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:

New program aims to create next generation of nuclear forensic scientists (Think Out Loud)

Oregon State University is one of the several schools that are a part of the consortium and will receive $2.5 million over the next five years. Camille Palmer is an associate professor in OSU’s school of Nuclear Science and Engineering. She will also serve as the deputy director and help lead the program.

Far-off storms could be one cause of sneaker waves on Pacific Northwest beaches (OPB News)

Tuba Özkan-Haller, an Oregon State University professor who studies the physics of ocean waves, said the waves are often described as “mini-tsunamis.” “They tend to surprise those who are near the water,” she said. “The beach that looked dry will now be inundated, sometimes to hip height.”


Oregon cloud video misrepresented as Ohio derailment aftermath (Associated Press)

Larry O’Neill, associate professor and director of Oregon Climate Services at Oregon State University, said the cloud could have been associated with a thunderstorm, or could be a deck of altostratus clouds, a type of middle-altitude cloud that often takes up the whole sky. “In Oregon, we get altostratus cloud bands just like this fairly regularly,” he said. “Near sunrise or sunset, they can look dramatic from the lighting even though they are completely innocuous clouds.”


Oregon winegrowers glean lessons from last year's untimely frost (East Oregonian)

Things certainly seemed dire early, said Patty Skinkis, professor and viticulture extension specialist for Oregon State University. Cooler weather lingered through April into May, slowing vine growth and causing growers to wonder if the plants had died.

Today's photo

Library Quad: Mechanical engineering student Aylin Begines Flores says, “Here's a photo I took on a Friday afternoon when the sun came out and I witnessed some blue skies.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Interested in strengthening your communication skills? Skillful interpersonal communication is a hallmark of mentoring, evaluating, advising, and collaborating with learners and colleagues. Register for the Quality Teaching (QT) Talk, Interpersonal communication skills: Mentoring peers or students 11 a.m., Feb. 21, LINC 414 and on Zoom.


FYI Friday - Innovation and entrepreneurship resources available at OSU: The goal of this presentation is to introduce OSU faculty, staff, researchers and grad students to innovation and entrepreneurship resources available through the OSU Advantage Accelerator. If you have an idea, join our conversation where we’ll share what we do at the Advantage Accelerator. 11 a.m. to noon, Feb. 17, Cascade 124. Limited capacity or via Zoom. Registration required.

Meat Center: The Clark Meat Science Center retail store will be open noon to 6 p.m. Feb.  10.  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., Feb. 17; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.

FST Farm 2 Fork Webinar: “Trends in More Sustainable Flexible Packaging.” Would you like to learn about trends in sustainable packaging? Noon to 12:45 p.m., Feb. 17. Register today.

Music à la Carte: Adam Eccleston, flute and Denise Fujikawa, harp. Noon, Feb. 17 in the MU Lounge. Free, open to all.

College of Public Health and Human Sciences research seminar: E. Andrew Pitchford, assistant professor, kinesiology, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, will speak on “Physical activity and health promotion for individuals with intellectual disabilities through Special Olympics,” 1-2 p.m., Feb. 17, Hallie Ford Center 115 and online at .

NEW! OSU Geoclub fundraising dinner: The cuisine is Italian with multiple courses and dessert included; $25 per person. Doors open at 5:30 p.m, dinner at 6 p.m., Feb. 17, Westminster House. Silent auction includes the opportunity to pie Ben Stanley in the face, various rock and mineral samples, and also an Italian goody basket. For more information or dietary requests, email [email protected]


NEW! Book talk by Chris Blattman: Chris Blattman is the Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at the University of Chicago’s Pearson Institute and Harris School of Public Policy. He is an economist and political scientist who studies violence, crime and underdevelopment. His most recent book is "Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace." 7 p.m., Feb. 20, in The LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Hall. Free copy of the book available to audience members while supplies last.

NEW! Center for Teaching and Learning: Participate in QT Chats that meet at noon every other Tuesday in the LINC 468 faculty lounge. Join us for casual, safe conversations around pedagogical practices and sharing of tips and resources.

NEW! OSU Gymnastics: Come cheer on the Oregon State gymnastics team as it wraps up the 2023 season by taking on the Utah Utes at 2 p.m. March 11 at Gill Coliseum. The highly anticipated Pac-12 Conference meet will feature two Olympians, Oregon State’s Jade Carey and Utah’s Grace McCallum, from the 2020 Games in Tokyo. All Oregon State University faculty and staff members can purchase $5 discounted tickets by clicking here. 

Housing resources: Do you need housing for next year but you’re not sure where to start? Join Orange Media Network for Dam Dwellings: Home Resources Crawl, Feb. 20-24. During Dam Dwellings week, you’ll have the opportunity to meet housing vendors on their property, participate in giveaways, and secure housing for next school year. 

Ask a Dam Therapist live podcast recording: Ireti Debato-Cancel and Chanale Propst, CAPS Counselors, will be hosting a live podcast recording at the Black Cultural Center on Feb. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Join them for a discussion during Black History Month as they celebrate and honor Blackness through podcast form. 

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.

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.

Students: Non-Profit & public service fair. Join Community Engagement & Leadership and the Career Development Center for the Non-Profit and Public Service Fair, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., March 1 in the MU Ballroom. No dress code. Link to register and view agencies: Questions? Contact [email protected].

Reading and talk with author Christopher Preston:  Author Christopher Preston will discuss his new book, “Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries That Change How We Think about Animals,” at 5:30 p.m. March 23 in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s main meeting room. He will offer a look at how some wildlife species are defying the odds and teaching important lessons about how to share a planet. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project, the School of History, Philosophy and Religion, and the College of Forestry.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Department of Horticulture seminar series: Join us for the Horticulture Winter 2023 Seminar Series on Tuesdays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom. At 4 p.m. Feb. 20, Andony Melathopoulos, faculty, Department of Horticulture, will present, “Are newer insecticides (in a post-chlorpyrifos world) safe for bees?” The event is free and open to the public. Zoom information at:

NEW! Center for Teaching and Learning QT Talks: Interpersonal Communication Skills: Mentoring Peers or Students. Principle 3 of the OSU Faculty Senate's QT Framework states that quality teaching includes mentoring and advising learners. This talk provides opportunities to understand the importance of, with opportunities to practice, some essential interpersonal communication approaches. These skills and behaviors are fundamental to mentoring, collaborating, evaluating and/or advising relationships. Presenter Brooke Howland, director of new initiatives, will speak from 11 to 11:50 a.m., Feb. 21. Registration.

NEW! Research Office campus conversations: Navigating Academic Book Publishing: Author and Editor Perspectives. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 22, MU 206. Do you have an idea for a book but are unsure that you are prepared to navigate the world of academic publishing to have your book proposal accepted? Or,if you have reached that milestone and are ready to go in a new direction, are you unsure of how to approach the next project? Our panelists will discuss their own writing journeys and experience with academic publishing. Register here to attend in person (MU 206) or here to participate via Zoom. 

NEW! 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.

Food Drive

NEW! Bake sale: Indulge your inner Cookie Monster with the Extension Communications bake sale. At noon, Feb. 20, swing by the MU Plaza and choose from a variety of baked goods, all individually wrapped and ready to go. Take a tasty treat and pay what you can. Proceeds benefit Linn Benton Food Share and go a long way toward making our community stronger. For questions contact [email protected].

NEW! BEE flea market: Stop by 116 Gilmore Hall 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]

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].

Personalized poems for the OSU Food Drive: Want a personalized poem for yourself, a friend, a Valentine or anyone else? Want to support a great cause? Buy a poem from the Academic Success Center & Writing Center to support the OSU Food Drive. Complete this Google form to submit a request.

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].

The Bird Walk is back: We’re live and on campus, bringing back the Bird Walk in all its glory. Join Amerie Lommen as she guides enthusiasts around the Corvallis campus, pointing out local birds and their habitats. Get in a good walk at lunch time and learn about nature right here at OSU. We have two sessions this year, Feb. 21 and Feb. 23. Donations are a minimum $5 per person. Email [email protected] for instructions and to reserve your spot.

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

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. More information can be found here:

Spring Creek Project faculty residency: OSU faculty members working on projects aligned with Spring Creek Project's mission are invited to apply for a weeklong summer residency at Shotpouch Cabin. Projects at the intersection of environmental science and writing, art, music, social science and/or humanities would be a good fit. Applications due Feb 27. Learn more and apply.

Faculty Staff Fitness: OSU Faculty Staff Fitness Spring registration opens March 1. See our spring schedule if you’d like to take a fitness class on campus. If you prefer to do your classes remotely please see our registration for FSF Online. Returning back to the schedule this spring is FSF’s TRYathlon on June 14. Contact [email protected] to help you find your fitness plan today.

Graduate student research and writing residency: Spring Creek Project is accepting applications for graduate student residencies at Shotpouch Cabin for this spring and summer. We invite students who are engaged in writing and/or research projects aligned with the mission of the Spring Creek Project to apply. Applications due Feb 27. Learn more and apply.

Join the Sexual Assault Awareness Month planning committee: Beginning next week, the Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education will be hosting weekly planning meetings for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We invite interested students and campus organizations to join us in creating a planning committee for SAAM to help envision, facilitate and support campus action and events throughout April. Sign up for the committee by Feb. 17 via

Snack study: Volunteers wanted for almond snack study (Corvallis)  Seeking volunteers ages 35-60 with minor underlying health conditions, (examples: elevated blood sugar or blood pressure, 20-plus pounds overweight) to participate in a research study. Cannot be a smoker, pregnant/breastfeeding or taking vitamin E supplements. The study is 13 weeks, and volunteers will receive $500. PI: Laura Beaver. For more info and to see if you qualify: Contact: [email protected]. 541-737-3594.

Community of Practice: Do you mentor or work with undergraduate researchers? Are you looking to recruit students for your research projects? Want to connect with folks across Corvallis, Bend, and Newport to partner to create undergraduate research opportunities? Join the Research for Undergraduates Network (RUN) for our weekly Monday meetings. Email us at [email protected] or visit website:

Traffic and Maintenance

Pride Center parking closed: As part of the Pride Center Renovation project, the sidewalk on the north side of SW A Avenue will be closed between 15th and 16th streets Feb. 15-17. Three city parking spaces in front of the Pride Center will also be closed. The crosswalk and south sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians. Other possible impacts include dust, mud and noise near the construction site.


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Department of Microbiology Administrative Program Assistant: The Department of Microbiology invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Administrative Program Assistant position. This position will be responsible for working with faculty, graduate students and the Microbiology Graduate Affairs and Admissions committees to coordinate the microbiology graduate program. Posting #P03867CT. Closes Feb. 21.

NEW! Equipment Systems Specialist II: UIT-Academic Technologies invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Equipment Systems Specialist II with the Classroom Technology Services department. Posting #P04031CT. Closes March 3.

NEW! IT Manager: OSU-Cascades in Bend invites applications for an IT Manager. This position is a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month, appointment-type position. Posting #P06485UF. Full consideration March 12. Closes March 26.

NEW! Oceanography Instructor: College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for a 0.75 FTE, 12-month, academic faculty position. Posting #131756. Closes March 15.

NEW! Equipment Systems Specialist: OSU-Cascades in Bend invites applications for an Equipment Systems Specialist. This position is a full-time, 1.0 FTE 12-month, appointment-type position. Posting #P04029CT. Full consideration April 9. Closes April 23.


“There are two rules in life: Number 1, never quit! Number 2, never forget rule number one.” ~ Duke Ellington

Corvallis: Areas of frost and then mostly sunny, high of 52, low of  32. Mostly cloudy this weekend.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 46, low of 25. Partly to mostly sunny this weekend.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 52, low of 35. Mostly cloudy to partly sunny this weekend.

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