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:

OSU: 1 person can control 100 unmanned vehicles without 'undue workload' (Central Oregon Daily)

Oregon State University researchers say they’ve found that one person can have the capability of controlling multiple ground and aerial robots at one time without getting burned out.

Oregon Legislature to revisit debate around canola growing in the Willamette Valley (KLCC)

She points to a 2017 Oregon State University study that found canola and other Brassica plant species could coexist in the valley so long as the crops are properly distanced.

Naked barley research tops $10 million in grants (Capital Press)

"Plant breeding is a long process, so even though we started this research seven years ago, we’re excited to have some new naked barley releases on the horizon during this cycle," said Brigid Meints, project director and barley breeder at Oregon State University. "Naked barley is a really exciting crop to work with because there are so many potential end-uses and it is beautiful and flavorful, but there are a lot of challenges associated with turning it into a multi-use crop."


Today's photo

Ballet III: PAC ballet instructor Megan Skinner submitted this photo of Ballet III (PAC 138) students after their in-class final exam/showcase on Dec. 8. The dancers performed solo variations of the Sugarplum Fairy and Cavalier dances from "The Nutcracker." We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Want to brush up on your skills or learn something entirely new? The OSU Libraries hosts free workshops, some via Zoom and some in person, for graduate students and faculty. Topics include GIS, R, Zotero, Adobe Illustrator for scientific figures and generative AI tools for scholarly writing. See the workshop calendar to register. Selected asynchronous tutorials are also available.


OSU Capital Projects Update webinar: Join Mike Green, vice president for finance and administration, and project managers for a webinar featuring current/recent Corvallis campus building renovations and renewal projects at OSU. Learn more about the university’s short- and long-term capital renewal plans and how projects are prioritized. 10 a.m., Feb. 6. Register to attend here.

Engaging in Public Scholarship Workshop: Academic faculty are invited to explore ways to broaden the reach and impact of their research on the public. Join us for an interactive session hosted by the Office of Faculty Affairs from 10-11 a.m., Feb. 6 via Zoom. A panel of public scholars will share their experiences and offer advice on ways to engage in public scholarship. Register here.

Tree School: Tree School Clackamas, Oregon’s largest forestry and natural resource education event of the year, will open registration at 10 a.m., Feb. 6. The Clackamas Tree School on Saturday, March 23, will feature 73 classes covering key topics to support the successful management of small woodlands. People can register online, in person or by mail. Many classes fill in the first few days of registration. For registration information, visit the website, stop by the OSU Extension office at 200 Warner Milne Rd., Oregon City, or call 503-655-8631.

The Center for Teaching and Learning QT Talks: Funmi Amobi, CTL’s instructional consultant and college liaison, will extend her expertise from her recent Sparkshop,Using instructor talk to foster a positive learning environment and student learning success: Strategies and tips,” 11 a.m., Feb. 6. The presentation will be hosted via Zoom or in-person in Milam 215. Zoom registration; in-person registration.

School of Life Sciences Chili Lunch: Enjoy a hearty meal with Integrative Biology, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Feb. 6. Sample several chilis and vote for your favorite. Baked potatoes included, with plenty of toppings. $7 suggested donation; all proceeds support Linn Benton Food Share. Coast Range Building, 4575 SW Research Way (off-campus). Plenty of parking. For questions, contact [email protected].

Taco Tuesday: Noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 6, Richardson Hall second floor knuckle. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Gearing Up for Gardening: "Growing Subtropicals in Oregon," Todd Anderson, OSU Dept. of Horticulture. Come to the Corvallis-Benton County Library and get free gardening tips from local experts. Noon, Feb. 6. Presentations are free and open to everyone. Co-sponsored by the Benton County Master Gardener Association and the Corvallis-Benton County Library.

Computers Are Invocational Media: A Live Talk with Chris Chesher. Join University of Sydney Senior Lecturer in Digital Cultures in the Discipline of Media and Communications Chris Chesher for a talk about the dominant computational paradigm and a reimagining of digital technologies through the concept of invocation. 4 p.m., Feb. 6 in LINC, Room 302.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Stanford University Information Session: In this session, an admission officer provides an overview of Knight-Hennessy Scholars, a multidisciplinary, multicultural graduate scholarship program for three years of support at Stanford University. Information covers the admission process and the application. This session will take place from 5-6 pm, Feb. 6 in Kearney Hall 112. Register here.

NEW! OSUsed Store Back to Regular Operating Hours: On Feb. 6, the OSUsed Store will return to our regular evening hours. We are open to the public Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Fridays noon to 3 p.m. (excluding holidays). The OSUsed Store is located at 644 SW 13th St. in Corvallis.

Application opening Feb. 5 for WOHESC funding: The Sustainability Office, Community Engagement & Leadership, and ASOSU are excited to offer OSU students an opportunity to attend the 2024 Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) taking place March 4-6 at Western Washington University. Up to 18 students will be funded to participate. Funding will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis to students who complete the application opening by 7 p.m., Feb. 5. 

School of Psychological Science Career Week: The School of Psychological Science (SPS) invites students to meet faculty, staff, peers and alumni at Career Week 2024. Learn how become a qualified mental health associate, registered behavior technician, UX researcher, or prepare for grad school or study abroad as a psychology major. Gatherings span from Feb. 5-8.

Red Cross Blood drive: Noon to 4 p.m., Feb. 5-8, MU Ballroom. Appointments can be made online Drop-ins are also welcome.


NEW! Etiquette Dinner: OSU SACNAS, MANRRS and SCC student chapters along with the Vamos OSU Alumni Network will be hosting an Etiquette Dinner for student professional development from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8. Space is limited and registration is required: Contact: Jimena Caballero Ignacio, [email protected].

NEW! Practice Picket with Classified Staff on Thursday, Feb. 8: Join OSU’s classified staff any time between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the SEC Plaza to demonstrate to the public universities’ management team that people who work full time at Oregon’s public universities shouldn’t need two jobs to survive. Faculty, staff and students welcome. Wear purple to show your support.

NEW! Faculty/staff night at Gill: Join us at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 at our Oregon State men’s basketball game at Gill Coliseum as we celebrate Oregon State faculty and staff. To celebrate, we are offering a ticket discount to all OSU faculty and staff. Please claim your tickets with the ticket discount by using this direct link here or enter the promo code BEAVSFAC at

NEW! Philosophy Club General Meeting: Join the conversation on "The Philosophy of Love and Friendship," 7-8 p.m. Feb. 8 in MU Room 213 (Pan-Afrikan Sankofa Room). All are welcome — including those who have no experience with philosophy and faculty members — to contemplate the nature of love, the different types of love and its value in this discussion-based meeting.

NEW! Beats n’ Breath: Yoga Flow by Candlelight. Embrace the winter darkness with movement by candlelight. This class integrates an inspiring playlist and an all-levels flow to energize the body and align the breath. Guided by Jessica Mylan, 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 9 and March 8 at Marigold. Purchase one class pass or $15 for drop-in. Pre-register here. Contact us.

NEW! Exploring Consciousness at Marigold: Each week we will explore different forms of consciousness inquiry. Classes will cover a variety of techniques from different traditions: meditation, contemplation, movement, and sounding. Guided by Joseph Bailey weekly, 4-5 p.m. Fridays at Marigold. Purchase class passes and register here. Contact with questions: [email protected].

NEW! Growing into the Family Business: Next Generation Leaders’ Perspectives. Please join us for our February Family Business 360 event, 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, on growing into the family business with two next-gen leaders, hosted by the OSU Center for Family Enterprise. This event will feature Kelsey Scotch, corporate recruiting manager of Madden Industrial Craftsmen, Inc and Chris Thompson, vice president of truck sales for TEC Equipment. Register here.

NEW! Research Advancement Campus Conversation (RACC): Join the leadership team of the Division of Research and Innovation (formerly the Research Office) to hear details about the implementation of the 2024-2030 OSU Strategic Plan as it relates to research and innovation. Bring your questions about the future of the research enterprise at OSU. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 15, Memorial Union Room 206. In-person attendance is encouraged. Register here to attend in person; register here to attend via Zoom.

NEW! Registration open for OSU Out of the Darkness Campus Walk: "HOPE WALKS HERE." Walk with us to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. The Oregon State University Out of the Darkness Campus Walk will feature a resource fair, speakers, honor bead ceremony and campus walk. This event is a collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is open to all. 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, SEC Plaza. Register now as an individual or set up a team by registering as a team captain:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Art & Design in South Korea: "A Cross-Cultural Study of Creative Thinking." Join OSU faculty leader Jun Bun Shin from the College of Liberal Arts for a four-credit, two-week program in Seoul, Aug. 21-Sept. 4. Info session: 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Fall Seminar Series: “Regulation of chloroplast translation: Seeing the light,” presented by Alice Barkan of University of Oregon. 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule, visit the BPP Seminar website.

NEW! Psychology careers Ask Alumni webcast: What’s the potential of your psychology degree? OSU alumni illuminate unexpected opportunities at an Ask Alumni virtual event, 4 p.m. Feb. 8. Gain perspective and learn how they’ve harnessed the power of their degree at a free interactive networking event presented by OSUAA, the Career Development Center and the School of Psychological Science. Register.

NEW! Intersections of Biodiversity and Buddhist Cultures in Nepal: Join OSU faculty leaders Dee Denver and Brenna Privilege from the College of Science to learn more about a four-credit, three-week program in Nepal. Study how different world cultures and thought systems conceptualize biodiversity. The program dates are Sept. 4-21. Info session: Noon on Thursday, Feb. 8, in KEC 1001, or at 3 p.m. online. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

NEW! HMSC Science on Tap: At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, Susanne Brander with the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station at Hatfield Marine Science Center will present a public talk titled, “Plastics in the environment: Impacts on organisms in Oregon & beyond." Please join us in person at the HMSC Carmen Ford Phillips Auditorium in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building or online. Webinar link or call: +1 971 247 1195 Webinar ID: 965 4137 1148. Click here for more information.

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, Angela Szesciorka with the Marine Mammal Bioacoustics and Ecology Lab at OSU's Marine Mammal Institute will give a seminar titled, “Are we there yet? Exploring the drivers of whale migration in the tropics and the poles.” Please join us in person at the HMSC Carmen Ford Phillips Auditorium in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building or online. Zoom link Password: 972587 or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

NEW! Promotion & tenure workshops: The Office of Faculty Affairs is offering promotion and tenure workshops during the month of February. This year the sessions are tailored towards specific academic ranks. Information and Zoom links are available on the 2023-24 Academic Faculty Workshops page. Workshops will not be recorded but PowerPoint presentation will be available online at a later date. Questions can be directed to Sara Daly.
Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series: "Irrigation Water Mgt: Measurements of Evapotranspiration Using Eddy Covariance and Remote Sensing in South-central Chile," presented by Camilo Souto of U. de Concepción, Chile. This seminar occurs from 4-5 p.m., Feb. 7 in Bexell Hall 328 or on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

Travel Talk webcast: Vacation photography. When you capture your vacation in photos, you can visit your best memories anytime. Learn tips for taking great travel pics at the next Travel Talk, at 5:30 p.m., March 12. Associate Professor Julia Bradshaw leads this fun and informative virtual event presented by OSUAA Alumni Group Travel. Register for free at

Wine & Chocolate: Elizabeth Tomasino, an associate professor of enology in the department of food science & technology at OSU will be giving a 1 hour talk and tasting in pairing wine and chocolate.  6-7 p.m., Feb. 14 in Corvallis and 4-5 p.m., Feb. 17 at the Portland Center. For more details follow the link.  

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State University managers, supervisors, and lead workers to gain a solid understanding about the principles and policies that apply to employees. Winter 2024 program: 8:15 a.m.-noon, Monday-Thursday, Feb. 26-29, via Zoom. Spring 2024 program: 8:15 a.m.-noon, Tuesday-Friday, May 7-10, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

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! Breakfast for Lunch: Come enjoy some breakfast for lunch with Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences. Feb. 8, $5 per plate for a waffle breakfast. All proceeds go towards the OSU Food Drive and Linn-Benton Food Share. For questions, please contact [email protected].

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]

Food Drive: Grab a coffee, tea or hot chocolate for $1 in Gilmore 116 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 7. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Soup Lunch: Noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 7, Richardson Hall second-floor knuckle. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Take Note

NEW! Lactation consulting: OSU employees and students can now access one month of virtual lactation consulting at no cost through SimpliFed, a partner of MilkStork. Simplifed provides convenient, online, HIPAA-compliant support for breast/chestfeeding and infant nutrition from board-certified lactation consultants. Users can read consultant bios and select a professional who fits their preferences. SimpliFed will not bill your insurance. There is no cost to you. To learn more about this service and how it works, click here. To access this support and other lactation resources, visit OSU’s MilkStork Portal. For questions, please email [email protected]

NEW! Scholarships available: Applications for PCOSW scholarships to fund FY24 projects are now being accepted. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach or creative projects related to gender equity issues. Applications are due Feb. 21. Visit our website for more details. Apply for a scholarship. Please have a budget outline and project justification statement prepared before beginning the application. Questions? Contact [email protected]

NEW! Breaking Barriers awards: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW), the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) and OSU Athletics are pleased to solicit nominations for the 2024 Breaking Barriers Awards, a recognition of the accomplishments and impact of those who have worked to advance gender equity at OSU. We welcome nominations of people who have made influential contributions to our community for the four Breaking Barriers awards. For more information about these categories, see the Breaking Barriers website. Submit a nomination by Feb. 26. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Internationalization Grant: The deadline for the 2023-24 Internationalization Grant has been extended 5 p.m., Feb. 16. Grants of up to $5,000 are offered for projects that advance internationalization within one of three tracks, aligned with “Prosperity Widely Shared”: Research and Innovation; Global and Intercultural Learning; and Career and Workforce Development. Eligibility varies by track but includes academic faculty, professional faculty, INTO OSU employees and student organizations. Full details are available on the website.

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Arthur "Skip" Nyman, ranch manager, for being inducted into the 25 Year Club at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others inducted into the club by clicking on their name. Congratulations and thank you for your service.

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Shelter. Seeking appropriate shelter is critical in times of disaster. Sheltering is appropriate when conditions require you to seek protection in your home, place of employment or other location when disaster strikes. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

$15K of funding available: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is currently 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.

4-part SJEI Tier One Platform Series: Social Justice Education Initiative workshops are open for registration including a freshly revised 4-part Tier One Platform. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. Open to all faculty, staff and graduate students at OSU. Learn more, see the schedule and register for remote Tier One Platform & Tier Two Next Level workshops here. Interested in this professional development for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite: [email protected].

RERF Q&A: Division of Research and Innovation and Research Council are now accepting requests for competitive Research Equipment Reserve Funds (RERF) applications to purchase capital equipment through March 29. This session with Office for Research Advancement will outline this internal funding opportunity and answer questions on crafting a competitive proposal. Noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 26 on Zoom. Register here.

Ergopoint: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing a link to Ergopoint, where you can learn and complete an ergonomic assessment of your office and remote work stations. Login using your OSU email as your username and the temporary password: Changeme3# (you’ll be asked to change this the first time you log in). For more information on safety at OSU, visit OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at

Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Spring 2024: Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy, or research you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff – presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours in length. Learn more about the requirements and application process and email [email protected] with questions.


“February, a form pale-vestured, wildly fair. One of the North Wind’s daughters with icicles in her hair.” ~ Edgar Fawcett

Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with chance of rain in the afternoon; high of 48, low of 37. Rainy and cloudy Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny, high of 41, low of 26. Slight chance of snow mixed with rain Wednesday. 

Newport: Partly sunny with light wind, high of 49, low of 43.

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