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 research shows careful management of camas by Indigenous people (KLCC)

A prized plant for regional Native Americans has been carefully cultivated for more than 3,500 years, according to an Oregon State University study. Camas is a First Foods staple for Native Americans, who traditionally baked the bulbs in earthen ovens. 

What hardiness zone changes mean for plants and their growers (Jefferson Public Radio)

The federal Department of Agriculture made changes to the hardiness zones late last year, with plenty of input from Oregon State University. Medford, for example, switched from zone 8a to 8b.

Oregon lags most states in public higher education funding, report finds (Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Oregon is ranked 44th in the nation for public funding of higher education and 37th in the nation for per-pupil funding, according to the latest annual State Higher Education Finance report from the Colorado-based State Higher Education Executive Officers Association. Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission is a member of the association.

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San Diego sunset: Keith Raab, director of Financial Aid, says, “Beautiful sunset in San Diego during our financial aid conference.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected]. To view past submissions, visit us on Instagram at @osutoday1

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Seeking meaningful ways to encourage your students at this challenging time in the academic calendar? See the Academic Success Center’s Ways to Show Support for Students at the End of the Term for practical guidance that can help students finish their Spring ’24 coursework successfully. 


Virtual lecture: Trauma-Informed Care in Education: Join Beth Rankin of the College of Education for a look at how her research is helping teachers understand and work with K-12 students who have experienced trauma. The goals of Dr. Rankin's research are to determine how effective classes have been in preparing pre-service teachers to work with students who have experienced trauma. This is the final lecture in this year’s research lecture series. Noon to 1 p.m., June 4 by Zoom. More information and Zoom link:

Speaker Series Event on June 4: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is excited to invite you to the our Speaker Series event to explore Federal Funding Pathways, focusing on SBIR and STTR programs with Mary Phillips of VertueLab. The session will take place  from noon to 1 p.m. June 4 in the MU Journey Room (104). Join us to unlock crucial insights and opportunities for your innovative projects. This event is free and open to the public. Register here.

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.

2024 Bray Health Leadership Lecture. “Public health after the pandemic: How can we do better?” will be presented by Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, from 5-6 p.m. June 4, in the MU Horizon Room. A reception hosted by the College of Health will follow. Watch recordings of COH research seminars on the college’s website.

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.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more, at 644 SW 13th St. Public sales are open to all shoppers 5:30-7:30 p.m.Tuesdays and noon to 3 p.m. Fridays; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.

Diffusions: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents Diffusions: A Music Technology Concert  7:30 p.m., June 4 in Detrick Hall. This concert by students in OSU’s Music Technology program explores the aesthetic power of electronic sound production and manipulation through technological experimentation. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.


NEW! Pride Watch Party: The Holcomb Center is hosting a pride watch party featuring the documentary “Breaking the Silence.” Please join us in hearing the heroic tales of LGBTQ+ veterans who served in the military before being LGBTQ+ was allowed. This free event will take place at 6 p.m., June 5 in the Holcomb Center Snell 150.

NEW! OSU Beaver Moms Connections: Join other self-identified moms for conversation, connection and lunch. Facilitated by Stefanie Maerki (UHR) and the Family Resource Center. Noon to 1:30 p.m., June 6, MU 221. No registration required. Lunch provided. For accommodations and questions contact [email protected]

NEW! Veterans center event: 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. The event will take place from 5-7 p.m., June 6, Snell 150. The event will be in honor of Juneteenth. All are welcome. The Military & Veteran Resource Center encourages veterans and students to attend the event. 

NEW! Pride Watch Party: The Holcomb Center is hosting a pride watch party featuring the movie “But I’m a Cheerleader,” starring Natasha Lyonne. Please join us in celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. This free event will take place at 6 p.m., June 6 in the Holcomb Center Snell 150.

OSU Jazz Ensemble: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts presents the OSU Jazz Ensemble at 7 p.m., June 5 in Detrick Hall. From classic standards to modern, explorative arrangements, the OSU Jazz Ensemble covers an extensive musical landscape. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

Student Parent Graduation: The Family Resource Center is excited to host our second annual Student Parent Graduation Celebration from 4:30-6:30 p.m., June 6 at at Our Little Village in the lower level of Milne. Please bring your family and join us as we celebrate our student parents graduating in 2024. For those graduating, please wear or bring your cap and gown and we will have a photographer taking pictures of you and your family.

OSU Guitar Ensemble: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents OSU Guitar Ensemble 7 p.m., June 6 in Detrick Hall. Directed by Dr. Cameron O’Conner, the OSU Guitar Ensemble presents repertoire from all over the world and from many historical eras, carrying audiences into the full range of what the instrument can do. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

OSU Chamber Choir: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents OSU Chamber Choir, the President’s Concert at 7 p.m., June 8  in Detrick Hall. Named in honor of President Emeritus Edward J. Ray and his late wife, Beth Ray, the President’s Concert represents the pinnacle of the choral year at Oregon State. Tickets $25; students free. Tickets here.

Public Seed Library Presentation: "Growing Crops for Fermentation." Fermenting vegetables is a great way to preserve the abundance of your vegetable garden, and to add delicious flavors, textures and healthy probiotics to your diet. Come learn how to create a small garden bed plan for a variety of cool-season veggies, and another for warm-season veggies and herbs, that are wonderful for fermenting because of their characteristics from flavor to shape and length. Presented by Darren Morgan, Shonnard's Nursery manager and educator. Noon to 1:30 p.m., June 13 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Meeting Room. Learn more here.

Public Seed Library Cool Season Crops for Fall Harvest & Overwintering Plant Clinic: The hot months of summer are when it’s time to plant cool-season crops to feed you this fall and winter. Benton County Master Gardeners can help you explore crops and varieties well-suited to seed soon after the summer solstice — greens, brassicas, root crops and onions, each at the time best for their success. 9:30 a.m. to noon, June 22 at the library. Sponsored by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Learn more here.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Molly Keogh, an NSF postdoc with the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, will be giving a seminar titled “Polar Mud on the Move: Is lead-210 a useful sediment tracer at high latitudes?” at 3:30 p.m., June 6. In person 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.

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Dallice and Mary Mills Spring Seminar: “The origins and endpoints of beneficial intracellular bacterial infections,” presented by John McCutcheon of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Arizona State University, 4 p.m, June 6, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

Persevering Through Family Ownership Challenges at Beaverton Foods: Join the Center for Family Enterprise for our April Family Business 360 virtual event from 8:30-9:30 a.m., June 5. Dom Biggi, CEO of Beaverton Foods, will share insights on overcoming family ownership challenges. Don't miss this chance to learn from an industry leader. Register here.

McDonald-Dunn Research Forest Community Input Session: The College of Forestry invites you to the McDonald-Dunn Research Forest Community Input Session from 6-8 p.m., June 5 in PFSC 117. Remote participation available via Zoom. A new plan is being developed to guide management of the McDonald-Dunn Research Forest. After nearly two years of work, we have developed a suite of “management strategies” that will serve as the foundation for forest management. We now need to make decisions on how these strategies will be overlaid across the forest. At this session, we will provide an overview of decisions made to date and request your input on how we allocate land within the forest. All OSU Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome to attend. More info about planning process here.

Educational Talk by Holocaust Survivor Ben Midler: Ben Midler, now 96 years old, spent his teenage years enduring six Nazi camps, including Auschwitz. He is also the last living survivor of the Bialystok ghetto. Midler will share his experiences with OSU students and community members via Zoom at 6 p.m., June 5. A Q&A session will follow his talk. This event is made possible by the Oregon State University Holocaust Memorial Committee.

A Conversation with John Green: "A World Without Tuberculosis." As a part of an International Speaker Series hosted by WorldOregon, John Green, New York Times bestselling author, will be presenting a lecture on the prevention and cure of tuberculosis at 7 p.m., June 5 at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland. Oregon State is a sponsor. Tickets available here.

Research Advancement Academy Info Sessions: Are you an early- or mid-career faculty member at OSU with a successful research portfolio and interdisciplinary experience? Learn about applying to the Research Advancement Academy (RAA) for the 2024-25 academic year. In-person info session 9 a.m., June 5, MU 213; or join virtually at 9 a.m., June 7 (register here). The RAA aims to support a cohort of fellows in developing leadership skills, applying for seed funds and leading large ($3M+) transdisciplinary proposals and funded research programs within two years. Learn about our current cohort of Academy Fellows and discover their groundbreaking transdisciplinary work. For more information, reach out at [email protected].

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! Blended Learning Faculty Fellows: CTL is accepting nominations and self-nominations for a 2024-25 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 June 10.

NEW! Graduate opportunities: Oregon Sea Grant is currently accepting applications for its spring graduate-level opportunities, featuring the Oregon Natural Resource Policy Fellowship (NRPF) and the Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship. The NRPF provides hands-on experience in natural resource policy at the state level, while the Malouf Scholarship supports graduate students conducting societally relevant coastal research applicable to Oregon. An informational webinar discussing these opportunities, along with future ones, is scheduled for June 14. To learn more and apply, visit:

NEW! Volunteers Needed for The Great Move-Out: Each year OSU collects donated items from students who no longer need them and distributes those reusable goods to non-profits in our community – usually totaling more than 20 tons of items. OSU Surplus needs your help to make the Great Move-Out Donation Drive a success again this year – together we can improve our campus and community and keep reusable goods out of the landfills. Find more information and our volunteer sign up page at this link.

All-Star Tailgate Sweepstakes: Enter the All-Star Tailgate Sweepstakes by July 31, presented by the OSU Alumni Association membership program. Seven lucky Beaver fans will win a VIP prize package for a 2024 Beaver Football home game that includes a pair of club-level tickets, parking at Reser, and meals and special VIP access at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. No purchase necessary; see official rules and eligibility requirements

Impact the future of online education through research: Each year, the OSU Ecampus Research Unit funds projects, up to $25,000 each, to support the research, development and scholarship efforts of faculty in online education. Many OSU colleagues have had transformative experiences in the Ecampus Research Fellows Program. Recent fellows studies highlight the ways in which these projects have advanced research in online/hybrid education. Ecampus Research Unit staff is available to help you develop the scope of your research project proposal. Contact Naomi Aguiar, associate director of research, with questions.

Deadline extended for faculty learning communities: The Center for Teaching and Learning and Academic Technologies are offering two Fall ’24 faculty learning communities for teaching faculty. Consider participation in either the Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community or the Teaching and AI Faculty Learning Community. Join us on this journey to strengthen teaching excellence. Apply by June 12. Funding provided.

Call for Applications: Career Champions. Applications 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 6/7. Cohort meets Thursdays 3-4 p.m. on Zoom weeks 3-8 of fall term. Direct questions to Brenna Gomez.

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by sharing SAIF’s resources for Workplace Safety Meeting Topic Ideas. For more information on safety at OSU, visit OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a link to report safety concerns online.

Artificial intelligence podcast: Tune in to season one of the podcast "AI on Campus" hosted by Oregon State University's Center for Teaching and Learning. Each episode features interviews with OSU faculty and staff who highlight ways that generative AI is transforming their teaching, learning, research and daily work. Join CTL for insightful discussions on the many ethical considerations and practical use cases surrounding AI on campus.

KidSpirit Cooking Academy Camps: If only our kids could take care of dinner sometimes… With the help of KidSpirit Cooking Academy Camps, they can! Join us this summer for comprehensive cooking camps where we will learn basic kitchen safety, recipes from all around the world and how to shop for local and in-season produce at our farmer’s market. For more information and to register, visit:

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.

Spring issue of Campus Directions available now: Campus Directions is a quarterly newsletter that shares important news and updates about operational work happening on the Corvallis campus. The spring 2024 issue features stories about women bringing new perspectives to construction management at OSU and a Facilities Services project to save a campus palm tree. Read these stories and more here: Don’t want to miss a story? Subscribe today.

Faculty Staff Fitness: The Swim, Run, Walk TRY-athlon is happening June 12. Are you ready for some friendly competition? This is a team-building event that brings faculty and staff together to compete for individual event or power team winner. Grab your team and sign up to swim, run, walk or both. Registration is open and team captains can email or call the PAC office to register your team name at [email protected] (541) 737-3222.

OSU ID Card update – action needed by June 30: The OSU Key Shop and the ID Center are collaborating on a project to update the building access control system and ensure that all students, faculty and staff obtain an Orange ID card. An Orange ID has a bright orange border on the front of the card and says “Orange Card” on the bottom edge. This project will impact users who received their current cards BEFORE July 2019 and did not obtain an Orange ID. If you received your current ID card after this date, no action is needed. To maintain building access, all users must obtain an Orange ID card by June 30. For more information:

Traffic and Maintenance

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.)


"Gardening requires lots of water, most of it in the form of perspiration." Lou Erickson

Corvallis: Chance of showers today, high of 66, low of 49. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 71, low of 46. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Rain today, high of 60, low of 49. Sunny tomorrow after some fog.

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