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. 

Beyond the abyss: The mission to drill through the Earth's crust (CNN)

"The workings of the oceans, the Earth's environment and climate are all recorded in the sediments," explained Anthony Koppers, a professor of marine geology at Oregon State University.

An ecologist organizes the world (Hakai Magazine)

The Mercer Award in turn led her to ESA’s annual conferences—by now she was an assistant professor at Oregon State University (OSU)—where, at a business meeting, she made suggestions good enough to put her on a committee which she ended up chairing. 

Rock star turned OSU soil scientist talks dirt to students (KOIN)

When it comes time for class registration at Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences there is one course in particular, with one scientist in particular, that always attracts an audience. The course is so popular that students across 40 different majors make time in their schedules for it.

10 ways to save money on your gardening budget (Oregonian)

 “Gardening is like any other hobby,” said Brooke Edmunds, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “It takes some level of investment. But it doesn’t have to be that expensive. There are shortcuts.”

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Life in the theater: In this 1925-dated photo, theater program director Elizabeth Barnes, right, and others applying makeup to actors. Oregon State University Theatre’s 2019-2020 season continues this month with the family-friendly musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s classic, “The Secret Garden.” For more information:


Small meetings with President Ray: President Ray and the Faculty Senate Executive Committee are continuing the long-standing tradition of sponsoring small group faculty (academic, research, and professional) conversations. Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. These conversations provide the President with an opportunity to receive candid feedback from faculty and an occasion for idea and information exchange. To register for the winter term sessions (Feb. 4, 10-11:30 a.m., March 11, 2:30-4 p.m., and April 6, 3-4:30 p.m.) please access

Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Collecting Feedback & Responsive Teaching - Join Lyn Riverstone (AT) and Kenton Hokanson (CoSci) to learn strategies for collecting, analyzing and responding to mid-course feedback from students. +Tech Talk: Get started with Top Hat, one of several tools useful for collecting student feedback. This workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215, Feb 4 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by! Learn more here. Contact us here.

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 five soup options. Only $4 for a bowl. Each serving comes with a free piece of bread. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Naval Armory, Quarterdeck. Now accepting Venmo payments. For questions, contact
Grilled Cheese Lunch: The AMBC will be making custom grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch on Feb. 4, noon to 1 p.m., Hovland 09 to help the OSU Food Drive. Cost is $5 for a sandwich, tomato soup and chips. For questions, contact

People and Nature Lunch Series: Stuty Maskey, graduate student in Public Policy, presents “Collaboration Failure: Stakeholder Perspectives of Managing a National Forestry Program in Nepal,” and Nicolas Gomez-Andujar, graduate student in Marine Resource Management, presents “Adaptive Self-Governance of Small-Scale Fisheries in Puerto Rico.” Tuesday, Feb. 4, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Strand 110.The lecture is free and open to all. Sponsored by the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife’s Human Dimensions Lab. To attend online: For more information:

Social Security: Seven Keys to Enhancing Benefits: There are many factors which contribute to eligibility, size, and timing of your social security retirement benefit. This seminar provides seven different areas of focus to best understand and time income from social security. Feb  4, noon to 1 p.m., MU 207, Allworth Room. Presented by Kyle King, CRPC®, APMA®, Financial Advisor, CUSO Financial Services, L.P. At Maps Credit Union.

OSU Student Flying Club: Join fellow aviation enthusiasts for pizza, stories and lessons in flying on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in Kelley Engineering Center, room 1005.  Each week may include talks from members of the aviation community, a chance to learn from others and share your own flying stories and even an opportunity to demo a flight simulator.

OSU Gallery Walk: Take a winter evening stroll around campus to view the wonderful art exhibits in six galleries. Similar to the Corvallis Art Walk, only limited to the OSU campus, galleries will be open until 7 p.m. to host interested visitors. Some will serve refreshments. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 4-7 p.m. Fairbanks Gallery of Art, Concourse Gallery, Giustina Gallery, The Little Gallery, Strand Gallery, Valley Library. Maps available at each location. Free.

OSUsed Store Public Sales The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly evening public sale Tuesday, Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

Election 2020: Police Brutality: A panel discussion about the history of excessive force used and allowed, and the process of prosecuting an officer charged with excessive force. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 5:30-7 p.m., MU 109.

Women and Negotiations lecture: For the first time, the 2020 Susan J. McGregor Memorial Lecture, featuring Ashleigh Shelby Rosette Ph.D., professor of Management and Organizations at Duke University, will be offered in Portland. Dr. Rosette’s Portland lecture on “Women and Negotiations” will describe how gender stereotypes influence negotiation outcomes and explain how you can work with those stereotypes to achieve your goals. The lecture will be held on Feb. 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m., in the Sentinel Hotel, Billiard Room. Registration is required. OSU students can use promo code MCGREGOR for free admission.

Songwriters in the Round. A facilitated weekly meetup of songwriters and aspiring songwriters, hosted by Director of Popular Music Bob Santelli with OSU students Jens Lovtang and Max Winer. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Bexell Hall Lounge. Tuesdays through March 17. Free and open to all. Bring your songs, your instrument and your enthusiasm.


NEW! OPEns House: The Openly Published Environmental Sensing (OPEnS) Lab ( invites everyone to the third annual OPEnS House on Feb. 6, 3-5:30 p.m. in Gilmore Annex Room 200. Come learn about the OPEnS Lab equipment, capabilities and current projects. There will be a 10-minute presentation at 3:45 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

NEW! Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center presents Marine Food Webs: Drifters to Swimmers: This art exhibit encourages dialogue about the importance of sustaining and preserving our ocean food web ­— from the microscopic plankton to those that consume them. Bridging art to science, this exhibit will be a parallel show to a special collection by invited artists who participated in a National Science Foundation-funded Artist-at-Sea Residency Program that worked with scientists from Oregon State University’s Hatfield Plankton Lab and the University of Oregon’s Sutherland Lab aboard four oceanographic research cruises. Exhibit runs from Feb. 3-March 12. The opening reception is Thursday, Feb. 6 from 5-7:30 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. More information including gallery hours.

OPEN Studio Series: Faculty Media Center: Experience the new Faculty Media Center! Drop in to learn about the FMC studios and get hands-on support with technology tools like Canvas, Kaltura, and more! Bring a project, idea, or simply your curiosity and work directly with Academic Technology’s experts. Join us from 2 - 3:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoons in Kidder Hall 100. Learn more about the OPEN Studio Series.

Faculty wellness: There’s still time to RECHARGE your wellness in 2020. OSU Faculty Staff Fitness is holding a brand new six-week wellness challenge starting Feb. 2-March 14, called RECHARGE 2020. This electrifying program is made to emphasize healthy habits through tracking and educational elements with an online portal, office challenges and partnering to give you a fully rounded experience. Register via by the end of this week. Contact if you have additional questions.

American StringsTickets are available for CLA’s upcoming American Strings event with Chicago blues artists Ronnie Baker Brooks and Billy Branch on Feb. 12, 7:30-9:30 pm. at the Majestic Theatre.

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! Triad luncheon: Anne Gillies, Search Advocate Program, “Everything you ever wanted to know about the OSU Search Advocate program.” Thursday, Feb. 6, noon, MU 211. Event is free; optional catered lunch is available for $13. Contact Janice Nave-Abele, to reserve lunch. Triad is a campus organization open to faculty and staff that offers an opportunity to gather over a meal to network and learn something new. More info:

NEW! Engaging Undergraduates in Research: Join us for a session on Feb. 6 from noon to 1 p.m., where mentors of undergraduate researchers will learn how to use OSU’s sample mentoring agreement, explore sources of financial support for students engaged in research and gain valuable insight into best practices for engaging in research with undergraduates. RSVP here for location.

NEW! Benton County Health Department presentation: Find out about what services Benton County Health Department has to offer and learn whether you qualify for the Oregon Health Care Plan. Feb. 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 2638 NW Jackson Ave. Free. 

NEW! Winter Community Dialogue: A Nation Divided: Explore multiple perspectives on the ways to improve the political system in the United States. Join us to have the opportunity to discuss current issues in politics, meet new people and expand your mindset. This event is free and open to all members in the community. Thursday, Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m., MU Horizon Room.

NEW! Linus Pauling Institute Seminar: “Nanobodies™: a versatile tool to enhance the treatment and diagnosis of disease.” Lecture by Carl Ruby, Ph.D, faculty Researcher in the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at OSU and cofounder of BTC, a start-up biotech company bringing safe, effective and accessible immune oncology options to veterinary medicine. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2-3 p.m., 402 Linus Pauling Science Center.

NEW! Free Middle School Women in Science WorkshopDiscovering the Scientist Within, is a program designed to nurture 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls’ interest in the STEM fields and consists of activities paired with adult women scientist role models. The event will be on campus, Saturday, March 7, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Registration opens Feb. 1 and closes March 1. Contact Emily Nicholson in Precollege Programs at 541-737-9424 with questions.

Healthy Sleep: This training addresses how stress impacts sleep along with key principles for getting better rest, including mindfulness and guided imagery. Insomnia and its impact are also addressed. Feb. 5, 9-10 a.m. MU Multipurpose Room. Registration is required at OSU Professional Development site: Search for the course by the title and register. To participate remotely access the Zoom registration link here. Sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program.

Workshop: Blending Your Teaching with Instructional Media: Want to know how to create instructional media for your on-campus courses and to learn best practices of hybrid/flipped/blended design and teaching? CTL and Academic Technology invite you to explore the new Faculty Media Center. Learn how to make audio, video and other media, while beginning to plan an upcoming course in this 90-min. hands-on workshop. Refreshments provided. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., Kidder 100. Registration Info: Faculty Media Center.

2020 Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of Biodiversity (EECB) Seminar Series: Carri LeRoy will be giving a talk titled “Primary succession and plant sex influence ecosystem function in streams of Mt. Saint Helens.” The talk is on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 4-5 p.m., WITH 109. Remote access to this seminar is available at HTTPS://OREGONSTATE.ZOOM.US/J/565744050.

Lecture and Discussion: Jonathan Katz, professor of history, will draw on his considerable research and teaching experience with Iran, Islam and the Middle East, to present: “The US and Iran: Misfortune and Missed Opportunities.” The talk will be Wednesday, Feb. 5, 3-4:30 p.m. in the OSU Foundation Boardroom, 4238 SW Research Way, Corvallis. OSURA (OSU Retirement Association), sponsor, invites the OSU community.

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. The first meeting examines the development of three different but formative social movements: the Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam war in 1970, the Kensington Welfare Rights Union in the 1980s, and the direct action of Earth First in Oregon in the early 1990s. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m., Milam 318.

Intersectionality at Work lecture: Ashleigh Shelby Rosette Ph.D., professor of Management and Organizations at Duke University, will give the Corvallis 2020 Susan J. McGregor Memorial Lecture on “Intersectionality at Work.” Rosette will explore ways in which intersecting identities of race, class, sexuality and other social categories make different women experience the workplace in very different ways, and how this awareness can help us work together to make better working conditions for all women according to their unique needs and experiences. The lecture will be held on Feb. 5, 7-8 p.m., in the LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium. The event is free; RSVP is appreciated but not required.

Blended Learning Opportunity: All Corvallis teaching faculty are invited to apply to participate in the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Spring 2020 Hybrid Faculty Learning Community and redesign Corvallis on-campus courses as hybrid courses. Professional development funding provided. Proposals due Feb. 12. See the Call for Proposals. If you have questions or want to find out more about this opportunity, drop in to Milam 215 during any of the following times: Thurs., Feb. 6, at 10-10:30 a.m. or 3-3:30 p.m.; or email

Procurement Training Sessions: Procurement is pleased to again offer training sessions covering three topics: Procurement Standards and Resources (Feb. 11), Federal Purchases under Uniform Guidance (Feb. 13), and Informal Procurement (Feb. 14). These sessions are being offered in-person and via Zoom. For more information, registration, times, and locations visit the Procurement Training and Support webpage.

Employee Assistance Program workshop on Working in a Changing Environment: In an organizational culture of constant change, adapting can be challenging. Some areas addressed during this presentation are the elements of change, different losses that are experienced related to change, the transitional stages, and ways of coping with stress and change. March 18, 9-10 a.m. MU Multipurpose Room. Registration is required at OSU Professional Development site: Search for the course by the title and register. To participate remotely access the Zoom registration link here. Sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program.

OSU Lane County Extension Master Food Preservers Gearing up 2020 Training Program: Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 eight-week training program. The full-day classes will be held every Monday starting April 6 and completing with graduation on June 1. The course provides in-depth research based training in all areas of food preservation including food safety. To apply to be a part of the 2020 training program, applications are available on the Lane County OSU Extension website:, or at the Lane County Extension office at 996 Jefferson in Eugene. Cost of the program is $175 plus a minimum volunteer payback of 70 hours in the year following the training or the course can be taken for $375 without the volunteer payback. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 27. 

Food Drive

NEW! Soup Lunch: $3 for one bowl, $5 all you can eat, desserts sold separately. Bring your own bowl to reduce waste and earn a free raffle ticket for our raffles. Feb. 5, noon to 1 p.m., Richardson, Second Floor Knuckle. For more information contact

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

Chili Competition & Baked Potato Bar Lunch: Chili Competition & Baked Potato Bar Lunch: Come by for chili and baked potatoes brought to you by School of Life Sciences. Vote for your favorite chili. Potato, chili, toppings, cookie and drink for $7. Feb. 5, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Cordley 3029. For questions, 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
Quilt Raffle Ticket Sale: Quilt raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. All month, Richardson 215. For more information contact

Take Note

NEW! Participants needed to review a survey measuring intergenerational contact: Participation involves a one-hour focus group, during which you will complete the survey individually and then engage in a group discussion about how the survey could be improved. Held on-campus on March 5. You will be compensated $20. To participate, email Shelbie Turner ( with your name and which age group you fall into from the following: 18-39 years, 40-64 years, 65 and over. 

NEW! Request for Proposals: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking proposals to facilitate the further development and commercialization of OSU applied innovations. Proposals can be submitted for projects focused on bringing OSU-owned innovations invented by OSU faculty, staff and/or graduate students in any discipline closer to market. 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. on Friday, Feb. 28.  Read the full RFP here:

NEW! Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing the following information on campus office move resources, along with the following from SAIF with six steps for safely lifting a load and best practices for storing items so they can be accessed with less strain and sprain risk. You can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

CIO 100 Day ReportOSU's new Chief Information Officer invites you to explore her 100-day report which covers her findings from conversations with the OSU community and what comes next for IT at OSU. 

Mindful After Cancer (MAC) study: Women will be able to participate in the MAC program online, from the privacy of their homes. The MAC program is eight weeks long starting on March 30, with an online group meeting each week for 1½ to two hours. It is aimed at fostering positive body image, sexual health and well-being. Participants will fill out an online survey before and one month after the program ends, and will get $20 for each survey completed. There is no charge for the program. The study results will increase our understanding of how to help women improve their sexual well-being and quality of life after cancer. The study is open to women who were diagnosed with stage 1-4 breast or gynecologic cancer at least one year ago. Go to, or email for more information. This study is being conducted by the Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences. The Principal Investigator is Jessica R. Gorman, Ph.D.

Updates to University Policies & Standards: Please visit the University Policy & Standards page to learn about recent policy updates: This page is updated frequently with new developments, so we encourage you to check back regularly. Also, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter here.


NEW! Gymnastics: OSU gymnastics hosts LSU and Arizona State, Saturday, Feb. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at Gill Coliseum.

Traffic and Maintenance

Parking lot closure, Benton Place: Work will take place along the west side of Benton Place between Jefferson Way and Langton Place to improve ADA accessibility in the area. This work will be non-invasive but will require that parking be removed on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.. (view map). 


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NEW! Assistant Director, Student Conduct & Community Standards – Student Conduct & Community Standards invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Assistant Director position. Posting #03587UF. Closes March 6.

NEW! Graduate Writing Consultants — The Graduate Writing Center invites applicants for part-time (up to .49 FTE), nine-month Writing Consultant (Student Project Assistant) position. Consultants provide crucial support to graduate students composing academic and professional texts. Trained to work with peers across all disciplines, consultants exercise a high degree of flexibility in providing one-on-one feedback on graduate-level writing and at all stages of graduate education. Consultant training directly benefits graduate students who intend to make a career in academia, research or communication. Posting #P05628SE. Closes June. 30. For more information contact Dennis Bennett 541-737-2932, or


"Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome." ~ Rosa Parks, born today in 1913.

Corvallis: Patchy freezing fog and then a chance of rain, high of 44, low of 38. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Increasing clouds today, high of 34, low of 28. Chance of rain and snow tomorrow.

Newport: Rain likely, high of 44, low of 41. Rain tomorrow.

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