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:


'A planet in peril': OSU researchers unveil path to fight climate change (KOIN)

An international team of scientists led by two Oregon State University researchers, are calling for a different pathway to mitigate climate change that will also address social injustice. (see also OregonianKTVZ)

Why saving old trees is weirdly controversial (Vox)

Old forests are also tremendously important for wildlife. Birds like the marbled murrelet and mammals like the red tree vole need them to survive, said Matthew Betts, a forest ecologist at Oregon State University. It has to do with the forest structure. Big branches unique to older trees, for example, provide support for nests, and the thick layers of canopy help retain water.

West Coast study to examine disease impacting honeybees (Axios)

Beekeepers have been aware of European foulbrood disease for decades. However, its rapid resurgence over the last few years has many worried about the disease's potential to harm commercial food production on bee-dependent crops throughout the country. That's according to Ramesh Sagili, an apiculturist and a professor of agriculture at Oregon State University. "We know the basics," he told Axios. "But what we don't know are the triggers."

Today's photo

Uplifting: Rachel Sidlauskas submitted this photo of FWCS Professor Brian Sidlauskas lifting their daughter in the MU. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: The start of the term is a great time for students to connect with Academic Coaching. In the first weeks, it may be helpful for students to talk about time management and course-specific study strategies. Encourage your students to schedule a 45-minute appointment to meet with a coach either in-person or via Zoom.


University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. on Jan. 12 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 web page. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].

International Employee and Scholar Coffee Social: International employees, faculty, scholars, families, and friends are invited to drop in between 10:30 a.m. and noon Jan. 12 at the Einerson House (2638 NW Jackson Ave.) for conversation, coffee, tea and light snacks. Hosted by OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International, OSU Office of International Services and the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

OSUsed Store: Winter Hours: Until Feb. 1 the OSUsed Store will be operating on our winter hours. We are open to the public Tuesdays 5:30-7 p.m. and Fridays noon to 3 p.m. (excluding holidays). The OSUsed Store is located at 644 SW 13th St. in Corvallis.

Library sabbatical talk: Join OSU Valley Librarians as they talk about their experiences while taking sabbaticals. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Jan. 12 at Tiny Café: a pop-up coffee and feedback table in Main Lobby. OSU Librarians will be asking for your opinions on Discord, the social media application.

Onboarding forums held via Zoom: The President and Provost’s Leadership Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PPLC) is hosting another onboarding forum via Zoom for employees of color on Jan. 12. We are seeking to identify additional ways to support the success and belonging of new employees of color. The forum is from 9-10 a.m. on Jan. 12 and registration is required. If you are unable to attend there is an anonymous feedback survey here. Questions can be directed to [email protected].


NEW! OSU International Film Festival: Covenant of the Salmon People. "Covenant of the Salmon People" is a 60-minute documentary portrait of the Nez Perce Tribe as they continue to carry out their ancient promise to protect the Chinook salmon. The film explores the intertwined fate of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce), salmon and the landscape from which both evolved. 6 p.m., Jan. 17 at Darkside Cinema in Corvallis; admission is free.

Experiencing Ancient and Modern-day Agriculture in the Heart of Mexico: Join Jose Manuel Uscanga Aguirre from the College of Agricultural Sciences to learn more about a 4-credit, two-week program in Mexico studying the development of agricultural production from pre-Columbian, Aztec and Mayan civilizations from June 16-27. Info session: 4 p.m., Jan. 16, StAG 240 and Jan. 31 and Feb. 8, also at 4 p.m. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

Info Session: Study Abroad in Borneo or New Zealand: Interested in a two-week long study abroad program in Borneo or New Zealand this summer? Join COF International Programs to learn about College of Forestry’s two-week programs opportunities in ecologically unique islands of Malaysian Borneo and New Zealand this summer. Info session: 2 p.m., Jan. 18, Rich 107 or join via Zoom. The deadline to apply for the Oil Palms and Orangutans: Forest Conservation in Malaysian Borneo faculty-led program is Feb. 15 and Land of the Long White Cloud: Ecosystems of New Zealand is April 1. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Puerto Rico Resilient Coastal Communities and Natural Resources Education: Join Wanda Crannell from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Shawn Rowe from NOAA Sea Grant over spring break (March 23-30) for a 3-credit, eight-day program in Puerto Rico to engage in service-learning projects connected to natural resource management and food systems. There are two info sessions, one at 3 p.m. and one at 4 p.m., Jan. 18, in STAG 240. Visit Global Opportunities for application info.

PFLA Winter Luncheon: Join us for a gourmet lunch and special presentation from OSU President Jayathi Murthy. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 30, The LaSells Stewart Center. Cost/person is $15 for PFLA members and $20 for non-members. Registration is required and seating is limited.

PFLA Networking event: Valentine’s Day Speed Networking on Zoom. Get to know colleagues at this fun networking session using a "speed dating" format with short, rotating break-out groups. Wear your best Valentine's attire or colors to be entered in a drawing for fun prizes. 2-3 p.m., Feb. 14 on Zoom. Registration is required.

The Little Gallery Presents: Afghanistan Before the Wars - Photography by Mark Svendsen. The narrative for this exhibit is to acquaint Oregonians with the native beauty of Afghanistan and the universal humanity of its people, and to impart a sense of what life there was like when the country was at peace half a century ago. The exhibit will run Jan. 9 - Feb. 16 in The Little Gallery of Kidder Hall. Free and open to all.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Gearing Up for Gardening: Poisonous Plants—Who Knew? Lisa Borgerson, Benton County Master Gardener. Come to the Corvallis-Benton County library and get free gardening tips from local experts. Noon, Jan. 16. Presentations are free and open to everyone. Co-sponsored by the Benton County Master Gardener Association and the Corvallis-Benton County Library.

NEW! EMT seminar by Gerrad Jones: "Cracking the chemical code: A data-science approach to deciphering the chemical information stored in environmental samples," 3:30 p.m., Jan. 16. This will be a hybrid seminar, ALS 4001 and via Zoom.  

Suicide prevention training in Portland: Become a certified "Question, Persuade, Refer Gatekeeper" this Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Recognize the signs and learn how to help people who may be at risk. This free training is hosted by the College of Health and OSU Extension’s Family and Community Health program. 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 15, Food Innovation Center in Portland. Register for free.

New Year Resolutions and Self-Care: The start of the new year often bring expectations for change and the desire to accomplish certain goals. As we all know, though, these resolution are much easier said than done. Join this gathering to talk about how to set reasonable foals for the new year and work toward actually achieving them. 1 p.m., Jan. 17, 9 a.m., Jan. 30. Register for this upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

Care Talks, Aging & Adult Care: Putting YOU in the Care Equation: This talk addressed the juggling act of caregiving and other life responsibilities and offers guidance for achieving a healthy balance. 10 a.m., Jan. 17.  Register today.

Mindful Restart: 30 Day Challenge. Start 2024 learning and practicing mindfulness with a supportive cohort and all-inclusive package including a four-week Mindfulness 101 series, 1:1 mentorship, online and in-person practice opportunities and more. $150 for full package; $65 for online only. Free for the first 20 OSU students. Jan. 21-Feb. 19 at Marigold. Contact: [email protected].

Health careers alumni panel: You might be surprised by the variety of fields and roles a College of Health degree can lead to. Hear from alumni with your shared passion for taking on challenges facing health and well-being at an Ask Alumni career webcast, at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 24. Register for this free interactive panel presented by the OSU Alumni Association and College of Health.

Wine & Chocolate: Elizabeth Tomasino, an associate professor of enology in the Department of Food Science and Technology at OSU, will be giving a one-hour talk and tasting in pairing wine and chocolate. 6-7 p.m., Feb. 14 in Corvallis and 4-5 p.m. Feb. 17 in Portland. For more details follow the link.

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State 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; and more. Winter 2024 program: Monday-Thursday, 8:15 a.m. to noon, Feb. 26-29, via Zoom. Spring 2024 program: Tuesday-Friday, 8:15 a.m. to noon, May 7-10, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

Take Note

NEW! OSU Today schedule: OSU Today will not publish on Monday, Jan. 15, due to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Normal publication will resume Jan. 16. 

NEW! Adulting 101 Offered through OSU Extension 4H: Join Lane County 4-H for the Adulting 101 series. This five-week course is designed for all teens ages 12-18 in Lane County. Classes include career readiness, budgeting basics, self-defense, emergency preparedness, CPR and first aid certification, food preservation basics, mental health and wellness care, cooking basics and car basics. Adulting 101 is designed to provide teens skills and confidence for entering post-high school life. The series is $75 for community members, and those enrolled in a 4-H club will receive a $25 discount. Contact [email protected]  or call 541-344-5043 for questions and accommodations.

NEW! 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 the Dean of Students, 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. 

NEW! Kognito: Recognizing and Supporting Students in Distress Training for Staff, Faculty and Student Assistants. OSU students today face increasing pressures that can lead to emotional distress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and even thoughts of suicide. Faculty, staff and the student assistants we employ may be in the best position to notice when a student needs additional support. Visit to access the faculty/staff online training so you can recognize and support OSU students in distress. Student assistants should visit: For questions contact Tessie Webster-Henry: [email protected]

NEW! Anytime Anywhere: TELUS Health: Help connect the students you serve with 24/7 mental health support. Anytime Anywhere: TELUS Health is an app that gives all OSU students, including Ecampus students, 24/7 access by text or phone with a licensed mental health counselor. There is no charge to students to use this service. Request print and digital marketing materials to share with students by clicking  

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Kris Hunt, director of Data Services, 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.

Examining White Identity event for students: Help us spread the word about the upcoming Examining Power Tools: Building Co/nversations, Co/nnection, and Co/mmunity, a day-long event for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in meaningful conversations deconstructing communication, power, and dominance with other Oregon State students from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10. While any student is welcome, it may be most resourcing for white-identified students. Application deadline is Jan. 31 at .

Study abroad in the Italian Alps this summer: Join COF International Programs this June in the heart of the Italian Alps to climb mountains, move through history and discover a long-standing tradition of forest management and wood architecture interwoven with cutting-edge research in timber engineering, advanced wood manufacturing and sustainable design and practice. Two-week course. Learn more & apply here. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Internationalization Grant: The Office of Global Engagement has announced the Internationalization Grant application cycle for 2023-24, opening Dec. 1 and closing Jan. 31. This year, the grant is offered in three tracks, aligned with Oregon State University’s new strategic plan “Prosperity Widely Shared,” focusing on research and innovation, global and intercultural learning and career and workforce development. Grant funds are provided through the INTO OSU Joint Venture Internationalization Fund. Full details are available on the website.

FYI Friday proposals: Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy or research you want to share with the campus community? Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Spring 2024. FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours in length. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] with questions, or for assistance.

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. University Human Resources is offering this new two-hour workshop to OSU employees on a monthly basis starting this Spring. View upcoming workshops and enroll here. In response to increasing material costs, the registration fee for this program will be adjusted to $55 as of Jan. 1.

BennyBuy: Purchases through the BennyBuy punch-out catalogs for Hewlett Packard (HP) and Bluum (Troxell) are now limited to $25,000 and below. This change was due to the cooperative contracts supporting these punch-out catalogs no longer meeting OSU’s competitive requirements. For more information see "Announcements" at

Science Fiction Writing Contest: Imagine a city of the future that has developed resilience to the threat of emerging diseases. Would you like to tell its story? The NSF-funded Pandemic-Resilient Cities research project has extended the deadline for its Science Fiction Writing Contest to Jan. 31. Four winning submissions will be awarded $500 each and publication in the campus literary magazine 45TH PARALLEL. Visit for contest guidelines.

Honors College Colloquium proposal deadline approaching: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor and emeritus faculty are invited to submit honors colloquium proposals for 2024-2025. Details and proposal form available at Questions: [email protected] or 541-737-6412. Deadline: Jan. 15.


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NEW! The College of Engineering (COE) Dean’s Office is looking for a 1.0 FTE, 12-month Administrative Assistant to support our Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs (ADUP). This position assists the ADUP in performance of their duties relating to: 1) academic and student programs and 2) planning, coordinating, implementing, managing, analyzing, evaluating and reporting assessment and accreditation activities associated with COE central services. Posting #P07677UF. Full consideration Jan. 31. Closes Feb. 11. 


2024 Big Blue Film Festival Trailer

Film Festival: Enjoy this medley of images from the films you can see at the 2024 Big Blue Film Fest, Jan. 26-27, in Newport, Oregon. This year, the festival will show 27 films at two venues, the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Newport Performing Arts Center. Tickets and full details on film times and locations are at


"January brings the snow, makes our feet and fingers glow.” ~ Sara Coleridge

Corvallis: Rain today with snow mixing in by nightfall, high of 42, low of 21. Snow, sleet and freezing rain (aka a wintry mix) through the weekend.

Central Oregon: Snow today, high of 31, low of 6. Snow Saturday, partly sunny Sunday.

Newport: Rain turning to rain and snow today, high of 47, low of 28. Rain and freezing rain through the weekend.

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