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.

Question everything: Teaching students how to better use Wikipedia (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State instructor and outreach librarian Laurie Bridges wants to teach university students not just how to use Wikipedia with a more informed eye, but to create and edit Wikipedia pages themselves, and use that experience as a way to better their research skills. 

Proton transport 'highway' may pave way to better high-power batteries (Science Daily)

Researchers at Oregon State University have found that a chemical mechanism first described more than two centuries ago holds the potential to revolutionize energy storage for high-power applications like vehicles or electrical grids.

Make room for gray whales on Oregon's license plates (Register-Guard)

The new plates, featuring the image of a gray whale mother and her calf, will become available Friday at state Driver and Motor Vehicle Services offices around Oregon. The cost will be $40 to order or renew, with $35 from each plate sold going to the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, according to Oregon State University. OSU oversees the science center. (see also OregonianStatesman JournalKPTV)

Boosting entrepreneurs statewide (Mid-Valley InBusiness)

Legislators got together and said, "We want to be sure we don’t lose these companies, that they don’t leave the area." So the idea to create Oregon RAIN was born, and the intention was primarily initially to work with the entrepreneurs and the innovators coming out of (Oregon State University) and the (University of Oregon) and then also (to) highlight programs as needed. .

See how at-risk of measles your Oregon county is (Oregonian)

.Benton County, home to Oregon State University among other large institutions, had only 86 percent of children who had received both measles doses. 

Today's photo

A whale of a license plate: Bruce Mate, director of the Marine Mammal Institute based at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, holds a new license plate featuring a gray whale mother and her calf. It is available at Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles offices throughout the state beginning on Feb. 1. A portion of the cost of each license plate sold will go to Marine Mammal Institute for marine mammal research, education and outreach. Photo credit: Hannah O'Leary.


Tuesday Teaching Talks: Lesson Planning & Reflection. Join colleagues and the Center for Teaching and Learning in a certificated series of teaching workshops. The workshops are every Tuesday. Attend one, some or all. On Jan. 29, join Lori Kayes (a.m.) or Devon Quick (p.m.) (IB) to explore various approaches for effectively planning and reflecting on lessons. If available, bring samples of your current lesson plans. This two-hour workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215, at 10 a.m. and  2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here

NEW! Using Student Ad Hoc Lite Reports in Core: In CORE, Ad Hoc Lite reports provide a powerful tool to query on a large student data set and build a variety of reports to suit your business needs. This session is designed to give employees in the STU3 or higher security levels an introduction to ad hoc lite reports, what they can do with these reports, how to use them and some common use cases. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2-3 p.m., Cascade Hall 118. Note: This session is restricted to employees with an STU3 or higher CORE security level. Contact IAR with questions at iar.ref@oregonstate.eduRegister Here

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 S.W. 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

Documentary Screening & Q/A Panel Session: Enjoy a showing of the Nova documentary “Decoding the Weather Machine” followed by an expert Q/A panel. The film focuses on weather, climate and climate change solutions. Free admission, light refreshments, and open to the public. Jan. 29, 7 p.m., in the Memorial Union Ballroom. More info at

Upcoming Events

Women of Color support group: Wednesday bi-weekly, 5-6:30 p.m., Jan. 30, Feb. 13, Feb. 27 and March 13 in the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center. Potential topics of discussion include self care, intersectional identities, micro aggressions, oppression and racism encountered on the OSU campus and in Corvallis. For more information, contact Shaznin Daruwalla at 541-737-2131 or

Eating Animals: A film screening and discussion, based on the best-selling book by Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals - a look at the environmental, economic, and public health consequences of factory farming. Tracing the history of food production in the U.S., the film charts how farming has gone from local and sustainable to a corporate "Frankenstein monster" that offers cheap eggs, meat, and dairy at a steep cost: the exploitation of animals; the risky use of antibiotics and hormones; and the pollution of air, soil, and water. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m. MU Lounge. Free vegan pizza.

Out of the Darkness Campus Walk to Prevent Suicide: CAPS is coordinating the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for OSU. Save the date: Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., SEC Plaza. This will be the first campus walk in the state of Oregon. The goals of the Campus Walk event are to reduce stigma, educate about resources, support loss survivors and raise money for national and local suicide prevention. Consider joining as either a virtual or “IRL” (in real life) walker by visiting For more information, contact Tess Webster-Henry: Consider registering as a team captain and recruiting members of your department to participate.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of Biodiversity (EECB) Seminar Series:  Marm Kilpatrick is an associate professor in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz. Kilpatrick’s talk, "Cryptic connections, microclimates and host responses drive variation in the impact of white-nose syndrome on bats," will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 3-4 p.m. in Withycombe 109.  Kilpatrick’s diverse research program is focused on infectious disease, evolution, climate, behavior, genetics, and conservation. His research in disease ecology looks at local drivers of pathogen transmission and the impact of disease on animal and host populations. More about Kilpatrick's work can be found at

NEW! Horticulture Department Visiting Scholar: Michael Cahn, irrigation and water resources adviser, University of California Cooperative Extension, will give a lecture titled “Developing an Online Decision Support Tool for Irrigation and Nutrient Management of Vegetables and Strawberries on the Central Coast of California.” He will speak in Ag and Life Sciences (ALS) 4000 at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31.

WRGP Water Resources Engineering Winter Seminar Series. Tuba Özkan-Haller, Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, will present “Engaged Research on Waves: Predicting Rogue Waves, Forecasting Sneaker Waves, and Riding the Wave of Change Towards more Equity, Inclusion, and Justice at OSU” on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in STAG 111. Free and open to the public.
Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., MU Journey Room 104 on Friday, Feb. 1. Preregistration required: Space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

Winter Community Dialogue: Coming to the United States of America: Who should we welcome, what should we do?Faculty, staff, and students are invited to explore multiple perspectives on strategies to uphold civil rights and address immigration justice. Open to the entire OSU and Corvallis community. Wednesday Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m, MU Horizon Room. Review the dialogue options summary and participant dialogue guide to familiarize yourself with the dialogue content. Join the Coming to the United States of America Community Dialogue Facebook Event. Learn more about the Community Dialogues initiative. 

Take Note

NEW! Be a presenter at the Ecampus Faculty Forum: Contribute to Oregon State’s excellence in online teaching and learning by sharing your expertise at this spring’s Ecampus Faculty Forum. Submit your proposal for a presentation by Feb. 10. Interactive sessions are encouraged but conference-style presentations are also welcome. The faculty forum will be held May 1 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center.

NEW! Social Justice education: The Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this well-reviewed program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

NEW! Library Undergraduate Research Awards offer $1,000 scholarships: The deadline for applying has been extended to Feb. 18. Impressed by a student’s research paper or project? That student could win $1,000 for their work through the Library Undergraduate Research Awards, which offer one prize for a paper or project in the arts and humanities and another for work in social sciences, sciences or engineering. Encourage your worthy students to apply. More info is at

OSU ScholarDollars: Oregon State’s new online scholarship search and application system, ScholarDollars, is now accepting applications for more than $50 million in 2019-20 scholarship funds.  OSU students may complete one application to be considered for more than 1,600 campus-based scholarship opportunities.  Students are encouraged to submit their ScholarDollars applications by Feb. 1 to maximize the number of scholarships for which they will be considered.  For more information, call 541-737-1125 or visit

Provost’s Literary Prize: We are now accepting submission for the 31st annual Provost’s Literary Prize. Students are encouraged to submit their creative writing piece to Professor Keith Scribner in the School of Writing, Literature and Film (Moreland Hall 238). The literary work can be fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction written for a general audience.  The prize is open to currently enrolled undergraduate students at OSU.  Submissions are due by Feb. 15 and must be the student's original work, typed, no longer than 14 double-spaced pages for prose or eight manuscript pages for poetry, and include the full name, year in school, current mailing address, phone number, and student ID number of the writer. For questions, contact (541-737-1645).

OSU Group Discount for NCORE Registration: The 2019 National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) is coming to the Oregon Convention Center in Portland this May. NCORE is an annual conference on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education.  Here is an overview of the schedule -  Pre-conference institutesare on Tuesday, May 28 and regular conference sessions are Wednesday, May 29 through Saturday, June 1. OSU employee discount - register through this employee discount link to save 10 percent.  The OSU group rate is $625 through March 31 ($715 beginning April 1); the OSU group rate for the conference PLUS pre-conference institute is $715 through March 31 ($805 beginning April 1). Student flat rate is $495 (with or without the pre-conference institute) no matter when you register - register here if you are a student. OSU’s Search Advocate program will sponsor a limited number of $625 conference registration scholarships – details will be emailed to the search advocate listserv by the end of January. If you want a scholarship, don’t register yet, wait for the announcement.

Volunteers Needed: Sign up to volunteer at the Winter Career Expo and the Winter Civil & Construction Engineering Fairon Wednesday, Feb. 20. Benefits include volunteer experience and face time with employers. There are various shifts to accommodate your schedule; morning and late-afternoon volunteers are provided light refreshments, and midday volunteers are provided lunch. Sign up here.

Impact Studio: Impact Studio was created in December 2017 to bring together teams of faculty, students and staff to develop, incubate and launch initiatives that advance Oregon State's strategic goals. Rich Duncombe, director, and Jesse Mraz, operations administrator, engage partners across Oregon State to grow the portfolio of initiatives by providing services and a support structure. Impact Studio has launched a new website and NEWSletter to keep their growing network informed and engaged. Join the studio team by subscribing to the NEWSletter and contacting the studio with questions or to schedule a visit at Cascade Hall 128.

Long-Term Research Rooms: Apply for a long-term (six to 12 months) research room at the Valley Library.  Doctoral candidates and faculty members engaged in special projects may apply.  Applications (log into your OSU Google account and click here) will be considered based on project merits and specific need for library space and materials.  The application deadline is Feb. 4 and decisions will be made Feb. 15.  Questions can be directed to

Apply Now for Inspiring Girls Expeditions: Inspiring Girls Expeditions provides tuition-free science, art, and wilderness exploration for teenage girls (aged 16/17). Applications are open now and must be started by Feb 1 visit for more information. As a new OSU CEOAS outreach program, we encourage students, faculty, and staff to contact us if you are interested in getting involved. Contact


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“The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion." ~ Thomas Paine.

Corvallis: Areas of fog and then mostly sunny, high of 48, low of 36. Slight chance of showers Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny Tuesday, high of 43, low of 29. Partly sunny Wednesday.

Newport: Mostly sunny, high of 52, low of 43. Chance of showers Wednesday.

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