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:

Looking beyond microplastics, Oregon State researchers find that cotton and synthetic microfibers impact behavior and growth of aquatic organisms (ScienMag)

While microplastics have received significant attention in recent years for their negative environmental impacts, a new study from Oregon State University scientists found microfibers from synthetic materials as well as cotton impacted the behavior and growth of water organisms.

Two Oregon State researchers honored as 2022 AAAS fellows (OSU News)

Two Oregon State University researchers have been named 2022 American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows for distinguished contributions to the fields of fungal biology and coral reef biology. Joseph Spatafora and Virginia Weis were both honored in the category of biological sciences.

How psychology can help us study more effectively (Wisconsin Public Radio)

Highlighting, flashcards, and testing ourselves are just a few of the study methods students use in the lead up to a big exam. But what actually helps us learn?  Featuring OSU’s Regan Gurung.

February 1, 2023 marks the beginning of Black History Month; local universities begin observances (KEZI)

February 1, 2023 marks the beginning of Black History Month in the United States. Local universities are taking part in observances including schools such as Oregon State University and the University of Oregon.

When buying cheese, what do consumers want? (Pacific Northwest Ag Network)

“Well, cheese is interesting and Oregon has a lot of great cheeses, with a lot of small producers," noted OSU Assistant Professor of Applied Economics Nadia Streletskaya.  "And for them, it’s not really clear how to spend the limited marketing money that they have in the best possible way.”

Bee excited! Oregon "Pollinator Paradise'  license plate reaches goal, production begins (KCBY)

As of Wednesday, the Oregon State University Horticulture Department had reached its goal of 3,000 vouchers for the “Pollinator Paradise” plates.

Oregon Grapevine: Spring Creek Project (KLCC)

The Spring Creek Project is an innovative collaboration bringing philosophy, science, and the arts to the Oregon State University Campus. Oregon Grapevine host, Barbara Dellenback, speaks with Project Director, Carly Lettero, about residency programs, public actions, and interdisciplinary thinking the newest episode.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Address: Jelani Cobb, staff writer at The New Yorker, writing on race, history, justice, politics and democracy, as well as Columbia University's Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism and the next dean of Columbia Journalism School, was last night's keynote speaker at The LaSells Stewart Center. Photo by @juliankphoto. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Have you heard about ChatGPT? Wondering what new considerations these AI tools raise for teaching? Register for the Ecampus Winter Faculty Lunch on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m., to learn and discuss with Ecampus staff and faculty speakers. All OSU faculty are welcome. Lunch is provided for on-site attendees and Zoom participation is available. 


College of Education Bake Sale: Satisfy your sweet tooth while helping OSU’s annual food drive by making a delicious purchase or two at Furman Hall, first floor lobby. Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Beaver Brothers: Masculinity Explorations (ME), an initiative housed in the Hattie Redmond Women and Gender Center, is hosting the first Beaver Brothers of the term, and will be held this Thursday, Feb. 2 from noon to 1 p.m., at the Women and Gender Center. Beaver Brothers is a space for conversation around masculinity and how society’s perception of masculinity affects us.

HMSC Research Seminar: Damian Brady, Agatha B. Darling associate professor of oceanography at the University of Maine, will be giving a seminar titled “Emerging Aquaculture Trends in the Gulf of Maine,” Feb 2, 3:30 p.m. In person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Zoom link. Password: 972587 or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

BEE Seminar Series: Derek Godwin will present "Recent Extension Watershed Management Efforts with Large-Scale Growers in the Willamette Basin," Feb. 2, 4 p.m. in Bexell Hall 416 or on Zoom. There will also be two “lightning talks” during this session as well. Register here for Zoom details. 

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology fall seminar series: “Mechanisms of leaf cell fate: Cells destined for greatness,” presented by Sam Leiboff of OSU Department of Botany & Plant Pathology, Thursday, Feb. 2, 4 p.m., ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

Study in France — Study Abroad info session: The Office of Global Opportunities invites you to an informational session on the study abroad programs in Lyon and Poitiers, France, during the academic year and summer. Info session: Feb. 2, 4 p.m. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

Art, Design and Culture in Italy — Faculty-led program info session: Join OSU faculty leader Daniele Di Lodovico from the College of Liberal Arts for a 3-credit, two-week program in Rome and Florence from Aug. 25-Sept. 9. Info session Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

Changemakers: A Feminist Lens in Sports Journalism. Changemakers — a webcast series by the College of Liberal Arts and the OSU Alumni Association — welcomes Lindsay Schnell, ’09, sports enterprise reporter at USA TODAY. For over a decade, Schnell has covered sports at every level and profiled some of the industry’s biggest names. Now she’s sitting down with CLA Professor Susan Shaw to discuss her career and bringing a feminist lens to athletic journalism. Feb. 2, 5:30 p.m. Registration is now open at

College of Education’s PechaKucha 2023: PechaKucha is an online platform which allows our researchers to connect with students and colleagues visually, concisely and memorably. Each researcher will share 20 slides, each being shown for 20 seconds for a total presentation time of six minutes, 40 seconds. Thursday, Feb. 2, 6-7:30 p.m.

Ridge to Reef: Sustainable Resource Management in Palau| Faculty-led program info session. Join OSU faculty leader Brain Endress from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agricultural Sciences for a 4-credit, two-week program in Palau from June 19-July 2. Info session Feb. 2, 6 p.m. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

Great Corvallis Streets: A conversation with Road Diet designer Dan Burden. The Transportation Action Team of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition is hosting a webinar conversation with road diet designer Dan Burden who will be sharing his ideas for improving walkability, bike access and road safety in Corvallis. Great Corvallis Streets will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2 from 7-8:30 p.m. All interested parties are invited to attend. Register at:

OSU Album Club: The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd's eighth studio album, was developed primarily during live performances and originally conceived as a concept album. The story and the album are unique, complex and sometimes heavy. The OSU album club is like a book club, only we listen to and discuss some of the greatest albums of all time. Hosted by Bob Santelli. Free, open to campus and community. Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in MU 13, and livestreamed via Zoom. Register for Zoom link at


And They Shall Be the Sea, There is a Way Forward: University Theatre, in collaboration with the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts’ “Unboxed” program and the Hatfield Marine Science Center, presents a new play written by OSU theatre student Abrianna Aydee and directed by Elizabeth Helman.  Feb. 10 and Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and  Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Dr., Newport. Tickets are $15 GA, $12 youth and seniors, and $5 OSU students with ID. Advance tickets available at Information: [email protected] or 541-737-2853.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Live, Work and Play: The Social Determinants of Health in London. Faculty-led program info session: Join OSU faculty leaders Stephanie Grutzmacher and Ashley Vaughn from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences for a 4-credit, two-week program in London from July 3-17. Info session Feb. 6, 12:30 p.m. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

NEW! Sharing the Lead Harmoniously Through Shared Decision-Making: Join the Center for Family Enterprise Feb. 8, 8:30 a.m., via Zoom for their Family Business 360 event. Hear from Bruce Hraba, president of Waterford Hotels & Inns, who will be sharing how this family business has been able to lead harmoniously through shared decision-making. Register here.

UPDATED! Fall 2022 Student Survey Findings (FYI Friday Winter 2023): Each fall for the past three years, OSU has surveyed undergraduate Corvallis campus students to better understand their experience and gather their perspective on key areas. The Fall 2022 survey aimed to capture how students felt belonging at OSU, academic experiences, communication preferences and academic advising interactions. Student responses will be shared with participants, with lessons learned gleaned from the presenters. Friday, Feb. 3, 11-2 p.m., via Zoom.

College of Public Health & Human Sciences research seminars: Beth Hoffman, postdoctoral associate, Center for Social Dynamics and Community Health, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, will speak on “From Television to Twitter: The Confluence of Media and Health,” Feb. 3, 1-2 p.m, in Hallie Ford Center Room 115, and online at

Savings webinar: The Oregon Treasury Savings Network helps Oregonians save for education, retirement and disability-related expenses. Come learn when Network staff shares information about the state’s three savings programs. Specifically staff will provide overviews of the Oregon College Savings Plan, the state’s new savings program OregonSaves and ABLE Oregon’s disability savings program. Feb. 6, 11 a.m.

Center for Teaching and Learning QT Talks: "Effective Course Design: Intentional Blending of Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning." Regardless of course modality, all Corvallis and Cascades campus courses involve learning in person during synchronous class meetings and asynchronously outside of class. How can we best leverage both types of learning activities to ensure all students have an equitable opportunity to be successful? In this interactive session, learn ways to do this through intentional design. Feb. 7, 11-11:50 a.m. Registration.

The 2024-25 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program application cycle is open: Hundreds of awards across all world regions will allow academics, professionals and artists to teach, research and carry out professional projects abroad. Visit the Fulbright website to see the full listing of opportunities or join the webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m. Additional webinars are available for those interested in a specific region.

TIAA on campus:  No matter where you are in life—just getting started or planning for retirement—a session with AJ Martinez,CFP can help you create a plan for your goals. And, it’s at no additional cost as a part of your retirement plan. TIAA representative, AJ Martinez, CFP will be available on campus Feb. 15-17 for one-on-one sessions. Register for a personal session at or by emailing [email protected]

The Cabildos Lecture Series Presents Carmen Thompson, The Making of American Whiteness: The History of Race in America. Thompson is a historian and author of "The Making of American Whiteness: The Formation of Race in Seventeenth-Century Virginia.She has held visiting scholar appointments at the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University in New York and in the Black Studies Department at Portland State University, and has taught a wide range of courses on the Black experience and whiteness at Portland State University and Portland Community College. Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Horizon Room 49.

Food Drive

NEW! CCVM Food Drive Soup Sale: Come to Magruder Hall atrium (look for the big bear statue) for a soup lunch to support the food drive on Monday, Feb. 6, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. We will have a variety of options for all. $3 for a bowl of soup or $5 for soup, bread and beverage. For questions, contact [email protected].

NEW! College of Forestry Book Sale: Come browse our selection of books in Richardson Hall’s first-floor knuckle Feb. 6-10. Prices drop each day but buy early to avoid being disappointed. Email [email protected] with questions.

NEW! 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.

NEW! 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 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.

Book sale: Looking for a new read? Come check out the used book sale at the ILLC lobby. We have books, magazines, and other media for sale as a fundraiser for the OSU Food Drive. The sale will take place on Friday, Feb. 3, 11 a.m. -1 p.m. For more information, contact Susie Conley at [email protected].

Take Note

NEW! Connect students with 24/7 mental health support: Anytime Anywhere: MySSP is a free app that gives all OSU students, including Ecampus students, 24/7 access by text or phone with a licensed mental health counselor. Marketing materials for the following identities/experiences are now available: student veterans, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, students experiencing basic-needs insecurity, graduate students, engineering majors and international students. Request print and digital marketing materials to share with students by clicking

NEW! Health and Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by reminding employees of ergonomic and safe lifting resources available to them online at You can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a link to report safety concerns online.

NEW! The Guardian App from Public Safety: Provided by OSU Public Safety for anyone at OSU to download and use. The app receives OSU Alerts, enables emergency texting with OSU police dispatchers, provides phone directories of emergency numbers and one-touch emergency dialing, links to emergency and public safety web resources and is a virtual guardian/timer so you don’t walk alone. Download at or

NEW! Policy update: 03-140-513 Miscellaneous Expenses has been revised to allow flowers to be purchased with university funds for use at event banquets or receptions, removing the previous restriction to only allow for University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS).

NEW! Policy update: 03-150-102 Lease Reporting has been revised to provides clear guidelines for valuing, accounting for and reporting lease agreements and transactions in OSU’s financial statements and underlying accounting system in compliance with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). Effective June 30, 2022, GASB 87 requires that all qualifying leases are capitalized and referred to as either “lessee” or “lessor” leases, rather than “operating” or “capital” leases.

NEW! 30 Year club: Congratulations to Phillip Barbour, senior faculty research assistant II, for being inducted into the 30 Year club at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others who have reached this milestone by clicking on their name.

Are you a Fulbright Alumni? Let us know. The Office of Faculty Affairs now supports faculty interested in the Fulbright Program. This list will be used for purposes such as invitations to OSU Fulbright social events, to support current faculty with their applications or to speak on a panel about your experiences. Fill out the Qualtrics survey.

Participants sought for cancer study: Young adult survivors of breast/gynecologic cancer and their partners are being sought to participate in a newly adapted “Opening the Conversation” intervention to improve coping and communication for young couples after cancer. The eligibility criteria for this study are: Survivor had a breast or gynecologic cancer diagnosis at age 18-39, survivor was diagnosed between 6 months and 5 years ago, survivor has a partner, partner is age 18 or older, and both partners must agree to participate. Open to couples of all gender identities. Info at:

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Shelter. Seeking appropriate shelter is critical in times of disaster. Sheltering is appropriate when conditions require you to seek protection in your home, place of employment or other location when disaster strikes. More information can be found here:

Veteran student work honored: Peer Advisors for Veteran Education is highlighting Oregon State University as its featured campus for January because of the work they've done connecting their student veterans both to resources and each other. Their PAVE team started off the semester with a host of Veteran Resource Center events for both new and returning student veterans. Team leader Chris Johnson and William Elfering, Military and VRC director, work with their six peer advisors to serve their school’s veteran and military-affiliated community of more than 2,000 people, 1,600 of whom are student veterans.

Stop, Collaborate and Listen Podcast: Produced by the STEM Research Center and the Institute for Learning Innovation to share lessons learned from the Broader Impacts Design project, this short podcast series aims to support our university and science center colleagues in their endeavors to achieve broader impacts through partnerships around public engagement with science. Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts.

Funding available for students to attend sustainability conference: The Sustainability Office, ASOSU Sustainability Council, and Community Engagement & Leadership are offering students an opportunity to attend the Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) March 6-8, 2023, at the Corvallis Campus. Up to 90 students will be funded and all OSU students are eligible. Funding will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis to students who fully complete this registration form by Feb. 17.

Faculty Learning Community for Instructors and TAs: Instructors and TAs from all programs are invited to join the spring session of the Community for the Advancement of Antiracist Instruction (CAAI), a professional development opportunity co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and Faculty Affairs. Participants explore antiracist teaching theories and practices in a community of colleagues and create an antiracist teaching action plan. Four Friday afternoon sessions. Refreshments provided. Apply here. (by March 24).


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NEW! Administrative Office Manager: The OSU Extension Union County office invites applications for an Administrative Office Manager position based in La Grande. This is a F/T, 12-month, professional faculty position. This is an internal employment opportunity. Apply to posting #P06440UF.  Closes Feb. 7.

NEW! Program Representative 1: The Office of the Registrar is looking for a program representative 1. The position is a full-time, 12-month position. A hybrid work schedule working two days/week from home is possible after training. Posting #P03989CT. Full consideration Feb. 13. Closes Feb. 28.


“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Corvallis: Increasing clouds today, high of 46, low of 38. Rain and breezy Friday.

Central Oregon: Increasing clouds today, high of 47, low of 33. Mostly cloudy Friday.

Newport:  Mostly cloudy today, high of 53, low of 44. Rain and windy Friday.

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