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. 

OSU professor wins Grammy (KOBI)

Bob Santelli won ‘Best Historical Album’ for putting together ‘Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection.’ Santelli was part of a team to accept the award. He said he was ‘shocked’ and ‘humbled’ by the award.

Research zeroing in on electronic nose for monitoring air quality, diagnosing disease (Phys.Org)

Research at Oregon State University has pushed science closer to developing an electronic nose for monitoring air quality, detecting safety threats and diagnosing diseases by measuring gases in a patient's breath. (see also KTVZ)

Formula SAE teaches college students engineering skills through motorsports (Yahoo Sports)

One of the most successful teams in Formula SAE is Global Formula Racing, an international collaboration between Oregon State University’s Beaver Racing Team and the BA Racing Team of German state university Baden-Württemberg-Ravensburg (DHBW).

Science of soil: KBREC welcomes new agronomist (Herald & News)

Biswanath Dari, who goes by “Dari,” knelt down in a winter wheat field adjacent to the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center on Wednesday to feel the dirt between his fingers. Soil health is a big part of his educational background and what he’ll continue to research in his role as agronomist and assistant professor at Oregon State University, stationed at KBREC in Klamath Falls.


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Spring blooms: The first sign of things to come, these snowdrops outside Gladys Valley Gymnastics Center are putting on quite a show.


NEW! Beaver Brothers Coffee & Conversations: Beaver Brothers is back. Kicking off today and happening every Friday of winter term from 11 a.m. to noon in the Student Experience Center (SEC) Involvement Lounge Rm. #112. Join us for coffee and conversations. Beaver Brothers Coffee & Conversations is designed to be an informal space to chat and build community with students, faculty, staff and community members. Coffee is provided but we do ask that you bring your own cup. All are welcome to attend.

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.

Music à la Carte: Sarah Kwak (violin) and Cary Lewis (piano) perform Jan. 31, noon, in the MU Lounge.

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 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

OSU Anthropology Lecture Series: Brenda Kellar of Oregon State University will present “Honey Bees and Scientific Expertise” on Friday, Jan. 31, 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

Humanitarian Engineering: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) presents “Humanitarian engineering at OSU: Research, education and community engagement,” by OSU Professor Kendra Sharp, senior advisor to the provost for international affairs, Friday, Jan. 31, 1-2 p.m., in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room.

Donna Cain Retirement: Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management (PCMM) invites you to a reception honoring Donna Cain who is retiring from OSU at the end of January. The reception will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, 1-3 p.m., MU Room 213. 

Tradition and Innovation in the Wood Construction Industry: A Journey in the Italian Alps – upcoming info session: This faculty-led program will spend two weeks exploring the long-standing forest management and wood architecture industries in Italy, with a focus on timber engineering and sustainable design, as well as local history, while set in the Dolomites, a UNESCO-listed mountain range. Info session on Friday, Jan. 31 from 2-3 p.m., in Richardson 115. Open to all majors.


Tax help for students and low-income households: Every Saturday from Feb. 1-March 7, 1-5 p.m. in Austin Hall Room 126. This is a free drop-in based service. Click here for more information. Se habla español.

NEW! Site of Sound: Site of Sound Series at the Truckenbrod Gallery presents guitarist/technologist, Mike Gamble. This series is programmed by OSU Faculty- Dana Reason. Saturday Feb. 1, 4 p.m.. Students with ID are free. Suggested donation of $15. All proceeds go towards OSU Art and Music scholarships. 517 SW 2nd Street Corvallis.


Gymnastics: OSU gymnastics hosts Stanford, Sunday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. at Gill Coliseum. The event is the annual DAM Cancer meet.


NEW! Small meetings with President Ray: President Ray and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee are continuing the long-standing tradition of sponsoring small group faculty (academic, research, and professional) conversations. Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. These conversations provide the President with an opportunity to receive candid feedback from faculty and an occasion for idea and information exchange. To register for the winter term sessions (Feb. 4, 10-11:30 a.m., March 11, 2:30-4 p.m., and April 6, 3-4:30 p.m.) please access

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Collecting Feedback & Responsive Teaching - Join Lyn Riverstone (AT) and Kenton Hokanson (CoSci) to learn strategies for collecting, analyzing and responding to mid-course feedback from students. +Tech Talk: Get started with Top Hat, one of several tools useful for collecting student feedback. This workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215, Feb 4 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by! Learn more here. Contact us here.

NEW! People and Nature Lunch Series: Stuty Maskey, graduate student in Public Policy, presents “Collaboration Failure: Stakeholder Perspectives of Managing a National Forestry Program in Nepal,” and Nicolas Gomez-Andujar, graduate student in Marine Resource Management, presents “Adaptive Self-Governance of Small-Scale Fisheries in Puerto Rico.” Tuesday, Feb. 4, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Strand 110.The lecture is free and open to all. Sponsored by the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife’s Human Dimensions Lab. To attend online: For more information:

NEW! Social Security: Seven Keys to Enhancing Benefits: There are many factors which contribute to eligibility, size, and timing of your social security retirement benefit. This seminar provides seven different areas of focus to best understand and time income from social security. Feb  4, noon to 1 p.m., MU 207, Allworth Room. Presented by Kyle King, CRPC®, APMA®, Financial Advisor, CUSO Financial Services, L.P. At Maps Credit Union.

Wellness Challenge: OSU Faculty Staff Fitness is holding a brand-new six-week wellness challenge from Feb. 2-March 14, called RECHARGE 2020. This electrifying program is made to emphasize healthy habits through tracking and educational elements with an online portal, office challenges, and partnering to give you a fully rounded experience. Register via Contact if you have additional questions.

Healthy Sleep: This training addresses how stress impacts sleep along with key principles for getting better rest, including mindfulness and guided imagery. Insomnia and its impact are also addressed. Feb. 5, 9-10 a.m. MU Multipurpose Room. Registration is required at OSU Professional Development site: Search for the course by the title and register. To participate remotely access the Zoom registration link here. Sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program.

Procurement Training Sessions: Procurement is pleased to again offer training sessions covering three topics: Procurement Standards and Resources (Feb. 11), Federal Purchases under Uniform Guidance (Feb. 13), and Informal Procurement (Feb. 14). These sessions are being offered in-person and via Zoom. For more information, registration, times, and locations visit the Procurement Training and Support webpage.

Employee Assistance Program workshop on Working in a Changing Environment: In an organizational culture of constant change, adapting can be challenging. Some areas addressed during this presentation are the elements of change, different losses that are experienced related to change, the transitional stages, and ways of coping with stress and change. March 18, 9-10 a.m. MU Multipurpose Room. Registration is required at OSU Professional Development site: Search for the course by the title and register. To participate remotely access the Zoom registration link here. Sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program.

Take Note

NEW! CIO 100 Day ReportOSU's new Chief Information Officer invites you to explore her 100 day report which covers her findings from conversations with the OSU community and what comes next for IT at OSU. 

NEW! Mindful After Cancer (MAC) study: Women will be able to participate in the MAC program online, from the privacy of their homes. The MAC program is eight weeks long starting on March 30, with an online group meeting each week for 1½ to two hours. It is aimed at fostering positive body image, sexual health and well-being. Participants will fill out an online survey before and one month after the program ends, and will get $20 for each survey completed. There is no charge for the program. The study results will increase our understanding of how to help women improve their sexual well-being and quality of life after cancer. The study is open to women who were diagnosed with stage 1-4 breast or gynecologic cancer at least one year ago. Go to, or email for more information. This study is being conducted by the Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences. The Principal Investigator is Jessica R. Gorman, Ph.D.

NEW! Updates to University Policies & Standards: Please visit the University Policy & Standards page to learn about recent policy updates: This page is updated frequently with new developments, so we encourage you to check back regularly. Also, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter here.

Research on Coronavirus: Oregon State University Library patrons have been requesting information on research regarding the recent international Coronavirus outbreak. Library staff have suggested a number of online resources available to the OSU community: Elsevier offers information in English and Mandarin: Wiley is also providing free access to research: Additionally you can find information at MedlinePLus:

Undergrad volunteers sought: Oregon State University, Office of International Services, and the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (CMLC) seek two OSU undergraduate student interns/volunteers to gain experience in event planning, marketing, grant management and volunteer management with a nonprofit. A $500 stipend/payroll is provided. Please send an email to with a statement expressing interest in the position with attached resume by Friday, Jan. 31. The full position description is available at


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NEW! Assistant Professor (Cetacean Biologist): The Marine Mammal Institute invites applications for a part-time (0.75 FTE), 12-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position. The appointment percent for this position is expected to be full-time (1.0 FTE) by obtaining grant and contract funds to cover the remaining 0.25 FTE appointment. This position will be located in Newport, Oregon. Posting #P03547UF. Closes March 6.


"Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going to fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” ~ Eddie Cantor, born today in 1892.

Corvallis: Chance of rain and then cloudy today, high of 59, low of 48. Rain Saturday, showers Sunday.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 57, low of 42. Rain likely Saturday, chance of snow Sunday.

Newport: Rain likely and breezy, high of 55, low of 47. Rain and windy Saturday, showers Sunday.

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