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. 

Young-adult marijuana users exhibit more risk-taking in study (Psych Congress)

Frequent users of marijuana showed a greater tendency toward high risk-taking than non-users in a study conducted by a researcher at Oregon State University. The results of the study, which administered a gambling task to young-adult participants, suggest that frequent users of marijuana are highly driven by rewards and are less sensitive to losses.

With cybersecurity threats growing, OSU brings hands-on training through competition (Portland Business Journal)

Technology Association of Oregon CEO Skip Newberry talks cybersecurity with an OSU hacking expert.

Primitive bee in amber reveals its 100-million-year-old apoid wasp lineage (Register-Guard)

The female bee became stuck in tree resin and preserved in amber and has been identified by Oregon State University researcher George Poinar Jr. as a new family, genus and species, according to an OSU news release.

Oregon State drops lawsuit against former AD Todd Stansbury (NBC Sports)

Stansbury had previously paid roughly $1 million of his buyout to Oregon State, and the school has now collected more than the $2.1 million it was originally owed. “Oregon State University is happy that this matter has been satisfactorily and fully concluded,” school spokesman Steve Clark told the paper.

Agricultural Research Foundation announces changes (LIFE@OSU)

The Agricultural Research Foundation (ARF) has welcomed Dan Arp as the new Executive Director. Arp started his new role in serving OSU on Jan. 1. The Foundation is also extending thanks to Russ Karow for his five years of leadership to the Foundation. To send Karow retirement congratulations, email at

How to best improve garden soil in preparation for spring planting? 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. 

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Lincoln's parlor: Not every item in OSU Special Collections and Archives directly pertains to OSU. There are some other treasures like this, a lantern slide of Lincoln's parlor in Springfield, Illinois taken circa 1920. 


Soup Sale: Soups will be sold for $3 for one bowl, or $5 for a bowl of soup, bread, and a drink. We will do our best to have vegan/veg/ GF options. Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Magruder Hall. For questions, contact

NEW! Crop and Soil Science & Horticulture Winter 2020 Seminar: Patty Skinkis, professor and viticulture Extension Specialist will speak on “Engaging industry members as citizen scientists to address complex viticulture production issues” Skinkis will summarize the methods used to develop a long-term trial with the Oregon wine grape industry by engaging growers and winemakers as citizen scientists to evaluate whether low vineyard yields equal higher quality wines. Feb. 17, 4-5 p.m, Agricultural and Life Sciences building. Zoom connection available:

The Really Big One: Join us for a talk on process, poetry, and earthquakes by Jennifer Richter, assistant professor of creative writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. Richter will discuss her new collection of poems and how seismology offers a new language to explore how we cycle through periods of shattering and healing. Monday, Feb. 17, 4 p.m., OSU Center for the Humanities at the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave.


NEW! Alumni Sharing Knowledge - ASK Night: An evening of networking with School of History, Philosophy and Religion young alumni. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m. Bexell Lounge. 

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. 19, 6 p.m. Milam 318.

Beavers Belong: Beavers Belong is a support network for students, by students, aimed at creating connection, community and belonging through weekly peer-led groups (not therapy or counseling-based) and on-campus events and activities. Drop-in group times for undergrads are Mondays, 2-3 p.m., 3-4 p.m. and 4-5 p.m., MU Lounge Family Friendly Room; and Fridays 2-3 p.m., MU Wellness Nook, Room 62. For grads, Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m., Dixon Lower Classroom. Child care services offered.

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

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.

Literary Northwest Series: Steven Moore, author of The Longer We Were There: A Memoir of a Part-Time Soldier (University of Georgia Press, 2019), and Wendy Willis, author of These Are Strange Times, My Dear (Counterpoint Press, 2019) will read in The Lab Theatre (Withycombe Hall), on Feb. 21, from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Wikipedia Editathon: Join us in writing PNW African American history into Wikipedia. All are welcome; free food and prizes available. Training is provided, registration is required. Sponsored by OSU Libraries and PressAfroCROWDEducational Opportunity Program--Advancing Academic Equity for Student Success, and Diversity & Cultural Engagement (Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center and the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center). Feb. 28, 2-5 p.m., Valley Library Autzen classroom.

SAC Presents: Slavic Soul Party! a nine-piece band from Brooklyn, N.Y., performs Balkan-soul-gypsy-funk on March 19 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets here. 

SAVE THE DATE! Out of the Darkness Campus Walk to Prevent Suicide: Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Out of the Darkness Campus Walk on Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., SEC Plaza. The goals of the Campus Walk event are to reduce mental health stigma, educate about resources, encourage help-seeking, support suicide loss survivors and raise money. Consider joining as either a virtual or “IRL” (in real life) walker by visiting For more information, contact Tessie Webster-Henry:

Bring Your Kids to Campus Day: The Family Resource Center will be hosting the annual Bring Your Kids to Campus Day on Friday, April 17. Family-friendly activities will be offered all day throughout the Corvallis campus. We are looking for new and previous partners who would be interested in offering fun activities for families to do together and hope that could be you. If you are interested in partnering in this year’s Bring Your Kids to Campus Day or have questions, please email or call 541-737-4906.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! OSU PES February SBC General Meeting: Undergraduate researchers Trenton Kilgore and Wiley Braun will give a short presentation of the GFR inverter project. Tuesday Feb. 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m, WESRF Lab (Dearborn Basement 002).

NEW! Christian Messier Public Lecture: In this seminar, Professor Christian Messier will present a new vision of how logging and forestry could be used to favor the diversification and resilience of forests in the face of climatic and biotic threats (insects and exotic diseases). “Fighting fire with fire: how forestry can help save the forest against global environmental threats,” takes place Feb. 18, 7 p.m., RH 107. Watch live:

NEW! Undergraduate Academic Program Assessment Reports Workshop: Join Tamara Belknap and Heath Henry (Academic Programs and Assessment), Lori Kayes (Integrated Biology) and JoAnne Bunnage (Undergraduate Education) for details about completing the annual undergraduate assessment reports due in April. Learn proven strategies to successfully navigate SharePoint and complete the assessment reports. Join us Wednesday, Feb. 26, 9-10 a.m. in Milam 215 and by Zoom. Register for the Undergraduate Assessment Reports Workshop

NEW! Save the date for 'Science of Opportunity': NASA astronaut Donald R. Pettit will deliver the first Octave Levenspiel Distinguished Lecture, presented by the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering. March 5, 6:30 p.m. in Austin Auditorium, The LaSells Stewart Center. Free, but tickets are required. Reserve your seat today.

Tuesday Teaching +Tech Talks: “Class Time” Lectures & Active Learning: Join Inara Scott (CoB) to consider approaches to student-centered learning and presentation-style instruction during class time. +Tech Talk: See how Kaltura’s in-video quizzing features can be used for pre- or post-lecture student support. This workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here.

People and Nature Lunch Series: Jackie Delie, graduate student in Fisheries and Wildlife, presents “Reconciling Attitudinal and Normative Dimensions of Tolerance in Human-Wildlife Interaction,” and Leah Cogan, graduate student in Water Resources Policy and Management, presents “Adaptive Capacity in Western States’ Water Plans.” Tuesday, Feb, 18, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Strand 110. To attend online: For more information:

Sexual citizens: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) presents “Sexual citizens: A landmark study of sex, power and assault on campus,” by Shamus Khan, Ph.D., chair and professor of sociology at Columbia University, Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 3:30-5 p.m. in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room. Co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, School of Public Policy.

CGRB Seminar on Wednesday: The CGRB Seminar series will take place Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m., in ALS 4001 with refreshments following. The event is free and open to the public. Our speaker for this seminar is Jill Banfield.

Happily Never After? Exploring the truths and myths of relationships with Kristen Yax. Feb. 19, 6-7 p.m., Gilfillan Auditorium.

OLI II: Youth Voices in Action: The Oregon 4-H Outreach Extension program invites students grades 8-12 to attend our annual leadership conference. Conference begins March 23 at 11 a.m. and ends March 26 at 1 p.m. Cost to attend is $250 if registered before Feb. 15. Scholarships available. To register and obtain more info:

Top Hat Level 1 Certification Workshop: Tactics for Real-time Assessment Save your spot for this on-campus workshop, brought to you by Top Hat and OSU’s Academic Technology. All faculty and GTAs that use or are interested in using Top Hat are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact Lyn Riverstone. March 11, 1-3 p.m. in MLM 215. Register today.

Food Drive

NEW! Cookie Decorating: Join Biological & Ecological Engineering for a chance to show off sugary, artistic expressionism at its delicious finest, Feb. 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with the exception of noon, Gilmore 116. Sponsored by New Morning Bakery. For questions, contact 

Little Women Tea: The annual News and Research Communications tea event is back with a Little Women-themed tea. Tea sandwiches, salads, sweet treats, tea and lemonade that would satisfy Jo March and her sisters will be available Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the fourth floor of Kerr Admin. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Eat there or take away. $5 per person.
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. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Naval Armory, Quarterdeck. For questions, contact

Winter Warmup: Stop by to warm up with hot chocolate, cider or tea and some homemade baked goods. Feb. 18, 2-3 p.m., Ballard Extension Hall Room 104. Suggested donation $1.50/cup, $1/treat, or $2 /both. Cash, Venmo, or nonperishable food donations. Please BYOM (Bring your own mug!). For questions, contact

Basket Raffle: BAFF Baskets: Business Affairs is raffling off four baskets: BBQ Bonanza; Pampered Pet: Cat Edition; Pampered Pet: Dog Edition; and Sweets and Treats. Tickets are available for sale at the Kerr Admin Cashier's Office windows Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tickets are $1 each, $5/6, or $10/15. Drawing will be held Friday, Feb. 28. For more information, see Questions, contact

Artisan Bowl Raffle. Buy tickets at 116 Gilmore Hall. Handsome, one-of-a-kind bowl made from locally sourced oak and turned by Biological & Ecological Engineering instructor, John Selker. Lightly oiled with Tung Oil, this bowl is food-safe.  Come by and see how well it will complement your office or home. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Drawing held Feb. 27. For questions contact

Attention Bookworms: Come to the CEOAS Admin Building (behind Johnson Hall), donate $1, $3 or $5 to the food drive and walk away with a beautifully and mysteriously wrapped book for your next rainy day binge-reading session. For more information contact

OSU Campus Bird Watching Tour: OSU is an eBird hotspot with 146 species reported. Please join EESC's Amerie Lommen as she hosts a walking tour, pointing out the native bird life here on OSU's Corvallis campus. Suggested donation of $1. Feb 27 meet on the north side of Kerr Administration Building at noon. All money collected benefits the OSU Food Drive and the Linn-Benton Food Share.

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.

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! Proposed Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy Program’s What’s New page ( to view a pending policy amendment. Proposed University Policy 03-001 Contract Signature Authority delegates contract signature authority to enter the university into agreements with third parties. This page is updated frequently with new developments, so we encourage you to check back frequently. Comments or questions may be submitted to

NEW! Community-Engaged Scholarship Intensive: The Division of Outreach and Engagement has five travel awards of $1,000 each to support five OSU participants at the June 1-5, MSU Summer Intensive on Community-Engaged Scholarship. The support is for early career tenure-track and professor of practice faculty. For consideration, please send an email to by Feb. 28 with the following: 1) name, 2) unit, 3) position title/rank, 4) how you intend to use skills gained in community-engaged scholarship. 

NEW! Request for Proposals: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking proposals for projects focused on the further development of technologies invented by OSU faculty, staff, and/or graduate students in any discipline. 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. Friday, Feb. 28. Read the full RFP here:

NEW! Staff Art Show: Share your creativity at the 10th annual Staff Art Show. Registration is open through March 6 and you can submit up to three pieces. Help colleagues to learn about your interests beyond your usual day-to-day work. While photography is most popular, all arts and crafts can be considered for this exhibit. Contact with questions.

Applying Learning Technology Community (pilot): All faculty teaching on-campus courses are encouraged to submit a proposal for this new faculty learning community pilot. The @ALT Community provides participants with an opportunity to investigate and provide learning technology solutions to a significant teaching-related problem of their choosing. Professional development funding provided. Contact Lyn Riverstone with questions. Proposals for the Spring 2020 pilot due Feb. 28. See the proposal guidelines.

 FY19 Sustainability Report: The Sustainability Office invites you to explore OSU’s FY19 Sustainability Report. Reports are partly built from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure sustainability performance. FY19 produced OSU’s highest STARS score ever, as we continue an upwards trend towards becoming a greener and more inclusive university.

Encourage students to join the 100-day countdown to commencement: Class of 2020 is well-prepared to get a jumpstart on their futures. At Oregon State’s Countdown to Commencement events, graduating students can connect and celebrate with fellow soon-to-be-alumni, take care of all their graduation needs and gain skills for life beyond graduation. For questions and disability accommodations please call (877) 678-2837 or email OSUAA Early Engagement Director Mamta Chowdhury.


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NEW! Food Service Worker 3 - University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for one Food Service Worker 3 position. This is a full-time, 10-month, classified position. Posting #P02599CT. Closes March 2. 


"When I approach the pearly gates, I'd like to hear a champagne cork popping, an orchestra tuning up, and the sound of my mother laughing." ~ Dame Patricia Routledge, who turns 91 today.

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 48, low of 30. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 40, low of 19. Sunny Tuesday.

Newport: Mostly sunny, high of 48, low of 33. Sunny tomorrow.

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