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.

Pacific Northwest schools compete for title of most fuel-efficient car (OPB News)

OSU senior Aron Walker said the tadpole-shaped one-seater that he and other mechanical engineering majors worked on is nicknamed the “Beaver Bolt.”

Cancer cells stopped by compound derived from hops(KTVZ)

The plant that adds flavor, color and bitterness to beer also produces a primary compound that thwarts cancer cells, and two important derivatives of the compound do as well, new research at Oregon State University shows. (see also KGW)

OSU computer model: Big cocaine busts backfire big-time(KTVZ)

The National Science Foundation supported the study, which included an Oregon State University geographer and was led by Nicholas Magliocca from University of Alabama. The collaboration also included researchers from The Ohio State University, Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, Texas State University-San Marcos, the University of Wyoming and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Counselors may find that focusing on the human-nature connection may help clients (Medical Xpress)

"This study provides additional insight into the possible importance of helping clients identify nature-based activity through which they can feel effective and more whole, including making a positive difference on the planet," said co-author Dr. Ryan F. Reese, of Oregon State University-Cascades.

Today's photo

Hops as hope: This 1947 photo depicts men with a hop-picking machine. The hops were harvested near Independence. Oregon State research has shown that hops produces a primary compound that thwarts cancer cells, and two important derivatives of the compound do as well. For more on the research:


National Public Health Week is April 1-7: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences is hosting several free events to highlight topics important to improving health and well-being. Join us.

Campus presentations by candidates for assistant director of Faculty and Scholar Services within the Office of International Services: The topic is "Extraordinary Aliens, Outstanding Researchers, National Interest Waivers … ." Immigration can seem confusing and “illogical." Candidates will try to provide some logic to the “illogical” and some strategies for developing sound institutional policies, standards and best practices that support international scholars and faculty hiring. Presentation times: Candidate 2, Wednesday, April 3, 11 a.m. to noon. Hallie Ford Center Room 115.

Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): “CERENKOV2: Computational Elucidation of the Regulatory Noncoding Variome, i.e., a machine learning approach to detect the probably most expensive typos in human DNA.” Yao Yao (Stephen Ramsey Lab), Wednesday, April 3, at noon in ALS 3006. BUG consists of life scientists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, statisticians, and researchers of all types who meet to discuss topics related to these fields of study. Meetings are generally informal, consisting of discussions, interactive talks, or short workshops. All are welcome. No experience needed to participate. For additional information, see

Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar (CGRB): Chris Marx, University of Idaho, will present a seminar, “Phenotypic heterogeneity between genetically identical cells permits growth with lethal levels of formaldehyde stress” on April 3 at 3 p.m. in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Bldg (ALS) 4001. There will be a short reception following the seminar (refreshments served).

Sex tips and banana splits: In honor of National Public Health Week, the OSU Student Public Health Association is hosting "Sex tips and banana splits" with instructor Dan Dowhower, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in Waldo 400.

WRGP Water Resources Science Spring Seminar Series: Julia Jones of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences will present “Forests and Water in Chile: Commonalities and Contrasts with the Pacific Northwest” on Wednesday, April 3, from 4 to 5 p.m. in BEXL 328. Free and open to the public.


NEW! Music a la Carte: Ryan Biesack Jazz Trio (Ryan Biesack, drums; Olem Alves, guitar; Tyler Abbott, bass). Friday, April 5, at noon. Memorial Union Lounge, free.

NEW! CMLC Cooking Class: Japanese Curry: Friday, April 5, 3:30 p.m., Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 2638 N.W. Jackson Ave. Learn to prepare Japanese-style ground beef curry, based in broth and packed with flavor. $10, reserve your spot by emailing

NEW! BEavers HERE NOW Drop-In Meditation: Mondays – Fridaysweeks 2-10 at 1 p.m., in the Craft CenterNo experience necessary; all are welcome. Enjoy a different 15-minute guided meditation each week. Benefits of mediation include stress reduction, better sleep, sharper concentration, anxiety management and happier relationships. Contact to coordinate extra credit for student attendance. Faculty and staff are welcome. Stay after meditation for a mindful art activity hosted by the Craft Center.

Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees will meet from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5, in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way in Corvallis. The board will consider tuition rates, mandatory fees and student incidental fees for the 2019-20 academic year and summer session 2019. The board also will consider approval of the Merryfield Hall capital project on OSU’s Corvallis campus and proposed amendments to the board officers policy and will hear a legislative update. Other committees of the board will meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. The agendas and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at For accommodations: 541-737-3449 or lauren.skousen@oregonstate.eduat least 48 hours in advance.

Memorial for Robert Iltis: Associate Professor Robert Iltis died on March 14 at his home in Philomath. Iltis came to OSU in 1991, where he taught courses in the Department of Speech Communication, advised and mentored countless students, acted in University Theatre productions, and eventually served as department chair.  Vigil will be held at the DeMoss-Durdan Funeral Home at 815 N.W. Buchanan at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4.  Funeral mass is at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 501 N.W. 25th St. at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 5. His family asks that instead of flowers you consider a donation to the Speech Communication Scholarship Fund in Iltis’s name:

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 S.W. 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

Architecture Around Us: City and Country Life Art Exhibit: The Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center presents an art exhibit titled “Architecture Around Us: City and Country Life.” This exhibit features architecture that evokes the essence of our cities, towns and country living. The exhibit runs April 1-30, and the opening reception is April 5 from 6-8 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Beaver Career Connections: The OSU Alumni Association is launching Beaver Career Connections Meetups on April 11 in participating cities (Bend, Corvallis, Portland, Seattle, Salem and Vancouver). OSU Alumni Career Ambassadors will host the meetups in their respective hometowns on April 11.  Alumni Career Ambassadors are OSU trained volunteers invested in the career growth and development of alumni and students. Registration and more information about the meetups happening in your hometown

Bring Your Kids to Campus Day: Registration is now open for the annual Bring Your Kids to Campus Day happening on April 19. To register and see a full list of activities visit

Singu-hilarity: A Robot Comedy Variety Show: Join Jon the Robot (a robotic stand-up comedian) and some of the area's top nerdy, scientific, and autonomous performers for an evening of comedy, music, dance, and visual art co-sponsored by OSU. This show will take place Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in The Majestic's Lab Theatre. Tickets are $10.

Out of the Darkness Campus Walk to Prevent Suicide: CAPS is coordinating the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for OSU. Save the date: Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., SEC Plaza. This will be the first campus walk in the state of Oregon. The goals of the event are to reduce stigma, educate about resources, support loss survivors and raise money for national and local suicide prevention. Consider joining as either a virtual or “IRL” (in real life) walker by visiting If you would like more information, contact Tess Webster-Henry: Consider registering as a team captain and recruiting members of your department to participate.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Sleep and health: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) presents “It’s time for bed: The neglected connection between sleep and health,” by Javier Nieto, dean of CPHHS, from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 5, in LINC 302.
NEW! WIC Spring Lunch Series: The Writing Intensive Curriculum’s Spring Lunch Series begins on Friday, April 5.  The topic is Reflective Writing for Professionalization: WIC Assignment Design. Join us from noon to 1 p.m. in Milam 215. Pizza and soda will be provided. Registration is appreciated and details about upcoming lunches are on our website.
NEW! Meet Professor Pradeep Mathur, director of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore: Learn about career and research prospects at IIT Indore with a presentation and discussion with Pradeep Mathur, professor and director of IIT Indore, on April 12 from 2-4 p.m. in Kelley Engineering 1005. Core strengths of IIT Indore are its focus on promoting inter-disciplinary research, access to world-class research facilities, and the introduction of new academic programs across disciplines and foreign partnerships.  For additional information or accommodations, contact Deb Parkins,, 541-737-1503.

Information Session: Adult & Higher Education Master’s Program: April 4, face-to-face session from noon to 1 p.m., in Furman Hall 411A and a webinar version from 5:30-6:30 p.m., also on April 4. Register at

Fundamentals of Investing:  The topic of investments is broad and complicated, it’s hard to know where to begin.  For those interested in a better understanding, this seminar introduces some basics of investing and a high-level overview of important investment principals and topics.  Presented by Greg Elker, financial adviser, and Kyle King, CPRC®, APMA®, associate financial adviser, CFS*. RSVP to April 4, noon to 1 p.m., Memorial Union 212.

Self-care workshop: In honor of National Public Health Week, the CPHHS Graduate Student Council will host a self-care workshop called, "Self-compassion: What it is, what it does and how it helps with graduate school?" from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in Waldo 400.

OMSI Science Pub: Local Scientists on the Global Climate Stage: Stories from the IPCC. Four Oregon State faculty members from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences will discuss their experiences with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m., McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan, Portland. $5 in advance, $5 suggested donation at the door. Preregistration recommended.

IMPACT STUDIO SESSIONS: Join Rich Duncombe, Impact Studio director, on April 18 from noon to. 1 p.m., in MU 215 Thought Lab for a conversation about the 2019 Impact Studio initiatives. Duncombe will open with a summary of the three new initiatives being pursued in 2019 and an overview of the Impact Studio development process. This will be the first studio session of a series being offered every three months to discuss the active initiatives in our portfolio and broader topics relating to how to lead adjacent innovation inside of Oregon State and other successful institutions.

Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 24. Preregistration required: is limited. Lunch will be provided.

TRIAD: Mike Waters, director of health promotion at Fitness Over Fifty, will present “Health for the 3rd Age” on Thursday, April 4, noon-1 p.m. in MU 211. TRIAD gatherings provide faculty, staff, students and community members with an opportunity to network, discuss current events, and learn something new (see for details). All are invited to attend free of charge.  An optional catered lunch is available for $13.  Contact Kathy DeBellis, to reserve a lunch.

Social justice education: The Social Justice Education Initiativefrom Faculty Affairs is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this well-reviewed program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Take Note

Prospective student open house: Spring Preview, an open house program for prospective and admitted students, will be in CH2M and the Memorial Union on Friday, April 5. There will be approximately 800 to 1,000 guests on campus, which may impact parking and retail food locations. Welcome the guests while they are on campus.

Mindful @ Oregon State University: An e-newsletter that delivers a weekly care package of mindfulness tips, resources and events to your inbox.  Curated by CAPS staff, the newsletter features a weekly guided meditation, learn more section, mindfulness challenge, OSU mindfulness event calendar and crowd-sourced knowledge and recommendations. Subscribe here:

Older men needed for OSU multivitamin study (Corvallis): Are you a healthy, non-smoking man that is 70-plus years old? Our study is looking at the role of multivitamins in improving the micronutrient status. Participants will take tablets daily for six months.  Contact Alexander Michels for more information: or 541-737-8730. Principal Investigator: Tory Hagen, Linus Pauling Institute, OSU.

Printing and Mailing Services: If you received your “Proof Copies”  In a RED Inter-office envelope, would you return these to Printing and Mailing?  We reuse these for future projects.

Healthy & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety with a link to a relaxation break. Take one minute to relax with this video Did you know that you can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

Ettihad Cultural Festival volunteers needed: Join the Ettihad Cultural Center to celebrate the seventh annual Ettihad Cultural Festival featuring more than 18 countries from South, Southwestern and Central Asia and Northern Africa. On Sunday, April 21, from 5-8 p.m. in the SEC Plaza come tour the various cuisines, languages, performances, and clothes of this culturally diverse region, all for free. The festival still needs volunteers on April 20 and 21. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out this form.

Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy & Standards page ( to learn about recent and pending policy amendments. The What’s New page is updated frequently with new developments so check back regularly.

Bike to campus and win prizes.  ZAP Oregon State is a free bike commute rewards program for OSU students and employees. Track your bike trips to OSU automatically by riding past ZAP stations located on the Corvallis campus. Challenge yourself, compete with your friends and coworkers, and win prizes. Bring your bike to Transportation Services in Adams Hall or the bike shop at Dixon to get started. Visit for more information.

Term-Long Laptops at the Valley Library: The Valley Library has 39 Dell laptops available for long-term borrowing. These laptops are term-long substitutes for students without computers. For more information or to fill out the application, go to Applications are due Saturday, April 6. For further questions, email

Mentoring and Professional Development Award: PCOSW seeks nominations for the University Mentoring and Professional Development Award. This award, presented each September at University Day, recognizes any classified, professional faculty or academic/research faculty member who excels in mentoring, supporting and encouraging OSU employees, especially women and those from under-represented groups or non-traditional careers. The deadline for nominations is May 1. To access the nomination guidelines and application link, visit

Applications for PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships for summer and fall term projects are now being accepted: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to OSU community members who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach, or creative projects related to women’s issues. Scholarships average $300 and are paid by reimbursement. Applications are due Friday, May 3, with notification in Week 7. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements and application links. Questions? Contact Joy Jorgensen at

OSU Homecoming Court applications: Applications for the 2019 OSU Homecoming Court are now being accepted. The Oregon State University Alumni Association sponsors the court, which seeks to honor students who embody the spirit of a true Oregon Stater. Homecoming Court members will also receive a one-time, $500 scholarship. All full-time students with a 3.0 and above GPA can apply. Application deadline is April 7. Call 541-737- 7844 or visit

Traffic & Maintenance 

Scheduled: Campus Wide Steam Shutdown: Each year Facilities Services performs necessary maintenance on the university’s steam system, which requires shutting off the steam throughout campus, to complete maintenance services at the plant, throughout the steam tunnels and in each building.  This process affects hot water supply, heating, and all equipment that uses steam, campus wide.  The steam shutdown for 2019 will occur from 6 p.m. on June 16 to 5 p.m. on June 20. For questions or comments on this closure contact Facilities Services at 541-737-2969.


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! Office Specialist 2 - This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Office Specialist 2 for the Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) and 4-H Youth Development programs at Oregon State University (OSU). This position will be located in Eugene, Oregon.  Posting # P02080CT.  Closes April 8. This is an internal opportunity only.

NEW! Student Administrative/Communications Assistant for the Linus Pauling Institute, position is part-time with flexible schedule. Student will assist with LPI communication projects (website maintenance, photo organization, special events) and general administrative work. Posting # P04915SE. Closes April 15.


‪“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ~ Washington Irving, born today in 1859.

Corvallis: Showers likely, high of 59, low of 44. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: .Slight chance of showers, high of 55, low of 47. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Newport: . Showers likely, high of 54, low of 48. Rain tomorrow.

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