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:


Oregon State University to receive more than $1.7 million for cybersecurity (KEZI)

Oregon State University is set to receive a sizable grant to provide education and training for cybersecurity professionals who will serve in all levels of government.

Stone points found in Idaho dated to 15,700 years ago (Archaeology Magazine)

According to a statement released by Oregon State University, researchers led by Loren Davis have discovered projectile points thought to have been made by the earliest peoples in the Americas at the Cooper’s Ferry site, which is located near Idaho’s Salmon River on traditional Nez Perce land. The deadly, razor-sharp points, which range in size from approximately one-half to two inches long, have been radiocarbon dated to around 15,700 years ago. (see also the IndependentKLCCSciTechDaily)

Meet Jayathi Murthy, the first woman of colour to head Oregon State University (HerStory)

Jayathi Murthy is the first woman of colour appointed as President of Oregon State University (OSU). The Indian-born educator has many other firsts to her credit, including being the first woman to be department chair for mechanical engineering at UT Austin, and lead the UCLA School of Engineering.

Two from Oregon State University named to list of world's top 1,000 female scientists (LIFE@OSU)

The OSU honorees are Heidi Schellman, professor of physics in the College of Science, and Beverly Law, professor emeritus of global change biology and terrestrial systems science in the College of Forestry.

Lots of whales spotted around offshore wind farm zones along West Coast (KUOW)

The federal government has commissioned Oregon State University to look into the possible impacts of offshore wind farms on marine wildlife. In the first year of this four-year project, the researchers spotted sizable numbers of seabirds and whales — including the largest animal on Earth — in the Oregon and Northern California areas that could one day host floating wind farms.

Why marine biologists fell in love with a kitchen scrubber (PopSci)

ONE DAY in the late 1980s, Bruce Menge was wandering the aisles of a grocery store, thinking over a particular problem he was having with plankton. A professor of marine biology at Oregon State University, Menge is a specialist in what’s known as a meta-ecosystem, the place where two discrete ecologies collide.

Two anticonvulsants prescribed for pain only 'modestly effective' and not without risk, study shows (Medical Xpress)

A study by Oregon State University College of Pharmacy researchers suggests that two anticonvulsants often prescribed for chronic pain are only "modestly effective" at pain management and can create an unfavorable risk/reward situation for patients.

Get to know 10 of Oregon's most famous gray whales (Oregonian)

Researchers with Oregon State University have spent so much time with our local gray whales that they know them by name. Now, they’re sharing those observations to help casual whale watchers become better acquainted with the animals and to help raise money for additional research through the their Adopt a Whale campaign.

They fought like girls: How a 1979 softball team saved the sport (Ms Magazine)

A piece by OSU's Susan Shaw.

OSU researcher revisits dead orca saga through genetic analysis (KLCC)

Earlier this year, KLCC reported on a killer whale carcass spotted off the Oregon Coast. While the carcass was never recovered, an Oregon State University researcher has made some determinations from its genetic residue.

Do cats remember people? All signs point to yes (Yahoo News) 

Researchers at the Human-Animal Interaction Lab at Oregon State University point to results from their 2019 cat-owner attachment study that indicates most cats rely on their humans as a source of security and comfort. This is good news because "while we need more research on this, secure attachment is driven, at least in part, by the memory of associations the cat has made with the person," Molloy explains.

GPS collars placed on Bighorn sheep for study at Death Valley National Park (News 3lv)

Researchers at Oregon State University is assisting the National Park Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in conducting the study.

Planning holiday travel? How wind, cold and snow could disrupt your trip. (New York Times)

Sources: PRISM Climate Group at Oregon State University (daily average minimum temperatures for 1991-2020); National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (daily forecast minimum temperatures)

Temporary tower at North Jetty holds radar (Siuslaw News)

According to Professor of Coastal Engineering Merrick Haller, from the Oregon State University (OSU) School of Civil & Construction Engineering, the tower holds a marine radar that is collecting wave data.

What to do about clover and more top Oregon gardening questions for 2022 (Oregonian)

Oregon gardeners look to the experts at Oregon State University Extension Service and Master Gardeners for answers to their questions about topics ranging from growing tomatoes to replacing their turf lawns to weed and composting. In 2022, the questions below were the 10 most read gardening questions Kym Pokorny shared with The Oregonian/OregonLive’s readers.

Why we celebrate winter vegetables (Salon)

As a Professor of Practice at Oregon State University, my time is focused on supporting the local farming community. I spend a good deal of time writing grants that will fund research needed by farmers which can range from how to best manage late blight organically on a potato crop to sweet pepper trials to find which varieties grow best across many different farming environments. 

Oregon State veterinary hospital performs the first total ear canal removal surgery on a pig (KVAL)

On Monday December, 19, doctors at Oregon State University's veterinary hospital performed the first known total ear canal ablation surgery on a pig, with consultation from a human ear doctor, according to a news release from OSU.


Today's photo

Thanksgiving sunset: This photo was submitted by Becky Gunn, program representative with the Office of the Registrar. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for a way to place greater emphasis on learning and less emphasis on grades in a future course? Consider alternative grading frameworks such as mastery-based testing, standards-based learning and specifications grading. Want to find out more? Schedule a consultation with the Center for Teaching and Learning.


NEW! Sena Pradipta Public Policy Ph.D. Defense: “Greenwashing as Public Policy Problems: Reflections from Indonesia,” Jan. 4, 10 a.m. to noon, Bexell 414. Zoom link available; contact [email protected]. Committee members: Bernell (chair), Wolters, Steel and Schroeder.


Vistas and Vineyards Juried Show: Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center presents Vistas and Vineyards Juried Show. Vistas and Vineyards is the oldest continuous plein air painting group in the state of Oregon. Come celebrate their 33 years of painting outdoors. The exhibition runs from Jan. 3-31. Reception is Thursday, Jan. 5, from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Giustina Gallery. Learn more about Vistas and Vineyards Juried Show including viewing hours.


NEW! TIAA on campus: No matter where you are in life — just getting started or planning for retirement — a session with AJ Martinez, CFP, can help you create a plan for your goals. And it’s at no additional cost as a part of your retirement plan. TIAA representative, AJ Martinez, CFP, will be available on campus Jan. 17-18 for one-on-one sessions. Register for a personal session at or by emailing [email protected].

Ask Alumni virtual events beginning Jan. 25: Hear from dynamic recent graduates at Ask Alumni virtual networking events this winter. The OSU Alumni Association and Career Development Center invite students and alumni to lay the groundwork for success by attending sessions beginning Jan. 25. Register for free and see the schedule of participating colleges, plus a list of topics and speakers at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

Listening Session – General Education Curriculum: The Learning Outcomes, Criteria, and Rationale (LOCR) committee is holding the first listening session for university stakeholders to share input about the Seeking Solutions category in the reformed general education curriculum. The session will be led by Selina Heppell, the mentor for the Seeking Solutions workgroup. The session is Tuesday, Jan. 17, 1-2:30 p.m. in MU 13 Multi-purpose Room. For those who cannot attend the listening session, or who have additional comments, there will be an opportunity to offer commentary and feedback via a Qualtrics in January.

Coaches Clinic: Teambuilding and Culture, Jan. 18. OSU kinesiology faculty show you how to support connection, encourage learning and create community as a youth sports coach. The College of Public Health and Human Sciences' next Coaches Clinic event is Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hallie Ford Center 115. Create a positive culture with rituals, routines and practices for your team. Registration required

Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Research Symposium: Come explore the intersections between chemistry, biology, epidemiology and regulatory science on Friday, Jan. 20 in The LaSells Stewart Center. Speakers include current students and staff and EMT alumni from industry, government and academia. There will be a career Q&A and a poster session. Registration is free.

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for the Winter 2023 and Spring 2023 courses and register here. There is a $100 fee to attend this workshop.

SJEI workshop registration open through spring 2023, with in-person and remote options. The Social Justice Education Initiative is a professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI workshops are infused with expertise, empathy and humor while embracing a guiding principle of “more curiosity, less judgement” to achieve robust learning objectives. Learn more, see the workshop schedule and register on the SJEI registration page or contact SJEI director Jane Waite at [email protected].

Take Note

NEW! Dog training project for children with developmental disabilities: We are currently recruiting children ages 10-17 and their family dog to participate in a dog-training animal-assisted intervention research project this quarter. Please visit our website(s) for more information:

NEW! Read the Winter 2023 Oregon Stater: The Winter 2023 edition of OSU’s alumni magazine, the Oregon Stater, is now available online. Featured in this issue: OSU’s trailblazing women of sports on the 50th anniversary of Title IX; the launch of the $1.75 billion campaign for OSU, including the announcement of a world-class research center; alumnus and Dutch Bros CEO Joth Ricci talks about finding his ideal team far from the courts where his journey began; President Murthy talks about the road ahead; the unusual tale of OSU’s Bag Man; and more.

NEW! OSU Suspends Elsevier Negotiations: OSU’s contract with Elsevier ended Dec. 31. You may need to use alternative methods to access content from Elsevier journals. Explore this guide to get up-to-date information on the resources available to you, and you can also Ask a Librarian for help. Use this form to share input with the library regarding this pause in negotiations.

NEW! Video: An OSU robot + adorable Beaver Believers = Big dreams for 2023: The sky’s the limit when you’re a Beaver: Whether your dream is to be an engineer, artist, veterinarian or doctor; you’ve always hoped to see the Beavers return to the Rose Bowl; you’re itching to get more involved in the university you love so much; or you’ve always dreamed of helping others earn their degree, Oregon State is your path to get there. From the OSU Alumni Association, we wish you an unbelievable new year.

NEW! Alumni and friends congratulate the OSU Football team student-athletes and coaches: As you know, making it into a bowl game two years in a row is a big achievement for our university and especially our student-athletes. Thank you to the 60+ alumni and friends who shared their congratulations with the team. Read their encouraging and congratulatory notes. Go Beavs.

NEW! Corvallis Community Conversations Land Use Questionnaire: OSU community members who live in Corvallis are invited to participate in the city’s community land use questionnaire. The questionnaire is given every five years with the goal of obtaining feedback from the community about land use planning. Community members have until the end of January to complete the land use questionnaire. To participate:

NEW! 25 Year club: Congratulations to Laura Relyea, academic advisor, 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.

Speaker funding available: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women has funding available for groups seeking to bring speakers to campus whose message supports PCOSW’s mission of advancing gender equity at OSU. Sponsorship averages $500 depending on the remaining budget and number of requests. To apply, fill out this form. For more information on PCOSW and the Speaker Series committee, visit our website.

Nominate an Alumni Fellow: For four decades, the Alumni Fellows program has recognized distinguished OSU alumni and provided opportunities to share their work and wisdom widely. In 2023, this special honor will focus on alumni in the Portland metro area, our most extensive alumni base with over 60,000 Beavers. View the criteria and send nominations by Friday, Jan. 13 at

Inspiring Girls* Expeditions 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 schoolers. Female identifying students and students with gender identities who don’t fit the dominant image of a scientist are encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is Jan. 30. Click here for application.Questions? Email us at [email protected].

OER grant: OSU’s Open Educational Resources Unit is offering a $500 department-to-department transfer to faculty who research opportunities to adopt open-source textbooks for their Ecampus courses. Research shows that 61% of OSU students don’t buy a required textbook because it’s too expensive, and 93.5% have taken action to lower their overall textbook costs. This latest initiative is a great opportunity to better understand how you can find high-quality, open-source materials and the process for vetting and incorporating them. Learn more on the OERU website. Questions? Contact Director Stefanie Buck.

English conversation classes: Crossroads Conversation School for Women invites international women to join us this winter for English conversation classes. In volunteer-taught classes, students will explore other cultures, practice English and develop friendships. This term we are offering both in-person classes (for students of all levels) and an online class (for intermediate and advanced English learners). Classes begin Jan. 10. For more details and registration information see or contact Kara Hanson at [email protected].

Grants to support undergraduate student experience and improve retention! Since 2003, the OSU Women's Giving Circle has supported the university with 178 awards totaling over a million dollars. They are seeking applications for programs and projects which enhance the OSU undergraduate student experience and improve student retention. The average grant amount is $5,000-$10,000. Application deadline: Jan. 9 at 9 a.m. Applications, additional criteria, and further information can be found at or by contacting the Women’s Giving Circle staff liaison, Sara Dier.

GCE4All Free Webinar Series: Register for the International Genetic Code Expansion Webinar, a free monthly webinar series, open to all, featuring talks focused on cutting-edge applications of GCE technologies as well as advances in the GCE field. It is organized by the Oregon State University GCE4All Research Center and hosted by Rick Cooley and John Lueck. To register: The webinars run from October through June and occur on the third Thursday of each month at 7 a.m. Learn more on the International GCE Webinar webpage

Honors College Colloquium Proposals: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor and emeritus faculty are invited to submit honors colloquium proposals for 2023-2024 at Any general catalog course can also be offered as a small, highly-engaged honors course; interested faculty should contact [email protected] for details. Faculty may apply for Meehan course development grants of up to $3,000 to develop experiential learning opportunities for honors courses and colloquia. More information: [email protected] or 541-737-6412. Deadline: Jan. 15.

Free COVID tests: Free iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests are available on the Corvallis and Bend campuses and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Each box contains two tests. While supplies last, OSU community members can pick up these self-test kits without restrictions. Please note the FDA has extended the self-test kit expiration dates by six months.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! 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: 17th-26th streets closed Jan. 3-5; 30th-35th streets closed Jan. 3-20.

Street and sidewalk closure on Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Improvement Project, SW Washington Way will be closed daily between SW 26th and SW 17th Streets to begin water line replacement. Work will occur Nov. 30, 2022 through Jan. 6 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. This portion of Washington Way will reopen to vehicle traffic after 5 p.m. daily. (View map) The sidewalk on the north side of Washington Way will also be closed, and an alternate pedestrian route will be identified with signage. For questions or comments on this closure, contact construction manager Derek Bennett at 541-609-6111.


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Housing and Student Support Coordinator at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. This full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month professional faculty position is responsible for managing all HMSC Housing logistics, including reservations, assignments, billing, safety, policy compliance and working with students, faculty and campus visitors to accommodate housing arrangements. Full consideration Dec. 30; closes Jan. 15. Posting #P06307UF.

NEW! Bilingual Spanish Education Program Assistant 1: OSU Extension and Engagement, Family and Community Health Program invites applications for a Bilingual (English and Spanish) Education Program Assistant 1 position based at the Oregon Child Development Coalition office located in Boardman, OR. Posting #P03920CT. Closes Jan. 7.

NEW! College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) is seeking a Research Program Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position. Posting #P06319UF. Closes Jan. 8.

NEW! The College of Engineering invites applicants for the position of CBEE School Head (Internal Employment Opportunity). This is a full-time, (1.0 FTE), 12-month position. Salary is commensurate with education, training and experience. Posting #P06342UF. Full consideration date Jan. 10. Closes Jan. 17.

NEW! Administrative Program Assistant: Oregon State University Extension Service invites applications for an Administrative Program Assistant based at the OSU Extension Baker County office in Baker City. This position will assist with business functions, provide general office support, and serve as the point of contact for the Baker County Fairboard for the coordination of events with the Baker County Fairgrounds Complex. Posting #P03915CT. Closes Jan. 12.

NEW! The Mathematics Department seeks a full-time, 1.0 FTE Administrative Program Specialist. This position is responsible for working with faculty and the Mathematics Graduate Director to determine and manage the direction of the Mathematics graduate program. Posting #P03813CT. Closes Jan. 13.

NEW! Academic Advisor: College of Forestry invites applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month Academic Advisor positions. Posting #P06305UF. Closes Jan. 16.

NEW!: Oregon Sea Grant is accepting applications for a full-time, 12-month Administrative Assistant to its director and two associate directors. Posting #P06357UF. Full consideration Jan. 18.

NEW! Community Engagement Specialist: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement invites applications for a Community Engagement Specialist position based at the OSU Extension Service Lane County office in Eugene. This is a F/T, 12-month, professional faculty position. The anticipated starting salary will be $57,000-$77,004, commensurate with skills, education and experience. Posting #P6324UF. Full consideration Jan. 16. Closes Feb. 13.

NEW! 4-H Operations Manager: OSU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program invites applications for a 4-H Operations Manager position based in Corvallis. This is a 12-month, F/T (1.0 FTE), professional faculty position. Posting #P06336UF. Closes Jan. 20.


“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” ~ Winston Churchill

Corvallis: Rain this week, highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s, lows in the 30s.

Central Oregon: Snow this week, highs in the 30s, lows in the 20s.

Newport: Rain this week, highs in the 50s, lows in the 40s.

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