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:

Why are so many gray whales washing up on shore? (PBS Terra)

From Mexico all the way up to Alaska, hundreds of gray whales have been washing up ashore. The deaths peaked in 2019, and the numbers were so significant that it led scientists to call it an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) which kicked research into gear. Scientists scrambled to figure out what was going on, and what they found turned their previous understanding on its head. This episode of Weathered explores gray whales' complex food web and how what’s happening in the Arctic may just affect all of us. Featuring both Josh Stewart and Leigh Torres of the Marine Mammal Institute at OSU.

Can I catch the mysterious dog illness from my pet? Experts weigh in. (USA Today)

“We really need to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff,” said Dr. Kurt Williams, director of the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, at Oregon State University’s Carlson College of Medicine, which is working with the state Department of Agriculture to help study more than 200 cases of the illness since September. Williams told USA TODAY there is no evidence humans are contracting the illness, nor is there evidence that other pets are. 

OSU economists put a number on private timber losses to drought and fire, and it's big (Jefferson Public Radio)

It should surprise exactly no one to find that wildfire and drought have damaged private timberlands in the three West Coast states. But now two economists at Oregon State University have put a number on the losses: $11.2 Billion over the last two decades.

The USDA unveiled a new hardiness zone map that may alter your garden plans (Better Homes & Gardens)

“Overall, the 2023 map is about 2.5 degrees warmer than the 2012 map across the conterminous United States,” Christopher Daly, director of the PRISM Climate Group and the map's lead author, told PHYS News. “This translated into about half of the country shifting to a warmer 5-degree half zone, and half remaining in the same half zone. The central plains and Midwest generally warmed the most, with the southwestern U.S. warming very little.”

New scholarship will honor OSU-Cascades student Joel Tranby, killed in a fall while climbing North Sister (KTVZ)

The family of an Oregon State University-Cascades student killed in a mountaineering accident last July has committed more than $55,000 to create an endowed scholarship for students in financial need at the Bend campus.

Hermiston Farm Fair connects growers, vendors (Eugene Daily News)

Attendees gathered at Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center for the Hermiston Farm Fair, a forum and trade show for agricultural workers and companies in the region. The event, hosted by Oregon State University, offers educational sessions as well as opportunities for farmers and ranchers to network with each other and with local and regional vendors.


Today's photo

Morning moon: Keith Raab, director of Financial Aid, says, “We were at the coast and caught this beautiful morning sunrise.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Exploring strategies to place greater emphasis on learning and less emphasis on grades in a future course? Consider alternative grading frameworks such as mastery-based testing, standards-based learning and specifications grading. Want to find out more? Schedule a one-on-one consultation with the Center for Teaching and Learning.

NEW! Be a part of the Charitable Fund Drive community: Oregon State University’s Charitable Fund Drive (CFD) campaign is here, and we invite you to make a difference. By giving through the CFD, you show that Oregon State University employees care about their neighbors in need. Your tax-deductible donation helps us support more than 800 charities. Log in easily with your name and OSU ID by visiting You can even replicate last year's donation. Join us in making a positive impact.


Hawai'i fundraiser: The devastating fires in Lahaina in August resulted in the loss of life and property. OSU students, staff and community members who are from Maui and Hawai’i have been directly and indirectly impacted significantly. OSU Kokua Maui–Hui O Hawai’i is taking the lead along with other OSU entities to organize the collection and drop offs, which includes 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 1, at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 3, at Valley Football Center. Donations requested include diapers, feminine care products, toys and gift cards. 

University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. on Dec. 1 via Zoom and in B011 Kerr Admin. Bldg. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities and budget policies. For materials associated with this week’s topics, visit the UBC web page. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].

Music à la Carte: Listen to a jazz set by OSU faculty members Ryan Biesack, drums; Ben Mutschler, reeds; and Steve Willis, guitar, at noon on Dec. 1 in the Main Lobby of the MU. Admission is free.

FYI Friday – Supervision of Employees: Professional Development, Growth and Support. The Dean of the College of Education will share a supervision workshop that was developed in 2023 to better support supervisors in their own development and thinking about how to best support employees and themselves. Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 1, via Zoom. Registration required.

Anthropology Lecture Series: Razan Ghazzawi. WGSS Assistant Professor Razan Ghazzawi will present research titled, “Towards Grassroots Queer Ethics in Wartime: Rethinking Research Ethics at Times of War and the ‘Refugee Crisis’" at noon, Dec. 1 in Strand 111. Admission is free.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies, and more at 644 SW 13th St. Public sales are open to all shoppers this Tuesday, 5:30-7 p.m. and Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.

College of Health Friday Research Seminar: “How to Best Preserve Human Donor Milk’s Bioactive Proteins" will be presented by Dave Dallas, OSU College of Health, from 1-2 p.m. Dec. 1, in HFC 115 via Zoom. This seminar is co-sponsored with the Nutrition program in the College of Health. Learn more about upcoming and past seminars on the college website.

Rachel Zitomer Ph.D. Defense: Rachel Zitomer will present her dissertation, titled: “Native Bees in Intensively Managed Conifer Forests: Community Composition, Habitat Connectivity, and Foraging Ecology,” at 1 p.m., Dec. 1, in PFSC 125. Zither is earning her Ph.D. in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Jim Rivers. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions, for the Zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

The Nightmare Before Dead Week: Murder Mystery. Oregon State Program Council and DAMChic present an exquisite fashion show followed by an immersive murder mystery experience featuring talented actors and a delectable dinner — all unfolding in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Get ready for a night of style and suspense, 7 p.m., Dec. 1. Tickets will be $7 for OSU students and $15 for non-students. Tickets are live now and they will be limited.

UAOSU Listening Sessions: UASOU will be hosting four listening sessions for members to share their contract priorities with members of the bargaining team. These sessions will be both in-person and hybrid from 3-4 p.m., Dec. 1, in the Memorial Union, Thought Lab (room 215). To RSVP visit


OSU Lyric Workshop Presents: Into the Trailer ParkThrilling musical scenes from "Cry Baby," "Great American Trailer Park Musical," and "Into the Woods." 7 p.m., Dec. 2; and 3 p.m., Dec. 3, in Community Hall Room 202. Free, open to all. Limited seating.


Yoga Nidra: Drawn from Vedic and Tantric practices, yoga nidra “yogic sleep” is a guided meditation experience which often yields deep relaxation, insight and a sense of connection. Guided by Tiffany Bailey 6-7:30 p.m., Dec. 3 at Marigold: 648 SW Second St. in Corvallis. By donation/open to all. Please pre-register:


NEW! Diffusions: A Music Technology Concert. OSU Music Technology and Production presents "Diffusions: A Music Technology Concert" at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5 in the Milam Hall Auditorium. Admission is free and open to all.

OSU Jazz Ensemble: Music by Thad Jones, Jessika Smith, Frank Foster, Jim McNeely and more. Directed by Ryan Biesack. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4 in the MU Ballroom; $10 for general admission, free for OSU students. Tickets can be purchased online.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! ICS 300 training: The three-day ICS 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents is accepting registrations for the Dec. 5-7 class being offered at OSU. Enhance your incident command skills with a special focus on new concepts of the Incident Command System (ICS). The course will also benefit anyone who has a responsibility to function in a command post managing an expanding incident. Additional and registration information is located at:

NEW! Research Lecture: Rebekah Elliott, associate professor of mathematics education, will discuss a design research project on K-12 teacher leader anti-bias mathematics education professional development. The implications of the analysis will help teachers confront the ways whiteness shapes mathematics PD. Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 5, Zoom:

NEW! PFLA Zoom event: Surviving the Holidays and Winter in the PNW. An informal lunch-and-learn to share tips and strategies, plus resources for wellness and managing stress. Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 5. For more information about the event and how to register, click here.

NEW! DFA Risk Appetite and Risk Assessment Tools: Train the Trainer. Insurance and Risk Management Services will facilitate a workshop for unit leaders and supervisors to provide exposure to the DFA risk appetite statements and risk assessment tools. Attendees will gain hands-on practice and develop the skills necessary to assist other employees in understanding and incorporating the DFA risk appetite statements and risk assessment tools into their work. Zoom session from 1-2:30 p.m., Dec. 5. Registration required.

NEW! OSULP Seminar: Anne Bahde, rare book and history of science librarian, presents “Data Visualizations: Analyzing Subject Strengths Across SCARC Collections,”  followed by Adam Lindsley, OSU engineering librarian, “Using Photogrammetry to Share Library Special Collections and Archives Objects Online.” 2-3 p.m., Dec. 5, Willamette East classroom, third floor, Valley Library, Corvallis or Zoom. (More information & link

Department of Integrative Biology M.S. Defense Seminar: Miriam Obley will present “Modifications to Rearing Environments as a Method for Reducing Domestication Selection in Hatchery-reared Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)” at 10 a.m., Dec. 4 in ALS 4001 and via Zoom. Obley is completing her M.S. in Integrative Biology under the guidance of Michael Blouin. 

Shalet Ngoli Idawo M.S. defense: A presentation of Shalet’s thesis, titled: “Water Czars and Groundwater Diplomacy: Skills, Scales and Sustainability," takes place at 11 a.m., Dec. 4, in Burt Hall 193. Idawo is earning her M.S. in Water Resources Policy and Management with Todd Jarvis. Please contact the WRGP Department at [email protected] with questions, for the Zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Valeri Sawiccy will present “Metabolic and Immune Responses in Cnidarian-Symbiodiniaceae Symbiosis and Dysbiosis” at noon, Dec. 4 in the Coast Range Building, room 2196, 4575 SW Research Way, Corvallis and via Zoom. Sawiccy is completing her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology under the guidance of Virginia Weis. 

Crime and Punishment in the UK (info session): Join faculty Michele Inderbitzin and Susan Shaw from the College of Liberal Arts to learn about a 6-credit, faculty-led program that explores both the historical and fictional crime and justice system of the UK. This two-week journey takes place in London, England from Aug. 2-17. Info session: noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 4. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) program brochure and application.

Research Integrity Forum  Safeguarding Science: Promoting International Science and Maintaining Research Security. International research and collaborations are essential to OSU’s mission but come with regulations and challenges. At this forum, learn about some of the new research security standards that pertain to international research and how OSU can help navigate them. We will cover disclosing outside financial and other interests, talent recruitment programs, export controls, cybersecurity, international travel, visiting scholar sand more. 1-2:30 p.m., Dec. 4, MU room 213. Register here to attend in person. Virtual attendees register via Zoom.

Travel Talk: The Kingdom of the Netherlands. Join an OSUAA Travel Talk webcast with Dave Stone, the College of Agricultural Sciences’ associate dean of international programs. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the dean’s tour, where you can meet the Dutch trailblazers driving amazing innovations in agriculture while exploring enchanting Delft, Amsterdam and the Friesland region. 5:30 p.m., Dec. 5. Register today. 

Onboarding forums held via Zoom: The President and Provost’s Leadership Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PPLC) is hosting two additional onboarding forums via Zoom for employees of color and supervisors of employees of color in December. These forums are seeking to identify additional ways to support the success and belonging of new employees of color. For employees: Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 4 (registration is required). For supervisors: Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 13 (registration is required). If unable to attend there is an anonymous feedback survey here. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

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 Winter 2024 course via Zoom and register here. In response to increasing material costs, the registration fee for this program will be adjusted to $255 as of Jan. 1.

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by the Office of University Human Resources that dives deep into the way we solve problems together. This engaging workshop helps people learn more about their own mindset, learn appreciation for how colleagues work, and together be able create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions. In the spirit of professional development, University Human Resources is excited to offer this new two-hour workshop to OSU employees on a monthly basis starting this spring. View upcoming workshops and enroll here. In response to increasing material costs, the registration fee for this program will be adjusted to $55 as of Jan. 1. Hurry – seats are limited.

Take Note

NEW! OSU Today holiday schedule: OSU Today will switch to weekly editions Dec. 18, with no edition the week of Dec. 25. Daily issues will return Jan. 8.

NEW! Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing links to several free safety training resources from SAIF available to OSU managers, supervisors, and employees. For more information on Safety at OSU visit OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

NEW! Mindful Self Compassion 10-week Program: Kate Gallagher will guide a 10-week mindful self compassion program starting Jan. 10 at the Marigold Center. MSC is an empirically supported method that improves mood, relationships and resilience and reduces harsh self-criticism. Registration is open and the cost is $400 for educators and $450 for the public. Scholarships are available for OSU undergraduates. Contact with questions.

NEW! PRISM submissions are now open: Submit your art, poetry, prose, music, films, photography and more to OSU's annual student-run art and literature journal. Take your chance at getting published. Submission form found in our Instagram bio or at; the deadline is Dec. 15.

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Dawn Anzinger, senior instructor I, 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. Congratulations and thank you for your service.

Call for Applications: Career Champions. Applications for the winter 2024 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. Career Champions provides educators with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while tackling issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applications are due Dec. 15. Cohort meets Thursdays 3-4 p.m. on Zoom weeks 3-8 of winter term. Direct questions to Brenna Gomez.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Legacy Awards: Nominations are being accepted until Dec. 8. Each award comes with a $500 stipend as a token of appreciation and to celebrate the outstanding contributions of the recipients to make OSU more just and inclusive. Award recipients and nominees will be honored at the 42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast on Jan. 15. Register for the Peace Breakfast here.

Students: Borrow your textbooks for free. The Basic Needs Center has a Textbook Lending Library open to all on-campus students that includes books, calculators, chemistry model sets and more. Visit their website to see if they have your books or request one if they don’t. Checkouts begin January 8th; request your book by Dec. 11 to check it out at the start of the term. Pop by 1030 SW Madison Ave., call 541-737-3747 or email [email protected] for questions and more textbook affordability advice.

2024 Merchant Card assessment and modernization project: OSU intends to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to evaluate and rebid services currently in place for credit card processing. To leverage this RFP requirement as an opportunity, OSU is asking interested stakeholders to participate in a survey to share thoughts on OSU’s card processing today and in the future. The survey will be emailed directly to merchant managers, TouchNet departmental deposit users and registered survey respondents. Visit to be a “registered survey respondent” before Dec. 4.

Policy updates: Fiscal policies for memberships, dues & subscriptions, surplus property salesFOAPAL elements and Exhibit 003-02 Account Codes have been updated. Please see the FPP website for more information and contact the policy steward listed on each policy with any questions.

Student Pricing for All at The Marigold Center: From Nov. 27-Dec. 11, Marigold class packs will be on sale for educators and the public. Marigold offers a range of contemplative drop-in classes including gentle and flow yoga, contemplative dance, mindfulness meditation and more. Student pricing for class packs will be extended to everyone and range from $15 (single) to $250 (20 passes). View the drop-in class schedule and purchase passes. Email: [email protected].

Flex Pass: Keep moving through the holidays and winter term with Faculty Staff Fitness. Get a Flex Pass for Dec. 11-15. Purchase in Langton 123. Winter 2024 registration opens Dec. 1. Sign up for two weeks of online FSF for $15, available Dec. 18-Jan. 1. Winter term online FSF for $45 begins Jan. 1. Visit the FSF website for schedules, more information and to register.

Read local: Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or thoughtful reading for long winter nights, the OSU Press Holiday Sale has you covered with new releases and old favorites. Visit and use promo code 23HOLIDAY at checkout to receive 25% off and free shipping. Order early to ensure timely delivery.

Teaching faculty learning community: Excited about teaching? Or need a recharge? Apply to join the Winter ’24 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community sponsored by CTL and Academic Technologies. We’ll explore teaching strategies, useful ed tech tools and developing resiliency to thrive in the changing educational landscape. See the call for participation. Apply by Dec. 4. Funding provided. 

Ready, Set, AI: Join the Center for Teaching and Learning and Academic Technologies for a Winter ‘24 faculty learning community addressing artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on higher education. We will explore how we respond to the immediate impact of AI in education, develop proactive strategies and hear from students and experts. See the call for participation. Apply by Dec. 4. Funding provided.

Payroll Office changes in December: During the month of December, Payroll is having some work done to rearrange and add workspace in our office. Our windows will be closed and phones will go to voicemail, but we will have a representative at the front desk in B100 (Business Affairs) and will be returning phone calls and responding to emails as quickly as possible every day.  A more open space will be available starting in the new year.

Gift Drive for OSU Kids Gift Closet: The Family Resource Center Kids Gift Closet helps provide gifts for children for those in the OSU community struggling to purchase gifts during holidays and celebrations. Thanks to our generous sponsors, each year’s gift closet is a huge success and we have many grateful families. You can give in a variety of ways: Amazon Registry that ships directly to FRC; the Toy Factory in downtown Corvallis (you can leave the gift in our donation box); or you can bring in any new and unwrapped gifts to OLV|Milne in the lower level of Milne from 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m. We will be collecting gifts until Dec. 8. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about this program, please contact [email protected].


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.

UPDATED! Talent Acquisition Associate: Academic Faculty. University Human Resources is seeking a Talent Acquisition Associate with a focus on Academic Faculty recruitment. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. The Academic Faculty Talent Acquisition HR Associate is dedicated to delivering talent acquisition/recruitment services to support academic faculty hires at Oregon State University and in embracing excellence and inclusiveness for fair and equitable searches. Posting #P07558UF. Full consideration Dec. 13. Closes Dec. 20

NEW! IT Manager at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport: This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month professional faculty position. This job provides consultation and training for planning, developing, testing, implementing and managing information technology needs on the Hatfield campus. Research support is of particular importance to this role. Posting #P07557UF. Closes Dec. 27.

NEW! Research Facilities Coordinator at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport: This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month professional faculty position. This position will oversee and coordinate the use of shared research spaces by faculty, students and visiting researchers. They will also track space usage and coordinate a wide range of facilities and equipment used at Hatfield. Posting #P07525UF. Closes Jan. 9.

Traffic and Maintenance

Stadium Avenue: As part of the Bloss Hall Renovation project, a section SW Stadium Avenue, located between CH2M Hill Alumni Center and Bloss Hall, will be closed from Wednesday, Nov. 29 through Friday, Jan. 5. Multiple parking spaces in the Bloss Hall West parking lot (bordering Stadium Ave.) will also be closed. In addition, the sidewalk on the west side of Bloss Hall will be closed. Other possible impacts include noise, dust and mud near the work site. (View map)

Park Terrace Place: As part of the Jen-Hsun & Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex project, a section of the west sidewalk along SW Park Terrace Place will be permanently closed to allow for ongoing construction activities. The closure will begin Thursday, Nov. 30. The impacted sidewalk section is located just north of Johnson Hall. This will be a permanent closure as the area undergoes construction related to the Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex. The east sidewalk will be open for pedestrians. Other possible impacts include noise, dust and mud near the work site. (View map)


"Of all the months of the year there is not a month one half so welcome to the young, or so full of happy associations, as the last month of the year." ~ Charles Dickens

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 49, low of 43. Rain through the weekend.

Central Oregon: Rain and snow today, high of 42, low of 32. Rain through the weekend.

Newport: Showers and breezy today, high of 53, low of 46. Windy and rainy this weekend.

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