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:


Oregon State University's Ecampus unit earns 10th 'Top 10' national ranking in a row (KEZI)

For the tenth year in a row, Oregon State University has been ranked as one of the top 10 providers of online education in the nation, according to OSU officials.

Spent hemp biomass: A feed use that supports milk production in dairy cows (Bioengineer)

The study’s lead investigator, Massimo Bionaz, PhD, of the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, explained, We know from recent research that spent hemp biomass has very promising nutritional value.”

How fruit is enhanced by thin skin research (Farm Progress)

Oregon State researchers developed SureSeal technology over a decade ago to protect cherries from cracking because of rain. The technology seals the microscopic cracks that can develop as cherries and other fruit grows, protecting it from cracking and exposure to various pathogens.

With the help of CHIPS act, Oregon working to ease strain on childcare crisis (KGW)

According to an Oregon State University (OSU) study, nearly all Oregon counties are considered childcare deserts, where every open childcare slot, there are between three and 10 children who need it.

Today's photo

Fields of barley: Scott Fisk, senior faculty research assistant with the Barley Project, took this photo of OSU barley breeding plots at Hyslop Farm in December. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Do you have student writing projects coming up in the second half of the term? If so, this is a great time to remind students of the support available through the Writing Center. Individual students and project groups can have writing consultations in person or via Zoom, or receive written feedback via email. Also see Writing Center Faculty Resources.


Practicing Full Presence: Are you feeling overworked? Overstimulated? Join this space to practice the art of being fully present in the moment. Pause your daily activities and to-do list to engage in a mindfulness meditation activity. Rather than spending most of this time talking with other attendees, you will be encouraged to embrace stillness and slowness for 30 minutes to reorient yourself and be more present throughout the rest of your day. Feb. 8 and Feb. 13. Sign up in Lyra Learn:

Practice Picket with Classified Staff: Join OSU’s classified staff any time between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 8 at the SEC Plaza to demonstrate support for classified staff. Faculty, staff and students welcome. Wear purple to show your support.

Red Cross Blood drive: Noon to 4 p.m., Feb. 5-8, MU Ballroom. Appointments can be made online Drop-ins are also welcome.

Breakfast for Lunch with Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences: Noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 8 at Nash Hall 104J. $5 per plate for a waffle breakfast, with all proceeds going toward the OSU Food Drive and Linn-Benton Food Share. For questions, please contact [email protected].

Intersections of Biodiversity and Buddhist Cultures in Nepal: Join OSU faculty leaders Dee Denver and Brenna Privilege from the College of Science to learn more about a 4-credit, three-week program in Nepal. Study how different world cultures and thought systems conceptualize biodiversity. The program dates are Sept. 4-21. Info session: Noon on Thursday, Feb. 8 in KEC 1001, or at 3 p.m. online. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

HMSC Research Seminar: Angela Szesciorka with the Marine Mammal Bioacoustics and Ecology Lab at OSU's Marine Mammal Institute will be giving a seminar titled, “Are we there yet? Exploring the drivers of whale migration in the tropics and the poles." 3:30 p.m., Feb. 8. In person at the HMSC Carmen Ford Phillips Auditorium in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building or online. Zoom link Password: 972587 or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Fall Seminar Series: “Regulation of chloroplast translation: Seeing the light,” presented by Alice Barkan of University of Oregon. 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 in ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule, visit the BPP Seminar website.

Psychology careers Ask Alumni webcast: What’s the potential of your psychology degree? OSU alumni illuminate unexpected opportunities at an Ask Alumni virtual event, 4 p.m., Feb. 8. Gain perspective and learn how they’ve harnessed the power of their degree at a free interactive networking event presented by OSUAA, the Career Development Center and the School of Psychological Science. Register.

Etiquette Dinner: OSU SACNAS, MANRRS and SCC student chapters along with the Vamos OSU Alumni Network will be hosting an Etiquette Dinner for student professional development from 5-7 p.m., Feb. 8. Space is limited and registration is required: Contact: Jimena Caballero Ignacio, [email protected].

NEW! Mecha's Study Night: Join us from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8, for Study Night alongside a movie. As midterms are happening or will be happening soon for you, this will be a great opportunity to gather with your fellow Mecha members to be all studious together. Study Night will be taking place at the Pride Center.

Discount tickets to men’s basketball for OSU faculty and staff: Men’s basketball is playing Washington State at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8. As we are honoring several faculty members, Athletics has provided a discount on tickets for OSU faculty and staff. Enter code BEAVSFAC when purchasing tickets online to receive $5 off your ticket.

Philosophy Club General Meeting: Join the conversation on "The Philosophy of Love and Friendship," 7-8 p.m. Feb. 8 in MU Room 213 (Pan-Afrikan Sankofa Room). All are welcome — including those who have no experience with philosophy and faculty members — to contemplate the nature of love, the different types of love and its value in this discussion-based meeting.

School of Psychological Science Career Week: The School of Psychological Science (SPS) invites students to meet faculty, staff, peers and alumni at Career Week 2024. Learn how become a qualified mental health associate, registered behavior technician, UX researcher, or prepare for grad school or study abroad as a psychology major. Gatherings span from Feb. 5-8.


NEW! SPP Plant Sale: Get your sweetheart something that will last past February and buy them a plant instead of flowers. Swing by Bexell Hall 418 and check out the wide variety of houseplants available. Feb. 12 until sold out. Prices listed are suggested donations. Cash, check or Venmo payments are accepted. Email [email protected]u if you have any questions. 

NEW! Telescope event: The Astronomy Club at OSU is hosting a James Webb Space Telescope event on Monday, Feb. 12 in LINC 100 on the Oregon State campus (and Zoom). Doors open and pizza will be available at 6:30 p.m., with an official start time and presentations at 7 p.m.

NEW! International Women’s Day Celebration: Join the OSU community at 5 p.m., March 7 in the Memorial Union Main Lounge for the International Women’s Day Celebration. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The reception, co-hosted by President Jayathi Y. Murthy and Provost Edward Feser, aims to recognize and celebrate women at OSU. 

University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. on Feb. 9 via Zoom and in B011 Kerr Admin. Bldg. 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 webpage. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].

Exploring Consciousness at Marigold: Each week we will explore different forms of consciousness inquiry. Classes will cover a variety of techniques from different traditions: meditation, contemplation, movement, and sounding. Guided by Joseph Bailey weekly at 4-5 p.m. on Fridays at Marigold. Purchase class passes and register here. Contact with questions: [email protected].

Beats n’ Breath: Yoga Flow by Candlelight. Embrace the winter darkness with movement by candlelight. This class integrates an inspiring playlist and an all-levels flow to energize the body and align the breath. Guided by Jessica Mylan, 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 9 and March 8 at Marigold. Purchase one class pass or $15 for drop-in. Pre-register here. Contact us.

Literary Northwest Series: OSU Poet-in-Residence David Biespiel. Come join us to hear David Biespiel in conversation with Sindya Bhanoo, followed by a book signing at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Corvallis Museum, 411 SW Second St.

We Space: Mindful Relating. We Space is a 1:1 practice of seeing one another in a mindful and present way. This practice nourishes as we learn to do less and feel more, together. Held on Zoom and taught by Julie Masters from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 10 and 17. Register and learn more and purchase class passes from Marigold. Contact us.

Growing into the Family Business: Next Generation Leaders’ Perspectives. Please join us for our February Family Business 360 event, 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, on growing into the family business with two next-gen leaders, hosted by the OSU Center for Family Enterprise. This event will feature Kelsey Scotch, corporate recruiting manager of Madden Industrial Craftsmen, Inc and Chris Thompson, vice president of truck sales for TEC Equipment. Register here.

Research Advancement Campus Conversation (RACC): Join the leadership team of the Division of Research and Innovation (formerly the Research Office) to hear details about the implementation of the 2024-2030 OSU Strategic Plan as it relates to research and innovation. Bring your questions about the future of the research enterprise at OSU. Thursday, noon to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 15, Memorial Union Room 206. In-person attendance is encouraged. Register here to attend in person; register here to attend via Zoom.

The 25th annual celebration of Engineers Week in the Willamette Valley: This networking reception for engineering professionals and students will be held from 4:30-7 p.m., Feb. 21 on the Oregon State University campus. Register to attend by Feb. 15. Tickets are $30. Consider supporting student attendees. Indicate the number of student tickets when completing your registration form ($30/student).

Registration open for OSU Out of the Darkness Campus Walk: "HOPE WALKS HERE." Walk with us to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. The Oregon State University Out of the Darkness Campus Walk will feature a resource fair, speakers, honor bead ceremony and campus walk. This event is a collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is open to all. 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, SEC Plaza. Register now as an individual or set up a team by registering as a team captain:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Sustainable Scandinavia: Exploring Sustainable Communities in Denmark and Sweden. Join OSU faculty leaders Ann Scheerer and Kim Townsend from the College of Agricultural Sciences for a 6-credit, two-week program exploring the concept of sustainable development through the policies and culture of Scandinavia from Sept. 10-24. Attend one of two info sessions: 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. on Feb. 12 in StAg 240 or via Zoom. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

NEW! Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture and Crop Soil Science Winter 2024 Seminar Series at noon, Feb. 12 in ALS 4001 or via Zoom. This week’s topic will be “Research related to organic practices and environmental impact — a review," presented by Marina Oriel, Oregon Tilth. The event is free and open to the public. Visit our website for the full schedule and Zoom information:

NEW! The New Ph.D.: How to Build a Better Graduate Education. Registration is open for the public lecture with Leonard Cassuto, Fordham University. He will be presenting from his latest book "The New PhD: How to Build a Better Graduate Education." 11 a.m. to noon, Feb. 29, MU Horizon Room. Space is limited.

FYI Friday – Power Outage Preparedness: A power outage occurs when the electrical power goes out. Planned or unexpected, it can last for days or longer, disrupting communications, water, transportation, stores, banks and other services. This may impact needs such as lighting, heating, cooling, communication, food and medicine refrigeration, cooking and medical equipment. Plan now to have what you need and to know how to stay safe. Part of the Winter 2024 FYI Friday series, noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 9 via Zoom. Registration required.

OSU Anthropology Lecture SeriesDavid Price, professor at Saint Martin’s University, will give a lecture titled, "Shaping Research Agendas: How the CIA Covertly Molded Cold War Social Science." Price will speak from noon to 12:50 p.m., Feb. 9 in Strand 161. This event is sponsored by the OSU Anthropology Program and the OSU School of Language, Culture, and Society. Questions? Contact: Drew Gerkey at [email protected].

Choosing to Learn: The Value of Autonomy in Education. The School of Psychological Science is pleased to welcome Daniel Oppenheimer, who will speak on the importance of agency/autonomy in student motivation and achievement and provide several concrete teaching strategies for doing so. 2-3:20 p.m., Feb. 9, PFCS 125. 

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by the Office of University Human Resources that dives deep into the way that we solve problems together. This engaging workshop helps people learn more about their own mindset, learn appreciation for how colleagues work, and together be able create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions. This new two-hour workshop for OSU employees is offered on a monthly basis. View upcoming workshops and enroll here

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for Spring 2024 course via Zoom and register here. Fee of $255.

OSU Food Drive

The OSU Food Drive is happening in the month of February. To see a full list of fundraising activities and events, please see the Food Drive Events Calendar.

Printing and Mailing is collecting food donations: Campus Mail 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. Collection starts Feb. 5 and the last pickup will be Friday, Feb. 23. If you don’t receive a bag and want one, please email [email protected]. We will also be collecting food at our 4700 SW Research Way location. Each donation at Research Way will earn your name in a drawing to win one of our fabulous up-cycled used-banner bags. 

Dodgeball Tournament: Help raise money for the Linn Benton Food Share 1-6 p.m., Feb. 25, in McAlexander Fieldhouse on the basketball courts. Teams of eight will compete against each other in a 16-team bracket to win the trophy. Registration deadline is Feb. 21 and is $40 for an entire team. Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions.

Printing and Mailing's Dart, Putt & Toss Tournament: Show us your skills playing darts, putting on the green and/or cornhole skills. We will be holding the games all month; $5 will enter you in the game of your choice. Weekly prizes will be given to the top scorers in each game. At the end of the month prizes will be given to second and third place in each game plus weekly first-place winners will play off for the grand prize. For information, [email protected].

Quilt and Art Prize Drawing: The College of Forestry invites you to visit the prize-drawing website or stop by the CoF Helpdesk (Peavy Forest Science Center 209) to view items and/or purchase tickets, from Feb. 1-29. The prize drawing will be held at noon, Feb. 29. For questions, contact [email protected].

BEE Annual PB&J Bar: Stop by Gilmore Hall 116 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. throughout the month of February to make your own PB&J. Suggested donation of $3. Many thanks to the generous bread donation from New Morning Bakery, which will allow the event to continue all month. For questions, contact [email protected].

Card Sale: Purchase beautiful photo and pressed-leaf cards handmade by BPP Senior Faculty Research Assistant Zuzana Vejlupkova. Feb. 1-29 in Cordley Hall 2503 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $3 each or four for $10. Cash or check. All proceeds will benefit the Linn Benton Food Share. For questions, contact [email protected].

Take Note

NEW! Climate Change Anxiety Survey: Feelings of distress because of climate change have become a growing concern, especially among younger generations. Sabine Huemer, professor of practice at the School of Psychological Science at OSU, is examining climate change anxiety among OSU students to help tailor intervention programs. Amrita Menon (biology and psychology) and Isabelle Hall (biochemistry) are two undergraduate student collaborators through the URSA-Engage program. OSU student 18+ are encouraged to participate in this anonymous survey:

NEW! Instructional faculty opportunity: Apply to join the Spring ’24 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community sponsored by CTL and Academic Technologies. We’ll explore pedagogical strategies, useful ed tech tools and development of resiliency to thrive in your teaching. Funding provided. See the call for participation. Apply by Feb. 26.

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Kellie Parker, director of development, Honors College, for being inducted into the 25 Year Club at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others inducted into the club by clicking on their name. Congratulations and thank you for your service.

Hope Grows Here study recruitment: The Moore Family Center (COH) is recruiting participants for Hope Grows Here, a gardening and nutrition education program for cancer survivors. If you are an adult cancer survivor who has completed your primary cancer treatment and are interested in learning to grow your own vegetable garden with the support of a Master Gardener mentor, please visit the Hope Grows Here website to learn more and take the eligibility survey.

Lactation consulting: OSU employees and students can now access one month of virtual lactation consulting at no cost through Simplifed, a partner of MilkStork. Simplifed provides convenient, online, HIPAA-compliant support for breast/chestfeeding and infant nutrition from board-certified lactation consultants. Users can read consultant bios and select a professional who fits their preferences. Simplifed will not bill your insurance. There is no cost to you. To learn more about this service and how it works, click here. To access this support and other lactation resources, visit OSU’s MilkStork Portal. For questions, please email [email protected]

Scholarships available: Applications for PCOSW scholarships to fund FY24 projects are now being accepted. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach or creative projects related to gender equity issues. Applications are due Feb. 21. Visit our website for more details. Apply for a scholarship. Please have a budget outline and project justification statement prepared before beginning the application. Questions? Contact [email protected]

Breaking Barriers awards: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW), the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) and OSU Athletics are pleased to solicit nominations for the 2024 Breaking Barriers Awards, a recognition of the accomplishments and impact of those who have worked to advance gender equity at OSU. We welcome nominations of people who have made influential contributions to our community for the four Breaking Barriers awards. For more information about these categories, see the Breaking Barriers websiteSubmit a nomination by Feb. 26. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Internationalization Grant: The deadline for the 2023-24 Internationalization Grant has been extended 5 p.m., Feb. 16. Grants of up to $5,000 are offered for projects that advance internationalization within one of three tracks, aligned with “Prosperity Widely Shared”: Research and Innovation; Global and Intercultural Learning; and Career and Workforce Development. Eligibility varies by track but includes academic faculty, professional faculty, INTO OSU employees and student organizations. Full details are available on the website.

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Shelter. Seeking appropriate shelter is critical in times of disaster. Sheltering is appropriate when conditions require you to seek protection in your home, place of employment or other location when disaster strikes. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

$15K of funding available: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is currently seeking applications that describe technology-based projects in any discipline that will move OSU-owned technologies closer to commercialization. Proposals should describe a project that requires $15,000 or less of funding to achieve an important milestone(s) connected to commercialization. Each project may be awarded up to $15,000 and should span six months or less, beginning in March 2024. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 28.

4-part SJEI Tier One Platform Series: Social Justice Education Initiative workshops are open for registration including a freshly revised 4-part Tier One Platform. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. Open to all faculty, staff and graduate students at OSU. Learn more, see the schedule and register for remote Tier One Platform & Tier Two Next Level workshops here. Interested in this professional development for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite: [email protected].

RERF Q&A: Division of Research and Innovation and Research Council are now accepting requests for competitive Research Equipment Reserve Funds (RERF) applications to purchase capital equipment through March 29. This session with Office for Research Advancement will outline this internal funding opportunity and answer questions on crafting a competitive proposal. Noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 26 on Zoom. Register here.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Beth Ray Center: As part of the Beth Ray Solar project, SW Stadium Avenue will be closed on the south side of the Beth Ray Center from 6-7:30 a.m., Feb. 9 to allow for crane activity. The road closure will be located between the Beth Ray Center and CH2M HILL Alumni Center. The sidewalks on both sides of Stadium Avenue will also be closed along with two reserved parking spots, the loading dock and the dumpster access area on the south side of the street.


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! The Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Undergraduate Student /E-campus Coordinator (Administrative Program Specialist). The hourly wage range is $18.92-$28.59, based on experience, plus benefits. Posting #P04639CT. Closes Feb. 20.

NEW! OSU Division of Extension and Engagement invites applications for an Education Program Assistant 2 position based at the OSU Extension Service Lane County satellite office in Florence. This is a 12-month, part-time (0.95 FTE, approximately 38 hours/week), classified position starting at $18.92 hourly + benefits. This position will collaborate with the Extension 4-H Youth Development and Extension Family and Community Health program teams serving Lane County. Posting #P04648CT. Closes Feb. 21.

NEW! The College of Engineering at Oregon State University in Corvallis Oregon is looking for a Desktop Support Administrator to join our IT team. This position maintains department and college-level instructional and research services, networks and systems critical to delivering on our mission. Posting #P07744UF. Full consideration March 3. Closes March 24. 


“Surely as cometh the Winter, I know. There are Spring violets under the snow.” ~ Robert Henry Newell

Corvallis: Chance of rain today, high of 47, low of 37. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 38, low of 25. Chance of snow tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of rain today, high of 48, low of 38. Chance of rain tomorrow.

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