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:

Making the bed for 'Slumberland' (American Theatre)

Slumberland recently closed its curtain—or shut off its headsets—at Connecticut’s Yale Schwarzman Center for the Arts, its second showing after its U.S. debut at Duke University. It is currently running at Oregon State University through May 11.

Vets called into teddy bear surgery at Oregon State University (Gazette-Times)

Just before 9 a.m. Saturday, runners — both two-legged and four — geared up and did their last-minute stretches for a 5K run, kicking off the festivities of Oregon State University’s annual Pet Day that took advantage of its unique day on the calendar.

Working with fire (Native Science Report)

“The condition that those forests are in right now, combined with climate change—the densification of those forests is a good way to put it—is causing them to burn, and burn with these big high-severity fires that are not so typical,” explained Cristina Eisenberg (OSU), one of four authors who co-led the reportBraiding Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science for Climate-Adapted Forests.

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Less obvious signs of Spring: Photo submitted by Katherine Hoffman, research program coordinator with the College of Engineering. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Want to normalize the use of OSU student success resources? Encourage students to take full advantage of valuable resources such as Academic Coaching and the Writing Center. Consider using Canvas announcements, discussion posts or 1:1 conversations to share these resources that can provide timely support in the latter part of the term.


Holocaust Memorial Week: OSU has observed Holocaust Memorial Week every year since 1987. The breadth and the duration of OSU’s effort are unmatched in the Pacific Northwest. This program grows from the belief that educational institutions can do much to combat prejudice of all kinds, and to foster respect for the diversity that is America, by promoting an awareness of the Holocaust, perhaps the most horrific historical indicator of the high cost of prejudice. Events run May 6-10; free and open to all. Read more about the week’s program and register to attend the events in person or online at

Puerto Rico Service-Learning Poster display: On Tuesday, May 7, as part of Ag and Natural Resources Day, students from the spring break service learning course to Puerto Rico will have their posters displayed from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the first floor of Strand Agricultural Hall. More events and activities found here:

Spring Assessment Workshop: Program assessment leads, please join the team from the Office of Assessment from 10-11 a.m. May 7 in MU 211 to interact with the updated assessment rubric, hear about the upcoming NWCCU site visit and get an overview of the submission process for next year. For more information, contact [email protected].

Blood drive: The American Red Cross Blood drive will be on campus from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., May 6-9, MU basement. You can book an appointment online here Drop in’s are also welcome.

College of Engineering Virtual Faculty Lecture with Salini Sasidharan: "Groundwater Resilience and Agriculture Competitiveness in Oregon Through Climate-Adaptive Multibeneficial Managed Aquifer Recharge." Noon to 1 p.m. May 7. Register for the lecture: More information:

Book Study and Mindfulness Class — Training in Compassion: In this practice-centered book study led by Hemant Bhanoo, participants engage with the points and slogans for generating compassion and resilience from the book "Training in Compassion" by Norman Fischer. Drop-ins welcome w/ or without the book. Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, May 1-29. Purchase one-class pass and registerContact us.

Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women/People Awareness Day: Two days of events sponsored by kaku-ixt mana ina haws and Indigenous Studies will mark this celebration. Deborah Miranda is known for her book “Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir,” and ire’ne lara silva was recognized as the 2023 Texas State Poet Laureate with her most recent collection “The Eaters of Flowers” released in 2024. At 12:30 p.m., May 7, Miranda and lara silva will host a poetry workshop in kaku-ixt mana ina haws. Sign up at: For accommodations related to a disability, contact [email protected] or 541-737-7831.

Floor Monitor Training: Training for floor monitors and building managers on roles and responsibilities when evacuating their building. Training is the second Wednesday every month at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom floor monitor training at:

Family Business awards: The Excellence in Family Business Awards, hosted by the Center for Family Enterprise at Oregon State University, will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 7 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel. The event will honor several awardees including business owners and students. The awards spotlight the impactful work of family businesses and celebrate the backbone of our community's economy and heritage. To register, click here.

NEW! Travel Talk: Comparing mountainous landscapes. Are the mountains of Europe and North America calling you to visit? Explore the geologic forces that formed popular travel destinations such as the Himalayas and Alps, the Caledonides and the Appalachians. Join Professor Emeritus Bob Lillie, M.S. ’77, for an informative Travel Talk webcast, at 5:30 p.m. May 7. Register now:

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.


NEW! OSU Beaver Moms Connections: Join other self-identified moms for coffee/pastries and conversation in celebration of Mothers’ Day. Facilitated by Stefanie Maerki (UHR) and the Family Resource Center, 9-10:30 a.m., May 9, MU 109. No registration required. For accommodations and questions contact [email protected].

NEW! Beaver Dads Connections: Share lunch and conversation with other self-identified OSU dads. Lunch provided. Noon to 1:30 p.m., May 9, MU 221. No registration required. For accommodations and questions, contact [email protected].

2024 University Distinguished Professors Reception: Join us for a reception honoring Oregon State’s 2024 University Distinguished Professors Todd Palmer and Małgorzata Peszyńska at 5 p.m., May 8 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. All are welcome. For more information on the University Distinguished Professors visit:

Galls, The Neem Tree, and... Poetry! Bring your lunch from noon to 1 p.m., May 9 and join Hiram Larew as he looks back and ahead at how science and art continue to shape his interests. In-person seating for this event is limited and will be first-come, first-served, but all are welcome to join via Zoom. Please RSVP to receive event details: Larew's newest collection of poems, “Patchy Ways,” has been published by CyberWitPress.

Tibetan Buddhist Visualization & Mantra: Participants will practice The Treasury of Blessings, a sādhanā focused on the historical Buddha Sakyamuni. This particular sādhanā is profound but also great for beginners, with simple visualizations and recitation of mantras. Guided by Geoff Barstow 7-8 p.m., May 9, at Marigold. Class is free or by donation; please pre-register here. Contact with questions: [email protected]

International Students’ Spring 2024 Gathering: 1-3 p.m., May 10 at ILLC 545-547. Please RSVP:

Meditation Drop-in Classes: At Marigold: Quiet Meditation on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-8:40am; Guided Meditation on Wednesdays Guided Meditation on Mondays 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom. In Quiet Meditation, we practice self-guided meditation in community with time for individual preparation and a closing dedication. Guided sessions include a range of Buddhist to mindfulness practices. Meditate with us: Register for a classpurchase passes, or apply for an OSU Undergraduate ScholarshipContact us

Alumni Influencer Showcase: From Campus to Creatives. A remarkable alumni panel will share accounts of their diverse employment experiences and challenges faced (and conquered) along the way. Everyone from students to recent graduates and seasoned professionals will learn how and meaningful relationships can be leveraged to build successful careers. 10 a.m. June 1, OSU Portland Center (get tickets) and via livestream on OSUAA social media channels.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! HMSC Science on Tap: HMSC Lavern Weber Prize winner Rod Fujita, the associate vice president and lead senior scientist II with the Environmental Defense Fund will present a public talk titled “Can the Ocean Fight Climate Change?” 6 p.m., May 8 at the HMSC Carmen Ford Phillips Auditorium in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building or online. Webinar link or call +1 971 247 1195 Webinar ID: 928 2950 1877. Click here for more information.

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: HMSC Lavern Weber Prize winner Rod Fujita, associate vice president and lead senior scientist II with the Environmental Defense Fund, will be giving a seminar titled “Seaweed Blue Carbon: Ready? Or not?” 11 a.m. Thursday, May 9, in the HMSC Carmen Ford Phillips Auditorium in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building or online. Zoom link. Password: 104815 or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 971 3707 8566. Click here for more information.

NEW! Lyra Webinar, Surfing Through Stressful Times: Stress is part of life. But when it takes center stage, we become exhausted, irritable and less productive. We can try to suppress negative thoughts and feelings, but that just makes them worse. So what’s the alternative? You can’t avoid stress, but you can learn more effective ways to cope with it. This workshop offers a counterintuitive yet science-based approach to reducing stress — helping you learn to “surf” the waves. 11:30 a.m., May 9. Register here.

NEW! ElderCare Connections: Join us for “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia” with the Alzheimer’s Association of Oregon to better understand how to identify and understand the signs of memory loss, as well as suggestions for how to optimally care for your loved one and yourself. Noon to 1 p.m., May 9 on Zoom (passcode: elder). For accommodations and questions, contact [email protected].

NEW! Hunting the Elusive DEI Commitments of Our Institutions: In the wake of the "unprecedented" events of 2020, our universities and colleges released a series of statements and videos expressing their commitment to inclusion on their campuses and the treatment of their students, faculty and staff. Sherri Craig, assistant professor of English at Virginia Tech, explores the rhetoric of the public statements made by institutions and discusses how we have moved forward after an unsuccessful seizure of the institutional moment. 1 p.m., May 9 in MU Room 213; free and open to all.

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Spring Seminar Series: “Quantitative, functional, and comparative genomic tools for American chestnut restoration,” presented by Jason Holliday of Virginia Tech, 4 p.m., May 9, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website. No public recording will be available.

NEW! CTL — Assessment Matters Bootcamp: This two-hour workshop provides opportunities to learn constructive and impactful ways to use assessment to build stronger, more flexible courses. Leave prepared to utilize assessment strategies to deeply analyze the effectiveness of your course by developing quality learning outcomes, aligning assessments and using data to drive improvement. 9-11 a.m. May 10, LINC 360. Register now.

NEW! “Tap into the Abilities of People with Disabilities: The Case of Employees with Hearing Loss”: David Baldridge, the Toomey Faculty Fellow and professor of management in the College of Business, will be the featured faculty member in the upcoming College of Business Thought Leadership Series virtual event at noon May 21. Register here: Questions? Contact [email protected]

Poetry Workshops with Award-Winning Poet and Activist Jamila Osman: Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies & Queer Studies, in partnership with the Mellon Foundation, is pleased to announce upcoming poetry workshops with award-winning poet and activist Jamila Osman. Noon to 2 p.m., May 8 at Kaku-ixt Mana Ina Haws or noon to 2 p.m., May 15 at Ettihad Cultural Center. Free and open to all.

University Distinguished Professor Lecture featuring Małgorzata Peszyńska: Join us for a lecture by 2024 University Distinguished Professor Małgorzata Peszyńska at 1:30 p.m., May 8 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. Register here for her lecture, “Math Matters: Multi-* Modeling, Analysis and Simulation.” All are welcome. For more information on the University Distinguished Professors visit:

University Distinguished Professor Lecture featuring Todd Palmer: Join us for a lecture by 2024 University Distinguished Professor Todd Palmer at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. Register here for his lecture, “Transcomputable: The Insatiable Need for, and Relentless Challenge of, Predicting the Transport of Radiation.” All are welcome. For more information on the University Distinguished Professors visit:

Water Resources Science Seminar Series: "Quality of groundwater used for drinking water supplies in California," presented by Miranda Fram with USGS Sacramento from 4-5 p.m. May 8 in Burt Hall 193 or on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

RSVP for the Ecampus Faculty Forum: Join more than 250 of your OSU peers at the Ecampus Faculty Forum online on May 8 and at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on May 9 for an engaging exploration of cutting-edge practices in online education. Take part in interactive discussions related to high-quality online course design, innovative teaching solutions that support online learners and more. Lunch will be provided, so register today and help shape the future of online education at OSU.

Center for Teaching and Learning Fellows Program 2024 Showcase & Discussion: Join this session featuring highlights from CTL Fellows in CEOAS; Engineering; Health; and Cascades. Participate in a discussion on what’s next in strengthening teaching and learning. Consider how partnering with the program can play a critical role in meeting teaching and learning goals in the Prosperity Widely Shared Strategic Plan in your college. Noon to 12:50 p.m., May 23 on Zoom. Register

Center for Teaching and Learning’s Second Celebration of Quality Teaching: 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.

The 2024 Bray Health Leadership Lecture “Public health after the pandemic: How can we do better?” will be presented by Joshua M. Sharfstein, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, from 5-6 p.m. Friday, June 4, in the MU Horizon Room. A reception hosted by the College of Health will follow from 6-7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all.

Take Note

NEW! Human-Robot Interaction Research Study: Oregon State University Mechanical Engineering is conducting a research study to better understand how people interact with robot arms in mock collaboration tasks. The study lasts for about one hour. The full study title is “Evaluating Expressive Behaviors for an Interactive Robot Arm,” and the principal investigator is Prof. Naomi Fitter. Please contact Stayce Mockel at [email protected] to sign up.

NEW! Healthy Aging Club Photo Contest: Submissions for the Healthy Aging Club Photo Contest are now open. Anyone from the OSU community can submit one photo pertaining to the theme, “Aging Adults Engaging in their Favorite Hobbies,” to [email protected] or this form by May 25 at midnight. Prizes range from Shonnard’s Nursery gift cards to a craft kit from Paper Crafting Ninjas. For more information follow @healthyagingclub on Instagram or email [email protected].

NEW! Duo Passcodes – Upcoming Retirement: Passcodes for Duo authentication will retire on May 8. Passcodes are six-digit codes that are usually generated by a hardware token and can also be obtained through the Duo Mobile app. If you use Verified Duo Push, this change will not affect you. Verified Duo Push displays a 3-digit code to enter on your phone and is currently used by most of the OSU community. Learn more by visiting:

NEW! 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.

Employee Community Climate Survey: 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].

2025 Faculty Fellowship Program Consortium-Directed Funding: The NW CASC is now accepting proposals for our 2025 Faculty Fellowship Program. This last-mile program aims to support efforts to make existing research more usable for natural and cultural resource managers facing climate-related risks and challenges. To achieve this aim, the program supports research involving faculty at NW CASC Consortium institutions and provides skills-building opportunities around the co-production of decision-relevant (i.e., "actionable”) science. Funding runs Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2025. Deadline to submit proposals is July 15. Info session 1 p.m., May 8 online:[email protected] is the OSU liaison to the Consortium. 

OSU Health and Safety Committee: The University Health and Safety Committee would like to invite campus members interested in health and safety to attend our open meetings, held semi-annually in May and October. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 2:30-4 p.m. Anyone can access OSU’s University Health and Safety Committee resources online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a web link to report safety concerns. For more information contact Dan Kermoyan at [email protected].

Volunteer to celebrate OSU’s 2024 Beaver grads: Oregon State University will host its 155th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 15 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis. Commencement is OSU’s largest event of the year and volunteers play an important role in making the day memorable for graduates and guests. Volunteers are needed the morning of Saturday, June 15 to greet, guide and help guests. Sign up here.

Faculty Staff Fitness Swim, Run, Walk TRY-athlon is happening June 12. Are you ready for some friendly competition? This is a team-building event that brings faculty and staff together to compete for individual event or power team winner. Grab your team and sign up to swim, run, walk or both. Registration is open and team captains can email or call the PAC office to register your team name at [email protected] or 541-737-3222.

Seeking nominations for College of Business Alumni Awards: Do you know an excellent College of Business alum who is just starting out, or someone at the pinnacle of their career? There is no better time to recognize their success, resilience, service and achievement. Make a nomination for our 2025 COB Alumni Awards. Nominations received by May 31 will be given full consideration. Make a nomination.

Active Shooter training: OSU Emergency Management offers in-department active shooter training. The 45-minute in-person presentation teaches OSU’s Run.Hide.Fight response to an active threat. To schedule a session for your team, email [email protected].

FY25 PCOSW Funding Opportunities: Applications for FY25 PCOSW scholarships and FY24 and FY25 event co-sponsorships are now being accepted. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach, or creative projects related to gender equity issues. Applications are open until funding is distributed. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact [email protected].  

Grad Night 2024: Before the grad caps fly, the OSU Alumni Association is hosting a free disco-themed celebration for the Class of 2024. Grads, grab your sequins and join your friends from 7-10 p.m. June 6 for food and drinks, music and dancing, games, cap decorating, friendship bracelet-making, photo booths, raffle giveaways, freebies and more. Register by May 31

Our Health& Transportation Noise webcast: Lend an ear to the next episode of the Our Health& series. Join a town hall discussion with College of Health Assistant Professor Matthew Bozigar to hear about the effects transportation noise has on our health and a new OSU study to map Portland’s road noise. 5:30 p.m., May 29. Save your spot.

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.

Be a part of an important research study: We are seeking participants in a study evaluating exoskeletons in reducing work-related injuries in forestry. The purpose of this research study is to characterize physical risk factors associated with manual tree-felling tasks and evaluate the efficacy of commercially available exoskeletons in reducing physical risk factors. For more information: or email [email protected].

Online learning podcast season 2: Tune in to season two of the “Going Online with Oregon State University Ecampus” podcast which highlights support resources and tools for online learners everywhere. Topics include: career development opportunities, mental health resources, financial planning and more. Tune in today. 

Traffic and Maintenance

Philomath Blvd. Conceptual Design Open House: The Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is seeking input on conceptual designs to improve travel on the section of Philomath Boulevard/Highway 20/Highway 34 between SW 53rd and SW 15th Street. The project goal is to improve walking, biking, driving and public transportation. Two open house webinars will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., May 8 via Zoom. To register for the midday session: To register for the evening session:


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NEW! OSU Division of Extension and Engagement’s Extension 4-H Youth Development Program invites applications for a 4-H Administrative Program Assistant position based at the OSU Extension Service Malheur County Office in Ontario. This is a 12-month, full-time, classified position starting at $18.57 hourly + benefits. This position will serve Malheur County, one of 10 counties in Oregon that has been identified as a frontier county. Posting #P04794CT. Full consideration May 20; closes June 6.


“As full of spirit as the month of May, and as gorgeous as the sun in Midsummer.” ~ William Shakespeare

Corvallis: Chance of showers today, high of 58, low of 37. Mostly sunny Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 49, low of 27. Sunny Wednesday.

Newport: Chance of showers and then mostly sunny, high of 56, low of 38. Sunny tomorrow.

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