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. 

Small streams play critical role in survival of brown bears, study finds (CBC)

"The important result was that it's not all about salmon abundance," said Johnny Armstrong, a professor and ecologist at Oregon State University, noting the diversity of fish and where they spawn also plays a key role.  

A jolly good year for Christmas tree farmers (Here and Now)

Christmas tree growers say 2019 has been the industry’s best year in decades — in part because of a number of bad years, says Chal Landgren, a Christmas tree specialist at Oregon State University.


Study finds not logging some Northwest forests could offset climate change (Jefferson Public Radio)

Researchers at Oregon State University and the University of California-Berkeley looked at which forests in the western United States should be prioritized for preservation under climate change scenarios.

Keeping wildfires at bay (Wallowa County Chieftain)

John Bailey, a professor in the Oregon State University College of Forestry, said Bend and some other communities in the West have made strides.

Family, friends mourn death of well-known NW berry reseacher (Capital Press)

One of Finn’s closest collaborators, Bernadine Strik, extension berry crops specialist for Oregon State University, described Finn as “the kind of colleague you dream about — one who is very passionate about his job, hard-working, giving, fair, innovative and productive.”

The eternal Nile is even more ancient than we thought (EOS)

“This study links a pretty diverse set of geologic observations and embeds those findings into a state-of-the-art flow model for the mantle,” said Eric Kirby, a geophysicist at Oregon State University who was not involved in the new study. “It’s a very compelling combination of techniques.”

Climate science discoveries of the decade (Inside Climate Science)

"Looking back over the past decade, it's astonishing how firmly we've moved out to the tails of the probability distribution. Extremes are common and are commonly attributed to human activities," said Oregon State University climate researcher Philip Mote. "We're living the worst-case scenario."

New Oregon Farm Bureau president leads diverse family operation (Capital Press)

Barb Iverson graduated from Oregon State University in 1982 with a degree in horticulture.

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

OSU master’s degree student Maggie Graham has been studying the effectiveness of purposefully planting pollinator habitat in and around solar arrays. 

So now you know (New Zealand Herald)

In 2015, Oregon State University discovered a new shade of blue, apparently the first "new" blue to be discovered since cobalt blue in 1802. The colour, YInMn blue, was made by mixing yttrium, indium and manganese oxides.

Today's photo

Ringing in the '20s: It's been a century but Oregon State is just as fashion-forward as we head into the 2020s with the New Year. Photo circa 1920, courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives.


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.


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


Closed: Campus is closed for the holiday. 


Simon Kahsai – dual M.S. defense Water Resource Engineering and Biological & Ecological EngineeringSimon Kahsai will present his dissertation, “Africa-Appropriate Urban Stormwater Management: The State of the Art,” at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3 in GILM 234. Kahsai is completing his Master of Science degree under the guidance of major professor John Selker. Free and open to the public.


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.

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 at 5 p.m. on Jan. 15 or Feb. 12 in Strand 148.

$5K Innovation Days Award & Innovation Days event: OSU faculty are invited to join the OSU Advantage office for an Innovation Days event at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 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 5-6:30 p.m.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Teaching Philosophies & Portfolios: Join Lexi Schlosser (CTL) to learn how to use philosophies and portfolios to capture the evolution of your teaching, ideology, and accomplishments. +Tech Talk: Learn how to use Google Sites to create your ePortfolio. This workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7. No need to register. Learn more here and contact us here.

NEW! The North American Truffling Society Meeting: Guest speaker will be John Donoghue, president of Northwest Mycological Consultant, Inc. He will talk about current and potential uses of forest products for production of fungal-based food, medicine, and other products while maintaining consideration for both the local and international economic scale underlying these uses, along with a discussion of their environmental and economic sustainability. Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m., Room 2087, Cordley Hall. 

NEW! “Left To Tell: The Power of Forgiveness”: Immaculee Ilibagiza, a survivor of the 1994 genocide in the central African country of Rwanda, will speak at Oregon State University at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7 in the MU Ballroom. IIlibagiza and seven other women hid in a bathroom for 91 days, provided shelter by a courageous member of the Hutu tribe. Sponsored by NEWMANOSU – Catholic Campus Ministry. Free and open to the public.

NEW! Emotional Intelligence: Learn more about emotional intelligence and mindfulness during this month’s event hosted by the Professional Faculty Leadership Association, “Emotional Intelligence,” presented by OSU’s International Admissions Specialist and LBCC’s Human Resources Generalist, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Hallie Ford Center 115. This event is free to PFLA members and $10 for non-members. Beverages will be provided and you are welcome to bring your lunch. For more information about the event and how to register click here:

NEW! Kognito: Recognizing and Supporting Students in Distress Training: Are you worried about a student? College can be stressful at times. Build the confidence to talk with a student whom you’re concerned about. Be prepared to lead real-life conversations with students that build resilience, strengthen relationships and connect them with support. Visit to access the faculty/staff online, interactive training so you can recognize and support OSU students in distress. To access the student version visit: For questions or to learn more about this training, contact Bonnie Hemrick: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

Take Note

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 [email protected].

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 three minutes of your time to help us shape our offerings with this short survey

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.

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 [email protected] if you have questions or want to connect with the organizers. 

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected]. 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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NEW Interim Associate Dean – Oregon State University Honors College invites applications for a 12-month, Interim Associate Dean (0.5 FTE to start in January 2020, moving to 1.0 FTE by June 16, 2020). Must be current OSU employee. Posting #P03509UF. Closes Jan. 3, 2020.

NEW! Applications are invited for a 12-month full-time (1.0 FTE) postdoctoral scholar appointment in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. The successful applicant will fill a key position in a long-term demographic project designed to study the effects of a mega-wildfire on greater sage grouse demography. Additional details about the position including how to apply can be found here:


"In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth." ~ Patti Smith, who turns 73 today.

Corvallis: Chance of rain this week, highs in the upper 40s, lows in the lower 40s.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of showers this week, highs in the 40s, lows in the 30s.

Newport: Chance of rain this week, highs in the 50s, lows in the 40s.

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