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. Content appearing includes timely news and feature stories from broadcast, print and online sources. Occasionally, opinion pieces and first-person columns appearing in mainstream media outlets that are written by faculty members and pertain to their academic or professional expertise may be included based on their unique, informative value, timeliness and space constraints. It is not the policy of OSU Today to include Letters to the Editor. 

Genetically-modified poplar trees that do not release air-polluting chemicals that help produce ozone may hold the key to saving the planet, experts claim (Daily Mail)

'Our findings suggest isoprene emissions can be diminished without affecting biomass production in temperate forest plantations,' said paper author and forest biotechnologist Steve Strauss of the Oregon State University. (see also Science Blog)

As agritourism grows, research universities urge farmers to take survey (Capital Press)

Oregon State University's Extension Service urges farmers to take a brief agritourism survey to help researchers measure the industry's nationwide impact, understand what makes a successful agritourism business and develop resources to help farmers.

Glass ceilings had to give in, because I was not going to stop: Nivruti Rai, Intel India country head (Makers India)

With a bachelor’s in Statistics from the University of Lucknow, Nivruti migrated to the U.S. in 1990 after her wedding to Sunit Tyagi. She did a BSc in Mathematics and Operations Research, and later an MS in Electrical and Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University.

Gray whales moving through Monterey Bay (Monterey Herald)

It is too soon to draw any conclusions from such a small sampling of sightings off the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes, said Dr. Bruce Mate, professor emeritus at the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University. Sightings, he said, could depend on factors such as weather. Storms can drive pods farther from shore, out of sight of land-based observers.

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Pollution and poplars: Field trials in the Northwest and Southwest show that poplar trees can be genetically modified to reduce negative impacts on air quality while leaving their growth potential virtually unchanged, says an Oregon State University researcher who collaborated on the study.


Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Teaching Philosophies & Portfolios: Join Lexi Schlosser (CTL) to learn how to use philosophies and portfolios to capture the evolution of your teaching, ideology and accomplishments. +Tech Talk: Learn how to use Google Sites to create your ePortfolio. This workshop will be facilitated at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7 in Milam 215. No need to register. Learn more here and contact us here.

BEavers HERE NOW Drop-In Meditation: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3 p.m. in the new Wellness Nook in the MU (mezzanine level near the Bites Convenience store). No experience necessary. All are welcome. Enjoy a different 15-minute guided meditation each week. Benefits of meditation include stress reduction, better sleep, sharper concentration, anxiety management and happier relationships. Contact to coordinate extra credit for student attendance. 

ASOSU Elections Informational Sessions: Interested in running for ASOSU student body president, vice president, speaker of the house, senator, representative, student fee committee chair or student fee committee at-large member? Attend a mandatory elections information session to run. Next sessions are 5-6 p.m. Jan. 7 and Jan. 13 in MU 206. For more info:

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and noon-3 p.m. Fridays at 644 SW 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.

The North American Truffling Society Meeting: Guest speaker will be John Donoghue, president of Northwest Mycological Consultant, Inc. He will talk about current and potential uses of forest products for production of fungal-based food, medicine and other products while maintaining consideration for both the local and international economic scale underlying these uses, along with a discussion of their environmental and economic sustainability. Meeting at 7:30 p.m., today, Jan. 7, in Cordley Hall Room 2087. 


NEW! PFLA Winter Luncheon: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA) and TRIAD invite you to attend the annual Winter Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, at The LaSells Stewart Center, Giustina Gallery. The guest speaker will be Jason O’Brien, Oregon Master Naturalist Program Coordinator. Lunch will be provided by OSU Catering and the cost is $15 for each attendee. For more information about the event and how to register, click here:

Orange Media Network Open House: Looking to get more involved on campus? Orange Media Network is currently looking to fill student positions in journalism, marketing, graphic design, engineering, TV production and more. Come to our Winter Open House to learn more about OMN, the opportunities available, and next steps for joining our team. Open house is 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8 on the fourth floor of the Student Experience Center.

The Visiting Writers Series with Namwali Serpell: Namwali Serpell, author of “The Old Drift,” will give a reading and Q&A from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 in The Valley Library Rotunda. 

Puerto Rico program: Puerto Rico will be our classroom for this course which includes a one-credit spring preparation class and a three-credit, 16-day trip, June 22 through July 8, 2020. We will visit with local farmers, activists and educators working to recover from Hurricane Maria and build resilient food systems for the future. Join Christina WalshIngrid Arocho and Jen Myers for this faculty-led program. See our program brochure and attend an info session at 5 p.m. on Jan. 15 or Feb. 12 in Strand 148.

$5K Innovation Days Award & Innovation Days event: OSU faculty are invited to join the OSU Advantage office for an Innovation Days event at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 in the MU to learn about the resources OSU has to help research and technology achieve greater societal impact via tech commercialization. Hear from an OSU faculty member and a student as they share their journey. Faculty participation in Innovation Days enables eligibility for a $5,000 innovation award. This session is focused on autonomous systems and AI but is open to faculty from any discipline. For more information and to RSVP, visit Registration is free but is required. A hosted networking reception is provided from 5-6:30 p.m.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Citizen science & education lecture: Tali Tal, professor of science education at the Technion and current NARST President, will give a talk and Q&A session on citizen science as a bridge between formal and informal education. She will speak from noon-1:50 p.m. on Jan. 9 in Furman 404. Click here for more information.

Emotional Intelligence: Learn more about emotional intelligence and mindfulness during this month’s event hosted by the Professional Faculty Leadership Association, “Emotional Intelligence,” presented by OSU’s International Admissions Specialist and LBCC’s Human Resources Generalist from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, in Hallie Ford Center 115. This event is free to PFLA members and $10 for non-members. Beverages will be provided and you are welcome to bring your lunch. For more information about the event and how to register click here:

WRGP Guest: Michelle Marie, “Discover how an entrepreneurial mindset supports career success!” Michelle Marie of OSU’s InnovationX program and the College of Business will be giving a seminar from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday Jan. 8 in ALS B 4001. Free. 

Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Seminar: Selina Heppell, professor and department head in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, will speak on “The Future of Sea Turtles on a Warming Planet,” at 4 p.m. Jan 8 in Withycombe 109. Heppell is a conservation biologist with expertise in population modeling and marine conservation. She devotes most of her research to some of the oldest and slowest-growing animals in the sea: sea turtles, sharks, sturgeon and rockfish. These marine animals share three traits: long lifespans, late age at maturity and threats from overharvest. Her research strives to help us understand how these animals respond to human impacts and to guide research and management policy towards their recovery.

TRIAD: Looking for networking opportunities in the new year? Weekly Triad luncheons will be starting up for the winter term on Thursday, Jan. 9. Triad is a campus organization open to faculty and staff that offers an opportunity to gather over a meal to network and learn something new. The first program of the term will feature Rorie Solberg, School of Public Policy, noon, Jan. 9, MU 211, “Impeachment: A primer.” Event is free; optional catered lunch is available for $13. Contact Janice Nave-Abele, to reserve a lunch. For more information about Triad go to

Curriculum maps: These planning tools provide clarity to the program assessment process. By diagramming existing and potential courses, curriculum maps identify program strengths, requirements and student learning objectives. Join the Office of Academic Programs and Assessment as we facilitate developing, creating or fine-tuning unique curriculum maps for undergraduate major, minor and certificate programs. Join us from 10-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 in Milam 215. Register for the Curriculum Mapping Workshop

Winter 2020 Black Minds Matter CourseThe Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) and Advancing Academic Equity for Student Success will again host the Black Minds Matter course. This free seven-week hybrid course provides academic teaching and professional faculty members an opportunity to engage in conversations and activities that focus on issues affecting Black students' success in higher education. The kickoff session will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17. Register for the course this winter by emailing

Kognito: Recognizing and Supporting Students in Distress Training: Are you worried about a student? College can be stressful at times. Build the confidence to talk with a student whom you’re concerned about. Be prepared to lead real-life conversations with students that build resilience, strengthen relationships and connect them with support. Visit to access the online faculty/staff interactive training so you can recognize and support OSU students in distress. To access the student version visit: For questions or to learn more about this training, contact Bonnie Hemrick:

New Year, New You: Online Professional Courses starting in January: The College of Business Continuing and Professional Education courses and certificates are open for January enrollments. Instructor-led, 100-percent online courses are offered in many topics including: leadership, digital branding, Lean Six Sigma, business contracts and human resource fundamentals. Courses take five to seven weeks to complete and you can earn a certificate in as few as nine months. OSU faculty and staff can use discount code OSUSTAFF20 to save 20 percent. Call 541-737-1500 for more information or browse the upcoming certificate programs and courses:

Oregon Forest Health Conference: The State of the State 2020 conference brings together researchers and managers to present the current science on forest health in Oregon. Conference dates: Feb. 26-27 at the LaSells Stewart Center. Early registration ($150) is open through Feb. 18; regular registration ($200) begins on Feb. 19. Student registration is available. For more information, visit the conference website.

Core curriculum: The Core Curriculum for Current Supervisors and Managers training program, presented by the Office of Human Resources, is open for registration. Core Curriculum is a blended online/two-day classroom training program that strengthens knowledge and skills required for effective supervision and management at OSU. Multiple content experts from key offices will lead you through topics that address OSU policies, procedures and practices. Details and registration (several options available).

Conference on affordability in online learning: OSU is hosting a regional conference with a focus on improving student success and affordability in online and digital learning. Co-hosted by the Online Learning Consortium and OSU Ecampus, the event – scheduled for Feb. 7 in the Memorial Union – will bring faculty, administrators and online learning professionals together to address the opportunities and challenges facing the future of affordability in higher education. Learn more and register today.

The Social Justice Education Initiative: The Social Justice Education Initiative is open for registration through summer 2020. From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin or expand your equity and inclusion journey. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Take Note

NEW! Updates to University Policies & Standards: Please visit the University Policy & Standards page to learn about recent policy updates: This page is updated frequently with new developments, so we encourage you to check back regularly. Also, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter here.

NEW! Trip to France: Join Professors James Sterns and Dominique Bachelet for a 4-credit faculty led program in France from June 16-July 3, 2020. Let the cities of Lyon and Paris be your classrooms for 18 days. Explore France’s response to climate change and experience French food culture. Students will meet food producers as well as climate scientists, explore farms, vineyards, food processors and distributors, retailers and restaurants and cafes while also discovering a number of museums and historic sites as well as a nuclear power plant. For more information, pick up the program brochure at, attend the faculty-led program-focused EXPO on Jan. 22, and/or contact the organizers.

NEW! Working with students in distress: Faculty and staff may be the first to notice a student is struggling and may be in the best position to reach out with care and concern. The Office of Student Life, in collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services, developed a CARE folder, which is intended to provide you with resources and referral information that we hope you find valuable. Simply click on this link and you will be directed to login to Box to access these resources. We recommend you bookmark this link for easy access on your phone, laptop or tablet.

NEW! Mindful @ Oregon State University is an e-newsletter that delivers a weekly care package of mindfulness tips, resources and events to your inbox. Curated by CAPS staff, the newsletter features a weekly guided meditation, "Learn more" section, mindfulness challenge, OSU mindfulness event calendar and crowd-sourced knowledge and recommendations. Subscribe here:

NEW! Next Great Startup competition application open now: The fourth annual multi-round NGSU competition is looking for OSU student-led teams who want to turn a startup idea into a real company. Apply by Jan. 16 for the chance to pitch to VC coaches, receive 10,000 AWS Credits and win combined prizes and services worth $20,000. Full details at

Difference, Power, and Discrimination Academy Applications: Faculty applications are being accepted for the DPD Academy scheduled to be held from June 15-26. The DPD Academy facilitates focused and productive engagement with contemporary, multidisciplinary scholarship on difference, power and discrimination; critical pedagogies; and curriculum transformation. Individual and team applications are welcome. For more information and to apply, visit the DPD Academy web page. Deadline: Feb. 7.

Applications for PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships for 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 women’s issues. Scholarships average $300 and are paid by reimbursement. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 7, with notification in Week 7. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact Joy Jorgensen at

Metabolic Research Study: We are examining how insulin release is triggered by tasting carbohydrates. Participants must be non-smokers and non-diabetic, aged 18-35. The study will involve having body measurements taken, having saliva collected, performing taste tests, having blood drawn and filling out dietary surveys. Email for more information. Study name: Taste Perception of Carbohydrates. PI: Juyun Lim.

Honors College course proposals and grants: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor and emeritus faculty are invited to submit honors course proposals for 2020-2021 at Any General Catalog course can be offered as a small, highly-engaged honors course; proposals for interdisciplinary colloquia are also welcome. Faculty may apply for Meehan course development grants of up to $3,000 to develop experiential learning opportunities for honors courses. More information: or 541-737-6412. Deadline: Jan. 15.

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing SAIF online information on ErgoPoint for office ergonomic assessments, which is available online at You can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a link to report safety concerns online. 

Grant Funding Available: The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is accepting proposals for grant funding to be awarded in May 2020. 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 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13. To apply for a grant, visit Questions: Contact Molly Moriarty Russell at 541-737-4044 or

CTL survey: At OSU's Center for Teaching and Learning, our goal is to support effective and efficient teaching and create and sustain a culture of teaching excellence. We are looking ahead to winter/spring 2020 and would appreciate three minutes of your time to help us shape our offerings with this short survey:

Campus Directions: Learn more from University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations about how Oregon State's campuses are improving every day. Read the latest issue of Campus Directions to peek inside OSU’s Energy Center, learn how 5.7 million square footage of space is managed on the Corvallis campus and more. Interested in keeping up with projects on campus? Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Instagram.

Attention Salem commuters: A group of commuters is forming a new vanpool from Salem to OSU and seats are still available. If you travel to OSU from Keizer or Salem along I-5, this is an opportunity to share the drive, reduce your stress and save money. Email if you have questions or want to connect with the organizers. 

New Year, New Name! Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning Name Change: The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning is now officially the STEM Research Center. We look forward to continuing to collaborate on groundbreaking research with the OSU Community and beyond under our new (easier-to-say) name. For more information about our new name visit
Affordable learning grant application: OSU’s Open Educational Resources Unit announces that funding for faculty to adopt, adapt or author an open textbook will be made available in early January. This grant supports faculty who make learning more affordable for their students by implementing no-cost, high-quality OER for their courses. More information on the grant application and related workshops will be shared in the coming weeks. Questions? Contact Stefanie Buck, OER director, at

Registration for STEM Academy’s AWSEM (Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math) Clubs for students in grades 6-12 is open: AWSEM Clubs are designed to nurture girls’ interest in STEM by providing a program of hands-on activities paired with positive adult women STEM role models. Middle school club meets 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 21 through Feb. 25. High school club meets 5-6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from Jan. 22 through Feb. 26. Undergraduate women studying science and engineering at OSU will lead and be mentors for the clubs. To register: For questions, call 541-737-8139 or email Cost is $90 for the entire series. Needs-based scholarships are available. While AWSEM Clubs are designed to nurture girl’s interest in STEM, anyone is eligible to apply.


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UPDATED! Ecampus is seeking two Instructional Design Specialists. These are full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty positions. This position provides knowledge and creativity in enhancing the development and design of hybrid and online courses. Closes Jan. 20. Position #P03507UF.

NEW! Microbiology Department Head (Internal Employment Opportunity): The College of Science invites interested parties to apply to posting #P03501UF no later than midnight Jan. 8 for full consideration.


"It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it." ~ Zora Neale Hurston, born today in 1891.

Corvallis: Rain and breezy, high of 50, low of 39. Showers Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain, high of 47, low of 33. Snow tomorrow.

Newport: Rain and windy, high of 52, low of 42. Rain tomorrow.

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