Stay informed about COVID-19

COVID-19 website: To facilitate the ongoing sharing of information about the virus, Oregon State University has added a link on the OSU homepage to a new page that provides detailed and up-to-date COVID-19 information; links to OSU, local, state and federal resources; updates on the latest federal travel restrictions; and previous university communications about the virus and other information. Additionally CDC information (including Spanish resources) can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/factsheets.html 

Benton County website: The Benton County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has launched Benton County Recovers, a new website dedicated to coordinating donations and volunteers for the COVID-19 pandemic response in Benton County. The website is available at http://bentoncounty.recovers.org. A press release from Benton County with more detail is available here: https://bit.ly/BentonCoGov-BentonCountyRecoversPortal

 

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. 
 

Is 2 weeks enough? Experts say Washington's 'stay-at-home' order may need to continue to slow coronavirus (Seattle Times)

In China, it took two months of essentially locking down vast urban areas to bring the disease under control, said Chunhuei Chi, director of the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University. In the United States, the local and national response has been much slower and less extreme.
 

Medical workers treating coronavirus are resorting to homemade masks (ProPublica)

In a pandemic, the stockpile should be the bridge between hospitals’ current supply and reinforcements from nationalized production, said Oregon State University professor Christopher McKnight Nichols.

Pregnant Oregonians face giving birth without doulas, extended family during the coronavirus crisis (Oregonian)
Melissa Cheyney is a medical anthropologist at Oregon State University who runs the Community Doula Project. That project works to train doulas in Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties and connect them with at-risk populations, including pregnant people who speak limited English, are medically high risk, are part of underserved racial or ethnic groups, are under 21, have no family support, or are homeless.

 

OSU develops potentially ground-breaking approach to cleaning contaminated ground water (Oregonian)

Researchers from Oregon State University have come up with a new, and potentially ground-breaking, way to clean up groundwater contaminated with toxic substances, according to a recent study.
 

Are there coronavirus cases in your zip code? If so, Oregon won't tell you (KGW)

This lack of specific data makes it difficult to assess which communities are being hardest hit, information that could help first responders and health care workers. “When they see patients from a certain ZIP code or a certain area they will take more precautions,” said Chunhuei Chi, director of the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University.
 

Curling cans, mom's cooking for OSU defensive back home in Sherwood during COVID-19 pandemic (KPTV)

David Morris, an Oregon State University redshirt junior defensive back, is back home in Sherwood after Spring camp was cut short at OSU.
 

Hatfield gearing up to bring science into homes (Newport News-Times)

While Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center is closed due to the threat of coronavirus, the life inside is still tended to by faithful caretakers, and its associated educators are working hard to extend online resources to out-of-school kids.
 

Alum headed to Stanford as scholar (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University alumnus Jordan Conger of Bend has become the first student from an Oregon school to be accepted as a Knight Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University.

 

Today's photo


Today’s workspace: Candice Hambley, a grants and contracts technician with the Health Sciences Center, shared a photo of her current co-workers, Finnik the dog and Mochi the cat.Send your home workspace photos to osutoday@oregonstate.edu.

Today

Please be aware that in this quickly shifting environment, some events may be cancelled at the last minute and updates may not have been provided to OSU Today in time. 

Free Virtual Nutrition Counseling: Help the OSU dietetic interns get their internship hours so they can stay on track to graduate and join the healthcare workforce as Registered Dietitians. We’re offering 1:1 virtual counseling sessions over Zoom starting Monday, March 23. Contact Michelle Bump at michelle.bump@oregonstate.edu if you’re interested with a time/day you’re available.

Support for Faculty on Remote Teaching: Open online training sessions are available March 23-27 to all faculty. Topics include teaching remotely with Zoom and Canvas, recording lectures, preparing course material, academic honesty in remote instruction, and more. See the schedule for live sessions, open Q&A, and recordings on OSU’s Keep Teaching site. Questions? Email canvas@oregonstate.edu.

InnovationX resource updates: All regularly scheduled programming offered by the InnovationX Center of Excellence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be provided remotely this term. Join us for a brief webinar and Q&A session to learn more: Friday, March 27, 10 a.m. Faculty, staff and students are invited. Contact Michelle Marie with any questions.(Portland). Meeting ID: 219 169 2947


Events

NEW! BEavers HERE NOW Drop-In Meditation via Zoom: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3 p.m. visit https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6070165219 to access each session. No experience necessary. All are welcome! Enjoy a different 15 minute guided meditation each week. Benefits of meditation include: Stress reduction, better sleep, sharper concentration, anxiety management and happier relationships. Contact tess.websterhenry@oregonstate.edu to coordinate extra credit for student attendance. Faculty and staff are welcome too.

Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees will meet from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, April 3, to consider tuition rates, mandatory fees and student incidental fees for the 2020-21 academic year and summer session 2020. The board also will consider public safety and enforcement programming at OSU’s Corvallis campus, the university’s biennial capital funding request to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, updates to the educator equity plan required by state statute, the creation of schools within the College of Business, and other reports. The board will receive updates on the university’s COVID-19 response and on Oregon’s most recent legislative session. The board will hold an executive session pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(d) to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations. Given current COVID-19 guidance from the Governor’s Office, as well as university and health officials, the meeting will be hosted through a remote conferencing service. Members of the public can join the meeting by calling the toll-free number or connecting via the weblink provided on the agenda. The Finance & Administration Committee will meet from 8:30-9:45 a.m. that same day. Options for providing comments, agendas and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees/meetings. For accommodations: (541) 737-3449 or lauren.skousen@oregonstate.edu at least 48 hours in advance.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! EMT Department Seminar Series: Assistant Professor Anne ThessenDeveloping Semantic Technology for Toxicology Applications” March 31, 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Zoom - https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/4761126101

NEW! Coping with COVID-19: Caring for Your Mental Health Live Stream Event Presented by CAPS: Abraham Sculley’s live stream event for OSU will encourage and equip students to build a sense of belonging, especially during a time of physical distancing. He will share his own mental health story addressing the common myths of mental illness, ways to effectively combat stigma, and self-care tips for finding our new normal during this unprecedented time. Tuesday, March 31 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Visit https://zoom.us/j/305277143 to access the live stream event. The event is limited to the first 500 participants. To obtain a video recording of the event with captioning email: tess.websterhenry@oregonstate.edu. For accommodations related to ability email tess.websterhenry@oregonstate.edu at least 48 hours in advance.

NEW! Kognito: Recognizing and Supporting Students in Distress Training: College can be stressful at times and especially now! Build the confidence to talk with a student whom you’re concerned about. Be prepared to lead real-life conversations with students that build resilience, strengthen relationships and connect them with support. Visit beav.es/Zzp to access the faculty/staff online training so you can recognize and support OSU students in distress. To access the student version visit: beav.es/ZD3 For questions contact Tessie Webster-Henry: tess.websterhenry@oregonstate.edu

Punch Through Pandemics spring course open to students, public: Punch Through Pandemics, starting March 30, is brought to you by Oregon State University's School of Psychological Science. This 10-week course is designed to harness the rich tools afforded by psychology to address the current and novel situation we are facing with COVID-19. The PSY 499 course is led by Kathy Becker-Blease, Regan A.R. Gurung, and Kate Gallagher. Students can enroll in an Ecampus or Corvallis section for credit, or sign up for the free public version through Canvas. Members of the public can also sign up for free. For more information, go to https://www.punchcovid19.com/.

Health and Community Building Webinars: Join the Adventure Leadership Institute as we host several webinars around adventure, health and community building topics during the age of social distancing. Click the links to register: Hiking in the Age of Social Distancing, April 1 at 3 p.mNature and Health, April 7 at 5 p.m., and Community Building in the Age of COVID-19, April 15 at 3 p.m. Check out more of our webinars offered Spring term here. Questions? Contact Emily Abrams.

FSF online classes: Faculty Staff Fitness is now hosting online classes. Programs offered will include strength/weight training, gentle exercise, cardio kickboxing, swim land training, pilates and yoga, which will be tailored to your home environment with household equipment. $20 for an unlimited three-month package. Register here, and receive an invitation to join the page. New content will be added throughout the term to supplement your well-being while being away from your usual fitness routine. If you were already registered for Spring 2020 Faculty Staff Fitness classes, you have two options: Email pac.fsf@oregonstate.edu and let us know that you want to sign up for our Online FSF programming and receive an account credit with the rest of your registration for future classes, or receive a full refund by emailing pac.fsf@oregonstate.edu. Contact Dee Gillen with questions about online classes or your account.

STEM Academy: STEM Academy is hosting a broad range of STEM Summer Day Camps from mid-June through early-August for students who will be entering 3rd-12th grades in the Fall of 2020. Registration for the summer program is open. Topics include: Transportation, Color Innovation, Coding, iINVENT, Web Design, Engineering, Computer Graphics, Cybersecurity, Biochemistry, Sketch Up, Computational Biology, Drones, Powered Machines, Science Exploration, Lego Robotics, Wildlife Science, and Computational Mystery of Board Games. For more information, or to register online, please visit http://stemacademy.oregonstate.edu. For questions, call 541-737-8139 or email STEM.academy@oregonstate.edu. Scholarships available for many camps.

Take Note

NEW! COVID-19 Resources for Families: With school closures and the need to work/teach/learn remotely, many OSU families are finding themselves home with their children and are unsure how to navigate this new way of work/life. The Family Resource Center has compiled some local resources and parenting tips/tricks that you may find useful during this unfamiliar time. We will continue to update this page as we find new information. Questions? Contact familyresources@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! New procedures for OSU Libraries: While entry to Valley Library and Guin Library is temporarily suspended, digital services will be used to support remote teaching and research, and the libraries will focus on delivering materials to all OSU students, staff and faculty on campus and off campus. For more info about how to access library resources and services during spring term, go to https://library.oregonstate.edu/osu-libraries-and-response-covid-19.

NEWOregon State’s COVID-19 Unsung Heroes: We are looking for submissions from the community to highlight OSU employees and students who are not typically in the spotlight but are going above and beyond during this pandemic. For example, an employee who plays a key role in remote learning technology, someone volunteering on a disaster relief team or someone keeping university buildings operating when many people are working from home. Send your suggestions to osutoday@oregonstate.edu and our staff may contact them to conduct remote interviews that we would feature in OSU Today and elsewhere.

NEW! Mindful @ Oregon State University is an e-newsletter that delivers a weekly care package of mindfulness tips, resources and events to your inbox. Curated by CAPS staff, the newsletter features a weekly guided meditation, learn more section, mindfulness challenge, OSU mindfulness event calendar and crowd-sourced knowledge and recommendations. Subscribe here: http://bit.ly/mindfulOSU

Teaching Faculty — eSET Winter 2020 Reports now available. To access your individual Student Evaluation of Teaching (eSET) reports, use this link: https://adminfo.ucsadm.oregonstate.edu/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin?ret_code=E. Your ONID username and password are needed to access eSET. Once on the eSET page, your reports may be viewed by clicking the PDF and/or Excel icon under the heading, "Rating, Comments, Responses and Instructor Reports." For additional information, please see the eSET Faculty FAQs. You may also contact Tam Belknap, assessment coordinator and analyst, at tamara.belknap@oregonstate.edu for assistance.

List of K-12 earth sciences online learning resources now available: OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences has curated a list of online resources including map exploration, learning apps, and lesson plans for families to learn about Earth sciences together at home. Click here for more information.

Surplus Pickups Suspended; Department Sales Continue: While OSUsed Store public sales are canceled until further notice, employees may shop for their departments weekdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. Pick-ups and drop-offs of surplus property cannot be accepted until further notice. To address critical/emergency issues, please call 541-737-7341 on weekdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Recycling Moving to On Call Service: OSU Corvallis campus buildings will now receive recycling collection on call only; all collection requests must be submitted in the form of an online service request. All residence halls and cardboard collection will be collected on a regular schedule. For questions please call the OSU Materials Management Warehouse at 541-737-7347.

Remote Teaching Canvas Template Available Faculty have access to a new Canvas course template that can be imported into empty Canvas course sites to help instructors rapidly prepare for Spring courses. The template homepage provides directions for use. Questions? Contact ctl@oregonstate.edu

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee would like to recommend employees who are working from home review SAIF online resources at https://www.saif.com/safety-and-health/home-office-safety.html with six tips for home office safety.

Traffic & Maintenance

UPDATED! Transportation Services: Effective immediately, any valid OSU parking permit may be used in any zone (All A, B, C and R lots) until further notice. Please observe all other signs, as these still apply. Until further notice the Beaver Bus will not be running. The Transportation Services office in Adams Hall is currently closed to the public, but Transportation Services is still offering direct customer service through their online portal, telephone and email during normal business hours, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Please go online to purchase parking permits or pay citations. 

30th Street closure: Work is scheduled to take place along SW 30th Street and Washington Way for repairs associated with a campus steam vault. Southbound SW 30th Street will be closed from 6 a.m. on Monday, March 30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. View the map for detour information. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Construction Manager Jason Lundy at 541-270-0193.

Student art


NEW! Arts & Communication BFA seniors on Fairbanks Gallery Instagram: For the next nine weeks, we will be sharing images every Friday of works by graduating seniors who were scheduled to have solo shows in the West Student Gallery this term. Up first is Andi Grillo from her show, “Context.” https://www.instagram.com/p/B-FRS_ABJpy/
 

Weather

"Whatever our bedtime was as kids, we could stay up an extra half hour if we were reading. My parents didn't care as long as I was under the spell of a Stephen King or a Douglas Adams. Now I read in bed. I read at work. I read standing in line. It's like, 'Hello, my name is Nathan and I am a reader.'' ~ Nathan Fillion, who turns 49 today.

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 50, low of 41. Showers through the weekend.

Central Oregon: Mostly cloudy today, high of 52, low of 33. Slight chance of rain and showers through the weekend.

Newport: Rain and breezy today, high of 49, low of 44. Showers and breezy through the weekend.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/