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 wave power testing facility overcomes many "firsts" (KLCC)

After many years of preliminary work, a wave energy testing facility led by Oregon State University is nearing the final stages. It’s called PacWave South and it’s being installed south of Newport.

How do microplastics impact aquatic environments? Exploring the current plastic crisis (Finding Genius Podcast)

How do emerging pollutants such as microplastics and pesticides affect aquatic ecosystems? Ecotoxicologist Susanne M. Brander joins the podcast today to discuss her work on this poignant topic of research. Susanne is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University in the College of Agricultural Sciences, in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department, and at the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station.

New Indigenous studies minor at Oregon State combines past with present (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University students now have the opportunity to enhance their degree with a minor in Indigenous studies, which not only covers Indigenous histories but contemporary issues Indigenous communities face today as well.


323 year anniversary of last major earthquake and tsunami (KEZI)

Oregon State University Marine Geologist Chris Goldfinger says on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being not prepared and 10 being fully prepared, we are at a 1.5 in terms of being ready for the next earthquake and tsunami. 

Simple technologies coming back in snack processing (Food Processing)

“Snack foods continue to evolve,” says Sarah Masoni, director of the product and process development program of the Food Innovation Center at Oregon State University. “The thing that I always tell myself as a food developer is that ‘healthier’ is a term that has relevance to the person it is being applied to or the snack food that is being explored,” she says.

Oregon pins hopes on mass timber to boost housing, jobs (The Hill)

“The beauty of it is, you can cut the openings required for electrical and plumbing and stuff like that,” said Iain MacDonald, director of the TallWood Design Institute, a member of the coalition. “And you can do all that on a computer-controlled machine in the factory. Then when you get to the job site, it’s a really fast assembly. It’s basically an assembly operation rather than a construction operation.” The TallWood Design Institute is a collaboration between the University of Oregon and Oregon State University.

Honeybee vaccine (Cap Radio)

Dr. Ramesh Sagili, an Associate Professor of Agriculture at Oregon State University who collaborates with beekeepers on the West Coast, also joined to share some of the other challenges that exist and solutions to save these critical insects. (fast forward to 19:55)

Hatfield Marine Science Center Brings Famed Fossil Fest Back to Central Oregon Coast (Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

One of the faves of rock nerds from all over the Pacific Northwest returns to the Oregon coast next month, as the Hatfield Marine Science Center brings in yet another Oregon Sea Grant Fossil Fest to Newport on February 11.

Today's photo

Making waves: CEOAS Professor Ricardo Matano submitted this photo of a wave taken after the passage of a strong storm in Cape Disappointment, Washington.We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Want to learn how to make course content that you post on Canvas more readable? Check out Five Tips on Improving Readability in Your Courses by Aimee L. Lomeli Garcia for practical tips on chunking content, using whitespace, avoiding wordiness, making color choice, and using visuals to benefit your students. 


NEW! CPHHS experts present at NIEHS webinar: Professor Molly Kile and Associate Professor Shannon Lipscomb will present Jan. 30, 10 a.m., at an NIEHS webinar on social stress and susceptibility. They will discuss how children’s exposure to environmental chemicals and social stressors influence their neuro-cognitive development, social behaviors, and executive functioning.

Crafternoons: Come join us at the Women and Gender Center today (and every Monday) to craft with us. Stop by anytime from 2-4 p.m. to make our craft of the week, posted on our Instagram @osu_wgc

Tea for T: Join the Pride Center for Tea for T, a community building event centered on the transgender community with tea and snacks, on Monday, Jan. 30, from 2-4 p.m. in SEC 112. Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to attend.


NEW! Game Nights: Stop by the Women and Gender Center for our bi-weekly Game Nights on Tuesdays from 6-8:30 p.m. Our first one of the term will start Week 4 on Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 6-8:30 p.m. Video games, board games, and card games will be available to play. 

NEW! AYA WoC Discussion Group: The AYA Women of Color (WoC) Initiative housed at the Women and Gender Center will be hosting a bi-weekly discussion group. We will meet Week 4 on Wednesday, Feb. 1, noon to 1 p.m. This group is co-facilitated with Shaznin Daruwalla and Chanale Propst from CAPS, and is a great way to be in community with fellow women of color to talk about life, classes, and anything else. Drinks and snacks provided.

NEW! Black Excellence Celebration: The Black Excellence Celebration honors Black students, staff and faculty who have contributed to the success of the Corvallis-area community and Oregon State’s Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. This celebration showcases successful events and programs that have taken place in the last year and includes a presentation of awards and scholarships, followed by a keynote speaker, food and music. This year’s keynote speaker is Ramycia McGhee, a professor of English and literature at Linn-Benton Community College. Feb. 2, 7-9 p.m., at the Toyota Club Level at Reser Stadium. Click here to RSVP.

UPDATED LOCATION! Trivia Night with CAPE: The Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education team has collaborated with campus partners and students to plan the first Stalking Prevention and Awareness Month at OSU. Stalking is a form of gender-based violence that up to two out of every five students report experiencing at some point in college in the United States. On Jan. 31 there will be a night of trivia, food, prizes and fun in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Trivia rounds take place at 4 and 5 p.m. Sign up here to create or join a team. Visit Instagram for more info @CAPE_OSU.

Wider Visions: “Music for a Silent Spring.” In a concert that is both celebration and elegy, pianist Rachelle McCabe and writer Kathleen Dean Moore weave musical performance and the spoken word in a call to defend Earth’s wild music. The performance includes compositions by Chopin, Bach, Sibelius and others, with essays about albatross and sapsuckers, courage and hope. Saturday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. at the Corvallis Public Library, 645 NW Monroe St., Corvallis. Free. Presented by Corvallis-OSU Piano International and The Spring Creek Project.

Save the date: March 6-10 is Open Education Week. Oregon State is on a mission to lower the cost of learning for students. Will you join us? Open Education Week is a virtual celebration that raises awareness of global efforts to make learning more “open” — that is, more affordable and accessible to students everywhere. Learn more about this week of online events.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! From Classroom to Community: Learning Beyond Borders in Taiwan| Faculty-led Program Info Session: Join OSU faculty leaders Tammy Bray and Kristen Yang from the College of Public Health and Human Science for a 12- to 15-credit, eight-week program in Taiwan from Sept. 23 to Nov. 18, 2023. Info session Jan. 31 at noon. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the Program Brochure and Application.

NEW! Art & Design in South Korea: A Cross-Cultural Study of Creative Thinking| Faculty-led Program Info Session: Join OSU faculty leaders Jun Bun Shin from the College of Liberal Arts for a four-credit, two-week program in Seoul from June 18 to July 2, 2023. Info session Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the Program Brochure and Application.

NEW! WRE Seminar Series: Kristin Jaeger from the USGS will present "Improving Mapping of Perennial and Non-Perennial Streams Based on Simple Flow/No Flow Observations," Feb. 1, 4 p.m. in Bexell Hall 328 or on Zoom. Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details.

NEW! Library Dialogues: Join the Valley Library for Library Dialogues on Feb. 1, 4-6 p.m., on the second-floor West Classroom. Register at: Library Dialogues (formerly LSRB) is a chance for students, faculty, and staff from the OSU community to give feedback about library services, equipment, facilities and more. 

NEW! Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Seminar Series: Stephen Sillett, Humboldt State University, Department of Forestry & Wildland Resources, will speak on “Climatic sensitivities and non-timber values of tall trees,”  Feb. 1, 4 p .m. Johnson Hall 102.  Zoom:

NEW! College of Education’s PechaKucha 2023: PechaKucha is an online platform which allows our researchers to connect with students and colleagues visually, concisely and memorably. Each researcher will share 20 slides, each being shown for 20 seconds for a total presentation time of six minutes, 40 seconds. Thursday, Feb. 2, 6-7:30 p.m.

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 FY24 and to answer any questions about tuition and the university budget. The next forum will be held Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Memorial Union Room 215 or you can register for Zoom. More information and the current forum schedule are available at

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Address: Register for the keynote address to be held on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center and via livestream. The keynote speaker is Jelani Cobb, staff writer at The New Yorker, writing on race, history, justice, politics and democracy, as well as Columbia University's Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism and the next dean of Columbia Journalism School. This event is free, but registration is required. For info, contact [email protected] or 541-737-1063. 

Changemakers: A Feminist Lens in Sports Journalism. Changemakers — a webcast series by the College of Liberal Arts and the OSU Alumni Association — welcomes Lindsay Schnell, ’09, sports enterprise reporter at USA TODAY. For over a decade, Schnell has covered sports at every level and profiled some of the industry’s biggest names. Now she’s sitting down with CLA Professor Susan Shaw to discuss her career and bringing a feminist lens to athletic journalism. Feb. 2, 5:30 p.m. Registration is now open at

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.

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.  

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 be familiar with the OSU resources and responsibilities relating to employee health, safety and well-being. March 6-9, 8:15 a.m. to noon each day via Zoom. Learn more and register before Feb. 27. 

Travel Talks: Croatia. Join the OSUAA Group Travel Program for an all-new Travel Talk on Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m., via Zoom, featuring Selina Heppell, department head of fisheries, wildlife, and conservation sciences. Heppell will dive into the culture and marine life of the Croatia coast and discuss her research on the oldest and slowest-growing animals in the sea and their reactions to climate change and increasing human populations on our coastlines. Register at

Take Note

NEW! Veteran student work honored: Peer Advisors for Veteran Education is highlighting Oregon State University as its Featured Campus for January because of the work they've done connecting their student veterans both to resources and each other. Their PAVE team started off the semester with a host of Veteran Resource Center events for both new and returning student veterans. Team leader Chris Johnson and William Elfering, Military and VRC director, work with their six peer advisors to serve their school’s veteran and military-affiliated community of more than 2,000 people, 1,600 of whom are student veterans.

NEW! Stop, Collaborate and Listen Podcast: Produced by the STEM Research Center and the Institute for Learning Innovation to share lessons learned from the Broader Impacts Design project, this short podcast series aims to support our university and science center colleagues in their endeavors to achieve broader impacts through partnerships around public engagement with science. Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts.

NEW! 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.

NEW! Faculty Learning Community for Instructors and TAs: Instructors and TAs from all programs are invited to join the spring session of the Community for the Advancement of Antiracist Instruction (CAAI), a professional development opportunity co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and Faculty Affairs. Participants explore antiracist teaching theories and practices in a community of colleagues and create an antiracist teaching action plan. Four Friday afternoon sessions. Refreshments provided. Apply here. (by March 24)  

NEW! 25 Year club: Congratulations to Bobbi Williams, office manager, 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 Williams' name.

Corvallis students sought to serve with ASOSU: Election season for ASOSU elected positions has now begun. Service in elected positions begin on June 1. Positions open are president, vice president, graduate senator (three open positions), undergraduate senator (15 open positions), student fee committee chair and student fee committee at-large member (five open positions). Registration is open through Feb. 15. Fill out this form or go to the website. Candidate informational sessions will be held at 5 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday in SEC 294. 

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

OSU Food Drive starts Feb.1: Are you ready for a fun fundraising competition? Check out the web page to see if your unit is represented. If not, consider stepping up to help in the effort. It can be as easy as sending a few emails. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Student Health Services Quality Survey: Let Us Know How We're Doing. At SHS, we strive to provide our patients with the best possible care and service. To continue improving, we need your help. We value your input and would love to hear your ideas and feedback. The Qualtrics survey takes less than five minutes.

Internationalization Grant Applications due Friday: The Office of Faculty Affairs Internationalization Grant is open to all OSU professional and academic faculty and INTO OSU employees. The program awards up to $5,000 for projects that advance the university’s internationalization agenda. Applications for the winter cycle are due Friday, Jan. 27, by 5 p.m. Priority areas and evaluation criteria information has been added to the website.

Child Care Openings at Dixon Kits ECE Center for OSU Employees: OSU’s Family Resource Center has opened a new infant/toddler campus children’s center serving 12 children ages infant through 30 months of age. The Dixon Kits Early Care and Education (ECE) Center is focused on serving those with the highest level of financial need. Priority for the employee slots will be given to those that qualify for Employment-Related Day Care (ERDC). Those who qualify could pay as little as $300 a month. For more information and to learn how to apply, visit the Dixon Kits ECE Center website or call 541-737-6000. Want to learn about other campus child care options? Contact [email protected].

Faculty Awards Solicitation: The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the awards they are responsible for reviewing and selecting – see the solicitation letter. Criteria and nomination forms associated with these awards are online; nominations will be accepted through noon on March 22. Guidelines to assist those preparing nomination packets are available online. For further information, contact Vickie Nunnemaker.


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NEW! 4-H Program Coordinator: OSU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development program invites applications for a 4-H Program Coordinator position based at the OSU Extension Service Polk County office in Dallas. This is a full-time, 12-month, professional faculty position. The anticipated starting salary will be $55,000 to $61,100, commensurate with skills, education and experience. This is an internal employment opportunity. Posting #P06433UF. Closes Feb. 10.


“If I had my way, I would remove January from the calendar altogether and have an extra July instead.”  ~ Roald Dahl

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 39, low of 26. Mostly cloudy tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 34, low of 20. Mostly cloudy tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 44, low of 29. Mostly cloudy tomorrow.

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