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.

Will climate change create deadlier tropical storms? (Pacific Standard)

"Cyclone Idai is another tragic example of the destructive potential of windstorms. These disasters can be particularly devastating in developing countries, where infrastructure and state capacity are weakest," says Todd Pugatch, an associate professor of economics at Oregon State University and author of the new research published in the journal World Development.

OSU part of grant to study link between microbiome, autism(KTVZ)

An Oregon State University researcher is part of a $1.94 million grant to look for possible connections between the human microbiome and autism spectrum disorder.

Rare species leaves stinky clues to its survival (Jefferson Public Radio)

Since the animals can be notoriously hard to locate, Oregon State University scientists have been studying their scat.  That's right, poop can provide some answers. 

As mass timber take off, how green is this new building material?(Green Biz)

Beverly Law, a professor of global change biology and terrestrial systems science at Oregon State University who headed up the Oregon forest study, says there hasn’t been a thorough analysis of carbon emitted by mass timber production because it is enormously complex to track the factors that produce CO2 in forest ecosystems and in production.

Boost for community colleges means one-year bust for universities (Inside Higher Ed)

“Oregon State from the beginning has advocated funds for students with financial need should go toward improving the Oregon Opportunity Grant, which targets low-income students,” said Steve Clark, vice president of university relations for Oregon State University.

Construction begins for URI's future research vessel (The Narragansett Times)

NSF selected Oregon State University to lead the design, construction and transition to operations for as many as three new Regional Class Research Vessels for the U.S. Academic Research Fleet, including Resolution.   

State committee holds future pace of OSU-Cascades build-out (Bend Bulletin)

 Oregon State University-Cascades’ place near the bottom of the state’s university construction priority list is unlikely to change despite a major review of how decisions on what gets built are made.

What to do when wildlife makes a mess of your garden(Oregonian)

“Our homes and gardens often overlap with spaces and resources used by wild animals, both native and non-native,” said Dana Sanchez, Oregon State University Extension Service wildlife specialist. “A ‘shared habitat’ situation can pose some challenges when the animals’ day-to-day activities come in conflict with ours.”

OSU student dies after 100-foot fall at Oregon Coast viewpoint, report says (Oregonian)

An Oregon State University student died Sunday after falling about 100 feet at an Oregon coast viewpoint. KPTV reports 21-year-old Michelle Casey slipped and fell at a viewpoint off U.S. 101. She was rescued and flown to a Portland hospital, where she died, according to the news station. (see also KPTV)

Mystery pine doesn't lose its cones: Ask an Expert (Oregonian)

Spring has sprung and gardeners are digging in. Got questions as you carry on? Get answers from Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. 

Today's photo

Typecast: Zoology freshman Celeste Richardson practices on a pink typewriter in the Student Experience Center Plaza on Monday. Sarah Norek with the Academic Success Center is hosting the two-day typewriter event to help promote learning and studying strategies. (photo: Theresa Hogue)


Still need to sign up for Duo? Duo two-step login will become mandatory for all non-student OSU accounts as of May 22. If you have not yet signed up and want help, questions answered, or to pick up a token, there are three drop-in signup events scheduled in the Autzen classroom of the Valley Library, Tuesday, May 21, and Wednesday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. These events are drop-in events, no registration is required; signup takes only a few minutes. For more information about Duo, see

Capstone presentation:  Lauren Bennett is pursuing her Master of Natural Resources under the guidance of Gail Langellotto. Her capstone is titled "Examining the gap between interest and understanding of bee pollinators." May 21, 9:30 a.m., in Richardson Hall 115.  Contact the FES department office with questions or requests for accommodation at 541-737-2244.

Tuesday Teaching Talks: Emotionally Intelligent Teaching: 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 21, join Shauna Tominey (HDFS) to learn about hands-on tools and strategies that can be embedded into any class to create an emotionally-supportive environment. This two-hour workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn more here. Contact us here.

Typewriter Pop-Up: Using vintage typewriters, the Academic Success Center will be crowdsourcing study and learning strategies from the OSU community ahead of finals. The first 500 participants get a free bag of kettle corn. Stop by the pop-up in the SEC Plaza between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21.

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.

Teaching showcase: The Writing Intensive Curriculum (WIC) Program is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a teaching showcase on Tuesday, May 21.  At 1:30 p.m. WIC instructors will give short talks about innovating with writing in their courses. At 2:30 p.m. a roundtable of WIC instructors will discuss the rewards and challenges of teaching WIC courses as well as answer questions from the audience.  This event to open to the entire campus community.  See the WIC Anniversary page for more details.  Location: Journey Room (MU 104).

Introduction to CORE for New CORE Users: The Cooperative Open Reporting Environment (CORE) is OSU's central tool for accessing official university reports and institutional data. All OSU employees have access to CORE reports and dashboards based on their employment classification and job profile. This session is designed to give new employees and CORE users an orientation to CORE including security and policies related to the access and use of data, how to find and save what you need from CORE, and helpful tips and tricks for interacting and using the system. Tuesday, May 212-3 p.mIAR Training Space - Kerr B094, Corvallis campus; WebEx. Contact IAR with questionsRegister Here

WIC keynote: Terry Myers Zawacki will give the keynote address for the Writing Intensive Curriculum (WIC) Program’s 25th anniversary celebration May 21 at 4 p.m., in the Journey Room (MU 104).  Her topic will be “Engaging Conversation(s): Students and Teachers Talk about Expectations for Academic Writing across Disciplines, Languages, and Cultures.” Myers Zawacki is professor emerita from George Mason University and an internationally known author and editor of multiple books on Writing Across the Curriculum.  This talk to open to the entire campus community.  See the WIC Anniversary page for more details.

Anniversary of walkout: Join EOP as it celebrates the 50-year anniversary of the Black Student Union walkout that led to the creation of EOP and the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. The walkout takes place May 21 beginning at 4 p.m., and starts at the center. Faculty members Dwaine Plaza and Janet Nishihara will provide context before the walk.


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

NEW! Oregon State Creative Jam: Join OSU and Adobe for a one-of-a-kind event on Friday, May 24. Hear from special guest speakers Jim and Stephanie Ward and Nina Byrd as they share insights from their careers. Then watch teams of OSU students present digital apps that solve urgent problems—and vote for your favorite. Horizon Room, Memorial Union, 2 p.m.

NEW! Wind Ensemble: The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble presents its final concert of the 2018-19 season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street, Corvallis. They will perform Holst, Sousa and more. General admission tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. OSU students with ID and K-12 youth admitted free. Corvallis Arts For All discounts apply. Advance tickets are available online at: To request accommodations relating to a disability call 541-737-4671.

NEW! Adoptee narrative: “Our Somewhere in Between: An API Adoptee Narrative,” will include a film screening of ‘Meet Me on the Bridge,’ followed by a discussion and storytelling, and will be held on Thursday, May 23, from 6-8 p.m., at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center.

Delta Blues: The OSU Album Club will listen to and discuss Robert Johnson’s “King of the Delta Blues Singers” on Wednesday, May 22, at 7 p.m. in Bexell Hall 211. Album Club, hosted by director of Popular Music and Performing Arts, Bob Santelli, is like a book club where you discuss the greatest albums ever recorded. It is free and open to all.

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 Ed 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-served basis.

Crawfish fest: Tickets are now on sale for Oregon State’s annual Cajun Crawfish Fest, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on June 6, outside McNary Dining Center. Enjoy an all you-can-eat crawfish boil, served Louisiana-style with potato wedges, corn on the cob, cornbread with honey butter, watermelon wedges and sweet tea. Buy tickets ($12) by May 27 at MainSqueeze in McNary Dining Center.

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.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Linus Pauling Legacy Award winner offers lecture: Geraldine (Geri) Richmond, chemistry professor at the University of Oregon, has won the 2019 Linus Pauling Legacy Award sponsored by OSU Libraries and Press. Richmond will deliver a free public lecture, “The Importance of Global Scientific Engagement,” on May 22 at 7 p.m. in the Valley Library’s fourth floor rotunda.

WRGP Water Resources Science Spring Seminar Series. Ryan Crumley, Water Resources Science, and David Hill, Civil and Construction Engineering, will present “Seasonal Snowpack Modeling and Citizen Science in Alaska and Beyond” on Wednesday, May 22, from 4-5 p.m. in Bexell 328. Free and open to the public.

2019 North American Agroforestry Conference: Join us for the 16th AFTA biennial conference on June 24-27, at OSU's CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Participants will learn about the latest advances in agroforestry and tour field sites. Rates for standard, farmer, and student categories, and one-day registration available. Early registration closes Friday, May 24. More information and registration:

2019 Robert M. Storm Distinguished Lecture: Integrative Biology presents the 2019 Robert M. Storm Lecturer, Patricia Brennan, on Thursday, May 30. There will be a reception at 6 p.m. in the Cordley Hall Foyer followed by the 7 p.m. lecture in Gilfillan Auditorium. This event will also be available via WebEx; Brennan, an assistant professor at Mt. Holyoke College, will present a seminar, “Time to Step Up! Defending “Oddball Science.” She is an expert on the evolution of reproductive structures in vertebrates and the mechanisms that drive genital diversification, particularly in birds. More information on the Robert M. Storm lecture series and specifics of the 2019 lecture can be found at  RSVP at .

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 to 6:30 p.m. reception, talk begins at 7 p.m., The Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland. Admission is free; register at

Take Note

NEW! Eco2Go Return Stations on All Valley Library Floors: In partnership with UHDS, the Valley Library has placed Eco2Go container return locations on all six floors of the library. Look for the tall, round bins with the Eco2Go logo. On Floors 1 and 3-6, the bins are located along the south wall of the alcove off the main public avenue. On Floor 2 (main floor), the bin is located in the hallway at the stairs/elevator down to Java II cafe.   UHDS estimates that this program removes more than 400,000 disposable single-use to-go containers from the landfill each year.

NEW! Dialogue Facilitation Lab Applications: The Office of Institutional Diversity is accepting applications for faculty, staff and graduate students to join the Dialogue Facilitation Lab Summer 2019 cohort. The Dialogue Facilitation Lab is a professional learning and exploratory seminar looking to integrate critical dialogue facilitation skills into professional environments. The seminar welcomes faculty, staff and graduate students of all skill and experience levels to explore the philosophy and techniques of critical dialogue facilitation and the potential for implementation in their work at the university. Applications will be accepted until May 31 at 5 p.m. For more information and to apply, visit the Dialogue Facilitation Lab website. Direct any questions about the seminar to Brandi Douglas, assistant director of outreach, at

Library input sought: OSU Libraries seeks input about its process to accommodate its share of the university-wide budget reduction for fiscal year 2020. Read the FAQ at FY20 Budget Reduction.

Male volunteers wanted for acetaminophen (Tylenol) study (Corvallis): Detoxification of Reactive Acetaminophen Metabolite by Conjugation with Ascorbic Acid. Principal Investigator: Fred Stevens, Linus Pauling Institute, OSU. If you are healthy, male, age 18-50, non-smoker, without history of acetaminophen toxicity or allergy, you may qualify to participate. Volunteers receive $25. Contact Sandra Uesugi, RN, at 541-737-3594 or

Apply now for Ecampus professional development funds: Oregon State Ecampus invites faculty, staff and administrators to pursue professional development related to online and hybrid education. Further your professional goals while promoting effective teaching and learning in OSU’s online and hybrid courses. Funding is available for professorial faculty and professional faculty and advisors. The application deadline is June 7, so learn more and apply online today

OSU Emergency Preparedness and Public Safety Outreach Survey. Help us improve OSU’s Emergency Preparedness and Public Safety educational and outreach efforts. Take our 4-minute survey to tell us how effective we have been and where we can improve. Survey Link:

Student Support at the Undergrad Research & Writing Studio: The Undergrad Research & Writing Studio, located in the Valley Library, encourages faculty to hold class meetings in the studio and take advantage of its flexible workspaces, including modular tables and large display monitors suitable for collaboration. Studio consultants (peer mentors who specialize in research and writing support) are available to work with students during the visit. Faculty may reserve studio time by completing a reservation form. Call 541-737-2776 for more information.

Dialogue Facilitation Lab Applications: The Office of Institutional Diversity is now accepting applications for faculty, staff and graduate students to join the Dialogue Facilitation Lab Summer 2019 cohort. The Dialogue Facilitation Lab is a professional learning and exploratory seminar looking to integrate critical dialogue facilitation skills into professional environments. The seminar welcomes faculty, staff and graduate students of all skill and experience levels to explore the philosophy and techniques of critical dialogue facilitation and the potential for implementation in their work at the university. Applications will be accepted until May, 31 by 5 pm. For more information and to apply, visit the Dialogue Facilitation Lab website. Direct any questions about the seminar to Brandi Douglas, assistant director of outreach, at

The Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center (HRWGC) invites nominations for annual awards celebration: There are three award categories; Women of Achievement, AYA award, and Student Leader award.  Learn about each award and submit a nomination here.  We invite you to not only consider submitting a nomination but hope that you will plan to join us at year’s event on Thursday, June 6, from 3-5 p.m. at the HRWGC. 

Fall 2019 On-campus Housing Move-In, Volunteer Opportunity, and Early Arrival: Fall 2019 move-in for the residence halls will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22, and you can find more information on our website: Volunteer opportunities to assist with move in day are available for OSU faculty, staff, and students. OSU departments and programs that require students to arrive prior to Sunday, Sept. 22, for orientations or trainings must complete an Early Arrival Request for their group, which will be available in early July. If you have questions, contact

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:

Traffic & Maintenance 

Van Buren Street Bridge Lane closures: Due to a geotechnical investigation boring, there will be lane reductions on the bridge May 16-24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A single lane reduction (out of three lanes) for Northwest Van Buren Avenue from Third Street to First Street will be needed.

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 Servicesat 541-737-2969.


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NEW! Office Specialist 1 - This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Office Specialist 1 position for the Lane County Extension Office at Oregon State University (OSU). This position is located in Eugene, Oregon.  Posting # P02177CT.  Closes June 3.

NEW! INTO OSU is seeking a Director of Marketing and Recruitment.  This position will lead the strategic planning for and execution of an international recruitment and marketing plan to drive international student enrollment to the INTO Oregon State University programs as well as all Oregon State University degree seeking programs. Apply by June 9. Link to apply:


"Jazz isn't what you do; it's how you do it." ~ Fats Waller, born today in 1904.

Corvallis: Chance of showers today, high of 64, low of 46. Partly sunny Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Showers likely, high of 57, low of 43. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of showers, high of 58, low of 49. Partly sunny tomorrow.

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