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 study shows health impacts from brief pesticide exposure on fish and their offspring (Think Out Loud)

A new study by researchers at Oregon State University found that fish embryos exposed to tiny amounts of pesticides for four days experienced lasting behavioral changes. It also found that the offspring of those fish also experienced changes in behavior and had altered development and gene expression even though they were not exposed to the commonly used pesticides.

Credit card consolidation loan offers (WalletHub)

Writen by Michael Budke, program manager, Center for Advancing Financial Education with the College of Business at Oregon State University.


On hot summer days, this thistle is somehow cool to the touch (Science News)

“Those are substantial coolings relative to the air next to it,” says Christopher Still, an ecologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis who was not involved in the work. “It’s a nice, careful study.”

A more perfect union (Democracy Paradox)

A piece co-written by OSU's David Bernell, associate professor of political science in the School of Public Policy.


Today's photo

Icy intersection: Sabine Hummer says, “My photo is from the normally very busy corner of 29th and Walnut taken at noon during January’s ice storm.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Are your students struggling with citations? Consider adding the OSU Libraries’ Citation Style module to your Canvas course. This self-guided module helps students learn why citation matters and goes over the basics of MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian styles, including resources to make citation easier. To add this module, see directions for importing modules into your courses.  


BEE Button Making: From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 27 come into Gilmore 116 to customize and create your own button. We have precut designs available and materials to make your own design. Attach it to your backpack, purse or favorite coat. Each button is $1, and all proceeds go to the OSU Food Drive. For questions, contact [email protected].

Gearing Up for Gardening: Last Surprise! Garden Myths, Janet Magedanz, Benton County Master Gardener. Come to the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library and get free gardening tips from local experts. Join us at noon Feb. 27. Presentations are free and open to everyone. Co-sponsored by the Benton County Master Gardener Association and the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

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. 

Religion and Social Change: An Interfaith Dialogue: Eliza Young Barstow, senior instructor of religious studies, is hosting a series of panels featuring a diverse collection of religious leaders from the Willamette Valley who have agreed to gather and discuss challenging social issues. The sessions will be panel discussions, with questions asked by Barstow. Toward the end of each session there will be time for audience questions. The first session is at 4 p.m. Feb. 27 in the La Raza Room of the Memorial Union and focuses on birth control and abortion. 

Say Hey: Say Hey will be hosted at OSU from 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 27 by the Portland Partners in Diversity. The goal is to help connect local businesses and community members with professionals of color. Employees of color are honored at the event and encouraged to register as honorees. Community members and allies are encouraged to attend also to support building community and connections. Registration is now open, and space is limited. To register as an attendee: To register as an honoree:

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.

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.


NEW! Geode and Rock Sample Sale: The Geoscience Club is holding a rock sale fundraiser 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Feb. 29 in the MU Quad. Prices start at $1. The Geoscience Club prioritizes offering members the opportunity to learn about the geosciences outside of the classroom, so please help us send our club to explore the California Foothills and Yosemite this spring.

NEW! Clarence Thomas film screening: Join us for an exclusive viewing of the film, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words.” Filmmaker and editor Mark Paoletta will be a guest speaker for a special Q&A about the film. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. The event will be hosted at 5 p.m. March 6 in Memorial Union Room 211.  Sponsored by Turning Point USA at Oregon State University.

NEW! Dance celebration: Take time to let go, cut loose, and honor your movement expression in a welcoming space. We will move to engaging music and close with a meditative cool down. Gently facilitated by Julie Masters from 6:30-7:45 p.m. March 7 and 21 and April 4 and 18 at Marigold. Purchase class passes and register here. Contact: [email protected]

Do you or anyone you know commute from Salem, Monmouth, Independence or Eugene? Connect with other commuters and enjoy lunch while you discover the benefits and possibilities of vanpooling. Join the Feb. 29 Vanpool Meet and Greet, 12:30 to 1 p.m. Please RSVP to [email protected] by Feb. 27. 

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

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.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (EECB) Seminar: Hillary Young from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Young will be presenting her talk, "Climate and Livestock Mediate Effects of Wildlife on Landscape-Level Disease Risk,” at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 in LINC 302. Her research spans community ecology, ecosystem ecology, and conservation biology, with a particular emphasis on the impacts of wildlife loss and human disturbance on community structures and ecosystems.View Zoom at

NEW! 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 present 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.

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Laurie Porter, the Lamprey Project lead with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, will give a seminar entitled “A 400 K Bright Spot on the Horizon for Pacific Lamprey Returns to the Columbia River,” 3:30 p.m. Feb. 29. 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 and Plant Pathology Seminar Series: “Danger signals and plant immunity: Disease DAMPening for sustainable agriculture” presented by Kiwamu Tanaka of Washington State University, 4 p.m. Feb. 29 in ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

NEW! PFLA Zoom event: Growth Mindset for Success. Join Reese Schmit (trainer, coach and mom) to talk about how mindset frames and shapes the way we talk to ourselves and the people around us that depend on us for growth and guidance. 11 a.m. to noon March 6. Register for the event or follow us on social media via

NEW! College of Engineering, Virtual Faculty Lecture with Xue Jin: Efficient Wastewater Recycling For Agriculture: A Sustainable Approach Using Hybrid Electrodialysis And Forward Osmosis. Noon to 1 p.m. March 12. Register for the lecture: More information:

NEW! Creating Happiness 8-week ProgramThis program weaves three topics: happiness, flourishing and mindfulness. Michele Ribeiro will guide with concepts that move beyond resilience to those that contribute to flourishing. Open to all, held at Marigold 7-8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, April 3- May 22. Registration is open. $200 public; $175 educators. Scholarships are available for OSU undergraduates and graduate students. Contact us.

Care Talks, Child Care & Parenting: Raising Children in a Diverse World: This program covers helping children to be proud of their heritage, introducing children to other cultures, answering tough questions, protecting them from discrimination and how to be a good role model. 10 a.m., Feb. 28. Register today.

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.

Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series: "Spatial statistical modeling and prediction in R using spmodel" presented by Michael Dumelle of the US EPA. This seminar is 4-5 p.m. on Feb. 28 in Bexell Hall 328 or on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

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.

Hand-Dipping Candles: Join Amy Baker, Monteith Historical Society living history instructor, and learn to make hand-dipped candles on Feb. 28. Using a little bit of modern equipment and a lot of old-style techniques, we’ll make candles the centuries-old way. Step back into 1800s Oregon and make candles you can take home. Class sizes are small, so sign up early using the Qualtrics link or email [email protected] with questions.

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 (

AI Global Futures Forum and AI Week: The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce AI Week, April 8-12. The April 12 AI Global Futures Forum will include a conversation between OSU President Jayathi Murthy and special guest Jen-Hsun Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. The forum will also include a series of panels regarding AI and climate science, AI impact on workforce and the economy, and AI and creativity. To learn more, email OSU.Provost@oregonstate or visit this website.

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 the In-person Spring 2024 course and register 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.

NEW! Food For Thought! Anyone who brings cash, check, or non-perishable food item to the Linus Pauling Institute (LPSC 307) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Feb. 28 can take home one or more books on nutrition and healthy living for free. Come from 3-5 p.m. and you can also join our Linus Pauling Day birthday celebration.

Soup Lunch: Noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 28, Richardson Hall 2nd 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.

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! Students: Request Free Textbook Loans: The Basic Needs Center is expanding its free Textbook Lending Library and invites students experiencing financial barriers to request up to three books for them to purchase. Requests will be put on temporary hold for those who request. Submit by March 18, 2024 to receive the books starting the week of April 1. Details are on this form and at 1030 SW Madison Ave., 541-737-3747, or [email protected]

NEW! łatwa ina Royalty programTo support relations between the Native and Indigenous OSU community and broader Tribal nations and Indigenous communities in the region, the łatwa ina Royalty Program offers an OSU student an opportunity to represent the university at the łatwa ina Pow-Wow (May 18 in Gill Coliseum) and surrounding cultural events. This is a paid internship with a travel stipend and OSU regalia. Apply by April 28.

NEW! Spring Creek Podcast Series: Spring Creek Project just launched a new podcast series called "Luminaries." During each episode, a guest will tell a story about a creative piece such as an essay, poem or song that has illuminated the person's environmental thinking or work. Follow along on Spotify, Apple or wherever you get your podcasts. Check out the series trailer.

NEW! Celebrating 30 years: Congratulations to Margaret Burnett, distinguished professor, for reaching 30 years of service at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others by clicking on their name. Congratulations and thank you for your service.

Graduate Student Writing Residency: Graduate students working on projects aligned with the mission of the Spring Creek Project are invited to apply for a spring break or summer Graduate Student Writing Residency at Shotpouch Cabin. Applications sent via Submittable require a one-page narrative letter describing the proposed project and a one-page letter of recommendation from a faculty member. Deadline: 11:59 p.m., March 4. Learn more here and apply. 

Spring Creek Faculty Residency: OSU faculty members working on 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. 

$15K of Funding Available: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking applications that describe technology-based projects in any discipline that will move OSU-owned technologies closer to commercialization. Proposals should describe a project that requires $15,000 or less of funding to achieve an important milestone(s) connected to commercialization. Each project may be awarded up to $15,000 and should span six months or less, beginning in March 2024. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 28. Learn more and apply.

Tucker named academic director for DSI: Julie Tucker has been named academic director for the Design for Social Impact program. She served as interim academic director since October. Tucker joined Oregon State in 2013 and was promoted to full professor in 2023. She will maintain a part-time appointment as professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering. The DSI program brings together faculty from multiple disciplines and is focused on the creation and delivery of experiential curricular and co-curricular education centered on design, innovation and social impact.

Seeking Solutions Faculty Fellow Positions in the Center for Teaching and Learning: The Center for Teaching and Learning is seeking applications for Faculty Fellows for the 2024-25 academic year to design and facilitate a Seeking Solutions teacher training program, coordinate and support team teaching of Seeking Solutions courses, and consult with faculty on best practices for meeting the learning outcomes and criteria of the Seeking Solutions category in their courses. For more information, click here. Applications must be received by March 19. Submit application materials to the Center for Teaching and Learning: CTL Core Ed Faculty Fellowship for Seeking Solutions. Questions may be directed to Kara Clevinger in the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Symposium: The 2024 Research Advances in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Ecology Symposium (RAFWAE) will take place on April 12 in Peavy Hall. Graduate and undergraduate students who conduct research in the fields of fisheries, wildlife and ecology at OSU or other universities are invited to present their work at this conference, at any stage of development: proposal, data collection, preliminary results, published in Science, or research-adjacent talks about outreach, art or other topics. Deadline for abstract submission is March 15. 

Winter issue of Campus Directions available now: Campus Directions is a quarterly newsletter that shares important news and updates about operational work happening on the Corvallis campus. The winter 2024 issue features the Department of Public Safety and its new program to keep Beavs safe on campus, plus plans for a new utility plant to support the Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex. Read these stories and more here: Don’t want to miss a story? Subscribe today.

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, please contact the Global Affairs Associate.

Taste Sensitivity Study: We are looking for participants for a research study examining how hunger state influences taste sensitivities to carbohydrates. Participants must be healthy, non-diabetic non-smokers ages 18-45. The study will involve performing taste sensitivity tests before and after eating a provided meal. Email [email protected] for more information. Study name: Oral Glucose Sensing, PI: Juyun Lim.

Celebrate International Women's Day 2024: OSU recognizes International Women's Day each year on March 8, a global day in honor of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and a call to action for accelerating women's equality. We encourage institution-wide recognition and programming for this important day. To have your unit’s event added to the International Women’s Day webpage, please send details to the Global Affairs Associate and use our marketing toolkit to ensure alignment and visibility for all International Women’s Day events. 

Women’s Day community fair: There will be a community fair for students from noon to 3 p.m. March 8 on the SEC Plaza. Student groups interested in tabling at this event should contact [email protected]. Visit the website for more information.

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.


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NEW! Facilities Services at Oregon State University is seeking a full-time General Maintenance Mechanic. Posting #P04685CT. Closes March 8.

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NEW! Intersection closure: As part of the Washington Way Improvement project, the Washington Way and 30th Street intersection will be closed March 4 through April 15.


"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace." ~ May Sarton

Corvallis: Showers likely today, high of 45, low of 42. Showers and breezy tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of rain and snow today, high of 39, low of 30. Chance of rain and breezy tomorrow.

Newport: Showers and breezy today, high of 49, low of 45. Showers and windy tomorrow.

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