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:

Douglas fir trees in Klamath Mountains are in 'decline spiral,' OSU research shows (KMTR)

Increases in mortality among Douglas firs in the Klamath Mountains are the result of multiple factors that have the iconic tree in a “decline spiral” in parts of the region, a new study by the Oregon State University College of Forestry and OSU Extension Service indicates.  

OSU-Cascades starts scholarship to ease child care worker shortage (OPB News)

Oregon State University-Cascades’ program would provide scholarships for 30 positions during the next two years. Recipients would have their first year of tuition paid in full, while also receiving paid work experience at child care centers in Central Oregon at a rate of $15-18 an hour.

Bill would connect state to hotline for agricultural workers (Wallowa County Chieftain)

Allison Myers, the associate dean for Extension and Engagement at Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences, and the interim leader for OSU Extension’s Family and Community Health Program, noted that “our rural folks and our agricultural folks” are among those most vulnerable.

Eager to plant those vegetables? Let soil temperature decide when it's time (Oregonian)

“One of the biggest mistakes people make is to plant too early,” said Weston Miller, a former horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “They get excited when it’s sunny for a few days, put plants in the ground and think they will grow. But the seeds either rot from damping off fungus or germinate very slowly. At the very least, they’ll be stressed for the rest of the season and never catch up.”

Researchers are looking into risk factors for whales who get caught up in fishing gear (KGW)

Researchers with Oregon State University are trying to better protect whales from getting entangled in fishing gear. They have discovered some areas of the ocean are more at risk for whales to get caught up in that gear, and the research has been forcing some changes for some fisherman. (see also KLCC)

Today's photo

Spring Equinox: Robert Cornwell-Arquitt says, “Dave Hendrix of the biochemistry and biophysics department is trying to establish a tradition of attending “Beaver-henge,” where the sun sets through the ALS sky bridge during the fall and spring equinoxes. I attended and took this photo.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Wondering how to make effective Canvas announcements? Giving announcements meaningful titles, posting them regularly and keeping them concise can increase effectiveness. In addition, scheduling announcements in advance, deleting old announcements imported from a previous term and showing announcements on the homepage can be beneficial. See Best Practices for Announcements in Canvas by Angelique Pearson from Ecampus.


Care Talks, Confident Parenting: Summer Planning for Families. This webinar discusses planning ideas for families, including childcare, summer camps and how to support teens with their summer jobs. 10 a.m., March 22. Register today.

Help Session for Summer Academic Wage processing: A virtual help session will be set up from 10 a.m. to noon each Wednesday to assist departments with filling out their spreadsheets for Summer Academic Wage requests. This is a drop-in session, no pre-registration required. Questions can be directed to [email protected] or via the employee service portal at [email protected]. Link for the session is


NEW! Corvallis Public Seed Library Pop-Up Vegetable Garden Plant Clinic: Benton County Master Gardeners will hold a pop-up plant clinic event at the Corvallis-Benton County Library's Public Seed Library from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 25. Master Gardeners will help you plan your garden, select seeds right for you and answer your vegetable garden growing questions. There will be one last early season pop-up vegetable garden clinic on Saturday, April 1. Individual donations of open and partially used seed packets packed for '22 and '23 are needed, and can be donated any time at the library circulation desk.

Reading and talk with author Christopher Preston: Author Christopher Preston will discuss his new book, “Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries That Change How We Think about Animals,” at 5:30 p.m., March 23 in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s main meeting room. He will offer a look at how some wildlife species are defying the odds and teaching important lessons about how to share a planet. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project, the School of History, Philosophy and Religion, and the College of Forestry.

There’s still time to register for spring break industry tours: Meet with OSU alums, tour their facilities, learn about career and internship opportunities and build your network. Eaton is an intelligent power management company dedicated to improving quality of life and protecting the environment for people everywhere. 9:30 a.m., March 29. Register for Eaton tour. Element Six is the world’s leading synthetic diamond and super-materials producer. They are recognized as operating at the forefront of industry. 9:30 a.m., March 30. Register for Element Six tour.

The Little Gallery presents Dolors Escala: "The Mystery of the Monotype," an exhibition of engravings inspired by nature and landscape from the artist’s abstract perspective. On display from April 3-May 12 with an artist’s reception 3:30-5 p.m. on April 20. Visit for more information.

OSU Retirement Expo: The first annual Retirement Expo will be help 9 a.m.-4 p.m., April 4 in the Memorial Union. It will include vendors in the Horizon Room and education sessions throughout the building. The presentation schedule is here. Registration is required for Zoom sessions only. For accommodations: [email protected]. For questions: [email protected].

Announcing the 2023 Alumni Fellows: Since 1988, the Oregon State University Alumni Association has recognized members of Beaver Nation who’ve distinguished themselves in their professions and communities. This year, we took a look at the ways alumni are making positive change in the Portland area. Please join the OSU Alumni Association in congratulating the 2023 Alumni Fellows at 5:30 p.m. April 11 during the online celebration. Register and learn more about the 2023 Alumni Fellows.

American Strings: An Evening with The Kingston Trio: Join University Director of Popular Music Bob Santelli in a conversation with the legendary folk group The Kingston Trio. Following the interview, the trio will perform such classics as “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” and “Tom Dooley.” 7:30 p.m. April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center C&E Hall. Attendance is limited to 200. Tickets are $25 and are on sale at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by University Human Resources that dives deep into the ways that we solve problems together. This engaging workshop helps people learn more about their own mindset, learn appreciation for how colleagues work, and together be able to create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions. University Human Resources is offering this new two-hour workshop to OSU employees on a monthly basis starting this spring. View upcoming workshops and enroll here. A $40 fee covers materials. 

Virtual forum on Globalizing the Classroom: Join a discussion about the best ways to deepen students’ understanding of global context and how faculty members can stay responsive to current events. Hosted by the Chronicle of Higher Education. 11 a.m., March 22. Register to attend. An OSU debrief session for attendees is being hosted by Associate Vice Provost of Academic Affairs Steve Wuhs at 11 a.m., March 23 via Zoom.

Care Talks: Your Healthy Lifestyle — Green Tips for the Home. Learn the ecological and economic benefits of going green. This webinar provides concrete methods to make our homes greener, saving both money and the environment. 10 a.m., March 23. Register today.

Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. defense seminar: Heather Fulton-Bennett will present “The Effect of Ocean Acidification on Coralline Algae and Their Associated Communities” at 1 p.m., March 23 via Zoom. Fulton-Bennett is completing her Ph.D. in integrative biology under the guidance of Bruce Menge.

HMSC Research Seminar: Mark Needham from OSU's Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society will be giving a seminar titled, “What does the public think about Oregon’s marine reserves? Changes over the last 10 years," 3:30 p.m., March 23 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.

HMSC Science on Tap: Josh Stewart with OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute Ocean Ecology Lab at HMSC will present a public talk titled, “How modern human impacts prevent the recovery of endangered whales,” at 6 p.m., March 23 in HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online: webinar link or call: +1 971 247 1195 Webinar ID: 979 7568 6611. Click here for more information.

English conversation classes: Crossroads Conversation School for Women invites international women to join us this spring for English conversation classes. In volunteer-taught classes, students will explore other cultures, practice English and develop friendships. This term we are offering both in-person classes (open to all levels of English learners) and an online class (for intermediate and advanced English learners). Classes begin April 4. For more details and registration information see or contact Kara Hanson at [email protected].

Women in Wood Science: Women, people of color and historically marginalized groups are underrepresented in STEM; let’s change this. Join us on April 11 for a day exploring the dynamic field of wood science. Meet experts, network with fellow students, alumni and industry leaders, participate in hands-on activities and discover career options. Register now.

Take Note

NEW! OSU Day of Service: Get ready to join Beaver Nation May 20 in giving back to your community. Lead an in-person or online service opportunity that you are passionate about and create positive change with people who share your interests and commitment to addressing community needs. Register your volunteer site at

NEW! Notice of policy action: The university community is invited to review and provide comment on proposed university policy 06-200 Intellectual Property. This policy clarifies ownership, rights, responsibilities and revenue sharing related to intellectual property conceived of, made or developed by or through interactions with the university. Comments must be received by April 11.

NEW! Bring Your Kids to Campus Day: As a part of Oregon State’s commitment to supporting students and employees in pursuing happy, balanced and fulfilling lives, the Family Resource Center on the Corvallis campus is excited to host Bring Your Kids to Campus Day on May 12. We are asking for campus-wide collaboration to make this day a huge success. If your department is interested in hosting an activity, please reach out to [email protected].

NEW! 40 years of service: Congratulations to William Ripple, distinguished professor of ecology, Richardson endowed chair and director, Trophic Cascades Program, for being honored for 40 years of service at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others who have reached this milestone by clicking on their name.

2023 Faculty Innovator Award: Nominations are now being accepted. This award honors an outstanding Oregon State University inventor who has made a contribution leading to commercialization that significantly impacts their field and society. For details and the nomination form, visit the OSU Advantage website: 2023 Faculty Innovator Award. The awardee will receive a $5,000 prize and desktop award. The awardee’s department will receive $5,000. Nomination deadline is April 14.

new website for the Controller’s Unit (CU) has launched: The Controller's Unit, housed within the Division of Finance and Administration, is where students and staff can access student account billing and payment information, payroll and leave reporting information, payroll tax reporting information and more. The new website’s URL is If you see an issue, please email [email protected]

Inner Nature podcast: David James Duncan and Fred Bahnson on Inner Nature: Episode 3 of the Inner Nature podcast series is live. In this conversation, Duncan and Bahnson reflect on the importance of hope, the power of storytelling and their own touchpoints for living a life of contemplation and care. Listen here on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Inner Nature is produced by the Spring Creek Project and the Contemplative Studies Initiative.

IFSA OSU upcoming regional meeting and elections: The International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) is organizing the Canadian-American Regional Meeting (CARM) this spring break and is also holding our 2023-2024 elections for new club members. To read about the positions, apply and/or nominate other students, please fill out this form; it will only take 2 minutes to complete. 

Submit your events for Spring Family Weekend: Spring Family Weekend will take place May 5-7 on the Corvallis campus. If you plan to host an event, complete this Spring Family Weekend event submission form by April 3. If you are looking for event ideas or someone to brainstorm with about an event you’re considering, or if you have questions, reach out to [email protected].

Human-robot interaction: The Human-Machine Teaming Laboratory in Oregon State University’s Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute is conducting a research experiment to study human-robot interaction for peer-based environments. Participants will be trained as first responders and complete a series of disaster response tasks with a robot teammate and will complete anonymous questionnaires. The experiment requires participants to complete two separate two-hour sessions. Participants who complete the entire evaluation will receive $60. Contact Prakash Baskaran at [email protected] to schedule your experiment time.

Open call for submissions: Soundbox Six. OSU students, faculty, staff, alumni and people from beyond the campus community are invited to submit intermedia, sound, text, music, radio art, video art, performance art, social media art and digital installations to this year's Soundbox Six. Please complete the submission form and submit a link to your work by midnight on Sunday, April 30. Digital and performance works should be no longer than 10 minutes, and you must provide an unlisted YouTube link that gives us permission to view and download the work. Note: Your Creative Commons license must be identified and all contributing authors must be properly credited. Send link to [email protected]. For more information on how to submit, click the link here.

EXTENDED! Faculty Awards Solicitation – Deadline Extended: The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the awards they are responsible for reviewing and selecting – see the solicitation letter. Criteria and nomination forms associated with these awards are online. The nominations deadline has been extended through noon on April 12. Guidelines to assist those preparing nomination packets are available online. For further information, contact Vickie Nunnemaker.

AWSEM Club: Registration for STEM Academy's In-Person AWSEM Club for 5th-7th graders is open. AWSEM=Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math. The club will meet in-person on Tuesdays, from 6-7 p.m., April 25-May 23. Topics: Entomology, engineering, physics, microbiology and genetics. For more information or to register, please go to:

Instructors, request spring course reserves now: Help make sure students can find their textbooks at the library. Submit a new request to OSU Libraries & Press each term. The Libraries prioritize electronic resources, accept personal and department copies of material, as well as purchase eBooks and physical items on request. More info at

Traffic and Maintenance

Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Improvement project, Washington Way between 30th and 35th streets will be closed March 21-22. Flaggers will be present at the 35th St. intersection to direct traffic. Other possible impacts include dust, mud and noise near the construction site.


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NEW! Associate Dean for Student Enrollment & Success (internal OSU employment opportunity): College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #P06581UF. Closes April 10.  


"It's important to teach our female youth that it's OK to say, 'Yes, I am good at this,' and you don't hold back." ~ Simone Biles

Corvallis: Chance of showers today, high of 59, low of 41. Rain Thursday.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 49, low of 31. Snow likely Thursday.

Newport: Chance of showers today, high of 52, low of 43. Showers and breezy Thursday.

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