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.

Climate change linked to declining bird population in Idaho and across Great Basin (Boise State Public Radio)

 The study features work from Oregon State University, UC Merced, the US Geological Survey and the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation. Scientists pored over a century of climate data for the Great Basin and compared it to 50 years of bird surveys beginning with the year 1968.

Goats now outnumber native bighorns in Tetons, becoming targets (Wyofile)

The Teton herd, being native to its range and never supplemented with transplants, may have unique adaptations and habits specific to its home territory, said Clint Epps, an associate professor at Oregon State University.

OSU gets federal grant to study wind turbine impacts on birds(KTVZ)

Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced a major $2.5 million grant for Oregon State University to develop monitoring systems for offshore wind turbines, advancing the renewable energy technology with cutting-edge research into the impacts on wildlife.

Mixing science and art: OSU duo starts beauty aids company (Democrat-Herald)

Hams is a post doc in Oregon State University’s Department of Microbiology, where she is studying parasites that infect salmonids. She earned her master’s and Ph.D. from OSU after getting a bachelor’s from the University of Missouri. Outside the lab she is secretary/treasurer of the Faith Hope & Charity nonprofit, serves as co-chair of the Corvallis King Legacy Advisory Board and has worked with Hamilton on the Oregon State University Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanx/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

6 food science careers that could be a recipe for success (Total Food Service)

 A typical degree for this role might be applied to chemistry, food science or biological science. Oregon State University offers a degree in the science of fermentation, and there are one-year certificate programs and shorter twenty-week master brewer programs at around 10 universities, including Central Michigan, San Diego State University and Auburn University.

A curious wasps nest, what to do with box elder bugs (Oregonian)

Spring is just around the corner and gardeners can hardly wait to get their hands in the soil. Got questions before you get started? Get answers from Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. 

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Sunny skies: Unseasonably warm weather has greeted us during Finals Week, and it continues today with highs reaching 74. We shouldn't see rain until Friday.

Tuesday Teaching Talks: Portfolios to Celebrate Success & Survival:
 Join colleagues and the Center for Teaching and Learning in a certificated series of teaching workshops. The workshops are every Tuesday. Attend one, some, or all. On March 19, join Brooke Howland to apply reflective practices as a catalyst to advance teaching and learning while celebrating our success and survival. This two-hour workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here

Duo Sign Up Event: The Duo team will have walk-up events for employees to sign up for Duo, get questions answered, and obtain a token if needed. This is a drop in event, no registration needed.  Our next event is Tuesday, March 19, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in the lobby of Magruder Hall. For more information about Duo, see

Basic Excel for Financial CORE Data: CORE provides a convenient interface to query data for common use cases that we encounter with financial data. What if you have an unusual data need though? This hands-on workshop will look at the basics of manipulating CORE data in Excel for common business functions. This includes how to split and join data, using VLOOKUP, sorting and more. Tuesday, March 19, 2-3 p.m,, Cascade Hall 118 This session is restricted to employees with a FIN3 or higher security level in CORE. Contact IAR with questionsRegister Here.


American Strings: An Evening with Noel Paul Stookey: Musician and social activist Noel Paul Stookey has been altering the musical and ethical landscape of this country and the world for decades – both as part of the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, and as a successful solo artist. Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.  at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at door. Advance tickets available online.

Prospective student open house: Spring Preview, an open house program for prospective and admitted students, will be in CH2M and the Memorial Union on Monday, March 25. There will be approximately 800 to 1,000 guests on campus, which may impact parking and retail food locations. You are encouraged to welcome the guests while they are on campus.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

Andrew Russo – Sustainable Forest Management M.F. Presentation: Andrew Russo will present his project, “Spread of Swiss Needle Cast in the Oregon Coast Range,” on Wednesday, March 20, at 12:30 p.m. in Richardson Hall 115. Russo is advised by professor David Shaw in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources & Management. Free and open to the public.

Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Ehren Bentz will present “Characterizing the Function of the Harderian Gland and its Interactions with the Vomeronasal Organ to Facilitate Chemoreception in the Red-sided Garter Snake” on Wednesday, March 20, at 1 p.m. in ALS 4001. Bentz is completing his Ph.D. under the guidance of Robert T. Mason. Free and open to the public.

The College of Education presents Vasti Torres: Torres is a professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education and an associate faculty member of Latina/o Studies at University of Michigan. Torres will be speaking twice on March 21. She’ll speak on, “The link between identity and learning for Latino Students” at 10 a.m. in Kidder Hall 202. She’ll also speak on, "Organizing for Student Success in Higher Education” at 4 p.m in Kearney Hall 112.

Social justice education: The Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this well-reviewed program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

OMSI Science Pub: Local Scientists on the Global Climate Stage: Stories from the IPCC. Four Oregon State faculty members from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences will discuss their experiences with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m., McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan, Portland. $5 in advance, $5 suggested donation at the door. Preregistration recommended.

This April, it’s time to ACCELERATE your startup: In just 10 weeks, streamline your value proposition, get to market faster, and validate your product-market fit. The Accelerate program is open to OSU researchers, students, and staff, and the Corvallis community who intend to start or grow an entrepreneurial venture, and can qualify teams to receive NSF iCorp funds. It all starts April 2. Learn more and apply here:

Seventh Annual Representing Masculinities Conference 2019: Men’s Development & Engagement (MDE), in collaboration with campus partners, will host the seventh annual Representing Masculinities Conference at OSU on Saturday, April 13. The primary objective of the conference is to cultivate meaningful conversations about healthy and responsive masculinities to inspire empathy, action, and self-reflection. Conference workshop submissions are being accepted until Thursday, March 28. Conference registration is free and open until Friday, April 5. Light breakfast, lunch, and evening snack will be provided. Contact or call (541) 737-6341 should you have questions.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summit: Researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors & ecosystem builders: Join us on May 9 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center to learn about funding and resources available to propel technology impact, commercialization, and entrepreneurship in our region. Connect with people and resources that can help you reach your innovation impact goals, and celebrate the growth of our innovation ecosystem.  May 9, 1–8 p.m. Registration is free:

Take Note

Mid-Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic – Food in Emergencies: If a disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water, and electricity for days or even weeks. Options for food storage include: Freeze-dried foods, MREs, dehydrated foods and canned foods. This month’s poster can be downloaded

STEM summer camps: STEM Academy is hosting a broad range of STEM Summer Day Camps from late June through mid-August for students who will be entering grades 3-12 in Fall 2019. Registration is now open. Topics include: Coding, iINVENT, Web Design, Engineering, Computer Graphics, Cybersecurity, Biochemistry, Sketch Up, Computational Biology, Drones & Legos, Powered Machines, DNA Biology & Bioinformatics, Lego Robotics, ActivityBots, Math, Wildlife Science, and Raspberry Pi. For more information, or to register online, visit For questions, call 541-737-8139 or email Scholarships available.

Volunteer opportunity for Spring 2019 – New International Students Orientation Week: Engage with new international students and help welcome the new beavers from around the world during Spring 2019 orientation week. For more information and to sign up go here. Volunteer training day (required for new volunteers or those who did not participate on Fall 2018 training day): March 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at ILLC 350. Volunteering dates: New students move-in day: March 25. Orientation week: March 26-29. Different volunteer shifts available to fit your schedule. For more information or questions, contact Carla Portugal at or go to our website.

Elsevier contract renewal: As OSU Libraries prepares for future negotiations with the global publisher Elsevier, we will be seeking input from the OSU community to inform a possible 2020 contract renewal. To be informed and engaged with this process, look for invitations in OSU Today and on the OSU Libraries’ homepage. If questions or concerns, contact Faye A. Chadwell at

Traffic & Maintenance 

NEW! Parking lot closures: During the week of Spring Break, March 25-29, the following gravel parking lots will be closed for grading and leveling. A2 lots: Community Hall East (Lot 3241) and Community Hall South (Lot 3242). B2 Lots: Magruder Hall South (Lot 3363) gravel portion only. B3 Lots: Vet Research Lab South (Lot 3342) and West Greenhouse Complex (Lot 3320). C Lots: Sports Complex West (Lot 3286). Vehicles parked in these lots may be towed. During these closures, you may park in another parking lot within your permitted zone. The lots may reopen early as the work is completed. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Transportation Services at or by calling 541-737-2583.

Planned Power Outage between March 28 and March 30: In an effort to improve the safety and reliability of the power grid serving the Corvallis campus, there will be a planned power outage Thursday, March 28, beginning at 6 a.m. and lasting through Saturday, March 30, at 6 p.m. Most affected buildings will be on backup power and will experience minimal disruption. Only Joyce Collin Furman Hall will be closed and without power during this time. OSU’s Power Grid Updates website has a list of affected buildings and times of planned outages.

Scheduled: Campus Wide Steam Shutdown: Each year Facilities Services performs necessary maintenance on the university’s steam system, which requires shutting off the steam throughout campus, to complete maintenance services at the plant, throughout the steam tunnels and in each building.  This process affects hot water supply, heating, and all equipment that uses steam, campus wide.  The steam shutdown for 2019 will occur from 6 p.m. on June 16 to 5 p.m. on June 20. For questions or comments on this closure contact Facilities Services at 541-737-2969.


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UPDATED! Certified Veterinary Technician:  The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital will begin review of applications in the University’s Veterinary Technician 2 pool for a full-time Oncology Technician on April 2.  Interested parties should apply to posting #P01938CT no later than midnight on April 1 for full consideration.  Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered.

NEW! Assignments and Retention Coordinator: The Assignments and Retention Coordinator (ARC) serves as a member of the Operations and Facilities Unit within University Housing & Dining Services.  This position is a full-time, 12-month, unclassified position. Posting # P02811UF. Closes April 15. 


““With the hugely talented women I've worked with or observed, it's not a question about temperament or ego; it's a question about getting it right. If they've got a reputation for being difficult it's usually because they just don't suffer fools. ~ Glenn Close, who turns 72 today.

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 74, low of 42. Partly sunny Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny, high of 53, low of 31.Partly sunny Wednesday.

Newport: Mostly sunny, high of 69, low of 45. Mostly cloudy Wednesday.

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