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:

What if the best-case scenario for climate change were better? (Bloomberg)

In 2019, an ecologist at Oregon State University named William Ripple led the writing of an article declaring “clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency,” and laying out “vital signs” of a planet in distress. More than 11,000 scientists around the world co-signed the article before its publication. (see also Yahoo FinanceScienMag)

New online guides will aid in identification of Northwest's native bees (KTVZ)

The publicly available “keys” resemble the field guides familiar to fans of fauna and flora but contain the extraordinary detail needed to identify bees, which are much harder to tell apart than plants, birds, mammals and reptiles, according to Jim Rivers of the Oregon State University College of Forestry. (see also Farm Progress)

Real climate solutions will take real leadership (Scientific American)

A piece co-written by William Ripple, distinguished professor of ecology at Oregon State University,

Meet the researcher using satellites and radar to estimate the destruction in Gaza (CBC Radio)

Jamon Van Den Hoek leads the Conflict Ecology Lab at Oregon State University, which is using satellite imagery and radar to monitor the damage done in Gaza in Israel's military operation there. His team estimates that between 40 and 50 per cent of the buildings in Gaza have been damaged or destroyed and that the speed and scope of the damage done to the territory may be unprecedented in modern warfare.

Three Oregon universities join to create new cybersecurity research center (EduScoop)

A new jointly run facility will be housed at Portland State University with experts collaborating from Oregon State University and the University of Oregon.

Boat brought into Oregon contaminated with invasive quagga mussels, the first finding of the year (Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Quagga and zebra mussels, a similar pest, are native to Eastern Europe but have been transported across the globe by ship through ballast water, according to Oregon State University. 


Today's photo

Tiny fungi: George Poinar says, “This little Mycena mushroom (1/4 inch high) was growing on my garden gate. The gate was a bit decayed.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Bonus photo

First snowfall: We normally run submitted photos in order received, but we bumped this one up, because Candy Barnard-Davidson, human resources consultant at OSU-Cascades, showed us a photo of their first snow day of winter on the Bend campus.

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Does your course have written assignments? Support your students’ writing by scheduling a class visit to the Writing Center. A staff member will welcome your class to the Undergrad Research & Writing Studio and share resources. After the presentation, your class is welcome to use the studio space for the rest of the class time for whatever you have planned.


Adult & Higher Education doctoral information session: You’re invited to learn about the College of Education’s Adult & Higher Education Ed.D. program: noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 10. RSVP for the Zoom link and password. Contact [email protected] for questions or accommodation requests.

Floor Monitor Training: Training for floor monitors and building managers on roles and responsibilities when evacuating their building. Training is the second Wednesday every month at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom Floor Monitor Training at:

Mindful Self Compassion 10-week Program: Kate Gallagher will guide a 10-week mindful self compassion program starting Jan. 10 at the Marigold Center. MSC is an empirically supported method that improves mood, relationships, resilience and reduces harsh self-criticism. Registration is open and the cost is $400 for educators; $450 for the public. Scholarships are available for OSU undergraduates. Contact with questions.

NEW! Get to Know Your Library: Join the School of Psychological Sciences ambassadors to learn about the outstanding resources available to OSU students at the Valley Library. Open to all OSU students. Tours start at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., Jan. 10, in the Willamette West Room on the third floor of the Valley Library.

How Does History Matter for Left Politics (teach-in): How might history be a source of inertia when considering new approaches to left politics today? How might we approach the legacy of the left in a way that might educate and warn, but not spellbind and enthrall us? Join us for a teach-in and discussion. For accommodations or for more information contact [email protected]. The event is from 6-8 p.m., Jan. 10, Room 111 Strand Hall.

Ridge to Reef: Sustainable Resource Management in Palau. Join OSU faculty leaders Brian Endress and Scott Heppell from the College of Agricultural Sciences this summer for a 4-credit, two-week program in Palau to study natural resource management, food security, and sustainability from June 18-July 23. Info session this week: 6 p.m., Jan. 10 via Zoom and again on Jan. 24 or Feb. 5. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.


NEW! University Budget Conversation: The Office of Budget and Resource Planning will hold a University Budget Conversation via Zoom from 1-2 p.m., Jan. 11. This week’s topic is an “Overview of the Tuition Structure and Process at OSU.” The initial 15 minutes is spent on presentation of the topic, followed by discussion and Q&A. Registration is required at For questions, contact [email protected].

NEW! University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. on Jan. 12 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 web page. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].

NEW! International Employee and Scholar Coffee Social: International employees, faculty, scholars, families, and friends are invited to drop in between 10:30 a.m. and noon Jan. 12 at the Einerson House (2638 NW Jackson Ave.) for conversation, coffee, tea and light snacks. Hosted by OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International, OSU Office of International Services and the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

OSU Beaver Dads: Come join in with other self-identified dads from around the Corvallis campus to talk about parenting, work and everything in between. Lunch will be provided. This is a time for informal conversation, so come late or leave early if you need, ask questions of other dads, share experiences/stories/resources and more. Facilitated by Tarron Anderson. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Jan. 11, MU 221. For accommodations and questions contact [email protected] with the Family Resource Center.

OSULP Seminar: Please join us for the next event in our Classified Staff Association (CSA) and Library Faculty Association (LFA) Seminar Series from 2-3 p.m., Jan. 11, Willamette East Classroom, third floor, Valley Library, Corvallis or via Zoom (contact us for link) Curious about librarians' sabbaticals? Each one is different. Join associate professor faculty librarians Kelly McElroy and Jane Nichols to hear their unique experiences involving travel, research, service and professional development.

Employee Appreciation Night: The Office of University Human Resources and the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts invite you to Employee Appreciation Night, Sunday, April 21. This is a family-friendly event and employees can purchase tickets for a reduced price of only $5. Plan to arrive at 6 p.m. to enjoy employee appreciation activities such as a scavenger hunt around the new building and a photobooth. There will also be complimentary beverages and desserts available in a designated OSU employees-only reception room. The Derina Harvey Band, a Canadian Celtic rock sensation, will perform at 7 p.m. in Detrick Hall. Buy your tickets here.

The Little Gallery Presents: Afghanistan Before the Wars - Photography by Mark Svendsen. The narrative for this exhibit is to acquaint Oregonians with the native beauty of Afghanistan and the universal humanity of its people, and to impart a sense of what life there was like when the country was at peace half a century ago. The exhibit will run Jan. 9-Feb. 16 in The Little Gallery of Kidder Hall. Free and open to all.

Vistas and Vineyards Juried Show: Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center presents Vistas and Vineyards Juried Show. Vistas and Vineyards is the oldest continuous plein air painting group in the state of Oregon. Come celebrate their 34 years of painting outdoors. The exhibition runs from Jan. 3-Feb. 29. Reception is from 5-7:30 p.m., Jan. 11 in the Giustina Gallery. Learn more about Vistas and Vineyards Juried Show including gallery hours.

President’s Winter Celebration: The stars will align to bring together President Jayathi Murthy, the OSU Board of Trustees and the entire university community to celebrate the start of winter term. Chat with President Murthy and the trustees while enjoying a variety of beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Non-perishable food items will be accepted for the OSU Food Pantry. 4:30-6 p.m., Jan. 18, MU Lounge. Remarks at 5:15 p.m.

Language socialThe World Languages and Cultures program in the School of Language, Culture, and Society invites you to Language and Beyond Social from 2-4 p.m., Jan. 24 in Kidder Hall 210. Learn about language programs and career opportunities, connect with fellow students, meet language and culture faculty and enjoy conchas (Mexican sweet bread).

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Fall Seminar Series: “Biology and Ecology of Oregon Mistletoes,” presented by David Shaw of Oregon State University, 4 p.m., Jan. 11, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website

NEW! Library sabbatical talk: Join OSU Valley Librarians as they talk about their experiences while taking sabbaticals. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Jan. 12 at Tiny Café: a pop-up coffee and feedback table in Main Lobby. OSU Librarians will be asking for your opinions on Discord, the social media application.

NEW! Wine & Chocolate: Elizabeth Tomasino, an associate professor of enology in the Department of Food Science and Technology at OSU, 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 in Portland. For more details follow the link.

NEW! Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State 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 and access to employees; and be familiar with the OSU resources and responsibilities relating to employee health, safety and well-being. Winter 2024 program: Monday-Thursday, 8:15 a.m. to noon, Feb. 26-29, via Zoom. Spring 2024 program: Tuesday-Friday, 8:15 a.m. to noon, May 7-10, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

Elder Care ConnectionsJoin us for monthly lunch-hour informational meetings and discussions about what it means to be a caregiver and how to optimally support your loved ones and yourself. Connect with other OSU community members providing care for a loved one. This month’s presentation: “Fitness At Any Age” with Mike Waters of Fitness Over 50. Noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 11. For Zoom meeting link and for accommodations, please email: [email protected].

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. 9-10:30 a.m., Jan. 11, MU Room 208. Registration required.

Onboarding forums held via Zoom: The President and Provost’s Leadership Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PPLC) is hosting another onboarding forum via Zoom for employees of color on Jan. 12. We are seeking to identify additional ways to support the success and belonging of new employees of color. The forum is from 9-10 a.m. on Jan. 12 and registration is required. If you are unable to attend there is an anonymous feedback survey here. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

OSU-Cascades Science Pub: Oregon State University – Cascades’ Science Pub series continues on Jan. 16 with “The Roller Coaster of Hemp in Oregon,” a talk on the history of the hemp industry in Oregon from its legalization in 2018 to today. Presenter Gordon Jones is an agronomist with the OSU Extension Service. The Science Pub will take place from 5:30-7:15 p.m. in the Charles McGrath Family Atrium in Edward J. Ray Hall at OSU-Cascades. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for networking and dining, with the presentation to follow at 6 p.m.

Mindful Restart: 30 Day Challenge. Start 2024 learning and practicing mindfulness with a supportive cohort and all-inclusive package including a four-week Mindfulness 101 series, 1:1 mentorship, online and in-person practice opportunities and more. $150 for full package; $65 for online only. Free for the first 20 OSU students. Jan. 21-Feb. 19 at Marigold. Contact: [email protected].

Difficult Conversations: "The University’s Role in Restoring Civic Dialogue," with Robert George and Cornel West. Join us on Jan. 22 for a special event with Robert George and Cornel West. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the College of Business, this timely conversation will address the urgent need for universities to lead the way in reviving the art of civil discourse in a society increasingly characterized by division and confrontation. 7 p.m., Austin Auditorium, The LaSells Stewart Center. Register here for the free, public event.  

Health careers alumni panel: You might be surprised by the variety of fields and roles a College of Health degree can lead to. Hear from alumni with your shared passion for taking on challenges facing health and well-being at an Ask Alumni career webcast, at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 24. Register for this free interactive panel presented by the OSU Alumni Association and College of Health.

Getting a Dam Job: Need help creating a resume, cover letter or government application that stands out? Wondering how to gain experience in your dream field when you’re already working a full-time job? Come network, learn and explore possibilities for your future career at one of the Winter 2024 Getting a Dam Job workshops. Corvallis campus and Ecampus students in all majors are welcome; all workshops are offered in virtual or hybrid formats. Sign up for the events you’re most interested in here:

Take Note

NEW! Internationalization Grant: The Office of Global Engagement has announced the Internationalization Grant application cycle for 2023-24, opening Dec. 1 and closing Jan. 31. This year, the grant is offered in three tracks, aligned with Oregon State University’s new strategic plan “Prosperity Widely Shared,” focusing on research and innovation, global and intercultural learning and career and workforce development. Grant funds are provided through the INTO OSU Joint Venture Internationalization Fund. Full details are available on the website.

NEW! FYI Friday proposals: Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy or research you want to share with the campus community? Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Spring 2024. 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. Contact [email protected] with questions, or for assistance.

NEW! Working with Students in Distress: Faculty and staff may be the first to notice a student is struggling and may be in the best position to reach out with care and concern.  The Office of the Dean of Students, in collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services, developed a CARE folder, which is intended to provide you with resources and referral information that we hope you find valuable.  Simply click on this link: and you will be directed to login to Box to access these resources.  We recommend you bookmark this link for easy access on your phone, laptop or tablet. 

NEW! Kognito: Recognizing and Supporting Students in Distress Training for Staff, Faculty and Student Assistants: OSU students today face increasing pressures that can lead to emotional distress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and even thoughts of suicide. Faculty, staff and the student assistants we employ may be in the best position to notice when a student needs additional support. Visit to access the faculty/staff online training so you can recognize and support OSU students in distress. Student assistants should visit: For questions contact Tessie Webster-Henry: [email protected].

NEW! Anytime Anywhere: TELUS Health: Help connect the students you serve with 24/7 mental health support. Anytime Anywhere: TELUS Health is an app that gives all OSU students, including Ecampus students, 24/7 access by text or phone with a licensed mental health counselor. There is no charge to students to use this service. Request print and digital marketing materials to share with students by clicking

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Sarah Haluzak, administrative manager, 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.

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. University Human Resources is offering this new two-hour workshop to OSU employees on a monthly basis starting this Spring. View upcoming workshops and enroll here. In response to increasing material costs, the registration fee for this program will be adjusted to $55 as of Jan. 1.

BennyBuy: Purchases through the BennyBuy punch-out catalogs for Hewlett Packard (HP) and Bluum (Troxell) are now limited to $25,000 and below. This change was due to the cooperative contracts supporting these punch-out catalogs no longer meeting OSU’s competitive requirements. For more information see "Announcements" at

Science Fiction Writing Contest: Imagine a city of the future that has developed resilience to the threat of emerging diseases. Would you like to tell its story? The NSF-funded Pandemic-Resilient Cities research project has extended the deadline for its Science Fiction Writing Contest to Jan. 31. Four winning submissions will be awarded $500 each and publication in the campus literary magazine 45TH PARALLEL. Visit for contest guidelines.

Honors College Colloquium proposal deadline approaching: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor and emeritus faculty are invited to submit honors colloquium proposals for 2024-2025. Details and proposal form available at Questions: [email protected] or 541-737-6412. Deadline: Jan. 15.

GIS Campus Construction Map Launch: A new OSU Corvallis  Campus Construction Map launched in early December 2023, thanks to a successful joint effort between DFA IT, University Land Use Planning and Space Management. The new construction map leverages GIS technology to illustrate the scope of construction work happening across campus and displays current, future and recently completed projects. The map also provides a short description of each project and links to further information. 

Faculty fellowship: The L.L. Stewart Faculty Fellowship offers OSU science and engineering faculty an opportunity to engage in collaborative inquiry alongside a professional artist. For up to two years, faculty and artists will partner on curiosity-driven exploration of questions central to their shared interests. Fellows will partner with PRAx and receive up to $15,000 per year to support the artistic collaboration. Applications due Feb 5.

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing a link to free online safety training from SAIF. For more information on safety at OSU, visit 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.

Faculty Classroom Emergency Guide: OSU Public Safety and the Office of the Provost have created an emergency response guide for faculty and instructional leaders to reference if a campus emergency occurs during instruction. A quick reference sheet will be distributed to all classrooms and the full guide is available at:

Learn about Lyra: Is your team or department interested in learning more about the new mental health benefits available through Lyra Health? Christina Schaaf, work life coordinator, is available for 20-minute presentations on Lyra Health during your team or department meeting. Contact [email protected] to set up a session.

Retirement Benefits – New Year, New Goals: Let Fidelity, TIAA and OSGP(Voya) representatives help you set and reach retirement savings goals for 2024. Learn how to make the most of the Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans that are offered by OSU. Personalized one-on-one consultations are available at no additional cost to OSU employees (student employees do not qualify for this service). Virtual and in-person on-campus appointment available now. Fidelity representative: Justin Blatny; schedule at (Employer Name = Oregon Public Universities). TIAA representative: AJ Martinez, CFP; schedule at OSGP(Voya) representative: Charles Yu; schedule at

Funding opportunity: MSI Advancement Award. The Marine Studies Initiative (MSI) invites proposals to advance marine and coastal studies. This opportunity is possible because of generous private contributions. Our program strives to create a healthy future for the ocean and the planet through interdisciplinary research and teaching that emphasizes collaboration, experiential learning, engagement with society and problem-solving. We anticipate being able to fund several projects with awards of up to $5,000 each. Proposals due Jan. 19. For more information, visit our website. For questions, email [email protected]


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! 4-H Education Program Assistant 2: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement, 4-H Youth Development Program invites applications for an Education Program Assistant 2 position based at the OSU Extension Service Wasco County office in The Dalles. This is a 12-month, full-time, classified, limited-duration position (expected to start Feb. 16 and end Aug. 15) starting at $18.92 hourly + benefits. Posting #P04561UF. Closes Jan. 21.

NEW! Administrative Program Assistant: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement invites applications for an Administrative Program Assistant position based at the OSU Extension Service Baker County office in Baker City. This is a 12-month, full-time, classified position starting at $17.43 hourly + benefits. Posting #P04582CT. Closes Jan. 22.


"Taking care is one way to show your love. Another way is letting people take good care of you when you need it.” ~ Fred Rogers

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 42, low of 35. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of snow today, high of 32, low of 22. Snow likely tomorrow.

Newport: Showers and breezy today, high of 46, low of 40. Rain and breezy tomorrow.

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