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.

Grotthuss mechanism could revolutionize energy storage for high-power applications, study suggests (Computing)

The Grotthuss mechanism, which was first discovered about 200 years ago, could revolutionise energy storage for high-power applications like electric vehicles or electricity grids, according to a new study led by the Oregon State University (OSU) researchers.

Oregon gray whale license plate available Feb. 1 (KLCC)

A new license plate featuring a gray whale and her calf will be available in Oregon as of February 1st. Sales will help fund whale research.

Today's photo

Summer will return: This 1918-dated photo shows a prize-winning school garden displaying the abundance of an Oregon summer, courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives.


WRGP Water Resources Engineering Winter Seminar Series. Tuba Özkan-Haller, Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, will present “Engaged Research on Waves: Predicting Rogue Waves, Forecasting Sneaker Waves, and Riding the Wave of Change Towards more Equity, Inclusion, and Justice at OSU” on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in STAG 111. Free and open to the public.

Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of Biodiversity (EECB) Seminar Series:  Marm Kilpatrick is an associate professor in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz. Kilpatrick’s talk, "Cryptic connections, microclimates and host responses drive variation in the impact of white-nose syndrome on bats," will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 3-4 p.m. in Withycombe 109.  Kilpatrick’s diverse research program is focused on infectious disease, evolution, climate, behavior, genetics, and conservation. His research in disease ecology looks at local drivers of pathogen transmission and the impact of disease on animal and host populations. More about Kilpatrick's work can be found at

Women of Color support group: Wednesday bi-weekly, 5-6:30 p.m., Jan. 30, Feb. 13, Feb. 27 and March 13 in the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center. Potential topics of discussion include self care, intersectional identities, micro aggressions, oppression and racism encountered on the OSU campus and in Corvallis. For more information, contact Shaznin Daruwalla at 541-737-2131 or

Upcoming Events

NEW! “Holy Week: The Story of the 2016 Sacred Peace Walk” and “Making Waves: The Rebirth of the Golden Rule” - Learn about nuclear abolition efforts in two short films with documentary filmmaker, James A. Knight. Total screening for both films is under an hour followed by Q & A and discussion. Friday, Feb. 1, 3:30 p.m. Milam Hall 319.

NEW! The Visiting Writers Series: Tomás Q. Morín is the author of “Patient Zero” and “A Larger Country,” winner of the APR/Honickman Prize and runner-up for the PEN Osterweil Award. He translated Pablo Neruda’s “The Heights of Macchu Picchu” and the opera “Pancho Villa from a Safe Distance.” Morín will be reading at The Lab Theatre, Withycombe, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 S.W. 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! #metoo: Taking Stock: Women in Policy invites you to a panel discussion with Kelsy Kretschmer from the School of Public Policy, Kimberly Hack from the OSU Survivor Advocacy & Resource Center, Emalydia Flenory from the OSU Women of Color Caucus and Kristen Dewey from the Center against Rape and Domestic Violence. What has happened since the #metoo movement went viral in 2017? How far have we come? Friday, Feb 1, from noon to 2 p.m. in Memorial Union 206. Lunch provided.

NEW! OSU Anthropology Lecture Series: Dave Schmitt, research associate in anthropology at Southern Methodist University, will give a lecture titled, "Twenty Years Under the Canopy: Archaeological and Ethnoarchaeological Investigations in the Northern Congo Basin Rain Forest."  Schmitt will speak on Feb. 1 from noon to 12:50 p.m. in LINC 302. This event is part of the OSU Anthropology Program's Lecture Series. Questions? Contact: Joan Gross at

NEW! The College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ weekly research seminar will be held from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in HFC 115. Manolis Kogevinas, research professor with the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, will present “Light-at-Night, Circadian Disruption and Cancer.”

NEW! Honors College Info Session for Current/Prospective Thesis Mentors: For any OSU faculty member who is mentoring an honors undergraduate thesis, or interested in doing so in the future.  We will cover recent updates to the HC thesis process, discuss mentoring best practices, and answer questions.  Friday, Feb. 8, 1-2 p.m. in LINC 343.  RSVP here.  

NEW! Tree School: Registration is now open for #TreeSchoolClackamas, which will be held on Saturday, March 23, at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City.  Choose from 75 diverse classes that support stewardship of woodlands: forest management, weed management, forest fungi, wildlife management and more.There are 650 spots available and classes fill quickly.

Horticulture Department Visiting Scholar: Michael Cahn, irrigation and water resources adviser, University of California Cooperative Extension, will give a lecture titled “Developing an Online Decision Support Tool for Irrigation and Nutrient Management of Vegetables and Strawberries on the Central Coast of California.” He will speak in Ag and Life Sciences (ALS) 4000 at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31.

INTO OSU forum: Provost Ed Feser and a panel of INTO OSU board members and leaders will discuss the INTO OSU partnership and answer questions. Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m., ILLC 155. Open to all OSU students, staff and faculty, as well as the Corvallis community. This forum will not be streamed or recorded. Email Gigi Bruce if you are not able to attend the forum, but have a question or comment to share.

Winter Community Dialogue: Coming to the United States of America: Who should we welcome, what should we do?Faculty, staff, and students are invited to explore multiple perspectives on strategies to uphold civil rights and address immigration justice. Open to the entire OSU and Corvallis community. Wednesday Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m, MU Horizon Room. Review the dialogue options summary and participant dialogue guide to familiarize yourself with the dialogue content. Join the Coming to the United States of America Community Dialogue Facebook Event. Learn more about the Community Dialogues initiative. 


NEW! Swimming: OSU vs. Washington State, Feb. 1, 5 p.m., Osborn Aquatic Center.

NEW! Women’s Basketball Faculty/Staff Fridays: Against Colorado, Feb. 1, 7 p.m. OSU Faculty and Staff can show their OSU ID at the Gill Coliseum Box Office on Friday home games to receive $5 General Admission

NEW! Swimming: OSU vs. Idaho, Feb. 2, 10 a.m., Osborn Aquatic Center.

NEW! Gymnastics: OSU vs. UCLA, Feb. 2, 11:30 a.m., Gill Coliseum.

NEW! Women’s Basketball: OSU vs. Utah, Feb. 3, 12 p.m., Gill Coliseum.

Take Note

Be a presenter at the Ecampus Faculty Forum: Contribute to Oregon State’s excellence in online teaching and learning by sharing your expertise at this spring’s Ecampus Faculty Forum. Submit your proposal for a presentation by Feb. 10. Interactive sessions are encouraged but conference-style presentations are also welcome. The faculty forum will be held May 1 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center.

Social Justice education: The Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this well-reviewed program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Library Undergraduate Research Awards offer $1,000 scholarships: The deadline for applying has been extended to Feb. 18. Impressed by a student’s research paper or project? That student could win $1,000 for their work through the Library Undergraduate Research Awards, which offer one prize for a paper or project in the arts and humanities and another for work in social sciences, sciences or engineering. Encourage your worthy students to apply. More info is at

OSU ScholarDollars: Oregon State’s new online scholarship search and application system, ScholarDollars, is now accepting applications for more than $50 million in 2019-20 scholarship funds.  OSU students may complete one application to be considered for more than 1,600 campus-based scholarship opportunities.  Students are encouraged to submit their ScholarDollars applications by Feb. 1 to maximize the number of scholarships for which they will be considered.  For more information, call 541-737-1125 or visit

Provost’s Literary Prize: We are now accepting submission for the 31st annual Provost’s Literary Prize. Students are encouraged to submit their creative writing piece to Professor Keith Scribner in the School of Writing, Literature and Film (Moreland Hall 238). The literary work can be fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction written for a general audience.  The prize is open to currently enrolled undergraduate students at OSU.  Submissions are due by Feb. 15 and must be the student's original work, typed, no longer than 14 double-spaced pages for prose or eight manuscript pages for poetry, and include the full name, year in school, current mailing address, phone number, and student ID number of the writer. For questions, contact (541-737-1645).

OSU Group Discount for NCORE Registration: The 2019 National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) is coming to the Oregon Convention Center in Portland this May. NCORE is an annual conference on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education.  Here is an overview of the schedule -  Pre-conference institutesare on Tuesday, May 28 and regular conference sessions are Wednesday, May 29 through Saturday, June 1. OSU employee discount - register through this employee discount link to save 10 percent.  The OSU group rate is $625 through March 31 ($715 beginning April 1); the OSU group rate for the conference PLUS pre-conference institute is $715 through March 31 ($805 beginning April 1). Student flat rate is $495 (with or without the pre-conference institute) no matter when you register - register here if you are a student. OSU’s Search Advocate program will sponsor a limited number of $625 conference registration scholarships – details will be emailed to the search advocate listserv by the end of January. If you want a scholarship, don’t register yet, wait for the announcement.

Volunteers Needed: Sign up to volunteer at the Winter Career Expo and the Winter Civil & Construction Engineering Fairon Wednesday, Feb. 20. Benefits include volunteer experience and face time with employers. There are various shifts to accommodate your schedule; morning and late-afternoon volunteers are provided light refreshments, and midday volunteers are provided lunch. Sign up here.

Impact Studio: Impact Studio was created in December 2017 to bring together teams of faculty, students and staff to develop, incubate and launch initiatives that advance Oregon State's strategic goals. Rich Duncombe, director, and Jesse Mraz, operations administrator, engage partners across Oregon State to grow the portfolio of initiatives by providing services and a support structure. Impact Studio has launched a new website and NEWSletter to keep their growing network informed and engaged. Join the studio team by subscribing to the NEWSletter and contacting the studio with questions or to schedule a visit at Cascade Hall 128.

Long-Term Research Rooms: Apply for a long-term (six to 12 months) research room at the Valley Library.  Doctoral candidates and faculty members engaged in special projects may apply.  Applications (log into your OSU Google account and click here) will be considered based on project merits and specific need for library space and materials.  The application deadline is Feb. 4 and decisions will be made Feb. 15.  Questions can be directed to

Apply Now for Inspiring Girls Expeditions: Inspiring Girls Expeditions provides tuition-free science, art, and wilderness exploration for teenage girls (aged 16/17). Applications are open now and must be started by Feb. 1 visit for more information. As a new OSU CEOAS outreach program, we encourage students, faculty, and staff to contact us if you are interested in getting involved. Contact


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NEW! Regional Director - The Division of University Outreach and Engagement at Oregon State University invites applications for a Regional Director. This is a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. The region assigned will be central which will cover Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Hood River, Jefferson, Morrow, Sherman, Wasco and Wheeler counties, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The office location will be in the Central Region. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement.  Posting # P02732UF.  Closes March 3.


“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Corvallis:  Partly sunny today, high of 51, low of 38. Mostly cloudy Thursday.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny, high of 51, low of 30. Partly sunny Thursday.

Newport: Partly sunny, high of 54, low of 42. Chance of rain Thursday.

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