Creek Reservoir. "We haven't seen them in 4 or 5 years," according to Christina Murphy, a postdoctoral researcher at Oregon State University.

D-Day memories: Corvallis resident brought the troops to battle(Democrat-Herald)

“I remember with my dad, we were standing in the living room listening to the news. It made us upset, very upset,” he recalled. At the time, Besse, a 1937 graduate of Corvallis High School, was enrolled at Oregon State College.

Emeritus professor Wil Gamble has died (LIFE@OSU)

Wilbert Gamble, emeritus professor of biochemistry/biophysics, passed away on April 16, 2019, at the age of 86, after battling dementia and cancer. Gamble was the earliest identified African American faculty member at OSU, according to staff at OSU Special Collections & Archives. (see also Democrat-Herald)

Starlight Parade (KPTV)

A big shoutout to our Clackamas County Extension 4-H Ambassadors for their standout Oregon 4-H float. If you missed the Starlight Parade, check out the KPTV video (skip to 9:50). This parade reached 300,000 people live and was broadcast on regional television.

Help deter wildfire with these landscape tips around your home (Oregonian)

“Fire specialists often show pictures of houses where people took adequate precautions,” said Brad Withrow-Robinson, forester with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “I’ve seen lots of photos of land charred all around and a house left standing in the middle because the owners created a fire-resistant space next to it. Not always, but often.”

CPHHS joins Planetary Health Alliance (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences has joined the Planetary Health Alliance, a global consortium of more than 150 universities, nongovernmental organizations, research institutes and government entities from more than 30 countries that are committed to advancing planetary health.

Other OSU ties to D-Day (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University has had a long tradition of graduating students into the military.

Pasture management key to dairy profits (Capital Press)

That was the case 10 years ago, “ … when feed costs went crazy,” said Troy Downing, the Oregon State University Extension dairy specialist in Tillamook County. The county is one of the top three Oregon milk producers.

OSU residence hall project takes big step forward (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University is one step closer to receiving approval for a proposed student residence-hall project at the east end of the campus.

Charges dropped in OSU bathroom video case (Gazette-Times)

Charges have been dropped against an Oregon State University employee accused of videotaping a sex act in a library bathroom, but the university is taking steps to reduce the chances of similar incidents in the future.

Today's photo

Sunrise over Austin Hall: The sun will be leaving for a few days but should be back for a beautiful weekend heading into Finals Week. (photo: Steve Lundeberg)


Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Ph.D. Defense:  Beth Orning will present her research on “Carnivore Competition: Implications of recolonizing gray wolves for cougar populations in Northeast Oregon” on Thursday, June 6, 9 a.m., Nash Hall 032.  Free and open to the public.  Join by WebEx at  For questions or accommodations for disabilities, call Amanda Polley at 541-737-4893.

Ph.D. defense, Sustainable Forest Management Graduate Program: Sukhyun Joo will present “Simulating Effects of Genetic Tree Improvement on Growth and Yield of Coastal Douglas-fir" on Thursday, June 6, at 9 a.m., in Richardson Hall 107. Joo is completing his Ph.D. in sustainable forest management under major professor Doug Maguire in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management. Free and open to the public.

Department of Integrative Biology M.S. Defense Seminar: David B. DuBose will present "Flow homogenization and beaver activity interact to shift aquatic invertebrate community structure” on Thursday, June 6, at 9 a.m. in LPSC 402. DuBose is completing his M.S. in Integrative Biology under the guidance of David Lytle. Free and open to the public.

M.S. Defense, Sustainable Forest Management Graduate Program: Preston Durham will present “Red Tree Voles: Examining the Potential Factors Limiting Occupancy and Survival in Young Conifer Forests of the Central Oregon Coast Range" on Thursday, June 6, at 10 a.m., in Furman Hall 405.  Durham is completing his M.S. in sustainable forest management under major professor John Bailey in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management. Free and open to the public.

Capstone Presentation:  Matthew Kriz is pursuing his Master of Natural Resources under the guidance of Nicole Duplaix. His capstone is titled "Challenges to Gray Wolf Recovery In Washington, Oregon, and Northern California" Thursday, June 6, 10 a.m., Richardson Hall 115. Contact the FES department office with questions or requests for accommodation at 541-737-2244.

NEW! University Budget Conversation: Office of Budget & Fiscal Planning will hold another University Budget Conversation on Thursday, June 6 at noon in Memorial Union Room 215. This week’s topic is about the FY20 Budget Update. The Budget Conversation sessions are limited to 60 minutes and are an open forum structure with the initial 15-20 minutes spent on presentation of the topic, leaving time for discussion and Q&A. We encourage you to bring your lunch and join the conversation and to learn more about OSU’s budgeting and fiscal matters. More information about University Budget Conversations is located on the Office of Budget & Fiscal Planning website. If you have questions, please contact Sherm Bloomer for more information. 

Capstone presentation: Sativa Cruz will present “Creating Space for the Humanities: Alternative Efforts to Diversify Natural Resources.” Cruz is pursuing her M.F. in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Michael Paul Nelson. Thursday, June 6 at 12:30 p.m. in Richardson 115. Contact the FES Department at 541-737-2244 with questions or for accommodations for disabilities.

OSU Graphic Design Capstone Show: OSU's Graphic Design BFA program presents its third annual Senior Capstone showcase,  June 6, 1-4 p.m. at the Corvallis Oddfellows Hall. Featuring 39 works by 46 graduating students, demonstrating the innovative and diverse skills of our BFA students, from branding to immersive experiences and integrated social benefit concepts.

Capstone Presentation: Emily Burke is pursuing her Master of Natural Resources under the guidance of William Douglas Robinson. Her capstone is titled "A Prospective Study of Impacts of Hazardous Fuel Vegetation Treatments on Flammulated Owl Habitat in the Boise National Forest and Boise Experimental Forest." Thursday, June 6, 2 p.m., Nash Hall 032.Contact the FES department office with questions or requests for accommodation at 541-737-2244.

Fulbright Information Session:  Join Prestigious Scholarships for a Fulbright information meeting with special guest U.S. Ambassador (ret.) Thomas Dougherty, who is the executive director of the Fulbright Commission in Australia. The session will include general information about applying for the US Student Fulbright Program,  Dougherty will also share insights from the Fulbright Commission perspective (where selection decisions occur) and the higher education system in Australia. June 6, 2-3 p.m., Bexell Hall Advising Lounge (208). A reception for Dougherty will be held from 4-5 p.m. in the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center.

Thesis Defense – Water Resources Graduate Program: Zach Pike-Urlacher, M.S. WRPM.  The title of his thesis is “Reconciling Developed Landscapes with Aquatic Ecosystem Integrity: Emerging Governance Surrounding Beaver-Based Watershed Restoration in the Upper Nehalem Watershed and Jack Creek.”  Thursday, June 6, at 2 p.m. in Nash 204 .Pike-Urlacher is advised by Hannah Gosnell of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. 

M.S. defense: Allison Swartz will present her thesis, titled:“Stream Temperature and Primary Producer Responses to Riparian Canopy Gaps Over Forested Headwaters.” Swartz is pursuing her M.S. in Forest Ecosystems and Society with  Dana Warren. Thursday, June 6, at 2 p.m. in Richardson 115. Contact the FES Department at 541-737-2244 with questions or for accommodations for disabilities.

Larry Pribyl retirement celebration: After nearly four decades of service to OSU, Larry Pribyl is retiring from the university. During his time at OSU, he built relations with national and international media, produced television programs and worked with countless OSU staff, faculty, students and researchers across all divisions as a member of News & Research Communications in University Relations and Marketing. Stop by The American Indian Room (MU 211) on Thursday, June 6, 2-4 p.m. for refreshments and to wish Pribyl well, and be prepared to share your favorite stories or thoughts.

Soundbox 2019: Soundbox 2019: in the OSU Woodshop Projects is hosting student, faculty, alumni and guests sound, video and performance works. The event is the second at OSU which was started by former MAIS graduate student Michael Gamble. This year MAIS graduate student Eugen Hubbs co-curated with Andrew Nigon (OSU Woodshop Projects): June 4-7, Fairbanks Hall 004 (basement). The event is free. For program schedule see FB Event:


NEW! End of Term Sale: The OSU Beaver Store will have its End of Term sale starting Monday, June 10.  Big discounts on Beaver gear including national championship gear, while supplies last. Sale goes through Friday, June 14.

Meet SARC Director Candidate Kim Hack: The campus community is invited to a presentation and open forum to meet Kim Hack, a candidate for the director of the Survivor Advocacy Resource Center (SARC). This is your opportunity to ask Hack questions and provide the search committee with feedback. Hack will be available Friday, June 7, in MU 213: Candidate presentation from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and open forum for stakeholders from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 S.W. 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

Film Festival: The Oregon State International Film Festival Spring Pop-Up heads to Portland. Find us at the Clinton Street Cinema on June 14-15 with two blocks of shorts and two full-length features. The line-up is here: Tickets are $8 at the box office or can be purchased online at The Oregon State International Film Festival is presented by the School of Language, Culture and Society and the School of Writing, Literature and Film in the College of Liberal Arts.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Department of Integrative Biology M.S. Defense Seminar:Kieslana Wing will present “Consequences of cryopreservation on diverse isolates of Saccharomyces cerevisiae” on Monday, June 10, at 1 p.m. in ALS 4001. Wing is completing her M.S. in Zoology under the guidance of Molly Burke. Free and open to the public.

NEW! The North American Truffling Society meeting: Pavelek Scholarship winner and Ph.D. candidate Samantha Fox of Kansas State University will share her ongoing research, "Investigation of different fire severities resulting in distinct soil fungal community trajectories." June 8, 7:30 p.m., Cordley Hall Room 2087. 

Thesis Defense – Water Resources Graduate Program: Sydney Weiss, M.S. WRS. The title of her thesis is “Evolution of Snow Grain Size in Forested and Open areas — Remote Sensing Implications.” Friday, June 7, at 12:30 am in STAG 361. Weiss is advised by Anne Nolin of CEOAS. 

Biochemistry and Biophysics 3rd Year Grad Talk: Lillian Padgitt-Cobb, a Ph.D. candidate, will present: Assessing haplotype variation and visualizing synteny in a draft phased assembly of the hop (Humulus lupulus) genome. Friday, June 7,  3 p.m. in ALS 4001.

Social Justice Education Initiative: The Social Justice Education Initiative schedule for summer and fall is up. From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is the foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this well-reviewed program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information:

Early Seral Biodiversity Science & Management Workshop: A presentation of scientific findings on early seral forests in the PNW. We will collaboratively identify areas of agreement, information gaps, and conservation and management challenges, then outline key hypotheses that form a future research agenda. June 10, CH2M Alumni  Center, $75. ($35 optional field tour on June 11). Program and registration here

Take Note

Leadership Collaborative Course - Managers as Leaders: Applications for LC: Managers as Leaders are now being accepted. Managers as Leaders is a skill-building course for managers and supervisors. It integrates six day-long class sessions with online learning and on-the-job practice. It features team learning, mentors, and practical tools. Managers and supervisors who supervise academic and professional faculty and staff are encouraged to apply. Contact Kristen Magis for more information. Apply online through July 14.

New issue of the Messenger magazine from OSU Libraries and Press is available: The Messenger is available online at Among the articles in the issue are: “Oregon Public Broadcasting utilizes OSU Libraries for an episode of ‘Oregon Experience' devoted to OSU’s history,” “Tour the Valley Library’s art collection using the new guide,” and “Interns pick their favorite books from OSU Press.”

Oregon Sea Grant Natural Resource Policy Fellowship: This fellowship matches graduate student fellows with an agency or nonprofit in Oregon for one year to give the student first-hand experience in natural resource policy related to marine and coastal issues at the state level. Applications are due July 12.

Oregon Sea Grant Robert E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship: This fellowship provides one year of support to current graduate students who combine socially relevant research with education or public engagement. Applications are due July 26.

Abstract deadline extended: Submit an abstract for poster presentation at the Linus Pauling Institute Conference and SfRBM Regional Symposiumby June 15 and be considered for one of six Young Investigators Awards including a $500 prize and SfRBM membership. Early conference registration ends on June 15. Register now to reserve a seat at the conference dinner at the Vue and public lecture with Nobel laureate Louis Ignarro, Friday, Aug. 16.

Join a Community of Teaching Colleagues: The Center for Teaching and Learning invites faculty to apply to participate in the Fall ‘19 Hybrid Faculty Learning Community starting and to design a Corvallis campus hybrid course. Professional development funding is provided. Short proposals are due June 18. See Call for Hybrid Proposals - apply now. 

Updates to University Policies & Standards:  Visit the University Policy & Standards page to learn about recent policy updates:  This page is updated frequently with new developments so check back regularly.

Volunteer for Move-In: Help create a lasting memory for thousands of new Beavers this fall by volunteering as part of the OSU 2019 Move-In team. Fall Move-In is Sunday, Sept. 22. You can sign up for the entire day or just for a few hours, working as an individual or with your group, club or team. Volunteering as an individual: Volunteering your group/organization: Questions? Email

The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing the following information from the CDC regarding tick bites/prevention to assist employees who may be heading out for field work this summer. As always, remember to report all tick bites to your supervisor, who should complete the HR Advocate Public Incident Reporting form online at You can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

Traffic & Maintenance 

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.


“Acting is usually regarded as a wholly narcissistic pursuit but there really is a hunger in me to unravel the human condition” ~ Jason Isaacs, who turns 55 today.

Corvallis: Mostly cloudy today, high of 66, low of 45. Showers likely tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of showers today, high of 59, low of 48. Chance of showers and thunderstorms tomorrow.

Newport: Slight chance of showers and then partly sunny, high of 61, low of 47. Chance of showers tomorrow.

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