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:

Gray whales struggle as purple sea urchins destroy kelp forests (Earth)

As humans, we often perceive our lives as separate from the vast, intricate ecosystems that surround us. Yet, a recent study from Oregon State University (OSU) serves as a stark reminder of the interconnectedness of nature, revealing how a seemingly isolated event — a boom in purple sea urchin populations — can have cascading effects reaching as far as the mighty gray whale in kelp forests.


Behind the book: A Q&A about neuroscience-informed counseling (Counseling)

Field is an associate professor and head of counselor, adult and higher education at Oregon State University; his research focuses on the integration of neuroscience into counseling practice and professional and social justice advocacy. 

OSU arts center PRAx announces 2024-25 season lineup, including artist-in-residence esperanza spalding (Visit Corvallis)

Tickets are now on sale for the 2024-2025 season at the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts (PRAx) at Oregon State University, which includes performances by PRAx’s inaugural artist-in-residence, jazz luminary and five-time Grammy award winner esperanza spalding.

Today's photo

Moon river: Todd Kesterson, senior instructor with New Media Communications, sent this photo of a full moon and contrails over the North Santiam River. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Want to liven up your final class meeting this term? What would you like your students to accomplish on the last day? See 7 Ideas to Perk Up Your Last Day of Class for a range of strategies that can make this time a memorable experience as students synthesize and celebrate their learning.


Center for Teaching and Learning Fellows Program 2024 Showcase & Discussion: Join this session featuring highlights from CTL Fellows in CEOAS, Engineering, Health and Cascades. Participate in a discussion on what’s next in strengthening teaching and learning. Consider how partnering with the program can play a critical role in meeting teaching and learning goals in the Prosperity Widely Shared Strategic Plan in your college. Noon to 12:50 p.m., May 23 on Zoom. Register.

Gastropod questions: Does beer really work? What’s the new information emerging about the use of essential oils in combating slugs in the garden? Bring these and all of your pressing slug (and snail) questions to a noontime SLUG CHAT with OSU’s slug expert, Rory McDonnell, from noon to 12:45 p.m., May 23. This online event is part of Slug (and snail) Week, a social media campaign educating and entertaining through the Master Gardener Facebook and Instagram channels. Learn more and register.

Albina Music Trust Community Archive Open House: Albina Music Trust and OSU’s Special Collections Archives and Records Center present an afternoon of historic regional arts activation. Join us to celebrate the recent release of a community archive documenting the artistic and cultural legacy of Portland’s historically Black neighborhood of Albina, many years in the making. 1-3 p.m., May 23 on the fifth floor of the Valley Library. Free and open to all.

Indigenizing Education: Exploring the History of Indigenous Peoples and Education. Zoom seminar featuring keynote Chance White Eyes, OSU director of Tribal relations. Program includes panel discussion and overview of OSU services supporting Native students. Hosted by OSU's New Beginnings for Tribal Students (NBTS). 3-5 p.m., May 23. Register for free here. More information about NBTS is here.

HMSC Research Seminar: Will Oestreich, postdoctoral fellow with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, will be giving a seminar titled “Collective behavior in dynamic oceanic ecosystems,” at 3:30 p.m., May 23 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.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Spring Seminar Series: “Breeding hazelnuts resistant to eastern filbert blight,” presented by Shawn Mehlenbacher of Oregon State University, 4 p.m., May 23, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

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. There will be time for audience questions. 6 p.m., May 23  in the Journey Room of the Memorial Union. Admission is free and open to all.

PRAx Presents Rob Schwimmer: Hear “Triple Helix” by Rob Schwimmer  7 p.m., May 23 at 7 p.m. in Detrick Hall. Rob Schwimmer inhabits a musical kingdom where playing alone, conjures a sound world created by his singular virtuosity at the piano, theremin and Haken Continuum – a rarely heard combination that allows him to bring audiences to mysterious new sonic territory and find new or re-connect with forgotten feelings. Tickets $20; students $5. Tickets here.

OSU One-Acts: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts and University Theatre Present: Spring One-Acts through June 2, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in Ray Theater. The Spring One-Act Festival 2024 features six newly adapted plays inspired by folk tales written and directed by OSU students. Tickets $12; students $5. Tickets here.


NEW! University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on May 24 via Zoom and in B011 Kerr Admin. Bldg. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities and budget policies. For materials associated with this week’s topics, visit the UBC webpage. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].

Beavs Lead: Change. This half-day student leadership development retreat provides the opportunity to connect with others in the OSU community who are social justice-driven and dedicated to creating positive change. Discover the power you hold and how you can use it to spark change. Food will be provided. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., May 24 in kaku-ixt mana ina haws gathering hall. For more information see

FAFSA Fix ‘n’ File: The Office of Financial Aid is providing free pizza and support with navigating the different challenges of the 2024-25 FAFSA. If you need to make a correction or still need to file, please join us for assistance. We’ll be available in MU 211 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., May 24. Details available here

UIT Data Lab: Join UIT's Data Team from 10:30 to noon each Friday at the weekly Data Lab for drop-in assistance with data projects, networking and various collaborations. Bonus offering events are held each week to give updates on different types of data projects happening at OSU. This week on May 24 will be our Payroll Data Q&A session, hosted by Mike Mandzuck and Steve Nash. For more information, please visit our website at

Mario Kart Challenge: The Military & Veteran Resource Center will be hosting a social event. Everyone is welcome to attend. Snacks will be provided and attendees will have the opportunity to network with other veterans and students. 4:30-6:30 p.m., May 24. 

Saber Es Poder: Students are invited to attend a half-day trip for a Temazcal (sweat lodge) Ceremony experience at Anahuac Farm in Turner. Learn about leadership through the lenses of Indigeneity and uncover the leader within. Alternative experiences will be available; see registration for more details. Lunch and transportation provided. Registration deadline May 24. Event June 1. Learn more at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! College of Health research seminar: “Building synergies across research centers in the College of Health” will be presented by Sunil Khanna, Megan McClelland and Suzanne Segerstrom, College of Health, from 1-2 p.m. May 24, in HFC 115 and via Zoom. Watch recordings of COH research seminars on the college’s website.

FYI Friday – Getting to know the Office of Audit Risk and Compliance Internal Control Assessment Tool (ICAT): The OARC’s ICAT is a Qualtrics-based survey any unit can use to conduct a self-assessment across a variety of risk areas (leadership, procurement and expenditures, information technology, sponsored research, etc.). This presentation will provide an overview of the ICAT, including the benefits, how to access and navigate it and what to do with the results. 11-11:30 a.m., May 24 via Zoom. Registration required.

Work-Life Fit Forum: Join the President’s Commission on the Status of Women in a virtual forum exploring how people-centered workplaces influence work-life fit for employees. Led by Kelly Chandler, associate professor in the School of Human Development and Family Sciences in the College of Health. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., May 24. All OSU community members are welcome to participate. Please register for the forum or send questions to [email protected]

Nice is Not Enough: Inequality and the Limits of Kindness at American High. Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon C.J. Pasco’s new book tells the story of American High School, a school characterized by acceptance, connection and kindness. This book describes how American High, like many high schools, uses a "regime of kindness" to address persistent inequalities. By examining how this regime of kindness works at American High, "Nice is Not Enough" shows the limits of this approach and suggests ways we might begin to dismantle systemic inequalities. Noon, May 24 via Zoom and in Furman Hall, Room 404.

Recruitment webinar: University Human Resources (UHR) is hosting a webinar focused on recruitment from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., May 24. The UHR team will provide a guided tour of the new recruitment website and share best practice suggestions for each phase of the search process. All individuals involved in hiring at the university are encouraged to attend. We will also highlight key changes that will take place in the recruitment process for hiring units and search committees, beginning June 1. Register in advance for this Zoom webinar here. A recording of the webinar will be available on UHR’s Calendar & Communications webpage several days after the event.

CTL — Mutual Mentors Bootcamp: This two-hour workshop provides opportunities to learn and practice proven interpersonal skills, questioning techniques and structured conversational tools to use while mentoring others. 1-2:50 p.m., May 24, LINC 345. Register now.

BioResource Research Seminar: Emma Slone — BS in BRR, option: sustainable ecosystems; minor in environmental science — will speak on “Forecasting the seasonal phenology of Agrotis ipsilon (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Oregon grass seed and vegetable crops,” at 1 p.m., May 24, in Strand 163. Mentors are Seth Dorman, USDA, and Jessica Green, OIPMC. Join Zoom meeting

Jansen Ivie MS Defense: Jansen Ivie will present his thesis, titled: “A Longitudinal Analysis of Coastal Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii clarkii) and Oncorhynchus mykiss Following Severe Wildfire in Oregon Cascades Headwaters," at noon June 4 in PFSC 117 and on Zoom. Jansen is earning his MS in forest ecosystems and society with Dana Warren and Kevin Bladon. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] for the Zoom link or with questions or for accommodations for disabilities.

Paul Rusesabagina"Reconciling the Unimaginable": As a part of an International Speaker Series hosted by WorldOregon, Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda," will be presenting a lecture on lessons from the Rwandan genocide at 7 p.m., June 10 at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland. Oregon State is a sponsor. Tickets available here.

Acceptance and Commitment Skills Training: This training provides a practical, values-oriented, skills-focused and research-based method to approach problems. Scott Mcfee will guide three weekend workshops from 2-5 p.m. on July 14, 21 and 28. Open to all and held at Marigold; registration is open. $180 public; $160 educators. Scholarships are available for OSU undergraduates and graduate students. Contact us.

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.

Take Note

NEW! Changemakers: Michelle Van Hilten, ’18. Congratulations to Michelle for being named a Changemaker by the OSU Alumni Association. Her impressive academic career included conducting marine research in Cambodia, working as an environmental educator, traveling to rural Tanzania communities and serving as a trip leader for Cascades Adventures. Now, she makes a positive impact as senior associate for a global nonprofit addressing deforestation, ecosystem conversion and human rights projects. Learn more and nominate future Changemakers:

NEW! PRAx 24-25 Season: The first full season of the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts (PRAx) is here. Tickets are on sale now for single event tickets and season ticket packages. The first full season includes multi-genre, interdisciplinary performers, the launch of the Indigenous Jazz Club, the advent of dance at PRAx and so much more. Reserve your seat.

KidSpirit Sewing Academy Camps: If you have a budding fashion designer or a sustainability-minded kiddo, join KidSpirit for Sewing Academy camps this summer. Our zero-waste, beginner-friendly camps will cover everything from basic stitches and embroidery to quilting and so much more. Campers will learn how to extend the life of our clothes and how to be resourceful before taking them to a landfill. For more information and to register, visit:

Revised University Policy04-120 Service and Emotional Support Animals. The policy provides necessary updates to OSU Service & Assistance Animal Policy, first adopted in October 2012. Because service animals and emotional support animals are governed by separate bodies of law, the policy reflects certain requirements under each and directs the university’s actions. Please visit the “What’s New” section of the University Policy & Standards Manual for the latest on new, revised and proposed university policies and standards.

Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2024 and Fall 2025: 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. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Call for Applications: Career ChampionsApplications for the fall 2024 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. Career Champions provides educators with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while tackling issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applications are due June 7. Cohort meets on Zoom from 3-4 p.m. Thursdays weeks 3-8 of fall term. Direct questions to Brenna Gomez.

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.

Take your teaching to the next level: Join the Fall ’24 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community to build resilience into your teaching. You’ll learn from experts at CTL and Academic Technologies while collaborating with OSU faculty who share your passion for teaching. Don’t miss this opportunity to become a more resilient and effective educator. See the call for participation and apply by June 3. Funding provided.

Ready, Set, AI: Join the Center for Teaching and Learning and Academic Technologies for the Fall ’24 Faculty Learning Community addressing artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on teaching and learning. We will explore issues regarding AI in education, develop proactive teaching strategies and hear from AI experts. See the call for participation. Funding provided. Apply by June 3.

Photo contest: The Healthy Aging Club is proud to announce its fifth annual photo contest. The theme this year is older adults engaging in their favorite hobbies. Prizes include gift certificates, craft kits and OSU swag. Please email your submission to [email protected] by Saturday, May 25, at midnight. 

Voice your opinion - AI at OSU: We are looking for your ideas on how OSU can incorporate, integrate and deploy AI as part of the AI@OSU initiative ( Take the survey here; only for Oregon State University students, faculty and staff. The survey is voluntary, anonymous and should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey will be open and available for participation until Friday, June 7.

Fulbright scholar program: 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.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Campus Way: As part of the Kelley District Utility Plant project, SW Campus Way between SW 26th Street and SW Memorial Place will be closed May 29-June 10. The closure is necessary to allow for crane activity related to the project. Unlike recent, intermittent closures related to the project, this will be a continuous closure of Campus Way. The Kelley Engineering Center south entrance will also be closed. The north sidewalk and both bicycle lanes in this section of Campus Way will be closed during this time period. The south sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. A bicycle detour will be provided. (View road and sidewalk closure map.) (View bicycle detour.)


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! The Division of Extension and Engagement’s Family and Community Health Program invites applications for a Temporary Bilingual (English/Spanish) Education Program Assistant 1 position based at the OSU Extension Service Lane County Office in Eugene. This is a full-time, temporary (June 24-Oct. 31, 2024), classified position starting at $18.57 hourly + bilingual differential pay. This position will support the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) Program. Posting #P04813CT. Closes May 27.

NEW! The Division of Extension and Engagement’s Extension 4-H Youth Development Program invites applications for multiple Temporary Cook 2 positions located at the Oregon 4-H Center in Salem. These temporary positions start at $17.80 hourly and have a flexible FTE between 0.6 (approx. 24 hours/week) to 1.0 (40 hours/week). Posting #P04817CT. Full consideration: May 28. Closes Sept. 23.

EXTENDED! The Division of Extension and Engagement’s Extension 4-H Youth Development Program invites applications for an Administrative Program Assistant position based at the OSU Extension Service Hood River County office in Hood River. This is a 12-month, part-time (0.50 FTE, approximately 20 hours/week), classified position starting at $18.57 hourly + benefits. This position will have funding for two years from the start date, with continuation dependent upon future funding. Posting #P04760CT. Closes May 30.

NEW! The Associated Students of Oregon State University (ASOSU) is hiring a Student Government Advisor. The Student Government Advisor will provide advising support for student shared governance at the Corvallis Campus and aid in the creation of civically engaged students. To learn more about ASOSU Student Government visit More information about the position can be found at Posting #P08094UF. The anticipated salary is $53,000-$57,000. Closes on June 4.

NEW! The Division of Extension and Engagement’s Communications and Marketing Unit invites applications for an Office Specialist 2 position based in Corvallis. This is a 12-month, part-time (0.63 FTE, approximately 25 hours per week), classified position starting at $17.24 hourly + benefits. Posting #P04816CT. Full consideration June 10. Closes June 17.

NEW! The Division of Extension and Engagement’s Extension Family and Community Health Program invites applications for an Education Program Assistant 1 position based at the OSU Extension Service Klamath County Office in Klamath Falls. This is a part-time (0.9 FTE, approximately 36 hours/week), 12-month, classified position starting at $18.57 hourly + benefits. This position is part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — Education (SNAP-Ed) Program. Posting #P04819CT. Closes June 11.


"The garden reconciles human art and wild nature, hard work and deep pleasure, spiritual practice and the material world. It is a magical place because it is not divided." ~ Thomas Moore

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 67, low of 45. Slight chance of showers Friday. 

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 64, low of 41. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 61, low of 44. Chance of showers tomorrow.

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