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:

What is 'domicide' and why has war in Gaza brought new attention to the term? (NPR News)

More than half of all buildings in Gaza have been damaged or destroyed as of Feb. 2, according to analysis of satellite imagery by a team of researchers at Oregon State University and the City University of New York. In northern Gaza, the most populous area of the territory before the war, as much as 82.9% of all buildings were damaged or destroyed.

OSU receives $3.5M grant to create new naked barley strains (Pacific Northwest Ag Network)

“Interest in naked barley is increasing, particularly because of the health benefits,” said Brigid Meints, a barley breeder at Oregon State and project director of the grant. “The problem is, compared to crops like wheat or rice or corn, naked barley has been understudied.

OSU-Cascades counseling clinic offers free counseling services for community members (Cascades Business)

The clinic is housed within OSU-Cascades’ Master of Counseling program and allows graduate students to develop expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapies under the close supervision of faculty and clinical supervisors.

Is this the end of smoke taint? (The Drinks Business)

Previous research from Oregon State University, published last year, shed light on the chemical markers that give smoke-trained grapes their ‘off’ flavour.

Jessi Kershner takes key Corvallis role at Oregon Sea Grant (Corvallis Advocate)

Oregon Sea Grant has hired an interdisciplinary scientist with expertise in climate change adaptation to lead its 15-person Extension and Engagement program. 

Deputy Sec. of Agriculture toured OSU's College of Forestry and took a look at some research (KEZI)

The U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Xochitl Torres Small, toured the Oregon State University's College of Forestry.

Today's photo

The day begins: Jennifer Halter, office specialist with OSU Extension Washington County, says, “This is a view from the OSU Extension Service Education Center in Washington County on Dec. 12, as the work day began.” 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 on Feb. 23 at noon. 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.


University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. on Feb. 9 via Zoom and in B011 Kerr Admin. Bldg. 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 webpage. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].

NEW! The OSUsed Store Valentine's Day Sales on Feb. 9 and Feb 13: From noon to 3 p.m., Feb. 9, and 5:30-7:30 p.m., Feb. 13, heart stickers will mark select items that are on sale for up to 50% off.

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

FYI Friday – Power Outage Preparedness: A power outage occurs when the electrical power goes out. Planned or unexpected, it can last for days or longer, disrupting communications, water, transportation, stores, banks and other services. This may impact needs such as lighting, heating, cooling, communication, food and medicine refrigeration, cooking and medical equipment. Plan now to have what you need and to know how to stay safe. Part of the Winter 2024 FYI Friday series, noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 9 via Zoom. Registration required.

OSU Anthropology Lecture SeriesDavid Price, professor at Saint Martin’s University, will give a lecture titled, "Shaping Research Agendas: How the CIA Covertly Molded Cold War Social Science." Price will speak from noon to 12:50 p.m., Feb. 9 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].

Choosing to Learn: The Value of Autonomy in Education. The School of Psychological Science is pleased to welcome Daniel Oppenheimer, who will speak on the importance of agency/autonomy in student motivation and achievement and provide several concrete teaching strategies for doing so. 2-3:20 p.m., Feb. 9, PFCS 125. 

Exploring Consciousness at Marigold: 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 at 4-5 p.m. on Fridays at Marigold. Purchase class passes and register here. Contact with questions: [email protected].

Beats n’ Breath: Yoga Flow by Candlelight. Embrace the winter darkness with movement by candlelight. This class integrates an inspiring playlist and an all-levels flow to energize the body and align the breath. Guided by Jessica Mylan, 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 9 and March 8 at Marigold. Purchase one class pass or $15 for drop-in. Pre-register here. Contact us.

Literary Northwest Series: OSU Poet-in-Residence David Biespiel. Come join us to hear David Biespiel in conversation with Sindya Bhanoo, followed by a book signing at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Corvallis Museum, 411 SW Second St.


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. Feb. 10 and 17. Register and learn more and purchase class passes from Marigold. Contact us.


NEW! OSU International Film Festival: Common Ground. Watch all three installments of "Common Ground," a series of short documentaries focused on Oregon’s marine reserves. 6 p.m., Feb. 12 at Darkside Cinema in Corvallis; admission is free.

NEW! PRIDE (Queerness & Fashion): DAMChic Winter Launch Party. Join us for a night all about self-expression through the lens of fashion. Hosted in the MU Ballroom, there will be a fashion show and drag show to celebrate the winter magazine launch. 5-7:30 p.m., Feb. 23. 

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 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. 

Telescope event: The Astronomy Club at OSU is hosting a James Webb Space Telescope event on Monday, Feb. 12 in LINC 100 on the Oregon State campus (and Zoom). Doors open and pizza will be available at 6:30 p.m., with an official start time and presentations at 7 p.m.

Growing into the Family Business: Next Generation Leaders’ Perspectives. Please join us for our February Family Business 360 event, 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, on growing into the family business with two next-gen leaders, hosted by the OSU Center for Family Enterprise. This event will feature Kelsey Scotch, corporate recruiting manager of Madden Industrial Craftsmen, Inc and Chris Thompson, vice president of truck sales for TEC Equipment. Register here.

Employee Appreciation Night: The Office of University Human Resources and the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts invite you to Employee Appreciation Night, Sunday, April 21. This is a family-friendly event and employees can purchase tickets for a reduced price of only $5. Plan to arrive at 6 p.m. to enjoy employee appreciation activities such as a scavenger hunt around the new building and a photobooth. There will also be complimentary beverages and desserts available in a designated OSU employees-only reception room. The Derina Harvey Band, a Canadian Celtic rock sensation, will perform at 7 p.m. in Detrick Hall. Buy your tickets here.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Combating Isolation and Loneliness: As humans, we’re hardwired for social connection. While relationships can bring a great deal of meaning and fulfillment, making and maintaining them is sometimes easier said than done. Join this gathering to talk about how to combat isolation and loneliness. We will also discuss strategies for maintaining your well-being along the way. Feb. 12 and Feb. 27. Sign up in Lyra Learn:

NEW! Gearing Up for Gardening: "Yes, Climate is Changing — Learning to Garden in a Changing Climate," Joleen Schilling, Chemeketa Community College Dept. of Horticulture. Come to the Corvallis-Benton County Library and get free gardening tips from local experts. Noon, Feb. 13. Presentations are free and open to everyone. Co-sponsored by the Benton County Master Gardener Association and the Corvallis-Benton County Library.

NEW! Food, Culture and Biodiversity in Ecuador: Join OSU faculty leaders Dave Stone and Evie Smith from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Extension for a 4-credit, two-week program in Ecuador from June 18-July 13. Zoom info session at 3 p.m., Feb. 13. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

Sustainable Scandinavia: Exploring Sustainable Communities in Denmark and Sweden. Join OSU faculty leaders Ann Scheerer and Kim Townsend from the College of Agricultural Sciences for a 6-credit, two-week program exploring the concept of sustainable development through the policies and culture of Scandinavia from Sept. 10-24. Attend one of two info sessions: 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. on Feb. 12 in StAg 240 or via Zoom. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture and Crop Soil Science Winter 2024 Seminar Series at noon, Feb. 12 in ALS 4001 or via Zoom. This week’s topic will be “Research related to organic practices and environmental impact — a review," presented by Marina Oriel, Oregon Tilth. The event is free and open to the public. Visit our website for the full schedule and Zoom information:

The New Ph.D.: How to Build a Better Graduate Education. Registration is open for the public lecture with Leonard Cassuto, Fordham University. He will be presenting from his latest book "The New PhD: How to Build a Better Graduate Education." 11 a.m. to noon, Feb. 29, MU Horizon Room. Space is limited.

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by the Office of University Human Resources that dives deep into the way that we solve problems together. This engaging workshop helps people learn more about their own mindset, learn appreciation for how colleagues work, and together be able create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions. This new two-hour workshop for OSU employees is offered on a monthly basis. View upcoming workshops and enroll here

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for Spring 2024 course via Zoom and register here. Fee of $255.

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! Cookie sale: Craving something sweet? Decorate cookies on Feb. 13 generously donated by New Morning Bakery in Gilmore 116 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $3 donation per cookie. For questions, contact [email protected].

NEW! Sweets & Treats Silent Auction: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 13, Crop Science 119. Come and bid on some sweet treats, just in time for Valentine's Day. Bidding ends at 3 p.m. and winners will be notified right after auction ends. Questions? Email [email protected].

NEW! Bake Sale: OSU Libraries & Press is hosting a bake sale to raise money for the OSU Food Drive. The OSULP Bake Sale is happening 2:30-4 p.m., Feb. 13, in the main floor lobby of the Valley Library. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions. Venmo and cash donations accepted.

NEW! Sweet & Savory Bake Sale: Head over to Nash 104 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 13-14 for some sweet and savory treats just in time for Valentine's Day. Individually wrapped treats provided by the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences Department. Small treats are $1, large treats are $3. All proceeds go to the Linn-Benton Food Share. For questions, please contact [email protected].

NEW! Soup Lunch: Noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 14, Richardson Hall second floor knuckle. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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 starts Feb. 5 and the last pickup will be Friday, 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 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! Gardening webinar: The wildly popular Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series returns in 2024, with nine monthly free webinars designed for the experienced gardener. This year, we’re turning our attention to getting better at growing food. Read more about the whole series and then sign up for our first webinar, Growing Hot and Cold: Successful Vegetable Gardening in Any Season, featuring cool weather veggies. Noon, Feb. 13. Nicole Sanchez of OSU’s Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center along with Lisa Rayburn of North Carolina State University are presenting this month in this statewide Master Gardener program series. 

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Dwaine Plaza, 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.

Climate Change Anxiety Survey: Feelings of distress because of climate change have become a growing concern, especially among younger generations. Sabine Huemer, professor of practice at the School of Psychological Science at OSU, is examining climate change anxiety among OSU students to help tailor intervention programs. Amrita Menon (biology and psychology) and Isabelle Hall (biochemistry) are two undergraduate student collaborators through the URSA-Engage program. OSU student 18+ are encouraged to participate in this anonymous survey:

Instructional faculty opportunity: Apply to join the Spring ’24 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community sponsored by CTL and Academic Technologies. We’ll explore pedagogical strategies, useful ed tech tools and development of resiliency to thrive in your teaching. Funding provided. See the call for participation. Apply by Feb. 26.

Hope Grows Here study recruitment: The Moore Family Center (COH) is recruiting participants for Hope Grows Here, a gardening and nutrition education program for cancer survivors. If you are an adult cancer survivor who has completed your primary cancer treatment and are interested in learning to grow your own vegetable garden with the support of a Master Gardener mentor, please visit the Hope Grows Here website to learn more and take the eligibility survey.

Lactation consulting: OSU employees and students can now access one month of virtual lactation consulting at no cost through Simplifed, a partner of MilkStork. Simplifed provides convenient, online, HIPAA-compliant support for breast/chestfeeding and infant nutrition from board-certified lactation consultants. Users can read consultant bios and select a professional who fits their preferences. Simplifed will not bill your insurance. There is no cost to you. To learn more about this service and how it works, click here. To access this support and other lactation resources, visit OSU’s MilkStork Portal. For questions, please email [email protected]

Scholarships available: Applications for PCOSW scholarships to fund FY24 projects are now being accepted. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach or creative projects related to gender equity issues. Applications are due Feb. 21. Visit our website for more details. Apply for a scholarship. Please have a budget outline and project justification statement prepared before beginning the application. Questions? Contact [email protected]

Breaking Barriers awards: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW), the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) and OSU Athletics are pleased to solicit nominations for the 2024 Breaking Barriers Awards, a recognition of the accomplishments and impact of those who have worked to advance gender equity at OSU. We welcome nominations of people who have made influential contributions to our community for the four Breaking Barriers awards. For more information about these categories, see the Breaking Barriers websiteSubmit a nomination by Feb. 26. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Internationalization Grant: The deadline for the 2023-24 Internationalization Grant has been extended 5 p.m., Feb. 16. Grants of up to $5,000 are offered for projects that advance internationalization within one of three tracks, aligned with “Prosperity Widely Shared”: Research and Innovation; Global and Intercultural Learning; and Career and Workforce Development. Eligibility varies by track but includes academic faculty, professional faculty, INTO OSU employees and student organizations. Full details are available on the website.

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:

$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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Beth Ray Center: As part of the Beth Ray Solar project, SW Stadium Avenue will be closed on the south side of the Beth Ray Center from 6-7:30 a.m., Feb. 9 to allow for crane activity. The road closure will be located between the Beth Ray Center and CH2M HILL Alumni Center. The sidewalks on both sides of Stadium Avenue will also be closed along with two reserved parking spots, the loading dock and the dumpster access area on the south side of the street.


“In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on." ~ Robert Frost

Corvallis: Showers likely today, high of 44, low of 37. Mostly sunny Saturday, chance of rain Sunday.

Central Oregon: Chance of snow today, high of 37, low of 24. Sunny Saturday, partly sunny Sunday.

Newport: Showers likely today, high of 47, low of 39. Mostly sunny Saturday, rain likely Sunday.

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