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.

OSU study: Removing dogs' tumors sharply cuts cancer recurrence (KTVZ)

The relative risk of a recurrence of cancer is reduced by 60% in dogs whose tumors are completely removed, a new analysis by Oregon State University researchers has found.

Cats on camera (Science)

Kristyn Vitale, a postdoc at Oregon State University in Corvallis, is one researcher studying cat cognition. At her laboratory and during home visits, she learns how cats react to pointing commands, frightful objects, and impossible tasks. Do they look to their owners for help, or acknowledge information that humans provide? Kristyn says they do.

Larson tapped for student affairs post at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Dan Larson has been named vice provost for student affairs at Oregon State University after filling the position in an interim capacity since September 2017, the university announced on Monday.

Salem water crisis: City spending $75 million to protect drinking water from toxic algae (Statesman Journal)

Officials also are spearheading a pilot project with Oregon State University researchers for an early warning system that uses machine learning to predict when toxins may be present. That system will be tested this year but not folded into formal response plans.

Commentary: Agricultural research key to Oregon economy (Capital Press)

Today, federal and public investments in food and agricultural science, competitively awarded to leading higher education institutions such as Oregon State University, are enabling the food and agricultural sector to work through obstacles to meet the global food supply and even mitigate the effects of climate change and other critical challenges.

No gefilte here, but there's plenty Jewish at the first academic conference on Phish (Forward)

Beginning Friday, May 17, Oregon State University will host the first ever academic conference on the jam band Phish, a rock quartet formed at Vermont’s Goddard College and known for its virtuosic improvisation, legendary concerts and devoted following. One of the panels will be devoted exclusively to Phish and the Jews.

OSU-Cascades, COCC leaders, economist discuss funding challenges (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson, Central Oregon Community College President Shirley Metcalf and Damon Runberg, an economist from the Oregon Employment Department who focuses on counties east of the Cascades, discussed the successes and difficulties surrounding modern higher education Tuesday afternoon at a City Club of Central Oregon forum.

Today's photo

A little rain shall fall: In this 1920 photo, rain floods lower campus. Last week's sunshine has disappeared and a forecast of showers is now stretching before us.


Duo Sign-Up Event: The Duo team will have walk-up events for employees to sign up for Duo, get questions answered, and obtain a token if needed. This is a drop in event, no registration needed. Signup takes less than five minutes.  There will be a signup event on Wednesday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to noon  in Austin Hall 200 For more information about Duo, see

Thesis Defense – Water Resources Graduate Program: Nicole Mehr, M.S., WRS. Wednesday, May 15, at 9 a.m. in ALS 4001. The title of her thesis is “Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow Through a Fracture.” Mehr is advised by John Selker of BEE. 

Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): “Genome analysis of off-target CRISPR mutagenesis in poplar and eucalypts, i.e., Damage control: how often does gene editing happen in the wrong place?” Greg Goralogia (Steve Strauss Lab), Wednesday, May 15, at noon in ALS 3006. BUG consists of life scientists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, statisticians, and researchers of all types who meet to discuss topics related to these fields of study. Meetings are generally informal, consisting of discussions, interactive talks, or short workshops. All are welcome. No experience needed to participate. For additional information, see

CGRB seminar series: Join the CGRB community Wednesday May 15 at 3 p.m. in the Agricultural & Life Sciences Building, Room 4001, for an event in its seminar series. Lucia Carbone will present “LAVA flow and genomic earthquakes: Gibbons have it all!” Refreshments and discussion afterward. 

WRGP Water Resources Science Spring Seminar Series. Allen Gellis, U.S. Geological Survey, Baltimore, will present “Space, Time, and Sediment” on Wednesday, May 15, from 4-5 p.m. in BEXL 328. Free and open to the public.

Island Soldier: The Micronesian Islander community will host the “Island Soldier” movie event at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center. The event will begin with a movie screening of the documentary, “Island Soldier,” directed by Nathan Fitch. The documentary highlights the experiences and untold stories of Micronesian soldiers. After the film, there will be a panel of Micronesian soldiers answering questions. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 15, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  

Spring Repair Fair: May 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the OSUsed Store. Bring your broken items and volunteers will help you learn how to repair your belongings; attend demos to learn more skills.


NEW! Music a la Carte: OSU Chamber Orchestra. Friday, May 17, at noon. Memorial Union Lounge, free.

NEW! College of Engineering 2019 Undergraduate Expo: See more than 270 student projects that use science and technology to take on some of the world’s biggest problems. These projects demonstrate the depth and breadth of engineering talent and ingenuity among our senior class. Come and be amazed. Friday, May 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information,  

NEW! 21st Annual Salmon Bake: Join us on May 17 at noon at the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws for this free community event that celebrates the Indigenous salmon culture of the Pacific Northwest. Guests are welcome to start lining up by the rear entrance of the NAL Eena Haws gathering hall as early as they would like. The event is free and open to the public. Our menu includes: Salmon cooked over open fire, roasted red potatoes, cornbread, blueberry wojapi, kale salad (all of our menu items are dairy free and gluten free. Other than salmon, this is also a vegan friendly menu). For more information visit, or sign up to volunteer at

NEW! Beavers Belong Support Network Kickoff: The Beavers Belong Support Network empowers Oregon State University students to create an inclusive community and support each other’s identity, mental well-being, and day-to-day lives through peer-facilitated groups and regular community events. Attend our upcoming kickoff event on Friday, May 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in MU 109. Meet the leaders, directors, and enjoy free food.

NEW! The Visiting Writers Series: Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press, 2010), and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury, 2017). Abandon Me was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist, a Publishing Triangle Award finalist, an Indie Next Pick, and widely named a Best Book of 2017. Febos will be reading at The Valley Library rotunda May 17 at 7:30 p.m.

NEW!  Indigenous comedy: The Native American Longhouse Eena Haws and the Division of Student Affairs invite you to an evening with Indigenous Comedy group, the 1491's, where laughter is healing and “Indian humor” is centered. This event is free and open to the public on May 17, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

NEW! Powwow: Native American Student Association & Native American Longhouse Eena Haws present the 43rd annual Klatowa Eena Powwow at Oregon State University on May 18 at Gill Coliseum. ALL are welcome to take part in this free event that brings people together to celebrate Native American culture through dancing, singing, and community. Doors open at noon with Grand Entries at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

UPDATED! SEIU Classified Staff Rally for Funding OSU and Our Contract: We will rally to support funding for our contract and OSU on May 20, joining workers across the state rallying for our contracts. From OSU we will have free transportation. Take off now, working with your supervisor, so you can join us. All who support more funding for higher education including all employees, friends, family, allies and students are welcome to join. The bus(es) will leave the Office Max parking lot, 1836 N.W. 9th St., Corvallis at 10:15 a.m. Lunch will be served in Salem, and the bus will leave Salem at 2:30 pm. Buses are also available for pick-up in Albany, Eugene, Bend and throughout the state. To attend, register here:  For more information contact SEIU Campus Organizer Siobhan Burke at or 630-699-0281.  

Scott Reed retirement: Scott Reed will retire from OSU in late July after 28 years of service. Celebrate his many accomplishments and contributions at the campus-wide farewell reception on May 16, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Memorial Union lounge.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 S.W. 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

Day of Caring: This year, the Center for Civic Engagement invites everyone in the community to join us on Saturday, May 18, for our annual Day of Caring. Oregon State students, staff, faculty, and their children/dependents are invited to participate in this event and celebration. Join us on our last day of service of the school year, to participate in a project with either Corvallis Parks and Recreation, Grand Oaks Club House, SAGE, Benton Habitat for Humanity or Jackson Street Youth Services. Registration Link:

Hopkins Demonstration Forest: The public is invited to take a walk on the wild side at the Hopkins Demonstration Forest in Beavercreek, just 15 miles south of Oregon City. On May 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., two wildlife experts will lead the tour through the 140-acre demonstration forest, teeming with wildlife and spring growth. This event is free, but space is limited. Register online. 

Spring Campus Ramble: Take a relaxing nature walk through the OSU campus. We'll stop at varied sites on the 2-mile walk to each quietly respond to our surroundings through writing and/or photography. Sunday, May 19, 9 a.m. to noon. Free and open to everyone. Sponsored by the Spring Creek Project. Learn more and register here.   

Faculty Conversation with President Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring a small group conversation with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional) during spring term. The conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member, and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the president to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. If you wish to participate in the May 23 session from 10 to 11:30 a.m,, complete the registration form at Session requests will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sigma Xi Science Social: Join Sigma Xi's Oregon State University Chapter for a free, no-host informal social/meet-up Thursday, May 23, at 5 p.m. at McMenamin's on Monroe (likely upstairs), across from the OSU campus. Non-member guests are welcome to attend, especially if they are involved in science. RSVP to to provide a head count and to receive event updates.

The Oregon State International Film Festival: The Oregon State International Film Festival returns this spring as a pop-up festival. On four Saturdays in a row in May and June, we will bring you short and feature-length films from around the world. All films will be screened at the Darkside Cinema in downtown Corvallis, presented by the School of Language, Culture and Society and the School of Writing, Literature and Film in the College of Liberal Arts. More details and the line-up are under and on the website of the Darkside Cinema. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Box Office.

Spring Bike Challenge: May 1-31 (National Bike Month).  Transportation Services welcomes all OSU students, staff, and faculty to participate in our second annual Spring Bike Challenge. Join a team and ride your bike to campus during the month of May.  Check out the great prizes for winning teams in this friendly Corvallis campus competition. Visit to learn how to register.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Phish Studies Conference at Oregon State University. First-ever academic conference devoted to the music, fans, and culture of the improvisational rock band Phish. The three-day event will take place on May 17-19, in OSU’s Memorial Union. A wide variety of disciplinary approaches will be represented, featuring scholars from across the country. Registration is required. Visit the conference website for registration, schedule, and event details:

NEW! “Healing the Symptoms: Recovery and Access" Phish Studies Conference panel session, sponsored by OSUDN ASL interpretation will be provided. Additional accessibility information available via the conference website.This conference panel is open to the OSUDN community. RSVP via email to All other conference events require registration via the conference online portal. 9-10:30 a.m. MU Horizon. John Boatner, “Addressing Addiction within the Phish Community Through the Phellowship”; Ross Brillhart, “Hearing Recovery: The Potentiality of Sonic Experience and Affinity for Health”; Joel Gershon, “‘Inside This Silent Scene, All Are Free’: An Assessment of Accessibility Issues Facing Deaf/Hard of Hearing (HoH) Fans at Phish Concerts.”

NEW! Biochemistry and Biophysics 3rd year Student Seminar: Elise Van Fossen, third-year graduate student in the Biochemistry & Biophysics Department, will present "Monitoring the lifetime of nitrotyrosine in living systems" on Friday, May 17, at 3 p.m. in ALS 4001. 

NEW! Oregon Climate Change Research Institute’s 10th Anniversary Symposium: Join OCCRI on May 20 for this free event to celebrate the past, present, and future of climate change research in Oregon. Beginning at 1 p.m, this event will be held in Memorial Union 13 at OSU, and will feature keynote speakers and panel discussions. RSVP:

Dr. McDougall's Cure for Chronic Disease with a Starch-Based Diet: John McDougall is a physician, author and advocate of a low-fat, whole-foods vegan diet for preventing degenerative diseases. Come join us for a plant-based meal, presentation, and discussion with McDougall. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. and talk at 6 p.m. on May 16 at Cascade Hall 136.

SCORE Symposium: Oregon NASA Space Grant invites you to attend the 2019 SCORE Symposium, Friday, May 17, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m at LaSells Stewart Center. Students awarded the STEM Community College Opportunity for Research Experience, SCORE awards, will present presentations and posters about their research projects. Keynote address by Jack Higginbotham, Oregon NASA Space Grant Director: Nuclear Space Power: Past, Present, Future. Event is free and open to the public. For more information go to

Mentor Collective Lunch & Learn: OSU’s College of Business has been partnering with Mentor Collective to support its peer and alumni mentoring initiative. Mentor Collective will be on campus to share learning from both this program and mentorship initiatives from universities nationwide. Learn more at a catered lunch on May 21 from noon to 1 p.m. in Austin Hall 126. RSVP HERE.

Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 24. Preregistration required: Space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

From Wolves to the Warning to Humanity: Facing the Environmental Crisis through Science: The topic is the “Scientists’ Second Warning to Humanity” and  William Ripple, a distinguished professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, will share how society might face the environmental crisis through science. May 30, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. reception, talk begins at 7 p.m., The Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland. ​Admission is free; register at

Science on Tap in Beaverton: OSU Extension and Alumni Association present an evening with visiting Egyptologist and archeologist Hassan Latif, a Cairo native. His presentation is titled “Secrets to the afterlife – decoding Egyptian tombs, language and culture” held at the Golden Valley Brewery in Beaverton on Thursday, May 30. Latif has 30 years of experience guiding visitors, lecturing and tutoring around Egypt. He spent a year working on an excavation site of a pre-dynastic location south of Cairo and two years as a curator at the Egyptian Museum. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the talk scheduled for 6 p.m. Registration is required. Seating is limited.

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:

Take Note

NEW! The Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center (HRWGC) invites nominations for annual awards celebration: There are three award categories; Women of Achievement, AYA award, and Student Leader award.  Learn about each award and submit a nomination here.  We invite you to not only consider submitting a nomination but hope that you will plan to join us at year’s event on Thursday, June 6, from 3-5 p.m. at the HRWGC. 

Fall 2019 On-campus Housing Move-In, Volunteer Opportunity, and Early Arrival: Fall 2019 move-in for the residence halls will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22, and you can find more information on our website: Volunteer opportunities to assist with move in day are available for OSU faculty, staff, and students. OSU departments and programs that require students to arrive prior to Sunday, Sept. 22, for orientations or trainings must complete an Early Arrival Request for their group, which will be available in early July. If you have questions, contact

Banner nominations sought: Know someone who embodies the OSU brand, someone who is collaborative, innovative, welcoming or works with gritty determination? Nominate people to be featured on the lamppost banners seen across campus. Open to all faculty, staff and students. Submit nominations no later than Friday, May 17. For more information, contact

NW High School Cyber Camp 2019: Interested in learning more about the exciting field of cybersecurity? Join us for five days to know more about how computers work, cyber threats, cybersecurity principles, cyber ethics, basic Windows security policies and tools, Ubuntu terminology and concepts, basic command line security and more. This camp is a part of the NW Cyber Camp happening simultaneously across multiple locations in Oregon. For students entering grades 9-12 in the fall. July 15-19. Scholarships available. For more information:

Dam Jamboree: The Dam Jamboree is an end-of-the-year celebration to highlight student accomplishments over the past year, featuring student performances and OSU Club and Organization award winners announcements. OSU departments are welcome to apply to table at this event (space is limited) and if selected, should facilitate an activity to engage students. Friday, May 31, from 3 to 7 p.m. in Parker Plaza before the Dam Jam concert. If you’re interested, apply here. The application is due by May 15 at 11:59 p.m.  Questions? Contact

Campus Directions: Learn more from University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations about how Oregon State's campuses are improving every day.  Read the latest issue of Campus Directions to learn more about the soon-to-come A.A. "Red" Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory, how prepping by Facilities Services spared campus from spring flooding, the next planned power outage and more. Interested in keeping up with projects on campus? Subscribe to our newsletter.

Volunteer opportunity for Summer 2019 – New International Students Orientation Week: Engage with new international students and help welcome the new Beavers from around the world during Summer 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 Spring 2019 training day): June 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at ILLC 345. Volunteering dates: New students move-in day: June 17. Orientation week: June 18-21. Different volunteer shifts available to fit your schedule. For more information or questions, contact Carla Portugal at or go to our website.

Presidential Search Process - share your input by May 20: The OSU Board of Trustees invites members of the university community to provide their thoughts about the qualities and characteristics desired in a new university president and insights regarding key challenges and opportunities OSU may face over the next decade. Online feedback may be provided until May 20: Confidential input gathered will inform a presidential leadership profile, which will serve as the basis by which a presidential search committee recruits and identifies potential candidates. Further information about the process, including a timeline and FAQs, is available at

Grads Give Back: Donate Your Gown to the Next Graduate: Are you graduating and walking in commencement? Give your gown after the ceremony. You can help another student who may not be able to participate in commencement otherwise while keeping your cap and cords as a memento. Gowns can be donated at staffed stations outside Reser Stadium right after commencement or at the main entrance to the Valley Library, after commencement through the following Monday (June 15-17). For questions, see

Volunteers Needed for the Great Move Out: This year OSU will once again work both on-campus and off-campus with the Corvallis community to collect reusable goods from students during The Great Move Out! Volunteers are needed to staff the events, assisting with receiving and sorting donations. Volunteers are needed for the off-campus event on June 14; details and sign-up here. Volunteers are needed for the residence hall program June 10-19; details and sign-up hereMore information here.

Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical SciencesThe program provides funding to young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. The grant level is $300,000 - $75,000 per year for a four-year period. For the 2020 award, one nomination will be invited from each of the participating institutions. The internal deadline for submitting a letter of recommendation for a nominee is Monday, May 20.

Traffic & Maintenance 

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 Services at 541-737-2969.


"Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist—the only thing he’s good for—is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to be irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning." ~ author Katherine Anne Porter, who was born today in 1890.

Corvallis: Rain likely today, high of 63, low of 50. Showers likely tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Showers likely today, high of 59, low of 43. Showers likely again tomorrow.

Newport: Rain likely today, high of 59, low of 41. Showers likely tomorrow.

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