OSU Corvallis campus to open two hours late today

Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus operations will have a two-hour delayed opening today, March 1, due to street surface conditions impacted by sub-freezing temperatures. Campus operations will open at 10 a.m. Caution in commuting and walking to campus, and personal-decision making in commuting based upon local travel conditions is advised. Any further change in Corvallis campus operations due to changes in weather conditions will be shared on the university website at oregonstate.edu, by calling 541-737-8000, and through notifications via social media through Twitter and Facebook.

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: https://today.oregonstate.edu/email/submission-guidelines


How melting Arctic ice is affecting the migration patterns of bowhead whales (OPB News)

Using 12 years of underwater recordings of bowhead whale songs, scientists at Oregon State University recently discovered that the whales have been delaying their migration through the Bering Strait in the fall, or opting to not pass through it at all during the winter months. (see also Earth)

Some schools are switching to the 4-day workweek to bring in and keep teachers, but education officials say it's not a 'magic pill' to fix the educator shortage (Insider)

"Schools want to pay more but don't always have the resources, so they are trying to give something else to reduce stress and provide nonmonetary benefits," Paul Thompson, an associate professor of economics at Oregon State University, told Insider. 

Scientists find that bison are impacting streams in Yellowstone National Park (Scienmag)

Furthermore, “the effects of increased bison numbers are apparently exacerbating the effects of climate change, as observed through the continued shift in plant communities that are adapted to warmer and drier conditions,” according to Dr.  Boone Kauffman, emeritus professor of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences at Oregon State University and the lead author of the study.

'No treaties for the North Coast' (Oregon Coast Connection)

Tribal relations on the North Oregon Coast, including forced removal from native lands, will be the subject of a presentation by Dr. David Lewis (OSU) at the North County Recreation District this Saturday, March 4.

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The Authors and Editors Recognition Series: Bradley Boovy and Kali Furman discuss their book, “Transformative Approaches to Social Justice Education: Equity and Access in the College Classroom,” during night one of The Authors and Editors Recognition Series at OSU, which celebrates the literary and scholarly books published by university faculty by featuring selected authors and editors for readings and discussion. The 2023 recognition series includes three nights of readings and receptions. Join the OSU community in the Memorial Union Lounge, 5-7 p.m., March 1 and 2. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Want to explore strategies and tech tools to build resilience in your teaching, create flexible solutions to teaching challenges, and integrate in-class and online learning activities in your Corvallis or OSU-Cascades courses? See the Spring ‘23 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community call for participation. Apply by March 6. 


Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology seminar seriesJulie Young, associate professor of wildland resources at Utah State University, will speak on “Prey-free Predators: the impacts of foraging behavior on individual, population, and community traits.” 4 p.m. March 1, Johnson 102.  Zoom: beav.es/eecb

OSU Authors and Editors Recognition Series: The Authors and Editors Recognition Series celebrates the literary and scholarly books published by university faculty by featuring selected authors and editors for readings and discussion. The 2023 recognition series includes three nights of readings and receptions. Join the OSU Community in the Memorial Union Lounge, 5-7 p.m., Feb. 28, March 1 and 2. All are welcome.

Is College Making Us Wiser?: Join the Catholic Student Association for an online lecture with philosopher Peter Kreeft on 10 of the world’s greatest philosophers and how their wisdom can make us better people. Kreeft once wrote that “the single most important thing that makes a society good, and just, and wise, and happy is education.” 5-6:30 p.m., March 1, Zoom. Register here.

Students: Non-Profit & public service fair: Join Community Engagement & Leadership and the Career Development Center for the Non-Profit and Public Service Fair, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 1 in the MU Ballroom. No dress code. Link to register and view agencies: https://beav.es/npsf. Questions? Contact [email protected].


NEW! Literary Northwest Reading Series: Jennifer Reimer, assistant professor of American studies and program coordinator for the low-residency MFA in creative writing program (OSU-Cascades), and Jeff Fearnside, instructor in the School of Writing, Literature and Film, will give a free reading and Q&A at 7:30 p.m. March 3 in the Valley Library rotunda. Open to all. More information.

NEW! Board of Trustees: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet virtually from 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 7 to consider the vice chair position and potential candidates to recommend for appointment by Gov. Tina Kotek for anticipated at-large vacancies on the board. The meeting is open to the public by Zoom webinar: https://leadership.oregonstate.edu/trustees/meetings. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by noon March 3 to [email protected] or Stacy Jeffries at 541-737-3449.

OSU Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan: Public comment meeting 1-3 p.m. March 2 in Cascade 136 for the five-year update to the OSU Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. This plan update helps OSU identify ways to reduce the potential loss of life and property by studying the impact of natural hazards and identifying ways to lessen the impact of disasters caused by earthquakes, floods and other hazards. The plan can be reviewed at https://emergency.oregonstate.edu/emergency-preparedness/planning/osu-emergency-plans; email comments to [email protected].

Grad Inspire 2023: Join the Graduate School and Inspiration Dissemination for Grad Inspire at 3:30 p.m. March 2 at the LaSells Stewart Center. Now in its sixth year, Grad Inspire is a free event where four current graduate students share the motivations and questions behind their research in a short-format presentation. Add to your calendar. For more info visit: https://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/current-students/grad-inspire

The Oregon Trail: University Theatre and the Memorial Union present The Oregon Trail, by Bekah Brunstetter. It’s 1997 and a middle-schooler finds herself trapped in the computer lab, playing “The Oregon Trail” game. The game comes to life and juxtaposes the students’ modern struggles with those of her great-great grandmother, who traveled the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon in 1848. 7:30 p.m., March 2-3, and 2 p.m., March 5, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Tickets are $15 GA, $12 youth/senior and $5 OSU students with ID. Available online or through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2852.

Register now for Open Education Week: Oregon State is on a mission to lower the cost of learning for students. You can join the efforts during Open Education Week from March 6-10. This annual celebration raises awareness of open educational resources and explores other important ways to make higher education more accessible and affordable to all. Sessions are hosted online. View the schedule of webinars and register today.

American Strings celebrates Women's History Month featuring Shannon McNally with Marilyn Jordan and Fiona Daly: Host Bob Santelli will talk to GRAMMY® nominated Americana musician Shannon McNally about her career and her experience navigating the many layers of the music business. Joining them will be grad student Marilyn Jordan and freshman Fiona Daley, both students in the College of Liberal Arts. 7:30 p.m. March 6 at the LaSells Stewart Center C&E Hall. Attendance limited to 200. $15 general admission, free to OSU students while seats last. Purchase tickets in advance at oregonstatecla.universitytickets.com

Attend the Think Affordable Summit on March 7: Join 300+ of your OSU colleagues for a new event focused on college affordability. The morning will start with a panel discussion, hosted by Provost Edward Feser, featuring statewide legislative and higher education leaders. Following the panel, there will be a series of lightning presentations that highlight affordability initiatives happening across OSU. You’ll leave better equipped to support OSU students — and empowered to make a real impact on the cost of higher education. This event is at capacity for in-person attendance, but you can still register to join virtually.

Announcing the 2023 Alumni Fellows: Since 1988, the Oregon State University Alumni Association has recognized caring, passionate and talented members of Beaver Nation who’ve distinguished themselves in their professions and communities. This year, we took a special look at the amazing ways alumni are making positive change in the Portland area. Please join the OSU Alumni Association in congratulating the 2023 Alumni Fellows at 5:30 p.m. April 11 during the online celebration. Register and learn more about the 2023 Alumni Fellows.

American Strings: An Evening with The Kingston Trio: Join University Director of Popular Music Bob Santelli in a conversation with the legendary folk group The Kingston Trio. Following the interview, the trio will perform such classics as “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” and “Tom Dooley.” 7:30 p.m. April 18 at 7:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center C&E Hall. Attendance is limited to 200. Tickets are $25 and go on sale at 8 a.m. Feb. 27 at oregonstatecla.universitytickets.com

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! FES defense: Susie Sidder will present her dissertation titled “Advancing visitor movement research in protected areas using movement ecology theory and methods,” at 10 a.m. March 3, PFSC 302 or Zoom. Sidder is earning her Ph.D. in forest ecosystems and society with Ashley D’Antonio and Troy Hall. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] for the Zoom link, or for accommodations for disabilities.

NEW! Winter Assessment workshop: Join the team from Assessment and Accreditation from 10-11 a.m. March 3 in Milam 215, to hear about engaging faculty in assessment conversations and coordinating assessment efforts across multiple location and modalities. For more information, contact [email protected]

NEW! Anthropology lecture series: The Sistema de Alerta Sísmica Mexicano is the world's oldest public earthquake early warning system. This talk by Elizabeth Reddy, author of the new book, “¡Alerta! Engineering on Shakey Ground” (forthcoming in 2023 MIT Press), draws on over a decade of ethnographic and archival research to analyze a Mexican effort to change relationships between the environment, society and technology. Noon March 3 in Strand Ag 160. Also on Zoom.

NEW! College of Public Health and Human Sciences research seminar: Sunil Khanna, professor, Robert and Sara Rothschild Endowed Chair in Global Health, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, will speak on “Sustainable Community Partnership and Empowerment (SCOPE): Promoting Health and Inclusive Change in Rural Botswana” from 1-2 p.m. March 3 in Hallie Ford 115 and online.

NEW! Applied Economics seminar: Melissa LoPalo from Montana State University will present "The Willingness to Pay for a Cooler Day: Evidence from 50 Years of Major League Baseball Games,” 2:30-4 p.m. March 3 in Ballard 219. Additional details available here

NEW! Fidelity on-campus consultations: Employees can meet with Justin Blatny, financial consultant from Fidelity, to discuss their financial goals and savings plans for retirement. There is no cost for these consultations and they are available to all employees no matter what stage you are at in your career. Appointments are available on OSU Corvallis campus March 15-16. Schedule online at www.fidelity.com/schedule or by phone at (800) 343-0860.

Microbiology Ph.D. defense: Parker Smith will present “The Social Interactions of Pseudomonas aeruginosa,”  10 a.m. March 2, LPSC 402. Smith is completing his Ph.D. in microbiology under the guidance of Martin Schuster. Contact the microbiology department at [email protected] for details and the Zoom link.

HMSC Research Seminar: Marli Miller from the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oregon will give a seminar entitled “Geotouring the Pacific Northwest and encountering the unexpected,” 3:30 p.m. March 2. In person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or on ZoomClick here for more information.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology seminar series: “Language and Neighborhood Arrangements of BFFs (Bacterial-Fungal Frenemies),” presented by Nancy Keller of University of Wisconsin, 4 p.m. March 2, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

Winter 2023 Faculty Food and Fun: Beyond Accommodations: Join InclusiveExcellence@OSU for a panel discussion about the experience of students with disabilities/disabled students at OSU with Kathleen Bogart (psychology) and three student representatives from the Disabled Students Union. 4-6 p.m. March 2, MU 109 and on Zoom. More information and RSVP here.

Discovering Ancient and Modern-day Agriculture in the Heart of Mexico - Faculty-led program info session: Join OSU faculty leaders Ricardo Mata Gonzalez and Clarisa Caballero-Ignacio from the College of Agricultural Sciences for a three-credit, 12-day program in Mexico, July 10-21. Info session 5 p.m. March 2, STAG 161. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

One Hundred Years of Timber Culture in Oregon: Celebrating the Legacy and the Land of Maxville, Oregon: Gwendolyn Trice, executive director of the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, will speak on the legacy of the multiethnic logging company town of Maxville, Oregon, in 1923. In the 1920s, the Bowman-Hicks Lumber Company recruited skilled Black loggers from the southern U.S. to Wallowa County when Oregon’s Black exclusion laws were still in place. A century after the town’s founding, the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center has purchased the land of and surrounding historic Maxville; this site is now owned by a Black-led non-profit directed by a descendant of one of the first logger families that was recruited to work at Maxville. 5:30 p.m. March 2, MU Horizon Room. A reception will follow. 

SACNAS event: The Oregon State University Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) chapter is preparing for a SACNAS gathering and workshop. The annual conference is scheduled for Oct. 26-28 in Portland. A SACNAS workshop will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 4 in the Memorial Union 104 Journey Room. Lunch provided for all registered participants. Register now, space is limited. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PSRW2Y7 Contact [email protected] or [email protected] with questions.

Register now for Open Education Week: Oregon State is on a mission to lower the cost of learning for students. You can join the efforts during Open Education Week, March 6-10. This annual celebration raises awareness of open educational resources and explores other important ways to make higher education more accessible and affordable to all. Sessions are hosted online. View the schedule of webinars and register today.

Take Note

NEW! 35 years of service: Congratulations to William Braunworth Jr., department head, for being honored for 35 years of service at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others who have reached this milestone by clicking on their name.

Health and Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing a link to 12 months of safety tips from SAIF that can be used for departmental safety training monthly to keep safety in the forefront of your team. You can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at http://ehs.oregonstate.edu/uhsc, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

New Employees: This virtual session is to orient new faculty and staff to the university. Join us to learn about the terms of your employment, employee benefits, retirement programs, and work-life resources. You will also be introduced to the Equal Opportunity & Access, Insurance Risk Management and University Ombuds teams. Union informational sessions for employees represented by Service Employees International Union and United Academics of Oregon State University are presented afterwards. Offered monthly. Registration is required. Visit the New Employee Orientation website to access orientation essentialsonboarding guides, and download a self-guided new employee orientation checklist. A checklist is also available for supervisors who are supervising new employees.

LinkedIn Learning: LinkedIn Learning is available to OSU faculty, staff, and students – for free! Leverage this online learning library to hone your soft skills and your technical and business acumen, and meet your learning and development goals. Use it to supplement your curricula. Curate content to support your programs and initiatives. Click here for step-by-step instructions for how to get started, and here for tips and tricks. Be sure to check out our curated collections and toolkit for supervisors too.

Training Portal: OSU employees, did you know you can find learning and development opportunities with the Training Portal? The OSU Training Portal is available to faculty and staff, and located in your my.oregonstate.edu dashboard, by clicking the “Training” tab in the top right corner. Discover and search for trainings, webinars, and more – all geared towards OSU employees. Bookmark https://my.oregonstate.edu/employee/training so you can return to it often. Do you have an upcoming learning opportunity geared towards OSU employees? Reach out to [email protected] to learn how to add your event.

Notice of policy action: The university has two new policies: one on copyright and fair use determinations and one on displaying flags on university flagpoles. There are also important revisions to the policies on university housing and the acceptable use of computing resources. Want to know more? Check out and bookmark the “What’s New” section of the University Policy & Standards Manual.

2023 Environmental Writing Fellowship and Residency: Spring Creek Project, in partnership with the conservation nonprofit Oregon Wild, is accepting applications for a new year-long opportunity. The theme for this year's fellowship is Oregon's Climate Forests. Please feel free to share widely with writers who may be a good fit. Applications due by April 1. Writers can learn more and apply here

New episode of Inner Nature podcast series: The second episode of the podcast series Inner Nature features Part 2 of a conversation between Kaira Jewel Lingo and Kritee Kanko. They highlight the importance of creating small, local communities for processing grief and anger, practicing mindfulness and taking climate action. This series is produced by the Contemplative Studies Initiative and the Spring Creek Project. Listen on SpotifyApple or wherever you get your podcasts.

STEM Academy: Registration for STEM Academy's 2023 summer camps is open. Go to https://stemacademy.oregonstate.edu for more information and to register. Needs-based scholarships are available for all of our camps.

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 beav.es/cel.

Alumni Center: A central campus location for gatherings: The CH2M HILL Alumni Center is a space for any occasion — weddings, staff holiday parties, conferences, tailgates and more. Book with us to host your large event (up to 350+ people) at a venue located just across from Reser Stadium; near lodging and campus parking; and just a short drive away from downtown Corvallis, hiking areas and Willamette Valley breweries and vineyards. 

Winter 2023 Update from Vice President for Finance and Administration: Want to be an insider? Find out what Division of Finance and Administration units have been doing to help advance OSU’s goals in this update to DFA employees: https://fa.oregonstate.edu/vpfa-update-winter-2023. Each quarter, Vice President Mike Green and DFA senior leaders share project milestones, unit news, highlights, updates and coming events.

Call for Applications: Career Champions program: Applications for the spring 2023 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. The Career Champions program provides faculty and instructors with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and examining the barriers to access for first-generation, high financial need, and/or students of color. More information can be found on the Center for Teaching and Learning website. Contact Brenna Gomez for more information. Apply here by March 17.    

International Women's Day: OSU is pleased to join in recognizing International Women's Day on March 8, a global day in honor of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and a call to action for accelerating women's equality. We invite campus-wide recognition of this important day. The Marketing Toolkit provides social media and screen frames, event poster templates, Zoom backgrounds and a graphic identifier. Visit the website for more information.

Traffic and Maintenance

Washington Way closed: As part of the Washington Way Improvement project, SW Washington Way between 26th-30th streets will be closed through March. 1. Other possible impacts include noise, dust and mud near the construction site. (View map) For questions or comments on this closure, contact Construction Manager Derek Bennett at (541) 609-6111.


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: http://today.oregonstate.edu/email/jobs To apply for the below positions, visit jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Oregon State University is hiring a Treasury Analyst in the Controller's Unit. This is a new position in the Treasury Office. This position has remote flexibility while making an impact to the campus community. This position will focus on cash and investments, and support flow of funds compliance awareness (NACHA and PCI DSS). Posting #P06513UF. Full consideration March 9. Closes March 19. 


I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” ~ Jane Austen

Corvallis: Partly sunny today, high of 40, low of 34. Rain and snow Thursday.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 38, low of 20. Partly sunny Thursday.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 46, low of 35.  Rain and breezy Thursday.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/.