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.

Oregon's snowpack is once again below normal. But how often do we reach 'normal' anymore?(Statesman Journal)

“It’s pretty clear that the idea of what’s normal is shifting, and that we’ve just become accustomed to these bad or below average years,” Oregon State University climate scientist Kathie Dello said. “That’s particularly true in years where people are still able to go skiing — we just don’t notice it as much.”

'It just doesn't get any easier': An Oregon community mourns three crab fishermen who perished in deadly waves (Washington Post)

Commercial fishing has one of the highest fatality ratesof any occupation, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. A 2016 Oregon State University study analyzing Coast Guard data found the fatality rate for Dungeness crab fishermen was even higher

Far-ranging fin whales find year-round residence in Gulf of California (Science Daily)

Oregon State University professor Bruce Mate, director of OSU's Marine Mammal Institute and co-author on the study, tagged 11 whales that year and was able to record the movements of nine of them for up to a year

Researchers find that tree rings indicate effects of fire suppression (Register Guard)

The results of fire suppression are recorded in the rings, according to new research by Oregon State University. And, they indicate that snuffing out wildfires in Oregon has made forests more dense and less tolerant of drought, pests and fire.

Today's photo

Snow day: A wintery scene from OSU Special Collections & Archives. 


Environmental Public Health in the 21st Century Research Symposium: Join us on Jan. 11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the MU Horizon Room for a research symposium sponsored by the OSU Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology to bridge the gaps between advances in exposure science, the implementation of 21st-century toxicology vision and regulatory considerations relevant to environmental chemicals. Livestreaming available. Free. Registration required.

MNR Capstone Presentation: Alex Scagliotti is pursuing his Master of Natural Resources under the guidance of Lynette de Silva. Join us Friday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m. in Richardson 243 for a presentation of his capstone project: "Quantifying the Geomorphic Response of Stream Restoration Projects: A Pilot Project on Whychus Creek". Free and open to the public.

OSU International Scholar and Faculty Coffee Social: OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International and OSU Office of International Services invites 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), 2638 N.W. Jackson Ave in Corvallis on Friday, Jan. 11, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Facebook Link:

NEW! Cheese sales: Time to restock your fridge and your bellies with Beaver Classic Cheese. Friday sales begin today, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Creamery. Come try five cheddars, two Swiss and two provolones, cheese curds. The Creamery is in 159 Withycombe Hall. 

NEW! Meat Center: The Clark Meat Science Center retail store will be open Friday, noon-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.

Music a la Carte: Abigail Sperling, flute; Victoria Wolff, cello; Lauren Servias, piano. Performing works by Hummel, Maresz and Gaubert. Friday, Jan. 11, at noon. Memorial Union Lounge, free.

OSUsed Store Clearances: The OSUsed Store will be offering 50 percent off prices storewide Friday, Jan. 11, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 S.W. 13th St. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on their website.

Live Oral History: Come learn about the consequences of nuclear weapons production by listening to the experiences of lawyer and "downwinder" Trisha Pritkin as she is recorded sharing some of her life talking with author Jacob Darwin Hamblin, PI on NSF grant "Reconstructing Nuclear Environments and the Downwinders' Case." Friday, Jan. 11, 4 p.m. Valley Library room 1420 (in the basement, floor 1).


Fourth Annual OSU STEM Leaders Program Research Symposium: The OSU STEM Leaders Program will be hosting its research symposium, where second-year students will present research posters from across campus. The symposium will take place Saturday, Jan. 12, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. For information or accommodations, contact Stephanie Ramos at


Piano Series performance: American pianist Jeremy Denk will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in The LaSells Stewart Center as part of the Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Piano Series. Denk was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2013. He has performed as a soloist across North America with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra. Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at or at Grass Roots Books & Music in Corvallis.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Trayvon Martin documentary: Jan. 17-24, join us for one episode or all viewings of “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” a documentary series with moderated discussions. Helmed by executive producer Shawn Carter (aka Jay-Z), this six-part, unscripted documentary series examining the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin and controversial events of the last decade, including the worldwide Black Lives Matter movement that grew after Trayvon's death. For episode dates and more info, visit

NEW! Faculty/Staff FREE Nutrition Counseling: The OSU dietetic interns are offering free nutrition counseling sessions to faculty and staff this winter. Appointments are available Friday Jan. 18 at noon or 1 p.m. There are also have openings Feb. 8 and March 1 at 11 a.m. or noon. These sessions can count toward your HEM requirement!  Email to schedule your appointment.

OSU Portland Center grand opening: Celebrate the opening of Oregon State's new space right off of Pioneer Square in downtown Portland on Jan. 14, 1-6:30 p.m. Explore the facility during this open house. Visit with representatives from OSU colleges and divisions to learn about their programs. The OSU Portland Center is located on the second floor of the historic Meier & Frank Building, adjacent to Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. Besides serving as an educational space for a number of Oregon State’s signature programs, the center houses the Portland-based staff of the OSU Foundation and OSU Alumni Association, acting as a hub for the university’s many activities in the region. 

OSU Staff Art Exhibit & Reception: Celebrate works of art created by OSU staff and retirees at the ninth annual OSU Staff Art Exhibit. Visit with the artists at a reception on Monday, Jan. 14, from 5-7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center Giustina Gallery. The exhibit runs now through Sunday, Jan. 27. For more information, contact University Events at or 541-737-4717.

2019 MLK Day of Service: Registration for the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 19 is now open. Students, faculty, staff, and their partners and children are all invited to participate in OSU’s largest day of service of the year. Projects will take place at various times throughout the day. A light breakfast, snacks, and hot lunch will be provided. Check-in will be located in the MU Horizon Room 49, and transportation to all projects will be provided. Pre-registration is required at Projects include Heartland Humane Society, Linn Benton Food Share, Corvallis Parks & Recreation, Meals on Wheels (Craft ‘N Care) and more.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Tuesday Teaching Talks: Creating Equitable & Culturally Inclusive Environments. Join colleagues and the Center for Teaching and Learning in a certificated series of teaching workshops. The workshops are every Tuesday. Attend one, some, or all. On Jan. 15, join SJEI director Jane Waite for critical inquiry: Why do students experience same classes differently? How does who we are impact the ways we teach and learn? What constitutes an equitable environment? This two-hour workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215 at 10 a.m. and  2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here

NEW! Beaver Family Connections: Childhood Sexual Development: Join OSU’s Daniel Dowhower as he discusses what to expect as your children develop sexually. This sessions will be on Tuesday, Jan. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. in MU 207; free snacks are provided. For a calendar of this year’s Beaver Family Connections, please visit and for questions please contact

NEW! OSU in Cuba information session: Join OSU faculty Ron Mize and Melanie Nichol (School of Language, Culture & Society) for this opportunity to learn about and experience Cuba in 2019. A 10-credit academic program includes a four-credit spring term course followed by a six-credit summer field study for two weeks in and around Havana and the Bay of Pigs. Session to be held Tuesday, Jan. 15, 6 p.m. in Waldo Hall 240.

Intro to CORE for New Users:The Cooperative Open Reporting Environment is OSU's central tool for accessing official university reports and institutional data. All OSU employees have access to CORE reports and dashboards based on their employment classification and Job Profile. This session is designed to give new employees and CORE users an orientation to CORE including security and policies related to the access and use of data, how to find and save what you need from CORE, and helpful tips and tricks for interacting and using the system. Monday, Jan. 14, 2-3 p.m., IAR Training Space - Kerr B094 and WebEx. Registration: Register Here. Direct questions to

Science Pub: Too Much of a Good Thing?  The science of super-cushioned running shoes with Christine Pollard, director of the FORCE Lab at OSU-Cascades. Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. at Old World Deli. The presentation is free, but registration is required.

Take Note

NEW! Updates to University Policies & Standards: Please visit the University Policy & Standards page ( to learn about recent and pending policy amendments. The following policies have been amended: 04-010 Records Retention (link), 07-005 Alcoholic Beverages (link), 03-010 Procurement Thresholds and Methods (link), and 03-015 Procurement Solicitations and Contracts (link).

NEW! OSU cats needed for study: Researchers at the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine are conducting a pilot study examining the role of the feline nasal microbiome in upper respiratory infection. They are seeking cats with and without chronic URI that live in the same household. If you own two cats, one with chronic upper respiratory problems and one without, please email Brianna Beechler at All participating cats will receive a free physical exam and blood panel between Jan. 21 and Feb. 8.

Library Undergraduate Research Awards: Has one of your students done an outstanding research paper or project that used library resources? Then they could receive a $1,000 scholarship from OSU Libraries for submitting their project or paper along with other submission materials by Jan. 31. Tell your worthy undergraduate students about this opportunity. More info is at

Printing and Mailing Services Notice: Shuttle Service to Portland: When sending mail items to the new Portland Center, be sure to use the updated address.  The new Portland Center address is: 555 S.W. Morrison St.  The old address for this building, 621 S.W. 5th, is no longer valid.

Taste Testers Wanted: A fun and tasty way to participate in food research. The OSU Center for Sensory & Consumer Behavior Research is looking for panelists for consumer taste tests.  Open to all students, faculty, staff and family members. Must be at least 18 years of age. Panelists receive up to $20/hour for their time.  Tests run throughout the year but panelists choose which tests interest them. Fill out our questionnaire to get added to our pool at or call 541-737-6506.

Applications for PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships for Spring term projects are now being accepted: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to OSU community members who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach, or creative projects related to women’s issues. Scholarships average $300 and are paid by reimbursement. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 8, with notification in Week 7. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact Joy Jorgensen at

Heroes sought: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association is seeking nominations for the Our Hero Award to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond while exhibiting leadership skills. PFLA membership is not required of the nominator or the nominee. Visit the PFLA Our Hero webpage to submit a nomination.

Oregon Sea Grant 2020-2022 Biennial Research CompetitionOregon Sea Grant invites researchers affiliated with any Oregon institution of higher education to submit pre-proposals for two-year research projects. These projects should address cutting-edge, socioeconomic and biophysical science related to important marine and coastal issues. Pre-proposals are due Thursday, Feb. 21, 5 p.m. Questions, contact Stephanie Ichien or Sarah Kolesar in OSG’s Research and Scholars Program.

Accreditation: Oregon State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. As part of the ongoing accreditation process, OSU is scheduled to submit a "Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report" to the NWCCU and host a site visit of peer evaluators from April 15-17, 2019. Accreditation by the NWCCU represents the commission’s judgment that an institution is satisfactorily achieving its mission and educational purposes and that it meets or exceed the commission’s standards of quality and effectiveness. OSU has been continuously accredited by the NWCCU since 1924, having been most recently reaffirmed Spring 2011. As part of the review process, OSU invites the public to send comments regard the institution’s qualification for accreditation and/or its efforts to achieve mission fulfillment directly to the NWCCU. Signed, written comments should be mailed to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities at 8060 165th Ave., Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981 no later than March 15, 2019.  To obtain a copy of Commission Policy A-5, Public Notification and Third-Party Comments Regarding Full-Scale Evaluations, contact the NWCCU office at 425-558-4224 or visit its website at (Standards and Policies and the Operational Policies).

Term-Long Laptops at the Valley Library: The Valley Library has 24 Dell laptops available for long-term borrowing. These laptops are term-long substitutes for students without computers. For more information or to fill out the application, go to Applications are due Saturday, Jan. 12. For further questions, email

Funding Database: OSU has an institutional subscription to GrantFoward. Set up a profile and search for funding opportunities.  For information on how to sign up, email


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NEW! Internal Employment Opportunity: This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time, intermittent (approximately 16 hours per week as needed) Education Program Assistant 1 position for Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University. Posting #P01929CT. Closes Jan. 17.


“Believe your life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact." ~ William James.

Corvallis: Mostly cloudy today, high of 57, low of 30. Mostly sunny through the weekend.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny, high of 42, low of 27. Mostly sunny through the weekend.

Newport: Mostly cloudy, high of 53, low of 42. Partly sunny Saturday, mostly sunny Sunday.

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