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:


With recalls and citizen petitions, local organizing gets a boost ahead of 2024 elections (Jefferson Public Radio)

“People are starting to see, hey, the school board makes a lot of decisions about the curriculum that our kids are learning about. And the city council has a huge impact on city regulations, as do county commissioners,” said Christopher Stout, a political science professor at Oregon State University. “People realize you can probably have more of an impact for less of an investment at the local level.”


Corvallis hub vies for federal dollars to spur tech and economic boom (Gazette-Times)

It is not a nascent technology, but the importance of some of its applications is becoming more recognized, especially in the semiconductor industry, where the cooling of chips — with the explosive growth of such fields as artificial intelligence — has become a much larger problem than it was five years ago, according to Thomas Weller, head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University.  

OSU grant: Keep potatoes from spoiling (Natural Resource Report)

Oregon State University has received $2 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study ways to keep organic potatoes from spoiling, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting’s KLCC. The Pacific Northwest has a $2.2 billion potato industry, and nationwide, organic food sales topped $60 billion in 2022 and the market continues to grow. OSU College of Agricultural Sciences researchers are tasked with figuring out how to prevent stored spuds from rotting without using chemicals.

Spray to prevent wildfire smoke taint in wine shows promise (Decanter)

Efforts to create a spray-on coating that protects wine grapes from wildfire smoke taint have been boosted by promising recent test results in the laboratory and on Pinot Noir vineyards, according to scientists at Oregon State University. 

OSU to offer pesticide test prep course (Malheur Enterprise)

Those looking to prepare for the state’s pesticide applicator test can drop in on an afternoon course Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the OSU Extension Service for Malheur County.

FAFSA delays cause problems for families, schools (KBND)

Oregon State University and other schools are scrambling to adjust to shifting deadlines, amid the disastrous rollout of an updated Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Today's photo

Ringing in the year: David Grube submitted this photo of Rockaway Beach on New Year's Eve. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Wondering how to foster a sense of belonging for the students you teach? See Angelique Pearson’s new two-part series, “Behind the Buzzword: Creating Belonging for Online Students,” Part 1 and Part 2. Helping students build strong connections with the university, other students, support staff and teaching faculty supports learner success.


Navigating Impostor Syndrome: Join this gathering to talk about the realities of navigating impostor syndrome, Feb. 15 and Feb. 21. We will also discuss strategies for overcoming impostor syndrome and self-care practices to bring with you on your journey. Sign up in Lyra Learn:

Annual OSU Bird Walk: This ever-popular walk is back again on Feb. 15 due to popular demand. Join Amerie Lommen as she guides enthusiasts around the Corvallis campus, pointing out local birds and their habitats. Sign up using the Qualtrics link or email [email protected] with questions.

Plants, Puns, & Poetry Sale: In support of the OSU Food Drive, the Office of Academic Support is hosting a Plants, Puns, and Poetry sale. Join us outside of Waldo Hall from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 15. Grab a new plant and a handmade plant pun card, or have a poem written for you on the spot. We'll also be selling plant-themed artwork and jewelry.

Care Talks: Succeed at Work — Fostering Inclusion. In this talk you will learn to identify activities, attitudes and assumptions that exclude coworkers, and explore ways to be more inclusive. 10 a.m., Feb. 15. Register today.

Classified Staff Union Membership Meeting: Classified staff are welcome to attend our union’s monthly meeting from noon to 12:30 p.m., Feb. 15 for updates on bargaining. This meeting is hybrid. If attending online, registration in advance is required. In-person attendees can join us for lunch in Memorial Union Room 222 (Council Room). Email for accommodations. 

UPDATED! Global Engagement in Nepal: Open networking session for faculty and staff currently involved in or interested in developing global engagement activity in Nepal. 2-3 p.m., Feb. 15, in-person option in Kerr B211A, or via Zoom.

HMSC Research Seminar: David Taylor, a postdoctoral scholar, with the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station at Oregon State University, will be giving a seminar titled “Leveraging stable isotope analyses to answer questions about species responses to changing environments. Lessons from terrestrial mammals and marine fishes.” 3:30 p.m., Feb. 15, in person at the HMSC Carmen Ford Phillips Auditorium in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building 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 Seminar Series: “Diversity and evolutionary fitness of fungal endosymbioses,” presented by Jessie Uehling of Oregon State University, 4 p.m., Feb. 15 in ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

Ian Larson: "Flowers in the Grime of a Putrefied Utopia." This presentation of visceral bacchanalia and degenerative portraiture features glimpses into narratives, with a focus on the human figure existing in both fantasized and representational environments, centered around characters belonging to their own social contexts. This exhibition will run Feb. 15-March 22. There is a reception and artist talk from 4-6 p.m., Feb. 15.

Movie night: “Remember the Titans” will be screened at 5 p.m., Feb. 15, at the Military and Veteran Resource Center, Snell 150. Food and drinks will be provided. 

Tuition Forums: The University Budget Committee, Office of Budget and Resource Planning and the Student Fees Committee 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 forums will be held from 5-6 p.m., Feb. 15 in MU 221 and from 2-3 p.m., Feb. 16 in MU 215. Or register to view on Zoom. More info and the forum schedule are available at

CANCELLED: Research Advancement Campus Conversation (RACC): This event has been cancelled.

"No Future": A New Play by Sophie Brown. OSU Theatre presents No Future, a new play written, directed and designed by OSU students that explores the complexity of friendship and art while celebrating the music and spirit of the early punk scene. "No Future" runs from Feb. 14-17 at Common Fields in downtown Corvallis. Tickets are available here.


NEW! We Space: Mindful Relating. We Space is a 1:1 practice of seeing one another in a mindful and present way. This practice nourishes as we learn to do less and feel more, together. Held on Zoom and taught by Julie Masters from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17. Register and learn more and purchase class passes from Marigold. Contact us.

NEW! Coffee Hour for Graduate Students: Come meet some fellow graduate students and enjoy some pastries with coffee/tea. Join us 6-7 p.m., Feb. 19 at Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez.

Music à la Carte: Opus Magnum, classical duo of voice and piano, Nathaniel Kondrat, bass, and Ana Maria Lupu, piano. Bass vocalist Nathaniel Kondrat, ’08, studied voice at OSU and received his master's degree in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2011. Kondrat's repertoire includes Shubert, Schumann, Williams, Beethoven and Finzi. Pianist and accompanist Ana Maria Lupu began her artistic career in 2008 at the Lyceum of Music for Gifted Children in Chisinau, Moldova, where she took part in numerous competitions in her homeland. Noon Feb. 16 in the MU Lounge; admission is free.

Women’s Basketball: Join us at 7 p.m., Feb. 16 at our Oregon State women's basketball game at Gill Coliseum as we celebrate Fearless Women of Oregon State. To celebrate, we are offering a ticket discount to all OSU faculty and staff. Claim your tickets with the ticket discount direct link here or enter the promo code BEAVSFAC at

Wine & Chocolate: Elizabeth Tomasino, an associate professor of enology in the Department of Food Science and Technology at OSU, will be giving a one-hour talk and tasting in pairing wine and chocolate. 4-5 p.m. Feb. 17 in Portland. For more details follow the link.

Yoga Nidra: Drawn from Vedic and Tantric practices, yoga nidra “yogic sleep” is a guided meditation experience which often yields deep relaxation, insight, and a sense of connection. Guided by Tiffany Bailey Feb. 18 and March 17, 6-7:30 p.m. at Marigold. Purchase one class pass or $15 for drop-in. Please pre-register. Contact: [email protected].

The 25th annual celebration of Engineers Week in the Willamette Valley: This networking reception for engineering professionals and students will be held from 4:30-7 p.m., Feb. 21 on the Oregon State University campus. Register to attend by Feb. 15. Tickets are $30. Consider supporting student attendees. Indicate the number of student tickets when completing your registration form ($30/student).

Sustainability Town Hall: Carly Lettero, associate director of arts integration at PRAx and the director of Spring Creek Project, will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming Sustainability Town Hall, Corvallis's premier sustainability event hosted by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition. The theme of this year's Town Hall is "The Arts: A Portal to Sustainability." The free event will be held 7 p.m., March 7 at the Alumni Center. Learn more and register here.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! CTL Sparkshop: “They need us to be well:" Strategies for cultivating mutual joy in the learning environment to support student learning. Wondering how to support student well-being and mental health in your teaching? Join CTL Sparkshop to discuss ideas for cultivating mutual joy and positive emotions in the learning environment to support learning. Presenters: Kara Clevinger, assistant director, and Funmi Amobi, instructional consultant. Noon to 12:20 p.m., Feb. 23, virtual. Registration.

OSU Anthropology Lecture SeriesGabriel Sanchez, assistant professor at the University of Oregon, will give a lecture titled, "Collaborative Archaeology at the Hastings Natural History Reservation,” from noon to 12:50 p.m., Feb. 16, 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: Vivek Shandas, professor of geography in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts and founder and director of the Sustaining Urban Places Research Lab at Portland State University, will present “Heat, Housing and Health: Assessing Exposure to Extreme Temperatures in Affordable Housing,” from 1-2 p.m., Feb. 16 in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room and via Zoom. Co-sponsored by the COH Environmental and Occupational Health Program.

Writing Effective Interview Questions workshop: Available for the first time from 2-4 p.m., Feb. 19. Take a deeper dive into interview design by learning how to write effective behavioral interview questions — register here. This two-hour Zoom workshop provides guidelines and best practices plus an opportunity to write and edit your own interview questions in groups. Two continuing education credits for OSU search advocates. For questions or accommodations please contact Anne Gillies ([email protected] or 541-760-6160). Instructors: Yas Rivera (Equal Opportunity and Access) and Anne Gillies (Human Resources – Search Advocate Program).

Promotion & tenure workshops: The Office of Faculty Affairs is offering promotion and tenure workshops during the month of February. This year the sessions are tailored toward specific academic ranks. Information and Zoom links are available on the 2023-24 Academic Faculty Workshops page. Workshops will not be recorded, but PowerPoint presentation will be available online at a later date. Questions can be directed to Sara Daly.

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State 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; and more. Winter 2024 program: Monday-Thursday, 8:15 a.m. to noon, Feb. 26-29, via Zoom. Spring 2024 program: Tuesday-Friday, 8:15 a.m. to noon, May 7-10, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by the Office of University Human Resources that dives deep into the way that we solve problems together. This engaging workshop helps people learn more about their own mindset, learn appreciation for how colleagues work, and together be able create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions. This new two-hour workshop for OSU employees is offered on a monthly basis. View upcoming workshops and enroll here

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! “That's Entertaining" Sale: Check out a selection of books, movies, video and board games. Suggested donations will be listed and the sale will go all week. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 19-23, Crop Science 109. Contact [email protected] for questions.

NEW! Sale: Stop by Gilmore 116 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 19-23 to find your favorite treasure. Choose from art, books, crafts and more. Venmo/ Cash/ Checks accepted. Contact [email protected] with questions.

NEW! Hand-Dipping Candles: Join Amy Baker, Monteith Historical Society living history instructor, and learn to make hand-dipped candles on Feb. 19 and 28. Using a little bit of modern equipment and a lot of old-style techniques, we’ll make candles the centuries-old way. Step back into 1800s Oregon and make candles you can take home. Class sizes are small, so sign up early using the Qualtrics link or email [email protected] with questions.

OSU Tree Walk: Join Dan Blanchard, curator of living plant collections for the OSU Campus Arboretum and instructor in the Department of Horticulture, for our new Tree Walk. This tour will highlight plants on campus and include some history along the way. Sessions are Feb. 16, 21 and 26. Sign up right away using the Qualtrics link or email [email protected] with questions.

Vote to Pie the PI: Through Feb. 29, two brave lab PI’s will compete for the chance to be pie’d by the FWCS department head. Tiff Garcia or Jonny Armstrong – both of their favorite pies are banana cream. What are the odds? Stop by Nash 104 to cast your vote. $1 per vote/$5 for six votes; multiple votes are encouraged.

SPP Plant Sale: Get your sweetheart something that will last past February and buy them a plant instead of flowers. Swing by Bexell Hall 418 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and check out the wide variety of houseplants available. Feb. 12 until sold out. Prices listed are suggested donations. Cash, check or Venmo payments are accepted. Email [email protected]u if you have any questions. 

Printing and Mailing is collecting food donations: Campus Mail will be dropping off collection bags in your mailboxes; just leave any contributions in the bag in your mail area and we will pick them up. Collection takes place through Feb. 23. If you don’t receive a bag and want one, please email [email protected]. We will also be collecting food at our 4700 SW Research Way location. Each donation at Research Way will earn your name in a drawing to win one of our fabulous up-cycled used-banner bags. 

Dodgeball Tournament: Help the Naval ROTC raise money for the Linn Benton Food Share 1-6 p.m., Feb. 25, in McAlexander Fieldhouse on the basketball courts. Teams of eight will compete against each other in a 16-team bracket to win the trophy. Registration deadline is Feb. 21 and is $40 for an entire team. Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions.

Printing and Mailing's Dart, Putt & Toss Tournament: Show us your skills playing darts, putting on the green and/or cornhole skills. We will be holding the games all month; $5 will enter you in the game of your choice. Weekly prizes will be given to the top scorers in each game. At the end of the month prizes will be given to second and third place in each game plus weekly first-place winners will play off for the grand prize. For information, [email protected].

Quilt and Art Prize Drawing: The College of Forestry invites you to visit the prize-drawing website or stop by the CoF Helpdesk (Peavy Forest Science Center 209) to view items and/or purchase tickets, from Feb. 1-29. The prize drawing will be held at noon, Feb. 29. For questions, contact [email protected].

BEE Annual PB&J Bar: Stop by Gilmore Hall 116 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. throughout the month of February to make your own PB&J. Suggested donation of $3. Many thanks to the generous bread donation from New Morning Bakery, which will allow the event to continue all month. For questions, contact [email protected].

Card Sale: Purchase beautiful photo and pressed-leaf cards handmade by BPP Senior Faculty Research Assistant Zuzana Vejlupkova. Feb. 1-29 in Cordley Hall 2503 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $3 each or four for $10. Cash or check. All proceeds will benefit the Linn Benton Food Share. For questions, contact [email protected].

Take Note

NEW! Got a startup idea? Apply to Iterate. This is a four-week program consisting of weekly 90-minute workshops. The goal of Iterate is to equip you with a toolkit for evaluating your ideas from an entrepreneurial mindset. The program is free and open to community members and Oregon State University researchers, students and faculty. Apply online now — Iterate begins Feb. 21.

NEW! Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Food Options. If a disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water and electricity for days or even weeks. Options for food storage include freeze-dried foods, MREs, dehydrated foods and canned foods. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Mark Siewell, senior gift administration specialist, 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.

CIO Excellence Award: Presented by the Chief Information Officer, this award acknowledges the exceptional work of OSU IT team members who exemplify OSU IT goals and recognizes their contributions to the organization, university and OSU community. All OSU community members are invited to submit a nomination for consideration and nominations are accepted throughout the year. For additional information about the CIO Excellence Award and other IT recognition efforts, please see the IT Recognition Committee website.

Interdisciplinary student opportunity: The one-year PRAx Student Fellowship offers graduate and advanced undergraduate students the opportunity to develop a creative or journalistic project connected with OSU research. Fellows will be awarded $1,000, engage in ongoing networking and professional development with mentors and present final projects in a public exhibition. Visit the PRAx Student Fellowship page for info on tracks, eligibility and how to apply. Faculty are encouraged to invite applications from eligible students. Deadline: March 15. 

Human-robot interaction: An evaluation is being conducted to understand good (and bad) ways for robot systems to pick up objects. Participants will be asked to watch videos of a robot system picking up various objects and complete questionnaires. The entire study procedure is expected to take one hour. You will receive a $25 gift card for completing the study. Contact Sean Buchmeier at [email protected] to schedule your time.

Call for Submissions: Climate Stories in Action. The Spring Creek Project is partnering with on “Climate Stories in Action,” a new call for creative submissions to inspire collective action on climate change. We are inviting storytellers to submit narratives and art that center solutions, introduce us to everyday climate heroes and showcase the joy discovered through community engagement. Priority submission deadline is April 8. Learn more and submit your work.

Dam Good Connections regional events: Bringing together Beavers outside Corvallis for incredible personal and professional networking opportunities, the Dam Good Connections regional event series is coming to multiple cities in California, Washington and Oregon. These OSU Alumni Association-hosted events are open to all alumni and students — including Ecampus and international community members — and Beaver parents, families and friends. Register at

Instructional faculty opportunity: Apply to join the Spring ’24 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community sponsored by CTL and Academic Technologies. We’ll explore pedagogical strategies, useful ed tech tools and development of resiliency to thrive in your teaching. Funding provided. See the call for participation. Apply by Feb. 26.

Scholarships available: Applications for PCOSW scholarships to fund FY24 projects are now being accepted. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach or creative projects related to gender equity issues. Applications are due Feb. 21. Visit our website for more details. Apply for a scholarship. Please have a budget outline and project justification statement prepared before beginning the application. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Spring Creek faculty residence: OSU faculty members working on writing or research projects aligned with the mission of the Spring Creek Project are invited to apply for a summer faculty residency at Shotpouch Cabin. Projects at the intersection of environmental studies and writing, art, music, the humanities or social sciences may be a good fit. Applications sent via Submittable require a one-page narrative letter. Deadline: 11:59 p.m., March 4. Learn more and apply. 

Breaking Barriers awards: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW), the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) and OSU Athletics are pleased to solicit nominations for the 2024 Breaking Barriers Awards, a recognition of the accomplishments and impact of those who have worked to advance gender equity at OSU. We welcome nominations of people who have made influential contributions to our community for the four Breaking Barriers awards. For more information about these categories, see the Breaking Barriers websiteSubmit a nomination by Feb. 26. Questions? Contact [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! Cook 2: University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for multiple Cook 2 positions. These are full-time, 12-month, classified positions. Posting #P04645CT. Full consideration Feb 19. Closes March 4.

NEW! Enrollment Services Recruitment Specialist (PR1): This position will provide a personal connection to OSU for prospective students who are interested in learning online and will help prospective students navigate institutional resources and processes. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) classified position. Posting #P04652CT. Closes March 4.

NEW! Assistant Director, Graduate Recruitment in the College of Business at Oregon State University. The Assistant Director, Graduate Recruitment is a member of the Graduate Business Programs team in the College of Business, and reports to the Associate Director of Graduate Recruitment. This position will also frequently collaborate with Ecampus, the Graduate School and the College of Business, as well as other departments and units at OSU. Posting #P07772UF. Full consideration Feb. 26. Closes March 4.

NEW! Administrative Associate (APA): This position is primarily focused on coordinating contracts, consulting on policies related to contracts and purchasing, managing memberships and software subscriptions, purchasing and payables and providing travel support for the division’s executive leaders. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) classified position. Posting #P04656CT. Full consideration Feb. 27. Closes March 5. 

EXTENDED! OSU Division of Extension and Engagement 4-H Youth Development Program invites applications for an Education Program Assistant 1 position based at the OSU Extension Service Curry County Office in Gold Beach. This is a 12-month, full-time, classified position starting at $17.43 hourly + benefits. Posting #P04459CT. Closes March 6.


“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” ~ Isaac Asimov

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 48, low of 37. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Rain and snow today, high of 39, low of 24. Chance of snow and rain tomorrow.

Newport: Rain today, high of 46, low of 42. Rain likely tomorrow.

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