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:

 OSU-Cascades awarded $3.9 million grant to improve school counseling in Central Oregon (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University-Cascades was awarded a $3.9 million federal grant to provide full tuition for up to 75 master’s-degree students in a counseling program specifically geared toward increasing school counselors in rural K-12 Central Oregon school

OSU vet lab takes role in diagnosing flu killing California condors (Jefferson Public Radio)

The Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Oregon State University has been involved in identifying what's been killing the birds. Kurt Williams is director of the lab and our guest.

How hackers target smart meters to attack the grid (Smart Energy International)

According to researchers from Oregon State University College of Engineering, smart meters provide a prime vulnerable target for hackers seeking to destabilise the power transmission grid. (see also KPIC)

Woodland care classes coming to the area (Canby Herald)

Oregon State University Extension is hosting a Basic Forestry Shortcourse for woodland owners and caretakers in the North Willamette Valley this spring.

5 tips for a spring garden and when to start planting (Register-Guard)

"If you still want to grow cool season crops, you can still get things like cabbage and carrots and beets and peas and all those kinds of things in the ground," said Erica Chernoh, Oregon State University horticulture assistant professor of practice. "But we're also now heading into that period of time where you do start to plant tomatoes and peppers and eggplant and more of those heat-loving crops as well."


Today's photo

Spring skies: Carolyn Webb says, “My magnolia and windmill fan palm.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Have you tried ChatGPT? Want to learn more about ChatGPT and other AI tools? Come to the Faculty Drop-in Discussion: The Impact of Generative AI on Education. Bring your questions and curiosity to explore implications of AI together with UIT-Academic Technologies and CTL. 11-11:45 a.m. May 11 via Zoom. ONID authentication required.


Craft event: Come join us at the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center to craft with us. Stop by anytime from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursdays to make our craft of the week, posted on our Instagram @osu_wgc.

Parenthood lecture: Linwood Vereen presents “The Experiences of Black Men Through the Perinatal Period of Parenthood.” Noon to 1 p.m., May 4, Furman Hall 405 or by Zoom. More info:

Teach-in: A teach-in regarding anti-trans legislation will take place from 3-5 p.m., May 4 in El Centro Cultural César Chávez. This event is sponsored by the Queer Studies Program at Oregon State University, Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws, Centro Cultural César Chávez, the Pride Center, SOL and the Hattie Redmond Women and Gender Center.

HMSC Research Seminar: The HMSC 2023 Student Invited Speaker Donna DW Hauser with the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will be giving a seminar titled “Bridging scientific and Indigenous perspectives to understand rapidly changing Arctic marine ecosystems,” at 3:30 p.m., May 4. 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 spring seminar series: “Fifty years of mycorrhizal research: where we have been, where we are going,” presented by Paola Bonfante of University of Turin (Italy), 4 p.m,. May 4, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

"Exciting and Engaging Undergraduate Students in a Post-COVID Classroom": Keynote speaker Dwaine Plaza, professor of sociology in the School of Public Policy, will present recommendations on how faculty can be innovative and think differently about their teaching, testing and engaging students using new technologies and pedagogical approaches. 4:30-6 pm., May 4 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room, with a reception to follow. Registration

Ideas Matter lecture series: "Rapidly Changing Ecosystems." Professor Allen Thompson in a conversation with ecologist Matt Betts. 5-7 p.m. May 4 at The Bière Library, 151 NW Monroe Ave., Suite 102, Corvallis. Free, open to all. Presented by the School of History, Philosophy and Religion.

Fragments and Phantasmagoria: Landscape Photography of Lang Jingshan (1895-1998). Talk by Mia Liu, assistant professor of Chinese art, Johns Hopkins University. 5:30 p.m., May 4 in the International Living and Learning Center, Room 155. Presented by the College of Liberal Arts School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts.

Public Seed Library 'Growing a Vegetable Garden' Lecture Series: Benton County Master Gardener Emily Herb will discuss how to "Keep it coming: Succession planting, thinning, row covers and weeding," 6-7 p.m. May 4 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library's Meeting Room. Come learn how to grow more food successfully and get your questions answered. If you've started your vegetable garden and have leftover seeds, individual donations of open and partially used vegetable, herb and flower commercial seed packets packed for '22 and '23 are needed now to restock the Public Seed Library seed rack, and can be donated any time at the Corvallis Library Circulation Desk. Learn more at

Zumba: Join us for an evening of dancing, good music and laughter. No prior experience is needed, the event will be led by a Dixon Rec Center Zumba instructor. The event will take place 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 4 at the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center.


NEW! Free Comic Book Day: Stop by the Valley Library for 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 and OSU Pride Center. Noon to 4 p.m., May 6, Nishihara Family Classroom.

NEW! Ettihad festival:The Ettihad Cultural Center is hosting its 2023 cultural festival. This year's festival will include cultural performances, a fashion show, a henna station, individual country cultural booths, a raffle, games and food trucks. Students from North Africa, Horn of Africa, West, Central and South Asia will have the opportunity to celebrate and share parts of their culture. Join us from 4-7 p.m., May 7, in the SEC Plaza.

NEW! Prism Launch Party: Come to the SEC Plaza between 5-7 p.m. May 8 to celebrate students who are getting their art published in the Prism Art & Literary Journal this year. Meet featured student artists, munch on free food (popcorn, churros and mini corn dogs), shop with our student vendors, play games, get exclusive access to the journal before it’s released and more.

NEW! Celebrate Ag and Natural Resource Day: 10 a.m-2 p.m., May 9, on the MU Quad. Come out at 11 a.m. for the Woodburn High School Mariachi Band students celebrating heritage through mariachi on the SEC Plaza stage

NEW! Beaver Baseball tailgater in Portland: Join fellow alumni and fans to cheer on OSU baseball against the UP Pilots at Ron Tonkin Field in Portland. Join the pregame tailgater from 4:30-6 p.m, May 9 and enjoy food, drinks and mingling before the first pitch. Game ticket required for entry. Register:

Joint Service Review: The Army, Navy/Marine and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Programs (ROTC) at Oregon State University will hold their annual Joint Service Review at 10 a.m., May 5 in the Memorial Union Quad. This event is a long­standing tradition that allows cadets and midshipmen to participate in a formal review before commissioning as officers in the various military services. The reviewing official and guest speaker will be Major General Michael E. Stencel.

50 Years of Women in OSU Army ROTC celebration: OSU Army ROTC is hosting a lunch event to celebrate 50 years of women participating in the program. This event will be held at McAlexander Fieldhouse at noon May 5.

Music à la Carte: OSU Piano Instructor Elizabeth Moss performs a faculty recital. Program TBA. Noon, May 5 in the Memorial Union Lounge. Free, open to all.

Valley Library open house: The OSU Libraries and Press open house takes place 2-4 p.m., May 5 at the Valley Library. The library made many changes in the last couple years and staff will showcase some of the current, new and upcoming spaces and projects. There will be an opportunity to tour the library while looking for key displays and areas on each floor.

Spring Parent and Family Social: Attend a casual reception for current OSU parents and families to meet and mingle during Spring Family Weekend (May 5-7). Make connections, get resources from OSU leaders and enjoy apps, drinks and fun. Join us at 4:30 p.m. May 5 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Register:

Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale & Clinic: Every first Saturday in May, the Benton County Master Gardener Association holds its Plant Sale & Clinic under cover at the fairgrounds' Solar Barn and Floral Courtyard, featuring over 10,000 plants — perennials, natives, edibles, trees and shrubs. Master Gardeners available to answer gardening questions. Proceeds from the sale support educational programs in our community. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 6, Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 S.W. 53rd St., Corvallis. Payments by cash, check or credit/debit card accepted. 

Pet Day: Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Day is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 6. Come over to Magruder Hall for family- and pet-friendly activities to learn more about veterinary medicine. Activities include hospital tours, a 5K Fun Run, bounce house, teddy bear surgery, dog-wash and nail-trim station, a variety of animal-themed vendors and so much more. Some activities request a minimal fee. Leashed pets are welcome on the grounds but not in university buildings. For questions contact [email protected].

Blood drive: The American Red Cross will be doing a blood drive from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., May 8-11 in the MU basement. You can make online appointments here

Spring Bike Challenge, May 1-31, 2023, Corvallis Campus: May is National Bike Month. It’s not too late to celebrate by joining the annual Spring Bike Challenge. Teams ride in a friendly campus-wide competition to see who can bike the most days in May. The last day to register is May 12. You can find details and registration information on the Spring Bike Challenge webpage, or email [email protected] with questions. 

Advantage Accelerator anniversary: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is celebrating its 10-year anniversary from 2:30-7:30 p.m, May 11 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center for an "Accelebration" filled with networking, speakers and success stories. RSVP by May 5 at this link to secure your spot. 

Bring Your Kids to Campus Day: Registration is now open for the Family Resource Center’s Bring Your Kids to Campus Day, taking place May 12. OSU's 11th annual Bring Your Kids to Campus Day is designed to 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 and study. Register now or visit the FRC website to learn more. Please direct any questions to [email protected].

Farm open house: Crop and Soil Science is hosting an in-person open house at Hyslop Farm for sharing the work of CSS faculty and our USDA-ARS partners with the public. The Field Day takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 24 and is free and open to the public. Check out our website for more details.

National Get Outdoors Day at Peavy Arboretum: Join OSU Research Forests in a free family bilingual event celebrating outdoor recreation and environmental education, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., June 3. Over 20 interactive exhibitors from the community, including free fishing for youth, disc golf, logging sports, nature art and other fun activities for the whole family with Spanish interpretation. Information at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Merit increase talk: Supervisors of academic and professional faculty are invited to join University Human Resources to learn more about "How to Communicate Academic and Professional Faculty Merit Increases." This year’s faculty merit decision-making timeline will also be discussed. Two one-hour opportunities are available: 10 a.m, May 8 and 3 p.m., May 9.

NEW! “Who is Planned Parenthood?” talk: Mayra Rodriguez will be speaking about her 17 years of employment with Planned Parenthood, and why she left the industry for good. Rodriguez will be speaking at The LaSells Stewart Center at 6 p.m. May 8 in the Construction and Engineering Hall. This event is sponsored by the Students for Life at OSU.

College of Public Health and Human Sciences research seminar: Joan Casey, University of Washington, will present “Long-term exposure to wildfire particulate matter: Does the particular metric matter for health and environmental justice?” 1-2 p.m., May 5 in HFC 115 or via Zoom. Learn more, see all spring seminars and watch past seminars on the college’s website.

Applied Economics seminar: Eric Zou from the University of Oregon will present "The Environmental Effects of Economic Production: Evidence from Ecological Observations,” 2:30-4 p.m., May 5, Ballard Extension Hall Room 219. Additional details available here

The Making of the Northwest Forest Plan: A conversation with K. Norman Johnson, Jerry F. Franklin and Gordon H. Reeves, moderated by Kerry Tymchuk. 2-3:30 p.m. May 7, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave. In The Making of the Northwest Forest Plan: The Wild Science of Saving Old Growth Ecosystems (Oregon State University Press, 2023), three of the scientists who helped craft that change tell the story as they know it: the causes, development, adoption and effects of the Northwest Forest Plan. Co-sponsored by the OSU Press.

Register today for the Ecampus faculty forum: Join discussions about online teaching excellence, and explore the changing landscape of online education at this year's Ecampus Faculty Forum on May 8-9. This event includes sessions for everyone, from those who are curious about teaching online, to seasoned online instructors and university leadership. Held at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center and online via Zoom, Faculty Forum includes pre-conference workshops on May 8 and interactive sessions on May 9. Check out the full agenda and register today

Disability-Related Psychology Ph.D. Defense: Emily F. Plackowski will present her dissertation, “’You should always be willing to listen and change’: Using Brief Indirect Contact Interventions to Impact University Students’ Ableism and Related Constructs and Conceptualizations,” 2 p.m., May 8, via Zoom. Make accommodation requests by May 3 to Plackowski’s mentor, Kathleen Bogart ([email protected], 541-737-1357). Zoom URL:

OSU’s New Beginnings for Tribal Students presents Cultural Awareness and Mentor Training Series 2023: "Tribal History Shared History: Essential Understandings of Native Americans in Oregon" with Angie Morrill, 2-4 p.m. May 9. "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

Floor Monitor Training: Training for Floor Monitors and Building Managers on roles and responsibilities when evacuating their building. Training is the second Wednesday every month at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom Floor Monitor Training at:

Ken van Holde symposium and celebration: University Distinguished Professor Kensai E. van Holde will be commemorated in a day-long symposium May 13 at the Linus Pauling Science Center. Van Holde died in 2019. He joined the brand-new Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in 1967. For more information on van Holde or the symposium, email [email protected].

Coaches Clinic: The Sports Parent: Want to contribute to the success and enjoyment of youth sports and keep kids in the game? Hear about research and best practices for parents and coaches alike in the final session of the free Coaches Clinic Series, led by OSU kinesiology faculty. 6:30 p.m., May 17, Hallie Ford Center. Register now.

Fidelity, TIAA, OSGP(Voya) on campus consultations: Fidelity, TIAA and OSGP(Voya) advisors are available at no cost to you as a part of your retirement plan. Fidelity representative Justin Blatny will be available on campus May 10-11 for one-on-one appointments. Register at or by emailing [email protected]. TIAA representative AJ Martinez, CFP, will be available on campus May 16-18 for one-on-one appointments. Register at or by emailing [email protected]. OSGP (Voya) representative Charles Yu will be available on campus May 26 and June 27 for one-on-one appointments. Register at or by emailing [email protected].

Introduction to Oregon Savings Growth Plan: Learn how this 457 deferred compensation plan can help increase your retirement income. The OSGP (also referred to as the 457 plan) is part of the Voluntary Retirement Savings Program at OSU. All employees (except student employees) are eligible to participate. This virtual workshop will examine the time value of money and your investment options with OSGP.  Roth vs. pre-tax deductions will be discussed. 12:30 p.m., May 23 via Zoom. To register:

Remodeling Your Mitochondrial Kitchen: Studies show the mitochondria play a vital role in metabolic health and in our understanding and treatment of diabetes and other conditions. Tune into a Public Health Insider webcast with OSU kinesiology faculty at 5:30 p.m., May 23 at 5:30 p.m. to learn all about mitochondria and your metabolic health. Register:

Bioorthhogonal ligations workshop: The GCE4All Research Center is hosting an in-person workshop, "Bioorthogonal Ligations - Clicking with GCE," Aug 8-12. This five-day intensive lecture and laboratory workshop will cover bioorthogonal ligations using GCE technologies in E.coli and mammalian host systems. Apply now. A limited amount of scholarship support is available to support women and minorities in research and education.

First annual OSU Engagement conference: Save the date for this inaugural Engagement conference Sept. 5-6, to be held at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. This event is developed to increase awareness of engagement and engaged scholarship efforts across the university, while providing opportunities for recognition, learning, networking and idea generation. More information will be available at closer to the date. Hosted by the Office of the Provost and the Division of Extension  Engagement. Contact Marina Denny to discuss being a presenter at this year’s conference.

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by University Human Resources that dives deep into the way that we solve problems together. The workshop helps people learn more about their own mindset, learn appreciation for how colleagues work, and together be able create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions. View upcoming workshops and enroll here. $40 covers materials. Contact [email protected] for information about scheduling an intact group workshop.

Take Note

NEW! Diversity research publications: Submit diversity research publications and RSVP for the OSU Diversity Research Reception. Noon to 1 p.m. May 17, MU Horizon Room; and Cascades (streaming) Obsidian Hall, 207. Submit publication and RSVP here. The reception will highlight and celebrate the contributions of OSU researchers advancing equity through scholarship and engagement, and provide a forum for sharing ideas, making connections and building collaborations for future research. Food and refreshments will be served at the Corvallis and Cascades campuses.

UHR Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2022: 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 – presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours in length; it’s up to you. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

OSU Health and Safety Committee: The University Health and Safety Committee would like to invite campus members interested in health and safety to attend our open meetings, held semi-annually in May and October. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 2:30-4 p.m. Anyone can access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a web link to report safety concerns. Contact Dan Kermoyan at [email protected] to RSVP and request the meeting location/Zoom link.

Cat Training Project for Children with Developmental Disabilities: We are currently recruiting children ages 10-12 years old and their family cats to participate in a cat-training animal-assisted intervention research project next quarter. Please visit our website for more information or contact Saethra Darling at [email protected].

University and/or Faculty Senate committees: Faculty and classified employees are invited to volunteer for committee service by completing the online form – the deadline has been extended to noon May 3. Input on institutional policies and procedures is essential to the overall governance of the University. Committees available to both classified employees and faculty (academic, research and professional faculty) may be previewed prior to accessing the online form. 

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Recreational Water Safety. Whether a tiny trickle of a creek, enough to cool your toes, or the vast expanses of beaches, water adds an exciting element to outdoor recreation. Even the most seasoned water enthusiasts can be surprised by changing water conditions. Know the local weather conditions and forecast before swimming or boating. Always use approved life jackets.

OSU's Open Educational Resources Unit is accepting proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant until May 19: 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 OERU Director Stefanie Buck.

CIO Excellence Award: Presented by the Vice Provost for Information and Technology (IT), this award acknowledges the exceptional work of OSU IT employees who exemplify IT goals and recognizes their contributions to their unit, the university and OSU community. All OSU community members are invited to submit a nomination for consideration. Nominations are accepted throughout the year. To submit a nomination or learn more about IT recognition efforts, please visit the IT recognition website:

Award nominations sought: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) is currently accepting nominations for the University Mentoring and Professional Development award. This award recognizes any classified, professional faculty or faculty member who excels in mentoring, supporting and encouraging OSU employees, especially women and those from underrepresented groups or non-traditional careers, and making available to them opportunities for professional, educational and personal development. Deadline is May 28:

Safety break: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by promoting OSHA's Safety Break for Oregon, which is coming up on May 10. Visit OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at for more information on safety at OSU, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a link to report safety concerns online.

Seeking volunteers for National Get Outdoors Day at Peavy Arboretum June 3: Students, do you love the outdoors and helping others do the same? Want to learn about local recreation and environmental organizations in the community? Would you like to practice your Spanish? Volunteer for a one-day outdoor event with OSU Research Forests (half-day and full-day positions available). Free lunch and t-shirt provided. Info and sign up at:

Join the Department of Public Safety’s Community Police Academy: The Department of Public Safety is inviting OSU community members to sign up for a four-week introductory series on police work and community safety. Topics covered in these sessions will include dispatch, emergency management, records, evidence and more. The sessions will be from 6-8 p.m., May 9, 16, 23 and 30 at Cascade Hall. Come learn more about how DPS is working to serve the Corvallis campus. Apply online:

OSU Klatowa Ina Royalty Program: Students are invited to apply to the Klatowa Ina Royalty Program. Applications are due by May 7. The 2023 Klatowa Ina Royalty will be presented with the Oregon State University regalia at the Klatowa Ina Pow-Wow taking place on May 20. The Klatowa Ina Royalty will continue to represent the OSU Native and Indigenous community at surrounding Pow-Wows and cultural events. This is a paid internship with a travel stipend. Learn more or apply.  

Traffic and Maintenance

Madison Avenue: As part of the Upper Division and Graduate Housing Project, sidewalks and city parking spaces will be closed along SW 11th St. and SW Madison Ave. Sidewalks and parking spaces will be closed on the east side of SW 11th St. from NW Monroe Ave. to SW Madison Ave. Sidewalks and parking spaces will be closed on the westbound side of SW Madison Ave. from SW Ninth St. to SW 11th St. These closures will be in effect through the end of the year. Other possible impacts include noise near the construction site. (View map)


“Good things will come from self-expression.” ~ John Cho

Corvallis: Chance of showers today, high of 59, low of 48. Chance of showers Friday.

Central Oregon: Chance of showers today, high of 65, low of 41. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of showers today, high of 55, low of 44. Chance of showers tomorrow.

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