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:

Psychologist, associate professor share perspectives on gun violence (KGW)

Michelle Barnhart is an associate professor of marketing at Oregon State University. She and a colleague have studied gun violence for the past six years as it relates to marketing "Guns are a huge product. There's a lot of marketing that happens with guns," Barnhart said. "It's the only consumer product in the United States that is constitutionally protected in terms of actually being able to consume it."


OSU inches closer to choosing new president (KOBI)

Oregon State University is likely within days of choosing its next president. Last week, community members were invited to engage with the two presidential finalists: Jayathi Y. Murthy, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and Charles R. Martinez, Jr., dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin.

Senior engineering students at Oregon State University show off their creations (KGW)

Oregon State University (OSU), known for its engineering program, is ready to show off what graduating seniors have done in the past school year the university's 2022 College of Engineering Expo.

Arming teachers — an effective security measure or a false sense of security? (The Conversation)

To shine light on the matter, The Conversation reached out to Aimee Huff and Michelle Barnhart, two Oregon State University scholars who have studied the ins and outs of putting guns in the hands of the nation’s teachers as a way to protect students.

Will this fruit-picking robot transform agriculture? (The Guardian)

“It’s a simple thing” for humans, says robotics researcher Joe Davidson (Oregon State University). “You and I, we could close our eyes, reach into the tree. We could feel around, touch it, and say ‘hey, that’s an apple and the stem’s up here’. Pull, twist. We could do all that without even looking.”

Clackamas County ballot fiasco highlights 'invisible' election chiefs (Bulletin)

Some county clerks are appointed, but in many counties in Oregon and elsewhere they are beholden to the whims of voters who may not be paying attention, said Christopher McKnight Nichols, an associate professor of history at Oregon State University. There's a “myopia and invisibility about this sort of office in American public life,” he said.

The effects of ableist language (Psychology Today)

A piece by OSU Associate Professor Kathleen Bogart and Rachel Culp, Masters of Public Health student.

Jamie McLeod-Skinner unseats pharma-friendly Oregon Democrat in primary (Yahoo News)

“The writing was on the wall: She’s a populist candidate. She’s good at campaigning. She’s got supporters,” said Christopher McKnight Nichols, an Oregon politics watcher and history professor at Oregon State University. “But it’s still a shock because an incumbent Democrat losing to somewhat of an outsider in a primary is uncommon. [Schrader] had a lot of money here.”

OSU track and field facility to get major upgrades (KEZI)

The Oregon State University board of trustees approved a 7.3-million-dollar project to OSU’s Whyte Track and Field Center. “It's a great time to be a beaver,” said OSU Athletic Director Scott Barnes.


Today's photo

High desert birds: Instructor and Seed Certification Specialist Terry Burr submitted this photo of a pair of Central Oregon chukars. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Giving students space to write out their thoughts before a test can clear working memory and potentially reduce test anxiety. Encourage students to arrive early to the final if possible. Consider having the Academic Success Center’s Write It Out handout available so they can take five minutes before the exam to transition into the space and clear their minds.


John Williams Birthday Celebration: The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony and Campus Band will perform selections from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Superman, Jurassic Park and more. Two performances on May 31 at noon and 6 p.mon the Memorial Union Quad. Free, open to all. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or picnic blankets and food. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held in the LaSells Stewart Center.

People and Nature Lunch Series: Emma Sloan (Forest Ecosystems and Society) presents “Equity in Resilience: A Case Study of the Rogue River Basin Social-Ecological System in the Context of Wildfire Disturbance.” May 31 from noon to 12:50 p.m.The lecture is free and open to all. Nash Hall 032 or join online ( Sponsored by the School of Public Policy and the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, & Conservation Sciences. More information at

Doug Turk, M.S. Defense: Join us on May 31, 1 p.m. on Zoom for a presentation of Doug Turk’s thesis, titled: “The Interaction of Fire Refugia and Climate Refugia: A Case Study within California’s Diablo Mountain Range.” Turk is earning his M.S. in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Meg Krawchuk and Dana Warren. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions or for accommodations for disabilities, or for the Zoom link.

NEW! Board of Trustees: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet virtually in executive session at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 to discuss matters related to the employment of the university’s next president. The board will meet virtually in public session at 3:30 p.m. to delegate authority to the chair of the board to negotiate contract terms with ranked candidates seeking to serve as OSU’s next president. The agenda will be posted to the board website when available.

Water Resource Science M.S. Defense: Grace Goldrich-Middaugh will present, “A new lens on historical data: Machine learning approaches for analyzing regional stream water chemistry,” May 31 from 2:30-4 p.m. in Bexell 415 or Zoom. Goldrich-Middaugh is advised under the guidance of major professor Pam Sullivan of CEOAS. Please reach out to the department for further information or room accommodations at least a week in advance.

Changemakers: A Rising Tide Lifts All Ships, May 31 webcast. Join an inspiring and uplifting conversation with Tonga Hopoi, ’12, during the Changemakers live webcast on May 31 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. A leader who remains true to her cultural upbringing, Topoi will discuss the value of service and encourage those still finding their voices as leaders of change. 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.

The Dharma in DNA: Insights at the Intersection of Biology and BuddhismA panel and author event discussing Dee Denver's new book and featuring the OSU classical guitar quartet. Tuesday, May 31, 7-8 p.m. LInC 210. Free and open to all. 

Diffusions: A Music Technology Concert. Students in the music technology and production program, directed by Jason Fick, perform their final concert of the year on May 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Community Hall room 303. Free, open to all. Seating is limited. 

Center for Teaching and Learning - Have you struggled to get your students to do the reading? This week we are highlighting low stakes, interactive, and time-manageable ways to weave reading and writing into your classes. For Spring, Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks are recordings allow you to pursue our Non-credit Certificate using this self-paced, asynchronous approach to encourage flexibility and self-care. Each Talk is housed on our website and has accompanying slides, resources, and contact information in a Box folder.


NEW! Booster Blitz: The Beaver Booster Blitz is a FREE three-day COVID-19 vaccination clinic, open to the public on the SEC Plaza. Stop by this walk-up-only event, June 1-3, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. All COVID-19 vaccines are available, including additional boosters and doses for children. No ID, no insurance required. Bring your COVID-19 CDC card if possible (not required).

NEW! Free Bike Helmets and ZAP sign up: The Corvallis School District, Safe Routes! and the Mid-Valley Bicycle Club (MVBC) are sponsoring a bike safety event for OSU students by providing free bike helmets to any OSU student who needs one. This is also an opportunity to connect with biking resources and rewards offered by Transportation Services through the ZAP program. Stop by the SE side of Marketplace West June 1, 12:30-2 p.m. to get your free helmet and to sign up for ZAP. Email [email protected] with questions.

NEW! 2022 International Association of Women in Music Conference: Call and (Her) Response. The keynote speaker is renowned musicologist and researcher Nina Eidsheim of UCLA. Her research interests include multi-sensoriality, production and perception of vocal timbre, 20th and 21st century vocal music and opera, critical studies in race and gender, performance studies, sound studies, and voice studies.  On the Corvallis campus and via livestream, June 2-4. Free and open to OSU faculty and students. Full schedule and registration information:

NEW! Spring One-Act Festival 2022: This popular, annual event showcases the work of our OSU Theatre student directors and designers. Join us for an exciting and eclectic lineup. Free. Opens June 2, at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances on June 4 at 7:30 p.m. and June 5 at 2 p.m. in the Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre. Information.

OSU Faculty Staff Fitness summer class registration opens June 1. Take a fitness class on campus (click here for schedule) or remotely through Online FSF. Some highlights include the return of the rehabilitative Adaptive Exercise Clinic (formerly MS Clinic; click here for information) Tuesday/Thursday 2-3 pm, Open Gym Monday/Wednesday 5:15-6:05 p.m., and personal training services. Contact [email protected] to help find your fitness plan today.

"Take Heart" book launch with Kathleen Dean Moore: You're invited to the launch of “Take Heart: Encouragement for Earth's Weary Lovers.” The event will feature an interview-style conversation between author Kathleen Dean Moore and the book's illustrator, Bob Haverluck, as well as music and book giveaways. Live on Zoom on Wednesday, June 1, 6 p.m. Learn more and register here

Vamos OSU’s Evento Social June 1: You’re invited to celebrate the return of in-person gatherings at Vamos OSU’s Evento Social. Join Oregon State Latino/a/x, Latine, Chicano/a/x alumni and friends for an evening of networking on Wednesday, June 1 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Xicha Brewing in Salem. Learn more about supporting DEI efforts, visit Latine community vendors and reminisce about your time at OSU. Space is limited — secure your spot today:

Grad Night 2022: Casino-themed party June 2. Don’t miss out on prizes, free food and drinks, music, dancing and games. The OSU Alumni Association invites the Class of 2022 to a casino-themed party Thursday, June 2, 7:30-10 p.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Arrive early to receive a commemorative pint glass, then enjoy a live DJ and giveaways, including gift cards and a grand prize. Graduates free; one guest $10. Register.

Johnson celebration: Provost Edward Feser invites the Oregon State University community to a celebration in honor of Interim President Rebecca Johnson, who has served as colleague, mentor, and friend to many during her more than thirty-year career at the university. Please join us as we thank and honor Becky for her extraordinary leadership and service. June 9, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m, Student Experience Center Plaza. Program at 2:15 pm.

CMLC Bazaar: The Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center will be hosting an international Bazaar on Saturday, June 18, from noon to 5 p.m. outside of the Einerson House, 2638 NW Jackson Ave. This community-wide event is open to all and will have cultural items from around the world for sale including décor, textiles, accessories, collectibles and art. For more information, visit

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Water Resources Science Seminar Series: TBD-Climate change, snow and ice: Matt Cooper, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. June 1, 4-5 p.m., Bexell Hall 328 or on Zoom.

NEW! TRIAD: The OSU TRIAD club’s programs are online, free and open to all this term. The next TRIAD program is Thursday, June 2 at noon: Richard van Breeman, Global Hemp Innovation Center, “Natural product drug discovery from botanicals: Cannabinoids that block cell entry of SARS-CoV-2.” Zoom link:

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Spring Seminar Series: “Plant Evolution and Different Phylogenetic, Temporal, and Spatial Scales,” presented by Felipe Zapata of UCLA, June 2, 4 p.m. via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

NEW! Gerontology conference: The 45th Annual OSU Gerontology Conference will take place on Friday, June 3 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Keynote speakers include New York Times reporter John Leland, who will present “Resilience in older adults: Lessons from the pandemic and beyond;” and Laughter On Call Founder Dani Klein Modisett, who will present “Shared Laughter for Self-Care and Connection.” Twenty breakout sessions on aging with resilience; continuing education credits available. To learn more and to register, visit

NEW! Science Communication 101 Workshop: Have you ever wanted to engage in science communication, but weren't sure how to get started? Do you want to learn to make communication about your research or other scientific topics to non-experts more effective? Seminarium Art & Science Club is hosting a Sci Comm 101 workshop, led by member Grace Deitzler. June 6 at 3 p.m. in Nash ALS 4000. RSVP to [email protected].

Water Resource Engineering Ph.D. Defense: Casey Steadman will present, “Leveraging the food, energy, water nexus for planet resilience,” on June 1 at 11 a.m. in Kidder Hall 274 or Zoom. Steadman is advised under the guidance of major professor Chad Higgins of Biological & Ecological Engineering. Please reach out to the department for further information or Zoom link details.

Department of Integrative Biology M.S. Defense Seminar: Juniper E. Grimes will present “The Long and Short of it: Dynamic Ways in Which Small Mammals Respond In-Situ to Environmental Gradients in Time and Space” on Wednesday, June 1 at noon via Zoom. Grimes is completing her M.S. in Integrative Biology under the guidance of Rebecca Terry. 

June Research Integrity Forum — Human Research Protections: Streamlining Submissions and Reviews. This forum will describe how OSU helps to protect the rights and welfare of human research participants. Learn about the programmatic changes that are underway in OSU’s Human Research Protections Program with a focus on changes to our handling of exempt studies, which is simplifying the process for researchers. June 9, 1 p.m.  Register here. For more information, email [email protected].

SJEI workshops still have openings for Spring term – secure your spot now: The Social Justice Education Initiative is open to all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI workshops are infused with expertise, empathy, and humor while embracing a guiding principle of “more curiosity, less judgement” to achieve robust learning objectives. Learn more, see the workshop schedule and register on the SJEI website registration page or contact SJEI director Jane Waite: [email protected].

Take Note

NEW! Grads Give Back: Donate Your Gown to the Next Graduate. Calling all graduating students: Donate your gown in the days following Commencement. You have the chance to help a future student who may be unable to afford the Commencement regalia while keeping your cap and cords as mementos. Gowns can be donated at the Valley Library just inside the main entrance (from Saturday, June 11 through Tuesday, June 14) or year-round at the MU info desk. For more information, please visit or email [email protected]. Grads Give Back is sponsored by Campus Recycling, ASOSU, Memorial Union, Valley Library and the Sustainability Office.

NEW! Ungrading Book Club: Have you been thinking about modifying your grading and assessment practices in time for next year? Participate in the Ungrading Book Club, a part of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) No-Strings Attached Clubs. Read and engage in rich conversations about Susan Blum’s (Ed.) book, "Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead)." CTL will provide free books to participants. Space is limited to 10 participants. Register by June 14.

Recruiting participants for virtual reality experiment: Psychology researchers are seeking participants who are at least 18 years old, speak fluent English and have normal or corrected-to-normal vision for research aiming to explore how perception and movement interact in real and virtual environments. Participants will complete movement- and perception-based tasks for around one hour. Those who complete the study will receive $15 in Amazon credit. More details and sign-up available at

OSU Today reminder: Starting June 13, OSU Today will switch to a weekly Monday-only schedule through the end of summer term. Please submit your items to [email protected] as early as possible so they can be included in the correct edition.

Exemplary Employee Award: Do you know a classified staff or professional faculty member who goes above and beyond? University Human Resources is accepting nominations for the 2022 Exemplary Employee Award. To recognize someone on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, you can find out more information about the award and nomination process online. For questions, email [email protected]. Submit hard copy nomination packets to the Office of Human Resources, Attn: Christina Schaaf, 236 Kerr Administration Building, or email your digital submissions to Christina, no later than May 31. Nomination packets may be submitted in either hard copy OR digital formats, not both.  

Carbon Offsets for OSU Funded Travel: The Sustainability Office can help you reduce the greenhouse gas impact of your OSU-funded air and ground travel. With basic information about travel itineraries, we calculate the amount of carbon offsets needed and combine our purchasing power to make it easy for you and your department. One bulk purchase of offsets will occur in June. For more info or to contact the Sustainability Office visit:

Community Climate Survey: The 2022 Faculty and Staff Community Climate Survey launched on May 10 with an invitation from Interim Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Scott Vignos. Please check your email to access the survey link; the survey is open through June 3. The survey is administered every two years to gauge the opinions and perceptions of employees regarding their experience at OSU. It is one part of OSU’s broader efforts to create and sustain an inclusive and equitable university climate. To hear from as many people as possible, a $25 incentive will be provided to 50 randomly selected survey participants. The information participants enter for the incentive will not be linked to responses to the survey to ensure responses remain anonymous. Questions about the survey can be directed to OID at [email protected].

Call for Applications: Career Champions Program. Applications for the fall 2022 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. The Career Champions program provides faculty and instructors with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and examining the barriers to access for first-generation, high financial need, and/or students of color. More information can be found on the Center for Teaching and Learning website. Please direct questions to the director of Career Integration, Brenna Gomez. To apply, please complete the brief application form by June 3.

Free COVID testsFree iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests are available around the Corvallis campus. Each box contains two tests. While supplies last, OSU community members can pick up these self-test kits at the following locations: Residence Hall Service Centers (Arnold, McNary and West); Lab tent outside Plageman Hall; Memorial Union Info Desk and Student Experience Center Info Desk. For questions or accommodations related to disabilities, contact [email protected].

COVID-19 testing: Oregon State University, in collaboration with Willamette Valley Toxicology (WVT), is providing on-site COVID-19 testing for people without symptoms. OSU employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to test at one of these locations: Corvallis: Lab tent outside Plageman Hall Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Cascade Hall 120, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bend: Outside Obsidian Hall Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Note: All employees will need a WVT Labdash account prior to testing.

Traffic and Maintenance

Utility tunnel: May 11-June 3. For work related to the Community Hall Slope Project, an access hatch to the utility tunnel will be removed and relocated. The current hatch is located on Jefferson Avenue across from Kerr Administration Building. Additional access hatches can be found west, north and east of this location. Communication lines in the tunnel in this area are temporarily supported and impede movement. Staff should avoid this area of the tunnel, if possible.

Washington Way: For work related to the Washington Way Improvement Project, a planned sidewalk closure along the north side of SW Washington Way is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. Friday, May 6 through 5 p.m. Monday, June 13. Pacific Power will be on site performing work related to the project (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! Education Program Assistant 2: OSU Extension Service invites applications for an Education Program Assistant 2 based at the Benton County Extension Service office in Corvallis, OR. This is a limited duration, P/T, classified position starting at $18.46 hourly. Posting #P03597CT. Closes June 2.

NEW! Specialist 2-Biostatistician: The College of Forestry invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position as a Statistical Consultant. Posting #P05566UF. Closes June 19.

NEW! Director of Finance and Associate Director of UHDS: University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Director of Finance and Associate Director of UHDS. Posting #P05625UF. Full consideration June 27. Closes July 8.


“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” ~ Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Corvallis: Mostly sunny today, high of 76, low of 51. Mostly cloudy tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 68, low of 47. Partly sunny Wednesday.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 65, low of 48. Mostly cloudy tomorrow.

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