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:


Amplifying the voices of Indigenous women on Wikipedia (Wiki Edu)

“As a scholar of Ethnic Studies, I am always eager to learn more about people who engage in different and creative forms of activism or organizing,” Dr. Barnd (OSU) says. “I only write in Wikipedia in order to create new content that focuses on communities of color, Indigenous peoples, and topics related to social justice.”

OSU researcher to help lead $25 million nuclear forensics project (KTVZ)

An Oregon State University faculty member has been selected as the deputy director of a $25 million, 16-university consortium tasked with educating the next generation of nuclear forensic scientists while researching new technology for nuclear security and nonproliferation. Camille Palmer, associate professor in the College of Engineering, will lead the OSU effort and serve as deputy director of the entire project, which includes two other College of Engineering faculty, Todd Palmer and Raviv Raich.

Oregon State Ecampus secures funding for online-learning veterans with housing costs (KMTR)

Oregon State University's Ecampus online education program is offering assistance to some military veterans in Oregon who learn online but receive less GI Bill housing support than students enrolled in on-campus instruction.

A 13-foot-tall robot named 'Icefin' swam underneath the 'Doomsday Glacier' and found it's not just melting, it's shattering (Fortune)

“Thwaites is a rapidly changing system, much more rapidly changing than when we started this work five years ago and even since we were in the field three years ago,” said Oregon State University ice researcher Erin Pettit, who wasn’t part of either study. “I am definitely expecting the rapid change to continue and accelerate over the next few years.”

OSU study finds Oregon healthcare workers stressed and in short supply (Jefferson Public Radio)

Lead author Tao Li is an assistant professor in OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. He visits with the JX to flesh out details in a comprehensive--and frequently troubling--report.

Tapping sap from maple trees at the Sugar Shack in Oregon (KGW)

The Oregon Maple Project group has started harvesting sap from maple trees in Colton, Oregon, in partnership with Oregon State University.

Today's photo

Mountain view: Psychology student Wes Yost says, "I took this on Tumalo Mountain, overlooking Mount Bachelor, in the beautiful Cascades mountain range." We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for effective ways to check the pulse of student experiences in your course so that you can make adjustments as needed? See 10 Ways to Check-In with Students during the Term by Marjorie Coffey from the Academic Success Center. These techniques are easy to implement and can provide valuable information to support quality teaching.


Plants, puns and poetry: Support the OSU Food Drive by visiting our plants, puns and poetry sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 16, outside Waldo Hall on Jefferson. Fall in love with a new plant, pick up a funny pun card, or get a poem typed for you on the spot on a typewriter. For questions, contact [email protected].

Learning opportunity with Fidelity, a Black History Month event: Fidelity is hosting a special event in recognition of Black History Month: a live webinar panel discussion with Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche and Fidelity leaders focused on financial literacy and creating generational wealth, in support of the Black community. 11 a.m. to noon, Feb. 16. To register:

CCVM hot dog sale: Come to the annual hot dog sale at Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine,11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb.16. Hot dogs and veggie dogs will be available. You can purchase a single hot dog for $2 or two dogs, chips and soda for $5. Contact [email protected] for questions.

Beyond DEI Statements: Syllabus insights from first-generation sudents. Looking to revamp your syllabus, or trying to understand how to provide clearer instructions and language to our diverse students? Join OSU's First Committee to hear about the surprising things we learned directly from first-generation students on how they interpret these class documents. 1-2 p.m., Feb. 16, LINC 414. Registration for in person attendance. Registration for Zoom.

University budget conversation: The Office of Budget and Resource Planning will hold a University budget conversation via Zoom from noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 16. This week’s topic is “State budget funding.” The first 15 minutes is spent on presentation of the topic, followed by discussion and Q&A. To join the webinar, visit For materials associated with this conversation, visit For questions, email [email protected]

Leading with Authenticity: This webinar training will examine the components of authentic leadership: self-awareness, internalized moral perspective, balanced processing and relational transparency. By understanding these components leaders can discover their personal strengths and weaknesses so that they can better serve and support their employees in their personal and professional development. Noon, Feb. 16. Register here.

Food, Culture, and Biodiversity in Ecuador: Join OSU faculty leaders Dave Stone, Evie Smith and Miles Philipps from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Extension for a four-credit, two-week program in Ecuador from June 19 to July 3, 2023. Info session 3 p.m., Feb. 16. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

HMSC research seminar: Merrick Haller with civil and construction engineering at Oregon State University will be giving a seminar entitled “The Newport Model Testbed in Support of Fundamental Research for Forecasting U.S. Pacific Northwest Coastal Processes.” 3:30 p.m., Feb 16, 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 seminar series: “Surviving in the Megafire Era,” presented by John Bailey, OSU forest engineering, resources and management. 4 p.m., Feb. 16, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

BEE seminar series: Desiree Tullos will present "Klamath Dam Removals," 4 p.m., Feb. 16, Bexell 322 or on Zoom. Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details. All are welcome.

Photography talk: Artist and photographer Eirik Johnson will speak about his photography project PINE at 4 p.m., Feb.  16, in the Fairbanks Gallery. PINE is a photographic and music-based project that explores how the transgressive act of tree c­arving can conjure up sentiments of love, alienation, or even the most basic desire to declare, "I was here. See for yourself."

The Making of American Whiteness: The History of Race in America: The Cabildos Speaker Series presents Carmen Thompson, a historian and author who analyzes the origin of white supremacy and its role in defining America's racial history. Thompson wrote the book, “The Making of American Whiteness: The Formation of Race in Seventeenth-Century Virginia.” Thompson is a highly sought expert on race and whiteness in America. 5-7 p.m., Feb. 16 in the Memorial Union Horizon Room


NEW! Reading and talk with author Christopher Preston:  Author Christopher Preston will discuss his new book, “Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries That Change How We Think about Animals,” at 5:30 p.m. March 23 in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s main meeting room. He will offer a look at how some wildlife species are defying the odds and teaching important lessons about how to share a planet. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project, the School of History, Philosophy and Religion, and the College of Forestry.

Music à la Carte: Adam Eccleston, flute and Denise Fujikawa, harp. Noon, Feb. 17 in the MU Lounge. Free, open to all.

Housing resources: Do you need housing for next year but you’re not sure where to start? Join Orange Media Network for Dam Dwellings: Home Resources Crawl, Feb. 20-24. During Dam Dwellings week, you’ll have the opportunity to meet housing vendors on their property, participate in giveaways, and secure housing for next school year. 

Ask a Dam Therapist live podcast recording: Ireti Debato-Cancel and Chanale Propst, CAPS Counselors, will be hosting a live podcast recording at the Black Cultural Center on Feb. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Join them for a discussion during Black History Month as they celebrate and honor Blackness through podcast form. 

The Oregon Trail: University Theatre and the Memorial Union present The Oregon Trail, by Bekah Brunstetter. It’s 1997 and a middle-schooler finds herself trapped in the computer lab, playing “The Oregon Trail” game. The game comes to life and juxtaposes the students’ modern struggles with those of her great-great grandmother, who traveled the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon in 1848. 7:30 p.m., Feb. 23-24 and March 2-3, and 2 p.m., March 5, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Tickets are $15 GA, $12 youth/senior and $5 OSU students with ID. Available online or through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2852.

OSU Authors and Editors Recognition Series: The Authors and Editors Recognition Series celebrates the literary and scholarly books published by university faculty by featuring selected authors and editors for readings and discussion. The 2023 recognition series includes three nights of readings and receptions. Join the OSU Community in the Memorial Union Lounge, 5-7 p.m., Feb. 28, March 1 and 2. All are welcome.

Students: Non-Profit & public service fair. Join Community Engagement & Leadership and the Career Development Center for the Non-Profit and Public Service Fair, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., March 1 in the MU Ballroom. No dress code. Link to register and view agencies: Questions? Contact [email protected].

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

FYI Friday - Innovation and entrepreneurship resources available at OSU: The goal of this presentation is to introduce OSU faculty, staff, researchers and grad students to innovation and entrepreneurship resources available through the OSU Advantage Accelerator. If you have an idea, join our conversation where we’ll share what we do at the Advantage Accelerator. 11 a.m. to noon, Feb. 17, Cascade 124. Limited capacity or via Zoom. Registration required.

College of Public Health and Human Sciences research seminar: E. Andrew Pitchford, assistant professor, kinesiology, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, will speak on “Physical activity and health promotion for individuals with intellectual disabilities through Special Olympics,” 1-2 p.m., Feb. 17, Hallie Ford Center 115 and online at .

Ask Alumni virtual event: “Future Industry.” Exploring trends in retail and design across digital, data and technology. Hear from OSU graduates who have been where you are, meet students and alumni like you and grow your professional network at this Ask Alumni virtual event. The OSU Alumni Association, Career Development Center and the OSU Design Network are bringing together dynamic alumni to share stories of their early careers. 5 p.m., Feb. 22, virtual panel. Register today.

Fidelity on-Campus consultations: Employees can meet with Justin Blatny, financial consultant from Fidelity, to discuss your financial goals and savings plans for retirement. There is no cost for these consultations and they are available to all employees no matter what stage you are at in your career. Appointments are available on OSU Corvallis Campus Feb. 24, March 15 and March 16. Schedule online at, or by phone at (800) 343-0860.

Register now for Open Education Week: Oregon State is on a mission to lower the cost of learning for students. You can join the efforts during Open Education Week, March 6-10. This annual celebration raises awareness of open educational resources and explores other important ways to make higher education more accessible and affordable to all. Sessions are hosted online. View the schedule of webinars and register today.

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 more. 8:15 a.m. to noon, March 6-9, via Zoom. Learn more and register before Feb. 27.

Register for the Think Affordable Summit on March 7: This event will educate faculty, advisors and administrators about the many affordability initiatives and resources happening at OSU. Come and learn how you can support them. Lunch provided. See the full agenda and register to join us in person or online. 

Public Service Loan Forgiveness webinar: Human Resources is hosting a Public Service Loan Forgiveness webinar noon, March 9. Registration in advance is required at this link. Recent changes to the rules around PSLF mean that more people than ever are now eligible to receive months toward forgiveness. In this one-hour webinar, State of Oregon’s Student Loan Ombuds Lane Thompson will talk through the eligibility requirements for PSLF, as well as touching on other Federal cancellation and forgiveness options.

Course Design Bootcamp: Have you heard of the Course Design Institute? How about the Course Design Bootcamp? Join the Center for Teaching and Learning in a streamlined sequence of workshops and activities to learn backwards course design approaches to (re)develop your course. Two consecutive Friday afternoons, 2-5 p.m., March 17 and March 24, LINC 307. Space is limited. Register here.

Principles of Vineyard Management course: Patty Skinkis, professor and Viticulture Extension Specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University, is offering a course to the industry and public who wish to learn about commercial wine grape growing. The course is offered on campus and live online with recordings available for all lectures. The course runs from April 4 through June 8. Registration is open until March 31, but early registration rates end March 6. Click for more information.

Food Drive

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. More information can be found here:

NEW! Campus mail pickup: During the month of February, Printing and Mailing’s Campus Mail will be collecting food donations for Linn-Benton Food Share. We 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. The last pickup will be Feb. 24. If you don’t receive a bag and want one, please email [email protected].

School of Life Sciences online silent auction: This is the annual auction co-organized/sponsored by the OSU School of Life Sciences, Biochemistry & Biophysics, Integrative Biology, and Microbiology. Auction will be open Feb. 14-22 and all proceeds go to Linn Benton Food Share. The auction features original artworks, gift cards/certificates, gift baskets, plants, activities and much more. Link: For questions contact [email protected]

Win a basket: Don’t miss this bounty of a basket, filled with signed copies of the updated classic “Trees to Know.” You’ll also find “Shrubs to Know” (signed), native and ornamental conifers, wooden coasters, a candle, and even a live Western red cedar seedling. Donate $2 per ticket or three for $5 through Give Butter (under $10) or Network for Good ($10 or more) and forward your receipt to [email protected] to get your tickets, or drop by 422 Kerr. Drawing on Feb. 28.

Pet photo contest: Check out the College of Forestry Pet Photo Contest hosted by the FERM Department. There are five categories. The price is $1 per vote for your favorite. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Run the O’Course: How tough are you? Take a chance at running the NROTC Marine Obstacle Course and help support the OSU Food Drive. Join us from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 25 for your chance to get the best time of running the course. Cost is $5 pre-pay or $7 the day of event (all fees go to the Food Drive.) See the Facebook event for full details or contact Lauri Morris at [email protected].

Personalized poems for the OSU Food Drive: Want a personalized poem for yourself, a friend, a Valentine or anyone else? Want to support a great cause? Buy a poem from the Academic Success Center & Writing Center to support the OSU Food Drive. Complete this Google form to submit a request.

Pet photo contest: Think you have the cutest critter? Here’s your chance to prove it to the world. Enter the Extension Communications Pet Photo Contest with a minimum $5 donation for each photo. Send your photos to [email protected] by Feb. 24 along with your donation receipt from either Network for Good or Give Butter. Categories are Cutest, Funniest and Most Unusual. Winners will be notified at the end of the month and receive their prize.

BEE PB&J bar: BEE's annual PB&J bar is throughout the month of February thanks to a bread donation from New Morning Bakery in 116 Gilmore Hall from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Suggested donation of $3. For more information, contact [email protected].

The Bird Walk is back: We’re live and on campus, bringing back the Bird Walk in all its glory. Join Amerie Lommen as she guides enthusiasts around the Corvallis campus, pointing out local birds and their habitats. Get in a good walk at lunch time and learn about nature right here at OSU. We have two sessions this year, Feb. 21 and Feb. 23. Donations are a minimum $5 per person. Email [email protected] for instructions and to reserve your spot.

School of Public Policy basket raffle: Buy some tickets to have a chance to win a variety of baskets put together by the School of Public Policy departments. The prizes will vary from a handmade quilted runner and placemat set to passes to mini-golf and bowling for the family (see the link for details or swing by Bexell 300A). Tickets are 3 for $5 with no limit and you get to choose which basket you would like a chance to win. Winners will be drawn and contacted on Feb. 27. If you would like to participate virtually, you can pay via Venmo @janicadobra and email [email protected] with which basket(s) you would like to put your tickets in the drawing for.

Step challenge: Did you know that the average American only walks 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day? However, the CDC recommends that adults should aim for 10,000 steps per day. Do you know how many steps you’re taking a day? Let’s take steps together to help the hungry. All proceeds will be donated to the Linn Benton Food Share. Join the Virtual Steps Challenge and see how many steps you can get in. The top two individuals who have the most cumulative steps between Feb. 1-28 will each receive a gift card (donated by staff).

Quilt and art raffle: The College of Forestry invites you to visit or stop by the help desk located in PFSC 209 to view raffle items and buy tickets.

College of Forestry 5K/10K virtual run: "Race to the Top Banana." You have the option to receive a T-shirt to commemorate your race. Your entry fee of $25 will go to the Linn Benton Food Share to help feed those in need in our community. Complete your registration by Feb. 22 and email [email protected] with any questions.

CCVM used book and DVD sale: Starting Feb. 1, come find your next great read or movie at the CCVM book and DVD sale. There is a large collection to pick from and books will continue to be collected. Checks can be made out to the Linn Benton Food Share. 

Printing and Mailing's Putt, Toss and Hook Tournament: Brush off your putting, bean bag tossing and/or ring hook skills, and win bragging rights and prizes. $5 for 8 putts, tosses or rings hooked. The highest scores and most accumulated points at the end of February wins. To enter and play just stop by Printing and Mailing's front office on Research Way any week day throughout the drive between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For questions, contact [email protected].

FWCS food drive raffle: Selina and Scott Heppell have once again offered a coastal fishing trip as the grand prize. Two other winners will win a beautiful gift basket designed by the department. $5 donation per entry ticket, or 5 tickets for $20. Drawing to be held March 1. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Take Note

NEW! Spring Creek Project faculty residency: OSU faculty members working on projects aligned with Spring Creek Project's mission are invited to apply for a weeklong summer residency at Shotpouch Cabin. Projects at the intersection of environmental science and writing, art, music, social science and/or humanities would be a good fit. Applications due Feb 27. Learn more and apply.

NEW! Faculty Staff Fitness: OSU Faculty Staff Fitness Spring registration opens March 1. See our spring schedule if you’d like to take a fitness class on campus. If you prefer to do your classes remotely please see our registration for FSF Online. Returning back to the schedule this spring is FSF’s TRYathlon on June 14. Contact [email protected] to help you find your fitness plan today.

NEW! Graduate student research and writing residency: Spring Creek Project is accepting applications for graduate student residencies at Shotpouch Cabin for this spring and summer. We invite students who are engaged in writing and/or research projects aligned with the mission of the Spring Creek Project to apply. Applications due Feb 27. Learn more and apply.

NEW! 30 years of service: Congratulations to Virginia Lesser, professor, for being honored for 30 years of service at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others who have reached this milestone by clicking on their name

Join the Sexual Assault Awareness Month planning committee: Beginning next week, the Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education will be hosting weekly planning meetings for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We invite interested students and campus organizations to join us in creating a planning committee for SAAM to help envision, facilitate and support campus action and events throughout April. Sign up for the committee by Feb. 17 via

Snack study: Volunteers wanted for almond snack study (Corvallis)  Seeking volunteers ages 35-60 with minor underlying health conditions, (examples: elevated blood sugar or blood pressure, 20-plus pounds overweight) to participate in a research study. Cannot be a smoker, pregnant/breastfeeding or taking vitamin E supplements. The study is 13 weeks, and volunteers will receive $500. PI: Laura Beaver. For more info and to see if you qualify: Contact: [email protected]. 541-737-3594.

Community of Practice: Do you mentor or work with undergraduate researchers? Are you looking to recruit students for your research projects? Want to connect with folks across Corvallis, Bend, and Newport to partner to create undergraduate research opportunities? Join the Research for Undergraduates Network (RUN) for our weekly Monday meetings. Email us at [email protected] or visit website:

Album release: The latest album from the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Erik Leung, titled “Shout! Music of Protest and Joy” is now available from Albany records, Apple Music, and Spotify. Recorded after the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the music on this album is centered around the need to shout; the shout in frustration over the loss of individual freedoms or the overwhelming desire to shout for joy. The album features the world premiere recording of OSU music faculty Olin Hannum’s Sea of Umbrellas and David Maslanka’s monumental Symphony no. 4. Listen to Symphony #4 and Sea of Umbrellas on CLA’s YouTube channel.

Breaking Barriers: Breaking Barriers is a celebration of the accomplishments and impact of those who have worked to advance gender equity at OSU. This event recognizes and celebrates the influential contributions made to our community. Nominations are being accepted for the five Breaking Barriers awards, and more information about these categories can be found on the Breaking Barriers website. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 19 and they can be submitted at:

General scholarship: Applications for PCOSW scholarships to fund Winter and Spring term 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. The maximum amount offered is $1,000, although scholarships average $300, and funds are paid by reimbursement. Applications are due Feb. 19. Visit for detailed guidelines and qualification requirements. The scholarship link can be found at Contact [email protected].

Traffic and Maintenance

Pride Center parking closed: As part of the Pride Center Renovation project, the sidewalk on the north side of SW A Avenue will be closed between 15th and 16th streets Feb. 15-17. Three city parking spaces in front of the Pride Center will also be closed. The crosswalk and south sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians. Other possible impacts include dust, mud and noise near the construction site.


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! Administrative Program Assistant: The Graduate School invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #P03994CT. Closes Feb. 19.

NEW! Fiscal Coordinator 2 (FC2): This position will provide support in the interpretation, development and implementation of policies and procedures and play a critical role by performing highly complex, multi-fiscal functions including but not limited to analysis, auditing, projections, payroll, budget management and recommendation of financial solutions. Posting #P03992CT. Full consideration Feb. 19. Closes Feb. 24. 

NEW! Specialist 2-Ext Relations: The Honors College invites applications for a half-time (0.5 FTE), 12-month,position as the Design for Social Impact (DSI) Multidisciplinary Program Administrator. Posting #P06459UF. Closes Feb. 20.

NEW! Coordinator Building Services: The Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts invites applications for the Arts Venue Manager/Technician located at our new facility in Corvallis, opening Spring 2024. This is a 12-month, full-time, exempt professional faculty position, starting in May 2023 with a salary range of $44,496 - $75,516 plus benefits. The position will serve as the lead technician for events and productions. Posting #P06407UF Full consideration Feb. 27. Closes March 6.


“Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.” ~ Carol Moseley-Braun

Corvallis: Partly cloudy today, high of 46, low of 27. Mostly sunny Friday.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 46, low of 25. Mostly sunny Friday.

Newport: Mostly cloudy, high of 50, low of 34. Mostly sunny Friday.

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