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. 


Outdoor recreation program a success at OSU-Cascades (Bend Bulletin)

Many Oregon State University-Cascades students choose the school in part for all the outdoor opportunities that Central Oregon offers.

OLCC raises THC limits for some hemp products (Register-Guard)

“This provides an out for those hemp crops that exceed the federal limit,” said Oregon State University Global Hemp Innovation Center Director Jay Noller. “They will have an additional market."

Will this wounded weeping willow survive? Ask an Expert (Oregonian)

Winter is here, but gardening questions keep coming in to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. OSU Extension faculty and Master Gardeners reply to queries within two business days, usually less. 

OSU wins appeal on student housing plan (Democrat-Herald)

The state Land Use Board of Appeals has rejected an appeal from neighbors who challenged a Corvallis City Council decision to approve the development sector swap the project requires.

Today's photo

Love is in the air: Jonna Matteson shared this photo of the Beaver love display at the AABC office for Valentine’s Day. Plenty of Valentine's events are happening this week, most of them focused on Food Drive fundraisers, so be sure to check the OSU Today list as they are listed.


Rummage Sale: A rummage sale will be held Feb. 10-14 in the fourth floor lobby of the Kerr Administration Building as a fundraiser for the OSU Food Drive. Sponsored by the Office of News & Research Communications, the sale includes household items, books, toys, kids clothing and more. New items added daily. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Cash or check made out to Linn-Benton Food Share.

Food Drive Soup Lunch: Ten types of soup (some vegan and vegetarian approved), bread and desserts from Little Wuesten Bakery. Suggested donation $5 and/or nonperishable food items. *BYOBowl; please bring your own bowl and spoon. We will have disposable bowls and spoons, but we aim to have as little waste as possible at this event.* Monday, Feb 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Room 402 Linus Pauling Science Center. Event Flyer.

Donut-a-Can: The College of Education Community and Outreach Committee will be walking around Furman Hall with donuts in exchange for cans or cash. Feb. 10. Come by Furman Hall to grab a donut and make a donation to the Food Drive. For information contact

Jeannine's Birthday Party: Come celebrate Jeannine's birthday with cake and ice cream on Feb. 10, noon to 2 p.m., Kerr 502. Suggested donation $5. For more information contact

Bake Sale: Come get your fill of sweets at the CCVM bake sale, Feb. 10-14 in Magruder Hall. There will be a variety of baked goods that change daily. Item prices vary. For questions, contact

Book Sale: Book prices vary. Come and check out the books on sale. Feb. 10-14, Richardson, Second Floor Knuckle. For more information, contact

OSU Astronomy Club General Meeting. We will be hosting a short introductory telescope observing and setting up a telescope for observations. If the night sky is clear we will go to the rooftop of Weniger Hall and try to practice what we learned. The meeting is on Feb. 10 from 5-6 p.m. in WNGR 151. More information can be acquired by emailing


NEW! RecycleMania has begun: RecycleMania has officially kicked off. Together we can defeat the Ducks by recycling the most across the eight-week competition, Feb. 2 through March 28. Learn more on Campus Recycling’s website

NEW! American Strings: The College of Liberal Arts hosts Chicago blues artists Ronnie Baker Brooks, guitar/vocals, and Billy Branch, harmonica/vocals on Feb. 12 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre, 115 SW Second St. in Corvallis. Tickets here. 

NEW! Winter Career Expo: On Wednesday, Feb. 19, connect with some of the best employers in the country at the 2020 Oregon State University Winter Career Expo. This career fair attracts over 100 employers seeking students to fill jobs and internships in STEM fields, liberal studies, social services, grad programs and business services. CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Check out which employers are attending by following this link.

OSUsed Store Valentine’s Sale: Come by our public sale Tuesday 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. to submit your best guess for how many Valentine's candies are in our jar for a chance to win a gourmet treat basket. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

BA 161 First-Year Student Microbusiness Market Research Event: Join us for our annual BA 161 Microbusiness Market Research event. College of Business first-year students have officially started their product development and marketing research for their products/services that will be ready for sale in spring 2020. Each of their microbusinesses are looking for feedback on their ideas, products and services. Friday, Feb. 21, 9-10 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon and 1-2 p.m., Austin Hall Marketplace. Come see and learn about what products and services students have created this year and help them fine-tune their ideas. Questions? Contact

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Beaver Family Connections: Make Parenting a Pleasure: Identify your strengths as a parent, take better care of yourself and discover new ways to make parenting easier. Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 11, noon to 1 p.m., in MU 207. Participants will explore the nature and value of positive attention and its relationship to discipline. For the 2019-2020 Beaver Family Connections calendar visit Questions? Contact or 541-737-4906

NEW! Ecological Detection in the Arctic: Three Vignettes: Marc Mangel is a biologist who is broadly interested in using mathematical methods to solve biological and ecological problems. He currently works on projects ranging from how human disturbance of foraging habitats will affect marine mammals to using population modeling to inform cybersecurity measures. Feb. 12, 4 p.m., Withycombe 109. In addition to his seminar, Mangel will also be hosting a professional development meeting for graduate students and post-docs where he will answer our questions regarding professional development. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 3-5 p.m., Nash 033. Snacks provided.

NEW! Trump and Nuclear Weapons: Ambassador Thomas Graham, former senior diplomat and director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, will give a joint School of Nuclear Science and Engineering and School of Public Policy seminar on “Trump and Nuclear Weapons: The impact of U.S. action toward Iran, North Korea and Russia.” He will speak on Feb. 11 from 4- 5 p.m. in Memorial Union 206.

NEW! Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): "Using OrthoFinder to identify shared orthologs, i.e., How can we computationally determine what coding sequences are shared between organisms" - Javier Tabima (Spatafora & LeBoldus Labs, Botany & Plant Pathology), Wednesday, Feb. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. in ALS 3005. BUG consists of life scientists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, statisticians and researchers of all types who meet to discuss topics related to these fields of study. Meetings are generally informal, consisting of discussions, interactive talks or short workshops. All are welcome. No experience needed to participate. For additional information, see

NEW! Biochemistry and Biophysics Guest Lecture Seminar: Scott Hansen, an associate professor in chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Oregon. “Emergent properties of membrane proximal signaling” on Wednesday Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. in ALS 4001.

NEW! This is What Democracy Looks Like: A Genealogy of Movements — A film series by the Anarres Project that seeks to track the genealogy of strategies and political goals from a broad range of social movements over the past 40 years. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m., Milam 318.

Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Cognition & Learning - Join Demian Hommel (CEOAS) to explore principles and practices from meta-studies of cognition and learning. +Tech Talk: Learn about Story Maps, a digital storytelling platform that allows students to create amazing, elegant projects. This workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215 on Feb. 11, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here.

Workplace issues: Addressing Workplace Issues. Ideas on how to deal with workplace issues will be presented by OSU’s Employee & Labor Relations and University Ombuds Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. to noon at Hallie Ford Center 115. This event is free to PFLA member and $10 for non-members. Beverages will be provided and you are welcome to bring your lunch. For more information about the event and how to register CLICK HERE.

People and Nature Lunch Series: Kailey Kornhauser, graduate student in Forest Ecosystems and Society, presents “Power Dynamics and Outcomes of Collaborative Forest Governance.” Tuesday, Feb. 11, 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:

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.

“Household Energy in Guatemala” 3-credit field course info session: In this course, students from any major travel to Guatemala for 10 days in September 2020 to learn about technologies and policies to address household energy poverty facing 40% of the world.  Please join the humanitarian engineering program for an info session on the course, Feb. 12, 5 p.m., Rogers 226. A Zoom cast is also available. Contact Nordica MacCarty with any questions.

Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training: Did you know that suicide is the second-leading cause of death among college students? This makes it especially important for campus community members to equip ourselves with knowledge that enables us to recognize and help when someone is in need. CAPS invites students, faculty, and staff to attend our Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Workshops. Participants will learn how suicide impacts us nationwide and here at OSU, how to identify the signs and symptoms of emotional distress, and how to help or intervene if someone you know is considering suicide. No registration is required. Feel free to bring your lunch. Monday, Feb. 24 noon to 1:30 p.m., MU 104. For questions or more information contact Tessie Webster-Henry:

Free Middle School Women in Science WorkshopDiscovering the Scientist Within is a program designed to nurture 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls’ interest in the STEM fields and consists of activities paired with adult women scientist role models. The event will be on campus, Saturday, March 7, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Registration opens Feb. 1, and closes March 1. Contact Emily Nicholson in Precollege Programs at 737-9424 with questions.

SBIR/STTR, State, and University Funding for Tech Commercialization: OSU Faculty and Student Researchers -- join the OSU Advantage office on Feb. 20 from 3:30-5 p.m. in MU 109 for an Innovation Days workshop titled “Research Impact Resources 101,” followed by a hosted networking reception from 5-6:30 p.m. At this session, you will learn how to access federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funds and other regional funding opportunities focused on advancing the impact of university technologies by getting them into the marketplace. Learn more and RSVP here:

The Social Justice Education Initiative: The Social Justice Education Initiative is open for registration through summer 2020. From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin or expand your equity and inclusion journey. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Food Drive

NEW! 3rd Annual Dip-Off: The Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences invites you to the 3rd Annual Dip-Off, Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Withycombe 117. For only $5 you can try several different dips and vote for your favorite. Dips range from savory to sweet and include chips, crackers, veggies, fruit and more. Every vote counts and the dip with the most votes will be the champion. 100% of proceeds from the Dip-Off benefit the OSU Food Drive. Questions? Contact

NEW! Soup Lunch: $3 for one bowl, $5 all you can eat, desserts sold separately. Bring your own bowl to reduce waste and earn a free raffle ticket for our raffles. Feb 12, noon to 1 p.m., Richardson, Second Floor Knuckle. For more information contact

NEW! Cosmic Spin the Wheel: The Xpress Stop at the MU has Cosmic Spin the Wheel and cookies. For a $2 donation, spin the wheel for your chance to win candy and prizes. Every spin is entered into a drawing at the end of the month. Fabulous prizes include a Car Wash certificate, banner shopping bags, and $50 Amazon gift cards. Also, every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. stop by for fresh baked cookies. All proceeds benefit the food drive.

Bagel Break: The Extension and Experiment Station Communications office is holding its fourth annual Bagel Break Tuesday, Feb. 11, 9-11:30 a.m. in Kerr 400 to benefit the Linn-Benton County Food Share. Coffee will also be provided. Minimum donation of $3 is suggested. For more information contact or

NROTC Tuesday Soup Day: Have you ever seen our historic armory? Take a tour before it is torn down. Come by for lunch, support the OSU Food Drive, and choose from five soup options. Only $4 for a bowl. Each serving comes with a free piece of bread. Feb. 11, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Naval Armory, Quarterdeck. Now accepting Venmo payments. For questions, contact

Taco Tuesday: $5 for three tacos or a taco salad. Richardson, Second Floor Knuckle. Feb. 11, noon to 1 p.m. For more information contact

Valentine’s Day Basket Raffle: The Extension and Experiment Station Communications office in Kerr 422 is holding its annual Valentine’s Day Basket Raffle. All donations benefit the Linn-Benton County Food Share. Tickets $1 each or six tickets for $5. Drawing will be held Friday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. The winner will be notified by email. For more information contact or

Quilt Raffle Ticket Sale: Quilt raffle tickets are $1 each or 6/$5. All month. For more information contact

Book Sale: Lightly used books, DVDs and board games will be on sale to support the OSU Food Drive throughout the month of February. Items will range in price from $1 to $5. Come check out the selection in the Magruder Hall lobby. For questions, contact
Take a Break with BEE: February is a cold, damp month. Need a break from it all? Come and spend some time in Gilmore Hall 116, warming up with hot cocoa or tea. We will be offering each for a donation of $1/per cup for the entire month of February (weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with the exception of noon). For questions, contact
PB&J bar: A longtime Biological & Ecological Engineering tradition, we’ve extended the PB&J bar for the entire month. Come on by our office and make yourself a delicious treat of peanut butter and a variety of jellies, many from local growers. Suggested donation of $3 per sandwich (weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.). All donations will go to BEE’s participation in the OSU Food Drive to help the local community. For questions, contact

Take Note

NEW! Policy changes: Fiscal Policy 03-140-505 Meals, Refreshments and Events has been revised to update and consolidate related policies (FIS 410-01 Alcoholic Beverages, FIS 410-05 Hosting Groups and Official Guests, FIS 410-07 Non-Travel Meals and Refreshments, FIS 410-09 Graduation Events). The new policy and related FAQs can be accessed on the FPP website. Please contact the Fiscal Policy Coordinator for your Business Center or the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.

NEW! OSU Folk Club/Thrift Shop Scholarships: The OSU Folk Club/Thrift Shop Scholarship Committee is accepting applications from high school seniors who will attend OSU in the fall of 2020 and are graduating from a Benton County High School or live in Benton County. Students will need to attend OSU full-time or have full-time dual enrollment in the Degree Partnership Program at LBCC and OSU with at least 6 credits per term at OSU in the academic year 2020-2021. The principal criterion for this award is academic merit. The Scholarship Committee is also accepting applications from non-traditional women (age 30 or older, who will be attending OSU full-time or part-time in 2020-2021 pursuing their first undergraduate degree). Students must be U.S. citizens and residents of Benton County, Linn County or Monmouth or Independence in Polk County. Principal criteria are financial need and academic merit. Applications are available at high school counselors' offices, at the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop, 144 NW Second St. in Corvallis, and online at Deadline for mailing is March 6 for high schoolers and March 20 for non-traditional students. 

NEW! Encourage students to influence campus health and wellness: The National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey was sent this week to a random, stratified sample of approximately 8,000 OSU (Corvallis, Portland Center, and Ecampus) students. We are aiming for a response rate of 20% or better by Feb. 26 – and we need your help to make that happen!  Please encourage any students with whom you are in contact to check their emails and complete the NCHA survey if they have been selected to receive it. It only takes 20-30 minutes of their time. Those who complete the survey are entered into a giveaway for one of: two Timbuk2 backpacks, ten Hydroflasks or ten $25 Orange Rewards. The survey is confidential and completely voluntary. For more information contact Kelly Hogan, MPH, Director of Prevention and Wellness for Student Health Services at 541-737-5667.

Participants needed to review a survey measuring intergenerational contact: Participation involves a one-hour focus group, during which you will complete the survey individually and then engage in a group discussion about how the survey could be improved. Held on-campus on March 5. You will be compensated $20. To participate, email Shelbie Turner ( with your name and which age group you fall into from the following: 18-39 years, 40-64 years, 65 and over. 

Request for Proposals: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking proposals to facilitate the further development and commercialization of OSU applied innovations. Proposals can be submitted for projects focused on bringing OSU-owned innovations invented by OSU faculty, staff and/or graduate students in any discipline closer to market. Each project may be awarded up to $15,000 and should span six months or less, beginning in April 2020. Funding can be used to fund students, prototyping expenses, travel and more. Proposals are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. Read the full RFP here:

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing the following information on campus office move resources, along with the following from SAIF with six steps for safely lifting a load and best practices for storing items so they can be accessed with less strain and sprain risk. You can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

Traffic and Maintenance

Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Reconstruction project, exploratory utility work (potholing) with flagging will take place, as needed, along Washington Way from 35th Street to 15th Street between Feb. 6-10. The road will remain open, but some delays should be expected (view map). 


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"Once you get on stage, everything is right. I feel the most beautiful, complete, fulfilled. I think that's why, in the case of noncompromising career women, parts of our personal lives don't work out. One person can't give you the feeling that thousands of people give you." ~ Soprano Leontyne Price, who turns 93 today.

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 51, low of 32. Sunny tomorrow after patchy freezing fog.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 43, low of 22. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 53, low of 37. Partly sunny tomorrow.

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