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:


In the once-cool forests of the Pacific Northwest, heat poses a new threat (High Country News)

“There’s a misconception out there that a lot of people have that, if things are just watered enough, they can get through these events,” said Chris Still, an Oregon State University tree ecologist and expert in tree heat physiology. “But the heat spells we’re talking about, like the heat dome, are so intense that I don’t think that’s really a tenable assumption anymore.”

Snow takes a toll on plants and trees. Here's how to help them (Oregonian)

Experts, including those with Oregon State University Extension Service, offer this advice to guard your landscape from frigid conditions. Before a storm, use rope to tie tree branches upward, which helps restructure them to a more upright position.


OSU-Cascades features fine art in an unlikely place: the mailroom (Bend Bulletin)

Most fine art can be found behind glass, or at galleries. Oregon State University-Cascades decided to try something a little different when it began to showcase faculty art.

Demographic disparities in financial literacy topic of Oregon State Science Pub talk on March 1 (The Skanner)

Financial literacy and how an Oregon State University center seeks to reduce disparities among demographic groups on the topic will be the focus of OSU’s Science Pub event at 6 p.m. March 1.

Study: Sea stars can consume kelp-eating urchins fast enough to protect kelp forests (KTVZ)

A research team including a scientist from Oregon State University has provided the first experimental evidence that a species of endangered sea star protects kelp forests along North America’s Pacific Coast by preying on substantial numbers of kelp-eating urchins.

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King tide: University Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dudley Chelton submitted this photo titled, "Storm waves at Cape Disappointment during the king tide on Jan. 21."  We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Are your students working on writing projects at this point in the term? If so, this is a great time to remind them about the support available through the Writing Center. Students and project groups can have consultations in-person, via Zoom or get written feedback via email. Check out all the Writing Center Faculty Resources including PowerPoint slides you can share with your students.


Music à la Carte: The OSU Percussion Ensemble: Students from Robert Brudvig’s percussion studio will perform their winter term concert at noon on Feb. 24 in the MU Lounge. Free and open to all.

CTL Sparkshops: “Emphasizing learning over grades: Tips for implementing equitable grading practices.” Join us to discuss equitable grading practices that emphasize student learning success. The presenter is Funmi Amobi, instructional consultant and college liaison. Noon to 12:20 p.m. Feb. 24. Zoom:

Anthropology lecture series - Winter 2023: Sara Fischer, University of Puget Sound, will give the lecture “Bureaucracy as Resistance: Everyday Acts of Power in the Malawi Ministry of Health,” from noon to 12:50 p.m. Feb. 24. The free lecture is open to OSU faculty and students in Strand Ag 160. All lectures are accessible via Zoom in real time:

WorldOregon talk on Climate Migration:  CEOAS faculty David Wrathall will give a talk on climate migration as the first lecture in the Great Decisions 2023 series. As climate change accelerates and drought and rising sea levels become more common, millions of people in affected regions must uproot themselves and seek safety elsewhere. Who are these affected individuals, and how might the United States aid them, and be affected by the migration? Noon, Feb. 24, Zoom. Free registration

Meat Center: The Clark Meat Science Center retail store will be open noon to 6 p.m. Friday.  Products include fresh and cooked/smoked sausages, bacon, retail cuts, jerky and snack sticks. The store is at 3260 S.W. Campus Way, next to the Motor Pool. Contact [email protected] with questions.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more at 644 S.W. 13th St. Public sales are open to all shoppers noon to 3 p.m., Friday,  details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.

College of Public Health & Human Sciences research seminar: Kelly D. Chandler, associate professor, Human Development and Family Sciences with the Rural Families Speak about Resilience: A Family Science-Public Health Collaboration, will speak from 1-2 p.m. Feb. 24 in Hallie Ford 115 and online at

Fidelity On-Campus Consultations: Employees can meet with Justin Blatny, financial consultant from Fidelity to discuss your financial goals and savings plans for retirement. There is no cost for these consultations and they are available to all employees no matter what stage you are at in your career. Appointments are available on OSU Corvallis Campus Feb. 24, March 15 and March 16. Schedule online at, or by phone at (800) 343-0860.

Screening of “Trans Dudes with Lady Cancer,” followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers: A film screening will take place 2-4 p.m., Feb. 24, in The LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Hall. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP here:

University Budget Committee: The committee will meet 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 24 via Zoom and in Covell 117. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities and budget policies. For materials associated with this week’s topics, visit the UBC web page. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].  

The Oregon Trail: University Theatre and the Memorial Union present The Oregon Trail, by Bekah Brunstetter. It’s 1997 and a middle-schooler finds herself trapped in the computer lab, playing “The Oregon Trail” game. The game comes to life and juxtaposes the students’ modern struggles with those of her great-great grandmother, who traveled the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon in 1848. 7:30 p.m., Feb. 23-24 and March 2-3, and 2 p.m., March 5, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Tickets are $15 GA, $12 youth/senior and $5 OSU students with ID. Available online or through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2852.


Corvallis-OSU Piano International presents: Sofya Gulyak, From Russia and England. Golyak won the 2009 Leeds International Competition First Prize and was the first woman to win the Princess Mary Gold Medal. Since then she has appeared all over the world to great acclaim and has won many other prestigious piano competitions. 4 p.m Feb. 26 in The LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 at the door.


NEW! Lights and Shadows: The OSU Wind Symphony Winter Concert. OSU student ensemble presents its winter concert. Directed by Olin Hannum, with Olin Hannum, Emily Miller, Niall Alboro and Lisandro Valdez, conductors. Featuring Maria McClish, soprano. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in The LaSells Stewart Center. Free and open to all.

NEW! The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble will play David Maslanka’s “A Child’s Garden of Dreams” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at The LaSells Stewart Center. The project will involve a performance of the work by Maslanka and original artwork created by Anna Fidler's and Michael Boonstra's art students that will be on display during the live performance. 

NEW! OSU Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan: Public comment meeting 1-3 p.m. March 2 in Cascade 136 for the five-year update to the OSU Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. This plan update helps OSU identify ways to reduce the potential loss of life and property by studying the impact of natural hazards and identifying ways to lessen the impact of disasters caused by earthquakes, floods and other hazards. The plan can be reviewed at; email comments to [email protected].

NEW! DAMchic Winter Launch Party: Get ready for a night of fashion, food and fun at the DAMchic Winter Launch Party happening 6-8 p.m. March 9. The MU Ballroom will be transformed into a stylish wonderland, complete with student vendors selling one-of-a-kind items, a runway show featuring both magazine clothing designs and local student designs, delicious catering and a live performer to keep the party going. 

NEW! Grad Inspire 2023: Join the Graduate School and Inspiration Dissemination for Grad Inspire at 3:30 p.m. March 2 at the LaSells Stewart Center. Now in its sixth year, Grad Inspire is a free event where four current graduate students share the motivations and questions behind their research in a short-format presentation. Add to your calendar. For more info visit:

Linus Pauling Day Open House: In celebration of Linus Pauling Day, the Linus Pauling Institute will hold an open house 4-6 p.m. Feb. 28 on the third floor of the Linus Pauling Science Center. Come join us for discussions of our research or Linus Pauling, or just to have some refreshments. RSVP requested. For more information see

OSU Authors and Editors Recognition Series: The Authors and Editors Recognition Series celebrates the literary and scholarly books published by university faculty by featuring selected authors and editors for readings and discussion. The 2023 recognition series includes three nights of readings and receptions. Join the OSU Community in the Memorial Union Lounge, 5-7 p.m., Feb. 28, March 1 and 2. All are welcome.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Winter Concert: Featuring a variety of works from Wagner, Mahler, Dvorak and more. 3 p.m. March 5, The LaSells Stewart Center. $35 online, $40 at the door. Complimentary K-12 student tickets available online, up to three K-12 tickets can be reserved with one paid adult ticket. Show student ID at door. College students may pick up complimentary tickets at the box office one hour prior to concert. Tickets and more information at

Turkish cooking event and fundraiser: The Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center invites you to join the online Turkish cooking event and fundraiser at 6 p.m. March 8. Funds will support earthquake relief efforts and sponsoring organizations Rotary Youth Exchange and the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center. Suggested donation ranges up to $30. Register at 

Speed Friending: Speed Friending for Book Lovers will be held at the Valley Library 6-8 p.m. March 9. Registration is required and attendance will be capped at 40 people. Pizza will be provided for attendees. Accommodations related to a disability for this event should be made a week in advance to [email protected], 541-737-1350 or at [email protected] 

RSVP for the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Celebration of Quality Teaching: Hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be served after a short program recognizing teaching awardees, and a presentation by Dwaine Plaza, recipient of the 2022 Richard M. Bressler Senior Faculty Teaching Award. 4:30 p.m., May 4, MU Horizon Room 49. RSVP at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Linus Pauling Day webinar: Anitra Carr from the University of Otago Christchurch will speak on vitamin C and the immune system as part of the 2023 Linus Pauling Institute webinar series. Optimizing Immune Health: How Much Vitamin C Do You Need? will occur 2-3 p.m. Feb. 28 online. Registration required:

NEW! TEK partnership talk: Cristina Eisenberg, associate dean for inclusive excellence and director of Tribal initiatives in OSU's College of Forestry, will speak at 2 p.m. Feb. 28 in Burt 193 and via Zoom. Her talk is titled "Decolonizing, Deconstructing, and Indigenizing Ecosystem Science: Creating TEK Partnerships across Cultures.” Registration required only for virtual attendance:

NEW! Global Opportunities Drop-In Advising Session with the Department of World Languages and Culture in the College of Language Arts: An in-depth look at the details of participating in an international program. Learn about the application process, applying for a passport, financial aid details, and other mechanics of how to make going abroad possible. 3-5 p.m. Feb. 28, Kidder 210 Little Gallery and via Zoom. For more details, visit Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) event details and the list of pop-up advising events.

Is College Making Us Wiser?: Join the Catholic Student Association for an online lecture with philosopher Peter Kreeft on 10 of the world’s greatest philosophers and how their wisdom can make us better people. Kreeft once wrote that “the single most important thing that makes a society good, and just, and wise, and happy is education.” 5-6:30 p.m., March 1, Zoom. Register here.

SACNAS event: The Oregon State University Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) chapter is preparing for a SACNAS gathering and workshop. The annual conference is scheduled for Oct. 26-28 in Portland. A SACNAS workshop will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 4 in the Memorial Union 104 Journey Room. Lunch provided for all registered participants. Register now, space is limited. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] with questions.

Funded Professional Development for Fixed-Term and Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty: Join CTL’s Spring 2023 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community. This cross-disciplinary group will meet on Zoom and explore pedagogical strategies to adapt to the changing teaching and learning landscape and to build resilience into our teaching practices. See call for participation and submit an expression of interest by March 6.

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. 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; recognize when, and how, to provide equal opportunity and access to employees; and more. March 6-9, 8:15 a.m. to noon each day via Zoom. Learn more and register before Feb. 27.

Food Drive

NEW! Food for Thought: Make a Food Drive donation and take home a new book. Bring cash, a check or a non-perishable food item to the Linus Pauling Institute (LPSC 307), 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Feb. 28, and choose from one or more of our books on nutrition and/or Linus Pauling. Also, come to our Linus Pauling Day Celebration, 4-6 p.m., on the third floor for a free raffle entry to win a copy of Visions of Pauling, edited by OSU’s Chris Peterson. Those who bring Food Drive donations to the event will get an extra raffle ticket. Light refreshments provided.

NEW! CSS Gift Baskets online auction: We have six expertly crafted gift baskets to auction off. Online auction Feb. 21-27. Stop by Crop Science 109 to see them in person. Contact Emmalie Goodwin with any questions. [email protected].

BEE flea market: Stop by 116 Gilmore Hall Feb. 20-24 to find your favorite treasure. Choose from records, cross stitch supplies, games, bags, art and more. Venmo/cash/checks accepted. For more information, contact [email protected]

Campus mail pickup: During the month of February, Printing and Mailing’s Campus Mail will be collecting food donations for Linn-Benton Food Share. We 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. The last pickup will be Feb. 24. If you don’t receive a bag and want one, please email [email protected].

School of Life Sciences online silent auction: This is the annual auction co-organized/sponsored by the OSU School of Life Sciences, Biochemistry & Biophysics, Integrative Biology, and Microbiology. Auction will be open Feb. 14-22 and all proceeds go to Linn Benton Food Share. The auction features original artworks, gift cards/certificates, gift baskets, plants, activities and much more. Link: For questions contact [email protected]

Taco delivery initiative: It's the last lunch of the food drive in the College of Forestry sponsored by Tallwood Design Institute from noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 27 in Richardson Hall’s second floor knuckle. For more information contact [email protected]

Win a basket: Tree-lovers can take their chances on a bountiful basket featuring three popular titles from OSU Press and OSU Extension. Enter to win “Trees to Know,” “Shrubs to Know,” and “Native and Ornamental Conifers” — plus tree-themed gifts and even a baby tree. Donate $2 per ticket or three for $5 through Give Butter (under $10) or Network for Good ($10 or more) and forward your receipt to [email protected] to get your tickets, or drop by 422 Kerr. Drawing on Feb. 28.

Pet photo contest: Check out the College of Forestry Pet Photo Contest hosted by the FERM Department. There are five categories. The price is $1 per vote for your favorite. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Run the O’Course: How tough are you? Take a chance at running the NROTC Marine Obstacle Course and help support the OSU Food Drive. Join us from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 25 for your chance to get the best time of running the course. Cost is $5 pre-pay or $7 the day of event (all fees go to the Food Drive.) See the Facebook event for full details or contact Lauri Morris at [email protected].

Pet photo contest: Think you have the cutest critter? Here’s your chance to prove it to the world. Enter the Extension Communications Pet Photo Contest with a minimum $5 donation for each photo. Send your photos to [email protected] by Feb. 24 along with your donation receipt from either Network for Good or Give Butter. Categories are Cutest, Funniest and Most Unusual. Winners will be notified at the end of the month and receive their prize.

BEE PB&J bar: BEE's annual PB&J bar is throughout the month of February thanks to a bread donation from New Morning Bakery in 116 Gilmore Hall from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Suggested donation of $3. For more information, contact [email protected].

School of Public Policy basket raffle: Buy some tickets to have a chance to win a variety of baskets put together by the School of Public Policy departments. The prizes will vary from a handmade quilted runner and placemat set to passes to mini-golf and bowling for the family (see the link for details or swing by Bexell 300A). Tickets are 3 for $5 with no limit and you get to choose which basket you would like a chance to win. Winners will be drawn and contacted on Feb. 27. If you would like to participate virtually, you can pay via Venmo @janicadobra and email [email protected] with which basket(s) you would like to put your tickets in the drawing for.

Step challenge: Did you know that the average American only walks 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day? However, the CDC recommends that adults should aim for 10,000 steps per day. Do you know how many steps you’re taking a day? Let’s take steps together to help the hungry. All proceeds will be donated to the Linn Benton Food Share. Join the Virtual Steps Challenge and see how many steps you can get in. The top two individuals who have the most cumulative steps between Feb. 1-28 will each receive a gift card (donated by staff).

Quilt and art raffle: The College of Forestry invites you to visit or stop by the help desk located in PFSC 209 to view raffle items and buy tickets.

College of Forestry 5K/10K virtual run: "Race to the Top Banana." You have the option to receive a T-shirt to commemorate your race. Your entry fee of $25 will go to the Linn Benton Food Share to help feed those in need in our community. Complete your registration by Feb. 22 and email [email protected] with any questions.

CCVM used book and DVD sale: Starting Feb. 1, come find your next great read or movie at the CCVM book and DVD sale. There is a large collection to pick from and books will continue to be collected. Checks can be made out to the Linn Benton Food Share. 

Printing and Mailing's Putt, Toss and Hook Tournament: Brush off your putting, bean bag tossing and/or ring hook skills, and win bragging rights and prizes. $5 for 8 putts, tosses or rings hooked. The highest scores and most accumulated points at the end of February wins. To enter and play just stop by Printing and Mailing's front office on Research Way any week day throughout the drive between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For questions, contact [email protected].

FWCS food drive raffle: Selina and Scott Heppell have once again offered a coastal fishing trip as the grand prize. Two other winners will win a beautiful gift basket designed by the department. $5 donation per entry ticket, or 5 tickets for $20. Drawing to be held March 1. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Take Note

NEW! Alumni Center: A central campus location for gatherings: The CH2M HILL Alumni Center is a space for any occasion — weddings, staff holiday parties, conferences, tailgates and more. Book with us to host your large event (up to 350+ people) at a venue located just across from Reser Stadium; near lodging and campus parking; and just a short drive away from downtown Corvallis, hiking areas and Willamette Valley breweries and vineyards. 

NEW! 35 years of service: Congratulations to Anita Azarenko, special advisor to the vice provost, for being honored for 35 years of service at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others who have reached this milestone by clicking on their name.

Winter 2023 Update from Vice President for Finance and Administration: Want to be an insider? Find out what Division of Finance and Administration units have been doing to help advance OSU’s goals in this update to DFA employees: Each quarter, Vice President Mike Green and DFA senior leaders share project milestones, unit news, highlights, updates and coming events.

Call for Applications: Career Champions program: Applications for the spring 2023 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. The Career Champions program provides faculty and instructors with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and examining the barriers to access for first-generation, high financial need, and/or students of color. More information can be found on the Center for Teaching and Learning website. Contact Brenna Gomez for more information. Apply here by March 17.    

International Women's Day: OSU is pleased to join in recognizing International Women's Day on March 8, a global day in honor of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and a call to action for accelerating women's equality. We invite campus-wide recognition of this important day. The Marketing Toolkit provides social media and screen frames, event poster templates, Zoom backgrounds and a graphic identifier. Visit the website for more information.

Visualize Your Bibliography: Oregon State University Libraries and Press invites all OSU graduate students to submit to the Visualize Your Bibliography Competition; creatively display 20-plus sources used in a thesis, dissertation or other longform project. Submissions are due April 16 and prizes range from $250 to $750. Find out more at:

Oregon Digital: The Oregon State University Libraries and Press and the University of Oregon Libraries are excited to announce the launch of the new Oregon Digital. We’ve updated the look, feel and functionality of the site where we host unique digitized and born-digital collections from both institutions. This growing repository makes more than 500,000 items openly available for teaching, research and general browsing. OSU collections include historic photographs, yearbooks and the student newspaper. Visit

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Pharmacy building: Walkway/ADA parking on south side of Pharmacy building closed for handrail installation Feb. 27-March 10. The ADA parking spaces in the south Pharmacy/Furman parking lot will also be closed during this time. ADA access to buildings in the area will be maintained. Minor noise impacts are also possible. (View map)



“Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion, you’re wasting your life.” ~ Jackie Robinson

Corvallis: Sunny and breezy today, high of 37, low of 17. Sunny tomorrow, rain Sunday.

Central Oregon: Decreasing clouds today, high of 21, low of 9. Sunny Saturday, chance of snow Sunday.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 40, low of 23. Sunny Saturday, rain Sunday.

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