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.

New energy technology requires understanding people first (Forbes)

In a new paper in Nature Energy, Hilary S. Boudet from Oregon State University’s School of Public Policy has set out to explore what is driving people’s reactions to energy innovations and how public support or criticism can influence the adoption and deployment of new energy technologies.

Touted as 'development,' land grabs hurt local communities, and women most of all (Phys. Org)

Large-scale land transactions in which nations sell huge, publicly owned parcels to foreign and domestic corporations negatively affect local women more than men, a new study by Oregon State University shows.

Intel AI researchers combine reinforcement learning methods to teach 3D humanoid how to walk (Venture Beat)

OSU-Cascades notes record diversity in Class of 2019 (KTVZ)

Oregon State University–Cascades will graduate its most diverse class ever during its 18th commencement ceremony Sunday, June 16, including a record number of graduates who are the first in their family to earn a college degree. (see also Bend Bulletin)

Trial gardens show vegetables can be grown without irrigation (Oregonian)

At demonstration gardens in Benton and Marion counties, Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardeners successfully grew tomatoes and other vegetables without irrigation except on the day they put them in the ground.


Today's photo

Another scorcher: We will continue to be in the mid-90s today, so find a place to keep cool until more pleasant weather arrives tomorrow. (photo:Theresa Hogue)


End of Term Sale: The OSU Beaver Store will have its end of term sale starting Monday, June 10. Big discounts on Beaver gear including national championship gear while supplies last. Sale goes through Friday, June 14.

Capstone Presentation: Jessica Patterson is pursuing her Master of Natural Resources degree under the guidance of David Bernell. Her capstone is titled “The Social Construction of the Deserving Poor within Renewable Energy Policy.” Wednesday June 12, at 9 a.m. in Bexell 211. Contact the FES department office with questions or requests for accommodation at 541-737-2244.

M.S. Defense, Sustainable Forest Management Graduate Program: Byron Krempl will present “Adapting to Revenue Change Due to Declines in Timber Harvest: Case Studies in Oregon" on Wednesday, June 12, at 9 a.m., in Richardson Hall 107. Krempl is completing his M.S. in sustainable forest management under major professor Tamara Cushing in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management. Free and open to the public.

Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): “Machine learning for phenomics and association testing in genome-wide association studies of regeneration in poplar, i.e. how neural networks help us to see the phenes and the genes,” Michael Nagle (Steve Strauss lab), Wednesday, June 12, 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

M.S. Defense, Department of Botany & Plant Pathology: Katarina Lunde will present “Escape in Time: Phenology Mitigates Impacts of the Cinnabar Moth on Native Herb Senecio triangularis in Western Oregon” on Wednesday, June 12, at 1 p.m. in ALS 4001. Lunde is completing her M.S. in Botany & Plant Pathology under the guidance of Peter B. McEvoy. Free and open to the public.

M.F. Defense, Sustainable Forest Management Graduate Program: Pavel Pluhar will present “Modeling market proximity for fuel reduction treatments in the John Day Basin, OR, USA" on Wednesday, June 12, at 2 p.m., in Richardson Hall 115. Pluhar is completing his M.F. in sustainable forest management under major professor Tamara Cushing in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management. Free and open to the public.


NEW! OSU International Scholar and Faculty Coffee Social: OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International and OSU Office of International Services invite you to join international visiting faculty, scholars, students and their families for conversation, coffee, tea and light snacks at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center in the Einerson House, 2638 N.W. Jackson Ave, Corvallis on Friday, June 14, from10:30 a.m. to noon. Facebook Link:

NEW! Air Force ROTC Commissioning: On Saturday, June 15, at 3 p.m. in the Student Experience Center Plaza, the Air Force ROTC will hold its 2019 Spring Commissioning ceremony to commission 11 officers into the United States Air Force.

Naval ROTC Spring Commissioning: On June 14 at 10 a.m., the OSU Naval ROTC unit will gather on the Student Experience Center Plaza to commission 14 officers into the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The ceremony will involve the oath of office, assistance into uniform by the students’ families, rendering of the first salute, and remarks from Rear Adm. Jesse Wilson Jr.

Film Festival: The Oregon State International Film Festival Spring Pop-Up heads to Portland. Find us at the Clinton Street Cinema on June 14-15 with two blocks of shorts and two full-length features. The line-up is here: Tickets are $8 at the box office or can be purchased online at The Oregon State International Film Festival is presented by the School of Language, Culture and Society and the School of Writing, Literature and Film in the College of Liberal Arts.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Alissa Rickborn will present “So Long and Thanks for all the Sponge: Cryptic Intertidal Communities, Consequences of Ocean Acidification, and New Directions for Science Education” on Friday, June 14, at 9 a.m. in ALS 4001. Rickborn is completing her Ph.D. in zoology under the guidance of Bruce Menge. Free and open to the public.

NEW! Wilderness First Aid (WFA): Wilderness First Aid is an introduction to managing medical emergencies in a backcountry setting.  WFA is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. Course instructed by OSU Adventure Leadership Institute, July 27-28. Call 541-737-4254 or register here.

Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Katherine Dziedzic will present “Thermal tolerance and adaptation in cnidarians: an investigation of host transcriptomic responses and heritable variation across natural populations” on Thursday, June 13, at 9 a.m. in ALS 4001. Dziedzic is completing her Ph.D. in zoology under the guidance of Eli Meyer and Virginia Weis. Free and open to the public.

PERS: Tiers 1 & 2 Simplified -- What role will PERS play in your retirement plan? In light of the significant changes the 2019 Oregon Legislature has made, this presentation is designed to help PERS members make informed decisions about their options.  Understand how your PERS retirement works and explore the various choices, advantages/disadvantages you will need to consider when you decide to retire.  Designed for people within 5 years of retirement.  June 13, noon-1 p.m., Memorial Union, MU 207: Allworth ConferencePresented by Barbara Koontz, financial adviser, CFS*.  RSVP to

Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Trevor R. Tivey will present “Cellular recognition, division, and proliferation in the cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis” on Thursday, June 13, at 1 p.m. in ALS 4001. Tivey is completing his Ph.D. in Integrative Biology under the guidance of Virginia Weis. Free and open to the public.

Supporting Student Mental Health Lecture: Julie Posselt, associate professor of higher education at USC Rossier School of Education, will talk about equity and mental health in graduate students and the persistence of minoritized students. She will speak on June 13 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm in LINC 128. Free and open to all.

Department of Wood Science & Engineering MS Defense:  Hunter Anderson, dual major M.S. student, presents on “Reassessment of Grading Criteria with Respect to the Flexural Properties of Douglas-fir Crossarms” on Thursday, June 13, at 3 p.m. in Richardson Hall 243.  Free and open to the public.  For accommodations e-mail

Social Justice Education Initiative: The Social Justice Education Initiative schedule for summer and fall is up. From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is the 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

NEW! Veterinary Discovery Day: The Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting a “Veterinary Discovery Day” on July 12 for high school students going into their junior or senior year in the fall. Students will spend a day at the college learning about the program, participating in fun, hands-on activities, and getting tips to prepare for application to veterinary school in the future. The cost for the day is $50; space is limited. More details and registration information:

OSU Today summer deadlines: Beginning June 17, OSU Today will be published weekly on Monday mornings through the end of summer term. To place information in the coming week's publication, have your information in to by 5 p.m. the previous Friday to ensure it appears in the following issue.

Hybrid Course Development Call for Proposals: The Center for Teaching and Learning invites faculty to apply by June 18 to participate in the fall 2019 Hybrid Faculty Learning Community and to design a Corvallis campus hybrid course. Professional development funding is provided.

Call to Artists: The Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center is hosting the 14th annual Community Art Exhibit. This exhibit provides artists of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to showcase their artwork in a non-juried show. The exhibit runs from July 17 to Aug. 22. Submission deadline is July 15. Limit one piece per artist. Information and to submit to this show.

Leadership Collaborative Course - Managers as Leaders:Applications for LC: Managers as Leaders are now being accepted. Managers as Leaders is a skill-building course for managers and supervisors. It integrates six day-long class sessions with online learning and on-the-job practice. It features team learning, mentors, and practical tools. Managers and supervisors who supervise academic and professional faculty and staff are encouraged to apply. Contact Kristen Magis for more information. Apply online through July 14.

Traffic & Maintenance 

NEW! Planned Power Outage between June 20 and June 22: In an effort to improve the safety and reliability of the power grid serving the Corvallis campus, there will be a planned power outage Thursday, June 20, beginning at 6 a.m. and lasting through Saturday, June 22, at 6 p.m. Affected buildings will be on backup power and will experience minimal disruption. There will be limited service interruptions June 20, 4 to 7 a.m. and June 22, 5 to 7 a.m. to a number of buildings along Southwest Jefferson Way. OSU’s Power Grid Updates website has a list of affected buildings and times of planned outages.

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.


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NEW! This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Administrative Program Specialist position for the Office of the Registrar at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting # P02224CT. Closes June 25. 

NEW! Aquaculturist: The OSU Extension Service and Oregon Sea Grant Extension invite applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, assistant professor of practice position as an Extension aquaculturist in Tillamook, Oregon. Posting# P03086UF. Closes July 10. 

NEW! Fiscal Coordinator 1 - This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Fiscal Coordinator 1 position for the Extension Clackamas County Office at Oregon State University (OSU). This position will be located in Oregon City, Oregon.  Posting # P02225CT.  Closes July 11.


“People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn’t stop you from having your own opinion." ~ Anne Frank, born today in 1929.

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 95, low of 56. Sunny and a bit cooler tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of thunderstorms, high of 91, low of 57. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny, high of 72, low of 53. Mostly sunny Thursday.

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