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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. 

Bayocean: The lost resort town that Oregon forgot (OPB News)

David Lewis is an anthropologist with Oregon State University and a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. He thinks some of the Native Tillamooks may have warned Bayocean families about erosion issues. “I mean it was a very racial time period, where native people were not really listened to very much,” Lewis said. “Even if they had said something, they probably wouldn’t have been listened to.”

Survival of the flexible (Oregon Business)

Low unemployment is one reason for the drop. “When the economy is doing well, the opportunity cost of quitting your job and moving to a college town to pursue a degree is high,” says John Becker-Blease, associate dean of graduate student development at Oregon State University.

OSU in top 5 online educators (Corvallis Advocate)

For the third time in six years, Oregon State University is ranked as one of America’s five best providers of online education by U.S. News & World Report.  

Seven home games highlight football schedule (OSU Beavers)

Oregon State will host seven football games this year at Reser Stadium for the first time since 2016. The 12-game schedule was announced Thursday by Pac-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott.

Now is the time to prune your trees before Spring, and OSU Extenson Service wants to help (KMTR)

From cutting off damaged branches to figuring out which tools work best for pruning your fruit tree, OSU Extension in Lane County has the answers to your tree pruning questions.

OSU hires extension beef specialist (Capital Press)

Oregon State University has hired Juliana Ranches as its new extension beef specialist in Burns, Ore.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: In this 2017 photo, attendees sing the Black National Anthem at the Martin Luther King Peace Breakfast  in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. A number of events will be held next week in honor of King, including the annual Peace Breakfast. (photo: Theresa Hogue).


Winter 2020 Black Minds Matter Course: The Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) and Advancing Academic Equity for Student Success will again host the Black Minds Matter course. This free seven-week hybrid course provides academic teaching and professional faculty members an opportunity to engage in conversations and activities that focus on issues affecting Black students' success in higher education. The kickoff session will take place on Friday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. Register for the course this winter by emailing

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.-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.

Multi-level allyship in academia: Join Women and Science and Women in Policy for a conversation about multi-level allyship in academia (e.g., individual, institutional). The lunch will be lead by Pamela Devan. Pamela is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Boston University; her dissertation focuses on questions of belonging and community among queer women in Singapore. Lunch and refreshments will be served. Friday, Jan. 17, noon, MU 206.

OSU Anthropology Lecture Series: Leilani Sabzalian, assistant professor of Indigenous Studies in the College of Education at the University of Oregon, will present “Survivance Storytelling as Indigenous Educational Research” on Friday, Jan 17, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in LINC 314. The lecture is free and open to all. For further information, contact Shaozeng Zhang at

Music à la Carte: Victoria Wolff (cello) and Sunghee Kim (piano) perform Jan. 17, noon, in the MU Lounge.

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.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Friday noon to 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.-4 p.m. More information on our website.

Mental health talk: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) presents “Optimizing mental health across the lifespan,” by OSU professors Karen Hooker and Carolyn Aldwin, Ph.D. student Lan Doan, OCHI Director Allison Myers and Associate Professor of Practice Marion Ceraso. Friday, Jan. 17, 1-2 p.m., HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room.

Strand Gallery Reception: The College of Agricultural Sciences’ Art About Agriculture program presents Art of Growth, a selection of permanent collection acquisitions and gifts spanning the program’s 37-year history. A visual celebration of agricultural production and enjoyment. Jan. 17-March 19. Reception on Friday, Jan. 17, 4-7 p.m., in collaborative alignment with the Art of Work exhibition at Benton County Museum. 

Benton County Museum: Art of Work, a collaborative exhibition featuring art from the permanent collections of both OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences’ Art About Agriculture program and Benton County Historical Society. Artwork chosen for the exhibition represent industries such as gardening, farming, cattle production, timber management, mining, scientific research, boat building, shipping and fishing. Jan. 17-Feb. 29. Reception on Friday, Jan, 17, 4-7 p.m., in collaborative alignment with Art of Growth exhibition at Strand Gallery.


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:

MU Ballroom Contra Dance: The Contra Dance Club of OSU and the Corvallis Folklore Society are hosting a free contra dance Saturday, Jan. 18, in the MU Ballroom. Isaac Banner will be calling gender-free dances with live music from Corvallis' own Celtic & folkadelic band, The Nettles. A brief lesson starts at 7 p.m. and the dance goes from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Admission is free to everyone, but donations are appreciated. More info at:

SAC Presents performing arts series: Schick Machine, created by a multi-disciplinary team, features percussionist Steven Schick exploring a stage filled with large-scale invented instruments. Makers, musicians, design enthusiasts and science buffs alike will enjoy the group’s aural and visual surprises, quickly relinquishing any preconception about what an instrument should look like or sound like. Join Schick on the stage to play the instruments after the performance. Jan. 18 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center.


Holiday: School is not in session and campus is closed for the Martin Luther King Holiday. However there are events happening during the day. 

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.

NEW! MU 109 Ribbon Cutting & Dedication: The Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life (CFSL) and the Memorial Union (MU) invite you to join Oregon State University (OSU) students, alumni, faculty, and staff for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m., directly following the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace March. Memorial Union room 109 is dedicated in honor of culturally-based fraternities/sororities.


NEW! OSU Student Flying Club: Join fellow aviation enthusiasts for pizza, stories and lessons in flying on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in Kelley Engineering Center Room 3114. Each week may include talks from members of the aviation community, a chance to learn from others and share your own flying stories and even an opportunity to demo a flight simulator.

NEW! "Pumzi" film showing and discussion: Afro-Futurism and hope in the struggle for liberation: Afro-Futurist short film “Pumzi” depicts a future dystopia in Africa, ravaged by war and water shortages, and the fight of one of its citizens to speak the truth about the possibility of life outside her authoritarian society. This science-fiction film was produced in Kenya and explores what it means to have hope in the midst of a struggle for freedom. Jan. 21, 6-7:30 p.m., Milam 301. Sponsored by Anarres Project for Alternative Futures.

NEW! Wellness Nook Open House: Drop in and learn about OSU’s newest wellness resource. Jan. 22, 4-6 p.m. in MU 62. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact

NEW! Center for Diversity & Inclusion Adopt-a-Month Kickoff Party: Until the end of February, the College of Engineering Center for Diversity & Inclusion is collecting donations for the HSRC’s “Adopt-a-Month” program to help fill in the gaps. We encourage students, faculty and staff to participate in doing their part to contribute with us as they are able. We are collecting donations for dorm-convenient foods: anything that can be prepared in a dorm room/shared kitchen such as top ramen, pop-tarts, granola bars, cereal, canned soup, etc.; and hygiene products: anything such as tampons/pads, deodorant, toothbrush/paste, socks, etc. To celebrate the beginning of this partnership, the Center for Diversity & Inclusion will be hosting a kickoff party featuring free food and activities. Jan. 22, 4-6 p.m. in Johnson 220. We will have collection boxes in Johnson 220 until the end of February. Click to RVSP here.

NEW! Art opening: "Found and Formed,” an exhibition of artwork by Brenda Mallory, will be on display Jan. 6-29 at the Fairbanks Gallery of Art at Oregon State University. The artist will give a gallery talk Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 4:30 p.m. The Portland-based artist works in mixed media sculpture, using a variety of materials, including cloth, fiber, beeswax and found objects. She creates multiple forms joined with crude hardware that imply tenuous connections or repairs. The gallery is located in Fairbanks Hall.

SAVE THE DATE! Out of the Darkness Campus Walk to Prevent Suicide: CAPS is coordinating the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for OSU on Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., SEC Plaza. The goals of the Campus Walk event are to reduce mental health stigma, educate about resources, encourage help-seeking, support suicide loss survivors and raise money for national and local suicide prevention. Consider joining as either a virtual or “IRL” (in real life) walker by visiting For more information, contact Tessie Webster-Henry: Participants can also sign on as team captains and recruiting members of their department to participate.

PFLA luncheon: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA) and TRIAD invite you to attend the annual Winter Luncheon Jan. 23, 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 each attendee must register by Friday, Jan. 17. Cost is $15. For more information about the event and how to register, click here:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Trip to France: Join Professors James Sterns and Dominique Bachelet for a 4-credit faculty led program in France from June 16-July 3, 2020. Let the cities of Lyon and Paris be your classrooms for 18 days. Explore France’s response to climate change and experience French food culture. Students will meet food producers as well as climate scientists, explore farms, vineyards, food processors and distributors, retailers and restaurants and cafes while also discovering a number of museums and historic sites as well as a nuclear power plant. For more information, pick up the program brochure at, or attend a meeting Jan. 21, 8:30-10 a.m. in LINC 340.

NEW! Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Supporting Diverse Learners through Culturally Responsive Teaching - Join Jeff Kenney (OID) to explore the theory and practice of culturally responsive teaching. +Tech Talk: Learn about polling options for small group and/or non-course settings for gathering informal feedback. This workshop will be facilitated twice on Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Milam 215. No need to register. Learn more here. Contact us here.

NEW! People and Nature Lunch Series: Tuesdays, noon to 12:50 p.m. in Strand 110. In this graduate student-organized series, students from departments across campus present their approaches to studying people and nature. The Winter 2020 series will feature 10 student speakers from eight departments. Free and open to all. Sponsored by Fisheries & Wildlife’s Human Dimensions Lab. Visit Remote attendance available

NEW! Student Privacy Compliance: Do you have questions on how to be sure you’re protecting student data? Join Allyson Dean, Communications, Research, and Policy Manager from the Office of the Registrar for an informational session on FERPA and student privacy. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 10-11 a.m., 202 Kidder Hall.

NEW! CGRB Seminar on Wednesday: The CGRB Seminar series will take place Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m., in ALS 4001 with refreshments following. The event is free and open to the public. Our speaker for this seminar is Audrey Gasch. We hope to see you there.

NEW! Workshop: Blending Your Teaching with Instructional Media: Want to know how to create instructional media for your on-campus courses and to learn best practices of hybrid/flipped/blended design and teaching? CTL and Academic Technology invite you to explore the new Faculty Media Center. Learn how to make audio, video and other media, while beginning to plan an upcoming course in this 90-minute hands-on workshop. Refreshments provided. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., Kidder 100. Registration info: Faculty Media Center 

Biochemistry and Biophysics guest lecture seminar: HyeongJun Kim, associate professor in the department of physics and astronomy at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, will present “The gene silencing protein MORC-1 topologically entraps DNA and forms multimeric assemblies to cause DNA compaction" on Monday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. in ALS 4001.

MLK Soul Force: Careers Through a Lens of Faith: MLK’s legacy fighting for justice — for civil rights, labor unions, the poor people’s campaign and against the Vietnam War — was largely fueled and sustained by his faith. Panelists will discuss how their work, like that of MLK, is inspired and sustained by their faith and religious, secular or spiritual identity. Jan. 22, 4:30-6 p.m., Westminster House, 101 NW 23rd St. Register here.

Difference, Power, and Discrimination Academy Applications: Faculty applications are being accepted for the DPD Academy scheduled to be held June 15-26. The DPD Academy facilitates focused and productive engagement with contemporary, multidisciplinary scholarship on difference, power and discrimination; critical pedagogies; and curriculum transformation. Individual and team applications are welcome. For more information and to apply, visit the DPD Academy web page. Deadline: Feb. 7.

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

The Social Justice Education Initiative: The Social Justice Education Initiative is open for registration through summer 2020. From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin or expand your equity and inclusion journey. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Take Note

NEW! Mindful @ Oregon State University is an e-newsletter that delivers a weekly care package of mindfulness tips, resources and events to your inbox. Curated by CAPS staff, the newsletter features a weekly guided meditation, learn more section, mindfulness challenge, OSU mindfulness event calendar and crowd-sourced knowledge and recommendations. Subscribe here:

Clara L. Simerville Award for International Education  Accepting Nominations: Award is given in honor of Clara Simerville, professor emeritus of International Education and Foreign Student Counselor from 1955-1970 and will be presented at the Student Awards Recognition Dinner. The recipient must be a full‐time, degree-seeking, OSU undergraduate or graduate student (U.S. or international) who has voluntarily contributed to cross‐cultural understanding either through personal relationships, research and scholarship, or involvement in campus or community organizations. Deadline: Feb. 15. Nomination form: For more information, please email

Cyber-Awareness Minute: January is the start of a new year, and marks the beginning of tax season. Cyber-scammers will use this opportunity to attempt fraud. Don’t fall for this. If you see a suspicious email (tax fraud or not!), send it to For more information on tax-related fraud, visit the IRS at:

Data privacy: Did you know that Jan. 28 is Data Privacy Day? Learn how to protect your personal information and set your devices and applications so that you control your data. For more detail, visit:

Student Self Service for financial aid: The Office of Financial Aid will be converting to the new Student Self Service system within MyOSU beginning Jan 13. The menu will have a new look so contact us if you have any questions. We can be reached at 541-737-2241 or by email at

Nominations are open for the PNNL-OSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program: Through the PNNL-OSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program, Ph.D. candidates will earn a stipend along with benefits while on appointment under a prestigious graduate committee on nationally relevant research. It is a unique opportunity to tap into the knowledge and world-class research infrastructure available at both institutions. DGRP students will work with faculty at Oregon State and scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory while completing their graduate coursework and subsequently transfer to PNNL for the remaining years of their Ph.D. program to gain hands-on research experience with PNNL scientists. More information available:


“No generous mind delights to oppress the weak, but rather to cherish and protect." ~ Anne Bronte, born today in 1820.

Corvallis: Rain and snow likely today, high of 43, low of 39. Rain this weekend.

Central Oregon: Chance of snow today, high of 34, low of 26. Chance of snow all weekend.

Newport: Rain today, high of 46, low of 42. Rain and breezy this weekend.

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