Stay informed about COVID-19

COVID-19 website: To facilitate the ongoing sharing of information about the virus, Oregon State University has added a link on the OSU homepage to a page that provides detailed and up-to-date COVID-19 information; links to OSU, local, state and federal resources; and updates on the latest federal travel restrictions.

TRACE OSU testing: TRACE OSU is providing random COVID-19 testing by invitation at its Corvallis and Bend campuses and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Testing will take place in Corvallis in the Memorial Union Ballroom and at Reser ticket booths, Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In Newport, testing will be provided every other week beginning Jan. 19, Tuesday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. At OSU-Cascades, testing will be provided every other week beginning Jan. 19, Tuesday, through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there will be no testing Monday, Jan. 18. Please join the effort to build a safer and healthier Oregon State University community. To enroll and for more information:

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Searching for ways to teach truth and trust in an era of digital dissensus? Register in advance to join the Writing Intensive Curriculum Program for a 90-minute webinar with Mike Caulfield, a nationally recognized digital literacy expert, on Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. 

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. Content appearing includes timely news and feature stories from broadcast, print and online sources. Occasionally, opinion pieces and first-person columns appearing in mainstream media outlets that are written by faculty members and pertain to their academic or professional expertise may be included based on their unique, informative value, timeliness and space constraints. It is not the policy of OSU Today to include Letters to the Editor.

Fire away: Science writers tackle the biggest lingering questions on the CZU and SCU wildfires (San Jose Inside)

Burned trees, plants, and dirt create other problems. “Nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon are the basic building blocks of biology,” says forest hydrologist Kevin Bladon of Oregon State University, who studies wildfire impacts on freshwater ecosystems.

Scientists warn humanity in denial of looming 'collapse of civilization as we know it' (EcoWatch)

The co-authors — including William J. Ripple of Oregon State University, who last year led thousands of scientists in declaring a climate emergency and earlier this month led a call for "a massive-scale mobilization to address the climate crisis" — echoed Lambertini's message while also underscoring the importance of increasing awareness about what's actually needed.

OSU holds forum on challenges of vaccine bottlenecks (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University faculty members took a whack Tuesday at unlocking the challenges the state is facing in getting COVID-19 vaccines to those who need them. (see also KBND

Lane County prepares for mass-vaccination clinic to be held this weekend (KMTR) 

While Lane County gets to work, experts from Oregon State weigh in on vaccine distribution. "The main challenge is in common with personnel available to administer the vaccine," said Joseph Agor, an industrial engineering professor at OSU.

Climate change in Oregon by the numbers, from 0.1 to 200 (OPB News) 

“A lot of what we report on here is consistent with what has been understood and expected for a decade or, in some cases, several decades,” said Erica Fleishman, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, which assembles the report, and a professor at Oregon State University.

The best universities solving climate change (Successful Student)

Oregon State University is an International Universities Climate Alliance member. The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences offers 13 undergraduate and graduate programs. Each program addresses climate change in its own area.

OSU sets events to celebrate King (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University is preparing its 39th celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with political activist, author and academic Angela Davis the keynote speaker.

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TRACE OSU: Jillian Newmyer, a student in the department of Radiation Health Physics, says, “It is important to see how COVID is affecting Corvallis and I want to do my part to help researchers as a researcher myself. Plus, testing was quick, easy, and painless, and I got a sticker!” Please join the effort to build a safer and healthier Oregon State University community. To enroll and for more information:

Today Webinar, Fair Play: Staying in Sync While Managing Work + Life: Whether you have a partner, are living alone or have roommates, balancing work + life 24/7 requires new conversations and systems. Join New York Times bestselling author of "Fair Play," Eve Rodsky, as she shares her sanity-saving methods around dividing responsibilities, creating communication strategies and finding happiness. Jan. 14, 9 a.m. Register here

NEW! Corvallis Campus Vision Update Webinar: The Corvallis Campus Vision will guide the development of Oregon State University’s physical campus in Corvallis over the next decade and beyond. Join OSU staff as they share campus-wide and area-specific strategies that offer a cohesive and comprehensive view of future campus development. Jan. 14, 10-11 a.m. To register:

Beavers SAVE Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention. Learn how to reach out and help a friend. We can all help prevent suicide. This workshop will provide the skills you need to effectively help or intervene with a friend or family member who is considering suicide. The training is offered on two dates in winter term: Thursday, Jan.14 from noon to 2 p.m, register at and  Wednesday, Feb. 17 from noon to 2 p.m., register at:

Webcast: Resilience and Wellness in Pre- and Post-Pandemic Times: Be inspired by stories of resilience in day-to-day life, pandemic-related struggles and life immediately after graduation from three alumni speakers on Thursday, Jan. 14, at noon. Tap into a network of resources for every stage of education or career with OSU Alumni Association’s Winning in Life After College virtual series in partnership with the Career Development Center. Register for the free events at

Legal Issues Important for Older Adults, Eldercare and Caregivers: Join the Eldercare Connections support group on Thursday, Jan. 14, from noon to 1 p.m., when Richard Montgomery, attorney with Legal Aid Services of Oregon, will discuss legal issues that are important for older adults and their caregivers to consider. This event is sponsored by the Family Resource Center. For more information contact Robynn Pease at [email protected]. Join our Zoom meeting at

HMSC Research Seminar: On Thursday Jan. 14 at 3:30 p.m, Sylvia Yamada in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oregon State University will be giving a seminar titled “European Green Crabs in Oregon: are they now established?” Zoom Link  Password: 972587 or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

“Taking it to the streets: Wildfire in the 21st century" with John Bailey, professor in Forest Engineering, Resources & Management: Prof. John Bailey will be talking to members of the OSU Retirement Association about what he has learned about how Oregonians can manage their environments to reduce the risk of fires as our habitats and environment change. The art and science of forest management have not fundamentally changed in the last decade, but the objectives have broadened and become more controversial. Thursday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. Register today.

Biological & Ecological Engineering Winter Seminar Series: Dominique Bacheletwith Oregon State University, will present “2020 Fire news: paradigm shift,” on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m., with a meet-and-greet at 3:30 p.m. Zoom Meeting ID: 917 1196 8021. Password: 769617. Free and open to the public.

Lessons in Leadership: Maintaining the Momentum of Change with Janet Nishihara: Students are encouraged to join Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL) for this conversation on the intersection of leadership, social justice, and maintaining the momentum of change on campus with Janet Nishihara, executive director of the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP). Thursday, Jan. 14, 4-5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Register for details. Questions? Contact [email protected].


MLK celebration: WRGP invites you to our annual MLK Jr. Birthday Celebration on Friday, Jan.15, at 9 a.m. Topic discussion: What does it mean “to be of service?” What can we do as individuals and as a Water Resource community to help and be of service? Volunteer opportunities for a day of service for WRGP also will be discussed. Meeting ID: 990 6009 8070 | Password: 483495.

Dean of Business candidates: The OSU community is invited to meet with two dean candidates: Tim Carroll, University of the Pacific, and Sulin Ba, University of Connecticut. Carroll Forum: Jan. 15, 1-2 pm, Zoom link Password: 940105. Ba Forum: Jan. 19, 1-2 p.m, Zoom link Password: 490811. The candidates' presentations will be prerecorded and available on the search website. Visit the site for additional information.

Interrogating the Spirit: A performance with Oregon's poet laureate Anis Mojgani. Co-sponsored by SWLF and The Contemplative Studies Initiative. Friday, Jan. 15, 7-8 p.m. Free/Open to all via Zoom. Interrogating the seen and unseen dimensions of this world allows us to see the world around us more greatly which allows us to see the worlds within us more greatly. Registration required.

Angela Davis at OSU: Angela Davis, American political activist, philosopher, academic and author is the 2021 Keynote Speaker for the 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Keynote and Awards Celebration. The event is on Monday, Jan. 18 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Registration is free and required. For a schedule of all celebration events, visit the celebration website. For more info, contact [email protected] or Mealoha McFadden at 541-231-2585.

Online Volunteer Project — Mapathon with Missing Maps: Join Community Engagement & Leadership for an interactive, service volunteer project on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 4:30-6 p.m. Register on our homepage to get Zoom details. Missing Maps is a humanitarian project that maps parts of the world that are vulnerable to natural disasters, conflicts and disease epidemics. During the Mapathon, volunteers will learn how to trace satellite imagery into Openstreetmap, a free and open map of the entire world. No experience required.

Virtual Inspiration: Honor MLK’s legacy with the Black Alumni and Friends Network: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us that we are better together. Let's gather virtually on Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m. to build community and share ideas about social justice and transformative change. Be inspired by 2005 OSU College of Business graduate LaToya Kamara Manley, global product director for Nike’s Jordan Women’s Footwear and adjunct professor at Portland State University, who says “The best compliment that I ever received was that I lead by inspiration. I hope to always do so while spreading positive energy, love and light.” Then, select a breakout session on navigating education, entrepreneurship, health and wellness or building your personal brand. Register at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Online Service Project with Mapping Prejudice: Join Community Engagement & Leadership on Jan. 16, 10 a.m. on Zoom to earn about how racial covenants were used to prevent people of color from buying property and building wealth for most of the last century. Volunteers will learn how to add information on racial covenants to a digital, interactive map. For more information or accommodations for disabilities, contact 541-737-3041 or [email protected].

NEW! Geography winter colloquium series: Kofi Akamani, professor in the Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University, will be addressing evolving approaches to the governance of forest and water resources and their implications for the resilience of resource-dependent communities. He will speak on Friday, Jan. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. Free and open to all. To join, use Zoom link:

NEW! 2021 Starker Lecture Series — Resilience in the face of disturbance: Learning from disasters: Natural disturbances and disasters have a long history of presenting opportunities for society to learn, adapt and thrive. The multiple disasters and challenges of the last year have proven the need for society to be resilient, learn and adapt to new realities. Whether dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic or devastating wildfires, the past year has forced all of us to overcome and look at new ways to live and work. This year’s Starker Lecture Series focuses on how communities, industries and organizations across the forest landscape have responded to recent and previous disasters, shown resilience in the face of adversity, and are ready to play critical roles in creating a better future. The four-part panel series will focus on forest economics, recreation, education and research. Visit our website for dates and to register for these events.

Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Jack Koch will present “Influence of the environment and morphology on physiological and genomic homeostasis in a temperate cnidarian-microbe symbiosis” on Friday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. via Zoom. Koch is completing his Ph.D. in Integrative Biology under the guidance of Virginia Weis. Passcode: 652254

6 Leadership Concept to Embrace Now: Leadership and management are distinct, yet related skill sets. Six interrelated leadership concepts will be shared for managers and leaders to consider.  Various articles will be referenced in which some of these concepts were obtained. The objective is for you to determine which ideas you need to embrace now to move your units forward. Target audience: leaders and managers. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m. via Zoom. Registration required.

University Budget Conversation: On Thursday, Jan. 21 from noon to 1 p.m, the Office of Budget and Resource Planning will hold another University Budget Conversation via Zoom. This week’s topic is Capital Project Planning. The Budget Conversation sessions are limited to 60 minutes with the initial 15-20 minutes spent on presentation of the topic, leaving time for discussion and Q&A. To register for this webinar click here. More information about University Budget Conversations is located on the Office of Budget and Resource Planning website. If you have questions, please contact Sherm Bloomer for more information.

Tuition Forums: The University Budget Committee has begun meeting to discuss recommendations for tuition rates for the 2021-22 academic year. As part of developing recommendations for the Board of Trustees, representatives of the Budget Committee and the Office of Budget and Resource Planning are offering a series of weekly forums to discuss the tuition setting process, tuition rate scenarios for FY22, and to answer any questions about tuition and the university budget. The first forum is Thursday, Jan. 21 from 3-4 p.m. via Zoom. To register for this forum, click here. The schedule for subsequent forums and a short discussion of common questions about tuition are available at The committee welcomes questions, comments and ideas. For more information, to provide an idea or opinion, or to ask a question please contact Laurie Henry.

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences IgniteWe are excited to announce the rescheduled Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ignite Event. Join us for a fun, informal afternoon with colleagues. Information regarding agenda and registration can be found here. Jan. 22, 2-5 p.m. For additional information, contact [email protected] or [email protected].

Washington, D.C., Town Hall with President F. King Alexander: A special gathering for Beavers living in the nation’s capital is happening Monday, Jan. 25. Hear from President Alexander, OSU staff and student advocates about how OSU is engaged with and impacting higher education at the federal level. Meet alumni and friends in the Washington, D.C., area and learn how to get involved. Presented by OSU Alumni Association. Register for this virtual event.

Social Justice Education Initiative workshops are happening now, including NEW Tier Two workshops: The SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. See the schedule and register for remote Tier One Platform workshops here. See the schedule and register for remote Tier Two Next Level workshops here. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information: [email protected] 

Faculty Staff Fitness: OSU’s Faculty Staff Fitness Program has in-person, remote synchronous, and asynchronous offerings in Winter 2021. Our in-person offerings will be via Zoom or on hold until we can return to campus. Zoom synchronous class options will be Tuesday/Thursday 7 a.m. and noon Weight Training and a 100% Zoom Cardio Intervals 30-minute class Monday/Wednesday at noon for a midday boost. We also have our Online FSF program with over 300 classes and 20 styles in a completely online, asynchronous format ( for $35 for 12 weeks. For more information and to register, see There will also be a virtual 6-week RECHARGE Wellness Challenge to get you off to 2021 with the right steps starting Jan. 24. Grab a friend, family member or a work teammate to keep the support going during the New Year. Details can be found at

“Teaching Truth and Trust in an Era of Digital Dissensus.” Are conspiracy theorists and anti-maskers anti-fact? Are confirmation bias and ideological bubbles inevitable? Or is there a deeper dynamic at play? Mike Caulfield, director of blended and networked learning at WSU Vancouver and nationally recognized digital literacy expert, will discuss our current “digital dissensus” and how our approach to education may be making problems worse. Jan. 29, 10-11:30 a.m. Co-sponsors: OSU’s Writing Intensive Curriculum (WIC), Library Faculty Association Seminar Series, and Writing Program (SWLF). More information and registration.

January 2021 Learning & Development Workshops: University Human Resource’s Learning and Development team is presenting a variety of online professional development workshops in January, including: Strategies for Being Effective in Times of Uncertainty; Managing People Through Change; Stretch Goals: Taking Performance to the Next Level; Six Leadership Concepts to Embrace Now; and Choose Your Attitude. View and register for upcoming workshops here.

Crucial Conversations: Crucial Conversations is a 10-hour course that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement—by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics—at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment. This is a series of five (5) live, online sessions on Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m Feb. 10 through March 10. There is a $100 fee to attend Crucial Conversations; advanced registration is required. Learn more and register.

Take Note

NEW! Black Minds Matter Registration Closed: The Black Minds Matter (BMM) facilitators received over 120 new participant registrations — which is a good problem to have. To that end, the BMM facilitators have come up with innovative ways to accommodate up to 60 participants instead of the original 30 cap. Communication will be shared with those that are selected to participate in the winter session this week. We encourage community members to be on the look out for messaging around registering for the BMM spring course. Should you have any questions please contact us at [email protected].

NEW! Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Cold Weather With low temperatures comes a responsibility to prepare and take precautions against cold weather illness. This month’s poster can be downloaded at

NEW! New issue of The Messenger magazine from OSU Libraries and Press is available: The magazine highlights the new resources and services, accomplishments and ongoing efforts of the Libraries and Press. This Messenger issue includes stories about the Beavers Read project that offers book recommendations to OSU faculty, staff and students; an award-winning Wikipedia editathon that filled in gaps in African American history; and much more. The new issue and back issues are available at

Fiscal policy: Fiscal Policy 03-110-206 Parking Permits & Fines has been revised to provide clear guidelines for parking on OSU campuses. This policy consolidates several old FIS policies (FIS 101-02 Parking Fines, FIS 205 Parking Permits & FIS 410-20 Payment of Fines). The new policy and related FAQs can be accessed on the FPP website. Contact the Fiscal Policy Coordinator for your Business Center or the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.

Taste Testers Wanted: The OSU Center for Sensory & Consumer Behavior Research is looking for panelists for consumer taste tests. Open to all students, faculty and staff. Panelists receive up to $20/hour for their time. Tests run throughout the year. Currently, samples are picked up using our drive-thru service and tasted at home. Fill out Qualtrics survey to be added to our pool at or call 541-737-6506.

Honors College course proposals and grants: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor and emeritus faculty are invited to submit honors course proposals for 2021-2022 at Any General Catalog course can be offered as a small, highly-engaged honors course; proposals for interdisciplinary colloquia are also welcome. Faculty may apply for Meehan course development grants of up to $3000 to develop experiential learning opportunities for honors courses. More information: [email protected] or 541-737-6412. Deadline: Jan. 15.

International Friendship Program (IFP): Are you looking for friends or conversational partners? We are looking for new international and OSU/local community members to join the program! The program provides support to international students and scholars by connecting them with friends from the local community, giving local residents the chance to meet people across the globe. Priority registration is Jan. 22, but registrations are accepted year-round. For more information: To register:

Next Great Startup 2021 Competition Application closes Jan. 18: NGSU is a campus-wide, virtual competition where student-led teams compete to win cash prizes, in-kind services and the chance to turn a startup idea into a real company. Open to all teams led by a currently enrolled OSU student. Application closes Jan. 18. More information and the application available here:

Help Inspiring Girls Expeditions spread the word to high school girls* about free STEAM outdoor expeditions: Inspiring Girls Expeditions (housed within OSU’s CEOAS) is a tuition-FREE, 12-day wilderness science education program for 16- and 17-year-old high school girls*. Students who don’t feel like they fit the “typical” image of a scientist or outdoors person are especially encouraged to apply. If you know a student who might be interested, or an educator or network who could share this opportunity, please pass it along. The deadline to start the application is Jan. 22, so encourage students to apply today. Questions? [email protected].

Academic Support Groups: The ASC and CAPS are here to support students as they navigate success during times of uncertainty. Our academic support groups – one for undergraduate students and one for graduate students – cover topics such as time management, focus & motivation. We will also discuss ways to maintain balance & self-care during times of stress. To learn more, students can email [email protected] and find details (such as times and Zoom links) here:

Weight Watchers: Weight Watchers (WW+) is a free benefit available to employees and their dependents ages 18 and up who are enrolled in a PEBB medical plan. WW has launched new private virtual workshops for PEBB members. Move closer to your weight-loss and wellness goals in this fun, supportive, private and live Virtual Workshop format. WW+ also has a January promotion for new members called an Unstoppable Kit. To learn more visit: To sign up use employer ID: 15066304. Questions? Please call 1-866-454-2144. 

Funding Available for Students to attend Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC): Community Engagement & Leadership and the Sustainability Office are excited to offer 20 OSU students an opportunity to attend the virtual 2021 Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) on Thursday, Feb. 11 and Friday, Feb. 12 by covering the full registration fee. All OSU students are eligible to request registration funding for this social change leadership and professional development experience. Registration funding will be offered on a first come, first served basis to the first 20 students who fully complete this registration form  by Friday, Feb. 5, and commit to attending.

MLK Celebration Week Event Submissions: The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee is accepting submissions for events to take place during the celebration week, Monday, Jan. 18, through Friday, Jan. 22. This year marks the 39th anniversary of the Celebration. Click here for more information and to submit your event. Event submissions will be accepted until Jan. 8. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee is requesting that all events for the 2021 Celebration be held virtually. For questions, contact Brandi Douglas, assistant director of outreach and chair of the celebration committee, [email protected].

Affordable learning workshops for faculty: The OSU Open Educational Resources Unit makes learning affordable. You can, too. The OER Unit is hosting virtual workshops to show how faculty can find or create no-cost and low-cost learning materials, save students money and improve course retention. Learn more about each workshop and register today. Questions? Email Stefanie Buck.

Food Drive: The OSU Food Drive has a long tradition at OSU. While this year’s effort may look a bit different, we would still like to reach all parts of Oregon State University in Corvallis and across the state with this effort. Check out the list of participating units at If you don’t see your unit listed, reach out to [email protected] with your interest in participating. Orientation is on Jan. 15 and the drive runs the month of February. Be a part of this tradition in helping people in your community.


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NEW! Precollege Programs is seeking a Director of Precollege Programs. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice Provost of Enrollment Management. Posting #P04118UF. Closes Feb. 15.


"Wear the old coat and buy the new book." ~ William Phelps

Corvallis: Mostly sunny today, high of 50, low of 42. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 52, low of 34. Slight chance of rain tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly sunny, high of 54, low of 46. Chance of rain tomorrow.

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