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History suggests weather on eclipse day will be sunny in Oregon (fingers crossed)

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Visitors from around the world will flock to Oregon to be first in line to see the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, but given the state’s reputation for clouds and rainfall – will there be anything to see?

Time will tell, experts say, but Oregon is usually delightful in the summer and whoever scheduled this eclipse picked a good date. August is just about the least likely time to experience inclement weather in the Beaver state.

“If you were going to go to Las Vegas or Atlantic City and put down a bet on which location in the United States will have good weather for the eclipse – Oregon would be a great choice,” said Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University. “The average high temperature on Aug. 21 is 82 degrees and it just doesn’t rain very often here in August.”

OSU is the state’s largest university and located in Corvallis, which is on the eclipse’s path of totality. The university is expecting to host thousands of visitors for the eclipse and numerous events have been scheduled.

The city hasn’t experienced measurable rainfall in the past six weeks, Dello said. Whether that streak continues remains to be seen.

History is on the side of a sunny Aug. 21 in the state, statistics show. It hasn’t rained in Corvallis on Aug. 21 since 2008, when .02 inches fell, which, coincidentally, is the average for Aug. 21 when measured over more than a century. Most of that precipitation occurred during a rare storm in 1979 when 1.42 inches of rain pelted the Willamette Valley. Take away that one day, and it’s practically desert conditions in Corvallis on Aug. 21.

In fact, the average rainfall for the entire month of August in Corvallis and much of western and eastern Oregon is about a half an inch.

“The biggest threat during the summer months is low-level marine stratus sneaking its way into the valley,” Dello said. “But the chance of that is weighted more toward June than it is July, August or September. In Eastern Oregon sites like Madras – which also is on the path of totality – the biggest threat to cloudy skies in August would be an afternoon thunder shower. But the eclipse will be over by lunch.”

Scientists in Oregon and nationally will also be watching the eclipse to see what happens to temperatures when the sun disappears in mid-morning – and the effect of that on the rest of the day, according to Philip Mote, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State.

“Temperatures on a summer day in Oregon typically rise quickly between 9 a.m. and noon, but on Aug. 21, the shrinking sun from 9 to 10:15 a.m. could actually make the day get cooler during that period,” Mote said. “Once the shadow of the moon starts to pass, temperatures will resume their rise, but the eclipse will probably end up affecting the daytime high by several degrees.

“If it’s cloudy, the effects of the eclipse on the hour-by-hour temperatures will be less.”

Researchers and “citizen scientists” around the country will be recording temperatures and sharing them with the National Aeronautics and Atmospheric Administration (NASA). To learn more, go to https://go.nasa.gov/2tBJyxH.

Here are some Aug. 21 weather statistics for various Oregon locations on the path of totality:

  • Corvallis: Average high and low temperatures of 82/51, with a record high of 99 degrees in 1942, and a record low of 37 degrees in 1973. The average precipitation for Aug. 21 is .02 inches, with a record that day of 1.42 inches in 1979.
  • Newport: Average high and low temperatures of 65/52 degrees, with a record high of 74 (1997) and record low of 40 (1987). Average precipitation is .02 inches, with a record of .59 inches in 1971.
  • Madras: Average high and low temperatures of 84/45 degrees, with a record high of 100 (2009) and a record low of 30 (1933). Average precipitation is .01 inches, with a record of .26 inches in 1979.
  • John Day: Average high and low temperatures of 87/48 degrees, with a record high of 103 (2009) and a record low of 36 (1950). Average precipitation is .02 inches, with a record of .50 inches in 1954.
  • Baker City: Average high and low temperatures of 83/44, with a record high of 98 (2005) and a record low of 35 (1966). Average precipitation is .02 inches, with a record of .58 inches in 1959.
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Kathie Dello, 541-737-8927, kdello@coas.oregonstate.edu

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Solar eclipse

OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery presents eclipse-related art exhibition, ‘Totality’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Totality,” a cosmos-themed art exhibit saluting the rare total solar eclipse occurring in August, will run Aug. 14 through Sept. 28 in Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

 “Totality” brings together a group of artists who make work about people’s relationship with the Cosmos in some manner. The emphasis is on lyrical, conceptual, scientific, fantasy and historic responses to the universe or to humankind’s space exploration.

Selected artists and their artworks include photographer Eric William Carroll’s project “Standard Stars,” which documents the deterioration of emulsion peeling off astronomical glass plate negatives. Artist Penelope Umbrico samples images of the most-photographed subject matter - sunsets - in her single-channel video “Sun/Screen.” Corvallis-based astrophotographer Tom Carrico exhibits his photographs of nebulae, which are clouds of dust, hydrogen, helium and plasma in space and can be challenging to photograph.

The exhibition was curated by Julia Bradshaw, assistant professor of photography and new media at OSU. Bradshaw also has assembled a host of arts-related special events for visitors coming to Corvallis and the OSU campus during the weekend prior to the eclipse, which will occur Aug. 21.

“I relish the range of imaginative and fact-based artistic responses to the Cosmos,” Bradshaw said of the exhibit. “Making and viewing artwork that explores philosophies of space puts us in touch with our humanity in ways that are particularly thought-provoking.”

Additional arts programming the weekend prior to the eclipse will include photography workshops and performances in the gallery. Activities are free and take place at Fairbanks Hall. For a complete schedule of events, visit: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/art/fairbanks-gallery-art/upcoming-exhibitions/totality.

Fairbanks Gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 17 and Sept. 21 for the Corvallis Art Walk. The gallery will also be open Aug. 19 and 20 leading up to the eclipse. A closing reception for “Totality” will take place Sept. 21 in conjunction with the Corvallis Art Walk.

“Totality” is part of the OSU150 Space Grant Festival: A Total Eclipse Experience, and SPARK, a year-long celebration of the arts and science.

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Julia Bradshaw, 541-737-5014 or julia.bradshaw@oregonstate.edu

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“Sunburst,” by John Whitten

Photograph by Eric William Carroll
Eric William Carroll

“Laika’s Lullaby,” by Julia Oldham


Summer Veterinary Experience targets high-achieving, underrepresented students

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two dozen high-achieving high school students from underrepresented populations, including many from low-income families, will spend a week on Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus in mid-August to get a hands-on look at the veterinary profession.

The annual Summer Veterinary Experience feeds the students’ interest in animals while also trying to make the profession more diverse.

“Our faculty work hard to provide interesting, real-world classes that will engage the interest of these talented young people,” says Susan Tornquist, dean of OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “Many past participants came to the program with a vague interest in veterinary medicine, among other fields, but they left with a passion for the profession.”

The selected students, 20 of whom are from Oregon high schools, will work with student mentors from the College of Veterinary Medicine and also take a variety of classes, including equine acupuncture, small animal rehabilitation, and surgery skills. In addition they will work on a research project designed to develop teamwork and leadership during their time on campus, Aug. 13-18.

This is the first year out-of-state applications were accepted, and this year’s students have a mean grade point average of 3.69.

“This program gives many of these students a glimpse into college life they may not have had otherwise,” says Summer Veterinary Experience admissions coordinator Tess Collins. “Our goal is to provide a realistic understanding of the field of veterinary medicine, and to get participants excited about higher education, even if they decide veterinary medicine isn’t for them.”

The program offers scholarships, including housing and meals, to students who meet established criteria. The application cycle will be open again in March 2018. For more information, visit http://vetmed.oregonstate.edu/osu-summer-veterinary-experience.

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Steve Lundeberg, 541-737-4039

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Bard in the Quad at OSU to present ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ for 12th season

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre’s Bard in the Quad returns for its 12th season this August with a western-themed production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, “Two Gentlemen of Verona.”

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. nightly from Aug. 3-6 and Aug. 10-13 in the Memorial Union Quad, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis. 

Bard in the Quad performances are held outside and no seating is provided, creating a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Attendees are encouraged to bring low lawn chairs and/or blankets, warm clothing and food if desired. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and no one will be seated prior to that time.

“Two Gentlemen of Verona” is a romantic comedy about Proteus and Valentine, two inseparable friends living happily in Verona. When Valentine seeks his fortune in Milan and ends up leaving Proteus behind, promises are broken as Proteus finds himself suddenly infatuated with Valentine’s love-interest, Sylvia. 

With a new setting in the American Wild West and music presented by Miss Kitty and the Barn Bangerz, the story of action, disguise, mistaken identity, and a scene-stealing dog unfolds.

This summer’s production will feature adoptable dogs playing the role of a senior dog named Crab for each performance. The dogs will be provided by Heartland Humane Society and Heartland volunteers will join the cast and crew in promoting the organization’s work caring for homeless animals in Benton County. 

The cast features Oregon State University students, staff, alumni and community members including: Stuart Ashenbrenner as Valentine; Sedona Garcia as Sylvia; Forest Gilpin as Thurio; Matt Holland as Launce; Emily Peters as Miss Kitty; Andrew Schiek as Speed; Cheyenne Dickey as Antonia/Bandit; Matt Easdale as Bandit; Genesis Hansen as Julia; Kay Keegan as musician; Grace Klinges as Lucetta/Bandit; Mac Powers as musician; Mike Stephens as Duke of Milan; and Kyle Stockdall as Proteus.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for OSU students. Tickets are available online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre/ or available by phone at the Theater Arts Box Office at 541-737-2784. A box office also will be available in the MU quad at 6:30 p.m. on performance evenings.

For disability access accommodations or information about group sales call Marissa Solini, the box office manager, at 541-737-2853.

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Lanesha Reagan, 541-737-4611, oregonstateuniversitynews@oregonstate.edu


Elizabeth Helman, 541-737-3067, Elizabeth.helman@oregonstate.edu

Executive & Audit Committee of the OSU Board of Trustees to meet July 20

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Executive & Audit Committee of the Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold a telephonic meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, to consider potential candidates to recommend to the governor for a vacant board position.

The meeting is open to the public. Members of the public may listen to the meeting by calling the toll-free number listed on the agenda. The Trysting Tree Room at CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 725 S.W. 26th St. on Oregon State’s Corvallis campus, will also be open to the public as a site for listening to this meeting.

The agenda and meeting materials will be posted at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees/meetings. If special accommodations are required, please contact Marcia Stuart at (541) 737-3449 or marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu at least 48 hours in advance. 

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Sean Nealon, 541-737-0787


OSU shatters goal and collects nearly 36,000 pounds during annual Move Out Donation Drive

Oregon State University on-campus students donated nearly 36,000 pounds of household goods and other discarded items during the annual Residence Hall Move-out Donation Drive this year.

The items are then donated to local non-profits, such as Linn-Benton Food Share and The Arc. The donation drive aims to reduce material from going to the landfill. Since 2010, the donation drive has diverted more than 100,000 pounds of items from the landfill.

This year, the drive far exceeded its 24,000-pound donation goal and reached the highest since weight tracking began in 2010. Donations of housewares, food, toiletries, school supplies, clothing, linens and shoes were 19 to 33 percent higher this year.

The largest increase came from wood, which totaled 7,864 pounds – a more than 600 percent increase from the previous year. The increase may be due to more residents using loft kits and donating the wood instead of taking it home or throwing it away.  

“We are unclear as to why donations increased as much as they did,” said Andrea Norris, the marketing and development coordinator for Campus Recycling. “Given we do not have weight data for trash, we are unable to speculate if donations were higher because less was landfilled. Regardless, we are very happy to see such a large increase from last year.”

Additional information on previous year’s results, as well as a full list of the donation recipients, can be found at http://tiny.cc/donation-drive.

An off-campus drive was also held for the first time this year. Organized by OSU’s Corvallis Community Relations, it was open to students living off-campus. During its inaugural run organizers collected furniture and other goods from 32 students.

The Res. Hall Move-Out Donation Drive is a collaboration between OSU Campus Recycling, Surplus Property and University Housing and Dining. Campus Recycling manages a comprehensive waste management system at Oregon State University that focuses on reducing, reusing and recycling with disposal as a last resort.

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Andrea Norris, 541-737-5398, andrea.norris@oregonstate.edu

OSU Press publishes new book on strategies for ‘wicked problems’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new book about past ”wicked problems” that have confounded society, the economy, the environment and politics may help guide the nation through its current era of political polarization and complex issues.

Scholars say so-called wicked problems usually involve social, economic, environmental and political issues. In a new book, just published by the Oregon State University Press, a group of scholars has written a series of essays to address these challenges and propose an assortment of problem-solving methodologies to tackle wicked problems.

The essays were solicited and edited by Edward Weber, Denise Lach and Brent Steel of the School of Public Policy at Oregon State, and compiled into “New Strategies for Wicked Problems: Science and Solutions in the 21st Century.” It is available in bookstores, by calling 1-800-621-2736, or by ordering online at osupress.oregonstate.edu

“The book will appeal to scholars, students and decision-makers wrestling with wicked problems and ‘post-normal’ science settings beyond simply environment and natural resource-based issues,” said Marty Brown, marketing manager for the OSU Press. “At the same time, it will provide much-needed guidance to policymakers, citizens, public managers and other stakeholders.”

One such issue addresses the pros and cons of hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as “fracking.” Written by Christopher Weible and Tanya Heikkila of the University of Colorado-Denver, the essay explores how professional expertise, personal values, and affiliation with different groups affects how people approach the issue – and how the process might be regulated.

Robert Lackey, a fisheries biologist who has worked for the Environmental Protection Agency and OSU, tackles the issue of wild salmon recovery in the Pacific Northwest. He argues that the science and technology to restore wild salmon runs is available, but the solutions ultimately would be too restrictive and divisive to succeed. The billions of dollars spent on salmon recovery to make minute inroads into the solution might be considered “guilt money,” he says.

“It is money spent on activities not likely to achieve recovery of wild salmon, but it helps people feel better as they continue the behaviors and choices that preclude the recovery of wild salmon,” Lackey wrote.

In their concluding essay, editors Weber, Lach and Steel explore whether there is need for a new social contract for scientists and policy implementation. They argue that plans to address issues are often rushed and lack sufficient time for implementation – and the timetable for addressing such issues rarely matches funding cycles. Additionally, leadership needs training – not only on issues, but on how to engage stakeholders and collaborate on processes.

They wrote: “… We also hope to energize the scholarly and practitioner-based conversations and real-world practices around these topics in ways that help leaders and stakeholders imagine new possibilities, conduct new experiments in implementation, and, ultimately, make even more progress in the ongoing, difficult battle against wicked problems and their less-than-desirable effects for society as a whole.” 

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Mark Floyd, 541-737-0778

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12th Annual Community Art Show

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Annual Community Art Show is back again to celebrate its 12th year at the Giustina Gallery in The LaSells Stewart Center. The exhibit runs from July 5 – 27 and participation is open to the general public.

The public is invited to a free reception on Tuesday, July 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., to celebrate the show’s opening and meet the artists. There will be complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar.

This non-juried exhibit is a great opportunity for anyone in the community—regardless of age or skill level—to submit any art piece they’ve created to showcase in the gallery. There is no cost to submit artwork. For new artists that want to take that first step into the art world, this is their chance to show the community their artistic style and have it displayed in an exhibit.

All artists are limited to one piece per person of any medium. The deadline to submit and drop-off artwork is Friday, June 30.  You may enter the show online at http://lasells.oregonstate.edu/current-future-exhibits or bring your piece in to The LaSells Stewart Center in person and fill out a submission form.

The Giustina Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located on the Oregon State University campus at 875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis, Ore. Parking is available across the street in the Reser Stadium parking lot for $1 per hour from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (free after 5).

For more information about this show and other upcoming exhibits go to http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/gallery

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OSU 148th commencement ceremony set for June 17

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will graduate a record 6,807 students during its 148th commencement ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.

Gates will open at 9 a.m. for the event, which is free, open to the public and held rain or shine. Tickets are not required.

The 6,807 graduating students will receive 7,097 degrees, according to OSU Registrar Rebecca Mathern. (There will be 276 students receiving two degrees and seven who will receive three degrees.) They will add to the ranks of Oregon State alumni, which have earned 243,081 degrees over the university’s history.

The commencement address will be given by Hüsnü M. Özyeğin, who arrived at Oregon State in 1963 with only $100 in his pocket. He graduated and went on to become a highly successful business leader and philanthropist in Turkey and Europe. He also will receive an honorary doctorate in civil engineering.

Özyeğin has made significant contributions to the global community with extensive work in social entrepreneurship, education, women’s rights, equity, child and youth development, and arts and cultural preservation.

 Some facts and figures about OSU’s Class of 2017:

  • Of the 7,097 degrees that will be awarded, 5,590 will go to students receiving baccalaureate degrees; 1,066, master’s degrees; 311, doctor of philosophy degrees; 76, doctor of pharmacy degrees; 51, doctor of veterinary medicine degrees; and three doctor of education. (The doctor of pharmacy and doctor of veterinary medicine degrees are awarded at separate ceremonies.)
  • OSU’s 2017 graduates represent all 36 Oregon counties, all 50 states and 68 countries.
  • The oldest graduate is 74 years old; the youngest is 19 years old.
  • The graduating class includes 159 veterans of U.S. military service.
  • Nearly 1,000 Oregon State distance students completed degree requirements online this year through OSU Ecampus, the university’s online education division. The graduates hail from nearly all 50 states and more than a half-dozen countries.

Each OSU graduate has a compelling story. For example:

  • Justyn Jacobs, a political science, pre-law major in the College of Liberal Arts is graduating magna cum laude. A rare and aggressive form of dyslexia left her illiterate until she was diagnosed in fifth grade. She was a member of the women’s rowing team, helped OSU's Hillel grow from five individuals to more than 60 active participants in two years and was a writer for Her Campus, a publication which educates readers about politics and combats extreme hate.
  • Madison Esposito majored in bioresource research, an interdisciplinary biosciences major centered around student research. From Georgia, she was attracted to OSU because of the opportunity to conduct research as an undergraduate in the university’s College of Agricultural Sciences. She is conducting research in epigenetics and plans to attend medical school to become a forensic pathologist. After graduation, she will begin a two-year research internship at the National Institutes of Health.

Mathern, the OSU registrar, said the university expects about 4,000 students to attend commencement. Oregon State is one of the only universities of its size to hand out actual diplomas to students as they graduate.

The ceremony will be broadcast in HD live on OPB PLUS and at http://commencement.oregonstate.edu/live-stream.

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Sean Nealon, 541-737-0787, sean.nealon@oregonstate.edu


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OSU Chamber Choir honors Ed and the late Beth Ray at annual President’s Concert

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Chamber Choir, under the direction of Steven M. Zielke, will present the 13th annual President’s Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe Ave. in Corvallis. 

The “Music of Spheres” concert revolves around Ola Gjeilo’s 2008 “Sunrise Mass,” for mixed choir and string orchestra. The film score-influenced work is a unique fusion of Latin Mass text and English titles in five sections: “The Spheres – Kyrie”; “Sunrise – Gloria”; “The City – Credo”; “Identity – Sanctus” and “The Ground – Pleni Sunt Coeli/Agnus Dei.”

The program also includes Michael Barrett and Ralf Schmitt’s arrangement of “Indonana,” a traditional South African folk song; “Sainte-Chappelle” by Eric Whitacre; a Craig Hella Johnson adaptation of Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning”; “Balleilakka,” by A.R. Rahman; and “Pseudo-Yoik” by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi. 

In 2004, OSU President Ed Ray and his late wife, Beth, established the Ed & Beth Ray Endowment for Choral Leadership Scholars. Each year since, four students – a soprano, alto, tenor and bass – who display excellent musicianship, leadership and vocal ability, have been honored with this award.

The following year after being selected, these students serve as section leaders in the OSU Chamber Choir. At the 2017 President’s Concert, four new students will be honored to continue this tradition. 

General admission seating is $10. OSU students with ID and K-12 youth are admitted free. Advance tickets are available online at liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/SACevents. Corvallis Arts For All discounts apply. For accommodations relating to a disability, call 541-737-4671, preferably one week in advance.


Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu