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. 

Bringing back Oregon's sea otters gets federal bucks for feasibility study (OPB News)

A newly published study by a master’s student in the Marine Mammal Institute of Oregon State University found there is suitable habitat along the Oregon Coast to support around 4,500 resident sea otters, setting aside for a moment the potential disturbance from human activities.

Oregon lawmakers advance bill to establish tsunami zone building standards (KLCC)

“When you build a building in a tsunami zone to a particular standard, that standard allows for the survival of the steel frame of the building,” said Oregon State University geologist Chris Goldfinger. “It says nothing about whether the building’s going to be functional after the wave hits it, or whether anybody in the building is going to survive.”

Love your neighbor (The Source)

Last year, the Source Weekly named Erika McCalpine (OSU-Cascades) our 2019 Woman of the Year. After featuring her story in the spring, the relationship continued throughout the year, including conceiving and creating this series, together with a group of other members of the Central Oregon community.

CAFE 541: As craft beer diversifies, women are reclaiming the image of homebrewer (Register-Guard)

A quarter of the students studying beer, cider, wine and spirits in Oregon State University’s Fermentation Science program are women. That’s compared with 70% in its Enology and Viticulture (wine-specific) program, said Tom Shellhammer, a fermentation science professor there. The number of women interested in beer and fermentation has been rising slowly over 10 years, said Shellhammer anecdotally.

How mitochondria respond to exercise, high fat diet Medical News Today)

Sarah Ehrlicher, a doctoral candidate in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University in Corvallis, is the first author of the paper, which appears in the FASEB Journal.

Today's photo

Octagonal barn: The Octagonal Barn, 1903. The College's first barn, built in 1889, was this octagonal structure. The addition was built in 1892. It served as the heart of the College's 180-acre farm until 1909, when construction of a new barn was completed. In its later years, the Octagonal Barn served the College as a horse barn until it burned in September 1924. Photo courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives.


Half-price Rummage Sale: Today is the final day of the rummage sale being held in the fourth floor lobby of the Kerr Administration Building as a fundraiser for the OSU Food Drive. Everything is half price for the final day. Sponsored by the Office of News & Research Communications, the sale includes household items, jewelry, books, Thomas the Train sets, kids and women's clothing and more. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Cash or check made out to Linn-Benton Food Share.

Valentine’s Day Basket Raffle: The Extension and Experiment Station Communications office in Kerr 422 is holding its annual Valentine’s Day Basket Raffle. All donations benefit the Linn-Benton County Food Share. Tickets $1 each or six tickets for $5. Drawing will be held Friday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. The winner will be notified by email. For more information contact or

Bake Sale: Come get your fill of sweets at the CCVM bake sale, Feb. 10-14 in Magruder Hall. There will be a variety of baked goods that change daily. Item prices vary. For questions, contact

Book Sale: Book prices vary. Come and check out the books on sale. Feb. 10-14, Richardson, Second Floor Knuckle. For more information, contact

Sweets and Treats Silent Auction: To donate: bring items for auction by Feb. 14, 9 a.m, Crop Science Building 119. Bidding goes from 10 a.m -3 p.m. For more information contact

Plant Sale for Valentine's Day: Ecological Engineering Student Society (EcoE) will host a plant and card sale for Valentine's Day in front of Gilmore Hall. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Food Drive. Feb. 14, outside Gilmore Hall. $3/Plants, $1/Cards. For more information contact

Rolls and Scrolls: Browse for a used book and choose from a variety of delicious baked goods. Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Moreland Hall Lobby. Donate cash, write a check or bring two food items for the Linn-Benton Food Share. For more information contact

Valentine's Day Auction: This is a silent auction, so come bid on some handmade or new items for Valentine's Day. Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Richardson, Second Floor Knuckle. For more information contact

Introduction to CORE: This session is designed to give new employees and CORE users who would like to review the basics an orientation to CORE. Topics in this session include security and policies related to the access and use of data,and helpful tips and tricks for using the system. Feb. 14, 11 a.m. to noon in IAR Training Space - Kerr B094 - and via Zoom. Note: This session is immediately followed by the IAR DataLab. Register: Questions? Email:

Cheese sales: Time to restock your fridge and your bellies with Beaver Classic Cheese. Come try five cheddars, two Swiss, two Provolones and cheese curds. Today from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 159 Withycombe Hall. 

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 at 3260 SW Campus Way, next to the Motor Pool. Contact for questions regarding the store.

OSU Anthropology Lecture Series: Colin Anderson, associate professor at Coventry University, UK, will present “Agroecology and Social Transformation” on Friday, Feb. 14, from noon to 12:50 p..m, in LINC 314. The lecture is free and open to all. For further information, contact Shaozeng Zhang at

Honey for your sweetie: The OSU Honey Bee Lab is selling honey on Friday Feb. 14, noon to 2 p.m., under the ALS skybridge on Campus Way. The 8oz jars make great gifts. $5 per jar, cash or check only.

Procurement Training Sessions: Procurement is pleased to again offer training sessions covering  Informal Procurement (Feb. 14). These sessions are being offered in-person and via Zoom. For more information, registration, times and locations visit the Procurement Training and Support webpage.

Info Session for Honors College Short-term Program to France, June 16 - July 3: Come learn about an 18-day study abroad program that will provide multiple opportunities to explore two program themes: France’s responses to climate change, and France’s food culture from commodities to cafes. This 90-minute session will be dedicated to answering questions about program highlights, logistics and costs. The two faculty leaders and current applicants will be attending. Feb. 14, 10-11:30 a.m., Gilmore 234.

OSU International Scholar and Faculty Coffee Social: OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International and OSU Office of International Services would like to invite you to join international visiting faculty, scholars, students and their families for conversation, coffee, tea and light snacks at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (CMLC) in the Einerson House (EINH) 2638 NW Jackson Ave, Corvallis on Friday, between 10:30 a.m. and noon.

OSUsed Store Valentine’s Sale: Come by our public sale Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. to submit your best guess for how many Valentine's candies are in our jar for a chance to win a gourmet treat basket! Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

Music à la Carte: OSU Jazz Ensemble performs Feb. 14, noon, in the MU Lounge.

Weekly Mindfulness Meditation: Did you know that regular mindfulness meditation can reduce stress and anxiety, improve cognition, and much more? Let CAPS help you begin or maintain a meditation practice with weekly drop-in meditation groups. All skill levels are welcome. Check in at the Snell Hall 5th floor reception desk and be sure to arrive on time, as not to disrupt the session. Each Friday through finals week. Faculty and staff 12:30-1 p.m.; students 10-11 a.m.

Public Policy Brownbag Seminar Series: Diana Kruger, professor at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and COES in Chile, will present her work on “Longer School Schedules, Childcare and the Quality of Mothers’ Employment: Evidence from School Reform in Chile.” She will speak on Feb. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. in Bexell 414. 

Rethinking recess: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) presents “Rethinking recess: Creating safe and inclusive playtime for all children in school,” by Rebecca London, PhD, MA, assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room.

PAL-entine’s Day: Celebrate your friendships in style! McNary Dining Center is hosting PAL-entine’s Day, a chance to gather with your fellow Beavs for a formal multi-course dinner on Friday, Feb. 14. Seating times are available at 5:30, 6:30 or 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and include soup, salad, entrees, side dishes and dessert. Reserve a spot today:

EcoFilm: The Beaver Believers: The hour-long film follows Beaver Believers onto spectacular western landscapes, where beaver have already begun to transform damaged watersheds. Many challenges stand in the way of larger scale efforts to use beaver as a restoration tool, including trapping. A panel consisting of the film producer and three Oregon beaver experts will discuss the film with a Q&A period. Friday, Feb. 14, Odd Fellows Hall, 223 Second St., Corvallis. Door open at 6:30 p.m., film at 7, Sponsored by the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film.


Beavers Belong: Beavers Belong is a support network for students, by students, aimed at creating connection, community and belonging through weekly peer-led groups (not therapy or counseling-based), on-campus events and activities. Drop-in group times for undergrads are Mondays, 2-3 p.m., 3-4 p.m. and 4-5 p.m., MU Lounge Family Friendly Room; and Fridays 2-3 p.m., MU Wellness Nook, Room 62. For grads, Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m., Dixon Lower Classroom. Child care services offered.

Literary Northwest Series: Steven Moore, author of The Longer We Were There: A Memoir of a Part-Time Soldier (University of Georgia Press, 2019), and Wendy Willis, author of These Are Strange Times, My Dear (Counterpoint Press, 2019) will read in The Lab Theatre (Withycombe Hall), on Feb. 21, from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Wikipedia Editathon: Join us in writing PNW African American history into Wikipedia. All are welcome; free food and prizes available. Training is provided, registration is required. Sponsored by OSU Libraries and PressAfroCROWDEducational Opportunity Program--Advancing Academic Equity for Student Success, and Diversity & Cultural Engagement (Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center and the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center). Feb. 28, 2-5 p.m., Valley Library Autzen classroom.

Tax help for students and low-income households. Every Saturday through March 7 from 1-5 p.m. in Austin Hall Room 126. This is a free, drop-in based service. Click here for more information. Se habla español.

Winter Career Expo: On Wednesday, Feb. 19, connect with some of the best employers in the country at the 2020 Oregon State University Winter Career Expo. This career fair attracts over 100 employers seeking students to fill jobs and internships in STEM fields, liberal studies, social services, grad programs and business services. CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Check out which employers are attending by following this link.

Young Professionals @OSU Social: Looking to network with other young professionals here at OSU? Join the Office of Work Life and the Family Resource Center for a night out at McMenamins Monroe Pub on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Complimentary appetizers will be available and you are welcome to bring your spouse/partner. RSVP to or

SAC Presents: Slavic Soul Party! a 10-piece band from Brooklyn, N.Y., performs Balkan-soul-gypsy-funk on March 19 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets here. 

SAVE THE DATE! Out of the Darkness Campus Walk to Prevent Suicide: Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Out of the Darkness Campus Walk on Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., SEC Plaza. The goals of the Campus Walk event are to reduce mental health stigma, educate about resources, encourage help-seeking, support suicide loss survivors and raise money. Consider joining as either a virtual or “IRL” (in real life) walker by visiting For more information, contact Tessie Webster-Henry:

Bring Your Kids to Campus Day: The Family Resource Center will be hosting the annual Bring Your Kids to Campus Day on Friday, April 17. Family-friendly activities will be offered all day throughout the Corvallis campus. We are looking for new and previous partners who would be interested in offering fun activities for families to do together and hope that could be you. If you are interested in partnering in this year’s Bring Your Kids to Campus Day or have questions, please email or call 541-737-4906.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: “Class Time” Lectures & Active Learning: Join Inara Scott (CoB) to consider approaches to student-centered learning and presentation-style instruction during class time. +Tech Talk: See how Kaltura’s in-video quizzing features can be used for pre- or post-lecture student support. This workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here.

NEW! Sexual citizens: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) presents “Sexual citizens: A landmark study of sex, power and assault on campus,” by Shamus Khan, Ph.D., chair and professor of sociology at Columbia University, Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 3:30-5 p.m. in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room. Co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, School of Public Policy.

NEW! People and Nature Lunch Series: Jackie Delie, graduate student in Fisheries and Wildlife, presents “Reconciling Attitudinal and Normative Dimensions of Tolerance in Human-Wildlife Interaction,” and Leah Cogan, graduate student in Water Resources Policy and Management, presents “Adaptive Capacity in Western States’ Water Plans.” Tuesday, Feb, 18, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Strand 110. To attend online: For more information:

NEW! CGRB Seminar on Wednesday: The CGRB Seminar series will take place Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m., in ALS 4001 with refreshments following. The event is free and open to the public. Our speaker for this seminar is Jill Banfield.

The Really Big One: Join us for a talk on process, poetry, and earthquakes by Jennifer Richter, assistant professor of creative writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. Richter will discuss her new collection of poems and how seismology offers a new language to explore how we cycle through periods of shattering and healing. Monday, Feb. 17, 4 p.m., OSU Center for the Humanities at the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave.

OLI II: Youth Voices in Action: The Oregon 4-H Outreach Extension program invites students grades 8-12 to attend our annual leadership conference. Conference begins March 23 at 11 a.m. and ends March 26 at 1 p.m. Cost to attend is $250 if registered before Feb. 15. Scholarships available. To register and obtain more info:

Happily Never After? Exploring the truths and myths of relationships with Kristen Yax. Feb. 19, 6-7 p.m., Gilfillan Auditorium.

SBIR/STTR, State, and University Funding for Tech Commercialization: OSU Faculty and Student Researchers -- join the OSU Advantage office on Feb. 20 from 3:30-5 p.m. in MU 109 for an Innovation Days workshop titled “Research Impact Resources 101,” followed by a hosted networking reception from 5-6:30 p.m. RSVP here:

Research Seminar: Irina Gaynanova, assistant professor, Texas A&M University, will speak on “Truncated latent Gaussian copula model for zero-inflated data,” Feb. 20, 4 p.m., Weniger 149. This seminar is open to the public.

BA 161 First-Year Student Microbusiness Market Research Event: Join us for our annual BA 161 Microbusiness Market Research event. College of Business first-year students have officially started their product development and marketing research for their products/services that will be ready for sale in spring 2020. Each of their microbusinesses are looking for feedback on their ideas, products and services. Friday, Feb. 21, 9-10 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon and 1-2 p.m., Austin Hall Marketplace. Questions? Contact

Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training: CAPS invites students, faculty, and staff to attend our Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Workshops. Participants will learn how suicide impacts us nationwide and here at OSU, how to identify the signs and symptoms of emotional distress, and how to help or intervene if someone you know is considering suicide.  Monday, Feb. 24 noon to 1:30 p.m., MU 104. For more information contact Tessie Webster-Henry:

Top Hat Level 1 Certification Workshop: Tactics for Real-time Assessment Save your spot for this on-campus workshop, brought to you by Top Hat and OSU’s Academic Technology. All faculty and GTAs that use or are interested in using Top Hat are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact Lyn Riverstone. March 11, 1-3 p.m. in MLM 215. Register today.

Food Drive

NEW! Soup Sale: Soups will be sold for $3 for one bowl, or $5 for a bowl of soup, bread, and a drink. We will do our best to have vegan/veg/ GF options. Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Magruder Hall. For questions, contact

NEW! Little Women Tea: The annual News and Research Communications tea event is back with a Little Women-themed tea. Tea sandwiches, salads, sweet treats, tea and lemonade that would satisfy Jo March and her sisters will be available Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the fourth floor of Kerr Admin. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Eat there or take away. $5 per person.
NEW! NROTC Tuesday Soup Day: Have you ever seen our historic armory? Take a tour before it is torn down. Come by for lunch, support the OSU Food Drive, and choose from five soup options. Only $4 for a bowl. Each serving comes with a free piece of bread. Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Naval Armory, Quarterdeck. For questions, contact

NEW! Winter Warmup: Stop by to warm up with hot chocolate, cider or tea and some homemade baked goods. Feb. 18, 2-3 p.m., Ballard Extension Hall Room 104. Suggested donation $1.50/cup, $1/treat, or $2 /both. Cash, Venmo, or nonperishable food donations. Please BYOM (Bring your own mug!). For questions, contact

Basket Raffle: BAFF Baskets: Business Affairs is raffling off four baskets: BBQ Bonanza; Pampered Pet: Cat Edition; Pampered Pet: Dog Edition; and Sweets and Treats. Tickets are available for sale at the Kerr Admin Cashier's Office windows Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tickets are $1 each, $5/6, or $10/15. Drawing will be held Friday, Feb. 28. For more information, see Questions, contact

Artisan Bowl Raffle. Buy tickets at 116 Gilmore Hall. Handsome, one-of-a-kind bowl made from locally sourced oak and turned by Biological & Ecological Engineering instructor, John Selker. Lightly oiled with Tung Oil, this bowl is food-safe.  Come by and see how well it will complement your office or home. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Drawing held Feb. 27. For questions contact

Attention Bookworms: Come to the CEOAS Admin Building (behind Johnson Hall), donate $1, $3 or $5 to the food drive and walk away with a beautifully and mysteriously wrapped book for your next rainy day binge-reading session. For more information contact

OSU Campus Bird Watching Tour: OSU is an eBird hotspot with 146 species reported. Please join EESC's Amerie Lommen as she hosts a walking tour, pointing out the native bird life here on OSU's Corvallis campus. Suggested donation of $1. Feb 27 meet on the north side of Kerr Administration Building at noon. All money collected benefits the OSU Food Drive and the Linn-Benton Food Share.

Cosmic Spin the Wheel: The Xpress Stop at the MU has Cosmic Spin the Wheel and cookies. For a $2 donation, spin the wheel for your chance to win candy and prizes. Every spin is entered into a drawing at the end of the month. Fabulous prizes include a Car Wash certificate, banner shopping bags, and $50 Amazon gift cards. Also, every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. stop by for fresh baked cookies. All proceeds benefit the food drive.

Quilt Raffle Ticket Sale: Quilt raffle tickets are $1 each or 6/$5. All month. For more information contact

Book Sale: Lightly used books, DVDs and board games will be on sale to support the OSU Food Drive throughout the month of February. Items will range in price from $1 to $5. Come check out the selection in the Magruder Hall lobby. For questions, contact
Take a Break with BEE: February is a cold, damp month. Need a break from it all? Come and spend some time in Gilmore Hall 116, warming up with hot cocoa or tea. We will be offering each for a donation of $1/per cup for the entire month of February (weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with the exception of noon). For questions, contact
PB&J bar: A longtime Biological & Ecological Engineering tradition, we’ve extended the PB&J bar for the entire month. Come on by our office and make yourself a delicious treat of peanut butter and a variety of jellies, many from local growers. Suggested donation of $3 per sandwich (weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.). All donations will go to BEE’s participation in the OSU Food Drive to help the local community. For questions, contact

Take Note

Applying Learning Technology Community (pilot): All faculty teaching on-campus courses are encouraged to submit a proposal for this new faculty learning community pilot. The @ALT Community provides participants with an opportunity to investigate and provide learning technology solutions to a significant teaching-related problem of their choosing. Professional development funding provided. Contact Lyn Riverstone with questions. Proposals for the Spring 2020 pilot due Feb. 28. See the proposal guidelines.

 FY19 Sustainability Report: The Sustainability Office invites you to explore OSU’s FY19 Sustainability Report. Reports are partly built from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure sustainability performance. FY19 produced OSU’s highest STARS score ever, as we continue an upwards trend towards becoming a greener and more inclusive university.

Encourage students to join the 100-day countdown to commencement: Class of 2020 is well-prepared to get a jumpstart on their futures. At Oregon State’s Countdown to Commencement events, graduating students can connect and celebrate with fellow soon-to-be-alumni, take care of all their graduation needs and gain skills for life beyond graduation. For questions and disability accommodations please call (877) 678-2837 or email OSUAA Early Engagement Director Mamta Chowdhury.

Campus Directions: Learn more from University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations about how Oregon State's campuses are improving every day. Read the latest issue of Campus Directions to learn about the Merryfield Hall renovations, how collaboration builds a better Corvallis campus and more. Interested in keeping up with projects on campus? Subscribe to our newsletter.

Policy changes: Fiscal Policy 03-140-505 Meals, Refreshments and Events has been revised to update and consolidate related policies (FIS 410-01 Alcoholic Beverages, FIS 410-05 Hosting Groups and Official Guests, FIS 410-07 Non-Travel Meals and Refreshments, FIS 410-09 Graduation Events). The new policy and related FAQs can be accessed on the FPP website. Please contact the Fiscal Policy Coordinator for your Business Center or the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.

OSU Folk Club/Thrift Shop Scholarships: The OSU Folk Club/Thrift Shop Scholarship Committee is accepting applications from high school seniors who will attend OSU in the fall of 2020 and are graduating from a Benton County High School or live in Benton County. The Scholarship Committee is also accepting applications from non-traditional women (age 30 or older, who will be attending OSU full-time or part-time in 2020-2021 pursuing their first undergraduate degree. Applications are available at high school counselors' offices, at the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop, 144 NW Second St. in Corvallis, and online at Deadline for mailing is March 6 for high schoolers and March 20 for non-traditional students. 


"Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove. Oh no, it is an ever-fixed mark, that looks on tempests and is never shaken." ~ Shakespeare.

Corvallis: Slight chance of showers, high of 49, low of 39. Rain Saturday and showers likely Sunday.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 41, low of 31. Chance of rain and snow tomorrow, chance of snow Sunday.

Newport: Showers Friday, high of 48, low of 39. Rain Saturday and showers likely Sunday.

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