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. Content appearing includes timely news and feature stories from broadcast, print and online sources. Occasionally, opinion pieces and first-person columns appearing in mainstream media outlets that are written by faculty members and pertain to their academic or professional expertise may be included based on their unique, informative value, timeliness and space constraints. It is not the policy of OSU Today to include Letters to the Editor.  

Oregon State President Ed Ray will be succeeded by Louisiana State's F. King Alexander (Oregonian)

Oregon State University has named a successor to President Ed Ray, who will step down at the end of the current academic year after nearly two decades on the job. (see also KLCCKPTVGazette-Times)

Retailers go in all directions to capture customers (Bend Bulletin)

“As the baby boomers age out of the planet, we’re looking at what will attract the Generation Z and millennials to brick and mortar stores,” said Mark Van Order, Oregon State University marketing instructor. “They’re all about experiences. To bring folks in and get them to connect with the brand, you have to provide experiences.”

'This has been one of the worst years': Oregon farmers are losing billions to fruit flies (KPIC)

Oregon State University researchers have been looking for solutions since the bug arrived in Oregon in 2009. Now, they're making big steps towards relief for farmers.

The Snapchat cat filter shows how little we know about cat cognition (The Verge)

In a video compilation making the rounds online, cats look at a phone screen that shows their owners with a cat face filter. The cats whip their heads around to look up at the human, and then back to the screen. “It appears the cat recognizes that their owner’s face should be on the phone, but it is not,” Kristyn Vitale, who studies cat behavior at Oregon State University, said in an email to The Verge.

Cat hotel lets guests live and play with kittens before they adopt (Unilad)

Researchers from Oregon State University placed 70 adorable little kittens between the ages of three and eight months in a room with their caregivers for two minutes before leaving them alone for two minutes. They were then reunited with their caregivers, with researchers having observed their behavior throughout each of these three stages.

Today's photo

President-Elect: F. King Alexander, right, has been named OSU's 15th president. He is seen here with Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center Assistant Director Terrance Harris. Date: Dec. 13, 2019. (photo: Theresa Hogue) 


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Digital Community Meeting: Join OSU’s community of digital workers to learn about content strategy for the web, keeping your organization’s digital presence tidy in the new year, plus see some amazing photography examples, strategies and work flows. Dec. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Cascade Hall 136. Learn more at Drupal@OSU. We welcome all who work on the internet at OSU.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 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.


NEW! M.S. defense: Sue Kyung (May) Hwang will present their thesis, “The Geography of water security and its implication for the theory of securitization.” Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7 a.m., in Burt 193. Hwang is advised by Jamon Van Den Hoek. This event is free and open to the public.


Volunteer opportunity for Winter 2020 – New International Students Orientation Week: Engage with new international students and help welcome the new Beavers from around the world during Winter 2020 Orientation Week. For more information and to sign up go here. Volunteer Training Day (required once a year for all volunteers): Dec. 20, 9 a.m. to noon at ILLC 350/352. Different volunteer shifts are available. Sign up for a time that fits your schedule. For more information or questions, contact Ivy Snyder at or go to our website.

NEW! Library Faculty Association Seminar Series: Scholarly Communications Librarian Michael Boock and Catalog Librarian Richard Sapon-White will present "The View from Olumo Rock: Supporting Institutional Repository Development in Abeokuta, Nigeria," Dec. 20, 10-11:30 a.m. in Valley Library 3622 - East Willamette Industries Seminar Room.


Orange Media Network Open House: Looking to get more involved on campus? Orange Media Network is currently looking to fill student positions in journalism, marketing, graphic design, engineering, TV production and more. Come to our Winter Open House to learn more about OMN, the opportunities available, and next steps for joining our team. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 5-7 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Student Experience Center.

$5K Innovation Days Award & Innovation Days event: OSU faculty are invited to join the OSU Advantage office for an Innovation Days event on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 3 p.m. in the MU to learn about the resources OSU has to help research and technology achieve greater societal impact via tech commercialization. Hear from an OSU faculty member and a student as they share their journey. Faculty participation in Innovation Days enables eligibility for a $5,000 innovation award. This session is focused on autonomous systems and AI but is open to faculty from any discipline. For more information and to RSVP, visit . Registration is free but is required. A hosted networking reception is provided from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! New2OSU: New2OSU is focused on impacting student success by accelerating the effectiveness of newer teachers. We also provide teaching renewal for veteran teachers. Completion of the program may be used as evidence of professional development and teaching effectiveness for performance review (subject to supervisor approval). The CTL can accept 20 applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Our winter cohort launches on Monday, Jan. 6. Register now. Find details, hear from New2OSU graduates and register here

Winter 2020 FERPA Learning Community: Are you interested in taking a deeper dive into your FERPA knowledge? The Office of the Registrar has offered the FERPA Learning Community in terms past and plans to offer it again this winter if there are enough interested participants. If you're interested, fill out this interest survey, which lists more information about the time commitment involved, by Jan. 2. Every participant will develop a presentation and FAQ sheet relevant to their organization.

New Year, New You: Online Professional Courses starting in January: The College of Business Continuing and Professional Education courses and certificates are open for January enrollments. Instructor-led, 100% online courses are offered in many topics including: leadership, digital branding, lean six sigma, business contracts and human resource fundamentals. Courses take five to seven weeks to complete and you can earn a certificate in as few as nine months. OSU faculty and staff can use discount code OSUSTAFF20 to save 20%. Call 541-737-1500 for more information or browse the upcoming certificate programs and courses:

Oregon Forest Health Conference: The State of the State 2020 conference brings together researchers and managers to present the current science on forest health in Oregon. Conference Dates: Feb. 26-27 at the LaSells Stewart Center. Early registration ($150) is open through Feb. 18; regular registration ($200) begins on Feb. 19. Student registration available. For more information, visit the conference website.

Core curriculum: The Core Curriculum for Current Supervisors and Managers training program, presented by the Office of Human Resources, is open for registration. Core Curriculum is a blended online/2-day classroom training program that strengthens knowledge and skills required for effective supervision and management at OSU. Multiple content experts from key offices will lead you through topics that address OSU policies, procedures and practices. Details and registration (several options available).

Conference on affordability in online learning: OSU is hosting a regional conference with a focus on improving student success and affordability in online and digital learning. Co-hosted by the Online Learning Consortium and OSU Ecampus, the event – scheduled for Feb. 7 in the Memorial Union – will bring faculty, administrators and online learning professionals together to address the opportunities and challenges facing the future of affordability in higher education. Learn more and register today.

Curriculum maps: These planning tools provide clarity to the program assessment process. By diagramming existing and potential courses, curriculum maps identify program strengths, requirements and student learning objectives. Join the Office of Academic Programs and Assessment as we facilitate developing, creating or fine-tuning unique curriculum maps for undergraduate major, minor and certificate programs. Join us Wednesday, Jan. 15, 10-11:30 a.m., in Milam 215. Register for the Curriculum Mapping Workshop

The Social Justice Education Initiative: The Social Justice Education Initiative is open for registration through summer 2020. From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin or expand your equity and inclusion journey. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Take Note

Affordable learning grant application: OSU’s Open Educational Resources Unit announces that funding for faculty to adopt, adapt or author an open textbook will be made available in early January. This grant supports faculty who make learning more affordable for their students by implementing no-cost, high-quality OER for their courses. More information on the grant application and related workshops will be shared in the coming weeks. Questions? Contact Stefanie Buck, OER director, at

Registration for STEM Academy’s AWSEM (Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering, and Math) Clubs for students in grades 6-12 is open: AWSEM Clubs are designed to nurture girls’ interest in STEM by providing a program of hands-on activities paired with positive adult women STEM role models. Middle school club meets on Tuesdays, 5-6:30 p.m, from Jan. 21 through Feb. 25. High school club meets on Wednesdays, 5-6:30 p.m., Jan. 22-Feb. 26. Undergraduate women studying science and engineering at OSU will lead and be mentors for the clubs. To register: For questions, call 541-737-8139 or email Cost is $90 for the entire series. Needs-based scholarships available. While AWSEM Clubs are designed to nurture girl’s interest in STEM, anyone is eligible to apply.

Not sure what the next step is in your business venture? The OSU Advantage Accelerator is accepting applications for its winter Accelerate cohort which begins Tuesday, Jan. 7. Accelerate is open to OSU and community teams who want to launch a business or have a technology with commercialization potential. Upon completion, teams will have an elevator pitch, a five-minute pitch deck completed, product market validation, feedback from many mentors, and more. For some teams, completion of Accelerate qualifies the team for internal funding opportunities. To learn more and apply, visit  

Difference, Power, and Discrimination Academy Applications: Faculty applications are being accepted for the DPD Academy scheduled to be held from June 15 to June 26, 2020. The DPD Academy facilitates focused and productive engagement with contemporary, multidisciplinary scholarship on difference, power and discrimination; critical pedagogies; and curriculum transformation. Individual and team applications are welcome. For more information and to apply, visit the DPD Academy web page. Deadline: Feb. 7, 2020.

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 faculty, students, and staff 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. 7, 2020, with notification in Week 7. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact Joy Jorgensen at


"The more messy women that we put on screen, that we put in books, the more women can feel represented and seen, then they can access their own stuff, feel it's okay, and then have the strength to speak out about things like we're talking about. About rising up." ~ Krysten Ritter, who turns 38 today.

Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with rain by midweek, highs in the 40s, lows in the 30s.

Central Oregon: The week starts out clear but snow and rain are expected by midweek, highs in the 40s, lows in the 20s and 30s.

Newport: Clear turning cloudy and then rainy midweek, highs in the upper 40s, lows in the lower 40s.

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