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:

Why the science of teaching is often ignored (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Boyer’s call to elevate the value of teaching helped open the floodgates for faculty members to begin examining their work in the classroom, says Regan A.R. Gurung, associate vice provost and executive director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Oregon State University. Early scholarship was typically descriptive, focusing on what professors had learned over time about their experiences as teachers.

How China's 'zero COVID' pursuit is stoking anger, public shaming (Deutsche Welle)

"One of the political goals to maintain zero COVID is to ensure the 2022 Beijing Olympics won't be sabotaged by any domestic outbreak," said Chunhuei Chi, a public health professor at the Oregon State University in the US.

Some GOP leaders are scornful or silent about booster shots seen as key to fighting omicron  (Washington Post)

Chunhuei Chi, director of Oregon State University’s Center for Global Health, said the messaging about booster shots in his state and across the nation could be more aggressive given the highly contagious nature of omicron along with the less-than-ideal percentage of people who have been fully vaccinated.

New OSU lecture series focuses on living with wildfire (Jefferson Public Radio) 

A new Oregon State University lecture series that begins Tuesday explores the future of living with wildfire. The series frames wildfires as something to understand and live with, rather than fear. And it focuses on adding an artistic perspective to a conversation that is often focused on science.

New research finds way to scrub carbon dioxide from factory emissions, make useful products (Phys Org)

Carbon dioxide can be harvested from smokestacks and used to create commercially valuable chemicals thanks to a novel compound developed by a scientific collaboration led by an Oregon State University researcher.

Oregon State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory receives 3 grants (DVM360)

The Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (OVDL) located at Oregon State University (OSU) has received 3 grants from the National Animal Health Laboratory Network enabling it to further expand its role in addressing large disease outbreaks in the Pacific Northwest. (see also Capital Press)

UO and OSU students back in the classroom for winter term (KEZI)

Steve Clark, a spokesperson with OSU, said overall, they've received positive feedback when it comes to starting the term back in the classroom. "The response from the OSU community and from families and parents of OSU students has been universally supportive. Everyone understands the stakes associated with COVID-19 and omicron, but everyone understands their individual and collective community responsibility to prevention," Clark said.


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Red carpet: Steve Weber, coordinator of Circulation Services at the Valley Library, says, “I’ve been enjoying the fall photos shared over the past couple of weeks. Here is one of mine from a recent cool and wet campus walk.” We're still working our way through all our fall photo submissions but we're accepting winter photos now at [email protected]

Timely Teaching Tips: Want to reflect on your teaching practices, discuss inclusive pedagogies and share strategies to transform teaching? Register by Jan. 7 for the DPD and CTL Winter/Spring Book Club. Participants receive a copy of "Transformative Approaches to Social Justice Education: Equity and Access in the College Classroom." All GTAs, instructors and tenure-track and professional faculty are welcome. 


CTL Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: "Onwards to Better: Teaching and Learning," Regan Gurung and Cub Kahn. During remote learning, students conducted all their learning activities via computer. As we return to classrooms, what should stay? What did we learn about teaching and learning during the pandemic and how should it inform Winter 2022? Jan. 4, 10-11:50 a.m. Zoom link:

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more, at 644 SW 13th St. Public sales are open to all shoppers this Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.

“Art on Fire" with Julie Comnick and Bryan David Griffith: In an era of megafires, Comnick and Griffith's work invites new ways of thinking about wildfire. In their talk "Art on Fire," the artists will detail their approaches to creating art in conversation with science and discuss how art can be a catalyst for change. Jan. 4, 6 p.m. Learn more and register here. This talk is part of Spring Creek Project's winter lecture series Lookout: Envisioning Futures with Wildfire.

Crossroads Conversation School for Women invites international women to join them for winter term English conversation classes beginning on Jan. 4. In volunteer-taught classes, students explore other cultures, practice English, and develop friendships. Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and will be held on Zoom, with some in-person classes possible as conditions allow. For more details and registration information go to or contact Kara Hanson at [email protected].


NEW! Self-identified dads meeting: Join this limited series of get-togethers for self-identified dads, facilitated by Tarron Anderson on Wednesday, Jan. 5 from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom. This event is part of the Parent Connections series, sponsored by the Family Resource Center, and is a great way to meet other dads from across the campus. Students and employees are both welcome to drop in. For more information, contact [email protected].

President’s Winter Celebration: Tuesday, Jan. 11 from 9-11 a.m., Memorial Union Lounge. All OSU students, faculty and staff are invited to join Interim President Becky Johnson for this annual tradition. Make crafts and join in conversation while picking up treats and beverages to go to kick off the winter term. Attendees are welcome to bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations for the OSU Food Pantry. Contact University Events ([email protected]) with any questions.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration:  Registration for the 40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration  Keynote Session is open to OSU students, staff and faculty. The keynote is Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center and features LaTosha Brown, expert in black voting rights and voter suppression. Register. For a full list of events, visit

Learn from Beaver alumni who have been there, done that: Students, join the OSU Alumni Association Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 6-7 p.m. for the Ask Alumni virtual event. Get insights and advice from a panel of recent OSU graduates who have entered the workforce and are excited to share what they’ve learned about classes, internships, career options and more. Register for this free event:

Winter Career Fairs: Feb. 14-17, connect with some of the best employers in the country at one of the 2022 OSU Winter Career Fairs. On-campus events include Feb. 15, Winter Civil and Construction Engineering Fair and Winter Career & Internship Fair; and Feb. 17, Non-Profit & Public Service Fair. Virtual events are Feb. 14, Winter Civil & Construction Engineering Fair, and Feb. 16, Winter Career & Internship Fair.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Beyond Benefits Connecting Mind and Body for Healthy Living: Your body responds to the way you think, feel and act. When you are stressed, anxious or upset, your body tries to tell you that something isn’t right. People with good emotional health are aware of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Poor emotional health can weaken your body’s immune system, making you more likely to get colds and other infections during emotionally difficult times. Jan. 5, 10 a.m. Register here.

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: On Jan. 6, 3:30 p.m., Kara Gadeken with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will be giving a seminar titled “Coastal sediment response to the diel oxygen cycle.” Please join us. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Winter Seminar Series: “Exploring the mechanisms that create gene regulatory variation in crops” presented by Nathan Springer of University of Minnesota, Jan. 6, 4 p.m. via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

NEW! Science Pub: "Investigating how COVID-19 proteins stick to viral RNA and taking research from the lab to the dance floor," Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. Join Heather Masson-Forsythe for a virtual presentation that includes how she used her research in the annual international contest hosted by Science Magazine, “Dance Your Ph.D.,” winning the new COVID-19 prize and receiving tens-of-thousands of views on YouTube. Register for the presentation at

Center for Teaching & Learning — Join CTL: New2OSU accelerates the effectiveness of NEW(er) teachers, those NEW to OSU, and/or those seeking teaching reNEWal. With remote, gamified and customizable learning adventures, New2OSU provides self-paced missions, flexible program completion and digital badging. Player one ready? Accepting rolling admissions. Cohort launches first week of winter term. Register to play. 

GRAMMY U Informational Presentation: All current OSU students are invited to an informational presentation over Zoom about GRAMMY U on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 4-5 p.m. GRAMMY U is a unique program designed to prepare college students for careers in the music industry through networking, educational programs and performance opportunities. Presenters will share information on the program, GRAMMY U member benefits, the application process and more. Click here to RSVP.

College of Engineering Virtual Lecture: David Hill, professor, Civil and Construction Engineering, will speak on “Crowd-Sourcing Snow: The Value of Community Science for Oregon’s Water Resources,” Jan. 12, noon to 1 p.m. Free and open to the public. For details and registration:

Your Social Impact: How to be a Change Agent Within Your Networks. Get expert advice from people who’ve been on the same journey as you and are making a difference in this free virtual "Winning in Life" event, Jan. 20 at noon. The series is designed to help students and alumni build personal and professional skills for success in life, career and beyond. Register for free at

Crucial Conversations: This is a 10-hour course that fosters dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics at all levels of your organization. Learn how to speak and be heard, surface the best ideas and make and execute the highest-quality decisions. Online sessions on Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., Jan. 20 through Feb. 17. There is a $100 fee to attend. Learn more and register here.

Teaching with Media: Discover ways to create and use media in your teaching as you blend synchronous and asynchronous learning in Corvallis and Cascades campus courses. The Faculty Media Center and CTL invite faculty and GTAs to a one-hour Zoom workshop. Register for Wed., Jan. 26 at 2 p.m., or register for Thurs., Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. Info: Faculty Media Center.

Inside the Mind of High Performing Leaders: You can learn how to lead with confidence and design your own success. Get expert advice from personal leadership professional and TEDx speaker Jeff Otis, ’90, at the next free virtual "Winning in Life" event, Jan. 27 at noon. Register for free at

Take Note

NEW! Library weekend hours: The Valley Library will be open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays starting winter term. You can always find the most up-to-date information about library hours at

NEW! Dr. King Saturday of Service: Community Engagement & Leadership invites students, faculty, staff, and their partners and children to participate in OSU’s largest and longest running day of service of the year. Project times and locations vary; see the registration page: Snacks, hot lunch and transportation will be provided. For more information contact 541-737-3041 or [email protected].

NEW! Get There: Helping you connect with carpool buddies. Get There is a statewide carpool matching tool. You can join the OSU Corvallis Get There network to find other Beavers and share your commutes. Every trip counts. You do not need to carpool every day to benefit — even one day a week will reduce your travel costs. Please email Transportation Services at [email protected] with questions. To get started, register at

NEW! Taste Testers Wanted: The OSU Center for Sensory & Consumer Behavior Research is looking for panelists for consumer taste tests. Open to all students, faculty, staff, family and community members 18 and over. Panelists receive up to $20/hour for their time. Tests run throughout the year. Much of the testing is done using drive through sample pick up and in-home testing. Fill out Qualtrics survey to be added to our pool at or call 541-737-6506.

NEW! 25 Year Club inductees: Congratulations to Paul Biwan, Senior Training & Organizational Development Consultant, 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.

NEW! Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Evacuation. Emergency evacuation is the immediate and urgent movement of people away from the threat or actual occurrence of a hazard.

Faculty Staff Fitness: OSU Faculty winter registration is open for Jan. 3 classes on campus (click here for schedule) and more Online FSF options. Contact [email protected] to help you find your fitness plan today.

Recruiting participants for bicycling simulator experiment: The OSU Bicycling Simulator lab is seeking participants for an experiment who are at least 18 years old and have ridden a bicycle in the last 10 years. The purpose of this study is to make autonomous vehicles safer for bicyclists. Participation involves a one-hour time commitment and coming to the OSU Bicycling Simulator. To schedule a time to participate or for more information, please email Amy Wyman at [email protected].

The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing a simple six-step process for getting to the root cause of workplace accidents and incidents from SAIF for all managers and supervisors via the following Accident analysis information and video from our workers’ compensation carrier, SAIF. They call it taking ACTION. Duration: 8 minutes | Watch now [Spanish] You can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at

Honors College Colloquium Proposals: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor, and emeritus faculty are invited to submit honors colloquium proposals for 2022-2023 at Any General Catalog course can also be offered as a small, highly-engaged honors course – interested faculty should contact [email protected] for details. Faculty may apply for Meehan course development grants of up to $3,000 to develop experiential learning opportunities for honors courses and colloquia. More information: [email protected] or 541-737-6412. Deadline: Jan. 15.

Looking for Unsung Heroes: We are looking for submissions from the Oregon State community to highlight OSU employees and students who are not typically in the spotlight but who are going above and beyond in their work or personal lives. Inspired by our COVID-19 Unsung Hero profiles, we want to celebrate those who serve others, whether it be helping colleagues, volunteering in their community or simply living in ways that inspire us. Send your suggestions to [email protected] and our staff may contact them for interviews we’d feature in OSU Today and elsewhere.

The 34th Annual Provost’s Literary Prize for undergraduate students at OSU is open for submissions. Keith Scribner in the School of Writing, Literature and Film and the screening committee are seeking help from faculty to identify candidates for the prize. The literary work can be fiction, poetry, drama or creative nonfiction written for a general audience. The winner will be awarded $500 and on-campus publication. Submission details can be found here. Deadline: Feb. 15. The Provost will announce the winner in May 2022.

CMLC classes: The Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (CMLC) will be offering English classes, meditation classes (in English and Spanish),and English conversation circles beginning the week of Jan. 2. We also offer an ongoing conversation partner program, citizenship and naturalization support, loans to apply for green cards and U.S. citizenship, and scholarships for DACA renewal. For more information, see or contact us at [email protected] or 541-632-3890. To register for a class, please go to our online form:

Girls Expeditions: Inspiring Girls Expeditions is seeking field scientists, artists or wilderness guides to plan and instruct our three OSU-based 2022 expeditions: [email protected]Girls on Ice Cascades, and Girls in Icy Fjords. Our expeditions are unique, tuition-free, 10 to 12-day programs for 16 to 18-year-old girlsand gender expansive youth that emphasize curiosity, creativity, and exploration in remote environments. Links to position descriptions and application instructions can be found on our website. Contact Program Coordinator Ryan Brown with questions.

Call to Artists: Celebrate Oregon's Diversity Exhibition. The Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center is accepting submissions from Pacific Northwest regional artists for an exhibition that takes the opportunity to celebrate Oregon's diversity. Artwork that will be considered for this exhibition will represent the breadth of diversity that Oregon has to offer through its culture or through its multitude of landscapes including mountains, shores, valleys, waterways, farms, towns and cities. Submission deadline is Jan. 5, 11:59 p.m. Exhibit runs Jan. 18-March 18.

Grant Funding Available Request for Proposals: The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is accepting proposals for grant funding to be awarded in May 2022. Projects that enhance the undergraduate experience, directly impact as many OSU students as possible and improve student retention are eligible. The applications are due by Monday, Jan. 10, 9 a.m. To apply visit Questions: Contact [email protected].

Scholarships: The OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop Scholarship Committee will be accepting applications starting Jan. 10 from women 30 and older who will be attending OSU either full time (12 credits) or part time (6 credits) in 2022-2023, pursuing an undergraduate degree. Awards are $3,000 for full- time and $1,500 for part-time students. Applicants must also meet OSU residency requirements for in-state tuition. Applications will be online at The submission deadline is March 1.

SJEI workshops are open for winter and spring term registration – secure your spot now: The Social Justice Education Initiative is open to all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI workshops are infused with empathy, humor and expertise while embracing a guiding principle of “more curiosity, less judgement” to achieve robust learning objectives. Learn more, see the workshop schedule and register on the SJEI website registration page or contact SJEI director Jane Waite: [email protected].

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics Scholarships: These scholarships offer up to three years of funding to Ph.D. students whose research focuses on population and ecosystem dynamics or marine resource economics. Application packages must be submitted to the Sea Grant office in the state where you are enrolled by Jan. 27, 2022. In Oregon, please contact Stephanie Ichien or Sarah Kolesar at Oregon Sea Grant.

NOAA’s Coastal Management and Digital Coasts Fellowships: This fellowship offers postgraduate students on-the-job education and training in coastal resource management and policy. There will be 12 fellowship positions that start in August 2022. For eligibility, project descriptions and application information, go to and the Oregon Sea Grant’s Coastal Management & Digital Coast Fellowship page. Application packages must be submitted to the Sea Grant office in the state where you receive your degree by Jan. 21, 2022.

2023-24 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship: This is a one-year paid experience for highly qualified early career professionals to work on coastal, marine and Great Lakes science and policy issues in offices within the executive or legislative branch of government in Washington, D.C. Details are on the Knauss Fellowship page. Application packages must be submitted to the Sea Grant office in the state where you received your degree by Feb. 18, 2022. 

AWSEM Club: Registration for STEM Academy's virtual AWSEM (Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math) Club for 8th-10th graders is open. Club meets on Wednesdays 5-6 p.m. Jan. 26-March 2. Cost is $75. Needs-based scholarships available. For more information:, 541-737-8139 or email [email protected].

The 34th Annual Provost’s Literary Prize for undergraduate students at OSU is open for submissions. Keith Scribner in the School of Writing, Literature and Film and the screening committee are seeking help from faculty to identify candidates for the prize. The literary work can be fiction, poetry, drama or creative nonfiction written for a general audience. The winner will be awarded $500 and on-campus publication. Submission details here. Deadline: Feb. 15. The Provost will announce the winner in May 2022.

Submit your events for the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration week: Departments, units, offices, organizations and individuals are invited to submit events for the 40th annual Celebration. These events are intended to collaboratively learn about, reflect on and carry on the legacy of Dr. King, and are an important part of the annual celebration. Learn more on the events website. Events can be submitted by Friday, Jan. 7. For questions, contact [email protected] or 541-737-1063. 

Apply for FY22 PCOSW scholarship and project funding: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women invites applications for funding to faculty, students and staff who are pursuing professional development, research or other opportunities that support PCOSW’s mission. Apply by Friday, Feb. 4. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements and application link. Questions? Contact [email protected].

COVID-19 testing: Oregon State University, in collaboration with Willamette Valley Toxicology (WVT), is providing on-site COVID-19 testing. OSU employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to test at one of these locations: Corvallis: Student Experience Center and Cascade Hall 120: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. (For staff wanting to get a test voluntarily, please make sure to register for a LabDash account prior to arrival: Bend: Ray Hall 302. Week of Jan. 3: Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.

Traffic and Maintenance

Reser lot closure: For work related to the Completing Reser Stadium project, a parking closure is scheduled in the Zone 2 area of the Reser Stadium parking lot for preparation and day-of work for the planned implosion of the stadium’s west side. Between 7 and 8 a.m. on Jan. 7, licensed contractors will use explosive charges to implode the stadium’s west side. The Zone 2 area of the lot will be used for loading in containers to sit parallel to Oak Creek (view map). The closure is scheduled to start on Jan. 5 through Friday, Jan. 7. The area will reopen for use at the end of the day on Jan. 7.

Reser: For work related to the Completing Reser Stadium project, starting Jan. 3 through Jan. 10, a temporary entrance and exit driveway will be constructed along SW 26th Street and five ADA parking spaces will be temporarily closed. A temporary sidewalk closure along SW 26th Street is also planned (view map).

Benton Place: For continued utility work related to the Arts and Education Complex project, an additional full closure of SW Benton Place is scheduled from Jan. 6-8 (view map). There will be minimal impacts to parking.


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! Employment Coordinator: The College of Business invites applications for an Employment Coordinator. Full-time, 12-month, regular. Posting #P05081UF. Closes Jan. 16.

NEW! Facilities Services at Oregon State University is seeking a full-time Grounds Maintenance Worker 2.  Posting #P03329CT. Closes Jan. 24.


“There’s just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you’re special." ~ Carol Rifka Brunt

Corvallis: Showers today, high of 45, low of 40. Rain likely tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Snow likely today, high of 38, low of 34. Snow and rain tomorrow.

Newport: Showers and breezy today, high of 48, low of 41. Rain likely tomorrow.

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