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.

The origin of the word 'cobalt' (Science Friday)

Decades after van Meegeren’s mistake and century’s after Thernard’s discovery, we’re still searching for better blues. Remember YInMn Blue, which was accidentally discovered in 2009 by scientists at Oregon State University while researching electronics materials?

Nuts to the blight (Oregon Business)

“We are concerned the fungus could change, and our resistance gene will no longer be resistant,” says Shawn Mehlenbacher, who runs the hazelnut-breeding program at Oregon State University. “Or someone could bring infected material from the eastern states.”

For the love of the game (Ms. Magazine)

A piece by OSU's Susan Shaw.

OSU study: Parasitic arsenic cycle shows impact of warmer oceans (KTVZ)

A newly discovered parasitic cycle, in which ocean bacteria keep phytoplankton on an energy-sapping treadmill of nutrient detoxification, may offer a preview of what further ocean warming will bring, Oregon State University researchers say.

Marine ecologist Lubchenco to give commencement speech (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University is turning to one of its own to deliver the university’s 150th commencement address.

Samurai wasps could be our secret weapon against invasive stink bugs (Mother Nature News)

But the samurai wasp is already here in the States, having arrived accidentally sometime before 2014. Researchers from Oregon State University are studying the wasp as a possible solution to the stink bug's damaging effect on Oregon's hazelnut and berry crops.

Green New Deal: climate policy informed by science (The Ecologist)

Co-written by OSU's William Ripple.

State art collection featured on new Oregon Arts Commission website (The World)

The artworks, installed across the state, can be found in public buildings from La Grande to Corvallis and Medford to Portland, including on campuses of higher education at University of Oregon, Portland State University, Oregon State University, Southern Oregon University, Eastern Oregon University, Western Oregon University and Oregon Institute of Technology.

Oregon State to develop turbine monitoring tech (Offshore Wind)

Oregon State University is set to develop a monitoring system for offshore wind turbines under the recently announced USD $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Alpenrose's future uncertain, could impact dairy industry(Capital Press)

Lisbeth Goddik, a dairy processing specialist at Oregon State University Extension Service, said that diversity is unique in Oregon, with so many mid-size dairy processors such as Alpenrose in Portland, Umpqua Dairy in Roseburg, Lochmead Dairy near Eugene and Eberhard's Dairy in Redmond.

OSU student writes science fiction novel (Gazette-Times)

When Caleb Chandler moved from Alaska to Oregon State University as a freshman, he didn’t know anyone within 1,000 miles of Corvallis.

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Commencement speaker: Jane Lubchenco, a world-renowned leader in environmental research and an Oregon State University marine ecologist, will deliver the commencement address at OSU’s 150th graduation ceremony. Lubchenco will receive an honorary doctorate degree in earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences as part of OSU’s commencement, which will be held on Saturday, June 15, at Reser Stadium.


Andrew Russo – Sustainable Forest Management M.F. Presentation: Andrew Russo will present his project, “Spread of Swiss Needle Cast in the Oregon Coast Range,” on Wednesday, March 20, at 12:30 p.m. in Richardson Hall 115. Russo is advised by professor David Shaw in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources & Management. Free and open to the public.

Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Ehren Bentz will present “Characterizing the Function of the Harderian Gland and its Interactions with the Vomeronasal Organ to Facilitate Chemoreception in the Red-sided Garter Snake” on Wednesday, March 20, at 1 p.m. in ALS 4001. Bentz is completing his Ph.D. under the guidance of Robert T. Mason. Free and open to the public.


NEW! Artists in Dialogue: OSU's contemporary art historian, Kirsi Peltomaki, and artist Joan Truckenbrod will have a live conversation during Corvallis Art Walk on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m., at 517 S.W. Second St. in Corvallis. They will discuss the interconnections between physics, natural science, technology and art and design. This event will be followed by a Site of Sound series performance from New York City bassist James Ilgenfritz, performing one of Joan Truckenbrod's 2D art works, "Particle Flow," as a musical score (with OSU's Dana Reason) as well as new compositions by Miya Masaoka, and Annie Gosfield from this Origami Project. Site of Sound is co-sponsored by Oregon State SAC; Truckenbrod Gallery and Boxwood Labs LLC. Free and open to the public.

NEW! 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

Prospective student open house: Spring Preview, an open house program for prospective and admitted students, will be in CH2M and the Memorial Union on Monday, March 25. There will be approximately 800 to 1,000 guests on campus, which may impact parking and retail food locations. You are encouraged to welcome the guests while they are on campus.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Thesis Defense – Water Resources Graduate Program: Laura Marshall, M.S. Friday, March 22, at 3 p.m. in Ballard Extension Hall 219. The title of her thesis is “Drivers of Deconstruction: An Economic Analysis of Dam Removal in the United States?” She is advised by Bill Jaeger of Applied Economics.

The College of Education presents Vasti Torres: Torres is a professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education and an associate faculty member of Latina/o Studies at University of Michigan. Torres will be speaking twice on March 21. She’ll speak on, “The link between identity and learning for Latino Students” at 10 a.m. in Kidder Hall 202. She’ll also speak on, "Organizing for Student Success in Higher Education” at 4 p.m in Kearney Hall 112.

Social justice education: The Social Justice Education Initiative from 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:

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. Preregistrationrecommended.

This April, it’s time to ACCELERATE your startup: In just 10 weeks, streamline your value proposition, get to market faster, and validate your product-market fit. The Accelerate program is open to OSU researchers, students, and staff, and the Corvallis community who intend to start or grow an entrepreneurial venture, and can qualify teams to receive NSF iCorp funds. It all starts April 2. Learn more and apply here:

Seventh Annual Representing Masculinities Conference 2019: Men’s Development & Engagement (MDE), in collaboration with campus partners, will host the seventh annual Representing Masculinities Conference at OSU on Saturday, April 13. The primary objective of the conference is to cultivate meaningful conversations about healthy and responsive masculinities to inspire empathy, action, and self-reflection. Conference workshop submissions are being accepted until Thursday, March 28. Conference registration is free and open until Friday, April 5. Light breakfast, lunch, and evening snack will be provided. Contact or call (541) 737-6341 should you have questions.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summit: Researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors & ecosystem builders: Join us on May 9 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center to learn about funding and resources available to propel technology impact, commercialization, and entrepreneurship in our region. Connect with people and resources that can help you reach your innovation impact goals, and celebrate the growth of our innovation ecosystem.  May 9, 1–8 p.m. Registration is free:

Take Note

Mid-Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic – Food in Emergencies: If a disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water, and electricity for days or even weeks. Options for food storage include: Freeze-dried foods, MREs, dehydrated foods and canned foods. This month’s poster can be downloaded

STEM summer camps: STEM Academy is hosting a broad range of STEM Summer Day Camps from late June through mid-August for students who will be entering grades 3-12 in Fall 2019. Registration is now open. Topics include: Coding, iINVENT, Web Design, Engineering, Computer Graphics, Cybersecurity, Biochemistry, Sketch Up, Computational Biology, Drones & Legos, Powered Machines, DNA Biology & Bioinformatics, Lego Robotics, ActivityBots, Math, Wildlife Science, and Raspberry Pi. For more information, or to register online, visit For questions, call 541-737-8139 or email Scholarships available.

Volunteer opportunity for Spring 2019 – New International Students Orientation Week: Engage with new international students and help welcome the new beavers from around the world during Spring 2019 orientation week. For more information and to sign up go here.Volunteer training day (required for new volunteers or those who did not participate on Fall 2018 training day): March 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at ILLC 350. Volunteering dates: New students move-in day: March 25. Orientation week: March 26-29. Different volunteer shifts available to fit your schedule. For more information or questions, contact Carla Portugal at or go to our website.

Traffic & Maintenance 

Parking lot closures: During the week of Spring Break, March 25-29, the following gravel parking lots will be closed for grading and leveling. A2 lots: Community Hall East (Lot 3241) and Community Hall South (Lot 3242). B2 Lots: Magruder Hall South (Lot 3363) gravel portion only. B3 Lots: Vet Research Lab South (Lot 3342) and West Greenhouse Complex (Lot 3320). C Lots: Sports Complex West (Lot 3286). Vehicles parked in these lots may be towed. During these closures, you may park in another parking lot within your permitted zone. The lots may reopen early as the work is completed. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Transportation Services at or by calling 541-737-2583.

Planned Power Outage between March 28 and March 30: 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, March 28, beginning at 6 a.m. and lasting through Saturday, March 30, at 6 p.m. Most affected buildings will be on backup power and will experience minimal disruption. Only Joyce Collin Furman Hall will be closed and without power during this time. 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 Servicesat 541-737-2969.


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NEW! Faculty Research Assistant: The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) in the Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Department is hiring for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Pesticide Specialist to join our team this April. Interested in science communication? NPIC provides unbiased, scientific information about pesticides to the general public and professionals. Applicants must have a B.S. degree in toxicology, environmental chemistry, biotechnology, agricultural sciences, public health, or closely related scientific area, both written and verbal Spanish fluency, and other qualifications. Posting #: P02829UF. Closes April 7.

NEW! Accountant 1: This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Accountant for the Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center at Oregon State University (OSU).  Posting# P02036CT.  For full consideration, apply by March 31.  Closes April 8.

NEW! Assistant Professor (Practice) - The Lane County Extension Office at Oregon State University is seeking an Assistant Professor (Practice). This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term (annual reappointment) professional faculty position. The position’s academic home is the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Western Regional Director and the Extension Agricultural and Natural Resources Program Leader. The position will be located in Eugene, Oregon. Active contributions to scholarship are required.  Posting# P02845UF.  Closes April 19.


“Even very ordinary people, upon closer examination, can often look extraordinary." ~ Holly Hunter, who turns 61 today.

Corvallis: Partly sunny, high of 63, low of 43. Slight chance of showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of rain, high of 52, low of 42. Chance of rain Thursday. 

Newport: Mostly cloudy today, high of 58, low of 46. Slight chance of showers Thursday.

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