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 universities: A wealth of educational choice (That Oregon Life)

Founded more than 150 years ago in Corvallis, Oregon State University is the state’s largest public university.

Bowhead whales' migration patterns have shifted in the Arctic (Anchorage Daily News)

Two Oregon State University marine mammal researchers, Angela Szesciorka and Kate Stafford, analyzed 11 years’ worth of recordings of whale songs and looked at sea ice information for a study supported by the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs and published in the journal Movement Ecology in early February. Researchers saw that fluctuations in the sea ice direct changes in bowhead whales’ seasonal migrations. (see also Alaska's News Source)

Toolik station launches climate education program for underserved students (KINY Radio)

The students are in Oregon State University’s TRIO Upward Bound program. TRIO programs provide federally funded student services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Sea stars able to consume kelp-eating urchins fast enough to protect kelp forests, research shows (National Science Foundation)

A research team including U.S. National Science Foundation-supported scientists at Oregon State University has provided the first evidence that a species of endangered sea star protects kelp forests along North America's Pacific coast by preying on substantial numbers of kelp-eating urchins.

Today's photo

Yaquina Bay Bridge: Student Warner Greenbaum submitted this photo take in Newport while working at Hatfield. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Fine-tuning your Canvas sites to support student learning next term? As you get course sites ready for Spring term, check on whether you have the basics covered. The Canvas course checklist will help you simplify your course navigation menu, organize weekly modules, align the gradebook with your syllabus and improve accessibility.


Care Talks: Your Healthy Lifestyle — Green Tips for the Home. Learn the ecological and economic benefits of going green. This webinar provides concrete methods to make our homes greener, saving both money and the environment. 10 a.m., March 23. Register today.

Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. defense seminar: Heather Fulton-Bennett will present “The Effect of Ocean Acidification on Coralline Algae and Their Associated Communities” at 1 p.m., March 23 via Zoom. Fulton-Bennett is completing her Ph.D. in integrative biology under the guidance of Bruce Menge.

HMSC Research Seminar: Mark Needham from OSU's Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society will be giving a seminar titled, “What does the public think about Oregon’s marine reserves? Changes over the last 10 years," 3:30 p.m., March 23 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.

Reading and talk with author Christopher Preston: Author Christopher Preston will discuss his new book, “Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries That Change How We Think about Animals,” at 5:30 p.m., March 23 in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s main meeting room. He will offer a look at how some wildlife species are defying the odds and teaching important lessons about how to share a planet. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project, the School of History, Philosophy and Religion, and the College of Forestry.

HMSC Science on Tap: Josh Stewart with OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute Ocean Ecology Lab at HMSC will present a public talk titled, “How modern human impacts prevent the recovery of endangered whales,” at 6 p.m., March 23 in HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online: webinar link or call: +1 971 247 1195 Webinar ID: 979 7568 6611. Click here for more information.


Corvallis Public Seed Library Pop-Up Vegetable Garden Plant Clinic: Benton County Master Gardeners will hold a pop-up plant clinic event at the Corvallis-Benton County Library's Public Seed Library from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 25. Master Gardeners will help you plan your garden, select seeds right for you and answer your vegetable garden growing questions. There will be one last early season pop-up vegetable garden clinic on Saturday, April 1. Individual donations of open and partially used seed packets packed for '22 and '23 are needed, and can be donated any time at the library circulation desk.

There’s still time to register for spring break industry tours: Meet with OSU alums, tour their facilities, learn about career and internship opportunities and build your network. Eaton is an intelligent power management company dedicated to improving quality of life and protecting the environment for people everywhere. 9:30 a.m., March 29. Register for Eaton tour. Element Six is the world’s leading synthetic diamond and super-materials producer. They are recognized as operating at the forefront of industry. 9:30 a.m., March 30. Register for Element Six tour.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Focus on Community — BIPOC panel conversation: Join us for connection and conversation (plus free lunch: registration encouraged) from noon to 1 p.m., April 3 in the MU Horizon Room, as we aim to cultivate care for communities of color at Oregon State University. This panel comprises Student Health Services (SHS) and Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) representatives. During the discussion, through a health equity lens, we will highlight several of the impactful programs SHS and CAPS have to offer OSU students. This event is associated with National Public Health Week 2023 (April 3-9).

NEW! Collaborating with artists on broader impacts and beyond: This Research Office Campus Conversation will focus on practical ways STEM faculty can integrate arts into their research, including everything from innovative Broader Impacts projects to science-focused events and performances. You’ll leave with real-world ideas and support for getting your science in front of new audiences. Noon to 1:30 p.m., April 6. Register here to attend in person (Memorial Union 206) or here to participate via Zoom. 

NEW! Focus on Food & Nutrition — BIPOC cooking class: Food, friends and fellowship are vital ingredients to wellness in communities of color. From 4-7 p.m., April 9 in Milam 201, join us for live cooking demonstrations, meal prep competitions and a family-style dinner (all free: registration required; limited availability). This event is associated with National Public Health Week 2023 (April 3-9). Its overall theme is “centering and celebrating cultures in health,” and Sunday’s daily topic is “food and nutrition.”

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by University Human Resources that dives deep into the ways that we solve problems together. This engaging workshop helps people learn more about their own mindset, learn appreciation for how colleagues work, and together be able to create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions. University Human Resources is offering this new two-hour workshop to OSU employees on a monthly basis starting this spring. View upcoming workshops and enroll here. A $40 fee covers materials.

English conversation classes: Crossroads Conversation School for Women invites international women to join us this spring for English conversation classes. In volunteer-taught classes, students will explore other cultures, practice English and develop friendships. This term we are offering both in-person classes (open to all levels of English learners) and an online class (for intermediate and advanced English learners). Classes begin April 4. For more details and registration information see or contact Kara Hanson at [email protected].

Women in Wood Science: Women, people of color and historically marginalized groups are underrepresented in STEM; let’s change this. Join us on April 11 for a day exploring the dynamic field of wood science. Meet experts, network with fellow students, alumni and industry leaders, participate in hands-on activities and discover career options. Register now.

Take Note

NEW! Submit your nomination for the OSU Faculty Affordability Award: The OSU Faculty Senate just launched an award to recognize faculty who go above and beyond in keeping their course materials affordable for students. If you know a full-time faculty member with an innovative or creative solution to low- or no-cost course materials, consider nominating them for this award. The award recipient will be recognized at University Day and receive a $2,500 departmental transfer. Review the selection criteria and nominate a colleague today

NEW! Guidance for OSU teaching faculty: See ChatGPT and Other AI Tools: Implications for Teaching and Learning to learn more about the potentials and limitations around the use of generative AI tools in your courses. Information is provided about setting course-level expectations, sample syllabus language, data security and support for teaching faculty.

NEW! Building Humanities Collaborations: "Authentic, Equitable Partnerships to Address Societal Challenges." This Research Office Learning Lab brings together humanities and STEM faculty to explore potential collaborative research, scholarship and funding opportunities. Workshop participants will receive a $500 seed grant to start their collaborative work. Apply by April 5. Click here to learn more and apply.

NEW! Costa Rica program: Oregon State University Extension Tourism program in partnership with Holbrook Travel is offering an eight-day travel program in Costa Rica. Explore the Caribbean coast parks, beaches, lowland forests, farms and rivers on this fully guided experience. We welcome any adult interested in exploring Costa Rica. Aug. 30-Sept. 6, $2,400. See details and link to register at

NEW! 40 years of service: Congratulations to Lisa Shepard, finance manager, for being honored for 40 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.

OSU Day of Service: Get ready to join Beaver Nation May 20 in giving back to your community. Lead an in-person or online service opportunity that you are passionate about and create positive change with people who share your interests and commitment to addressing community needs. Register your volunteer site at

Notice of policy action: The university community is invited to review and provide comment on proposed university policy 06-200 Intellectual Property. This policy clarifies ownership, rights, responsibilities and revenue sharing related to intellectual property conceived of, made or developed by or through interactions with the university. Comments must be received by April 11.

Bring Your Kids to Campus Day: As a part of Oregon State’s commitment to supporting students and employees in pursuing happy, balanced and fulfilling lives, the Family Resource Center on the Corvallis campus is excited to host Bring Your Kids to Campus Day on May 12. We are asking for campus-wide collaboration to make this day a huge success. If your department is interested in hosting an activity, please reach out to [email protected].

2023 Faculty Innovator Award: Nominations are now being accepted. This award honors an outstanding Oregon State University inventor who has made a contribution leading to commercialization that significantly impacts their field and society. For details and the nomination form, visit the OSU Advantage website: 2023 Faculty Innovator Award. The awardee will receive a $5,000 prize and desktop award. The awardee’s department will receive $5,000. Nomination deadline is April 14.

new website for the Controller’s Unit (CU) has launched: The Controller's Unit, housed within the Division of Finance and Administration, is where students and staff can access student account billing and payment information, payroll and leave reporting information, payroll tax reporting information and more. The new website’s URL is If you see an issue, please email [email protected]

Inner Nature podcast: David James Duncan and Fred Bahnson on Inner Nature: Episode 3 of the Inner Nature podcast series is live. In this conversation, Duncan and Bahnson reflect on the importance of hope, the power of storytelling and their own touchpoints for living a life of contemplation and care. Listen here on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Inner Nature is produced by the Spring Creek Project and the Contemplative Studies Initiative.

IFSA OSU upcoming regional meeting and elections: The International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) is organizing the Canadian-American Regional Meeting (CARM) this spring break and is also holding our 2023-2024 elections for new club members. To read about the positions, apply and/or nominate other students, please fill out this form; it will only take 2 minutes to complete. 

Submit your events for Spring Family Weekend: Spring Family Weekend will take place May 5-7 on the Corvallis campus. If you plan to host an event, complete this Spring Family Weekend event submission form by April 3. If you are looking for event ideas or someone to brainstorm with about an event you’re considering, or if you have questions, reach out to [email protected].

Human-robot interaction: The Human-Machine Teaming Laboratory in Oregon State University’s Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute is conducting a research experiment to study human-robot interaction for peer-based environments. Participants will be trained as first responders and complete a series of disaster response tasks with a robot teammate and will complete anonymous questionnaires. The experiment requires participants to complete two separate two-hour sessions. Participants who complete the entire evaluation will receive $60. Contact Prakash Baskaran at [email protected] to schedule your experiment time.

Open call for submissions: Soundbox Six. OSU students, faculty, staff, alumni and people from beyond the campus community are invited to submit intermedia, sound, text, music, radio art, video art, performance art, social media art and digital installations to this year's Soundbox Six. Please complete the submission form and submit a link to your work by midnight on Sunday, April 30. Digital and performance works should be no longer than 10 minutes, and you must provide an unlisted YouTube link that gives us permission to view and download the work. Note: Your Creative Commons license must be identified and all contributing authors must be properly credited. Send link to [email protected]. For more information on how to submit, click the link here.

EXTENDED! Faculty Awards Solicitation – Deadline Extended: The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the awards they are responsible for reviewing and selecting – see the solicitation letter. Criteria and nomination forms associated with these awards are online. The nominations deadline has been extended through noon on April 12. Guidelines to assist those preparing nomination packets are available online. For further information, contact Vickie Nunnemaker.


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! Moore Family Center Student Fellowship – African Heritage Outreach (Portland): This student position works in partnership with the OSU Extension African Heritage program in the Portland Metro area to support community-based nutrition education events and social media efforts. Posting #P09663SE. Closes April 9.

NEW! Moore Family Center Student Fellowship — (Madras / Warm Springs): This student position will support OSU Extension nutrition education efforts, food security and food access activities in Jefferson County and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Posting #P09664SE. Closes April 9.

NEW! The Office of Advocacy is currently looking for six part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week) Undergraduate Student Clerical positions for Fall 2023. The office supports students with issues concerning university policies, including the Student Code of Conduct, UHDS, grade appeals and other individual or group conflicts. As a paid intern, you would run the day-to-day tasks of the office, such as answering the phone/email, greeting students when they come in, making appointments, maintaining files and other clerical tasks. Posting #P09666SE. Closes April 14. For more information contact [email protected].

NEW! Sponsored Programs Director: OSU Division of Extension & Engagement (E&E) invites applications for a Sponsored Programs Director. The position directly promotes and develops programs, policies, rules and novel approaches to support the applied research mission for E&E. This is a 12-month, full-time, professional faculty position. The primary work location for this position is in Corvallis; however, a flexible work arrangement for a remote option within Oregon can be negotiated. Posting #P06615UF. Closes April 16.

NEW! Instructor — Engineering Science, Energy System Engineering: OSU-Cascades in Bend invites applications for an Instructor — Engineering Science, Energy System Engineering. This position is a full-time, 1.0 FTE 9-month, fixed-term position. Posting #P06602UF. Closes May 15.


"They'll tell you you're too loud, that you need to wait your turn and ask the right people for permission. Do it anyway.” ~ Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

Corvallis: Showers today, high of 46, low of 36. Rain and snow Friday.

Central Oregon: Snow showers today, high of 45, low of 26. Snow showers tomorrow.

Newport: Showers and breezy today, high of 47, low of 40. Showers and breezy tomorrow.

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