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:


New research provides insight on the effects logging, roadwork can have on landslides (OPB News)

Using 70 years of data, researchers led by an Oregon State University professor found that landslides in the Pacific Northwest are influenced more by clear-cutting and roadwork than by heavy rain. Catalina Segura is an associate professor in OSU’s department of forest engineering, resources and management. She joins us with the details.

Wolves are eating sea otters after depleting an Alaskan island's deer (New Scientist)

This is thought to be the first case of sea otters (Enhydra lutris), which spend nearly all their time in the ocean, becoming the primary food source for a land predator, says Taal Levi at Oregon State University in Corvallis. “No one would have predicted this.”

The US certifies the first small modular nuclear reactor design (The Verge)

The design certified by the NRC is about a third of the size of a traditional reactor and is based on a concept developed at Oregon State University in the 2000s. 

'Pollinator Paradise' license plate would support bee research at OSU (KOIN)

Oregon State University worked with a young artist to design a license plate that features the native managed honey bee and the wild yellow-faced bumble bee in a field of red clover. Sales from the license plate, which is called “Pollinator Paradise,” would support bee research across the state. 

Intentional teaching (BuzzSprout)

Regan Gurung is associate vice provost and executive director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Oregon State University, as well as a professor of psychology. Dwaine Plaza is a professor of sociology at Oregon State, and the two of them are editing a forthcoming book titled Onward to Better: How Facing a Pandemic Will Improve Higher Education in the 21st Century.

Fourth dead whale washes up along Oregon Coast this month (ABC4)

Meanwhile, a dead whale washed ashore near Reedsport on the central Oregon coast earlier in January, Jim Rice of the Marine Mammal Institute of Oregon State University confirmed to Nexstar’s KOIN.


Today's photo

Lighting the way: Julie Zwart, senior instructor with INTO OSU, says, “This photo was taken on the Vineyard Mountain loop in Mac-Dunn Forest on a day when the valley was socked in, but above the fog it was beautiful.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Updating student learning outcomes for your course or creating outcomes for a new course? The Center for Teaching and Learning can assist you with a 1-on-1 consultation. Contact CTL to schedule a time. See the new Student Learning Outcomes Policy and the Student Learning Outcomes page for more information about learning outcomes at OSU.


Center for Teaching and Learning QT Talks: "Inclusive Learning: Modeling & Fostering Radical Empathy." This presentation examines ways that instructors can foster radical empathy and inclusivity by adopting pedagogical approaches, course policies and class activities that promote student agency while mindfully recognizing students’ diverse experiences and positions within power structures at OSU and beyond. Presenter Katherine Hubler, CTL special projects fellow. Jan 24. 11-11:50 a.m. Registration.

Center for Teaching and Learning: Participate in QT Chats that meets Jan. 24, noon in the LINC 468 faculty lounge. Join us for casual, safe conversations around pedagogical practices and sharing of tips and resources.

Live, Learn, Work and Play: The Social Determinants of Health in London. Faculty-led program info session. Join OSU faculty leaders Stephanie Grutzmacher and Ashley Vaughn from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences for a 4-credit, two-week program in London from July 3-17. Info session: Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.


NEW! Pride Center groundbreaking: The Pride Center will host a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the renovation and expansion of the building on Jan. 25 from 1-2 p.m. on the Pride Center front steps at 1553 SW A Ave., Corvallis. A reception will follow in SEC 112.

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies 50 Year Celebration Virtual Book Club: WGSS invites you to read Sara Ahmed’s book, “Living a Feminist Life,” and then join us on Zoom for a discussion led by Susan Bernardin, director of the School of Language, Culture and Society, and WGSS faculty members. Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m. Register for link to attend.

Crafternoons: De-stress with a crafty study break in the Valley Library. Join us for Crafternoons in the Donor's Foyer every second and fourth Thursday from 4-6 p.m. We'll have free craft supplies and Take & Make Kits while supplies last. Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and 23, March 9 and 20. Take & Make Kits will be available. Accommodation requests related to a disability for library events should be made a week before the event to: Megan Lawrence, (541)737-4633 [email protected].

And They Shall Be the Sea, There is a Way Forward: University Theatre, in collaboration with the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts’ “Unboxed” program and the Hatfield Marine Science Center, presents a new play written by OSU theatre student Abrianna Aydee and directed by Elizabeth Helman.  Feb. 10 and Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and  Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Dr., Newport. Tickets are $15 GA, $12 youth and seniors, and $5 OSU students with ID. Advance tickets available at Information: [email protected] or 541-737-2853.

WorldHeart Rhythms: Join us Friday, Feb. 10, 5-8 p.m. for an evening of celebrating diverse cultures from all around the world through epic performances such as dances, songs, poetry and other culturally based performances. Tickets are free but required, and can be found at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Kaus Raghukumar with Integral Consulting will be giving a seminar titled “Potential Effects of Large-Scale Floating Offshore Wind Farms on Coastal Upwelling in the California Current System,” Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m. 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! College of Education lecture: “On Being La Maestra del Pueblo: Obligación, Familismo, Comunidad, and (Un)Silencing the Angry Latina.” Join Soria Colomer, associate professor, for this month’s presentation on the groundbreaking research being done through the College of Education. Thursday, Jan. 26, 4-5 p.m. In person in Furman Hall, Room 303 or by Zoom:

NEW! BEE Seminar Series: John Bolte will present "Alternative Scenarios for a Wildfire-prone Social-Ecological System — Modeling Trajectories of Change in Deschutes County, OR,” Jan. 26, 4 p.m. in Bexell Hall 322 or on Zoom. Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details. There will also be two “lightning talks” during this session as well. 

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Fall Seminar Series: “Evolutionary insights into bacterial fungal interactions; the endosymbionts of Mucoromycota fungi,” presented by Jessie Uehling of OSU Department of Botany & Plant Pathology, Jan. 26, 4 p.m., ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

NEW! Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies 50 Year Celebration Hybrid Panel Talk: WGSS Today: Issues and Activisms. Leaders in the field will join us on campus and via Zoom to talk about where the field of WGSS is today, important issues for the field and significant issues of concern for feminist activism and education. Panelists: Carrie Baker, Smith College; Tracy Butts, Cal State University, Chico; Melinda de Jesus, California College of the Arts; Priya Kandaswamy, San Diego State University; Andres Lopez, Carleton University; and Jules Gill-Peterson, John Hopkins University. Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center Ag Pro Room. Free, open to all. Register to attend.

NEW! College of Science Inclusive Excellence Lecture: Featuring National Science Foundation CAREER award recipient Marilyn Rampersad Mackiewicz, Jan. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center. In her lecture, "Empowering Cultures of Belonging: Thriving, Innovating and Solving Global Challenges," Mackiewicz will share her research on the development of safe nanomaterials for clinical translation by constructing a systems-level understanding of nanoparticle-biological interactions and toxicity, highlighting her experiences in science as an immigrant to the U.S. and a first-generation student. Reception starts at 5 p.m. RSVP today.

Farm, Fork and Fiber: Agriculture in the U.K. Faculty-led program info session. Join OSU faculty leaders Dawn Moyer, Jonathan Velez and Melissa Millhollen from the College of Agricultural Sciences for a 4-credit, two-week program in England and Scotland from June 27-July 12. Info session: Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Seminar Series: Ben Titus, University of Alabama assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences, will speak on “Sea anemone host-use drives convergent evolution in clownfishes and disentangles an iconic adaptive radiation,” Jan. 25, 4 p.m. in Johnson Hall 102.  Zoom:

WRE Seminar Series: Jose Luis Arumi from the Universidad de Concepcion will present "Understanding Hydrogeological Processes at a Volcanic Headwater in Central Chile," on Jan. 25, 4 p.m. in Bexell Hall 328 or on Zoom. Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details.

Winter Term Getting a Dam Job career skills workshops: If finding a job or internship seems overwhelming, don’t fret: The Getting a Dam Job workshop series can help take the mystery out of resumes, job searching, grad school applications and more. Attend one or more of these virtual workshops for tips and tools that can help you figure out the next step on your career path. Workshops run from Jan. 25-March 1; see the full winter term Getting a Dam Job schedule and register online.

OSU Beyond Benefits: How to Make a Habit of Success. As we move through life, our needs, priorities and situations change, as well as our skills, competencies, interests and values. How often do we take the time to assess our current situations to see if it aligns with our work/life goals? Developing new success habits that move us toward our goals will help us achieve better results in our work and personal lives. Jan. 26, 11 a.m. Register here.

Changemakers: A Feminist Lens in Sports Journalism. Changemakers — a webcast series by the College of Liberal Arts and the OSU Alumni Association — welcomes Lindsay Schnell, ’09, sports enterprise reporter at USA TODAY. For over a decade, Schnell has covered sports at every level and profiled some of the industry’s biggest names. Now she’s sitting down with CLA Professor Susan Shaw to discuss her career and bringing a feminist lens to athletic journalism. Feb. 2, 5:30 p.m. Registration is now open at

My People Are Rising: The History and Legacy of the Black Panthers in the Pacific Northwest. Aaron Dixon co-founded the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968 and led it for four years. Dixon will draw on his published memoir, "My People are Rising," to discuss his experiences fighting for Black empowerment and racial justice. Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Memorial Union, Horizon Room 49. A Black History Month event.

Travel Talks: Croatia. Join the OSUAA Group Travel Program for an all-new Travel Talk on Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m., via Zoom, featuring Selina Heppell, department head of fisheries, wildlife and conservation sciences. Heppell will dive into the culture and marine life of the Croatia Coast and discuss her research on the oldest and slowest-growing animals in the sea and their reactions to climate change and increasing human populations on our coastlines. Register at

Take Note

NEW! Open Educational Resources Unit Editorial Board: The Open Educational Resources Unit is seeking interested faculty members for a new editorial board whose purpose is to review all affordable learning grant proposals for the creation, adoption and adaptation of open educational resources and to determine the final publication of OSU’s open educational resource. The Board will also act as an advisory body. Apply online by Feb. 3. Questions? Please contact Stefanie Buck ([email protected]).

NEW! Volunteer opportunities: Join us once or weekly for a volunteer service project at Heartland Humane Shelter & Care, Room at the Inn, Parks & Recreation, Starker Arts Garden for Education(SAGE) and Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers will be maintaining space for animals and a chance to play with them, providing emergency meals and housing, enhancing parks and trails and helping grow food for low income families. The OSU Community are the intended audience for this event. Register at

NEW! 25 Year club: Congratulations to Terralyn Vandetta, director of Forestry Computing Resources, 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.

Participants needed for ADHD study: A study on quality of life and peer relations in college students with ADHD needs participants. Participation involves taking a 30-minute Qualtrics survey and will be open until Feb. 12. Eligibility requirements: Must have ADHD (official or unofficial diagnosis), be 18 or older and a college student. For additional information please contact Juan Hu at [email protected] or Mollie Greenblum at [email protected].

Notice of policy action: The university community is invited to review and provide comment on three proposed university policies, which may be found on the What's New page of the University Policy & Standards website. The policies are: 01-010 Copyright Fair Use, 08-005 Acceptable Use of Computing Resources and 07-110 Flag Protocol. Comments must be received by Feb. 10.

Spring course materials: The OSU Beaver Store has begun accepting Spring 2023 course materials adoptions. Faculty or designated staff can submit course material adoptions here: Submitting course material adoptions prior to spring term registration assists students to budget for expenses and allows the campus non-profit store to start sourcing low-cost formats of the required materials. Questions or need assistance? Contact [email protected] or [email protected].

UPLIFT: Looking to take care of yourself this term? Faculty Staff Fitness is running UPLIFT, a virtual six-week wellness challenge that will help you incorporate the six dimensions of wellness into your daily life. The challenge can be done anywhere, anytime. Registration is open and the cost is $5. Come join us on this UPLIFTING journey which starts Jan. 30.

PCOSW scholarships: Applications for PCOSW scholarships to fund winter and 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 gender equity issues. The maximum amount offered is $1,000, although scholarships average $300, and funds are paid by reimbursement. Applications are due Sunday, Feb. 19. Visit for detailed guidelines and qualification requirements. The scholarship link can be found at Please have a budget outline and project justification statement prepared before beginning the application. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Breaking Barriers: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW), the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID), the Office of the Provost and OSU Athletics are pleased to present Breaking Barriers, a celebration of the accomplishments and impact of those who have worked to advance gender equity at OSU. This event recognizes and celebrates the influential contributions made to our community. We welcome nominations for the five Breaking Barriers awards, and more information about these categories can be found on the Breaking Barriers website. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 19, and they can be submitted here:

School of Public Policy Week is Jan. 23-30. Learn about our programs and career opportunities. Network with alumni and employers.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Improvement project, east-west pedestrian access along Washington Way between 17th and 26th streets will be rerouted at the 17th and 26th street intersections. Pedestrians traveling east-west along the north sidewalk will be detoured across Washington Way to an ADA-accessible walkway. The north sidewalk between 17th and 26th Streets will be closed for the duration of this project. (View map)

West Greenhouse: As part of the New West Greenhouse project, the west Greenhouse Complex parking lot will be permanently closed. Pedestrian access to the north sidewalk along Campus Way between 30th and 35th streets will be limited throughout the duration of the project, Jan. 18-Sept. 1.

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: Between 17th and 26th streets, Washington Way will be closed to vehicle traffic Jan. 26-Feb. 7 to allow for storm drain installation. Pedestrian access will be maintained along the walkway on the south side of Washington Way. 30th-35th streets closed through Jan. 26.


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NEW! OSU Division of Extension and Engagement invites applications for a limited duration Education Program Assistant 2 position based at the OSU Extension Lincoln County office in Newport. This internal employment opportunity is for a 12-month, P/T (0.75 FTE), classified position starting at $18.92 hourly + benefits. This position is specifically working with homeowners affected by the 2020 fires in Otis, OR on outreach and educational materials for septic and well replacements. Posting #P03976CT. Closes Jan. 27.

NEW! Outdoor School Regional Coordinator for Southern Oregon: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement Outdoor School program invites applications for an Outdoor School Regional Coordinator for Southern Oregon position. This is a F/T, 12-month, professional faculty position. Refer to the Working Conditions section on the job posting for information on work location options. Apply to posting #P06408UF. Closes Feb. 10.

Sea Otters on the menu

Wolves on an Alaskan island caused a deer population to plummet and switched to primarily eating sea otters in just a few years, a finding scientists at Oregon State University and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game believe is the first case of sea otters becoming the primary food source for a land-based predator:


“When shepherds quarrel, the wolf has a winning game.” ~ German proverb

Corvallis: Areas of fog, high of 47, low of 33. Partly sunny Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 47, low of 27. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 50, low of 35. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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