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.

The big meltdown (National Geographic)

Many scientists and wildlife advocates maintain that permanent no-fishing zones regulated by CCAMLR are the safest solution. Otherwise, says Kim Bernard, an Oregon State University oceanographer who studies krill, “things could go very badly here. That really scares me.”

There's a massive ecosystem of 'deep life' right beneath our feet (ZME Science)

“Our studies of deep biosphere microbes have produced much new knowledge, but also a realization and far greater appreciation of how much we have yet to learn about subsurface life,” says Rick Colwell from Oregon State University. “For example, scientists do not yet know all the ways in which deep subsurface life affects surface life and vice versa. And, for now, we can only marvel at the nature of the metabolisms that allow life to survive under the extremely impoverished and forbidding conditions for life in deep Earth.” (see also BBC News, Wired)

Addressing research gaps could help with development of disability-inclusive workplaces (Science Daily)

People with disabilities make up roughly 15 percent of the world's population but much of the existing research on employment for people with disabilities focuses on employment status, with less attention paid to quality of employment and other context that may influence the work experience of a person with disabilities, said David Baldridge, a professor of management at Oregon State University.

Orange is in at Meier & Frank building (Business Tribune)

Oregon State University's new Portland Center has found a home on the second floor of the historic downtown building.

50 years ago this week: An Oregon hunter unleashed a revolutionary 'mouse' on the world (KPIC)

Oregon State University graduate Douglas Engelbart stood in front of an audience of 1,000 engineers this week in 1968 and gave what came to be known as "The Mother of All Demos."

Trump officials say drug prices are inflated. So are some of their claims on a solution (New York Times)

Daniel Hartung, an associate professor at the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy, explained: “Many O.E.C.D. countries have single-payer systems in which the government is essentially setting prices and telling companies what it will pay for coverage. That’s how they can extract substantial reductions relative to prices paid in the United States.”

From Nazi death camps to Oregon: Holocaust survivors and a college student find understanding, inspiration (Oregonian)

During this time of year, we long for examples that reveal good in the world. Here then, the story of how three lives changed when Morgan Miller became friends with Les and Eva Aigner. They met at a senior living center. Last summer, between her sophomore and junior years at Oregon State University, Miller, 20, worked at the center’s café.

Croak to croon: City frogs sing more alluring love songs (Albuquerque Journal)

“Amphibian populations are declining worldwide, mostly due to habitat destruction,” said Andrew Blaustein, an ecologist at Oregon State University who was not involved in the study. “This is a rare case — and a very interesting case — of an animal adapting quickly, in evolutionary terms, to new circumstances.” (see also Smithsonian

Oregon hazelnut tree production has doubled in the last decade, expected to double again by 2025(Statesman Journal)

The major factor fueling expansion is that, through crop breeding, Oregon State University has developed hazelnut varieties resistant to Eastern Filbert Blight, the scourge responsible for crippling older orchards.(see also NDTV)

A toxic pesticide once targeted for a ban was probably sprayed on your Christmas tree (OPB)

“It’s not particularly pleasant to be around. But it works on aphids,” said Chal Landgren, a Christmas tree expert with Oregon State University. “Nobody wants to wear respirators and Tyvek suits out spraying. That’s a concern for growers, applicators, everybody.”

Oregon State University plans seafood processing workshop (Undercurrent News)

Oregon State University will hold a two-day "Better Seafood Processing School" in Astoria, Oregon, in May 2019, aimed at giving industry opportunities for improved training.

No, Oregon Christmas tree growers are not growing cannabis instead (Willamette Week)

While the image of jolly Oregon farmers abandoning firs for cannabis Christmas trees feels on-brand in Portland, Chal Landgren, a Christmas tree specialist with Oregon State University, says that's not what's happening around the state.

New study explores impacts of coastal erosion, increased storms (The Daily Astorian)

new Oregon State University study, based in Tillamook County, examined how beach access and property would be impacted by sea level rise and coastal erosion if planning policies stayed the same. The point of the study is not to tell lawmakers what to do, said Patrick Corcoran, a coastal hazards specialist with Oregon State University’s Sea Grant program and co-author of the paper, but to give informed direction about the consequences of their choices. (see also KATU)


An energy-efficient way to stay warm: Sew high-tech heating patches to your clothes (Science Daily)

 Engineers at Rutgers and Oregon State University have found a cost-effective way to make thin, durable heating patches by using intense pulses of light to fuse tiny silver wires with polyester. Their heating performance is nearly 70 percent higher than similar patches created by other researchers, according to a Rutgers-led study in Scientific Reports.

New exercise guidelines urge everyone: Just move (Web MD)

Bradley J. Cardinal, Ph.D., a kinesiology professor at Oregon State University and president of the National Academy of Kinesiology, has published more than 200 peer-reviewed research articles and written several books about physical activity and health. 

Demand for climate science isn't going away no matter what Trump says (Think Progress)

The same is true on the local level, said Peter Ruggiero, a professor of geology and geophysics at Oregon State University. Ruggiero wasn’t involved in this year’s NCA, but he has worked on past versions.

Research identifies new weapon against slugs (Capital Press)

An added advantage of these oils is the rapid mortality they cause in slugs, whereas one of the most common chemical molluscicides used by Oregon farmers, iron phosphate, simply causes them to stop feeding, said Rory McDonnell, Oregon State University’s slug specialist.

OSU-Cascades teams lobby lawmakers in Salem (Bend Bulletin)

Facing fights over tuition and building priorities, a coalition of students, staff and supporters of Oregon State University-Cascades came to Salem Thursday to get a jump-start on lobbying for the upcoming legislative session.

Art series captures taste and color of prisoners' first meal after exoneration (Capital Public Radio)

Tasting freedom for the first time since she was arrested at age 21, Bunch went to a restaurant near the courthouse in Columbus, Ind., and ate a celebratory lunch: scallops, cheese grits, a platter of hummus and vegetables, and champagne. It was a meal that ended up becoming the first image in a series titled "First Meal" by Julie Green, a visual artist and professor of art at Oregon State University.

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Winter solitude: Things are getting quiet as we enter our second week of Winter Break. Still no snow in the near future but chilly rainy days are ahead. Luckily the days start getting longer at the end of this week.


NEW! Printing and Mailing:  No dangerous goods shipments, including dry ice and specimen, will be processed Dec. 17. Shipping staff are attending an all-day training event.


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.

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.


NEW! M.S. defense: Molly Arnold is pursuing her M.S. in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Troy Hall and Ian Munanura. She will present her thesis, “Political Ideology and Environmental Concern as Predictors of Attitudes toward Forest Management Practices in the Pacific Northwest,” at noon on Dec.19 in Richardson Hall 107. Contact the FES Department at 541-737-2244 with questions or for accommodations for disabilities.


NEW! MNR Capstone presentation: Jennifer Womack is pursuing her Master of Natural Resources under the guidance of Troy Hall. Join us Friday, Dec. 21, 9 a.m. in Richardson 115 for a presentation of her capstone project: “Outdoor Recreation Study in Mount Shasta, CA: Public Input to Improve Recreation Experiences along the Everitt Memorial Highway” Free and open to the public.

Cheese sales: Time to restock your fridge and your bellies with Beaver Classic Cheese. Friday Sales take place today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the creamery. Come try our five cheddars, two Swiss and two provolones…plus our amazing cheese curds. Creamery is located in Withycombe Hall 159. 

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale 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.

Upcoming Events

Save The Date: 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.  

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! 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 current advances in exposure science, the implementation of 21st-century toxicology vision and regulatory considerations relevant to environmental chemicals. Livestreaming available. Free. Registration required.

NEW! 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.

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 will be closed Dec. 24: No express shipping will be processed. Campus Mail will be delivering mail during the morning routes only. USPS mail picked up will be processed. If your building is going to be closed Dec. 24, notify Campus Mail at 7-3982.  

NEW! Hazardous materials rules at Printing and Mailing: Before attempting to ship any potentially dangerous goods/hazardous materials, you must submit a completed Intent to Ship Hazardous Materials form to EH&S three business days prior to intended shipping date. Contact EH&S at or 541-737-2273. For more information, contact Judy Bankson at 737-3979. 

NEW! Call for abstracts: The deadline for abstracts for the 2019 Willamette Valley Bird Symposium is rapidly approaching. This annual symposium is an excellent opportunity for students to present their original research to an audience of professionals, professors, and the general public. This year, the symposium features keynote speaker Kenn Kauffman, nationally renowned author. Interested in presenting? See the attached flier for submission guidelines.

NEW! The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation - Moore Inventor Fellows: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has invited OSU to nominate two candidates for the Moore Inventor Fellowship -  moore-inventor-fellows-2019-guidelines-final-1.pdf.  Each college may submit a maximum of two candidates for consideration.  Research Office Letter of Intent deadline is Monday, Jan. 14, 5 p.m.  

NEW! NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC): The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation (NSF) – Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) 2019 program.  Research Office Letter of Intent deadline is Jan. 25, 2019, 5 p.m. Agency deadline for preliminary proposal is June 24.

NEW! 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

Charitable Fund Drive donation--It’s not too late. Make your pledge now through Dec. 31: Note: Last year’s donations do not automatically roll over to this year; however, it is easy to replicate last year’s donations once you log in to donate. These organizations need your help now more than ever. Your pledge is appreciated.

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.

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.


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! Internal Employment Opportunity. This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 16 hours per week) Administrative Program Assistant position for the Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University. This is a limited-duration appointment expected to last approximately eight months from the appointment begin date. Posting #P01896CT. Closes Dec. 19. 

NEW! Internal Employment Opportunity: The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing is seeking an Operations Manager. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #P02644UF. Full consideration date Dec. 24. Close Jan. 14.

NEW! This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Laboratory Animal Technician 2 position for the Lab Animal Resources Center at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting # P01903CT. Closes Dec. 24.

NEW! Proctoring Manager – Ecampus invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12- month, Proctoring Manager position #P02651UF Closes Dec. 26.

NEW! Education Program Assistant 2: This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Education Program Assistant 2 for the Extension Lake County office at Oregon State University (OSU). This position provides leadership for all 4-H Outreach efforts and supports the 4-H club based program. This position will be located in Lakeview, Oregon.  Posting # P01900CT.  Closes Jan. 4.


“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” ~ Louisa May Alcott.

Corvallis: Heavy rain at the beginning of the week, tapering to a chance of rain by Wednesday. Highs in the mid 50s, lows in the mid 40s.

Central Oregon: Rain and breezy early in the week, with a chance of a rain and snow by the end of the week. Highs in the upper 40s, lows dropping to the upper 20s by week's end.

Newport: Heavy rain and wind followed by rain at week's end. Highs in the mid 50s, lows in the 40s.

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