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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.

Is Oregon's new whale license plate cooler than California's? (The Mercury-News)

Late last week, Oregon’s Department of Transportation began issuing the plate — which was illustrated by artist Pieter Folkens of Benicia and features a mother gray whale and her calf — as a way to raise money for Oregon State University’s marine mammal research programs.

Mindfulness 'may help' entrepreneurs who don't have time to sleep (The Independent)

"You can't replace sleep with mindfulness exercises, but they might help compensate and provide a degree of relief," said Charles Murnieks, lead author and professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at Oregon State University. (see also Medibulletin)

OHSU/OSU study: Medicare policies generate astronomical out-of-pocket costs for MS patients(Portland Business Journal)

Researchers from OHSU and the OHSU/Oregon State University College of Pharmacy in Portland found that insurance rules have shifted more and more of the burden to patients. Since out-of-pocket costs are often tied to undiscounted list prices, even patients with insurance are negatively impacted by escalating prices, according to the study.

Forest plan: Wildfire losses up, bird populations down (News-Guard)

“Trees in the northwestern United States are some of the longest-lived and largest in the world,” Matt Betts of Oregon State University said. “Douglas-fir can live to be more than 800 years old and grow to be more than 100 meters tall, so it shouldn’t be surprising that it is hard to ‘restore’ this forest type, and that any plan to do so will take a long time.

Council comes up with new motion on OSU parking (Gazette-Times)

The Corvallis City Council took another stab Monday night at reviewing Oregon State University’s parking plan for a proposed upper-division student housing facility on the east side of campus.

Today's photo

Whale of a plate: According to Bruce Mate, director of the Marine Mammal Institute, there were 80 people in line on Friday morning at the Newport DMV waiting to pick up new MMI-sponsored gray whale license plates. More than 200 people from as far as Portland and Eugene went to the Newport DMV to get some of the lowest numbered plates. MMI receives a portion of sales. (photo: Bruce Mate)


Rummage Sale EESC will host a rummage sale in the fourth-floor foyer of Kerr from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 4-8 to support the annual food drive. Peruse housewares, books, movies, toys, clothing, and more. For questions, contact

PB&J Bar - Choose from a variety of jelly, jam, butters and honey to make your PB&J. Feb 4-8 stop by Gilmore Hall 116 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to make your sandwich. Thanks to New Morning Bakery for their generous donation. Suggested donation of $1-5 based on what you can afford. FMI email

Tuesday Teaching Talks: Collecting Feedback & Responsive Teaching: Join colleagues and the Center for Teaching and Learning in a certificated series of teaching workshops. The workshops are every Tuesday. Attend one, some or all. On Feb. 5, join Katy Williams (math) and Lyn Riverstone (math) to learn strategies for collecting, analyzing and responding to mid-course feedback from students. This two-hour workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here

ElderCare Connections: Corvallis Senior Center: Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in MU 207 to learn about classes and offerings provided by Chintimini Senior & Community Center. To see upcoming topics, visit or contact

Grilled Cheese Lunch: The AMBC is firing up the grill for customized grilled cheese sandwiches Tuesday, Feb. 5, from noon to 1 p.m in Hovland 09. Cost is $5 for the lunch, which also includes a bowl of tomato soup, chips, a cookie, and a drink. Questions? Contact April Cummings at

NEW! Eugene Ballet’s “Romeo & Juliet” Tickets – Flash Auction: This one-off flash auction item is part of the OSU Food Drive. Two tickets to the Eugene Ballet’s performance of “Romeo & Juliet” for this Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m., – great timing with Valentine’s Day coming. The tickets are in the orchestra section, row K, seats 301 and 302. This flash auction will close Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m. To bid on the tickets, visit our auction website at: For questions, contact

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 S.W. 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.

Chat with the Benton County District Attorney: Join members of the OSU NAACP Collegiate Chapter on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws for a chat with Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson, Oregon’s first elected Latino district attorney. This will be an informal opportunity for students to connect with and ask questions of our district attorney. Light refreshments will be provided. Should you have questions or need accommodation email Curtis Gaspard at

Upcoming Events

NEW! Department Only Surplus Sale: Surplus Property will host a sale of furniture and lab equipment to OSU departments only on Wednesday, Feb. 6, and Thursday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at 4575 S.W. Research Way. Merchandise photos, more sale details and contact info here.

NEW! OPEnS House: The Openly Published Environmental Sensing (OPEnS) Lab ( invites everyone to the second annual OPEnS House on Feb. 7 from 3-5 p.m. in Gilmore Annex 200. Come learn about the OPEnS Lab equipment, capabilities, and projects. There will be a 10-minute presentation at 3:45 pm. Refreshments will be provided.

NEW! Documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsberg: Come join the Center for Civic Engagement and Hattie Redmond Women & Gender center on Feb. 7, 6 p.m., in the MU Lounge for a free documentary showing on Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Light refreshments will be offered and there will be a small discussion section before and after the movie, led by Rorie Solberg from the political science department.

Eating Animals: A film screening and discussion, based on the best-selling book by Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals- a look at the environmental, economic, and public health consequences of factory farming. Tracing the history of food production in the U.S., the film charts how farming has gone from local and sustainable to a corporate "Frankenstein monster" that offers cheap eggs, meat, and dairy at a steep cost: the exploitation of animals; the risky use of antibiotics and hormones; and the pollution of air, soil, and water. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m. MU Lounge. Free vegan pizza.

Graduate Research Showcase: Join the OSU College of Engineering for the 2019 Graduate Research Showcase. Feb. 8, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit:

2019 Learning Innovation Grant Showcase: The OSU community is invited to attend this interactive event with poster and digitally-enhanced “poster” sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the MU Horizon Room. Join us to celebrate the creative projects of LIG awardees who are enriching student learning and experience. Learn more here. Questions? Email

The Defamation Experience: A courtroom drama that explores issues of race, class, religion, gender and the law with a twist: the audience is the jury. This is a unique opportunity to engage in civil discourse about pressing social issues. Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center. Free and open to the public, though registration is required. 

Decades Dance: Missing the good old days? Come to the Decades Dance - best of the '60s,'70s, '80s, '90s and beyond. Dress up in your favorite outfit from your favorite decade for this Faculty Staff Fitness fundraiser that takes you back to the hits of each decade. The event will be March 2, 7-10 p.m., in the Women's Building Gym. There will be a cash bar. Early registration online $15, at the door $20. Invite your friend, meet new people and support Faculty Staff Fitness. For more information and to register visit:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! ECB Seminar: Felisa Smith, professor at the University of New Mexico, will present a seminar, “The Influence of Hominins on Mammal Biodiversity and Body Size Over the Late Quaternary” on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 3 p.m., in Withycombe 109. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information and to view the entire Integrative Biology Department Spring Seminar Series lineup, go to

NEW! TRIAD: Jim White, professor emeritus in the Department of Chemistry, will present “The Belle Epoque, Marie Curie and Others” on Feb 7, noon to 1 p.m. in MU 211. The public is welcome to attend free of charge.  An optional catered lunch is available for $13.  Contact Kathy DeBellis, to reserve a lunch.  TRIAD provides faculty, staff, students and community members with an opportunity to network, discuss events of the day, and learn something new. See

NEW! From Selma to Moscow: How Human Rights Activists Transformed U.S. Foreign Policy: Sarah B. Snyder traces the influence of human rights activists and advances a new interpretation of U.S. foreign policy in the “long 1960s.” By highlighting the importance of nonstate and lower-level actors, Snyder shows how this activism established the networks and tactics critical to the institutionalization of human rights. A major work of international and transnational history, From Selma to Moscow reshapes our understanding of the role of human rights activism in transforming U.S. foreign policy in the 1960s and 1970s and highlights timely lessons for those seeking to promote a policy agenda resisted by the White House. Snyder is a historian of U.S. foreign relations and an associate professor at American University’s School of International Service. Thursday, Feb. 7, 4 p.m. MU, La Raza, Room 208.

NEW! Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecture with Jamsheed Choksy: Jamshee Choksy will speak on "The Spread of Islam: New Ways of Understanding Conquest and Confessional Change in Iraq, Iran and Central Asia." Choksy is a distinguished professor and chair of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. Choksy’s writings and lectures explore why human existence is often viewed as a struggle between good and evil, and how beliefs and religious practices shape our actions. Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m., Memorial Union Horizon Room (49).

Social justice workshops: The Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this well-reviewed program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

WRGP Water Resources Engineering Winter Seminar Series: Piotr Cienciala, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Geography & GIS will present “A Tale of Rivers,  Forest & Fish Revisited: Some New Insights at the Interface of Geomorphology & Ecology” on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. in STAG 111. Free and open to the public.

Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): “An introduction to applied graph databases using Neo4j and Cypher, i.e., As true in database design as it is in life: Prioritize your relationships.” Justin Preece (Jaiswal Lab, Botany & Plant Pathology), Wednesday, Feb. 6, at noon 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. All are welcome. For additional information, see

Winter Community Dialogue: Coming to the United States of America: Who should we welcome, what should we do?Faculty, staff, and students are invited to explore multiple perspectives on strategies to uphold civil rights and address immigration justice. Open to the entire OSU and Corvallis community. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m, MU Horizon Room. Review the dialogue options summary and participant dialogue guide to familiarize yourself with the dialogue content. Join the Coming to the United States of America Community Dialogue Facebook Event. Learn more about the Community Dialogues initiative. 

Information and Global Social Justice – Italy | Faculty-led Program Info Session: Join Librarians Kelly McElroy and Diana Park for a three-credit, two-week program in Ferrara, Italy, from June 26 to July 10.  This program is designed for first-time travelers who wish to develop a deeper understanding of social justice issues in a global context by examining information flow within countries and across borders. Join the information session on Feb. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in the second floor west classroom at the Valley Library.  Application deadline: March 15. For more info contact or
Gender, Race, and Class in London | Faculty-led Program Info Session: Join Professor Susan Shaw from the School of Society, Language and Culture for a 3-7 credit program in London from Aug. 18 to Sept. 1. Students will learn about social justice, LGBTQ history and contemporary culture/issues of London.  Application deadline: March 15.  Information session on Feb. 7 from 4–5 p.m. in Waldo 206.  For more info contact or
Art & Design in South Korea: A Cross-Cultural Study of Creative Thinking | Faculty-led Program Info Session:  Join professor Jun Bum Shin from the School of Arts and Communication for a four-credit, two-week program in South Korea from Aug. 18 to Sept. 1. Students gain a deeper understanding of the differences between Western and Eastern art and design thinking while experiencing the cultural settings of Seoul and Jeju Island.  Join the information session on Feb. 7 from 5-6 p.m. in Milam 031.  Application deadline: March 15. For more information, contact  or

Faculty Grant Training: The OSU Foundation is presenting a faculty training, “Creating Impact & Broader Impact,” at the new OSU Foundation Office, 4238 S.W. Research Way on Friday, Feb. 8 from 2-3:30 p.m. Join us as we discuss the why and how or articulating the societal contributions of your work within a proposal. Contact Elizabeth Ocampo at to attend.

Food drive

NEW! Bingo! Bingo! Bingo!  Get your bingo fix and help the local food bank.  Business Affairs is hosting a virtual bingo game.  Stop by Kerr B100 to get your bingo card - $1 each or 6 for $5.  Cards will be sold through Feb. 15 with bingo numbers announced each weekday starting Feb. 18 on the BAFF Food Drive page.  Winner receives 50 percent of the proceeds; the other 50 percent will be donated to the Food Drive. For more information contact

NEW! Soup, Bread and Sweets: , Feb. 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 326 Bexell Hall. For questions contact

NEW! Chili Competition & Baked Potato Bar Lunch: Come by Cordley 3029 on Feb. 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for chili and baked potatoes brought to you by School of Life Sciences. Vote for your favorite chili. Potato & toppings $3; Chili & voting ballot $3; both for $5. For questions, contact

NEW! NROTC Thursday Soup Day:  Join us each Thursday in the Naval Armory Quarterdeck for delicious soups, desserts and beverages. All monies raised are donated to OSU's 2019 Food Drive. Each week you will have five soups ($4/$7), two desserts ($1) and beverages ($1) to choose from. It comes with a free piece of bread. Feb. 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. So stop by and help support the Food Drive!  For more information contact

Soup Lunch: The soup will be $3 for one bowl or $5 for all you can eat. Feb. 6, noon - 1 p.m. in 240 Strand Agricultural Hall.   For more information contact

Hot Chocolate and Cider Break:  Warm up during the month of February (4-28). Stop by Gilmore Hall 116 for $1 hot chocolate and cider every weekday from 8-5. For questions, contact

Printing & Mailing Services' Annual Food Drive - drop off non-perishable food or cash to the Xpress Stop during the month of February: $1 or two cans of food to spin the wheel and every spin wins a prize.

Gift Basket Raffle:  EESC is raffling off four gift baskets. There will be a movie basket, Valentine's Day basket, book basket, and gardening basket. Drawings take place each Thursday. Tickets are 1/$1 or 6/$5. See Noelle Mills or Pete Petryszak in Kerr Administration Building 422 for tickets. For questions, contact

BEE Girl Scout Cookie Raffle - Get your hands on three boxes of coveted Girl Scout Cookies, including the new Caramel Chocolate Chip. Stop by Gilmore Hall 116 to purchase your $1 tickets. Drawing on Feb 28. FMI email

Valentine's Day Card Sale: The AMBC will be selling one-of-a-kind handmade Valentine's Day cards in Hovland 108 from Feb. 1-14 to support the Linn-Benton Food Share.  Cards are $2 each.  Questions? Contact April Cummings at

Book and DVD Sale: Purchase lightly used books, DVDs and board games to support the 2019 OSU Food Drive. Items range $1 to $5. The sale will be running all month in the Magruder Hall lobby. For questions, contact

Quilt and Wood Raffle Ticket Sale: Raffle tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5 and can be purchased at the Forestry HelpDesk in Richardson Hall throughout the month of February. The drawing will be on Feb, 28 at 1 p.m. For more information contact

Bulb Sale: Are you ready for spring? Get your bulbs now. You can order directly from Dutch Mills Bulbs by visiting the Business Affairs fundraising page or stop by Kerr B100 to place your order. Each kit is $10 and will arrive in time for your spring planting. Orders must be received by Feb. 27. 

Take Note

Scientists sought for NSF study: The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning is looking for OSU scientists who would like to participate in a new NSF-funded research study about using audience feedback during outreach and public engagement activities and events. They are recruiting scientists (including graduate students, postdocs and extension specialists) who are conducting outreach and public science and engineering engagement activities to serve as “Design Testers” in the initial phase of our research. After a short training, Design Testers will test audience feedback strategies during their own outreach events over the course of about one year and provide feedback on their experience. There will be a moderate stipend of $400. The application can found here. Applications are due by Feb. 11. For questions, contact Kari O’Connell (PI and senior researcher) at or Kelly Hoke (research analyst) at

Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF). The Research Office is now accepting applications for the RERF. The budget this year is expected to be $400,000. Research Equipment Reserve Funds (RERF) may be used to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. The equipment may be inventoried capital equipment (defined as =>$5,000 per unit), or fabricated capitalized equipment.  Proposals are due by Friday, March 15, 5 p.m. Firm deadline. Questions:  Contact Research Office Incentive Programs at:

The latest issue of Oregon Sea Grant’s newsletter, Confluence, is now available: This issue includes stories about salt marshes outpacing a rising seaassistance for tourism businesses on the Oregon coastbuying seafood at the dockssuspected microplastics in oysters; and internships that help Oregon companies reduce wasteRead the full issue here.

Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy & Standards page ( to learn about recent and pending policy amendments, which includes University Policy 01-020 International Travel. The What’s New page is updated frequently with new developments so we encourage you to check back regularly.

The University Health & Safety Committee: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety with information from SAIF on Safety Hazard Recognition, available online at Did you know that 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.


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NEW! The Institute of Natural Resources Oregon Biodiversity Information Center invites applications for a part-time (0.45 FTE), 12-month, academic wage hourly position. This position is anticipated to last five months). Posting # P00590AW. Closes Feb. 15. 

NEW! The Institute of Natural Resources Oregon Biodiversity Information Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, academic wage hourly position. This position is anticipated to last three months). Posting # P00589AW. Closes Feb. 15. 

NEW! The College of Engineering is seeking an Executive Director of Advancement.  This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the dean.  Posting # P02729UF.  For full consideration, Feb. 28. Closes March 16. 


“I never doubted my ability, but when you hear all your life you're inferior, it makes you wonder if the other guys have something you've never seen before. If they do, I'm still looking for it.” ~ Hank Aaron, who turns 85 today.

Corvallis: A slight chance of snow before 10 a.m., followed by a chance of of rain or snow showers, high of 42, low of 24. Mostly sunny Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Snow likely, high of 29, low of 13. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Slight chance of showers high of 43, low of 30. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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