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:

What's the best way to kill a tree? Scientists have the answer. (Anthropocene Magazine)

Jim Rivers, a wildlife ecologist at Oregon State University, wanted to answer this morbid mystery. Not because of a macabre fascination, but because sometimes forest managers want to more dead trees on the landscape.

OSU receives $3.5 million grant to develop barley (Corvallis Advocate)

Oregon State University will use a $3.5 million grant to lead a multi-state effort focused on developing new varieties of naked or hulless barley that appeal to chefs, brewers, distillers and farmers. (see also KTVZ)

Gov. Kotek unveils recommendations for early literacy education (KOIN)

“I feel honored to work with the various stakeholders who are passionate about children and literacy in Oregon,” said Susan Gardner, co-chair of the council and Dean of the College of Education at Oregon State University. “The collaborative spirit evidenced in these initial recommendations is a testament to this dedication.”

OSU-Cascades exhibit features pioneering Black woman in Oregon (Central Oregon Daily)

A new exhibit at Oregon State University-Cascades features one of the first Black women to homestead in Oregon. Letitia Carson immigrated to Oregon in 1845 using the Oregon Trail. She also brought on two successful lawsuits against a white defendant over her right to own property.

FAFSA data delay pushes back release of financial aid packages for Oregon colleges, students (OPB News)

 Institutions like Oregon State University would be preparing to send out financial aid packages to students in March, said the school’s Director of Financial Aid Keith Raab. “Obviously, we won’t be able to do that this year because we won’t even have the data to get started on until early March,” said Raab.

Benton County unveils new evacuation route for wildfire-prone neighborhood (KLCC)

A new road cleaves through the Oregon State University’s sheep farm, connecting NW Oak Creek Drive with NW Ponderosa Avenue.

Today's photo

Windmill sunrise: David Cutsforth, Class of 1969, says, “The sunrises to the east of our home near Bellfountain road are often spectacular, particularly on the spring and fall equinoxes. It is exactly on that date that the sun rises through the blades of an old windmill that sits to the east of our home, and welcomes a new season." We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Do your students need to choose topics for a paper they’re working on, or brainstorm strategies for getting started in their research and writing process? Share creative Invention Strategies for Writing from the Academic Success Center to help them generate ideas for their writing.


Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series: "Remote Sensing Approaches for Assessing Crop Water Stress," presented by Jing Zhou of Oregon State University. This seminar occurs from 4-5 p.m. Jan. 31 in Bexell Hall 328 or on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details.

Experiencing Ancient and Modern-day Agriculture in the Heart of Mexico: Join Jose Manuel Uscanga Aguirre from the College of Agricultural Sciences to learn more about a 4-credit, two-week program in Mexico studying the development of agricultural production from pre-Columbian, Aztec and Mayan civilizations from June 16-27. Info session: 4 p.m., Jan. 31, StAG 240. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

Winter Wednesdays with Global Opportunities: Students at any OSU campus are welcome to join us this winter term for one or all five online informational sessions focused on the wide array of education abroad programs available to you as an OSU student. OSU GO staff and peer advisors will provide an overview of program types (faculty-led, summer, internships, programs during the academic year) and resources for financing education abroad. 4 p.m., Jan. 31-Feb. 28, online. For more information, visit

OSU International Film Festival: The Lost Salmon. "The Lost Salmon" chronicles the life and impact Chinook salmon have on people and the environment. Faced with extinction in many river systems of the west, a new genetic discovery could aid in their recovery. 6 p.m., Jan. 31 at Darkside Cinema in Corvallis; admission is free.


NEW! OSU MANRRS fundraiser: From 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Feb. 2, OSU MANNRS will be holding a fundraiser on the SEC Plaza, featuring hot chocolate and churros. These fundraisers allow the group to send members to conferences across the U.S., embark on service-learning trips including Puerto Rico as well as etiquette dinners, and to add community-building events such as painting tote bags to their meetings. Questions? Contact Liz Lopez [email protected].

NEW! Music à la Carte: Morris Northcutt, trumpet, with Lauren Servias, collaborative pianist. Multi-award-winning trumpeter Morris Northcutt hails from the state of Washington and is known for his lyricism, artistry and ability to cross the boundary between classical and jazz. Lauren Servias is a Corvallis-based performer and teacher and served on the music faculty at OSU for nine years, where she was the music director and pianist for OSU Opera and collaborative pianist for OSU’s Bella Voce choir. Noon, Feb. 2 in the MU Lounge; admission is free.

Tibetan Buddhist Visualization and Mantra: Participants will practice "The Treasury of Blessings," a sādhanā focused on the historical Buddha Sakyamuni. This particular sādhanā is profound but also great for beginners, with simple visualizations and recitation of mantras. Guided by Geoff Barstow, Thursdays, 7-8 p.m., Feb. 1, 15, 29 and March 14 at Marigold. Class is by donation; please pre-register here. Contact with questions: [email protected].

American Strings: Bob Santelli in the Spotlight. 7 p.m., Feb. 1. Director of Popular Music and Performing Arts Bob Santelli reflects on his career and his six years as the artistic curator and host of OSU's popular American Strings series in a conversation with Horning Assistant Professor of Public History and Popular Music Kelly Bosworth. Attend in person at the LaSells Stewart Center or online. Admission is free.

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.

Diversity Research Reception: Submit diversity research publications and RSVP for the OSU Diversity Research Reception, noon to 1 p.m., March 20, in the MU Horizon Room and Cascades (hybrid with in-person component) Obsidian Hall 207. Submit publication and RSVP here. The reception will highlight and celebrate the contributions of OSU researchers advancing equity through scholarship and engagement, and provide a forum for sharing ideas, making connections and building collaborations for future research. Food and refreshments will be served.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! OSU Anthropology Lecture SeriesValeria Ochoa, assistant professor, will give a lecture titled, "Centering Indigeneity in Spanish as Heritage Language Education,” from noon to 12:50 p.m., Feb. 2, in Strand 161. This event is sponsored by the OSU Anthropology Program and the OSU School of Language, Culture, and Society. Questions? Contact: Drew Gerkey at [email protected].

NEW! College of Health Friday research seminar: Christian Grov, professor and chair at CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy and the CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health, will present “If We Want to Make Progress in the HIV Epidemic Among Sexual and Gender Minorities, It’s Time we Started Talking About Meth Again,” from 1-2 p.m., Feb. 2 in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room and via Zoom.

HMSC Research Seminar: Kelly Sutherland from the University of Oregon’s Oregon Institute of Marine Biology will be giving a seminar titled “Form, Function and Flow in the Ocean: Zooplankton ecology from the organism to the ecosystem scale.” 3:30 p.m., Feb. 1 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.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Fall Seminar Series: “Innovations at the OSU Herbarium,” presented by James Mickley of Oregon State University, 4 p.m., Feb. 1 via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

Critical Questions Lecture Series -- "Rhetorical Genre as a Comparative Method: The Case of Chinese Treaties." Join us to hear how a rhetorical genre lens enables Hui Wu, a scholar of comparative studies in rhetoric and global feminist rhetorics, to read the Chinese rhetorical treatises with gender sensitivity and historical accuracy and how her translations of the treatises reflect her reading. 4 p.m., Feb. 1 in Memorial Union 208.

Tuition Forums: The University Budget Committee and Office of Budget and Resource Planning are offering a series of forums to discuss the tuition-setting process, tuition rate scenarios for FY25 and to answer any questions about tuition and the university budget. The next forum will be held from 5-6 p.m., Feb. 1 in MU 215 or register to view on Zoom. More info and the forum schedule are available at

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar: Emily Yeh (University of CO Boulder) will discuss some of the multidimensional impacts climate change is having on the Tibetan Plateau. The talk will also explain climate justice and why Tibetan herders are experiencing impacts of injustice through environmental change and the policies being proposed for adaptation. 4:30 p.m., Feb. 5 in the Journey Room (MU 104). Reception to follow.

OSU Capital Projects Update webinar: Join Mike Green, vice president for finance and administration, and project managers for a webinar featuring current/recent Corvallis campus building renovations and renewal projects at OSU. Learn more about the university’s short- and long-term capital renewal plans and how projects are prioritized. 10 a.m., Feb. 6. Register to attend here.

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State University managers, supervisors, and lead workers to gain a solid understanding about the principles and policies that apply to employees; know how to navigate within the space of talent management activities; recognize when, and how, to provide equal opportunity & access to employees; and be familiar with other responsibilities.  Winter 2024 program: 8:15 a.m.-noon Monday - Thursday Feb. 26-29, via Zoom. Spring 2024 program: 8:15 a.m.-noon, Tuesday - Friday May 7-10, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

Take Note

NEW! Ergopoint: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing a link to Ergopoint, where you can learn and complete an ergonomic assessment of your office and remote work stations. Login using your OSU email as your username and the temporary password: Changeme3# (you’ll be asked to change this the first time you log in). For more information on safety at OSU, visit OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Sheryl McDonald, administrative office manager, 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.

Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Spring 2024: Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy, or research you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue! 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 2 hours in length. Learn more about the requirements and application process and email [email protected] with any questions, or for assistance with your application.

New Winter Classes at Marigold: Join us at Marigold: The OSU Center for Contemplative Practice for a new term of weekly classes, including gentle and flow yoga, mindfulness meditation, Buddhist Sadhana, exploring consciousness, and body poetry.  Instructors weave contemplative philosophy and movement in welcoming classes that strengthen the body, soothe the mind, and enliven the spirit. Check out the class schedule, purchase passes, or apply for an OSU Undergraduate Scholarship. Contact us.

Subscribe to Campus Directions for construction updates & more: Campus Directions is a quarterly newsletter that shares important news and updates about operational work happening on the Corvallis campus. Topics include construction updates, safety improvements, sustainability progress and more. Subscribers get an inside look at what’s happening behind the scenes to keep our campus beautiful, functional and safe for everyone. Visit the Campus Directions blog to read the latest stories or become a subscriber.

PRAx tickets on sale now: There’s something for everyone in the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts (PRAx) inaugural season. The spring 2024 lineup includes a wide variety of musicians, interactive performances, virtual reality installations and visual artists. Visitors can create their own event series to bundle tickets and save money. Check out PRAx’s website to learn more and purchase tickets. Most events offer $5 student tickets.

Center for Teaching and Learning Winter/Spring 2024 No-Strings-Attached Book Club: How would you like a free book on teaching and learning and the chance to discuss it with colleagues? Our goal is to provide a guilt-free way to motivate your thinking about teaching, make new pedagogically-inclined friends, or gather with old ones. Your choice of books from six selections. Gather with colleagues. Enjoy the discussion. We provide easy ways to structure your gatherings. Deadline: Feb. 1.  Register now.

International Friendship Program: Join the International Friendship Program (IFP) which matches domestic and international students/employees/visitors for conversation and friendship. Embark on a journey of cultural enrichment, global understanding and lifelong friendships. Participate remotely or in person. To learn more, visit the IFP website.

Study Abroad in New Zealand this summer: Interested in a 10-day study abroad program in New Zealand to finish up your summer? Join COF International Programs this September to learn about forest ecology and resource management in a changing climate in New Zealand. Students will delve into forest ecology and resource management on both the North and South Island, visiting native and plantation forests, bubbling geothermal hotspots and a field station located in the majestic scenery of the Southern Alps. Applications due April 1. Learn more and apply here.

Internationalization Grant: The deadline for the 2023-24 Internationalization Grant has been extended to 5 p.m. Feb. 16. Grants of up to $5,000 are offered for projects that advance internationalization within one of three tracks, aligned with “Prosperity Widely Shared”: Research and Innovation; Global and Intercultural Learning; and Career and Workforce Development. Eligibility varies by track but includes academic faculty, professional faculty, INTO OSU employees and student organizations. Full details are available on the website.

Center for Teaching and Learning Winter/Spring 2024 No-Strings-Attached Book Club: How would you like a free book on teaching and learning and the chance to discuss it with colleagues? Our goal is to provide a guilt-free way to motivate your thinking about teaching, make new pedagogically-inclined friends, or gather with old ones. Your choice of books from six selections. Gather with colleagues. Enjoy the discussion. We provide easy ways to structure your gatherings. Deadline Feb. 1. Register now.


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NEW! OSU Division of Extension and Engagement’s 4-H Youth Development Program invites applications for a 4-H Education Program Assistant 1 position based at the OSU Extension Service Curry County Office in Gold Beach. This is a 12-month, full-time, classified position starting at $17.43 hourly + benefits. Apply to posting #P04495CT. Closes Feb. 13.

NEW! The Office for Sponsored Research and Award Administration (OSRAA) is seeking a Billing Specialist. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month position and remote workers are encouraged to apply. This position will be part of the Award Management team in OSRAA, performing ongoing financial management of sponsored projects. As part of this collaborative team, position responsibilities include award-specific invoicing and financial reporting, expenditure analysis and partnering with faculty and business centers to resolve financial questions. Posting #P04622CT. Closes Feb. 13.


“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." ~ Hal Borland

Corvallis: Rain, high of 56, low of 44. Rain and partly sunny Thursday.

Central Oregon: Windy and cloudy with a chance of rain, high of 52, low of 38. Partly sunny Thursday.

Newport: Rainy and windy, high of 56, low of 49. Windy and mostly cloudy Thursday.

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