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:


EPA puts nearly $11 million toward OSU, other community wildfire smoke preparedness programs (KTVZ)

Oregon State University, OR – To develop a set of interventions that includes tailored toolkits and resources that can be used by schools, preschools and day cares to reduce wildfire smoke exposures and increase community resilience across Oregon.  

In Oregon, a new program is training burn bosses to help put more 'good fire' on the ground (Inside Climate News)

Christopher Adlam, a fire specialist with the Oregon State University extension, said it was exciting to see lawmakers and officials invest in prescribed fire. (email [email protected] for a PDF version)

NSF Top 5 Research Stories of 2023 (NSF)

Breakthrough in computer chip energy efficiency could cut data center electricity use (OSU).

Hunger on the rise in Oregon after downward trend before the pandemic (Oregon Capital Chronicle)

“We were making great progress in reducing food insecurity until the pandemic hit and progress reversed somewhat and is likely continuing this sort of unhealthy upward trend,” Mark Edwards, a professor at Oregon State University who studies food insecurity, said at a news conference last week.

OSU Extension Service's Lane County 4-H brings back Adulting 101 classes for teens (KEZI)

“It's a great way to connect with kids across the community,” said Elizabeth Gangwer, Lane County 4-H’s program coordinator. “Another amazing thing about this program is we partner with a wide variety of community partners that come in and help teach some of the sessions.”

Grow This! OSU Extension statewide seed giveaway returns for fifth year (KTVZ)

The Grow This! Oregon Garden Challenge, Oregon State University Extension’s statewide seed giveaway, has returned for a fifth year in 2024, featuring a continued partnership with the Oregon Bee Project.


Today's photo

Cold snap: Jody Hill, 4H office specialist with OSU Extension Service - Linn County, says, “These needles were formed during a foggy cold snap briefly making our deciduous tree an evergreen mimic.  Taken at the extension office in Linn County.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Collaborative learning is an effective way for students to confirm understanding of course content and support their peers’ learning. Help students make the most of study group time by sharing the Academic Success Center’s collaborative learning activities for study groups. These creative approaches can be used either remotely or in person to help ensure successful study sessions.


Trauma-Informed Yoga Class from CAPE: Beginning Jan. 22, CAPE Survivor Advocacy will be hosting a free trauma-informed yoga class for students who are 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. This class is held on Mondays from 12:10-12:50 p.m. For location details and more information or to inquire about the option for a Faculty/Staff centered class in the future, please email Jocelyn Kerr.


NEW! OSU International Film Festival: The Lost Salmon. "The Lost Salmon" chronicles the life and impact Chinook salmon have on people and the environment. Faced with extinction in many river systems of the west, a new genetic discovery could aid in their recovery. 6 p.m., Jan. 31 at Darkside Cinema in Corvallis; admission is free.

NEW! PFLA Networking event: Valentine’s Day speed networking on Zoom. Get to know colleagues at this fun networking session using a "speed dating" format with short, rotating break-out groups. Wear your best Valentine's attire or colors to be entered in a drawing for fun prizes. 2-3 p.m., Feb. 14 on Zoom. Registration is required.

NEW! Diversity Research Reception: Submit diversity research publications and RSVP for the OSU Diversity Research Reception, noon to 1 p.m., March 20, in the MU Horizon Room and Cascades (hybrid with in-person component) Obsidian Hall 207. Submit publication and RSVP here. The reception will highlight and celebrate the contributions of OSU researchers advancing equity through scholarship and engagement, and provide a forum for sharing ideas, making connections and building collaborations for future research. Food and refreshments will be served.

PFLA Winter Luncheon: Join us for a gourmet lunch and special presentation from OSU President Jayathi Murthy. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 30, The LaSells Stewart Center. Cost/person is $15 for PFLA members and $20 for non-members. Registration is required and seating is limited.

UAOSU Bargaining Kickoff: Join UAOSU to kick off bargaining for our second contract. The kickoff will be noon to 3 p.m., Jan. 30 in the MU Journey Room (104). Drop by to enjoy snacks, talk with our bargaining team and learn more about how you can support bargaining. If interested, please RVSP at

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. 

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series: "Remote Sensing Approaches for Assessing Crop Water Stress," presented by Jing Zhou of Oregon State University. This seminar occurs from 4-5 p.m. Jan. 31 in Bexell Hall 328 or on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

NEW! Experiencing Ancient and Modern-day Agriculture in the Heart of Mexico: Join Jose Manuel Uscanga Aguirre from the College of Agricultural Sciences to learn more about a 4-credit, two-week program in Mexico studying the development of agricultural production from pre-Columbian, Aztec and Mayan civilizations from June 16-27. Info session: 4 p.m., Jan. 31, StAG 240. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

NEW! Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar: Emily Yeh (University of CO Boulder) will discuss some of the multidimensional impacts climate change is having on the Tibetan Plateau. The talk will also explain climate justice and why Tibetan herders are experiencing impacts of injustice through environmental change and the policies being proposed for adaptation. 4:30 p.m., Feb. 5 in the Journey Room (MU 104). Reception to follow.

Design for Social Impact Open Forum: DSI Academic Director candidate Julie Tucker is presenting a public forum to OSU community members. The forum will touch on Tucker’s background and how it ties into the position and vision for the future of DSI at OSU. Tucker will present for the first 20 minutes and then there will be 25 minutes for questions. The forum takes place from 9-9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30 in LInC 345 or online via Zoom

Gearing Up for Gardening: "Yes, You Can Grow Vegetables Without Irrigation — Dryland Gardening," with Darren Morgan, nursery manager at Shonnard’s Nursery. Come to the Corvallis-Benton County Library and get free gardening tips from local experts. Noon, Jan. 30. Presentations are free and open to everyone. Co-sponsored by the Benton County Master Gardener Association and the Corvallis-Benton County Library.

Exploring Scotland’s Cultural Heritage: "Historic Sites and the Role of 3D Scanning in Preservation." Join OSU faculty Todd Kesterson and Joshua Reeves from the College of Liberal Arts to learn about a 6-credit, two-week program examining how 3D scanning technology is revolutionizing historic preservation in Scotland.  Program dates are June 24-July 9. Info session 1 p.m., Jan. 30 in Snell 100A VR Lab or online. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) event calendar and the program brochure and application.

Design for Social Impact Open Forum: DSI Academic Director candidate Joe Piacenza is presenting a public forum to OSU community members. The forum will touch on Piacenza’s background and how it ties into the position and vision for the future of DSI at OSU. Piacenza will present for the first 20 minutes and then there will be 25 minutes for questions. The forum takes place from 1-1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30 in LInC 345 or online via Zoom

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.

Winter Wednesdays with Global Opportunities: Students at any OSU campus are welcome to join us this winter term for one or all five online informational sessions focused on the wide array of education abroad programs available to you as an OSU student. OSU GO staff and peer advisors will provide an overview of program types (faculty-led, summer, internships, programs during the academic year) and resources for financing education abroad. 4 p.m., Jan. 31-Feb. 28, online. For more information, visit

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will serve as this year’s Commemoration keynote speaker, at 7 p.m., Jan. 31 in The LaSells Stewart Center and streamed online. Register here. Taylor’s keynote address, titled “The Radical King: Martin Luther King, Jr’s Quest to Reconstruct America,” will explore Dr. King's vision for the nation that is just as relevant today.

Advances in Battery Research 2024: The College of Science’s David Ji, who researches sustainable battery technologies, will present Feb. 21 at the online symposium Advances in Battery Research 2024 organized by Technology Networks. Ji’s presentation is titled “Opportunities and challenges of aqueous metal batteries” and will encompass the large picture of energy storage, the requirements of storage batteries and results from the Ji lab regarding fundamental solutions in enabling aqueous metal batteries for storage purposes. Attendance is free. Register here.

Tuition Forums: The University Budget Committee and Office of Budget and Resource Planning are offering a series of weekly forums to discuss the tuition-setting process, tuition rate scenarios for FY25 and to answer any questions about tuition and the university budget. The first forum will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 24 in Furman 105 or on Zoom. More info or the forum schedule are available at    

Take Note

NEW! International Friendship Program: Join the International Friendship Program (IFP) which matches domestic and international students/employees/visitors for conversation and friendship. Embark on a journey of cultural enrichment, global understanding and lifelong friendships. Participate remotely or in person. To learn more, visit the IFP website.

NEW! Study Abroad in New Zealand this summer: Interested in a 10-day study abroad program in New Zealand to finish up your summer? Join COF International Programs this September to learn about forest ecology and resource management in a changing climate in New Zealand. Students will delve into forest ecology and resource management on both the North and South Island, visiting native and plantation forests, bubbling geothermal hotspots and a field station located in the majestic scenery of the Southern Alps. Applications due April 1. Learn more and apply here.

EXTENDED! Internationalization Grant: The deadline for the 2023-24 Internationalization Grant has been extended to 5 p.m. Feb. 16. Grants of up to $5,000 are offered for projects that advance internationalization within one of three tracks, aligned with “Prosperity Widely Shared”: Research and Innovation; Global and Intercultural Learning; and Career and Workforce Development. Eligibility varies by track but includes academic faculty, professional faculty, INTO OSU employees and student organizations. Full details are available on the website.

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to David Marciel, motorcycle safety instructor, 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.

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.

Male study participants needed: Researchers in the College of Health at OSU are studying the effects of an FDA-approved drug on people at risk for high blood sugar. We are looking for male study participants between the age of 18-59, who are non-smokers and do not have diabetes. The study involves several visits to the Samaritan Athletic Medicine Center in Corvallis over approximately four months. By participating, you may receive up to $1,000, as well as information about your health. Email [email protected] to learn more and apply.

Can a city outsmart microscopic invaders? Write your science fiction exploring the future of urban pandemic resistance. The NSF-funded Pandemic-Resilient Cities research project has once again extended the deadline for its Science Fiction Writing Contest to Feb. 16. Four winning submissions will be awarded $500 each and publication in the campus literary magazine 45TH PARALLEL. Visit for contest guidelines.

Student Veteran of the Year: Angelina Trillo, a senior in political science at Oregon State University from Portland, has been named 2023 Student Veteran of the Year by the Student Veterans of America. The announcement was made Jan. 16. As president of OSU’s Student Veterans Association and an Army Reserve medic for her unit, she has been praised by supervisors as vital to the university’s veteran affairs operations and is a key member of staff. For more information on the award, see

OSU Faculty and Graduate Researchers: Have an idea that you think may have commercialization potential, but aren’t sure? Do you need $5,000 in funding to explore and test your assumption? Join this virtual one-hour Innovation Day info session hosted by the OSU Advantage office to learn how you can take advantage of the funding and training opportunities that support innovation and entrepreneurship at the federal, state and OSU levels. At this event, you will also learn how to apply for a special $5,000 Innovation Award available from the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (OCCD). Noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 30. Register here.

Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Spring 2024: Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy or research you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours in length. Learn more about the requirements and application process. For more information, [email protected].


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! Associate Director of Health Professions Advising in the College of Science at Oregon State University. The Associate Director of Health Professions Advising is responsible for administering the health professions program and supporting pre-health students and academic advisors in the College of Science. This position provides expertise to the Director of Advising and the Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs on matters relating to pre-health programming and advising to increase student success in pre-health programs. Posting #P07712UF. Full consideration Feb. 15. Closes Feb. 25.

NEW! General Agriculture Assistant Professor of Practice: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement and the College of Agricultural Sciences invite applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term Assistant Professor of Practice position. This position is located at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) in Central Point and serves Jackson and Josephine counties. Apply to posting #P07715UF. Closes March 31.


"Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees, and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen." ~ Ernest Hemingway

Corvallis: Slight chance of showers today, high of 60, low of 49. Chance of showers Tuesday.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 58, low of 40. Mostly cloudy Tuesday.

Newport: Chance of showers today, high of 63, low of 53. Showers likely tomorrow.

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