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:

Oregon business leaders suggest rewarding high schoolers with college tuition money (OPB News)

“Education policy is in fact, economic policy — it really is the same thing,” said Oregon State University president Jayathi Murthy in a question-and-answer session at Monday’s summit.

Growing Christmas trees in a warming world (Science Friday)

Chal Landgren, a Christmas tree specialist at Oregon State University, manages a program that for decades has bred and developed seedlings raised to become Christmas trees. Oregon is responsible for growing 25% of all Christmas trees in the country, but heatwaves and drought have made this future tenuous. 

OSU researchers see need for greater awareness around timing of electricity usage among customers (KTVZ)

“Energy systems and the grid are undergoing drastic changes right now, and we need to update the way we talk to people about their energy use,” said study co-author Hilary Boudet, an associate professor of sociology and public policy in Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts. “From this work, it seems that people are not aware that when you use energy may be just as important as how much energy you use.”


Local researcher identifies new species of extinct cockroach fossilized in amber (KOIN)

An Oregon State University researcher has discovered an extinct, previously unidentified species of cockroach that was fossilized in amber some 30 million years ago, the university announced on Monday. (see also KATUInteresting EngineeringKTVZ)

Potted Christmas trees are a rentable alternative to their fake and fresh cousins (KVPR)

In many places, potted Christmas trees aren't really an option, said Chal Landgren, a Christmas tree specialist at Oregon State University. He told NPR that, in certain climates, the temperature shock between the frigid outdoors and warm indoors would kill some tree species.

Oregon is considering a proposal to protect coyotes from 'killing contests' (KDVR)

Research studies, including those recently cited in Oregon Small Farm News, an extension of Oregon State University, underscore that the indiscriminate, mass killing of coyotes is not an effective means of reducing conflicts with livestock or pets, or increasing numbers of game species.

OSU-Cascades launches undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology (KTVZ)

Oregon State University-Cascades has launched a new Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology in response to industry need and student feedback. (see also KBNDBend Bulletin)

Satellite-linked tag improves long-term whale tracking (Hackster)

Whales around the world have a higher risk of being hit by a ship due to increased shipping traffic. Oregon State University researchers developed a satellite tag for improved crucial habitat identification and tracking of a whale's behavior, like feeding while diving. The advancement also helps to understand their response to human activity, such as a passing ship or military sonar.

Largest manta ray population discovered off the coast of Ecuador (Treehugger)

“It’s clear that something different is happening here,” said study co-author Joshua Stewart, an assistant professor with the Marine Mammal Institute in Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “This is a rare story of ocean optimism. In other regions, we typically have population estimates of 1,000 to 2,000 animals, which makes this species very vulnerable. In this area, we’ve estimated that the population is more than 22,000 mantas, which is unprecedented.”

OSU researchers react to 'nuclear fusion breakthrough' in California (KEZI)

"This is something that I think they've been working toward for decades, I think, down there," said retired nuclear science and engineering professor at OSU, Andrew Klein. "I still tell students it was 40 years away, I worked in fusion for awhile, and today I can tell you it's still at least 20 years away from practical reality."

Less ice, more shipping noise to affect Arctic marine life (Sustainability Times)

Dr. Kate Stafford of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University is an expert on how marine shipping may affect the underwater biophony, or soundscape, of the Arctic— and transform it as anthrophony, the ecosystem of sound that’s introduced by humans.

Elliott State Forest will be the largest research forest in North America (Oregonian)

The board advanced the transition of the Elliott from a traditional state forest to a research site by decoupling the forest from the Common School Fund, which relies on revenue from the sale of timber on state forests, among other resources, to help pay for public education in Oregon.  The Elliott forest will remain in public ownership in collaboration with Oregon State University. (see also KTVLOPB)

Beavers win big in Vegas (KLCC)

Oregon State played all their cards right in Vegas Saturday, trouncing Florida 30-3 at the Las Vegas Bowl. The Beavers end with a 10-win season for only the third time in program history.

Modern teaching spaces require modern design and technology (Ed Tech)

At Oregon State University, the Learning Innovation Center (LInC), completed in 2015, serves up to 3,000 students simultaneously. The facility was built to accommodate formal and informal learning, incorporating technology and “human-centric design,” according to Andrea Ballinger, vice provost for information and technology.

2022 Top 10 Stories (LIFE@OSU)

Join us as we take a look back at the Top 10 stories of 2022. From the announcement of a new OSU president to a world record-breaking robot and a project to revitalize Reser Stadium, we've had a year of progress, collaboration and success.

Oregon Sen. Merkley helps launch center to save bees and butterflies (KATU)

"There is a real desperate need for everyone who has information about these species, in this case bumblebees, but also monarch butterflies and other things, there's this real need for the service to have all of the information in one place, and that's a huge challenge, actually," said Lincoln Best, lead taxonomist with the Oregon Bee Atlas at Oregon State University.

Peat moss harvest impacts climate, OSU says (Western Farmer-Stockman)

The harvesting of peat moss used by gardeners and the nursery industry to improve drainage and retain water in soil contributes to climate change, according to an Oregon State University Extension Service soil scientist. (see also Boise Weekly)


New OSU podcast aims to broaden understanding of being an Oregonian (Columbia Gorge News)

This past summer, Harris and Henry launched “One Oregon,” a podcast of the Oregon State University Extension Service’s Open Campus program ( The podcast is a vehicle to share stories from across the state that “broaden and deepen our understanding of what it means to be an Oregonian,” they said.

Insights get the right fish on the right plate (Phys Org)

The team, led by co-author Park Muhonda when he was a postdoctoral researcher at MSU, surveyed more than 900 people throughout the fish food journey. He now is at Oregon State University.

Denise Clarke, 1966-2022 (LIFE@OSU)

Maureen “Denise” Clarke passed away on Dec. 3, 2022.

Pruning roses too early may invite disease: Ask an expert (Oregonian)

Gardening season may be in the rearview mirror, but there are still plenty of questions to ask. For answers, turn to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. 

Today's photo

Water lilies: Anne Tréhu, professor emerita, CEOAS, says, "In keeping with the theme of flowers, here is a shot of a water lily at Starker Arts Park taken with an iPhone 8. The 'painterly' look was unintentional." We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Working on your Winter ‘23 syllabus? Check the OSU syllabus requirements and templates for various types of courses. In addition, the Basic Needs Center provides sample language for a Basic Needs Syllabus Statement and the Center for Teaching and Learning offers guidance for writing a warm-toned syllabus.


NEW! Vistas and Vineyards Juried Show: Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center presents Vistas and Vineyards Juried Show. Vistas and Vineyards is the oldest continuous plein air painting group in the state of Oregon. Come celebrate their 33 years of painting outdoors. The exhibition runs from Jan. 3-31. Reception is Thursday, Jan. 5, from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Giustina Gallery. Learn more about Vistas and Vineyards Juried Show including viewing hours.

NEW! Ask Alumni virtual events beginning Jan. 25: Hear from dynamic recent graduates at Ask Alumni virtual networking events this winter. The OSU Alumni Association and Career Development Center invite students and alumni to lay the groundwork for success by attending sessions beginning Jan. 25. Register for free and see the schedule of participating colleges, plus a list of topics and speakers at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

Listening Session – General Education Curriculum: The Learning Outcomes, Criteria, and Rationale (LOCR) committee is holding the first listening session for university stakeholders to share input about the Seeking Solutions category in the reformed general education curriculum. The session will be led by Selina Heppell, the mentor for the Seeking Solutions workgroup. The session is Tuesday, Jan. 17, 1-2:30 p.m. in MU 13 Multi-purpose Room. For those who cannot attend the listening session, or who have additional comments, there will be an opportunity to offer commentary and feedback via a Qualtrics in January.

Coaches Clinic: Teambuilding and Culture, Jan. 18. OSU kinesiology faculty show you how to support connection, encourage learning and create community as a youth sports coach. The College of Public Health and Human Sciences' next Coaches Clinic event is Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hallie Ford Center 115. Create a positive culture with rituals, routines and practices for your team. Registration required

Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Research Symposium: Come explore the intersections between chemistry, biology, epidemiology and regulatory science on Friday, Jan. 20 in The LaSells Stewart Center. Speakers include current students and staff and EMT alumni from industry, government and academia. There will be a career Q&A and a poster session. Registration is free.

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for the Winter 2023 and Spring 2023 courses and register here. There is a $100 fee to attend this workshop.

SJEI workshop registration open through spring 2023, with in-person and remote options. The Social Justice Education Initiative is a professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI workshops are infused with expertise, empathy and humor while embracing a guiding principle of “more curiosity, less judgement” to achieve robust learning objectives. Learn more, see the workshop schedule and register on the SJEI registration page or contact SJEI director Jane Waite at [email protected].

NEW! Reduced operations: University Human Resources offices will observe reduced operations on Dec. 27-30 to provide our employees with an opportunity to focus on their families and their well-being as the year comes to a close. During this time, our services will be available remotely 10 a.m.-2:30  p.m. each day and will offer on-site support with preferably 24 hours’ notice.

Take Note

NEW! Speaker funding available: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women has funding available for groups seeking to bring speakers to campus whose message supports PCOSW’s mission of advancing gender equity at OSU. Sponsorship averages $500 depending on the remaining budget and number of requests. To apply, fill out this form. For more information on PCOSW and the Speaker Series committee, visit our website.

NEW! 25 Year club: Congratulations to James Rankin, library technician, for being inducted into the 25 Year club at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others inducted into the club by clicking on their name.

NEW! OSU Today: There will be no OSU Today the week of Dec. 26-30. Weekly publication will resume Jan. 3. Daily publication resumes Jan. 9.

NEW! Nominate an Alumni Fellow: For four decades, the Alumni Fellows program has recognized distinguished OSU alumni and provided opportunities to share their work and wisdom widely. In 2023, this special honor will focus on alumni in the Portland metro area, our most extensive alumni base with over 60,000 Beavers. View the criteria and send nominations by Friday, Jan. 13 at

NEW! Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Preparedness Planning. Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Consider specific needs in your household, know how you will contact one another, and practice your plan. This month’s poster can be downloaded at:

Inspiring Girls* Expeditions free STEAM outdoor expeditions:  Inspiring Girls* Expeditions (housed within OSU’s CEOAS) is a tuition-free, 12-day wilderness science education program for 16-18 year-old high schoolers. Female identifying students and students with gender identities who don’t fit the dominant image of a scientist are encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is Jan. 30. Click here for application.Questions? Email us at [email protected].

 OER grant: OSU’s Open Educational Resources Unit is offering a $500 department-to-department transfer to faculty who research opportunities to adopt open-source textbooks for their Ecampus courses. Research shows that 61% of OSU students don’t buy a required textbook because it’s too expensive, and 93.5% have taken action to lower their overall textbook costs. This latest initiative is a great opportunity to better understand how you can find high-quality, open-source materials and the process for vetting and incorporating them. Learn more on the OERU website. Questions? Contact Director Stefanie Buck.

Congratulate our student-athletes: As you know, making it into a bowl game two years in a row is a big achievement for our university and especially our student-athletes – and we’d like to give you the chance to congratulate them. Take two minutes to send a note to the Beaver Football team, and we’ll ensure they get your congratulatory message. Share your congrats.

English conversation classes: Crossroads Conversation School for Women invites international women to join us this winter for English conversation classes. In volunteer-taught classes, students will explore other cultures, practice English and develop friendships. This term we are offering both in-person classes (for students of all levels) and an online class (for intermediate and advanced English learners). Classes begin Jan. 10. For more details and registration information see or contact Kara Hanson at [email protected].

MLK event submissions: Event submissions for the 41st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration are now open. An important part of the Commemoration are events organized by Oregon State community members across the state to collaboratively carry on the legacy and teachings of Dr. King. We encourage community members to submit an event or learn more by going to the event page. Event submissions will be accepted until Dec. 21.

Grants to support undergraduate student experience and improve retention! Since 2003, the OSU Women's Giving Circle has supported the university with 178 awards totaling over a million dollars. They are seeking applications for programs and projects which enhance the OSU undergraduate student experience and improve student retention. The average grant amount is $5,000-$10,000. Application deadline: Jan. 9 at 9 a.m. Applications, additional criteria, and further information can be found at or by contacting the Women’s Giving Circle staff liaison, Sara Dier.

GCE4All Free Webinar Series: Register for the International Genetic Code Expansion Webinar, a free monthly webinar series, open to all, featuring talks focused on cutting-edge applications of GCE technologies as well as advances in the GCE field. It is organized by the Oregon State University GCE4All Research Center and hosted by Rick Cooley and John Lueck. To register: The webinars run from October through June and occur on the third Thursday of each month at 7 a.m. Learn more on the International GCE Webinar webpage

Honors College Colloquium Proposals: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor and emeritus faculty are invited to submit honors colloquium proposals for 2023-2024 at Any general catalog course can also be offered as a small, highly-engaged honors course; interested faculty should contact [email protected] for details. Faculty may apply for Meehan course development grants of up to $3,000 to develop experiential learning opportunities for honors courses and colloquia. More information: [email protected] or 541-737-6412. Deadline: Jan. 15.

OSU Women’s Giving CircleEach year the OSU Women's Giving Circle funds vital and innovative grants for university programs. Last year, the Women’s Giving Circle awarded more than $70,000 to 11 OSU programs. If you have an idea for a funding opportunity to enhance the OSU undergraduate student experience and improve student retention and the determination to directly impact as many OSU students as possible, consider applying for an OSU Women’s Giving Circle grant by Jan. 9. For more information, visit the Women’s Giving Circle proposal site or contact Sara Dier.

Free COVID tests: Free iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests are available on the Corvallis and Bend campuses and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Each box contains two tests. While supplies last, OSU community members can pick up these self-test kits without restrictions. Please note the FDA has extended the self-test kit expiration dates by six months.

Traffic and Maintenance

UPDATED! Closure of Washington Way: Due to weather conditions and employee training needs at the asphalt plant, the closure of Washington Way between 17th & 26th streets planned for Friday, Dec. 16 has been postponed until Monday, Dec. 19 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. View map

Fairbanks Hall: As part of the Fairbanks Hall renovation project, the parking lot west of Fairbanks Hall will be closed for Winter Break to allow for scheduled contractor work to be executed efficiently. Spaces with EV stations and ADA spaces located in this lot will be offline for use. (view map)

Student Legacy Park South parking lot: As part of the Washington Way Improvement Project, Student Legacy Park South parking lot, the parking lot directly north of SW Washington Way, will be permanently closed. (view map). For questions or comments on this closure, contact construction manager Derek Bennett at 541-609-6111.

Street and sidewalk closure on Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Improvement Project, SW Washington Way will be closed daily between SW 26th and SW 17th Streets to begin water line replacement. Work will occur Nov. 30, 2022 through Jan. 6 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. This portion of Washington Way will reopen to vehicle traffic after 5 p.m. daily. (View map) The sidewalk on the north side of Washington Way will also be closed, and an alternate pedestrian route will be identified with signage. 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: To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Accountant 1: The Controller’s Unit invite applications for a full-time, 12-month Accountant 1 position. Posting #P03782CT. Full consideration Dec. 19. Closes Jan. 8.

NEW! Training Outreach Coordinator for Inclusion Initiative: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Coordinator-Outreach Program position. This position will work on the implementation team of a new grant focused on implementing practices that advance early childhood inclusion in Oregon. Posting #P06293UF. Full consideration Dec. 21.

NEW! Education Program Assistant 2: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applicants for a full time (1.0 FTE) 12 -month Education Program Assistant 2 position. Posting #P03891CT. Closes Dec. 21.

NEW! Residential Ed Coordinator: OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a Residential Ed Coordinator. This position is a full-time, 1.0 FTE 12-month, appointment type position. Posting #P06315UF. Closes Dec. 27.

NEW! The College of Engineering is seeking Academic Advisors to join our community in the school of EECS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science). The primary function of these roles is to provide holistic advising support. Each position is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month professional faculty position to provide on-site and online advising from the Corvallis campus. Posting #P06310UF. Full consideration Jan. 3. Closes Jan. 10.

NEW! Administrative Assistant: The College of Science invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Assistant position. This position is an integral part of the College of Science Dean’s Office and Science Success Center. Posting #P06291UF. Full consideration Jan. 8. Closes Feb. 26.

NEW! Assistant Director of Housing, Residential Education, Student Conduct & Community Standards: OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon invites applications for an Assistant Director of Housing, Residential Education, Student Conduct & Community Standards. This position is a full-time, 1.0 FTE 12-month, appointment-type position. Posting #P06311UF. Closes Jan. 8.

NEW! Wellness Coordinator: OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a Wellness Coordinator. This position is a full-time, 1.0 FTE 12-month, appointment-type position. Posting #P06316UF. Closes Jan. 8.

NEW! Food Service Coordinators: University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for multiple Food Service Coordinator positions. These are full-time, 12-month, classified positions. Posting #P03906CT. Full consideration Jan 9. Closes Jan 17.

NEW! The College of Engineering seeks an Administrative Assistant to Associate Deans. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. The selected candidate will join a university and college that endeavors to create strong economies, healthy people and a sustainable natural environment. Posting #P06116UF. Closes Jan. 31.

NEW! Coastal Water Resources Extension Educator: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement and Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Practice—Coastal Water Resources Extension Educator position based at the OSU Extension Service office in Coos County. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position. The programmatic home for this position is Oregon Sea Grant’s Extension program with OSU Extension Service. Posting #P06302UF. Full consideration Feb. 9. Closes March 9. 

Top 10 stories of 2022

Enjoy a look at the top news stories of 2022 from the OSU news office:


“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” ~ Goethe

Corvallis: Cloudy and rainy for most  of the week, with a slight chance of snow and freezing rain Thursday  into  Friday. Highs in the 40s, lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s.

Central Oregon: Cloudy with some snow this week, highs in the 30s, lows in the 20s.

Newport: Chance of rain this week with highs in the 40s and lows in the 30s.

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