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.

OSU's Ed Ray: State needs to step up for higher education (Portland Tribune)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray made a plea for greater state funding for education during his annual State of the University address Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Oregon Convention Center.

Using SNAP to combat food insecurity in college (The College Post)

“We have professionals in the nonprofit communities, in the higher education communities and in the policy world, who have a cognitive bias of when they were in school,” Nicole Hindes, director of the Human Services Resource Center at Oregon State University, told The College Post. “They remember things being differently affordable or having a different understanding and not really seeing how income inequality trends are now impacting our college students.”

Solving the funding puzzle: Many in Oregon look to State to pay for athletic trainers (Investigate West)

Johnson, who also is an associate professor in Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Science, concedes that such a model is “not ideal, because the trainers are not on site every day.”

WAVE minute: Mechanization research (Washington Ag Network)

Oregon State University’s Clark Seavert discusses the latest mechanization research, and how it could benefit the bottom line of Northwest producers.

Why do we need to keep breeding new crop varieties? (Seed Today)

“Global warming and changes in the amount – and location – of water are key factors in the need to continue crop breeding programs,” write crop breeders Patrick Hayes, Bob Zemetra, and Sagar Sathuvalli of Oregon State University. “In addition, there are many diseases that affect crop yield and quality. We need to continue breeding new disease-resistant crop varieties to ensure a healthy, adequate food supply.”

Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives #KeeperoftheDay (Kitchen Sisters)

Tiah Edmunson-Morton called The Keepers Hotline to tell us about the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives, the first of its kind in the nation. She collects records of hops and brewing in the Northwest, highlights the experiences of women working in brewing, and has done 108 oral histories to date of people working in hops and brewing.

We're eating the earth's biggest animals into extinction, report says (Fortune)

“Our results suggest we’re in the process of eating megafauna to extinction,” William Ripple, the study’s lead author and ecology professor at Oregon State University, said in a statement.

Oregon College of Art and Craft announces shutdown as higher education hits low ebb(Oregonian)

 Ed Ray, president of Oregon State University, warned against more tuition hikes, saying too many young Oregonians are already priced out of college. In a speech Thursday to 700 OSU boosters, Ray urged the “state’s leaders to listen to students. They will say that Oregon’s public universities no longer can be funded on their backs and the backs of their families.”

Seeking solutions: OSU graduate students show off problem-solving skills (Gazette-Times)

Got a problem to solve? Chances are good that an Oregon State University graduate engineering student is working on it.

Oregon to issue $518 million in bonds for projects (KTVZ)

Projects on the list include a boiler replacement at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, renovations at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande and Oregon State University in Corvallis, projects at Department of Fish and Wildlife facilities, and upgrades to the Grants Pass Armory. 

Can you name these mystery plants? (Oregonian)

Winter is here, but there are always gardening questions. Get answers from Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Today's photo

Little House on Snowy Hill: A homestead near Waldport in 1910 with a dusting of snow. Snow is still a possibility this week in the area, but rain is more likely. Photo courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives.


NEW! Bingo! It’s your last week to pick up your bingo cards before we start calling numbers.  Cards are available for purchase in the Kerr Administration building, B100 (Business Affairs) through Friday, Feb. 15.  $1 each or 6 for $5.  Bingo numbers will be announced each weekday starting Feb. 18 on the BAFF Food Drive page.  Winner receives 50 percent of the proceeds; the other 50 percent will be donated to the Food Drive. 

Beaver Basics Office/Google Help Begins Feb. 11: Beginning Monday, Feb. 11, Beaver Basics peer trainers will offer OSU students help with Office and Google productivity tools such as Excel/Sheets, PowerPoint/Slides, and Word/Docs. Short workshops (5-7 minutes) and one-to-one consultations are available in the Valley Library through spring term. Peer trainers will also help students access and download applications from Office 365. All workshop and consultation sessions are drop-in (no registration required). Check out the full schedule at

Baked goods will be sold at Magruder Hall for the week of Feb. 11-14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. New items will be added daily so stop by a couple of times to check out what is new. For questions, contact This event is part of the OSU Food Drive.

Crop and Soil Science/Horticulture Winter 2019 Seminar Series: Sara Kincaid, entomologist for the Oregon Department of Agriculture, will give a seminar on “Careers in Government: Working as an Entomologist for the Oregon Department of Agriculture.” She will speak on Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. in the Agricultural and Life Sciences Building 4000. For more information, contact Emmalie Goodwin at

Walter Hamady and the Extravagance of Letterpress: Walter Hamady is a publisher, artist and poet celebrated for his inventive approach to bookmaking and the printed arts. In this talk, Karen Holmberg, who teaches creative writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, will discuss how Hamady engages extravagance - visual, material, and temporal - to explore and press meaning from each convention of book and page. Monday Feb. 11, 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave.

Science Pub: Benjamin Dalziel, an assistant professor in Oregon State University’s College of Science, will discuss his research on how the flu virus is transmitted at the Corvallis Science Pub on Monday, Feb. 11. The presentation will start at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis. It is free and open to the public. Due to the continuing popularity of Science Pub, attendance will be limited and advance registration will be required. Registration is at or by calling University Events at 541-737-4717. People who arrive without a ticket are welcome but will not be admitted to the reserved seating area until 6 p.m.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 S.W. 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

NEW! Womxn of Color support group: Wednesday bi-weekly, 5-6:30 p.m., Feb. 13, Feb. 27 and March 13 in the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center. Potential topics of discussion include self care, intersectional identities, micro aggressions, oppression and racism encountered on the OSU campus and in Corvallis. For more information, contact Shaznin Daruwalla at 541-737-2131 or

Duo Sign Up Event: The Duo team will have walk-up events for employees to sign up for Duo, get questions answered, and obtain a token if needed. This is a drop-in event, no registration needed. Our next event is Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the lobby of Kerr Administration Building, from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information about Duo, see

Guitar concert: Classical guitarist Scott Kritzer will perform as part of Oregon State University’s Guitar en Route concert series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Community Hall 303, 1650 S.W. Pioneer Place, Corvallis. Guitar en Route is a new concert series presented by OSU guitar instructor Cameron O’Connor and the OSU guitar program. Kritzer has been a featured performer with the Oregon Symphony, the Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra, the Cascade Festival Orchestra and the Coos Bay Festival Orchestra. He has served as artistic director of the Portland-based Third Angle contemporary chamber music ensemble and has performed at concert halls and festivals throughout the world. The performance is free and open to the public. Space is limited; visit to RSVP. 

Dylan conversation: “Bob Dylan and 1960s America: A conversation with historian Sean Wilentz” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in The LaSells Stewart Center. Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1979. His writings on music have focused on folk traditions and contemporary rock and roll, especially the work of Dylan. The talk is free and open to the public. The LaSells Stewart Center is at 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. For more information:

After the Fire Presentation: Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, two former students from Seton Hall University, will share their inspiring story along with a documentary film of surviving a deadly dorm fire that occurred nearly 20 years ago on the Seton Hall campus. Three students were killed and 56 people injured, including firefighters and residents. Feb. 27, 7 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center. This event is sponsored by OSU Department of Public Safety & Environmental Health & Safety and is free.

Behind the Scenes Recycling Tour: Want to know what happens to recyclables after they hit the bin? Get a behind the scenes look on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., on the south side of campus. Learn more and register in advance here, or contact Andrea Norris for questions at 541-737-5398 or

The fourth annual Human Library: The Human Library event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Valley Library, fourth floor rotunda. Event participants will engage in 45-minute two-way conversations with individuals who volunteer as “Human Books.” Experiencing a discussion with a human book creates an opportunity for constructive dialogue, learning, and empathy between two people who otherwise might not interact. A list of books and registration for “Readers” are available at Preregistration is strongly encouraged. Direct accommodation requests related to disability or general questions to Shalece Rains at 541-737-4537 or

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW!  Benny Hire Open Forum/Training Session:  The Office of Human Resources will be hosting an open forum/training session on Benny Hire, a new IT solution for hiring graduate assistant appointments Wednesday, Feb. 13, 9:30-11 a.m., in Kidder Hall Room 202.  This session will provide an overview of Benny Hire and a system demo focused on the role of hiring supervisors or their designees that request positions in the hiring process.  This session will be available remotely via a Benny Hire Open Forum WebEx and recorded for future viewing.  Visit the Benny Hire website for additional information.

NEW! 2019 Learning Innovation Grant Showcase: The OSU community is invited to attend this interactive event with poster and digitally-enhanced “poster” sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. in the MU Horizon Room. Join us to celebrate the creative projects of LIG awardees who are enriching student learning and experience. Learn more here. Questions? Email

NEW! WRGP Water Resources Engineering Winter Seminar Series. Judith Perlinger, Michigan Technological University, Civil and Environmental Engineering will present “Recovery of Lake Superior from Historical PCB Contamination” on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from noon to 1 p.m. in STAG 111. Free and open to the public.

NEW! Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of Biodiversity Seminar Series:  Albert Ruhi, assistant professor in the department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley will give a talk, “Rivers of the Anthropocene: Responses of Freshwater Communities to Novel Flow Regimes,” on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 3-4 p.m. in Withycombe 109. The even is free and open to all.

NEW! 2019 Starker Lecture Series: Tribal forestry: from reservation to restoration: Don Motanic of the Intertribal Timber Council will speak on “History of Tribal Forestry in Oregon: Reservation-Termination-Restoration-Transformation,” Wednesday, Feb. 13, 3:30-5 p.m., in The LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Hall. Motanic will discuss how reservations and tribal forestry programs in Oregon were established, terminated, restored and/or transformed through historical events including the Doctrine of Discovery, Lewis and Clark expedition, the Oregon Trail, 1840-1880 railroad land grants and the 1850 Donation Land Act. For more:

Tuesday Teaching Talks: Cognition & Learning: Join colleagues and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) in a certificated series of teaching workshops. The workshops are every Tuesday. Attend one, some or all. On Feb. 12 join Brooke Howland to explore brain-based learning principles and complimenting active-learning strategies. This two-hour workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here.

NEW! University Budget Committee and Tuition Discussions: The University Budget Committee has begun meeting to discuss recommendations for tuition rates for the 2019-20 academic year. The committee welcomes questions, comments, and ideas. Information about the tuition-setting process and the work of the University Budget Committee is available on the Office of Budget & Fiscal Planning website. For more information, to provide an idea or opinion, or to ask a question, contact Sherman Bloomer.

Beaver Family Connections: Tools & Strategies to Practice Emotional Intelligence: From happy to sad, frustrated to excited, angry to calm, children have many different emotions (and so do parents). In this interactive workshop, OSU’s Shauna Tominey will talk about hands-on strategies parents can use to help children learn to manage their emotions. This session will be on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in MU 207. For a calendar of this year’s Beaver Family Connections visit and for questions contact

Digital Community Meeting: Join OSU’s community of digital workers to hear the latest on DX and web governance, and we’ll talk about some of the big (and small) spring cleaning tasks you can do on your website. Learn more at Drupal@OSU. We welcome all who work on the internet at OSU. Feb. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Cascade Hall 136. 

Social Impact Lab: Oregon State University and the United Way of Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties invite you to attend the first Social Impact Lab, a community-wide event that highlights the power of community engagement toward social change. The event will highlight partnerships between community organizations and OSU and provide participants an opportunity to explore and discover other possibilities within our local community. Guest speakers will provide brief TED-style talks about the power of their partnerships and time will be allotted for tabling and networking. Join us on Feb. 13 at CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Doors open 2 p.m. Free, but registration is required.

Entrepreneurs and wanna-be entrepreneurs: So you have a business idea. Now what? Time to join Iterate, our two-week free program starting Monday, March 4, where we walk you through a focused approach to the next step. The program includes four workshops from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at OSU’s Advantage Accelerator in Corvallis. Technology ideas/inventions welcome. Register today:

Social justice workshops: The Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this well-reviewed program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Food drive

NEW! Hot Chocolate & Apple Cider Sale 11:30 a.m. - noon & 1:10 - 1:30 p.m., Feb. 12-13.  ASBC will be selling 12-ounce cups of hot apple cider and hot chocolate for $1.50 each, and mini-cinnamon sugar donuts for $1 each. Or make it a combo and buy a drink and a donut for $2.

NEW! EESS Plant Sale - BEE's Ecological Engineering Student Society is having a plant sale to benefit the OSU Food Drive on Feb.13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by outside Gilmore Hall and purchase a beautiful Valentine's gift. Prices vary. FMI email

NEW! Soup Lunch,  Soup is $3 for 1 bowl or $5 for all you can eat. Feb. 13, noon to 1 p.m. in Richardson Hall, 2nd Floor knuckle.  For more information contact

NEW! Tasty Treats Silent Auction – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 14, in 119 Crop Science Building.  For more information contact

NEW! Flower & Bake Sale: Celebrate Valentine’s Day by donating to a great cause. Stop by the first floor of Waldo Hall between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 14 to purchase handmade valentines, delicious baked goods, or a beautiful bouquet of flowers donated by Trader Joe's. The booth will be located just inside the main entrance. Prices will vary. For questions, contact

Get Food, Give Food: When you make a purchase at Panda Express on Feb. 12, ask them to enter promo code 263570 and they will donate 20 percent of the sale Linn Benton Food Share.

Wine Gift Basket Raffle: COE-EECS is raffling off two wine gift baskets. Each gift basket will contain a bottle of white/red wine, $10 gift card to Beaver Cheese & Clark Meat Science Center, and more. Tickets are $2, and on sale Feb. 4-13, and can be purchased in Kelley Engineering 1148 during regular office hours. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while the office is open. Closed for lunch from noon-1 p.m. For more information contact

Baby Photo Contest: Feb. 7-11 at the ILLC Welcome Desk.  For more information contact

Hot Chocolate and Cider Break: Warm up during the month of February (4-28). Stop by Gilmore Hall 116 for $1 hot chocolate and cider every weekday from 8-5. For questions, contact

Printing & Mailing Services' Annual Food Drive: Drop off non-perishable food or cash to the Xpress Stop during the month of February: $1 or two cans of food to spin the wheel and every spin wins a prize.

Gift Basket Raffle: EESC is raffling off four gift baskets. There will be a movie basket, Valentine's Day basket, book basket and gardening basket. Drawings take place each Thursday. Tickets are 1/$1 or 6/$5. See Noelle Mills or Pete Petryszak in Kerr Administration Building 422 for tickets. For questions, contact

BEE Girl Scout Cookie Raffle: Get your hands on three boxes of coveted Girl Scout Cookies, including the new caramel chocolate chip. Stop by Gilmore Hall 116 to purchase your $1 tickets. Drawing on Feb 28. FMI email

Valentine's Day Card Sale: The AMBC will be selling one-of-a-kind handmade Valentine's Day cards in Hovland 108 from Feb. 1-14 to support the Linn-Benton Food Share. Cards are $2 each. Questions? Contact April Cummings at

Book and DVD Sale: Purchase lightly used books, DVDs and board games to support the 2019 OSU Food Drive. Items range $1 to $5. The sale will be running all month in the Magruder Hall lobby. For questions, contact

Quilt and Wood Raffle Ticket Sale: Raffle tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5 and can be purchased at the Forestry HelpDesk in Richardson Hall throughout the month of February. The drawing will be on Feb, 28 at 1 p.m. For more information contact

Bulb Sale: Are you ready for spring?  Bulbs are still available for order.  You can order directly from Dutch Mills Bulbs by visiting the Business Affairs fundraising page or stop by Kerr B100 to place your order.  Each kit is only $10 and will arrive in time for your spring planting.  Orders must be received by Feb. 25.

Take Note

Seeking nominations for O&E Vice Provost Awards for Excellence: The Awards for Excellence reward efforts to create and nurture healthy communities, planet and economy through outreach and engagement. If you – faculty, staff, or students –  have taken part in, or know of, an outreach and engagement project implemented in the past five years that is deserving of special recognition, submit nominations by Feb. 28. You can self-nominate or nominate others. Visit, or call 541-737-1327 for information.

Scientists sought for NSF study: The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning is looking for OSU scientists who would like to participate in a new NSF-funded research study about using audience feedback during outreach and public engagement activities and events. They are recruiting scientists (including graduate students, postdocs and extension specialists) who are conducting outreach and public science and engineering engagement activities to serve as “Design Testers” in the initial phase of our research. After a short training, Design Testers will test audience feedback strategies during their own outreach events over the course of about one year and provide feedback on their experience. There will be a stipend of $400. The application can found here. Applications are due by Feb. 11. For questions, contact Kari O’Connell (PI and senior researcher) at or Kelly Hoke (research analyst) at

Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF): The Research Office is now accepting applications for the RERF. The budget this year is expected to be $400,000. Research Equipment Reserve Funds (RERF) may be used to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. The equipment may be inventoried capital equipment (defined as =>$5,000 per unit), or fabricated capitalized equipment.  Proposals are due by Friday, March 15, 5 p.m. Firm deadline. Questions:  Contact Research Office Incentive Programs at:


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NEW! Education Program Assistant 1 - OSU Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) program invites applications for a part-time (approximately 38 hours per week), Education Program Assistant (EPA1) in the Linn County Extension . FCH is affiliated with the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately one year from the appointment date. This position will be located in Albany, Oregon.  Posting# P01975CT.  Closes Feb. 22.


“It seems that fighting is a game where everybody is the loser." ~ Zora Neale Hurston

Corvallis: Rain and breezy Monday, high of 42, low of 33. Rain and snow Tuesday.

Central Oregon:  Wintry mix today and tomorrow, high of 36, low of 25.

Newport: Heavy rain and windy, high of 48, low of 37. Rain tomorrow.

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