Stay informed about COVID-19
COVID-19 website: To facilitate the ongoing sharing of information about the virus, Oregon State University has added a link on the OSU homepage to a page that provides detailed and up-to-date COVID-19 information; links to OSU, local, state and federal resources; and updates on the latest federal travel restrictions.
TRACE OSU testing: TRACE OSU is providing random COVID-19 testing by invitation at its Corvallis and Bend campuses and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Testing will take place in Corvallis in the Memorial Union Ballroom and at Reser ticket booths, Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In Newport, testing will be provided every other week beginning Jan. 19, Tuesday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. At OSU-Cascades, testing will be provided every other week beginning Jan. 19, Tuesday, through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please join the effort to build a safer and healthier Oregon State University community. To enroll and for more information: https://trace.oregonstate.edu/osu
NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Have you wondered what it looks like to “show up” for your remote students? Are you seeking ways to enhance your presence through Canvas? View this recently recorded OSU workshop, "Building Instructor Presence," to learn how much the little things you can do to be present matter to your students: https://beav.es/Jcf
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. Content appearing includes timely news and feature stories from broadcast, print and online sources. Occasionally, opinion pieces and first-person columns appearing in mainstream media outlets that are written by faculty members and pertain to their academic or professional expertise may be included based on their unique, informative value, timeliness and space constraints. It is not the policy of OSU Today to include Letters to the Editor.
But Courtney Campbell, a professor of religion and culture at Oregon State University, believes there isn’t “an ethically justified defense” for prioritizing daycare, preschool and K-12 employees over seniors.
“I’d like to bring that to the forefront of the conversation,” said Daniel Lopez-Cevallos, a professor of health equity and ethnic studies at Oregon State University. “We have essential workers who are out there, being exposed, day in and day out.”
Teachers, school staff to get vaccines (The Source Weekly)
Additionally, Oregon State University recently held a Vaccine Expert Media Forum during which Dr. Courtney Campbell, Hundere Professor in Religion and Culture, fielded questions about the ethics of prioritizing teachers over the elderly and other high-risk individuals.
“We expected we’d have to wait until the Biden administration came in to see this lease,” Burke Hales, a professor at Oregon State University and chief scientist at PacWave, said. “It was, I can say, a surprise.” (see also Portland Business Journal)
How many Oregonians screened for more contagious coronavirus strain? State officials don't know (Oregonian)
Three academic labs in Oregon also are performing the genomic sequencing necessary to determine the strain of the coronavirus: Oregon Health & Science University, the University of Oregon and Oregon State University.
Scientists at Oregon State University have found that sampling stream water for evidence of the presence of various species using environmental DNA, known as eDNA, can be more accurate than electrofishing, without disrupting the fish.
TRACE OSU: Andrea Norris, marketing and development coordinator with Campus Recycling, says, “Participating in TRACE OSU is a form of community care. It’s a step I can take to contribute to greater efforts to track and respond to COVID-19, and a pretty simple step at that. It took me one minute to enroll online and five minutes to be tested onsite. And nope, it did not hurt (it kinda tickles).” Please join the effort to build a safer and healthier Oregon State University community. To enroll and for more information: https://trace.oregonstate.edu/osu
Everybody Entrepreneurs: Helping Students Discover and Develop Their Entrepreneurial Potential: Too many students with entrepreneurial aptitude do not recognize their potential – and even when they do, they don’t always know that they can pursue their own business ideas while at OSU. Even the concept of ‘entrepreneurship’ is intimidating to many students – it’s impossible to spell, difficult to pronounce, and conjures intimidating cultural challenges. InnovationX, OSU’s Center of Excellence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is here to change that, and we need your help. This presentation will 1) equip you to be the person who nudges students to discover and develop their entrepreneurial potential; 2) provide opportunities to engage with student entrepreneurs; and 3) inspire you to incorporate entrepreneurship in your course/program/etc. Part of the Winter 2021 FYI Friday series, Jan. 22, 9:30-10 a.m. via Zoom. Registration required.
Music à la Carte: Music for Cello 1915-1924: Recital by Anne Ridlington, cello instructor, and cellist and frequent soloist with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony. Ridlington grew up in Corvallis and is also the principal cellist with the Eugene Symphony. She often performs with the Corvallis Repertory Singers. On the program: Hindemith, Reger and Ysaÿe. Friday, Jan. 22, noon. Free via Zoom.
Anthropology Lecture Series: "Conquistador Transportation and the Urban Commons: Resisting Gentrification in San Francisco" with guest lecturer Manissa Maharawal from American University in Washington D.C. Presented by the School of Language, Culture and Society. This guest lecture is a registered event of the OSU Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week. Friday, Jan. 22 at noon. Free and open to all. Visit beav.es/Jqi to join the virtual lecture.
Geography winter colloquium series: Bryan Tilt, professor in the School of Language, Culture and Society at Oregon State University, will be presenting his talk "Water and Energy in China and Beyond: Social, Ecological, and Geopolitical Implications." He will speak on Friday, Jan. 22 from noon to 1 p.m. Free and open to all. To join, use Zoom link: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/94478363106?pwd=ZUtzNVVlVE9Oc0ZvWTRKWEVnWkliUT09
Book preview: OSU Press will host a book preview for This Is Not For You: An Activist's Journey of Resistance and Resilience with author Richard Brown, Brian Benson, and Avel Louise Gordly. Richard Brown is a Black Portlander who has spent decades working to bridge the divide between police and the Black community. His forthcoming memoir brings readers with him into the streets with fellow activists, into squad cars with the rank-and-file, and to regular meetings with mayors and police chiefs. Brown and his co-author Brian Benson will be joined by special guest Avel Louise Gordly, the first African American woman elected to the Oregon State Senate. Friday, Jan. 22, 1 p.m. Register here: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_R1Q_aSq6QtW0jdEQH2jeZg
University Budget Committee: The University Budget Committee (UBC) will meet this Friday, Jan. 22 from 2-3:30 p.m. via Zoom. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the Provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities, and budget policies. The committee will discuss projections and planning relevant to developing budget and tuition recommendations for 2021-22. Members of the university community are welcome to join the meetings as observers. If you are interested in joining as an observer you may register here. More information and future meeting times can be found at https://fa.oregonstate.edu/budget/university-budget-committee.
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ignite: We are excited to announce the rescheduled Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ignite Event. Join us for a fun, informal afternoon with colleagues. Information regarding agenda and registration can be found here. Jan. 22, 2-5 p.m. For additional information, contact [email protected] or [email protected].
Get to know Zoom with Media Services: Audience engagement: Friday, Jan. 22 from 2-3 p.m., Zoom. To register, go to https://beav.es/oFp. For more Zoom information from Media Services, including upcoming Zoom webinars, go to https://uit-at.oregonstate.edu/media-services-zoom
Virtual Inspiration: Honor MLK’s legacy with the Black Alumni and Friends Network: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us that we are better together. Let's gather virtually on Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m. to build community and share ideas about social justice and transformative change. Be inspired by 2005 OSU College of Business graduate LaToya Kamara Manley, global product director for Nike’s Jordan Women’s Footwear and adjunct professor at Portland State University, who says “The best compliment that I ever received was that I lead by inspiration. I hope to always do so while spreading positive energy, love and light.” Then, select a breakout session on navigating education, entrepreneurship, health and wellness or building your personal brand. Register at bit.ly/MLKNetwork.
World film premiere of "The Extinction Variations" with live Q&A: Join us at 6 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 23, for the premiere of "The Extinction Variations" followed by a conversation with the film's collaborators, Kathleen Dean Moore, Rachelle McCabe and Nara Garber. The film is a moving call to action on climate disruption and mass extinction. This event is sponsored by the Spring Creek Project and is free and open to everyone. Learn more and register here.
NEW! In Memoriam: In Memoriam is an inaugural event for OSU, to annually honor those from the university community that have passed away in the previous academic year, will take place on Thursday, Jan. 28, 5:30 p.m. and honor recently deceased students, staff, faculty, alumni and others who made an impact within the university. The event will take place virtually as a livestream broadcast via live.oregonstate.edu and will feature poetry, live music and activities for reflection and healing along with guest speakers to honor the deceased. Additional information is available by emailing [email protected].
Washington, D.C., Town Hall with President F. King Alexander: A special gathering for Beavers living in the nation’s capital is happening Monday, Jan. 25. Hear from President Alexander, OSU staff and student advocates about how OSU is engaged with and impacting higher education at the federal level. Meet alumni and friends in the Washington, D.C., area and learn how to get involved. Presented by OSU Alumni Association. Register for this virtual event.
Jan. 25 Regional Connections | New York. Staying connected is good for your mind, body and Beaver spirit. At the upcoming New York Regional Connections event Jan. 25, gather with fellow Beavs to share your experiences, network with others in your field, get help with career searches or simply socialize with OSU alumni, students and friends. OSU Alumni Association regional volunteers from New York and OSUAA staff will help guide the conversations and connections. Register today at osualum.com/regionalconnections
Celebration of Women in Engineering: Feb. 10-11. In recognition of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the College of Engineering at Oregon State University invites you to celebrate the achievements of our faculty and alumnae. Featuring live panels, a film premiere, a live networking session and more. This completely virtual event is free and open to the public. Complete info and registration at https://expo.engr.oregonstate.edu/wie
Lectures, Workshops, Webinars
NEW! Trees to Tap: Forest Management and Drinking Water Virtual Conference: Join us for key findings from the recent Trees to Tap Science Review, and connect research findings with management actions for the future of Oregon’s drinking water. March 11 (afternoon) and March 12 (morning) via Zoom. Free but registration required. For more information please visit beav.es/out.
School of Psychological Science’s Winter Colloquium Series: Dustin Calvillo, California State University San Marcos, will speak Jan. 25, 4 p.m. via Zoom. His primary research interest is in memory distortions, particularly those resulting from misinformation. Zoom link can be obtained by emailing [email protected]
When Wildfire Hits: One Community's Journey to Recovery: Last summer’s wildfire events impacted many Oregonians. These events reminded us of how important it is to plan and be prepared for wildfire. Planning and preparing for wildfire can feel like a massive endeavor. What can we do? Who can help? How do we continue to build wildfire adapted and prepared communities? For this webinar, we invited our neighbors from southwest Colorado to tell us their story. Join us and learn how one community was affected by wildfires in 2002 and their journey to come together, rebuild and take the action needed to save their lives and property from wildfire and the impact their actions had on wildfires in their neighborhoods since. Jan. 25, 3 p.m. Zoom link: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QENKvwSZQEeEC0Kp60Q_QA
Jan. 26 Regional Connections | Arizona. Staying connected is good for your mind, body and Beaver spirit. At the upcoming Arizona Regional Connections event Jan. 26, gather with fellow Beavs to share your experiences, network with others in your field, get help with career searches or simply socialize with OSU alumni, students and friends. OSU Alumni Association regional volunteers from Arizona and OSUAA staff will help guide the conversations and connections. Reunite. It will feel so good! Register today at osualum.com/regionalconnections
Strategies for Being Effective in Times of Uncertainty: A high level of uncertainty in organizations will affect each of us differently. Some people thrive in ambiguity, while others are dominated by feelings of anxiety, fear, and doubt which can impact clear thinking and productivity. This class will provide 8 strategies with practical ideas and applications to increase effectiveness in challenging, uncertain times. Tuesday Jan. 26, 8-9 a.m. via Zoom. Registration required.
Managing People Through Change: If progress requires change, why can change be so difficult? Understanding how the change process impacts us is important to directing change efforts. Several change models will be integrated. As a participant, you will learn what to expect in the cycle of change and how to work with each phase to ease transitions for yourself and others. Recommended for managers and leaders. Tuesday Jan. 26, 9:30-11:30 a.m. via Zoom. Registration required.
CTL’s Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Teaching Modalities & Effective Practices. Cub Kahn (CTL), Tasha Biesinger and Marc Cholewczynski (AT). "My course modality is listed as____. Now what?" Learn to apply effective practices of blended and remote teaching through key pedagogy, Canvas features and other OSU classroom technology. This workshop will be facilitated on Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. via Zoom: beav.es/ZOOMT4 *Password: CTL
Leadership Workshop: Personal Values & Leadership: In this impactful and motivational 1.5-hour workshop, students will explore their personal values as a way to gain clarity and direction in their life and leadership. Students can join Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL) Tuesday, Jan. 26, 4-5:30 p.m. for this workshop on Zoom. Register for details. No experience or requirements necessary to attend. Questions? Contact [email protected].
6 Leadership Concept to Embrace Now: Leadership and management are distinct, yet related skill sets. Six interrelated leadership concepts will be shared for managers and leaders to consider. Various articles will be referenced in which some of these concepts were obtained. The objective is for you to determine which ideas you need to embrace now to move your units forward. Target audience: leaders and managers. Wednesday Jan. 27, 8-10 a.m. via Zoom. Registration required.
Creating partnerships for prosperity – CLA Changemakers webcast: Meghan Barp, ’06, breaks barriers — not just for herself, but for her community of 50,000+ in South Carolina. Learn how the president and CEO of United Way of Greenville County became the first woman to lead the organization in its nearly 100-year history, where she convenes her community to address the issues that matter most. Join a conversation with Barp on Jan. 27, 5 p.m. at osualum.com/Changemakers, presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the OSU Alumni Association.
Choose Your Attitude: Emotions tend to vacillate in the COVID-19 environment. Maintaining a favorable perspective and managing emotions is important. Understand the relationship between your attitude, your beliefs and your behaviors, and learn about the “Wallenda Factor” and how self-fulfilling prophecy effects outcomes. Wednesday Jan. 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Registration required.
Innovation to Market — Funding & Training Opportunities: OSU faculty and graduate student researchers are invited to join the OSU Advantage office on Wednesday, Jan. 27 for a 1-hour virtual event (offered once in the morning and once in the afternoon) that will describe funding and training opportunities that support innovation and entrepreneurship at the federal, state and OSU levels. At this event, you will also learn how to apply for a special $5,000 Innovation Award available from the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (OCCD). Register here for a Zoom link: https://lnkd.in/gXJnKgM
2021 Starker Lecture Series: "Resilience in the face of disturbance” Learning from disasters. In the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfires have impacted outdoor recreation systems both in the United States and around the world. These disturbances can influence how people recreate, where people recreate, and impact the behavior of visitors to parks and protected areas. Such changes in recreation use and related impacts to natural systems can lead to challenges for outdoor recreation management. This panel will take a local and global view of how these natural disturbances and disasters have affected recreation systems and how outdoor recreation managers are responding to these disruptions. Jan. 28, 12:30-2 p.m. Register here
Social Justice Education Initiative workshops are happening now, including NEW Tier Two workshops: The SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. See the schedule and register for remote Tier One Platform workshops here. See the schedule and register for remote Tier Two Next Level workshops here. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information: [email protected]
January 2021 Learning & Development Workshops: University Human Resource’s Learning and Development team is presenting a variety of online professional development workshops in January, including: Strategies for Being Effective in Times of Uncertainty; Managing People Through Change; Stretch Goals: Taking Performance to the Next Level; Six Leadership Concepts to Embrace Now; and Choose Your Attitude. View and register for upcoming workshops here.
Crucial Conversations: Crucial Conversations is a 10-hour course that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement—by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics—at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment. This is a series of five (5) live, online sessions on Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m Feb. 10 through March 10. There is a $100 fee to attend Crucial Conversations; advanced registration is required. Learn more and register.
Apply for the $5k Innovation Day Award by Feb. 5: OSU faculty members are invited to submit a 1-page idea pitch to the OSU Advantage office for the chance to receive a $5k award. The idea pitch should answer a commercial question in the faculty member’s research such as “With this proof, I can confirm that I have unique innovative technology” or “I can confirm which industry will be interested in the outcome of this research.” Attendance at the Jan. 27 “Innovation to Market” virtual event is required to be eligible to submit. More information is here: https://lnkd.in/gXJnKgM
Faculty Staff Fitness: OSU’s Faculty Staff Fitness Program has in-person, remote synchronous, and asynchronous offerings in Winter 2021. Our in-person offerings will be via Zoom or on hold until we can return to campus. Zoom synchronous class options will be Tuesday/Thursday 7 a.m. and noon. Weight Training and a 100% Zoom Cardio Intervals 30 minute class Monday/Wednesday at noon for a midday boost. We also have our Online FSF program with over 300 classes and 20 styles in a completely online, asynchronous format (https://health.oregonstate.edu/fsf/online) for $35 for 12 weeks. For more information and to register, see https://health.oregonstate.edu/fsf/schedule/winter. There will also be a virtual 6-week RECHARGE Wellness Challenge to get you off to 2021 with the right steps starting Jan. 24. Grab a friend, family member, or a work teammate to keep the support going during the New Year. Details can be found at https://health.oregonstate.edu/fsf/recharge.
Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Cold Weather With low temperatures comes a responsibility to prepare and take precautions against cold weather illness. This month’s poster can be downloaded at https://emergency.oregonstate.edu/emergency-preparedness/preparedness-topics/cold-weather-illness
New issue of The Messenger magazine from OSU Libraries and Press is available: The magazine highlights the new resources and services, accomplishments and ongoing efforts of the Libraries and Press. This Messenger issue includes stories about the Beavers Read project that offers book recommendations to OSU faculty, staff and students; an award-winning Wikipedia editathon that filled in gaps in African American history; and much more. The new issue and back issues are available at https://library.oregonstate.edu/the-messenger-recent-issue.
Fiscal policy: Fiscal Policy 03-110-206 Parking Permits & Fines has been revised to provide clear guidelines for parking on OSU campuses. This policy consolidates several old FIS policies (FIS 101-02 Parking Fines, FIS 205 Parking Permits & FIS 410-20 Payment of Fines). The new policy and related FAQs can be accessed on the FPP website. Contact the Fiscal Policy Coordinator for your Business Center or the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.
Taste Testers Wanted: The OSU Center for Sensory & Consumer Behavior Research is looking for panelists for consumer taste tests. Open to all students, faculty and staff. Panelists receive up to $20/hour for their time. Tests run throughout the year. Currently, samples are picked up using our drive-thru service and tasted at home. Fill out Qualtrics survey to be added to our pool at http://agsci-labs.oregonstate.edu/sensoryresearch/ or call 541-737-6506.
This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: http://today.oregonstate.edu/email/jobs To apply for the below positions, visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs unless otherwise specified.
NEW! The University Human Resources is seeking a Life Cycle Specialist. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE),12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #P04138UF. Applications received by Feb. 3 will receive full consideration. Posting closes Feb. 17.
NEW! Senior Associate Executive Director, Experience OSUAA: The role provides strategic and detailed oversight of the development, planning, and execution of programs and events that advance meaningful relations between the graduates of OSU, its students and the institution. This includes coalescing the organization’s strong program delivery and volunteer engagement with forward-looking digital engagement and community management to create scalable recruitment and stewardship of volunteers, participants and donors. This senior management position supervises a team of engagement professionals and reports to the OSUF Vice President, Alumni Engagement/OSUAA Executive Director, John Valva. To apply: https://app.jobvite.com/j?cj=oQx8dfws&s=OSU_Today For more information contact Jason Thomas 541-737-8842 or [email protected]
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ~ Oscar Wilde
Corvallis: Patchy fog and then sunny, high of 46, low of 32. Partly sunny Saturday, rain Sunday.
Central Oregon: Chance of snow, high of 33, low of 21. Sunny Saturday, snow likely Sunday.
Newport: Sunny today, high of 48, low of 34. Partly sunny Saturday, chance of showers Sunday.
Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/