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:


'Greater Idaho' is an older Idaho with more dudes, data shows (KOIN)

While the “Greater Idaho” movement is founded on the idea that Oregon’s rural, conservative voters would feel more represented under the rule of the Republican-led state of Idaho, Oregon State University Associate Professor of public policy Christopher Stout told KOIN 6 News that the exchange could also pose interesting consequences for the working-age citizens in Oregon’s affected counties.

Researchers develop electrolyte enabling high efficiency of safe, sustainable zinc batteries (LIFE@OSU)

Scientists led by an Oregon State University researcher have developed a new electrolyte that raises the efficiency of the zinc metal anode in zinc batteries to nearly 100%, a breakthrough on the way to an alternative to lithium-ion batteries for large-scale energy storage.

Factory or farm? Oregon may alter land use for chipmakers (Columbus Telegram)

Washington County, where Nichol’s farm is located, produces more clover seed crop than anywhere else in the world, thanks to its unique soil and rainy climate, said Nicole Anderson, an associate professor at Oregon State University's Department of Crop and Soil Science.

Rare 70-foot-long blue whale skeleton to be displayed in Newport, but first it has to go to Canada (Oregonian)

The plan is to display the articulated skeleton by the new Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building on the Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center campus, said Lisa Ballance, director of the Marine Mammal Institute. (see also Yachats News)

Varmints, soldiers and looming threats: See the ads used to sell the AR-15 (Washington Post)

“It signals the practical benefit to the consumer and the sort of symbolic benefit,” said Aimee Huff, an associate professor at Oregon State University specializing in marketing and gun culture. (This article is behind a paywall but may be accessible through the Valley Library website: See and click on 1Search.)

Douglas fir not surviving increasingly hotter, drier conditions in Oregon (KGW)

"In the hills around Medford and the Applegate Valley, which is a little south of Medford, in a lot of places, even up in the Umpqua, for example around Canyonville," said Max Bennet, an Oregon State University extension forester who covers Jackson and Josephine counties.

Today's photo

Upon reflection: Brandon Ndungu writes, “The photo is a reflection of the Memorial Union after a week of snow+rain during Week 7 of winter term.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Wondering how to approach the teaching and learning implications of ChatGPT and other AI tools? Want to set clear expectations and course policies for your students regarding use of these tools? See ChatGPT and Other AI Tools: Implications for Teaching and Learning for guidance, examples and resources.


NEW! In Memoriam: The annual OSU In Memoriam will be held 5:30 p.m., April 27 to honor students, faculty, staff and alumni who have died during the 2022 calendar year. The event will take place in the MU Lounge and livestream broadcast via and will feature poetry, music and activities for reflection and healing along with guest speakers and representatives from each community to honor the deceased. To submit information of someone you would like honored at this year’s event, please visit Submission deadline for inclusion in this year’s event is April 17. For more information, email [email protected].   

RHA x CAPE trivia night: April is Sexual Assault Awareness/Action Month, a time to support survivors, raise awareness and commit to action to prevent sexual violence in our campus community. Join the Residence Hall Association and the Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education for a trivia night to kick off the month’s events from 6-8 p.m., April 5 in the MU Ballroom. Topics include legislation, history, activism, campus and community resources, and pop culture. There will be prizes and free food. Sign up here to create or join a team. 

Saber es Poder: Join CEL and the CCCC for an immersive overnight experience in Woodburn focused on learning leadership skills from local Latina community leaders. Lodging, food and transportation will be provided. Applications are due April 7. This event is intended for students:

There’s still time to register for spring break industry tours: Meet with OSU alums, tour their facilities, learn about career and internship opportunities and build your network. Eaton is an intelligent power management company dedicated to improving quality of life and protecting the environment for people everywhere. 9:30 a.m., March 29. Register for Eaton tour. Element Six is the world’s leading synthetic diamond and super-materials producer. They are recognized as operating at the forefront of industry. 9:30 a.m., March 30. Register for Element Six tour.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Department of Horticulture seminar series: Join us for the Horticulture Spring 2023 Seminar Series Tuesdays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom. Joshua Miranda Teo will present, “Filling the Gaps in Weed and Sucker Management in Hazelnut with Tiafenacil and Florpyrauxifen-benzyl" and Todd Anderson will present, “Breeding for Heat tolerance in Northern Highbush Blueberry.” Noon April 4. The event is free and open to the public. Zoom information:

NEW! Department of Horticulture seminar: Join us for a special Horticulture seminar to kick off the Spring term at 4 p.m., April 4, in ALS 4000 or via Zoom. Phil Forsline, retired USDA-ARS (Agricultural Research Service), PGRU (Plant Genetic Resources Unit), Geneva, and former curator of the Clonal Repository at Cornell, will present, "The Real Origin of the Apple: Genetic Treasures from Apple's Ancestral Home." Zoom information at:

Focus on Community — BIPOC panel conversation: Join us for connection and conversation (plus free lunch: registration encouraged) from noon to 1 p.m., April 3 in the MU Horizon Room, as we aim to cultivate care for communities of color at Oregon State University. This panel comprises Student Health Services (SHS) and Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) representatives. During the discussion, through a health equity lens, we will highlight several of the impactful programs SHS and CAPS have to offer OSU students. This event is associated with National Public Health Week 2023 (April 3-9).

Provost’s Lecture featuring Laurie Santos: Join us for the second Provost’s Lecture of 2022-23, featuring Laurie Santos, renowned psychologist, host of the popular podcast The Happiness Lab, and professor of psychology at Yale University. The virtual lecture will be held 6 p.m., April 4 via Zoom. The Provost’s Lecture Series is a partnership of the Office of the Provost and the OSU Foundation which brings renowned thinkers, writers, scientists, artists and leaders to OSU to engage, challenge and inspire. Register here for the free virtual event.

English conversation classes: Crossroads Conversation School for Women invites international women to join us this spring 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 (open to all levels of English learners) and an online class (for intermediate and advanced English learners). Classes begin April 4. For more details and registration information see or contact Kara Hanson at [email protected].

Flash Panel on AI: "Good, Bad, But Could Get Ugly. Implications for Higher Ed." Panelists Julia Bradshaw, associate professor of photography and new media communications; Regan Gurung, professor and director of general psychology; Islam Al Musaly, instructor of new media communications and Dan Faltesek, associate professor of new media communications, will consider such factors as personalized learning, bias and fairness, results reliability, accessibility, de-skilling concerns and ethics and privacy. 4 p.m., April 5 via Zoom. Register for link to view.

Collaborating with artists on broader impacts and beyond: This Research Office Campus Conversation will focus on practical ways STEM faculty can integrate arts into their research, including everything from innovative Broader Impacts projects to science-focused events and performances. You’ll leave with real-world ideas and support for getting your science in front of new audiences. Noon to 1:30 p.m., April 6. Register here to attend in person (Memorial Union 206) or here to participate via Zoom. 

Focus on Food & Nutrition — BIPOC cooking class: Food, friends and fellowship are vital ingredients to wellness in communities of color. From 4-7 p.m., April 9 in Milam 201, join us for live cooking demonstrations, meal prep competitions and a family-style dinner (all free: registration required; limited availability). This event is associated with National Public Health Week 2023 (April 3-9). Its overall theme is “centering and celebrating cultures in health,” and Sunday’s daily topic is “food and nutrition.”

Take Note

NEW! Internet testers: Are you a student that lives off campus or a staff member who lives in a rural area? We need your help getting reliable internet to our rural communities. Take the internet speed test at and pass it along to everyone you know in Oregon. Help identify communities that need faster service so infrastructure funds get directed there. Social media hashtags: #BroadbandMapping #FasterInternetOregon #InternetSpeedTest.

NEW! Art+Science Student Fellowships: This one-year fellowship offers OSU students the opportunity to explore the intersection of two disciplines. Fellows will develop a creative, journalistic or scholarly project informed by engagement with science and art, music, theater, multi-media or creative writing. Each fellow will be awarded $1,000 and ongoing networking opportunities and mentorship. Click here to learn more and apply by April 14

NEW! Affordable Learning Grant: OSU's Open Educational Resources Unit is accepting proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant until May 19. The grant provides funding to adopt, adapt or author an open educational resource, such as a textbook. An open textbook is one that is published under an open copyright license and is made freely available online for students, faculty and the public. All funding is a department-to-department transfer. Please talk to your department head about how this applies to the grant. Questions? Contact OERU Director Stefanie Buck

NEW! Research equipment reserve funds: In partnership with the Research Council, the Research Office is now accepting Research Equipment Reserve Funds (RERF) applications to strengthen the research infrastructure. RERF may be used to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve capital equipment directly used for research. The application deadline is April 10. For more information, eligibility criteria and the application, visit

NEW! 45 years of service: Congratulations to Judy Butler, senior faculty research assistant, for being honored for 45 years of service at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others who have reached this milestone by clicking on their name.

Receive texts from the OSU Foundation: We're just one month away from one of the most exciting days all year: Dam Proud Day, OSU's annual day of giving and connecting. See it all unfold in the palm of your hand by signing up to receive texts from the OSU Foundation. For Dam Proud Day, April 26, you’ll receive reminders, updates and our gratitude via text message.

Fulbright scholar competition open: The 2024-25 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open. This program offers U.S. citizens opportunities to teach, conduct research and carry out professional projects in over 135 countries. A variety of webinars are available highlighting opportunities by discipline, region, and country on the Fulbright website. Past webinars are available on the archive page.

Submit your nomination for the OSU Faculty Affordability Award: The OSU Faculty Senate just launched an award to recognize faculty who go above and beyond in keeping their course materials affordable for students. If you know a full-time faculty member with an innovative or creative solution to low- or no-cost course materials, consider nominating them for this award. The award recipient will be recognized at University Day and receive a $2,500 departmental transfer. Review the selection criteria and nominate a colleague today

Guidance for OSU teaching faculty: See ChatGPT and Other AI Tools: Implications for Teaching and Learning to learn more about the potentials and limitations around the use of generative AI tools in your courses. Information is provided about setting course-level expectations, sample syllabus language, data security and support for teaching faculty.

Building Humanities Collaborations: "Authentic, Equitable Partnerships to Address Societal Challenges." This Research Office Learning Lab brings together humanities and STEM faculty to explore potential collaborative research, scholarship and funding opportunities. Workshop participants will receive a $500 seed grant to start their collaborative work. Apply by April 5. Click here to learn more and apply.

Costa Rica program: Oregon State University Extension Tourism program in partnership with Holbrook Travel is offering an eight-day travel program in Costa Rica. Explore the Caribbean coast parks, beaches, lowland forests, farms and rivers on this fully guided experience. We welcome any adult interested in exploring Costa Rica. Aug. 30-Sept. 6, $2,400. See details and link to register at

OSU Day of Service: Get ready to join Beaver Nation May 20 in giving back to your community. Lead an in-person or online service opportunity that you are passionate about and create positive change with people who share your interests and commitment to addressing community needs. Register your volunteer site at

Notice of policy action: The university community is invited to review and provide comment on proposed university policy 06-200 Intellectual Property. This policy clarifies ownership, rights, responsibilities and revenue sharing related to intellectual property conceived of, made or developed by or through interactions with the university. Comments must be received by April 11.

Bring Your Kids to Campus Day: As a part of Oregon State’s commitment to supporting students and employees in pursuing happy, balanced and fulfilling lives, the Family Resource Center on the Corvallis campus is excited to host Bring Your Kids to Campus Day on May 12. We are asking for campus-wide collaboration to make this day a huge success. If your department is interested in hosting an activity, please reach out to [email protected].

2023 Faculty Innovator Award: Nominations are now being accepted. This award honors an outstanding Oregon State University inventor who has made a contribution leading to commercialization that significantly impacts their field and society. For details and the nomination form, visit the OSU Advantage website: 2023 Faculty Innovator Award. The awardee will receive a $5,000 prize and desktop award. The awardee’s department will receive $5,000. Nomination deadline is April 14.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Jefferson Way: Jefferson Way will be closed from 15th St. to Waldo Place from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., March 27. The intersections at Benton Place and Waldo Place will be closed in all directions. Other impacts include noise, dust and mud near the construction site.

Cordley Hall: As part of the Cordley Hall renewal project, Cordley Hall will be significantly impacted by construction and maintenance work during OSU Spring Break week, March 27-March 31. Contractors will be working on many of the building’s systems, including the HVAC and fire alarms. Cordley West HVAC work: impacts include fluctuations in the building’s air flow and exhaust systems. Cordley West fire alarm: testing of building fire alarms will occur. Construction activities on Campus Way: expect to see cranes on Campus Way related to the Cordley East project. Emergency access will be maintained. Pedestrian access will be available on the south side of Campus Way.

30th Street: Due to the tree maintenance, southbound 30th Street between Jefferson Street and Washington Way (see map) will be closed from 7 a.m.-4 p.m., March 31. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Todd Cross  at 541-737-6741.


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NEW! Arts Integration Internship: This student will support arts integration at OSU's new Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts. This is a one-year internship for approximately 10 hours per week. Posting #P09679SE. Closes April 17.   


"I think trans women, and trans people in general, show everyone that you can define what it means to be a man or woman on your own terms. A lot of what feminism is about is moving outside of roles and moving outside of expectations of who and what you're supposed to be to live a more authentic life." Laverne Cox

Corvallis: Showers this week, highs in the 50s, lows in the 30s.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny this week, highs in the 40s, lows in the 20s.

Newport: Showers this week, highs in the 50s, lows in the 30s.

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