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:

West Coast universities launch new Pacific offshore wind collaborative (Oregon Capital Chronicle)

“We can be that sort of trusted neutral third party to try and tell them what the state of the industry is, and to help create capacity in the community so they can negotiate, discuss, communicate, with some of these wind developers,” said Bryson Robertson, director of Oregon State’s Pacific Marine Energy Center, one of the three university research centers participating. 

A new approach to fighting wildfires combines local knowledge and AI (Science News)

“We’re sort of stuck between two paradigms,” Christopher Dunn told the group. Projected behind him were two images. On the left, a painting from 1905 depicts a member of the Blackfeet Tribe crouched on a prairie, setting fire to the grass with a flaming torch. On the right, a staged photo from 1955 shows a fire brigade of jeeps and a helicopter heading toward a smoking fire in the distance. “We need both of these,” said Dunn, a forestry researcher at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Iron cathodes could slash costs, sustainability issues (Cosmos)

That Oregon State University (OSU) led study was developed with US$3m funding from the US Department of Energy to develop a high-energy density battery that is more sustainable and less demanding of rare earth metals.

Willamette Ale & Cider House honored with Oregon State University family business award (West Linn Tidings)

The Oregon State University Center for Family Enterprise recently honored West Linn’s Willamette Ale & Cider House and 7Bev Corporation with the 2024 Family Harmony Award as part of its annual Excellence in Family Business Award. OSU announced the award May 7.

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Oh deer: OSU alums Ron and Janet O’Day say, “Backyard relaxation — our home in the woods near Sweet Home.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Finalizing projects, researching and writing papers and studying for finals take a lot of energy. Encourage your students to get regular sleep, take breaks and eat nutritious meals. Tell them about the OSU Basic Needs Center’s Healthy Beaver Bags, and consider sharing Academic Success Center strategies for designing effective breaks and potential break activities.


Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Jesse A. Laney will present “Diversity and its Drivers from Deserts to Mountains: A Comparison Across Small Mammals and Songbirds in Space and Time”, 10 a.m., May 29 in ALS 4001 and via Zoom: Laney is completing his Ph.D. in integrative biology under the guidance of Rebecca Terry. 

FINAL Help Session for Summer Academic Wage processing: From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., May 29, 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 submitted via the employee service portal at [email protected]. Link for the session is

Native American Flute Circle: Join the annual gathering of the OSU Native American-style flute circle, led by music instructor, Jan Michael Looking Wolf Reibach. The gathering is free and open to the public. Noon, May 29, SEC Plaza. Sign-in for participating students starts at 11:30 a.m.

Water Resources Science Seminar Series: "Klamath dam removals: early observations from water quality and suspended sediment monitoring," presented by Liam Schenk with USGS Corvallis from 4-5 p.m. May 29 on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

OSU Land Use Code amendment meetings: OSU Land Use Planning will host a community meeting to discuss proposed amendments to the Corvallis Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan that impact the Corvallis campus. Proposed amendments to the Corvallis Land Development Code are focused on expanding on-campus housing, easing housing shortages in the surrounding community and supporting climate action goals. 6 p.m., May 29 at the Corvallis Community Center. For more information, visit:

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.


NEW! Wilderness and the American Spirit: Join author Ruby McConnell and philosopher Michael Nelson for a conversation in celebration of McConnell’s new book “Wilderness and the American Spirit" on May 30, 5:30 p.m., May 30 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Free and open to all. Book signing to follow event. Sponsored by the Spring Creek Project. Learn more.

NEW! University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on May 31 via Zoom and in B011 Kerr Admin. Bldg. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities and budget policies. For materials associated with this week’s topics, visit the UBC webpage. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].

NEW! First Annual Portland Coyote-Palooza: Join Sean Matthews, research faculty with the Institute for Natural Resources, along with the Portland Urban Coyote ProjectODFW and partners for a day of discovery and learning dedicated to one of nature’s most adaptable creatures. The free event will occur from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., June 1 in Portland near the PSU Farmers Market (SW Park/SW Montgomery).

NEW! Research Advancement Academy Info Sessions: Are you an early- or mid-career faculty member at OSU with a successful research portfolio and interdisciplinary experience? Learn about applying to the Research Advancement Academy (RAA) for the 2024-25 academic year. In-person info session 9 a.m., June 5, MU 213; or join virtually at 9 a.m., June 7 (register here). The RAA aims to support a cohort of Fellows in developing leadership skills, applying for seed funds and leading large ($3M+) transdisciplinary proposals and funded research programs within two years. Learn about our current cohort of Academy Fellows and discover their groundbreaking transdisciplinary work. For more information, reach out at [email protected].

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.

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, 6:30-7:45 p.m., May 30 at Marigold. Purchase class passes and register here. Contact: [email protected].

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.

Diffusions: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents Diffusions: A Music Technology Concert  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 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.

OSU Guitar Ensemble: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents OSU Guitar Ensemble 7 p.m., June 6 in Detrick Hall. Directed by Dr. 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.

OSU Chamber Choir: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents OSU Chamber Choir, the President’s Concert 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.

Save the date: Student Parent Graduation: The Family Resource Center is excited to host our second annual  Student Parent Graduation Celebration from 4:30-6:30 p.m., June 6 at  at Our Little Village in the lower level of Milne. Please bring your family and join us as we celebrate our student parents graduating in 2024. For those graduating, please wear or bring your cap and gown and we will have a photographer taking pictures of you and your family.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Leslie New, this year’s HMSC 2024 Student Invited Speaker from Ursinus College, will be giving a seminar titled “Statistics: The Dark Side of Ecology,” 3:30 p.m., May 30 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.

NEW! 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.

NEW! FYI Friday – Medicare Part A & B: When & How. This course is intended for employees reaching Medicare eligibility and/or Medicare eligible employees losing PEBB health benefits due to retirement, reduced FTE or leaving OSU employment. This course will provide information regarding the different parts of Medicare, enrollment timelines, how to enroll in A and B, what is required to enroll and who can provide assistance. Options for Medicare coverage for PERS and ORP Retirees. 11:30 a.m.-noon, May 31, remote via Zoom.

NEW! College of Health research seminar: “Integrating indigenous ways of knowing and being to promote individual and community wellness: Research development through the arts” will be presented by Boudina McConnachie, Rhodes University, South Africa, from 1-2 p.m. Friday, May 31, in HFC 115 and via Zoom. Watch recordings of COH research seminars on the college’s website.

NEW! BioResource Research Interdisciplinary Sciences Program Spring Seminar: Xavier Tacker – BS in BRR options: biotechnology and genomics/bioinformatics and minor in chemistry, will speak on “Why is genetic engineering of trees so tough? A transcriptomic look at genetic variation in regeneration capacity of Populus trichocarpa.” 3 p.m., May 31, PFSC 315. Mentors: Steven Strauss and Stephen Ramsey. Zoom:

NEW! Speaker Series Event on June 4: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is excited to invite you to the our Speaker Series event to explore Federal Funding Pathways, focusing on SBIR and STTR programs with Mary Phillips of VertueLab. The session will take place  from noon to 1 p.m. June 4 in the MU Journey Room (104). Join us to unlock crucial insights and opportunities for your innovative projects. This event is free and open to the public. Register here.

Chloe Hull MF Defense: Chloe Hull will present their capstone, titled: “A Valley Without Ash: Exploring Strategies for Forested Wetland Restoration Post Emerald Ash Borer Invasion in the Willamette Valley, Oregon,” at 10 a.m., May 30 in Richardson 107 and on Zoom. Hull is earning their MF degree in forest ecosystems and society with Ron Reuter. Please contact the FES Department at [email protected] for the zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

OSU Libraries & Press CSA-LFA Seminar Series: "Textbook Affordability & University Records." Learn how the libraries started proactively purchasing course materials, plus what exactly a university records manager does. 2-3 p.m., May 30 in Willamette West Classroom, Valley Library. More info and Zoom link here

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Spring Seminar Series: “What role should forests play in climate mitigation?” presented by Jacob Buksoki of Oregon State University, 4 p.m., May 30, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

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.

Persevering Through Family Ownership Challenges at Beaverton Foods: Join the Center for Family Enterprise for our April Family Business 360 virtual event from 8:30-9:30 a.m., June 5. Dom Biggi, CEO of Beaverton Foods, will share insights on overcoming family ownership challenges. Don't miss this chance to learn from an industry leader. Register here.

A Conversation with John Green: "A World Without Tuberculosis." As a part of an International Speaker Series hosted by WorldOregon, John Green, New York Times bestselling author, will be presenting a lecture on the prevention and cure of tuberculosis at 7 p.m., June 5 at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland. Oregon State is a sponsor. Tickets available here.

Paul Rusesabagina"Reconciling the Unimaginable": As a part of an International Speaker Series hosted by WorldOregon, Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda," will be presenting a lecture on lessons from the Rwandan genocide at 7 p.m., June 10 at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland. Oregon State is a sponsor. Tickets available 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 from 2-5 p.m. on 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.

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! Spring issue of Campus Directions available now: Campus Directions is a quarterly newsletter that shares important news and updates about operational work happening on the Corvallis campus. The spring 2024 issue features stories about women bringing new perspectives to construction management at OSU and a Facilities Services project to save a campus palm tree. Read these stories and more here: Don’t want to miss a story? Subscribe today.

NEW! Faculty Staff Fitness: The Swim, Run, Walk TRY-athlon is happening June 12. Are you ready for some friendly competition? This is a team-building event that brings faculty and staff together to compete for individual event or power team winner. Grab your team and sign up to swim, run, walk or both. Registration is open and team captains can email or call the PAC office to register your team name at [email protected] (541) 737-3222.

NEW! OSU ID Card update – action needed by June 30: The OSU Key Shop and the ID Center are collaborating on a project to update the building access control system and ensure that all students, faculty and staff obtain an Orange ID card. An Orange ID has a bright orange border on the front of the card and says “Orange Card” on the bottom edge. This project will impact users who received their current cards BEFORE July 2019 and did not obtain an Orange ID. If you received your current ID card after this date, no action is needed. To maintain building access, all users must obtain an Orange ID card by June 30. For more information:

NEW! 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.

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.

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] with any questions.

Employee Community Climate Survey: Final reminder: The 2024 OSU Employee Community Climate Survey launched on May 3 with an email invitation to employees from the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID). To make positive change, it is critical that we understand the experiences of OSU employees shared through the survey. Please check your email to access the survey link. The survey is open until May 31; visit the survey website for more information and links to summaries of prior surveys. Questions about the survey can be directed to OID at [email protected].

Civic Campus Project: The City of Corvallis is exploring improvements to the Civic Campus, which includes City Hall and the Municipal Court. These buildings are located along the historic Madison Avenue corridor, which connects downtown Corvallis with OSU's campus to the west. Improvements are intended to address safety, resiliency, accessibility and energy efficiency. The university community is invited to share input about the project through this short survey:

Professional development award: Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2024 University Mentoring and Professional Development Award. This award, presented annually at University Day, recognizes any classified, professional faculty or faculty member who excels in mentoring, supporting and encouraging OSU employees, especially women and those from under-represented groups or non-traditional careers, and making available to them opportunities for professional, educational and personal development. For more information and a list of past recipients: are due June 14. Questions? Contact [email protected]

Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund: Bring a current Fulbright Visiting Scholar from another university in the U.S. to OSU: A typical OLF visit is two to five days long, with the scholar completing guest lectures, cultural events and other similar engagements on and off campus. All expenses are covered by Fulbright with no financial commitment required from OSU. Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Learn more on their website and view the list of current scholars. For questions, please contact the Global Affairs Associate.

Hey 2024 grads: Where will your degree take you? Whether you are starting a job, heading to graduate school or still searching for the right fit, take the First Destination Survey and let us know your post-graduation plans. The information you share will help us improve how we prepare and support students for life after OSU.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Western Boulevard: Northwest Natural Gas will be performing utilities work at the intersection of SW 35th Street and SW Western Boulevard on Wednesday, May 29. The traffic signal at the intersection will be shut down from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic. Pedestrian access will be allowed when at all possible and signage will indicate any detours. (View map)

Campus Way: As part of the Kelley District Utility Plant project, SW Campus Way between SW 26th Street and SW Memorial Place will be closed May 29-June 10. The closure is necessary to allow for crane activity related to the project. Unlike recent, intermittent closures related to the project, this will be a continuous closure of Campus Way. The Kelley Engineering Center south entrance will also be closed. The north sidewalk and both bicycle lanes in this section of Campus Way will be closed during this time period. The south sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. A bicycle detour will be provided. (View road and sidewalk closure map.) (View bicycle detour.)


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! The Department of Environmental Health and Safety invites applications for two Environmental Health and Safety Professional 1 positions in the Occupational Safety Program. Position based on the Corvallis OSU Campus. Good entry-level position that provides expansive professional development opportunities across many facets of EH&S profession. Continue your education with tuition reduction, excellent benefits and opportunities for certifications and classes to further your education. This is a 12-month, full-time, classified position salary range $21-$31/hourly commensurate with experience. Posting: #PO4822CT. Closes May 31.

NEW! The Department of Environmental Health and Safety invites applications for an Environmental Health and Safety Professional 1 in the Hazardous Waste Program. Position based on the Corvallis OSU Campus. Good entry-level position that provides expansive professional development opportunities across many facets of EH&S profession. Continue your education with tuition reduction, excellent benefits and opportunities for certifications and classes to further your education. This is a 12-month, full-time, classified position salary range $21-$31/hourly commensurate with experience. Posting: #PO4818CT. Closes June 11.

NEW! The Division of Extension and Engagement and the Extension Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Program invite applications for a Willamette Valley Livestock and Forages Assistant Professor of Practice position based in Dallas. This is a 12-month, full-time, fixed-term position that serves Lane, Linn, Benton, Polk, Marion, Yamhill, Washington, Clackamas and Tillamook counties. The academic home for this position is in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Posting #P08111UF. Full consideration: June 27. Closes July 27.

NEW! EXT Fam/CommHlth OnCmps (HHS) invites applications for an Assistant Professor (Practice). Full-time, 12-month, fixed-term. Posting #P08112UF. Closes July 1.


"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." ~ Alfred Austin

Corvallis: Mostly sunny today, high of 65, low of 43. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 62, low of 35. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Slight chance of showers today, high of 60, low of 41. Sunny tomorrow.

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