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. 


The core of the matter: OSU unveils state-of-the-art facility for storing and studying geological samples (Gazette-Times)

Sometimes the keys to the future can be found in the past. That’s one of the core principles (pun intended) of Oregon State University’s Marine and Geology Repository, which holds one of the nation’s largest collections of oceanic sediment cores.

Native oysters make comeback, thrive again in Puget Sound (UPI)

"A decrease in pH makes it harder for Pacific oysters to make their shell, it takes more energy to make the shell very quickly and they often don't make it," said George Waldbusser, associate professor in ocean ecology and biogeochemistry at Oregon State University, who helped identify the problem.

Scientists discover a weed compound that may be 30 times more powerful than THC (CNN)

"The challenge is that it can take a long time to isolate, especially with rare sources," said Dr. Jane Ishmael, associate professor in Oregon State University's College of Pharmacy. "I get the impression that these products were present in small amounts, so it's a surprise to find the natural products from a cannabis plant that we've known about for a long time."

OSU-Cascades' elementary education bachelor's program tries to combat teacher shortage, train diverse workforce (Bend Bulletin)

Chavez, a junior at Oregon State University-Cascades, is one of 19 students in the university’s new bachelor’s degree elementary education program.

MOFS optimised for electronic olfactory devices (The Engineer)

If brought to fruition, the research led by Cory Simon, assistant professor of chemical engineering in Oregon State University’s College of Engineering, could lead to electronic noses that also diagnose diseases and detect safety threats. 

Milk thistle for dogs: Benefits and uses (Great Pet Care)

“Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is a flowering plant that contains the flavonoid compound silymarin in the seeds,” says Dr. Stacie Summers, veterinarian at Oregon State University’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine. “Although the terms milk thistle and silymarin are often used interchangeably, silymarin is the part of the plant that has the beneficial properties.”

OSU awarded by Carnegie Foundation (Corvallis Advocate)

Oregon State University has been awarded its second Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, a designation that acknowledges the strength of OSU’s commitment to community engagement and engaged scholarship among Oregonians statewide.   

Corvallis forum on parking set for Thursday (Gazette-Times)

On hand will be Evan Manuel, a land use and transportation planner with the state Department of Land Conservation and Development and Meredith Williams, director of transportation services with Oregon State University.

Businesses have trouble recruiting and retaining workers because of lack of childcare (Bend Bulletin)

To put the child care desert in perspective in Deschutes County, there is one child care slot for every nine children ages 0-2 and one slot for every four children ages 3-5, said Megan Pratt, Oregon State University assistant professor and coordinator of the Oregon Child Care Research Partnership.

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Food Drive: The annual OSU Food Drive kicks off today, and you will find a list of upcoming events in a special section of OSU Today, just past 'Lectures, Workshops, Webinars.' As we've done before, things happening today will be moved to the 'Today' section, but other events are happening all month so look for those as well. 


NEW! Bake Sale: Many types of cookies, brownies, muffins, cupcakes, quick breads, Rice Krispy treats, dirt pudding cups and cheesecake bars. GF and vegan options. Prices range from 50 cents to $1; come and get some treats. Richardson Hall, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Second Floor Knuckle. For more information contact

NEW! 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. Magruder Hall, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. For questions, contact

NEW! Crop and Soil Science & Horticulture Winter 2020 Seminar Series: The Department of Crop and Soil Science and the Horticulture Department are co-hosting the weekly Winter 2020 Seminar Series. Our next meeting will be Feb. 3, 4-5 p.m., Agricultural and Life Sciences building, and will be led by Dennis Albert, research faculty in OSU’s Horticulture Department. His presentation is entitled “Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture (OCCUH): A Short History and Brainstorming Session.” Albert will discuss Oak Creek’s activities since 2009 and the potential to enhance outreach, teaching, and research into the future. Zoom recording and connection available:


NEW! Faculty wellness: There’s still time to RECHARGE your wellness in 2020. OSU Faculty Staff Fitness is holding a brand new six-week wellness challenge starting Feb. 2-March 14, called RECHARGE 2020. This electrifying program is made to emphasize healthy habits through tracking and educational elements with an online portal, office challenges and partnering to give you a fully rounded experience. Register via by the end of this week. Contact if you have additional questions.

NEW! OSU Gallery Walk: Take a winter evening stroll around campus to view the wonderful art exhibits in six galleries. Similar to the Corvallis Art Walk, only limited to the OSU campus, galleries will be open until 7 p.m. to host interested visitors. Some will serve refreshments. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 4-7 p.m. Fairbanks Gallery of Art, Concourse Gallery, Giustina Gallery, The Little Gallery, Strand Gallery, Valley Library. Maps available at each location. Free.

NEW! Songwriters in the Round. A facilitated weekly meetup of songwriters and aspiring songwriters, hosted by Director of Popular Music Bob Santelli with OSU students Jens Lovtang and Max Winer. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Bexell Hall Lounge. Tuesdays through March 17. Free and open to all. Bring your songs, your instrument and your enthusiasm.

NEW! American StringsTickets are available for CLA’s upcoming American Strings event with Chicago blues artists Ronnie Baker Brooks and Billy Branch on Feb. 12, 7:30-9:30 pm. at the Majestic Theatre.

NEW! Slavic Soul Party: Tickets are available for SAC Presents on March 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center, featuring Slavic Soul Party!, a 10-piece brass band from NYC that performs “Balkan-soul-gypsy-funk.”

Small meetings with President Ray: President Ray and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee are continuing the long-standing tradition of sponsoring small group faculty (academic, research, and professional) conversations. Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. These conversations provide the President with an opportunity to receive candid feedback from faculty and an occasion for idea and information exchange. To register for the winter term sessions (Feb. 4, 10-11:30 a.m., March 11, 2:30-4 p.m., and April 6, 3-4:30 p.m.) please access

OSUsed Store Public Sales The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly evening public sale Tuesday, Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 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.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Election 2020: Police Brutality: A panel discussion about the history of excessive force used and allowed, and the process of prosecuting an officer charged with excessive force. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 5:30-7 p.m., MU 109.

NEW! 2020 Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of Biodiversity (EECB) Seminar Series: Carri LeRoy will be giving a talk titled “Primary succession and plant sex influence ecosystem function in streams of Mt. Saint Helens.” The talk is on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 4-5 p.m., WITH 109. Remote access to this seminar is available at HTTPS://OREGONSTATE.ZOOM.US/J/565744050.

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. The first meeting examines the development of three different but formative social movements: the Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam war in 1970, the Kensington Welfare Rights Union in the 1980s, and the direct action of Earth First in Oregon in the early 1990s. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m., Milam 318.

NEW! Lecture and Discussion: Jonathan Katz, professor of history, will draw on his considerable research and teaching experience with Iran, Islam and the Middle East, to present: “The US and Iran: Misfortune and Missed Opportunities.” The talk will be Wednesday, Feb. 5, 3-4:30 p.m. in the OSU Foundation Boardroom, 4238 SW Research Way, Corvallis. OSURA (OSU Retirement Association), sponsor, invites the OSU community.

NEW! OSU Lane County Extension Master Food Preservers Gearing up 2020 Training Program: Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 eight-week training program. The full-day classes will be held every Monday starting April 6 and completing with graduation on June 1. The course provides in-depth research based training in all areas of food preservation including food safety. To apply to be a part of the 2020 training program, applications are available on the Lane County OSU Extension website:, or at the Lane County Extension office at 996 Jefferson in Eugene. Cost of the program is $175 plus a minimum volunteer payback of 70 hours in the year following the training or the course can be taken for $375 without the volunteer payback. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 27. 

Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Collecting Feedback & Responsive Teaching - Join Lyn Riverstone (AT) and Kenton Hokanson (CoSci) to learn strategies for collecting, analyzing and responding to mid-course feedback from students. +Tech Talk: Get started with Top Hat, one of several tools useful for collecting student feedback. This workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215, Feb 4 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: Stuty Maskey, graduate student in Public Policy, presents “Collaboration Failure: Stakeholder Perspectives of Managing a National Forestry Program in Nepal,” and Nicolas Gomez-Andujar, graduate student in Marine Resource Management, presents “Adaptive Self-Governance of Small-Scale Fisheries in Puerto Rico.” Tuesday, Feb. 4, 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:

Women and Negotiations lecture: For the first time, the 2020 Susan J. McGregor Memorial Lecture, featuring Ashleigh Shelby Rosette Ph.D., professor of Management and Organizations at Duke University, will be offered in Portland. Dr. Rosette’s Portland lecture on “Women and Negotiations” will describe how gender stereotypes influence negotiation outcomes and explain how you can work with those stereotypes to achieve your goals. The lecture will be held on Feb. 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m., in the Sentinel Hotel, Billiard Room. Registration is required. OSU students can use promo code MCGREGOR for free admission.

Social Security: Seven Keys to Enhancing Benefits: There are many factors which contribute to eligibility, size, and timing of your social security retirement benefit. This seminar provides seven different areas of focus to best understand and time income from social security. Feb  4, noon to 1 p.m., MU 207, Allworth Room. Presented by Kyle King, CRPC®, APMA®, Financial Advisor, CUSO Financial Services, L.P. At Maps Credit Union.

Healthy Sleep: This training addresses how stress impacts sleep along with key principles for getting better rest, including mindfulness and guided imagery. Insomnia and its impact are also addressed. Feb. 5, 9-10 a.m. MU Multipurpose Room. Registration is required at OSU Professional Development site: Search for the course by the title and register. To participate remotely access the Zoom registration link here. Sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program.

Workshop: Blending Your Teaching with Instructional Media: Want to know how to create instructional media for your on-campus courses and to learn best practices of hybrid/flipped/blended design and teaching? CTL and Academic Technology invite you to explore the new Faculty Media Center. Learn how to make audio, video and other media, while beginning to plan an upcoming course in this 90-min. hands-on workshop. Refreshments provided. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., Kidder 100. Registration Info: Faculty Media Center.

Intersectionality at Work lecture: Ashleigh Shelby Rosette Ph.D., professor of Management and Organizations at Duke University, will give the Corvallis 2020 Susan J. McGregor Memorial Lecture on “Intersectionality at Work.” Rosette will explore ways in which intersecting identities of race, class, sexuality and other social categories make different women experience the workplace in very different ways, and how this awareness can help us work together to make better working conditions for all women according to their unique needs and experiences. The lecture will be held on Feb. 5, 7-8 p.m., in the LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium. The event is free; RSVP is appreciated but not required.

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.

Employee Assistance Program workshop on Working in a Changing Environment: In an organizational culture of constant change, adapting can be challenging. Some areas addressed during this presentation are the elements of change, different losses that are experienced related to change, the transitional stages, and ways of coping with stress and change. March 18, 9-10 a.m. MU Multipurpose Room. Registration is required at OSU Professional Development site: Search for the course by the title and register. To participate remotely access the Zoom registration link here. Sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program.

Food Drive
NEW! 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. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Naval Armory, Quarterdeck. Now accepting Venmo payments. For questions, contact
NEW! Grilled Cheese Lunch: The AMBC will be making custom grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch on Feb. 4, noon to 1 p.m., Hovland 09 to help the OSU Food Drive. Cost is $5 for a sandwich, tomato soup and chips. For questions, contact

NEW! Chili Competition & Baked Potato Bar Lunch: Chili Competition & Baked Potato Bar Lunch: Come by for chili and baked potatoes brought to you by School of Life Sciences. Vote for your favorite chili. Potato, chili, toppings, cookie and drink for $7. Feb. 5, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Cordley 3029. For questions, contact

NEW! 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
NEW! 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
NEW! 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
NEW! Quilt Raffle Ticket Sale: Quilt raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. All month, Richardson 215. For more information contact

Take Note

CIO 100 Day ReportOSU's new Chief Information Officer invites you to explore her 100-day report which covers her findings from conversations with the OSU community and what comes next for IT at OSU. 

Mindful After Cancer (MAC) study: Women will be able to participate in the MAC program online, from the privacy of their homes. The MAC program is eight weeks long starting on March 30, with an online group meeting each week for 1½ to two hours. It is aimed at fostering positive body image, sexual health and well-being. Participants will fill out an online survey before and one month after the program ends, and will get $20 for each survey completed. There is no charge for the program. The study results will increase our understanding of how to help women improve their sexual well-being and quality of life after cancer. The study is open to women who were diagnosed with stage 1-4 breast or gynecologic cancer at least one year ago. Go to, or email for more information. This study is being conducted by the Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences. The Principal Investigator is Jessica R. Gorman, Ph.D.

Updates to University Policies & Standards: Please visit the University Policy & Standards page to learn about recent policy updates: This page is updated frequently with new developments, so we encourage you to check back regularly. Also, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter here.

Traffic and Maintenance

Parking lot closure, Benton Place: Work will take place along the west side of Benton Place between Jefferson Way and Langton Place to improve ADA accessibility in the area. This work will be non-invasive but will require that parking be removed on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.. (view map). 


"“My parents armed me with an amazing sense of humor, and it’s what you need when, well, it’s what anyone needs in this world.” ~ actor Warwick Davis, who turns 50 today.

Corvallis: Chance of rain and snow showers before 10 a.m. High of 44, low of 29. Patchy freezing fog and then mostly cloudy Tuesday.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny Monday, high of 33, low of 18. Increasing clouds Tuesday.

Newport: Scattered showers, high of 36. Slight chance of showers tomorrow.

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