Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media. For more about this section, see:


Safe food? Shelf life? Thank the Food Innovation Center (KOIN)

Dr. Marcia Walker recently spent years working with big food companies. But she’s now the director at the Food Innovation Center, a Portland-based part of Oregon State University.

Oregon State University earns top 10 online education ranking, 10 years in a row (OPB News)

For the 10th consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report has named Oregon State University one of the top 10 places in the nation to obtain an undergraduate degree online. OSU is ranked fourth, along with Arizona State University and North Carolina State University, for best online bachelor’s programs which were evaluated on factors such as faculty credentials and graduation rates.

OSU researcher wonders if gray whale off Florida coast was just lost or a sign it's 'exploring' the Atlantic (Yachats News)

A fourth sighting off the coast of Miami in late December by a fishing charter only deepened the mystery. Now, an Oregon State University whale researcher based in Newport is wondering if something much more profound is going on.

Bob Moore, who founded Bob's Red Mill, is dead at 94 (New York Times)

“I think that people who eat white flour, white rice, de-germinated corn — in other words, grains that have had part of their nutrients taken away — are coming up short,” Mr. Moore said in 2017 in an interview for an Oregon State University oral history. “I think our diets, nationally, and international probably, show the fact that we just have allowed ourselves to be sold a bill of goods.”

State universities admit more out-of-state students for the tuition bump (Stateline)

Kennedy Cole, a college junior studying accounting, knew she wanted to attend school outside her native Nevada to expand her choices, meet new people and explore different places. Emma Nichols, a sophomore majoring in vocal performance, chose a school close to her home in Corvallis, Oregon. The two friends, Oregon State University tour ambassadors who guide prospective students and families around campus, both think they made the right decision.

OSU-Cascades seeking $24M from lawmakers to expedite Bend campus land remediation work (KTVZ)

OSU–Cascades is seeking $24 million from the Oregon Legislature to expedite the next phase of its land remediation, which will provide space over the next decade to serve the growing campus’s academic, research and student housing needs.

Expert plant pathologist to address challenges in potato disease management at upcoming Ontario Potato Conference (Potato News Today)

One of the highlights of the conference will be a keynote address by Ken Frost, a renowned plant pathologist from Oregon State University. Frost is well-regarded for leading an extension program dedicated to research-based improvements in vegetable disease management, particularly in potatoes.

A new map shows how much carbon dioxide is stored in Oregon's Coos Bay estuary (Jefferson Public Radio)

Oregon State University research found that the state has lost about 58% of its historical tidal wetlands. Much of that loss is from development.

Today's photo

Memorial Union: Detlef Laughery says, “The coziest building in Corvallis. Took this picture before heading inside and petting a therapy dog. Taken on the Tuesday of fall term finals week.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Want to learn more about effective ways to support student mental health and well-being in your teaching? Register for the CTL Sparkhop via Zoom at noon Feb. 23. In this 20-minute program, CTL’s Kara Clevinger and Funmi Amobi will discuss teaching strategies to support learning by cultivating positive emotions and mutual joy in the learning environment.


OSU Tree Walk: Join Dan Blanchard, curator of living plant collections for the OSU Campus Arboretum and instructor in the Department of Horticulture, for our new Tree Walk. This tour will highlight plants on campus and include some history along the way. Sessions are Feb. 16, 21 and 26. Sign up right away using the Qualtrics link or email [email protected] with questions.

Music à la Carte: Opus Magnum, classical duo of voice and piano, Nathaniel Kondrat, bass, and Ana Maria Lupu, piano. Bass vocalist Nathaniel Kondrat, ’08, studied voice at OSU and received his master's degree in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2011. Kondrat's repertoire includes Shubert, Schumann, Williams, Beethoven and Finzi. Pianist and accompanist Ana Maria Lupu began her artistic career in 2008 at the Lyceum of Music for Gifted Children in Chisinau, Moldova, where she took part in numerous competitions in her homeland. Noon Feb. 16 in the MU Lounge; admission is free.

OSU Anthropology Lecture SeriesGabriel Sanchez, assistant professor at the University of Oregon, will give a lecture titled, "Collaborative Archaeology at the Hastings Natural History Reservation,” from noon to 12:50 p.m., Feb. 16, in Strand 161. This event is sponsored by the OSU Anthropology Program and the OSU School of Language, Culture, and Society. Questions? Contact: Drew Gerkey at [email protected].

College of Health Friday Research Seminar: Vivek Shandas, professor of geography in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts and founder and director of the Sustaining Urban Places Research Lab at Portland State University, will present “Heat, Housing and Health: Assessing Exposure to Extreme Temperatures in Affordable Housing,” from 1-2 p.m., Feb. 16 in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room and via Zoom. Co-sponsored by the COH Environmental and Occupational Health Program.

Women’s Basketball: Join us at 7 p.m., Feb. 16 at our Oregon State women's basketball game at Gill Coliseum as we celebrate Fearless Women of Oregon State. To celebrate, we are offering a ticket discount to all OSU faculty and staff. Claim your tickets with the ticket discount direct link here or enter the promo code BEAVSFAC at

"No Future": A New Play by Sophie Brown. OSU Theatre presents No Future, a new play written, directed and designed by OSU students that explores the complexity of friendship and art while celebrating the music and spirit of the early punk scene. "No Future" runs from Feb. 14-17 at Common Fields in downtown Corvallis. Tickets are available here.


We Space: Mindful Relating. We Space is a 1:1 practice of seeing one another in a mindful and present way. This practice nourishes as we learn to do less and feel more, together. Held on Zoom and taught by Julie Masters from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17. Register and learn more and purchase class passes from Marigold. Contact us.

Wine & Chocolate: Elizabeth Tomasino, an associate professor of enology in the Department of Food Science and Technology at OSU, will be giving a one-hour talk and tasting in pairing wine and chocolate. 4-5 p.m. Feb. 17 in Portland. For more details follow the link.


Yoga Nidra: Drawn from Vedic and Tantric practices, yoga nidra “yogic sleep” is a guided meditation experience which often yields deep relaxation, insight, and a sense of connection. Guided by Tiffany Bailey Feb. 18 and March 17, 6-7:30 p.m. at Marigold. Purchase one class pass or $15 for drop-in. Please pre-register. Contact: [email protected].


NEW! General Meeting, American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP): The ASSP OSU Student Section is holding a general meeting from 6-7:30 p.m., Feb. 19 in the Women's Building, Room 210. Food and drinks are available from 6-6:30 p.m. The meeting is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Contact Barbara Hudson-Hanley ([email protected]) to learn more.

Coffee Hour for Graduate Students: Come meet some fellow graduate students and enjoy some pastries with coffee/tea. Join us 6-7 p.m., Feb. 19 at Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez.

Sustainability Town Hall: Carly Lettero, associate director of arts integration at PRAx and the director of Spring Creek Project, will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming Sustainability Town Hall, Corvallis's premier sustainability event hosted by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition. The theme of this year's Town Hall is "The Arts: A Portal to Sustainability." The free event will be held 7 p.m., March 7 at the Alumni Center. Learn more and register here.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Gearing Up for Gardening: "We Can Also Grow Citrus!" Kneque Chaffin, Home Grown Gardens. Come to the Corvallis-Benton County Library and get free gardening tips from local experts. Join us at noon, Feb. 20. Presentations are free and open to everyone. Co-sponsored by the Benton County Master Gardener Association and the Corvallis-Benton County Library.

NEW! U.S. job search webcast: Enhance your understanding of the job market, get practical tips and hear firsthand experiences from an immigration attorney and panel of alumni who have successfully traversed this journey at the virtual event Ask Alumni: U.S. Job Search for International Students, 5 p.m., Feb. 28. Presented by OSUAA, Career Development Center, College of Business and the Office of International Services. 

NEW! Webinar for NSF-funded polar researchers: Polar STEAM is recruiting researchers to collaborate (virtually or in the field) with educators, artists and writers to broaden the impact of polar research. This webinar will provide additional information and answer questions about Polar STEAM’s collaborations in both the Arctic and Antarctic for 2025-26. 11 a.m., Feb. 29. Register or schedule a consultation with the team (

CTL Sparkshop: “They need us to be well:" Strategies for cultivating mutual joy in the learning environment to support student learning. Wondering how to support student well-being and mental health in your teaching? Join CTL Sparkshop to discuss ideas for cultivating mutual joy and positive emotions in the learning environment to support learning. Presenters: Kara Clevinger, assistant director, and Funmi Amobi, instructional consultant. Noon to 12:20 p.m., Feb. 23, virtual. Registration.

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State managers, supervisors and lead workers. At the end of this course, learners will have a solid understanding about the principles and policies that apply to our employees; know how to navigate within the space of talent management activities; and more. Winter 2024 program: Monday-Thursday, 8:15 a.m. to noon, Feb. 26-29, via Zoom. Spring 2024 program: Tuesday-Friday, 8:15 a.m. to noon, May 7-10, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

OSU Food Drive

The OSU Food Drive is happening in the month of February. To see a full list of fundraising activities and events, please see the Food Drive Events Calendar.

NEW! Book Sale: Feb.19- 23, Richardson Hall first-floor knuckle. Contact [email protected] for more information.

NEW! Soup Lunch: OSU Libraries & Press is hosting a soup lunch to raise money for the OSU Food Drive. The OSULP Soup Lunch is happening from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb. 20 in the Willamette Rooms (third floor) at the Valley Library. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions. We will accept donations in cash as well as through Venmo.

“That's Entertaining" Sale: Check out a selection of books, movies, video and board games. Suggested donations will be listed and the sale will go all week. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 19-23, Crop Science 109. Contact [email protected] for questions.

Flea market: Stop by Gilmore 116 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 19-23 to find your favorite treasure. Choose from art, books, crafts and more. Venmo/ Cash/ Checks accepted. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Hand-Dipping Candles: Join Amy Baker, Monteith Historical Society living history instructor, and learn to make hand-dipped candles on Feb. 19 and 28. Using a little bit of modern equipment and a lot of old-style techniques, we’ll make candles the centuries-old way. Step back into 1800s Oregon and make candles you can take home. Class sizes are small, so sign up early using the Qualtrics link or email [email protected] with questions.

Vote to Pie the PI: Through Feb. 29, two brave lab PI’s will compete for the chance to be pie’d by the FWCS department head. Tiff Garcia or Jonny Armstrong – both of their favorite pies are banana cream. What are the odds? Stop by Nash 104 to cast your vote. $1 per vote/$5 for six votes; multiple votes are encouraged.

SPP Plant Sale: Get your sweetheart something that will last past February and buy them a plant instead of flowers. Swing by Bexell Hall 418 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and check out the wide variety of houseplants available. Feb. 12 until sold out. Prices listed are suggested donations. Cash, check or Venmo payments are accepted. Email [email protected]u if you have any questions. 

Printing and Mailing is collecting food donations: Campus Mail will be dropping off collection bags in your mailboxes; just leave any contributions in the bag in your mail area and we will pick them up. Collection takes place through Feb. 23. If you don’t receive a bag and want one, please email [email protected]. We will also be collecting food at our 4700 SW Research Way location. Each donation at Research Way will earn your name in a drawing to win one of our fabulous up-cycled used-banner bags. 

Dodgeball Tournament: Help the Naval ROTC raise money for the Linn Benton Food Share 1-6 p.m., Feb. 25, in McAlexander Fieldhouse on the basketball courts. Teams of eight will compete against each other in a 16-team bracket to win the trophy. Registration deadline is Feb. 21 and is $40 for an entire team. Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions.

Printing and Mailing's Dart, Putt & Toss Tournament: Show us your skills playing darts, putting on the green and/or cornhole skills. We will be holding the games all month; $5 will enter you in the game of your choice. Weekly prizes will be given to the top scorers in each game. At the end of the month prizes will be given to second and third place in each game plus weekly first-place winners will play off for the grand prize. For information, [email protected].

Quilt and Art Prize Drawing: The College of Forestry invites you to visit the prize-drawing website or stop by the CoF Helpdesk (Peavy Forest Science Center 209) to view items and/or purchase tickets, from Feb. 1-29. The prize drawing will be held at noon, Feb. 29. For questions, contact [email protected].

BEE Annual PB&J Bar: Stop by Gilmore Hall 116 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. throughout the month of February to make your own PB&J. Suggested donation of $3. Many thanks to the generous bread donation from New Morning Bakery, which will allow the event to continue all month. For questions, contact [email protected].

Card Sale: Purchase beautiful photo and pressed-leaf cards handmade by BPP Senior Faculty Research Assistant Zuzana Vejlupkova. Feb. 1-29 in Cordley Hall 2503 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $3 each or four for $10. Cash or check. All proceeds will benefit the Linn Benton Food Share. For questions, contact [email protected].

Take Note

NEW! Take your teaching to the next level: Join the Spring ’24 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community to build resilience into your teaching practice. You’ll learn from experts at CTL and Academic Technologies while collaborating with OSU faculty who share your passion for teaching. Don’t miss this opportunity to become a more resilient and effective educator. See the call for participation and apply by Feb. 26.

NEW! Open call for art closing March 3: Art About Agriculture Competition and Touring Exhibition 2024 Open Call for Art. Pacific Northwest-wide juried exhibition with purchase awards. Scholarships available to College of Agricultural Sciences students with jury-selected artwork included in the tour.  All OSU students are encouraged to submit. Submission deadline: 11:59 p.m., March 3. Visit

NEW! Our Health& Sustainable Travel webcast: Find answers to your questions and interact with experts from the College of Health Environmental and Occupational Health program, OSU-Cascades Sustainable Tourism Lab and OSUAA Group Travel Program. In the town hall-style Our Health& Sustainable Travel webcast, your questions guide the discussion about the future of travel — from economic policies and constraints to environmental health impacts and more.

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Cindy Tait-Withrow, senior grant and contract officer, for being inducted into the 25 Year Club at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others inducted into the club by clicking on their name. Congratulations and thank you for your service.

Got a startup idea? Apply to Iterate. This is a four-week program consisting of weekly 90-minute workshops. The goal of Iterate is to equip you with a toolkit for evaluating your ideas from an entrepreneurial mindset. The program is free and open to community members and Oregon State University researchers, students and faculty. Apply online now — Iterate begins Feb. 21.

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Food Options. If a disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water and electricity for days or even weeks. Options for food storage include freeze-dried foods, MREs, dehydrated foods and canned foods. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

CIO Excellence Award: Presented by the Chief Information Officer, this award acknowledges the exceptional work of OSU IT team members who exemplify OSU IT goals and recognizes their contributions to the organization, university and OSU community. All OSU community members are invited to submit a nomination for consideration and nominations are accepted throughout the year. For additional information about the CIO Excellence Award and other IT recognition efforts, please see the IT Recognition Committee website.

Interdisciplinary student opportunity: The one-year PRAx Student Fellowship offers graduate and advanced undergraduate students the opportunity to develop a creative or journalistic project connected with OSU research. Fellows will be awarded $1,000, engage in ongoing networking and professional development with mentors and present final projects in a public exhibition. Visit the PRAx Student Fellowship page for info on tracks, eligibility and how to apply. Faculty are encouraged to invite applications from eligible students. Deadline: March 15. 

Human-robot interaction: An evaluation is being conducted to understand good (and bad) ways for robot systems to pick up objects. Participants will be asked to watch videos of a robot system picking up various objects and complete questionnaires. The entire study procedure is expected to take one hour. You will receive a $25 gift card for completing the study. Contact Sean Buchmeier at [email protected] to schedule your time.

Call for Submissions: Climate Stories in Action. The Spring Creek Project is partnering with on “Climate Stories in Action,” a new call for creative submissions to inspire collective action on climate change. We are inviting storytellers to submit narratives and art that center solutions, introduce us to everyday climate heroes and showcase the joy discovered through community engagement. Priority submission deadline is April 8. Learn more and submit your work.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! 30th Street: Due to tree maintenance, the northbound lane of 30th Street between Jefferson Street and Washington Way (see map) will be closed from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Feb. 19-20, and the southbound lane of 30th Street between Jefferson Street and Washington Way (see map) will be closed from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Feb. 21-22.


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NEW! The Oregon Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) invites applications for a Program Manager position. This is a full-time, 12-month, professional faculty position based at the OSU Corvallis campus/hybrid as needed. The primary focus of this position is assisting with development of OSGC statewide, NASA-funded student and faculty programs and providing administrative guidance, implementation and oversight of programmatic elements. Posting #P07761UF. Full consideration Feb. 22. Closes March 3.

NEW! OSU Division of Extension and Engagement and the College of Agricultural Sciences invite applications for an Extension General Agriculture Educator position. This is a full-time, 12-month, professional faculty position based at the OSU Extension Service Gilliam County Office in Condon. This position will serve Gilliam County and provide support services to Morrow and Wheeler Counties. Posting #P07781UF. Closes March 6.


“February, bending from Heaven. In azure mirth, it kissed the forehead of the Earth and smiled upon the silent sea, and bade the frozen streams be free, and waked to music all their fountains, and breathed upon the frozen mountains.” ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

Corvallis: Chance of showers today, high of 49, low of 39. Rain through the weekend.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of snow today, high of 30, low of 23. Rain and snow likely Saturday, partly sunny Sunday.

Newport: Slight chance of showers today, high of 52, low of 44. Rain Saturday, chance of rain Sunday.

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