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:


Humans may have settled in North America 16,000 years ago, ready to hunt (Discover Magazine)

"We've had expectations for some time that people should have been present in the Americas by around 16,000 years ago, but now we have artifactual evidence to prove it," says Loren Davis, lead study author and executive director for the Keystone Archaeological Research Fund at Oregon State University.

Oregon olives (Oregon Field Guide)

It took a small but intrepid group of farmers to show that Oregon could be a center for grape growing and wine production. Now another small group is trying to prove the case for olive oil production. Enter Javier Fernandez-Salvador. The OSU berry and tree fruit expert is spearheading the research to find the right olive tree cultivar and growing regime to make it viable in the Willamette Valley.

College physical education requirements continue to decline (Inside Higher Ed)

About 32 percent of U.S. colleges and universities require students to take some sort of physical education course to graduate—down from 39 percent in 2010 and 97 percent a century ago, according to a new study from Oregon State University. (see also KEX)

Oregon wants to delay controversial wildfire risk mapping - again (Oregonian)

The wildfire risk map was jointly developed with Oregon State University, an outside consultant and numerous other experts. It was the linchpin of an omnibus wildfire bill passed in 2021 and was supposed to be a “science-based” planning tool to guide state investments and other mitigation and adaptation programs in the bill.

New OSU study focuses on strength and frequency of landslides (KGW)

Oregon State University has just completed a long-term study that focuses on landslides, how often they happen and how strong they are.

Pharmacists talk effectiveness of opioid overdose reversal drug ahead of FDA review (KATU)

"It's very effective," said Adriane Irwin, the chair of Oregon State University's Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Oregon Public Broadcasting celebrates 100th anniversary (Inside Radio)

“It began as the work of Oregon Agricultural College physics instructor Jacob Jordan and his homemade fifty-watt transmitter,” the public media network wrote on “Today we know OAC as Oregon State University. Like the university, KFDJ would grow and change in countless ways over the years.”

Oregon State University named partner of "Live Better U" educational program (KMTR)

Oregon State University has been named a partner of Walmart's Live Better U education program in partnership with Guild Education, according to a press release.

Today's photo

Geometric grandeur: Kok-Meng Lam, analyst programmer with Administrative Technologies, submitted this photo of Changi International Airport in Singapore. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Are your students preparing for their first exam? Remind them of the difference between memorizing and practicing active recall. Practicing recall helps students become comfortable using content knowledge under test-like conditions and develops metacognitive skills and memory cues they can use in exams. The Active Studying worksheet can give students several options for getting started.


Pride Center groundbreaking: The Pride Center will host a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the renovation and expansion of the building on Jan. 25 from 1-2 p.m. on the Pride Center front steps at 1553 SW A Ave., Corvallis. A reception will follow in SEC 112.

Farm, Fork and Fiber: Agriculture in the U.K. Faculty-led program info session. Join OSU faculty leaders Dawn Moyer, Jonathan Velez and Melissa Millhollen from the College of Agricultural Sciences for a 4-credit, two-week program in England and Scotland from June 27-July 12. Info session: Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Seminar Series: Ben Titus, University of Alabama assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences, will speak on “Sea anemone host-use drives convergent evolution in clownfishes and disentangles an iconic adaptive radiation,” Jan. 25, 4 p.m. in Johnson Hall 102.  Zoom:

WRE Seminar Series: Jose Luis Arumi from the Universidad de Concepcion will present "Understanding Hydrogeological Processes at a Volcanic Headwater in Central Chile," on Jan. 25, 4 p.m. in Bexell Hall 328 or on Zoom. Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details.

Winter Term Getting a Dam Job career skills workshops: If finding a job or internship seems overwhelming, don’t fret: The Getting a Dam Job workshop series can help take the mystery out of resumes, job searching, grad school applications and more. Attend one or more of these virtual workshops for tips and tools that can help you figure out the next step on your career path. Workshops run from Jan. 25-March 1; see the full winter term Getting a Dam Job schedule and register online

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.


NEW! Music à la Carte: Skip vonkuske, a.k.a. cellotronik. Join us in the Memorial Union Lounge for a lunch-hour program of spontaneous improvisations by Portland’s popular cellomaster. vonkuske will perform mashups of pop and jazz standards as well as original compositions, with tips of the hat to his classical cello training. Daft Punk, Radiohead, Dave Brubeck, Bach, television theme songs, Led Zeppelin and more. Friday, Jan. 27 at noon in the MU Lounge. Free, open to all.

NEW! Building tour: Are you interested in following the progress of the new Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts building project? Hard hat/site tours of the project are available on Friday, Jan. 27 and Friday, Feb. 24, for up to 15 people each. To schedule a tour and find out more, please contact Felicia Phillips.

NEW! The School of Writing, Literature, and Film presents the next Literary Northwest Series reading. Join us in the Valley Library Rotunda on Friday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. for a double feature with OSU faculty Justin St. Germain and David Biespiel. This reading is free and open to the public. For accommodation requests, contact Molly McFerran, [email protected]

NEW! Save the date: March 6-10 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 about this week of online events.

Crafternoons: De-stress with a crafty study break in the Valley Library. Join us for Crafternoons in the Donor's Foyer every second and fourth Thursday from 4-6 p.m. We'll have free craft supplies and Take & Make Kits while supplies last. Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and 23, March 9 and 20. Take & Make Kits will be available. Accommodation requests related to a disability for library events should be made a week before the event to: Megan Lawrence, (541)737-4633 [email protected].

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.

And They Shall Be the Sea, There is a Way Forward: University Theatre, in collaboration with the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts’ “Unboxed” program and the Hatfield Marine Science Center, presents a new play written by OSU theatre student Abrianna Aydee and directed by Elizabeth Helman.  Feb. 10 and Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and  Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Dr., Newport. Tickets are $15 GA, $12 youth and seniors, and $5 OSU students with ID. Advance tickets available at Information: [email protected] or 541-737-2853.

WorldHeart Rhythms: Join us Friday, Feb. 10, 5-8 p.m. for an evening of celebrating diverse cultures from all around the world through epic performances such as dances, songs, poetry and other culturally based performances. Tickets are free but required, and can be found at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

UPDATED! PFLA Winter Luncheon: Join us for a creative tasting menu provided by OSU Catering and guest speaker Scott Vignos, OSU’s Chief Diversity Officer. Registration is required and cost is $15/person. Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. For more information about the event and how to register click here. Registration deadline Jan. 25.

NEW! CTL Sparkshops: "Warming up the cold call: Tips for encouraging inclusive participation in class discussion." Presenter Funmi Amobi, Ed.D., instructional consultant and college liaison. Jan. 27, noon to 12:20 p.m. Register for Zoom link.

NEW! Anthropology Lecture Series: Brendan O'Connor (Arizona State University) will give the lecture “Language, Race, and Relationships in Transnational Professional Baseball.” He will speak on Friday, Jan. 27 from noon to 12:50 p.m. The free lecture is open to OSU faculty and students in Strand Ag Room 160. All lectures are accessible via Zoom in real time: Co-sponsored by the OSU Office of Institutional Diversity as an event of OSU’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week.

NEW! College of Public Health & Human Sciences Research Seminars: Elizabeth M. Yano, director and senior research career scientist at the Health Services Research and Development Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy within the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and adjunct professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. "Transforming Health Care for Women Veterans: Embedded Research in the VA." Jan 27, 1-2 p.m.

NEW! University Budget Committee: The committee will meet this Friday, Jan. 27 from 2-3:30 p.m. via Zoom and in Covell 117. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the Provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities and budget policies. For materials associated with this week’s topics, visit If you are interested in joining as an observer, please register for the webinar. For questions, email [email protected]

NEW! Commodities, Cafe and Climate Change in France: Faculty-led Program Info Session. Join OSU faculty leaders James Sterns and Dominique Bachelet from the College of Agricultural Sciences for a 4-credit, 18-day program in France from June 20-July 8. Info session Jan. 27 at 2-3:30 p.m. in LINC 343. For details, visit the program application page (

NEW! New Zealand: Sustainable Pastoral Landscapes | Faculty-led Program Info Session. Join OSU faculty leaders Serkan Ates and Paul Dorres from the College of Agricultural Sciences for a 3-credit, two-week program in New Zealand from Sept. 12-26. Info session Jan. 27, 3 p.m. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

NEW! Travel Talks: Croatia. Join the OSUAA Group Travel Program for an all-new Travel Talk on Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m., via Zoom, featuring Selina Heppell, department head of fisheries, wildlife and conservation sciences. Heppell will dive into the culture and marine life of the Croatia Coast and discuss her research on the oldest and slowest-growing animals in the sea and their reactions to climate change and increasing human populations on our coastlines. Register at

OSU Beyond Benefits: How to Make a Habit of Success. As we move through life, our needs, priorities and situations change, as well as our skills, competencies, interests and values. How often do we take the time to assess our current situations to see if it aligns with our work/life goals? Developing new success habits that move us toward our goals will help us achieve better results in our work and personal lives. Jan. 26, 11 a.m. Register here.

HMSC Research Seminar: Kaus Raghukumar with Integral Consulting will be giving a seminar titled “Potential Effects of Large-Scale Floating Offshore Wind Farms on Coastal Upwelling in the California Current System,” Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m. In person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online: Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

College of Education lecture: “On Being La Maestra del Pueblo: Obligación, Familismo, Comunidad, and (Un)Silencing the Angry Latina.” Join Soria Colomer, associate professor, for this month’s presentation on the groundbreaking research being done through the College of Education. Thursday, Jan. 26, 4-5 p.m. In person in Furman Hall, Room 303 or by Zoom:

BEE Seminar Series: John Bolte will present "Alternative Scenarios for a Wildfire-prone Social-Ecological System — Modeling Trajectories of Change in Deschutes County, OR,” Jan. 26, 4 p.m. in Bexell Hall 322 or on Zoom. Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details. There will also be two “lightning talks” during this session as well. 

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Fall Seminar Series: “Evolutionary insights into bacterial fungal interactions; the endosymbionts of Mucoromycota fungi,” presented by Jessie Uehling of OSU Department of Botany & Plant Pathology, Jan. 26, 4 p.m., ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

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, 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.

Take Note

NEW! Child Care Openings at Dixon Kits ECE Center for OSU Employees: OSU’s Family Resource Center has opened a new infant/toddler campus children’s center serving 12 children ages infant through 30 months of age. The Dixon Kits Early Care and Education (ECE) Center is focused on serving those with the highest level of financial need. Priority for the employee slots will be given to those that qualify for Employment-Related Day Care (ERDC). Those that qualify could pay as little as $300 a month. For more information and to learn how to apply, visit the Dixon Kits ECE Center website or call 541-737-6000. Want to learn about other campus child care options? Contact [email protected].

NEW! Faculty Awards Solicitation: The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the awards they are responsible for reviewing and selecting – see the solicitation letter. Criteria and nomination forms associated with these awards are online; nominations will be accepted through noon on March 22. Guidelines to assist those preparing nomination packets are available online. For further information, contact Vickie Nunnemaker.

NEW! Library display: Visit the Valley Library's fifth floor to celebrate "50 Years of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University." This display combines the research done by SCARC archivists Rachel Lilley and Anna Dvorak with the work of librarian Jane Nichols and library intern Chris Snyder to acknowledge this special anniversary. The display features graphic design by Rox Beecher, artifacts and historical documentation.

NEW! Volunteer at Career Fairs: Want to build relationships with companies who are seeking to hire OSU students? Be a welcoming face for Oregon State when you sign up to assist at winter term career fairs on Feb. 15. This opportunity is open to students, faculty and staff. Volunteer slots include opportunities to connect personally with employers when they arrive on campus and to work side-by-side with professionals on the Career Development team. Sign up here. Questions? Contact the Career Development Center.

NEW! 25 Year club: Congratulations to Debera Warnock, 4H youth development agent, 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.

Open Educational Resources Unit Editorial Board: The Open Educational Resources Unit is seeking interested faculty members for a new editorial board whose purpose is to review all affordable learning grant proposals for the creation, adoption and adaptation of open educational resources and to determine the final publication of OSU’s open educational resource. The Board will also act as an advisory body. Apply online by Feb. 3. Questions? Please contact Stefanie Buck ([email protected]).

Volunteer opportunities: Join us once or weekly for a volunteer service project at Heartland Humane Shelter & Care, Room at the Inn, Parks & Recreation, Starker Arts Garden for Education(SAGE) and Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers will be maintaining space for animals and a chance to play with them, providing emergency meals and housing, enhancing parks and trails and helping grow food for low income families. The OSU Community are the intended audience for this event. Register at

Participants needed for ADHD study: A study on quality of life and peer relations in college students with ADHD needs participants. Participation involves taking a 30-minute Qualtrics survey and will be open until Feb. 12. Eligibility requirements: Must have ADHD (official or unofficial diagnosis), be 18 or older and a college student. For additional information please contact Juan Hu at [email protected] or Mollie Greenblum at [email protected].

Notice of policy action: The university community is invited to review and provide comment on three proposed university policies, which may be found on the What's New page of the University Policy & Standards website. The policies are: 01-010 Copyright Fair Use, 08-005 Acceptable Use of Computing Resources and 07-110 Flag Protocol. Comments must be received by Feb. 10.

Spring course materials: The OSU Beaver Store has begun accepting Spring 2023 course materials adoptions. Faculty or designated staff can submit course material adoptions here: Submitting course material adoptions prior to spring term registration assists students to budget for expenses and allows the campus non-profit store to start sourcing low-cost formats of the required materials. Questions or need assistance? Contact [email protected] or [email protected].

UPLIFT: Looking to take care of yourself this term? Faculty Staff Fitness is running UPLIFT, a virtual six-week wellness challenge that will help you incorporate the six dimensions of wellness into your daily life. The challenge can be done anywhere, anytime. Registration is open and the cost is $5. Come join us on this UPLIFTING journey which starts Jan. 30.

PCOSW scholarships: Applications for PCOSW scholarships to fund winter and spring term projects are now being accepted. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach or creative projects related to gender equity issues. The maximum amount offered is $1,000, although scholarships average $300, and funds are paid by reimbursement. Applications are due Sunday, Feb. 19. Visit for detailed guidelines and qualification requirements. The scholarship link can be found at Please have a budget outline and project justification statement prepared before beginning the application. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Breaking Barriers: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW), the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID), the Office of the Provost and OSU Athletics are pleased to present Breaking Barriers, a celebration of the accomplishments and impact of those who have worked to advance gender equity at OSU. This event recognizes and celebrates the influential contributions made to our community. We welcome nominations for the five Breaking Barriers awards, and more information about these categories can be found on the Breaking Barriers website. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 19, and they can be submitted here:

School of Public Policy Week is Jan. 23-30. Learn about our programs and career opportunities. Network with alumni and employers.

Traffic and Maintenance

Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Improvement project, east-west pedestrian access along Washington Way between 17th and 26th streets will be rerouted at the 17th and 26th street intersections. Pedestrians traveling east-west along the north sidewalk will be detoured across Washington Way to an ADA-accessible walkway. The north sidewalk between 17th and 26th Streets will be closed for the duration of this project. (View map)

West Greenhouse: As part of the New West Greenhouse project, the west Greenhouse Complex parking lot will be permanently closed. Pedestrian access to the north sidewalk along Campus Way between 30th and 35th streets will be limited throughout the duration of the project, Jan. 18-Sept. 1.

Steam shutdown: Each year Facilities Services performs necessary maintenance on the university’s steam system, which requires shutting off the steam throughout campus, to complete maintenance services at the plant, throughout the steam tunnels and in each building. This process affects hot water supply, heating, and all equipment that uses steam, campus wide. The steam shutdown for 2023 will occur June 19-23. For questions or comments on this closure contact Facilities Services at 541-737-2969.

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: Between 17th and 26th streets, Washington Way will be closed to vehicle traffic Jan. 26-Feb. 7 to allow for storm drain installation. Pedestrian access will be maintained along the walkway on the south side of Washington Way. 30th-35th streets closed through Jan. 26.


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NEW! Accounting Services Manager: Oregon State University Controller’s Unit is hiring an Accounting Services Manager to join our mission-driven team. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. The Accounting Services Manager will provide leadership and supervision in implementation, execution and monitoring of revenue and expense transactions and completing reconciliations and correcting entries across multiple funding types. Posting #P06391UF. Full consideration Jan. 29. Closes Feb. 5.


“Innocence is both a privilege and a cognitive handicap, a sheltered unknowingness that, once protracted into adulthood, hardens into entitlement." ~ Cathy Park Hong

Corvallis: Mostly sunny today, high of 48, low of 33. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 45, low of 27. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 50, low of 38. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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