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:

'Swarm' of more than 100 drones controlled by one person (Institution of Mechanical Engineers)

Designed to show that an individual can handle such a role without an ‘undue workload’, the demonstration took place as part of research at Oregon State University. (see also The Engineer, Azo Robotics)

A genetically modified purple tomato is now available to home gardeners (WSKG)

Genetic modification in the lab isn't the only way to supercharge foods with nutrients, notes Jim Myers, a professor specializing in vegetable breeding at Oregon State University. He says in fact, traditional breeders were the first to release a tomato to the public with boosted levels of anthocyanins.

Virtual open houses give public chance to review, comment on draft outdoor recreation plan (East Oregonian)

The five-year plan is a comprehensive look at Oregon’s outdoor recreation needs and priorities based on a survey of more than 3,000 people in a representative sampling of Oregon residents as well as a survey of recreation providers. The research was conducted in collaboration with Oregon State University.

There's a frozen labyrinth atop Mount Rainier. What secrets does it hold? (Networthy News)

The caverns on Rainier might be steady due to the fact that the bowl-shaped crater safeguards the glacier from excessive melt while the volcano supplies simply the correct amount of heat, states Erin Pettit, a glaciologist at Oregon State University who has actually studied Rainier’s glaciers however was not a part of these explorations. “It’s not unexpected to me that these have actually been steady through time, as long as the volcano has actually been steady,” she states. “But it’s actually cool to be able to see the durability, understanding how delicate glaciers can be.”

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Willamette sunset: John del Bando, FSS College of Forestry buyer, says, “Such a special Oregonian river!” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for teaching resources, strategies, tools and trends? The Ecampus Inspire blog from the Ecampus Course Development and Training team, and the OSU Teaching blog from the Center for Teaching and Learning provide timely posts relevant to teaching and learning at OSU and beyond.


Food Drive: Grab a coffee, tea or hot chocolate for $1 in Gilmore 116 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 7. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Soup Lunch: Noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 7, Richardson Hall second-floor knuckle. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Red Cross Blood drive: Noon to 4 p.m., Feb. 5-8, MU Ballroom. Appointments can be made online Drop-ins are also welcome.

Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series: "Irrigation Water Mgt: Measurements of Evapotranspiration Using Eddy Covariance and Remote Sensing in South-central Chile," presented by Camilo Souto of U. de Concepción, Chile. This seminar occurs from 4-5 p.m., Feb. 7 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. 7. For more information, visit

Art & Design in South Korea: "A Cross-Cultural Study of Creative Thinking." Join OSU faculty leader Jun Bun Shin from the College of Liberal Arts for a 4-credit, two-week program in Seoul from Aug. 21-Sept. 4. Info session: 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

HMSC Science on Tap: At 6 p.m. Feb. 7, Susanne Brander with the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station at Hatfield Marine Science Center will present a public talk titled, “Plastics in the environment: Impacts on organisms in Oregon & beyond." Please join us in person at the HMSC Carmen Ford Phillips Auditorium in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building or online. Webinar link or call: +1 971 247 1195 Webinar ID: 965 4137 1148. Click here for more information.

School of Psychological Science Career Week: The School of Psychological Science (SPS) invites students to meet faculty, staff, peers and alumni at Career Week 2024. Learn how become a qualified mental health associate, registered behavior technician, UX researcher, or prepare for grad school or study abroad as a psychology major. Gatherings span from Feb. 5-8.


NEW! Discount tickets to men’s basketball for OSU faculty and staff: Men’s basketball is playing Washington State at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8. As we are honoring several faculty members, Athletics has provided a discount on tickets for OSU faculty and staff. Enter code BEAVSFAC when purchasing tickets online to receive $5 off your ticket.

NEW! University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. on Feb. 9 via Zoom and in B011 Kerr Admin. Bldg. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities and budget policies. For materials associated with this week’s topics, visit the UBC webpage. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].

NEW! Literary Northwest Series: OSU Poet-in-Residence David Biespiel. Come join us to hear David Biespiel in conversation with Sindya Bhanoo, followed by a book signing at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Corvallis Museum, 411 SW Second St.

NEW! We Space: Mindful Relating. We Space is a 1:1 practice of seeing one another in a mindful and present way. This practice nourishes as we learn to do less and feel more, together. Held on Zoom and taught by Julie Masters from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 10 and 17. Register and learn more and purchase class passes from Marigold.

NEW! The 25th annual celebration of Engineers Week in the Willamette Valley: This networking reception for engineering professionals and students will be held from 4:30-7 p.m., Feb. 21 on the Oregon State University campus. Register to attend by Feb. 15. Tickets are $30. Consider supporting student attendees. Indicate the number of student tickets when completing your registration form ($30/student).

Practice Picket with Classified Staff: Join OSU’s classified staff any time between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 8 at the SEC Plaza to demonstrate to the public universities’ management team that people who work full time at Oregon’s public universities shouldn’t need two jobs to survive. Faculty, staff and students welcome. Wear purple to show your support.

Etiquette Dinner: OSU SACNAS, MANRRS and SCC student chapters along with the Vamos OSU Alumni Network will be hosting an Etiquette Dinner for student professional development from 5-7 p.m., Feb. 8. Space is limited and registration is required: Contact: Jimena Caballero Ignacio, [email protected].

Faculty/staff night at Gill: Join us at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at our Oregon State men’s basketball game at Gill Coliseum as we celebrate Oregon State faculty and staff. To celebrate, we are offering a ticket discount to all OSU faculty and staff. Please claim your tickets with the ticket discount by using this direct link here or enter the promo code BEAVSFAC at

Philosophy Club General Meeting: Join the conversation on "The Philosophy of Love and Friendship," 7-8 p.m. Feb. 8 in MU Room 213 (Pan-Afrikan Sankofa Room). All are welcome — including those who have no experience with philosophy and faculty members — to contemplate the nature of love, the different types of love and its value in this discussion-based meeting.

Beats n’ Breath: Yoga Flow by Candlelight. Embrace the winter darkness with movement by candlelight. This class integrates an inspiring playlist and an all-levels flow to energize the body and align the breath. Guided by Jessica Mylan, 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 9 and March 8 at Marigold. Purchase one class pass or $15 for drop-in. Pre-register here. Contact us.

Exploring Consciousness at Marigold: Each week we will explore different forms of consciousness inquiry. Classes will cover a variety of techniques from different traditions: meditation, contemplation, movement, and sounding. Guided by Joseph Bailey weekly at 4-5 p.m. on Fridays at Marigold. Purchase class passes and register here. Contact with questions: [email protected].

Growing into the Family Business: Next Generation Leaders’ Perspectives. Please join us for our February Family Business 360 event, 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, on growing into the family business with two next-gen leaders, hosted by the OSU Center for Family Enterprise. This event will feature Kelsey Scotch, corporate recruiting manager of Madden Industrial Craftsmen, Inc and Chris Thompson, vice president of truck sales for TEC Equipment. Register here.

Research Advancement Campus Conversation (RACC): Join the leadership team of the Division of Research and Innovation (formerly the Research Office) to hear details about the implementation of the 2024-2030 OSU Strategic Plan as it relates to research and innovation. Bring your questions about the future of the research enterprise at OSU. Thursday, Noon to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 15, Memorial Union Room 206. In-person attendance is encouraged. Register here to attend in person; register here to attend via Zoom.

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. 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, SEC Plaza. Register now as an individual or set up a team by registering as a team captain:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Practicing Full Presence: Are you feeling overworked? Overstimulated? Join this space to practice the art of being fully present in the moment. Pause your daily activities and to-do list to engage in a mindfulness meditation activity. Rather than spending most of this time talking with other attendees, you will be encouraged to embrace stillness and slowness for 30 minutes to reorient yourself and be more present throughout the rest of your day. Feb. 8 and Feb. 13. Sign up in Lyra Learn:

NEW! FYI Friday – Power Outage Preparedness: A power outage occurs when the electrical power goes out. Planned or unexpected, it can last for days or longer, disrupting communications, water, transportation, stores, banks and other services. This may impact needs such as lighting, heating, cooling, communication, food and medicine refrigeration, cooking and medical equipment. Plan now to have what you need and to know how to stay safe. Part of the Winter 2024 FYI Friday series, noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 9 via Zoom. Registration required.

NEW! OSU Anthropology Lecture SeriesDavid Price, professor at Saint Martin’s University, will give a lecture titled, "Shaping Research Agendas: How the CIA Covertly Molded Cold War Social Science." Price will speak from noon to 12:50 p.m., Feb. 9 in 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! Choosing to Learn: The Value of Autonomy in Education. The School of Psychological Science is pleased to welcome Daniel Oppenheimer, who will speak on the importance of agency/autonomy in student motivation and achievement and provide several concrete teaching strategies for doing so. 2-3:20 p.m., Feb. 9, PFCS 125. 

Intersections of Biodiversity and Buddhist Cultures in Nepal: Join OSU faculty leaders Dee Denver and Brenna Privilege from the College of Science to learn more about a 4-credit, three-week program in Nepal. Study how different world cultures and thought systems conceptualize biodiversity. The program dates are Sept. 4-21. Info session: Noon on Thursday, Feb. 8 in KEC 1001, or at 3 p.m. online. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Fall Seminar Series: “Regulation of chloroplast translation: Seeing the light,” presented by Alice Barkan of University of Oregon. 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 in ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule, visit the BPP Seminar website.

Psychology careers Ask Alumni webcast: What’s the potential of your psychology degree? OSU alumni illuminate unexpected opportunities at an Ask Alumni virtual event, 4 p.m., Feb. 8. Gain perspective and learn how they’ve harnessed the power of their degree at a free interactive networking event presented by OSUAA, the Career Development Center and the School of Psychological Science. Register.

HMSC Research Seminar: Angela Szesciorka with the Marine Mammal Bioacoustics and Ecology Lab at OSU's Marine Mammal Institute will be giving a seminar titled, “Are we there yet? Exploring the drivers of whale migration in the tropics and the poles." 3:30 p.m., Feb. 8. In person at the HMSC Carmen Ford Phillips Auditorium in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building or online. Zoom link Password: 972587 or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

Promotion & tenure workshops: The Office of Faculty Affairs is offering promotion and tenure workshops during the month of February. This year the sessions are tailored towards specific academic ranks. Information and Zoom links are available on the 2023-24 Academic Faculty Workshops page. Workshops will not be recorded, but PowerPoint presentation will be available online at a later date. Questions can be directed to Sara Daly.

Wine & Chocolate: Elizabeth Tomasino, an associate professor of enology in OSU's Department of Food Science & Technology will be giving a one-hour talk and tasting in pairing wine and chocolate. 6-7 p.m., Feb. 14 in Corvallis and 4-5 p.m., Feb. 17 at the Portland Center. For more details follow the link.

Travel Talk webcast: Vacation photography. When you capture your vacation in photos, you can visit your best memories anytime. Learn tips for taking great travel pics at the next Travel Talk, at 5:30 p.m., March 12. Associate Professor Julia Bradshaw leads this fun and informative virtual event presented by OSUAA Alumni Group Travel. Register for free at

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. This new two-hour workshop for OSU employees is offered on a monthly basis. View upcoming workshops and enroll here

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 Spring 2024 course via Zoom and register here. Fee of $255.

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.

NEW! Printing and Mailing is collecting food donations: Campus Mail will be dropping off collection bags in your mailboxes; just leave any contributions in the bag in your mail area and we will pick them up. Collection starts Feb. 5 and the last pickup will be Friday, Feb. 23. If you don’t receive a bag and want one, please email [email protected]. We will also be collecting food at our 4700 SW Research Way location. Each donation at Research Way will earn your name in a drawing to win one of our fabulous up-cycled used-banner bags. 

NEW! Dodgeball Tournament: Help raise money for the Linn Benton Food Share 1-6 p.m., Feb. 25, in McAlexander Fieldhouse on the basketball courts. Teams of eight will compete against each other in a 16-team bracket to win the trophy. Registration deadline is Feb. 21 and is $40 for an entire team. Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions.

Breakfast for Lunch with Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences: Noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 8 at Nash Hall 104J. $5 per plate for a waffle breakfast, with all proceeds going toward the OSU Food Drive and Linn-Benton Food Share. For questions, please contact [email protected].

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! Hope Grows Here study recruitment: The Moore Family Center (COH) is recruiting participants for Hope Grows Here, a gardening and nutrition education program for cancer survivors. If you are an adult cancer survivor who has completed your primary cancer treatment and are interested in learning to grow your own vegetable garden with the support of a Master Gardener mentor, please visit the Hope Grows Here website to learn more and take the eligibility survey.

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Tricia Olson, HR strategic partner, for being inducted into the 25 Year Club at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others inducted into the club by clicking on their name. Congratulations and thank you for your service.

Lactation consulting: OSU employees and students can now access one month of virtual lactation consulting at no cost through Simplifed, a partner of MilkStork. Simplifed provides convenient, online, HIPAA-compliant support for breast/chestfeeding and infant nutrition from board-certified lactation consultants. Users can read consultant bios and select a professional who fits their preferences. Simplifed will not bill your insurance. There is no cost to you. To learn more about this service and how it works, click here. To access this support and other lactation resources, visit OSU’s MilkStork Portal. For questions, please email [email protected]

Scholarships available: Applications for PCOSW scholarships to fund FY24 projects are now being accepted. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach or creative projects related to gender equity issues. Applications are due Feb. 21. Visit our website for more details. Apply for a scholarship. Please have a budget outline and project justification statement prepared before beginning the application. Questions? Contact [email protected]

Breaking Barriers awards: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW), the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) and OSU Athletics are pleased to solicit nominations for the 2024 Breaking Barriers Awards, a recognition of the accomplishments and impact of those who have worked to advance gender equity at OSU. We welcome nominations of people who have made influential contributions to our community for the four Breaking Barriers awards. For more information about these categories, see the Breaking Barriers websiteSubmit a nomination by Feb. 26. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Internationalization Grant: The deadline for the 2023-24 Internationalization Grant has been extended 5 p.m., Feb. 16. Grants of up to $5,000 are offered for projects that advance internationalization within one of three tracks, aligned with “Prosperity Widely Shared”: Research and Innovation; Global and Intercultural Learning; and Career and Workforce Development. Eligibility varies by track but includes academic faculty, professional faculty, INTO OSU employees and student organizations. Full details are available on the website.

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Shelter. Seeking appropriate shelter is critical in times of disaster. Sheltering is appropriate when conditions require you to seek protection in your home, place of employment or other location when disaster strikes. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

$15K of funding available: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is currently 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.

4-part SJEI Tier One Platform Series: Social Justice Education Initiative workshops are open for registration including a freshly revised 4-part Tier One Platform. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. Open to all faculty, staff and graduate students at OSU. Learn more, see the schedule and register for remote Tier One Platform & Tier Two Next Level workshops here. Interested in this professional development for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite: [email protected].

RERF Q&A: Division of Research and Innovation and Research Council are now accepting requests for competitive Research Equipment Reserve Funds (RERF) applications to purchase capital equipment through March 29. This session with Office for Research Advancement will outline this internal funding opportunity and answer questions on crafting a competitive proposal. Noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 26 on Zoom. Register here.

Ergopoint: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing a link to Ergopoint, where you can learn and complete an ergonomic assessment of your office and remote work stations. Login using your OSU email as your username and the temporary password: Changeme3# (you’ll be asked to change this the first time you log in). For more information on safety at OSU, visit OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at

Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Spring 2024: Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy, or research you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff – presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours in length. Learn more about the requirements and application process and email [email protected] with questions.


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NEW! Associate Director (Internal): The Global Hemp Innovation Center invites applications for a part-time (0.5 FTE), 12-month, Associate Director position. Posting #P077340UF. Full consideration Feb. 16. Closes Feb. 29.

NEW! As a Grant/Contract Coordinator at Oregon State University, you will be part of a supportive team that uses financial analysis and strategic planning skills and consultative expertise to further the mission of the university. Posting #P04638CT. Closes Feb. 19.

NEW! This posting is for two Accounting 1 positions on the Financial Strategic Services – Research, Administration, & Accounting team. This recruitment will be used to fill two full-time Accountant 1 positions for the Financial Strategic Services (FSS) department at Oregon State University (OSU). This position is responsible for providing timely and effective transactional services to stakeholders within FSS. This position functions as a member of the Financial Strategic Services-Research Administration & Accounting (FSS-RAA) team, providing information, guidance and coordination of services to the broader FSS department. Position #P04637CT. Full consideration Feb. 25. Closes March 3.


"February is the uncertain month, neither black nor white, but all shades between by turns. Nothing is sure.” ~ Gladys Hasty Carroll

Corvallis: Chance of rain and patchy fog, high of 45, low of 36. Drizzle and patchy fog Thursday.

Central Oregon: Chance of snow today, high of 38, low of 23. Slight chance of snow tomorrow.

Newport: Drizzle today, high of 44, low of 37. Rain likely Thursday.

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