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. 


Politics of coronavirus: Taiwan, China and WHO (AlJazeera)

"Last week, when WHO started to publish a world map of the epidemic using colour coding to indicate the same level of seriousness, Taiwan was given same level as China. That has a direct impact on Taiwanese people and airlines who are travelling there," said Chunhuei Chi, a Taiwanese-American professor at Oregon State University who specialises in global health.

Gray whale license plates bring in $300K for research, protection (KOIN)

Roughly $300,000 has been raised to fund research and protection programs for Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. (see also Willamette WeekKTVZ)

Ed Ray to speak at OSU graduation (Gazette-Times)

Usually, Oregon State University President Ed Ray introduces the keynote speaker at the university’s commencement ceremony. This year, he is the commencement speaker.

Mysterious cats (Live Science Podcast)

Guests include Kristyn Vitale, researcher at the Human-Animal Interaction Lab at Oregon State University.

OSU finds dentists frequently overprescribe opioids (Corvallis Advocate)

“Dental procedures like extractions can leave patients with a lot of pain that needs to be managed, and many dentists are doing a wonderful job of managing their patients’ pain appropriately and responsibly,” said Jessina McGregor, a researcher in the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy who took part in the study. “But our findings suggest that there’s room for improvement among some dentists, improvement that could make a huge difference in our society as we try to combat the opioid crisis.”  

Supercomputers improve offshore forecasting on the West Coast (HPC Wire)

The research, which was published in Ocean Modelling in December, was conducted by Ivo Pasmans, a former doctoral student at Oregon State University, and Alexander Kurapov, an Oregon State professor. The duo set out to reduce forecasting errors in the three-day forecasts for water temperature, salinity levels, sea heights and currents off the coasts of Oregon and Washington.

What's the deal with robot comedy? (IEEE)

As I stepped into my current role as an assistant professor at Oregon State University, it was the perfect time to design an experiment and begin gathering data! We recorded audio from 32 performances of Jon the Robot at comedy venues in Corvallis and Los Angeles, and began to crunch the numbers.

UO, Oregon State University and PSU halt programs in China due to coronavirus (Register-Guard)

There were no university-sponsored travelers from OSU in Wuhan when the outbreak occurred, said OSU spokesman Steve Clark in an email Wednesday. However, the college is taking precautions.  All spring term study abroad programs to mainland China are suspended, Clark said, and will be until the CDC lowers the travel notice and advisory to a Level 2, which advises “practicing enhanced precautions.” The CDC’s rankings differ from the State Department’s in that there are only three levels instead of four. A “Warning Level 3″ notice is the highest, and advises avoiding all non-essential travel.

Irrigating vineyards requires different expertise (Capital Press)

Originally, Alexander Levin, viticulturist and assistant professor in Oregon State University’s Department of Horticulture, got into the industry to become a wine maker.

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Not just a fluke: Nearly 10,000 Oregonians have purchased gray whale license plates since they went on sale a year ago, providing critical support for Oregon State University researchers studying gray whales that frequent Oregon’s waters. For more information:


Blended Learning Opportunity: All Corvallis teaching faculty are invited to apply to participate in the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Spring 2020 Hybrid Faculty Learning Community and redesign Corvallis on-campus courses as hybrid courses. Professional development funding provided. Proposals due Feb. 12. See the Call for Proposals. If you have questions or want to find out more about this opportunity, drop in to Milam 215 during any of the following times: Thurs., Feb. 6, at 10-10:30 a.m. or 3-3:30 p.m.; or email

Triad luncheon: Anne Gillies, Search Advocate Program, “Everything you ever wanted to know about the OSU Search Advocate program.” Thursday, Feb. 6, noon, MU 211. Event is free; optional catered lunch is available for $13. Contact Janice Nave-Abele, to reserve lunch. Triad is a campus organization open to faculty and staff that offers an opportunity to gather over a meal to network and learn something new. More info:

Engaging Undergraduates in Research: Join us for a session on Feb. 6 from noon to 1 p.m., where mentors of undergraduate researchers will learn how to use OSU’s sample mentoring agreement, explore sources of financial support for students engaged in research and gain valuable insight into best practices for engaging in research with undergraduates. RSVP here for location.

Benton County Health Department presentation: Find out about what services Benton County Health Department has to offer and learn whether you qualify for the Oregon Health Care Plan. Feb. 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 2638 NW Jackson Ave. Free. 

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.

OPEns House: The Openly Published Environmental Sensing (OPEnS) Lab ( invites everyone to the third annual OPEnS House on Feb. 6, 3-5:30 p.m. in Gilmore Annex Room 200. Come learn about the OPEnS Lab equipment, capabilities and current projects. There will be a 10-minute presentation at 3:45 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

NEW! Tuition Forum: 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 and proposals for tuition increases and to answer any questions about tuition and the university budget. The next forum will be held Thursday, Feb. 6, 5-6 p.m., Memorial Union Thought Lab 215. The schedule for subsequent forums and a short discussion of common questions about tuition are available on the Budget website. The committee welcomes questions, comments, and ideas. For more information, contact Laurie Henry.

Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center presents Marine Food Webs: Drifters to Swimmers: This art exhibit encourages dialogue about the importance of sustaining and preserving our ocean food web ­— from the microscopic plankton to those that consume them. Bridging art to science, this exhibit will be a parallel show to a special collection by invited artists who participated in a National Science Foundation-funded Artist-at-Sea Residency Program that worked with scientists from Oregon State University’s Hatfield Plankton Lab and the University of Oregon’s Sutherland Lab aboard four oceanographic research cruises. Exhibit runs from Feb. 3-March 12. The opening reception is Thursday, Feb. 6 from 5-7:30 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. More information including gallery hours.

Winter Community Dialogue: A Nation Divided: Explore multiple perspectives on the ways to improve the political system in the United States. Join us to have the opportunity to discuss current issues in politics, meet new people and expand your mindset. This event is free and open to all members in the community. Thursday, Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m., MU Horizon Room.


Music à la Carte: Students from the OSU Voice Studios perform on Friday, Feb. 7 at noon in the  Memorial Union Lounge, free.

First Friday Fun: Visit the OSUsed Store’s first Friday public sale of the month on Feb. 7, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th and spin our wheel for a chance to win a discount or prize. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

Guitar en Route: New Histories. Guitarist George Benton England performs on his original 1820s Roudlhoff guitar. Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Community Hall 303. Seating is limited to 60. Free.

Faculty wellness: There’s still time to RECHARGE your wellness in 2020. OSU Faculty Staff Fitness is holding a brand new six-week wellness challenge starting Feb. 2-March 14, called RECHARGE 2020. This electrifying program is made to emphasize healthy habits through tracking and educational elements with an online portal, office challenges and partnering to give you a fully rounded experience. Register via by the end of this week. Contact if you have additional questions.

American StringsTickets are available for CLA’s upcoming American Strings event with Chicago blues artists Ronnie Baker Brooks and Billy Branch on Feb. 12, 7:30-9:30 pm. at the Majestic Theatre.

Slavic Soul Party: Tickets are available for SAC Presents on March 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center, featuring Slavic Soul Party!, a 10-piece brass band from NYC that performs “Balkan-soul-gypsy-funk.”

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

What’s new in news and research communications? This is the first event of the relaunching of a science communicators group at Oregon State. Sean Nealon, Oregon State’s news editor, will talk about new staff and new plans. Feb. 7, noon to 1 p.m. Linus Pauling Science Center, Room 402. Everyone is welcome to attend. Questions: please contact Rachel Robertson at

OSU Anthropology Lecture Series: Kenneth Maes, associate professor of anthropology at Oregon State University, will present “Standardizing community health program evaluation at the national level while centering marginalized voices and labor: The Community Health Worker Common Indicators Project” on Friday, Feb. 7 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

Public health talk: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) presents “Public health research in the OCHIN Community Health Center network,” by Annie Larson, Ph.D., OCHIN research analyst in Portland, from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room.

CMLC Cooking Class: Filipino Chicken Adobo: Mix up your Friday night routine! Join Saiko and Nicole as they teach us how to prepare this popular Filipino braised chicken dish. Enjoy a meal at the end. Friday, Feb. 7, 4-6 p.m., Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 2638 NW Jackson Ave. $10. Please reserve by contacting Megan Rice at

Conference on affordability in online learning: OSU is hosting a regional conference with a focus on improving student success and affordability in online and digital learning. Co-hosted by the Online Learning Consortium and OSU Ecampus, the event – scheduled for Feb. 7 in the Memorial Union – will bring faculty, administrators and online learning professionals together to address the opportunities and challenges facing the future of affordability in higher education. Learn more and register today.

Procurement Training Sessions: Procurement is pleased to again offer training sessions covering three topics: Procurement Standards and Resources (Feb. 11), Federal Purchases under Uniform Guidance (Feb. 13), and Informal Procurement (Feb. 14). These sessions are being offered in-person and via Zoom. For more information, registration, times, and locations visit the Procurement Training and Support webpage.

Linus Pauling Institute Seminar: “Nanobodies™: a versatile tool to enhance the treatment and diagnosis of disease.” Lecture by Carl Ruby, Ph.D, faculty Researcher in the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at OSU and cofounder of BTC, a start-up biotech company bringing safe, effective and accessible immune oncology options to veterinary medicine. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2-3 p.m., 402 Linus Pauling Science Center.

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 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:

Difference, Power, and Discrimination Academy Applications: Faculty applications are being accepted for the DPD Academy scheduled to be held June 15-26. The DPD Academy facilitates focused and productive engagement with contemporary, multidisciplinary scholarship on difference, power and discrimination; critical pedagogies; and curriculum transformation. Individual and team applications are welcome. For more information and to apply, visit the DPD Academy web page. Deadline: Feb. 7.

The Social Justice Education Initiative: The Social Justice Education Initiative is open for registration through summer 2020. From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin or expand your equity and inclusion journey. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Food Drive

NEW! Food Drive Soup Lunch: Ten types of soup (some vegan and vegetarian approved), bread and desserts from Little Wuesten Bakery. Suggested donation $5 and/or nonperishable food items. *BYOBowl; please bring your own bowl and spoon. We will have disposable bowls and spoons, but we aim to have as little waste as possible at this event.* Monday, Feb 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Room 402 Linus Pauling Science Center. Event Flyer.

NEW! Donut-a-Can: The College of Education Community and Outreach Committee will be walking around Furman Hall with donuts in exchange for cans or cash. Feb. 10. Come by Furman Hall to grab a donut and make a donation to the Food Drive. For information contact

NEW! Jeannine's Birthday Party: Come celebrate Jeannine's birthday with cake and ice cream on Feb 10, noon to 2 p.m., Kerr 502. Suggested donation $5.  For more information contact

NEW! Bake Sale: Come get your fill of sweets at the CCVM bake sale, Feb. 10-14 in Magruder Hall. There will be a variety of baked goods that change daily. Item prices vary. For questions, contact

NEW! Book Sale: Book prices vary. Come and check out the books on sale. Feb. 10-14, Richardson, Second Floor Knuckle. For more information, contact

Soup Lunch Fundraiser: $5 suggested donation for soup and bread. Desserts also available for purchase. Feb. 7, noon to 1 p.m., 3006 Ag Life Sciences. For more information contact

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

Participants needed to review a survey measuring intergenerational contact: Participation involves a one-hour focus group, during which you will complete the survey individually and then engage in a group discussion about how the survey could be improved. Held on-campus on March 5. You will be compensated $20. To participate, email Shelbie Turner ( with your name and which age group you fall into from the following: 18-39 years, 40-64 years, 65 and over. 

Request for Proposals: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking proposals to facilitate the further development and commercialization of OSU applied innovations. Proposals can be submitted for projects focused on bringing OSU-owned innovations invented by OSU faculty, staff and/or graduate students in any discipline closer to market. 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. on Friday, Feb. 28.  Read the full RFP here:

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing the following information on campus office move resources, along with the following from SAIF with six steps for safely lifting a load and best practices for storing items so they can be accessed with less strain and sprain risk. 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.

CIO 100 Day ReportOSU's new Chief Information Officer invites you to explore her 100-day report which covers her findings from conversations with the OSU community and what comes next for IT at OSU. 

Mindful After Cancer (MAC) study: Women will be able to participate in the MAC program online, from the privacy of their homes. The MAC program is eight weeks long starting on March 30, with an online group meeting each week for 1½ to two hours. It is aimed at fostering positive body image, sexual health and well-being. Participants will fill out an online survey before and one month after the program ends, and will get $20 for each survey completed. There is no charge for the program. The study results will increase our understanding of how to help women improve their sexual well-being and quality of life after cancer. The study is open to women who were diagnosed with stage 1-4 breast or gynecologic cancer at least one year ago. Go to, or email for more information. This study is being conducted by the Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences. The Principal Investigator is Jessica R. Gorman, Ph.D.


Gymnastics: OSU gymnastics hosts LSU and Arizona State, Saturday, Feb. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at Gill Coliseum.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Reconstruction project, exploratory utility work (potholing) with flagging will take place, as needed, along Washington Way from 35th Street to 15th Street between Feb. 6-10. The road will remain open, but some delays should be expected (view map). 


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NEW! Research Program Coordinator, College of Liberal Arts. The Coordinator is a proactive partner with CLA administration and faculty that will assist in the identification and pursuit of external research funding opportunities. Position is a part-time (.75 FTE), 12-month fixed-term appointment. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Posting #P03579UF. Closes Feb. 21.

NEW! Program Manager – College of Business invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Program Manager position (0.50 FTE 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty and 0.50 FTE 12-month fixed-term Instructor position) in Portland, Ore. Posting #P03572UF. Full consideration Feb. 23. Closes March 1.

Program Manager – College of Business invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Program Manager position (0.75 FTE 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty and 0.25 FTE 12-month fixed-term Instructor position). Posting #P03571UF. Full consideration Feb. 23. Closes March 1.


"Theories come and go, but fundamental data always remain the same." ~ Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey, born today in 1913.

Corvallis: Rain likely today, high of 54, low of 47. Chance of showers Friday.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 49, low of 38. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Rain today, high of 51, low of 47. Chance of showers tomorrow.

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