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's Clem Starck, award-winning 'carpenter poet,' dies at 86 (Gazette-Times)

Clemens “Clem” Starck, an award­-winning poet and longtime Oregon State University maintenance worker and contractor, whose poems often focused on work and manual labor, died on Thursday, March 21, in Dallas, Oregon. He was 86.

How hot is too hot? (Earth Island Journal)

On a cold, misty morning in the fall of 2023, I met up with Chris Still near Oregon State University’s campus in Corvallis, Oregon, before heading to an experimental forest in the nearby Cascade Mountains. A professor at the university’s College of Forestry, Still is a tall, soft-spoken man in his fifties with graying hair and a beard.

Professor Jamon Van Den Hoek joins CNN's Michael Holmes to discuss Israel's siege on Gaza and the data he's collected through satellite imagery on damage to the area (CNN Newsroom with Michael Holmes)

Van Den Hoek is a associate professor of geography at Oregon state university he uses satellite imagery to study the impact of violent conflict on people and landscapes


Does Gardening by the Moon Really Work? Here's What Experts Say (Better Homes & Gardens)

“I don’t think lunar gardening is harmful, but it may not have the benefits that gardeners think it does,” says Brooke Edmunds, an Extension horticulturist at Oregon State University. 


Killing owls to save owls: the US wildlife plan that sparked an 'ethical dilemma' (The Guardian)

“This is a case that poses a genuine ethical dilemma,” said Michael Paul Nelson, a professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University. “You’re either going to kill a bunch of individual living beings, or you’re going to let a species disappear. No matter what, harm is done.”

What are mixed lawns, and are they worth it? (House Digest)

One of the most popular eco lawn mixes, developed by Professor Tom Cook of Oregon State University, includes a mix of perennial ryegrass, clover, dwarf yarrow, fescue, daisies, and other mowable plants. 

Today's photo

Hermiston winter: It was a windy winter morning at the OSU-Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center Housing facilities. Date: Feb 27. Picture by Carlos Bonilla, HAREC Director. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Assigning weekly readings in your course? Encourage students to read with intention. Share a variety of reading strategies and consider taking a few minutes in class to talk with students about potential reading strategies that will work well given the type of readings assigned for your class.


The Role of AI in Education Day: Microsoft's Chief Innovation Officer, Michael J. Jabbour, will visit the Corvallis campus April 9 to discuss the role of AI in education and how students, faculty and staff can use generative AI for success:

BEE Research Seminar: Malena Orduña Alegría from the Kansas Geological Survey will give the research seminar "Building Resilience: Strategies for Sustainable Management of Water Resources and Agriculture" at 10:30 a.m., April 9 in ROG226.

College of Engineering Virtual Faculty Lecture with Meghna Babbar-Sebens: How do people respond to visualization of uncertainty when involved in conservation planning for climate-resilient watersheds? Noon to 1 p.m., April 9. Register for the lecture: More information:

Beaver Family Connections: Enjoy lunch and connect with other OSU parents and caregivers as we explore interesting topics and discussions related to child development, parenting and family health and well-being. No sign-up required. April’s topic: “Sparking Early Childhood Literacy” with Peik-Kuan Lim (Corvallis-Benton County Public Library), noon to 1 p.m., April 9, MU 207. See full 2023-2024 schedule for future dates and topics. For accommodations, please contact Cari Maes at 541-737-4906 or [email protected].

EMT Seminars: Gerrad Jones will speak on “Cracking the chemical code: A data-science approach to deciphering the chemical information stored in environmental samples,” 3:30 p.m., April 9. This will be a hybrid seminar, in person in ALS 4001 and via Zoom:

Arts Integration Workshop for STEM Faculty: PRAx staff will demystify the arts and share practical ways STEM faculty can amplify their research with arts integration, including everything from innovative Broader Impacts projects to science-focused events and performances. All OSU science and engineering faculty are welcome. 5-6 p.m., April 9 at PRAx. Workshop 3-5 p.m., reception and PRAx tour 5-6 p.m. Registration is required

Travel Talks webcast: Holiday Markets. The Rhine River cruise (Dec. 11-19) is a festive journey aglow with twinkling lights, good cheer, decorations and treasures. Get a glimpse of traditional holiday markets in France and Germany at the next Travel Talk with Julie Lambert, ’85, OSUAA board chair. Presented by OSUAA Alumni Group Travel at 5:30 p.m., April 9. Register:

Lucid Dreaming 8-Week Series: Instruction into the amazing interior adventure of the nighttime world of sleep and dreams, through learning and community. Kate Gallagher will guide weekly topics and instruction. Open to all, held at Marigold. 6:30-7:45 p.m., Tuesdays, April 9- May 28. Registration is open. $200 public; $175 educators. Scholarships are available for OSU undergraduates and graduate students. 


NEW! Philosophy Club General Meeting: Join the conversation on "Indigenous Philosophies" from 6-7:30 p.m., April 10 in MU Room 215. All are welcome — including those who have no experience with philosophy — to contemplate and experience other cultures' perspectives on the world regarding environment politics and kinship in this discussion-based meeting.

NEW! Semiconductor careers: Come learn about careers in the semiconductor industry from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 11 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Listen to professionals in the industry talk about their roles and find out how to prepare for jobs in the semiconductor industry. All majors welcome. Attendance is free, but registration is required:

NEW! OSU Beaver Dads: Come join in with other self-identified dads from around the Corvallis campus to talk about parenting, work and everything in between. Lunch will be provided. This is a time for informal conversation, so come late or leave early if you need, ask questions of other dads, share experiences/stories/resources and more. Facilitated by Tarron Anderson (UHR). Noon to 1:30 p.m., April 11, MU 221 Board Room. For accommodations and questions contact [email protected].

Wings” by Holly Andres: Holly Andres is a photographer and director known for her stylized cinematic scenarios. Her work has appeared in galleries and museums from Barcelona, Istanbul and Bogota, to New York, San Francisco and Atlanta with viewers drawn to her often dark and mysterious or bright and witty imagery. Andres’ photos will be on display in in Fairbanks Hall from April 8-May 19.

Book Launch: Women, Gender, and, Sexuality Studies Professor Susan Shaw and Professor of Theology at the Earlham School of Religion Grace Ji-Sun Kim will be discussing their newly published book "Surviving God: A New Vision of God Through the Eyes of Sexual Abuse Survivors" at 4 p.m., April 10 in the MU Journey Room. Free and open to all.

University Budget Conversation: The Office of Budget and Resource Planning will hold a University Budget Conversation via Zoom from 1-2 p.m., April 11. This week’s topic is an “Shared Responsibility Budget Model Review and Revisions.” The initial 15 minutes is spent on presentation of the topic, followed by discussion and Q&A. Registration is required at For questions, contact [email protected].

Dam Proud Day 2024: Beavers everywhere: Rally together on Wednesday, April 24, to celebrate the fifth Dam Proud Day, Oregon State University's giving day. This 24-hour period is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of the Oregon State community, supporting all OSU students and stretching ourselves toward our aspirations. Mark your calendar and visit for ways to get involved.

Innovation Demo Day: Join the OSU Advantage Accelerator for our Innovation Demo Day from 5-8 p.m., May 16 at the LaSells Stewart Center. Listen to cutting-edge company pitches, delve into the future of AI with our expert panel and take advantage of networking opportunities over refreshments. Admission is free, but registration is required. Don't miss this chance to connect, learn, and be inspired. Learn more here.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Empowering OSU: Stories of Harnessing Generative AI for Impact in Staff and Faculty Work. This online panel will share six OSU colleagues’ personal takes on how they are using generative AI in creative ways to support their work, to enhance efficiency and productivity and to improve teaching and learning. Speakers will describe how they got started with AI, how they’re currently using it, how they’re sharing their AI approaches with colleagues and potential avenues for expanded use. Audience participation in chat and Q&A encouraged. Organized by Ecampus and the Center for Teaching and Learning. 10-11 a.m., April 11. Register with ONID email to receive the Zoom link:

NEW! Elder Care ConnectionsJoin us for monthly, lunch-hour informational meetings and discussions about what it means to be a caregiver and how to optimally support your loved ones and yourself. Connect with other OSU community members providing care for a loved one. This month’s presentation: “Bone Nutrition,” with Stephanie Polizzi (College of Health/OSU Extension Family & Community Health). Noon to 1 p.m., April 11. Meeting Zoom link. For accommodations, email: [email protected].

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Jessica Garwood, assistant professor, CEOAS, will be giving a seminar titled “Coastal transport pathways: Interactions between ocean physics and behavior,” at 3:30 p.m., April 11, 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.

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Spring Seminar Series: “The Tomato Blues: From Germplasm to Global Spread, the Odyssey of High Anthocyanin Tomatoes,” presented by Jim Myers of Oregon State University, 4 p.m., April 11, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website. No public recording will be available.

NEW! Exploring Masculinities: Presented by Community Engagement & Leadership and Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center. We hope to collectively identify different ways people experience masculinity, explore non-toxic expressions of masculinity and understand the intersections of masculinity with other aspects of identity. Join us to cultivate a more inclusive and understanding community, 5-7 p.m., April 11, MU 13. Register at

NEW! ​​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. Toward the end of each session, there will be time for audience questions. The session at 6 p.m., April 11 in the Journey Room of the Memorial Union is on climate change. Admission is free and open to all.

NEW! Research symposium: The 2024 Research Advances in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Ecology Symposium (RAFWE) and Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium (WFGRS) will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., April 12 in Peavy Hall. Admission is free and open to all. Keynote speakers include Julia Parrish and Abby Phillips Metzger. Visit our website for more information.

Family Business 360: Join us from 8:30-9:30 a.m., April 10 for our Family Business 360 featuring Scott Fenter, OSU College of Business alumni, owner of Easy Growing LLC and manager of Circle C Marketing. We will be discussing how to effectively manage parent-child dynamics in the family business. Register here. 

I&E Additions to P&T Guidelines Workshop: The Office of Faculty Affairs invites academic faculty and leaders to learn more about additions to the University’s Promotion & Tenure (P&T) guidelines specific to innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) from 10-11 a.m., April 10 via Zoom. Although this workshop is open to all academic faculty and leaders, it may be particularly useful for P&T committee members, college leaders and academic faculty engaged in innovative entrepreneurial endeavors.  

BEE Teaching Seminar: Malena Orduña Alegría from the Kansas Geological Survey will give the teaching seminar "Enhancing Co-production and Co-learning in Human-Water Systems" at 12:30 p.m., April 10 in KEAR205.

Library Seminar Series: How Students Use Library SpacesApril Witteveen from OSU Cascades Library shares how she works to address student needs. Lucinda Amerman, Beth Filar Williams and Chris Snyder from the Valley Library share student input about library study rooms. 2-3 p.m., April 10, Willamette East Classroom, Valley Library third floor. Zoom option available.

BB Spring Seminar Series Speaker: Join the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in attending a seminar given by Shawn Lockery, titled "Neuroeconomics, Cannabinoids, Psychedelics and C. elegans" at 4 p.m, April 10, in ALS 4001 and via Zoom:

Ocean ecology career webcast: Get ready to make a splash in your career with firsthand insights from researchers, marine biologists and graduate students from the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences. Attend a free interactive webcast, "Ask Alumni: Deep Dive into Careers with Whales, Sharks and Ocean Ecology," 4 p.m. April 10. Presented by OSUAA and the College of Agricultural Sciences. Register

Book Study and Mindfulness Class — Training in Compassion: In this practice-centered book study led by Hemant Bhanoo, participants engage with the points and slogans for generating compassion and resilience from the book "Training in Compassion" by Norman Fischer. Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays through May 29. You may also purchase a drop-in one-class passOSU student scholarships availableContact us.

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

Introductory Research Data Management Workshop: The OSU Libraries is offering an Introductory Research Data Management Workshop, an asynchronous online workshop for OSU community members engaged in research with data from April 15-18. This workshop is designed for those with little to no research data management experience, and participants are expected to take an hour a day to complete the materials. Register by April 10:

Take Note

NEW! OSU Sustainable Transportation Newsletter: Get quarterly updates on local, sustainable transportation initiatives, services and events delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up now and stay in the loop on sustainable options at OSU. Questions? Email [email protected].

NEW! Registration open for Oregon Educators’ Summit: The College of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Education, has announced that registration for the Equitable Accelerated Learning K-8 (ALK-8) statewide summit is now open to all Oregon public school educators. The summit will be held Aug. 6-7 on the Corvallis campus. The two-day event will feature ALK-8 working groups and professional learning for all Oregon educators. Participants will learn about innovative, field-initiated and piloted classroom-based resources and professional development materials reflecting the knowledge and expertise of Oregon literacy and mathematics leaders. Registration and more information:

NEW! Celebrating 30 years: Congratulations to Gregg Walker, professor, for reaching 30 years of service at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others by clicking on their name. Congratulations and thank you for your service.

Affordable Learning Grant: The Open Educational Resources Unit is accepting proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant until April 24. Faculty can receive up to $15,000 in funding to adopt, adapt or author an open educational resource (OER) for your course. OER are openly licensed course materials that save students money and make higher education more accessible. This grant is made possible by OSU's new Division of Educational Ventures and all funding is a department-to-department transfer. Questions? Contact OERU Director Stefanie Buck.

Seeking nominations for College of Business Alumni Awards: Do you know an excellent College of Business alum who’s just starting out, or someone at the pinnacle of their career? There’s no better time to recognize their success, resilience, service and achievement. Make a nomination for our 2025 COB Alumni Awards. Nominations received by May 31 will be given full consideration. Make a nomination.

2024 OSU Beaver Store Grad Fair: Congratulations to the Class of 2024. Graduates will have the opportunity to pick up graduation essentials including regalia, frames, announcements and class rings at the OSU Beaver Store Grad Fair from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 16-17. Regalia and graduation essentials will also be available at on April 18.

DPO Teaching Award: To recognize excellence in Difference, Power, and Oppression (DPO) teaching, we invite nominations for the newly established DPO Teaching Award. Awardees will receive up to $1,000 as part of their recognition. Nominees must have taught at least one DPD/DPO course within the last two years and been instructors or faculty of record. Self-nominations are welcome. Nominations are due Friday, April 19. For more information and to access the nomination form visit the DPO website.

OSU VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance): Need help with your taxes? Not sure if you need to file taxes this year? Come to VITA for free tax preparation. We’re ready to help you! Learn more and schedule your appointment on our website. VITA Website. Open MTWThF 5:30-8:30 p.m., M-F and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays in Austin Hall Atrium/Room 126. Questions: [email protected]

2024 Faculty Innovator Award: This award honors an outstanding Oregon State University inventor who has made a contribution leading to commercialization that significantly impacts their field and society. For details on the process, criteria and nomination form, please visit the OSU Advantage website: 2024 Faculty Innovator Award. Nominate yourself or someone you know that’s making an impact. Nominations are being accepted through April 19. The awardee will receive a $5,000 prize and desktop award, and their department/unit will also receive $5,000.

Group Transportation Option for Hatfield Marine Science Day: If you’d like to join others in attending Hatfield Marine Science Day via group transportation (Coast to Valley Express) or carpooling, please complete the OSU Transportation Form by Tuesday, April 9. This event is free and family friendly. Full details are on the Hatfield Marine Science Center website.

Traffic and Maintenance

Orchard Ave: As part of the Withycombe Hall Renovation project, the south sidewalk on NW Orchard Avenue between NW 27th and NW 30th Street will be closed through April 10. Pedestrians may use the north sidewalk as a detour.


“I stuck my head out the window this morning and spring kissed me bang in the face." ~ Langston Hughes

Corvallis: Slight chance of showers and then partly sunny, high of 60, low of 38. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 60, low of 32. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of showers today, high of 57, low of 37. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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