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:

Peering inside the black box of AI (PNAS)

Five years ago, computer scientist Alan Fern and his colleagues at Oregon State University, in Corvallis, set out to answer one of the most pressing questions in artificial intelligence (AI): Could they understand how AI reasons, makes decisions, and chooses its actions?

OSU, Baylor researchers report breakthrough in computer chip energy efficiency that could cut data center power use (KTVZ)

Researchers at Oregon State University and Baylor University say they have made a breakthrough toward reducing the energy consumption of the photonic chips used in data centers and supercomputers. (see also KEZI)

Researchers say it's time to stop naming organisms after people (Undark)

It’s an honor for a researcher to have a species named after them, said Brian Sidlauskas, an ichthyologist at Oregon State University. (He would know: There’s an Amazonian fish with his name on it.) But while he’s not interested in barring their use, he does think the ICZN could create a process for ditching problematic names — perhaps through a panel of experts tasked with weighing in on proposed name changes.

5 tips for growing potent peppers (Portland Tribune)

Lopez-Reyes, Oregon State University Extension Service Open Campus and Juntos student success coordinator, has been growing his home garden for five years. It’s full of peppers, tomatoes, tomatillos, epazote and cilantro. He grows so many pepper plants that they often overflow into pots. All of his bounty goes into meals he cooks with culturally important foods.

Rare beetle rediscovered after 55 years (SciTechDaily)

After collecting a beetle at the ranch that didn’t resemble any species he was familiar with, Will called up Bembidion expert David Maddison, a professor of integrative biology at Oregon State University, to help identify the specimen. Together, the scientists used morphological and DNA analysis to confirm that the beetle represented a completely new species.

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Emeritus: Fabiola Sandoval Morado, academic advisor for the School of Psychological Sciences, says, “One morning as I walked through campus to participate in the CARDV 5K run, I stopped by the Sequoia Grove to check out Emeritus. The rising sun peeked through the branches, illuminating the sculpture.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Quality media is a vital part of teaching in all modalities. Need to brush up on creating and using media to augment your teaching? See Using Media from Learn@OregonState. Want to consult with experts on video or audio recording? Looking for media training? Check out the Media Hub, a resource for OSU faculty, students and staff.


Skip & Sip the Stress Away with the ASC: Join the Academic Success Center to recognize and celebrate your accomplishments and prepare for finals. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m, May 25, in the SEC Plaza, play some hopscotch, sip on iced tea, make your own encouraging button or paint a rock. We’ll have resources available to support folks in the final stretch in the term. Questions or accommodations? Contact [email protected].

Soundbox 6: Biosphere Remix, a festival of makers in music, technology, poetry, art, engineering, science and more, takes place May 22-26. It's free to attend, and open to all. This year it takes place mostly at the MU room 109. Drop by and check out works by students, faculty and visiting musicians: percussionist Ivan Manzanilla from University of Guanajuato, Mexico and violinist, Rebecca Sabine (Las Vegas), as well as featured visual and media artists: Melody Owen, and Jack Snell-Ryan, and more. Activities start 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. daily. See the full schedule here and through the CLA: link:

SRS Listen and learn: UIT-Academic Technologies will host a virtual session featuring a number of faculty who use Top Hat (OSU’s centrally supported Student Response System) in their teaching from noon to 1:15 p.m., May 25. Join us to learn how they leverage the tool in their classrooms, their observations on student learning and their insights on the gaps they see in their teaching needs and what the technology can currently offer. A discussion will be held at the end as time allows. Registration is required for the session. 

OSU’s New Beginnings for Tribal Students presents Cultural Awareness and Mentor Training Series 2023: "Cultivating Safe Spaces in Education," 2-4:30 p.m., May 25, an interactive facilitated workshop with Jen Greenway. Open to faculty; students encouraged to attend. Info at

HMSC Research Seminar: This year’s Lavern Weber Visiting Scientist Andrew Read, a Stephen Toth Distinguished Professor of Marine Biology at Duke University and the director of the Duke University Marine Laboratory, will be giving a seminar titled “Unfathomable: the strange and wonderful behavior of Ziphius cavirostris,” 3:30 p.m., May 25. 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.

Language in Learning: Visiting Fulbright Scholar Derek Fish is giving a presentation about the language of learning at 4 p.m., May 25 in Weniger 328. This has long been an important and controversial topic -- especially in South Africa, with 11 official languages but final high school exam science available in only two. No RSVP needed.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology spring seminar series: “Recent evolution of cardiac glycoside biosynthesis in wallflower,” presented by Georg Jander of Cornell University Boyce Thompson Institute, 4 p.m., May 25, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

Ideas Matter lecture series: "Intersections of Indigenous, Buddhist and Biological Thought." Professor Rebekah Sinclair in a conversation with biologist Dee Denver. 5-7 p.m., May 25, at The Bière Library, 151 NW Monroe Ave., Suite 102, Corvallis. Free, open to all. Presented by the School of History, Philosophy and Religion.

Art About Agriculture 2023 reception: All are welcome to the in-person reception for the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Art About Agriculture Competition and Touring Exhibition 2023. 5-7:30 p.m. May 25 at Giustina Gallery, LaSells Stewart Center, OSU. For more information about this event please visit, Information about the Art About Agriculture 2023 program:

Latinx & Friends Grad Student Writing Group: This is a great opportunity for BIPOC graduate students to come work on any writing projects in a safe space. We will also offer students the chance to be part of a writing accountability group to help stay focused on long-term writing projects. 6-8 p.m., May 25; 11 a.m.-2 p.m., May 27; 7-8:30 p.m., May 31; and 11 a.m.-2 p.m., June 3. Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez.

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


NEW! Student Veterans Association’s Memorial Day Remembrance event: May 26. Vigil at 11 a.m. in the lobby of SEC. Cookout at 12:30 p.m., outside of Snell Hall Ste. 150.

NEW! Make a solar filter and learn how to photograph the sun: In preparation for the annular solar eclipse that will take place on Oct. 14, faculty members Randall Milstein (physics) and Julia Bradshaw (photography) together with Tom Carrico (astrophotographer and member of the Heart of the Valley Astronomy Club) will conduct the workshop. Learn about eclipses, make a solar filter. and receive instruction on how to photograph the annular eclipse. Saturdays from 9-11 a.m., limited to 24 people. Bring a camera, ideally one with manual controls, and a tripod if you have one. All other materials will be provided. No prior skill needed. May 27, June 24, July 22, Aug. 12, Sept. 23, Sept. 30, Oct. 7 (sign up for one). Register here.

NEW! My People’s Market: Oregon State is a sponsor for My People’s Market June 3-4 at The Redd on Salmon Street in SE Portland. It brings together more than 120 BIPOC-owned businesses — artisans, makers and food innovators, including several vendors receiving entrepreneurial support from OSU’s Food Innovation Center — to create pathways for entrepreneurs of color to connect with the travel industry and new market opportunities. Looking for a deeper opportunity? Volunteer

Music à la Carte: OSU alumna and professional violinist Rebecca Sabine is a concert violinist, composer, recording artist and certified mindfulness meditation teacher. In 2022 she received the Outstanding Senior Award from the College of Liberal Arts. Sabine is a member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and has played professionally with Lady Gaga, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion and Adele. Noon, May 26 at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge.

Pie a CEOAS Professor: Help support the CEOAS Association of Graduate Students (CAGS) by participating in our Spring 2023 fundraiser. Jars labeled with a professor representing each academic program in the college will be set out in Wilkinson 104. Add money to the jar of the program/professor you'd like to see get pied during the week of May 22-May 26. The top three programs with the most money will be pied. Pieing will take place at 4 p.m. May 26 outside in the Burt Courtyard.

The OSU Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert: Directed by Ryan Biesack. Featuring works by Thad Jones, Jim McNeely, Wayne Shorter and more. 7:30 p.m., May 31 in Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center. Free to OSU students. $10 general admission in advance at, or at the door (cash and check only, please.)

Board of Trustees: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet June 1-2 to consider approving a budget and advancing to the construction phase a research complex in Corvallis and a housing project in Newport to serve the university’s Hatfield Marine Science Center The board will meet from 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. June 2 in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union on the Corvallis campus. Board committees will meet June 1 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in the same location. All meetings are open to the public and can be attended in person, on Zoom or on the phone by calling 1-888-475-4499 (meeting ID: 655 466 888). Meeting agendas and materials are posted as they become available on the board’s website. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by May 31 to [email protected] or Stacy Jeffries at 541-737-3449.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

Ravyn Cervantes Master of Public Policy Defense: “Managing Misconduct: Understanding the Role of College Hearing Officers in the University Academic Misconduct Sanction Process.” 10 a.m., May 26, Bexell 326. Committee: Kelsy Kretschmer (chair), Allison Hurst, Brett Burkhardt. Contact [email protected] for the Zoom link.

VP for URM finalists: Finalist candidates for Vice President for University Relations and Marketing (VP for URM) will be on the Corvallis campus May 26. Visit the VP for URM search webpage for more details and candidate information. Candidate information will be provided one day prior to the candidate’s visit. OSU community members are invited to participate in University Forums with candidates at the following times: 10-10:45 a.m., May 26, MU Horizon Room and via Zoom.

Kiley Barber MF defense: Kiley Barber will present her capstone, titled: “The Role of Professional Development in the Career Advancement of Women in Urban Forestry,” 10 a.m., May 26, PFSC 123 and on Zoom. Barber is earning her MF in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Paul Ries. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] for the Zoom link or for accommodations.

Trisha Patterson Master of Public Policy Defense: “The Hazards-Housing Nexus: An Adaptive Capacity Wheel Analysis of Coastal Planning Institutions." Committee: Jenna Tilt (CEOAS) and Dwaine Plaza (SPP), Edward Weber (SPP). Noon, May 26, Bexell 414. Contact [email protected] for the Zoom link.

Health seminar: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences research seminar, “All hands on deck: Efforts to expand and improve abortion care in reproductive freedom states,” will be presented by Jessica Gipson, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, from 1-2 p.m. May 26, via Zoom. Learn more, see all spring seminars and watch past seminars on the.

HR onboarding: University Human Resources invites you to two upcoming listening sessions this month regarding your experience with UHR’s onboarding process. We are hosting two different opportunities for you to provide feedback in an interactive setting on ways we can improve our process. Sessions are 2-3 p.m., May 19, in Memorial Union Room 206 and Friday, 1-2 p.m., May 26; register here. You can also fill out an anonymous survey about your experience here.

FURst Aid: Injury prevention and rehab for dogs and cats. Dave Meyer, certified veterinary technician and canine rehabilitation practitioner at the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, will overview small animal rehabilitation and injury prevention – think physical therapy skills for your pet. 5:15-6:15 p.m., May 30, online. Registration.

Center for Teaching and Learning Fellows Program 2023 showcase and discussion: Hear highlights from CTL Fellows in the Colleges of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; Engineering; Science; and Cascades. Then, join a discussion on what’s next in strengthening teaching and learning. Consider how partnering with the program can play a critical role in enhancing and innovating your college’s teaching faculty in the upcoming year. 10-10:50 a.m., June 12. Register now using ONID. Contact [email protected].

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

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

Take Note

NEW! Call for Blended Learning Fellowship Nominations: CTL is accepting nominations and self-nominations for a 2023-24 Blended Learning Faculty Fellow. The Fellow will have opportunities to be involved in faculty development around blended learning and will support CTL’s strategic goals of enhancing student success while developing a culture of teaching innovation. Apply by May 31. See call for blended fellowship nominations.

Call for Applications: Career Champions Program. Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2023 Career Champions cohort. 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, complete the application form by June 9. 

Exemplary employees: OSU Exemplary Employee Award nominations are open now through May 31. This award recognizes work performance and service which goes above and beyond the standard expectations held for professional faculty and classified staff. One classified and one professional faculty employee will be honored at the University Day ceremonies with the presentation of a plaque and cash award of $500 each. Click here to learn about the nomination process and criteria.

Send a note to 2023 grads: This year’s graduates are about to begin an incredible new journey. Voice your encouragement, advice and congratulations as they begin to build their bright futures. Use the BEaver KIND submission form to send a short message to the Class of 2023 by June 9. 

Call for Nominations: The Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center is calling for nominations for our annual awards ceremony. We have our AYA Award, Student Leader Award, and the Feminist of Achievement award. If you would like to nominate a potential candidate, please fill out the form here: Nominations are due May 30. The awards ceremony will be held from 3-5 p.m., June 12 in the Journey Room in the Memorial Union. 

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

OSU Foundation announces Women’s Giving Circle grant awardees: Thirteen grants were awarded for 2023-24 by the OSU Women’s Giving Circle, ranging from $2,112 to expand English conversation partnership programs for international students to $9,960 to redefine digital literacy and career readiness competency for students at OSU-Cascades. To read about all 13 grants, click here. The next grant application deadline will be in January 2024.

Contemplative Practice Center: OSU's Contemplative Studies Initiative is opening a practice center for students, faculty/staff and the public this summer. The center will be located in the historic Pepsi building at 648 SW Second St. in downtown Corvallis. Share your preferences for class times, practice modalities and even vote for your favorite name: Learn more about the center opening via the CSI newsletter:


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! Office Specialist 2: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement KidSpirit program invites applications for an Office Specialist 2 position based in Corvallis. This is an intermittent, classified position starting at $16.19 hourly. The FTE will fluctuate between summer and academic months (summer months will be approximately 1.0 FTE and academic months will have varied FTE between 15-20 hours a month). Posting #P04220CT. Closes June 6.

NEW! Office Specialist 2: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement KidSpirit program invites applications for an Office Specialist 2 position based in Corvallis. This is a 12-month, F/T, classified position starting at $16.19 hourly + benefits. This is a limited-duration appointment expected to last approximately two years. Posting #P04221CT. Closes June 6.

NEW! Program Representative 1: The Office of the Registrar invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Program Representative 1 (Military Student Services Specialist) position to support OSU students using veterans and military governmental education programs. Posting #P04208CT. Closes June 16.

NEW! Director for Sustainability Program: College of Agricultural Sciences invites INTERNAL applications for a part-time (0.2 FTE), 12-month Director of Sustainability Program position. Posting #P06913UF. Closes June 21.

NEW! Student Landscape Maintenance Worker For Facilities Services: The OSU Landscape Team invites you to apply for a full-time or part-time summer job. This position can also extend into the next academic year. Posting #PO9899SE. Closes June 30.


“Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble.” ~ Shah Rukh Khan

Corvallis: Sunny and then slight chance of thunderstorms, high off 81, low of 52. Sunny and then slight chance of thunderstorms Friday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 73, low of 48. Sunny Friday.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 66, low of 50. Partly sunny tomorrow.

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