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.

Discovery of recent Antarctic ice sheet collapse raises fears of a new global flood (Science)

The discovery, teased out of a sediment core and reported last week at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Washington, D.C., validates those concerns, providing evidence that the ice sheet disappeared in the recent geological past under climate conditions similar to today’s. “We had an absence of evidence,” says Anders Carlson, a glacial geologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, who led the work. “I think we have evidence of absence now.” (see also International Business TimesSmithsonianUSA Today)

How to grow the perfect Christmas tree (it's harder than you think) (PBS News Hour)

In greenhouses and on hillsides, Oregon State University is tending to new kinds of Christmas trees—fir trees from the Mediterranean, which are resistant to root rot, local pests and the long dry summers that the West Coast is starting to expect.

What are the chances of a white Christmas? (Inside Science)

“The higher and colder a location is, the less a decrease a couple degrees of warming can accomplish,” said Philip Mote, an Oregon State University climate scientist.

Price hike scaled back (Gazette-Times)

But if the goal is to get waste-hauling customers to change their ways, a price hike may be the wrong way to go about it, according to Mark Van Order, a marketing instructor at Oregon State University.

OSU researchers: Tiny 'cages' may help save energy (KTVZ)

Nanosized cages may play a big role in reducing energy consumption in science and industry, and machine-learning research at Oregon State University aims to accelerate the deployment of these remarkable molecules.

Researchers identify factors behind small-intestine inflammation in immunodeficiency patients(The World)

Oregon State University researchers have discovered two key factors behind the intestinal inflammation that plagues people suffering from a disorder that affects their immune system.

Artificial intelligence: Researchers to use 'big data' to predict sea crimes (The News Guard)

“IUUs include all kinds of terrible things,” said James Watson, a marine scientist expert at Oregon State University, and a principal investigator on the project. “We came into this thinking primarily about illegal fishing, but that turns out to be just the tip of the iceberg. It is much, much bigger.”

Top OSU stories of 2018 (LIFE@OSU)

The most popular news releases on the OSU news website this year.

Mas Subramanian set out to make a semiconductor and ended up with a new blue pigment (99u)

Materials science professor Mas Subramanian wants to set the record straight. First off, the Oregon State researcher didinvent a new blue pigment, a feat that no person, laboratory, or corporation has been able to accomplish in about 200 years. It’s a big deal, and not just because of the “Oh cool, a new pigment” factor.

Some jobs require a human touch. Or do they? (NPR)

Heather Knight, expert in social robotics, an assistant professor of Computer Science at Oregon State University, is a guest.

State shifts away from nursing homes, to assisted-living care for Medicaid patients (Register-Guard)

Oregon’s plan to move residents who need less intensive long-term medical care into more home-like settings appears to be working, according to a new report from the Oregon Department of Human Services, Oregon State University and Portland State University.

Research co-op lands third grant to develop organic veggies (Capital Press)

Jim Myers, a plant breeder and professor of horticulture at Oregon State University, serves as project director for NOVIC, a collaboration of breeders and farmers who work together on developing new organic varieties. 

Elliot will become OSU research forest (News-Register)

Oregon State University College of Forestry will spend the next year working with the Department of State Lands to transform the Elliott State Forest into a research forest, the State Land Board decided Tuesday.

Wallowa County ag leaders win state awards (Wallowa County Chieftain)

Three Wallowa County ag supporters were recognized last week at the Annual Oregon State University Conference. More than 200 attendees had gathered from around the state.

Michigan weighs conflicting messages on PFAS policy (MLive)

Dr. Jennifer Field, Environmental and Molecular Ecology, Oregon State University. Field’s work on PFAS goes back 20 years. She’s been part of a team looking at the chemicals at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, where the contamination continues to spread from the closed base into nearby waterways, including Lake Huron.

US gun violence in 2018: 3 essential reads (The Conversation)

In February, a gunman killed 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In response, President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers could help prevent school shootings. However, scholars Aimee Huff and Michelle Barnhart, who study the use of firearms for self-defense at Oregon State University, wrote that teachers would likely be ineffective at taking out an attacker.

Why one university opened a grocery store on campus (EAB)

Some on-campus grocery stores even accept food stamps. Badger points to Oregon State University's on-campus grocery store which began accepting federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in 2016. Oregon State is one of the only schools in the country to accept SNAP on campus, she adds.

The irony of a Southern Baptist seminary's report on slavery and racism (Baptist News)

An opinion piece by OSU's Susan Shaw.

10 signs you might have a vitamin C deficiency, according to an expert (Insider)

We spoke to Alexander Michels, a research associate at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. Michels has over 18 years of experience researching vitamin C at the Linus Pauling Institute including aspects of how vitamin C is transported within the body.

Oregon State welcomes new head coach Matt Kagan (Beaver Sports)

Matt Kagan, a veteran of nine NCAA Tournament teams, has been appointed the Oregon State University head women's soccer coach, Beaver Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Tuesday. His appointment is contingent on the completion of all university hiring processes.

5 health benefits of eating hazelnuts (Medical Daily)

Researchers at Oregon State University recently revealed how consuming hazelnuts could help improve the levels of vitamin E and magnesium in older adults. For this age group in particular, low levels of these two nutrients have been linked to age-related health problems such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Beer of the Week: This is Strata! (West Coaster)

There’s a new hop varietal that’s taking the brewing world by storm. It’s called Strata, and it was developed by Oregon State University as part of its Aroma Hops Breeding Program. 

Juntos a success (Argus Observer)

The program is a partnership between Oregon State University Open Campus, OSU Extension and the school district, according to information provided by Barbara Brody, OSU Extension agent in Malheur County, who was also at the program.

Today's pickup (Benzinga)

The Pickup didn't really need more evidence of a certain e-commerce giant's reach. But here it is. Wu Zhaohui, a professor of supply chain and operationsm management at Oregon State University, told us the business school was having a hard time selling undergraduates on a new supply chain academic option. Accounting and marketing, the students understood — logistics, not so much. That is, until Zhaohui and his colleagues hit upon a simple if elegant marketing scheme. "We say we're like Amazon," he said. Now the program is growing, with more than 60 students enrolled. "It's like Nike is sports marketing — Amazon is logistics," said Zhaaohui. "Everyone can relate."

Nicklas G. Pisias receives 2018 Maurice Ewing medal (Eos)

Dr. Nicklas George “Nick” Pisias’s (CEOAS) deep and broad understanding of paleoceanography and climate dynamics coupled with novel applications of rigorous mathematical and statistical techniques has been the hallmark of his sustained and transformative contributions to our understanding of the history of global-scale ocean processes and their linkages to climate change.

News in brief (LIFE@OSU)

A summary of recent awards and honors.

Today's photo

Decking the halls: Chance, a client of the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Hospital, got to sport a festive bandana during a recent visit. The college is currently undergoing an expansion project but the facility remains operational so lucky animals like Chance can receive the care they need. (photo courtesy Lyn Smith-Gloria)


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 737-3982. 


Campus closed for the holiday.


OSUsed Store Public Sale: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale Friday, Dec. 28, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th (note: store is closed Dec. 25). 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! OSU-Cascades board: The Oregon State University-Cascades Advocacy and Advisory Board will meet on Jan. 23. The meeting will provide updates on strategic initiatives at the campus, including long-range development planning, community relations, academic programs and student success. The meeting will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Obsidian Hall, Room 210, on the OSU-Cascades campus on Chandler Avenue in Bend. The board meeting is open to the public. For information visit or contact or 541-322-3100.

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.

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! Just a week remaining in the 2018 Oregon Employees’ Charitable Fund Drive, ending Dec. 31: It’s possible you already give to some of the over 750 charities listed; however, by giving as part of the CFD, you help show our neighbors-in-need that we state employees care about them. Please make your tax-deductible donation now:

NEW! Social Justice workshops: Register now for Winter and Spring term SJEI workshops! The Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs is an excellent foundational professional development program that offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this well-reviewed program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

NEW! Faculty Funding: The OSU Hybrid Initiative invites faculty to submit proposals to participate in the Hybrid Faculty Learning Community from February through April 2019 and redesign an established Corvallis campus course as a hybrid course. Proposals are due Jan. 22. Professional development funding is provided. See Call for Hybrid Proposals.

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. 

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.

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.  

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.

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

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. 


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 College of Liberal Arts is seeking a Finance and Strategic Operations Analyst. This is a part-time (0.70 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #P02654UF. Closes Dec. 31.

NEW! Resident Director: University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Resident Director position. Posting #P02639UF. Closes Jan. 2.

NEW! Locksmith: University Housing & Dining Services is seeking a Locksmith. The purpose of this position will be to maintain key records, key security, master-key-budgets and combinations to ensure the integrity of the master key system. This position is a full-time, 12-month, classified position. Posting #P01907CT. Closes Jan. 13.

NEW! Multimedia Project Manager: Ecampus invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Multimedia Project Manager position. Posting #P02661UF. Closes Jan. 13.

NEW! The College of Forestry Research Office is seeking a Targeted Research Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.0), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #P02663UF. Full consideration date is Jan. 11. Closes Jan. 18.  

NEW! Art Director: The Division of University Relations and Marketing is seeking an Art Director. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #P02664UF. Closes Jan. 18.


“Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” ~ Charles Dickens.

Corvallis: The week will start rainy, with clearing Christmas Day, and then a chance of showers the rest of the week. Highs in the 40s, lows in the 30s. 

Central Oregon: Winter weather advisory for Monday, and sunny Christmas Day. Snow the rest of the week. Highs in the 30s, lows in the teens and 20s.

Newport: Rain Monday, with clearing Christmas Day, and then a chance of showers the rest of the week. Highs in the 40s, lows in the 30s. 

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