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:


OSU scientists uncover 'Goldilocks' element for carbon scrubbing breakthrough (KATU)

A chemical element shows a “Goldilocks” level of reactivity, neither too much nor too little, that makes it a strong candidate as a carbon scrubbing tool, Oregon State University (OSU) tells us in a media release. (see also Energy DailyKTVZ)

Shortage of veterinarians leaves low-income Oregon pet owners with few options (KLCC)

Parker said significantly more veterinarians are being trained now than in past decades. She said Oregon State University, where she previously taught, has more than doubled its class size in the last 30 years. New veterinarian programs are also opening in other parts of the country. But, she said low-cost spay and neuter clinics may not soon see the benefits of academia’s efforts to increase the pipeline, since heavy student debt may leave many graduates feeling that they can’t afford to work at a nonprofit, or local government clinic.

Agility Robotics' Jonathan Hurst to discuss humanoids in Robotics Summit keynote (The Robot Report)

Hurst is also a professor and co-founder of the Oregon State University Robotics Institute. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.S. and Ph.D. in robotics, all from Carnegie Mellon University. Hurst’s university research focuses on understanding the fundamental science and engineering best practices for robotic legged locomotion and physical interaction.


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Pig 'n Pumpkin: Terri Libert, interim chief financial officer with Oregon State University - Cascades says, “This is Henk, one of the 150 residents at the farm animal sanctuary I volunteer at each week.  He loves pumpkins and causing mischief.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Have you submitted Spring 2024 requisitions for textbooks and other required materials to the OSU Beaver Store? The deadline for Spring 2024 requisitions is this Friday, Feb. 16. Using open educational resources, a library eBook or other no-cost materials? Then follow the OER/Free Textbooks guidance


Cookie sale: Craving something sweet? Decorate cookies on Feb. 13 generously donated by New Morning Bakery in Gilmore 116 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $3 donation per cookie. For questions, contact [email protected].

Sweets & Treats Silent Auction: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 13, Crop Science 119. Come and bid on some sweet treats, just in time for Valentine's Day. Bidding ends at 3 p.m. and winners will be notified right after auction ends. Questions? Email [email protected].

Sweet & Savory Bake Sale: Head over to Nash 104 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 13-14 for some sweet and savory treats just in time for Valentine's Day. Individually wrapped treats provided by the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences Department. Small treats are $1, large treats are $3. All proceeds go to the Linn-Benton Food Share. For questions, please contact [email protected].

Gearing Up for Gardening: "Yes, Climate is Changing — Learning to Garden in a Changing Climate," Joleen Schilling, Chemeketa Community College Dept. of Horticulture. Come to the Corvallis-Benton County Library and get free gardening tips from local experts. Noon, Feb. 13. Presentations are free and open to everyone. Co-sponsored by the Benton County Master Gardener Association and the Corvallis-Benton County Library.

Gardening webinar: The wildly popular Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series returns in 2024, with nine monthly free webinars designed for the experienced gardener. This year, we’re turning our attention to getting better at growing food. Read more about the whole series and then sign up for our first webinar, Growing Hot and Cold: Successful Vegetable Gardening in Any Season, featuring cool weather veggies. Noon, Feb. 13. Nicole Sanchez of OSU’s Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center along with Lisa Rayburn of North Carolina State University are presenting this month in this statewide Master Gardener program series. 

Bake Sale: OSU Libraries & Press is hosting a bake sale to raise money for the OSU Food Drive. The OSULP Bake Sale is happening 2:30-4 p.m., Feb. 13, in the main floor lobby of the Valley Library. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions. Venmo and cash donations accepted.

Food, Culture and Biodiversity in Ecuador: Join OSU faculty leaders Dave Stone and Evie Smith from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Extension for a 4-credit, two-week program in Ecuador from June 18-July 13. Zoom info session at 3 p.m., Feb. 13. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

EMT Seminars: Dr. Gordon Mills, OHSU, will speak on “Improving Patient Outcomes Through Precision Oncology,” at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 13 via Zoom.

NEW! The OSUsed Store Valentine's Day Sales: From 5:30-7:30 p.m., Feb. 13, heart stickers will mark select items that are on sale for up to 50% off.


NEW! Affirmations event: Join the School of Psychological Science Ambassadors from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 14 in the SEC Plaza to make, take and share affirmations as part of the SPS You R Loved campaign. Make, take and share affirmations.

NEW! Classified Staff Union Membership Meeting: Classified staff are welcome to attend our union’s monthly meeting from noon to 12:30 p.m., Feb. 15 for updates on bargaining. This meeting is hybrid. If attending online, registration in advance is required. In-person attendees can join us for lunch in Memorial Union Room 222 (Council Room). Email for accommodations. 

NEW! Ian Larson: "Flowers in the Grime of a Putrefied Utopia." This presentation of visceral bacchanalia and degenerative portraiture features glimpses into narratives, with a focus on the human figure existing in both fantasized and representational environments, centered around characters belonging to their own social contexts. This exhibition will run Feb. 15-March 22. There is a reception and artist talk from 4-6 p.m., Feb. 15.

NEW! Movie night: “Remember the Titans” will be screened at 5 p.m., Feb. 15, at the Military and Veteran Resource Center, Snell 150. Food and drinks will be provided. 

NEW! Women’s Basketball: Join us at 7 p.m., Feb. 16 at our Oregon State women's basketball game at Gill Coliseum as we celebrate Fearless Women of Oregon State. To celebrate, we are offering a ticket discount to all OSU faculty and staff. Claim your tickets with the ticket discount direct link here or enter the promo code BEAVSFAC at

NEW! The 25th annual celebration of Engineers Week in the Willamette Valley: This networking reception for engineering professionals and students will be held from 4:30-7 p.m., Feb. 21 on the Oregon State University campus. Register to attend by Feb. 15. Tickets are $30. Consider supporting student attendees. Indicate the number of student tickets when completing your registration form ($30/student).

NEW! Sustainability Town Hall: Carly Lettero, associate director of arts integration at PRAx and the director of Spring Creek Project, will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming Sustainability Town Hall, Corvallis's premier sustainability event hosted by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition. The theme of this year's Town Hall is "The Arts: A Portal to Sustainability." The free event will be held 7 p.m., March 7 at the Alumni Center. Learn more and register here.

Growing into the Family Business: Next Generation Leaders’ Perspectives. Please join us for our February Family Business 360 event, 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, on growing into the family business with two next-gen leaders, hosted by the OSU Center for Family Enterprise. This event will feature Kelsey Scotch, corporate recruiting manager of Madden Industrial Craftsmen, Inc and Chris Thompson, vice president of truck sales for TEC Equipment. Register here.

OSU SACNAS Chapter pan dulce fundraising event: Heart-shaped conchas and churros sale. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 14 in the SEC Plaza. Treat your sweetheart while supporting students in Society for Advancement of Chicanos/LatinX and Native Americans in Science Chapter. Contact: Jimena Caballero Ignacio [email protected].

PFLA Networking event: Valentine’s Day speed networking on Zoom. Get to know colleagues at this fun networking session using a "speed dating" format with short, rotating break-out groups. Wear your best Valentine's attire or colors to be entered in a drawing for fun prizes. 2-3 p.m., Feb. 14 on Zoom. Registration is required.

"No Future": A New Play by Sophie Brown. OSU Theatre presents No Future, a new play written, directed and designed by OSU students that explores the complexity of friendship and art while celebrating the music and spirit of the early punk scene. "No Future" runs from Feb. 14-17 at Common Fields in downtown Corvallis. Tickets are available here.

Tuition Forums: The University Budget Committee, Office of Budget and Resource Planning and the Student Fees Committee are offering a series of forums to discuss the tuition-setting process, tuition rate scenarios for FY25 and to answer any questions about tuition and the university budget. The forums will be held from 5-6 p.m., Feb. 15 in MU 221 and from 2-3 p.m., Feb. 16 in MU 215. Or register to view on Zoom. More info and the forum schedule are available at

PRIDE (Queerness & Fashion): DAMChic Winter Launch Party. Join us for a night all about self-expression through the lens of fashion. Hosted in the MU Ballroom, there will be a fashion show and drag show to celebrate the winter magazine launch. 5-7:30 p.m., Feb. 23. 

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

UPDATED! Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for in-person spring 2024 course and register here. Fee of $255.

NEW! Promotion & tenure workshops: The Office of Faculty Affairs is offering promotion and tenure workshops during the month of February. This year the sessions are tailored toward specific academic ranks. Information and Zoom links are available on the 2023-24 Academic Faculty Workshops page. Workshops will not be recorded, but PowerPoint presentation will be available online at a later date. Questions can be directed to Sara Daly.

NEW! Navigating Impostor Syndrome: Join this gathering to talk about the realities of navigating impostor syndrome, Feb. 15 and Feb. 21. We will also discuss strategies for overcoming impostor syndrome and self-care practices to bring with you on your journey. Sign up in Lyra Learn:

NEW! Care Talks: Succeed at Work — Fostering Inclusion. In this talk you will learn to identify activities, attitudes and assumptions that exclude coworkers, and explore ways to be more inclusive. 10 a.m., Feb. 15. Register today.

NEW! Research Advancement Campus Conversation (RACC): Join the leadership team of the Division of Research and Innovation (formerly the Research Office) to hear details about the implementation of the 2024-2030 OSU Strategic Plan as it relates to research and innovation. Bring your questions about the future of the research enterprise at OSU. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 15, Memorial Union Room 206. In-person attendance is encouraged. Register here to attend in person; register here to attend via Zoom.

NEW! Global Engagement in Nepal: Open networking session for faculty and staff currently involved in or interested in developing global engagement activity in Nepal. 2-3 p.m., Feb. 15, in-person option in Kerr A500D, or via Zoom.

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: David Taylor, a postdoctoral scholar, with the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station at Oregon State University, will be giving a seminar titled “Leveraging stable isotope analyses to answer questions about species responses to changing environments. Lessons from terrestrial mammals and marine fishes.” 3:30 p.m., Feb. 15, in person at the HMSC Carmen Ford Phillips Auditorium in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building or online. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Seminar Series: “Diversity and evolutionary fitness of fungal endosymbioses,” presented by Jessie Uehling of Oregon State University, 4 p.m., Feb. 15 in ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

NEW! Robert S. Iltis Colloquium presentation: Sanghee Park presents "Some Considerations in Making Business Email Requests,” focusing on the similarities and differences in business request emails written by Korean professionals and American professionals in business contexts. Noon to 1 p.m, Feb. 28, Shepard Hall 101.

Care Talks, Financial Wellness: Tax Tips. This talk will break down the federal tax reporting system and remove the mystery of the tax return. You will learn to use deductions, exemptions and strategies to save tax dollars 10 a.m., Feb. 14, via Zoom. Register today.

Random Review: Karen Holmberg, associate professor of literature and creative writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, will discuss Shelby Van Pelt’s popular novel “Remarkably Bright Creatures” as part of the library’s Random Review series, noon, Feb. 14. The program will take place in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library's Main Meeting Room.

Floor Monitor Training: Training for floor monitors and building managers on roles and responsibilities when evacuating their building. Training is the second Wednesday every month at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom Floor Monitor Training at:

Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series: "Coastal Engineering With Nature At The Interface Between Best Available Science, Engineering, Management, & Community Need," presented by Megan Wengrove of Oregon State University. 4-5 p.m., Feb. 14 in Bexell 328 or on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

Wine & Chocolate: Elizabeth Tomasino, an associate professor of enology in the Department of Food Science and Technology at OSU, will be giving a one-hour talk and tasting in pairing wine and chocolate. 6-7 p.m., Feb. 14 in Corvallis and 4-5 p.m. Feb. 17 in Portland. For more details follow the link.

Writing Effective Interview Questions workshop: Available for the first time from 2-4 p.m., Feb. 19. Take a deeper dive into interview design by learning how to write effective behavioral interview questions — register here. This two-hour Zoom workshop provides guidelines and best practices plus an opportunity to write and edit your own interview questions in groups. Two continuing education credits for OSU search advocates. For questions or accommodations please contact Anne Gillies ([email protected] or 541-760-6160). Instructors: Yas Rivera (Equal Opportunity and Access) and Anne Gillies (Human Resources – Search Advocate Program).

The New Ph.D.: How to Build a Better Graduate Education. Registration is open for the public lecture with Leonard Cassuto, Fordham University. He will be presenting from his latest book "The New PhD: How to Build a Better Graduate Education." 11 a.m. to noon, Feb. 29, MU Horizon Room. Space is limited.

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by the Office of University Human Resources that dives deep into the way 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 create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions. This new two-hour workshop for OSU employees is offered on a monthly basis. View upcoming workshops and enroll here

OSU Food Drive

The OSU Food Drive is happening in the month of February. To see a full list of fundraising activities and events, please see the Food Drive Events Calendar.

School of Life Sciences Farmers Market: Join us for houseplants, baked goods, home-canned products, hand-crafted items and fresh flower bouquets. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 14 in Coast Range Building 2008, 4575 SW Research Way (off campus). Plenty of parking. For more information, contact [email protected].

College of Forestry Valentine's Day Silent Auction: The in-person silent auction makes a return on Feb. 14 with new, gently used and handmade items perfect for gifting (or not). Sales and bidding start at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. in the PFSC Atrium. For more information, contact [email protected].

EESS Plant Sale: The Ecological Engineering Student Society is holding a plant sale for the Food Drive 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 14 outside Gilmore Hall. Plants are grown on campus by EESS students and prices start at $2.

Soup Lunch: Noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 14, Richardson Hall second floor knuckle. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Printing and Mailing is collecting food donations: Campus Mail will be dropping off collection bags in your mailboxes; just leave any contributions in the bag in your mail area and we will pick them up. Collection takes place through Feb. 23. If you don’t receive a bag and want one, please email [email protected]. We will also be collecting food at our 4700 SW Research Way location. Each donation at Research Way will earn your name in a drawing to win one of our fabulous up-cycled used-banner bags. 

Dodgeball Tournament: Help raise money for the Linn Benton Food Share 1-6 p.m., Feb. 25, in McAlexander Fieldhouse on the basketball courts. Teams of eight will compete against each other in a 16-team bracket to win the trophy. Registration deadline is Feb. 21 and is $40 for an entire team. Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions.

Printing and Mailing's Dart, Putt & Toss Tournament: Show us your skills playing darts, putting on the green and/or cornhole skills. We will be holding the games all month; $5 will enter you in the game of your choice. Weekly prizes will be given to the top scorers in each game. At the end of the month prizes will be given to second and third place in each game plus weekly first-place winners will play off for the grand prize. For information, [email protected].

Quilt and Art Prize Drawing: The College of Forestry invites you to visit the prize-drawing website or stop by the CoF Helpdesk (Peavy Forest Science Center 209) to view items and/or purchase tickets, from Feb. 1-29. The prize drawing will be held at noon, Feb. 29. For questions, contact [email protected].

BEE Annual PB&J Bar: Stop by Gilmore Hall 116 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. throughout the month of February to make your own PB&J. Suggested donation of $3. Many thanks to the generous bread donation from New Morning Bakery, which will allow the event to continue all month. For questions, contact [email protected].

Card Sale: Purchase beautiful photo and pressed-leaf cards handmade by BPP Senior Faculty Research Assistant Zuzana Vejlupkova. Feb. 1-29 in Cordley Hall 2503 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $3 each or four for $10. Cash or check. All proceeds will benefit the Linn Benton Food Share. For questions, contact [email protected].

Take Note

NEW! Call for Submissions: Climate Stories in Action. The Spring Creek Project is partnering with on “Climate Stories in Action,” a new call for creative submissions to inspire collective action on climate change. We are inviting storytellers to submit narratives and art that center solutions, introduce us to everyday climate heroes and showcase the joy discovered through community engagement. Priority submission deadline is April 8. Learn more and submit your work.

NEW! Dam Good Connections regional events: Bringing together Beavers outside Corvallis for incredible personal and professional networking opportunities, the Dam Good Connections regional event series is coming to multiple cities in California, Washington and Oregon. These OSU Alumni Association-hosted events are open to all alumni and students — including Ecampus and international community members — and Beaver parents, families and friends. Register at

NEW! Instructional faculty opportunity: Apply to join the Spring ’24 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community sponsored by CTL and Academic Technologies. We’ll explore pedagogical strategies, useful ed tech tools and development of resiliency to thrive in your teaching. Funding provided. See the call for participation. Apply by Feb. 26.

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Talley Richardson, study abroad program assistant, 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.

Scholarships available: Applications for PCOSW scholarships to fund FY24 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 gender equity issues. Applications are due Feb. 21. Visit our website for more details. Apply for a scholarship. Please have a budget outline and project justification statement prepared before beginning the application. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Spring Creek faculty residence: OSU faculty members working on writing or research projects aligned with the mission of the Spring Creek Project are invited to apply for a summer faculty residency at Shotpouch Cabin. Projects at the intersection of environmental studies and writing, art, music, the humanities or social sciences may be a good fit. Applications sent via Submittable require a one-page narrative letter. Deadline: 11:59 p.m., March 4. Learn more and apply. 

Breaking Barriers awards: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW), the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) and OSU Athletics are pleased to solicit nominations for the 2024 Breaking Barriers Awards, a recognition of the accomplishments and impact of those who have worked to advance gender equity at OSU. We welcome nominations of people who have made influential contributions to our community for the four Breaking Barriers awards. For more information about these categories, see the Breaking Barriers websiteSubmit a nomination by Feb. 26. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Community for the Advancement of Antiracist Instruction applications: The Community for the Advancement of Antiracist Instruction (CAAI) is now accepting applications for the Spring 2024 Cohort. CAAI is a learning community of OSU instructors and GTAs interested in exploring and implementing antiracist practices in the classroom. Full call for applications here:

Ready, Set, AI: Join the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and Academic Technologies (AT) for a Spring ‘24 faculty learning community addressing artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on higher education. We will explore how we respond to the immediate impact of AI in education, develop proactive strategies and hear from students and experts. See the call for participation. Apply by Feb. 26. Funding provided. 

Internationalization grant: The deadline for the 2023-24 Internationalization Grant has been extended to 5 p.m., Feb. 16. Grants of up to $5,000 are offered for projects that advance internationalization within one of three tracks, aligned with “Prosperity Widely Shared”: Research and Innovation; Global and Intercultural Learning; and Career and Workforce Development. Eligibility varies by track but includes academic faculty, professional faculty, INTO OSU employees and student organizations. Full details are available on the website.

Climate Change Anxiety Survey: Feelings of distress because of climate change have become a growing concern, especially among younger generations. Sabine Huemer, professor of practice at the School of Psychological Science at OSU, is examining climate change anxiety among OSU students to help tailor intervention programs. Amrita Menon (biology and psychology) and Isabelle Hall (biochemistry) are two undergraduate student collaborators through the URSA-Engage program. OSU student 18+ are encouraged to participate in this anonymous survey:

Hope Grows Here study recruitment: The Moore Family Center (COH) is recruiting participants for Hope Grows Here, a gardening and nutrition education program for cancer survivors. If you are an adult cancer survivor who has completed your primary cancer treatment and are interested in learning to grow your own vegetable garden with the support of a Master Gardener mentor, please visit the Hope Grows Here website to learn more and take the eligibility survey.


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Assistant Professor – Indigenous and Community Perspectives on Land, Ecosystem, and Cultural Stewardship in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society in the College of Forestry at Oregon State UniversityWe are seeking candidates for this full-time (1.0 FTE), nine-month, tenure-track position with a focus on Indigenous knowledge, ethnobotany, ethnoecology, Indigenous sovereignty rights and public policy, or related field — particularly as related to forest ecosystems. Posting #P07714UF. Full consideration March 15. 


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Corvallis: Mostly cloudy today, high of 43, low of 35. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 45, low of 27. Rain and snow likely tomorrow.

Newport: Partly sunny today, high of 51, low of 37. Rain tomorrow.

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