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:

Unlocking the mysteries of the ringtail: A groundbreaking study in California's Hoopa Valley (BNN)

In the dense, ancient forests of the Hoopa Valley Reservation in California, a collaborative effort between Oregon State University, the Hoopa Valley Tribe, Penn State, and Cal Poly Humboldt is shining a new light on one of North America's most enigmatic inhabitants: the ringtail. 

More wildfires on the horizon for cold, wetter regions of the Pacific Northwest (KGW)

Some areas could get twice as much fire activity as was observed in 30 years, according to Oregon State University researchers.

Massive damage at Thwaites Glacier (Daily Kos)

From first author Erin Petit of Oregon State University. (2021): The Thwaites Eastern Ice Shelf (TEIS) buttresses one third of Thwaites Glacier. Removal of TEIS has the potential to increase the contribution of Thwaites Glacier to sea level rise by up to 25%.

Why do cats hate water? The aversion has a simple answer (Inverse)

You’ve probably noticed that your cat opts for warmer over cooler spots, like sun patches, the heater, or your laptop keyboard. This penchant for warmth can make water even less appealing, says Monique Udell, professor of agricultural sciences and director of the Human-Animal Interaction Laboratory at Oregon State University, since it can cool them down.

Wondering how much water you should add to your glass of whiskey? Here's the answer (Financial Express)

A recent 2023 study, conducted by five food scientists from Washington State University, Michigan State University, and Oregon State University, sought to determine the optimal amount of water to add to whisky without compromising its flavour profile and natural aromas.

OSU Army ROTC wins 8th ROTC Brigade Ranger Challenge, will go on to global competition (LIFE@OSU)

A team from Oregon State University's Army ROTC took first place in the 8th ROTC Brigade Ranger Challenge competition, that occurred Feb. 9-10 at Joint Base Lewis -McChord near Tacoma, Washington. The win secures their participation at the 2024 Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Raspberries and blackberries need care in late winter and early spring to thrive (Oregonian)

Caneberries should be fertilized in the early spring when new growth is starting, explained Amanda Davis, berry crops research assistant with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Today's photo

Light in the dark: Minda Stiles, administrative manager and communications coordinator for the Marine Mammal Institute, says, “I took this photograph early morning Sunday, Jan. 14, from Agate Beach looking south, after thousands of households in Lincoln County had lost power due to an ice storm. I'd never seen our coastline so dark. The only visible lights were Fred Meyer's backup lights and Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: How can you create online discussions that will spark student participation, build community and amplify learning? Check out Meaningful and Engaging Online Discussions for expert instructional design tips on how to augment, revamp or go beyond traditional Canvas discussions.


OSU Tree Walk: Join Dan Blanchard, curator of living plant collections for the OSU Campus Arboretum and instructor in the Department of Horticulture, for our new Tree Walk. This tour will highlight plants on campus and include some history along the way. Sessions are Feb. 26. Sign up right away using the Qualtrics link or email [email protected] with questions.

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State managers, supervisors and lead workers. At the end of this course, learners will have a solid understanding about the principles and policies that apply to our employees; know how to navigate within the space of talent management activities; and more. Winter 2024 program: Monday-Thursday, 8:15 a.m. to noon, Feb. 26-29, via Zoom. Spring 2024 program: Tuesday-Friday, 8:15 a.m. to noon, May 7-10, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

Diversity Science Colloquia: Roberto L. Abreu, assistant professor of counseling psychology and the director of the Collective Healing and Empowering VoicEs through Research and Engagement (¡Chévere!) in the department of psychology at the University of Florida, will present his research “Latinx LGBTQ People, Their Families, and Their Communities – Advancing Culturally Centered Intersectional Research.” The presentation is at 4 p.m. Feb. 26 in Peavy 129. Admission is free.


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 2024 recognition series includes two nights of readings and receptions. Join the OSU Community in the Memorial Union Main Lounge from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 27 and March 5.

Do you or anyone you know commute from Salem, Monmouth, Independence or Eugene? Connect with other commuters and enjoy lunch while you discover the benefits and possibilities of vanpooling. Join the Feb. 29 Vanpool Meet and Greet, 12:30 to 1 p.m. Please RSVP to [email protected] by Feb. 27. 

UAOSU Winter General Membership Meeting: Join United Academics of Oregon State University (UAOSU) for their winter general membership meeting. It will be held 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 29 in the Journey Room in the Memorial Union. Refreshments will be served. A hybrid option is available if you’re unable to attend in person. RSVP by Feb. 26 at

Women’s basketball tickets: Oregon State faculty and staff can get $6 tickets to the Oregon State women's basketball game at 7 p.m. Feb. 29 at Gill Coliseum. For more information and to purchase, please click here.

Sustainability Town Hall: Carly Lettero, associate director of arts integration at PRAx and the director of Spring Creek Project, will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming Sustainability Town Hall, Corvallis's premier sustainability event, hosted by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition. The theme of this year's Town Hall is "The Arts: A Portal to Sustainability." The free event will be held 7 p.m., March 7 at the Alumni Center. Learn more and register here.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Care Talks, Child Care & Parenting: Raising Children in a Diverse World: This program covers helping children to be proud of their heritage, introducing children to other cultures, answering tough questions, protecting them from discrimination and how to be a good role model. 10 a.m., Feb. 28. Register today.

NEW! Robert S. Iltis Colloquium presentation: Sanghee Park presents "Some Considerations in Making Business Email Requests,” focusing on the similarities and differences in business request emails written by Korean professionals and American professionals in business contexts. Noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 28, Shepard Hall 101.

NEW! Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series: "Spatial statistical modeling and prediction in R using spmodel" presented by Michael Dumelle of the US EPA. This seminar is 4-5 p.m. on Feb. 28 in Bexell Hall 328 or on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

NEW! AI Global Futures Forum and AI Week: The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce AI Week, April 8-12. The April 12 AI Global Futures Forum will include a conversation between OSU President Jayathi Murthy and special guest Jen-Hsun Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. The forum will also include a series of panels regarding AI and climate science, AI impact on workforce and the economy, and AI and creativity. To learn more, email OSU.Provost@oregonstate or visit this website.

Gearing Up for Gardening: Last Surprise! Garden Myths, Janet Magedanz, Benton County Master Gardener. Come to the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library and get free gardening tips from local experts. Join us at noon Feb. 27. Presentations are free and open to everyone. Co-sponsored by the Benton County Master Gardener Association and the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

PERS workshops on campus Feb. 27: “Retirement Readiness,” 1-3 p.m., for Tier One and Tier Two members within three years of retirement. “All About OPSRP,” 9-11 a.m., for OPSRP members at any career point. Presentations are given by a PERS employee and include an overview of benefits, retirement process, member resources and Q&A. Both workshops will be held in Memorial Union Room 104. Registration is appreciated. 

Religion and Social Change: An Interfaith Dialogue: Eliza Young Barstow, senior instructor of religious studies, is hosting a series of panels featuring a diverse collection of religious leaders from the Willamette Valley who have agreed to gather and discuss challenging social issues. The sessions will be panel discussions, with questions asked by Barstow. Toward the end of each session there will be time for audience questions. The first session is at 4 p.m. Feb. 27 in the La Raza Room of the Memorial Union and focuses on birth control and abortion. 

Say Hey: Say Hey will be hosted at OSU from 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 27 by the Portland Partners in Diversity. The goal is to help connect local businesses and community members with professionals of color. Employees of color are honored at the event and encouraged to register as honorees. Community members and allies are encouraged to attend also to support building community and connections. Registration is now open, and space is limited. To register as an attendee: To register as an honoree:

Webinar on the Mediterranean Diet: The Linus Pauling Institute kicks off its 2024 webinar series with Francesco Visioli, professor of human nutrition at the University of Padua in Italy. He will present “Living Better, Longer: Healthy Compounds Found in a Mediterranean Diet” at 11 a.m. Feb. 28. Part of the Institute’s Linus Pauling Day event. Zoom registration required.

Hand-Dipping Candles: Join Amy Baker, Monteith Historical Society living history instructor, and learn to make hand-dipped candles on Feb. 28. Using a little bit of modern equipment and a lot of old-style techniques, we’ll make candles the centuries-old way. Step back into 1800s Oregon and make candles you can take home. Class sizes are small, so sign up early using the Qualtrics link or email [email protected] with questions.

U.S. job search webcast: Enhance your understanding of the job market, get practical tips and hear firsthand experiences from an immigration attorney and panel of alumni who have successfully traversed this journey at the virtual event Ask Alumni: U.S. Job Search for International Students, 5 p.m., Feb. 28. Presented by OSUAA, Career Development Center, College of Business and the Office of International Services. 

Webinar for NSF-funded polar researchers: Polar STEAM is recruiting researchers to collaborate (virtually or in the field) with educators, artists and writers to broaden the impact of polar research. This webinar will provide additional information and answer questions about Polar STEAM’s collaborations in both the Arctic and Antarctic for 2025-26. 11 a.m., Feb. 29. Register or schedule a consultation with the team (

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue – Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for the In-person Spring 2024 course and register here.

OSU Food Drive

The OSU Food Drive is happening in the month of February. To see a full list of fundraising activities and events, please see the Food Drive Events Calendar.

NEW! Soup Lunch: Noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 28, Richardson Hall 2nd Floor Knuckle. Contact [email protected] for more information.

BEE Button Making: From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 27 come into Gilmore 116 to customize and create your own button. We have precut designs available and materials to make your own design. Attach it to your backpack, purse or favorite coat. Each button is $1, and all proceeds go to the OSU Food Drive. For questions, contact [email protected].

Vote to Pie the PI: Through Feb. 29, two brave lab PI’s will compete for the chance to be pie’d by the FWCS department head. Tiff Garcia or Jonny Armstrong – both of their favorite pies are banana cream. What are the odds? Stop by Nash 104 to cast your vote. $1 per vote/$5 for six votes; multiple votes are encouraged.

Printing and Mailing's Dart, Putt & Toss Tournament: Show us your skills playing darts, putting on the green and/or cornhole skills. We will be holding the games all month; $5 will enter you in the game of your choice. Weekly prizes will be given to the top scorers in each game. At the end of the month prizes will be given to second and third place in each game plus weekly first-place winners will play off for the grand prize. For information, [email protected].

Quilt and Art Prize Drawing: The College of Forestry invites you to visit the prize-drawing website or stop by the CoF Helpdesk (Peavy Forest Science Center 209) to view items and/or purchase tickets, from Feb. 1-29. The prize drawing will be held at noon, Feb. 29. For questions, contact [email protected].

BEE Annual PB&J Bar: Stop by Gilmore Hall 116 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. throughout the month of February to make your own PB&J. Suggested donation of $3. Many thanks to the generous bread donation from New Morning Bakery, which will allow the event to continue all month. For questions, contact [email protected].

Card Sale: Purchase beautiful photo and pressed-leaf cards handmade by BPP Senior Faculty Research Assistant Zuzana Vejlupkova. Feb. 1-29 in Cordley Hall 2503 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $3 each or four for $10. Cash or check. All proceeds will benefit the Linn Benton Food Share. For questions, contact [email protected].

Take Note

NEW! $15K of Funding Available: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking applications that describe technology-based projects in any discipline that will move OSU-owned technologies closer to commercialization. Proposals should describe a project that requires $15,000 or less of funding to achieve an important milestone(s) connected to commercialization. Each project may be awarded up to $15,000 and should span six months or less, beginning in March 2024. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 28. Learn more and apply.

NEW! Tucker named academic director for DSI: Julie Tucker has been named academic director for the Design for Social Impact program. She served as interim academic director since October. Tucker joined Oregon State in 2013 and was promoted to full professor in 2023. She will maintain a part-time appointment as professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering. The DSI program brings together faculty from multiple disciplines and is focused on the creation and delivery of experiential curricular and co-curricular education centered on design, innovation and social impact.

NEW! Seeking Solutions Faculty Fellow Positions in the Center for Teaching and Learning: The Center for Teaching and Learning is seeking applications for Faculty Fellows for the 2024-25 academic year to design and facilitate a Seeking Solutions teacher training program, coordinate and support team teaching of Seeking Solutions courses, and consult with faculty on best practices for meeting the learning outcomes and criteria of the Seeking Solutions category in their courses. For more information, click here. Applications must be received by March 19. Submit application materials to the Center for Teaching and Learning: CTL Core Ed Faculty Fellowship for Seeking Solutions. Questions may be directed to Kara Clevinger in the Center for Teaching and Learning.

NEW! Symposium: The 2024 Research Advances in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Ecology Symposium (RAFWAE) will take place on April 12 in Peavy Hall. Graduate and undergraduate students who conduct research in the fields of fisheries, wildlife and ecology at OSU or other universities are invited to present their work at this conference, at any stage of development: proposal, data collection, preliminary results, published in Science, or research-adjacent talks about outreach, art or other topics. Deadline for abstract submission is March 15. 

NEW! Winter issue of Campus Directions available now: Campus Directions is a quarterly newsletter that shares important news and updates about operational work happening on the Corvallis campus. The winter 2024 issue features the Department of Public Safety and its new program to keep Beavs safe on campus, plus plans for a new utility plant to support the Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex. Read these stories and more here: Don’t want to miss a story? Subscribe today.

NEW! Celebrating 30 years: Congratulations to Jerri Bartholomew, professor, director John L. Fryer Aquatic Animal Health Lab, for reaching 30 years of service at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others by clicking on their name. Congratulations and thank you for your service.

International Travel: All employees, students, and others who engage in university-related international travel are required to register their travel with the university and adhere to OSU's International Travel Policy. The International Travel Policy has been substantially revised and a new International Travel Homepage provides an overview of processes as well as services, insurance, and resources available to travelers. To request a presentation about the changes, policy, or processes, or for questions, please contact the Global Affairs Associate.

Spring Creek faculty residence: OSU faculty members working on writing or research projects aligned with the mission of the Spring Creek Project are invited to apply for a summer faculty residency at Shotpouch Cabin. Projects at the intersection of environmental studies and writing, art, music, the humanities or social sciences may be a good fit. Applications sent via Submittable require a one-page narrative letter. Deadline: 11:59 p.m., March 4. Learn more and apply. 

Taste Sensitivity Study: We are looking for participants for a research study examining how hunger state influences taste sensitivities to carbohydrates. Participants must be healthy, non-diabetic non-smokers ages 18-45. The study will involve performing taste sensitivity tests before and after eating a provided meal. Email [email protected] for more information. Study name: Oral Glucose Sensing, PI: Juyun Lim.

Celebrate International Women's Day 2024: OSU recognizes International Women's Day each year on March 8, a global day in honor of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and a call to action for accelerating women's equality. We encourage institution-wide recognition and programming for this important day. To have your unit’s event added to the International Women’s Day webpage, please send details to the Global Affairs Associate and use our marketing toolkit to ensure alignment and visibility for all International Women’s Day events. 

Women’s Day community fair: There will be a community fair for students from noon to 3 p.m. March 8 on the SEC Plaza. Student groups interested in tabling at this event should contact [email protected]. Visit the website for more information.

Annual Summer Youth Soccer Camp, ages 3-13: Attending our youth camp June 19-21 is a great opportunity for kids to enjoy soccer while building lasting relationships with Oregon State student-athletes. Campers will work directly with our players and coaches in our very own athletic facilities. The camp is for every level of player, both boys and girls. Big Beavs (ages 7-13) will go from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and the cost is $350. Mini Beavs (ages 3-6), 9-11 a.m., $150. $20 off registration before March 5. There is also a 10% discount for registering siblings. To apply:

Breaking Barriers awards: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW), the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) and OSU Athletics are pleased to solicit nominations for the 2024 Breaking Barriers Awards, a recognition of the accomplishments and impact of those who have worked to advance gender equity at OSU. We welcome nominations of people who have made influential contributions to our community for the four Breaking Barriers awards. For more information about these categories, see the Breaking Barriers website. Submit a nomination by Feb. 26. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Faculty Staff Fitness: Faculty Staff Fitness offers classes on campus or online to meet your health and wellness needs. Check out our spring term schedule so you can reserve time on your calendar to take care of you! Spring registration opens March 1. FSF programming is open to all faculty, staff, GTAs/GRAs, spouse/partners of faculty and staff, OSU retirees and OSU affiliates. For information, call the Physical Activity Office at 541-737-3222.

Transdisciplinary Research Seed Funds: Up to $100K is available to support OSU faculty build a transdisciplinary research team or seek to sustain momentum of an existing team and/or scale-up collaborative research efforts towards the submission of large proposals that directly support Prosperity Widely Shared: The Oregon State Plan. Full details at the Division of Research and Innovation website including links to register for info sessions in early March 8. 

Register now for Open Education Week: Oregon State's Open Educational Resources Unit, in collaboration with OSU faculty, has saved students more than $18 million in course material costs since winter 2019. Join these efforts by registering for Open Education Week from March 4-8. This annual celebration raises awareness of open educational resources and explores other important ways to make higher education more accessible and affordable to all. Sessions are hosted online. View the schedule of webinars and register today.

Hope Grows Here study recruitment: the Moore Family Center (COH) is recruiting participants for Hope Grows Here – a gardening and nutrition education program for cancer survivors. If you are an adult cancer survivor who has completed your primary cancer treatment and are interested in learning to grow your own vegetable garden with the support of a Master Gardener mentor, please visit the Hope Grows Here website to learn more and take the eligibility survey.


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NEW! UIT-Academic Technologies invites applications for a Technology Systems Integrator in Technical Services. This is a 12-month, full time, professional faculty position. Posting #P07784UF. Full consideration March 8. 


“In my garden, after a rainfall, you can faintly, yes, hear the breaking of new blooms.” ~ Truman Capote

Corvallis: Showers today, high of 44, low of 33. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Snow today, high of 37, low of 21. Chance of snow tomorrow.

Newport: Showers and breezy today, high of 45, low of 40. Rain likely tomorrow.

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