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:


One group of students saw unexpected gains on the 'Nation's Report Card' during the pandemic (CNN)

“We know that many states had very limited assessment in 2020, or 2021 in some places. … That likely led to more students remaining in that (English learner) category,” says Karen Thompson, an associate professor at Oregon State University’s College of Education.

Column: How tech and the great outdoors transformed Oregon and the fight for the White House (LA Times)

“Employment patterns have political consequences,” said Bill Lunch, an emeritus political science professor at Oregon State, and those patterns have solidified Oregon’s blue hue.

OSU professor weighs in on Secretary of State Shemia Fagan's resignation (KEZI)

Oregon State University Associate Professor Christopher Stout said he believes that in the short term Fagan's political rivals will use this incident to paint her a certain way. However, he also doesn't rule out a possible political comeback in the future. 

'Remarkable' AI tool designs mRNA vaccines that are more potent and stable (Nature)

So far, Zhang and his colleagues have tested LinearDesign-enhanced vaccines against only COVID-19 and shingles in mice. But the technique should prove useful when designing mRNA vaccines against any disease, says Liang Huang, a former Baidu scientist who spearheaded the tool’s creation. It should also help in mRNA-based therapeutics, says Huang, who is now a computational biologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

OSU-Cascades researcher develops device to track household food waste (Central Oregon Daily)

An Oregon State University-Cascades researcher and his team are getting $640,000 in funding to develop a smart compost bin that tracks household food waste.

Oregon State develops new method to measure wildfire smoke in wine (KPTV)

Dr. Elizabeth Tomasino at Oregon State University has been studying wildfire smoke in wine for years. She said after testing, she realized the old way wasn’t working.

Today's photo

Fleeting sunset: Laurie Gibson, office specialist with OSU Extension Service - Linn County, says, “We took a trip to the Florida Keys and this gorgeous sunset was captured on Islamorada.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Wondering about alternatives to longstanding grading practices? What are the potential benefits and limits of labor-based grading? See Labor-Based Grading: More Process, Less Pressure by Kristy Kelly, director of writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film.


Help Session for Summer Academic Wage processingEvery 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 sessionis

Defense presentation: Daniel Sidder, School of Public Policy, will speak on “Microshelters, Macro Problem: Exploring How Tiny Home Villages Became a Popular Solution for Housing People Experiencing Homelessness,” noon May 3 on Zoom. For Zoom link, contact [email protected].

Faculty Drop-in Discussion: The Impact of Generative AI on Education. Curious about ChatGPT? Join CTL and UIT-Academic Technologies in conversations around ChatGPT and generative AI. Bring your questions and ideas as we explore together. Optional: Bring a laptop to try ChatGPT. 2 p.m., May 3 in LINC 468. Check out the CTL events calendar to see more drop-in sessions. Questions? ⁠Contact CTL.

Ask Alumni: Life After College. The OSU Black Alumni & Friends Network invites Beavs to an Ask Alumni panel event 4 p.m., May 3. Join in person at the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center or online to build your network and hear from OSU alumni about finding success in school and early careers. Registration and details:

WRS Seminar Series: Melissa Lombard from the USGS will present "Statistical models of arsenic in domestic wells across the U.S. to assess the impact of drought and support human health studies," 4 p.m., May 3 in Burt 193 or on Zoom. Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details. 

Ask Alumni Current Teacher Q&A: Get an insider’s guide to the classroom from OSU College of Education alumni who are eager to share their advice with new and future teachers. Learn about finding jobs, supporting student interests and more at the next Ask Alumni session at 4 p.m., May 3. Register at


NEW! Craft event: Come join us at the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center to craft with us. Stop by anytime from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursdays to make our craft of the week, posted on our Instagram @osu_wgc.

NEW! Teach-in: A teach-in regarding anti-trans legislation will take place from 3-5 p.m., May 4 in el Centro Cultural César Chávez. This event is sponsored by the Queer Studies Program at Oregon State University, Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws, Centro Cultural César Chávez, the Pride Center, SOL and the Hattie Redmond Women and Gender Center.

NEW! Zumba: Join us for an evening of dancing, good music and laughter. No prior experience is needed, the event will be led by a Dixon Rec Center Zumba instructor. The event will take place 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 4 at the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center.

NEW! Joint Service Review: The Army, Navy/Marine and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Programs (ROTC) at Oregon State University will hold their annual Joint Service Review at 10 a.m., May 5 in the Memorial Union Quad. This event is a long­standing tradition that allows cadets and midshipmen to participate in a formal review before commissioning as officers in the various military services. The reviewing official and guest speaker will be Major General Michael E. Stencel.

NEW! 50 Years of Women in OSU Army ROTC celebration: OSU Army ROTC is hosting a lunch event to celebrate 50 years of women participating in the program. This event will be held at McAlexander Fieldhouse at noon May 5.

NEW! Music à la Carte: OSU Piano Instructor Elizabeth Moss performs a faculty recital. Program TBA. Noon, May 5 in the Memorial Union Lounge. Free, open to all.

NEW! Valley Library open house: The OSU Libraries and Press open house takes place 2-4 p.m., May 5 at the Valley Library. The library made many changes in the last couple years and staff will showcase some of the current, new and upcoming spaces and projects. There will be an opportunity to tour the library while looking for key displays and areas on each floor. 

NEW! Pet Day: Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Day is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 6. Come over to Magruder Hall for family- and pet-friendly activities to learn more about veterinary medicine. Activities include hospital tours, a 5K Fun Run, bounce house, teddy bear surgery, dog-wash and nail-trim station, a variety of animal-themed vendors and so much more. Some activities request a minimal fee. Leashed pets are welcome on the grounds but not in university buildings. For questions contact [email protected].

NEW! Blood drive: The American Red Cross will be doing a blood drive from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., May 8-11 in the MU basement. You can make online appointments here

Spring Bike Challenge, May 1-31, 2023, Corvallis Campus: May is National Bike Month. It’s not too late to celebrate by joining the annual Spring Bike Challenge. Teams ride in a friendly campus-wide competition to see who can bike the most days in May. The last day to register is May 12. You can find details and registration information on the Spring Bike Challenge webpage, or email [email protected] with questions. 

Spring Parent and Family Social: Attend a casual reception for current OSU parents and families to meet and mingle during Spring Family Weekend (May 5-7). Make connections, get resources from OSU leaders and enjoy apps, drinks and fun. Join us at 4:30 p.m. May 5 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Register:

Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale & Clinic: Every first Saturday in May, the Benton County Master Gardener Association holds its Plant Sale & Clinic under cover at the fairgrounds' Solar Barn and Floral Courtyard, featuring over 10,000 plants — perennials, natives, edibles, trees and shrubs. Master Gardeners available to answer gardening questions. Proceeds from the sale support educational programs in our community. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 6, Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 S.W. 53rd St., Corvallis. Payments by cash, check or credit/debit card accepted.

Advantage Accelerator anniversary: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is celebrating its 10-year anniversary from 2:30-7:30 p.m, May 11 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center for an "Accelebration" filled with networking, speakers and success stories. RSVP by May 5 at this link to secure your spot. 

Bring Your Kids to Campus Day: Registration is now open for the Family Resource Center’s Bring Your Kids to Campus Day, taking place May 12. OSU's 11th annual Bring Your Kids to Campus Day is designed to promote the value of a college education as well as share with our children the fun and exciting place where we are fortunate to work and study. Register now or visit the FRC website to learn more. Please direct any questions to [email protected].

Farm open house: Crop and Soil Science is hosting an in-person open house at Hyslop Farm for sharing the work of CSS faculty and our USDA-ARS partners with the public. The Field Day takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., May 24 and is free and open to the public. Check out our website for more details.

National Get Outdoors Day at Peavy Arboretum: Join OSU Research Forests in a free family bilingual event celebrating outdoor recreation and environmental education, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., June 3. Over 20 interactive exhibitors from the community, including free fishing for youth, disc golf, logging sports, nature art and other fun activities for the whole family with Spanish interpretation. Information at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! College of Public Health and Human Sciences research seminar: Joan Casey, University of Washington, will present “Long-term exposure to wildfire particulate matter: Does the particular metric matter for health and environmental justice?” 1-2 p.m., May 5 in HFC 115 or via Zoom. Learn more, see all spring seminars and watch past seminars on the college’s website.

NEW! Applied Economics seminar: Eric Zou from the University of Oregon will present "The Environmental Effects of Economic Production: Evidence from Ecological Observations,” 2:30-4 p.m., May 5, Ballard Extension Hall Room 219. Additional details available here

NEW! Floor Monitor Training: Training for Floor Monitors and Building Managers on roles and responsibilities when evacuating their building. Training is the second Wednesday every month at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom Floor Monitor Training at:

NEW! Fidelity, TIAA, OSGP(Voya) on campus consultations: Fidelity, TIAA and OSGP(Voya) advisors are available at no cost to you as a part of your retirement plan. Fidelity representative Justin Blatny will be available on campus May 10-11 for one-on-one appointments. Register at or by emailing [email protected]. TIAA representative AJ Martinez, CFP, will be available on campus May 16-18 for one-on-one appointments. Register at or by emailing [email protected]. OSGP (Voya) representative Charles Yu will be available on campus May 26 and June 27 for one-on-one appointments. Register at or by emailing [email protected].

NEW! Introduction to Oregon Savings Growth Plan: Learn how this 457 deferred compensation plan can help increase your retirement income. The OSGP (also referred to as the 457 plan) is part of the Voluntary Retirement Savings Program at OSU. All employees (except student employees) are eligible to participate. This virtual workshop will examine the time value of money and your investment options with OSGP.  Roth vs. pre-tax deductions will be discussed. 12:30 p.m., May 23 via Zoom. To register:

NEW! Remodeling Your Mitochondrial Kitchen: Studies show the mitochondria play a vital role in metabolic health and in our understanding and treatment of diabetes and other conditions. Tune into a Public Health Insider webcast with OSU kinesiology faculty at 5:30 p.m., May 23 at 5:30 p.m. to learn all about mitochondria and your metabolic health. Register:

NEW! Bioorthhogonal ligations workshop: The GCE4All Research Center is hosting an in-person workshop, "Bioorthogonal Ligations - Clicking with GCE," Aug 8-12. This five-day intensive lecture and laboratory workshop will cover bioorthogonal ligations using GCE technologies in E.coli and mammalian host systems. Apply now. A limited amount of scholarship support is available to support women and minorities in research and education.

NEW! First annual OSU Engagement conference: Save the date for this inaugural Engagement conference Sept. 5-6, to be held at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. This event is developed to increase awareness of engagement and engaged scholarship efforts across the university, while providing opportunities for recognition, learning, networking and idea generation. More information will be available at closer to the date. Hosted by the Office of the Provost and the Division of Extension  Engagement. Contact Marina Denny to discuss being a presenter at this year’s conference.

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by University Human Resources that dives deep into the way that we solve problems together. The 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. $40 covers materials. Contact [email protected] for information about scheduling an intact group workshop.

Parenthood lecture: Linwood Vereen presents “The Experiences of Black Men Through the Perinatal Period of Parenthood.” Noon to 1 p.m., May 4, Furman Hall 405 or by Zoom. More info:

HMSC Research Seminar: The HMSC 2023 Student Invited Speaker Donna DW Hauser with the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will be giving a seminar titled “Bridging scientific and Indigenous perspectives to understand rapidly changing Arctic marine ecosystems,” at 3:30 p.m., May 4. In person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online: Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology spring seminar series: “Fifty years of mycorrhizal research: where we have been, where we are going,” presented by Paola Bonfante of University of Turin (Italy), 4 p.m,. May 4, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

"Exciting and Engaging Undergraduate Students in a Post-COVID Classroom": Keynote speaker Dwaine Plaza, professor of sociology in the School of Public Policy, will present recommendations on how faculty can be innovative and think differently about their teaching, testing and engaging students using new technologies and pedagogical approaches. 4:30-6 pm., May 4 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room, with a reception to follow. Registration

Ideas Matter lecture series: "Rapidly Changing Ecosystems." Professor Allen Thompson in a conversation with ecologist Matt Betts. 5-7 p.m. May 4 at The Bière Library, 151 NW Monroe Ave., Suite 102, Corvallis. Free, open to all. Presented by the School of History, Philosophy and Religion.

Fragments and Phantasmagoria: Landscape Photography of Lang Jingshan (1895-1998). Talk by Mia Liu, assistant professor of Chinese art, Johns Hopkins University. 5:30 p.m., May 4 in the International Living and Learning Center, Room 155. Presented by the College of Liberal Arts School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts.

Public Seed Library 'Growing a Vegetable Garden' Lecture Series: Benton County Master Gardener Emily Herb will discuss how to "Keep it coming: Succession planting, thinning, row covers and weeding," 6-7 p.m. May 4 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library's Meeting Room. Come learn how to grow more food successfully and get your questions answered. If you've started your vegetable garden and have leftover seeds, individual donations of open and partially used vegetable, herb and flower commercial seed packets packed for '22 and '23 are needed now to restock the Public Seed Library seed rack, and can be donated any time at the Corvallis Library Circulation Desk. Learn more at

The Making of the Northwest Forest Plan: A conversation with K. Norman Johnson, Jerry F. Franklin and Gordon H. Reeves, moderated by Kerry Tymchuk. 2-3:30 p.m. May 7, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave. In The Making of the Northwest Forest Plan: The Wild Science of Saving Old Growth Ecosystems (Oregon State University Press, 2023), three of the scientists who helped craft that change tell the story as they know it: the causes, development, adoption and effects of the Northwest Forest Plan. Co-sponsored by the OSU Press.

Disability-Related Psychology Ph.D. Defense: Emily F. Plackowski will present her dissertation, “’You should always be willing to listen and change’: Using Brief Indirect Contact Interventions to Impact University Students’ Ableism and Related Constructs and Conceptualizations,” 2 p.m., May 8, via Zoom. Make accommodation requests by May 3 to Plackowski’s mentor, Kathleen Bogart ([email protected], 541-737-1357). Zoom URL:

OSU’s New Beginnings for Tribal Students presents Cultural Awareness and Mentor Training Series 2023: "Tribal History Shared History: Essential Understandings of Native Americans in Oregon" with Angie Morrill, 2-4 p.m. May 9. "Cultivating Safe Spaces in Education," 2-4:30 p.m., May 25, an interactive facilitated workshop with Jen Greenway. Open to faculty; students encouraged to attend. Info at

Ken van Holde symposium and celebration: University Distinguished Professor Kensai E. van Holde will be commemorated in a day-long symposium May 13 at the Linus Pauling Science Center. Van Holde died in 2019. He joined the brand-new Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in 1967. For more information on van Holde or the symposium, email [email protected].

Turning Adversity into Advantage: Join a Changemakers webcast at 5:30 p.m., May 16 with Alexis Serna, ‘08, director of Beyond Football and Varsity OSU. The leading scorer in Beaver history and the 2005 Lou Groza Award winner will talk with CLA Professor Susan Shaw about how he helps student-athletes build their futures after football. Register at

Coaches Clinic: The Sports Parent: Want to contribute to the success and enjoyment of youth sports and keep kids in the game? Hear about research and best practices for parents and coaches alike in the final session of the free Coaches Clinic Series, led by OSU kinesiology faculty. 6:30 p.m., May 17, Hallie Ford Center. Register now.

Take Note

NEW! UHR Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2022: 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 – presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours in length; it’s up to you. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

NEW! OSU Health and Safety Committee: The University Health and Safety Committee would like to invite campus members interested in health and safety to attend our open meetings, held semi-annually in May and October. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 2:30-4 p.m. Anyone can access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a web link to report safety concerns. Contact Dan Kermoyan at [email protected] to RSVP and request the meeting location/Zoom link.

Cat Training Project for Children with Developmental Disabilities: We are currently recruiting children ages 10-12 years old and their family cats to participate in a cat-training animal-assisted intervention research project next quarter. Please visit our website for more information or contact Saethra Darling at [email protected].

University and/or Faculty Senate committees: Faculty and classified employees are invited to volunteer for committee service by completing the online form – the deadline has been extended to noon May 3. Input on institutional policies and procedures is essential to the overall governance of the University. Committees available to both classified employees and faculty (academic, research and professional faculty) may be previewed prior to accessing the online form. 

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Recreational Water Safety. Whether a tiny trickle of a creek, enough to cool your toes, or the vast expanses of beaches, water adds an exciting element to outdoor recreation. Even the most seasoned water enthusiasts can be surprised by changing water conditions. Know the local weather conditions and forecast before swimming or boating. Always use approved life jackets.

OSU's Open Educational Resources Unit is accepting proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant until May 19: The grant provides funding to adopt, adapt or author an open educational resource, such as a textbook. An open textbook is one that is published under an open copyright license and is made freely available online for students, faculty and the public. All funding is a department-to-department transfer. Please talk to your department head about how this applies to the grant.Questions? Contact OERU Director Stefanie Buck.

CIO Excellence Award: Presented by the Vice Provost for Information and Technology (IT), this award acknowledges the exceptional work of OSU IT employees who exemplify IT goals and recognizes their contributions to their unit, the university and OSU community. All OSU community members are invited to submit a nomination for consideration. Nominations are accepted throughout the year. To submit a nomination or learn more about IT recognition efforts, please visit the IT recognition website:

Award nominations sought: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) is currently accepting nominations for the University Mentoring and Professional Development award. This award recognizes any classified, professional faculty or faculty member who excels in mentoring, supporting and encouraging OSU employees, especially women and those from underrepresented groups or non-traditional careers, and making available to them opportunities for professional, educational and personal development. Deadline is May 28:

Safety break: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by promoting OSHA's Safety Break for Oregon, which is coming up on May 10. Visit OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at for more information on safety at OSU, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a link to report safety concerns online.

Seeking volunteers for National Get Outdoors Day at Peavy Arboretum June 3: Students, do you love the outdoors and helping others do the same? Want to learn about local recreation and environmental organizations in the community? Would you like to practice your Spanish? Volunteer for a one-day outdoor event with OSU Research Forests (half-day and full-day positions available). Free lunch and t-shirt provided. Info and sign up at:

Join the Department of Public Safety’s Community Police Academy: The Department of Public Safety is inviting OSU community members to sign up for a four-week introductory series on police work and community safety. Topics covered in these sessions will include dispatch, emergency management, records, evidence and more. The sessions will be from 6-8 p.m., May 9, 16, 23 and 30 at Cascade Hall. Come learn more about how DPS is working to serve the Corvallis campus. Apply online:

OSU Klatowa Ina Royalty Program: Students are invited to apply to the Klatowa Ina Royalty Program. Applications are due by May 7. The 2023 Klatowa Ina Royalty will be presented with the Oregon State University regalia at the Klatowa Ina Pow-Wow taking place on May 20. The Klatowa Ina Royalty will continue to represent the OSU Native and Indigenous community at surrounding Pow-Wows and cultural events. This is a paid internship with a travel stipend. Learn more or apply.  

UHR Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2022: 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. Presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours in length. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] for assistance.

Volunteer Opportunities with the City of Corvallis: The City of Corvallis is recruiting to fill vacancies on city advisory boards, commissions and committees. Get involved and give back to the Corvallis community. Topics include climate action, DEI, transportation, economic development, city finances and more. Most volunteer positions involve attending one monthly meeting; most meetings are hybrid. Apply by June 4. Read more and apply online:

Fall course materials: Seems like spring (finally) but the Beaver Store is already thinking of fall. The OSU Beaver Store has begun accepting fall 2023 course materials adoptions. Faculty or designated staff can submit course material adoptions here: Submitting course material adoptions prior to fall term registration assists students to budget for expenses and allows the campus non-profit store to start sourcing low-cost formats of the required materials. Questions or need assistance? Contact [email protected] or j[email protected].

Traffic and Maintenance

Madison Avenue: As part of the Upper Division and Graduate Housing Project, sidewalks and city parking spaces will be closed along SW 11th St. and SW Madison Ave. Sidewalks and parking spaces will be closed on the east side of SW 11th St. from NW Monroe Ave. to SW Madison Ave. Sidewalks and parking spaces will be closed on the westbound side of SW Madison Ave. from SW Ninth St. to SW 11th St. These closures will be in effect through the end of the year. Other possible impacts include noise near the construction site. (View map)


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NEW! 4-H Program Coordinator: OSU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development program invites applications for a 4-H Program Coordinator position based at the OSU Extension Service Malheur County office in Ontario. This is a full-time, 12-month, professional faculty position. The anticipated starting salary will be $55,400-$61,200, commensurate with skills, education and experience. Posting #P06811UF. Closes May 30.


“When you learn something from people, or from a culture, you accept it as a gift, and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve it and build on it.” ~ Yo-Yo Ma

Corvallis: Partly sunny today, high of 68, low of 47. Chance of showers Thursday.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms today, high of 73, low of 45. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly cloudy today, high of 55, low of 49. Slight chance of showers tomorrow.

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