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:


In a break with CDC, California quietly changed its Covid isolation guidelines (NBC News)

"We have to develop effective, safe ways to live with Covid-19 but not let Covid-19 hijack our life or work anymore," said Chunhuei Chi, a professor of health management and policy at Oregon State University. "What California and Oregon are doing is not just based on evidence, but they have to consider practicality. What is feasible?" he added.

A new study finds a vitamin critical for salmon in rivers (OPB News)

Researchers have known salmon’s ocean diet impacts their thiamine levels. Scientists at Oregon State University have called “thiamine deficiency complex” a growing threat. For example, a diet rich in anchovies rather than sardines can lead to a deficiency.

A way to address climate change? Oregon scientists have a plan (Portland Monthly)

LET’S FACE IT: our ecosystem is on track to absorb the worst consequences of climate change. Scientists at Oregon State University have a radical new proposal to mitigate the damage.


Today's photo

Elegant octopus: Alia Takashima, a member of the Rainbow Dance Theatre, performs at Oregon Sea Grant's 2023 State of the Coast conference at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. The performance was part of a keynote presentation by Darryl Thomas, a professor of dance at Western Oregon University, on how the arts can be used to convey scientific concepts. Photo by Trav Williams of Broken Banjo Photography. Learn more: We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Seeking strategies to spark student engagement while building community? Attend the CTL Sparkshop from noon to 12:20 p.m., Jan. 26 via Zoom to learn about the value of “instructor talk,” things that instructors say during class that are not related to course content. Register for the Sparkshop.


NEW! School of Public Policy Career Week: The School of Public Policy (SPP) invites you to meet faculty, staff, peers and alumni at Career Week 2024. Events this year are meant to inspire SPP students to think more about how their careers can change the world. Gatherings run from Jan. 22-25.

BABy@OSU: The week of Jan. 22, join us for the first BABy@OSU baby shower week. A week filled with sessions geared toward new and expecting parents with sessions from mindfulness and lactation to baby-bonding leave. There will be an in-person connection hour for new and expecting parents to learn more about the Family Resource Center and Work Life resources. Learn more and register for session here.

Lyra Workshop — Parenting in the Real World: Instead of offering yet another list of tips on better parenting, this workshop will suggest a simple but powerful practice. It will teach you to respond to any parenting dilemma with three simple steps: 1. Press pause; 2. Notice what’s going on; and 3. Choose your response. 10 a.m., Jan. 22. Register here.

NEW! Department of Horticulture seminar series: Join us for the Horticulture and Crop Soil Science Winter 2024 Seminar Series at noon, Jan. 22, in ALS 4001 or via Zoom. Zhou Zhang, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present, “AI for Sustainable Agriculture.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information:

Gearing Up for Gardening: "If You’re Going to Use Pesticides — Be Safe," Jennifer Gervais, OSU College of Ag Sciences, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. Come to the Corvallis-Benton County Library and get free gardening tips from local experts. Noon, Jan. 22. Presentations are free and open to everyone. Co-sponsored by the Benton County Master Gardener Association and the Corvallis-Benton County Library.

New Trauma-Informed Yoga class from CAPE: Beginning Jan. 22, CAPE Survivor Advocacy will be hosting a trauma-informed yoga class for survivors of gender-based violence. This class is led at a gentle to medium pace. All bodies and levels of movement are welcome and modifications will be offered. Limited yoga mats are available – please bring your own mat if possible. The class is held on Mondays from 12:10-12:50 p.m. For location details and more information, email Jocelyn Kerr.

NEW! Civil Rights through song: Join us to listen to a selection of songs that were central to the Civil Rights Movement by artists including Nina Simone, Odetta and others. We’ll learn about MLK’s thoughts on the role of music in social justice movements; discuss his legacy of anti-racist, anti-capitalist activism with a few songs; and reflect on how music informs our own activism in the present. 4-6 p.m., Jan. 22, MU 208. Hosted by the Labor Education Caucus of UAOSU.

Difficult Conversations: The University’s Role in Restoring Civic Dialogue with Robert George and Cornel West: Join us on Jan. 22 for a special event with Robert George and Cornel West. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the College of Business, this timely conversation will address the urgent need for universities to lead the way in reviving the art of civil discourse in a society increasingly characterized by division and confrontation. 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center. Register here for the free, public event.   


NEW! Tiny Café: Pop-up coffee and feedback about Beaver Hub on the main floor of Valley Library, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Jan. 24. Share your feedback about Beaver Hub for a free snack from OSU librarians.

NEW! Ready to get moving? Join us for a free virtual event with a cooking demo and a sneak peek of Walk With Ease, a free program for all Oregonians from OSU Extension, that can help you get moving no matter your mobility or fitness level. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Jan. 30. 

Privacy RoundupData privacy stations and prizes on Valley Library main floor, 2-4 p.m, Jan. 23. OSU Librarians will host activity tables, give away door prizes and share information about how to protect your data privacy. This event is part of Data Privacy Week.

Language socialThe World Languages and Cultures program in the School of Language, Culture, and Society invites you to Language and Beyond Social from 2-4 p.m., Jan. 24 in Kidder Hall 210. Learn about language programs and career opportunities, connect with fellow students, meet language and culture faculty and enjoy conchas (Mexican sweet bread).

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:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Beaver Family Connections: Enjoy lunch and connect with other OSU parents and caregivers as we explore interesting topics and discussions related to child development, parenting, and family health and well-being. No sign-up required. January’s topic: “Preparing Your High Schooler for College Admissions,” with OSU Admissions. Noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 23, MU 207. See full 2023-2024 schedule for future dates and topics. For accommodations, please contact Cari Maes at 541-737-4906 or [email protected].

NEW! Racial Advocacy: Racial injustice continues to impact our world. You see it, you feel it and you’re against it. But what can you do about it? Many people have a desire to advocate for racial and ethnic minorities, but are simply not sure where to start. This gathering is intended to be an open conversation about the most common and professional struggles faced by racial and ethnic minoritized communities. We’ll talk about successes, struggles and most importantly about how to sustain advocacy and care for ourselves in the process. 9 a.m., Jan. 24. Register for this upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

NEW! Care Talks -- Child Care & Parenting: Today’s Family, Challenges and Changes. This talk looks at the history of families and offers some best practices for how to have a healthy family life, including some fun things families can do together. 10 a.m., Jan. 24. Register today.

NEW! Navigating Lactation, Pumping and the Return to Work: Join the Family Resource Center and UHR Work-Life for a session with longtime lactation consultant and author, Chrisie Rosenthal. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Jan. 24 via Zoom. For more information see event flyer and click here to register and receive the Zoom link. For accommodations, please contact Cari Maes, [email protected] or 541-737-4906.

NEW! Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series: "Deep and Shallow: Implications of Vegetation-Climate Interactions for Groundwater Recharge and Green Roof Performance," presented by Samantha Hartzell of Portland State University. This seminar occurs from 4-5 p.m., Jan. 24 in Bexell Hall 328 or on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

NEW! Employee Resource Group (ERG)/Affinity Group: You are invited to a meeting at LBCC’s Calapooia Center of leaders and members of the various Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) across our institutions (LBCC, OSU, HP and Samaritan Health). The goal is to build relationships, create a better sense of community/belonging and build an awareness of each institution’s ERGs and how they function. 3-5 p.m., Jan. 30. Refreshments are provided and parking is free. Please contact Megan Kilgore [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.

NEW! RSVP for the College of Education’s Charles E. Carpenter Lecture for 2024: Established in 2004, the Charles E. Carpenter Lecture supports advances in professional development for community college leaders. Held each spring, the Carpenter Lecture features a nationally known speaker on a topic of importance to community colleges. This year's speaker will be Adrien Bennings, president of Portland Community College. Benning's lecture will explore the multifaceted nature of community college leadership and management. 6-8 p.m., Feb. 22, at the OSU Portland Center and online via Zoom. To RSVP or see details about the event, visit

CTL QT Talk — Creating an Inclusive Classroom: Difference, Power and Oppression Model. In this talk, attendees will learn about the inclusive teaching framework used by the Difference, Power and Oppression (DPO) Program. The DPO Program works with faculty across all fields and disciplines at OSU to develop inclusive curricula that addresses institutionalized systems of power, privilege and inequity in the U.S. The session will focus on providing practical reflection questions and tips for implementing the DPO framework in your own teaching practice. Presented by Kali Forman, interim assistant director, Difference, Power and Oppression. 11-11:50 a.m., Jan. 23. Register here.

Health careers alumni panel: You might be surprised by the variety of fields and roles a College of Health degree can lead to. Hear from alumni with your shared passion for taking on challenges facing health and well-being at an Ask Alumni career webcast, at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 24. Register for this free interactive panel presented by the OSU Alumni Association and College of Health.

Ridge to Reef: Sustainable Resource Management in Palau. Join OSU faculty leaders Brian Endress and Scott Heppell from the College of Agricultural Sciences this summer for a 4-credit, two-week program in Palau to study natural resource management, food security, and sustainability from June 18-July 23. Info session this week: 6 p.m., Jan. 24 or Feb. 5, via Zoom. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

Public policy career panel: Advance your career journey in public policy. Find inspiration for your future endeavors from alumni with degrees in political science, public policy and sociology at an Ask Alumni virtual networking event at 4 p.m. Jan. 25. Register for this free interactive panel presented by the OSU Alumni Association, OSU Career Development Center and School of Public Policy. 

Beating the Post-Vacation Blues: Returning to work after vacation is never easy. Many of us might have a hard time transitioning back to the flow of things. We might find ourselves still mentally checked out from our work, yearning to be back in a restful state. Some of us might be overwhelmed with the work that’s waiting for us – returning to a stark contrast between vacation and reality. Join this gathering to discuss the challenges we can face while transitioning back to work after a vacation. Attendees will also discuss self-care strategies to help you manage stress and maintain your mental health during this transition. Noon, Jan. 25 and 9 a.m., Jan. 26. Register for this upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

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.

Take Note

NEW! Therapy appointments: Did you know employees can see a therapist on the Corvallis campus through Lyra Health? Porshay Pendleton, LMFT, is available every Thursday for therapy sessions. To book an appointment with her click here. If it shows she is unavailable for appointments it is because her schedule is currently full. Appointments become available exactly two weeks in advance, so more appointments will open up today as the day goes on every Thursday.

NEW! Snack study: Do you like snacks? Volunteers wanted for an almond snack study (Corvallis). Seeking volunteers age 35-60 with minor underlying health conditions (e.g. elevated blood sugar or blood pressure, 20+ pounds overweight) to participate in a research study. Cannot be a smoker, pregnant/breastfeeding or taking vitamin E supplements. The study is 13 weeks, and volunteers will receive $500. Study title: "Almonds to improve gut health and decrease inflammation." PI: Laura Beaver. For more info and to see if you qualify:  Contact: [email protected] or 541-737-3594.

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Kara Keenan, operations specialist/administrative program assistant, 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. Congratulations and thank you for your service.

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Cold Weather. With low temperatures comes a responsibility to prepare and take precautions against cold weather illness. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

UPDATED! Youth Impact Awards: Nominations requested for Youth Impact Awards that will be given as part of the inaugural Youth Impact Summit. The award nomination window has been extended until Jan. 30. Contact [email protected] with questions. 

Notice of policy action: The university community is invited to review and provide comment on proposed University Standard 04-040 Freedom of Speech and Expression. This draft includes necessary updates to our existing Standard, 576‐005 Time, Place, and Manner Rules for Speech Activities, which was last revised with substantive edits in 2017. Send any comments to [email protected]; comments must be received by Feb. 2.

Center for Teaching and Learning Winter/Spring 2024 No-Strings-Attached Book Club: How would you like a free book on teaching and learning and the chance to discuss it with colleagues? Our goal is to provide a guilt-free way to motivate your thinking about teaching, make new pedagogically-inclined friends or gather with old ones. Your choice of books from six selections. Gather with colleagues. Enjoy the discussion. We provide easy ways to structure your gatherings. Deadline: Feb. 1. Register now.

Nominations open for OSU Safety Award: Environmental Health & Safety is accepting nominations for the OSU Safety Award, a peer recognition program that recognizes outstanding efforts to encourage and help improve safety at OSU. Nominees must be student employees, staff or faculty members. Employees from all units are eligible, as long as they are not working in a position where safety is one of their primary responsibilities. The program includes an individual award and a team award. Winners will be announced in September. To submit a nomination:

Youth Summit: Sign up to attend the inaugural Youth Impact Summit advancing youth care and education and educator/staff development. Check out the summit web page for details and to register for this event taking place Feb. 15-16 at the Memorial Union.


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Oregon State University and Oregon Sea Grant invite applications for a Project and Event Coordinator. This position supports Oregon Sea Grant leadership in carrying out program-wide projects and events. The OSG Coordinator supports the leadership team (director and three associate directors for Research & Scholars, Extension & Engagement, and Education) in managing a responsive and fast-paced program. The coordinator must be effective at managing, tracking and prioritizing multiple projects, events and workflows to successful completion. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position based in Corvallis. Posting #P07673UF. Full consideration Feb. 2.


“No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference. It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left.” ~ Charles Lamb

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 54, low of 44. Chance of rain Tuesday.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain today, high of 44, low of 32. Partly sunny Tuesday.

Newport: Rain likely today, high of 53, low of 45. Chance of rain tomorrow.

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