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:

OSU gets $20M for ocean research center (Portland Business Journal)

The $20 million, to the Oregon State University Foundation, comes from alumni Judy and Mike Gaulke. They've earmarked the money to "lead and support innovative research and development of technology that helps society better understand, protect and utilize the ocean and its environment." (see also KEZI)

Oregon State walks away from Elliott Forest plan, but backers say forest in good hands (OPB News)

Oregon State University is stepping back from plans to turn the Elliott State Forest into the country’s largest research forest. The announcement marks a major roadblock for the 82,000-acre Elliott State Forest. For more than four years, the university has worked with the Oregon Department of State Lands on a proposal that would make the Elliott a “world-renowned” research forest to help better understand how climate change is impacting forests, contributing to sustainable forest products while also allowing public access and timber harvesting.

Climate change is hastening the demise of Pacific Northwest forests (ABC News)

“Our analysis concluded that if climate change continues as predicted, we could see increased Douglas fir mortality at higher elevations,” said study coauthor, David Shaw, a professor and forest health specialist at Oregon State University.

Innovating organic: OSU researchers receive $2M to look for new ways to prevent organic potatoes from spoiling (Potato News Today)

Oregon State University (OSU) researchers have been awarded $2 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop improved ways of preventing stored potatoes from sprouting, particularly in the organic sector. This research is pivotal given the rapid rise of the organic market in U.S. agriculture, the scientists note.

"It feels like I'm not crazy." Gardeners aren't surprised as USDA updates key map (NPR)

This week the map got its first update in more than a decade, and the outlook for many gardens looks warmer. The 2023 map is about 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 2012 map across the contiguous U.S., says Chris Daly, director of the PRISM Climate Group at Oregon State University that jointly developed the map with the USDA.

Family businesses grow Oregon's Christmas tree farms (Here is Oregon)

Forestry experts like Chal Landgren, a Christmas tree specialist who retired after 40 years at Oregon State University, researched ways to harden existing tree species and helped introduce Turkish, Trojan and Nordmann firs from the mountains of Turkey and the Republic of Georgia.

Oregon State University names Pearson new extension director (Good Fruit Grower)

Following a national search, Oregon State University has named Brian Pearson as the next permanent director of the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hood River, according to a news release from the university.

Oregon State, Washington State working to keep Pac-12 open, align with Mountain West, AP sources say (WDTN)

Oregon State and Washington State are moving toward keeping the Pac-12 alive as a two-team conference for as long as two years while entering an agreement with the Mountain West that will allow the Pacific Northwest schools to fill out their sports schedules, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday.

State Supreme Court pauses Pac-12 decision for one month (Spokesman-Review)

The Washington State Supreme Court on Thursday granted a temporary stay of a decision from a lower court earlier this week that would give control of the Pac-12 Conference to WSU and Oregon State University.

Today's photo

International Education Week: Josephine Namuddu, former ASOSU International and Cultural Advocacy Coordinator and graduate student from Nigeria, puts a pin in a world map in the International Student Lounge at an event in 2022. The ASOSU International Student Lounge is now located in MU 62 near Bites. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Do your students need to use scholarly articles for research assignments? Consider adding the Finding Articles and Other Online Resources module to your Canvas course. This self-guided module walks students through common types of articles, identifying search strategies and using library resources to find quality sources. See Library How-To for instructions to add this module to your Canvas course.

Celebrating and Investing in Oregon State’s Future: You are invited to attend the investiture of Oregon State University’s 16th president, Jayathi Murthy, and the launch of the University Strategic Plan 2024-2030 – Prosperity Widely Shared: The Oregon State Plan. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.; lunch is included. Live stream is available.


International Education Week Nov. 13-17: Join us in celebrating Oregon State University's global achievements, impacts and community during International Education Week. For the full calendar of events, visit:

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: Managers and supervisors at OSU play a key role in enabling employees to do their best work. The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State University managers, supervisors and lead workers. Fall 2023 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Tuesday-Friday, Nov. 14-17, via Zoom. Winter 2024 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Monday-Thursday, Feb. 26-29, via Zoom. Spring 2024 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Tuesday-Friday, May 7-10, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 9-10 a.m. on Nov. 17 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].

Tom's International Coffee: College of Forestry Dean Tom DeLuca and CoF International Programs invite the OSU community to celebrate International Education Week. Join us from 9-10 a.m., Nov 17 in the PFSC third-floor treehouse to chat and connect over coffee, tea and treats. See the OSU IEW website for a full list of IEW activities, Nov. 13-17. 

Lyra Webinar: Coping With Distressing Current Events. While you can't fully control what happens in the world at large, you can determine how you respond to yourself and others in the aftermath of distressing news by prioritizing your well-being and taking productive action. In this workshop you will learn about research-supported tools to take care of yourself during difficult times, reduce in-the-moment distress and ensure that you know when support from a mental health professional is the right next step. This webinar will also include a guided mindfulness exercise as well as a Q&A session in the last 10 minutes of the program. 11 a.m., Nov. 17. Register here.

UPDATED! Music à la Carte: Join reed quintet Splinter Reeds for a performance at 12:30 p.m., Nov. 17 in the lobby of the George W. Peavy Forest Science Center. 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.

Meat Center: The Clark Meat Science Center retail store will be open Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Products include fresh and cooked/smoked sausages, bacon, retail cuts, jerky and snack sticks. The store is at 3260 SW Campus Way, next to the Motor Pool. Contact [email protected] for questions regarding the store.

FYI Friday – Beyond Fair-weather Friendship: You can bike commute in fall and winter. Riding your bike is good for you, your environment and your wallet. With the right tools and tricks, you can commute in comfort all year round. A reluctant winter bike commuter learned some hard lessons, so you don’t have to. Find options for winter commuting gear ranging from DIY to off-the-shelf. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Nov. 17, Cascade Hall Room 124, Corvallis campus. Seats are limited. Registration required.

College of Health Friday Research Seminar: “Bystander Intervention for Sexual Violence Prevention: Opportunities and Challenges for Developing a More Nuanced Approach for Measuring Students’ Experiences" will be presented by Jill Hoxmeier, OSU College of Health, from 1-2 p.m. Nov. 17, in HFC 115 and via Zoom. This is co-sponsored by the Health Promotion and Health Behavior program in the College of Health. Learn more about upcoming and past seminars on the college website.

OSU Procurement Training Series: Procurement will be hosting virtual training sessions next week on various OSU procurement topics. Sessions include: Federal Purchases Under Uniform Guidance, 3-4 p.m., Nov. 17. To register, visit the Virtual Trainings section of the Procurement Training and Support webpage:

BB Special Seminar: Join the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics as we welcome BB alum Simon Johnson, the College of Science Young Alumni Award recipient, for a talk titled “Deciphering the Complex Pathobiology of Genetic Mitochondrial Disease,” 3 p.m., Nov. 17, LPSC 125 and via Zoom,

Art About Agriculture 2023 Reception at Portland’5: All are welcome to the in-person reception for OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, Art About Agriculture Competition and Touring Exhibition 2023’s visit to Antoinette Hatfield Hall at Portland'5 Centers for the Arts (1111 SW Broadway, Portland). 5-7:30 p.m., Nov. 17. Register here. Art About Agriculture 2023 program info:


Stress Management Through Music & Meditation: Join OSU Fulbright Scholar Sud Kumar from 4-5:30 p.m., Nov. 18 in the Memorial Union La Raza Room 208 for a presentation and activities focused on stress management and meditation, accompanied by live music. This is a great opportunity to learn and practice techniques for managing stress in a peaceful and supportive environment. This event is sponsored by the Fulbright Oregon Chapter and OSU Office of International Services as part of International Education Week.

OSUAA Tailgate Town - Home vs. Washington: Put on your best orange and black and come cheer on your Beavs as they face the Huskies of Washington. Food, prizes and games will be offered at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on Saturday, Nov. 18, three hours prior to kickoff. Learn more.


Corvallis-OSU Symphony Fall Concert: Featuring selected works from César Franck, Mel Bonis and Maurice Ravel. Directed by guest conductor, David Hattner, conductor of the Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Sunday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets and more information at

Anatomy of Mindful Self CompassionKate Gallagher will guide the foundations of mindful self compassion, an empirically researched contemplative method that improves mood, relationships and resilience. This event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m., Nov. 19; it is offered by donation at Marigold, the practice center located in Downtown Corvallis. Pre-registration requiredContact us with questions.


NEW! OSU Chamber Winds and Wind Ensemble Presents: Homages. Directed by Erik Kar Jun Leung and featuring works by Stravinsky, Cuong, Mackey, Sparke and Sousa. 7:30 p.m., Nov. 21. Tickets can be purchased online; $10 for general admission, free for OSU students.

NEW! Save the date: Bobbin' Through the Woods Art and Craft FairThe holiday craft and art fair is returning to the Peavy Forest Science Center. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Dec. 8 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 9. This year we have even more vendors, but the mission remains the same. All proceeds support Rootstock, our College of Forestry food pantry, and our food insecure students. 

NEW! Holiday Tree Auction: Firs for Food Insecurity. Dec. 8-9, Peavy Forest Science Center. We have 11 decorated trees donated by different units around campus that are up for silent auction during the fair. As you move throughout the building, please stop by to have a look at the trees, place your bid and collect passport stamps to be entered to win a prize valued at over $200. Please bid generously, as all proceeds from the auction will go to Rootstock, our student food pantry. Trees are fully decorated and will be available to take home Saturday after 3 p.m. Trees donated by Starker Forests, Inc.

Trans Day of Remembrance: A candle decorating event will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m., Nov. 20 at the Pride Center. A QTIBIPOC and First Gender Rose Ceremony will take place from 3-4 p.m. at Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws with guest speaker Dharma Mirza. A vigil will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. in the SEC Plaza and after food will be provided in the Pride Center. For alternative formats or accommodations please reach out to the Pride Center at [email protected].

OSU Wind Symphony and Campus Band Present: Influences and Lineages. Directed by Olin Hannum, associate director of bands, and Erik Kar Jun Leung, director of bands. Student conductors include Annalee Hiebert, Abigail Underwood, Nathan Mason, Christian San Nicolas and Nicole Katsel. 7:30 p.m., Nov. 20 at The LaSells Stewart Center; $10 for general admission, free for OSU students. Tickets can be purchased online.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Department of Horticulture seminar series: Join us for the Horticulture Fall 2023 Seminar Series Mondays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom at noon on Nov. 20. Cody Copp, faculty, OSU horticulture department, will present “Sunscreen for grapevines: Kaolin clay use in vineyards.” The event is free and open to the public. Please visit our website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information:

NEW! Qualitative Methods Research Cluster Symposium 2023Join in person or online on Nov. 27 for a whole-day event focused on qualitative research methods in social sciences, humanities, public health and engineering design. All OSU faculty, researchers, instructors, graduate students and undergraduate students are invited. MU 49.

Government to Government training workshop: This training, lead by Pam and Gordon James of the Skohomish and Colville tribes, is an overview of tribal governments and their relationship with federal, state and local governments. The hope is that this overview will inspire participants to further their tribal knowledge. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Nov. 20 or 21. Free event. Registration is required:

Search Advocate Program focus groups invitation: Members of the OSU community who have interacted with the OSU search advocate program in some way are invited to participate in facilitated Zoom focus groups evaluating the program. There are several sessions available for registration on this website for people who have had different roles in relation to search advocacy at OSU (search chairs, search administrators, hiring managers, search advocates, etc.). Upcoming sessions include one for search administrators and support staff from 9-10:30 a.m., Nov. 20; one for search committee members from 9:30-11 a.m., Nov. 27; and one for search advocates, 1-2:30 p.m., Nov. 27. A Qualtrics survey will also be sent to the OSU community. Contact Anne Gillies or Jane Waite with questions.

Live, Learn, Work and Play: The Social Determinants of Health in London. Join OSU faculty leader Stephanie Grutzmacher and Ashley Vaughn from the College of Health from the College of Health to learn more about a 4-credit, two-week program in London studying the social determinants and disparities of health in one of the world’s most diverse and unequal cities from June 30-July 16, 2024. Two upcoming info sessions: Noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 20; and 4:30-5:30 p.m., Nov. 29, Waldo 400. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and program brochure and application.

Getting Ready for AI in Winter ‘24? Wondering what AI resources are available to guide you in Winter ‘24 course planning? Join CTL and UIT-Academic Technologies on Zoom to explore resources such as CTL Guidance for Syllabus Statements about AI Use. There will be opportunities to consider AI use at the course level, to plan your next steps to learn about AI tools and to share your experiences and questions. 1-1:45 p.m., Nov. 29. Registration

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 any person who has a responsibility to function in a command post managing an expanding incident. Additional and registration information is located at:

Take Note

NEW! 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].

NEW! Beavers Unite OSUAA Membership Challenge: Become a new OSU Alumni Association member, renew or upgrade from Nov. 17-27 to receive 25% off all memberships, gain access to exclusive perks, help unlock three $1,000 gifts for vital student and alumni programs and scholarships, and show the world that when others take flight, Beavers Unite. Visit and use promo code UNITE.

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Clothing in Disaster. Essential clothing for a disaster supply is a commonly overlooked area of preparedness. If a person does not have the proper clothing suitable for the terrain they are in, then harsh elements such as rain, cold and snow can have catastrophic effects. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

Music Technology and Production (MTP) -- Call for Submissions: Calling all student songwriters and producers: MTP is looking for songwriters to produce. Selected artists will be paired with student producers to record and produce a song, which will be released on an album in 2024. Students are welcomed to submit a link to their demos by Dec. 1 to be considered for a spot on the album.

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, 2024.

FYI Friday: Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Winter 2024. Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy or research you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours in length. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions or for assistance with your application.

The OSU Libraries Survey: Oregon State University Libraries has contracted with Madison Avenue Collective, a local design firm, to help them update the Valley Library, Guin Library and OSU-Cascades Library websites. The first phase is to gather information about the current state of these sites. We're asking everyone in the OSU community to share their opinions anonymously. OSU community. The survey takes about five minutes to complete. It will close at 5 p.m. Nov 22. Take the OSU Libraries website survey.

Namecoach: At OSU, we believe everyone deserves to be addressed by their correct name. That's why University Information and Technology has launched Namecoach. This transformative tool makes it easy to record and share your name pronunciation and listen to name recordings made by others. Namecoach is available to OSU students, faculty and staff to help make OSU a more inclusive place to learn, work, and grow. Get started and learn more by visiting

Ask Alumni webcast: Tips from a corporate recruiter. Always leverage the career insights of your OSU network. Emalee Rabinovitch, ’16, offers job search strategies from the perspective of a corporate recruiter in this Ask Alumni on-demand webcast, presented by the OSU Alumni Association. Watch for free and get more tips and advice from accomplished alumni professionals:

Fall 2023 Update from Vice President for Finance and Administration: Want to be an insider? Find out what Division of Finance and Administration units have been doing to help advance OSU’s goals in this update to DFA employees: Each quarter, Vice President Mike Green and DFA senior leaders share project milestones, unit news, highlights, updates and coming events. While targeted to division employees, the VPFA quarterly updates are a great way for anyone to get an overview of the broad and varied work of DFA units.


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! 4-H Program Coordinator: OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development program invites applications for a 4-H Program Coordinator position based at the OSU Extension Service Yamhill County Office in McMinnville. This is a full-time, 12-month, professional faculty position that will serve Yamhill County. The recommended full-time salary for this position is $44,496-$75,516, commensurate with skills, education and experience. Posting #P07520UF. Closes Dec. 15.

Traffic and Maintenance

Delays on SW 15th Street: As part of the Kerr South Parking Lot project, there will be intermittent delays on SW 15th Street between SW Washington Avenue and SW Adams Avenue due to construction activities from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 and Friday, Nov. 17. A single lane will be closed at a time, with traffic being allowed to pass through the opposite lane. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic. A section of the sidewalk on the west side of 15th Street, just north of the work area, is closed under a previous notification along with the crosswalk at SW Adams Avenue. The east sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. Other possible impacts include noise near the work site. View map.

EXTENDED! Campus Way Closure, 26th Street to Memorial Place: As part of the Kelley District Utility Plant project, SW Campus Way will be closed between SW 26th Street and SW Memorial Place from Nov. 6-27 to allow for crane activity.

Traffic diverted to temporary Van Buren bridge starting in mid-November: Commuters to campus may notice a traffic pattern change between downtown Corvallis and the east side of the Willamette River. Starting in mid-November, eastbound traffic will be diverted onto a temporary bridge on NW Van Buren Ave. The temporary bridge includes a separate path for pedestrians and bicyclists. The paths underneath the bridge will remain closed. A temporary signal at NW Van Buren Ave. and NW First Street will control traffic flow and NW First Street will change from two-way to one-way traffic for one block north and south of the Van Buren bridge. Access to NW Van Buren Avenue from NW First Street will be restricted. For more information, visit the ODOT Van Buren Bridge project page.
Kerr: As part of the Kerr Administration South Parking Lot Improvement project, the Kerr South parking lot closure has been extended until Dec. 4 to finish construction activities, including lighting installation, paving and striping. This includes the closure of the west sidewalk. ADA access is available on the east side of the building.

Beaver Research Champions

Pedro Lomonaco: Pedro Lomonaco is the director of the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory, one of the largest and technically most advanced laboratories for coastal research in the world. Lomonaco was recognized at a Beaver Football home game at Reser Stadium for the important work that he does:


“Some of the days in November carry the whole memory of summer as a fire opal carries the color of moon rise.” ~ Gladys Taber

Corvallis: Mostly sunny today, high of 53, low of 40. Rain and showers this weekend.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 57, low of 34. Rain Saturday, sunny Sunday.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 64, low of 44. Rain and showers this weekend.

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