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. Continue For more about this section, see:


Where We Live: Oregon coast whales 'have different stories' (KOIN)

They have names like Scarlett, Roller Skate and Solé. They are 3 of the hundreds of gray whales that call the Oregon coast home. Right now most of them are wintering in the warm waters of Baja, Mexico. But they’ll be back — and Oregon State University researchers will be waiting.

OSU: Study shows Oregon Coast 'subtly destabilized by the pressures of climate change' (KCBY)

Oregon State University says new reseach shows "ecological communities on the Oregon coast are being subtly destabilized by the pressures of climate change despite giving an appearance of stress resistance." (see also OPBKTVZ)


Salmon magnetic sense could involve magnetite crystals in specialized receptor cells in their noses, research says (Science Times)

Renee Bellinger, lead-author of the study and a doctoral student at Oregon State University, explains that it's very rare to see cells that contain magnetic material. Adding that, the team wasn't able to definitively prove that magnetite was present and was the underlying key to the animal's magnetic perception. However, the study reveals associations between the genes that are a vital tool in finding new evidence of how potential magnetic sensors in animals function.

Seafood lab researchers aim to make more food from fish (OPB News)

Mostly the byproduct is thrown away or sold for pet food filler. At the Oregon State University Seafood Lab in Astoria, researchers are hard at work to change that with the help of a grant from a national food and agriculture research foundation.

Fishers facing pressure from wildfires, salvage logging (Science Daily)

The recovery of the fisher, a charismatic, long-tailed forest carnivore, will likely be hindered by the increasing frequency and intensity of future wildfires, new research by Oregon State University indicates.

Gavin Newsom proposes $2.7B in new anti-COVID spending as more Californians learn to adapt (Fox News)

"We want to get to a place where we are no longer concerned about preventing infections, but instead, worried about preventing severe symptoms and death," Chunhuei Chi, director of the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University, told the Times

Stories of Southern Oregon: The centrality of the Extension Center (Jefferson Public Radio)

Whether you're a farmer tending hundreds of acres or a gardener with one raised bed, you can get help growing plants from your local extension service. Oregon State University is the extension school in Oregon, and part of the mix of entities at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) near Medford.

Improving compressed air energy storage efficiency via chemical reactions (PV Magazine)

Scientists from the Oregon State University, in the United States, have proposed to improve the efficiency of compressed air energy storage (CAES) by recovering the thermochemical heat produced by facilities relying on the technology.

Ask an expert: Cold temperatures may be to blame for jasmine's blotchy appearance (Oregonian)

Gardening season has wrapped up for the winter but you may still have questions. For answers, turn to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. 


Today's photo

Field of color: This photo, taken by the Research Way Lab Building, was submitted by Kimberly A. Callahan, Botany & Plant Pathology. We're still working our way through all our fall photo submissions but we're accepting winter photos now at [email protected]

Timely Teaching Tips: Want to provide feedback to enhance support for teaching in 2022? Please take this 3-minute survey from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Contribute your perspectives on teaching-related professional development resources and help CTL identify potential new needs for Winter 2022. The survey closes Jan. 14.


OSU Alumnus and SWLF Journalism Instructor to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award: Former National Geographic photographer and editor-in-chief Chris Johns will receive The Photo Society's 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Jan. 11, 9 a.m. The free Zoom presentation will include an artist talk, Q&A and chance to win a signed print. Register here.

President’s Winter Celebration: Jan. 11 from 9-11 a.m., Memorial Union Lounge. All OSU students, faculty and staff are invited to join Interim President Becky Johnson for this annual tradition. Make crafts and join in conversation while picking up treats and beverages to go to kick off the winter term. Attendees can bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations for the OSU Food Pantry.

Beaver Family Connections: How to Recognize Suicidal Thoughts in Your Teen. Presenter: Tessie Webster-Henry, Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Coordinator. Jan. 11, noon to 1 p.m. Zoom link: For more information, contact Robynn Pease at [email protected]’s "The Great Reset: Simple Strategies for Taking Charge and Feeling Better as a Working Parent in 2022." Daisy Dowling, top executive coach and working parenthood expert, covers the simple steps you can take to achieve greater success and satisfaction as a working parent or caregiver in 2022 and beyond. Jan. 11, 9 a.m. Register here.

CTL Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: "Supporting 2SLGBTQI+ Students In and Outside the College Classroom." In this T4 presentation, educational advocate and OSU graduate student Dharma Mirza (she/her) will explore ways to better include and support 2SLGBTQI+ students in and outside of the classroom. Zoom session Jan. 11, 10-11:50 a.m.

Beyond Benefits: Walking for Mental Health. Walking is a common source of exercise for many people, and it has well-recognized physical health benefits. But did you know there are mental health benefits to walking, too? Anyone who walks for any reason could also be enjoying these benefits. This session will look at the benefits of meditative walking and walking in nature. Jan. 11, noon. Register here.

Adult & Higher Education Doctoral Information Session: You’re invited to learn about the College of Education’s Adult & Higher Education doctoral program. Jan. 11, noon to 1 p.m. Please RSVP for the Zoom link and password. Contact [email protected] for questions.

Faculty & Staff Mind-Body Practice Group: “The Refinement of Relinquishment: Relaxation and Mindfulness,” with Kate Gallagher. Join in-person at Dixon Lodge or via Zoom. Jan. 11, 12:15-12:45 p.m. Free. Registration required.

GRAMMY U Informational Presentation: All current OSU students are invited to an informational presentation over Zoom about GRAMMY U on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 4-5 p.m. GRAMMY U is a unique program designed to prepare college students for careers in the music industry through networking, educational programs and performance opportunities. Presenters will share information on the program, GRAMMY U member benefits, the application process and more. Click here to RSVP.

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 this Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.

"The Wild After Wildfire" with Maya Khosla: Join wildlife biologist, poet and filmmaker Maya Khosla in a discussion about forest biodiversity after wildfire, as part of Spring Creek Project's lecture series Lookout: Envisioning Futures with Wildfire on Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. Registrants will receive a link to Khosla's short film "Searching for the Gold Spot: The Wild after Wildfire." Learn more and register here.

OSU VITA seeks volunteers: Learn to do taxes. Help others with their taxes. Gain valuable experience to add to your resume. VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) partners with the IRS to help underserved populations in the area. Get trained and certified. Interested? General information session Jan. 11, 6-7 p.m., Austin Room 100. Food provided. Questions?


NEW! OSU Wind Ensemble: Oregon Music Education Association Conference Sendoff Concert. The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the Oregon Music Educators Association annual conference. As a celebration the ensemble will share the program they have prepared. Conducted by Erik Leung, and featuring Olin Hannum, OSU Athletic Bands Director, guest conductor. Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center. Free. Entry requires a current, valid OSU ID card, or, proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test from within the previous 72 hours and a photo ID. 

OSU Album Club: “Blue” by Joni Mitchell. The OSU Album Club continues for winter term in remote format. Join host Bob Santelli in listening to and discussing some of the greatest music albums of all time. This month, it’s Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell’s 1971 album “Blue.” Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. Free, open to all. Registration is required for link to participate.

Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Jan. 13 to consider the appointment of a new board secretary. The meeting will be held remotely from 1:30-2 p.m. and is open to the public. Agenda and materials will be posted at For special accommodation contact 541-737-3449 or [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance.  

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! ElderCare ConnectionsWalk with Ease – Managing Chronic Pain with Exercise: Presenter: Allison Harris, Nutrition Program Coordinator OSU Coos and Curry Extension Service. Jan. 13, noon to 1 p.m. Zoom link: For more information, contact Robynn Pease at [email protected].

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Francisco Guerrero with the College of Forestry at Oregon State University will be giving a seminar titled “Should we bury our forests in the bottom of the ocean to fight climate change?” Jan. 13 at 3:30 p.m. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

NEW! 2022 Starker Lecture Series: "Women of Forestry: Inspiring Leadership." Robin Wall Kimmerer, Lecture: "Women As Change Agents in Forestry," Jan. 26. The LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium. Registration required; register here. For more information on the series please visit our website. Open to the public and livestreamed. For disability accommodations, call (541) 737-3161.

NEW! Innovation Day: Join the OSU Advantage Office on Jan. 26 for a one-hour virtual event (offered once in the morning and once in the afternoon) that will describe funding and training opportunities that support innovation and entrepreneurship at the federal, state and OSU levels. At this event you will also learn how to apply for a special $5,000 Innovation Award available from OSU Advantage. Register here.

Oregon Sea Grant Director Candidate Public Presentation/Q&A: Karina Nielsen will present, “The marine forecast is windy and wavy: Hope, opportunities, and challenges for coastal zone stewardship and communities,” Jan. 12. Talk: 9-9:50 a.m.; Q&A: 10-10:45 a.m. Virtual link:

College of Engineering Virtual Lecture: David Hill, professor, Civil and Construction Engineering, will speak on “Crowd-Sourcing Snow: The Value of Community Science for Oregon’s Water Resources,” Jan. 12, noon to 1 p.m. Free and open to the public. For details and registration:

Take Note

NEW! 25 Year Club inductees: Congratulations to Neil Davison, professor, 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.

NEW! Work Life Newsletter: Click here to see the first 2022 Work Life Newsletter and to see Work Life and Wellness events and workshops for the month of January. For questions please contact [email protected].

NEW! OSU Presidential Search Process: Please share your thoughts by Jan. 20. The Board of Trustees invites members of the university community to provide their thoughts about the qualities and characteristics desired in a new president and key challenges a new president may face. The Board invites the community to provide feedback through a series of listening sessions and an online survey. More information here:

NEW! ADA task force: OSU has convened an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) task force to review the policies, programs and systems in place to support a culture of inclusiveness and compliance with the ADA, and make recommendations regarding ongoing effectiveness and  needed improvements. The task force welcomes information from students and employees regarding their experiences with and ideas about physical/building and wayfinding accessibility, information technology (IT) accessibility, and accommodations. Click here for more about online and in-person feedback opportunities.

NEW! Funding Available for Students to Attend Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference: Community Engagement & Leadership and the Sustainability Office is offering OSU students an opportunity to attend the 2022 Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) taking place March 2-4. Funding is available for up to 8 students to participate virtually and up to 4 students to attend in person at South Seattle College. First come, first served for students who complete this registration form by Feb. 11.

Call for art: The Reading Room is launching a Call for Art to match the themed collection Metamorphosis and invites you to submit a work of art for display. This call for art is open to all OSU faculty, staff, students and community members. Submit your unique work of art following the theme Metamorphosis on Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon and 5-7 p.m. in the Valley Library first floor, beside Java II. Check out the Call for Art page for specifics regarding work guidelines; details at:

Meditators Needed for Research Study: Edwards Social Cognition Lab in the Department of Psychology is seeking volunteers with mindfulness experience to join a research study consisting of a no-cost, 8-week, Zoom-based meditation class starting Jan. 23. One volunteer will win a $200 Amazon gift card. Visit the lab website for more information or to sign up.

SOUNDBOX 5: Interstitial Spaces. Collaborations & Creative Catalysts Feb. 23-24 (Virtual Festival). Looking for artists, writers, class projects, technologists, DIY makers, digital, video and performance artists, songwriters, musicians and more. Soundbox 5 is looking for new and collaborative works that demonstrate intermedia, cross-disciplinary storytelling and creativity, exploratory humanities research, improvised and popular forms of making, collaborative field work, technologies or process-driven arts. Open to all. Submissions accepted through Jan 24.

Eat Free: @eatfreeosu is a Twitter account managed by the Human Services Resource Center student team. This account broadcasts information about open events on campus that also have food available. If your event is closed, but you have extra food, a message can be crafted asking students to show up at the end of your event. Event organizers can tag @eatfreeosu or call 541-737-3747 during business hours to request their event be posted on the account.

Human-robot interactions: The Human-Machine Teaming Laboratory in Oregon State University's Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute is conducting a research experiment to study human-robot interaction for simulated supervisor-based environments. Participants will complete a series of tasks that require controlling and monitoring a simulated remotely-piloted vehicle and will complete anonymous questionnaires. The experiment requires participants to complete one 2-hour session. Participants will receive $30 upon completion. For requirements and to schedule, contact Prakash Baskaran at [email protected]

Volunteer to help at an OSU in-person career fair: Want to gain event logistics experience? Be a welcoming face for Oregon State when you sign up to assist at an in-person career fair. Volunteer slots include opportunities to connect personally with employers when they arrive on campus and to work side-by-side with professionals on the Career Development team. Sign up HERE.

Recruiting participants for Milk Protein Research: Food Science researchers are seeking participants with IBS diagnoses, 18-30 years old, who have a primary healthcare provider. In the study, adults with IBS will consume a regular serving of a protein shake for three weeks. The study will take 7 weeks total. Those who complete the study will receive a $300 gift card in Amazon credit. More details and sign-up available at

Fiscal policy draft: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on a new policy draft for Retroactive Pay. For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.

Help Inspiring Girls Expeditions spread the word about our FREE STEAM outdoor expeditions: Inspiring Girls Expeditions (housed within OSU’s CEOAS) is a tuition-free, 12-day wilderness science education program for 16-18-year-old high school girls and gender-expansive youth. Students who don’t feel like they fit the “typical” image of a scientist or outdoors person are especially encouraged to apply. If you know a student who might be interested, or an educator or network who could share this opportunity, please pass it along. The deadline to start the application is Jan. 24, so encourage students to apply today. Questions? Email us at [email protected].

Recruiting participants for virtual reality experiment: Psychology researchers are seeking participants who are at least 18 years old, speak fluent English and have normal or corrected-to-normal vision for virtual reality (VR) research aiming to explore how perception and movement interact. Participants will complete movement- and perception-based tasks for one hour in a VR environment. Those who complete the study will receive $15 in Amazon credit. More details and sign-up available at

Special or extra recycling needs? Campus has options for some items not accepted in general recycling bins but otherwise recyclable like batteries, Styrofoam and shredded paper. Or, perhaps you have an office or file clean out project and would like to request a temporary cart for all that extra paper? Visit Campus Recycling’s Special Recyclables guide for details and to submit a request.

Start the New Year off on the right foot: Looking to become more active? Enroll in the OSU Extension Walk With Ease self-directed program to get started and create an exercise plan that fits your schedule. This six-week online program includes weekly emails with guidance, tips and resources, plus a free "Walk With Ease" book (e-book or paperback). Visit our webpage to learn more and sign up. This program is available free to all Oregonians through OSU Extension. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Alternative Spring Break: Weeklong service-learning programs traveling to Washington, Southern Oregon and California during OSU’s spring break. Students engage in a variety of direct service projects, educational conversations and presentations, and reflective dialogue with leaders and change-makers in their respective communities. Priority application deadline: Friday, Jan. 28. Program dates: March 19-26. Program fee: $50. Apply at:

Dr. King Saturday of Service: Community Engagement & Leadership invites students, faculty, staff, and their partners and children to participate in OSU’s largest and longest running day of service of the year. Project times and locations vary; see the registration page: Snacks, hot lunch and transportation will be provided. For more information contact 541-737-3041 or [email protected].

Looking for Unsung Heroes: We are looking for submissions from the Oregon State community to highlight OSU employees and students who are not typically in the spotlight but who are going above and beyond in their work or personal lives. Inspired by our COVID-19 Unsung Hero profiles, we want to celebrate those who serve others, whether it be helping colleagues, volunteering in their community or simply living in ways that inspire us. Send your suggestions to [email protected] and our staff may contact them for interviews we’d feature in OSU Today and elsewhere.

COVID-19 testing: Oregon State University, in collaboration with Willamette Valley Toxicology (WVT), is providing on-site COVID-19 testing. OSU employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to test at one of these locations: Corvallis: Student Experience Center and Cascade Hall 120: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. (For staff wanting to get a test voluntarily, please make sure to register for a LabDash account prior to arrival: Bend: Ray Hall 302. Week of Jan. 3: Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.

Traffic and Maintenance

Reser: For work related to the Completing Reser Stadium project, southbound traffic along SW 26th Street near the entrance to the Reser Stadium Parking lot will be diverted into the northbound lane while excavation and pipe installation work is occurring in the closed lane. Flaggers will be used at three locations to separate vehicular traffic from construction workers and equipment. SW 26th Street, access to the Reser Stadium parking lot and adjacent lots will be accessible. All lanes of traffic will reopen at end of shift each day. Construction activities and lane closures will occur between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily from Jan. 10-14. (view map).

West Greenhouse: As part of the 20 & 21 West Greenhouse project, a portion of sidewalk will be closed to pedestrian traffic between SW 30th and 35th streets on SW Campus Way for ADA access and sidewalk improvement work. The month-long closure is scheduled to start on Friday, Jan. 7 and continue through Feb. 7. Please view the online map, which provides an overview of this location and appropriate detours to take. Direct access to the 20 & 21 greenhouses can be made at their north side doors.

Graf Hall: As part of the Graf Hall Renovation Project, a section of sidewalk on the north side of Graf Hall will be closed for excavation work for a new sidewalk and building entry. During the closure, pedestrian traffic will be routed to the north side of Monroe Avenue (view map). The closure takes place now through Jan. 14.

Benton Place: For continued utility work related to the Arts and Education Complex project, an additional full closure of SW Benton Place is scheduled. The additional closure takes place Jan. 10-11 (view map). There will be minimal impacts to parking. SW Benton Place will reopen over the weekend before the additional closure starts next Monday.


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NEW! Trades/Maintenance Worker 2: University Housing and Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Trades/Maintenance Worker 2 position. Posting #P03330CT. Closes Jan. 23.


“I like the cold weather. It means you get work done.” ~ Noam Chomsky.

Corvallis: Slight chance of rain today, high of 54, low of 43. Slight chance of rain Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Mostly cloudy, high of 48, low of 37. Partly sunny Wednesday.

Newport: Chance of rain and breezy, high of 54, low of 49. Chance of rain and breezy Wednesday.

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