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:

Fish hum, purr and click underwater — and now machines can understand them (Inside Science)

"She described it in this really cool way: I get to spy on critters in the ocean, without disturbing them," said Munger, currently a marine ecology researcher at Oregon State University. "When you're a diver you disturb the wildlife as you swim through, so you don't get to witness what they are doing when you're not there." But passive acoustic monitoring offers an unadulterated soundscape.


Salmon use nose magnets to navigate (KXL)

Have you spent time pondering how birds, butterflies and salmon know how to get back home after they’ve traveled far far away? Scientists at Oregon State University have, and M. Renee Bellinger completed her Ph.D in fisheries science with a study on how they used the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate

Omicron hasn't peaked in Oregon yet, at least not according to our poop (Portland Monthly) 

That’s because samples first need to be collected, filtered, preserved and packaged statewide, then sent to Oregon State University for processing, Layton says. Researchers at Oregon State test each sample first to zero in on the prevalence of COVID in a particular community and then to sequence which variant is driving cases. 

OSU experts explain what it will take to turn pandemic endemic (KXL) 

Oregon State University Professor Chunhuei Chi says those qualities could make Omicron the variant that pushes the virus from pandemic, to endemic: “Omicron might be the virus that helps us end this pandemic.  To turn it into an endemic, or the so-called flu-like.  Myself,  I’m waiting for maybe another month of epidemiology data.”

OSU-Cascades researchers monitor bat population; volunteers can help (KTVZ)

OSU-Cascades researchers are watching Central Oregon's bat populations, and they could use your help. Learn more at:

Break out the seed catalogs (Bend Bulletin) 

According to Jim Meyers, horticulture professor at Oregon State University, tomatoes, squash and melons establish deep root systems quickly and draw moisture from deeper soil long after the soil surface has become dry in midsummer.

Mark Mason Show Jan. 18, 2022 (KEX)

Dr. Chunhuei Chi of OSU talks about a possible end to the pandemic.

Fear of getting old can make you age faster (Medium)

“Better self-perceptions of aging are good for your health, regardless of how much stress you have, or how much stress you perceive you have,” says Dakota Witzel, lead author on the paper and a doctoral candidate at Oregon State University.

Today's photo

Footsteps in the snow: Pete Eschbach, facility director of the OSU Electron Microscopy Facility, says,"I was here at the Linus Pauling Science Center checking on instruments during the snow closure on Dec. 27. It was quite beautiful that day, as you can see in the attached photos from LPSC looking west and LPSC looking towards Nash Hall." We're accepting photo submissions at [email protected]

Timely Teaching Tips: Have a midterm coming up? The Academic Success Center’s 7-Day Study Plan and Make It Stick – Practice! handouts are helpful tools you can share to encourage effective study strategies and distribute study over time. Giving students time in class to ask questions and plan study times and strategies can motivate students to begin midterm study early.


TRIAD: The OSU TRIAD club’s programs are online, free and open to all this term. The next TRIAD program is Jan. 20 at noon: Julie Manning, OSU Board of Trustees and Chair of the OSU Presidential search committee, will present an update on the search and conduct a listening session with attendees as part of the search process. Zoom link here.

Your Social Impact: How to be a Change Agent Within Your Networks. Get expert advice from people who’ve been on the same journey as you and are making a difference in this free, virtual "Winning in Life" event, Jan. 20 at noon. The series is designed to help students and alumni build personal and professional skills for success in life, career and beyond. Register for free at

Beyond Benefits: "Emotional Eating: The Connection Between Mood and Food." This workshop will address the relationship between emotions and food consumption and how to retrain your body and mind to recognize the cues of hunger and to eat for physiological and not emotional reasons. Jan. 20, 1 p.m. Register here.

Crucial Conversations: This is a 10-hour course that fosters dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics at all levels of your organization. Learn how to speak and be heard, surface the best ideas and make and execute the highest-quality decisions. Online sessions on Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., Jan. 20 through Feb. 17. There is a $100 fee to attend. Learn more and register here.

Crafternoons: The OSU Valley Library is hosting Crafternoons during Winter Term 2022. Crafts will be available in the second floor foyer. All sessions are free for students to participate in and feature the library's loanable equipment. Sessions are 2-3 p.m. on Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Feb. 17, March 3 and March 17. Follow us on Instagram @valleylibrary to see pictures of crafts and share your crafts with the hashtag #OSUMakes.

University Budget Conversation: The Office of Budget and Resource Planning will hold a University Budget Conversation via Zoom Jan 20, noon to 1 p.m. This week’s topic is “So you want to build a building — capital project planning.” The initial 15 minutes is spent on presentation of the topic, followed by discussion and Q&A. To register, click here. More information is on the website or contact Sherm Bloomer.

HMSC Research Seminar: Alexandra McInturf, a CICOES Postdoctoral Fellow with Oregon State University’s Big Fish Lab at Hatfield Marine Science Center, will be giving a seminar titled “A multiscale approach to understanding fish responses to environmental change in California ecosystems” Jan 20, 3:30 p.m. Zoom linkClick here for more information.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Winter Seminar Series: “Grass seed and hemp pathology: A research program to support established and emerging industries at the USDA-ARS FSCRU,” presented by Hannah Rivedal of USDA-ARS, Jan. 20, 4 p.m. via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.


NEW! University Budget Committee: The Committee will meet this Friday, Jan. 21 from 2-3:30 p.m. via Zoom. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the Provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities and budget policies. The committee will discuss projections and planning relevant to developing budget and tuition recommendations for 2022-23. If you are interested in joining as an observer, register for the webinar here.

Music à la Carte: Sirens. Sirens Trio (Rebecca Towers, flute; Victoria Racz, oboe; Maria Manzo, piano) returns to Music à la Carte. Free. Friday, Jan. 21 at noon in the MU Lounge. Live audience open to OSU students, faculty and staff. Those from off campus are asked to view the livestream. Presented by the College of Liberal Arts/School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Climate Adaptation Fellows Program: The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center Research Fellowship Program is currently accepting proposals from graduate students and postdocs at OSU for the 2022-23 academic year. Proposals are due March 14. Join us for a virtual Q&A session Feb. 10, 11 a.m. Register here. Questions: [email protected].

NEW! Learn about open educational resources (OER): OSU’s Open Educational Resources Unit is hosting virtual workshops on how faculty can find or create no-cost and low-cost learning materials, save students money and improve course retention rates. Learn more about each workshop and register today

FYI Friday – Addressing Workplace Bullying: Conflicts involving workplace bullying are some of the most challenging to address and manage effectively. Participants in this session will learn to recognize the stages of bullying, its far-reaching effects and multiple dimensions, and options for effective intervention, assistance and support. Jan. 21, 10-11 a.m. via Zoom. Registration required.

FST Farm 2 Fork Webinar: “How Dulse and Other Seaweeds Will Shape the Future of Food.” Would you like to learn about on-land seaweed aquaculture and its potential to create a more efficient supply chain and healthier products that not only can feed the world, but heal it as well? Join us Jan. 21, noon to 12:45 p.m. Register today.

CTL Sparkshops — Engaging students in successful learning experiences: Conditions and strategies. Want to know how to help your students attain the academic and social-emotional benefits of cooperative learning? Join Funmi Amobi and Weiwei Zhang to discuss the conditions and strategies for engaging students in productive cooperative learning experiences. Jan. 21, noon to 12:45 p.m. Registration required

OSU Advantage Virtual Speaker Series: Startup Basics, featuring Paul King: Join the OSU Advantage Accelerator on Jan. 25, noon to 1 p.m. for a conversation with Paul King, Ampere Scientific co-founder, president and executive director. The goal of this month’s Speaker Series event is to provide a startup roadmap for beginners, including company formation, building the right team, finding customers and more. Virtual, free and open to the public. Register here.

Innovation Day on Jan. 26: 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.

Faculty Media Center: Discover all the media tools available at the Faculty Media Center and learn from chemistry instructor Jia Zhang about her experience using the Lightboard and Kaltura Analytics. The Faculty Media Center and CTL invite faculty and GTAs to a one-hour Zoom workshop. Register for Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m., or register for Thursday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. Info: Faculty Media Center.

Climate Change Bias: How Diversity Perspectives Highlight Gaps. A Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity  seminar with Samantha Chisholm Hatfield. Climate change bias occurs when only a select perspective is presented, and fails to include pressing issues people of color face, many on a daily basis. This Zoom presentation takes place Jan. 31, 4-5 p.m. Register at

Take Note

NEW! OSU Costco Membership Program Change — Faculty and Staff: A reminder that as of Jan. 1, Costco has moved OSU from one membership for the entire university to individual memberships for each department that wishes to continue shopping at Costco. More information about the change and how departments may obtain their own membership can be found at

NEW! Corvallis Transit System Service reductions, effective Jan. 24: Due to an ongoing shortage of drivers, Corvallis Transit System is forced to reduce service beginning on Jan. 24 until further notice. This reduction will affect Routes 5, 6, 50, and Route 1 Peak P.M. Additional drivers are being hired and as soon as they are fully trained, CTS will return to regular service. For more details on the reduction:

NEW! CAPS Virtual Scavenger Hunt: Because CAPS is a confidential setting, in-person resource scavenger hunts are discouraged, but learning about CAPS is always highly encouraged. Classes and student clubs/organizations can use the new CAPS website scavenger hunt activity to learn about their many services, resources, and what to do when urgent help is needed. Click here for a printable and fillable worksheet, extra credit suggestions, and an informative CAPS overview video. Questions? Email [email protected].

NEW! Alternative Spring Break: Weeklong service-learning programs traveling to Washington, Southern Oregon and California during OSU’s spring break. Students engage in a variety of direct service projects, educational conversations and presentations, and reflective dialogue with leaders and change-makers in their respective communities. Priority application deadline: Jan. 28. Program dates: March 19-26. Program fee: $50. Apply at

NEW! 25 Year Club inductees: Congratulations to Sunil Khanna, professor and Robert and Sara Rothschild Endowed Chair in Global Health, 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.

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:

Updated fiscal policy: 03-140-507 Employee Recognition has been revised to eliminate funding source restrictions, allowing use of E&G funds. Please contact the Fiscal Policy Coordinator for your Business Center or the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.

Calling all OSU music makers: The OSU music technology and production program wants your song to be on our upcoming album. All students are eligible to apply and may submit a link to their demo to be considered for inclusion on an upcoming EP produced by students in our program. Deadline: Friday, Feb. 11. Apply here. Questions? Contact Jason Fick.

START leaders wanted: The Office of Student Orientation is recruiting for START Leaders for summer 2022. We are especially interested in recruiting transfer students, international students, first-generation students, students of color, student parents, graduate students and e-campus students. Encourage students to apply. Information here: Students can apply directly here: until Jan. 18.

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].

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; 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.

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.

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:

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 to access the faculty/staff online training to recognize and support OSU students in distress. Student assistants should visit: 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 Deadline is Feb. 4. Contact [email protected] with questions.

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:

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: Bend: Ray Hall 302. Week of Jan. 3: Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.

Traffic and Maintenance

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.


“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." ~ William Blake

Corvallis: Showers likely, high of 52, low of 38. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of rain and then partly sunny, high of 53, low of 30. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Showers, high of 50, low of 39. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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