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.

Transgenic trees face rocky path from the farm to the forest (Nature)

Unfortunately, commercial interests are already hampering scientific work on transgenic trees, says plant geneticist Steven Strauss of Oregon State University in Corvallis.  (see also KTVZ)

Refining wine (Oregon Wine Press)

“We have a multidisciplinary red blotch study that involves viticulture, virology, entomology and enology,” added Mark Chien, program coordinator of the Oregon Wine Research Institute (OWRI) at Oregon State University (OSU). “We came up with a project plan and did a lot of research in the Willamette Valley this summer. It’s a difficult virus to pin down, to understand not only the virus itself but its vectors and hosts as well.”

The best work on political economy in 2018 (Washington Post)

Zsófia Barta and Alison Johnston (Oregon State University), “Rating Politics? Partisan Discrimination in Credit Ratings in Developed Economies,” Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 51(5) 587—620/Ben White, “Why Isn’t Wall Street Freaking Out About Trump?” Politico, March 2018. 

Internationally famed chemist and OSU prof Ken Hedberg has died (LIFE@OSU)

Alumnus and professor emeritus of chemistry Ken Hedberg died in his sleep on Jan. 5, 2019. He was 98. Hedberg earned an international reputation, having determined the structure of dozens of molecules throughout his career, including Carbon-60—known as the “Buckyball”—and compounds of xenon, a noble gas.

New salmon-counting technique treats Alaska stream like a crime scene (KTOO)

That’s where Taal Levi, a professor at Oregon State University, comes in. Levi has spent the past several years exploring whether a new technology called environmental DNA, or eDNA, can be used to count salmon.

OSU to host pollinator summit (Capital Press)

How pollinator-enhancement programs can be developed and enhanced is the subject of the PNW Pollinator Summit & Conference slated for Feb. 14-16 at the Oregon State University CH2M Hill Alumni Center in Corvallis.

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President's Winter Celebration: The annual President's Winter Celebration takes place Tuesday, Jan. 15, 9-11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge.  Students and employees can take a break to talk with friends and colleagues while enjoying treats and gourmet beverages.


NEW! WRGP Water Resources Engineering Winter Seminar Series. OSU's Chad Higgins, Biological and Ecological Engineering, will present “Agrivoltaic Systems in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus Stress and Human Migration” on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in STAG 111. Free and open to the public.

NEW! Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): BUG consists of life scientists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, statisticians, and researchers of all types who meet to discuss topics related to these fields of study.  Meetings are generally informal, consisting of discussions, interactive talks or short workshops.  All are welcome.  No experience needed to participate.  Dana Gibbon, CGRB, will present “Wading through Genome Analysis Toolkit’s (GATK) Best Practices”, Wednesday, Jan 9, noon, ALS 3005.  For additional information, see

January Random Review: Kathleen Dean Moore, author and distinguished OSU professor of environmental philosophy emeritus, will review “The Overstory” by Richard Powers on Jan. 9 at noon in the main meeting room of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.  Powers is the author of 12 novels and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the National Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. 

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Seminar: The Honorable Dr. Jane Lubchenco: Former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere Jane Lubchenco, who was head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is a distinguished professor at OSU, will give a talk "Balancing Conservation and Sustainable Use: Science and Policy" on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 3-4 p.m. in Withycombe 109. Free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU International Scholar and Faculty Coffee Social: OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International and OSU Office of International Services invites you to join international visiting faculty, scholars, students and their families for conversation, coffee, tea and light snacks at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (CMLC) in the Einerson House (EINH), 2638 N.W. Jackson Ave in Corvallis on Friday, Jan. 11, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Facebook Link:

NEW! Music a la Carte: Abigail Sperling, flute; Victoria Wolff, cello; Lauren Servias, piano. Performing works by Hummel, Maresz and Gaubert. Friday, Jan. 11, at noon. Memorial Union Lounge, free.

Ann Leen Retirement Reception: Come help the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife congratulate Ann Leen on her 22 years of service to the OSU community. Thursday, Jan. 10, 10-11:30 a.m., MU 109. Refreshments and drinks provided. 

OSUsed Store Clearances: The OSUsed Store will be offering 50 percent off prices storewide on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 11, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 S.W. 13th St. Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on their website.

Piano Series performance: American pianist Jeremy Denk will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in The LaSells Stewart Center as part of the Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Piano Series. Denk was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2013. He has performed as a soloist across North America with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra. Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at or at Grass Roots Books & Music in Corvallis.

OSU Portland Center grand opening: Celebrate the opening of Oregon State's new space right off of Pioneer Square in downtown Portland on Jan. 14, 1-6:30 p.m. Explore the facility during this open house. Visit with representatives from OSU colleges and divisions to learn about their programs. The OSU Portland Center is located on the second floor of the historic Meier & Frank Building, adjacent to Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. Besides serving as an educational space for a number of Oregon State’s signature programs, the center houses the Portland-based staff of the OSU Foundation and OSU Alumni Association, acting as a hub for the university’s many activities in the region. 

OSU Staff Art Exhibit & Reception: Celebrate works of art created by OSU staff and retirees at the ninth annual OSU Staff Art Exhibit. Visit with the artists at a reception on Monday, Jan. 14, from 5-7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center Giustina Gallery. The exhibit runs now through Sunday, Jan. 27. For more information, contact University Events at or 541-737-4717.

Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way in Corvallis. The board will consider Strategic Plan 4.0 metrics, the university’s 10-year capital forecast, an amendment to the board’s investment policy, and the issuance of OSU revenue bonds. The board will discuss risks in today’s higher education landscape, and will hear reports from the OSU Foundation and OSU Alumni Association and a report on the close of the university’s OSU150 celebration. Other committees of the board will meet from 8–8:45 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, and from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. The agendas and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at For accommodations: (541) 737-3449 at least 48 hours in advance.

BEavers HERE NOW Drop-In Meditation: Mondays – Fridaysweeks 2-10 at 1 p.m.,in the Craft CenterNo experience necessary. All are welcome. Enjoy a different 15-minute guided meditation each week.  Benefits of mediation include: Stress reduction, better sleep, sharper concentration, anxiety management and happier relationships. Contact to coordinate extra credit for student attendance. Faculty and staff are welcome too. Stay after meditation for a mindful art activity hosted by the Craft Center.

Speed Friending: Make new friends fast. Join the Active Minds student club for an evening of dinner, fun and friendship. Open to OSU students. Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Contact Tess Webster-Henry at for more info. Hosted by CAPS and the Active Minds student club.

2019 MLK Day of Service: Registration for the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 19 is now open. Students, faculty, staff, and their partners and children are all invited to participate in OSU’s largest day of service of the year. Projects will take place at various times throughout the day. A light breakfast, snacks, and hot lunch will be provided. Check-in will be located in the MU Horizon Room 49, and transportation to all projects will be provided. Pre-registration is required at Projects include Heartland Humane Society, Linn Benton Food Share, Corvallis Parks & Recreation, Meals on Wheels (Craft ‘N Care) and more.

New art exhibit: An exhibition of work by artist Ka’ila Farrell Smith, “Marks From A Journey Home,” will be on display Jan. 7 through Feb. 7 in the Fairbanks Gallery. Farrell-Smith is a contemporary Klamath Modoc visual artist based in Modoc Point, Oregon, and co-director for the Signal Fire artist residency program based in Portland. The gallery is located in Fairbanks Hall, 220 S.W. 26th St. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., with hours extended until 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month for the Corvallis Art Walk.

Art installation: “View of the Red Forest,” a multimedia art installation on the dilapidation and rebirth of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, will be on display Jan. 7 through Jan. 31 in Fairbanks Hall on the Oregon State University Corvallis campus. The installation, by artist Julia Oldham, consists of large prints of windows looking out of abandoned buildings onto lush landscapes, with video documentation of Oldham’s visit to the zone. The exhibit will be held in the Woodshop Projects, a rustic, basement art space in Fairbanks Hall. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! MNR Capstone Presentation: Alex Scagliotti is pursuing his Master of Natural Resources under the guidance of Lynette de Silva. Join us Friday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m. in Richardson 243 for a presentation of his capstone project: "Quantifying the Geomorphic Response of Stream Restoration Projects: A Pilot Project on Whychus Creek". Free and open to the public.

NEW! Live Oral History: Come learn about the consequences of nuclear weapons production by listening to the experiences of lawyer and "downwinder" Trisha Pritkin as she is recorded sharing some of her life talking with author Jacob Darwin Hamblin, PI on NSF grant "Reconstructing Nuclear Environments and the Downwinders' Case." Friday, Jan. 11, 4 p.m. Valley Library room 1420 (in the basement, floor 1).

TRIAD: Heidi Henry from Banner Non-Profits will present “Public Money for Public Good: The Art of Art in Benton County” on Jan. 10, noon to 1 p.m., MU 211. The public is welcome to attend free of charge.  An optional catered lunch is available for $13.  Contact Kathy DeBellis, to reserve a lunch.  TRIAD provides faculty, staff, students and community members with an opportunity to network, discuss events of the day, and learn something new. See

Environmental Public Health in the 21st Century Research Symposium: Join us on Jan. 11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the MU Horizon Room for a research symposium sponsored by the OSU Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology to bridge the gaps between advances in exposure science, the implementation of 21st-century toxicology vision and regulatory considerations relevant to environmental chemicals. Livestreaming available. Free. Registration required.

Fourth Annual OSU STEM Leaders Program Research Symposium: The OSU STEM Leaders Program will be hosting its research symposium, where second-year students will present research posters from across campus. The symposium will take place Saturday, Jan. 12, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. For information or accommodations, contact Stephanie Ramos at

Science Pub: Too Much of a Good Thing?  The science of super-cushioned running shoes with Christine Pollard, director of the FORCE Lab at OSU-Cascades. Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. at Old World Deli. The presentation is free, but registration is required.

What Transpires Now: Transgender Histories & Futures:  In this talk drawn from her work in progress, “What Transpires Now,” Susan Stryker explores the relationship between the transgender past and present, and how history can inspire us to reimagine the future. The talk will focus on the story of Frances Thompson, whose life became the focus of a national scandal in the 1870s, in ways that prefigure the weaponization of trans people in contemporary political controversies. Stryker is associate professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. Thursday, Jan. 17, 5 p.m. LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Auditorium.

Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., MU Journey Room 104 on Friday, Feb. 1. Preregistration required: Space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

Master Gardener training: Are you passionate about gardening? Are you interested in sharing your science-based knowledge as a volunteer community educator?  Become an OSU Master Gardener volunteer and get growing from the ground up. Registration is now open for the 2019 metro-area OSU Extension Service Master Gardener training. Training is a hybrid course including in-person classes, online content, hands-on workshops and gardening seminars starting in February.  Registration: Three locations to choose from in the tri-county area for in-person classes: Hillsboro, Oregon City, and SE Portland.  Volunteer and non-volunteer options available.  Learn more here:

MLK Celebration: Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, author and advocate for social justice is the keynote speaker for the 37th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration lecture on Mon., Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. Beginning Dec. 6, keynote session tickets will be available to the general public. The celebration week runs from Jan. 19-25. To register and for a full list of events, visit For info, contact or 541-737-4717.

OSU-Cascades board: The Oregon State University-Cascades Advocacy and Advisory Board will meet on Jan. 23. The meeting will provide updates on strategic initiatives at the campus, including long-range development planning, community relations, academic programs and student success. The meeting will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Obsidian Hall, Room 210, on the OSU-Cascades campus on Chandler Avenue in Bend. The board meeting is open to the public. For information visit or contact or 541-322-3100.

Provost’s Lecture: An Evening With W. Kamau Bell, writer, director, and comedian who is the host and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning CNN docu-series "United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell" on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are available to faculty, staff and students. Remaining tickets will be available to the public on Jan. 10. For more information and to download tickets visit: For information, contact or call 541-737-3143.

Take Note

NEW! Printing and Mailing Services Notice - Shuttle Service to Portland: When sending mail items to the new Portland Center, be sure to use the updated address.  The new Portland Center address is: 555 S.W. Morrison St.  The old address for this building, 621 S.W. 5th, is no longer valid.

NEW! Taste Testers Wanted: A fun and tasty way to participate in food research.  The OSU Center for Sensory & Consumer Behavior Research is looking for panelists for consumer taste tests.  Open to all students, faculty, staff and family members.  Must be at least 18 years of age. Panelists receive up to $20/hour for their time.  Tests run throughout the year but panelists choose which tests interest them.  Fill out our questionnaire to get added to our pool at or call 541-737-6506.

NEW! Applications for PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships for Spring term projects are now being accepted: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to OSU community members who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach, or creative projects related to women’s issues. Scholarships average $300 and are paid by reimbursement. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 8, with notification in Week 7.  Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact Joy Jorgensen at

Heroes sought: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA) is seeking nominations for the Our Hero Award to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond while exhibiting leadership skills. PFLA membership is not required of the nominator or the nominee. Visit the PFLA Our Hero webpage to submit a nomination.

Oregon Sea Grant 2020-2022 Biennial Research CompetitionOregon Sea Grant invites researchers affiliated with any Oregon institution of higher education to submit pre-proposals for two-year research projects. These projects should address cutting-edge, socioeconomic and biophysical science related to important marine and coastal issues. Pre-proposals are due Thursday, Feb. 21, 5 p.m. Questions, contact Stephanie Ichien or Sarah Kolesar in OSG’s Research and Scholars Program.

Accreditation: Oregon State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. As part of the ongoing accreditation process, OSU is scheduled to submit a "Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report" to the NWCCU and host a site visit of peer evaluators from April 15-17, 2019. Accreditation by the NWCCU represents the commission’s judgment that an institution is satisfactorily achieving its mission and educational purposes and that it meets or exceed the commission’s standards of quality and effectiveness. OSU has been continuously accredited by the NWCCU since 1924, having been most recently reaffirmed Spring 2011. As part of the review process, OSU invites the public to send comments regard the institution’s qualification for accreditation and/or its efforts to achieve mission fulfillment directly to the NWCCU. Signed, written comments should be mailed to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities at 8060 165th Ave., Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981 no later than March 15, 2019.  To obtain a copy of Commission Policy A-5, Public Notification and Third-Party Comments Regarding Full-Scale Evaluations, contact the NWCCU office at 425-558-4224 or visit its website at (Standards and Policies and the Operational Policies).

Term-Long Laptops at the Valley Library: The Valley Library has 24 Dell laptops available for long-term borrowing. These laptops are term-long substitutes for students without computers. For more information or to fill out the application, go to Applications are due Saturday, Jan. 12. For further questions, email

The University Health & Safety Committee: The committee wants to promote health and safety with a link to information on moving more from the America Heart Association at You can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

Apply now for Ecampus professional development funds: Oregon State Ecampus invites faculty, staff and administrators to pursue professional development related to online and hybrid education. Further your professional goals while promoting effective teaching and learning in OSU’s online and hybrid courses. Funding is available for professorial faculty and professional faculty and advisers. The application deadline is Feb. 7, so learn more and apply online today.

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 Student Life, in collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services, developed a CARE folder, which is intended to provide you with valuable resources and referral information.  Simply click on this link and you will be directed to login to Box to access these resources.  Bookmark this link for easy access on your phone, laptop or tablet.

Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy & Standards page ( to learn about recent and pending policy amendments, which includes draft University Policy 01-020 International Travel. Submit comments or questions on this proposed policy to Chris Viggiani: The What’s New page is updated frequently with new developments so check back regularly.

Fiscal Policy – Rule 03-140-501 Communications Allowance replaces FIS 410-02 Cell Phone Charges & FIS 410-33 Communications Allowance. This new policy provides a communications allowance, rather than a reimbursement requiring additional documentation.  OSU faculty and staff who are required to conduct university business using their own personal communication device may be eligible for one of three rates base on the level of business use, as described in this policy.

Take Part in Hybrid Learning Community: The OSU Hybrid Initiative invites faculty to submit proposals to participate in the Hybrid Faculty Learning Community from Feb.-April and redesign an established Corvallis campus course as a hybrid course. Proposals are due Jan. 22. Professional development funding is provided. See Call for Hybrid Proposals.

Food drive: One in six residents in Linn and Benton counties sought emergency food assistance last year. The OSU Food Drive gives Linn Benton Food Share nearly 25 percent of their food buying power, which is raised during the OSU Food Drive in the month of February. Take a look at the coordinators list to see if your unit/building/floor/department has a lead for this effort. If not, ask your supervisor if you can be a location coordinator. To sign up, or if you have questions, contact or call 541-737-0724

Social justice workshops: Register now for Winter and Spring term SJEI workshops. The Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs is an excellent foundational professional development program that 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:

Funding Database: OSU has an institutional subscription to GrantFoward. Set up a profile and search for funding opportunities.  For information on how to sign up, email

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Nash Hall elevator: As part of the elevator modernization audit, occasional elevator shut down in Nash Hall is required as part of this effort. Work will begin at 8 a.m., Jan. 10 and will take 1-2 hours.

Traffic Signal Damaged at 35th & Western: A vehicle accident in December at Western and 35th in Corvallis caused extensive damage to the traffic signal equipment that controls the intersection. Although replacement equipment has been ordered, the severity of the damage coupled with delays from the holidays means that the signal may not be functional again until mid-January. The signal is disabled and the intersection is being controlled by stop signs. Western and 35th is a busy intersection, and motorists are advised to give themselves extra time traveling through the area.


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NEW! INTO OSU is recruiting for a Student Services Specialist – Care and Conduct.  This position provides leadership and management for assigned areas on the Student Services Team.  Areas of responsibility include student care and well-being, cultural adjustment, conduct processes, and other programs and services to promote the social, personal, and academic well-being of INTO OSU students.  For more information or to apply follow this link:


“I'll tell you what freedom is to me. No fear.” ~ Nina Simone

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 52, low of 44. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain today, high of 46, low of 36. Partly sunny tomorrow. 

Newport:  Rain and breezy, high of 54, low of 49. Chance of rain Thursday.

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