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. Continue For more about this section, see:

OSU study suggests hemp compounds could help block coronavirus (KGW)

A recent study conducted by Oregon State University researchers found that certain hemp compounds might be able to prevent SARS-CoV-2 — the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 — from entering human cells, according to a press release from the university. (see also KOINHemp Industry DailyForbes)

COVID two years on: World still awaits answers about virus origin (DW)

Chunhuei Chi, director of the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University in the US, says that the most serious mistake committed by China is not its refusal to share information about the origin of the virus, but its attempt to suppress information about its spread among the population in Wuhan in the initial stage.

UA dean of College of Education and Health Professionals in Fayetteville leaving for job at Oregon State (Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

Oregon State University on Monday announced that he will start June 30 as the university's dean for its College of Public Health and Human Sciences. "Between now and my departure, I'll be working diligently to support the college and ensure a smooth transition to future leadership," Primack said in a statement. He did not respond Tuesday to a voice message, text message or email from a reporter asking about the move.


Here's what you need to know about Oregon's new 'crisis standards' of care (Portland Business Journal)

“I’ve received resistance when I use the r-word (ration),” said Courtney Campbell, a professor and director of Oregon State University’s Program in Medical Humanities. “It implies the medical system can’t do all that it can to provide care. But crisis standards are an effort to operationalize rationing. You’ve got the context of a crisis, the health system is overwhelmed, there’s not enough staff to go around because they’ve got so many patients.” (This article may be behind a paywall)

Coronavirus Today: Is it over yet? (Los Angeles Times)

“We want to get to a place where we are no longer concerned about preventing infections, but instead worried about preventing severe symptoms and death,” Chunhuei Chi, director of the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University, told my colleague Deborah Netburn.

Today's photo

Cat with a view: Jay VanDenBogaard, substance use clinician with Student Health Services, says, “Meet Simon. A community cat that wanders by on occasion (more often lately) to say hello, give a warm nudge, grab a snack, a quick nap, and go.” We're still working our way through all our fall photo submissions but we're accepting winter photos now at [email protected]

Timely Teaching Tips: Could your students benefit from discussing time management, goal setting or course-specific study strategies? Week 2 is a great time for students to connect with Academic Coaching offered by the Academic Success Center. Encourage your students to schedule a 45-minute appointment to meet with a trained peer coach either in-person or via Zoom.


Oregon Sea Grant Director Candidate Public Presentation/Q&A: Karina Nielsen will present, “The marine forecast is windy and wavy: Hope, opportunities, and challenges for coastal zone stewardship and communities,” Jan. 12. Talk: 9-9:50 a.m.; Q&A: 10-10:45 a.m. Virtual link:

College of Engineering Virtual Lecture: David Hill, professor, Civil and Construction Engineering, will speak on “Crowd-Sourcing Snow: The Value of Community Science for Oregon’s Water Resources,” Jan. 12, noon to 1 p.m. Free and open to the public. For details and registration:

NEW! BEavers Here Now Guided Meditation: Enjoy a different 15-minute guided meditation each week. Sessions take place every Monday and Wednesday at 5 p.m. Each session will be offered via Zoom until further notice.  Register at This program is presented by CAPS and the Wellness Agents. Contact Tessie Webster-Henry for questions or to coordinate extra credit.

OSU Album Club: “Blue” by Joni Mitchell. The OSU Album Club continues for winter term in remote format. Join host Bob Santelli in listening to and discussing some of the greatest music albums of all time. This month, it’s Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell’s 1971 album “Blue.” Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. Free, open to all. Registration is required for link to participate


NEW! Little Gallery: Art exhibition featuring the work of Rick Bartow, "Highlights from Things You Know But Cannot Understand," will be on view at The Little Gallery. Jan. 10 through Feb. 25. Opening with collector on Jan. 13, 4-5:30 p.m.

OSU Wind Ensemble: Oregon Music Education Association Conference Sendoff Concert. The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the Oregon Music Educators Association annual conference. As a celebration the ensemble will share the program they have prepared. Conducted by Erik Leung, and featuring Olin Hannum, OSU Athletic Bands Director, guest conductor. Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center. Free. Entry requires a current, valid OSU ID card, or, proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test from within the previous 72 hours and a photo ID.  

Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Jan. 13 to consider the appointment of a new board secretary. The meeting will be held remotely from 1:30-2 p.m. and is open to the public. Agenda and materials will be posted at For special accommodation contact 541-737-3449 or [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance.  

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: Registration for the 40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is open. The keynote is open to OSU students, staff and faculty. The keynote takes place Jan. 17, 11 a.m., and features LaTosha Brown, expert in black voting rights and voter suppression. It is being offered in-person in the LaSells Stewart Center, and virtually with registration. Register. For a full list of events, visit

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Winter Seminar Series: “Industrial Innovations: A new class of plant growth regulator and a functional beverage” presented by Arthur Nonomura of BRANDT iHammer Co., Thursday, Jan. 13, 4 p.m. via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

NEW! [email protected]: Join us for a 3 series workshop designed for employees and students who have taken a leave of absence for the arrival of a child. At the workshop attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about sources of support for families at OSU, connect with other parents returning to work and/or school and hear information about transitioning into parenthood and back to work. Registration for sessions 2 and 3 are now open, please visit to register and learn more. Questions? Reach out to [email protected] or 541-737-4906.

ElderCare ConnectionsWalk with Ease – Managing Chronic Pain with Exercise: Presenter: Allison Harris, Nutrition Program Coordinator OSU Coos and Curry Extension Service. Jan. 13, noon to 1 p.m. Zoom link: For more information, contact Robynn Pease at [email protected].

HMSC Research Seminar: Francisco Guerrero with the College of Forestry at Oregon State University will be giving a seminar titled “Should we bury our forests in the bottom of the ocean to fight climate change?” Jan. 13 at 3:30 p.m. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

2022 Starker Lecture Series: "Women of Forestry: Inspiring Leadership." Robin Wall Kimmerer, Lecture: "Women As Change Agents in Forestry," Jan. 26. The LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium. Registration required; register here. For more information on the series please visit our website. Open to the public and livestreamed. For disability accommodations, call (541) 737-3161.

Innovation Day: Join the OSU Advantage Office on Jan. 26 for a one-hour virtual event (offered once in the morning and once in the afternoon) that will describe funding and training opportunities that support innovation and entrepreneurship at the federal, state and OSU levels. At this event you will also learn how to apply for a special $5,000 Innovation Award available from OSU Advantage. Register here.

Take Note

NEW! 25 Year Club inductees: Congratulations to John Edwards, associate dean and professor, 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.

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. Simply click on this link and you will be directed to login to Box to access these resources. 

NEW! Mindful @ Oregon State University is an e-newsletter that delivers a weekly care package of mindfulness tips, resources and events to your inbox. Curated by CAPS staff, the newsletter features a weekly guided meditation, learn-more section, mindfulness challenge, OSU mindfulness event calendar and crowd-sourced knowledge and recommendations. Subscribe here:

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 student assistants may be in the best position to notice when a student needs additional support. Visit to access the faculty/staff online training to recognize and support OSU students in distress. Student assistants should visit: For questions: [email protected].

NEW! Fiscal Policy updates: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on updates to the fiscal policy Miscellaneous Expenses. For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.

NEW! Breaking Barriers Award Nominations Deadline: The Breaking Barriers award eligibility has expanded to all OSU community members whose work advances women and gender equity in alignment with the award categories. Categories include Education, Research, Athletics, the PCOSW Community Builder and the Harriet Redmond Award. Learn more and submit nominations at Deadline is Feb. 4. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Work Life Newsletter: Click here to see the first 2022 Work Life Newsletter and to see Work Life and Wellness events and workshops for the month of January. For questions please contact [email protected].

OSU Presidential Search Process: Please share your thoughts by Jan. 20. The Board of Trustees invites members of the university community to provide their thoughts about the qualities and characteristics desired in a new president and key challenges a new president may face. The Board invites the community to provide feedback through a series of listening sessions and an online survey. More information here:

ADA task force: OSU has convened an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) task force to review the policies, programs and systems in place to support a culture of inclusiveness and compliance with the ADA, and make recommendations regarding ongoing effectiveness and  needed improvements. The task force welcomes information from students and employees regarding their experiences with and ideas about physical/building and wayfinding accessibility, information technology (IT) accessibility, and accommodations. Click here for more about online and in-person feedback opportunities.

Funding Available for Students to Attend Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference: Community Engagement & Leadership and the Sustainability Office is offering OSU students an opportunity to attend the 2022 Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) taking place March 2-4. Funding is available for up to 8 students to participate virtually and up to 4 students to attend in person at South Seattle College. First come, first served for students who complete this registration form by Feb. 11.

Call for art: The Reading Room is launching a Call for Art to match the themed collection Metamorphosis and invites you to submit a work of art for display. This call for art is open to all OSU faculty, staff, students and community members. Submit your unique work of art following the theme Metamorphosis on Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon and 5-7 p.m. in the Valley Library first floor, beside Java II. Check out the Call for Art page for specifics regarding work guidelines; details at:

Meditators Needed for Research Study: Edwards Social Cognition Lab in the Department of Psychology is seeking volunteers with mindfulness experience to join a research study consisting of a no-cost, 8-week, Zoom-based meditation class starting Jan. 23. One volunteer will win a $200 Amazon gift card. Visit the lab website for more information or to sign up.

SOUNDBOX 5: Interstitial Spaces. Collaborations & Creative Catalysts Feb. 23-24 (Virtual Festival). Looking for artists, writers, class projects, technologists, DIY makers, digital, video and performance artists, songwriters, musicians and more. Soundbox 5 is looking for new and collaborative works that demonstrate intermedia, cross-disciplinary storytelling and creativity, exploratory humanities research, improvised and popular forms of making, collaborative field work, technologies or process-driven arts. Open to all. Submissions accepted through Jan 24.

Eat Free: @eatfreeosu is a Twitter account managed by the Human Services Resource Center student team. This account broadcasts information about open events on campus that also have food available. If your event is closed, but you have extra food, a message can be crafted asking students to show up at the end of your event. Event organizers can tag @eatfreeosu or call 541-737-3747 during business hours to request their event be posted on the account.

Looking for Unsung Heroes: We are looking for submissions from the Oregon State community to highlight OSU employees and students who are not typically in the spotlight but who are going above and beyond in their work or personal lives. Inspired by our COVID-19 Unsung Hero profiles, we want to celebrate those who serve others, whether it be helping colleagues, volunteering in their community or simply living in ways that inspire us. Send your suggestions to [email protected] and our staff may contact them for interviews we’d feature in OSU Today and elsewhere.

COVID-19 testing: Oregon State University, in collaboration with Willamette Valley Toxicology (WVT), is providing on-site COVID-19 testing. OSU employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to test at one of these locations: Corvallis: Student Experience Center and Cascade Hall 120: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. (For staff wanting to get a test voluntarily, please make sure to register for a LabDash account prior to arrival: Bend: Ray Hall 302. Week of Jan. 3: Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.

Traffic and Maintenance

Reser: For work related to the Completing Reser Stadium project, southbound traffic along SW 26th Street near the entrance to the Reser Stadium Parking lot will be diverted into the northbound lane while excavation and pipe installation work is occurring in the closed lane. Flaggers will be used at three locations to separate vehicular traffic from construction workers and equipment. SW 26th Street, access to the Reser Stadium parking lot and adjacent lots will be accessible. All lanes of traffic will reopen at end of shift each day. Construction activities and lane closures will occur between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily from Jan. 10-14. (view map).

West Greenhouse: As part of the 20 & 21 West Greenhouse project, a portion of sidewalk will be closed to pedestrian traffic between SW 30th and 35th streets on SW Campus Way for ADA access and sidewalk improvement work. The month-long closure is scheduled to start on Friday, Jan. 7 and continue through Feb. 7. Please view the online map, which provides an overview of this location and appropriate detours to take. Direct access to the 20 & 21 greenhouses can be made at their north side doors.

Graf Hall: As part of the Graf Hall Renovation Project, a section of sidewalk on the north side of Graf Hall will be closed for excavation work for a new sidewalk and building entry. During the closure, pedestrian traffic will be routed to the north side of Monroe Avenue (view map). The closure takes place now through Jan. 14.


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! Manager of Continuing and Professional Education Program: The College of Forestry invites applications for a part-time (50%), 12-month, fixed-term (through 6/30/2023) Manager of Continuing and Professional Education Program position in Corvallis, OR. Posting #P05134UF. Closes Jan. 24.

NEW! Assistant Professor and Starker Chair of Family Forestry: The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure track Assistant Professor and Starker Chair of Family Forestry position in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. Posting #P05106UF. Full consideration Jan. 28. Closes Feb. 18. 

NEW! Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Economics: The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure track Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Economics position in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. Posting #P05083UF. Full consideration Jan. 28. Closes Feb. 21.


“I pray this winter be gentle and kind—a season of rest from the wheel of the mind.” ~ John Geddes

Corvallis: Patchy fog and a chance of rain, high of 51, low of 42. Chance of rain Thursday.

Central Oregon: Mostly cloudy today, high of 49, low of 34. Slight chance of showers Thursday.

Newport: Mostly cloudy and then rain, high of 56, low of 48. Chance of rain Thursday.

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