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: https://today.oregonstate.edu/email/submission-guidelines.

OSU research sparks new understanding of how fire spreads (KLCC)

As wildfire season approaches, scientists from Oregon State University are studying how embers spread flames from one building to another.
 

'Superabundant': Oregon's golden chanterelle refuses to be tamed (OPB)

Researchers from Oregon State University have been exploring this idea for the past 20 years, studying both the general ecology of chanterelles in Northwest forests and how specific forest management practices can affect their growth.
 

Iron could be the key to cheaper, eco-friendly lithium-ion batteries, according to OSU study (KEZI)

A new collaborative study co-led by an Oregon State University researcher shows that the use of iron could be the key in creating more affordable and environmentally friendly lithium-ion batteries, college officials said.
 

OSU Extension Trainings Provide Safety Net for Stressed Farmers and Ranchers (OSU Extension)

The Oregon State University Extension Service is in a good position to help because agents work daily with people in the agriculture sector, according to Cassie Bouska, associate professor of practice in the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences.
 

Have wolves returned Yellowstone to its natural state? (Mountain Journal)

Where is the evidence for the changes that have been so widely praised? All across the Northern Range, said Luke Painter, an ecologist at Oregon State University, but it depends on where you look. For example, Blacktail Deer Creek and Crystal Creek have seen significantly more willow and aspen growth than the park’s famous Lamar Valley.
 

Straw bale gardens work where others won't (Tillamook Headlight Herald)

Straw bales take up little space and produce almost anything you can grow in an in-ground garden, said Brooke Edmunds, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. The rectangular straw bales bring gardening up to a more manageable height for people with disabilities. And if your soil is impossibly compacted clay, straw bales come to the rescue by providing an organic raised bed without the materials, labor and permanence of built ones.

Today's photo


Marine Science Day: Cloud Spengler, a marine educator with Oregon Sea Grant, talks to a child participating in an activity called Ocean Acidification Jenga during Marine Science Day at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport on April 13 (photo by Gabrielle Colton). We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Honor OSU's rich culture of quality teaching at the annual Celebration of Quality Teaching. This gathering will highlight teaching awards, faculty promotions and CTL programs. Nathan Kirk, winner of the 2023 OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, will speak about the relationship between teaching and scholarship. 3:30 p.m. May 30, MU Horizon Room.

Today

BioResource Research Interdisciplinary Sciences Program Spring Seminar: Olivia Queisser, Honors BS in BRR options: plant growth and development, and bioproducts and bioenergy, with a minor in chemistry, will speak on “Honey as a growth media for sustainable fungal pigments,” 10 a.m., May 28, Valley Library East/West Classrooms. Mentor: Seri C. Robinson, WSE Department.

2024 Berg Lecture: “Simple predictive rules in microbial community assembly: From the lab to the world’s oceans." Presented by Jeff Gore, physics of living systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from 5-6 p.m. May 28, at the LaSells Stewart Center. A reception hosted by the Department of Microbiology will follow from 6-7:30 p.m. Free and open to all. Register here.

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 5:30-7:30 p.m.Tuesdays and noon to 3 p.m. Fridays; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.

UPDATED! OSU Wind Pops: Join all of the OSU Bands as they combine together for an unforgettable day of pops music on the lawn of the Austin|Parrish Arts Plaza at noon and the steps of the Memorial Union Quad at 7 p.m. Bring your friends and family. Pack a picnic and lawn chairs. The Pops Concert is directed by Erik Leung, director of bands at OSU. May 28. Admission is free. Learn more here.

Events

NEW! CTL teaching excellence celebration: Join us in celebrating OSU's rich accomplishments in the area of teaching. This session highlights promotions, CTL developments and activities, and teaching awards. Our guest speaker, Nathan Kirk from the Department of Integrative Biology and winner of the 2023 OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, will present “One job not two: Breaking down the distinction between teaching and scholarship.” 3:30 p.m., May 30, MU Horizon Room 49. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. RSVP now.

Save the date: Student Parent Graduation: The Family Resource Center is excited to host our second annual  Student Parent Graduation Celebration from 4:30-6:30 p.m., June 6 at  at Our Little Village in the lower level of Milne. Please bring your family and join us as we celebrate our student parents graduating in 2024. For those graduating, please wear or bring your cap and gown and we will have a photographer taking pictures of you and your family.

Native American Flute Circle: Join the annual gathering of the OSU Native American-style flute circle, led by music instructor, Jan Michael Looking Wolf Reibach. The gathering is free and open to the public. Noon, May 29, SEC Plaza. Sign-in for participating students starts at 11:30 a.m.

OSU Land Use Code amendment meetings: OSU Land Use Planning will host a community meeting to discuss proposed amendments to the Corvallis Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan that impact the Corvallis campus. Proposed amendments to the Corvallis Land Development Code are focused on expanding on-campus housing, easing housing shortages in the surrounding community and supporting climate action goals. 6 p.m., May 29 at the Corvallis Community Center. For more information, visit: https://ufio.oregonstate.edu/neighborhood-meetings.

Spring Sing!: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents Spring Sing! 7 p.m., May 29 in Detrick Hall. Spring Sing! brings together OSU’s like-voice choirs – the Meistersingers and Bella Voce – for a powerful culminating performance to the year. The Meistersingers, is directed by Patricia Valian Reser Professor of Music Steven Zielke, and Bella Voce, is directed by Associate Professor Sandra Babb. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

Dance celebration: Take time to let go, cut loose, and honor your movement expression in a welcoming space. We will move to engaging music and close with a meditative cool down. Gently facilitated by Julie Masters, 6:30-7:45 p.m., May 30 at Marigold. Purchase class passes and register here. Contact: [email protected]

Diffusions: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents Diffusions: A Music Technology Concert  7:30 p.m., June 4 in Detrick Hall. This concert by students in OSU’s Music Technology program explores the aesthetic power of electronic sound production and manipulation through technological experimentation. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

OSU Jazz Ensemble: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents OSU Jazz Ensemble 7 p.m., June 5 in Detrick Hall. From classic standards to modern, explorative arrangements, the OSU Jazz Ensemble covers the range of an extensive musical landscape. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

OSU Guitar Ensemble: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents OSU Guitar Ensemble 7 p.m., June 6 in Detrick Hall. Directed by Dr. Cameron O’Conner, the OSU Guitar Ensemble presents repertoire from all over the world and from many historical eras, carrying audiences into the full range of what the instrument can do. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

OSU Chamber Choir: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents OSU Chamber Choir, the President’s Concert 7 p.m, June 8. in Detrick Hall. Named in honor of President Emeritus Edward J. Ray and his late wife, Beth Ray, the President’s Concert represents the pinnacle of the choral year at Oregon State. Tickets $25; students free. Tickets here.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Spring Seminar Series: “What role should forests play in climate mitigation?” presented by Jacob Buksoki of Oregon State University, 4 p.m., May 30, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

NEW! Persevering Through Family Ownership Challenges at Beaverton Foods: Join the Center for Family Enterprise for our April Family Business 360 virtual event from 8:30-9:30 a.m., June 5. Dom Biggi, CEO of Beaverton Foods, will share insights on overcoming family ownership challenges. Don't miss this chance to learn from an industry leader. Register here.

Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Jesse A. Laney will present “Diversity and its Drivers from Deserts to Mountains: A Comparison Across Small Mammals and Songbirds in Space and Time”, 10 a.m., May 29 in ALS 4001 and via Zoom: https://beav.es/cEr. Laney is completing his Ph.D. in integrative biology under the guidance of Rebecca Terry. 

FINAL Help Session for Summer Academic Wage processing: From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., May 29, a virtual help session will be set up to assist departments with filling out their spreadsheets for Summer Academic Wage requests. This is a drop-in session; no pre-registration required. Questions can be directed to [email protected] or submitted via the employee service portal at [email protected]. Link for the session is https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/99944195943?pwd=dGVhZkZZcXExVnZVajJWZXpmb3VTUT09.

Water Resources Science Seminar Series: "Klamath dam removals: early observations from water quality and suspended sediment monitoring," presented by Liam Schenk with USGS Corvallis from 4-5 p.m. May 29 on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

Chloe Hull MF Defense: Chloe Hull will present their capstone, titled: “A Valley Without Ash: Exploring Strategies for Forested Wetland Restoration Post Emerald Ash Borer Invasion in the Willamette Valley, Oregon,” at 10 a.m., May 30 in Richardson 107 and on Zoom. Hull is earning their MF degree in forest ecosystems and society with Ron Reuter. Please contact the FES Department at [email protected] for the zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

OSU Libraries & Press CSA-LFA Seminar Series: "Textbook Affordability & University Records." Learn how the libraries started proactively purchasing course materials, plus what exactly a university records manager does. 2-3 p.m., May 30 in Willamette West Classroom, Valley Library. More info and Zoom link here https://library.oregonstate.edu/osulp-seminar-series-textbook-affordability-university-records.

Jansen Ivie MS Defense: Jansen Ivie will present his thesis, titled: “A Longitudinal Analysis of Coastal Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii clarkii) and Oncorhynchus mykiss Following Severe Wildfire in Oregon Cascades Headwaters," at noon June 4 in PFSC 117 and on Zoom. Jansen is earning his MS in forest ecosystems and society with Dana Warren and Kevin Bladon. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] for the Zoom link or with questions or for accommodations for disabilities.

A Conversation with John Green: "A World Without Tuberculosis." As a part of an International Speaker Series hosted by WorldOregon, John Green, New York Times bestselling author, will be presenting a lecture on the prevention and cure of tuberculosis at 7 p.m., June 5 at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland. Oregon State is a sponsor. Tickets available here.

Paul Rusesabagina"Reconciling the Unimaginable": As a part of an International Speaker Series hosted by WorldOregon, Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda," will be presenting a lecture on lessons from the Rwandan genocide at 7 p.m., June 10 at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland. Oregon State is a sponsor. Tickets available here.

Acceptance and Commitment Skills Training: This training provides a practical, values-oriented, skills-focused and research-based method to approach problems. Scott Mcfee will guide three weekend workshops from 2-5 p.m. on July 14, 21 and 28. Open to all and held at Marigold; registration is open. $180 public; $160 educators. Scholarships are available for OSU undergraduates and graduate students. Contact us.

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for summer and fall in-person and Zoom courses here.

Take Note

NEW! Employee Community Climate Survey: Final reminder: The 2024 OSU Employee Community Climate Survey launched on May 3 with an email invitation to employees from the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID). To make positive change, it is critical that we understand the experiences of OSU employees shared through the survey. Please check your email to access the survey link. The survey is open until May 31; visit the survey website for more information and links to summaries of prior surveys. Questions about the survey can be directed to OID at [email protected].

NEW! Civic Campus Project: The City of Corvallis is exploring improvements to the Civic Campus, which includes City Hall and the Municipal Court. These buildings are located along the historic Madison Avenue corridor, which connects downtown Corvallis with OSU's campus to the west. Improvements are intended to address safety, resiliency, accessibility and energy efficiency. The university community is invited to share input about the project through this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/corvalliscampus.

Professional development award: Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2024 University Mentoring and Professional Development Award. This award, presented annually at University Day, recognizes any classified, professional faculty or faculty member who excels in mentoring, supporting and encouraging OSU employees, especially women and those from under-represented groups or non-traditional careers, and making available to them opportunities for professional, educational and personal development. For more information and a list of past recipients: https://leadership.oregonstate.edu/pcosw/funding-opportunitiesNominations are due June 14. Questions? Contact [email protected]

Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund: Bring a current Fulbright Visiting Scholar from another university in the U.S. to OSU: A typical OLF visit is two to five days long, with the scholar completing guest lectures, cultural events and other similar engagements on and off campus. All expenses are covered by Fulbright with no financial commitment required from OSU. Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Learn more on their website and view the list of current scholars. For questions, please contact the Global Affairs Associate.

Hey 2024 grads: Where will your degree take you? Whether you are starting a job, heading to graduate school or still searching for the right fit, take the First Destination Survey and let us know your post-graduation plans. The information you share will help us improve how we prepare and support students for life after OSU.

PRAx 24-25 Season: The first full season of the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts (PRAx) is here. Tickets are on sale now for single event tickets and season ticket packages. The first full season includes multi-genre, interdisciplinary performers, the launch of the Indigenous Jazz Club, the advent of dance at PRAx and so much more. Reserve your seat.

KidSpirit Sewing Academy Camps: If you have a budding fashion designer or a sustainability-minded kiddo, join KidSpirit for Sewing Academy camps this summer. Our zero-waste, beginner-friendly camps will cover everything from basic stitches and embroidery to quilting and so much more. Campers will learn how to extend the life of our clothes and how to be resourceful before taking them to a landfill. For more information and to register, visit: https://kidspirit.oregonstate.edu/sewing-academy.

Revised University Policy04-120 Service and Emotional Support Animals. The policy provides necessary updates to OSU Service & Assistance Animal Policy, first adopted in October 2012. Because service animals and emotional support animals are governed by separate bodies of law, the policy reflects certain requirements under each and directs the university’s actions. Please visit the “What’s New” section of the University Policy & Standards Manual for the latest on new, revised and proposed university policies and standards.

Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2024 and Fall 2025: 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. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Call for Applications: Career ChampionsApplications for the fall 2024 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. Career Champions provides educators with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while tackling issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applications are due June 7. Cohort meets on Zoom from 3-4 p.m. Thursdays weeks 3-8 of fall term. Direct questions to Brenna Gomez.

Fulbright: The 2025-26 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open. This program offers U.S. citizens opportunities to teach, conduct research, and carry out professional projects in over 135 countries. A variety of webinars are available highlighting opportunities by discipline, region, and country on the Fulbright website. Past webinars are available on the archive page. For questions, please contact the Global Affairs Associate.

Automated Driving System research: The School of Civil and Construction Engineering and the School of Psychological Science are seeking paid volunteers for research studies. The purpose of this research study is to make Automated Driving System (ADS) vehicles safer for pedestrians with disabilities. To participate in one of the studies, you must identify as having a visual, hearing, and/or mobility disability, and be at least 18 years old. Volunteers must commit 60 minutes to the research and will either wear a VR headset or a light-weight wearable device. To participate, contact Lena Breuer at [email protected]. or call or text at 803-457-6630.

Take your teaching to the next level: Join the Fall ’24 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community to build resilience into your teaching. You’ll learn from experts at CTL and Academic Technologies while collaborating with OSU faculty who share your passion for teaching. Don’t miss this opportunity to become a more resilient and effective educator. See the call for participation and apply by June 3. Funding provided.

Ready, Set, AI: Join the Center for Teaching and Learning and Academic Technologies for the Fall ’24 Faculty Learning Community addressing artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on teaching and learning. We will explore issues regarding AI in education, develop proactive teaching strategies and hear from AI experts. See the call for participation. Funding provided. Apply by June 3.

Photo contest: The Healthy Aging Club is proud to announce its fifth annual photo contest. The theme this year is older adults engaging in their favorite hobbies. Prizes include gift certificates, craft kits and OSU swag. Please email your submission to [email protected] by Saturday, May 25, at midnight. 

Voice your opinion - AI at OSU: We are looking for your ideas on how OSU can incorporate, integrate and deploy AI as part of the AI@OSU initiative (futureai.oregonstate.edu). Take the survey here; only for Oregon State University students, faculty and staff. The survey is voluntary, anonymous and should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey will be open and available for participation until Friday, June 7.

Fulbright scholar program: The 2025-26 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open. This program offers U.S. citizens opportunities to teach, conduct research and carry out professional projects in over 135 countries. A variety of webinars are available highlighting opportunities by discipline, region and country on the Fulbright website. Past webinars are available on the archive page. For questions, please contact the Global Affairs Associate.

Traffic and Maintenance

30th Street: SW 30th Street will be closed in both directions between SW Washington Way and SW Campus Way on Tuesday, May 28 for pothole repairs. The east-west intersection at SW Jefferson Way will remain open during this closure. Sidewalks will remain open. 

Campus Way: As part of the Kelley District Utility Plant project, SW Campus Way between SW 26th Street and SW Memorial Place will be closed May 29-June 10. The closure is necessary to allow for crane activity related to the project. Unlike recent, intermittent closures related to the project, this will be a continuous closure of Campus Way. The Kelley Engineering Center south entrance will also be closed. The north sidewalk and both bicycle lanes in this section of Campus Way will be closed during this time period. The south sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. A bicycle detour will be provided. (View road and sidewalk closure map.) (View bicycle detour.)

Jobs

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

NEW! The Division of Extension and Engagement and the Extension 4-H Youth Development Program invite applications for a Temporary Education Program Assistant 1 position based at the OSU Extension Curry County office in Gold Beach. This part-time, temporary position starts at $18.57 hourly and will work approximately 100 hours over the period of June 1-28. Posting #P04824CT. Closes May 31.

NEW! The Division of Extension and Engagement and the Extension 4-H Youth Development Program invite applications for an Administrative Program Assistant position based at the OSU Extension Service Grant County Office in John Day. This is a 12-month, part-time (0.4 FTE, approximately 16 hours/week), classified position starting at $18.57 hourly. Posting #P04825CT. Closes June 4.

NEW! Graduate Teaching Assistant position at the Center for Teaching and Learning. CTL is an administrative unit. This position is 0.49 FTE and begins fall 2024, (with possible summer hours) continuing through fiscal year 2024-2025. To learn more about this position, including the job duties, qualifications and application process, please contact us at [email protected]. The position closes June 10.

NEW! The Division of Extension and Engagement invites applications for an Office Specialist 2 position located at the OSU Extension Service Jackson County Office in the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center in Central Point. This is a full-time, 12-month, classified position starting at $17.24 hourly + benefits. Posting #P04823CT. Closes June 14.

NEW! Research Administration Training Coordinator: The Division of Research and Innovation invites applications for a full-time Research Administration Training Coordinator (Training Specialist classification) in the Office for Sponsored Research and Award Administration (OSRAA). Anticipated hiring salary is $60,486-$76,554. Posting #P04814CT. Closes June 17.

Weather

“In his garden, every man may be his own artist without apology or explanation.” ~ Louise Beebe Wilder

Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain today, high of 65, low of 44. Slight chance of showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 70, low of 41. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Rain likely today, high of 60, low of 45. Slight chance of showers tomorrow.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr