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. 

Backyard gardeners can act to help bee populations (CBS 12)

"Homeowners should avoid using pesticides in backyards and instead use nontoxic methods such as soapy water to get rid of pests such as aphids,” said Ramesh Sagili, an associate professor-apiculture with Oregon State University.

A bee from the age of dinosaurs (Earth Sky)

As rare as it is, this fossil bee isn’t the first to be found entombed in amber. But it is the only known known amber-encased bee that has pollen on it. And it’s the only fossil bee with parasites, providing a fascinating glimpse into a predator-prey relationship that continues to this day. And the entomologist who studied this doomed bee? He is George Poinar Jr. of Oregon State University (OSU), whose work helped inspire the movie “Jurassic Park.”

Food in 2030: More plant-based meat and seafood, 3-D printed dishes (KGW)

"I think the younger generation are flexitarians, I think they're gonna probably eat less meat, but they won't stop eating meat altogether," said David Stone, who directs the Oregon State University Food Innovation Center in Portland.

Five Oregon state universities sign agreements to boost collaboration in research and innovation (Tech Transfer eNews blog)

Five public universities in Oregon have signed a trio of new agreements aimed at advancing research, promoting collaboration, and boosting state funding for research and development. The agreements are intended to help researchers at the University of Oregon (UO), Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Oregon State University (OSU), Portland State University (PSU) and the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) work more closely together by reducing hurdles for cooperation while also leveraging each other’s strengths.

Breeding in captivity - How genetic sequencing is changing beer's main ingredients (Good Beer Hunting)

In the past, conventional wisdom held that malt flavor is created during malting. Breeders focused on agronomic traits and attributes, such as extract and amount of proteins. But recent experiments at Oregon State University now suggests variety also influences flavor.

How a Portland food bank is making gardening accessible for all (Next City)

That’s why, in 2012, the Oregon Food Bank teamed up with Oregon State University’s Extension Services to develop Seed to Supper, a six-week gardening education course designed to empower adults to “grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget.”

Plant-based relatives of cholesterol could give boost to nanoparticle gene therapy (Nanowerk)

The findings by Oregon State University researchers, published in Nature Communications ("Naturally-occurring cholesterol analogues in lipid nanoparticles induce polymorphic shape and enhance intracellular delivery of mRNA"), are important because many illnesses that can't be treated effectively with conventional drugs can be treated genetically - delivering nucleic acids to diseased cells so they can make the correct proteins needed for health.

Lubchenco honored by Oceanography Society (LIFE@OSU)

Jane Lubchenco, the Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology at Oregon State University, has been selected as the first recipient of the Mary Sears Medal by the Oceanography Society.

Sinking carbon (Eugene Weekly)

While this is true, technically, it misses a lot of context, says emeritus Oregon State University carbon scientist Dr. Mark Harmon. Harmon says the effects of a system like a working forest need to be compared to not doing anything at all. He gives an example: “You take an old forest, which isn’t gaining a lot of carbon, and you convert it to a young forest, which is gaining a lot of carbon.”

Study: Fossil fuel methane emissions vastly underestimated (KTVZ)

This includes methane released during the extraction of fossil fuels, but also from leaks of natural gas from pipelines, factories and homes, according to the research team, led by University of Rochester researchers Benjamin Hmiel and Vasilii Petrenko and including Christo Buizert of Oregon State University.

Cash-strapped US farms are growing a new crop: Solar panels (National Observer Canada)

For farms big and small, a lack of rural infrastructure remains a “key impediment” to boosting adoption of agrivoltaics, said Chad Higgins, an associate professor of biological and ecological engineering at Oregon State University. 

Trellising and training tips for pears (Good Fruit Grower)

“There is increasing interest in trellising and training pears in the Hood River area,” said Ashley Thompson, assistant professor of horticulture at Oregon State University and a member of the OSU Extension fruit tree faculty for Wasco and Hood River counties.

Today's photo

Little girl with flowers: In this undated photo from OSU Special Collections & Archives, a little girl clutches flowers in an elaborately posed studio shot. Flowers are starting to appear in abundance along with the almost-spring sunshine in the Valley this week.


Engineers Week at Oregon State: Feb. 17-24. Come celebrate with the Engineering Student Council: You can network with Jacobs and HP at Industry Lunches and enjoy Cheesy Stuffed Burgers while listening to live music at Rock the Plaza. RSVP for Diversity Dialogues and the Engineers Week Banquet to hear some wonderful keynotes.

SOUNDBOX3: "The Sky is Falling" is the third annual sound, video and performance art festival taking place in Woodshop Projects in Fairbanks on the OSU campus. This year, the week-long juried festival features over 40 participants, including OSU undergraduate art and music students; MAIS and engineering graduate students; OSU staff, alumni and faculty from robotics, microbiology, integrative biology, photography, video, art, music composition, popular music and production; and community members throughout Oregon. Feb 18-21. For full schedule:

Cookie Decorating: Join Biological & Ecological Engineering for a chance to show off sugary, artistic expressionism at its delicious finest, Feb. 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with the exception of noon, Gilmore 116. Sponsored by New Morning Bakery. For questions, contact 

Tuition Forums: The University Budget Committee has begun meeting to discuss recommendations for tuition rates for the 2020-21 academic year. As part of developing recommendations for the Board of Trustees, representatives of the Budget Committee and the Office of Budget and Resource Planning are offering a series of weekly forums to discuss tuition rates, proposals for tuition increases, and to answer any questions about tuition and the university budget. The next forum will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. to noon in the Memorial Union, Thought Lab 215. The schedule is available on the Budget website. For more information, contact Laurie Henry.

Nonprofit and Public Service Fair: Join us for the Annual Nonprofit & Public Service Fair on Thursday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Meet representatives from over 50 local and regional nonprofits and local government agencies (city, county and state) representing a wide variety of fields who are seeking OSU students for volunteer, internship and job opportunities. Learn about the ways volunteering and civic engagement advance your leadership and career readiness skills. Network with people who share your interests and passions and learn more about the many opportunities available in the nonprofit and public service fields where you can make a positive social impact.

Nacho Sale: Build your own nachos to raise money for the Linn-Benton Food Share! Nachos will be on sale Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Magruder Hall. A $5 donation includes nachos and a drink. For questions, contact

Burrito/Taco Bar & Craft Fair: Arts & Science Business Center invites you to lunch benefitting the 2020 OSU Food Drive. $5 will include: Burrito/Tacos, side and a drink. Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Cordley 2046. We will also have a craft table with crafts available for purchase. For more information contact

Spuds at Snell: A baked potato bar where you will receive either a russet or sweet potato that you can load up with toppings and a dessert. Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Snell Hall 446 kitchen. Hosted by HSBC. For questions please contact Brenda at

Thursday SEIU Union meeting: Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Willamette West 3rd Floor Valley Library. Lunch served. Questions? Siobhan Burke or 630-699-0281.

NEW! PERS Simplified: Tiers 1 & 2: What role will PERS play in your retirement plan? In light of the significant recent changes the Oregon Legislature has made, this presentation is designed to help PERS members make informed decisions about their options. Understand how your PERS retirement works and explore the various choices, advantages/disadvantages you will need to consider when you decide to retire. Designed for people within five years of retirement. Feb. 20, noon to 1 p.m., MU 207. Presented by Barbara Koontz, Financial Advisor, CFS. RSVP to

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.

NEW! OSU Foundation Silent Auction: Register for handbid and get ready to bid. The auction is live from Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. through Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. This auction is open to OSU Foundation/OSUAA and OSU employees and their immediate family members. Winning bids can be paid by cash or check made out to Linn Benton Food Share. Contact Lyndie.MendozaMarkum@osufoundation for more information.

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 Room 109 for an Innovation Days workshop titled “Research Impact Resources 101,” followed by a hosted networking reception from 5-6:30 p.m. At this session, you will learn how to access federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funds and other regional funding opportunities focused on advancing the impact of university technologies by getting them into the marketplace. Learn more and 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.

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

Immigration is Beautiful - Still Accepting Submissions: Here to Stay OSU presents Immigration is Beautiful. There is a misconception that immigration is solely a Latin American issue. Join us for an evening of celebrating our community with food, dance and a surprise keynote speaker. This event is for anyone who would like participate and have a chance to share their story, or their family's story. This can be done through various mediums (prose, poetry, song, dance, drawing, painting, etc.) If you are interested in participating, please fill out this form. The event takes place Feb. 20, 6-8 p.m., MU Horizon Room. 


NEW! Music à la Carte: OSU Percussion Ensemble performs Feb. 21, noon, in the MU Lounge.

NEW! Budget Committee: The University Budget Committee will meet this Friday, 2-3:30 p.m., in Covell 117. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the Provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities, and budget policies. This Friday the committee will discuss projections and planning relevant to developing undergraduate tuition recommendations for 2020-2021. Members of the university community are welcome to join meetings of the UBC as observers. Future meeting times and locations can be found at

NEW! EcoFilm: Climate Change — The Facts: The hour-long BBC documentary narrated by Sir David Attenborough includes principal activists such as Greta Thunberg and Bill McKibben. A post-film panel of three OSU professors — Bill Ripple, Jillian Gregg, and Gregg Walker — will be joined by a youth panel, with a Q&A session. The youth panel will offer their perspectives on climate change and the future. Students interested in being on the youth panel can email inquiries to Friday, Feb. 21, 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.

NEW! Linus Pauling Day: Learn more about the Linus Pauling Institute. Enjoy an afternoon with former LPI Officer Steve Lawson and hear short talks about the latest research findings by several LPI faculty. All talks are geared for a general audience. Reception in honor of Linus Pauling's 119th birthday to follow. Friday, Feb. 28, 3-5:30 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center 125. Flyer | Website.

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

Poetry reading: Poet and essayist Wendy Willis and memoirist Steven Moore will read Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m., at the Black Box Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A book signing will follow. The reading is part of the 2019-2020 Literary Northwest Series, which brings accomplished writers from the Pacific Northwest to OSU.

Piano concert: The Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Piano Series presents Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva on Sunday, March 1, at 4 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center. Avdeeva’s Corvallis recital comprises four Romantic-era works by Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert and Ludwig van Beethoven. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $28 at the door. College students with ID and youth ages 8 to 18 are admitted free. Advance tickets may be purchased online at or locally in Corvallis at Grass Roots Books & Music. 

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) and 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.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

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.

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.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Interested in Disability Studies? Want to help promote diversity, equity, and inclusion? If so, join the OSU Disability Network for our upcoming event: Chandra Char, "Health care discrimination in the deaf community,” Friday, Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Milam 319A.

NEW! 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:

NEW! Research seminar: Carlos Martin-Filho, professor with University of Colorado, Boulder will speak on “Estimation of a partially linear additive model with generated covariates,” Feb. 24, 4 p.m., Weniger 149.

NEW! Toiling in the Shadows of Affluence: Immigrant Labor and Livelihoods in the New Gilded Era: Ron Mize teaches in OSU’s School of Language, Culture, and Society, and in this talk, he’ll discuss his archival research into the development of immigrant mining labor and labor unions in the first Gilded Age and reveal how that context informs today’s serving class struggle. Monday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m., the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave.

NEW! Malaria talk: “Fighting the bite: An implementer’s perspective on malaria prevention, control and pre-elimination efforts in sub-Saharan Africa” will be held Feb. 25 from noon to 1:20 p.m. in Milam Hall’s Hawthorn Suite, Rm. 119. Brad Longman, who overseas vector operations for the PMI VectorLink Project, will present. Sponsored by the Center for Global Health in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

NEW! Tourism and Forestry: A Multidisciplinary Approach: Join us for a lecture on the intersection of conservation, communities, and natural resource management by Fulbright scholar Jim Ayorekire. He is visiting from Makerere University in Uganda. Ayorekire’s research interest centers on the role of tourism as a driver for natural resource conservation, and enhancement of community livelihoods and inclusive development. His current research projects focus on human-wildlife conflict between conservation areas (including forests) and the surrounding natural resource dependent communities in the developing world. Feb. 25, 2-3 p.m., Richardson 115. 

NEW! Do you have a business idea but need some help? The OSU Advantage Accelerator is offering Iterate, a free class for entrepreneurs and wanna-be entrepreneurs who have a business idea but just aren't sure what to do next. Come learn how to create a value proposition, find and understand your market and more. Iterate consists of four workshops that build on each other: March 2, 4, 16 and 18, all from 4-5:30 p.m. Learn more and register:

NEW! Hemp, Hemp, Hooray – Come Learn About Oregon’s Hottest Crop: Join the Willamette Innovators Network (WIN) on March 10 for a March PubTalk featuring Jeffrey Steiner, Associate Director of the OSU Global Hemp Innovation Center, and Sunny Summers, Cannabis Policy Coordinator & Special Projects, Oregon Department of Agriculture. Did you know that researchers estimate 25,000 uses for hemp? Learn more and register here:

Library Faculty Association Seminar Series lecture: Christopher Marshall, curator of the OSU Arthropod Museum, will speak about “Assessing the value of Natural History Museums and their professional curation in the age of scientometrics.” He will speak on Feb. 21 from 10-11 a.m. in the Valley Library, Willamette Rooms (3rd floor). 

OSU Anthropology Lecture Series: Patricia Fifita of Oregon State University will present “Unsettling Climate Vulnerability in Oceania: Foregrounding Indigenous Knowledge and Reclamation toward Resilient Island Futures” on Friday, Feb. 21, 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

Health data talk: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) presents “Using health data to understand and improve children’s mental health service use,” by Kathleen Thomas, Ph.D., MPH, associate professor and senior research fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Feb. 21, 1-2 p.m., HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room. Co-sponsored by the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing.

Climate Ethics: Justice, Policy, and Existential Challenges. “How to distribute scarce adaptation & loss and damage finance across the Global South,” by Christian Baatz, a postdoc in the Department of Philosophy at Kiel University who works on climate ethics, human rights and justice theory. “The existential challenges of ethically motivating climate response,” by Tim Christion, Guest Editor of Environmental Philosophy, recent Ph.D. recipient in Environmental Studies and Philosophy from University of Oregon. Friday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m., Milam 319.

Palmer Patton: The unveiling of Palmer Patton's unique life story will take place Feb. 24, 5 p.m. in the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. Larry Landis (Director of OSU's Special Collections and Archives Research Center) and Dwaine Plaza (Professor of Sociology) will work together to unveil the story of Palmer Patton, who attended Oregon Agricultural College from 1916-1920 as an African American male who “passed” throughout his student life as a white male. Patton ultimately graduated from OAC with a bachelor's and master’s degree from the School of Agriculture and served as a faculty member in agriculture during the 1920-1921 academic year.

Internationalization and Global Engagement (IGE) Strategic Planning Forums: The Office of International Affairs invites you to join our upcoming campus-wide forums collecting input on OSU’s internationalization. Forum 1: Global research, outreach, engagement and impact of OSU. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2:30-4 p.m., MU 104 Journey Room. For more information contact Zoom available.

SHIFT OSU: A Sustainable Campus Transportation Workshop: How can OSU’s transportation investments preserve open space, reduce carbon emissions and support affordability for students and staff? Come play a custom board game and help inform OSU’s transportation and parking strategies for the next decade. Light refreshments provided. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Corvallis High School Commons. Co-hosted by OSU Transportation Services and the Imagine Corvallis Action Network. Register at

Undergraduate Academic Program Assessment Reports Workshop: Join Tamara Belknap and Heath Henry (Academic Programs and Assessment), Lori Kayes (Integrated Biology) and JoAnne Bunnage (Undergraduate Education) for details about completing the annual undergraduate assessment reports due in April. Learn proven strategies to successfully navigate SharePoint and complete the assessment reports. Join us Wednesday, Feb. 26, 9-10 a.m. in Milam 215 and by Zoom. Register for the Undergraduate Assessment Reports Workshop

Internationalization and Global Engagement (IGE) Strategic Planning Forums: The Office of International Affairs invites you to join our upcoming campus-wide forums collecting input on OSU’s internationalization. Forum 2: Preparing graduates to work in a diverse society and as global citizens, grow diversity and cultivate culture of inclusion at OSU. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1-2:30 p.m., MU 104 Journey Room. For more information contact Zoom available.

The Data Privacy Dilemma: Presented by ASOSU Office of AdvocacyOSU Libraries and Press, and the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, this student-led Data Privacy Symposium will consist of presentations, a Q&A panel, and student focus groups on Friday, Feb. 28, from noon to 5 p.m., in MU 109. Please visit our website for more information. 

Save the date for 'Science of Opportunity': NASA astronaut Donald R. Pettit will deliver the first Octave Levenspiel Distinguished Lecture, presented by the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering. March 5, 6:30 p.m. in Austin Auditorium, The LaSells Stewart Center. Free, but tickets are required. Reserve your seat today.

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:

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.

Food Drive

NEW! Flicks for the Food Drive Film Showing:  Enjoy a lunchtime showing of historic films from the OSU Special Collections and Archives. You’ll see bears, beer, a bowl game and more. Feb. 24, noon to 1:20 p.m., Valley Library-Willamette Room East (third floor). Goodies will be available by donation to benefit the Food Drive. 

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

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

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

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.

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! Wanted: Students with great ideas: You are invited to nominate engaged, curious, dedicated students to join Launch Academy, a course for undergraduate and graduate students of ALL majors who have ideas for services, products or community change. Launch Academy students are eligible to win up to $2,500 in business development funding each term and have access to mentorship, co-working space, travel grants and prototyping support. Nominate students here and contact with questions. 

Goddik named department head: Lisbeth Goddik is the new department head for Food Science and Technology in Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Goddik has served as interim department head since January 2019 and is a professor and Extension specialist in dairy processing. During that year, she reestablished the department’s advisory board and led the department in conceptualizing a new Sustainable Food Systems initiative, which will guide future staffing position and development opportunities.

Community-Engaged Scholarship Intensive: The Division of Outreach and Engagement has five travel awards of $1,000 each to support five OSU participants at the June 1-5, MSU Summer Intensive on Community-Engaged Scholarship. The support is for early career tenure-track and professor of practice faculty. For consideration, please send an email to by Feb. 28 with the following: 1) name, 2) unit, 3) position title/rank, 4) how you intend to use skills gained in community-engaged scholarship. 

Proposed Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy Program’s What’s New page ( to view a pending policy amendment. Proposed University Policy 03-001 Contract Signature Authority delegates contract signature authority to enter the university into agreements with third parties. This page is updated frequently with new developments, so we encourage you to check back frequently. Comments or questions may be submitted to

Request for Proposals: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking proposals for projects focused on the further development of technologies invented by OSU faculty, staff, and/or graduate students in any discipline. Each project may be awarded up to $15,000 and should span six months or less, beginning in April 2020. Funding can be used to fund students, prototyping expenses, travel and more. Proposals are due no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. Read the full RFP here:

Staff Art Show: Share your creativity at the 10th annual Staff Art Show. Registration is open through March 6 and you can submit up to three pieces. Help colleagues to learn about your interests beyond your usual day-to-day work. While photography is most popular, all arts and crafts can be considered for this exhibit. Contact with questions.

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.


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NEW! Ecampus is seeking two Analyst Programmers, competency level 2 (front end web developers) to join our team. These are full-time, limited duration classified positions anticipated to last 18 months. Posting #P02596CT. Closes March 1.

NEW! Student Communications and Design Outreach Assistant — Oregon Sea Grant's "Don't Pack a Pest for Academic Travelers Program" invites applications for a part time (10-16 hours a week) communications and design assistant. Posting #P06252SE. Closes March 9. 


“We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection. But regret is the thing we should fear most. Failure is an answer. Rejection is an answer. Regret is an eternal question you will never have the answer to.” ~ Trevor Noah, who turns 36 today.

Corvallis: Mostly sunny today, high of 52, low of 31. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon:  Mostly sunny today, high of 48, low of 25. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 53, low of 37. Partly sunny tomorrow.

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