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:


Students with disabilities often left on the sidelines when it comes to school sports (The Conversation)

A piece by OSU's Megan MacDonald, professor of kinesiology and school head, School of Exercise, Sport, and Health Sciences.

Oregon Supreme Court ruling will have significant implications for state Legislature, could deter future walkouts (Oregonian)

“It’ll be the same party, just different individuals,” said Christopher Stout, political science professor at Oregon State University. (see also KEZI)

Rebecca Robinson chosen for new OSU position focusing on industry, OSU-Cascades' innovation district (KTVZ)

Rebecca Robinson has been appointed associate vice president for the newly formed economic development and industry relations office at Oregon State University and also will serve as senior advisor for strategic initiatives at OSU-Cascades. She will start on April 15. (see also Bend Bulletin)

How to solve Oregon's child care crunch (OPB News)

Costs average to about $2,500 a month for infant care, Vickers said, and more than $2,100 a month for toddlers. And it’s gone up in recent years. The Child Care Research Partnership at Oregon State University released a market rate study that found prices increased by 15-37% in just two years from 2020 to 2022.

OSU bee expert named to new USDA pollinator subcommittee (Capital Press)

Ramesh Sagili, an Oregon State University bee expert, has been appointed to a new pollinator subcommittee for the USDA National Agricultural Research, Extension Education and Economics Advisory Board.

Warm Springs elder finalist for Oregon Book Award (Madras Pioneer)

The book is a finalist for the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children’s literature and is printed by the Oregon State University Press.

Your February to-do list for Oregon gardening (Oregonian)

Produced by OSU Extension, each monthly calendar provides reminders of key garden chores, such as fertilizing, pest control, planting, and maintenance.

Today's photo

Rainbow over Hatfield: Grounds Maintenance II worker Starla Creech captured this shot of a rainbow enshrouding the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in between rain showers. Aside from its classrooms, the Carmen Ford Phillips Auditorium, laboratories and administrative spaces, the GVMSB serves as a vertical evacuation structure in the event of a tsunami. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: What does OSU research reveal about the efficacy of teaching in the innovative learning-in-the-round classrooms of the Learning Innovation Center (LINC)? What are the perceived advantages and challenges of these spaces from the viewpoint of faculty? See Collaboration for Teaching and Learning in the Round by Eric Johns and Jon Dorbolo.


OSU MANRRS fundraiser: From 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Feb. 2, OSU MANNRS will be holding a fundraiser on the SEC Plaza, featuring hot chocolate and churros. These fundraisers allow the group to send members to conferences across the U.S., embark on service-learning trips including Puerto Rico as well as etiquette dinners, and to add community-building events such as painting tote bags to their meetings. Questions? Contact Liz Lopez [email protected].

OSU Anthropology Lecture SeriesValeria Ochoa, assistant professor, will give a lecture titled, "Centering Indigeneity in Spanish as Heritage Language Education,” from noon to 12:50 p.m., Feb. 2, 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].

Music à la Carte: Morris Northcutt, trumpet, with Lauren Servias, collaborative pianist. Multi-award-winning trumpeter Morris Northcutt is known for his lyricism, artistry and ability to cross the boundary between classical and jazz. Lauren Servias is a Corvallis-based performer and teacher and served on the music faculty at OSU for nine years, where she was the music director and pianist for OSU Opera and collaborative pianist for OSU’s Bella Voce choir. Noon, Feb. 2 in the MU Lounge; admission is free.

College of Health Friday research seminar: Christian Grov, professor and chair at CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy and the CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health, will present “If We Want to Make Progress in the HIV Epidemic Among Sexual and Gender Minorities, It’s Time we Started Talking About Meth Again,” from 1-2 p.m., Feb. 2 in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room and via Zoom.

Exploring Consciousness: Each week we will explore different forms of consciousness inquiry. Classes will cover a variety of techniques from different traditions: meditation, contemplation, movement, and sounding. Guided by Joseph Bailey weekly on Fridays, 4-5 p.m. at Marigold. Purchase class passes and register here. Contact with questions: [email protected]


NEW! School of Psychological Science Career Week: The School of Psychological Science (SPS) invites students to meet faculty, staff, peers and alumni at Career Week 2024. Learn how become a qualified mental health associate, registered behavior technician, UX researcher, or prepare for grad school or study abroad as a psychology major. Gatherings span from Feb. 5-8.

Red Cross Blood drive: Noon to 4 p.m., Feb. 5-8, MU Ballroom. Appointments can be made online Drop-ins are also welcome.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Diversity Science Colloquia: Seeing Asian Americans with Jin X. Goh. Jin X. Goh is an assistant professor of psychology at Colby College. Goh will focus on how the perceived prototypicality of East Asians and the non-prototypicality of South Asians are limited to the U.S. and not the UK, owing to different historical patterns of Asian migrations in the two countries, and will discuss the theoretical and methodological implications of having an East Asian prototype. 4 p.m., Feb. 5 in the George W. Peavy Forest Science Center, Room 129.

NEW! Engaging in Public Scholarship Workshop: Academic faculty are invited to explore ways to broaden the reach and impact of their research on the public. Join us for an interactive session hosted by the Office of Faculty Affairs from 10-11 a.m., Feb. 6 via Zoom. A panel of public scholars will share their experiences and offer advice on ways to engage in public scholarship. Register here.

NEW! Gearing Up for Gardening: "Growing Subtropicals in Oregon," Todd Anderson, OSU Dept. of Horticulture. Come to the Corvallis-Benton County Library and get free gardening tips from local experts. Noon, Feb. 6. Presentations are free and open to everyone. Co-sponsored by the Benton County Master Gardener Association and the Corvallis-Benton County Library.

NEW! Computers Are Invocational Media: A Live Talk with Chris Chesher. Join University of Sydney Senior Lecturer in Digital Cultures in the Discipline of Media and Communications Chris Chesher for a talk about the dominant computational paradigm and a reimagining of digital technologies through the concept of invocation. 4 p.m., Feb. 6 in LINC, Room 302.

NEW! Knight-Hennessy Scholars Stanford University Information Session: In this session, an admission officer provides an overview of Knight-Hennessy Scholars, a multidisciplinary, multicultural graduate scholarship program for three years of support at Stanford University. Information covers the admission process and the application. This session will take place from 5-6 pm, Feb. 6 in Kearney Hall 112. Register here.

Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture and Crop Soil Science Winter 2024 Seminar Series at noon Feb. 5 in ALS 4001 or via Zoom. “Challenges with Endangered Species Act Implementation on Pesticide Labels: Review of the Current Regulatory Approach” will be presented by Dani Lightle, OSU Horticulture. The event is free and open to the public. For the full schedule and Zoom information:

WIC Hosting Scott Graham for Talk on Generative AI: On Feb. 5, the Writing Intensive Curriculum (WIC) program is hosting Scott Graham (University of Texas-Austin) for a talk on writing and generative AI (e.g. ChatGPT) in higher education, 2-3:30 p.m., MU Horizon Room. Zoom access is available. Register and read more here:

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar: Emily Yeh (University of CO Boulder) will discuss some of the multidimensional impacts climate change is having on the Tibetan Plateau. The talk will also explain climate justice and why Tibetan herders are experiencing impacts of injustice through environmental change and the policies being proposed for adaptation. 4:30 p.m., Feb. 5 in the Journey Room (MU 104). Reception to follow.

The Center for Teaching and Learning QT Talks: Funmi Amobi, CTL’s instructional consultant and college liaison, will extend her expertise from her recent Sparkshop, “Using instructor talk to foster a positive learning environment and student learning success: Strategies and tips,” 11 a.m., Feb. 6. The presentation will be hosted via Zoom or in-person in Milam 215. Zoom registrationin-person registration.

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State University managers, supervisors, and lead workers to gain a solid understanding about the principles and policies that apply to employees. Winter 2024 program: 8:15 a.m.-noon Monday - Thursday Feb. 26-29, via Zoom. Spring 2024 program: 8:15 a.m.-noon, Tuesday - Friday 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! Taco Tuesday: Noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 6, Richardson Hall second floor knuckle. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Student health fundraiser: Join us at Chipotle between 4-8 p.m., Feb. 5. Tell the cashier you want to support the Linn-Benton Food Share through the OSU student health fundraiser, buy food online in their app or website by entering code: 2G9MNGG or email Heidi Wise at [email protected] for a copy of the flyer you can present to the cashier.

School of Life Sciences Chili Lunch: Enjoy a hearty meal with Integrative Biology, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Feb. 6. Sample several chilis and vote for your favorite. Baked potatoes included, with plenty of toppings. $7 suggested donation; all proceeds support Linn Benton Food Share. Coast Range Building, 4575 SW Research Way (off-campus). Plenty of parking. For questions, contact [email protected].

Take Note

NEW! Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Shelter. Seeking appropriate shelter is critical in times of disaster. Sheltering is appropriate when conditions require you to seek protection in your home, place of employment or other location when disaster strikes. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

NEW! Application opening Feb. 5 for WOHESC funding: The Sustainability Office, Community Engagement & Leadership, and ASOSU are excited to offer OSU students an opportunity to attend the 2024 Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) taking place March 4-6 at Western Washington University. Up to 18 students will be funded to participate. Funding will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis to students who complete the application opening by 7 p.m., Feb. 5.  

NEW! Tree School: Tree School Clackamas, Oregon’s largest forestry and natural resource education event of the year, will open registration at 10 a.m., Feb. 6. The Clackamas Tree School on Saturday, March 23, will feature 73 classes covering key topics to support the successful management of small woodlands. People can register online, in person or by mail. Many classes fill in the first few days of registration. For registration information, visit the website, stop by the OSU Extension office at 200 Warner Milne Rd., Oregon City, or call 503-655-8631.

NEW! $15K of funding available: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is currently seeking applications that describe technology-based projects in any discipline that will move OSU-owned technologies closer to commercialization. Proposals should describe a project that requires $15,000 or less of funding to achieve an important milestone(s) connected to commercialization. Each project may be awarded up to $15,000 and should span six months or less, beginning in March 2024. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 28.

NEW! 4-part SJEI Tier One Platform Series: Social Justice Education Initiative workshops are open for registration including a freshly revised 4-part Tier One Platform. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. Open to all faculty, staff and graduate students at OSU. Learn more, see the schedule and register for remote Tier One Platform & Tier Two Next Level workshops here. Interested in this professional development for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite: [email protected].

NEW! RERF Q&A: Division of Research and Innovation and Research Council are now accepting requests for competitive Research Equipment Reserve Funds (RERF) applications to purchase capital equipment through March 29. This session with Office for Research Advancement will outline this internal funding opportunity and answer questions on crafting a competitive proposal. Noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 26 on Zoom. Register here.

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Un-Ku Moon, professor, 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.

Ergopoint: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing a link to Ergopoint, where you can learn and complete an ergonomic assessment of your office and remote work stations. Login using your OSU email as your username and the temporary password: Changeme3# (you’ll be asked to change this the first time you log in). For more information on safety at OSU, visit OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at

Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Spring 2024: Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy, or research you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff – presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours in length. Learn more about the requirements and application process and email [email protected] with questions.

New Winter Classes at Marigold: Join us at Marigold: The OSU Center for Contemplative Practice for a new term of weekly classes, including gentle and flow yoga, mindfulness meditation, Buddhist Sadhana, exploring consciousness, and body poetry.  Instructors weave contemplative philosophy and movement in welcoming classes that strengthen the body, soothe the mind, and enliven the spirit. Check out the class schedule, purchase passes, or apply for an OSU Undergraduate Scholarship. Contact us.

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Traffic and Maintenance

NW 26th Street: Due to the tree maintenance, northbound 26th Street between Campus Way and Orchard Avenue (see map) will be closed from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Feb. 5. 


“While it is February, one can taste the full joys of anticipation. Spring stands at the gate with her finger on the latch.” ~ Patience Strong

Corvallis: Chance of showers today, high of 49, low of 38. Slight chance of showers this weekend.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of rain and snow, high of 43, low of 26. Mostly sunny this weekend.

Newport: Showers likely today, high of 49, low of 40. Chance of showers Saturday, mostly sunny Sunday.

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