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:

Bollinger launches first of three oceanographic research vessels (WorkBoat)

The 199'6"x41'x19' Taani is being built as part of a project led by Oregon State University and funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation to provide scientists with valuable new tools to study critical issues such as rapidly changing ocean conditions and human impacts on the marine environment.

ChatGPT is upending academia -- and more needs to be done about it (VPM)

Here & Now‘s Scott Tong speaks with rising Columbia University sophomore Owen Terry, author of an essay titled “I’m a Student. You Have No Idea How Much We’re Using ChatGPT.” Oregon State University professor Inara Scott, who penned “ChatGPT is causing an education crisis,” also tells us about what they think should be done about the use of the artificial intelligence app to help students write and think.

OSU professor believes combining solar energy and agriculture is the path to a sustainable future (KGW)

On a small research farm outside of Wilsonville, Chad Higgins feels like he’s watching the future of farming and energy production unfold. Higgins, a biological and environmental engineering professor at Oregon State University, oversees one of the largest experiments in agrivoltaics in the world.  

Snowpack may delay start of fire season, OSU specialists say (KATU)

Oregon State University hosted a forum Monday on summer weather, precipitation and fire outlook, with several faculty specializing in weather and fire outlook participating. (see also KEZI)

Public funding is key in increasing child care openings statewide (Oregon Capital Chronicle)

new report from Oregon State University found that available child care slots for young children in Oregon grew by almost 5% from March 2020 to December 2022, thanks in part to increased public funding.

Dallas QB and OSU beer partnership (Oregon Business Report)

A former Dallas Cowboys quarterback teamed up with Oregon State University’s beer and food science departments before launching his low-calorie, low-carb beer a year ago, according to the San Antonio Business Journal. 

Oregon State University sponsors Get Outdoors Day event at Peavy Arboretum on June 3 (KMTR)

Oregon State University is sponsoring a free event to inspire people in Benton and Linn counties to get out doors.

Seeing lots of box elder bugs? Blame the heat, experts say (Newberg Graphic)

The black and reddish-orange winged bug is showing up in full force, prompting some residents to ask, “Are there more box elder bugs than last year?” Oregon State University Extension Service Agriculture and Horticulture expert Chip Bubl says it’s unlikely.

Today's photo

Return of the pow-wow: Jon Boeckenstedt, vice provost for Enrollment Management, took this photo at the the 44th Annual Klatowa Ina Pow-Wow on May 20. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Working on term-long projects, researching, studying for exams and writing papers take energy. Encourage your students to get regular sleep and rest, take breaks and eat nutritious meals. Let them know about the Basic Needs Center’s Healthy Beaver Bags, and consider sharing Academic Success Center ideas about designing effective breaks and potential break activities.


Soundbox 6: Biosphere Remix, a festival of makers in music, technology, poetry, art, engineering, science and more, takes place May 22-26. It's free to attend, and open to all. This year it takes place mostly at the MU room 109. Drop by and check out works by students, faculty and visiting musicians: percussionist Ivan Manzanilla from University of Guanajuato, Mexico and violinist, Rebecca Sabine (Las Vegas), as well as featured visual and media artists: Melody Owen, and Jack Snell-Ryan, and more. Activities start 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. daily. See the full schedule here and through the CLA: link:

History capstone project: History Masters student Jessica Cole will present her capstone project, “Disparity in Death: Redressing the Inequitable Burial Practices Afforded to Patients of Oregon Asylums in the Early Twentieth Century,” at 10 a.m., May 23 in Milam 301. After discovering the unmarked remains of a former Oregon State Hospital patient in Eugene’s Mulkey Cemetery, Cole uncovered a story of state negligence and exploitation of deceased patients, including their use as what she calls “compulsory cadavers” by Oregon’s medical students in the first half of the twentieth century. Cole will recount these troubling histories and offer ideas for restorative justice. 

The Impact of Stressful Life Events at Work: The Case of Divorce." Bori (Borbala) Csillag, the Stirek Assistant Professor of Management in the College of Business, will be the featured faculty member in an upcoming College of Business Thought Leadership Series virtual event at noon May 23. Register here: Questions? Contact [email protected].

Department of Horticulture seminar series: Hojung Yoon, MS graduate student, horticulture, will present, “How chemical cues affect physiology and behaviors of Drosophila suzukii" and Brianna Heilsnis, Ph.D. graduate student, horticulture, will present, “A Peek Under the Hood: Differential Gene Expression Analysis.” Noon May 23, ALS 4001 or via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public. Zoom information:

Introduction to Oregon Savings Growth Plan: Learn how this 457 deferred compensation plan can help increase your retirement income. The OSGP (also referred to as the 457 plan) is part of the Voluntary Retirement Savings Program at OSU. All employees (except student employees) are eligible to participate. This virtual workshop will examine the time value of money and your investment options with OSGP. Roth vs. pre-tax deductions will be discussed. 12:30 p.m., May 23 via Zoom. To register:

CoSCIES 2023 Education Research Showcase Extravaganza: Interested in learning about the science of teaching and learning? Join us from 1-5 p.m., May 23 in the MU Journey Room (104) to learn about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Education Research in OSU’s College of Science. Watch to be inspired to attend. Learn more about the program here.

Personal Statement Workshop: Learn how to write an excellent personal statement for a scholarship, fellowship or graduate school application with National and Global Scholarships Advising, 1-2 p.m., May 23, Autzen Classroom 2082 in the Valley Library. Whether applying for a scholarship or improving writing skills, all students and alumni are welcome to attend. Free, register here:

“Confluences”: Art-Sci Fellowship Exhibition featuring work by Fellows: Olivia Quisser, Svea Bruslind, Grace Holmes, Liana Kruger-Moore, Cassidy Smith, Vaishnavi Padaki, Fang-Yu Shen, Val Chang, Aliya Jamil, Anita Spaeth and Dana Reason. Mentor/sponsors are Carly Lettero, Joy Jensen and Jerri Lee Bartholomew. Runs May 22 through June 9 at the Little Gallery, 210 Kidder Hall. An opening reception will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m., May 23. Free, open to all.

Ice cream: The Beaver Classic Food Truck will be scooping ice cream at Common Fields from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. during their Trivia night. Please come get a scoop of your favorite flavor.

Pasifika Fest: The Pacific Islander Association will be hosting their first annual culture night featuring island music, food trucks, Kona Shave Ice, vendors, outreach tables and a gallery exhibit entitled, "Stars of Oceania." 5-8 p.m., May 23, on the SEC Plaza.

Remodeling Your Mitochondrial Kitchen: Studies show the mitochondria play a vital role in metabolic health and in our understanding and treatment of diabetes and other conditions. Tune into a Public Health Insider webcast with OSU kinesiology faculty at 5:30 p.m., May 23 to learn all about mitochondria and your metabolic health. Register:

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more at 644 SW 13th St. Public sales are open to all shoppers this Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.


NEW! Skip & Sip the Stress Away with the ASC: Join the Academic Success Center to recognize and celebrate your accomplishments and prepare for finals. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m, May 25, in the SEC Plaza, play some hopscotch, sip on iced tea, make your own encouraging button or paint a rock. We’ll have resources available to support folks in the final stretch in the term. Questions or accommodations? Contact [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.

Rhiannon Sky Tafoya Artist Talk & Reception: In conjunction with her exhibition running April 17-May 24 in Fairbanks Gallery of Art, Rhiannon ‘Skye’ Tafoya (Eastern Band Cherokee and Santa Clara Pueblo) will give a talk, followed by a reception that is free and open to all, 4 p.m., May 24 at the Fairbanks Hall Gallery. Tafoya uses a variety of techniques in printmaking, digital design, sculpture, bookmaking and basketry to create works that reflect both of her Tribal heritages, cultures and lineages. The works in "my hands remind me of yours" manifest in two- and three-dimensional constructs that range in size from a few inches to a several feet. More information: [email protected].

DAMchic spring launch: The DAMchic 10th anniversary edition spring magazine launch party takes place 6-8 p.m., May 25, in the MU Quad. Pick up a copy. There will be student vendors, performances, photo cards, snacks and more.

Pie a CEOAS Professor: Help support the CEOAS Association of Graduate Students (CAGS) by participating in our Spring 2023 fundraiser. Jars labeled with a professor representing each academic program in the college will be set out in Wilkinson 110. Add money to the jar of the program/professor you'd like to see get pied during the week of May 22-May 26. The top three programs with the most money will be pied. Pieing will take place at 4 p.m. May 26 outside in the Burt Courtyard.

The OSU Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert: Directed by Ryan Biesack. Featuring works by Thad Jones, Jim McNeely, Wayne Shorter and more. 7:30 p.m., May 31 in Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center. Free to OSU students. $10 general admission in advance at, or at the door (cash and check only, please.)

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology spring seminar series: “Recent evolution of cardiac glycoside biosynthesis in wallflower,” presented by Georg Jander of Cornell University Boyce Thompson Institute, 4 p.m., May 25, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

NEW! Ideas Matter lecture series: "Intersections of Indigenous, Buddhist and Biological Thought." Professor Rebekah Sinclair in a conversation with biologist Dee Denver. 5-7 p.m., May 25, 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! Kiley Barber MF defense: Kiley Barber will present her capstone, titled: “The Role of Professional Development in the Career Advancement of Women in Urban Forestry,” 10 a.m., May 26, PFSC 123 and on Zoom. Barber is earning her MF in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Paul Ries. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] for the Zoom link or for accommodations.

VP for URM finalists: Finalist candidates for Vice President for University Relations and Marketing (VP for URM) will be on the Corvallis campus May 24, and 26. Visit the VP for URM search webpage for more details and candidate information. Candidate information will be provided one day prior to the candidate’s visit. OSU community members are invited to participate in University Forums with candidates at the following times: 10-10:45 a.m., May 24, MU Journey Room (104) and via Zoom; 10-10:45 a.m., May 26, MU Horizon Room and via Zoom.

PFLA Zoom event: OSU Ecampus 101. Presented by Ecampus executive directors. Learn more about Ecampus online programs and the growing demand for distance learning. 10:30-11:30 a.m., May 24. For more information about the event and how to register click here.

2023 University Distinguished Professor Lectures: Join the OSU community on Wednesday, May 24 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room for lectures by 2023 University Distinguished Professors, Emily Ho (3:30-5 p.m.) and Yanyun Zhao (8:30-10 a.m.). Advanced registration is encouraged. A reception celebrating Ho and Zhao will be held at 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge.

OSU’s New Beginnings for Tribal Students presents Cultural Awareness and Mentor Training Series 2023: "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

Green New Worlds (or Not): Ecology and Energy in Planetary Colonization Games. The School of Writing, Literature and Film presents a Critical Questions Lecture Series talk by Pawel Frelik. 4 p.m., May 24 in MU 208. Free, open to all.

SRS Listen and learn: UIT-Academic Technologies will host a virtual session featuring a number of faculty who use Top Hat (OSU’s centrally supported Student Response System) in their teaching from noon to 1:15 p.m., May 25. Join us to learn how they leverage the tool in their classrooms, their observations on student learning and their insights on the gaps they see in their teaching needs and what the technology can currently offer. A discussion will be held at the end as time allows. Registration is required for the session. 

Take Note

NEW! Send a note to 2023 grads: This year’s graduates are about to begin an incredible new journey. Voice your encouragement, advice and congratulations as they begin to build their bright futures. Use the BEaver KIND submission form to send a short message to the Class of 2023 by June 9. 

NEW! Call for Nominations: The Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center is calling for nominations for our annual awards ceremony. We have our AYA Award, Student Leader Award, and the Feminist of Achievement award. If you would like to nominate a potential candidate, please fill out the form here: Nominations are due May 30. The awards ceremony will be held from 3-5 p.m., June 12 in the Journey Room in the Memorial Union. 

OSU Healthy Aging Club’s 4th Annual Photography Contest: This year’s theme is Older Adults in Nature and the contest is open to all OSU community members. Prizes include gift certificates to the Garland and Shonnard Nurseries and OSU swag. Please submit your entry by May 24, using the following link: OSU Gerontology Conference attendees will vote on who wins the contest on June 2. For more information, go to

TRY-athlon: Faculty Staff Fitness is holding the 10th Annual TRY-athlon event. This event is a team-building fundraiser that brings faculty and staff together to compete for individual event or power team winner. The event is June 14 and registration is now open. Grab your team and sign up to swim, run, walk or both.

OSU Foundation announces Women’s Giving Circle grant awardees: Thirteen grants were awarded for 2023-24 by the OSU Women’s Giving Circle, ranging from $2,112 to expand English conversation partnership programs for international students to $9,960 to redefine digital literacy and career readiness competency for students at OSU-Cascades. To read about all 13 grants, click here. The next grant application deadline will be in January 2024.

Contemplative Practice Center: OSU's Contemplative Studies Initiative is opening a practice center for students, faculty/staff and the public this summer. The center will be located in the historic Pepsi building at 648 SW Second St. in downtown Corvallis. Share your preferences for class times, practice modalities and even vote for your favorite name: Learn more about the center opening via the CSI newsletter:

OSU Healthy Aging Club’s 4th Annual Photography Contest. This year’s theme is Older Adults in Nature, and the contest is open to all OSU community members. Prizes include gift certificates to the Garland and Shonnard Nurseries and OSU swag. Please submit your entry by May 24 using the following link: OSU Gerontology Conference attendees will vote on who wins the contest on June 2. For more information, go to  

Resource hub for the Class of 2023: Let’s do our part to help graduating Beavers celebrate and get ready for what’s next. Share the Countdown 2 Commencement landing page with graduating seniors. It features graduation details and celebratory events, career-building and networking opportunities, inspiring alumni messages, prize drawings and more.

New Contemplative Practice Center: OSU's Contemplative Studies Initiative is opening a practice center for students, faculty/staff and the public in summer 2023. The center will be located in the historic Pepsi building at 648 SW Second St. in downtown Corvallis. Share your preferences for class times, practice modalities and even vote for your favorite name. Learn more about the center opening via the CSI newsletter:

Support student mental health: Thank you to Dam Proud Day donors who, on OSU's day of giving last month, made 55 gifts totaling nearly $33,000 to support the Student Mental Health Fund. To commemorate National Mental Health Month this May, you can join them by making a gift to support vital mental health programs for OSU students, including the new Anytime Anywhere app, which gives students access to counseling from anywhere, 24 hours per day.


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UPDATED! Fiscal Coordinator 2: We are recruiting for one Fiscal Coordinator 2 position to join our Controller’s Unit team. If you’d like to join a collaborative team focused on supporting student engagement and success, this is a great opportunity. Posting #P06869UF. Full consideration May 30. Closes June 2.

NEW! Contracts Officer: Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management invites applications for a Contracts Officer professional faculty position. This is a hybrid work opportunity within the Contracts Services Office. Posting #P06883UF Closes June 12.

NEW! OSU’s Department of Integrative Biology is seeking an individual who is interested in supporting students as they develop within academia and prepare for future careers. This instructor position (Academic Teaching/Research Faculty 1.0 FTE, 12-month) includes teaching professional development courses and coordinating experiential learning opportunities for biology and zoology majors. Posting #P06858UF. Full consideration June 12. Closes June 26. 

Ship launch

Launch of the R/V Taani: The first of three new oceanographic research vessels dedicated to advancing marine science along U.S. coasts was successfully launched Thursday. The ship, R/V Taani, is being constructed as part of a project, led by Oregon State University and funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, to provide scientists with valuable new tools to study critical issues such as rapidly changing ocean conditions and human impacts on the marine environment:


“They were nothing more than people, by themselves. Even paired, any pairing, they would have been nothing more than people by themselves. But all together, they have become the heart and muscles and mind of something perilous and new, something strange and growing and great.
Together, all together, they are the instruments of change.” ~ Keri Hulme

Corvallis: Mostly sunny today, high of 68, low of 44. Mostly sunny Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 67, low of 41. Sunny tomorrow

Newport: Patchy drizzle and then partly sunny, high of 60, low of 47. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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