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.
 

'How do pandemics end?' OSU professor examines 1918 flu pandemic for COVID parallels (KATU)

In “What Came Next? Reflections on the Aftermath(s) of the 1918-19 Flu Pandemic in the Age of COVID,” published in The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Christopher McKnight Nichols and his co-authors compared COVID-19 policies and attitudes to the 1918 flu pandemic.

 

Cover your grasses (The Source)

"There are things that people can do at the individual, community and landscape level," said Emily Jane Davis, associate professor at Oregon State University and interim fire program director. "We're doing a lot of emphasis on defensible space. So, what can you do to prepare the area immediately around your home so that it doesn't have flammable material?"
 

One congressional race in Oregon remains close, most incumbents advance easily (Capital Chronicle)

“He definitely has a pot of votes in that county that they’re hoping turns the tide,” said Judy Stiegler, a former state representative who teaches political science at the Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend. “The 5th takes up two-thirds of the county.”
 

OSU scientists win $1M+ for ocean studies (Corvallis Advocate)

Oregon Sea Grant, a marine research, public engagement and education program at Oregon State University, has awarded $1.15 million to five OSU scientists. The researchers will use the funds to study sea urchin farming techniques; electromagnetic fields’ impact on marine life; effect of low oxygen conditions on crabs; prevention of beach erosion; and mud blister worm infestation of oysters. 
 

OSU hosts first Black Affairs Summit (KBND)

Oregon State University hosts its first “State of Black Affairs Summit” next week. "We have been very forthright about the fact that our agenda is all things black," organizer Bridget Jones tells KBND News. She is the Secretary for the OSU President's Commission on the Status of Black Faculty and Staff Affairs.
 

State park reopens where PacWave conduit work was underway; now OSU-led energy project looks for cable manufacturer (Yachats News)

Key to the next step is acquiring the huge cables that will eventually be pulled through the conduits to connect both ends of the project, said Burke Hales, the chief scientist behind the Oregon State University-led consortium that is building PacWave South.

Today's photos


The heart of the matter: Rae Sidlauskas, professional counselor associate at OSU, submitted this photo of bleeding heart in her garden. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Want to level up your video editing skills to support your teaching? Register for Video Editing for Ease, Accessibility and Interactivity on May 25 at noon to learn about editing tools, adding captions and interactive video quizzing. Find out more about the resources of the Faculty Media Center including studios, equipment loan, workshops and consultations.

Today

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.

Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence: Attend the 2022 Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) Symposium on Thursday, 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. Registration to attend virtual CUE is required. Students will present in person (posters) or virtually (pre-recorded 3-minute talk in Canvas). For more info, visit https://beav.es/wLP. For more info, contact [email protected]

Presentation by climate photographer Ian van Coller: Climate change has made it essential to find ways to conceptualize "deep time." Ian van Coller's art-science project "Naturalists of the Long Now" seeks to make notions of deep time comprehensible through visual exploration of glacier ice. Thursday, May 19, at noon in LINC 128. Free and open to all. Sponsored by the Spring Creek Project and Oregon State University's Art-Sci Group.

Microbiology Seminar: The Department of Microbiology is hosting the final lecture in its 2021-22 series: “Studying the Known Unknowns: Using genes and genomes to help us understand the ecology and evolution of cryptic fungi,” by Alisha Quandt, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. May 19, noon; ALS 4000 or join online (https://beav.es/iTU). Free, open to everyone.

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.

HMSC Research Seminar: Sam Bedgood, a postdoctoral scholar with OSU's Department of Integrative Biology, will be giving a seminar titled “Finding a place for sea anemones and their algal symbionts in the rocky intertidal food web: trophic and non-trophic interactions," May 19 at 3:30 p.m. In person at 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 Winter Spring Series: “Diversity, Function, And Role Of Rhs Polymorphic Toxins Among Plant Pathogenic Bacteria,” presented by Alejandra Huerta of North Carolina State University, Thursday, May 19, 4 p.m., ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

Invitational exhibition: Works by OSU art students are featured in the Joan Truckenbrod Invitational exhibition throughout the month of May, at the Joan Truckenbrod Gallery, 517 SW 2nd Street, Corvallis. Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. and during the Corvallis Arts Walk, May 19 from 4-8 p.m.

Honors College Thesis Research Conference: Explore the diversity of Honors College research and engage with honors students on May 19-20. Come listen to students give lightning talks in LInC 228 on May 19, 4-5:30 p.m. and May 20, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A selection of students will display research posters in LInC hallways from 1-3 p.m. on May 20.

Studio art: The OSU Core Studio Art Exhibition runs May 13-June 3 at OUTPOST 1000, 409 SW Monroe, Suite 110, Corvallis; and at Gallery 16:9 (digital monitor, first floor, Memorial Union). An opening event will take place on Thursday, May 19, from 4-8 p.m. at OUTPOST 1000, with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m.

BFA exhibition: Major Arcana, the 2022 BFA Graduation Exhibition, opens May 19 during the Corvallis Art Walk (4-8 p.m.) and runs through June 12 at the Benton County Historical Museum, 411 SW 2nd St., Corvallis.

The Great Resignation: Four New Post-Pandemic Work Shifts. The pandemic changed how we work. What are the trends and which ones are likely to stay? Get expert advice and hear from alumni professionals at winning in life, May 19, at 5:30 p.m. The OSU Alumni Association’s free interactive virtual webcast series is designed to help students and alumni build personal and professional skills for success in life, career and beyond. Register at ForOregonState.org/Winning.

HMSC Science on Tap: Scott Baker with the Cetacean Conservation and Genomics Lab and associate director of the Marine Mammal Institute at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center will present a public talk titled “A return to the epicenter of Antarctic whaling, South Georgia Island.” May 19, 6 p.m. In person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Webinar link or call: +1 971 247 1195 Webinar ID: 928 1642 0727. Click here for more information.

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.

Events

NEW! Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center Awards Celebration: Join the HRWGC as we celebrate the 2022 recipients of our Student Leader, AYA and Women of Achievement awards. We will also be recognizing graduating student staff. May 20, noon at the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. You may also join via Zoom. Register at: https://beav.es/icp.

NEW! Athletics Surplus Sale: Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Merritt Truax Indoor Center. Items for purchase will include apparel, uniforms, footwear, memorabilia and even large inflatables, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sponsored by OSU Athletics and Surplus Property. More details here.

NEW! Celebration of Rebecca Johnson: Provost Edward Feser invites the Oregon State University community to a celebration in honor of Interim President Rebecca Johnson, who has served as colleague, mentor and friend to many during her more than 30-year career at the university. Please join us as we thank and honor Becky for her extraordinary leadership and service. June 9, 1:30-2:45 p.m., Student Experience Center Plaza. Program at 2:15 p.m. All are welcome.

Music à la Carte: Frontier Family Feud. A musical based on the relationship between suffragist Abigail Scott Dunway and her brother, Oregonian Editor Harvey Scott. Music, lyrics and book by Jason Heald. Staring Donna Spiser as Abigail, OSU music instructor Kevin Helppie as Harvey. With Debra Gaddis, pianist. Friday, May 20 at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge. Livestream also available at youtu.be/x9nvUvJztao.

Board of Trustees: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet at 2 p.m. Friday, May 20 to consider candidates to be interviewed as finalists to serve as OSU’s next president. Candidates selected will be invited to participate in open forums with the university community on May 23 and May 24. The meeting will begin with an executive session held remotely; trustees will discuss initial due diligence findings regarding candidates being considered to be invited to visit OSU. Following the executive session, the board will meet remotely in public session at 2:45 p.m. to announce the names of finalist candidates and the schedule of candidate forums, and vote on whether to reimburse candidate travel expenses. 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. 

Baccalaureate Core Reform: The Faculty Senate has been engaged in a multi-year process to review and reform our 30-year-old Baccalaureate Core curriculum. There will be a Special Faculty Senate Session on May 20 from 3-5 p.m. in Linc 100 or on Zoom for Senators and OSU community members to come and ask questions and engage in conversation. The curriculum will be presented to the Senate for a vote on June 9. Read about the Reform and visit our website. To request a Zoom link, visit the Faculty Senate website or complete the request form. For questions, contact the director of the Baccalaureate Core, McKenzie Huber.

Low Brass Ensembles Spring Recital: Come support the OSU trombone and tuba-euphonium choirs in their final performance of the school year, directed by Carson Keeble, Isaac Andrew and JáTtik Clark. Friday, May 20 at 5 p.m. in Community Hall room 202. Free, open to all. Limited seating.

Travel agency presentation: OSU’s contracted travel agency, CTP (Corporate Travel Planners) will be conducting a virtual presentation and training via Zoom on Wednesday May 25, from 10:30 a.m. to noon via Zoom. Register here. The presentation will be recorded. Email questions to the Travel and Expense Office at: [email protected].

Engineering Expo: June 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. See more than 200 student projects that use science and technology to take on some of the world’s biggest problems. Experience the depth and breadth of engineering talent and ingenuity at Oregon State University. Virtual option also available. Free and open to the public. Complete details: https://events.engineering.oregonstate.edu/expo2022.

10th Annual Bring Your Kids to Campus Day: The Family Resource Center is excited to announce the return of Bring Your Kids to Campus Day on Friday, June 3. The day is designed to help 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, study, research and teach. This year's schedule is scaled down but includes many of the fan favorites and we will be ending the day with a family BBQ in the MU Quad. For more information or to register, visit the BYKTCD website. Questions can be directed to [email protected] or 541-737-4906.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! NASA Space Grant student symposium: Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium is hosting its Spring 2022 Student Symposium on May 20, beginning at 9 a.m. The symposium will be hosted at The LaSells Stewart Center and virtually. The public is invited to attend, view the student posters and watch the student presentations. This year’s keynote speaker is Ali Guarneros Luna, aerospace and system engineer. To attend the symposium virtually: https://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/student-symposium-welcome-page.

NEW! Applied Economics Seminar: Prof. Ed Rubin from the University of Oregon will present "Power Plants, Air Pollution, and Regulatory Rebound,” May 20 from 3:30-5 p.m. In person in Ballard Extension Hall Room 219 (also available via Zoom). Details, including dial in information, here

NEW! Hummingbird presentation: Kara Leimberger will present her dissertation titled: “Can pollination networks withstand species loss? An examination of plant-hummingbird interactions and their responses to experimental removal of a flowering plant species.” Leimberger is earning her Ph.D in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Matt Betts. May 23, noon in PFSC 302 and on Zoom Contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions or for accommodations for disabilities, or to access the Zoom link.

NEW! Linn and Benton County Recycling Presentation: Republic Services and OSU Materials Management are hosting a recycling presentation on May 23, 7-8 p.m. in Furman Hall 101 and on Zoom. Attendees will learn what they need to know to correctly recycle and receive a preview of changes coming to recycling in the future. Please pre-register here or address questions to Andrea Norris

NEW! Water Resource Engineering Ph.D. Defense: Kyle Proctor will present, “Harvesting Sunshine: A Modular Integrated Framework for Modeling the Agrivoltaic System,” on Friday, May 27 at 9 a.m. in STAG 262 or on Zoom. Proctor is advised under the guidance of major professor Ganti Murthy of Biological & Ecological Engineering. Please reach out to the department for further information or if room accommodations are needed at least a week in advance. 

NEW! Water Resource Policy & Management M.S. Defense: Josiah J. Shaver will present, “Scoring Water Stewardship at Academic Institutions: A Water Resources Management Scoring Framework for Future Sustainability, Resilience and Innovation,” on Friday, May 27, from 9-9:50 a.m. in Strand Agricultural Hall Room 113 or on Zoom. Shaver is advised under the guidance of major professor Aaron Wolf of CEOAS. Please reach out to the department for further information or if room accommodations are needed at least a week in advance.

NEW! Water Resource Science M.S. Defense: Grace Goldrich-Middaugh will present, “A new lens on historical data: Machine learning approaches for analyzing regional stream water chemistry,” on on May 31 from 2:30-4 p.m. in Bexell 415 or Zoom. Goldrich-Middaugh is advised under the guidance of major professor Pam Sullivan of CEOAS. Please reach out to the department for further information or room accommodations at least a week in advance.

NEW! Water Resource Engineering Ph.D. Defense: Casey Steadman will present, “Leveraging the food, energy, water nexus for planet resilience,” on June 1 at 11 a.m. in Kidder Hall 274 or Zoom. Steadman is advised under the guidance of major professor Chad Higgins of Biological & Ecological Engineering. Please reach out to the department for further information or Zoom link details.

CoSCIES 2022 Education Research Showcase Extravaganza: Interested in learning about the science of teaching and learning? Join us May 20 from 9 a.m. to noon in the MU Journey Room (104) to learn about the scholarship of teaching and learning and education research in OSU’s College of Science. Watch to be inspired to attend. Learn more, sign up to present a poster or register here.  

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 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 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.

FST Farm 2 Fork Webinar: “Reducing Waste in Food and Packaging: Current Programs at the Oregon DEQ.” Would you like to learn about reducing waste in food and packaging? Join us Friday, May 20, noon to 12:45 p.m. Register today.

CTL Sparkshop: "Using Rubrics to Support and Assess Student Learning: Best Practices." Do you want to know how to use rubrics to support transparency in assessments and enhance student learning? Join Funmi Amobi and Weiwei Zhang for an informative discussion on how to help students understand the expectations for successful performance, how their current work relates to the expectations and what they must do to close the gaps. May 20, noon. Registration required: https://beav.es/w2N.

FYI Friday – Go Phish: How to spot email scams. Phishing is one of the easiest ways for cyber criminals to use email to solicit your personal information — by sending urgent, high-pressure, or "too good to be true" offers — and posing as a trustworthy person or organization. Join us to learn more about how to spot a phish, and what to do about it. All OSU employees and students are welcome to attend. Part of the Spring 2022 FYI Friday series; Friday May 20, 1-1:30 p.m. via Zoom. Registration required.

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 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.

WIC Workshop: 36% of OSU undergraduates transfer here, bringing with them identities, strengths and needs that differ from those of the non-transfer population. On Friday, May 20 at 2 p.m. via Zoom, OSU Transfer Transitions Coordinator Erin Bird will discuss our growing transfer population, with the goal of helping faculty better support transfer students in the classroom. Register here.

Disability Etiquette Conference: Final call for disabled student panelists for next week's Disability Etiquette Conference on May 26, 5:30-8 p.m. in MU 109. This year's theme is "Ableism in Academia." Each panel volunteer will have the opportunity to share their experience pertaining to their disability. This event will be live-streamed on Zoom. Ecampus students are encouraged to get involved. For more information please email [email protected] or join or virtual bi-weekly meeting tomorrow (Wednesday at 6 p.m.) https://beav.es/wuZ

Center for Teaching and Learning Fellows Program 2022 Showcase: Register now. Hear highlights from CTL Fellows in the Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Science and Cascades. Gain a sneak peek of the 2022-’23 "We Care About Teaching Campaign." Consider how partnering with the program can play a critical role in strengthening and innovating your college’s teaching faculty in the upcoming year. June 1, 11-11:50 a.m. Contact [email protected].

Travel Talk webcast June 1: Yellowstone with Beaver Icons. See Yellowstone National Park like never before. On June 1 at 5:30 p.m., join former National Geographic editor-in-chief Chris Johns, ’74, and OSU Ecology Professor Bill Ripple, Ph.D., ’84, to learn about the park’s history and ecology, plus preview the speakers’ forthcoming films and OSUAA Group Travel’s Yellowstone tour. Register at bit.ly/YellowstoneTT22.

Take Note

NEW! Apply for a grant to make student learning more affordable: OSU's Open Educational Resources Unit is accepting proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant before the June 1 deadline. The grant provides funding to adopt, adapt or author an open educational resource, such as a textbook. An open textbook is one that is published under an open copyright license and is made freely available online for students, faculty and the public. All funding is a department-to-department transfer. Please talk to your department head about how this applies to the grant. Questions? Contact Stefanie Buck. 

NEW! Sigma Alpha raffle: Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom is an organization that helps Oregon K-12 schools incorporate agriculture-related activities into their curriculums to inform students about ag. We are raffling off a Yeti cooler as well as other fun things. The raffle will be on May 31 and tickets are one for $5 or three for $12. Our Venmo is: Sigma-Alpha-Xi-Chapter (please include your full name and phone number with your payment). 

NEW! OMN student journalists receive statewide collegiate media awards: Coverage of the departure of former Oregon State University president F. King Alexander has won Orange Media Network students first place for comprehensive coverage in a statewide collegiate newspaper competition. The Daily Barometer earned four first places, two seconds and two thirds in the four-year division of the 2022 Collegiate Newspaper Contest, sponsored by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association and the Oregon Newspapers Foundation. Awards were announced Wednesday. ONPA's statewide contest is open to student media in both two-year and four-year categories.

NEW! World Oceans Day: World Oceans Day is June 8. The OSU Marine Studies Initiative is compiling OSU-led events and resources to recognize this day and help raise awareness about the importance of a healthy ocean. We invite you to join this celebratory effort. Is your college or unit hosting or involved with seminars or other special events at the end of May through mid-June that raise awareness about issues of the coasts and ocean? If yes, send the information to us at [email protected].

Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Communities: Funded summer professional development opportunity for OSU instructors and tenure-track faculty who regularly teach credit-based Corvallis and Cascades campus courses. Join a cohort of faculty exploring solutions for teaching challenges, strategies to build resilience in teaching and techniques for integrating in-class and online learning activities. See the Call for Participation and apply by May 31. Information: Center for Teaching and Learning.

Seeking Volunteers for a Research Study: The OSU School of Civil and Construction Engineering is seeking participants for a research study who are at least 18 years old and with a commercial vehicle license. Individuals with contact lenses or prescription lenses (-5.0 to +3.0) can participate in this study. The purpose of this study is to improve policy/design standards to make freight deliveries in urban environments more efficient and less stressful for truck drivers. Participants will be paid for their involvement, which includes a time commitment of approximately 1 hour and coming to the OSU Driving Simulator Laboratory. To participate, email graduate research assistant Yujun Liu at [email protected]. For more information, contact David Hurwitz at [email protected].

Information about Fee-Funded Units: As a student at OSU, you pay the incidental fee each term ($455.31 for fall, winter, and spring; $235.10 for summer).  The budgeted revenue of more than $27.36 million provides everyone with access to a variety of programs and services.  Come learn about how ASOSU allocates this budget and what all of this buys you!  There are multiple ways to learn more and get involved - simply fill out this form.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the ASOSU Student Fee Committee Chair at [email protected]

How Has the Pandemic Impacted Your Cat? We are looking for cats and their owners to help us understand how cat behavior and human-animal bonds were impacted by the pandemic. This OSU Human-Animal Interaction Lab research study will take place on the OSU Corvallis campus (Withycombe Hall) and will include two behavioral attachment tests with your cat (taking approximately 20-30 minutes). To learn more or schedule participation, please email Hallie Shean at: [email protected].

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Hot Weather. One of the best ways to prevent heat illness is to be prepared for very hot weather. There are several things you can do to get yourself, family, home and community ready to stay cool. Know the signs of heat illness and who is most at risk. Think of family members, friends and neighbors who might be likely to have problems in the heat, and plan to check on them regularly when it is hot out. This preparedness poster can be downloaded at  https://emergency.oregonstate.edu/emergency-preparedness/preparedness-topics/hot-weather-illness.

Call for Applications: Career Champions Program. Applications for the fall 2022 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. The Career Champions program provides faculty and instructors with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and examining the barriers to access for first-generation, high financial need, and/or students of color. More information can be found on the Center for Teaching and Learning website. Please direct questions to Director of Career Integration, Brenna Gomez To apply, please complete the brief application form by June 3.

Research study: The OSU School of Civil and Construction Engineering seeks participants for a research study who are at least 18 years old and have a valid driver's license. Individuals with contact lenses or prescription lenses (-5.0 to +3.0) can participate in this study. The purpose of this study is to make intersections safer for bicyclists and reduce the potential for vehicle-bicycle collisions. Participants will be paid for their involvement, which includes a time commitment of approximately 1 hour and coming to the OSU Driving Simulator Laboratory. To participate, email the corresponding graduate research assistant, Lena Breuer, at [email protected]. For more information, contact Principal Investigator David Hurwitz at [email protected].

Fiscal policy: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on an updated policy draft for Gift Funds. For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Notifications Page – Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.

Cyber Spring Cleaning: Shoring Up Your Digital Fortress Defenses: Want to enjoy the upcoming summer season with a renewed sense of confidence that your digital fortress is protected? Keep the “baddies” out of your cyber world with tips to spring clean your digital fortress at https://www.cisecurity.org/insights/newsletter/cyber-clean-for-spring. This message brought to you by OSU’s Office of Information Security at https://uit.oregonstate.edu/infosec.

Community climate survey: Oregon State faculty and staff are invited to participate in this year’s community climate survey from May 10 through June 3. OSU faculty and staff will receive an invitation to participate in the survey via email. The survey is administered every two years to gauge the opinions and perceptions of employees regarding their experience at OSU. It is one part of OSU’s broader efforts to create and sustain an inclusive and equitable university climate. To hear from as many people as possible, a $25 incentive will be provided to 50 randomly selected survey participants. The information participants enter for the incentive will not be linked to responses to the survey to ensure responses remain anonymous. 

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! Campus Way: For work related to the 2022 Street Safety Maintenance Project, the southeast sidewalk ramp along SW Campus Way, located northeast of Milne Computer Center, will be temporarily closed from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday, May 19. There may also be delays to short-term service vehicle access during the closure (view map).

Magruder Hall: For work related to the 2022 Street Safety Maintenance Project, four parking spaces in the Magruder Hall Diagnostic Laboratory parking area will be closed starting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, through 3 p.m. on Friday, May 20. A sidewalk detour will also be in place for pedestrians and the diagnostic lab will remain open (view map).

Utility tunnel: May 11-June 3. For work related to the Community Hall Slope Project, an access hatch to the utility tunnel will be removed and relocated. The current hatch is located on Jefferson Avenue across from Kerr Administration Building. Additional access hatches can be found west, north and east of this location. Communication lines in the tunnel in this area are temporarily supported and impede movement. Staff should avoid this area of the tunnel, if possible.

26th Street: As part of the 2022 Street Safety Maintenance Project, the southbound lane of SW 26th Street between SW Campus Way and SW Jefferson Way will be closed for road improvements from May 11-23. SW 26th Street will be open to northbound traffic only (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! OSU Center for Teaching & Learning is seeking a Graduate Assistant to start this summer. CTL supports those who teach at OSU with the advancement of their teaching. We are offering a 12-month, full-time contract, requiring both on- and off-campus responsibilities (i.e. hosting Zoom and/or in-person presentations). Applicants from all disciplines are encouraged. Additional information. Application deadline: May 31. To apply, contact Jeanna Towns at [email protected].

Weather

“We don’t succeed or fail because of fortune or luck. We succeed because we understand the way the world works and what we have to do. We fail because others understand this better than we do.” ~ Viet Thanh Nguyen

Corvallis: Chance of showers today, high of 60, low of 38. Mostly sunny Friday.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain and snow, high of 51, low of 29. Frost, then sunny Friday.

Newport: Chance of showers today, high of 59, low of 40. Mostly sunny Friday.

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