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.

OSU researchers patent new way to create compound in fighting leukemia (KATU)

OSU researchers say HHT is made by combining two substances — one of which is pulled from the leaves of a specific tree that grows in Asia.

Study on weed-killers and monarch butterflies stirs ecological flap(Scientific American)

Tyson Wepprich, an entomologist at Oregon State University, was apparently the first to identify what he says is a flaw in the study. To control for inconsistencies that might arise from idiosyncratic museum collection practices, the authors had assessed monarch abundance as a proportion of all museum specimens of Lepidoptera (the order that includes butterflies and moths). But Wepprich contends they missed the fact that Lepidoptera collection methods changed over the last century — in a way that he says favors the collection of moths.

EPA head says drinking water a larger threat than climate change (US News & World Report)

EPA should look into how events like hurricanes and sea-level rise degrade water quality in the U.S. before it addresses the feasibility of improving water quality worldwide, said Dominique Bachelet, a professor in Oregon State University's Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering.

Science should be more helpful to new parents (Scientific American)

NSF CAREER awardees can request up to $12,000 for staff support while the PI is on leave; however, at time of writing, neither agency allows salary support during leave. A postdoc at Oregon State University ran into this predicament when expecting her second child in 2017. Her supervisor permitted three months of paid leave, funded by a grant she helped write. However, to comply with funding guidelines, the university required she take a month unpaid.

Tropical storms likely to become more deadly as climate changes(Phys Org)

Tropical storms are likely to become more deadly under climate change, leaving people in developing countries, where there may be a lack of resources or poor infrastructure, at increased risk, new research from Oregon State University shows.

OSU, state deep in discussions about Elliott State Forest's possibilities as a research forest (Register-Guard)

Oregon State University and the Department of State Lands are in the beginning stages of developing a plan to turn the forest into a place for long-term, large-scale studies. The research would inform foresters on how best to manage Oregon’s coastal woods, said Anthony Davis, interim dean at OSU’s College of Forestry.

How can you help a Japanese maple heal itself? (Oregonian)

Spring is just around the corner and gardeners can hardly wait to get their hands in the soil. Got questions before you get started? Get answers from Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. 

What are the elements of a good seed potato program? (Good Producer)

Another aspect of a robust certification program is roguing, or removing infected plants, says Brian A. Charlton, interim director, Klamath Basin Potato Faculty Scholar, Oregon State University. Some programs encourage roguing not only the infected plant, but any plant coming from the same nuclear plant. Disease can express at different times, after all.

Today's photo

Champions: College of Forestry was the OSU team that raised the most for this year's OSU Food Drive. To see a list of the top teams and photos of the winners:


The College of Education presents Vasti Torres: Torres is a professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education and an associate faculty member of Latina/o Studies at University of Michigan. Torres will be speaking twice on March 21. She’ll speak on, “The link between identity and learning for Latino Students” at 10 a.m. in Kidder Hall 202. She’ll also speak on, "Organizing for Student Success in Higher Education” at 4 p.m in Kearney Hall 112.

Artists in Dialogue: OSU's contemporary art historian, Kirsi Peltomaki, and artist Joan Truckenbrod will have a live conversation during Corvallis Art Walk on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m., at 517 S.W. Second St. in Corvallis. They will discuss the interconnections between physics, natural science, technology and art and design. This event will be followed by a Site of Sound series performance from New York City bassist James Ilgenfritz, performing one of Joan Truckenbrod's 2D art works, "Particle Flow," as a musical score (with OSU's Dana Reason) as well as new compositions by Miya Masaoka, and Annie Gosfield from this Origami Project. Site of Sound is co-sponsored by Oregon State SAC; Truckenbrod Gallery and Boxwood Labs LLC. Free and open to the public.


OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales  Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 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.
Prospective student open house: Spring Preview, an open house program for prospective and admitted students, will be in CH2M and the Memorial Union on Monday, March 25. There will be approximately 800 to 1,000 guests on campus, which may impact parking and retail food locations. You are encouraged to welcome the guests while they are on campus.

Beaver Career Connections: The OSU Alumni Association is launching Beaver Career Connections Meetups on April 11 in participating cities (Bend, Corvallis, Portland, Seattle, Salem and Vancouver). OSU Alumni Career Ambassadors will host the meetups in their respective hometowns on April 11.  Alumni Career Ambassadors are OSU trained volunteers invested in the career growth and development of alumni and students. Registration and more information about the meetups happening in your hometown

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Duo Sign Up Event: The Duo team will have walk-up events for employees to sign up for Duo, get questions answered, and obtain a token if needed. This is a drop-in event; no registration needed. The next event is Tuesday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at Withycombe Hall, outside room 109. For more information about Duo, see

Thesis Defense – Water Resources Graduate Program: Laura Marshall, M.S., Friday, March 22, at 3 p.m. in Ballard Extension Hall 219. The title of her thesis is “Drivers of Deconstruction: An Economic Analysis of Dam Removal in the United States?” She is advised by Bill Jaeger of Applied Economics.

Social justice education: The Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs is a 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:

Take Note

NEW! Spring Family Weekend: Spring Family Weekend is taking place May 3-5, 2019. If your department or organization is planning on hosting an event and would like this information to be included in the master program please fill out this form by Friday, March 22All events that are recorded after the deadline will only be placed on the online schedule. If you have questions regarding Family Weekends, they can be directed to New Student Programs & Family Outreach or Jess Tallant, Parent and Family Programs Coordinator, at  

NEW! OSU Homecoming Court applications: Applications for the 2019 OSU Homecoming Court are now being accepted. The Oregon State University Alumni Association is proud to sponsor the 2019 OSU Homecoming Court, which seeks to honor students who embody the spirit of a true Oregon Stater. Homecoming Court members will also receive a one-time, $500 scholarship. All full-time students with a 3.0 and above GPA can apply. Application deadline is April 7. Call 541-737- 7844 or visit

Mid-Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic – Food in Emergencies: If a disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water, and electricity for days or even weeks. Options for food storage include: Freeze-dried foods, MREs, dehydrated foods and canned foods. This month’s poster can be downloaded

STEM summer camps: STEM Academy is hosting a broad range of STEM Summer Day Camps from late June through mid-August for students who will be entering grades 3-12 in Fall 2019. Registration is now open. Topics include: Coding, iINVENT, Web Design, Engineering, Computer Graphics, Cybersecurity, Biochemistry, Sketch Up, Computational Biology, Drones & Legos, Powered Machines, DNA Biology & Bioinformatics, Lego Robotics, ActivityBots, Math, Wildlife Science, and Raspberry Pi. For more information, or to register online, visit For questions, call 541-737-8139 or email Scholarships available.

Volunteer opportunity for Spring 2019 – New International Students Orientation Week: Engage with new international students and help welcome the new beavers from around the world during Spring 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 Fall 2018 training day): March 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at ILLC 350. Volunteering dates: New students move-in day: March 25. Orientation week: March 26-29. Different volunteer shifts available to fit your schedule. For more information or questions, contact Carla Portugal at or go to our website.

Traffic & Maintenance 

NEW! Tree removal: A northern red oak tree will be removed from the west side of the MU quad during spring break. The tree is suffering from structural deficits and, as a result of a recent branch failure, is determined to be a hazard to the users of the MU quad area. For questions, please contact Facilities Services at or 7-2969.

Parking lot closures: During the week of spring break, March 25-29, the following gravel parking lots will be closed for grading and leveling. A2 lots: Community Hall East (Lot 3241) and Community Hall South (Lot 3242). B2 Lots: Magruder Hall South (Lot 3363) gravel portion only. B3 Lots: Vet Research Lab South (Lot 3342) and West Greenhouse Complex (Lot 3320). C Lots: Sports Complex West (Lot 3286). Vehicles parked in these lots may be towed. During these closures, you may park in another parking lot within your permitted zone. The lots may reopen early as the work is completed. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Transportation Services at or by calling 541-737-2583.

Planned Power Outage between March 28 and March 30: In an effort to improve the safety and reliability of the power grid serving the Corvallis campus, there will be a planned power outage Thursday, March 28, beginning at 6 a.m. and lasting through Saturday, March 30, at 6 p.m. Most affected buildings will be on backup power and will experience minimal disruption. Only Joyce Collin Furman Hall will be closed and without power during this time. OSU’s Power Grid Updates website has a list of affected buildings and times of planned outages.

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.


“I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that." ~ Lauren Bacall.

Corvallis: Mostly cloudy today, high of 59, low of 40. Rain on Friday.

Central Oregon: Rain likely today, high of 47, low of 33. Chance of rain Friday.

Newport: Mostly cloudy today, high of 57, low of 43. Rain tomorrow.

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