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:

Study: Sea urchins driving gray whales from Oregon (KPTV)

A new study from Oregon State University has found that a rising purple sea urchin population off the southern Oregon Coast has had a negative impact on the gray whales usually in the area.

Robot reveries (On Fire)

Today, Hatton is an associate professor at Oregon State University, where he directs the Laboratory for Robotics and Applied Mechanics. A 2017 recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award, his work includes the development of motion models for robotic snakes and fundamental models for the study of locomotion . All the while, he draws inspiration from all sorts of creatures — from snakes to spiders to, yes, dinosaurs.

No one knows exactly how much old-growth forest we have left (Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Beverly Law, a retired forest ecologist at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry and leading researcher on how to harness the carbon-capturing power of older trees, says she was also disappointed with the Forest Service’s inventory of mature and old-growth trees.

Yes, cayenne pepper can help keep wildlife out of your garden (KGW)

It’s important to note that capsaicin is toxic to pollinators like bees and other beneficial insects, including some that reside in the soil, according to Dana Sanchez, Ph.D., associate professor and extension wildlife specialist at Oregon State University.


Meet Michael Kondo, former head gardener of the Portland Japanese Garden for 40 years (KGW)

But the garden didn't build itself. Back in 1977, 24-year-old Michael Kondo took on the role of head gardener after graduating from Oregon State University with a degree in landscaping architecture. Little did he know, he would keep that title for 40 years. 

Lasagna Gardening Is an Easy, Low-Effort Way to Create Compost — Here's How to Do It (Martha Stewart)

It requires less effort than other types of composting, says Dave Kayfes, a master gardener and compost specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. 

Today's photo

Bears in a row: Emily Eidam, assistant professor, says “Amid all the bear notifications last month on campus, I received a different notification of a grizzly bear with three cubs (and a raven) near the lab where I was doing research in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska for a National Science Foundation project. The photo isn’t Nat Geo quality because we were at a safe distance. Quite the day for bears though.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Wondering how OSU instructional faculty sustain resilience during rapid change and disruption in higher education? Looking for inspiration from teaching colleagues? See the Resilient Teaching Voices Series on the Center for Teaching and Learning blog.    


College of Engineering Clean Water Showcase: Explore cutting-edge research through lightning talks, presentations, panel discussions and more, and engage in networking opportunities to learn about and help shape transformational approaches to clean water. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., May 22. More information:

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 Graduate Assessment Workshop: Graduate program assessment leads, please join the team from the Office of Assessment from 1:30-2:30 p.m., May 22 in the Beth Ray Center Room 138. Interact with the updated assessment rubric and report template, hear about the upcoming NWCCU site visit and get an overview of the submission process for next year. For more information, contact [email protected].

Colonialism's Typhoons and the Creation of Racialized Oceanic Labor in the Asian Pacific: How are colonialism, climate change and seafaring interconnected? Professor Jason Chang, associate professor of history and Asian/Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut, shares new research spanning the 16th to 20th centuries marking a period of political, climatic and economic transformation that illustrates why imperial fleets turned to disposable Asian labor for their commercial fleets in the Pacific. 2 p.m., May 22 in Bexell Hall, Room 412.

Water Resources Science Seminar Series: "Bedrock Weathering in the Critical Zone: Influencing Subsurface Hydrology and Landslide," presented by Seulgi Moon with UCLA from 4-5 p.m. May 22 in Burt Hall 193 or on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

South Australia Landscapes Spring 2025 information session: Join OSU faculty to learn about the upcoming RNG 499 South Australia Landscapes Global Opportunities course. It’s not too early to plan for this 5-credit class, which includes participation in the International Rangelands Congress in Adelaide, Australia; exploration of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, Port Augusta and more. 5 p.m., May 22, Oldfield 108 or Zoom: Contacts: [email protected] and [email protected].

Travel Talks: Sustainable Seafood. Support sustainably grown, harvested and processed seafood with your culinary choices as you travel, both at home and away. Join conservation scientist and marine fisheries ecologist Selina Heppell, head of the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences, for this important and fun Travel Talk at 5:30 p.m. May 22. Register today.

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.


NEW! FAFSA Fix ‘n’ File: The Office of Financial Aid is providing free pizza and support with navigating the different challenges of the 2024-25 FAFSA. If you need to make a correction or still need to file, please join us for assistance. We’ll be available in MU 211 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., May 24. Details available here

NEW! UIT Data Lab: Join UIT's Data Team from 10:30 to noon each Friday at the weekly Data Lab for drop-in assistance with data projects, networking and various collaborations. Bonus offering events are held each week to give updates on different types of data projects happening at OSU. This week on May 24 will be our Payroll Data Q&A session, hosted by Mike Mandzuck and Steve Nash. For more information, please visit our website at

NEW! Mario Kart Challenge: The Military & Veteran Resource Center will be hosting a social event. Everyone is welcome to attend. Snacks will be provided and attendees will have the opportunity to network with other veterans and students. 4:30-6:30 p.m., May 24. 
Albina Music Trust Community Archive Open House: Albina Music Trust and OSU’s Special Collections Archives and Records Center present an afternoon of historic regional arts activation. Join us to celebrate the recent release of a community archive documenting the artistic and cultural legacy of Portland’s historically Black neighborhood of Albina, many years in the making. 1-3 p.m., May 23 on the fifth floor of the Valley Library. Free and open to all.

PRAx Presents Rob Schwimmer: Hear “Triple Helix” by Rob Schwimmer  7 p.m., May 23 at 7 p.m. in Detrick Hall. Rob Schwimmer inhabits a musical kingdom where playing alone, conjures a sound world created by his singular virtuosity at the piano, theremin and Haken Continuum – a rarely heard combination that allows him to bring audiences to mysterious new sonic territory and find new or re-connect with forgotten feelings. Tickets $20; students $5. Tickets here.

Beavs Lead: Change. This half-day student leadership development retreat provides the opportunity to connect with others in the OSU community who are social justice-driven and dedicated to creating positive change. Discover the power you hold and how you can use it to spark change. Food will be provided. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., May 24 in kaku-ixt mana ina haws gathering hall. For more information see

UPDATED! OSU Wind Pops: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents OSU Wind Pops Concert at 7 p.m., May 28 in the Memorial Union Quad. Join all of the OSU Bands as they combine together for an unforgettable evening of pops music on the MU Quad. Bring your friends and family. Tickets are free. Tickets here.

Spring Sing!: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents Spring Sing! 7 p.m., May 29 in Detrick Hall. Spring Sing! brings together OSU’s like-voice choirs – the Meistersingers and Bella Voce – for a powerful culminating performance to the year. The Meistersingers, is directed by Patricia Valian Reser Professor of Music Steven Zielke, and Bella Voce, is directed by Associate Professor Sandra Babb. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

CTL teaching excellence celebration: Join us in celebrating OSU's rich accomplishments in the area of teaching. This session highlights promotions, CTL developments and activities, and teaching awards. Our guest speaker, Nathan Kirk from the Department of Integrative Biology and winner of the 2023 OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, will present “One Job not two: Breaking down the distinction between teaching and scholarship.” 3:30 p.m., May 30, MU Horizon Room 49. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. RSVP now.

Gerontology conference: The 47th Annual Gerontology Conference, “Healthy Aging-Friendly Communities: Connecting People and Places through Research and Practice,” will be held Friday, May 31, at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on the OSU campus. Gerontology professionals from across the country will present more than 25 educational aging-friendly topics for health and human service professionals and the public. For the full schedule and registration, visit The conference is sponsored by the OSU College of Health, Extension FCH, the Center for Healthy Aging Research and the Oregon State University Center for Health Innovation.

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.

Saber Es Poder: Students are invited to attend a half-day trip for a Temazcal (sweat lodge) Ceremony experience at Anahuac Farm in Turner. Learn about leadership through the lenses of Indigeneity and uncover the leader within. Alternative experiences will be available; see registration for more details. Lunch and transportation provided. Registration deadline May 24. Event June 1. Learn more at

Diffusions: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents Diffusions: A Music Technology Concert at 7:30 p.m., June 4 in Detrick Hall. This concert by students in OSU’s Music Technology program explores the aesthetic power of electronic sound production and manipulation through technological experimentation. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

OSU Jazz Ensemble: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts presents OSU Jazz Ensemble at 7 p.m., June 5 in Detrick Hall. From classic standards to modern, explorative arrangements, the OSU Jazz Ensemble covers the range of an extensive musical landscape. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

McDonald-Dunn Research Forest Community Input Session: The College of Forestry invites you to the McDonald-Dunn Research Forest Community Input Session from 6-8 p.m., June 5 in PFSC 117. Remote participation available via Zoom. A new plan is being developed to guide management of the McDonald-Dunn Research Forest. After nearly two years of work, we have developed a suite of “management strategies” that will serve as the foundation for forest management. We now need to make decisions on how these strategies will be overlaid across the forest. At this session, we will provide an overview of decisions made to date and request your input on how we allocate land within the forest. All OSU Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome to attend. More info about planning process here.

OSU Guitar Ensemble: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts presents OSU Guitar Ensemble at 7 p.m., June 6 in Detrick Hall. Directed by Cameron O’Conner, the OSU Guitar Ensemble presents repertoire from all over the world and from many historical eras, carrying audiences into the full range of what the instrument can do. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

Engineering Expo: The 2024 Engineering Expo will feature interactive design project displays created and hosted by more than 1,200 senior engineering students. Project topics cover the breadth of engineering challenges, including robotics, clean water, nuclear energy, virtual reality, construction innovation and much more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., June 7. More information:

OSU Chamber Choir: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts presents OSU Chamber Choir, the President’s Concert at 7 p.m., June 8 in Detrick Hall. Named in honor of President Emeritus Edward J. Ray and his late wife, Beth Ray, the President’s Concert represents the pinnacle of the choral year at Oregon State. Tickets $25; students free. Tickets here.

Sweet Beginnings: Commencement Celebration. Celebrating a 2024 grad this year? Gather at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center directly after the June 15 Commencement ceremony (approximately 1:30-3 p.m.) to enjoy cookies and refreshments, snap Insta-worthy photos and make final memories with grads, friends, family and faculty. Details, plus additional networking events, celebrations, career advice and more, are available at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! FYI Friday – Getting to know the Office of Audit Risk and Compliance Internal Control Assessment Tool (ICAT): The OARC’s ICAT is a Qualtrics-based survey any unit can use to conduct a self-assessment across a variety of risk areas (leadership, procurement and expenditures, information technology, sponsored research, etc.). This presentation will provide an overview of the ICAT, including the benefits, how to access and navigate it and what to do with the results. 11-11:30 a.m., May 24 via Zoom. Registration required.

NEW! Work-Life Fit Forum: Join the President’s Commission on the Status of Women in a virtual forum exploring how people-centered workplaces influence work-life fit for employees. Led by Kelly Chandler, associate professor in the School of Human Development and Family Sciences in the College of Health. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., May 24. All OSU community members are welcome to participate. Please register for the forum or send questions to [email protected]

NEW! Nice is Not Enough: Inequality and the Limits of Kindness at American High. Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon C.J. Pasco’s new book tells the story of American High School, a school characterized by acceptance, connection and kindness. This book describes how American High, like many high schools, uses a "regime of kindness" to address persistent inequalities. By examining how this regime of kindness works at American High, "Nice is Not Enough" shows the limits of this approach and suggests ways we might begin to dismantle systemic inequalities. Noon, May 24 via Zoom and in Furman Hall, Room 404.

NEW! Recruitment webinar: University Human Resources (UHR) is hosting a webinar focused on recruitment from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., May 24. The UHR team will provide a guided tour of the new recruitment website and share best practice suggestions for each phase of the search process. All individuals involved in hiring at the university are encouraged to attend. We will also highlight key changes that will take place in the recruitment process for hiring units and search committees, beginning June 1. Register in advance for this Zoom webinar here. A recording of the webinar will be available on UHR’s Calendar & Communications webpage several days after the event.

NEW! 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.

NEW! BioResource Research Seminar: Emma Slone — BS in BRR, option: sustainable ecosystems; minor in environmental science — will speak on “Forecasting the seasonal phenology of Agrotis ipsilon (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Oregon grass seed and vegetable crops,” at 1 p.m., May 24, in Strand 163. Mentors are Seth Dorman, USDA, and Jessica Green, OIPMC. Join Zoom meeting

NEW! Jansen Ivie MS Defense: Jansen Ivie will present his thesis, titled: “A Longitudinal Analysis of Coastal Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii clarkii) and Oncorhynchus mykiss Following Severe Wildfire in Oregon Cascades Headwaters," at noon June 4 in PFSC 117 and on Zoom. Jansen is earning his MS in forest ecosystems and society with Dana Warren and Kevin Bladon. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] for the Zoom link or with questions or for accommodations for disabilities.

Center for Teaching and Learning Fellows Program 2024 Showcase & Discussion: Join this session featuring highlights from CTL Fellows in CEOAS, Engineering, Health and Cascades. Participate in a discussion on what’s next in strengthening teaching and learning. Consider how partnering with the program can play a critical role in meeting teaching and learning goals in the Prosperity Widely Shared Strategic Plan in your college. Noon to 12:50 p.m., May 23 on Zoom. Register.

Gastropod questions: Does beer really work? What’s the new information emerging about the use of essential oils in combating slugs in the garden? Bring these and all of your pressing slug (and snail) questions to a noontime SLUG CHAT with OSU’s slug expert, Rory McDonnell, from noon to 12:45 p.m., May 23. This online event is part of Slug (and snail) Week, a social media campaign educating and entertaining through the Master Gardener Facebook and Instagram channels. Learn more and register.

Indigenizing Education: Exploring the History of Indigenous Peoples and Education. Zoom seminar featuring keynote 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.

HMSC Research Seminar: Will Oestreich, postdoctoral fellow with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, will be giving a seminar titled “Collective behavior in dynamic oceanic ecosystems,” at 3:30 p.m., May 23 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: “Breeding hazelnuts resistant to eastern filbert blight,” presented by Shawn Mehlenbacher of Oregon State University, 4 p.m., May 23, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

Religion and Social Change: An Interfaith Dialogue. Eliza Young Barstow, senior instructor of religious studies, is hosting a series of panels featuring a diverse collection of religious leaders from the Willamette Valley who have agreed to gather and discuss challenging social issues. The sessions will be panel discussions, with questions asked by Barstow. There will be time for audience questions. 6 p.m., May 23  in the Journey Room of the Memorial Union. Admission is free and open to all.

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.

Take Note

NEW! KidSpirit Sewing Academy Camps: If you have a budding fashion designer or a sustainability-minded kiddo, join KidSpirit for Sewing Academy camps this summer. Our zero-waste, beginner-friendly camps will cover everything from basic stitches and embroidery to quilting and so much more. Campers will learn how to extend the life of our clothes and how to be resourceful before taking them to a landfill. For more information and to register, visit:

NEW! Revised University Policy04-120 Service and Emotional Support Animals. The policy provides necessary updates to OSU Service & Assistance Animal Policy, first adopted in October 2012. Because service animals and emotional support animals are governed by separate bodies of law, the policy reflects certain requirements under each and directs the university’s actions. Please visit the “What’s New” section of the University Policy & Standards Manual for the latest on new, revised and proposed university policies and standards.

NEW! 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? 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. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Call for Applications: Career ChampionsApplications for the fall 2024 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. Career Champions provides educators with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while tackling issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applications are due June 7. Cohort meets on Zoom from 3-4 p.m. Thursdays weeks 3-8 of fall term. Direct questions to Brenna Gomez.

Fulbright: The 2025-26 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open. This program offers U.S. citizens opportunities to teach, conduct research, and carry out professional projects in over 135 countries. A variety of webinars are available highlighting opportunities by discipline, region, and country on the Fulbright website. Past webinars are available on the archive page. For questions, please contact the Global Affairs Associate.

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.

PRAx Launches its 24-25 Season: The first full season of the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts (PRAx) is here. Mark your calendars: Single event tickets and season ticket packages will go on sale May 22. The first full season includes multi-genre, interdisciplinary performers, the launch of the Indigenous Jazz Club, the advent of dance at PRAx and so much more.

Take your teaching to the next level: Join the Fall ’24 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community to build resilience into your teaching. You’ll learn from experts at CTL and Academic Technologies while collaborating with OSU faculty who share your passion for teaching. Don’t miss this opportunity to become a more resilient and effective educator. See the call for participation and apply by June 3. Funding provided.

Ready, Set, AI: Join the Center for Teaching and Learning and Academic Technologies for the Fall ’24 Faculty Learning Community addressing artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on teaching and learning. We will explore issues regarding AI in education, develop proactive teaching strategies and hear from AI experts. See the call for participation. Funding provided. Apply by June 3.

Photo contest: The Healthy Aging Club is proud to announce its fifth annual photo contest. The theme this year is older adults engaging in their favorite hobbies. Prizes include gift certificates, craft kits and OSU swag. Please email your submission to [email protected] by Saturday, May 25, at midnight. 

Voice your opinion - AI at OSU: We are looking for your ideas on how OSU can incorporate, integrate and deploy AI as part of the AI@OSU initiative ( Take the survey here; only for Oregon State University students, faculty and staff. The survey is voluntary, anonymous and should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey will be open and available for participation until Friday, June 7.

Fulbright scholar program: The 2025-26 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open! This program offers U.S. citizens opportunities to teach, conduct research, and carry out professional projects in over 135 countries. A variety of webinars are available highlighting opportunities by discipline, region, and country on the Fulbright website. Past webinars are available on the archive page. For questions, please contact the Global Affairs Associate.


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Oregon State University Cascades invites applications for Campus Safety Supervisor. Full-time, 12-month appointment. Posting #P08078UF. Closes June 1. 

NEW! Facilities Services at Oregon State University is seeking a full-time Electrical/Control Systems Tech. Posting #P04812CT. Closes June 4.

NEW! Outreach Manager: The TallWood Design Institute in the College of Forestry is seeking an Outreach Manager. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #P08069UF. Closes June 10.

NEW! Assistant Director/Reactor Administrator: The Radiation Center invites applicants for a full-time (1.0FTE), 12-month, Assistant Director/Reactor Administrator position. Posting #P08090UF. Closes June 20.


“In my garden, after a rainfall, you can faintly, yes, hear the breaking of new blooms.” ~ Truman Capote

Corvallis: Chance of showers today, high of 58, low of 44. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of showers today, high of 53, low of 32. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Slight chance of showers, high of 54, low of 48. Partly sunny tomorrow.

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