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:

OSU honors 12 farmers, scientists for contributions to industry (Capital Press)

Oregon State University has honored 12 Oregon farmers and researchers for their contributions to agriculture and natural resources.

Oregon considers permanent restrictions on growing canola in the Willamette Valley (Statesman Journal)

In response, the 2013 Legislature passed a bill setting a six-year moratorium on commercial canola production in the Willamette Valley. The bill allocated about $700,000 for Oregon State University to study the issue during the moratorium.


It's not easy to care, but let's make it so (Care in the Academy)

A piece by Regan A. R. Gurung, OSU associate vice provost & executive director, Center for Teaching and Learning.

Jump to a conclusion: OSU researcher IDs fossil insect as new genus, species of prodigious leaper, the froghopper (KTVZ)

Oregon State University researcher George Poinar Jr., an international expert in using plant and animal life forms preserved in amber to learn about the biology and ecology of the distant past, and his co-author, Alex E. Brown, published the findings in the journal Life.

Smart compost bin could track, reduce food waste (IEN)

A researcher at Oregon State University-Cascades has received funding to develop a smart compost bin that tracks household food waste.


Today's photo

Plitvice Waterfalls: Mark Jacobson, accounts and marketing manager with OSU Conference Services, says, “Thought I would share a pic from a recent trip that was amazing, mainly for all of us Oregon waterfall enthusiasts. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Searching for ways to actively engage your students and promote their learning? Discuss evidence-informed strategies in next Friday’s CTL Sparkshop, "Interactive Lecturing: Small Steps for Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles to Promote Student Learning." Facilitator: Funmi Amobi, CTL instructional consultant and college liaison. May 19, noon to 12:20 p.m. Register now.


Native Perspectives within OSU: The Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences and the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences is hosting a panel discussion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 11 at the Learning Innovation Center 128. Panelists include Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws Director Agleska Cohen-Rencountre, Native American and Indigenous Student Success Coordinator Christy Jones, Assistant Professor Gerrard Jones, Senior Associate for Social Justice Learning and Engagement Jane Waite, and Assistant Professor Lu Whitebear. Assistant Professor Samantha Chisholm Hatfield will moderate the discussion. Zoom link:

Faculty Drop-in Discussion: "The Impact of Generative AI on Education." Curious about ChatGPT? Join CTL and UIT-Academic Technologies in conversations around ChatGPT and generative AI. Bring your questions and ideas as we explore together. 11-11:45 a.m., May 11 on Zoom (OSU login required). Check out the CTL events calendar to see more drop-in sessions. Questions? ⁠Contact CTL.

Blood drive: The American Red Cross will be doing a blood drive from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., May 8-11 in the MU basement. You can make online appointments here

ElderCare Connections: Come hear from Chris Eilers, older adult behavioral health specialist with Lane County’s Oregon Behavioral Health Initiative, regarding “Anxiety and Depression: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment” from noon to 1 p.m. May 11 via Zoom. There will also be an opportunity for informal conversation from 11:30 a.m. to noon for OSU students/employees who are providing care and support for elderly family members. Zoom link: Questions? Email, Kristi King, [email protected].

HMSC research seminar: Susan Haig and Dan Roby with the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences at OSU will be giving a seminar titled “Translating Research to Policymakers: Launch of the Handbook of Western Hemisphere Avian Conservation Series,” 3:30 p.m., May 11 HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology spring seminar series: “Linus Pauling Institute – Discovering how to live better longer through foods and nutrition” presented by Emily Ho of the Linus Pauling Institute, 4 p.m., May 11, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP seminar website.

Michael Joseph O’Malley Scholarship Endowment and dedication: Join Mike’s friends and family in celebrating the first annual endowed scholarship and the dedication of an Irish rose planted in his name. College of Education, Furman Hall (in the courtyard), 200 SW 15th St. Event begins at 4:30 p.m. May 11. RSVP by May 9 to [email protected] or 541-737-1816.

Ideas Matter lecture series: "Engineering Community: Experiments in Peace Literacy." Professor Shari Clough in a conversation with engineer Devlin Monfort. 5-7 p.m., May 11, at The Bière Library, 151 NW Monroe Ave., Suite 102, Corvallis. Free, open to all. Presented by the School of History, Philosophy and Religion.


NEW! DAMchic spring launch: The DAMchic 10th anniversary edition spring magazine launch party takes place 6-8 p.m., May 25, in the MU Quad. Pick up a copy. There will be student vendors, performances, photo cards, snacks and more.

Bring Your Kids to Campus Day: Registration is now open for the Family Resource Center’s Bring Your Kids to Campus Day, taking place May 12. OSU's 11th annual Bring Your Kids to Campus Day is designed to promote the value of a college education as well as share with our children the fun and exciting place where we are fortunate to work and study. Register now or visit the FRC website to learn more. Please direct any questions to [email protected].

Music à la Carte: OSU Chamber Strings will perform Beethoven’s Sextet, Op. 81b, the Mendelssohn String Quartet and more. Noon, May 12, in the Memorial Union Lounge. Free, open to all.

International Employee and Scholar Coffee Social: International employees, faculty, scholars, families and friends are invited to drop in between 10:30 a.m. and noon May 12 at the Einerson House, 2638 NW Jackson Ave., for conversation, coffee, tea and light snacks. Hosted by OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International, OSU Office of International Services and the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center. More information:

Oregon State Arthropod Collection open house: The OSU Department of Integrative Biology invites you to visit the newly renovated Oregon State Arthropod Collection, the largest insect collection in the Pacific Northwest. We will have spectacular insects and other arthropods on display showcasing the amazing biodiversity housed in the collection. Guided tours by museum staff will be available May 12 at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., in Cordley 2112A.

Nishihara Family Classroom: Join us in celebrating Janet Nishihara and the Nishihara family legacy from 3-5 p.m., May 12 in The Nishihara Family Classroom, second floor room 2024, Valley Library. The Nishihara siblings are third-generation Japanese-Americans and first-generation college students who grew up in Eastern Oregon. Several Nishihara siblings worked at the OSU Libraries as student workers and graduated from OSU. Janet Nishihara went on to become the director of the OSU Educational Opportunities Program. There will be ribbon-cutting, celebration and light snacks.

InclusiveExcellence@OSU 2023 Spring Showcase: If you are a faculty member who is curious about ways to incorporate inclusion and equity into your work with students, join us for this fun and interactive poster session celebrating our 2022-2023 IE@OSU Fellows. Food and beer/wine will be served. 4-7 p.m., May 12 in the Horizon Room, Memorial Union. RSVP here.

Pilipino Culture Night: "Ang Pangarap Ko." Isang Basang Pilipino’s culture show titled "Ang Pangarap Ko," which translates to “My Dream.” A night of dance performances, singing, skit and food showcasing Pilpino culture. 6-8 p.m., May 13, MU Ballroom.

TRY-athlon: Faculty Staff Fitness is holding the 10th Annual TRY-athlon event. This event is a team-building fundraiser that brings faculty and staff together to compete for individual event or power team winner. The event is June 14 and registration is now open. Grab your team and sign up to swim, run, walk or both.

NWREC open house: The North Willamette Research & Extension Center (NWREC) in Aurora Oregon is hosting a community open house 4-7 p.m., July 19. The public is invited for an up-close look at research and development at the center including berry-tasting, hay ride farm tours, farm equipment display and fresh farm veggies. NWREC is located at 15210 NE Miley Road, one mile east of I-5 and across the road from Charbonneau’s east entrance. For more information, contact NWREC at 503-678-1264.

Fidelity, TIAA, OSGP(Voya) on campus consultations: Fidelity, TIAA and OSGP(Voya) advisors are available at no cost to you as a part of your retirement plan. Fidelity representative Justin Blatny will be available on campus May 10-11 for one-on-one appointments. Register at or by emailing [email protected]. TIAA representative AJ Martinez, CFP, will be available on campus May 16-18 for one-on-one appointments. Register at or by emailing [email protected]. OSGP (Voya) representative Charles Yu will be available on campus May 26 and June 27 for one-on-one appointments. Register at or by emailing [email protected].

Bigleaf Maple Festival: Come try bigleaf maple syrup and learn how to tap at the Bigleaf Maple Festival in May. Oregon State University is hosting Oregon’s first ever Bigleaf Maple Festival at the 4-H Center in West Salem from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. May 13. Food, music and all things maple. Visit for details and tickets.

Historic campus tour: OSU is Corvallis' most recent historic district with more than 80 contributing structures and it’s the only Oregon campus listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Learn about the development of campus structures, and early Olmsted and Taylor campus plans, quads and viewsheds. The tour takes place 2-4 p.m. May 14 on the south side of Community Hall. Participants must RSVP as it is limited to 25 participants. RSVP at [email protected].

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Spring Concert: Featuring Strauss: "An Alpine Symphony" and performances from OSU student soloists. Final concert conducted by Marlan Carlson who will be retiring after this year. 7:30 p.m., May 16, at The LaSells Stewart Center. $35 online, $40 at the door. Complimentary K-8 student tickets available online; up to three K-8 tickets can be reserved with one paid adult ticket. Show student ID at door. High school and college students may pick up complimentary tickets at the box office one hour prior to concert. Tickets and more information at

Fisheries and Wildlife reunion: Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences invites you to join us for our Alumni and Friends Reunion Weekend, May 19-21. Join us as we celebrate 88 years of influential and amazing work in conservation biology and fish and wildlife resource management. See the full schedule and register here: You can also connect remotely via Zoom for the Big Idea Brunch on Sunday. Contact Amanda Polley ([email protected]) for the link.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Financial Readiness & Success webinar: OSU’s Financial Readiness & Success initiative aims to better prepare students for financial successes while at OSU and after they leave. The webinar will address questions already received as well as mitigation strategies for students who might be directly impacted by this change. There will be dedicated time for Q&A. Webinar is scheduled for 2 p.m., May 15 via Zoom.

NEW! Discussion with Sophie Peel, Willamette Week reporter who broke the story: "The Rise and Fall of Shemia Fagan." Secretary of State Shemia Fagan resigned last week following an April 27 story by Willamette Week regarding her involvement with La Mota, a cannabis dispensary chain. WW reporter Sophie Peel, who broke the story, will discuss how the article developed and her pathway to becoming a staff reporter for Willamette Week. 5 p.m., May 17, LInC 31. Sponsored by the University Legislative Scholars (ULS) Program.

NEW! Oregon Olive School: The Olea Project with OSU Extension Service will be hosting the Oregon Olive School on May 18-19. This program is a day and a half of olive-related programming tailored to growers in Western Oregon. Held at NWREC in Aurora and Durant Olive Mill in Dayton. Registration is $30 and scholarships are available.

WIC Workshop: In this talk, held at noon May 12 via Zoom, we will explore the trauma-informed classroom and demonstrate how educators can use lessons from superheroes to help with student retention and engagement. We will create a menu of options based on your classroom needs, demographic and discipline. Register here. 

College of Public Health and Human Sciences research seminar: “Ending homelessness: Housing and health care intersections,” will be presented by Marissa Zapata, Portland State University, from 1-2 p.m. May 12, in HFC 115 or via Zoom. Learn more, see all spring seminars and watch past seminars on the college’s website.

Ken van Holde symposium and celebration: University Distinguished Professor Kensai E. van Holde will be commemorated in a day-long symposium May 13 at the Linus Pauling Science Center. Van Holde died in 2019. He joined the brand-new Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in 1967. For more information on van Holde or the symposium, email [email protected].

National Science Foundation leader discusses engineering careers: You have completed the requirements for your B.S. in engineering. Now what? Please join us for pizza and a discussion with Ron Joslin, a leader from the NSF. This is a great opportunity to discuss all aspects of your future plans, even if you are not sure what they are. Noon to 1 p.m., May 16, Rogers Hall 226. To register:

State Broadband Planning Discussion with the PublicBroadband is a foundational service that can open doors for health, economic opportunity, education, social engagement and more. The Oregon Broadband Office wants to hear about your access and experience with broadband as they write the state’s first broadband plan which will be the foundation for $350-$500+ million of federal funding to flow into the state. Inform the plan so money goes where it’s needed. 1-2 p.m., May 18. Register

2023 University Distinguished Professor lectures: Join the OSU community on May 24 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room for lectures by 2023 University Distinguished Professors, Emily Ho (3:30-5 p.m.) and Yanyun Zhao (8:30-10 a.m.). Advanced registration is encouraged. All are welcome. A reception celebrating Ho and Zhao will be held at 5 p.m. in the MU Lounge.

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for the Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 courses and register here. There is a $100 fee to attend this workshop.

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: Managers and supervisors at OSU play a key role in enabling employees to do their best work. The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State University managers, supervisors and lead workers. At the end of this course, learners will have a solid understanding about the principles and policies that apply to our employees; know how to navigate within the space of talent management activities; recognize when, and how, to provide equal opportunity and access to employees; and be familiar with the OSU resources and responsibilities relating to employee health, safety and well-being. Summer 2023 program: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:15 to noon, Aug.15-24, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

Changemakers: A Conversation with Amber Coyne. Join CPHHS graduate Amber Coyne, MPH ’15, 5:30-6:30 p.m., June 1 to learn about how her roots in public health and special interests in LGBTQ+ health equity, harm reduction and language justice propel her to find innovative ways to address public health risks and keep our most vulnerable populations safe. Register at  

Gerontology conference: The 47th annual OSU Gerontology Conference will be held on Friday, June 2 at CH2M HILL Alumni Center. The conference provides contemporary and applicable gerontological education from a variety of disciplines and perspectives across the nation and world. There are 15 speakers this year and the keynote speakers are Rawle Andrews Jr., executive director of the American Psychiatric Association, who will discuss mental health; and Larry S. Sherman, OHSU, who will discuss music and the aging brain. CEUs are available. Learn more and register at

First annual OSU Engagement conference: Save the date for this inaugural Engagement conference Sept. 5-6, to be held at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. This event is developed to increase awareness of engagement and engaged scholarship efforts across the university, while providing opportunities for recognition, learning, networking and idea generation. More information will be available at closer to the date. Hosted by the Office of the Provost and the Division of Extension  Engagement. Contact Marina Denny to discuss being a presenter at this year’s conference.

Take Note

NEW! IT Ticketing System Scheduled Downtime: Due to a scheduled upgrade, TeamDynamix, which powers the IT ticketing systemservice catalog and knowledge base, will be unavailable from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. May 12 (four hours). You can find the latest information on this downtime, as well as future scheduled IT maintenance and outages, at

NEW! Call for Blended Learning Fellowship Nominations: The Center for Teaching and Learning is accepting nominations and self-nominations for a 2023-24 Blended Learning Faculty Fellow. The Fellow will support CTL’s mission of enhancing teaching excellence through involvement in coordination, design and facilitation of faculty development around blended learning. See call for blended fellowship nominations and apply by May 31.

Volunteers Needed for the Great Move Out: Each year, OSU has the opportunity to collect items no longer needed from students moving out and redistributing them to nonprofits in our community. And your help is needed. Volunteers are needed to assist with picking up and sorting donations during a variety of shift times between 8 a.m.-9 p.m., June 13-21. Details and sign-up here.

Online learning podcast: Tune in to the new podcast, “Going Online with Oregon State University Ecampus,” which highlights support resources and tools for online learners everywhere. Topics include academic advising, connecting with faculty, success coaching and answers to common questions about the online learning experience. 

Robotic Sound research study: The Oregon State University Department of Mechanical Engineering is conducting a research study to better understand how people interact with robots that sound different. The study lasts for about 45 minutes. The full study title is “Evaluating Sonification for Interactive Robots” and the principal investigator is Prof. Naomi Fitter. Please contact Nnamdi Nwagwu at [email protected] to sign up.

Diversity research publications: Submit diversity research publications and RSVP for the OSU Diversity Research Reception. Noon to 1 p.m. May 17, MU Horizon Room; and Cascades (streaming) Obsidian Hall, 207. Submit publication and RSVP here. The reception will highlight and celebrate the contributions of OSU researchers advancing equity through scholarship and engagement, and provide a forum for sharing ideas, making connections and building collaborations for future research. Food and refreshments will be served at the Corvallis and Cascades campuses.

UHR Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2022: Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy or research you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff – presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours in length; it’s up to you. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] with any questions.


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NEW! Subaward Contract Officer (Professional Faculty/Unclassified: Officer-Contracts): The Subaward Contract Officer will be part of the OSRAA subaward team. This position’s primary responsibilities are drafting, negotiating, and administering outgoing subaward agreements with collaborator organizations. Posting #P06821UF. Closes May 22.

NEW! Subaward Manager (Professional Faculty/Unclassified: Manager 1-Contr&Comp): The Subaward Manager will lead a team dedicated to the administration of outgoing subawards in OSRAA. Team responsibilities include drafting and negotiating outgoing subaward agreements, subrecipient monitoring, and post-award management. Posting #P06820UF. Closes May 29.

NEW! InstructorThe department of Ag Education & Ag Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) instructor position with a focus area in Native American Agriculture/Indigenous studies. The instructor will provide innovative instruction in our agricultural science courses — developing and teaching Native American agriculture courses. Posting #P06704UF. Full consideration June 15. 


“A single seed can turn into a forest. A single heart can transform a nation.” ~ Bryan Thao Worra

Corvallis: Mostly sunny today, high of 73, low of 49. Sunny Friday.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 68, low of 44. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Patchy fog and then partly sunny, high of 66,  low of 45. Mostly sunny Friday.

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