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. 

Researchers tie massive Pacific seabird die-off to heat wave (New York Times)

Fisheries professor Selina Heppell, the chair of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, said it’s long been known or suspected that there were big impacts from the marine heatwave.

Prices of MS medications keep soaring (U.S. News & World Report)

The 2015 release of glatiramer acetate -- the generic version of Copaxone -- did nothing to halt skyrocketing prices for MS medications, said lead researcher Daniel Hartung. He's an associate professor of pharmacy with Oregon State University, in Portland. (see also Lund ReportHealio)

Forging a friendship on the road (LIFE@OSU)

When Susan Normandin and Brandi Cox sit down together and start chatting, it would be easy to assume they’ve been friends for years. But until last fall, the two women, who work on opposite ends of the OSU campus, had never set eyes on each other.

Susan Jackson Rodgers appointed Honors College interim associate dean (Honors Link)

Susan Jackson Rodgers, a professor in the School of Writing, Literature and Film, has been named interim associate dean of the Oregon State University Honors College. She will replace Dr. Tara Williams, who has taken a position as dean of the University of Alabama Honors College.

A new 'cool' blue (Science Codex)

Mas Subramanian, who discovered Oregon Blue, and colleagues at Oregon State University wanted to develop a new class of blue pigments that had enhanced color properties, reduced cost and lower cobalt content than cobalt blue.

Where weed is legal, college students use it more and binge drink less, Oregon State University study finds (Willamette Week)

An Oregon State University study published Monday showed that college students in states where cannabis is legal reported higher usage than students in states where it remains illegal.

Today's photo

Pool construction: In this 1920 photo of Langton Hall, formerly the Men's Gymnasium, you can see the addition of a pool being built, along with the west wing of the building. The original building was erected in 1915. Langton Hall was also the site of OSU commencement ceremonies until 1949, when Gill Coliseum was built. Photo courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives.


SEIU and Allies meeting: SEIU will hold a union meeting for all represented employees and allies Jan. 16, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Willamette West Seminar Room, third Floor of Valley Library. They will discuss local elections for the OSU Local SEIU union and important opportunities for supporting 1) Workers in arbitration 2) Faculty members in bargaining 3) SEIU workers at Conifer House who are facing a tough bargaining situation. Past campus organizer Craig Mahaffey will speak. For more information contact Siobhan Burke at 630-699-0281 or

Triad luncheon: Susanne Brander, College of Agriculture, “Microplastics in the environment.” Thursday, Jan. 16, noon, MU 211. Event is free; optional catered lunch is available for $13. Contact Janice Nave-Abele, to reserve lunch. Triad is a campus organization open to faculty and staff that offers an opportunity to gather over a meal to network and learn something new. More info:

Budget conversation: On Thursday, Jan. 16 at noon, the Office of Budget & Resource Planning will hold another University Budget Conversation in the Memorial Union Room 215. This week’s topic is the OSU Foundation and private fundraising. The Budget Conversation sessions are limited to 60 minutes and are an open-forum structure with the initial 15-20 minutes spent on presentation of the topic, leaving time for discussion and Q&A. We encourage you to bring your lunch and join the conversation and to learn more about OSU’s budgeting and fiscal matters. More information about University Budget Conversations is located on the Office of Budget & Resource Planning website. If you have questions, please contact Sherm Bloomer for more information. 

School Supplies Giveaway: In need of some free school supplies? Stop by Champinefu Lodge on Thursday, Jan. 16 from 2-5 p.m. to get some school supplies including notebooks, binders, pens and more. This event is free to attend and is hosted by the OSU Waste Watchers club.

$5K Innovation Days Award & Innovation Days event: OSU faculty are invited to join the OSU Advantage office for an Innovation Days event on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 3 p.m. in the MU to learn about the resources OSU has to help research and technology achieve greater societal impact via tech commercialization. Hear from an OSU faculty member and a student as they share their journey. Faculty participation in Innovation Days enables eligibility for a $5,000 innovation award. This session is focused on autonomous systems and AI but is open to faculty from any discipline. For more information and to RSVP, visit Registration is free but is required. A hosted networking reception is provided from 5-6:30 p.m.

Flash Panel on Iran - Understanding the US-IRAN Conflict: Panelists include: Courtney Campbell, Jon Katz, Christopher McKnight Nichols, all from the School of History, Philosophy & Religion, and Philipp Kneis, School of Public Policy. Moderated by Amy Koehlinger, School of History, Philosophy & Religion. Thursday, Jan. 16, 5 p.m. Milam 318.

OSU Astronomy Club presents Cosmos: The OSU Astronomy Club will be hosting a free showing of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson. This event is open to everyone of all ages and you can find more about the event at: Any questions can be directed to the facebook page or by contacting the Astronomy Club at This is a weekly event held on Thursdays during winter term, from 5-6 p.m. in Wenger 151.

Speed Friending: Make new friends fast. Join the Active Minds student club for an evening of dinner, fun and friendship. Open to OSU students. Thursday, Jan. 16 from 7-9 p.m., in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Contact Tessie Webster-Henry at for more info. Hosted by CAPS and the Active Minds student club.


NEW! Strand Gallery Reception: The College of Agricultural Sciences’ Art About Agriculture program presents Art of Growth, a selection of permanent collection acquisitions and gifts spanning the program’s 37-year history. A visual celebration of agricultural production and enjoyment. Jan. 17-March 19. Reception on Friday, Jan. 17, 4-7 p.m., in collaborative alignment with the Art of Work exhibition at Benton County Museum. 

NEW! Benton County Museum: Art of Work, a collaborative exhibition featuring art from the permanent collections of both OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences’ Art About Agriculture program and Benton County Historical Society. Artwork chosen for the exhibition represent industries such as gardening, farming, cattle production, timber management, mining, scientific research, boat building, shipping and fishing. Jan. 17-Feb. 29. Reception on Friday, Jan, 17, 4-7 p.m., in collaborative alignment with Art of Growth exhibition at Strand Gallery.

NEW! MU Ballroom Contra Dance: The Contra Dance Club of OSU and the Corvallis Folklore Society are hosting a free contra dance Saturday, Jan. 18, in the MU Ballroom. Isaac Banner will be calling gender-free dances with live music from Corvallis' own Celtic & folkadelic band, The Nettles. A brief lesson starts at 7 p.m. and the dance goes from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Admission is free to everyone, but donations are appreciated. More info at:

Music à la Carte: Victoria Wolff (cello) and Sunghee Kim (piano) perform Jan. 17, noon, in the MU Lounge.

Faculty/staff free nutrition counseling: The OSU dietetic interns are offering free nutrition counseling sessions to faculty and staff this winter. Appointments are available Jan. 17 at 1 or 2 p.m. We also have openings Friday, Feb. 14 at noon or 1 p.m. Can count towards your HEM requirement. Email to schedule your appointment.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. More information on our website.

SAC Presents performing arts series: Schick Machine, created by a multi-disciplinary team, features percussionist Steven Schick exploring a stage filled with large-scale invented instruments. Makers, musicians, design enthusiasts and science buffs alike will enjoy the group’s aural and visual surprises, quickly relinquishing any preconception about what an instrument should look like or sound like. Join Schick on the stage to play the instruments after the performance. Jan. 18 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center.

MLK Jr. Day of Service: Students, faculty, staff, and their partners and children are all invited to participate in OSU’s largest day of service of the year on Saturday, Jan. 18. Projects will take place at various times with most projects starting in the morning. They include indoor and outdoor service activities with the City of Corvallis, Parks and Rec and Linn-Benton Food Share. For more information, contact To register for a project, visit:

MLK Celebration: Free tickets for the 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. peace breakfast are now available to OSU faculty, staff and students for the event on Monday, Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center ballroom. The celebration week runs Jan. 18-24. After the breakfast, Raquel Willis, a black queer transgender activist, writer and the executive editor of Out Magazine, will be the keynote speaker for the celebration lecture at 11 a.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. The keynote session is free and open to the public; tickets are not required. To register for the breakfast and for a full list of events, visit For info, contact or 541-737-4717.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Biochemistry and Biophysics guest lecture seminar: HyeongJun Kim, associate professor in the department of physics and astronomy at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, will present “The gene silencing protein MORC-1 topologically entraps DNA and forms multimeric assemblies to cause DNA compaction" on Monday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. in ALS 4001.

Winter 2020 Black Minds Matter Course: The Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) and Advancing Academic Equity for Student Success will again host the Black Minds Matter course. This free seven-week hybrid course provides academic teaching and professional faculty members an opportunity to engage in conversations and activities that focus on issues affecting Black students' success in higher education. The kickoff session will take place on Friday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. Register for the course this winter by emailing

Multi-level allyship in academia: Join Women and Science and Women in Policy for a conversation about multi-level allyship in academia (e.g., individual, institutional). The lunch will be lead by Pamela Devan. Pamela is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Boston University; her dissertation focuses on questions of belonging and community among queer women in Singapore. Lunch and refreshments will be served. Friday, Jan. 17, noon, MU 206.

OSU Anthropology Lecture Series: Leilani Sabzalian, assistant professor of Indigenous Studies in the College of Education at the University of Oregon, will present “Survivance Storytelling as Indigenous Educational Research” on Friday, Jan 17, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in LINC 314. The lecture is free and open to all. For further information, contact Shaozeng Zhang at

Mental health talk: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) presents “Optimizing mental health across the lifespan,” by OSU professors Karen Hooker and Carolyn Aldwin, Ph.D. student Lan Doan, OCHI Director Allison Myers and Associate Professor of Practice Marion Ceraso. Friday, Jan. 17, 1-2 p.m., HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room.

MLK Soul Force: Careers Through a Lens of Faith: MLK’s legacy fighting for justice — for civil rights, labor unions, the poor people’s campaign and against the Vietnam War — was largely fueled and sustained by his faith. Panelists will discuss how their work, like that of MLK, is inspired and sustained by their faith and religious, secular or spiritual identity. Jan. 22, 4:30-6 p.m., Westminster House, 101 NW 23rd St. Register here.

Difference, Power, and Discrimination Academy Applications: Faculty applications are being accepted for the DPD Academy scheduled to be held June 15-26. The DPD Academy facilitates focused and productive engagement with contemporary, multidisciplinary scholarship on difference, power and discrimination; critical pedagogies; and curriculum transformation. Individual and team applications are welcome. For more information and to apply, visit the DPD Academy web page. Deadline: Feb. 7.

Search Advocate program: The OSU Search Advocate Program has scheduled a two-part workshop series in partnership with Extension & Engagement at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora. Session 1 takes place Jan. 17 and Session 2 will be held Feb. 14. Search advocates are outside process advisors who serve on search committees from position development through the final recommendation stage with a focus on advancing equity, validity, and diversity. To learn more about the workshops/program and to register, go to the Professional Development Registration website

PFLA luncheon: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA) and TRIAD invite you to attend the annual Winter Luncheon Jan. 23, noon to 1:30 p.m., at the LaSells Stewart Center, Giustina Gallery. The guest speaker will be Jason O’Brien, Oregon Master Naturalist Program Coordinator. Lunch will be provided by OSU Catering, and each attendee must register by Friday, Jan. 17. Cost is $15. For more information about the event and how to register, click here:

Winter 2020 HWeekend event, Jan. 25-26. Have you ever wanted to make something cool but need a little help in how to do it and people to do it with? The HWeekend event is a partnership with the Inventors Enterprise club, the College of Engineering and the College of Business that helps you realize this dream. This event allows participants to use modern tools, hardware and their own innovation to make exciting and interesting prototypes in only 30 hours. The event is free to participants but space is limited so sign-up ASAP.

The Social Justice Education Initiative: The Social Justice Education Initiative is open for registration through summer 2020. From Faculty Affairs, 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. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Take Note

NEW! Clara L. Simerville Award for International Education  Accepting Nominations: Award is given in honor of Clara Simerville, professor emeritus of International Education and Foreign Student Counselor from 1955-1970 and will be presented at the Student Awards Recognition Dinner. The recipient must be a full‐time, degree-seeking, OSU undergraduate or graduate student (U.S. or international) who has voluntarily contributed to cross‐cultural understanding either through personal relationships, research and scholarship, or involvement in campus or community organizations. Deadline: Feb. 15. Nomination form: For more information, please email

Cyber-Awareness Minute: January is the start of a new year, and marks the beginning of tax season. Cyber-scammers will use this opportunity to attempt fraud. Don’t fall for this. If you see a suspicious email (tax fraud or not!), send it to For more information on tax-related fraud, visit the IRS at:

Data privacy: Did you know that Jan. 28 is Data Privacy Day? Learn how to protect your personal information and set your devices and applications so that you control your data. For more detail, visit:

Student Self Service for financial aid: The Office of Financial Aid will be converting to the new Student Self Service system within MyOSU beginning Jan 13. The menu will have a new look so contact us if you have any questions. We can be reached at 541-737-2241 or by email at

Nominations are open for the PNNL-OSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program: Through the PNNL-OSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program, Ph.D. candidates will earn a stipend along with benefits while on appointment under a prestigious graduate committee on nationally relevant research. It is a unique opportunity to tap into the knowledge and world-class research infrastructure available at both institutions. DGRP students will work with faculty at Oregon State and scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory while completing their graduate coursework and subsequently transfer to PNNL for the remaining years of their Ph.D. program to gain hands-on research experience with PNNL scientists. More information available:

Older men needed for OSU multivitamin study (Corvallis): Are you a healthy, non-smoking man that is 68+ years old? Our study is looking at the role of multivitamins in improving the micronutrient status. Participants will take tablets daily for six months. For more information: or 541-737-8730. Principal Investigator: Tory Hagen, Linus Pauling Institute, OSU.


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NEW! Administrative Program Assistant (Internal Employment Opportunity) – The Graduate School invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #P02542CT. Closes Jan. 20.


“A novel worth reading is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility, of what human nature is, of what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.” ~ Susan Sontag, born today in 1933.

Corvallis: Showers today, high of 42, low of 31. Friday a chance of rain and snow early, turning to rain.

Central Oregon: Snow likely today, high of 35, low of 19. Chance of snow tomorrow.

Newport: Showers likely today, high of 44, low of 37. Rain likely tomorrow.

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