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.

Warm Springs Tribes official to deliver OSU-Cascades commencement (KTVZ)

Alyssa Macy, chief operating officer for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, will deliver the commencement address at Oregon State University – Cascades’ 18th commencement ceremony.

Science Studio: Dr. Rob Figueroa (KTEP)

Dr. Pannell welcomes Dr. Robert Figueroa of Oregon State University, co-editor of "Science and Other Cultures: Issues in the Philosophies of Science and Technology," for a talk on environmental justice, DDT, the philosophy of science and many other topics.

OSU salmon bake, powwow set for this weekend (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s annual powwow and salmon bake are scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

4-H camp receives $135,000 grant for capital improvements, scholarships (Capital Press)

The Oregon 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce that it was awarded a $135,000 grant for capital improvements to the Oregon 4-H. Center in West Salem. The funds, which come from the National 4-H Council, will also be used for camper scholarships for underserved youth.

5 ways to make your Oregon garden more sustainable (Oregonian)

“Everyone can be sustainable,” said Ross Penhallegon, a horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension Service. “If you use drip irrigation, you’re doing your part to save this resource. If you take leaves and make compost and put that compost in the soil, we’ve won.

After Klamath River flushes, C. shasta spores spike, surprising scientists(Herald & News)

According to Sascha Hallett, microbiology senior research associate at Oregon State University, the purpose of the flushing flows is to mobilize sediment and reduce polychaete worm (invertebrate host of Ceratonova shasta) populations, thereby reducing the numbers of hosts available to produce the infectious stage for salmonids (salmon and trout).


Today's photo

Glorious garden: These gardens were planted across 26th street from the original Snell Hall (now Ballard Extension Hall) in the present-day location of the Hallie Ford Center. Photo circa 1940, courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives.


NEW! Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE): Join us for an annual celebration of undergraduate research and creative work this Tuesday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to noon in the MU Ballroom. This event is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & the Arts and showcases work by students across disciplines and class levels. All are welcome. For more information and a list of presenters, visit

Tuesday Teaching Talks: “Class Time” Lectures & Active Learning: 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 May 14, join Lori Kays (a.m.) or Devon Quick (p.m.) to consider approaches to combining student-centered activities and presentation-style instruction in one class time session. 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.

Information Session: Adult & Higher Education Master’s Program: May 14, face-to-face session from noon to 1 pm, in Furman Hall 300 with free pizza and a webinar version from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., also on May 14. Register at

PERS: Tiers 1 & 2 Simplified: What role will PERS play in your retirement plan? Understand how your PERS retirement works and explore the various choices, advantages/disadvantages you will need to consider when you decide to retire. Designed for people within five years of retirement. May 14, noon to 1 p.m., MU 212. Presented by Barbara Koontz, Financial Advisor, CFS*.  RSVP to

Beaver Family Connections: Quality Early Education & Care: Join OSU’s Bridget Hatfield and Adrienne Henry as they identify the indicators and characteristics of quality early care and education. This session will take place on Tuesday, May 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in MU 207.


NEW! Scott Reed retirement: Scott Reed will retire from OSU in late July after 28 years of service. Celebrate his many accomplishments and contributions at the campus-wide farewell reception on May 16, 3:30-5 p.m., Memorial Union Main Lounge.

NEW! Spring Campus Ramble: Take a relaxing nature walk through the OSU campus. We'll stop at varied sites on the 2-mile walk to each quietly respond to our surroundings through writing and/or photography. Sunday, May 19, 9 a.m. to noon. Free and open to everyone. Sponsored by the Spring Creek Project. Learn more and register here.   

NEW! Faculty Conversation with President Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring a small group conversation with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional) during spring term. The conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member, and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the president to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. If you wish to participate in the May 23 session from 10 to 11:30 a.m,, complete the registration form at Session requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis.

NEW! Sigma Xi Science Social: Join Sigma Xi's Oregon State University Chapter for a free, no-host informal social/meet-up Thursday, May 23, at 5 p.m. at McMenamin's on Monroe (likely upstairs), across from the OSU campus. Non-member guests are welcome to attend, especially if they are involved in science. RSVP to to provide a head count and to receive event updates.

Island Soldier: The Micronesian Islander community will host the “Island Soldier” movie event at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center. The event will begin with a movie screening of the documentary, “Island Soldier,” directed by Nathan Fitch. The documentary highlights the experiences and untold stories of Micronesian soldiers. After the film, there will be a panel of Micronesian soldiers answering questions. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 15, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  

Spring Repair Fair: May 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the OSUsed Store. Bring your broken items and volunteers will help you learn how to repair your belongings; attend demos to learn more skills.

The Oregon State International Film Festival: The Oregon State International Film Festival returns this spring as a pop-up festival. On four Saturdays in a row in May and June, we will bring you short and feature-length films from around the world. All films will be screened at the Darkside Cinema in downtown Corvallis, presented by the School of Language, Culture and Society and the School of Writing, Literature and Film in the College of Liberal Arts. More details and the line-up are under and on the website of the Darkside Cinema. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Box Office.

Spring Bike Challenge: May 1-31 (National Bike Month).  Transportation Services welcomes all OSU Students, Staff, and Faculty to participate in our second annual Spring Bike Challenge. Join a team and ride your bike to campus during the month of May.  Check out the great prizes for winning teams in this friendly Corvallis campus competition. Visit to learn how to register.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! CGRB seminar series: Join the CGRB community Wednesday May 15 at 3 p.m. in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Building, Room 4001, for an event in its seminar series. Lucia Carbone will present “LAVA flow and genomic earthquakes: gibbons have it all!” Refreshments and discussion afterward. 

NEW! Dr. McDougall's Cure for Chronic Disease with a Starch-Based Diet: John McDougall is a physician, author and advocate of a low-fat, whole-foods vegan diet for preventing degenerative diseases. Come join us for a plant-based meal, presentation, and discussion with McDougall. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. and talk at 6 p.m. on May 16 at Cascade Hall 136.

NEW! From Wolves to the Warning to Humanity: Facing the Environmental Crisis through Science: The topic is the “Scientists’ Second Warning to Humanity” and  William Ripple, a distinguished professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, will share how society might face the environmental crisis through science. May 30, 5:30-6:30 p.m. reception, talk begins at 7 p.m., The Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 SW 11th Ave., Portland. ​Admission is free; register at

NEW! Science on Tap in Beaverton: OSU Extension and Alumni Association are proud to present an evening with visiting Egyptologist and Archeologist Hassan Latif, a Cairo native. His presentation is titled “Secrets to the afterlife – decoding Egyptian tombs, language and culture” held at the Golden Valley Brewery in Beaverton on Thursday, May 30. Latif has 30 years of experience guiding visitors, lecturing and tutoring around Egypt. He spent a year working on an excavation site of a pre-dynastic location south of Cairo and two years as a curator at the Egyptian Museum. Doors open at 5:30 pm with the talk scheduled for 6 p.m. Registration is required. Seating is limited.

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. Signup takes less than five minutes.  There will be a signup event on Wednesday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to noon  in Austin Hall 200 For more information about Duo, see

Thesis Defense – Water Resources Graduate Program: Nicole Mehr, M.S., WRS. Wednesday, May 15, at 9 am in ALS 4001. The title of her thesis is “Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow Through a Fracture.” Mehr is advised by John Selker of BEE. 

Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): “Genome analysis of off-target CRISPR mutagenesis in poplar and eucalypts, i.e., Damage control: how often does gene editing happen in the wrong place?” Greg Goralogia (Steve Strauss Lab), Wednesday, May 15, at noon in ALS 3006. BUG consists of life scientists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, statisticians, and researchers of all types who meet to discuss topics related to these fields of study. Meetings are generally informal, consisting of discussions, interactive talks, or short workshops. All are welcome. No experience needed to participate. For additional information, see

WRGP Water Resources Science Spring Seminar Series. Allen Gellis, U.S. Geological Survey, Baltimore, will present “Space, Time, and Sediment” on Wednesday, May 15, from 4-5 p.m. in BEXL 328. Free and open to the public.

SCORE Symposium: Oregon NASA Space Grant invites you to attend the 2019 SCORE Symposium, Friday, May 17, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m at LaSells Stewart Center. Students awarded the STEM Community College Opportunity for Research Experience, SCORE awards, will present presentations and posters about their research projects. Keynote address by Jack Higginbotham, Oregon NASA Space Grant Director: Nuclear Space Power: Past, Present, Future. Event is free and open to the public. For more information go to

Mentor Collective Lunch & Learn: OSU’s College of Business has been partnering with Mentor Collective to support its peer and alumni mentoring initiative. Mentor Collective will be on campus to share learning from both this program and mentorship initiatives from universities nationwide. Learn more at a catered lunch on May 21 from noon to 1 p.m. in Austin Hall 126. RSVP HERE.

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:

Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 24. Preregistration required: Space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

Take Note

NEW! Banner nominations sought: Know someone who embodies the OSU brand, someone who is collaborative, innovative, welcoming or works with gritty determination? Nominate people to be featured on the lamppost banners seen across campus. Open to all faculty, staff and students. Submit nominations no later than Friday, May 17. For more information, contact

NEW! NW High School Cyber Camp 2019: Interested in learning more about the exciting field of cybersecurity? Join us for five days to know more about how computers work, cyber threats, cybersecurity principles, cyber ethics, basic Windows security policies and tools, Ubuntu terminology and concepts, basic command line security and more. This camp is a part of the NW Cyber Camp happening simultaneously across multiple locations in Oregon. For students entering grades 9-12 in the fall. July 15-19. Scholarships available. For more information:

NEW! Dam Jamboree: The Dam Jamboree is an end-of-the-year celebration to highlight student accomplishments over the past year, featuring student performances and OSU Club and Organization award winners announcements. OSU departments are welcome to apply to table at this event (space is limited) and if selected, should facilitate an activity to engage students. Friday, May 31, from 3 to 7 p.m. in Parker Plaza before the Dam Jam concert. If you’re interested, apply here. The application is due by May 15 at 11:59 p.m.  Questions? Contact

Campus Directions: Learn more from University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations about how Oregon State's campuses are improving every day.  Read the latest issue of Campus Directions to learn more about the soon-to-come A.A. "Red" Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory, how prepping by Facilities Services spared campus from spring flooding, the next planned power outage and more. Interested in keeping up with projects on campus? Subscribe to our newsletter.

Volunteer opportunity for Summer 2019 – New International Students Orientation Week: Engage with new international students and help welcome the new Beavers from around the world during Summer 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 Spring 2019 training day): June 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at ILLC 345. Volunteering dates: New students move-in day: June 17. Orientation week: June 18-21. Different volunteer shifts available to fit your schedule. For more information or questions, contact Carla Portugal at or go to our website.

Presidential Search Process - share your input by May 20: The OSU Board of Trustees invites members of the university community to provide their thoughts about the qualities and characteristics desired in a new university president and insights regarding key challenges and opportunities OSU may face over the next decade. Online feedback may be provided until May 20: Confidential input gathered will inform a presidential leadership profile, which will serve as the basis by which a presidential search committee recruits and identifies potential candidates. Further information about the process, including a timeline and FAQs, is available at

Grads Give Back: Donate Your Gown to the Next Graduate: Are you graduating and walking in commencement? Give your gown after the ceremony. You can help another student who may not be able to participate in commencement otherwise while keeping your cap and cords as a memento. Gowns can be donated at staffed stations outside Reser Stadium right after commencement or at the main entrance to the Valley Library, after commencement through the following Monday (June 15-17). For questions, see

Volunteers Needed for the Great Move Out: This year OSU will once again work both on-campus and off-campus with the Corvallis community to collect reusable goods from students during The Great Move Out! Volunteers are needed to staff the events, assisting with receiving and sorting donations. Volunteers are needed for the off-campus event on June 14; details and sign-up here. Volunteers are needed for the residence hall program June 10-19; details and sign-up hereMore information here.

Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical SciencesThe program provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The grant level is $300,000 - $75,000 per year for a four-year period. For the 2020 award, one nomination will be invited from each of the participating institutions. The internal deadline for submitting a letter of recommendation for a nominee is Monday, May 20.

Traffic & Maintenance 

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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NEW! This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (minimum 12 and maximum of 20 hours per week) Student Technical Assistant position at the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Institute (ATAMI) at Oregon State University. The main responsibility of this position is the operation of the ATAMI machine shop. This position will be responsible for machine shop operations, maintenance and general facility support. Posting #P05220SE. Closes May 24. 


"Things present themselves to you, and it's how you choose to deal with them that reveals who you are. We all say a lot of things, don't we, about who we are and how we think. But in the end it's your actions, how you respond to circumstance that reveals your character." ~ Cate Blanchett, who turns 50 today.

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 61, low of 49. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of showers, high of 61, low of 44. Showers likely tomorrow.

Newport: Rain today, high of 57, low of 49. Chance of rain tomorrow.

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