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.

Five ways to nurture compassion in kids (KQED)

A piece by OSU's Shauna Tominey.

An uncharted wilderness - Understanding hop compound biotransformation (Good Beer Hunting)

There are many reasons why biotransformation eludes the easy comprehension of seasoned industry professionals. Begin with the name. As Tom Shellhammer, the Nor’Wester Professor of Fermentation Science at Oregon State University, points out, “biotransformation” is a vague, slippery term that can refer to any general alteration of organic compounds - even fermentation itself (the production of ethanol by yeast).

OSU scientist studies slimy new way to count salmon (KTVZ)

“When we analyzed the environmental DNA sloughed into water from salmon tissues, including mucus and skin cells, we got very accurate counts,” said Taal Levi, an ecologist at Oregon State University and lead author on the study. “This is a major first step for more informed salmon management decisions because it opens up the possibility to affordably monitor many more streams than the few that are currently monitored.” (see also Phys.Org)

OSU researcher: Metabolic syndrome patients need more vitamin C (KTVZ)

A higher intake of vitamin C is crucial for metabolic syndrome patients trying to halt a potentially deadly cycle of antioxidant disruption and health-related problems, an Oregon State University researcher says.

Dangerous sneaker waves puzzle scientists (PhysOrg)

Researchers taking interest in these surprise events are starting to understand how they unfold. The data gathered so far suggests distant storms created the swells that drove the 2016 sneaker wave and another that occurred in early 2018, according to Chuan Li, a civil engineering graduate student at Oregon State University who presented his team's most recent work on the two massive waves last month at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Frog tongues hold secret to better adhesive (Mother Nature Network)

Key to what helps frogs' tongues catch - and hold onto - this prey is a special mucus that functions as a "pressure-sensitive adhesive," according to an Oregon State University news release. "This mucus is able to generate large adhesive forces in response to the high strain of retraction," said Dr. Joe Baio, assistant professor of bioengineering at Oregon State University.

The mother of all demos, 50 years on (Hackaday)

The Bush article was heady stuff to Doug Engelbart, whose undergrad studies at Oregon State University had been interrupted by his call to service. When he returned, he finished his degree in electrical engineering and made plans to marry his college sweetheart.

Having just 5-10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily may cut diabetes risk (NDTV)

"What these findings are really saying to people as we move out of the rich-food holiday season and into January is eat your fruits and vegetables," said Maret Traber, professor at the Oregon State University in the US. "Eat five to 10 servings a day and then you'll get the fibre, you'll get the vitamin C, and you'll really protect your gut with all of those good things," she added. (see also Technology Networks)

Arming school staff will pose risks to students that outweigh chance of shooting (The Globe Post)

By OSU's Michelle Barnhart and Aimee Dinnin Huff.

OSU research finds drinking less could help quit smoking (KEZI)

A new Oregon State University study found men who reduced their drinking, ended up smoking less. The study followed 22 adults who smoked every day and were also heavy drinkers.

Weiss receives industry award (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Jason Weiss, head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University, has received the American Concrete Pavement Association’s Marlin J. Knutson Award for Technical Achievement. 

Today's photo

Winter's frozen splendor: Visitors to South Silver Falls enjoy a dramatic scene in 1948. Courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives.


NEW!  Art installation: “View of the Red Forest,” a multimedia art installation on the dilapidation and rebirth of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, will be on display Jan. 7 through Jan. 31 in Fairbanks Hall on the Oregon State University Corvallis campus. The installation, by artist Julia Oldham, consists of large prints of windows looking out of abandoned buildings onto lush landscapes, with video documentation of Oldham’s visit to the zone. The exhibit will be held in the Woodshop Projects, a rustic, basement art space in Fairbanks Hall. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

NEW! Statistics seminar: Spherical Factor Analysis for Binary Data:  A Look at the Conservative Revolt in the U.S. House of Representatives. Abel Rodriguez of UC Santa Cruz will be speaking. Jan. 7, 4 p.m., Kelley Engineering Center 1001.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSUsed Store Clearances: The OSUsed Store will be offering 50 percent off prices storewide on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 11, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 S.W. 13th St. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on their website.

NEW! Powells reading: Keith Scribner, professor of English and creative writing at OSU, will read from his new book, "Old Newgate Road" at the downtown Powell's Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8. 

NEW! Piano Series performance: American pianist Jeremy Denk will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in The LaSells Stewart Center as part of the Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Piano Series. Denk was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2013. He has performed as a soloist across North America with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra. Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at or at Grass Roots Books & Music in Corvallis.

NEW! BEavers HERE NOW Drop-In Meditation: Mondays – Fridaysweeks 2-10 at 1 p.m.,in the Craft CenterNo experience necessary. All are welcome. Enjoy a different 15-minute guided meditation each week.  Benefits of mediation include: Stress reduction, better sleep, sharper concentration, anxiety management and happier relationships. Contact to coordinate extra credit for student attendance. Faculty and staff are welcome too. Stay after meditation for a mindful art activity hosted by the Craft Center.

NEW! Speed Friending: Make new friends fast. Join the Active Minds student club for an evening of dinner, fun and friendship. Open to OSU students. Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Contact Tess Webster-Henry at for more info. Hosted by CAPS and the Active Minds student club.

NEW! 2019 MLK Day of Service: Registration for the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 19 is now open. Students, faculty, staff, and their partners and children are all invited to participate in OSU’s largest day of service of the year. Projects will take place at various times throughout the day. A light breakfast, snacks, and hot lunch will be provided. Check-in will be located in the MU Horizon Room 49, and transportation to all projects will be provided. Pre-registration is required at Projects include Heartland Humane Society, Linn Benton Food Share, Corvallis Parks & Recreation, Meals on Wheels (Craft ‘N Care) and more.

New art exhibit: An exhibition of work by artist Ka’ila Farrell Smith, “Marks From A Journey Home,” will be on display Jan. 7 through Feb. 7 in the Fairbanks Gallery. Farrell-Smith is a contemporary Klamath Modoc visual artist based in Modoc Point, Oregon, and co-director for the Signal Fire artist residency program based in Portland. The gallery is located in Fairbanks Hall, 220 S.W. 26th St. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., with hours extended until 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month for the Corvallis Art Walk.

Ann Leen Retirement Reception: Come help the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife congratulate Ann Leen on her 22 years of service to the OSU community. Thursday, Jan. 10, 10-11:30 a.m., MU 109. Refreshments and drinks provided.  

OSU Portland Center grand opening: Celebrate the opening of Oregon State's new space right off of Pioneer Square in downtown Portland on Jan. 14, 1-6:30 p.m. Explore the facility during this open house. Visit with representatives from OSU colleges and divisions to learn about their programs. The OSU Portland Center is located on the second floor of the historic Meier & Frank Building, adjacent to Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. Besides serving as an educational space for a number of Oregon State’s signature programs, the center houses the Portland-based staff of the OSU Foundation and OSU Alumni Association, acting as a hub for the university’s many activities in the region. 

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! ElderCare Connections: Family & Elder Law: Understanding elder laws can be challenging.  Join us on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from noon-12:50 p.m. in MU 207 as Legal Aid Services of Oregon covers some of the hot-topic, frequently asked legal questions. For more information contact the Family Resource Center at 541-737-4906 or

NEW! January Random Review: Kathleen Dean Moore, author and distinguished OSU professor of environmental philosophy emeritus, will review “The Overstory” by Richard Powers on Jan. 9 at noon in the main meeting room of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.  Powers is the author of 12 novels and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the National Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. 

NEW! Fourth Annual OSU STEM Leaders Program Research Symposium: The OSU STEM Leaders Program will be hosting its research symposium, where second-year students will present research posters from across campus. The symposium will take place Saturday, Jan. 12, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. For information or accommodations, contact Stephanie Ramos at

NEW! Science Pub: Too Much of a Good Thing?  The science of super-cushioned running shoes with Christine Pollard, director of the FORCE Lab at OSU-Cascades. Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. at Old World Deli. The presentation is free, but registration is required.

NEW! What Transpires Now: Transgender Histories & Futures:  In this talk drawn from her work in progress, “What Transpires Now,” Susan Stryker explores the relationship between the transgender past and present, and how history can inspire us to reimagine the future. The talk will focus on the story of Frances Thompson, whose life became the focus of a national scandal in the 1870s, in ways that prefigure the weaponization of trans people in contemporary political controversies. Stryker is associate professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. Thursday, Jan. 17, 5 p.m. LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Auditorium.

NEW! Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., MU Journey Room 104 on Friday, Feb. 1. Preregistration required: Space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

NEW! Master Gardener training: Are you passionate about gardening? Are you interested in sharing your science-based knowledge as a volunteer community educator?  Become an OSU Master Gardener volunteer and get growing from the ground up. Registration is now open for the 2019 metro-area OSU Extension Service Master Gardener training. Training is a hybrid course including in-person classes, online content, hands-on workshops and gardening seminars starting in February.  Registration: Three locations to choose from in the tri-county area for in-person classes: Hillsboro, Oregon City, and SE Portland.  Volunteer and non-volunteer options available.  Learn more here:

Environmental Public Health in the 21st Century Research Symposium: Join us on Jan. 11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the MU Horizon Room for a research symposium sponsored by the OSU Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology to bridge the gaps between current advances in exposure science, the implementation of 21st-century toxicology vision and regulatory considerations relevant to environmental chemicals. Livestreaming available. Free. Registration required.

MLK Celebration: Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, author and advocate for social justice is the keynote speaker for the 37th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration lecture on Mon., Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. Beginning Dec. 6, keynote session tickets will be available to the general public. The celebration week runs from Jan. 19-25. To register and for a full list of events, visit For info, contact or 541-737-4717.

OSU-Cascades board: The Oregon State University-Cascades Advocacy and Advisory Board will meet on Jan. 23. The meeting will provide updates on strategic initiatives at the campus, including long-range development planning, community relations, academic programs and student success. The meeting will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Obsidian Hall, Room 210, on the OSU-Cascades campus on Chandler Avenue in Bend. The board meeting is open to the public. For information visit or contact or 541-322-3100.

Provost’s Lecture: An Evening With W. Kamau Bell, writer, director, and comedian who is the host and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning CNN docu-series "United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell" on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are available to faculty, staff and students. Remaining tickets will be available to the public on Jan. 10. For more information and to download tickets visit: For information, contact or call 541-737-3143.

Take Note

NEW! Term-Long Laptops at the Valley Library: The Valley Library has 24 Dell laptops available for long-term borrowing. These laptops are term-long substitutes for students without computers. For more information or to fill out the application, go to Applications are due Saturday, Jan. 12. For further questions, email

NEW! The University Health & Safety Committee: The committee wants to promote health and safety with a link to information on moving more from the America Heart Association 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.

NEW! Apply now for Ecampus professional development funds: Oregon State Ecampus invites faculty, staff and administrators to pursue professional development related to online and hybrid education. Further your professional goals while promoting effective teaching and learning in OSU’s online and hybrid courses. Funding is available for professorial faculty and professional faculty and advisers. The application deadline is Feb. 7, so learn more and apply online today.

NEW! Working with Students in Distress: Faculty and staff may be the first to notice a student is struggling and may be in the best position to reach out with care and concern.  The Office of Student Life, in collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services, developed a CARE folder, which is intended to provide you with valuable resources and referral information.  Simply click on this link and you will be directed to login to Box to access these resources.  Bookmark this link for easy access on your phone, laptop or tablet.

NEW! Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy & Standards page ( to learn about recent and pending policy amendments, which includes draft University Policy 01-020 International Travel. Submit comments or questions on this proposed policy to Chris Viggiani: The What’s New page is updated frequently with new developments so check back regularly.

NEW! Fiscal Policy – Rule 03-140-501 Communications Allowance replaces FIS 410-02 Cell Phone Charges & FIS 410-33 Communications Allowance. This new policy provides a communications allowance, rather than a reimbursement requiring additional documentation.  OSU faculty and staff who are required to conduct university business using their own personal communication device may be eligible for one of three rates base on the level of business use, as described in this policy.

NEW! Take Part in Hybrid Learning Community: The OSU Hybrid Initiative invites faculty to submit proposals to participate in the Hybrid Faculty Learning Community from Feb.-April and redesign an established Corvallis campus course as a hybrid course. Proposals are due Jan. 22. Professional development funding is provided. See Call for Hybrid Proposals.

Food drive: One in six residents in Linn and Benton counties sought emergency food assistance last year. The OSU Food Drive gives Linn Benton Food Share nearly 25 percent of their food buying power, which is raised during the OSU Food Drive in the month of February. Take a look at the coordinators list to see if your unit/building/floor/department has a lead for this effort. If not, ask your supervisor if you can be a location coordinator. To sign up, or if you have questions, contact or call 541-737-0724

Social justice workshops: Register now for Winter and Spring term SJEI workshops. The Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs is an excellent foundational professional development program that offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this well-reviewed program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Hazardous materials rules at Printing and Mailing: Before attempting to ship any potentially dangerous goods/hazardous materials, you must submit a completed Intent to Ship Hazardous Materials form to EH&S three business days prior to intended shipping date. Contact EH&S at or 541-737-2273. For more information, contact Judy Bankson at 737-3979. 

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation - Moore Inventor Fellows: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has invited OSU to nominate two candidates for the Moore Inventor Fellowship, moore-inventor-fellows-2019-guidelines-final-1.pdf. Each college may submit a maximum of two candidates for consideration. Research Office Letter of Intent deadline is Monday, Jan. 14, 5 p.m.  

NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC): The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation (NSF) – Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) 2019 program.  Research Office Letter of Intent deadline is Jan. 25, 2019, 5 p.m. Agency deadline for preliminary proposal is June 24.

Funding Database: OSU has an institutional subscription to GrantFoward. Set up a profile and search for funding opportunities.  For information on how to sign up, email


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NEW! Office Specialist 1 – Ecampus invites internal applicants for a full-time, limited duration Office Specialist 1 position # P01915CT Closes Jan. 9.

NEW! Academic advisors: The College of Engineering seeks three highly qualified academic advisors to provide leadership to the advising teams in the college. Specifically, these Head Advisors will serve within one of the following schools: Civil and Construction Engineering (CCE), Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), or Mechanical Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME). These positions are full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty. Posting # P02673UF. Full consideration Jan. 11. Closes Jan. 25. 

NEW! Accountant 1: This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Accountant 1 for the Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center at Oregon State University.  Posting# P01924CT.  Closes Jan. 28.

NEW! INTO OSU is recruiting for a Student Services Coordinator. This position operates the  INTO OSU Welcome Desk at the International Living Learning Center, and maintains the highest level of customer service standards at all times. The Student Services Coordinator greets and directs all visitors, and provides a high level of support and assistance to students to enhance their university experience. For more information or to apply follow this link:


“At times you have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” ~ Alan Alda.

Corvallis: Chance of showers, high of 45, low of 38. Rain likely tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of snow showers, high of 38, low of 31. Rain likely tomorrow.

Newport:  Chance of showers, high of 47, low of 41. Rain Tuesday.

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