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.


Garter snakes used to be all over Portland. Where did they go? (Willamette Week)

But no one wants to read a column by Dr. Immediate Suspicion, so I consulted Oregon State University biology professor and reptile expert Robert Mason. He reports that, in the grand scheme of things, garter snakes are doing fine. But it's true they're probably less prevalent in Portland than they were 40 years ago.

What plants thrive in clay soil? (Oregonian)

Winter is here, but there are always gardening questions. Get answers from Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. 

OSU offers weekend STEM activities for children with disabilities (Gazette-Times)

The Adaptive Technology Engineering Network student group at Oregon State University is offering a series of four weekend learning events intended to promote science, technology, engineering and math careers to children with disabilities over the next four Saturdays.

The best new (fruit and) vegetables of 2019 (Penn Live)

More than 10 years in the breeding pipeline at Oregon State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this new hybrid is a trailing blackberry that’s both thornless and heavy yielding.

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Gut instincts: A groundbreaking Oregon State study of more than two dozen rescued dogs, some aggressive and some not, showed a clear link between aggressive behavior and the microbes that live in the dogs’ guts:


Ann Leen Retirement Reception: Come help the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife congratulate Ann Leen on her 22 years of service to the OSU community. Thursday, Jan. 10, 10-11:30 a.m., MU 109. Refreshments and drinks provided. 

TRIAD: Heidi Henry from Banner Non-Profits will present “Public Money for Public Good: The Art of Art in Benton County” on Jan. 10, noon to 1 p.m., 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

Upcoming Events

OSU International Scholar and Faculty Coffee Social: OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International and OSU Office of International Services invites 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 in Corvallis on Friday, Jan. 11, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Facebook Link:

Music a la Carte: Abigail Sperling, flute; Victoria Wolff, cello; Lauren Servias, piano. Performing works by Hummel, Maresz and Gaubert. Friday, Jan. 11, at noon. Memorial Union Lounge, free.

OSUsed Store Clearances: The OSUsed Store will be offering 50 percent off prices storewide Friday, Jan. 11, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 S.W. 13th St. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on their website.

Piano Series performance: American pianist Jeremy Denk will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in The LaSells Stewart Center as part of the Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Piano Series. Denk was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2013. He has performed as a soloist across North America with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra. Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at or at Grass Roots Books & Music in Corvallis.

2019 MLK Day of Service: Registration for the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 19 is now open. Students, faculty, staff, and their partners and children are all invited to participate in OSU’s largest day of service of the year. Projects will take place at various times throughout the day. A light breakfast, snacks, and hot lunch will be provided. Check-in will be located in the MU Horizon Room 49, and transportation to all projects will be provided. Pre-registration is required at Projects include Heartland Humane Society, Linn Benton Food Share, Corvallis Parks & Recreation, Meals on Wheels (Craft ‘N Care) and more.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Intro to CORE for New Users:The Cooperative Open Reporting Environment is OSU's central tool for accessing official university reports and institutional data. All OSU employees have access to CORE reports and dashboards based on their employment classification and Job Profile. This session is designed to give new employees and CORE users an orientation to CORE including security and policies related to the access and use of data, how to find and save what you need from CORE, and helpful tips and tricks for interacting and using the system. Monday, Jan. 14, 2-3 p.m., IAR Training Space - Kerr B094 and WebEx. Registration: Register Here. Direct questions to

MNR Capstone Presentation: Alex Scagliotti is pursuing his Master of Natural Resources under the guidance of Lynette de Silva. Join us Friday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m. in Richardson 243 for a presentation of his capstone project: "Quantifying the Geomorphic Response of Stream Restoration Projects: A Pilot Project on Whychus Creek". Free and open to the public.

Live Oral History: Come learn about the consequences of nuclear weapons production by listening to the experiences of lawyer and "downwinder" Trisha Pritkin as she is recorded sharing some of her life talking with author Jacob Darwin Hamblin, PI on NSF grant "Reconstructing Nuclear Environments and the Downwinders' Case." Friday, Jan. 11, 4 p.m. Valley Library room 1420 (in the basement, floor 1).

Environmental Public Health in the 21st Century Research Symposium: Join us on Jan. 11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the MU Horizon Room for a research symposium sponsored by the OSU Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology to bridge the gaps between advances in exposure science, the implementation of 21st-century toxicology vision and regulatory considerations relevant to environmental chemicals. Livestreaming available. Free. Registration required.

Fourth Annual OSU STEM Leaders Program Research Symposium: The OSU STEM Leaders Program will be hosting its research symposium, where second-year students will present research posters from across campus. The symposium will take place Saturday, Jan. 12, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. For information or accommodations, contact Stephanie Ramos at

Science Pub: Too Much of a Good Thing?  The science of super-cushioned running shoes with Christine Pollard, director of the FORCE Lab at OSU-Cascades. Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. at Old World Deli. The presentation is free, but registration is required.

What Transpires Now: Transgender Histories & Futures: In this talk drawn from her work in progress, “What Transpires Now,” Susan Stryker explores the relationship between the transgender past and present, and how history can inspire us to reimagine the future. The talk will focus on the story of Frances Thompson, whose life became the focus of a national scandal in the 1870s, in ways that prefigure the weaponization of trans people in contemporary political controversies. Stryker is associate professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. Thursday, Jan. 17, 5 p.m. LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Auditorium.

Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., MU Journey Room 104 on Friday, Feb. 1. Preregistration required: Space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

Master Gardener training: Are you passionate about gardening? Are you interested in sharing your science-based knowledge as a volunteer community educator?  Become an OSU Master Gardener volunteer and get growing from the ground up. Registration is now open for the 2019 metro-area OSU Extension Service Master Gardener training. Training is a hybrid course including in-person classes, online content, hands-on workshops and gardening seminars starting in February. Registration: Three locations to choose from in the tri-county area for in-person classes: Hillsboro, Oregon City, and SE Portland.  Volunteer and non-volunteer options available.  Learn more here:

Take Note

NEW! Library Undergraduate Research Awards: Has one of your students done an outstanding research paper or project that used library resources? Then they could receive a $1,000 scholarship from OSU Libraries for submitting their project or paper along with other submission materials by Jan. 31. Tell your worthy undergraduate students about this opportunity. More info is at

Printing and Mailing Services Notice: Shuttle Service to Portland: When sending mail items to the new Portland Center, be sure to use the updated address.  The new Portland Center address is: 555 S.W. Morrison St.  The old address for this building, 621 S.W. 5th, is no longer valid.

Taste Testers Wanted: A fun and tasty way to participate in food research. The OSU Center for Sensory & Consumer Behavior Research is looking for panelists for consumer taste tests.  Open to all students, faculty, staff and family members. Must be at least 18 years of age. Panelists receive up to $20/hour for their time.  Tests run throughout the year but panelists choose which tests interest them. Fill out our questionnaire to get added to our pool at or call 541-737-6506.

Applications for PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships for Spring term projects are now being accepted: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to OSU community members who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach, or creative projects related to women’s issues. Scholarships average $300 and are paid by reimbursement. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 8, with notification in Week 7. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact Joy Jorgensen at

Heroes sought: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association is seeking nominations for the Our Hero Award to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond while exhibiting leadership skills. PFLA membership is not required of the nominator or the nominee. Visit the PFLA Our Hero webpage to submit a nomination.

Oregon Sea Grant 2020-2022 Biennial Research CompetitionOregon Sea Grant invites researchers affiliated with any Oregon institution of higher education to submit pre-proposals for two-year research projects. These projects should address cutting-edge, socioeconomic and biophysical science related to important marine and coastal issues. Pre-proposals are due Thursday, Feb. 21, 5 p.m. Questions, contact Stephanie Ichien or Sarah Kolesar in OSG’s Research and Scholars Program.

Accreditation: Oregon State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. As part of the ongoing accreditation process, OSU is scheduled to submit a "Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report" to the NWCCU and host a site visit of peer evaluators from April 15-17, 2019. Accreditation by the NWCCU represents the commission’s judgment that an institution is satisfactorily achieving its mission and educational purposes and that it meets or exceed the commission’s standards of quality and effectiveness. OSU has been continuously accredited by the NWCCU since 1924, having been most recently reaffirmed Spring 2011. As part of the review process, OSU invites the public to send comments regard the institution’s qualification for accreditation and/or its efforts to achieve mission fulfillment directly to the NWCCU. Signed, written comments should be mailed to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities at 8060 165th Ave., Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981 no later than March 15, 2019.  To obtain a copy of Commission Policy A-5, Public Notification and Third-Party Comments Regarding Full-Scale Evaluations, contact the NWCCU office at 425-558-4224 or visit its website at (Standards and Policies and the Operational Policies).

Term-Long Laptops at the Valley Library: The Valley Library has 24 Dell laptops available for long-term borrowing. These laptops are term-long substitutes for students without computers. For more information or to fill out the application, go to Applications are due Saturday, Jan. 12. For further questions, email

Funding Database: OSU has an institutional subscription to GrantFoward. Set up a profile and search for funding opportunities.  For information on how to sign up, email

Traffic and Maintenance

Nash Hall elevator: As part of the elevator modernization audit, occasional elevator shut down in Nash Hall is required as part of this effort. Work will begin at 8 a.m., Jan. 10 and will take 1-2 hours.


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NEW! Facilities Services at Oregon State University is seeking one full-time Grounds Maintenance Worker 2. Posting #P01927CT. Closes Jan. 29. For full consideration apply on or before Jan. 22.

NEW! Accountant 1: The Auxiliaries & Activates Business Center at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, Accountant 1 position.  Posting #P01924CT. Closes Jan. 28.


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Corvallis: Slight chance of showers and then sunny, high of 55, low of 39. Partly sunny Friday.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny, high of 46, low of 32. Patchy freezing fog and then mostly sunny Friday.

Newport:  Slight chance of showers and then partly sunny, high of 56, low of 44. Partly sunny tomorrow.

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