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 this fearsome weapon reveals about early Americans (Wired)

Canada was covered by great ice sheets, the type you’d find today in Greenland. Any humans heading north from the present-day United States would have seen “a very dramatic transition in the landscape,” says Loren Davis, an archaeologist at Oregon State University. “As you move north through Idaho and Washington, you would have come to a wall of ice.” 

Oregon residents share first impressions of Tina Kotek as governor of Oregon (KEZI) 

According to political science professor Christopher Stout with Oregon State University, a lot of the tension can be traced back to the urban/rural divide in Oregon. Oregon House Republicans did send a letter to the governor addressing the partisan divide. Professor Stout says going forward, Democratic Governor Kotek will have to work with the Republican opposition to get bills passed. For many years, Tina Kotek served as Oregon's Speaker of the House of Representatives. 

Oregon State U center focuses on outdoor economy (Jefferson Public Radio)

There's already plenty of money being made in helping people enjoy the outdoors, and potentially a lot more to be made. The Center for the Outdoor Recreation Economy (CORE) at Oregon State University formed with an eye to assisting in the development of the outdoor recreation industry and its workers.

Pendletons and Ph.D.s (Underscore)

Harrison is finishing up her Ph.D. at Oregon State University with a research focus on murders among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) in Oregon. Her dissertation project analyzes data in the Oregon Violent Death Reporting System to understand the factors behind the high rates of violent deaths among AI/AN people in the Pacific Northwest.

Award stickers, taste descriptions matter for cheese shoppers (Food Manufacturing)

Consumers are willing to pay more for familiar, versus unfamiliar, varieties of cheese if there is a sticker on the cheese indicating it won an award or if sensory information about the cheese – such as a description of its taste or food pairing suggestions – is included, a new study from Oregon State University shows. (see also KTVZ)

The water's edge: Real-time AI is changing oceanographic science (Western Digital)

Among the scientists aboard the R/V Langseth as it left the whale-watching coastal town of Newport, Ore., were two of the brains behind ISIIS’s newest iteration: Bob Cowen, the associate vice president for research and operations and director at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, and Moritz Schmid, a research associate in Cowen’s lab who most people address as “Mo.” 

Today's photo

Sunshine in the fog: Ashley D'Antonio, associate professor in nature-based recreation management and Gene D. Knudson Forestry Chair, says, “Here is a photo that I took at Black Rock Mountain Biking Area (near Falls City). I was out there with natural resources student Skye Cristelli working on a research project for the Oregon Department of Forestry. We're helping to monitor mountain bike use of this trail system. We were higher up in the trail system to download a trail counter and got above the fog to find a little break of sunshine.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Striving to do even more to foster learner success this year? January is an ideal time to make New Year’s teaching resolutions. Start by focusing on small pedagogical changes, developing a mechanism for change and assessing your readiness for change. You can do it.


Inner Nature podcast series: On Wednesday, Jan. 11, the first episode of the Inner Nature podcast series will be up on the new Spring Creek Podcast. Inner Nature is a series of conversations between thought-leaders exploring the intersection of contemplative practice and environmental action. Sponsored by the Contemplative Studies Initiative and the Spring Creek Project. Listen on SpotifyAppleGoogle, or wherever you get your podcasts.

AM to PM: Start to ReStart. Join the Center for Family Enterprise on Jan. 11 from 8:30-10 a.m. via Zoom for the Family Business 360 Event. Hear from Ted Powell, former owner of AM Equipment, and Paul Menig, CEO of Business Accelerants. Learn from Ted’s experiences addressing people, marketing, and sales challenges, the need for innovation, property investment, and leadership transition planning. Register here.

OSU Beyond Benefits: "Living Simply — Simplify Your Life" webinar. In today’s digital age, people are exposed to a vast amount of choices and opportunities in most all facets of life: choices about what to read, watch, listen or purchase. The result is that people are often more distracted, confused and stressed by the increasing complexity of consumer choices and online social media activities. This topic addresses ways of prioritizing and simplifying your life through adopting a “digital mindfulness” approach. Jan. 11, noon. Register here.

Adult & Higher Education Doctoral Information Session: You’re invited to learn about the College of Education’s Adult & Higher Education Ed.D. program: Wednesday, Jan. 11, noon to 1 p.m. RSVP for the Zoom link and password. Contact [email protected] for questions or accommodation requests.

WRE Seminar Series: Allison Pfieffer from Western Washington University will present "River Bed Elevation Variability Reflects Sediment Supply, Rather Than Peak Flows in the Uplands of Washington State," Jan. 11, 4 p.m. in Bexell Hall 328 or on Zoom. Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details. 

OSU Album Club: The Joshua Tree by U2. This anthem to American culture of its time was released in March of 1987, by the Irish rock super group, U2. Hosted by Bob Santelli, the OSU Album Club is like a book club, only we listen to and discuss some of the greatest rock and pop albums of all time. Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. Live in person in the MU Joyce Powell Journey Room or register for the livestream at


NEW! Faculty Senate: The Jan. 12 Faculty Senate meeting is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall with a Zoom webinar option available. Agenda items include installation of newly elected Faculty Senators and Senate leadership, approval of Parliamentarian, OSU-Cascades update and more. Non-senators are welcome to participate. Complete the linked Qualtrics survey requesting to participate.

NEW! Pride Pancakes: Join the Pride Center for our welcome back Pride Pancakes event on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 5-7 p.m. in SEC 112 to meet new friends, connect with the LGBTQIA2S+ community and learn about upcoming events. We'll be collaborating with the Global Community Kitchen to serve pancakes, toppings and fresh-squeezed orange juice, and we'll have vegan and gluten-free options available.

NEW! Celebrating Kim Kirkland, executive director for Equal Opportunity & Access: Please send Kim off into retirement with your well wishes and words of wisdom by signing the virtual Tribute Wall that has been set up. As well, please attend her virtual celebration planned for this Friday, Jan. 13 1-1:45 p.m. Questions, please reach out to Shari Brumbach, [email protected] or 541-737-4875.

NEW! Cultural Resource Centers Open House: Diversity & Cultural Engagement invites you to our Winter Term Cultural Resource Center Open Houses. All seven cultural resource centers will be open Monday, Jan. 23 from 1-3 p.m. Swing to learn more about the centers and upcoming programs, have snacks and just hang out.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Saturday of Service: Presented by Community Engagement & Leadership: The Dr. King Saturday of Service will take place on Saturday, Jan. 14. MLK Day is an opportunity to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. Students, faculty, staff and their partners and children are all invited to participate. Register on the Community Engagement & Leadership Homepage.

Board of Trustees: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet Jan. 19-20 and hear a briefing on the Elliott State Research Forest, discuss preliminary tuition scenarios and budget planning for the 2024 fiscal year and hear an update on the university’s strategic plan. The board will meet from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Jan. 20 in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. Board committees will meet from 8 a.m.-4:05 p.m. Jan. 19 in the same location. All meetings are open to the public and can be attended in person, on Zoom or on the phone by calling 1-888-475-4499 (meeting ID: 655 466 888). Public comment can be made in person, on Zoom or in writing at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to [email protected]. For more, visit:

Winter Celebration: OSU students, faculty and staff are invited to join President Jayathi Y. Murthy for conversation and celebration. Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 9-11 a.m. in the MU Lounge. There will be both sweet and savory drinks and snacks. Bring your OSU ID. Non-perishable food items will be accepted for the OSU Food Pantry. Food Pantry Wish List. For more information or to request accommodation, email [email protected]

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies 50 Year Celebration Virtual Poetry Reading: WGSS is currently accepting submissions for poetry to be read during a virtual poetry reading on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. Submissions will be evaluated by a panel and authors whose work is accepted will be notified by Jan. 15. Free and open to all. Register to here to attend the virtual reading.

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies 50 Year Celebration Virtual Book Club: WGSS invites you to read Sara Ahmed’s book, “Living a Feminist Life,” and then join us on Zoom for a discussion led by Susan Bernardin, director of the School of Language, Culture and Society, and WGSS faculty members. Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m. Register for link to attend.

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies 50 Year Celebration Alumni Reunion: Join WGSS in a weekend of activities celebrating 50 years on campus. The weekend includes a meet and greet, drag show, campus tour, Arts and Activism Exhibition, panel talks, celebration dinner, farewell breakfast and more. Cost is $250. Friday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 29. More information and registration.

Big Blue Film Festival: The Big Blue Film Fest aims to engage the community and provide a lively weekend of research-based entertainment with films that combine marine science, humanities and the arts. Jan. 27-28 at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. The films will be shown in Hatfield's Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building auditorium. Purchase your ticket online. There are no cash ticket sales for this event. The all-access pass will gain you access to any film at the festival. $20 for adults and non-students 18 years and older; $12 for students (includes K-12, community college and university students). See more details on films and their viewing times.

PFLA Winter Luncheon: Join us for a creative tasting menu provided by OSU Catering and guest speaker Scott Vignos, OSU’s Chief Diversity Officer. Monday, Jan. 30 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center: Registration is required and cost is $15/person. For more information about the event and how to register click here.

Beaver Baseball tailgater in the desert on Feb. 18: Support OSU Baseball in Arizona at the Sanderson Ford Surprise Baseball Classic (Feb. 17-20). Have a ball with fellow alumni and fans at the OSU vs. Minnesota pre-game tailgater hosted by OSUAA from 10-11:45 a.m. MST. There will be plenty of food, drinks, freebies and fun to be had before the first pitch.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Register for the Think Affordable Summit on March 7: At Oregon State, we all care about improving affordability, but as individuals, we can sometimes feel powerless to make a difference. However, change is possible, and in a lot of ways, it’s already happening. This event will educate faculty, advisors and administrators about the many affordability initiatives and resources happening at OSU. Come and learn how you can support them. Lunch provided. See the full agenda and register to join us in person or online. 

University Budget Conversation: The Office of Budget and Resource Planning will hold a University Budget Conversation via Zoom on Jan. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. This week’s topic is “All about research F&A (or Indirect) costs.” The initial 15 minutes is spent on presentation of the topic, followed by discussion and Q&A. To join the webinar, visit For materials associated with this conversation, visit For questions, email [email protected].

HMSC Research Seminar: Shawn Rowe with Oregon Sea Grant will be giving a seminar titled “Communicating with the Public: Honing your story for table top exhibits, fairs, and talks,” Jan. 12 at 3:30 p.m. In person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Zoom link. Password: 972587 or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Fall Seminar Series: “Plant conservation in Oregon over the last half-century,” presented by Jimmy Kagan of INR-Portland ORBIC, Thursday, Jan. 12, 4 p.m., ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

MLK Commemoration Week: Join us for "A Discussion on MLK's Ideology and Caste." This panel event will be a conversation with experts working on caste and race discussing how MLK’s ideology about race is relevant to the framework of caste. The event will be held Jan. 17 from 12:30-2 p.m. in the MU, Journey Room 104. Elizabeth Barstow from the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion will moderate the discussion. One panelist is Robert Thompson from OSU's Ethnic Studies department, and other panelists will join from across the country via Zoom.

Listening Session – General Education Curriculum: The Learning Outcomes, Criteria, and Rationale (LOCR) committee is holding the first listening session for university stakeholders to share input about the Seeking Solutions category in the reformed general education curriculum. The session will be led by Selina Heppell, the mentor for the Seeking Solutions workgroup. The session is Jan. 17, 1-2:30 p.m. in MU 13 Multi-purpose Room. For those who cannot attend the listening session, or who have additional comments, there will be an opportunity to offer commentary and feedback via a Qualtrics in January.

Coaches Clinic: Teambuilding and Culture, Jan. 18. OSU kinesiology faculty show you how to support connection, encourage learning and create community as a youth sports coach. The College of Public Health and Human Sciences' next Coaches Clinic event is Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hallie Ford Center 115. Create a positive culture with rituals, routines and practices for your team. Registration required

Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Research Symposium: Come explore the intersections between chemistry, biology, epidemiology and regulatory science on Jan. 20 in The LaSells Stewart Center. Speakers include current students and staff and EMT alumni from industry, government and academia. There will be a career Q&A and a poster session. Registration is free.

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies 50 Year Celebration keynote lecture: Loretta Ross is co-founder of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, which works to improve institutional policies and systems that impact the reproductive lives of marginalized communities. Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Free, open to all. Register here to attend.

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies 50 Year Celebration Hybrid Panel Talk: WGSS Today: Issues and Activisms. Leaders in the field will join us on campus and via Zoom to talk about where the field of WGSS is today, important issues for the field and significant issues of concern for feminist activism and education. Panelists: Carrie Baker, Smith College; Tracy Butts, Cal State University, Chico; Melinda de Jesus, California College of the Arts; Priya Kandaswamy, San Diego State University; Andres Lopez, Carleton University; and Jules Gill-Peterson, John Hopkins University. Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center Ag Pro Room. Free, open to all. Register to attend.

College of Science Inclusive Excellence Lecture: Featuring National Science Foundation CAREER award recipient Marilyn Rampersad Mackiewicz on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center. In her lecture, "Empowering Cultures of Belonging: Thriving, Innovating and Solving Global Challenges," Mackiewicz will share her research on the development of safe nanomaterials for clinical translation by constructing a systems-level understanding of nanoparticle-biological interactions and toxicity, highlighting her experiences in science as an immigrant to the U.S. and a first-generation student. Reception starts at 5 p.m. RSVP today.

Public Health Insider: Power Vegetables and Cancer Prevention. Mark your calendar for Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and pass the kale. Faculty from the CPHHS and the Moore Family Center will discuss the link between power vegetables and cancer prevention. They will also highlight the Hope Grows Here program and the research from the Linus Pauling Institute. Register for this free webcast:

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State University managers, supervisors, and lead workers. At the end of this course, learners will have a solid understanding about the principles and policies that apply to our employees; know how to navigate within the space of talent management activities; recognize when, and how, to provide equal opportunity and access to employees; and more. March 6-9, 8:15 a.m. to noon each day via Zoom. Learn more and register before Feb. 27.

Take Note

NEW! Revised university policy03-200 Real Property. This policy provides necessary updates to and replaces legacy policy 580-060 Real Property, Facility and Campus Planning. Please visit the “What’s New” page of the University Policy & Standards Manual for the latest on new, revised and proposed university policies and standards.

NEW! Revised university policy: 05-100 Termination Not-for-Cause of Professional Faculty Appointment. This policy updates and makes permanent the 2021 interim policy 05-100 Termination Not-for-Cause of Professional Faculty Appointment. Please visit the “What’s New” page of the University Policy & Standards Manual for the latest on new, revised and proposed university policies and standards.

NEW! Revised university policy05-105 Corrective Discipline and Termination for Cause of Professional Faculty Member’s Appointment. This policy updates and makes permanent the 2021 interim policy Discipline and Termination for Cause of Professional Faculty Member’s Appointment. Please visit the “What’s New” page of the University Policy & Standards Manual for the latest on new, revised and proposed university policies and standards.

NEW! David Noakes Memorial Cookbook: David Noakes was a professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences, and a celebrated baker who sadly passed in December 2020. This memorial cookbook features recipes that David prepared for the FWCS Friday Coffee Club, recreated and photographed by a team of volunteer bakers. A digital version is available here. For printed copies (approx. $20 each), please contact Michelle Scanlan or Rachel Crowhurst by Jan. 27.

NEW! Inspiring Girls* Expeditions STEAM outdoor expeditions: Inspiring Girls* Expeditions (housed within OSU’s CEOAS) is a tuition-free, 12-day wilderness science education program for 16-18 year-old high schoolers. Students who don’t feel like they fit the “typical” image of a scientist or outdoors person are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is Jan. 30: Apply here. Questions? Email us at [email protected].

NEW! 25 Year club: Congratulations to Kim Rossi, office specialist 2, 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.

Nyman given chemistry award: Chemistry professor May Nyman was awarded the 2023 American Chemical Society F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry. She received this award for seminal contributions to the synthesis and development of a family of chemical compounds called polyoxometalates. Nyman was also recognized for her support and mentoring of students and young researchers. A symposium honoring Nyman is planned for the 2023 spring American Chemical Society meeting.

Affordable student health insurance is available: Winter enrollment is open through Monday, Jan. 23. Domestic, Ecampus, and PharmD students can easily signup for the OSU Insurance Plan from PacificSource. The plan provides access to a vast network of local and nationwide care providers. More info:

Internationalization Grant Application now open: The Office of Faculty Affairs Internationalization Grant is open to all OSU professional and academic faculty and INTO OSU employees. The program awards up to $5,000 for projects that advance the university’s internationalization agenda. Applications for the winter cycle are due Friday, Jan. 27 by 5 p.m. Priority areas and evaluation criteria information has been added to the website.

Health and safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing information from SAIF on cold weather safety. 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.

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Evacuation. Emergency evacuation is the immediate and urgent movement of people away from the threat or actual occurrence of a hazard. Know your routes and workplace assembly point. This month’s poster can be downloaded at:

Study on prediabetes: Oregon State University is working with Samaritan Health Services on a research study to regulate blood sugar in adults with prediabetes. To participate, you must be between the ages of 18-55 and have prediabetes. The study involves visits to the Samaritan Athletic Medicine Center in Corvallis over 4-5 months. By participating, you may receive up to $1,000, as well as information about your health. Contact us below to learn more: (541) 737-198; [email protected].

Recruiting LGBQ+ cisgender women who drink alcohol for a research study on stress and alcohol use. The study includes a brief screening survey, one two-hour virtual visit, and two one-hour in-person visits in Reed Lodge. We recently made changes to our inclusion criteria. If you have already taken the screening survey, please consider taking it again. Those who complete the study receive up to $70 in Amazon gift cards. Click the link to access the screening survey: and email [email protected] if you have any questions. 

Honors College Colloquium proposal deadline approaching: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor and emeritus faculty are invited to submit honors colloquium proposals for 2023-2024. Details & proposal form available at: Questions: [email protected] or 541-737-6412. Deadline: Jan. 15.

Fiscal policy: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on an updated policy draft for Lease Reporting. For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Notifications Page – Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.

Provost’s Literary Prize: The 35th Annual Provost’s Literary Prize for undergraduate students at OSU is open for submissions. The winner will be awarded $500 and on-campus publication. Jennifer Richter in the School of Writing, Literature and Film and the screening committee are seeking help from faculty to identify candidates for the prize. The literary work can be fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction written for a general audience. Please direct students to for submission requirements. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 25. The winner will be announced in May.

Traffic and Maintenance

Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Improvement project, Washington Way between 17th-26th streets and 30th-35th streets will be closed starting Jan. 3. The north-south intersection at Washington Way and 26th St. will remain open (view map). Updated schedule: 17th-26th streets closed Jan. 3-5; 30th-35th streets closed Jan. 10-20.


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NEW! Ecampus is seeking a front-end developer (analyst programmer 2) to join our course development and training team. The front-end developer will collaborate with instructional designers and faculty to develop high-quality online courses. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) classified position. Posting #P03925CT. Closes Jan. 24.


“Cats speak only to those who know how to listen.” ~ Sigmund Freud

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 50, low of 45. Rain Thursday.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of snow showers and then rain and snow likely, high of 42, low of 37. Slight chance of rain Thursday.

Newport: Rain today, high of 54, low of 47. Rain tomorrow.

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