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:


Research explores ways to mitigate the environmental toxicity of ubiquitous silver nanoparticles (Phys Org)

Researchers at Oregon State University have taken a key step toward closing the knowledge gap with a study that indicates the particles' shape and surface chemistry play key roles in how they affect aquatic ecosystems.

New Oregon fish and wildlife director, an agency insider, is first woman at the helm (Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Colbert earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia; a master’s degree in chemical oceanography from San Jose State University in California; and a PhD in oceanography from Oregon State University. She also spent six years as a secretary of the board of Oregon State University, where she assisted with planning and strategy between the board and university administrators, according to her LinkedIn profile.

How 'smoke taint' from wildfires affects wines across the West (KIRO)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds a study for over $7.6 million across the West. This grant allows sixteen researchers from UC Davis, Oregon State University, and Washington State University to study this problem and provide winemakers with a feasible solution.

Four from Oregon State earn placement into Fulbright U.S. student program (Corvallis Advocate)

Oregon State University has placed four in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2024-25 academic year, giving OSU 52 Fulbrighters over the past 11 years. Oregon State’s latest selections are Emma Baughman of Portland, Mohnish Judge of Lake Oswego, Aubreyanna Olsen of Salem and Camden Schmidt of Cheyenne, Wyoming. A fifth OSU applicant, Brittni Wisner of Palmer, Alaska, has been chosen as an alternate.

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Reporting for duty: Brent Gustafson says, "One a recent morning, these Starships looked like they were reporting for duty for the day." We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Distributed practice and self-testing are evidence-based study strategies that support learning and academic success. Share these strategies by using the Academic Success Center’s Effective Test Prep page. Encourage student planning well in advance of finals by making time in class to discuss these strategies.


Spring Poster Symposium (SPS): Join us for Spring Poster Symposium (SPS) 2024 from 9 a.m. to noon, May 16 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. OSU faculty, staff, students and Corvallis community members are invited to attend this symposium that features undergraduate and high school student research posters. Registration is not required. For more information, visit or contact [email protected].

Feminist Academic Advising – Real StoriesHear from feminist academic advisors from across the U.S. and gain an understanding of how their feminism intersects with their advising practice. Panelists will discuss their own advising practice and the way their feminism informs the interactions they have with students. Noon, May 16 via Zoom; free and open to all. Register to attend here.

HMSC Research Seminar: Laura Gabel, a coastal field geologist with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries will be giving a seminar titled “Evaluating tsunami vertical evacuation in Seaside, Oregon,” 3:30 p.m., May 16, in person at the HMSC Carmen Ford Phillips Auditorium in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building or online. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 971 3707 8566. Click here for more information.

University Legislative Scholars Information Session: Learn more about the University Legislative Scholars (ULS) Program at 4 p.m., May 16 in Bexell 417 or Zoom. ULS is a year-long experiential learning program that enables students to engage in current public policy issues while also increasing student advocacy in the Oregon legislative process. Scholarships are available. Contact Christopher Stout with questions ([email protected]).

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Spring Seminar Series: “Grass Seed and Hemp Pathology: Detection and Management of Viruses and Nematodes,” presented by Hannah Rivedal of USDA Forage Seed & Cereal Research Unit, 4 p.m., May 16, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website. No public recording will be available.

Honoring women in the military: The Holcomb Center (formerly Military and Veteran Resources Center) will be hosting an event to honor women in the military at 5 p.m., May 16 in Snell 150. All students, faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend and hear the shared experiences and stories of our women veterans and military-connected community.

Innovation Demo Day: Join the OSU Advantage Accelerator for our Innovation Demo Day from 5-8 p.m., May 16 at the LaSells Stewart Center. Listen to cutting-edge company pitches, delve into the future of AI with our expert panel and take advantage of networking opportunities over refreshments. Admission is free, but registration is required. Don't miss this chance to connect, learn, and be inspired. Learn more here.

Dance celebration: Take time to let go, cut loose, and honor your movement expression in a welcoming space. We will move to engaging music and close with a meditative cool down. Gently facilitated by Julie Masters from 6:30-7:45 p.m., May 16 at Marigold. Purchase class passes and register here. Contact: [email protected]

OSU Wind Symphony: The School of Visual, Performing, and Design Arts Presents the Oregon State University WindSymphony 7 p.m. May 16 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. The OSU WindSymphony is an auditioned group in the music department at Oregon State University. It comprises undergraduate students and is open to students of any major. Tickets $10; students $5. Tickets here.

Philosophy Club General Meeting: Join the conversation on "The Philosophy of Leisure," 6-7:30 p.m., May 16 in MU Room 213 (Pan-Afrikan Sankofa Room). All are welcome — including those who have no prior experience with philosophy and faculty members — to contemplate the value of free time, our good lives and the qualities of good leisure.


NEW! Jaclyn Moyer author event: Join local writers Jaclyn Moyer and Sindya Bhanoo at 5:30 p.m., May 16, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library for a conversation in celebration of Moyer’s new book “On Gold Hill: A Personal History of Wheat, Farming, and Family from Punjab to California.” Free and open to all. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project. Book signing to follow event. Learn more.

NEW! CTL teaching excellence celebration: 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.

HC Student Lightning Talks: Join HC students as they present their research as 3-5 minute lightning talks. Dive into a diverse array of topics and participate in Q&A sessions. 10-11:30 a.m., May 17, LInC 368.

Honors College Spring Thesis Poster Displays: Join HC students as they present their research posters on the third floor of the LInC. Research from all campus colleges will be showcased. Discover the exciting topics HC students have been researching: 1-3 p.m., May 17, third floor LInC hallways. Free admission.

Beats n’ Breath- Yoga Flow by Candlelight: Experience your yoga practice in darkness with movement by candlelight. This class integrates an inspiring playlist, an all-levels flow, and closes with a yin practice to energize the body and align the breath. Guided by Jessica Mylan from 7:30-9 p.m., May 17 at Marigold. Purchase 1 Class Pass or $15 for Drop-In. Pre-register here. Contact us.

OSUsed Store Surplus Farm Sale: The OSUsed Store is putting on its first-ever Farm Sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., May 18 at the OSU Vegetable Research Farm (34306 NE Electric Rd in Corvallis). Items for sale may include, but are not limited to: various garden tools, power tools, cabinets, miscellaneous agricultural equipment and technology and more. Larger equipment will have sealed bids. The bidding will close at 1 p.m., and items must be paid for before 3 p.m. (end of the sale). You will be able to pick up your purchased equipment Monday, May 20 through Friday, May 24 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Walk for Water: This Saturday, May 18, join the OSU Hydrophiles Club at the Walk for Water to promote development of a new well in the Corvallis Sister City of Gondar, Ethiopia. The event runs from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds. More information and registration here:

Public Seed Library — Vegetable Garden Plant Clinic: Come learn how to harden off your greenhouse starts, get your vegetable garden set up for a successful harvest, explore warm season crops, herbs and flower varieties and take home free seeds. Benton County Master Gardeners can help you plan your garden and answer your questions. 9:30 a.m. to noon, May 18 at the Public Seed Library in the Corvallis Library's historic Belluschi wing. Sponsored by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

45th Annual łatwa ina Pow-Wow: OSU’s Native American Student Association and university partners present the 45th Annual łatwa ina Pow-Wow on May 18. This free community event features Indigenous dancers, singers and a marketplace, plus affordable fry bread. Grand entry at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Doors open at noon. Fry bread will be available for purchase on Saturday, May 18, at the Centro Cultural César Chávez (across from Gill) during the Pow-Wow. Part of the Pow-Wow will be livestreamed on, starting at 6 p.m. with the second grand entry.

PRAx Presents PUBLIQuartet: Enjoy two-time Grammy nominees PUBLIQuartet 7 p.m. May 18 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. PUBLIQuartet’s modern interpretations of chamber music make them one of the most dynamic artists of their generation. Their program “What is American?” offers an exploration of Dvořák's beloved “American” Quartet while expanding the range of idioms and musical traditions to include contemporary, blues, jazz, free, and rock-inflected music. Tickets $20-$30; students $5. Tickets here.

Soundbox 7 Pulse: Improvising Collective Future(s): This year, Soundbox 7 features works, live performances, emergent art(s) and improvisational practices that embody DIY approaches, offer real-time solutions and utilize improvisation as a vital tool for addressing pressing global issues identified by the United Nations, including environmental and global health, gender equality, humanitarianism and technology and innovation. May 19-21 in MU 109; free and open to all.

PRAx Album Club: The Band. It’s like a book club, only we listen to and discuss the greatest rock and pop albums of all time. Hosted by Bob Santelli. 7 p.m., May 22, in person at PRAx or remotely on Zoom. Free and open to all.

PRISMxKBVR-FM Record Painting: Need to unwind? Like to paint? Want some new decor? Join PRISM and KBVR-FM for record painting from noon to 3 p.m., May 31 in the SEC plaza. We will provide all the supplies as well as refreshments. Hope to see you there.

PRAx art integration fellowship presents Confluences II: "Confluences II" is a showcase of interdisciplinary projects developed by PRAx Student Fellows of 2023-24 at Oregon State University. The projects will be presented in various mediums at four venues on campus and in downtown Corvallis throughout May and June.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium 2024 Spring Student Symposium: Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium is hosting its Spring 2024 Student Symposium beginning at 9 a.m., May 17. The symposium will be hosted at LaSells Stewart Center. The public is invited to attend, view the student posters, and watch the student presentations. This year’s keynote speaker is Randall Milstein, senior instructor in the Department of Physics and University Honors College. His presentation is titled "STEM or STEAM?" The point of entry to explore the virtual poster session is

NEW! Stone Award for Literary Achievement lecture: Robin Wall Kimmerer, distinguished plant ecologist, best-selling author, renowned educator, and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, will deliver the 2024 Stone Award lecture at PRAx on Friday, May 17. Program starts at 7 p.m. Although the in-person event is sold out, the talk will be livestreamed at

NEW! BEE Research SeminarKaterina Georgiou from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will give the research seminar "Global-scale geochemical controls on soil organic carbon storage and vulnerability" at 2 p.m., May 20 in KEC1005. Available via Zoom if you are unable to attend in person:

NEW! Yoga and Psychedelics: Historical Contexts and Contemporary TransformationsStuart Sarbacker will discuss the relationship between the mind-body disciplines of Hindu and Buddhist systems of yoga and the use of psychoactive substances with an eye to the ways modern cosmopolitan forms of yoga have intersected with the use of substances such as cannabis and ayahuasca. 4 p.m., May 20, MU 213, Pan-Afrikan Sankofa Room.

NEW! Robert M. Storm Distinguished Lecture: The Robert M. Storm Distinguished Lecture takes place May 20 at the LaSells  Stewart Center. Daniel T. Blumstein, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UCLA, will present "Integrating Behavior into Wildlife Conservation and Management: A Fearful Perspective." Reception at 5:30 p.m., lecture at 7 p.m., display tables before and immediately following the lecture. Free and open to the public. RSVP required:

Learn about START for 2024: Join us for a broad overview of what START will be like for 2024, including structures, dates and new offerings. Register here for Friday’s session at 10 a.m. via Zoom. If you’re unable to attend, we’ll record it and post it on our internal site the following week. 

College of Health research seminar: “Veterinary public health in Oregon” will be presented by State Veterinarian Ryan Scholz, Oregon Department of Agriculture, from 1-2 p.m. May 17, in HFC 115 and via Zoom. Co-sponsored by the COH’s epidemiology program. Watch recordings of COH research seminars on the college’s website.

Phish Studies Conference: OSU and the Mockingbird Foundation are honored to host the second Phish Studies Conference featuring research presentations and community events about the improvisational rock band Phish, as well as its fans and culture. The conference will showcase a number of special events including community panels, an exhibition fair, a poster session, a Phishsonian pop-up museum exhibit, a pre-conference workshop for Phans for Racial Equity and GrooveSafe, and curated art exhibits. May 17 – 19 at LaSells Stewart Center. Register to attend.

Political science lecture: Gregory Leslie, political science, Ohio State University, will speak on “Permeable group boundaries: The unusual centrality of context among biracials.” Though one in 10 Americans are multiracial, contextual theories fail to account for individuals with multiple racial in-groups. Among biracials, context matters more — greater flexibility to interact as in-group members intensifies responsiveness to racial cues and endows exceptional latitude to adopt different groups’ preferences. Noon to 1 p.m., May 17, Bexell 415. There is also a Zoom option.

CTL Course Design Bootcamp: This two-hour workshop provides opportunities to learn crucial decision-making approaches to (re)design a course, such as working backwards. Leave prepared to start the (re)design of a course after thinking about its alignment of learning outcomes, assessments and learning activities. 1-2:50 p.m., May 17, Austin 126. Register now.

Applied Economics seminar: Prof. Patrick Lloyd-Smith from the University of Saskatchewan will present "Putting Heterogeneity to Work to Improve the Representativeness of Stated Preference Survey Results," 2:30-4 p.m., May 17, Ballard Extension Hall Room 219; also available via Zoom. Additional details here

Firewise Landscaping Basics webinar: Celebrate wildfire awareness month with us. Save your seat and register for the free webinar "Firewise Landscape Basics" with Amy Jo Detweiler, OSU Extension horticulturalist, from noon to 1 p.m., May 22. You will learn about home ignition zones, fire-prone and fire-resistant plants, landscape design and maintenance and plant selection for attractive, firewise landscapes.

Travel Talks: Sustainable Seafood. Support sustainably grown, harvested and processed seafood with your culinary choices as you travel, both at home and away. Join conservation scientist and marine fisheries ecologist Selina Heppell, head of the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences, for this important and fun Travel Talk at 5:30 p.m. May 22. Register today.

Acceptance and Commitment Skills Training: This training provides a values-oriented, skills focused, and research based method to approach problems. Curriculum ranges from mindfulness to committed action. Scott Mcfee, Psy.D will guide three weekend workshops, July 14, 21, and 28 from 2-5pm. Open to all and held at Marigold; registration is open! $180 public; $160 educators. Apply for student ScholarshipContact us.

Take Note

NEW! Design for Social Impact: Oregon State University's Design for Social Impact (DSI) program, within the Honors College, offers transformative education for students across disciplines. DSI equips them with skills to address society's challenges through flexible, project-based curricula. Collaborating with communities and industry, students create solutions with real impact. The program now introduces the Design for Social Impact Certificate and DSI 415 Multidisciplinary Design for Social Impact course, open to all Corvallis campus students. Registration for DSI 415 is available for Summer and Fall 2024 terms. Explore more at

NEW! Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Hot Weather. With high temperatures comes a responsibility to prepare for and take precautions against heat illness. Sunscreen, hydration, shade and know the signs of heat related illness. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

NEW! Changemakers: Emily Darchuk, M.S. ’15. Congratulations to Emily for being named a Changemaker by the OSU Alumni Association. Emily and her company, Wheyward Spirit, have been disrupting the industry with sustainable specialty spirits upcycled from whey. She’s leading the conversation around upcycling and innovation in the dairy and spirit sectors through collaborations with top brands like Ben & Jerry’s and Fever-Tree. Learn more and nominate future Changemakers:

Volunteers needed for the OSU Food Pantry: Volunteers are needed this term at the OSU Food Pantry Wednesdays 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Join the Basic Needs Center (BNC) team in helping the student community, packing produce bags and chatting with visitors. To get started, come by the BNC any time it’s open to complete paperwork (Mondays-Thursdays 8-6, Fridays 8-3). For questions, stop by 1030 SW Madison Ave., call 541-737-3747, or contact [email protected].

Get paid to try all sorts of foods: The Department of Food Science and Technology’s Center for Sensory & Consumer Behavior Research is seeking taste testers to participate in industry-sponsored consumer studies. Our facility is located on OSU’s Corvallis campus inside Wiegand Hall and staff, faculty, students and community members are invited to join our panelist pool. If interested in joining, fill out the brief survey available here and email [email protected] with questions.

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by the Office of University Human Resources that dives deep into the way that we solve problems together. This workshop helps people learn more about their own mindset, learn appreciation for how colleagues work, and together be able create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions.View upcoming workshops and enroll here.

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 Summer and Fall 2024 In-person and Zoom courses here.

KidSpirit registration: Do you have plans for your kiddos this summer? How about plans that include sports, arts, science, cooking and more? Register now for OSU’s KidSpirit Summer Day Camp. Spots are filling up fast. We are very excited to reintroduce swim lessons this year, as well as sewing camp. Gymnastics, cooking academy and leadership training make their return this year. For more information and to register, visit: OSU faculty, staff and students receive a discount.

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.

College of Engineering Oregon Stater Award Nominations: Nominations close Monday, May 20. The College of Engineering is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Oregon Stater Awards. These awards honor outstanding alumni for their contributions to the engineering profession and to Oregon State University. Awards will be given in three categories, determined by length of career and accomplishments: Engineering Hall of Fame, Academy of Distinguished Engineers and Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers. Submit your nominations today. The nomination deadline is May 20.

Class Pass Sale at The Marigold Center: Through May 27, Marigold class packs will be on sale for educators and the public. Marigold offers a range of contemplative drop-in classes including gentle and flow yoga, quiet and mindfulness meditation, and more. Student pricing for class packs will be extended to everyone and range from $15 (single) to $250 (20 passes). View the drop-in class schedule and purchase passes. Email: [email protected]


"A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying." ~ B. F. Skinner

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 72, low of 45. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 78, low of 42. Sunny tomorrow. 

Newport: Becoming cloudy today, high of 64, low of 44. Sunny tomorrow. 

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