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.

Tree rings help researchers understand drought intolerance (UPI)

Researchers at Oregon State University and Utah State University analyzed 2,800 hectares of mixed-conifer forest in central Oregon. Some of the ponderosa pines have inhabited the study area since before 1910 -- that's around the time when putting out forest fires became federal law. (see also

Cutting back on heavy drinking can help smokers quit (Psych Central)

Previous studies have shown that people with higher nicotine metabolism ratios are likely to smoke more and have a harder time quitting. Slowing a person’s nicotine metabolism rate by consuming less alcohol could provide an edge when trying to quit smoking, said Sarah Dermody, an assistant professor at Oregon State University and the study’s lead author. (see also The NationGlobal TimesConsumer Affairs)

President Ray's impact on OSU (KGW)

Oregon History Makers.

Solar fields of green: Researchers find symbiosis at the food-water-energy nexus (Solar Magazine)

Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis discovered some surprising benefits associated with installation of solar PV panels installed in a field on the OSU campus. 

Natural 'enemies' of trees good for keeping up biodiversity (Tech Times)

Taal Levi, an ecologist at Oregon State University and the lead author of the study, explained that in forests in North America, trees that fight for space often have distinct characters that give them an edge over their competitors. For example, Douglas firs grow best after a fire while hemlocks can thrive in the shade. (see also Science Daily)

Rebooting computer science in Central Oregon to draw more kids (OPB)

“The idea is how do we move them from consumers to producers?” said Jill Hubbard, president of the Oregon Computer Science Teachers Association and a professor at OSU Cascades.

Kerr inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame (Lake County Examiner)

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, Phyllis Kerr was inducted in the Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

OSU organic veg breeding program $2 million grant (Intermountain Farm & Ranch)

For the third time in nine years, Jim Myers, Oregon State University plant breeder and horticulture professor, and five partners have received a $2 million grant to continue work on developing vegetable cultivars well adapted to organic farming systems.

OSU-Cascades international students excited to celebrate Christmas in the U.S. (Bend Bulletin)

But for some international students at Oregon State University-Cascades who didn’t celebrate the holiday in their home countries, this winter provides a unique opportunity for them to experience these American rituals, either for the first time, or in a more notable fashion.

New hazelnut release resists Eastern Filbert blight (Growing Produce)

But as Shawn Mehlenbacher, professor of hazelnut breeding and genetics at Oregon State University, explains, further expansion faces challenges.

How Hawaii's volcanos could help us find life on Saturn's icy moon (Gizmodo)

Bill Chadwick, a marine geologist at Oregon State University who wasn’t involved with the new research, called the seafloor mapping endeavor “very cool,” noting that this is probably one of the first times a land-based volcano’s undersea lava deposits had been explored so soon after an eruption. He wasn’t surprised to learn that microbes had already begun colonizing the environment, noting that this has been observed “many times” at Axial Seamount off the coast of Oregon.

Extension crop specialist enjoying Pacific Northwest challenge (Democrat-Herald)

Meeting mid-valley grass seed farmers and developing an understanding of living in a state with more than 250 different crops has been a priority since May for OSU Extension Service seed specialist Will Jessie.

Understanding Oregon's next volcanic eruption (Bend Bulletin)

Central Oregon is surrounded by several of the most active volcanoes in the country, and a January presentation by an Oregon State University professor could shed light on what an eruption would look like locally

What to do about water-logged lawns, apple tree burls? Ask an Expert (Oregonian)

Winter is here, but there are always gardening questions. Get answers from Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University's Extension Service. 

Today's photo

Ringing in the New Year: Jeanne Marsh displays a New Year's greeting in 1965 at Depoe Bay in this historic gem from OSU Special Collections & Archives. The university will be closed on New Year's Day.


Oregon Employees’ Charitable Fund Drive ends 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:


Campus closed for the holiday.


NEW! Women’s Basketball Faculty/Staff Fridays: Against Washington State, Jan. 4, 7 p.m. OSU faculty and staff can show their OSU ID at the Gill Coliseum box office for Friday home games to receive $5 general admission.

Upcoming Events

NEW! New art exhibit: An exhibition of work by artist Ka’ila Farrell Smith, “Marks From A Journey Home,” will be on display Jan. 7 through Feb. 7 in the Fairbanks Gallery. Farrell-Smith is a contemporary Klamath Modoc visual artist based in Modoc Point, Oregon, and co-director for the Signal Fire artist residency program based in Portland. The gallery is located in Fairbanks Hall, 220 SW 26th St. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., with hours extended until 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month for the Corvallis Art Walk.

NEW! OSU Portland Center grand opening: Celebrate the opening of Oregon State's new space right off of Pioneer Square in downtown Portland on Jan. 14, 1-6:30 p.m. Explore the facility during this open house. Visit with representatives from OSU colleges and divisions to learn about their programs. The OSU Portland Center is located on the second floor of the historic Meier & Frank Building, adjacent to Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. Besides serving as an educational space for a number of Oregon State’s signature programs, the center houses the Portland-based staff of the OSU Foundation and OSU Alumni Association, acting as a hub for the university’s many activities in the region. 

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

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.

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.

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! Food drive: One in six residents in Linn and Benton counties sought emergency food assistance last year. The OSU Food Drive gives Linn Benton Food Share nearly 25 percent of their food buying power, which is raised during the OSU Food Drive in the month of February. Take a look at the coordinators list to see if your unit/building/floor/department has a lead for this effort. If not, ask your supervisor if you can be a location coordinator. To sign up, or if you have questions, please contact or call 541-737-0724

NEW! Funding for Hybrid Course Development: 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, 2019. Professional development funding is provided. See Call for Hybrid Proposals.

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:

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


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NEW! Library Technician 3: This recruitment will be used to fill one permanent, full-time (1.0 FTE) Library Technician for OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon. The OSU-Cascades Library provides faculty and staff with collections and services that support and enhance the instruction, research and public services programs. Posting #P01909CT. Full consideration Jan. 10. Closes Jan. 17. 

NEW! Math/Statistics Instructor OSU-Cascades in Bend invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, fixed-term Mathematics and/or Statistics Instructor position. Posting #P02649UF. Closes Jan. 25.

NEW! Biology Instructor: OSU-Cascades in Bend invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, fixed-term Biology Instructor position. Posting #P02648UF. Closes Jan. 25.


"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something." ~ Neil Gaiman.

Corvallis: Cloudy Monday, with showers not expected to roll in until late Wednesday. Highs in the 40s, lows in the 30s.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny until late in the week, when rain and snow showers are possible. Highs in the 40s, lows in the 20s and 30s.

Newport: Sunny until Wednesday when showers are possible late. Highs in the 50s, lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. 

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