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:


Will Oregon olive farming be the next big thing? (Natural Resource Report)

In 2017, a few small-acreage farmers reached out to Oregon State University Extension Service about possible research on olives, an unlikely new crop they hoped had potential in Oregon. Olives were on their radar because these warm-weather-loving trees can potentially survive and perhaps thrive in conditions brought by climate change.

John Byrne, OSU's 12th president, dies at age 95 (KTVZ)

John V. Byrne, who served as Oregon State University’s 12th president from 1984 to 1995 after leading the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, died Thursday. He was 95.

Best of both worlds: Indigenous knowledge and western science to better manage our forests (KLCC)

Christina Eisenberg is an Associate Dean within the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and she occupies a very unique position both at the school and in the world of forest management.

At Oregon State, engineers hope the future will be built by mass timber (KGW)

On the eastern edge of the Oregon State University campus, in a modern warehouse sandwiched between a parking lot and a dairy barn, the future of environmentally friendly construction is taking shape. 

Research in southern part of Willamette forest provides insight on wildland fire (Highway 58 Herald)

Forests on the west slope of Oregon’s Cascade Range experienced fire much more often between 1500 and 1895 than had been previously thought, according to new research by scientists at Oregon State University.

Success or failure in Ukraine? (Just Security)

A piece by David Bernell, associate professor of political science in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University, and Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr. 

Is my food still safe after a power outage? Ask Extension (Oregonian)

Power companies reported thousands of outages around the Portland metro area and the state on Saturday amid gusty winds and drifting snow, leaving many customers without power wondering what to do next. Oregon State University Extension Service offers this advice about food safety.

OSU Professor Christopher Mundt retires after nearly 40 years of research, teaching (Philomath News)

Now, Mundt is retiring after nearly 40 years in the botany field at Oregon State University, having led research in plant resistance and disease control in addition to teaching future botanists at OSU.

A new study finds a critical vitamin for salmon in rivers (Jefferson Public Radio)

Researchers have known salmon’s ocean diet impacts their thiamine levels. Scientists at Oregon State University have called “thiamine deficiency complex” a growing threat. For example, a diet rich in anchovies rather than sardines can lead to a deficiency.

New horizons for Julie Green's 'Last Supper' and 'First Meal' projects (Oregon Arts Watch)

Though Green died in 2021, at age 60 of terminal cancer, both Last Supper and First Meal were in the news in late fall of 2023: Last Supper because of a museum acquisition and First Meal because of a catalog published by Oregon State University Press. The series are intimately related: Last Supper depicts the last meal request of death row prisoners facing execution; First Meal focuses instead on exonerees and on the circumstances surrounding the first food they ate after being released from prison. 

Today's photo

Afternoon light: Catherine Bolzendahl submitted this photo of Weatherford Hall. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Helping your students develop effective study strategies? See the latest post in the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Research Advancing Pedagogy series for new research on successful student study strategies. The research strongly supports the efficacy of retrieval practice (self-testing) and distributed practice (spacing out studying).


New Year Resolutions and Self-Care: The start of the new year often brings expectations for change and the desire to accomplish certain goals. As we all know, though, these resolution are much easier said than done. Join this gathering to talk about how to set reasonable foals for the new year and work toward actually achieving them. 1 p.m., Jan. 17; 9 a.m., Jan. 30. Register for this upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

OSU International Film Festival: Covenant of the Salmon People. "Covenant of the Salmon People" is a 60-minute documentary portrait of the Nez Perce Tribe as they continue to carry out their ancient promise to protect the Chinook salmon. The film explores the intertwined fate of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce), salmon and the landscape from which both evolved. 6 p.m., Jan. 17 at Darkside Cinema in Corvallis; admission is free.


NEW! Come learn about careers in the semiconductor industry: Listen to professionals in the industry talk about their roles and find out how to prepare for jobs in the Semiconductor Industry. All majors welcome. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Jan. 18, MU Ballroom. Attendance is free, but registration is required:

NEW! Board of Trustees: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet Jan. 18 and 19 to consider election of board officers, a presidential compensation adjustment and a debt resolution of long-term refinancing. The board will meet from 9:15 a.m.-1:35 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union on the Corvallis campus. Board committees will meet from 8 a.m.-4:10 p.m. Jan. 18 in the same location. All board 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). Meeting agendas and materials are posted as they become available on the board’s website.

NEW! Classified Staff Union membership meeting: Classified staff are welcome to attend our union’s monthly meeting for updates on bargaining and other happenings. Noon to 12:30 p.m., Jan. 18. This meeting is hybrid. If attending online, registration in advance is required. In-person attendees can join us for lunch in Memorial Union Room 211. Email for accommodations.

NEW! Resilient Coastal Communities/Natural Resources Education for Island Communities program in Puerto Rico: Join faculty leaders Wanda Crannell from CAS and Shawn Rowe from Oregon Sea Grant to learn more about this three-credit, spring break service learning program from March 23-30. Info session 3-5 p.m., Jan. 18 in StAG 240. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

NEW! Commodities, Cafes and Climate Change -- France: Join OSU faculty members James Sterns and Dominique Bachelet from the College of Agricultural Sciences for a four-credit, two-week program in France from June 18-July 2. Information sessions on Jan. 19: "drop-in" between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in LINC 350 or on Zoom 2:30-4 p.m. For details about the program, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and check out the program brochure and application. Also let us know about your interest level.

NEW! Yoga Nidra: Drawn from Vedic and Tantric practices, yoga nidra “yogic sleep” is a guided meditation experience which often yields deep relaxation, insight and a sense of connection. Guided by Tiffany Bailey. 6-7:30 p.m., Sundays Jan 21., Feb. 18 and March 17 at Marigold. Purchase one class pass or $15 for drop-in. Please pre-register. Contact: [email protected].

NEW! 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., Fridays Jan. 19, Feb. 9 and March 8 at Marigold. Purchase one class pass or $15 for drop-in. Pre-register for Jan 19Contact us. 

NEW! BABy@OSU: The week of Jan. 22, join us for the first BABy@OSU baby shower week. A week filled with sessions geared toward new and expecting parents with sessions from mindfulness and lactation to baby-bonding leave. There will be an in-person connection hour for new and expecting parents to learn more about the Family Resource Center and Work Life resources. Learn more and register for session here.

Info Session: Study Abroad in Borneo or New Zealand: Interested in a two-week study abroad program in Borneo or New Zealand this summer? Join COF International Programs to learn about College of Forestry’s two-week programs opportunities in ecologically unique islands of Malaysian Borneo and New Zealand this summer. Info session: 2 p.m., Jan. 18, Rich 107 or join via Zoom. The deadline to apply for the Oil Palms and Orangutans: Forest Conservation in Malaysian Borneo faculty-led program is Feb. 15 and Land of the Long White Cloud: Ecosystems of New Zealand is April 1. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Puerto Rico Resilient Coastal Communities and Natural Resources Education: Join Wanda Crannell from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Shawn Rowe from NOAA Sea Grant over spring break (March 23-30) for a 3-credit, eight-day program in Puerto Rico to engage in service-learning projects connected to natural resource management and food systems. There are two info sessions, one at 3 p.m. and one at 4 p.m., Jan. 18, in STAG 240. Visit Global Opportunities for application info.

President’s Winter Celebration: The stars will align to bring together President Jayathi Y. 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 pm.

PFLA Winter Luncheon: Join us for a gourmet lunch and special presentation from OSU President Jayathi Murthy. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 30, The LaSells Stewart Center. Cost/person is $15 for PFLA members and $20 for non-members. Registration is required and seating is limited.

PFLA Networking event: Valentine’s Day Speed Networking on Zoom. Get to know colleagues at this fun networking session using a "speed dating" format with short, rotating break-out groups. Wear your best Valentine's attire or colors to be entered in a drawing for fun prizes. 2-3 p.m., Feb. 14 on Zoom. Registration is required.

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.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology seminar series: Chris Darimont, professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria, will give a seminar on “Bears, Salmon, and People; Applied Conservation Science in the Great Bear Rainforest." He will speak from 4-5 p.m., Jan. 17 in Room 302 of the Learning Innovation Center. This event is free and open to the public. 

NEW! Working at a Land Grant Institution 101 Workshop: Did you know that Oregon State University (OSU) is the only land-grant university (LGU) in Oregon? Join Marina Denny, Associate Vice Provost for Engagement from 10-11 a.m., Jan. 18 via Zoom and learn why that matters to our academic and professional faculty. This interactive workshop will explore how LGUs are different from other public institutions. You will leave with a better understanding of OSU’s public engagement mission and ideas for how to contribute through your teaching, research and other efforts. Register here.

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Tessa Hill, UC Davis professor of earth and planetary science, Bodega Marine Laboratory; Alyssa Griffin, UC Davis assistant professor of earth and planetary science, Bodega Marine Laboratory; and Kat Kerlin, environment writer and press officer, UC Davis news and media relations, will be giving a seminar titled “Confronting Climate Anxiety,” 3:30 p.m., Jan. 18. Please join us 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.

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology seminar series: “What role should forests play in climate mitigation?” presented by Jacob Bukoski of Oregon State University, 4 p.m., Jan. 18, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

NEW! FYI Friday – Behind-the-scenes of Student Care Team: Have you ever made a referral to Student Care and weren’t quite sure what happens next? Student Care is designed to help students problem solve within the university community, and access referrals for personal matters or emergencies. In this session, we'll go behind the scenes of what referrals and students can expect when working with our office. Our hope is to inform and empower our campus community to make informed referrals to help students navigating difficult circumstances. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Jan. 19 via Zoom. Registration required.

NEW! New Trauma-Informed Yoga class from CAPE: Beginning Jan. 22, CAPE Survivor Advocacy will be hosting a trauma-informed yoga class for survivors of gender-based violence. This class is led at a gentle to medium pace. All bodies and levels of movement are welcome and modifications will be offered. Limited yoga mats are available – please bring your own mat if possible. The class is held on Mondays from 12:10-12:50 p.m. For location details and more information, email Jocelyn Kerr.

NEW! Public policy career panel: Advance your career journey in public policy. Find inspiration for your future endeavors from alumni with degrees in political science, public policy and sociology at an Ask Alumni virtual networking event at 4 p.m. Jan. 25. Register for this free interactive panel presented by the OSU Alumni Association, OSU Career Development Center and School of Public Policy. 

NEW! Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. KeynoteKeeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will serve as this year’s Commemoration keynote speaker, at 7 p.m., Jan. 31 in The LaSells Stewart Center and streamed online. Register here. Taylor’s keynote address, titled “The Radical King: Martin Luther King, Jr’s Quest to Reconstruct America,” will explore Dr. King's vision for the nation that is just as relevant today.

NEW! WIC Hosting Scott Graham for Talk on Generative AI: The Writing Intensive Curriculum (WIC) program is hosting Scott Graham (University of Texas-Austin) for a talk on writing and generative AI (e.g. ChatGPT) in higher education.2-3:30 p.m., Feb. 5, in-person and Zoom access is available. No fee for attendance. Register and read more here:

Racial Advocacy: Racial injustice continues to impact our world. You see it, you feel it, and you’re against it. But, what can you do about it? Many people have a desire to advocate for racial and ethnic minorities, but are simply not sure where to start. This gathering is intended to be an open conversation about the most common and professional struggles faced by racial and ethnic minoritized communities. We’ll talk about successes, struggles, and most importantly about how to sustain advocacy and care for ourselves in the process. Noon, Jan. 18 and 9 a.m., Jan. 24. Register for this upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

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. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium of 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.

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.

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; and more. 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.

Take Note

NEW! Nominations open for OSU Safety Award: Environmental Health & Safety is accepting nominations for the OSU Safety Award, a peer recognition program that recognizes outstanding efforts to encourage and help improve safety at OSU. Nominees must be student employees, staff or faculty members. Employees from all units are eligible, as long as they are not working in a position where safety is one of their primary responsibilities. The program includes an individual award and a team award. Winners will be announced in September. To submit a nomination:

NEW! Youth Summit: Sign up to attend the inaugural Youth Impact Summit advancing youth care and education and educator/staff development. Check out the summit web page for details and to register for this event taking place Feb. 16-17 at the Memorial Union.

NEW! Youth awards: Nominations requested for Youth Impact Awards that will be given as part of the inaugural Youth Impact Summit. The window of submission is closing quickly. Contact [email protected] with questions. 

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to David Jacobson, senior faculty research assistant II, 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.

Adulting 101 Offered through OSU Extension 4H: Join Lane County 4-H for the Adulting 101 series. This five-week course is designed for all teens ages 12-18 in Lane County. Classes include career readiness, budgeting basics, self-defense, emergency preparedness, CPR and first aid certification, food preservation basics, mental health and wellness care, cooking basics and car basics. Adulting 101 is designed to provide teens skills and confidence for entering post-high school life. The series is $75 for community members, and those enrolled in a 4-H club will receive a $25 discount. Contact [email protected]  or call 541-344-5043 for questions and accommodations.

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. 

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]

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  

Examining White Identity event for students: Help us spread the word about the upcoming Examining Power Tools: Building Co/nversations, Co/nnection, and Co/mmunity, a day-long event for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in meaningful conversations deconstructing communication, power, and dominance with other Oregon State students from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10. While any student is welcome, it may be most resourcing for white-identified students. Application deadline is Jan. 31 at .

Study abroad in the Italian Alps this summer: Join COF International Programs this June in the heart of the Italian Alps to climb mountains, move through history and discover a long-standing tradition of forest management and wood architecture interwoven with cutting-edge research in timber engineering, advanced wood manufacturing and sustainable design and practice. Two-week course. Learn more and apply here. Questions? Contact [email protected].

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.

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.

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.


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! OSU Division of Extension and Engagement and the Extension Agricultural and Natural Resources Program invite applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term Extension Horticulture Assistant Professor of Practice position based at the OSU Extension Service Columbia County Office in St. Helens. The academic home for this position is in the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Posting #P07678UF. Closes Feb. 8.


"It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it." ~ John Burroughs

Corvallis: Rain and breezy today, high of 48, low of 41. Rain Thursday.

Central Oregon: Rain and patchy snow today, high of 42, low of 34. Rain tomorrow.

Newport: Rain and windy today, high of 52, low of 43. Rain tomorrow.

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