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:

Scientists are tracking ecological changes as the Klamath River dams come down (High Country News)

Desiree Tullos and Will Nuckoles clambered down a steep slope high above what used to be Iron Gate Reservoir in Northern California one mid-February morning. As they wound through buckbrush, trying not to slip on the gravelly soil, Tullos, an Oregon State University professor, lagged behind her graduate student, hampered by the boot cast on her broken right ankle. “I’m not supposed to put any weight on it,” said Tullos. “But I didn’t want to miss anything.”

Forever chemicals: a never-ending nightmare (KLCC)

On this edition of Oregon On The Record, you’ll hear from two nationally known scientists from Oregon State University, professors Jamie DeWitt and Jennifer Field, who are leading researchers on PFAS, or forever chemicals, and their impact on our environment. 

Heceta Bank is making waves in the Willamette Valley (Environment America)

Scores of Oregonians attended the event that was co-hosted by Environment Oregon and Oregon State University. It was the first time the film was shown in the Willamette Valley to such a large crowd which asked engaging questions ranging from wildlife that frequent the area to potential threats from overfishing and possible future conservation efforts.

From the dunes of Arrakis to the Oregon Coast (The Source Weekly)

"Several communities in Oregon have Dune Management Plans in place to deal with issues of sand inundation, view grading and vegetation planting," said Peter Ruggiero, a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. Ruggiero and Sally Hacker, a professor in OSU's Department of Integrative Biology, have studied dunes and dune morphology on the coast for nearly 20 years. Several different management actions are the primary drivers of these plans.

Today's photo

Pink canopy: Nathan Ghiorso, training specialist with the Office of University Human Resources, took this photo in the MU quad. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Are your students starting a team project in the last half of the term? Share the Academic Success Center’s Teamwork Makes the Dream Work packet and provide class time for students to plan a positive, collaborative approach to their work. The packet can guide conversations on communication strategies, shared understanding and backward planning from due dates.


ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training): ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop; anyone 18 or older can learn and use the ASIST model. Free for OSU staff, faculty and students and includes lunch. 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. May 2-3. Pre-registration is required to secure your space. For more information contact [email protected].

Careers in Aerospace: Join us for the first annual Careers in Aerospace event with Boeing, Garmin, Reliable Robotics, Altitude Aerospace, Precision Castparts, Selmet and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Noon, May 2, Johnson 102. Register on Handshake at Hosted pizza from the AIAA club.

Library Seminar Series: Information Accessibility: Learn about the Wikipedia campaign #EveryBookItsReader and cataloging DEI work from OSUL Librarians. 2-3 p.m., May 2, Willamette East Classroom, Valley Library.

Accessing Info Across Languages & Cultures: #EveryBookItsReader: How a global team is increasing book coverage on Wikipedia, plus a presentation on cataloging with non-English subject headings as DEI work. 2-3 p.m. May 2 in Willamette East Classroom, Valley Library. (More info and Zoom link.)

HMSC Research Seminar: David Mellinger with the Cooperative Institute for Marine Ecosystem and Resources Studies at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will be giving a seminar titled “Ocean gliders for marine mammal acoustic monitoring” at 3:30 p.m. May 2, in person at the HMSC Carmen Ford Phillips Auditorium in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building or online. Zoom link. Password: 104815 or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 971 3707 8566. Click here for more information.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Spring Seminar Series: “Ecological and evolutionary dynamics of foliar fungal endophyte community assembly and host associations,” presented by Jana U’Ren of University of Arizona, 4 p.m. May 2, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website. No public recording will be available.

Fulbright Information Sessions for Students: The Fulbright U.S. Student Program sponsors US citizens with bachelor’s degrees to go abroad to study, research or teach English in over 140 different countries. National and Global Scholarships Advising will hold a free hybrid information session: 4 -5 p.m May 2, in person in Learning Innovation Center 343 and online. Open to undergraduates, graduates, alumni and all who would like to find out more about this versatile opportunity. More information:

Crafternoon at Valley Library: Comic Book Crafts: Crafternoons are a time to take a break from studying, make a craft, and meet new people. This Crafternoon, we'll be making comic book coasters and canvases. 4-6 p.m. May 2, Kow Lounge, Valley Library.

Philosophy Club General Meeting — Ethics of Identity: Where does identity come from and what are the consequences? How do we feel about our own identity and the identities of others? All student, faculty and community members are welcome to join the conversation with the philosophy club at 6 p.m. May 2 in MU 221.

Religion and Social Change: An Interfaith Dialogue. Eliza Young Barstow, senior instructor of religious studies, is hosting a series of panels featuring a diverse collection of religious leaders from the Willamette Valley who have agreed to gather and discuss challenging social issues. The sessions will be panel discussions, with questions asked by Barstow. Towards the end of each session, there will be time for audience questions. The session at 6 p.m. May 2 in the Journey Room of the Memorial Union is on LGBTQ+ rights within religion. Admission is free and open to all.

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 every other Thursday, from 6:30-7:45 p.m. May 2 at Marigold. Purchase class passes and register here. Contact: [email protected].

Four-time GRAMMY winners Eighth Blackbird: PRAx Presents Eighth Blackbird and the OSU Wind Ensemble at 7 p.m. May 2 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. Eighth Blackbird sextet has been hailed as “one of the smartest, most dynamic ensembles on the planet” by the Chicago Tribune. The second half of the program includes a special performance with the OSU Wind Ensemble of “Vital Sines,” a 25-minute composition by composer Viet Cuong. Tickets $20-$30; students $5. Tickets here.


NEW! Free Comic Book Day at Valley Library: A celebration of comics! There are free comic books (while supplies last), assisted by Matt's Cavalcade of Comics. Also: Make zines and crafts with members of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Noon to 4 p.m., May 4, Nishihara Family Classroom, Valley Library.

NEW! Holocaust Memorial Week: OSU has observed Holocaust Memorial Week every year since 1987. The breadth and the duration of OSU’s effort are unmatched in the Pacific Northwest. This program grows from the belief that educational institutions can do much to combat prejudice of all kinds, and to foster respect for the diversity that is America, by promoting an awareness of the Holocaust, perhaps the most horrific historical indicator of the high cost of prejudice. Events run May 6-10; free and open to all. Read more about the week’s program and register to attend the events in person or online at

OSU Libraries and Press Open House: Uncover the diverse services, spaces, and materials we offer to our patrons. Take a tour of the library, exploring key displays and areas across several floors. Enjoy snacks, crafts, and goodies. 2-4 p.m., May 3, Valley Library Main Floor.

OSUAA Parent and Family Spring Social: Whether your family is new to university life or goes back generations with Oregon State, join the OSU Alumni Association at the International Living-Learning Center from 5-6:30 p.m. May 3 for a fun and casual event where you can mingle with fellow Beaver families and enjoy good food, music and drinks. Register today at

PRISM Launch Party: Join OSU's student-run art and literature journal in celebrating the release of our new issue, "Storyteller.” 10 a.m.-4 p.m., May 4 in the MU quad as a part of Northwest Spring Fest. Stop by for the walk-through gallery, student art, free stickers, and of course, the free journal.

Philosophy Conference The Big Ideas: What Shapes Our World, the Way We Think, and Our Lives: The PHL Club at OSU will be hosting its first regional conference from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 4 in the MU Journey Room. See the presentation schedule here and register here. This is a free event and open to the community.

Dish of the Diaspora with Okaidja Afroso: Enjoy cooking and community with Portland-based performer Okaidja Afroso as he prepares and shares a traditional Ghanian dish of groundnut stew. Learn more about Indigenous Ga-Dangme fishermen of Ghana and prime your palate for Africa Night on May 11. The event takes place May 3 at the Basic Needs Center. Cook with Okaidja: 3-4:30 p.m.; sign-up required. Limited number of free tickets to the performance available for volunteers. Dish of the Diaspora: 6-7:30 p.m. open to all. Presented in conjunction with the Okaidja Afroso performance at PRAx.

Benton County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Clinic: The sale is under cover in the Solar Barn and the Floral Courtyard at the fairgrounds and offers over 10,000 locally grown plants for both landscape and productive gardens. Payment can be made by cash, check or card. Admission and parking are free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 4, Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St. 

PRAx and the Office of the Provost Present Okaidja Afroso: Experience Okaidja Afroso 7 p.m. May 4 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. In “Jaku Mumor,” multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and dancer Okaidja Afroso dives into his cultural roots by collaborating with Indigenous Ga-Dangme fishermen to share the artistry of their a cappella singing and chants in his music and via film. Tickets $25-$35; students $5. Tickets here.

Galls, The Neem Tree, and... Poetry! Bring your lunch from noon to 1 p.m., May 9 and join Hiram Larew as he looks back and ahead at how science and art continue to shape his interests. In-person seating for this event is limited and will be first-come, first-served, but all are welcome to join via Zoom. Please RSVP to receive event details: Larew's newest collection of poems, “Patchy Ways,” has been published by CyberWitPress.

CoSCIES 2024 Education Research Showcase Extravaganza: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 10 in the MU Journey Room (104) to learn about the scholarship of teaching and learning and education research in OSU’s College of Science. Learn more about the program here. Register to attend here

OSU Wind Ensemble: The Student Arts Season at PRAx kicks off with the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble 7 p.m. May 14 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. The OSU Wind Ensemble features the most outstanding brass, woodwind and percussion players on campus. This 50-member ensemble explores new literature and performs the masterworks of the wind band ensemble genre. The wind ensemble is directed by Erik Leung, director of bands at OSU. Tickets $10; students $5. Tickets here.

OSU Wind Symphony: The School of Visual, Performing, and Design Arts Presents the Oregon State University Wind Symphony 7 p.m. May 16 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. The OSU Wind Symphony 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.

45th Annual łatwa ina Pow-Wow: Save the date: Saturday, May 18, OSU’s Native American Student Association and university partners present the 45th Annual łatwa ina Pow-Wow. 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.

College of Engineering Clean Water Showcase: Explore cutting-edge research through lightning talks, presentations, panel discussions and more, and engage in networking opportunities to learn about and help shape transformational approaches to clean water. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., May 22. More information:

PRAx Presents Rob Schwimmer: Hear Triple Helix by Rob Schwimmer 7 p.m. May 23 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. In connection with the “Sonic Booms” exhibition, PRAx celebrates music technology and experimentation. Rob Schwimmer inhabits a musical kingdom where he, playing alone, conjures a sound world created by his singular virtuosity at the piano, theremin (on which he’s considered to be one of the world masters) and Haken Continuum. Tickets $20; students $5. Tickets here.

Gerontology conference: The 47th Annual Gerontology Conference, “Healthy Aging-Friendly Communities: Connecting People and Places through Research and Practice,” will be held Friday, May 31, at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on the OSU campus. Gerontology professionals from across the country will present more than 25 educational aging-friendly topics for health and human service professionals and the public. For the full schedule and registration, visit The conference is sponsored by the OSU College of Health, Extension FCH, the Center for Healthy Aging Research and the Oregon State University Center for Health Innovation.

Engineering Expo: The 2024 Engineering Expo will feature interactive design project displays created and hosted by more than 1,200 senior engineering students. Project topics cover the breadth of engineering challenges, including robotics, clean water, nuclear energy, virtual reality, construction innovation and much more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., June 7. More information:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! FYI Friday – Understanding Evacuation Procedures: In the face of unexpected emergencies, the ability to evacuate swiftly and safely can make all the difference. This presentation delves into the critical aspects of evacuation procedures, equipping attendees with the knowledge and skills necessary to respond effectively to various emergency scenarios. Noon to 1 p.m., May 3 via Zoom. Registration required.

College of Health research seminar: “Separating oneself from substance use: Development of a novel intervention technique to prevent drinking and cannabis-using identity among college students” will be presented by research scientist Andy Hertel, Samaritan Health Services, from 1-2 p.m. Friday, May 3, in HFC 115 and via Zoom. Watch recordings of COH research seminars on the college’s website.

Sparkling wine: It’s more than champagne. Elizabeth Tomasino, an associate professor of enology in the Department of Food Science & Technology at OSU, will be giving a one-hour talk and tasting on sparkling wine. 6-7 p.m. May 3 in Corvallis, and 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. May 11 in Portland. For more details follow the link

Poetry workshops: Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Queer Studies, in partnership with the Mellon Foundation, are pleased to announce upcoming poetry workshops with award-winning poet and activist Jamila Osman. Join us from noon to 2 p.m. May 8 at Kaku-ixt Mana Ina Haws and noon to 2 p.m. May 15 at Ettihad Cultural Center for our poetry workshops titled "Alternative Modes of Knowledge Production: Poetry as Insurgent Art." Secure your spot here:

University Distinguished Professor Lecture featuring Małgorzata Peszyńska: Join us for a lecture by 2024 University Distinguished Professor Małgorzata Peszyńska at 1:30 p.m. May 8 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. Register here for her lecture, “Math Matters: Multi-* Modeling, Analysis and Simulation.” All are welcome. For more information on the University Distinguished Professors, visit

University Distinguished Professor Lecture featuring Todd Palmer: Join us for a lecture by 2024 University Distinguished Professor Todd Palmer at 3:30 p.m. May 8 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. Register here for his lecture, “Transcomputable: The Insatiable Need for, and Relentless Challenge of, Predicting the Transport of Radiation.” All are welcome. For more information on the University Distinguished Professors, visit

Sparkshop: "It's in the wrap." Tips for using exam wrappers to enhance students' metacognitive skills. Want to know how to use course exams to help your students become reflective learners? Attend CTL's Sparkshop to uncover ways to use exam wrappers to promote student metacognition. Facilitator: Funmi Amobi, CTL instructional consultant and college liaison. Noon to 12:20 p.m., May 10. Zoom registration.

UAOSU Analysis of the Financial State of OSU: Join United Academics of Oregon State University (UAOSU) for their in-depth presentation on the findings of an AAUP report on the financial state of OSU. Bonnie Fox Gerrity, who wrote the report, will be presenting. The event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 16 in Room 109 in the Memorial Union. Refreshments will be served. A hybrid option is available if you’re unable to attend in person. Please RSVP by May 13 at

Klamath Dam Removal Project Lecture with Mark Bransom: Join us to hear from Mark Bransom, Chief Executive Officer of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, about the cooperative effort to re-establish the natural vitality of the Klamath River so that it can support all communities in the Klamath basin at the College of Engineering's Dean's Distinguished Lecture. 6 p.m. May 21. More information:

Travel Talks webcast: Ancient Mediterranean. Intrigued by "The Iliad," "The Odyssey" and "Percy Jackson"? Journey back 3,000 years to the Aegean Sea and the violent end of the Bronze Age and the birth of Greek gods with novelist and lecturer John Larrison, MFA ’07. 5:30 p.m. June 4. Register today for this fascinating free Travel Talk hosted by OSU Alumni Group Travel.

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.

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 engaging 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. Offered on a monthly basis. View upcoming workshops and enroll here

Take Note

NEW! Changemakers: Adrienne Livingston, '96. Congratulations to Adrienne Livingston for being named a Changemaker by the OSU Alumni Association. Having dedicated over 25 years to advancing human rights, Livingston is transforming the lives of millions of women and youth worldwide. Her inspiring work helping youth in underserved areas prepare for college and her advocacy for sex trafficking and domestic violence prevention curricula inspire all of Beaver Nation. Learn more and nominate future Changemakers:

Active Shooter training: OSU Emergency Management offers in-department active shooter training. The 45-minute in-person presentation teaches OSU’s Run.Hide.Fight response to an active threat. To schedule a session for your team, email [email protected].

FY25 PCOSW Funding Opportunities: Applications for FY25 PCOSW scholarships and FY24 and FY25 event co-sponsorships are now being accepted. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach, or creative projects related to gender equity issues. Applications are open until funding is distributed. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact [email protected].  

Grad Night 2024: Before the grad caps fly, the OSU Alumni Association is hosting a free disco-themed celebration for the Class of 2024. Grads, grab your sequins and join your friends from 7-10 p.m. June 6 for food and drinks, music and dancing, games, cap decorating, friendship bracelet-making, photo booths, raffle giveaways, freebies and more. Register by May 31

Our Health& Transportation Noise webcast: Lend an ear to the next episode of the Our Health& series. Join a town hall discussion with College of Health Assistant Professor Matthew Bozigar to hear about the effects transportation noise has on our health and a new OSU study to map Portland’s road noise. 5:30 p.m., May 29. Save your spot.

Fulbright: The 2025-26 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open. This program offers U.S. citizens opportunities to teach, conduct research, and carry out professional projects in over 135 countries. A variety of webinars are available highlighting opportunities by discipline, region, and country on the Fulbright website. Past webinars are available on the archive page. For questions, please contact the Global Affairs Associate.

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.

Be a part of an important research study: We are seeking participants in a study evaluating exoskeletons in reducing work-related injuries in forestry. The purpose of this research study is to characterize physical risk factors associated with manual tree-felling tasks and evaluate the efficacy of commercially available exoskeletons in reducing physical risk factors. For more information: or email [email protected].

Online learning podcast season 2: Tune in to season two of the “Going Online with Oregon State University Ecampus” podcast which highlights support resources and tools for online learners everywhere. Topics include: career development opportunities, mental health resources, financial planning and more. Tune in today. 

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Philomath Blvd. Conceptual Design Open House: The Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is seeking input on conceptual designs to improve travel on the section of Philomath Boulevard/Highway 20/Highway 34 between SW 53rd and SW 15th Street. The project goal is to improve walking, biking, driving and public transportation. Two open house webinars will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., May 8 via Zoom. To register for the midday session: To register for the evening session:


"Queer things happen in the garden in May. Little faces forgotten to appear, and plants thought to be dead suddenly wave a green hand to confound you." ~ Elizabeth von Arnim

Corvallis: Chance of rain today, high of 60, low of 41. Rain likely tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain and snow today, high of 53, low of 33. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of rain today, high of 57, low of 41. Rain tomorrow.

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