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.

Is modern life poisoning me? I took tests to find out (The Guardian)

After a few weeks, Kim Anderson, who developed the wristband for chemical testing at Oregon State University that Wright told me about, sends me a thick resealable plastic bag with a Livestrong-style bracelet.

'Extreme draining' of Oregon reservoir eliminates invasive species, helps endangered salmon (Oregonian)

Letting a river return to its natural course, even if only for a brief period, has other benefits, too. Invasive species disappear and endangered species, like the imperiled salmon of the Willamette River basin, get an extra boost. That’s according to a group of researchers at Oregon State University, who published their findings Tuesday in the journal Ecohydrology.

Residents see trailer parks as homes. Investors see them as cash cows (Huffington Post)

“Very few places embrace the idea of having more or new mobile home parks, so as we’ve seen parks be converted to other uses or redeveloped, we’re losing lots and we’re not replacing those at the other end,” said Kate MacTavish, a professor of human development and family sciences at Oregon State University and the author of “Singlewide: Chasing the American Dream in a Rural Trailer Park.”

Oregon State students re-enact 1969 march across campus(KEZI)

In 1969, black students organized sit-ins and protests against actions and rules they felt were oppressing students of color at OSU. Students walked out across campus for a march after a black football player was told to shave his facial hair, which was a team rule at the time.

Oregon project aims to promote olive oil sector (Olive Oil Times)

A new project launched by Oregon State University (OSU) aims to help spread oliviculture throughout California’s northern neighbor.

In Ford's future, two-legged robots and self-driving cars could team up on deliveries (Tech Crunch)

For Agility, this project is a turning point — or certainly an acceleration — of its very new business. The robotics startup spun out of Oregon State University in late 2015 with an aim to commercialize research from the Dynamic Robotics Laboratory on bipedal locomotion. The company introduced its ostrich-inspired Cassie robot in 2017 as a bipedal research platform.

OSU-developed Strata hop awakens from off-season slumber(KOIN)

The Strata hop developed by researchers at Oregon State University is filled with tropical flavor features craft brewers can't seem to get enough of. Our cooler, wet weather in the last couple weeks has made it easier for the hops to develop. 

Hard charging (Oregon Business)

NuScale, a Portland company, hopes to revive nuclear power with smaller, safer and cheaper reactors. Spun out from Oregon State University research, these reactors take up 1% of the space of a conventional reactor with more safeguards and far fewer moving parts. To cut costs, the technology will be fabricated whole instead of assembled on-site.

OSU part of $1.94 million grant to study connection between autism, gut microbiome (Coos Bay World)

An Oregon State University researcher is part of a $1.94 million grant to look for possible connections between the human microbiome and autism spectrum disorder.

Mob grazing paying off near Jordan Valley (Capital Press)

Even their range cattle graze in a fairly high-intensity fashion lately. Weaned cows have been staying on U.S. Bureau of Land Management range in late fall to graze densely on medusahead and cheat grasses as part of an Oregon State University Extension study.

Corvallis levy scores landslide victory (Gazette-Times)

The new fee would add $17.31 to the average monthly residential bill, $121.17 for a grocery store, approximately $3,500 for Samaritan Health Services and more than $35,000 per month for Oregon State University. Nonprofits such as Samaritan, OSU and the Corvallis School District do not pay the property taxes that fund most city services. 

Akon and Jesse McCartney are going to headline OSU's Dam Jam concert (Portland Mercury)

In a recent news release, Oregon State University announced the lineup for Dam Jam 2019, headlined by none other than R&B star Akon and pop sensation Jesse McCartney—causing us all to question whether we just accidentally time-traveled back to 2005. The year-end concert will go down May 31 at OSU's historic Reser Stadium at 8 pm.

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Anniversary of the Black Student Union Walkout: Oregon State University's Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) celebrated the 50-year anniversary of the Black Student Union walkout that led to the creation of EOP and the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. The commemorative walkout took place May 21. Faculty members Dwaine Plaza and Janet Nishihara provided context before the walk. For more photos:


Still need to sign up for Duo? Duo two-step login will become mandatory for all non-student OSU accounts as of May 22. If you have not yet signed up and want help, questions answered, or to pick up a token, there are three drop-in signup events scheduled in the Autzen classroom of the Valley Library, Wednesday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. These events are drop-in events, no registration is required; signup takes only a few minutes. For more information about Duo, see

WRGP Water Resources Science Spring Seminar Series. Ryan Crumley, Water Resources Science, and David Hill, Civil and Construction Engineering, will present “Seasonal Snowpack Modeling and Citizen Science in Alaska and Beyond” on Wednesday, May 22, from 4-5 p.m. in Bexell 328. Free and open to the public.

Delta Blues: The OSU Album Club will listen to and discuss Robert Johnson’s “King of the Delta Blues Singers” on Wednesday, May 22, at 7 p.m. in Bexell Hall 211. Album Club, hosted by director of Popular Music and Performing Arts, Bob Santelli, is like a book club where you discuss the greatest albums ever recorded. It is free and open to all.

Linus Pauling Legacy Award winner offers lecture: Geraldine (Geri) Richmond, chemistry professor at the University of Oregon, has won the 2019 Linus Pauling Legacy Award sponsored by OSU Libraries and Press.Richmond will deliver a free public lecture, “The Importance of Global Scientific Engagement,” on May 22 at 7 p.m. in the Valley Library’s fourth floor rotunda.


NEW! Nightfall Carnival: Join us for a Ferris wheel, food, carnival games, inflatables (including bubble soccer), crafts, prizes, and so much more. It will be in the MU Quad and SEC Plaza, from 9 p.m. to midnight, Friday, May 24. This event is for OSU students and affiliates only. Admission is free with your OSU ID. For more info:

NEW! Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees will meet from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 31, in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. The board will consider the university’s FY2020 operating budget and the OSU-Cascades campus land reclamation project. The board also will consider the presidential leadership profile, which will be used to recruit candidates for the search under way to select OSU’s next president of the university. Committees of the board will meet from 8 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. The agendas and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at For accommodations: 541-737-3449 or at least 48 hours in advance.

NEW! OSU New Media Communications Open House, highlighting student work in video games, animation, immersive worlds, video, and data science. Stop by the NMC Visualization Lab & Game Lab in Snell Hall (follow the signs at the front of the building) Monday, June 3, from 1–5 p.m. on to check out NMC student work. For questions, call 541-737-1492, or email

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 Ed 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/meetup Thursday, May 23, at 5 p.m. at McMenamins on Monroe (likely upstairs), across from the OSU campus. Nonmember guests are welcome to attend, especially if they are involved in science. RSVP to to provide a headcount and to receive event updates.

Adoptee narrative: “Our Somewhere in Between: An API Adoptee Narrative,” will include a film screening of ‘Meet Me on the Bridge,’ followed by a discussion and storytelling, and will be held on Thursday, May 23, from 6-8 p.m., at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center.

Wind Ensemble: The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble presents its final concert of the 2018-19 season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street, Corvallis. They will perform Holst, Sousa and more. General admission tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. OSU students with ID and K-12 youth admitted free. Corvallis Arts For All discounts apply. Advance tickets are available online at: To request accommodations relating to a disability call 541-737-4671.

Oregon State Creative Jam: Join OSU and Adobe for a one-of-a-kind event on Friday, May 24. Hear from special guest speakers Jim and Stephanie Ward and Nina Byrd as they share insights from their careers. Then watch teams of OSU students present digital apps that solve urgent problems—and vote for your favorite. Horizon Room, Memorial Union, 2 p.m.

Crawfish fest: Tickets are now on sale for Oregon State’s annual Cajun Crawfish Fest, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on June 6, outside McNary Dining Center. Enjoy an all you-can-eat crawfish boil, served Louisiana-style with potato wedges, corn on the cob, cornbread with honey butter, watermelon wedges and sweet tea. Buy tickets ($12) by May 27 at MainSqueeze in McNary Dining Center.

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.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! 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.

NEW! Physiology talk: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences presents “Aerobic capacity and susceptibility for metabolic disease,” by John P. Thyfault, professor of physiology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Friday, May 24, from 1-2 p.m. in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room, Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families.

NEW! MS Defense, Sustainable Forest Management Graduate Program: Sean Marcum will present “Overstory Growth, Structural Development, and Regeneration Success Following Uneven-Aged Conversion Treatments in Douglas-fir Plantation of the Cascade Range in Oregon" on Friday, May 24, at 3 p.m., in Richardson Hall 115.  Marcum is completing his MS in sustainable forest management under major professor Matthew Powers. Free and open to the public.

NEW! Water, Culture and Society:  Conflicts and cooperation from the Columbia River to the Nile.  Join us at 6 p.m. on June 3 at the Whiteside Theatre for the last Science Pub of the season.  Reservations recommended.  Get more details and register at

2019 North American Agroforestry Conference: Join us for the 16th AFTA biennial conference on June 24-27, at OSU's CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Participants will learn about the latest advances in agroforestry and tour field sites. Rates for standard, farmer, and student categories, and one-day registration available. Early registration closes Friday, May 24. More information and registration:

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

2019 Robert M. Storm Distinguished Lecture: Integrative Biology presents the 2019 Robert M. Storm Lecturer, Patricia Brennan, on Thursday, May 30. There will be a reception at 6 p.m. in the Cordley Hall Foyer followed by the 7 p.m. lecture in Gilfillan Auditorium. This event will also be available via WebEx; Brennan, an assistant professor at Mt. Holyoke College, will present a seminar, “Time to Step Up! Defending “Oddball Science.” She is an expert on the evolution of reproductive structures in vertebrates and the mechanisms that drive genital diversification, particularly in birds. More information on the Robert M. Storm lecture series and specifics of the 2019 lecture can be found at  RSVP at .

Take Note

NEW! Dialogue Facilitation Lab Applications: The Office of Institutional Diversity is now accepting applications for faculty, staff and graduate students to join the Dialogue Facilitation Lab Summer 2019 cohort. The Dialogue Facilitation Lab is a professional learning and exploratory seminar looking to integrate critical dialogue facilitation skills into professional environments. The seminar welcomes faculty, staff and graduate students of all skill and experience levels to explore the philosophy and techniques of critical dialogue facilitation and the potential for implementation in their work at the university. Applications will be accepted until May 31 at 5 p.m. For more information and to apply, visit the Dialogue Facilitation Lab website. Direct any questions about the seminar to Brandi Douglas, assistant director of outreach, at

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 res. hall program June 10-19; details and sign-up hereMore information here.

Eco2Go Return Stations on All Valley Library Floors: In partnership with UHDS, the Valley Library has placed Eco2Go container return locations on all six floors of the library. Look for the tall, round bins with the Eco2Go logo. On Floors 1 and 3-6, the bins are located along the south wall of the alcove off the main public avenue. On Floor 2 (main floor), the bin is located in the hallway at the stairs/elevator down to Java II cafe.   UHDS estimates that this program removes more than 400,000 disposable single-use to-go containers from the landfill each year.

Library input sought: OSU Libraries seeks input about its process to accommodate its share of the university-wide budget reduction for fiscal year 2020. Read the FAQ at FY20 Budget Reduction.

Male volunteers wanted for acetaminophen (Tylenol) study (Corvallis): Detoxification of Reactive Acetaminophen Metabolite by Conjugation with Ascorbic Acid. Principal Investigator: Fred Stevens, Linus Pauling Institute, OSU. If you are healthy, male, age 18-50, non-smoker, without history of acetaminophen toxicity or allergy, you may qualify to participate. Volunteers receive $25. Contact Sandra Uesugi, RN, at 541-737-3594 or

Apply now for Ecampus professional development funds: Oregon State Ecampus invites faculty, staff and administrators to pursue professional development related to online and hybrid education. Further your professional goals while promoting effective teaching and learning in OSU’s online and hybrid courses. Funding is available for professorial faculty and professional faculty and advisers. The application deadline is June 7, so learn more and apply online today

OSU Emergency Preparedness and Public Safety Outreach Survey. Help us improve OSU’s Emergency Preparedness and Public Safety educational and outreach efforts. Take our 4-minute survey to tell us how effective we have been and where we can improve. Survey link:

Student Support at the Undergrad Research & Writing Studio: The Undergrad Research & Writing Studio, located in the Valley Library, encourages faculty to hold class meetings in the studio and take advantage of its flexible workspaces, including modular tables and large display monitors suitable for collaboration. Studio consultants (peer mentors who specialize in research and writing support) are available to work with students during the visit. Faculty may reserve studio time by completing a reservation form. Call 541-737-2776 for more information.

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 form for their group, which will be available in early July. If you have questions, 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:

Traffic & Maintenance 

Van Buren Street Bridge Lane closures: Due to a geotechnical investigation boring, there will be lane reductions on the bridge May 16-24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A single lane reduction (out of three lanes) for Northwest Van Buren Avenue from Third Street to First Street will be needed.

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! Finance Coordinator- The Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center (AABC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Finance Coordinator position. Posting # P03031UF. Closes June 9.


"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. " ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was born today in 1859.

Corvallis: Partly sunny and breezy, high of 68, low of 49. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of showers, high of 63, low of 45. Mostly sunny and then a chance of showers tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly cloudy today, high of 57, low of 50. Partly sunny tomorrow.

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