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. 

Scientists gather in the PNW to study risks of microplastics pollution (OPB News)

“This is an alarm bell that’s going to ring loud and strong,” said Stacey Harper, an associate professor at Oregon State University who helped organize the conference. “We’re first going to prioritize who it is that we’re concerned about protecting: what organisms, what endangered species, what regions. And that will help us hone in … and determine the data we need to do a risk assessment.”

Carey closes on Tokyo with gold medals in Melbourne (OSU Beavers)

Future Oregon State gymnast, Jade Carey, earned a pair of gold medals at the Melbourne World Cup, which concluded on Sunday.
The meet is the sixth of eight in the FIG individual World Cup series, which provide an additional route of qualifying to this summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Cash-strapped farms are growing a new crop: Solar panels (Grist)

For farms big and small, a lack of rural infrastructure remains a “key impediment” to boosting adoption of agrivoltaics, said Chad Higgins, an associate professor of biological and ecological engineering at Oregon State University.

STEM Research Center serves as a hub for faculty engaging in STEM learning research (LIFE@OSU)

It’s been a busy few years for the STEM Research Center (formerly the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning) at Oregon State. Not only has the center undergone a name change, but thanks to a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Inclusive Excellence Initiative, faculty have been working toward breaking down barriers some students face when pursuing a STEM education.

Gray whale strandings more likely during solar storms: study (Jefferson Public Radio)

Oregon State University marine mammal stranding coordinator Jim Rice says he is surprised by the findings. “I wouldn’t expect something like that to be the case, although I wouldn’t rule it out of hand either. There’s a lot of things that happen that we aren’t aware of and we learn down the line that things are more complicated than they appear,” he said.

OSU forestry lecture series kicks off Thursday (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s annual Starker Lecture Series starts Thursday with a film and discussion panel at the Whiteside Theater in Corvallis.

Oregon State Athletics announces 16th Hall of Fame class (Yahoo Sports)

Oregon State University will induct its 16th Athletics Hall of Fame class on the weekend of Sept. 25-27, Beavers Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Monday.

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Jazz ensemble: The Oregon State University Jazz Ensemble will perform its winter term concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, in the OSU Memorial Union Ballroom. Free and open to the public.


Silent Auction: Check out some of the beautiful donated art pieces in this year's silent auction. All auctions close on Feb. 25.

Online Silent Auction: University Information and Technology (UIT) is coordinating a silent auction to raise money for the Food Drive. The auction will run from Feb. 24-27. To bid, visit This year, we have some excellent items, including exercise/yoga classes, a sailing trip and more. Visit for full details and contact with questions.

Dessert Raffle: In support of the food share, the AMBC will be selling raffle tickets for homemade desserts made by AMBC bakers. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Feb. 24-28, Hovland 108. Contact for a list of items.

Craft and Jewelry Sale: Choose from a variety of quilted bags, watercolor notecards, hand polished beads and more. Feb. 25-28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Gilmore 116. Questions? Email

Death by Donutz promotion: Biological & Ecological Engineering invites you out for some yummy goodness from Death by Donutz, Feb. 25, 6 a.m.-5 p.m., located at 1425 NW Monroe Ave Suite G (Cobblestone Square). All profits from this day will be donated to the Linn-Benton Food Share via the OSU Food Drive. Help BEE finally beat the sixth floor of Kerr. Questions — email

Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Emotionally Intelligent Teaching: Join Shauna Tominey (HDFS) to learn about hands-on tools and strategies that can be embedded into any class to create an emotionally-supportive environment. + Tech Talk: Visit the user-friendly media creation technologies available at the Faculty Media Center. This workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn more here. Contact us here.

NEW! NROTC Tuesday Soup Day: Have you ever seen our historic armory? Take a tour before it is torn down. Come by for lunch, support the OSU Food Drive, and choose from multiple soup options. Only $4 for a bowl. Each serving comes with a free piece of bread. Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Naval Armory, Quarterdeck. Now accepting Venmo payments. For questions, contact

Soup Cook-Off: Join the Food Science and Technology Department as we raise money for the Linn-Benton Food Share with a soup cook-off. The event will be in the Wiegand Hall Pilot Plant (Room 120) on Feb. 25 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For $5, enjoy all-you-can-eat soups made by FST members, along with bread and refreshments. Event page here.

People and Nature Lunch Series: Mariana Porto, graduate student in Applied Anthropology, presents “Brazilian Fishing Communities and Local Ecological Knowledge,” and Vaughn Robison, graduate student in Environmental Arts and Humanities, presents “Communicating Net Values: Using Communication Theory to Assess and Address the Social and Economic Impacts of Fishery Management.” Tuesday, Feb. 25, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Strand 110. To attend online: For more information:

Malaria talk: “Fighting the bite: An implementer’s perspective on malaria prevention, control and pre-elimination efforts in sub-Saharan Africa” will be held Feb. 25 from noon to 1:20 p.m. in Milam Hall’s Hawthorn Suite, Rm. 119. Brad Longman, who overseas vector operations for the PMI VectorLink Project, will present. Sponsored by the Center for Global Health in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

Tourism and Forestry: A Multidisciplinary Approach: Join us for a lecture on the intersection of conservation, communities, and natural resource management by Fulbright scholar Jim Ayorekire. He is visiting from Makerere University in Uganda. Ayorekire’s research interest centers on the role of tourism as a driver for natural resource conservation, and enhancement of community livelihoods and inclusive development. His current research projects focus on human-wildlife conflict between conservation areas (including forests) and the surrounding natural resource dependent communities in the developing world. Feb. 25, 2-3 p.m., Richardson 115. 

Internationalization and Global Engagement (IGE) Strategic Planning Forums: The Office of International Affairs invites you to join our upcoming campus-wide forums collecting input on OSU’s internationalization. Forum 1: Global research, outreach, engagement and impact of OSU. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2:30-4 p.m., MU 104 Journey Room. For more information contact Zoom available.

Research seminar: Carlos Martin-Filho, professor with University of Colorado, Boulder will speak on “Estimation of a partially linear additive model with generated covariates,” Feb. 24, 4 p.m., Weniger 149.

Architectural Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series: Join the School of Civil and Construction Engineering for pizza and conversation as Charles Stone II, president of Fisher Marantz Stone presents "Future Light: Opportune Magic." Tuesday, Feb. 25, 5-6:30 p.m., Owen Hall 102.

SHIFT OSU: A Sustainable Campus Transportation Workshop: How can OSU’s transportation investments preserve open space, reduce carbon emissions and support affordability for students and staff? Come play a custom board game and help inform OSU’s transportation and parking strategies for the next decade. Light refreshments provided. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Corvallis High School Commons. Co-hosted by OSU Transportation Services and the Imagine Corvallis Action Network. Register at

Corvallis-OSU Symphony under the direction of Maestro Marlan Carlson performs an all-Rachmaninoff program Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center. The concert features three works by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff: “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” Op. 43 for piano and orchestra, featuring soloist Christopher Yoon, Symphony No. 1 in D-minor, Op. 13, and Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 for wordless soprano and orchestra featuring OSU voice instructor, Amy Hansen. Tickets are available online at


NEW! Budget conversation: The Office of Budget and Resource Planning will hold another University Budget Conversation Feb. 27, noon to 1 p.m., in Memorial Union Room 215. This week’s topic is an update on tuition rate planning for 2020-21 and cost outlook for next biennium. The Budget Conversation sessions are limited to 60 minutes and are an open forum structure with the initial 15-20 minutes spent on presentation of the topic, leaving time for discussion and Q&A. We encourage you to bring your lunch and join the conversation to learn more about OSU’s budgeting and fiscal matters. If you are unable to join us in person we also encourage you to listen in via Zoom. More information about University Budget Conversations is located on the Office of Budget and Resource Planning website. If you have questions, please contact Sherm Bloomer for more information. 

NEW! Tuition Forums: The University Budget Committee has begun meeting to discuss preliminary recommendations for tuition increases for the 2020-21 academic year. As part of developing recommendations for the Board of Trustees, representatives of the Budget Committee and the Office of Budget and Resource Planning are offering a series of weekly forums to discuss tuition rates, proposals for tuition increases, and to answer any questions about tuition and the university budget. The next forum will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, from 5-6 p.m. in the Memorial Union, Thought Lab 215. The schedule for subsequent forums and a short discussion of common questions about tuition are available on the Budget website. The committee welcomes questions, comments and ideas. For more information, to provide an idea or opinion, or to ask a question please contact Sherm Bloomer.

NEW! U.S. Student Fulbright Program Open Information Session: Join OSU’s Fulbright Program Advisor LeAnn Adam and a panel of OSU Fulbright alumni for general information and Q&A about applying for a Fulbright. The Fulbright Program provides grants to study, teach English, or conduct research abroad for one academic year in over 160 countries throughout the world. Feb. 27, 4-5 p.m., LINC 314. Oregon State University students and alumni may contact LeAnn Adam (

NEW! The OSU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Ryan Biesack, will perform on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Admission is free.

NEW! Wikipedia Editathon: Join us in writing PNW African American history into Wikipedia. All are welcome; free food and prizes available. Training is provided, registration is required. Sponsored by OSU Libraries and PressAfroCROWDEducational Opportunity Program--Advancing Academic Equity for Student Success, and Diversity & Cultural Engagement (Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center and the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center). Feb. 28, 2-5 p.m., Valley Library Autzen classroom.

NEW! The Secret Garden, presented by University Theatre and OSU music opens on Friday, Feb. 28, with performances Feb. 28-29 and March 6-7 at 7:30 p.m. and March 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets.

Fairbanks Gallery of Art: “Psithurism: Visionary West” through Feb. 26. Curated by OSU art instructor Anna Fidler, features painters from Vancouver, B.C., Washougal, Wash., Portland, Ore., and Los Angeles. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, on the first floor of Fairbanks Hall. Open until 8 p.m. on third Thursdays for the Corvallis Art Walk. 

Faculty-led Program: From Classroom to Community: Learning Beyond Borders in Taiwan and India — Join professors Tammy Bray and Sunil Khanna from the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences for four weeks each in Taipei, Taiwan and Bangalore, India from Sept. 19-Nov. 22, 2020. Students will have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary learning and community-engaged service to understand critical health issues from a global perspective. As part of the program’s learning objectives, students will develop a nuanced appreciation for the intersectionality of local and global problems related to food insecurity, nutrition and health disparity, family poverty, social well-being, and environmental influences. Come to an Informational meeting on Feb. 26 or March 5 from noon to 1 p.m. in Milam 119For more information, contact:

STEM Research Center Reception: Celebrate, connect and collaborate. The STEM Research Center is celebrating our expanded staff and portfolio of applied research and evaluation! Join us to learn more about the Center, our work, and how you can get involved. Brief program followed by hosted reception and networking. Feb. 26, 4-6 p.m. in the Horizon Room in the MU. This event is free and open to faculty and grad students. Click to add this event to your calendar.

Next Great Startup Final — Come watch the four student-led teams compete to win the title and prizes of the Next Great Startup 2020. Free to attend. More details about the completion and finalists Identifi, Hempress, HazAdapt and Crick-ITZ are available on the NGSU website. Final takes place in CH2M Hill Alumni Center on Feb. 26 from 5:30-7 p.m.

This is What Democracy Looks Like: A Genealogy of Movements: A film series by the Anarres Project that seeks to track the genealogy of strategies and political goals from a broad range of social movements over the past 40 years. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m., Milam 318.

The OSU Album Club will listen to and discuss the album Led Zeppelin on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in LINC 303. Hosted by Bob Santelli. Free.

The OSU Campus Band, directed by Erik Leung, has a performance on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Admission is free.

Linus Pauling Day: Learn more about the Linus Pauling Institute. Enjoy an afternoon with former LPI Officer Steve Lawson and hear short talks about the latest research findings by several LPI faculty. All talks are geared for a general audience. Reception in honor of Linus Pauling's 119th birthday to follow. Friday, Feb. 28, 3-5:30 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center 125. Flyer | Website.

Beavers Belong: Beavers Belong is a support network for students, by students, aimed at creating connection, community and belonging through weekly peer-led groups (not therapy or counseling-based) and on-campus events and activities. Drop-in group times for undergrads are Mondays, 2-3 p.m., 3-4 p.m. and 4-5 p.m., MU Lounge Family Friendly Room; and Fridays 2-3 p.m., MU Wellness Nook, Room 62. For grads, Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m., Dixon Lower Classroom. Child care services offered.

Piano concert: The Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Piano Series presents Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva on Sunday, March 1, at 4 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center. Avdeeva’s Corvallis recital comprises four Romantic-era works by Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert and Ludwig van Beethoven. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $28 at the door. College students with ID and youth ages 8 to 18 are admitted free. Advance tickets may be purchased online at or locally in Corvallis at Grass Roots Books & Music. 

Slavic Soul Party: Tickets are available for SAC Presents on March 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center, featuring Slavic Soul Party!, a 10-piece brass band from NYC that performs “Balkan-soul-gypsy-funk.”

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! University-Community Forum: The forum “Open Streets Classroom: A University-Community Partnership for the Public Good” will take place on Feb. 27, noon to 4 p.m., at the main meeting room of the Corvallis-Benton County Library. At the event, faculty and students will join members of the wider Corvallis community to create community-university collaborations in the context of Open Streets Corvallis. For more information and to register go to This event is co-sponsored by the OSU Office of Institutional Diversity and the School of Language, Culture, and Society.

NEW! Linus Pauling Institute Seminar: “Why do vertebrates need vitamin E?” It’s a vitamin. It’s an antioxidant. If you don’t have it you die, but what does it do? Find out more from Maret Traber, Principal Investigator at the Linus Pauling Institute. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2-3 p.m., LPSC room 402. Join by Zoom

NEW! Starker Lecture Series: “Women of Forestry: Inspiring Leadership,” focuses on women who act as agents of change within the forestry and forest products sector as well as within their communities. The College of Forestry graduated its first woman student, Pauline Barto Sandoz, 75 years ago. This series will explore the triumphs of women as well as the myriad of challenges they face in forests, mills, research labs and beyond. Feb. 27: Film, "Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Matthai;" 6 p.m., Whiteside Theatre. Panelists: Beth Hahn, Southern Africa program manager, US Forest Service International Programs; Reem Hajjar, assistant professor in Integrated Human and Ecological Systems, College of Forestry; Shamiso Mupara, founder, Environmental Buddies, Zimbabwe. For more information, visit our website.

NEW! Do you have a business idea but need some help? The OSU Advantage Accelerator is offering Iterate, a free class for entrepreneurs and wanna-be entrepreneurs who have a business idea but just aren't sure what to do next. Come learn how to create a value proposition, find and understand your market, and more. Iterate consists of four workshops that build on each other: March 2, 4, 16, and 18, all from 4-5:30 p.m. Learn more and register:

NEW! Advancing Women’s Participation in the Technology Sector: Eight Cambodian women leaders will appear on a panel to gain insight into how different departments at the university connect to promote cooperation in research and development of innovation technology and to share about their own work. March 3, 3-4:40 p.m., Native American Longhouse. The delegation is here through a U.S. Department of State sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program. After the discussion, there will be a reception. For more information contact

NEW! Hemp, Hemp, Hooray – Come Learn About Oregon’s Hottest Crop: Join the Willamette Innovator’s Network (WIN) on March 10 for a March PubTalk featuring Dr. Jeffrey Steiner, Associate Director of the OSU Global Hemp Innovation Center, and Sunny Summers, Cannabis Policy Coordinator & Special Projects, Oregon Department of Agriculture. Did you know that researchers estimate 25,000 uses for hemp? Learn more and register here:

Undergraduate Academic Program Assessment Reports Workshop: Join Tamara Belknap and Heath Henry (Academic Programs and Assessment), Lori Kayes (Integrated Biology) and JoAnne Bunnage (Undergraduate Education) for details about completing the annual undergraduate assessment reports due in April. Learn proven strategies to successfully navigate SharePoint and complete the assessment reports. Join us Wednesday, Feb. 26, 9-10 a.m. in Milam 215 and by Zoom. Register for the Undergraduate Assessment Reports Workshop

Recognizing & Supporting Students in Distress: This facilitated Kognito workshop will help faculty and staff build confidence to lead conversations with students they are concerned about that will: foster resilience, strengthen relationships and connect students with support. Space is limited; registration required. Register at Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m. to noon (register by Feb. 23); March 2, 2:30-4 p.m., (register by Feb. 27), Valley Library Autzen Classroom. 

International Graduate Student Experience: The Office of Institutional Diversity President and Provost’s Leadership Council will be conducting focus groups with OSU international graduate students to understand their experiences. Focus groups will be held Feb. 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m. or March 3 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 110 Heckart Lodge. Focus groups will be student-led, and no faculty will be present. Lunch will be provided. Register for a focus group here. If you have any questions, feel free to email Fatima Al-Ghadban at

Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): "CGRB Disaster Recovery Service, i.e., How to ensure your critical research is being backed up" — Matthew Peterson (Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing), Wednesday, Feb. 26, noon to 1 p.m. in ALS 3005. BUG consists of life scientists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, statisticians, and researchers of all types who meet to discuss topics related to these fields of study. Meetings are generally informal, consisting of discussions, interactive talks, or short workshops. All are welcome. No experience needed to participate. For additional information, see

Internationalization and Global Engagement (IGE) Strategic Planning Forums: The Office of International Affairs invites you to join our upcoming campus-wide forums collecting input on OSU’s internationalization. Forum 2: Preparing graduates to work in a diverse society and as global citizens, grow diversity and cultivate culture of inclusion at OSU. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1-2:30 p.m., MU 104 Journey Room. For more information contact Zoom available.

EECB Seminar: Miguel Ferrer will "Can Birds and Turbines Share the Wind?” Wednesday, Feb. 26, 4 p.m., Withycombe 109. Ferrer is the former Director of the Biological Station of Doñana in Seville, Spain, and a delegate of the Spanish National Research Council. He has worked extensively with raptors (among other birds) around the world. His talk will focus on the decades of research he has done regarding the conservation of birds in wind farms. For Zoom meeting ID: 565-744-050.

Top Hat Level 1 Certification Workshop: Tactics for Real-time Assessment Save your spot for this on-campus workshop, brought to you by Top Hat and OSU’s Academic Technology. All faculty and GTAs that use or are interested in using Top Hat are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact Lyn Riverstone. March 11, 1-3 p.m. in MLM 215. Register today.

Food Drive

NEW! Planting the Seeds of Success: Stop by the Academic Success Center's plant-themed sale between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Feb. 28. We'll be located just outside Waldo Hall's North entrance, and will have seeds, succulents, terrariums and shrubs generously donated by local nurseries and staff members. Also, check out our plant-themed cards and art. Prices will vary. For questions, contact

Jamba Juice Fundraiser: HCSA is selling Jamba Juice coupon cards for $10 with over $20 in savings. Get a Jamba card at the HC front desk in the LINC 450, or by contacting Maya at

Basket Raffle: BAFF Baskets: Business Affairs is raffling off four baskets: BBQ Bonanza; Pampered Pet: Cat Edition; Pampered Pet: Dog Edition; and Sweets and Treats. Tickets are available for sale at the Kerr Admin Cashier's Office windows Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tickets are $1 each, $5/6, or $10/15. Drawing will be held Friday, Feb. 28. For more information, see Questions, contact

Artisan Bowl Raffle. Buy tickets at 116 Gilmore Hall. Handsome, one-of-a-kind bowl made from locally sourced oak and turned by Biological & Ecological Engineering instructor, John Selker. Lightly oiled with Tung Oil, this bowl is food-safe. Come by and see how well it will complement your office or home. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Drawing held Feb. 27. For questions contact

Attention Bookworms: Come to the CEOAS Admin Building (behind Johnson Hall), donate $1, $3 or $5 to the food drive and walk away with a beautifully and mysteriously wrapped book for your next rainy day binge-reading session. For more information contact

OSU Campus Bird Watching Tour: OSU is an eBird hotspot with 146 species reported. Please join EESC's Amerie Lommen as she hosts a walking tour, pointing out the native bird life here on OSU's Corvallis campus. Suggested donation of $1. Feb 27 meet on the north side of Kerr Administration Building at noon. All money collected benefits the OSU Food Drive and the Linn-Benton Food Share.

Cosmic Spin the Wheel: The Xpress Stop at the MU has Cosmic Spin the Wheel and cookies. For a $2 donation, spin the wheel for your chance to win candy and prizes. Every spin is entered into a drawing at the end of the month. Fabulous prizes include a Car Wash certificate, banner shopping bags, and $50 Amazon gift cards. Also, every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. stop by for fresh baked cookies. All proceeds benefit the food drive.

Quilt Raffle Ticket Sale: Quilt raffle tickets are $1 each or 6/$5. All month. For more information contact

Book Sale: Lightly used books, DVDs and board games will be on sale to support the OSU Food Drive throughout the month of February. Items will range in price from $1 to $5. Come check out the selection in the Magruder Hall lobby. For questions, contact
Take a Break with BEE: February is a cold, damp month. Need a break from it all? Come and spend some time in Gilmore Hall 116, warming up with hot cocoa or tea. We will be offering each for a donation of $1/per cup for the entire month of February (weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with the exception of noon). For questions, contact
PB&J bar: A longtime Biological & Ecological Engineering tradition, we’ve extended the PB&J bar for the entire month. Come on by our office and make yourself a delicious treat of peanut butter and a variety of jellies, many from local growers. Suggested donation of $3 per sandwich (weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.). All donations will go to BEE’s participation in the OSU Food Drive to help the local community. For questions, contact

Take Note

NEW! Deadline Approaching: Tradition & Innovation in the Wood Construction Industry: A Journey in the Italian Alps: This faculty-led program will spend the first two weeks in September exploring the long-standing forest management and wood architecture industries of Italy, with a focus on cutting-edge timber engineering, advanced wood manufacturing, and sustainable design, as well as local history and culture from the Stone Age to the present. For more information, visit or email CoF International Programs at Applications close on March 1.

NEW! Deadline Approaching: Food, Culture and Climate Change — 18 days in France (HC407): This faculty-led program will be spending 18 days in France (June 16-July 3, 2020) exploring France’s response to climate change and experiencing French food culture. Participants will meet farmers, vineyard owners, food distributors and retailers, foresters and climate scientists, while visiting farmers' markets, castles, cathedrals, gardens, ancient forests, museums and a nuclear power plant. For more information ( and/or contact the organizers ( or Applications close on March1.

RecycleMania: This week’s score places OSU in the lead at 2.72 lbs of recycling per person vs. UO at 1.65 lbs. The RecycleMania Oregon Classic competition between OSU and UO will run through March 28. You can help OSU beat UO in this year’s RecycleMania challenge by recycling the most. For more information visit our website at

Naval ROTC Ship Selection: Five soon-to-be commissioned Surface Warfare Officers will be selecting their first ship. Resembling the NFL Draft, ship selection is based on ranking systems and available ship lists. The event takes place in the Naval Armory on the Feb. 26 – 28. OSU community is welcome to stop by and view the event or watch the live broadcast. See event posting for exact times and link to live broadcast.

Encourage students to attend Diversity Mentoring Luncheon: For many underserved students, a meaningful connection to even one mentor from a similar community or background can be instrumental to their success in and out of the classroom. The Diversity Mentoring Luncheon offers the opportunity for students to create those connections. Please encourage your students to join a diverse and welcoming group of alumni in a casual three-hour mentoring opportunity where they can learn about the next steps after college and navigating the workplace as an individual from an underserved community. Students can register at

Wanted: Students with great ideas: You are invited to nominate engaged, curious, dedicated students to join Launch Academy, a course for undergraduate and graduate students of ALL majors who have ideas for services, products or community change. Launch Academy students are eligible to win up to $2,500 in business development funding each term and have access to mentorship, co-working space, travel grants and prototyping support. Nominate students here and contact with questions. 

Goddik named department head: Lisbeth Goddik is the new department head for Food Science and Technology in Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Goddik has served as interim department head since January 2019 and is a professor and Extension specialist in dairy processing. During that year, she reestablished the department’s advisory board and led the department in conceptualizing a new Sustainable Food Systems initiative, which will guide future staffing position and development opportunities.

Community-Engaged Scholarship Intensive: The Division of Outreach and Engagement has five travel awards of $1,000 each to support five OSU participants at the June 1-5, MSU Summer Intensive on Community-Engaged Scholarship. The support is for early career tenure-track and professor of practice faculty. For consideration, please send an email to by Feb. 28 with the following: 1) name, 2) unit, 3) position title/rank, 4) how you intend to use skills gained in community-engaged scholarship. 

Proposed Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy Program’s What’s New page ( to view a pending policy amendment. Proposed University Policy 03-001 Contract Signature Authority delegates contract signature authority to enter the university into agreements with third parties. This page is updated frequently with new developments, so we encourage you to check back frequently. Comments or questions may be submitted to

Request for Proposals: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking proposals for projects focused on the further development of technologies invented by OSU faculty, staff, and/or graduate students in any discipline. Each project may be awarded up to $15,000 and should span six months or less, beginning in April 2020. Funding can be used to fund students, prototyping expenses, travel and more. Proposals are due no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. Read the full RFP here:


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NEW! The Department of Crop and Soil Science: The Department of Crop and Soil Science invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Faculty Research Assistant position that will be housed in Corvallis, Oregon. Posting #P03630UF. Closes March 12.

NEW! Access Adviser: Disability Access Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Access Adviser position. Posting #P03611UF. Closes March 18.


“One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity.” ~ Pierre-Auguste Renoir, born today in 1841.

Corvallis: Mostly cloudy today, high of 53, low of 38. Sunny Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 54, low of 31. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Partly sunny, high of 56, low of 40. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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