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's rock star scientist sounds alarm: Our soil needs help (OPB News)

James Cassidy’s research with Oregon State University reveals vital resources underground.

Struggling Northwest kelp forests sending out a SOS. Help is coming (KUOW)

In the short term, the Oregon Kelp Alliance is recruiting scuba divers to smash sea urchins at three experimental sites along the Oregon Coast. One of the Kelp Alliance’s lead scientists, Oregon State University marine ecologist Sarah Gravem, described this project to OPB.

Warming oceans may reduce blue whale reproduction (Earth)

In 2018, researchers from Oregon State University, including Dawn Barlow and Leigh Torres, discovered that a population of pygmy blue whales (B. m. brevicauda) in South Taranaki Bight, New Zealand  is genetically distinct from other blue whale populations.

Advocates urge Biden to protect beavers, Oregon's state animal (Salem Reporter)

Professors, retired and active, from both Oregon State University and University of Oregon, joined the effort. Several fishing advocates signed the letter as well, including David Moskowitz from the Conservation Angler and Bob Rees of Northwest Guides and Anglers Association, highlighting the value that beavers can provide to healthy fish habitat.


Today's photo

Campus sunset: Detlef Laughery, civil engineering student, submitted this photo of the George W. Peavy Forest Science Center in the fading daylight. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: The last few weeks of the term are often very busy for students. Want to help them manage potential stress and overwhelm? Share strategies from the Academic Success Center’s E.A.S.E. Your Stress handout. Taking a few minutes in class to share these techniques for de-stressing can help remind students of the importance of self-care.


Microbiology Ph.D. defense: Parker Smith will present “The Social Interactions of Pseudomonas aeruginosa,”  10 a.m. March 2, LPSC 402. Smith is completing his Ph.D. in microbiology under the guidance of Martin Schuster. Contact the microbiology department at [email protected] for details and the Zoom link.

OSU Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan: Public comment meeting 1-3 p.m. March 2 in Cascade 136 for the five-year update to the OSU Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. This plan update helps OSU identify ways to reduce the potential loss of life and property by studying the impact of natural hazards and identifying ways to lessen the impact of disasters caused by earthquakes, floods and other hazards. The plan can be reviewed at; email comments to [email protected].

Grad Inspire 2023: Join the Graduate School and Inspiration Dissemination for Grad Inspire at 3:30 p.m. March 2 at the LaSells Stewart Center. Now in its sixth year, Grad Inspire is a free event where four current graduate students share the motivations and questions behind their research in a short-format presentation. Add to your calendar. For more info visit:

HMSC Research Seminar: Marli Miller from the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oregon will give a seminar entitled “Geotouring the Pacific Northwest and encountering the unexpected,” 3:30 p.m. March 2. In person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or on ZoomClick here for more information.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology seminar series: “Language and Neighborhood Arrangements of BFFs (Bacterial-Fungal Frenemies),” presented by Nancy Keller of University of Wisconsin, 4 p.m. March 2, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

Winter 2023 Faculty Food and Fun: Beyond Accommodations: Join InclusiveExcellence@OSU for a panel discussion about the experience of students with disabilities/disabled students at OSU with Kathleen Bogart (psychology) and three student representatives from the Disabled Students Union. 4-6 p.m. March 2, MU 109 and on Zoom. More information and RSVP here.

OSU Authors and Editors Recognition Series: The Authors and Editors Recognition Series celebrates the literary and scholarly books published by university faculty by featuring selected authors and editors for readings and discussion. The 2023 recognition series includes three nights of readings and receptions. Join the OSU Community in the Memorial Union Lounge, 5-7 p.m., Feb. 28, March 1 and 2. All are welcome.

Discovering Ancient and Modern-day Agriculture in the Heart of Mexico - Faculty-led program info session: Join OSU faculty leaders Ricardo Mata Gonzalez and Clarisa Caballero-Ignacio from the College of Agricultural Sciences for a three-credit, 12-day program in Mexico, July 10-21. Info session 5 p.m. March 2, STAG 161. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

One Hundred Years of Timber Culture in Oregon: Celebrating the Legacy and the Land of Maxville, Oregon: Gwendolyn Trice, executive director of the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, will speak on the legacy of the multiethnic logging company town of Maxville, Oregon, in 1923. In the 1920s, the Bowman-Hicks Lumber Company recruited skilled Black loggers from the southern U.S. to Wallowa County when Oregon’s Black exclusion laws were still in place. A century after the town’s founding, the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center has purchased the land of and surrounding historic Maxville; this site is now owned by a Black-led non-profit directed by a descendant of one of the first logger families that was recruited to work at Maxville. 5:30 p.m. March 2, MU Horizon Room. A reception will follow. 

The Oregon Trail: University Theatre and the Memorial Union present The Oregon Trail, by Bekah Brunstetter. It’s 1997 and a middle-schooler finds herself trapped in the computer lab, playing “The Oregon Trail” game. The game comes to life and juxtaposes the students’ modern struggles with those of her great-great grandmother, who traveled the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon in 1848. 7:30 p.m., March 2-3, and 2 p.m., March 5, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Tickets are $15 GA, $12 youth/senior and $5 OSU students with ID. Available online or through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2852.


NEW! Artist opening and reception for works by Sarah Logan and Lori Hepner: Sarah Logan’s ceramics and works on paper reference and abstract the marine environment in delicate and representational-but-not-transcriptive forms. Lori Hepner’s embodied, kinesthetic and often oceanic “light paintings” are derived from motion-capture devices she wears while performing such activities as standing on the deck of a ship or rowing a boat. Logan will discuss her work and Ashley Stull Meyers, chief curator in the Reser Center for the Creative Arts, will present an orientation to Hepner’s work. The event is at 5:15 p.m. March 7 at Gladys Valley Marine Science Center in Newport.

NEW! Oregon State Album Club: Fresh Cream, the 1966 debut studio album by the British rock band, Cream. The band and the album are historically significant on many levels, including that they were instrumental in launching the rock and roll "power trio" and were a big influence on the birth of jam and heavy metal rock. Find out more about the legacy of this album at the next installation of the OSU Album Club, 7 p.m. March 7 in MU1 13 (Multipurpose Room). Hosted by Bob Santelli with Colson Legras. Also available on Zoom. Register here for link to view.

NEW! Book Club: Join the Center for Teaching and Learning "Are You IN(clusive)? Read, Reflect, Reform” spring book club. The Read, Reflect, Reform book clubs use a blended format with two synchronous meetings (times set by the group, in person or remote) and asynchronous activities. Activities commence spring term 2023. Register now. March 17 deadline.

Literary Northwest Reading Series: Jennifer Reimer, assistant professor of American studies and program coordinator for the low-residency MFA in creative writing program (OSU-Cascades), and Jeff Fearnside, instructor in the School of Writing, Literature and Film, will give a free reading and Q&A at 7:30 p.m. March 3 in the Valley Library rotunda. Open to all. More information.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Winter Concert: Featuring a variety of works from Wagner, Mahler, Dvorak and more. 3 p.m. March 5, The LaSells Stewart Center. $35 online, $40 at the door. Complimentary K-8 student tickets available online, up to three K-8 tickets can be reserved with one paid adult ticket. Show student ID at door. High School and college students may pick up complimentary tickets at the box office one hour prior to concert. Tickets and more information at

Register now for Open Education Week: Oregon State is on a mission to lower the cost of learning for students. You can join the efforts during Open Education Week from March 6-10. This annual celebration raises awareness of open educational resources and explores other important ways to make higher education more accessible and affordable to all. Sessions are hosted online. View the schedule of webinars and register today.

American Strings celebrates Women's History Month featuring Shannon McNally with Marilyn Jordan and Fiona Daly: Host Bob Santelli will talk to GRAMMY® nominated Americana musician Shannon McNally about her career and her experience navigating the many layers of the music business. Joining them will be grad student Marilyn Jordan and freshman Fiona Daley, both students in the College of Liberal Arts. 7:30 p.m. March 6 at the LaSells Stewart Center C&E Hall. Attendance limited to 200. $15 general admission, free to OSU students while seats last. Purchase tickets in advance at

Board of Trustees: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet virtually from 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 7 to consider the vice chair position and potential candidates to recommend for appointment by Gov. Tina Kotek for anticipated at-large vacancies on the board. The meeting is open to the public by Zoom webinar: Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by noon March 3 to [email protected] or Stacy Jeffries at 541-737-3449.

Attend the Think Affordable Summit on March 7: Join 300+ of your OSU colleagues for a new event focused on college affordability. The morning will start with a panel discussion, hosted by Provost Edward Feser, featuring statewide legislative and higher education leaders. Following the panel, there will be a series of lightning presentations that highlight affordability initiatives happening across OSU. You’ll leave better equipped to support OSU students — and empowered to make a real impact on the cost of higher education. This event is at capacity for in-person attendance, but you can still register to join virtually.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Department of Horticulture seminar series: Join us for The Horticulture Winter 2023 seminar series at 4 p.m. March  6 in ALS 4001 or via Zoom. Hannah Velazquez, M.S. candidate, Department of Horticulture, will present, “Agriculture across borders: Challenges and lessons from field trials in the US and Japan.” The event is free and open to the public. More information at:

NEW! Course Design Bootcamp: Have you heard of the Course Design Institute? How about the Course Design Bootcamp? Join the Center for Teaching and Learning in a streamlined sequence of workshops and activities to learn backwards course design approaches to (re)develop your course. Two consecutive Friday afternoons, 2-5 p.m. March 17 and March 24, LINC 307. Space is limited. Register here.

FES defense: Susie Sidder will present her dissertation titled “Advancing visitor movement research in protected areas using movement ecology theory and methods,” at 10 a.m. March 3, PFSC 302 or Zoom. Sidder is earning her Ph.D. in forest ecosystems and society with Ashley D’Antonio and Troy Hall. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] for the Zoom link, or for accommodations for disabilities.

Winter Assessment workshop: Join the team from Assessment and Accreditation from 10-11 a.m. March 3 in Milam 215, to hear about engaging faculty in assessment conversations and coordinating assessment efforts across multiple location and modalities. For more information, contact [email protected]

Anthropology lecture series: The Sistema de Alerta Sísmica Mexicano is the world's oldest public earthquake early warning system. This talk by Elizabeth Reddy, author of the new book, “¡Alerta! Engineering on Shakey Ground” (forthcoming in 2023 MIT Press), draws on over a decade of ethnographic and archival research to analyze a Mexican effort to change relationships between the environment, society and technology. Noon March 3 in Strand Ag 160. Also on Zoom.

College of Public Health and Human Sciences research seminar: Sunil Khanna, professor, Robert and Sara Rothschild Endowed Chair in Global Health, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, will speak on “Sustainable Community Partnership and Empowerment (SCOPE): Promoting Health and Inclusive Change in Rural Botswana” from 1-2 p.m. March 3 in Hallie Ford 115 and online.

Applied Economics seminar: Melissa LoPalo from Montana State University will present "The Willingness to Pay for a Cooler Day: Evidence from 50 Years of Major League Baseball Games,” 2:30-4 p.m. March 3 in Ballard 219. Additional details available here

SACNAS event: The Oregon State University Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) chapter is preparing for a SACNAS gathering and workshop. The annual conference is scheduled for Oct. 26-28 in Portland. A SACNAS workshop will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 4 in the Memorial Union 104 Journey Room. Lunch provided for all registered participants. Register now, space is limited. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] with questions.

Register for the Think Affordable Summit on March 7: This event will educate faculty, advisors and administrators about the many affordability initiatives and resources happening at OSU. Come and learn how you can support them. Lunch provided. See the full agenda and register to join us in person or online. 

Public Service Loan Forgiveness webinar: Human Resources is hosting a Public Service Loan Forgiveness webinar noon, March 9. Registration in advance is required at this link. Recent changes to the rules around PSLF mean that more people than ever are now eligible to receive months toward forgiveness. In this one-hour webinar, State of Oregon’s Student Loan Ombuds Lane Thompson will talk through the eligibility requirements for PSLF, as well as touching on other Federal cancellation and forgiveness options.

Fidelity on-campus consultations: Employees can meet with Justin Blatny, financial consultant from Fidelity, to discuss their financial goals and savings plans for retirement. There is no cost for these consultations and they are available to all employees no matter what stage you are at in your career. Appointments are available on OSU Corvallis campus March 15-16. Schedule online at or by phone at (800) 343-0860.

Take Note

NEW! Funded professional development for fixed-term and tenured/tenure-track faculty: Join CTL’s Spring 2023 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community. This cross-disciplinary group will meet on Zoom and explore pedagogical strategies to adapt to the changing teaching and learning landscape and to build resilience into our teaching practices. See call for participation and submit an expression of interest by March 6.

NEW! Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Medications: Disaster can strike at any time and without warning. By preparing in advance, you can make sure you will have the medications you need and one less thing to worry about in an emergency. More information can be found here:

NEW! 35 years of service: Congratulations to Thomas Dick, professor, for being honored for 35 years of service at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others who have reached this milestone by clicking on their name.

Health and Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing a link to 12 months of safety tips from SAIF that can be used for departmental safety training monthly to keep safety in the forefront of your team. 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.

New Employees: This virtual session is to orient new faculty and staff to the university. Join us to learn about the terms of your employment, employee benefits, retirement programs, and work-life resources. You will also be introduced to the Equal Opportunity & Access, Insurance Risk Management and University Ombuds teams. Union informational sessions for employees represented by Service Employees International Union and United Academics of Oregon State University are presented afterwards. Offered monthly. Registration is required. Visit the New Employee Orientation website to access orientation essentialsonboarding guides, and download a self-guided new employee orientation checklist. A checklist is also available for supervisors who are supervising new employees.

LinkedIn Learning: LinkedIn Learning is available to OSU faculty, staff, and students – for free! Leverage this online learning library to hone your soft skills and your technical and business acumen, and meet your learning and development goals. Use it to supplement your curricula. Curate content to support your programs and initiatives. Click here for step-by-step instructions for how to get started, and here for tips and tricks. Be sure to check out our curated collections and toolkit for supervisors too.

Training Portal: OSU employees, did you know you can find learning and development opportunities with the Training Portal? The OSU Training Portal is available to faculty and staff, and located in your dashboard, by clicking the “Training” tab in the top right corner. Discover and search for trainings, webinars, and more – all geared towards OSU employees. Bookmark so you can return to it often. Do you have an upcoming learning opportunity geared towards OSU employees? Reach out to [email protected] to learn how to add your event.

Notice of policy action: The university has two new policies: one on copyright and fair use determinations and one on displaying flags on university flagpoles. There are also important revisions to the policies on university housing and the acceptable use of computing resources. Want to know more? Check out and bookmark the “What’s New” section of the University Policy & Standards Manual.

2023 Environmental Writing Fellowship and Residency: Spring Creek Project, in partnership with the conservation nonprofit Oregon Wild, is accepting applications for a new year-long opportunity. The theme for this year's fellowship is Oregon's Climate Forests. Please feel free to share widely with writers who may be a good fit. Applications due by April 1. Writers can learn more and apply here

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Improvement project, Washington Way between 17th and 30th streets will be closed on March 3. The 26th Street intersection will also be closed in all directions. The east-west crosswalks at 26th Street will remain open for pedestrians. However, pedestrian access will be limited or unavailable at the north-south crosswalks throughout the day. Possible options are the Dixon driveway crossing and the Gill Coliseum crossing during the intersection work. Other possible impacts include noise, dust and mud near the construction site. (View map) For questions or comments on this closure, contact Construction Manager Derek Bennett (541) 609-6111.


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! Administrative Assistant to the School Head. Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences has an opening for a full-time Administrative Assistant to the School Head of the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences. This position is an integral member of the management team and provides administrative, program and project support to the School Head and Associate Director of Academic Programs. The Administrative Assistant position handles confidential administrative aspects of faculty and staff hiring, promotion and tenure, and other executive actions by the School Head. Posting #P06512UF. Full consideration March 13. Closes March 21.  

NEW! The Oregon State University Libraries and Press is seeking an Associate Dean of Libraries. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. The successful candidate selected for this administrative position will also hold an academic faculty (tenure-track) position. Tenure is negotiable commensurate with Oregon State policies and guidelinesPosting #P06505UF. Closes March 29.  

NEW! Student Recruitment, Outreach, and Marketing Coordinator: Proactively recruit new students for the academic program and lead outreach, marketing and social media efforts for the Department of Food Science and Technology. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Posting #P06534UF. Full consideration April  2. Closes  April 16. 


“It makes you wonder. All the brilliant things we might have done with our lives if only we suspected we knew how." ~ Ann Patchett

Corvallis: Rain and snow today, high of 43, low of 34. Rain and snow Friday.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 45, low of 33. Partly sunny Friday.

Newport: Rain today, high of 48, low of 37. Showers Friday.

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