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. 


Extreme weather has gardeners looking for resilient plants (Washington Post)

No plant is fireproof, but many are fire-resistant. These are plants with supple leaves without waxy or resinous surfaces, said Amy Jo Detweiler, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension.

The workers, farmers and researchers left in the wake of NORPAC's sale (OPB News)

“I’m the third in a line of breeders who’ve been breeding green beans at Oregon State for the processed vegetable industry,” said Jim Myers, a professor in the horticulture department.

Confronting the past: Difficult questions and public history today (OHS)

A piece by OSU's Christopher McKnight Nichols.

OSU Extension builds partnerships with new fire program (Hood River News)

In a time of increasing wildfire activity, Oregon State University Extension Service has implemented a new statewide fire program to facilitate forest and range management plans for reducing fire risk.  The program will also promote increased understanding of fire risk and methods for managing risk through local education and outreach efforts.

Scientists to drill through Earth's crust to understand extinction events (International Business Times)

The expedition is being carried out through a 41-year-old deep ocean drilling vessel known as JOIDES Resolution. It is crewed by 118 individuals, which includes scientists from Rutgers University, Harvard and Oregon State University.


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Gas sensor array: Research at Oregon State University has pushed science closer to developing an electronic nose for monitoring air quality, detecting safety threats and diagnosing diseases by measuring gases in a patient’s breath. To learn more:


Healthy Sleep: This training addresses how stress impacts sleep along with key principles for getting better rest, including mindfulness and guided imagery. Insomnia and its impact are also addressed. Feb. 5, 9-10 a.m. MU Multipurpose Room. Registration is required at OSU Professional Development site: Search for the course by the title and register. To participate remotely access the Zoom registration link here. Sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program.

Workshop: Blending Your Teaching with Instructional Media: Want to know how to create instructional media for your on-campus courses and to learn best practices of hybrid/flipped/blended design and teaching? CTL and Academic Technology invite you to explore the new Faculty Media Center. Learn how to make audio, video and other media, while beginning to plan an upcoming course in this 90-min. hands-on workshop. Refreshments provided. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., Kidder 100. Registration Info: Faculty Media Center.

Chili Competition & Baked Potato Bar Lunch: Chili Competition & Baked Potato Bar Lunch: Come by for chili and baked potatoes brought to you by School of Life Sciences. Vote for your favorite chili. Potato, chili, toppings, cookie and drink for $7. Feb. 5, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Cordley 3029. For questions, contact

UPDATED! Soup Lunch: $3 for one bowl, $5 all you can eat, desserts sold separately. Feb. 5, noon to 1 p.m., Richardson, Second Floor Knuckle. For more information contact

2020 Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of Biodiversity (EECB) Seminar Series: Carri LeRoy will be giving a talk titled “Primary succession and plant sex influence ecosystem function in streams of Mt. Saint Helens.” The talk is on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 4-5 p.m., WITH 109. Remote access to this seminar is available at HTTPS://OREGONSTATE.ZOOM.US/J/565744050.

Lecture and Discussion: Jonathan Katz, professor of history, will draw on his considerable research and teaching experience with Iran, Islam and the Middle East, to present: “The US and Iran: Misfortune and Missed Opportunities.” The talk will be Wednesday, Feb. 5, 3-4:30 p.m. in the OSU Foundation Boardroom, 4238 SW Research Way, Corvallis. OSURA (OSU Retirement Association), sponsor, invites the OSU community.

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. The first meeting examines the development of three different but formative social movements: the Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam war in 1970, the Kensington Welfare Rights Union in the 1980s, and the direct action of Earth First in Oregon in the early 1990s. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m., Milam 318.

Intersectionality at Work lecture: Ashleigh Shelby Rosette Ph.D., professor of Management and Organizations at Duke University, will give the Corvallis 2020 Susan J. McGregor Memorial Lecture on “Intersectionality at Work.” Rosette will explore ways in which intersecting identities of race, class, sexuality and other social categories make different women experience the workplace in very different ways, and how this awareness can help us work together to make better working conditions for all women according to their unique needs and experiences. The lecture will be held on Feb. 5, 7-8 p.m., in the LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium. The event is free; RSVP is appreciated but not required.


NEW! Music à la Carte: Students from the OSU Voice Studios perform on Friday, Feb. 7 at noon in the  Memorial Union Lounge, free.

NEW! First Friday Fun: Visit the OSUsed Store’s first Friday public sale of the month on Feb. 7, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th and spin our wheel for a chance to win a discount or prize. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

NEW! Guitar en Route: New Histories. Guitarist George Benton England performs on his original 1820s Roudlhoff guitar. Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Community Hall 303. Seating is limited to 60. Free.

OPEns House: The Openly Published Environmental Sensing (OPEnS) Lab ( invites everyone to the third annual OPEnS House on Feb. 6, 3-5:30 p.m. in Gilmore Annex Room 200. Come learn about the OPEnS Lab equipment, capabilities and current projects. There will be a 10-minute presentation at 3:45 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center presents Marine Food Webs: Drifters to Swimmers: This art exhibit encourages dialogue about the importance of sustaining and preserving our ocean food web ­— from the microscopic plankton to those that consume them. Bridging art to science, this exhibit will be a parallel show to a special collection by invited artists who participated in a National Science Foundation-funded Artist-at-Sea Residency Program that worked with scientists from Oregon State University’s Hatfield Plankton Lab and the University of Oregon’s Sutherland Lab aboard four oceanographic research cruises. Exhibit runs from Feb. 3-March 12. The opening reception is Thursday, Feb. 6 from 5-7:30 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. More information including gallery hours.

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.

Faculty wellness: There’s still time to RECHARGE your wellness in 2020. OSU Faculty Staff Fitness is holding a brand new six-week wellness challenge starting Feb. 2-March 14, called RECHARGE 2020. This electrifying program is made to emphasize healthy habits through tracking and educational elements with an online portal, office challenges and partnering to give you a fully rounded experience. Register via by the end of this week. Contact if you have additional questions.

American StringsTickets are available for CLA’s upcoming American Strings event with Chicago blues artists Ronnie Baker Brooks and Billy Branch on Feb. 12, 7:30-9:30 pm. at the Majestic Theatre.

Slavic Soul Party: Tickets are available for SAC Presents on March 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center, featuring Slavic Soul Party!, a 10-piece brass band from NYC that performs “Balkan-soul-gypsy-funk.”

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! What’s new in news and research communications? This is the first event of the relaunching of a science communicators group at Oregon State. Sean Nealon, Oregon State’s news editor, will talk about new staff and new plans. Feb. 7, noon to 1 p.m. Linus Pauling Science Center, Room 402. Everyone is welcome to attend. Questions: please contact Rachel Robertson at

NEW! OSU Anthropology Lecture Series: Kenneth Maes, associate professor of anthropology at Oregon State University, will present “Standardizing community health program evaluation at the national level while centering marginalized voices and labor: The Community Health Worker Common Indicators Project” on Friday, Feb. 7 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! Public health talk: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) presents “Public health research in the OCHIN Community Health Center network,” by Annie Larson, Ph.D., OCHIN research analyst in Portland, from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room.

NEW! CMLC Cooking Class: Filipino Chicken Adobo: Mix up your Friday night routine! Join Saiko and Nicole as they teach us how to prepare this popular Filipino braised chicken dish. Enjoy a meal at the end. Friday, Feb. 7, 4-6 p.m., Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 2638 NW Jackson Ave. $10. Please reserve by contacting Megan Rice at

NEW! 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 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:

Blended Learning Opportunity: All Corvallis teaching faculty are invited to apply to participate in the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Spring 2020 Hybrid Faculty Learning Community and redesign Corvallis on-campus courses as hybrid courses. Professional development funding provided. Proposals due Feb. 12. See the Call for Proposals. If you have questions or want to find out more about this opportunity, drop in to Milam 215 during any of the following times: Thurs., Feb. 6, at 10-10:30 a.m. or 3-3:30 p.m.; or email

Triad luncheon: Anne Gillies, Search Advocate Program, “Everything you ever wanted to know about the OSU Search Advocate program.” Thursday, Feb. 6, noon, MU 211. Event is free; optional catered lunch is available for $13. Contact Janice Nave-Abele, to reserve lunch. 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. More info:

Engaging Undergraduates in Research: Join us for a session on Feb. 6 from noon to 1 p.m., where mentors of undergraduate researchers will learn how to use OSU’s sample mentoring agreement, explore sources of financial support for students engaged in research and gain valuable insight into best practices for engaging in research with undergraduates. RSVP here for location.

Benton County Health Department presentation: Find out about what services Benton County Health Department has to offer and learn whether you qualify for the Oregon Health Care Plan. Feb. 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 2638 NW Jackson Ave. Free. 

Winter Community Dialogue: A Nation Divided: Explore multiple perspectives on the ways to improve the political system in the United States. Join us to have the opportunity to discuss current issues in politics, meet new people and expand your mindset. This event is free and open to all members in the community. Thursday, Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m., MU Horizon Room.

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.

Procurement Training Sessions: Procurement is pleased to again offer training sessions covering three topics: Procurement Standards and Resources (Feb. 11), Federal Purchases under Uniform Guidance (Feb. 13), and Informal Procurement (Feb. 14). These sessions are being offered in-person and via Zoom. For more information, registration, times, and locations visit the Procurement Training and Support webpage.

Linus Pauling Institute Seminar: “Nanobodies™: a versatile tool to enhance the treatment and diagnosis of disease.” Lecture by Carl Ruby, Ph.D, faculty Researcher in the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at OSU and cofounder of BTC, a start-up biotech company bringing safe, effective and accessible immune oncology options to veterinary medicine. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2-3 p.m., 402 Linus Pauling Science Center.

Free Middle School Women in Science WorkshopDiscovering the Scientist Within, is a program designed to nurture 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls’ interest in the STEM fields and consists of activities paired with adult women scientist role models. The event will be on campus, Saturday, March 7, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Registration opens Feb. 1 and closes March 1. Contact Emily Nicholson in Precollege Programs at 541-737-9424 with questions.

Employee Assistance Program workshop on Working in a Changing Environment: In an organizational culture of constant change, adapting can be challenging. Some areas addressed during this presentation are the elements of change, different losses that are experienced related to change, the transitional stages, and ways of coping with stress and change. March 18, 9-10 a.m. MU Multipurpose Room. Registration is required at OSU Professional Development site: Search for the course by the title and register. To participate remotely access the Zoom registration link here. Sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program.

OSU Lane County Extension Master Food Preservers Gearing up 2020 Training Program: Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 eight-week training program. The full-day classes will be held every Monday starting April 6 and completing with graduation on June 1. The course provides in-depth research based training in all areas of food preservation including food safety. To apply to be a part of the 2020 training program, applications are available on the Lane County OSU Extension website:, or at the Lane County Extension office at 996 Jefferson in Eugene. Cost of the program is $175 plus a minimum volunteer payback of 70 hours in the year following the training or the course can be taken for $375 without the volunteer payback. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 27. 

Difference, Power, and Discrimination Academy Applications: Faculty applications are being accepted for the DPD Academy scheduled to be held 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.

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:

Food Drive

NEW! Soup Lunch Fundraiser: $5 suggested donation for soup and bread. Desserts also available for purchase. Feb. 7, noon to 1 p.m., 3006 Ag Life Sciences. For more information contact

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

Participants needed to review a survey measuring intergenerational contact: Participation involves a one-hour focus group, during which you will complete the survey individually and then engage in a group discussion about how the survey could be improved. Held on-campus on March 5. You will be compensated $20. To participate, email Shelbie Turner ( with your name and which age group you fall into from the following: 18-39 years, 40-64 years, 65 and over. 

Request for Proposals: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking proposals to facilitate the further development and commercialization of OSU applied innovations. Proposals can be submitted for projects focused on bringing OSU-owned innovations invented by OSU faculty, staff and/or graduate students in any discipline closer to market. 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. on Friday, Feb. 28.  Read the full RFP here:

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing the following information on campus office move resources, along with the following from SAIF with six steps for safely lifting a load and best practices for storing items so they can be accessed with less strain and sprain risk. 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.

CIO 100 Day ReportOSU's new Chief Information Officer invites you to explore her 100-day report which covers her findings from conversations with the OSU community and what comes next for IT at OSU. 

Mindful After Cancer (MAC) study: Women will be able to participate in the MAC program online, from the privacy of their homes. The MAC program is eight weeks long starting on March 30, with an online group meeting each week for 1½ to two hours. It is aimed at fostering positive body image, sexual health and well-being. Participants will fill out an online survey before and one month after the program ends, and will get $20 for each survey completed. There is no charge for the program. The study results will increase our understanding of how to help women improve their sexual well-being and quality of life after cancer. The study is open to women who were diagnosed with stage 1-4 breast or gynecologic cancer at least one year ago. Go to, or email for more information. This study is being conducted by the Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences. The Principal Investigator is Jessica R. Gorman, Ph.D.

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.


Gymnastics: OSU gymnastics hosts LSU and Arizona State, Saturday, Feb. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at Gill Coliseum.


"A magnetic personality doesn't necessarily indicate a good heart." ~ Actor Laura Linney, who turns 56 today.

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 50, low of 46. Rain likely tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain today, high of 46, low of 38. Slight chance of rain tomorrow.

Newport: Rain today, high of 51, low of 48. Rain likely tomorrow.

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