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:


Book from OSU professor aims to help students 'Study like a champ' (KOIN)

Featuring OSU's Regan A.R. Gurung.

Oregon State University researchers develop new treatment for hereditary blindness (KPIC)

Oregon State University College of Pharmacy scientists have demonstrated in animal models the potential of using lipid nanoparticles and messenger RNA, the technology backing COVID-19 vaccines, to treat blindness associated with a rare genetic condition, according to a release from the university. (see also KMTRInteresting Engineering)

The elephant in the room: Explaining facial difference (Psychology Today)

A piece by OSU associate professor of psychology Kathleen Bogart.

Today's photo

Breathtaking sunrise: Zuzana Vejlupkova, faculty research assistant at the Fowler Lab, took this photo in November from Oak Creek Drive in Corvallis. “I was biking to meet friends for a morning walk at Mulkey Trail and this sunrise made me get off my bike.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Seeking collaborative tools to boost student interaction and engagement both in and outside of class? Consider using Microsoft Teams in Canvas with your students for class conversations, topic-based channels, and group-based channels for small group work. Conveniently, the class roster is automatically synced with the course team. New to Teams? See the Quick Start Guide.


University Budget Conversation: The Office of Budget and Resource Planning will hold a University Budget Conversation via Zoom on Jan. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. This week’s topic is “All about research F&A (or Indirect) costs.” The initial 15 minutes is spent on presentation of the topic, followed by discussion and Q&A. To join the webinar, visit For materials associated with this conversation, visit For questions, email [email protected].

Faculty Senate: The Jan. 12 Faculty Senate meeting is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall with a Zoom webinar option available. Agenda items include installation of newly elected Faculty Senators and Senate leadership, approval of Parliamentarian, OSU-Cascades update and more. Non-senators are welcome to participate. Complete the linked Qualtrics survey requesting to participate.

HMSC Research Seminar: Shawn Rowe with Oregon Sea Grant will be giving a seminar titled “Communicating with the Public: Honing your story for table top exhibits, fairs, and talks,” Jan. 12 at 3:30 p.m. In person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium 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: “Plant conservation in Oregon over the last half-century,” presented by Jimmy Kagan of INR-Portland ORBIC, Thursday, Jan. 12, 4 p.m., ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

Pride Pancakes: Join the Pride Center for our welcome back Pride Pancakes event on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 5-7 p.m. in SEC 112 to meet new friends, connect with the LGBTQIA2S+ community and learn about upcoming events. We'll be collaborating with the Global Community Kitchen to serve pancakes, toppings and fresh-squeezed orange juice, and we'll have vegan and gluten-free options available.


NEW! University Budget Committee: The committee will meet this Friday, Jan. 13 from 2-3:30 p.m. via Zoom and in Covell 117. 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 If you are interested in joining as an observer, please register for the webinar. For questions, email [email protected].

Celebrating Kim Kirkland, executive director for Equal Opportunity & Access: Please send Kim off into retirement with your well wishes and words of wisdom by signing the virtual Tribute Wall that has been set up. As well, please attend her virtual celebration planned for this Friday, Jan. 13 1-1:45 p.m. Questions, please reach out to Shari Brumbach, [email protected] or 541-737-4875.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Saturday of Service: Presented by Community Engagement & Leadership: The Dr. King Saturday of Service will take place on Saturday, Jan. 14. MLK Day is an opportunity to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. Students, faculty, staff and their partners and children are all invited to participate. Register on the Community Engagement & Leadership Homepage.

Board of Trustees: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet Jan. 19-20 and hear a briefing on the Elliott State Research Forest, discuss preliminary tuition scenarios and budget planning for the 2024 fiscal year and hear an update on the university’s strategic plan. The board will meet from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Jan. 20 in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. Board committees will meet from 8 a.m.-4:05 p.m. Jan. 19 in the same location. All meetings are open to the public and can be attended in person, on Zoom or on the phone by calling 1-888-475-4499 (meeting ID: 655 466 888). Public comment can be made in person, on Zoom or in writing at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to [email protected]. For more, visit:

Winter Celebration: OSU students, faculty and staff are invited to join President Jayathi Y. Murthy for conversation and celebration. Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 9-11 a.m. in the MU Lounge. There will be both sweet and savory drinks and snacks. Bring your OSU ID. Non-perishable food items will be accepted for the OSU Food Pantry. Food Pantry Wish List. For more information or to request accommodation, email [email protected]

Cultural Resource Centers Open House: Diversity & Cultural Engagement invites you to our Winter Term Cultural Resource Center Open Houses. All seven cultural resource centers will be open Monday, Jan. 23 from 1-3 p.m. Swing to learn more about the centers and upcoming programs, have snacks and just hang out.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! A Discussion on MLK's Ideology and Caste. This panel event will be a conversation with experts working on caste and race, discussing how Martin Luther King, Jr.'s ideology about race is relevant to the framework of caste. Jan. 17, 12:30-2 p.min the MU Journey Room, 104. Elizabeth Barstow from the School of History, Philosophy and Religion will moderate the discussion. Panelists will include Robert Thompson from OSU's ethnic studies program, and other panelists will join from across the country via Zoom.

Register for the Think Affordable Summit on March 7: At Oregon State, we all care about improving affordability, but as individuals, we can sometimes feel powerless to make a difference. However, change is possible, and in a lot of ways, it’s already happening. This event will educate faculty, advisors and administrators about the many affordability initiatives and resources happening at OSU. Come and learn how you can support them. Lunch provided. See the full agenda and register to join us in person or online. 

Take Note

NEW! 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.

NEW! 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. This is never more true than now with the additional stressors of police brutality, racism and a global pandemic. 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].

NEW! Engineering website: The College of Engineering has a brand-new website. Packed full of stories that inspire and uplift, our new home on the web showcases transformative educational programs, highlights world-changing research, and illustrates partnerships with industry and government. Take a look:

NEW! Inner Nature: Kaira Jewel Lingo and Kritee Kanko. The first episode of the new podcast series Inner Nature features Kaira Jewel Lingo and Kritee Kanko discussing the mutuality and reciprocity of contemplative practice and environmental action, the critical interconnectedness of environmental and racial justice and many other topics. This series is produced by the Contemplative Studies Initiative and the Spring Creek Project. Listen on the Inner Nature pageSpotifyApple or wherever you get your podcasts.

NEW! Robot study: The OSU Department of Mechanical Engineering is seeking Corvallis community members who are at least 18 years old to participate in a research study. Students and advisees of Prof. Naomi Fitter and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing are not eligible to enroll. The purpose of this study is to investigate people’s responses to a robotic stand-up comedian. Participation in this 15-minute-long study involves listening to a robotic stand-up comedian’s comedy routine, completing surveys and participating in a discussion. Participants will receive $5 for participating. Book a time slot at or contact Ayan Robinson at [email protected] For more information call 541-737-9193 or email at [email protected].

NEW! 25 Year club: Congratulations to Patricia Sakurai, associate 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.

Revised university policy03-200 Real Property. This policy provides necessary updates to and replaces legacy policy 580-060 Real Property, Facility and Campus Planning. Please visit the “What’s New” page of the University Policy & Standards Manual for the latest on new, revised and proposed university policies and standards.

Revised university policy: 05-100 Termination Not-for-Cause of Professional Faculty Appointment. This policy updates and makes permanent the 2021 interim policy 05-100 Termination Not-for-Cause of Professional Faculty Appointment. Please visit the “What’s New” page of the University Policy & Standards Manual for the latest on new, revised and proposed university policies and standards.

Revised university policy05-105 Corrective Discipline and Termination for Cause of Professional Faculty Member’s Appointment. This policy updates and makes permanent the 2021 interim policy Discipline and Termination for Cause of Professional Faculty Member’s Appointment. Please visit the “What’s New” page of the University Policy & Standards Manual for the latest on new, revised and proposed university policies and standards.

David Noakes Memorial Cookbook: David Noakes was a professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences, and a celebrated baker who sadly passed in December 2020. This memorial cookbook features recipes that David prepared for the FWCS Friday Coffee Club, recreated and photographed by a team of volunteer bakers. A digital version is available here. For printed copies (approx. $20 each), please contact Michelle Scanlan or Rachel Crowhurst by Jan. 27.

Inspiring Girls* Expeditions STEAM outdoor expeditions: Inspiring Girls* Expeditions (housed within OSU’s CEOAS) is a tuition-free, 12-day wilderness science education program for 16-18 year-old high schoolers. Students who don’t feel like they fit the “typical” image of a scientist or outdoors person are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is Jan. 30: Apply here. Questions? Email us at [email protected].

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies 50 Year Celebration Virtual Poetry Reading: WGSS is currently accepting submissions for poetry to be read during a virtual poetry reading on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. Submissions will be evaluated by a panel and authors whose work is accepted will be notified by Jan. 15. Free and open to all. Register to here to attend the virtual reading.

Nyman given chemistry award: Chemistry professor May Nyman was awarded the 2023 American Chemical Society F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry. She received this award for seminal contributions to the synthesis and development of a family of chemical compounds called polyoxometalates. Nyman was also recognized for her support and mentoring of students and young researchers. A symposium honoring Nyman is planned for the 2023 spring American Chemical Society meeting.

Affordable student health insurance is available: Winter enrollment is open through Monday, Jan. 23. Domestic, Ecampus, and PharmD students can easily signup for the OSU Insurance Plan from PacificSource. The plan provides access to a vast network of local and nationwide care providers. More info:

Internationalization Grant Application now open: The Office of Faculty Affairs Internationalization Grant is open to all OSU professional and academic faculty and INTO OSU employees. The program awards up to $5,000 for projects that advance the university’s internationalization agenda. Applications for the winter cycle are due Friday, Jan. 27 by 5 p.m. Priority areas and evaluation criteria information has been added to the website.

Traffic and Maintenance

Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Improvement project, Washington Way between 17th-26th streets and 30th-35th streets will be closed starting Jan. 3. The north-south intersection at Washington Way and 26th St. will remain open (view map). Updated schedule: 17th-26th streets closed Jan. 3-5; 30th-35th streets closed Jan. 10-20.


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NEW! Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is looking for students passionate about mental health advocacy to join our student outreach team to assist with workshop presentations, outreach planning and implementation of mental health programming for OSU students, including working at CAPS’ information tables at various events throughout the year. There are two part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week) Outreach Assistant positions for the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) available. Posting #P09418SE. Closes Jan. 22

NEW! The Controller’s Office invites applications for a Financial Strategic Partner to join its Financial Strategic Services team. This is a full time (1.0 FTE) unclassified position. Posting #P06384UF. Full consideration Jan. 22. Closes Feb. 12.


“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” ~ Josh Billings

Corvallis: Rain likely, then chance of rain; high of 57, low of 47. Rain and patchy fog Friday.

Central Oregon: Breezy with slight chance of rain; high of 50, low of 40. Partly sunny Friday.

Newport: Breezy and rainy; high of 58, low of 52. Breezy and rainy Friday.

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