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. 


OSU study: Smoking by students up where marijuana is legal, but binge drinking down (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Marijuana use  among college students is going up, and at a decidedly higher rate in states where recreational use is legal, according to a new Oregon State University study. (see also Diverse Issues in Higher EducationEugene WeeklyKTVZ)

Genetically modified poplar trees emit fewer hydrocarbons and are just as hardy (Forbes)

That’s according to a research collaboration led by scientists as the University of Arizona, along with the Helmholtz Research Center in Munich, Portland State University and Oregon State University.

Oregon State University to develop student housing in Newport (OPB News)

Oregon State University recently announced plans for new student housing in Newport. The announcement is the latest sign that Oregon’s largest university is continuing to expand, largely away from its main campus in Corvallis.

U.S. News releases its rankings of the Best Online College Programs for 2020 (Forbes)

The University of Florida and Oregon State University were fourth and fifth, respectively. A total of 353 colleges were ranked.

OSU uses analytics to fight forest fires (Corvallis Advocate)

New digital tools developed by Oregon State University will enable land managers to better adapt to the new reality of large wildfires through analytics that guide planning and suppression across jurisdictional boundaries that fires typically don’t adhere to. 

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Waldo Winter Wonderland: Snow blankets Waldo Hall in this 1920 photo. While the weather forecast keeps changing, check in on the OSU homepage in the case of inclement weather as updates will be posted there.


President’s Winter Celebration: On Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 9-11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge, all OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break and join President Edward J. Ray for free treats and gourmet beverages. Non-perishable food items or monetary donations to benefit OSU’s Food Pantry will be accepted and appreciated. Contact University Events at or 541-737-4717 with any questions.

Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Creating Equitable & Culturally Inclusive Environments - Join Jane Waite (SJEI) for critical inquiry: Why do students experience the same classes differently? How does who we are impact the ways we teach and learn? What constitutes an equitable environment? +Tech TalkLearn tools for supporting Universal Design. This workshop will be facilitated twice on Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Milam 215. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here.

Beaver Family Connections: Social Media, Technology & Your Kids: One of the biggest parenting hot topics has been the increasing use of social media and technology in tweens/teens. Join us on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. in MU 207 to learn what it means to be a “techno-parent” and what to watch for.

Wellness Walk: Faculty, staff and students: Join Recreational Sports for a carefree walk around campus. We will guide you through a route that takes us to unique sculptures we have around our campus and possibly stop for a quick afternoon pick-me-up at Dutch Bros. Takes place Jan. 14, 3 p.m., MU 062 (The Wellness Nook).

Engineering Advanced Energy Systems: Brazil and U.S. Perspectives: Join Assistant Professor Brian Fronk from the College of Engineering for a three-credit, two-week faculty-led study abroad program in Brazil from Sept. 12-22, 2020. This program focuses on investigating the technical challenges related to thermodynamics, heat transfer, materials, and manufacturing of next generation thermal power production systems in a Brazilian and U.S. context, and includes a visit to the famous Iguaçu Falls. Please join one of our info sessions on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. in Rogers 226. Application deadline: March 1, 2020. For more info contact and visit

Pizza and Conversation: Architectural Engineering at Oregon State University: Join the School of Civil and Construction Engineering for a brief presentation, pizza and conversation about the new AE program. Architectural engineering is a profession where knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences is applied to the engineering design of buildings and their environmental systems. Learn how students who graduate with an architectural engineering degree can positively influence how people live, work and play in buildings while lessening impacts on the planet. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 6-8 p.m., Kearney 312. Presented by Kevin Houser, professor of architectural engineering.

An Evening with Pulitzer Prize Finalist Elizabeth Rush: Elizabeth Rush will share her book "Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore," which the New York Times called "the book on climate change and sea levels that was missing." Tuesday, Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m., Corvallis Public Library meeting room. Sponsored by the Spring Creek Project. Free and open to everyone.


NEW! School Supplies Giveaway: In need of some free school supplies? Stop by Champinefu Lodge on Thursday, Jan. 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. to get some school supplies including notebooks, binders, pens and more. This event is free to attend and is hosted by the OSU Waste Watchers club.

NEW! Speed Friending: Make new friends fast. Join the Active Minds student club for an evening of dinner, fun and friendship. Open to OSU students. Thursday, Jan. 16 from 7-9 p.m., in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Contact Tessie Webster-Henry at for more info. Hosted by CAPS and the Active Minds student club.

NEW! SAC Presents performing arts series: Schick Machine, created by a multi-disciplinary team, features percussionist Steven Schick exploring a stage filled with large-scale invented instruments. Makers, musicians, design enthusiasts and science buffs alike will enjoy the group’s aural and visual surprises, quickly relinquishing any preconception about what an instrument should look like or sound like. Join Schick on the stage to play the instruments after the performance. Jan. 18 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center.

Tuition Forums: The University Budget Committee has begun meeting to discuss recommendations for tuition rates for the 2020-21 academic year. As part of developing recommendations for the Board of Trustees, representatives of the Budget Committee and the Office of Budget and Resource Planning are offering a series of weekly forums to discuss tuition rates, proposals for tuition increases, and to answer any questions about tuition and the university budget. The first forum is Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Trysting Tree Lounge. The schedule for subsequent forums and a short discussion of common questions about tuition are available on the Budget website. The committee welcomes questions, comments, and ideas. For more information, to provide an idea or opinion, or to ask a question please contact Laurie Henry.

$5K Innovation Days Award & Innovation Days event: OSU faculty are invited to join the OSU Advantage office for an Innovation Days event on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 3 p.m. in the MU to learn about the resources OSU has to help research and technology achieve greater societal impact via tech commercialization. Hear from an OSU faculty member and a student as they share their journey. Faculty participation in Innovation Days enables eligibility for a $5,000 innovation award. This session is focused on autonomous systems and AI but is open to faculty from any discipline. For more information and to RSVP, visit Registration is free but is required. A hosted networking reception is provided from 5-6:30 p.m.

Faculty/staff free nutrition counseling: The OSU dietetic interns are offering free nutrition counseling sessions to faculty and staff this winter. Appointments are available Jan. 17 at 1 or 2 p.m. We also have openings Friday, Feb. 14 at noon or 1 p.m. Can count towards your HEM requirement. Email to schedule your appointment.

MLK Jr. Day of Service: Students, faculty, staff, and their partners and children are all invited to participate in OSU’s largest day of service of the year on Saturday, Jan. 18. Projects will take place at various times with most projects starting in the morning. They include indoor and outdoor service activities with the City of Corvallis, Parks and Rec and Linn-Benton Food Share. For more information, contact To register for a project, visit:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! WRGP Guest: Chad Higgins, “Chad’s Magical Mystery Nexus”: Chad Higgins of the College of Agricultural Sciences & Biological and Ecological Engineering will be giving a seminar Jan. 15, noon to 1 p.m., in ALS B 4001. Free. 

NEW! Amphibian population decline: The second Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Seminar of the term takes place Wednesday, Jan 15 at 4 p.m. in Withycombe 109. Andrew Blaustein, university Distinguished Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, will give a talk titled, “Complex causes of amphibian population declines: lessons from disease ecology.” Blaustein is a leading scholar in disease ecology and animal behavior, conducting important work on amphibian deformities and population declines, and on host-pathogen biology with a particular focus on Chytrid fungus. Connect online via Zoom, meeting ID: 565-744-050.

NEW! Flash Panel on Iran - Understanding the US-IRAN Conflict: Panelists include: Courtney Campbell, Jon Katz, Christopher McKnight Nichols, all from the School of History, Philosophy & Religion, and Philipp Kneis, School of Public Policy. Moderated by Amy Koehlinger, School of History, Philosophy & Religion. Thursday, Jan. 16, 5 p.m. Milam 318.

NEW! Multi-level allyship in academia: Join Women and Science and Women in Policy for a conversation about multi-level allyship in academia (e.g., individual, institutional). The lunch will be lead by Pamela Devan. Pamela is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Boston University; her dissertation focuses on questions of belonging and community among queer women in Singapore. Lunch and refreshments will be served. Friday, Jan. 17, noon, MU 206.

Compliance in the Classroom: Students’ experiences of college vary depending on how students perceive the institution affirms their identities and experiences in the classroom. Join staff from the Office of the Registrar, Disability Access Services and Equal Opportunity and Access for an informative session on equitable classroom practices to create inclusive classroom practices that ensure federal compliance. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 10-11 a.m., 202 Kidder Hall.

Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): "Genetic code expansion and augmented metabolism: stop codon repurposing in bacteria, i.e. Faulty annotation in metagenomics means you can't find what you're not looking for" - Veronika Kivenson (Giovannoni Lab, Microbiology), Wednesday, Jan. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. 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. Meetings are generally informal, consisting of discussions, interactive talks or short workshops. All are welcome. No experience needed to participate. For additional information, see

Puerto Rico program: Puerto Rico will be our classroom for this course which includes a one-credit spring preparation class and a three-credit, 16-day trip, June 22 through July 8, 2020. We will visit with local farmers, activists and educators working to recover from Hurricane Maria and build resilient food systems for the future. Join Christina WalshIngrid Arocho and Jen Myers for this faculty-led program. See our program brochure and attend an info session on Jan. 15 or Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. in Strand 148.

Curriculum maps: These planning tools provide clarity to the program assessment process. By diagramming existing and potential courses, curriculum maps identify program strengths, requirements and student learning objectives. Join the Office of Academic Programs and Assessment as we facilitate developing, creating or fine-tuning unique curriculum maps for undergraduate major, minor and certificate programs. Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 10-11:30 a.m. in Milam 215. Register for the Curriculum Mapping Workshop

Triad luncheon: Susanne Brander, College of Agriculture, “Microplastics in the environment.” Thursday, Jan. 16, 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:

Search Advocate program: The OSU Search Advocate Program has scheduled a two-part workshop series in partnership with Extension & Engagement at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora. Session 1 takes place Jan. 17 and Session 2 will be held Feb. 14. Search advocates are outside process advisors who serve on search committees from position development through the final recommendation stage with a focus on advancing equity, validity, and diversity. To learn more about the workshops/program and to register, go to the Professional Development Registration website

PFLA luncheon: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA) and TRIAD invite you to attend the annual Winter Luncheon Jan. 23, noon to 1:30 p.m., at the LaSells Stewart Center, Giustina Gallery. The guest speaker will be Jason O’Brien, Oregon Master Naturalist Program Coordinator. Lunch will be provided by OSU Catering, and each attendee must register by Friday, Jan. 17. Cost is $15. For more information about the event and how to register, click here:

Winter 2020 HWeekend event, Jan. 25-26. Have you ever wanted to make something cool but need a little help in how to do it and people to do it with? The HWeekend event is a partnership with the Inventors Enterprise club, the College of Engineering and the College of Business that helps you realize this dream. This event allows participants to use modern tools, hardware and their own innovation to make exciting and interesting prototypes in only 30 hours. The event is free to participants but space is limited so sign-up ASAP.

‘Household Energy In Guatemala” 3-credit Field Course: Students from any major are invited to travel to Guatemala for 10 days in September 2020 to learn about the household energy poverty facing 40% of the world’s families and the technologies and policies that can help to address it, as part of the humanitarian engineering program. Multiple scholarships are available to cover the in-country course fees. An info session will be held Jan. 28, 5 p.m., Rogers 226. More details on the info session are here and details about the past course here. Contact the course leader Nordica MacCarty,, with any questions.

Conference on affordability in online learning: OSU is hosting a regional conference with a focus on improving student success and affordability in online and digital learning. Co-hosted by the Online Learning Consortium and OSU Ecampus, the event – scheduled for Feb. 7 in the Memorial Union – will bring faculty, administrators and online learning professionals together to address the opportunities and challenges facing the future of affordability in higher education. Learn more and register today.

Take Note

NEW! Cyber-Awareness Minute: January is the start of a new year, and marks the beginning of tax season. Cyber-scammers will use this opportunity to attempt fraud. Don’t fall for this. If you see a suspicious e-mail (tax fraud or not!), send it to For more information on tax-related fraud, visit the IRS at:

NEW! Data privacy: Did you know that Jan. 28 is Data Privacy Day? Learn how to protect your personal information and set your devices and applications so that you control your data. For more detail, visit:

Student Self Service for financial aid: The Office of Financial Aid will be converting to the new Student Self Service system within MyOSU beginning Jan 13. The menu will have a new look so contact us if you have any questions. We can be reached at 541-737-2241 or by email at

Nominations are open for the PNNL-OSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program: Through the PNNL-OSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program, Ph.D. candidates will earn a stipend along with benefits while on appointment under a prestigious graduate committee on nationally relevant research. It is a unique opportunity to tap into the knowledge and world-class research infrastructure available at both institutions. DGRP students will work with faculty at Oregon State and scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory while completing their graduate coursework and subsequently transfer to PNNL for the remaining years of their Ph.D. program to gain hands-on research experience with PNNL scientists. More information available:

Older men needed for OSU multivitamin study (Corvallis): Are you a healthy, non-smoking man that is 68+ years old? Our study is looking at the role of multivitamins in improving the micronutrient status. Participants will take tablets daily for six months. For more information: or 541-737-8730. Principal Investigator: Tory Hagen, Linus Pauling Institute, OSU.

Kognito: Recognizing and Supporting Students in Distress Training: College can be stressful at times. Build the confidence to talk with a student whom you’re concerned about. Be prepared to lead real-life conversations with students that build resilience, strengthen relationships and connect them with support. Visit to access the faculty/staff online training so you can recognize and support OSU students in distress. To access the student version visit: For questions or to request a group facilitation of this training for your department, contact Tessie Webster-Henry:

Affordable learning grant application: Oregon State faculty are invited to apply for affordable learning grants to offset the time and expense required to develop and/or implement high-quality, freely available learning materials in classes. All grant recipients will receive assistance from OSU’s Open Educational Resources Unit in locating, adopting or authoring zero-cost course materials. For more information, visit

Emergency posters: Announcing the new “In Case of Emergency” poster. We have updated the look and content of the orange emergency poster. Contact to request copies for your area. When emailing, give us the location for delivery and the quantity needed. Or download a printable version from

OSU Food Drive: Do you know who your OSU Food Drive unit coordinator is? Find out at The Food Drive is an annual February tradition at OSU to help fight hunger in our community and we need all the help we can get. If you don’t know who your coordinator is – perhaps it could be you. Email for more information.

Applications for PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships for spring term 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 women’s issues. Scholarships average $300 and are paid by reimbursement. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 7, with notification in Week 7. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact Joy Jorgensen at


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to:

To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Accountant 1  - The Health Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #P02553CT. Closes Jan. 21.

NEW! Faculty Research Assistants (2): The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) and OSU Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) are hiring two full-time (1.0 FTE) Pesticide Specialists. Interested in science communication? We provide unbiased, scientific information about pesticides to the general public and professionals. Applicants must have a B.S. degree in toxicology, environmental science/chemistry, or a closely related scientific area, and other qualifications (see postings). Spanish fluency required for Posting #P03531UF. Spanish fluency preferred but not required for Posting #P03530UF. Closing date for both: Jan. 31.

NEW! The Hatfield Marine Science Center is seeking a Housing Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. This position will be located in Newport, Oregon. Posting #P03506UF. Closes. Feb. 2. 

NEW! The College of Engineering invites applicants for the position of Head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Posting #P03500UF. Closes March 11.


“When someone is successful, there's always a feeling that they were lucky. Luck plays a part, sure, but to be successful, you must have iron discipline. You must have energy and hunger and desire and honesty." ~ Faye Dunaway, who turns 79 today.

Corvallis: Rain and snow showers today with the snow level at 400 feet by afternoon. High 39, low 27. Chance of snow after 10 p.m. Rain mixed with snow tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Snow likely today, high of 29, low of 16. Chance of snow tomorrow.

Newport: Rain and snow possible today, high of 40, low of 34. Breezy with rain and snow tomorrow.

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