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:


What this winter weather can tell us about Oregon's climate and vice versa (OPB News)

OPB’s Paul Marshall talked with Larry O’Neill, Oregon’s state climatologist, about what we can learn from the weather this week.  

Yes or snow? Reese Witherspoon's viral brew divides opinion (BBC)

Staci Simonich, professor of environmental and toxic ecology at Oregon State University, told the BBC that snow is safe to eat as long as it is from "a non-urban area" and that people wait "until the first few centimetres fallen".

Murthy gets pay hike to $747,300, her Pac-12 approach applauded (Corvallis Advocate)

On Friday, the Oregon State University Board of Trustees approved a raise for President Jayathi Murthy – it’s 6%, which increases her compensation to $747,300. Murthy’s handling of the Pac-12 implosion was part of the rationale for the pay hike according to Board Chair Kirk Schueler. 

OSU-Cascades professor receives $628,000 ODE award to boost K-12 students' participation in computer science (KTVZ)

An Oregon State University-Cascades professor has been assigned a $628,000 award from the Oregon Department of Education to expand universally engaging, culturally appropriate and inclusive computer science education for K-12 students. 

US$20M to help modernise the US geospatial system (Spatial Source)

Oregon State University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Michigan State University and the Ohio State University have been awarded a total of approximately US$4 million in grant funding, with the potential for that to be raised to US$20 million.

Today's photo

Nature's art: Scott Bar says, “My favorite wall on campus (Outside Nash Hall). This speaks of fall but also the Tree of Life.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for reading material on teaching and learning? Join the CTL No-Strings-Attached Book Club, get a free book and connect with colleagues to discuss it. Faculty, grad students and staff associated with teaching and learning are invited to sign up by Feb. 1.


School of Public Policy Career Week: The School of Public Policy (SPP) invites you to meet faculty, staff, peers and alumni at Career Week 2024. Events this year are meant to inspire SPP students to think more about how their careers can change the world. Gatherings run from Jan. 22-25.

BABy@OSU: The week of Jan. 22, join us for the first BABy@OSU baby shower week. A week filled with sessions geared toward new and expecting parents with sessions from mindfulness and lactation to baby-bonding leave. There will be an in-person connection hour for new and expecting parents to learn more about the Family Resource Center and Work Life resources. Learn more and register for session here.

CTL QT Talk — Creating an Inclusive Classroom: Difference, Power and Oppression Model. In this talk, attendees will learn about the inclusive teaching framework used by the Difference, Power and Oppression (DPO) Program. The DPO Program works with faculty across all fields and disciplines at OSU to develop inclusive curricula that addresses institutionalized systems of power, privilege and inequity in the U.S. The session will focus on providing practical reflection questions and tips for implementing the DPO framework in your own teaching practice. Presented by Kali Forman, interim assistant director, Difference, Power and Oppression. 11-11:50 a.m., Jan. 23. Register here.

Beaver Family Connections: Enjoy lunch and connect with other OSU parents and caregivers as we explore interesting topics and discussions related to child development, parenting, and family health and well-being. No sign-up required. January’s topic: “Preparing Your High Schooler for College Admissions,” with OSU Admissions. Noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 23, MU 207. See full 2023-2024 schedule for future dates and topics. For accommodations, please contact Cari Maes at 541-737-4906 or [email protected].

NEW! Baby Shower Mindfulness Session: A session focused on mindfulness during pregnancy and early bonding with Michele Ribero (OSU Counseling & Psychological Services), presented as a part of the 2023-24 Baby Shower. 1 p.m., Jan. 23. Register here.

Privacy RoundupData privacy stations and prizes on Valley Library main floor, 2-4 p.m, Jan. 23. OSU Librarians will host activity tables, give away door prizes and share information about how to protect your data privacy. This event is part of Data Privacy Week.

NEW! EMT Seminars: Kaci Buhl will speak on, "Is it Safe? Communicating About Risk,” 3:30 p.m., Jan. 23. This will be a hybrid seminar, in person in ALS 4001 and on Zoom:

OSUsed Store: Winter Hours: Until Feb. 1 the OSUsed Store will be operating on our winter hours. We are open to the public Tuesdays 5:30-7 p.m., and Fridays noon to 3 p.m. (excluding holidays). The OSUsed Store is located at 644 SW 13th St. in Corvallis.


NEW! Academics for Student Athletes (ASA) Open House: Please stop by to meet our staff, learn how our office supports student-athletes, and discuss how we can work collaboratively to support our shared students. Our space will also be open to students, so you will have the opportunity to see our student-athletes working on academics. Light refreshments will provided. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 24, Beth Ray Academic Center third floor.

NEW! BABy@OSU Baby Shower Connection Hour with Lunch: Are you a new or expecting parent who would like to learn more about supports at OSU and connect with other new or expecting parents? Join us at noon in the Valley Library Willamette Room West for a free lunch and connection. Presented as a part of the 2023-24 Baby Shower. Noon, Jan. 25. Register here.

NEW! Tiny Café: Pop-up coffee and feedback about Beaver Hub on Valley Library’s main floor. 12:30-2:30 p.m., Jan. 25.

NEW! Crafternoon: Free crafts on the Valley Library main floor, 4-6 p.m., Jan. 25. Make a free data-privacy themed craft. This event is part of Data Privacy Week.

NEW! Childcare tours: Interested in touring a campus child care center or a lactation room? Set up an appointment with the FRC here. Presented as a part of the 2023-24 Baby Shower.

Tiny Café: Pop-up coffee and feedback about Beaver Hub on the main floor of Valley Library, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Jan. 24. Share your feedback about Beaver Hub for a free snack from OSU librarians.

Language socialThe World Languages and Cultures program in the School of Language, Culture, and Society invites you to Language and Beyond Social from 2-4 p.m., Jan. 24 in Kidder Hall 210. Learn about language programs and career opportunities, connect with fellow students, meet language and culture faculty and enjoy conchas (Mexican sweet bread).

Second Annual Big Blue Film Fest, Jan. 26-27, Newport: This year's film festival features 27 ocean-themed films at the confluence of marine science, humanities and the arts. The festival has expanded to two locations: the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Newport Performing Arts Center. Go here to find the schedule, locations and summaries of each film. There are a variety of ticket options and pricing for adults and students.

Ready to get moving? Join us for a free virtual event with a cooking demo and a sneak peek of Walk With Ease, a free program for all Oregonians from OSU Extension, that can help you get moving no matter your mobility or fitness level. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Jan. 30. 

Say Hey: Say Hey will be hosted at OSU from 5:30-8 p.m., Feb. 27, by the Portland Partners in Diversity. The goal is to help connect local businesses and community members with professionals of color. Employees of color are honored at the event and encouraged to register as honorees. Community members and allies are encouraged to attend also to support building community and connections. Registration is now open, and space is limited. To register as an attendee: To register as an honoree:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Protected Leave for Child Bonding: Join the OSU Protected Leave team to learn more about OPFML and protected leave for child bonding, presented as a part of the 2023-24 Baby Shower. 11 a.m., Jan. 24. Register here.

NEW! Care Talks: Your Healthy Lifestyle — Eat Your Way to a Healthy Year. Participants in this talk learn the benefits of nutrition, including the importance of making informed food choices to develop and maintain sound eating habits in relation to goal-setting. 10 a.m., Jan. 25. Register today.

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Kelsey King, a fish and wildlife biologist with the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, will be giving a seminar titled, “The importance of nectar for butterfly populations, 3:30 p.m., Jan. 25. Please join us in person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Seminar Series: “Consequences of fire for macrofungi in the PNW: We have a lot to learn,” presented by Bitty Roy of University of Oregon, 4 p.m., Jan. 25, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

NEW! The Power of Color community dialogue: 5 p.m., Feb. 22, MU Horizon Room. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. We will be exploring how the concepts of colorism have a global impact on many communities, understanding our relationships with colorism and anti-blackness, and how these concepts influence our own perspectives of ourselves and others.

Racial Advocacy: Racial injustice continues to impact our world. You see it, you feel it and you’re against it. But what can you do about it? Many people have a desire to advocate for racial and ethnic minorities, but are simply not sure where to start. This gathering is intended to be an open conversation about the most common and professional struggles faced by racial and ethnic minoritized communities. We’ll talk about successes, struggles and most importantly about how to sustain advocacy and care for ourselves in the process. 9 a.m., Jan. 24. Register for this upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

Care Talks -- Child Care & Parenting: Today’s Family, Challenges and Changes. This talk looks at the history of families and offers some best practices for how to have a healthy family life, including some fun things families can do together. 10 a.m., Jan. 24. Register today.

Navigating Lactation, Pumping and the Return to Work: Join the Family Resource Center and UHR Work-Life for a session with longtime lactation consultant and author, Chrisie Rosenthal. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Jan. 24 via Zoom. For more information see event flyer and click here to register and receive the Zoom link. For accommodations, please contact Cari Maes, [email protected] or 541-737-4906.

Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series: "Deep and Shallow: Implications of Vegetation-Climate Interactions for Groundwater Recharge and Green Roof Performance," presented by Samantha Hartzell of Portland State University. This seminar occurs from 4-5 p.m., Jan. 24 in Bexell Hall 328 or on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

Health careers alumni panel: You might be surprised by the variety of fields and roles a College of Health degree can lead to. Hear from alumni with your shared passion for taking on challenges facing health and well-being at an Ask Alumni career webcast, at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 24. Register for this free interactive panel presented by the OSU Alumni Association and College of Health.

Ridge to Reef: Sustainable Resource Management in Palau. Join OSU faculty leaders Brian Endress and Scott Heppell from the College of Agricultural Sciences this summer for a 4-credit, two-week program in Palau to study natural resource management, food security, and sustainability from June 18-July 23. Info session this week: 6 p.m., Jan. 24 or Feb. 5, via Zoom. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

Beating the Post-Vacation Blues: Returning to work after vacation is never easy. Many of us might have a hard time transitioning back to the flow of things. We might find ourselves still mentally checked out from our work, yearning to be back in a restful state. Some of us might be overwhelmed with the work that’s waiting for us – returning to a stark contrast between vacation and reality. Join this gathering to discuss the challenges we can face while transitioning back to work after a vacation. Attendees will also discuss self-care strategies to help you manage stress and maintain your mental health during this transition. Noon, Jan. 25 and 9 a.m., Jan. 26. Register for this upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

Public policy career panel: Advance your career journey in public policy. Find inspiration for your future endeavors from alumni with degrees in political science, public policy and sociology at an Ask Alumni virtual networking event at 4 p.m. Jan. 25. Register for this free interactive panel presented by the OSU Alumni Association, OSU Career Development Center and School of Public Policy. 

Employee Resource Group (ERG)/Affinity Group: You are invited to a meeting at LBCC’s Calapooia Center of leaders and members of the various Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) across our institutions (LBCC, OSU, HP and Samaritan Health). The goal is to build relationships, create a better sense of community/belonging and build an awareness of each institution’s ERGs and how they function. 3-5 p.m., Jan. 30. Refreshments are provided and parking is free. Please contact Megan Kilgore [email protected] for more information and to RSVP.

RSVP for the College of Education’s Charles E. Carpenter Lecture for 2024: Established in 2004, the Charles E. Carpenter Lecture supports advances in professional development for community college leaders. Held each spring, the Carpenter Lecture features a nationally known speaker on a topic of importance to community colleges. This year's speaker will be Adrien Bennings, president of Portland Community College. Benning's lecture will explore the multifaceted nature of community college leadership and management. 6-8 p.m., Feb. 22, at the OSU Portland Center and online via Zoom. To RSVP or see details about the event, visit

Take Note

NEW! BennyBuy: There are two new supplier punchout catalogs now available in BennyBuy. Momentum Procurement Group (MPG), a certified Minority Owned and Woman Owned business, offers an extensive catalog on over 25,000 office supplies with next-day delivery with no minimum purchase or shipping fees. MSC provides industrial, commercial and MRO items at competitive prices. Explore their catalogs and support these suppliers now in BennyBuy.

NEW! Open call for artArt About Agriculture Competition and Touring Exhibition 2024 Open Call for Art invites fine art and craft submissions highlighting natural resources for this Pacific Northwest-wide juried exhibition with purchase awards. Scholarships available for College of Agricultural Sciences students with artwork selected by the jury for inclusion in the tour. Submission deadline: March 3 at 11:59 p.m.

NEW! Research Fellowship Program: The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) Fellowship Program is now accepting proposals from graduate students and post docs for our 2024-2025 Research Fellowship Program, which supports research related to climate adaptation for Northwest natural and cultural resource management and provides training in developing decision-relevant science. The NW CASC Fellowship Program funding will be available as early as fall term 2024 to support research performed during the 2024-2025 academic year. The deadline to submit proposals is March 11. To learn more and apply, click here. Join us for a virtual info session about our Research Fellowship Program and application process from 10-11 a.m., Feb. 8. Click here to register for the info session. Questions? Contact the OSU NW CASC liaison, Selina Heppell.

NEW! Call for Nominations — Black and Orange Awards Celebration: The OSU Alumni Association presents several awards to outstanding Oregon Staters throughout the year. We need your help nominating Oregon Staters who have excelled in their field of study, been dedicated to serving Oregon State University or have served their community. We will be awarding the Alumni Fellows, Dan W. Poling Service Award, the E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award, the Jean and C.H. “Scram” Graham Leadership Award, the Joan Austin Honorary Alumni Award, the Don and Shirley Wirth Young Alumni Award as well as the Martin Chaves Lifetime Achievement Award in partnership with OSU Athletics. Please visit for nomination information. All nominations are due Feb. 23.

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Jim Kiser, Richard Strachan Endowed Faculty Scholar in fire and silviculture, 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.

Therapy appointments: Did you know employees can see a therapist on the Corvallis campus through Lyra Health? Porshay Pendleton, LMFT, is available every Thursday for therapy sessions. To book an appointment with her click here. If it shows she is unavailable for appointments it is because her schedule is currently full. Appointments become available exactly two weeks in advance, so more appointments will open up today as the day goes on every Thursday.

Snack study: Do you like snacks? Volunteers wanted for an almond snack study (Corvallis). Seeking volunteers age 35-60 with minor underlying health conditions (e.g. elevated blood sugar or blood pressure, 20+ pounds overweight) to participate in a research study. Cannot be a smoker, pregnant/breastfeeding or taking vitamin E supplements. The study is 13 weeks, and volunteers will receive $500. Study title: "Almonds to improve gut health and decrease inflammation." PI: Laura Beaver. For more info and to see if you qualify:  Contact: [email protected] or 541-737-3594.

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Cold Weather. With low temperatures comes a responsibility to prepare and take precautions against cold weather illness. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

Youth Impact Awards: Nominations requested for Youth Impact Awards that will be given as part of the inaugural Youth Impact Summit. The award nomination window has been extended until Jan. 30. Contact [email protected] with questions. 

Notice of policy action: The university community is invited to review and provide comment on proposed University Standard 04-040 Freedom of Speech and Expression. This draft includes necessary updates to our existing Standard, 576‐005 Time, Place, and Manner Rules for Speech Activities, which was last revised with substantive edits in 2017. Send any comments to [email protected]; comments must be received by Feb. 2.

Center for Teaching and Learning Winter/Spring 2024 No-Strings-Attached Book Club: How would you like a free book on teaching and learning and the chance to discuss it with colleagues? Our goal is to provide a guilt-free way to motivate your thinking about teaching, make new pedagogically-inclined friends or gather with old ones. Your choice of books from six selections. Gather with colleagues. Enjoy the discussion. We provide easy ways to structure your gatherings. Deadline: Feb. 1. Register now.

Youth Summit: Sign up to attend the inaugural Youth Impact Summit advancing youth care and education and educator/staff development. Check out the summit web page for details and to register for this event taking place Feb. 15-16 at the Memorial Union.


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NEW! Administrative Program Specialist: University Housing and Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Specialist position to help provide quality, courteous and timely facilities maintenance services through the monitoring of our online maintenance request portal, answering the main office phone, receiving and distributing emails from the general inbox and interacting in person with vendors, campus partners, UHDS staff members and residents. Posting #P04598CT. Closes Jan. 30.

NEW! Oregon State University Controller’s Unit is hiring an Accountant 1 to join the Treasury Operations team. Accountant 1 will manage and support stakeholder requests related to Treasury functions, including financial systems, transactions and banking. Posting #P04607CT. Full consideration Feb. 12. Closes Feb. 14.


“Many human beings say that they enjoy the winter, but what they really enjoy is feeling proof against it.” ~ Richard Adams

Corvallis: Chance of showers and then partly sunny, high of 52, low of 43. Rain Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 43, low of 29. Rain and snow tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of showers today, high of 52, low of 45. Showers tomorrow.

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