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.

Should you get a real or fake Christmas tree? (KGW)

It's an annual question: Should you get a real tree or a fake one? According to Oregon State University Christmas tree specialist Chal Landgren, buying a live tree is better. For one, while the trees are growing, they are producing oxygen and storing carbon. They're also sustainably reproduced. When one is chopped down, most often a new one is planted in its place.

Underwater robotic gliders provide key tool to measure ocean sound levels (Science Daily)

At a time when ocean noise is receiving increased global attention, researchers at Oregon State University and NOAA have developed an effective method to use an underwater robotic glider to measure sound levels over broad areas of the sea.

How to deal with a dishonest co-worker (Thrive Global)

Empathy and understanding may not be your first instincts when you find out your coworker has been dishonest, but Keith Leavitt, Ph.D., an associate professor and scholar of ethics at Oregon State University, recommends considering your colleague’s motives. ”While the dishonest behavior is problematic, it’s worth remembering that dishonesty is often used as a vehicle to build relationships, fit in, or protect one’s dignity,” Leavitt tells Thrive. Taking time to understand the why behind the lie can help you address the issue more constructively. 

Oregon's impeachment reactions (Think Out Loud)

OSU's Christopher McKnight Nichols joins the discussion.

Awards and honors (LIFE@OSU)

Dahl, Law, Gross honored, Army ROTC wins competition 

Today's photo

Army and Navy cadet officers shake hands: In this circa 1945 OSU photo, the camaraderie of different ROTC branches is emphasized, but this morning you may see the more competitive side during the Navy vs. Army ROTC Flag Football game. Every year these units play in a fun, end-of-fall-term flag football game, in light of the intercollegiate Army/Navy game in December. Nov. 22 at 6 a.m. (yes, a.m.) in Reser Stadium. 


Navy vs. Army ROTC Flag Football: Every year these units play in a fun, end-of-fall-term flag football game, in light of the intercollegiate Army/Navy game in December. Dress warmly and come cheer on your favorite branch of military as the Navy tries to redeem itself following Army's win last year. Nov. 22 at 6 a.m. in Reser Stadium. 

Just Futures Symposium: Panel discussions about social justice, climate change, and activism through the realms of “A Handmaid's Tale,” Star Trek, Star Wars, the politics of utopia/dystopia and Dungeons & Dragons are among the topics that will be covered during a conference Nov. 22 at Oregon State University. The Just Futures Symposium is free and open to the public. The symposium takes place Friday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Memorial Union Horizon Room.

Cheese sales: Time to restock your fridge and your bellies with Beaver Classic Cheese. Come try five cheddars, two Swiss, two Provolones and cheese curds. Today from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. at 159 Withycombe Hall. You can also find them at the Saturday downtown Corvallis Farmer's Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Meat Center: The Clark Meat Science Center retail store will be open Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m. Products include fresh and cooked/smoked sausages, bacon, retail cuts, jerky, snack sticks, and Beaver Classic cheese. The store is at 3260 SW Campus Way, next to the Motor Pool. Contact for questions regarding the store.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. 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.

Music a la Carte: OSU student chamber ensembles. Friday, Nov. 22, at noon. Memorial Union Lounge, free.

Youth development measures talk: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences presents “Context matters for measurement: Rethinking measures of positive youth development,” by CPHHS associate professor John Geldhof, on Friday, Nov. 22, from 1 to 2 p.m. in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room. Sponsored by the CPHHS and its Human Development and Family Studies program.

Building Coalition: This event will be focused on creating a collaborative art piece together that represents the stories and histories of trans activism within social justice movements. Nov. 22, 2-4 p.m., Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez.

EECB Seminar: Matt Johnson is a professor in the wildlife department at Humboldt State University. His talk, titled "Birds, pests, and habitat: case studies of bird-provided ecosystem services from Jamaica, Kenya, and California," will be presented on Friday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. in LINC 302. 

Speech Communication Colloquium Series: Yanni Ma, assistant professor of speech communication, presents her research titled “Knowing Better, Persuading Smarter: Why Climate Change Communication Fails” on Friday, Nov. 22, 3 p.m. in STAG 110. Ma’s presentation will focus on delivering scientific facts to the public and how this type of communication can backfire. 

Gymnastics: Nov. 22, 7 p.m., Gill Coliseum, Oregon State hosts the annual Orange & Black Exhibition. The event is free and the gymnasts will sign autographs following the exhibition.

Shakespeare in Love: Oregon State University Theatre will present “Shakespeare in Love,” at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 22-23, and 2 p.m. Nov. 24 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 SW Campus Way, Corvallis. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for seniors; $10 for youth/students; and $5 for OSU students. They are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784 or online at


Prospective student open house: Beaver Preview, an open house program for prospective students, will be in the Memorial Union on Saturday, Nov. 23. There will be approximately 600 guests on campus, which may impact parking and retail food locations. Welcome the guests while they are on campus.


Corvallis-OSU Symphony: Shostakovich Symphony No. 10; Dvorak “Carnival Overture”; Kodaly “Dances of Galanta.” Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m.  at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. Ticket info at:


NEW! Movie night: The Structural Engineering Institute is presenting "Movie Night: Leaning Out" in WITH 109 on Monday, Nov 25, 6 p.m. The film features the story of the world trade center's lead structural engineer. This event is free and open to all OSU students. We encourage ASCE food drive donations which can be brought to the movie. 

NEW! MU Ballroom Contra Dance: The Contra Dance Club of OSU and the Corvallis Folklore Society are hosting a free contra dance Monday, Nov. 25, in the MU Ballroom. George Marshal will be calling with live music from the band Faux Paws. A brief lesson starts at 7 p.m. and the dance goes from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is free, donations accepted.

OSU SACNAS Chapter meeting: The OSU Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science has just returned from 2019 National Diversity in STEM Conference Hawai’i Convention Center, Honolulu. Seven graduate and 16 undergraduate students from seven colleges attended. Chapter members are holding a conference recap meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in MU 221 to thank stakeholders and share their experiences.

OSU Beaver Store’s Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night: All OSU faculty and staff are invited to come to the OSU Beaver Store on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There will be discounts throughout the store and food and wine will be served. Faculty/staff ID required at the door.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Department of Integrative Biology Seminar: David Bickford, Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair in Biology, University of La Verne, will present a seminar, “The Evolution and Ecology of Parental Care in the Microhylid Frogs of New Guinea” on Monday, Nov. 25, 4 p.m., in ALS 4001. The seminar is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend in person, you can catch the seminar streaming on ZOOM at For more information and to view the entire Integrative Biology Department Spring Seminar Series lineup, please go to

NEW! Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Assessing Student Work: Join Funmi Amobi to explore the purpose of and approaches to assessing and responding to student work. +Tech Talk: Explore Gradescope, a web app that improves the efficiency of assessing handwritten student work such as graphs, diagrams, equations, short answers etc. This workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215, Nov 26, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here.

NEW! Department of Horticulture Seminar: David Leon, Ph.D. candidate, will speak on “Development of a fertilizer blend for coffee in Peru.” Tuesday, Nov. 26, 4 p.m. in ALS 4000. The event is free and open to the public. The seminar will also be streaming on Zoom at For more information and to view the entire Department of Horticulture Fall Seminar Series schedule, go to

Capstone presentation: Tiffany Miller will present her capstone, “Physical Climate Variables Associated with California Current System and Implications in Recreational Fisheries Management.” She is completing her MNR degree under the guidance of Michael Harte. Monday, Nov 25, 10 a.m., Richardson 115.

Samantha Cargill – Water Resource Science M.S. Defense: Sami Cargill will present her thesis, The influence of lithology on stream metabolism in mountain systems,” on Monday, Nov. 25, at 3 p.m. in STAG 111. Cargill is completing her M.S. under the guidance of major professors Catalina Segura and Dana Warren. Free and open to the public.

Biomedical Core Awareness Symposium: Researchers at OSU have access to a multitude of specialized instruments and services supporting a wide diversity of biomedical research. Learn about available state-of-the art capabilities designed to support and stimulate research productivity. Twelve facility core directors will present short talks highlighting capabilities, applications, and access. Nov 25, 3-5:30 p.m., Pharmacy 305. For more information, contact

Making Indigenous Sovereignty and Bodily Contamination Visible: Witness a live oral history conversation as part of the NSF grant "Reconstructing Nuclear Environments and the Downwinders' Case" with Allison Davis-White Eyes and Jacob Darwin Hamblin, followed by a discussion with the audience and recorded by oral historians from the SCARC. Monday, Nov. 25, 4 p.m., MU room 213.

Supervisor training: The Core Curriculum for Current Supervisors and Managers training program, presented by the Office of Human Resources, has new sessions 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. View dates and register.

The Social Justice Education Initiative schedule for fall still has openings: From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is an  foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI 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 program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Search Advocate workshopsRegister now for the fall, winter or spring search advocate workshop series. Search advocates are external process advisors for employee search committees, working to enhance equity, validity and diversity. Become a search advocate by completing the two-part workshop series, which introduces the search advocate role and strategies, provides an overview of implicit bias, diversity and the legal environment for hiring, and does a deep dive into early stages of the search process. For more information, see or contact Anne Gillies, search advocate program director in Faculty Affairs.

Take Note

Learning Corner — UPDATES: The Academic Success Center’s online resource, the Learning Corner, has been refreshed. Find a new home page and updated topic pages that combine research, strategies, techniques and tools. And don’t worry — the strategy quiz and the worksheets page are still there. This iteration was developed to improve navigation and to create more transparent connections between topics. Check it out, share it with students and provide feedback. For questions/clarifications, email Sarah Norek.

Triad Scholarship: The TRIAD Service Scholarship was established to promote service as a value worthy of encouragement, acknowledgment and reward. The award is for $750 and up to three awards will be given this year to OSU undergraduate junior or senior students. Applications are due Dec. 6 and will be evaluated based on academic record and service activities. To apply visit Triad Scholarship Application. Questions? Contact: Gretchen Dursch, TRIAD Scholarship co-chair,

Request for Proposals: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking proposals to facilitate the further development and commercialization of OSU applied innovations. Proposals can be submitted for projects focused on bringing OSU-owned innovations invented by OSU faculty, staff, and/or graduate students in any discipline closer to market. Each project may be awarded up to $15,000. Proposals are due no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2. Read the full RFP here:

Recreational Sports Advisory Board: There is an opening for an undergraduate student to join the Recreational Sports Advisory Board. For information on the advisory board and how to apply follow the link or contact Applications are due by Friday, Dec. 6.

Are you exposed to loud noise at work? Find out more about OSU’s Hearing Conservation Program and Noise Control Plan. The goal of OSU’s Hearing Conservation Program is to monitor and protect employees who have the potential to develop noise-induced hearing loss. In collaboration with Environmental Health & Safety, Occupational Health Services provides annual hearing tests for those exposed to loud noise on the job. Training is available through the EH&S website. Contact Occupational Health or Environmental Health and Safety with questions.

Many UFIO offices moving Nov. 25 and 26: The University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations (UFIO) offices currently located at the Oak Creek Building, 3015 SW Western Blvd., will be moving to 850 S.W. 35th St. (the former OSU Foundation building) on Nov. 25 and 26. The following offices are moving: Capital Planning and Development, including Capital Planning, Space Management, University Land Use Planning, Sustainability, Project Delivery (Design and Construction), and Leasing and Strategic Real Property; the OSU Plan Center; and the Specialized Administrative Services teams serving UFIO including Financial Services, IT Services and Communication Services. The updated mailing address will be: 850 SW 35th St., Corvallis OR 97333..

Hybrid Learning Community Call for Proposals: The Center for Teaching and Learning’s Hybrid Faculty Learning Community supports faculty in the redesign of Corvallis campus courses as hybrid courses that integrate classroom meetings with online learning activities. This learning community is offered in a hybrid format and offers professional development funding to participants. See the Call for Proposals for details. Space is limited so apply now. Address questions and submit proposals for the hybrid program by Nov. 25, via email to

Prism Art Journal Submissions: Prism Art and Literary Journal is now accepting visual, written, audio and video work created by OSU students. For a chance to be featured in this year’s edition, students may submit work digitally by Friday, Nov. 22, at For more information, visit our website, follow us on social media, or send us an email (; @osuprism;

Traffic and Maintenance

Owen-Kearney walkway: As part of the Owen Hall Chiller Replacement project, the walkway between Owen Hall and Kearney Hall will be closed, and the Owen Hall loading dock will be intermittently occupied by construction traffic Nov. 25-26. There will also be truck and crane traffic along Campus Way and equipment noise in the area of Owen Hall, Merryfield Hall and Kearney Hall. For questions or comments on this closure, contact construction manager Jason Lundy at 541-270-0193.


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NEW! The Department of Food Science and Technology is accepting applications for a full-time Administrative Program Assistant. This position supports academic programs through coordination and administrative support of the graduate and undergraduate programs. FST is home to more than 150 undergraduate and 40 graduate students and this position is central to the success of the students and FST academic programs. The incumbent works closely with FST undergraduate academic advisors and graduate committee chairs. Position #P02469CT. Full consideration Dec. 1. Closes Dec. 8. 

NEW! Student engagement coordinator: INTO OSU is seeking a full-time (1.0 FTE) Student Engagement Coordinator. This position is responsible for student engagement programming within the INTO OSU center and outreach to promote international student integration at OSU. This position supports the Student Services team in providing a range of co-curricular programs and services to promote the social, personal, and academic success and well-being of INTO OSU students. To apply visit Submission deadline is Dec. 8.


“We face a world begging for us to re-address many of its systems, and the only way to do that is to make people really uncomfortable—starting with ourselves. Change starts with being uncomfortable." ~ Mark Ruffalo, who turns 52 today.

Corvallis: Patchy fog and then sunny today, high of 51, low of 33. Partly sunny Saturday, chance of rain Sunday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 52, low of 28. Mostly sunny Saturday, chance of rain Sunday.

Newport: Areas of frost and then sunny, high of 56, low of 38. Partly sunny Saturday, chance of rain and patchy fog Sunday.

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