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:


Nearly 30 dangerous feedback loops could permanently shift the Earth's climate, scientists say (CNN)

William Ripple, professor of ecology at Oregon State University and a lead author on the study, told CNN that forest die-off, smoldering peatlands and thawing permafrost were particularly worrisome. (see also Inside Climate and Inverse)

Drilling deeper into the ocean floor in search for origins of life (Mint)

“The scientific community in the U.S. is getting nervous. What is going to happen?" said Antonius Koppers, a marine geologist at Oregon State University. “People have compared the drillship to the Hubble Telescope. For earth scientists, oceanographers and life scientists, it’s been a tremendously unique and important tool."

The raucous assault of Tala Madani's art (New Yorker)

At Oregon State University, in Corvallis, which Madani entered in 1999 on a full scholarship, she double-majored in art and political science. Her interest in political science was fueled by thoughts of returning to Iran, where the government’s hard-line policies had brought increasing economic and social misery. She knew that many Iranians were suffering and dreamed of going there somehow. 

Sanders blasts Nikki Haley's 'absurd' proposal for age-based competency tests for politicians (Rolling Stone)

But experts say cognitive tests wouldn’t necessarily accurately assess whether a person is competent to be in office. “Cognitive tests, a lot of them, are timed, and we know that neurological processing slows with age. So you can come out looking impaired, even if you’re not really,” Oregon State University gerontologist Carolyn Aldwin, who directs the school’s gerontology program, told Slate.

One-on-one with Congresswoman Val Hoyle (KPTV)

FOX 12 caught up with Hoyle after touring Oregon State University’s wave laboratory on Thursday. Below is the full sit-down interview with her. She talks about her transition to life in Washington, D.C., higher education, and the Coos Bay Port project.

Road Trip to Nowhere (Crime Time)

Jon Lewis (OSU)’s Road Trip to Nowhere: Hollywood Encounters the Counterculture, picks up, amplifies and deepens Peter Biskind’s Easy Riders, Raging Bulls. Lewis’ customary attention to the telling detail and his grasp of the historical moment makes the clash between a countercultural movement and an entrenched Hollywood industry, not knowing what to make of this challenge but forced to accommodate to it, come vividly to life. (see also Society for U.S. Intellectual HistoryMidwest Book Review)

As We See It: Moving the lines in Ukraine (Gazette-Times)

Co-written by David Bernell, associate professor in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University.

Can I plant manzanita now even if freezing weather is expected? (Oregonian)

Gardeners are beginning to think about spring and may have questions. To ask one, simply go to the OSU Extension website, type it in and include the county where you live. A photo is very helpful.

Today's photo

Skies a burning: Dan Wombacher with University Facilities submitted this fiery photo. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Want to explore techniques to give your students more consistent and timely feedback? Gradescope is a feedback and assessment tool widely used at OSU for delivering and grading exams, homework and other assignments remotely or in the classroom. The Feb. 2023 Gradescope workshop series covers many topics including Gradescope for large courses, online teaching and in-person teaching.


Bake sale: Indulge your inner Cookie Monster with the Extension Communications bake sale. At noon, Feb. 20, swing by the MU Plaza and choose from a variety of baked goods, all individually wrapped and ready to go. Take a tasty treat and pay what you can. Proceeds benefit Linn Benton Food Share and go a long way toward making our community stronger. For questions contact [email protected].

NEW! Tuition forums: The University Budget Committee and Office of Budget and Resource Planning are offering a series of weekly forums to discuss the tuition setting process, tuition rate scenarios for FY24, and to answer any questions about tuition and the university budget.  The next forum will be held 3-4 p.m. Feb. 20 Furman 105 or you can register for Zoom. More information and the current forum schedule are available at   

Department of Horticulture seminar series: Join us for the Horticulture Winter 2023 Seminar Series on Tuesdays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom. At 4 p.m. Feb. 20, Andony Melathopoulos, faculty, Department of Horticulture, will present, “Are newer insecticides (in a post-chlorpyrifos world) safe for bees?” The event is free and open to the public. Zoom information at:

Book talk by Chris Blattman: Chris Blattman is the Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at the University of Chicago’s Pearson Institute and Harris School of Public Policy. He is an economist and political scientist who studies violence, crime and underdevelopment. His most recent book is "Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace." 7 p.m., Feb. 20, in The LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Hall. Free copy of the book available to audience members while supplies last.

Housing resources: Do you need housing for next year but you’re not sure where to start? Join Orange Media Network for Dam Dwellings: Home Resources Crawl, Feb. 20-24. During Dam Dwellings week, you’ll have the opportunity to meet housing vendors on their property, participate in giveaways, and secure housing for next school year. 


Center for Teaching and Learning: Participate in QT Chats that meet at noon every other Tuesday in the LINC 468 faculty lounge. Join us for casual, safe conversations around pedagogical practices and sharing of tips and resources.

Ask a Dam Therapist live podcast recording: Ireti Debato-Cancel and Chanale Propst, CAPS Counselors, will be hosting a live podcast recording at the Black Cultural Center on Feb. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Join them for a discussion during Black History Month as they celebrate and honor Blackness through podcast form. 

The Oregon Trail: University Theatre and the Memorial Union present The Oregon Trail, by Bekah Brunstetter. It’s 1997 and a middle-schooler finds herself trapped in the computer lab, playing “The Oregon Trail” game. The game comes to life and juxtaposes the students’ modern struggles with those of her great-great grandmother, who traveled the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon in 1848. 7:30 p.m., Feb. 23-24 and March 2-3, and 2 p.m., March 5, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Tickets are $15 GA, $12 youth/senior and $5 OSU students with ID. Available online or through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2852.

OSU Authors and Editors Recognition Series: The Authors and Editors Recognition Series celebrates the literary and scholarly books published by university faculty by featuring selected authors and editors for readings and discussion. The 2023 recognition series includes three nights of readings and receptions. Join the OSU Community in the Memorial Union Lounge, 5-7 p.m., Feb. 28, March 1 and 2. All are welcome.

Students: Non-Profit & public service fair. Join Community Engagement & Leadership and the Career Development Center for the Non-Profit and Public Service Fair, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., March 1 in the MU Ballroom. No dress code. Link to register and view agencies: Questions? Contact [email protected].

OSU Gymnastics: Come cheer on the Oregon State gymnastics team as it wraps up the 2023 season by taking on the Utah Utes at 2 p.m. March 11 at Gill Coliseum. The highly anticipated Pac-12 Conference meet will feature two Olympians, Oregon State’s Jade Carey and Utah’s Grace McCallum, from the 2020 Games in Tokyo. All Oregon State University faculty and staff members can purchase $5 discounted tickets by clicking here. 

Reading and talk with author Christopher Preston:  Author Christopher Preston will discuss his new book, “Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries That Change How We Think about Animals,” at 5:30 p.m. March 23 in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s main meeting room. He will offer a look at how some wildlife species are defying the odds and teaching important lessons about how to share a planet. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project, the School of History, Philosophy and Religion, and the College of Forestry.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Promotion and Tenure Workshop for Academic Faculty: Academic faculty are invited to join an interactive session on the promotion and tenure process. 1-2:15 p.m. Feb. 21 via Zoom. A panel of recently tenured and promoted faculty will share insights from their personal experiences. It will be moderated by Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Gloria Crisp followed by time for questions and discussion with Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Rick Settersten. Questions may be directed to Sara Daly.

NEW! SACNAS event: The Oregon State University Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) chapter is preparing for a SACNAS gathering and workshop. The annual conference is scheduled for Oct. 26-28 in Portland. A SACNAS workshop will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 4 in the Memorial Union 104 Journey Room. Lunch provided for all registered participants. Register now, space is limited. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] with questions.

Center for Teaching and Learning QT Talks: Interpersonal Communication Skills: Mentoring Peers or Students. Principle 3 of the OSU Faculty Senate's QT Framework states that quality teaching includes mentoring and advising learners. This talk provides opportunities to understand the importance of, with opportunities to practice, some essential interpersonal communication approaches. These skills and behaviors are fundamental to mentoring, collaborating, evaluating and/or advising relationships. Presenter Brooke Howland, director of new initiatives, will speak from 11 to 11:50 a.m., Feb. 21. Registration.

NResearch Office campus conversations: Navigating Academic Book Publishing: Author and Editor Perspectives. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 22, MU 206. Do you have an idea for a book but are unsure that you are prepared to navigate the world of academic publishing to have your book proposal accepted? Or, if you have reached that milestone and are ready to go in a new direction, are you unsure of how to approach the next project? Our panelists will discuss their own writing journeys and experience with academic publishing. Register here to attend in person (MU 206) or here to participate via Zoom. 

Funded Professional Development for Fixed-Term and Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty: Join CTL’s Spring 2023 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community. This cross-disciplinary group will meet on Zoom and explore pedagogical strategies to adapt to the changing teaching and learning landscape and to build resilience into our teaching practices. See call for participation and submit an expression of interest by March 6.

Food Drive

BEE flea market: Stop by 116 Gilmore Hall to find your favorite treasure. Choose from records, cross stitch supplies, games, bags, art and more. Venmo/cash/checks accepted. For more information, contact [email protected]

Campus mail pickup: During the month of February, Printing and Mailing’s Campus Mail will be collecting food donations for Linn-Benton Food Share. We will be dropping off collection bags in your mailboxes; just leave any contributions in the bag in your mail area and we will pick them up. The last pickup will be Feb. 24. If you don’t receive a bag and want one, please email [email protected].

School of Life Sciences online silent auction: This is the annual auction co-organized/sponsored by the OSU School of Life Sciences, Biochemistry & Biophysics, Integrative Biology, and Microbiology. Auction will be open Feb. 14-22 and all proceeds go to Linn Benton Food Share. The auction features original artworks, gift cards/certificates, gift baskets, plants, activities and much more. Link: For questions contact [email protected]

Win a basket: Tree-lovers can take their chances on a bountiful basket featuring three popular titles from OSU Press and OSU Extension. Enter to win “Trees to Know,” “Shrubs to Know,” and “Native and Ornamental Conifers” — plus tree-themed gifts and even a baby tree. Donate $2 per ticket or three for $5 through Give Butter (under $10) or Network for Good ($10 or more) and forward your receipt to [email protected] to get your tickets, or drop by 422 Kerr. Drawing on Feb. 28.

Pet photo contest: Check out the College of Forestry Pet Photo Contest hosted by the FERM Department. There are five categories. The price is $1 per vote for your favorite. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Run the O’Course: How tough are you? Take a chance at running the NROTC Marine Obstacle Course and help support the OSU Food Drive. Join us from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 25 for your chance to get the best time of running the course. Cost is $5 pre-pay or $7 the day of event (all fees go to the Food Drive.) See the Facebook event for full details or contact Lauri Morris at [email protected].

Personalized poems for the OSU Food Drive: Want a personalized poem for yourself, a friend, a Valentine or anyone else? Want to support a great cause? Buy a poem from the Academic Success Center & Writing Center to support the OSU Food Drive. Complete this Google form to submit a request.

Pet photo contest: Think you have the cutest critter? Here’s your chance to prove it to the world. Enter the Extension Communications Pet Photo Contest with a minimum $5 donation for each photo. Send your photos to [email protected] by Feb. 24 along with your donation receipt from either Network for Good or Give Butter. Categories are Cutest, Funniest and Most Unusual. Winners will be notified at the end of the month and receive their prize.

BEE PB&J bar: BEE's annual PB&J bar is throughout the month of February thanks to a bread donation from New Morning Bakery in 116 Gilmore Hall from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Suggested donation of $3. For more information, contact [email protected].

The Bird Walk is back: We’re live and on campus, bringing back the Bird Walk in all its glory. Join Amerie Lommen as she guides enthusiasts around the Corvallis campus, pointing out local birds and their habitats. Get in a good walk at lunch time and learn about nature right here at OSU. We have two sessions this year, Feb. 21 and Feb. 23. Donations are a minimum $5 per person. Email [email protected] for instructions and to reserve your spot.

School of Public Policy basket raffle: Buy some tickets to have a chance to win a variety of baskets put together by the School of Public Policy departments. The prizes will vary from a handmade quilted runner and placemat set to passes to mini-golf and bowling for the family (see the link for details or swing by Bexell 300A). Tickets are 3 for $5 with no limit and you get to choose which basket you would like a chance to win. Winners will be drawn and contacted on Feb. 27. If you would like to participate virtually, you can pay via Venmo @janicadobra and email [email protected] with which basket(s) you would like to put your tickets in the drawing for.

Step challenge: Did you know that the average American only walks 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day? However, the CDC recommends that adults should aim for 10,000 steps per day. Do you know how many steps you’re taking a day? Let’s take steps together to help the hungry. All proceeds will be donated to the Linn Benton Food Share. Join the Virtual Steps Challenge and see how many steps you can get in. The top two individuals who have the most cumulative steps between Feb. 1-28 will each receive a gift card (donated by staff).

Quilt and art raffle: The College of Forestry invites you to visit or stop by the help desk located in PFSC 209 to view raffle items and buy tickets.

College of Forestry 5K/10K virtual run: "Race to the Top Banana." You have the option to receive a T-shirt to commemorate your race. Your entry fee of $25 will go to the Linn Benton Food Share to help feed those in need in our community. Complete your registration by Feb. 22 and email [email protected] with any questions.

CCVM used book and DVD sale: Starting Feb. 1, come find your next great read or movie at the CCVM book and DVD sale. There is a large collection to pick from and books will continue to be collected. Checks can be made out to the Linn Benton Food Share. 

Printing and Mailing's Putt, Toss and Hook Tournament: Brush off your putting, bean bag tossing and/or ring hook skills, and win bragging rights and prizes. $5 for 8 putts, tosses or rings hooked. The highest scores and most accumulated points at the end of February wins. To enter and play just stop by Printing and Mailing's front office on Research Way any week day throughout the drive between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For questions, contact [email protected].

FWCS food drive raffle: Selina and Scott Heppell have once again offered a coastal fishing trip as the grand prize. Two other winners will win a beautiful gift basket designed by the department. $5 donation per entry ticket, or 5 tickets for $20. Drawing to be held March 1. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Take Note

NEW! Oregon Digital:The Oregon State University Libraries and Press and the University of Oregon Libraries are excited to announce the launch of the new Oregon Digital. We’ve updated the look, feel and functionality of the site where we host unique digitized and born-digital collections from both institutions. This growing repository makes more than 500,000 items openly available for teaching, research and general browsing. OSU collections include historic photographs, yearbooks and the student newspaper. Visit

NEW! 30 years of service: Congratulations to Elaine Schrumpf, Extension specialist, for being honored for 30 years of service at OSU. You can read more about Elaine's time at OSU and others who have reached this milestone by clicking on her name.

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Food Options - If a disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water and electricity for days or even weeks. Options for food storage include: Freeze dried foods, MREs, dehydrated foods and canned foods. More information can be found here:

Spring Creek Project faculty residency: OSU faculty members working on projects aligned with Spring Creek Project's mission are invited to apply for a weeklong summer residency at Shotpouch Cabin. Projects at the intersection of environmental science and writing, art, music, social science and/or humanities would be a good fit. Applications due Feb 27. Learn more and apply.

Faculty Staff Fitness: OSU Faculty Staff Fitness Spring registration opens March 1. See our spring schedule if you’d like to take a fitness class on campus. If you prefer to do your classes remotely please see our registration for FSF Online. Returning back to the schedule this spring is FSF’s TRYathlon on June 14. Contact [email protected] to help you find your fitness plan today.

Graduate student research and writing residency: Spring Creek Project is accepting applications for graduate student residencies at Shotpouch Cabin for this spring and summer. We invite students who are engaged in writing and/or research projects aligned with the mission of the Spring Creek Project to apply. Applications due Feb 27. Learn more and apply.

Join the Sexual Assault Awareness Month planning committee: Beginning next week, the Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education will be hosting weekly planning meetings for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We invite interested students and campus organizations to join us in creating a planning committee for SAAM to help envision, facilitate and support campus action and events throughout April. Sign up for the committee by Feb. 17 via


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NEW! Program Coordinator Position: The Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences is seeking a Program Coordinator. This is a 1.0 FTE, 12-month, professional faculty position. This position provides program support, coordination, and management of training, outreach and operations of the Hallie Ford Center and provides support to the director in meeting the needs of the center and its personnel and programs. This position will also provide support to multiple projects and/or grants within the HFC. Posting # P06495UF. Full consideration March 2. Closes March 9. 


“I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.” ~ Harriet Tubman

Corvallis: Rain likely today, high of 51, low of 39. Showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of rain today, high of 52, low of 30. Snow and breezy Tuesday.

Newport: Chance of rain today, high of 49, low of 39. Showers and breezy Tuesday.

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