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. Content appearing includes timely news and feature stories from broadcast, print and online sources. Occasionally, opinion pieces and first-person columns appearing in mainstream media outlets that are written by faculty members and pertain to their academic or professional expertise may be included based on their unique, informative value, timeliness and space constraints. It is not the policy of OSU Today to include Letters to the Editor. 

Build your own adventure: Student-written 'The Expedition of Whispers' premieres at OSU (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University Theatre Arts student Nate Pereira loved writing and workshopping his original play, “The Expedition of Whispers.”

OSU researcher identifies fossilized insect from 100 million years ago as new bee species (KATU)

A female bee that was found preserved in amber has been identified by an Oregon State University researcher as a new family, genus and species of bee.

OSU alumnus gives $1 million to help students (KEX)

A university-wide effort to address food and housing insecurity among students attending Oregon State University has received a major boost from a donation by OSU alumnus and volunteer leader Thomas W. Toomey.

Today's photo

Fleet of Flowers: 
Docked boats bedecked with flowers in Depoe Bay in 1940. Spring is around the corner and with it plenty of flowers, but for now rain is here, with clearing tomorrow.  


Rummage Sale: A rummage sale will be held Feb. 10-14 in the fourth floor lobby of the Kerr Administration Building as a fundraiser for the OSU Food Drive. Sponsored by the Office of News & Research Communications, the sale includes household items, jewelry, books, Thomas the Train sets, kids and women's clothing and more. New items added daily. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Cash or check made out to Linn-Benton Food Share.

Valentine’s Day Basket Raffle: The Extension and Experiment Station Communications office in Kerr 422 is holding its annual Valentine’s Day Basket Raffle. All donations benefit the Linn-Benton County Food Share. Tickets $1 each or six tickets for $5. Drawing will be held Friday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. The winner will be notified by email. For more information contact or

Bake Sale: Come get your fill of sweets at the CCVM bake sale, Feb. 10-14 in Magruder Hall. There will be a variety of baked goods that change daily. Item prices vary. For questions, contact

Book Sale: Book prices vary. Come and check out the books on sale. Feb. 10-14, Richardson, Second Floor Knuckle. For more information, contact

NEW! Breakfast for lunch: For just $5 you get a plate of breakfast favorites including pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit and hash browns. There will be complimentary coffee, tea and juice. Join Fisheries and Wildlife in Nash 104J on Feb. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. for a delicious feast with proceeds going to Linn-Benton Food Share. Email with questions.

Honey for your sweetie: The OSU Honey Bee Lab is selling honey on Thursday (Feb. 13) and Friday (Feb. 14), noon to 2 p.m., under the ALS skybridge on Campus Way. The 8oz jars make great gifts. $5 per jar, cash or check only.

Budget conversation: On Thursday, Feb. 13 at noon, the Office of Budget & Resource Planning will hold another University Budget Conversation in Memorial Union Room 215. This week’s topic is about the State Funding Process led by guest speaker Jan Lewis, Budget Liaison. The Budget Conversation sessions are limited to 60 minutes and are an open forum structure with the initial 15-20 minutes spent on presentation of the topic, leaving time for discussion and Q&A. We encourage you to bring your lunch and join the conversation to learn more about OSU’s budgeting and fiscal matters. If you are unable to join us in person we also encourage you to listen in via Zoom. More information about University Budget Conversations is located on the Office of Budget & Resource Planning website. If you have questions, please contact Sherm Bloomer for more information. 

Procurement Training Sessions: Procurement is pleased to again offer training sessions covering: Federal Purchases under Uniform Guidance (Feb. 13) and Informal Procurement (Feb. 14). These sessions are being offered in-person and via Zoom. For more information, registration, times and locations visit the Procurement Training and Support webpage.

Farmers Market: School of Life Sciences Farmers Market: Join us for baked goods, houseplants, home-canned products and other homemade or homegrown items for sale. Feb. 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Cordley 3029. For more information, contact

Hot Dog Sale: CCVM will be grilling up hot dogs and veggies dogs to raise money for the Linn-Benton Food Share. One hot dog for $2, $5 for hot dog/chips/and soda. Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. CCVM. For questions, contact
Aruban study abroad: Information session for a new Aruban study abroad class led by Professors Dwaine Plaza, Larry Becker and Lauren Plaza. Feb. 13, 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the College of Liberal Arts Advising Office, 214 Bexell Hall. Learn about this innovative study abroad class that will be visiting Aruba from Sept. 9-19.

Linus Pauling Institute Seminar: “Nanobodies™: a versatile tool to enhance the treatment and diagnosis of disease.” Lecture by Carl Ruby, Ph.D, faculty Researcher in the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at OSU and cofounder of BTC, a start-up biotech company bringing safe, effective and accessible immune oncology options to veterinary medicine. Thurs, Feb 13, 2-3 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center 402. Event Flyer.

OPEN Studio Series: Faculty Media Center: Experience the new Faculty Media Center. Drop in to learn about the FMC studios and get hands-on support with technology tools like Canvas, Kaltura and more Bring a project, idea, or simply your curiosity and work directly with Academic Technology’s experts. Join us from 2-3:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoons in Kidder Hall 100. Learn more about the OPEN Studio Series.

OSU Astronomy Club Presents 'Cosmos': The OSU Astronomy Club will be hosting a free showing of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson. This event is open to everyone of all ages and you can find more about the event at: Any questions can be directed to the Facebook page or by contacting the Astronomy Club at This is a weekly event held on Thursdays during winter term, from 5-6 pm in Weniger 151.


NEW! Info Session for Honors College Short-term Program to France, June 16 -July 3: Come learn about an 18-day study abroad program that will provide multiple opportunities to explore two program themes: France’s responses to climate change, and France’s food culture from commodities to cafes. This 90-minute session will be dedicated to answering questions about program highlights, logistics and costs. The two faculty leaders and current applicants will be attending. Feb. 14, 10-11:30 a.m., Gilmore 234.

NEW! Beavers Belong: Beavers Belong is a support network for students, by students, aimed at creating connection, community and belonging through weekly peer-led groups (not therapy or counseling-based), on-campus events and activities. Drop-in group times for undergrads are Mondays, 2-3 p.m., 3-4 p.m. and 4-5 p.m., MU Lounge Family Friendly Room; and Fridays 2-3 p.m., MU Wellness Nook, Room 62. For grads, Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m., Dixon Lower Classroom. Child care services offered.

NEW! Bring Your Kids to Campus Day: The Family Resource Center will be hosting the annual Bring Your Kids to Campus Day on Friday, April 19. Family-friendly activities will be offered all day throughout the Corvallis campus. We are looking for new and previous partners who would be interested in offering fun activities for families to do together and hope that could be you. If you are interested in partnering in this year’s Bring Your Kids to Campus Day or have questions, please email or call 541-737-4906.

OSU International Scholar and Faculty Coffee Social: OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International and OSU Office of International Services would like to invite you to join international visiting faculty, scholars, students and their families for conversation, coffee, tea and light snacks at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (CMLC) in the Einerson House (EINH) 2638 NW Jackson Ave, Corvallis on Friday, between 10:30 a.m. and noon.

OSUsed Store Valentine’s Sale: Come by our public sale Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. to submit your best guess for how many Valentine's candies are in our jar for a chance to win a gourmet treat basket! Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

Music à la Carte: OSU Jazz Ensemble performs Feb. 14, noon, in the MU Lounge.

PAL-entine’s Day: Celebrate your friendships in style! McNary Dining Center is hosting PAL-entine’s Day, a chance to gather with your fellow Beavs for a formal multi-course dinner on Friday, Feb. 14. Seating times are available at 5:30, 6:30 or 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and include soup, salad, entrees, side dishes and dessert. Reserve a spot today:

EcoFilm: The Beaver Believers: The hour-long film follows Beaver Believers onto spectacular western landscapes, where beaver have already begun to transform damaged watersheds. Many challenges stand in the way of larger scale efforts to use beaver as a restoration tool, including trapping. A panel consisting of the film producer and three Oregon beaver experts will discuss the film with a Q&A period. Friday, Feb. 14, Odd Fellows Hall, 223 Second St., Corvallis. Door open at 6:30 p.m., film at 7, Sponsored by the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film.

Literary Northwest Series: Steven Moore, author of The Longer We Were There: A Memoir of a Part-Time Soldier (University of Georgia Press, 2019), and Wendy Willis, author of These Are Strange Times, My Dear (Counterpoint Press, 2019) will read in The Lab Theatre (Withycombe Hall), on Feb. 21, from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Wikipedia Editathon: Join us in writing PNW African American history into Wikipedia. All are welcome; free food and prizes available. Training is provided, registration is required. Sponsored by OSU Libraries and PressAfroCROWDEducational Opportunity Program--Advancing Academic Equity for Student Success, and Diversity & Cultural Engagement (Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center and the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center). Feb. 28, 2-5 p.m., Valley Library Autzen classroom.

Weekly Mindfulness Meditation: Did you know that regular mindfulness meditation can reduce stress and anxiety, improve cognition, and much more? Let CAPS help you begin or maintain a meditation practice with weekly drop-in meditation groups. All skill levels are welcome. Check in at the Snell Hall 5th floor reception desk and be sure to arrive on time, as not to disrupt the session. Each Friday through finals week. Faculty and staff 12:30-1 p.m.; students 10-11 a.m.

Tax help for students and low-income households. Every Saturday through March 7 from 1-5 p.m. in Austin Hall Room 126. This is a free, drop-in based service. Click here for more information. Se habla español.

Winter Career Expo: On Wednesday, Feb. 19, connect with some of the best employers in the country at the 2020 Oregon State University Winter Career Expo. This career fair attracts over 100 employers seeking students to fill jobs and internships in STEM fields, liberal studies, social services, grad programs and business services. CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Check out which employers are attending by following this link.

Young Professionals @OSU Social: Looking to network with other young professionals here at OSU? Join the Office of Work Life and the Family Resource Center for a night out at McMenamins Monroe Pub on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Complimentary appetizers will be available and you are welcome to bring your spouse/partner. RSVP to or

SAVE THE DATE! Out of the Darkness Campus Walk to Prevent Suicide: Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Out of the Darkness Campus Walk on Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., SEC Plaza. The goals of the Campus Walk event are to reduce mental health stigma, educate about resources, encourage help-seeking, support suicide loss survivors and raise money. Consider joining as either a virtual or “IRL” (in real life) walker by visiting For more information, contact Tessie Webster-Henry:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! The Really Big One: Join us for a talk on process, poetry, and earthquakes by Jennifer Richter, assistant professor of creative writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. Richter will discuss her new collection of poems and how seismology offers a new language to explore how we cycle through periods of shattering and healing. Monday, Feb. 17, 4 p.m., OSU Center for the Humanities at the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave.

NEW! OLI II: Youth Voices in Action: The Oregon 4-H Outreach Extension program invites students grades 8-12 to attend our annual leadership conference. Conference begins March 23 at 11 a.m. and ends March 26 at 1 p.m. Cost to attend is $250 if registered before Feb. 15. Scholarships available. To register and obtain more info:

NEW! Top Hat Level 1 Certification Workshop: Tactics for Real-time Assessment Save your spot for this on-campus workshop, brought to you by Top Hat and OSU’s Academic Technology. All faculty and GTAs that use or are interested in using Top Hat are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact Lyn Riverstone. March 11, 1-3 p.m. in MLM 215. Register today.

Introduction to CORE: This session is designed to give new employees and CORE users who would like to review the basics an orientation to CORE. Topics in this session include security and policies related to the access and use of data,and helpful tips and tricks for using the system. Feb. 14, 11 a.m. to noon in IAR Training Space - Kerr B094 - and via Zoom. Note: This session is immediately followed by the IAR DataLab. Register: Questions? Email:

OSU Anthropology Lecture Series: Colin Anderson, associate professor at Coventry University, UK, will present “Agroecology and Social Transformation” on Friday, Feb. 14, from noon to 12:50 p..m, in LINC 314. The lecture is free and open to all. For further information, contact Shaozeng Zhang at

Public Policy Brownbag Seminar Series: Diana Kruger, professor at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and COES in Chile, will present her work on “Longer School Schedules, Childcare and the Quality of Mothers’ Employment: Evidence from School Reform in Chile.” She will speak on Feb. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. in Bexell 414. 

Rethinking recess: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) presents “Rethinking recess: Creating safe and inclusive playtime for all children in school,” by Rebecca London, PhD, MA, assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room.

Happily Never After? Exploring the truths and myths of relationships with Kristen Yax. Feb. 19, 6-7 p.m., Gilfillan Auditorium.

SBIR/STTR, State, and University Funding for Tech Commercialization: OSU Faculty and Student Researchers -- join the OSU Advantage office on Feb. 20 from 3:30-5 p.m. in MU 109 for an Innovation Days workshop titled “Research Impact Resources 101,” followed by a hosted networking reception from 5-6:30 p.m. RSVP here:

Research Seminar: Irina Gaynanova, assistant professor, Texas A&M University, will speak on “Truncated latent Gaussian copula model for zero-inflated data,” Feb. 20, 4 p.m., Weniger 149. This seminar is open to the public.

BA 161 First-Year Student Microbusiness Market Research Event: Join us for our annual BA 161 Microbusiness Market Research event. College of Business first-year students have officially started their product development and marketing research for their products/services that will be ready for sale in spring 2020. Each of their microbusinesses are looking for feedback on their ideas, products and services. Friday, Feb. 21, 9-10 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon and 1-2 p.m., Austin Hall Marketplace. Questions? Contact

Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training: CAPS invites students, faculty, and staff to attend our Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Workshops. Participants will learn how suicide impacts us nationwide and here at OSU, how to identify the signs and symptoms of emotional distress, and how to help or intervene if someone you know is considering suicide.  Monday, Feb. 24 noon to 1:30 p.m., MU 104. For more information contact Tessie Webster-Henry:

Food Drive

NEW! Basket Raffle: BAFF Baskets: Business Affairs is raffling off four baskets: BBQ Bonanza; Pampered Pet: Cat Edition; Pampered Pet: Dog Edition; and Sweets and Treats. Tickets are available for sale at the Kerr Admin Cashier's Office windows Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tickets are $1 each, $5/6, or $10/15. Drawing will be held Friday, Feb. 28. For more information, see Questions, contact

NEW! Sweets and Treats Silent Auction: To donate: bring items for auction by Feb. 14, 9 a.m, Crop Science Building 119. Bidding goes from 10 .a.m -3 p.m. For more information contact

NEW! Artisan Bowl Raffle. Buy tickets at 116 Gilmore Hall. Handsome, one-of-a-kind bowl made from locally sourced oak and turned by Biological & Ecological Engineering instructor, John Selker. Lightly oiled with Tung Oil, this bowl is food-safe.  Come by and see how well it will complement your office or home. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Drawing held Feb. 27.  For questions contact

NEW! Attention Bookworms: Come to the CEOAS Admin Building (behind Johnson Hall), donate $1, $3 or $5 to the food drive and walk away with a beautifully and mysteriously wrapped book for your next rainy day binge-reading session. For more information contact

NEW! OSU Campus Bird Watching Tour: OSU is an eBird hotspot with 146 species reported. Please join EESC's Amerie Lommen as she hosts a walking tour, pointing out the native bird life here on OSU's Corvallis campus. Suggested donation of $1. Feb 27 meet on the north side of Kerr Administration Building at noon. All money collected benefits the OSU Food Drive and the Linn-Benton Food Share.

Plant Sale for Valentine's Day: Ecological Engineering Student Society (EcoE) will host a plant and card sale for Valentine's Day in front of Gilmore Hall. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Food Drive. Feb. 14, outside Gilmore Hall. $3/Plants, $1/Cards. For more information contact

Rolls and Scrolls: Browse for a used book and choose from a variety of delicious baked goods. Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Moreland Hall Lobby. Donate cash, write a check or bring two food items for the Linn-Benton Food Share. For more information contact

Valentine's Day Auction: This is a silent auction, so come bid on some handmade or new items for Valentine's Day. Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Richardson, Second Floor Knuckle. For more information contact

Cosmic Spin the Wheel: The Xpress Stop at the MU has Cosmic Spin the Wheel and cookies. For a $2 donation, spin the wheel for your chance to win candy and prizes. Every spin is entered into a drawing at the end of the month. Fabulous prizes include a Car Wash certificate, banner shopping bags, and $50 Amazon gift cards. Also, every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. stop by for fresh baked cookies. All proceeds benefit the food drive.

Quilt Raffle Ticket Sale: Quilt raffle tickets are $1 each or 6/$5. All month. For more information contact

Book Sale: Lightly used books, DVDs and board games will be on sale to support the OSU Food Drive throughout the month of February. Items will range in price from $1 to $5. Come check out the selection in the Magruder Hall lobby. For questions, contact
Take a Break with BEE: February is a cold, damp month. Need a break from it all? Come and spend some time in Gilmore Hall 116, warming up with hot cocoa or tea. We will be offering each for a donation of $1/per cup for the entire month of February (weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with the exception of noon). For questions, contact
PB&J bar: A longtime Biological & Ecological Engineering tradition, we’ve extended the PB&J bar for the entire month. Come on by our office and make yourself a delicious treat of peanut butter and a variety of jellies, many from local growers. Suggested donation of $3 per sandwich (weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.). All donations will go to BEE’s participation in the OSU Food Drive to help the local community. For questions, contact

Take Note

NEW! Applying Learning Technology Community (pilot): All faculty teaching on-campus courses are encouraged to submit a proposal for this new faculty learning community pilot. The @ALT Community provides participants with an opportunity to investigate and provide learning technology solutions to a significant teaching-related problem of their choosing. Professional development funding provided. Contact Lyn Riverstone with questions. Proposals for the Spring 2020 pilot due Feb. 28. See the proposal guidelines

 FY19 Sustainability Report: The Sustainability Office invites you to explore OSU’s FY19 Sustainability Report. Reports are partly built from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure sustainability performance. FY19 produced OSU’s highest STARS score ever, as we continue an upwards trend towards becoming a greener and more inclusive university.

Encourage students to join the 100-day countdown to commencement: Class of 2020 is well-prepared to get a jumpstart on their futures. At Oregon State’s Countdown to Commencement events, graduating students can connect and celebrate with fellow soon-to-be-alumni, take care of all their graduation needs and gain skills for life beyond graduation. For questions and disability accommodations please call (877) 678-2837 or email OSUAA Early Engagement Director Mamta Chowdhury.

Campus Directions: Learn more from University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations about how Oregon State's campuses are improving every day. Read the latest issue of Campus Directions to learn about the Merryfield Hall renovations, how collaboration builds a better Corvallis campus and more. Interested in keeping up with projects on campus? Subscribe to our newsletter.

Policy changes: Fiscal Policy 03-140-505 Meals, Refreshments and Events has been revised to update and consolidate related policies (FIS 410-01 Alcoholic Beverages, FIS 410-05 Hosting Groups and Official Guests, FIS 410-07 Non-Travel Meals and Refreshments, FIS 410-09 Graduation Events). The new policy and related FAQs can be accessed on the FPP website. Please contact the Fiscal Policy Coordinator for your Business Center or the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.

OSU Folk Club/Thrift Shop Scholarships: The OSU Folk Club/Thrift Shop Scholarship Committee is accepting applications from high school seniors who will attend OSU in the fall of 2020 and are graduating from a Benton County High School or live in Benton County. The Scholarship Committee is also accepting applications from non-traditional women (age 30 or older, who will be attending OSU full-time or part-time in 2020-2021 pursuing their first undergraduate degree. Applications are available at high school counselors' offices, at the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop, 144 NW Second St. in Corvallis, and online at Deadline for mailing is March 6 for high schoolers and March 20 for non-traditional students. 


NEW! Extension Forester: Oregon State University and its Extension Service invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Extension Forester position that will be located in Redmond, Oregon. Posting #P03606UF. Closes March 11.


"I don't think you want to give all the answers, but I think every answer you do give should bring up another question, and not all questions should be answered." Actor Kim Novak, born today in 1933.

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 44, low of 36. Cloudy tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny and then a slight chance of rain, high of 53, low of 30. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: .Rain today, high of 47, low of 41. Cloudy tomorrow.

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