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:


Foam dock floats, laundry filters, hotel shampoo among newest bids to reduce plastic pollution (Northwest News Network)

Professor Susanne Brander is a toxicologist at Oregon State University. Her lab at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport offers a window into the ubiquity of microscopic bits of plastic in the environment and what that does to animals and fish.

2022 was Oregon's 10th hottest year on record, extending string of record-warm years (Statesman Journal)

Oregon’s statewide average temperature was 48.4 degrees, which tied three other years for the 10th warmest in data that goes back to 1895, according to weather stations statewide and compiled by Oregon State University.  

MLK holiday at Oregon State: 'Their work is not finished' (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration featured an awards ceremony and peace march across campus, as well as a sense of unfinished business. Speakers said there is still more work to do.

Endangered whale's severely injured body washes ashore in Oregon, video shows (Sacramento Bee)

The whale looked emaciated, meaning “it was having trouble eating,” Robert Pitman, a marine ecologist at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, told The Oregonian. (see also Oregonian)

High egg prices have you dreaming of a chicken coop? Here's what you need to get started (KTLA)

A study by Oregon State University shows that having a coop close to your home or in a highly trafficked area will deter unwanted predators.

Douglas-fir trees will suffer from drier air (Earth)

According to a new study led by the Oregon State University (OSU), Douglas-fir trees will likely experience more stress from drier air caused by global warming than from less precipitation. 

'Cinema's First Nasty Women' Review: The Defiant Dames of Silent Film; The women featured in this four-disc set from Kino Lorber, which gathers nearly a hundred movies made from 1898 to 1926, are anything but damsels in distress (Wall Street Journal)

Newly recorded music, mostly by female composers (including OSU’s Dana Reason), accompanies each picture. Many of the scores are cleverly in sync with the era; others, jarringly not.

These 7 winter-blooming plants nourish bees (Oregonian)

“Black-tailed bumblebees are out as early as January,” said Andony Melathopoulos, Oregon State University Extension Service pollinator specialist and assistant professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences. “Native bees are just starting and will be seen more often later in February when the wild willow starts blooming.”

Oregon college officials, students worry about rise in food insecurity with pandemic food stamp benefits set to expire (Oregonian)

Susannah Morgan, CEO of the Oregon Food Bank said Friday that students are four times more likely to face hunger than other members of the population. A 2020-21 study out of Oregon State University found that a quarter of students at that school reported being food insecure. Bode, at Clatsop, said 65% of students she surveyed this spring faced hunger.

Oregon Legislature will consider ambitious plan to lure chipmakers, attract millions in federal aid (Oregonian)

(Plans to budget $150 million to expand technology research centers at Portland State University and Oregon State University are being allocated separately.)

In Oregon, National Strawberry Ice Cream Day is extra special — and tasty (OPB)

Since 1917, this collaboration between Oregon State University and the USDA Agricultural Research Service has been behind some of the most iconic strawberries in the state.

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Peace march: An Oregon State University tradition, the Peace March on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day provides an opportunity to join in solidarity with community members and reflect on Dr. King’s legacy of creating transformative change through non-violence. Participants are led across the Corvallis campus on a 1-mile route which concludes at the Student Experience Center Plaza. Photo by Julian McFadden. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Want to help students stay on track this term? Introduce a few different ways of thinking about time management. The Academic Success Center recommends encouraging your students to try multiple strategies for tracking time and prioritizing as well as planning at dailyweekly and term levels.


A Discussion on MLK's Ideology and Caste. This panel event will be a conversation with experts working on caste and race, discussing how Martin Luther King, Jr.'s ideology about race is relevant to the framework of caste. Jan. 17, 12:30-2 p.min the MU Journey Room, 104. Elizabeth Barstow from the School of History, Philosophy and Religion will moderate the discussion. Panelists will include Robert Thompson from OSU's ethnic studies program, and other panelists will join from across the country via Zoom.

Listening Session – General Education Curriculum: The Learning Outcomes, Criteria, and Rationale (LOCR) committee is holding the first listening session for university stakeholders to share input about the Seeking Solutions category in the reformed general education curriculum. The session will be led by Selina Heppell, the mentor for the Seeking Solutions workgroup. The session is Jan. 17, 1-2:30 p.m. in MU 13 Multi-purpose Room. For those who cannot attend the listening session, or who have additional comments, there will be an opportunity to offer commentary and feedback via a Qualtrics in January.

HR Service Delivery Go-Live Informational Event: Join us for the Human Resources Service Delivery (HRSD) go-live informational event. Learn about how OSU’s new HRSD system streamlines the onboarding process for employees, supervisors and applicants. Please join us on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2-3:30 p.m. in the OSU Alumni Center Cascade Ballroom or virtually through Zoom. Register now:

WIC Event: WIC’s winter speaker, Stephanie Kerschbaum of the University of Washington, will deliver a virtual talk titled “Signs of Disability: Challenging Dis-attention through Narrative” on Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 2:30-4 p.m. Drawing from her most recent book, "Signs of Disability," Kerschbaum will discuss disability, story and writing. Register here.


NEW! Beaver Dads: Are you a self-identified dad looking to meet other dads at OSU? Join Beaver Dads this Wednesday, Jan. 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in MU 212 for informal conversation about parenting, work and everything in between. Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by the Family Resource Center and facilitated by Tarron Anderson, Beaver Dads will meet every third Wednesday throughout the academic year. For more information, including opportunities to schedule joining via Zoom, contact [email protected].

Winter Celebration: OSU students, faculty and staff are invited to join President Jayathi Y. Murthy for conversation and celebration. Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 9-11 a.m. in the MU Lounge. There will be both sweet and savory drinks and snacks. Bring your OSU ID. Non-perishable food items will be accepted for the OSU Food Pantry. Food Pantry Wish List. For more information or to request accommodation, email [email protected]

Board of Trustees: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet Jan. 19-20 and hear a briefing on the Elliott State Research Forest, discuss preliminary tuition scenarios and budget planning for the 2024 fiscal year and hear an update on the university’s strategic plan. The board will meet from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Jan. 20 in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. Board committees will meet from 8 a.m.-4:05 p.m. Jan. 19 in the same location. All meetings are open to the public and can be attended in person, on Zoom or on the phone by calling 1-888-475-4499 (meeting ID: 655 466 888). Public comment can be made in person, on Zoom or in writing at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to [email protected]. For more, visit:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! BEE Seminar Series: Chet Udell will present "TBD," on Jan. 19, 4 p.m. in Bexell Hall 322 or on Zoom. Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details. All are welcome.

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Fall Seminar Series: “Computational identification of type III effectors in pathogenic bacteria,” presented by Tal Pupko of Tel Aviv University and OSU Department of Botany & Plant Pathology, Thursday, Jan. 19, 4 p.m. ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

NEW! College of Public Health & Human Sciences Research Seminars: Ram Maikala, program technical consultant, Musculoskeletal Disorders Solutions Lab Thought Leadership, National Safety Council. “Injuries in Healthcare Workers during Patient and Decedent Handling.” Jan, 20, 1-2 p.m., Tammy Bray Leadership Conference Room (Hallie Ford Center #115) and online: Co-Sponsored with the Environmental and Occupational Health Program.

NEW! CTL Sparkshops: "Warming up the cold call: Tips for encouraging inclusive participation in class discussion." Presenter Funmi Amobi, Ed.D., Instructional Consultant and College Liaison. Jan. 27, noon to 12:20 p.m. Register for Zoom link.

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Seminar Series: Ian Munanura, Oregon State University assistant professor with the Department of Forests Ecosystems and Society, will speak on “The potential of community-based ecotourism to enhance biodiversity conservation: Lessons learned from practice and scholarship in Africa,” Jan. 18, 4 p.m. Johnson Hall 102. Zoom:

WRE Seminar Series: Garett Pignottii from Oregon State University Forest Sciences Lab will present, "It’s Getting Hot in Here, So Shade All Your Roads," on Jan. 18, 4 p.m. in Bexell Hall 328 or on Zoom. Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details.

Coaches Clinic: Teambuilding and Culture, Jan. 18. OSU kinesiology faculty show you how to support connection, encourage learning and create community as a youth sports coach. The College of Public Health and Human Sciences' next Coaches Clinic event is Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hallie Ford Center 115. Create a positive culture with rituals, routines and practices for your team. Registration required

Zoom colloquium on the exceptional hypersaline ecosystem at Oregon’s Lake Abert: This colloquium aims to present current knowledge on the lake and its ecology. We will hear about its amazing capacity to produce shrimp and fly invertebrates that birds feast on, and about the birds that visit Lake Abert. We will also hear about how climate is changing and how we think those changes will affect the landscape in the Chewaucan valley surrounding Lake Abert. Jan. 23, 1-4 p.m. Register:

Register for the Think Affordable Summit on March 7: At Oregon State, we all care about improving affordability, but as individuals, we can sometimes feel powerless to make a difference. However, change is possible, and in a lot of ways, it’s already happening. This event will educate faculty, advisors and administrators about the many affordability initiatives and resources happening at OSU. Come and learn how you can support them. Lunch provided. See the full agenda and register to join us in person or online. 

Take Note

NEW! Eco2Go reusable container program returns: Eco2Go is back, starting Jan. 23. Eco2Go is a UHDS sustainability initiative that provides reusable containers for take-out meals from campus dining locations. Paused during the pandemic, the program has kept over a million disposable containers from entering a landfill since it began in 2015. For info on how it works, including return locations for your empty containers, visit

NEW! Participate in the Cannabis and Regulation of Emotion (CARE) Study: Are you 21-30 years-old, fluent in English, and a U.S. citizen? Do you use cannabis? The purpose of this research is to understand how cannabis use is related to emotional functioning. Participation involves: 5-minute eligibility survey; two 1-hour Zoom appointments; smoking cannabis flower during one Zoom appointment; $40 in gift cards for completing both appointments. Principal investigator Anita Cservenka. Email [email protected] or visit

NEW! Campus Directions: In this issue, we're highlighting a huge accomplishment by the EH&S biohazard team and progress made toward carbon neutrality at OSU's Energy Center. Campus Directions brings you regular reports on how campus operations and facilities are evolving and improving to meet the needs of students, faculty and staff. Subscribe today and follow updates on Instagram.

NEW! 25 Year club: Congratulations to Eric Skyllingstad, 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.

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

Goat adventure: This winter term, the Valley Library will be hiding a toy goat named Kidder  somewhere within the building. Find Kidder each week to be entered into a weekly GOAT-approved snack raffle. Follow the weekly clue on Monday on any @valleylibrary or @OSUValleyLib social media. Find Kidder, take his picture, post it, tag it #ValleyLibGOAT. When you tag us, we'll enter your name into a snack raffle for the week. Winners will be announced Fridays at 4 p.m.

Working with Students in Distress: Faculty and staff may be the first to notice a student is struggling and may be in the best position to reach out with care and concern. The Office of the Dean of Students, in collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services, developed a CARE folder, which is intended to provide you with resources and referral information that we hope you find valuable. Simply click on this link: and you will be directed to login to Box to access these resources. We recommend you bookmark this link for easy access on your phone, laptop or tablet.

Kognito: "Recognizing and Supporting Students in Distress" training for staff, faculty and student assistants. OSU students today face increasing pressures that can lead to emotional distress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and even thoughts of suicide. This is never more true than now with the additional stressors of police brutality, racism and a global pandemic. Faculty, staff and the student assistants we employ may be in the best position to notice when a student needs additional support. Visit to access the faculty/staff online training so you can recognize and support OSU students in distress. Student assistants should visit: For questions contact Tessie Webster-Henry: [email protected].

Engineering website: The College of Engineering has a brand-new website. Packed full of stories that inspire and uplift, our new home on the web showcases transformative educational programs, highlights world-changing research, and illustrates partnerships with industry and government. Take a look:

Inner Nature: Kaira Jewel Lingo and Kritee Kanko. The first episode of the new podcast series Inner Nature features Kaira Jewel Lingo and Kritee Kanko discussing the mutuality and reciprocity of contemplative practice and environmental action, the critical interconnectedness of environmental and racial justice and many other topics. This series is produced by the Contemplative Studies Initiative and the Spring Creek Project. Listen on the Inner Nature pageSpotifyApple or wherever you get your podcasts.

Robot study: The OSU Department of Mechanical Engineering is seeking Corvallis community members who are at least 18 years old to participate in a research study. Students and advisees of Prof. Naomi Fitter and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing are not eligible to enroll. The purpose of this study is to investigate people’s responses to a robotic stand-up comedian. Participation in this 15-minute-long study involves listening to a robotic stand-up comedian’s comedy routine, completing surveys and participating in a discussion. Participants will receive $5 for participating. Book a time slot at or contact Ayan Robinson at [email protected] For more information call 541-737-9193 or email at [email protected]

Inspiring Girls* Expeditions 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 schoolers. Students who don’t feel like they fit the “typical” image of a scientist or outdoors person are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is Jan. 30: Apply here. Questions? Email us at [email protected].

Traffic and Maintenance

Steam shutdown: Each year Facilities Services performs necessary maintenance on the university’s steam system, which requires shutting off the steam throughout campus, to complete maintenance services at the plant, throughout the steam tunnels and in each building. This process affects hot water supply, heating, and all equipment that uses steam, campus wide. The steam shutdown for 2023 will occur June 19-23. For questions or comments on this closure contact Facilities Services at 541-737-2969.

Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Improvement project, Washington Way between 17th-26th streets and 30th-35th streets will be closed starting Jan. 3. The north-south intersection at Washington Way and 26th St. will remain open (view map). Updated schedule: 17th-26th streets closed Jan. 3-5; 30th-35th streets closed Jan. 10-20.


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! Instructor or Senior Instructor I: The School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, fixed-term, Instructor or Senior Instructor I position. Posting #P06367UF. Full consideration Feb. 15. Closes March 31.  


"If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.”
~ Woodrow Wilson

Corvallis: Chance of rain today, high of 48, low of 39. Rain Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 39, low of 28. Snow tomorrow.

Newport: Rain likely today, high of 49, low of 42. Rain Wednesday.

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