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 State University continues to strengthen its online education offerings (OPB News)

OSU’s Ecampus is again ranked in the top 10 for the nation’s best online education programs. The school beat out more than 340 online programs from other schools. The ranking from U.S. News & World Report measures the strength of a school’s academic foundations, graduation rates, instructor credentials, as well as its career and financial aid support for students.

New OSU Master Gardener program manager praises power of gardening networks (Morning Ag Clips)

During the pandemic, Leslie Madsen decided to rip out her front yard and expand her garden. Madsen noticed something started to change in her relationships with her neighbors.

Surveillance surveys give clearer picture of COVID's spread (The National Tribune)

The researchers built off the work by the Oregon State teams, combining that with Cornell’s training for handling infectious samples. “Putting together a combination of borrowed and new training helped our team members be successful,” Cazer said.


Today's photo

Beacon in the dark: Former Academic Technology Videographer John Myers caught a beam from the Heceta Head Lighthouse during the Victorian Christmas at the Light Station house. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Students pay attention to resources that instructors recommend. You can normalize resource use and encourage students to have positive experiences accessing OSU resources. Consider using Canvas announcements, discussion board posts or 1:1 conversations to share resources like Academic Coaching and the Writing Center that can provide timely support in the latter part of the term.


NEW! Silent Auction: CCVM is hosting a silent auction. Silent auction items can be viewed 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 19-23 in the Magruder Hall atrium or online. All bidding will take place through the online bidding form. Silent auction bidding will close on Feb. 23 at noon and winners will be notified before 5 p.m. Payment is required (cash or check) prior to picking up items.

Book Sale: Feb.19- 23, Richardson Hall first-floor knuckle. Contact [email protected] for more information.

“That's Entertaining" Sale: Check out a selection of books, movies, video and board games. Suggested donations will be listed and the sale will go all week. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 19-23, Crop Science 109. Contact [email protected] for questions.

Flea market: Stop by Gilmore 116 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 19-23 to find your favorite treasure. Choose from art, books, crafts and more. Venmo/ Cash/ Checks accepted. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Soup Lunch: OSU Libraries & Press is hosting a soup lunch to raise money for the OSU Food Drive. The OSULP Soup Lunch is happening from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb. 20 in the Willamette Rooms (third floor) at the Valley Library. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions. We will accept donations in cash as well as through Venmo.

Gearing Up for Gardening: "We Can Also Grow Citrus!" Kneque Chaffin, Home Grown Gardens. Come to the Corvallis-Benton County Library and get free gardening tips from local experts. Join us at noon, Feb. 20. Presentations are free and open to everyone. Co-sponsored by the Benton County Master Gardener Association and the Corvallis-Benton County Library.

EMT Seminars: David Volz, University of California, Riverside will present at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20: "Human Exposure and Health Effects of Organophosphate-Based Flame Retardants." ALS 4001 and by Zoom.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more, at 644 SW 13th St. Public sales are open to all shoppers 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays and noon to 3 p.m., Fridays; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.


NEW! Women’s basketball tickets: Oregon State faculty and staff can get $6 tickets to the Oregon State women's basketball game at 7 p.m. Feb. 29 at Gill Coliseum. For more information and to purchase, please click here.

OSU Tree Walk: Join Dan Blanchard, curator of living plant collections for the OSU Campus Arboretum and instructor in the Department of Horticulture, for our new Tree Walk. This tour will highlight plants on campus and include some history along the way. Sessions are Feb. 21 and 26. Sign up right away using the Qualtrics link or email [email protected] with questions.

Art Reception at Hatfield: All are welcome to the reception and artist talk for Ashland-based artist and activist Betty LaDuke’s touring exhibition, "Turtle Wisdom: Personal, Political, Playful" at Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building (2030 SE Marine Science Dr., Newport, OR 97365). From 2-5 p.m., Feb. 21. Artist talk at 3 p.m.

Album Club: Meet the Beatles: It’s like a book club, only we listen to and discuss the greatest rock and pop albums of all time. Attend in person at the Memorial Union or join remotely on Zoom. 7 p.m., Feb. 21. Attendance is free and open to all.

Winter Campus Band Concert: Conducted by Erik Leung, the Oregon State University Campus Band meets all three terms and contains 50-70 members. The ensemble performs classic wind band literature from composers such as Reed, Holst, Sousa and Ticheli and classic transcriptions of the orchestral repertoire.  7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the MU Ballroom. Buy tickets online; general public, $10; OSU student, free.

Emotional Awareness - Book Club: Participants will engage in discussion on Emotional Awareness: Overcoming Obstacles to Psychological Balance and Compassion by the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman. OSU Psychology Professor and Associate Dean John Edwards will facilitate these meetings, 10:30 a.m. to noon Fridays, Feb. 23 through March 15, at Marigold. Offered freely or by donation. Please preregister here. Contact: [email protected]

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 2024 recognition series includes two nights of readings and receptions. Join the OSU Community in the Memorial Union Main Lounge from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 27 and March 5.

UAOSU Winter General Membership Meeting: Join United Academics of Oregon State University (UAOSU) for their winter general membership meeting. It will be held 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 29 in the Journey Room in the Memorial Union. Refreshments will be served. A hybrid option is available if you’re unable to attend in person. RSVP by Feb. 26 at

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.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! EECB seminar hosts Sara Beery from MIT: The Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology seminar series is excited to host Sara Beery for a talk on "Generalization vs Specialization in Computer Vision for Ecology." The seminar will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 21 in LINC 302. More information and a Zoom link can be found here.

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Fiona Tomas Nash with the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies in Mallorca, Spain will be giving a seminar entitled “No sex when stressed: unprecedented widespread unique reproductive behaviour of a marine habitat-forming species after a major Marine Heat Wave” at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22. In person at the HMSC Carmen Ford Phillips Auditorium in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building or online. Zoom Link  Password: 972587 or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

NEW! Webinar on the Mediterranean Diet: The Linus Pauling Institute kicks off its 2024 webinar series with Francesco Visioli, professor of human nutrition at the University of Padua in Italy. He will present “Living Better, Longer: Healthy Compounds Found in a Mediterranean Diet” at 11 a.m. Feb. 28. Part of the Institute’s Linus Pauling Day event. Zoom registration required.

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.

Care Talks, Aging & Adult Care: Brain+Heart Health Connection: 12 Ways to Reduce Alzheimer’s and Heart Disease Risk, 10 a.m., Feb. 21.  Learn about 12 lifestyle areas and tips to improve your health and wellness and stay strong while caregiving for older loved ones. Register today.

OSULP Seminar: This Classified Staff Association (CSA) and Library Faculty Association (LFA) Seminar Series takes place 2-3 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Willamette East Classroom, third floor, Valley Library, Corvallis, or Zoom. Details here:  Zach Welhouse and Beth Filar Williams will share feedback from their conversations with transfer students and what it could mean for the Valley Library; Richenda Hawkins will share how the LBCC library used grant funds to increase equity in library services, specifically for low-literacy and Spanish-speaking patrons. Sagan Wallace will talk about the work that goes into making our digital materials more accessible, where to find more information about digital accessibility and how to get accessibility help at OSULP.

Navigating Impostor Syndrome: Join this gathering to talk about the realities of navigating impostor syndrome, 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:

Live, Learn, Work and Play: The Social Determinants of Health in London: Join OSU faculty leader Stephanie Grutzmacher and Annie Hommel from the College of Health to learn more about a six-credit, two-week program in London studying the social determinants and disparities of health in one of the world’s most diverse and unequal cities, June 30 through July 15. Info session 4-5 p.m. Feb. 21. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the Program Brochure and Application.

Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series: "Geomorphological and ecological perspectives on lowland river floodplain heterogeneity" presented by Tanya Shukla of University of Illinois. This seminar takes place 4-5 p.m. Feb. 21 in Bexell Hall 328 and via Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

Hear from sustainability professionals: Are you a student who may be interested in a sustainability career? The OSU Sustainability Council is excited to present a Guest Speaker Panel with sustainability professionals from 5-6 p.m. Feb. 21. Learn about sustainability roles in the private, government and non-profit sectors. Attend in LINC 268 or via Zoom.

CTL Sparkshop: “They need us to be well:" Strategies for cultivating mutual joy in the learning environment to support student learning. Wondering how to support student well-being and mental health in your teaching? Join CTL Sparkshop to discuss ideas for cultivating mutual joy and positive emotions in the learning environment to support learning. Presenters: Kara Clevinger, assistant director, and Funmi Amobi, instructional consultant. Noon to 12:20 p.m., Feb. 23, virtual. Registration.

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State 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; 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.

PERS workshops on campus Feb. 27: “Retirement Readiness,” 1-3 p.m., for Tier One and Tier Two members within three years of retirement. “All About OPSRP,” 9-11 a.m., for OPSRP members at any career point. Presentations are given by a PERS employee and include an overview of benefits, retirement process, member resources and Q&A. Both workshops will be held in Memorial Union Room 104. Registration is appreciated. 

U.S. job search webcast: Enhance your understanding of the job market, get practical tips and hear firsthand experiences from an immigration attorney and panel of alumni who have successfully traversed this journey at the virtual event Ask Alumni: U.S. Job Search for International Students, 5 p.m., Feb. 28. Presented by OSUAA, Career Development Center, College of Business and the Office of International Services. 

Webinar for NSF-funded polar researchers: Polar STEAM is recruiting researchers to collaborate (virtually or in the field) with educators, artists and writers to broaden the impact of polar research. This webinar will provide additional information and answer questions about Polar STEAM’s collaborations in both the Arctic and Antarctic for 2025-26. 11 a.m., Feb. 29. Register or schedule a consultation with the team (

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.

Soup Lunch: Noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 21, Richardson Hall second floor knuckle. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Vote to Pie the PI: Through Feb. 29, two brave lab PI’s will compete for the chance to be pie’d by the FWCS department head. Tiff Garcia or Jonny Armstrong – both of their favorite pies are banana cream. What are the odds? Stop by Nash 104 to cast your vote. $1 per vote/$5 for six votes; multiple votes are encouraged.

SPP Plant Sale: Get your sweetheart something that will last past February and buy them a plant instead of flowers. Swing by Bexell Hall 418 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and check out the wide variety of houseplants available. Feb. 12 until sold out. Prices listed are suggested donations. Cash, check or Venmo payments are accepted. Email [email protected]u if you have any questions. 

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 the Naval ROTC 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. 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! Register now for Open Education Week: Oregon State's Open Educational Resources Unit, in collaboration with OSU faculty, has saved students more than $18 million in course material costs since winter 2019. Join these efforts by registering for Open Education Week from March 4-8. 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.

NEW! 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.

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Blake Vawter, Sr. associate director of admissions, marketing & communications, 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.

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.

International Travel: All employees, students, and others who engage in university-related international travel are required to register their travel with the university and adhere to OSU's International Travel Policy. The International Travel Policy has been substantially revised and a new International Travel Homepage provides an overview of processes as well as services, insurance, and resources available to travelers. To request a presentation about the changes, policy, or processes, or for questions, contact the Global Affairs Associate.

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 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. 

T-shirt design contest: Students: Your T-shirt design could be the image all Beavers rally around for Dam Proud Day 2024. Depict what comes to mind when you think of being Dam Proud of Oregon State for a chance to win up to $1,000 and have your design become the official Dam Proud Day T-shirt. Deadline: 11:59 p.m., March 1. View contest rules and design guidelines. For questions, contact [email protected].

Take your teaching to the next level: Join the Spring ’24 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community to build resilience into your teaching practice. You’ll learn from experts at CTL and Academic Technologies while collaborating with OSU faculty who share your passion for teaching. Don’t miss this opportunity to become a more resilient and effective educator. See the call for participation and apply by Feb. 26.

Open call for art closing March 3: Art About Agriculture Competition and Touring Exhibition 2024 Open Call for Art. Pacific Northwest-wide juried exhibition with purchase awards. Scholarships available to College of Agricultural Sciences students with jury-selected artwork included in the tour.  All OSU students are encouraged to submit. Submission deadline: 11:59 p.m., March 3. Visit

Our Health& Sustainable Travel webcast: Find answers to your questions and interact with experts from the College of Health Environmental and Occupational Health program, OSU-Cascades Sustainable Tourism Lab and OSUAA Group Travel Program. In the town hall-style Our Health& Sustainable Travel webcast, your questions guide the discussion about the future of travel — from economic policies and constraints to environmental health impacts and more.

Got a startup idea? Apply to Iterate. This is a four-week program consisting of weekly 90-minute workshops. The goal of Iterate is to equip you with a toolkit for evaluating your ideas from an entrepreneurial mindset. The program is free and open to community members and Oregon State University researchers, students and faculty. Apply online now — Iterate begins Feb. 21.

Traffic and Maintenance

30th Street: Due to tree maintenance, the northbound lane of 30th Street between Jefferson Street and Washington Way (see map) will be closed from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Feb. 19-20, and the southbound lane of 30th Street between Jefferson Street and Washington Way (see map) will be closed from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Feb. 21-22.


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! Oregon Sea Grant is seeking a salaried (Academic Wage) Coordinator for its Research and Scholars program. This position is being filled on a temporary basis to cover while an employee is on protected leave. The position is anticipated to end on Aug. 31, or upon return of the on-leave employee. The coordinator will support development and execution of Oregon Sea Grant’s competitive research process, coordinate the Student Scholars Program, prepare proposal and project budgets related to National Sea Grant Office funding, assess and write outcome reports related to that funding, and manage the program development process and projects. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position based in Corvallis. Posting #P07797UF. Full consideration March 1.

NEW! Oregon Sea Grant is seeking to fill 1-2 seasonal (March – September) Education Program Assistant 1 positions. The EPA1 (Marine Educator) will develop, prepare, and present marine science activities and programs for K-12 school audiences, other youth, families, and the public. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position based at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. Posting #P04664CT. Full consideration March 4.

NEW! The College of Engineering is seeking  a 12-month CoE Innovation Labs Director. This position integrates people, infrastructure, and space-assets to provide opportunities for hands on learning. The successful candidate will provide valued resources that support use project and prototyping needs and services to support labs makerspaces and student club spaces. Posting #P07800UF. Full consideration March 16. Closes March 30.


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Corvallis: Showers likely today, high of 56, low of 44. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly cloudy today, high of 47, low of 31. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Newport: Showers and breezy today, high of 55, low of 45. Rain tomorrow.

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