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:

OSU scientists studying factors that may ensnare whales off the Oregon coast (KEZI)

Oregon State University (OSU) researchers are currently examining the impacts of location and season on man-made hazards that may entangle whales along the Oregon Coast. (see also Science Daily)

Next-gen Digit humanoid wants to automate logistics tasks (Robot Report)

Jonathan Hurst, CTO and co-founder of Agility Robotics, is also a professor of robotics at Oregon State University’s College of Engineering. His lab created ATRIAS, a research robot that was one of the first robots to reproduce human walking gait dynamics. Agility spun out of Oregon State University in 2015 to commercialize this research. Agility first launched the Cassie bipedal robot, which was then followed up by earlier versions of Digit.

OSU professor and Eugene residents react to Donald Trump's arrest prediction (KEZI)

He first indicated this on Saturday, March 18. He also called for protests against a possible arrest. Christopher Stout is an Associate Professor in Political Science at Oregon State University. Even he was caught off guard by the former president's prediction for his arrest. 

Tracking conflict and cooperation over the world's international freshwater resources (New Security Beat)

A piece co-written by Aaron Wolf, professor of geography at Oregon State University.

Ocean acidification has scientists searching for solutions (KMTR)

"Seed farmers, they grow the oysters that are young, that are planted out; they were having real problems about a decade ago, but because of, basically, being able to measure the chemistry and knowing now how to augment that water that's going into the hatchery, they're back in business," said Oregon State University professor Francis Chan.

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Manju puts his foot down: Sarah Masoni, director of the product and process development program of the OSU Food Innovation Center, says, "Our little buddy Manju, the seal-point mitted ragdoll cat, joined our family four years ago. He's very talkative and quite a character. He wants his breakfast every morning at 7 a.m. and runs to the kitchen at 10 p.m. when we tell him it’s time for a midnight snack. Manju loves running the zoomies with his brother Mochi, and most days you can find him sleeping on a chair in the front room." We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Working on Spring ‘23 syllabi? Check the OSU syllabus requirements and templates for various types of courses. In addition, the Center for Teaching and Learning offers guidance for writing a warm-toned syllabus and the Basic Needs Center provides sample language for a Basic Needs Syllabus Statement


Webinar on coping with a crisis or traumatic event: A crisis or traumatic event can be both environmental and personal and can cause physical, emotional or psychological distress or harm. These events are often perceived and experienced as a threat to one’s safety or to the stability of one’s world and the impact can be either on those who have experienced the event firsthand or those who have seen it on television. Noon, March 21: Register here.

College of Engineering faculty lecture: Geoff Hollinger, “Decision Making for Marine Robotics,” noon to 1 p.m., March 21. Virtual lecture, free and open to the public. Details and registration:

Travel Talks — Italian Wine and Coffee: Join the OSUAA Group Travel Program for Travel Talk webinar 5:30-6:30 p.m., March 21. Elizabeth Tomasino, associate professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, will discuss her research on sensory analysis, flavor chemistry, global/regional/sub-regional wine styles, consumer preferences and so much more. Following the presentation, Kate Sanders, director II of the OSUAA Group Travel Program, will preview upcoming Italian getaways. Register at

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 5:30-7:30 p.m.Tuesdays and noon to 3 p.m. Fridays; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.


Reading and talk with author Christopher Preston: Author Christopher Preston will discuss his new book, “Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries That Change How We Think about Animals,” at 5:30 p.m., March 23 in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s main meeting room. He will offer a look at how some wildlife species are defying the odds and teaching important lessons about how to share a planet. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project, the School of History, Philosophy and Religion, and the College of Forestry.

There’s still time to register for spring break industry tours: Meet with OSU alums, tour their facilities, learn about career and internship opportunities and build your network. Eaton is an intelligent power management company dedicated to improving quality of life and protecting the environment for people everywhere. 9:30 a.m., March 29. Register for Eaton tour. Element Six is the world’s leading synthetic diamond and super-materials producer. They are recognized as operating at the forefront of industry. 9:30 a.m., March 30. Register for Element Six tour.

The Little Gallery presents Dolors Escala: "The Mystery of the Monotype," an exhibition of engravings inspired by nature and landscape from the artist’s abstract perspective. On display from April 3-May 12 with an artist’s reception 3:30-5 p.m. on April 20. Visit for more information.

OSU Retirement Expo: The first annual Retirement Expo will be help 9 a.m.-4 p.m., April 4 in the Memorial Union. It will include vendors in the Horizon Room and education sessions throughout the building. The presentation schedule is here.  Registration is required for Zoom sessions only. For accommodations: [email protected]. For questions: [email protected].

Announcing the 2023 Alumni Fellows: Since 1988, the Oregon State University Alumni Association has recognized members of Beaver Nation who’ve distinguished themselves in their professions and communities. This year, we took a look at the ways alumni are making positive change in the Portland area. Please join the OSU Alumni Association in congratulating the 2023 Alumni Fellows at 5:30 p.m. April 11 during the online celebration. Register and learn more about the 2023 Alumni Fellows.

American Strings: An Evening with The Kingston Trio: Join University Director of Popular Music Bob Santelli in a conversation with the legendary folk group The Kingston Trio. Following the interview, the trio will perform such classics as “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” and “Tom Dooley.” 7:30 p.m. April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center C&E Hall. Attendance is limited to 200. Tickets are $25 and are on sale at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Virtual forum on Globalizing the Classroom: Join a discussion about the best ways to deepen students’ understanding of global context and how faculty members can stay responsive to current events. Hosted by the Chronicle of Higher Education. 11 a.m., March 22. Register to attend. An OSU debrief session for attendees is being hosted by Associate Vice Provost of Academic Affairs Steve Wuhs at 11 a.m., March 23 via Zoom.

NEW! Care Talks: Your Healthy Lifestyle — Green Tips for the Home. Learn the ecological and economic benefits of going green. This webinar provides concrete methods to make our homes greener, saving both money and the environment. 10 a.m., March 23. Register today.

NEW! Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. defense seminar: Heather Fulton-Bennett will present “The Effect of Ocean Acidification on Coralline Algae and Their Associated Communities” at 1 p.m., March 23 via Zoom. Fulton-Bennett is completing her Ph.D. in integrative biology under the guidance of Bruce Menge.

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Mark Needham from OSU's Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society will be giving a seminar titled, “What does the public think about Oregon’s marine reserves? Changes over the last 10 years," 3:30 p.m., March 23 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! HMSC Science on Tap: Josh Stewart with OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute Ocean Ecology Lab at HMSC will present a public talk titled, “How modern human impacts prevent the recovery of endangered whales,” at 6 p.m., March 23 in HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online: webinar link or call: +1 971 247 1195 Webinar ID: 979 7568 6611. Click here for more information.

Care Talks, Confident Parenting: Summer Planning for Families. This webinar discusses planning ideas for families, including childcare, summer camps and how to support teens with their summer jobs. 10 a.m., March 22. Register today.

English conversation classes: Crossroads Conversation School for Women invites international women to join us this spring for English conversation classes. In volunteer-taught classes, students will explore other cultures, practice English and develop friendships. This term we are offering both in-person classes (open to all levels of English learners) and an online class (for intermediate and advanced English learners). Classes begin April 4. For more details and registration information see or contact Kara Hanson at [email protected].

Women in Wood Science: Women, people of color and historically marginalized groups are underrepresented in STEM; let’s change this. Join us on April 11 for a day exploring the dynamic field of wood science. Meet experts, network with fellow students, alumni and industry leaders, participate in hands-on activities and discover career options. Register now.

Take Note

NEW! 2023 Faculty Innovator Award: Nominations are now being accepted. This award honors an outstanding Oregon State University inventor who has made a contribution leading to commercialization that significantly impacts their field and society. For details and the nomination form, visit the OSU Advantage website: 2023 Faculty Innovator Award. The awardee will receive a $5,000 prize and desktop award. The awardee’s department will receive $5,000. Nomination deadline is April 14.

NEW! A new website for the Controller’s Unit (CU) has launched: The Controller's Unit, housed within the Division of Finance and Administration, is where students and staff can access student account billing and payment information, payroll and leave reporting information, payroll tax reporting information and more. The new website’s URL is If you see an issue, please email [email protected]

NEW! Inner Nature podcast: David James Duncan and Fred Bahnson on Inner Nature: Episode 3 of the Inner Nature podcast series is live. In this conversation, Duncan and Bahnson reflect on the importance of hope, the power of storytelling and their own touchpoints for living a life of contemplation and care. Listen here on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Inner Nature is produced by the Spring Creek Project and the Contemplative Studies Initiative.

NEW! IFSA OSU upcoming regional meeting and elections: The International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) is organizing the Canadian-American Regional Meeting (CARM) this spring break and is also holding our 2023-2024 elections for new club members. To read about the positions, apply and/or nominate other students, please fill out this form; it will only take 2 minutes to complete. 

NEW! 40 years of service: Congratulations to Nellie Oehler, food safety specialist/coordinator, for being honored for 40 years of service at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others who have reached this milestone by clicking on their name.

Submit your events for Spring Family Weekend: Spring Family Weekend will take place May 5-7 on the Corvallis campus. If you plan to host an event, complete this Spring Family Weekend event submission form by April 3. If you are looking for event ideas or someone to brainstorm with about an event you’re considering, or if you have questions, reach out to [email protected].

Human-robot interaction: The Human-Machine Teaming Laboratory in Oregon State University’s Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute is conducting a research experiment to study human-robot interaction for peer-based environments. Participants will be trained as first responders and complete a series of disaster response tasks with a robot teammate and will complete anonymous questionnaires. The experiment requires participants to complete two separate two-hour sessions. Participants who complete the entire evaluation will receive $60. Contact Prakash Baskaran at [email protected] to schedule your experiment time.

Open call for submissions: Soundbox Six. OSU students, faculty, staff, alumni and people from beyond the campus community are invited to submit intermedia, sound, text, music, radio art, video art, performance art, social media art and digital installations to this year's Soundbox Six. Please complete the submission form and submit a link to your work by midnight on Sunday, April 30. Digital and performance works should be no longer than 10 minutes, and you must provide an unlisted YouTube link that gives us permission to view and download the work. Note: Your Creative Commons license must be identified and all contributing authors must be properly credited. Send link to [email protected]. For more information on how to submit, click the link here.

EXTENDED! Faculty Awards Solicitation – Deadline Extended: The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the awards they are responsible for reviewing and selecting – see the solicitation letter. Criteria and nomination forms associated with these awards are online. The nominations deadline has been extended through noon on April 12. Guidelines to assist those preparing nomination packets are available online. For further information, contact Vickie Nunnemaker.

AWSEM Club: Registration for STEM Academy's In-Person AWSEM Club for 5th-7th graders is open. AWSEM=Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math. The club will meet in-person on Tuesdays, from 6-7 p.m., April 25-May 23. Topics: Entomology, engineering, physics, microbiology and genetics. For more information or to register, please go to:

Instructors, request spring course reserves now: Help make sure students can find their textbooks at the library. Submit a new request to OSU Libraries & Press each term. The Libraries prioritize electronic resources, accept personal and department copies of material, as well as purchase eBooks and physical items on request. More info at

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Food. If an earthquake, winter storm or other disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water and electricity for days or even weeks. By taking time now to store emergency food supplies, you can provide for your entire family. People can survive for long periods of time without food. However, going days without eating can cause nutrient deficiencies and unpleasant – even dangerous – side effects. Consider maintaining a two week food supply. More information can be found here:

Have questions about creating accessible course materials? Join the OSU Digital Accessibility Community Microsoft Team. This team is a space to share resources and build community around digital accessibility and is supported by UIT-Academic Technologies, EOA, DAS, CTL and Ecampus. Share your questions or knowledge about accessibility in documents, images or video and get support from the community. Need help with MS Teams? Contact the Service Desk

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Improvement project, Washington Way between 30th and 35th streets will be closed March 21-22. Flaggers will be present at the 35th St. intersection to direct traffic. Other possible impacts include dust, mud and noise near the construction site.


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EXTENDED! Student Accounts Payable Technician: Accounts Payable & Travel invites applications for a part-time (hourly), 12-month, Student Accounts Payable Technician position. Posting #P09526SE. Closes March 24.

NEW! 4-H Education Program Assistant 2: OSU Extension invites applications for a 4-H Education Program Assistant 2 position based at the OSU Extension Service Lincoln County office in Newport. This is a 12-month, full-time, classified position starting at $18.92 hourly + benefits. This is a limited-duration appointment expected to last approximately two years. Apply to posting #P04096CT. Closes April 3.


“Hear me as a woman./Have me as your sister./On purpled battlefield breaking day,/So I might say our victory is just beginning,/See me as change,/Say I am movement,/That I am the year,/and I am the era/of the women.” ~ Amanda Gorman

Corvallis: Mostly sunny today, high of 58, low of 35. Chance of showers Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 46, low of 30. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 54, low of 39. Chance of showers Wednesday.

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