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:

Oregon is poised to make drug possession a crime again (Vice)

Meanwhile, a study by researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon State University, and the Oregon Department of Corrections published in the Journal of Substance Use and Addiction Treatment last year found that people recently released from incarceration face 10 times a greater risk of overdosing on opioids than the general public. 

In defense of DEI: 10 benefits of DEI in higher education (Baptist News Global)

A piece by Susan Shaw, professor of women, gender and sexuality studies at Oregon State University.

Save What You Love (Ruralite)

The Columbia Gorge was added as an Oregon State University Extension Service Master Naturalist eco-region in 2017. Since then, the local program has trained and certified 118 Master Naturalists.

MapLab: Mapping Gaza's destruction (Bloomberg)

At the Conflict Ecology Lab, Oregon State University geography professor Jamon Van Den Hoek maps the effects of war on landscapes and people. Using satellite imagery and geospatial data, he and his collaborators have charted a huge range of phenomena, including the expansion of illicit farming by rebel groups in the Amazon and conflicts at refugee camps across Africa.

Preparing undergraduates for work: 5 student ideas (Inside Higher Ed)

Students at Oregon State University at Cascades will soon run a for-profit snowboard business—the kind of opportunity Student Voice survey respondents say they want. In this infographic, students share other ideas for how their institutions can help them better prepare for the world of work.

OSU study offers rare, long-term analysis of techniques to create standing dead trees (snags) for wildlife habitat (KTVZ)

Jim Rivers of the Oregon State University College of Forestry looked at nearly 800 large-diameter Douglas-fir trees that had been subjected to snag creation treatment in southwestern Oregon in the early 2000s.

Watch a deaf child regain hearing after a breakthrough gene therapy (Financial Press)

Colin Johnson, a biochemist at Oregon State University who studies otoferlin, calls the results of the Chinese and US studies a “dramatic development.”

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Ocean angel: Ryan Sheldrake, assistant director, service and application support, says, “The weekend of Nov. 25 had a 'King Tide' on the coast; these semi-annual larger tides bring big waves and great entertainment. The Depoe Bay seawall was packed with people enjoying the crashing, spouting waves. This was one of my favorite waterspouts; there seemed to be a bit of an angelic shape to it.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for ways to give your students timely, consistent feedback? See Using Gradescope at OSU to find out about this popular tool. Gradescope also provides detailed tutorials that cover various assignment types, grading and workflows. 


School of Public Policy Career Week: The School of Public Policy (SPP) invites you to meet faculty, staff, peers and alumni at Career Week 2024. Events this year are meant to inspire SPP students to think more about how their careers can change the world. Gatherings run from Jan. 22-25.

Care Talks: Your Healthy Lifestyle — Eat Your Way to a Healthy Year. Participants in this talk learn the benefits of nutrition, including the importance of making informed food choices to develop and maintain sound eating habits in relation to goal-setting. 10 a.m., Jan. 25. Register today.

Beating the Post-Vacation Blues: Returning to work after vacation is never easy. Many of us might have a hard time transitioning back to the flow of things. Join this gathering to discuss the challenges we can face while transitioning back to work after a vacation. Attendees will also discuss self-care strategies to help you manage stress and maintain your mental health during this transition. Noon, Jan. 25 and 9 a.m., Jan. 26. Register for this upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

BABy@OSU Baby Shower Connection Hour with Lunch: Are you a new or expecting parent who would like to learn more about supports at OSU and connect with other new or expecting parents? Join us at noon in the Valley Library Willamette Room West for a free lunch and connection. Presented as a part of the 2023-24 Baby Shower. Noon, Jan. 25. Register here.

Tiny Café: Pop-up coffee and feedback about Beaver Hub on Valley Library’s main floor. 12:30-2:30 p.m., Jan. 25.

HMSC Research Seminar: Kelsey King, a fish and wildlife biologist with the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, will be giving a seminar titled, “The importance of nectar for butterfly populations, 3:30 p.m., Jan. 25. Please join us in person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Seminar Series: “Consequences of fire for macrofungi in the PNW: We have a lot to learn,” presented by Bitty Roy of University of Oregon, 4 p.m., Jan. 25, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

Public policy career panel: Advance your career journey in public policy. Find inspiration for your future endeavors from alumni with degrees in political science, public policy and sociology at an Ask Alumni virtual networking event at 4 p.m. Jan. 25. Register for this free interactive panel presented by the OSU Alumni Association, OSU Career Development Center and School of Public Policy. 

Crafternoon: Free crafts on the Valley Library main floor, 4-6 p.m., Jan. 25. Make a free data-privacy themed craft. This event is part of Data Privacy Week.


NEW! University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 1:30-3 p.m. on Dec. 1 via Zoom and in B011 Kerr Admin. Bldg. 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 the UBC webpage. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].

NEW! New class at Marigold — Exploring Consciousness: Each week we will explore different forms of consciousness inquiry. Classes will cover a variety of techniques from different traditions: meditation, contemplation, movement and sounding. Guided by Joseph Bailey weekly on Fridays, 4-5 p.m., at Marigold. Purchase class passes and register here. Contact with questions: [email protected].

NEW! New class at Marigold — Guided Somatic Movement: This class flows between movement and stillness, music and quiet, and is rooted in a range of somatic and embodiment techniques. For all levels and abilities. Guided by Joseph Bailey Fridays 5:30-7 p.m., Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 22, at Marigold. Class is by donation; please pre-register here. Contact with questions: [email protected].

NEW! Tibetan Buddhist Visualization and Mantra: Participants will practice "The Treasury of Blessings," a sādhanā focused on the historical Buddha Sakyamuni. This particular sādhanā is profound but also great for beginners, with simple visualizations and recitation of mantras. Guided by Geoff Barstow, Thursdays, 7-8 p.m., Feb 1, 15, 29, and March 14, at Marigold. Class is by donation; please pre-register here. Contact with questions: [email protected].

Music à la Carte: Trio Subtonic. A groove-heavy power trio out of Portland led by keyboardist Galen Clark, Subtonic explores a coalescence of jazz, soul, funk and experimental sound that simultaneously draws in listeners and pushes boundaries, creating a sonic footprint reserved for more than just three people. Noon, Jan. 26 in the MU Lounge; admission is free.

AI Coffee Klatch in the Valley Library: Join co-hosts Laurie Bridges and Olga Blomgren for a conversation about "Unmasking AI" by Joy Buolamwini. 2 p.m., Jan. 26. Registration is required.

Second Annual Big Blue Film Fest, Jan. 26-27, Newport: This year's film festival features 27 ocean-themed films at the confluence of marine science, humanities and the arts. The festival has expanded to two locations: the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Newport Performing Arts Center. Go here to find the schedule, locations and summaries of each film. There are a variety of ticket options and pricing for adults and students.

Ready to get moving? Join us for a free virtual event with a cooking demo and a sneak peek of Walk With Ease, a free program for all Oregonians from OSU Extension, that can help you get moving no matter your mobility or fitness level. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Jan. 30. 

American Strings: Bob Santelli in the Spotlight: 7 p.m., Feb. 1. Director of Popular Music and Performing Arts Bob Santelli reflects on his career and his six years as the artistic curator and host of OSU's popular American Strings series in a conversation with Horning Assistant Professor of Public History and Popular Music Kelly Bosworth. Attend in person at the LaSells Stewart Center or online. Admission is free.

Red Cross Blood drive: Noon to 4 p.m., Feb. 5-8, MU Ballroom. Appointments can be made online Drop-ins are also welcome.

Beats n’ Breath — Yoga Flow by Candlelight: Embrace the winter darkness with movement by candlelight. This class integrates an inspiring playlist and an all-levels flow to energize the body and align the breath. Guided by Jessica Mylan, 5:30-7 p.m., Feb. 9 and March 8, at Marigold. Purchase one class pass or $15 for drop-in. Pre-register here. Contact: [email protected].

Yoga Nidra: Drawn from Vedic and Tantric practices, yoga nidra “yogic sleep” is a guided meditation experience which often yields deep relaxation, insight, and a sense of connection. Guided by Tiffany Bailey, 6-7:30 p.m., Feb 18 and March 17, at Marigold. Purchase one class pass or $15 for drop-in. Please pre-register. Contact: [email protected].

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Design for Social Impact Open Forum: DSI Academic Director candidate Julie Tucker is presenting a public forum to OSU community members. The forum will touch on Tucker’s background and how it ties into the position and vision for the future of DSI at OSU. Tucker will present for the first 20 minutes and then there will be 25 minutes for questions. The forum takes place from 9-9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30 in LInC 345 or online via Zoom

NEW! Design for Social Impact Open Forum: DSI Academic Director candidate Joe Piacenza is presenting a public forum to OSU community members. The forum will touch on Piacenza’s background and how it ties into the position and vision for the future of DSI at OSU. Piacenza will present for the first 20 minutes and then there will be 25 minutes for questions. The forum takes place from 1-1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30 in LInC 345 or online via Zoom

CTL Sparkshop: Strategies for using instructor talk to foster a positive learning environment and student learning success. Curious to know how to promote positive learning experiences and build community among students in your class? Join CTL Sparkshop to discuss strategies for using instructor talk to promote student engagement and learning. Presenter Funmi Amobi, instructional consultant. Noon to 12:20 p.m., Jan. 26, online. Registration.

FYI Friday – Global Engagement Resource Highlights: Learn more about OSU processes for international engagement, including signing international agreements and conducting international travel on behalf of the university. Part of the Winter 2024 FYI Friday series, noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 26 via Zoom. Registration required.

OSU Anthropology Lecture Series: David Lewis, assistant professor at OSU, will give a lecture titled, "Tribal Histories of the Willamette Valley," from noon to 12:50 p.m., Jan. 26 in Strand 161. This event is sponsored by the OSU Anthropology Program and the OSU School of Language, Culture & Society. Questions? Contact Drew Gerkey at [email protected]

College of Health Friday Research Seminar: Deshira Wallace, assistant professor at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will present “Por Que Me Paso a Mi: Using Community Focused Methods to Explore Prediabetes-Related Stress Among Latinxs,” from 1-2 p.m. Jan. 26 in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room and via Zoom.

Employee Resource Group (ERG)/Affinity Group: You are invited to a meeting at LBCC’s Calapooia Center of leaders and members of the various Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) across our institutions (LBCC, OSU, HP and Samaritan Health). The goal is to build relationships, create a better sense of community/belonging and build an awareness of each institution’s ERGs and how they function. 3-5 p.m., Jan. 30. Refreshments are provided and parking is free. Please contact Megan Kilgore [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. KeynoteKeeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will serve as this year’s Commemoration keynote speaker, at 7 p.m., Jan. 31 in The LaSells Stewart Center and streamed online. Register here. Taylor’s keynote address, titled “The Radical King: Martin Luther King, Jr’s Quest to Reconstruct America,” will explore Dr. King's vision for the nation that is just as relevant today.

Winter Wednesdays with Global Opportunities: Students at any OSU campus are welcome to join us this winter term for one or all five online informational sessions focused on the wide array of education abroad programs available to you as an OSU student. OSU GO staff and peer advisors will provide an overview of program types (faculty-led, summer, internships, programs during the academic year) and resources for financing education abroad. 4 p.m., Jan. 31-Feb. 28, online. For more information, visit

Psychology careers Ask Alumni webcast: What’s the potential of your psychology degree? OSU alumni illuminate unexpected opportunities at an Ask Alumni virtual event, 4 p.m., Feb. 8. Gain perspective and learn how they’ve harnessed the power of their degree at a free interactive networking event presented by OSUAA, the Career Development Center and the School of Psychological Science. Register.

Advances in Battery Research 2024: The College of Science’s David Ji, who researches sustainable battery technologies, will present Feb. 21 at the online symposium Advances in Battery Research 2024 organized by Technology Networks. Ji’s presentation is titled “Opportunities and challenges of aqueous metal batteries” and will encompass the large picture of energy storage, the requirements of storage batteries and results from the Ji lab regarding fundamental solutions in enabling aqueous metal batteries for storage purposes. Attendance is free. Register here.

Tuition Forums: The University Budget Committee and Office of Budget and Resource Planning are offering a series of weekly forums to discuss the tuition-setting process, tuition rate scenarios for FY25 and to answer any questions about tuition and the university budget. The first forum will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 24 in Furman 105 or on Zoom. More info or the forum schedule are available at    

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State University managers, supervisors, and lead workers. At the end of this course, learners will have a solid understanding about the principles and policies that apply to our employees; know how to navigate within the space of talent management activities; recognize when, and how, to provide equal opportunity and access to employees; and more. Winter 2024 program: Monday-Thursday, 8:15 a.m. to noon, Feb. 26-29, via Zoom. Spring 2024 program: Tuesday-Friday 8:15 a.m. to noon, May 7-10 via Zoom. Learn more and register.

The Power of Color community dialogue: 5 p.m., Feb. 22, MU Horizon Room. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. We will be exploring how the concepts of colorism have a global impact on many communities, understanding our relationships with colorism and anti-blackness, and how these concepts influence our own perspectives of ourselves and others.

Take Note

NEW! Can a city outsmart microscopic invaders? Write your science fiction exploring the future of urban pandemic resistance. The NSF-funded Pandemic-Resilient Cities research project has once again extended the deadline for its Science Fiction Writing Contest to Feb. 16. Four winning submissions will be awarded $500 each and publication in the campus literary magazine 45TH PARALLEL. Visit for contest guidelines.

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Peter Loschl, facilities and safety operations manager, 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. Congratulations and thank you for your service.

Student Veteran of the Year: Angelina Trillo, a senior in political science at Oregon State University from Portland, has been named 2023 Student Veteran of the Year by the Student Veterans of America. The announcement was made Jan. 16. As president of OSU’s Student Veterans Association and an Army Reserve medic for her unit, she has been praised by supervisors as vital to the university’s veteran affairs operations and is a key member of staff. For more information on the award, see

OSU Faculty and Graduate Researchers: Have an idea that you think may have commercialization potential, but aren’t sure? Do you need $5,000 in funding to explore and test your assumption? Join this virtual one-hour Innovation Day info session hosted by the OSU Advantage office to learn how you can take advantage of the 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 the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (OCCD). Noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 30. Register here.

Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Spring 2024: Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy or research you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours in length. Learn more about the requirements and application process. For more information, [email protected].

New Winter Classes at Marigold: Join us at Marigold: The OSU Center for Contemplative Practice for a new term of weekly classes, including gentle and flow yoga, mindfulness meditation, Buddhist Sadhana, exploring consciousness, and body poetry.  Instructors weave contemplative philosophy and movement in welcoming classes that strengthen the body, soothe the mind, and enliven the spirit. Check out the class schedulepurchase passes, or apply for an OSU Undergraduate ScholarshipContact us

BennyBuy: There are two new supplier punchout catalogs now available in BennyBuy. Momentum Procurement Group (MPG), a certified Minority Owned and Woman Owned business, offers an extensive catalog on over 25,000 office supplies with next-day delivery with no minimum purchase or shipping fees. MSC provides industrial, commercial and MRO items at competitive prices. Explore their catalogs and support these suppliers now in BennyBuy.

Open call for artArt About Agriculture Competition and Touring Exhibition 2024 Open Call for Art invites fine art and craft submissions highlighting natural resources for this Pacific Northwest-wide juried exhibition with purchase awards. Scholarships available for College of Agricultural Sciences students with artwork selected by the jury for inclusion in the tour. Submission deadline: March 3 at 11:59 p.m.

Research Fellowship Program: The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) Fellowship Program is now accepting proposals from graduate students and post docs for our 2024-2025 Research Fellowship Program, which supports research related to climate adaptation for Northwest natural and cultural resource management and provides training in developing decision-relevant science. The NW CASC Fellowship Program funding will be available as early as fall term 2024 to support research performed during the 2024-2025 academic year. The deadline to submit proposals is March 11. To learn more and apply, click here. Join us for a virtual info session about our Research Fellowship Program and application process from 10-11 a.m., Feb. 8. Click here to register for the info session. Questions? Contact the OSU NW CASC liaison, Selina Heppell.

Call for Nominations — Black and Orange Awards Celebration: The OSU Alumni Association presents several awards to outstanding Oregon Staters throughout the year. We need your help nominating Oregon Staters who have excelled in their field of study, been dedicated to serving Oregon State University or have served their community. We will be awarding the Alumni Fellows, Dan W. Poling Service Award, the E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award, the Jean and C.H. “Scram” Graham Leadership Award, the Joan Austin Honorary Alumni Award, the Don and Shirley Wirth Young Alumni Award as well as the Martin Chaves Lifetime Achievement Award in partnership with OSU Athletics. Please visit for nomination information. All nominations are due Feb. 23.

Therapy appointments: Did you know employees can see a therapist on the Corvallis campus through Lyra Health? Porshay Pendleton, LMFT, is available every Thursday for therapy sessions. To book an appointment with her click here. If it shows she is unavailable for appointments it is because her schedule is currently full. Appointments become available exactly two weeks in advance, so more appointments will open up today as the day goes on every Thursday.

Youth Impact Awards: Nominations requested for Youth Impact Awards that will be given as part of the inaugural Youth Impact Summit. The award nomination window has been extended until Jan. 30. Contact [email protected] with questions. 

Notice of policy action: The university community is invited to review and provide comment on proposed University Standard 04-040 Freedom of Speech and Expression. This draft includes necessary updates to our existing Standard, 576‐005 Time, Place, and Manner Rules for Speech Activities, which was last revised with substantive edits in 2017. Send any comments to [email protected]; comments must be received by Feb. 2.


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

NEW! The College of Engineering at OSU is seeking a Digital Marketing Manager. This 1.0 FTE, 12-month position is a member of the College of Engineering’ External Relations group, which is responsible for the college’s marketing, communications and engagement activities. This position is part of a fast-paced, hands-on team that produces compelling and creative content for the college. Posting #P07694UF. Full consideration Feb. 11. Closes Feb. 29.


“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice." ~ T.S. Eliot

Corvallis: Showers today, high of 50, low of 42. Rain tomorrow. 

Central Oregon: Slight chance of rain today, high of 43, low of 29. Rain Friday.

Newport: Showers today, high of 51, low of 44. Rain tomorrow.

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