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:


Oregon State's Reser Stadium west grandstand falls, a 'seminal moment' in $153 million reconstruction project (Oregonian)

Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes has played college basketball and overseen four Division I athletic departments during his career. So he’s had some memorable moments. But the simple push of a couple buttons Friday morning was “maybe the coolest thing I’ve done,” he said. (see also 247 Sports, NBC ConnecticutWashington Post)

Some Angelenos say it's time to learn to live with COVID (LA Times)

The end of the pandemic is likely to be a gradual process, said Chunhuei Chi, director of the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University. Ultimately, it will require us to establish a relationship with SARS-CoV-2 that mirrors our relationship with the virus that causes seasonal flu.

How cities in the West can prepare for the Western wildfire threat (WBUR)

Featuring Erica Fischer, assistant professor of civil and construction engineering at Oregon State University.

Oregon reaches dire stage in pandemic as state issue guidelines for rationing care (Salem Reporter)

Chunhuei Chi, director of the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University, told the Capital Chronicle Friday that any workplace with large numbers of people working indoors will be impacted, including factories, entertainment venues and churches.

Disaster training for search-and-rescue dogs conducted at Reser Stadium implosion site (KGW)

Many watched as a part of Oregon State University history came down with a bang on Friday: the 67-year-old grandstand on the west end of Reser Stadium was demolished to make way for a multi-million dollar renovation project. What was once an iconic part of the Beavers game-day experience is now a pile of rubble and twisted steel, but it's also a unique opportunity for a canine search-and-rescue disaster training. (see also KEZI

Scientists used automated method to identify fish calls (

A research team from Oregon State University has recently developed an automated method that can reliably identify calls from a family of fish living among coral reefs. This method uses data collected by hydrophones and offers an efficient and cheap way of understanding changes in marine environments caused by climate change or other human influences.

Is there a simple way to remove dandelions from lawns without harming bees? Ask an expert (Oregonian)

Gardening season has wrapped up for the winter but you may still have questions. For answers, turn to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Today's photo

Autumn Oaks along 30th Street on OSU campus, October 2021 (Photo by Joseph Ohmann Krause, professor emeritus of French). We're still working our way through all our fall photo submissions but we're accepting winter photos now at [email protected]

Timely Teaching Tips: The OSU Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines, the related quick reference guide and the Student Positive Case Protocol for OSU Faculty and Staff provide guidance for supporting your students.


Virtual open house sessions for draft 2043 Regional Transportation Plan: The Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is hosting two virtual open house sessions Jan. 10, at noon and 5 p.m., discussing the draft 2043 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The Regional Transportation Plan identifies how the Corvallis Metropolitan Area will meet the needs of the transportation system over a 20-year planning horizon. To register for the virtual open house sessions, visit the CAMPO website.

Science Pub: "Investigating how COVID-19 proteins stick to viral RNA and taking research from the lab to the dance floor," Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. Join Heather Masson-Forsythe for a virtual presentation that includes how she used her research in the annual international contest hosted by Science Magazine, “Dance Your Ph.D.,” winning the new COVID-19 prize and receiving tens-of-thousands of views on YouTube. Register for the presentation at


OSU Alumnus and SWLF Journalism Instructor to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award: Former National Geographic photographer and editor-in-chief Chris Johns will receive The Photo Society's 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Jan. 11, 9 a.m. The free Zoom presentation will include an artist talk, Q&A and chance to win a signed print. Register here.

Adult & Higher Education Doctoral Information Session: You’re invited to learn about the College of Education’s Adult & Higher Education doctoral program. Jan. 11, noon to 1 p.m. Please RSVP for the Zoom link and password. Contact [email protected] for questions.

President’s Winter Celebration: Jan. 11 from 9-11 a.m., Memorial Union Lounge. All OSU students, faculty and staff are invited to join Interim President Becky Johnson for this annual tradition. Make crafts and join in conversation while picking up treats and beverages to go to kick off the winter term. Attendees can bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations for the OSU Food Pantry. 

Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Jan. 13 to consider the appointment of a new board secretary. The meeting will be held remotely from 1:30-2 p.m. and is open to the public. Agenda and materials will be posted at For special accommodation contact 541-737-3449 or [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance.  

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Beaver Family Connections: How to Recognize Suicidal Thoughts in Your Teen. Presenter: Tessie Webster-Henry, Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Coordinator. Jan. 11, noon to 1 p.m. Zoom link: For more information, contact Robynn Pease at [email protected].

NEW! Faculty & Staff Mind-Body Practice Group: Contemplative Studies and CAPS will offer simple, guided practices for grounding, relief and clarity amidst a busy day. Tuesdays 12:15-12:45 p.m: Jan. 11 through March. 8 Join in person at Dixon Lodge or via Zoom. Free. Registration required.

NEW! The Wild After Wildfire" with Maya Khosla: Join wildlife biologist, poet and filmmaker Maya Khosla in a discussion about forest biodiversity after wildfire, as part of Spring Creek Project's lecture series Lookout: Envisioning Futures with Wildfire on Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. Registrants will receive a link to Khosla's short film "Searching for the Gold Spot: The Wild after Wildfire." Learn more and register here.

NEW! Oregon Sea Grant Director Candidate Public Presentation/Q&A: Karina Nielsen will present, “The marine forecast is windy and wavy: Hope, opportunities, and challenges for coastal zone stewardship and communities,” Jan. 12. Talk: 9-9:50 a.m.; Q&A: 10-10:45 a.m. Virtual link:

NEW! The Great Resignation: Understanding the Post-Pandemic Job Market. What does it take to succeed in the new normal? Get expert advice and hear from alumni professionals who have been on the same journey as you at the next free virtual Winning in Life event, Feb. 3, at noon. The series is designed to build personal and professional skills. Register for free at’s "The Great Reset: Simple Strategies for Taking Charge and Feeling Better as a Working Parent in 2022." Daisy Dowling, top executive coach and working parenthood expert, covers the simple steps you can take to achieve greater success and satisfaction as a working parent or caregiver in 2022 and beyond. Jan. 11, 9 a.m. Register here.

CTL Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: "Supporting 2SLGBTQI+ Students In and Outside the College Classroom." In this T4 presentation, educational advocate and OSU graduate student Dharma Mirza (she/her) will explore ways to better include and support 2SLGBTQI+ students in and outside of the classroom. Zoom session Jan. 11, 10-11:50 a.m.

Beyond Benefits: Walking for Mental Health. Walking is a common source of exercise for many people, and it has well-recognized physical health benefits. But did you know there are mental health benefits to walking, too? Anyone who walks for any reason could also be enjoying these benefits. This session will look at the benefits of meditative walking and walking in nature. Jan. 11, noon. Register here.

GRAMMY U Informational Presentation: All current OSU students are invited to an informational presentation over Zoom about GRAMMY U on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 4-5 p.m. GRAMMY U is a unique program designed to prepare college students for careers in the music industry through networking, educational programs and performance opportunities. Presenters will share information on the program, GRAMMY U member benefits, the application process and more. Click here to RSVP.

OSU VITA seeks volunteers: Learn to do taxes. Help others with their taxes. Gain valuable experience to add to your resume. VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) partners with the IRS to help underserved populations in the area. Get trained and certified. Interested? General information session Jan. 11, 6-7 p.m., Austin Room 100. Food provided. Questions?

College of Engineering Virtual Lecture: David Hill, professor, Civil and Construction Engineering, will speak on “Crowd-Sourcing Snow: The Value of Community Science for Oregon’s Water Resources,” Jan. 12, noon to 1 p.m. Free and open to the public. For details and registration:

College of Engineering Virtual Lecture: Margaret Burnette, distinguished professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will speak on “Doing Inclusive Design: From GenderMag to InclusiveMag,” Jan. 18, noon to 1 p.m. Free and open to the public. For details and registration:

Your Social Impact: How to be a Change Agent Within Your Networks. Get expert advice from people who’ve been on the same journey as you and are making a difference in this free virtual "Winning in Life" event, Jan. 20 at noon. The series is designed to help students and alumni build personal and professional skills for success in life, career and beyond. Register for free at

Crucial Conversations: This is a 10-hour course that fosters dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics at all levels of your organization. Learn how to speak and be heard, surface the best ideas and make and execute the highest-quality decisions. Online sessions on Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., Jan. 20 through Feb. 17. There is a $100 fee to attend. Learn more and register here.

Teaching with Media: Discover ways to create and use media in your teaching as you blend synchronous and asynchronous learning in Corvallis and Cascades campus courses. The Faculty Media Center and CTL invite faculty and GTAs to a one-hour Zoom workshop. Register for Wed., Jan. 26 at 2 p.m., or register for Thurs., Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. Info: Faculty Media Center.

Inside the Mind of High Performing Leaders: You can learn how to lead with confidence and design your own success. Get expert advice from personal leadership professional and TEDx speaker Jeff Otis, ’90, at the next free virtual "Winning in Life" event, Jan. 27 at noon. Register for free at

Take Note

NEW! Call for art: The Reading Room is launching a Call for Art to match the themed collection Metamorphosis and invites you to submit a work of art for display. This call for art is open to all OSU faculty, staff, students and community members. Submit your unique work of art following the theme Metamorphosis on Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon and 5-7 p.m. in the Valley Library first floor, beside Java II. Check out the Call for Art page for specifics regarding work guidelines; details at:

NEW! Meditators Needed for Research Study: Edwards Social Cognition Lab in the Department of Psychology is seeking volunteers with mindfulness experience to join a research study consisting of a no-cost, 8-week, Zoom-based meditation class starting Jan. 23. One volunteer will win a $200 Amazon gift card. Visit the lab website for more information or to sign up.

NEW! SOUNDBOX 5: Interstitial Spaces. Collaborations & Creative Catalysts Feb. 23-24 (Virtual Festival). Looking for artists, writers, class projects, technologists, DIY makers, digital, video and performance artists, songwriters, musicians and more. Soundbox 5 is looking for new and collaborative works that demonstrate intermedia, cross-disciplinary storytelling and creativity, exploratory humanities research, improvised and popular forms of making, collaborative field work, technologies or process-driven arts. Open to all. Submissions accepted through Jan 24.

NEW! 25 Year Club inductees: Congratulations to Hsiou-Lien Chen, associate professor, for being inducted into the 25 Year club at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others inducted into the club by clicking on their name.

NEW! Eat Free: @eatfreeosu is a Twitter account managed by the Human Services Resource Center student team. This account broadcasts information about open events on campus that also have food available. If your event is closed, but you have extra food, a message can be crafted asking students to show up at the end of your event. Event organizers can tag @eatfreeosu or call 541-737-3747 during business hours to request their event be posted on the account.

Human-robot interactions: The Human-Machine Teaming Laboratory in Oregon State University's Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute is conducting a research experiment to study human-robot interaction for simulated supervisor-based environments. Participants will complete a series of tasks that require controlling and monitoring a simulated remotely-piloted vehicle and will complete anonymous questionnaires. The experiment requires participants to complete one 2-hour session. Participants will receive $30 upon completion. For requirements and to schedule, contact Prakash Baskaran at [email protected]

Volunteer to help at an OSU in-person career fair: Want to gain event logistics experience? Be a welcoming face for Oregon State when you sign up to assist at an in-person career fair. Volunteer slots include opportunities to connect personally with employers when they arrive on campus and to work side-by-side with professionals on the Career Development team. Sign up HERE.

Recruiting participants for Milk Protein Research: Food Science researchers are seeking participants with IBS diagnoses, 18-30 years old, who have a primary healthcare provider. In the study, adults with IBS will consume a regular serving of a protein shake for three weeks. The study will take 7 weeks total. Those who complete the study will receive a $300 gift card in Amazon credit. More details and sign-up available at

Fiscal policy draft: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on a new policy draft for Retroactive Pay. For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.

Help Inspiring Girls Expeditions spread the word about our FREE STEAM outdoor expeditions: Inspiring Girls Expeditions (housed within OSU’s CEOAS) is a tuition-free, 12-day wilderness science education program for 16-18-year-old high school girls and gender-expansive youth. Students who don’t feel like they fit the “typical” image of a scientist or outdoors person are especially encouraged to apply. If you know a student who might be interested, or an educator or network who could share this opportunity, please pass it along. The deadline to start the application is Jan. 24, so encourage students to apply today. Questions? Email us at [email protected].

Recruiting participants for virtual reality experiment: Psychology researchers are seeking participants who are at least 18 years old, speak fluent English and have normal or corrected-to-normal vision for virtual reality (VR) research aiming to explore how perception and movement interact. Participants will complete movement- and perception-based tasks for one hour in a VR environment. Those who complete the study will receive $15 in Amazon credit. More details and sign-up available at

Special or extra recycling needs? Campus has options for some items not accepted in general recycling bins but otherwise recyclable like batteries, Styrofoam and shredded paper. Or, perhaps you have an office or file clean out project and would like to request a temporary cart for all that extra paper? Visit Campus Recycling’s Special Recyclables guide for details and to submit a request.

Start the New Year off on the right foot: Looking to become more active? Enroll in the OSU Extension Walk With Ease self-directed program to get started and create an exercise plan that fits your schedule. This six-week online program includes weekly emails with guidance, tips and resources, plus a free "Walk With Ease" book (e-book or paperback). Visit our webpage to learn more and sign up. This program is available free to all Oregonians through OSU Extension. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Alternative Spring Break: Weeklong service-learning programs traveling to Washington, Southern Oregon and California during OSU’s spring break. Students engage in a variety of direct service projects, educational conversations and presentations, and reflective dialogue with leaders and change-makers in their respective communities. Priority application deadline: Friday, Jan. 28. Program dates: March 19-26. Program fee: $50. Apply at:

Dr. King Saturday of Service: Community Engagement & Leadership invites students, faculty, staff, and their partners and children to participate in OSU’s largest and longest running day of service of the year. Project times and locations vary; see the registration page: Snacks, hot lunch and transportation will be provided. For more information contact 541-737-3041 or [email protected].

Get There: Helping you connect with carpool buddies: Get There is a statewide carpool matching tool. You can join the OSU Corvallis Get There network to find other Beavers and share your commutes. Every trip counts. You do not need to carpool every day to benefit — even one day a week will reduce your travel costs. Please email Transportation Services at [email protected] with questions. To get started, register at

Taste Testers Wanted: The OSU Center for Sensory & Consumer Behavior Research is looking for panelists for consumer taste tests. Open to all students, faculty, staff, family and community members 18 and over. Panelists receive up to $20/hour for their time. Tests run throughout the year. Much of the testing is done using drive through sample pick up and in-home testing. Fill out Qualtrics survey to be added to our pool at or call 541-737-6506.

Looking for Unsung Heroes: We are looking for submissions from the Oregon State community to highlight OSU employees and students who are not typically in the spotlight but who are going above and beyond in their work or personal lives. Inspired by our COVID-19 Unsung Hero profiles, we want to celebrate those who serve others, whether it be helping colleagues, volunteering in their community or simply living in ways that inspire us. Send your suggestions to [email protected] and our staff may contact them for interviews we’d feature in OSU Today and elsewhere.

COVID-19 testing: Oregon State University, in collaboration with Willamette Valley Toxicology (WVT), is providing on-site COVID-19 testing. OSU employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to test at one of these locations: Corvallis: Student Experience Center and Cascade Hall 120: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. (For staff wanting to get a test voluntarily, please make sure to register for a LabDash account prior to arrival: Bend: Ray Hall 302. Week of Jan. 3: Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.

Traffic and Maintenance

Reser: For work related to the Completing Reser Stadium project, southbound traffic along SW 26th Street near the entrance to the Reser Stadium Parking lot will be diverted into the northbound lane while excavation and pipe installation work is occurring in the closed lane. Flaggers will be used at three locations to separate vehicular traffic from construction workers and equipment. SW 26th Street, access to the Reser Stadium parking lot and adjacent lots will be accessible. All lanes of traffic will reopen at end of shift each day. Construction activities and lane closures will occur between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily from Jan. 10-14. (view map).

West Greenhouse: As part of the 20 & 21 West Greenhouse project, a portion of sidewalk will be closed to pedestrian traffic between SW 30th and 35th streets on SW Campus Way for ADA access and sidewalk improvement work. The month-long closure is scheduled to start on Friday, Jan. 7 and continue through Feb. 7. Please view the online map, which provides an overview of this location and appropriate detours to take. Direct access to the 20 & 21 greenhouses can be made at their north side doors.

Graf Hall: As part of the Graf Hall Renovation Project, a section of sidewalk on the north side of Graf Hall will be closed for excavation work for a new sidewalk and building entry. During the closure, pedestrian traffic will be routed to the north side of Monroe Avenue (view map). The closure takes place now through Jan. 14.

Benton Place: For continued utility work related to the Arts and Education Complex project, an additional full closure of SW Benton Place is scheduled. The additional closure takes place Jan. 10-11 (view map). There will be minimal impacts to parking. SW Benton Place will reopen over the weekend before the additional closure starts next Monday.

Reser: For work related to the Completing Reser Stadium project, starting Jan. 3 through Jan. 10, a temporary entrance and exit driveway will be constructed along SW 26th Street and five ADA parking spaces will be temporarily closed. A temporary sidewalk closure along SW 26th Street is also planned (view map).


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NEW! Facilities Services at Oregon State University is seeking a full-time General Maintenance Mechanic. Posting #P03345CT. Closes Jan. 30.

NEW! Department Head of OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center: The Oregon State University Libraries invites applicants for a Department Head position in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center at the Vally Library (SCARC). SCARC’s primary mission is to preserve and provide access to the OSU Libraries’ distinctive holdings of manuscripts, university records, historic photographs and maps, rare books and other archival materials. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #P05111UF. Closes. Feb. 4. For additional information contact Natalia Fernández at [email protected]

NEW! Extension FCH Assistant Professor of Practice: OSU Extension Service is seeking an Assistant Professor of Practice for the Extension Family and Community Health Program.  This full-time, 12-month faculty position is located at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center in Central Point, Ore. Posting #P05137UF. Closes Feb. 4.

NEW! Manager of Finance and Contracts: The College of Education invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Manager of Finance and Contracts position. Posting #P05127UF. Closes Feb. 16.

NEW! Director of Data Accreditation & Assessment: The College of Education invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE),12-month Director of Data Accreditation & Assessment position. Posting #P05128UF. Closes March 18.

NEW! Manager of Operations: The College of Education invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Manager of Operations position. Posting #P05126UF. Closes March 18.


"Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.”~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Corvallis: Rain and then partly sunny, high of 43, low of 39. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 41, low of 29. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Rain and then cloudy, high of 55, low of 47.Chance of rain tomorrow.

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