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.

Act now to prevent an environmental catastrophe (The Guardian)

A piece co-signed by OSU's William Ripple.

Under Earth's surface, a wild menagerie of organisms (KQED)

"It's hard to describe some of this life in terms that we can even understand because they appear to be able to survive for such long periods of time with virtually no energy available," says Rick Colwell, an oceanographer and astrobiologist at Oregon State University. "In some cases, we've started to refer to them as zombies — nearly dead. It appears, however, they can be revived, in some cases."

Expect Higher Christmas Tree Prices (Washington Ag Network)

Chal Landgren with Oregon State University said many of the existing growers in the Beaver State have been at the mercy of Mother Nature.

Strange Solar Benefits on the Farm (

Oregon State University scientists have found a resource that can increase ag production on dry, non-irrigated farmland; solar panels.

What's the best way to prevent moss on driveways? Ask an Expert (Oregonian)

Frosty days have arrived and still the gardening questions keep on coming. Do you have one? Get answers from Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Today's photo

Charitable Fund Drive: As of this weekend we're falling way behind our neighbor to the south in donations. You still have a few weeks to make a pledge to the Charitable Fund Drive. To pledge online:


Oregon Women In Higher Education Webinar Viewing. Brown bag lunch and viewing of OWHE’s latest webinar: Gender 101. This webinar will provide a holistic introduction and reflections on concepts surrounding gender. You do not have to be a member of OWHE to attend. Monday, Dec. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. in Valley Library 3622 -  the West Willamette Industries Seminar Room. Questions? Contact Olivia Heath at

OSU150 on OPB: Oregon Experience will rebroadcast the “Oregon State University” episode filmed earlier this year on OPB at 9 p.m., Dec. 10, as well as Dec. 12 at 2 a.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.

Digital Community Meeting: Join OSU’s community of digital workers to learn all about Wordpress 5 and the new Gutenberg editor, and what’s coming up for the OSU homepage, including a Tools and Services demo. Learn more at Drupal@OSU. Dec. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Cascade Hall 136. We welcome all who work on the internet at OSU.


Sustainable Landscape Seminar: The two-day Sustainable Landscape Seminar provides the public with practical information to create sustainable/green/ecological landscapes. Some outcomes to expect include lowering power, water and waste bills due to more efficient use of resources, and reducing the flow of organic matter into the landfill. Wednesday, Dec. 12, and Thursday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Class is held at Lane Extension, 996 Jefferson St., Eugene. Cost: $25.Register

NEW! The Ethnobotany of the Kalapuya: Learn about the ethnobotany of our landcestors from Doug Duer and David Harrelson in the final talk of this year's Champinefu Lecture Series, which will be held at the Majestic Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 12. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 7 p.m. This lecture, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project. Learn more.  


NEW! University budget conversation: On Thursday, Dec. 13, at noon, the Office of Budget & Fiscal Planning will hold another University Budget Conversation in Memorial Union 215. We will start the conversation with a summary of the governor’s budget.  A budget brief (handout) will be available. More information about University Budget Conversations is located on the Office of Budget & Fiscal Planning website. For more information contact Sherm Bloomer.

Rent burden panel discussion: The city of Corvallis will host a public meeting on housing affordability and rent burdens. Corvallis has the highest percentage of rent-burdened households in Oregon. The meeting will feature a panel discussion with representatives from local agencies. The event will take place on Dec. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s Main Meeting Room.

BeaverHacks, Winter 2018: The Hackathon Club at OSU is holding a hackathon Dec. 13-16, 5 p.m., online. Awards will be given for C++ Console App, People's Choice, Alumni, and 1st/2nd/3rd place. Students new to programming are encouraged to join. Those looking for teammates can indicate that on the registration form and will be matched with a group. To register: Club Registration Form, or sign up on the DevPost website.


NEW! OSU International Scholar and Faculty Coffee Social: OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International and OSU Office of International Services would like to invite 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., Corvallis on Friday, Dec. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Facebook Link:

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome; employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Dec. 14 and Jan. 22.

Upcoming Events

Save The Date: Ann Leen Retirement Reception: Come help 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.  

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! 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.
Strategic Plan 4.0: Professional faculty, join us for a presentation and interactive dialogue with Susan Capalbo, senior vice provost for Faculty Affairs, on Dec. 18 from 8-9:30 a.m. in the MU Horizon Room. Capalbo will provide a brief update from the Office of Faculty Affairs, including Strategic Plan 4.0 and the upcoming university accreditation site visit, followed by a discussion about interdisciplinary collaboration and faculty development opportunities. Arrive between 8-8:30 a.m. for coffee and pastries. The session will begins 8:30 a.m. RSVP here and contact Michelle Klotz at with questions.

Register for the 2019 Willamette Valley Bird Symposium: A daylong symposium bringing together professionals, students and amateurs to celebrate birds. The plenary speaker is Kenn Kaufman, renowned naturalist and artist and the author of the cult-classic book “Kingbird Highway.” Jan. 19, at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Cost: $15 for students/educators, $20 general public. To register and for more information, visit

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. Through Dec. 5, free tickets are available to OSU faculty, staff and students for the Jan. 21 peace breakfast and the keynote session. 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.

Take Note

NEW! Campus Directions: Learn more from University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations about how Oregon State's campuses are improving every day.  Read the latest issue of Campus Directions to learn more about Cordley Hall’s planned renewal, recently completed renovation projects and more. Interested in keeping up with projects on campus? Subscribe to our newsletter.

NEW! Update to University Policies & Standards. Visit the What’s New page ( to view pending policy amendments, which include the proposed retirement of 13 university policies & standards and the proposed adoption of a fiscal rule involving communication allowances. This page is updated frequently with new developments so check back frequently. Submit comments or questions to Chris Viggiani:

Faculty and staff profiles sought: Know a professional faculty member who has an amazing hobby? A faculty member who has a crazy collection? A staffer with a heart for philanthropy? We’re looking for suggestions on Oregon State employees who prove that we’re all a lot more than the sum of our jobs. If you have someone to suggest, email They may appear in an upcoming OSU Today. 

Public comments sought for Oregon Sea Grant review: You are invited to participate in a review of Oregon Sea Grant's management, organization, performance, stakeholder engagement and collaborative activities. The review will be conducted by a team convened by the National Sea Grant College Program. Email your comments about Oregon Sea Grant to, with “Oregon Sea Grant Site Review” in the subject line. The comment period ends Jan. 7. More info: 

Weight Watchers is free for PEBB employees: New session starting soon. Get registered today by calling the Weight Watchers center at 1-866-454-2144 – reference location #60359 OSU-PEBB. Meetings are Tuesdays in Milam 105 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (30 minutes long). Wellness check-ins start a half hour prior to each meeting. No check-ins after 1 p.m. Email with questions.

Do you prefer to make a Charitable Fund Drive donation by personal check? No problem - click here for the pledge form. For the complete list of all the Charitable Fund Drive organizations, click here. Once you’ve completed the pledge form, mail it and your personal check to the Portland address located at the top of the form. Your donation, in whatever form works best for you, is much needed and appreciated. For online pledges:

Momentum: Since the dawn of the 21st century, the pace of technological innovation has been astonishing. Along with the advances that are improving and simplifying our lives come new perils. Throughout the College of Engineering, researchers are working on novel solutions to help address some of the greatest threats of our time. In this issue of Momentum, the college highlights a few of these projects and the researchers who are striving to keep us safe and secure.

Winter 2019 FERPA Learning Community: The Office of the Registrar will offer another FERPA Learning Community (LC) Winter term. Join the LC and explore the nuances and applications of FERPA with colleagues from across campus. If you’re interested, take a minute to fill out this interest survey, which lists the dates/times of the meetings.

Winter Break Recycling Collection Schedules: Dec. 17 through Jan. 4, most buildings will have recycling collection reduced to every other week due to reduced available staffing and activity within most buildings during that time. Contact Campus Recycling through this form to inform us of any exceptions that need to be addressed such as full building or office closures; include a contact name, email, phone and the office or building location.

Traffic and Maintenance

Bike path closure: Due to asphalt work, the bike path south of Washington Way between 30th Street & 35th Street will be closed (see map) beginning Thursday, Dec. 6.


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to:

To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! The Office of Vice President for Research is seeking an Attending Veterinarian/ Director, Laboratory Animal Resources Center.  This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting # P02642UF. Closes Jan. 22.


“Loyalty and obedience to wisdom and justice are fine; but it is still finer to defy arbitrary power, unjustly and cruelly used--not on behalf of ourselves, but on behalf of others more helpless.” ~ Elizabeth Gaskell.

Corvallis: Rain and showers all week, highs in the upper 40s, lows in the upper 30s.

Central Oregon: Going back and forth between rain and snow this week, highs in the 40s, lows in the upper 20s.

Newport: Rain and showers this week, highs in the 50s, lows in the 40s.

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