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:

Oregon sperm whale to be given back to nature before potential burial (Newsweek)

There are many different whale species in the waters off the coast of Oregon, although the population size of each species varies. "The three most commonly stranded species in Oregon are gray whales, humpback whales and sperm whales," said Jim Rice, stranding program manager for Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute. (see also KGWKEZI)

4 winter salads that are anything but sad (New York Times)

The sugars in some vegetables act like a natural antifreeze, helping plants stay alive in icy climates, said Lane Selman, a professor of horticulture at Oregon State University and director of the Culinary Breeding Network.

Gift from NVIDIA founder helps create Oregon State University research center (EdTech)

Oregon State University has announced plans to build a $200 million research and education center on its campus in Corvallis, a facility funded in part by a large donation from NVIDIA founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and his wife, Lori. The Huangs are both OSU graduates.

Western Innovator: Tracking down food contamination (Capital Press)

To Joan Waite-Cusic, water, romaine lettuce and onions illustrate the different worlds researchers encounter when they study produce safety. While water’s ability to dilute chemicals is often viewed as a help in dealing with food safety, it can also move freely and carry bacteria and other contaminants, making it a key contributor to many foodborne illnesses, the Oregon State University researcher said.

OSU student travels to Antarctica in quest to find world's oldest piece of ice (KPIC)

When you think of ice, you probably don't think of it being the color green.But Julia Peterson, an Oregon State University PhD student, says she and her colleagues are searching for just that.


Gang of killer whales attacks blue whale, the largest animal on Earth (MSN News)

"This is the biggest predation event on the planet," said Robert Pitman, a cetacean ecologist at Oregon State University, told Science News. "We haven't seen things like this since dinosaurs were here, and probably not even then."

OSU study: Homeowners' cultural traits should be considered in promoting wildfire mitigation efforts (KTVZ)

People’s cultural worldviews play a part in how they respond to wildfire risk, and should be taken into account in efforts to get homeowners to engage in pre-fire mitigation efforts such as adjusting landscaping and preparing an evacuation plan, an Oregon State University study found.

PacWave South offshore energy project moves toward completion (The Maritime Executive)

Oregon State University has finalized the last of the major contracts needed to build out its PacWave South wave energy test site, the first utility-scale, grid-connected facility of its kind in the United States.


Today's photo

Crisp morning: Sara Hoyt, who does scheduling in the Office of the Registrar, said she took this photo in December between Albany and Lebanon. “It was cold and frosty and beautiful.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for strategies to ensure inclusion of a broader range of voices in class discussions? Register for the Center for Teaching and Learning Sparkshop on Zoom next Friday, Jan. 27 at noon, to explore “Warming up the Cold Call: Tips for Encouraging Inclusive Participation in Class Discussions.”


Board of Trustees: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet Jan. 19-20 and hear a briefing on the Elliott State Research Forest, discuss preliminary tuition scenarios and budget planning for the 2024 fiscal year and hear an update on the university’s strategic plan. The board will meet from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Jan. 20 in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. Board committees will meet from 8 a.m.-4:05 p.m. Jan. 19 in the same location. All meetings are open to the public and can be attended in person, on Zoom or on the phone by calling 1-888-475-4499 (meeting ID: 655 466 888). Public comment can be made in person, on Zoom or in writing at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to [email protected]. For more, visit:

NEW! Anthropology Lecture Series: Yubo Kou (Penn State University) will give the lecture “Good Game, Well Played: An Ethnographic Account of Toxicity in League of Legends” on Friday, Jan. 20 from noon to 12:50 p.m.The free lecture is open to OSU faculty and students and accessible via Zoom in real time:

Music à la Carte: Jonas Myers, a jazz pianist from Seattle who has been performing professionally since his early teens, will perform during Friday’s Music à la Carte. He is now a second-year MFA candidate in the creative writing program at OSU. In this, his second appearance in the Music à la Carte concert series, Myers will perform highly spontaneous and personalized takes on the time-tested works of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and more. Jan. 20, noon, MU Lounge.

FYI Friday – Safety Preparedness: Winter Emergencies. This training covers general preparedness steps with an emphasis on winter emergencies. The topics include: winter driving; what goes in vehicle emergency kits; signs of frostbite and frostbite prevention; signs of hypothermia and hypothermia prevention; winterizing your home; and safe heating and lighting options during power outages. Winter storm warnings and how to stay informed is also covered. Part of the Winter 2023 FYI Friday series; Jan. 20, 11-11:45 a.m. via Zoom. Registration required.

FST Farm 2 Fork Webinar: Would you like to learn how about why a model for stakeholders to work together is an advantage in building a sustainable food system? Friday, Jan. 20, noon to 12:45 pm. Register today. 

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more at 644 SW 13th St. Public sales are open to all shoppers this Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.

Meat Center: The Clark Meat Science Center retail store will be open Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Products include fresh and cooked/smoked sausages, bacon, retail cuts, jerky and snack sticks. The store is at 3260 SW Campus Way, next to the Motor Pool. Contact [email protected] for questions regarding the store.

Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Research Symposium: Come explore the intersections between chemistry, biology, epidemiology and regulatory science on Jan. 20 in The LaSells Stewart Center. Speakers include current students and staff and EMT alumni from industry, government and academia. There will be a career Q&A and a poster session. Registration is free.

College of Public Health & Human Sciences Research Seminars: Ram Maikala, program technical consultant, Musculoskeletal Disorders Solutions Lab Thought Leadership, National Safety Council. “Injuries in Healthcare Workers during Patient and Decedent Handling.” Jan, 20, 1-2 p.m., Tammy Bray Leadership Conference Room (Hallie Ford Center #115) and online: Co-Sponsored with the Environmental and Occupational Health Program.

Celebrating Hayden Wilcox, multimedia consultant for UIT-Academic Technologies-Media Hub. Stop by Media Hub (Valley Library 2035) on Friday, Jan. 20 between 3-4:30 p.m. to enjoy a treat, congratulate Wilcox on his accomplishments and wish him luck with his new career. To sign Hayden’s virtual farewell card or if you have questions, please contact [email protected].

Picketing, pizza, and punk rock: Come jam out with the Disabled Students Union at our second annual Disability Justice Rally in the SEC Plaza Jan. 20 from 3-7:30 p.m. Picketing starts at 3 p.m. and the bands perform from 5:30-7 p.m. Questions/accommodations: [email protected].

Tuition Forums: The University Budget Committee and Office of Budget and Resource Planning are offering a series of weekly forums to discuss the tuition setting process, tuition rate scenarios for FY24, and to answer any questions about tuition and the university budget.  The first forum will be held Friday, Jan. 20 from 3-4 p.m. in the Memorial Union, Room 215 or you can register for Zoom. More information and the current forum schedule are available at   


Family Concert: "The Carnival of the Animals." Pianists Michael Gu and Rachelle McCabe will perform a duet version of Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, a “grand zoological fantasy.” Cellist Jason Han, a seventh grader from Corvallis, will perform the cello solo, “The Swan.” Each of the 13 short pieces depicting animal creatures will be introduced with witty poems by Jack Prelutsky, America’s first Children’s Poet Laureate. Saturday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Corvallis Public Library, 645 NW Monroe St., Corvallis. Free. Presented by Corvallis-OSU Piano International.


NEW! Art On Display: Ceramics by Sarah Logan and light paintings by Lori Hepner. Working within mutual interests in water-fed ecosystems and endangered landscapes, Logan and Hepner’s interdisciplinary artworks are deeply personal interpretations of artmaking in ephemeral conditions. On view Jan. 21-July 1 at the Gladys Valley Marine Sciences Building, OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Dr., Newport.

The Little Gallery presents Jeremy Okai Davis: Paintings and Lithos, a retrospective of the Portland artist's past accomplishments and a tribute to his current ones. Jan. 23-Feb. 28 in 210 Kidder Hall. More information.

Cultural Resource Centers Open House: Diversity & Cultural Engagement invites you to our Winter Term Cultural Resource Center Open Houses. All seven cultural resource centers will be open Monday, Jan. 23 from 1-3 p.m. Swing to learn more about the centers and upcoming programs, have snacks and just hang out.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Center for Teaching and Learning: Participate in QT Chats that meets Jan. 24, noon in the LINC 468 faculty lounge. Join us for casual, safe conversations around pedagogical practices and sharing of tips and resources.

NEW! WRE Seminar Series: Jose Luis Arumi from the Universidad de Concepcion will present "Understanding Hydrogeological Processes at a Volcanic Headwater in Central Chile," on Jan. 25, 4 p.m. in Bexell Hall 328 or on Zoom. Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details.

NEW! OSU Beyond Benefits: How to Make a Habit of Success. As we move through life, our needs, priorities and situations change, as well as our skills, competencies, interests and values. How often do we take the time to assess our current situations to see if it aligns with our work/life goals? Developing new success habits that move us toward our goals will help us achieve better results in our work and personal lives. Jan. 26, 11 a.m. Register here.

NEW! Changemakers: A Feminist Lens in Sports Journalism. Changemakers — a webcast series by the College of Liberal Arts and the OSU Alumni Association — welcomes Lindsay Schnell, ’09, sports enterprise reporter at USA TODAY. For over a decade, Schnell has covered sports at every level and profiled some of the industry’s biggest names. Now she’s sitting down with CLA Professor Susan Shaw to discuss her career and bringing a feminist lens to athletic journalism. Feb. 2, 5:30 p.m. Registration is now open at

NEW! Travel Talks: Croatia. Join the OSUAA Group Travel Program for an all-new Travel Talk on Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m., via Zoom, featuring Selina Heppell, department head of fisheries, wildlife and conservation sciences. Heppell will dive into the culture and marine life of the Croatia Coast and discuss her research on the oldest and slowest-growing animals in the sea and their reactions to climate change and increasing human populations on our coastlines. Register at

Zoom colloquium on the exceptional hypersaline ecosystem at Oregon’s Lake Abert: This colloquium aims to present current knowledge on the lake and its ecology. We will hear about its amazing capacity to produce shrimp and fly invertebrates that birds feast on, and about the birds that visit Lake Abert. We will also hear about how climate is changing and how we think those changes will affect the landscape in the Chewaucan valley surrounding Lake Abert. Jan. 23, 1-4 p.m. Register:

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies 50-Year Celebration keynote lecture: Loretta Ross is co-founder of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, which works to improve institutional policies and systems that impact the reproductive lives of marginalized communities. Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Free, open to all. Register here to attend.

Winter Term Getting a Dam Job career skills workshops: If finding a job or internship seems overwhelming, don’t fret: The Getting a Dam Job workshop series can help take the mystery out of resumes, job searching, grad school applications and more. Attend one or more of these virtual workshops for tips and tools that can help you figure out the next step on your career path. Workshops run from Jan. 25-March 1; see the full winter term Getting a Dam Job schedule and register online.

Take Note

NEW! Spring course materials: The OSU Beaver Store has begun accepting Spring 2023 course materials adoptions. Faculty or designated staff can submit course material adoptions here: Submitting course material adoptions prior to spring term registration assists students to budget for expenses and allows the campus non-profit store to start sourcing low-cost formats of the required materials. Questions or need assistance? Contact [email protected] or [email protected].

NEW! UPLIFT: Looking to take care of yourself this term? Faculty Staff Fitness is running UPLIFT, a virtual six-week wellness challenge that will help you incorporate the six dimensions of wellness into your daily life. The challenge can be done anywhere, anytime. Registration is open and the cost is $5. Come join us on this UPLIFTING journey which starts Jan. 30.

NEW! PCOSW scholarships: Applications for PCOSW scholarships to fund winter and spring term projects are now being accepted. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach or creative projects related to gender equity issues. The maximum amount offered is $1,000, although scholarships average $300, and funds are paid by reimbursement. Applications are due Sunday, Feb. 19. Visit for detailed guidelines and qualification requirements. The scholarship link can be found at Please have a budget outline and project justification statement prepared before beginning the application. Questions? Contact [email protected].

NEW! Breaking Barriers: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW), the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID), the Office of the Provost and OSU Athletics are pleased to present Breaking Barriers, a celebration of the accomplishments and impact of those who have worked to advance gender equity at OSU. This event recognizes and celebrates the influential contributions made to our community. We welcome nominations for the five Breaking Barriers awards, and more information about these categories can be found on the Breaking Barriers website. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 19, and they can be submitted here:

NEW! 25 Year club: Congratulations to Susan Tornquist, Lois Bates Acheson dean, 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.

School of Public Policy Week is Jan. 23-30. Learn about our programs and career opportunities. Network with alumni and employers.

Mental health access: Help connect the students you serve with 24/7 mental health support. Anytime Anywhere: MySSP is an app that gives all OSU students, including Ecampus students, 24/7 access by text or phone to a licensed mental health counselor. (MySSP stands for “My Student Support Program”). There is no charge to students to use this service. Request print and digital marketing materials to share with students by clicking

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Cold Weather. With low temperatures comes a responsibility to prepare and take precautions against cold weather illness. More information can me found here:

Eco2Go reusable container program returns: Eco2Go is back, starting Jan. 23. Eco2Go is a UHDS sustainability initiative that provides reusable containers for take-out meals from campus dining locations. Paused during the pandemic, the program has kept over a million disposable containers from entering a landfill since it began in 2015. For info on how it works, including return locations for your empty containers, visit

Participate in the Cannabis and Regulation of Emotion (CARE) Study: Are you 21-30 years-old, fluent in English, and a U.S. citizen? Do you use cannabis? The purpose of this research is to understand how cannabis use is related to emotional functioning. Participation involves: 5-minute eligibility survey; two 1-hour Zoom appointments; smoking cannabis flower during one Zoom appointment; $40 in gift cards for completing both appointments. Principal investigator Anita Cservenka. Email [email protected] or visit

Campus Directions: In this issue, we're highlighting a huge accomplishment by the EH&S biohazard team and progress made toward carbon neutrality at OSU's Energy Center. Campus Directions brings you regular reports on how campus operations and facilities are evolving and improving to meet the needs of students, faculty and staff. Subscribe today and follow updates on Instagram.

Work Life Newsletter: Click here to see the January Work Life Newsletter and to see Work Life, FRC and Wellness events and workshops for the month of January. For questions please contact [email protected].

Goat adventure: This winter term, the Valley Library will be hiding a toy goat named Kidder  somewhere within the building. Find Kidder each week to be entered into a weekly GOAT-approved snack raffle. Follow the weekly clue on Monday on any @valleylibrary or @OSUValleyLib social media. Find Kidder, take his picture, post it, tag it #ValleyLibGOAT. When you tag us, we'll enter your name into a snack raffle for the week. Winners will be announced Fridays at 4 p.m.

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.

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. This is never more true than now with the additional stressors of police brutality, racism and a global pandemic. 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].

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! West Greenhouse: As part of the New West Greenhouse project, the west Greenhouse Complex parking lot will be permanently closed. Pedestrian access to the north sidewalk along Campus Way between 30th and 35th streets will be limited throughout the duration of the project, Jan. 18-Sept. 1.

Steam shutdown: Each year Facilities Services performs necessary maintenance on the university’s steam system, which requires shutting off the steam throughout campus, to complete maintenance services at the plant, throughout the steam tunnels and in each building. This process affects hot water supply, heating, and all equipment that uses steam, campus wide. The steam shutdown for 2023 will occur June 19-23. For questions or comments on this closure contact Facilities Services at 541-737-2969.

EXTENDED! Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Improvement project, Washington Way between 17th-26th streets and 30th-35th streets will be closed starting Jan. 3. The north-south intersection at Washington Way and 26th St. will remain open (view map). Updated schedule: 17th-26th streets closed Jan. 3-5; 30th-35th streets closed through  Jan. 26.


"Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” ~ Kinky Friedman

Corvallis: Patchy fog and then sunny today, high of 44, low of 28. Chance of showers and mostly cloudy this weekend.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 40, low of 25. Mostly sunny this weekend.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 50, low of 39. Showers this weekend.

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