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: https://today.oregonstate.edu/email/submission-guidelines.


Vaccine to prevent skin cancer? OSU says its possible (KOIN)

According to the university, a vaccine stimulating the production of a protein critical to the skin’s antioxidant network could help people bolster their defenses against skin cancer. Arup Indra, a professor of pharmaceutical sciences at OSU, explained that the ultraviolet radiation from the sun leads to oxidative stress, which increases the risk of skin cancers such as melanoma. (see also KGWScience Blog)
 

Living closer to oil and gas drilling linked to higher risk of pregnancy complications, new study finds (DeSmog)

“We observed for those pregnant women within one kilometer of drilling that there’s about a 5 percent increase in odds of gestational hypertension, and 26 percent increase odds of eclampsia,” Mary Willis, a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State University and one of the authors of the study, told DeSmog. “So, it’s this really close range where we are seeing a potential impact right on women’s health.”
 

Surenda Dara named to lead North Willamette Research and Extension Center ([email protected])

Surenda Dara, a University of California Cooperative Extension advisor with more than 25 years of experience in research and extension, has been selected to lead Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora. He will start Jan. 18. (see also Capital Press)


Scientists: Cannabis can prevent COVID-19 infection (Vice)

As detailed in a new study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Natural Products by researchers from Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Sciences University, the scientists were looking for a biological compound that could bind with the spike protein of the SARS-COV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. (see also Q&A with ViceOregonianFOX17)
 

With COVID cases on the rise, what's in store for UO, OSU students in winter term? (KPIC) 

As for Oregon State University, Vice President Steve Clark is more optimistic. "The Omicron variant is very serious, but we think we can continue to provide safety and wellness with the measures we have. And at this time, we do not plan to go to remote learning." (see also KCBY)

 

First RancHER program promotes women in beef (Western Farmer-Stockman)

This webinar series in December was organized by Juliana Ranches, Assistant Professor and Beef Extension Specialist at Oregon State University.  This first edition of RancHER was developed to bring information to beef cattle producers by highlighting the work of talented women in the beef industry. The program was sponsored by the OSU Women’s Giving Circle, and was free for attendees.
 

Gorge robotics club eyes world championship in May (Columbia Gorge News)

Gorge robotics students from The Dalles, Dufur and Hood River swept Tournament Champions, Excellence, Judge’s and Community Service awards at the Dufur Hat Tip to Service VEX Robotics Tournament that took place in November. Because of their wins, System Overload, $5 Footlong and Pyrotechnics have qualified for Oregon State VEX Championship extending their journey as they seek to qualify and compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship in May 2022.
 

Today's photos


Inviting path: Rachel Peterson, program representative with the travel and expense office, submitted this campus photo.


Caryn Stoess, operations manager, says, “During these shorter days of late fall when the skies tend to be grey and many trees have lost their colorful leaves, I get a little boost of happiness when I discover a blooming shrub on campus.” We're still working our way through all our fall photo submissions but we're accepting winter photos now at [email protected]

Timely Teaching Tips: Want the latest news about Canvas and other digital teaching tools? See Winter 2022 [email protected] Updates to learn about faculty support resources, Draft Coach (new!), Gradescope, and Top Hat. Need classroom presentation equipment? Faculty equipment is available to check out through Student Multimedia Services. Top items include microphone headsets for instructors to use in classrooms. 

Today

ElderCare ConnectionsWalk with Ease – Managing Chronic Pain with Exercise: Presenter: Allison Harris, Nutrition Program Coordinator OSU Coos and Curry Extension Service. Jan. 13, noon to 1 p.m. Zoom link: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/91003113732?pwd=K3BUWU94UXAxR3RQSmRhZy81U0xQdz09. For more information, contact Robynn Pease at [email protected].

Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Jan. 13 to consider the appointment of a new board secretary. The meeting will be held remotely from 1:30-2 p.m. and is open to the public. Agenda and materials will be posted at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees/meetings. For special accommodation contact 541-737-3449 or [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance.  

HMSC Research Seminar: Francisco Guerrero with the College of Forestry at Oregon State University will be giving a seminar titled “Should we bury our forests in the bottom of the ocean to fight climate change?” Jan. 13 at 3:30 p.m. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

Little Gallery: Art exhibition featuring the work of Rick Bartow, "Highlights from Things You Know But Cannot Understand," will be on view at The Little Gallery. Jan. 10 through Feb. 25. Opening with collector on Jan. 13, 4-5:30 p.m.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Winter Seminar Series: “Industrial Innovations: A new class of plant growth regulator and a functional beverage” presented by Arthur Nonomura of BRANDT iHammer Co., Thursday, Jan. 13, 4 p.m. via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

OSU Wind Ensemble: Oregon Music Education Association Conference Sendoff Concert. The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the Oregon Music Educators Association annual conference. As a celebration the ensemble will share the program they have prepared. Conducted by Erik Leung, and featuring Olin Hannum, OSU Athletic Bands Director, guest conductor. Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center. Free. Entry requires a current, valid OSU ID card, or, proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test from within the previous 72 hours and a photo ID.  

Events

NEW! Music à la Carte: OSU Strings. Marlan Carlson directs Oregon State's "String Hotshots" in a winter term performance. Program and performers to be announced. Free. Jan. 14 at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge. Live audience open to OSU students, faculty and staff. Those from off campus are asked to view the livestream

NEW! SWLF Literary Northwest Series Reading with Justin St. Germain: Celebrated essayist, memoirist and author of “A Great Love Affair: Truman Capote's In Cold Blood,” Justin St. Germain will give a free reading in the Valley Library Rotunda followed by a Q&A on Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Learn more at SWLF's LNS Events page.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: Registration for the 40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is open. The keynote is open to OSU students, staff and faculty. The keynote takes place Jan. 17, 11 a.m., and features LaTosha Brown, expert in black voting rights and voter suppression. It is being offered in-person in the LaSells Stewart Center, and virtually with registration. Register. For a full list of events, visit https://diversity.oregonstate.edu/mlk.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

[email protected]: Join us for a 3-series workshop designed for employees and students who have taken a leave of absence for the arrival of a child. At the workshop attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about sources of support for families at OSU, connect with other parents returning to work and/or school and hear information about transitioning into parenthood and back to work. Registration for sessions 2 and 3 are now open, please visit https://familyresources.oregonstate.edu/FRCevents to register and learn more. Questions? Reach out to [email protected] or 541-737-4906.

2022 Starker Lecture Series: "Women of Forestry: Inspiring Leadership." Robin Wall Kimmerer, Lecture: "Women As Change Agents in Forestry," Jan. 26. The LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium. Registration required; register here. For more information on the series please visit our website. Open to the public and livestreamed. For disability accommodations, call (541) 737-3161.

Innovation Day: Join the OSU Advantage Office on Jan. 26 for a one-hour virtual event (offered once in the morning and once in the afternoon) that will describe funding and training opportunities that support innovation and entrepreneurship at the federal, state and OSU levels. At this event you will also learn how to apply for a special $5,000 Innovation Award available from OSU Advantage. Register here.

Take Note

NEW! Schoenstein Sustaining Excellence Scholarship: OSU Alumni Association and Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL) are accepting applications from community-engaged OSU undergraduates who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing a more caring, equitable and socially just community. Current OSU undergraduates who have completed at least one year of enrollment at OSU, or another college or university, are eligible. Application deadline: Feb. 15. Award: $2,000 each for five recipients. Apply through OSU Scholar Dollars. More information here, or contact Emily Bowling [email protected].

NEW! Food Drive coordinators: Consider being a coordinator for the OSU Food Drive in the month of February. It can be as easy as sending out a few emails, or as creative as coming up with events and fundraising activities. Check out the list of participating units at the bottom of https://communications.oregonstate.edu/events/events-and-projects/osu-food-drive; if you don’t see your group represented, contact [email protected] to sign up. Coordinator orientation is Jan. 19. A recording of the session will also be available.

NEW! Save the date: March 7-11 is Open Education Week. Oregon State is on a mission to lower the cost of learning for students. Will you join us? Open Education Week is a virtual celebration that raises awareness of global efforts to make learning more “open” — that is, more affordable and accessible to students everywhere. Learn more today about this week of online events.

NEW! 25 Year Club inductees: Congratulations to Debra Graff, director of Athletic Training, 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.

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. Simply click on this link and you will be directed to login to Box to access these resources. 

Mindful @ Oregon State University is an e-newsletter that delivers a weekly care package of mindfulness tips, resources and events to your inbox. Curated by CAPS staff, the newsletter features a weekly guided meditation, learn-more section, mindfulness challenge, OSU mindfulness event calendar and crowd-sourced knowledge and recommendations. Subscribe here: http://bit.ly/mindfulOSU.

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 student assistants may be in the best position to notice when a student needs additional support. Visit beav.es/Zzp to access the faculty/staff online training to recognize and support OSU students in distress. Student assistants should visit: beav.es/ZD3. For questions: [email protected].

Fiscal Policy updates: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on updates to the fiscal policy Miscellaneous Expenses. For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.

Breaking Barriers Award Nominations Deadline: The Breaking Barriers award eligibility has expanded to all OSU community members whose work advances women and gender equity in alignment with the award categories. Categories include Education, Research, Athletics, the PCOSW Community Builder and the Harriet Redmond Award. Learn more and submit nominations at beav.es/w4c. Deadline is Feb. 4. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Work Life Newsletter: Click here to see the first 2022 Work Life Newsletter and to see Work Life and Wellness events and workshops for the month of January. For questions please contact [email protected].

OSU Presidential Search Process: Please share your thoughts by Jan. 20. The Board of Trustees invites members of the university community to provide their thoughts about the qualities and characteristics desired in a new president and key challenges a new president may face. The Board invites the community to provide feedback through a series of listening sessions and an online survey. More information here: https://leadership.oregonstate.edu/presidential-search.

ADA task force: OSU has convened an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) task force to review the policies, programs and systems in place to support a culture of inclusiveness and compliance with the ADA, and make recommendations regarding ongoing effectiveness and  needed improvements. The task force welcomes information from students and employees regarding their experiences with and ideas about physical/building and wayfinding accessibility, information technology (IT) accessibility, and accommodations. Click here for more about online and in-person feedback opportunities.

Funding Available for Students to Attend Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference: Community Engagement & Leadership and the Sustainability Office is offering OSU students an opportunity to attend the 2022 Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) taking place March 2-4. Funding is available for up to 8 students to participate virtually and up to 4 students to attend in person at South Seattle College. First come, first served for students who complete this registration form by Feb. 11.

Call for art: The Reading Room is launching a Call for Art to match the themed collection Metamorphosis and invites you to submit a work of art for display. This call for art is open to all OSU faculty, staff, students and community members. Submit your unique work of art following the theme Metamorphosis on Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon and 5-7 p.m. in the Valley Library first floor, beside Java II. Check out the Call for Art page for specifics regarding work guidelines; details at: beav.es/wks.

Looking for Unsung Heroes: We are looking for submissions from the Oregon State community to highlight OSU employees and students who are not typically in the spotlight but who are going above and beyond in their work or personal lives. Inspired by our COVID-19 Unsung Hero profiles, we want to celebrate those who serve others, whether it be helping colleagues, volunteering in their community or simply living in ways that inspire us. Send your suggestions to [email protected] and our staff may contact them for interviews we’d feature in OSU Today and elsewhere.

COVID-19 testing: Oregon State University, in collaboration with Willamette Valley Toxicology (WVT), is providing on-site COVID-19 testing. OSU employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to test at one of these locations: Corvallis: Student Experience Center and Cascade Hall 120: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. (For staff wanting to get a test voluntarily, please make sure to register for a LabDash account prior to arrival: https://labdash.net/.) Bend: Ray Hall 302. Week of Jan. 3: Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Reser parking lot Zone 2 closure: For work related to the Completing Reser Stadium project, an extended parking closure is scheduled in the Zone 2 area of the Reser Stadium parking lot. The far west passage lane in the parking lot near Oak Creek behind Reser Stadium’s west side will remain closed for continuing cleanup of the implosion debris (view map). The extended closure is scheduled to last through Sunday, Jan. 16.

Reser: For work related to the Completing Reser Stadium project, southbound traffic along SW 26th Street near the entrance to the Reser Stadium Parking lot will be diverted into the northbound lane while excavation and pipe installation work is occurring in the closed lane. Flaggers will be used at three locations to separate vehicular traffic from construction workers and equipment. SW 26th Street, access to the Reser Stadium parking lot and adjacent lots will be accessible. All lanes of traffic will reopen at end of shift each day. Construction activities and lane closures will occur between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily from Jan. 10-14. (view map).

West Greenhouse: As part of the 20 & 21 West Greenhouse project, a portion of sidewalk will be closed to pedestrian traffic between SW 30th and 35th streets on SW Campus Way for ADA access and sidewalk improvement work. The month-long closure is scheduled to start on Friday, Jan. 7 and continue through Feb. 7. Please view the online map, which provides an overview of this location and appropriate detours to take. Direct access to the 20 & 21 greenhouses can be made at their north side doors.

Graf Hall: As part of the Graf Hall Renovation Project, a section of sidewalk on the north side of Graf Hall will be closed for excavation work for a new sidewalk and building entry. During the closure, pedestrian traffic will be routed to the north side of Monroe Avenue (view map). The closure takes place now through Jan. 14.

Jobs

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

NEW! The Research Office is seeking a Grants and Contracts Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month position and remote workers are encouraged to apply. This position will be part of the Award Management team in OSRAA, performing ongoing financial management of sponsored projects. As part of this collaborative team, position responsibilities include award-specific invoicing and financial reporting, expenditure analysis, and partnering with faculty and business centers to resolve financial questions. This position will work closely with colleagues in OSRAA, business centers, central administration and other university units. Posting #P03337CT. Closes Jan. 24.

Weather

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Corvallis: Rain likely and patchy fog, high of 50, low of 40. Mostly cloudy Friday.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain, high of 47, low of 32. Mostly sunny Friday.

Newport: Rain today, high of 51, low of 45. Partly sunny Friday.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/