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:


Sunflower sea stars could help save kelp forests (Earth dot Com)

There is now growing interest in understanding how to control sea urchin numbers and encourage the recovery of kelp forests. With this in mind, a research team including scientists from Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Washington and The Nature Conservancy has undertaken a study into the feeding habits of sunflower sea stars, focusing particularly on whether they will consume the starving sea urchins that are typical of barren ecosystems and, if so, how fast can they eat them. 

As sea ice declines in the Arctic, bowhead whales are adjusting their migration patterns, OSU researchers say (KTVZ)

As sea ice declines in the Arctic, bowhead whales are staying north of the Bering Strait more frequently, a shift that could affect the long-term health of the bowhead population and impact the Indigenous communities that rely on the whales, a new study by Oregon State University researchers shows.

How to increase the sustainability of tall infrasctructure (Construction Technology)

Architecture and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and researchers from Oregon State University recently launched a research project investigating the performance characteristics of a hybrid wood and concrete structural floor system that may offer the industry a traditional flat plate construction alternative.

OSU-Cascades set to launch innovative student career planning program this fall called Cascades Edge (KTVZ)

Oregon State University–Cascades announced Wednesday it will launch a novel program this fall called Cascades Edge that integrates career preparation into coursework for all students, to prepare them for success in their future careers.

Small businesses have large impact (The Telegraph)

The second consideration is the charitable giving by businesses. The research conducted by Oregon State University for the Small Business Administration found that small and mid-sized businesses with fewer than 100 employees give an average of $789 per employee in cash and in-kind donations to the community. On the other hand, larger businesses with over 500 employees give only $334 per employee on average, which is nearly 60% less than the amount given by smaller and mid-sized businesses.

OSU: College Affordability Summit set, includes state officials, March 7 (Corvallis Advocate)

Oregon State University will host a summit on March 7 about making college more affordable and accessible. 

Today's photo

As the crow flies: Chemistry major Ariana Capodieci submitted this photo. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Want to learn more about pedagogical principles related to writing? Curious about how ChatGPT and other advanced digital tools might or might not be useful in your classes. Register for "Pedagogical Principles, Writing, and ChatGPT" presented via Zoom by the Writing Intensive Curriculum (WIC) Program, noon, Feb. 24.


BioResource Research interdisciplinary program seminar: Undergraduate Charlotte Epps will speak on “Lessons from sweet potatoes: Adaptable and resilient crops for a changing climate,” 8 a.m. Feb. 23, Strand 210 and Zoom

OSULP soup lunch: The OSU Libraries & Press will host a soup lunch event on Feb. 23 benefiting the OSU Food Drive. There will be soups, breads/crackers, desserts and drinks available. There will also be a limited number of ceramic bowls for sale while supplies last. Suggested donation is $5-10 and can be paid in cash or through Venmo. Come enjoy a hearty soup that benefits a great cause For questions 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. Feb. 23. Donations are a minimum $5 per person. Email [email protected] for instructions and to reserve your spot.

Letting go of the things that hold you back: “Living the Good Life!” How often have we heard that statement? Usually it’s meaning is about happiness, health and satisfaction within our lives. In this session we’ll discuss what’s needed to accomplish “the good life”: what to bring along on life’s journey, what to leave behind, what to acquire along the way. Noon, Feb. 23, online. Register here.

Global Opportunities information session with the College of Education: An in-depth look at the details of participating in an international program—learn about the application process, applying for a passport, financial aid details, and other mechanics of how to make going abroad possible. 1:30-3:15 p.m., Feb. 23, Furman Hall first floor lobby. For more details, visit Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) event details and the list of pop-up advising events

HMSC research seminar: Emily Eidam, assistant professor with the Coastal & Fluvial Sediment Dynamics Lab, CEOAS. will give a seminar titled “Sediment dynamics of Arctic coasts and continental shelves,” 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Zoom Link  or call +1-971-247-1195. Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

UPDATED! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology seminar series: “Predicting Phenotypes for an Unknown Future,” presented by James Schnable of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Google X, 4 p.m. Feb. 23, via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website

Lost City, Living Memories: Vanport Through the Voices of Its Residents: Floodwaters from the Columbia River destroyed the predominantly Black neighborhood of Vanport on Memorial Day in 1948, displacing thousands of residents and killing numerous others in the flood waters. Hear stories of life in Vanport and flood experiences from the voices of its residents in this Corvallis premiere screening of short documentaries. 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23, MU Journey Room.

College of Education’s Carpenter Lecture: One of the College of Education’s most anticipated events returns to the OSU Portland Center and via livestream 7 p.m. Feb. 23. Join Pamela Eddy as she presents "A Blueprint for Equity-Minded Leadership in Community Colleges." In-person or livestream:

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.


NEW! Corvallis-OSU Piano International presents: Sofya Gulyak, From Russia and England. Golyak won the 2009 Leeds International Competition First Prize and was the first woman to win the Princess Mary Gold Medal. Since then she has appeared all over the world to great acclaim and has won many other prestigious piano competitions. 4 p.m Feb. 26 in The LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 at the door.

NEW! Speed Friending: Speed Friending for Book Lovers will be held at the Valley Library 6-8 p.m. March 9. Registration is required and attendance will be capped at 40 people. Pizza will be provided for attendees. Accommodations related to a disability for this event should be made a week in advance to [email protected], 541-737-1350 or at [email protected] 

NEW! RSVP NOW for the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Celebration of Quality Teaching: Hors d’oeuvres and alcoholic beverages will be served after a short program recognizing teaching awardees and a presentation by Dwaine Plaza, winner of the 2022 Richard M. Bressler Senior Faculty Teaching Award. 4:30 p.m. May 4, MU Horizon Room 49. RSVP at

Music à la Carte: The OSU Percussion Ensemble: Students from Robert Brudvig’s percussion studio will perform their winter term concert at noon on Feb. 24 in the MU Lounge. Free and open to all.

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.

Screening of “Trans Dudes with Lady Cancer,” followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers: A film screening will take place 2-4 p.m., Feb. 24, in The LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Hall. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP here:

University Budget Committee: The committee will meet 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 24 via Zoom and in Covell 117. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities and budget policies. For materials associated with this week’s topics, visit the UBC web page. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].  

Linus Pauling Day Open House: In celebration of Linus Pauling Day, the Linus Pauling Institute will hold an open house 4-6 p.m. Feb. 28 on the third floor of the Linus Pauling Science Center. Come join us for discussions of our research or Linus Pauling, or just to have some refreshments. RSVP requested. For more information see

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Winter Concert: Featuring a variety of works from Wagner, Mahler, Dvorak and more. 3 p.m. March 5, The LaSells Stewart Center. $35 online, $40 at the door. Complimentary K-12 student tickets available online, up to three K-12 tickets can be reserved with one paid adult ticket. Show student ID at door. College students may pick up complimentary tickets at the box office one hour prior to concert. Tickets and more information at

Turkish cooking event and fundraiser: The Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center invites you to join the online Turkish cooking event and fundraiser at 6 p.m. March 8. Funds will support earthquake relief efforts and sponsoring organizations Rotary Youth Exchange and the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center. Suggested donation ranges up to $30. Register at 

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! WorldOregon talk on climate migration: CEOAS faculty David Wrathall will give a talk on climate migration as the first lecture in the Great Decisions 2023 series. As climate change accelerates and drought and rising sea levels become more common, millions of people in affected regions must uproot themselves and seek safety elsewhere. Who are these affected individuals, and how might the United States aid them, and be affected by the migration? Noon Feb. 24 via Zoom. $10, register online.

CTL Sparkshops: “Emphasizing learning over grades: Tips for implementing equitable grading practices.” Join us to discuss equitable grading practices that emphasize student learning success. The presenter is Funmi Amobi, instructional consultant and college liaison. Noon to 12:20 p.m. Feb. 24. Zoom:

Anthropology lecture series - Winter 2023: Sara Fischer, University of Puget Sound, will give the lecture “Bureaucracy as Resistance: Everyday Acts of Power in the Malawi Ministry of Health,” from noon to 12:50 p.m. Feb. 24. The free lecture is open to OSU faculty and students in Strand Ag 160. All lectures are accessible via Zoom in real time:

College of Public Health & Human Sciences research seminar: Kelly D. Chandler, associate professor, Human Development and Family Sciences with the Rural Families Speak about Resilience: A Family Science-Public Health Collaboration, will speak from 1-2 p.m. Feb. 24 in Hallie Ford 115 and online at

Global Opportunities information session with the College of Agricultural Sciences: An in-depth look at the details of participating in an international program. Learn about the application process, applying for a passport, financial aid details and other mechanics of how to make going abroad possible. 3-4 p.m. Feb. 24, Strand 240. For more details, visit Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) event details and the list of pop-up advising events

Is College Making Us Wiser?: Join the Catholic Student Association for an online lecture with philosopher Peter Kreeft on 10 of the world’s greatest philosophers and how their wisdom can make us better people. Kreeft once wrote that “the single most important thing that makes a society good, and just, and wise, and happy is education.” 5-6:30 p.m., March 1, Zoom. Register here.

SACNAS event: The Oregon State University Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) chapter is preparing for a SACNAS gathering and workshop. The annual conference is scheduled for Oct. 26-28 in Portland. A SACNAS workshop will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 4 in the Memorial Union 104 Journey Room. Lunch provided for all registered participants. Register now, space is limited. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] with questions.

Funded Professional Development for Fixed-Term and Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty: Join CTL’s Spring 2023 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community. This cross-disciplinary group will meet on Zoom and explore pedagogical strategies to adapt to the changing teaching and learning landscape and to build resilience into our teaching practices. See call for participation and submit an expression of interest by March 6.

Food Drive

BEE flea market: Stop by 116 Gilmore Hall Feb. 20-24 to find your favorite treasure. Choose from records, cross stitch supplies, games, bags, art and more. Venmo/cash/checks accepted. For more information, contact [email protected]

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]

Taco delivery initiative: It's the last lunch of the food drive in the College of Forestry sponsored by Tallwood Design Institute from noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 27 in Richardson Hall’s second floor knuckle. For more information contact [email protected]

Win a basket: Tree-lovers can take their chances on a bountiful basket featuring three popular titles from OSU Press and OSU Extension. Enter to win “Trees to Know,” “Shrubs to Know,” and “Native and Ornamental Conifers” — plus tree-themed gifts and even a baby tree. 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].

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].

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! Winter 2023 Update from Vice President for Finance and Administration: Want to be an insider? Find out what Division of Finance and Administration units have been doing to help advance OSU’s goals in this update to DFA employees: Each quarter, Vice President Mike Green and DFA senior leaders share project milestones, unit news, highlights, updates and coming events.

NEW! Call for Applications: Career Champions program: Applications for the spring 2023 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. The Career Champions program provides faculty and instructors with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and examining the barriers to access for first-generation, high financial need, and/or students of color. More information can be found on the Center for Teaching and Learning website. Contact Brenna Gomez for more information. Apply here by March 17.    

NEW! 30 years of service: Congratulations to Nadine Wade, senior faculty research assistant I, 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.

International Women's Day: OSU is pleased to join in recognizing International Women's Day on March 8, a global day in honor of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and a call to action for accelerating women's equality. We invite campus-wide recognition of this important day. The Marketing Toolkit provides social media and screen frames, event poster templates, Zoom backgrounds and a graphic identifier. Visit the website for more information.

Visualize Your Bibliography: Oregon State University Libraries and Press invites all OSU graduate students to submit to the Visualize Your Bibliography Competition; creatively display 20-plus sources used in a thesis, dissertation or other longform project. Submissions are due April 16 and prizes range from $250 to $750. Find out more at:

Oregon Digital: The Oregon State University Libraries and Press and the University of Oregon Libraries are excited to announce the launch of the new Oregon Digital. We’ve updated the look, feel and functionality of the site where we host unique digitized and born-digital collections from both institutions. This growing repository makes more than 500,000 items openly available for teaching, research and general browsing. OSU collections include historic photographs, yearbooks and the student newspaper. Visit


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NEW! Director of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE): OSU Division of Extension and Engagement invites applications for a Director of Professional and Continuing Education position located in either Corvallis or Portland. This is a full-time, 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #P06516UF. Closes March 24.

NEW! Lead Advisor: Department of Food Science and Technology. Contribute to the academic programs of the department by leading the undergraduate advising efforts in Food Science, working with the undergraduate committee to manage the undergraduate curriculum, supporting student recruitment efforts, and overseeing programmatic efforts aimed at student success and retention to graduation and career readiness. This is a 0.70 FTE, 12-month position. Posting #P06507UF. For full consideration apply by March 19. Closes April 2.  


“If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go.” ~ James Baldwin

Corvallis: Chance of snow showers today, high of 36, low of 16. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of snow today, high of 17, low of 3. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of rain and snow today, high of 40, low of 24. Sunny Friday.

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