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:

'Entropy bagels' and other complex structures emerge from simple rules (Quanta Magazine)

There are infinitely many real quadratic equations that, when iterated from zero, are known to end up producing a repeating cycle of numbers. But if you restrict c to rational values — those that can be written as fractions — only three values eventually generate periodic sequences: 0, –1 and –2. “These dynamical systems are very, very special,” said Clayton Petsche of Oregon State University.

Study provides rare glimpse of the ringtail, an important but poorly understood predator (Phys. org)

A collaboration among scientists from Oregon State University, the Hoopa Valley Tribe, Penn State and Cal Poly Humboldt has shed light new on the cat-like animal known for its large eyes and fluffy, striped tail. The study is published in the journal Northwest Science. (see also Think Out Loud)

Oregon public universities, classified workers union reach tentative contract agreement (KTVZ)

Bargaining teams representing Oregon’s seven public universities and Service Employees International Union Local 503, which represents classified employees working at the state’s universities, reached a tentative agreement in contract negotiations early Tuesday morning, days after the union declared an impasse in talks.

Swipe right for easier pathogen detection in the vineyard (Good Fruit Grower)

The glove swab method was developed by Sarah Lowder when she was a graduate student at Oregon State University. Now an extension viticulture specialist at the University of Georgia, Lowder told Good Fruit Grower that the “glove swabs” do not actually require gloves. You can run your bare hand through a vineyard, too, with no significant difference in results. 

What you need to know before you buy garden perennials this spring (Yale Climate Connections)

Chris Daly of Oregon State University leads the Prism Climate Group, which helps create the map. He says in the updated version, about half the country shifted a half-zone warmer.

Today's photo

Jellied ice: Michael Blouin with the Department of Integrative Biology says, “The ice made a nice jellyfish out of my hummingbird feeder.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: The Academic Success Center’s Finals Survival Guide provides students with tools to plan the last weeks of the term while attending to health and well-being. Consider taking 10 minutes in class for students to fill out the calendar in the guide and to ask questions about the remaining steps for finishing up your course.


Care Talks, Child Care & Parenting: Raising Children in a Diverse World: This program covers helping children to be proud of their heritage, introducing children to other cultures, answering tough questions, protecting them from discrimination and how to be a good role model. 10 a.m., Feb. 28. Register today.

Food For Thought! Anyone who brings cash, check, or non-perishable food item to the Linus Pauling Institute (LPSC 307) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Feb. 28 can take home one or more books on nutrition and healthy living for free. Come from 3-5 p.m. and you can also join our Linus Pauling Day birthday celebration.

Hand-Dipping Candles: Join Amy Baker, Monteith Historical Society living history instructor, and learn to make hand-dipped candles on Feb. 28. Using a little bit of modern equipment and a lot of old-style techniques, we’ll make candles the centuries-old way. Step back into 1800s Oregon and make candles you can take home. Class sizes are small, so sign up early using the Qualtrics link or email [email protected] with questions.

Webinar on the Mediterranean Diet: The Linus Pauling Institute kicks off its 2024 webinar series with Francesco Visioli, professor of human nutrition at the University of Padua in Italy. He will present “Living Better, Longer: Healthy Compounds Found in a Mediterranean Diet” at 11 a.m. Feb. 28. Part of the Institute’s Linus Pauling Day event. Zoom registration required.

Soup Lunch: Noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 28, Richardson Hall 2nd Floor Knuckle. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Robert S. Iltis Colloquium presentation: Sanghee Park presents "Some Considerations in Making Business Email Requests,” focusing on the similarities and differences in business request emails written by Korean professionals and American professionals in business contexts. Noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 28, Shepard Hall 101.

Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series: "Spatial statistical modeling and prediction in R using spmodel" presented by Michael Dumelle of the US EPA. This seminar is 4-5 p.m. on Feb. 28 in Bexell Hall 328 or on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

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., Feb. 28. For more information,

Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (EECB) Seminar: Hillary Young from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Young will be presenting her talk, "Climate and Livestock Mediate Effects of Wildlife on Landscape-Level Disease Risk,” at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 in LINC 302. Her research spans community ecology, ecosystem ecology, and conservation biology, with a particular emphasis on the impacts of wildlife loss and human disturbance on community structures and ecosystems.View Zoom at

U.S. job search webcast: Enhance your understanding of the job market, get practical tips and hear firsthand experiences from an immigration attorney and panel of alumni who have successfully traversed this journey at the virtual event Ask Alumni: U.S. Job Search for International Students, 5 p.m., Feb. 28. Presented by OSUAA, Career Development Center, College of Business and the Office of International Services. 


NEW! Music à la Carte: Brian Quincey, viola and Denise Fujikawa, harp: This dynamic duo pairs Oregon Symphony violist Brian Quincey and Portland State University harp instructor Denise Fujikawa – partners in music and in life. Quincey has been a member of the Oregon Symphony since 1997 and was formerly with the Phoenix Symphony and Sacramento Symphony. Fujikawa is also a former member of the Sacramento Symphony, and is an active chamber musician and soloist. Noon March 1 in the MU Lounge; admission is free.

NEW! Corvallis-OSU Symphony Winter Concert: Featuring selected works from Giuseppe Verdi and Gustav Mahler. Directed by guest conductor, Lance Inouye, conductor of the Willamette Valley Symphony. The concert takes place at 3 p.m. March 3 at The LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets and more information at

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! Design industry Portland-area social: The OSU Innovation & Design Network is hosting a lively social for design (apparel, interior, graphic) and merchandising professionals to connect and collaborate. Mingle and expand your professional network from 5-7 p.m. March 13 at Westgate Bourbon Bar & Taphouse in Beaverton. Registration is $8 and includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres.  

Geode and Rock Sample Sale: The Geoscience Club is holding a rock sale fundraiser 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Feb. 29 in the MU Quad. Prices start at $1. The Geoscience Club prioritizes offering members the opportunity to learn about the geosciences outside of the classroom, so please help us send our club to explore the California Foothills and Yosemite this spring.

UAOSU Winter General Membership Meeting: Join United Academics of Oregon State University (UAOSU) for their winter general membership meeting. It will be held 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 29 in the Journey Room in the Memorial Union. Refreshments will be served. A hybrid option is available if you’re unable to attend in person. RSVP by Feb. 26 at

Women’s basketball tickets: Oregon State faculty and staff can get $6 tickets to the Oregon State women's basketball game at 7 p.m. Feb. 29 at Gill Coliseum. For more information and to purchase, please click here.

Clarence Thomas film screening: Join us for an exclusive viewing of the film, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words.” Filmmaker and editor Mark Paoletta will be a guest speaker for a special Q&A about the film. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. The event will be hosted at 5 p.m. March 6 in Memorial Union Room 211.  Sponsored by Turning Point USA at Oregon State University.

Dance celebration: Take time to let go, cut loose, and honor your movement expression in a welcoming space. We will move to engaging music and close with a meditative cool down. Gently facilitated by Julie Masters from 6:30-7:45 p.m. March 7 and 21 and April 4 and 18 at Marigold. Purchase class passes and register here. Contact: [email protected]

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! FYI Friday – OSU Assist Services and Support: This presentation on March 1 will include an overview of the operations and services provided by OSU Assist and the mobile crisis team available on the Corvallis campus. Services include resource referral and de-escalation around mental health issues, housing/food insecurity, survivor advocacy and more. The team is available seven days a week and is actively taking calls to support all levels of crisis for our community. The presentation is from 11 a.m. to noon via Zoom. Registration required.

NEW! OSU Anthropology Lecture SeriesMolly Carney, assistant professor at OSU, will give a lecture titled, “Temporal and Spatial Scales of Plant Stewardship in the Willamette Valley, OR,” from noon to 12:50 p.m. March 1, Strand 161. This event is sponsored by the OSU Anthropology Program and the OSU School of Language, Culture, and Society. Questions? Contact: Drew Gerkey at [email protected].

NEW! Beaver Family Connections: Join Beaver Family Connections for Advocate, Navigate, Build & Thrive: Supporting Children with Disabilities, an informative Zoom session with Heather Olivier, deputy director of FACT Oregon, to learn strategies for advocating on behalf of your child, promoting self-determination and navigating support needs across the lifespan. Noon to 1 p.m., March 5, via Zoom. All OSU parents/caregivers welcome. See full 2023-24 schedule. For accommodations, contact Cari Maes at 541-737-4906 or [email protected].

NEW! DFA Risk Appetite and Risk Assessment Tools: Train the Trainer: Insurance and Risk Management Services will facilitate a workshop for unit leaders and supervisors to provide exposure to the DFA Risk Appetite Statements and Risk Assessment Tools.  Attendees will gain hands-on practice and develop the skills necessary to assist other employees in understanding and incorporating the DFA Risk Appetite Statements and Risk Assessment Tools into their work. The workshop is 1-2:30 p.m. March 12, Memorial Union Room 208. Registration required.

NEW! A Walk with Wildland Fire: John Bailey, professor in the College of Forestry, will discuss his recently published book “A Walk with Wildland Fire” on the history, ecology, behavior and management of wildland fire and the role of sustainable forest management in addressing the emerging wildfire crisis. Reading and reception, 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 13, PFSC Atrium.

The New Ph.D.: How to Build a Better Graduate Education. Registration is open for the public lecture with Leonard Cassuto, Fordham University. He will present from his latest book, "The New PhD: How to Build a Better Graduate Education." 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 29, MU Horizon Room. Space is limited.

HMSC Research Seminar: Laurie Porter, the Lamprey Project lead with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, will give a seminar entitled “A 400 K Bright Spot on the Horizon for Pacific Lamprey Returns to the Columbia River,” 3:30 p.m. Feb. 29. In person at the HMSC Carmen Ford Phillips Auditorium in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building or online. Zoom Link or call +1-971-247-1195. Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

Department of Botany and Plant Pathology Seminar Series: “Danger signals and plant immunity: Disease DAMPening for sustainable agriculture” presented by Kiwamu Tanaka of Washington State University, 4 p.m. Feb. 29 in ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

Webinar for NSF-funded polar researchers: Polar STEAM is recruiting researchers to collaborate (virtually or in the field) with educators, artists and writers to broaden the impact of polar research. This webinar will provide additional information and answer questions about Polar STEAM’s collaborations in both the Arctic and Antarctic for 2025-26. 11 a.m., Feb. 29. Register or schedule a consultation with the team (

PFLA Zoom event: Growth Mindset for Success. Join Reese Schmit (trainer, coach and mom) to talk about how mindset frames and shapes the way we talk to ourselves and the people around us that depend on us for growth and guidance. 11 a.m. to noon March 6. Register for the event or follow us on social media via

College of Engineering, Virtual Faculty Lecture with Xue Jin: Efficient Wastewater Recycling For Agriculture: A Sustainable Approach Using Hybrid Electrodialysis And Forward Osmosis. Noon to 1 p.m. March 12. Register for the lecture: More information:

Creating Happiness 8-week ProgramThis program weaves three topics: happiness, flourishing and mindfulness. Michele Ribeiro will guide with concepts that move beyond resilience to those that contribute to flourishing. Open to all, held at Marigold 7-8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, April 3- May 22. Registration is open. $200 public; $175 educators. Scholarships are available for OSU undergraduates and graduate students. Contact us.

AI Global Futures Forum and AI Week: The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce AI Week, April 8-12. The April 12 AI Global Futures Forum will include a conversation between OSU President Jayathi Murthy and special guest Jen-Hsun Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. The forum will also include a series of panels regarding AI and climate science, AI impact on workforce and the economy, and AI and creativity. To learn more, email OSU.Provost@oregonstate or visit this website.

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by the Office of University Human Resources that dives deep into the way that we solve problems together. This engaging workshop helps people learn more about their own mindset, learn appreciation for how colleagues work, and together be able create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions. View upcoming workshops and enroll here.

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: Managers and supervisors at OSU play a key role in enabling employees to do their best work. The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State University managers, supervisors, and lead workers. At the end of this course, learners will: have a solid understanding about the principles and policies that apply to our employees; know how to navigate within the space of talent management activities; recognize when, and how, to provide equal opportunity & access to employees and more. Spring 2024 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Tuesday - Friday, May 7-10, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue – Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for the In-person Spring 2024 course and register here.

OSU Food Drive

The OSU Food Drive is happening in the month of February. To see a full list of fundraising activities and events, please see the Food Drive Events Calendar.

Vote to Pie the PI: Through Feb. 29, two brave lab PI’s will compete for the chance to be pie’d by the FWCS department head. Tiff Garcia or Jonny Armstrong – both of their favorite pies are banana cream. What are the odds? Stop by Nash 104 to cast your vote. $1 per vote/$5 for six votes; multiple votes are encouraged.

Printing and Mailing's Dart, Putt & Toss Tournament: Show us your skills playing darts, putting on the green and/or cornhole skills. We will be holding the games all month; $5 will enter you in the game of your choice. Weekly prizes will be given to the top scorers in each game. At the end of the month prizes will be given to second and third place in each game plus weekly first-place winners will play off for the grand prize. For information, [email protected].

Quilt and Art Prize Drawing: The College of Forestry invites you to visit the prize-drawing website or stop by the CoF Helpdesk (Peavy Forest Science Center 209) to view items and/or purchase tickets, from Feb. 1-29. The prize drawing will be held at noon, Feb. 29. For questions, contact [email protected].

BEE Annual PB&J Bar: Stop by Gilmore Hall 116 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. throughout the month of February to make your own PB&J. Suggested donation of $3. Many thanks to the generous bread donation from New Morning Bakery, which will allow the event to continue all month. For questions, contact [email protected].

Card Sale: Purchase beautiful photo and pressed-leaf cards handmade by BPP Senior Faculty Research Assistant Zuzana Vejlupkova. Feb. 1-29 in Cordley Hall 2503 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $3 each or four for $10. Cash or check. All proceeds will benefit the Linn Benton Food Share. For questions, contact [email protected].

Take Note

NEW! OSU VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance): Need help with your taxes? Not sure if you need to file taxes this year? Come to VITA for free tax preparation. We’re ready to help you! Learn more and schedule your appointment on our website. VITA Website. Open 5:30-8:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays in Austin Hall Atrium/Room 126. Questions: [email protected]

NEW! Philosophy Conference Call For Papers: Papers are now being accepted for a Philosophy Conference on "The Big Ideas: What Shapes Our World, The Way We Think, and Our Lives." All undergrads and grads, regardless of major, are encouraged to submit papers of a philosophical nature between 5-12 pages to be presented in person on May 4; application deadline is 11:59 p.m., April 13. Submit papers here and contact us at [email protected] with questions.

NEW! Registration open for OSU Out of the Darkness Campus Walk: "HOPE WALKS HERE." Walk with us to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. The Oregon State University Out of the Darkness Campus Walk will feature a resource fair, speakers, honor bead ceremony and campus walk. This event is a collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is open to all. The walk starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, SEC Plaza. Register now as an individual or set up a team by registering as a team captain:

NEW! Celebrating 30 years: Congratulations to Jeff Clawson, pilot research brewery manager, for reaching 30 years of service at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others by clicking on their name. Congratulations and thank you for your service.

Students: Request Free Textbook Loans: The Basic Needs Center is expanding its free Textbook Lending Library and invites students experiencing financial barriers to request up to three books for them to purchase. Requests will be put on temporary hold for those who request. Submit by March 18, 2024 to receive the books starting the week of April 1. Details are on this form and at 1030 SW Madison Ave., 541-737-3747, or [email protected]

łatwa ina Royalty programTo support relations between the Native and Indigenous OSU community and broader Tribal nations and Indigenous communities in the region, the łatwa ina Royalty Program offers an OSU student an opportunity to represent the university at the łatwa ina Pow-Wow (May 18 in Gill Coliseum) and surrounding cultural events. This is a paid internship with a travel stipend and OSU regalia. Apply by April 28.

Spring Creek Podcast Series: Spring Creek Project just launched a new podcast series called "Luminaries." During each episode, a guest will tell a story about a creative piece such as an essay, poem or song that has illuminated the person's environmental thinking or work. Follow along on Spotify, Apple or wherever you get your podcasts. Check out the series trailer.

Graduate Student Writing Residency: Graduate students working on projects aligned with the mission of the Spring Creek Project are invited to apply for a spring break or summer Graduate Student Writing Residency at Shotpouch Cabin. Applications sent via Submittable require a one-page narrative letter describing the proposed project and a one-page letter of recommendation from a faculty member. Deadline: 11:59 p.m., March 4. Learn more here and apply. 

Spring Creek Faculty Residency: OSU faculty members working on projects aligned with the mission of the Spring Creek Project are invited to apply for a summer Faculty Residency at Shotpouch Cabin. Projects at the intersection of environmental studies and writing, art, music, the humanities, or social sciences may be a good fit. Applications sent via Submittable require a one-page narrative letter. Deadline: 11:59 p.m., March 4.  Learn more and apply. 

$15K of Funding Available: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking applications that describe technology-based projects in any discipline that will move OSU-owned technologies closer to commercialization. Proposals should describe a project that requires $15,000 or less of funding to achieve an important milestone(s) connected to commercialization. Each project may be awarded up to $15,000 and should span six months or less, beginning in March 2024. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 28. Learn more and apply.

Tucker named academic director for DSI: Julie Tucker has been named academic director for the Design for Social Impact program. She served as interim academic director since October. Tucker joined Oregon State in 2013 and was promoted to full professor in 2023. She will maintain a part-time appointment as professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering. The DSI program brings together faculty from multiple disciplines and is focused on the creation and delivery of experiential curricular and co-curricular education centered on design, innovation and social impact.

Seeking Solutions Faculty Fellow Positions in the Center for Teaching and Learning: The Center for Teaching and Learning is seeking applications for Faculty Fellows for the 2024-25 academic year to design and facilitate a Seeking Solutions teacher training program, coordinate and support team teaching of Seeking Solutions courses, and consult with faculty on best practices for meeting the learning outcomes and criteria of the Seeking Solutions category in their courses. For more information, click here. Applications must be received by March 19. Submit application materials to the Center for Teaching and Learning: CTL Core Ed Faculty Fellowship for Seeking Solutions. Questions may be directed to Kara Clevinger in the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Symposium: The 2024 Research Advances in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Ecology Symposium (RAFWAE) will take place on April 12 in Peavy Hall. Graduate and undergraduate students who conduct research in the fields of fisheries, wildlife and ecology at OSU or other universities are invited to present their work at this conference, at any stage of development: proposal, data collection, preliminary results, published in Science, or research-adjacent talks about outreach, art or other topics. Deadline for abstract submission is March 15. 

Winter issue of Campus Directions available now: Campus Directions is a quarterly newsletter that shares important news and updates about operational work happening on the Corvallis campus. The winter 2024 issue features the Department of Public Safety and its new program to keep Beavs safe on campus, plus plans for a new utility plant to support the Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex. Read these stories and more here: Don’t want to miss a story? Subscribe today.

International Travel: All employees, students, and others who engage in university-related international travel are required to register their travel with the university and adhere to OSU's International Travel Policy. The International Travel Policy has been substantially revised and a new International Travel Homepage provides an overview of processes as well as services, insurance, and resources available to travelers. To request a presentation about the changes, policy, or processes, or for questions, please contact the Global Affairs Associate.

Taste Sensitivity Study: We are looking for participants for a research study examining how hunger state influences taste sensitivities to carbohydrates. Participants must be healthy, non-diabetic non-smokers ages 18-45. The study will involve performing taste sensitivity tests before and after eating a provided meal. Email [email protected] for more information. Study name: Oral Glucose Sensing, PI: Juyun Lim.

Celebrate International Women's Day 2024: OSU recognizes International Women's Day each year on March 8, a global day in honor of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and a call to action for accelerating women's equality. We encourage institution-wide recognition and programming for this important day. To have your unit’s event added to the International Women’s Day webpage, please send details to the Global Affairs Associate and use our marketing toolkit to ensure alignment and visibility for all International Women’s Day events. 

Women’s Day community fair: There will be a community fair for students from noon to 3 p.m. March 8 on the SEC Plaza. Student groups interested in tabling at this event should contact [email protected]. Visit the website for more information.

Register now for Open Education Week: Oregon State's Open Educational Resources Unit, in collaboration with OSU faculty, has saved students more than $18 million in course material costs since winter 2019. Join these efforts by registering for Open Education Week from March 4-8. This annual celebration raises awareness of open educational resources and explores other important ways to make higher education more accessible and affordable to all. Sessions are hosted online. View the schedule of webinars and register today.


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EXTENDED! OSU Division of Extension and Engagement invites applications for an Office Specialist 2 position based at the OSU Extension Service Klamath County office in Klamath Falls. This is a 12-month, full-time, classified position starting at $16.19 hourly + benefits. Posting #P04663CT. Closes March 8.

Traffic and Maintenance

Intersection closure: As part of the Washington Way Improvement project, the Washington Way and 30th Street intersection will be closed March 4 through April 15.


"The garden reconciles human art and wild nature, hard work and deep pleasure, spiritual practice and the material world. It is a magical place because it is not divided." ~ Thomas Moore

Corvallis: Rain and breezy today, high of 51, low of 38. Showers Thursday.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of rain, high of 52, low of 35. Rain and snow and breezy Thursday.

Newport: Rain and windy today, high of 51, low of 38. Showers and breezy tomorrow.

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