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. 

OSU's Bob Mason untangles secrets of snake sex (Gazette-Times)

Bob Mason, who teaches in the department of integrative biology in the Oregon State University College of Science, has become one of the world’s leading experts in the field of reproductive biology, in large part by studying the love life of the red-sided garter snake.

OSU develops tools to help land managers use risk-analysis approach to 'new wildfire reality' (KTVZ)

New digital tools developed by Oregon State University will, according to their creators, enable land managers to better adapt to the new reality of large wildfires through analytics that guide planning and suppression across jurisdictional boundaries that fires typically don’t adhere to.

What to know about the gray wolf, whose fate in Colorado could be decided by voters (ABC News)

Vucetich and Michael Nelson, a professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University, both of whom signed the letter, argue that wolves do not yet meet the standard for removing them from the Endangered Species Act.

U.S. killing of Iranian general surprises OSU professor (KMTR)

Christopher Nichols, associate professor of history and Director of the Center for the Humanities at Oregon State, says many scholars and foreign policy observers are shocked by the move. (see also Central Oregon Daily)

Better design can stop virtual reality from causing real injury (Engineering & Technology)

Researchers from Oregon State University (OSU) have been investigating ways in which users of virtual reality (VR) headsets could fully benefit from the activity without causing physical risk to participants.

The person that could have been (Oregon ArtWatch)

(Article contains imagery that could be considered graphic) The would-be shooter is portrayed in these works by the artist himself. It is a bold move for Kerry Skarbakka, an assistant professor of photography at Oregon State University in Corvallis, who had to inhabit the role of a mad man continually for the several years it took him to realize this project. 

Watermelon supplements found to benefit obese mice: Study (Nutra Ingredients)

“Even though the two groups of mice were eating the same amount of fat and sugar, that consumption of 1.5 servings of watermelon flesh or 2% of high-fiber rind or skin products had significant effects,” said study c-author Neil Shay, professor of food science in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

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Five-mile race winners: Hope you're feeling like a winner as you head into the '20s. Photo courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives.


Citizen science & education lecture: Tali Tal, professor of science education at the Technion and current NARST President, will give a talk and Q&A session on citizen science as a bridge between formal and informal education. She will speak from noon-1:50 p.m. on Jan. 9 in Furman 404. Click here for more information.

TRIAD: Looking for networking opportunities in the new year? Weekly Triad luncheons will be starting up for the winter term on Thursday, Jan. 9. 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. The first program of the term will feature Rorie Solberg, School of Public Policy, noon, Jan. 9, MU 211, “Impeachment: A primer.” Event is free; optional catered lunch is available for $13. Contact Janice Nave-Abele, to reserve a lunch. For more information about Triad go to

NEW! Faculty Senate: The Jan. 9 Faculty Senate agenda is online at; the meeting begins at 3 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. Agenda items include installation of elected officials and curricular proposals. Reports include ASOSU student issues, recap of the Pac-12 Academic Leaders Coalition meeting and baccalaureate core issues.

The Visiting Writers Series with Namwali Serpell: Namwali Serpell, author of “The Old Drift,” will give a reading and Q&A from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 in The Valley Library Rotunda. 


NEW! Volunteers interested in healthcare, kinesiology, any major: OSU IMPACT for Life program is recruiting volunteers to work with people with disabilities in exercise facilities around Corvallis. No experience is needed. We provide training. Mandatory orientation 4:30-6 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 10 in Women's Building, Room 210. Volunteer applications can be found at Questions: Kayla Lindland 971-344-5701.

NEW! 5th Annual OSU STEM Leaders Program Research Symposium: This event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Students from the Colleges of Engineering, Science, and Agricultural Sciences will be presenting research from their first year on campus. Join us in the Memorial Union Horizon Room for light refreshments.

NEW! Play On: Shakespeare in Production at Oregon State University: Professor Emerita Charlotte Headrick will discuss the colorful history of Shakespeare plays produced on campus since the first performance of "Julius Caesar" in 1895. The special guest lecture will be at the OSU Center for the Humanities at 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13 in Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave. Free and open to the public.

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

OSU International Scholar and Faculty Coffee Social: OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International and OSU Office of International Services would like to invite you to join international visiting faculty, scholars, students and their families for conversation, coffee, tea and light snacks at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (CMLC) in the Einerson House (EINH) between 10:30 a.m. and noon on Friday at 2638 NW Jackson Ave, Corvallis.

Music à la Carte: The Oregon State University Music à la Carte concert series opens the winter 2020 season at noon on Friday, Jan. 10 in the MU Lounge with a jazz performance by trumpeter-composer Douglas Detrick, guitarist Michael Gamble and drummer Ryan Biesack.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and noon-3 p.m. Fridays at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

Budget committee: The University Budget Committee will meet from 2-3:30 p.m. this Friday in Kerr 102. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the Provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities, and budget policies. This Friday the committee will discuss projections and planning relevant to developing undergraduate tuition recommendations for 2020-2021. Members of the university community are welcome to join meetings of the UBC as observers. Future meeting times and locations can be found at

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 9 a.m. event on Monday, Jan. 20 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.

PFLA Winter Luncheon: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA) and TRIAD invite you to attend the annual Winter Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, 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 the cost is $15 for each attendee. For more information about the event and how to register, click here:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Seminar: Irina Gaynanova will speak on “Truncated latent Gaussian copula model for zero-inflated data,” 4 p.m. Jan. 13, Weniger 149. Gaynanova is an assistant professor at Texas A&M University.

NEW! Crop and Soil Science Winter 2020 Seminar Series: The departments of CSS and Horticulture are co-hosting the weekly winter 2020 Seminars at 4 p.m. every Monday in ALS 4000. The first seminar takes place at 4 p.m. Jan 13, ALS4000, and will be presented by Xi Zhang, a postdoctoral scholar in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. The title of his talk is "Estimating soil hydraulic conductivity in agricultural landscape with pedotransfer functions: challenges and opportunities." Zoom information:

Curriculum maps: These planning tools provide clarity to the program assessment process. By diagramming existing and potential courses, curriculum maps identify program strengths, requirements and student learning objectives. Join the Office of Academic Programs and Assessment as we facilitate developing, creating or fine-tuning unique curriculum maps for undergraduate major, minor and certificate programs. Join us from 10-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 in Milam 215. Register for the Curriculum Mapping Workshop

Winter 2020 Black Minds Matter CourseThe 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 at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17. Register for the course this winter by emailing

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! Affordable learning grant application: Oregon State faculty are invited to apply for affordable learning grants to offset the time and expense required to develop and/or implement high-quality, freely available learning materials in classes. All grant recipients will receive assistance from OSU’s Open Educational Resources Unit in locating, adopting or authoring zero-cost course materials. For more information, visit

Emergency posters: Announcing the new “In Case of Emergency” poster. We have updated the look and content of the orange emergency poster. Contact to request copies for your area. When emailing, give us the location for delivery and the quantity needed. Or download a printable version from

Animal Connection: The Animal Connection newsletter from the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine includes stories about a new surgical procedure that helped a puppy with heart defects, a memorable internship for veterinary students in India and a sick horse who was saved by a huge team effort.

OSU Food Drive: Do you know who your OSU Food Drive unit coordinator is? Find out at The Food Drive is an annual February tradition at OSU to help fight hunger in our community and we need all the help we can get. If you don’t know who your coordinator is – perhaps it could be you. Email for more information.

Updates to University Policies & Standards: Please visit the University Policy & Standards page to learn about recent policy updates: This page is updated frequently with new developments, so we encourage you to check back regularly. Also, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter here.

Trip to France: Join Professors James Sterns and Dominique Bachelet for a 4-credit faculty led program in France from June 16-July 3, 2020. Let the cities of Lyon and Paris be your classrooms for 18 days. Explore France’s response to climate change and experience French food culture. Students will meet food producers as well as climate scientists, explore farms, vineyards, food processors and distributors, retailers and restaurants and cafes while also discovering a number of museums and historic sites as well as a nuclear power plant. For more information, pick up the program brochure at, attend the faculty-led program-focused EXPO on Jan. 22, and/or contact the organizers.

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 Student Life, in collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services, developed a CARE folder, which is intended to provide you with resources and referral information that we hope you find valuable. Simply click on this link and you will be directed to login to Box to access these resources. We recommend you bookmark this link for easy access on your phone, laptop or tablet.

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Next Great Startup competition application open now: The fourth annual multi-round NGSU competition is looking for OSU student-led teams who want to turn a startup idea into a real company. Apply by Jan. 16 for the chance to pitch to VC coaches, receive 10,000 AWS Credits and win combined prizes and services worth $20,000. Full details at

Difference, Power, and Discrimination Academy Applications: Faculty applications are being accepted for the DPD Academy scheduled to be held from 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.

Applications for PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships for spring term projects are now being accepted: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach or creative projects related to women’s issues. Scholarships average $300 and are paid by reimbursement. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 7, with notification in Week 7. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact Joy Jorgensen at

Metabolic Research Study: We are examining how insulin release is triggered by tasting carbohydrates. Participants must be non-smokers and non-diabetic, aged 18-35. The study will involve having body measurements taken, having saliva collected, performing taste tests, having blood drawn and filling out dietary surveys. Email for more information. Study name: Taste Perception of Carbohydrates. PI: Juyun Lim.

Honors College course proposals and grants: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor and emeritus faculty are invited to submit honors course proposals for 2020-2021 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 $3,000 to develop experiential learning opportunities for honors courses. More information: or 541-737-6412. Deadline: Jan. 15.

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing SAIF online information on ErgoPoint for office ergonomic assessments, which is available online at You can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a link to report safety concerns online. 

Grant Funding Available: The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is accepting proposals for grant funding to be awarded in May 2020. Projects that enhance the undergraduate experience, directly impact as many OSU students as possible and improve student retention are eligible. The applications are due by 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13. To apply for a grant, visit Questions: Contact Molly Moriarty Russell at 541-737-4044 or


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To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

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.

NEW! Administrative Manager: The Department of Agricultural Education & Agricultural Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Administrative Manager. This position provides administrative support to the Department Head, faculty and staff, coordinating administrative operations for the unit. Posting #P03522UF. Closes Jan. 29.


“On the day when it will be possible for woman to love not in her weakness but in her strength, not to escape herself but to find herself, not to abase herself but to assert herself--on that day love will become for her, as for man, a source of life and not of mortal danger.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir, born today in 1908.

Corvallis: Isolated showers today, high of 45, low of 35. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of snow showers, high of 35, low of 26. Rain and snow tomorrow.

Newport: Scattered showers today, high of 48, low of 42. Heavy rain and wind tomorrow.

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