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:

Some Republicans fear Taylor Swift could influence the election for Biden. Here's why. (USA Today)

Miranda Findlay, a Ph.D. candidate in women, gender and sexuality studies at Oregon State University, said it's easy to connect the attacks on Swift to a longstanding belief by straight men that only their hobbies and entertainment are valuable.

Ranchers, officials hear about virtual fencing (Wallowa County Chieftain)

Ranchers and officials heard a presentation on virtual fencing Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Cloverleaf Hall in Enterprise by David Bohnert of the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center at Union. (see also Regina Leader-Post)

OSU study: Veterans' PTSD symptoms affected by factors like service appraisal, social support (Curry Coastal Pilot)

Military veterans’ individual perceptions of their combat experiences and the social supports they receive when they return home are greater predictors of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms than the specific conflict in which they served, a new Oregon State University study found.

Spray could protect wine grapes from wildfire smoke (Capital Press)

Scientists are developing a spray-on coating for grapes that could prevent wildfire smoke from tainting wines with ashy flavors. Researchers at Oregon State University expect to have the product available in the next several years.


Today's photo

Fair Fairbanks: Justine Chin submitted this photo of the sun shining on Fairbanks Hall. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Register for the CTL Quality Teaching Talk at 11 a.m.Feb. 6, either via Zoom or in Milam 215 for a group Zoom screening. CTL’s Funmi Amobi will discuss the value of “instructor talk” — the things instructors say in class that are not directly related to course content — to build community and promote learner success.


HMSC Research Seminar: Kelly Sutherland from the University of Oregon’s Oregon Institute of Marine Biology will be giving a seminar titled “Form, Function and Flow in the Ocean: Zooplankton ecology from the organism to the ecosystem scale.” 3:30 p.m., Feb. 1 in person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Fall Seminar Series: “Innovations at the OSU Herbarium,” presented by James Mickley of Oregon State University, 4 p.m., Feb. 1 via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

Critical Questions Lecture Series — "Rhetorical Genre as a Comparative Method: The Case of Chinese Treaties." Join us to hear how a rhetorical genre lens enables Hui Wu, a scholar of comparative studies in rhetoric and global feminist rhetorics, to read the Chinese rhetorical treatises with gender sensitivity and historical accuracy and how her translations of the treatises reflect her reading. 4 p.m., Feb. 1 in Memorial Union 208.

Tuition Forums: The University Budget Committee and Office of Budget and Resource Planning are offering a series of forums to discuss the tuition-setting process, tuition rate scenarios for FY25 and to answer any questions about tuition and the university budget. The next forum will be held from 5-6 p.m., Feb. 1 in MU 215 or register to view on Zoom. More info and the forum schedule are available at

Tibetan Buddhist Visualization and Mantra: Participants will practice "The Treasury of Blessings," a sādhanā focused on the historical Buddha Sakyamuni. This particular sādhanā is profound but also great for beginners, with simple visualizations and recitation of mantras. Guided by Geoff Barstow, Thursdays, 7-8 p.m., Feb. 1, 15, 29 and March 14 at Marigold. Class is by donation; please pre-register here. Contact with questions: [email protected].

American Strings: Bob Santelli in the Spotlight. 7 p.m., Feb. 1. Director of Popular Music and Performing Arts Bob Santelli reflects on his career and his six years as the artistic curator and host of OSU's popular American Strings series in a conversation with Horning Assistant Professor of Public History and Popular Music Kelly Bosworth. Attend in person at the LaSells Stewart Center or online. Admission is free.


OSU MANRRS fundraiser: From 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Feb. 2, OSU MANNRS will be holding a fundraiser on the SEC Plaza, featuring hot chocolate and churros. These fundraisers allow the group to send members to conferences across the U.S., embark on service-learning trips including Puerto Rico as well as etiquette dinners, and to add community-building events such as painting tote bags to their meetings. Questions? Contact Liz Lopez [email protected].

Music à la Carte: Morris Northcutt, trumpet, with Lauren Servias, collaborative pianist. Multi-award-winning trumpeter Morris Northcutt is known for his lyricism, artistry and ability to cross the boundary between classical and jazz. Lauren Servias is a Corvallis-based performer and teacher and served on the music faculty at OSU for nine years, where she was the music director and pianist for OSU Opera and collaborative pianist for OSU’s Bella Voce choir. Noon, Feb. 2 in the MU Lounge; admission is free.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture and Crop Soil Science Winter 2024 Seminar Series at noon Feb. 5 in ALS 4001 or via Zoom. “Challenges with Endangered Species Act Implementation on Pesticide Labels: Review of the Current Regulatory Approach” will be presented by Dani Lightle, OSU Horticulture. The event is free and open to the public. For the full schedule and Zoom information:

NEW! WIC Hosting Scott Graham for Talk on Generative AI: On Feb. 5, the Writing Intensive Curriculum (WIC) program is hosting Scott Graham (University of Texas-Austin) for a talk on writing and generative AI (e.g. ChatGPT) in higher education, 2-3:30 p.m., MU Horizon Room. Zoom access is available. Register and read more here:

NEW! The Center for Teaching and Learning QT Talks: Funmi Amobi, CTL’s instructional consultant and college liaison, will extend her expertise from her recent Sparkshop, “Using instructor talk to foster a positive learning environment and student learning success: Strategies and tips,” 11 a.m., Feb. 6. The presentation will be hosted via Zoom or in-person in Milam 215. Zoom registrationin-person registration.

OSU Anthropology Lecture SeriesValeria Ochoa, assistant professor, will give a lecture titled, "Centering Indigeneity in Spanish as Heritage Language Education,” from noon to 12:50 p.m., Feb. 2, in Strand 161. This event is sponsored by the OSU Anthropology Program and the OSU School of Language, Culture, and Society. Questions? Contact: Drew Gerkey at [email protected].

College of Health Friday research seminar: Christian Grov, professor and chair at CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy and the CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health, will present “If We Want to Make Progress in the HIV Epidemic Among Sexual and Gender Minorities, It’s Time we Started Talking About Meth Again,” from 1-2 p.m., Feb. 2 in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room and via Zoom.

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.

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 to gain a solid understanding about the principles and policies that apply to employees. Winter 2024 program: 8:15 a.m.-noon Monday - Thursday Feb. 26-29, via Zoom. Spring 2024 program: 8:15 a.m.-noon, Tuesday - Friday May 7-10, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

OSU Food Drive

The OSU Food Drive is happening in the month of February. To see a full list of fundraising activities and events, please see the Food Drive Events Calendar.

NEW! Student health fundraiser: Join us at Chipotle between 4-8 p.m., Feb. 5. Tell the cashier you want to support the Linn-Benton Food Share through the OSU student health fundraiser, buy food online in their app or website by entering code: 2G9MNGG or email Heidi Wise at [email protected] for a copy of the flyer you can present to the cashier.

NEW! School of Life Sciences Chili Lunch: Enjoy a hearty meal with Integrative Biology, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Feb. 6. Sample several chilis and vote for your favorite. Baked potatoes included, with plenty of toppings. $7 suggested donation; all proceeds support Linn Benton Food Share. Coast Range Building, 4575 SW Research Way (off-campus). Plenty of parking. For questions, contact [email protected].

Take Note

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Jennifer Milburn, senior director, gift planning, 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.

Ergopoint: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing a link to Ergopoint, where you can learn and complete an ergonomic assessment of your office and remote work stations. Login using your OSU email as your username and the temporary password: Changeme3# (you’ll be asked to change this the first time you log in). For more information on safety at OSU, visit OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at

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 2 hours in length. Learn more about the requirements and application process and email [email protected] with questions.

New Winter Classes at Marigold: Join us at Marigold: The OSU Center for Contemplative Practice for a new term of weekly classes, including gentle and flow yoga, mindfulness meditation, Buddhist Sadhana, exploring consciousness, and body poetry.  Instructors weave contemplative philosophy and movement in welcoming classes that strengthen the body, soothe the mind, and enliven the spirit. Check out the class schedule, purchase passes, or apply for an OSU Undergraduate Scholarship. Contact us.

Subscribe to Campus Directions for construction updates & more: Campus Directions is a quarterly newsletter that shares important news and updates about operational work happening on the Corvallis campus. Topics include construction updates, safety improvements, sustainability progress and more. Subscribers get an inside look at what’s happening behind the scenes to keep our campus beautiful, functional and safe for everyone. Visit the Campus Directions blog to read the latest stories or become a subscriber.

PRAx tickets on sale now: There’s something for everyone in the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts (PRAx) inaugural season. The spring 2024 lineup includes a wide variety of musicians, interactive performances, virtual reality installations and visual artists. Visitors can create their own event series to bundle tickets and save money. Check out PRAx’s website to learn more and purchase tickets. Most events offer $5 student tickets.

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! NW 26th Street: Due to the tree maintenance, northbound 26th Street between Campus Way and Orchard Avenue (see map) will be closed from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Feb. 5. 


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! The Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences seeks applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Human Wildlife Interactions, Social Science. This position will be focused on research and teaching on the social-ecological understanding of human wildlife interactions in agricultural ecosystems with primary emphasis in Oregon. Posting #P07724UF. Full consideration Feb. 18. Closes March 3. 

NEW! The Division of Extension and Engagement invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty Communications Specialist position with the Division’s communications and marketing team. The Communications Specialist creates content in a variety of media and delivery platforms to inform public audiences about the Division of Extension and Engagement’s (division) programs, people and impact. Posting #P07732UF. Full consideration Feb. 21. Closes March 6. 

NEW! The Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences is currently recruiting for an Administrative Manager. Seeking a team member with strong customer service and organizational skills. Posting #P07727UF. Full consideration Feb. 25. Closes March 17. 

NEW! OSU Division of Extension and Engagement and the Extension Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Program invite applications for an Assistant Professor of Practice position based at the OSU Extension Service Lake County Office in Lakeview. This is a 12-month, full-time, fixed-term position that will serve Lake County. Posting #P07731UF. Closes March 31.


“February is the border between winter and spring.” ~ Terri Guillemets

Corvallis: Chance of showers today, high of 54, low of 40. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 48, low of 30. Chance of rain and snow tomorrow.

Newport: Showers likely and windy, high of 43, low of 35. Showers and breezy Friday.

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