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.

Vets at Oregon State conduct emergency surgery on white Bengal tiger (KVAL)

A team of veterinarians treated a rare white Bengal tiger at Oregon State University’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine on Friday. (see also KTVZ)

Tainted water: the scientists tracing thousands of fluorinated chemicals in our environment(Nature)

They represent a small fraction of fluorochemical production, but are a major part of the contamination problem because they get discharged directly into the environment, says Jennifer Field, an environmental chemist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, who collaborates with Higgins.

OSU study: Changing climate to change coastal forests (KTVZ)

A changing climate in the 21st century will significantly alter the coastal forests of the Pacific Northwest, according to modeling by Oregon State University researchers.

So far, Northwest forest plan falls short of biodiversity goals (Jefferson Public Radio)

And with the Northwest Forest Plan’s focus on preserving old growth forests, biologist Matt Betts of Oregon State University expected bird populations to increase accordingly. But the data showed we’re still losing old growth on federal land – as well as the birds.

State, OSU move ahead on Elliott State Forest transfer plan (OPB)

A proposal to transfer ownership of the Elliott State Forest from the state to Oregon State University is taking a small step forward today.

Rising magma chamber is a likely eruption trigger, scientists warn (

Shanaka Silva, an Oregon State University geologists and study co-author, argued previous super eruption models focused on super-sizing smaller eruptions. He said: “Instead of taking the evidence in these eruptions at face value, most models have simply taken small historic eruptions and tried to scale the process up to super-volcanic proportions.

Mindfulness and adequate sleep may reduce exhaustion at work (NDTV)

"You can't replace sleep with mindfulness exercises but they might help compensate and provide a degree of relief," said lead researcher, Charles Murnieks, Assistant Professor from the Oregon State University in the U.S.

Six standout shrubs to brighten winter gardens in Oregon (Oregonian)

“One of the coolest things about gardening in the Pacific Northwest is winter gardens,” said Neil Bell, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “Spring is overwhelming with flowers, but in winter it’s surprising. It’s nice to see something that’s so unexpected. And then there’s the scent; such an enjoyable thing.”

Bakersfield breeder touts new cherry (Capital Press)

Like the Chelan, Cheery Grand is an early June cherry, but unlike the Chelan, it is much larger, says Lynn Long, Oregon State University Extension specialist emeritus in The Dalles.

Today's photo

Snow day! Many were hoping against hope for at least one snow day this winter, and Tuesday we got our wish. While it was only a two-hour delay, there was plenty of time to build snowmen, make snow angels or just walk around campus enjoying the beauty. While there's still a slight chance of snow on Thursday, Wednesday looks sunny.


Rummage Sale EESC will host a rummage sale in the fourth-floor foyer of Kerr from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 4-8 to support the annual food drive. Peruse housewares, books, movies, toys, clothing, and more. For questions, contact This event is part of the OSU Food Drive.

PB&J Bar - Choose from a variety of jelly, jam, butters and honey to make your PB&J. Feb 4-8 stop by Gilmore Hall 116 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to make your sandwich. Thanks to New Morning Bakery for their generous donation. Suggested donation of $1-5 based on what you can afford. FMI email This event is part of the OSU Food Drive.

Department Only Surplus Sale: Surplus Property will host a sale of furniture and lab equipment to OSU departments only on Wednesday, Feb. 6, and Thursday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at 4575 S.W. Research Way. Merchandise photos, more sale details and contact info here.

WRGP Water Resources Engineering Winter Seminar Series: Piotr Cienciala, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Geography & GIS will present “A Tale of Rivers,  Forest & Fish Revisited: Some New Insights at the Interface of Geomorphology & Ecology” on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. in STAG 111. Free and open to the public.

Soup Lunch: The soup will be $3 for one bowl or $5 for all you can eat. Feb. 6, noon - 1 p.m. in 240 Strand Agricultural Hall.   For more information contact This event is part of the OSU Food Drive.

Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): “An introduction to applied graph databases using Neo4j and Cypher, i.e., As true in database design as it is in life: Prioritize your relationships.” Justin Preece (Jaiswal Lab, Botany & Plant Pathology), Wednesday, Feb. 6, at noon in ALS 3005. BUG consists of life scientists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, statisticians, and researchers of all types who meet to discuss topics related to these fields of study. All are welcome. For additional information, see

EECB Seminar: Felisa Smith, professor at the University of New Mexico, will present a seminar, “The Influence of Hominins on Mammal Biodiversity and Body Size Over the Late Quaternary” on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 3 p.m., in Withycombe 109. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information go to

Eating Animals: A film screening and discussion, based on the best-selling book by Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals- a look at the environmental, economic, and public health consequences of factory farming. Tracing the history of food production in the U.S., the film charts how farming has gone from local and sustainable to a corporate "Frankenstein monster" that offers cheap eggs, meat, and dairy at a steep cost: the exploitation of animals; the risky use of antibiotics and hormones; and the pollution of air, soil, and water. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m. MU Lounge. Free vegan pizza.

Winter Community Dialogue: Coming to the United States of America: Who should we welcome, what should we do?Faculty, staff, and students are invited to explore multiple perspectives on strategies to uphold civil rights and address immigration justice. Open to the entire OSU and Corvallis community. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m, MU Horizon Room. Review the dialogue options summary and participant dialogue guide to familiarize yourself with the dialogue content. Join the Coming to the United States of America Community Dialogue Facebook Event. Learn more about the Community Dialogues initiative. 

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU International Scholar and Faculty Coffee Social: OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International and OSU Office of International Services would like to invite you to join international visiting faculty, scholars, students and their families for conversation, coffee, tea and light snacks at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (CMLC) in the Einerson House (EINH), 2638 N.W. Jackson Ave, Corvallis. on Friday, Feb. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

NEW! The North American Truffling Society Meeting and Potluck: Our annual potluck begins Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Corvallis Senior Center, 2601 N.W. Tyler St., Corvallis. Bring a dish to share (if possible, provide a list of ingredients for those on restricted diets), tableware, and the beverage of your choice. NATS provides coffee and tea.  The speaker will be Amy Rossman, who will present her jungle experience in "Collecting fungi in the Amazonian Cerra de la Neblina, Venezuela." 

OPEnS House: The Openly Published Environmental Sensing (OPEnS) Lab ( invites everyone to the second annual OPEnS House on Feb. 7 from 3-5 p.m. in Gilmore Annex 200. Come learn about the OPEnS Lab equipment, capabilities, and projects. There will be a 10-minute presentation at 3:45 pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsberg: Come join the Center for Civic Engagement and Hattie Redmond Women & Gender center on Feb. 7, 6 p.m., in the MU Lounge for a free documentary showing on Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Light refreshments will be offered and there will be a small discussion section before and after the movie, led by Rorie Solberg from the political science department.

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

Graduate Research Showcase: Join the OSU College of Engineering for the 2019 Graduate Research Showcase. Feb. 8, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit:

Water Battleship: A unique version of a childhood game will come to life on Feb. 9-10 at Oregon State University. Intramural Sports is hosting a “Water Battleship” game in the Dixon Recreation Center Pool, where four teams of three-to-four players battle against each other in canoes. Each team has buckets and a shield, and attempt to sink the other canoes by tossing water into opposing teams’ canoes. The event takes place at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 and 11 a.m. Feb. 10. Last Winter 2018 was the first time the competition was held, and organizers hope the public comes to watch the fun this year at the pool. For a sneak peek, see this promotional video from last year: To speak with organizer Colby Schoniwitz, call 541-737-3569 or email

BEavers HERE NOW Drop-In Meditation: Mondays – Fridaysweeks 2-10 at 1 p.m.,in the Craft CenterNo experience necessary. All are welcome. Enjoy a different 15-minute guided meditation each week.  Benefits of mediation include: Stress reduction, better sleep, sharper concentration, anxiety management and happier relationships. Contact to coordinate extra credit for student attendance. Faculty and staff are welcome too. Stay after meditation for a mindful art activity hosted by the Craft Center.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Ecuador informational meeting: Exploring health and culture in Ecuador. Informational meeting about a faculty-led study abroad in Ecuador, Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. in Milam Hall 201. Students with interest in health professions and public health are eligible.  The program takes place June 30 to July 22 and will involve working with health professionals and in public health and service agencies.  See  Contact

NEW! Top Hat Faculty Panel: Panel on how OSU instructors are using the Top Hat student response system for active learning, and how they are managing personal devices in the classroom. Questions and healthy skepticism are invited. Friday Feb. 8, 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in Kidder 202. Refreshments will be served.  The session will be available via Webex and will be recorded. Register here. Questions?

NEW! Budget conversation: On Friday, Feb. 8, at noon the Office of Budget & Fiscal Planning will hold another University Budget Conversation in the Memorial Union 208. This week’s topic is about the FY19 budget reductions and FY20 outlook. The budget conversations sessions are limited to 60 minutes and are an open forum structure with the initial 15-20 minutes spent on presentation of the topic, leaving time for discussion and Q&A. We encourage you to bring your lunch and join the conversation and to learn more about OSU’s budgeting and fiscal matters. A budget brief (handout) will be available on Friday. More information about University Budget Conversations can be found on the Office of Budget & Fiscal Planning website. If you have questions, contact Sherm Bloomer for more information. For details on attending the meeting via conference call contact Kayla Campbell .  

NEW! The College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ weekly research seminar will be held from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in HFC 115. William Hersh, chair of the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at OHSU, will present “Information Retrieval from the Electronic Health Records for Patient Cohort Discovery.”

NEW! Wikipedia Editathon: “Writing African American History into Wikipedia.” No experience necessary. Organizers give you everything you need to help add to the historical record in Wikipedia: topics, information and a Wikipedia account. Register now and find out more at All are welcome. Hosted by the OSU Libraries in partnership with AfroCROWD. Feb. 8, 2 p.m., Valley Library, Autzen Classroom.

NEW! Social Impact Lab: Oregon State University and the United Way of Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties invite you to attend the first Social Impact Lab, a community-wide event that highlights the power of community engagement toward social change. The event will highlight partnerships between community organizations and OSU and provide participants an opportunity to explore and discover other possibilities within our local community. Guest speakers will provide brief TED-style talks about the power of their partnerships and time will be allotted for tabling and networking. Join us on Feb. 13 at CH2M Hill Alumni Center.  Doors open 2 p.m. Free, but registration is required.

TRIAD: Jim White, professor emeritus in the Department of Chemistry, will present “The Belle Epoque, Marie Curie and Others” on Feb. 7, noon to 1 p.m. in MU 211. The public is welcome to attend free of charge.  An optional catered lunch is available for $13.  Contact Kathy DeBellis, to reserve a lunch.  TRIAD provides faculty, staff, students and community members with an opportunity to network, discuss events of the day, and learn something new. See

From Selma to Moscow: How Human Rights Activists Transformed U.S. Foreign Policy: Sarah B. Snyder traces the influence of human rights activists and advances a new interpretation of U.S. foreign policy in the “long 1960s.” By highlighting the importance of nonstate and lower-level actors, Snyder shows how this activism established the networks and tactics critical to the institutionalization of human rights. A major work of international and transnational history, From Selma to Moscow reshapes our understanding of the role of human rights activism in transforming U.S. foreign policy in the 1960s and 1970s and highlights timely lessons for those seeking to promote a policy agenda resisted by the White House. Snyder is a historian of U.S. foreign relations and an associate professor at American University’s School of International Service. Thursday, Feb. 7, 4 p.m. MU, La Raza, Room 208.

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecture with Jamsheed Choksy: Jamshee Choksy will speak on "The Spread of Islam: New Ways of Understanding Conquest and Confessional Change in Iraq, Iran and Central Asia." Choksy is a distinguished professor and chair of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. Choksy’s writings and lectures explore why human existence is often viewed as a struggle between good and evil, and how beliefs and religious practices shape our actions. Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m., Memorial Union Horizon Room (49).

Information and Global Social Justice – Italy | Faculty-led Program Info Session: Join librarians Kelly McElroy and Diana Park for a three-credit, two-week program in Ferrara, Italy, from June 26 to July 10.  This program is designed for first-time travelers who wish to develop a deeper understanding of social justice issues in a global context by examining information flow within countries and across borders. Join the information session on Feb. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in the second floor west classroom at the Valley Library.  Application deadline: March 15. For more info contact or
Gender, Race, and Class in London | Faculty-led Program Info Session: Join professor Susan Shaw from the School of Society, Language and Culture for a 3-7 credit program in London from Aug. 18 to Sept. 1. Students will learn about social justice, LGBTQ history and contemporary culture/issues of London.  Application deadline: March 15.  Information session on Feb. 7 from 4–5 p.m. in Waldo 206.  For more info contact or
Art & Design in South Korea: A Cross-Cultural Study of Creative Thinking | Faculty-led Program Info Session:  Join professor Jun Bum Shin from the School of Arts and Communication for a four-credit, two-week program in South Korea from Aug. 18 to Sept. 1. Students gain a deeper understanding of the differences between Western and Eastern art and design thinking while experiencing the cultural settings of Seoul and Jeju Island.  Join the information session on Feb. 7 from 5-6 p.m. in Milam 031.  Application deadline: March 15. For more information, contact  or

Faculty Grant Training: The OSU Foundation is presenting a faculty training, “Creating Impact & Broader Impact,” at the new OSU Foundation Office, 4238 S.W. Research Way on Friday, Feb. 8 from 2-3:30 p.m. Join us as we discuss the why and how or articulating the societal contributions of your work within a proposal. Contact Elizabeth Ocampo at to attend.

Social justice workshops: The Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this well-reviewed program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Food drive

NEW! Wine Gift Basket Raffle:  COE-EECS is raffling off two wine gift baskets.  Each gift basket will contain a bottle of white/red wine, $10 gift card to Beaver Cheese & Clark Meat Science Center, and more. Tickets are $2, and on sale Feb. 4-13, and can be purchased in Kelley Engineering 1148 during regular office hours. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while the office is open. Closed for lunch from noon-1 p.m. For more information contact

NEW! Baby Photo Contest: Feb. 7-11 at the ILLC Welcome Desk.  For more information contact

NEW! Soup lunch: Join us at noon Feb. 8 in ALS 3006 for hot soup to warm your soul. Crop and Soil Science Soup Lunch. Come by and enjoy some hot soup.  $5 suggested donation.  For more information contact

NEW! Panda Express Night Supporting HC Food Drive  Looking to eat some delicious orange chicken AND donate to the Linn-Benton Canned Food Drive? If you stop by the Panda Express in the MU on Feb. 8 between 4-9 p.m., pick up some dinner, and mention the fundraiser to the cashier, you can do both - 100 percent of the earnings from this fundraiser (20 percent of sales) will go straight to Linn-Benton Food Share.

Bingo! Bingo! Bingo!  Get your bingo fix and help the local food bank.  Business Affairs is hosting a virtual bingo game.  Stop by Kerr B100 to get your bingo card - $1 each or 6 for $5.  Cards will be sold through Feb. 15 with bingo numbers announced each weekday starting Feb. 18 on the BAFF Food Drive page.  Winner receives 50 percent of the proceeds; the other 50 percent will be donated to the Food Drive. For more information contact

Soup, Bread and Sweets: , Feb. 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 326 Bexell Hall. For questions contact

Chili Competition & Baked Potato Bar Lunch: Come by Cordley 3029 on Feb. 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for chili and baked potatoes brought to you by School of Life Sciences. Vote for your favorite chili. Potato & toppings $3; Chili & voting ballot $3; both for $5. For questions, contact

NROTC Thursday Soup Day:  Join us each Thursday in the Naval Armory Quarterdeck for delicious soups, desserts and beverages. All monies raised are donated to OSU's 2019 Food Drive. Each week you will have five soups ($4/$7), two desserts ($1) and beverages ($1) to choose from. It comes with a free piece of bread. Feb. 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. So stop by and help support the Food Drive!  For more information contact

Hot Chocolate and Cider Break:  Warm up during the month of February (4-28). Stop by Gilmore Hall 116 for $1 hot chocolate and cider every weekday from 8-5. For questions, contact

Printing & Mailing Services' Annual Food Drive - drop off non-perishable food or cash to the Xpress Stop during the month of February: $1 or two cans of food to spin the wheel and every spin wins a prize.

Gift Basket Raffle:  EESC is raffling off four gift baskets. There will be a movie basket, Valentine's Day basket, book basket, and gardening basket. Drawings take place each Thursday. Tickets are 1/$1 or 6/$5. See Noelle Mills or Pete Petryszak in Kerr Administration Building 422 for tickets. For questions, contact

BEE Girl Scout Cookie Raffle - Get your hands on three boxes of coveted Girl Scout Cookies, including the new Caramel Chocolate Chip. Stop by Gilmore Hall 116 to purchase your $1 tickets. Drawing on Feb 28. FMI email

Valentine's Day Card Sale: The AMBC will be selling one-of-a-kind handmade Valentine's Day cards in Hovland 108 from Feb. 1-14 to support the Linn-Benton Food Share.  Cards are $2 each.  Questions? Contact April Cummings at

Book and DVD Sale: Purchase lightly used books, DVDs and board games to support the 2019 OSU Food Drive. Items range $1 to $5. The sale will be running all month in the Magruder Hall lobby. For questions, contact

Quilt and Wood Raffle Ticket Sale: Raffle tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5 and can be purchased at the Forestry HelpDesk in Richardson Hall throughout the month of February. The drawing will be on Feb, 28 at 1 p.m. For more information contact

Bulb Sale: Are you ready for spring? Get your bulbs now. You can order directly from Dutch Mills Bulbs by visiting the Business Affairs fundraising page or stop by Kerr B100 to place your order. Each kit is $10 and will arrive in time for your spring planting. Orders must be received by Feb. 27. 

Take Note

Scientists sought for NSF study: The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning is looking for OSU scientists who would like to participate in a new NSF-funded research study about using audience feedback during outreach and public engagement activities and events. They are recruiting scientists (including graduate students, postdocs and extension specialists) who are conducting outreach and public science and engineering engagement activities to serve as “Design Testers” in the initial phase of our research. After a short training, Design Testers will test audience feedback strategies during their own outreach events over the course of about one year and provide feedback on their experience. There will be a moderate stipend of $400. The application can found here. Applications are due by Feb. 11. For questions, contact Kari O’Connell (PI and senior researcher) at or Kelly Hoke (research analyst) at

Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF). The Research Office is now accepting applications for the RERF. The budget this year is expected to be $400,000. Research Equipment Reserve Funds (RERF) may be used to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. The equipment may be inventoried capital equipment (defined as =>$5,000 per unit), or fabricated capitalized equipment.  Proposals are due by Friday, March 15, 5 p.m. Firm deadline. Questions:  Contact Research Office Incentive Programs at:

The latest issue of Oregon Sea Grant’s newsletter, Confluence, is now available: This issue includes stories about salt marshes outpacing a rising seaassistance for tourism businesses on the Oregon coastbuying seafood at the dockssuspected microplastics in oysters; and internships that help Oregon companies reduce wasteRead the full issue here.

Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy & Standards page ( to learn about recent and pending policy amendments, which includes University Policy 01-020 International Travel. The What’s New page is updated frequently with new developments so we encourage you to check back regularly.

The University Health & Safety Committee: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety with information from SAIF on Safety Hazard Recognition, available online at Did you know that 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.


“I think that talented people really do have insecurities, and that is one of the things that kind of motivates them, because that's one thing they know they're good at. And when they're up on that stage, you can do no wrong." ~ Natalie Cole, born today in 1950.

Corvallis: Mostly sunny today, high of 40, low of 26. Chance of rain and snow tomorrow with some accumulation possible.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 31, low of 14. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly sunny, high of 41, low of 30. Chance of rain and snow tomorrow.

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