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.

Deputies seek man building structure in OSU research forest (KEZI)

A man has been cutting down trees in Oregon State University’s McDonald-Dunn Research Forest to build a cabin-type structure.

The human appetite for meat is driving Earth's largest animals to extinction (Quartz)

And while some of that killing is at the hands of poachers, the majority of it is being done to satisfy the human craving for meat and alternative medicines, according to new research published today (Feb. 6) in the journal Conservation Letters. Out of six different categories of animals (mammals, ray-finned fish, cartilaginous fish (such as sharks), amphibians, birds, and reptiles), a team of scientists from Oregon State University carved out a list of 362 so-called “megafauna species.”  (see also The IndependentOregonianU.S. News & World ReportNexus World Media)

MS drug costs skyrocket after Medicare rule change: Study (Health Day)

"It's a dysfunctional market that lacks the typical incentives for most other consumer products," said lead author Daniel Hartung (OSU). "Aside from the public optics, there are few incentives for companies not to raise prices. Most intermediaries in the drug distribution channel, including drug companies, benefit from higher prices." (see also UPI)

So far, Northwest Forest Plan falling short of biodiversity goals (OPB)

The research out of Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service examined long-term data on bird species that use different forest types, like old growth and less mature, open-canopy areas referred to as “early seral” forests.

Yellowstone volcano: Eruption can trigger chain of aftershocks over 'thousands of years' (

According to a study published by Oregon State University (OSU), super-eruptions are among the most devastating cataclysm known to man.

Today's photo

Rocking It
 A year ago OSU-Cascades junior and business major Connor Park (center) started a student rock climbing club with four students. Less than a year later, it’s the largest student club by far. Ten percent of OSU-Cascades’ students are members. The competitive team that spawned from it competed in its first event, the Bend Boulder Bash on Feb. 1. Connor placed fourth and his fellow club leader Gabe McFarlane (left) placed first in the advanced level. Not bad for year one. Rock on.


Rummage Sale: EESC will host a rummage sale in the fourth-floor foyer of Kerr from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 4-8 to support the annual food drive. Peruse housewares, books, movies, toys, clothing, and more. For questions, contact This event is part of the OSU Food Drive.

PB&J Bar: Choose from a variety of jelly, jam, butters and honey to make your PB&J. Feb 4-8 stop by Gilmore Hall 116 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to make your sandwich. Thanks to New Morning Bakery for their generous donation. Suggested donation of $1-5 based on what you can afford. FMI email This event is part of the OSU Food Drive.

Department Only Surplus Sale: Surplus Property will host a sale of furniture and lab equipment to OSU departments only on Thursday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 4575 SW Research Way. Merchandise photos, more sale details and contact info here.

Soup, Bread and Sweets: Thursday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 326 Bexell Hall. For questions contact This event is part of the OSU Food Drive.

Chili Competition & Baked Potato Bar Lunch: Come by Cordley 3029 on Feb. 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for chili and baked potatoes brought to you by School of Life Sciences. Vote for your favorite chili. Potato & toppings $3; Chili & voting ballot $3; both for $5. For questions, contact This event is part of the OSU Food Drive.

NROTC Thursday Soup Day: Join us each Thursday in the Naval Armory Quarterdeck for delicious soups, desserts and beverages. All monies raised are donated to OSU's 2019 Food Drive. Each week you will have five soups ($4/$7), two desserts ($1) and beverages ($1) to choose from. It comes with a free piece of bread. Feb. 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information contact This event is part of the OSU Food Drive.

TRIAD: Jim White, professor emeritus in the Department of Chemistry, will present “The Belle Epoque, Marie Curie and Others” on Feb. 7, noon to 1 p.m. in MU 211. The public is welcome to attend free of charge.  An optional catered lunch is available for $13.  Contact Kathy DeBellis, to reserve a lunch.  TRIAD provides faculty, staff, students and community members with an opportunity to network, discuss events of the day, and learn something new. See

Information and Global Social Justice – Italy | Faculty-led Program Info Session: Join librarians Kelly McElroy and Diana Park for a three-credit, two-week program in Ferrara, Italy, from June 26 to July 10.  This program is designed for first-time travelers who wish to develop a deeper understanding of social justice issues in a global context by examining information flow within countries and across borders. Join the information session on Feb. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in the second floor west classroom at the Valley Library.  Application deadline: March 15. For more info contact or

OPEnS House: The Openly Published Environmental Sensing (OPEnS) Lab ( invites everyone to the second annual OPEnS House on Feb. 7 from 3-5 p.m. in Gilmore Annex 200. Come learn about the OPEnS Lab equipment, capabilities, and projects. There will be a 10-minute presentation at 3:45 pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Gender, Race, and Class in London | Faculty-led Program Info Session: Join professor Susan Shaw from the School of Society, Language and Culture for a 3-7 credit program in London from Aug. 18 to Sept. 1. Students will learn about social justice, LGBTQ history and contemporary culture/issues of London.  Application deadline: March 15.  Information session on Feb. 7 from 4–5 p.m. in Waldo 206.  For more info contact or

From Selma to Moscow: How Human Rights Activists Transformed U.S. Foreign Policy: Sarah B. Snyder traces the influence of human rights activists and advances a new interpretation of U.S. foreign policy in the “long 1960s.” By highlighting the importance of nonstate and lower-level actors, Snyder shows how this activism established the networks and tactics critical to the institutionalization of human rights. A major work of international and transnational history, From Selma to Moscow reshapes our understanding of the role of human rights activism in transforming U.S. foreign policy in the 1960s and 1970s and highlights timely lessons for those seeking to promote a policy agenda resisted by the White House. Snyder is a historian of U.S. foreign relations and an associate professor at American University’s School of International Service. Thursday, Feb. 7, 4 p.m. MU, La Raza, Room 208.
Art & Design in South Korea: A Cross-Cultural Study of Creative Thinking | Faculty-led Program Info Session:  Join professor Jun Bum Shin from the School of Arts and Communication for a four-credit, two-week program in South Korea from Aug. 18 to Sept. 1. Students gain a deeper understanding of the differences between Western and Eastern art and design thinking while experiencing the cultural settings of Seoul and Jeju Island.  Join the information session on Feb. 7 from 5-6 p.m. in Milam 031.  Application deadline: March 15. For more information, contact  or

NEW! Race in America Series: Session one of this three-part discussion series centered on themes raised by Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, "The Underground Railroad," is today from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, Gathering Hall.

Documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsberg: Come join the Center for Civic Engagement and Hattie Redmond Women & Gender center on Feb. 7, 6 p.m., in the MU Lounge for a free documentary showing on Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Light refreshments will be offered and there will be a small discussion section before and after the movie, led by Rorie Solberg from the political science department.

Ecuador informational meeting: Exploring health and culture in Ecuador. Informational meeting about a faculty-led study abroad in Ecuador, Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. in Milam Hall 201. Students with interest in health professions and public health are eligible.  The program takes place June 30 to July 22 and will involve working with health professionals and in public health and service agencies.  See  Contact

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecture with Jamsheed Choksy: Jamshee Choksy will speak on "The Spread of Islam: New Ways of Understanding Conquest and Confessional Change in Iraq, Iran and Central Asia." Choksy is a distinguished professor and chair of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. Choksy’s writings and lectures explore why human existence is often viewed as a struggle between good and evil, and how beliefs and religious practices shape our actions. Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m., Memorial Union Horizon Room (49).

Upcoming Events

NEW! Behind the Scenes Recycling Tour: Want to know what happens to recyclables after they hit the bin? Get a behind the scenes look on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., on the south side of campus. Learn more and register in advance here, or contact Andrea Norris for questions at 541-737-5398 or

OSU International Scholar and Faculty Coffee Social: OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International and OSU Office of International Services would like to invite you to join international visiting faculty, scholars, students and their families for conversation, coffee, tea and light snacks at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (CMLC) in the Einerson House (EINH), 2638 N.W. Jackson Ave, Corvallis. on Friday, Feb. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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

Graduate Research Showcase: Join the OSU College of Engineering for the 2019 Graduate Research Showcase. Feb. 8, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit:

The North American Truffling Society Meeting and Potluck: Our annual potluck begins Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Corvallis Senior Center, 2601 N.W. Tyler St., Corvallis. Bring a dish to share (if possible, provide a list of ingredients for those on restricted diets), tableware, and the beverage of your choice. NATS provides coffee and tea.  The speaker will be Amy Rossman, who will present her jungle experience in "Collecting fungi in the Amazonian Cerra de la Neblina, Venezuela." 

Water Battleship: A unique version of a childhood game will come to life on Feb. 9-10 at Oregon State University. Intramural Sports is hosting a “Water Battleship” game in the Dixon Recreation Center Pool, where four teams of three-to-four players battle against each other in canoes. Each team has buckets and a shield, and attempt to sink the other canoes by tossing water into opposing teams’ canoes. The event takes place at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 and 11 a.m. Feb. 10. Last Winter 2018 was the first time the competition was held, and organizers hope the public comes to watch the fun this year at the pool. For a sneak peek, see this promotional video from last year: To speak with organizer Colby Schoniwitz, call 541-737-3569 or email

BEavers HERE NOW Drop-In Meditation: Mondays through Fridaysweeks 2-10 at 1 p.m.,in the Craft CenterNo experience necessary. All are welcome. Enjoy a different 15-minute guided meditation each week. Benefits of mediation include stress reduction, better sleep, sharper concentration, anxiety management and happier relationships. Contact to coordinate extra credit for student attendance. Faculty and staff are welcome too. Stay after meditation for a mindful art activity hosted by the Craft Center.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! MIME Distinguished Speaker - From Energy Access to Grid Resiliency: A Story of Anthropology, Engineering, and Business: Nathan Johnson, assistant professor at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University and director of the Laboratory for Energy And Power Solutions (LEAPS), will discuss opportunities for innovation with global impact by beginning with methods that capture and interpret user insights before diving deeper into four synergistic project areas that each connect user insights with technical research to the delivered product. Friday, Feb. 8, 4 p.m., Rogers Hall, 226.

NEW! Walter Hamady and the Extravagance of Letterpress: Walter Hamady is a publisher, artist and poet celebrated for his inventive approach to bookmaking and the printed arts. In this talk, Karen Holmberg, who teaches creative writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, will discuss how Hamady engages extravagance — visual, material, and temporal — to explore and press meaning from each convention of book and page. Monday Feb. 11, 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave.

NEW! Science Pub: Benjamin Dalziel, an assistant professor in Oregon State University’s College of Science, will discuss his research on how the flu virus is transmitted at the Corvallis Science Pub on Monday, Feb. 11. The presentation will start at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis. It is free and open to the public. Due to the continuing popularity of Science Pub, attendance will be limited and advance registration will be required. Registration is at or by calling University Events at 541-737-4717. People who arrive without a ticket are welcome but will not be admitted to the reserved seating area until 6 p.m.

NEW! Entrepreneurs and wanna-be entrepreneurs: So you have a business idea. Now what? Time to join Iterate, our two-week free program starting Monday, March 4, where we walk you through a focused approach to the next step. The program includes four workshops from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at OSU’s Advantage Accelerator in Corvallis. Technology ideas/inventions welcome. Register today:

Top Hat Faculty Panel: Panel on how OSU instructors are using the Top Hat student response system for active learning, and how they are managing personal devices in the classroom. Questions and healthy skepticism are invited. Friday Feb. 8, 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in Kidder 202. Refreshments will be served.  The session will be available via Webex and will be recorded. Register here. Questions?

Budget conversation: On Friday, Feb. 8, at noon the Office of Budget & Fiscal Planning will hold another University Budget Conversation in the Memorial Union 208. This week’s topic is about the FY19 budget reductions and FY20 outlook. The budget conversations sessions are limited to 60 minutes and are an open forum structure with the initial 15-20 minutes spent on presentation of the topic, leaving time for discussion and Q&A. We encourage you to bring your lunch and join the conversation and to learn more about OSU’s budgeting and fiscal matters. A budget brief (handout) will be available on Friday. More information about University Budget Conversations can be found on the Office of Budget & Fiscal Planning website. If you have questions, contact Sherm Bloomer for more information. For details on attending the meeting via conference call contact Kayla Campbell.  

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ weekly research seminar will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in HFC 115. William Hersh, chair of the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at OHSU, will present “Information Retrieval from the Electronic Health Records for Patient Cohort Discovery.”

Faculty Grant Training: The OSU Foundation is presenting a faculty training, “Creating Impact & Broader Impact,” at the new OSU Foundation Office, 4238 S.W. Research Way on Friday, Feb. 8 from 2-3:30 p.m. Join us as we discuss the why and how or articulating the societal contributions of your work within a proposal. Contact Elizabeth Ocampo at to attend.

Wikipedia Editathon: “Writing African American History into Wikipedia.” No experience necessary. Organizers give you everything you need to help add to the historical record in Wikipedia: topics, information and a Wikipedia account. Register now and find out more at All are welcome. Hosted by the OSU Libraries in partnership with AfroCROWD. Feb. 8, 2 p.m., Valley Library, Autzen Classroom.

Social Impact Lab: Oregon State University and the United Way of Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties invite you to attend the first Social Impact Lab, a community-wide event that highlights the power of community engagement toward social change. The event will highlight partnerships between community organizations and OSU and provide participants an opportunity to explore and discover other possibilities within our local community. Guest speakers will provide brief TED-style talks about the power of their partnerships and time will be allotted for tabling and networking. Join us on Feb. 13 at CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Doors open 2 p.m. Free, but registration is required.

Social justice workshops: The Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this well-reviewed program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Food drive

Wine Gift Basket Raffle: COE-EECS is raffling off two wine gift baskets.  Each gift basket will contain a bottle of white/red wine, $10 gift card to Beaver Cheese & Clark Meat Science Center, and more. Tickets are $2, and on sale Feb. 4-13, and can be purchased in Kelley Engineering 1148 during regular office hours. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while the office is open. Closed for lunch from noon-1 p.m. For more information contact

Baby Photo Contest: Feb. 7-11 at the ILLC Welcome Desk.  For more information contact

Soup lunch: Join us at noon Feb. 8 in ALS 3006 for hot soup to warm your soul. Crop and Soil Science Soup Lunch. Come by and enjoy some hot soup.  $5 suggested donation.  For more information contact

Panda Express Night Supporting HC Food Drive  Looking to eat some delicious orange chicken AND donate to the Linn-Benton Canned Food Drive? If you stop by the Panda Express in the MU on Feb. 8 between 4-9 p.m., pick up some dinner, and mention the fundraiser to the cashier, you can do both: 100 percent of the earnings from this fundraiser (20 percent of sales) will go straight to Linn-Benton Food Share.

Bingo! Bingo! Bingo! Get your bingo fix and help the local food bank.  Business Affairs is hosting a virtual bingo game.  Stop by Kerr B100 to get your bingo card - $1 each or 6 for $5.  Cards will be sold through Feb. 15 with bingo numbers announced each weekday starting Feb. 18 on the BAFF Food Drive page.  Winner receives 50 percent of the proceeds; the other 50 percent will be donated to the Food Drive. For more information contact

Hot Chocolate and Cider Break: Warm up during the month of February (4-28). Stop by Gilmore Hall 116 for $1 hot chocolate and cider every weekday from 8-5. For questions, contact

Printing & Mailing Services' Annual Food Drive: Drop off non-perishable food or cash to the Xpress Stop during the month of February: $1 or two cans of food to spin the wheel and every spin wins a prize.

Gift Basket Raffle: EESC is raffling off four gift baskets. There will be a movie basket, Valentine's Day basket, book basket and gardening basket. Drawings take place each Thursday. Tickets are 1/$1 or 6/$5. See Noelle Mills or Pete Petryszak in Kerr Administration Building 422 for tickets. For questions, contact

BEE Girl Scout Cookie Raffle: Get your hands on three boxes of coveted Girl Scout Cookies, including the new Caramel Chocolate Chip. Stop by Gilmore Hall 116 to purchase your $1 tickets. Drawing on Feb 28. FMI email

Valentine's Day Card Sale: The AMBC will be selling one-of-a-kind handmade Valentine's Day cards in Hovland 108 from Feb. 1-14 to support the Linn-Benton Food Share. Cards are $2 each. Questions? Contact April Cummings at

Book and DVD Sale: Purchase lightly used books, DVDs and board games to support the 2019 OSU Food Drive. Items range $1 to $5. The sale will be running all month in the Magruder Hall lobby. For questions, contact

Quilt and Wood Raffle Ticket Sale: Raffle tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5 and can be purchased at the Forestry HelpDesk in Richardson Hall throughout the month of February. The drawing will be on Feb, 28 at 1 p.m. For more information contact

Bulb Sale: Are you ready for spring? Get your bulbs now. You can order directly from Dutch Mills Bulbs by visiting the Business Affairs fundraising page or stop by Kerr B100 to place your order. Each kit is $10 and will arrive in time for your spring planting. Orders must be received by Feb. 27. 

Take Note

Scientists sought for NSF study: The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning is looking for OSU scientists who would like to participate in a new NSF-funded research study about using audience feedback during outreach and public engagement activities and events. They are recruiting scientists (including graduate students, postdocs and extension specialists) who are conducting outreach and public science and engineering engagement activities to serve as “Design Testers” in the initial phase of our research. After a short training, Design Testers will test audience feedback strategies during their own outreach events over the course of about one year and provide feedback on their experience. There will be a stipend of $400. The application can found here. Applications are due by Feb. 11. For questions, contact Kari O’Connell (PI and senior researcher) at or Kelly Hoke (research analyst) at

Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF): The Research Office is now accepting applications for the RERF. The budget this year is expected to be $400,000. Research Equipment Reserve Funds (RERF) may be used to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. The equipment may be inventoried capital equipment (defined as =>$5,000 per unit), or fabricated capitalized equipment.  Proposals are due by Friday, March 15, 5 p.m. Firm deadline. Questions:  Contact Research Office Incentive Programs at:


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Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain, high of 43, low of 31. Chance of snow Thursday night, and rain and snow possible Friday.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny, high of 35, low of 20. Chance of snow Friday.

Newport: Slight chance of rain and snow Thursday, high of 45, low of 34. Chance of rain Friday.

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