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:

Researchers develop automated method to identify fish calls underwater (NOAA Research News)

A research team led by NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Marine Ecosystem and Resource Studies at Oregon State University has developed an automated method that can accurately identify calls from a family of fishes. (see also News Concerns)


OSU-Cascades to host free clinics for COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters, flu shots (KTVZ)

Oregon State University–Cascades will host free clinics for COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters and flu shots on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 12 and 13 for the campus and Central Oregon communities.

OSU research shows chemical reactions boost efficiency of key energy storage method (KTVZ)

Research by the Oregon State University College of Engineering has uncovered a way to improve the efficiency of a type of grid-scale storage crucial for a global transition toward renewable energy.

OSU assistant professor talks accuracy of at-home COVID tests (KPTV)

Sanders works at Oregon State University as an Assistant Professor, Senior Research in the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine. "It turns out at this point, what we know, it’s not a matter of the virus, the test not recognizing the virus, but more where the virus is located," he said. "So, Omicron appears to really infect tissues that are more lower than in the upper nasal passages."

Implosion of OSU's Reser Stadium scheduled for Friday morning. Here's how you can watch (KGW)

The west side of Reser Stadium in Corvallis will be imploded Friday morning, Jan. 7, as part of a $153 million renovation project at Oregon State University. (see also KPTV)

Heavy rain helps trees after dry summer, OSU professor says (KOIN)

Chris Still is a professor at the college of forestry at Oregon State University. He said after two years of severe drought, the rain is badly needed for trees and other plants in Northwest Oregon. 

OSU researcher: Omicron wave 'eerily similar' to 1918 flu (KOIN)

OSU Associate Professor Christopher McKnight Nichols published an op-ed in the Washington Post Monday highlighting the consequences cities paid in 1918 and 1919 when business lobbyists and public resistance convinced public officials to drop masking and business closures. (see also CW39)

As omicron spreads, will colleges go online, require booster shots? What we know (USA Today)

Institutions such as Princeton University in New Jersey, Duke University in North Carolina, Oregon State University and the University of New Mexico are requiring students to get their boosters near the start of the semester. And New York's governor, Kathy Hochul, has required the State and City universities of New York to require booster shots for students who want to be on campus.

Today's photo

Basket Star: Miranda Schmitz, Student Employment Specialist, says “This Basket Star photo was taken on a trip to Newport at Hatfield Marine Science Center.” We're still working our way through all our fall photo submissions but we're accepting winter photos now at [email protected]

Timely Teaching Tips: Want to learn new ways to create and use media in your teaching as you blend synchronous and asynchronous learning activities? The Faculty Media Center and CTL invite faculty and GTAs to a one-hour Zoom workshop. Register for Jan. 26 at 2 p.m., or register for Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. 


Reser implosion: Oregon State University plans to implode the westside portion of Reser Stadium between 7 and 8 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 7. Best viewing of the implosion will occur by watching online on this website. Following implosion, contractors will begin work to transform Reser Stadium into a year-round facility. Please visit this website for more information. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Jan. 6, the Reser Stadium parking lot will be closed to all vehicles until noon on Jan. 7. Southwest 26th, Southwest 30th and Southwest Western Boulevard will be closed to vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic Jan. 7 from 6 a.m. to. 9 a.m. Very limited public viewing areas of the implosion will be available the morning of Jan. 7. For more information on the project:

Music à la Carte: Jonas Myers, piano. Myers is a jazz pianist and fiction writer and is currently an MFA candidate in the creative writing program in the College of Liberal Arts. Program includes Jimmy Van Heusen, Miles Davis, Tommy Wolf, Mac Rebennack, John Lennon, eden ahbez, Bill Evans, Myers and Cole Porter. Friday, Jan. 7 at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge. Free. Live audience open to OSU students, faculty and staff. Those from off-campus are asked to view the livestream

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 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.

University Budget Committee: The Committee will meet this Friday, Jan. 7 from 2-3:30 p.m. via Zoom. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the Provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities and budget policies. The committee will discuss projections and planning relevant to developing budget and tuition recommendations for 2022-23. If you are interested in joining as an observer, register for the webinar here.


NEW! OSU Alumnus and SWLF Journalism Instructor to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award: Former National Geographic photographer and editor-in-chief Chris Johns will receive The Photo Society's 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Jan. 11, 9 a.m. The free Zoom presentation will include an artist talk, Q&A and chance to win a signed print. Register here.

Virtual open house sessions for draft 2043 Regional Transportation Plan: The Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is hosting two virtual open house sessions Jan. 10, at noon and 5 p.m., discussing the draft 2043 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The Regional Transportation Plan identifies how the Corvallis Metropolitan Area will meet the needs of the transportation system over a 20-year planning horizon. To register for the virtual open house sessions, visit the CAMPO website.

Adult & Higher Education Doctoral Information Session: You’re invited to learn about the College of Education’s Adult & Higher Education doctoral program. Jan. 11, noon to 1 p.m. Please RSVP for the Zoom link and password. Contact [email protected] for questions.

President’s Winter Celebration: Tuesday, Jan. 11 from 9-11 a.m., Memorial Union Lounge. All OSU students, faculty and staff are invited to join Interim President Becky Johnson for this annual tradition. Make crafts and join in conversation while picking up treats and beverages to go to kick off the winter term. Attendees are welcome to bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations for the OSU Food Pantry. Contact University Events ([email protected]) with any questions.

Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Jan. 13, to consider the appointment of a new board secretary. The meeting will be held remotely from 1:30-2 p.m. and is open to the public. The board meeting agenda and materials will be posted as they are available at If special accommodation is required, please contact (541) 737-3449 or [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance.  

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW!’s "The Great Reset: Simple Strategies for Taking Charge and Feeling Better as a Working Parent in 2022." Daisy Dowling, top executive coach and working parenthood expert, covers the simple steps you can take to achieve greater success and satisfaction as a working parent or caregiver in 2022 and beyond. Jan. 11, 9 a.m. Register here.

NEW! CTL Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: "Supporting 2SLGBTQI+ Students In and Outside the College Classroom." In this T4 presentation, educational advocate and OSU graduate student Dharma Mirza (she/her) will explore ways to better include and support 2SLGBTQI+ students in and outside of the classroom. Zoom session Jan. 11, 10-11:50 a.m.

NEW! Beyond Benefits: Walking for Mental Health. Walking is a common source of exercise for many people, and it has well-recognized physical health benefits. But did you know there are mental health benefits to walking, too? Anyone who walks for any reason could also be enjoying these benefits. This session will look at the benefits of meditative walking and walking in nature. Jan. 11, noon. Register here.

Science Pub: "Investigating how COVID-19 proteins stick to viral RNA and taking research from the lab to the dance floor," Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. Join Heather Masson-Forsythe for a virtual presentation that includes how she used her research in the annual international contest hosted by Science Magazine, “Dance Your Ph.D.,” winning the new COVID-19 prize and receiving tens-of-thousands of views on YouTube. Register for the presentation at

GRAMMY U Informational Presentation: All current OSU students are invited to an informational presentation over Zoom about GRAMMY U on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 4-5 p.m. GRAMMY U is a unique program designed to prepare college students for careers in the music industry through networking, educational programs and performance opportunities. Presenters will share information on the program, GRAMMY U member benefits, the application process and more. Click here to RSVP.

OSU VITA seeks volunteers: Learn to do taxes. Help others with their taxes. Gain valuable experience to add to your resume. VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) partners with the IRS to help underserved populations in the area. Get trained and certified. Interested? General information session Jan. 11, 6-7 p.m., Austin Room 100. Food provided. Questions?

College of Engineering Virtual Lecture: David Hill, professor, Civil and Construction Engineering, will speak on “Crowd-Sourcing Snow: The Value of Community Science for Oregon’s Water Resources,” Jan. 12, noon to 1 p.m. Free and open to the public. For details and registration:

College of Engineering Virtual Lecture: Margaret Burnette, distinguished professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will speak on “Doing Inclusive Design: From GenderMag to InclusiveMag,” Jan. 18, noon to 1 p.m. Free and open to the public. For details and registration:

Your Social Impact: How to be a Change Agent Within Your Networks. Get expert advice from people who’ve been on the same journey as you and are making a difference in this free virtual "Winning in Life" event, Jan. 20 at noon. The series is designed to help students and alumni build personal and professional skills for success in life, career and beyond. Register for free at

Crucial Conversations: This is a 10-hour course that fosters dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics at all levels of your organization. Learn how to speak and be heard, surface the best ideas and make and execute the highest-quality decisions. Online sessions on Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., Jan. 20 through Feb. 17. There is a $100 fee to attend. Learn more and register here.

Teaching with Media: Discover ways to create and use media in your teaching as you blend synchronous and asynchronous learning in Corvallis and Cascades campus courses. The Faculty Media Center and CTL invite faculty and GTAs to a one-hour Zoom workshop. Register for Wed., Jan. 26 at 2 p.m., or register for Thurs., Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. Info: Faculty Media Center.

Inside the Mind of High Performing Leaders: You can learn how to lead with confidence and design your own success. Get expert advice from personal leadership professional and TEDx speaker Jeff Otis, ’90, at the next free virtual "Winning in Life" event, Jan. 27 at noon. Register for free at

Take Note

NEW! 25 Year Club inductees: Congratulations to Frank Chaplen, associate professor, 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.

Human-robot interactions: The Human-Machine Teaming Laboratory in Oregon State University's Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute is conducting a research experiment to study human-robot interaction for simulated supervisor-based environments. Participants will complete a series of tasks that require controlling and monitoring a simulated remotely-piloted vehicle and will complete anonymous questionnaires. The experiment requires participants to complete one 2-hour session. Participants will receive $30 upon completion. For requirements and to schedule, contact Prakash Baskaran at [email protected]

Volunteer to help at an OSU in-person career fair: Want to gain event logistics experience? Be a welcoming face for Oregon State when you sign up to assist at an in-person career fair. Volunteer slots include opportunities to connect personally with employers when they arrive on campus and to work side-by-side with professionals on the Career Development team. Sign up HERE.

Recruiting participants for Milk Protein Research: Food Science researchers are seeking participants with IBS diagnoses, 18-30 years old, who have a primary healthcare provider. In the study, adults with IBS will consume a regular serving of a protein shake for three weeks. The study will take 7 weeks total. Those who complete the study will receive a $300 gift card in Amazon credit. More details and sign-up available at

Fiscal policy draft: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on a new policy draft for Retroactive Pay. For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.

SEIU survey: Please take the pandemic pay survey at We are working with management under our new contract to compile an eligibility list. Please fill out the OSU ELR form if you qualify for pandemic pay. For questions contact organizer Siobhan Burke at [email protected] or call/text 630-699-0281. Fill out the OSU form by Jan. 7. Next, fill out our survey too and forward to coworkers.   

Help Inspiring Girls Expeditions spread the word about our FREE STEAM outdoor expeditions: Inspiring Girls Expeditions (housed within OSU’s CEOAS) is a tuition-free, 12-day wilderness science education program for 16-18-year-old high school girls and gender-expansive youth. Students who don’t feel like they fit the “typical” image of a scientist or outdoors person are especially encouraged to apply. If you know a student who might be interested, or an educator or network who could share this opportunity, please pass it along. The deadline to start the application is Jan. 24, so encourage students to apply today. Questions? Email us at [email protected].

Recruiting participants for virtual reality experiment: Psychology researchers are seeking participants who are at least 18 years old, speak fluent English and have normal or corrected-to-normal vision for virtual reality (VR) research aiming to explore how perception and movement interact. Participants will complete movement- and perception-based tasks for one hour in a VR environment. Those who complete the study will receive $15 in Amazon credit. More details and sign-up available at

Special or extra recycling needs? Campus has options for some items not accepted in general recycling bins but otherwise recyclable like batteries, Styrofoam and shredded paper. Or, perhaps you have an office or file clean out project and would like to request a temporary cart for all that extra paper? Visit Campus Recycling’s Special Recyclables guide for details and to submit a request.

Start the New Year off on the right foot: Looking to become more active? Enroll in the OSU Extension Walk With Ease self-directed program to get started and create an exercise plan that fits your schedule. This six-week online program includes weekly emails with guidance, tips and resources, plus a free "Walk With Ease" book (e-book or paperback). Visit our webpage to learn more and sign up. This program is available free to all Oregonians through OSU Extension. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Alternative Spring Break: Weeklong service-learning programs traveling to Washington, Southern Oregon and California during OSU’s spring break. Students engage in a variety of direct service projects, educational conversations and presentations, and reflective dialogue with leaders and change-makers in their respective communities. Priority application deadline: Friday, Jan. 28. Program dates: March 19-26. Program fee: $50. Apply at:

Library weekend hours: The Valley Library will be open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays starting winter term. You can always find the most up-to-date information about library hours at

Dr. King Saturday of Service: Community Engagement & Leadership invites students, faculty, staff, and their partners and children to participate in OSU’s largest and longest running day of service of the year. Project times and locations vary; see the registration page: Snacks, hot lunch and transportation will be provided. For more information contact 541-737-3041 or [email protected].

Get There: Helping you connect with carpool buddies: Get There is a statewide carpool matching tool. You can join the OSU Corvallis Get There network to find other Beavers and share your commutes. Every trip counts. You do not need to carpool every day to benefit — even one day a week will reduce your travel costs. Please email Transportation Services at [email protected] with questions. To get started, register at

Taste Testers Wanted: The OSU Center for Sensory & Consumer Behavior Research is looking for panelists for consumer taste tests. Open to all students, faculty, staff, family and community members 18 and over. Panelists receive up to $20/hour for their time. Tests run throughout the year. Much of the testing is done using drive through sample pick up and in-home testing. Fill out Qualtrics survey to be added to our pool at or call 541-737-6506.

Girls Expeditions: Inspiring Girls Expeditions is seeking field scientists, artists or wilderness guides to plan and instruct our three OSU-based 2022 expeditions: Expeditions@HomeGirls on Ice Cascades, and Girls in Icy Fjords. Our expeditions are unique, tuition-free, 10 to 12-day programs for 16 to 18-year-old girls and gender expansive youth that emphasize curiosity, creativity, and exploration in remote environments. Links to position descriptions and application instructions can be found on our website. Contact Program Coordinator Ryan Brown with questions.

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Evacuation. Emergency evacuation is the immediate and urgent movement of people away from the threat or actual occurrence of a hazard.

Looking for Unsung Heroes: We are looking for submissions from the Oregon State community to highlight OSU employees and students who are not typically in the spotlight but who are going above and beyond in their work or personal lives. Inspired by our COVID-19 Unsung Hero profiles, we want to celebrate those who serve others, whether it be helping colleagues, volunteering in their community or simply living in ways that inspire us. Send your suggestions to [email protected] and our staff may contact them for interviews we’d feature in OSU Today and elsewhere.

COVID-19 testing: Oregon State University, in collaboration with Willamette Valley Toxicology (WVT), is providing on-site COVID-19 testing. OSU employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to test at one of these locations: Corvallis: Student Experience Center and Cascade Hall 120: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. (For staff wanting to get a test voluntarily, please make sure to register for a LabDash account prior to arrival: Bend: Ray Hall 302. Week of Jan. 3: Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Reser: For work related to the Completing Reser Stadium project, southbound traffic along SW 26th Street near the entrance to the Reser Stadium Parking lot will be diverted into the northbound lane while excavation and pipe installation work is occurring in the closed lane. Flaggers will be used at three locations to separate vehicular traffic from construction workers and equipment. SW 26th Street, access to the Reser Stadium parking lot and adjacent lots will be accessible. All lanes of traffic will reopen at end of shift each day. Construction activities and lane closures will occur between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily from Jan. 10-14. (view map).

NEW! West Greenhouse: As part of the 20 & 21 West Greenhouse project, a portion of sidewalk will be closed to pedestrian traffic between SW 30th and 35th streets on SW Campus Way for ADA access and sidewalk improvement work. The month-long closure is scheduled to start on Friday, Jan. 7 and continue through Feb. 7. Please view the online map, which provides an overview of this location and appropriate detours to take. Direct access to the 20 & 21 greenhouses can be made at their north side doors.

Graf Hall: As part of the Graf Hall Renovation Project, a section of sidewalk on the north side of Graf Hall will be closed for excavation work for a new sidewalk and building entry. During the closure, pedestrian traffic will be routed to the north side of Monroe Avenue (view map). The closure takes place now through Jan. 14.

Benton Place: For continued utility work related to the Arts and Education Complex project, an additional full closure of SW Benton Place is scheduled. The additional closure takes place Jan. 10-11 (view map). There will be minimal impacts to parking. SW Benton Place will reopen over the weekend before the additional closure starts next Monday.

Reser lot closure: For work related to the Completing Reser Stadium project, a parking closure is scheduled in the Zone 2 area of the Reser Stadium parking lot for preparation and day-of work for the planned implosion of the stadium’s west side. Between 7 and 8 a.m. on Jan. 7, licensed contractors will use explosive charges to implode the stadium’s west side. The Zone 2 area of the lot will be used for loading in containers to sit parallel to Oak Creek (view map). The closure is scheduled to start on Jan. 5 through Friday, Jan. 7. The area will reopen for use at the end of the day on Jan. 7. Implosion-related road closures will occur from 6 to 9 a.m. Jan. 7. SW 26th and SW 30th streets between SW Western Boulevard and Washington Way and SW Western Boulevard between SW 26th and 30th streets will be closed to vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Reser: For work related to the Completing Reser Stadium project, starting Jan. 3 through Jan. 10, a temporary entrance and exit driveway will be constructed along SW 26th Street and five ADA parking spaces will be temporarily closed. A temporary sidewalk closure along SW 26th Street is also planned (view map).

Benton Place: For continued utility work related to the Arts and Education Complex project, an additional full closure of SW Benton Place is scheduled from Jan. 6-8 (view map). There will be minimal impacts to parking.


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NEW! Food Service Worker 1 part-time: University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for multiple Food Service Worker 1 positions. These are part-time, 10-month, classified positions. Posting #P03320CT. For full consideration, apply by Jan 18. Closing date is Feb 14.


“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn't show." ~ Andrew Wyeth

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 49, low of 36. Mostly sunny this weekend.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain and snow today, high of 42, low of 26. Mostly sunny this weekend.

Newport: Rain today, high of 50, low of 41. Mostly sunny this weekend.

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