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:

Massive waves slammed a U.S. Army base. How it happened is mysterious. (MSN News)

While understanding of rogue waves remains elusive, scientists may be gaining greater insights into how sneaker waves form. Last year, researchers at Oregon State University published a study finding sneakers that strike the Pacific Northwest coast are generated by far-off storms and conditions just right closer to the coastline.

OSU-Cascades professor talks about new grant to boost HS students' participation in computer science courses (KTVZ)

The Oregon Department of Education has awarded a grant to an OSU-Cascades professor. It's part of a statewide plan  to expand and offer computer science classes to all students K-12 by 2028. (see also Central Oregon Daily)

Resurgent EFB pathogen overcomes Oregon hazelnut tree defenses (Capital Press)

Reports of worrisome symptoms prompted OSU to conduct a test last year that has verified the strain affects otherwise resistant hazelnut cultivars, said Nik Wiman, an OSU Extension horticulture specialist.

Canadian company specializing in dinosaurs prepares massive blue whale skeleton for final migration to Newport (Yachats News)

“It’s almost impossible to describe how awe-inspiring this will be for years and years to come,” said Lisa Ballance, director of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. “It’ll be an incredible sight.”

Today's photo

Study Abroad: Dominique Bachelet submitted this photo of a study abroad program to France in June 2023. It shows students visiting a nuclear power plant near Lyon. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Are your students preparing for their first exam? Remind them of the difference between memorizing and practicing active recall. Practicing recall helps students become comfortable using knowledge under test-like conditions and develops valuable metacognitive skills and memory cues. The Academic Success Center’s Active Studying worksheet gives students multiple options for getting started.


School of Public Policy Career Week: The School of Public Policy (SPP) invites you to meet faculty, staff, peers and alumni at Career Week 2024. Events this year are meant to inspire SPP students to think more about how their careers can change the world. Gatherings run from Jan. 22-25.

Music à la Carte: Trio Subtonic. A groove-heavy power trio out of Portland led by keyboardist Galen Clark, Subtonic explores a coalescence of jazz, soul, funk and experimental sound that simultaneously draws in listeners and pushes boundaries, creating a sonic footprint reserved for more than just three people. Noon, Jan. 26 in the MU Lounge; admission is free.

FYI Friday – Global Engagement Resource Highlights: Learn more about OSU processes for international engagement, including signing international agreements and conducting international travel on behalf of the university. Part of the Winter 2024 FYI Friday series, noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 26 via Zoom. Registration required.

OSU Anthropology Lecture Series: David Lewis, assistant professor at OSU, will give a lecture titled, "Tribal Histories of the Willamette Valley," from noon to 12:50 p.m., Jan. 26 in Strand 161. This event is sponsored by the OSU Anthropology Program and the OSU School of Language, Culture & Society. Questions? Contact Drew Gerkey at [email protected]

CTL Sparkshop: Strategies for using instructor talk to foster a positive learning environment and student learning success. Curious to know how to promote positive learning experiences and build community among students in your class? Join CTL Sparkshop to discuss strategies for using instructor talk to promote student engagement and learning. Presenter Funmi Amobi, instructional consultant. Noon to 12:20 p.m., Jan. 26, online. Registration.

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. The OSUsed Store is located at 644 SW 13th St. in Corvallis.

College of Health Friday Research Seminar: Deshira Wallace, assistant professor at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will present “Por Que Me Paso a Mi: Using Community Focused Methods to Explore Prediabetes-Related Stress Among Latinxs,” from 1-2 p.m. Jan. 26 in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room and via Zoom.

NEW! University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 1:30-3 p.m. on Jan. 26 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 webpage. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].

New Zealand: Farming Systems and Pastoral Landscapes: Join faculty leaders Serkan Ates and Paul Dorres from the College of Agricultural Sciences for a 3 credit, two-week program in New Zealand to explore food production systems and visit working ranches, research facilities, and industry centers from September Sept. 10 – 24.  Info Session: 2-3 p.m., Jan. 26, Strand Ag 240. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the Program Brochure and Application.

AI Coffee Klatch in the Valley Library: Join co-hosts Laurie Bridges and Olga Blomgren for a conversation about "Unmasking AI" by Joy Buolamwini. 2 p.m., Jan. 26. Registration is required.

Puerto Rico Resilient Coastal Communities and Natural Resources Education:  Join OSU faculty 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, 8-day program in Puerto Rico to engage in service-learning projects connected to natural resource management and food systems. An information session will be held at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., Jan. 26, in STAG 168.  Visit Global Opportunities for application info:

Second Annual Big Blue Film Fest, Jan. 26-27, Newport: This year's film festival features 27 ocean-themed films at the confluence of marine science, humanities and the arts. The festival has expanded to two locations: the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Newport Performing Arts Center. Go here to find the schedule, locations and summaries of each film. There are a variety of ticket options and pricing for adults and students.

New class at Marigold — Exploring Consciousness: Each week we will explore different forms of consciousness inquiry. Classes will cover a variety of techniques from different traditions: meditation, contemplation, movement and sounding. Guided by Joseph Bailey weekly on Fridays, 4-5 p.m., at Marigold. Purchase class passes and register here. Contact with questions: [email protected].

New class at Marigold — Guided Somatic Movement: This class flows between movement and stillness, music and quiet, and is rooted in a range of somatic and embodiment techniques. For all levels and abilities. Guided by Joseph Bailey Fridays 5:30-7 p.m., Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 22, at Marigold. Class is by donation; please pre-register here. Contact with questions: [email protected].


NEW! UAOSU Bargaining Kickoff: Join UAOSU to kick off bargaining for our second contract. The kickoff will be noon to 3 p.m., Jan. 30 in the MU Journey Room (104). Drop by to enjoy snacks, talk with our bargaining team and learn more about how you can support bargaining. If interested, please RVSP at

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.

Ready to get moving? Join us for a free virtual event with a cooking demo and a sneak peek of Walk With Ease, a free program for all Oregonians from OSU Extension, that can help you get moving no matter your mobility or fitness level. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Jan. 30. 

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Gearing Up for Gardening: "Yes, You Can Grow Vegetables Without Irrigation — Dryland Gardening," with Darren Morgan, nursery manager at Shonnard’s Nursery. Come to the Corvallis-Benton County Library and get free gardening tips from local experts. Noon, Jan. 30. Presentations are free and open to everyone. Co-sponsored by the Benton County Master Gardener Association and the Corvallis-Benton County Library.

NEW! Exploring Scotland’s Cultural Heritage: "Historic Sites and the Role of 3D Scanning in Preservation." Join OSU faculty Todd Kesterson and Joshua Reeves from the College of Liberal Arts to learn about a 6-credit, two-week program examining how 3D scanning technology is revolutionizing historic preservation in Scotland.  Program dates are June 24-July 9. Info session 1 p.m., Jan. 30 in Snell 100A VR Lab or online. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) event calendar and the program brochure and application.

Design for Social Impact Open Forum: DSI Academic Director candidate Julie Tucker is presenting a public forum to OSU community members. The forum will touch on Tucker’s background and how it ties into the position and vision for the future of DSI at OSU. Tucker will present for the first 20 minutes and then there will be 25 minutes for questions. The forum takes place from 9-9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30 in LInC 345 or online via Zoom

Design for Social Impact Open Forum: DSI Academic Director candidate Joe Piacenza is presenting a public forum to OSU community members. The forum will touch on Piacenza’s background and how it ties into the position and vision for the future of DSI at OSU. Piacenza will present for the first 20 minutes and then there will be 25 minutes for questions. The forum takes place from 1-1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30 in LInC 345 or online via Zoom

Employee Resource Group (ERG)/Affinity Group: You are invited to a meeting at LBCC’s Calapooia Center of leaders and members of the various Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) across our institutions (LBCC, OSU, HP and Samaritan Health). The goal is to build relationships, create a better sense of community/belonging and build an awareness of each institution’s ERGs and how they function. 3-5 p.m., Jan. 30. Refreshments are provided and parking is free. Please contact Megan Kilgore [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.

Winter Wednesdays with Global Opportunities: Students at any OSU campus are welcome to join us this winter term for one or all five online informational sessions focused on the wide array of education abroad programs available to you as an OSU student. OSU GO staff and peer advisors will provide an overview of program types (faculty-led, summer, internships, programs during the academic year) and resources for financing education abroad. 4 p.m., Jan. 31-Feb. 28, online. For more information, visit

Advances in Battery Research 2024: The College of Science’s David Ji, who researches sustainable battery technologies, will present Feb. 21 at the online symposium Advances in Battery Research 2024 organized by Technology Networks. Ji’s presentation is titled “Opportunities and challenges of aqueous metal batteries” and will encompass the large picture of energy storage, the requirements of storage batteries and results from the Ji lab regarding fundamental solutions in enabling aqueous metal batteries for storage purposes. Attendance is free. Register here.

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 FY25 and to answer any questions about tuition and the university budget. The first forum will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 24 in Furman 105 or on Zoom. More info or the forum schedule are available at    

Take Note

NEW! Male study participants needed: Researchers in the College of Health at OSU are studying the effects of an FDA-approved drug on people at risk for high blood sugar. We are looking for male study participants between the age of 18-59, who are non-smokers and do not have diabetes. The study involves several visits to the Samaritan Athletic Medicine Center in Corvallis over approximately four months. By participating, you may receive up to $1,000, as well as information about your health. Email [email protected] to learn more and apply.

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Jordan Blaine Maley, dryland cropping systems Extension educator, 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.

Can a city outsmart microscopic invaders? Write your science fiction exploring the future of urban pandemic resistance. The NSF-funded Pandemic-Resilient Cities research project has once again extended the deadline for its Science Fiction Writing Contest to Feb. 16. Four winning submissions will be awarded $500 each and publication in the campus literary magazine 45TH PARALLEL. Visit for contest guidelines.

Student Veteran of the Year: Angelina Trillo, a senior in political science at Oregon State University from Portland, has been named 2023 Student Veteran of the Year by the Student Veterans of America. The announcement was made Jan. 16. As president of OSU’s Student Veterans Association and an Army Reserve medic for her unit, she has been praised by supervisors as vital to the university’s veteran affairs operations and is a key member of staff. For more information on the award, see

OSU Faculty and Graduate Researchers: Have an idea that you think may have commercialization potential, but aren’t sure? Do you need $5,000 in funding to explore and test your assumption? Join this virtual one-hour Innovation Day info session hosted by the OSU Advantage office to learn how you can take advantage of the funding and training opportunities that support innovation and entrepreneurship at the federal, state and OSU levels. At this event, you will also learn how to apply for a special $5,000 Innovation Award available from the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (OCCD). Noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 30. Register here.

Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Spring 2024: Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy or research you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. 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. For more information, [email protected].

New Winter Classes at Marigold: Join us at Marigold: The OSU Center for Contemplative Practice for a new term of weekly classes, including gentle and flow yoga, mindfulness meditation, Buddhist Sadhana, exploring consciousness, and body poetry.  Instructors weave contemplative philosophy and movement in welcoming classes that strengthen the body, soothe the mind, and enliven the spirit. Check out the class schedulepurchase passes, or apply for an OSU Undergraduate ScholarshipContact us

BennyBuy: There are two new supplier punchout catalogs now available in BennyBuy. Momentum Procurement Group (MPG), a certified Minority Owned and Woman Owned business, offers an extensive catalog on over 25,000 office supplies with next-day delivery with no minimum purchase or shipping fees. MSC provides industrial, commercial and MRO items at competitive prices. Explore their catalogs and support these suppliers now in BennyBuy.

Open call for artArt About Agriculture Competition and Touring Exhibition 2024 Open Call for Art invites fine art and craft submissions highlighting natural resources for this Pacific Northwest-wide juried exhibition with purchase awards. Scholarships available for College of Agricultural Sciences students with artwork selected by the jury for inclusion in the tour. Submission deadline: March 3 at 11:59 p.m.

Research Fellowship Program: The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) Fellowship Program is now accepting proposals from graduate students and post docs for our 2024-2025 Research Fellowship Program, which supports research related to climate adaptation for Northwest natural and cultural resource management and provides training in developing decision-relevant science. The NW CASC Fellowship Program funding will be available as early as fall term 2024 to support research performed during the 2024-2025 academic year. The deadline to submit proposals is March 11. To learn more and apply, click here. Join us for a virtual info session about our Research Fellowship Program and application process from 10-11 a.m., Feb. 8. Click here to register for the info session. Questions? Contact the OSU NW CASC liaison, Selina Heppell.

Call for Nominations — Black and Orange Awards Celebration: The OSU Alumni Association presents several awards to outstanding Oregon Staters throughout the year. We need your help nominating Oregon Staters who have excelled in their field of study, been dedicated to serving Oregon State University or have served their community. We will be awarding the Alumni Fellows, Dan W. Poling Service Award, the E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award, the Jean and C.H. “Scram” Graham Leadership Award, the Joan Austin Honorary Alumni Award, the Don and Shirley Wirth Young Alumni Award as well as the Martin Chaves Lifetime Achievement Award in partnership with OSU Athletics. Please visit for nomination information. All nominations are due Feb. 23.

Therapy appointments: Did you know employees can see a therapist on the Corvallis campus through Lyra Health? Porshay Pendleton, LMFT, is available every Thursday for therapy sessions. To book an appointment with her click here. If it shows she is unavailable for appointments it is because her schedule is currently full. Appointments become available exactly two weeks in advance, so more appointments will open up today as the day goes on every Thursday.

Youth Impact Awards: Nominations requested for Youth Impact Awards that will be given as part of the inaugural Youth Impact Summit. The award nomination window has been extended until Jan. 30. Contact [email protected] with questions. 

Notice of policy action: The university community is invited to review and provide comment on proposed University Standard 04-040 Freedom of Speech and Expression. This draft includes necessary updates to our existing Standard, 576‐005 Time, Place, and Manner Rules for Speech Activities, which was last revised with substantive edits in 2017. Send any comments to [email protected]; comments must be received by Feb. 2.


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NEW! Enterprise Review and Practice Architect: University Information Technology invites internal applicants for the role of Enterprise Review and Practice Architect. This is a 12-month, F/T, professional faculty position. Posting #P07711UF. Full consideration Feb. 1. Closes Feb. 15.

NEW! Oregon State University Libraries and Press seeks a Digital Repository Metadata Specialist to join the Library Information Technology department. This (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position is classified as a Faculty Research Assistant, an academic rank represented by OSU’s faculty union. Posting #P07695UF. Closes Feb. 5.


“What we do is more important than what we say or what we say we believe.” ~ bell hooks

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 52, low of 49. Rain through the weekend.

Central Oregon: Rain and snow today, high of 44, low of 40. Rain likely Saturday, partly sunny Sunday.

Newport: Rain today, high of 54, low of 49. Rain and breezy this weekend.

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