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:

Protecting grapes from wildfire smoke (K103)

Spray on coatings for grapes in the vineyard have promise in preventing off flavors in wines that result from contact with wildfire smoke, according to new Oregon State University research. (see also KEZI)

Into the woods: The rise of sustainable high-rise buildings (Construction Briefing)

Architecture and engineering firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and researchers from Oregon State University recently launched a research project investigating the performance characteristics of a hybrid wood and concrete structural floor system that may offer the industry a traditional flat plate construction alternative.

Free seeds for gardeners (KBND)

The Grow This! Oregon Garden Challenge statewide seed giveaway has returned for the fifth year. It's organized by Oregon State University's Extension Service. 


Today's photo

Lone Pine: Dudley Chelton says, “I took this photo of a lone pine tree in an aspen grove near Telluride, Colorado early on a frosty morning after a light snowfall on Oct. 12.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for recent insights about teaching, learning and information literacy, or for new pedagogical strategies to implement in 2024? Center for Teaching and Learning staff members recommend Verified by Mike Caulfield and Sam Wineburg, The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop by Felicia Rose Chavez and Picture a Professor edited by Jessamyn Neuhaus.


Design for Social Impact Open Forum: DSI Academic Director candidate Julie Tucker is presenting a public forum to OSU community members. The forum will touch on Tucker’s background and how it ties into the position and vision for the future of DSI at OSU. Tucker will present for the first 20 minutes and then there will be 25 minutes for questions. The forum takes place from 9-9:45 a.m., Jan. 30 in LInC 345 or online via Zoom

PFLA Winter Luncheon: Join us for a gourmet lunch and special presentation from OSU President Jayathi Murthy. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 30, The LaSells Stewart Center. Cost/person is $15 for PFLA members and $20 for non-members. Registration is required and seating is limited.

UAOSU Bargaining Kickoff: Join UAOSU to kick off bargaining for our second contract. The kickoff will be noon to 3 p.m., Jan. 30 in the MU Journey Room (104). Drop by to enjoy snacks, talk with our bargaining team and learn more about how you can support bargaining. If interested, please RVSP at

Gearing Up for Gardening: "Yes, You Can Grow Vegetables Without Irrigation — Dryland Gardening," with Darren Morgan, nursery manager at Shonnard’s Nursery. Come to the Corvallis-Benton County Library and get free gardening tips from local experts. Noon, Jan. 30. Presentations are free and open to everyone. Co-sponsored by the Benton County Master Gardener Association and the Corvallis-Benton County Library.

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.

Exploring Scotland’s Cultural Heritage: "Historic Sites and the Role of 3D Scanning in Preservation." Join OSU faculty Todd Kesterson and Joshua Reeves from the College of Liberal Arts to learn about a 6-credit, two-week program examining how 3D scanning technology is revolutionizing historic preservation in Scotland.  Program dates are June 24-July 9. Info session 1 p.m., Jan. 30 in Snell 100A VR Lab or online. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) event calendar and the program brochure and application.

Design for Social Impact Open Forum: DSI Academic Director candidate Joe Piacenza is presenting a public forum to OSU community members. The forum will touch on Piacenza’s background and how it ties into the position and vision for the future of DSI at OSU. Piacenza will present for the first 20 minutes and then there will be 25 minutes for questions. The forum takes place from 1-1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30 in LInC 345 or online via Zoom

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.

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. 


NEW! Tibetan Buddhist Visualization and Mantra: Participants will practice "The Treasury of Blessings," a sādhanā focused on the historical Buddha Sakyamuni. This particular sādhanā is profound but also great for beginners, with simple visualizations and recitation of mantras. Guided by Geoff Barstow, Thursdays, 7-8 p.m., Feb. 1, 15, 29 and March 14 at Marigold. Class is by donation; please pre-register here. Contact with questions: [email protected].

NEW! American Strings: Bob Santelli in the Spotlight. 7 p.m., Feb. 1. Director of Popular Music and Performing Arts Bob Santelli reflects on his career and his six years as the artistic curator and host of OSU's popular American Strings series in a conversation with Horning Assistant Professor of Public History and Popular Music Kelly Bosworth. Attend in person at the LaSells Stewart Center or online. Admission is free.

OSU International Film Festival: The Lost Salmon. "The Lost Salmon" chronicles the life and impact Chinook salmon have on people and the environment. Faced with extinction in many river systems of the west, a new genetic discovery could aid in their recovery. 6 p.m., Jan. 31 at Darkside Cinema in Corvallis; admission is free.

PFLA Networking event: Valentine’s Day speed networking on Zoom. Get to know colleagues at this fun networking session using a "speed dating" format with short, rotating break-out groups. Wear your best Valentine's attire or colors to be entered in a drawing for fun prizes. 2-3 p.m., Feb. 14 on Zoom. Registration is required.

Diversity Research Reception: Submit diversity research publications and RSVP for the OSU Diversity Research Reception, noon to 1 p.m., March 20, in the MU Horizon Room and Cascades (hybrid with in-person component) Obsidian Hall 207. Submit publication and RSVP here. The reception will highlight and celebrate the contributions of OSU researchers advancing equity through scholarship and engagement, and provide a forum for sharing ideas, making connections and building collaborations for future research. Food and refreshments will be served.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Kelly Sutherland from the University of Oregon’s Oregon Institute of Marine Biology will be giving a seminar titled “Form, Function and Flow in the Ocean: Zooplankton ecology from the organism to the ecosystem scale.” 3:30 p.m., Feb. 1 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 Fall Seminar Series: “Innovations at the OSU Herbarium,” presented by James Mickley of Oregon State University, 4 p.m., Feb. 1 via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

NEW! Critical Questions Lecture Series -- "Rhetorical Genre as a Comparative Method: The Case of Chinese Treaties." Join us to hear how a rhetorical genre lens enables Hui Wu, a scholar of comparative studies in rhetoric and global feminist rhetorics, to read the Chinese rhetorical treatises with gender sensitivity and historical accuracy and how her translations of the treatises reflect her reading. 4 p.m., Feb. 1 in Memorial Union 208.

NEW! Tuition Forums: The University Budget Committee and Office of Budget and Resource Planning are offering a series of forums to discuss the tuition-setting process, tuition rate scenarios for FY25 and to answer any questions about tuition and the university budget. The next forum will be held from 5-6 p.m., Feb. 1 in MU 215 or register to view on Zoom. More info and the forum schedule are available at

NEW! OSU Capital Projects Update webinar: Join Mike Green, vice president for finance and administration, and project managers for a webinar featuring current/recent Corvallis campus building renovations and renewal projects at OSU. Learn more about the university’s short- and long-term capital renewal plans and how projects are prioritized. 10 a.m., Feb. 6. Register to attend here.

Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series: "Remote Sensing Approaches for Assessing Crop Water Stress," presented by Jing Zhou of Oregon State University. This seminar occurs from 4-5 p.m. Jan. 31 in Bexell Hall 328 or on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

Experiencing Ancient and Modern-day Agriculture in the Heart of Mexico: Join Jose Manuel Uscanga Aguirre from the College of Agricultural Sciences to learn more about a 4-credit, two-week program in Mexico studying the development of agricultural production from pre-Columbian, Aztec and Mayan civilizations from June 16-27. Info session: 4 p.m., Jan. 31, StAG 240. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

Winter Wednesdays with Global Opportunities: Students at any OSU campus are welcome to join us this winter term for one or all five online informational sessions focused on the wide array of education abroad programs available to you as an OSU student. OSU GO staff and peer advisors will provide an overview of program types (faculty-led, summer, internships, programs during the academic year) and resources for financing education abroad. 4 p.m., Jan. 31-Feb. 28, online. For more information, visit

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will serve as this year’s Commemoration keynote speaker, at 7 p.m., Jan. 31 in The LaSells Stewart Center and streamed online. Register here. Taylor’s keynote address, titled “The Radical King: Martin Luther King, Jr’s Quest to Reconstruct America,” will explore Dr. King's vision for the nation that is just as relevant today.

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar: Emily Yeh (University of CO Boulder) will discuss some of the multidimensional impacts climate change is having on the Tibetan Plateau. The talk will also explain climate justice and why Tibetan herders are experiencing impacts of injustice through environmental change and the policies being proposed for adaptation. 4:30 p.m., Feb. 5 in the Journey Room (MU 104). Reception to follow.

Take Note

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NEW! PRAx tickets on sale now: There’s something for everyone in the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts (PRAx) inaugural season. The spring 2024 lineup includes a wide variety of musicians, interactive performances, virtual reality installations and visual artists. Visitors can create their own event series to bundle tickets and save money. Check out PRAx’s website to learn more and purchase tickets. Most events offer $5 student tickets.

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Benjamin Masengil, motorcycle safety instructor, 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.

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.

International Friendship Program: Join the International Friendship Program (IFP) which matches domestic and international students/employees/visitors for conversation and friendship. Embark on a journey of cultural enrichment, global understanding and lifelong friendships. Participate remotely or in person. To learn more, visit the IFP website.

Study Abroad in New Zealand this summer: Interested in a 10-day study abroad program in New Zealand to finish up your summer? Join COF International Programs this September to learn about forest ecology and resource management in a changing climate in New Zealand. Students will delve into forest ecology and resource management on both the North and South Island, visiting native and plantation forests, bubbling geothermal hotspots and a field station located in the majestic scenery of the Southern Alps. Applications due April 1. Learn more and apply here.

EXTENDED! Internationalization Grant: The deadline for the 2023-24 Internationalization Grant has been extended to 5 p.m. Feb. 16. Grants of up to $5,000 are offered for projects that advance internationalization within one of three tracks, aligned with “Prosperity Widely Shared”: Research and Innovation; Global and Intercultural Learning; and Career and Workforce Development. Eligibility varies by track but includes academic faculty, professional faculty, INTO OSU employees and student organizations. Full details are available on the website.

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.

Male study participants needed: Researchers in the College of Health at OSU are studying the effects of an FDA-approved drug on people at risk for high blood sugar. We are looking for male study participants between the age of 18-59, who are non-smokers and do not have diabetes. The study involves several visits to the Samaritan Athletic Medicine Center in Corvallis over approximately four months. By participating, you may receive up to $1,000, as well as information about your health. Email [email protected] to learn more and apply.

OSU Faculty and Graduate Researchers: Have an idea that you think may have commercialization potential, but aren’t sure? Do you need $5,000 in funding to explore and test your assumption? Join this virtual one-hour Innovation Day info session hosted by the OSU Advantage office to learn how you can take advantage of the funding and training opportunities that support innovation and entrepreneurship at the federal, state and OSU levels. At this event, you will also learn how to apply for a special $5,000 Innovation Award available from the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (OCCD). Noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 30. Register here.


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! Office Assistant: Biological & Ecological Engineering is hiring a short-term front Office Assistant. This is a part-time, student hourly position. We are looking for someone who can work 20 hours a week between the hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to help with general administrative duties. This position will run until the end of spring term. Apply to posting #P10654SE. Closes Feb. 1.

NEW! Purchasing Analyst 3: Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management invites applications for a Purchasing Analyst 3. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), hybrid work position within the Procurement unit. Posting #P04618CT. Full consideration Feb. 9. Closes Feb. 23.

NEW! Fiscal Coordinator 1: Financial Strategic Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), classified position. Posting #P04627CT. Closes Feb. 16.

How edible coatings could save wine

An innovative solution: Oregon State University researchers are developing spray coatings to protect wine grapes from wildfire smoke compounds:


“Winter is the time for comfort, good food, for warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and a talk beside the fire. It is a time for home.” ~ Edith Sitwell

Corvallis: Chance of rain, high of 56, low of 50. Rain Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Mostly cloudy today, high of 55, low of 45. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of rain, high of 58, low of 50. Rain Wednesday.

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