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 receives more than $1 million in federal grants (KEZI)

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) announced on Wednesday more than $1 million in grant funding on its way to Oregon State University through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, state officials said.

Local timber company helping lead charge for mass timber (KPIC)

Mass timber continues to garner nationwide support, and use, when it comes to large scale construction. Federal and local support has increased over the last few years, as grants have been given to the Tallwood Institute, a collaborative effort between the University of Oregon and Oregon State University, in order to study and advocate for the technology going forward.

Western Cascades burned more frequently in centuries past, research shows (Jefferson Public Radio)

Two major points are suggested by the data, obtained from tree rings: 1) Native people used fire frequently to manage the land, and 2) large, wind-driven fires like those in 2020 were rare. James Johnston, a researcher in the Oregon State University College of Forestry, is the lead author on the recently-published study. He joins us to unpack the facts and what they seem to indicate.

Oregon State University releases exciting new hazelnut variety, Thompson (Pacific Nut Producer)

Oregon State University has a world renowned hazelnut breeding program, and the newest variety, Thompson, has recently been released. Thompson has some impressing features pacific northwest growers will be interested in. 


Today's photo

Snowy peak: Jon Boeckenstedt, vice provost for enrollment management, took this photo of Mount Hood just east of Sandy. It has since received a healthy dose of snow. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for guidance around generative AI in teaching and learning? See AI Tools: Considerations for Teaching and Learning from the Center for Teaching and Learning and Artificial Intelligence Tools from Ecampus, and check out Upcoming OSU AI Events and Past Recordings.


DFA Risk Appetite and Risk Assessment Tools: "Train the Trainer." Insurance and Risk Management Services will facilitate a workshop for unit leaders and supervisors to provide exposure to the DFA Risk Appetite Statements and Risk Assessment Tools. Attendees will gain hands-on practice and develop the skills necessary to assist other employees in understanding and incorporating the DFA Risk Appetite Statements and Risk Assessment Tools into their work. 9-10:30 a.m., Jan. 11, MU Room 208. Registration required.

OSU Beaver Dads: Come join in with other self-identified dads from around the Corvallis campus to talk about parenting, work and everything in between. Lunch will be provided. This is a time for informal conversation, so come late or leave early if you need, ask questions of other dads, share experiences/stories/resources and more. Facilitated by Tarron Anderson. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Jan. 11, MU 221. For accommodations and questions contact [email protected] with the Family Resource Center.

NEW! Food, Culture and Biodiversity in Ecuador: Join OSU faculty leaders Dave Stone and Evie Smith from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Extension for a 4-credit, two-week program in Ecuador from June 18-July 13. Zoom info session at noon Jan. 11 and at 3 p.m., Feb. 13. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

Elder Care ConnectionsJoin us for monthly lunch-hour informational meetings and discussions about what it means to be a caregiver and how to optimally support your loved ones and yourself. Connect with other OSU community members providing care for a loved one. This month’s presentation: “Fitness At Any Age” with Mike Waters of Fitness Over 50. Noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 11. For Zoom meeting link and for accommodations, please email: [email protected].

University Budget Conversation: The Office of Budget and Resource Planning will hold a University Budget Conversation via Zoom from 1-2 p.m., Jan. 11. This week’s topic is an “Overview of the Tuition Structure and Process at OSU.” The initial 15 minutes is spent on presentation of the topic, followed by discussion and Q&A. Registration is required at For questions, contact [email protected].

OSULP Seminar: Please join us for the next event in our Classified Staff Association (CSA) and Library Faculty Association (LFA) Seminar Series from 2-3 p.m., Jan. 11, Willamette East Classroom, third floor, Valley Library, Corvallis or via Zoom (contact us for link) Curious about librarians' sabbaticals? Each one is different. Join associate professor faculty librarians Kelly McElroy and Jane Nichols to hear their unique experiences involving travel, research, service and professional development.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Fall Seminar Series: “Biology and Ecology of Oregon Mistletoes,” presented by David Shaw of Oregon State University, 4 p.m., Jan. 11, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website


NEW! Experiencing Ancient and Modern-day Agriculture in the Heart of Mexico: Join Jose Manuel Uscanga Aguirre from the College of Agricultural Sciences to learn more about a 4-credit, two-week program in Mexico studying the development of agricultural production from pre-Columbian, Aztec and Mayan civilizations from June 16-27. Info session: 4 p.m., Jan. 16, StAG 240 and Jan. 31 and Feb. 8, also at 4 p.m. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

NEW! Info Session: Study Abroad in Borneo or New Zealand: Interested in a two-week long study abroad program in Borneo or New Zealand this summer? Join COF International Programs to learn about College of Forestry’s two-week programs opportunities in ecologically unique islands of Malaysian Borneo and New Zealand this summer. Info session: 2 p.m., Jan. 18, Rich 107 or join via Zoom. The deadline to apply for the Oil Palms and Orangutans: Forest Conservation in Malaysian Borneo faculty-led program is Feb. 15 and Land of the Long White Cloud: Ecosystems of New Zealand is April 1. Questions? Contact [email protected].

NEW! Puerto Rico Resilient Coastal Communities and Natural Resources Education: Join Wanda Crannell from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Shawn Rowe from NOAA Sea Grant over spring break (March 23-30) for a 3-credit, eight-day program in Puerto Rico to engage in service-learning projects connected to natural resource management and food systems. There are two info sessions, one at 3 p.m. and one at 4 p.m., Jan. 18, in STAG 240. Visit Global Opportunities for application info.

NEW! PFLA Winter Luncheon: Join us for a gourmet lunch and special presentation from OSU President Jayathi Murthy. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 30, The LaSells Stewart Center. Cost/person is $15 for PFLA members and $20 for non-members. Registration is required and seating is limited.

NEW! PFLA Networking event: Valentine’s Day Speed Networking on Zoom. Get to know colleagues at this fun networking session using a "speed dating" format with short, rotating break-out groups. Wear your best Valentine's attire or colors to be entered in a drawing for fun prizes. 2-3 p.m., Feb. 14 on Zoom. Registration is required.

University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. on Jan. 12 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 web page. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].

International Employee and Scholar Coffee Social: International employees, faculty, scholars, families, and friends are invited to drop in between 10:30 a.m. and noon Jan. 12 at the Einerson House (2638 NW Jackson Ave.) for conversation, coffee, tea and light snacks. Hosted by OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International, OSU Office of International Services and the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Vistas and Vineyards Juried Show: Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center presents Vistas and Vineyards Juried Show. Vistas and Vineyards is the oldest continuous plein air painting group in the state of Oregon. Come celebrate their 34 years of painting outdoors. The exhibition runs from Jan. 3-Feb. 29. Reception is from 5-7:30 p.m., Jan. 11 in the Giustina Gallery. Learn more about Vistas and Vineyards Juried Show including gallery hours.

The Little Gallery Presents: Afghanistan Before the Wars - Photography by Mark Svendsen. The narrative for this exhibit is to acquaint Oregonians with the native beauty of Afghanistan and the universal humanity of its people, and to impart a sense of what life there was like when the country was at peace half a century ago. The exhibit will run Jan. 9 - Feb. 16 in The Little Gallery of Kidder Hall. Free and open to all.

President’s Winter Celebration: The stars will align to bring together President Jayathi Murthy, the OSU Board of Trustees and the entire university community to celebrate the start of winter term. Chat with President Murthy and the trustees while enjoying a variety of beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Non-perishable food items will be accepted for the OSU Food Pantry. 4:30-6 p.m., Jan. 18, MU Lounge. Remarks at 5:15 p.m.

Language socialThe World Languages and Cultures program in the School of Language, Culture, and Society invites you to Language and Beyond Social from 2-4 p.m., Jan. 24 in Kidder Hall 210. Learn about language programs and career opportunities, connect with fellow students, meet language and culture faculty and enjoy conchas (Mexican sweet bread).

Employee Appreciation Night: The Office of University Human Resources and the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts invite you to Employee Appreciation Night, Sunday, April 21. This is a family-friendly event and employees can purchase tickets for a reduced price of only $5. Plan to arrive at 6 p.m. to enjoy employee appreciation activities such as a scavenger hunt around the new building and a photobooth. There will also be complimentary beverages and desserts available in a designated OSU employees-only reception room. The Derina Harvey Band, a Canadian Celtic rock sensation, will perform at 7 p.m. in Detrick Hall. Buy your tickets here.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

Library sabbatical talk: Join OSU Valley Librarians as they talk about their experiences while taking sabbaticals. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Jan. 12 at Tiny Café: a pop-up coffee and feedback table in Main Lobby. OSU Librarians will be asking for your opinions on Discord, the social media application.

Onboarding forums held via Zoom: The President and Provost’s Leadership Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PPLC) is hosting another onboarding forum via Zoom for employees of color on Jan. 12. We are seeking to identify additional ways to support the success and belonging of new employees of color. The forum is from 9-10 a.m. on Jan. 12 and registration is required. If you are unable to attend there is an anonymous feedback survey here. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

Mindful Restart: 30 Day Challenge. Start 2024 learning and practicing mindfulness with a supportive cohort and all-inclusive package including a four-week Mindfulness 101 series, 1:1 mentorship, online and in-person practice opportunities and more. $150 for full package; $65 for online only. Free for the first 20 OSU students. Jan. 21-Feb. 19 at Marigold. Contact: [email protected].

Health careers alumni panel: You might be surprised by the variety of fields and roles a College of Health degree can lead to. Hear from alumni with your shared passion for taking on challenges facing health and well-being at an Ask Alumni career webcast, at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 24. Register for this free interactive panel presented by the OSU Alumni Association and College of Health.

Wine & Chocolate: Elizabeth Tomasino, an associate professor of enology in the Department of Food Science and Technology at OSU, will be giving a one-hour talk and tasting in pairing wine and chocolate. 6-7 p.m., Feb. 14 in Corvallis and 4-5 p.m. Feb. 17 in Portland. For more details follow the link.

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State managers, supervisors and lead workers. At the end of this course, learners will have a solid understanding about the principles and policies that apply to our employees; know how to navigate within the space of talent management activities; and more. Winter 2024 program: Monday-Thursday, 8:15 a.m. to noon, Feb. 26-29, via Zoom. Spring 2024 program: Tuesday-Friday, 8:15 a.m. to noon, May 7-10, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

Take Note

NEW! Examining White Identity event for students: Help us spread the word about the upcoming Examining Power Tools: Building Co/nversations, Co/nnection, and Co/mmunity, a day-long event for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in meaningful conversations deconstructing communication, power, and dominance with other Oregon State students from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10. While any student is welcome, it may be most resourcing for white-identified students. Application deadline is Jan. 31 at .

NEW! Study abroad in the Italian Alps this summer: Join COF International Programs this June in the heart of the Italian Alps to climb mountains, move through history and discover a long-standing tradition of forest management and wood architecture interwoven with cutting-edge research in timber engineering, advanced wood manufacturing and sustainable design and practice. Two-week course. Learn more & apply here. Questions? Contact [email protected].

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Ping-Hung “Ping” Hsieh, professor, 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.

Internationalization Grant: The Office of Global Engagement has announced the Internationalization Grant application cycle for 2023-24, opening Dec. 1 and closing Jan. 31. This year, the grant is offered in three tracks, aligned with Oregon State University’s new strategic plan “Prosperity Widely Shared,” focusing on research and innovation, global and intercultural learning and career and workforce development. Grant funds are provided through the INTO OSU Joint Venture Internationalization Fund. Full details are available on the website.

FYI Friday proposals: Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy or research you want to share with the campus community? Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Spring 2024. FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours in length. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] with questions, or for assistance.

Working with Students in Distress: Faculty and staff may be the first to notice a student is struggling and may be in the best position to reach out with care and concern.  The Office of the Dean of Students, in collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services, developed a CARE folder, which is intended to provide you with resources and referral information that we hope you find valuable.  Simply click on this link: and you will be directed to login to Box to access these resources.  We recommend you bookmark this link for easy access on your phone, laptop or tablet. 

Kognito: Recognizing and Supporting Students in Distress Training for Staff, Faculty and Student Assistants: OSU students today face increasing pressures that can lead to emotional distress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and even thoughts of suicide. Faculty, staff and the student assistants we employ may be in the best position to notice when a student needs additional support. Visit to access the faculty/staff online training so you can recognize and support OSU students in distress. Student assistants should visit: For questions contact Tessie Webster-Henry: [email protected].

Anytime Anywhere: TELUS Health: Help connect the students you serve with 24/7 mental health support. Anytime Anywhere: TELUS Health is an app that gives all OSU students, including Ecampus students, 24/7 access by text or phone with a licensed mental health counselor. There is no charge to students to use this service. Request print and digital marketing materials to share with students by clicking

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. University Human Resources is offering this new two-hour workshop to OSU employees on a monthly basis starting this Spring. View upcoming workshops and enroll here. In response to increasing material costs, the registration fee for this program will be adjusted to $55 as of Jan. 1.

BennyBuy: Purchases through the BennyBuy punch-out catalogs for Hewlett Packard (HP) and Bluum (Troxell) are now limited to $25,000 and below. This change was due to the cooperative contracts supporting these punch-out catalogs no longer meeting OSU’s competitive requirements. For more information see "Announcements" at

Science Fiction Writing Contest: Imagine a city of the future that has developed resilience to the threat of emerging diseases. Would you like to tell its story? The NSF-funded Pandemic-Resilient Cities research project has extended the deadline for its Science Fiction Writing Contest to Jan. 31. Four winning submissions will be awarded $500 each and publication in the campus literary magazine 45TH PARALLEL. Visit for contest guidelines.

Honors College Colloquium proposal deadline approaching: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor and emeritus faculty are invited to submit honors colloquium proposals for 2024-2025. Details and proposal form available at Questions: [email protected] or 541-737-6412. Deadline: Jan. 15.

GIS Campus Construction Map Launch: A new OSU Corvallis  Campus Construction Map launched in early December 2023, thanks to a successful joint effort between DFA IT, University Land Use Planning and Space Management. The new construction map leverages GIS technology to illustrate the scope of construction work happening across campus and displays current, future and recently completed projects. The map also provides a short description of each project and links to further information. 


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NEW! Facilities Services at Oregon State University is seeking a full-time General Maintenance Mechanic. Posting #P04590CT. Closes Jan. 31.


"We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Corvallis: Showers likely today with high of 43 and a low of 39. Rain with possible snow Friday, little to no accumulation expected.

Central Oregon: Chance of snow today, high of 35, low of 28. Snow Friday.

Newport: Showers and breezy today, high of 48, low of 40. Rain with possible snow Friday, little to no accumulation expected.

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