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.

Painting the first taste of freedom (Eater)

In 2000, when Green became professor of art at Oregon State University, she turned her meditations on the death penalty into art; choosing plates, fittingly, as her canvas for scenes of final meals painted in blue and white, kiln-fired to permanence. She has already completed 800 plates, but she plans to continue to paint 50 plates a year until the death penalty is abolished.

Spotlight on early career researchers: An interview with Blake Ushijima (Nature Communications Biology)

Blake Ushijima is a post-doctoral researcher at Oregon State University, where he studies the microbes causing disease in corals. In this next installment of our Q&A series, he discusses how he got into marine microbiology and the anxieties of researchers studying coral ecosystems.

Truth decay (Many Things Considered)

This group includes two scientists I talked with this week who wrote chapters of the National Climate Assessment dealing with the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Philip Mote is the director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Washington. Another author is Dr. Scott Lowe, the associate dean of the graduate school at Boise State University, a professor of environmental studies and a researcher on resource economics. He has his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

OSU reacts to Governor Brown's budget plan for state universities (KVAL)

We visited Oregon State University Friday to see what campus officials have to say after Brown pitched her $23.6 billion budget plan this week.

You should know about pufferfish skeletons (Deep Sea News)

Dr. Brian Sidlauskas, Associate Professor and Curator of Fishes at Oregon State University,  notes puffers evolved from a group of fish (Porcupines, Molids, Triggerfishes, and filefishs) that all possessed ctenoid scales, denoted by small teeth along their outer edges.  “Filefishes actually feel fuzzy.  So it isn’t perhaps too surprising to imagine those scales expanding and getting more and more spiny.”

Sparing vs sharing: The great debate over how to protect nature (Yale 360)

In a review of this research, published in May, Phalan, now at Oregon State University, concluded that “most species will have larger populations if food is produced on as small an area as possible, while sparing as large an area of native vegetation as possible.” The finding was “especially true for species with small global ranges, which are often those of most conservation concern.”

Firefighters respond to OSU lab fire (Gazette-Times)

A fire in a lab on the Oregon State University campus forced the evacuation of two campus buildings Friday morning.

After Peavy Hall construction collapse at OSU, Freres Lumber steps up with new product(Statesman Journal)

Freres' Mass Plywood Paneling has become a significant component in the delayed completion of Peavy Hall and the construction of the Advanced Wood Products Laboratory at Oregon State. 

Stoneybrook residents, student athletes build gingerbread Reser (Democrat-Herald)

Residents have been working on the project for about a month, and they finished Saturday with some help from Oregon State University student athletes.

Cookies and metal art bring in customers at OSU event (Gazette-Times)

Shar Fagersten grew up in Iowa and started college at Iowa State before moving to Oregon 20 years ago. A single mom and “nontraditional student,” she graduated from Oregon State University in 2015 with a degree in applied visual arts.

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Noses to the grindstone: Students studying in the Memorial Union Lounge in 1969. Good luck on Finals Week!


Poinsettia sale: The Horticulture Club is doing its annual poinsettia sale. Greenhouse No. 12 (next to Cordley Hall), Dec. 3-7, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Price/sizes: 2½ inches for $5, 4½ inches that are two for $15, 6½ inches for $15 each.

Upcoming Events

NEW! 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. 5, from 5:30-7 p.m.  There will be discounts throughout the store and food and wine will be served.  Faculty/Staff ID required at the door.

NEW! Kemper retirement: Hank Kemper is retiring from Transportation Services after 33 years of service. Join us in a celebration to wish him well on Dec. 13, from 2-4 p.m., in the Wells Fargo room located in The LaSells Stewart Center. Light refreshments will be served.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Oregon Women In Higher Education Webinar Viewing. Brown bag lunch and viewing of OWHE’s latest webinar: Gender 101. This webinar will provide a holistic introduction and reflections on concepts surrounding gender. You do not have to be a member of OWHE to attend. Tuesday, Dec. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in Valley Library 3622 -  the West Willamette Industries Seminar Room. Questions? Contact Olivia Heath at

NEW! Ph.D. Thesis Defense, Michael Dennis: “Of Planes and Plumblines: Map Projections and Differential Leveling in a GNSS-based 3D Geodetic Framework.” Major adviser: Chris Parrish, associate professor of geomatics and Eric H.I. and Janice Hoffman Faculty Scholar. Dec. 5, 9 a.m., Kearney 311.

NEW! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar (CGRB): Daniel Buckley, Cornell University, will present a seminar, “Three amazing ideas about microbial biogeography that will blow your mind,” on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. in the Agricultural & Life Sciences 4001. Note new start time for CGRB seminars is 3 p.m.

NEW! Reconciling Financial CORE Reports: One of the most frequently asked questions about finance reports in CORE is: “Why doesn’t the transaction and operating ledger match up?” In this session, we will look at the common reason there are discrepancies between the transactional and operating ledger reports in CORE. We will also look at the reports that you cannot compare against each other due to this issue. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2-2:45 p.m., Kerr B094. Register: Questions? Email:

Tuesday Teaching Talks: Celebrating Teaching Success & Survival: Join colleagues and the Center for Teaching and Learning in a certificated series of teaching workshops. Attend one, some or all. On Dec. 4, join Brooke Howland to apply reflective practices as a catalyst to advance teaching and learning while we celebrate our success and survival. This two-hour workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215,at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here.

Ph.D defense: Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Alexandra CD Davis will present "Habitat Use and Ecological Interactions of Invasive Lionfish in the Bahamas" on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. in LINC 314. It is free and open to the public.

ElderCare Connections: Understanding Dementia: As your loved one ages, dementia often becomes a concern. Join us on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. in MU 207 as we learn about dementia and potential support strategies. For more information, visit or contact

Tap Talks Corvallis: OSU's Susanne Brander will share her research on the effects of plastic pollutants on fish and will discuss local outreach initiatives, (such as the Corvallis Ocean Friendly Establishments campaign), to reduce the use of disposable plastics. Q&A on these topics and how citizens can contribute to a more sustainable future to follow. Dec. 4, 7 p.m., Block 15 Brewery & Tap Room, 3415 S.W. Deschutes St., Corvallis. 

The North American Truffling Society General meeting: The speaker will be Shannon Berch of the University of British Columbia, presenting "Documenting alpine mushrooms in British Columbia through expedition and collaboration.” Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Cordley 2087. 

Sustainable Landscape Seminar: The two-day Sustainable Landscape Seminar provides the public with practical information to create sustainable/green/ecological landscapes. Some outcomes to expect include lowering power, water and waste bills due to more efficient use of resources, and reducing the flow of organic matter into the landfill. Wednesday, Dec. 11, and Thursday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Class is held at Lane Extension, 996 Jefferson St., Eugene. Cost: $25.Register

Leadership conference deadline extension: Student Leadership & Involvement has extended the deadline for workshop presentation proposals for the 2019 OSU Leadership Conference (occurring Feb. 16). The theme this year is courageous leadershipAll students and faculty/staff are welcome to submit workshop proposals. The extended deadline to submit is Friday, Nov. 30. Contact Jaime Koehler ( for more information: Application Link

UPDATED! Leadership Collaborative I: Applications for the winter, 2019 Leadership Collaborative are now being accepted. The LCI includes six day-long sessions and features engaged, self-directed learning; a collaborative learning approach; practical, effective tools and skills; and on-the-job implementation. All OSU employees are encouraged to apply for sessions offered in Corvallis and Portland. Contact Kristen Magis for more information. Submit your application on the LCI webpage by Dec. 7.

Master Recycler class: Act soon to secure your spot. This eight-week, non-credit class covers all aspects of waste reduction, reuse and recycling and is free to those who agree to pay back what they learned by completing 30 hours of volunteer service. Hosted on the OSU campus on Tuesday nights, Jan. 8 through Feb. 26 from 6:15 to 9 p.m. plus field trips. Visit for more details and to register.

Take Note

NEW! OSU Today: Starting Monday, Dec. 10, OSU Today will publish once a week until the beginning of Winter Term, when daily publication will resume. In order to get an item into OSU Today for the following week, submit your item to by noon the previous Friday.

NEW! Winter Break Recycling Collection Schedules: Dec. 17 through Jan. 4, most buildings will have recycling collection reduced to every other week due to reduced available staffing and activity within most buildings during that time. Contact Campus Recycling through this form to inform us of any exceptions that need to be addressed such as full building or office closures; please include a contact name, email, phone and the office or building location.

Charitable Fund Drive: There is a Charitable Fund Drive organization sure to please each person on your gift list, providing support for pets, nature, equity programs, children, teens, the elderly, mental and physical health programs, the arts, education, and end-to-hunger programs. Check out the extensive list here. Then make your donations here. Giving is easy:

The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety with a link to information about total worker health titled “Get Active” You can also access 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.

Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy & Standards page to learn about recent policy updates: This announcement runs monthly and the page is updated frequently with new developments.

Student entrepreneurs who want money and prizes: The third campus-wide Next Great Startup competition starts this January. This is a campus-wide opportunity for startup ventures to get visibility, bragging rights, cash, prizes and direct one-on-one mentorship with venture capitalists and local entrepreneurs. Teams must be led by an OSU student. Apply to compete here:

This January, it’s time to Accelerate your startup. In just 10 weeks, streamline your value proposition, get to market faster, and validate your product-market fit. The Accelerate program is open to OSU researchers, students and staff along with community members who intend to start or grow an entrepreneurial venture. The fun starts Jan. 8. Learn more and apply here:

University Budget Committee and Tuition Discussions: The University Budget Committee has begun meeting to discuss recommendations for tuition rates for the 2019-20 academic year. The committee welcomes questions, comments, and ideas. Opportunities for public comment and feedback on tuition scenarios being discussed will be available beginning in January. Information about the tuition-setting process and the work of the University Budget Committee is available on the Office of Budget & Fiscal Planning website. For more information, to provide an idea or opinion, or to ask a question contact Sherman Bloomer.

Learning Innovation Grant Individual Proposals: University Information and Technology invites proposals from faculty and staff for Individual Learning Innovation Grants to foster the meaningful use of educational technology. Proposals of up to $10,000 will be awarded for innovative uses of technology to improve student experience, whether in courses, informal learning experiences, or student life. Proposals are due Dec. 7. To learn more or to apply, visit Questions? Contact Robin Pappas at

Volunteers wanted for pollutant mixture research study (Corvallis): If you are healthy, age 21-65, non-smoking, without kidney, liver, intestinal problems or bariatric surgery, you may qualify to participate.  Females must be post-menopausal or surgically sterile. Study involves giving blood and urine samples, a screening visit, and two 48-hour study cycles. Volunteers will receive up to $250 and free parking during visits.  Study Title: Ultralow Dose PAH Binary Mixture Study,  PI: David Williams, Ph.D. Contact Sandra Uesugi, R.N.:, 541-737-3594.

Need new recycling signs? Did you know that recycling has changed? OSU is following new guidelines concerning what is accepted in recycling bins, meaning that many signs around campus are out of date. Campus Recycling is unable to install updated signs across campus in the immediate future, but you can help move this process along. Visit Campus Recycling’s website to print out new signs to install in your offices or throughout your building.


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To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Attending Veterinarian/Director, Laboratory Animal Resources Center:  The Laboratory Animal Resources Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, academic wage salaried position. This position is anticipated to last five months. Posting #  P00550AW. Closes Dec. 17. 

NEW! Administrative Assistant, Office of Faculty Affairs.  The Office of the Provost invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position.  (This is an Internal Employment Opportunity). Posting # P02621UF. Closes Dec. 19.


“Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering.” ~ Charles Dickens.

Corvallis: Areas of freezing fog, high of 45, low of 26. Freezing fog and then sunny Tuesday.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny, high of 37, low of 15. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Areas of fog, high of 50, low of 35. Sunny tomorrow.

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