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:

Oregon State University names Jayathi Murthy its next president (OPB News)

Oregon State University’s Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to confirm Jayathi Murthy as the university’s next president. Murthy is currently dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California Los Angeles, where she’s the first woman to hold that position. She’s also a professor in UCLA’s mechanical and aerospace department. (see also OregonianKXLKGWKATU)


'Keeping it real' has lost its true meaning (Washington Post)

A perspective by Megan Ward, associate professor at Oregon State University and author of “Seeming Human: Victorian Realist Characters and Artificial Intelligence.”

Lumber prices are falling. Could prices in the housing market follow? (Register-Guard)

Oregonians looking for lumber aren't likely to find discounts just because the products come from their backyards, according to Oregon State University professor of applied economics Jeff Reimer. Oregon-made lumber is sent to customers around the country and beyond, and that demand keeps local prices fairly consistent with other places.

The U.S. Women's Soccer team just won equal pay — cue the misogynist backlash (Ms Magazine)

A piece by OSU's Susan Shaw.

Tiny sprouts provide big nutrition (KHQ)

Microscale vegetables, a growing food category that includes sprouted seeds, are miniature in size yet big in nutrition. Eating sprouts well before they become full-blown plants can crank up certain nutrient levels considerably, said Emily Ho, nutrition professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Oregon State scientists set to release wasp that targets invasive fruit flies (KPTV)

Later this month, agricultural scientists at Oregon State University will release a parasitic wasps into the public to fight off an invasive species of fruit fly called spotted wing drosophila.

Earth's magnetic poles probably won't flip after all, scientists predict (Science Alert)

In the new study, researchers from Lund University and Oregon State University reconstructed a detailed timeline of our planet's magnetic shell stretching back towards the last ice age, by analyzing samples of volcanic rocks, sediments, and artifacts from around the world.

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Multnomah Falls: "I am Rajasree Bharathan Radhamma, postdoctoral scholar from the Dept. of Biological and Ecological Engineering. The attached photograph was taken by myself on May 14 during a trip to Multnomah Falls conducted by INTO OSU Student Engagement events. Thanks to Audra and team for organizing a wonderful trip. I was fortunate enough to visit this beauty on the very day along with my husband and friends." We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Designing a new course or fine-tuning one you’ve taught several times? Consider the potential benefits of project-based learning. This evidence-based instructional approach can foster higher order thinking skills and metacognition. See Project-Based Learning – Architecture for Authenticity to get started.


World Ocean Day: This year’s theme is “Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean.” Visit the Marine Studies Initiative and Ocean11 Marine Club tables. Enjoy snacks and refreshments, play games and learn about World Ocean Day. Visit the Marine Studies Initiative World Ocean Day website for information. June 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., east side of Strand Hall.

Colby Parkinson: MS Defense. Colby Parkinson will present his thesis, titled “Outdoor recreation during COVID-19: The role of adaptive strategies and associations with mental health,” June 8, 10 a.m. in PFSC 125 and on Zoom. Parkinson is earning his MS in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Xiangyou (Sharon) Shen. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions or for accommodations for disabilities, or for the Zoom link.

Random Review: Michael Paul Nelson, professor of environmental ethics and philosophy in the College of Forestry at OSU, will review “Braiding Sweetgrass” as part of the Friends of the Library’s Random Review series, June 8 at noon. The program will take place online via GoToWebinar. It is free but registration is required at Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants” is a series of linked essays about her journey toward an understanding and practice of science that includes respect for the Earth and Indigenous knowledge and practices. 

Fidelity presentation: "Take the First Step to Investing — LGBTQ + Insight." If you want to understand how to start investing, learn key investing concepts, common investment types and how to choose your investment approach, check out this presentation on June 8 at 1 p.m. Register here.

Floor Monitor Training: Training for Floor Monitors and Building Managers on roles and responsibilities when evacuating their building. Training is the second Wednesday of every month via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom Floor Monitor Training at:

Creating Process-Driven Results in a Generational Family Business: Please join the Center for Family Enterprise on June 8 via Zoom for our Family Business 360 Event on creating process-driven results within a family business. Speakers Aimee and Rob Thompson of Thompson’s Sanitary Service will be sharing how their generational family business has been able to develop and utilize the tools necessary to cultivate process-driven results. 

TIAA appointments: TIAA will be on OSU's main campus June 7-8 and will also have virtual appointments June 21 and June 28. TIAA will also return to campus Sept. 20 and Oct. 5. Schedule an appointment today. You can sign up online at by emailing [email protected]


NEW! Naval ROTC Spring Commissioning: Please join us on June 10 at 11 a.m. for a live ceremony at the SEC Plaza as well as streaming on our Facebook, as the OSU NROTC commissions 10 midshipmen as Ensigns in the Navy and six officers as 2nd Lieutenants in the United States Marine Corps. Everyone is welcome to watch the ceremony, which will involve the oath of office, assistance into uniform by the students’ families, rendering of the first salute and remarks from guest speaker Vice Admiral (Ret.) Michael Devany.

NEW! PFLA activity: "Belonging and Other Basic Needs – A Tour of the Basic Needs Center (BNC)," June 14, noon to 1 p.m. Come join us for this insightful tour to learn more about how the BNC’s work takes a holistic approach to basic needs support by focusing on belonging and connection. For more information about the event and how to register click here.

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.

Commencement day selfie station: Grads can enjoy a photo booth and larger-than-life selfie backdrops, including #BigBenny, at the Alumni Center after the commencement ceremony on June 11. Capture every moment of the big day, meet up with your family indoors, pick up free alumni swag and learn how grads and families can stay connected with OSU. View more on the Countdown to Commencement webpage.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Shumpei Maruyama will present “The role of algal cellular physiology on the onset and maintenance of a model cnidarian-algal symbiosis,” June 9 at 10 a.m. in ALS 4001 and via Zoom. Maruyama is completing his Ph.D. in integrative biology under the guidance of Virginia Weis. 

Sailing On: A Guide to Transitioning Into Retirement. If you have spent much time thinking of retirement, you probably have asked yourself, “How much will I need to have saved before I can retire?” It is a big question with many factors. For instance, the amount you need may be lower if you will receive government benefits such as Social Security or a pension. Alternatively, your government benefits might be very low, requiring you to provide more of your retirement income than you otherwise would have. June 9 at 3 p.m. Register here.

HMSC Research Seminar: Lucía Pita with the Institute of Marine Science in Barcelona, Spain, will be giving a seminar titled “Sponge symbiosis: a unique perspective into how microbes shape marine animal ecology and evolution,” June 9, 3:30 p.m. Attend in person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

Take Note

Juneteenth holiday reminder: The Juneteenth holiday will be observed at Oregon State University on Friday, June 17, rather than observing the state holiday on June 20, to avoid disrupting the start of Summer term, which begins Monday, June 20.

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.

Deadline extended — Apply for a grant to make learning more affordable: OSU's Open Educational Resources Unit is accepting proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant. The new deadline is June 8. The grant provides funding to adopt, adapt or author an open educational resource, such as a textbook. An open textbook is one that is published under an open copyright license and is made freely available online for students, faculty and the public. All funding is a department-to-department transfer. Please talk to your department head about how this applies to the grant. Questions? Contact Stefanie Buck. 

Last Chance to Join Summer Learning Communities: The deadline to submit an expression of interest for the Resilient Faculty Learning Communities has been extended to June 15. This is a great opportunity to join a small cohort of your OSU teaching colleagues to learn practical ways to build resilience in your teaching practice. Funding provided. Facilitated by CTL and Academic Technologies. See the Call for Participation.

Volunteers sought: The Corvallis Daytime Drop-In Center is the only local, daytime community resource center serving as a vital hub for information, referral and direct services for those enduring poverty. CDDC is interested in people who can assist in marketing and branding the Homeless Employment Launching (HELP) program. Additionally, volunteers are always welcome and are encouraged to contact the executive director Allison Hobgood for opportunities and more information. For more information please visit the Corvallis Daytime Drop-In Center website at

Dog study: The OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital is seeking dogs that weigh more than 44 lbs and have a history of chronic diarrhea for a research study examining the effect of fiber on the fecal microbiome and gut health. Participation in this study involves mixing a powder supplement on the dog’s food daily for four weeks, three visits to the hospital and a $50 Amazon gift card. Dogs receive a physical examination and labs at each visit. For more information, please contact the principal investigator by email at [email protected].

Shrub book: The Northwest forest understory pulses with plant life, but how do you know which shrub is which? New from OSU Extension, the second edition of “Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests” by Professor Emeritus Ed Jensen has the answers. Get the book that makes a hike through the woods feel like a visit with close friends. Buy now at It’s a wonderful companion book to last year’s release of “Trees to Know in Oregon and Washington.”

OSU Faculty Staff Fitness summer class registration is now open. 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), Open Gym, personal training services and outdoor yoga. Contact [email protected] to help find your fitness plan today. 

New bike donation program starts June 6 : Do you have a bike to donate? The new bike donation program will accept bikes starting on June 6 through June 15, 2022. The program, which is organized by Oregon State University’s Department of Public Safety and Police and Transportation Services, aims to reduce the number of bikes on campus that go through the impound process at the end of Spring term. To donate a bike to the program, visit the DPS lobby, located at 200 Cascade Hall on OSU’s Corvallis campus, and speak with a dispatcher. A DPS police or public safety officer will review a copy of your OSU ID or a valid government-issued ID and document the name of the person making the donation. Bike serial numbers will be checked to make sure no stolen bikes are accepted into the program.

Hiring students: Do you need to hire students for fall 2022? This year’s START sessions will include the opportunity for students to apply for campus jobs as part of their orientation experience. We love jobs that contain just the application or the application and a resume, for ease of applying. We encourage you to post your simplified job application as soon as June 23 and keep it open (or repost) until Sept. 9 so students can apply for your job during START. You can learn more about how to get involved here or by emailing [email protected]

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.

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

Parking garage: The OSU Parking Garage will be closed for extensive cleaning from June 19-July 22. For questions or comments on the closure or about where to park, please contact Transportation Services at 541-737-2583. 

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! Laboratory Technician 1, the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Laboratory Technician 1. Hourly wage range is $15.21-22.07, based on experience, plus benefits. The Laboratory Technician 1 provides support to the Lab Manager, the Laboratory Director, the instructors and the graduate teaching assistants by assisting with routine duties in the undergraduate chemistry teaching labs. Posting #P03457CT. Closes June 20.

Presidential Message

A message from OSU's incoming president, Jayathi Murthy:


“For other people, I can't speak — but, personally, I haven't gotten wise on anything. Certainly, I've been through this and that; and when it happens again, I say to myself, Here it is again. But that doesn't seem to help me. In my opinion, I, personally, have gotten steadily sillier and sillier — and that's a fact.” ~ Christopher Isherwood

Corvallis: Mostly cloudy today, high of 73, low of 48. Partly sunny Thursday.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 74, low of  46. Mostly sunny Thursday.

Newport: Slight chance of drizzle today, high of 65, low of 48. Slight chance of rain tomorrow.

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