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: https://today.oregonstate.edu/email/submission-guidelines.
A recent study by Oregon State University's College of Public Health and Human Sciences found that COVID patients had a 25% increased risk of developing a psychiatric disorder in the four months following their infection. (see also Oregon Capital Chronicle, The Economic Times India)
The same trend appeared when another researcher examined high school graduation rates in Oregon. Karen Thompson, a professor at Oregon State University, found a slightly higher four-year graduation rate for former English learners than for other students in 2017: 80 percent, compared with 77 percent of those who had never been ELs. The margin was similar last year: 84 versus 81 percent.
A piece by OSU's Regan Gurung.
Bend resident Robert Weed recently finished his final courses for a bachelor of science in liberal studies from Oregon State University-Cascades, nearly 70 years after he took his first stab at higher education at Oregon State in the 1950s. He is the college’s oldest graduate this year, according to a university spokesperson.
A piece by OSU's Susan Shaw.
Researchers at Oregon State University have invented a new analytical method that sheds light on an enduring mystery regarding type 2 diabetes: Why some obese patients develop the disease and others don’t.
A piece co-written by Susanne Brander, professor and ecotoxicologist at Oregon State University, co-lead of the Pacific Northwest Consortium on Plastics and recent co-chair of a California Ocean Science Trust advisory team on marine microplastics.
Bearded iris: Julia Lounseberry says, "What a beautiful time of year in the neighborhoods of Corvallis!" We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].
Timely Teaching Tips: Considering the use of open educational resources (OER) for a future class? Browse the Oregon State University OER Commons, a repository of open educational resources created by OSU faculty. Browse the textbooks, interactive modules, assessments, and even full courses on a wide range of topics. For more information contact the OER Unit.
OSU President-elect: Oregon State University’s Board of Trustees will hold a special board meeting June 7 to consider the appointment and employment agreement of Oregon State University’s next president. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. in the Memorial Union Horizon Room on the OSU Corvallis campus. Following the board meeting, trustees will host an outdoor reception in the Student Experience Center Plaza adjoining the MU from 10:45-11:45 a.m. to welcome the president-elect. The reception is open to the OSU community and the public. The meeting agenda and link to view the meeting remotely can be found by accessing the OSU Board of Trustees Meetings webpage.
TIAA appointments: TIAA will be on OSU's main campus June 7-8 and will also have virtual appointments June 21 and June 28. TIAA will also return to campus Sept. 20 and Oct. 5. Schedule an appointment today. You can sign up online at TIAA.org/schedulenow, or by emailing [email protected].
NEW! Center for Teaching and Learning: Do you get bogged down in grading and providing feedback to students? This week we are highlighting methods for providing feedback to students tailored to varied disciplines and course sizes. For Spring, Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks recordings allow you to pursue our Non-credit Certificate using this self-paced, asynchronous approach to encourage flexibility and self-care. Each Talk is housed on our website and has accompanying slides, resources, and contact information in a Box folder.
Alessi MF defense: Gianna Alessi will present her capstone, titled: “Exploring Advancements in Rural Equity and Prosperity in the Oregon Labor-Intensive Forest Industry: The Practical Application of Transdisciplinarity and Science Communication,” June 7, noon in Richardson 107 and on Zoom. Alessi is earning her MF in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Troy Hall. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions or for accommodations for disabilities, or for the Zoom link.
Budget Model Forums: The Office of Budget and Resource Planning will hold a Budget Model Forum to update the campus community on the overview of the OSU-Corvallis Shared Responsibility Budget Model results via Zoom on Tuesday, June 7, from 3-4 p.m. To participate, click here. For more information visit the website or contact Sherm Bloomer.
WorldOregon presents the 2022 International Speaker Series: Intersections. WorldOregon’s International Speaker Series puts you virtually in the room with the global leaders, visionaries and inspiring voices that are changing our world. There are a limited number of tickets to see Lynsey Addario, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist. Addario will give a virtual lecture for WorldOregon on June 7, 6:30 p.m., titled “Of Love & War: Humanity & Resilience on the Front Lines.” To potentially secure a ticket, email [email protected].
World Ocean Day: This year’s theme is “Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean.” Visit the Marine Studies Initiative and Ocean11 Marine Club tables. Enjoy snacks and refreshments, play games and learn about World Ocean Day. Visit the Marine Studies Initiative World Ocean Day website for information. June 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., east side of Strand Hall.
Random Review: Michael Paul Nelson, professor of environmental ethics and philosophy in the College of Forestry at OSU, will review “Braiding Sweetgrass” as part of the Friends of the Library’s Random Review series, June 8 at noon. The program will take place online via GoToWebinar. It is free but registration is required at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6494627588547613965. Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants” is a series of linked essays about her journey toward an understanding and practice of science that includes respect for the Earth and Indigenous knowledge and practices.
Johnson celebration: Provost Edward Feser invites the Oregon State University community to a celebration in honor of Interim President Rebecca Johnson, who has served as colleague, mentor, and friend to many during her more than thirty-year career at the university. Please join us as we thank and honor Becky for her extraordinary leadership and service. June 9, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m, Student Experience Center Plaza. Program at 2:15 pm.
Commencement day selfie station: Grads can enjoy a photo booth and larger-than-life selfie backdrops, including #BigBenny, at the Alumni Center after the commencement ceremony on June 11. Capture every moment of the big day, meet up with your family indoors, pick up free alumni swag and learn how grads and families can stay connected with OSU. View more on the Countdown to Commencement webpage.
UPDATED! Fidelity presentation: "Take the First Step to Investing — LGBTQ + Insight." If you want to understand how to start investing, learn key investing concepts, common investment types and how to choose your investment approach, check out this presentation on June 8 at 1 p.m. Register here.
NEW! Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Shumpei Maruyama will present “The role of algal cellular physiology on the onset and maintenance of a model cnidarian-algal symbiosis,” June 9 at 10 a.m. in ALS 4001 and via Zoom. Maruyama is completing his Ph.D. in integrative biology under the guidance of Virginia Weis.
NEW! Sailing On: A Guide to Transitioning Into Retirement. If you have spent much time thinking of retirement, you probably have asked yourself, “How much will I need to have saved before I can retire?” It is a big question with many factors. For instance, the amount you need may be lower if you will receive government benefits such as Social Security or a pension. Alternatively, your government benefits might be very low, requiring you to provide more of your retirement income than you otherwise would have. June 9 at 3 p.m. Register here.
NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Lucía Pita with the Institute of Marine Science in Barcelona, Spain, will be giving a seminar titled “Sponge symbiosis: a unique perspective into how microbes shape marine animal ecology and evolution,” Thursday, June 9, 3:30 p.m. Attend 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.
Colby Parkinson: MS Defense. Colby Parkinson will present his thesis, titled “Outdoor recreation during COVID-19: The role of adaptive strategies and associations with mental health,” June 8, 10 a.m. in PFSC 125 and on Zoom. Parkinson is earning his MS in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Xiangyou (Sharon) Shen. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions or for accommodations for disabilities, or for the Zoom link.
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 via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom Floor Monitor Training at: https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1ZhCgowN8AukjPf.
Creating Process-Driven Results in a Generational Family Business: Please join the Center for Family Enterprise on June 8 via Zoom for our Family Business 360 Event on creating process-driven results within a family business. Speakers Aimee and Rob Thompson of Thompson’s Sanitary Service will be sharing how their generational family business has been able to develop and utilize the tools necessary to cultivate process-driven results.
NEW! Juneteenth holiday reminder: The Juneteenth holiday will be observed at Oregon State University on Friday, June 17, rather than observing the state holiday on June 20, to avoid disrupting the start of Summer term, which begins Monday, June 20.
NEW! Deadline extended — Apply for a grant to make learning more affordable: OSU's Open Educational Resources Unit is accepting proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant. The new deadline is June 8. 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 Stefanie Buck.
NEW! Last Chance to Join Summer Learning Communities: The deadline to submit an expression of interest for the Resilient Faculty Learning Communities has been extended to June 15. This is a great opportunity to join a small cohort of your OSU teaching colleagues to learn practical ways to build resilience in your teaching practice. Funding provided. Facilitated by CTL and Academic Technologies. See the Call for Participation.
Volunteers sought: The Corvallis Daytime Drop-In Center is the only local, daytime community resource center serving as a vital hub for information, referral and direct services for those enduring poverty. CDDC is interested in people who can assist in marketing and branding the Homeless Employment Launching (HELP) program. Additionally, volunteers are always welcome and are encouraged to contact the executive director Allison Hobgood for opportunities and more information. For more information please visit the Corvallis Daytime Drop-In Center website at corvallisddc.org.
Dog study: The OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital is seeking dogs that weigh more than 44 lbs and have a history of chronic diarrhea for a research study examining the effect of fiber on the fecal microbiome and gut health. Participation in this study involves mixing a powder supplement on the dog’s food daily for four weeks, three visits to the hospital and a $50 Amazon gift card. Dogs receive a physical examination and labs at each visit. For more information, please contact the principal investigator by email at [email protected].
Shrub book: The Northwest forest understory pulses with plant life, but how do you know which shrub is which? New from OSU Extension, the second edition of “Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests” by Professor Emeritus Ed Jensen has the answers. Get the book that makes a hike through the woods feel like a visit with close friends. Buy now at beav.es/shrubs. It’s a wonderful companion book to last year’s release of “Trees to Know in Oregon and Washington.”
OSU Faculty Staff Fitness summer class registration is now open. Take a fitness class on campus (click here for schedule) or remotely through Online FSF. Some highlights include the return of the rehabilitative Adaptive Exercise Clinic (formerly MS Clinic; click here for information), Open Gym, personal training services and outdoor yoga. Contact [email protected] to help find your fitness plan today.
New bike donation program starts June 6 : Do you have a bike to donate? The new bike donation program will accept bikes starting on June 6 through June 15, 2022. The program, which is organized by Oregon State University’s Department of Public Safety and Police and Transportation Services, aims to reduce the number of bikes on campus that go through the impound process at the end of Spring term. To donate a bike to the program, visit the DPS lobby, located at 200 Cascade Hall on OSU’s Corvallis campus, and speak with a dispatcher. A DPS police or public safety officer will review a copy of your OSU ID or a valid government-issued ID and document the name of the person making the donation. Bike serial numbers will be checked to make sure no stolen bikes are accepted into the program.
START Resource Fair spots open: The Office of Student Orientation is excited to bring back the START Resource Fair this Summer. The resource fair is limited to OSU departments, units and programs only. The application can be found here if you are interested: https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2ickTfaY0AC9HRc. More information is detailed within the form including all the dates and times of each resource fair. Submit the interest form by June 8. For questions, email Nick Malendowski at [email protected].
Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Wildfire. Increasing numbers of people are making their homes in woodland settings, rural areas or remote mountain sites. Wildfires often begin unnoticed; however, they spread very quickly. Reduce your risk by preparing now — before wildfire strikes. Meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten your area. This month’s poster can be download at: https://emergency.oregonstate.edu/emergency-preparedness/preparedness-topics/wildfire.
Hiring students: Do you need to hire students for fall 2022? This year’s START sessions will include the opportunity for students to apply for campus jobs as part of their orientation experience. We love jobs that contain just the application or the application and a resume, for ease of applying. We encourage you to post your simplified job application as soon as June 23 and keep it open (or repost) until Sept. 9 so students can apply for your job during START. You can learn more about how to get involved here or by emailing [email protected].
Grads Give Back: Donate Your Gown to the Next Graduate. Calling all graduating students: Donate your gown in the days following Commencement. You have the chance to help a future student who may be unable to afford the Commencement regalia while keeping your cap and cords as mementos. Gowns can be donated at the Valley Library just inside the main entrance (from Saturday, June 11 through Tuesday, June 14) or year-round at the MU info desk. For more information, please visit http://tiny.cc/gradsgive or email [email protected]. Grads Give Back is sponsored by Campus Recycling, ASOSU, Memorial Union, Valley Library and the Sustainability Office.
Free COVID tests: Free iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests are available around the Corvallis campus. Each box contains two tests. While supplies last, OSU community members can pick up these self-test kits at the following locations: Residence Hall Service Centers (Arnold, McNary and West); Lab tent outside Plageman Hall; Memorial Union Info Desk and Student Experience Center Info Desk. For questions or accommodations related to disabilities, contact [email protected].
COVID-19 testing: Oregon State University, in collaboration with Willamette Valley Toxicology (WVT), is providing on-site COVID-19 testing for people without symptoms. OSU employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to test at one of these locations: Corvallis: Lab tent outside Plageman Hall Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Cascade Hall 120, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bend: Outside Obsidian Hall Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Note: All employees will need a WVT Labdash account prior to testing.
Parking garage: The OSU Parking Garage will be closed for extensive cleaning from June 19-July 22. For questions or comments on the closure or about where to park, please contact Transportation Services at 541-737-2583.
Washington Way: For work related to the Washington Way Improvement Project, a planned sidewalk closure along the north side of SW Washington Way is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. Friday, May 6 through 5 p.m. Monday, June 13. Pacific Power will be on site performing work related to the project (view map).
“I haven't been to sleep for over a year. That's why I go to bed early. One needs more rest if one doesn't sleep." ~ Evelyn Waugh
Corvallis: Increasing clouds today, high of 75, low of 53. Partly sunny Wednesday.
Central Oregon: Increasing clouds today, high of 77, low of 49. Partly sunny tomorrow.
Newport: Increasing clouds today, high of 74, low of 52. Mostly cloudy tomorrow.
Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/.