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:


OSU public safety asking for help identifying suspect in hit-and-run (KEZI)

According to OSU public safety, the incident happened at about 9:30 p.m. on January 28 in the intersection of southwest Washington Way and southwest 15th Street. Public safety officials said a pedestrian was crossing the street using the crosswalk when they were struck by a pick-up truck. The vehicle kept traveling northbound on southwest 15th street after the collision, public safety officials said. (see also Democrat-Herald)

OSU study: Drier air likely to cause more harm than lower rainfall in Douglas fir stands (KLCC)

Researchers at Oregon State University have found that Douglas fir trees can tap into sources of water deep in the soil during long seasons without rain, but the trees become stressed when the air is hot and dry.

What if colleges lose at Supreme Court? (Inside Higher Ed)

Jon Boeckenstedt, vice provost for enrollment management at Oregon State University, said, “This all seems to be good advice, but nothing seems to be new or extraordinary, and most of these components are things institutions should already be doing.” He added, “The idea of breaking down historic practices like advantages for wealthy or alumni students makes sense in a world where admissions slots are finite and fixed.

High egg prices have you thinking about raising chickens? Here's what you need to consider (Oregonian)

Raising and keeping chickens isn’t cheap so you’re not going to save money compared to buying eggs at the market, according to Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Oregon State University Extension Service livestock specialist and director of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network in the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences.

Oregon statewide seed giveaway returns (Western Farmer-Stockman)

The Grow This! Oregon Garden Challenge, Oregon State University Extension’s statewide seed giveaway, returns for a fourth year in 2023 featuring a continued partnership with the Oregon Potato Commission.


Fragile masculinity at work: 4 experts break down why men may 'lie, cheat and steal' if they feel their manliness is threatened in the workplace and how to fix it (Fortune)

Men who believe they are viewed as less manly than their peers—or feel that their masculinity is compromised—are more likely to mistreat their coworkers, lie for personal gain or steal from their employers in order to make themselves feel better, according to new research published in the Harvard Business Review (Co-written by Keith Leavitt, professor of management and Betty S. Henry Amundson Faculty Scholar in Ethics at the Oregon State University College of Business.) (Article behind paywall)

Do bees have knees? (Yahoo)

But similarly to the legs of humans and other legged animals, bees' legs are made up of distinct segments. According to Ramesh Sagili, a bee researcher at Oregon State University, bee legs are divided into five parts; starting closest to the body, they are the coxa, trochanter, femur, tibia and tarsus.

Got invasive jumping worms? They need to be reported (Oregonian)

Gardening season is on hold for the winter months, but you may have questions as you prepare for spring. To ask one, simply go to the OSU Extension website, type it in and include the county where you live.

Today's photo

Land of rainbows: Kimberly Copeland, procurement & business systems manager, UHDS, submitted this photo. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Want to learn what’s new in Gradescope, OSU’s centrally supported grading tool? Register for the Recent Gradescope Updates and Looking Ahead webinar hosted by Gradescope, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m., to learn the new features and what’s coming next.     


Blood drive: American Red Cross is accepting blood donations in the MU from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 6-9. You can sign up online or drop in to donate:

CCVM Food Drive Soup Sale: Come to Magruder Hall atrium (look for the big bear statue) for a soup lunch to support the food drive on Monday, Feb. 6, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. We will have a variety of options for all. $3 for a bowl of soup or $5 for soup, bread and beverage. For questions, contact [email protected].

College of Forestry Book Sale: Come browse our selection of books in Richardson Hall’s first-floor knuckle Feb. 6-10. Prices drop each day but buy early to avoid being disappointed. Email [email protected] with questions.

Live, Work and Play: The Social Determinants of Health in London. Faculty-led program info session: Join OSU faculty leaders Stephanie Grutzmacher and Ashley Vaughn from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences for a 4-credit, two-week program in London from July 3-17. Info session Feb. 6, 12:30 p.m. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

Savings webinar: The Oregon Treasury Savings Network helps Oregonians save for education, retirement and disability-related expenses. Come learn when Network staff shares information about the state’s three savings programs. Specifically staff will provide overviews of the Oregon College Savings Plan, the state’s new savings program OregonSaves and ABLE Oregon’s disability savings program. Feb. 6, 11 a.m.

General Education Implementation: The Learning Outcome, Criteria, and Rationale (LOCR) Committee invites the university community to provide feedback on the LOCRs faculty have created through a listening session. Participants will learn about the LOCR creation process, preview LOCR drafts, engage in conversation and provide feedback. Your college’s participation and collaboration will help inform the final LOCRs we propose to the Faculty Senate for adoption. All listening sessions will be held on Zoom. Registration is required, though participants can register at the time of the meeting and still gain access. Feb. 6, 2-3:30 p.m. and Feb. 7, 1-2:30 p.m.

NEW! Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture Winter 2023 Seminar Series Tuesdays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom on Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. Serhan Mermer, faculty research assistant, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, will present, “Strategies to limit environmental impact of pest management practices.” The event is free and open to the public. Please visit our website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information at:


OSU Art-Sci exhibit: "Seeing a River." Joan Truckenbrod Gallery, Corvallis, Feb. 3-25. Two artists (Leah Wilson and Andrew Myers) and a scientist (Jerri Bartholomew) share their views of a river through different perspectives. The artists will be present Friday and Saturday 1-4 p.m. during the month, and during the Corvallis Art Walk on Feb. 16.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Sharing the Lead Harmoniously Through Shared Decision-Making: Join the Center for Family Enterprise on Feb. 8, 8:30 a.m. via Zoom for our Family Business 360 event. Hear from Bruce Hraba, president of Waterford Hotels & Inns, who will be sharing how this family business has been able to lead harmoniously through shared decision-making. Register here.  

NEW! Workplace Safety Culture Webinar: OSU community members are encouraged to attend the Workplace Safety Culture webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 2-3 p.m. The Workplace Safety Culture Task Force will be reporting their findings and recommendations and unit leaders will share the safety improvements and policies they’ve implemented. Register now:

NEW! Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Seminar Series: Rebecca Terry, associate professor of integrative biology with Oregon State University, will speak on “Raptors, rodents, and the desert west: disentangling drivers of diversity across Pleistocene to Modern landscapes,” Feb. 8, 4 p.m. Johnson Hall 102. Zoom:

NEW! WRE Seminar Series: Huancui Hui from the Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL) will present "Tracking Hydroclimate Impacts of Extreme Precipitation Events Using Numerical Water Tracers," on Feb. 8, 4 p.m. in Bexell Hall 328 or on Zoom. Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details.  

NEW! PFLA Lunch and Learn: Concur Travel – Beyond the Basics. Please join us for an interactive discussion on booking travel, submitting expense reports, questions about the Concur system and sharing solutions. Feb. 22, noon to 1 p.m. in KEC 1007 or via Zoom. For more information about the event and how to register click here.

NEW! Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State University 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; recognize when, and how, to provide equal opportunity and access to employees; and more. March 6-9, 8:15 a.m. to noon each day via Zoom. Learn more and register before Feb. 27.

NEW! Coaches Clinic on skill acquisition March 8. Practice makes perfect. OSU kinesiology faculty are teaching youth sports coaches of all experience levels new strategies for giving instruction, reinforcing patterns and using effective feedback. The College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ free session is Wednesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m., Hallie Ford Center. Registration required. 

Center for Teaching and Learning QT Talks: "Effective Course Design: Intentional Blending of Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning." Regardless of course modality, all Corvallis and Cascades campus courses involve learning in person during synchronous class meetings and asynchronously outside of class. How can we best leverage both types of learning activities to ensure all students have an equitable opportunity to be successful? In this interactive session, learn ways to do this through intentional design. Feb. 7, 11-11:50 a.m. Registration.

Center for Teaching and Learning: Participate in QT Chats that meet every other Tuesday at noon in the LINC 468 faculty lounge. Join us for casual, safe conversations around pedagogical practices and sharing of tips and resources. Feb. 7, noon.

Public Health Insider: Power Vegetables and Cancer Prevention. Mark your calendar for Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and pass the kale. Faculty from the CPHHS and the Moore Family Center will discuss the link between power vegetables and cancer prevention. They will also highlight the Hope Grows Here program and the research from the Linus Pauling Institute. Register for this free webcast:

Sharing the Lead Harmoniously Through Shared Decision-Making: Join the Center for Family Enterprise Feb. 8, 8:30 a.m., via Zoom for their Family Business 360 event. Hear from Bruce Hraba, president of Waterford Hotels & Inns, who will be sharing how this family business has been able to lead harmoniously through shared decision-making. Register here.

Ask Alumni virtual event: So you got into grad school. Now what? Hear from OSU graduates who have been where you are, meet students and alumni like you and grow your professional network at this Ask Alumni virtual event. The OSU Alumni Association, Career Development Center and Vamos OSU are bringing together dynamic alumni to share stories of their early careers. Feb. 8, 5:30 p.m. Register today.

My People Are Rising: The History and Legacy of the Black Panthers in the Pacific Northwest. Aaron Dixon co-founded the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968 and led it for four years. Dixon will draw on his published memoir, "My People are Rising," to discuss his experiences fighting for Black empowerment and racial justice. Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Memorial Union, Horizon Room 49. A Black History Month event

Food Drive

NEW! Soup Lunch: Join the College of Forestry's Forest Engineering, Resources and Management Department for soup from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Richardson Hall's second-floor knuckle. $3 for a bowl of soup with bread or $5 all you can eat. Desserts also available.

Breakfast: Come join us for breakfast for lunch at Nash 104J on Feb. 7. Our $5 blue plate special includes complimentary coffee and all proceeds go to the OSU Food Drive. Plates will be available from noon to 1 p.m. at Nash 104J. For questions, contact [email protected].

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. 

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).

School of Public Policy Plant SaleFind an easy-to-care-for plant to add to your office or home (we'll even throw in a care guide). There will be a wide variety of plants to choose from and the suggested donations will be printed on the individual plants. The plants go fast, so be sure to swing by early in the month for the best choices.

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! Media training: OSU’s Office of News and Research Communications has recently restarted in-person media training sessions. The half-day sessions are designed to build participants’ understanding of the media, develop interviewing skills through mock interview sessions and increase confidence in working with journalists. The sessions are open to anyone at the university who has, or likely will, interact with journalists. If you are interested, please reach out to Sean Nealon, OSU’s news editor, at [email protected]. Space is limited.

NEW! Provost’s Literary Prize: The 35th Annual Provost’s Literary Prize for undergraduate students at OSU is open for submissions. The winner will be awarded $500 and on-campus publication. Jennifer Richter in the School of Writing, Literature and Film and the screening committee are seeking help from faculty to identify candidates for the prize. The literary work can be fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction written for general audience. Please direct students to for submission requirements. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 25. The winner will be announced in May. 

NEW! Interdisciplinary Student Fellowships: This one-year fellowship offers OSU students the opportunity to develop a creative, journalistic and/or scholarly project at the intersection of one of four tracks: Art+Science, Art+Engineering, Humanities+Science or Film+Science. Fellows will be awarded $1,000, engage in ongoing networking and professional development opportunities with faculty and community mentors and be eligible to apply for a residency at the cabin at Shotpouch Creek. Visit the Interdisciplinary Student Fellowships program page to learn more about each of the four tracks and how to apply. Application due March 17. If you have questions, contact [email protected].

NEW! Opportunity: Mentor Interdisciplinary Student Fellows. OSU faculty in the sciences, engineering, arts and humanities are invited to become mentors for the 2023-24 Interdisciplinary Student Fellowships program. This one-year fellowship offers OSU students the opportunity to develop a creative, journalistic and/or scholarly project at the intersection of one of four tracks: Art+Sci, Art+Engineering, Humanities+Sci or Film+Sci. Visit us online for more information about the fellowship program and the role of mentors in each track. Apply by March 17 to become a mentor via this short online form. If you have questions, contact [email protected]

NEW! Free Middle School Women in Science Workshop: Discovering the Scientist Within, is a program designed to nurture sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade girls’ interest in the STEM fields and consists of activities paired with adult women scientist role models. The event will be on campus, Saturday, March 11, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Registration opens Feb. 1 and closes March 1. Contact Emily Nicholson in Precollege Programs at 737-9424 with questions.

NEW! 30 years of service: Congratulations to Mary Cluskey, associate professor--Nutrition Dietetics & Food Service; program and internship director, for being honored for 30 years of service at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others who have reached this milestone by clicking on their name.

Volunteer opportunities: Join us once or weekly for a volunteer service project at Heartland Humane Shelter & Care, Room at the Inn, Parks & Recreation, Starker Arts Garden for Education(SAGE) and Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers will be maintaining space for animals and a chance to play with them, providing emergency meals and housing, enhancing parks and trails and helping grow food for low income families. The OSU Community are the intended audience for this event. Register at

Free student contraceptive careWant free contraceptive care? Oregon ContraceptiveCare (CCare) is a program funded through a grant from the Centers for Medicaid Services and the Oregon Department of Human Services that allows Student Health Services (SHS) to provide free reproductive health care and contraceptive services to OSU students with certain income criteria. Most students qualify. Sign up for CCare by calling SHS at 541-737-9140.

OSU VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance): Need help with your taxes? Not sure if you need to file taxes this year? Come to VITA for free tax preparation. Follow this link for more information. Open Thursdays 5:30-8 p.m. and Saturdays noon to 5 p.m. Austin Hall 100. Questions: [email protected].

Connect students with 24/7 mental health support: Anytime Anywhere: MySSP is a free app that gives all OSU students, including Ecampus students, 24/7 access by text or phone with a licensed mental health counselor. Marketing materials for the following identities/experiences are now available: student veterans, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, students experiencing basic-needs insecurity, graduate students, engineering majors and international students. Request print and digital marketing materials to share with students by clicking

Health and Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by reminding employees of ergonomic and safe lifting resources available to them online at You can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a link to report safety concerns online.

The Guardian App from Public Safety: Provided by OSU Public Safety for anyone at OSU to download and use. The app receives OSU Alerts, enables emergency texting with OSU police dispatchers, provides phone directories of emergency numbers and one-touch emergency dialing, links to emergency and public safety web resources and is a virtual guardian/timer so you don’t walk alone. Download at or

Policy update: 03-140-513 Miscellaneous Expenses has been revised to allow flowers to be purchased with university funds for use at event banquets or receptions, removing the previous restriction to only allow for University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS).

Policy update: 03-150-102 Lease Reporting has been revised to provides clear guidelines for valuing, accounting for and reporting lease agreements and transactions in OSU’s financial statements and underlying accounting system in compliance with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). Effective June 30, 2022, GASB 87 requires that all qualifying leases are capitalized and referred to as either “lessee” or “lessor” leases, rather than “operating” or “capital” leases.

Are you a Fulbright Alumni? Let us know. The Office of Faculty Affairs now supports faculty interested in the Fulbright Program. This list will be used for purposes such as invitations to OSU Fulbright social events, to support current faculty with their applications or to speak on a panel about your experiences. Fill out the Qualtrics survey.

Participants sought for cancer study: Young adult survivors of breast/gynecologic cancer and their partners are being sought to participate in a newly adapted “Opening the Conversation” intervention to improve coping and communication for young couples after cancer. The eligibility criteria for this study are: Survivor had a breast or gynecologic cancer diagnosis at age 18-39, survivor was diagnosed between 6 months and 5 years ago, survivor has a partner, partner is age 18 or older, and both partners must agree to participate. Open to couples of all gender identities. Info at:

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Shelter. Seeking appropriate shelter is critical in times of disaster. Sheltering is appropriate when conditions require you to seek protection in your home, place of employment or other location when disaster strikes. More information can be found here:

Funding available for students to attend sustainability conference: The Sustainability Office, ASOSU Sustainability Council, and Community Engagement & Leadership are offering students an opportunity to attend the Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) March 6-8, 2023, at the Corvallis Campus. Up to 90 students will be funded and all OSU students are eligible. Funding will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis to students who fully complete this registration form by Feb. 17.


“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” ~ Shirley Chisholm

Corvallis: Slight chance of showers today, high of 49, low of 40. Rain and breezy Tuesday.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 43, low of 32. Chance of rain and breezy tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of showers today, high of 51, low of 43. Rain and breezy Tuesday.

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