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.

Want proof climate change is here? Look at Oregon in 2018, report says (OPB)

“Simply put, the state’s biggest fire years occur when summers are usually warm and dry,” said Philip Mote, an author of the report and the former director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. “Since warm and dry summers are occurring more frequently, we can expect the fire danger to increase as well.” (see also Pamplin)

Don't save the planet for the planet. Do it for the beer (Wired)

“It’s an integration of phenotype data, which AB InBev is generating constantly and in abundance because they breed constantly all over the world, with genotype data,” says Patrick Hayes, a barley geneticist at Oregon State University. “That allows for design of crosses and selection of progeny based on their genome architecture and its predicted impact.”

Invasion of the glowing sea pickles (Science)

Just a month before our voyage, “they were thick out here,” said Elizabeth Daly, a marine biologist at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Study ties warming climate to star fish die-off on Oregon Coastdie-off (KGW)

They are findings that come as little surprise to researchers at Oregon State University. Marine ecologist Sarah Gravem has been tracking starfish populations since the die-off began.

Warm waters and birth control pills influence gene expression in fish (Technology News)

"This means the cells that are created prior to becoming sperm or egg are sometimes more susceptible to EDCs," said the study's lead author, Bethany DeCourten, a doctoral student at Oregon State University.

Comic-activist W. Kamau Bell wows audiences at OSU (Gazette-Times)

W. Kamau Bell made his first visit to Corvallis on Thursday and dazzled a capacity crowd at the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University with a comic sermon on race, culture, life in the Trump era and why all of this matters.

Expert on Islam to speak at OSU (Democrat-Herald)

A professor and expert on Islam will speak next Thursday at Oregon State University on ""The Spread of Islam: New Ways of Understanding Conquest and Confessional Change in Iraq, Iran and Central Asia."

Today's photo

Dibbling walnuts in the snow: This fine team of folks braved the snow on Mount Hebo in 1910 to 'dibble' or poke a hole in the soil to plant walnuts. There is the possibility of snow showers in the Willamette Valley on Monday and Tuesday but so far no word if any actual accumulation will take place.


Cheese sales: Time to restock your fridge and your bellies with Beaver Classic Cheese. Friday Sales begin today, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the creamery. Come try our five cheddars, two Swiss and two provolones, plus cheese curds. The creamery is located in 159 Withycombe Hall. 

NEW! Taco sale: CCVM will have a taco sale on Friday, Feb. 1, 11:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. in Magruder Hall. For a $5 donation, you will get two tacos or a taco bowl plus a drink and a cookie. For questions, contact

NEW! Music a la Carte: Violinist Sarah Kwak and pianist Cary Lewis perform “The Lark Ascending” by Ralph Vaughn Williams and Sonata No. 1 in D minor by Camille Saint-Saens. Noon, Friday, Feb. 1. MU Lounge, free.

Meat Center: The Clark Meat Science Center retail store will be open Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m. Products include fresh and cooked/smoked sausages, bacon, retail cuts, jerky, snack sticks, and Beaver Classic cheese. The store is located at 3260 SW Campus Way, next to the Motor Pool. Contact for questions regarding the store.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 S.W. 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

#metoo: Taking Stock: Women in Policy invites you to a panel discussion with Kelsy Kretschmer from the School of Public Policy, Kimberly Hack from the OSU Survivor Advocacy & Resource Center, Emalydia Flenory from the OSU Women of Color Caucus and Kristen Dewey from the Center against Rape and Domestic Violence. What has happened since the #metoo movement went viral in 2017? How far have we come? Friday, Feb 1, from noon to 2 p.m. in Memorial Union 206. Lunch provided.

OSU Anthropology Lecture Series: Dave Schmitt, research associate in anthropology at Southern Methodist University, will give a lecture titled, "Twenty Years Under the Canopy: Archaeological and Ethnoarchaeological Investigations in the Northern Congo Basin Rain Forest."  Schmitt will speak on Feb. 1 from noon to 12:50 p.m. in LINC 302. This event is part of the OSU Anthropology Program's Lecture Series. Questions? Contact: Joan Gross at

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ weekly research seminar will be held from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in HFC 115. Manolis Kogevinas, research professor with the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, will present “Light-at-Night, Circadian Disruption and Cancer.”

Holy Week: "The Story of the 2016 Sacred Peace Walk” and “Making Waves: The Rebirth of the Golden Rule”: Learn about nuclear abolition efforts in two short films with documentary filmmaker, James A. Knight. Total screening for both films is under an hour followed by Q&A and discussion. Friday, Feb. 1, 3:30 p.m. Milam Hall 319.

Swimming: OSU vs. Washington State, Feb. 1, 5 p.m., Osborn Aquatic Center.

Landscape Magic: Waiting for Spring“Landscape Magic: Waiting for Spring,” an exhibit of artwork focused on the beauty of winter and the promise of spring, will be on display Feb. 1 through March 5 in the Giustina Gallery at the LaSells Stewart Center. Fourteen Pacific Northwest artists working in a range of styles and mediums will be featured in the invitation-only exhibit. Opening reception is Feb. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The Giustina Galleryhours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery is also open some evenings and weekends, depending on scheduled events.

Women’s Basketball Faculty/Staff Fridays: OSU vs. Colorado, Feb. 1, 7 p.m. OSU faculty and staff can show their OSU ID at the Gill Coliseum box office on Friday home games to receive $5 general admission.

The Visiting Writers Series: Tomás Q. Morín is the author of “Patient Zero” and “A Larger Country,” winner of the APR/Honickman Prize and runner-up for the PEN Osterweil Award. He translated Pablo Neruda’s “The Heights of Macchu Picchu” and the opera “Pancho Villa from a Safe Distance.” Morín will be reading at The Lab Theatre, Withycombe, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.


Swimming: OSU vs. Idaho, Feb. 2, 10 a.m., Osborn Aquatic Center.

Gymnastics: OSU vs. UCLA, Feb. 2, 11:30 a.m., Gill Coliseum.


Women’s Basketball: OSU vs. Utah, Feb. 3, noon, Gill Coliseum.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Decades Dance: Missing the good old days? Come to the Decades Dance! Best of the '60s,'70s, '80s, '90s and beyond. Dress up in your favorite outfit from your favorite decade for this Faculty Staff Fitness fundraiser that takes you back to the hits of each decade. The event will be March 2, 7-10 p.m., in the Women's Building Gym. There will be a cash bar. Early registration online $15, at the door $20. Invite your friend, meet new people and support Faculty Staff Fitness. For more information and to register visit:

Graduate Research Showcase: Join the OSU College of Engineering for the 2019 Graduate Research Showcase. Feb. 8, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit:

The 4th annual Human Library: Event participants will engage in 45 minute two-way conversations with individuals who volunteer as “Human Books.” Experiencing a discussion with a human book creates an opportunity for constructive dialogue, learning and empathy between two people who otherwise might not interact. A list of books and registration for “readers” are available at The event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Valley Library, 4th Floor Rotunda. Preregistration is strongly encouraged. Please direct accommodation requests related to disability or general questions to Shalece Rains at 541-737-4537 or This event is sponsored by OSU Libraries and Press and the University Ombuds Office.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Ian Morelan will present "16S rRNA Gene Amplicon Sequencing Reveals Marine Bacterial Diversity in Natural and Human-Built Systems" on Monday, Feb. 4, at 12:30 p.m. in LPSC 402. Morelan is completing his Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology under the guidance of Dee Denver. Free and open to the public.

NEW! 2019 Harward Lecture: Randy Dahlgren, Professor of Soil Science at the University of California, Davis, will give the 2019 Harward Lecture on “Biogeochemistry in California Oak Woodland-Annual Grassland Rangeland.” He will speak Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Agricultural and Life Sciences Building, room 4000, as part of the Crop and Soil Science/Horticulture Winter Seminar Series. For more information, contact Emmalie Goodwin at

NEW! Tuesday Teaching Talks: Collecting Feedback & Responsive Teaching: Join colleagues and the Center for Teaching and Learning in a certificated series of teaching workshops. The workshops are every Tuesday. Attend one, some or all. On Feb. 5, join Katy Williams (math) and Lyn Riverstone (math) to learn strategies for collecting, analyzing and responding to mid-course feedback from students. This two-hour workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here

NEW! ElderCare Connections: Corvallis Senior Center: Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from noon to1 p.m. in MU 207 to learn about classes and offerings provided by Chintimini Senior & Community Center. To see upcoming topics, please visit or contact

NEW! Chat with BC District Attorney: Join members of the OSU NAACP Collegiate Chapter on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws for a chat with Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson, Oregon’s first elected Latino district attorney. This will be an informal opportunity for students to connect with and ask questions of our district attorney. Light refreshments will be provided. Should you have questions or need accommodation email Curtis Gaspard at

NEW! Gender, Race, and Class in London, Faculty-led Program Info Session: Join Professor Susan Shaw from the School of Society, Language and Culture for a 3-7 credit program in London from Aug 18-Sept 1. Students will learn about social justice, LGBTQ history and contemporary culture/issues of London. Application deadline: March 15. Info session on Feb. 7 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Waldo 206. For more info contact or

NEW! Art & Design in South Korea: A Cross-Cultural Study of Creative Thinking | Faculty-led Program Info Session: Join professor Jun Bum Shin from the School of Arts and Communication for a four-credit, two-week program in South Korea from Aug. 18 to Sept 1. Students gain a deeper understanding of the differences between western and eastern art and design thinking while experiencing the cultural settings of Seoul and Jeju Island. Join the info session on Feb. 7 from 5 to 6 p.m. in 031 Milam. Application deadline: March 15. For more info, contact or  

NEW! Updates to University Policies & Standards: Please visit the University Policy & Standards page ( to learn about recent and pending policy amendments, which includes University Policy 01-020 International Travel. The What’s New page is updated frequently with new developments so we encourage you to check back regularly.

NEW! Leadership conference: Student Leadership & Involvement presents the OSU Leadership Conference: Exploring Courageous Leadership on Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This event is free, open to all OSU students and held in the Memorial Union. Registration is required by Feb. 8 at

NEW! 2019 Undergraduate Student Success Summit: Learn how you can support and engage with undergraduate students, and share your own research, discoveries, innovations and interventions that bolster student success at the 2019 Undergraduate Student Success Summit. Thursday, March 7, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Memorial Union, Corvallis campus. Register to attend HERE.

Duo Town Hall:  A town hall will be held in the Horizon Room at the Memorial Union on Monday, Feb 4 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. There will be a short presentation about why mandatory Duo is happening, how it will impact you, how to get a token, and other project information, followed by time to get your questions answered as well as sign up for Duo on the spot. This session will also be available on Webex. See for more information and to indicate your interest.  Send any questions beforehand to Beverages will be available. 

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture: Join us Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the MU Horizon Room for the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture with Jamsheed Choksy, distinguished professor and chair of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University. Choksy's talk will be on "The Spread of Islam: New Ways of Understanding Conquest and Confessional Change in Iraq, Iran and Central Asia." For questions or accommodations for disabilities, contact or 541-737-6522.

Science Pub: Benjamin Dalziel, an assistant professor in Oregon State University’s College of Science, will discuss his research on how the flu virus is transmitted at the Corvallis Science Pub on Monday, Feb. 11. Dalziel and collaborators have examined the patterns people follow in 603 cities regarding where they live and work, along with the role a key weather metric – specific humidity – played in flu epidemics. The presentation will start at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 Second St. in Corvallis. It is free and open to the public. Due to the continuing popularity of Science Pub, attendance will be limited and advance registration will be required. Registration is at or by calling University Events at 541-737-4717. People who arrive without a ticket are welcome but will not be admitted to the reserved seating area until 6 p.m.

Information and Global Social Justice – Italy | Faculty-led Program Info Session: Join librarians Kelly McElroy and Diana Park for a three-credit, two-week program in Ferrara, Italy, from June 26 through July 10. This program is designed for first-time travelers who wish to develop a deeper understanding of social justice issues in a global context by examining information flow within countries and across borders. Please join the info session on Feb. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in the 2nd Floor West Classroom at the Valley Library. Application deadline: March 15. For more info contact or

Undocu-Ally Training: The Undocumented Task Force at Oregon State University will hold an Undocu-Ally Training for OSU staff and faculty who are interested in learning about how to be an ally of DACA students, students from mixed-status families, and undocumented students at OSU. The training will take place on Friday, Feb. 22, from noon to 2 p.m. in Kidder 202. The Undocumented Task Force strives to better support DACA students, students from mixed-status families, and undocumented students at OSU. If you have specific questions you would like addressed in the training, take a few minutes to participate in this survey. Participation in this survey is anonymous and the responses will help the Task Force create the training. To register for the Undocu-Ally Training, or if you have any questions regarding the event, please email Courtney Garcia,, or Monica Olvera,

Honors College Info Session for Current/Prospective Thesis Mentors: For any OSU faculty member who is mentoring an honors undergraduate thesis, or interested in doing so in the future.  We will cover recent updates to the HC thesis process, discuss mentoring best practices, and answer questions.  Friday, Feb. 8, 1-2 p.m. in LINC 343.  RSVP here.  

Tree School: Registration is now open for #TreeSchoolClackamas, which will be held on Saturday, March 23, at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City.  Choose from 75 diverse classes that support stewardship of woodlands: forest management, weed management, forest fungi, wildlife management and more.There are 650 spots available and classes fill quickly.

INTO OSU forum: Provost Ed Feser and a panel of INTO OSU board members and leaders will discuss the INTO OSU partnership and answer questions. Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m., ILLC 155. Open to all OSU students, staff and faculty, as well as the Corvallis community. This forum will not be streamed or recorded. Email Gigi Bruce if you are not able to attend the forum, but have a question or comment to share.

Winter Community Dialogue: Coming to the United States of America: Who should we welcome, what should we do?Faculty, staff, and students are invited to explore multiple perspectives on strategies to uphold civil rights and address immigration justice. Open to the entire OSU and Corvallis community. Wednesday Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m, MU Horizon Room. Review the dialogue options summary and participant dialogue guide to familiarize yourself with the dialogue content. Join the Coming to the United States of America Community Dialogue Facebook Event. Learn more about the Community Dialogues initiative. 

Food drive

NEW! Rummage Sale EESC will host a rummage sale in the fourth-floor foyer of Kerr from Feb. 4 through 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to support the annual food drive. Peruse housewares, books, movies, toys, clothing, and more! For questions, contact

NEW! Bake Sale: Prices vary depending on the baked good. Feb. 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Richardson Hall, 2nd Floor Knuckle. For more information, contact

NEW! Book and DVD Sale: Purchase lightly used books, DVDs and board games to support the 2019 OSU Food Drive. Items range $1-5 dollars. The sale will be running all month in the Magruder Hall lobby. For questions, contact

NEW! Quilt and Wood Raffle Ticket Sale: Raffle tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5 and can be purchased at the Forestry HelpDesk in Richardson Hall throughout the month of February. The drawing will be on Feb, 28 at 1 p.m. For more information contact

NEW! Bingo! Bingo! Bingo! Get your bingo fix and help the local food bank. Business Affairs is hosting a virtual bingo game. Stop by Kerr B100 to get your bingo card; $1 each or six for $5. Cards will be sold through Feb. 15 with bingo numbers announced each weekday starting Feb. 18 on the BAFF Food Drive page. Winner receives 50 percent of the proceeds; the other 50 percent will be donated to the Food Drive. 

NEW! Bulb Sale: Are you ready for spring? Get your bulbs now. You can order directly from Dutch Mills Bulbs by visiting the Business Affairs fundraising page or stop by Kerr B100 to place your order. Each kit is $10 and will arrive in time for your spring planting. Orders must be received by Feb. 27. 

Take Note

The University Health & Safety Committee: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety with information from SAIF on Safety Hazard Recognition, available online at Did you know that you can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

Construction commencing in library, and there will be noise during winter and spring terms: Remodeling will be underway through May on the third and fourth floors of the Valley Library during the remodeling of library offices, and there will be construction noise, especially early and mid-morning. For those seeking a quiet area in the library, the fifth-floor Rotunda is designated as a quiet area and the entire sixth floor is for silent study.

Carbon emission reduction: To support OSU’s carbon emissions reduction goals, ASOSU, the Sustainability Office and the OSU Foundation have launched the university’s first fundraising effort focused on reducing university carbon emissions. A small project at Kelley Engineering Center would save around 2,000 pounds of carbon annually and support student engagement and research. A large number of donors is best so small contributions are welcome on the Foundation’s crowdfunding platform.

Request for Proposals: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking proposals to facilitate the further development and commercialization of OSU applied innovations. Proposals can be submitted for OSU-owned innovations developed by OSU faculty, staff, and/or graduate students in any discipline that require up to $25,000. Proposals are due no later than 5 p.m., March 1. Read the full RFP here: 

NEW! New Major: Bachelor of Science in Public Policy: Are you an undergraduate looking to create meaningful change through public policy and law? The new Bachelor of Science in Public Policy teaches you how to effectively identify, investigate and propose policy solutions for the complex issues challenging communities today. Applications for the major are currently being accepted, so explore our websitemeet with our advisor, and apply early.

Be a presenter at the Ecampus Faculty Forum: Contribute to Oregon State’s excellence in online teaching and learning by sharing your expertise at this spring’s Ecampus Faculty Forum. Submit your proposal for a presentation by Feb. 10. Interactive sessions are encouraged but conference-style presentations are also welcome. The faculty forum will be held May 1 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center.

Social Justice education: The Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this well-reviewed program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Library Undergraduate Research Awards offer $1,000 scholarships: The deadline for applying has been extended to Feb. 18. Impressed by a student’s research paper or project? That student could win $1,000 for their work through the Library Undergraduate Research Awards, which offer one prize for a paper or project in the arts and humanities and another for work in social sciences, sciences or engineering. Encourage your worthy students to apply. More info is at

Provost’s Literary Prize: We are now accepting submission for the 31st annual Provost’s Literary Prize. Students are encouraged to submit their creative writing piece to Professor Keith Scribner in the School of Writing, Literature and Film (Moreland Hall 238). The literary work can be fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction written for a general audience.  The prize is open to currently enrolled undergraduate students at OSU.  Submissions are due by Feb. 15 and must be the student's original work, typed, no longer than 14 double-spaced pages for prose or eight manuscript pages for poetry, and include the full name, year in school, current mailing address, phone number, and student ID number of the writer. For questions, contact (541-737-1645).


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! Instructor-Engineering: OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, fixed-term Instructor of Engineering position. Posting #P02706UF. Full consideration Feb. 12. Closes Feb. 19.

NEW! This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Office Specialist 2 position for the Office of Admissions at Oregon State University. Posting #P01963CT. Closes Feb. 15. 

NEW! Manager of Operations: OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Manager of Operations. Posting #P02725UF. Closes Feb. 18.

NEW! The Department of Public Safety is accepting applications for a Patrol Sergeant. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #P02724UF. Closes Feb. 19.

NEW! Assistant Professor-Computer Science: The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track assistant professor position in computer science at OSU-Cascades. Posting #P02735UF. Closes March 1.


"Writing is like traveling. It's wonderful to go somewhere, but you get tired of staying. " ~ Langston Hughes, born today in 1902.

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 50, low of 40. Chance of showers through the weekend.

Central Oregon: Rain today, high of 46, low of 34. Rain likely Saturday, chance of snow showers Sunday.

Newport: Rain today, high of 52, low of 41. Chance of showers through the weekend.

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