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. 

The fertile shore (Smithsonian)

Other scientists are conducting similar searches. Loren Davis, an archaeologist at Oregon State University, has cruised from San Diego to Oregon using imaging and sediment cores to identify possible settlement sites drowned by rising seas, such as ancient estuaries. Davis’ work inland led to his discovery of a settlement dating back more than 15,000 years at Cooper’s Ferry, Idaho. 

Colleges agree to allow increased competition for applicants (New York Times)

Jon Boeckenstedt, the vice provost of enrollment management at Oregon State University, anticipated that the changes would prompt colleges and universities to lower costs for some prospective students.

Seeking wholeness (LIFE@OSU)

OSU Distinguished Professor Robyn Tanguay shares her journey as a trans woman.

Oregon coastal towns confront a fate tied to Antarctica's melting glaciers (OPB)

“[San Francisco] Bay Area counties can get together and pass bonds and develop funding, and perform research on the issue,” said Peter Ruggiero, a geologist at Oregon State University and the interim director of the Oregon Climate Change Institute, “In rural coastal communities, that’s not going to happen. Right now, any preparedness is done by individual businesses and homeowners.”

Christmas tree farmers worry about life without chlorpyrifos (Bloomberg)

“It’s gonna be more expensive. Most of the alternatives are less effective or more expensive,” said Chal Landgren, a Christmas tree specialist at Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center.

Oregon native Clara Honsinger wins USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championship (Oregonian)

Oregon native Clara Honsinger pulled off a stunner Sunday at the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Lakewood, Washington. Honsinger, a current student at Oregon State University, snapped the longest winning streak in the history of the U.S. Cyclocross National Championships on Sunday, ending Katie Compton’s 15-year run to capture the elite women’s national title. (see also Bicycling)

Divided on impeachment (The Source)

Christopher Nichols, an associate professor of history at Oregon State University, believes the articles make a straightforward case and fit the Constitution's impeachment clause by focusing on Congress's role in holding sitting presidents accountable.

Scientist hot take: Pacific Northwest volcano forecast to erupt within 4 years (OPB)

Oregon State University’s Bill Chadwick made the eruption forecast at a scientific meeting this month. His forecast is based on measurements taken on the seafloor around the seamount. 

Huge amounts of greenhouse gases lurk in the oceans, and could make warming far worse (National Geographic)

For one thing, there apparently are a lot of them. Between 2016 and 2018, for instance, researchers at Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration deployed a new sonar technique to discover 1,000 methane seeps off the Pacific Northwest coast of the United States.

OSU discoverer of blue pigment makes key design advance (KTVZ)

An Oregon State University chemistry researcher who made history a decade ago with the accidental discovery of the first new blue inorganic pigment in more than two centuries is again pushing forward the science of color. (see also Corvallis AdvocateScience Daily)

Mistletoe season: Entrepreneurs profit from parasitic plant (Capital Press)

In Oregon, mistletoe is collected from oak trees that it naturally infests, but in Europe, a related type is actually grown and harvested from fruit orchards, said Dave Shaw, a professor and forest health specialist for Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Addressing asset poverty: From owing to owning (KLCC)

According to new research by Oregon State University, a majority of Americans live in “asset poverty,” meaning they have few or no assets to rely on in the event of a financial crisis such as job loss or a medical emergency.

Dr. F. King Alexander named next president of Oregon State University (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)

Dr. F. King Alexander has been unanimously appointed Oregon State University’s next president by the school’s board of trustees.

Douglas County Master Woodland Managers are ready to make an impact on Oregon's forests (News-Review)

OSU Extension is often the go-to trusted resource for Oregonians with questions about managing forests, rangeland, farmland, livestock, preserving foods, gardening and much more.

Don’t Blame Cities’ Giant Christmas Trees for Being Droopy and Bald (Atlas Obscura)

Generally speaking, any massive, wild-grown tree is going to look rough around the edges compared to one cultivated on a Christmas-tree farm, explains Chal Landgren, a Christmas tree specialist at Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center.

'Listening to the crabs' (Tillamook Headlight Herald)

Oregon State University marine ecologist Henkel and her colleague, Curtis Roegner of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, glued acoustic tags onto several legal-sized Dungeness crabs near the mouth of the Columbia River and off Cape Falcon last year.

Washington's oysters are a case study of hope in the face of environmental disaster (Crosscut)

“We know enough now to know it’s going to be problematic, the degree to which it is hard to assess,” said George Waldbusser, associate professor of ocean ecology and biogeochemistry at Oregon State University. “Any period of time when we’ve changed the conditions on the planet as rapidly they are changing now, there’ve been mass extinction events.”

OSU study: Watermelon pills helped health of obese mice (KTVZ)

A significant next step in this research would be a human clinical trial, said study co-author Neil Shay, professor of food science in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences. (see also SciTechDaily)

Businesses draw upon workers from OSU-Cascades partnership (Bend Bulletin)

Armed with a biology degree from Oregon State University-Cascades in 2018, Taylor had never visualized what he’d do to make a living. He applied around town, and today works on the manufacturing of early development pharmaceuticals at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Bend.

Research suggests solar energy production and agriculture can get along (OPB)

But research from Oregon State University is showing that agriculture and solar development don’t have to be at odds from a production standpoint.

OSU researchers study grizzlies' salmon dining habits (KTVZ)

Using a foraging model based on the Wood River basin in southwest Alaska, a study team led by Oregon State University determined that while small-stream habitats have only about 20% of the available salmon in the watershed, they provide 50% of bear consumption of salmon.

Ask an expert: Oh no! Stink bugs - how do we get rid of them? (Oregonian)

If you recognize the eggs and the nymphs and destroy them it will help to keep the population down. According to OSU: "Currently, monitoring and correct identification are valuable tools in assessing infestations. Excluding the pest from agricultural hosts provides the best pest management tool, so far. Biological control looks promising in the future, but more research is needed to evaluate its impact on BMSB populations." 

Oregon's Outdoor School numbers on the rise (KTVZ)

Eighty-one percent of Oregon’s eligible fifth- and sixth-grade students participated in the statewide Oregon State University Extension Service Outdoor School program in the 2018-19 school year, according to a new Oregon State University Extension Service report.

2019 End of Year roundup (Think Out Loud)

We look back at the big local and regional news in 2019 with Christopher McKnight NicholsEric Ward and Julie Parrish. And we look ahead to 2020.

Today's photo

Napkin snowmen: If Winter Break is snow-free, perhaps you can make snow-less snowmen, as these OSU students did in this undated archival photo.


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NEW! Campus Mail Delivery: Campus mail will be running all the routes in the morning only on Dec. 24. Have all your outgoing items ready in the morning. This includes all FedEx and UPS shipments as well. If you require a special pickup of any FedEx or UPS shipment after 11 a.m., call 541-737-4941 before 1 p.m. Freight and Express Shipping will be closing at 2 p.m. Xpress Stop will be closing at noon. Research Way – Main Facility will be closing at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Judy Bankson at 541-737-3979.

NEW! Valley Library Closing at 3 p.m. on Christmas and New Year's Eves: The Valley Library will be opening at 7:30 a.m. and closing early to the public at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The library will also be closed for Christmas and New Year’s day. For up-to-date Valley Library hours please consult the hours page at


Closed: Campus is closed for the holiday. 


NEW! Puerto Rico program: Puerto Rico will be our classroom for this course which includes a one-credit spring preparation class and a three-credit, 16-day trip, June 22 through July 8, 2020. We will visit with local farmers, activists and educators working to recover from Hurricane Maria and build resilient food systems for the future. Join Christina WalshIngrid Arocho and Jen Myers for this faculty-led program. See our program brochure and attend an info session Jan. 15 or Feb. 12 in Strand 148 at 5 p.m.

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

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 the 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.

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

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-percent 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 percent. 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 is 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/two-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.

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

NEW! Grant Funding Available: The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is accepting proposals for grant funding to be awarded in May 2020. Projects that enhance the undergraduate experience, directly impact as many OSU students as possible and improve student retention are eligible. The applications are due by Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 at 9 a.m. To apply for a grant, visit Questions: Contact Molly Moriarty Russell at 541-737-4044 or

NEW! CTL survey: At OSU's Center for Teaching and Learning, our goal is to support effective and efficient teaching and create and sustain a culture of teaching excellence. We are looking ahead to winter/spring 2020 and would appreciate 3 minutes of your time to help us shape our offerings with this short survey

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 peek inside OSU’s Energy Center, learn how 5.7 million square footage of space is managed on the Corvallis campus and more. Interested in keeping up with projects on campus? Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Instagram.

NEW! Attention Salem commuters: A group of commuters is forming a new vanpool from Salem to OSU, and seats are still available. If you travel to OSU from Kaiser or Salem along I-5, this is an opportunity to share the drive, reduce your stress and save money. Email if you have questions or want to connect with the organizers. 

NEW! New Year, New Name! Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning Name Change: The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning is now officially the STEM Research Center. We look forward to continuing to collaborate on groundbreaking research with the OSU Community and beyond under our new (easier-to-say) name. For more information about our new name visit
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 through 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 are 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  


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

NEW!  The College of Engineering is seeking two or more highly qualified Academic Advisors to provide engineering students with advising support including but not limited to orientation, academic success strategies, career planning, course programming and degree completion. This is a full-time 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #P03478UF. Full consideration Jan. 3, Closes Jan. 17.

NEW! The College of Engineering has one full-time Operations Assistant position at OSU. The Operations Assistant is responsible for managing the daily administrative operations for the College of Engineering (COE) Student Services team in Johnson Hall. Posting #P02513CT. Full consideration Jan. 8. Closes Jan. 15.

NEW! The College of Engineering is seeking a School Head Advisor. This is a full-time 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed -erm professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Assistant Dean. Posting # P03493UF. Full consideration Jan. 8. Closes Jan. 22.

NEW! Ecampus is seeking two Marketing Managers. These are full time, (1.0 FTE) 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty positions. Position #P03471UF. Closes Jan. 19.


"There is no royal flower-strewn path to success.  And if there is, I have not found it for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.” ~ Madame C.J. Walker, one of the first black female millionaires, born today in 1867. She was the daughter of freed slaves, and was the first in her family to be born free.

Corvallis: A slight chance of rain for most of the week, highs in the 40s, lows in the 30s.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of snow this week, highs in the 30s, lows in the 20s.

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

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