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:

A fleet of humanoid, open-source robots could change robotics research (Popular Science)

The National Science Foundation, an independent US government-funded agency supporting research and education, wants to accelerate advancements in robotics, and is offering a $5 million fleet of standardized humanoid robots to speed things along. On Monday, the NSF announced plans to distribute another 50 of its Quori bots to various research projects, with assistance from Oregon State University, University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Laboratory, and the robotics software company, Semio. (see also KEZIRobotics Tomorrow)

OSU researchers: smart meters can be hacked for power grid sabotage (KLCC)

With power grids being increasingly targeted by domestic extremists in the U.S., researchers at Oregon State University are warning that a basic utility device can be corrupted.

Pulling power from the ocean is the final frontier for renewable energy (CNET)

"Offshore wind is the most mature technology without a doubt," Bryson Robertson, director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center at Oregon State University, told me. "We've been working on wind energy systems really since the birth of civilization. We were running sails [on boats], and we were using windmills to grind wheat."

Diversifying course materials: a how-to guide (Inside Higher Ed)

Elisabeth McBrien, instructional design specialist at Oregon State University’s Ecampus, urges checking course accessibility by asking such questions as, “Can students with disabilities and those experiencing financial hardship access all materials?” McBrien advises adopting free open educational resources, or OER, noting that Oregon State supports professors in creating and adapting open textbooks.

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Trees in bloom: Bioengineering student Molly Jenne says, “Soft and lively spring colors coming out to play brightly in the sun.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Wondering how to connect students to rewarding careers? Join CTL for the final Quality Teaching (QT) Talk of the year, "From Education to Employment: Connecting Students to Meaningful Careers." Tasha Galardi, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, will highlight career-focused teaching practices. 11 a.m., May 16, LINC 414 or via Zoom. Register


Letting Go and Giving Back: Please join the Center for Family Enterprise at 8:30 a.m, May 10 via Zoom for our Family Business 360 event. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Susan Sokol Blosser, former president and founder of Sokol Blosser Winery, who will be sharing how she made the decision to pass the business along to her children at the height of her career in order to focus on other ways that she could impact her community for good. Register here.

Help Session for Summer Academic Wage processingEvery Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon, a virtual Help Session will be set up 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! Free bike registration event: Oregon State University’s Transportation Services and Department of Public Safety are hosting a bike registration event from 10:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., May 10 at the McNary Dining Quad. The event is free to students, faculty, staff and community members. Register your bike with 529 Garage, a tool used by law enforcement to reduce bike theft and obtain information such as serial numbers and photos in the event your bike is stolen. You can also register for ZAP Oregon State, a free bike commute rewards program for Oregon State University students and employees. Email [email protected] with questions.

Blood drive: The American Red Cross will be doing a blood drive from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., May 8-11 in the MU basement. You can make online appointments here

Floor Monitor Training: Training for Floor Monitors and Building Managers on roles and responsibilities when evacuating their building. Training is the second Wednesday every month at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom Floor Monitor Training at:

Tribal Histories panel featuring Peter Hatch and Chris Bailey: 5:30 p.m., May 10, Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws. Also available as a hybrid event here: More information: [email protected].

Travel Talks — D-Day: Join the OSUAA Group Travel Program for a Travel Talk at 5:30 p.m., May 10 with Paul Wanke, senior instructor in the School of History, Philosophy and Religion, as he explores the history of D-Day and how the Allied invasion of Normandy, France, turned the tide of World War II. Register today at

Public Seed Library 'Growing a Vegetable Garden' Lecture Series: "Weather Wise Gardening: Understanding local microclimate, using weather forecasts and historical climate data in garden planning and decision-making" will be presented by local seed expert Mark Luterra from 6-7 p.m., May 10 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library's Meeting Room. Learn how to adapt your gardening practices to the weather at hand. Learn more at

The Secret War: Untold Stories:  Listen to a panel of speakers share their untold stories from “The Secret War” that occurred in Southeast Asia, and  explore the art collected by refugees as well s an interactive art piece  for participants. Dinner will be provided. 6-8 p.m., May 10, MU Horizon Room.

OSU Album Club: "Let It Be" by The Beatles. Hosted by Bob Santelli, Album Club is like a book club, only we listen to and discuss some of the greatest albums of all time. Join us at 7 p.m. May 10 in MU 206, or, register to participate via Zoom. Free, open to all.


NEW! Bring Your Kids to Campus Day: Registration is now open for the Family Resource Center’s Bring Your Kids to Campus Day, taking place May 12. OSU's 11th annual Bring Your Kids to Campus Day is designed to promote the value of a college education as well as share with our children the fun and exciting place where we are fortunate to work and study. Register now or visit the FRC website to learn more. Please direct any questions to [email protected].

NEW! Music à la Carte: OSU Chamber Strings will perform Beethoven’s Sextet, Op. 81b, the Mendelssohn String Quartet and more. Noon, May 12, in the Memorial Union Lounge. Free, open to all.

NEW! International Employee and Scholar Coffee Social: International employees, faculty, scholars, families and friends are invited to drop in between 10:30 a.m. and noon May 12 at the Einerson House, 2638 NW Jackson Ave., for conversation, coffee, tea and light snacks. Hosted by OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International, OSU Office of International Services and the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center. More information:

NEW! Oregon State Arthropod Collection open house: The OSU Department of Integrative Biology invites you to visit the newly renovated Oregon State Arthropod Collection, the largest insect collection in the Pacific Northwest. We will have spectacular insects and other arthropods on display showcasing the amazing biodiversity housed in the collection. Guided tours by museum staff will be available May 12 at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., in Cordley 2112A.

NEW! Nishihara Family Classroom: Join us in celebrating Janet Nishihara and the Nishihara family legacy from 3-5 p.m., May 12 in The Nishihara Family Classroom, second floor room 2024, Valley Library. The Nishihara siblings are third-generation Japanese-Americans and first-generation college students who grew up in Eastern Oregon. Several Nishihara siblings worked at the OSU Libraries as student workers and graduated from OSU. Janet Nishihara went on to become the director of the OSU Educational Opportunities Program. There will be ribbon-cutting, celebration and light snacks.

NEW! InclusiveExcellence@OSU 2023 Spring Showcase: If you are a faculty member who is curious about ways to incorporate inclusion and equity into your work with students, join us for this fun and interactive poster session celebrating our 2022-2023 IE@OSU Fellows. Food and beer/wine will be served. 4-7 p.m., May 12 in the Horizon Room, Memorial Union. RSVP here.

NEW! Pilipino Culture Night: "Ang Pangarap Ko." Isang Basang Pilipino’s culture show titled "Ang Pangarap Ko," which translates to “My Dream.” A night of dance performances, singing, skit and food showcasing Pilpino culture. 6-8 p.m., May 13, MU Ballroom.

NEW! TRY-athlon: Faculty Staff Fitness is holding the 10th Annual TRY-athlon event. This event is a team-building fundraiser that brings faculty and staff together to compete for individual event or power team winner. The event is June 14 and registration is now open. Grab your team and sign up to swim, run, walk or both.

NEW! NWREC open house: The North Willamette Research & Extension Center (NWREC) in Aurora Oregon is hosting a community open house 4-7 p.m., July 19. The public is invited for an up-close look at research and development at the center including berry-tasting, hay ride farm tours, farm equipment display and fresh farm veggies. NWREC is located at 15210 NE Miley Road, one mile east of I-5 and across the road from Charbonneau’s east entrance. For more information, contact NWREC at 503-678-1264.

Fidelity, TIAA, OSGP(Voya) on campus consultations: Fidelity, TIAA and OSGP(Voya) advisors are available at no cost to you as a part of your retirement plan. Fidelity representative Justin Blatny will be available on campus May 10-11 for one-on-one appointments. Register at or by emailing [email protected]. TIAA representative AJ Martinez, CFP, will be available on campus May 16-18 for one-on-one appointments. Register at or by emailing [email protected]. OSGP (Voya) representative Charles Yu will be available on campus May 26 and June 27 for one-on-one appointments. Register at or by emailing [email protected].

Michael Joseph O’Malley Scholarship Endowment and dedication: Join Mike’s friends and family in celebrating the first annual endowed scholarship and the dedication of an Irish rose planted in his name. College of Education, Furman Hall (in the courtyard), 200 SW 15th St. Event begins at 4:30 p.m. May 11. RSVP by May 9 to [email protected] or 541-737-1816.

Spring Bike Challenge, May 1-31, 2023, Corvallis Campus: May is National Bike Month. It’s not too late to celebrate by joining the annual Spring Bike Challenge. Teams ride in a friendly campus-wide competition to see who can bike the most days in May. The last day to register is May 12. You can find details and registration information on the Spring Bike Challenge webpage, or email [email protected] with questions. 

Bigleaf Maple Festival: Come try bigleaf maple syrup and learn how to tap at the Bigleaf Maple Festival in May. Oregon State University is hosting Oregon’s first ever Bigleaf Maple Festival at the 4-H Center in West Salem from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. May 13. Food, music and all things maple. Visit for details and tickets.

Historic campus tour: OSU is Corvallis' most recent historic district with more than 80 contributing structures and it’s the only Oregon campus listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Learn about the development of campus structures, and early Olmsted and Taylor campus plans, quads and viewsheds. The tour takes place 2-4 p.m. May 14 on the south side of Community Hall. Participants must RSVP as it is limited to 25 participants. RSVP at [email protected].

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Spring Concert: Featuring Strauss: "An Alpine Symphony" and performances from OSU student soloists. Final concert conducted by Marlan Carlson who will be retiring after this year. 7:30 p.m., May 16, at The LaSells Stewart Center. $35 online, $40 at the door. Complimentary K-8 student tickets available online; up to three K-8 tickets can be reserved with one paid adult ticket. Show student ID at door. High school and college students may pick up complimentary tickets at the box office one hour prior to concert. Tickets and more information at

Fisheries and Wildlife reunion: Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences invites you to join us for our Alumni and Friends Reunion Weekend, May 19-21. Join us as we celebrate 88 years of influential and amazing work in conservation biology and fish and wildlife resource management. See the full schedule and register here: You can also connect remotely via Zoom for the Big Idea Brunch on Sunday. Contact Amanda Polley ([email protected]) for the link.

The 44th Annual Klatowa Ina Pow-Wow: Join us on Saturday, May 20, at Gill Coliseum, for a free community event celebrating Indigenous culture and heritage, presented by the Native American Student Association and Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws in collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs and university partners. Doors open at noon. Grand entry is at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Enjoy Indigenous performers' vibrant and colorful display of traditional dance, music and singing, plus a bustling marketplace offering authentic Native American crafts. 

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! ElderCare Connections: Come hear from Chris Eilers, older adult behavioral health specialist with Lane County’s Oregon Behavioral Health Initiative, regarding “Anxiety and Depression: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment” from noon to 1 p.m. May 11 via Zoom. There will also be an opportunity for informal conversation from 11:30 a.m. to noon for OSU students/employees who are providing care and support for elderly family members. Zoom link: Questions? Email, Kristi King, [email protected].

NEW! WIC Workshop: In this talk, held at noon May 12 via Zoom, we will explore the trauma-informed classroom and demonstrate how educators can use lessons from superheroes to help with student retention and engagement. We will create a menu of options based on your classroom needs, demographic and discipline. Register here. 

NEW! College of Public Health and Human Sciences research seminar: “Ending homelessness: Housing and health care intersections,” will be presented by Marissa Zapata, Portland State University, from 1-2 p.m. May 12, in HFC 115 or via Zoom. Learn more, see all spring seminars and watch past seminars on the college’s website.

NEW! State Broadband Planning Discussion with the PublicBroadband is a foundational service that can open doors for health, economic opportunity, education, social engagement and more. The Oregon Broadband Office wants to hear about your access and experience with broadband as they write the state’s first broadband plan which will be the foundation for $350-$500+ million of federal funding to flow into the state. Inform the plan so money goes where it’s needed. 1-2 p.m., May 18. Register

NEW! 2023 University Distinguished Professor lectures: Join the OSU community on May 24 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room for lectures by 2023 University Distinguished Professors, Emily Ho (3:30-5 p.m.) and Yanyun Zhao (8:30-10 a.m.). Advanced registration is encouraged. All are welcome. A reception celebrating Ho and Zhao will be held at 5 p.m. in the MU Lounge.

NEW! Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for the Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 courses and register here. There is a $100 fee to attend this workshop.

NEW! Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: Managers and supervisors at OSU play a key role in enabling employees to do their best work. The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State University managers, supervisors and lead workers. At the end of this course, learners will have a solid understanding about the principles and policies that apply to our employees; know how to navigate within the space of talent management activities; recognize when, and how, to provide equal opportunity and access to employees; and be familiar with the OSU resources and responsibilities relating to employee health, safety and well-being. Summer 2023 program: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:15 to noon, Aug.15-24, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

Native Perspectives within OSU: The Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences and the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences is hosting a panel discussion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 11 at the Learning Innovation Center 128. Panelists include Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws Director Agleska Cohen-Rencountre, Native American and Indigenous Student Success Coordinator Christy Jones, Assistant Professor Gerrard Jones, Senior Associate for Social Justice Learning and Engagement Jane Waite, and Assistant Professor Lu Whitebear. Assistant Professor Samantha Chisholm Hatfield will moderate the discussion. Zoom link:

Faculty Drop-in Discussion: "The Impact of Generative AI on Education." Curious about ChatGPT? Join CTL and UIT-Academic Technologies in conversations around ChatGPT and generative AI. Bring your questions and ideas as we explore together. 11-11:45 a.m., May 11 on Zoom (OSU login required). Check out the CTL events calendar to see more drop-in sessions. Questions? ⁠Contact CTL.

HMSC research seminar: Susan Haig and Dan Roby with the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences at OSU will be giving a seminar titled “Translating Research to Policymakers: Launch of the Handbook of Western Hemisphere Avian Conservation Series,” 3:30 p.m., May 11 HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology spring seminar series: “Linus Pauling Institute – Discovering how to live better longer through foods and nutrition” presented by Emily Ho of the Linus Pauling Institute, 4 p.m., May 11, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP seminar website.

Ideas Matter lecture series: "Engineering Community: Experiments in Peace Literacy." Professor Shari Clough in a conversation with engineer Devlin Monfort. 5-7 p.m., May 11, at The Bière Library, 151 NW Monroe Ave., Suite 102, Corvallis. Free, open to all. Presented by the School of History, Philosophy and Religion.

Ken van Holde symposium and celebration: University Distinguished Professor Kensai E. van Holde will be commemorated in a day-long symposium May 13 at the Linus Pauling Science Center. Van Holde died in 2019. He joined the brand-new Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in 1967. For more information on van Holde or the symposium, email [email protected].

National Science Foundation leader discusses engineering careers: You have completed the requirements for your B.S. in engineering. Now what? Please join us for pizza and a discussion with Ron Joslin, a leader from the NSF. This is a great opportunity to discuss all aspects of your future plans, even if you are not sure what they are. Noon to 1 p.m., May 16, Rogers Hall 226. To register:

State of Black Affairs Summit: The second annual State of Black Affairs Summit invites community leaders from across Oregon to gather, share and learn from 9-6 p.m., May 25 at the OSU Portland Center and virtually. The one-day summit centers the Black community in topics such as hiring negotiation, rural education, public health, public safety, allyship, activism and entrepreneurship. Hosted by the OSU President’s Commission on the Status of Black Faculty & Staff Affairs and the Portland Center. For information, email [email protected]. In-person registration: $100 until May 18. Virtual registration: $75 until May 23. Information & registration:

Changemakers: A Conversation with Amber Coyne. Join CPHHS graduate Amber Coyne, MPH ’15, 5:30-6:30 p.m., June 1 to learn about how her roots in public health and special interests in LGBTQ+ health equity, harm reduction and language justice propel her to find innovative ways to address public health risks and keep our most vulnerable populations safe. Register at  

Gerontology conference: The 47th annual OSU Gerontology Conference will be held on Friday, June 2 at CH2M HILL Alumni Center. The conference provides contemporary and applicable gerontological education from a variety of disciplines and perspectives across the nation and world. There are 15 speakers this year and the keynote speakers are Rawle Andrews Jr., executive director of the American Psychiatric Association, who will discuss mental health; and Larry S. Sherman, OHSU, who will discuss music and the aging brain. CEUs are available. Learn more and register at

First annual OSU Engagement conference: Save the date for this inaugural Engagement conference Sept. 5-6, to be held at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. This event is developed to increase awareness of engagement and engaged scholarship efforts across the university, while providing opportunities for recognition, learning, networking and idea generation. More information will be available at closer to the date. Hosted by the Office of the Provost and the Division of Extension  Engagement. Contact Marina Denny to discuss being a presenter at this year’s conference.

Take Note

NEW! Volunteers Needed for the Great Move Out: Each year, OSU has the opportunity to collect items no longer needed from students moving out and redistributing them to nonprofits in our community. And your help is needed. Volunteers are needed to assist with picking up and sorting donations during a variety of shift times between 8 a.m.-9 p.m., June 13-21. Details and sign-up here.

Online learning podcast: Tune in to the new podcast, “Going Online with Oregon State University Ecampus,” which highlights support resources and tools for online learners everywhere. Topics include academic advising, connecting with faculty, success coaching and answers to common questions about the online learning experience. 

Robotic Sound research study: The Oregon State University Department of Mechanical Engineering is conducting a research study to better understand how people interact with robots that sound different. The study lasts for about 45 minutes. The full study title is “Evaluating Sonification for Interactive Robots” and the principal investigator is Prof. Naomi Fitter. Please contact Nnamdi Nwagwu at [email protected] to sign up.

Diversity research publications: Submit diversity research publications and RSVP for the OSU Diversity Research Reception. Noon to 1 p.m. May 17, MU Horizon Room; and Cascades (streaming) Obsidian Hall, 207. Submit publication and RSVP here. The reception will highlight and celebrate the contributions of OSU researchers advancing equity through scholarship and engagement, and provide a forum for sharing ideas, making connections and building collaborations for future research. Food and refreshments will be served at the Corvallis and Cascades campuses.

UHR Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2022: Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy or research you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff – presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours in length; it’s up to you. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] with any questions.


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NEW! Senior Financial Analyst: The office of Budget and Resource Planning invites applications to our Senior Financial Analyst position. This is a F/T, 12-month, professional faculty position that is integral to our unit which develops and implements policies and procedures to help ensure the efficacy and integrity of resource allocations, budget planning and resource management of the University. Posting #P06839UF. Closes May 15.


“Too much joy, I swear, is lost in our desperation to keep it.” ~ Ocean Vuong

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 71, low of 45. Mostly sunny tomorrow. 

Central Oregon: Chance of showers today, high of 64, low of 43. Mostly sunny Thursday.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 60, low of 45. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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