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:


The ocean never stops moving. So why aren't we using its power? (Esquire Magazine)

The PacWave facility is based at Oregon State University and primarily funded by the Department of Energy.


Oregon State cybersecurity grant to help address national, local worker shortage (OPB News)

Cameron McCawley is excited about studying cybersecurity because of the challenge it provides. “It’s really rewarding,” McCawley, a student at Oregon State University and president of the OSU Security Club, told OPB’s Think Out Loud Thursday. “It’s like solving a mini brain teaser or puzzle, so when you finally solve it, or you finally find that vulnerability and you’re able to exploit it, there’s that big dopamine rush.”

Research: What fragile masculinity looks like at work (Harvard Business Review)

Co-written by Keith Leavitt, professor of management and Betty S. Henry Amundson Faculty Scholar in Ethics at the Oregon State University College of Business. His research focuses on self-categorization, the impact of AI on work, and business ethics.

In Alaska, hungry wolves have started eating sea otters (Smithsonian)

“No one would have predicted this,” says Taal Levi, a wildlife ecologist at Oregon State University who participated in the research, to New Scientist’s Clare Wilson.

Pollinator Paradise plate gets drivers buzzing (KBND)

A proposed “Pollinator Paradise” license plate appears well on its way to becoming reality, thanks to the efforts of Oregon State University.

The Amazon is deteriorating too fast for species and the climate to adapt (MSN)

William Ripple, an ecologist at Oregon State University who did not co-author either article, said the reviews do “an outstanding job” documenting the Amazon in crisis: “This is an example of the toll humans are making on ecosystems all over the world, and at some point we will need to change our ways to survive.” 

Study: Nearly half of Bend residents think tourism costs outweigh benefits (Central Oregon Daily)

Do Bend residents think the benefits of tourism outweigh the costs? A new study shows a plurality say “no.” The Oregon State University Sustainable Tourism Lab conducted a survey asking communities how they feel about tourism in their towns. Forty-nine percent of people in Bend said the costs are not worth the tourism while 21% said the benefits outweigh the costs.

Today's photo

Rainy reflection: Chemistry major Hunter Maclennan submitted this photo of the Learning Innovation Center. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Want to help students get the most out of their study sessions? Share resources that will help them evaluate study spaces and then plan for an intentional study session. Sharing potential study spaces and set-up strategies can help students create an environment conducive to their learning.


Music à la Carte: Skip vonkuske, a.k.a. cellotronik. Join us in the Memorial Union Lounge for a lunch-hour program of spontaneous improvisations by Portland’s popular cellomaster. vonkuske will perform mashups of pop and jazz standards as well as original compositions, with tips of the hat to his classical cello training. Daft Punk, Radiohead, Dave Brubeck, Bach, television theme songs, Led Zeppelin and more. Friday, Jan. 27 at noon in the MU Lounge. Free, open to all.

CTL Sparkshops: "Warming up the cold call: Tips for encouraging inclusive participation in class discussion." Presenter Funmi Amobi, Ed.D., instructional consultant and college liaison. Jan. 27, noon to 12:20 p.m. Register for Zoom link.

Anthropology Lecture Series: Brendan O'Connor (Arizona State University) will give the lecture “Language, Race, and Relationships in Transnational Professional Baseball.” He will speak on Friday, Jan. 27 from noon to 12:50 p.m. The free lecture is open to OSU faculty and students in Strand Ag Room 160. All lectures are accessible via Zoom in real time: Co-sponsored by the OSU Office of Institutional Diversity as an event of OSU’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week.

College of Public Health & Human Sciences Research Seminars: Elizabeth M. Yano, director and senior research career scientist at the Health Services Research and Development Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy within the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and adjunct professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. "Transforming Health Care for Women Veterans: Embedded Research in the VA." Jan 27, 1-2 p.m.

University Budget Committee: The committee will meet this Friday, Jan. 27 from 2-3:30 p.m. via Zoom and in Covell 117. 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 If you are interested in joining as an observer, please register for the webinar. For questions, email [email protected]

Commodities, Cafe and Climate Change in France: Faculty-led Program Info Session. Join OSU faculty leaders James Sterns and Dominique Bachelet from the College of Agricultural Sciences for a 4-credit, 18-day program in France from June 20-July 8. Info session Jan. 27 at 2-3:30 p.m. in LINC 343. For details, visit the program application page (

New Zealand: Sustainable Pastoral Landscapes | Faculty-led Program Info Session. Join OSU faculty leaders Serkan Ates and Paul Dorres from the College of Agricultural Sciences for a 3-credit, two-week program in New Zealand from Sept. 12-26. Info session Jan. 27, 3 p.m. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

Building tour: Are you interested in following the progress of the new Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts building project? Hard hat/site tours of the project are available on Friday, Jan. 27 and Friday, Feb. 24, for up to 15 people each. To schedule a tour and find out more, please contact Felicia Phillips.

The School of Writing, Literature, and Film presents the next Literary Northwest Series reading. Join us in the Valley Library Rotunda on Friday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. for a double feature with OSU faculty Justin St. Germain and David Biespiel. This reading is free and open to the public. For accommodation requests, contact Molly McFerran, [email protected]

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies 50 Year Celebration Alumni Reunion: Join WGSS in a weekend of activities celebrating 50 years on campus. The weekend includes a meet and greet, drag show, campus tour, Arts and Activism Exhibition, panel talks, celebration dinner, farewell breakfast and more. Cost is $250. Friday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 29. More information and registration.

Big Blue Film Festival: The Big Blue Film Fest aims to engage the community and provide a lively weekend of research-based entertainment with films that combine marine science, humanities and the arts. Jan. 27-28 at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. The films will be shown in Hatfield's Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building auditorium. Purchase your ticket online. There are no cash ticket sales for this event. The all-access pass will gain you access to any film at the festival. $20 for adults and non-students 18 years and older; $12 for students (includes K-12, community college and university students). See more details on films and their viewing times.


NEW! Tea for T: Join the Pride Center for Tea for T, a community building event centered on the transgender community with tea and snacks, on Monday, Jan. 30 from 2-4 p.m. in SEC 112. Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to attend.

UPDATED LOCATION! Trivia Night with CAPE: The Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education team has collaborated with campus partners and students to plan the first Stalking Prevention and Awareness Month at OSU. Stalking is a form of gender-based violence that up to 2 out of every 5 students report experiencing at some point in college in the United States. On Jan. 31 there will be a night of trivia, food, prizes and fun in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Trivia rounds take place at 4 and 5 p.m. Sign up here to create or join a team. Visit our Instagram for more info @CAPE_OSU.

Wider Visions: “Music for a Silent Spring.” In a concert that is both celebration and elegy, pianist Rachelle McCabe and writer Kathleen Dean Moore weave musical performance and the spoken word in a call to defend Earth’s wild music. The performance includes compositions by Chopin, Bach, Sibelius and others, with essays about albatross and sapsuckers, courage and hope. Saturday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. at the Corvallis Public Library, 645 NW Monroe St., Corvallis. Free. Presented by Corvallis-OSU Piano International and The Spring Creek Project.

Save the date: March 6-10 is Open Education Week. Oregon State is on a mission to lower the cost of learning for students. Will you join us? Open Education Week is a virtual celebration that raises awareness of global efforts to make learning more “open” — that is, more affordable and accessible to students everywhere. Learn more about this week of online events.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! 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 next forum will be held Monday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Memorial Union Room 215 or you can register for Zoom. More information and the current forum schedule are available at

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Address: Register for the keynote address to be held on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center and via livestream. The keynote speaker is Jelani Cobb, staff writer at The New Yorker, writing on race, history, justice, politics and democracy, as well as Columbia University's Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism and the next dean of Columbia Journalism School. This event is free, but registration is required. For info, contact [email protected] or 541-737-1063. 

General Education Implementation: The Learning Outcome, Criteria, and Rationale (LOCR) Committee invites the university community to provide feedback on the LOCRs faculty have created through a listening session. Participants will learn about the LOCR creation process, preview LOCR drafts, engage in conversation and provide feedback. Your college’s participation and collaboration will help inform the final LOCRs we propose to the Faculty Senate for adoption. All listening sessions will be held on Zoom. Registration is required, though participants can register at the time of the meeting and still gain access. Feb. 6, 2-3:30 p.m. and Feb. 7, 1-2:30 p.m.

Sharing the Lead Harmoniously Through Shared Decision-Making: Join the Center for Family Enterprise on Feb. 8, 8:30 a.m. via Zoom for our Family Business 360 event. Hear from Bruce Hraba, president of Waterford Hotels & Inns, who will be sharing how this family business has been able to lead harmoniously through shared decision-making. Register here.  

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State University 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; recognize when, and how, to provide equal opportunity and access to employees; and be familiar with the OSU resources and responsibilities relating to employee health, safety and well-being. March 6-9, 8:15 a.m. to noon each day via Zoom. Learn more and register before Feb. 27. 

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

Take Note

NEW! Corvallis students sought to serve with ASOSU: Election season for ASOSU elected positions has now begun. Service in elected positions begin on June 1. Positions open are president, vice president, graduate senator (three open positions), undergraduate senator (15 open positions), student fee committee chair and student fee committee at-large member (five open positions). Registration is open through Feb. 15. Fill out this form or go to the website. Candidate informational sessions will be held at 5 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday in SEC 294. 

NEW! 25 Year club: Congratulations to Chris White, director of Information 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.

OSU Food Drive starts Feb.1: Are you ready for a fun fundraising competition? Check out the web page to see if your unit is represented. If not, consider stepping up to help in the effort. It can be as easy as sending a few emails. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Student Health Services Quality Survey: Let Us Know How We're Doing. At SHS, we strive to provide our patients with the best possible care and service. To continue improving, we need your help. We value your input and would love to hear your ideas and feedback. The Qualtrics survey takes less than five minutes. Thank you for your contribution.

Internationalization Grant Applications due Friday: The Office of Faculty Affairs Internationalization Grant is open to all OSU professional and academic faculty and INTO OSU employees. The program awards up to $5,000 for projects that advance the university’s internationalization agenda. Applications for the winter cycle are due Friday, Jan. 27 by 5 p.m. Priority areas and evaluation criteria information has been added to the website.

Child Care Openings at Dixon Kits ECE Center for OSU Employees: OSU’s Family Resource Center has opened a new infant/toddler campus children’s center serving 12 children ages infant through 30 months of age. The Dixon Kits Early Care and Education (ECE) Center is focused on serving those with the highest level of financial need. Priority for the employee slots will be given to those that qualify for Employment-Related Day Care (ERDC). Those that qualify could pay as little as $300 a month. For more information and to learn how to apply, visit the Dixon Kits ECE Center website or call 541-737-6000. Want to learn about other campus child care options? Contact [email protected].

Faculty Awards Solicitation: The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the awards they are responsible for reviewing and selecting – see the solicitation letter. Criteria and nomination forms associated with these awards are online; nominations will be accepted through noon on March 22. Guidelines to assist those preparing nomination packets are available online. For further information, contact Vickie Nunnemaker.

Traffic and Maintenance

Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Improvement project, east-west pedestrian access along Washington Way between 17th and 26th streets will be rerouted at the 17th and 26th street intersections. Pedestrians traveling east-west along the north sidewalk will be detoured across Washington Way to an ADA-accessible walkway. The north sidewalk between 17th and 26th Streets will be closed for the duration of this project. (View map)

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.

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: Between 17th and 26th streets, Washington Way will be closed to vehicle traffic Jan. 26-Feb. 7 to allow for storm drain installation. Pedestrian access will be maintained along the walkway on the south side of Washington Way. 30th-35th streets closed through Jan. 26.


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NEW! Oregon State University Controller’s Unit is hiring a Fiscal Coordinator-2. As a Fiscal Coordinator, you will apply your expertise in financial accounting and reporting, tax compliance, and fiscal closing operations and audit support to engage with a diverse campus community to further the mission of the university by providing exceptional customer service and offering solutions and guidance to meet end user needs. Posting #P03979CT. Closes Feb. 7. 


“All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small." ~ Lao-Tzu

Corvallis: Rain likely today, high of 48, low of 37. Showers likely Saturday with temperatures dropping and the possibility of snow into Sunday when it will clear and become sunny.

Central Oregon: Mostly cloudy today, high of 41, low of 24. Chance of snow Saturday, mostly sunny Sunday.

Newport: Rain likely today, high of 49, low of 40. Showers likely Saturday, sunny Sunday.

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