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. Content appearing includes timely news and feature stories from broadcast, print and online sources. Occasionally, opinion pieces and first-person columns appearing in mainstream media outlets that are written by faculty members and pertain to their academic or professional expertise may be included based on their unique, informative value, timeliness and space constraints. It is not the policy of OSU Today to include Letters to the Editor. 


OSU expands campus-wide tobacco products ban (KTVZ)

Oregon State University said Thursday it has enacted an expanded policy prohibiting the use of any tobacco products on all university properties. OSU adopted a smoke-free campus policy for all students, employees and visitors in 2012. (see also OregonianBend BulletinKPTV)

Broad support needed to maximize impact of cars designed for kids with mobility issues (Medical Xpress)

Sam Logan, an Oregon State University kinesiologist who conducts research using the cars in his lab, said families who use the "Go Baby Go" ride-on cars require more robust support to push past barriers and keep using the cars over time. Otherwise, instead of helping young children with mobility issues explore their world, the cars end up forgotten in a closet.

Schick Machine bringing musical awe to OSU (Gazette-Times)

A giant, motorized hurdy-gurdy, a deconstructed pipe organ and array of spinning and thrashing metal are just some of the innovative musical highlights of "Schick Machine," scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

OSU science 2019 (Corvallis Advocate)

In September of last year, OSU was named the most innovative school in the Pacific Northwest by US News & World Report. President Ed Ray, who is retiring this year, was quoted saying, “Innovation at Oregon State extends throughout everything we do.”

Oregon State announces plan for student housing (Newport News-Times)

Oregon State University announced plans Tuesday to develop and construct new student housing in Newport to support the university’s Marine Studies Initiative.

Today's photo

Working with lab glassware: Photo circa 1920, courtesy Oregon State University. Department of Food Science & Technology.


OSU International Scholar and Faculty Coffee Social: OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International and OSU Office of International Services would like to invite you to join international visiting faculty, scholars, students and their families for conversation, coffee, tea and light snacks at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (CMLC) in the Einerson House (EINH) on Friday, 10:30 a.m. to noon, 2638 NW Jackson Ave., Corvallis.

Cheese sales: Time to restock your fridge and your bellies with Beaver Classic Cheese. Come try five cheddars, two Swiss, two Provolones and cheese curds. Today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 159 Withycombe Hall.
Meat Center: The Clark Meat Science Center retail store will be open Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m. Products include fresh and cooked/smoked sausages, bacon, retail cuts, jerky, snack sticks and Beaver Classic cheese. The store is at 3260 SW Campus Way, next to the Motor Pool. Contact for questions regarding the store.

Music à la Carte: The Oregon State University Music à la Carte concert series opens the winter 2020 season Friday, Jan. 10 at noon in the MU Lounge with a jazz performance by trumpeter-composer Douglas Detrick, guitarist Michael Gamble and drummer Ryan Biesack.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Friday noon-3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information on our website.

Budget committee: The University Budget Committee will meet this Friday from 2-3:30 p.m. in Kerr 102. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the Provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities, and budget policies. This Friday the committee will discuss projections and planning relevant to developing undergraduate tuition recommendations for 2020-2021. Members of the university community are welcome to join meetings of the UBC as observers. Future meeting times and locations can be found at

Volunteers interested in healthcare, kinesiology, any major: OSU IMPACT for Life program is recruiting volunteers to work with people with disabilities in exercise facilities around Corvallis. No experience is needed. We provide training. Mandatory orientation this Friday, Jan. 10, 4:30-6 p.m. in Women's Building, Room 210. Volunteer applications can be found at Questions: Kayla Lindland, 971-344-5701.


5th Annual OSU STEM Leaders Program Research Symposium: This event will take place Saturday, Jan. 11, from noon to 2 p.m. Students from the Colleges of Engineering, Science, and Agricultural Sciences will be presenting research from their first year on campus. Join us in the Memorial Union Horizon Room for light refreshments.


NEW! ASOSU Elections Informational Sessions: Interested in running for ASOSU student body president, vice president, speaker of the house, senator, representative, student fee committee chair or student fee committee at-large member? Attend a mandatory elections information session to run. Next session is Jan. 13, 5-6 p.m., MU 206. For more info:

NEW! President’s Winter Celebration: On Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 9-11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge, all OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break and join President Edward J. Ray for free treats and gourmet beverages. Non-perishable food items or monetary donations to benefit OSU’s Food Pantry will be accepted and appreciated. Contact University Events at or 541-737-4717 with any questions.

NEW! Wellness Walk: Faculty, staff and students: Join Recreational Sports for a carefree walk around campus. We will guide you through a route that takes us to unique sculptures we have around our campus and possibly stop for a quick afternoon pick-me-up at Dutch Bros. Takes place Jan. 14, 3 p.m., MU 062 (The Wellness Nook).

NEW! Pizza and Conversation: Architectural Engineering at Oregon State University: Join the School of Civil and Construction Engineering for a brief presentation, pizza, and conversation about the new AE program. Architectural engineering is a profession where knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences are applied to the engineering design of buildings and their environmental systems. Learn how students who graduate with an architectural engineering degree can positively influence how people live, work, and play in buildings while lessening impacts on the planet. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 6-8 p.m., Kearney 312. Presented by Kevin Houser, professor of architectural engineering.

NEW! MLK Jr. Day of Service: Students, faculty, staff, and their partners and children are all invited to participate in OSU’s largest day of service of the year on Saturday, Jan. 18. Projects will take place at various times with most projects starting in the morning. They include indoor and outdoor service activities with the City of Corvallis, Parks and Rec and Linn-Benton Food Share. For more information, contact To register for a project, visit:

Play On: Shakespeare in Production at Oregon State University: Professor Emerita Charlotte Headrick will discuss the colorful history of Shakespeare plays produced on campus since the first performance of "Julius Caesar" in 1895. The special guest lecture will be on Monday, Jan. 13 at 4 p.m. at the OSU Center for the Humanities in Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave. Free and open to the public.

Faculty/staff free nutrition counseling: The OSU dietetic interns are offering free nutrition counseling sessions to faculty and staff this winter. Appointments are available Jan. 17 at 1 or 2 p.m. We also have openings Friday, Feb. 14 at noon or 1 p.m. Can count towards your HEM requirement. Email to schedule your appointment.

MLK Celebration: Free tickets for the 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. peace breakfast are now available to OSU faculty, staff and students for the event on Monday, Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center ballroom. The celebration week runs Jan. 18-24. After the breakfast, Raquel Willis, a black queer transgender activist, writer and the executive editor of Out Magazine, will be the keynote speaker for the celebration lecture at 11 a.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. The keynote session is free and open to the public; tickets are not required. To register for the breakfast and for a full list of events, visit For info, contact or 541-737-4717.

PFLA Winter Luncheon: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA) and TRIAD invite you to attend the annual Winter Luncheon Thursday, Jan. 23 from noon to 1:30 p.m., at The LaSells Stewart Center, Giustina Gallery. The guest speaker will be Jason O’Brien, Oregon Master Naturalist Program Coordinator. Lunch will be provided by OSU Catering and the cost is $15 for each attendee. For more information about the event and how to register, click here:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Creating Equitable & Culturally Inclusive Environments - Join Jane Waite (SJEI) for critical inquiry: Why do students experience the same classes differently? How does who we are impact the ways we teach and learn? What constitutes an equitable environment? +Tech TalkLearn tools for supporting Universal Design. This workshop will be facilitated twice on Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Milam 215. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here.

NEW! Beaver Family Connections: Social Media, Technology & Your Kids: One of the biggest parenting hot topics has been the increasing use of social media and technology in tweens/teens. Join us on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. in MU 207 to learn what it means to be a “techno-parent” and what to watch for.

NEW! Search Advocate program: The OSU Search Advocate Program has scheduled a two-part workshop series in partnership with Extension & Engagement at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora. Session 1 takes place Jan. 17 and Session 2 will be held Feb. 14. Search advocates are outside process advisors who serve on search committees from position development through the final recommendation stage with a focus on advancing equity, validity, and diversity. To learn more about the workshops/program and to register, go to the Professional Development Registration website

Seminar: Irina Gaynanova will speak on “Truncated latent Gaussian copula model for zero-inflated data,” Jan. 13, 4 p.m., Weniger 149. Gaynanova is an assistant professor at Texas A&M University.

Crop and Soil Science Winter 2020 Seminar Series: The departments of CSS and Horticulture are co-hosting the weekly winter 2020 Seminars every Monday at 4 p.m. in ALS 4000. The first seminar takes place Jan 13, 4 p.m., ALS 4000, and will be presented by Xi Zhang, a postdoctoral scholar in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. The title of his talk is "Estimating soil hydraulic conductivity in agricultural landscape with pedotransfer functions: challenges and opportunities." Zoom information:

Take Note

Kognito: Recognizing and Supporting Students in Distress Training: College can be stressful at times. Build the confidence to talk with a student who you’re concerned about. Be prepared to lead real-life conversations with students that build resilience, strengthen relationships and connect them with support. Visit to access the faculty/staff online training so you can recognize and support OSU students in distress. To access the student version visit: For questions or to request a group facilitation of this training for your department, contact Tessie Webster-Henry:

Affordable learning grant application: Oregon State faculty are invited to apply for affordable learning grants to offset the time and expense required to develop and/or implement high-quality, freely available learning materials in classes. All grant recipients will receive assistance from OSU’s Open Educational Resources Unit in locating, adopting or authoring zero-cost course materials. For more information, visit

Emergency posters: Announcing the new “In Case of Emergency” poster. We have updated the look and content of the orange emergency poster. Contact to request copies for your area. When emailing, give us the location for delivery and the quantity needed. Or download a printable version from

OSU Food Drive: Do you know who your OSU Food Drive unit coordinator is? Find out at The Food Drive is an annual February tradition at OSU to help fight hunger in our community and we need all the help we can get. If you don’t know who your coordinator is – perhaps it could be you. Email for more information.

Working with students in distress: Faculty and staff may be the first to notice a student is struggling and may be in the best position to reach out with care and concern. The Office of Student Life, in collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services, developed a CARE folder, which is intended to provide you with resources and referral information that we hope you find valuable. Simply click on this link and you will be directed to login to Box to access these resources. We recommend you bookmark this link for easy access on your phone, laptop or tablet.

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Next Great Startup competition application open now: The fourth annual multi-round NGSU competition is looking for OSU student-led teams who want to turn a startup idea into a real company. Apply by Jan. 16 for the chance to pitch to VC coaches, receive 10,000 AWS Credits and win combined prizes and services worth $20,000. Full details at

Grant Funding Available: The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is accepting proposals for grant funding to be awarded in May 2020. Projects that enhance the undergraduate experience, directly impact as many OSU students as possible and improve student retention are eligible. The applications are due Monday, Jan. 13 by 9 a.m. To apply for a grant, visit Questions: Contact Molly Moriarty Russell at 541-737-4044 or


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To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Faculty Research Assistant in Fisheries Genomics – The State Fisheries Genomics Lab at OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Faculty Research Assistant position. Posting #P03528UF. Closes Feb. 7.


“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these." ~ Scientist and inventor George Washington Carver, born today in 1864.

Corvallis: Rainy and windy today, high of 46, low of 41. Rain through the weekend.

Central Oregon: Snow followed by rain and snow, high of 41, low of 33. Snow this weekend.

Newport: Heavy rain and windy, high of 51, low of 44. Showers and windy through the weekend.

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