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:

Not too wet to burn (Hakai Magazine)

And if the moist forest stays put, it is holding onto carbon. According to a study led by Beverly Law at Oregon State University, the Pacific Northwest possesses “some of the highest carbon density forests in the world, which can store carbon in trees for 800 years or more.” 

This 50,000-year old block of ice reveals the true state of CO2 levels now (Atlas)

This is the bold approach taken in a new study from Oregon State University (OSU) and University of St Andrews scientists, who, working with the US National Science Foundation, have unlocked a 50,000-year timeline of atmospheric carbon dioxide – thanks to tiny bubbles trapped in Antarctic ice, frozen in time miles below the Earth's surface. (see also ENNMSNIFL Science)

Researchers surprised to find several rare blue whales during expedition: 'These are positive steps toward their conservation" (The Cool Down)

Jeremy Kiszka, an associate professor of biological sciences at Florida International University, summarized the trip for The Conversation. Along with Kathleen Stafford, an associate professor at Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute, and with help from the University of Seychelles and Oceanic Films, the group made two trips to the Seychelles archipelago off the coast of east Africa between 2020 and 2021.

OSU dairy specialist on Oregon dairy industry precautions against bird flu in cattle (Think Out Loud)

Jenifer Cruickshank is an assistant professor and dairy extension specialist at Oregon State University in Corvallis. She joins us to tell us everything we need to know about bird flu in dairy cattle.

Oregon State University irrigation specialist highlights technology at Washington State University Spanish-language field day (Good Fruit Grower)

Irrigation specialist Maria Zamora Re has been at Oregon State University for three years but made her first public presentation specifically to the tree fruit industry on May 8 at a Washington State University field day near Prosser. 

A new hybrid non-native beach grass is spreading fast and hampering efforts to restore ocean dunes (Yachats News)

The study was conducted by Oregon State University researchers, who led a large-scale survey along the Oregon and Washington coasts, finding nearly 300 individual hybrids of European and American beach grass.

After their annual party at Lake Shasta, here's what Oregon college students left behind (Record Searchlight)

She said the U.S. Forest service officials "would like to give a big shout out to the Oregon State Beaver students who took the time to clean up and set a great example to all who visit Shasta Lake."

OSU-Cascades to showcase a wide range of undergraduate research at upcoming annual symposium (KTVZ)

More than 80 undergraduate students from 12 degree programs at Oregon State University – Cascades will exhibit and talk about their research projects during the 11th Annual Research and Scholarship Symposium on Wednesday, May 22.

Oregon State to talk biosecurity with 500 ranchers (Farm Progress)

The goal of a new project led by Oregon State University Extension Service is to create a fast-acting information network among Cooperative Extension agents and veterinarians in the departments of agriculture in three western states – Oregon, California and Idaho – to prepare for foreign diseases such as foot-and-mouth.

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Annual pow-wow: The 45th Annual łatwa ina Pow-Wow takes place Saturday, May 18. This free community event features Indigenous dancers, singers and a marketplace, plus affordable fry bread. Grand entry at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Doors open at noon. Photo by Alteza Films. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Wondering how generative AI may influence teaching, learning and many other aspects of OSU’s mission? The AI@OSU Advisory Group and AI@OSU Coordinating Team invite OSU employees and students to register to participate in AI Zoom town halls during the week of May 20.


Help Session for Summer Academic Wage processing: Every 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:

PFLA Zoom event: "College of Health Reorganization," presented by Laurel Kincl, professor and associate dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs. 11 a.m. to noon, May 15. Learn more about the reorganization that resulted in the new OSU College of Health. Register for the event or follow us on social media via

Offshore Religion: Considering Religion from the Perspective of the Ocean. Scholarship on religion, like historical, sociological, literary, cultural and most other humanistic and social scientific scholarship, has been predominantly terracentric. Richard J. Callahan, Jr., a fellow in Yale University’s Material and Visual Cultures of Religion program, will explore the study of religion offshore and pay particular attention to the 19th century American whaling industry, and Indigenous whaling practices. 3 p.m. May 15 in MU Room 208; free and open to all.

Water Resources Science Seminar Series: "The Lookout Point Project and Upper Willamette Chinook Salmon: A case study of a wicked problem in resource management," presented by Dalton Hance with USGS from 4-5 p.m. May 15 in Burt Hall 193 or on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

Making the Unseen Visible: Science and the Contested Histories of Radiation Exposure. Join professor of history Jacob Hamblin and history senior instructor Linda Richards for a conversation on their new book, "Making the Unseen Visible: Science and the Contested Histories of Radiation Exposure." Hamblin and Richards will also engage participants with original primary sources on radiation exposure from the nuclear history collections in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center of the Valley Library. 4 p.m., May 15 in the Valley Library, fifth floor, Special Collections Archives and Records Center. 

Celebrating Diversity in Teaching career webcast: Make valuable connections with passionate educators who are creating inclusive and equitable learning environments for students. Hear from a panel of respected regional educators who will share their experiences at a free, interactive Ask Alumni webcast. 4:30 p.m., May 15. Presented by the OSU Alumni Association and the College of Education. Register. 


NEW! University Legislative Scholars Information Session: Learn more about the University Legislative Scholars (ULS) Program at 4 p.m., May 16 in Bexell 417 or Zoom. ULS is a year-long experiential learning program that enables students to engage in current public policy issues while also increasing student advocacy in the Oregon legislative process. Scholarships are available. Contact Christopher Stout with questions ([email protected]).

NEW! Honoring women in the military: The Holcomb Center (formerly Military and Veteran Resources Center) will be hosting an event to honor women in the military at 5 p.m., May 16 in Snell 150. All students, faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend and hear the shared experiences and stories of our women veterans and military-connected community.

NEW! Philosophy Club General Meeting: Join the conversation on "The Philosophy of Leisure," 6-7:30 p.m., May 16 in MU Room 213 (Pan-Afrikan Sankofa Room). All are welcome — including those who have no prior experience with philosophy and faculty members — to contemplate the value of free time, our good lives and the qualities of good leisure.

NEW! HC Student Lightning Talks: Join HC students as they present their research as 3-5 minute lightning talks. Dive into a diverse array of topics and participate in Q&A sessions. 10-11:30 a.m., May 17, LInC 368.

NEW! Honors College Spring Thesis Poster Displays: Join HC students as they present their research posters on the third floor of the LInC. Research from all campus colleges will be showcased. Discover the exciting topics HC students have been researching: 1-3 p.m., May 17, third floor LInC hallways. Free admission.

NEW! OSUsed Store Surplus Farm Sale: The OSUsed Store is putting on its first-ever Farm Sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., May 18 at the OSU Vegetable Research Farm (34306 NE Electric Rd in Corvallis). Items for sale may include, but are not limited to: various garden tools, power tools, cabinets, miscellaneous agricultural equipment and technology and more. Larger equipment will have sealed bids. The bidding will close at 1 p.m., and items must be paid for before 3 p.m. (end of the sale). You will be able to pick up your purchased equipment Monday, May 20 through Friday, May 24 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

NEW! Walk for Water: This Saturday, May 18, join the OSU Hydrophiles Club at the Walk for Water to promote development of a new well in the Corvallis Sister City of Gondar, Ethiopia. The event runs from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds. More information and registration here:

NEW! PRISMxKBVR-FM Record Painting: Need to unwind? Like to paint? Want some new decor? Join PRISM and KBVR-FM for record painting from noon to 3 p.m., May 31 in the SEC plaza. We will provide all the supplies as well as refreshments. Hope to see you there.

Innovation Demo Day: Join the OSU Advantage Accelerator for our Innovation Demo Day from 5-8 p.m., May 16 at the LaSells Stewart Center. Listen to cutting-edge company pitches, delve into the future of AI with our expert panel and take advantage of networking opportunities over refreshments. Admission is free, but registration is required. Don't miss this chance to connect, learn, and be inspired. Learn more here.

Dance celebration: Take time to let go, cut loose and honor your movement expression in a welcoming space. We will move to engaging music and close with a meditative cool down. Gently facilitated by Julie Masters from 6:30-7:45 p.m., May 16 at Marigold. Purchase class passes and register here. Contact: [email protected].

OSU Wind Symphony: The School of Visual, Performing, and Design Arts Presents the Oregon State University WindSymphony 7 p.m. May 16 in Detrick Hall at PRAx. The OSU WindSymphony is an auditioned group in the music department at Oregon State University. It comprises undergraduate students and is open to students of any major. Tickets $10; students $5. Tickets here.

Public Seed Library — Vegetable Garden Plant Clinic: Come learn how to harden off your greenhouse starts, get your vegetable garden set up for a successful harvest, explore warm season crops, herbs and flower varieties and take home free seeds. Benton County Master Gardeners can help you plan your garden and answer your questions. 9:30 a.m. to noon, May 18 at the Public Seed Library in the Corvallis Library's historic Belluschi wing. Sponsored by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

45th Annual łatwa ina Pow-Wow: OSU’s Native American Student Association and university partners present the 45th Annual łatwa ina Pow-Wow on May 18. This free community event features Indigenous dancers, singers and a marketplace, plus affordable fry bread. Grand entry at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Doors open at noon.

Soundbox 7 Pulse: Improvising Collective Future(s): This year, Soundbox 7 features works, live performances, emergent art(s) and improvisational practices that embody DIY approaches, offer real-time solutions and utilize improvisation as a vital tool for addressing pressing global issues identified by the United Nations, including environmental and global health, gender equality, humanitarianism and technology and innovation. May 19-21 in MU 109; free and open to all.

PRAx Album Club: The Band. It’s like a book club, only we listen to and discuss the greatest rock and pop albums of all time. Hosted by Bob Santelli. 7 p.m., May 22, in person at PRAx or remotely on Zoom. Free and open to all.

PRAx art integration fellowship presents Confluences II: "Confluences II" is a showcase of interdisciplinary projects developed by PRAx Student Fellows of 2023-24 at Oregon State University. The projects will be presented in various mediums at four venues on campus and in downtown Corvallis throughout May and June.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Learn about START for 2024: Join us for a broad overview of what START will be like for 2024, including structures, dates and new offerings. Register here for Friday’s session at 10 a.m. via Zoom. If you’re unable to attend, we’ll record it and post it on our internal site the following week. 

NEW! College of Health research seminar: “Veterinary public health in Oregon” will be presented by State Veterinarian Ryan Scholz, Oregon Department of Agriculture, from 1-2 p.m. May 17, in HFC 115 and via Zoom. Co-sponsored by the COH’s epidemiology program. Watch recordings of COH research seminars on the college’s website.

NEW! Firewise Landscaping Basics webinar: Celebrate wildfire awareness month with us. Save your seat and register for the free webinar "Firewise Landscape Basics" with Amy Jo Detweiler, OSU Extension horticulturalist, from noon to 1 p.m., May 22. You will learn about home ignition zones, fire-prone and fire-resistant plants, landscape design and maintenance and plant selection for attractive, firewise landscapes.

Spring Poster Symposium (SPS): Join us for Spring Poster Symposium (SPS) 2024 from 9 a.m. to noon, May 16 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. OSU faculty, staff, students and Corvallis community members are invited to attend this symposium that features undergraduate and high school student research posters. Registration is not required. For more information, visit or contact [email protected].

Feminist Academic Advising – Real StoriesHear from feminist academic advisors from across the U.S. and gain an understanding of how their feminism intersects with their advising practice. Panelists will discuss their own advising practice and the way their feminism informs the interactions they have with students. Noon, May 16 via Zoom; free and open to all. Register to attend here.

HMSC Research Seminar: Laura Gabel, a coastal field geologist with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries will be giving a seminar titled “Evaluating tsunami vertical evacuation in Seaside, Oregon,” 3:30 p.m., May 16, in person at the HMSC Carmen Ford Phillips Auditorium in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building or online. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 971 3707 8566. Click here for more information.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Spring Seminar Series: “Grass Seed and Hemp Pathology: Detection and Management of Viruses and Nematodes,” presented by Hannah Rivedal of USDA Forage Seed & Cereal Research Unit, 4 p.m., May 16, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website. No public recording will be available.

Phish Studies Conference: OSU and the Mockingbird Foundation are honored to host the second Phish Studies Conference featuring research presentations and community events about the improvisational rock band Phish, as well as its fans and culture. The conference will showcase a number of special events including community panels, an exhibition fair, a poster session, a Phishsonian pop-up museum exhibit, a pre-conference workshop for Phans for Racial Equity and GrooveSafe, and curated art exhibits. May 17 – 19 at LaSells Stewart Center. Register to attend.

Political science lecture: Gregory Leslie, political science, Ohio State University, will speak on “Permeable group boundaries: The unusual centrality of context among biracials.” Though one in 10 Americans are multiracial, contextual theories fail to account for individuals with multiple racial in-groups. Among biracials, context matters more — greater flexibility to interact as in-group members intensifies responsiveness to racial cues and endows exceptional latitude to adopt different groups’ preferences. Noon to 1 p.m., May 17, Bexell 415. There is also a Zoom option

Applied Economics seminar: Prof. Patrick Lloyd-Smith from the University of Saskatchewan will present "Putting Heterogeneity to Work to Improve the Representativeness of Stated Preference Survey Results," 2:30-4 p.m., May 17, Ballard Extension Hall Room 219; also available via Zoom. Additional details here

Indigenizing Education: Exploring the History of Indigenous Peoples and Education. Zoom seminar featuring keynote speaker Chance White Eyes, OSU director of Tribal Relations. Program includes panel discussion and overview of OSU services supporting Native students. Hosted by OSU's New Beginnings for Tribal Students (NBTS). 3-5 p.m., May 23. Register for free here. More information about NBTS is here.

CTL — Mutual Mentors Bootcamp: This two-hour workshop provides opportunities to learn and practice proven interpersonal skills, questioning techniques and structured conversational tools to use while mentoring others. 1-2:50 p.m., May 24, LINC 345. Register now.

2024 Berg Lecture: “Simple predictive rules in microbial community assembly: From the lab to the world’s oceans." Presented by Jeff Gore, physics of living systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from 5-6 p.m. May 28, at the LaSells Stewart Center. A reception hosted by the Department of Microbiology will follow from 6-7:30 p.m. Free and open to all. Register here.

Acceptance and Commitment Skills Training: This training provides a practical, values-oriented, skills-focused and research-based method to approach problems. Scott Mcfee will guide three weekend workshops, 2-5 p.m., July 14, 21, and 28. Open to all and held at Marigold; registration is open. $180 public; $160 educators. Scholarships are available for OSU undergraduates and graduate students. Contact us.

Take Note

NEW! Volunteers needed for the OSU Food Pantry: Volunteers are needed this term at the OSU Food Pantry Wednesdays 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Join the Basic Needs Center (BNC) team in helping the student community, packing produce bags and chatting with visitors. To get started, come by the BNC any time it’s open to complete paperwork (Mondays-Thursdays 8-6, Fridays 8-3). For questions, stop by 1030 SW Madison Ave., call 541-737-3747, or contact [email protected].

NEW! Get paid to try all sorts of foods: The Department of Food Science and Technology’s Center for Sensory & Consumer Behavior Research is seeking taste testers to participate in industry-sponsored consumer studies. Our facility is located on OSU’s Corvallis campus inside Wiegand Hall and staff, faculty, students and community members are invited to join our panelist pool. If interested in joining, fill out the brief survey available here and email [email protected] with questions.

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by the Office of University Human Resources that dives deep into the way that we solve problems together. This workshop helps people learn more about their own mindset, learn appreciation for how colleagues work, and together be able create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions.View upcoming workshops and enroll here.

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 Summer and Fall 2024 In-person and Zoom courses here.

KidSpirit registration: Do you have plans for your kiddos this summer? How about plans that include sports, arts, science, cooking and more? Register now for OSU’s KidSpirit Summer Day Camp. Spots are filling up fast. We are very excited to reintroduce swim lessons this year, as well as sewing camp. Gymnastics, cooking academy and leadership training make their return this year. For more information and to register, visit: OSU faculty, staff and students receive a discount.

Automated Driving System research: The School of Civil and Construction Engineering and the School of Psychological Science are seeking paid volunteers for research studies. The purpose of this research study is to make Automated Driving System (ADS) vehicles safer for pedestrians with disabilities.To participate in one of the studies, you must identify as having a visual, hearing, and/or mobility disability, and be at least 18 years old. Volunteers must commit 60 minutes to the research and will either wear a VR headset or a light-weight wearable device. To participate, contact Lena Breuer at [email protected] or call or text at 803-457-6630.

College of Engineering Oregon Stater Award Nominations: Nominations close Monday, May 20. The College of Engineering is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Oregon Stater Awards. These awards honor outstanding alumni for their contributions to the engineering profession and to Oregon State University. Awards will be given in three categories, determined by length of career and accomplishments: Engineering Hall of Fame, Academy of Distinguished Engineers and Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers. Submit your nominations today. The nomination deadline is May 20.

Class Pass Sale at The Marigold Center: Now through May 27, Marigold class packs will be on sale for educators and the public. Marigold offers a range of contemplative drop-in classes including gentle and flow yoga, quiet and mindfulness meditation and more. Student pricing for class packs will be extended to everyone and range from $15 (single) to $250 (20 passes). View the drop-in class schedule and purchase passes. Email: [email protected].

BEaver KIND notes: Inspiration from alumni. Do you remember the excitement of graduating from OSU? Is there a piece of advice you wish you’d received or encouraging words that would have eased your transition? The Class of 2024 is about to embark on this same journey and could benefit from your experiences. Help welcome these new graduates to a global community of 200,000+ Beaver alumni by submitting your note by May 13 at

No Surplus Pick-Ups: OSU Surplus will not be able to fulfill Surplus Pick-Up Requests from June 5-23 as we support campus move-out. We will resume pick-ups on June 24 and will be working hard to get through the backed-up requests. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2024 and Fall 2025: Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy, or research you want to share with the campus community? 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. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] for help.

Geoscience Club Yardwork Fundraiser: The Geoscience Club’s biggest tradition is an annual spring break trip. This year the club is providing miscellaneous yard-work as a fundraiser for next year’s trip (destination TBD). They have availability Friday-Sunday May 19-June 9 as well as finals week, June 10-14. Suggested donation of $15 an hour. Contact us at (503) 444-1084 or [email protected].


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NEW! Oregon State University — Cascades invites applications for a Science Laboratory Preparator. Full-time, nine-Month appointment. Posting #P04805CT. Full consideration May 23. Closes June 3.


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Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 78, low of 49. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 80, low of 49. Sunny tomorrow.

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