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 Dam Proud Day raises over $2.1 million from more than 7,700 gifts, college says (KEZI)

Oregon State University’s annual day of giving set a new record with more than 7,700 gifts totaling over $2.1 million, according to OSU officials. (see also Bend Bulletin)

OSU-Cascades receives $3.9 million federal grant to address shortage of Central Oregon school counselors (KTVZ)

Oregon State University-Cascades has been awarded a $3.9 million federal grant to provide full tuition for up to 75 eligible graduate students in a Master of Counseling program designed to address the mental health needs of K-12 school children.

The business of attracting military veterans and other recruits to agriculture (Jefferson Public Radio)

So efforts continue around the country to attract new farmers to the business, including several small farm incubation projects in Southern Oregon. Those include Rogue Farm Corps and the Growing Veteran Agripreneurs program of Oregon State University Extension.

$2 million grant given to research waste prevention methods (New Food)

A $2 million investment has been awarded to Oregon State University, The Ohio State University, in partnership with Pennington Biomedical and the University of Florida to fund food waste management research.

Adding too much water to whiskies can make them taste the same, study suggests (Evening Standard)

Working with Elizabeth Tomasino at Oregon State University to run the sensory panel, the researchers found that at 100% whiskey, the panellists could easily tell all the whiskies apart from each other. They could still differentiate whiskies within each group at 80/20 whisky to water, but after more water was added, that changed.

How airplane noise affects sleep duration (Mint Forum)

The study by Boston University’s School of Public Health and Oregon State University found that people who were exposed to airplane noise at levels as low as 45 dB were more likely to sleep less than seven hours per night.


Students spend a day learning in the woods during annual School Forestry Tour (The News-Review)

The event was organized by the Oregon State University Extension Service and was supported by 33 different private companies, government agencies and local nonprofits to create the day-long event.

Sudden warmup boosts onion crop in SE Oregon, SW Idaho (Capital Press)

“That’s an advantage in the summer when it’s hot,” said Gabe Flick, who farms there and is a weed scientist and Oregon State University instructor.“But it can cause a challenge in the spring, when you need to dry out enough to plant.”


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Seeing double: Jeff Steiner, director of the Global Hemp Innovation Center, says, “Spring flowers are way behind this year because of the cold late winter. That makes the tulips in my backyard even more special to see, along with a little photo special effects help.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Week 5 already? The term goes by fast, and missing class or falling behind can be a barrier to success. Individual outreach is a great way to demonstrate care and encourage engagement. Visit the Academic Success Center’s Outreach & Referrals page for information on outreach types, design and language to support your students.


Ashley Voisinet M.S. Water Resource Policy & Management Defense: Voisient will present her thesis, titled, “Water and Sanitation Access Barriers in Corvallis, Oregon Homeless Populations,” 9 a.m., May 2, Burt Hall 193. Mary Santelmann of Geography and WRGP advises Voisinet. All are welcome.

"AI and Employee Management: The Impact on Trust in the Workplace." College of Business Associate Dean for Research, Betty S. Henry Amundson Faculty Scholar in Ethics and Professor of Management Keith Leavitt will be featured in an upcoming College of Business Thought Leadership Series virtual event at noon May 2. Register here: Questions? Contact [email protected]

Department of Horticulture seminar series: Rachel Cross, M.S. graduate student, horticulture, will present, “Beyond Hemp: Potential Medicinal Herb Crops for the Willamette Valley," and Santosh Kalauni, Ph.D. graduate student, horticulture, will present, “Effect of Soil Potassium Enrichment on Arbuscular Mycorrhiza Fungi.” Noon, May 2,  ALS 4001 or via Zoom. Zoom information:

Changemakers: Paying it Forward. Join a webcast at 5:30 p.m., May 2 with Jarvez Hall, ’05. Hall will share inspiring stories from his time on campus — including playing on the 2001 Fiesta Bowl football team — and lessons learned in his current role championing the needs of underrepresented youth in East Multnomah County. Learn more and register at

Disabled Night Out at Bombs Away Cafe: Hosted by the Disabled Students Union and the Disability Equity Center. Free appetizers and transportation for students via SafeRide, CTS and Dial-A-Bus. Faculty welcomed. 6-9 p.m., May 2, 2527 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis. For more information and accommodations, email [email protected]


NEW! Spring Bike Challenge, May 1-31, 2023, Corvallis Campus: May is National Bike Month. It’s not too late to celebrate by joining the annual Spring Bike Challenge. Teams ride in a friendly campus-wide competition to see who can bike the most days in May. The last day to register is May 12. You can find details and registration information on the Spring Bike Challenge webpage, or email [email protected] with questions. 

NEW! Spring Parent and Family Social: Attend a casual reception for current OSU parents and families to meet and mingle during Spring Family Weekend (May 5-7). Make connections, get resources from OSU leaders and enjoy apps, drinks and fun. Join us at 4:30 p.m. May 5 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Register:

NEW! Advantage Accelerator anniversary: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is celebrating its 10-year anniversary from 2:30-7:30 p.m, May 11 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center for an "Accelebration" filled with networking, speakers and success stories. RSVP by May 5 at this link to secure your spot. 

NEW! Bring Your Kids to Campus Day: Registration is now open for the Family Resource Center’s Bring Your Kids to Campus Day, taking place May 12. OSU's 11th annual Bring Your Kids to Campus Day is designed to promote the value of a college education as well as share with our children the fun and exciting place where we are fortunate to work and study. Register now or visit the FRC website to learn more. Please direct any questions to [email protected].

Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale & Clinic: Every first Saturday in May, the Benton County Master Gardener Association holds its Plant Sale & Clinic under cover at the fairgrounds' Solar Barn and Floral Courtyard, featuring over 10,000 plants — perennials, natives, edibles, trees and shrubs. Master Gardeners available to answer gardening questions. Proceeds from the sale support educational programs in our community. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 6, Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 S.W. 53rd St., Corvallis. Payments by cash, check or credit/debit card accepted.

Fidelity and TIAA on campus: Fidelity and TIAA advisors are available at no cost to you as a part of your retirement plan. Fidelity representative Justin Blatny will be available on campus May 10-11 for one-on-one appointments. Register at or by emailing [email protected]. TIAA representative AJ Martinez, CFP, will be available on campus May 16-18 for one-on-one appointments. Register at or by emailing [email protected].

Farm open house: Crop and Soil Science is hosting an in-person open house at Hyslop Farm for sharing the work of CSS faculty and our USDA-ARS partners with the public. The Field Day takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 24 and is free and open to the public. Check out our website for more details.

National Get Outdoors Day at Peavy Arboretum: Join OSU Research Forests in a free family bilingual event celebrating outdoor recreation and environmental education, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., June 3. Over 20 interactive exhibitors from the community, including free fishing for youth, disc golf, logging sports, nature art and other fun activities for the whole family with Spanish interpretation. Information at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Parenthood lecture: Linwood Vereen presents “The Experiences of Black Men Through the Perinatal Period of Parenthood.” Noon to 1 p.m., May 4, Furman Hall 405 or by Zoom. More info:

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: The HMSC 2023 Student Invited Speaker Donna DW Hauser with the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will be giving a seminar titled “Bridging scientific and Indigenous perspectives to understand rapidly changing Arctic marine ecosystems,” at 3:30 p.m., May 4. 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.

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology spring seminar series: “Fifty years of mycorrhizal research: where we have been, where we are going,” presented by Paola Bonfante of University of Turin (Italy), 4 p.m,. May 4, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

NEW! Ideas Matter lecture series: "Rapidly Changing Ecosystems." Professor Allen Thompson in a conversation with ecologist Matt Betts. 5-7 p.m. May 4 at The Bière Library, 151 NW Monroe Ave., Suite 102, Corvallis. Free, open to all. Presented by the School of History, Philosophy and Religion.

NEW! Fragments and Phantasmagoria: Landscape Photography of Lang Jingshan (1895-1998). Talk by Mia Liu, assistant professor of Chinese art, Johns Hopkins University. 5:30 p.m., May 4 in the International Living and Learning Center, Room 155. Presented by the College of Liberal Arts School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts.

NEW! Public Seed Library 'Growing a Vegetable Garden' Lecture Series: Benton County Master Gardener Emily Herb will discuss how to "Keep it coming: Succession planting, thinning, row covers and weeding," 6-7 p.m. May 4 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library's Meeting Room. Come learn how to grow more food successfully and get your questions answered. If you've started your vegetable garden and have leftover seeds, individual donations of open and partially used vegetable, herb and flower commercial seed packets packed for '22 and '23 are needed now to restock the Public Seed Library seed rack, and can be donated any time at the Corvallis Library Circulation Desk. Learn more at

NEW! The Making of the Northwest Forest Plan: A conversation with K. Norman Johnson, Jerry F. Franklin and Gordon H. Reeves, moderated by Kerry Tymchuk. 2-3:30 p.m. May 7, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave. In The Making of the Northwest Forest Plan: The Wild Science of Saving Old Growth Ecosystems (Oregon State University Press, 2023), three of the scientists who helped craft that change tell the story as they know it: the causes, development, adoption and effects of the Northwest Forest Plan. Co-sponsored by the OSU Press.

NEW! Ken van Holde symposium and celebration: University Distinguished Professor Kensai E. van Holde will be commemorated in a day-long symposium May 13 at the Linus Pauling Science Center. Van Holde died in 2019. He joined the brand-new Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in 1967. For more information on van Holde or the symposium, email [email protected].

Defense presentation: Daniel Sidder, School of Public Policy, will speak on “Microshelters, Macro Problem: Exploring How Tiny Home Villages Became a Popular Solution for Housing People Experiencing Homelessness,” noon May 3 on Zoom. For Zoom link, contact [email protected].

Faculty Drop-in Discussion: The Impact of Generative AI on Education. Curious about ChatGPT? Join CTL and UIT-Academic Technologies in conversations around ChatGPT and generative AI. Bring your questions and ideas as we explore together. Optional: Bring a laptop to try ChatGPT. 2 p.m., May 3 in LINC 468. Check out the CTL events calendar to see more drop-in sessions. Questions? ⁠Contact CTL.

Ask Alumni: Life After College. The OSU Black Alumni & Friends Network invites Beavs to an Ask Alumni panel event 4 p.m., May 3. Join in person at the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center or online to build your network and hear from OSU alumni about finding success in school and early careers. Registration and details:

WRS Seminar Series: Melissa Lombard from the USGS will present "Statistical models of arsenic in domestic wells across the U.S. to assess the impact of drought and support human health studies," 4 p.m., May 3 in Burt 193 or on Zoom. Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details. 

Ask Alumni Current Teacher Q&A: Get an insider’s guide to the classroom from OSU College of Education alumni who are eager to share their advice with new and future teachers. Learn about finding jobs, supporting student interests and more at the next Ask Alumni session at 4 p.m., May 3. Register at

"Exciting and Engaging Undergraduate Students in a Post-COVID Classroom": Keynote speaker Dwaine Plaza, professor of sociology in the School of Public Policy, will present recommendations on how faculty can be innovative and think differently about their teaching, testing and engaging students using new technologies and pedagogical approaches. 4:30-6 pm., May 4 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room, with a reception to follow. Registration

Disability-Related Psychology Ph.D. Defense: Emily F. Plackowski will present her dissertation, “’You should always be willing to listen and change’: Using Brief Indirect Contact Interventions to Impact University Students’ Ableism and Related Constructs and Conceptualizations,” 2 p.m., May 8, via Zoom. Make accommodation requests by May 3 to Plackowski’s mentor, Kathleen Bogart ([email protected], 541-737-1357). Zoom URL:

UPDATED! Streaming conversation with Noam Chomsky: Scholar Noam Chomsky will discuss his recent book, “Notes on the Resistance,” via webcast at noon, May 16, MU Horizon Room. Chomsky is institute professor (emeritus) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and laureate professor of linguistics at University of Arizona. The event will discuss critical real-world issues, such as lessons we can learn from the pandemic, global challenges we are currently facing and advice for student activism. There will be a 40-minute discussion followed by an opportunity for Q&A from the audience. To RSVP, go to:

Turning Adversity into Advantage: Join a Changemakers webcast at 5:30 p.m., May 16 with Alexis Serna, ‘08, director of Beyond Football and Varsity OSU. The leading scorer in Beaver history and the 2005 Lou Groza Award winner will talk with CLA Professor Susan Shaw about how he helps student-athletes build their futures after football. Register at

OSU’s New Beginnings for Tribal Students presents Cultural Awareness and Mentor Training Series 2023: "Tribal History Shared History: Essential Understandings of Native Americans in Oregon" with Angie Morrill, 2-4 p.m. May 9. "Cultivating Safe Spaces in Education," 2-4:30 p.m., May 25, an interactive facilitated workshop with Jen Greenway. Open to faculty; students encouraged to attend. Info at

Take Note

NEW! Cat Training Project for Children with Developmental Disabilities: We are currently recruiting children ages 10-12 years old and their family cats to participate in a cat-training animal-assisted intervention research project next quarter. Please visit our website for more information or contact Saethra Darling at [email protected].

NEW! University and/or Faculty Senate committees: Faculty and classified employees are invited to volunteer for committee service by completing the online form – the deadline has been extended to noon May 3. Input on institutional policies and procedures is essential to the overall governance of the University. Committees available to both classified employees and faculty (academic, research and professional faculty) may be previewed prior to accessing the online form. 

NEW! Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Recreational Water Safety. Whether a tiny trickle of a creek, enough to cool your toes, or the vast expanses of beaches, water adds an exciting element to outdoor recreation. Even the most seasoned water enthusiasts can be surprised by changing water conditions. Know the local weather conditions and forecast before swimming or boating. Always use approved life jackets.

OSU's Open Educational Resources Unit is accepting proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant until May 19: 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 OERU Director Stefanie Buck.

CIO Excellence Award: Presented by the Vice Provost for Information and Technology (IT), this award acknowledges the exceptional work of OSU IT employees who exemplify IT goals and recognizes their contributions to their unit, the university and OSU community. All OSU community members are invited to submit a nomination for consideration. Nominations are accepted throughout the year. To submit a nomination or learn more about IT recognition efforts, please visit the IT recognition website:

Award nominations sought: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) is currently accepting nominations for the University Mentoring and Professional Development award. This award recognizes any classified, professional faculty or faculty member who excels in mentoring, supporting and encouraging OSU employees, especially women and those from underrepresented groups or non-traditional careers, and making available to them opportunities for professional, educational and personal development. Deadline is May 28:

Safety break: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by promoting OSHA's Safety Break for Oregon, which is coming up on May 10. Visit OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at for more information on safety at OSU, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a link to report safety concerns online.

Seeking volunteers for National Get Outdoors Day at Peavy Arboretum June 3: Students, do you love the outdoors and helping others do the same? Want to learn about local recreation and environmental organizations in the community? Would you like to practice your Spanish? Volunteer for a one-day outdoor event with OSU Research Forests (half-day and full-day positions available). Free lunch and t-shirt provided. Info and sign up at:

Join the Department of Public Safety’s Community Police Academy: The Department of Public Safety is inviting OSU community members to sign up for a four-week introductory series on police work and community safety. Topics covered in these sessions will include dispatch, emergency management, records, evidence and more. The sessions will be from 6-8 p.m., May 9, 16, 23 and 30 at Cascade Hall. Come learn more about how DPS is working to serve the Corvallis campus. Apply online:

OSU Klatowa Ina Royalty Program: Students are invited to apply to the Klatowa Ina Royalty Program. Applications are due by May 7. The 2023 Klatowa Ina Royalty will be presented with the Oregon State University regalia at the Klatowa Ina Pow-Wow taking place on May 20. The Klatowa Ina Royalty will continue to represent the OSU Native and Indigenous community at surrounding Pow-Wows and cultural events. This is a paid internship with a travel stipend. Learn more or apply.  

UHR Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2022: Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy or research you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours in length. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] for assistance.

Volunteer Opportunities with the City of Corvallis: The City of Corvallis is recruiting to fill vacancies on city advisory boards, commissions and committees. Get involved and give back to the Corvallis community. Topics include climate action, DEI, transportation, economic development, city finances and more. Most volunteer positions involve attending one monthly meeting; most meetings are hybrid. Apply by June 4. Read more and apply online:

Fall course materials: Seems like spring (finally) but the Beaver Store is already thinking of fall. The OSU Beaver Store has begun accepting fall 2023 course materials adoptions. Faculty or designated staff can submit course material adoptions here: Submitting course material adoptions prior to fall term registration assists students to budget for expenses and allows the campus non-profit store to start sourcing low-cost formats of the required materials. Questions or need assistance? Contact [email protected] or j[email protected].

Traffic and Maintenance

Madison Avenue: As part of the Upper Division and Graduate Housing Project, sidewalks and city parking spaces will be closed along SW 11th St. and SW Madison Ave. Sidewalks and parking spaces will be closed on the east side of SW 11th St. from NW Monroe Ave. to SW Madison Ave. Sidewalks and parking spaces will be closed on the westbound side of SW Madison Ave. from SW Ninth St. to SW 11th St. These closures will be in effect through the end of the year. Other possible impacts include noise near the construction site. (View map)


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Temporary 4-H Education Program Assistant 2: OSU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development program invites applications for an Education Program Assistant 2 position based at the OSU Extension Service Morrow County office in Heppner. This temporary, internal employment opportunity is for a 12-month, full-time, classified position starting at $18.92 hourly. This position is expected to last approximately six months. Posting #P04173CT. Closes May 5.

NEW! The University Information and Technology (UIT) Office is seeking an Executive Director of Business Architecture. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #P06640UF. Closes May 8.
NEW! The University Information and Technology (UIT) Administrative Modernization Program is seeking an Organizational Change Management Lead (OCM). This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #P06779UF. Full consideration May 22; closes Nov. 25 or when filled.
NEW! The University Information and Technology (UIT) Office is seeking an Information Technology Security Operations Manager. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. The IT Security Operations Manager performs a highly sensitive function for the institution and must exercise independent judgment and discretion in fulling the role. Posting #P06712UF. Closes May 14.


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Corvallis: Partly sunny today, high of 69, low of 45. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 67, low of 43. Slight chance of thunderstorms tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly cloudy, high of  61, low of 44. Partly sunny Wednesday.

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