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. 

Super cushioned running shoes are all the rage, but aren't foolproof (New York Times)

But few studies have examined the effects of maximalist shoes on how average, recreational athletes run. So, for the new studies, a group of researchers at Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, Ore., began a series of experiments.

Out of the wild (Oregon Business)

To help realize this vision, Moehl and Oregon State University Professor Emeritus Gilbert Sylvia procured a grant in the spring of 2019 to develop the web-based Oregon Aquaculture Explorer Platform with the goal of doubling the state’s aquaculture output.

Today's photo

Spring trip to Marys Peak: Spring trip to Marys Peak, 1923. Students in background: with fry pan, James L. Mielke; Kenneth Murdock; with pipe, Trevor Lewis; with stick, James D. Shaver. At table, Dean G.W. Peavy and H.I. Nettleton. Note circular saw used for stove top. Courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives.


Engineers Week at Oregon State: Feb. 17-24. Come celebrate with the Engineering Student Council: You can network with Jacobs and HP at Industry Lunches and enjoy Cheesy Stuffed Burgers while listening to live music at Rock the Plaza. RSVP for Diversity Dialogues and the Engineers Week Banquet to hear some wonderful keynotes.

SOUNDBOX3: "The Sky is Falling" is the third annual sound, video and performance art festival taking place in Woodshop Projects in Fairbanks on the OSU campus. This year, the week-long juried festival features over 40 participants, including OSU undergraduate art and music students; MAIS and engineering graduate students; OSU staff, alumni and faculty from robotics, microbiology, integrative biology, photography, video, art, music composition, popular music and production; and community members throughout Oregon. Feb 18-21. For full schedule:

Winter Career Expo: On Wednesday, Feb. 19, connect with some of the best employers in the country at the 2020 Oregon State University Winter Career Expo. This career fair attracts over 100 employers seeking students to fill jobs and internships in STEM fields, liberal studies, social services, grad programs and business services. CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Check out which employers are attending by following this link.

Bake Sale: The School of Public Policy is hosting a bake sale all day Feb. 19 in Bexell 300. There will be a variety of cookies, muffins, bars and sweet breads. Please contact

Soup Lunch: $3 for one bowl, $5 all you can eat, desserts sold separately. Bring your own bowl to reduce waste and earn a free raffle ticket for our raffles. Feb. 19, noon to 1 p.m., Richardson Second Floor Knuckle. For more information contact

CGRB Seminar on Wednesday: The CGRB Seminar series will take place Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m., in ALS 4001 with refreshments following. The event is free and open to the public. Our speaker for this seminar is Jill Banfield.

NEW! EECB Seminar: Michael Nachman will present "The Genomic Basis of Environmental Adaptation in House Mice. Nachman is the director of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and a professor in the Integrative Biology Department at UC Berkeley. He is interested in population and evolutionary genetics and is specifically interested in the genetics of speciation in house mice. His talk will focus on his work identifying genes in house mice that are adaptive in different environments and the role of phenotypic plasticity in facilitating the colonization of new environments. Feb 19, 4 p.m., Withycombe 109. Zoom Meeting ID: 565-744-050

Alumni Sharing Knowledge - ASK Night: An evening of networking with School of History, Philosophy and Religion young alumni. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m. Bexell Lounge. 

This is What Democracy Looks Like:  A Genealogy of Movements — A film series by the Anarres Project that seeks to track the genealogy of strategies and political goals from a broad range of social movements over the past 40 years. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6 p.m. Milam 318.

Happily Never After? Exploring the truths and myths of relationships with Kristen Yax. Feb. 19, 6-7 p.m., Gilfillan Auditorium.


NEW! Tuition Forums: The University Budget Committee has begun meeting to discuss recommendations for tuition rates for the 2020-21 academic year. As part of developing recommendations for the Board of Trustees, representatives of the Budget Committee and the Office of Budget and Resource Planning are offering a series of weekly forums to discuss tuition rates, proposals for tuition increases, and to answer any questions about tuition and the university budget. The next forum will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. to noon in the Memorial Union, Thought Lab 215. The schedule is available on the Budget website. For more information, contact Laurie Henry.

NEW! Immigration is Beautiful - Still Accepting Submissions: Here to Stay OSU presents Immigration is Beautiful. There is a misconception that immigration is solely a Latin American issue. Join us for an evening of celebrating our community with food, dance and a surprise keynote speaker. This event is for anyone who would like participate and have a chance to share their story, or their family's story. This can be done through various mediums (prose, poetry, song, dance, drawing, painting, etc.) If you are interested in participating, please fill out this form. The event takes place Feb. 20, 6-8 p.m., MU Horizon Room. 

NEW! BA 161 First-Year Student Microbusiness Market Research Event: Join us for our annual BA 161 Microbusiness Market Research event. College of Business first-year students have officially started their product development and marketing research for their products/services that will be ready for sale in spring 2020. Each of their microbusinesses are looking for feedback on their ideas, products and services. Friday, Feb. 21, 9-10 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon and 1-2 p.m., Austin Hall Marketplace. Questions? Contact

NEW! Poetry reading: Poet and essayist Wendy Willis and memoirist Steven Moore will read Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m., at the Black Box Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A book signing will follow. The reading is part of the 2019-2020 Literary Northwest Series, which brings accomplished writers from the Pacific Northwest to OSU.

NEW! Piano concert: The Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Piano Series presents Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva on Sunday, March 1, at 4 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center. Avdeeva’s Corvallis recital comprises four Romantic-era works by Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert and Ludwig van Beethoven. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $28 at the door. College students with ID and youth ages 8 to 18 are admitted free. Advance tickets may be purchased online at or locally in Corvallis at Grass Roots Books & Music. 

Nonprofit and Public Service Fair: Join us for the Annual Nonprofit & Public Service Fair on Thursday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Meet representatives from over 50 local and regional nonprofits and local government agencies (city, county and state) representing a wide variety of fields who are seeking OSU students for volunteer, internship and job opportunities. Learn about the ways volunteering and civic engagement advance your leadership and career readiness skills. Network with people who share your interests and passions and learn more about the many opportunities available in the nonprofit and public service fields where you can make a positive social impact.

Thursday SEIU Union meeting: Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Willamette West 3rd Floor Valley Library. Lunch served. Questions? Siobhan Burke or 630-699-0281.

OPEN Studio Series: Faculty Media Center: Experience the new Faculty Media Center. Drop in to learn about the FMC studios and get hands-on support with technology tools like Canvas, Kaltura and more. Bring a project, idea or simply your curiosity and work directly with Academic Technology’s experts. Join us from 2-3:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoons in Kidder Hall 100. Learn more about the OPEN Studio Series.

Young Professionals @OSU Social: Looking to network with other young professionals here at OSU? Join the Office of Work Life and the Family Resource Center for a night out at McMenamins Monroe Pub on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Complimentary appetizers will be available and you are welcome to bring your spouse/partner. RSVP to or

Beavers Belong: Beavers Belong is a support network for students, by students, aimed at creating connection, community and belonging through weekly peer-led groups (not therapy or counseling-based) and on-campus events and activities. Drop-in group times for undergrads are Mondays, 2-3 p.m., 3-4 p.m. and 4-5 p.m., MU Lounge Family Friendly Room; and Fridays 2-3 p.m., MU Wellness Nook, Room 62. For grads, Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m., Dixon Lower Classroom. Child care services offered.

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

Literary Northwest Series: Steven Moore, author of The Longer We Were There: A Memoir of a Part-Time Soldier (University of Georgia Press, 2019), and Wendy Willis, author of These Are Strange Times, My Dear (Counterpoint Press, 2019) will read in The Lab Theatre (Withycombe Hall), on Feb. 21, from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Library Faculty Association Seminar Series lecture: Christopher Marshall, curator of the OSU Arthropod Museum, will speak about “Assessing the value of Natural History Museums and their professional curation in the age of scientometrics.” He will speak on Feb. 21 from 10-11 a.m. in the Valley Library, Willamette Rooms (3rd floor). 

NEW! OSU Anthropology Lecture Series: Patricia Fifita of Oregon State University will present “Unsettling Climate Vulnerability in Oceania: Foregrounding Indigenous Knowledge and Reclamation toward Resilient Island Futures” on Friday, Feb. 21, from noon to 12:50 p..m, in LINC 314. The lecture is free and open to all. For further information, contact Shaozeng Zhang at

NEW! Health data talk: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) presents “Using health data to understand and improve children’s mental health service use,” by Kathleen Thomas, Ph.D., MPH, associate professor and senior research fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Feb. 21, 1-2 p.m., HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room. Co-sponsored by the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing.

NEW! Climate Ethics: Justice, Policy, and Existential Challenges. “How to distribute scarce adaptation & loss and damage finance across the Global South,” by Christian Baatz, a postdoc in the Department of Philosophy at Kiel University who works on climate ethics, human rights and justice theory. “The existential challenges of ethically motivating climate response,” by Tim Christion, Guest Editor of Environmental Philosophy, recent Ph.D. recipient in Environmental Studies and Philosophy from University of Oregon. Friday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m., Milam 319.

NEW! Palmer Patton: The unveiling of Palmer Patton's unique life story will take place Feb. 24, 5 p.m. in the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. Larry Landis (Director of OSU's Special Collections and Archives Research Center) and Dwaine Plaza (Professor of Sociology) will work together to unveil the story of Palmer Patton, who attended Oregon Agricultural College from 1916-1920 as an African American male who “passed” throughout his student life as a white male. Patton ultimately graduated from OAC with a bachelor's and master’s degree from the School of Agriculture and served as a faculty member in agriculture during the 1920-1921 academic year.

NEW! The Data Privacy Dilemma: Presented by ASOSU Office of AdvocacyOSU Libraries and Press, and the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, this student-led Data Privacy Symposium will consist of presentations, a Q&A panel, and student focus groups on Friday, Feb. 28, from noon to 5 p.m., in MU 109. Please visit our website for more information. 

SBIR/STTR, State, and University Funding for Tech Commercialization: OSU Faculty and Student Researchers -- join the OSU Advantage office on Feb. 20 from 3:30-5 p.m. in MU Room 109 for an Innovation Days workshop titled “Research Impact Resources 101,” followed by a hosted networking reception from 5-6:30 p.m. At this session, you will learn how to access federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funds and other regional funding opportunities focused on advancing the impact of university technologies by getting them into the marketplace. Learn more and RSVP here:

Research Seminar: Irina Gaynanova, assistant professor, Texas A&M University, will speak on “Truncated latent Gaussian copula model for zero-inflated data,” Feb. 20, 4 p.m., Weniger 149. This seminar is open to the public.

Internationalization and Global Engagement (IGE) Strategic Planning Forums: The Office of International Affairs invites you to join our upcoming campus-wide forums collecting input on OSU’s internationalization. Forum 1: Global research, outreach, engagement and impact of OSU. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2:30-4 p.m., MU 104 Journey Room. For more information contact Zoom available.

SHIFT OSU: A Sustainable Campus Transportation Workshop: How can OSU’s transportation investments preserve open space, reduce carbon emissions and support affordability for students and staff? Come play a custom board game and help inform OSU’s transportation and parking strategies for the next decade. Light refreshments provided. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Corvallis High School Commons. Co-hosted by OSU Transportation Services and the Imagine Corvallis Action Network. Register at

Undergraduate Academic Program Assessment Reports Workshop: Join Tamara Belknap and Heath Henry (Academic Programs and Assessment), Lori Kayes (Integrated Biology) and JoAnne Bunnage (Undergraduate Education) for details about completing the annual undergraduate assessment reports due in April. Learn proven strategies to successfully navigate SharePoint and complete the assessment reports. Join us Wednesday, Feb. 26, 9-10 a.m. in Milam 215 and by Zoom. Register for the Undergraduate Assessment Reports Workshop

Internationalization and Global Engagement (IGE) Strategic Planning Forums: The Office of International Affairs invites you to join our upcoming campus-wide forums collecting input on OSU’s internationalization. Forum 2: Preparing graduates to work in a diverse society and as global citizens, grow diversity and cultivate culture of inclusion at OSU. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1-2:30 p.m., MU 104 Journey Room. For more information contact Zoom available.

Save the date for 'Science of Opportunity': NASA astronaut Donald R. Pettit will deliver the first Octave Levenspiel Distinguished Lecture, presented by the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering. March 5, 6:30 p.m. in Austin Auditorium, The LaSells Stewart Center. Free, but tickets are required. Reserve your seat today.

OLI II: Youth Voices in Action: The Oregon 4-H Outreach Extension program invites students grades 8-12 to attend our annual leadership conference. Conference begins March 23 at 11 a.m. and ends March 26 at 1 p.m. Cost to attend is $250 if registered before Feb. 15. Scholarships available. To register and obtain more info:

Top Hat Level 1 Certification Workshop: Tactics for Real-time Assessment Save your spot for this on-campus workshop, brought to you by Top Hat and OSU’s Academic Technology. All faculty and GTAs that use or are interested in using Top Hat are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact Lyn Riverstone. March 11, 1-3 p.m. in MLM 215. Register today.

Food Drive

Cookie Decorating: Join Biological & Ecological Engineering for a chance to show off sugary, artistic expressionism at its delicious finest, Feb. 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with the exception of noon, Gilmore 116. Sponsored by New Morning Bakery. For questions, contact 

Nacho Sale: Build your own nachos to raise money for the Linn-Benton Food Share! Nachos will be on sale Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Magruder Hall. A $5 donation includes nachos and a drink. For questions, contact

Burrito/Taco Bar & Craft Fair: Arts & Science Business Center invites you to lunch benefitting the 2020 OSU Food Drive. $5 will include: Burrito/Tacos, side and a drink. Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Cordley 2046. We will also have a craft table with crafts available for purchase. For more information contact

Spuds at Snell: A baked potato bar where you will receive either a russet or sweet potato that you can load up with toppings and a dessert. Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Snell Hall 446 kitchen. Hosted by HSBC. For questions please contact Brenda at

Basket Raffle: BAFF Baskets: Business Affairs is raffling off four baskets: BBQ Bonanza; Pampered Pet: Cat Edition; Pampered Pet: Dog Edition; and Sweets and Treats. Tickets are available for sale at the Kerr Admin Cashier's Office windows Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tickets are $1 each, $5/6, or $10/15. Drawing will be held Friday, Feb. 28. For more information, see Questions, contact

Artisan Bowl Raffle. Buy tickets at 116 Gilmore Hall. Handsome, one-of-a-kind bowl made from locally sourced oak and turned by Biological & Ecological Engineering instructor, John Selker. Lightly oiled with Tung Oil, this bowl is food-safe.  Come by and see how well it will complement your office or home. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Drawing held Feb. 27. For questions contact

Attention Bookworms: Come to the CEOAS Admin Building (behind Johnson Hall), donate $1, $3 or $5 to the food drive and walk away with a beautifully and mysteriously wrapped book for your next rainy day binge-reading session. For more information contact

OSU Campus Bird Watching Tour: OSU is an eBird hotspot with 146 species reported. Please join EESC's Amerie Lommen as she hosts a walking tour, pointing out the native bird life here on OSU's Corvallis campus. Suggested donation of $1. Feb 27 meet on the north side of Kerr Administration Building at noon. All money collected benefits the OSU Food Drive and the Linn-Benton Food Share.

Cosmic Spin the Wheel: The Xpress Stop at the MU has Cosmic Spin the Wheel and cookies. For a $2 donation, spin the wheel for your chance to win candy and prizes. Every spin is entered into a drawing at the end of the month. Fabulous prizes include a Car Wash certificate, banner shopping bags, and $50 Amazon gift cards. Also, every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. stop by for fresh baked cookies. All proceeds benefit the food drive.

Quilt Raffle Ticket Sale: Quilt raffle tickets are $1 each or 6/$5. All month. For more information contact

Book Sale: Lightly used books, DVDs and board games will be on sale to support the OSU Food Drive throughout the month of February. Items will range in price from $1 to $5. Come check out the selection in the Magruder Hall lobby. For questions, contact
Take a Break with BEE: February is a cold, damp month. Need a break from it all? Come and spend some time in Gilmore Hall 116, warming up with hot cocoa or tea. We will be offering each for a donation of $1/per cup for the entire month of February (weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with the exception of noon). For questions, contact
PB&J bar: A longtime Biological & Ecological Engineering tradition, we’ve extended the PB&J bar for the entire month. Come on by our office and make yourself a delicious treat of peanut butter and a variety of jellies, many from local growers. Suggested donation of $3 per sandwich (weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.). All donations will go to BEE’s participation in the OSU Food Drive to help the local community. For questions, contact

Take Note

NEW! Goddik named department head: Lisbeth Goddik is the new department head for Food Science and Technology in Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Goddick has served as interim department head since January 2019 and is a professor and Extension specialist in dairy processing. During that year, she reestablished the department’s advisory board and led the department in conceptualizing a new Sustainable Food Systems initiative, which will guide future staffing position and development opportunities.

Community-Engaged Scholarship Intensive: The Division of Outreach and Engagement has five travel awards of $1,000 each to support five OSU participants at the June 1-5, MSU Summer Intensive on Community-Engaged Scholarship. The support is for early career tenure-track and professor of practice faculty. For consideration, please send an email to by Feb. 28 with the following: 1) name, 2) unit, 3) position title/rank, 4) how you intend to use skills gained in community-engaged scholarship. 

Proposed Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy Program’s What’s New page ( to view a pending policy amendment. Proposed University Policy 03-001 Contract Signature Authority delegates contract signature authority to enter the university into agreements with third parties. This page is updated frequently with new developments, so we encourage you to check back frequently. Comments or questions may be submitted to

Request for Proposals: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking proposals for projects focused on the further development of technologies invented by OSU faculty, staff, and/or graduate students in any discipline. Each project may be awarded up to $15,000 and should span six months or less, beginning in April 2020. Funding can be used to fund students, prototyping expenses, travel and more. Proposals are due no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. Read the full RFP here:

Staff Art Show: Share your creativity at the 10th annual Staff Art Show. Registration is open through March 6 and you can submit up to three pieces. Help colleagues to learn about your interests beyond your usual day-to-day work. While photography is most popular, all arts and crafts can be considered for this exhibit. Contact with questions.

Applying Learning Technology Community (pilot): All faculty teaching on-campus courses are encouraged to submit a proposal for this new faculty learning community pilot. The @ALT Community provides participants with an opportunity to investigate and provide learning technology solutions to a significant teaching-related problem of their choosing. Professional development funding provided. Contact Lyn Riverstone with questions. Proposals for the Spring 2020 pilot due Feb. 28. See the proposal guidelines.

FY19 Sustainability Report: The Sustainability Office invites you to explore OSU’s FY19 Sustainability Report. Reports are partly built from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure sustainability performance. FY19 produced OSU’s highest STARS score ever, as we continue an upwards trend towards becoming a greener and more inclusive university.

Encourage students to join the 100-day countdown to commencement: Class of 2020 is well-prepared to get a jumpstart on their futures. At Oregon State’s Countdown to Commencement events, graduating students can connect and celebrate with fellow soon-to-be-alumni, take care of all their graduation needs and gain skills for life beyond graduation. For questions and disability accommodations please call (877) 678-2837 or email OSUAA Early Engagement Director Mamta Chowdhury.


"To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge." ~ Nicolaus Copernicus, who was born today in 1473.

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 55, low of 29. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon:  Sunny today, high of 43, low of 25. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 55, low of 35. Partly sunny tomorrow.

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