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:

Is the omicron variant a turning point in the pandemic? (KPTV)

 Courtney Campbell, Director of the Program for Ethics, Science, and the Environment at Oregon State, said the only way to guarantee an end to the pandemic is to make sure every country in the world has access to and adequate supplies of vaccines. "A pandemic is by definition a global disease," said Campbell. "The petri dish for developing a new variant, in those same ways that omicron was developed out of South Africa, is still there."

OSU making headlines with breakthrough research (KEZI)

Oregon State University has been making headlines recently with studies on a number of issues, some having an impact globally. According to administrators, research and collaboration on that research is something they pride themselves on. Funding is also a major component. 

How have COVID shutdowns impacted countries' electricity use? (KOIN)

From remote working, remote learning and increased online shopping, COVID-19 restrictions have had an undeniable impact on the last two years. Now, a new study out of Oregon State University has found that lockdowns have also affected countries’ electricity usage.

OSU COVID study rocks Pacific Northwest hemp industry, raising hopes (KGW)

New OSU research linking some hemp compounds to Covid-19 prevention rippled through the Pacific Northwest industry this week, a bolt from the blue that had companies scrambling to assess and seize the opportunity. For an industry that boomed and then has suffered through oversupply, price compression, pandemic disruption and regulatory challenges, it was a sorely needed development.

Do you feel old? It could be aging you (Consumer HealthDay)

"We've known that there's a strong relationship between perceived stress and physical health," said lead researcher Dakota Witzel, a doctoral candidate at Oregon State University's College of Public Health and Human Sciences, in Corvallis. (see also KLCC

Are European green crabs here to stay? (Newport News-Times)

The guest speaker is zoologist Sylvia Yamada, a courtesy faculty at Oregon State University who has tracked European green crabs on the Oregon coast for more than two decades.

OSU researcher wants to make hatchery steelhead more like wild fish (KOIN)

Researchers throughout the Northwest are working to help restore diminishing steelhead trout populations in the region and an Oregon State University scientist believes making adjustments at hatcheries could increase their chances of success. (see also KLCC)

Legacy award recipients for 2022 ([email protected])

Oregon State University is celebrating its 40th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration this month with a variety of events. One of the most popular is the annual MLK Peace Breakfast. The event features the presentation of a number of awards to OSU-affiliated individuals who have made a significant difference to their community in the spirit of Martin Luther King.

MLK Jr. Day: OSU's peace march focuses on voting rights legislation (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University held its 40th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday morning, Jan. 17. But instead of a celebration filled with the usual performances, this year’s speakers chose to bring attention to the current filibuster to pass voting rights legislation in Washington D.C.

OSU-Cascades students help out HSCO on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (KTVZ)

OSU-Cascades students took part in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with volunteer efforts at the Humane Society of Central Oregon Thrift Store and shelter.


Today's photo

Marys Peak: Marnie Johnson, office coordinator with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, submitted this view of Marys Peak from her home. We're accepting photo submissions at [email protected]

Timely Teaching Tips: Want to help your students attain the academic and social-emotional benefits of cooperative learning? Join Funmi Amobi of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and Weiwei Zhang of Academic Technologies to discuss the conditions and strategies for engaging students in productive cooperative learning experiences. Register for the CTL Sparkshop, Jan. 21 at noon. 


American Strings: An Evening with Valerie June. Singer-songwriter Valerie June’s unique sound encompasses folk, blues, gospel, soul, country, Appalachian and bluegrass. The song “Call Me A Fool” from her recent album "The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers" is currently nominated for a Grammy award for Best American Roots Song. An intimate conversation and live performance via Zoom. Jan. 19, 5-6 p.m. Free, registration is required.

Non-Partisan Campuswide Workshop: How to get involved in Oregon campaigns, hosted by the School of Public Policy. The 2022 election cycle will shape Oregon's future for years to come. Democratic, non-partisan and Republican campaign experts will be on hand to discuss how you can get involved. Jan. 19, 5-6 p.m., in-person in WGND 115 and via Zoom

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 in over Zoom until further notice.  Remote via zoom: register at This program is presented by CAPS and the Wellness Agents. Contact Tessie Webster-Henry for questions or to coordinate extra credit.

Panel Talk: Careers in Psychology. Meet OSU Psychology alumni and learn about their career trajectories since graduating. Gain practical insights into a wide variety of career opportunities that many psychology majors pursue. This virtual event will be held via Zoom, with time after for submitting questions to the panelists. Jan. 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Register.

NEW! HMSC Science on Tap: Sylvia Yamada with Oregon State University’s Dept. Integrative Biology will present a public virtual talk entitled “European Green Crabs: Are they here to stay?” Jan 19, 6 p.m. Webinar link or call: +1 971-247-1195  Webinar ID: 984 8237 4868. Click here for more information.


NEW! Budget forums: The Budget Committee and the Office of Budget and Resource Planning are offering a series of forums to discuss the tuition setting process, tuition rate scenarios for FY23 and to answer any questions about tuition and the university budget. The next forum is Thursday, Jan. 20 from 3-4 p.m. via Zoom or in MU207. To register for this forum, click here. More information available at

NEW! Music à la Carte: Sirens. Sirens Trio (Rebecca Towers, flute; Victoria Racz, oboe; Maria Manzo, piano) returns to Music à la Carte. Free. Friday, Jan. 21 at noon in the MU Lounge. Live audience open to OSU students, faculty and staff. Those from off campus are asked to view the livestream. Presented by the College of Liberal Arts/School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts.

Board of Trustees: The OSU Board will meet from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. The Board will consider approval of the Presidential Leadership Profile to be used in the recruitment and search process for OSU’s next president, and items recommended for action by its committees. The Board will receive updates on the implementation of SP 4.0, the establishment of an Elliott State Research Forest and the 2022 Oregon legislative session. Committees of the board will meet from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Jan. 27, and from 10-10:30 a.m. on Jan. 28 in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. Agendas and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at For accommodations: 541-737-3449 or [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Alexandra McInturf, a CICOES Postdoctoral Fellow with Oregon State University’s Big Fish Lab at Hatfield Marine Science Center, will be giving a seminar titled “A multiscale approach to understanding fish responses to environmental change in California ecosystems” Jan 20, 3:30 p.m. Zoom linkClick here for more information.

NEW! FYI Friday – Addressing Workplace Bullying: Conflicts involving workplace bullying are some of the most challenging to address and manage effectively. Participants in this session will learn to recognize the stages of bullying, its far-reaching effects and multiple dimensions, and options for effective intervention, assistance and support. Jan. 21, 10-11 a.m. via Zoom. Registration required.

NEW! FST Farm 2 Fork Webinar: “How Dulse and Other Seaweeds Will Shape the Future of Food.” Would you like to learn about on-land seaweed aquaculture and its potential to create a more efficient supply chain and healthier products that not only can feed the world, but heal it as well? Join us Jan. 21, noon to 12:45 p.m. Register today.

NEW! CTL Sparkshops — Engaging students in successful learning experiences: Conditions and strategies. Want to know how to help your students attain the academic and social-emotional benefits of cooperative learning? Join Funmi Amobi and Weiwei Zhang to discuss the conditions and strategies for engaging students in productive cooperative learning experiences. Jan. 21, noon to 12:45 p.m. Registration required

NEW! OSU Advantage Virtual Speaker Series: Startup Basics, featuring Paul King: Join the OSU Advantage Accelerator on Jan. 25, noon to 1 p.m. for a conversation with Paul King, Ampere Scientific co-founder, president and executive director. The goal of this month’s Speaker Series event is to provide a startup roadmap for beginners, including company formation, building the right team, finding customers and more. Virtual, free and open to the public. Register here.

NEW! Innovation Day on Jan. 26: 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.

NEW! Climate Change Bias: How Diversity Perspectives Highlight Gaps. A Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity  seminar with Samantha Chisholm Hatfield. Climate change bias occurs when only a select perspective is presented, and fails to include pressing issues people of color face, many on a daily basis. This Zoom presentation takes place Jan. 31, 4-5 p.m. Register at

TRIAD: The OSU TRIAD club’s programs are online, free and open to all this term. The next TRIAD program is Jan. 20 at noon: Julie Manning, OSU Board of Trustees and Chair of the OSU Presidential search committee, will present an update on the search and conduct a listening session with attendees as part of the search process. Zoom link here.

Your Social Impact: How to be a Change Agent Within Your Networks. Get expert advice from people who’ve been on the same journey as you and are making a difference in this free, virtual "Winning in Life" event, Jan. 20 at noon. The series is designed to help students and alumni build personal and professional skills for success in life, career and beyond. Register for free at

Beyond Benefits: "Emotional Eating: The Connection Between Mood and Food." This workshop will address the relationship between emotions and food consumption and how to retrain your body and mind to recognize the cues of hunger and to eat for physiological and not emotional reasons. Jan. 20, 1 p.m. Register here.

Crucial Conversations: This is a 10-hour course that fosters dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics at all levels of your organization. Learn how to speak and be heard, surface the best ideas and make and execute the highest-quality decisions. Online sessions on Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., Jan. 20 through Feb. 17. There is a $100 fee to attend. Learn more and register here.

Crafternoons: The OSU Valley Library is hosting Crafternoons during Winter Term 2022. Crafts will be available in the second floor foyer. All sessions are free for students to participate in and feature the library's loanable equipment. Sessions are 2-3 p.m. on Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Feb. 17, March 3 and March 17. Follow us on Instagram @valleylibrary to see pictures of crafts and share your crafts with the hashtag #OSUMakes.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Winter Seminar Series: “Grass seed and hemp pathology: A research program to support established and emerging industries at the USDA-ARS FSCRU,” presented by Hannah Rivedal of USDA-ARS, Jan. 20, 4 p.m. via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

Faculty Media Center: Discover all the media tools available at the Faculty Media Center and learn from chemistry instructor Jia Zhang about her experience using the Lightboard and Kaltura Analytics. The Faculty Media Center and CTL invite faculty and GTAs to a one-hour Zoom workshop. Register for Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m., or register for Thursday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. Info: Faculty Media Center.

Take Note

NEW! 25 Year Club inductees: Congratulations to Paul Jepson, 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.

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Cold Weather. With low temperatures comes a responsibility to prepare and take precautions against cold weather illness. This month’s poster can be downloaded at:

Updated fiscal policy: 03-140-507 Employee Recognition has been revised to eliminate funding source restrictions, allowing use of E&G funds. Please contact the Fiscal Policy Coordinator for your Business Center or the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.

Calling all OSU music makers: The OSU music technology and production program wants your song to be on our upcoming album. All students are eligible to apply and may submit a link to their demo to be considered for inclusion on an upcoming EP produced by students in our program. Deadline: Friday, Feb. 11. Apply here. Questions? Contact Jason Fick.

START leaders wanted: The Office of Student Orientation is recruiting for START Leaders for summer 2022. We are especially interested in recruiting transfer students, international students, first-generation students, students of color, student parents, graduate students and e-campus students. Encourage students to apply. Information here: Students can apply directly here: until Jan. 18.

Schoenstein Sustaining Excellence Scholarship: OSU Alumni Association and Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL) are accepting applications from community-engaged OSU undergraduates who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing a more caring, equitable and socially just community. Current OSU undergraduates who have completed at least one year of enrollment at OSU, or another college or university, are eligible. Application deadline: Feb. 15. Award: $2,000 each for five recipients. Apply through OSU Scholar Dollars. More information here, or contact Emily Bowling [email protected].

Food Drive coordinators: Consider being a coordinator for the OSU Food Drive in the month of February. It can be as easy as sending out a few emails, or as creative as coming up with events and fundraising activities. Check out the list of participating units at the bottom of; if you don’t see your group represented, contact [email protected] to sign up. Coordinator orientation is Jan. 19. A recording of the session will also be available.

Save the date: March 7-11 is Open Education Week. Oregon State is on a mission to lower the cost of learning for students. Will you join us? Open Education Week is a virtual celebration that raises awareness of global efforts to make learning more “open” — that is, more affordable and accessible to students everywhere. Learn more today about this week of online events.

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. 

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:

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].

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.

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.

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:

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

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.


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! Extension Family and Community Health Education Program Assistant: OSU Extension Service Family and Community Health Program invites applications for a part-time (.95 FTE) Education Program Assistant 1 position serving Umatilla and Morrow Counties. This position is based in the Umatilla County Extension office in Hermiston. Posting #P03364CT. Closes Jan. 26.

NEW! Multimedia News Producer: The department of News & Research Communications is seeking a Multimedia News Producer. The Multimedia News Producer proactively pitches story ideas; shoots, records and edits video and photographic content; and works to place OSU content on television, radio, podcast, film, online and social media outlets. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Closes Feb. 14. Posting #P05149UF.


“No animal, according to the rules of animal-etiquette, is ever expected to do anything strenuous, or heroic, or even moderately active during the off-season of winter.” ~ Kenneth Grahame

Corvallis: Chance of rain today, high of 49, low of 44. Rain likely Thursday.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 47,  low of 37. Slight chance of rain Thursday. 

Newport: Rain likely today, high of 51, low of 48. Chance of rain Thursday.

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