Stay informed about COVID-19

COVID-19 website: To facilitate the ongoing sharing of information about the virus, Oregon State University has added a link on the OSU homepage to a page that provides detailed and up-to-date COVID-19 information; links to OSU, local, state and federal resources; and updates on the latest federal travel restrictions.

TRACE OSU testing: TRACE OSU is providing random COVID-19 testing by invitation at its Corvallis and Bend campuses and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. TRACE testing will end this week at all locations after Thursday, June 11.  Testing takes place in Corvallis in the Memorial Union Ballroom and at Reser ticket booths, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. In Newport, testing will be provided every other week, Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. At OSU-Cascades, testing is provided only to students living and working on campus, and employees working on campus. Testing takes place Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Visit the OSU-Cascades Safety and Success website to learn more about testing schedules. For more information:

COVID-19 vaccine clinics: Weekly clinics at Reser Stadium in Corvallis are being collaboratively run by Samaritan Health Services, Benton County and OSU. These clinics will end June 10. Visit this website to schedule a vaccine. OSU-Cascades students, faculty and staff can learn where to find vaccines in Central Oregon here. Check your local public health authority websites for more information. You can also visit the Oregon Health Authority: Get Vaccinated Oregon website and the CDC VaccineFinder for vaccinations anywhere in the U.S.

Timely Teaching Tips: Seeking assistance with ed tech tools? See the Need Help? page for assistance with Canvas, Zoom and other OSU-supported learning technologies. 

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. Content appearing includes timely news and feature stories from broadcast, print and online sources. Occasionally, opinion pieces and first-person columns appearing in mainstream media outlets that are written by faculty members and pertain to their academic or professional expertise may be included based on their unique, informative value, timeliness and space constraints. It is not the policy of OSU Today to include Letters to the Editor. Occasionally, articles highlighted in OSU Today may either be subscription-only or behind a paywall if a maximum number of articles has been reached that month. Many subscription-only publications, like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, can be accessed by anyone with an OSU email account through the search function on the OSU Libraries home page, which grants free access to many publications. See and click on 1Search.

Oregon 'child-care deserts' still prevalent (Think Out Loud)

An Oregon State University report shows that even before the pandemic, all Oregon counties were considered “child-care deserts,” meaning they lacked adequate child care for infants and toddlers. And in many counties, parents of preschool-aged children also lacked childcare options. Megan Pratt is an assistant professor of practice in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University and the lead author of the report.

A victim of its own success: How Taiwan failed to plan for a major Covid outbreak (The Guardian) 

Prof Chunhuei Chi, the director of Oregon State University’s centre for global health, says: “Initially the government was caught off guard, not just by the outbreak itself but the scale, so they are scrambling to mobilise all resources to contain the outbreak, including hospitals and testing facilities.

OSU chosen to lead NOAA institute for marine research (KTVZ)

Oregon State University said Tuesday it has been selected to host a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration institute focused on collaborative study of the rapidly changing ocean and expanded demands on its use.

Whale that travelled halfway around the world sets migration record (New Scientist)

“At the population level, what’s interesting is that we are seeing a lot of changes in the environment that have to do, in this particular case, with the opening up of the Arctic Ocean due to climate,” says Daniel Palacios at Oregon State University. “It goes beyond this one animal to potentially many animals doing the same thing.”

OSU to build new $20 million dairy processing facility (Capital Press)

Oregon State University announced Tuesday it will build a new $20 million dairy processing facility using private investments and university funding.

Woodpecker season is upon Corvallis (Corvallis Advocate)

“Drumming is used by woodpeckers for the same reason songbirds use their song: to communicate to potential mates (females) and to signal the location of their territory to potential rivals (males),” Oregon State University Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology Jim Rivers said. “I have a Northern Flicker in my backyard that routinely drums on my neighbors’ stovepipe each spring and the sound carries quite far.”  


Brown in black and white (Oregon Arts Watch)

Two dozen of those pictures grace Brown’s new memoir, This is Not For You: An Activist’s Journey of Resistance and Resilience, by Brown and Brian Benson (Oregon State University Press). The story details how art and activism have intertwined throughout Brown’s long and eventful life. Richard Brown’s portraits of the Black community in Managua, Nicaragua have hung in the Portland Art Museum. His collection of Portland’s Black youth is on permanent display at the Avel Gordly Albina Early Head Start Center

TRACE results show variants still an issue for unvaccinated (Corvallis Advocate)

Vulnerable populations are still at risk when it comes to SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – despite nearly 66% of Oregon adults being partially vaccinated. The elderly, immune-compromised, and children under 12 should be aware that the virus is mutating and becoming a greater threat, according to Brett Tyler, Oregon State University Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Director. Tyler also serves as a co-principal investigator of OSU’s Team-based Rapid Assessment of Community-level coronavirus Epidemics (TRACE) Project. 


Today's photo

Greenhouse: Lea Clayton, accountant with the School of Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering, says, “I start most of my own seeds in the greenhouse. I have vegetables, herbs, hops, grapes, flowers, berries, fruit and filbert trees – which aren’t in the photo. I preserve most of what I harvest and the garden provides food for us throughout the year.”


Beaver Classic Cheese Sales: Come see us at the Corvallis Farmer’s Market every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Corvallis Riverfront on First Street between Jackson and Monroe. Coming soon: the release of our newest cheddar. You won’t want to miss this one. You can also order online for the farmers market and just stop by the booth — no waiting. Start here:

Nutrition education opportunity: The Oregon State University Moore Family Center (MFC) has partnered with the international Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) to offer free learning opportunities on June 9 and 10, including the MFC annual Nutrition Update. We cordially invite you and your nutrition educator communities, including students, to join us in this avatar conference. Registration is free for non-presenter attendees. MFC nutrition sessions include a June 9 panel discussion from 11 a.m. to noon, titled “Cultural Differences and Digital Divide in Nutrition Education and Cooking Classes for Families and Children,” and a June 10 keynote from 10-11 a.m. featuring Pam Koch and Maya Georgieva, titled “Innovation with XR for Health and Mindfulness.” The goal of the keynote session is to foster multidisciplinary collaboration to innovate XR for health/nutrition education.

PFLA Zoom event: Leadership Emergence Overview, presented by Kristen Magis, University Human Resources. Learn more about the skill-development course designed to teach employees foundational leadership principles and practices that can transform OSU’s vision, mission and values into reality. Wednesday, June 9, noon to 1 p.m. For more information about the event and how to register, click 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:

WIC workshop: Using WIC learning outcomes to create clear assignments. Join the WIC team Wednesday, June 9, at 2 p.m. to learn what each WIC learning outcome means, identify how these WIC outcomes can support the disciplinary outcomes, and integrate the two sets of outcomes in clearly defined exercises and assignments that will help students learn course content and disciplinary writing (registration).


Lavender Celebration: Lavender Celebration 2021 will take place on Thursday, June 10 from 6:30-9 p.m. in Remo, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and formal program at 7 p.m. Lavender Celebration is the OSU graduation and awards ceremony for LGBTQIA+ students. Guests who wish to attend should register by Wednesday, June 9 here:, which also is the attendance link.

Great Move Out Donation Drives: For OSU Students moving out this month: Donate reusable items you no longer need to benefit the local community. Students living off-campus can drop off at the June 12-14 event; those in res halls can donate in their hall now through end of finals week. For more information and how-to’s, see An easy way to keep good stuff out of the landfill and into the hands of people who can use it.

Regional Connections: An opportunity to build your personal and professional network with Beavers across the world. This special Connections event is to welcome OSU's new grads to the Beaver alumni network and for everyone to talk, discover new friends, make personal and professional connections, get help with career or simply socialize with alumni and students living across the nation and world. Open to all OSU students, alumni, staff, faculty and friends. June 24, noon to 1 p.m. Register here:

Brandi Douglas going away party: After 10 years at Oregon State, Brandi Douglas, assistant director of outreach in the Office of Institutional Diversity, is on to her next adventure – obtaining her Ph.D. Douglas’ impact on OSU has been significant and we’re grateful for her many contributions to the university community. Join us on Thursday, June 24 from noon to 1 p.m. for a virtual going away party to celebrate Douglas. Registration is available at Contact Scott Vignos ([email protected]) with any questions and requests for accommodations.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

Eldercare Connections: Avoiding Scams. Thursday, June 10, noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom. Presenter: Lesley Johnson, OR AARP Speaker Bureau volunteer. Zoom:

HMSC Research Seminar: On Thursday, June 10 at 3:30 p.m., Aimée R. Lang from the Marine Mammal and Turtle Division with NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center will be giving a seminar titled “Insight into the population structure of gray whales using genetics.” Zoom link or dial-in at +1-971-247-1195. Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

Applied Economics Seminar: Sathya Gopalakrishnan from Ohio State University will present "Seeing is Believing: Non Marginal Impact of Water Quality Change" via Zoom, Friday, June 11 from 1-2:30 p.m. Details, including dial-in information, here

Career Webcast June 16: Considering Self Employment. Find out about the joys and realities of starting your own business by attending a free webcast, Considering Self Employment, Wednesday, June 16, at noon via Zoom, followed by an interactive Q&A. Whether you’re just getting started in a career or you are ready for a change, Alumni Career Ambassadors Bruce Hohensee and Kimberly Jacobson Nelson, ’89, will advise you about finances, setting goals, marketing and where to find resources. The OSU Alumni Association’s Career Webcast series offers guidance for students and alumni entering the workforce, changing fields or advancing their careers. Register and find additional resources at

Take Note

OSU Today: OSU Today switches to once-a-week publication for the summer starting Monday, June 14. Please keep this in mind when submitting entries to [email protected]. Deadline to appear in the Monday edition each week is 5 p.m. Friday of the previous week.

Faculty Staff Fitness Summer 2021 registration is open. You can view offerings and register at Fitness classes include remote options of Online FSF (pre-recorded with over 25 styles of classes and over 500 classes) and synchronous Zoom interval training and yoga classes. In-person options include outside yoga, swimming and aqua aerobics, and weight training and cardio dance with adequate spacing, ventilation and plenty of instruction.
Study participants needed: Principal Investigator Naomi Fitter is looking for participants (18+) who have full use of their arms and legs for an upcoming research study (“Perception of Vibrotactile Sensations”) to evaluate how vibration perception can be used to locate objects in the environment. The study will take approximately an hour and will occur in a lab space on campus. Contact information: 541-737-9193, [email protected]
Study participants needed: Principal Investigator Naomi Fitter is looking for participants (18+) who have full use of their arms and legs for an upcoming research study (“Perception of Vibrotactile Sensations”) to evaluate how vibration perception differs between hands, ankles, knees, elbows and wrists. The study will take approximately an hour and will occur in a lab space on campus. Contact information: 541-737-9193, [email protected].

Sea Grant Scholar Program: Oregon Sea Grant Scholar Program has two new funded opportunities for graduate students and students who have recently completed a graduate degree. The 2021-2022 Oregon Natural Resource Policy Fellowship is a one-year, full-time position that provides hands-on experience in natural resource policy at the state level. Deadline: July 9. The 2021-2022 Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship supports current/admitted graduate students who combine societally relevant research with education or public engagement. Deadline July 23, 2021. More information will also be available during the 2021 OSG Spring/Summer Fellowship informational webinar on June 11 at 10 a.m. You must register to attend.

Study volunteers needed: Jennifer Beamer and Joseline Raja Vora at Oregon State University are recruiting young adults who identify as having Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) and their caregivers, instructors at fitness centers, and hiring managers at fitness centers in a research study titled “A community-based initiative to develop an adaptive training module for young adults with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities (ID/DD) to be fitness instructors.” For more information or questions, please contact ennifer Beamer at 541-737-5925 or [email protected], or contact Joseline Raja Vora at [email protected].

Celebrating Launch Academy pitch competition winners: Help celebrate the 12 grad and undergrad students from three OSU campuses and three OSU colleges who shared $8500 in prizes in this term’s final round: 1st ($2,000), Oh-asis: Shayla Lane, Kristen Orue, and Marjorie Symonds, Computer Science; 2nd ($1,500), Group 6 Studios: Nes Cohen, Computer Science, and Ian Watters, Accounting; 3rd ($1,250), Howling Hounds Coffee Roasters: Reid Burford, Business Administration; 4th ($1,000), Covert Customers: Jacob Hayes, Business Administration; 5th ($750), Pristine By the Sea: Calena Gray, Horticulture; Honorable Mentions ($500 each): Cortava Neurotechnologies: Sean Bullock, General Engineering, CloudApps: Miguel Fernandez, Computer Science, WxH: Austin Lally, Computer Science, Real Property Possibilities: Jordon Graham, Business Administration. To learn more about how we support student entrepreneurs, join us on June 11.

Nominations open: Help build our next Launch Academy cohort. Nominate engaged, curious, problem-solving undergraduate and graduate students of all majors who have ideas for services, products, community change or any other business idea. Find out who we’re looking for here. Launch Academy students are eligible to win up to $2,000 in business development funding each term and have access to mentorship, networking and other resources. Ecampus and Cascades Campus students are welcome. Tuition scholarships are available. Nominate students here and contact [email protected] with questions. Launch Academy is a program of the InnovationX Center of Excellence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Volunteers needed for The Great Move Out: Helpers are needed for unloading donations at a new event serving students who are moving out at the end of the academic year, on campus June 12-14. Donations will go to local nonprofits. Sign up here or direct questions to [email protected].

Call for proposals: Affiliate Faculty Research Incubator Program. Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium has released our 2021 Affiliate Faculty Research Incubator Program call for proposals. AFRIP is designed to recruit faculty to become involved with OSGC and provide resources needed to develop student experiences in STEM disciplines. Projects should support NASA Mission Directorates and align with NASA’s top research priorities and areas of emphasis. Proposals are accepted monthly and due the final day of each month. Information can be found online at

Celebratory Processional and Stadium Marshalls Needed: OSU faculty and staff are invited to volunteer as processional and stadium marshalls during the celebratory event to honor Corvallis graduates on Friday, June 11. Volunteers are needed from noon to 3 p.m. Face masks will be required. Link to more information and the registration to volunteer for the Celebratory Processional:

Now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Summer and Fall 2021: Does your group have a service, process or system you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a weekly remote program where campus partners are invited to present brief, one-off, awareness- or skill- building topics intended for a wide audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Learn more about the requirements and application process here.

Beaver Champion Award: Every year on University Day the president bestows the Beaver Champion Award to an individual (or individuals) who demonstrate outstanding effort, the achievement of excellence, extra effort beyond that requested and performance of the highest quality that has yielded university-wide impact. The President’s Office is seeking nominations for the 2021 award. Send nomination letters to Becky Johnson, Interim President, Office of the President, 600 Kerr Admin. Bldg. or to [email protected]. The nomination deadline is Friday, June 11. 

Request for nominations, OSUAA Awards, due June 21: This fall, we will be awarding the Dan W. Poling Service Award, the E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award, the Jean and C.H. “Scram” Graham Leadership Award, the Joan Austin Honorary Alumni Award and the Don and Shirley Wirth Young Alumni Award. Learn about each one of the awards and how to nominate a deserving Oregon Stater here. An in-person and online awards celebration is being planned for fall 2021. Details are forthcoming. 

Summer Child/Youth Care - Our Little Village Summer Registration Open: Are you working/studying this summer and in need of child and/or youth care? OLV|Milne provides short term child and youth care for your children ages 5 months through 12 years. We will be offering developmentally appropriate, play-based care Monday-Thursday with the ability to choose between a morning or an afternoon session from June 23 to Aug. 19. Register now until Wednesday June 16 at noon. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to [email protected].

Grant funding for open educational resources now open: Open Oregon Educational Resources, a statewide organization that promotes the use of OER, seeks grant proposals that implement high-impact, culturally relevant/inclusive, collaborative projects in support of open education and reduced textbook costs in lower-division courses. Grant applications are due July 9. Project timelines may vary, but all projects must be completed by June 1, 2023. Learn more and apply today.
Professional development for open educational resources: Want to make your course materials relevant and accessible for all students? Do you wish your course materials incorporated and supported the experiences of your actual students? Join a statewide Equity and Open Education Faculty Cohort. You can earn a $200 stipend upon completion of “Part 1: Explore,” and you’ll have the option to earn an additional $300 stipend in “Part 2: Implement.” Register online by June 14.

Traffic & Maintenance

Scheduled: Annual Steam Shutdown Campus-Wide. 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 2021 will occur June 13, 8 p.m. through June 17, 3 p.m. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Facilities Services at 541-737-2969. Closures are often subject to changes and delays, so please visit the OSU Campus Closures, Shutdowns, and Detours page for updates on this and other campus closures.


“That's life (that's life), that's what all the people say/ You're ridin' high in April, shot down in May/ But I know I'm gonna change that tune/ When I'm back on top, back on top in June." ~ Frank Sinatra

Corvallis: Chance of showers today, high of 62, low of 44. Mostly sunny tomorrow.
Central Oregon: Chance of showers today, high of 57, low of 38. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of showers today, high of 60, low of 47. Chance of showers tomorrow.

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